Daily Stuff 4-30-20 Walpurgisnacht

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Irena Doležalová Photography. The shop is closed for the duration.

It dribbled all day yesterday, never hard, never light, almost foggy, even thought it got pretty windy at times, up into the teens. The streets stayed damp. Right now the lights are reflecting off puddles and damp pavement although it’s partly cloudy. 50F, wind at 1-6mph, AQI43, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 9pm. We should see some sun this afternoon, at least. Friday through Monday look showery, although it should be dry after that and by the end of next week the temps ought to be up in the 60’s again.

Yesterday I was up around 1:30 and got going on writing, immediately. I alternated with picking up various things, but there’s still a lot of that to do. I wanted to go work on plants, but I kept going until my classes started at 3pm. One was on Renaissance Fabrics and the other on Medieval Hats and Hair. By the time I was finished with those Tempus was up, and we started working at the shop.

I spent a lot of time picking up and putting away. Why is it that there’s still so much of this to do? I’ve been at it for more than 3 months at this point! I think it’s that we’ve had to tear up and move so much stuff…. at least I hope it’s that.

Tempus went out to do the laundry and then when he got back we worked first on getting orders out, then finding hooks and hanging things up and then another round of pick-up-and-put-away. I needed help on going through Mab’s boxes. Some of them, for storage, were pushed way behind others and I haven’t been able to check them for stray pieces. …and also needed the rollies, since what I was looking for might be in there. We never did find it, though, so we’re going to have to pull out masters, scan and then print.

We got some things together that were going to “wild places” for the Fae, so that Tempus could do that on his paper route. I got back to inventorying Mab’s stuff with Tempus bringing me boxes and rollies and such. He ran over to the Post Awful to drop off a couple of finished orders. He headed out around 1:30. I spent awhile reading and embroidering and then got this finished.

Lots to do today. We totally deranged the back walkway again, because of pulling out the rollies, but most of them can go back right away. First thing is getting laundry put away, but them picking up and sorting out. I want to get the work table cleaned up enough that I can pull my sewing machine out and get going on that. …and we still need to set up to do the Beltane ritual.

Light and Shadow, Platnéřské ulici (Platner Street, Prague) – Irena Doležalová Photography

Pseudotsuga_menziesii_cone douglas firToday’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, is sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. They’re common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii

feast 0430 WalpurgisnachtToday is Walpurgisnacht. The name come from the old goddess Walpurga, who became St. Walpurga to the Church. Traditionally, on this night, fires are lighted on hilltops all through Europe including the “Brocken”, about which the famous piece “A Night on Bald Mountain” was written and then included in  the movie “Fantasia”. In many places either the fires are jumped over or cattle and other herdbeasts are driven around or between fires. It’s the beginning of the Beltane celebrations that include song, dance and carnivals, as well.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgis_Night   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carodejnice   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brocken

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,
Anja

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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 5/7 at 3:45am. 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 4/30 at 1:38pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From 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 5/5 at 3:45pm. 

First-quarter Moon (exact at 1:38 p.m. PDT) After dark the Moon is in dim Cancer, to the lower right of the Sickle of Leo. An hour after sunset, our satellite stands high in the southwestern sky. In the moonlit sky, you might have better luck spotting Gemini the Twins and their bright luminaries, Castor and Pollux, to the west.
Look east of the Moon to find Leo the Lion, with his brightest star Regulus, and follow the ecliptic farther east to reach Virgo the Maiden, whose brightest star is Spica. This blue-white magnitude 1 star is not one star, but two — however, the stars are so close that they cannot be split visually. Instead, astronomers discovered Spica’s dual nature by noticing that as one star orbits the other, gravity’s effects shift the light we see from the star slightly red and then blue over time. The larger of the two, Spica A, is roughly seven times wider than our Sun and 10 times as massive. Most of the light we see from the “star” comes from this component. The smaller Spica B is a little less than four times wider than the Sun and seven times as massive.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.4, – 2.3, and +0.6, respectively) shine in the southeast before and during early dawn. Saturn glows pale yellow 5° to Jupiter’s left.

Old Farmer’s Almanac April Sky Map! – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-april-minor-constellations
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille  Willow  Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 –

Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. 

