Daily Stuff 4-22-17

Hi, folks!

Herbs at 11 and Sewing at 3!

Windy! The wind is at 17mph in town and over 30 in some spots on the beaches and that doesn’t count gusts! The bay was full of white-caps and the car bounced all over on the bridge. It’s 52F and we’ve gotten nearly 1/2 an inch of rain today.

Yesterday morning I didn’t come in because the migraine was back….well, it never really went away, apparently, and the sunshine…. well, let’s just say I was imitating a vampire crawling back into my coffin. I slept for the early part of the afternoon and as the light dimmed I started being able to do things. I ended doing a lot of sewing, actually.

Tempus had a good day at the shop, not as many in people in town for the Gravel Classic as we’d hoped, or they didn’t stop in here, but the motel was full yesterday early.

Today I’m moving slowly, but I’m here. Not sure that I’m up to readings, yet. In any case, we have the Herbs Workshop at 11am. Today will be plant pots. Sewing at 3pm is BYOP (Bring Your Own Project).

Here’s a Ken Gagne photo from 4/21/16, looking east from Cape Perpetua to Mary’s Peak.

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Cow_parsnip_Heracleum_lanatum_budsToday’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian CeleryGrowing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a 220px-Heracleum_lanatum_07269huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The root makes a nice yellow dye. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. I think Imma  go pick some and dig some roots! – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum

motif seasonal April earthdayplant2009Earth Day and International Mother Earth Day are held each year on this day. I remember the first one, mostly because my mother encouraged me to make a presentation at school about environmental concerns. I remember saying that electric cars were something that we really needed even back then. How come we’re so slow to pick up the technology? Also, because my father was involved with NASA, we were already building a passive solar water heating system.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mother_Earth_Day

The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 4/26 5:16am. 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 4/24 at 8:16pm. 

As the crescent Moon wanes toward new it passes Venus in the dawn . . .As dawn begins to brighten Sunday morning, catch Venus and the waning crescent Moon low in the east.

<<< CorvusCC by Till Credner – Own work AlltheSky.com Licensed under CC BY-SA 3 0 via Wikimedia Commons – httpcommons.wikimediaorgwikiFileCorvusCCjpg#mediaFileCorvusCC.jpg

The spring constellation Corvus, the Crow, perches in the southeast these evenings, about a fist and a half at arm’s length to the right of Spica as shown here. But above Spica this year is brilliant Jupiter, hogging the show. Corvus is traditionally seen as ready to snatch sparkling Spica out of Virgo’s hand. This year he has a brighter shiny to go for.
Mercury is out of sight in the glare of sunrise.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Pisces
Mercury (5/3), Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Brown

Planting 4/22-3

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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
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Sa  22      Low   4:12 AM     2.2   6:20 AM    Rise  4:32 AM      26
~    22     High   9:56 AM     6.4   8:10 PM     Set  3:51 PM
~    22      Low   4:27 PM     0.7
~    22     High  10:49 PM     7.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – God gave  the angels Wings, and He gave humans CHOCOLATE.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if the surprise party was for you but you weren’t surprised?

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Quotes  

~  Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. – Hans Margolius
~  Only you can create your reality. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Persistence is often a process of working through the keys until the correct one is found. It is sometimes the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.- Kerr Cuhulain
~  Sewing fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom, and closets! – unknown

Buds are bursting in the hedges,
Leaves are creeping up the lane,
Everywhere the sap is stirring
Love awakens to life again. – John Dennis (1658–1734)

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Beltane Magick – Goddesses

Aphrodite, Rosalia (Greece) 6/4 – Themes: Love; Romance; Passion; Sexuality; Luck; Fertility; Beauty; Pleasure
Symbols:  Roses; Copper; Turquoise; Sandalwood
About Aphrodite:  Since 1300 B.C.E., Aphrodite has been worshipped as the ultimate goddess to inspire passion, spark romance, increase physical pleasure, augment inner beauty, and improve sexual self-assurance.  Consequently, many artistic depictions show her naked, with erotic overtones.  Aphrodite’s name means “water born” or “foam born,” intimating a connection with the ocean’s fertility.
To Do Today:  Follow Greek custom and shower whatever Goddess image you have at home with rose petals, or dab it with rose-scented oil.  If you don’t have a statue, poster, or painting, any visually beautiful object can serve as a proxy.  This gesture honors and entreats Aphrodite, who responds by granting good luck, especially in matters of the heart.
Another tradition is bathing yourself in rose water to emphasize Aphrodite’s comeliness (both within and without).  Rose water is available at many Asian and international supermarkets.  Or you can make it easily by steeping fresh rose petals in warm (NOT hot) water and straining.  If you don’t have time for a full bath, just dab a little of the rose water over the region of your heart to emphasize this goddess’s love and attractiveness where it can do the most good–in your emotional center. )0(  By Patricia Telesco  From “365 Goddess”  and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Love is awake in me whatever the season.
Love is a north wind, cold and sharp.
Love is a night on fire with lightning.
Love is shameless. violent, heart-rending.
Love is the madness sent by the Goddess. ~Sicilian Greek Poet Ibykos, Sixth Century B.C.E.

Humans are rare among mammals in that we are always ready for love. Unlike our animal relatives, human females do not have special seasons of estrus. Scientists speculate about why this distinction came about, some believing that the length of time a human baby must be nurtured gave rise to a need to bond us more tightly together. And sexual pleasure is, indeed, a great and compelling bond.

This human biological trait is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing, because we are able to bond with each other beyond the sheer physical need for release. But love can also feel like a curse, as the poet Ibykos reminds us, because it opens up to change. Love can overturn our lives as easily as a child overturns a wagon of toys, which is why we love the Goddess’ child, Eros or Cupid, is pictured as so wanton and careless of our lives. Yet without its beauty, what would our lives be worth?    )0( by Patricia Monaghan – From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON

My lover’s skin glows like the finest marble,
and I burn to touch it. I burn with the teasing
dance of her glances, I am on fire, I am aflame,
I cannot think of anything but love.

Venus has abandoned her island shrine at Cypress
to live with my heart. The goddess will hear nothing
but songs of love now, she will endure no music to stir
the blood toward war, adventure, or anything but love.

Friends, build a green altar right here, and lay me down
upon it. Place sacred branches all around my body,
and bowls of wine, and wand of incense. I am already
a victim of love, a sacrifice to Venus. Now let her hear my plea!   ~Horace

In our times, love is no longer the great ruler of the cosmos but merely a servant of commerce. Sex is used to sell everything from automobiles to zoom lenses. Women’s bodies are no longer temples of the goddess, but products used to sell other products. Venus is no longer ruler in her own temple, much less in our hearts; Moneta, goddess of money, rules instead.

Love poems like that of the great poet Horace can seem, in this context, overblown and overstated. To make oneself a sacrifice for love? isn’t that a bit much? Isn’t that making love more important than it should be?

But our foremothers knew what is often hidden from us: that love is the glue thatholds the universe together. Not simply sexual love, although thatpowerful force binds people at a deep level. The love of parents for children, teachers for students, friends for each other – these relationships are not just human connections. They participate in and reflect the great network of connectedness that is our magnificent universe. By placing the goddess of love once again on the throne of our hearts, we can connect with the great force that sweeps through us and binds us to each other and the cosmos. To sacrifice ourselves for love means, in this context, to finally become whole.  )0(     By Patricia Monaghan – FromThe Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many Taurus does it take to change a light bulb?
A: What, me move?

