The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Anja .
[posting at 2am] Rain gauge at noon on 4.26 – 0.1 There’ve been beautiful cloud masses all day. I was just tired enough to spend quite a bit of time at various points just sitting and watching and enjoying. Early on, there were a lot of sunbreaks. By late in the afternoon it was still bright, but no sunshine. 46F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 6-43, UV6. Chance of rain 18% today and 24% tonight. Forecast – Today(52/42) partly cloudy. Tomorrow(50/45) showers. Fri(55/48) up to 3/4 inch of rain starting mid-day, Sat(53/43) showers, Sun(54/45) clouds, Mon(51/43) small chance of AM showers, Tue/Wed(56/45) partly cloudy, Thu/Fri(53/45) showers. 1 firespot.
Monday evening was a forget-supper-drop-into-bed night. I didn’t even have the oomph to do much other than read all night. I woke at 5 because the rain was so loud! …and went right back to sleep, thankfully. Tempus got in late because he had some stuff to do at the shop and then he had to work on the house plumbing for a bit before he crawled in.
I was up at noon, yawning, but I managed to get my eyes pried open and then started on a soup. I had harvested some leeks and lovage Monday evening before walking into the house. I had a lot of scrubbing to do since they were mud-splashed, but I finally got them into the pot with some potatoes and onion and spice. After Tempus woke up…. 3:30-ish… he did coffee and I got some eggs poached in the broth. When they were cooked I added some sour cream and cream and some blue cheese crumbles and we had a tasty meal. We have at least two more meals from it, although we need more eggs.
At that point we got ourselves together and headed for the shop. I got the goosefoot seeds into the big pot while I waited for Tempus. He got the one fig tree pot out of the deep saucer and into a better one. I sat at the computer right away, but it took over 1/2 an hour to get everything together and check in to my meeting. I keep forgetting about the “join event” button that Facebook has put in. It was good to see people, but the info wasn’t much new. Ah, well…
I only saw 1/2 the meeting because there was a tap on the door and it was Brandon! I had seen that he was going to be in the area, but didn’t get my hopes up. We’ve been trying to get together for 4 years! Well, he’s in good shape, thinking about moving back to WA in a year or so. We had a good chat, but his friends were getting restless so he took off and I went back to the meeting.
Tempus headed out around 9. We talked about me going with him, but he didn’t want to spend the gas to come back in between the two routes and I can’t do the whole thing. I got a nap, then pulled out the tablet for a bit to get some books downloaded, then came back up front to get this out. I’m going to be working on the cookbook tonight, hoping to get it most of the way, at least the big chunks.
Today we’ll sleep in. He’s definitely going to need it, and nights when I’m at the shop, I don’t get a lot of sleep. If anyone shows up I’ll be working in the garden at 3pm. If Tempus got me some potting soil, that’s what I’ll be doing, otherwise I have some stuff to sort, pots to tuck away and a pad to sweep, so that it stops trying to grow grass.
There won’t be a newsletter for Thursday, so I’ve added some extra info in today’s.
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. –Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining –Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it, then rinse well. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythology and more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Robigalia, held in ancient Rome on 4/25, was a sacrifice of a dog to prevent a particular type of wheat-rust mildew from occurring in the new grain crops. It also included chariot races, a communal meal and other typical observances. Robigus was the personification of the mildew, so needed to be sacrificed to, although dogs were usually sacred to the underground/afterlife deities, such as Hecate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robigalia
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 4/29 at 4:28am.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27
The Moon passes 4° south of Jupiter at 4 A.M. EDT. Catch them an hour before sunrise, when bright magnitude –2.1 Jupiter is 5° high and the delicate waning crescent Moon is just 2° above the horizon, now sitting to the giant planet’s southeast. But the real show is just west of Jupiter, where magnitude –4.1 Venus can’t be missed. Even though Earth’s sister planet is a bright morning star, pull out your binoculars or telescope because distant Neptune, glowing a faint magnitude 7.8, sits just 25′ to Venus’ east. That means you can spot both planets, near and far, in a single binocular or even telescopic field of view. Compare and contrast the two — they couldn’t look more different. Blazingly yellow-white Venus’ disk is 17″ across and 66 percent lit. Meanwhile, Neptune appears as a full but tiny, “flat” blue-gray disk just 2″ wide. In reality, Neptune is 4 times wider than Venus — and nearly 42 times farther from the Sun! You can follow the pair into bright twilight as Neptune eventually drops out of view. Make sure to put away your binoculars or telescope at least several minutes before the Sun is set to rise from your location (which may be a different time than the one listed below). Venus will pass 0.007° (25′) directly south of Neptune later today at 3 P.M. EDT.
