Hi from the Oregon Coast

Daily Stuff 5-31-12

By: CoastalAnja, 4:17 PM GMT on May 31, 2012

Hi, folks!

Wicca 103 at 5pm. Lesson 6

Dragon splashed down in the Pacific at 8:42am. The morning clouds are thick enough (gee, what a surprise) that they’re taking a while spotting it. I’ve got the NASA channel running. …Preliminary report, close to target. Spotted chutes in the water. …Later report, pretty much right on target. …Contact at 8:55. …Parachutes separated and they’re powering down for pick-up.

It’s rather dim and green here. Clouds are at 800 feet, which ought to mean that they’ll burn off, but the computer says not. It’s already 58F, which is the forecast high.

The sparrows are busy on the feeder, very businesslike this morning, no fluffing and fighting.

The early part of the day, yesterday, was spent on paperwork again, and then on sorting papers before I finally managed to get outside.

The first thing I did was to harvest the buttercups and I’m looking at the patch and as many more have bloomed again! Wow… I gotta remember to save out a couple of minutes to harvest more. I spent a couple of hours weeding around and through those, the chives, the dandelion, blue-eyed grass, yarrow and rush that are all at that end of the garden. Pieces of me started to hurt, so I got up and went inside to get myself something to drink and then came out and just gazed at the beautiful day for a while and then spent another hour pulling things out of the pathway that shouldn’t be there, after harvesting several flowers from the calendula.

Tempus got home right around then and in lying down on the grass for a few waiting for him to come back outside (since he had his hands full of groceries) I realized there was an *awesome* rainbow halo around the sun! I grabbed the camera and I think I have a pic or two. There was a left-hand sundog and I kept hoping for a circumzenithal arc…and it tried, but the cirrus was burning away too fast.

So then we got back to garden work. He started with the string trimmer and then dug up the spot where the compost ring is going to go. I know he also did a lot of weeding in the retaining wall, but by then I was inside dealing with dinner. He seems to have hurt his knee, too. He was limping badly and complaining last night, but he says he’s doing better this morning.

I did get out to harvest the sage blossoms, and also got a lot of bindweed in the process. I have a few more stems to go from a couple of the later bloomers, but the big sage is harvested. I also found a whole bunch of blue violets again. Those things keep blooming forever! I trimmed a bit off the bay again, to lift it up above the violets and give them a bit of breathing space. I got the last of the lilacs cut, too, and then sat down with bags on the front porch and sorted everything out.

…and then I went in to deal with dinner. I made the salad that I’ve been talking about (macaroni pasta, chopped fresh tomatoes, minced garlic, mozzarella), added the basil and sorrel chiffonades and quite a bit of onion and salt. I also made a Yorkshire Pudding, but didn’t get the oven hot enough so it was rather flat and heavy. It tasted good, though. So did the salad. It feels a little odd to not have some kind of the dressing like mayo or oil&vinegar on it, but it tasted fine without. We’ve got plenty for lunches, too.

Tempus also picked up some apples for apple crisp, (when I get a minute), and a lemon so that I can do some baked fish, and a cucumber that I ate almost all of doing the prep for the salad. Tempus ate the rest.

I did get that first order placed, since the previous one showed up today…and that means we have quite a few amulets again, more spell candles and a couple of new tote bags.

So today I’m going to try to harvest the flax leaves before leaving for the shop and I’ll be checking the suspicious red spots on the species rose in the retaining wall to see if those are buds. Once I’m at the shop I have to prep those harvested herbs, first, which is going to take a while. I’ve a whole bag of the bindweed to untangle. Then I have to inventory the herb wall and then to see what we actually have that I can add to it. We found a lot of stuff that’s been sitting a while in the course of cleaning up and digging things out. I’ve burned the really old stuff, but there’s some that’s still perfectly fine, since it’s been kept airtight in the dark.

We’re opening at 10am, finally switching to summer hours. We’ll be there through class time tonight and I have pictures to take.

Psychic fair this weekend! http://www.ancientlight.info/events/#fair Check the schedule below for the rest of the stuff. I’ve had a couple of requests to re-run The Burning Times, so that’s the movie for the weekend.

We’ll be switching to summer hours this week!

The shop opens at 10am today and we’ll be there through class time. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday 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 May 28, 2012 - On Monday, June 4th, the Moon will pass through the shadow of Earth, producing a partial lunar eclipse visible across the Pacific from China to the United States. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/28may_strawberry/
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aszUiI6J-L8

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Ancient Light’s website – www.ancientlight.info – You *can* order from here! …or e-mail…or call on the phone… or Facebook….etc…..

Tempus does Outdoor Power Equipment repair! - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magycke-Mower-Small -Engine-Service/132610430115634
http://www.ancientlight.info/magycke/

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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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.
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. Phase ends on 6/2 at 4:12pm

The waxing gibbous Moon will line up under Spica and Saturn on Thursday the 31st, forming an upward line this evening. How straight the line is will depend on when and where you're viewing from.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is in the southeast before dawn's first light.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic Half-month of Odal 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Libra
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Purple

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Calendar
5/31 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon - Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
2pm – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing The Burning Times (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Burning Times
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
6/4 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 5
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
6/9 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Planting 6/10-11
6/10 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 31, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:35 AM PDT, 8:53 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 4:59 AM PDT, 9:29 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:12 AM PDT, 10:15 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:15 AM PDT, 11:13 PM PDT
Moon, 4:42 PM PDT, 2:45 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 29m
Length of Day, 15h 18m
Tomorrow will be 1m 22s longer.
Waxing Gibbous, 80% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 31 Low 3:48 AM 0.5 5:35 AM Set 2:46 AM 71
31 High 9:48 AM 5.5 8:53 PM Rise 4:43 PM
31 Low 3:25 PM 1.7
31 High 9:43 PM 8.0

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

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? - Do you think smoking should be against the law, or should people have the right to smoke—even if it hurts their health or the health of those around them?

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Quotes
For fast acting relief, try slowing down. - Lily Tomlin
Forever is composed of nows. - Emily Dickinson
Go out into the world and run straight at your fears. - Kerr Cuhulain
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. - Henry Ward Beecher

You
who are absent there
we have found you here
in the Rose of Splendor.
You are non-existent as essence –
yet you exist in this unfolding Light-Flower. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Litha
deborah wrote:
To: Hearth_Witch@yahoogroups.com
From: "deborah"
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 17:20:16 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] The Midsummer Altar
The Midsummer Altar
As like most seasons we usually like to decorate accordingly, around Christmas, we do get a tree and decorate it with baubles and ornaments, and a Yule log as the centerpiece of our table. During the spring I will put up flowers and add a more spring like quality to our home. The ever shifting nature of seasonal decorations is fun and gets the mind in gear for creativity.
What about the altar? Sometimes that is something that even I overlook when the seasons and sabbats change. One moment my altar is decorated in blacks and oranges, the scent of cinnamon rising up from the burning candles and the next it is already Midsummer and wondering where did the time go?
In a world where we go, go, go all the time, it is often the little things, like our altars, that go unnoticed. Take a look at your altar. What do you see on it? What colours are there? Maybe it hasn't been dusted in awhile or perhaps the candles are looking a bit old and used. Take a moment to assess how you feel about your altar, what does it speak to you? Where are you at in your life right now with your practices and spirituality?
When you set to re-decorating the altar for Litha think of warm summer days, the colours of the fire in the bar-be-cue pits, and the sunny cloudless days. Bright colours are a wonderful way to warm up the altar, perhaps you are working more with the fire elements these days, then these bright colours would be perfect. If you are working, perhaps, more with the water element, then shades of blues and greens wrapped around your altar is a lovely idea.
Some of the other things you could use to decorate the Litha altar would be fresh candles (don' t throw the old ones out though!), to represent the newness and fertility of the season. Maybe some items that are representations of the summer months, birds, butterflies and other insects, fruits and flowers, anything that your imagination can think of.
Scents also play an important part in any altar. What smells speak to you of Midsummer? Something flowery, the scent of the ocean on a warm summer's breeze or anything else really that tickles your fancy.

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Energy list
5/29/12 – Car accident. Painful, not serious, but ow!
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news. Update 5/25 He is 10x better. He is in full remission.

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Silliness – GCF: Outdoor Gear

Duck decoys, fishing rods, boots -- outdoor gear of all kinds was piled high in the garage. One day I found my wife staring at the mess. "I hope I die first, so I don't have to get rid of all this," she sighed.

"Look on the bright side," I suggested. "If I go first, you can put an ad in the paper. When all the men come by to check out the stuff, you can pick out a replacement for me."

Still staring at the pile, she said, "Nah. Whoever would want all this stuff wouldn't be my type."

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Daily Stuff 5-30-12 Feast Day of Joan of Arc

By: CoastalAnja, 6:16 PM GMT on May 30, 2012

Hi, folks!

Herbs Outdoors at 3pm.

I’ve heard from everyone about the psychic fair this weekend. Tanya Lester, the tea-leaf reader, will be doing a workshop Friday evening. Let me know if you’re coming, please! She’ll also be doing readings all weekend and we’re setting up appointments. Brandon Tweed is going to be here all weekend with chicks for sale and will be doing a couple of talks during the weekend. Check the schedule below for the rest of the stuff. I’ve had a couple of requests to re-run The Burning Times, so that’s the movie for the weekend.

It’s rather grey, but the sun is trying to peek through. The computer says it’s 57F and clear, with no wind. Maybe it’s different on the other side of the bay, but my porch thermometer says 55F, there’s a breeze tossing the branches around and it’s overcast. Hmmm…..

We’ve got a juvenile black-headed grosbeak on the feeder. That’s a big bird compared to the chickadee that’s next to him, at least double the size. …and the dratted bird sat there through Tempus running in and out, peering out the window and all, and flew off as soon as I got the camera! …Now there’s a finch…a Cassini’s finch, I think.

The weather was so lovely, yesterday! I kept gazing out the window while I worked, setting up newsletter files and going through mail and catching up on correspondence. I finally got myself into garden clothes and went out and set to work, mostly weeding.

I’m discovering a lot of cinquefoil seedlings (anyone need a few?) and I did find the 3rd garlic patch, from the elephant garlics.

I started working around the Sweet William, which isn’t setting that many flowers this year and I have no clue why. I thought maybe Tempus had inadvertently pruned it when he was yanking horsetail, but he says he didn’t pull any of the buds. He’d have noticed. Maybe it got hit by that late frost?

It looks like the red yarrow plants didn’t make it… I had such a nice patch of those for years until someone grubbed ‘em up, thinking they were weeds…and now I can’t seem to get any started!

I had gotten as far as the heather when Tempus came up the path, so he dumped the weeding buckets and then started weeding into the Spanish Lavendar. That’s the one that is lying down instead of growing upward. We’ve talked it over and are going to build a PVC frame to lift the branches instead of tying them to a central one. It makes more sense.

The ornamental yarrow yielded a lot of “by-harvest” as did the sweetgrass patch as Tempus worked over there and by the lavendar. We’re going to have to completely re-build the sweetgrass patch. What we’re thinking is that I’ll pot up quite a bit of what we can dig and nurture them that way until we can clear an area for it that’s more tendable than what we’ve had. The horsetail got out of hand where I couldn’t quite reach it and it’s been getting worse by the year until this year I can’t even *see* most of it for the horsetail.

I’m probably going to be doing the same for the sweet woodruff, but that’s not quite as bad, more of a blackberry problem.

I went back out onto the path and weeded along around the flax, which has two blossom stems this year. It’s time to harvest some of the leaves….

…and there’s a chickadee sitting on the rake in the tool rack staring at me. …and a couple of the sparrows on the feeder.

I have to harvest the sage blossoms today from the 3 plants in my garden and the one next door. I’m going to have to get the guys moving the big sage before all the dirt washes out from around it. I also have calendula to get in the morning and the roses are starting to bloom…and buttercups….omg buttercups! I looked out the window this morning and the patch is 3 feet across by 2 deep and they’re all tangled into the yarrow! I need to get out there with a basket and scissors.

I think I still need to weed around the garden sorrels. I did find the small red-veined sorrel, but when I looked just before heading into the house I don’t see it. I know it survived the de-horsetailing of the garden, but it’s getting swallowed…. I’m going to have to newspaper mulch around it, I think.

…and I broke my good weeding stick. I have several of those weeding tools that are a metal rod with a notched end…and this one was awesome because it had a metal “rocker” on the side so that you have something to push one to lever things out of the ground…and the welds broke. I still have the main stick and I have a couple others, but none with that awesome rocker…. I’ve had it for 10 years, plus a couple of months. It’s seen good service.

Later in the evening I got a list together of the amulets and books that I need to order, but it’s going to be a while before I can get ‘em all. Well, I’ll just put in smaller orders, until I’ve got ‘em all, I guess….

Tempus forgot about the pasta salad ingredients… he doesn’t like much of anything with raw tomatoes… “primal catsup” he calls ‘em… but *I* do! I had an idea, too, about making the salad. It’s only one step off from Tomato Caprese Salad once you add the mozzerella. All I’d have to do is add the basil, done as “chiffonade”( i.e. cut into ribbons)…and since I don’t like a heavy basil flavor, I’m thinking to mix the basil ½ and ½ with the garden sorrel…. And add some onions, which I always do to the Caprese salad….I’m going to play with it, anyway.

Homemade bug repellent? http://www.mommypotamus.com/easy-homemade-bug-repe llent/

Also ran across this one: Quick Orange Peel Vinegar Cleaner - Orange peels, vinegar in a quart jar, let sit for 10 days or so…strain out the liquid and use as an all-purpose cleaner. Easy, cheap, natural, smells good! By: Homesteading / Survivalism

Oh, now this one’s cool! If you multiply 111,111,111 times 111,111,111, it equals 12,345,678,987, 654,321. This one is true. Get out your calculator and try it yourself.

A good article on pranic breathing: http://www.beliefnet.com/Wellness/Articles/Pranic- Breathing-The-Key-to-Both-Relaxation-and-Energy.as px

Can you tell I got to dink around on the Internet a little last night?

…and I’m slightly scorched. I had a long-sleeved heavy hoodie jacket on with my garden hat on top of that and had my back to the sun. I scorched my *chin*, the back of my neck and my elbows… my elbows? The lower part of my arms on the back right down by the elbows where my t-shirt didn’t cover… but I had the *hoodie* on!!!! Also my knuckles on my right hand. …and blistered a couple of fingers from all the grass pulling without my gloves. Today, I’ll be smarter and put the darned gloves on. I’m not itching nearly as much, but I look like I lost the fight since both eyes are nearly swelled shut. Makes it interesting typing…but I’m feeling a lot better.

We’ll be switching to summer hours this week!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday (although not today, yet). 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 May 28, 2012 - On Monday, June 4th, the Moon will pass through the shadow of Earth, producing a partial lunar eclipse visible across the Pacific from China to the United States. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/28may_strawberry/
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aszUiI6J-L8

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Ancient Light’s website – www.ancientlight.info – You *can* order from here! …or e-mail…or call on the phone… or Facebook….etc…..

Tempus does Outdoor Power Equipment repair! - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magycke-Mower-Small -Engine-Service/132610430115634
http://www.ancientlight.info/magycke/

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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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.
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.

Saturn and Spica are well to the left of the Moon this evening. Less far below the Moon, look for the four-star pattern of Corvus, the Crow. Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Virgo) shines high in the south at nightfall. Below it by nearly 5° is Spica, fainter and bluer. They set in the west before dawn.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic Half-month of Odal 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Virgo enters Libra 3:46am
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: White

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Calendar
5/30 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
5/31 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon - Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
2pm – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing The Burning Times (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of The Burning Times
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
6/4 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 5
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
6/9 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Planting 6/10-11
6/10 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 30, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:35 AM PDT, 8:52 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:00 AM PDT, 9:28 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:13 AM PDT, 10:14 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:16 AM PDT, 11:12 PM PDT
Moon, 3:27 PM PDT, 2:15 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 28m
Length of Day, 15h 16m
Tomorrow will be 1m 24s longer.
Waxing Gibbous, 66% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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W 30 Low 2:46 AM 1.3 5:36 AM Set 2:15 AM 61
30 High 8:31 AM 5.4 8:53 PM Rise 3:28 PM
30 Low 2:26 PM 1.3
30 High 8:55 PM 7.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Contemplate the nature of Goddess, the nature of the Infinite, for a few minutes.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites - What is your favorite color? Write the reasons for your answer.

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Quotes
It's okay to send flowers, but don't let the flowers do all the talking. Flowers have a limited vocabulary. About the best flowers can say is that you remembered. But your words tell the rest. - Jim Rohn
Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in circumstances confronting him. - St. Thomas Aquinas
Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both. - Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950) US suffragist
Knighthood is not so much about seeking a new life as it is seeing the one you’ve got more clearly. - Kerr Cuhulain

Sunset Haiku, A Series Poem

Sinking with the sun
The colors dissolve slowly
I want to taste more.

To paint the sunset
I need many canvases
One for every cloud.

The sunset colors
Are present in the moment
To be enjoyed now.

I can't capture it.
I can only enjoy it
Even as it fades. - Written and submitted by Tasha Halpert

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Magick – Litha
A Sweet Woodruff Spell for Prosperity Pagan Studies:
At dusk in my woodland garden, sweet woodruff sends out its fresh haylike scent, and its white flowers glow in the June twilight. In June, sweet woodruff reaches the height of its magical power, and is valuable in attracting prosperity. The prosperity spell which follows should be concluded next month, beneath July’s Blessing Moon. On a June evening, just before nightfall, gather some woodruff flowers, leaves, and stems. Cut them all, and put them in a darkened room to dry on a hook or beam. When July’s Moon is at its height, and the woodruff has dried, bury it with a dollar and a copper coin. Now, with what you’ve sown your wealth will increase. By: James Kambos
)0( GrannyMoon's Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies

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Energy list
5/29/12 – Car accident. Painful, not serious, but ow!
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news. Update 5/25 He is 10x better. He is in full remission.

