The sky has all different kinds of clouds, from white and puffy, to white and gleaming to dark and fluffy, to dark and ominous…. and a few sucker holes, which may not be sucker holes since the sun is trying to come through. It was quite bright at home, but here in town, very dark, when we got here. There was enough rain last night (less than 1/10 of and inch) to have everything damp, but the paving stones were drying and the parking lot at the shop is mostly dry, but for the usual large puddles. There’s not a lot of wind, although that may change later and in some more exposed spots it’s well into the teens. There’s still some rain on the radar, but it’s all well east and north of us, now.
Yesterday the newsletter went out so late there’s not much to say! Other than we thought we were heading home at 9pm and it got to be 10 and then 11…. and I have no idea what time we actually got home… We slept like logs.
I have a *lot* of books to check in and I want to make dumplings for the soup. We have class tonight as well. No clue what all will get done today.
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, is sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at allThey’re common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Today is Walpurgisnacht. The name come from the old goddess Walpurga, who became St. Walpurga to the Church. Traditionally, on this night, fires are lighted on hilltops all through Europe including the “Brocken”, about which the famous piece “A Night on Bald Mountina” was written and then included in the movie “Fantasia”. In many places either the fires are jumped over or cattle and other herdbeasts are driven around or between fires. It’s the beginning of the Beltane celebrations that include song, dance and carnivals, as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgis_Night http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carodejnice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brocken
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. 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 5/1 at 5:58am. 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 5/15 at 4:48am.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was almost exactly on the planet’s central meridian when Christopher Go took this image at 20:01 April 1st UT, in below-average seeing, using a 14-inch scope on his home balcony in the Philippines. It was just one Jupiter rotation after the Juno orbiter imaged the area around the Great Red Spot close up. “The wake of the GRS is just chaos!” Go writes. “The South Tropical Disturbance is violently interacting with the GRS.”
Now Jupiter shines to the right or upper right of the Moon after nightfall. Jupiter stands out among the background stars of central Libra from the time it rises around 8:30 p.m. local daylight time until morning twilight is well underway. The giant planet is near its best for the year right now, reaching opposition and peak visibility next week (on May 8). Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.5, which makes it the brightest point of light in the evening sky once Venus sets around 10 p.m. The best time to view the planet through a telescope is when it climbs highest in the south, a position it reaches around 1:30 a.m. Jupiter’s spectacular disk spans 45″, and its dynamic atmosphere shows at least two parallel dark belts.
Mercury (about magnitude +0.3) is having a very low, poor apparition deep in the glow of sunrise. Using binoculars, look for it about 20 minutes before sunrise just above the horizon exactly due east.
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 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.
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
M 30 High 1:08 AM 8.2 6:08 AM Set 6:56 AM 99
~ 30 Low 7:48 AM -0.7 8:19 PM Rise 9:10 PM
~ 30 High 2:03 PM 6.9
~ 30 Low 7:46 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – People do a much better job of everything in the presence of love than they do around criticism and insult.
~ One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears – by listening to them. – Dean Rusk
~ Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater. – William Hazlitt
~ Words must be weighed, not counted. – Polish Proverb
~ Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love. – David McCullough
The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks and gapes for drink again;
The plants suck in the earth, and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair. – Abraham Cowley (1618–1667)
A Prayer of thanks to a lover – excerpt from Fifth Sacred Thing By Starhawk;
My love, you are a river fed by many streams
I bless all who have shaped you,
The lovers whose delights still dance patterns on your back,
Those who carved your channels deeper, broader, wider,
Whitewater and backwater lovers,
Swamp lovers , sun-warmed estuary lovers,
Lovers with surface tension,
Lovers like boulders,
Like ice forming and breaking,
Lovers that fill and spill with the tides.
I bless those who have taught you and those who have pleased you and
those who have hurt you.
All those who have made you who you are.
A General Beltane Blessing Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Oak and May,
On This Day,
Will both Heed
Those in Need.
God of Sun,
Bless your Children
‘Till our days are done.
Dance before the Bonfire (Beltane) – Ashley Ravenwood, finished 3/8/97
Another summer stretches before us,
fertile and heady
The faeries are out to play
dancing along with everything and everyone else
Dance before the bonfire
and celebrate the brimming fertility
of another year
Let it spill over
and crackle into the fire
Let us be blessed
and let our fruits ripen and be harvested
(not wither and die
nor rot forgotten)
Let us drink thirstily of the nectar of the gods
and feast hungrily upon food, love, and kindness
Let us also feed our wants and desires today
happily and carefree
Let us celebrate the miracle that is existence
and marvel at the wonder that is life:
remembering that the smallest acorn
can become the tallest tree
Let us dance
Dance before the bonfire
Dance around the maypole
Dance together, laughing
Dance through life and death and life again
Dance under the budding trees and around the blooming wildflowers, dancing in the wind
Dance as fawns and baby birds and newborn stars all watch, dancing
Dance as the gods smile down upon us, dancing too
Dance before the bonfire!