The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Arthur Bartlett.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 5/8 – 1.4in. It really rained before sunrise, but it’s been dry long enough for the parking lot puddles to start to vanish. 47F, wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI 6-40, UV5. Chance of rain 53% today and 22% tonight. Forecast – Today(51/39) AM showers. Tomorrow(54/41) partly cloudy. Wed-Sat (temps all over, but warming!) The rain & wind will start Wed eve, peak around noon on Thurs, with a chance of showers through mid-day Sat, total most of 1 1/2 inches. Sun-Tue(58/47) gradually clearing and most likely dry.
I was hoping to be in good enough shape to cook Saturday night, but I still couldn’t lift things, so I ended up mostly reading. We had the chinese leftovers for supper and turned in. I slept for a couple of hours, then got wakeful, but dozy again, by the time that Tempus was heading out to do papers. They ran late, for some reason and he was a bit slower than usual, so he got in at 10am.
I was up for several hours in the late night. I kept hearing a bang from outside, a sound like a plastic box or something was being hit with a block of wood. I didn’t see anything and it decided to pour rain for much of that time. It stopped with the growing light. We still don’t know what it was, (guessing one of the gas cans….) but it made me wakeful and I went a bit short on sleep, so I was a bit dozy while at the shop. The rain slackened at about sunrise, but it was still spitty on the way into town. Rain this time of year intensifies the symphony of green that covers verges, yards and slopes.
When I got to my desk there was a card and a petunia (dark purple!) from Tempus and then he brought me a raspberry cheesecake with my coffee. Later in the day I had toasted honey-bread and cheese, guaranteed to put a smile on my face! I spent a little time talking to a couple of the House Capuchin people online, but most were busy.
I got to talk to Sash for almost two hours in the afternoon. He’s on closing shift, so he got to call early enough for both of us to cover all kinds of topics from Star Trek, to Johnny Depp and odd behaviors in friends. I had my sewing out, but I didn’t make much progress.
We did have a few people in shopping, although the first one was a guy who wanted to know where all the antique stores are in town….
Not sure what we’ve had for supper, probably a casserole, since I have some canned chicken that I can use and frozen carrots. Today is back to normal: plants, inventory, etc….
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re notVaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.
Today’s festival is the Lemuria, the feast of the unquiet dead. The head of the household would walk around barefoot at midnight, throwing black beans over his shoulders as an offering to exorcise those who weren’t supposed to be hanging around. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemuria_%28festival%29 and on the lemures here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemures
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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/14 at 9:15am.
This evening the Moon forms a flat triangle with the Sickle’s two brightest stars: Regulus below the Moon and Algieba to the Moon’s upper left. The triangle is nearly isosceles; the Moon is about 5° from each star.
Leo the Lion appears to sit atop our Moon tonight, with the waxing gibbous just beneath the big cat’s body, nor far from the bright star Regulus. The entire eastern portion of our satellite is now illuminated by sunlight, including the prominent crater Tycho in the southern hemisphere. Tycho’s long, snaking rays of lighter ejecta (material thrown out during the impact that created it) are impossible to miss. Follow them to the northeast (upper right on the Moon) to land squarely in the Sea of Fertility, which sits just above the lunar equator near the eastern limb. It is here that you’ll find the prominent crater Langrenus, which sits near a neat double crater called Messier, which trails two particularly prominent rays to the west, almost like a comet. South of Messier is Goclenius, which sits smack dab in the middle of one of Tycho’s far-reaching rays. Enjoy this scene for the next week or so, and try following other rays from Tycho to see where on our satellite they lead.
Can you trace out the Great Diamond? It stands some 50° tall and extends across five constellations. It’s upright in the south-southeast to south during evening this week. Start with Arcturus, its brightest star. That’s its left corner. Some three fists (30°) lower right from there is Spica, the Diamond’s bottom. A similar distance upper right from Spica is Denebola, the 2nd-magnitude tailtip of Leo. Almost as far upper left of Denebola is fainter Cor Caroli, 3rd magnitude. And then back to Arcturus. Robert H. Baker may have been the first to name the Great Diamond, in his 1954 book When the Stars Come Out. The bottom three of these stars, the brightest three, form a nearly perfect equilateral triangle. We can call this the “Spring Triangle” to parallel to those of summer and winter. The first to name it such was probably the Sky & Telescope columnist George Lovi, writing in the March 1974 issue.
Mars, magnitude +o.8 in Aquarius, glimmers roughly 10° upper right of Jupiter.
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 – White
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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
M 9 Low 1:36 AM 3.6 5:56 AM Set 3:14 AM 47
~ 9 High 6:51 AM 5.7 8:30 PM Rise 1:07 PM
~ 9 Low 2:04 PM 0.8
~ 9 High 8:59 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you can keep money you make on Monday, it will increase during the week.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What is a smell that you remember from growing up?
~ The past is another country. People do things differently there. – L. P. Hartley
~ Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away. – Arthur Helps
~ Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels. But their magic sparkles in nature. ~ Lynn Holland
~ You create the limitations in your life, and it is in your power to imagine broad horizons. – Kerr Cuhulain
I shall never forget the delight I felt on first seeing a May-pole … My fancy adorned it with wreaths of flowers and peopled the green bank with all the dancing revelry of May-day. – Washington Irving (1783 – 1859), American author, after a visit to England in the early C19, Sketch Book
Magick – JUST FOR TODAY: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I’ll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully — if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it’s only around the block.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.
Silliness – A recently arrived Sardar in the US, wanting to earn some money, decides to become a ‘handy-man’ and starts looking for some work in an upmarket colony nearby. He goes to the front door of the nearest house and asks the owner, another Indian, if he had any odd jobs for him to do.
“Well, you can paint my porch,” the owner says.
The Sardar responds, “How about $50?”
The owner says “Fine – there’s a can of brown paint and brushes in the garage.”
The owner’s wife, inside the house, overhearing the conversation says to her husband, “Does he realise that the porch goes all around the house? That’s a whole day’s job”
The man replies, “He should; he was standing on it. Do you think he’s dumb?”
“No, I don’t think so. I guess I’m just influenced by those stupid Surd email jokes we keep receiving.”
A short time later, the Sardar comes to the door and asks for the $ 50. “You’ve finished already?” the husband asks.
“Yes,” he replies, “and there was paint left over, so I gave it two coats.”
Impressed, the man reaches into his pocket for the money and hands it to him. And by the way,” the Turbanator adds, “it’s not a Porch, it’s a BMW!”