First Minus Tide of the cycle at 7:12 AM of -0.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.
[posting at 7pm] Rain gauge at noon on 4/15 – 0.1in. Sunshine is streaming through the shop windows and warming the place up. It’s been coming and going, but the clouds up there are white and puffy, not rain clouds. 50F, wind at1-6mph and gusting into the upper teens, AQI 7-43, UV5. Chance of rain 46% today and 6% tonight. Forecast – Today (48/38) chance of morning showers, Tomorrow(53/45) Clouds, rain rolling in very late, Mon(49/42) rain, over and inch, Tue(50/44) rain easing off later 1/3 in., Wed(52/45) good chance of rain from afternoon on 4/5 inch, Thu(51/44)small chance of showers up to 1/3 in., Fri(52/44) AM showers, Sat(54/44) mostly cloudy, Sun(54/44) Small chance of AM showers. 1firespots.
I walked into the house Thursday evening, changed and fell into bed and didn’t wake until midnight! By then it was far too cold in the house to work (into the 40’s) and I didn’t want to run the furnace, even though the space heaters weren’t cutting it in the main room. The bedroom was cozy enough once it had run for awhile, so I took the table and book back there to work. I did a little writing, which is slow on the tablet (I touch-type on a keyboard, still over 120wpm) so it was more outline, than writing, with the occasional phrase. Around 3 I got sleepy and slept again until 6, but at that point I was wide awake for a few hours and mostly read until about 8:30, although I did set up for tonight’s’ esbat work.
Tempus got in somewhere mid-morning and snuggled up. I was back up around noon. I may have heard the alarm, but I woke, in any case. By then the sun had warmed the house enough that the space heater helped. I opened the blind outside my easy-chair window and reveled in blue sky and white puffies! I managed to get the newspaper read and my eyes focusing and by then it was time to dress and head into town.
The trees are covered with new leaves. Most of the blossoms on the fruit trees are gone from the hail, but camelias, rhodys and azaleas (well, they’re a shrub) are starting to hit their stride. I spent a fair amount of time (while I was not watching the string ball that I was winding!) gazing at the reflections on the river and then the bay from the blue sky/white cloud. The reflections are such *rich* colors! Saturated, I guess I mean…. and each inlet was the loveliest blue!
The shop wasn’t busy today, but we had a couple of people in who needed to talk. I was mostly writing, but spent a little while on plants. I’m not sure what Tempus was up to, but he made me cheese toast for breakfast and a delicious tuna salad sandwich for lunch. ….and Stella stopped by right at the end of the day.
I have a bread pudding (that I’ve been trying to do for a week!) to set up and bake tonight, and tomorrow we’re picking up a couple of pies from the place in Seal Rock for our Easter dinner. Yes, the shop will be open on Sunday, as well as today and Monday.
Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Sewing Workshop is at 3pm. I’m hoping that I have space to cut out some small projects.
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The Battle of Megiddo was in the 15th century BCE on this date. It was part of a military campaign by Thutmose III to crush a rebellion in Canaan in the 15th century BCE. This is the oldest battle recorded in enough detail to make it “official”. There was a later battle, the one from which we get the word “armageddon” from, where the King of Judah tried to ambush the Egyptian army as they were heading off to fight the Babylonians and got himself killed. This battle is listed in the Bible and several other sources. Armageddon, (comes from Har Megiddo, Megiddo hill), the “last battle” of Christian eschatology, is supposed to take place here, or maybe not…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon
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. 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 11:55am. 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 4.30 at 1:28pm.
Full Moon (exactly full at 11:55 a.m. PDT). At nightfall, the Moon is in the dim feet of Virgo. April’s Full Moon is traditionally known as the Pink Moon, and this year it is also the Paschal Moon — the first Full Moon after the vernal equinox. Tonight, the Moon sits in Virgo, near its brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. Spica shines about 9° to its upper right (nearly a fist at arm’s length), perhaps struggling to be seen through the moonlight. Brighter Arcturus is some 30° to the Moon’s upper left.
With a Full Moon in the sky, most other objects aren’t worth observing. So, let’s focus on the bright Moon, whose rugged terrain comes to life even under low magnification. Notice the dark, ancient lava-filled seas that spread across much of our satellite’s nearside. These darker regions are younger than the brighter, more cratered highlands, which spread across the lunar south. Dominating this region is the large crater Tycho, whose rays of ejecta — material thrown out by the impact that formed it — spread far and wide. Next, move to the lunar northwest (east on the sky), where you’ll find the crater Plato. Look deep within its walls and see how many smaller pockmarks, called craterlets, you can count on its broad, dark floor.
