Hi from the Oregon Coast

Daily Stuff 4-30-12

By: CoastalAnja, 4:24 PM GMT on April 30, 2012

Hi, folks!

Happy Walpurgisnacht! Tonight’s the night that the musical piece was written of: Night on Bald Mountain. The Fae walk today and the Veil is thin. Btw, here’s a quote about that piece of music from Wikipedia, “The piece exists in several versions including a seldom-performed 1867 version and a more popular 1886 "fantasy for orchestra", A Night on the Bare Mountain, arranged by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. There is also a version orchestrated by 20th-century conductor Leopold Stokowski; this version is used in the 1940 Walt Disney animated film Fantasia.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_on_Bald_Mountai n It’s supposed to be about St. John’s Eve (June 21) but this is the night that those events actually take place!

No Wicca 101 class tonight. I’m too sick to try to teach.

If you haven’t noticed, the shop hours are now 11am-7pm.

It’s beautifully green outside: soggy, but green. It’s 50F and not likely to get more than a couple of degrees warmer.

The green of the alder is really standing out today. …that beautiful new green.

I spent yesterday being miserable. Today’s likely to be worse, since now I’ve got a Eustachian tube that’s giving me what for… That’s a cold for ya! Although, I think that it’s getting easier to be sick as I get older. It doesn’t seem to take as long for one. I can remember colds when I was a teen that seemed to take months, even if they were just a week, but now a week’s nothing.

Yesterday there were some funnies even:

Two cats were wandering around on the porch. I sneezed really hard and the cat sitting on the railing reacted so hard it fell off. The other one jumped up onto the exercise bike and stared at me through the window....

A little while later I sneezed and a whole flock of birds flew up and away from the porch.

Do you know how gross it is to have to mop up the keyboard? Worse if you miss a spot and keep typing? Ew…..

I have the time set up for Carl’s workshop. It will be from noon to 2 next Saturday and then book signings until 3pm on Saturday, and then 1pm on Sunday.

I didn’t get my computer cord until evening, so that’s as far as it went, but I have a lot of pictures edited. I just have to find enough brains to put them up and I’ve already gotten a long way on newsletter stuff for the week.

The shop opens at 11am and will close on time. Spring hours, 11am-7pm, 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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. Waxing Gibbous Moon - From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Full Moon Phase begins at 8:35am on Friday and the Tide Change is at 8:35pm on Saturday.

The Moon shines below Mars, Regulus, and Gamma Leonis (Algieba) this evening.
Venus is at its "greatest illuminated extent" — showing the most sunlit apparent area (in square arcseconds) that it's going to this apparition.
Mars (magnitude 0.0) shines fire-orange in Leo, high in the south at dusk and lower in the southwest later in the evening. Regulus is 5° or 6° to Mars's right or lower right. Fainter Gamma Leonis is 8° above Regulus. Mars in a telescope is gibbous and small, 10.0 arcseconds wide, fading and shrinking each week.

Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
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 Leo enters Virgo 4:02pm
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Grey

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Calendar
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
Planting 5/5-6
May 5-6 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Carl Neal
5/5 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Carl Neal’s Magickal Incense 101
2pm – Book Signing and Meet & Greet
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing The Burning Times (discussion follows)
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 The Burning Times
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
5/12 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Planting 5/13-15
5/13 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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www.wunderground.com
Apr. 30, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:07 AM PDT, 8:19 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:35 AM PDT, 8:52 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:56 AM PDT, 9:31 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:12 AM PDT, 10:15 PM PDT
Moon, 2:09 PM PDT, 2:49 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 16m
Length of Day, 14h 12m
Tomorrow will be 2m 39s longer
First Quarter, 60% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 30 Low 2:03 AM 2.8 6:07 AM Set 2:50 AM 54
30 High 7:38 AM 5.9 8:20 PM Rise 2:10 PM
30 Low 2:20 PM 0.9
30 High 8:57 PM 6.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There's only one perfect child in the world and every mother has it.

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Journal Prompt – What? - What effects do cigarette and alcohol advertising have on young people?

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Quotes
Fear not those who argue but those who dodge. - H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
Foolproof systems do not take into account the ingenuity of fools. - Gene Brown
From a wild weird clime, that lieth, sublime, Out of SPACE — out of TIME. - Edgar Allan Poe (dream-land)
Great souls are not those which have less passion and more virtue than common souls, but only those which have greater designs. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Think of Adam, created from a handful of earth;
Through Grace, he came to begin to know God.
His knowledge radiated light to all seven heavens
And shattered the reputation and pride of angels.
Everyone who is a slave to external sense
Has a muzzle placed on his mouth
So he cannot drink the milk of Truth;
Yet God has dropped into the blood-drop of the heart
A jewel he has denied the seas and skies. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane
Integrating Energies: Masculine and Feminine - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html by Nyraia

At Yule, we saw the re-birth of the GodAt Imbolc, we saw the Goddess come into her own, so to speakand at Ostara, the God began his courtship of the Goddess. Two maturing beings, whole in their Selves, yet part of Onedestined to be re-united. Such is the case with everyone of us, their children, in more ways than one.

Our world revolves around duality Light and Dark Our body and our Spirit the mind and the Heart Masculine and Feminine One of the main lessons we must learn, I feel, is to find balance within a world where duality exists. As our dear Rain so aptly put it in the Ostara issue, its all about finding a middle ground. Such is the case where the masculine and feminine energies encompassed within are concerned. By finding balance between the two, we are propelled upon the path of enlightenment, the integration of our Higher Self.

It is within the right side of our brain that those aspects of our self that we consider to be feminine are found. It is said that within this area of our brain the psychic and emotional aspects of our being live. This is the part which is said to be aware of our connection to the Oneness of the Universe. This is not, however, the case with the so-called masculine part of our selves.

The masculine part is, naturally, a mirror image of the feminine. Residing in the left side of our brain, it is difficult for the masculine to recognize the Oneness of the Universe. With its more analytical and logical tendencies, all it sees is separation and division, making integration and balance difficult things to achieve.

How do we begin to achieve this balance? Growing up in our society, our left brains tend to become much stronger, for many of us, than our rightthe Masculine dominates the Feminine. We are taught to view the world through analytical eyes and taught that if something is not visibleif we cannot view it with our physical eyesthen it must not exist. Things of the real world are highly encouraged, while more times than not, imagination is relegated to fantasymake believeand is reduced in worth, it seems. A stock broker on Wall Street, in general, tends to make a great deal more money than the majority of artists. It is through the use of our imaginations Through meditation (quieting the left brain), visualization, and creativity that we are able to strengthen our right brains, the Feminine side of our Selves, and begin to gain balance.

With Beltane, too, our minds and hearts turn to the subject of lovethe physical manifestation of Masculine and Feminine. So many I know are looking for that one persontheir equal in all thingseros (romantic love), filios (brotherly love), and agape (the connection at a soul level). Everyone seems to be searching for her/his soul mate. The One that will complete them.

The words soul mate have virtually buzz words within our society, used, more times than not, as a word to describe an individuals perfect partner. What many dont realize, though, is that there are believed to be two types of soul mates. One type is generally known as a soul mate or a companion soul mate and the other known as a twin flame.

A companion soul mate can be described as an individual that we have spent prior incarnations with. It is usually this category that we tend to associate with love (Eros) relationships. In all actuality, this term can be associated with anyone that we have some sort of soul connection to, including siblings, parents, good friends, teachersAnyone that has agreed, prior to incarnation, to assist us in learning a lesson or lessons that are necessary in our own souls development or those that we have incurred some sort of karmic tie to that still needs to be balanced. When you connect with a close soul mate in a loving relationship, it is said that you have, in effect, found your perfect mate for where you are currently in your development as a soul.

It is a twin flame, however, that is believed to be our true other half. They are, essentially, our Selves in another body (if he/she is currently incarnated on the physical plane). It is said by some that the explanation for Twin Flames is that when we as One soul decided to descend into physicality, we were split into masculine and feminine aspects. It is believed, too, that when we first descended, that we were together, but later went on our own separate ways to experience as many diverse situations and stimuli as possible. We each grow in our Selves lifetime after lifetime in experience and wisdom, sometimes gaining brief glimpses or encounters with our Flame until the time that we are ready to break free from the bonds of physicality and mortality. It is at that point in our souls evolution that we are given the opportunity to be re-united with our other half.

Said of Twin Flames

The chances are that we meet our Twin Flame briefly in many lifetimes, but one or both of us are not ready for the intensity of this connection. When both halves of the whole are ready to come back together and meet they will discover that in that lifetime they have lead almost parallel lives. The events of their lives will mirror each other almost exactly. They may have come from very similar families and family dynamics. They may have had similar schooling or lack thereof. They may have almost identical careers. They may even have previous marriages and divorces within weeks of each other. When Twin Flames get to know each other, they will feel as if the other is reading their life script.

Once in relationship, the bond between Twin Flames can only be compared to the bond between identical twins. They are aware of each others thoughts, feelings, desires and needs at a level that is hard to imagine. The depth of Love is such that to be apart even for a day is a hardship. What is meant by that is that their hearts literally hurt when they are separated from each other. Even if only for the work day. It is this depth of Love that reminds them of the Oneness of Light to which they are returning. By anchoring this Love in the physical, not only are they preparing for their own ascension, but they are also leaving an imprint for others to follow in time for their own. http://www.uou.to/soulmates.htm

Keep in mind, though, this is not to say that one cannot have a wonderful and rewarding, loving relationship with a soul mate because its entirely possible. All relationships should be honored and appreciated for what is offered and the growth one is able to achieve through it. By gaining balance within ourselves, not only between the Dark and Light as we saw last issue, but through the masculine and feminine within, we prepare our Selves more, taking a step closer to the ultimate re-union that we all hope to achieve this lifetime the re-union with our own other half.

A blessed Beltane to you All,
Nyraia

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – GCF: At the Office?

My boss phoned me today. He said, "Is everything okay at the office?"

I said, "Yes, it's all under control. It's been a very busy day, I haven't stopped for a minute."

"Can you do me a favor?" he asked.

I said, "Of course, anything, what is it?"

He said, "Hurry up and take your shot, I'm right behind you on the 7th hole."

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Daily Stuff 4-29-12

By: CoastalAnja, 4:09 PM GMT on April 29, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s grey and damp-looking, but I don’t see any dripping or rain. It’s in the low 50’s and not supposed to get much warmer.

…and I’m really wiped out.

I had some trouble with my back yesterday (well, as Tempus pointed out, what did I expect with all the driving the day before?) so I ended up having to stretch out in the recliner in back several times. Between those times I did get some stuff done, but not quite what I had expected.

Tempus and I had harvested the violets last thing before leaving for the shop, potting up two, and all the yellow violet flowers are already bloomed and gone… I also had him dig one forget-me-not out of the pathway next door and one of the fuzzy-leafed herb plants. I had a bucketful of violets, dandelions, dandelion leaves, a couple of broken-off succulent pieces and a calendula blossom.

When we got to the shop I was starting to have the back issues and wasn’t able to do much. I did get the harvested herbs sorted out and managed to get some of the dried ones put away, but that was all.

I only had a few stones that were done enough to go from 3rd grit to 4th, but there were enough from the previous time that I do have a small load going and the large tumbler is back on the 1st grit. There’s one piece of aventurine that I’m thinking to make into something to hang in the window, since it’s incredibly beautiful in the light: translucent green with dark green threads and glittery bits of mica.

…and I unexpectedly fell asleep for a while…just faded out while I was stretched out. That helped my back a lot, but I should have realized that there was a reason I was tired enough to do that. My allergies were kicking up (I thought) and I was dealing with my nose dripping during the sewing workshop. I couldn’t smell anything and it was making me wonder, but….

I was just tired enough to not feel up to digging out the fabric for a sleep poppet, so I grabbed the basket of Yule ornaments and worked on hand-stitching. That’s pretty soothing, anyway. So Mary worked on her crochet and we talked Pan-Pagan and Kabbalah and then had a lady come in who had lost a pet in the last couple of weeks and needed a little sympathetic company and so we all sat and worked on things and talked.

…and after everyone left, as I was putting together a couple of extra things for the little order that just went out I started realizing that my throat was sore and my head was heavy again… Everything suddenly clicked… and to my horror, I was definitely coming down with a cold.

So I’m home today. I’m not super sick, just miserable. Tempus got hold of Marius last night, so he’ll be teaching the young folks today and Tempus will run the shop. They’ll probably go back to the Center early.

I have quite an opportunity today. I heard a show on New Dimensions, years ago, (I used to have a cassette of it), called “Learning to Die in Order to Live”. Part of the gist of it was that so many of us never really learn what’s important to us unless we suddenly are faced with our own mortality. The best example of that is folks who come down with cancer… but by the time you’re *really* sick you don’t have the energy to do much of anything about your “bucket list”… If you use times when you have a cold or the flu to “practice dying”, then you can figure out what you want to do and make it happen when you feel better instead of waiting. Life’s a sexually transmitted terminal illness, anyway… right? So, I’ll pamper myself a little and read and probably snooze a lot while I’m “practicing”. I’m already feeling sleepy again.

Tempus is out in the kitchen making lunch. Today sounds like a cheese pasta dish… I think… but I’m not going to take a chance of sneezing on it to go check….

I’m hoping someone will find a way to get the power cord for the shop computer up here to me so that I can finish getting the psychic fair set up for next weekend. If it doesn’t happen during the day Tempus will bring it home with him, anyway. I *do* know that our special guest, Carl Neal, is going to be doing a workshop on Magickal Incense on Saturday. He’s bringing kits for sale. With any luck I’ll get the time set up and then you all can plan on coming! He’s also going to do a book signing between the meditation time and the movie.

The shop opens at 11am, but Tempus and Marius will be in around 9-9:30. 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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
The Moon is at the Quarter at 3:57am. Waxing Gibbous Moon - From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn.

The Moon shines near the Leo-Cancer border, forming a roughly straight line with, running to its left or upper left: 4th-magnitude Omicron Leonis, 1st-magnitude Regulus, and zero-magnitude Mars.
The waxing Moon, moving eastward across the evening sky, reaches the Mars-Regulus pair by Monday the 30th.
Venus (magnitude –4.7, in Taurus) continues blazing as the "Evening Star" at the highest and brightest it ever appears in its 8-year cycle of apparitions. Venus comes into easy view high in the west right after sunset, and it doesn't set in the northwest until around 11 or even midnight. You can see Venus through the clear blue sky of day if your eye lands right on it; look for it 40° (about four fist-widths at arm's length) east of the Sun. Look high to Venus's upper right at dusk for Capella. Just above Venus is fainter Beta Tauri (El Nath). Watch this star closing in on the planet. They'll pass 0.8° apart on May 6th. The best time to examine Venus in a telescope is late afternoon or around sundown. It's now a thick crescent about 37 arcseconds tall and 27% sunlit, waning and enlarging week by week as it swings closer to Earth. Venus will transit the face of the Sun on June 5–6 (on the afternoon of the 5th for North America); see the June Sky & Telescope, page 50.

Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
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 Leo
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Yellow

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Calendar
4/29 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
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
Planting 5/5-6
5/5 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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www.wunderground.com
Apr. 29, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:08 AM PDT, 8:18 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:37 AM PDT, 8:50 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:57 AM PDT, 9:30 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:14 AM PDT, 10:13 PM PDT
Moon, 1:01 PM PDT, 2:19 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 13m
Length of Day, 14h 09m
Tomorrow will be 2m 41s longer.
First Quarter, 52% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Su 29 Low 12:46 AM 3.2 6:09 AM Set 2:20 AM 44
29 High 6:20 AM 6.1 8:19 PM Rise 1:01 PM
29 Low 1:21 PM 0.8
29 High 8:08 PM 6.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Look forward to dreams.

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Journal Prompt – What is your … ? - What is your most treasured possession?

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Quotes
Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. - Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady
Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. - Mark Victor Hansen
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers
Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right. – Schopenhauer

We remember the time when there was only love,
The time when all breathing was one.
We remember the seed of your being
Planted in the belly of the vast black night... - from The Ancient Ones by Patricia Reis

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Magick – Beltane
Strawberry Crisp - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html

1 c Uncooked Oatmeal
1 c All purpose Flour
1 c Brown Sugar
1/4 c Chopped Walnuts
1/2 c Butter or margarine
1/2 c Sugar
3 c Sliced fresh or frozen Strawberry

Mix together oatmeal, flour and brown sugar. Add nuts. Cut in butter or margarine until crumbly. In another bowl, mix strawberries and white sugar together. Grease an 8" square pan. Spread half the crumb mixture on bottom. Cover with strawberries. Spread remaining crumb mixture over top. Bake at 350 deg F oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or topping.

Faery Honeycakes - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
1/2 cup sweet white wine
1 egg
2/3 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup of honey
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
Oil for frying

1. Beat the wine and egg in a medium bowl.
2. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a small bowl.
3. Stir into the egg mixture.
4. Let stand 30 minutes.
5. Combine the honey and nutmeg in a small bowl.
6. Heat 1/2 inch of the oil in a frying pan until hot but don’t let it get so hot it smokes!!
7. Drop the batter into the oil 1 tablespoon at a time and fry until golden brown.
8. Drain on paper towels.
9. Dip into honey.

Makes 1 1/2 dozen

Apricot Granola with Almonds - Serves 9 - ~Source Unknown
Most granola is loaded with oil. Instead, I use apricot nectar boiled down to a thick syrup to bind the oats together. Dried fruit is an essential addition to granola, but it can make the oats soggy over time. To remove some of the moisture from the dried apricots used in this recipe, I add them to the granola in the oven during the last few minutes of baking.

Nonstick vegetable oil spray for pans
2 cups apricot nectar
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
7 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1 1/2 cups dried apricots, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Lightly spray two large baking sheets with oil.
3. Bring apricot nectar to boil in medium saucepan.
4. Simmer until thick and syrupy and reduced to 2/3 cup, about 10 minutes.
5. Stir in honey, lemon zest, vanilla, and salt.
6. Mix oats and almonds together in large bowl.
7. Drizzle hot apricot nectar mixture over oats and nuts and mix well until evenly coated.
8. Spread mixture over prepared baking sheets.
9. Bake, stirring once, until oats are starting to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
10. Sprinkle apricots over oats and continue baking for 5 minutes.
11. Cool granola to room temperature. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
PER SERVING: 429 calories, 12g protein, 8g fat, 80g carbohydrates, 10g fiber, 126mg sodium, 42% vitamin A, 21.5% iron, 8% calcium

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – GCF: Hors D'oeuvre

As two children watched their mothers prepare party food, one of them asked the other, "What's an hors d'oeuvre?"

The second child replied, "I think it's part of a ham sandwich that's been cut into about seventy pieces."

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Daily Stuff 4-28-12

By: CoastalAnja, 4:58 PM GMT on April 28, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s rather grey out, but brightening finally, damp but not raining, chilly but not cold. It’s over 50, but isn’t supposed to get past 60F today. Not a huge chance of rain today, so Tempus and I are going to try to get down into the park after violets before we head to the shop.

Yesterday was quite a “bird” day for me. After we got to the shop I did get some headers put together and Tempus got those done during the day. I left just before 1pm and as I headed across the bridge I saw a large bird soaring in circles. It just didn’t look right for a vulture and it happened to cross the highway where I managed to get a good look at it. Yup, bald eagle!!!!

Just past Christler Lake in the marsh just north of it is a tree that’s had an eagle nest for as long as I’ve lived out here. Last winter the tree snapped off about 10 feet below where the nest had been. That didn’t stop ‘em. They rebuilt, smaller, since it snapped at a fork. There was one bird in the air and one in the nest when I went by although on the way home I didn’t see anyone, although there was a lump that could have been the “home bird” hunkered down.

Driving through Seal Rock there were the usual seagulls and cormorants on the rocks, and I’m pretty sure at least one pelican. On the way home there were a lot of pelicans playing in the water beyond the rocks and about a dozen perched.

We saw several hawks in the place that I call “Hawk Alley”. It’s just east of the Spirit Mountain area on a long straight section of road at the beginning of the farming area. I also saw one that Fawkes said was a crow, that I wasn’t sure wasn’t a seagull. I saw it at an odd angle and it seemed to have pointed wings, but then I saw it from right below and… crow….

Yes, I picked him up and we talked all the way up and back and yes, he got his errand run.

We also stopped at Bernard’s Farm, which is on 18 fairly close to McMinnville. They’ve been expanding their greenhouses over the last several years and were ok with us prowling through. …love looking through other folks’ greenhouses…. I bought some flowers for the shop and a couple of annual herbs for the garden, but they have 100’s of hanging baskets. I really wanted a cherry tomato basket, but didn’t have the $25 for one. Maybe I can get some starts and set up my own…

Apparently the son is starting to get into succulents. I don’t mean just hen and chicks and aloe vera… I’ve been playing with those for years and there were some that I had never seen before. One really looked like one rosette of hen and chicks, but on steroids… I mean it was a foot across! Another looked like ruffled kale, but still with the thick leaves. The only problem is that they’re collecting from places where the varieties aren’t labeled, so they don’t know what they are either. Btw, succulents are easy to grow and they have starts, grown plants and planters of the stuff for sale.

They had a ton of cilantro and radishes that really needed to be harvested. It looks like they’re having the problem of keeping up that so many of us do this time of year!

Bernard’s is a favorite of mine, obviously…. They have plants and baskets and fresh veg all year ‘round. …and don’t take plastic. I had to write a check.

It was on the way home after I dropped Fawkes off that I had the weirdest experience. Tempus had made a box for me of popcorn for snacking. Fawkes and I got into it, but there was quite a bit left and I was getting into the part where there are a lot of hard, partly popped kernels as I was coming up on Boiler Bay, so I decided to stop at the park, thinking to watch the waves and finish off the good parts. I had one heck of a time getting into a parking space, driving just a couple of miles per hour because of the seagulls. I didn’t want to run over one.

When I had pulled up and put the car into park, I grabbed the box of popcorn and just then heard a thump and clicking on the windshield. I was startled to see 3 sets of beady eyes and gaping beaks perched on the windshield wipers! I quoted from Finding Nemo, “Yer rats with *wings* …” and, adding to my bemusement, the one in the middle bobbed his head as though saying yes….

There were feet on the car roof and birds in front to the side and all around….. I was a little creeped out but not too badly. I wouldn’t try to nap in that situation. I got wigged out by Hitchcock’s, The Birds, back when I was a kid….

I rolled the window down about 5 inches and threw a handful of the seedy bits into the parking lot… instant feather-ball… there’s must have been 20 of the things fighting over it. Wow….

I waited until the melee settled and then pulled out another handful, only this time as I stuck my hand out the window to toss it, something grabbed my knuckle! I thought for a bit that maybe I had just caught my knuckle in the window track or something, but it’s not possible at that angle. I checked, later. I’m pretty sure that a gull grabbed me! I pulled my hand back in, minus popcorn, and looked at my knuckle. It ached a little like it had been knocked or squashed, but other than being red, no marks…. I dunno….

So, next I tossed a handful up and the wind blew it onto the windshield and the 3 there gobbled it up…and I pulled out the camera. I kept clicking and tossing handfuls. I have to develop the pictures today. I hope I got some good ones, but they gobbled all the bits and stayed right there, even after I started to move the car, long after I ran out of popcorn.

One actually clung to the windshield wiper until I put the car into forward, then glided off onto the grass as I avoided seagulls rolling slowly out of the parking lot.

When I got back to the shop Tempus and I talked for a bit, then I got some things into the computer list, including some of the new crystals. I also got the newest books onto the shelves, “Kat’s 9 Lives” by Kat Cunningham and “Mary’s Power” (I think that’s right…) by Ruth Miller, who is teaching at the Community Center in Waldport on 3rd Sundays.

I also got another small order of amulets placed. Hopefully that one will head my way on Monday.

Today the Herbs class is going to be planting some of the things that I bought yesterday and then go on with the usual herb prep. Rock tumblers… neither is on a last grit, but I’ve one on the 1st and one on the 3rd, so we’ll so what we’ve got when they’re rinsed. Sewing workshop… I’m liable to be working on a sleep poppet.

The shop opens at 11am, but I’m hoping to be there earlier than that. 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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
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.

Evenings this week sport three planet-and-star pairs. High in the south, Mars shines with Regulus to its right at dusk, lower right later. Down in the southeast, Saturn shines with Spica to its lower right. Both these pairs are now about 5° wide.
Meanwhile in the west, dazzling Venus is approaching much fainter Beta Tauri (El Nath) above it. Tonight Venus and Beta Tauri are 3.5° apart. By Saturday May 5th their separation is just 0.9°.
Mercury (about magnitude 0.0) is deep in the glow of sunrise, having a poor morning apparition barely above the eastern horizon in bright dawn.

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 enters Leo at 9:10am
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Blue
Planting 4/26-8

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Calendar
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 (counseling)
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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www.wunderground.com
Apr. 28, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:10 AM PDT, 8:17 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:38 AM PDT, 8:49 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:59 AM PDT, 9:28 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:16 AM PDT, 10:11 PM PDT
Moon, 11:55 AM PDT, 1:47 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 10m
Length of Day, 14h 07m
Tomorrow will be 2m 42s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 42% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 28 High 5:12 AM 6.4 6:10 AM Set 1:47 AM 34
28 Low 12:23 PM 0.6 8:17 PM Rise 11:55 AM
28 High 7:13 PM 5.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We carry our mornings within us -- let them out.

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Journal Prompt – Expository - You have one week to do whatever you want, all-expenses-paid, what things would you want to do? Where would you go?

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Quotes
Attack every problem with enthusiasm...as if your survival depended upon it. - S.Rippetoe
But great loves, to the last, have pulses red; All great loves that have ever died dropped dead. - Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
Closet space is like money. You use up as much as you have. - Ray Michel
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone. - Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about. - Rumi

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Magick – Beltane
A General Beltane Blessing Chant - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

Oak and May,
On This Day,
Will both Heed
Those in Need.
Goddess Bright,
God of Sun,
Bless your Children
'Till our days are done.

Stag Call Chant - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The men gather around the fire, next to their partners, and they say in unison:
"I am the stag of seven tines;
I am a wide flood on the plain;
I am a wind on the deep waters;
I am a shining tear of the sun;
I am a hawk on a cliff;
I am fair among flowers;
I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke."
Graves, Robert; "The White Goddess"; Farrar 1970

Invocation
from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco

Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we're upward bound.

Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.

Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.

Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.

Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.

In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don't be afraid to get inspired.

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – GCF: Obvious Relationship

Science has a language of its own which sometimes puzzles laymen. The word "obvious" is a case in point.

A professor of physics, deriving some profound point of theory for the class, scribbled an equation on the board and said, "From this, it is obvious that we can proceed to write the following relationship..." and he scribbled a second and equally long equation on the board.

Then he paused. He stared hard at the two equations and said, "Wait a minute, I may be wrong..."

He sat down and began to write at his desk furiously, crossing out and rewriting for five minutes while the class sat in absolute silence waiting for the verdict.

Finally, the professor rose with an air of satisfaction and said, "Yes, I was right in the first place. It *IS* obvious that the second equation follows from the first."

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Daily Stuff 4-27-12

By: CoastalAnja, 4:06 PM GMT on April 27, 2012

Hi, folks!

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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
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
Color: Purple
Planting 4/26-8

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Calendar
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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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

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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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

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I allow clarity to flow through me, filling my cells and every fiber of my being.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? - Do you think you’re shy? What advice could you give to someone who is shy?

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Quotes
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

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Magick – Beltane
Easy Wreath for Your Head
Image from www.starcraftsob.com
You Need:
Gold, silver or other bendable garland found in stores at Yuletide/Xmas-this usually comes in stars, holly and other such designs
Curling ribbon
To do:
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.

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Energy list
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.

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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?"

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Daily Stuff 4-26-12

By: CoastalAnja, 5:30 PM GMT on April 26, 2012

Hi, folks!

Wicca 103 Lesson Five tonight.

So typical Oregon weather…. What woke me this morning was rain really bucketing down. It pounded on the skylight enough that I got up to take a look. It was coming down hard enough to create what sounded like a roar from the porch roof and hissing in the trees…. And it was *not* hail! Just rain!

Now the sky is blue with white puffy clouds and the occasional dark one and when the sun is out it’s incredibly bright…give it 5 minutes… …and it goes away…. And comes back …

I’ve been watching house finches on the feeder. Pretty little things…. One of ‘em might be a Cassini’s finch….

I still haven’t found the stack of business cards from Tuesday… my card case is with them and I know I had them, but…. Tempus was hunting around this morning. …and I’m trying to get all of the literature that we collected into one place. …and went out looking for the bag of stuff from yesterday, sorting out the other stuff and found the card stack and card case on the table in the front hall…. Not sure how that one happened…..

Yesterday was the Creating and Producing High Impact Events Workshop module. Some of the workshop was squirm-inducing, being mostly definitions. I would have preferred that they be defined as we went, but…. The decision frame that was brought in is wonderful! It could stand some work (so what else is new?) but I got permission to copy and scatter some around to you folks so we can make use of it. I’m thinking mostly for Pan-Pagan…. And those will go up in the Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering Facebook group.

A couple of other things that came out of this one had more to do with how to keep an event consistent over time (i.e. the “Event Bible”…which we don’t have) and other things that have been happening (group decision-making and process on brainstorming).

The food was awesome. Rumi just puts on a great spread.

Getting to hang out with other folks who are engaged and interested and enthusiastic… it’s been a real energizer for me. So often people don’t manage to get together because they’re too wrapped up in what they’re doing to have time for anything else.

…and one problem I can see out of this is that we’re going to have too *many* events and get over-load… but that should sort itself out over time. What I’m hoping is that some of the “new” events will get absorbed into bigger, existing events.

Tempus was with me all day yesterday. Not sure what all he got out of it, but from our discussions yesterday evening it was worth it.

“It’s going to be another long day, but we’re done at 4pm and no evening event. I have an awful feeling that I’m going to get home and just drop in my tracks.” Yup…. I didn’t wake until after 7:30pm…

…and then got online and got yanked into the discussion about Pan-Pagan that went on until well past 11pm…. That group is *hopping*! If you want to get into the group, let me know. I’m trying to not add anyone without permission and you can always bail out if it gets to be too much…. But we’re putting up documents as well as discussing, so this is going to be a good place for information.

