It’s a beautiful, warm, breezy morning. 63F with the wind at 8-10, lovely, puffy clouds. Why are they saying rain in a couple of hours? You can’t even see anything on the horizon! According to the satellite pix the clouds are still hours away…. We’re supposed to get 1/3 of an inch of rain overnight. My plants could use some water.
Yesterday was long and Tempus and I both were comparing aches before we went to bed. We did a few bits in the morning at the shop, mostly Tempus running errands while I got the newsletter out, but then he took me up to the house and spent about 1/2 an hour shifting things. After that I settled down to work and he took off for Rowan and Marius’. I packed boxes all afternoon and cleared shelves. He worked on their roof, de-mossing.
He picked me up in time for esbat and we now have a Beltane plan! We got a chance to sit and visit, after, but Tempus and I were pretty tired, so we headed home. After a bit of a rest, he went upstairs to tumble the dust out of a quilt and mixed up a cake and waited for him…and waited. I finally took it upstairs, myself and managed to spill batter in all directions. That was one *messy* cake, but tasty! We visited for a bit with Jeanne while the cake was baking, then had a slice apiece and Tempus and I headed down and crawled into bed, comparing ouches, as I was talking about above.
Today I’ve already been working on plants. I’m doing a little tending, mostly snipping off dead stuff, but also adding some potting soil to some of the plants that don’t have enough or need top-dressing. Tempus dragged some stuff down out of the car and then we came to the shop to get this out and the shop open. He’s going to be running some things down here from the house and hopefully a bunch to storage. I’ll be at the shop all day today, but Sewing is only from 3-5pm.
A photo by Ken Gagne from 4/17/16
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea,Rhododendron Occidentale. I’ve talked before about the azaleas being a subset of the rhodys. This picture is the main kind that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact! The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
Today’s Feast is that of the Founding of Rome in 753 (752?) BCE on this date by Romulus who plowed a furrow around the Palatine Hill to describe the boundary of his city. This is the date used in the Roman calendar that dates Ab Urbe Condita, (from the Founding of the City) or Anno Urbis Conditae (Years since the founding of the City), usually abbreviated to A.U.C. There are a lot of different dates given, but the circumstances fall around this year pretty well, at least partially because of the dating of eclipses related to specific events. Romulus and Remus were abandoned as infants and nursed by a she-wolf (Lupa, honored in the Lupercalia) before being adopted by a shepherd. This date is also the celebration of the Palilia (Par Ilia) which is a feast of shepherds and their flocks. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founding_of_Rome and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ab_urbe_condita
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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/23 at 10:24am. 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 5/6 at 12:30pm.
Thursday, April 21, 10:24 p.m. PDT – Full Moon, April 2016 – The April Full Moon is known as the Seed Moon, Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, or Fish Moon. It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise; this is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.
The Moon shines in Virgo >>>this evening, with Spica to its upper right and brighter <<<Arcturus three times farther to its upper left.
Uranus and Neptune are too close to the sun to be observed this month.
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
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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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 21 High 12:39 AM 7.5 6:21 AM Set 6:24 AM 98
~ 21 Low 7:11 AM 0.3 8:09 PM Rise 7:51 PM
~ 21 High 1:17 PM 6.7
~ 21 Low 7:11 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am a beautiful flower that is blossoming more and more each day.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Quotations- “The Story of Babar” by Jean De Brunhoff ends with these words: “And now King Babar and Queen Celeste, both eager for further adventures, set out on their honeymoon in a gorgeous yellow balloon.” If you could set out on an adventure tomorrow, where would you go and how would you get there? Explain your answers.
~ Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. – Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), Playwright
~ Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him. – Samuel Butler
~ I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ To know / To dare / To Will / To Keep Silence – Eliphas Levi (Rules of the Magus)
He doesn’t act like he thinks he is Mr. Wonderful. He always introduces himself, even though it’s obvious who he is. When you talk to him, you know he’s paying attention to you and not looking over your shoulder. – Mary Anne Grafton-Rodgers describing the late John F. Kennedy, Jr.
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