Daily Stuff 5-6-19 Eyvind Kelve

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 8:31 AM of -0.9 feet. Wicca 102 at 6:30pm.

It’s overcast, but the sun is shining, anyway. The sky is mostly white with cloud thin enough to make the sensors not be able to figure the altitude! There must be several layers up there the way the light comes and goes. In case it hadn’t quite registered, yet, I did find some new sun and partly sunny clipart. I was getting kinda bored of the old ones. 🙂 55F, wind at 3mph, AQI13, UV7 (despite the clouds), pollen count is high (grass). We’re coming into the time of year when folks are going to sunburn badly if they’re out too long during the day. This kind of weather, when the “hot” of the sun doesn’t register, is the absolute worst. Use sunblock and appropriate clothing and climb on people who don’t. Getting skin cancer is curable, but who wants to do chemo? Remind people, please? I’ve got a friend who is still on chemo, from last year, quite bald, regularly barfs up her toenails and still had to go to work. Ack! There’s a chance of rain at the far end of the 10-day forecast again. We’ll see.

Yesterday was Project Day and it was pretty busy, enough so that I’m going to grab the description off the House newsletter and edit for names and such.

20 of the little packets of powder fort, kept in canning jars for freshness.

I started the day making a playlist for a group called, “Lurpakket”. They’re Danish, doing a lot of “crossover” of Medieval/Renn music with more modern arrangements, but still on mostly period instruments. One of the most interesting is a seriously uptempo version of Douce Dame Jolie, but their version of Horses Bransle is also very good.

Next up was bagging some of the powder fort. We’re going to set up batches of the various mixes and put them into sets for largesse. We got 20 bags out of the near-pint of powder fort from Saturday.

A warped card loom and the gown is behind the flowers

While I was finishing that, Tempus was working in back to get the table clear for sewing. House Silvermists showed up at 2pm and started in on projects: a banner and a re-build on a gown. We talked a lot about the various projects underway, but also Wilhelm and I got going on religious history. We have mutual interests in that in Central and Eastern Europe. Aesa brought in her warped up loom. Ella took pictures for everyone and did a lot of twirling in her cool skirt outside.

The finished banner for camp use.

Eventually the banner and Wilhelm were back in the sewing machine and got finished, all the way to the motif that was machine-stitched on. This is one for camp use and to hang on a spear, so it’s more for the look than for the stitchery. Still, it was accomplished, start to finish, in just a few hours.

The sad remnants of a snack

Aesa and Loren went over to the Chocolate Frog and got some goodies for sustenance: gummi bears, sea foam, jelly sticks and a couple of kinds of fudge. Most of it didn’t last long enough for a pic!

Aesa worked on her gown all day. Most of it was pulling out the side seams, so’s to add some

Pinned seam

fabric so she can move in it while attending to Silent Herald duties. (These are the people that interpret into American Sign in official venues) There were a *lot* of interesting noises coming from that side of things, resulting from how long it take to rip out seams, from a couple of oopsies with tearing fabric and the eventual jubilation of being done with that part. She got the fabric cut for the insets and for bias cuffs and did get some time on the sewing machine.

End of day – Border is done, picked and and started redo on an oopsie in a leaf line near the bottom. Pulled un-needed guide threads.

Anja did quite a bit on her sampler and then also started a ball. Nick (Chocolate Frog) stopped by for a hug after work and then Amy dropped in for a bit.

Today I overslept by a very large margin. I was finally up and doing by 2pm! …and yeah, still had this to do.

We have 102 class this evening, on Lesson three. I’m getting antsy about the sampler, so I want to spent some time curled up with that, so’s to get it closer to finished. Those blank space that still have guide threads on the inside of the border still need to be filled in and this is going to be the fun part. I have patterns for newts, frogs, butterflies, a rooster, little birds, a pear (for Bartlett) a bell (for Campbell) and a really cute turtle.. 🙂

This is the Hawaiian Chieftain sailing around Yaquina Bay on 5/14/15! Pic by Ken Gagne. She and the Lady Washington are due back in late June-July.

Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting,Plant photo pearly everlasting Anapahlis_margaritacea  margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea

Feast 0506 Olav Tryggvason-svolderMay 6 is the day of Eyvind Kelve in Norse celebrations. Eyvind Kelve was a pagan martyr who was tortured and drowned on the orders of King Olaf Tryggvason for refusing to give up his pagan beliefs. Eyvind refused to convert. He was pricked with hot pins, had his fingers broken, his back scored and fruit and salt scrubbed into the wounds, and still refused to consent to baptism. He was deprived of food and sleep, and when he still refused, Olaf declared that if he would feast 0506 Sejdmennot take the waters of baptism, the waters would take him, and had him drowned. I guess pagans have our tortured martyrs, too…. …and the Law of Return at work, Olaf eventually drowned after a losing battle at sea.  According to Heimskringla’s account, king Olaf had practitioners of seiðr tied and left on a skerry at ebb. More on Olav here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olav_Tryggvason#Forcible_conversions That guy was a real piece of work! A week later, Norwegians celebrate the Festival of the Midnight Sun, which pays tribute to the Norse sun goddess. This festival marks the beginning of ten straight weeks without darkness. In part from  http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/beltanemayday/p/Beltane_History.htm  A tiny bit more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyvind_Kelve

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Love & Light,
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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/18 at 2:11pm. New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 2:54am on 5/6. Diana’s Bow On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 5/9 at 2:54am

As a new monthly lunation gets under way, the waxing crescent Moon stalks upward through Taurus and into the feet of Gemini.

As twilight fades, look low in the west-northwest for the thin crescent Moon a few degrees above Aldebaran as shown here. Because we always show the Moon three times its actual apparent size in these scenes, it seems here to be occulting Zeta Tauri on May 7th. In fact it will cover the star in the U.S. only for Florida, the deep south, and the mid-south. See the text for May 7.