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Silliness – GCF: Favorite Candy

Our phone rang late one night, and my wife Nancy picked it up. She said, "KitKat," and hung up.

"Who was that?"

"Some boy for Carolyn," she said, referring to our daughter.

"What now?" I asked.

"He plans to ask Carolyn to the prom and wanted to know what her favorite candy is. He's going to put the invitation into a candy basket."

The next morning a basket of candy was on our porch.

"But, Mom," our daughter protested when she heard the story, "KitKat isn't my favorite candy."

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Daily Stuff 5-29-12 Oak-Apple Day

By: CoastalAnja, 4:43 PM GMT on May 29, 2012

Hi, folks!

There’s brilliant sunshine out there. The leaves of the alder look metallic. There’s just enough wind to stir the leaves and once in a while a zephyr blows through to will stir a branch. It’s in the mid-50’s, which looks like good garden weather.

I haven’t seen any birds this morning, but last night, just after we got home in the dusk, a hummingbird spent quite a while by the feeder. I had the study window open and you could hear him, since it was so quiet outside, sounding like a bumblebee on steroids….

One thing I’ve been missing this spring, since we’re doing so little driving, are the wild rhododendrons. One of the bright spots yesterday was driving along 101 and seeing the masses of pink in little spots or in masses. The one curve south of Seal Rock on the ocean side of the read is most of a mile of one rhody after another.

Sheesh… what a day, yesterday! Note to self: do not allow me to run out of anti-virals *ever* again! If you read yesterday’s incredibly late newsletter you know what happened. I’m better, not a lot… but itching. So far I haven’t clawed myself bloody, but please, all of you, *go* *get* *the* *chicken pox* *shot*! This is awful….

Once I got to the shop pretty much the whole day was spent with customers and jewelry while they were there, setting up some orders to go out in the next few days and then class in the evening.

We finished Lesson 4.

…and then I went home and itched some more…..

I’m hoping to get into the garden today…anything to distract my hands.

I also have to set up an order for some of the amulets where we’ve run down the stock over the winter. I put the full list together, yesterday, and I’ll be ordering those each week for a while. When one of my suppliers ran a special last fall I stocked in the whole line and that board is getting really empty, despite my re-ordering regularly.

I also am going to spend some time with the book lists to see what’s new that I should be stocking. .

Doesn’t that pasta/tomato salad in the Magicks section sound good? I’m going to ask Tempus to pick up some of the ingredients. I hadn’t been reminded of this one since this time last year. …and I’ve added mozzarella balls to it, especially the fresh ones are delicious and make it into a light main dish. If you add greens to it, putting it on a bed of various garden greens it can make a whole dinner! I’ve taken this one to barbeques and I’m seriously thinking about making some for the 3rd July Fireworks Cookout.

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday, although the car may be there, since Tempus is going to be running around down there. 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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NASA Science News for May 28, 2012 - On Monday, June 4th, the Moon will pass through the shadow of Earth, producing a partial lunar eclipse visible across the Pacific from China to the United States. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/28may_strawberry/
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aszUiI6J-L8

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Ancient Light’s website – www.ancientlight.info – You *can* order from here! …or e-mail…or call on the phone… or Facebook….etc…..

Tempus does Outdoor Power Equipment repair! - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magycke-Mower-Small -Engine-Service/132610430115634
http://www.ancientlight.info/magycke/

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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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.
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.


Bright Arcturus shines southeast of the zenith after dark. Vega, equally bright, shines less high in the east-northeast.
A third of the way from Arcturus to Vega, look for dim Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, with its one modestly bright star, Alphecca. Two thirds of the way from Arcturus to Vega is the dim Keystone of Hercules.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, at the Pisces-Cetus border) is very low in the east just before the first light of dawn.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic Half-month of Odal 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Virgo
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: White

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Calendar
5/30 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
5/31 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon - Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
2pm – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
6/4 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 5
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
6/9 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Planting 6/10-11
6/10 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 29, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:36 AM PDT, 8:51 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:00 AM PDT, 9:27 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:14 AM PDT, 10:13 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:18 AM PDT, 11:10 PM PDT
Moon, 2:15 PM PDT, 1:47 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 26m
Length of Day, 15h 15m
Tomorrow will be 1m 28s longer.
First Quarter, 59% of the Moon is Illuminated
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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Tu 29 Low 1:37 AM 2.1 5:36 AM Set 1:47 AM 50
29 High 7:10 AM 5.5 8:52 PM Rise 2:15 PM
29 Low 1:28 PM 1.0
29 High 8:07 PM 7.0

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

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Journal Prompt – Describe - Describe the first time you ever danced with someone.

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Quotes
As you breathe in cherish yourself. As you breathe out cherish all beings. - Dalai Lama
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. - Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President
Beware the barrenness of a busy life. - Socrates
Coming in, I was denounced as a fraud by all the extreme men of the opposing party, and as an ingrate and a traitor by the same class of men in my own party. Going out, I have the good will, blessings, and approval of the best people of all parties . . . - Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) US President

There comes a holy and transparent time
when every touch of beauty
opens the heart to tears.
This is the time the Beloved of heaven
is brought tenderly on earth.
This is the time of the opening of the rose. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Litha
Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes
Small bag Angel Hair Pasta
4 Teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
8 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
2 cup finely diced onion
4 Teaspoon Oregano
12 tomatoes, chopped
4 Teaspoon Basil
4 teaspoon salt
1. Cook pasta.
2. Drain.
3. Chill.
4. While pasta is cooking and chilling, chop up all other ingredients.
5. Place in a large container.
6. Add pasta and stir well.
7. Chill for one hour in the refrigerator before serving.
Note – I would call this a cold salad… and I prefer shells with this or to use bean thread cooked in tomato juice.

Tomato & Leek Soup wBasil Cream Hearts (11 views)
From: herbalmuse
Tomato & Leek Soup w/Basil Cream Hearts Delicious Living Magazine --
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 medium leek
1 32-ounce can of organic, peeled Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, optional
2 ounces heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
1 ounce sweet basil, washed and dried
Salt
1. Slice leek in half lengthwise and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Soak in water to clean.
2. Transfer wet leek to a stainless steel pot. Heat on low until leek "sweats" and becomes tender. Add tomatoes and simmer 10 minutes. Place vegetables in a blender and puree until smooth. Stir in butter. Add sugar and salt to taste. Be careful when blending the hot soup use a kitchen towel to hold the lid down.
3. Heat cream, pour into blender and add basil. Puree until smooth and season to taste with salt.
4. To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Spoon one tablespoon of basil cream onto the center of each bowl of soup. Run a straw or a chopstick through the center of the dollop to create a heart shape. Be creative make hearts in as many sizes as you'd like. Serve immediately.
Note: Using evaporated skim milk and no butter reduces fat grams to 1.3 only 5 percent of calories from fat.

Cold Tomato Soup - http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/Ash linCB.html
2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 sweet pepper, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 C. Herb blend, basil, chives, tarragon, parsley, dill, chervil, thyme
1/2 C. olive oil
3 tbsp. lemon juice
3 C. cold water
1 sweet Spanish onion, peeled and sliced
1 C. cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced
1/2 tsp. paprika
1. Put chopped tomatoes, pepper, garlic and herbs in a bowl.
2. Stir in olive oil, lemon juice, and cold water.
3. Add onion, cucumber, and paprika.
4. Chill in refrigerator for about 5 hours.
5. Serve over ice cubes in bowls and garnish with fresh parsley or watercress.

BAKED TOMATOES – Gordon Ireland - Serves 6-8
3 whole fresh tomatoes
12-oz bag cheddar cheese
Fresh parsley
Foil
Flat tray or cookie sheet
1) Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
2) Shred cheddar cheese
Slice the tomato 1/2-inch thick, place on tin foil on tray
3) Liberally spread cheddar cheese on the tomatoes.
4) Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle parsley over tomatoes.

Note – Any kind of flavorful cheese works with this. I love it with blue cheese! ..and you can put the tomatoes onto bread and serve it with a cold salad for an awesome light supper.

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Energy list
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news. Update 5/25 He is 10x better. He is in full remission.

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Silliness – GCF: You Stink!

It was a particularly tough football game, and nerves were on edge. The home team had been the victim of three or four close calls, and they were now trailing the visitors by a touchdown and a field goal. When the official called yet another close one in the visitor's favor, the home quarterback blew his top.

"How many times can you do this to us in a single game?" he screamed. "You were wrong on the out-of-bounds call, you were wrong on that last holding call, and you failed to say anything about a late hit in the first quarter."

The official just stared. The quarterback seethed, but he tried to suppress language that might get him tossed out of the game. "What it comes down to," he bellowed, "is that YOU STINK!"

The official stared a few more seconds. Then he bent down, picked up the ball, paced off 15 yards, and put the ball down. He turned to face the steaming quarterback.

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Daily Stuff 5-27-12

By: CoastalAnja, 3:55 PM GMT on May 27, 2012

Hi, folks!

Wicca 101 at 10. Brea’s Elements at Noon. Practical Craft follows. We’ll be running a movie if anyone comes in for that.

It’s raining. Drips come off the porch roof and splatter where they hit the edge of the fuchsia basket and the planter.

We just had a black-headed grosbeak female on the feeder. I haven’t seen one that I know of before. They’re not as yellow as the evening grosbeaks. A house finch was on the feeder before that. Else it’s been chickadees and sparrows.

The clematis vine that’s growing on the porch is putting out new vines again. Wow…. In less than a week the vine right by the door has gone from long enough to catch in the screen door, to hanging within a foot of the porch floor! There are an ½ dozen tendrils like that that we’re going to have to get woven up into the porch roof supports. I’ve told Tempus that we’ve got to get that one done, at the least, or we’re going to try to leave for the shop and find out that it’s decided to lock us in!

I managed to get the comfrey and calendula and all sorted out and into the dryer yesterday, along with the few random woodruff blooms that I found on the way to the car. Tempus pulled down some more of the herbs to process for storage too. I’ve a big bundle of hydrangea to get done, but I managed to print headers for those and the violets.

…and then we spent a chunk of the afternoon, well into the evening, working on paperwork. We’ve had one transaction to track down, to make sure that a check of ours hadn’t gotten into the wrong hands and even once we were sure of that, to make sure which checkbook, which account and which of us wrote out the darned thing. I *hate* it when things go sideways like that! But that one will be fixed in Tuesday’s mail as a new check goes out.

We didn’t get out of the shop until past 10, by which point we were both snappish and starving. We made a salad and Tempus made popcorn and by the time we were done eating all we did was turned off the light and sleep.

Today is the regular Sunday classes, (if we actually have any students because of the holiday), but Tempus has some work this afternoon doing house-cleaning.

The shop opens at 11am today, but I’ll be there in plenty of time for class. 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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Ancient Light’s website – www.ancientlight.info – You *can* order from here! …or e-mail…or call on the phone… or Facebook….etc…..

Tempus does Outdoor Power Equipment repair! - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magycke-Mower-Small -Engine-Service/132610430115634
http://www.ancientlight.info/magycke/

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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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. Waxing Crescent Phase ends at the ¼ moon at 1:16pm on Monday.
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.

Look above the Moon this evening for Regulus and, higher and fainter, Gamma Leonis. To the left of these three is Mars.
Mercury is buried in the glare of the Sun. Jupiter is buried deep in the sunrise.
Venus is plunging toward inferior conjunction, when it will transit the face of the Sun on June 5–6 (on the afternoon of the 5th for North America). This will be the last Venus transit until 2117.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)
Runic Half-month of Odal 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Leo
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Orange

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Calendar
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
5/27 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/28 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 3
5/30 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
5/31 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6

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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
6/2 – Noon, Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
2pm – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
6/9 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 27, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 5:37 AM PDT 8:49 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:02 AM PDT 9:25 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 4:16 AM PDT 10:11 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 3:21 AM PDT 11:07 PM PDT
Moon 11:57 AM PDT 12:51 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 16h 22m
Length of Day 15h 12m
Tomorrow will be 1m 35s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 37% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 27 High 4:48 AM 6.2 5:37 AM Set 12:52 AM 29
27 Low 11:43 AM 0.1 8:50 PM Rise 11:58 AM
27 High 6:31 PM 6.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I will feel good about myself. today.

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Journal Prompt – What if? - If you could participate in an Olympic event, which one would you choose and why?

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Quotes
You and I ought not to die before we have explained ourselves to each other. - John Adams, (1735-1826) US President, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. - Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
All we are is a lot of talking nitrogen. - Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. - Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation

Silence you are the diamond in me
the Jewel of my real wealth!
From your soft earth
grow thousands of rose gardens
whose perfumes drown me in my heart. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi

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Magick – Litha
Build Your Own Stonehenge Activity - http://fun.familyeducation.com/outdoor-games/winte r/35028.html
Age: 8 and up
Time: 1 to 2 hours
Type of Activity: Science
Materials needed:
Center stake for reference point.
50 feet of rope.
20 to 30 marker stones or small stakes.
A compass.
Here's a unique way to celebrate the solstice: Build your own Stonehenge. As you might know, Stonehenge is one of the oldest (4,000+ years) and best known astronomical calendar sites in the world. You can recreate it without going through the bother of lugging 25 to 50 ton slabs of rock around the neighborhood. All you'll need is a bit of ambition, and a location offering an unobstructed view of the eastern or western horizon. Locations offering a 360º horizon view are ideal (and rare).
What to do
The first thing you'll need to do is create a viewing circle. Anchor a reference stake at the center point of the circle and place your compass on top of it. Find due north and place a marker at 50 feet north of the center. Repeat the process for east, west and south. (The rope is used as a guide to insure that all markers are equidistant from the center stake.) Again, using the rope as a guide, place a small marker stone every few feet around the perimeter of your circle. The center of the circle now becomes your fixed reference point and the westward facing perimeter is where you'll be placing the sunset markers.
The calendar can be started at any time, but the solstice sunsets are the most fun. Mark the point of sunset with a pole, stake or other (not easily moved) marker. Tag the marker with the date of sunset.
Repeat the process every seven days or so. Over the weeks and months you'll note that the sun appears to "walk" faster at some times of the year than others. When you've finished (in a year's time) you'll have a working astronomical calendar and an excuse to invite friends and classmates over to the house to check the date.
Non-construction alternatives
 Photo-op: Take a snapshot of the western skyline and tape it to the wall by a western facing window. With a felt tip marker draw an arrow on the photo corresponding to the point of sunset and note the date. Repeat the process.
 Window marks: (This takes two people.) Standing at the same point in the room of a western facing window, have the other person make a small mark on the glass where the sun sets. Note the date and repeat the process on a weekly basis.
How it works
The principle behind an astronomical calendar is simple. The apparent rising and setting horizon point of the sun changes with each passing day. The different points correspond to different days of the year.
At minimum, an astronomical calendar only requires a fixed reference point for viewing and another fixed reference point marking the position of the rising and/or setting sun on the horizon.
In the Northern Hemisphere, if you were to watch a time-lapse movie of a year's worth of sunsets, you would notice that the sun appears to "walk" back and forth across the western horizon. The winter solstice marks the southern limit of the sun's journey and the summer solstice is the northern boundary. Closer examination would reveal that, with the exception of the two solstice extremes, every other point on the horizon is crossed twice during the course of the year. Once on the southern march and again on the northern return.
At the time of the winter and summer solstices, (around December 22 and June 22) the sun is directly overhead at either the Tropic of Cancer (summer) or the Tropic of Capricorn (winter). In the Northern Hemisphere these dates mark the beginnings of summer and winter and the days of the longest and shortest hours of daylight.

More on: Summer Fun for the Whole Family http://fun.familyeducation.com/summer/seasons/3295 4.html

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Energy list
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news. Update 5/25 He is 10x better. He is in full remission.

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Silliness – GCF: Paying Bills
I was in small-claims court when I listened in on the case of a woman who held a good job but still had trouble paying her bills on time.
"Can't you live within your income?" asked the judge.
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Daily Stuff 5-26-12 Beginning of the Festival of Diana

By: CoastalAnja, 5:02 PM GMT on May 26, 2012

Hi, folks!

Herbs at 11am. Rocks at noon. Sewing workshop at 3pm.

It’s rather dim and gloomy again today, but I’m hoping for more light as the day goes on. After all, it was gloomier stumbling around in the bathroom at quarter to five….:-) I think I’ve been reading too much Doug Adams….

There was a crow out there a minute ago and a couple of house sparrows are arguing over who owns the feeder.

My red rose on the south side of the house is blooming! I picked two bowls full of petals yesterday. That was after I gathered several handfuls of comfrey. I’ve more to do on both today. I did manage to process the calendula from Thursday, too, after sorting out the comfrey. I’ve a whole basket and part of a bundle that I can add to what I grab this morning. The violets are dry and ready to pack. I’ll be packing more this morning and probably getting more of last season’s dried herbs down to “crunch”.

I spent some time yesterday packing rocks. Tempus got me the small bags that we use, so those are getting readied for sale.

…and then I spent time….lots of time… uploaded green screen photos, working on those, website updates and all that sort of thing.

Later in the day I spent a while trying to get some more stock pictures. I don’t really know why I was having trouble, but I couldn’t get decent pix because the camera wasn’t focusing right. Dunno why. I’m going to have to try again today. I’m hoping Tempus will give me a hand with getting the pictures that I couldn’t manage yesterday.

Workshops today.

The shop opens at 11am today. 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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Ancient Light’s website – www.ancientlight.info – You *can* order from here! …or e-mail…or call on the phone… or Facebook….etc…..

Tempus does Outdoor Power Equipment repair! - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magycke-Mower-Small -Engine-Service/132610430115634
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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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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 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. Waxing Crescent Phase ends at the ¼ moon at 1:16pm on Monday.
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.

