Lovely sunshine and lovely blue sky! We’re under a Small Craft Advisory for Hazardous Seas later, though. 47F heading for the mid-50’s and up in Alsea (more about that, later) it’s supposed to get to the mid-60’s. No chance of rain in the forecast until the end of the week and that’s minimal. Wow….
Yesterday started slowly. We got the shop open and the newsletter out and then nothing much happened for quite awhile. I finally chased Tempus out to meet with the LARP guy to see what was going on with that and started doing some cookery things. I made a mustard/caraway/salt mix for tvarog, then found a bowl to work with and finally got that going.
We get some real loopy-lous in here upon occasion. Had one yesterday that was so jittery that you’d figure she was on something. …and then Tempus came back because the LARP guy didn’t show. <sigh> I got the cheese done while he was vacuuming. He went into the back to work on cleanup. The back is getting to the point where you can walk through again, at least.
We had some of the tvarog on toast for lunch and spent a chunk of the afternoon talking while I embroidered. We weren’t busy. I guess everyone was out on the beach or doing yardwork! …and then had one customer at 8pm. 🙂
We had chicken and rice and veg and dill sauce for supper. It’s nice having a microwave again! …and then we headed home and fell into bed, since it was nearly 11pm. We’re up a bit early this morning and I puttered with my garden stuff for awhile.
Today Tempus is going to be at the shop “without adult supervision” he says, until mid-afternoon. Several of us are heading up to Alsea to the Thyme Garden and the other Earth Day things that they’re doing.
Here’s a Ken Gagne photo from 4/21/16, looking east from Cape Perpetua to Mary’s Peak.
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The root makes a nice yellow dye. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. I think Imma go pick some and dig some roots! – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
Earth Day and International Mother Earth Day are held each year on this day. I remember the first one, mostly because my mother encouraged me to make a presentation at school about environmental concerns. I remember saying that electric cars were something that we really needed even back then. How come we’re so slow to pick up the technology? Also, because my father was involved with NASA, we were already building a passive solar water heating system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mother_Earth_Day
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
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 4/29 at 5:58pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/22 at 2:46pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 4/29 at 5:58pm.
042411 astro – This Lyrid bolide (exploding meteor) appeared over the Flinders Ranges in the South Australian desert on the evening of April 24th, 2011. According to the photographer, shortly after the image was taken, the object broke apart into about a dozen bright fragments that left anionized trail that lingered for about 10 seconds. C m handler/Wikimedia Commons The annual Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak before dawn under good viewing conditions. The nearly First Quarter Moon sets before 2 a.m. local daylight time, leaving nearly three hours of dark skies before morning twilight commences. The shower’s radiant — the point in the constellation Lyra the Harp from which the meteors appear to emanate — climbs nearly overhead just before twilight starts to break. Under a clear dark sky, observers can expect to see 15 to 20 meteors per hour.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 5:46 p.m. EDT). You can find the First Quarter Moon high in the southwest as darkness falls, then watch as it sinks toward the western horizon, where it sets shortly after 2 a.m. local daylight time. The half-lit Moon spends the night among the background stars of central Cancer the Crab. Our satellite officially reaches its First Quarter phase at 5:46 p.m. EDT. The half-lit Moon spends the night among the background
stars of central Cancer the Crab.The Moon now shines to the left of Castor and Pollux and above Procyon. Far below Procyon at nightfall, look for brighter Sirius. After dark, use binoculars to pick out members of the Beehive Star Cluster just a few degrees above the Moon, in the same field of view (for North America). They’re almost lost in the moonlight.
Mercury is having a very low, poor apparition deep in the glow of sunrise.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for April 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/sites/default/files/skymap_april2018.pdf
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
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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
Su 22 High 5:39 AM 7.3 6:20 AM Set 2:24 AM 37
~ 22 Low 12:52 PM -0.2 8:10 PM Rise 12:08 PM
~ 22 High 7:41 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Things that happen in life affect your energy. You can’t stop things from happening, but you can somewhat influence and determine your response to what happens. Your actions throughout life continuously affect your chi (life energy). These impressions become perpetual conditioning factors on your personal flow of chi.
~ To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal. – William James
~ Two masters is one too many, if a man wishes to be true. – The Saga of Olaf Haraldsson, c.170
~ We never understand a thing so well, and make it our own, as when we have discovered it for ourselves. – Rene Descartes
~ What you bind, you’re bound to. – Ancient Adage
Buds are bursting in the hedges,
Leaves are stirring in the lane,
Everywhere the sap is stirring,
Love returns to life again. –John Dennis (1657–1734)
Cow Puppet – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html (Adult supervision for the scissors)
- Paper Lunch Bag (preferably white)
- Black Paint
- Circle-Shaped Sponge
- Construction Paper
With your paper bag, take your construction markers to make a face on the bottom of the bag. The mouth will be on the bottom edge where the bag is folded. You can use felt as well, for the eyes, nose, ears, spots, etc. For the ears, cut small and pointy shapes out of the construction paper and use the glue to attach them to the side of the bottom edge of the bag.
Silliness – Aisle Seat – I had someone ask for an aisle seat on the plane so that their hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window.