I’ve had a chat with Brandon Tweed this morning, (text below, edited with permission) about having him come and give a talk about chickens and raising fowl (and we discussed his new project, sheep). He’s thinking to bring some chicks and eggs for sale, too! We’ve got some firming up to do on dates, but that just sounds awesome to me.

Tempus is going to be the one at the shop today. I’ve got so much to catch up on that it’s overwhelming and it *all* needs to be done right away, as usual. I’ve managed to wade through mail for the week and Facebook and necessary replies, but I’ve got a few longer ones, shop e-mails (my shop laptop is here in the study and hasn’t even been turned on this weekend!!!!) I’ve gotten some of the newsletter file updates done, but the quotes file is right down at the end… I’ve got to figure out how to see that coming from farther away…. I know there’s got to be a way. I’m not the first person to have that problem…. He’s going to cut up business cards and do some headers… the one page that I managed on Monday.

…and the weather is so pretty that I *know* I’m going to be tempted outside….

…and I’ve been almost this far for over an hour. I keep getting distracted….

The shop opens at 11am and we’ll be there through class time. 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,
Anja

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Conversation between Anja and Brandon 4-26-12
A - Brandon is there any possibility of a talk about raising chickens and such? Sounds odd, but we've had a few requests.
B - ok that I think I am knowledgeable with. lol
A - We just got an ordinance passed that folks can have up to 6 (female only) chickens or ducks in city limits. Is there any possibility that you could come down earlier than Pan-Pagan to talk to locals about it?
B - Let me see what I can do. It is a possibility. What you think of my sheep?
A - I went. "OMG!", snorted and the laughed for a while.... Not at you and the sheep, but at some of the in-jokes that keep floating around the Circle! They're pretty, but I don't know enough about sheep to really say anything more....
B - They are Jacobs, a primitive breed ... oddly enough biblical. lol
A - Biblical? So.... a middle-eastern breed? Desert? Not sure what you mean by "biblical"... other than sheepskin makes great parchment.
B – Jacob, father of the 12 tribes of Israel, supposedly screwed over his uncle by asking for all the spotted sheep and his cousins as wives as payment for tending his flocks. He selectively bred/god willed the sheep to be spotted, depending on the story you believe. lol
A - I’m familiar with the story, just laughing at myself that I totally missed the connection.
B - lol
A - Sheep can't be all that horrible to raise....they're pretty good-natured, yes?
B – I’ve got 4 ewes and a wether. They are sweet unless your elastrating the ram to make a wether and mama has something to say about it… very protective…
A - So how come you're getting into sheep?
B - ..two words... lamb chops… lol@ I like sheep. They were a good investment. They are all registered.
A - At one point I was getting into spinning wool.
B - They are at Hawks Heath, Kindred land, we will blot out the little wether to Freyja this fall.
A - ...but love lamb chops with mint jam.
B - … pepper jelly
A - If Tempus would even consider lamb chops, that would be for him.
B - One of the former members to the kindred always brought leg o’ lamb to blot with pepper jelly glaze.
A - That sounds good.
B – Hey, if I come down I could bring some chicks for sale. It would be a straight run, though, because I cant sex them. Would that be ok?
A - That would be cool! I'd need to have enough lead time to advertise it.
B – kk
A - Can I go ahead and start saying something in the newsletter as a possibility and then we can firm up details later?
B – Sure! It would be this or next month. I would come for the day/night and back again.
A - How's about the 1st weekend in June? That gives me plenty of lead time and the other special guest that weekend is a tea-leaf reader.
B – I have the 31st and the first (thurs, fri) off let me see if I can get some one to work for me….
A - Ok, if I quote from the above?
B – Sure! lol
A - If Facebook will cooperate. Ok. I'm putting you on the calendar, tentatively.
A - Hmm... what are the chances of bringing some eggs, too? For sale, I'm thinking.... I've been bragging on your eggs, ya know.
B – Yeah, I could.
A - It will be *so* good to see you!

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
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.

This evening the Moon is in the feet of Gemini, below Pollux and Castor and high above Betelgeuse.
Uranus is hidden low in the dawn. Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is emerging into view low in the east-southeast before dawn's first light.

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 Gemini entered Cancer at 10:42pm last night…. Missed that yesterday morning….
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: White
Planting 4/26-8

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Calendar
4/26 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
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
Beltane/Walpurgisnacht Sabbat 5/4, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 26, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:13 AM PDT, 8:15 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:42 AM PDT, 8:46 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 5:03 AM PDT, 9:25 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:21 AM PDT, 10:08 PM PDT
Moon, 9:53 AM PDT, 12:29 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 04m
Length of Day, 14h 01m
Tomorrow will be 2m 44s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 24% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 26 High 3:34 AM 7.1 6:13 AM Set 12:30 AM 17
26 Low 10:43 AM 0.1 8:15 PM Rise 9:53 AM
26 High 5:23 PM 5.8
26 Low 10:36 PM 3.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Blessed is she who has learned to laugh at herself, for she shall never cease to be entertained.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? - In "The Adventures of Peter Cottontail" by Thornton W. Burgess, Peter Rabbit says, "Cottontail, Peter Cottontail! How much better sounding that is than Peter Rabbit! That sounds as if I were really somebody. Yes, Sir, that's the very name I want." If you. could change your name, what would it be? Explain your answer.

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Quotes
A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. - Nancy Lopez, Golfer
Against logic there is no armor like ignorance. - Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
All the gold in the world cannot buy a dying man one more breath - so what does that make today worth? - Og Mandino
An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. - Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer

What God in His mercy has taught the bees He has not graced the lion or wild ass;
The bee knows how to make a house of liquid sugar.
It is God who opened to him this Way of Knowledge.
What God in His mercy has taught the silkworm
The elephant himself cannot understand or repeat. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)


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Magick – Beltane
Seraphina’s Cottage - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
Welcome to the Cottage, dear friends. The chaos is outside, more specifically, the children are off romping in the woods busily building their tree fort. Pull on a pair of gardening gloves and join me outside.

Beltaine! At last winter is well and truly behind us and we look forward to the ever lengthening and warming days. The time between Ostara and Beltain has been a time of busy preperation for enticing the Earth to bring forth Her fertility. Ground has to be turned and tilled to receive seeds, vegetable beds need to be prepared, and fertilising mulches turned into the soil. The pastoralists are also busy at this time, turning the young herds out into their spring pastures and getting summer pastures prepared. We are, in this span, busy, busy, busy like our bee friends. Is it any wonder then, that at Beltaine, when the trees bloom and early cold weather crops are ready, we take a bit of time for a celebration? And, seeing's how "Spring is in the air," is it any wonder that after the long months of winter, and until recent times the spectre of want, our celebrations are wild and exhuberent, life affirming and spectacularly joyous?

This year, life is imitating Witches Art rather closely, for the museum where I work has been busily preparing for an American Museums Association accreditation committee visitation. The span between Ostara and Beltaine has been dedicated to ensuring the museum's grounds (buildings, artefact collections, and exhibit spaces) were prepared to receive the seeds that accreditation will help grow, that is an enlarged research grant pool (most people who give you money want that official "gold seal"...go figure...), an easier procedure for borrowing 17th century period pieces for exhibit (again, people lending you one-of-a-kind pieces want that AMA stamp), as well as the knowledge that the museum we all work for has gotten a nod from others in the profession for developing a museum with the highest professional goals and standards (everyone loves a job well done). And, believe you me, we will celebrate when the visit is completed, for this year's Cinqo de Mayo party is going to be a big stress reliving "blow-out." I wonder if we will play Pin-the-Mustachio-on Roger again?

In any case, I will celebrate this Turning, for my yard is prepared for a bountiful harvest of herbs and roses, and the archaeological lab where I do research is cleaner than it has been in decades. And....as it is the beginning of the Time of the Big Sun, the half of the year presided over by Grianna, a goddess most certainly associated with love and romance, well, that's in the cards too ::wink::

Until the next Turning, may the Gods Bless all your endeavours, may your plans be fertile and come to full fruition, and may you find added love and romance in your life ::nudge, nudge, wink, wink::

Seraphina

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – A couple made a deal that whoever died first would come back and inform the other if there was sex after death. Their biggest fear was that there was no after-life at all.
After a long life together, the husband was the first to die. True to his word, he made the first contact:
"Sue..........Sue"
"Is that you, George?"
"Yes, I've come back like we agreed."
"That's wonderful!? What's it like?"
"Well, I get up in the morning, I have sex. I have breakfast and then it's off to the golf course. I have sex again, bathe in the warm sun and then have sex a couple of more times. Then I have lunch (you'd be proud - lots of greens). Another romp around the golf course, then pretty much have sex the rest of the afternoon. After supper, it's back to golf course again. Then it's more sex until late at night. I catch some much-needed sleep and then the next day it starts all over again."
"Oh, George, are you in Heaven?"
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Daily Stuff 4-25-12

By: CoastalAnja, 3:08 PM GMT on April 25, 2012

Hi, folks!

No Herbs Outdoors today!

It’s pouring rain. I’m finding that offensive. I mean, really, haven’t we had plenty? Pouring! They’re talking possible 0.4 inches today. It’s in the low 50’s, but supposed to get up to 61F.

I’m actually fairly impressed with the amount of progress in the Rural Tourism Studio. If we keep it up today, I’ll be very happy. I came home with a bag full of literature to sort out and a pocket full of business cards that I’ve already managed to lay down somewhere weird enough that I haven’t seen ‘em yet…. Of course, my eyes aren’t open, yet. I’m still pretty tired.

Yesterday’s topic was Nature-Based Tourism. We spent pretty much the whole day on identifying what we have to offer….which is *huge* in terms of resources… what we can exploit without damaging things, and how we can go about doing it, then identifying 3 areas to concentrate on, then identifying 3 priorities within those areas. What we finally concentrated on were the areas of Cycle-Tourism, Trails and Wildlife Viewing. In *all* three everyone decided that an high priority is signage. In one discussion that I participated in, thinking went something like this: we have lots of trails, hiker-biker tourists can’t find them, so they go straight on down 101 and don’t spend the amount of time here that they could. We also need to add to the wildlife viewing experience by sending folks to the right areas and giving them informational/interpretive signage. We also talked a lot about maps, interconnecting maps over the whole area… Wildlife viewing also needs viewing platforms and ADA accessible trails. Trails (bike, hike, boat) also got to talking about packable specialty foods, restrooms, bikeracks …and maps…. We also got into Jerry’s idea of a hiker/biker hostel, reducing the amount of gear needed. The cycle-tourism group got quite a bit into a discussion of lockable bike storage, and lists of resources to be made available. A number of groups had lively discussions on how to get the work out, through trade magazines and Internet resources and how to get the current resources interconnected and with more information. Wow…. That was between 9am and 4pm.

Tempus picked me up and when I got home I went soundly asleep!

He had been doing house chores all day and mowed the lawn and worked on some of the small engine repair jobs that he has waiting.

I did wake in time for the Evening for Entrepreneurs, (and Tempus got to go to that) which had some great discussions, but not nearly the amount of information I was hoping for. I have to say that the hors d’ouevres were *awesome*, and were the meals/snacks all day long! We were at Soul Vacation Resort for this part of the event.

I think the biggest thing I’m getting out of this is meeting and talking to people about things that matter to me. We had a lot more time to do that yesterday compared to some of the time before. …and I came in with a pocketful of ideas that I had managed to put into words since last time.

Today is the Creating and Producing High Impact Events Workshop module. It’s going to be another long day, but we’re done at 4pm and no evening event. I have an awful feeling that I’m going to get home and just drop in my tracks.

I had so many ideas spinning around in my head, last night, and so many things to finish thinking through that I had trouble staying asleep! I’m heavy-eyed, but excited to get back to the workshop. I’ll tell you more in tomorrow’s newsletter.

The shop is closed Tuesday/Wednesday. 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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow, which ends at 12:18pm. 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.
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!

Tuesday, April 24
Venus is upper right of the crescent Moon this evening.
Mars (magnitude –0.2) shines fire-orange in Leo, high in the south at dusk and southwest later in the evening. Regulus is 5° to Mars's right or lower right. Fainter Gamma Leonis is 8° above them. Mars in a telescope is gibbous and small, 10.5 arcseconds wide, fading and shrinking weekly.
Mercury (about magnitude +0.1) is deep in the glow of sunrise, having a very poor dawn apparition just above the eastern horizon.

Wednesday, April 25
The Moon shines amid (counting clockwise) Pollux and Castor above it, Auriga with Capella to its right, Venus to its lower right, Aldebaran more or less below it, Orion to its lower left, and Procyon farther to its upper left.
After dusk, three 10th-magnitude asteroids await your probing scope in and around Leo. See the April Sky & Telescope, page 52, for finder charts for 5 Astraea, 6 Hebe, and 8 Flora.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in Aries) is lowering into the sunset far below Venus. Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in Virgo) was at opposition last week, on April 15th. It shines low in the east-southeast in twilight and highest in the south around midnight or 1 a.m. Sparkling 5° to its right in the evening is Spica, slightly fainter, bluer, and twinklier. With Saturn past opposition, say goodbye to the Seeliger effect, the opposition brightening of Saturn's rings.

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

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Gemini
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Black

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Calendar
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.
Soul Vacation Resort, $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
4/25– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (not this week)
Planting 4/26-8
4/26 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
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, esbat, Coming up on Full Moon, Beltane Practice
Beltane/Walpurgisnacht Sabbat 5/4, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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www.wunderground.com
Apr. 25, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:14 AM PDT, 8:13 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:43 AM PDT, 8:45 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 5:05 AM PDT, 9:23 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:23 AM PDT, 10:06 PM PDT
Moon, 8:59 AM PDT, No Moon Set
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 01m
Length of Day, 13h 58m
Tomorrow will be 2m 46s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 16% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 25 High 2:57 AM 7.3 6:15 AM Rise 8:59 AM 10
25 Low 10:01 AM -0.1 8:14 PM
25 High 4:35 PM 6.0
25 Low 9:50 PM 3.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – My mission is to bring freedom to my world. I hold an intention for everyone to embody freedom.

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Journal Prompt – Why would? - Why would we say that someone is "passing the buck"?

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Quotes
We need to teach our children how to debate the major life issues. Debate strengthens their beliefs and enables them to defend themselves against ideologies that are going to come their way. - Jim Rohn
Without danger you cannot get beyond danger. – George Herbert
You can make an audience see nearly anything, if you yourself believe in it. - Mary Renault (1905-1983) English writer
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. - Mae West

The cruelty of fate and every affliction that exists
Are less agonizing than being far from God or forgetting him.
Other agonies pass, but forgetfulness remains.
Only that human being who brings at all moments to God
His consciously-awakened spirit can ever possess joy. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane
Beltane Chicken - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Makes 4 servings. If you and your beloved can't eat that much, just freeze the leftovers for later.
©2001 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey, From Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn - www.SpilledCandy.com
In ancient times, Beltane was celebrated as a time of love, fertility, and passion. The ingredients in this special dish all have magickal meanings related to lust, love, and prosperity/fertility. Treat yourself as part of the ancient celebration or any time you and your soulmate want to celebrate your life together.

1 minced clove of garlic
2 cups of fresh spinach
1 cup of cooked rice,
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet
2 boneless chicken breasts
Toothpicks
1 cup chicken broth
best china
red candles
1 tablespoon corn starch
2 tablespoons water
1. Cook 1 minced clove of garlic in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute at you repeat the name of your beloved.
2. Next, add 2 cups of fresh spinach and cook for 3 minutes while you name as many as possible of the traits you admire in your beloved.
3. Strain any water from the spinach, just as you would want any ill thoughts about your relationship removed from your celebration meal.
4. In a wooden bowl, combine the spinach and garlic with 1 cup of cooked rice, 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
5. Using 2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet, flatten 2 boneless chicken breasts, pounding out any negative feelings you might otherwise bring to the table.
6. Spread the spinach mixture on each chicken breast, then roll up each carefully, using toothpicks to make sure the filling is secure in each roll.
7. Then place the chicken rolls in a large skillet and cook on medium-high.
8. As the chicken cooks, add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer for 15 minutes while you set your table with your best china and light red candles.
9. Back at your kitchen workings, mix 1 tablespoon corn starch and 2 tablespoons water and stir as you wish your secret wish for the evening -- whether a commitment, a kiss, or a baby!
10. Next add the cornstarch and water to the skillet and cook as the sauce thickens and the seeds of your wishes are planted.
11. Last, when you are ready to serve this dish, take a sharp, clean knife and douse the blade under cool running water.
12. Then slice the chicken rolls into 1-inch thick slices and spoon sauce on top.
13. Look closely at the chicken slices and note the spiral patterns, a symbol of rebirth.
14. Now hurry before your candles burn low!

(From Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn C2001 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey. Visit www.SpilledCandy.com for more free ebooks and magickal tips and crafts. You may freely copy, distribute, or post it to members of your circle, organization, newsletter subscribers, and/or web site with only two rules: You must print the notice at the bottom of each recipe whether you reprint the recipes individually or the entire book. The recipes have been copyrighted; therefore, the notice must stay intact. Failure to do so will be considered a violation of copyright law (not to mention karma). You must not accept any payment for use of the recipes in this book or include them in a collection for sale without obtaining express written permission from Spilled Candy Books, P O Box 5202, Niceville FL 32578.)

Cottage Cheese and Wild Rice Casserole - Serves 6 - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html - Marilyn Helton, who writes our regular Diabetic Dining on Fabulous Foods column, adapted this recipe from the Wild Rice For All Seasons Cookbook
small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons 30% calorie-reduced margarine
3 cups cooked wild rice, about 2/3 cup uncooked
1 carton (12 oz.) lowfat cottage cheese
1 carton (8oz.) light sour cream
1/4 cup 2% milk
dash or two of Tabasco® sauce
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. Sauté the onion in margarine in a skillet and toss the cooked rice with this.
2. In a mixing bowl, blend the cottage cheese with the sour cream, milk, Tabasco® sauce and seasoned salt.
3. Stir this into the rice and turn into a lightly vegetable spray-coated 1-1/2 qt. casserole.
4. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
5. Bake at 350°F degrees about 25 minutes.

Beltane Barley Casserole - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups barley
2 chopped onions
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup pine nuts

1. Melt butter in a skillet and sauté the barley, stirring frequently until golden.
2. Turn into a greased 3 quart casserole.
3. Stir in the mushrooms, onions and peas.
4. Add 3 cups of the chicken broth.
5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour.
6. Stir in the pine nuts and the remaining cup of broth.
7. Cover and bake for another 1-1/2 hours.
This must be 10-12 servings as a side dish.

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Energy list
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.

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Daily Stuff 4-24-12

By: CoastalAnja, 3:12 PM GMT on April 24, 2012

Hi, folks!

I wish we were getting the awesome weather they were predicting for now at this time last week, but at least it’s pretty warm. The colors are rich in this kind of light.

There’s a finch on the feeder. He must be courting since his topknot is all fluffed up and bright red.

I got just long enough in the garden yesterday to pull a bunch of horsetail and harvest a lot of violets, a couple of calendula blossoms, some dandelions and a bunch of wood sorrel.

Once at the shop I just stayed busy all day long. In the morning, there was the usual mail to deal with, which included a couple of really inexpensive Cunningham used books. Also, just before we headed out from the house, UPS dropped off the next stock order, so we have some new books, including Ellen Dugan’s Garden Herbal, a batch of smudges, some new athames and windchimes and another BoS plus the lined insert pages for the wire bound journals. I have a couple of curtains/banners to get onto poles, as well as the special orders that finally came through.

Tempus ended up running errands most of the day after he got the special order packed. I needed my pills from the pharmacy and we had a bank deposit and a phone bill and he put up the wind chimes and the bells as well as pulling out the boxes of silk flowers.

I haven’t made a lot of headway on those. I’ve finally decided to sort them by color, but during the process of beginning to sort I ran into a bunch of ritual pieces that had just been stuffed into the boxes willy-nilly and almost crushed. I spent most of the time that I had available on getting those back into shape and trying to decide just how they should be stored so that doesn’t happen again.

I got one page of headers printed and a batch of business cards, but Tempus is going to be working on those on Thursday. He didn’t get back to the house before class time.

Class went well. We got most of the way through lesson 3.

Today I have the Rural Tourism Studio thing…all day! Nature-Based Tourism Development is today’s topic and then tonight is the “Evening for Entrepreneurs”. I just wish I were more optimistic about this getting anywhere. Maybe there are people who are working on more of the pieces than what we can usually see, but… what I’m hoping is that I’m just not “plugged in” enough to see what’s happening. What I’m afraid of is that nothing *is* happening… other than on an individual level.

The shop is closed Tuesday/Wednesday. 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,
Anja

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Space Weather News for April 23, 2012 - http://spaceweather.com
SIERRA FIREBALL DECODED: An explosion over California that rattled homes across at least two states on Sunday, April 22nd, has been analyzed by NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office: It was a natural meteoroid the size of a mini-van. Analysts say the space rock exploded in the atmosphere with an energy equal to nearly 4 kilotons of TNT and might have sprayed the Sierra Nevada mountains with meteorites. Visit http://spaceweather.com for more information.
AURORA WATCH: At the time this alert is being written on April 23rd, a minor geomagnetic storm is underway. The storm is likely due to Earth's passage through the wake of a CME that swept past our planet earlier in the day. Sign up for aurora alerts at http://spaceweathertext.com (text) or http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice).


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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow. 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.
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! Diana’s Bow lasts until Wednesday at 12:18pm.

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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

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Gemini
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Black

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Calendar
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Nature-based Tourism Development Workshop – Soul Vacation Resort, $5.00
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - FREE EVENT: Evening for Entrepreneurs - Location: Rumi
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
Soul Vacation Resort, $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
4/25– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (not this week)
Planting 4/26-8
4/26 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
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, esbat, Coming up on Full Moon, Beltane Practice
Beltane/Walpurgisnacht Sabbat 5/4, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 24, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:16 AM PDT, 8:12 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:45 AM PDT, 8:44 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 5:07 AM PDT, 9:22 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:25 AM PDT, 10:04 PM PDT
Moon, 8:10 AM PDT, 11:43 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 14h 58m
Length of Day, 13h 56m
Tomorrow will be 2m 48s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 9% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 24 High 2:24 AM 7.5 6:16 AM Rise 8:11 AM 5
24 Low 9:22 AM -0.3 8:13 PM Set 11:43 PM
24 High 3:51 PM 6.2
24 Low 9:12 PM 2.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a divine day!

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Journal Prompt – Describe - Describe an incident that had something to do with water.

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Quotes
They tell me poetry is a hard sell, there’s no money in it, its day is done. I don’t believe one word. Whether there be money in it or not was never poetry’s point, and its day will never be done... I suggest reading it line by line, letting every word sink in slowly — drink it as you would a fine liquor, sip by sip, until the last word is gone. - Papaveria Press
To accept others around you, have to accept yourself first. - Sandy Diva
To him who is in fear, everything rustles. - Sophocles
To win without risk is to triumph without glory. - Pierre Corneille, French playwright

SEASONS CHANGE
As the seasons change, so does the artist's palette.
The scorching heat of summer and the pastel hues,
Give way to the jewel colors of dark reds
Hunter greens, and leaves that are turning bright.

Let us walk through the woods and admire
All of nature's beauty waiting for us;
If we are quiet, perhaps we will see deer feeding,
And smaller animals scurrying about.

All too soon the weather grows chill and snowy,
Dark colors worn, parkas, jackets, caps and gloves.
Skiing, sleighs and snow men in the front lawn;
Packages for Christmas arriving in the mail.

After the thaw, the spring peeks out in budding plants,
Flowers start to bloom and milder weather comes.
Spring is the time for lovers, it is said.
Come love, let's prove them right! Give me a kiss. - © August 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Magick – Beltane
Maypole Dance Chant - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html - Ann O'Brien 1995 - Source: http://www.earthspirit.com/mtongue/chtlib/chtlifr. html

Weave, spin, dance your cares away,
A spirit fire's alive to your entrancing,
Weave, spin, dance into the May,
The earth and sky are wed as you are dancing,
Weave now

Beltane Spell

May day is a good time to promote love and happiness in your life. To do so, use pastel-colored candles, as many as possible, and a large bowl of fresh water with flower petals floating in it. Adorn your ritual space with flowers and new leaves, and sing the following verse to the spirits of the holiday:

Queen of the May,
Jack-of-the-Green,
A more joyous time has never been.

Flowers bloom
and children sing,
Fairies bless each river and sacred spring.

All life is joyous
and we revel,
In being healthy, happy, and alive.

The Morris Dancers
Stomp the Earth,
Wakening Gaia with blissful mirth.

Petals abound
in vibrant hue,
Signaling all Earth’s life is born anew.

Blessings flow
all around,
Magic springs underfoot from the ground.

Love and passions
fill the air,
Celebration and revelry is everywhere.

On this day,
My true love come to me;
Let us share our hearts in festivity.

Dancers prance
the Maypole round,
Laughter and music freely abound.

Joyousness and reverence mix together now,
Blessing virgin, bird, and cow.

Danu’s Fairy Folk now draw near,
Their laughter and magic is growing clear.

I share this day
with those I love,
Healing Sun streams from above.

Flowers crown
the Queen of the May,
So blessed be this sacred day.

So mote it be. ~Abby Willowroot
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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.

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Silliness – GCF: Growing Up

Mary and Joan were having lunch when Mary said, "My son is really growing up."

Joan asked, "How do you know that?"

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Daily Stuff 4-23-12

By: CoastalAnja, 4:31 PM GMT on April 23, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s amazingly foggy out there, but very bright. The sky is a brilliant white with no shape or hint of a sun, just formless light. When I first got up it was hard to see across to the trees on the far side of the rental house, but it’s thinned a bit, enough so that distance is obscured, but visibility up close is fine.

There’s a house finch with a bright red head on the feeder and the other bird must be his mate. He’s mumbling a big sunflower seed, cracking the shell. Then after he drops the shell the nibbles on the seed for a bit, then strops his beak quickly on the edge of the feeder tray, a quick left/right, and grabs another seed. The other bird must be his mate, much more quiet-colored. Now here’s a gold crowned sparrow with his tiny beak of bright orange.

Of course, yesterday, as soon as I got the newsletter out, the sun managed to get above the mist. It’s far enough north, now, that it’s shining through the cedars and that complicates when the light comes through. It was just past 7am when the light started hitting the box to the south of the easy chair.

We got down to the shop just after 9 and I started bagging the small crystals. There are some beautiful nephrite jade pieces in this bunch. I eventually got those into the inventory, so that maybe today I can get the headers made.

When the young folks showed up we started into class. It went well, although this is a “twitchy” group, pretty distractible, and we hare off on tangents….but they’re *fun*! Brea got there in plenty of time and did her class and then some counseling and Tempus walked in with lunch right after she started, so everyone ate during her class time and got seconds afterwards. We took a break and then went on into Practical Craft, which yesterday concentrated on basics of incense.

We started, however, with uncovering the flowers that have been drying in silica gel. The students marveled at how perfect the flowers are. After also straining the rose-infused oil and adding more petals, we pulled out incense materials and started in, first with “single-ingredient incenses” a la Scott Cunningham, and then with actually creating a blend, which used frankincense, pine tips and chamomile, that isn’t a perfect blend for burning, but it was pretty interesting. We were looking for “soothing”. I’m going to have to harvest more tips, though. It sounds like I’m heading down into the park tomorrow looking for more downed wood.

I did discover that the tips (…not the little chips of sappy wood, but the tips), will powder in the coffee grinder. That helps! The students got to practice crushing frankincense and grinding chamomile, too. ….and who doesn’t like to burn things? 

I still didn’t get to the silk flowers, maybe today…..

Tempus did get his repair work done and then got a little more done with the packing stuff.

We did go down to the park for sunset, but I completely forgot about hanging around long enough to try to see Diana’s Bow. I feel really stupid, but I was pretty tired by then. I took some pictures and we did spot Venus again.

…and then we came home and I talked to our oldest boy for quite a while. He was cooking and wanted company. After that we ate and then I worked on some writing for a little and went to bed.

Today I’ll be by myself at the shop, again. I was going to try to get some weeding time in the garden before heading out, but I don’t know how well that’s going to work…not sure how wet things are... I do have harvesting to do, at the least, and maybe I’ll just head down to the park for the pine tips….

Once at the shop, I have those headers to do and to print more business cards. The two hundred I printed last month are already getting low. I’m going to ask Tempus to pull out the flower boxes so I can start in, then he’s going to come home to cut the grass, getting back to the shop to mind it in time for the Wicca 101 class tonight.

The shop opens at 11am today and we’ll be open through classtime. 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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow. 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.
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! Diana’s Bow lasts until Wednesday at 12:18pm.

Look for the Pleiades to the right of the thin crescent Moon as twilight deepens.
The waxing Moon emerges out of the sunglow to march past Jupiter and bright Venus in evening twilight.
Jupiter shines below a very thin crescent Moon very low in the west-northwest in twilight. Think photo opportunity.

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

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Taurus enters Gemini 10:05am
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Lavendar
Planting 4/22-3

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Calendar
4/23 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
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
4/25– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (not this week)
Planting 4/26-8
4/26 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
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
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 23, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:18 AM PDT, 8:11 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:47 AM PDT, 8:42 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 5:08 AM PDT, 9:20 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:27 AM PDT, 10:02 PM PDT
Moon, 7:28 AM PDT, 10:52 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 14h 55m
Length of Day, 13h 53m
Tomorrow will be 2m 49s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 5% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 23 High 1:53 AM 7.7 6:18 AM Rise 7:28 AM 2
23 Low 8:46 AM -0.4 8:11 PM Set 10:52 PM
23 High 3:10 PM 6.4
23 Low 8:38 PM 2.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I Know that I have the Inner strength of Love and Light within my heart, to Create Peace, Bliss, Love and Joy in my life now

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Journal Prompt – What if? - If you could have been someone in history, who would you have been?