Mercury, after last week’s conjunction with the Sun, creeps up into the low afterglow of sunset late this week. By about Thursday the 14th, look for it low above the west-northwest horizon 30 or 40 minutes after sunset. At least it’s bright, magnitude –1.2 that evening. Binoculars will help, and with binoculars you may start to pick it up a few days earlier.
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 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
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 16 High 12:44 AM 7.9 6:30 AM Set 6:41 AM 98
~ 16 Low 7:12 AM -0.1 8:02 PM Rise 8:19 PM
~ 16 High 1:18 PM 7.3
~ 16 Low 7:14 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Every dawn is a gift, wrapped in ribbons of color for you!
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. — Eleanor Roosevelt
~ I’m an optimist, but I’m an optimist that carries a raincoat. – Harold Wilson
~ A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at. – Oscar Wilde
~ It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. – Eleanor Roosevelt
~ Don’t like your life path? Grab the tiller and steer. You’re the captain of your ship. – Kerr Cuhulain
WINTER is past; the heart of Nature warms
Beneath the wrecks of unresisted storms;
Doubtful at first, suspected more than seen,
The southern slopes are fringed with tender green;
On sheltered banks, beneath the dripping eaves,
Spring’s earliest nurslings spread their glowing leaves,
Bright with the hues from wider pictures won,
White, azure, golden,–drift, or sky, or sun,–
The snowdrop, bearing on her patient breast
The frozen trophy torn from Winter’s crest;
The violet, gazing on the arch of blue
Till her own iris wears its deepened hue;
The spendthrift crocus, bursting through the mould
Naked and shivering with his cup of gold.
Swelled with new life, the darkening elm on high
Prints her thick buds against the spotted sky
On all her boughs the stately chestnut cleaves
The gummy shroud that wraps her embryo leaves;
The house-fly, stealing from his narrow grave,
Drugged with the opiate that November gave,
Beats with faint wing against the sunny pane,
Or crawls, tenacious, o’er its lucid plain;
From shaded chinks of lichen-crusted walls,
In languid curves, the gliding serpent crawls;
The bog’s green harper, thawing from his sleep,
Twangs a hoarse note and tries a shortened leap;
On floating rails that face the softening noons
The still shy turtles range their dark platoons,
Or, toiling aimless o’er the mellowing fields,
Trail through the grass their tessellated shields.
At last young April, ever frail and fair,
Wooed by her playmate with the golden hair,
Chased to the margin of receding floods
O’er the soft meadows starred with opening buds,
In tears and blushes sighs herself away,
And hides her cheek beneath the flowers of May.
Then the proud tulip lights her beacon blaze,
Her clustering curls the hyacinth displays;
O’er her tall blades the crested fleur-de-lis,
Like blue-eyed Pallas, towers erect and free;
With yellower flames the lengthened sunshine glows,
And love lays bare the passion-breathing rose;
Queen of the lake, along its reedy verge
The rival lily hastens to emerge,
Her snowy shoulders glistening as she strips,
Till morn is sultan of her parted lips.
Then bursts the song from every leafy glade,
The yielding season’s bridal serenade;
Then flash the wings returning Summer calls
Through the deep arches of her forest halls,–
The bluebird, breathing from his azure plumes
The fragrance borrowed where the myrtle blooms;
The thrush, poor wanderer, dropping meekly down,
Clad in his remnant of autumnal brown;
The oriole, drifting like a flake of fire
Rent by a whirlwind from a blazing spire.
The robin, jerking his spasmodic throat,
Repeats, imperious, his staccato note;
The crack-brained bobolink courts his crazy mate,
Poised on a bulrush tipsy with his weight;
Nay, in his cage the lone canary sings,
Feels the soft air, and spreads his idle wings.
Why dream I here within these caging walls,
Deaf to her voice, while blooming Nature calls;
Peering and gazing with insatiate looks
Through blinding lenses, or in wearying books?
Off, gloomy spectres of the shrivelled past!
Fly with the leaves that fill the autumn blast
Ye imps of Science, whose relentless chains
Lock the warm tides within these living veins,
Close your dim cavern, while its captive strays
Dazzled and giddy in the morning’s blaze!
