The shop is closed on Tues/Wed. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
[posting at 11pm] Rain gauge at noon on 4/12 – 0.6in. The streets are wet and it’s chilly in the shop. 41F, wind at 0-11mph and gusting into the upper teens at least, AQI 30-56, UV4. Chance of rain 53% today and 40% tonight. The forecast is kinda all over this week. Today(46°/35°F) showers, tomorrow(47°/36°F) AM showers, Fri(49°/39°) partly cloudy, Sat(49°/38°F) AM light rain, Sun(54°/45°F) finally starting to warm a little, Mon-Thurs(52°/6°F) showers, most of two inches over the 4 days.
Monday night we had a cheese and pasta shells supper with hard-boiled eggs and then went to sleep. I was back up by midnight and organized stuff to get some cooking done once Tempus was awake and heading out on the paper route.
He left at about 1:30 and told me later that he had some “fun” with sleet, ice and snow during the route. Especially up at Otter Crest, he ended up sliding and almost took out the security gate! He said that coming home over the bridge, 7-ish, there were white tire tracks and spots of ice and in town the streets were white with ice, although not to slippish. It eased off on his way home, but when he pulled into the park everything was white.
I first made the Roman egg sauce (a pine-nut/vinegar/honey grind spiced with lovage) then had some. Eventually I started on marzipans and made almond, pecan, cashew and pirate versions. Tempus brought hazelnuts in the morning, but I haven’t had time to do those, yet. ..and I got photos and such…. and eventually took a book to bed.
I got awakened by pounding on the roof just before what should have been sunrise. Dang, that was loud! It must have been hail. Our neighbor told us later that there had been thunder and lightning late in the night, but I missed on that.
I got up 1-ish and laid things out, so I’d be ready, then had a cup of chocolate and read for awhile, then a cup of tea and a radish spread sandwich with some lovely greens at which point Tempus got up and made us coffee. We didn’t start heading out the door until 4pm. I went and inspected the plants, and except for a few damaged strawberry blossoms, everything looks fine. Our neighbor came out and we were talking about the weather. I’m going to bring them an aloe and he handed us some snackie stuff…. says they have too much. 🙂
It was nice and sunny and pretty, but the clouds rolled in and by the time Tempus was trotting in and out (we had a *lot* of stuff!) it had started to spit, then drip, then sleet/hail, and it was really pounding on us on the way into town. It’s good that the fruit trees were starting to leaf out. That would have been protecting the baby fruits from the hail, but who knows how well they’ll do with all this? Most of the blooms are gone, but there were several rhodies in full regalia, with only a couple of dropped blossoms. I do know that the andromeda next door is stripped.
So I’m writing, but I’m going to stop here, do the photos and get my class together. …which is proving to be interesting… Finding stuff…. Amor has called. 🙂 …and it slowed things down but I was ready for class.
It went pretty well. I’ll be able to post a link tomorrow, I think…. and I need to put the marzipan away before I eat any more of it! …. Tempus hasn’t headed out and it’s almost 9pm. Hmm….
Today we’ll be home most of the day. I have another meeting tomorrow, but I’m only going, not the teacher. 🙂 If there’s decent weather I’m going to be working on plants. If not, I’m hoping to get some more sewing done. I have a few more hot-weather dresses to finish.
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today’s feast is Songkran (Thailand) and is celebrated under different names across southeast Asia and the traditional New Year’s festival. It’s hot there and so the festival includes a lot of water being poured over statues, offered to elders and monks and general turning into a major waterfight with super-soakers and all! Sometimes the water includes fragrances, tempera paint or talc for special blessings. There are links to the other festivals and a lot more information on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_%28Thailand%29
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. 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 4/14 at 11:55pm.
