4/19 Minus Tide at 9:24 AM of -1.2 feet. 4/20Minus Tide at 10:15 AM of -1.2 feet. The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 4/18 – 0/4in. It’s been pouring rain. I’m watching it splatting into a puddle in the shop parking lot, as it’s done since we got here! 44F, wind at 0-7mph and gusting, AQI 14-45, UV4. Chance of rain 97% today and 73% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 1am Wed to 5am Thurs. Forecast Today(50/44) More rain, chance is highest before mid-day, and maybe even thunder, slacking off after lunchtime to start climbing tomorrow(51/44) with more rain all day, accumulation of 1 1/5 inches over the two days, Thu(51/42) rain, 1/4 inch. Fri(53/42) dried with scattered thunderstorms, Sat – Wed(55/42) mostly cloudy, warm on Sun, showers on Tues.
I’m not sure if I said in yesterday’s newsletter, but the Lint Slough was crowded on Sunday evening. It was mostly seagulls, but several herons and about 10 egrets were all competing for space. The Eckman outflow was pretty populated in the morning (Monday) on the way into town. Lots of geese again, a bunch of duck butts <grin> and a lone heron in the little “tongue” between the church and the highway, all hunched into himself, looking rather chilly.
Once we were at the shop I started writing and Tempus ran around doing things that hadn’t happened yesterday. He went down to the business center since we’re still out of ink to print a letter to Laura. …and they’re closed…. I kept writing. I felt like …. well, I don’t want to tell you what I felt like since it’s not polite, but my head felt full of cotton wool and I just couldn’t think. I had trouble even typing. Spell-check is a lovely thing.
Evening… well, I’m going to sleep and hope this goes away…. Today, though…. we had a lot of chores to do. Hopefully Tempus won’t sleep all day, so we can get to them. There won’t be a Wednesday newsletter. I’ll add some of that stuff to today’s.
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Today is Primrose Day in the UK in honor of Benjamin Disrali. He was a favorite of Queen Victoria and very much a conservative. After his death a Primrose League was founded to keep his principles and aims going. Why Primrose? These were his favorite flower. Victoria sent a wreath of them to his funeral and every year on this date his statue and grave are decorated with them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primrose_Day
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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. 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.
TUESDAY, APRIL 19
Four bright planets (and one faint one) outline the ecliptic in the early-morning sky. An hour before sunrise, Jupiter (magnitude –2.1) is just over 2° high in the east and climbing. Nearby is the dimmest world in the lineup: magnitude 7.8 Neptune, which you’ll need some help to pick up. Look for the most distant planet in our solar system just less than 1.5° to Jupiter’s upper right (west). You can use binoculars or any small telescope to capture the ice giant within the same field of view as stunning Jupiter, the latter of which should show off some excellent detail. Can you see the huge planet’s alternating light and dark cloud bands? Its four largest moons are also visible: Callisto (farthest) and Io to its east, and Europa and Ganymede (farthest) to the west. Just 10.5° west of Jupiter (again, to its upper right in the sky) is Venus, impossible to miss at magnitude –4.2. Turn that telescope on Earth’s sister world and you’ll see that its disk is 63 percent lit. Farther west along the ecliptic is 1st-magnitude Mars, about 12° from Venus. And finally, capping off the predawn planetary display, magnitude 0.7 Saturn sits 9.5° west of Mars, just above 3rd-magnitude Deneb Algedi in the sky. Saturn’s disk spans 16″ and its rings more than double that width, stretching about 37″ across. The gas giant’s largest, brightest moon, Titan, may also be visible. It’s currently sitting about 2.5′ due east of the ringed planet.
In mid-April, the two Dog Stars stand vertically aligned in mid-twilight. Look southwest. Brilliant Sirius in Canis Major is below. Procyon in Canis Minor stands above it by 25°, two or three fists at arm’s length.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth in its orbit around our planet, at 11:13 A.M. EDT. At that time, it will sit 226,890 miles (365,144 kilometers) away.
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.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20
Arcturus is climbing high in the east, brilliant at magnitude zero and pale yellow-orange. Turn around to the northwest. Descending there is equally bright Capella. They stand at exactly the same height above your horizon at some moment between about 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. daylight-saving time, depending on both your latitude and longitude. 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.