Mars mosaic astro – By combining roughly 1,000 Viking Orbiter images, researchers created this stunning mosaic of Mars that shows surface features at a scale of just over half a mile (1 kilometer) per pixel. NASA/JPL/USGS

Mars continues to add its ruby-red glow to Taurus the Bull this week. Shining at magnitude 1.7, the Red Planet appears slightly fainter than the constellation’s brightest star, ruddy 1st-magnitude Aldebaran. The planet lies nearly 25° above the western horizon an hour after sundown and doesn’t set until after 11 p.m. local daylight time. As the sky darkens, you should notice that Mars is nestled between the Bull’s two horns — Beta (β) and Zeta (ζ) Tauri — making it look as though Taurus has sprouted a third one. Beta shines as brightly as Mars while Zeta appears 1.3 magnitudes fainter than the other two. Adding to the scene is a slender crescent Moon perched just above the Hyades star cluster, which forms the Bull’s face.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, still at the eastern foot of Ophiuchus) rises in the southeast around 11 p.m. daylight-saving time. It shines highest in the south around 3 or 4 a.m., well before dawn begins, with orange Antares twinkling 14° to its lower right. In a telescope Jupiter has grown to a good 44 arcseconds wide as it approaches its June 10th opposition. See Richard Jakiel’s Jupiter observing guide in the May Sky & Telescope, page 52.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Gemini
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde

Color: Silver

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M    6     High   1:37 AM     8.0   6:00 AM    Rise  7:25 AM      0
~     6      Low   8:31 AM    -0.9   8:26 PM     Set 10:32 PM
~     6     High   2:55 PM     6.6
~     6      Low   8:21 PM     2.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the All-Mother: I sow harmony where ever I go. The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte

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Journal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if someone got in front of you when you were in line at the movies?

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Quotes

~   Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God. Really. – Lenny Bruce, American comedian, born on October 13, 1925
~   I harbour the hope that in founding the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, in empowering the Ogoni people to fearlessly confront their history and their tormentors non violently, that in encouraging the Ogoni people to a belief in their ability to revitalise their dying society, I have started a trend which will peacefully liberate many peoples in Africa and lead eventually to political and economic reform and social justice. – Ken Saro-Wiwa
~   Attractive as the Diggers’ manifesto was to many of the dispossessed, it found little favour with property owners. – George Monbiot, English journalist and author; ‘Still Digging’
~   We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security. – Dwight D Eisenhower

The flowers in the breeze are swaying, swaying,
The whole wide world is out a-Maying. –Genevieve Mary Irons (1855–1928)

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Magick – Court the Wild: Find Your Secret Spot in Nature

Courting the wild–spending one to two hours each day in nature–is the author’s suggestion for how to remain sane and grounded in a stressful world; as a way to continually expand our compassion for all life. He suggest that by courting the wild we might be influenced by a beautiful and powerful force that moves us to live according to our values and visions. We can do this by finding our own “secret spot” as a place to begin learning about nature.

There is a magical, wild place near your home, accessible by foot, pedal, or bus; an undomesticated corner passed over and for now forgotten, where you can take time regularly to learn from nature. What draws your attention? Court the wild with these ideas to help you find and experience your secret spot:

The idea is this: you locate a spot in nature that invites you in. Then you return for an hour each day for a year. It is best if the spot is close to home so you can cycle or walk there. Are you wondering, “What am I going to do for an hour in the same spot every day?”

You can sit quietly and observe what’s going on. Your hearing or sense of smell might heighten if you close your eyes. Try taking ten minutes to focus on each sense: sounds, sights, smells, touch and intuition.  While you sit quietly, what birds come in? What animal tracks, webs or feathers arrived since yesterday? What interactions between species do you notice? How do you feel in relation to this place? Maybe you want to let go of thoughts, plans, and worries and remain present to each passing moment.

You can keep a journal, write poems and stories, or make detailed observations. Draw a map of a 20′ by 20′ area; learn every plant and animal there.
Copyright: Adapted from Radical Simplicity by Jim Merkel
New Society Publishers, 2003
Copyright (c) 2003 by Jim Merkel

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Silliness – Malaphors

 

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Daily Stuff 5-5-19 Kodomo no Hi

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Pavel Voita. Minus Tide at 7:52 AM of -0.7 feet. House Capuchin Project Day 1-5pm.

Bright sunshine again! There’s always that question this time of year. “Is this an early summer or an aberration?” 56F, wind at 6mph and gusting, AQI17, UV7, grass pollens high. The chance of rain has dropped out of the forecast again.

Yesterday I did get a little done. Herbs Workshop in the morning was interesting and fun. We talked herbs and spices from the standpoint of herb&spice mixes and mulling wine mixes and ended up by making a batch of powder fort.

I tracked down my waterproof glue and got the bottles of selenite and rutilated quartz done. I did some more photos and got them taken care of and did some more writing. I did some embroidery in the afternoon and kept going on that in the evening.

Today I’m groggy. Coffee will help, I hope. Tempus is working in back to get the table cleaned off again, since we’re supposed to sew back there today. I have to figure out where I’m going to keep my jars of spice mixes, too. I’m hoping to make little baggies of mixes this afternoon.

Bridge Tower & Chestnuts – Pavel Voita

plant pic flower false lily of the valleyToday’s Plant is False Lily of the ValleyMaianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here:  http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm

250px-Koinobori4797Kodomo no Hi, Children’s Day in Japan. is a feast that started 1500 years ago or more. It changed from Boys’ Day to Children’s more recently, in 1948. It celebrates children’s personalities and their happiness, and honors their mothers. Mochi wrapped in oak leaves, filled with bean jam and iris-wrapped mochi filled with sweet rice paste are served on this day. …and tell Fawkes, “Happy Birthday”, too!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day_%28Japan%29

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/18 at 2:11pm. New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 2:54am on 5/6.

Mars invades Taurus – The Red Planet appears as the Bull’s third horn May 6, when it lies midway between the traditional horns represented by Beta (β) and Zeta (ζ) Tauri. A slender waxing crescent Moon hangs lower in the sky, just above Taurus’ Hyades star cluster. – I
One of this year’s best meteor showers reaches its peak before dawn tomorrow morning. The Eta Aquariid shower derives from bits of debris ejected by Comet 1P/Halley during its many trips around the Sun. When Earth crosses this debris stream, our planet’s atmosphere incinerates the tiny dust particles and we see the streaks of light called meteors, or “shooting stars.” Shortly before dawn, an observer at a dark site can expect to see up to 20 meteors per hour — an average of one every 3 minutes. Viewers in the Southern Hemisphere, where the shower’s radiant (in the constellation Aquarius) passes nearly overhead, should see twice as many. And with the Moon having reached its New phase yesterday, conditions should be ideal.
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 lower through the evening.
Before the Moon returns to brighten the evening sky, learn to find (once and for all!) the famous galaxies M81 and M82 by using the faint “Mini-Dipper” attached to the Big Dipper’s lip. See Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column and chart in the May Sky & Telescope, page 43.
Mercury is lost in the glare of sunrise, far lower left of Venus.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 8:40pm.
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde

Color: Orange

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su   5     High   1:06 AM     7.9   6:01 AM    Rise  6:51 AM      0
~     5      Low   7:52 AM    -0.7   8:25 PM     Set  9:25 PM
~     5     High   2:10 PM     6.7
~     5      Low   7:45 PM     2.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Success and victory enter my life like welcome friends.

