Minus Tide at 8:37 AM of -1.2 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Josh Orkin.
[posting at 3pm] Rain gauge at noon on 4/17 – Trace. Overcast. On 4/18 – 04.in and pouring
Saturday night we left early, but ended up eating kinda late since the potpie took most of two hours to cook. It was delicious, though! I can recommend Good Mood Food in Seal Rock! We had brussels sprouts and buttered corn with it. We at least got a nap, getting to bed around 10pm. I mostly worked on clean-up, later, once Tempus was heading out on the paper route, sorting the fridge, that kind of thing…. I finally crawled into bed near 5am and stayed splatted until the alarm went off.
It took a few minutes to get moving, since Tempus wanted a change of clothing and I had a tote of food things to take with us. The Eckman outflow was really populated: several herons, a couple flocks of geese and a number of ducks in twos and threes….
We got the shop open, but Tempus wasn’t feeling so hot and spent quite awhile in the bathroom before doing coffee. He dozed most of the day. I did carrots in broth and a green brewet, which is a type of soup. We took pretty much everything home with us, since he wasn’t up to eating.
The shop wasn’t busy, but we did have a few people in who were kinda grateful to have a place to shop on easter!
I got my photos done there, after I got the 2nd potpie cooked and did the eggs for the brewet, but the phone battery conked out, so some of the photos that I really wanted I still don’t have. We brought the rainbow pickles, so I can do those here. I started feeling not-so-hot myself, during the night, and I’m not doing all that well, today, but I’m going to get this out and go lie down for a bit. I’m guessing this is some kind of stomach bug.
It was pouring when we got up and I got pretty wet checking the rain gauge and getting the bucket off of the tomatoes, but Tempus was dripping when we go into the shop. We’ve dried off, now, and I’m going to get this out and then start on tomorrow’s. That’s why the weather isn’t there, above.
Today’s plant is the tropical tree, the Rose Apple, Syzygium jambos – In ancient Sanskrit, the land now called India was referred to by the ancient Indians themselves as Jambudvipa, which means Rose-apple-land (jambud = rose apple; vipa = land). With its thick, leathery leaves and great span of branches, the Jambu Tree offers great shade and coolness against the sun. Stories tell that Lord Buddha sat in the shade of a Jambu Tree (the story is often told as a “Bodhi tree”), watching men plowing the land with oxen and meditating on the burdens we all must carry in this life. He was determined that he would either reach enlightenment or die where he sat. He finally saw his previous births and realized that people are born and reborn into different states according to their deeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_jambos Information on the Bodhi Tree, Ficus religiosa here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_tree
Today’s Feast is in honor of the date in 1938 when the super-hero, Superman, first appeared in Action Comics. He’s a cultural icon, probably one of the most recognizable. “Look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!” He’s gone through comic books, newspaper comics, radio shows, television (my childhood… flying on a table with a fan in front of him. <grin>) movies, etc. This is a good article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman The picture is George Reeves from the government film, “Stamp Day for Superman”. This is the Reeves who was the television actor, not Christopher Reeves who played Superman in the movies, and in a irony of fate, was paralyzed from the neck down in a riding accident and lived the rest of his life on life support.
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
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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/23 at 4:56am. .
Leo walks horizontally across the meridian these evenings. The Sickle of Leo (the Lion’s head, front, and forefoot Regulus), stands upright, with its open side to the right: a backward question mark. Its brightest stars are Regulus, the bottom of the Sickle’s handle, and Gamma Leonis (Algieba), above Regulus in the Sickle’s crook. About two and a half fists left of Regulus is Denebola, Leo’s tail-tip.
Stay up till about 1 a.m., look southeast, and you’ll find the waning gibbous Moon among the stars of the head of Scorpius. The brightest is Antares, a little to the Moon’s lower left. The Moon is very close to Delta Scorpii, the middle of the row of three head stars. And if you’re in the northeastern US or eastern Canada, the Moon occults Delta Sco very late tonight. You’ll need to use a scope at fairly high power to watch, because the star disappears in the Moon’s dazzling bright limb. Map and timetables for this event. (The first two letters in the Location column are the country abbreviation. The table has two parts: the long list of disappearance times and circumstances, then the same for the star’s reappearance.)