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Quotes
The probability of someone watching you is directly proportional to the stupidity of your actions. - Flynne Bondolini
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences - Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist
There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the 3 things we crave most in life- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind- are always attained by giving them to someone else. - Peyton Conway March
There is no such thing as a wasted act of kindness.- James Robinson

What I long for, you know would kill me;
What I think will kill me, you know will heal me.
Loving you, I enter a darkness where I can't see anything.
"You do not need to; I am guiding you by the hand." - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane
May Cup (For Beltane)
Materials:
Long-stemmed goblet or glass
Potpourri/seasonal dried or fake flowers
Red, white, and/or gold ribbon
Small grapevine wreath
Charm for decoration
Directions:
Fill the cup with floral decorations of the season (bluebells, roses, daisies, primroses, lilac) or potpourri in May colors (green, soft pink, blue, yellow, and/or white). Around the cup, use gold, red, or white ribbon to hang a charm of some sort; some of the best images to use would be a grapevine or twig star (available at most craft stores or easily constructed with twigs and wire), a bell, or a faery image, possibly even a small broom or just a string of beads. Now the stem of the cup can be decorated however you like: Wire-stemmed flowers can be wound around it, or fake ivy, or even red and white ribbons wound around like a maypole if that suits the decoration. Place the cup in the center of the grapevine wreath, and also decorate the wreath with seasonal florals, including red and white ribbons. Use it as a centerpiece for a seasonal altar or kitchen table.
Ritual use:
The “May cup” was originally a chalice whose purpose was to hold wine or another beverage which was consumed by the May King and May Queen, elected by the people during the town May Day party. The cup can be used in solitary, couple, or group ritual to hold a blessed beverage for the ritual; the cup can be decorated but left empty of florals until after the beverage has been consumed. Then it can be rinsed with water and filled by the participants with the various florals.
All these graphics were either made by me or acquired at Silverhair's Borders (site now dead).
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Fairy Furniture
May is a month that fairies love. Show them your appreciation by making them some furniture!
Items needed:
• twigs, vines, dried flowers
• needle and thread
• scrap material
• scissors
• hot glue gun
• pruners to cut the twigs
Directions:
1. Decide what you're going to make. We'll make a chair, to give you an example.
2. Cut the twigs in this manner - one long, bendable piece that will form the back legs and back of the chair, and four equal lengthed twigs which will form the two front legs and the seat.The chair should stand no more than four inches tall (including the back)
3. Bend the long twig,and hot glue one of the smaller pieces in between the two ends where you want the seat to be.This will be the back of the seat.
4. Hot glue on each side of the bent twig facing towards you a smaller twig; these will be the sides of the seat.
5. Glue the front piece of the seat to these side twigs.
6. Glue the two front legs to the seat so that the chair legs are even.
7. If you wish,wrap the vines around the chair back and legs.
8. Cut the scrap material to form a "back" and a "seat" - these are NOT to be as wide as the chair, but will fit inside of the twigs.
9. Using your needle and thread, attach the material to the chair using a whip stitch.
10. Hot glue small dried flowers at the top of the chair.
This technique can be used to make all kinds of fairy furniture, from tables to beds, to sofas - all of which are sure to delight your fairies! You can make little tea cups too from dried flower cups!

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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.

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Silliness – GCF: Helmsman Training

A young man, who wants to see the world, signs on to a steamship to be trained as a helmsman. He masters the classroom instruction, then starts his practical training on the wheel of the vessel. In his first lesson, the mate gives him a heading, and the young fellow holds to it. Then the mate orders, "Come starboard."

Pleased at knowing immediately which way starboard is, the young man leaves the helm and walks over to his instructor.

The mate has an incredulous look on his face as the helm swings freely. Then, rather gently considering the circumstance, he asks politely, "Could you bring the ship with you?"

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Daily Stuff 4-22-12

By: CoastalAnja, 1:58 PM GMT on April 22, 2012

Hi, folks!

Earth Day. Wicca 101 at 10am. Brea's Elements at Noon. Practical Craft at 2pm.

I’m up well before sunrise. It’s actually before Civil Twilight and while there’s just enough light to set the silhouettes of trees against the lightening sky.

…an hour later, mist is blowing around, causing water to drip from the porch roof, mostly the dew, but fog can add just enough to make things drip. It’s very clear and though the sun supposedly rose 10 minutes ago it doesn’t look like it, yet. It’s already 48F and supposed to be just as nice as yesterday, once the fog goes away.

It was good to see Hatch and Travis. They came into the study for a hug just before I headed for the shop and they went hunting breakfast, and they got to the shop right around noon while I was powdering rose petals. I had been storing things like the dried horehound and asked Tempus to clean the coffee grinder that we use for large-scale grinding of herbs. I ended up powdering it, which worked well, so I tried the same with the rose petals… not quite so well…. I do get some powder and if I were going to be a perfectionist I suppose I could reduce all of it to that, but enough start to “gum” in the grinder that I stopped with about 1/3 powder, 1/3 pieces up to ¼ inch and the rest between… that’s good enough to add to candles, I think.

I also got the daffodils (most of them) stored. I have a big jar full and a couple of flower heads that went through the silica gel process.

Hatch and Travis and I talked until well past the time for starting the rock tumbler stuff, so I asked Tempus to start on that. I didn’t get all the stones sorted until late in the day, but there’s a tray of them that I’ll start bagging today, including more of the purple “jade” and a couple of beautiful, tiny fluorites and some nice jaspers.

I didn’t get to the silk flowers, maybe today…..

Tempus waded through packing materials for a large chunk of the day. I’m seeing major progress.

Sewing Workshop had me, Hatch & Travis, and Mary, who has been working on her own projects. Marcia-Beth came in bearing goodies and we sat around working and talking for a couple of hours. I ended up telling the story of the Women’s War, which is a Czech legend of events from back in the 600’s and we talked about sigil magicks.

After that, Hatch and Travis needed to head back to the Valley, so we said our goodbyes and I went back to work on the crystals, got them sorted and the large tumbler running on the 3rd grit and the small with a first grit of various small stones.

…chickadees on the feeder and one gold-crowned sparrow….

Tempus and I closed up after that and went to Patterson Park to watch the sunset, which was glorious. We were talking about what I call the “Numenor effect”, the way that clouds at the horizon often look like distant land, which was really marked last night. We found Venus well before sunset. It’s actually really easy, as high as it is in the sky.

We came home and ate and then I crashed because I was going to try to get up to watch the Lyrids… didn’t happen.

Today is the Wicca 101 class for Job Corps, then Brea’s Elements class, then Practical Craft, which is probably going to be on Herbs today, maybe incense…. Tempus has some small engine repairs to do and when he comes back, packing materials. I still need to work on the silk flowers and the new crystals.

I’m hoping that it stays nice enough to try to see Diana’s Bow at sunset tonight.

The shop opens at 11am today, although I’ll be in around 9am because of the classes. 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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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The Moon is New going into Diana’s Bow at 12:19pm. 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. 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. New Moon ends at 12:18pm

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!
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.

The weak but unpredictable Lyrid meteor shower should reach maximum activity in the hours before dawn Sunday morning. There will be no Moon. You might see a dozen Lyrids per hour under ideal dark-sky conditions before the beginning of dawn. See A Good Year for Lyrid Meteors.
Venus (magnitude –4.7, in Taurus) is blazing the highest and brightest it ever appears in its 8-year cycle of repeating apparitions. It comes into easy view high in the west right after sunset, and doesn't set in the northwest until around 11 or even midnight daylight saving time. You can see Venus through the clear blue sky of day if your eye lands right on it; look for it 42° (about four fist-widths at arm's length) to the Sun's celestial east-northeast. Look high to Venus's upper right at dusk for Capella, to its lower left for Aldebaran, and farther to its lower right for the Pleiades. Far beneath Venus, Jupiter is sinking into the sunset. The best time to examine Venus in a telescope is late afternoon or around sundown. It's now a thick crescent 33 arcseconds tall and 33% sunlit, waning and enlarging week by week as it swings closer to Earth. Venus will transit the face of the Sun on June 5–6 (the afternoon of the 5th for North America).

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

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Taurus
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Orange
Planting 4/22-3

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Calendar
4/22 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
4/23 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
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
4/25– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (not this week)
Planting 4/26-8
4/26 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
4/28 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 22, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:19 AM PDT 8:10 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:48 AM PDT 8:41 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:10 AM PDT 9:19 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:29 AM PDT 10:00 PM PDT
Moon 6:50 AM PDT 9:57 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 52m
Length of Day 13h 50m
Tomorrow will be 2m 49s longer.
New Moon, 1% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Su 22 High 1:23 AM 7.8 6:20 AM Rise 6:51 AM 0
22 Low 8:12 AM -0.4 8:10 PM Set 9:57 PM
22 High 2:32 PM 6.5
22 Low 8:05 PM 2.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am ready to live in empowered transformation.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? - What do you think about people polluting the environment?

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Quotes
The best words for resolving a disagreement are, 'I could be wrong; I often am.' It's true. - Brian Tracy
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. - Albert Einstein
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. - William James
The private control of credit is the modern form of slavery. - Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) US writer

Scream Therapy
I would scream if it would help.
But right now, I don't even know
If it would.

A timid scream might ease
The pressure, without my having
To come out of my shell.

A medium scream would help
Even more, but no one would call
The cops.

A loud scream would scare my pets,
But the neighbors wouldn't hear it
Through closed doors.

Hmmm.
To maximize Scream Therapy,
I think first I will write down all the
Things, people, situations that I want
To scream about.

Then, I will go over the list until
I am so into the emotion and upset
That I scream loud enough to
Wake The Dead!

Then, I will spend all night
Trying to get them to go back to
Their graves.
Mission accomplished! - © Copyright 11/1/05 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Magick – Beltane
Nine Sacred Woods of Beltane
http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/beltane/a/ninewoo ds.htm
The nine kinds of wood used in the Beltane fire
One of the best-known Celtic traditions for Beltane is the lighting of the Beltane fires. These huge fires were set to welcome back the sun for the light (summer) half of the year. All the hearth fires were extinguished on May Eve, and then they were relit the next day from the Beltane fires.
The fires were started with nine sacred woods, each with various magickal properties. People would gather and dance around the fires through the night, jumping over the flames to ensure a successful and prosperous summer.
Birch - The Goddess, or female energy
Oak - The God, or male energy
Hazel - Knowledge and wisdom
Rowan (Mountain Ash) - Life
Hawthorne - Purity and fairy magick
Willow - Death, sacred to Hecate
Fir - Birth and rebirth
Apple - Love and family
Vine - Joy and happiness

These 9 woods are mentioned in the Wiccan Rede:
"Nine woods in the cauldron go, burn them quick and burn them slow."
Some longer versions of the Rede include lines about all 9 woods:
"Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch wood in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest, towers with might in the fire it brings the God's insight.
Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning- adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.
But - Elder is the Lady's tree burn it not or cursed you'll be."

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – GCF: Tennis Camp

At the start of a tennis camp for youngsters, the instructor asked, "Can anyone tell me what a good sport is?"

A 5-year-old raised his hand and said, "Baseball."

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Daily Stuff 4-21-12

By: CoastalAnja, 3:31 PM GMT on April 21, 2012

Hi, folks!

I was awake for a couple of minutes around 5:30 and it was already starting to get light. ….wow… Now, bright sunshine is pouring through the study window, so clean that it’s silvery. Everyone leaf and catkins and blade of grass and horsetail stock is covered with tiny water droplets that are shimmering in a light breeze. The sunshine is hitting the big easy chair.

Today is the gorgeous weather day that they’ve been predicting for a week, but there no significant rain in the forecast for 10 days out. It’s going to be nice to have a break.

It was amazing how fast yesterday seemed to go! I went out and worked in the garden, (soaking my tukas….) weeding around the calendula until Tempus was ready to go and also got some salt on the path to keep the weeds down until I can get them properly dug.

We both had work to do at the shop on the computers for the first while. I got the “invite” letter for the Pan-Pagan Gathering done and up on the Facebook group. The group is for people who intend to participate whether student, helper, teacher, or just someone who wants to come hang out with a bunch of crazy pagans. It’s going to be the primary place for news about the event, too. If you want to be on the group, ask me or search for Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering.

If you don’t want to join the group but are still interested, e-mail me for the “invite” letter. I have it in PDF and Word formats since it’s 3 pages…. We’re not going to do much by e-mail, except in the newsletter, but I can get the info sent to the right places.

I did get some of the stuff set up for the weekend classes and a little sorting done, but mostly I talked to people and then Tempus and I worked on some of the last projects for the spring that we have to make the shop run better.

The next project is a display for the spell candles. I made the plastic canvas one as a quick-fix back in 2005 and it’s starting to fall apart. We’re thinking to make a fairly large one out of wood that will roll the candles into place instead of having them standing on end.

I did get a little time in on jewelry, mostly sorting and putting stuff away, but I made a few more tarot earrings and worked on a shell necklace design and on the necklace that matches an awesome red/black/silver pendant. I *think* I finally have that design worked out.

Mary Cedarwolf stopped by in the late afternoon and we talked for a while. The weather had turned too nice to stay indoors! Tempus and I stopped at the Patterson Park after we closed up for the evening and managed to spot Venus well before sunset.

Hatch and Travis are here for a visit. They got in late in the evening and are still soundly asleep. More on that later….

Herbs Workshop is going to be storing the dried materials and possibly trying to powder some of the rose petals. I haven’t tried that before, but it should be possible, so we’ll pull out the various tools and see what we can do!

Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler should start between noon and 12:30. One of the tumblers is running on a final polish, so some good stones should come out of this.

I’m hoping this afternoon to tackle the silk flower boxes. Some are crafts, some are décor and I have to sort them by season, as well. I think I’m going to set up a drawer with the loose bits, though, since I have a *lot* of those, mostly from silk flowers that I’ve taken part-way apart, using either the insides, or the blossoms or the leaves for various projects and leaving the rest.

Tempus is supposed to tackle the packing materials, again. We’re *going* to get those finished!!!

Sewing Workshop is a “bring your project” day, although we always have projects to work on, if people don’t bring their own. Today, you’ll get to see how far I’ve gotten on the scroll sampler, too. If we get that far, I’m going to make a pattern from a tote bag that Rowan loaned me, and start cutting out some of those. I’ve had that ready for a month, now, and never seem to find the time to just do it.

The shop opens at 11am today, although we’ll be there earlier, trying for around 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,
Anja

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Space Weather News for April 21, 2012 - http://spaceweather.com
LYRID METEOR SHOWER: The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend on the night of April 21-22 when Earth passes through a stream of debris from ancient Comet Thatcher. Usually the shower is mild (10-20 meteors per hour) but unmapped filaments of dust in the comet's tail sometimes trigger outbursts ten times stronger. This year's peak coincides with a new Moon, so lunar interference will not be a problem. The promise of a good display has prompted NASA to plan an unusual 3D meteor photography experiment combining observations from the ground, a research balloon, and the International Space Station. More information, observing tips, and live audio from a meteor radar are available on today's edition of http://SpaceWeather.com

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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The Moon is New. 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. 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.

Capella, Venus, and Aldebaran form an almost perfectly straight line in the western sky this evening and Saturday evening, in that order from upper right to lower left.
Mars in a telescope is a small 11.4 arcseconds wide, fading and shrinking as Earth pulls ahead of it in our faster, inside-track orbit around the Sun.

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

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aries
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Pink
Harvest 4/18-20

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Calendar
4/21 – Saturday, New Moon at 12:18am
4/21 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Planting 4/22-3
4/22 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
4/23 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
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
4/25– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (not this week)
Planting 4/26-8
4/26 –
5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 21, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:21 AM PDT 8:08 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:50 AM PDT 8:40 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:12 AM PDT 9:17 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:31 AM PDT 9:59 PM PDT
Moon 6:18 AM PDT 8:59 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 49m
Length of Day 13h 47m
Tomorrow will be 2m 50s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 0% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 21 High 12:54 AM 7.8 6:21 AM Rise 6:18 AM 0
21 Low 7:38 AM -0.3 8:09 PM Set 8:59 PM
21 High 1:54 PM 6.6
21 Low 7:32 PM 2.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I listen to my Inner Voice.

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative - How have you adjusted your eating habits to be healthier?

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Quotes
People have to learn sometimes not only how much the heart, but how much the head, can bear. - Maria Mitchell
Practice is key to learning, and learning is key to leading. - Thorn Coyle
RUN toward your fears! Embrace them. On the other side of your greatest fears lives your greatest life. - Robin Sharma
The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms. - Socrates

"Why," says the rose, "should a thorn sadden me,
When I grew this laugh because of a thorn?"
A man asked, "What is Sufism?" The sheikh replied,
"To feel joy in the heart when anguish comes."
Think of His punishment as like the eagle
That whisked away the Prophet's sandal
To save him from the black snake in it.
God says, "Never despair
At losing what leaves you."
If a wolf comes and destroys your sheep
This misery averts worse misery,
This loss far more terrible loss. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane
Herbal Beauty - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
Water of Aphrodite
(adapted from a medieval recipe for water of roses, a quick and less costly version of Attar of Roses)

The rose is a flower sacred to Aphrodite as Patroness of Love and Lust. Roses have long been used in perfumes and love potions, and a language of intent has been created around the rose and specific colours (red for passion, yellow for goodbye, and so on). Harness the powers of this sacred flower for your magickal rites.

Use one cup of water for 3 roses. Use distilled or spring water, tap water may have too many minerals in it and will darken the petals and resulting potion water. Pull off the rose petals, one at a time and place in an enameled pot with water. Do not use an aluminum or iron pot. If you do so, the petals will turn black and darken the water. Simmer slowly, until desired quantity is reached, then cool. Strain and pour into a bottle or closed container.

Use according to your desire.

Chocolate Mint Tea Delight – 1 serving - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
3/4 c Mint-flavored herb tea
2 tb Chocolate syrup
1/4 c Heavy cream, whipped
Sweetened chocolate powder
1. Pour the tea into a cup.
2. Stir the chocolate syrup into the tea.
3. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate powder

WILD IRISH NETTLE SOUP http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.h tml
12 oz nettle leaves and young, tender stems (use gloves to collect)
3-4 oz butter
6 oz (2 oz each) leek, onion and celery, roughly chopped
2.5 pints chicken stock
1.5 lbs potatoes, sliced
.75 pint cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Comment: from the Ashford Castle Hotel - County Mayo, Ireland
Wash the nettles. Melt 3 oz of the butter in a heavy based pan and sweat the leek, onion, celery and the nettles for 5 to 6 minutes without browning. Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil, then add the potatoes. Cook over a low heat for about 40 to 50 minutes.
Put soup in blender and puree, then return it to the pan, and add the cream. Salt and pepper to taste, reheat gently and check the consistency. Some extra butter may be whisked in for a richer, smoother finish. Garnish each serving with a blanched nettle leaf. Serves 8

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – Last night as we were driving up the seawall I exclaimed over seeing a seal swimming up the bay. Tempus said, “Seals are important to marine ecology, you know….”

I fell for it and asked, “Why?”

He said, “Well, if they went extinct, the water would all leak out!”

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Daily Stuff 4-20-12

By: CoastalAnja, 4:54 PM GMT on April 20, 2012

Hi, folks!

The steady dripping of the 30% chance of precipitation is annoying. I was hoping to harvest calendula and dandelion today and there’s no way with it raining this hard… well, I guess it’s not so much rain, as really aggressive mist, but it’s still dripping…. It’s pretty warm already, same’s yesterday. It never really got warm enough to run around without a jacket, but it was warmer than it’s been. There’s just enough breeze that the branches wave gently. No birds. I guess they’re sleepy, too.

Yesterday was kinda slow, but getting things done makes up for a lot. I spent a lot of the day on catching up on small stuff, putting this away, finding a spot for that….

I felt as though I was sleepy all day. My mind seemed to be working through mush. Even when I was placing orders I just couldn’t concentrate and hold myself together and that’s pretty weird.

I had a long talk with one student on the phone and then Crone’s Tea went on for a couple of hours. We made blooming tea. That stuff is fascinating to watch! After that we were supposed to start 103, but one person was down with a migraine, one with a re-hurt foot, one showed up and one got called in to work.

I did manage to get the last batch of dandelions that I dried separated from the green bits and the next batch set up to dry. I got the petals from the calendula although the bases weren’t dry enough to separate. Getting the petals off makes the flowers dry faster. I have a lot more to do on plant materials today, mostly involving the rest of the pine.

Tempus had been at the shop until mid-afternoon packing orders and went home to get some done on his lawn and garden equipment repairs, then came back around 6pm and we finished up and came home.

Deer and rhodys…. One thing that I keep forgetting to mention is the night last week when Tempus and I came home well after dark and were surprised on Range Drive by 3 deer. They were at the level spot after the first S-curve when we saw them and they quickly hopped into the ditch to the south side of the road and quietly trotted past us, checking us out as they went by, then turned and went up a side street.

Rhododendrons are in bloom all over the place. The species ones, the pink ones, aren’t quite ready, yet. I always used to plan a long drive with Grandma right around the beginning of May up until Mothers’ Day just to go see her “pinkies”, but the cultivated ones and the fancies are blooming all over the place. So are azaleas and even my cherry and pear…although the number of blossoms is really tiny this year. Those frosts killed a lot of ‘em.

A whole cup of coffee and I’m still sleepy. Urk….

Tempus and I will both be at the shop today. I want to get some more jewelry done, set up for the weekend’s classes, get some buttons made and then get cracking on more of the sorting in the big shelves. That takes Tempus’ help because I can’t lift some of the stuff (or shouldn’t). We’re still working on getting the one section set up with packing materials, although he’s enjoying have more room to work, already.

Mostly I have to go through the rest of the boxes in the shelves to determine which ones go where and to get several of them re-labeled and a few re-packed after sorting (like the silk flower boxes….) and to make sure that the candle/soap/leatherworking/doll type supplies are all together.

I just heard from Fawkes. He's doing ok.

The shop opens at 11am today. 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,
Anja

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NASA Science News for April 19, 2012 - In a unusual twist on space science, students in California have launched a rubber chicken to the edge of space to study a solar storm. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/19apr_camilla/

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
The Moon is Dark as of 12:19pm. 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. 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. The “Tide Change” is at 12:19am on Saturday.

Capella, Venus, and Aldebaran form an almost perfectly straight line in the western sky this evening and Saturday evening, in that order from upper right to lower left.
Mars in a telescope is a small 11.4 arcseconds wide, fading and shrinking as Earth pulls ahead of it in our faster, inside-track orbit around the Sun.

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

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aries
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Pink
Harvest 4/18-20

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Calendar
4/21 – Saturday, New Moon at 12:18am
4/21 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
1pm – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Planting 4/22-3
4/22 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
4/23 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
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
4/25– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (not this week)
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
Planting 4/26-8
4/26 –
5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 20, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:22 AM PDT 8:07 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:52 AM PDT 8:38 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:14 AM PDT 9:16 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:34 AM PDT 9:57 PM PDT
Moon 5:49 AM PDT 7:59 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 46m
Length of Day 13h 44m
Tomorrow will be 2m 52s longer.
Waning Crescent, 0% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 20 High 12:24 AM 7.7 6:23 AM Rise 5:50 AM 1
20 Low 7:03 AM 0.0 8:08 PM Set 7:59 PM
20 High 1:15 PM 6.6
20 Low 6:59 PM 1.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Most friction in life is caused by the tone of the voice.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki - If you found a suitcase full of money in the middle of the street, what would you do?

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Quotes
My heart burnt within me with indignation and grief; we could think of nothing else. All night long we had only snatches of sleep, waking up perpetually to the sense of a great shock and grief. Every one is feeling the same. I never knew so universal a feeling. - Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
Nature gave men two ends -- one to sit on, and one to think with. Ever since then man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most. - Robert Bloch
No is the kind of power the good witch wields. - Sugar
Oh! how many torments lie in the small circle of a wedding ring. - Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright

Secret Faery Falls
from Scattered Thoughts by Stephanie Pflumm
On a journey
through the forest
on a Winter's afternoon,
around a familiar corner
no longer hidden
by foliage and bloom,
I saw for the first time
the Faeries secret
waterfall.

I found a spot
to park the car,
anxious to be sure.
As I ran across
the forest road
to explore
this secret place
my steps stopped short.

This was a sacred space
not meant for my foot step.
I turned my back
to retrace my path
when for the slightest moment
I could hear
Summer songs from Faery flutes
sweet laughter lilting
and the dancing of Faery feet. - ©Copyright 2004, Stephanie Pflumm, All Rights Reserved Worldwide.http://www.ozarkrockexchange.com/home.sh tml

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Magick – Beltane
Beltane Poem - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Written by Lady Lissar, jskolnik@cap.gwu.edu

green
spilt out into the meadows
running into every being
filling us up with spirit
tumbling
the pulsing red life of the earth
in the smoke of the firecircle
i saw my demons scatter to the skies
dissolving into the midnight air
there is nothing but the sun
the moon
in perfect equilibrium
unreal yet grounded
alone in body, full in spirit
love

May Day Chant 2 - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The High Priestess and High Priest lead a ring dance around the bonfire. Start out with "A Tree Song" from Rudyard Kipling's "Weland's Sword" story in "Puck of Pook's Hill".

"Oh, do not tell the Priest of our Art,
Or he would call it sin;
But we shall be out in the woods all night,
A conjuring summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth
For women, cattle and corn
Now is the sun come up from the South
With Oak, and Ash and Thorn!"
Janet and Stewart Farrar; "Eight Sabbats For Witches"; Robert Hale 1983

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – GCF: Diamond Necklace

A wife calls her husband on his cell phone and asks, "Where in God's green earth are you?!?"

"Darling, you remember that jewelry store where you saw the diamond necklace and totally fell in love with it and I didn't have money that time and I said 'Baby it'll be yours one day'?"

"Oh, yes!! I remember that, my love!!"

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Daily Stuff 4-19-12

By: CoastalAnja, 5:09 PM GMT on April 19, 2012

Hi, folks!

Crones’ Tea at 3pm. Wicca 103 at 5pm.

It’s well over 50F and raining steadily. I was lazy this morning, snuggling up to my Sweetie and drowsily listening to the raindrops on the skylight and the crackling in the downspouts. I finally sighed and got up and my feet weren’t cold when hitting the floor. That was startling enough that I checked the thermometer. This is *way* warm and it’s supposed to go up over 60F today.

…but rain all day… My joints are complaining, but I have to say that the view from the study window is lovely. This kind of light makes all the colors so rich…so saturated….The cedar has that lovely deep green and the hemlock’s new growth is a brilliant golden green. The catkins on the alder are still reddish against the silvery bark and much-larger-than-yesterday new green leaves. The rose is beginning to deepen in color from the bright green to more of an emerald at this point and the blue spruce has so much new growth that it’s not blue at all. When I stand up from the desk I can see the deep orange of the calendula blooms and the brilliant sunny yellow of the dandelions… although not many of either bloom since I harvested yesterday….

The weather turned dry yesterday and from the forecast this is supposed to be the last “drippy” day for at least a week, although there are more showers coming into the forecast since yesterday. I did get most of the computer chores done, but one e-mail group heated up in the last 5 days and I got over 250 e-mails in one day just from them… Oiyoiyoi! I’m just reading in order, slowly. The volume on this group always diminishes after a few days, so I’ll catch up at some point.

I got outside three times, once for 45 minutes, once for 25 and then once for 50. After the last, my joints were giving me what-for, so I didn’t keep pushing. The first time I harvested dandelions, calendula and salad burnet after talking to the folks renting next door about what to do with the sagging planting boxes. The 2nd time I did path weeding and then the 3rd, dug, weeded and re-planted the chives from down in the garden. I know they’re probably not going to do as well as if I had left them alone, but they were so choked that they were dying, anyway. This way, they should survive and maybe (since it’s early enough in the season and they’ll get enough water) thrive.

As I was weeding I turned over a paving stone because grass & horsetail roots were running underneath it, and a whole nest-full of ants appeared. They scrambled around, grabbing their babies and running down the deep hole into the main nest. The weird part was that the ants on the bottom of the paving stone just acted as though they were totally lost. They wouldn’t leave the stone! I finally lifted it on its side and tapped and when most of them fell to the ground they ran for the nest, but why weren’t they doing that for the 20 minutes before that? The last few kept wandering on the stone, but then vanished. I don’t know where they went. I got the roots out at that point and then put the stone back gently.

Tempus got his small engine repair jobs done yesterday, even ordering parts for folks.

The last time I came in, Tempus was back home and I had to lie down for a while. I started to doze, having been reading, then I heard voices and realized that Marius and Rowan were here for esbat, so I put myself together and went out to the living room.

We worked on the calendar, first, getting that set up for the rest of the year and then talking about other things that are going on until it was time for esbat. At that point we got the altar cleared of the extra things that happen to a coffee table and set it up for ritual.

The Lesser Banishing of the Chocolate Bunny is a fun excuse to eat too much candy. We do it once a year and it’s very silly and we enjoy it. …and we’re talking about possibly running the Chocolate Ritual during Pan-Pagan; invoking the Goddess as Mrs. Sees and the God as the Good Humor Man. I drove an ice cream truck for Good Humor Ice Cream Co. at one point so that idea just cracks me up. …cast the circle in chocolate sprinkles and cocoa powder. Yoo-Hoo and Ding-Dongs for the Simple Feast… oh, and the Summoner is referred to as the “Swiss Miss” for the duration of this ritual….

I crashed pretty early and then was lazy this morning, so I’m just having breakfast, watching the rain and the towhees which are being funny at the moment. The wind has picked up and the feeder is rocking. The towhee that’s sitting on it, keeps trying to keep his head in one place even if his body is moving back and forth. It’s funny watching him stretching his neck in and out. He’s almost fallen off, twice….

I’ll be at the shop today. Tempus will be working at home. I’ve got herb prep to do and to work with the beads and supplies that I got on Tuesday, plus some hand-sewing (no machine yet. ) and to set up another pattern on my scroll sampler, since I completely finished the first two over the last few days.

Crones’ Tea is at 3pm and I’m going to bring my glass teapot and make some blooming tea. Wicca 103 will hopefully happen with Lesson 5. I haven’t heard that anyone’s still sick…

…the towhee is still at it…

The shop is closed Tuesday/Wednesday. 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,
Anja

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NASA Science News for April 18, 2012 - Astronomers and astronauts are joining forces for an unusual astrophotography experiment during the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower on April 21st. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/18apr_lyrids/

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
The Moon is Dark as of 12:19pm. 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. 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. The “Tide Change” is at 12:19am on Saturday.

