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Love & Light,
Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Ancient Light will be closing early on Saturday, 4/6 and then be closed on Sunday (4/7) and Monday (4/8)! We’re normally closed on Tuesday/Wednesday, so our next day to be open will be Thursday, 4/11.
Eventually I took a nap and when I got up, I started a soup. The problem was that the chicken didn’t thaw and didn’t thaw… by 4am Tempus was almost done with the Seal Rock drops and I wasn’t sure I could go with him, but I did Bayshore with him and then got dropped back off to get back to work.
I sorted the contents of the freezers so that we could find the fruit, the vegetables and some of the odd bits that we have. I pulled a few things to thaw to eat over the next couple of days and some vegetables for the soup and then got that set up.
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.
More here with links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_of_Chichester
…and then the limerick that has nothing to do with him:
A pious young lady of Chichester
Made all of the saints in their niches stir
And each morning at matin
Her breast in pink satin
Made the bishop of Chichester’s breeches stir.
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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 4/6 at 1:50am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 1:50am on 4/5.
A pair of fine binocular objects shows up nicely on evenings this week. The open star clusters M46 and M47 reside about a degree apart in the northwestern corner of the constellation Puppis the Stern. The two lie about 12° east-northeast of the night sky’s brightest star, Sirius. The western cluster, M47, glows at 4th magnitude and appears as a fuzzy patch sprinkled with several pinpoint stars. Sixth-magnitude M46 shows up as a hazy collection of faint stars that is hard to resolve under most conditions. Although it contains nearly twice as many stars as M47, M46 appears fainter and fuzzier because it lies some three times farther from Earth.
[Anja’s note – That’s pronounced “POOP-iss”. It’s where we get the name “Poop deck”, not the ridiculous “fact” about using the stern rail to poop over. Two things there… one is that’s where the helm is and the skipper or 1st mate and the navigator usually stand and is off-limits to most others. 2nd… in most sailing ships the wind comes from behind you to some extent… how much of *your* poop would you want to wear? ]
In this dark-of-the-Moon time, explore springtime galaxies for your small scope using a sky atlas and the Deep-Sky Wonders article in the April Sky & Telescope, page 54. And for much tougher dark-sky challenges, try for big, dim galactic cirrus clouds using the Going Deep article and charts on page 57.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.3, in the feet of Ophiuchus) rises in the southeast around 1 a.m. daylight-saving time. It’s high in the south just as dawn begins to brighten, the best time to observe it telescopically. The farther south you are, the higher it will be.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fearn (FAIR-n)
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
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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).
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 3 High 12:27 AM 6.9 6:54 AM Rise 6:39 AM 6
~ 3 Low 6:30 AM 1.5 7:46 PM Set 6:14 PM
~ 3 High 12:22 PM 7.1
~ 3 Low 6:45 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, “Quit while you’re ahead?”
~ The most dangerous moment comes with victory. – Napoleon Bonaparte
~ Until the Yom Kippur War, in 1973, until then Israel didn’t have a chance but to fight for her life. We were attacked five times, outgunned, outnumbered, on a small piece of land, and our main challenge was to remain alive. – Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister born on August 21, 1923; speech at Harvard University, October 20, 2004
~ Treason! Treason! – Last words of Richard III of England, who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field, 1485; his best men had deserted him
~ That which controls you has only two eyes, has only two hands, has only one body and but one thing which the least of men in all the cities has, but more than you all, it is the advantage which you give him to destroy you. – Etienne de la Boetie, French author, who died on August 18, 1563
April the Beautiful, with streaming eyes,
Weeps o’er the havoc that rude March has made. –John Askham (1825–94)
A Fairy Spell
In a woodland clearing, spread a clean green cloth. On it place small cakes and flowers, especially primroses, in a circle. Imagine the magic around you and say:
O Fairy Queen,
Upon your white steed,
Within me plant
A magic seed.
From you may spring
Many new beginnings.
Accept these offerings.
Leave the items and walk around the altar three times, then slowly walk the path back to your home. Listen for the sound of laughter and bells and know you are blessed.
Beltane is the time when fairies return from their winter rest, carefree and full of mischief and delight.
On the night before Beltane, in times past, folks would place rowan branches at their windows and doors for protection. If you do not wish the fairies to visit, do the same!
This is also a perfect time for night or predawn rituals to draw down power to promote fertility in body and mind.
At Beltane, the Pleiades star cluster rises just before sunrise on the morning horizon. The Pleiades is known as the seven sisters, and resembles a tiny dipper-shaped pattern of six moderately bright stars in the constellation of Taurus, near the shoulder. Watch for it low in the east-northeast sky, just a few minutes before sunrise. By: Nancy Bennett
A Sweet Woodruff Spell for Prosperity – Pagan Studies:
At dusk in my woodland garden, sweet woodruff sends out its fresh haylike scent, and its white flowers glow in the June twilight. In June, sweet woodruff reaches the height of its magical power, and is valuable in attracting prosperity. The prosperity spell which follows should be concluded next month, beneath July’s Blessing Moon. On a June evening, just before nightfall, gather some woodruff flowers, leaves, and stems. Cut them all, and put them in a darkened room to dry on a hook or beam. When July’s Moon is at its height, and the woodruff has dried, bury it with a dollar and a copper coin. Now, with what you’ve sown your wealth will increase. By: James Kambos
A May Spell for Beauty
One of the time-honored methods of improving physical beauty in Scotland and England was to gather morning dew on May Day and apply it to the skin. To adapt this idea using a more spiritual tone, try mixing a little catnip tea with this dew. Anoint yourself thrice over the heart with it, saying, “Loveliness within, loveliness without, let beauty shine, remove all doubt.”
If May Day dew is not available, use rain or dew drops collected on the third or twenty-first day of any month. To gather dew, drape a fine linen or cotton cloth over a few plants at nightfall. Just after dawn the next day, wring out the fabric into a clean container. Refrigerate this, otherwise the water will quickly become stagnant and unusable for magic.
Internalizing the spirit of beauty. Grace under pressure. Poise and presence. Self-confidence. – GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html
Silliness – Smart Joke # 5. Noam Chomsky, Kurt Godel and Werner Heisenberg walk into a bar. Heisenberg turns to the other and says “Obviously this is a joke, but how can we tell if it’s funny?” Godel replies “We can’t know that because we’re inside the joke.” Chomsky says “Of course it’s funny, you’re just telling it wrong.” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2