Daily Stuff 4-2-20 International Children’s Book Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. The shop is closed for the duration.

The sunshine was certainly lovely yesterday! It came and went, but it’s amazingly bright compared to even a month ago. It’s mostly cloudy, here & now, but there are some bits of rain out at sea and both the Coast Range and the Cascades have some ice coming down. All of that is north of us. 38F, wind at 0-6mph, AQI38, UV5. 40% chance of rain today (they’re talking about late morning showers, here) and 20% tonight. Except for Saturday, there’s no day in the forecast now, with more than a 50% chance of rain and Tuesday through Friday could/should be completely dry!

Yesterday was an up and down day. The weather was messing with my joints and it hurt to move much, so I did a lot in front of the computer. Tempus got up late, but we got coffee and got started.

I got photos of the coffee table that we have for sale. It’s going to be discounted quite a bit, even though it’s an expensive piece, because the finish on the upper surface got badly scratched, sunfaded and then damp. It’s still solid, sturdily built and vintage (1972). I also got pictures of some of the plants. I’m using rechargeable batteries and the Elf camera. Finally got those figured out.

I had a class on bentwood boxes, which was very good. I had no idea that they go back to the neolithic and possibly farther! I spent awhile on plants and Tempus worked on getting the other shelves up to the window. I also spent a long while sorting papers. We still have boxes and boxes that have to be gone through. We’re still missing some important paperwork (like our marriage license!) but the most of it is grumple: old bills, pix of things I wanted to make for the kids, printouts of directions or phone lists that are long out of date…and catalogs.

…3 trashcans full later….I made Tempus a sandwich of one of the schnitzels from last night and got myself something, too. … and then a nap. When I got up Tempus was making bread and I had one of the buns with fig jam. Yum! I went back to work on my office space, putting a lot of things away and sorting others, taking things that have accumulated to where they actually belong, or at least where they sit better than cluttering up my desk!

Tempus headed out at about 10 to 2 after scurrying to quickly finish up what he was working on. … I sat down to sew/read/embroider for the rest of the evening.

I can’t figure out how to share this properly. Hopefully you can get there through the link. It’s lovely! …and a good message.


Today is more of the same, although I’m going to work in what’s going to be the classroom area for a bit, getting the appropriate books to where they’re accessible. After that I need to get Tempus to haul the books that I need to go through down from the upper shelves along with the full box that’s in the lower shelves and to the office space. and then check in, inventory and shelve. I forgot that we had a couple of totes worth above the regular books! Tempus has to work on wiring and sorting out what to plug in, where. Yes, *are* down to the smaller pieces!

Seals at Heceta Head/Sea Lion Caves on 3/31/15 by Ken Gagne

plant herb brackenToday’s plant, Western Bracken Fern, Pteridium aquilinum, is a hardy plant that moves into disturbed ground. It dies down in the winter and grows very green, standing waist-high in the warm parts of the summer. You read a lot in literature of people making love in the bracken, which is part of its association with fertility, since it will hide a couple having fun! It used to be used a lot as a “strewing herb” in places with stone floors, since it smells nice when walked on and has some anti-bug effects.  – Masculine, Mercury, Air –Burn outside for rain, use in amulets for protection, healing and fertility.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteridium_aquilinum

feast 0402 The_Little_Mermaid_statueToday’s Feast is International Children’s Book Day in honor of the birthday of Hans Christian Anderson, the author of such Fairy Tales as The Angel, the Little Mermaid, 12 Wild Swans, the Emperor’s New Clothes and the Ugly Duckling! More on the day here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Children%27s_Book_Day …and Anderson here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Christian_Andersen

The shop is closed for the duration. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.

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 4/7 at 7:35pm. Waxing Gibbous MoonFrom seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 4/6 at 7:35am. 

Look left of the Moon this evening for Pollux and Castor. Farther below the Moon are Procyon, the Little Dog Star, and farther down Sirius, the big Dog Star. The three form a tall, nearly vertical line.

