Daily Stuff 4-5-21 Hanshi

Hi, folks!

 The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Robert Sage.

35F and clear, wind at 0-3mph, AQI 8-41, UV5. Chance of rain 5% today and 11% tonight. We have a couple of sunny days here, although on Wednesday the clouds will back and there’s a small chance of rain that night. After that it’s all just partly cloudy. The rain has dropped out of the forecast! It’s likely to be chilly through the weekend, even the highs won’t top 50 until Sunday and then they’ll start climbing. It looks like the weather fairies want us to get moved!

What a day! Kaleb and family come in the door within a few minutes of us opening. There were actually there before, but walked down the street to see something. Oh, it was good to see him! It’s been over a decade since he was in the classes! He’s been working a variety of jobs an most of his family has moved to Arizona, but he and his little brother are still up in Washington. He’s living with his girlfriend and other chosen family. She’s working on a degree in psychology. Iow, we spent a long while catching up. 🙂 They also spent some time shopping, and I gave them an aloe plant that’s being neglected and made sure they had good masks. They headed home around 3, only to return about 20 minutes later, since a geode piece got left on the counter!

Tempus made us scrambled eggs with ham after they left, as a breakfast/lunch. I got a nap once I wore out, then started working on some cooking. I actually had some energy, finally. Tempus said it was quiet the rest of the afternoon.

I got some chicken broth made with chicken meat set aside, so I have some low fat protein around, and a hrudka is almost finished. That’s the Ukrainian Easter Cheese. I’m going to have to wake Tempus a little early and see that he cleans the crockpot. I’m going to use some of the broth to try cooking a soup with a bunch of the dehydrated vegetables. I think I’m going to sleep well tonight!

Today I need to do some writing and photo developing and then get back to headers. Tempus is hoping to get out to our house with the pile of stuff that’s been pulled out. He’s planning to scrub out the drawers so that I can start taking clothes there, and he’s hoping to get the mattress and boxspring, so he can get the bed properly set up. …and assuming that Paul got the bump-out supports in, he’s going to want the chairs and the dresser…but by that point we’re talking about Tuesday or Wednesday!

Heceta Head photo by Robert Sage on 3/26/20 Used with permission

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Today’s Plant is Sword fernPolystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. – This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern

The Hanshi or Cold Food Festival is a Chinese tradition for this time of year. Coming from the practice of changing the type of wood used for starting fires with the change of seasons, and originally including ancestor worship, the festival now mostly is games and housecleaning, despite a rather grisly myth attached to it.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Food_Festival

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 6:04am.

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/11 at 7:31pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 4/7 at 10:30am.

. . .And on April 6th and 7th, the waning Moon poses under the giant planets.

Early in Tuesday’s dawn the crescent Moon shines under Saturn, as shown above. Then in Wednesday’s dawn, the Moon shines under Jupiter.

8th-magnitude Nova in Cassiopeia. Nova Cassiopeiae 2021, now also known as V1405 Cassiopeiae, has faded a trace to about magnitude 8.1 as of March 26th, after it was discovered at 9.6 on March 18th and quickly peaked around 7.7. For finder charts and more info, see Bright Nova Erupts in Cassiopeia. Moonlight will give you trouble with binoculars, even large ones, but the moonlight will be gone from the early-evening sky starting on the 30th. To get a light curve with the most up-to-date brightness measurements, go to aavso.org and in “Pick a Star”, enter “V1405 Cas” and choose “Plot a light curve”. There, visual observers’ estimates are the open black circles, and photoelectric V magnitudes are the green squares. (You can see calendar dates instead of Julian Days using “Preferences”.) And where’s Cassiopeia itself? Catch it sinking in the north-northwest right after the end of twilight. Look early before it gets too low

8th-magnitude Nova in Cassiopeia. Nova Cassiopeiae 2021, now also known as V1405 Cassiopeiae, was still at about magnitude 8.2 as of April 2nd, after it was discovered at 9.6 on March 18th and quickly peaked at 7.7. For finder charts and more info, see Bright Nova Erupts in Cassiopeia. To get a light curve with the most up-to-date brightness measurements, go to aavso.org and in “Pick a Star”, enter “V1405 Cas” and choose “Plot a light curve”. There, visual observers’ estimates are the open black circles, and photoelectric V magnitudes are the green squares. (You can see calendar dates instead of Julian Days using “Preferences”.) And where’s Cassiopeia itself? Catch it sinking in the north-northwest right after the end of twilight. Look early before it gets too low!

