Minus Tide at 8:32 AM of -0.8 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Melissa Hansen.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 5/1 – 0.2. I think this is mostly beach fog obscuring the sun, but it’s been shining off and on all day. 58F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI 14-37, UV6. Chance of rain 89% today and 47% tonight. GALE WARNING 2am-8pm today. Forecast – Today(50/45) rain (up to 1 inch) wind, (into th 20’s). Tomorrow(53/43), PM sun and dry, Wed(58/46) Some cloud, rain moving in late. Thu-Sun(52/45) Rain turning to showers, most of 2 1/2 inch accumulation, Mon/Tue(55/45) Mostly cloudy but dry.
Saturday evening’s clouds were really pretty. They were in layers of slate blue, golden puffs shining from the lowering sun and yellow-grey. We went to bed almost right away when we got home, since we ate at the shop. Before we did, I got several pieces of a succulent that had finished callusing into the “start pots”, while Tempus cleaned the narrow gutter above the door. It’s been dripping on us, so he decided that he would do something about it. He slopped on the handrail, though, and that was unpleasant in the morning.
Tempus slept right on through to 1am, although it took me awhile to doze off and then I was up well before he was. He headed out at about 1:15 because the Sunday papers usually take longer. I didn’t really get anything done, just caught up on some e-mails and read. ….which reminds me. I need to download some more books to the tablet… He didn’t get home until nearly 10am, I think, although I don’t know exactly what time. He wasn’t there by 9:15 and he was when the noon alarm went off. 🙂
We got ourselves together and headed for the shop. It’s the first day I’ve been able to work on a string ball since I fell, but I had to stop about 1/2-way though the drive. Hands are still nasty. The sky was lovely with a fair amount of blue, but rafts of regular white puffs, like mackerel sky but too low to call it that.
I worked on the cookbook while talking to people online. We had only one customer who was hunting unfinished wood products. <sigh> Tempus made a batch of bread and sorted papers, although I had been hoping he was going to work on the sanding project. He also fried some bacon for sandwiches which smelled wonderful!
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. – This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
The Florifertum is a wheat offering for the end of the Floralia, the feast of the Goddess of plant life, Flora, held on this day. This Goddess in England (and in most of Europe by other names) is known as Helen or Elaine. Sarn Helen means a straight track, a ley-line road, which existed from Pre-Celtic times through to the take-over of Christianity and can still be seen connecting sacred places. Being that these are roads, that also makes them sacred to Hecate, who is honored both now, and at the opposite station on the Wheel of the Year, at Samhain. More here on the Floralia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floralia#Observances
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
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/15 at 9:15pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 1:28am on 5/2. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 5/5 at 1:28am.
Now the crescent Moon, two days old, is much more easily seen hanging upper left of Mercury as shown above. Mercury has faded to magnitude +0.9, nearly matching Aldebaran father to the Moon’s left. But notice that Mercury doesn’t twinkle as much.
The Moon passes 1.8° south of Mercury at 10 A.M. EDT. By sunset, our satellite lies roughly 4.2° due east of the planet, which has now slightly faded to magnitude 0.6. You can watch the pair sink toward the western horizon as the sky grows darker, following the Sun out of sight as they set around 10 P.M. local time. Zoom in on Mercury with a telescope, and you’ll see its 9″-wide disk is 27 percent lit. Compare that with our Moon, who’s showing off just 5 percent of her face. Luna’s eastern limb (west on the sky) is just becoming visible as our satellite slowly waxes from New. These regions are now experiencing lunar sunrise. As the stars begin to appear, you’ll see both of Taurus’ most famous naked-eye clusters: the Pleiades to the west (lower right) of the Moon and Mercury, and the Hyades to their south (lower left). Both clusters are young, but they look quite different. The Pleiades, which astronomers believe are roughly 100 million years old, are much more compact, covering some 110′ on the sky. By contrast, the Hyades, which are an estimated 950 million years old, span some three times that amount, stretching over about 330′, sprinkled across the Bull’s nose.
Although it’s May now, wintry Sirius still twinkles very low in the west-southwest in twilight. It sets soon after. How much longer into the spring can you keep Sirius in view? In other words, what will be its date of “heliacal setting” as seen by you? The farther south you are, the later this date will be. That’s because Sirius is south of the celestial equator. Northerners will have the latest heliacal setting date for Capella in another month or two, since Capella is at a northern declination.
Uranus is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
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 (10/8)
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – Lavender
©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
M 2 High 1:37 AM 7.9 6:05 AM Rise 7:02 AM 0
~ 2 Low 8:32 AM -0.8 8:22 PM Set 10:42 PM
~ 2 High 2:58 PM 6.4
~ 2 Low 8:21 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Marvel at the opportunities before you.
Journal Prompt – Memories – Recall as clearly as possible an unusual dream that you’ve had.
~ Danger, the spur of all great minds. – George Chapman
~ Avoidance is time wasted. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. – Dalai Lama
~ I am not very skeptical… a good deal of skepticism in a scientific man is advisable to avoid much loss of time, but I have met not a few men, who… have often thus been deterred from experiments or observations which would have proven serviceable. – Charles Darwin
Corinna’s Going A-Maying By Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
Get up! Get up for shame! the blooming morn
Upon her wings presents the god unshorn.
See how Aurora throws her fair
Fresh-quilted colors through the air:
Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see
The dew bespangling herb and tree.
Each flower has wept and bowed toward the east
Above an hour since, yet you not dressed;
Nay, not so much as out of bed?
