With the computer acting up in the morning, yesterday’s work time got kinda short. I spent the whole day on the newsletter files since, without my realizing it, the Quotes file had gotten emptied. Now, there are 177 pages of quotes *before* I start adding poems and longer quotes, so that took awhile, but I wasn’t paying attention!
Tempus cut the grass and laid some clothes out afterwards to dry out, since they’re been moldering in a box… They’re mostly spoiled, but I might be able to bleach out a couple of shirts and a sheet and some of the rest will go for work clothes. The rest might be rags…including one of my trousseau robes. <sigh>
I finally got a bit of time and energy late in the afternoon to go out and harvest. I got a lot of violets. This is a 2nd batch of violets with the first small harvest being in February. That’s unusual….
I also harvested a bunch of the first roses and rosebuds. My red rose out in the front yard has been blooming for a month, but these are the small species roses in the retaining wall under the altar that I talk about every so often. I also went down into the park and harvested some bracken and some ferns.
In the evening I worked on blogs, being finished with this one by around 8pm and getting things done on the Mab’s Creations blog and on the new blog and then I went back and did a little on the House Capuchin one, so Marius could write up some. 🙂
Today is a shop day. I’m hoping that before we head out the door I can get the pen nib headers printed and that’s a big one for today. I also have to work on sorting personal stuff and supplies out of the class boxes and getting those back where they belong. Tempus is going to need to water and clean and maybe we’ll even get a whack at the inventory. …and bills…utility bills are due.
This is a hypercube, also known as a tesseract. It is a 3-dimensional version of a 5-dimensional object. Each of those spaces is a cube, 90 degree angles like any cube, but distorted by perspective. If you were living inside this object the cubes would look normal & static , even if this was the way that they’re moving. You wouldn’t be able to tell!
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has its glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same,Symplocarpus foetidus – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanumand on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
Today is the English feast of St. George, the Dragonslayer. He is related to Sigurd the Dragonslayer whose feast is June 9 in modern Asatru. Morris Dance is a feature of this festival. Both George and Sigurd are archetypal Heroes whose stories are the Divine Masculine end of Initiation & Quest tales. Morris Dances are a feature of this day in England, and flags with the St. George Cross. Roses have been part of this festival since the Middle Ages and books since 1923, which commemorate the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes near this date. More on the festival here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George%27s_Day , on St. George here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George , and on the tale here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George_and_the_Dragon
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,
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. 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.
It’s almost May, but the winter star Sirius still twinkles low in the southwest as twilight fades. How much later into the spring can you keep Sirius in view?
Saturn is just north of Scorpius’ “claws,” rising in the late evening.
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 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.
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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
Th 23 High 4:04 AM 7.7 6:19 AM Set 12:34 AM 20
~ 23 Low 11:01 AM -0.4 8:10 PM Rise 10:26 AM
~ 23 High 5:35 PM 6.4
~ 23 Low 11:09 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day –In the freedom of the mind you will find expression of the soul.
~ A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. – John Wooden
~ That best portion of a good life: Little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. – William Wordsworth
~ Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. – Unknown
~ Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. – Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US Politician
This is Hallaeven ,
The morn is Halladay;
Nine free nichts till Martinmas,
As soon they’ll wear away. – Traditional Scottish song
Beltane Magick – Incenses and Oil – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Beltane Incense – By Dawn Thebarge Hill
- 2 parts Frankincense
- 2 parts Myrrh
- 1 part Benzoin Gum
- 1 part Red Copal
- 1 part Lavender
- 1 part Night Blooming Jasmine Flowers
- 1 part Rose Petals
- 1part Sandalwood
Love Incense – By Dawn Thebarge Hill
1 part each:
- dragon’s blood resin powdered
- rose petals
- orris root powder
- lavendar buds
4 drops each:
Grind and mix evenly and allow to dry out for 1 week.
Beltane Oil – By Dawn Thebarge Hill – Mix the following essential oils in 2 tablespoons of almond or other light weight odorless oil:
- 5 drops Rose
- 1 drop Lavendar
- 1 drop musk
- 4 drops Jasmine
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Once again it’s Fashion Week here in New York City. The top models of the day are very, very skinny. I did the math on this — it takes about a dozen models to actually create a shadow. – David Letterman