The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Krasna Praha. House Capuchin Project Day 1-4pm.
[posting at 8pm] Rain gauge at noon on 4/23 – Trace. Sunshine! 55F, wind at 2-7mph and gusting, AQI 13-43, UV6. Chance of rain 8% today and 55% tonight. BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT for sneaker waves through Sun. eve. Forecast Today and tomorrow(53/46) partly cloudy with AM showers on Mon. Tue(50/42) chance of showers, Wed/Thu(51/41) partly cloudy, Fri(53/42) chance of showers, Sat-Mon(55/44) mostly cloudy. 6 firespots.
Friday evening I took the time to do a casserole with ham, olive, onion and carrots. It was tasty, especially after Tempus added some more cheese to thicken it up. We went to bed as soon as possible, although it was about 9 when we turned out the lights. He made me a sandwich before he headed out on the paper route. I was glad it was dry, finally. He got back home at 9. I got a little mending done overnight, but only a little.
I pulled my camera out before we headed in to town. I’m still working through the pix. I had gotten some pea and lettuce seeds into the porch railing planters before getting into the car. I did a little writing when we opened and some research, which was mostly rabbit holes. We got really busy in the middle of the afternoon, probably 30 people through, which was a nice change. Sewing workshop was just me. I saw a couple of friends and then, just I started this, Aradian (Doug) walked through the door! We spend several hours talking, which is why this is late and a bit short. 🙂 Mostly we were catching up on the last several years. He moved to Portland about a decade ago.
Today is our different day. We’ll be working mostly on the sanding/refinishing project, but I’m hoping to get a little time in on my little dolls, too.
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Today’s Feast is a remembrance. The Armenian Genocide of over 1 1/2 million people began on this day in 1915. “…the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople to the region of Ankara, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.“ Excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide I don’t know why our species periodically does things like this, but that picture above breaks my heart. No Mom should have to sit by the bodies of her children who were killed for nothing other than greed or pride.
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 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.
The Moon begins its parade past the planets lined up in the morning sky by sliding 5° south of Saturn at 5 P.M. EDT today. Before sunrise, you can spot our satellite sitting nearly even with Saturn above the southeastern horizon, still some 9° to the planet’s right (southwest). Both are in Capricornus the Sea Goat, with magnitude 0.7 Saturn located nearly directly above 3rd-magnitude Deneb Algedi. Zoom in on Saturn with a telescope to spot the planet’s mighty ring system, currently tilted at nearly 13° to our line of sight. The planet’s disk stretches 16″ across and the rings slightly more than double that width. Saturn’s brightest moon, Titan, may also be visible through your scope, located about 43″ to the planet’s southwest this morning. Stretching out along the ecliptic to Saturn’s left (east) are Mars (magnitude 0.9), Venus (magnitude –4.1), Neptune (magnitude 7.8, requiring binoculars to spot), and Jupiter (magnitude –2.1). The Moon will continue along this line throughout the week, passing south of each planet in turn. Plus, keep an eye on Venus — it too will move swiftly each morning, meeting up with first Neptune this week, then Jupiter next week. More on those exciting conjunctions to come.
Look west-southwest as the stars come out. There’s Orion tilting down low in his spring orientation, with his belt horizontal. The belt points left toward Sirius and right toward Aldebaran and, farther on, the Pleiades. They’ll all soon set.
Look very high above Orion for Pollux and Castor, lined up roughly horizontally. They form the top of the huge Arch of Spring. Lower left of Pollux and Castor, Procyon forms the Arch’s left end. Look farther to the lower right from Pollux and Castor for 2nd-magnitude Menkalinan and then brilliant Capella, the Arch’s right end. The Arch is the eastern half of the even larger Winter Hexagon, the rest of which is getting low or setting.
Mercury is having its best evening apparition of the year right now. As dusk dims, look for it low in the west-northwest about 45 to 60 minutes after sunset. But watch as Mercury fades rapidly this week, from magnitude –0.5 on Friday the 22nd to +0.3 on the 29th. That means it loses half its light.
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 – Yellow
©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
Su 24 Low 1:46 AM 3.5 6:17 AM Rise 3:57 AM 47
~ 24 High 7:22 AM 6.7 8:12 PM Set 1:29 PM
~ 24 Low 2:35 PM 0.0
~ 24 High 9:27 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You never look good trying to make someone look bad.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why could you argue that tact is an important quality?