Bright Vega is now visible low in the northeast as early as 9:30 or 10 p.m. (depending on where you live). Bright Arcturus dominates the high sky due east. Look a third of the way from Arcturus to Vega for dim Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, with its one modestly bright star, Alphecca. Look two-thirds of the way from Arcturus to Vega for the dimmer Keystone of Hercules.
Mars (magnitude –0.4) shines fire-orange in Leo. Regulus is 4° to Mars's right in early evening, and fainter Gamma Leonis is 7° above it. Look for them high in the south.

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

Sun in Aries enters Taurus at 9:19am
Moon in Pisces enters Aries 8:59am
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Green
Harvest 4/18-20

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Calendar
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
4/21 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
1pm – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Planting 4/22-3
4/22 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
4/23 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
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
4/25– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (not this week)
Planting 4/26-8
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 19, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:24 AM PDT 8:06 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:53 AM PDT 8:37 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:16 AM PDT 9:14 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:36 AM PDT 9:55 PM PDT
Moon 5:23 AM PDT 6:58 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 43m
Length of Day 13h 41m
Tomorrow will be 2m 53s longer.
Waning Crescent, 3% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 19 Low 6:27 AM 0.3 6:24 AM Rise 5:24 AM 5
19 High 12:34 PM 6.6 8:06 PM Set 6:59 PM
19 Low 6:24 PM 1.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There are no coincidences or mistakes, just timely lessons.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites - What was your favorite thing to collect as a child, and why?

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Quotes
Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire. - Robert Brault
Mikey's Thot for the Day: A loser is a window washer on the 44th floor who steps back to admire his work.
Mistakes......call them unexpected learning experiences. - Richard Bach
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learn to surrender to the Divine Will
So you will understand quickly
And have a mind fragrant with love of God
When disaster falls on you suddenly.
While others whiten with terror
In the hour of gain or loss,
Laugh like the rose, for the rose –
Even if you tear petal after petal from it –
Never stops laughing and never grows cast down. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane
Wooden Maypole - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
Items needed:
Flat piece of wood
Small wooden pole
Small wooden Knob for the top of the pole
Red and White Lengths of ribbon
Beltane symbols (nuts, flowers, or small apples for decoration for the base of the pole)
Glue
Gun

Either drill hole into the flat wood base to insert pole or simply glue it to the bottom securely. Glue four equal lengths of ribbon to top, and seal knob on pole with glue, on top of the ribbons. Glue or place decorative items around base.

May Pole Candles
You will need:
Lots of pretty ribbons
Tall white or green pillar candle
Gold or brass "Craft Bells"
Candle holder (stand)

Cut lengths of ribbon around 18 inches each, in pretty Springtime colors.(pastels)
Tie a craft bell to each end of ribbon (a tooth pick helps this process) Tie ribbons starting
at 3/4 way down the pillar candle, knot three times, don't tie bows, you need lots of length
on the ribbons. Tie as many as you like snaking your way up the candle, but leave at least
1/4 candle bare. Place in a candle stand that will raise the candle about 6 - 8 inches, so the
ribbons can "drape" Swirl the bundle of ribbons so they face East, ready to greet the dawn on
Beltane morn. Light candle and cheer the Spring time blessings to come. Keep a “safe” eye on
candle & ribbons. - By Barbara Morris

Cardboard Maypole - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
(Supervision recommended for the scissors)

Items Needed:
A cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels
Heavy cardboard
Paint
Crepe paper in two or three colors
Some small stones Flowers for decorating
A ruler
Scissors
Tacky glue

Take the heavy cardboard and cut a circle about 1 nad 1/4 inches larger than the diameter of the cardboard tube. Next use the glue to attach the cardboard tube to the cardboard circle. Let it dry. Next you paint the card tube and the circle, spring colours are wonderful for this and let it dry. Take three to four pieces of the crepe papers and run them lengthwise up the tube. Cut in half, legnthwise. Next you will glue the crepe paper strips to the top inside of the cardboard tube in alternating colours. Gather some small stones to put in the bottom of the tube so it will not tip over. Decorate the top with flowers and more crepe paper.

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Energy list
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.
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.

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Silliness – GCF: What's Your Secret?

A gushy reporter told Jack Nicklaus, "You are spectacular, your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way around the course. What's your secret?"

Nicklaus replied, "The holes are numbered."

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Daily Stuff 4-18-12

By: CoastalAnja, 6:03 PM GMT on April 18, 2012

Hi, folks!

Esbat tonight. Herbs Outdoors at 3pm.

It’s pretty warm out, well over 50F already, and it doesn’t seem to be raining, now, but there are tiny water droplets all over things. The sky is a milky white. We’re supposed to be going into a spate of dry weather and that will be nice. I’m ready to harvest some more blooms…and weed the garden… not that anyone is ever *ready* to weed, but you know what I mean. 

There’s a chickadee on the feeder and I heard a hawk going off down in the park a while back. That’s what woke me, and looking at the timing, I think he was complaining about the earthquake. I heard an odd grinding sound, but didn’t feel anything. It was enough to get my attention, but it was the hawk’s fussing that actually woke me. (I put the details in below. Anything below 3 usually you can’t feel)

Yesterday’s drive was pretty taxing after the day before. Fawkes had stayed over Monday night, so we got his (loaned, but new to him) car serviced and mine…by Tempus, who has tools… and headed up to his place to drop off his car, since it was used by smokers and he hadn’t had a chance to clean it out.

We had a funny on the way up. Fawkes was in front and I realized to I want to stop at Roots Beads, since they were going to be closed by the time we got back and I need some earring parts for the shop. I waved and flashed the lights at him. I even tried to pass him in Depoe Bay, but someone cut me off. He was enjoying the music from the radio and totally oblivious, so I just shrugged and turned, figuring that either he’d notice, or we’d meet at his place. I ran in grabbed my stuff, paid and put my package in my purse, turned around to go and “oof!” I ran right into him! He was standing there grinning. He had noticed by the other end of Lincoln Beach and used the turnaround and come back.

We dropped his car off and picked up some things that he had thought of, grabbed some lunch at the local Dairy Queen and headed out on 18. It’s a nice drive and watching all the new growth as well as winter damage was interesting.

..and we got all the business taken care of and drove back. I was totally peripheral to all of that, so I ended up talking to various people, giving out business cards, even, and then we did some shopping.

Fawkes needed refills for his pen in a particular office supply place and I found a little packet of sticky notes with a pic of Einstein on the front. They were called, “gluons”, so I got ‘em for Tempus. Perfect! Of all things they had tree ornaments in the shop, of ray guns and spaceships and a long silver bendable doll that had those slanted alien eyes! Those were funny.

That place was right next to a fabric store… (“Danger, Danger, Will Robinson!”  ) so I left my purse in the car and prowled through fabrics and trims and patterns for at least an ½ hour. They had some wonderful quilts and I came home with an headful of ideas, particularly for the kitchen valance, which right now it white and gets *filthy* from kitchen smoke and grease. On the white it shows. I’ve been thinking about making a new one and found the perfect set of fabrics yesterday. They’re all different vegetables: sliced zucchini and cucumbers and carrots, beets, turnips, garlic, onions, 3 kinds of potatoes, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, even rutabaga! It occurred to me that seaming together ¼ yards of the fabrics would make an awesome topper for the window. They also had some cute wall quilts that had LED lights in them: a snowman with a snowflake background that twinkled white, a Halloween tree with purple lights that faded in and out and a Christmas tree with multicolored lights and charms… it was almost a sculpture with all that stuff, left the idea of “quilt” *way* behind!

I even came away with ideas for Spoonflower fabrics! I’m thinking about making a pagan letter quilt fabric and a plant one, doing both in blocks and hanging style.

…and I’ve gotten caught up in a phone call from Fawkes, checking in, because he knew I’d be wondering how he’s doing and a Facebook thing about cheese and soap and houses and chickens….

So then Fawkes and I headed back into Lincoln City, talking the whole way, as usual.

…omg…I’m smelling waffles… I love my Sweetie!

We stopped at McMenamins for either an *horribly* late lunch or a really early supper and had a good cheat with the server about the various McMenamins and their bars/cafes/restaurants/concerts. One of these years I want to do a tour of all of the cool ones, spend a night at each and find out all about ‘em….

So, I dropped him off at his house and came home, flopped on the sofa, told Tempus about the day. He made a tasty baked squash and kielbasa dinner. I tried to get a little work done, but bent his ear about all the ideas instead and crashed pretty early.

He got most of the house chores done, yesterday. I’m assuming that he’s going to be catching up on the things he couldn’t do on Monday, today, and I’m going into my usual days-off thing, plus Herbs Outdoors…and we will do that today. If it’s just too soggy we’ll head down into the park and wildcraft. …and then this evening is the Lesser Banishing of the Chocolate Bunny Ritual.

…and he made French toast…after giving me an awesome back rub this morning. …and I gotta get on into the day.

The shop is closed Tuesday/Wednesday. 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,
Anja

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Earthquake Details
Magnitude 2.8
• Date-Time Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 15:21:00 UTC
• Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 08:21:00 AM at epicenter
• Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 44.596°N, 124.384°W
Depth 17.6 km (10.9 miles)
Region OFFSHORE OREGON
• Distances 26 km (16 miles) W (260°) from Newport, OR
• 32 km (20 miles) NW (307°) from Waldport, OR
• 35 km (22 miles) SW (227°) from Depoe Bay, OR
• 113 km (70 miles) WSW (251°) from Salem, OR
• 171 km (106 miles) SW (234°) from Portland, OR
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.3 km (0.8 miles); depth +/- 1.5 km (0.9 miles)
Parameters Nph= 18, Dmin=27 km, Rmss=0.35 sec, Gp=227°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
• Source Pacific Northwest Seismic Network
Event ID uw60410241

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Today
The Moon is a Waning Crescent. 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. 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 begin the letting go process. Ends on Thursday at 12:19pm

This is the time of year when the dim Little Dipper juts to the right from Polaris (its handle-end) at nightfall. The much brighter Big Dipper curls over high above it, "dumping water" straight down into it.
Venus (magnitude –4.6; in Taurus) is shining the highest and brightest it ever appears in the evening sky during its 8-year cycle of repeating apparitions. Venus comes into easy view high in the west soon after sunset. It doesn't set in the northwest until around 11 or even midnight daylight saving time (depending on where you live). You can see Venus through the clear blue sky of day if your eye lands right on it; look for it 44° (4 or 5 fist-widths at arm's length) to the Sun's celestial east-northeast.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in Virgo) is at opposition this week, on April 15th. It rises in twilight and glows highest in the south around 1 a.m. Shining 5° to its right is Spica: fainter, bluer, and twinklier.
Keep careful watch on Saturn and its rings in a telescope. With Saturn at or near near opposition, notice the Seeliger effect: a temporary brightening of the rings with respect to the globe. This happens because the solid particles making up the rings backscatter sunlight (reflect it back in the direction it came from) more effectively than the planet's cloudtops do. Compare how the rings and globe look now with how they look a week or more past opposition.

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

Sun in Aries
Moon in Pisces enters Aries 8:59am
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Yellow
Harvest 4/18-20

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Calendar
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
4/21 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
1pm – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Planting 4/22-3
4/22 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
4/23 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
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
Planting 4/26-8
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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www.wunderground.com
Apr. 18, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:26 AM PDT 8:05 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:55 AM PDT 8:36 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:18 AM PDT 9:13 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:38 AM PDT 9:53 PM PDT
Moon 4:59 AM PDT 5:58 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 40m
Length of Day 13h 39m
Tomorrow will be 2m 53s longer.
Waning Crescent, 6% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 18 Low 5:48 AM 0.8 6:26 AM Rise 4:59 AM 10
18 High 11:49 AM 6.5 8:05 PM Set 5:58 PM
18 Low 5:48 PM 1.4
18 High 11:53 PM 7.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? - Do you think it is necessary to have alcohol at a party in order to have a good time?

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Quotes
Let go of your fear and seize the process of change, and it will work for you. - Kerr Cuhulain
Life always gives us lemons. A fool remains bitter & grows more lemons. A wise man borrows sugar & makes lemon meringue pie. - David Roppo
Life is a banquet and most poor sons of bitches are starving to death. - Rosalind Russell as Aunty Mame
Logic is a system whereby one may go wrong with confidence. - Charles K. Kettering

Samhain
I am a twist of black paper
Dancing in a wind-eddy.
Blown three times round the gatepost,
Wrapped briefly round the lamppost
Hanging by wingtip from a branch
Plié into a puddle on the pavement.
I am a shout that bells around the corner
Ricochets diminished from the bushes,
Whistles down a chimney,
Chuckles in the porch-eaves,
Murmurs blending into the wind.
I am a shape-changing shadow
I whisk along behind a loping cat,
I solidify in corners, melt in streetlights,
Flit across the round-faced moon,
Fingering the rime round the moon,
Whispering a rhyme round the moon.
I am a figment of the night’s imagination,
A clown-face suspended in midair
To exorcise your ghosts,
To invite your dear departed to Dumb Supper,
To remember the sweet departed on this night,
And howl off hooting into the tunnel of night. - © Dame Niamh )O( Gealach High Priestess, Sisters of the Burning Branch Sisters of the Silver Star, Circle of the Silver Hive

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Magick – Beltane
Beltaine Our May Morn - http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.ht m?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=paganwiccan&cdn=religion&tm=5&gps =45_5_784_599&f=11&tt=14&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//ww w.witchvox.com/holidays/xbeltaine.html
Author: M Macha Nightmare [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: May 5th. 2002
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Beltaine - Our May Morn by M. Macha NightMare, ©2002
My partner Corby and I (long-time committed, but not exclusive, relationship with a person of the male persuasion - I was born female and always liked that fact) arise in the dark to drive over from our home in Marin County, California across the Bay to Berkeley to sing up the Sun with the Berkeley Morris Dancers at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park.
We gather at a vista parking lot that faces East towards the hills of Contra Costa County. I've been doing this for close to 20 years, and the Berkeley Morris Dancers have been doing it longer. The death a few years ago of the dance master Terry O'Neill engendered great sadness, but his legacy lives on with the dancers.
Although as I understand it, Morris dancers in England are male, this troupe has dancers of both genders who dance all the dances together. There are no men's dances and women's dances that I can see. They are dressed in white shirts and pants, with red vests, and wear multicolored streamers and bells around their legs just below the knee. A fiddler and other musicians accompany them. One of the dancers is a little blond boy of about five. There's also a bear -- a "Cal bear"? -- and a clown/fool dressed in harlequinish black-and-white striped leggings and black-and-white geometrical-patterned clothing.
The sweetest thing this year is a baby -- boy or girl I could not tell -- sitting on a blanket with hir parents at the edge of the circle. She or he is a round-faced, rosy-cheeked tyke dressed in a white fuzzy overall garment, like a sleeper only with a hood with ears. S/he looks like a bunny rabbit. S/he keeps being drawn to the dancers, crawling off the blanket towards the music and the action. Eventually the dance master takes hir in his arms for a turn or two with the other dancers.
Morris dancers dance in sets, often making patterns and rhythms with sticks, and sometimes even with swords. They're loud and festive, encouraged by the appreciative crowd of Pagans encircling them.
There is one dance that everyone is invited to participate in, a large circle dance, very sprightly and enthusiastic, if a bit confused. Corby and I laugh and dance in the triple circle we have to arrange ourselves in because there are so many of us.
During the dancing, a member of the troupe passes through the assembled crowd offering bites of a tasty poppyseed May cake. Another passes the hat for cash donations.
Parents bring their little babies all bundled up in the cold. (Relative, of course. This is, after all, California). Toddlers, children, tweens, teens, young adults, mature adults, oldsters in chairs or walking with staffs - about 200-300 Pagans in the predawn air. Some of the younger folks have been awakened in the dark and driven to this annual rite every year of their lives. These events will be in their memories of their childhoods. Now there are third generation babies coming with their parents and grandparents.
By 7:00 a.m. or so it's all over. The Sun has risen, we've cheered its return. We've sung a few May carols together. Those of us who must work day jobs on this sabbat can leave in time to get to work. Some may join others at a restaurant for breakfast before going to work. Many years that's what I did. This year, however, Corby and I have taken the day off.
Most years we've taken over one or more restaurants, where we continue to sing May carols now and then, and generally party up the place. Some restaurant staff stress over this, but most enjoy it, especially when we leave generous tips for all the bother we've put them to.
This year, however, Vicki, who regularly attends with her three daughters, decides to offer her own solution to the restaurant dilemmas - dealing with morning rush-hour traffic, looking for parking, pushing tables together, keeping the coffee brewing, overwhelming the kitchen and wait staff. She lives with her family in a huge house in the Oakland hills. So she invites us to a huge buffet breakfast of crepes, fresh red strawberries, sausage, coffee and other tasty comestibles she'd prepared ahead of time and which is all ready and waiting for us as we drift in from our outing in the hills.
All the downstairs rooms fill with Pagans. Teens seem to congregate in the breakfast room. Crones like me balance our food on our laps while we gab about all manner of topics in the sunken living room. It's just great fun all round.
Last April 30 I had a hysterectomy (fibroids) so wasn't up on the hill. That makes this year's pilgrimage all the sweeter. Beltane is a year and a day since my surgery. Corby and I, having taken the day off work, spend much of the afternoon in traditional celebration, Not in the furrowed fields, not in the orchards, rather in our own cozy bed.
Although this year it's too dry to find much May Morn dew to wash our faces, and I'm too sleepy to gather fresh mugwort to put in our pillows to facilitate dreams and visions like we usually do on Beltane, we share a most joyous turning of the Wheel. We hope you did, too.
Macha

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Energy list
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.
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.

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Silliness – GCF: Retirement Quiz
Ready to retire?
Take this quiz to find out.
Question: How many days in a week? Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday
Question: When is a retiree's bedtime? Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.
Question: How many retirees does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.
Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees? Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.
Question: Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors? Answer: The term comes with a 10% discount.
Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire?
Answer: Tied shoes.
Question: Why do retirees count pennies? Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.
Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage? Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.
Question: What is the best way to describe retirement? Answers: The never ending Coffee Break.
Question: What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree? Answer: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents.
Question: Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with? Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth.

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Daily Stuff 4-17-12

By: CoastalAnja, 3:16 PM GMT on April 17, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s not raining, but very dim and green. The alder has developed a lot of leaves even since yesterday.

…and things go sideways. Tempus ended up being the person at the shop yesterday, putting all of his plans aside. Just after the newsletter went out the phone rang and, “Anja, I need you!” was what I heard. Fawkes’ brother died suddenly and unexpectedly and was found by a neighbor early in the morning. Fawkes got a phone call, called me and within minutes I was heading up there.

It was a lovely day for a drive. I watch birds on the ocean and in the rivers and lakes, I watched plants leafing and blooming. Fawkes and I got to talk, but… it was for a sad reason.

We cancelled class last night because of the uncertain timing and I came home very tired and sore, since that was about 5 ½ hours of driving and we have the same to do today.

The shop is closed Tuesday/Wednesday. 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,
Anja

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Space Weather News for April 16, 2012 - http://spaceweather.com
SPECTACULAR EXPLOSION: On April 16th around 17:45 UT, magnetic fields curling over the sun's northeastern limb rose up and erupted, producing one of the most visually-spectacular explosions in years. The event, which also produced an M1.7-class solar flare and a coronal mass ejection, was not Earth-directed. Nevertheless, it confirms suspicions that a significant active region is rotating onto the Earth-side of the sun. Visit http://spaceweather.com for movies and updates.

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
The Moon is a Waning Crescent. 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. 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 begin the letting go process. Ends on Thursday at 12:19pm

The eclipsing variable star Algol is at minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 10:44 p.m. EDT (9:44 p.m. CDT). This is the last chance till August to see Algol at minimum from the latitudes of the U.S.
Look high to Venus's upper right at dusk for Capella, to its lower left for Aldebaran, and to its lower right for the Pleiades. Far below Venus in twilight is Jupiter.

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 Pisces
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Red
Planting 4/16-17

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Calendar
Harvest 4/18-20
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
4/21 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
1pm – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Planting 4/22-3
4/22 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
4/23 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
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
Planting 4/26-8
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 17, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:27 AM PDT 8:04 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:57 AM PDT 8:34 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:20 AM PDT 9:11 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:40 AM PDT 9:51 PM PDT
Moon 4:35 AM PDT 4:56 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 37m
Length of Day 13h 36m
Tomorrow will be 2m 55s longer.
Waning Crescent, 12% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Tu 17 Low 5:04 AM 1.3 6:28 AM Rise 4:35 AM 17
17 High 10:58 AM 6.4 8:04 PM Set 4:57 PM
17 Low 5:08 PM 1.2
17 High 11:20 PM 7.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Applaud others with abandon......forget to toot your own horn.

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Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Who in your family is the biggest character?

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Quotes
If you want more joy, serve. If you want more money, solve problems. If you want more freedom, face your fears. - Sandy Diva
It really doesn't cost anything to be nice, and the rewards can be unimaginable. - Bear Bryant
It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to change. - Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
It's important to be a go-getter. But it's even more important to know what it is you want to go and get. - Gary Kallback

In the always-green and boundless Garden of Love
There are many other fruits than grief or joy.
My awareness is not bound to imagination or illusion
There is another state of being which is rare as You. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane
Beltaine Bread - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
Popular in Cornwall and Wales. A rich, sweet, light colored bread, with red flecks of saffron; the stamens of crocus flowers. Saffron is strongly associated with sex and fertility; red the color of passion and lust. Great for handfasting too.
2 cups warm milk
2 pkgs. yeast
2/3 cup honey
5-6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter
2 pkgs. (1/2 tsp.) saffron

1. Proof yeast in warm milk.
2. Mix dry ingredients, cut in butter with pastry knife.
3. Mix in yeast starter and eggs, knead and let rise until doubled.
4. Punch down and divide into two buttered pans.
5. Let rise, preheat oven to 350o.
6. Bake for 40-50 minutes.

Barley Bread Cakes
Ingredients:
6 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
2 Tablespoons Water
1 Cup Barley Flour
Salt

Directions:
1. Mix sesame oil, water and salt with barley flour until dough is pliable though still somewhat oily.
2. Roll out dough and cut circular disc shapes with a glass and place on a greased cookie sheet.
3. Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F until browned lightly.

Beltaine Oatcakes
http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html - author unknown
Oatcakes are part of the Beltaine ceremony. Their roundness is symbolic of the life-giving sun whose return is marked by this festive sabbat. During Beltaine a huge bonfire is kept going all night long. Pieces of the cake are thrown into the fire as an offering to the protective deities.
Participate in this ancient custom by casting the oatcakes into an outside bonfire or even your fireplace. Begin by blessing these cakes. Say a prayer of gratitude, giving thanks to the Goddess and God for their abundance. Pass around the cake in a clockwise direction. Invite each of your guests to take a piece of the cake.

Say:
We are each a part of the joyous circle of love.
As we cast the bread into the fire,
we fuse together into the One Being,
That always was and always will be.
Recommend to your guests that they remember the joy in their hearts as they experience the gaiety of the season.

2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
1/3 cup (80 Milliliters) boiling water
3 cups (680 grams) Medium rolled Oats
1 Teaspoon Minced fresh sage
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt.
1. Preheat the oven to 350*F (175*C).
2. In a small pan, heat the shortening and water, until the shortening has melted.
3. Remove from heat and let cool.
4. Mix the oats, sage, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
5. Mix the cooled liquid and the oat mixture, adding water, if necessary, to maintain a dough-like consistency.
6. Pat the dough into a circle, about 8 inches (20 Centimeters) in diameter.
7. Place on an un-greased baking sheet.
8. Bake for about 40 minutes.
9. Cut into 8 wedges, then leave to cool on a wire rack.

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Energy list
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.
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.

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Silliness – CF: Gym Application

My friend sat down with a new client at her gym to review her application. For the question "To what do you attribute your fitness issues?" the woman wrote, "Horrendous eating habits."

"What makes you answer that?" my friend asked.

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Daily Stuff 4-16-12

By: CoastalAnja, 5:14 PM GMT on April 16, 2012

Hi, folks!

Wicca 101 at 6pm.

It’s dripping and very green. The alder is starting to get leaves. I can tell because not only are the catkins loose and coming apart there’s a fluff starting to obscure the branches. It’s a beautiful tree with those silvery limbs. Pretty soon they’ll vanish, and only reappear in the fall.

It was nice for most of the day, the fog rolling in mid-afternoon, but by the time we headed home it was raining. It was nice to have a break from the rain!

It’s 51F already, but not going to get much warmer if at all. The rain’s supposed to thin out a bit later in the day.

When did the rosebush get that many leaves?

Derek Yaeger was waiting for us at the shop when we got there yesterday morning. He’s finished with Job Corps and drove over from Albany to spend a little time with us a say hi. While he was finishing up he didn’t really have time. He’s working as a flagger, but putting out job applications, hunting something better.

Class went well. We’re ½-way through the history part of Lesson 1. Brea came in and worked with some of the youngsters while we put a movie on. I think it was Practical Magick. Kat was in at 1pm and worked with the young folks on making Talking Sticks. She’s going to be back in a couple of weeks to help them work on those some more.

The Pan-Pagan planning meeting was a little disappointing. Kat stayed and Mary and Willow were there and that was all, so the meeting lasted for maybe 15 minutes. Most of the out-of-town people had problems with coming and contacted me.

Today I’ll be by myself at the shop. Tempus has some equipment repair work today. I’m going to keep going to sorting/organizing, probably boxes, but sooner or later I have to tackle the compounding station….

The shop opens at 11am and we’ll be there through class time. 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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
The Moon is a Waning Crescent. 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. Hecate’s Brooch begins at 12:18pm… 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 begin the letting go process.

As twilight fades, look for bright Sirius in the southwest, Orion's horizontal Belt off to the right (with Betelgeuse above it, Rigel below it), and Aldebaran and Venus farther to the right in the west.
The best time to examine Venus in a telescope is late afternoon or around sunset. It's now a thick crescent 30 arcseconds tall and 40% sunlit, waning and enlarging week by week as it swings toward Earth.

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 Pisces
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Silver
Planting 4/16-17

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Calendar
4/16 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
Harvest 4/18-20
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
4/21 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
1pm – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Planting 4/22-3
4/22 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
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
Planting 4/26-8
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 16, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:29 AM PDT 8:02 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:59 AM PDT 8:33 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:22 AM PDT 9:10 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:42 AM PDT 9:50 PM PDT
Moon 4:10 AM PDT 3:54 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 34m
Length of Day 13h 33m
Tomorrow will be 2m 55s longer.
Waning Crescent, 19% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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M 16 Low 4:11 AM 1.9 6:29 AM Rise 4:11 AM 25
16 High 9:58 AM 6.4 8:03 PM Set 3:55 PM
16 Low 4:22 PM 1.0
16 High 10:43 PM 7.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There's no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream!

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Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections - What country—other than your own—do you most admire? Write the reasons for your choice.

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Quotes
I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.' - Kurt Vonnegut
If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror ever become polished? - Rumi
If you don’t invest much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting. – Dick Vermeil
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are... you would never think a negative thought. - Charmine Shing

Salvation
By what are you saved? And how?
Saved like a bit of string,
tucked away in a drawer?
Saved like a child rushed from
a burning building, already
singed and coughing smoke?
Or are you salvaged
like a car part -- the one good door
when the rest is wrecked?

Do you believe me when I say
you are neither salvaged nor saved,
but salved, anointed by gentle hands
where you are most tender?
Haven't you seen
the way snow curls down
like a fresh sheet, how it
covers everything,
makes everything
beautiful, without exception? - Lynn Ungar (Blessing the Bread)

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Magick – Beltane
A Prayer of thanks to a lover - excerpt from Fifth Sacred Thing By Starhawk;
My love, you are a river fed by many streams
I bless all who have shaped you,
The lovers whose delights still dance patterns on your back,
Those who carved your channels deeper, broader, wider,
Whitewater and backwater lovers,
Swamp lovers, sun-warmed estuary lovers,
Lovers with surface tension,
Lovers like boulders,
Like ice forming and breaking,
Lovers that fill and spill with the tides.
I bless those who have taught you and those who have pleased you and
those who have hurt you.
All those who have made you who you are.

Beltane Poem - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Written by Lady Lissar, jskolnik@cap.gwu.edu
green
spilt out into the meadows
running into every being
filling us up with spirit
tumbling
the pulsing red life of the earth
in the smoke of the firecircle
i saw my demons scatter to the skies
dissolving into the midnight air
there is nothing but the sun
the moon
in perfect equilibrium
unreal yet grounded
alone in body, full in spirit
love

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Energy list
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.
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.

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Silliness – GCF: At the Amusement Park

My friend was working at an amusement park when a couple stopped him. "Excuse me," said the woman, pointing to a pond. "What is that water made out of?"

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Daily Stuff 4-15-12

By: CoastalAnja, 3:48 PM GMT on April 15, 2012

Hi, folks!

Wicca 101 at 10am. Brea’s Elements at Noon. Practical Craft (Talking Sticks) 2pm. Pan-Pagan Gathering planning meeting at 3pm.

It’s very bright sunshine at the moment. I don’t know if that’s likely to hold or not. The weather forecast is for rain, but I’ll take what I can get….

It was pretty quiet for a Saturday. Tempus took me to the shop and helped open, then came back up to the house to print his resumes before he headed for the Job Fair. Chuck some good energy for getting the job his way. He’d appreciate it! He spent several hours there and then did some grocery shopping and came back to the shop.

I had about 20 people through during the day, not counting one new supplier (that I’ll tell you about in a minute). Mostly it was people browsing. I spent a lot of time on getting some more stock made and entered into the inventory: a new pendulum, some large-scale shell earrings, a couple of miscellaneous crystals.

The new supplier is making henna’ed candles. You have to see them to believe the delicacy of her artwork! She also does henna on people and is planning on being on hand on May 12 for the Waldport Great Garage Sale and maybe Beachcombers’. We have taper pairs hanging in the candle display and pillars on the table. She will do custom sets.

Workshops ran ok during the day, although I didn’t get to Sewing until way late because of the candles. Herbs was mostly on pine, pine resin, pine wood, pine needles and pine tips.

The Rock Tumbler one was interesting because the crystals had been running for almost 10 days and ground the grit down fine enough that leaving the drum sitting overnight was a bad mistake. They glued themselves in place as everything settled! I finally had enough crystals for a #2 grit run. That’s the jade and aventurine, mostly, but there are some other crystals in this batch. The small tumbler only got started on Thursday, so we’re going to let it run until next week.

