The sun is shining brightly in a clear sky with only a little thickened haze on the horizon. There’s no real chance of rain until Monday night. 55F, but it was 10 degrees colder last night. We noticed even in our well-insulated apartment! There’s only a little breeze at the moment, but it’s likely to pick up later….standard for a sunny day!
Yesterday flew past. We had a lot to do. We did get the worktable partly cleaned off, at least enough to have a regular Herbs Workshop this morning. After that Tempus spent a while putting things in their right places and I worked on headers and tags and such. Late in the day he was tagging and counting pouches and I cut up a bunch of headers.
Today I was up early for some reason. I pried Tempus out at a little after 8am and we started shifting a few things, preparing to bring a couple of big furniture pieces down on Sunday. After I had done what I could, I went outside and re-potted some of my aloe vera that have been looking old and tired. By the time I was done, Tempus was too, and we headed out to the shop.
So we have Herbs at 11am, which will be on potting up starts, and then Sewing at 3pm, which is a “Bring your mending basket!” workshop. I have more tags and headers to print up and prep since I ran across some herbs that got bagged over the winter and have been missing. Other than that, Tempus is heading back to the apartment to work (and probably nap, I’m guessing…) and I’ll be at the shop. We’ll be open for readings, but you might have to wait until I can get him back here.
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, issometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Today is Walpurgisnacht. The name come from the old goddess Walpurga, who became St. Walpurga to the Church. Traditionally, on this night, fires are lighted on hilltops all through Europe including the “Brocken”, about which the famous piece “A Night on Bald Mountina” was written and then included in Fantasia. In many places either the fires are jumped over or cattle and other herdbeasts are driven around or between fires. It’s the beginning of the Beltane celebrations that include song, dance and carnivals, as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgis_Night http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carodejnice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brocken
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 5/6 at 12:30pm. 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 5/2 at 12:30am.
These evenings, the long, dim sea serpent Hydra snakes far across the southern sky. Find his head, an asterism about the width of your thumb at arm’s length, in the southwest. It’s to the lower right of Regulus by about two fists at arm’s length. Hydra’s tail reaches all the way to Libra rising in the southeast. His star pattern, from forehead to tail-tip, is 95° long.
Mercury and Venus are hidden in the glare of the Sun. But plan for the daytime transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun on Monday the 9th! See the May Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz, April 29-May 13 – Stands for: Water (or Lake) Color: Black & White (Green) Casting meaning: Laguz represents the power of water and its easy flowing nature. We must learn to “go with the flow” when this rune shows up in a reading so that we can take full advantage of our powers.
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
Sa 30 Low 1:05 AM 3.2 6:07 AM Rise 2:39 AM 53
~ 30 High 6:40 AM 6.2 8:20 PM Set 1:13 PM
~ 30 Low 1:41 PM 0.6
~ 30 High 8:27 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Embrace Change. True success can be defined by your ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What is the best way to learn? Through lectures or by hands-on experiences? By discussing or by observing the concepts in action? Develop a plan for an ideal class, including your ideas about these questions.
~ Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures. – Horace Greeley
~ I am not young enough to know everything. – J. M. Barrie
~ The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he dies, whoever he is. – Clive Staples Lewis
~ Give me a man who says this one thing I do, and not these fifty things I dabble in. – Dwight L. Moody
When you are sad,
I will get you drunk and help you plot revenge against the scummy bastard who made you sad.
When you are scared,
I will laugh at you and tease you about it every chance I get.
When you are worried,
I will tell you how much worse it could be and to quit complaining.
When you are confused,
I will use little words to explain it to your dumb butt.
When you are sick.
I will hold your hair while you pay homage to the porcelain God.
When you fall,
I will point and laugh at your clumsy butt.
This is my oath.
I pledge till the end.
Why you may ask?
Because you’re my friend.
Silliness – Fancy Watch
Jake is struggling through a bus station with two huge and obviously heavy suitcases when a stranger walks up to him and asks “Have you got the time?”
Jake sighs, puts down the suitcases and glances at his wrist. “It’s a quarter to six,” he says.
“Hey, that’s a pretty fancy watch!” exclaims the stranger.
Jake brightens a little. “Yeah, it’s not bad. Check this out.” – and he shows him a time zone display not just for every time zone in the world, but for the 86 largest metropoli. He hits a few buttons and from somewhere on the watch a voice says “The time is eleven ’til six” in a very West Texas accent. A few more buttons and the same voice says something in Japanese. Jake continues “I’ve put in regional accents for each city.” The display is unbelievably high quality and the voice is simply astounding. The stranger is struck dumb with admiration.
“That’s not all,” says Jake. He pushes a few more buttons and a tiny but very hi-resolution map of New York City appears on the display. “The flashing dot shows our location by satellite positioning,” explains Jake. “View recede ten,” Jake says, and the display changes to show eastern New York state.
“I want to buy this watch!” says the stranger.
“Oh, no, it’s not ready for sale yet. I’m still working out the bugs.” says the inventor. “Look at this,” and he proceeds to demonstrate that the watch is also a very creditable little FM radio receiver with a digital tuner, a sonar device that can measure distances up to 125 meters, a pager with thermal paper printout and, most impressive of all, the capacity for voice recordings of up to 300 standard-size books, “though I only have 32 of my favorites in there so far.” finishes Jake.
“I’ve got to have this watch!” says the stranger.
“No, you don’t understand – it’s not ready.”
“I’ll give you $1000 for it!”
“Oh, no, I’ve already spent more than -”
“I’ll give you $5000 for it!”
“But it’s just not -”
“I’ll give you $15,000 for it!” And the stranger pulls out a checkbook.
Jake stops to think. He’s only put about $8500 into materials and development, and with $15,000 he can make another one and have it ready for merchandising in only six months.
The stranger frantically finishes writing the check and waves it in front of him. “Here it is, ready to hand to you right here and now. $15,000. Take it or leave it.”
Jake abruptly makes his decision. “OK,” he says, and peels off the watch. They make the exchange and the stranger starts happily away.
“Hey, wait a minute,” calls Jake after the stranger, who turns around warily.
Jake points to the two suitcases he’d been trying to wrestle through the bus station.
“Don’t forget your batteries.”