Herb Workshop at 11am, Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler at 1pm and Sewing Workshop at 3.
It’s rather dim out there. This is definitely a coffee morning. I’m still sleepy, but Tempus came in reeking of gasoline and I had to get up.
Yesterday was fairly quiet. I harvested calendula and dandelions on the way to the shop, then we got the shop open and then Tempus went back to the house to finish up. I got the newest books onto the shelves and did a bunch of paperwork, then got back to work on the beading area. Finally, down toward the end of the work day I got several pairs of earrings made from the blown glass beads. I’m almost ready to start the bracelets.
Tempus came back and I got a nap, then Marius came in and we all started setting up for the feast at 6pm. So, the Jacques de Molay feast was last night. We had 6 people there and some good discussions about everything from feast gear to "what to do next". Loren and I talked a lot about what the SCA is and a discussion got going about how best to make this work. Right now, it sounds like folks are ok with exploring becoming a Canton of the Barony of Terra Pomeria. It sounds like the next event is going to include something on music and/or embellishments.
The dishes that we shared were: bread, roasted fowl and roasted beef, spiced scalded milk cheese, whey soup with carrots, celery and potatoes (yeah, not period), boiled carrots, spiced peas, wine and we finished up with a mixed apple & berry pie...at least I think it had berries in it, the apples I'm pretty sure of.
Today Tempus has a job fair.
The shop opens at 11am technically, but we should be there well before that…trying for 10am. Spring hours, 11am-6pm, Thursday through Monday. 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,
NASA Science News for April 13, 2012 - One year after the historic tornado outbreak of April 27-28, 2011, researchers say they've learned a few things about deadly twisters. Today's story from Science@NASA presents some of the scientific findings that emerged from the swath of destruction.
FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/13apr_april/
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
Last Quarter Moon at 3:50am. 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. Waning Crescent Moon – From 10 ½ days after full moon or rather 8 days before new moon until 3 days before. Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term. Until Monday 12:18pm…
Summer Star preview: stay up till 10 or 11 and look northeast, and you'll have a preview of bright Vega, the "Summer Star" in little Lyra, climbing into good view.
Tonight is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Our April cover story is "Did the Moon Sink the Titanic?" Astro-historians Don Olsen, Russell Doescher, and Roger Sinnott make the case that the unusually high spring tides several months earlier, caused by the unusually close Moon and Sun, floated an abnormal number of icebergs away from the shores of northern Canada — to reach the North Atlantic by the night of April 14–15.
Mercury (magnitude +0.4) is deep in the glow of sunrise. It's having a very poor dawn apparition just above the eastern horizon.
Uranus is hidden low in the dawn.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is barely emerging into view low in the east-southeast before dawn's first light.
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 - 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Runic half-month of Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
Sun in Aries
Moon in Aquarius
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
4/14 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
1pm – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
4/15 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
4/16 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
4/18– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
4/18 – Esbat, Hecate’s Brooch – Lesser Banishing of the Chocolate Bunny
4/19 – Thursday, Sun enters Taurus, 9:12am
3pm, Crones’ Tea
5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
4/21 – Saturday, New Moon at 12:18am
4/22 – Sunday, 3pm - Planning Meeting for the Pan-Pagan Gathering
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Nature-based Tourism Development Workshop - Crestview Golf Club Restaurant, $5.00
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - FREE EVENT: Evening for Entrepreneurs - Location: TBD
No fee to participate
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Creating and Producing High Impact Events Workshop - An event or festival is all about people - people coming together to
Crestview Golf Club Restaurant, $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
4/30 – Monday, Walpurgisnacht
5/1 – Tuesday, Traditional Date, Beltane
5/2 – Wednesday, esbat, Coming up on Full Moon, Beltane Practice
Beltane/Walpurgisnacht Sabbat 5/4, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light
May 5-6 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Carl Neal
5/5 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – ?
1pm – ?
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ?
5/5 – Full Flower Moon at 8:35pm, Healing Scorpion Moon
5/6 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ??
3pm – Discussion follows movie
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Sat/Sun May 12/13 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Rural Tourism Marketing on a Shoestring Workshop - Overleaf Events Center at the Overleaf Lodge, $5.00
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fundraising for Tourism & Developing
Action Teams Workshop - Overleaf Events Center at the Overleaf Lodge, $5.00
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM FREE EVENT: Community Tourism Kickoff, Location: TBD
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30
Apr. 14, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:33 AM PDT 8:00 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:02 AM PDT 8:30 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:26 AM PDT 9:07 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:47 AM PDT 9:46 PM PDT
Moon 3:14 AM PDT 1:45 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 27m
Length of Day 13h 27m
Tomorrow will be 2m 57s longer.
Last Quarter, 38% 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.
Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12 - The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun's daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses - learned women and teachers - respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Saille - WIllow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month - Ohn - Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 14 Low 1:45 AM 2.9 6:33 AM Rise 3:15 AM 45
14 High 7:30 AM 6.6 8:00 PM Set 1:46 PM
14 Low 2:26 PM 0.6
14 High 9:06 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – World peace will come unnoticed.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? - What do you think courage means?
