Daily Stuff 4-14-22 Mariamman

Hi, folks!

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

Very quick note today. Tomorrow’s will have all the info! (It was a car problem….)

Photo of the ocean in Yachats on 4/13/19 by Girl in Water Photography

Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree Month

Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus

feast 0414 Mariamman

Today’s feast is to the Hindu Goddess of Rain and Good Health, Mariamman (and tons of other spellings. Today is quoted as one of her feasts by the Wicca Book of Days, but I can’t find that anywhere else. Here’s a page on the deity:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariamman and here’s a page on an interesting and possibly related deity.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Good_Health

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 anjasnihova@yahoo.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Virgo enters Libra at 1:46pm.

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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/17 at 11:55pm.

In miniature – The Mini Coathanger is a small, faint asterism located near the handle of the Little Dipper. It is located about 2° from Epsilon (ϵ) Ursae Minoris, and resembles its larger counterpart in Vulpecula. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

With the brightening Moon making deep-sky observing difficult, let’s look toward Ursa Minor to locate a small, lesser-known asterism. The Mini Coathanger, named by Astronomy columnist Phil Harrington, is a downsized version of the larger so-called Coathanger in Vulpecula. To find it, you simply need to first locate 4th-magnitude Epsilon (ϵ) Ursae Minoris, the third star from the end of the Little Dipper’s handle (the end star is Polaris, the North Star). Then, shift about 2° southwest of Epsilon with binoculars or a telescope, and you’ll land on this Mini Coathanger, made up of about 10 stars. The asterism’s flat base is about 17′ across, while the height of its “hanger” is about half that (9′). Its stars range from roughly 10th to 11th magnitude, so take your time while scanning this region until you spot it.

Capella with HL Stellarium

Capella, high in the northwest during and after dusk, has a pale yellow color matching the Sun’s, which means they’re about the same temperature. But otherwise Capella is very different. It consists of two yellow giant stars orbiting each other every 104 days. Moreover, for telescope users, it’s accompanied by a distant, tight pair of red dwarfs: Capella H and L, magnitudes 10 and 13. That’s about 10,000 and 60,000 times fainter than Capella itself! Article and finder charts. Can you make out at least H with your scope through the moonlight?

Neptune remains invisible in the sunrise glow, close to Jupiter but only magnitude 7.9.

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

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of
Fearn  Alder  Mar 18Apr 14
Color – Turquoise
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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
Th  14      Low   5:52 AM     1.4   6:34 AM     Set  5:58 AM      89
~    14     High  11:43 AM     7.0   8:00 PM    Rise  5:49 PM
~    14      Low   6:03 PM     0.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – Listen to the morning sounds: bird’s songs; wind in the tree; the roar of traffic; children’s voices. What do these sounds convey to you?

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Even monkeys fall out of trees. — Japanese proverb

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Quotes

~   I doubt that the imagination can truly be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant. – Ursula K. Le Guin
~   Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. – John Lubbock
~   Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being. – AA Milne, English author, born on January 18, 1882
~   Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage. – Marianne Moore

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 – Craft

May Cone Basket – http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html
You will need: construction paper, glue or tape.
Out of bright colored construction paper, cut a circle that is about 12 inches in diameter, then cut a triangle or wedge out of the circle, allowing for a 1/2 inch overlap.
Roll the paper into a cone and glue or tape the two sides together. Cut a strip of construction paper that is appox. 12 inches by 2 inches.
Glue or tape it onto the top of your cone to make a handle.
Fill your cone basket with real or homemade flowers and hang it on a neighbor’s or friend’s doorknob in the early morning while everyone is asleep.

May Baskets – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

Items needed:
Househould containers, glass jars or tin cans
Hammer
1 Nail (to make holes with)
Twine or Ribbon (In a variety of colours)
Antennae iron wire

Hammer holes into the sides of the tin cans (not the glass). With the tin cans you can run the twine or ribbon through each hole and knot inside, if using a glass jar attach with glue. Take the wire and wrap it around the top of the tin can or glass jar and loop and twist the wire with another wire to make a handle. This is great for tabletops, hanging on doors and they make wonderful spring gifts for friends.

[Anja’s note:] A special gift of a Maying Basket or Garland as always appreciated! Whether you use real flowers, artificial ones, or dried, these are a great gift. You can also add a packet of cookies or other sweets. Of course, the tradition is that you hang them on the door, knock and run and hide!

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Silliness –“My car has this feature I guess is standard, because it was on my last car, too. It has a rotating gas tank. No matter what side of the pump I pull up to, it’s on the other side.” ~ Rita Rudner

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