The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Daniel Schoon.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 4/28 – 0.2 It’s been cloudy all day and right now it’s raining? When did that start? 54F, wind at 0-10mph and gusting, AQI 18-44, UV4. Chance of rain 97% today and 99% tonight. Forecast – Today(54/17) showers turning to rain in the afternoon. Tomorrow(53/42) showers, total accum. for Thu/Sat around 3/4 inch. Sun(56/45) mostly cloudy turning to rain overnight, Mon(50/45) rain should turn to just showers by sunrise. Tue/Wed(57/45) partly cloudy, Thu(53/44) showers, Fri/Sat(54/44) partly cloudy.
Wednesday morning we drove home around 10am, having collected up some things to work on at home. We went to sleep right away, but I was back up around 2pm, to get ready for Herbs in the Garden. It was just me, so I spent a couple of hours, in two blocks of time, mostly planting seeds and making labels. I managed to switch out a few of the plates under things and set some pots back upright. It must be cats knocking them down. I wish they’d go around instead of through!
I went back to bed for a nap, and when I woke near 6pm I got Tempus up, too. We had coffee and the some of the soup with buttered rolls and puttered at some chores…. Didn’t accomplish much, but we tried…. and then went back to bed! I didn’t have a lot of ambition during the night while Tempus was out on the paper route. I did a little paper sorting for a bit, then sorted out the books and such that have been accumulation in my cupboard and on the bed step, but that’s about all.
I was awake by 6 and still reading when Tempus got in around 9. He’d done the shopping that I asked for, so I have a bunch of cooking to do tonight. He’s so cute when he sleeps. He has a stocking cap that he pulls down over his eyes and a little blue bear, that usually lives in the stocking cap when he’s not wearing it that he sometimes tucks into his collar and sometimes just hangs onto. 🙂 …I just told him that I’m ratting him out. 🙂 He’s grinning…. 🙂
His alarm went off, but I didn’t come to consciousness for several minutes and by then the bedroom was still. I got my socks and got dressed and went out into the main room and…. still…. so I got my coat and shoes and hurried outside and…. no car! Tempus had gone up to the spring for water, so we didn’t have to after heading out for the shop. I finally realized what he was up to and got the packet of nasturtium seeds that he just bought. I had managed to leave my last packet in the pocket of one of my work dresses, so it went through the wash cycle and the dryer and they’re not germinating…. Well, so I have some new ones planted. I only have 3 left of the earlier planting because of the freeze.
So the drive in was nice. 5 egrets flying over the Eckman outflow and *lots* more rhodies in bloom. There are some more trees that are blooming, too, a couple of apples that I remember from last fall with fruit and the others are maybe plums? Too far off the road to have seen fruit last fall.
Once we were at the shop I put in a couple more hours on the cookbook. It’s getting there. We’ve had a few people in shopping, and one lady who came in to apologize for her meltdown last week. I told her that’s what I’m here for, no problems.
Tempus and I had a go-round on my prescriptions. I don’t have enough to get through the weekend and suddenly, even with lots of refills left, the pharmacy computer thinks they’re all expired. Computers is wonnerful, right? So had to call the doc’s office and leave messages on the computer system and call the pharmacy… and we still don’t know if I’ll have ’em….
I have cooking to do, some chicken and I promised Tempus potato salad if he would get the ingredients. We have the last of the soup for supper, although the eggs are gone, so I’m going to chop a little ham into it.
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that are starting to bloom right now, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hint of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is used for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1429 when Jeanne d’Arc was part of the lifting of the Siege of Orleans during one of the more important parts of the 100 Years War. This was a peasant girl who had a series of visions that led her to take the part of the Dauphin of France and to lead his armies to victory after victory over the English and Burgundian troops that were trying to take France! She cut her hair and wore male clothing as a practice to preserve her modesty and chastity in the task that she was undertaking, which was something that the Church would commonly grant dispensations for. She was captured and sold to the English, who violated legal and church practice to find an excuse to burn her to death as a heretic in 1431. She was finally canonized in 1920. Lots more here including links to some of the historical events: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc
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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the New on 4/30 at 1:28pm.
Venus-Jupiter conjunction. Set your alarm to get up and look low in the southeast about 60 to 45 minutes before your sunrise time. Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest objects after the Sun and Moon, are a spectacularly close ½° apart! On Sunday morning they’ll be only a trace farther apart, with Jupiter now to Venus’s upper right.
Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation (21°) from the Sun at 4 A.M. EDT. At sunset, the planet is still 20° high in the west and won’t set for nearly two hours. Through a telescope (make sure the Sun has fully set before pulling it out!), Mercury now spans 8″ and appears 36 percent lit, a considerably different view than earlier in the week. Give the scene an hour, though, and you’re in for a real treat because Mercury tonight sits close to two excellent bonus targets. The first is the most obvious: Mercury is less than 1.5° from the stunning Pleiades (M45). Shortly before 9 P.M. local time, the sky should be dark enough to make out this young cluster’s stars, glittering just north of Mercury’s magnitude 0.2 light. Both are easily visible with the naked eye, but binoculars or a wide-field scope (or even your telescope’s finder scope) will also capture the view.
The second target is trickier and you’ll need to be fast: Still-brightening Comet C/2021 O3 (PanSTARRS) has also been increasing its elongation from the Sun since last week. It now sits nearly 4.5° west-southwest of Mercury, roughly 4° high an hour after sunset. (The comet is nearly 10° high half an hour earlier, if you want to try your luck then.) PanSTARRS was last observed around magnitude 11; it has been slowly brightening and becoming easier to see as it hangs in the darkening sky longer after the Sun disappears. In addition to using Mercury as a signpost, try dropping straight down about 5° from the Pleiades toward the horizon to see if you can find PanSTARRS’ soft glow. 80mm binoculars or a small scope should net it, but it may take a bit of searching. The clearer your western horizon and the higher in altitude your observing site, the better.
Mars and Saturn glimmer to the upper right of Jupiter and Venus, in that order. They’re vastly fainter, identical now at magnitude +0.9. Mars, however, is more orange than pale yellow Saturn. Each morning they’re a little farther from Venus and from each other. The Venus-Mars-Saturn line is 25° long on the morning of April 23rd and 33° long by the 30th. The three stay about equally spaced 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 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.
Pluto Retrograde at 11:38am. (10/8)
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – Coral
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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
Th 28 Low 6:00 AM 0.6 6:11 AM Rise 5:32 AM 9
~ 28 High 11:58 AM 6.7 8:17 PM Set 6:14 PM
~ 28 Low 5:59 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Start each day with a grateful heart.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. — Aesop
~ Wilson’s ability to open himself up and receive signals both from within his own expanding neurology and from the broadcasts of scientists defines him as one of the key personalities of modern neurological philosophy. – Timothy Leary on Robert Anton Wilson
~ Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things. – Theodore Levitt
~ It’s going to be the most important political trial in the history of the United States. – Jay Miller, director of the Illinois Division of the American Civil Liberties Union, on the Trial of the Chicago Seven
~ There have been injuries and deaths in boxing, but none of them serious. – Alan Minter
April the Beautiful, with streaming eyes,
Weeps o’er the havoc that rude March has made. –John Askham (1825–94)
Beltane Magick – Recipes
IRISH SODA BREAD http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour — unbleached, enriched
1 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour — stone-ground
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1 1/4 cups Buttermilk
Set the baking rack in the center of the oven and place a baking stone (if available) on the rack. Preheat the oven to 375.
In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Mix to incorporate. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Mix quickly to incorporate the milk evenly. It may be easier to mix with the hands than with a spoon. Form the dough into a loaf shape and place in a nonstick 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″ loaf pan. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, until well browned and a skewer inserted in the center comes out dry. Remove from the oven and the baking pan. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Beltane Cake I – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup oats
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/3 cup unbleached white flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
- In a saucepan, heat milk with oats, butter and 1/2 tsp. sea salt.
- Cook until thickened.
- Let stand until room temperature.
- Mix in 2 cups brown sugar, 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla.
- Add the unbleached white flour, baking soda, tsp. cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
- Bake in a well-greased 9X13 pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes up clean.
- After cooling to room temperature cover tightly until serving.
- Top of cake may be decorated with powdered sugar.
Note – This cake is even better if baked the day before it is eaten.
1 gallon Water
4 pounds Honey
2 Sticks cinnamon
Juice & peel from one lemon
1 teaspoon Activated dry yeast
In a large nonreactive pot, add the next four ingredients to the gallon of water. Boil all together for 30 minutes, then strain into a crock that will hold it with a little room to spare. When cooled, add the yeast, dissolved in some of the liquid. Allow to ferment in a cool place – 55 degrees is ideal – until it ceases bubbling and the liquor clears, then bottle, cap tightly and store in a cool, dark cellar. It should not be used for at least a month, and longer is better. This meade, unlike many other drinks, does not improve with really long aging, so it should be consumed within a year of the time it was made.
Silliness – Shorties – What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t work?….. ……a stick….