Sewing Workshop… Mary is still working on the booties. I don’t know for certain what project she was doing during the most of the time. Willow has been working and re-working a snood that matches the outfit she had on the feast last night. I had my scroll sampler. The top pattern is finished. (I was on hold on the telephone for a while.) The 2nd one is sketched out and the 3rd is far enough along that I was able to set the pattern cards aside while I was working today. I also found an eyeglass case that matches my embroidery wallet and the (missing) checkbook cover, that I can set up to work another pattern on (in case I actually find the other one!!!) and have enough of the panel done that’s supposed to be an insert in a purse/tote that I’m working on that at least one long-term project is finally getting somewhere! I have to make a pattern for the tote, figure out where I want what kind of pocket, where the keyring should attach, etc.

I went to tend the terrarium and found that the cup mushroom that was growing on a stick that I put in there had fired off all of its “eggs”. Some were stuck to the glass, but most had fallen down into the dirt.

…and then we were pretty tired and went home… I spent the evening catching up on correspondence and then playing for a while, then got a bath and read. I needed a quiet evening….

Today is mostly the usual classes, but the young folks are going back to the Center a little early because of the Pan-Pagan planning meeting. If you want to know what the heck we’re doing or have input/ideas for us, either get them to me here, call the shop or e-mail… or just show up!

The shop opens at 11am technically, but I’ll be there around 9. 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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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
The Moon is a Waning Crescent. 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…

Saturn is at opposition, opposite the Sun. It rises around sunset, shines highest in the middle of the night, and sets around sunrise. Telescope users: watch for the Seeliger effect, described under Saturn in "This Week's Planet Roundup" below.
Mars ends its retrograde (westward) motion for the year and resumes heading east against the background stars. [It’s been direct for a few days, but stationary.] Watch it pull away from Regulus in the coming weeks: slowly at first, then faster.

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 enters Pisces 10:38pm
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Gold
Harvest 4/14-15

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Calendar
4/15 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
3pm – Pan-Pagan Gathering planning meeting
Planting 4/16-17
4/16 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
Harvest 4/18-20
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
4/21 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
1pm – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Planting 4/22-3
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
Planting 4/26-8
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 15, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:31 AM PDT 8:01 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:00 AM PDT 8:32 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:24 AM PDT 9:08 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:45 AM PDT 9:48 PM PDT
Moon 3:44 AM PDT 2:51 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 31m
Length of Day 13h 30m
Tomorrow will be 2m 56s longer.
Waning Crescent, 28% of the Moon is Illuminated

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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Su 15 Low 3:05 AM 2.5 6:31 AM Rise 3:44 AM 35
15 High 8:47 AM 6.4 8:01 PM Set 2:51 PM
15 Low 3:28 PM 0.8
15 High 9:59 PM 6.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Count your age with friends, not with years.

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Journal Prompt – Describe - Describe your first date.

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Quotes
He is great enough that is his own master. - Joseph Hall
I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought. - Helen Keller
I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means. - Clarence Darrow, on the existence of God
I think I might as well give up being a candidate. There are so many people in the country who don't like me. - William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)

In Your district, where are "us" and "I,"
O You whose soul soars above "us" and "I,"
Who permeates with subtle spirit both man and woman?
When man and woman become one, You are that Unity.
You have created this "I" and "Us"
To play the game of adoration with Yourself;
All the "I"s and "You"s will become one single soul
And in the end melt into the Beloved. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane

Maypole For Beltane
Materials:
Flat piece of wood
Small wooden pole
A wooden knob for the top of the pole
Red and white lengths of ribbon
Beltane symbols: Nuts, spring flowers, strings of beads, miniature apples, for decoration around the bottom of the maypole
Glue gun
Directions:
Either drill hole into the flat wood base to insert pole or simply glue it to the bottom securely. Glue four equal lengths of ribbon to top, and seal knob on pole with glue, on top of the ribbons. Glue or place decorative items around base.
Ritual use:
During ritual, the maypole can be wound. Simply weave the ribbons in and out of each other in as pleasing a pattern as possible, fastening with sticky-tac or other less permanent adhesive (so that this apparatus can be used again next year in ritual). The symbolism of the maypole is that of the male phallic symbol (the pole itself) being enveloped by the female vaginal symbol (the ribbons). Also, the winding, when done in a traditional form by dancers around a real maypole, sometimes symbolize male-female mating with the red and white ribbons themselves.
All these graphics were either made by me or acquired at Silverhair's Borders (site now dead).

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.
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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – GCF: At the Bar

Sitting in a bar having drinks with a friend, I casually pointed to two old drunks sitting across the bar from us. I said, "That's us in ten years."

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Daily Stuff 4-14-12

By: CoastalAnja, 4:26 PM GMT on April 14, 2012

Hi, folks!

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,
Anja

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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/
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIKAV7B2oTk

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
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
Color: Indigo
Harvest 4/14-15

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Calendar
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
Planting 4/16-17
4/16 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
Harvest 4/18-20
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
Planting 4/22-3
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
Planting 4/26-8
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat/Sun May 12/13 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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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

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
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
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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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

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – World peace will come unnoticed.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? - What do you think courage means?

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Quotes
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

Seasonal Melodrama
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

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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.
Image © Matt Cardy/Getty Images
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.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varied
Here's How:
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.
Tips:
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

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Energy list
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.

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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.

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By: CoastalAnja, 5:42 PM GMT on April 13, 2012

Hi, folks!

I woke to beautiful sunshine and chickadees, tiny droplets of water sparkling in the alder and chickadees “dee-dee-ing” on the porch. It’s already 50F and it’s supposed to get nearly to 60 again.

I heard yesterday that the rainfall total for the last 30 days is 18 inches. Uh….

Yesterday’s plans…kept getting sidetracked. We got the shop open and I made the bank deposit, then picked up mail. I knew there were going to be packages so I planned for extra time and for once I flew through! That meant that it wasn’t quite 11:30… so I went to the golf course and sat in the parking lot opening parcels. We have one copy, now, of Cunningham’s Art of Divination and two copies of an omnibus volume of his work that contains, “Wicca for the Solitary”, “Living Wicca” and “Incense, Oils & Brews”. Sounds like a good bet for a small library shelf….

So I was 2nd person there for the Chamber meeting, which was a lot about fund-raising, and an interesting talk by the judge of the juvenile court, whose name I can’t remember. I’ll tag that on after I get to the shop because I do have it written down…. Paulette Sanders???? A lot of the problems in Lincoln County are from lack of funds and higher need than a lot of other places, but we’ve managed to get several specialty courts set up where people are reporting in more regularly and have some conditions attached that don’t include jail time.

Also, Lou is ill again and he’s going to have to step down as far as running Beachcomber Days. They’re looking for someone to take it on.

So after that I got into a discussion with the Acting Head of the Chamber about putting out some materials about the Chamber and what it does because we have a membership problem. As far as I could tell, of 25 people at the meeting 8 were from out of town, 5 were business-people with active storefronts (4 retail, one restaurant) (and two of those on the Chamber Board) there was a major volunteer for the Chamber (who runs the Bridge Interpretive Center) and one was from the KOA (and Chamber board and acting head)…. The rest were people who were not from business… that’s not a good proportion.

As I see it, the Chamber in general has a bad reputation at the national level. The US Chamber is *very* right-wing, but a local Chamber is a different story. It’s *very* local and the “push” behind a lot of events… but a Chamber of Commerce needs the local business people….

One of the out-of-towners was a guy who is running for State Representative (Jerome… again his business card is at the shop), hoping to take the place of the retiring Jean Cowan, so I collared him after the meeting about political things that mean a lot to us pagans: environment, women’s issues (esp. Roe v. Wade), health care and social safety net, mostly because he announced himself as a Republican… I don’t know that I’ll vote for him, but he’s a good guy, well-intentioned…

…but that made me late for the City Council meeting. The Trail is almost done. They’re starting to put in benches even, although they’re working up from behind the baseball field…. I want to get back in there and take a look. They even spread some gravel and put in a drain up at our end. Also, they’re trying to pour the pad for the new school by July 1 and to get the fire permits they have to do some pressure boosting construction, which involves a new pump station and a new section of pipe along Crestline. They’re approved the new chickens/ducks inside city limits regulations and there were some other things that I didn’t really get…procedural so far’s I could tell.

I went to the shop at the point, since it was almost 4pm and class was at 5. Carlie came in and said that Sandra has come down with the creeping crud now, so we called off class and I did a make-up with Marcia-Beth, instead.

So when I got home I uploaded a file of pictures of Willow’s and my picnic day. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.20084416 26391.56530.1704231146&type=3&l=ba85ecb26e …and then tagged things and then went to bed.

Tempus and I are both planning on being at the shop today, but considering how late I’m running, one of us will probably come up to the house before the feast to get things ready. I have new stuff to check in and more bagged crystals to get taken care of and I *may* have come close to finishing sorting out the beading area. I have a few bracelets that I want to play with and some sewing and….

The shop opens at 11am and we’ll be there well into the evening, but actually closing at the regular time. The Feast is tonight. 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,
Anja

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Today
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 preview: stay up till 11 and look northeast, and you'll get a preview of bright Vega, the "Summer Star" in little Lyra, climbing into good view.
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 6:50 a.m. on this date EDT).
Mercury is deep in the glow of sunrise. Uranus and Neptune are hidden in the sunrise.

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 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
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 Capricorn enters Aquarius at 2:48pm
Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Pink
Planting 4/12-13

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Calendar
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
4/14 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
3pm - Sewing Workshop
4/15 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
Planting 4/16-17
4/16 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
Harvest 4/18-20
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
Planting 4/22-3
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
Planting 4/26-8
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat/Sun May 12/13 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
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
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 13 Low 12:23 AM 3.0 6:35 AM Rise 2:40 AM 56
13 High 6:13 AM 7.1 7:59 PM Set 12:39 PM
13 Low 1:18 PM 0.2
13 High 8:02 PM 6.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you're not Growing then you're not Living! Make today better than the day before.

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Journal Prompt – What is? - What is one of your most personal hopes and dreams?

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Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise. - Ephesians 5:15
Chicago is the product of modern capitalism, and, like other great commercial centers, is unfit for human habitation. - Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. - Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn't buy an extra hour.

Tears that His creatures weep for Him are pearls—
Never say with fools that they are only tears.
I seem to be complaining of the Soul of souls
But really I am only telling my story.
My heart says, "I am tormented by Him,"
But I laugh at its absurd claim.
Do me justice, O Glory of the Just,
You are the Throne, I am just your door's threshold.
Yes where really are "throne" or "threshold"? - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane
ASPARAGUS WITH CHIVES AND BLOSSOMS - http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.h tml
1 pound Asparagus, washed
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives, snipped
16 Chive Blossoms
1/2 teaspoon Soy Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste
Blanch the asparagus in lightly salted boiling water for about 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; do not overcook. Refresh under very cold water and drain well. Remove the chive stalks to separate the flowers. In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and add the sesame seed. Stir for 1 minute, add the snipped chives, and stir for 1 minute more.
Add the asparagus and soy sauce to the skillet with a few pinches of salt and generous grindings of pepper; stir well, cover, and cook for a minute or so. Remove the lid, sprinkle the chive blooms over the asparagus, and cover for 1 to 2 minutes so that the chive blooms steam briefly.
Stir lightly and taste for seasoning. Serve hot.
Comments: Bright lavender chive blossoms begin to bloom in the garden about the time the asparagus bed is at its peak. Hence, this is a natural combination and a simply tasty dish. Since chive blossoms are so strong in flavor, add them at the last minute in this recipe.

Source: FLOWERS IN THE KITCHEN by Susan Belsinger (c)

GOAT CHEESE & SPINACH TURNOVERS
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1/2 cup Diced red onion
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 bunches Fresh spinach, stemmed and chopped
2 ounces Soft fresh goat cheese
1/3 cup Toasted pine nuts
3 Tablespoons Grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon Minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon Grated lemon peel
4 Frozen phyllo pastry sheets, thawed
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté 5 minutes. Increase heat to high. Add spinach and sauté until wilted, about 5 minutes. Drain spinach mixture, pressing on solids to release as much liquid as possible. Transfer to bowl and cool completely. Add goat cheese, pine nuts, parmesan, rosemary and lemon peel. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface. Cut lengthwise into 3 strips. Brush with butter. Place 1 rounded Tablespoon filling at 1 end of dough strip. Starting at 1 corner, fold pastry over filling, forming triangle. Repeat, folding up length of pastry as for flag. Brush with butter. Repeat with remaining pastry, butter and filling. Transfer turnovers to baking sheet. Cover and chill. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake turnover until golden, about 12 minutes. Cool slightly and serve. Makes 12

Green Man Cake
The Green Man is an archetype often represented at Beltane. He is the spirit of the forest, the lusty fertility god of the woodlands. He is Puck, Jack in the Green, Robin of the Woods. For your Beltane celebrations, why not put together a cake honoring him? This spice cake is easy to bake, and uses a delicious cream cheese frosting and rolled fondant to create the image of the Green Man himself. This recipe makes either one 9 x 13" sheet cake, or 2 8-inch rounds.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes
Ingredients:
• 2 1/2 C all-purpose flour
• 1/4 C cornstarch
• 4 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 2 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp ground nutmeg
• 1 tsp ground cloves
• 1 C milk
• 3 eggs
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 tsp rum-flavored extract
• 1 C butter, softened (don't use margarine)
• 2 C firmly packed brown sugar
• 2 packages cream cheese, softened
• 1/2 C butter, softened
• 2 C confectioner's sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 package white fondant
• Green food coloring
• Leaf-shaped cutters
Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350, and lightly grease and flour your cake pan. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl and blend well. In another bowl, combine milk, eggs, vanilla and rum extracts together.
Add the softened butter to the flour mixture, and beat until it forms a clumpy sort of dough. Gradually add the liquid mixture in, blending it a little at a time until all the milk mixture has been combined with the flour mixture. Beat until completely smooth, and then add the brown sugar. Mix for another thirty seconds or so. Scoop batter into the pan and spread evenly.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan. Once you have it out of the pan, you can begin frosting the cake.
To make the cream cheese frosting, combine the cream cheese and the butter in a bowl, mixing well. Add the vanilla extract. Finally, stir in the confectioner's sugar and blend it in. Spread this evenly over the cake, and allow it to sit for an hour or so to firm up.
To make the Green Man himself, you'll need green fondant. If you've never worked with fondant before, it can be a little tricky, but with some practice you'll be able to use it easily. Roll out the fondant and knead it into a ball. Add the green food coloring in very small amounts and blend it in, until you've got the shade of green you want.
Roll the fondant out until it's about 1/8" thick. Use the leaf-shaped cookie cutters to cut out different sized leaves. Score lines on them, to look live leafy veins. Place them on top of the frosted cake and press in place, layering them to form a Green Man. Roll two small pieces into balls, flatten them down, and put them in to create eyeballs in amongst the leaves. Reminder - fondant tends to dry quickly once it's rolled out, so only cut off small pieces. The cake in the photo was made using a block of fondant about the size of a package of cream cheese.
Tip: if you're in a hurry, or you're not much of a baker, you can use any boxed spice cake mix. Also, if you have dietary restrictions, you can use other spice cake recipes, such as this great Gluten-free version.

Make this cake to celebrate Beltane and the spirit of the forest.
Image © Patti Wigington 2009

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – GCF: Piano Tuner

The doorbell rang and the lady of the house discovered a workman, complete with tool chest, on the front porch.

"Madam," he announced, "I'm the piano tuner."

The lady exclaimed, "Why? I didn't send for a piano tuner."

The man replied, "I know you didn't, but your neighbors did."

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By: CoastalAnja, 3:47 PM GMT on April 12, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s pretty breezy out there. It’s raining, although the sun is trying to peek through, only managing just enough to create a shadow, but it’s a dim shadow. They’re talking about thunderstorms and temps getting close to 60F. …and just 10 minutes later it’s pouring and kinda dark.

I was up for a few minutes at 6am and was startled at how light it already is at the time. When the time change happened it was *really* dark at that hour!

The minus tides are over for the time being.

Yesterday’s trip was a lot of fun. We didn’t find the “chair” that we were looking for, although that’s partially because when I was pretty sure we had found it, the rain started up before we actually got that far.

I drove to Willow’s and then we drove to Neptune. We decided to go up the hill at the end of the parking and ended up crawling through a tunnel under the coastal pines through a lot of False Lily of the Valley. (Yes, I have pictures, but haven’t managed to process ‘em, yet, maybe later today…) We wandered out to the east side of the park, then around to the west, looking for a way down to the beach, then finally around the south side…and then it started to pour and we scurried back to the car.

The picnic area is about 2 miles south, so we drove over to that side hoping that the rain would let up. It did, long enough for us to climb down onto the cobble and wander along. I got some good pictures of raindrops hitting the water and one of skunk cabbage. We decided to not cross back over Cummins Creek. It’s fun in the summer, but it was running high…probably knee-high in the shallowest part and it was *cold*!

From there, we drove back to Cape Perpetua, looped around the Visitor Center and then drove up the Cape to the parking lot at the top. The fee tube had been vandalized and was all taped up, so we couldn’t pay our fee. We wandered along the Amanda trail toward the rock shelter, taking pictures of various plants and the one huge tree that split and tore apart in the big windstorm a while back. We ate our lunch in the shelter, looking 40 miles out to sea and up and down the coast. I got a couple pictures of clouds. At one point I saw a pod of whales, but never did see any spouts, not sure why….

After that we drove back to my place, picking up her car on the way…and raided the costume closet. Talk about a trip down memory lane! I found a bunch of things that the kids wore when they were small…my now 6’3 son’s toddler outfit, things like that. We did manage to find her an outfit and I get mine pulled out so that I can hang some of the wrinkles out of it. …still need to make the cheese….

Both of us were soaked through. I even had to change my underwear… Since we didn’t stop and sit until we chilled at any point we were ok, but at one point I got up from the bench in the rock shelter and we out to admire the view and when I came back to sit I felt like I had landed on a block of ice!

We had quite a large earthquake off the coast yesterday. Apparently the whole Pacific Plate was jumping around and banged some stuff loose. Sumatra (not on the plate, but ready to go, just took a bump) Gulf of CA, us. If you go to the USGS map here: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus / you can see how big it was.

The rest of my day went:
Nap, Pictures, Sewing, Pictures, Dinner, Movie, Pictures… you get the idea

Today Tempus will be at the shop. I have a Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon, then I need to get the cheese made and work on pictures. I want to get some writing time in before class….

The shop opens at 11am and we’ll be there through class time. 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,
Anja

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Yesterday’s Quake off the Oregon Coast
Magnitude 5.9 Date-Time
• Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 22:41:47 UTC
• Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 01:41:47 PM at epicenter
• Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location43.593°N, 127.557°W
Depth10.2 km (6.3 miles)
Region OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
Distances 271 km (168 miles) W of Coos Bay, Oregon
303 km (188 miles) WSW of Newport, Oregon
317 km (196 miles) WNW of Brookings, Oregon
391 km (242 miles) WSW of SALEM, Oregon
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 15.8 km (9.8 miles); depth +/- 2.8 km (1.7 miles) ParametersNST=455, Nph=456, Dmin=273.8 km, Rmss=0.97 sec, Gp= 94°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A Source
• Magnitude: NOAA West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, Palmer, Alaska, USA
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc00090yf

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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.

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Today
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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 Gibbous Moon - From three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon. Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. Lasts until Friday at 3:50am.

Also near the back leg of Leo is the asteroid 5 Astraea, about magnitude 9.6. Find it, along with 6 Hebe and 8 Flora also in Leo, using the charts in the April Sky & Telescope, page 52.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in Virgo) is at opposition April 15th. This week it rises almost around sunset and stands highest in the south around 1 or 2 a.m. daylight-saving time. Shining 5½° to Saturn's right is Spica: fainter, bluer, and twinklier.
Keep careful watch on Saturn and its rings in a telescope. In the days leading up to opposition, watch for the Seeliger effect: a brightening of the rings with respect to the globe. This happens because the solid particles making up the rings backscatter sunlight (reflect it back in the direction it came from) more effectively than the planet's cloud-tops do.

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 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
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 Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 10:02am
Mars retrograde (goes direct on Friday at 8:53)
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Maroon
Harvest 4/9-11

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Calendar
4/12 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) - Noon
5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
Planting 4/12-13
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
4/14 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
3pm - Sewing Workshop
4/15 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
Planting 4/16-17
4/16 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
Harvest 4/18-20
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
Crones’ Tea, 3pm
4/21 – Saturday, New Moon at 12:18am
Planting 4/22-3
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
Planting 4/26-8
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat/Sun May 12/13 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 12, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:36 AM PDT 7:57 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:06 AM PDT 8:28 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:30 AM PDT 9:04 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:51 AM PDT 9:43 PM PDT
Moon 1:57 AM PDT 11:30 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 21m
Length of Day 13h 21m
Tomorrow will be 2m 58s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 59% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
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
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 12 High 5:05 AM 7.7 6:36 AM Rise 1:58 AM 67
12 Low 12:12 PM -0.3 7:58 PM Set 11:31 AM
12 High 6:53 PM 6.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love like you've never been hurt….

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Journal Prompt – What? - What is something that makes you melancholy?

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Quotes
An ancient script says, "Would you let a man rule the city who cannot even rule his own spirit?" Sometimes we do. – Jim Rohn
An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity. - Winston Churchill
Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express. - Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth. - Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter and sculptor

Samhain Reunion
Age-old Preparations...
Harvest Away;
Jack-O-Lanterns, Turnips
Dried Bales of Hay

By-gone Reflections...
Memory of Past;
Wisp of the Future
Dark Scrying Glass

Table is Laden...
Crystal, Pewter, China of Bone;
Bidding Ye Welcome!
Ancestors Home

Ah, Precious Window...
Sweet Sigh on the Night;
Generations are Gathering
Shadowes and Light

As it Has Been...
So it Shall Be;
Samhain... Reunion
Envelops Me - Original Poem by Christine Graham~AKA Damage
In Honour of My Kin...
pagan61@hotmail.com

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Magick – Beltane
Dance before the Bonfire (Beltane) - Ashley Ravenwood, finished 3/8/97
Another summer stretches before us,
fertile and heady
The faeries are out to play
dancing along with everything and everyone else
Dance!
Dance before the bonfire
and celebrate the brimming fertility
of another year
Let it spill over
and crackle into the fire
Let us be blessed
and let our fruits ripen and be harvested
(not wither and die
nor rot forgotten)
Let us drink thirstily of the nectar of the gods
and feast hungrily upon food, love, and kindness
Let us also feed our wants and desires today
happily and carefree
Let us celebrate the miracle that is existence
and marvel at the wonder that is life:
remembering that the smallest acorn
can become the tallest tree
Let us dance
Dance!
Dance before the bonfire
Dance around the maypole
Dance together, laughing
Dance through life and death and life again
Dance under the budding trees and around the blooming wildflowers, dancing in the wind
Dance as fawns and baby birds and newborn stars all watch, dancing
Dance as the gods smile down upon us, dancing too
Dance before the bonfire!

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – GCF: Caddy Advice

Standing on the tee of a relatively long par three, a confident golfer said to his caddy, "Looks like a four-wood and a putt to me."

The caddy argued with him a bit and suggested that he instead play it safe and hit a four-iron then a wedge. The golfer was insulted and proceeded to scream and yell at the caddy on the tee telling him that he was a better golfer than that and how dare the caddy under estimate his game.

So, giving in, the caddy handed the gentleman the four-wood he had asked for. He proceeded to top the ball and watched as it rolled about fifteen yards off the front of the tee.

Immediately the caddy handed him his putter and said, "And now for one long putt..."

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By: CoastalAnja, 4:42 PM GMT on April 11, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s overcast again, but nice and bright despite it. That’s good weather for pictures! Willow and I are planning an expedition today. Yesterday Oregon Beach Connection put up a picture of a “chair” …a cordwood basalt formation… down near Neptune State Park and we’re gonna go find it! …and I horribly overslept so I’m gonna be kinda skimpy today.

The hummingbirds have already…without my seeing even one….drunk their feeder level below the point where I can see it!

Hmmm… the porch roof is dripping…as long as it stays in the “dripping” end of things I’m ok with it.

I got my newsletter stuff done then worked on mail for over 3 hours! I don’t know how the stuff builds up that fast…. After that I started in on pictures and there are some more of the tumbled stones added here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.19742525 71686.55708.1704231146&type=3&l=2d17036deb

Another set of pictures for the herb dryer and a 3rd for one of the shop planters also got edited.

I worked on my scroll sampler yesterday for a while. The top pattern is done and the 3rd one set… I think. I have to keep going on that one to make sure I have the whole pattern

Tempus is making us a lunch. I asked him for rice cakes so he came home with caramel corn flavor… Hmm…. He did get my whole milk for making the cheese, though.

Friday… The date of the feast is a Friday 13th… Jacques de Molay… head of the Knights Templar…. Whose members were arrested and the order destroyed on October 13, 1307…which was a Friday…. Here’s a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_de_Molay

His last words were: “To say that which is untrue is a crime both in the sight of God and man. Not one of us has betrayed his God or his country. I do confess my guilt, which consists in having, to my shame and dishonor, suffered myself, through the pain of torture and the fear of death, to give utterance to falsehoods imputing scandalous sins and iniquities to an illustrious Order, which hath nobly served the cause of Christianity. I disdain to seek a wretched and disgraceful existence by engrafting another lie upon the original falsehood. - Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, burned at the stake on March 18, 1314, attrib.

There’s another article on this page. It starts about ½-way down the page: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct13.html

…and I just got a phone call from someone who can’t get the idea that my mother died back in 2008. We get a call from them once a week and have sent in the paperwork at least 3 times, now. They make me mad!

Ok…breathe… It’s going to be a fun day. I get to play by the ocean and then come back and pull out costumes…. I’ve got the cheese to make and then back to pictures.

The shop is closed on Wednesdays. 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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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 Gibbous Moon - From three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon. Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. Lasts until Friday at 3:50am.

With the Moon gone from the evening sky, it's deep-sky observing time again. Telescope users are familiar with the "Leo Trio" of galaxies (M65, M66, and NGC 3628) by the little chair asterism in the back leg of Leo. Can you detect M65 and M66 with binoculars? See Gary Seronik's Binocular Highlight column and map in the April Sky & Telescope, page 45.
Jupiter is sinking ever lower toward the sunset far below Venus. Jupiter is 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 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 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
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 Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 10:02am
Mars retrograde (goes direct on Friday at 8:53)
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Maroon
Harvest 4/9-11

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Calendar
4/11– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
4/12 – Thursday – Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
Planting 4/12-13
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
4/14 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
3pm - Sewing Workshop
4/15 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
Planting 4/16-17
4/16 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
Harvest 4/18-20
4/18 – Esbat, Hecate’s Brooch – Lesser Banishing of the Chocolate Bunny
4/19 – Thursday, Sun enters Taurus, 9:12am
Crones’ Tea, 3pm
4/21 – Saturday, New Moon at 12:18am
Planting 4/22-3
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
Planting 4/26-8
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat/Sun May 12/13 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 11, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:38 AM PDT 7:56 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:08 AM PDT 8:26 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:32 AM PDT 9:03 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:53 AM PDT 9:41 PM PDT
Moon 1:06 AM PDT 10:23 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 18m
Length of Day 13h 18m
Tomorrow will be 2m 59s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 69% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
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
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 11 High 4:07 AM 8.3 6:38 AM Rise 1:06 AM 77
11 Low 11:10 AM -0.8 7:57 PM Set 10:24 AM
11 High 5:45 PM 6.5
11 Low 11:11 PM 2.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You can only go as far as you push.

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Journal Prompt – What is? - What is something you liked about your childhood?

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Quotes
I do not wish to harm anybody, I am just following my own way but it appears to disturb others, most of the people do not like those who follow a different path. How could I go away from my way? It gives me such happiness, such contentment. Be yourself at any cost! - Dharma
I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by. - Douglas Adams
I went to a restaurant that serves 'Breakfast At Any Time'. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance. - Stephen Wright
If experience was so important, we’d never have had anyone walk on the moon. - Doug Rader

I groan and my groans ravish Him;
He desires the groaning of the two worlds.
How could I not groan at his deception –
I am not in His drunkards' circle.
How could I not complain, like the night without His day,
Without the Grace of His Gaze that illumines the day?
His harshness is sugar to my soul
I am in love with my pain and suffering
So I can delight my matchless King
I turn grief’s dust into collyrium for my eyes
So their two seas can fill with pearls. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane
Constructing a Maypole - The Maypole of Beltane stands for the combination of the fertility of the Divine Masculine when joined with the Divine Feminine. No one knows the ancient roots of the ceremony, but the symbolism is obvious. Instructions here work for a Maypole for between 10 & 20 people. This is a lot of prep work, but massive amounts of fun!
There are several parts to a Maypole: the pole itself, the foundation, the ribbons, the wreath and the topper.

The Maypole
This can be of almost any material, but unless you live in a forest, where there are slender (2” -3”) straight trees with few branches, the most practical is a piece of closet pole from a lumberyard! Get it cut from 10-12 feet long.
At the same time buy a length of 1/8 inch dowel. Drill a hole in one end at least 1 ½ inches deep.
Drill 3 holes about 8” down from that end of the long pole, spaced equidistant around the pole. They should be to 1/8 inch diameter and about a 1/4 to ½ inch deep.
Cut 4 pieces of dowel 8 inches long. Make sure that they are loose in the holes, but don’t just fall out. You will balance the wreath on these dowels.
Save the 4th piece of dowel for the “topper”.

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

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

The wreath
You need a 12” wreath. This is often constructed of hawthorn, but again, no need for blood sacrifice, so most folks use a grapevine wreath base that you can get at a craft store and stick fresh flowers in it.
If you weave your own, you need a wire ring, 12” diameter, thread and freshly-cut flowers & herbs. I often use rosemary, since it smells great and holds up.
Tie your thread to the wire ring and then begin wrapping around and around (about 1” distance per wrap), laying a new branch of rosemary in when about ½ of the previous one is tied down. Try not to catch the needles or smaller branches in the thread. Tie off when about 1/3 of the way around, again about another 1/3 and when you get all the way around.
As you go around a 2nd time, add at least 1 flower with each wrap, tying off with each 1/3 of the wreath. You can make a 3rd pass if you don’t add enough flowers on the 2nd pass.

