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) for a rock-hounding trip! We’re normally closed on Tuesday/Wednesday, so our next day to be open will be Thursday, 4/11. Wicca 102 at 6:30pm.
It dribbled on us during the entire paper run, and it’s damp-ish and breezy and overcast, now. 55F, wind at 10mph, AQI7, UV5, with grass pollen being the main allergen out there. We got most of an inch of rain overnight and we’re due for more of the same Friday and Saturday. The driest day this week is supposed to be Thursday.
Tempus took off to the storage place at about 2pm. He’s got to finish moving stuff to the larger unit so we don’t have to pay for the small one for another month. Once that’s done he needs to move the generator and my shop tools, too, but that’ll be next week or the week after.
We had a number of people wandering through after that. It’s Washington’s Spring Break. We got the better weather, I think. One couple were archaeologists and we happily talked history for an hour. One of the newspaper carriers that works with Tempus came in and we talked for at least another hour.
Around 5pm the wind started to pick up. It was sprinkling and the pavement was wet. I closed the door because I was suddenly freezing. Apparently, at some point between then and 7pm the wind locked the door, since when Tempus came back he had to unlock it. I heated up some leftovers to eat and then worked on the bamboo some more.
Tempus got back at 7 or so and I went in back to nap. He got something to eat and headed for Newport. Once I was back up I worked on bamboo again for awhile then went in back to sort some rocks and get myself some supper. The nuker was a mess and I didn’t leave it that way, so I ended up frying some wontons, instead, and having a batch of vegetables.
I did the Bayshore section of the route with him. It was pretty warm, but breezy enough to toss some of the papers into strange places. I got back at 5 and got back to work on newsletter frames. He was done by 6:30.
For some reason I’m groggy and sleepy today. I feel like someone forgot to fill my IQ tank…. but we’ve been really busy since we opened. Leslie, from the Chocolate Frog, stopped by and a lot of shoppers, plus people coming in for small crystals and herbs.
A Ken Gagne photo from 3/29/17 He says, “Jonathan wanted a new profile pic!”
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. – This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
The Hanshi or Cold Food Festival is a Chinese tradition for this time of year. Coming from the practice of changing the type of wood used for starting fires with the change of seasons, and originally including ancestor worship, the festival now mostly is games and housecleaning, despite a rather grisly myth attached to it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Food_Festival
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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. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 1:50pm on 4/6.
Shortly after the end of twilight at this time of year, Arcturus, the bright Spring Star climbing in the east, stands just as high as Sirius, the brighter Winter Star descending in the southwest (for viewers at mid-northern latitudes). These are the two brightest stars in the sky at the time. But Capella is a very close runner-up to Arcturus! Spot it high in the northwest.
New Moon (exact at 3:50 a.m. on this date EDT). At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.
Although the calendar may say it’s spring, the so-called Winter Hexagon remains prominent on April evenings. One of the sky’s largest asterisms — a recognizable pattern of stars separate from a constellation’s form — the hexagon stands out in the southwestern sky after darkness falls. To trace this asterism, start with southern Orion’s luminary, Rigel. From there, the hexagon makes a clockwise loop. The second stop is brilliant Sirius in Canis Major. Next, pick up Procyon in the faint constellation Canis Minor, then the twins Castor and Pollux in Gemini, followed by Capella in Auriga, Aldebaran in Taurus, and finally back to Rigel.
Uranus and Neptune are out of sight behind the glare of the Sun.
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
F 5 High 1:22 AM 7.4 6:50 AM Rise 7:27 AM 0
~ 5 Low 7:39 AM 0.7 7:48 PM Set 8:19 PM
~ 5 High 1:39 PM 7.1
~ 5 Low 7:46 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I act with purposeful awareness of clarity.
~ My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out. – Dylan Thomas
~ What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen he’s become a different person. – Edith Head
~ Edith Head gives good wardrobe. – Graffito
~ Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it … While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it. – Learned Hand (1872 – 1961)
Again the blackbirds sing; the streams
Wake, laughing, from their winter dreams,
And tremble in the April showers
The tassels of the maple flowers. –John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)
By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide
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The Maypole dance is an ancient custom that many people still use to celebrate Beltane.
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The Maypole is one of the traditional symbols of Beltane, and let’s not kid ourselves about its purpose: it’s a giant phallus.
Because Beltane festivities usually kicked off the night before with a big bonfire, the Maypole celebration usually took place shortly after sunrise the next morning. This was when couples (and probably more than a few surprised triads) came staggering in from the fields, clothes in disarray and straw in their hair after a night of bonfire-inspired lustiness.
Time Required: Varied
- The pole was erected on the village green or common, or even a handy field — thrust into the ground either permanently or on a temporary basis — and brightly colored ribbons attached to it. Young people came and danced around the pole, each holding the end of a ribbon. As they wove in and out, men going one way and women the other, it created a sleeve of sorts — the enveloping womb of the earth — around the pole. By the time they were done, the Maypole was nearly invisible beneath a sheath of ribbons.
