The sky right above us is a lovely, soft blue, surrounded by white, puffy clouds, but all around the edges, over the ocean and over the Coast Range there’s quite a solid overcast. It’s bright and cool, only 53F. Everywhere there are cedars or hemlocks, they’re “post-raining”, dripping into the pond in the meditation garden, on my head getting into the car and into Lily Lake as we went past. Looks like maybe a couple of showers, mid-afternoon and then the weather will clear up through Sunday. There’s not even a lot of wind, just breeze here in town and even by the water, no place is over 10mph.
Yesterday was pretty full of things to do. Tempus spent quite a while working on the car. I was whomping through paperwork, trying to get everything set up for the weekend. Late in the day we finally got some of the big packing done, like my suitcase and setting up the boxes and food bag. He made chops for supper again and then took me home, because I knew I really needed to sleep.
I did, after I got some sewing/embroidery done, did a little of sorting out another box o’ stuff and read for a bit. His paper route went ok, but they got started late, since there were stickers on the paper last night. I think he got in around 6….
Today we were surprised by the machinery knocking down the building across from the Post Office. There’s a Dollar General going in there. I’ve mixed feelings about that, but it’s true that the building was blocky and rather shabby. ….but a dollar store in Waldport?
Tempus is making coffee and then he has to head into Newport to run a couple of errands. I have to finish getting my stuff together, so we can stuff it into Stella’s car for the first leg of the trip. I’m meeting my friends in Florence and she’s driving so Tempus can keep the shop open. Yes, the shop is open.
That’s the deal for tomorrow, too. He’ll be here for the full hours and probably into the evening, since he has some projects that he’s working on, on both Friday and Saturday, and then I’ll be back on Sunday. He’ll be running the project day on Sunday.
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
Today’s feast is to the Hindu Goddess of Rain and Good Health, Mariamman (and tons of other spellings. Today is quoted as one of her feasts by the Wicca Book of Days, but I can’t find that anywhere else. Here’s a page on the deity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariamman and here’s a page on an interesting and possibly related deity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Good_Health
The shop opens 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
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 4/26 5:16am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/19 at 2:57am.
Mars, just a trace redder than Aldebaran, is approaching the Pleiades. It’ll pass closest to the lower left of them April 19–21.
Arcturus shines brightly in the east these evenings, to the left or upper left of even brighter Jupiter (by about three fists at arm’s length). Arcturus forms the pointy end of a long, narrow kite asterism formed by the brightest stars of Bootes, the Cowherd. The kite is currently lying on its side to Arcturus’ left. The head of the kite, at the far left, is bent slightly upward. The kite is 23° long: about two fists.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Sagittarius) rises around 1 or 2 a.m. and glows highest in the south by early dawn, upper right of the Sagittarius Teapot. Redder Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkles 19° to Saturn’s right.
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
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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).
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 14 High 2:45 AM 7.5 6:33 AM Set 8:46 AM 93
~ 14 Low 9:30 AM 0.1 8:00 PM Rise 11:28 PM
~ 14 High 3:47 PM 6.5
~ 14 Low 9:26 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Education liberates the child from the fetters of ignorance, illiteracy and poverty.
~ Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. – Mark Twain
~ Two people have been living in you all your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating; the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attended to. – Sogyal Rinpoche
~ We are all cells in the same body of humanity. – Peace Pilgrim
~ You could start by accepting that your animal spirit isn’t separate from you. It’s as much a part of you as your arm or your leg. It’s just one of the things that makes you who you are. – from ‘The Painted Boy’ by Charles de Lint
… in the Beginning of [April] there is read upon the Calends, Veneralia ludi, Senatus legitimus. Now, it is possible these Veneralia, were feasts in honour of Venus, which they celebrated with publick Sports; which perfectly agrees … with the Words of Ausonius. Before Venus there stands a Candlestick, with a Wax-taper lighted, in the Flame of which they burnt Grains of Incense. The lines of Ausonius are to this purpose: “April does Honour to Venus cover’d with Myrtle. With this Month is seen the Light of Incense, with which the beneficent Ceres shines. Nor are those Perfumes wanting which are always issue from the Paphian Goddess”. – Montfaucon, Antiq. Suppl. p. 19, on the Calendar of Philocalus annexed to Valentine’s illustrations of the months
May Baskets – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Househould containers, glass jars or tin cans
1 Nail (to make holes with)
Twine or Ribbon (In a variety of colours)
Antennae iron wire
Hammer holes into the sides of the tin cans (not the glass). With the tin cans you can run the twine or ribbon through each hole and knot inside, if using a glass jar attach with glue. Take the wire and wrap it around the top of the tin can or glass jar and loop and twist the wire with another wire to make a handle. This is great for tabletops, hanging on doors and they make wonderful spring gifts for friends.
May Cone Basket – http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html – You will need: construction paper, glue or tape. Out of bright colored construction paper, cut a circle that is about 12 inches in diameter, then cut a triangle or wedge out of the circle, allowing for a 1/2 inch overlap. Roll the paper into a cone and glue or tape the two sides together. Cut a strip of construction paper that is appox. 12 inches by 2 inches. Glue or tape it onto the top of your cone to make a handle. Fill your cone basket with real or homemade flowers and hang it on a neighbor’s or friend’s doorknob in the early morning while everyone is asleep.
May Cup (For Beltane)
- Long-stemmed goblet or glass
- Potpourri/seasonal dried or fake flowers
- Red, white, and/or gold ribbon
- Small grapevine wreath
- Charm for decoration
Fill the cup with floral decorations of the season (bluebells, roses, daisies, primroses, lilac) or potpourri in May colors (green, soft pink, blue, yellow, and/or white). Around the cup, use gold, red, or white ribbon to hang a charm of some sort; some of the best images to use would be a grapevine or twig star (available at most craft stores or easily constructed with twigs and wire), a bell, or a faery image, possibly even a small broom or just a string of beads. Now the stem of the cup can be decorated however you like: Wire-stemmed flowers can be wound around it, or fake ivy, or even red and white ribbons wound around like a maypole if that suits the decoration. Place the cup in the center of the grapevine wreath, and also decorate the wreath with seasonal florals, including red and white ribbons. Use it as a centerpiece for a seasonal altar or kitchen table.
The “May cup” was originally a chalice whose purpose was to hold wine or another beverage which was consumed by the May King and May Queen, elected by the people during the town May Day party. The cup can be used in solitary, couple, or group ritual to hold a blessed beverage for the ritual; the cup can be decorated but left empty of florals until after the beverage has been consumed. Then it can be rinsed with water and filled by the participants with the various florals.
All these graphics were either made by me or acquired at Silverhair’s Borders (site now dead).