Daily Stuff 4-7-15 Charles University

Hi, folks!

cloud lightIt’s 50F and thoroughly clouded over, but brightening fast. Yesterday we did get the predicted rain, but this morning there doesn’t seem to be any.

I realized a couple of days ago that my rugosa roses are blooming. It’s April!

Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree MonthYesterday was one of those chilly, damp days when it’s so hard to get warm. We started the day with the door open, but as the rain settled in mid-afternoon we closed it. I was at the doctor’s all afternoon, mostly reading magazines and waiting, although the person I saw (Francesca) is nice. With Connie and Dr. North retired, the practice is going through a new shakedown, so things are bound to be a little odd for awhile.

motif plant herb DillWhile I was at the doctor’s Tempus saw a small house roll past the shop. He ran outside and saw that it had a website listed http://tinyhousegiantjourney.com/ .

We did have some customers, despite the weather, but other than that we just worked.

Today we have some chores to do and later Tempus is going to a friend’s to do the ones that she can’t. Trashday is coming. 🙂

Crafts for next Ostara, galaxy eggs http://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/galaxy-easter-eggs.html

Stara Baba puppet feeding squirrels

farewelltospring plant flower

plant flower farewell to springToday’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn. Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linearleaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. –
Masculine, Mercury, Fire
– Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)

feast 0407 Pečeť_Univerzity_Karlovy_v_PrazeToday is the anniversary of the date in 1348 where Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor issued a Golden Bull, founding the Charles University in Prague and granted it this  <<<< seal. This was the first University in Central Europe. It has survived to the present day, even though there were periods where no degrees were given and it was down to a handful of faculty members. It was the seat of the early part of the Protestant Reformation and Jan Hus, the martyr, leader of the Utraquists. was a faculty member. More on the university here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_University_in_Prague On Medieval Universities, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_university On the Utraquists here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utraquists and on the Hussites  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hussite

Beltane PentacleThe 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 ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Waning Gibbous moonWaning 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. 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 4/11 at 8:44pm. 

Astro SaturnAstro Scorpio Constellation AntaresAs dawn brightens on Wednesday morning the 8th, look south for Saturn glowing near the waning gibbous Moon. Saturn (magnitude +0.3, at the head of Scorpius >>>> ) rises around 11 or midnight daylight-saving time and is highest in the south in early-morning hours. Below or lower left of Saturn, by 9°, is orange Antares, not quite as bright.

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Rune Runic Month 07 EhwazRunic 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  

Sun in AriesSun in Aries
Moon in ScorpioMoon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 10:08pm
Saturn (8/2/15), Jupiter (4/8/15) Retrograde
Color: White

Planting 4/6&7

©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.

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fearn alder Alnus-viridis-leavesCeltic 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).
Plant Tree Celtic Month FearnAlderFearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
fearn silver fir ailim Abies_albaOgam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Waves tide

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Tu   7     High   2:36 AM     7.7   6:47 AM     Set  8:38 AM      94
~     7      Low   9:18 AM     0.1   7:51 PM    Rise 11:16 PM
~     7     High   3:33 PM     6.6
~     7      Low   9:13 PM     2.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It isn’t easy to keep your mouth and your mind open at the same time.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice. — Alice Childress

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Quotes 

~  ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson
~  I do not love the bright sword for it’s sharpness, nor the arrow for it’s swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
~  Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all provinces feel at home in all parts of the country, and when they feel that all Canada belongs to them. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~  When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old. – Mark Twain

The Stolen Child – W. B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939
Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we’ve hid our faery vats,
Full of berrys
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim gray sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And anxious in its sleep.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Away with us he’s going,
The solemn-eyed:
He’ll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.
For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than he can understand.

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floral div beltane

Beltane Magick – Crafts

Pressing Flowers – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

Selecting The Flowers – Garden flowers, leaves and ferns can be collected and pressed for use in making pictures or cards. A botanical collection can also be made with wild flowers (never rare flowers). Only take one or two common flowers from a spot where they are plentiful.

Flowers should be picked after mid-day when they are dry. They should be pressed as soon as possible after picking to avoid wilting. You will find through trial and error which flowers dry best and which colors are lasting. Do not try to press a very thick flower it would be best to disassemble and press just the petals. Remember fresh flowers, press quickly and carefully, dry well, and use small flowers (or thin pieces of thicker flowers).

Pressing The Flowers – Flowers can be pressed between sheets of blotting paper and placed in a telephone book with weights. A flower press can be used, consisting of layers of newsprint interleaved with corrugated cardboard. A press uses plywood board top and bottom, and pressure is applied by tightening the wing nuts on the four corner screws.

Flowers are then carefully laid in the press, with plenty of newspaper between layers, and cardboard after every few layers. Leave them undisturbed for two or three weeks for best results.

http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html

May Garland – You will need: springs of greenery, variety of fresh or dried flowers, ribbons, floral wire, wire cutters, scissors, glue or hot glue gun. Use a heavy wire backbone that runs the length of the garland. Begin by starting at one end, attaching each bundle of greenery over the last. Use floral wire to attach the bundles to the backbone. Once all the greenergy and flowers have been attached with floral wire, add ribbons, bells, beads, crystals and any other decorative items you wish. Put this over a doorway or on a mantle.

May Cup (For Beltane)

Materials:

  • Long-stemmed goblet or glass
  • Potpourri/seasonal dried or fake flowers
  • Red, white, and/or gold ribbon
  • Small grapevine wreath
  • Charm for decoration

Directions:

Fill the cup with floral decorations of the season (bluebells, roses, daisies, primroses, lilac) or potpourri in May colors (green, soft pink, blue, yellow, and/or white). Around the cup, use gold, red, or white ribbon to hang a charm of some sort; some of the best images to use would be a grapevine or twig star (available at most craft stores or easily constructed with twigs and wire), a bell, or a faery image, possibly even a small broom or just a string of beads. Now the stem of the cup can be decorated however you like: Wire-stemmed flowers can be wound around it, or fake ivy, or even red and white ribbons wound around like a maypole if that suits the decoration. Place the cup in the center of the grapevine wreath, and also decorate the wreath with seasonal florals, including red and white ribbons. Use it as a centerpiece for a seasonal altar or kitchen table.

Ritual use:

The “May cup” was originally a chalice whose purpose was to hold wine or another beverage which was consumed by the May King and May Queen, elected by the people during the town May Day party. The cup can be used in solitary, couple, or group ritual to hold a blessed beverage for the ritual; the cup can be decorated but left empty of florals until after the beverage has been consumed. Then it can be rinsed with water and filled by the participants with the various florals.

All these graphics were either made by me or acquired at Silverhair’s Borders (site now dead).

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Late Night Funny – Burger King announced its chicken fries will be served year round now. Previously, the chicken fries have only been sold during heart attack season but now you can get them whenever you want. – Conan O’Brien

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