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Daily Stuff 4-21-17 Anno Urbis Conditae

Hi, folks!

This is the newsletter for 4/21 when I was home with a migraine. He took me home before mid-afternoon on Thursday and I curled up and waited to the migraine to stop, which it seemed to.

plant pic Rhododendron_occidentale_Strybing

Today’s Plant is the Western AzaleaRhododendron Occidentale. I’ve talked before about the azaleas being a subset of the rhodys. This picture is the main kind that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact! The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.

feast 0421 She-wolf_suckles_Romulus_and_RemusToday’s Feast is that of the Founding of Rome in 753 (752?) BCE on this date by Romulus who plowed a furrow around the Palatine Hill to describe the boundary of his city. This is the date used in the Roman calendar that dates Ab Urbe Condita, (from the Founding of the City) or Anno Urbis Conditae (Years since the founding of the City), usually abbreviated to A.U.C. There are a lot of different dates given, but the circumstances fall around this year pretty well, at least partially because of the dating of eclipses related to specific events. Romulus and Remus were abandoned as infants and nursed by a she-wolf (Lupa, honored in the Lupercalia) before being adopted by a shepherd. This date is also the celebration of the Palilia (Par Ilia) which is a feast of shepherds and their flocks. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founding_of_Rome and  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ab_urbe_condita

The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 4/26 5:16am. 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 4/21 at 8:16pm. 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 4/24 at 8:16pm. 

As the stars come out, sail-shaped Corvus sits to the right of Spica and Jupiter. As night descends, look high in the west for Pollux and Castor lined up almost horizontally (depending on your latitude). These two stars, the heads of the Gemini twins, form the top of the enormous Arch of Spring. To their lower left is Procyon, the left end of the Arch. Farther to their lower right is the other end, formed by Menkalinan (Beta Aurigae) and then brilliant Capella. The whole thing sinks in the west through the evening.
The weak Lyrid meteor shower should peak in the hours before Saturday’s dawn. The Moon will be only a waning crescent. The shower’s peak usually lasts just a few hours, but this year the predicted timing (12h Universal Time April 22) is good for North America, especially the West.
Neptune is still too low for observing before dawn.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 12:43pm.
Mercury (5/3), Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Pink

Harvest 4/19-21

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©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
F   21      Low   3:14 AM     2.9   6:22 AM    Rise  3:58 AM      36
~    21     High   8:50 AM     6.1   8:09 PM     Set  2:44 PM
~    21      Low   3:36 PM     0.9
~    21     High  10:08 PM     6.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am a woman..I am strong…

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – What advice would you give to a new student from a foreign country?

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Quotes  

~  Make yourself necessary to somebody. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~  Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. – Henry Ford
~  One does what one is; one becomes what one does. – Robert von Musil
~  One falsehood spoils a thousand truths. – Ashanti Proverb

April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet. – Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

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Beltane Magick – Crafts

Constructing a Maypole (by Anja) – The Maypole of Beltane stands for the combination of the fertility of the Divine Masculine when joined with the Divine Feminine. No one knows the ancient roots of the ceremony, but the symbolism is obvious. Instructions here work for a Maypole for between 10 & 20 people. This is a lot of prep work, but massive amounts of fun!

There are several parts to a Maypole: the pole itself, the foundation, the ribbons, the wreath and the topper.

The Maypole

This can be of almost any material, but unless you live in a forest, where there are slender (2” -3”) straight trees with few branches, the most practical is a piece of closet pole from a lumberyard! Get it cut from 10-12 feet long.

At the same time buy a length of 1/8 inch dowel. Drill a hole in one end at least 1 ½ inches deep.

Drill 3 holes about 8” down from that end of the long pole, spaced equidistant around the pole. They should be to 1/8 inch diameter and about a 1/4 to ½ inch deep.

Cut 4 pieces of dowel 8 inches long. Make sure that they are loose in the holes, but don’t just fall out. You will balance the wreath on these dowels.

Save the 4th piece of dowel for the “topper”.

The foundation

You will need to dig a hole in the ground at least a foot deep, (better yet, two!) and be prepared to tamp the dirt back in very, very hard. Some people have tried to use “portable holes” for this, but since they are no more than 8 inches long they usually fail and someone gets knocked on the head! We had good success one year using a round, folding picnic table with an umbrella hole in the center and tamping the pole in about 6” or so into beach sand. It leaned badly, although it didn’t fall. (The table became the ritual altar). You can also construct a stand for holding the pole upright, but try it several ways, yanking on it, because when the dancers get going the pole had better not fall over. The stand will usually have to support the pole up to 3 feet off the ground to give it any stability.

The ribbons

Brightly colored ribbon is the traditional material. I have heard of folks using macramé cord, rope and yarn for this, as well. We have used surveyors tape several times now, because it is strong, bright and inexpensive. Do *not* use florist’s ribbon with the cut edges! Those edges *cut* and you don’t want your dancers bleeding. This ritual doesn’t call for blood sacrifice. J Cut the ribbons ½ again the length of the pole, iow for an 8 foot pole, cut ribbons 12 feet long, one per person, but always an even number.

The wreath

You need a 12” wreath. This is often constructed of hawthorn, but again, no need for blood sacrifice, so most folks use a grapevine wreath base that you can get at a craft store and stick fresh flowers in it.

If you weave your own, you need a wire ring, 12” diameter, thread and freshly-cut flowers & herbs. I often use rosemary, since it smells great and holds up.

Tie your thread to the wire ring and then begin wrapping around and around (about 1” distance per wrap), laying a new branch of rosemary in when about ½ of the previous one is tied down. Try not to catch the needles or smaller branches in the thread. Tie off when about 1/3 of the way around, again about another 1/3 and when you get all the way around.

As you go around a 2nd time, add at least 1 flower with each wrap, tying off with each 1/3 of the wreath. You can make a 3rd pass if you don’t add enough flowers on the 2nd pass.

Maypole Topper – cones of various trees follow the correspondences.

Gather 9 spruce cones (the long slender type), one larger cone (a large pine cone), and a double handful of alder/larch cones. You also need a small bunch of babies’ breath.

Drill a hole longways through the largest cone (two sets of hands are necessary!). Insert the last piece of dowel leaving about 4 inches sticking out the bottom of the cone.

Using a hot glue gun, glue 3 of the spruce cones spaced equidistant around the larger cone, all pointing the same way.

Glue 3 more with their bottoms touching the dowel and between the bases of the other spruce cones.

Repeat with the last three on the top of the construct, only glue the babies’ breath at the very top between the cones. Fill in spaces with the alder cones.

You can decorate with gold glitter and/or spangles

Assembling the pole

Get your hole dug first. Hang the wreath near the drilled end of the pole. Add your topper by inserting the dowel into the hole in the pole. Count noses for your group and tack as many ribbons on as there are noses as near the end of the pole as possible. Carefully insert the dowels into the other holes with the ribbons in 3 bunches between them, then set up the pole. If you are careful as you lift the pole the wreath will drop onto the small dowels without dislodging anything. Patience or a tall enough ladder is required!