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about one of your first away-from-home experiences.

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Quotes

~   The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing. – Aleister Crowley; attributed
~   Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone. – Last words of Nurse Edith Cavell, executed on October 12, 1915
~    to emphasize the heroism of Columbus and his successors as navigators and discoverers, and to de-emphasize their genocide, is not a technical necessity, but an ideological choice. It serves – unwittingly – to justify what was done. – Howard Zinn, American historian
~   Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea.  It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference. – Nolan Bushnell

Nut for the slut; plum for the glum
Bramble if she ramble; gorse for the whores. – Traditional English saying; one should preferably leave hawthorn at a friend’s door for their luck, but other plants are an insult. I suggest you leave the gorse at home.

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Silliness – Questions – Who is this Rorschach guy? And why does he paint so many pictures of my parents fighting?

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Daily Stuff 5-4-19 Star Wars Day

Hi, folks!

May the 4th be with you! Featured photo by Ken Gagne. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 7:16 AM of -0.2 feet. Herbs Workshop at 11am. Sewing at 3pm.

It’s early yet. The sun is up, but hasn’t begun to shine past the mountains, yet, and the sky is just blue, no pink or gold except in the east. It’s going to be a nice, sunny day, but it’s still chilly. 47F, wind at 3mph, AQI11, UV7. It’s likely to get a bit windy this afternoon and the only possibly rain in the forecast is for a week from Monday and that’s only 25%!

Yesterday I didn’t get very far on much of anything and Tempus was the same. We were both really wiped from the way-too-short night and took turns napping and starting sleepily at computers. I guess some computer housekeeping got done, but not much else until closing time was past.

..and I was tired and shaky enough that I dropped the little bunny snowglobe that I had bought for my Mom many years ago, and it smashed all over the floor. The little statue and the base are intact, it’s just the globe…but still…

I finally got back to the cordials and got two pears into the jar. Of course, the jar is too small, and it’s pretty obvious there won’t be enough liquid, much less spices compared to the amount of zest in them.

Today I think we’re going to talk cordials and work on spice mixes in the Herbs Workshop. Sewing is BYOP (bring your own project and/or questions/requests.) We’ll be open on time, but we may be closing on time, as well, since there’s a lecture down in Yachats that we’ve been talking about. It’s iffy whether we will or won’t.

A Ken Gagne from the morning of 5/4/16 of a sand dollar on the beach.

Today’s Plant is RhubarbRheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since 220px-Rhubarb_Piethe roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back, and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.

newsletter coexistYes, today’s feast, Star Wars Day, is based on a pun, “May the 4th be with you!” I’m a geek, what can I say?  :-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day I went to the first screening, the first day it was available in Baltimore, with my Daddy and we both enjoyed the heck out of it. It’s come a very long way since then!

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 5/4 at 3:45pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at New Phase on 5/4 at 3:45pm. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/18 at 2:11pm. New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 2:54am on 5/6.

All this week, Saturn remains almost stationary with respect to the Sagittarius Teapot in early dawn and before. The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.

<<< Vega is the brightest star in the northeast late these evenings. Look 14° (about a fist and a half at arm’s length) to Vega’s upper left for Eltanin, the nose of >>>> Draco the Dragon. Closer above and upper left of Eltanin are the three fainter stars of Draco’s stick-figure head, also called the Lozenge. Draco always points his nose to Vega no matter how we see them. He seems awfully curious about it. A jewel for dragon food? The faintest star of Draco’s head, opposite Eltanin, is 4th-magnitude Nu Draconis. It’s a lovely, equal-brightness double star for binoculars and small scopes (separation 61 arcseconds).
Head outside late this evening and you can’t miss Jupiter. The giant planet rises shortly after 11 p.m. local daylight time and climbs highest in the south around 4 a.m. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.5, which makes it the brightest point of light in the sky until Venus rises during twilight. The planet currently resides among the much dimmer stars of the constellation Ophiuchus. A telescope reveals the gas giant’s 44″-diameter disk and four bright moons.
New Moon occurs at 6:46 p.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.
The Venus-Mercury challenge gets even tougher! Venus (magnitude –3.9) and much fainter Mercury (about magnitude –0.3) are both very low in the brightening dawn. Pick up Venus just above the due-east horizon about 20 minutes before sunrise. Then use binoculars or a wide-field telescope to look for little Mercury a good 6° to 8° to its lower left. Good luck.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.

Sun in Taurus
New Moon exact at 3:45pm
Moon in Taurus
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde

Color: Blue

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa   4     High  12:36 AM     7.7   6:03 AM    Rise  6:21 AM      1
~     4      Low   7:16 AM    -0.2   8:24 PM     Set  8:17 PM
~     4     High   1:27 PM     6.7
~     4      Low   7:10 PM     1.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Failure is not an option.

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – How many people are in your whole family? How many are male? Female?

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Quotes

~   Waiting for the German verb is surely the ultimate thrill. – Flann O’Brien; The Hair of the Dogma (1977), published posthumously
~   The human race sits in its chair. On the one hand is the message that says there’s nothing left to do. And the Larry Walterses of the earth are busy tying balloons to their chairs, directed by dreams and imagination to do their thing. – Robert Fulghum; from All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten   Source
~   Let reason rule the man and he dares not trespass against his fellow creatures, but will do as he would be done unto, For Reason tells him is thy neighbour hungry and naked today, do thou feed and clothe him, it may be thy case tomorrow and then he will be ready to help thee. – Gerrard Winstanley
~   It has been said that love robs those who have it of their wit, and gives it to those who have none. – Dennis Diderot, French encyclopaedist, born on October 5, 1713; Paradoxe sur le comédien

Sange they alle the service of the feste,
And that was done right early, to my dome (as I judged);
And forth goeth al the court, both moste and leste,
To feche the floures freshe, and braunche, and biome;
And namely (especially) hawthorn brought both page and grome,
With freshe garlandes party blew and white;
And than rejoysen in their grete delight,
Eek eche at other threw the floures bright,
The primerose, the violete, and the gold’ (the marigold). – Chaucer, referring to the practice of gathering flowers on May Day Chaucer, referring to the practice of gathering flowers on May Day

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Magick – Recipes

Soup with Wild Greens

Ingredients

  • 1 quart of water
  • 2/3 cup of barley
  • 1 handfull stinging nettles chopped
  • 1 handful wild garlic green stems chopped
  • 3-4 wild garlic bulbs sliced
  • 3-4 leaves of garlic mustard
  • 1 handful dandelion greens
  • 3 medium size pieces of portable soup (about 1-1/2 inch size pieces)
  • 2 large pinches of Mushroom ketchup powder
  • 1 pinch Salt, 1 pinch Pepper, and 1 pinch Cayenne all from Jon’s Pocket Spice Box

Directions

  1. Pour the water and barley in a small sized pot and set it over your campfire.
  2. After about an hour, add in the wild greens.