The waxing Moon is high in the southeast an hour after sunset, floating near the hind leg of Leo the Lion. The sunlight racing across its surface is approaching the western limb (east on the sky), where the bright crater Aristarchus sits. This 25-mile-wide (40 kilometers) feature is nearly 2 miles (3 km) deep — deeper than the Grand Canyon. Pull out your scope and focus in here. You’re looking for a diamond-shaped feature just west of Aristarchus, fittingly called the Cobra Head. Curling above and away from it is the deep Vallis Schröteri (Schröter’s Valley), a 6-mile-wide (10 km), 100-mile-long (120 km) channel carved by ancient lava flows. Southwest of Aristarchus and the Cobra Head is Herodotus, whose floor is much darker than nearby, blazing Aristarchus. Although Herodotus is quite circular, it will appear slightly oval from our point of view here on Earth due to foreshortening.
The Moon continues its eastward advance. Denebola is now closer to its upper left, and the Sickle has been left far behind. Look three or four fists lower left of the Moon for Spica, and three fists upper left from Spica for brighter Arcturus.
While Arcturus is climbing high in the east, equally bright Capella is descending high in the northwest. They stand at exactly the same height above your horizon at some moment between about 9:00 and 10:30 p.m. daylight-saving time, depending mostly on how far east or west you live in your time zone. How accurately can you time this event for your location? Like everything constellation-related, you’ll find that it happens 4 minutes earlier each night.
Jupiter emerges into dawn view this week, well to the lower left of Venus. On the morning of April 9th, it’s 19° from Venus. By April 16th they close to within 13° of each other. Look for Jupiter about 45 to 30 minutes before sunrise.
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
W 13 Low 5:10 AM 2.2 6:35 AM Set 5:36 AM 81
~ 13 High 10:53 AM 6.7 7:59 PM Rise 4:37 PM
~ 13 Low 5:26 PM 0.5
~ 13 High 11:45 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Easy live!
Journal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if your new shoes felt fine in the store but now they are hurting?
~ If you can’t sense the energy around you and in you, how effective can your magick be? – Kerr Cuhulain
~ You boxhead, you wouldn’t know. You are flat out counting past ten. – Paul Keating to Wilson Tuckey
~ April Fools’ Day: This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four. – Mark Twain; Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar, 1894
~ I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it. – Samuel Goldwyn (attrib.)
Again the blackbirds sing; the streams
Wake, laughing, from their winter dreams,
And tremble in the April showers
The tassels of the maple flowers. –John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)
Beltane Magick – Lore – Integrating Energies: Masculine and Feminine – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html by Nyraia
At Yule, we saw the re-birth of the God At Imbolc, we saw the Goddess come into her own, so to speak and at Ostara, the God began his courtship of the Goddess. Two maturing beings, whole in their Selves, yet part of Onedestined to be re-united. Such is the case with everyone of us, their children, in more ways than one.
Our world revolves around duality Light and Dark Our body and our Spirit the mind and the Heart Masculine and Feminine One of the main lessons we must learn, I feel, is to find balance within a world where duality exists. As our dear Rain so aptly put it in the Ostara issue, its all about finding a middle ground. Such is the case where the masculine and feminine energies encompassed within are concerned. By finding balance between the two, we are propelled upon the path of enlightenment, the integration of our Higher Self.
It is within the right side of our brain that those aspects of our self that we consider to be feminine are found. It is said that within this area of our brain the psychic and emotional aspects of our being live. This is the part which is said to be aware of our connection to the Oneness of the Universe. This is not, however, the case with the so-called masculine part of our selves.
The masculine part is, naturally, a mirror image of the feminine. Residing in the left side of our brain, it is difficult for the masculine to recognize the Oneness of the Universe. With its more analytical and logical tendencies, all it sees is separation and division, making integration and balance difficult things to achieve.
How do we begin to achieve this balance? Growing up in our society, our left brains tend to become much stronger, for many of us, than our right the Masculine dominates the Feminine. We are taught to view the world through analytical eyes and taught that if something is not visible if we cannot view it with our physical eyes then it must not exist. Things of the real world are highly encouraged, while more times than not, imagination is relegated to fantasy make believe and is reduced in worth, it seems. A stock broker on Wall Street, in general, tends to make a great deal more money than the majority of artists. It is through the use of our imaginations Through meditation (quieting the left brain), visualization, and creativity that we are able to strengthen our right brains, the Feminine side of our Selves, and begin to gain balance.