To “Dance the Pole”

Space all your dancers around the pole as equidistant as possible. Each takes a ribbon and pulls it outwards until they are holding only about 2 feet of ribbon in their hands. Usually this will knock the dowels loose and the ribbon will be holding up the wreath. If they don’t, shake the ribbons closest to the dowels while folks are holding theirs tight

Have them count off “1, 2, 1, 2…” then tell the “ones” to face left and the “twos” to face right. Go around the first person on the right, those on the inside ducking under the ribbon, then pass the next on the left and so on. Talk them through a bit of it and then get someone to sing or drum or whatever you have. As the ribbons weave around the pole the wreath will gradually drop. When you’re done, or everyone’s ready to drop, gather the ribbons in two bunches and tie in a “true love knot”, i.e. a square knot.

It’ll be a bit of a mess, no matter what you do. Laugh, sing and play!

©2009 Anja Bartlett

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – “Ode To A Mammogram”

For years and years they told me,
“Be careful of your breasts.
Don’t ever squeeze or bruise them.
And give them monthly tests.”

So I heeded all their warnings
And protected them by Law…
Guarded them very carefully,
And always wore a bra.

After 30 years of careful care,
The doctor found a lump.
He ordered a mammogram
To look inside that clump.

“Stand very close,” she said,
As she got my tit in line,
“And tell me when it hurts,” she said,
“Ah Yes!  There!  That’s just fine.”

She stepped upon a pedal…
I could not believe my eyes!
A plastic plate was pressing down…
My boob was in a vice!!!

My skin was stretched and stretched
From way up by my chin.
And my poor tit was being squashed
To Swedish pancake thin!!!

Excruciating pain I felt,
Within its vice-like grip.
A prisoner in this vicious thing,
My poor defenseless tit!

“Take a deep breath,” she said to me
Who does she think she’s kidding?
My chest is smashed in her machine,
I can’t breathe and woozy I am getting.

“There, that was good,” I heard her say
As the room was slowly swaying,
“Now let’s get the other one,”
“Lord, have mercy,” I was praying.

It squeezed me from the up and down,

It squeezed me from both sides,
I’ll bet she’s never had this done

To her tender hide!

If I had no problem when I came in,
I surely have one now…
If there had been a cyst in there,
It would have popped it–POW!!!

This machine was made by a man,
Of this I have no doubt…
I’d like to get his balls in there.
For months he’d do “without!!!!”

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Daily Stuff 4-21-17 Extra

I went down with a migraine and had to leave the shop yesterday and I’m still home. Tempus has the shop open. I have my eyes open at least (still not doing well) so I thought I’d let folks know. I’ll get the newsletter out, but it might be tomorrow at this rate.

Love & Light
Anja

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Daily Stuff 4-20-17 Vadersolstavlan

Hi, folks!

Everything’s very wet at the moment. What woke us this morning was rain pounding on the solarium roof, but an hour later, then sky over the ocean is blue, the clouds are moving off to the east and north and the sun is out. It’s supposed to stay dry into Saturday.

Yesterday started late, as Wednesdays do. I got going on my various projects, the one of which that I was determined to complete was the newsletter set-up. ….well…. our Air Force son, who is heading for a new station over the next month, called and we talked for hours and then he talked to Tempus for awhile and by then, it was time to head home and get our weekend’s chores finished! I’m am *not* complaining!

So nothing got finished and it’s all to do today. At least I got a good night’s sleep. We have sewing tonight at 6pm, too. Tempus has the paper route tonight, I’m going to go home to sleep. I’m hoping to get some more herbs or incense materials packaged today, too.

092415 LovageToday’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. –Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage

feast 0420 vadersolstavlan Fargo_Sundogs_2_18_09Vadersolstavlan, (sun-dog painting, or weather-sun painting) created in 1535, is the oldest painting of the city of Stockholm and is believed to have been painted of a real (i.e. not imagined) event, shortly after this weather phenomenon happened. It’s also the oldest depiction of “sun dogs”, which are what are pictured here.  More on the painting here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4dersolstavlan and on Sun Dogs here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_dog which page includes a lot of links to other atmospheric phenomena of this type. The pic of the painting is with the article. It just looks like a blur, this small, so I didn’t put it in the newsletter.

The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 4/26 5:16am. 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 4/21 at 8:16pm. 

This is the time of year when, as the last of twilight fades away, the bowl of the dim Little Dipper extends straight to the right of Polaris. High above the end-stars of the Little Dipper’s bowl, you’ll find the end-stars of the Big Dipper’s bowl.
Mars (magnitude +1.5, in Taurus) glows in the west in late twilight to the lower left of Aldebaran — which is similarly colored and slightly brighter. Look for the sinking Pleiades above Mars early in the week, and to the right of Mars by week’s end, as shown at the top of this page.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aquarius
Pluto Retrograde at 5:49am (9/28)
Mercury (5/3). Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Retrograde
Color: Purple

Harvest 4/19-21

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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
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Th  20      Low   2:04 AM     3.4   6:23 AM    Rise  3:22 AM      46
~    20     High   7:37 AM     6.0   8:07 PM     Set  1:39 PM
~    20      Low   2:39 PM     1.0
~    20     High   9:22 PM     6.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Strive for progress, not perfection.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Memories – Recall the last time you were scared or got “butterflies in your stomach.”

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Quotes  

~  Leaders shouldn’t just collect followers, they should empower their fellow men. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. – George Van Valkenburg
~  Let there be more joy and laughter in your living. – Eileen Caddy
~  Live your own life, for you will die your own death. – Latin Proverb

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

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Beltane Magick – 

Beltane – Rowan Witch Day~Kalends of May~May Day~Cetsahmain

April Showers Bring May Flowers! Leave a bouquet of May flowers at a friend or loved ones door today!

May gets its name from the Roman Goddess Maia, who embodies the earth’s renewal during spring.  Next to New Year’s Eve, May Day (Beltane) was among the most popular holidays in the old world, marking the time when the sun’s warmth and nature’s fertility began appearing in the land.  Later, well over 100 nations chose to celebrate Labor Day on May 1, giving everyone a much-needed rest from winter’s tasks.

For the purpose of your magical escapades, the theme is definitely blossoming and liveliness.  Use as many flower parts as possible in spells and rituals, and go outside frequently to get closer to nature.  Energies emphasized by this month include creativity, inventiveness, fertility, health, and metaphysically “spring cleaning” any area of your life or sacred space.

The New Moon in Taurus is always a fertile time. Earth energy is rising, offering a rich environment in which to develop basic resources, talents and physical vitality. Expansive Jupiter in Leo squares the New Moon, pushing Taurean caution with grand schemes. Some risk-taking is appropriate, if it’s not just ego driven. Assertive Mars and spiritual Neptune in Aquarius also square the New Moon, bringing inspiration to Taurus’ more practical side. Chasing fantasies is possible if you pursue your highest ideals and keep one foot on the ground. Normally, the New Moon in Taurus fills us with comforting sensations that remind us of the past. This month, though, with Mars, Jupiter and Neptune forming a tense t-square with the New Moon, the urge to risk safety can be strong.

May Day is the ancient festival of Beltane, the midway point between the vernal (spring) equinox and the summer solstice. The days are growing longer, coaxing the earth to open to the life-giving qualities of the sun and to bring forth every kind of fruit. Beltane is a celebration of the fertility of the earth and the fertility of our own souls. It is a call to gratitude that everything in the universe is continually being re-created, including ourselves.