Maypole Topper – cones of various trees follow the correspondences.
Gather 9 spruce cones (the long slender type), one larger cone (a large pine cone), and a double handful of alder/larch cones. You also need a small bunch of babies’ breath.
Drill a hole longways through the largest cone (two sets of hands are necessary!). Insert the last piece of dowel leaving about 4 inches sticking out the bottom of the cone.
Using a hot glue gun, glue 3 of the spruce cones spaced equidistant around the larger cone, all pointing the same way.
Glue 3 more with their bottoms touching the dowel and between the bases of the other spruce cones.
Repeat with the last three on the top of the construct, only glue the babies’ breath at the very top between the cones. Fill in spaces with the alder cones.
You can decorate with gold glitter and/or spangles

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

To “Dance the Pole”
Space all your dancers around the pole as equidistant as possible. Each takes a ribbon and pulls it outwards until they are holding only about 2 feet of ribbon in their hands. Usually this will knock the dowels loose and the ribbon will be holding up the wreath. If they don’t, shake the ribbons closest to the dowels while folks are holding theirs tight
Have them count off “1, 2, 1, 2…” then tell the “ones” to face left and the “twos” to face right. Go around the first person on the right, those on the inside ducking under the ribbon, then pass the next on the left and so on. Talk them through a bit of it and then get someone to sing or drum or whatever you have. As the ribbons weave around the pole the wreath will gradually drop. When you’re done, or everyone’s ready to drop, gather the ribbons in two bunches and tie in a “true love knot”, i.e. a square knot.
It’ll be a bit of a mess, no matter what you do. Laugh, sing and play!

©2009 Anja Bartlett

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – GCF: At the Amusement Park

My friend was working at an amusement park when a couple stopped him. "Excuse me," said the woman, pointing to a pond. "What is that water made out of?"

Bemused, my friend replied, "Two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen."

"See?" she said to her boyfriend. "I told you it wasn't real."


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Daily Stuff 4-10-12

By: CoastalAnja, 7:46 PM GMT on April 10, 2012

Hi, folks!

Cloudy but bright again and it’s already 54F and supposed to go to 64. It *finally* feels like spring!

The dandelions know it. Tempus and I between us harvested a double handful of blooms yesterday. I also harvested a big mass of chickweed and have more to do today. I also got more radishes, sorrel and lovage that showed up in my salad last night. The roses know it. I’m seeing buds. The alder know it….leaves are starting. Yay! Finally!

There’s a chickadee on the re-filled feeder. Oh, Tempus did the hummingbird feeder, too!

We drove down the seawall yesterday and there were *no* clammers and no signs of digging! With nice weather? With fewer tourists than there will be later? Whassup with that?

Tempus was supposed to drop me off at the shop and come home. I don’t think he actually left until 2pm.  It was a quiet day. I started on the necklace that I was talking about, but I’m not satisfied with it. The necklace is too small scale for the pendant, so that’s a back-to-the-drawing-board. While I was working on that I picked up my ¼ pound box of black seed beads. The back latch flipped open and “Whee!” I had black seed beads *all* over. I was picking them up still 3 hours later. Most of them landed in a small basket, but “most” when you’re talking about seed beads, leaves far too many wandering about. The farthest on away went from the beading table to the back counter by the hot water pot, but I think it had help from the basket….

More crystals bagged…more headers… orders… etc.

I did get to sew. I got a cushion for the fan chair made…and it looks like a black marshmallow… I’ve got some re-working to do. I know what happened… “Measure twice, cut once!” I hope I learn to do that before Cheyne-Stokes breathing sets in….. I was thinking that the cushion would “squish”, but then cut the sides square instead of adding the extra fabric to allow that…and cut the sides twice as tall as they were supposed to be! I’ll be adding gussets to it, but by hand because of something that happened with the second pillow. The matching Smiley Face pillow top is cute, but I tried to take a short cut and finish sewing it on the machine even after I stuffed it. It’s a brilliant yellow with a blue ruffle and will be eye-catching set against the back of the fan chair, but… I’m not sure what happened, but there was a clunk and a busted needle and now the bobbin carrier is out of phase with the needle and it jams… The sewing machine repair guy has some more business, and I’m finishing the pillow by hand. Tempus’ comment was, “But you’re so experienced at sewing, how could you make a mistake like that?!?!” All I can say is that “short cuts make long delays”…. And that’s *another* one that I should have learned. I’ve been sewing for over an ½ century, and all but 3 years of that on a machine….

Btw, I did finally get my scroll sampler set up the other day and I’m hard at work on it. The sampler is labeled and the first pattern is set up but not finished all the way. Ditto the 2nd. The 3rd one is more complex and getting it started was the hard part. I brought it home with me.

Later in the afternoon I worked on the harvested plants and pictures.

Class went well.

We got home at a time to eat and crawl into bed. I finished my book, Christopher Reeve’s autobiography, “Still Me”. It’s a heart-wrenching story of optimism in the face of odds. “Superman” paralyzed from the neck down…. Wow….I had wanted to see how he dealt with it, something along the lines of “what not to say when someone is injured beyond repair”. I learned a lot, and I’m much more impressed with the story than I was.

Today I have the usual newsletter and chores stuff to work on. After that I have pictures to do. I’m writing some more photo essays, since I can’t seem to make the whole slideshow bit work, for some damn reason. The “Tutorials” link on the website has gone live, and I’ll keep adding to it. Look for those here: http://www.ancientlight.info/resources/tutorials.h tml There are only 4 live, but I have the photos for 3 more and I’ll be adding descriptions and more essays as time goes on.

I also am going to make my contribution to the feast on Friday. This isn’t a Wiccan thing. It’s an historical re-creation feast that’s being held at the shop by House Capuchin which is a proto-SCA group (Society for Creative Anachronism) in honor of Jacques de Molay. I’ll explain the why on that, tomorrow! …but my contribution is going to be a spiced, scalded milk cheese. It’s not *nearly* as difficult as you’d think. It mostly takes patience. Here’s the recipe:

Scalded Milk Cheese
1 gallon whole (4%) milk
1/4 to ½ cup vinegar
1 tbsp salt
Cheesecloth
Spices (see below in notes)
1. Pour 1 gallon of milk into a pot. Place over a low hot fire.
2. Stir constantly to avoid scorching. Bring milk up to 185F.
3. Add salt and/or dry spices or sugar. (see Notes 2 & 3 below)
4. When milk reaches temperature, remove from heat. Stir in ¼ cup of vinegar. Milk will begin to curdle immediately. If it does not, toss in another ¼ cup.
5. Continue stirring until curdling is complete.
6. Place cheesecloth or muslin square or bag into strainer.
7. Place strainer in bowl. Pour curds and whey into muslin.
8. When cheese has drained add fresh spices. (see Note 4 below)
9. Mix thoroughly with a spoon or fingers.
10. Gently pull up edges of muslin into a bag and tie off at the top.
11. For very firm cheese squeeze bag gently to express whey. Caution: overdoing this can make the cheese rubbery.
12. The cheese is ready to hang up! The reserved whey can be used in soup, sauces or drunk as a beverage. (The sweet whey is an acquired taste!!!!)
13. Suspend cheese from a string over a bowl to catch drips, (or over the sink!) Hang cheese for 1-2 hours for a soft cheese or 2-4 hours for a firmer cheese.

Note - Cheese will keep about a week, maybe two.
Note 2 - For a sweet cheese, in step 3, add 2 cups of sugar and about ¼ cup of a mixture of dry ground spices such as: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla. You can also add up to two cups of dried fruits, chopped small, mixed with chopped or whole nutmeats.
Note 3 – For a savoury cheese, in step 3, add ¼ cup of a mixture of dry herbs such as: minced onion or garlic, chives, Italian spice mix, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, savory, celery seed, caraway seed, dill seed or dill weed.
Note 4 – For fresh spices, added in step 8, use about a ½ cup of finely chopped garden herbs.

…and there’s a Youtube about the non-edible variety… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFvik_THcNQ

..and this is the original version of “cottage cheese” iow, home-made cheese….

The shop is closed on Tuesdays. 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,
Anja

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Today
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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 Gibbous Moon - From three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon. Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. Lasts until Friday at 3:50am.

The bright star high to the upper right of Venus these evenings is Capella, the Goat Star. It's the same yellow-white color, and thus the same temperature, as the Sun.
Venus stays in the same place high up from day to day, while its starry background is sliding to the lower right.

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 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
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 Sagittarius
Pluto Retrograde at 9:21am
Mars retrograde (goes direct on Friday at 8:53)
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde
Color: Maroon
Harvest 4/9-11

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Calendar
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/11– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
4/12 – Thursday – Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
Planting 4/12-13
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
4/14 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
3pm - Sewing Workshop
4/15 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
2pm - Practical Craft
Planting 4/16-17
4/16 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
Harvest 4/18-20
4/18 – Esbat, Hecate’s Brooch – Lesser Banishing of the Chocolate Bunny
4/19 – Thursday, Sun enters Taurus, 9:12am
Crones’ Tea, 3pm
4/21 – Saturday, New Moon at 12:18am
Planting 4/22-3
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
Planting 4/26-8
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
Planting 5/5-6
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
Harvest 5/7-8
Planting 5/9-10
Harvest 5/11-12
Sat/Sun May 12/13 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale
Planting 5/13-15
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
Harvest 5/16-17
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
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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www.wunderground.com
Apr. 10, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:40 AM PDT 7:55 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:10 AM PDT 8:25 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:34 AM PDT 9:01 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:56 AM PDT 9:39 PM PDT
Moon 12:05 AM PDT 9:21 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 15m
Length of Day 13h 15m
Tomorrow will be 2m 59s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 79% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
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
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Tu 10 High 3:16 AM 8.8 6:40 AM Rise 12:05 AM 86
10 Low 10:14 AM -1.2 7:55 PM Set 9:21 AM
10 High 4:42 PM 6.8
10 Low 10:10 PM 2.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Before you decide about your aim in life, check your ammunition.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? - If you have much, give your wealth. If you have little, give your heart. - Arab proverb

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Quotes
A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck. - James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise. - H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
All the experience of history confirms that sharing the same beliefs has been a preliminary to quarreling about their interpretation. - Theodore Zeldin
America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still. - e. e. cummings (1894-1962) u. s. poet

Scorpio Woman
From dark blue waters,
fire burns as the Phoenix,
Scorpio women rises within the flames
as the sun cast blazing reds
across a shadowy blue sky.
A new day. A rebirth.
She is a women of
dangerous beauty and deep inner thought.
She offers us knowledge of radical change,
passionate awareness and of sacrifices that
will yield the eternal rebirth of consciousness. - Poetry written by H.J. Price
Find her at cafepress! http://www.cafeshops.com/sunspirit/33398

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Magick – Beltane (actually a mis-placed Ostara. I’m fixing that….)
From Easter Customs of the Carpatho-Rusyn People
by Michael Roman, Amerikansky Russky Viestnik, 17 April 1941

"The variation in customs can be found in the games, songs and dances, the origin of which, can, in most cases, be traced to the Slavonic Mythology. Rev. Nestor Volensky, a distinguished Carpatho-Rusyn man of letters and a historian, traced many of the customs to the pagan times and had written much about them.

The game of "Pohrebenije Kostrubon'ka", played on Easter Sunday afternoon by the girls in some of the Carpatho-Rusyn villages, has been handed down from the pagan times when it was a religious ceremony on the festival of the spring sun. Kostrubon'ka in Rusyn, refers to the somewhat undulating rays of the sun in winter time. In the game, on of the girls, who is called the Kostrubon'ka, is acting as though she is falling while the other girls sing mournful songs. All of a sudden the Kostrubon'ka stands erect in a happy manner and the girls start singing happy songs.

In a few words this game signifies the "burial" (pohrebenije) or the passing away of the undulating and weak rays of the sun of winter time for those of Spring, which are more direct.

Some of the common Easter games dealing with beautifully painted eggs include a game known as "Cokatisja". This games is played like marbles except that instead of marbles, eggs are used. The boys roll them on the meadows. If an egg is cracked, then it belongs to the boy whose egg cracked it. [webmaster note: My family has a similar tradition, but instead of rolling the eggs, they are held and tapped against each other with the same result]

In many villages it is a custom to throw the shells of Easter eggs into the rivers and streams because that is supposed to make the geese and ducks fruitful. It should be remembered that an egg in pagan times symbolized fertility.

Another game played by the Carpatho-Rusyn youth is the one in which the girls hide the dyed eggs in their hands while the fellows try to take the eggs away from them. The victory of a fellow over a girl signified in pagan times, the victory of the spring sun over winter.

During the Easter holidays bells are rung almost constantly in the homeland. This is done because bell ringing is supposed to cause bees to swarm. It is a known fact, however, that metallic sounds do influence the bees.

In many of the villages in the province of Zemplin a game called "Kralovna" is played by the girls. In our language "Kralovna" means "Queen". Many girls dressed in their best finery form a long line and in rhythmic step, walk through the village for two hours at a time singing lovely songs about a pretty queen "kralovna". The refrain to the song is usually the melodious - "La, la,la,la, la...."

These songs have no connection whatsoever to the Resurrection of Our Lord. They have been traced to the story in Slavonic Mythology where Lala, son of goddess "Lada", with his queen and his retinue travelled throughout his domain to see how his people lived. The counterpart of Lala in Greek-Roman mythology is Cupid while that of Lada is Venus.

On a lovely Easter Sunday, any Carpatho-Rusyn village is picturesque. Everyone dressed in their best clothing is outdoors. The little boys can bee seen together in one group playing "Cokatisja" with their Easter eggs. The women are in another group talking about things that are of interest only to them, usually about cooking, sewing , or they are trying to predict who will be the first to get married after Easter. The men are also in a group by themselves discussing the spring plowing or the international situation. The young girls and the fellows are having a grand time together. Here and there can be seen young adolescents enthusiastically scheming how to best surprise some of the popular maidens on the next day and give them a good "polivanja." Occasionally the melodious strains of a violin or an accordion can be heard or the beautiful singing of the young people who have been restrained from singing for seven weeks because of Lent. It is, indeed, a beautiful sight to observe a Carpatho-Rusyn village on Easter Sunday. There is a happy spirit of joy which is experienced by everyone. Because of this, Easter is one of the happiest holy days in the native lands of our parents. The people await it with eagerness for many weeks.

On Easter Monday the men and young boys visit the homes of their friends where they throw water on the women usually on the hands. In doing do they say "Christos Voskres!" (Christ is Risen!) while the girls reply "Voistinu Voskres!" (Indeed - He is Risen!). Many times the young men like to have fun when they go "polivati" and go beyond the bounds. They probably will pour buckets of water on the girl or lead her to a well and give her a good soaking. Easter Tuesday is the time when the women take revenge on the men. That is their day for "polivanja". This custom is a very sociable one since it brings together the young people. Also as a result of it, enemies forget their differences and become friends. It is considered bad luck if a home is passed by during the "polivanja:.

This custom has been traced to the time when the Jews threw water on the followers of Christ who with joy were announcing the Resurrection of Our Saviour. This custom is also practiced because it is believed that the fresh water from the melted snow will give a beautiful complexion to people and also bring luck if it is poured during this "polivanja" of Easter time.

In some localities on Easter Monday after Vespers, the families visit the graves in the cemetery where relatives are buried.

Such are the colorful and picturesque Easter customs of the Carpatho-Rusyns. Although many of these customs originated in pagan times and have been carried over into Christianity, it does not mean that our people still have pagan ideas. They are observed because they make up the rich heritage of our people which has been handed down from generation to generation. These customs make up the rich folk culture of our people, which is probably richer, older, more unique and more colorful than that of any other nationality. Other nationalities have just begun to notice our folk culture and to study it.
After the midnight Paschal Liturgy, we all gather together to bless the Pascha baskets. These baskets have been carefully prepared with many of the foods from which we've been fasting for the past month and a half during Great Lent. There are several foods traditionally included in the basket. These are: a yeast bread, a bitter herb, wine, cheese, meat, butter, salt, and a red egg."
Ainsley Friedberg

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – GCF: Old Home

We purchased an old home in northern New York State from two elderly sisters. Winter was fast approaching and I was concerned about the house's lack of insulation.

"If they could live here all those years, so can we," my husband confidently declared.

One November night, the temperature plunged to below zero and we woke up to find our interior walls covered with frost. My husband called the sisters to ask how they had kept the house warm.

After a rather brief conversation, he hung up. "For the past 30 years," he announced, "they've gone to Florida for the winter."

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Daily Stuff 4-9-12

By: CoastalAnja, 5:36 PM GMT on April 09, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s cloudy, but it feels like the sun is straining to break through the overcast. It’s already well over 50F and they’re talking about 70F today. … wow…

No birds… We’re out of seed, so they’re not coming up to the porch the way they were.

While I was waiting for Tempus to come out to the car yesterday morning I harvested a handful of radishes. They’re the older ones that I left in place to grow, probably tough, but slivered they add a lot to a salad. I want to harvest a handful of sorrel this morning. I’ve been grazing on the plant for weeks, already.

Remember the minus tides! Clamming oughta be good this morning. Deepest tide is 1.4 minus. I’m going to go past the seawall this morning on the way to the shop, just so I can see…. The view from the top of Crestline by Cedar was amazing with the mudflats and it was an hour after the low….

Tempus came down to the shop with me yesterday to help open. He had started a bread loaf and knew what he was going to make for lunch, and *I* think he didn’t want to face a bike ride with food in the trailer…not yesterday, anyway…. So we got the shop open and the young folks were early….all 15 of ‘em according to their list…. Wow…. I think there were actually 14… Class went well, and we got ½-way through the history section. He headed up to the house while I got things going.

Brea came in and did her class, but by that time I was really, really tired and glad to sit and veg for a few minutes.

We started the movie at 1pm, but most of the young folks just wanted to wander and chat and play with Ipads, smartphones and such without someone monitoring them. We managed to get them back in 2 loads, somehow… and I’m still not sure how Tempus worked it. He was suggesting duct taping someone to the roof. The boys were enthusiastic, so someone might have taken him up on that… 

I did headers for some more crystals and bagged another set of garnet and crysocolla, and there are some bags of opal. Tempus got the ones from yesterday up and I took a nap when he got back, then worked on small stuff, monitoring e-mails and such. While I was napping a bag of “easter feast” got dropped off for us and that was supper. Star made up some of the easter chick devilled eggs. I don’t know that this link will get you there: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3656654865 602&set=a.1712071332229.2093343.1551512822&type=1& theater , although for the Facebook people reading this, she did post ‘em on my wall. Yahoo group - if the link does *not* get you there, e-mail me and I’ll send you the pic that way.

A couple of friends came in and we sat around and talked for a couple of hours, getting home at 9.

So, I got reminded that yesterday was the free day on HoS.com and I got it loaded in. It’s *Bach* this week, and really lovely…although it’s making me sleepy again. It plays on KLCC (90.5 FM out here) on Tuesdays at 10pm or on streaming….

Today I’m by myself at the shop. Tempus has errands and stuff to do at the house. He’ll be back in time for class. I’m going to keep on bagging crystals and I had an idea for a necklace to go with that incredible black/white/red/silver pendant that I got from Metamorphosis…. And I really want to sew a bit…have some more ideas….

The shop opens at 11am today and we’ll be there through class time. 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,
Anja

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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.

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Today
The Moon is Waning Gibbous.
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 Gibbous Moon - From three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon. Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. Lasts until Friday at 3:50am.

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 Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 8:12am
Mars retrograde (goes direct on Friday at 8:53), Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde
Color: Amber
Harvest 4/9-11

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Calendar
4/9 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/11– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
4/12 – Thursday – Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
Planting 4/12-13
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
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
Planting 4/16-17
Harvest 4/18-20
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
4/22 – Saturday, 3pm - Planning Meeting for the Pan-Pagan Gathering
Beltane/Walpurgisnacht Sabbat 5/4, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light
May 5-6 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Carl Neal
11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – ?
1pm – ?
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ?
April 7-8 – Psychic Fair – No Special Guest
4/8 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ??
3pm – Discussion follows movie
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 http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touri sm-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspxh ttp://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touris m-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx
Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 09, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:41 AM PDT 7:54 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:11 AM PDT 8:24 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:36 AM PDT 9:00 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 4:58 AM PDT 9:38 PM PDT
Moon No Moon Rise 8:25 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 12m
Length of Day 13h 12m
Tomorrow will be 3m 0s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 88% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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M 9 High 2:30 AM 9.0 6:42 AM Set 8:26 AM 93
9 Low 9:22 AM -1.4 7:54 PM
9 High 3:45 PM 7.2
9 Low 9:18 PM 1.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – All people have at least ten faults. Pick ten you can live with.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki - What are you most grateful for?

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Quotes
You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. - Richard Bach
A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself. - James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
A diamond cannot be polished without friction nor man perfected without trials. - Kathryn Kuhlman
A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood. - George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general

Never feel secure from God's power of deception
However many marvelous good fortunes you live through.
If you think you are certain, rub your eyes.
The deception of God is so subtle and ingenious
That your spirit, even if only of this world,
Can believe itself celestial and immortal.
Continue on that path, and destruction is sure. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane
Beltane Incense - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Myrrh
1 part Benzoin Gum
1 part Red Copal
1 part Lavender
1 part Jasmine
1 part Rose Petals
1 part Sandalwood

Love Incense - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
2 parts dragon's blood resin (powdered)
2 parts rose petals
1 part orris root powder
1 part myrtle
1 part lavender
4 drops musk
4 drops patchouli

May Wine - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
To make May wine, pick sweet woodruff that does not have open blossoms the day before you want to serve the wine. The herb has more flavor when slightly dry. Tie the stems of a bunch with cotton thread and hang it in a bottle of wine so the leaves are covered. After ten or fifteen minutes, remove the woodruff. You should now add strawberries just before serving the wine,. Woodruff can also be used in the same way to flavor milk or apple juice.

****Note****There are those recipes for May Wine that tell you to leave the woodruff in the wine for days, even weeks. However, woodruff contains coumarin, a substance similar to coumadin which is prescribed to thin blood for people suffering from clots. Too much can also cause a headache, so it is best to use only enough to flavor the wine.

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – A little boy was taken to the dentist. It was discovered that he had a cavity that would have to be filled.
"Now, young man," asked the dentist, "what kind of filling would you like for that tooth?"
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Daily Stuff 4-8-12 Easter

By: CoastalAnja, 4:00 PM GMT on April 08, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s cloudy, but bright, not a lot of wind or even breeze, just barely enough to move the clematis. It’s already over 50F and supposed to go to 72?

Remember the minus tides! Clamming oughta be good this morning. Deepest tide is 1.4 minus.

Before we opened yesterday Tempus and I went down and dug some yellow violets for my window garden, then planted them once we got to the shop.

Herb Class was about getting those planted along with the woodruff and purple violets, cleaning up the other plants in the planter, trimming and tying up the roses. When I came in I started on some of the pine, but there’s more to do. I also pulled some herbs from the dryer. The crocus are done and bottled.

Rock Tumbler was opening the small one and getting those sorted. Most are going to have to run again, but there were a few that were ready.

I did headers right after that and Tempus cut and stapled and punched. After that I sorted them and that’s going to be his first job today, to get them hung on the board. I added some of the tumbled stones to the mix: a purple jade, a nice carnelian and an amethyst chevron. I also got a couple of larger stones: marble, rose quartz and ocean jasper. The small stones that got bagged the day before also got the bags of tiger eye and iron pyrite added.

No takers for the talk on Hypatia…

Sewing workshop was 6 of us, but the others came and went after a few minutes.

Nobody for meditation.

…and then Tempus and I were the only ones there for the movie. Hmm…

…so I watched part of it, and as we were getting to the part that the library collection was being destroyed I started to get upset…well, it’s *books*! … so I went to the computer and worked on headers and just listened. Tempus and I spent a while discussing it, talking history vs. fiction, working on the various stones and were there until past midnight, finishing up.

I’m sleepy as a result.

Today’s Schedule
4/8 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Agora
3pm – Discussion follows movie

The shop opens at 10am today. 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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
The Moon is Waning Gibbous.
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.

As twilight fades down, Look for bright Sirius in the southwest, Orion's horizontal Belt off to the right, and Aldebaran and Venus farther to the right in the west. They all form a long, almost straight line. The line is horizontal if you live near latitude 38° north.
Mars (magnitude –0.7) shines bright fire-orange in Leo. Regulus is just 4½° to Mars's right in the evening, and fainter Gamma Leonis is 7° above it. They're high in the southeast at nightfall and highest in the south by mid-evening. The bland side of Mars was presented to Earth on the night of March 20–21. Since then another side has turned our way, when Mars is viewed in the evening hours for eastern North America. Mars is now a month past opposition, fading and shrinking as Earth pulls ahead of it along our faster, inside-track orbit around the Sun. In a telescope it has shrunk to 12 arcseconds wide.

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 Scorpio
Mars retrograde, Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde
Color: Amber
Planting 4/7-8

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Calendar
April 7-8 – Psychic Fair – No Special Guest
4/8 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Agora
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Harvest 4/9-11
4/9 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/11– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
4/12 – Thursday – Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
Planting 4/12-13
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
4/14 - Saturday – 11am - Herb Workshop -
1pm – Care and Feeding of a rock tumbler
3pm – Sewing workshop
Planting 4/16-17
Harvest 4/18-20
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
4/22 – Saturday, 3pm - Planning Meeting for the Pan-Pagan Gathering
Beltane/Walpurgisnacht Sabbat 5/4, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light
May 5-6 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Carl Neal
11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – ?
1pm – ?
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ?
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 http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touri sm-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspxh ttp://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touris m-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx
Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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Apr. 08, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:43 AM PDT 7:52 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:13 AM PDT 8:22 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:38 AM PDT 8:58 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 5:00 AM PDT 9:36 PM PDT
Moon 10:55 PM PDT 7:37 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 09m
Length of Day 13h 09m
Tomorrow will be 3m 0s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 95% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Su 8 High 1:47 AM 9.0 6:43 AM Set 7:38 AM 98
8 Low 8:33 AM -1.4 7:53 PM Rise 10:55 PM
8 High 2:51 PM 7.5
8 Low 8:32 PM 1.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Just when you get really good at something, you won't need to do it anymore.

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Journal Prompt – What if? - What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?

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Quotes
We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich, and two-thirds hungry. - J. Carter
When in the future humankind has harnessed the power of LOVE it will have for a second time discovered FIRE. - Teilhard de Chardin
Wisdom outweighs any wealth. - Sophocles
With practice, the quality of your deeds gets down to your soul. – Frank Crane

Scorpio
November born
Under grey skies;
Child of the storm;
Bring a man to his knees
With a glance;
Wanders where sanity
Fears to tread,
Laughing;
Smiles at the thunder,
dances in the wind,
Glories in the lightning,
Basking in the light
Of the last Harvest Moon,
And the hymns
Of a thousand suns
Hum in her autumn ears. - Anita Wynn copyright 2005
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HavenHome (for abused Pagan/Witches)(award winner)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WisdomsChildren (to promote religious tolerance)(award winner)
"Speaking in Tongues" by Autolykos available at www.publishamerica.com

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Magick – Beltane
May Day Chant 1 - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Here we come a' piping,
In Springtime and in May;
Green fruit a' ripening,
And Winter fled away.
The Queen she sits upon the strand,
Fair as lily, white as wand;
Seven billows on the sea,
Horses riding fast and free,
And bells beyond the sand.
Doreen Valiente; "Witchcraft for Tomorrow"; Phoenix Publishing 1985

A Love Charm - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
A Love Charm by Seraphina-m'Anat

Caveat - this is a charm that should not be used on a random "target," but rather as an enhancement to an established relationship. The reason for this is that, in my experience with this charm ::nudge, nudge, wink, wink::, the essence of the two partners become intertwined, and the charm will happily ensnare you as it bewitches your mate. Spring normally gets us all happily randy, and this charm adds a little more passion and intensity to this feeling. Now, some may call this manipulative of another's will, but let me offer the witch's perspective....my hubby knew full well I was a witch when he married me and hasn't complained so far of any effects of "boosting" so to speak, LOL. Effective enhancements to this charm are self-pampering, as well as spouse pampering; candle light dinners, foods traditionally know to be aphrodisiacs, and exotic music. Silks, velvets, and satins don't hurt either ::impish grin:: A reliable baby-sitter for any wee'uns in the house is a plus too, if you have children. Is it any wonder that this is one of the witches favourite holidays?

The charm:
By all that lives on land, in sea,
By the ebbing and the flow,
Each time that you do think of me,
Your love for me shall grow.

By numbers odd and numbers even,
By the sacred power of three times three,
Passion for me in your thoughts weave in,
All thy thoughts shall be of me.

By velvet cords of longing,
Your heart to me belonging,
By the white rose and the red,
I am the fire in thy head.

No peace nor increase shall you find,
Until your hand is joined in mine.

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Energy list
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.

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Silliness – Q: Why were the bowling pins lying down? A: Because they went on strike!

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Daily Stuff 4-7-12

By: CoastalAnja, 3:41 PM GMT on April 07, 2012

Hi, folks!

If the sun isn’t out it’s not completely clouded over, either. “Scattered cloud,” the computer says. There’s only enough of a breeze to wave branches around. I don’t think it got as cold last night, but the temp’s over 42 now and climbing rapidly. It’s supposed to get nice and warm today. Mid-60’s? That’s a heat wave!

Tempus just put a bunch of popcorn into the bird feeder tray and before I actually heard the front door shut, the feeder was covered with chickadees.

Remember the minus tides! Clamming oughta be good this morning. Minus 1.2 feet at 7:45am in Alsea Bay.

I did get into the park for about 15 minutes before we headed for the shop. One of the big weeding buckets had landed down in the path during the last storm, so I chucked it back up the steps. I trimmed quite a bit of pine and a little spruce, but didn’t have time to go very far, so contented myself with collecting for the terrarium, pine tips and the open flowers from an unexpected delight, several hundred yellow woods violets! I want to go back down with a trowel and collect a few plants for the garden.

I got started on bagging the small stones, managing to get the green and orange calcite done, the black tourmalines (you’re not going to find those many places for a quarter!) a couple of agates, a couple of tiny picture jasper and some quartz. I went to start the tiger eye, but only got as far as sorting regular from green from dyed red. Most of those are as far as having headers printed for them, but that’s Tempus’ job today, to get those cut and stapled on. I wish he had gotten farther on the packing materials transfer, but he can do bits in between things over the weekend.