Delicious Pear Bread

http://busycooks.about.com/od/quickbreads/r/improvpearbrd.htm

This delicious bread tastes best if cooled completely, then wrapped in plastic wrap and stored at room temperature overnight. The recipe is ‘improved’ because I added baking soda to help offset the acidity of the pears and lemon in the original recipe, resulting in a more tender texture and better browning. And take a look at my other quick bread recipes for more ideas.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Cooling time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 75 minutes

Yield: 2 loaves; 16 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 16-oz. can pears, drained, reserving pear liquid
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice OR reserved pear liquid
  • 3/4 cup ground blanched almonds
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. reserved pear liquid

Preparation:

Cream butter, 1-1/4 cups sugar, and eggs until light and fluffy. Drain pears and puree them in a blender or food processor, making sure to reserve some of the pear liquid before pureeing. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and add alternately with the pureed pears and lemon juice (or 1/3 cup reserve pear juice). Stir in ground nuts. Spoon batter into two greased and floured 4×8″ loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes, or until bread is light brown and begins to pull away from sides of pan.

In small bowl combine 1/3 cup sugar and reserved pear liquid. Brush this glaze over loaf immediately after it’s removed from the oven. Let stand in pan for 10 minutes, then pour rest of glaze evenly over bread. Remove and cool on wire rack.

Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 pound shrimp, shelled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Preparation

  1. In a large skillet, melt butter and oil. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in wine and lemon juice and cook 1 minute.
  3. Stir in shrimp, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes over high heat, stir constantly.
  4. Serve with pasta or rice.

Tools

  • Wooden spoon
  • Skillet
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon

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Silliness – Trans-Slender

 

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Daily Stuff 5-3-19 Tempus’ Teapot

Tempus n’ his Teapot

The universe in a grain of sand, and all it’s connections in a piece of string ….. Yuppers, I’ve been playing with my string ball again, and today it was inspiring thoughts of beginnings and endings, and ultimate futility, which of course then required thoughts of resistance, Trekkie that I am. I mean, why do I bother to wind disparate fragments of string back into balls, knowing that at some point they will fall back into useless chaos? Why do we do anything knowing that it cannot last? Metal rusts, stone erodes, stars run out of fuel, and the entire universe is destined for an ultimate uniform heat death. Nothing lasts, the center does not hold, and in the end Entropy will have its way. If resistance is futile, why then resist?

Galaxies

Because we can.

Because we choose to.

Because we must.

In the end all things must fail, else how would there be room for anything new? The test, the question, is not one of failure, but of “How well did you resist?”. Did you quit? Did you give up before you had no options left? Or did you continue to resist after all your options were exhausted, like the fighter who was knocked down, and got back up, only to be knocked down again, over and over, until finally he could not rise again, at which point he grappled his opponents legs and bit him on the ankles? The will to resist, to deny Entropy its due for as long as we are able, and then that much yet again, but still knowing that we will fail, is one of the most basic characteristics of being human….

But if Entropy is undefeatable, how then did the Universe come to exist in the first place? Most Creation myths start with everything being in a formless and chaotic condition, but then having order forced upon it in some manner. I had a modernized narrative occur to me as I was winding ….

Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey

And God said, “This is fucking boring. Hey, Entropy, we have to liven this place up some!”, and Entropy replied, “I kinda prefer it nice and quiet like this….”. God responded, “I did not frame that as a request ….”. Entropy said, “Fine. Bring it …..”.

And that was how the fight started…..

And God and Entropy strove one against the other for long eons, til suddenly there was a Big Bang, and a flash of Light, and Entropy said, “Shit ….”. And there were stars, and galaxies of stars, and pretty nebulae, and the Music of the Spheres was playing on the stereo, and God said, “Now THAT’S more like it!”

But the Goddess called the God over, then, and said, “This is all really nice, and very pretty, thank you, but how are you going to keep it going? You know Entropy is going to keep trying to knock it apart again, and I can’t have you spending all your time chasing him off the property, I’ve got a list of other chores for you that need to be done….”

God was perplexed, because he knew She was right (She was always right), He did have other responsibilities. He realized that He needed help. He decided that He would create a new kind of critter, and would imbue it with OCD, to enforce order upon chaos. He called us humans, and charged us with resisting Entropy. We might not be able to beat it, but we could at least slow it down enough so that God would only have to step in occasionally to do the really heavy lifting. And so we have. We have spent millennia teaching ourselves to organize, and count, and make things into regular shapes, and make crooked paths straight, and just in general being a real thorn in Entropy’s side, resisting chaos at every opportunity, even though we are fully aware that Entropy is eternal, and inevitable. That is our job, and we keep getting better at it.

But is resistance actually futile? If EVERYTHING is ultimately doomed to fail, might that not include Entropy as well? I find myself thinking about a far, far, distant time in the Universe, a hundred trillion years or so, if the estimates are right, when all the nuclear fuel has been used up, and the last feeble red dwarves finally start running out of energy.

And I imagine a couple good ‘ol boys, Carl and Elon, sitting out on a back porch in ragged jeans and t-shirts, finishing off a 6-pack of Dead Guy, and looking up at a very much darker night sky, just as the final star winks out. And Carl says, “Well, they was pretty while they lasted, wasn’t they? But they had to give out eventually.” And Elon looks over at a beat up old gauntlet laying on the edge of the porch that he had picked up at a pawn shop a while back, and says, “You know, Carl, I do believe I can fix that …. Here, hold my beer ….”, as he slides the gauntlet onto his hand …..

And Entropy quietly whimpers, “oh, shit, here we go again ….”

Fuck you, Entropy. We are your worst nightmare.

Hubble Deep Field

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Daily Stuff 5-3-19 Bona Dea

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Kamil Prochazka. Minus tides start tomorrow!

Bright sunshine again! 56F, wind at 5mph and gusting, AQI21, UV7, grass pollen still high. We might get some wind later this afternoon and there’s still no real chance of rain in the forecast.

