Daily Stuff 4-3-20 Richard of Chichester

Hi, folks!

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

Time for sunblock, as chilly as it is. UV of 5, means sensitive people (like me) will burn in 1/2 an hour between noon and 2pm. All the more likely on a cloudy today, like today is likely to be. We’re starting to see some pollen, too, in amounts enough to make allergy sufferers miserable. 36F, wind at 3mph, AQI36, UV5. Chance of rain 20% today and tonight. The only real chance of rain in the forecast now is over Saturday and Sunday, the rest of it, looks pretty dry.

Tempus got in before 7:30 yesterday morning. That’s a little better than it’s been since he started running the whole route. I started on the computer at about 10 and spent quite awhile watering/tending the indoor plants. I have to go through the whole raft of them, because my not being able to get at some of them has made a mess. Tempus got about 1/2-way through moving things yesterday, just enough for me to get at 1 batch.

During one of the times I was sitting I found this. Tell me you’re not grinning when you’re done…. 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0TSdY7iQXU&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR37spLgtKY__U7akVrAiN0taB7g-vkNY8Qr6I-Na-65-p1EcffBdqfA2x8

I kept getting sleepy while I was working, but I kept going. I finally got myself some lunch, but faded even worse afterwards. I sat down on the sofa and woke 3 hours later. While I was still yawning, Sash called and we talked for most of an hour while I worked on clearing my e-mail files. Tempus had been working on the plants up front, finishing moving the shelves and starting to move the plants back onto them. It was another chinese-fire-drill-type activity.

Tempus headed for Newport at 7, planning to make it to the car parts place by closing. He didn’t quite, so he did the bulk route, stopped at Freddies for some groceries and then napped, waiting for the Oregonians to come in.  I had my sewing and a new book. I

fell asleep over it and didn’t wake until a lot later than I’ve been for awhile, but I’m awake, now. So Tempus should be home within the hour. The streets are wet again which would have slowed him down a bit.

I need to do more work on plants and on the office space. That’s what I’m concentrating on at the moment. Books are going to have to be right after that.

Elk and Ken Gagne’s dog, Molly, with a ball in her mouth. She loved to play with the elk! Pic from some years back by Ken Gagne.

plant pic coltsfoot herb Petasites_frigidus_1030Today’s Plant is ColtsfootPetasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus

Today’s feast is that of Richard of Chichester who was a Bishop during the 1200’s. Aside from living in a town with a fun name to say, he’s notable 175px-Richardofchichesterfor a famous prayer that is translated as:

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.

More here with links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_of_Chichester

…and then the limerick that has nothing to do with him:

A pious young lady of Chichester
Made all of the saints in their niches stir
And each morning at matin
Her breast in pink satin
Made the bishop of Chichester’s breeches stir.

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. 

On the evening of Friday April 3rd, the Pleiades seem to leak out of Venus! As seen from most of North America, they spill to the lower right.

Venus this evening shines right in the left edge of the Pleiades! How soon before the end of twilight can you first begin to see the little cluster? Bring out your telescope, binoculars, and/or long-focus camera! Of course they’re nowhere near each other, really. Venus this evening is 5.2 light-minutes from us, while the Pleiades are 440 light-years in the background. That’s 150 million times farther. To put that in perspective: If Venus was a mark on your eyeglasses a half inch from your eye, the Pleiades would be 1,200 miles away in front of it − and 30 miles from side to side.

Venus slides past the Seven Sisters – Venus passes the Pleiades star cluster (M45) early in the month. On April 3, you’ll find the brilliant –4.6-magntidude planet just 16′ from the cluster’s brightest star, Alcyone (Eta [η] Tauri). – Astronomy: Rick Johnson

Evening observers will find brilliant Venus among the familiar “little dipper” of the Pleiades (M45) this evening in the western sky. The planet is likely the first thing you’ll see as twilight descends, standing nearly 45° above the horizon. Venus currently dazzles at magnitude –4.6 and will reach greatest brilliancy later this month on the 27th. By 8 P.M. local time, the cluster’s stars will begin to emerge, particularly for observers with binoculars.
Mercury passes just 1.4° south of Neptune at 11 A.M. EDT. The pair rises shortly before the Sun, but early-morning observers may be able to spot the solar system’s speediest planet, shining at magnitude 0.0, a scant 3° above the eastern horizon about 30 minutes before sunrise. The ice giant, far in the distance, is too faint to see in the creeping twilight.
Mercury (magnitude +0.0) is having a poor apparition very low in the dawn. Use binoculars to look for it just above the east-southeast horizon about 30 minutes before sunrise. It’s far to the lower left of Jupiter, by some 50° (about five fists at arm’s length). Everything else in that area is much fainter.

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 Leo
Color: Pink

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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).

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
F    3      Low   2:59 AM     3.5   6:52 AM     Set  4:47 AM      64
~     3     High   8:43 AM     7.0   7:47 PM    Rise  2:23 PM
~     3      Low   3:55 PM     0.2
~     3     High  10:35 PM     6.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Everybody gets one chance to do something great.


Journal Prompt – Would you? – Would you like to live to be 100 years old? Explain your answer.



~   Never wear a backward baseball cap to an interview unless applying for the job of umpire. – Dan Zevin
~   Nature gave men two ends — one to sit on, and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most. – Robert Bloch
~   The probability of someone watching you is directly proportional to the stupidity of your actions. – Flynne Bondolini
~   A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer

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 – Ideas and Activities for Beltane – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

*** are also great to do with children 😉

***Walk the perimeter of your property to check that everything is in good order. Bring trash bags and do a general clean-up of anything that is not where it should be.

Make a miniature maypole for your altar if you cannot make a full size version

Get a new mirror, or use one you have already, and decorate it with ribbons and flowers for your bedroom

Fill a cauldron or a large bowl with fresh flowers (wildflowers are best)

***Braid bracelets out of white ribbons and give them as gifts to friends or family

***Make a dish of fruits, berries, nuts and leave in the wood for the animals and fae folk to enjoy

Cut branches of fresh green from budding trees, or make garlands of flowers to decorate the home for this celebration. Hang them on the doors and windows early, so the may sunrise finds them there!

Create a special wreath for the top of the May Pole

***Make “May Day” baskets of flowers and leave on friends and family’s doorsteps as a surprise gift.  Maybe they’ll think a faerie did it!

***Create hair pieces and garlands for decorating your head or around your neck from flowers that are in bloom

***Tie ribbons to trees to celebrate the coming of spring.  Make a wish each time you tie a ribbon as it’s good luck to wish for things on this day!

Bathe your face in the morning dew to retain youth.

  • The fair maid who, the first of May
  • Goes to the fields at break of day
  • And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree
  • Will ever after handsome be.

Other sources suggest using the dew found under oaks or on ivy leaves. Make a special wish as you wash your face in it or as you drink from a well before sunrise.

***Dance the May Pole – During the Maypole dance, think about what you wish to weave into, or out of, your spirit. The Maypole is an ancient symbol of the male aspect of the Divine, while the ribbons are strands of life. Have small baskets of goodies around the room to symbolize the coming abundance and to enjoy after the Circle. Magic is hungry work. (from Trish Telesco’s Victorian Grimoire)

Do a Beltane Day Spell for Health and Happiness

Plant your frost sensitive bulbs now.


Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – brimplet (BRIM plit) – n. A frayed shoelace that must be moistened to pass through a shoe eyelet.

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