Shortly after the end of twilight around this time of year, Arcturus, the bright Spring Star climbing in the east, stands just as high as Sirius, the brighter Winter Star descending in the southwest (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes).

Saturn’s largest and brightest moon, Titan, passes due south of the ringed planet today, although the event occurs during daylight hours in North America. Two hours before sunrise, Saturn is already nearly 6° high and rising in Capricornus the Sea Goat. The Moon, now roughly 40 percent lit, lies nearly 14° to its southwest, just over the border in Sagittarius. Our satellite will pass close to Saturn tomorrow morning. Magnitude 8.8 Titan currently sits about 54″ southeast of the planet. Over the next several hours, it will progress west until it passes due south of the planet. Smaller moons Rhea, Tethys, and Dione may also be easily visible, closer to Saturn’s rings. Mimas and Enceladus also float nearby, while Iapetus lies a considerable 5.5′ to the planet’s west.

Mars (magnitude +1.3, in Taurus) shines high in the west after dark. It’s visibly fainter now than than orange Aldebaran below it, not to mention brighter orange Betelgeuse farther to Mars’s left. In a telescope Mars is a mere 5 arcseconds wide: a tiny, shimmering bright blob too small for any surface detail.

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  

NIGHT SKY FOR APRIL 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-april

Sun in Aries

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month 
of Fearn Alder Mar 18 – Apr 14
Color – Silver
Harvest 4/5-7
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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.

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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
M    5      Low   1:35 AM     3.6   6:49 AM    Rise  4:12 AM      46
~     5     High   7:23 AM     7.1   7:49 PM     Set  1:07 PM
~     5      Low   2:45 PM     0.2
~     5     High   9:41 PM     6.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Your intellect follows your sight. Your mind runs behind.

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 Journal Prompt – Favorites – What’s your favorite place to escape from life temporarily? A park? A mall?

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Quotes

~   It has been said that love robs those who have it of their wit, and gives it to those who have none. – Dennis Diderot, French encyclopaedist, born on October 5, 1713; Paradoxe sur le comédien
~   Life is to be lived within the limits of your knowledge and within the concept of what you would like to see yourself to be. – Burt Lancaster
~   Look for a long time at what pleases you, and for a longer time at what pains you. – Colette
~   Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus. – Mother Teresa

A gush of bird song, a patter of dew
A cloud and a rainbow’s warning;
Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue
An April day in the morning!’ – Harriet Prescott Spofford (18351921), American writer

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Beltane Magick – Lore

The Beltane Maypole

http://paganwiccan.about.com/cs/aboutbeltane/a/aamaypole.htm

What better symbol for May Day?

Among the various symbols of Beltane frivolity, the Maypole is probably the most well known, even to non-Pagans.

On the surface, the tall Maypole is simply a phallic symbol to reflect the fertility of the season. But it originates with the ancient Irish story of the Bile Pole. The Bile Pole was a sacred tree of life that grew up through the Earth to join the Heavans above and the Otherworld beneath. A similar story to the the Norse tree, Yggdrasil.

One does not simply put up a Maypole at Beltane, the pole must be draped with ribbons and flowers, and it must be danced around. In the past, it was the young children who did the dancing. Long ribbons are attached to the top of the pole, usually in pastel Spring colours. Half the ribbons would be taken up by the boys, and the other half by the girls.

The children did not just run about, willy-nilly. Quite often they would have a rehersed dance so that the ribbons wound round the pole would have a pattern. The better the pattern, the better the harvest would be that fall.

Some villages had a permanent Maypole, but others would erect a new one every year on Beltane eve. Birch was frequently used for the poles, but not excusively.

If you’re looking for the perfect decoration for Beltane this year, try putting up a Maypole in your yard. If you have no place outdoors, you could put up a small pole in your home. Be sure to cover it with flowers, ribbons and leaves either way.

Beltane Essay (4)
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Author: Rose Welsh  Posted: May 4th. 1999  Times Viewed: 8,368

A very long time ago, deep in the Beginning, in the heart of a Nothing so vast yet so nowhere, the Unknowable awoke and became aware. In the center of the Unknown’s awareness of Itself was a gnawing, aching, biting curiosity. This odd and gripping self-directing passion, lived inside of the Unknown and growled and pawed for attention until the Unknown was quickly overtaken by a desire to know what is unknown. When the Unknown could contain Itself no more It burst… and the Door was opened. At that moment, in the calm after the storm, It found the first Question. That Question was Itself and It asked, “Who am I?”

