It’s 50F and dark, dark, dark…. It looks like about 1/2 an hour past sunset and it’s rapidly creeping up on noon! It was pouring buckets of rain for a few minutes there. It’s very still, I have the window open, even if it’s chilly, because Tempus is cooking and the smoke was making me cough. …but it’s not all that chilly because only the occasional breath of a breeze wanders in the window and my feet are all tucked up under the desk in my warmsie.
Yesterday was long, confusing and just flat weird. There’ve been some massive mis-communications about the 102 course. Apparently it’s *not* being held at the shop and the day of the week is floating around…. Hmm…. well, it definitely wasn’t held last night….
Tempus and I both had some urgent things to take care of at home which kept him from getting to the shop anywhere near to “on time”. I think it was around 2pm when he opened. I should probably put that onto the shop calendar, because the Monday after Spring Break we always seem to do that….
I got back to work on the computer, processing pictures and writing up stuff for the shop, creating headers, that kind of thing. I was also minding a soup, a beef knuckle soup by Babicka’s method. It’s still going and will be for another several hours.
He was at the shop for quite awhile and then I got a phone call that our elderly friend (who just moved home yesterday) still wasn’t answering his phone, so Hatch went down to mind the shop and Tempus headed over there. It wasn’t a big problem. Our friend was fine, but he couldn’t find the ringing phone and the cordless hadn’t been plugged in properly… So, he fed Tempus a Manhattan and the comment after he got home at 9pm was, “Well, I can feel my face, now…” 🙂 Iow, that was a *strong* drink!
I’m already writing this morning, starting with a set of recipes from our feast back in February. I’ve got a class to finish writing up, as well, with some of the newer research.
More on this Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse! http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/03/lunar_eclipse_saturdays_total.html
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today’s feast is the anniversary of the founding of the temple to Luna on the Aventine Hill in Rome. She was one of the principal Gods (one of the “Twenty) and is separate from Juno and Diana, also Moon Goddesses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_%28goddess%29
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday! Spring hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although they’re drifting longer into the evening as sunset does. 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,
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 at the Tide Change on 4/4 at 5:06am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 4/2 at 5:06pm.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines beneath Regulus and the Sickle of Leo early this evening.
Farther upper right of the Moon shines bright Jupiter. By late evening, the sky rotates to place Jupiter to the Moon’s right.
The shadow of Callisto slowly crosses Jupiter‘s face tonight from 11:14 p.m. to 3:57 a.m. EDT.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in Cancer) shines high in the south at dusk. It’s the brightest point of light on that side of the sky. In a telescope Jupiter is still 42 or 41 arcseconds wide. Don’t expect to see nearly the detail with your eye that video-frame stacking with a large amateur telescope can bring out!
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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
Tu 31 Low 5:03 AM 2.2 6:59 AM Set 5:09 AM 81
~ 31 High 10:51 AM 6.7 7:42 PM Rise 4:24 PM
~ 31 Low 5:24 PM 1.0
~ 31 High 11:41 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an uplifting day!
~ Not joy but joylessness is the mother of debauchery. – Nietzsche
~ Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. – George S. Patton
~ Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. – Norman Vincent Peale
~ Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. – Norman Peale
The twenty-fifth of October:
Cursed be the cobbler
That goes to bed sober. – Traditional rhyme, St Crispin’s day
Magick – Beltane Correspondences – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Date(s): celebrated: starts on the evening of April 30th, concluding at sunset of May 1st, actual: the date on which the sun is at 15 degrees Taurus.
Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting
Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green
Tools: Broom, May Pole, cauldron
Stones/Gems: Emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz
Symbols & Decorations: May Pole, fires, fertility, flowers, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers
Foods: Dairy, bread, cereals
Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff
Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan,
the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.
Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard
Other Names: Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),May Day, Fairy Day, Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltaine, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)
Silliness – Late Night Jokes – Budweiser announced they are coming out with a beer that has caffeine in it. “I am so tired in the morning. I really don’t get moving until I have my first cup of beer.” –Jay Leno