There are some blue streaks in the cloud over the ocean, but inland it all looks grey and …. dry? The clouds are thin, somehow, wrung out like a sponge. 49F, wind at 5 with exposed spots into the teens, but it’s *really* calmed down. We’ve got some more interesting weather due on Wednesday/Thursday, but today and tomorrow look decent. We ended up with at least 1.5 inches of rain, depending on which rain gauge you go by. In some places there was as little as 1/2 an inch. In some places closer to two.
On the way in, yesterday, we had to go all the way around Robin Hood’s barn to get to the shop. There was a big fire at Sa-Da-Munn and everyone was evacuated. 3 fire departments worth of equipment. No one was hurt, not even pets, but the one unit is toast and another few damaged.
The weather went from pretty and warm, to sloppy and then to waterpic weather for a bit and back again. The rain poured down and blew in sheets. Really amazing. Mary drove in from the Eugene area for a visit and told us that it hailed on them in Yachats. By suppertime we had 1 1/2 inches, already. The prom got postponed, too, because of the weather and boy were some people hopping mad!
I had a long conversation with some folks about handfasting and the symbolism and the how and why. Sewing workshop after that was me, myself and I because of the weather and I just worked on some embroidery, then went back to newsletter stuff.
Tempus decided to try making pizza in our convection oven. He had bought the stuff last night on the way back from Coos Bay. It kept smelling better and better as it baked until I was drooling. It was really good!
The rain poured down right through the time we finally got to sleep around 3. I don’t know when it stopped. We were up that late because serendipity found me a recording of a full-on stage version of the Mikado, one of
the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and Tempus and I watched it through. That was fun!
We did have some trouble waking up this morning. I’m longing for my coffee, but my eyes are open. I want to try making hrudka today, an egg and milk cheese from the Ukraine. I definitely need to do a little sewing and Tempus needs to work on a loom for a friend.
Today’s Plant is the Linden Tree, tilia species. It is also called lime tree (no relation to the fruit) and basswood. It is the national tree of many countries, particularly in Central Europe, (the Czech Republic!) where at one time it was sacred and councils met at the sacred linden, just as in the British Isles they met at an oak. The wood is widely used for carving and for guitars. The inner bark of the tree has been used in making fabric. The flowers, which smell delicious, are used in teas and perfumes and a valuable honey is derived from them. The flowers, leaves, wood, and charcoal (obtained from the wood) are used for medicinal purposes. – Feminine, Jupiter, Water, Taurus– Bark used for protection, leaves and flowers for immortality. Good Fortune, Sleep and Love. Hang branches over the door for protection or grow in the garden. Use in love spells/mixtures and protection spells & incenses. Mix equal parts Linden and Lavender flowers and place in a sachet under your pillowcase to relieve insomnia. Keep Linden on a table to release the energies needed to keep the spirit alive and healthy.
Hana-matsuri (flower festival) is the name in Japan for the celebration of the birthday of Siddharta Gautama Buddha. It’s not a national holiday, but celebrated within the temples. The tradition of bathing the altars is interesting. On the festival & practices http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha%27s_Birthday on Japanese festivals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsuri on Buddha http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha
The shop is open 11-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. (Spring Hours) 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 4/15 at 6:57pm. 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 4/8 at 12:18am. 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,
The Last Quarter Moon arrives just a few hours after it reaches apogee (the farthest point from Earth in its orbit) on April 8. NASA/JPL/USGS
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 3:18 a.m. EDT. You can find the half-lit orb rising in the east with the background stars of northeastern Sagittarius around 2:30 a.m. local daylight time; it hangs relatively low in the southeast as twilight begins. The Moon also reaches apogee today, at 1:31 a.m. EDT, when its orbit carries it farthest from Earth for the month. It then lies 251,123 miles (404,144 kilometers) from us.
Jupiter’s moon Europa disappears into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow around 2:52 a.m. Monday morning EDT (11:52 p.m. Sunday evening PDT). A 2-inch telescope will show it gradually fading away just west of the planet.
