Yesterday was warm, warm, warm! We had the doors open until nearly dark. Today it’s only 52F and raining off and on. It’s not an aggressive rain, just enough to keep things damp and you can stand in it without hunting for a bar of soap. 🙂 There’s not a lot of wind, barely over 10mph down by the ocean, even. Just a nice, cool, coastal spring day.
Yesterday was a lot of writing and a lot of paperwork, mostly, although I did get some of the stock put back… sorted out, anyway. I did a long reading during the afternoon, a couple that had planned on coming in on Saturday, but missed me, then.
Tempus headed out after supper, going to pick up some drawer sets for the back of the shop, do some shopping and then start the paper route. He got out a bit earlier than he’s been, so picked me up just before 3am, but not before I had been attacked by the ladder, a set of dowels and a cascade of boxes and plasticware…. I don’t think I’m suddenly clumsier, but this is making me wonder!
We had a good run, pretty much standard, although for some reason folks were parking in strange places last night. I know folks don’t think about their paper delivery, nearly the last thing on their minds, but if you ask for your paper to go against the garage door and there are three rows of cars before you get there, it’s tough. Or if you’re at the end of a long, narrow road with no room to turn around, I mean a 1/2 mile or more of long, narrow… don’t get enough gravel dumped into it that a car has to swim through! Or have most of a dozen vehicles parked all over so that there’s no room to turn. Yikes!
The Moon came out, sortof, diving in and out of the clouds, somewhere in the 4:30am range, and then not long after, it was getting light. We got done at 5:40 and didn’t need flashlights to get down the path. It spat on us a couple of times, but the real rain didn’t start until around 5 and it was still fairly gentle.
Today we’ve been taking it pretty easy, catching up on chores. I have some putting away still to do and I want to make some progress on the newsletters! We’re at the shop, if you need something, but Tempus has some stuff pulled out into the walkways again.
This made me howl with laughter, just like today’s slightly blasphemous Silliness. This squash is named, “Gete-okosomin”, which means “Cool Old Squash” in Menominee. It was grown from 800-year-old seeds found in a clay pot.
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Today is Primrose Day in the UK in honor of Benjamin Disrali. He was a favorite of Queen Victoria and very much a conservative. After his death a Primrose League was founded to keep his principles and aims going. Why Primrose? These were his favorite flower. Victoria sent a wreath of them to his funeral and every year on this date his statue and grave are decorated with them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primrose_Day
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Open 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. 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 4/21 at 8:16pm.
Mars has shifted even farther.
Right after dark, the Sickle of Leo stands vertical high due south. Its bottom star is Regulus, Leo’s brightest. Leo himself is walking horizontally westward, with the Sickle forming his front leg, chest, mane, and part of his head.
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 5:57 a.m. EDT this morning.)
Uranus is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©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
W 19 Low 12:46 AM 3.6 6:25 AM Rise 2:42 AM 56
~ 19 High 6:23 AM 6.1 8:06 PM Set 12:39 PM
~ 19 Low 1:37 PM 1.0
~ 19 High 8:27 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is something wrong if you are always right.
~ If you want hits, be prepared for the misses. – Carl Yastremski
~ If you want to know what the word of “God” is, sit down and listen. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves. – Rumi
~ It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggression.” — Sigmund Freud
Flower Chains – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Materials: A grocery bag full of flowers such as daisies, dandelions or other common flowers with flexible stems.
Method 1 – Make a cross with 2 flower. Bend the stem of the top flower around the stem of the bottom flower. Tie a knot with the flower stem and pull lightly to tighten. Lay another flower over the joined stems and tie another knot. Continue with steps 1-3 till chain is as long as you want it. Tie the very last stem around the first one to form a ring. Wear it as a crown or necklace.
Method 2 – Use a pin or your fingernail to make a slit in each flower stem about 1″ below the flower head. Slip the stem of a second flower through the slit in the first stem. Repeat step 2 until the flower chain is as long as you want, then slip the last flower through the slit in the first to form a ring.
Pressing Flowers – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Selecting The Flowers – Garden flowers, leaves and ferns can be collected and pressed for use in making pictures or cards. A botanical collection can also be made with wild flowers (never rare flowers). Only take one or two common flowers from a spot where they are plentiful.
Flowers should be picked after mid-day when they are dry. They should be pressed as soon as possible after picking to avoid wilting. You will find through trial and error which flowers dry best and which colors are lasting. Do not try to press a very thick flower it would be best to disassemble and press just the petals. Remember fresh flowers, press quickly and carefully, dry well, and use small flowers (or thin pieces of thicker flowers).
Pressing The Flowers – Flowers can be pressed between sheets of blotting paper and placed in a telephone book with weights. A flower press can be used, consisting of layers of newsprint interleaved with corrugated cardboard. A press uses plywood board top and bottom, and pressure is applied by tightening the wing nuts on the four corner screws.
Flowers are then carefully laid in the press, with plenty of newspaper between layers, and cardboard after every few layers. Leave them undisturbed for two or three weeks for best results.
May is a month that fairies love. Show them your appreciation by making them some furniture!
- twigs, vines, dried flowers
- needle and thread
- scrap material
- hot glue gun
- pruners to cut the twigs
- Decide what you’re going to make. We’ll make a chair, to give you an example.
- Cut the twigs in this manner – one long, bendable piece that will form the back legs and back of the chair, and four equal lengthed twigs which will form the two front legs and the seat.The chair should stand no more than four inches tall (including the back)
- Bend the long twig,and hot glue one of the smaller pieces in between the two ends where you want the seat to be.This will be the back of the seat.
- Hot glue on each side of the bent twig facing towards you a smaller twig; these will be the sides of the seat.
- Glue the front piece of the seat to these side twigs.
- Glue the two front legs to the seat so that the chair legs are even.
- If you wish,wrap the vines around the chair back and legs.
- Cut the scrap material to form a “back” and a “seat” – these are NOT to be as wide as the chair, but will fit inside of the twigs.
- Using your needle and thread, attach the material to the chair using a whip stitch.
- Hot glue small dried flowers at the top of the chair.
This technique can be used to make all kinds of fairy furniture, from tables to beds, to sofas – all of which are sure to delight your fairies! You can make little tea cups too from dried flower cups!