Yesterday, for some reason I was just foggy all day. I just never seemed to shake it. Late in the afternoon, though, I did get some work done. I managed to get a swatch of pictures finished and a little writing to go with them.

Tempus went out to do the laundry and got back with only enough time to heat some supper and then he took off and I got a nap. When I got up I started a couple of liqueurs that I’m making for late in the month, then cut up the oranges and lemons to make some flavored water than I’ll freeze to add to iced teas over the summer. I even managed to make a soup of a bunch of leftovers. It’s what my Daddy called, “scraped icebox soup”, using up things that don’t necessarily go together, but need to get used up

I really needed to re-start my computer and wouldn’t you know, it glitched in the middle and needed a hard re-boot, but I can’t reach the cords. <sigh> So I had to drag Tempus down from the paper route. Urf.

He had started the regular route around 12:30 and managed to go pretty swiftly through most of it, despite me. He picked me up around 4:10 and then let me back off again at 5:05. The night was *very* clear! Jupiter and Saturn were plain to the south, but there was too much mountain range in the way to see Venus. 😦 He got done at about 6:20.

Today we have to get caught up. Tempus is working in back right now, cleaning up what I missed. I have to get farther on the books. I tried, yesterday, but kept getting sidetracked. …and I’m even more distractable today, or this would have been out sooner!

From tour boat on the Vltava in Prague of the Charles Bridge and Bridge tower by Kamil Prochazka.

Today’s plant is the SnowberrySymphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods and that you can often find places where altars used to be by looking for the bushes.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
feast 0503 Bona Dea Feast Tellus_-_Ara_PacisToday’s Festival is that of Bona Dea. Wikipedia has her feast on May 1, but other calendars have it on the 3rd or 4th. Bona Dea means “the good goddess”. There isn’t a lot of evidence for where her worship came from or even who she was, but speculation in the pagan community ties her to the worship of the great mother goddess of the Mediterranean area whose worship was put down by the takeover of the warlike patriarchal cultures. Bona Dea’s rites included blood sacrifice, a night ritual and strong wine, which were otherwise forbidden to women and men were not allowed to attend or even watch. More from Wikipedia here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea I miss Pip Wilson’s Almanac….

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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 5/4 at 2:45pm. 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 5/3 at 2:45am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at New Phase on 5/4 at 2:45pm. 

The Summer Triangle returns to the evening sky – Summer’s brightest asterism shines prominently before midnight in May. In this image, the Summer Triangle and the Milky Way appear above Yosemite Valley in California. The North America Nebula (NGC 7000) lies on the far left, above Half Dome, while the lower right features Nevada Falls and, below it, Vernal Falls. – Ruben Kier

Although the calendar says May, the sky’s Summer Triangle returns to prominence this month. The asterism’s three bright stars — Vega in Lyra, Deneb in Cygnus, and Altair in Aquila — all clear the horizon by midnight local daylight time. An hour later, they rule the eastern sky. Vega shines brightest and appears at the apex of the triangular asterism. Look for Deneb to Vega’s lower left and Altair to the lower right of the other two. The Summer Triangle will grace the Northern Hemisphere’s evening sky from now through the end of the year.
Three zero-magnitude stars shine after dark in May: Arcturus ^^^^^ high in the southeast,<<<< Vega much lower in the northeast, and Capella >>>>> in the northwest. They appear so bright because each is at least 60 times as luminous as the Sun, and because they’re all relatively nearby: 37, 25, and 42 light-years from us, respectively.
Neptune is still deep in the glow of sunrise.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 1:18pm.
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde

Color: Pink

Harvest 5/1-3

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F    3     High  12:07 AM     7.4   6:04 AM    Rise  5:55 AM      4
~     3      Low   6:40 AM     0.3   8:23 PM     Set  7:11 PM
~     3     High  12:45 PM     6.6
~     3      Low   6:36 PM     1.5

 

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Accepting responsibility is the key to personal freedom.

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Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – If you were the principal of your school, what would you do to make the school better?

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Quotes

~   Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of most people. – Thor Heyerdahl
~   The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal. – David Brin, science fiction author, born on October 6, 1950; ‘A Contrarian Perspective on Altruism: The Dangers of First Contact’, September 2002
~   Here in a variety of wicker lounges and easy chairs these luxurious bachelors look down, as if from an eyrie, on to the road beneath and the blue winding river and clustering South Brisbane beyond. It was a lovely, mild, moonlight night with a faint cool breeze coming from ~   the sea. – Francis Adams, Australian writer, born on September 27, 1862; Australian Life
~   Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. – Ray Kroc

What plant we in this apple tree?
Sweets for a hundred flowery springs
To load the May-wind’s restless wings,
When, from the orchard-row, he pours
Its fragrance through our open doors;
A world of blossoms for the bee,
Flowers for the sick girl’s silent room,
For the glad infant sprigs of bloom,
We plant with the apple tree. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor

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Magick – Studies – Goddesses

BONA DEA – Matronella (Rome)

Themes: Femininity; Blessing; Fertility; Divination; Abundance

Symbols: Vines; Wine

About Bona Dea:Bona Dea’s name literally means “good goddess.” Her energies come into our lives at the outset of this month, offering all good things, especially fertility and a greater appreciation of the goddess within each of us.

Traditionally, Bona Dea is a women’s Goddess who received offerings of wine in exchange for prophetic insights during her observances.

To Do Today: On March 1, February was escorted out of Rome with a flourish of adaptable activities. Exchange sweet gifts as the Romans did to ensure yourself of a sweeter future. Greet a friend with Bona Dea’s name to invoke her blessings on them. Put up a grapevine wreath fashioned like a heart (or other symbol of something you need), and leave a glass of wine on your altar to honor Bona Dea’s presence in your home and your life.

In Rome, female slaves would get this day off, and the head of the house would wait on them. In modern times this equates to switching roles for a day at home. Whoever normally gets up and fixes breakfast gets to sleep in, whoever normally does chores gets to go out and socialize, and so forth. Bona Dea appreciates the considerate gesture as much as you do and will rain her goodness upon your home. )0( By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Matrona – Dividing the Cheese (Switzerland) – Themes:  Harvest; Providence; Health; Abundance; Autumn; Love – Symbols:  Swiss Cheese; Water

About Matrona:  This Teutonic Mother Goddess is the great provider of both food and refreshment, especially freshwater.  A benevolent figure, she personifies the earth’s abundance during the fall and offers to share of that wealth freely.  Judging from artistic depictions of Matrona in the company of a dog, or carrying palm fronds, she may have also had a connection with the healing arts.

