It’s such a lovely spring morning! It actually finally feels like spring, with strong sunshine and 63F. Everything is in bloom, even the native rhodys are showing tiny signs of pink, here and there. There wind is blowing at about 5mph, but we get an occasional gust in the 20’s, that makes the wind chime go off. The sky is a pale blue flannel, soft and warm, with bits and clumps of fiberfill strewn across it. Maybe I’ve been sewing too much! This should be a lovely break today, but the rain will be back tomorrow. We got 2/3 of an inch, yesterday and we should get the next break on Friday.
Yesterday just went. I had a lot to do, so it just flowed past. I’m about 3/4 of the way unpacked, with only stock to put away and miscellaneous bits. Class went well. We’ve been talking a little about how to hack the 101 course up again, since Lesson 1 takes *way* longer than most of the other lessons.
Today it was light way too early! I was awakened around 5 by the growing light, got up and wrote for awhile, then went back to sleep with an eyeshade on, so then I didn’t wake until past noon. Today’s poem in the Quotes section is really appropriate. The shop doors are wide open and the air smells wonderful!
I need to get the stock back into place today, and start the newsletters. I have a *lot* of writing to finish! Today’s the day for it, since the paper run is tonight. Tempus has some shopping to do before he starts and then he’ll pick me up as usual.
Yes, we live in Oregon. This guy was on the path down to the apartment last spring, 4/13/16!
Today’s plant is the tropical tree, the Rose Apple, Syzygium jambos – In ancient Sanskrit, the land now called India was referred to by the ancient Indians themselves as Jambudvipa, which means Rose-apple-land (jambud = rose apple; vipa = land). With its thick, leathery leaves and great span of branches, the Jambu Tree offers great shade and coolness against the sun. Stories tell that Lord Buddha sat in the shade of a Jambu Tree (the story is often told as a “Bodhi tree”), watching men plowing the land with oxen and meditating on the burdens we all must carry in this life. He was determined that he would either reach enlightenment or die where he sat. He finally saw his previous births and realized that people are born and reborn into different states according to their deeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_jambos Information on the Bodhi Tree, Ficus religiosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_tree
Today’s Feast is in honor of the date in 1938 when the super-hero, Superman, first appeared in Action Comics. He’s a cultural icon, probably one of the most recognizable. He’s gone through comic books, newspaper comics, radio shows, television (my childhood… flying on a table with a fan in front of him. <grin>) movies, etc. This is a good article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman The picture is George Reeves from the government film, “Stamp Day for Superman”. This is the Reeves who was the television actor, not Christopher Reeves who played Superman in the movies, and in a irony of fate, was paralyzed from the neck down in a riding accident.
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 email@example.com 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 passes closest to the Pleiades April 19–21. (For clarity, the Pleiades are always slightly enlarged in these illustrations.) As twilight fades away, modest Mars glows less than 4° from the Pleiades from now through Sunday.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Sagittarius) rises around 1 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 in the early-morning hours.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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 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
Tu 18 High 5:20 AM 6.4 6:26 AM Rise 1:59 AM 65
~ 18 Low 12:34 PM 1.0 8:05 PM Set 11:43 AM
~ 18 High 7:23 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t ever become so busy, that you fail to realize how happy you are.
Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – Explain why you like or dislike(d) riding on a school bus. (If you don’t/didn’t ride on a school bus, explain why it would or would not be preferable to whatever means you take/took to school.)
~ Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.- Ken Blanchard
~ If you are a perpetual victim, you are very likely allowing yourself to be one. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If you aren’t going all the way; why go at all? – Joe Namath
I open wide the portals of the Spring
To welcome the procession of the flowers,
With their gay banners, and the birds that sing
Their song of songs from their aerial towers.
I soften with my sunshine and my showers
The heart of earth; with thoughts of love I glide
Into the hearts of men; and with the Hours
Upon the Bull with wreathed horns I ride. – HW Longfellow (1807 – ‘82), American poet; ‘The Poet’s Calendar‘ for April
A Prayer of thanks to a lover – excerpt from Fifth Sacred Thing By Starhawk;
My love, you are a river fed by many streams
I bless all who have shaped you,
The lovers whose delights still dance patterns on your back,
Those who carved your channels deeper, broader, wider,
Whitewater and backwater lovers,
Swamp lovers , sun-warmed estuary lovers,
Lovers with surface tension,
Lovers like boulders,
Like ice forming and breaking,
Lovers that fill and spill with the tides.
I bless those who have taught you and those who have pleased you and
those who have hurt you.
All those who have made you who you are.
Beltane Poem – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Written by Lady Lissar, firstname.lastname@example.org
spilt out into the meadows
running into every being
filling us up with spirit
the pulsing red life of the earth
in the smoke of the firecircle
i saw my demons scatter to the skies
dissolving into the midnight air
there is nothing but the sun
in perfect equilibrium
unreal yet grounded
alone in body, full in spirit