It’s drippy and chill outside, a good morning for coffee and hot cereal! It’s 46F at the moment and not supposed to go past the mid-50’s. We might get a break in the rain, but it’s not supposed to clear up much today, maybe tomorrow or Sunday for a while…
There’s a finch on one of the perches on the feeder. He’s huddled up close to the feeder and pecking desultorily at the seed. He looks sleepy, too.
I worked frantically yesterday morning to wade through what all needed to be done. I got through the rest of the replies to e-mails and such and then sorted the literature and business cards from the workshop (and I’m going to have to start getting those to where they belong today…) I made several phone calls and then got the quotes file up through next Tuesday, I’m going to have to put off finishing it until then. …and then more phone calls, this time coming in.
Tempus was at the shop, so we ended up in touch by phone several times, and over Facebook. A lot of the things I got into were questions or ideas that got prompted by the notes that I made at the workshop, writing things onto to-do lists.
I took a few minutes at one point to start out the window, bird-watching, and was rewarded by seeing a rufous hummingbird, while I was thinking over the green screen special that we’re thinking about for Beachcomber Days. I’m going to find a background that’s not something that you always see, but that still says “Waldport”. I already have a foreground piece that looks like beachcombing…a collection of clipart of shells and buckets that I’m going to add to, I think. I’m going to ask for permission to use Waldport Beachcomber Days 2012 on the pictures and then we’ll have a souvenir for the event. I also have to talk to Pacific Office Solutions to see if I can work out a package of some kind for folks to get their pictures printed.
…and, this being Oregon, the weather’s made a liar out of me, already! The sun has come out and while everything is dripping it’s so bright that the light coming into the study made me think that the lamp had gone out. Water droplets are shimmering in the alder and the hemlock and the pine tree is gleaming like metal… and already the light is going away….
After getting some of that stuff into a useable form I started to doze off. Tempus had left for the shop and I bonked my head on the bookcase twice, so I went in to take a nap and woke 2 ½ hours later. I didn’t think I was tired, but….I grabbed some lunch ( a yummy chicken and potato dish that Tempus had done earlier….leftovers are lovely!) and got back to work sorting out pieces of the “decision frame” and making notes on what’s been done in the past with Pan-Pagan. All of this stuff is going to go into an “Event Bible”, eventually.
Willow had offered to put together a spreadsheet of the ideas, pretty much the same thing that I’ve been doing for years, getting all the ideas from “idea” to “concrete” to “useable”. …Only way I’ve found to do it, anyway, without having to direct the process too much… Since she’s working on a computer that’s less flexible than mine I grabbed out what was there in the Facebook group at the moment and made a file for her to sort & compress and put it onto a flash drive.
…and yes, I was very tempted to go outside several times during the day, but every time I ended up in the middle of something and by the time I finished it was raining again…..
I hurried into my clothes to get down to the shop since I had a reading scheduled at 4pm. Thankfully, I’m better at calming down and centering myself than I used to be or I would have been awful….. When that was done, the 103 class was there. We managed to get most of the way through Lesson 5, although first we had to identify who needs what as make-up. I also asked the class to track back through the outlines to see if there’s still something that they missed. Our next class is the “Pyramid” meditation.
After the others went home Willow and I talked about the Pan-Pagan planning and then we all headed home, although I could tell she stopped at the hotspot outside the library for a while because she was on Facebook when I checked in for a couple of minutes before bed.
Tempus had cut up business cards during the day. There’s a nice big stack again! But he didn’t get as far as the header sheet that I had printed on Monday. That’s for today. I’m going to try to get the rest printed so that he can work on those while I head out to the Valley with Fawkes. We have to pick up his brother’s ashes and he has a couple of other errands to run that are going to need some sympathetic company.
There was a report that I put in a link to of a meteor that exploded over CA last weekend. Here’s a follow-up. They’re finding pieces! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/californi a-meteorite-collector-solar-system_n_1455107.html? ref=topbar
The shop opens at 11am. 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,
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The Moon is a Waxing Crescent. Waxing Crescent phase - Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal.
Look for Pollux and Castor upper right of the Moon, and Procyon lower left of it.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0) is sinking ever lower toward the sunset, far below Venus. It's rounding toward the far side of the Sun, which is why a telescope shows it a disappointingly small 33 arcseconds wide. In addition, Jupiter appears increasingly fuzzy at its ever-lower altitude.
Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12
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
Runic half-month of 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 Cancer
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
4/28 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
4/29 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
4/30 – Monday, Walpurgisnacht
4/30 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
5/1 – Tuesday, Traditional Date, Beltane
5/2 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (not this week)
5/2 – Wednesday, esbat, Coming up on Full Moon, Beltane Practice
5/3 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
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. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
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: Ona Restaurant, Yachats
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
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30
Apr. 27, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:11 AM PDT, 8:16 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:40 AM PDT, 8:48 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 5:01 AM PDT, 9:27 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:18 AM PDT, 10:10 PM PDT
Moon, 10:52 AM PDT, 1:10 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 07m
Length of Day, 14h 04m
Tomorrow will be 2m 45s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 32% of the Moon is Illuminated
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
F 27 High 4:17 AM 6.7 6:12 AM Set 1:11 AM 25
27 Low 11:30 AM 0.4 8:16 PM Rise 10:52 AM
27 High 6:17 PM 5.7
27 Low 11:34 PM 3.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I allow clarity to flow through me, filling my cells and every fiber of my being.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? - Do you think you’re shy? What advice could you give to someone who is shy?
To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory. – El Cid
And though thou notest from thy safe recess old friends burn dim, like lamps in noisome air love them for what they are; nor love them less, because to thee they are not what they were. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
And we must think no further of you. - Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people. - Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
The four agreements:
1. Be Impeccable With Your Words. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid gossiping about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don't Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.
3. Don't Make Assumptions. Communicate as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment, it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Simply do your best and you will avoid self judgment, self abuse and regret. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
Magick – Beltane
Easy Wreath for Your Head
Image from www.starcraftsob.com
Gold, silver or other bendable garland found in stores at Yuletide/Xmas-this usually comes in stars, holly and other such designs
Measure around the head. Measure a piece of garland the same length plus 6 inches. Over lap 3 inches of each end and wrap one end around the other as tightly as possible. Cut lengths of curling ribbon about 4 feet long and tie onto the back side of the wreath. Tie so the ends of the ribbon are even and spaced about 1 inch apart. about one third of the way around. Curl the ribbons. Wear. :) - From Luna Sisters
Crowns of Flowers - From the starcrafts site - http://www.starcraftsob.com/craft/beltanelore.shtm l
Of all Wiccan rites, Beltane is the one most likely to find many, if not all, the women crowned with wreaths of flowers. These can be fun to make, either as permanent wreaths of silk flowers, or if enough fresh flowers are in bloom in your area, a fresh flower crown.
The base for fresh flower wreaths might be vines or supple branches of flowering shrubs that can be formed into a circlet and bound with floral tape, light wire or twine. Then extra flowers can be easily woven into the circlet.
For a wreath of silk flowers, you can start with a circlet of heavy coated floral wire, but I've found that building a wreath quickly can be most easily done by starting with ivy or leaf garland. Cut a piece long enough to form a circle that fits your head nicely with just a bit to spare so you can neatly wire the ends together. Then you will have a good base of leaves into which you can easily twist stems of a variety of silk flowers, securing them with a bit of floral tape where necessary.
A cascade of narrow ribbons tied at the back makes a pretty finish.
Pressing Flowers - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
Selecting The Flowers - Garden flowers, leaves and ferns can be collected and pressed for use in making pictures or cards. A botanical collection can also be made with wild flowers (never rare flowers). Only take one or two common flowers from a spot where they are plentiful.
Flowers should be picked after mid-day when they are dry. They should be pressed as soon as possible after picking to avoid wilting. You will find through trial and error which flowers dry best and which colors are lasting. Do not try to press a very thick flower it would be best to disassemble and press just the petals. Remember fresh flowers, press quickly and carefully, dry well, and use small flowers (or thin pieces of thicker flowers).
Pressing The Flowers - Flowers can be pressed between sheets of blotting paper and placed in a telephone book with weights. A flower press can be used, consisting of layers of newsprint interleaved with corrugated cardboard. A press uses plywood board top and bottom, and pressure is applied by tightening the wing nuts on the four corner screws.
Flowers are then carefully laid in the press, with plenty of newspaper between layers, and cardboard after every few layers. Leave them undisturbed for two or three weeks for best results.
Flower Chains - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
Materials: A grocery bag full of flowers such as daisies, dandelions or other common flowers with flexible stems.
Method 1 - Make a cross with 2 flower stems as shown. Bend the stem of the top flower around the stem of the bottom flower. Tie a knot with the flower stem and pull lightly to tighten. Lay another flower over the joined stems and tie another knot. Continue with steps 1-3 till chain is as long as you want it. Tie the very last stem around the first one to form a ring. Wear it as a crown or necklace.
Method 2 - Use a pin or your fingernail to make a slit in each flower stem about 1" below the flower head. Slip the stem of a second flower through the slit in the first stem. Repeat step 2 until the flower chain is as long as you want, then slip the last flower through the slit in the first to form a ring.
4/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
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.
Silliness – GCF: Two Good Questions
A surgeon examined a new patient most carefully. After studying the x-rays, he turned to the man and said, "Could you pay for an operation if I told you it was necessary?"
The patient thought for a moment, then said to the doctor, "Would you find one necessary if I told you I couldn't pay for it?"