To Do Today: People in the Swiss Alps gather today to enjoy the fruits of their labors, specifically cheese that has been stored in cellars since grazing season in the summer.  In many ways this is a harvest rite, rejoicing in Matrona’s ongoing providence.

Consider enjoying a Swiss fondue today, complete with sliced harvest vegetables and breads from Matrona’s storehouse.  The melted cheese inspires warm, harmonious love.  Matrona makes that love healthy and abundant.  For physical well-being and self-love, simply add some sautéed garlic to this blend, or add other herbs known to combat any sickness with which you’re currently coping.

Other ways to enjoy this Goddess and invite her into your day?  Have an omelet with cheese and harvest vegetables for breakfast, or grilled cheese and ice water at lunch.  If you own a dog, share a bit of your healthful meal with it!  )0( By Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess”  and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

ANCIENT MOTHER INVOCATION*
Holy Mother, you are the Earth!
You ground us as we walk upon you,
You are in the trees that shelter us
And when we hug the trees we hug you.

You were here from the very first,
Nurturing us; and we made clay statues
Celebrating your thighs and breasts
That birthed us and fed us.

We baked bread in your images,
Since we knew all food came from you.
Lady of the Beasts, we are grateful…
Since earliest times, we have loved you.

Asherah, Astarte, Mawu, Bast, Inanna
Erishkegal, Anahita, Ishtar, Gaia, Isis;
So many from such different lands!
We don’t know all of your many names,

But we know you have always loved us,
Cared for us and protected us;
You are rooted in our lives and our dreams.
We hear your voice in the humming bees

See your beauty in the blooming flowers,
Hear the sound of your drum and sistrum.
The very beat of our hearts is in tune with you,
For you are the Ancient Mother of our souls.
© July 3, 2008
Beth Clare Johnson
(Mystic Amazon)

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Silliness – Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter pt 1

Rule One: If you pull into my driveway and honk you’d better be delivering a package, because you’re sure not picking anything up.
Rule Two: You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes or hands off of my daughter’s body, I will remove them.
Rule Three: I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don’t take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object. However, in order to ensure that your clothes do not, in fact, come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric nail gun and fasten your trousers securely in place to your waist.

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Daily Stuff 5-2-19 Florifertum

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Melissa Hansen.

The sky is clear and a pale pastel blue. There seem to be some small puffs lingering around the horizon. 61F, wind at 9mph, AQI16, UV7, grass pollen is very high and we’re starting to see some broom pollen.  No chance of rain for 10 days out, but it’s going to get cloudier.

Yesterday started late and slowly. I had a lot of writing to do and both of us needed to catch up on mail. Eventually Tempus went out to run some errands while I got a bath, then we both started on getting ready for the Sabbat.

After we got things cleaned up I went back to the computer and Tempus was trying to find some of our supplies. Once folks got here for the Sabbat we started setting up and then chatted for awhile.

The Sabbat went well and we had a nice feast afterwards, but beyond that Tempus and I were pretty tired. For once we got to sleep early. If I had been able to stay that way it would have been great, but I was up and down quite a bit, so it’s only now that I’m getting going here.

Tempus had the shop open at 11, and I’ve been working in back sorting some things out so I can put stuff away better, and getting the cheese-making tools back into their box so that once the used ones are finished and the cheese-cloth washed we can put the box up.

I had more books to process through and then I need to so some more on the various pieces of obsidian that are wandering around. Tempus is going to have to go do laundry and we have the paper run tonight.

Busy day!

Beautiful ocean by Melissa Hansen‎ (C) 2017

220px-Polystichum_munitum_(Jami_Dwyer)_001Today’s Plant is Sword fernPolystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. – This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern

plant poppy wheatThe Florifertum is a wheat offering for the end of the Floralia, the feast of the Goddess of plant life, Flora, held on this day. This Goddess in England (and in most of Europe by other names) is known as Helen or Elaine. Sarn Helen means a straight track, a ley-line road, which existed from Pre-Celtic times through to the take-over of Christianity and can still be seen connecting sacred places. Being that these are roads, that also makes them sacred to Hecate, who is honored both now, and at the opposite station on the Wheel of the Year, at Samhain. More here on the Floralia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floralia#Observances

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 5/4 at 3:45pm. 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 5/3 at 2:45am. 

Venus and the crescent Moon – The night sky’s two brightest objects meet in the May 2 morning sky. The photographer managed to capture a similar predawn conjunction February 26, 2014, from a parking lot at the University of Dayton. – John Chumack

Venus pokes above the eastern horizon about an hour before sunrise. The brilliant planet dominates the predawn sky as the rosy glow heralding the Sun’s arrival grows brighter. Venus shines at magnitude –3.8, more than three times brighter than the second-brightest planet, Jupiter. The inner planet looks stunning all week, but never more so than it does this morning when a waning crescent Moon passes 4° to its south (lower right). If you view Venus through a telescope, you’ll see a disk that spans 11.5″ and appears nearly 90 percent lit.

How soon after sunset can you see the big Summer Triangle? Face southeast and look high. There’s Altair, currently the triangle’s bottom point. Vega, the Triangle’s brightest star, is nearly at the zenith (as seen from mid-northern latitudes). Deneb is a bit farther to Altair’s upper left.

Summer is more than six weeks away, but the Summer Triangle is beginning to make its appearance in the east, one star after another. The first in view is Vega. It’s already visible low in the northeast as twilight fades. Next up is Deneb, lower left of Vega by two or three fists at arm’s length. Deneb takes about an hour to appear after Vega does, depending on your latitude. The third is Altair, which shows up far to their lower right around midnight.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Sagittarius) rises around 1 a.m. As dawn begins, it’s the “star” 27° (almost three fists at arm’s length) to Jupiter’s left.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aries
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde

Color: Crimson

Harvest 5/1-3

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th   2      Low   6:04 AM     0.9   6:05 AM    Rise  5:30 AM      9
~     2     High  12:01 PM     6.4   8:21 PM     Set  6:07 PM
~     2      Low   6:02 PM     1.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dream, a dream, because dreams are what tomorrows futures are made of.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold. — Anonymous

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Quotes

~   What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? – Robert Schuller
~   Blues to me is many things. It has to do with people, places and things. And the way of life that we lived in the past, we are living today, and the way I believe we will live tomorrow. It tells you about the world as well; it tells you about yourself as well as the ones you love. – BB King
~   On September 16, 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died. – Gore Vidal (b. 1925), US novelist, critic; ‘The Day the American Empire Ran Out of Gas’, Armageddon? Essays 1983 – 1987 (1987)
~   The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world. – Leonard Cohen

The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer– they think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer. – Ken Kesey, Merry Prankster, arrested on October 19, 1966

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Magick – 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!