The air and Earth begin to warm, Spring has arrived in full force and is making way for Summer. The leaves and grass have greened and the flowers are in full bloom (as are the allergies for some!) Man and woman begin to start their lives together, new loves are born, new lives are created.

The word “Beltane” in modern Irish means May. Beltane comes from the meaning “fire of Bel”, in which Bel is the “bright or shining one”. In his honor, the Ancient Celts set two large fires made up of nine of the sacred woods:

During this time, the herds of cattle were driven through these fires to clean off the ticks and mites and also as a symbol of purification to protect them. They were left to graze in the pastures until the new year and winter. Witches’ celebrate the fruitfulness of Mother Earth in the union between Witches’ celebrate the fruitfulness of Mother Earth in the union between Her and the young Horned God. This coupling symbolizes the new fertility of the Earth, the beginnings of Spring going into Summer.

May or Beltane, has traditionally represented the sensuality and revitalization of love-making in all living things. This is why many couples traditionally marry around this time of year. In ancient Celtic days, couples would live together for a year and a day, after which they may decide to get married or part ways. The Celts believed in the idea of marriage, but understood people and nature grow, change and sometimes move apart. This is not to say they did not believe in the family unit and still remain together as a family.

In some cultures, the May pole traditionally represented a fertility symbol – specifically a phallic symbol – dancing around it in celebration was a ritual of thanks for the time of season with which all life begins the cycle.

From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 2002

Beltane/CetSamhain/MayDay – The first day of May is celebrated in many parts of the world. It is believed it evolved from ancient agricultural and fertility rites of spring. There are signs of the first celebrations in Egypt. However, the majority of the current traditions stem from the Roman Festival, Floralia. This was a five day festival to honor the Goddess Flora with offerings of flowers, dancing, ringing bells, May Queens and erecting a Maypole.

The May Queen would oversee crops and rule the day. Some places also selected May Kings. The crowns were typical made of twigs, leaves and flowers.

The Maypole was typically fabricated the night before. The men would strip down a birch tree and plant it in the ground; this ceremony was symbolic of fertility rites. The next day both men and women danced about the Maypole. Several longs ribbons hung from the top of the Maypole holding up a crown of colorful flowers. Each dancer held an end of one of the ribbons. The dancers alternated man and women. All the women would dance in one direction and the men danced in the other direction. The dancers would go under the first person and over the next weaving the ribbons about the tree and lowering the ring to the ground. Today this tradition is still practiced but danced mostly boys and girls.

The Celts had a similar celebration known as Beltain, Beltane, or Bealtaine which in Gaelic means “Fires of Bel” or “Bright Fires”. The ceremony honored the god of the Sun and the rebirth of the earth. Feasting, games and bonfires, began on the eve of May Day and continued through the next day with a day of bonfires and merrymaking. It was customary for couples to walk through the fires smoke or leap over the flames to insure a successful relationship. Faeries were (and are) abundant on the first day of May. Windows were decorated with flowers and food was left on the doorstep to keep the mischievous faeries out.

Those traditions created a wonderful medieval holiday that is still celebrated today. We still elect May Queens and Kings and dance around Maypoles. During this time women would wash their faces with the May Day’s morning dew believing it would bring a good complexion and everlasting beauty.

“The fair maid who, the First of May,
Goes to the field at break of day
And washes in the dew from the hawthorn tree,
Will ever after handsome be.”

People began gathering twigs and flowers to decorate their homes and the lovely tradition of May baskets began. Children would leave baskets made from twigs and filled with flowers on their neighbor’s doorstep, knock and then hide waiting to see the expression of the lucky recipient.  From Folklore,Magic and Superstions

New Moon in Taurus/Peony Moon – The new moon of the fourth lunar month was called the Peony Moon in China. This lunation was viewed as an auspicious time for going on pilgrimage to sacred places.  Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

Between the Beltanes – Children born between the Beltanes (May 1 and May 8) have “the skill of man and beast” and power over both.  Kightly, Charles, The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames & Hudson 1987

Bona Dea – This was the day of dedication for the Aventine festival of the mysterious and generically named Good Goddess. Her cult was older than that of Heracles, which was itself pre-Roman. She was known as the wife of Faunus, a rustic god of woods and flocks, and she governed fertility and healing. Her rites were for women only and her oracles were revealed only to women.

Also on May 1st, the priests of Vulcan sacrificed a pregnant pig to Maia. Since a pig is the appropriate sacrifice for an earth goddess, Maia was equated with the earth by some Roman writers, as was Bona Dea.  Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

Lei Day – Apparently in Hawaii this is a day for wearing leis and honoring the spirit of the lei: friendliness and good will. It seems appropriate to me to do this on May Day and in the middle of the Floralia, the festival in honor of flowers and sexuality.

Snake Festival – On the first Thursday in May, the town of Cocullo Italy is full of snakes, in honor of San Domenico. Snake handlers gather the snakes on March 19 (St Joseph’s Day or equinox) when they are first emerging into the warmth of the spring sun and store them in jars of bran. On the feast day they bring them out and people get their photograph taken with a snake draped around them. Previously they took the snakes to Mass and waved them over their heads when the Host was elevated. Now they carry them in procession, along with the image of San Domenico. The festival used to end with the snakes being killed or sold to pharmacists to be made into ointments and cures. Now they are let loose.

San Domenico, a Benedictine monk, who was born in Umbria in 951, protects people from the bites of venomous snakes and rabid dogs, perhaps because of the story of how he tamed a fierce wolf that was about to steal a child. The story says he came to Cocullo when it was plagued by an invasion of snakes and charmed them out of their nests, just like St Patrick. But before San Domenico arrived in these parts, the Etruscans, the indigenous people in this part of Italy, worshipped the goddess Angizia, a snake enchantress who lived in a nearby sacred wood and protected people from serpents. She was said to be a sister of Circe. She may be connected with Isis who mated with a serpent. Until some time in the last century, the people of Abruzzo believed the serpent copulated with all women.

Just as in the story of St Patrick driving the snakes from Ireland, this legend may record the transition from the earlier times when snakes were associated with the goddess and the bad reputation they acquired under Christianity. At one time, snakes were symbols of wisdom, and brought the gifts of prophecy and healing, which is why they appear on the caduceus, the symbol of the medical profession. They were also associated with fertility, since they penetrate the earth, and with rebirth, because of the way they shed their skins.

Ciambellone, special breads shaped like a snake biting its tail, are made to decorate the poles which support the statues in the procession. Treats called ciambelle, made from little twisted wreaths of bread, flavored with anise seed, look like snakes wrapped around each other. These sweets that are shaped and coiled like snakes occur only in regions of Italy where the Etruscans lived. Field, Carol, Celebrating Italy, William Morrow 1990 From School of Seasons

)0( NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple .  

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Daily Stuff 4-19-17 Primrose Day

Hi, folks!

Yesterday was warm, warm, warm! We had the doors open until nearly dark. Today it’s only 52F and raining off and on. It’s not an aggressive rain, just enough to keep things damp and you can stand in it without hunting for a bar of soap. 🙂 There’s not a lot of wind, barely over 10mph down by the ocean, even. Just a nice, cool, coastal spring day.

