Friday at the shop was a bit frantic early on. We had gotten some pix of him before heading that direction. Tempus was running in and out, heading to Newport for his check to the bank to deposit it, and pulling things down from the high shelves to where I could reach them to pack and so on.
He took a nasty spill coming back from the bank, tripping on that awful bit of sidewalk between the new furniture store and the Chocolate Frog, that is the transition between the old sidewalk and the newer pavement. The rest of his day was a *lot* less eventful! He hurt one of his hands pretty badly and bonked his head, but Leslie promised to keep an eye on him to make sure he was ok, so Marius and I took off. …not without worry, but it turned out ok.
Friday’s trip was a lot of fun. Marius is both a good driver and good company! We drove down the coast watching the wildlife & scenery (egrets in the sloughs!) and talking hard, catching up on the last week. We stopped at A&W in Florence for some gas and food, then down to Reedsport where the route to Medford turns inland. We took at break at the elk refuge, watching not just the elk, but the birds. We saw several cranes flying and I think I got a glimpse of a beaver, scuttling out into the reeds from under the viewing platform.
We had a lovely dinner at the Olive Garden and the manager there cooked a special dish for me because most of their sauces have pepper in them. It was chicken in wine sauce over fettucine and just yummy. The salad was huge and breadrolls tasty and I had leftovers for breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Marius had an appetizer plate that I got tastes from of a fried sausage ravioli, calamari and stuffed mushrooms. He got some kind of lovely-smelling sausage dish. We were *far* too full for dessert!
From there we went to the event site and said hi to folks and then he took off for his hotel. I went home with Sadb (my student) and her son after they got their chores done with the horses. I got introduced to two really cute dogs, got my bean pottage made and marzipans formed and then we turned in since we were going to be up really early.
The local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.
Today is the anniversary of the founding of Fort James, which became Jamestowne, capitol of the Colony of Virginia until 1699. Briefly abandoned due to lack of supplies, the resupply brought women and more colonists which made the place a going concern for a long while. Initially, relations with the locals were good, but a bad diplomat as head of the colony caused the “starving time” when the colony was vacant and then later strong-arm tactics, trying to bully supplies out of the locals, set off one of the first wars with the Native Americans. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamestown,_Virginia
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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 5/21 at 2:14pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/20 at 2:14am.
The two brightest things in the evening sky shine high just a few degrees apart this evening: the moon and Jupiter. Third brightest is Mars. Look for it low in the southeast after dark.
Mercury and Venus are hidden in the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 14 Low 1:53 AM 2.6 5:49 AM Set 2:36 AM 51
~ 14 High 7:24 AM 5.8 8:36 PM Rise 1:50 PM
~ 14 Low 2:03 PM 0.8
~ 14 High 8:45 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you can keep money you make on Monday, it will increase during the week.
~ A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water. – Georg Grey
~ I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day. – Abraham Lincoln
~ The brain is not, and cannot be, the sole or complete organ of thought and feeling. – Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950) US suffragist
~ A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. – George Moore
My love is deeper than the holler,
Stronger than the river,
Higher than the pine trees
Growin tall upon the hill.
My love is purer than the snowflakes
That fall in late december
And honest as a robin
On a springtime windowsill,
And longer than the song
of the whippoorwill. – Randy Travis
Witchtastic: An intro and a bit about ritual with Special Needs kids – http://www.thepaganvillage.com/2012/04/witchtastic-an-intro-and-a-bit-about-ritual-with-special-needs-kids/
April 30, 2012 in Witchtastic
I suppose I should start with an introduction. Hi! *waves* My name is Meredith and I’m a Pagan witch in Southeast Texas. I’m a mom to a toddler with Special needs and I’m also an advocate for Pagan rights, the rights of people with Special Needs, and, as someone who is poly and bi, am an advocate for GLBTQ Parenting as well as GLBTQ Pagans.
One of the things that is very important to me (and gods, there are so many!) is including my son (and other kids with special needs) in ritual and group activities. I am not a doctor, nurse, therapist or healthcare professional but I have found some things that work for my kid and want to share them as part of this column. Your individual mileage may vary and it’s always best to talk with your child’s healthcare provider before starting a new activity or if you have any questions.
My son has several issues which fall under the Special Needs umbrella so it’s always a bit of an adventure when it comes to ritual. Kids his age have a difficult enough time being still and quiet at the appropriate times, and when you add in something like sensory integration dysfunction to the mix, it becomes even more of an adventure! Sensory integration disorders can take several shapes, including things like tactile defensiveness, vestibular disorders, problems with sound (too much of it can be problematic for kids like my Spawnlet-not in a volume sense but just the sheer amount of sound in the form of voices, music, rustling clothes, etc), visual input, oral-motor issues… Any sense you can imagine or have, people with sensory disorders can have trouble with integrating it into their day. When developing a ritual with a kiddo who has any or all of these issues, I’ve found it best to plan for a much longer chunk of time than you would typically use for a ritual for just yourself, or including typical kids or adults. We’ve yet to hit on the “perfect” ritual formula which can include our kiddo, work with his particular issues, and still work for those involved who are not Special Needs, but we’ve begun including some elements which work for him, and help him to feel less overwhelmed by the entire experience. Below are some ideas we’ve begun incorporating specifically to deal with his sensory issues.
- To cast the circle: We all pick a wall and push as hard as we can against it. Hands, back, tummy, full body—whatever strikes us. Heavy work, or any activity like pushing and pulling or jumping or deep pressure (like with a weighted blanket or really big, squishy hugs) helps some kids with processing disorders and calms their tendencies to seek more input now now now now now! We push out on the walls as hard as we can, opening up the space. Spawnlet is nonverbal but uses sign, so he’s asked to wave “hi” or greet each quarter (we face North, ask him to “say hi to the spirits of the North!”, etc). When that’s done, our circle is cast.
- The Elements Spawnlet has some problems processing tactile sensations. While he loves water, the other elements sometimes upset him to the point he goes into what we call “sensory meltdown” and needs a lot of time to regroup and find his own center. In order to make it less agitating for him, we use Play-Doh, “Floam” or “gack” (cornstarch and water mixture) to represent Earth during ritual, a “push light” nightlight for fire, water goes into a deep bowl that is difficult to overturn, and air is a pinwheel from the dollar store. He will touch the Play-Doh/Floam/Gack using our hands, or sometimes his fingertips. As he has become more comfortable with these textures over the past several months, we may take some time to allow him to play with “earth”. If he gets upset and wants none of it, it’s okay, too. Water is easy enough: he loves water in any form and will splash happily in the bowl until it’s all empty or he is redirected to another activity. Truth be told, most rituals involve us being quite damp and the bowl being quite empty by the time we are ready to move to the next element. The push light for fire is safe, and his love of light and glowing things is met. He will examine the light, can push it on and off, and when we say “now light!” he will clap happily and turn it on for us. The pinwheel for air is also entertaining as he has learned to blow on it, and we tell him “air” and he will make it spin as hard as he can. Each element takes some time, gives him sensory input, and introduces the idea of Element in ritual.
- The altar We don’t actually use an altar with Spawnlet. We set the Element representations spaced out in a circle on the floor and sit down on his level. While he can and does use small tables and can sit at the “big table” for meals, setting up on the floor makes it less stressful for him when we do a ritual and also helps control any messes from spilled water, thrown “Earth”, etc. We put down a sheet and set up that way!
Next column, I’ll discuss some of the seasonal activities we’ve found which work for the Spawnlet and kiddos with his particular issues, as well as introducing a Pagan presence into your local playgroup!