Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Ancient Light will be closing early today (at 3pm), 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. Yes, Herbs Workshop will happen today from 11-1pm!
It’s bright, now, even if still overcast. The clouds are barely straining the sunlight, but earlier rain was bucketing down. 0.69 inches of rain since midnight! Supposedly we’re under a gale warning, but I can’t find more info than that…. 54F, wind at 8mph, AQI7, UV4. We’re supposed to get a break in the rain this afternoon and then it should start back up in the evening. It looks like a wet week with short breaks (like right now) on Tuesday and Friday.
In the late afternoon Tempus went up to work at the storage place, found some things that we needed that had been stashed. We’re hoping he’s going to be able to get things transferred in time so we don’t have to pay for another month on the small unit.
Today the shop is only going to be open until around 3pm. We’ll be packing before we open. We’re going to have Herbs workshop first thing in the morning after we open, so Tempus will be tending the front during that. I’m going to have to do a little cookery after that and then we’ll get the last things into the car and go.
Fascinating Utne article about the Carolina Parakeet, and the birds’ time, place and associations with people. I remember specimens of these birds in old, tiny displays in small shops on the Eastern Shore of Maryland when I was young, which probably are long-gone, as well, replaced by shiny new tourist attractions. https://www.utne.com/environment/forever-gone-carolina-parakeet-zm0z19szhoe
Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry
July 1, 1982, was proclaimed Tartan Day in New York City, a one-time celebration of the 200th anniversary of the repeal of the Act of Proscription of August 12, 1747, the law forbidding Scots to wear tartan. It has become an annual event celebrating Scottish Heritage since the late 80’s in Canada and the US. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartan_Day What does it have to do with April 6? That is the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. That’s the Scottish version of the Declaration of
The shop opens at 11am. Spring hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 4/19 at 4:12am. 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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/9 at 1:50pm.
With an age of 4.5 billion years, “young” might not seem an appropriate word to describe our Moon. But tonight, you have an exceptional opportunity to see what astronomers call a “young Moon” — a slender crescent visible in the early evening sky. With New Moon having occurred yesterday morning, only 3 percent of our satellite’s disk appears illuminated after sunset tonight. (Tomorrow evening, a 7-percent-lit lunar crescent hangs noticeably higher in the sky.) You should notice an ashen light faintly illuminating the Moon’s dark side. This is “earthshine,” sunlight reflected by Earth that reaches the Moon and then reflects back to our waiting eyes.
The asteroid 2 Pallas is at opposition and detectable in good binoculars at magnitude 7.9, the same brightness as Neptune. It’s only 4° from Arcturus tonight, on its way to passing very close by Eta Bootis
on the evening of April 10th. And, smaller 7 Iris is also about at opposition. It’s farther south in Corvus and only magnitude 9.4. See Bob King’s Pop In on Pallas and Iris Tonight, with finder charts.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky mapfor 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
Sa 6 High 1:49 AM 7.6 6:48 AM Rise 7:52 AM 0
~ 6 Low 8:14 AM 0.4 7:50 PM Set 9:23 PM
~ 6 High 2:19 PM 7.0
~ 6 Low 8:16 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
~ I said to the sun, “tell me about the big bang.” the sun said, “it hurts to become.” – Andrea Gibson
~ People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. – Iris Murdoch
~ I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them. – Alfred Hitchcock
~ If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. – Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), American linguist, anarchist, social critic, activist
This is the weather the cuckoo likes,
And so do I;
When showers betumble the chestnut spikes,
And nestlings fly. –Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)
Fun for the Kids – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html***fun for grownups too 😉
- Let your child dress up like the May Queen. Make a pointed hat with a large piece of paper rolled, and tape crepe paper streamer from the top. Decorate with crayons, stickers, and glitter.
- Make easy wreaths for your head and for anyone who might celebrate Beltane with you.
- Make some lovely garden furniture for the fae folk.
- Try your hand at a Beltane Word Search
Wooden Maypole – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Flat piece of wood
Small wooden pole
Small wooden Knob for the top of the pole
Red and White Lengths of ribbon
Beltane symbols (nuts, flowers, or small apples for decoration for the base of the pole)
Either drill hole into the flat wood base to insert pole or simply glue it to the bottom securely. Glue four equal lengths of ribbon to top, and seal knob on pole with glue, on top of the ribbons. Glue or place decorative items around base.
Pressing Flowers – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Selecting The Flowers – Garden flowers, leaves and ferns can be collected and pressed for use in making pictures or cards. A botanical collection can also be made with wild flowers (never rare flowers). Only take one or two common flowers from a spot where they are plentiful.
Flowers should be picked after mid-day when they are dry. They should be pressed as soon as possible after picking to avoid wilting. You will find through trial and error which flowers dry best and which colors are lasting. Do not try to press a very thick flower it would be best to disassemble and press just the petals. Remember fresh flowers, press quickly and carefully, dry well, and use small flowers (or thin pieces of thicker flowers).
Pressing The Flowers – Flowers can be pressed between sheets of blotting paper and placed in a telephone book with weights. A flower press can be used, consisting of layers of newsprint interleaved with corrugated cardboard. A press uses plywood board top and bottom, and pressure is applied by tightening the wing nuts on the four corner screws.
Flowers are then carefully laid in the press, with plenty of newspaper between layers, and cardboard after every few layers. Leave them undisturbed for two or three weeks for best results.
Using the Flowers (this section added by Anja ©2013 M. Bartlett and does not void previous copyright) – Pretty bookmarks and placemats can be made by laying pressed plants out on clear contact paper and then putting another sheet on top. Easier still is to laminate them with or without the paper. You may add cutouts or glitter or even flat sequins.
Flowers can be glued to a paper backing and framed in standard picture frames.
I have used pressed flowers and other plants in decoupage. Using a glue that will not discolor when Mod-Podge™ – ed or varnished or shellacked over, and using only the tiniest dots of glue, create your preferred arrangement and then let dry. Top coat by your preferred method.
People have set pressed flowers between sheets of glass for decoration for a long time. If you know how, metal foil may be set around the edges to make an airtight seal, or you can use glue and then add a fabric strip or even some kind of ribbon trim.
There are many kinds of color-your-own paperweights, coasters, mugs, keychain fobs and vases where pressed flowers can be glued to paper and inserted, or even fastened directly to the inside of the plastic.
Many pressed flowers can be laid on the tops of cookies or candies (obviously only the edible ones) or even on iced cakes. If you’re making an herbal balm or floral perfume, a pressed petal or dried rosebud can be set on top to identify the contents.
You can use pressed flowers to go effect in potpourri mixes or in spells where the visual effect is part of the magick.
Silliness – Signs and Notices – Two signs found on top of one another in a country kitchen several years ago: Restrooms to the left. Please wait for the hostess to seat you.