Yesterday was a lot of writing and a lot of paperwork, mostly, although I did get some of the stock put back… sorted out, anyway. I did a long reading during the afternoon, a couple that had planned on coming in on Saturday, but missed me, then.

Tempus headed out after supper, going to pick up some drawer sets for the back of the shop, do some shopping and then start the paper route. He got out a bit earlier than he’s been, so picked me up just before 3am, but not before I had been attacked by the ladder, a set of dowels and a cascade of boxes and plasticware…. I don’t think I’m suddenly clumsier, but this is making me wonder!

I mostly spent the evening updating a web page on historical foods, whether from New World or Old, catching up on mail and writing long replies. I’m finding that food research fascinating.

We had a good run, pretty much standard, although for some reason folks were parking in strange places last night. I know folks don’t think about their paper delivery, nearly the last thing on their minds, but if you ask for your paper to go against the garage door and there are three rows of cars before you get there, it’s tough. Or if you’re at the end of a long, narrow road with no room to turn around, I mean a 1/2 mile or more of long, narrow… don’t get enough gravel dumped into it that a car has to swim through! Or have  most of a dozen vehicles parked all over so that there’s no room to turn. Yikes!

The Moon came out, sortof, diving in and out of the clouds, somewhere in the 4:30am range, and then not long after, it was getting light. We got done at 5:40 and didn’t need flashlights to get down the path. It spat on us a couple of times, but the real rain didn’t start until around 5 and it was still fairly gentle.

Today we’ve been taking it pretty easy, catching up on chores. I have some putting away still to do and I want to make some progress on the newsletters! We’re at the shop, if you need something, but Tempus has some stuff pulled out into the walkways again.

This made me howl with laughter, just like today’s slightly blasphemous Silliness. This squash is named, “Gete-okosomin”, which means “Cool Old Squash” in Menominee. It was grown from 800-year-old seeds found in a clay pot. 

Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus

motif plant flower pinkprimrose

Today is Primrose Day in the UK in honor of Benjamin Disrali. He was a favorite of Queen Victoria and very much a conservative. After his death a Primrose League was founded to keep his principles and aims going. Why Primrose? These were his favorite flower. Victoria sent a wreath of them to his funeral and every year on this date his statue and grave are decorated with them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primrose_Day

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 4/26 5:16am. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/19 at 2:57am. 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 4/21 at 8:16pm. 

Mars has shifted even farther. 
Right after dark, the Sickle of Leo stands vertical high due south. Its bottom star is Regulus, Leo’s brightest. Leo himself is walking horizontally westward, with the Sickle forming his front leg, chest, mane, and part of his head.
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 5:57 a.m. EDT this morning.)
Uranus is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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

Sun in Aries enters Taurus at 2:27pm
4th Quarter at 2:57am
Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 3:52am
Mercury (5/3). Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25) Retrograde
Color: White

Harvest 4/19-21

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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
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
W   19      Low  12:46 AM     3.6   6:25 AM    Rise  2:42 AM      56
~    19     High   6:23 AM     6.1   8:06 PM     Set 12:39 PM
~    19      Low   1:37 PM     1.0
~    19     High   8:27 PM     5.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is something wrong if you are always right.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Memories – Recall the last time you were bored. Describe the situation and explain what you did about it.

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Quotes  

~  If you want hits, be prepared for the misses. – Carl Yastremski
~  If you want to know what the word of “God” is, sit down and listen. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves. – Rumi
~  It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggression.” — Sigmund Freud

A gush of bird song, a patter of dew
A cloud and a rainbow’s warning;
Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue
An April day in the morning!’ – Harriet Prescott Spofford (18351921), American writer

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Beltane Magick – Crafts

Flower Chains – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

Materials: A grocery bag full of flowers such as daisies, dandelions or other common flowers with flexible stems.

Method 1 – Make a cross with 2 flower. Bend the stem of the top flower around the stem of the bottom flower. Tie a knot with the flower stem and pull lightly to tighten. Lay another flower over the joined stems and tie another knot. Continue with steps 1-3 till chain is as long as you want it. Tie the very last stem around the first one to form a ring. Wear it as a crown or necklace.

Method 2 – Use a pin or your fingernail to make a slit in each flower stem about 1″ below the flower head. Slip the stem of a second flower through the slit in the first stem. Repeat step 2 until the flower chain is as long as you want, then slip the last flower through the slit in the first to form a ring.

Pressing Flowers – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

Selecting The Flowers – Garden flowers, leaves and ferns can be collected and pressed for use in making pictures or cards. A botanical collection can also be made with wild flowers (never rare flowers). Only take one or two common flowers from a spot where they are plentiful.

Flowers should be picked after mid-day when they are dry. They should be pressed as soon as possible after picking to avoid wilting. You will find through trial and error which flowers dry best and which colors are lasting. Do not try to press a very thick flower it would be best to disassemble and press just the petals. Remember fresh flowers, press quickly and carefully, dry well, and use small flowers (or thin pieces of thicker flowers).

Pressing The Flowers – Flowers can be pressed between sheets of blotting paper and placed in a telephone book with weights. A flower press can be used, consisting of layers of newsprint interleaved with corrugated cardboard. A press uses plywood board top and bottom, and pressure is applied by tightening the wing nuts on the four corner screws.

Flowers are then carefully laid in the press, with plenty of newspaper between layers, and cardboard after every few layers. Leave them undisturbed for two or three weeks for best results.

Fairy Furniture

May is a month that fairies love. Show them your appreciation by making them some furniture!

Items needed:

  • twigs, vines, dried flowers
  • needle and thread
  • scrap material
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • pruners to cut the twigs

Directions:

  1. Decide what you’re going to make. We’ll make a chair, to give you an example.
  2. Cut the twigs in this manner – one long, bendable piece that will form the back legs and back of the chair, and four equal lengthed twigs which will form the two front legs and the seat.The chair should stand no more than four inches tall (including the back)
  3. Bend the long twig,and hot glue one of the smaller pieces in between the two ends where you want the seat to be.This will be the back of the seat.
  4. Hot glue on each side of the bent twig facing towards you a smaller twig; these will be the sides of the seat.
  5. Glue the front piece of the seat to these side twigs.
  6. Glue the two front legs to the seat so that the chair legs are even.
  7. If you wish,wrap the vines around the chair back and legs.
  8. Cut the scrap material to form a “back” and a “seat” – these are NOT to be as wide as the chair, but will fit inside of the twigs.
  9. Using your needle and thread, attach the material to the chair using a whip stitch.
  10. Hot glue small dried flowers at the top of the chair.

This technique can be used to make all kinds of fairy furniture, from tables to beds, to sofas – all of which are sure to delight your fairies! You can make little tea cups too from dried flower cups!

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Daily Stuff 4-18-17 Superman

Hi, folks!

It’s such a lovely spring morning! It actually finally feels like spring, with strong sunshine and 63F. Everything is in bloom, even the native rhodys are showing tiny signs of pink, here and there. There wind is blowing at about 5mph, but we get an occasional gust in the 20’s, that makes the wind chime go off. The sky is a pale blue flannel, soft and warm, with bits and clumps of fiberfill strewn across it. Maybe I’ve been sewing too much! This should be a lovely break today, but the rain will be back tomorrow. We got 2/3 of an inch, yesterday and we should get the next break on Friday.

