Minus Tide at 9:05 AM of -0.5 feet. Featured Photo by me.
It’s gloomy and drippy, with clouds steaming up off the hills. Out at sea, despite showers visible against the clouds, it looks a lot more promising. Only 48F with a forecast high of 52…. There’s only an occasional chilly breeze, even down on the beaches the wind is under 10mph.
For those of you who know Brandon and Nick, Brandon’s Mom Crossed over yesterday morning, early. It was very sudden although she’s had medical issues for awhile.
I spent a little while doing some stitchery, got pix and then processed them, after having put together as much of the garage sale stuff as I could.
Tempus took off for Newport only to discover that the checks hadn’t been done, so he made some phone calls and put off the errands until Monday and did the weekly shopping, calling me every few minutes with questions about the things I had on the list. 🙂 Once Tempus was back he put away groceries. Amy was there by then and we had a good visit while I was doing a little embroidery.
…and then we headed home. Tempus hadn’t even gotten a nap! We fell into bed, although I was up for an hour or so during the night, and managed to make it back down here at 8:15, if not at 8am, and none of the other shops on the garage sale map are open, yet.
Today is the Great Garage Sale. There’s no Herbs Workshop planned, although if anyone comes in, there’s plenty to do. Sewing is at 3pm. Otherwise we’re just going to go with the sale and head home early, I hope.
The koi pond in the meditation garden. Photo by me on 5/11/16
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, <<<< Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. ^ ^ ^ ^ Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
Today is the festival of Our Lady of Fatima, a series of Marian apparitions, in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Three elementary-age kids saw the Virgin Mary
repeatedly during this year and the last apparition included the “Dancing Suns of Fatima”.
Two of the children died young, but the last, Lucia Santos, lived until 2005, having had more visions during her lifetime as a nun. The Catholic Church decided that the visions were real and has authorized various pilgrimages and devotions. There were three “secrets” as part of the visions which are held to have happened, although the 3rd may be an ongoing working out of prophecy. The worship of the Virgin Mary is the closest parallel in Christian belief to the Goddess paths Wicca work with, and Mary is often called upon as another face of our Goddess. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_F%C3%A1tima
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
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. 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 5/18 at 5:33pm.
All this month you’ll find the “Morning Star” low in the east as dawn brightens. Follow it with a telescope even after sunrise.
Three zero-magnitude stars shine after dark in May: <<< Arcturus high in the southeast, Vega >>> much lower in the northeast, and Capella in the northwest. They appear so bright because each is at least 60 times as luminous as the Sun, and because they’re all relatively nearby: 37, 25, and 42 light-years from us, respectively.
In early dawn Sunday morning, look for Saturn lower right of the Moon. Much farther to the lower right of this pair is fiery Antares.
Neptune is still too low before dawn.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
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 Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 13 High 2:09 AM 7.5 5:51 AM Set 8:02 AM 96
~ 13 Low 9:05 AM -0.5 8:35 PM Rise 11:09 PM
~ 13 High 3:35 PM 6.3
~ 13 Low 8:59 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – May our roots always run deep and may our branches keep stretching to the sun.
~ The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart. – George Sand
~ The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world. – Max Born
~ The heart that gives, gathers. – Marianne Moore
~ The last pleasure in life is the sense of discharging our duty. – William Hazlitt
Since these [powerful destructive] forces are working themselves out and since it is inevitable that they continue to do so, there is no reason why some of us should not take on the job of keeping alive, through the apocalyptic historical vista that stretches before us, a modest thoughtfulness which, without pretending to solve everything, will constantly be prepared to give some human meaning to everyday life. – Albert Camus; ‘Neither Victims nor Executioners’
Whenever I am faced with dis-ease or discomfort my primary concern is to treat the physical aspect. If I don’t know what I’m dealing with, then getting a diagnosis is the first step. After the initial flare up has been treated and is under control then I will attempt to analyze what lesson the ailment or dis-ease is offering to teach me. Then I take any information I’ve learned and will attempt to change my behaviors or patterns to avoid experiencing any reoccurrence.
- Determine the Diagnosis
- Treat the Ailment/Dis-ease
- Understanding Lesson the Illness/Injury Offers
- Change Behavior/Pattern
- Live Better
This past weekend I was feeling some soreness surrounding the nail bed of my right toe. At first I thought it was possibly an irritation from an ingrown toenail that might be penetrating the skin causing my discomfort. I am prone to ingrown toe nails and try to keep my toes trimmed to avoid pain associated with this.