Daguerrotype image of the sun made by Louis Fizeau in 1845. The first surviving daguerrotype photograph of the sun (Figure 1) was taken at the dawn of photography in 1845 by French physicists Louis Fizeau (1819-1896) and Lion Foucault (1819-1868). The 5-inch image showed many details including a few sunspots. – https://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2006/locations/firstphoto.php

Today marks the 175th anniversary of the first surviving photograph of the Sun. The roughly 5-inch daguerreotype was made by Louis Fizeau and Leon Foucault, and captured details including several sunspots visible on our star’s disk.
As spring begins to bring warmer temperatures and clearer days to the Northern Hemisphere, consider doubling your observing time by looking at our closest star. Solar observing is dangerous without the right equipment. Unless you have an approved solar filter, never use your telescope, viewfinder, or binoculars to look at the Sun. Instead, you may be able to view the Sun safely by turning your small telescope into a solar projector, rather than looking through the scope directly. Alternatively, you can easily build a pinhole projector box to examine the Sun’s disk and look for any sunspots that may darken its face.
Asteroid Juno reaches opposition at 4 P.M. EDT. After dark, try to spot the 145-mile-wide (234 kilometers) world, which shines at magnitude 9.5, rising in the east about 2° south of magnitude 3.4 Delta (δ) Virginis.
Neptune is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise.

Old Farmer’s Almanac April Sky Map! – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-april-minor-constellations
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn (FAIR-n) /Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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  

Sun in Aries
Moon in Cancer enters Leo at 11:26am.
Color: Green

Planting 3/31 to 4/2

©2020 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   2      Low   1:32 AM     3.8   6:54 AM     Set  4:02 AM      53
~     2     High   7:23 AM     6.8   7:46 PM    Rise  1:12 PM
~     2      Low   2:53 PM     0.5
~     2     High   9:44 PM     5.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Treat each day as a new journey.


Journal Prompt – Wiki – Are you ever lucky? Tell about it.



~   A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it. – David Stevens
~   People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.  When you figure out which it is, you’ll know exactly what to do. – Michelle Ventor
~   Each of us bears his own Hell. – Virgil
~   And where does magic come from? I think that magic’s in the learning. – Dar Williams

The grass of spring covers the prairies,
The bean bursts noiselessly through the mould in the garden,
The delicate spear of the onion pierces upward,
The apple-buds cluster together on the apple-branches. –Walt Whitman (1819–92)


Beltane Magick – Crafts – We might not get to do these this year, but read through the directions and keep it in mind when there’s a special Beltane in years to come!

Constructing a Maypole (by Anja) – The Maypole of Beltane stands for the combination of the fertility of the Divine Masculine when joined with the Divine Feminine. No one knows the ancient roots of the ceremony, but the symbolism is obvious. Instructions here work for a Maypole for between 10 & 20 people. This is a lot of prep work, but massive amounts of fun!

There are several parts to a Maypole: the pole itself, the foundation, the ribbons, the wreath and the topper.

The Maypole

This can be of almost any material, but unless you live in a forest, where there are slender (2” -3”) straight trees with few branches, the most practical is a piece of closet pole from a lumberyard! Get it cut from 10-12 feet long.

At the same time buy a length of 1/8 inch dowel. Drill a hole in one end at least 1 ½ inches deep.

Drill 3 holes about 8” down from that end of the long pole, spaced equidistant around the pole. They should be to 1/8 inch diameter and about a 1/4 to ½ inch deep.

Cut 4 pieces of dowel 8 inches long. Make sure that they are loose in the holes, but don’t just fall out. You will balance the wreath on these dowels.

Save the 4th piece of dowel for the “topper”.

The foundation

You will need to dig a hole in the ground at least a foot deep, (better yet, two!) and be prepared to tamp the dirt back in very, very hard. Some people have tried to use “portable holes” for this, but since they are no more than 8 inches long they usually fail and someone gets knocked on the head! We had good success one year using a round, folding picnic table with an umbrella hole in the center and tamping the pole in about 6” or so into beach sand. It leaned badly, although it didn’t fall. (The table became the ritual altar). You can also construct a stand for holding the pole upright, but try it several ways, yanking on it, because when the dancers get going the pole had better not fall over. The stand will usually have to support the pole up to 3 feet off the ground to give it any stability.