Yesterday just went. I had a lot to do, so it just flowed past. I’m about 3/4 of the way unpacked, with only stock to put away and miscellaneous bits. Class went well. We’ve been talking a little about how to hack the 101 course up again, since Lesson 1 takes *way* longer than most of the other lessons.

Today it was light way too early! I was awakened around 5 by the growing light, got up and wrote for awhile, then went back to sleep with an eyeshade on, so then I didn’t wake until past noon. Today’s poem in the Quotes section is really appropriate. The shop doors are wide open and the air smells wonderful!

I need to get the stock back into place today, and start the newsletters. I have a *lot* of writing to finish! Today’s the day for it, since the paper run is tonight. Tempus has some shopping to do before he starts and then he’ll pick me up as usual.

Yes, we live in Oregon. This guy was on the path down to the apartment last spring, 4/13/16!

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Today’s plant is the tropical tree, the Rose Apple90px-Syzygium_jambos Syzygium jambos – In ancient Sanskrit, the land now called India was referred to by the ancient Indians themselves as Jambudvipa, which means Rose-apple-land (jambud = rose apple; vipa = land). With its thick, leathery leaves and great span of branches, the Jambu Tree offers great shade and coolness against the sun. Stories tell that Lord Buddha sat in the shade of a Jambu Tree (the story is Syzygium_jambos_Fruit_and_seeds_IMG_4906often told as a “Bodhi tree”), watching men plowing the land with oxen and meditating on the burdens we all must carry in this life. He was determined that he would either reach enlightenment or die where he sat. He finally saw his previous births and realized that people are born and reborn into different states according to their deeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_jambos  Information on the Bodhi Tree, Ficus religiosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_tree

feast 0418 Stamp_Day_for_SupermanToday’s Feast is in honor of the date in 1938 when the super-hero, Superman, first appeared in Action Comics. He’s a cultural icon, probably one of the most recognizable. He’s gone through comic books, newspaper comics, radio shows, television (my childhood… flying on a table with a fan in front of him. <grin>) movies, etc. This is a good article:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman The picture is George Reeves from the government film, “Stamp Day for Superman”. This is the Reeves who was the television actor, not Christopher Reeves who played Superman in the movies, and in a irony of fate, was paralyzed from the neck down in a riding accident.

The shop opens 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 4/26 5:16am. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/19 at 2:57am. 

Mars passes closest to the Pleiades April 19–21. (For clarity, the Pleiades are always slightly enlarged in these illustrations.) As twilight fades away, modest Mars glows less than 4° from the Pleiades from now through Sunday.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Sagittarius) rises around 1 a.m. and glows highest in the south by early dawn, upper right of the Sagittarius Teapot. Redder Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkles 19° to Saturn’s right in the early-morning hours.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  

Sun in Aries
Moon in Capricorn
Mercury (5/3). Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25) Retrograde
Color: Scarlet

Planting 4/17-18

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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
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Tu  18     High   5:20 AM     6.4   6:26 AM    Rise  1:59 AM      65
~    18      Low  12:34 PM     1.0   8:05 PM     Set 11:43 AM
~    18     High   7:23 PM     5.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t ever become so busy, that you fail to realize how happy you are.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – Explain why you like or dislike(d) riding on a school bus. (If you don’t/didn’t ride on a school bus, explain why it would or would not be preferable to whatever means you take/took to school.)

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Quotes  

~  Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.- Ken Blanchard
~  If you are a perpetual victim, you are very likely allowing yourself to be one. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  If you aren’t going all the way; why go at all? – Joe Namath

I open wide the portals of the Spring
To welcome the procession of the flowers,
With their gay banners, and the birds that sing
Their song of songs from their aerial towers.
I soften with my sunshine and my showers
The heart of earth; with thoughts of love I glide
Into the hearts of men; and with the Hours
Upon the Bull with wreathed horns I ride. – HW Longfellow (1807 – ‘82), American poet; ‘The Poet’s Calendar‘ for April

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Beltane Magick – Poems

A Prayer of thanks to a lover – excerpt from Fifth Sacred Thing By Starhawk;

My love, you are a river fed by many streams
I bless all who have shaped you,
The lovers whose delights still dance patterns on your back,
Those who carved your channels deeper, broader, wider,
Whitewater and backwater lovers,
Swamp lovers , sun-warmed estuary lovers,
Lovers with surface tension,
Lovers like boulders,
Like ice forming and breaking,
Lovers that fill and spill with the tides.
I bless those who have taught you and those who have pleased you and
those who have hurt you.
All those who have made you who you are.

Beltane Poemhttp://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Written by Lady Lissar, jskolnik@cap.gwu.edu

Green
spilt out into the meadows
running into every being
filling us up with spirit
tumbling
the pulsing red life of the earth
in the smoke of the firecircle
i saw my demons scatter to the skies
dissolving into the midnight air
there is nothing but the sun

the moon
in perfect equilibrium
unreal yet grounded
alone in body, full in spirit
love

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many Aries does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but it takes a hell of a lot of light bulbs.

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Daily Stuff 4-17-17 Machendrana

Hi, folks!

Wicca 101 tonight, Lesson 5!

Rain. 52F, no wind, even the anemometers down on the beaches aren’t registering very much. We’ve had a third of an inch of rain already this morning. Just a cool, drippy day.

Yesterday Tempus was Mr. Lonely most of the day. We didn’t have a lot of customers and the holiday kept the House Capuchin folks away, so when he got the message of when Seamus and Alexander and I would be in Florence, he just closed the shop a few minutes early and headed our way.

The day started slowly for me. No one was moving quickly after our late night. Temperance made us a lovely oatmeal breakfast and we talked a lot in between slowly packing up and tracking things down and getting them to the car.

We had a good drive going back through La Pine, the Willamette Pass and Eugene into Florence. We stopped once to grab some food, and I dozed for about an hour and a half at one point, but I loved watching the river (the MacKenzie?) as we followed it down and then the Siletz after we turned at Mapleton. I haven’t a clue what all we talked about, but I know we did, seemingly the whole way. A lot of that kind of conversation is, “Isn’t that a pretty tree?” and “Oh, I just saw a….!” but it’s fun.

A couple of things I do remember, though. One was a couple of deer standing right near the road that turned and jumped over a downed tree, just soaring through the air and landing so lightly. The other was a house on the way into Eugene whose whole end wall is taken up by 3 stylized cars that appear to be doing the wiggle-butt preparatory to pouncing on the garden shed!

We hit Florence a few minutes before Tempus did and the guys offloaded my stuff. I told ’em to head home, but they waited until Tempus got there. Those two took *such* good care of me over the weekend! They headed south to Coos Bay and Tempus and I headed back to the shop.

He made us some supper while I caught up on mail and writing and small shop chores and starting the unpacking and starting to nibble on my chocolate bunny. The pic here is what he looked like just before we headed home… By the time we ate, cleaned up and headed home I was whimpery-tired. I don’t remember any more of last night!

Today we’ve already been working on unpacking. Tempus has a shelf until in the walkway, (yes, you can get through), that is gradually making its way over into his office space. Hopefully, it won’t be in the way for more than a few more minutes. Once I’m done unpacking, I want to pick up/clean up the front sitting area where we have classes and then work on Herbs in the back. Of course, we have Wicca 101 tonight, too.

