Daily Stuff 4-29-17 Joan of Arc

Hi, folks!

Featured image by Daniel Schoon, Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm. Minus Tide at 9:42 AM of -1.5 feet.

It’s 54F and just lovely outside, a bit cloudier than yesterday. We have a good chance of rain overnight, but not during daylight hours today and tomorrow.

Yesterday  was a long, tiring, satisfying day! We didn’t have a lot of customers in, but I was alternating writing with working on cleaning up the office space. Now that I’ve gotten the paper pile whittled down I’m starting on the other side, sorting out the bags and getting the tissue into the new organizer, moving the “front incense” and so on. I got most of the way done and was just about to move the new organizer into place when everything avalanched…. <sigh> There’s no room again, so that’s where I have to start this morning!

At one point when I was talking with some customers I managed to get the new pear pincushion filled and stitched. It still needs a leaf and a stem. Tempus snoozed for the first part of the day and then got up to run errands.

We got setting up for the Sabbat late in the afternoon and we had a good one! There were 10 of us. We had a good after-feast as well, with various yummies including May Wine and honey-butter for the bread, cookies, nuts and a lovely zucchini and egg bake that we really chowed down on.

As we were leaving the shop Diana’s Bow was hanging low in the western sky. When we got home, out of the city lights, the stars were really bright. The Big Dipper was right overhead.

I was out harvesting this morning. I got a little oregano out of the box garden, some plantain from that pot and a bit of lemon balm that we’re going to process this morning along with last week’s lungwort. Hopefully, we’ll be filling some of the seed pots this week and planting some of the new seeds. Sewing this afternoon will be a BYOP (bring your own project). I’ll be working on finishing the pincushion.

Alsea Bay by Daniel Schoon – “A bridge, a bay, some fog, throw in a sunset and you get a great picture.”

Daniel Schoon - A bridge a bay some fog throw in a sunset and you get a great picture

plant pic flower Rhododendron_macrophyllum_biscuit_june_2005Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that are starting to bloom right now, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. ,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.

Today is the anniversary of the day in 1429 when Jeanne d’Arc was part200px-Joan_of_arc_miniature_graded of the lifting of the Siege of Orleans during one of the more important parts of the 100 Years War. This was a peasant girl who had a series of visions that led her to take the part of the Dauphin of France and to lead his armies to victory after victory over the English and Burgundian troops that were trying to take France! She cut her hair and wore male clothing as a practice to preserve her modesty and chastity in the task that she was undertaking, which was something that the Church would commonly grant dispensations for. She was captured and sold to the English, who violated legal and church practice to find an excuse to burn her to death as a heretic in 1431. She was finally canonized in 1920. Lots more here including links to some of the historical events.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc

The shop is 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 ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 2:42pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/30 at 5:16pm.  

Now the curve of the crescent Moon points far down toward Aldebaran and Mars at dusk, as shown here. And the horns of Taurus, Zeta and Beta Tauri, occupy roughly the same stances with respect to the Moon as Aldebaran and Mars did last night.

Jupiter astro – Jupiter rotates fast; Christopher Go took these images only about 20 minutes apart on April 20th. North is up. Note the Great Red Spot’s dark center and edges and its wide, long turbulent wake. The North Equatorial Belt (above center) is very active in this region, with many small white outbreaks.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. 

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Gemini enters Cancer at 6:48pm.
Mercury (5/3), Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Blue

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©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Sa  29     High   2:47 AM     8.8   6:09 AM    Rise  9:03 AM      7
~    29      Low   9:42 AM    -1.5   8:18 PM
~    29     High   4:10 PM     7.1
~    29      Low   9:43 PM     2.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an empowering day!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – While the mind is in doubt, it is driven this way and that by a slight impulse. — Terence

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Quotes  

~  All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. – Maya Angelou
~  Always pass on what you have learned. – Yoda
~  And again: No more gods! no more gods! Man is King, Man is God! – But the great Faith is Love!  – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~  Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. – Goethe

SIREN CALL

Listen, and you can hear the sirens call
They want you to join them and die in the sea;
Their soft, trilling voices pull you in and under
Till you are desperate to only be with them.

“Come dear sailor, dear hunter, to the sea
No one can love you, can hold you like me;
I’ll feed you with fishes and cover you with kisses,
For no human woman can hold you like me”

I see them slipping from the boats,
Lowering themselves in the water, heading then
For the rocks, anything to join the sweet-voiced
Beauties that call to them, singing of love.

“Come my fisherman, my farmer, to the sea
No one can love you, can hold you like me;
I’ll string seashells and kelp for ‘round your neck,
For no human woman can love you like me. – © Copyright 12/17/05. Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Beltane Magick – Ritual pieces

Stag Call Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The men gather around the fire, next to their partners, and they say in unison:

“I am the stag of seven tines;
I am a wide flood on the plain;
I am a wind on the deep waters;
I am a shining tear of the sun;
I am a hawk on a cliff;
I am fair among flowers;
I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke.”
Graves, Robert; “The White Goddess”; Farrar 1970

The Beltane Chasehttp://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Traditional

Ladies:
I shall go as a wren in spring
With sorrow and sighing on silent wing
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:

And we shall follow as falcons grey
And hunt thee cruelly as our prey
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Then I shall go as a mouse in May
In the fields by night and cellars by day
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
But we shall follow as fat tom cats
And chase thee through the corn and vats
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Then I shall go as an Autumn hare
With sorrow and sighing and mickle care
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
But we shall follow as swift grey hounds
And dog thy tracks by leaps and bounds
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Then I shall go as a Winter trout
With sorrow sighing and mickle doubt
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
But we shall follow as otter’s swift
And snare thee faster thou can’st shift
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Aye, and I’ll come home again.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Signs and Notices – Two signs found on top of one another in a country kitchen several years ago: Restrooms to the left. Please wait for the hostess to seat you.

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