Cow Puppet – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html (Adult supervision for the scissors)

Items needed:

  • Paper Lunch Bag (preferably white)
  • Black Paint
  • Circle-Shaped Sponge
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

With your paper bag, take your construction markers to make a face on the bottom of the bag. The mouth will be on the bottom edge where the bag is folded. You can use felt as well, for the eyes, nose, ears, spots, etc. For the ears, cut small and pointy shapes out of the construction paper and use the glue to attach them to the side of the bottom edge of the bag.

For the table, now, and for next year’s celebrationhttp://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html

May Pole Centerpiece – You will need: 18″ wood dowel or thin branch, 6-9″ diameter flat round wooden plaque, small grapevine wreath, approx. 6-8″ diameter, decorated on both sides, 1 yard each of red and white ribbon, scissors, drill and a 1/4 drill bit, 1 1 1/4 length flattened wood screw, hot glue gun. Drill pilot holes completely through center of plaque and 1/2 deep into the bottom end of the dowel. Cross the ribbons and glue on top end of the dowel. Attach the dowel to the stand by screwing the screw through the plaque, and then into the bottom end of the dowel. Glue wreath on top of dowel by melting a medium dab of glue on top of the crossed ribbons and on the bottom of the wreath, then join the wreath to the top of the dowel. To make it more secure wait a few minutes and then glue around the edge of the wreath where it meets the dowel, filling in gaps. Braid the ribbons – one color going left and under the other color, which is moving right. Braid about 2 inches down the dowel and tack to the dowel with hot glue to keep in place. When set, tack the ends of the ribbons to the edge of the wood plaque with hot glue.
~author unknown

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Silliness – Smart Joke # 12. Boy I tell ya, entropy ain’t what it used to be. – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2

 

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Daily Stuff 5-1-19 Blessed Beltane

Hi, folks!

Blessed Beltane! Open Circle tonight at 7pm! Featured photo by Pavel Vojta.

The sky is a pretty pastel blue and the sun is shining merrily.  57F, wind at 4mph and gusting, AQI 14, UV7, grass pollen still high. There’s a very slight chance of precipitation in the middle of the night, most likely an aggressive mist, rather than rain.

Yesterday started so late, as Tuesdays often do, that I started to wonder if I was going to get *anything* done, but I managed to get going after awhile.

After all the running around, Tempus started working in back, trying to get caught up. He managed and we both got supper before he had to head to Newport and he did a bit of grocery shopping. I have to get a couple of cordials made this week if they’re going to be ready for the last week of the month so I needed some pears for the one cordial and orange and lemon peel for both. I also need alcohol for them, but we’ll get that today.

I was finally working on the cheese at that point and had set up the newsletter “frames” for the week, earlier. After the cheese was done I started on some name research. I didn’t really get anywhere, but it’s a start.

Tempus picked me up at about 4:15 or so and dropped me back off before 5:30. I got to see Jupiter and Saturn, but wouldn’t you know it, the clear sky went cloudy inside of a few minutes! <sigh> It was only just starting to get light when I got back. Tempus got in just before 7am.

We’re finally waking up, well past 2pm, and we need to get going to finish stuff before the ritual tonight!

Photo by Pavel Vojta of that square in Prague that I keep using pictures of. I love the colors!

plant flower Turenza AnthuriumToday’s plant is Anthurium. This is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. The most common names for this plant that is beloved by florists include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. The genus is native to the Americas, where it is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean. – Masculine, Fire, Vesta & Mars – Correspondences are for bringing love and beauty to the home, hearth fires and passion. Great handfasting plant! More here:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthurium

We’ve been talking about this for a month! Did you wash your face in the morning dew? Have a Blessed Beltane and a prosperous season! Beltane  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltane  and May Day  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 5/4 at 3:45pm. 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 5/3 at 2:45am. 

It’s May now, but wintry Sirius still twinkles very low in the west-southwest at the end of twilight. It sets soon after. How much longer into the spring can you keep Sirius in view? In other words, what will be its date of “heliacal setting” as seen by you? This week provides skywatchers with their final opportunity to get a good view of Sirius, the night sky’s brightest star, before evening twilight swallows it. This luminary gleams at magnitude –1.5 low in the southwestern sky. If you look an hour after sunset (approximately 9 p.m. local daylight time), Sirius lies about 10° high. In all likelihood, the star will be twinkling madly as its light passes through the thick layers of turbulent air that lurk near the horizon.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, at the eastern foot of Ophiuchus) rises in the southeast around 11 or midnight daylight-saving time. It shines highest in the south before dawn begins, so that’s the best time to observe it telescopically. Jupiter has grown to a good 43 arcseconds wide (equatorial diameter) as it creeps toward its June 10th opposition. See Richard Jakiel’s Jupiter observing guide in the May Sky & Telescope

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 3:24am.
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde

Color: White

Harvest 5/1-3

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W    1      Low   5:26 AM     1.4   6:07 AM    Rise  5:06 AM      16
~     1     High  11:15 AM     6.2   8:20 PM     Set  5:04 PM
~     1      Low   5:26 PM     1.2
~     1     High  11:37 PM     7.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I work for enjoyment and satisfaction – not just to earn a living. I use my mind and thoughts to enhance my life.

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Journal Prompt – Expository – What state or country what is your mother’s family from?

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Quotes

~   From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step. – Dennis Diderot; ‘Essai sur le Mérite de la Vertu’
~   I don’t consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.  – Leonard Cohen
~   I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. – Nathan Hale (1755 – ’76), US revolutionary soldier; speech, September 22, 1776, before being executed as a spy by the British. In 1713, English author Joseph Addison had written similar words: “What pity is it/That we can die but once to serve our country!” (Cato, act 4, sc. 4)
~   If you want to see your plays performed the way you wrote them, become President. – Václav Havel; from ‘Address to the Institute of Contemporary Arts’, London quoted in The Independent, London, March 24, 1990

That Anarchist world, I admit, is our dream; we do believe – well, I, at any rate, believe this present world, this planet, will some day bear a race beyond our most exalted and temerarious dreams, a race begotten of our wills and the substance of our bodies, a race, so I have said it, ‘who will stand upon the earth as one stands upon a footstool, and laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars,’ but the way to that is through education and discipline and law. Socialism is the preparation for that higher Anarchism; painfully, laboriously we mean to destroy false ideas of property and self, eliminate unjust laws and poisonous and hateful suggestions and prejudices, create a system of social right-dealing and a tradition of right-feeling and action. Socialism is the schoolroom of true and noble Anarchism, wherein by training and restraint we shall make free men. – HG Wells; New Worlds for Old (1908)

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Beltane Magick – Beltane and Sex Magic – Author: Red Dragon [a WitchVox Sponsor], Posted: April 30th. 2017

Organized religion has dealt a low blow to sexual pleasure over the centuries. Both men and women, although mostly women, have struggled at the very least to keep their sensuality and sex-lives intact. If we’re especially diligent, we’ve managed to achieve Sex Magic! So, this Spring, this Beltane, let’s honor our beautiful, juicy selves, regardless of our age, and consider for a few moments here how glorious our pleasure-seeking eroticism can be for enhancing our joy, expanding our heart energy, cultivating magic and revitalizing our connection with all that is.