I trimmed my toenails and soaked both my feet in a basin of warm water and dissolved Epsom salt, then I coated the nail bed with iodine before going to bed to prevent any infection. In the morning a throbbing and purplish streaked swollen toe made me think I had an infection raging. My toe was warm and tender to the touch but didn’t show any signs of underlying puss or liquid that would indicate an infection. My toe had a rash and a fever. I didn’t know why for certain, but I began to suspect I had been bitten by either an insect or spider that had apparently been lurking in the toe of my boots.
On a spiritual level I understand what the spider was teaching me by biting my toe. It taught me to take a closer look at my lower body. My lesson was a need to focus on anchoring or grounding my body to the earth. Duh….. I understand the importance of grounding. But, I must admit that my head has been in the clouds lately, so the reminder was timely. I’m grateful for the spider bite as it turned out not to be serious. My discomfort was minimal, but enough of a bother to get my attention. I got the message loud and clear without having to experience a more painful ailment such as a broken toe or sprained ankle.
Anytime you are experiencing an injury to your toes, feet, or ankles even if it is as harmless as carelessly tripping over your own feet or stubbing a toe, it may very well be an indication that you are ignoring your lower body and not rooting yourself well enough into the nurturing earth source that is available to us.
Note: Insect and spider bites can be serious and should not be ignored.
Ruthee – www.turningthewheel.org
- Compaq is considering changing the command “Press Any Key” to “Press Return Key” because of the flood of calls asking where the “Any Key” is.
- AST technical support had a caller complaining that her mouse was hard to control with the dust cover on. The cover turned out to be the plastic bag the mouse was packaged in.
- Another AST customer was asked to send a copy of her defective diskettes. A few days later a letter arrived from the customer along with photocopies of the floppies.
- Another Dell customer called to say he couldn’t get his computer to fax anything. After 40 minutes of troubleshooting, the technician discovered the man was trying to fax a piece of paper by holding it in front of the monitor screen and hitting the “send” key.
- A Dell technician received a call from a customer who was enraged because his computer had told him he was “bad and an invalid.” The tech explained that the computer’s “bad command” and “invalid” responses shouldn’t be taken personally.
- A confused caller to IBM was having troubles printing documents. He told the technician that the computer had said it “couldn’t find printer.” The user had also tried turning the computer screen to face the printer but that his computer still couldn’t “see” the printer.
- An exasperated caller to Dell Computer Tech Support couldn’t get her new Dell Computer to turn on. After ensuring the computer was plugged in, the technician asked her what happened when she pushed the power button. Her response, “I pushed and pushed on this foot pedal and nothing happens.” The “foot pedal” turned out to be the mouse.
- Another customer called Compaq tech support to say her brand-new computer wouldn’t work. She said she unpacked the unit, plugged it in and sat there for 20 minutes waiting for something to happen. When asked what happened when she pressed the power switch, she asked “What power switch?”
- Another IBM customer had troubles installing software and rang for support. “I put in the first disk, and that was OK. It said to put in the second disk, and I had some problems with the disk. When it said to put in the third disk, I couldn’t even fit it in….” The user hadn’t realized that “Insert Disk 2” meant to remove Disk 1 first.
- In a similar incident, a customer had followed the instructions for installing software. The instructions said to remove the disk from its cover and insert into the drive. The user had physically removed the casing of the disk and wondered why there were problems.
- True story from a Novell NetWare Sysop: Caller: “Hello, is this Tech Support?” Tech: “Yes, it is. How may I help you?” Caller: “The cupholder on my PC is broken and I am within my warranty period. How do I go about getting that fixed?” Tech: “I’m sorry, but did you say a cupholder?” Caller: “Yes, it’s attached to the front of my computer.” Tech: “Please excuse me. If I seem a bit stumped, it’s because I am. Did you receive this as part of a promotional at a trade show? How did you get this cup holder? Does it have any trademark on it?” Caller: It came with my computer. I don’t know anything about a promotion. It just has ‘4X’ on it.” At this point, the Tech Rep had to mute the caller because he couldn’t stand it. He was laughing too hard. The caller had been using the load drawer of the CD-ROM drive as a cup holder and snapped it off the drive.
- A woman called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer. The tech asked her if she was running it under “Windows.” The woman responded, “No, my desk is next to the door. But that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window and his printer is working fine.”
- Tech Support: “O.K. Bob, let’s press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen. Now type the letter “P” to bring up the Program Manager.” Customer: “I don’t have a ‘P’.” Tech: “On your keyboard, Bob.” Customer: “What do you mean?” Tech: “‘P’ on your keyboard, Bob.” Customer: “I’m not going to do that!”
Now don’t you feel better about your skill level?