The ribbons

Brightly colored ribbon is the traditional material. I have heard of folks using macramé cord, rope and yarn for this, as well. We have used surveyors tape several times now, because it is strong, bright and inexpensive. Do *not* use florist’s ribbon with the cut edges! Those edges *cut* and you don’t want your dancers bleeding. This ritual doesn’t call for blood sacrifice. J Cut the ribbons ½ again the length of the pole, iow for an 8 foot pole, cut ribbons 12 feet long, one per person, but always an even number.

The wreath

You need a 12” wreath. This is often constructed of hawthorn, but again, no need for blood sacrifice, so most folks use a grapevine wreath base that you can get at a craft store and stick fresh flowers in it.

If you weave your own, you need a wire ring, 12” diameter, thread and freshly-cut flowers & herbs. I often use rosemary, since it smells great and holds up.

Tie your thread to the wire ring and then begin wrapping around and around (about 1” distance per wrap), laying a new branch of rosemary in when about ½ of the previous one is tied down. Try not to catch the needles or smaller branches in the thread. Tie off when about 1/3 of the way around, again about another 1/3 and when you get all the way around.

As you go around a 2nd time, add at least 1 flower with each wrap, tying off with each 1/3 of the wreath. You can make a 3rd pass if you don’t add enough flowers on the 2nd pass.

Maypole Topper – cones of various trees follow the correspondences.

Gather 9 spruce cones (the long slender type), one larger cone (a large pine cone), and a double handful of alder/larch cones. You also need a small bunch of babies’ breath.

Drill a hole longways through the largest cone (two sets of hands are necessary!). Insert the last piece of dowel leaving about 4 inches sticking out the bottom of the cone.

Using a hot glue gun, glue 3 of the spruce cones spaced equidistant around the larger cone, all pointing the same way.

Glue 3 more with their bottoms touching the dowel and between the bases of the other spruce cones.

Repeat with the last three on the top of the construct, only glue the babies’ breath at the very top between the cones. Fill in spaces with the alder cones.

You can decorate with gold glitter and/or spangles

Assembling the pole

Get your hole dug first. Hang the wreath near the drilled end of the pole. Add your topper by inserting the dowel into the hole in the pole. Count noses for your group and tack as many ribbons on as there are noses as near the end of the pole as possible. Carefully insert the dowels into the other holes with the ribbons in 3 bunches between them, then set up the pole. If you are careful as you lift the pole the wreath will drop onto the small dowels without dislodging anything. Patience or a tall enough ladder is required!

To “Dance the Pole”

Space all your dancers around the pole as equidistant as possible. Each takes a ribbon and pulls it outwards until they are holding only about 2 feet of ribbon in their hands. Usually this will knock the dowels loose and the ribbon will be holding up the wreath. If they don’t, shake the ribbons closest to the dowels while folks are holding theirs tight

Have them count off “1, 2, 1, 2…” then tell the “ones” to face left and the “twos” to face right. Go around the first person on the right, those on the inside ducking under the ribbon, then pass the next on the left and so on. Talk them through a bit of it and then get someone to sing or drum or whatever you have. As the ribbons weave around the pole the wreath will gradually drop. When you’re done, or everyone’s ready to drop, gather the ribbons in two bunches and tie in a “true love knot”, i.e. a square knot.

It’ll be a bit of a mess, no matter what you do. Laugh, sing and play!

©2009 Anja Bartlett


Silliness – Bidding Higher

One day a man went to an auction. While there, he bid on a parrot. He really wanted this bird, so he got caught up in the bidding. He kept on bidding, but kept getting outbid, so he bid higher and higher and higher.
Finally, after he bid way more than he intended, he won the bid – the parrot was his at last!
As he was paying for the parrot, he said to the Auctioneer, “I sure hope this parrot can talk. I would hate to have paid this much for it, only to find out that he can’t talk!”
“Don’t worry.” said the Auctioneer, “He can talk. Who do you think kept bidding against you?”

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