Sex Magic is a combination of external techniques and internal practices, most of which are aimed at heightening our ability to feel into the intricacies of our ecstatic experience, to influence it’s quality and to strengthen our presence. It deepens awareness, and enhances pleasure and connection during a sexual encounter. Means and practices in the toolbox of the erotic magician are Tantra, sexual Pagan artistry, female ejaculation, multiple orgasms, shamanic ecstasy, orgasmic meditation and much more.

Male and female and the potential energy between them are the main catalysts of the evolutionary force of the Goddess, Eros, Aphrodisia and eroticism. Spirit uses whatever means are necessary to break us open and force our quickening. Magnetism between the sexes is the primary vehicle for arousing our limbic consciousness. Kundalini represents a ripening and fruition of the body/mind of the individual and is the driver for collective sensual awakening. This Kundalini, this perfect love, elevates all that is mundane and raises all that is ‘dead.’

Sex is the essence of creation, from the birth of all life, to the birth of creative expression. For centuries, we’ve worked to channel this energy into the most fulfilling areas and higher states of consciousness. Countless practices reference the hidden (and not so hidden) powers within sexual expression. The Kabbalah sees sexual desire as the deepest spiritual expression one can have. Yogic philosophy refers to Kundalini, our sexual energy, which lies dormant until exaltation in its highest form.

Sex Magic is sexual alchemy, a chemical/hormonal romance that transforms the raw energy from our libidos into rapturous creativity. This catharsis releases built-up tension and is a catalyst to exploring our sexual guilt, denied sexual urges by our learning to embrace more fully our shadow elements in the sexual domain.

As individuals, we have the freedom to choose the manner in which we express our personal eroticism. Sexual freedom means mutually respectful, consensual acts of intimate adult sensuality and sexuality, between or amongst trusted, equal partner (s) . A sexually free individual leads a lifestyle that harms none as it does not ever involve coercion.

By opening our heart, we use our creative life force energy (sexual energy) to merge ecstatically with our partner (s) and through him or her, we become one with the Universe or the Goddess/God as a Divine Union. Nothing can match the explosive energy created in the body by pure desire. The energies fueled by passion are used to nourish the inner flame that melts the egotistical perception of the mind. We discover for ourselves the Divine Masculine or Divine Feminine within our own heart and mind that enable us to attain mastery of our breath, thought, and the natural process of the body towards ecstatic pleasure and love for, first, ourselves, that we may never have known existed. Once we bring this into sacred union with another, we never settle for anything less again.

Because we are sexually free, we lack the guilt and shame so characteristic of a patriarchy that loathes the spirituality of eroticism and the temporal pleasures of the body and flesh. Those of us who celebrate — as well as practice — the ideals inherent in an erotic and lustful worldview are unaffected in our private, personal lives by mainstream religious society’s prevailing sex-negative conventions, practices and/or attitudes.

Genuine, authentic (and often tantalizing) sexual relations are a purely personal matter; these private interactions depend solely on the individual consciences of the people involved. Sexually free people accept gays and lesbians, bisexuals, alternative partnerships, polyfidelity, polygamy and polyamory. We rejoice in the freedom of sex magic as self-affirming, life-affirming and self-empowering, while sharing pleasures of the body with another or others. All of this awakens us to our own awareness of our ‘aliveness, ’ is physically and spiritually energizing.

Healing through sexual ecstasy is to be experienced playfully, yet with awareness and a sense of sacredness in every gesture, every sensory perception, and every action. For the sexual magician, this is a spiritual path, albeit highly sensual, which includes and appreciates the experience of our sexuality and as a conscious meditation, as a flowing together of the physical, erotic and cosmic energies. The magic of eroticism in the shamanic realms is a merging of spiritual-sexual-energetic integration using movement, breath, sound and rhythm to open up and awaken your senses to being present, and to feeling what is.

In sex magic, we uncover, evoke and embody erotic archetypes. They can be valuable and exciting allies for heightening sensitivity, strengthening awareness, sexual healing and for widening the range of erotic play. Diving deeper into the fabric of our human experience and our erotic selves, we enhance the energies of intention, bliss and presence, while enjoying more awareness, richness and pleasure in our life.

Intently drinking in and responding to the scent of trees and flowers, the melody of birdcalls and music of spring’s awakening, the feeling of grass between our toes or against our bare back, the taste of wild fruit’s warm, sweet juice; undulations of life, the language of Eros, of nature’s native tongue, we deepen our connection, open our heart and expand into our fully embodied, ripe, sexual selves. Naked and joyous in the sun, this kind of immersion is our most powerful ally in becoming aware of and eradicating unconscious patterns that may have gotten in the way of our creating and enjoying our own intense, magical, desirous sexuality in relationships or encounters.

Experientially, by using Tantra, ancient and new shamanic and/or Pagan teachings, and a myriad of other techniques, or just spending a few days immersed in nature, it’s possible that the simplest of shifts in presence and heart, in our breathing, or in our movement or mindset will change our life, our joy and our intimacy.

Spring is the mating season; isn’t it time for us sexual magicians to wave our magic wands over those still sleeping, to awaken them into their fully acknowledged sexuality? Sexual energy can’t be destroyed, but only transformed. Beltane is the season of transformation, rebirth, renewal, a bursting forth from the sacred womb of our Mother Earth in unbridled, fantasy-evoking rapture, magic and euphoria!

ABOUT Red Dragon
Location: Yarmouth, Massachusetts
Website: http://www.redragonmagic.com
Bio: I am the wizardress of magical change, creating magic in people’s lives, one being at a time, radiating out in concentric circles, in ripple effect, touching 100’s and 1000’s of beings with passion, joy and love

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