Happy Spring Break! Herbs Workshop (mostly on incense) at 11am, Crystals Workshop (on agates) at Noon, Sewing Workshop at 3pm on Cutting Out Without a Pattern.
It’s 37F, but the sun is shining brightly and no wind. Maybe it’ll warm back up to spring temperatures? There was thick frost on the roof next door very late in the night. You could see it from the moonlight.
Yesterday went sideways right from the start! I wasn’t ready to leave when it was time to open, so I stayed home to finish up and then got caught online, by a couple of people. Once I was at the shop I had to give a quickie lesson in radiesthesia, since we seem to be out of the books. Almost before I was done with that, Tempus had to go help out our elderly friend, since we haven’t had vehicles for a bit and his errands had piled up.
I finished up several small tasks that had been set out: sorting bags, packing some clearing incense, grinding some pine heartwood and cleaning off the work table, generally. After that I started in on the sewing machine area, trying to get that sorted and putting away things where they need to go. …and I was consulting with Rowan online about the night’s Sabbat ritual. …and then I had to go find plastic eggs. …and then I didn’t. So I worked on getting some candles that had gotten pulled out and finished into the inventory. …and then on reconditioning a damaged incense holder, and then unburying my sewing machine. …and then I sat for a bit. …and then a couple of friends came in and a couple of people needing incense, so I had to hurry-up-quick pack a little more. …and finally got some lunch.
…and a few more customers and then I set up the table so that we could do the marriage ceremony back there and then when they got here it was 8 people not 3! Well, it worked. Congratulations, Mary and Bruce!
I ended up coming down with a migraine and Tempus brought me home before the Open Circle. It was very small this time, 7 or 8 people.
Today we have Herbs Indoors, Crystals and Sewing Workshops. I didn’t setup anything specialf ro today, since we’ll be starting to work on the sewing machines later in the day.
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that should be blooming in about 6 weeks, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from the plants will make you ill. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Attis is one of the stranger gods that come out of the Mediterranean area. He is the consort of the mother goddess Cybele, whose worship was orgiastic and whose priests castrated themselves. This is the day that his image was hung from a tree and paraded into Rome. He pre-figures some of the odder stories about Jesus with his death and resurrection, birth from a virgin at the Winter Solstice, crucifixion, etc. Easter baskets with grass may have some odd connection with his rites. More on Attis here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attis and on the feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybele#.27Holy_week.27_in_March
The shop opens at 11am! Spring hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although closing time is drifting later with the longer days. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/30 at 11:45am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Waning Quarter on 3/23 at 6:46pm.
Saturday, March 22, 4 p.m. EDT – Venus at greatest elongation west – Venus will be at its farthest westward from the sun, which means that it will also be in perfect “half-moon” phase, lit exactly from its left side. It is now a “morning star,” rising in the east just before the sun.
When the stars come out this week, the Big Dipper is standing on its handle in the northeast. As evening grows late the Dipper climbs higher and starts tipping to the left.
Tuesday, March 18 – Tuesday, Apr. 1, after evening twilight – Zodiacal Light– The faint glow of the zodiacal light, reflected from millions of tiny interplanetary particles, will be visible from northern latitudes in the western sky right after evening twilight ends. Fainter than the Milky Way, this is only visible in really dark skies. The Milky Way arches from southwest to northwest, while the zodiacal light rises straight up from the western horizon underneath Jupiter.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month– Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 22 High 4:34 AM 7.8 7:15 AM Rise 1:07 AM 73
~ 22 Low 11:37 AM 0.4 7:31 PM Set 10:53 AM
~ 22 High 6:01 PM 5.9
~ 22 Low 11:23 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t live in the past…you have already been there.
~ If you light a lamp for someone, it will also brighten your path. – Buddhist saying
~ After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ Diligence is the mother of good fortune. – Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish novelist,in Don Quixote
~ The twisted circumstances under which we live is grist for the writing mill, the loving, hating and discovering, finding new handles for old pitchers… – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
INTO ANOTHER TIME
A pin or breath could perhaps slip between
this world and the alteration of the next,
not a doorway but two worlds of being;
Closeknit, only a slight hesitation between…
Will you walk or slip into another place or time,
Like two screens from a drive-in theatre,
Slanting as you drive by them but large;
Not knowing if it’s a world like yours or mine?
They are back-to-back together closely
Not screens now, but becoming other worlds.
Will they be like this world, or mostly
Like a Celtic Overworld or Summerland?
Like the Greek Elysian Fields, or even
Like Hades or Hecate’s Dark Underworld,
Fording the River Styx to reach them,
Pressing a coin in Charon’s hand.
Or will they be just like our world, with only
small differences that would surprise;
Would you see a face like your face
Or your love or parents in another guise?
Would this be death, or yet another dream;
Of what could be, would be, or will be, yet?
