Last Minus Tide of the Cycle at 1:25 PM of -0.2 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 4/22 – Trace. Bright sunshine! 61F, wind at 3-7mph and gusting, AQI 9-43, UV6. Chance of rain 8% today and 11% tonight. BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT for Sneaker waves from late Saturday through Sunday evening. Forecast – Today(54/11) Sunny afternoon, but chilly night, Tomorrow(54/47) the day will be dry, but there’s a chance of showers overnight into Mon(52/44), Tue-Thu(51/41) small chance of showers, Fri(53-42) dry during the day, Sat(55/45) partly cloudy, Sun(57/45) partly cloudy. 4 firespots.
We got some sad news after I got the newsletter out last night. Tempus went over to Laura’s to drop off a letter to her and found out that she had Crossed last Friday evening. She went out with the Moon.
Thursday evening I just went to bed when we got home, after getting one tomato into its pot. It was took dark for more. Tempus nabbed a sandwich and took off for the bulk route. The subscriber papers were late and he got in late in the morning. I had curled up with embroidery, a book and my tablet, but didn’t get much done overnight, other than getting some laundry put away.
We woke to glorious sunshine! It always seems so bright and clean after the dark winter. I took a few minutes getting more liquid into my system. I’m still a little dehydrated from being ill. After I got dressed I got the other tomato planted, got the cages installed, then added more radish and carrot seeds to those pots. By then Tempus was running in and out and I got another string ball done with the string from Thursday night on the way in to town.
The “blue slope” has candytuft blooming on it, now. That’s what I remember from this time last year as we were starting to spend time in our tiny home. There’s one of the wild rhody’s starting to bloom, too. It must be 30 feet up into that tree! There were geese around some of the ponds on the way in, lots of egrets in the Eckman outflow and Lint Slough, and one flying overhead.
Once we were at the shop we got started on the day. I had some writing to finish and Tempus took mail and a bank deposit. He picked up the forms from the DMV for his car, finally. We kept being told that Murphy was taking care of it, but apparently something glitched somewhere. Now that Happy Motors isn’t open, Tempus talked directly to the DMV, so we’ll see how that gets worked out.
We had a few people in shopping, one of whom assumed we were a thrift store and started trying to haggle immediately. <sigh> I’m *so* bad at haggling! That’s why I set my prices as low as I can and try to work out inexpensive versions of standard supplies.
I have to make a casserole for supper tonight. I hope we get out of here at a reasonable time for that. Tempus is fading, already!
This is a hypercube, also known as a tesseract. It is a 3-dimensional version of a 5-dimensional object. Each of those spaces is a cube, 90 degree angles like any cube, but distorted by perspective. If you were living inside this object the cubes would look normal & static , even if this was the way that they’re moving. You wouldn’t be able to tell!
Today is the English feast of St. George the Dragonslayer. He is related to Sigurd the Dragonslayer whose feast is June 9 in modern Asatru. Morris Dance is a feature of this festival. Both George and Sigurd are archetypal Heroes whose stories are the Divine Masculine end of Initiation & Quest tales. Morris Dances are a feature of this day in England, and flags with the St. George Cross. Roses have been part of this festival since the Middle Ages and books since 1923, which commemorate the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes near this date. More on the festival here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George%27s_Day , on St. George here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George , and on the tale here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George_and_the_Dragon
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has its glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same, Symplocarpus foetidus – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
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
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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 4/26 at 4:28am.
From Sunday through Wednesday mornings, the waning Moon passes under Saturn, Mars, and the Venus-Jupiter pair low in the southeast, as shown above.
Vega, the Summer Star, the zero-magnitude equal of Arcturus, twinkles low in the northeast after nightfall. . . depending on your latitude. The farther north you are the higher it will be. If you’re in the latitudes of the southern US, you’ll have to wait until a bit later after dark for it to appear.
High up above Vega, the Big Dipper is tipping over. The middle star of the Dipper’s handle is Mizar. A line from Mizar through its close little companion Alcor (binoculars help!) points the way down to Vega. Or to the place on the horizon where it will soon rise.