When all the birds have matins said,
And sung their thankful hymns, ’tis sin,
Nay, profanation to keep in,
Whenas a thousand virgins on this day
Spring, sooner than the lark, to fetch in May.
Rise, and put on your foliage, and be seen
To come forth, like the springtime, fresh and green,
And sweet as Flora. Take no care
For jewels for your gown or hair;
Fear not; the leaves will strew
Gems in abundance upon you;
Besides, the childhood of the day has kept,
Against you come, some orient pearls unwept;
Come and receive them while the light
Hangs on the dew-locks of the night,
And Titan on the eastern hill
Retires himself, or else stands still
Till you come forth. Wash, dress, be brief in praying:
Few beads are best when once we go a-Maying.
Come, my Corinna, come; and, coming mark
How each field turns a street, each street a park
Made green and trimmed with trees; see how
Devotion gives each house a bough
Or branch: each porch, each door ere this,
An ark, a tabernacle is,
Made up of whitethorn neatly interwove,
As if here were those cooler shades of love.
Can such delights be in the street
And open fields, and we not see ‘t?
Come, we’ll abroad; and let’s obey
The proclamation made for May,
And sin no more, as we have done, by staying;
But, my Corinna, come, let’s go a-Maying.
There’s not a budding boy or girl this day
But is got up and gone to bring in May;
A deal of youth, ere this, is come
Back, and with whitethorn laden home.
Some have dispatched their cakes and cream
Before that we have left to dream;
And some have wept, and wooed, and plighted troth,
And chose their priest, ere we can cast off sloth.
Many a green-gown has been given,
Many a kiss, both odd and even,
Many a glance, too, has been sent
From out the eye, love’s firmament;
Many a jest told of the keys betraying
This night, and locks picked; yet we’re not a-Maying.
Come, let us go while we are in our prime
And take the harmless folly of the time.
We shall grow old apace, and die
Before we know our liberty. (60)
Our life is short, and our days run
As fast away as does the sun;
And, as a vapor or a drop of rain
Once lost, can ne’er be found again;
So when or you or I are made
A fable, song, or fleeting shade
All love, all liking, all delight
Lies drowned with us in endless night.
Then while time serves, and we are but decaying,
Come, my Corinna, come, let’s go a-Maying.
Beltane Magick – Crafts
Fun for the Kids
http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html***fun for grownups too 😉
Let your child dress up like the May Queen. Make a pointed hat with a large piece of paper rolled, and tape crepe paper streamer from the top. Decorate with crayons, stickers, and glitter.
Make easy wreaths for your head and for anyone who might celebrate Beltane with you.
***Make some lovely garden furniture for the fae folk.
***Try your hand at our Beltane Word Search or read the story of Meagan’s Beltane by Kat Dyer.
Cardboard Maypole – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
(Supervision recommended for the scissors)
A cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels
Crepe paper in two or three colors
Some small stones Flowers for decorating
Take the heavy cardboard and cut a circle about 1 nad 1/4 inches larger than the diameter of the cardboard tube. Next use the glue to attach the cardboard tube to the cardboard circle. Let it dry. Next you paint the card tube and the circle, spring colours are wonderful for this and let it dry. Take three to four pieces of the crepe papers and run them lengthwise up the tube. Cut in half, legnthwise. Next you will glue the crepe paper strips to the top inside of the cardboard tube in alternating colours. Gather some small stones to put in the bottom of the tube so it will not tip over. Decorate the top with flowers and more crepe paper.
Thyrsus ©2013 M. Bartlett
This is one of the variations on a wand that is specific to Beltane as Wicca practice it. Our version comes directly from Ancient Greece, where the thyrsus (also spelled thyrsos) was a sacred instrument at religious rituals and festivals, particularly in the rites of Dionysus. The original was a stick of giant fennel (Ferula communis) with ivy, always topped with a pine cone. Sometimes they were wound with ribbon, as well, I’d guess to keep the ivy from unwinding and for “pretty”.
They’re usually seen as a phallic symbol and often paired with a cup for the wine used in the rituals. The Maypole can be seen as a large version of this, the symbolism being obvious to practioners of a fertility religion!
There’s a little more information here and a number of links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyrsos
They’re pretty easy to make, since you can take any stick and fasten a pine cone to the end….
To make a useable one for Wiccan use that will hold up to more than 5 minutes of a ritual, takes a little more preparation.
Materials & Tools for the wand:
A dowel ½” or 5/8”, any thicker gets too heavy.
A pine cone, preferably one with a thick core
Glue (a thick craft glue, like Tacky Glue ™ or carpenters’ wood glue)
Drill and either a tiny bit for pilot holes or an 1/8 inch bit
Scissors and/or wire cutters
A double ended screw, 1/8 inch or so, but 2” long, if you can find one
If not: then a drill with an 1/8 inch bit and a short length (about 2 inches) of 1/8 in dowel
Or: small gauge wire….
For the decorations:
lightweight string, hemp cord is ideal
lengths of real ivy for immediate use (about 2 foot lengths)
or if real stuff is not available or you’re going to use this repeatedly, about 8 feet of “silk flower” artificial ivy, do not use plastic….
about 6 feet of lightweight gold ribbon
Drill pilot holes for the double-ended screw into both pinecone and the end of the dowel, dribble glue on the screw, dowel and cone and then screw together.
Drill 1/8 in hole in both cone and dowel, add glue in both holes, insert the dowel and shove together.
Let dry overnight.
Decorate by attaching 2 foot lengths of ivy and ribbon tied with the light string at the cone end of the wand. Let hang free or wind around and tie in place at the bottom.
Silliness – Planet IKEA