I hope you will be there, waiting for me;
I’ll not chance it, otherwise! – © Copyright 11/5/05, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Early Ostara blessings to you all! I’ve decided to do something a little different for this week, you probably have heard that Ostara or Eastara is a Saxon Goddess of Spring and dawn, Lady of the blossoms, shoots, arrival of new life etc. The hare is her sacred animal and bunnies, chicks, and brightly coloured eggs are part of her rites, the story of the hare basically follows the lines that she was late arriving one spring, comes across a frozen dying bird that she feels guilty about, and the creature’s wings fall off. In some versions she takes the bird as a pet and later transforms it to a magical white hare, in all versions the hare has the ability to lay rainbow coloured eggs. In some versions the hare becomes her lover, some not, eventually she dislikes his promiscuity and in anger throws him into the sky where he becomes part of the constellation Lepus.
I’ve taken the liberty of rewriting this tale into a child friendly, what I think is a more likely version of events. Ostara is a fertility goddess, all acts of love and pleasure are her rituals, so why was she really angry with the hare? I’d like to share my version of this bunny tale.
One spring the Goddess Ostara was late in returning to her lands, the snow still covered the ground. As she wandered the forest she found a little bird lying in the snow, his wings were frozen and she was sure he would die, and she felt sad because if she had been on time, he might have lived. Ostara gently picked up the bird and his wings fell off, and she made him her pet. The bird got well and became a dear friend to the Goddess, though when he was alone he would cry because he missed his wings so badly.
The Goddess had compassion for her friend the bird and asked what she could do. He said if only he could jump and run and play and frolic like he did when he had wings he would be so grateful and happy. The Goddess told him she could not give him new wings though she could change him into something else that could do all he wanted.
I would make you white to blend in with the snow, she said, and give you fur to keep you warm during the winter, I would give you strength to jump and frolic and to outrun the greatest hunter. There is part of you that will always remain a bird, you will always lay eggs, and because magic changes things your eggs will be all colours of the rainbow my dear friend. Is this what you wish?
Yes, the bird chirped, and she gathered him into her hands, and kissed his brow. In an instant the air shimmered with the brightness of dawn and he was transformed into a snow white rabbit, with a pink nose and white ears. The Goddess reached down to the ground and released him from her grip, he ran around in circles and jumped and dashed here and there, he was so happy and the Lady smiled at his joy and went on her way.
The hare made friends with the other rabbits, though he was the only one who could lay eggs. Yet it didn’t matter that he was different, he loved his life and often gave the Goddess gifts of colourful eggs when she returned in Spring. One year the hare noticed children watched as his friends played, they laughed and giggled as they watched the rabbits run and hop and the white hare decided the children would appreciate the gift of a rainbow egg, so early one morning he left some in a basket in early spring. The children were delighted and the hare decided to give colourful eggs to all the children he saw for the rest of his life.
Years passed and some of the other creatures became upset with the white hare, he had been telling them he was more blessed by the Goddess because he could lay eggs and they could not. Somehow he felt superior, he was a magical creature and they were just plain and that made him more important than the others and he began to treat the others poorly.
The Goddess Ostara was walking through the woods early one morning and saw the white hare; I have heard some unsettling news about you friend, that you think you are above the other creatures. It troubles me, because all my creatures are precious, no one is greater or lesser than another. I saved your life and took you as a pet, you were so sad that I transformed you into a magical snow hare, and you have spread joy by gifting your rainbow eggs to me and the children. Yet I see now that you are not part of the world where all things are equal, I cannot change you back to a bird for you will surely die, and I wish you to live on. The only place for you is in the sky among the stars, where you may watch over all the earth and return once a year to bring the children your eggs.
I will live in the stars Ostara, and every spring when you walk the earth I will return to bring the eggs to the children. Then let it be so my friend, you must rest in my arms as you did when you were transformed once before. The white hare leaped into her arms, and she embraced him warmly and kissed his pink nose, I will always love you and watch for you in the stars, and she tossed him into the sky and he came to sit just under Orion, the hunter of the stars, who never catches the hare. Even today you can see him watching in the sky in the constellation Lepus, the hare. http://www.thepaganhousehold.com/guests/an-ostara-story/
– Dormitory = Dirty Room
– The Morse Code = Here Come Dots
– Slot Machines = Cash Lost in ’em
– Animosity = Is No Amity
– Mother-in-law = Woman Hitler
– Snooze Alarms = Alas! No More Z’s
– Alec Guinness = Genuine Class
– Semolina = Is No Meal
– The Public Art Galleries = Large Picture Halls, I Bet
– A Decimal Point = I’m a Dot in Place
– Eleven plus two = Twelve plus one
– Contradiction = Accord not in it
From Shakespeare’s Hamlet: To be or not to be: that is the question, whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Becomes: In one of the Bard’s best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.
– George Herbert Walker Bush = Huge Berserk Rebel Warthog
– George Bush = He bugs Gore
– Ronald Reagan = A darn long era
– Margaret Thatcher = That great charmer
And the grand finale: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” (Neil A. Armstrong) Becomes: A thin man ran, makes a large stride, left planet, pins flag on moon! On to Mars!