Wicca 101 at 10am. Brea’s Elements at Noon. The Goddess Returns at 1pm. Kat’s workshop at 2pm, then Practical Craft at 3pm. Very full day!
Just another rainy season day, today. Tomrrow might get interesting, though, with a high wind watch in effect for midnight tonight through Monday evening.
Classes went well yesterday. We also got a lot of small stuff done, mostly shifting/cleaning/sorting in the storage area. I got a little sewing done and we don’t have any more grit for the one rock tumbler….
Pretty much sums it up…..
Today there’s a *lot* going on. You can see that from the listing above.
…and I’m sleepy and I have to be at the shop at 9, so I’m going to close here. I’ll do better tomorrow!
The shop opens at 10am today, although I’ll be there at 9am. Spring Break hours from 3/24-4/1, 10am-6pm, (only closed on Tuesday) from Saturday the 23rd through Sunday, the 1st. 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!
Love & Light,
Café Press Products from Ancient Light - http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight Everything from T-shirts to pillows to coffee mugs to journals with witchy or just fun designs! I’ve added a bunch of products to the Happy Naked Pagan Dance design!
Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection. We have designs for sale in the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and the Pagan Collection is coming soon.
Our Circle’s site! http://www.ancientlight.info/circle/ Add things by e-mailing me here. email@example.com
The Moon is waxing gibbous. 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.
This is the time of year when Orion, declining in the southwest after dark, displays his three-star Belt more or less horizontally. The Belt points left toward Sirius, and right toward Aldebaran and (farther on) brilliant Venus.
If we told you Mercury shines at the zenith at midnight, you'd know it was April Fool's, right?
On the other side of the sky, watch the Moon pass icy blue-white Regulus and fiery yellow-orange Mars.
Venus and Jupiter are moving ever farther apart in the western twilight, as shown at the top of this page. Venus is the brighter one, on top. Jupiter is 14° below it on March 30th and 19° below it by April 6th. These are the two brightest celestial objects after the Sun and Moon, being magnitudes –4.5 and –2.1 right now, respectively.
Venus skims the little Pleiades star cluster this week. It's closest to the Pleiades' center on April 3rd. Binoculars help show the delicate stars behind Venus's bright glare.
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 - 4/17
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 Cancer enters Leo 1:35am
Mercury retrograde, Mars retrograde, Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
4/1 – Sunday, April Fools’ Day, Palm Sunday - Last day for Oregon Spring Break
Shop open 10-6
10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Goddess Returns
2pm – Kat’s workshop
3pm – Practical Craft
4/2 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Destination Branding Workshop - Part 1 Overleaf Events Center at the Overleaf Lodge, 280 Overleaf Lodge Lane, $5.00
http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Tour ism-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touri sm-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Destination Branding Workshop - Part 2
Overleaf Events Center at the Overleaf Lodge (goes with above)
4/4 – Wednesday, Mercury goes Direct at 3:11am
3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
Esbat, 7pm, Full Moon
4/5 – Thursday – Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
4/6 – Friday, Full Wind Moon, 12:19pm, Peaceful Crane moon
April 7-8 – Psychic Fair – No Special Guest
11am - Herb Workshop
1pm – Hypatia and the Burning of the Library of Alexandria
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing Agora, discussion will follow, bring snacks. This is a fund-raiser, donations only, although I will be talking about Cherry Hill and the Hypatia society.
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/12 – Thursday
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
4/14 - Saturday – 11am - Herb Workshop -
1pm – Care and Feeding of a rock tumbler
3pm – Sewing workshop
4/18 – Esbat, Hecate’s Brooch – Lesser Banishing of the Chocolate Bunny
4/19 - Thursday, 3pm - Crones’ Tea
4/19 – Thursday, Sun enters Taurus, 9:12am
4/21 – Saturday, New Moon at 12:18am
Beltane/Walpurgisnacht Sabbat 5/4, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light
Sat/Sun May 12/13 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale
Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30
Apr. 01, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:56 AM PDT 7:44 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:26 AM PDT 8:13 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:51 AM PDT 8:48 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 5:15 AM PDT 9:25 PM PDT
Moon 2:09 PM PDT 3:48 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 13h 46m
Length of Day 12h 48m
Tomorrow will be 3m 3s longer.