I got the order placed. They were holding all the back-ordered stuff for my next order, if you have anything in the “specials” category…and I only found out night before last. They’ve never done that before. Usually this supplier will e-mail me that back-orders are in, at least.

I got my bookshelf picture done, although I’m not completely satisfied with it. I’m going to try it on the fabric and see how it goes.

Drat… I forgot the nesting materials bag *again*!!!

Late in the day I sorted out the gleanings from my park trek. All the pine went into a box for Herbs Workshop this morning, and I sorted the spruce into its own basket, the terrarium bits into a tray and then put away the dried primrose and purple violet and got the new yellow ones into a drying basket. After the sorting was done I got rid of the bits and dirt and took the tray into the bathroom so that I could work on the terrarium.

I turned it sideways so that it is both more visible and easier for me to get into, then took off the top. First I placed a number of moss pieces. I was trying for variety and if I have time today I’ll look up which I have. I had picked up a couple of mossy sticks, and one with witch moss, so those went in, next. The witch moss one being a fan of tiny branches, I put that against the back wall of the terrarium as a kind of backdrop. There was a twig covered with tiny mushrooms of the variety that I think is called, “bird’s nest”, or something like that. I’m going to look those up today, as well.

…and did. They appear to be Crucibulum Parvulum, usually called “Bird’s Nest Mushroom”. …

I had to scrub that side of the sink, afterwards. There was quite a bit of dirt and metal marks on the counter. The metal marks are probably from it sitting directly on the counter (gotta cut a couple of 1x2’s to lift it… but the dirt? I mean little bits of soil, as though someone had spilled over the back.

Moonrise was so very beautiful last night! When She first came over the mountains you could see where the “green cheese” idea came from; a beautiful, creamy white cheese that someone had yet to pare off any edges…. (I think I need breakfast)…. As she rose higher the trees got in the way and She seemed to tangle in the branches. “I will go up the mountain after the Moon. She is caught in the dead fir tree, like a great, pale apple of silver and pearl, like a great, pale apple is She.” (Moon Folly on the album Circle Round….) Then She rose into the blue velvet of the sky and became a marvelously bright, silver disc, draped with bits of spangled cloud, occasionally. I couldn’t stay away from the window and a couple of times braved the 40F temps in my pj’s….

Tempus and I were just talking about grabbing an extra few minutes to dig a couple of plants for my tiny window garden at the shop. I’m going to get a purple violet and some sweet woodruff and then show him where the yellow violets are and he’ll get me a couple of those. I can plant right away when we get to the shop.

Today’s schedule:
10am – Shop opens
11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock tumbler
1pm – Talk - 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.

Crazy fun! See you at the shop!

The shop opens at 10am today and we’ll be there until the movie discussion is over. 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,
Anja

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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.

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Today
The Moon is Full but Waning through 3:19am on Sunday.
Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity.
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.

The bright Moon rises around the end of twilight below Saturn and Spica in the east-southeast. Later in the evening the three shine higher: a long, narrow triangle with the Moon at the bottom.
Venus lights the way to the Pleiades and Aldebaran during and after twilight this week. Jupiter is heading farther down, on its way to passing behind the Sun in mid-May.

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 Libra enters Scorpio at 8:18am
Mercury is Direct (It’s still stationary, one more day…)
Mars retrograde, Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde
Color: Black
Planting 4/7-8

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Calendar
April 7-8 – Psychic Fair – No Special Guest
11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock tumbler
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.
4/8 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Agora
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Harvest 4/9-11
4/9 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/11– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
4/12 – Thursday – Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
Planting 4/12-13
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
4/14 - Saturday – 11am - Herb Workshop -
1pm – Care and Feeding of a rock tumbler
3pm – Sewing workshop
Planting 4/16-17
Harvest 4/18-20
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
4/22 – Saturday, 3pm - Planning Meeting for the Pan-Pagan Gathering
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
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 http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touri sm-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspxh ttp://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touris m-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx

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www.wunderground.com
Apr. 07, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:45 AM PDT 7:51 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:15 AM PDT 8:21 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:40 AM PDT 8:57 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 5:02 AM PDT 9:34 PM PDT
Moon 9:38 PM PDT 6:57 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 05m
Length of Day 13h 06m
Tomorrow will be 3m 1s longer.
Full, 99% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 7 High 1:07 AM 8.8 6:45 AM Set 6:57 AM 99
7 Low 7:45 AM -1.2 7:52 PM Rise 9:39 PM
7 High 1:59 PM 7.7
7 Low 7:48 PM 1.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Being focused in the moment allows you to release the fear of the future and the guilt of the past.

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Journal Prompt – Personal taste - My worst mistake was...

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Quotes
They understand but a little who understand only what can be explained. - H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
To become a Knight is to stop being a victim, say “Never Again!”, and take charge of your life. - Kerr Cuhulain
To the degree we're not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves. - Peter McWilliams
Unkindness almost always stands for the displeasure that one has in oneself. - Adrienne Monnier

Its only the surface of the water that's clear
There's mud in the stream, you'll discover;
And when the Demon troubles you to test you
The water will once again become mud-colored.
There is dung littering your stream-bed, my friend,
However pure the stream may appear. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane
Laminated Window Hangings for Beltane
you will need:
- lined paper
- laminating paper
- crayons
- Beltane cookie cutters(the big ones)
- scissors & a single hole punch
- a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of flowers, wreaths, Maypoles or other Beltane figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.

May Baskets - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
Items needed:
Househould containers, glass jars or tin cans
Hammer
1 Nail (to make holes with)
Twine or Ribbon (In a variety of colours)
Antennae iron wire

Hammer holes into the sides of the tin cans (not the glass). With the tin cans you can run the twine or ribbon through each hole and knot inside, if using a glass jar attach with glue. Take the wire and wrap it around the top of the tin can or glass jar and loop and twist the wire with another wire to make a handle. This is great for tabletops, hanging on doors and they make wonderful spring gifts for friends.

May Pole - The Mini-Version http://homeschoolwitch.blogspot.com/2011/04/may-po le-mini-version.html?spref=fb Thursday, April 28, 2011 (good pic associated with this article, go to their website for it….)

Yesterday, my kids and I made a miniature version of a maypole, not only to honor Beltane, but to share with them a part of my heritage, as I grew up in Bavaria, in which rural parts the tradition of putting up a large maypole is still alive and practiced today. As I grew up, my cousin and I used to practice singing songs for this occasion - I wish that I would have kept the sheet music from back then, but we were pre-teens, keeping momentous where not our priority.

Back to now, and our mini maypole. Creating this maypole was fairly simple, cheap, and lots of fun.

We used a clay flower pot ( you can use any flower pot that has a hole on the bottom)
a dowel that fit snugly into the hole of the flower pot - using a hot glue gun to secure the dowel in place, instead of fitting it into the hole is also an option, but I happened to find one, that fit perfectly into the pot.
Glass beads, rocks or sand to fill the pot and secure the pole.
plastic flowers (this maypole is outside, so I did want something that will last at least a few days)
and ribbon, depending on the size of the pole - you will need enough ribbon to tie each strand on the top, and long enough that it will go the entire length of the pole, maybe even reach the floor.

After we secured the dowel in the flowerpot, we filled the pot to the top with glass beads. We used really colorful ones, to correspond with the flowers we choose.
Next, we tied ribbons around the top of the dowel, securing them tightly, and glued a little daisy, that we had left over from another project to the front.
The flowers were then arranged in the flowerpot, stuck securely into the glass beads, all the way around the pole.
Simple, isn't it?

You can get creative and paint the flower pot first, or even the pole (I like the look of natural wood, the best, personally, lol). Use the time of creating this pole together to talk about your practice and personal belief, as well as experiences about Beltane. You can also put on some fierce or traditional music, and practice dancing around it!

Have fun!

Blessed Be!

P.S. For creative pagan, wiccan and new age products and ideas, visit us at http://www.hecates-corner.com

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Energy list
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 ;-)”

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Silliness – GCF: Picking Up

Carl listened from the other room as his wife Holly patiently said to their five-year-old, "Please pick up your toys, Maureen."

After a few minutes, Holly again reminded their daughter.

Finally Holly asked, "Why aren't you picking your things up?"

Carl rolled his eyes when he heard Maureen answer, "I'm playing house and I'm the dad, so I don't know where anything goes."

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Daily Stuff 4-6-12 Good Friday

By: CoastalAnja, 4:50 PM GMT on April 06, 2012

Hi, folks!

I only got up 10 minutes ago. The sky was blue, the sun was shining behind the trees and illuminating the neighborhood on the next block over, if not quite reaching here, and now it’s raining! Took an ½ hour, but the sun’s out…and we got 10 minutes and it started to drip again. It’s only 37F and only a gentle breeze, if that.

Be careful on the beaches this week. Starting today we have 8 days of minus tides. They were early this morning, but as the week goes on they’ll be later and later in the morning, getting into the time when people are going to go play. When you have a minus tide it changes abruptly and the water comes rushing in. We’ve had people get stranded out in the bay, and one time I actually ended up wading through water with a strong current up to my waist when I had walked, dry, out to the water’s edge.

Oh, the sun came out and the droplets on the alder are glittering. …for about 3 minutes….

While I was waiting for Tempus to come out to the car I wandered through the garden and lawn, harvesting. I ended up with a couple of calendula, and a whole pocketful of dandelion flowers, plus another branch off of the wind-thrashed rosemary that we’re trying to rescue. Tempus had to pull up the one branch again. I don’t know if the rope slipped or stretched or what, but quite a bit had changed in the last storm. When he was lifting them back up a branch snapped off, a small one this time.

When we got to the shop we settled right in, getting orders ready to be shipped and things of that sort. Tempus walked them over to the PO as soon as we were done and also stopped at the bank where he picked up a roll of the gold dollars. We were down to just what we keep in the till. I got a new hours sign done, then set up the donation can for the Agora fundraiser and got some of the materials printed for the advertising. Look for those on the bulletin board when you come in if you’re going to miss the movie night/fund-raiser!

After he got back I took the bag of what Tempus calls “Wtf-enite” (pronounced “Whitfenite”, that’s the stuff that we can’t ID.) and went over to Delta One Lapidary. He helped me sort out what I had… and most of it I had right! I came home with 5 pounds of coarse grit and we started the big tumbler. Jerry and I had a good chat about what we’re doing with the Rural Tourism studio (since I missed the Wednesday session) and he has some interesting ideas. We were talking about camps for drama, music, lapidary and so on and the possibility of getting some kind of shuttle that drives from the port to Keady wayside and back in the summer, hitting the parking areas. He also introduced me to Leavititite (that’s the kind of rock you leave behind when you’re collecting… ) and I had some of that...

There’s a red-headed house finch on the feeder. It’s been a while since I’ve seen one. I need to get a birdhouse made….

When I got back I set the flowers that I harvested up for drying and checked on the blooms that I got into the silica Flower Dry™. We got a phone call and the “crud” that’s wandering around Waldport had taken down one of the students, so we called off class last night. Tempus called everyone, but Marcia-Beth came in just a few minutes later, so we just visited for a bit. I got another set of pendants up for sale: a triskele, some nice Thor’s Hammers and some interesting Egyptian-theme pendants as well as a couple more good pentacles. I also spent a little while getting the bagged stones that Jerry had helped me with entered into the computer.

Towhee and a streaked sparrow on the feeder, now, and two robins chasing each other in the alder. Drat… I forgot the nesting materials bag last night….

So at that point I went back to the beading table so that I could finish sorting the small stones.

The sun just came out again, and not only is the alder glittering, but the pines, hemlock and even the spruce!

A customer came in and asked if I was going to be available for a reading in an ½ hour or so, and said she’d be back. In between then and actually doing the reading I got the headers for the stones I got into the computer printed and handed them to Tempus and the last of the small stones sorted except for the tiny bits. I was starting to bag those when she came in, despite a phone call about a special order that I then couldn’t figure out where it was. We did the reading and then she came back with her small daughter and they browsed while I got the tiny bits into gemstone bottles and then we got ready to come home.

I said, “Oooh!” when I walked out the shop door. Tempus said, “Oh, wow!” Jupiter was nearing the horizon haze, but Venus was still high and bright, and Mars was climbing toward the zenith. The western sky was still a deep, brick red down by the horizon, with a dark ochre band above it and a rich blue shading into the dark of the sky. When Tempus and I pulled out of the parking (and didn’t have the building in the way) we could see the nearly full moon peeking out of featherbeds of cloud that were all white & silver grey against the darkening blue of the sky. You could almost see her yawning and stretching anticipating her Work of the Night.

At the house, I went in and changed, messaged the special order person (it had gotten back-ordered…) and Tempus pulled out the firepit and we set it up. We’ve needed to get rid of a lot of papers, so I then spent 3 hours burning things. Perfect occupation for a pyro! By the time I came in I reeked of smoke and my head was soaked with dew, my thighs were icy (it was only 34F!) but the rest of me was toasty-warm. I had sat and watched, feeding the flames, as Venus slipped slowly out of my line of sight and Mars rose and then passed the zenith, followed by the beautiful moon. I spent a lot of time singing or chanting out back there…also coughing when the smoke hit me just right…. My own private esbat, which I haven’t done in a while...just sopping up the marvelous energy… …but three hours out there meant we ate dinner at midnight, talking about the conversation that I had with Jerry, and went straight to bed…

If I get enough time left over, or enough energy, I’m going down into the park this morning. I want to see if there’s any more pine resin seeping out of the bashed-up trees. The city park people are *rough* on them! …but that’s my gain, since I collect the stuff and try to bind up, trim and bandage any really bad bits. I might take snips and get some more branch tips. The lower ones get lopped off later in the summer, anyway, so I might be able to spare them the shredding action of the machines, at least.

I want to do another set of bookshelf pictures because I’m not satisfied with what I got, then get Tempus to transfer the last of the materials to the new packing area and then go on with bagging and headering the small stones. Once that’s done, except for new tumbled stuff, we won’t have to do crystals for a long while! …and then I can concentrate on herbs…. Oh, and I need to put together a large order of the stock that we ran down over Spring Break. If you have special requests tell me soonest, because that will go out by about 1pm!!!!

…and at Esbat we decided on a date for the Pan-Pagan Planning Meeting. It’s going to be Sunday, 4/22 at 3pm. We’ll get the Job Corps Group out a little early and have the rest of the afternoon for getting the basics sorted. We’re hoping that everyone who will teach or run one of the other activities can attend, at least by phone, and all are welcome, whether student or just interested. I don’t know how to set up a conference call, but we can certainly try for those who are a distance away, since we do have a speaker phone and I’ll be putting a report in, here. If you have ideas for classes or activities that you would like to see, get that to me soonest, and if you’re not there I’ll make sure your ideas get presented.

The shop opens at 11am today and we’ll be there into the evening. 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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
The Moon is Full. Phase Change to Waning occurs at 12:19pm.
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.
Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity.
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. Full Moon phase began at 3:19am on Thursday and lasts through 3:19am on Sunday.



Full Moon (exact at 3:19 p.m. EDT). This evening the Moon shines in the east with Spica a little to its left and Saturn farther left — a pretty lineup. Farther to the Moon's right, look for the four-star pattern of Corvus, the Crow. Much farther to the upper left is bright Arcturus, the "Spring Star."
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Virgo) rises around the end of twilight and glows highest in the south around 1 or 2 a.m. It will come to opposition on April 15th. Shining nearly 6° to Saturn's right is Spica, about half as bright at magnitude +1.0 and bluer. In a telescope Saturn's rings are tilted 14° from our line of sight.

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 Libra
Mercury is Direct (It’s still stationary, two more days…)
Mars retrograde, Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde
Color: Coral

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Calendar
4/6 – Friday, Full Wind Moon, 12:19pm, Peaceful Crane moon
Planting 4/7-8
April 7-8 – Psychic Fair – No Special Guest
11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock tumbler
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.
4/8 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Agora
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Harvest 4/9-11
4/9 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/11– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
4/12 – Thursday – Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
Planting 4/12-13
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
4/14 - Saturday – 11am - Herb Workshop -
1pm – Care and Feeding of a rock tumbler
3pm – Sewing workshop
Planting 4/16-17
Harvest 4/18-20
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
4/22 – Saturday, 3pm - Planning Meeting for the Pan-Pagan Gathering
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
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 http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touri sm-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspxh ttp://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touris m-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx

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Apr. 06, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:47 AM PDT 7:50 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:17 AM PDT 8:20 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:41 AM PDT 8:55 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 5:04 AM PDT 9:33 PM PDT
Moon 8:20 PM PDT 6:21 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 14h 02m
Length of Day 13h 03m
Tomorrow will be 3m 1s longer.
Full, 100% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Sa 7 High 1:07 AM 8.8 6:45 AM Set 6:57 AM 99
7 Low 7:45 AM -1.2 7:52 PM Rise 9:39 PM
7 High 1:59 PM 7.7
7 Low 7:48 PM 1.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditations - Smell the freshness of the morning. Now close your eyes and let it take you where it will.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites - Where did you go on your most favorite trip or vacation? Recall one special memory about that time.

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Quotes
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it. - Elizabeth Drew (1935- ) US journalist
The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels. - Jesse Grant
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life; music and cats. - Albert Schweitzer
There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity. - Douglas Macarthur

Right Now//A New Song by Flash
Date: 7/19/2005 11:27:37 AM Eastern Daylight Time

RIGHT NOW
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The time is now there is no other time
The time is now there is no other time
To get down to your soul and let it make you whole
Take these broken wings and let them learn to fly
let em take you high
Like a bird with freedom in her eyes til you can kiss the sky let your dreams unwind
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Right now right now feel your self Divine
Right now right now feel your self Divine
Face your fears don't bring em back here they'll only
bring you down
Keep your heart wide open taste the joys of life
hold them in the light
Like a shapeshiftin,makeshiftin freedom fighter on the higher planes it will keep you sane
Shapeshiftin makeshiftin freedom fighter on the higher planes its really not so strange
Really not so strange3x
Eveything is gonna change/people places rearrange
This is the Aquarian Age/ peace and freedom take the stage/people we have got to change/really isn't very strange
Open hearts open minds precious life is so divine
Universal joy and peace/live it now and it can be
Universal joy and peace/ live it now and be released - Flash Silvermoon c 2005 Goddesstunes
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Magick – Beltane
Zen and the Art of Barbeque - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html By: Seraphina~m'Anatar
Warning, these articles may be a bit on the fanatical side, and may evoke strong primeval urges, for which I wish to apologise in advance if this troubles you, or if you become a fellow BBQ addict. Either way, may the gods and goddesses shine upon you and bless your kettle grill.

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What is it about the combination of glowing coals and slow roasting meat that brings out the spiritual grill goddess in me? I have no clue, really, but many hints at an answer that are dancing in my mind. I first fell in love with the Weber Kettle grill when I was a youth, and have many, many fond memories of my father beginning the ritual in the morning and the end results lovingly placed upon the family altar, or dining table, in the evening as we all enjoyed the fruits of the season. Family holidays, birthdays, any event could be turned into a reason to pull out the grill and begin this ceremony. And ceremony it was, for my father was the High Priest of the Grill, small matter that during the rest of the week he was a good Irish Catholic man. I learned many of the ritual secrets at his side, and began walking this spiritual path of enlightenment.

Sadly, my father now lives far away from my family and me, and although we still see each other a few times during the year, the weekend rituals now fall upon my shoulders. For many years, I was merely an acolyte and had not fully embraced the Zen of BBQ. This year, marked by many other inner changes (such as the addition to my name), has brought me to embracing the role of Priestess of the Grill. Follow me on this journey.

Embarking Upon the Ritual Path:

The first step in the Ritual of the Grill is to select your tools. Like any other spiritual path, care must be taken in choosing these tools, for there are no short cuts to Enlightenment. The most basic requirement is a Kettle Grill that is fed by charcoal. Gas grills are heinous shortcuts that will leave you (and your food) dry and parched of spiritual knowledge. For a solo practitioner, the smallest grill is acceptable, however, if you, like us have a larger gathering, the biggest grill is needed. All are perfect vessels and will function the same way; the only difference is the amount of food that may be prepared upon them.

The second step is learning which charcoal is best to use. Unadulterated charcoal is highly advised, the coals soaked with chemicals to make them light easier are unreliable, as well as environmentally toxic, and with proper preparation, totally uncalled for. Soaked wood chips will add a variety to your rite, and may be chosen according to the magical properties of the wood, depending on the results you wish to cook into the food. Access to a woods is a bonus for this, as you can harvest windfalls and make your own chips. You can certainly make your own charcoal, but that is a story for another issue, for I am still learning this sacred art.

Thirdly, you must prepare your censor, or your coal chimney. A large coffee can will do for this, and can easily be converted for use by cutting the top and bottom off, punching holes in the bottom with a can opener (the old fashioned ones with the triangle tip) and peeling the paper label off. This will give you your tool for starting the base coals off nicely with no icky chemicals.

Other necessary tools are tongs, a fork, and a poker for moving the coals around. For this, I have a foot long oak wand about 2 inches in diameter that I found on the forest floor, and have nicely fire hardened by years of use. These are all the tools you need! Any salesman at the local home depot store who tells you otherwise is practicing a pitch to get you to buy useless fluff at best or sacrilege at worst! Desired miscellaneous tools are Olive Oil and a pastry brush, easily obtained from the grocer and avoiding the pesky hardware store salesman.

The Day of the Ritual

Once you have your basic tools assembled, the ritual may be enacted on any desired day, weather permitting, although I have been espied performing the sacred rite on both rainy and bitter cold days. The gods of BBQ laugh at inclement weather, although serious weather such as blizzards or hurricanes tends to put a damper on things.

In the morning, buy your selected cuts of meat and vegetables. Look for the freshest produce you can find. And if you are a vegetarian, which is no excuse for forgoing the Rite of BBQ, there are myriads of scrumptious vegetables that may be grilled to perfection and the delight of all participants in the rite! The gods of BBQ laugh at the thought that vegetarians cannot enjoy this sacred rite, especially now that there are Boca Burgers so readily available to all.

After returning from your successful foray into modern day hunting and gathering, find a pan that you can lay out your cuts of meat in (if they are ribs or chicken legs, etc.) and some plastic wrap. Here is where the art of the individual practitioner applies (and I will be supplying recipes that are our faves in upcoming newsletters) to the rite. I like to rub the cuts with olive oil and then add my blend of meat rub to the cuts and let them marinade for about 5 hours. Cover the tray with plastic wrap to seal in the juices and keep out the airborne critters. If it is 65 degrees Fahrenheit or less, you may safely let the meats marinate on the counter top. If it is above this (65 degrees F) let them marinate in the refrigerator! Let me stress this, as we wish to celebrate BBQ and its spiritual path, not wind up in hospital with botulism or some other variety of food poisoning, the gods of BBQ do not laugh at food poisoning! [Anja’s note: I don’t think she’s right about the “on the countertop”. Be safe, do it in the fridge!]

As you walk by this fleshy offering to the gods and family, reflect on the cycle of life, and how we all must intake of energy to continue living. As does all Life. We are in a perpetual cycle of give and take, in the form of energy (and flesh and vegetable matter is naught but starlight and sunlight, soil, water, and air made manifest) and this cycle is sacred in the Cosmos. We dance in Shiva's Dance of Cosmic Rhythm, live daily Gaia's cycle of creation and destruction, ingest and metamorphosis star matter. It is inescapable, and it is our responsibility to participate in this cycle with eyes open and with responsible knowledge.

To be continued at Midsummer - when I talk about the Path of the Flame, and the secrets it shows us about Life.

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Energy list
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 ;-)”

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Silliness – GCF: Staff Meeting

The boss always scheduled the weekly staff meeting for four thirty on Friday afternoons. When one of the employees finally got up the nerve to ask why, he explained.

"I will tell you why… I've learned that's the only time of the week when none of you seem to want to argue with me."

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Daily Stuff 4-5-12

By: CoastalAnja, 5:36 PM GMT on April 05, 2012

Hi, folks!

Wicca 103 at 5pm

I’ve been trying to decide whether it’s cloudy or clear for a while. It’s that kind of sky. There’s fog by the mountains and water droplets that are trying to sparkle in the growing light.

…and 2 ½ hours later. I crawled back in to get warm and I’m just waking up, again. Why do I *do* that? I know what’s going to happen! Well, Tempus is really hard to resist. What can I say? 

I got a fair amount done yesterday, but I’m still paying for being stubborn and that put me back in bed for most of the afternoon. No one showed for Herbs Outdoors, probably a good thing, since I couldn’t bend and we’d have gotten drenches aft erthe first ½ hour, although it turned pretty again, quickly. They were working down in the park yesterday. I’m wondering if it mightn’t be time to check for more pine resins.

I started a flat of tomato and other mixed garden veg. Going to try some squash in the hanging bags and/or planters and see if that gets anywhere

Esbat was good. Watch here for a general planning meeting. Tentative date is 4/16.

Tempus got his errands run. We have salad again!

I got updates done, worked on the inventory and newsletter files, then when I lay down to sort my joints out did some dreaming/design work for fabrics. I’m almost done on the bookworm and the witch’s bookshelf fabric design.

I jumped up at one point in the late morning as the sun came out. The dark roof next door we steaming so freely that I thought it was on fire! …and then the sun went in and it began to rain. …hail… and then sun… and then hail… and then sun… and then rain…

If I’d been thinking before esbat would could have gotten the nasturtiums into the ground, but it went down to 34 last night, maybe that would have been a bad idea….

Plant magicks… I keep running across the “Plaintain” card doing readings with the Herbal Tarot. Here’s an article about the herb http://countrylife.lehmans.com/2011/08/26/the-weed -that-heals/ When I was doing a lot of hiking I used to keep an eye out for it and keep at least one leaf in my pack. It makes a great temporary bandage, too. A couple of times I ended up with deep scrapes, one of which peeled skin from my knee to ankle all the way down my shin… I used a spoon to crush the veins in the leaves, laid them on my shin, which bled freely, btw, (I got a blister from what ran into my sock while I was walking!) and wrapped the whole thing in an Ace™ bandage, pulled up my socks and finished my hike. I stopped a couple of times during the day to refresh the herb and once to change socks and wash out the bandage, at which point I also put some mashed herb (I used a couple of rinsed rocks….) on the blistered spot which had popped. When I got home that night it had a clean scab, even the blistered part. I got Babicka to check it before I went to bed and had to take her out in the backyard to show her which herb/weed, since she didn’t know the word “plaintain” and I couldn’t remember the Czech! She approved. Crone medicine works.

There’s another article on edible flowers http://countrylife.lehmans.com/2012/02/08/plan-on- planting-flowers-to-eat/ Very basic, but when I start talking about grazing on the lawn you won’t be surprised.

I’m going to be trying to keep going on the boxes in back today, maybe setting up pictures if the light cooperates.

The shop opens at 11am today and we’ll be there through class. 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,
Anja

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Today
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. Full Moon phase began at 3:19am today and lasts through 3:19am on Sunday.

The Moon is nearly full this evening. Look left of it for Gamma Virginis (Porrima), a tight telescopic double star. (Its separation is 1.8 arcseconds this spring; it's widening year by year). Look farther lower left of the Moon for steady-shining Saturn and twinkly Spica, as shown here. And look to the Moon's lower right for the four-star pattern of the constellation Corvus, the Crow.
By now the Pleiades are out from under the glare of Venus.
In a telescope Mars is about 12.4 arcseconds wide. Its North Polar Cap has shrunk to become tiny; spring is turning to summer in Mars's northern hemisphere. Mars map and observing guide in the April Sky & Telescope, page 50.

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 Virgo enters Libran 8:32am
Mercury is Direct (It’s still stationary, don’t relax *too* far…)
Mars retrograde, Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde
Color: Crimson

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Calendar
4/5 – Thursday – Wicca 103 – Lesson 5
4/6 – Friday, Full Wind Moon, 12:19pm, Peaceful Crane moon
Planting 4/7-8
April 7-8 – Psychic Fair – No Special Guest
11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock tumbler
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.
4/8 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Agora
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Harvest 4/9-11
4/9 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/11– Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
4/12 – Thursday
Planting 4/12-13
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
4/14 - Saturday – 11am - Herb Workshop -
1pm – Care and Feeding of a rock tumbler
3pm – Sewing workshop
Planting 4/16-17
Harvest 4/18-20
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
Planting 4/22-3
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
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 http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touri sm-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspxh ttp://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touris m-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx

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Apr. 05, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:48 AM PDT 7:49 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:19 AM PDT 8:18 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:43 AM PDT 8:54 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 5:06 AM PDT 9:31 PM PDT
Moon 7:02 PM PDT 5:50 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 13h 59m
Length of Day 13h 00m
Tomorrow will be 3m 2s longer.
Waxing Gibbous, 98% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Th 5 Low 6:13 AM 0.3 6:49 AM Set 5:50 AM 94
5 High 12:16 PM 7.5 7:49 PM Rise 7:02 PM
5 Low 6:23 PM 0.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you open your eyes to greet this day....remember to first love yourself, celebrate your strengths and know that you are loved, that you are needed, valued and appreciated and take the time to wish yourself a very special Happy Valentines Day…whatever the day of the year ...for if you feel the love you can share the love within...

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative - How do you feel about using humans in medical research?

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Quotes
The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity. - Sir. Winston Churchill
The place to begin building any relationship is inside ourselves, inside our Circle of Influence, our own character. - Paradigm of Interdependence
The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk fo all. – Jawahartal Nehru
The superior man is satisfied and composed, the mean man is always full of distress. - Confucius

I am trampled grapes
Run where Love pulls me
'Why whirl round me?' you laugh
I'm whirling round myself - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane
Beltane Oil - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
When mixing oils, use either almond oil or any other colourless lightweight oil.
5 drops Rose
2 drop Lavendar
4 drops Jasmine

Beltane Oil 2 - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
When mixing oils, use either almond oil or any other colourless lightweight oil.
Wear to rituals or use to anoint candles.
Recipe:
5 drops Patchouli
5 drops Cypress

Dandelion Delight - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html by Patricia Telesco
This lovely spring tonic makes good use of pesky weeds to rejuvenate the body with earth's reawakening. Dandelions are high in vitamins, and legends claim that Hecate once entertained Theseus with dandelion water.
Ingredients:
3 cups dandelion petals
1 gallon orange juice
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup of sugar
Ginger Ale (optional)

1. Clean off the dandelion petals with cool water.
2. In the meantime, warm the orange juice and lemon together, then add dandelions.
3. Make certain you only have petals (no green parts).
4. Add the sugar, stirring constantly until dissolved.
5. Strain juices
6. Chill.
7. Add ginger ale for a light, bubbly drink.

