Daily Stuff 4-15-15 Father Damien

Hi, folks!

Rose of the Sea Logo 2013Esbat, 7pm LBCB

weather Sunny brightIt’s already 56F, but it was down in the 30’s last night. The sun is shining through thin cloud that blots out the shadows, occasionally, and there’s a light breeze. The alder is moving, because with the greater leaf area it’s catching the wind more. We’re supposed to have a whole week of sunshine coming.

041315 Candle dipping rack<<<<<<< Candle-dipping racks! <<<<<<<

Yesterday the weather was weird. It rained and sunned and blew, sometimes all at once. I got my bloodwork done and after I got some breakfast Tempus tucked me back into bed, since I hadn’t slept well, earlier. That meant I got my coffee around 3pm! We both spent the rest of the day doing laundry and chores, me doing some small hand-washing and specialty stuff (a couple of dolls and some fragile embroidered pieces) and him whomping through the bigger stuff. I sorted another heap of books and then got back to my toys class, not making a whacking lot of progress, but some.

plant motif Flower_1Today we have to get finished up. I want a shower before the day gets much older and then I have to get the newsletters together. Tempus promised me more feast gear sorted out and I’m hoping he’s going to make bread and get me a spot so I can make soup. Esbat tonight ought to be fun.

Rainbow over Yachats Bay, Ken Gagne photo from yesterday.

041415 Ken Gagne rainbow over yachats bay

Darlingtonia_californica_ne1Today’s plant is the cobra lilyDarlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.

feast 0415 FatherDamien.jpegToday’s feast is in honor of Father Damien, the priest of the lepers of Molokai. He was a Catholic missionary who took on the task of organizing the leper colony to which many people had been exiled for showing symptoms of what was then thought to be a highly contagious, incurable disease. He turned the place from a charnel pit to a place where people could live and grow and if they had actually contracted the disease, die in peace with good care. At the age of 49, Father Damien died of the disease himself and was canonized by the Catholic Church. More on Father Damien here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Damien and on leprosy here, which is *not* highly contagious, only 5% of the population can catch it at all, and we now can cure it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leprosy and also a bit on the leper colony where he worked: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalawao

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,


Hecate's Brooch MoonWaning Moon MagickFrom 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 4/18 at 11:57am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 4/16 at 11:57pm. 

Bootes ArcturusBright <<<< Arcturus is climbing high in the east these evenings, and equally bright astro consellation Auriga capella Capella >>> is descending high in the northwest. They stand at exactly the same height above your horizon at some moment between about 9:00 and 10:30 p.m. daylight-saving time, depending mostly on how far east or west you live in your time zone. How accurately can you time this event for your site? It happens 4 minutes earlier every night.
Astro SaturnSaturn (magnitude +0.2, at the head of Scorpius) rises around 11 p.m. daylight-saving time and is highest in the south in early-morning hours. Below or lower left of Saturn (by 9°) is orange Astro Scorpio Constellation AntaresAntares >>>, not quite as bright. The next brightest star in the area is Delta Scorpii, now in its 15th year of outburst; look half as far to Antares’ lower right or, before dawn, directly below Antares.

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
Rune Runic Month 08 Mannaz ManRunic 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

Sun in AriesSun in Aries
Moon in AquariusMoon in Pisces
Saturn (8/2/15) Retrograde
Color: Topaz

Planting 4/15-16

©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


plant tree willow Celtic Tree Month Saille Salix_alba_Morton

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.
plant coast willow celtic tree month saille Salix_hookeriana_USFWSSaille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
celtic tree month saille furze ohnto study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
W   15      Low   4:27 AM     1.5   6:32 AM    Rise  4:46 AM      21
~    15     High  10:20 AM     7.1   8:01 PM     Set  4:36 PM
~    15      Low   4:46 PM     0.3
~    15     High  11:04 PM     7.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Waves are inspiring.Not because they rise and fall,.but.because every time they fall,they always try to rise.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if you promised to feed your pet and you didn’t?