Arcturus is climbing high in the east, brilliant at magnitude zero and pale yellow-orange. Next, turn around to the northwest. Descending there is equally bright Capella. They stand at exactly the same height above your horizon in late twilight as the stars are coming out, 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.
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. 1
THURSDAY, APRIL 28
The Lyrid meteor shower should be active late tonight and late tomorrow might, though the shower’s timing is less than ideal for North America. Best times to try watching are from about 11 p.m. until moonrise both nights, writes Bob King in Celebrate Spring with the Lyrids.
Asteroid 10 Hygiea reaches opposition at 11 P.M. EDT, meaning it’s up all night, ready to observe. Plus, with no Moon in the nighttime sky, your prospects are good for catching this 10th-magnitude main-belt world, currently sitting near the southeastern corner of Virgo. Wait at least two hours after sunset, then start your search by finding an easy target: 1st-magnitude Spica, Virgo’s well-known alpha star. You’ll see it shining brightly above the southeastern horizon. Hygiea lies 15° southeast of this star; you can alternatively find Hygiea by dropping about 9.2° south-southeast of 4th-magnitude Kappa (κ) Virginis. You’ll likely want a small (3- to 4-inch scope) to easily spot it, though observers with binoculars 50mm or larger should find it within reach as well. Hygiea takes just over five and a half years to orbit the Sun and is the fourth-largest body in the main belt, coming in after (in order) 1 Ceres, 4 Vesta, and 2 Pallas. Some studies even estimate this nearly spherical world contains up to 3 percent of the entire mass in the main belt.
Neptune is in the background of Venus and Jupiter, but at magnitude 7.9 it’s unobservable in the dawn glow.
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 Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – White/Purple
Planting 4/25-7, Harvest 4/28&9
©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
W 27 Low 5:14 AM 1.2 6:12 AM Rise 5:12 AM 17
~ 27 High 11:03 AM 6.6 8:16 PM Set 5:06 PM
~ 27 Low 5:18 PM 0.6
~ 27 High 11:35 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – SHOES: If they feel good they’re ugly, if they look good they hurt.
Journal Prompt – I wish… – I wish I had never……
~ If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character…Would you slow down? Or speed up? ~ Chuck Palahniuk
~ Character is a long-standing habit. – Plutarch
~ From a fallen tree, all make kindling. – Spanish Proverb
~ Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself. – Lunar Rainbow
Whan that April with his showres soote (that is, sweet)
The droughte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veine in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flowr; – Chaucer; Canterbury Tales (ll. 1-4), modernized for The Norton Anthology of English Literature
Beltane Magick – Ritual Pieces
Dance before the Bonfire (Beltane) – Ashley Ravenwood, finished 3/8/97
Another summer stretches before us,
fertile and heady
The faeries are out to play
dancing along with everything and everyone else
Dance before the bonfire
and celebrate the brimming fertility
of another year
Let it spill over
and crackle into the fire
Let us be blessed
and let our fruits ripen and be harvested
(not wither and die
nor rot forgotten)
Let us drink thirstily of the nectar of the gods
and feast hungrily upon food, love, and kindness
Let us also feed our wants and desires today
happily and carefree
Let us celebrate the miracle that is existence
and marvel at the wonder that is life:
remembering that the smallest acorn
can become the tallest tree
Let us dance
Dance before the bonfire
Dance around the maypole
Dance together, laughing
Dance through life and death and life again
Dance under the budding trees and around the blooming wildflowers, dancing in the wind
Dance as fawns and baby birds and newborn stars all watch, dancing
Dance as the gods smile down upon us, dancing too
Dance before the bonfire!
Invocation – from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we’re upward bound.
Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.
Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.
Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.
Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.
In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don’t be afraid to get inspired.
Silliness – Older ladies