By late evening the summer constellation Scorpius is well up in the south-southeast, as shown at right. Look for its brightest star, fire-colored Antares, the Scorpion's heart. Antares' "outrigger" stars are just below it and to its upper right. Farther upper right is the diagonal three-star row of Scorpius's head, topped by Beta Scorpii.
Venus (about magnitude –4.2 and fading) is now at the peak of its evening drama, dropping faster into the bright sunset every day. How many more days can you follow it with your naked eyes? With binoculars? Don't confuse it with Capella about 20° to its upper right. See the Sky & Telescope article, Venus Takes the Plunge.
In a telescope Venus is a dramatically thin crescent, just 4% sunlit on May 25th and 3% on the 30th, and about 55 arcseconds tall. You may be able to see its crescent shape in binoculars. Venus is plunging toward inferior conjunction, when it will transit the face of the Sun on June 5–6 (on the afternoon of the 5th for North America). This will be the last Venus transit until 2117.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)
Runic Half-month of Odal 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Leo
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
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Calendar
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
5/26 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
5/27 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/28 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 3
5/30 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
5/31 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6

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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
6/2 – Noon, Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
2pm – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 26, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:38 AM PDT, 8:48 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:03 AM PDT, 9:24 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:17 AM PDT, 10:09 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:22 AM PDT, 11:05 PM PDT
Moon, 10:51 AM PDT, 12:21 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 21m
Length of Day, 15h 10m
Tomorrow will be 1m 39s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 28% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Sa 26 High 3:55 AM 6.7 5:38 AM Set 12:22 AM 20
26 Low 10:58 AM -0.2 8:49 PM Rise 10:52 AM
26 High 5:45 PM 6.2
26 Low 11:20 PM 2.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Choose love!

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Journal Prompt – Friends - What trait did you admire in a relative, friend, classmate, or coworker today?

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Quotes
Try and fail, but don't fail to try - Stephen Kaggawa
What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also. - Caesar
When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the soul laughs for what it has found. - Sufi aphorism
While we are home our thoughts are still absorbed with solving the challenges we face at the office. And when we are at the office we find ourselves worrying about problems at home. - Jim Rohn

Songs My Mother Taught Me Today
New Poems by Stephanie Pflumm
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Even The City Dances
The Trees in town
are waking up.
Robins from
the far off North
stop by
for a bite and a drink.
The kitten did not
come home all night.
Even in the city
I see
Mother's magical dance.
The earth in my yard
is warmer.
Grandfather's sunny rays
spill through my windows
earlier.
Colorful crocus
peek through brown grass.
Distant honking geese
with their V
pointed North.
All along
the concrete streets
and Tree shaded sidewalks
I hear the rhythms
and watch
as the Wheel dances
Winter
away
into Spring.
Is My Mother Angry?
As I bask
in the sunny warmth
of this late Winter day
I am wondering,
is my Mother angry?
In the last full turn
of the Wheel
I have seen
earthquakes that shook
our planet off Her path.
Hurricanes rip apart
more than
one million lives.
And a Winter that
barely seemed to happen
except in short
violent
bursts.
And I wonder,
have we finally gone
too far?
As we relax our disciplines
to be greener citizens
I wonder,
have we finally spilled
too much poison?
Have we finally cheated
too many relations
of their rightful place
in this planet's scheme?
Has our greed
and righteous self-determination
taken its final toll?
Is my Mother angry enough
to turn Her back on me?
Maybe She is just trying
to shake me awake
before it is just too late
to take back
the damage we have done.
Before it is too late
to save
humans from extinction
when
Mother gets really angry.
©Copyright 2006, Stephanie Pflumm, All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
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Magick – Litha
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Merry Meet...... and welcome to the Litha issue of Cauldrons and Broomsticks: a magical newsletter.
Litha for Kids


Litha is a time of magic and faeries. Also known as Midsummer, to many it seems strange to celebrate the halfway point when school vacations and warm weather have just begun! Today is the longest day of the year and the Sun is at the height of its power but it's a bittersweet joy as the days begin to shorten again, starting tomorrow.
This is a great time of year to harvest herbs for all of your magical workings. It's also a good time to allow your child to begin his/her own witchy cupboard. When harvesting herbs, remember to leave about 1/3 of the plant behind to propagate itself. This ensures a continual harvest throughout the growing season. Also, thank the spirit of the plant for its sacrifice and leave a small offering. Taking a page from Native American custom, a bit of tobacco is a good thank-you to the spirits of your garden but you could also sprinkle a bit of dried herb from a previous harvest. Allow your child to help you bundle the herbs together and tie at the stems with twine or thread. Hang upside down in a cool, dark place until dry and then store them in pretty containers or even plastic baggies. Make sure all containers are labelled clearly as dried herbs tend to look a lot alike! I'll never forget the time when Scout's father, my ex-husband, was making chilli and reached into the spice cabinet for something. He proceeded to add a generous sprinkling of Scout's "dragon scales" (see Kiddy Craft section) to the pot because she had recycled my old herb jars! How he could have mistaken glittery pine cone shingles for cumin is beyond me but he did! We still laugh about that to this day but it wasn't very funny at the time.
One of our favourite activities at Midsummer is building a faery shelter for the little sprites to party and rest. Scout hunts for sticks, which she pokes into the ground and then lays large leaves over the top to form the roof. She decorates with flowers, bird feathers and smaller leaves. We leave out milk mixed with honey and bread and butter, cut into small pieces. She's always very excited to find the containers emptied and the faery house turned upside down from their wild dancing. A friend of mine recently gave me a wonderful idea and that is to leave a small gift for your child as a thank-you from the faeries. You could leave shells from the sea, a small trinket that had been "lost" around the house (everyone knows they faeries love to play tricks!), a small bouquet of wild flowers, a pretty rock or anything you feel is worthwhile. The idea is to keep it natural and simple and then explain to your child why the faeries felt it was an appropriate gift.
by Garnet WindDancer
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5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news. Update 5/25 He is 10x better. He is in full remission.

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Silliness – GCF: First Day of Psychiatry Class
Psychiatry students were in their Emotional Extremes class.
"Let's set some parameters," the professor said. "What's the opposite of joy?" he asked one student.
"Sadness," was the replied.
"The opposite of depression?" he asked another student.
"Elation," he replied.
"The opposite of woe?" the professor asked a young woman from Texas.
The Texan replied, "Sir, I believe that would be giddyup."

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Daily Stuff 5-25-12 Feast Day of the Venerable Bede

By: CoastalAnja, 4:13 PM GMT on May 25, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s not raining, but it’s very dim and looks like it might any second. The lightning and thunder yesterday was fun, but I only saw one real flash. It grumbled off and on for a couple of hours, kinda like the sky had gas….

The sun’s going in and out, now. It will get blindingly bright outside, then go back to dim. It’s in the 50’s and supposed to stay there all day.

I’ve been watching chickadees again. There was one towhee yesterday that sat near the window eyeing my crackers. When he flew off I opened the window and balanced one between the tines of the rake. He came back in few minutes and had a lot of fun with it.

I ran across an interesting article yesterday on AlterNet. http://www.alternet.org/health/155547/why_we_have_ emotions_%28and_why_we_should_not_fight_them%29?pa ge=entire It’s from the standpoint of a therapist, but a friend trying to help and a person going through some toxic stuff could use taking a while to read this. It’s long and a little on the difficult side, but it has a good example to track from.

It got me thinking about toxic emotion, how emotion becomes toxic and how we deal with it in Self-Work. The term “unpacking” got my attention. Something made me think about how, as I was packing for Grandma’s move to Oregon I had a scary experience with a box.

We had some deep boxes, intended for dish packs, but that didn’t have the dividers in them. I was packing some clothing, folding it tidily. Ok, this is a box that came up to my waist and I was using every scrap of room, tucking sleeves down, folding even some hankies and scarves so that every little crevice would be full, pushing hard to get out air-space. I had it a little over ¾ full and I was leaned over shoving really hard when the rug I was on slipped out from under my feet. I fell and leaned over the way I was, partly dove into the box as it exploded. Clothes went all over and I was for a few moments drowning and floundering and smothering. I managed to extract the hanky that I was trying to inhale and clawed my way out of the mess, so I was fine, but for those moments I was terrified. The world had gone berserk. I had nothing under my feet, wasn’t sure which way was up and couldn’t breathe.

That sounds like a good analogy for when emotions gone toxic finally cut loose….

I spent a lot of yesterday writing. Tempus was at the shop doing paperwork because it was so quiet.

I finally took a shower and did my hair, then headed for the shop, harvesting calendula flowers on the way. I wonder why the woodruff didn’t really bloom this year?

Tempus got the books off the class table so that we could work and we did Lesson 5, which includes the Witch’s Pyramid meditation. Just two more classes to go! This group has been plagued by illness, work issues and a lot of other things and they’re still plugging away at it!

We left the shop at a little past 7:30 and I did manage to get some more time in on the Green Screen Portrait Page, although I was writing after that.

Over on Facebook another witch apologized for upsetting some people and I wrote the following:

“...and one good way that you can tell someone who *is* an advanced practitioner, someone who has been doing the self-work, is that they can tell when they've been human enough to apologise for! That's why we call this stuff a "practice". You get better. You might even get pretty darn good at it, but you have to keep on working. We all have our moments of becoming the Divine...and we all have moments when we are completely human and completely limited. Why else would be even put bodies on in the first place? ...and foot-in-mouth syndrome is both Divine and Human. We gotta laugh, 'coz this kind of thing is so very real, as real as it gets.

I spend a lot of time stepping on toes with other advanced types...as someone who teaches the really new ones, I know how easy it is to give them too, too much and have someone go off on a weird tangent. […and the “stepping on toes” is to shut people up….]

We had one girl who panicked another kid at Job Corps and brought down the wrath of the staff on my head because she took the basic divination information from the Wicca 101 class, bought a Tarot deck, and the first reading she did for someone else, (just about 4 hours later), she drew the Death card and the Blasted Tower and told the poor guy that his brother was dead in a plane crash. He panicked and went AWOL from the Center to get home .... Actually, the brother had just gone off to college 1000 miles from home and had a chrifu roommate to deal with.....

I end up spending a lot of time with the new ones putting out fires with a seltzer bottle.... Newer folks set a lot of fires.... Some are *awesome*! True things of beauty in both a sarcastic sense and a very real sense.

The new ones have the enthusiasm. The more advanced have the knowledge, and (we hope) wisdom. Both ends are direly necessary for us all to learn.”

The shop opens at 11am today and be open through class 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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NASA Science News for May 24, 2012 - NASA's call to scientists and engineers to help plan a new strategy to explore Mars has resulted in a flurry of unique and bold ideas, almost doubling the number of expected submissions. Some of the best concepts will be discussed at an upcoming workshop on Mars exploration. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/24may_newconcepts/

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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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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. Waxing Crescent Phase ends at the ¼ moon at 1:16pm on Monday.
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.

Well to the right of the Moon shine Pollux and Castor. Look well below the Moon for Procyon.
Venus is plunging toward inferior conjunction, when it will transit the face of the Sun on June 5–6 (on the afternoon of the 5th for North America); for details see our article Transit of Venus. This will be the last Venus transit until 2117.
By nightfall, the summer constellation Scorpius is rising in the southeast. You'll first spot orange-red Antares, the Scorpion's heart. Antares' two "outrigger" stars are just below it and to its upper right. Farther upper right is the diagonal three-star row of Scorpius's head.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)
Runic Half-month of Odal 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Cancer enters Leon 3:12pm
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: White
Planting 5/23-25

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Calendar
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
5/26 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
5/27 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/28 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 3
5/30 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
5/31 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6

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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
6/2 – Noon, Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
2pm – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 25, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:38 AM PDT, 8:47 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:03 AM PDT, 9:23 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:18 AM PDT, 10:08 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:24 AM PDT, 11:03 PM PDT
Moon, 9:47 AM PDT, No Moon Set
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 19m
Length of Day, 15h 08m
Tomorrow will be 1m 41s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 19% of the Moon is Illuminated
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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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F 25 High 3:11 AM 7.0 5:39 AM Rise 9:48 AM 13
25 Low 10:17 AM -0.5 8:48 PM
25 High 5:01 PM 6.1
25 Low 10:23 PM 3.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an intentional day!

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Journal Prompt – Favorites - What is one of your friend's favorite sayings? Tell how they used it and when.

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Quotes
The Warrior must be spontaneous and fluid rather than a creature of habit or tradition. - Kerr Cuhulain
Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed. - Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
Time lost is never found again. - Benjamin Franklin
Too low they build who build below the skies – Edward Young

There is no salvation for the soul
but to fall in love.
Only lovers can escape
out of these two worlds.
This was ordained in creation.
Only from the heart
can you reach the sky:
The Rose of Glory
can grow only from the heart. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – DID YOU KNOW?

Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately, without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers.

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix One Tablespoon of horseradish in 1/2 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take one Tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with AlkaSeltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. AlkaSeltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly, although the product was never advertised for this use.

Eliminate puffiness under your eyes: All you need is a dab of preparation H, carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes. The hemorrhoid ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling instantly.

Honey remedy for Skin Blemishes. Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection. To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Coca-Cola cure for rust. Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca-Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done. (And people drink this stuff?)

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer. If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Soapy water thrown on a wasp nest at dusk when all the wasp or hornets are on it, kills them all, eggs too. It smothers them as they breath thru their pores.

Smart splinter remover. Just pour a drop of Elmers Glue all over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure: Cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acid from the tomatoes soothes the pain and brings the boil to a head.

Balm for broken blisters. To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.

Heinz vinegar to heal bruises: Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for one hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Kills fleas instantly Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.

Rainy day cure for dog odor: Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet. This instantly makes your dog smell springtime fresh.

Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Vaseline cure for hairballs: To prevent troublesome hairballs, apply a dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief. It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix two cups of Quaker Oats and one cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for one minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

GrannyMoon's Morning Feast Archives

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Energy list
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.

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Silliness – GCF: Stuck in an Elevator

The elevator in our building malfunctioned one day, leaving several of us stranded. Seeing a sign that listed two emergency phone numbers, I dialed the first and explained our situation.

After what seemed to be a very long silence, the voice on the other end said, "I don't know what you expect me to do for you. I'm a psychologist."

"A psychologist?" I replied. "Your phone is listed here as an emergency number. Can't you help us?"

"Well," he finally responded in a measured tone. "How do you feel about being stuck in an elevator?"

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By: CoastalAnja, 5:08 PM GMT on May 24, 2012

Hi, folks!

Wicca 103 tonight at 5pm.

It’s very quiet outside. No leaves are stirring. There are water droplets hanging undisturbed on the vines off the porch. It’s not even 50F, quite, no birds and very, very green.

Travis and Hatch left mid-afternoon yesterday. We had a good visit.

More got done on Café Press. I got the products for the Pan-Pagan Gathering done. You can see them here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8978059 It’s a limited set. If there’s something that you want beyond those, let me know. We’re going to use proceeds from this particular set to pay back the shop for materials for the events (think paper and ink, at minimum…) I went on from there into the “Happy Naked Pagan Dance” set, adding the newest products.

I spent some time on Advanced Circle Magick by Kirk White. It’s taking me a while to get through it.

I got another step farther on the hood pattern. I have to borrow Tempus’ hood to make sure the proportions are right, but I actually have a drawing.

From what I could tell the garden is doing ok. It certainly likes the rain! There’s a lot of calendula that needs to be harvested again.

Rowan went down to the shop yesterday and worked in the library. It sounds like everything that was in the boxes under the table got tagged and entered into the computer file.

Everyone was up here for esbat. I was crashed in the bedroom, asleep, waking when Kaleb came in to say hi and then getting back on the computer for a while. I got the Green Screen Fantasy Portraits at Ancient Light page up on Facebook, finally. I’m still uploading pictures and sorting them, but that’s fun, at least.

I’m not going to try to go to the shop today. When Tempus and I talked about it we decided that me being able to teach tonight was more important than me being at the shop, so I’m going back to bed for some more sleep and going to take it easy.

It was utterly still when I got up, but now everything's dripping enough that there's spray all over and tree leaves are bouncing from the drops hitting them.

The shop opens at 11am today and be open through class 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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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 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! Phase ends on Thursday at 4:47pm.
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. Waxing Crescent Phase ends at the ¼ moon at 1:16pm on Monday.
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 evening Pollux and Castor are lined up above or upper right of the crescent Moon.
Mars (magnitude +0.3) shines orange under the belly of Leo. It's high in the south-southwest at dusk and lower in the southwest to west later in the evening. Spot Regulus 10° or 12° to Mars's right in twilight, and to its lower right later. They're moving farther apart daily. Fainter Gamma Leonis is 8° above Regulus; the three form a triangle. Mars in a telescope is gibbous and very small (about 8.5 arcseconds wide), fading and shrinking.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Virgo) shines high in the south after dark. Spica, fainter and bluer, is nearly 5° to Saturn's lower right early in the evening, and directly below it later.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)
Runic Half-month of Odal 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Cancer
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Green
Planting 5/23-25

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Calendar
5/24 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
5/26 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
5/27 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/28 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 3
5/30 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Noon, Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 24, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:39 AM PDT, 8:47 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:04 AM PDT, 9:22 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:19 AM PDT, 10:07 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:25 AM PDT, 11:01 PM PDT
Moon, 8:46 AM PDT, 11:48 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 17m
Length of Day, 15h 07m
Tomorrow will be 1m 45s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 12% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Th 24 High 2:32 AM 7.3 5:40 AM Rise 8:46 AM 7
24 Low 9:38 AM -0.7 8:47 PM Set 11:48 PM
24 High 4:18 PM 6.1
24 Low 9:35 PM 3.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Imagine...Think...Act...Believe

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? - Why do you think the rules you must follow are good or bad?

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Quotes
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
The quiet hour of prayer is one of the most favorable opportunities he has in which to speak to us seriously. In quietude and solitude before the face of God our souls can hear better than at any other time. - O. Hallesby
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you. - Rita Mae Brown.
The two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity. – Nietzsche

Sonnets to Orpheus, Part One, XII
Bless the spirit that makes connections,
for truly we live in what we imagine.
Clocks move along side our real life
with steps that are ever the same.

