55F already and lovely… thin cloud is straining the sunshine, but I don’t think that’s going to last much longer.
Yesterday was such lovely weather! We started in lovely fog, just thick enough to be mysterious but not impede driving. It turned pink as Tempus and I were headed for Toledo and then as Marius and I were on the road heading east, to a blinding gold. 8 boxes of stuff and a bundle plus a bag of water bottles and other small things had been transferred. We came home with 6 of the boxes and an envelope of award scrolls.
My workshop went very well, although I was disappointed at the turn-out. I had two people work through the entire thing, one was running in and out because he was tending a small kid, who got antsy. There were a few others who didn’t do much. There were there mostly because of the kid who wanted to learn how to make toys, but they didn’t actually help him learning how, they took over and did it for him. Another little person was in with his dad who just kinda hovered. In other words they signed in, but weren’t really participating. I did discover that I made a mistake in one template, but the others were good, so I’m on the right track.
I spent a long while after the workshop sitting outside in the balmy air, sometimes sleeping, sometimes playing with a windwand in the light breeze, then Marius (who was busy with kitchen duties most of the day) came over to the workshop area and took me over to the hall. I was really regretting not having brought my walker…. and this morning I’m regretting it even more. 🙂
Tempus had a good day at the shop. He was pretty busy right from early on, busier than it has been. He also got the aquamarines stocked and redid the window lights that had blown out. …and then made a helmet pattern. (…and he looked really sheepish, telling me that… 🙂 )He was home and in bed when I got in around 10pm and I told him what all had been going on, then got him to go back to sleep. I never noticed when he left for his paper route, but snuggled when he got back. He was an ice cube, poor guy!
Today there is no Wicca 101 class. I knew I was going to need some recuperation time. Tempus is getting breakfast at the moment, then we need to scramble some things together and head for the shop. I have to re-set the back for the historical re-creation group monthly potluck. Tempus has some running around to do and then I’m heading over to the Duckmeister’s to use her studio kitchen to bake a meat pie. Yeah, today’s the day of the month when you see people in weird outfits running around in the shop! 🙂
Today’s Plant is one of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together.Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Today is Primrose Day in the UK in honor of Benjamin Disrali. He was a favorite of Queen Victoria and very much a conservative. After his death a Primrose League was founded to keep his principles and aims going. Why Primrose? These were his favorite flower. Victoria sent a wreath of them to his funeral and every year on this date his statue and grave are decorated with them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primrose_Day
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,
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 4/19 at 11:57pm. 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 5/3 at 8:42pm.
Mars (magnitude +1.4) is deep in the sunset near Mercury — which is more than 10 times brighter. Early this week, Mars is to Mercury’s upper left. They appear closest together on April 21st and 22nd, separated by 1.6° or less, with Mars to Mercury’s left. Bring binoculars!
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
Runic 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
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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.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 19 High 1:11 AM 8.9 6:26 AM Rise 7:12 AM 0
19 Low 7:49 AM -1.2 8:06 PM Set 9:31 PM
19 High 2:03 PM 7.7
19 Low 7:53 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Give more hugs.
~ Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. – Napoleon Hill
~ A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. – Lou Holtz
~ Every calling is great when greatly pursued. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
~ The time has come to tell the truth. Again. There is no love without justice… If we remain unable to imagine a world where love can be recognized as a unifying principle that can lead us to seek and use power wisely, then we will remain wedded to a culture of domination that requires us to choose power over love. – Bell Hooks
The wisdom that we need to solve our problems lies encoded in the depths of our unconscious minds–but it must be evoked by elders who reveal our potential. Throughout history elders have served as beloved pathfinders, beckoning us to enter the province of old age in anticipation of growing strength and usefulness to society. – Roshi Joan Halifax
Beltane Magick – Crafts
May Pole Candles
You will need:
Lots of pretty ribbons
Tall white or green pillar candle
Gold or brass “Craft Bells”
Candle holder (stand)
Cut lengths of ribbon around 18 inches each, in pretty Springtime colors.(pastels) Tie a craft bell to each end of ribbon (a tooth pick helps this process) Tie ribbons starting at 3/4 way down the pillar candle, knot three times, don’t tie bows, you need lots of length on the ribbons. Tie as many as you like snaking your way up the candle, but leave at least 1/4 candle bare. Place in a candle stand that will raise the candle about 6 – 8 inches, so the ribbons can “drape” Swirl the bundle of ribbons so they face East, ready to greet the dawn on Beltane morn. Light candle and cheer the Spring time blessings to come. Keep a “safe” eye on candle & ribbons. – By Barbara Morris
May Pole Centerpiece – You will need: 18″ wood dowel or thin branch, 6-9″ diameter flat round wooden plaque, small grapevine wreath, approx. 6-8″ diameter, decorated on both sides, 1 yard each of red and white ribbon, scissors, drill and a 1/4 drill bit, 1 1 1/4 length flattened wood screw, hot glue gun. Drill pilot holes completely through center of plaque and 1/2 deep into the bottom end of the dowel. Cross the ribbons and glue on top end of the dowel. Attach the dowel to the stand by screwing the screw through the plaque, and then into the bottom end of the dowel. Glue wreath on top of dowel by melting a medium dab of glue on top of the crossed ribbons and on the bottom of the wreath, then join the wreath to the top of the dowel. To make it more secure wait a few minutes and then glue around the edge of the wreath where it meets the dowel, filling in gaps. Braid the ribbons – one color going left and under the other color, which is moving right. Braid about 2 inches down the dowel and tack to the dowel with hot glue to keep in place. When set, tack the ends of the ribbons to the edge of the wood plaque with hot glue.
May Baskets – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Househould containers, glass jars or tin cans
1 Nail (to make holes with)
Twine or Ribbon (In a variety of colours)
Antennae iron wire
Hammer holes into the sides of the tin cans (not the glass). With the tin cans you can run the twine or ribbon through each hole and knot inside, if using a glass jar attach with glue. Take the wire and wrap it around the top of the tin can or glass jar and loop and twist the wire with another wire to make a handle. This is great for tabletops, hanging on doors and they make wonderful spring gifts for friends.
Silliness – Late Night Funny – If you’re too hard on your kids, they grow up with no self-confidence, but if you praise them too much, they grow up to be narcissists. What do these little monsters want from us? – Jimmy Kimmel