What will you do with this priceless treasure? - Anonymous
Failure is not defeat! It’s merely a stepping stone to success. He who perseveres shall surely wear the crown of glory. - David Roppo
Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower. - Shigenori Kameoka
Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. - Plato
The garden is ornamented with Fall's sparse remains.
Sere and brown, they trace their shadows
Upon the sprinkle of white that drifts upon them.
As maiden turns to matron, Winter gardens sleep.
Spring will return in the next act. For now,
Persephone sleeps warm and cozy in Hades' bed.
Demeter's wails are heard at night;
The wind sings the keen beauty of frost. - Written and Submitted By Tasha Halpert
Magick – Beltane
How To Celebrate Beltane with a Maypole Dance
By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide
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The Maypole dance is an ancient custom that many people still use to celebrate Beltane.
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The Maypole is one of the traditional symbols of Beltane, and let's not kid ourselves about its purpose: it's a giant phallus.
Because Beltane festivities usually kicked off the night before with a big bonfire, the Maypole celebration usually took place shortly after sunrise the next morning. This was when couples (and probably more than a few surprised triads) came staggering in from the fields, clothes in disarray and straw in their hair after a night of bonfire-inspired lustiness.
Time Required: Varied
1. The pole was erected on the village green or common, or even a handy field -- thrust into the ground either permanently or on a temporary basis -- and brightly colored ribbons attached to it. Young people came and danced around the pole, each holding the end of a ribbon. As they wove in and out, men going one way and women the other, it created a sleeve of sorts -- the enveloping womb of the earth -- around the pole. By the time they were done, the Maypole was nearly invisible beneath a sheath of ribbons.
2. To set up your own Maypole dance, here's what you'll need:
o A pole anywhere from 15 to 20 feet long, preferably made of wood
o Guests who like to have fun
Dig a hole in advance, a few feet deep. You don't want your friends to wait while you hunt for a shovel. The hole should be at least three feet deep, to keep the pole from flopping over during the ceremony.
3. Ask each participant to bring their own ribbon -- it should be about 20 feet long, by two to three inches wide. Once everyone arrives, attach the ribbons to one end of the pole (if you put a metal eyelet screw in the pole beforehand, it makes it a lot easier -- you can just tie each ribbon to the eyelet). Have extra ribbons on hand, because inevitably someone will have forgotten theirs.
4. Once the ribbons are attached, raise the pole until it is vertical, and slide it into the hole. Be sure to make lots of bawdy jokes here. Pack dirt in around the base of the pole so it won't shift or fall during the dance.
5. If you don't have an equal number of male and female guests, don't worry. Just have everyone count off by twos. People who are "1" will go in a clockwise direction, people who are "2" go counterclockwise. Hold your ribbons in the hand that is closest to the pole, your inside hand. As you move in the circle, pass people by on first the left, and then the right, then the left again. If you're passing them on the outside, hold your ribbon up so they pass under it. You might want to do a practice round beforehand. Keep going until everyone runs out of ribbon, and then knot all the ribbons at the bottom.
6. One thing that's always welcome at a Maypole Dance is music. There are a number of CDs available, but there are some bands whose music have a May theme to them. Look for the phrase "Morris music" or traditional pipe and drum tunes. Of course, the best thing of all is to have live music, so if you have friends who are willing to share their skill and sit out the dance, ask them to provide some musical entertainment for you.
1. If you're doing a kids' Maypole, it's probably easier just to have them all go in one direction with their ribbons. It doesn’t look quite as fancy when it's done, but it's still pretty.
2. You may want to have a crown of flowers attached as well -- put that at the top once all the ribbons are in place, but before you raise the pole.
What You Need:
• A pole
• Lots of ribbon
• Friends who like to have a good time
4/13/12 – “I am still very sick and have been for a month now - really need help kicking this on the spiritual plane - depression makes you sick and I am having a hard time climbing out of this hole. I now have bronchitis as well as the ongoing infection - see Dr again on Monday - This is probably the only request for help/healing I have ever made - but I just can't seem to kick this on my own. Whatever you think will help - I feel like I am dying a very slow and painful death.”
4/8/12 – For an older father with various health issues that gave us all a scare a while back. He’s much better, but still needs help to get back to health.
4/7/12 - 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. Update 4/7 He’s doing pretty well and back in school despite the treatments.
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.
Silliness – When some doctors were told to contribute to the new wing of the hospital....
-The allergists voted to scratch it.
-The demonologists preferred no rash moves.
-The micro-surgeons were thinking along the same vein.
-The ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted.
-The pathologists said, 'Over my dead body.'
-The pediatricians said, Grow up.'
-The psychiatrists thought it was madness.
-The surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.
-The plastic surgeons said, 'This puts a whole new face on the matter.'
-The cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.