I should get my big computer this morning and that will mean that the newsletter should go back to normal tomorrow! I’m sorry about about this, although in 11 years come late June that this newsletter has been coming out, yesterday was only the 29th day that I had actually missed putting out a newsletter! Yes, today’s post is truncated. I’ll tack the rest of the stuff back in once I’m back on my big computer.
Yesterday was lovely! I got a little time working with the plants in the morning and then getting to sit out in it waiting for Tempus was just wonderful. I have a *ton* of pictures that I have to get developed when I get the main computer back. Our apartment reaches the outside through a greenhouse and right outside that is a meditation garden. We wake in the morning to lots of green!
I had a doctor appointment in Newport, which put a hole in the middle of the work of the day. While I was in my appointment, Tempus went to the store and got some things to fix the sink with. Afterwards, we went to the house, packed some more, brought it home, set it up…. you get the drill. I worked in the greenhouse a bit. Tempus did some laundry and other chores and fixed the sink.
Today I’ll be at the shop, not sure that Tempus will be. Casey sent me a note this morning that my computer is up and running again, so I may send Tempus home with it, to set it up again. More moving, other than that.
Today’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn. Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. –
Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)
Today is the anniversary of the date in 1348 where Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor issued a Golden Bull, founding the Charles University in Prague and granted it this <<<< seal. This was the first University in Central Europe. It has survived to the present day, even though there were periods where no degrees were given and it was down to a handful of faculty members. It was the seat of the early part of the Protestant Reformation and Jan Hus, the martyr, leader of the Utraquists. was a faculty member. More on the university here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_University_in_Prague On Medieval Universities, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_university On the Utraquists here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utraquists and on the Hussites http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hussite
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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/7 at 4:24am. 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 4/8 at 4:24pm. 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 4/21 at 10:24pm.
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
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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).