Minus Tide at 7:56 AM of -0.5 feet. Sewing from 6-8pm.
Despite the rain only being a trace or very gentle until after I went to bed, we’ve had 5/6 of an inch of rain since midnight. Tempus said it was really beating down right before 10am. When I woke, though, there was bright sunshine for a couple of minutes. From the look of the sky, today is going to be more of the same. “Go home, Weather, you’re drunk!” There are a lot of sucker holes and really heavy rain clouds, both. Fog/cloud is steaming up from the foothills to low cloud above. If you look at the satellite pictures, the swirl that’s offshore is being pushed our way by another swirl that’s below the Aleutians.
So yesterday started late and we worked outside re-setting the garden shed in full sunshine…and then in the very late afternoon, after we had fried up the last of that batch of cheese and had several folks walk in the door, the sunlight and warmth went away and suddenly it was chilly! We closed the doors.
By then I was filling in newsletter files, having gotten the basics for each day done. Tempus had done some paperwork and then started making some burgers for supper. I finally finished the newsletters around 8pm and we went home not long after.
Today we’ve gotten some chores started at home and then headed here. We’re open, although I haven’t had enough coffee yet to be coherent. 🙂 We’re getting ready for the Great Garage Sale, which is Saturday, and I have to finish the book inventory, and then Sewing this evening, and then the paper route.
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
Today’s Feast is that of the Ice Saints, the Eisheilige, St. Mamertus (or, in some countries, St. Boniface of Tarsus), St. Pancras, and St. Servatius, who supposedly brought bad weather on their three consecutive feast days, May 11-13 in Central Europe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Saints and some odd weather lore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_saints#Special_weather-forecasting_days
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 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
Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 5/12 at 5:42am. 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 5/25 at 12:4pm.
All this month you’ll find the “Morning Star” low in the east as dawn brightens. Follow it with a telescope even after sunrise.
A Jupiter double-shadow event for telescopes: Io and Europa cast their two tiny black shadows onto opposite sides of Jupiter’s face from 9:59 to 10:05 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
As evening grows late, look about 10° below the Moon for orange-red Antares >>>>> twinkling away. Lesser stars of Scorpius are scattered around and upper right of Antares.
Even later in the night, look for Saturn glowing steadily to the lower left of all of them.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in Virgo) shines high and bright in the southeast at dusk, with Spica 10° below it. Jupiter is highest for best telescopic viewing by about 10 or 11 p.m. daylight saving time, with Spica now to its lower left.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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. Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 11 High 1:07 AM 7.7 5:53 AM Set 6:47 AM 99
~ 11 Low 7:56 AM -0.5 8:33 PM Rise 9:22 PM
~ 11 High 2:16 PM 6.5
~ 11 Low 7:49 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you’re on.
Journal Prompt – Expository – Do you have a nickname? Tell the story of how you got it and why. If you do not have a nickname, tell what you would like your nickname to be and how you imagine receiving that name.
~ The best mirror is an old friend. – George Herbert
~ The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. – Rumi
~ The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. – Thomas Paine
~ The problem when solved will be simple. – Charles Franklin Ketterling
The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure;
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure. –William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
Magick – Oak-corns and Apple-thorns
I’ll Have the Afterlife Gravy by Modred – February 1st, 2011 – http://paganpages.org/content/2011/02/oak-corns-and-apple-thorns-3/
Is there an afterlife? Opinions vary widely — is it judgment followed by heaven or hell, resurrection of the flesh after Armageddon, reincarnation of various kinds, the Summerland, or something else? Is there anything a witch can do to sort this out?
Assuming that the dead can’t get up and walk, resurrection of the flesh (with or without, before or after, Armageddon) is pretty much out. I haven’t seen any convincing evidence of reincarnation either. My spirits say that what happens after death is beyond mortal understanding but is not reincarnation as we commonly understand it. I tend to trust what I get from the spirits, but I am only human.
We all are. Considering how much we’re influenced by education, books, movies and TV shows, etc. it might help to look at what people thought about the afterlife before those things existed. Neanderthals buried their dead with flowers. About 25,000 years ago, at least some Homo Sapiens decked out their dead in ornamental splendor and posed them thoughtfully. There must have been a belief in something after death, or was it just empathy and sadness that made them perform these acts?
I don’t think there’s any hard evidence anywhere, and I don’t think there’s ever going to be any. Does that mean that it’s all about faith and/or your chosen book of dogma, or is there another direction we can turn for guidance?
What if we consider belief in afterlife as a tool? What good is it? Does the threat/promise of Hell/Heaven really improve behavior in the here and now? If there’s a heaven, why care about the Earthly world at all when all of this beauty just an appetizer for eternal life? Does reincarnation make us better people in this life? Why care if you get another shot at it?
As the saying goes, if all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail. What if we were to leave the afterlife out of our toolbox altogether, and stop using it to beat this world into submission?
The most practical belief is that when you die you just die. It’s the only one that encourages you to live as lightly as you can, as peacefully and thoughtfully as you can, in this life. Anything you get after the lights go out, well that’s just gravy.