Psychic Fair – Sabrina Thornton, special guest! Workshops! Meditation!
It’s 52F, almost today’s forecast high, cloudy, and utterly still. It’s likely to rain, but things are just quiet at the moment.
As soon as I headed to the shop yesterday the sky started to really clear. It was a white puffy clouds as I was heading down Range Drive, but within a couple of hours, even with some high haze and cirrus the sun was shining brightly. Tempus got the the shop around noon. He’s been getting little enough sleep that he’s been worrying me, so I’ve been letting him sleep later, and just opening by myself. He started working on cleaning up front and I was working on books.
We got busy during the afternoon and I ended up doing a reading and then another and yet a 3rd. By 4pm it was clouding up and getting breezy, there were still some kind of sunbreaks, but those gradually vanished and by 7pm it had drizzled a bit.
Cliona came in late in the day and we talked about how business is doing. I headed home before 7pm, got soaked because it poured as I pulled into the driveway, got some supper together, started cooking a pickle broth and waited for Tempus. He stopped at the store, but didn’t get home until just before 9pm and it was past 10 before we were done eating and the food things put away. He went to bed and then I turned in, later, after I had set up some pickles.
Saturday 4/5 – Shop opens 10am
~ Herbs Indoors – Spring Harvest, Making Sachets
~ Crystals Workshop – Selenite
~ Sewing Workshop – Sewing on Bias Tape, or BYOP (Bring Your Own Project)
~ Meditation – Growing
Sunday 4/6 – Shop open 11am
~ Wicca 101 for Young People, Lesson 6
~ Noon to 6pm, House Capuchin Project Day – Pickles, spoons & shoes – historical reenactment
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. – This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
The Hanshi or Cold Food Festival is a Chinese tradition for this time of year. Coming from the practice of changing the type of wood used for starting fires with the change of seasons, and originally including ancestor worship, the festival now mostly is games and housecleaning, despite a rather grisly myth attached to it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Food_Festival
The shop opens at 10am! 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 email@example.com 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 a Waxing Crescent. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, 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 on 4/15 at 12:42am. at 11:48pm. 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 on 4/7 ay 1:31am.
The Moon passes below Jupiter in Gemini this weekend. Although they look close together, Jupiter is currently almost 2,000 times farther away. And it’s 40 times bigger than the Moon.
All week look above Jupiter for Pollux and Castor, left of it for Procyon, and farther right of it for Capella. Way down below it is Betelgeuse, the top corner of Orion.
Venus (magnitude –4.4) is the bright “Morning Star” shining in the east-southeast during early dawn.
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 Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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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 5 High 4:40 AM 7.2 6:50 AM Set 1:11 AM 26
~ 5 Low 11:40 AM 0.6 7:49 PM Rise 10:55 AM
~ 5 High 6:11 PM 5.9
~ 5 Low 11:40 PM 3.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am a beautiful flower that is blossoming more and more each day.
~ A bad habit is nothing more than a mistake repeated. – unknown
~ Winners make goals; others make excuses. – Anonymous
~ The real is always way ahead of what we can imagine. – Paul Auster
~ I am not young enough to know everything. – J. M. Barrie
Pray, don’t find fault with the man that limps
Or stumbles along the road.
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
Or struggled beneath his load.
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt
Though hidden away from view.
Or the burden he bears placed on your back
Might cause you to stumble too.
Dont sneer at the man who’s down today
Unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.
You may be strong but still the blows
That was his if dealt to you
In the selfsame way, at the selfsame time
Might cause you to stagger too.
Dont be too harsh with the man that sins
Or pelt him with word or stone
Unless you are sure – yea, doubly sure –
That you have no sins of your own.
For you know, perhaps,
If the tempter’s voice should whisper as soft to you
As it did to him when he went astray
It might cause you to falter too. –Author Unknown, From – Inspire Today
WILD IRISH NETTLE SOUP http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
12 oz nettle leaves and young, tender stems (use gloves to collect)
3-4 oz butter
6 oz (2 oz each) leek, onion and celery, roughly chopped
2.5 pints chicken stock
1.5 lbs potatoes, sliced
.75 pint cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Comment: from the Ashford Castle Hotel – County Mayo, Ireland
Wash the nettles. Melt 3 oz of the butter in a heavy based pan and sweat the leek, onion, celery and the nettles for 5 to 6 minutes without browning. Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil, then add the potatoes. Cook over a low heat for about 40 to 50 minutes.
Put soup in blender and puree, then return it to the pan, and add the cream. Salt and pepper to taste, reheat gently and check the consistency. Some extra butter may be whisked in for a richer, smoother finish. Garnish each serving with a blanched nettle leaf. Serves 8
Cottage Cheese and Wild Rice Casserole – Serves 6 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Marilyn Helton, who writes our regular Diabetic Dining on Fabulous Foods column, adapted this recipe from the Wild Rice For All Seasons Cookbook
- small onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 cups cooked wild rice, about 2/3 cup uncooked
- 1 carton (12 oz.) cottage cheese
- 1 carton (8oz.) sour cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- dash or two of Tabasco® sauce
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Sauté the onion in margarine in a skillet and toss the cooked rice with this.
- In a mixing bowl, blend the cottage cheese with the sour cream, milk, Tabasco® sauce and seasoned salt.
- Stir this into the rice and turn into a lightly vegetable spray-coated 1-1/2 qt. casserole.
- Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350°F degrees about 25 minutes.
GOAT CHEESE & SPINACH TURNOVERS http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
- 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
- 1/2 cup Diced red onion
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 bunches Fresh spinach, stemmed and chopped
- 2 ounces Soft fresh goat cheese
- 1/3 cup Toasted pine nuts
- 3 Tablespoons Grated parmesan cheese1/2 teaspoon Minced fresh rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon Grated lemon peel
- 4 Frozen phyllo pastry sheets, thawed
- 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté 5 minutes. Increase heat to high. Add spinach and sauté until wilted, about 5 minutes. Drain spinach mixture, pressing on solids to release as much liquid as possible. Transfer to bowl and cool completely. Add goat cheese, pine nuts, parmesan, rosemary and lemon peel. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface. Cut lengthwise into 3 strips. Brush with butter. Place 1 rounded Tablespoon filling at 1 end of dough strip. Starting at 1 corner, fold pastry over filling, forming triangle. Repeat, folding up length of pastry as for flag. Brush with butter. Repeat with remaining pastry, butter and filling. Transfer turnovers to baking sheet. Cover and chill. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake turnover until golden, about 12 minutes. Cool slightly and serve. Makes 12