It’s only 43F at the moment, but I’m up at 5am. The eastern sky is a lovely shade of blue, that perfect shade of sky blue just before it becomes tinged with the “rosy fingers of Dawn”. A few bright stars are still visible and my toes are frozen. You’d think I’d get a clue that it’s chilly and put on my slippers! The Moon is getting so very small and faint as she wears away.
Yesterday was interesting. Tempus got back from his paper route, which still hasn’t settled down, at about the time I got the newsletter out. We ate breakfast and then headed for the shop. He had been down there earlier while waiting for his boss to show up, doing e-mail and vacuuming. He got a snooze while I sewed and I finally got that custom robe finished and ready to mail, then I came home and made kolacki and pumpkin pies. One of the pies was promised to Sash for Thanksgiving and he never got here. Since he’s coming for the fair this weekend, I made him his own pie! That took all the afternoon.
There was a “thump” on the porch while I was cooking and another box of stock has arrived, so I’ll be getting that sorted during the day, as well. This order is tarot decks, Wiccan amulet pendants and bells!
We never heard from the Job Corps bunch by the time I left the house for the Open Circle, so I didn’t try to head that way. I went straight to the shop. Things were mostly set up and I talked with the two new people. We started late because Marius had some other obligations that took him until later than he’d hoped. It was a fun Sabbat, small, but the Work was done. After, we had a nice feast, and then folks helped us re-set the shop and then we all headed home.
Tempus has headed out for his paper route and I’m going to put this out, early, then get set up for the day. I’m hoping to get to the shop by 10. Hoping….
Today is our monthly Psychic Fair. Laurel Woods and Sasha have promised to be there to do readings and Lorri may come in for Back Magick. I haven’t heard from her, so I’ll post here and on Facebook when she gets to the shop. We have the usual workshops, and since I’m down to just 3 little seams on the biscornu, maybe that will be finished.
11am – Shop opens
~ Laurel doing readings
~ Herbs Workshop
Noon – Crystals
1pm – Children’s Craft Hour 3-8
~ Sasha is doing readings
2pm – Children’s Craft Hour 8-14
3pm – Sewing Workshop
7pm – Shop Closes
Yes, today’s feast, Star Wars Day, is based on a pun, “May the 4th be with you!” I’m a geek, what can I say? 🙂 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
The shop opens at 11am . Spring hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waning Crescent. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Ends at Tide Change on 5/9 at 5:28pm. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 5/5 at 5:28am.
The three brightest stars of the May dusk are all zero magnitude: Capella in the northwest, Vega lower in the northeast, and Arcturus high in the east. (Jupiter, far lower left of Capella, is brighter but doesn’t count.) Jupiter continues its stay in Taurus. It is low in the western sky at dusk, and sets soon afterwards.
The Eta Aquariid meteor shower, usually the year’s best for the Southern Hemisphere, should be strongest just before dawn. Fewer of its meteors can be seen from the latitudes of the southern U.S., and few or none from the northern U.S. and Europe.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 4 Low 3:08 AM 1.8 6:02 AM Rise 3:16 AM 35
~ 4 High 8:52 AM 6.1 8:24 PM Set 3:17 PM
~ 4 Low 3:13 PM 0.9
~ 4 High 9:41 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I remember freedom. I remember who I Am. I am free.
~ A man feared that he might find an assassin; Another that he might find a victim. One was wiser than the other. – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
~ A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can’t live that way you don’t stay. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
~ A poet can survive everything but a misprint. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. – Samuel Goldwyn
Beauty of a Woman
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,
The figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart,
The place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman Is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
The passion that she shows.
The beauty of a woman
With passing years — only grows. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
Magick – Beltane & May Crafts
Fairy Furniture – May is a month that fairies love. Show them your appreciation by making them some furniture!
· twigs, vines, dried flowers
· needle and thread
· scrap material
· hot glue gun
· pruners to cut the twigs
1. Decide what you’re going to make. We’ll make a chair, to give you an example.
2. Cut the twigs in this manner – one long, bendable piece that will form the back legs and back of the chair, and four equal-lengthed twigs which will form the two front legs and the seat. The chair should stand no more than four inches tall (including the back)
3. Bend the long twig, and hot glue one of the smaller pieces in between the two ends where you want the seat to be. This will be the back of the seat.
4. Hot glue on each side of the bent twig facing towards you a smaller twig; these will be the sides of the seat.
5. Glue the front piece of the seat to these side twigs.
6. Glue the two front legs to the seat so that the chair legs are even.
7. If you wish, wrap the vines around the chair back and legs.
8. Cut the scrap material to form a “back” and a “seat” – these are NOT to be as wide as the chair, but will fit inside of the twigs.
9. Using your needle and thread, attach the material to the chair using a whip stitch.
10. Hot glue small dried flowers at the top of the chair.
This technique can be used to make all kinds of fairy furniture, from tables to beds, to sofas – all of which are sure to delight your fairies! You can make little tea cups too from dried flower cups!