It’s 86F! We went from spring to summer in one swell foop? Yikes! Temps in the area are between 74 and 88 and there’s almost no wind here. Even the exposed spots it’s below 10mph. I’m comfy in the apartment, since we’re underground and all closed up, although Tempus blocked open the door to the sunroom. I’m guessing to cool it off. It still looks like rain over the weekend.
Yesterday was slow again after the first flurry. Good weather is keeping people home, I guess, but we did have one father and kiddo on a motorcycle who shopped all around and bought a statue. There were some others in, a couple who played with all the pendulums, a lady who was interested in the books and browsed for quite awhile…
Tempus moved some of the hanging stock in the north window of the shop (the one where the blinds are closed) to the south window, so they can be seen. He was also working on plants while I was filling newsletter files.
Late in the afternoon Paul called and we finally got a chance to chat a bit over what all’s been going on in our lives since we talked. I had to cut it short (short in that it was a couple of hours rather than 8… 🙂 ) because it turned out we didn’t have class (one person sick, the other at the hospital with a sick friend) so I wanted to get some plants into the ground.
Tempus headed home around 5pm to get some chores done for Jeanne. He didn’t get back until 6:45 and then it was awhile before we headed back. After I was done planting (and I got well ‘skeeter chewed!)
I got some supper, since he went back to the shop to try to make some progress on chores that aren’t happening when we’re open and I curled up with my embroidery, only to discover this morning that I picked the wrong pattern for this pouch. Oh, well…. We had a snack when he got home and went to sleep.
Tempus was awake long before I was this morning, (goodness, it’s afternoon!) but I was restless again last night, spending an hour, twice, awake. He’s been out running around. I’m going to work on my recorder book for awhile today. We have chores and I want to get the new plants some water before we head to the shop, this evening. Paper route tonight! I’m hoping to get a good look at the sky. 🙂
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Today’s Feast is a remembrance. The Armenian Genocide of over 1 1/2 million people began on this day in 1915. “…the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople to the region of Ankara, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.“ Excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide I don’t know why our species periodically does things like this.
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 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.
Just after first quarter, the Moon passes Regulus. The waxing gibbous Moon lies near 1st-magnitude Regulus in Leo tonight. From North America, our satellite appears a few degrees to the left of the bright star.
Mars rises shortly before 2 a.m. local daylight time and climbs nearly 25° high in the south-southeast by the time twilight commences. The magnitude –0.2 Red Planet stands out against the backdrop of northern Sagittarius. When viewed through a telescope this morning, Mars shows a 10″-diameter disk and a few subtle surface details.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) shines brightly in the west in twilight. It doesn’t set now until about a half hour after night becomes complete (if you have a perfectly flat west-northwest horizon). This week Venus passes the Pleiades; it moves from below the Pleiades on April 20th to upper left of the cluster by the 27th. On the 26th and 27th, Venus is in line between the Pleiades and Aldebaran, as shown above. In a telescope (look early!) Venus is a tiny disk 11 arcseconds wide and slightly gibbous: 90% sunlit.
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 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.
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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
Tu 24 Low 2:34 AM 2.8 6:17 AM Set 3:52 AM 60
~ 24 High 8:15 AM 6.7 8:12 PM Rise 2:26 PM
~ 24 Low 3:08 PM 0.2
~ 24 High 9:47 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Goddess… allow me to see clarity in a way that I can receive.
~ Whether it is a tree, charcoal, or soil, life has its own terms. Do not ask whether I will be dead or alive; ask only if I am living my life to the fullest in the present. – Heart sutra
~ Who can say what sorrow seemingly carefree folk bear to their life’s end? – Volsunga Saga, c.24
~ You are the music while the music lasts. T.S. Eliot
~ You should focus on possibilities, not limitations. – Kerr Cuhulain
Gladness is born of the April weather,
And the heart is as light as a wind-tossed feather.
Who could be sad on a day like this?
The care that vexed us no longer is. –Eben Eugene Rexford (1848–1916)
Spring’s Favorite Fudge
- 12 Ounces Semisweet Chocolate Chips
- 4 Cups Miniature Marshmallows
- 2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
- 1/2 Cup Nuts (Chopped)
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 11/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Butter
- In a medium pan, mix milk, marshmallows, butter, sugar and salt over medium heat.
- Allow to boil, stirring continuously for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add beat in chocolate only until fully melted.
- Add vanilla and nuts (optional) and pour into greased pan.
- Chill until firm, then cut and serve.
DONNEGAL OATMEAL CREAM http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
- 15 fluid ounces Milk
- 1/2 cup Medium oatmeal – cracked, not rolled
- 1 Large egg (beaten)
- rind & juice of 1 orange
- 2 teaspoons Sugar (to taste)
- 1/2 ounce Gelatin
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- 8 ounces Heavy cream, whipped
- Fruit sauce of choice
- Soak the oatmeal in the milk for 30 minutes, turn all into a pan and stir until it boils.
- Then simmer 3-4 minutes.
- Pour mixture into a bowl and add the beaten egg, grated lemon rind, and sugar to taste.
- Dissolve gelatin in the orange juice and water, add to the mixture when it’s cooled, and then fold in the cream.
- Pour the whole mixture into a glass bowl and leave to set. Serve with 3-4 T of chosen fruit sauce on top
Sauce: Take your favorite jam and thin with 3-4 Tablespoons of water.
MEDALLIONS OF PORK WITH RIESLING SAUCE http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
12 ounces Pork tenderloin, cut into 1″ rounds
4 Tablespoons Unsalted butter
1 Onion, thinly sliced
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup Dry Riesling wine
1/2 cup Raisins
3 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon Green peppercorns, ground
1/2 teaspoon thyme, minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano, minced
1/4 cup butter, chilled & cut into pieces
1/4 cup Pine nuts, toasted
Season pork with salt and pepper. Coat in flour; shake off excess. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl. Melt remaining 2 Tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and sauté about 4 minutes per side. Transfer pork to plate; tent with foil to keep warm. Add onion mixture, wine, green peppercorns and herbs to same skillet and boil until sauce thickens, about 4 minutes. Add pork to skillet and heat through. Divide pork among plates. Add 1/4 cup chilled butter to sauce in skillet and whisk just until melted. Mix in pine nuts. Spoon sauce over pork and serve.