With the now-waning Moon appearing a bit later in the evening, use the time between when darkness falls and our satellite rises to enjoy 9th-magnitude NGC 3115 in Sextans. Known as the Spindle Galaxy — though not to be confused with M102, also called the Spindle Galaxy — NGC 3115 sits just over 3° east of 5th-magnitude Gamma (γ) Sextantis. If you’re not familiar with Sextans, you’re not alone — this small constellation has no named stars and only five luminaries that carry Greek designations. You’ll find it sandwiched between Leo and Hydra, south of Leo and north of the middle of the Water Snake’s back. NGC 3115, also listed as Caldwell 53, is bright enough to find with binoculars in a dark sky. But you’ll want a telescope to see a bit more detail, including its slightly oval central region and tapered ends. The galaxy stretches about 8.1′ by 2.8′ on the sky and contains the nearest billion-solar-mass supermassive black hole to Earth, at some 30 million light-years away.
Mars and Saturn glimmer to Venus’s upper right, in that order. They’re vastly fainter: almost identical at magnitudes +1.1 and +0.9. Mars, however, is more orange than pale yellow Saturn. Each morning they’re a little farther from Venus and from each other.
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fof Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – White
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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
M 18 High 1:49 AM 8.6 6:27 AM Set 7:34 AM 98
~ 18 Low 8:37 AM -1.2 8:05 PM Rise 10:59 PM
~ 18 High 2:57 PM 7.0
~ 18 Low 8:30 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fear is only temporary. Regrets last forever.
Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your strongest memory, as a child, of your parents and what were you all doing at the time?
~ Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home. – Mother Teresa
~ The question is not when we will die. The question is how we will live. – unknown
~ The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted. – Mother Teresa
~ A fight between several parties of the British people: Nothing of the kind! A fight between two or three big money combines, that and nothing else. Without the weight of money behind the party machines, in an electoral battle today determined purely by principle and by the number of active workers…British Union could fight and beat today the old parties over the whole electoral field. But you know and I know, the battle is nothing of the kind. The battle is between big money combines who spend a thousand pounds or more on every constituency they fight. Or when they speak democracy, they don’t mean government by the people…they mean financial democracy, in which money counts and nothing but money. – Sir Oswald Mosley, born on November 16, 1896, British politician principally known as the founder of the British Union of Fascists; from ‘Speech in Earls Court’, July 1939
The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks and gapes for drink again;
The plants suck in the earth, and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair. – Abraham Cowley (1618–1667)
Beltane Magick – Crafts
Laminated Window Hangings for Beltane
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Beltane cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of flowers, wreaths, Maypoles or other Beltane figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
May Pole Candles
You will need:
Lots of pretty ribbons
Tall white or green pillar candle
Gold or brass “Craft Bells”
Candle holder (stand)
Cut lengths of ribbon around 18 inches each, in pretty Springtime colors.(pastels)
Tie a craft bell to each end of ribbon (a tooth pick helps this process) Tie ribbons starting
at 3/4 way down the pillar candle, knot three times, don’t tie bows, you need lots of length on the ribbons. Tie as many as you like snaking your way up the candle, but leave at least 1/4 candle bare. Place in a candle stand that will raise the candle about 6 – 8 inches, so the ribbons can “drape” Swirl the bundle of ribbons so they face East, ready to greet the dawn on Beltane morn. Light candle and cheer the Spring time blessings to come. Keep a “safe” eye on candle & ribbons. By Barbara Morris
May Pole Centerpiece – You will need: 18″ wood dowel or thin branch, 6-9″ diameter flat round wooden plaque, small grapevine wreath, approx. 6-8″ diameter, decorated on both sides, 1 yard each of red and white ribbon, scissors, drill and a 1/4 drill bit, 1 1 1/4 length flattened wood screw, hot glue gun. Drill pilot holes completely through center of plaque and 1/2 deep into the bottom end of the dowel. Cross the ribbons and glue on top end of the dowel. Attach the dowel to the stand by screwing the screw through the plaque, and then into the bottom end of the dowel. Glue wreath on top of dowel by melting a medium dab of glue on top of the crossed ribbons and on the bottom of the wreath, then join the wreath to the top of the dowel. To make it more secure wait a few minutes and then glue around the edge of the wreath where it meets the dowel, filling in gaps. Braid the ribbons – one color going left and under the other color, which is moving right. Braid about 2 inches down the dowel and tack to the dowel with hot glue to keep in place. When set, tack the ends of the ribbons to the edge of the wood plaque with hot glue.
Silliness – Ukrainian Easter Egg