Daily Stuff 4-22-15 Earth Day

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Minus Tide at 10:10 AM of -0.9 feet.

Now that the computer is behaving better it’s nearly 1:30. If you didn’t see the online messages, that’s what happened. Computer locked up solid! It also dumped the entirety of today’s newsletter, so I had to go back in and re-create it. <sigh> That’s why I’m running so late and this is going to be a tad skimpy.

plant motif flower daisy
Yesterday was an all-day slog on catching up for the last 3 weeks, although I did manage to get most of the books and papers tucked away. I’m still not done. Tempus was doing something similar with house chores and laundry. He headed out to Marius’ for the evening and they worked on armor pieces.

motif plant flower zebraplantToday is going to be more of the same, I think, although I’m hoping to get outside to go through a couple of boxes since the weather turned dry. It’s pretty out there. The shadows are shorter than they’re been as it gets closer to Litha. The pine behind the alder is starting to disappear behind new leaves and the tree shimmers in the breeze again. The species rose below it is covered with pink buds. Harvesting those is going to start being a regular morning chore again, but Tempus needs to cut the grass over there or I’ll drown!

A Ken Gagne picture from this morning. “Mr. Hawk decided to check things out. He crashed into my window last week trying to get one of my hummers and now he’s checking out my grosbeaks.”

042215 Ken Gagne Mr Hawk decided to check things out He crashed into my window last week trying to get one of my hummers and now he's checking out my grosbeaks

Cow_parsnip_Heracleum_lanatum_budsToday’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery.Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The root makes a nice yellow dye. The young stems220px-Heracleum_lanatum_07269and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. I think I’m ought to go pick some and dig some roots! – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum

motif seasonal April earthdayplant2009Earth Day and International Mother Earth Day are held each year on this day. I remember the first one, mostly because my mother encouraged me to make a presentation at school about environmental concerns. I remember saying that electric cars were something that we really needed even back then. How come we’re so slow to pick up the technology? Also, because my father was involved with NASA, we were already building a passive solar water heating system.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mother_Earth_Day

250px-PogoEarthDayPoster1970<<<<<<<<<<<<This is the 1970 Earth Day poster byWalt Kelly, one of my Dad’s favorite ‘toonists.

Earth Day Anthem, sung to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy
Joyful, joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment,
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise.
Now we must resolve to protect her,
Show her our love throughout all time,
With our gentle hand and touch,
We make our home a newborn world.
Now we must resolve to protect her,
Show her our love throughout all time,
With our gentle hand and touch,
We make our home a newborn world.

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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Dianas Bow MoonWaxing 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. Diana’s Bow On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/22 at 11:57pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/25 at 4:55pm. 

The Lyrid meteor shower, usually quite weak, should be at its modest peak tonight from about 11 p.m. until the first light of dawn Thursday morning.
Astro uranusUranus and Astro neptuneNeptune are deep in the glow of dawn.

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 Man
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 Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.

Sun in TaurusSun in Taurus 
Moon in GeminiMoon in Gemini
Pluto (9/25/15) and Saturn (8/2/15) Retrograde
Color: Yellow

©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.

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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

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Waves tide

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Tides for Alsea Bay
W   22     High   3:18 AM     8.2   6:21 AM    Rise  9:32 AM      12
~    22      Low  10:10 AM    -0.9   8:09 PM
~    22     High   4:38 PM     6.8
~    22      Low  10:14 PM     2.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a memorable day!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think about the amount of violence on T.V.?

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Quotes 

~  Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense. – Mark Overby
~  Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction. – Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
~  Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~  Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist

There are moments in our lives that stand still in time while all the frantic hours and years surrounding them have blurred into an obscurity of grayness. One such moment remains vivid in my mind after more than thirty years, a luminescent spot of time, as clear as if it had happened only yesterday. It was in one of those dark, cavern-like vaults of a lecture hall in college where Art History was offered as a slide show, and it was a perfectly ordinary lecture on American artists, clicking through shadowed images of Cubism and Futurism until a huge close-up of an iris glowed from the screen. “Black Iris.” Georgia O’Keeffe. A simple polarity of translucent light petals reaching upward and dark falls cascading downward made the flower look like a cathedral illumined from within. Breath stopped, mind stopped, and I felt myself dissolve into beauty, passing through painted veils of titanium white and dove gray mist, suspended over waves of amethyst, troughs of onyx. It was as if a thread of light flowing through the moment pierced me to the soul, connecting me to a higher realm.
There were no words in my nineteen-year-old mind to describe the epiphany I’d felt; there are no exact words this day. Words attempt to anchor experience, but that place was wordless and ineffable. In that light-filled moment I was changed forever, uplifted with new possibility. When I left class that afternoon, I had a mission in life: to attempt to stir in others that same sense of wonder: I began to study painting. –Rebecca Robison, an excerpt from “Through Beauty,” reaching for a harmonious whole, in PARABOLA, Volume 27, No. 3, Fall, 2002, “Grace.” http://bit.ly/17muXmx

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floral div beltane

Beltane Magick – 

A Prayer of thanks to a lover – excerpt from Fifth Sacred Thing By Starhawk;

My love, you are a river fed by many streams
I bless all who have shaped you,
The lovers whose delights still dance patterns on your back,
Those who carved your channels deeper, broader, wider,
Whitewater and backwater lovers,
Swamp lovers , sun-warmed estuary lovers,
Lovers with surface tension,
Lovers like boulders,
Like ice forming and breaking,
Lovers that fill and spill with the tides.
I bless those who have taught you and those who have pleased you and
those who have hurt you.
All those who have made you who you are.

Maypole Dance Chanthttp://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Ann O’Brien 1995 – Source: http://www.earthspirit.com/mtongue/chtlib/chtlifr.html

Weave, spin, dance your cares away,
A spirit fire’s alive to your entrancing,
Weave, spin, dance into the May,
The earth and sky are wed as you are dancing,
Weave now

Invocation from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco

Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we’re upward bound.

Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.

Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.

Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.

Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.

In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don’t be afraid to get inspired.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Crazy Laws – Most of these are certainly outdated. But it’s funny to think they ever were laws.

  • In Michigan, a woman isn’t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.
  • In New York, it is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.
  • In order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle in Connecticut, it must bounce.
  • To keep any of the incarcerated beasts from picking up bad habits, the town of Manville, NJ decreed that it is illegal to feed whiskey or offer cigarettes to animals at the local zoo.
  • If you sell hollow logs in Tennessee, you are breaking the law.
  • Compulsive gamblers stay out of Richmond, VA: it is even illegal to flip a coin in a restaurant to see who pays for the coffee.
  • Don’t bother the butterflies in Pacific Grove, CA unless you have an extra $500 for the offense.
  • The same is true for bullfrogs and cottontails in Hayden, AZ. where disturbing them in the city limits is against the law.
  • Have it your way, but don’t share it in OK. This state forbids a person from taking a bite out of another person’s hamburger.
  • Need a radio on Sunday? In Spokane, WA, you can buy one on the Sabbath, but forget about purchasing a television!
  • In the state of New York, you need a license to use a clothesline outdoors.
  • If any retirees from the circus are thinking about settling down and farming in NC, they are forwarned right here and now that it is against the law in this state to use elephants to plow cotton fields!
  • It is illegal to take more than 2 baths a month within Boston confines.
  • In Calgary there is a by-law that is still on the books that requires businesses within the city to provide rails for tying up horses.
  • In the England it is illegal to sell most goods on a Sunday, (this law is mostly ignored), it is however legal to sell a carrot. It is also legal to sell it at any price and to give free gifts with it, such as anything else one might want to buy on a Sunday!
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