Though we do not know our exact location,
we are held in place by what links us.
Across trackless distances
antennas sense each other.

Pure attention, the essence of the powers!
Distracted by each day's doing,
how can we hear the signals?

Even as the farmer labors
there where the seed turns into summer,
it is not his work. It is Earth who gives. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

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Magick – The Litha season
Litha Herbs - Basil, chamomile, cinquefoil, daisy, elder, fennel, frankincense, lavender, lily, mistletoe, mugwort, oak, pine, rose, St. John’s wort, thyme, vervain, yarrow
Litha Incense - Frankincense, Lemon, Rose, Wisteria, Lavender, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Pine, Jasmine, Lotus,
Litha Colors - Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Red, Maize yellow, Tan
Litha Decorations - Dried herbs, lotpourri, Dream pillows, Seashells, Wedding gift basket, Feather wreaths, Summer flowers, Fruits, The sun, Anything yellow, orange, and round
Litha Foods - Summer fruits, Iced tea, Ale, Mead, Fresh vegetables, Lemonade, Orange slice wheels, Sun-shaped cookies, Barbecue
Litha Sacred Gemstones – Emerald, Jade, All green stones
Spellwork appropriate for Litha - All magick, Love spells, Healing spells, Prosperity spells

Lore: The God and the Goddess are in Their prime, at Their highest power. This is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. The Goddess is pregnant. After this day, the light begins to wane until the Winter Solstice.

Special Time: The focus of this holiday is again on fertility but also on strength and focus. Plans made at Imbolc, put into motion at Ostara, and encouraged at Beltane should now be in fruition. It is a time to give thanks for the gifts and for our health. After this day things will change somewhat, waning again, and this must be prepared for. This is a celebration of work AND of pleasurable activities. It is also a good time for a dedication rite or a re-affirmation spell.

Activities: On Litha, we celebrate the power of the Sun and play outside as much as possible, taking pleasure in Nature as a child would. Summertime flowers can be collected and used to adorn the altar, the home, and the body. Many people like to make love charms at this time and also cast love-related spells and any other kinds of magick, since this is the highest power of the God and Goddess and therefore there is quite a bit of energy to harness. Some people believe the elves and fairies are afoot and leave out food for them. Some like to cook potpourri made of flowers. One custom is to make one yellow feather wreath and one red feather wreath and tie them together with ivy.

deborah wrote:
To: Hearth_Witch@yahoogroups.com
From: "deborah"
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:49:28 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Symbolism

Midsummer Symbolism
Symbolism - Nurturing and love are key actions related to Midsummer. If you haven't yet done so, Litha is a good time to perform your Self-Dedication Ceremony... or - if you have been practicing Wicca for a while - you may choose to perform a simple Re-dedication/Affirmation as a part of your Sabbat celebration. The powers of nature are at their highest point. Great time for herb gathering. Longest day of the year, marks the time when days begin to get shorter again.
Symbols - fire to celebrate the power of the sun, sun wheels, god eyes, mother goddess, ripening fruits, sun dials, feathers, and swords/blades.

Deities - Father Gods and Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Goddesses and Sun Deities. Particular emphasis might be placed on the Goddesses Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus and other Goddesses who preside over love, passion and beauty. Other Litha deities include Athena, Artemis, Dana, Kali, Isis, Juno, Apollo, Dagda, Gwydion, Helios, Llew, Oak/Holly King, Lugh, Ra, Sol, Zeus, Prometheus, Ares, and Thor.

Magick - Healings, growth spells, empowerment spells, and love magick are all incredibly potent at this time

Tools - drums, rattles, bonfire, mirrors for reflecting the sun or bonfire, Earth circles of stone energy

Colors - white, red, maize yellow or golden yellow, green, blue and tan.

Stones - all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade. Other appropriate gemstones are tiger's eye, lapis lazuli, ruby, and diamonds.

Animals - include robins, wrens, all Summer birds, horses and cattle. Mythical creatures include satyrs, faeries, firebirds, dragons, thunderbirds and manticores.

Herbs - chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, larkspur, lavender, male fern, mugwort, pine, roses, Saint John's wort, honesty, wild thyme, wisteria, oak, mistletoe, frankincense, lemon, sandalwood, heliotrope, copal, saffron, galangal, laurel ylang-ylang, and verbena. Traditionally, herbs gathered on this day are extremely powerful.

Incense - a combination of any of the following or simply one of them by itself... frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, lemon, pine, jasmine, rose, lotus, or wisteria.

Foods - for Litha include fresh vegetables of all kinds and fresh fruits such as lemons and oranges, pumpernickel bread as well as Summer squash and any yellow or orange colored foods. Flaming foods are also appropriate, barbecued anything, (barbecues represent the bonfires....) but especially chicken or pork. Midsummer is also the time for making mead, since honey is now plentiful. Traditional drinks are ale, mead, sweet wines, fresh fruit juice of any kind and herb teas.

Element: fire

~author unknown

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Energy list
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.

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Silliness – GCF: Being Polite

One day, Bill and Tom went to a restaurant for dinner. As soon as the waiter brought out two steaks, Bill quickly picked out the bigger steak for himself.

Tom wasn't happy about that: "When are you going to learn to be polite?"

Bill: "If you had the chance to pick first, which one would you pick?"

Tom: "The smaller piece, of course."

Bill: "What are you complaining about? The smaller piece is what you got, right?"

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Daily Stuff 5-23-12 Rosalia

By: CoastalAnja, 7:04 PM GMT on May 23, 2012

Hi, folks!

Esbat tonight! …but it’s too wet for Herbs Outdoors.

There’s a steady drizzle going but it’s fairly bright outside. At one point the sun was actually shining through the clouds and heating the dark roof of the rental house causing clouds of steam to blow past on the breeze.

It’s not nearly as windy as it was yesterday and in the low 50’s.

I have to remember to get the plants back out that we were worried were going to be frosted. My fuchsia baskets especially need that…and Tempus was in and out and we talked about it. …Now he’s sneezing….It’s amazing how that man can sound like he’s exploding….that was seven sneezes…. Wow….

Travis and Hatch are still here. They and Tempus had a long talk last night… problems…but doesn’t everyone have those?

I did get some work done on Café Press products. I’m starting to integrate more of the new stuff into the old design lines. They’ve got duvet covers and shower curtains, now! The “shower curtains” are washable polyester, not vinyl, and require a liner, so I’m thinking those would work for large banners and curtains, as well….

I read a bit, too. I’m trying to work through some of the tougher books in my stack. It looks like my “to read” pile is down to 12 books, but I don’t trust that, since there’s another stack at the shop. 

I also worked on a couple of designs for the historical re-creation group that some of us are playing with. I had to figure out a pattern for a piece of clothing that I know how to make, but wanted to get to the right shape once it’s draped. Tempus had to dig out some pictures from his files and then I had to play with the drawings.

I wish I had the energy to get out to the garden. I keep sitting in the study staring out the window at it and all I’ve managed is a little weeding in the railing planters. I want to try to get out there today to see if I can get some more seed in and see if anything is actually coming up.

I’ve been watching house sparrows and a chickadee argue over who owns the feeder. That was a lot of squawking and fluttering feathers! …and then a Stellar Jay showed up and it turned into a moot point.



Self-work is always difficult. It’s really hard to see what’s actually going on in everyone else’s universe. You have to pay attention first to your own to get anywhere at all… There’s an article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2011/09/2 1/eat-smoke-meditate-why-your-brain-cares-how-you- cope/ that talks about the changes that “meditation” makes in your mental habits. … It’s not just meditation that does it. Mental habits….

…and truly…. We’re talking *habits*! I get awfully tired of hearing, “I can’t”, when the actual problem is, “I won’t!” It’s perfectly ok to say, “I haven’t managed to do that, yet.” That statement goes right to strategies for getting where you want to go, but, “I can’t,”…. Well, you just stop there and make no progress. It’s one thing to have a physical condition that slows you down or stops you where you say, “I can’t, right now.” I used to get awfully mad at Grandma for saying, “I can’t eat that!” because those were all sympathy ploys that she didn’t even see herself doing…and she was a *lot* better than that…. “I have to watch my carb intake,” is very different from “I can’t.”

Ah, the fuchsias are back in place! …and the phone is ringing and I hear thumping in the doorway so the boys are back.

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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 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! Phase ends on Thursday at 4:47pm.
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.
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.

Using the Moon and Venus as your guides, what fainter stars in the area can you identify? Binoculars help.
Mercury is buried in the glare of the Sun.
Jupiter is buried deep in the glow of sunrise.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, at the Pisces-Cetus border) is very low in early dawn.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is low in the east-southeast before dawn's first light.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)
Runic Half-month of Odal 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Gemini
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Red
Planting 5/23-25

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Calendar
5/23 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/23 – Wednesday 7pm, esbat - Diana’s bow
5/25 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
5/26 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
5/27 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/28 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 3
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Noon, Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 23, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:40 AM PDT, 8:46 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:05 AM PDT, 9:20 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:21 AM PDT, 10:05 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:27 AM PDT, 11:00 PM PDT
Moon, 7:48 AM PDT, 11:10 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 15m
Length of Day, 15h 05m
Tomorrow will be 1m 47s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 7% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 23 High 1:57 AM 7.5 5:41 AM Rise 7:49 AM 3
23 Low 9:02 AM -0.8 8:46 PM Set 11:11 PM
23 High 3:38 PM 6.2
23 Low 8:53 PM 2.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Work on Loving Yourself Every Day. Treat Your Self to Romance and Love. Demonstrate to Your Self how Special You are. Pamper Your Self. Buy Your Self Flowers. Surround Your Self with Colors, Textures, and Scents that Please You. Life always Mirrors back to us the Feelings We have Inside. As You develop an inner Sense of Love and Romance, the right Person will be attracted to You like a Magnet. A great affirmation for Today is: "I am discovering how WonderFul I am. I choose to Love and Enjoy MySelf."

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative - Tell about your worst vacation.

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Quotes
Run with endurance the race that’s set before you. – Hebrews: 12:1
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. - Demosthenes
The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive. - Carlos Castaneda
The country clubs, the cars, the boats, your assets may be ample, but the best inheritance you can leave your kids is to be a good example. - Barry Spilchuk

Love, you have created us
with thirsty hearts
and bound us fast
to the Source of Splendor.
For you, my thorns have blossomed.
my atoms exploded into suns! - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi

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Magick – (cribbed from Granny Moon a decade ago….original writer unknown)
In one of my many books I found instructions on making a Pelen Tan. This is a Druidic Device that translates as "fire globe". The effect in the dark is a suspended flame within a globe and acts as a cobalt light or blue ultra-violet light which highlights white tones or a infra-red light that highlights black tones depending on the paint you choose. This light is suppose to be great for doing rituals. I think that it is easy to make and it would go perfectly in your house.

Pelen Tan
• You need
1. a large glass globe(s) to be purchased from a lighting supply store (you can also use jars if you want to go simple)
2. a small candle holder for each globe
3. a rich, dark blue glass stain (to highlight white) or deep rich red glass stain (to highlight black) (purchased from a hobby shop.)
4. twine, rope, leather or thin chain to make a hanging basket to hold the globe
5. a black candle for inside of each globe. (Black is nearly invisible in blue light.)
• Paint the glass stain on the outside of the globe using a good brush to prevent streaking. (You might need several coats.)
• Glue the small candle holder inside on the bottom of the globe
• Construct a hanging basket out of the material of your choice strong enough to carry and hang the Pelen Tan with ease
• Place the globe in the hanging basket that you have make from one of the items above and hang inside or outside of your house.
The Druids used the blue light as a religious tool - a threshold device for thinning the barriers between worlds and is great with white robes. The red was used by Matriarchy for their religious ceremonies. (This is where the term 'red light district' was assigned as a place of prostitutes by the church against the use of the red spectrum by our female religious orders.)

The Black Mirror - November 27th, 2007
Color of the day: Gray - Incense of the day: Frankincense
If you’ve never worked with a black scrying mirror, this dark half of the year is a good time to start. Find a picture frame (81⁄2 x 11 inches is a good size) that you like. Take out the glass. Wash it with a tincture of mugwort and dry it thoroughly. Paint the back of the glass a flat black and let dry thoroughly. Slide the glass back into the frame, black side to the back, and consecrate it in your tradition. Light one candle on each side of the mirror and one candle halfway between you and the center of the mirror. Gaze into the glass. Ask a specific question and let images form in the glass. Be careful not to lean forward into the flame. By: Cerridwen Iris Shea

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Energy list
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.

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Silliness – Tempus is the one that sent me this. I think he’s hinting…

Pastor's New Teeth



A Pastor goes to the dentist for a set of false teeth. The first Sunday after he gets his new teeth, he talks for only eight minutes. The second Sunday, he talks for only ten minutes. The following Sunday, he talks for 2 hours and 48 minutes.

The congregation had to mob him to get him down from the pulpit and they asked him what happened.

The Pastor explains the first Sunday his gums hurt so bad he couldn't talk for more than 8 minutes. The second Sunday his gums hurt too much to talk for more than 10 minutes. But, the third Sunday, he put his wife's teeth in by mistake and he couldn't shut up...

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Daily Stuff 5-22-12

By: CoastalAnja, 6:39 PM GMT on May 22, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s been raining and blowing most of the morning, pretty amazingly at times. There were what looked like sold curtains of rain blowing past, but now the sun it trying to come through the clouds. Go figure…. The gusts are going up into the 30’s, and it’s running steadily in the teens. Oi! …and it’s still just about 50F, even if it’s supposed to go up into the low 60’s today. Dunno as it’s a-gonna make it.

Not a lot of birds today.

Travis and Hatch are here for a visit.

Maruis took the evening class. I stayed home and itched…..

I did some writing and worked on some inventory stuff, but I’m miserable enough that I’m going to can it for now. Hopefully, I’ll feel enough better that I can write more for tomorrow.

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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 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. Lasts until 4:47am on Monday. 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.

After sunset, look for the thin two-day-old Moon left of Venus.
Look for Capella 20° to Venus's upper right. Look just 2° or 3° to Venus's right or upper right for fainter Beta Tauri.
In a telescope, Venus is a dramatic, thin crescent becoming more interesting all the time. This week it enlarges from 50 to 54 arcseconds tall while waning from 10% to just 4% sunlit. You may even see the crescent with firmly braced binoculars.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Gemini
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Red

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Calendar
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/23 – Wednesday 7pm, esbat - Diana’s bow
5/25 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
5/26 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
5/27 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/28 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 3
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Noon, Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 22, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:41 AM PDT, 8:45 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:06 AM PDT, 9:19 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:22 AM PDT, 10:04 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:29 AM PDT, 10:58 PM PDT
Moon, 6:55 AM PDT, 10:27 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 13m
Length of Day, 15h 03m
Tomorrow will be 1m 52s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 3% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Tu 22 High 1:23 AM 7.6 5:41 AM Rise 6:56 AM 0
22 Low 8:26 AM -0.9 8:45 PM Set 10:28 PM
22 High 2:59 PM 6.2
22 Low 8:15 PM 2.9

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

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Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – If you could be someone else, who would that person be? Explain your choice.

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Quotes
Our senses don't deceive us: our judgment does. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Patience in the present, faith in the future, and joy in the doing. - George Perera
People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress. - Dale E. Turner
Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. – Adams

The Call
I have heard it all my life
A voice calling a name I recognized as my own.
Sometimes it comes as a soft-bellied whisper.
Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency.
But always it says: Wake up my love. You are walking asleep.
There’s no safety in that!
Remember what you are and let this knowing
take you home to the Beloved with every breath. . . . - Oriah Mountain Dreamer, from the book The Call

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Magick – Daily Om - May 3, 2012 - Going on Retreat - Making Time for Reflection
Going on retreat can be a powerful way to process what is happening in your life.

Giving ourselves time to reflect and heal can be a powerful way to process the things that are happening in our lives, and one of the best approaches to do this is by going on a retreat. Going on a retreat means that we have set the intention to heal and learn more about our spirit, and doing this is a decision that we make for ourselves.

Since everyone sees and experiences the world differently, it is important to choose a type of retreat that works best for us. Even though a friend or loved one may recommend something, we have to trust our intuition and select a path that really connects with what our soul needs most at the time. The most essential thing is to be willing to respect our unique stage of development and to be patient with ourselves since any thoughts or issues that arise are simply part of the process of healing. Just remembering that a retreat is an intense period of time where serious soul searching takes place can help us allow whatever may happen to us to fully unfold. Going on retreat may sound like a vacation, but most retreat experiences ask you to look deep inside of yourself, and sometimes this can be uncomfortable or stir the pot of our soul.

Putting our trust in the retreat process will make space for the necessary work we have to do, making it easier for our hearts and minds to explore wholly the innermost reaches of our soul. By paying attention to these messages, we pave the way for greater healing and transformation, since spending time in contemplation at a retreat will give us the gift of insight and understanding that we can use in all aspects of our daily lives.

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Energy list
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.

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Silliness – GCF: Late to School
The father said, "My son used to be late to school every day. I fixed that when I bought him a used car! Now, he is there early every day, to get a parking spot!"

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Daily Stuff 5-21-12 Gwydion Pendderwyn B-day

By: CoastalAnja, 5:51 PM GMT on May 21, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s raining. It’s not coming down really hard, just enough to make the porch roof drip. There’s not much wind and when it dies away almost completely you can see when big drips fro farther up the tree hit the leaves lower down on the alder. They dip suddenly and spring back.

That must have been a squirrel… something ran along one of the slender branches up the alder, bending it way down, then it snapped back up as though the weight was released.

…It’s a lot windier now than earlier. The bedroom door keeps banging open and shut. I need to put the block in it It’s gusting up into the low 20’s and it’s coming up on 60F.