With Beltane, too, our minds and hearts turn to the subject of love the physical manifestation of Masculine and Feminine. So many I know are looking for that one person their equal in all things Eros (romantic love), filios (brotherly love), and agape (the connection at a soul level). Everyone seems to be searching for her/his soul mate. The One that will complete them.
The words soul mate have virtually buzz words within our society, used, more times than not, as a word to describe an individuals perfect partner. What many don’t realize, though, is that there are believed to be two types of soul mates. One type is generally known as a soul mate or a companion soul mate and the other known as a twin flame.
A companion soul mate can be described as an individual that we have spent prior incarnations with. It is usually this category that we tend to associate with love (Eros) relationships. In all actuality, this term can be associated with anyone that we have some sort of soul connection to, including siblings, parents, good friends, teachers. Anyone that has agreed, prior to incarnation, to assist us in learning a lesson or lessons that are necessary in our own souls development or those that we have incurred some sort of karmic tie to that still needs to be balanced. When you connect with a close soul mate in a loving relationship, it is said that you have, in effect, found your perfect mate for where you are currently in your development as a soul.
It is a twin flame, however, that is believed to be our true other half. They are, essentially, our Selves in another body (if he/she is currently incarnated on the physical plane). It is said by some that the explanation for Twin Flames is that when we as One soul decided to descend into physicality, we were split into masculine and feminine aspects. It is believed, too, that when we first descended, that we were together, but later went on our own separate ways to experience as many diverse situations and stimuli as possible. We each grow in our Selves lifetime after lifetime in experience and wisdom, sometimes gaining brief glimpses or encounters with our Flame until the time that we are ready to break free from the bonds of physicality and mortality. It is at that point in our souls evolution that we are given the opportunity to be re-united with our other half.
Said of Twin Flames
The chances are that we meet our Twin Flame briefly in many lifetimes, but one or both of us are not ready for the intensity of this connection. When both halves of the whole are ready to come back together and meet they will discover that in that lifetime they have lead almost parallel lives. The events of their lives will mirror each other almost exactly. They may have come from very similar families and family dynamics. They may have had similar schooling or lack thereof. They may have almost identical careers. They may even have previous marriages and divorces within weeks of each other. When Twin Flames get to know each other, they will feel as if the other is reading their life script.
Once in relationship, the bond between Twin Flames can only be compared to the bond between identical twins. They are aware of each others thoughts, feelings, desires and needs at a level that is hard to imagine. The depth of Love is such that to be apart even for a day is a hardship. What is meant by that is that their hearts literally hurt when they are separated from each other, even if only for the work day. It is this depth of Love that reminds them of the Oneness of Light to which they are returning. By anchoring this Love in the physical, not only are they preparing for their own ascension, but they are also leaving an imprint for others to follow in time for their own. http://www.uou.to/soulmates.htm
Keep in mind, though, this is not to say that one cannot have a wonderful and rewarding, loving relationship with a soul mate because its entirely possible. All relationships should be honored and appreciated for what is offered and the growth one is able to achieve through it. By gaining balance within ourselves, not only between the Dark and Light as we saw last issue, but through the masculine and feminine within, we prepare our Selves more, taking a step closer to the ultimate re-union that we all hope to achieve this lifetime the re-union with our own other half.
A blessed Beltane to you All,
Silliness – Signs You’ve had too much of the 21st Century
1. You try to enter your password on the microwave.
2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 4.
4. You e-mail your colleague at the desk next to you to ask if they’re ready to go to lunch.
5. You chat on-line regularly with a stranger from the U.S., but you haven’t spoken to your next-door-neighbor yet this year.
6. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends is that they do not have an e-mail address.
7. Your idea of being organized is multiple colored post-it notes.