It’s a lovely morning, crisp and bright. 46F and a light breeze, and every water droplet that falls seems to be crystal shattering.
We’re doing a Wicca 101 Intensive on two consecutive Wednesdays, 5/22 and 5/29, from 9am-6pm with an hour lunch break. Cost is $45 for a paper copy of the class handout, or $15 if you bring a flash drive to put it onto your computer. …and that’s per person, couple or family. If you’re sharing the handout, there’s one fee for all of you. It will be held at the shop. For more info or to register e-mail Anja at firstname.lastname@example.org or catch me on Facebook on our Ancient Light account. Bring note-taking materials (which can include plugging in a laptop). We’ll have coffee/tea/iced tea available and some snacks. We might decide to get a communal lunch either or both days, since there’s a fantastic Chinese restaurant across the street, and they seem to run $10-$12 per person at full cost.
I harvested roses on the way to the car. Everything else was too wet. If it hadn’t been so late already I would have come back in and put my garden skirt on and harvested horsetail. It’s perfect right at the moment and the rain on it keeps it fresh until I can get it tied and hung. …but I got to the shop with roses… Amor was stirring as we left because his phone went off, but he had come in around 1am, so we just let him sleep. …and something left a fresh “pile” somewhere between the house and car and Tempus had to wash his boots!
We’ve been having to do some rearranging again, and the Great Garage Sale made it imperative. I’ve re-done the altar cloth area, although there’s more to be done, there. Have you seen that we have baskets for when you’re shopping for small items, now? They’re right by the inner display case, rather than by the door from where the baskets tend to walk… There’s even a small table/chair there, for when someone needs to sit and talk.
We had some serious folks in, serious shoppers I mean, and got totally sidetracked from what we were doing. I still need to get a keyboard, so we were shopping online and finally got one ordered late in the day. Once Amor got down there we talked to Ricky on the phone, setting up for Amor to stop by to say hi, starting his next leg of his trek. Tempus headed up to the house to find out what kind of ink his printer up there takes. Robyne called. He’s doing well and wanted to tell me that he liked the Mother’s Day pic.
Tempus finally got back by which time Amor was having a grand old time stripping unneeded programs out of the old shop computer and cleaning the keyboard. 🙂 …and listening to him complaining about the program’s and even about Apple (we have PC’s) was just a hoot! I got a bit of a nap and then Amor went out for Chinese (Tempus and I had lunch long before that), Tempus started up again in back and I got to work on WDW re-drawings. When we finally headed home Tempus made us a ham, salad and mashed potato dinner, then went to bed. Amor and I played with music stuff on the new computer, playing some of each other’s favorites.
Today is the feast of Shavuot. This is a harvest feast of Judaism that celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai after the escape from Egypt. Mt. Sinai bloomed, so everything is decorated with greenery and flowers. It was the first day that the new law went into effect about kosher foods, so they ate only dairy products. A special poem is read and so it the Book of Ruth, which has significance for this day, because of King David’s dates of birth and death being on Shavuot and also because the story takes place at harvest-time. It was also the “first fruit” festival. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shavuot
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications, – Masculine, Mars, Fire. Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday, ‘coz we need a weekend, too! 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 Diana’s Bow moving to the Waxing Crescent at 9:35pm. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magicks, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/24 at 9:35pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 5/14 at 5:28am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the waxing quarter on 5/17 at 9:35pm.
Arcturus, high in the southeast, is sometimes called the “Spring Star,” and Vega low in the northeast is called the “Summer Star.” Look a third of the way from Arcturus down to Vega for the dim semicircle of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, with its one brightish star Alphecca. Look two thirds of the way for the dim Keystone of Hercules.
Mars remains hidden in the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic tree month Huath/Hawthorn from May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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Celtic tree month Huath/Hawthorn May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers –
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. – Curtis Clark
Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 14 High 3:12 AM 7.0 5:50 AM Rise 9:35 AM 12
~ 14 Low 10:15 AM -0.2 8:36 PM
~ 14 High 4:54 PM 6.0
~ 14 Low 10:17 PM 3.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am constantly moving forward in the direction of my goals.
~ One of the dreariest spots on life’s road is the point of conviction that nothing will ever again happen to you. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
~ Only by melting the ice in the heart of Man does Man have a chance to change and begin using his knowledge wisely. – Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq
~ Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. – William Shakespeare
~ Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life. – Jonathan Edwards
The great decisions of human life have as a rule far more to do with the instincts and other mysterious unconscious factors than with conscious will and well-meaning reasonableness. The shoe that fits one person pinches another there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. Each of us carries his own life-form—an indeterminable form which cannot be superseded by any other. – Carl Jung
A Violet Love Charm
Violets are symbols of loyalty, and in April they are plentiful. They carpet our lawns like a blue mist. You can use them in spells to keep your mate faithful. No doubt the Wise Ones who once walked the hills of Appalachia where I now live gathered violets on the edge of the woodland to use in spells such as this:
To ensure your love remains true;
Pick six violets, all must be blue.
Put them in water that you have blessed;
Place them where your lover’s head shall rest.
After you do these things, take three ribbons—pink, yellow, and white—and wait until the darkness of night.
Tie them around the branch of a tree, and say:
We are now bound,
So mote it be. ~James Kambos, From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
A Fairy Spell
In a woodland clearing, spread a clean green cloth. On it place small cakes and flowers, especially primroses, in a circle. Imagine the magic around you and say:
O Fairy Queen,
Upon your white steed,
Within me plant
A magic seed.
From you may spring
Many new beginnings.
Accept these offerings.
Leave the items and walk around the altar three times, then slowly walk the path back to your home. Listen for the sound of laughter and bells and know you are blessed.
Beltane is the time when fairies return from their winter rest, carefree and full of mischief and delight.
On the night before Beltane, in times past, folks would place rowan branches at their windows and doors for protection. If you do not wish the fairies to visit, do the same!
This is also a perfect time for night or predawn rituals to draw down power to promote fertility in body and mind.
At Beltane, the Pleiades star cluster rises just before sunrise on the morning horizon. The Pleiades is known as the seven sisters, and resembles a tiny dipper-shaped pattern of six moderately bright stars in the constellation of Taurus, near the shoulder. Watch for it low in the east-northeast sky, just a few minutes before sunrise. By: Nancy Bennett
A May Spell for Beauty
One of the time-honored methods of improving physical beauty in Scotland and England was to gather morning dew on May Day and apply it to the skin. To adapt this idea using a more spiritual tone, try mixing a little catnip tea with this dew. Anoint yourself thrice over the heart with it, saying, “Loveliness within, loveliness without, let beauty shine, remove all doubt.”
If May Day dew is not available, use rain or dew drops collected on the third or twenty-first day of any month. To gather dew, drape a fine linen or cotton cloth over a few plants at nightfall. Just after dawn the next day, wring out the fabric into a clean container. Refrigerate this, otherwise the water will quickly become stagnant and unusable for magic.
Internalizing the spirit of beauty. Grace under pressure. Poise and presence. Self-confidence. – GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html