“Block”… I made a set of baby blocks from foam rubber covered with dinosaur fabric for my kids a couple of decades ago. Most of them didn’t survive, but one that’s still around is the best thing for keeping that door from banging. It tucks into the spot the wall bends around the closet and sticks out just enough to keep the constant tapping from the door blowing open and shut from driving me nuts.

All the usual birds have been on the feeder today except for the finches. The birds aren’t being very sociable today, just flying in, nibbling busily, then flying off again.

The garden is very green. A lot of the plants look healthier since Tempus yanked the horsetail.

Well, yesterday’s eclipse was disappointing because of the clouds. We got one glimpse of the sun with a bite taken out, but it was late in the eclipse.

We had 10 students in the Wicca 101 class yesterday and finished Lesson 3. Tempus made a spaghetti lunch. Brea’s class was next, but I fell asleep in my recliner instead of listening. I believe the class was on spell-work. Tempus put “Sun Dagger” on at 1pm and the young folks were interested in getting back to the center by 3, so no Practical Craft, except on an individual basis.

Marius, Travis and Willow showed up as the day went on and the discussions were so intense that even though we left the shop at 10pm, the discussion continued up here until after midnight and re-started for a while this morning, already!

Tempus is going to be the one at the shop today. He may be a little late opening because he has to bring some things back up here…like pills from the pharmacy… yeah, my shingles are back, darnit.

I’ll be there for Wicca 101 tonight, since there’s nothing wrong with my voice….. and we’ll be open through class-time.

The shop opens at 11am, but may be a little later today, just wait for Tempus to get back. 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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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. Lasts until 4:47am on Monday. 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.

Can you pick up this month's thin crescent Moon yet? During twilight in the Americas it's barely 24 hours old. (After all, it was in front of the Sun yesterday afternoon!) Using binoculars, look for it no more than a half hour after sunset well below Venus in the west-northwest.
Seen in a telescope, Venus in the western dusk is enlarging in diameter while waning in phase. It's moving down Sunward, swinging (in its faster orbit) toward the line between Earth and Sun.
Venus (magnitude –4.5, in Taurus) is the bright "Evening Star" in the west-northwest in twilight. It's dropping lower every day.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Gemini
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Grey

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Calendar
5/21 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 3
Planting 5/23-25
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/23 – Wednesday 7pm, esbat - Diana’s bow
5/25 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
5/26 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
5/27 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Noon, Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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www.wunderground.com
May. 21, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:42 AM PDT, 8:43 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:07 AM PDT, 9:18 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:23 AM PDT, 10:03 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:30 AM PDT, 10:56 PM PDT
Moon, 6:08 AM PDT, 9:40 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 10m
Length of Day, 15h 01m
Tomorrow will be 1m 54s longer.
New Moon, 0% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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M 21 High 12:49 AM 7.7 5:42 AM Rise 6:09 AM 0
21 Low 7:51 AM -0.8 8:44 PM Set 9:40 PM
21 High 2:21 PM 6.2
21 Low 7:39 PM 2.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation - Listen to the morning sounds: bird's songs; wind in the tree; the roar of traffic; children's voices. What do these sounds convey to you?

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? - What do you think you could learn from a butterfly?

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Quotes
No one can change your lot in life but you. - Kerr Cuhulain
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. - Albert Einstein
On a ten-point scale, if I am at level two in any field, and desire to move to level five, I just first take the step toward level three. “A thousand-mile journey begins with the first step” and can only be taken one step at a time. Principles of Growth and Change
Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks. - Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer

What was whispered to the rose to break it open
last night was whispered to my heart. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Herbals
Tea For Easing Menstrual Cramps - Categories: Herbals - Tea
[Note: http://kittyshaman.tripod.com/herbmagick.html]

Mix equal parts of Saint Johnswort leaves and raspberry leaves in boiling leaves in boiling water for about 10 minutes.

Cinnamon Tea for Menstrual Cramps - Combine 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1 cup boiling water. This is a quick and effective way to alleviate the pain of menstrual cramps.

Herbal Hints for Women's Complaints
Ginger, in hot ginger tea or mixed with milk, is an old remedy for pain associated with menstruation.
Other herbs reputed to ease menstrual cramps include allspice, angelica, bee balm, lemon balm, black haw, chamomile, feverfew, rosemary, thyme and valerian.
Celery seed is reputed to ease water retention
Decocted basil, in strong tea, can ease the pain of cramps and heavy periods.
Consume raw garlic in your daily diet to prevent and treat yeast infections.
If you are trying to get pregnant, look for herbs that stimulate the reproductive system, such as peppermint and marigold flowers, ginseng, false unicorn root, and blue cohosh.
An infusion of basil can be effective for minimizing the night sweats of menopause.
Massage the temples with lavender oil to ease anxiety
For melancholy or depression, drink rosemary tea by itself or combined with skullcap or vervain.

Check out today's Pagan Planner: http://www.turningthewheel.org/jancalendar.htm
Saoirse, ruthee, www.turningthewheel.org

Discomfort soother - 1/2 tb. lemon balm, 1 tsp. lemon verbena, 3 tb. lavender, 2 tb, rose petals, 1tsp mugwort & 7 drops of jasmine oil....3 inch square of light blue cloth. visalize dicomforts being soothed away. makes a great dream pillow can also use as bath sachet- from Willow for me to make Marlyn

Dandelion Rheumatism Potion
To make a potion to cure rheumatism, begin with half a handful of fresh dandelion leaves. Put the dandelion leaves in a cup of boiling water, saying:

By power of leaf and herbal charm,
By potion’s strength, relieve all harm.
Pain be gone and joints be free.
As I will, so mote it be.

Infuse for fifteen minutes, adding a clear quartz crystal for the last five. Drink half a cup of the potion daily. Carry the crystal with you, but wash it each time you make a new batch of potion to remove the accrued negativity. After a few months, the dandelion potion will remove the acid deposits that cause the pain of rheumatism. ~Anna Franklin
http:// school.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html

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Energy list
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.

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Silliness – GCF: Screwdriver
While assembling furniture for a friend, I asked her five-year-old son to bring me a screwdriver.
He said, "Do you want a Daddy screwdriver or a Mommy screwdriver?"
"Which one can you get faster?"
"The Mommy screwdriver."
"Okay. Bring me a Mommy screwdriver."
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Daily Stuff 5-20-12 Solar Eclipse

By: CoastalAnja, 3:14 PM GMT on May 20, 2012

Hi, folks!

Wicca 101 at 10am. Brea’s Elements at Noon. Practical Craft at 2pm.

There’s a solar eclipse today! The total eclipse is visible as close as Port Orford!!!! We’re only going to see a partial, but it oughta be spectacular. http://www.space.com/15657-annular-solar-eclipse-o ccurs-may20.html
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/ observingblog/A-Preview-of-May-20ths-Annular-Eclip se-141037803.html Please, be smart and do not look at the sun. You can use binoculars or a telescope to project the images onto a white surface. Better yet… punch a bunch of holes in heavy paper and look at the shadow of the sun shining through it onto the ground of white paper. That one’s weird…. It’s been pointed out that welder’s goggles will work, but please don’t try to use sunglasses. Tempus had a blank spot on his retina for about 1 ½ years from just a slip.

Somehow I don’t think we’re going to see it up here. There’s been a little dripping outside and it’s raining gently, right now. It makes the green of the alder really pop out. It’s n the low 50’s, heading for 61F today and there’s no wind at all that I can see. The drizzle is just coming down steadily.

The was a house sparrow on the feeder just now. …and a pair… and another solo… and a Stellar Jay. Something’s hopping around in the alder, shivering a branch…just I didn’t see a bird.

I didn’t get going on sage and bay. Instead Tempus and I started with inventorying the incense and the unders for that display since it was just us in the morning. We got that done just in time for Willow to show up for Rock Tumbler workshop. She got the basics and we got both of the tumblers going again. The big one is running on coarse grit, but there are enough stones that need the 2nd grit to fill the small tumbler, so that’s running.

After that I got going on herbs. I had picked the sweet woodruff blooms as I was heading to the shop, so those landed in a basket. I had finished powdering comfrey, so started with getting the kyphi bagged. There are 3 large bags of the new, small bits that Tempus thought might work really well, and only 3 small bags because we still have a lot of the small bags from the previous batch and only one of the large left. He’s been burning quite a bit of it, but there’s enough to make another set at this point.

Next up was getting more headers done, not just for the kyphi, but hops, willow bark, white sage (Willow prepped and bagged that…) and some bits and pieces of other things.

Willow and I were the only ones there for Sewing, since Mary was out because of a sore throat, and then Tempus and Willow went to help someone move a big, heavy stove, so Kaleb and I were the only ones at the shop!

At that point I started powdering yarrow (with Kaleb’s fascinated help) and got all last year’s crop done, then bagged quite a bit, got the headers done and by then they were back. There are some yarrow flowers to do, still, and there may be some leaf that’s bagged, but I didn’t find any more.

Willow and I started working on the kid’s section, not just of the library, but the materials that are already there. I’ve asked Tempus to get some of our old “kid vacation” boxes out of storage, so those materials can get added to the pile. She started with getting some of the organizers put together, and began sorting, but it was getting late enough that Tempus and I needed to get home.

So today is just the usual Sunday stuff except for the eclipse. We’re pretty excited about that! I’m thinking that I might run the “Sun Dagger” movie at 1pm in honor of that.

The shop opens at 11am, but we’ll be there a little after 9am because of class. 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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Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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 New at 4:47pm. 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 4:47pm on Sunday. Coming up on an eclipse, if you have a bad habit you want to break, now is the time!

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.



Partial/annular eclipse of the Sun! This afternoon, all but easternmost North America will experience at least a partial eclipse of the Sun. So will the Pacific and (on the morning of May 21st local date) the eastern half of Asia. The eclipse will become annular — with the rim of the Sun a brilliant ring surrounding the dark silhouette of the Moon — along a path from south China and parts of Japan across the Pacific to the California-Oregon coast and from there southeastward to end at sunset in Texas.
New Moon (exact at 7:47 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time).
For us on the Central Coast the eclipse will not completely obscure the Sun, with the Moon just taking a big bite out of it. However, the full annular eclipse will be visible as close as Port Orford!
Day by day the waxing Moon marches up away from the Sun, even as Venus moves (more slowly) down toward the Sun. Visibility of the faint objects in bright twilight is exaggerated; bring binoculars.
Arcturus shines high in the southeastern sky after dark. Vega, equally bright, shines lower in the northeast. A third of the way from Arcturus to Vega, look for dim Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, with its one modestly bright star, Alphecca. Two thirds of the way from Arcturus to Vega is the dim Keystone of Hercules.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus enters Gemini at 8:16am
Moon in Taurus enters Gemini 4:05pm
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Solar Eclipse – 5-20-12 4:23pm
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Color: Yellow

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Calendar
5/20 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/21 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
Planting 5/23-25
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/23 – Wednesday 7pm, esbat - Diana’s bow
5/25 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
5/26 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Noon, Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 20, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:43 AM PDT, 8:42 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:08 AM PDT, 9:17 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:24 AM PDT, 10:01 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:32 AM PDT, 10:54 PM PDT
Moon, 5:27 AM PDT, 8:47 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 08m
Length of Day, 14h 59m
Tomorrow will be 1m 56s longer.
Waning Crescent, 0% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Su 20 High 12:16 AM 7.7 5:43 AM Rise 5:28 AM 1
20 Low 7:16 AM -0.7 8:43 PM Set 8:47 PM
20 High 1:43 PM 6.2
20 Low 7:03 PM 2.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The road to success is paved with good intentions.

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Journal Prompt – What? - What does "The early bird gets the worm" mean to you?

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Quotes
Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver. - Barbara de Angelis
Magic is the inexplicable manifestation of an intention. - Ian Xel Lungold
Never let your memories be greater than your dreams. - Doug Ivester
No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind. - Napoleon Hill

SUPPER

Dragon scales and lizard skin
Eye of newt and parrot's chin;

Stir it backwards, stir it forward
Pour in milk, to make a custard;

Don't forget the lettuce leaves,
(For fiber and for health we weave);

Bananas, Apples and pinch of Sin
Don't forget to put those in;

Froggie toes and maple syrup,
Jelly beans and a big fat turnip;

Don't forget your favorite chants
For good luck and for happenstance;

This is my favorite recipe,
That my Aunt Hagatha gave to me. - © July 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Magick –
Daily Om - May 4, 2012 - Noticing Synchronicity - Interconnected Experiences
Things happen in our lives for a reason, even if that reason is not clear to you right away.

When events appear to fit together perfectly in our lives it may seem at first that they are random occurrences, things that are the result of coincidence. These synchronous happenings, though, are much more than that, for, if we look at them more closely they can show us that the universe is listening to us and gently communicating with us. Learning to pay attention to and link the things that occur on a daily basis can be a way for us to become more attuned to the fact that most everything happens in our lives for a reason – even when that reason is not clear right away.

When we realize that things often go more smoothly than we can ever imagine, it allows us to take the time to reflect on the patterns in our lives. Even events that might not at first seem to be related to each other are indicators that the universe is working with, not against, us. This idea of synchronicity, then, means that we have to trust there is more to our lives than what we experience on a physical level. We need to be willing to look more closely at the bigger picture, accepting and having confidence in the fact that there is more to our experiences than immediately meets the eye. Being open to synchronicity also means that we have to understand that our lives are filled with both positive and negative events. Once we can recognize that one event is neither more desirable nor better than the other – they all have an overall purpose in our lives -- then we are truly ready to listen to the messages the universe gives us.

While we may not be able to see everything in our lives as being synchronous, we can certainly use hindsight to be more aware of how the universe guides us. This sense of wonder at the mysteries of the universe and the interconnectedness present in our lives will help us see our overall ways of being and will in turn make it easier to work more consciously towards our spiritual evolution.
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Energy list
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.

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Daily Stuff 5-19-12

By: CoastalAnja, 2:12 PM GMT on May 19, 2012

Hi, folks!

Herb Workshop at 11am. Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler at noon. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.

The sun is rising. It’s beautifully orange behind the cedars. I can’t actually see the sunrise and it’s very cloudy, but that’s spreading the gorgeous color across the sky.

I’ve been watching a Stellar Jay fly up, grab a mouthful of seed and then dive away, repeatedly. Dunno what he thinks he’s doing. …well…. Other than eating….

There’s a very fast tide change this afternoon. Be careful if you’re on the beach.

I started the day really well. I got the calendula and another handful of violets, a ton of comfrey and a good basketful of horehound along with a handful of bindweed and then we took off for the shop.

I started in working on getting those into the dryer and then realized that the problems that I’ve been having with my right ear were getting worse by the minute. Tempus called the doctor for me and I got my ear cleaned out, but I’ve still got a prescription for antibiotics to fill if this gets worse. I was supposed to do a private class about sewing machines in the morning, but she was late and then I had the appointment. She didn’t manage to get back in the afternoon.

So I got back to work on the herbs. I don’t know what I did with either the good clippers or the heavy-duty scissors that I use on the comfrey root. I may have mangled a pair of the lighter-duty scissors on that, but we have another bundle of bindweed, one of comfrey, a tray of just comfrey leaves and another of cut root. At that point I started on grinding up some of the dry stuff and there’s a whole pint bottle of the dried comfrey, now, and I have the equipment put together to start in on sage and bay this morning.

Tempus was doing paperwork all day, so inventorying stuff didn’t happen.

Today is more of the same. I’m figuring that processing herbs is the workshop this morning. We have a couple of trays of rocks to start in the tumblers and then we’ll just work on whatever in the sewing workshop, as usual.

We have a knitting machine coming. An inherited one is being gifted to the shop. If anyone knows how to use one and would be willing to demonstrate, that would be awesome. Otherwise we’ll probably being trying to figure out how to make it work for a while. It is possible it will be sold if a significant enough offer is made. I’ll be getting pictures once it arrives.

Interesting article here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/bishopinthegrove/arch ives/looking-a-little-closer-at-pagan-leaders-cler gy-and-teachers/ Any comments?

There’s a solar eclipse coming up on Sunday. The total eclipse is visible as close as Port Orford!!!! We’re only going to see a partial, but it oughta be spectacular. http://www.space.com/15657-annular-solar-eclipse-o ccurs-may20.html
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/ observingblog/A-Preview-of-May-20ths-Annular-Eclip se-141037803.html Please, be smart and do not look at the sun. You can use binoculars or a telescope to project the images onto a white surface. Better yet… punch a bunch of holes in heavy paper and look at the shadow of the sun shining through it onto the ground. That one’s weird…. It’s been pointed out that welder’s goggles will work, but please don’t try to use sunglasses. Tempus had a blank spot on his retina for about 1 ½ years from just a slip.

The shop opens at 11am. 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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NASA Science News for May 18, 2012 - It won't happen again until December 2117. On June 5th, 2012, Venus will transit the face of the sun. The best places to watch are in the mid-Pacific, but travel is not required. The historic event is widely visible around the world, including at sunset from the USA. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/18may_venustransit/ VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nXv9YvkNyA

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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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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.
Phase ends on Saturday at 4:47am. 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 4:47pm on Sunday. Coming up on an eclipse, if you have a bad habit you want to break, now is the time!

Venus, moving lower in the west every evening as twilight fades, is now 2° left of much fainter Beta Tauri, which has been descending almost in parallel with it.
Partial/annular solar eclipse tomorrow! On Sunday afternoon, all but easternmost North America will experience at least a partial eclipse of the Sun. So will the Pacific and (on the morning of May 21st local date) the eastern half of Asia. The eclipse will become annular — with the rim of the Sun a brilliant ring surrounding the dark silhouette of the Moon — along a path from south China and parts of Japan across the Pacific to the California-Oregon coast and from there southeastward to end at sunset in Texas. The eclipse will still be in progress at sunset for much of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Reminder: Looking at any part of the bright Sun without a proper, safe solar filter can permanently damage your vision.
For us on the Central Coast the eclipse will not completely obscure the Sun, with the Moon just taking a big bite out of it. However, the full annular eclipse will be visible as close as Port Orford!