Waxing Gibbous, 65% of the Moon is Illuminated
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
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 1 Low 2:28 AM 3.4 6:56 AM Set 3:49 AM 60
1 High 8:13 AM 6.5 7:44 PM Rise 2:09 PM
1 Low 3:17 PM 1.0
1 High 9:52 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an uplifting day!
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative - Have you, or your family, ever been affected by war? Describe how.
Legend remains victorious in spite of history. - Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain - at least in a poor country like Russia - and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect. - Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
Love is the Water of Life. - Rumi
My parents didn't want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty, and that's the law. - Jerry Seinfeld
Your eyes opened in mine; I saw
Your snow-Light soaking every garden.
Your ears bloomed in mine; I heard
Your river running over every stone. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Cnn ran a story today (and won’t let me add the link so here’s the article!
April Fools' Day: 5 spots to act the fool abroad
By Jennings Brown, Special to CNN,
updated 8:39 AM EDT, Sun April 1, 2012
(CNN) -- There is no better way to ring in the spring season than with a free pass to the carefree days of childhood when no one could chastise you for a well-executed prank -- as long as it brought a smile to both parties.
You may choose to privately celebrate April Fools' Day by covering your office toilet seat in saran wrap or telling your mom you're engaged to a death metal drummer. Or you may celebrate publicly, if you live in one of the American cities that host festivities.
In San Francisco, revelers can dress up in outlandish outfits and participate in the Saint Stupid's Day parade. New Yorkers can run the "Backwards Mile" through Central Park or attend the April Fools' Parade, which has been announced for the last 26 years, but never taken place.
But if you want to take your pranking abroad, there are other countries that do tomfoolery even better than America. Here's a destination guide for the ultimate purveyor of mischief.
Many sources claim April Fools' began in France after King Charles IX decreed that all citizens must begin their calendar on January 1, moving the start of the year back by three months. Therefore, those who celebrated around the beginning of April were deemed foolish.
Considering there are earlier mentions of the holiday, this origin story is a little fishy. But the French celebration is even fishier. The day itself is called Poisson d'Avril, as pranksters attempt to attach paper poisson (fish) to unsuspecting fools' backs.
Perhaps the most enjoyable tradition of this holiday is all the fish-shaped treats and pastries that fill bakeries and chocolate shops.
If you're a true gowk hunter, then you should head to Scotland, as their April Fools' celebrations last for two days. Hunt the Gowk Day is celebrated on April 1. "Gowk" is Scottish for "cuckold" or "fool," and the goal of the day is to hunt them out and make them aware of their foolishness. The traditional prank of this day revolves around making someone go on a fool's errand.
And while day one is dedicated to making someone the butt of a joke, day two is all about making a joke out of someone's bum. April 2 is Taily Day, when you're not only allowed, but encouraged, to focus your attention on the posteriors of others. The infamous "kick me" sign most likely originated as an early Taily Day joke.
The Spaniards celebrate their version of April Fools' on December 28, so you have plenty of time to plan. El día de los Santos Inocentes is a Catholic holiday dedicated to the remembrance of the "Holy Innocents" who were killed when King Herod ordered the death of baby boys in Bethlehem after hearing that he was going to lose his throne to the newborn King of the Jews, according to the Gospel of Matthew.
Yes, pranks to commemorate the mass slaughter of infants.
The fool of each prank is considered an inocente, and after the prank is made, the prankster shouts the phrase to let him know he's been had.
If you really want to make the most of the day, celebrate in the town of Ibi, Alicante, which hosts the Els Enfarinats festival that has taken place for two centuries. Participants partake in a mock coup d'etat that culminates with one of the world's largest food fights when everyone takes to the streets with flour and eggs. Mock soldiers run around in the bedlam, collecting "taxes" that go to charity.
A Hindu devotee splashes water as he celebrates Holi by throwing colored powder and water.
India gets the award for most vibrant custom, with their Hindu holiday, Holi. Also known as the Festival of Colors, this celebration takes place on the last full moon day of winter, someday in February or March. The next Holi takes place on March 27, 2013.