Sun in Taurus
Waxing Quarter exact 1:38pm
Moon in Leo
Pluto Retrograde (10/4)
Color: Purple

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  30      Low  12:01 AM     3.6   6:07 AM     Set  2:45 AM      38
~    30     High   5:39 AM     6.7   8:20 PM    Rise 12:06 PM
~    30      Low   1:06 PM     0.2
~    30     High   8:06 PM     5.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am grateful for the small things in my life!

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Journal Prompt – Books – Write a brief summary of a book you have read recently. Then explain why you did or did not like it.

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Quotes

~   If you don’t invest much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting. – Dick Vermeil
~   All the experience of history confirms that sharing the same beliefs has been a preliminary to quarreling about their interpretation. – Theodore Zeldin
~   If you don’t have a vision, then your reality will always be determined by other’s perceptions. – Melanée Addison, Author
~   Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained. – W. H. Auden

Strike it up, Tabor

Strike it up, Tabor,
And pipe us a favour!
Thou shalt be well-paid for thy labour.
I mean to spend my shoe-sole
To dance about the may-pole!
I will be blithe and brisk,
Leap and skip,
Hop and trip,
Turn about
In the rout,
Until the weary joints can scarce frisk!

Lusty Dick Hopkin,
Lay on with thy napkin,
The stitching cost me but a dodkin.
The morris were half undone
Were’t not for Martin of Compton.
O well said, jigging A’lce!
Pretty Jill
Stand you still!
Dapper Jack
Means to smack.
How now? Fie, fie! You dance false. – Thomas Weelkes

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Beltane Magick – Recipes

Fae Candies – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 box raisins or hazelnuts
  • Honey (if you use hazelnuts)
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together until blended.
  2. Roll the raisins in it.
  3. If you use hazelnuts, you will need to dip them in honey first.
  4. You may adjust ingredients to suit your tastes.

http://members.fortunecity.com/magick2002/id92.htm

ROSE PETALS and WHITE ASPARAGUS OVERNIGHT PICKLES (Caution! Aphrodisiac!)

  • 1 pound of asparagus
  • water
  • 1/2 cup rose petals
  • glass container that has a lid
  • 3/4 cup white wine, rice or sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar or honey
  1. Get a medium size pot ½ full of water to boiling.
  2. Cut asparagus diagonally into ½-inch pieces
  3. Add to pot of boiling water and cook uncovered until barely tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Drain.
  5. Set the asparagus in the glass container.
  6. Pack rose petals on top.
  7. Combine wine, water and sugar in the pot and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  8. Pour hot liquid over roses and asparagus to cover them.
  9. Cover the jar and shake to release any trapped bubbles.
  10. Chill at least overnight and up to 2 weeks.

Spring’s Favorite Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 12 Ounces Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  •  4 Cups Miniature Marshmallows
  • 2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Nuts (Chopped)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 11/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Butter

Directions:

  1. In a medium pan, mix milk, marshmallows, butter, sugar and salt over medium heat.
  2. Allow to boil, stirring continuously for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add beat in chocolate only until fully melted.
  4. Add vanilla and nuts (optional) and pour into greased pan.
  5. Chill until firm, then cut and serve.

DONNEGAL OATMEAL CREAM http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html

15 fluid ounces Milk
1/2 cup Medium oatmeal – cracked, not rolled
1 Large egg (beaten)
rind & juice of 1 orange
2 teaspoons Sugar (to taste)
1/2 ounce Gelatin
2 Tablespoons Water
8 ounces Heavy cream, whipped
Fruit sauce of choice

Soak the oatmeal in the milk for 30 minutes, turn all into a pan and stir until it boils. Then simmer 3-4 minutes. Pour mixture into a bowl and add the beaten egg, grated lemon rind, and sugar to taste. Dissolve gelatin in the orange juice and water, add to the mixture when it’s cooled, and then fold in the cream. Pour the whole mixture into a glass bowl and leave to set. Serve with 3-4 T of chosen fruit sauce on top

Sauce: Take your favorite jam and thin with 3-4 Tablespoons of water.

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Silliness – Threatening Letters

The fellow stormed into the postmaster’s office in a fury. “I’ve been getting threatening letters in the mail for months and I want them stopped.”
“Of course,” said the postmaster. “Sending threatening letters through the mail is a federal offense. Do you know who’s sending them?”
“Yes,” shouted the man. “It’s those idiots down at the Internal Revenue Service.”

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