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Taurus
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Black
Planting 5/18-19

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Calendar
5/19 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Solar Eclipse – 5-20-12 4:23pm
5/20 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/21 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
Planting 5/23-25
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/23 – Wednesday 7pm, esbat - Diana’s bow
5/25 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Noon, Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 19, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:44 AM PDT, 8:41 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:09 AM PDT, 9:16 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:26 AM PDT, 10:00 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:34 AM PDT, 10:52 PM PDT
Moon, 4:52 AM PDT, 7:51 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 06m
Length of Day, 14h 57m
Tomorrow will be 2m 0s longer.
Waning Crescent, 2% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Sa 19 Low 6:41 AM -0.4 5:44 AM Rise 4:52 AM 4
19 High 1:04 PM 6.1 8:42 PM Set 7:51 PM
19 Low 6:26 PM 2.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don't explain; your friends don't expect it, and your enemies won't believe it.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? - Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed. -- Josh Billings

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Quotes
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. - Confucius
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I've continued to recognize the power individuals have to change virtually anything and everything in their lives in an instant. I've learned that the resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright. - Anthony Robbins
Language fits over experience like a straight-jacket. - William Golding (1911-1993) English writer

Love is the infinite rose garden;
Eternal Life the least of its blooms. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Creating your own altar.
For many this is a daunting task but really it is quite simple. The best tools we can have, in my opinion, are those that we can make ourselves and fill with our own very personal energy and intent. Regardless of your path or perception, exploring your creativity will help you along by encouraging meditation and focus. Serving trays work great for personal altars. They can be easily put away if you are short on space or travel beautifully with you. To start, any tray will work, these can be found at thrift shops, yard sales, any store or craft store. A quick coat of gesso and you are ready to go! Paint your altar any color that you like and if you are so inclined, add symbols or any imagery that feels right to you. If painting intimidates you then simply cover it with fabric or decoupage tissue paper or pictures from magazines on the surface. In either case be sure to apply several coats of poly to protect the surface. Don’t be afraid to give it a try! You may discover a hidden talent.
Brightest Blessings ShyOwl Reiki Practitioner Intuitive Tarot Reader Metaphysical Artist Columnist
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The Organized Altar - Pagan Studies
Spend a slow autumn afternoon copying and gathering your favorite holiday spells, affirmations and recipes into a recipe binder or card file. Having all items, as well as recipes at hand will save time during the high-stress holiday seasons. This also saves wear and tear on your BOS. High-tech tip: cut, paste and print out what you find on-line, then glue or tape them onto 3x5 cards! This will make retrieving holiday information a snap! ~GrannyMoon
GrannyMoon's Morning Feast

Creating a Moon Altar and Goddess Box
In a household space that will not be disturbed, place pictures of family members, pets, and friends. Place three white or clear stones or marbles in the bottom of a clear glass vase. Collect white flowers from your yard or garden, or purchase some at a floral shop. Place the flowers in the vase with water, and add a little sugar and salt. Add a small wooden box, preferably made from white oak or pine. Write down anything that is bothering you and place the paper in the box.
Ask the Goddess to take care of the situation for you, and stop worrying about it. Be sure to remove any wilted flowers immediately, and replace them with fresh flowers. As your problems are resolved, remove them from the box. Thank the Goddess for her help. Bury or burn the paper outside. ~ Therese Francis
Visit Crone's Corner on Yahoo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/

Making a Water Altar - October 16th, 2007
Color of the day: Black - Incense of the day: Frankincense
The element of water relates to the soul, emotions, intuition, cleansing, tides, and cycles. The scents of water include gardenia, jasmine, rose, and sandalwood; its stones include aquamarine, chrysocolla, lapis lazuli, and moonstone. Its main color is blue, with secondary associations to limpid shades of lavender and green, and gray and white.Even if you have very little space, you can enjoy a water altar. For this, you need a large, clear glass vase. Put some blue marbles in the bottom and a mesh tray in the neck to hold plant cuttings which will root. (Some people like to add a single fish.) Consecrate it with these words:
Sacred water in a vase
Spread your blessings through this place
Wash away despair
and strife
Fill the space with
hope and life.
Keep your water altar in bright, indirect sunlight and repeat the rhyme whenever you add or change water. By: Elizabeth Barrette

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Energy list
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.

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Silliness – GCF: The ABC Song
Customer in bookstore: Hey, can you help me find this book?
Clerk: Sure.
(He holds up a piece of paper with the title and author of a book on it. I find it on the shelves and hand it to him.)
Customer: Thanks! How'd you do that so fast?
Clerk: Well, I've worked here awhile, and the books are all in alphabetical order by author's name.
Customer: What do you mean?
Clerk: Alphabetical order. Like the alphabet song? You know, A's before B's?
(He looks confused, but then widens his eyes.)
Customer: The letters actually go in that order? I thought that song was just to remember them all.

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Daily Stuff 5-18-12 Mt St Helens Day

By: CoastalAnja, 5:27 PM GMT on May 18, 2012

Hi, folks!

The sunshine is incredibly beautiful this morning. I’ve been spending far too much time looking out the window. There’s some cloud that dims it every so often, but doesn’t seem to put it out. I want to get into the garden for a bit this morning on the way to the shop.

There are little birds on the feeder this morning, mostly chickadees and house sparrows, and Tempus put new liquid in the hummingbird feeder, too.

Around 10am yesterday I told Tempus that I was sleepy and going to lie down for a bit. Apparently he headed down to the shop on his bike and got everything started. I woke at 1:30! It didn’t leave me enough time to do anything other than grab a quick bath, pack up the computer, do a few minutes of harvesting (woodruff and calendula) and head for the shop. I printed a couple more headers that I set up during the morning after the newsletter went out and then folks started arriving for the tea.

No one was there for class. Hmm… I wanted to get this class done with before Beltane just so this didn’t happen, but we’ve only got two or three class sessions to go….

So we headed home a little earlier than usual for a Thursday, which was good because I was already wiped out again. I fell asleep right after supper and couldn’t drag myself out this morning until past 8:15. I guess it’s leftovers from being sick, but wow… I never sleep that much in the springtime!

So today we’re heading in to the shop at the usual time. We’re working on re-stocking the herb wall. I want to try to pull out some of the yard sale stuff to get pictures. I have more herbs to process that have finished drying…and I’m trying to decide if I should throw the comfrey root in the dehydrator, because after two months it’s still not dry….some of the stuff from last fall still isn’t!!!!! We also need to get in to do work on inventorying some of the prints that haven’t been done in a while. Lots to do! …and I have some more woodruff, calendula, comfrey, lungwort, etc. to harvest before we head out.

Interesting article here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/bishopinthegrove/arch ives/looking-a-little-closer-at-pagan-leaders-cler gy-and-teachers/ Any comments?

There’s a solar eclipse coming up on Sunday. The total eclipse is visible as close as Port Orford!!!! We’re only going to see a partial, but it oughta be spectacular. http://www.space.com/15657-annular-solar-eclipse-o ccurs-may20.html Please, be smart and do not look at the sun. You can use binoculars or a telescope to project the images onto a white surface. Better yet… punch a bunch of holes in heavy paper and look at the shadow of the sun shining through it onto the ground. That one’s weird…. It’s been pointed out that welder’s goggles will work, but please don’t try to use sunglasses. Tempus had a blank spot on his retina for about 1 ½ years from just a slip.

…and they’re playing the Blue Danube Waltz on AllClassical.org… this is going to be a good day!

The shop opens at 11am. 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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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 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.
Phase ends on Saturday at 4:47am.

Arcturus is the brightest star high in the southeast these evenings. It's the leading light of the constellation Bootes, the Herdsman. The main stars of Bootes form a narrow, bent kite shape extending left of Arcturus, nearly three fists at arm's length long. Or maybe the kite is a pointy-toed shoe, with Arcturus the tip of the toe.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Virgo) shines in the southeast in twilight and highest in the south around 11 p.m. The star 5° to Saturn's lower right in the evening is Spica, slightly fainter and bluer.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 3:03am
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Coral
Planting 5/18-19

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Calendar
5/19 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Solar Eclipse – 5-20-12 4:23pm
5/20 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/21 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
Planting 5/23-25
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/23 – Wednesday 7pm, esbat - Diana’s bow
5/25 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Noon, Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 18, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 5:45 AM PDT 8:40 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:10 AM PDT 9:15 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 4:27 AM PDT 9:58 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 3:36 AM PDT 10:50 PM PDT
Moon 4:21 AM PDT 6:52 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 16h 04m
Length of Day 14h 55m
Tomorrow will be 2m 2s longer.
Waning Crescent, 5% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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F 18 Low 6:05 AM -0.1 5:45 AM Rise 4:21 AM 8
18 High 12:23 PM 5.9 8:41 PM Set 6:53 PM
18 Low 5:48 PM 2.4
18 High 11:43 PM 7.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When people are laughing, they're generally not killing each other.

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative - Tell about a dream that you can remember.

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Quotes
If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. - Bob Hope
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. - Coco Chanel
In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. - Eleanor Roosevelt
In youth we learn; in age we understand. - H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer

THE AWESOME AMAZON

I'm a daughter of ice giants,
And an amazon queen;
I carry spears and axes
And am beautiful and lean.

I have many warrior subjects,
And they look at me in awe;
For I'm talented and awesome,
And haven't any flaw.

My horse can gallop rapid miles
At a time, you'll see;
In the world there's no one else
Quite as great as me!

I love to fight and roar and kill
And bite and claw and hack;
And if you believe all that,
I have some flying pigs out back! - © Copyright 09/12/05, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Magick – Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouth of babes.

What does Love mean?

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?"

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think :

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love." Rebecca- age 8
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"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth." Billy - age 4 (I love this one)
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"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other." Karl - age 5
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"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs." Chrissy - age 6
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"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired." Terri - age 4
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"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK." Danny - age 7
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"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss" Emily - age 8
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"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen." Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)
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"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate," Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)
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"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday." Noelle - age 7
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"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well." Tommy - age 6
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"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken." Elaine-age 5
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"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford." Chris - age 7
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"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day." Mary Ann - age 4
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"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones." Lauren - age 4
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"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." (what an image) Karen - age 7
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"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross." Mark - age 6
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"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget." Jessica - age 8
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And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.

The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry"

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Energy list
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.

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Silliness – GCF: Semi-Pro Baseball

John was never shy about reminding people that he played semi-pro baseball.

"My teammates used to call me James Bond," he was telling his friends. "I had all sorts of tricks to confuse the opposition."

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By: CoastalAnja, 5:05 PM GMT on May 17, 2012

Hi, folks!

Crones’ Tea at 3pm. Wicca 103 at 5pm.

The sun fights his way through the clouds every so often, but mostly, while it’s bright, there’s no direct sunlight.

The porch roof drips once in a great while. I’m guessing that’s leftover dew. …or something.

Tempus just put seed in the feeder. The birds are going to be a lot happier. He said that he saw a tiny gold bird yesterday. I’m guessing it was a goldfinch. …and the traffic at the feeder has been steady. Lots and lots of little birds, nibbling away... There’s a chickadee out there right now.

The Rural Tourism Studio finished up yesterday. There are some projects going already including an adventure race, a web landing page for all the local towns, a trail map for the area and a program to teach local “front” people some area history and where things are. That last is called the “We Speak” program. It’s been going in Yachats for a bit, but they’re going to expand it. These are just the starter, “easy” projects. The website group is also looking into doing info kiosks, themed literature and other projects including some actual marketing. Each project has an action team and all but one have set meeting times in the next month.

The Overleaf Lodge is a really nice place. I got to wander a bit in their cut-flower garden yesterday and they have some beautiful iris, along with a lot of other flowers.

I can definitely recommend it for the food, too. We had quiche and a lovely salad with nasturtiums in it for lunch, and they (without my having to request it) made one with no pepper, remembered what I looked like and handed me a big slice! Oh, that was a lovely quiche, too: an assortment of fresh mushrooms was the basic filling, but just delicious! They had various fruits out for us and pastries in the morning. I had a plain buttermilk scone, but it wasn’t heavy or floury, just nice and light and tasty. In the afternoon they made us some popcorn again. I managed this time to save out a little tray of the caramel corn for Tempus.

When he picked me up we went to the park for a few minutes, climbed down from the viewing platform and I showed him the remnants of the old stairs. He was amazed that the ocean could do that much damage.

The Kick-off Event was at Ona. I hadn’t been there since Yachats Crab and Chowder House was sold, years ago. They did a lovely hot nibbles buffet for us and each of us got a drink of our choice. Tempus grabbed us each a glass of white wine and that went beautifully with the hot buffet. We all got our certificates and gave the two ladies who had run the Studio each a gift basket. The Vision Statement that we came up with is awesome. I’m going to ask Tempus to scan it, so I can share that with you all.

When I got home last night I told him that we must have come to the wrong house…. He got the horsetail pulled from the most of the garden! He was hurting last night, too…. I still have grass and all to do, but that was the biggest job.

He’s heading for the shop in a few minutes. I’m going to stay home until Crones’ Tea and do a little baking (I’m thinking to do a bread pudding) and catch up on stuff that I haven’t had time to do for a couple of days. Hopefully, I’ll even get some time in the garden, myself!

There’s a solar eclipse coming up on Sunday. We’re only going to see a partial, but it oughta be spectacular. http://www.space.com/15657-annular-solar-eclipse-o ccurs-may20.html Please, be smart and do not look at the sun. You can use binoculars or a telescope to project the images onto a white surface. Better yet… punch a bunch of holes in heavy paper and look at the shadow of the sun shining through it onto the ground. That one’s weird…. It’s been pointed out that welder’s goggles will work, but please don’t try to use sunglasses. Tempus had a blank spot on his retina for about 1 ½ years from just a slip.

The shop opens at 11am and we’ll be there through class 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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NASA Science News for May 16, 2012 - NASA has just released a new count of asteroids that come close to the orbit of Earth and could survive entry through our planet's atmosphere. The data, gathered by an infrared space telescope named WISE, reveal important new information about the origin and make-up of these potentially hazardous space rocks. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/16may_pha/

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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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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.
Phase ends on Saturday at 4:47am.

The Summer Triangle is fully up in the east by about 11 p.m. Its top star is Vega, the brightest in the eastern sky. About two fist-widths to Vega's lower left is Deneb. Farther to Vega's lower right is Altair. If you have a dark sky, you'll see that the Milky Way runs through it.
Mars (magnitude +0.2) shines fire-orange under the belly of Leo. It's high in the south-southwest at dusk and lower in the southwest to west later in the evening. Spot Regulus 8° or 9° to Mars's right in twilight, and to its lower right later. They're moving farther apart daily. Fainter Gamma Leonis is 8° above Regulus. Mars in a telescope is gibbous and small, 9 arcseconds wide, fading and shrinking.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aries
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Crimson
Harvest 5/16-17

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Calendar
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
Planting 5/18-19
5/19 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Solar Eclipse – 5-20-12 4:23pm
5/20 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/21 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
Planting 5/23-25
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/23 – Wednesday 7pm, esbat - Diana’s bow
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Noon, Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 17, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:46 AM PDT, 8:39 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:12 AM PDT, 9:13 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:28 AM PDT, 9:57 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:38 AM PDT, 10:48 PM PDT
Moon, 3:53 AM PDT, 5:52 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 01m
Length of Day, 14h 53m
Tomorrow will be 2m 6s longer.
Waning Crescent, 12% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Th 17 Low 5:26 AM 0.3 5:46 AM Rise 3:53 AM 14
17 High 11:36 AM 5.7 8:40 PM Set 5:53 PM
17 Low 5:07 PM 2.2
17 High 11:09 PM 7.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You are the only person you need to please.

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Journal Prompt – Why is it...? - Why does the ocean have a tide? (Don’t worry about the scientific reasons…create your own myth!)

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Quotes
Ideas control the world. - James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
If it frustrates you that they don't allow laptops on a Ferris wheel, you may be a workaholic. - Dr. Donald E. Wetmore
If you can't change your mind, are you sure you still have one? - Russ Kick (Outposts)
If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. - Mary Engelbreit

Garden of miracles,
what kind of garden are you? - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Easing Troubled Sleep Blend - Master Gray - As Blended by Master Vonda's Shawna
This is a sachet that can also be used as an incense when day to day troubles invade your restful night's sleep.
½ oz Benzoin (harmony & inspiration – also a scent fixative)
½ oz Dragon's Blood (boosts the power of the rest of the ingredients as well as protection)
½ oz Chamomile (modesty, money, peace, tranquility, wealth)
¼ oz Hops (Healing, sleep )
¼ oz Lavender (consecration, gentleness, good luck, harmony, love, magic, money, peace, peace of mind)
¼ oz Mugwort (to prevent theft, protection, psychic protection, rest, sleep, strength)
¼ oz Peppermint (to brighten disposition, good luck, happiness, love, material objects, money, wealth, prosperity, protection, renewal, rest, sleep, transformation)
½ oz Rose (harmony, peace, peace of mind, tranquility, transformation)
½ oz Rosemary (confidence, courage, fidelity, good luck, happiness, honesty, inspiration, knowledge, longevity, love, meditation, memory, peace of mind, to prevent theft, strength, wisdom.)
1 oz Sandalwood Chips (Good Luck & Success)
10 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl while thinking of a good nights sleep and realizing all of your good dreams coming true.

