Daily Stuff 4-11-19 Anahit

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Everything is wet from over 1/2 inch of rain that we’ve gotten since midnight and there’s more rolling in from the ocean. Radar has this ominous green blodge that’s just coming into the map. 🙂 It’s fairly bright, though. You can tell it’s after equinox by the UV numbers. 51F, wind at 5mph with the occasional gust that flails that plants around. AQI10, UV5. Tomorrow ought to be drier, but still cloudy and then rain through the weekend.

Yesterday started later than I meant, but Tempus got his storage unit work finished for the moment. Now, he has to rearrange stuff, empty the other small unit and get more of the stuff from here horsed up there so we can finish cleaning up the shop before summer. I’m hoping he’s also going to find some of the things that we intended for the Great Garage Sale, too.

I spent that time setting up frames for the week’s newsletters and finding the stashes of rocks that are around the shop. When Tempus got back we had some lunch and then I rested for a bit before working on anything else.

….and never got as far as anything useful. I guess I’m still more tired from the trip than I knew, but I embroidered some and sorted some quilt blocks & cuts that I found. Tempus and I have finally both caught up on mail, too.

Today, we have the shop open. We’ve had some customers in, one a lady, new to the area, who was hunting turquoise…which we’re out of…. and some other shoppers. I’m going to be working on rocks again and Tempus is probably going to go out to do laundry before heading out on the paper run tonight.

…and I got lost on a Facebook humor page for awhile. Oops…..

Ken Gagne got a wonderful shot of roosting blue herons! (from 4/9/16)

Bells of Ireland Moluccella_laevis_(Labiatae)_plantTrip 10 Bells of IrelandToday’s plant is the Bells of Ireland, Moluccella laevis (Bells of Ireland, Molucca balmis, Shellflower, Shell flower) is a summer flowering annual, native to Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus. It is cultivated for its spikes of flowers. In the language of flowers, it represents luck. It’s a member of the mint family as you can tell by the leaves! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bells_of_Ireland.   Why Ireland? Only because it’s green. No relation!

feast 0411 Anahit goddess armeniaSomewhere around this date a festival is held in Armenia for the goddess Anahit who rules fertility, healing, wisdom and water.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anahit

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 ancientlight@peak.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:!2am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/12 at 12:06pm. 

Mars is passing less than 7° of Aldebaran from now through April 18th. (It’s to Aldebaran’s right this evening, and to Aldebaran’s upper right later in the week.)
Mercury reaches greatest elongation today, when it lies 28° west of the Sun and appears 4° high in the east 30 minutes before sunrise. The innermost planet shines at magnitude 0.2 and should appear as an inconspicuous dot to the naked eye, but it stands out through binoculars. Use Venus, which shines brilliantly 5° to Mercury’s upper right, as a guide. For Northern Hemisphere observers, this morning apparition ranks as Mercury’s worst of 2019. But from south of the equator, this is the planet’s best predawn show of the year. It rises two hours before the Sun and climbs 15° above the eastern horizon an hour before sunup.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Sagittarius) will be glowing to the left or lower left of Jupiter at the beginning of dawn. They’re 26 degrees apart.

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
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fearn (FAIR-n)
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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 Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Aries
Moon in Cancer
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17) and Jupiter (8/11) Retrograde
Color: Crimson

Planting 4/11-12

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  11     High   4:42 AM     7.4   6:39 AM     Set  1:43 AM      28
~    11      Low  12:01 PM     0.1   7:56 PM    Rise 11:01 AM
~    11     High   6:44 PM     5.8
~    11      Low  11:49 PM     3.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Believe on your dream!


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – If you could plan your next birthday party, what would you do?



~   We are, as a sex, infinitely superior to men. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, quoted in One Woman, One Voice, Wheeler, p. 58   Source
~   The life of man is like a game with dice; if you don’t get the throw you want, you must show your skill in making the best of the throw you get. – Terence
~   I am convinced that the world is not a mere bog in which men and women trample themselves and die. Something magnificent is taking place here amidst the cruelties and tragedies, and the supreme challenge to intelligence is that of making the noblest and best in our curious heritage prevail. – C.A. Beard
~   In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be a gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy. – Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer, born on November 13, 1850; Old Mortality

Till April starts, and calls around
The sleeping fragrance from the ground,
And lightly o’er the living scene
Scatters his freshest, tenderest green.
Thomas Gray (1716 – ’71), English poet; ‘Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude


Beltane Magick – Recipes

Spring Delight Salad – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 3oz package lemon gelatin
  • 1 3oz package lime gelatin
  • 24 large marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2  3 oz packages cream cheese
  • 1 No.2 can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  1. Cut marshmallows into small pieces.
  2. Pour water over gelatin and marshmallows
  3. stir until dissolved.
  4. Chill. Blend cheese with vinegar until smooth.
  5. Add undrained pineapple and lgend; add pecans.
  6. Chill.
  7.  When gelatin is ready to thicken, combine the two mixtures and mold as desired.

Dandelion Salad – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

  • 1 Dishpan full of young dandelion leaves
  • 4 Strips of bacon
  • 1/2 c Sugar
  • 2 T Flour
  • 1 ea Egg beaten
  • 1 t Salt
  • 1/2 c Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 c Water
  • 3 ea Eggs, hard boiled, diced
  1. Wash, drain, and cut up tender dandelion leaves.
  2. Brown bacon; remove drippings and crumble
  3. Combine sugar and flour.
  4. Add egg, salt, vinegar, and water and mix until smooth.
  5. Pour into bacon drippings and heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
  6. Pour warm dressing over dandelion.
  7. Add crumbled bacon and hard boiled eggs.
  8. Toss lightly and serve immediately

{ Pic} Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min
Makes: 4 cups or 32 servings, 2 Tbsp. each

  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
  • 1 lb. (16 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) Cream Cheese, cut up
  • 1 can (10 oz.) Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
  • 8 slices Bacon, crisply cooked, drained and crumbled

COMBINE ingredients in microwaveable bowl.

MICROWAVE on HIGH 5 min. or until VELVEETA is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 3 min.


Silliness – Stone Politics


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