VARIATIONS: Prepare this recipe with lemonade instead of orange juice, and the juice of one orange instead of a lemon. This is a refreshing, purifying quality and, poured over crushed ice, is wonderful on a hot summer day.
MAGICKAL ATTRIBUTES: divination, wind magic, wishes and goals, communicating with the Spirit world.

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Energy list
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 ;-)”

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Silliness – GCF: Good Work

My wife is a teacher; it's really weird to live with a teacher. I'd be on the phone, doodling on a piece of paper, leave the house, come back in two hours and that same piece of paper is now on the refrigerator with the words "Good work!" and a big smiley face on it.

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Daily Stuff 4-4-12 Megalesia

By: CoastalAnja, 4:28 PM GMT on April 04, 2012

Hi, folks!

Blessed Megalesia! Read on at the Megalesia article at the Wilson's Almanac Scriptorium http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/cybele.html

Herbs Outdoors at 3pm. Esbat at 7pm.

Crazy, crazy week…. And with a relatively quiet Spring Break and I’m *still* going out of my mind…. Ok, ok, it’s a short trip, I know!

Didn’t the weather turn lovely? …and now it’s turned drippy again.

I bailed on the Destination Branding thing mid-afternoon. I wish they’d *tell* us if we’re going to be doing something that’s going to end up with me essentially crippled, dangit…. The morning was good. Good information, good ideas, fun people to talk with. Seriously yummy lunch: a salad with blue cheese and candied pecans and an interesting sandwich, beef stew wrapped in puff pastry and baked…odd spicing, but I liked it…actually ate two…. ... And then we got on a bus …and yesterday was a “walker day” for me, anyway… (hey, I’ve lasted until *April* this winter! It was February, last year!) and I got through *one* trek (at the Perpetua Visitor Center) that I actually got 5 minutes of… and sat in the bus for the next two (Yachats & Beachside Park) and had Tempus come pick me up when we got to the Port Docks…and crashed for 3 hours…and lay in bed for another hour trying to decide if it was worth moving ever again. …. I should have listened to my antsy-ness about going yesterday.

I *did* manage to get in front of the computer during the evening and by dint of ignoring “ouch” and re-typing a lot, did get some work done. I’ve gotten the Crafts into the Beltane newsletter files and I started on lore, but then switched to recipes…going to try to get back into lore this morning

Today…. Morning session with the Destination Branding workshop, then Herbs Outdoors, assuming that the weather holds. If not, we’ll be starting seeds. The sweetgrass bed is the next weeding project, pulling last year’s old stuff before the new seed falls.

Esbat is at 7pm. Lots to do tonight!

Tempus is running errands in Newport today, early appointment and then shopping, mostly.

…and I’m not going to the workshop after all. I intended to, and then couldn’t sleep, so now I’m wiped out….

There’s a towhee on the handlebars of Tempus’ bike, which is up on the porch because of the rain, I guess.

I’m going to be working on the newsletter, then fabric designs, then some website updates, then inventory files.

Ok…Agora Fundraiser this weekend. I’ve got info up on the website, but short form is Cherry Hill Seminary…only pagan seminary… trying to get full accreditation…. That takes *much* money! So….fundraiser. We’re showing the Agora (Hypatia and the burning of the library of Alexandria) movie. (Hypatia is the “patron saint” of Cherry Hill.) We’ll run it twice, once at 7pm Saturday and then at 2pm on Sunday. Both will have discussions afterwards. I’m also doing at talk at 2pm about the historical facts about the time. …and y’all will have to put up with a short bit about the “why” of the fund-raiser right before the showing. If you can’t make either showing, well, Chuck has the video for rent and we will have a donation can on the counter this month.

Wikipedia articles:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Alexandri a

…and I think I’m going to go back to bed, first of all. I’m kidding, but I’m going to lie down and read.

The shop is closed today. 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,
Anja

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Today
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. Full Moon phase begins at 3:19am on Thurs.

Two planet-and-star pairings mark the evening sky of spring 2012. After nightfall this week, Mars shines high in the south with Regulus to its right (by 5°). As evening advances, Saturn rises into view low in the east-southeast with Spica to its right (by 5½°).
Mars (magnitude –0.7) shines bright fire-orange under the belly of Leo. Regulus is 5° to Mars's right in the evening, and Gamma Leonis is 7° above it. Mars was at opposition on March 3rd. Now it's fading and shrinking as Earth pulls ahead of it along our faster, inside-track orbit around the Sun. But at least Mars is shining higher in the evening sky now. It's highest in the south by around 10 or 11 p.m. daylight-saving time.

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 Virgo
Mercury Direct!!!! 3:11am (It’s still stationary, don’t relax *too* far…)
Mars retrograde, Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde
Color: White

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Calendar
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Destination Branding Workshop - Part 2
Overleaf Events Center at the Overleaf Lodge, 280 Overleaf Lodge Lane, http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touri sm-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspxh ttp://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touris m-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx
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
Planting 4/7-8
April 7-8 – Psychic Fair – No Special Guest
11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock tumbler
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.
4/8 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Agora
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Harvest 4/9-11
4/9 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/12 – Thursday
Planting 4/12-13
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
4/14 - Saturday – 11am - Herb Workshop -
1pm – Care and Feeding of a rock tumbler
3pm – Sewing workshop
Planting 4/16-17
Harvest 4/18-20
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
Planting 4/22-3
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

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Apr. 04, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:50 AM PDT 7:48 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:21 AM PDT 8:17 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:45 AM PDT 8:53 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 5:09 AM PDT 9:30 PM PDT
Moon 5:45 PM PDT 5:20 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 13h 56m
Length of Day 12h 57m
Tomorrow will be 3m 2s longer.
Waxing Gibbous, 91% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 4 Low 5:26 AM 1.2 6:51 AM Set 5:21 AM 88
4 High 11:23 AM 7.3 7:48 PM Rise 5:45 PM
4 Low 5:41 PM 0.6
4 High 11:51 PM 7.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Entertain your inner child....build a fort with blankets... get wet.

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative - Have you ever had an incident because you overslept?

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Quotes
The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The faith that moves mountains always carries a pick. – Anonymous
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. - Ralph Nader
The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. - Ellen Glasglow

Sabbaths 1998, VI
By expenditure of hope,
Intelligence, and work,
You think you have it fixed.
It is unfixed by rule.
Within the darkness, all
Is being changed, and you
Also will be changed.

Now I recall to mind
A costly year: Jane Kenyon,
Bill Lippert, Philip Sherrard,
All in the same spring dead,
So much companionship
Gone as the river goes.

And my good workhorse Nick
Dead, who called out to me
In his conclusive pain
To ask my help. I had
No help to give. And flood
Covered the cropland twice.
By summer's end there are
No more perfect leaves.

But won't you be ashamed
To count the passing year
At its mere cost, your debt
Inevitably paid?
For every year is costly,
As you know well. Nothing
Is given that is not
Taken, and nothing taken
That was not first a gift.

The gift is balanced by
Its total loss, and yet,
And yet the light breaks in,
Heaven seizing its moments
That are at once its own
And yours. The day ends
And is unending where
The summer tanager,
Warbler, and vireo
Sing as they move among
Illuminated leaves. - Wendell Berry, (Given)

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Magick – Beltane
A Meditation on Beltane - Highway to Hel
Beltane is about deciding what kind of person we would like to be when the harvest is done.
By Galina Krasskova, April 26, 2011
http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resou rces/Meditation-on-Beltane-Galina-Krasskova-04-27- 2011.html
It seems odd to me to be sitting at my computer on a dismal, rainy, dreary April day, with the chill in the air serving as a palpable reminder that spring isn't quite here yet, and writing about Beltane. Beltane is supposed to be about celebration, passion, fertility, prosperity, magic, heat, and yes, sex. Yep. Beltane is about sex (at least in part) and on days like today, that type of joyous celebration seems very far away. Still, if you'll pardon the inevitable pun, Beltane is coming and like any of our other holy tides, it deserves a bit of thought.
I've been dreading writing this particular column for the past week or so, ever since I realized that Beltane and Walpurgis were right around the corner. This is the tail end of the school year for me (I'm in graduate school again) and papers are due, exams must be prepared for, then of course there are all the professional writing deadlines that are piling up. Thinking about what I've always considered a rather 'happy-go-lucky' holiday was not on my personal agenda of things I wanted to be doing (or had the time to do).
Still, even for me, misanthropic and overworked though I sometimes may be, it's difficult not to get pulled into the energetic momentum of this time. With Beltane after all, we lay to rest, once and for all, the inertia of the preceding winter. What began with the land's seemingly lazy resistance to the inevitable pull of spring bursts full force into bloom with the turning of the seasonal wheel to May.
Highway to Hel - A Meditation on BeltaneQueen of the Sacred Way: An Interview with Melitta BenuVirtual Veneration: Online ShrinesHonoring the Dead: An Interview with Laura PatsourisPhotographing Fortuna: Interview with Mary Ann GlassAuthor Bio »
At its core, Beltane is about planting. At Ostara we honored the readiness of the land to receive the seed; at Beltane we actually plant those seeds, be they literal or metaphorical. At Ostara we celebrated the potential fertility of the land, at Beltane we revel in its actuality.
This is kind of where the sex part of things comes in. Beltane is about life, growth, and all the messiness of unrestrained passion. It's about the joining of seed to soil, body to body, physicality to physicality, and the potential joining of sperm to egg. It's about bringing forth new life, new possibilities, new reasons to celebrate one's traditions.
This is a time when the land, at least for us Northern Tradition folks, was traditionally blessed by happy couples having sex in fields, on the soil where their fluids and carnal enjoyment of each other only served to feed the land itself and further ensure its blossom. The May pole, a symbol we all know and love, is (as any fan of the original Wicker Man knows) "a phallic symbol." The magic of Beltane is held forth in the erect penis and spurting seed, and in our bodies' ability to experience pleasure. This, more than any other holy tide reminds us that living is cause for celebration. There is pleasure in being alive, pleasure that, at the appropriate times, can and should be indulged.
Far more than being about the celebrating the penis (or the vulva, or any other body part—not that there's anything wrong with that; celebrate away, folks), I would interpret the wisdom and 'medicine' of this holiday on a broader level. I believe Beltane reminds us that our bodies are sacred. In the Northern Tradition the physical container of the soul is so valued that it's actually considered part of the soul matrix.
That's right: each physical vessel of incarnation is intimately connected to one's soul, an integral part of it. We're incarnate for a reason. Our bodies are the tools and conduits by and through which we experience everything, including the Divine. Moreover, they may even be the way the Gods experience us, spirituality being, like so many things, a two-way street. Far from needing to escape from the flesh, Beltane reminds us that there's an awful lot of wisdom inherent in being in the flesh too.
One of the Goddesses commonly honored within the Northern Tradition at this time is the Goddess Freya. She is a tremendously powerful Goddess, associated with sexuality, eroticism, passion, battle and war, fierce fighting, cunning strategy, prosperity and wealth, physical beauty, and witchcraft and sorcery. One of Her primary and most important lessons is about knowing one's own worth (and being unwilling to compromise that in any way).
That can be a hard, hard lesson for many people today (especially, I hate to say it, for women). Freya's lessons often involve self-satisfaction and confidence in one's physical being (and I'm not talking just about sexuality here). This is a Goddess who knows how to celebrate the flesh, both its passion and its power. Here is a Goddess not afraid to take up space, claim Her territory, defend Her territory, and own Her strength. Here is a Goddess who can teach Her devotees to say "where I stand is holy ground" and mean it.
Beltane's call is a call to that type of commitment and courage. It reminds us that our physicality is sacred, no matter what messages we may imbibe from our families, our culture, or the media. We're called to stand up and live our truth. Learning to express ourselves well physically and kinetically, learning to have both trust and confidence in our bodies is part of honoring this tremendous gift that we've been given. It's part of living our truth.
Tending to our bodies, just as we tend to the land is good and sacred work. Our bodies support and nourish us just as the land supports and nourishes us. One might see in the microcosm of one, the macrocosm of the other. Sometimes that is the way these things work. So learning to nourish, care for, protect, and defend one's physical form and knowing to the marrow of one's being that this might even be a sacred obligation, is all part of what Beltane can teach us. Imagine how our lives would be different if treating our bodies kindly, loving our flesh, and living healthily was something we could all do with joy. How many of us can look in the mirror and say "I love my physical form" and mean it? How many of us can stand naked in front of the mirror and say those words and really mean them? Freya can teach us how, if we honor Her rightly and well. Beltane's wisdom can show us the way.
Our world is out of balance. I've talked about this before many times in many different articles and columns. I think that it is inevitable that our collective psyches bear the brunt of that sickness. We have come to embody it physically. Our bodies and the way we relate to them have suffered generations of fear, shame, and abuse because we have forgotten that simple truth that flesh is sacred.
We have forgotten so much in abandoning our ancestral ways and our Holy Powers but most of all, we've forgotten how to interact with ourselves in a healthy manner. We've forgotten how to love being. Beltane calls us to throw ourselves into the inevitable change this time brings, the momentum, the urgency, the growing sense of joy and movement that fills the land. It urges us to seek our passions, to find that which nourishes us and to live it fully each and every day of our lives. Beltane's wisdom is, above all else, a call to embodied joy.
Moreover, Beltane reminds us not just to honor our physical bodies, but to rejoice in the physical experience of the natural world. That world is a gift in all its beautiful, breathtaking, sometimes confusing diversity. This holy tide calls us to move beyond our dearly held paradigms into the reality of being: beyond our dichotomies (sexual, gender, and otherwise) into the rich tapestry of possibility inherent in creation.
Diversity is nature's greatest achievement. As we celebrate the beauty, bounty, and blessings of corporeality, physicality, and incarnation, we're reminded to celebrate it all, not just those forms that are comfortable. Nature is an explosion of diversity and this is a lesson we can take to heart as we honor our bodies: we're part of that diversity too. As a good friend of mine once pointed out: there is no "normal." Let's do away with the idea of "normal." There is only what is normal for us, for each individual, one by one. Beltane gives us a chance to celebrate that and given how much hate is in our world for any type of diversity of being, that too, is no small thing.
This is a holy tide all about action and restoration. We have the chance as we move into May to recommit to picking up those threads of connection—to our Gods, our ancestors, the land itself, and to ourselves—sundered so long ago. Healing that damage doesn't happen with grand gestures; it happens with small commitments, like planting a seed. That's Beltane's wisdom. It's about making those promises—to ourselves, our families, our communities—that we will see fulfilled with the coming harvest. It's about deciding what we wish to harvest in the coming season for ourselves, our lives, and our spirituality. It's about deciding what kind of person we would like to be when the harvest is done.
May Freya smile upon each of us this Beltane.

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Energy list
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 ;-)”

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Silliness – GCF: Fast Bugs

Heading down the interstate, our car passed through a huge swarm of gnats so dense that their bodies made popping noises as they hit the windshield. "I can't get over how loud they are," my wife said.

"Well, we are hitting them at 65 miles an hour," I pointed out.

Her reply left me speechless. "There's no way bugs can fly that fast!"

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Daily Stuff 4-3-12

By: CoastalAnja, 3:18 PM GMT on April 03, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s wet again. Yesterday, I had trouble working out in the front of the shop, I had a tendency to just stare out the window. I kept going into the back to work and I’d get a little done and tehn I’d have to bring something to the front and it would take forever to get back to what I was doing!

I’m glad the wind didn’t happen. This is the time of year when I just want to be done with winter and storms. They’re just getting in the way!

We did get a lot done, yesterday. All the soap stuff is sorted and put away. The fragrances and oils went into the compounding station when got rid of one box. Of course, in cleaning off the sofa (not finished) I filled that one and two more! I think all the molds are in one place, now, other than the absolutely seasonal ones. Two places…. Two boxes…. I got a little sewing/cutting time in, and got to visit with Willow and Kaleb for a while. Class went well.

I have a Rural Tourism Studio thing to do today. It’s in Yachats at the Overleaf…all day… not looking forward to that, but this is the Destination Branding part.

I’m afraid that all I want to do is to crawl back into bed!

The shop is closed on Tuesdays. 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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
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.

The Moon now forms the bottom point of a narrow triangle with Mars and Regulus. As the Moon becomes full, it approaches Spica and Saturn in the east after dark.
Venus is the closest it will come to the middle of the Pleiades. This evening for the Americas, Venus is passing just ½° southeast of Alcyone (the brightest Pleiad) and ¼° south of the Atlas-Pleione pair. Venus is magnitude –4.5, which means Alcyone, at magnitude 2.85, is 900 times fainter! In a telescope, Venus is a little less than half lit and 25 arcseconds tall. Jupiter shows a much lower surface brightness, being farther from the Sun, but its apparent diameter is a little larger: 34″. This is small for Jupiter, and in addition Jupiter is disappointingly fuzzy at its ever-lower altitude.

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 Leo etner Virgo 6:53am
Mercury retrograde, Mars retrograde, Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde
Color: White

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Calendar
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
Planting 4/7-8
April 7-8 – Psychic Fair – No Special Guest
11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock tumbler
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.
4/8 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Agora
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Harvest 4/9-11
4/9 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/12 – Thursday
Planting 4/12-13
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
4/14 - Saturday – 11am - Herb Workshop -
1pm – Care and Feeding of a rock tumbler
3pm – Sewing workshop
Planting 4/16-17
Harvest 4/18-20
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
Planting 4/22-3
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

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Apr. 03, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:52 AM PDT 7:46 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:23 AM PDT 8:16 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:47 AM PDT 8:51 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 5:11 AM PDT 9:28 PM PDT
Moon 4:30 PM PDT 4:51 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 13h 53m
Length of Day 12h 54m
Tomorrow will be 3m 3s longer.
Waxing Gibbous, 86% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Tu 3 Low 4:35 AM 2.0 6:52 AM Set 4:52 AM 79
3 High 10:26 AM 7.0 7:47 PM Rise 4:31 PM
3 Low 4:57 PM 0.6
3 High 11:14 PM 7.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an alive day!

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Journal Prompt – Current Affairs - Current Affairs – What are some ways you could make your pet’s life better? (If you don’t have a pet, think of ways you would make your pet’s live better if you had one.)

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Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature. - Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English scientist
People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you'll know exactly what to do. - Michelle Ventor
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. - William Shakespeare
Sad but true: Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done. - Peter Drucker

Beauty and Love are as body and soul:
Inexhaustible mine, and diamond-beyond-price.
I loved his beauty and Love flamed from me:
I grew beautiful, Love whispered my name. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane Crafts
http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html
May Wreath - You will need: grapevine wreath, variety of flowers, greenery (ivy, rosemary, etc), decorative items (ribbons, figurines, etc), Scissors, glue or hot glue gun. Assemble supplies. The greenery goes on first. Weave, wrap, or tuck it into the grapevein. Glue it in strategic places. Ivy, rosemary, and moss are a few ideas. Use fresh or dried. Place a variety of flowers loosly around the greenery and glue them in place. After all flowers are in place, add ribbons, figurines, or crystals. Use this wreath for the top of your maypole.

http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html
May Garland - You will need: springs of greenery, variety of fresh or dried flowers, ribbons, floral wire, wire cutters, scissors, glue or hot glue gun. Use a heavy wire backbone that runs the length of the garland. Begin by starting at one end, attaching each bundle of greenery over the last. Use floral wire to attach the bundles to the backbone. Once all the greenergy and flowers have been attached with floral wire, add ribbons, bells, beads, crystals and any other decorative items you wish. Put this over a doorway or on a mantle.

http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html
May Cone Basket - You will need: construction paper, glue or tape. Out of bright colored construction paper, cut a circle that is about 12 inches in diameter, then cut a triangle or wedge out of the circle, allowing for a 1/2 inch overlap. Roll the paper into a cone and glue or tape the two sides together. Cut a strip of construction paper that is appox. 12 inches by 2 inches. Glue or tape it onto the top of your cone to make a handle. Fill your cone basket with real or homemade flowers and hang it on a neighbor's or friend's doorknob in the early morning while everyone is asleep.

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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 ;-)”

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Silliness – GCF: Getting a Passport

Before she died, an old lady wanted to visit England, the home of her ancestors. She went to the Federal Office and asked for a passport.

"You must take the loyalty oath first," the passport clerk said. "Raise your right hand, please." The senior citizen raised her right hand as the clerk asked, "Do you swear to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, domestic or foreign?"

The sweet old face paled and the voice trembled as she responded, "Well, I guess so, but ... will I have help, or will I have to do it all by myself?"

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Daily Stuff 4-2-12

By: CoastalAnja, 5:46 PM GMT on April 02, 2012

Hi, folks!

The sun occasionally strains his way through the clouds, but not often. It’s over 50F already, though and supposed to get past 60! Oh, that would be nice. It’s kinda breezy out there and there’s a high wind watch from 2pm today through 5am. I’m wishing that I had enough time to get into the garden, but I’m running late through oversleeping. …yet again….drattit…..

Wicca 101 this evening. We’re supposed to be re-starting with Lesson 1 tonight. What happened to the folks who were intending to take this? I haven’t heard back from anyone!

Yesterday was a long day; tiring, but rewarding.

I got to the shop just at 9 and got things open, picked up the class table, then settled down at the computer. We have a bunch of orders that were waiting for payment, so that was first, so I checked that first, so Tempus could pack and get those ready for shipping when he get to the shop. He was still at the house making lunch. The young folks got there around 10 and I called the house, told him how many (9!) and after they wandered around for a few minutes we started into class. I finished at noon and Brea did her class. Kat never showed, so we ran the movie and then the young folks went back to the Center.

While that was going on I sorted out the schedule for the next few psychic fairs and sent out some questions to our special guests for May, June & July, then got the website updates done for this weekend.

This is the schedule:
April 7-8 – Psychic Fair – No Special Guest
11am - Herb Workshop – Storing dried plant materials
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock tumbler
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.

4/8 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Agora
3pm – Discussion follows movie

Out “Special Guest” this week is Cherry Hill Seminary, or rather that’s our point of concentration. I’m going to go in-depth this week about the seminary (and the movie), but today I want to say a little about the on-going workshops which are an ongoing series of demonstrations/workshops/classes/seminars with specials added in on psychic fair weekends and large holiday weekends. None of these are large groups, so it’s far closer to the one-on-one instruction that folks used to get in various aspects of craft & Craft.

Our Herb Workshop is the process of getting the plant materials for spellwork that we make from the garden or the wild to set up for use, and then putting those materials to use in everything from sleep pillows, teas, powders and ointments to soaps & candles. Topics vary because we work with what’s available, what’s ready and what we need in the shop, and then throw some things in just because they’re cool.

Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler…is just that. It’s a practicum on how you set one up, tips to make it work better, how to choose stones to tumble and how to tell when they’re ready for the next step. …and I had *no* idea how much thinking went into this either when I first started. It’s *not* just chuck ‘em in and turn it on! It’s a multi-stage process, with two tumblers going and we focus (as above) on what’s available and what needs to be done. Bring questions!

The Sewing Workshop is a weekly get-together where we all bring projects. Occasionally I throw in a special one, but folks bring things that they’re having problems with…and we call it “sewing”, but there are two knitter/crocheters in the group and I embroider as much as sew. We’ve re-done clothing that fits badly, re-sized a dress that was outgrown, done both hand & machine stitching, and both pattern construction and clothing construction without a pattern and all kinds of other techniques. We occasionally call this a “Stitch ‘n Bitch” session, but the topics of conversation vary by who’s there.

Meditation for Metta is a simple, calming, life-affirming, positive, group meditation style. It’s a good intro to meditation for the intimidated. The meditations mostly focus on peace and growth, take 10-15 minutes and then you’re welcome to ask questions about this practice or meditation in general.

The Movie Nights are a new thing we’re trying. This is a kick back and relax and have some fun with friends evening. We always have hot drinkables available and Tempus makes popcorn, and folks bring snacks to share. We have a number of movies available in the shop library from documentary to Hocus Pocus, plus Chuck’s Video has others available. The best part of these is you can watch a movie that you might not otherwise get into and then discuss it afterwards! If you have suggestions for movies that you think might be good, let me know. We’re looking for suggestions.

The Sunday Wicca 101 class is set up for late teens/young adults. You can drop into the cycle at any point, unlike the evening 101’s or the Intensives.

Brea’s Elements happens every other week. She covers topics in Wicca from her own background and wide knowledge of the Craft.

So today, is cleaning up from the weekend, the ongoing sorting in the back and some harvest prep. …and inventory… *again*! Argh!

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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
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.

Venus is passing through the outskirts of the Pleiades this evening through Wednesday evening, as shown above. Binoculars or a wide-field telescope give a fine view of the delicate cluster behind Venus's overpowering glare.
The waxing gibbous Moon forms a slightly curving line with Mars and Regulus.

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 Leo
Mercury retrograde, Mars retrograde, Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde
Color: Silver

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Calendar
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
Planting 4/7-8
April 7-8 – Psychic Fair – No Special Guest
11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock tumbler
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.
4/8 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Agora
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Harvest 4/9-11
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/12 – Thursday
Planting 4/12-13
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
4/14 - Saturday – 11am - Herb Workshop -
1pm – Care and Feeding of a rock tumbler
3pm – Sewing workshop
Planting 4/16-17
Harvest 4/18-20
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
Planting 4/22-3
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

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Apr. 02, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 6:54 AM PDT 7:45 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:24 AM PDT 8:15 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 5:49 AM PDT 8:50 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 5:13 AM PDT 9:26 PM PDT
Moon 3:18 PM PDT 4:21 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 13h 50m
Length of Day 12h 51m
Tomorrow will be 3m 4s longer.
Waxing Gibbous, 75% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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M 2 Low 3:38 AM 2.8 6:54 AM Set 4:21 AM 70
2 High 9:24 AM 6.7 7:45 PM Rise 3:19 PM
2 Low 4:10 PM 0.8
2 High 10:35 PM 6.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Abundance and success await me!

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? - When I'm not thanked at all, I'm thanked enough. -- Henry Fielding

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Quotes
Nature does nothing in vain. - Aristotle
Never wear a backward baseball cap to an interview unless applying for the job of umpire. - Dan Zevin
No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or by emotional appeal." If you decide to open your "gate of change" to really understand and live the principles embodied in the Seven Habits, your growth will be evolutionary, but the net effect will be revolutionary. - Overview of the Seven Habits quoting Marilyn Ferguson
No truly great man ever thought himself so. - William Hazlitt

RAPUNZEL AND THE VAMPIRE
The vampire's cape swirled behind him
as he climbed the castle wall;
Oh, Goodness! What was I to do?
Should I be scared? Or will he fall?

I've been in this turret window everyday
hanging down my long blonde braid;
waiting for a climbing prince to come
so I won't have to stay a pure maid.

But I know at least a vampire won't care
about the one drawback that I have...
hanging out of this window everyday
gives me headaches, split ends and frizzy hair! - © August 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Magick – Beltane Ideas and Activites - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html* ** are also great to do with children ;)
***Walk the perimeter of your property to check that everything is in good order. Bring trash bags and do a general clean up of anything that is not where it should be.
***Make a miniature maypole for your altar if you can not make a full size version
***Get a new mirror, or use one you have already, and decorate it with ribbons and flowers for your bedroom
***Fill a cauldron or a large bowl with fresh flowers (wildflowers are best)
***Braid bracelets out of white ribbons and give them as gifts to friends or family
***Make a dish of fruits, berries, nuts and leave in the wood for the animals and fae folk to enjoy
***Cut branches of fresh green from budding trees, or make garlands of flowers to decorate the home for this celebration. Hang them on the doors and windows early, so the may sunrise finds them there!
***Create a special wreath for the top of the May Pole
***Make "May Day" baskets of flowers and leave on friends and family's doorsteps as a surprise gift. Maybe they'll think a faerie did it!
***Create hair pieces and garlands for decorating your head or around your neck from flowers that are in bloom
***Tie ribbons to trees to celebrate the coming of spring. Make a wish each time you tie a ribbon as it's good luck to wish for things on this day!
***Bathe your face in the morning dew to retain youth.
The fair maid who, the first of May
Goes to the fields at break of day
And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree
Will ever after handsome be.
Other sources suggest using the dew found under oaks or on ivy leaves. Make a special wish as you wash your face in it or as you drink from a well before sunrise.
***Dance the May Pole
During the Maypole dance, think about what you wish to weave into, or out of, your spirit. The Maypole is an ancient symbol of the male aspect of the Divine, while the ribbons are strands of life. Have small baskets of goodies around the room to symbolize the coming abundance and to enjoy after the Circle. Magic is hungry work. (from Trish Telesco's Victorian Grimoire)
***Do a Beltane Day Spell for Health and Happiness
***Plant your frost sensitive bulbs now.

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Energy list
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 ;-)”

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Silliness – Short Chips
A six-year-old ran up and down the supermarket aisles shouting frantically, "Marian, Marian!"
Finally reunited with his mother, he was chided by her, "You shouldn't call me 'Marian.' I'm your mother, you know."
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Daily Stuff 4-1-12 April Fools

By: CoastalAnja, 3:23 PM GMT on April 01, 2012

Hi, folks!

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,
Anja

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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. mbartlett@harborside.com

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Today
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
Color: Gold
Planting 3/30-31

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Calendar
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
Planting 4/7-8
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.
Harvest 4/9-11
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/12 – Thursday
Planting 4/12-13
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
Harvest 4/14-15
4/14 - Saturday – 11am - Herb Workshop -
1pm – Care and Feeding of a rock tumbler
3pm – Sewing workshop
Planting 4/16-17
Harvest 4/18-20
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
Planting 4/22-3
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

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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

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Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14 - Fern - (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn - Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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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

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an uplifting day!

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative - Have you, or your family, ever been affected by war? Describe how.

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Quotes
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)

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Magick –
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.
France
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.
Scotland
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.
Spain
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
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.
Ukraine
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
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April Traditions
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

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Energy list
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 ;-)”

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Silliness – Q: How did the two telephones get married? A: In a double ring ceremony.

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