Jamaican Sleeping Potion - November 18th, 2006
Color of the day: Blue Incense of the day: Patchouli

As the first day of week’s end, today is a day we do all those little things we are too busy to do during the week. Increasingly, many of use are overwhelmed with work and other duties. We get little sleep, especially high quality sleep. A tasty brew that hails from the highlands of Jamaica harnesses the calming quality of warmed milk and the exotic cardamom pod. Make the potion for as many people as need it. Take one white cardamom pod for each person and grind them using a mortar and pestle. Remove large parts of the husk of the pods, and discard. Add the powder to a clean cauldron or pot. Add one cup of milk (cow’s milk or goat’s milk, preferably) for each person. Warm this brew over medium heat, but do not bring to a boil. Strain it and pour into cups. Sprinkle the top with nutmeg, another spice with a marked tranquilizing effect. Before you know it, you’ll all be nodding off for a sound night of uninterrupted sleep.
By: Stephanie Rose Bird
Anja’s Note: This “sleeping potion” contains “white cardamom”. I’ve never heard of or seen that, so I googled it. It looks like there’s a serious problem with white cardamom since it’s bleached by a process that might introduce odd chemicals into the spice. From the looks of it you’re safer with the standard spice that you find in the baking section.
I would also suggest that, along with the cardamom and nutmeg, you could use vanilla bean, especially if you’re male. Nutmeg works for the feminine part of each of us and vanilla for male.
This is a variation on the “warm milk before bed” prescription as a sleeping aid that has been used for millennia. Several decades ago, someone did a chemical study to find out what it was that made this work. Was it a placebo, or was there a chemical effect? It turns out that there are a number of chemicals in this combo that actually do have a soporific effect. It’s real on the physical level and with adding the spices for the magickal purpose, we really cover the bases!]

A Headache Balm
1/2 ounce Beeswax
1/4 cup Almond oil
10 drops Lavender oil
5 drops Peppermint oil

Heat beeswax and Almond oil in double boiler until completely melted. Remove from heat. Cool and add essential oils. Mix well and put into jars.
To relieve headache pain massage the "Headache Balm" gently onto the forehead working your way towards the temples. ~ source unknown, GrannyMoon's Morning Feast Archives

Blemish Fighter
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Tea Tree
5 drops Lemon

Blend together and store in an amber or cobalt bottle. Use the end of a cotton swab to apply tiny amounts to blemishes.
Brought to you by AromaThyme.com - http://www.aromathyme.com

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Energy list
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.

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Silliness – GCF: Mortgage Payment

Finally, our last mortgage payment came due. To make a ceremony of it, we went to the bank and paid in person.

The teller processed everything and handed me the closing papers.

Heading for the door, I suddenly remembered a rebate check I'd brought along to cash.

I went back to the same teller. "Sorry, we can't do that," she explained. "You don't have an account here."

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Daily Stuff 5-16-12

By: CoastalAnja, 3:37 PM GMT on May 16, 2012

Hi, folks!

No Herbs Outdoors today.

Rural Tourism Studio for me today! It’s the last day of it, and I’m ready for it to be done with….. The Kickoff is tonight from 5-7pm and everyone in the area is encouraged to attend. It will be at the Ona Restaurant in Yachats.

It’s beautiful outside this morning. 53F (going to the upper 50’s)… windless... The sky is very, very blue, unlike the last few days of morning cloud. There was a heavy dew last night and everyone little thing is sparkling.

The crows are out there fighting over some dead mac ‘n cheese that Tempus put out for them.

I gave one slug flying lessons yesterday morning as I was leaving for the workshop. The blasted thing had eaten *all* of the one orris flower that was left. I kicked him. He flew across the garden and hit the house next door. Yeah, I was mad….. I just can’t figure out how to keep the darned things out of the garden and it doesn’t seem that even baiting them with beer will do it. At least that way they die happy. I hate to put out slug bait.

Yesterday’s topic was Marketing on a Shoestring. I have a whole set of pages on ideas and connections and places to go for help with getting your word out. Just e-mail or ask. Some of it might go up on the Pan-Pagan group.

Today is Fundraising. We’re at the Overleaf Lodge again. The setting there is beautiful.

Tempus got the planter box picked up. He’s still figuring out how to fasten it.

Tempus didn’t get to the potatoes, I don’t think.

There’s a solar eclipse coming up on Sunday. We’re only going to see a partial, but it oughta be spectacular. http://www.space.com/15657-annular-solar-eclipse-o ccurs-may20.html Please, be smart and do not look at the sun. You can use binoculars or a telescope to project the images onto a white surface. Better yet… punch a bunch of holes in paper and look at the shadow of the sun shining through it onto the ground. That one’s weird….

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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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NASA Science News for May 15, 2012 - On Sunday, May 20th, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, producing an annular solar eclipse visible across the Pacific side of Earth from China to the United States. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/15may_sunday/ VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YX2blo1eRk

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Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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.
Phase ends on Saturday at 4:47am.

This is the time of year when the Big Dipper floats upside down at its highest due north when the stars come out. Far below it is Polaris. Far below Polaris, near or even below the horizon depending on your latitude, is W-shaped Cassiopeia.
Look high to Venus's upper right for Capella. Look just to Venus's right for Beta Tauri, also known as El Nath, glimmering only 1/300 as bright (at magnitude +1.6). They're slowly moving apart; Beta Tauri is 1.5° from Venus on May 11th and 2.0° from it by the 18th. Venus is plunging toward inferior conjunction, when it will transit the face of the Sun on June 5–6 (on the afternoon of the 5th for North America); see our article in the June Sky & Telescope, page 50, or online. This will be the last transit of Venus until 2117.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aries
Venus Retrograde
Color: Red
Harvest 5/16-17

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Calendar
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
5/16 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
Planting 5/18-19
5/19 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Solar Eclipse – 5-20-12 4:23pm
5/20 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/21 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
Planting 5/23-25
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday 7pm, esbat - Diana’s bow
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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www.wunderground.com
May. 16, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:47 AM PDT, 8:38 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:13 AM PDT, 9:12 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:30 AM PDT, 9:56 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:39 AM PDT, 10:46 PM PDT
Moon, 3:28 AM PDT, 4:52 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 59m
Length of Day, 14h 51m
Tomorrow will be 2m 7s longer.
Waning Crescent, 16% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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W 16 Low 4:41 AM 0.9 5:47 AM Rise 3:28 AM 22
16 High 10:41 AM 5.6 8:39 PM Set 4:53 PM
16 Low 4:23 PM 1.9
16 High 10:33 PM 7.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We fall in love... we fall out of love... we search for new loves.. yearn for old loves.... we have memories.... we make new memories. We live every day of our lives. Sometimes not the way that we want to... but we do it anyway... Never forget to tell someone you love that you love them.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? - Make friends before you need them. -- Unknown

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Quotes
Gold medals don't make champions . . . hard work does. - Unknown
Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it. - Horace Mann
I don't like being told what to do. - Linda Eastman McCartney (1942-1998) US photographer
I think I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. - Booker T. Washington

The Cricket and the Rose
In fall
the cricket
beneath the rose bush
watches

as the roses fall
to the very ground
that is his kingdom also.
So they're neighbors,

one full of fragrance,
the other
the harper
of a single dry song.

We call this time of the year
the beginning of the end
of another circle,
a convenience

and nothing more.
For the cricket's song
is surely a prayer,
and a prayer, when it is given,

is given forever.
This is a truth
I'm sure of,
for I'm older than I used to be,

and therefore I understand things
nobody would think of
who's young and in a hurry.
The snow is very beautiful.

Under it are the lingering
petals of fragrance,
and the timeless body
of prayer. - Mary Oliver

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Magick – The Unoriginality of Jesus
http://www.bandoli.no/nooriginaljesus.htm
The originality of Jesus

Who was the Son of the highest God, and the biggest healer in Antiquity? He healed the sick and even raised the dead. Hear and behold: former paralysed walked again, the blind could miraculously see again, and the deaf could listen and the mute speak after the Master's gentle touch! But he did not only heal the body, he also healed the soul. They called him Saviour and Redeemer, and he healed both rich and poor, men and women, young and old, slaves and free men, friends and enemies. In one occasion a paralysed man was brough to him in his bed, and took his bed and left walking after the Saviour had touched him. What was this Saviour's name?

. . . Asklepios.

Who was born by a mortal virgin mother and had a divine Father, and was known as the "Saviour of the world"? Before he was born his parents wandered to a bigger town, and prophets had foretold his birth and that he would be a king. This instigated a search for the infant Saviour by a leading figure who wanted to kill him. After growing up the Son of God was shown all the kingdoms of the world from a high mountain. He also walked on water and when he met his end his mother and his favorite disciple stood by him. He then tells his mother: "Do not cry, I'm going to heaven". When he dies he utter: "It is finished" and the earth trembles and darkness cover the land. Then he ascended to
heaven, and his greatest achievement was to conquer death.

His name was of course . . . Hercules.

We all of course know the Redeemer who was no figure of pagan Greek polytheism. He was the true Saviour who wanted to help and save the sinful humans, by sacrificing himself. But he was willing to do this, out of love, pity and compassion for the humans.

His name: . . . Prometheus.

Now, who was the real Son of God, born by a mortal virgin mother, and often presented as the venerated newborn infant, or depicted riding a donkey? He healed the sick and did numerous wonders, among those making fine wine from plain water. He was killed but resurrected from the dead and became immortal. The followers of this God often ate a holy meal in a kind of sacramental union with the deity to achieve immortality after their death. One of this god's finest achievements was his death, his sacrifice, which delivers the whole human kind.

The God was the very popular Dionysos.

Who is the "Light of the World", the One, the God who defeated death? Born of a virgin mother, considered the first true King by the people. Who rose from the grave and ascended to heaven. He defeated death, and must be considered the single true God.

Of course the Egyptian Osiris!

Now, the real God often called the "Light of the world", "The good shepherd", "The lamb" and is ". . . the way, the truth, and the life". Identified with a cross. Who could that be?

Horus, (the son of Osiris).

The original "Light of the world" was the mediator between God and man and was born on the 25th of December. Local shepherds witnessed his birth and gave him gifts. He had 12 disciples, and when his work was done on earth he gathered together to a last supper, and then ascended to heaven. At doomsday he will return to pass judgment on both the living and the dead. The righteous will go to heaven and the sinful will be killed in a giant fire. Sunday is his holyday, and this religion gave us the seven days of the week. His followers called each other "brothers" and their leaders "fathers". They practiced baptism and established a sacred meal ritual, where flesh and blood was symbolically consumed by initiates. Above earth was heaven, and below the dark hell with demons and the sinners.

The 'Light of the World' is of course the sungod Mithra.

Wise men were led to his birth by a star, and his conception was miraculous. After his birth the ruler in the area wanted him dead and started a hunt for the child. But his parents were warned by a heavenly messenger who told them to escape over the river with the holy child. Here, he was met by shepherds. The boy grew up and did many great deeds, and was the mediator between God and man.

His name: Krishna.

Who then, was the God whose mother was told by an angel that she would give birth to a holy child destined to be a Saviour? Even as a child he instructed the priests in the temple in religious matters, while his parents were looking for him. He started his religious career when he was ca 30 years of age, and surrounded himself with 12 disciples. One of the disciples is his favorite. Another is a traitor. He and his disciples abstain from wealth and travel around talking in parables and metaphors. This God called himself "Son of Man" and was referred to as "Prophet", "Master" and "Lord". He did many great wonders and healed the sick, blind could see again and deaf hear. He also walked on water. When one of his disciples tried to do the same, he started to sink - his faith was not strong enough.

We are here obviously talking about Buddha.

Our Saviour cannot be mistaken for any other. He performed countless miracles on earth, miracles well attested to by bystanders. He healed the sick and the crippled, restored sight to the blind, cast out demons, and even raised the dead! His birth was of a virgin, foretold by an angel. While still a child, he exhibited extraordinary knowledge of religious scripture. He reformed the corrupt and worldly religions of his day. He was crucified, rose from the tomb and appeared to his disciples to prove to them his power over death, after which he ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. He was known as "the Son of God!" His message is of love and compassion.

We give you: Apollonius of Tyana

And there is of course the God-man, the prophet, the founder of a great monotheistic religion that still exist today. He preached that there was only one true God, and his teachings focused on the eternal fight between good and evil. The teachings include the idea of the Saviour will wake the dead and pass judgment on all. The righteous ones goes to Paradise and the sinful straight to a burning Hell. The very word of Paradise stems from this religion. This semigod started his career in his early thirties, and had a following of disciples. As a band of monks they wandered around, preaching their religion. He was eventually killed and sent to heaven.

And he was the Persian Zarathustra.


The problem for Jesus is that all these deities are much older than him. You don't have to be very bright to see where the authors of the Gospels got their "devine inspiration" when they created the Jewish version of the popular God-Man/ World-Saviour of Antiquity.
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Could it not be that Jesus is acknowledged as Messiah because he fits the pattern? Don't these archetypal criteria sit hardwired in our minds, waiting for someone to come along and meet them? Why denigrate? Why not recognize these motifs as the earmarks of divinity? And even if one is not a believer, is it really necessary to try to destroy beliefs that others hold sacred? The last paragraph of this writing sounds as smug and judgmental as the words of any religious extremist of any ilk.

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Gillian:

Mithra is thought to be the source of inspiration for the Jesus story in the four gospels. This may have been under the supervision of Bishop Irenaeus as the Mithra religion was popular among the Roman soldiers. This was sometime around 290-325 CE.

Christians of the first three centuries did not believe in a historical Jesus nor did the Apostle Paul.

What is called orthodox Christianity is a patriarchal religion intended to keep the masses in subjection.

Early believers were first called Christians. They were later (after 325 CE) referred to as Gnostics. That was subsequently equated with heresy.

I find nothing smug in the last paragraph. It's a statement of fact. These other God-men stories preceded the Jesus stories by centuries.

Galileo's comment is appropriate: "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."

Hypatia of Alexandria's comment is still appropriate: "All formal dogmatic religions, are fallacious, and never should be accepted by self-respecting persons as final."

Presenting myth and legend as historical events was a common practice among the ancients. Hence ancient writings are full of these kind of documents that subsequently became the basis for religion. Since such stories were not subject to any proof, it was elevated to the level of mystery.

Today it is sufficient to see that life itself is a mystery as is the mystery of existence. If you want a theology for this, consider The Mystery of Existence as God.

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Thank you David for your insights and references! Respectfully Gillian, I have come to believe that sometimes what others hold sacred, can be their greatest obstacle. When it comes to religious beliefs, nothing could be truer. The Mystery is alive within us, and so are the avatars we emulate. As I have heard it said, "The Truth is so, and then it is so what." You move deeper into the moment. Historically, having reached an insight, we seem to prefer to move deeper into being right.

John
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Hi David.

I'll answer in line.
Mithra is thought to be the source of inspiration for the Jesus story in the four gospels. This may have been under the supervision of Bishop Irenaeus as the Mithra religion was popular among the Roman soldiers. This was sometime around 290-325 CE.

--Yes. Mithraism was one of several mystery religions which abounded in Rome. The worship of Isis was another one. She has been seen, amongst other goddesses, as the model for the Virgin Mary.
Christians of the first three centuries did not believe in a historical Jesus nor did the Apostle Paul.

--That's an interesting assertion. I'd love to see it supported. It would sure make Paul look pretty cynical.
What is called orthodox Christianity is a patriarchal religion intended to keep the masses in subjection.

--I'm sure that can be said about Christianity once it was adopted by Rome. Apparently the structure of Bishop - Priest -Deacon was pretty attractive and the Judaic moral system had been appealing to Romans for some time before. But according to Eileen Pagels, orthodox Christianity had to become authoritative in order to close ranks and withstand the competition afforded by other mystery religions, persecution from the government , and the resentment of rank-and-file Romans.
Early believers were first called Christians. They were later (after 325 CE) referred to as Gnostics. That was subsequently equated with heresy.

--The earliest believers identified as Jews. The Gnostics differed from the Orthodox, amongst other ways, in that theirs was a more introspective faith. Pagels book on the Gospel of Thomas points out that that Gospel of Thomas sends the faithful inward, while the Gospel of John maintains that God is without. Having no need for a hierarchy, the Gnostics were seen as loose cannons and thus dangerous to the survival of the faith.

I find nothing smug in the last paragraph. It's a statement of fact. These other God-men stories preceded the Jesus stories by centuries.

--"You don't have to be very bright to see where the authors of the Gospels got their "devine inspiration" when they created the Jewish version of the popular God-Man/ World-Saviour of Antiquity."
I'm sorry. The statement does indeed sound smug to me. It reads as if a bunch of guys got togther with the express purpose of creating a false god. It imports a cynicism which I find very hard to believe was there. Whether Jesus existed or not, the story began on a grassroots level. There was something within the story that fostered the collective unconscious. That it was institutionalized later for the purposes of keeping the populus in line is immaterial when facing the archetypal nature of this figure. The fact that archetypal heroes have always been with us does not negate the power of any of their stories. The listing of previous archetypal figures who embody parts of this culmination only underscores the power of this figure. I do not disagree that the myth (not in the sense of a lie but of a transcendent truth) has been corrupted and perverted and imbued with a historicity which saps it of its spiritual strength. But the fact remains that this story has been a source of comfort for millions of people for two millenium. I may not believe in its literal factuality, but I take no pleasure in destroying the faith of others.

Galileo's comment is appropriate: "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."

--Agreed. It blows me away when I read people who have and use all of these qualities and still burn with a deep faith. I feel then that I have missed something very important.

Hypatia of Alexandria's comment is still appropriate: "All formal dogmatic religions, are fallacious, and never should be accepted by self-respecting persons as final."

--Definitely. Atheism included.

Presenting myth and legend as historical events was a common practice among the ancients. Hence ancient writings are full of these kind of documents that subsequently became the basis for religion. Since such stories were not subject to any proof, it was elevated to the level of mystery.

--Yes indeed. It still is. We've done the same thing to John F. Kennedy, Bruce Lee, Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Tupac Shakur...

Today it is sufficient to see that life itself is a mystery as is the mystery of existence. If you want a theology for this, consider The Mystery of Existence as God.

--Yes indeed. Contemplation upon the mystery of being can be found in Jesus' teachings and the Buddha's and the Quran and the Bhagavad Gita and in the caves of Lascaux and on Ayers Rock. All faiths return to this at the core. And I see no need to negate any one of them.

