I’m writing from the shop this morning. It was 47F as we pulled into the parking lot at a little after 8am. Driving south from our new place mist was rising from the little hind-dunes lakes & ponds. The waterlilies are starting to lay their leave down on the water surface. The sunshine was nice and bright coming over the bridge. There’s almost no wind but there’s a lot of moisture in the air from it lifting, still.
Yesterday got interesting. We got motivated out around noon, having been sorting and putting away. We got clothing and dishes and my dolls box and a bunch of other stuff packed and then I headed out to the garden. I got my oregano re-potted, then dug the elephant garlic and the lovage and some small stuff.
We took stuff into the shop and shifted some more and I got planting soil in around the garlics. The shop’s quite wrecked still this morning, but we have a couple of hours before we actually open. Here’s hoping….
Tempus headed over to the store and I got my dolls into the case, then did a little more putting away. When he got back we headed to the new place. He offloaded the car while I went upstairs and talked to Jeanne and then made a couple of batches of shortbread.
When I got down to our apartment I set up a batch of lentils and then worked on setting up computers and other equipment. We’ve got some electrical problems going on, but we’ll get them sorted out. I think they’re mostly due to the apartment being empty for a bit. Internet wasn’t working, either, so we have to address that today. I spent the evening putting things away and then crawled into bed and read. Tempus had been at the house doing laundry and more packing. He got back late.
Today we were up early. We got to the shop *way* early, so I could get this newsletter done. Tempus has to run the expanded paper route during the day so he can find some of the odder places and he’s going to pick up some groceries. I’ll be at the shop. Right now we’re scrambling around trying to get the shop workable so that we can open on time!
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today’s feast is the anniversary of the founding of the temple to Luna on the Aventine Hill in Rome. She was one of the principal Gods (one of the “Twenty) and is separate from Juno and Diana, also Moon Goddesses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_%28goddess%29
The shop opens at 11am! Spring hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although the time that we’re there is drifting later with the longer days. 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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From 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 4/7 at 4:24am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/31 at 8:17am. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 4/2 at 4:24pm.
Thursday, March 31, 11:17 a.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon, March 2016 – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 2:15 a.m. and sets around 12:15 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky. This is the second of two Last Quarter Moons this month.
With the Moon out of the evening sky, try exploring the galaxy groups around Gamma Leonis (Algieba) in the Sickle of Leo, using Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article, charts, and photos in the April Sky & Telescope, page 54. Did you know there was so much here? You’ll need a dark sky. The Gemini twins overlook Procyon very high in the southwest after dark this week. The three labeled stars here are part of the enormous Winter Hexagon. The star cluster left of Pollux near the edge is M44, the Beehive in Cancer.Akira Fujii
Venus is deep in the glow of sunrise.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
Planting 3-31 – 4/1
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 31 Low 12:05 AM 3.4 6:58 AM Rise 2:30 AM 58
~ 31 High 6:04 AM 6.7 7:43 PM Set 12:19 PM
~ 31 Low 1:21 PM 1.1
~ 31 High 8:03 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the book Rascal by Sterling North, the teacher tells the class about raccoons. “As you can see,” she said, “raccoons are curious.” List the things that you. are most curious about.
~ Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful, in your pursuit of Knighthood. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others. – Wilferd Peterson
~ Whatever you do, don’t do it halfway. – Bob Beamon
~ By entitlement behavior, I mean the apparent belief of too many political figures – make that too many male political figures – that the ordinary rules of acceptable conduct do not apply to them. – Ruth Marcus
GREAT RITE by Vivienne West (For J.M., commemorating Full Moon 30/1/91)
Still is the night, and the clock silent.
Water from somewhere drips,
A breeze moves amongst your hairs.
The Bird, her beak poised, watches
As I caress you, child,
With an absent movement of my hands,
My mind elsewhere.
She of the Silver Wheel
Wheeling in darkness her silver overhead
Watches more than passively
As in Her name I take you and bless you;
And the Dark Hunter,
Jewels in His belt,
Takes you for His own,
Takes me in your flesh
His magical scabbard at His side,
Sword outraised, unutterably distant
Yet manifest here in you…
And I, primal woman and primal queen,
Feel Her powerful darkness stirring
And shouldering me aside within my own flesh
As I call Her forth, She of the sky-castle
Spinning dizzily overhead seen unseen;
And I stand by and watch as the Hunter fills your body
(you, no doubt, standing by and watching)
As the Dark Lady fills my body and clothed in our flesh
(…but I did not tell you, nor did you ask
that this is the time of my greatest fertility…)
Beltane Correspondences – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Date(s): celebrated: starts on the evening of April 30th, concluding at sunset of May 1st, actual: the date on which the sun is at 15 degrees Taurus.
Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting
Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green
Tools: Broom, May Pole, cauldron
Stones/Gems: Emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz
Symbols & Decorations: May Pole, fires, fertility, flowers, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers
Foods: Dairy, bread, cereals
Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff
Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan,
the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.
Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard
Other Names: Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),May Day, Fairy Day, Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltaine, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)
Police let us in; it’s cold out here.