We’ve had some sun off and on this morning, but mostly it’s low cloud and high haze, although the computer is talking about fog. We’re getting gusts in the teens and it’s 60F at the moment. We saw a heron flying upstream of the bridge and the seals were out in force as we were bouncing around from gusts.
Yesterday was a cranky day. I’m not sure why, but Tempus and I both just kept getting crankier as the day went on. We didn’t get done what we had hoped for, which probably contributed to it. The day started slowly. We had bills to pay and paperwork to do and then Tempus headed into Newport to get some ink and the tuning peg for my psaltery.
After he got back he headed up to the house to get a load of stuff that I had sorted on Wednesday and brought it back down. I helped customers as I had been doing all day and worked on a couple of sewing projects, one of which was the case for my psaltery. I’m cutting up an old shower curtain for it which will shed water.
The load of stuff that he brought took some work, but I got it done. It was mostly books for the library and historical books, but I have a couple of duplicates for sale and a few other bits and pieces. I think he may have been working on repairing my birkies, but very suddenly he let out a squawk and started running around madly because he had just noticed the time.
We rushed back to the apartment, offloaded, and he took off to do his paper run, after bopping himself a good one over his eyebrow, fighting with the microwave that seems to be suddenly non-functional. I worked on some articles on herbs all evening, but didn’t get much of anywhere. The amount of data that I have to go through for some of this is a bit on the largish side!
I don’t know what Tempus has planned for today, but I’m hoping that he’ll get the front hall shelves offloaded because that’s a lot of tools and supplies, and then shift a load to storage. Since he’s gone to sleep over his coffee though, that’s going to be awhile, yet. 🙂
Here’s a Ken Gagne photo from yesterday, looking east from Cape Perpetua to Mary’s Peak.
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery.Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The root makes a nice yellow dye. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. I think I’m ought to go pick some and dig some roots! – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
Earth Day and International Mother Earth Day are held each year on this day. I remember the first one, mostly because my mother encouraged me to make a presentation at school about environmental concerns. I remember saying that electric cars were something that we really needed even back then. How come we’re so slow to pick up the technology? Also, because my father was involved with NASA, we were already building a passive solar water heating system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mother_Earth_Day
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
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.
As night descends, look high in the west for Pollux and Castor (pic from last year, so ignore the Moon!) lined up almost horizontally (depending on your latitude). Pollux and Castor, the heads of the now-almost-upright Gemini twins, form the top of the enormous Arch of Spring. The two ends of the Arch are Procyon to their lower left, and brighter Capella farther to their lower right. The whole thing sinks in the west through the evening.
The Sun is displaying an unusually big spot, visible with no magnification — just a safe solar filter or a #13 or #14 rectangular arc-welder’s filter. As of Friday April 15th the spot, designated AR [Active Region] 2529, had just passed the Sun’s central meridian. It should remain visible for not quite a week, until it rotates around the Sun’s western limb.
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
F 22 High 1:08 AM 7.6 6:19 AM Set 6:53 AM 99
~ 22 Low 7:44 AM 0.0 8:10 PM Rise 8:48 PM
~ 22 High 1:55 PM 6.7
~ 22 Low 7:43 PM 1.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dance for your life!
~ It is almost impossible to state what one in fact believes, because it is almost impossible to hold a belief and to define it at the same time. – William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) US poet
~ Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning. – Mahatma Gandhi
~ Whether one has natural talent or not, any learning period requires the willingness to suffer uncertainty and embarrassment. – Gail Sheehy
~ The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication. – Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English scientist
And I’ve seen it in the flights of birds
I’ve seen it in you
In the entrails of the animals
The blood running through,
but in order to get to the heart
I think sometimes you’ll have to cut through,
but you can’t. – Florence and The Machine-Heartlines
Macaroni and Cheese – Makes 4 servings –http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – For classic comfort food, macaroni and cheese has to come out on top.
- 2 cups elbow macaroni
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 2 cups Cheddar cheese
- Cook pasta and drain.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter.
- Stir in the flour, then gradually stir in the milk.
- Heat and stir until thick.
- Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream, onion, celery, 1 1/2 cups of the cheese, and the pasta.
- Put the mixture in a 2 quart casserole dish.
- Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese over top.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes..
This recipe is from Now….you’re cooking! http://www.donogh.com/cooking/
Beltane Marigold Custard –
http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – courtesy of Elizebethia’s room of Magik and Wicca
- 2 Cups of Milk
- 1 Cup Unsprayed Marigold Petals
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 3 Tbs Sugar
- 1 or 2 inch piece of vanilla bean
- 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
- 1/8 teaspoon of allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon of rosewater
- whipped cream
- Grind Marigold Petals.
- Mix Salt, Sugar and Allspice Together.
- Scald Milk with Ground Marigold Petals and Vanilla Bean.
- Remove Bean.
- Add Yolk And Dry Ingredients.
- Cook on Low heat.
- Let Cool.
- When Cool Add Rose Water.
- Mix Well.
- Top with whipped cream
Beltaine Bread –http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Popular in Cornwall and Wales. A rich, sweet, light colored bread, with red flecks of saffron; the stamens of crocus flowers. Saffron is strongly associated with sex and fertility; red the color of passion and lust. Great for handfasting too.
2 cups warm milk
2 pkgs. yeast
2/3 cup honey
5-6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter
2 pkgs. (1/2 tsp.) saffron
- Proof yeast in warm milk.
- Mix dry ingredients, cut in butter with pastry knife.
- Mix in yeast starter and eggs, knead and let rise until doubled.
- Punch down and divide into two buttered pans.
- Let rise, preheat oven to 350o.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes.BeltaneB
A rabbi, a priest and a pastor were all in a boat together fishing. The pastor said to the others, “I think I am going to go over to that shore and sit down.” So, he gets out of the boat, walks across the water and sits down on the shore.
Then, the priest says to the rabbi, “I think I going to go over there to join him.” So, he does the same as the pastor and sits next to him on the shore.
The rabbi thinks to himself, “Well, if they can do it, so can I!” So, he climbs out of the boat, but he falls in the water.
The pastor says to the priest, “Do you think we should have told him where the rocks are?”