All across the country, participants take to the streets, playing pranks and throwing colorful, scented powder at each other. In this bacchanalia that gives you an idea of what it would look like if a Skittles factory exploded, the social structure and norms aren't as black-and-white as they are throughout the rest of the year. No one is expected to be polite when they're expecting to be blasted in the face with a handful of rainbow dust. But along with chaos, this tradition induces a national sense of exhilaration truly fitting for the beginning of spring.
The holiday is exceptionally more exuberant in the northern India. Some of the best cities to celebrate are Mathura and Vrindavan; Delhi; and Shantiniketan, West Bengal.
Although the nation itself doesn't show great enthusiasm for April Fools' Day, the port city of Odessa more than makes up for it with Humorina -- a festival of humor.
On April 1, the city erupts with parades, concerts, plays, art, fireworks, costumed locals and pranks galore. Americans might go out of their way to confuse a friend or coworker, but since Humorina was created in 1973, Odessans have proven themselves as some of the most creative and dedicated pranksters in the world.
April Spring Lore
We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but what other gems of wisdom does folklore have to offer us in the spring? Well, in fact we can watch the world at this time to know what the rest of the year might be like.
When April blows his horn, it’s good for both the hay and corn.
A wet spring means dry harvest weather.
A rainy spring forecasts a hot, dry summer.
If the spring is windy, the summer will be cool.
If it is a dry spring, it will be a wet summer.
A mild winter precedes a cool spring.
When dandelions bloom late, summer will be dry.
Also, give this neat bit of folk wisdom a try: Listen to the sound of a cricket chirping. Count the number of chirps you hear in fourteen seconds and you will know the temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, where the cricket is. ~Kristin Madden
Visit Crone's Corner on Yahoo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
GrannyMoon's Morning Feast Archives
Traditional Birthstone: Diamond
Mystical birthstone: Opal
Ayurvedic birthstone: Diamond
Flower: Pink Sweet Pea
Sun Signs: Aries / Taurus
April 1st: Duly do ye worship the goddess [Venus], ye Latin mothers and brides, and ye, too, who wear not the fillets and long robe [Frazer: 'courtesans']. Take off the golden necklaces from the marble neck of the goddess; take off her gauds; the goddess must be washed from top to toe. Then dry her neck and restore to it her golden necklaces; now give her other flowers, now give her the fresh-blown rose. Ye, too, she herself bids bathe under the green myrtle … Learn now why ye give incense to Fortuna Virilis in the place which reeks of warm water. All women strip when they enter that place.
Ovid, Fasti , IV. 133 Source Roman calendar
… in the Beginning of [April] there is read upon the Calends, Veneralia ludi, Senatus legitimus. Now, it is possible these Veneralia, were feasts in honour of Venus, which they celebrated with publick Sports; which perfectly agrees … with the Words of Ausonius. Before Venus there stands a Candlestick, with a Wax-taper lighted, in the Flame of which they burnt Grains of Incense. The lines of Ausonius are to this purpose: "April does Honour to Venus cover'd with Myrtle. With this Month is seen the Light of Incense, with which the beneficent Ceres shines. Nor are those Perfumes wanting which are always issue from the Paphian Goddess".
Montfaucon, Antiq. Suppl. p. 19, on the Calendar of Philocalus annexed to Valentine's illustrations of the months
3/28/12 – For a man who is terrified he’s going to lose his small daughter to her mother’s new boyfriend. The guy seems to be intent on leaving with her, even if he has no legal right.
3/19/12 – For a high-schooler, crazy for basketball and volleyball who went down with a concussion early in the season. They’re telling her none of her favorite sports for a year, minimum, we’re asking for healing and the strength to deal with not being able to do what she loves for the moment.
3/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
3/7/12 - 9-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor. Starting radiation. Family and friends asking help for him and for the children that know him.
3/7/12 – “I would also like to ask for healing...I just want to be whole again...able to walk so I can take care of the things I need to take care of. I know with the whole almost dying thing that it would take me a while to recover but a month and a half of being practically bed ridden..its a lot slower than I anticipated...I am just feeling trapped by my own body and these circumstances. To be honest it may seem bigger than it really is because I'm so inward focused and emotional right now. On the plus side I am very happy to say that I have more energy and am walking further every day ;-)”
Silliness – Q: How did the two telephones get married? A: In a double ring ceremony.