- To set up your own Maypole dance, here’s what you’ll need:
- A pole anywhere from 15 to 20 feet long, preferably made of wood
- Guests who like to have fun
Dig a hole in advance, a few feet deep. You don’t want your friends to wait while you hunt for a shovel. The hole should be at least three feet deep, to keep the pole from flopping over during the ceremony.
- Ask each participant to bring their own ribbon — it should be about 20 feet long, by two to three inches wide. Once everyone arrives, attach the ribbons to one end of the pole (if you put a metal eyelet screw in the pole beforehand, it makes it a lot easier — you can just tie each ribbon to the eyelet). Have extra ribbons on hand, because inevitably someone will have forgotten theirs.
- Once the ribbons are attached, raise the pole until it is vertical, and slide it into the hole. Be sure to make lots of bawdy jokes here. Pack dirt in around the base of the pole so it won’t shift or fall during the dance.
- If you don’t have an equal number of male and female guests, don’t worry. Just have everyone count off by twos. People who are “1” will go in a clockwise direction, people who are “2” go counterclockwise. Hold your ribbons in the hand that is closest to the pole, your inside hand. As you move in the circle, pass people by on first the left, and then the right, then the left again. If you’re passing them on the outside, hold your ribbon up so they pass under it. You might want to do a practice round beforehand. Keep going until everyone runs out of ribbon, and then knot all the ribbons at the bottom.
- One thing that’s always welcome at a Maypole Dance is music. There are a number of CDs available, but there are some bands whose music have a May theme to them. Look for the phrase “Morris music” or traditional pipe and drum tunes. Of course, the best thing of all is to have live music, so if you have friends who are willing to share their skill and sit out the dance, ask them to provide some musical entertainment for you.
- If you’re doing a kids’ Maypole, it’s probably easier just to have them all go in one direction with their ribbons. It doesn’t look quite as fancy when it’s done, but it’s still pretty.
- You may want to have a crown of flowers attached as well — put that at the top once all the ribbons are in place, but before you raise the pole.
What You Need:
- A pole
- Lots of ribbon
- Friends who like to have a good time
Silliness – 7 Degrees of Blonde
** ONE A married couple were asleep when the phone rang at 2 in the morning. The wife picked up the phone, listened a moment and said, “How should I know, that’s 200 miles from here!” and hung up. The husband said, “Who was that?” The wife said, “I don’t know; some woman wanting to know ‘if the coast is clear.”
** TWO Two blondes are walking down the street. One notices a compact on the sidewalk and leans down to pick it up. She opens it, looks in the mirror and says, “Hmm, this person looks familiar.” the second blonde says, “Here, let me see!” So the first blonde hands her the compact. The second one looks in the mirror and says, “You dummy, it’s me!”
** THREE A blonde suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her, so she goes out and buys a gun. She goes to his apartment unexpectedly and when she opens the door she finds him in the arms of a redhead. Well, the blonde is really angry. She opens her purse to take out the gun, and as she does so, she is overcome with grief. She takes the gun and puts it to her head. The boyfriend yells, “No, honey, don’t do it.” The blonde replies, “Shut up, you’re next!”
** FOUR A blonde was bragging about her knowledge of state capitals. She proudly says, “Go ahead, ask me, I know all of them.” A friend says, “OK, what’s the capital of Wisconsin?” The blonde replies, “Oh, that’s easy: “W.”
** FIVE What did the blonde ask her doctor when he told her she was pregnant? “Is it mine?”
** SIX A blonde had just totaled her car in a horrific accident. Miraculously, she managed to pry herself from the wreckage without a scratch and was applying fresh lipstick when the state trooper arrived. “My God!” the trooper gasped. “Your car looks like an accordion that was stomped on by an elephant. Are you OK ma’am?”
“Yes, officer, I’m just fine” the blonde chirped. “Well, how in the world did this happen?” the officer asked as he surveyed the wrecked car. “Officer, it was the strangest thing!” the blonde began. “I was driving along this road when from out of nowhere this TREE pops up in front of me. So I swerved to the right, and there was another tree! I swerved to the left and there was ANOTHER tree! I swerved to the right and there was another tree! I swerved to the left and there was ….”
“Uh, ma’am,” the officer said, cutting her off, “There isn’t a tree on this road for 30 miles. That was your air freshener swinging back and forth.”
** SEVEN Returning home from work, a blonde was shocked to find her house ransacked and burglarized. She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime. The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the channels, and a K-9 unit patrolling nearby was the first to respond. As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the blonde ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and his dog, then sat down with her face in her hands and moaned, “I come home to find all my possessions stolen. I call the police for help, and what do they do? They send me a BLIND policeman!