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Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail, equisetum sp.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetumplant herb horsetail Equisetum_arvense_fr  The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit and can be used, dried, for scrubbing pots and finishing wood. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.

weather RaindropsToday’s Feast is that of Machendrana in Nepal, supposedly an ancient and powerful rain god. There’s a Chariot festival associated with this, but do you know, all of the online citations seem to come from one of two sources, since they all have the same wording and there’s nothing that I’ve found that says that this is anything but a modern pagan invention? One of the citations of this is Gerina Dunwich’s Wiccan Book of Days, the other seems to be an expanded wording of that. Hmmm….

The shop opens 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 4/26 5:16am. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/19 at 2:57am. 

Mars seven days later. Mars passes closest to the Pleiades April 19–21. (For clarity, the Pleiades are always slightly enlarged in these illustrations.)
Bright Arcturus is climbing high in the east these evenings. Equally bright Capella is descending high in the northwest. They stand at exactly the same height above your horizon at some moment between about 9:00 and 10:30 p.m. daylight-saving time, depending mostly on how far east or west you live in your time zone. Can you time this event? Like everything star-related, it happens 4 minutes earlier every night.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, in Virgo) shines in the east-southeast at dusk. It’s highest in the south by around midnight daylight saving time. Spica hangs a good 8° below it now. In a telescope Jupiter is still 44 arcseconds across its equator, still essentially the same as at opposition April 7th.

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  

Sun in Aries
Moon in Capricorn
Mercury (5/3). Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25) Retrograde
Color: Lavendar

Planting 4/17-18

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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~               /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
M   17     High   4:30 AM     6.7   6:28 AM    Rise  1:12 AM      74
~    17      Low  11:38 AM     0.8   8:04 PM     Set 10:51 AM
~    17     High   6:19 PM     5.7
~    17      Low  11:37 PM     3.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right and pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your opinion of people polluting the environment?

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Quotes  

~  You have to be ready to seize the opportunities that come and to follow the path down which intuition leads you. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  You never really lose until you quit trying. – Mike Ditka
~  Your second-hand bookseller is second to none in the worth of the treasures he dispenses. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~  Be the peace that you seek. – Mahatma Gandhi

Till April starts, and calls around
The sleeping fragrance from the ground,
And lightly o’er the living scene
Scatters his freshest, tenderest green.
Thomas Gray (1716 – ’71), English poet; ‘Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude

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Beltane Magick – In Praise of Pagan Men
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Author: Sia@FullCircle [a WitchVox Sponsor] Posted: May 1st. 2004 Times Viewed: 11,112

Speaking as a feminist and as a Pagan woman, I would like to say this: I like men. I like to flirt with them, I like to be around them, I like to knowing them as friends, I like working with them, and I like hearing their take on things. So it seems to me that Beltane — a holiday that celebrates the Green Man – is a perfect time to celebrate the many great men in the Earthwise community.

It’s been said that “Nine tenths of the Laws of Chivalry is the desire on the part of men to keep all the fun to themselves”. While that may have been true in the past, our Pagan men have found a way to merge old world courtesy with modern equality. Anyone who’s been to a Pagan event will know whereof I speak, and will appreciate these men for their gallantry and their sense of style.

Goddess knows, I like their sense of style. These guys are as comfortable wearing leather, silk or velvet as they are wearing blue jeans or a suit. I’m not taking just about the young, hunky guys, either; I happen to think that all men are handsome and that all women are beautiful. In fact, it’s been said that I organize Pagan events just so I can see lots of men in costume. To that I answer, “Yea, verily.” (Hey, I may be married, folks, but I’m not dead.)

I like these men because they’re proud of who they are. They view themselves as people, and not just as wage earners or studs. I also love their honesty, their humor, and their hard won maturity. They treat both women and men with respect and they expect the same in return.

When these men choose to parent, I see them doing their very best to be nurturing, involved fathers. They are comfortable caring for children and they do a great job. Many of these men did not have wise or loving fathers themselves but they are determined to be the right kind of parent for their own kids, and to this I say, “Praise Be.”

These men have no wish to live in some patriarchal past. They know that good men don’t “help” with the housework; they simply do what’s needed. In other words, they see themselves as equal partners. As a result, their lovers don’t have to work the dreaded “Second Shift” (1) It’s amazing what a great relationship people can have when they’re not exhausted, angry, and bitter. The sex is better, too.

All women know that a man who does the laundry, actually sees the dirt and deals with it, and who knows how to cook is much sexier than the guy who brings flowers and jewels when he’s courting, but who expects us to become his serving wench after the honeymoon is over. The first kind of man is cherished and his partner is the envy of all. The second kind is disrespected, nagged, and very often divorced. Pagan men know this. Many of them witnessed a dysfunctional relationship between their own parents and they want something healthier for themselves. And to this I say, “Praise Be.” (2)

All of my men friends, whether they are heterosexual, gay, or bisexual, like and honor women. In turn, we Pagan women honor them. What matters to us is not how much money they make or what kind of car they drive. No, we want to be around men who are strong minded and kind. We want them to be happy, and we’ll do what it takes to help them realize their dreams. It’s amazing what kind of a relationship people can have when one of them isn’t caught in a life littered with missed opportunities or locked into a job they hate because their partner expects a certain kind of lifestyle. If being Pagan means anything, it means we accept the responsibily for our own lives and have the courage to make our own choices. Even so, it’s nice to have someone who believes in you, standing on the sidelines, cheering you on. These men do that for us, and we are happy to do the same for them.

Knowing men of such high quality can be a challenge, but I guarantee you this: you’ll never be bored. If you know a man who loves life, who does his best at work (and who has interests outside of work) and if he is funny, smart and capable and honors your strength as well as his own, then you are blessed.

Such magikal beings may seem to exist only in myth but they are real enough in our community. I tend to think of these wonderful guys as “Green Men” because The Green Man (3) is such a positive male archetype.

William Anderson notes in his book Green Man that this image has existed in our culture for many thousands of years. The Green Man is most often portrayed as a human head in a leaf mask and as such it is often found carved on hunting weapons, pendants, horns and drinking vessels. We moderns know him mostly because the Gothic stone carvers (4) placed the Green Man on so many medieval places of worship. These heads were placed in thousands of churches and cathedrals throughout Europe in an area ranging all the way from Ireland to Russia. Most of these carvings can still be seen today.

Writers like Anderson and John Matthews (the author of Green Man: Spirit of Nature) have traced this archetype and they note that it appears many times in human history. We see him as Robin of the Wood, the Green Knight of Arthurian Legend, as the May King and the Summer Lord and as Cernunnos, the Celtic God of the Forest. The myth extends beyond Europe into Mesopotamia and Greece for he is related to Silbanus, the Roman God of the wood, Adonis, the beloved of Aphrodite and Dionysus the God of wine and wildness. He appears yet again as The Fool in the first Arcanum of the Tarot. Those of you who loved The Lord of the Rings will recognize the Green Man in the figure an Ent named Tree Beard. Ents are a race of beings (Tree Herders) who protect the forests they inhabit.

At its deepest level, the Green Man figure represents our kinship with trees and wood. He is both in the wood and of the wood. Herein he acts as hunter, provider, guardian, progenitor, and friend.

