It’s 43F and overcast. There’s a nice strong breeze waving things around.
Yesterday just seemed to go around in circles. I know we got stuff done. At the very least I printed a lot of headers, but still…. Tempus made a loaf of bread and worked in the kitchen. Hatch got back from his party in the early afternoon. Good party! 🙂
As Tempus and I were leaving the shop it was 11pm and 42F. I told him that spring was colder than winter, and I keep leaving my coat home because it’s spring. <sigh> The Moon was turning the puffy clouds to shades of blue and the stars were mostly washed out by Her light.
We sound like a consumptive ward this morning, both of us coughing. We’re going to be heading for the shop very shortly, with a bank deposit to make and boxes to check in. I have a stack of headers to cut up and add to the herbs and crystals.
Seals at Heceta Head/Sea Lion Caves on 3/31/15 by Ken Gagne
Today’s plant, Western Bracken Fern, Pteridium aquilinum, is a hardy plant that moves into disturbed ground. It dies down in the winter and grows very green, standing waist-high in the warm parts of the summer. You read a lot in literature of people making love in the bracken, which is part of its association with fertility, since it will hide a couple having fun! It used to be used a lot as a “strewing herb” in places with stone floors, since it smells nice when walked on and has some anti-bug effects. – Masculine, Mercury, Air –Burn outside for rain, use in amulets for protection, healing and fertility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteridium_aquilinum
Today’s Feast is International Children’s’ Book Day in honor of the birthday of Hans Christian Anderson, the author of such Fairy Tales as The Angel, the Little Mermaid, 12 Wild Swans, the Emperor’s New Clothes and the Ugly Duckling! More on the day here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Children%27s_Book_Day …and Anderson here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Christian_Andersen
The shop opens at 11am! 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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/5 at 5:06pm.
Look above Venus at nightfall for the Pleiades star cluster, the size of your fingertip at arm’s length. It’s 8° above Venus this evening. It will pass Venus by less than 3° on April 10th through 12th.
>>>>>>>>> Now the Moon moves through Virgo past Gamma Vir and Spica. The blue 10° scale bar is about the width of your fist at arm’s length. >>>>>>>>
Uranus and Neptune are out of sight in the glare of the Sun.
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
©2015 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
Th 2 High 12:12 AM 7.1 6:56 AM Set 6:05 AM 93
~ 2 Low 6:24 AM 1.3 7:45 PM Rise 6:20 PM
~ 2 High 12:19 PM 7.0
~ 2 Low 6:35 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The fruits of your spirits; what are they and how can you grow more of what you need?
~ If you define things, you limit them – Taoism
~ A proverb is the horse which can carry one swiftly to the discovery of ideas. – Yoruban Proverb
~ Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got. – Jim Rohn
~ Humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease. – Jim Rohn
The Thunder, Perfect Mind – In 1945, fifty three ancient manuscripts were unearthed in Egypt at the site of a second-century Christian monastery. They contained a wonderful poem, “The Thunder, Perfect Mind,” written in the voice of a feminine wisdom:
For I am the first and the last.
I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am strength and I am fear.
I am war and I am peace.
Balance enhances all my thoughts and feelings.
I give my attention to balance.
Beltane Magick – April Spring Lore
We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but what other gems of wisdom does folklore have to offer us in the spring? Well, in fact we can watch the world at this time to know what the rest of the year might be like.
When April blows his horn, it’s good for both the hay and corn.
A wet spring means dry harvest weather.
A rainy spring forecasts a hot, dry summer.
If the spring is windy, the summer will be cool.
If it is a dry spring, it will be a wet summer.
A mild winter precedes a cool spring.
When dandelions bloom late, summer will be dry.
Also, give this neat bit of folk wisdom a try: Listen to the sound of a cricket chirping. Count the number of chirps you hear in fourteen seconds and you will know the temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, where the cricket is. ~Kristin Madden
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Beltane Essay (Metalligoth) – http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=paganwiccan&cdn=religion&tm=5&gps=45_5_784_599&f=11&tt=14&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.witchvox.com/holidays/xbeltaine.html
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The element of spontaneity
An element of obvious destruction
And not so obvious creation
An element of passion
An element of sensual love
An element of heat
The ability to cook food
The ability to survive
The ability to travel great distances-
Even to the Moon-
Our Symbol of the Goddess we love so dearly.
