The whole eastern horizon is shattered cloud over a pale salmon-colored background. It’s so much cooler than it was yesterday. 52F is back to normal, which is a huge relief. There’s a fair amount of water vapor, but no real fog at the moment.
I got a little weeding done yesterday morning. I harvested buttercups and burnet, and then went over to weed around the clover. We got to the shop in plenty of time to clean and re-set the classroom. Brea got there just as we finished and just as she was ready the young folks showed up. They were feeling very duh and distractable, but she did a little teaching, anyway.
I was typing, trying to get the text of one of my pamphlets back into electronic form. I don’t know what happened with the original. The good part is that I’m re-writing certain sections that weren’t clear in the 1st edition. Brea took off at 11:30 and I talked with the youngsters for a bit before their bus came.
Tempus went into the back to sleep, since he’d gotten maybe 5 hours the night before. It was already 85 by that point and I was melting, so I worked a bit until I couldn’t think, then read until he woke. After that I got my turn and was back up front by around 4:15. By then it was 86F. That’s just *too* warm for me. By 5:45 it was down to 55F….The ocean air had rolled in, bringing fog and scudding cloud/fog to the west. We finally had to close the back door. The wind was running around 25mph.
Alice showed up after closing time and we talked for quite a while. Tempus had been working on a project once it cooled down, so we got that finished and headed home around 9pm and it was still twilight….
We’re both going to be at the shop again. The back has gotten way out of hand, so I’m going to see whether Tempus (once he’s awake) will be up to getting some of that sorted out. Otherwise, it’s all more of the same. I don’t know if anyone will be in for the computer workshop at 2pm or not?
May 6 is the day of Eyvind Kelve in Norse celebrations. Eyvind Kelve was a pagan martyr who was tortured and drowned on the orders of King Olaf Tryggvason for refusing to give up his pagan beliefs. Eyvind refused to convert. He was pricked with hot pins, had his fingers broken, his back scored and fruit and salt poured into the wounds, and still refused to consent to baptism. He was deprived of food and sleep, and when he still refused, Olaf declared that if he would not take the waters of baptism, the waters would take him, and had him drowned. I guess pagans have our tortured martyrs, too…. …and the Law of Return at work, Olaf eventually drowned after a losing battle at sea. A week later, Norwegians celebrate the Festival of the Midnight Sun, which pays tribute to the Norse sun goddess. This festival marks the beginning of ten straight weeks without darkness. In part from http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/beltanemayday/p/Beltane_History.htm A little more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyvind_Kelve <<<< According to Heimskringla’s account, king Olaf had practitioners of seiðr tied and left on a skerry at ebb. More on Olav here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olav_Tryggvason#Forcible_conversions That guy was a real piece of work!
Today’s Plant is a repeat on Claytonia! I got one variety, but not the other. Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, also called Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane and is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – 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. This one is also a spirit-lifter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
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 in Hecate’s Brooch. 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark of the Moon on 5/8 5:28am.
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
M 6 Low 5:05 AM 0.5 5:59 AM Rise 4:12 AM 16
~ 6 High 11:07 AM 6.2 8:27 PM Set 5:27 PM
~ 6 Low 4:58 PM 1.4
~ 6 High 11:08 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Count Your Blessings. Once You realize how valuable You are and how much You have going for You, the Smiles will return, the Sun will break out, the Music will play, and You will finally be able to move forward with Grace, Strength, Courage, and Confidence. So, Count Your Blessings,dear Friend. Make a Gratitude list. You have thousands of Reasons to be Thankful…
~ Amateurs wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work. – Chuck Close
~ An open heart is a sanctuary where all are welcome. – Paul Ferrini
~ And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. – Nietzsche
~ Beauty is the highest of all these occult influences, the quality of appearances that thru’ the sense wakeneth spiritual emotion in the mind of man. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
Behind the western bars
The shrouded day retreats,
And unperceived the stars
Steal to their sovran seats.
And whiter grows the foam,
The small moon lightens more;
And as I turn me home,
My shadow walks before.
The Clouds have left the Sky. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
Magick – Spring/Beltane Goddesses
Maia – May Day (Beltane)
Themes: Sexual Prowess; Playfulness; Wishes
Symbols: Braided or Knotted items
About Maia: This Roman Goddess, whose name means “mother”, offers all who seek it fulfillment and renewed zest. Maia gave her name to the month of May. She’s the Queen of the Flowers, and today was one of Her festival days, celebrated suitably with an abundance of blossoms. In later times, Maia became strongly associated with Bona Dea, whose name literally translates as “good Goddess”.
To Do Today: As a child, on this day I left bundles of wildflowers anonymously at neighbors’ homes. As a random act of beauty and kindness, this still holds merit today and certainly honors Maia.
In magical circles people customarily braid wishes into the ribbons of the Maypole and leave them there to germinate and grow until fall. To do this yourself, find three strands of blue ribbon and braid them together so they meet five times, saying,
‘Tis the month of May, for _______(health, love, money, or whatever) I wish today.
Ribbons of blue, help my wish come true.
Braided within, the spell begins.
Bound to and fro, the magic grows.
When in Fall untied, this wish is mine!’
Wear a flowery shirt, skirt, or tie today to welcome Maia and brighten your day.. )0( – By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Markana is Coming….
Death drowns in the river
where we pushed it in.
That’s it for death!
We have sent death away
from the village for now.
Summer is coming,
bringing the harvest.
The goddess is coming,
Markana is coming,
bringing the harvest. – Spring Folksong From Bohemia
Winter, in Slavic traditions, was driven forth from the village each spring and cast, in effigy, upon the waters of rivers and streams. As the effigies were washed away, so were the miseries and fears of winter. These spring effigies were “scapegoats,” like the actual goats the ancient Hebrews covered with notes about worries and concerns and then released into the desert. With the death of the scapegoat – with the release of the effigy into the rushing stream – our own worries were ended.
Today we may scapegoat others, hoping to pin our miseries on them. Even if we have no ritual to meet the need, the human need to find a way out of trouble remains. Where ritual does not sustain us, we fall into habits that can be damaging rather than healing. Sending our wintry worries out to sea through a releasing ritual at this time of year can free us to move forward with our lives, toward summer. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON