The sky is mostly a blank grey with small tattered bits in a lower layer. It was spitting on us earlier, just heavily enough to call it “rain” rather than “mist”, but only just enough to speckle the tops of the ponds along the highway and wet the windshield. It’s 50F, might get up to 60 today, rain expected again in the late afternoon, and with almost no wind. We’ve already gotten over 1/2 an inch today. High Wind Watch, for early Friday morning, through the afternoon.
…and then it was 7pm. Still light. I was really, really tired, and not much of anything had gotten done. <sigh> At least on my part… Tempus was out working on the car, trying to figure out why we keep blowing headlight bulbs. Looks like water in the headlight assembly. Oi, yet one more….
So we headed home at around 10pm and now we’re back and the shop open and having coffee. I have to try to make some earrings today and clean up the beading table to the point where it’s usable again. Tempus has to finish in back and then get going again on the pile at his end of the shop.
Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry,Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry
July 1, 1982, was proclaimed Tartan Day in New York City, a one-time celebration of the 200th anniversary of the repeal of the Act of Proscription of August 12, 1747, the law forbidding Scots to wear tartan. It has become an annual event celebrating Scottish Heritage since the late 80’s in Canada and the US. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartan_Day What does it have to do with April 6? That is the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. That’s the Scottish version of the Declaration of Independence!
The shop opens at 11am. 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. 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 4/10 at 11:08pm. 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 4/9 at 11:08pm.
Comet T-G-K (green blob) crossing the bowl of the Big Dipper on March 24th. Photography greatly overemphasized the comet’s low-surface-brightness coma compared to the overexposed 2nd- and 3rd-magnitude Dipper stars. Chris Schur used a 50-mm f/3.5 lens for 105 minutes of exposure.
TWO binocular comets are now in view!
The first is Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, or “T-G-K”, behaving as expected. It’s visible in amateur telescopes and large binoculars high in the northern evening sky. It’s about magnitude 7, depending on your instrument (larger apertures result in fainter estimates), and it’s likely to be about 6th magnitude all April. It appears fairly large, since it’s passing relatively close to Earth; mostly diffuse and low-surface-brightness but with a sharp nucleus. Use low power and a wide field early in the week before the evening Moon gets very bright. See article. (Use the finder chart in that article; the charts in the May Sky & Telescope are significantly off.)
Comet C/2017 E4 Lovejoy is the surprise. Discovered on March 10th at magnitude 12, it was only expected to reach 9th magnitude at its brightest in mid-April. But it has already leapt up to 7th, similar to T-G-K — and it’s more condensed so it’s easier to see. It’s in Pegasus, in the east just before the beginning of dawn; go out 2 hours before your local sunrise time (if you’re in the world’s mid-northern latitudes). The Moon won’t interfere until about the morning of the 7th. See article and finder charts: Comet Lovejoy Brightens Quickly, Heads North.
By the end of the week Mercury has greatly faded. . .. . .while the waxing Moon has moved on to shine on the other side of the sky.
The waxing gibbous Moon pairs with Regulus, the leading light of Leo. How soon in twilight can you first spot Regulus? Watch them cross the sky together through the night. They set just before the beginning of Friday’s dawn.
Uranus and Neptune are hidden in the glow of dusk and dawn, respectively.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Th 6 Low 3:47 AM 2.6 6:47 AM Set 4:42 AM 71
~ 6 High 9:34 AM 7.0 7:50 PM Rise 3:22 PM
~ 6 Low 4:21 PM 0.3
~ 6 High 10:51 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Buddhist temple, when a novice asks to see the Buddha, they show him/her a mirror…
~ I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Dr. Seuss
~ If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture–that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves. – Ed Abbey
~ If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. – William Blake
~ If You can imagine it you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it. – William A. Ward
The first of April, some do say,
Is set apart for All Fools’ Day.
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know.
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment. – Poor Robin’s Almanac, 1790
Beltane Magick – Craft & Fun
Fun for the Kids
http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html***fun for grownups too 😉
- Let your child dress up like the May Queen. Make a pointed hat with a large piece of paper rolled, and tape crepe paper streamer from the top. Decorate with crayons, stickers, and glitter.
- Make easy wreaths for your head and for anyone who might celebrate Beltane with you.
- Make some lovely garden furniture for the fae folk.
- Try your hand at our Beltane Word Search or read the story of Meagan’s Beltane by Kat Dyer.
(Adult supervision for the scissors)
Paper Lunch Bag (preferably white)
With your paper bag, take your construction markers to make a face on the bottom of the bag. The mouth will be on the bottom edge where the bag is folded. You can use felt as well, for the eyes, nose, ears, spots, etc. For the ears, cut small and pointy shapes out of the construction paper and use the glue to attach them to the side of the bottom edge of the bag.
Ideas and Activities for Beltane – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
*** are also great to do with children 😉
***Walk the perimeter of your property to check that everything is in good order. Bring trash bags and do a general clean-up of anything that is not where it should be.
Make a miniature maypole for your altar if you cannot make a full size version
Get a new mirror, or use one you have already, and decorate it with ribbons and flowers for your bedroom
Fill a cauldron or a large bowl with fresh flowers (wildflowers are best)
***Braid bracelets out of white ribbons and give them as gifts to friends or family
***Make a dish of fruits, berries, nuts and leave in the wood for the animals and fae folk to enjoy
Cut branches of fresh green from budding trees, or make garlands of flowers to decorate the home for this celebration. Hang them on the doors and windows early, so the may sunrise finds them there!
Create a special wreath for the top of the May Pole
***Make “May Day” baskets of flowers and leave on friends and family’s doorsteps as a surprise gift. Maybe they’ll think a faerie did it!
***Create hair pieces and garlands for decorating your head or around your neck from flowers that are in bloom
***Tie ribbons to trees to celebrate the coming of spring. Make a wish each time you tie a ribbon as it’s good luck to wish for things on this day!
Bathe your face in the morning dew to retain youth.
- The fair maid who, the first of May
- Goes to the fields at break of day
- And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree
- Will ever after handsome be.
Other sources suggest using the dew found under oaks or on ivy leaves. Make a special wish as you wash your face in it or as you drink from a well before sunrise.
***Dance the May Pole – During the Maypole dance, think about what you wish to weave into, or out of, your spirit. The Maypole is an ancient symbol of the male aspect of the Divine, while the ribbons are strands of life. Have small baskets of goodies around the room to symbolize the coming abundance and to enjoy after the Circle. Magic is hungry work. (from Trish Telesco’s Victorian Grimoire)
Do a Beltane Day Spell for Health and Happiness
Plant your frost sensitive bulbs now.
* “Do you have a sledgehammer or a brick handy?”
* “That’s right, not even McGyver could fix it.”
* “So — what are you wearing?”
* “Duuuuuude! Bummer!”
* “Looks like you’re gonna need some new dilithium crystals, Cap’n.”
* “Press 1 for Support. Press 2 if you’re with 60 Minutes. Press 3 if you’re with the FTC.”
* “We can fix this, but you’re gonna need a butter knife, a roll of duct tape, and a car battery.”
* “In layman’s terms, we call that the Hindenburg Effect.”
* “Hold on a second… Mom! Timmy’s hitting me!”
* “Okay, turn to page 523 in your copy of Dianetics.”
* “Please hold for Mr. Gates’ attorney.”