Minus Tide at 10:36 AM of -0.9 feet.
Yesterday started pretty well. I got up earlier than I’ve been for a bit, so I could get the newsletter out. We actually were heading out the door right after 10:30, so I nabbed an extra minute and showed Tempus where I intended the box garden to go.
<<<<<<<< Waterlily on 4/7/16 <<<<<<
When we got to the shop (before time!!!) he headed right up to the house. He was taking Jeanne to go pick up her car at noon, so he wanted to grab my lunch and a few other things. We’re “eating down” the supplies from the house,preparing to move fridge/freezer, etc.
>>>>>>>> Waterlily on 4/11/16 >>>>>>>
I got the dremel sanding done on my spoon and helped customers, then settled in with some sewing. I finally found my denim that I want to make a jumper of. …and then I had to clean off my work table, which was nearly impossible. It took several rounds of picking up Tempus’ tools and putting them back on his desk before I had *any* space. …and then I had to deal with *my* mess. <sigh> Leslie came in for a bit (Chocolate Frog) She has an awesome shirt that says, “Keep Calm and Eat Chocolate!”
<<<<<< Plants this morning: lovage on the right, beets and “trims” at the bottom with garlics above them, daylilies to the left, misc pots to the left and behind. <<<<<<<<<<
We had one batch of customers in that I ended up talking rocks with. They’re heading to eastern Oregon next, so I told ’em some places that we enjoyed rock-hounding. I got several phone calls from Tempus. They were shopping. 🙂 When Marius got to the shop he worked on coiling wire and I did some mending. Once Tempus was back, they fetched the box garden and my strawberry pots, the costmary and the new raspberry bush, then we sat around and talked until nearly 8pm.
When we got home Tempus realized that he wanted to work up at the house, so he headed back out and I worked with pictures and writing.
Today we’ll be at the shop, although Tempus will be heading up to the house to work at some point.
I haven’t posted a Ken Gagne picture for a bit. He got a wonderful shot of nesting blue herons! (from 4/9/16)
Today’s plant is the Bells of Ireland, Moluccella laevis (Bells of Ireland, Molucca balmis, Shellflower, Shell flower) is a summer flowering annual, native to Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus. It is cultivated for its spikes of flowers. In the language of flowers, it represents luck. It’s a member of the mint family as you can tell by the leaves! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bells_of_Ireland. Why Ireland? Only because it’s green. No relation!
Somewhere around this date a festival is held in Armenia for the goddess Anahit who rules fertility, healing, wisdom and water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anahit
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
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. 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 4/11 at 4:24pm. 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 4/13 at 8:54pm.
The crescent Moon hangs in the west at dusk. As the stars come out, look to the Moon’s lower left for Orion, with his belt in its horizontal springtime position. The belt points left toward bright Sirius, and to the right more or less toward Aldebaran. Right of Aldebaran are the Pleiades.
Uranus and Neptune are hidden in the glare of the Sun.
Venus is hidden in the glare of sunrise.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 –
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 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
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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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 11 High 3:44 AM 8.5 6:38 AM Set 12:06 AM 16
~ 11 Low 10:36 AM -0.9 7:57 PM Rise 10:04 AM
~ 11 High 5:01 PM 6.9
~ 11 Low 10:38 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Feel good about yourself today.
~ You are full of hidden possibilities: Set aside your notions about who you are and start again. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Being preoccupied with problems smothers the gratitude for the good we have in our lives. – Phil Reinhardt
~ Facing it-always facing it-that’s the way to get through. Face it! – Joseph Conrad
~ Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. – Rumi
Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
Beltane Poem – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Written by Lady Lissar, email@example.com
spilt out into the meadows
running into every being
filling us up with spirit
the pulsing red life of the earth
in the smoke of the firecircle
i saw my demons scatter to the skies
dissolving into the midnight air
there is nothing but the sun
in perfect equilibrium
unreal yet grounded
alone in body, full in spirit
Dance before the Bonfire (Beltane) – Ashley Ravenwood, finished 3/8/97
Another summer stretches before us,
fertile and heady
The faeries are out to play
with everything and everyone else
Dance before the bonfire
and celebrate the brimming fertility
of another year
Let it spill over
and crackle into the fire
Let us be blessed
and let our fruits ripen and be harvested
(not wither and die
nor rot forgotten)
Let us drink thirstily of the nectar of the gods
and feast hungrily upon food, love, and kindness
Let us also feed our wants and desires today
happily and carefree
Let us celebrate the miracle that is existence
and marvel at the wonder that is life:
remembering that the smallest acorn
can become the tallest tree
Let us dance
Dance before the bonfire
Dance around the maypole
Dance together, laughing
Dance through life and death and life again
Dance under the budding trees and around the blooming wildflowers, dancing in the wind
Dance as fawns and baby birds and newborn stars all watch, dancing
Dance as the gods smile down upon us, dancing too
Dance before the bonfire!
May day is a good time to promote love and happiness in your life. To do so, use pastel-colored candles, as many as possible, and a large bowl of fresh water with flower petals floating in it. Adorn your ritual space with flowers and new leaves, and sing the following verse to the spirits of the holiday:
Queen of the May,
A more joyous time has never been.
and children sing,
Fairies bless each river and sacred spring.
All life is joyous
and we revel,
In being healthy, happy, and alive.
The Morris Dancers
Stomp the Earth,
Wakening Gaia with blissful mirth.
in vibrant hue,
Signaling all Earth’s life is born anew.
Magic springs underfoot from the ground.
Love and passions
fill the air,
Celebration and revelry is everywhere.
On this day,
My true love come to me; Let us share our hearts in festivity.
the Maypole round,
Laughter and music freely abound.
Joyousness and reverence mix together now,
Blessing virgin, bird, and cow.
Danu’s Fairy Folk now draw near,
Their laughter and magic is growing clear.
I share this day
with those I love,
Healing Sun streams from above.
the Queen of the May,
So blessed be this sacred day.
So mote it be. ~Abby Willowroot )0( Visit Crone’s Corner on Yahoo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
Two hydrogen atoms bumped into each other recently.
One said: “Why do you look so sad?”
The other responded: “I lost an electron.”
Concerned, One asked “Are you sure?”
The other replied “I’m positive.”