Daily Stuff 4-8-15 Hana-matsuri

Hi, folks!

weather Cloud WindIt was spitty earlier, but now things are drying and we might actually get some clearing later. It’s 55F and breezy, some gusts into the teens. …and here comes the sunshine! Wow! That’s gorgeous!

motif plant buttercup3colorYesterday Tempus ran around in the morning, doing various chores, and I worked sorting things out in the living room, trying to put stuff away. I couldn’t get very far, because so much is on the floor and not reachable, so I went back to sorting papers and laundry and then went back to working on getting things filed, properly. He got the rosebush that’s been sagging into the pathway tied back up and out of the way. It’s a beautiful pink climbing rose that gets very tall. If we could ever get the arbor frame up it’d be gorgeous, but as it is, it’s a pain.

plant motif berryWhen he took off to the friend’s house I was doing a little bit with research on cordials again. I want to try making some digestives and I found one that is anti-gas. 🙂 After that I got back into my toy research. I also worked on the House Capuchin blog and got that finished around 9pm, then puttered until I decided to go work on a book that I’m doing some research on balls from.

plant motif flower AsterTempus got in past midnight and we talked and little and then turned in after he put away the groceries. He had apparently headed up to Freddie’s in the middle of what I thought was just doing chores.

Today we’re supposed to spend the whole day on chores. Tempus is already out in the kitchen. I have newsletters to set up and fabrics to sort and I want to get some time in on the dratted kitchen. I don’t know what all Tempus needs to do, but I’m hoping it’s going to be really similar. 🙂

This is a good article on what happened when a big volcano, Mt. Tamboura, went off 200 years ago. http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2953

our mother weeping wise

Tilia_platyphyllos linden plant treeToday’s Plant is the Linden Tree, tilia species. It is also called lime tree (no relation to the fruit) and basswood.  It is the national tree of many countries, particularly in Central Europe, (the Czech Republic!) where at one time it was sacred and councils met at the sacred linden, just as in the British Isles they met at an oak. The wood is widely used for carving and for guitars. The inner bark of the tree has been used in making fabric. The flowers, which smell delicious, are used in teas and perfumes and a valuable honey is derived from them. The flowers, leaves, wood, and charcoal (obtained from the wood) are used for medicinal purposes. – Feminine, Jupiter, Water, Taurus – Bark used for protection, leaves and flowers for immortality. Good Fortune, Sleep and Love. Hang branches over the door for protection or grow in the garden. Use in love spells/mixtures and protection spells & incenses. Mix equal parts Linden and Lavender flowers and place in a sachet under your pillowcase to relieve insomnia. Keep Linden on a table to release the energies needed to keep the spirit alive and healthy.

feast 0408 hinamatsuri Baby_SiddarhthaHana-matsuri (flower festival) is the name in Japan for the celebration of the birthday of Siddharta Gautama Buddha. It’s not a national holiday, but celebrated within the temples. The tradition of bathing the altars is interesting. On the festival & practiceshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha%27s_Birthday on Japanese festivals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsuri on Buddhahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha

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,


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 Constellation Orion Sirius BetelgeuseApril always finds Orion leaning over at dusk low in the southwest, with his three-star belt almost horizontal (depending on your latitude). The belt points left toward bright Sirius, and to the right toward Aldebaran and, farther on, Venus and the Pleiades.
Astro uranusUranus and Astro neptuneNeptune are out of sight behind 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
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 SagittariusMoon in Sagittarius
Jupiter Direct at 9:57am
Saturn (8/2/15) Retrograde
Color: Brown

Harvest 4/8&9

©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


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.


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
W    8     High   3:08 AM     7.6   6:45 AM     Set  9:18 AM      89
~     8      Low   9:58 AM     0.1   7:52 PM
~     8     High   4:19 PM     6.3
~     8      Low   9:50 PM     2.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I will worry about it tomorrow!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think people in other countries think of America and the American people? What do you think would be the biggest surprise an immigrant to the United States would have?



~  Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you. – Denis Waitley
~  You do not need an intermediary between you and the divine. Kerr Cuhulain
~  I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. – Walt Whitman
~  Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. – Marianne Williamson

The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice. – Mahatma Gandhi


floral div beltane

Beltane Magick – Chants 

Stag Call Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

The men gather around the fire, next to their partners, and they say in unison:

“I am the stag of seven tines;
I am a wide flood on the plain;
I am a wind on the deep waters;
I am a shining tear of the sun;
I am a hawk on a cliff;
I am fair among flowers;
I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke.”  Graves, Robert; “The White Goddess”; Farrar 1970

May Day Chant 2 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

The High Priestess and High Priest lead a ring dance around the bonfire. Start out with “A Tree Song” from Rudyard Kipling’s “Weland’s Sword” story in “Puck of Pook’s Hill”.

“Oh, do not tell the Priest of our Art,
Or he would call it sin;
But we shall be out in the woods all night,
A conjuring summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth
For women, cattle and corn
Now is the dun come up from the South
With Oak, and Ash and Thorn!”  Janet and Stewart Farrar; “Eight Sabbats For Witches”; Robert Hale 1983

May Day Chant 1http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Here we come a’ piping,
In Springtime and in May;
Green fruit a’ ripening,
And Winter fled away.
The Queen she sits upon the strand,
Fair as lily, white as wand;
Seven billows on the sea,
Horses riding fast and free,
And bells beyond the sand.
Doreen Valiente; “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”; Phoenix Publishing 1985


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Cat got your mouse? catmouse funny

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