Featured photo by Sam Standeven. Ancient Light will be closing early on Saturday, 4/6 and then be closed on Sunday (4/7) and Monday (4/8) for a rock-hounding trip! We’re normally closed on Tuesday/Wednesday, so our next day to be open will be Thursday, 4/11.
It’s been cloudy and damp. I think it rained earlier. 59F, wind at 5mph, AQI15, UV5 and we’ve gotten 0.05 inches of rain…. there’s definitely some rain moving in this evening and overnight and going on into the week. Tempus and I are looking at rain on Sunday and showers on Monday out in eastern Oregon. I’m glad we’re not trying to camp out, because they’re calling for snow overnight!
Tempus brought the bundle of bamboo in and we started processing it. I didn’t get to all of the big stems yesterday and this morning, they’re already dry enough to crack, so we’re going to have to put them by to dry. I’m still processing leaves.
Today we’ve been dealing with a bunch of things other than the modem. We had some scammer try to tell us that our power was being shut off. It’s apparently a bunch of us businesses got hit this morning. No one fell for it from the sound of it.
We’ve gotten some eggs boiled for pickled eggs for the weekend, and I want to make a pickle broth tonight, so I can do some dilly beans, at least. A hardboiled egg and some good bread was lunch. Tempus has headed off to storage and I’m back and forthing from here to the bamboo and back.
Today’s plant is Blue Elderberry, Sambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede [poem]. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_ceruleaorhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus
Today’s Feast is the first mention of Moskva (Moscow, short for Grad Moskva, “big city on the Moscow River”) in history The first reference to Moscow dates from 1147 when Yuri Dolgorukiy called upon the prince of the Novgorod-Severski to “come to me, brother, to Moscow”. It’s the largest city in Russia, about the 6th largest in the world. It’s been burned to the ground several times (once by its own populace in the Napoleonic Wars). The kreml (Kremlin) was built as a wooden stockade about 7 years after the first mention and has grown to a huge complex of palaces and government buildings. Almost 20% of the population of Moskva, calls itself, “Spiritual, but not religious” and about 1% are Rodnoveri, the pagan faith “ancestral faith”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow
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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.
This evening, you’ll find that Mars is right on the line between Aldebaran and the Pleiades.
Asteroid 2 Pallas puts on an impressive show during April. This member of the main asteroid belt glows at 8th magnitude and should be relatively easy to spot with binoculars and a cinch to see through a telescope of any size if you know where to look. And right now, the night sky’s fourth-brightest star (and the second-brightest visible from mid-northern latitudes) points the way. Magnitude 0.0 Arcturus in Boötes the Herdsman >>>> stands high in the east during late evening. (Follow the arc of the Big Dipper’s handle to locate it.) Pallas lies 5° west-southwest of this star.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Sagittarius) glows in early dawn, to the left or lower left of Jupiter by about 26°.
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
Th 4 High 12:54 AM 7.2 6:52 AM Rise 7:03 AM 2
~ 4 Low 7:05 AM 1.2 7:47 PM Set 7:16 PM
~ 4 High 1:01 PM 7.2
~ 4 Low 7:16 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You don’t have to stay up nights to succeed; you have to stay awake days.
~ As a director, I wouldn’t like me as an actor. As an actor, I wouldn’t like me as a director. – Robert Redford, American actor and director, born on August 18, 1937
~ I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement. – Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator, born on August 13, 1926; speaking in 1959
~ Help Nature and work on with her; and Nature will regard thee as one of her creators … she will lay bare before thy gaze the treasures hidden in the depths of her pure virgin bosom. – Helene Blavatsky; in Wisdom of the Ages at Your Fingertips, MCR software, 1995
~ The public is always right. – Cecil B DeMille, Hollywood film director and producer, born on August 12, 1881
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)
Beltane Incense – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Myrrh
1 part Benzoin Gum
1 part Red Copal
1 part Lavender
1 part Jasmine
1 part Rose Petals
1 part Sandalwood
Crush together and burn on charcoal
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.
Herbal Beauty – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Water of Aphrodite
(adapted from a medieval recipe for water of roses, a quick and less costly version of Attar of Roses)
The rose is a flower sacred to Aphrodite as Patroness of Love and Lust. Roses have long been used in perfumes and love potions, and a language of intent has been created around the rose and specific colours (red for passion, yellow for goodbye, and so on). Harness the powers of this sacred flower for your magickal rites.
Use one cup of water for 3 roses. Use distilled or spring water, tap water may have too many minerals in it and will darken the petals and resulting potion water. Pull off the rose petals, one at a time and place in an enameled pot with water. Do not use an aluminum or iron pot. If you do so, the petals will turn black and darken the water. Simmer slowly, until desired quantity is reached, then cool. Strain and pour into a bottle or closed container.
Use according to your desire.