It’s 62F, although well above the forecast high. Clear, but for some high haze, and with just the fight kind of light breeze to make for a lovely day. We got a tiny bit of rain last night, but the weather through next Monday looks to be bright and clear. Perfect for Beltane!
Monday was a busy day at the shop. We didn’t have a whole lot of customers in, but some, and I worked on headers and new stock, while Tempus cut business cards. We both were also finding and putting away tools that had gotten misplaced and when we came home I published another page on the new blog.
Yesterday I spent the whole day in front of the computer. I had intended to get the week’s newsletters set up, but ended up working instead on a toy page on one of the other blogs along with sorting out various calendar problems and deciding how some of the shop projects are going to get completed and which are at the top of the list.
Tempus was working on the hot water heater. He finally got to the point where he needed the caps for the plumbing and discovered that the hardware store was already closed for the night, so he made a shopping run into Newport and worked on chores until bedtime.
Today *has* to be the water heater fix. As soon as this is out, I’m going to do my hair and the Tempus is going to cap off the water and start the change-over. I have newsletters to do and tonight is the Beltane run-through with the active members of the Circle.
Alsea by by Daniel Schoon – “A bridge, a bay, some fog, throw in a sunset and you get a great picture.”
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that should be blooming in the next two or three weeks, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1429 when Jeanne d’Arc was part of the lifting of the Siege of Orleans during one of the more important parts of the 100 Years War. This was a peasant girl who had a series of visions that led her to take the part of the Dauphin of France and to lead his armies to victory after victory over the English and Burgundian troops that were trying to take France! She cut her hair and wore male clothing as a practice to preserve her modesty and chastity in the task that she was undertaking, which was something that the Church would commonly grant dispensations for. She was captured and sold to the English, who violated legal and church practice to find an excuse to burn her to death as a heretic in 1431. She was finally canonized in 1920. Lots more here including links to some of the historical events. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday! 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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/2 at 8:42am.
Far below the Moon at nightfall, and less far to the right of Spica >>> , spot the springtime constellation <<< Corvus: the four-star, sail-shaped Crow.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, just above the head of Scorpius) rises around the end of twilight and is highest in the south around 1 or 2 a.m. daylight-saving time.
Below or lower left of Saturn by 9° is orange Antares >>> , less bright. The next brightest star in the area is Delta Scorpii (about half as far from Saturn). Delta Sco is now in its 15th year of outburst!
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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
W 29 Low 4:36 AM 1.8 6:10 AM Set 4:08 AM 75
~ 29 High 10:23 AM 5.9 8:18 PM Rise 4:12 PM
~ 29 Low 4:35 PM 1.4
~ 29 High 10:50 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Serenity Prayer – God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.
~ Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid. – Irish Proverb
~ A bird of unmindfulness flutters o’er ale feasts. – Norse Adage
~ One forgives to the degree that one loves. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld
~ Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
There is the past and its continuing horrors: violence, war, prejudices against those who are different, outrageous monopolization of the good earth’s wealth by a few, political power in the hands of liars and murderers, the building of prisons instead of schools, the poisoning of the press and the entire culture by money. It is easy to become discouraged observing this, especially since this is what the press and television insist that we look at, and nothing more. But there is also the bubbling of change under the surface of obedience: the growing revulsion against endless wars, the insistence of women all over the world that they will no longer tolerate abuse and subordination … There is civil disobedience against the military machine, protest against police brutality directed especially at people of color. – Howard Zinn; A People’s History of the United States, 1999 edition, p 661
Beltane Magick – Recipes
Spring’s Favorite Fudge
- 12 Ounces Semisweet Chocolate Chips
- 4 Cups Miniature Marshmallows
- 2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
- 1/2 Cup Nuts (Chopped)
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Butter
- In a medium pan, mix milk, marshmallows, butter, sugar and salt over medium heat.
- Allow to boil, stirring continuously for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add beat in chocolate only until fully melted.
- Add vanilla and nuts (optional) and pour into greased pan.
- Chill until firm, then cut and serve.
Fae Candies – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 box raisins or hazelnuts
- Honey (if you use hazelnuts)
- Mix the dry ingredients together until blended.
- Roll the raisins in it.
- If you use hazelnuts, you will need to dip them in honey first.
- You may adjust ingredients to suit your tastes.
Maple Angel Cake – This recipe serves: 14 – Preparation time: 10 minutes – Cooking time: 1 hour
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1 1/2 cups superfine granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups egg whites (about 10 large eggs whites), at room temperature
- 1 1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Add 1/2 cup of the sugar to the flour and sift twice.
- With an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form when the mixer is removed from the batter.
- Add half of the remaining sugar and beat for 1 minute. Add the remaining sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating after each addition.
- Stir in the vanilla and maple extract.
- Fold the flour and sugar mixture into the egg whites, 1/4 cup at a time, just until incorporated.
- Put the batter in an ungreased 10″ tube pan and bake until the cake is light golden brown and springy to the touch, about 1 hour. Invert the pan and let the cake cool completely before removing from the pan.