The element of nuclear reaction
The element of fission
The element of fusion
That which creates our Sun
Our Symbol of the God we hold so dear
Our symbol of vitality we so revere
The spontaneous combustion
It cannot be,
For it entrances those both young and old.
Fire is all of I have listed above, and so much more! It is the element that is arguably more unique than any other, for it is not as tangible as the other three… Earth, Water, and Air can easily be seen as the three states of matter: Solid, Liquid, and Gas. So then, they are all around us. Where is Fire then?
In the Old Times, people did not possess knowledge of molecules, atoms, and the substances that we call elements today. They knew of no Protons, Neutrons, or Electrons. They would pick up a piece of wood, and show that the elements were present. By adding heat, they would reveal it’s true nature… When it burns, you can clearly see that wood contains Fire, and Air from the escaping smoke. It was solid (or Earth) to begin with. Thus wood is made of Earth, some Fire, and a pinch of Air. This reasoning was used for everything.
Now, in the modern day, we know that fire is a much more complex chemical reaction due to friction and the speed of traveling particles… So why do we, as a Pagan community view Elements the way we do? The idea of worshipping gods and goddesses, and recognizing four elements instead of one god must (and does) seem like quite the step backwards to those not in our community, so why do we even recognize the elements anymore?
For me, the truth of the matter is this: do you use the elements that scientists have discovered on a daily basis? Unless you’re a scientist or student, you probably could care less if your salt you’re using in a salt-water purification is Sodium-Chloride! It’s easier to say, “Thou art the salt of the Earth”. You probably don’t care that each Water molecule contains two Hydrogen atoms, and one Oxygen atom… It’s simple enough to say it’s Water, for that is all we need to communicate with our subconscious. Some call the subconscious the Younger Self… Think about it. It keeps secrets. It won’t always listen. It communicates only through Art, and Divinity… Sure sounds like a Younger version of us all to me!
Our Younger Self is reached through very simple, childlike actions and movements. This is why we hear “Burn a green candle for money.”, and other generalizations. This is obviously the basis for spellcraft, one of our religion’s Sciences.
So, this is how for us as modern Pagans, we can see Fire as an element, along with Earth, Air, and Water. Most Wiccans believe in the All, the living Universe, which includes many planes, some physical, and some not physical, but spiritual.
The God and The Goddess are personifications of two ever present forces in Nature. There are many names for both, to personify many the aspects of each half of the All. The best way for a non-Pagan to view the All, our Fifth Element, Spirit, is just that: the basic idea is like that of the Christian Holy Spirit. (This is quite a generic description, and the most similar thing I could come up with. So, before you click that E-Mail address, try to think of something better to describe it as to a non-Pagan, eh?)
We view the Universe as not an external being watching over us, but as a being that is the Universe: and we are cells of that living vessel. Not only is the All signified by simplifying it by using God and Goddess figures that have been around for centuries, but we also simplify it even more by classifying things by each of the four elements. Each path has it’s own system of correspondences.
In my tradition, the Athame corresponds with Air, the Pentacle with Earth, the Chalice with Water, and the Wand with Fire. Many traditions have the Wand representing Air and the Athame Fire, but there is never only one way to do something. If you don’t do what feels right for you, there is almost no way you could practice this religion happily. I am not listing the correspondences here that I use for the directions, because I change those depending on where I am, which changes often.
Fire invigorates us and keeps us alive. It is there unseen in our automobile engines, and it is behind the electricity that powers all we do. Although Fire isn’t in all objects as early scientists believed it was; it is there in the form of electrons orbiting the protons and neutrons that make up all that we know of. I also believe in a place smaller that a proton, smaller than a quark. I believe it is a place where matter and spirit meet, allowing us to affect the world with our thoughts alone.
All of us have that red headed spunk, that Fire in our hearts somewhere. We are all a bit spontaneous, and some of us just seem to glow! Fire is a part of you and me. Fire allows us to survive. Fire is a useful tool, as well as a good ally and friend. – Metalligoth