With that question asked, curiosity built up once more and expanded inside of It until It thought It would burst again. But It didn’t, It just kept going and going and growing. As It grew It found that what It had thought was outside Itself was really inside–an extension of Itself. With this knowledge, It knew that It was infinite and at that moment in the awareness of Its own infinity It knew It was Everything. That knowledge brought another question, “What, exactly, is Everything?” In much haste It set out into Its belly in search of the answer.

As It searched, It found nothing but a void and It knew It was blind and could go no further without eyes. So It became a creator in order to know what It could not otherwise know. But in creating eyes It found that It could not move and created feet and legs. Then in creating eyes and feet and legs It knew It could not move anything about, so It created hands and arms. With all of this Body It realized It could not touch and It created skin. This went on and on and on and in each new creation It created a special place; a place from which to view itself, to experience itself, from a unique perspective. Each part of Its body a different place of learning. A Universe of experience. A University of knowledge. A Multi-verse.

This act of creation still continues even as the oldest Universes learn as much about their reality as is possible for them to know, and they disappear, back into the All and their souls move on … exploring.

Of all of these places, these Multi-verses, our Universe is one.

When the All became conscious of the space that would become our place, It had been to many places within Itself, searching the vastness that was space without time. It was tired and Its mind began to wander. So, in the midst of all this creation, It stopped to rest before delving into its next exploration. When It did, It noticed the silence between the cactiphonious noise that had been with Itself since Its first Awareness, and It stopped and pondered this new perception . As It did so, a great pain grew in Its center and It named it Loneliness. It cried out into the silence and the sound echoed off into forever.

The All searched longingly into space for anything to grasp onto. As It panned across time, It found Itself looking at the vastness of what was to become our place, and It saw a glimpse of something other than Itself in the twinkling of some distant star. In all the places it had been to It had thought Itself alone. So the All, revived because of this new turn of events, went searching, looking behind stars and within dark voids; calling out but hearing nothing.

This search lasted a long time, and the All had become lost and tired and very, very sad. When It realized it was going to places It hadn’t ever explored before the thought that It was lost within itself was terrifying. So, frightened and humbled, the All stopped searching for the Other and started back to find the place where It had begun Its search. It followed no path, and It wandered for a very long time, but ultimately It began to recognize itself again.

At the very moment It knew It was where It wanted to be, the All heard a sweet sound off in the distance. This sweet sound was such a beautiful noise that It was entranced. This noise seemed to surround It, yet It knew this noise came from a single place and that place was deep in the heart of Its Great Darkness. It wanted to walk away, but the sound was so alluring, and It, being so very, very lonely, It decided It would venture just a little closer to the noise to investigate.

A small light began to twinkle to the beat of the song off in the great distance and, with this push, The All set out to investigate. It neared the light with caution. The beautiful noise became clearer and more temperate. It willed Itself closer to the noise, and the noise became a song, and the song pulled on the lonely part in Itself like a black hole does light. It cried tears of joy for the first time and It let Itself be pulled closer to the song.

When the light became a swirling disk that covered the heavens in front of It, a change in Its perception brought about the realization that Itself had been singing all along. Now It was more lonely and alone than It had been before It had encountered this imitation being. It had experienced the concept of another and now It could hear the silence once again that loomed beyond the song.

With an understanding beyond consciousness, the great light began tearing at the very being of the All. No longer able to resist this great draw on Its essence It became paralyzed with fear and wide-eyed with curiosity. In a final act of defiance It cried out, and then, giving in to Its overwhelming attraction to the bright and terrifying enigma, the All allowed the light of the painful song to envelope It into a void made of all colors. Within this great paradox of beauty and terror, the All knew pain for the first time because this unknown force of song and light ripped Its consciousness in two. A bifurcation by force, the first It had ever known.

When the pain subsided, and the song turned to soft, rhythmic noise, the All opened Its eyes and saw something that was beyond understanding. Where bright light had once been, the All found Itself looking upon the face of Its Other. It reached out to touch the face of this Other. When It did so, It touched the male and the female face of Itself. It was at once a separate being from this Other, and the same as it. In an moment of fear it reached out to Its Other in an attempt to bring itself back together, and pulled the Other close, but could not merge and become whole, as it once was.