Beltane Magick – Recipes
Anjas Radish and Cheese Spread Recipe – usually makes two, 1 cup jars
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 1 cup radishes (measure after chopping)
- 1 Tbsp. chives
- Salt to taste
- In a food processor….Process radishes until the largest piece is no more than 1/8 inch thick by ½ inch long
- Add butter and cheese. Mix
- Add chives (etc.) and salt and process.
- Fridge for 24 hours
- Serve on various bread or crackers, or even eat with a spoon with salad!
Cottage Cheese and Wild Rice Casserole – Serves 6 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Marilyn Helton, who writes our regular Diabetic Dining on Fabulous Foods column, adapted this recipe from the Wild Rice For All Seasons Cookbook
- small onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons 30% calorie-reduced margarine
- 3 cups cooked wild rice, about 2/3 cup uncooked
- 1 carton (12 oz.) lowfat cottage cheese
- 1 carton (8oz.) light sour cream
- 1/4 cup 2% milk
- dash or two of Tabasco® sauce
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Sauté the onion in margarine in a skillet and toss the cooked rice with this.
- In a mixing bowl, blend the cottage cheese with the sour cream, milk, Tabasco® sauce and seasoned salt.
- Stir this into the rice and turn into a lightly vegetable spray-coated 1-1/2 qt. casserole.
- Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350°F degrees about 25 minutes.
Mint and Yogurt Refresher – makes 4 6oz. servings – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 1 whole English cucumber
- 24 oz plain yogurt (regular or fat free)*
- 1 tsp. green onion, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
- 1 tsp. fresh mint (either Ginger Mint or Spearmint), finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- 1 dash pepper
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. lemon peel, grated
- 4 tsp. lemon juice
- Fresh mint sprigs
- Nasturtium leaves
- Put all of the ingredients in a blender.
- Puree until smooth.
- Adjust salt, and refrigerate until well chilled.
- Garnish with the fresh mint sprigs, and sprinkle with freshly chopped nasturtium leaves for a dazzling presentation.
- Serve either as a first course for a light summer meal, or as an afternoon refresher served in frosted glasses.
- Use the regular, whole fat yogurt to give a creamier texture
http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – author unknown
Oatcakes are part of the Beltaine ceremony. Their roundness is symbolic of the life-giving sun whose return is marked by this festive sabbat. During Beltaine a huge bonfire is kept going all night long. Pieces of the cake are thrown into the fire as an offering to the protective deities.
Participate in this ancient custom by casting the oatcakes into an outside bonfire or even your fireplace. Begin by blessing these cakes. Say a prayer of gratitude, giving thanks to the Goddess and God for their abundance. Pass around the cake in a clockwise direction. Invite each of your guests to take a piece of the cake.
We are each a part of the joyous circle of love.
As we cast the bread into the fire,
we fuse together into the One Being,
That always was and always will be.
Recommend to your guests that they remember the joy in their hearts as they experience the gaiety of the season.
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1/3 cup (80 Milliliters) boiling water
- 3 cups (680 grams) Medium rolled Oats
- 1 Teaspoon Minced fresh sage
- 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt.
- Preheat the oven to 350*F (175*C).
- In a small pan, heat the shortening and water, until the shortening has melted.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Mix the oats, sage, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
- Mix the cooled liquid and the oat mixture, adding water, if necessary, to maintain a dough-like consistency.
- Pat the dough into a circle, about 8 inches (20 Centimeters) in diameter.
- Place on an un-greased baking sheet.
- Bake for about 40 minutes.
- Cut into 8 wedges, then leave to cool on a wire rack.
Silliness – Party Entertainment… <gack>?!?!!!
A lady is throwing a party for her granddaughter, and had gone all out….. a caterer, band, and a hired clown.
Just before the party started, two bums showed up looking for a handout. Feeling sorry for the bums, the woman told them that she would give them a meal if they would help chop some wood for her out back. Gratefully, they headed to the rear of the house.
The guests arrived, and all was going well with the children having a wonderful time. But the clown hadn’t shown up. After a half an hour, the clown finally called to report that he was stuck in traffic, and would probably not make the party at all.
The woman was very disappointed and unsuccessfully tried to entertain the children herself. She happened to look out the window and saw one of the bums doing cartwheels across the lawn. She watched in awe as he swung from tree branches, did midair flips, and leaped high in the air. She spoke to the other bum and said, “What your friend is doing is absolutely marvelous. I have never seen such a thing. Do you think your friend would consider repeating this performance for the children at the party? I would pay him $100!”
The other bum says, “Well, I dunno. Let me ask him. HEY WILLIE! FOR $100, WOULD YOU CHOP OFF ANOTHER TOE?”