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 4:56 A.M. PDT. This lunar phase is characterized by early-morning rise times, meaning nighttime is now the perfect setting to view fainter, deep-sky objects. Today, though, your evening target is a bright magnitude –0.4: the planet Mercury. This month brings us the tiny planet’s best evening apparition of 2022, and it will reach greatest elongation from the Sun in just a few days. But first, tonight offers a unique chance to step back through time and view mercury as Giovanni Schiaparelli saw it 140 years ago. Schiaparelli began studying Mercury in 1882 and immediately saw what he believed was a giant figure 5 feature on the planet’s dark surface. Today, Mercury presents to us a nearly identical view to what Schiaparelli saw in early 1882. Start by locating Mercury, which stands nearly 20° above the western horizon at sunset. It’s the first bright spot that will appear after sunset, making it easy to find. The planet sets around 9:30 P.M. local time and the best views will come earlier rather than later, as twilight is fading and Mercury is higher above the turbulent air at the horizon. Zoom in on Mercury with any telescope and you’ll see the planet’s 6.8″-wide disk is 56 percent lit, as compared to the 7.0″-wide, 53-percent-lit planet Schiaparelli saw on Feb. 6, 1882. The longitude of Mercury’s central meridian tonight is 85°, compared with 86° in 1882. And if you have a larger telescope (6 to 10 inches), a look through the eyepiece will transport you squarely into Schiaparelli’s shoes, offering the same level of detail. Do you see the dark figure 5, or the bright spot of the crater Kuiper, which sits near the limb, just left of the 5?
Venus and Jupiter, magnitudes –4.2 and –2.1, respectively, are the two “Morning Stars” shining low in the east-southeast as dawn brightens. They’re closing in on each other fast. On the morning of April 23rd, Jupiter is 7° lower left of Venus. On the mornings of April 30th and May 1st, they’re ½° apart at the times of dawn for the Americas. Their actual conjunction happens around 19 hours UT April 30th, when the two planets will be ¼° apart. Around that time, they will be in dawn view for the western Pacific Rim.
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 – Brown
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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
Sa 23 Low 12:15 AM 3.6 6:19 AM Rise 3:20 AM 58
~ 23 High 6:00 AM 7.2 8:11 PM Set 12:13 PM
~ 23 Low 1:25 PM -0.2
~ 23 High 8:25 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Nothing worth having comes easy.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What was your major in college? How did you choose it?
~ Do your work, the best way you know how. Is there any other option? – Seth Godin
~ Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. – V Lombardi
~ What Is Love?… The Total Absence of Fear, said the master. What Is It We Fear?… Love, said the master. – Anthony de Mello (1931 – 1987) Jesuit Priest
~ How do you explain ‘counterclockwise’ to a child with a digital watch? – from Michael P.
O my heart now feels so cheerful as I go with footsteps light
In the daily toil of my dear home;
And I’ll tell you the secret that now makes my life so bright—
There’s a flower at my window in full bloom. – Lucian B. Watkins (1878–1920)
Beltane Magick – Spells
A Hand print “Come to Me” Spell – RAVEN DIGITALIS
Color of the Day – BLACK
Incense of the Day – PINE
- Acquire some ink or a natural dye with which you can make a handprint on a large piece of paper. I suggest mixing powdered turmeric root or beetroot with water, or research how to create natural coloring by utilizing different plant materials.
- Dip your right hand in the mixture and press it firmly to the middle of the paper. As you are doing so, imagine your projective energy entering the print with a superboost of power.
- After washing your hands, take a marker and write symbols and words that are aligned with your manifestations on the print. For example, you may draw dollar signs and smiley faces, or perhaps create your own symbols and sigils aimed at increasing abundance on numerous levels: mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
- Enchant this piece however you would like, ideally giving it at least one day of pure sunlight by placing it securely outside. You may wish to keep this piece as a magickal focal item, or you may wish to burn it in a sacred Beltane fire.
Thank the Fire – CHARLIE RAINBOW WOLF
Color of the Day – BROWN
Incense of the Day – HONEYSUCKLE
Beltane is traditionally a fire festival. Many times we offer gifts to the fire of things we want to banish from our lives, but have you ever thought about thanking the fire for taking all of that baggage from you? The principle is the same. Write down what you appreciate about the fire, or make it an offering of gratitude to burn. Cast your circle (if you use one), light your ritual fire, and let the gratitude commence.
Once when we did this ritual, we fed sparklers to the fire. Great fun was had by all. And in subsequent fire rituals, every now and again a sparkler that hadn’t burned during the first ritual would catch fire and blaze – a reminder that the element of fire does indeed have a memory.
Fire Mail to the Gods – KERRI CONNOR
Color of the Day – MAROON
Incense of the Day – GERANIUM
Beltane is all about energy! Whether it’s energy in love, energy in the ground and planted seeds, or energy in the balefire itself, energy is building and growing all around us at this time of year.
Harness the power of that energy by writing out a list of your requests to send on to the gods through fire. If you can’t build a fire, use a self-igniting charcoal tablet in a cauldron. Write up your list, and then toss some sacred herbs into the fire (or onto the tablet). Frankincense, myrrh, copal, or dragon’s blood, are all good choices. Allow the herbs to burn, and relish in their scent. Feel free to dance around or drum to build even more energy. Toss your list into the fire (or onto the tablet) and ask your deities to grant your wishes. End with a heartfelt and enthusiastic “so mote it be!”
Silliness – Klingon Kitty