~  Shake the tree, and the fruit will fall. – Sandy Diva
~  I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas. – Albert Einstein
~  The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication. – Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English scientist
~  Many of our fears are tissue-paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them. – Brendan Francis

The show opened on time. Sound the sirens. Motorcycle cops. Then two big black cars filled with big men in blond felt hats pulled up in front of the school. The crowd seemed to hold its breath. Four big marshals got out of each car and from somewhere in the automobiles they extracted the littlest Negro girl you ever saw, dressed in shining starchy white, with new white shoes on feet so little they were almost round. Her face and little legs were very black against the white.

The big marshals stood her on the curb and a jangle of jeering shrieks went up from behind the barricades. The little girl did not look at the howling crowd, but from the side, the whites of her eyes showed like those of a frightened fawn. The men turned her around like a doll, and then the strange procession moved up the broad walk toward the school, and the child was even more a mite because the men were so big. Then the girl made a curious hop, and I think I know what it was. I think in her whole life she had not gone ten steps without skipping, but now in the middle of her first step, the weight bore her down and her little round feet took measured, reluctant steps between the tall guards. Slowly they climbed the steps and entered the school. – In his book Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck wrote down what he saw that morning as he was driving through the city. It was 8:40 in the morning of November 14, 1960, when little Ruby Bridges tried to go to class at the William Franz School in New Orleans. She had to walk through a crowd of angry housewives and teenagers who came every morning to protest the integration of the school.


floral div beltane

Beltane Magick – Crafts

Maypole For Beltane


  • Flat piece of wood
  • Small wooden pole
  • A wooden knob for the top of the pole
  • Red and white lengths of ribbon
  • Beltane symbols: Nuts, spring flowers, strings of beads, miniature apples, for decoration around the bottom of the maypole
  • Glue gun


Either drill hole into the flat wood base to insert pole or simply glue it to the bottom securely. Glue four equal lengths of ribbon to top, and seal knob on pole with glue, on top of the ribbons. Glue or place decorative items around base.

Ritual use:

During ritual, the maypole can be wound. Simply weave the ribbons in and out of each other in as pleasing a pattern as possible, fastening with sticky-tac or other less permanent adhesive (so that this apparatus can be used again next year in ritual). The symbolism of the maypole is that of the male phallic symbol (the pole itself) being enveloped by the female vaginal symbol (the ribbons). Also, the winding, when done in a traditional form by dancers around a real maypole, sometimes symbolize male-female mating with the red and white ribbons themselves.

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

Wooden Maypole – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

Items needed:
Flat piece of wood
Small wooden pole
Small wooden Knob for the top of the pole
Red and White Lengths of ribbon
Beltane symbols (nuts, flowers, or small apples for decoration for the base of the pole)

Either drill hole into the flat wood base to insert pole or simply glue it to the bottom securely. Glue four equal lengths of ribbon to top, and seal knob on pole with glue, on top of the ribbons. Glue or place decorative items around base.

Cardboard Maypole – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html – (Supervision recommended for the scissors)

Items Needed:
A cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels
Heavy cardboard
Crepe paper in two or three colors
Some small stones Flowers for decorating
A ruler
Tacky glue

Take the heavy cardboard and cut a circle about 1 nad 1/4 inches larger than the diameter of the cardboard tube. Next use the glue to attach the cardboard tube to the cardboard circle. Let it dry. Next you paint the card tube and the circle, spring colours are wonderful for this and let it dry. Take three to four pieces of the crepe papers and run them lengthwise up the tube. Cut in half, legnthwise. Next you will glue the crepe paper strips to the top inside of the cardboard tube in alternating colours. Gather some small stones to put in the bottom of the tube so it will not tip over. Decorate the top with flowers and more crepe paper.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Late Night Funny – Mayor de Blasio has legalized ferrets. Now you can legally own ferrets in New York City. I want to tell you something. If I want to see anymore beady-eyed little weasels, I’ll just keep riding the subway. – David Letterman

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