The waning Moon shines with Mars and Saturn in early dawn. (The Moon is positioned for an observer near the middle of North America; it’s exact for latitude 40° N, longitude 90° W. The Moon is drawn three times its actual apparent size. The visibility of fainter objects in morning twilight is exaggerated.)
Uranus and Neptune are lost behind the glare of the Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for April 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/sites/default/files/skymap_april2018.pdf
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 8 Low 12:50 AM 3.6 6:44 AM Rise 2:58 AM 54
~ 8 High 6:33 AM 6.3 7:52 PM Set 12:30 PM
~ 8 Low 1:51 PM 1.2
~ 8 High 8:42 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – May our roots always run deep and may our branches keep stretching to the sun
~ The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. – W.B. Yeats
~ There is more to life than increasing its speed. – Mahatma Gandhi
~ There is no such thing as an external enemy; it is simply the projection of the Ego as an Enemy. – Deepak Chopra
~ There is only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. – Vince Lombardi
In the whole Universe, there is nothing static, dead or frozen. Everything, but absolutely everything, is in eternal movement. Even within the so-called still nature reigns the same intrinsic law of movement. Movement and newness, in perfect interconnecteness, affirm themselves as uniqueness. – Ilie Cioara
To make May wine, pick sweet woodruff that does not have open blossoms the day before you want to serve the wine. The herb has more flavor when slightly dry. Tie the stems of a bunch with cotton thread and hang it in a bottle of wine so the leaves are covered. After ten or fifteen minutes, remove the woodruff. You should now add strawberries just before serving the wine,. Woodruff can also be used in the same way to flavor milk or apple juice.
****Note****There are those recipes for May Wine that tell you to leave the woodruff in the wine for days, even weeks. However, woodruff contains coumarin, a substance similar to coumadin which is prescribed to thin blood for people suffering from clots. Too much can also cause a headache, so it is best to use only enough to flavor the wine.
WILD IRISH NETTLE SOUP http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
12 oz nettle leaves and young, tender stems (use gloves to collect)
3-4 oz butter
6 oz (2 oz each) leek, onion and celery, roughly chopped
2.5 pints chicken stock
1.5 lbs potatoes, sliced
.75 pint cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Comment: from the Ashford Castle Hotel – County Mayo, Ireland
Wash the nettles. Melt 3 oz of the butter in a heavy based pan and sweat the leek, onion, celery and the nettles for 5 to 6 minutes without browning. Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil, then add the potatoes. Cook over a low heat for about 40 to 50 minutes.
Put soup in blender and puree, then return it to the pan, and add the cream. Salt and pepper to taste, reheat gently and check the consistency. Some extra butter may be whisked in for a richer, smoother finish. Garnish each serving with a blanched nettle leaf. Serves 8
Apricot Granola with Almonds – Serves 9 – ~Source Unknown
Most granola is loaded with oil. Instead, I use apricot nectar boiled down to a thick syrup to bind the oats together. Dried fruit is an essential addition to granola, but it can make the oats soggy over time. To remove some of the moisture from the dried apricots used in this recipe, I add them to the granola in the oven during the last few minutes of baking.
- Nonstick vegetable oil spray for pans
- 2 cups apricot nectar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 7 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1 1/2 cups dried apricots, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly spray two large baking sheets with oil.
- Bring apricot nectar to boil in medium saucepan.
- Simmer until thick and syrupy and reduced to 2/3 cup, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in honey, lemon zest, vanilla, and salt.
- Mix oats and almonds together in large bowl.
- Drizzle hot apricot nectar mixture over oats and nuts and mix well until evenly coated.
- Spread mixture over prepared baking sheets.
- Bake, stirring once, until oats are starting to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Sprinkle apricots over oats and continue baking for 5 minutes.
- Cool granola to room temperature. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
PER SERVING: 429 calories, 12g protein, 8g fat, 80g carbohydrates, 10g fiber, 126mg sodium, 42% vitamin A, 21.5% iron, 8% calcium