The Green Man is complex; he’s gentle and strong, wise and foolish, divine and human. He stands for the power of the life force and he brings with him abundance and great joy. He is also a God of death and rebirth. Like Kali, he controls the powers of creation and destruction. He can teach us to understand the difficult paradox of a “good death” and warns against the curse of a wasted life. He understands pain, loss, letting go, sadness, change, and renewal; things we all experience at some point in our lives. Whether we mourn or whether we dance, we can call upon the Green Man.

This powerful image has recently become popular with the members of the modern ecology movement. Anderson notes:

Our remote ancestors said to their mother Earth, “We are yours.”
Modern humanity has said to Nature, “You are mine.”
The Green Man has returned as the living face of the whole earth
so that through his mouth we may say to the universe, “We are one.”

Today I see many Pagan men (and women) wearing this symbol to events. Some wear it to honor the God and some to show that they are Green Witches, healers, or herbalists. It is also popular among those who are part of a Shamanistic tradition. The Green Man is a symbol honored by all who seek mystery and transformation in their lives. He can be found by anyone brave enough to venture into those dark woods and wild places inside our selves. To find the Green Man is to find a deeper meaning to our own life’s story. To quote Oscar Wilde, “The final mystery is oneself”. The Green Man knows this and is willing to point the way.

To be in touch with the Green Man is also to revel in the bacchanalian side of our nature. The ancient Greek’s taught that we should all cut loose and go a little “mad” from time to time. They believed that this was essential for spiritual balance. But to view the Green Man only in that context is turn the Wild Wood into a Frat House. Let us not mistake the great God for a Lost Boy; he’s the Green Man, not Peter Pan (and by the way, guys, none of us wants to be your “Wendy”. She’s right up there with Becky Thatcher in the Codependant Pantheon and, frankly, the role is no damn fun… .but I digress). Yes, the Green Man knows how to party, but he is also a wise leader, teacher, and guide.

True leadership is not as our culture would have it “power over” but rather “power with” and “power for”. In T.H. White’s book “The Once and Future King”, King Arthur realizes early in his reign that many of Merlin’s lessons have been about the use of power. The problem in Arthur’s world is that “Might is right” and once he realizes that he designs his Round Table around the concept of “Might for right”, and so changes history.

When I look at my male friends I see that they, too, are changing history. These men are harkening back to a much older and more profound male model, and in doing so they are changing what it means to be a man in this society. The personal (as we feminists have so often pointed out) is political. Change one aspect, and you can’t help but change the other.

Women have worked for many years to make our own way back to strength, honor and balance so we know how hard this process can be. These days both men and women are traveling without a map and with no clear directions on how to proceed. But I firmly believe that if we support one another we can all get there, or rather, we can all get back there. As Gloria Steinem once said:

“The first problem, for all of us, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”

So, if you know man within your Circle or circle of friends who you think is special, please take a moment and let him know that you appreciate him. Green Men are hard to find these days; let’s honor the ones we know. (5)
Blessed Be to all our men this Beltane,
Sia
Biography: Sia is the Council Leader for Full Circle Events, a non-profit Neo-Pagan group which hosts events like the annual Beltane Ball. She can reached for comment at info@fullcircleevents.org.
End Notes:
(1) In her book titled “The Second Shift“, sociologist Arlie Hochschild takes us into the homes of two-career parents to observe what really goes on at the end of the “work day.” Overwhelmingly, she discovers, it’s the working mother who takes on the second shift.

Hochschild finds that men share housework equally with their wives in only twenty percent of dual-career families. While many women accept this inequity in order to keep peace, they tend to suffer from chronic exhaustion, low sex drive, and more frequent illness as a result. The ultimate cost is the forfeited health and happiness of both partners, and often the survival of the marriage itself.

(2) I’m not suggesting that partners have to do exactly the same tasks or that everyone has to work outside the home for their love to be a union of equals. What I am saying is that each relationship (whether it be lover, roommate or friend, poly, hetero, lesbian or gay) has to have a deep-seated feeling of equity between partners. If the burdens of daily life are seen by those in the relationship to be fairly shared amongst all parties, then it doesn’t matter who cuts the grass. (It does matter if you don’t know how to do laundry or if you “would just die” if they ever left you to fend for yourself. In such cases it’s time to add some new skills to your toolbox).
(3) The first use of the term “Green Man” was by the distinguished anthropologist, Lady Raglan. Her article on the Green Man appeared in the magazine “Folk Lore” (vol. 50) in 1939. It is she who makes the connection among the various myths, the carvings, and Pagan ritual. Lady Raglan writes “(there is) a figure variously known as the Green Man, Jack-in-the-Green, Robin Hood, the King of May, and the Garland, who is the central figure in the May-Day celebrations throughout Northern and Central Europe.”
(4) Gothic Art is the style of art produced in Europe from the Middle Ages up to the beginning of the Renaissance. Typically religious in nature, it is especially known for the distinctive arched design of its churches, its stained glass, and its illuminated manuscripts. The Gothic Period in art history dates roughly from the 5th to the 16th century, C.E.
(5) According to Anderson, Terri Windling and other writers there are also “Green Women”. The goddesses Asherah and Flora are good examples, as are the nymph Chloris and Dakshi, the tree-goddess of India. The Green Woman can also be found in the legend of the Lady Greensleeves and in the stories of the gallant lass known as Maid Marian.

Here are some other books of interest:

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculineby Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette
Lord of Light and Shadow: The Many Faces of the God by D.J. Conway
Wiccan Warrior: Walking A Spiritual Path In A Sometimes Hostile Worldby Kerr Cuhulain
Triumph Of The Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft by Ronald Hutton

Here are some websites you might enjoy:

The Green Man and The Green Woman: Tales of the Mythic Forest – This part of Teri Windling’s website features her splendid essay titled “Tales of the Mythic Forest” which is about the Green Man and Green Woman archetype as it appears in ancient and modern literature. It also has some beautiful images by artists such as Brian Froud, Robert Gould, Wendy Froud and Alan Lee, among others.
The Green Man: Variations on a Theme: – This essay by Ruth Wylie for Edge Magazine discusses the Green Man image as it appears on churches throughout Europe.

The Mystery of the Green Man — A site with great images, including pictures of the Green Man in India and Nepal.
The Lodge of Herne: A Place for Pagan Men
Gay Paganism – The index at The Witches Voice
The Green Man: Common Themes: East & West

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  • -Seems mighty chummy with the dog all of a sudden.
  • -Unexplained calls to F. Lee Bailey’s 900 number on your bill.
  • -He actually *does* have your tongue.
  • -You find a stash of “Feline of Fortune” magazines behind the couch.
  • -Cyanide paw prints all over the house.
  • -You wake up to find a bird’s head in your bed.
  • -Droppings in litter box spell out “REDRUM.”
  • -You catch him with a new mohawk, looking in the mirror saying, “Mew looking at me? Mew looking at me punk?”
  • -Takes attentive notes every time “Itchy and Scratchy” are on.
  • -Has taken a sudden interest in the wood chipper.
  • -Instead of dead birds, leaves cartons of Marlboros on your doorstep.
  • -Ball of yarn playfully tied into a hangman’s noose.
  • -You find a piece of paper labeled “MY WIL” which says “LEEVAWL 2 KAT.”
  • -Now sharpens claws on your car’s brake lines.
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