It pulled and grabbed and clawed at Its Other, but soon, this fearful grasping became a passionate embrace and with this consuming passion, It merged with Its Other in a way that It did not know was possible and the All knew love. And when It knew love, it wished to explore further, so the male and female parts of the All Made Love together in a ecstatic dance of light and dark, color and void. With this love it created our universe as we know it, and within our divided universe, It created our galaxy, and within this swirling mass of light and song, it created us.

On the day that the One, the All, that is Two created us, the body of the great One was in the midst of a very paradoxical part of the Great Dance. It had learned that in this universe, this part of Itself, It could lose Itself in all of its parts. There were so many parts clinging together creating places of exotic beauty, and so many places where nothing solid seemed to exist, and even more places that rested in between. It was as though the One was still inside the great colored light, but It was now watching those lights congeal into individual places. Those places were still connected by the great light, but it became less and less observable in this universe, until all the One could see were the parts of Itself and not the whole of Itself. This was the nature of the universe as it was when we were conceived, and it remains this way today.

On the day that Heaven met our place, Earth, the Earth was still very young and danced the ecstatic dance of Creation in her fiery, molten gown. She had just been born from the merging of the Sun with the One, and was quite content to dance with her sisters and brothers to the ancient song of the first Creation.

Her beauty captured the attention of Heaven, and he focused his attention on her wildness, her total immersion in the dance of Creation. He began to move toward her, trying not to disturb her trance, but she saw the shift in the stars and slowed her movement to watch Heaven move towards her, and she smiled.

Heaven was quite beautiful and his vastness intrigued her. She called to him to come closer, to not be shy. Heaven did as he was asked, and as he did so, her youthful, ecstatic dance slowed, and her dress became a wild clash of flashing light and flowing, deep blue. She smiled again and this time so did he.

She touched his face and invited him to dance with her. They danced together slowly at first then more passionately keeping time to the Song. When she could no longer contain her desire, Earth beckoned Heaven down to her newly formed shores, and next to the crashing waves of her sea and bathed in the flashing light of her cloud filled sky, they danced the Great Dance together. When they merged, their passion was so pure, so great, so beautiful, that their ecstatic cries were heard all across the universe and even into parts of other universes. During their lovemaking, in the different places that they lay down together, they created the continents, mountains, hills and valleys that would be home to their children yet to be conceived.

In that first meeting of Earth and Heaven, was created the first living, earthy thing to dance to the song of creation. It stayed within the protection of her womb, the sea. From that first organism, was born more and more living things. Each time Earth and Heaven made love, Earth gave birth to new and more complex beings through the bodies of her children. Soon her womb was teaming with life and Heaven and Earth rested.

Some time into the future, the Earth heard her children cry out that they were not content to live within her protective womb of salty water any longer. They wished to explore the outside world, the world of dry land. Heaven and Earth obliged their children’s desire and helped their children into a new existence.

The Earth’s children slowly grew and evolved under the guiding hands of their parents. They became more and more complex with every passing millenia, thriving and living their lives in the paradox of this universe.

One night, out of nowhere a dancer came careening into the Earth without warning. Its impact caused death and destruction on a scale that Earth had never before experienced. There was no reason for this, just a misstep in the Dance, no malice of forethought. But Earth and Heaven grieved and their grieving was heard across space-time.

When the dust cleared Heaven and Earth found that there was still life to be nurtured and saved and they set about doing so. But, because the Earth felt such horrid grief because of the death of her children, she vowed to never allow anything to die again. She up-lifted her children beyond death, to immortality.

Within our universe, is an abundance of life heretofore never seen in Creation. It exists so that the One that is all of every part of everything known and unknown to us, can learn about every part of Itself in every way possible in this place of duality and paradox.

Our place, like all the places where life exists in paradox, comes from the mixing of the soul of space-time with the soul of the world onto which we were born. Each individual being is created when Earth and Heaven merge within the womb of its earthly mother. When this merging happens, a new earthly being is mapped out in soul energy, and the biology of this world grows around it, forming a unique expression of the One in this universe. We are a combination of the spirit of the Eternal One, as It manifests as the part of the Universe that stretches our existence out into space-time, making our lives into the paradox that exists. The paradox being, that life and death must coexist side by side, instead of existing as one phenomenon, like it did before the great Union of the Others.

But that latter lesson had yet to be learned…
Rose Welsh aka Melody Dickson
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