Look southwest after sunset and you’ll see Sirius, the blazingly bright nose of Canis Major. East of this bright luminary (upper left on the sky) is the open cluster M46 in Puppis, our target for tonight. This young grouping of stars shines at 6th magnitude — just visible to the naked eye under ideal conditions, but you’ll want binoculars or, better yet, a telescope to get a good look. M46 spans nearly half a degree on the sky and is composed of stars that are just 300 million years old. Through binoculars, it may look more like a hazy, amorphous glow, while a telescope will show many individual stars. But in the cluster’s northern regions is a strange sight: a small, ringlike planetary nebula. This seems odd at first, as planetary nebulae are old, dying stars, and open clusters like M46 are young. But there’s a trick of cosmic perspective going on, here: The nebula isn’t part of M46 at all, but simply lies along the same line of sight to the cluster from Earth. Over time, their paths will diverge and the two will no longer appear in the same field of view. So, consider yourself lucky to be alive at this particular cosmic epoch! Although you might just be able to make out the interloping 10th-magnitude nebula with binoculars, your best bet is to try spotting it with a larger telescope or by taking a photograph. Truthfully, this isn’t the best time to try to see the nebula with only binoculars, as it is setting in a still-darkening sky. Come back in the dead of winter to catch it rising in a far darker sky for the best prospects.
Before the first light of dawn on Wednesday the 20th, the waning gibbous Moon shines between the Sagittarius Teapot to its left and the stars of upper Scorpius to its right: a preview of summer evenings.
Uranus is lost in the sunset.
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 of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – Red/Brown
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Tu 19 High 2:25 AM 8.7 6:25 AM Set 8:09 AM 94
~ 19 Low 9:24 AM -1.2 8:06 PM
~ 19 High 3:50 PM 6.7
~ 19 Low 9:12 PM 2.5
Minus Tide at 9:24 AM of -1.2 feet.
W 20 High 3:06 AM 8.6 6:23 AM Rise 12:18 AM 88
~ 20 Low 10:15 AM -1.2 8:07 PM Set 8:55 AM
~ 20 High 4:50 PM 6.4
~ 20 Low 10:00 PM 3.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Things will get better!
Journal Prompt – 19 Describe – Describe the perfect vacation.
20 Current Affairs – List the things or people that make you sad or make you feel bad.
19 ~ Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back. Oscar Wilde
~ You can’t be successful until you step through your fears to create what you’ve dreamed. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ I follow the religion of Love; whatever way Love’s camels take, that is my religion and my faith. – Ibn al-‘Arabi
~ I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I do not feel it. I believe in God even when He is silent. -Scrawled on a wall where Jews had hidden in WW II
This is the time we dock the night
Of a whole hour of candlelight;
When song of linnet and thrush is heard—
And love stirs in the heart of a bird. – –Katharine Tynan (1861–1931)
20 ~ Fortune is the word used by those who work the plan, while luck is the word used by those planning to work. – K C Anton
~ The core value that motivates a true revolution is love; love for peace, justice, freedom and higher values, love for humanity, and the love for the well-being of all existence. When forces threaten this well-being, the lover is motivated to act in the interest of the beloved. – Roozbeh Bahramali
~ Be your own self. Love what YOU love. – Ray Bradbury
~ My life changed for the better the day I realized that when I gossiped, it ultimately hurt me much more than it hurt the person about whom I gossiped. – Bob Burg
Let it rain in April and May for me,
And all the rest of the year for thee. – proverb
Beltane Magick – Ritual pieces
May Day Chant 1 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Here we come a’ piping,
In Springtime and in May;
Green fruit a’ ripening,
And Winter fled away.
The Queen she sits upon the strand,
Fair as lily, white as wand;
Seven billows on the sea,
Horses riding fast and free,
And bells beyond the sand. – Doreen Valiente; “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”; Phoenix Publishing 1985
Maypole Dance Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Ann O’Brien 1995 – Source: http://www.earthspirit.com/mtongue/chtlib/chtlifr.html
Weave, spin, dance your cares away,
A spirit fire’s alive to your entrancing,
Weave, spin, dance into the May,
The earth and sky are wed as you are dancing,
May Day Chant 2 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The High Priestess and High Priest lead a ring dance around the bonfire. Start out with “A Tree Song” from Rudyard Kipling’s “Weland’s Sword” story in “Puck of Pook’s Hill”.
“Oh, do not tell the Priest of our Art,
Or he would call it sin;
But we shall be out in the woods all night,
A conjuring summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth
For women, cattle and corn
Now is the sun come up from the South
With Oak, and Ash and Thorn!” – Janet and Stewart Farrar; “Eight Sabbats For Witches”; Robert Hale 1983
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – Flushmania – When you go into a public restroom, and the whole place STINKS to high heaven, you flush ALL the toilets before doing what YOU have to do. (Related to Flushamnesia – When you forget to flush the toilet in a public restroom.)
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