~ Duct tape is like the Force. It has a dark side, it has a light side, and it holds the Universe together. – Carl Zwanig
~ When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present, love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure, the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth. ~ Sarah Ban Brethnach
~ A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
~ Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it. – Shakti Gawain
The grass of spring covers the prairies,
The bean bursts noiselessly through the mould in the garden,
The delicate spear of the onion pierces upward,
The apple-buds cluster together on the apple-branches. –Walt Whitman (1819–92)
Beltane Magick – Recipes
MEDALLIONS OF PORK WITH RIESLING SAUCE http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
12 ounces Pork tenderloin, cut into 1″ rounds
4 Tablespoons Unsalted butter
1 Onion, thinly sliced
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup Dry Riesling wine
1/2 cup Raisins
3 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon Green peppercorns, ground
1/2 teaspoon thyme, minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano, minced
1/4 cup butter, chilled & cut into pieces
1/4 cup Pine nuts, toasted
Season pork with salt and pepper. Coat in flour; shake off excess. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl. Melt remaining 2 Tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and sauté about 4 minutes per side. Transfer pork to plate; tent with foil to keep warm. Add onion mixture, wine, green peppercorns and herbs to same skillet and boil until sauce thickens, about 4 minutes. Add pork to skillet and heat through. Divide pork among plates. Add 1/4 cup chilled butter to sauce in skillet and whisk just until melted. Mix in pine nuts. Spoon sauce over pork and serve.
Beltane Barley Casserole – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups barley
- 2 chopped onions
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- Melt butter in a skillet and sauté the barley, stirring frequently until golden.
- Turn into a greased 3 quart casserole.
- Stir in the mushrooms, onions and peas.
- Add 3 cups of the chicken broth.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour.
- Stir in the pine nuts and the remaining cup of broth.
- Cover and bake for another 1-1/2 hours.
This must be 10-12 servings as a side dish.
Beltane Chicken – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Makes 4 servings. If you and your beloved can’t eat that much, just freeze the leftovers for later.
©2001 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey, From Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn – www.SpilledCandy.com
In ancient times, Beltane was celebrated as a time of love, fertility, and passion. The ingredients in this special dish all have magickal meanings related to lust, love, and prosperity/fertility. Treat yourself as part of the ancient celebration or any time you and your soulmate want to celebrate your life together.
1 minced clove of garlic
2 cups of fresh spinach
1 cup of cooked rice
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet
2 boneless chicken breasts
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon corn starch
2 tablespoons water
- Cook 1 minced clove of garlic in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute at you repeat the name of your beloved.
- Next, add 2 cups of fresh spinach and cook for 3 minutes while you name as many as possible of the traits you admire in your beloved.
- Strain any water from the spinach, just as you would want any ill thoughts about your relationship removed from your celebration meal.
- In a wooden bowl, combine the spinach and garlic with 1 cup of cooked rice, 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
- Using 2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet, flatten 2 boneless chicken breasts, pounding out any negative feelings you might otherwise bring to the table.
- Spread the spinach mixture on each chicken breast, then roll up each carefully, using toothpicks to make sure the filling is secure in each roll.
- Then place the chicken rolls in a large skillet and cook on medium-high.
- As the chicken cooks, add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer for 15 minutes while you set your table with your best china and light red candles.
- Back at your kitchen workings, mix 1 tablespoon corn starch and 2 tablespoons water and stir as you wish your secret wish for the evening — whether a commitment, a kiss, or a baby!
- Next add the cornstarch and water to the skillet and cook as the sauce thickens and the seeds of your wishes are planted.
- Last, when you are ready to serve this dish, take a sharp, clean knife and douse the blade under cool running water.
- Then slice the chicken rolls into 1-inch thick slices and spoon sauce on top.
- Look closely at the chicken slices and note the spiral patterns, a symbol of rebirth.
- Now hurry before your candles burn low!
(From Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn C2001 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey. Visit www.SpilledCandy.com for more free ebooks and magickal tips and crafts. You may freely copy, distribute, or post it to members of your circle, organization, newsletter subscribers, and/or web site with only two rules: You must print the notice at the bottom of each recipe whether you reprint the recipes individually or the entire book. The recipes have been copyrighted; therefore, the notice must stay intact. Failure to do so will be considered a violation of copyright law (not to mention karma). You must not accept any payment for use of the recipes in this book or include them in a collection for sale without obtaining express written permission from Spilled Candy Books, P O Box 5202, Niceville FL 32578.)
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – garmites (GAR mitz) – n. Those items of clothing that fit perfectly in the store, but somehow shrink on the way home.