The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 4/1 – Dry. There was some lovely sky and cloud to look at when we came in to the shop it’s gone overcast, since. 48F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 10-41, UV5. Chance of rain 17% today and 16% tonight. BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT for Sneaker waves late Sat.- Sun. eve. Today(51/41) should be just partly cloudy, but that’s likley to change on Sun(52/48) with 1.2 inches of rain and wind up to 30mph! It should begin to ease off on Mon(50/42) with the chance or rain dropping as the day goes on, but still 1/3 of an inch, Tue(51/39) the hoorah ought to be over early in the day, the Wed & Thu(60/45) warm and partly cloudy. Fri/Sat(52/40) will be cooler, but still partly cloudy. After that we go back to a more seasonal chance of showers. 6 firespots.
Thursday evening we barely got home in time for Tempus to eat, so he grabbed a sandwich and some snacks, and a can of iced tea and then headed out for the bulk route. I made a tvarog sandwich from one of his new bread rolls and went to bed and slept for 3 solid hours.
Once I was back up, I puttered a bit, read for a bit, hooked up the tablet to charge and then started some cooking. We got our last Misfits Market box on Thursday, so I peeled and chopped radishes, parsnips and a turnip, carrots and a few other things. I got into the bag of mandarins and had one of those. Sweet and tasty! Then I had a little cucumber. I got the stuff put by, even boxed up the rest of the brussels sprouts, then made a casserole for supper for a couple of days. I had a serving and then worked on miniatures until it started to get too cold out front, then took a book and embroidery to bed.
I didn’t sleep well, and was back up around 8:30 and ended up awake until Tempus got in around 10. He had fallen asleep at the shop again. I ended up overall short on sleep and didn’t hear the alarm, since I was sleeping on my good ear, so we got up at 12:30, scrambled things together (and I hurriedly planted turnip, parsnip and carrot tops) and flew out the door. I finished another string ball on the way and got to see an egret nab something squirmy in the Eckman outflow.
We were fairly busy, unlike on Thursday. We had a number of customers through, mostly just looking. Sash called, needed a Mom shoulder for a bit. I was trying to get my tablet to pick up e-mail, and finally found the right password…. took a bit of digging! I also managed to get some more books out for sale.
Tempus went out to run some errands. We have propane at home again! I’m planning to bake sweet potatoes! <grin> I’m a slave to my stomach, I guess…. I have more work to do on miniatures tonight, and if we get home while it’s still light I’m going to get Tempus to help me get the fig trees into their buckets.
Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Sewing Workshop at 3pm will be a BYoP.
Today’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
Today’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
Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at email@example.com 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 4/16 at 11:55am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 4/2 at 11:24am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/5 at 11:24am.
Castor and Pollux shine together very high to the southwest after dark, far above Orion. Pollux is slightly the brighter of these “twins.” Draw a line from Castor through Pollux, follow it farther out by a big 26° (about 2½ fist-widths at arm’s length), and you’re at the dim head of Hydra, the Sea Serpent. In a dark sky it’s a subtle but distinctive star grouping, about the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars show it easily through light pollution or moonlight, though it slightly overspills some binoculars’ field of view. Continue the line farther by about a fist and a half and you hit Alphard, Hydra’s 2nd-magnitude orange heart. Another way to find the head of Hydra: It’s almost midway from Procyon to Regulus.
Venus, magnitude –4.4, is the bright “Morning Star” shining low in the southeast during dawn. Venus, Mars & Saturn form three different isosceles triangles (triangles with two equal sides) in the span of just a week: On the mornings of March 24th, 28th, and 31st. In a telescope, Venus appears just about at dichotomy: half-lit. The March Sky & Telescope, page 50, discusses the non-obvious conundrum of Venus’s slightly mistimed dichotomies, which puzzled astronomers starting in 1793. You’ll have your crispest telescopic views of Venus when it’s high in thinner air: in a blue daylight sky even long after sunrise.
Mercury reaches superior conjunction with the Sun at 7 P.M. EDT. But don’t worry — in just a few short weeks, the speedy planet will achieve its best evening appearance of the year, so stay tuned for details on how to see it later this month.
The month of April begins with the Moon in its New phase. That makes this evening a great opportunity to look for the elusive zodiacal light, which is generated by sunlight scattering off tiny dust grains in the inner solar system. Astronomers think these grains were scattered through the solar system by the repeated passage of comets, although more recently, martian dust storms have been implicated as well. During the spring, this glow appears above the western horizon after sunset. The key is that you’ll need a dark observing site, clear skies, and the less obstructed your view of the horizon to the west, the better. The zodiacal light’s soft glow is aligned with the ecliptic, which stretches upward through Pisces, Aries, and Taurus. Nightscape photography can be a perfect way to bring out this ethereal light.
April also marks the beginning of Global Astronomy Month, presented by Astronomers Without Borders. This worldwide celebration of the night skies encourages everyone to look up and enjoy the night sky above them with global star parties, Facebook events, and more. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the American Association of Variable Star Observers’ featured variable of the month: R Leonis. This star resides, as its name might imply, within Leo the Lion, who is already climbing the sky in the southeast after sunset. R Leonis is located near the great cat’s front paw, 2.2° northeast of magnitude 3.5 Subra and just over 5° west of mighty magnitude 1.4 Regulus, the Lion’s heart. R Leonis itself is a red giant star in the latter stages of its life. It is a long-period Mira-type variable, whose magnitude ranges from 4.4 — visible with the naked eye — to 11.3, invisible without binoculars or a telescope. Fortunately for us, it recently hit a maximum just over a week ago in late March, meaning you’ll be able to spot it without any optical aid at all under good observing conditions. As its period is about 312 days, or nearly a year, R Leonis will take several months to fade to its minimum before brightening again. This spring and summer will be an excellent time to return to this star over and over again, comparing it with its nearby neighbors and watching it vanish from (naked-eye) sight. The star’s next maximum will come at the end of January 2023.
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
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
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
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
Sa 2 High 1:51 AM 8.1 6:55 AM Rise 7:47 AM 0
~ 2 Low 8:18 AM 0.0 7:45 PM Set 9:37 PM
~ 2 High 2:22 PM 7.2
~ 2 Low 8:19 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Marvel at the opportunities before you.
Journal Prompt – What would you? – What would you invent to make life better?
The real quality of our life is not determined by what we have won from it, but by what we have discovered within it. – Guy Finley
~ A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else. – Winston S. Churchill
~ Using your power in life is learning to play the cards that you are dealt in relation to what the other players at the table have. – Kerr Cuhulain
The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure;
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure. –William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
Beltane Magick – Crafts
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 – Gotta use the broom, since Tempus still has my Roomba on the workbench…. 🙂