I’m drooping over the keyboard, huddled around a cup of coffee, trying to get my eyes open. Sunshine is pouring into the study through the tree that are north of east. It’s hitting south of the easy chair, now. It’s 45F with a light breeze.
Yesterday’s weather was nasty as I was leaving for the shop. I told Tempus to go back to sleep, because I know how tired he’s been. He just flipped over and pulled the covers up. It was blowing and chill when I went out to the car.
I got things open, but not the big stuff out, and then spent several minutes with the big sofa bolster pillow, tearing it apart and re-building it. I left the stitching for workshop time, but got it re-sized and shaken back into shape. It’s going to be a little short for the sofa, now, but that’s better than too long, as it has been!
While that was going on the sun came out. The sunshine was thin and watery, but there, and the clouds even broke up a little. During the day it never really got clear, but it never poured, either. It would get drizzly and then the sunshine would come back.
We processed some spring herbs during the Herbs Workshop and talked about what’s growing at the moment, then processed a few of the dried things from last fall. Crystals talked about obsidians and set the polish load going for another run. I had a pickled egg and some cheese cubes for lunch, but I was getting awfully sleepy and couldn’t get through to Tempus on his phone…and then I did and he finally got to the shop, so I went in back for a nap.
I woke for Sewing Workshop and got that pillow fixed and did a little on my newest pincushion while we talked. After everyone left, I drove up to South Beach to pick up an office chair for the beading area. After that Tempus and I worked on inventorying some of the crystals until closing time, but at that point a couple of friends asked us for a ride to Newport, so back we went, stopping by the park near the Haunted Lighthouse to watch the sun set as it ghosted down into thicker and thicker cloud, finally vanishing before it hit the horizon.
I got home around 9pm, but Tempus was finishing set-up for morning, so it took him awhile longer. He was hunting what had been done with the large bags for the Sunday papers….. While I was working on the newsletter and doing some research into alum powder (for washing soap…) he worked on making us salads for supper.
Judging by the clock, he’ll be a Fred Meyer’s at the moment, picking up the returned papers from last week. He’s got shopping to do, then he’ll come home and sort that out before heading back to the shop.
Today’s the last day for a couple of our students who are graduating from Job Corps. Classes this morning start around 9:30, or whenever they get dropped off. This afternoon is Project Day, and we have a lot of things that we’re working on. I’m hoping to start on carving a wax tablet, but since there’s a big event next weekend, we’re probably going to be making costumes, instead, and I won’t have room to be messy, the way that the tablets require.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. I harvested some yesterday afternoon around 4pm and here at nearly 9am, having washed my hands several times, I can still detect it! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Vadersolstavlan, (sun-dog painting, or weather-sun painting) created in 1535, is the oldest painting of the city of Stockholm and is believed to have been painted of a real (i.e. not imagined) event, shortly after this weather phenomenon happened. It’s also the oldest depiction of “sun dogs”, which are what are pictured here. More on the painting here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4dersolstavlan and on Sun Dogs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_dog which page includes a lot of links to other atmospheric phenomena of this type. The pic of the painting is with the article. It just looks like a blur, this small, so I didn’t put it in the newsletter.
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 4/28 at 11:14PDT. 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 Quarter on 4/22 at 12:52am PDT.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 – A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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
to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 20 High 4:13 AM 7.7 6:24 AM Rise 12:57 AM 77
~ 20 Low 11:18 AM -0.4 8:07 PM Set 10:46 AM
~ 20 High 5:55 PM 6.3
~ 20 Low 11:22 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Translate fear into excited anticipation.
~ An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates
~ Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. – St. Francis of Assisi
~ A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. – St. Francis of Assisi
~ Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. ~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
Here is a story
to break your heart.
Are you willing?
the loons came to our harbor
and died, one by one,
of nothing we could see.
A friend told me
of one on the shore
that lifted its head and opened
the elegant beak and cried out
in the long, sweet savoring of its life
which, if you have heard it,
you know is a sacred thing,
and for which, if you have not heard it,
you had better hurry to where
they still sing.
And, believe me, tell no one
just where that is.
The next morning
this loon, speckled
and iridescent and with a plan
to fly home
to some hidden lake,
was dead on the shore.
I tell you this
to break your heart,
by which I mean only
that it break open and never close again
to the rest of the world. – Mary Oliver (New and Slected Poems Volume Two)
A Love Charm – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
A Love Charm by Seraphina-m’Anat
Caveat – this is a charm that should not be used on a random “target,” but rather as an enhancement to an established relationship. The reason for this is that, in my experience with this charm ::nudge, nudge, wink, wink::, the essence of the two partners become intertwined, and the charm will happily ensnare you as it bewitches your mate. Spring normally gets us all happily randy, and this charm adds a little more passion and intensity to this feeling. Now, some may call this manipulative of another’s will, but let me offer the witch’s perspective….my hubby knew full well I was a witch when he married me and hasn’t complained so far of any effects of “boosting” so to speak, LOL. Effective enhancements to this charm are self-pampering, as well as spouse pampering; candle light dinners, foods traditionally know to be aphrodisiacs, and exotic music. Silks, velvets, and satins don’t hurt either ::impish grin:: A reliable baby-sitter for any wee’uns in the house is a plus too, if you have children. Is it any wonder that this is one of the witches favourite holidays?
By all that lives on land, in sea,
By the ebbing and the flow,
Each time that you do think of me,
Your love for me shall grow.
By numbers odd and numbers even,
By the sacred power of three times three,
Passion for me in your thoughts weave in,
All thy thoughts shall be of me.
By velvet cords of longing,
Your heart to me belonging,
By the white rose and the red,
I am the fire in thy head.
No peace nor increase shall you find,
Until your hand is joined in mine.