God(ess) Bless
Gillian

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Dear David,

I wrote that last note amidst a pile of papers and students interrupting me to ask advice on their Iliad projects, and I forgot to address a point.

You said:

"Mithra is thought to be the source of inspiration for the Jesus story in the four gospels. This may have been under the supervision of Bishop Irenaeus as the Mithra religion was popular among the Roman soldiers. This was sometime around 290-325 CE."

It's pretty much agreed that the Gospels were written around 50 - 100 years after the time of the crucifixion. They were well established by the time of Bishop Irnaeus. As a matter of fact, 325 is the date of the first Nicean Council in which much of what became Orthodox Christianity was codified.

It would not be surprising that much of what was attributed to Mithra would become attached to Jesus, but not so much by the organized church but by the power of the folk process. There also seems to be much of Buddhist thought in Jesus' words, and given that there would have been trade with that part of Asia for some time, it's not all that surprising.

Namaste,
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You commented:

Christians of the first three centuries did not believe in a historical Jesus nor did the Apostle Paul.

--That's an interesting assertion. I'd love to see it supported. It would sure make Paul look pretty cynical.

Albert Schweitzer's book, "The Quest for the Historical Jesus" of some years ago. A more recent book, mentioned here by Two Spirit Sadaaya entitled "The Laughing Jesus" by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy has a good historical look at both the Old and New Testaments and the Qu'ran as well. It has lots of references.

Paul only looks cynical because of all the additions that have been added to his letters to make it appear he believed in a historical Jesus and that he supported a patriarchic religion.

--The earliest believers identified as Jews. The Gnostics differed from the Orthodox, amongst other ways, in that theirs was a more introspective faith. Pagels book on the Gospel of Thomas points out that that Gospel of Thomas sends the faithful inward, while the Gospel of John maintains that God is without. Having no need for a hierarchy, the Gnostics were seen as loose cannons and thus dangerous to the survival of the faith.

The orthodox attempted to make Jesus into a historical figure. An "introspective faith" is what gnosis is about. It is a awakening, a changing of one's perspective, about how reality is perceived. That incidentally is the basis of quantum physics.

The gospel of John doesn't maintain that God is without. Jesus said, "The Father and I are one." (John 10:30) The gospel of John also records that: "Jesus answered, "Is it not written in your law, "I said, you are gods'?" (John 10:34) According to these verses, God is within and we are that god. Or as I prefer, we are that "Mystery of Existence."

The stores of the God-men are not devoid of meaning. The point is, don't claim that Jesus was the only one of these God-men that actually had an historical existence.

The first Christians, whether Jews or whatever, used the story of Jesus representing the death as symbolic of dying from the contemporary world view and awakening (resurrecting) with a new perspective on the contemporary world view.

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I find this a very interesting subject. I call it the myth of Jesus. I do believe in Jesus, mainly because I want to, and that is a good enough reason for me.

But, I was amazed when I read the "Enchiridon", a Roman Army Field Manual. This book contains the philosopy of Epictetus. What I often wonder is did the Gospels copy the Enchiridon, or did the Enchiridon copy the Gospels as in regard to the teachings of Jesus.

Maybe, just maybe the teachings of Jesus was not from Jesus at all, maybe he was just teaching universal truths that have always existed.

My favorite Epictetus quote does relate to Androgynes and the Transgender Communities when he said;

"What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are."

Catherine
"As you believe, so shall it be"

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Christians of the first three centuries did not believe in a historical Jesus nor did the Apostle Paul.
--That's an interesting assertion. I'd love to see it supported. It would sure make Paul look pretty cynical.
The only comment or observation I can provide here: When Paul converted, he began preaching almost immediately. It's almost as if he had a pre conceived idea of what he was going to preach (although he had been persecuting Christians). He could not have learned or memorized the three years of preaching that Jesus did in a matter of days, much less when he was supposedly temporarily blind immediately after he converted and could not have read whatever record existed of his sayings. He apparently did not have the humility, or the interest, to listen to the teachings of the historical Jesus, and therefore came up with his own teachings (like his 'faith will justify you', versus Jesus' 'you must be fruitful: a tree that bears no fruits will be cut off'). This, to me, is a sign that this historical Jesus figure did not matter to him, at least not enough to care about what he actually taught. It's not hard to imagine that many original Christians, after the death of Jesus, did not necessarily believe in the LITERAL resurrection but saw it as a symbol, or even in his literal existence. I mean, the claims such as miracles and healings would seem unbelievable to someone today. Most of these believers in the Christ as a mythical figure probably evolved into Gnostics.

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Energy list
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.

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Silliness – GCF: Iams Pet Food Hotline

The IAMS Pet Professionals, a team of 30 trained customer service representatives at The Iams Company, handle more than 300,000 inquiries a year from pet owners across the country.

Although the majority of calls to the toll-free number are straightforward pet care and nutrition questions, some can be quite unconventional. Here are some of the team's favorite calls this year:

"My cat just came in from the garage and I was wondering how many calories are in a mouse?"

"I have a neutered male cat. How old should he be before I can breed him?"

"Does your dog food help with emancipation?"

"What should I feed a borderline collie?"

"What size litter box do I need to keep my cat comfy?"

"How can I keep my cat from stealing my husband's toothbrush?"

"My cat passed a stool on the indoor rug and it's stuck in the vacuum cleaner. Any suggestions?"

"How can I get the secret recipe for your Iams Chunks dog food?"

"How do I stop my cat from giving food to the dog?"

"Do you know how to toilet train a cat?"

"Will chewing pop cans remove enamel from my puppy's teeth?"

"Where can I get a six-toed cat?"

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Daily Stuff 5-15-12 Mercuralia

By: CoastalAnja, 3:29 PM GMT on May 15, 2012

Hi, folks!

Rural Tourism Studio for me today! It’s the last two days of it, and I’m ready for it to be done with…..

It’s cloudy and dimly green outside. There’s doesn’t seem to be any fog. There’s no wind at all and the time seems to be just about 50F again.

A bird on the feeder, a sparrow, was busily eating the seeds from the feeder and seemed to do an “Aha!” noticing the bread cubes, then grabbed one and flew off.

The buttercups are getting really obvious in the garden. Some of that is Tempus getting in and pulling some horsetail, but it’s really starting to bloom.

I got some woodruff flower and dandelions harvested yesterday morning and I got a few nasturtium seeds into the garden boxes, but the one had gotten knocked off onto the floor of the porch, some darned how. Tempus didn’t get it picked up, yet, but he says he will today.

First thing when I got into the shop was to get the yard sale stuff taken care of. Some went into the inventory. Some went in back with the Saturday rack of clothing.

I packed some new stock, mostly violet leaf and some scratch-off stars and got headers printed, but Tempus didn’t get all that far into getting those finished up. He did get the one order that was to go out finished up.

I got herbs put away and some processed, mostly hops, chickweed and lungwort. I didn’t manage to get the sweet bay done. That needs to be powdered and so does the horehound.

Tempus didn’t get to the potatoes. He had a lawn-mower to fix. He says he’s going to get on those today.

The shop wasn’t too busy, so I got caught up on a lot. …and I forgot to take pix of the yard sale stuff. …argh….

Tempus came back up to the shop with a delicious salad for my dinner and the 101 class went pretty well. We’re well into Lesson 3. We didn’t get home until nearly 11 and the temperature was still 54F since it had clouded up.

There’s a solar eclipse coming up on Sunday. We’re only going to see a partial, but it oughta be spectacular. http://www.space.com/15657-annular-solar-eclipse-o ccurs-may20.html Please, be smart and do not look at the sun. You can use binoculars or a telescope to project the images onto a white surface. Better yet… punch a bunch of holes in paper and look at the shadow of the sun shining through it onto the ground. That one’s weird….

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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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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 – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term. Phase ends on Wednesday at 4:47am.

Arcturus shines high in the southeast after dark. Vega, equally bright, shines lower in the northeast. A third of the way from Arcturus to Vega look for dim Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, with its one modestly bright star, Alphecca. Two thirds of the way from Arcturus to Vega is the dim Keystone of Hercules.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, at the Pisces-Cetus border) is very low in the dawn. Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is low in the east-southeast before dawn.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Pisces enters Aries 2:45pm
Venus Retrograde 5-15 7:33am
Color: Red
Planting 5/13-15

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Calendar
Venus Retrograde 5-15 7:33am
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
Harvest 5/16-17
5/16 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
Planting 5/18-19
5/19 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Solar Eclipse – 5-20-12 4:23pm
5/20 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/21 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
Planting 5/23-25
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday 7pm, esbat - Diana’s bow
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 15, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:48 AM PDT, 8:37 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:14 AM PDT, 9:11 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:31 AM PDT, 9:54 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:41 AM PDT, 10:44 PM PDT
Moon, 3:03 AM PDT, 3:52 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 57m
Length of Day, 14h 49m
Tomorrow will be 2m 11s longer.
Waning Crescent, 24% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Tu 15 Low 3:48 AM 1.4 5:48 AM Rise 3:04 AM 30
15 High 9:36 AM 5.5 8:38 PM Set 3:52 PM
15 Low 3:34 PM 1.5
15 High 9:54 PM 7.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Anything preying on my mind would starve to death.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? - The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise man grows it under his feet. -- James Oppenheim

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Quotes
Don't bother about genius. Don't worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination. - Sir Frederick Treves (1853-1923) English Surgeon
Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning. - Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) German Field Marshal.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams (1735-1826) US President
For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'. - John Greenleaf Whittier

Just this morning,
contemplation
led me into
the rose garden that is
neither
outside this world
nor within it. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – October 11, 2006 - Ritual Tools, part 1
I don’t imagine that the idea of a long-winded essay about ritual tools is terribly interesting to seasoned veterans of the Wiccan path. It’s gotten to the point where, if you’ve read one 101 book, you’ve pretty much read them all, and they all have at least one chapter devoted to the increasingly dull task of describing traditional ritual tools and their various associations and purposes. Really, how much is there to say about a wand?
Plenty, if you’re me, and you don’t use one. There are in fact a number of small but significant differences between my altar and those of many of other Wiccans.
First, however, a bit of background:
I am lucky enough to live alone and have neither inquisitive dogs nor small children, so I have altars all over the house. My main working altar is in my bedroom, where I can see it every morning when I wake up. I have used everything from the top of a foot locker to a board on a stack of books as my altar, and during my first few years on the path I stuck to the layouts and tools that books told me to. I thought, “Hey, I don’t use half of this crap, but someday I might, and besides, it looks so cool.”
Yeah, I thought that. Don’t forget I became Wiccan at age sixteen.
Gradually over the years I pared down and pared down, keeping only those tools that I actually used. I also found there were some things I used in ritual all the time that weren’t really represented in the books.
My altar was once my grandmother’s piano bench, which I somehow inherited when she died (sans piano). For years I used it as a bedside table, and even though I thought it would make a great altar, I prefer my altars at sitting height and the thought of cutting the legs off seemed like blasphemy. Last year, I got over that, and enlisted the help of my dear friend S1ren, as well as the help of her power tools. We sanded and refinished the bench, and voila, the perfect Sylvan altar.
The altar itself boasts my working tools, a whole lot of stones, and a variety of other sacred tchotchkes. Typically there are bits of trees and other things I’ve picked up on nature walks that reflect the season; there also tend to be remnants of spellwork and other magical projects-in-progress.
One of these days I’m going to set up a website or photoblog that’s devoted entirely to photographs of Pagan altars; the way we express our spiritual creativity through our sacred spaces is a fascination of mine.
At any rate, the first thing you should know about my tradition is that I work with not four, but six Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Darkness, and Light. The tools I use (and the ones I don’t use) reflect that variation on the standard Pagan worldview. Each tool directly represents one of the Elements.
Now, on regular altars you see a lot of redundancy. The water bowl and the chalice both symbolize Water, or the incense represents both Fire and Air but the athame is also Fire, and so on. There are plenty of perfectly logical explanations as to why you would have so many symbols on your altar, but I always felt that simplicity was best, so I have one for each, plus a few other things I use more rarely that aren’t on my altar every day.
These are just my associations—it would be very easy to switch some of them. What matters most is that the tools and other items you use make sense to the part of your mind that speaks in symbols. If you spend half a ritual thinking, “I know incense is supposed to be Air, but it’s burning, for Pete’s sake!” you will never be able to get into the proper mindframe to connect to the Divine. Part of growing spiritually is questioning the why of what you were taught; if something doesn’t make sense to you, don’t just swallow what this or that author said, think it through and decide for yourself.
Earth on my altar is represented with a bowl of salt. In most traditions, Earth is also given the pentacle as its tool. The disc in the middle of my altar isn’t a pentacle, however—it is a plaque painted with our coven symbol. It does fulfill the general purpose of a pentacle, in that I place things on it for consecration and occasionally use it as a focus, but to me, the plaque is a symbol of our coven bond. I often remove it if I am doing something that I don’t want to affect the other members. It sits front and center to remind me that I am no longer in this alone.
I use the salt to seal the borders of Circles; in my mind the role of Earth in the Circle is to ground and protect.
The incense, on the right, is my tool of Air. I don’t lump the incense in with Fire the way some people do, because I consider the smoke to be the tool, not the stick or the smoldering coal. I prefer stick incense for solitary ritual as it is less messy, less smoky in an apartment, and doesn’t waste a charcoal tablet, which I am notoriously inept with anyway. I use the smoke to consecrate the Circle as well as other objects and myself.
Note the complete and utter lack of a wand. I’ve never used a wand, though I appreciate how inexpensive and easy to find they are compared to the athame. I could never quite figure out the point of having both, and something about sending or receiving energy through a stick with a crystal on the end always made me feel like a Harry Potter fandom refugee. Plus, I feel more connected with the symbolism of the athame.
I understand that some people have an aversion to using edged weapons in Circle, but the athame is probably my most important tool, the symbol of Fire. Granted, the blade is a much less direct representation of Fire than, say, a candle, but when I think of Fire I also think of its non-physical associations: will, strength, determination, power. These are all traits I see in a weapon that has been dedicated to a nonviolent purpose.
The athame, being forged in fire, is a perfect symbol of the will—a knife in general can be either a tool or a weapon, can cleave through fruit or through flesh. It is a reminder that personal power can be used for both positive and negative gains, and the deciding factor is choice. Fire, in my Circle casting, creates the Circle of energy itself.
Water is pretty obvious: a bowl of water. Traditionally the chalice and cauldron are also Water-related. We’ll get to those in a minute. Where the salt is used to protect the Circle, the incense to consecrate it, and the athame to create it, the water is used to symbolically cleanse the space.
(The order everything goes in and my logic for it will be discussed in a future post about Circle casting.)
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I am one of those witches who has reached the point of "paring down" my ritual items. I tend to NOT use a traditional altar set-up, unless its a "working" altar.
I'm with you, I've never really used a wand-- however, I do sometimes use the beater for my drum as a wand. - Posted by: Pagan Dawn | October 20, 2006 at 10:31 PM
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*smile* And I've discovered that I'd rather have my wand than any athame ever forged. Mine, however, wouldn't pass muster with any HP fan - it's a stick that a beaver discarded while making a dam, or possibly that worked itself loose from the dam. In any case, it fetched up against my foot one day when I walked out, and I knew it was meant for me.
But then, I've never had a standard altar. Mine is cluttered, but with whatever I'm fussed about at the moment. I write a note and leave it there for a bit, or I put up a picture of someone that I want to send energy or protection to. I've made yarn dolls and that kind of thing to sit there a bit before I give them to people I care about.
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October 11, 2006 - Ritual Tools, part 2
Then come the two oddball Elements, Darkness and Light. I was first inspired to include them when I started working with the Brian Froud Faery Oracle; in the accompanying book, five Faery Elements are described, those being the traditional four plus Moonlight. The idea struck me, and percolated in my mind for quite a while before I considered working with it in Circle.
Darkness and Light aren’t really Elements so much as they are energies, or aspects; each Element could be seen as having a Dark manifestation and a Light one, and each of my deities also have both. Everything in the universe is made up of the energies of the four primary Elements, but everything also contains within it a balance—or imbalance, in most cases—of Dark and Light. The two don’t really have a list of correspondences the way the other four do, and I don’t use their energy in magic the way I do the four Elements, but I felt that my Circles were missing something until I started working with the two.
Over the years I have played around with various forms of Circle casting, and in most of the traditional Wiccan variations I felt a bit of a void. We called upon North, South, East, and West, and while I could quite easily draw those energies together into a sphere, I still felt the urge to also connect the four directions with two more, Above and Below. When I began to incorporate Darkness and Light into my rituals I found they fit in perfectly—Light is Above, Dark is Below. Put all the six together and you have a seamless Circle.
The symbols for the two are not hard-and-fast; I have found a way that seems to work, but I will be quite happy to change things if I find a way that flows better. As of now, on my altar Light is represented with a candle, and Darkness is symbolized by the chalice.
“But…but…Fire and Water!” I hear you protesting, and you are right; both of these tools would be equally appropriate for those two standard Elements.
However, on my altar, I have several candles—two are strictly for illumination and beauty, and the third is front and center, positioned at the feet of my Goddess statue to represent Light. I don’t have candles on my altar for heat, I have them there so I can see. Other candles I use, such as those for spellwork, are symbolic of an intention, not an Element.
The chalice represents potential, and to me that is what Darkness is—endless potential for everything. Darkness could be easily linked to the Divine feminine: it is receptive, intuitive, and offers the comfort of dreams and healing sleep. Light, on the other hand, has a masculine feel: it is active, focused like the Sun, reveals the truth of things.
I do not simply consider Above and Below to be God and Goddess, because to me God and Goddess include all six Elements combined; They are the center and circumference of the Circle.
Aside from my regular working tools, I also have a couple of other items, both traditional and non-, that I consider important, such as:
An Offering Pouch – I carry a small zippered pouch of nuts and seeds with me so that if I find myself meditating or doing something else mystical outdoors, I can leave an offering to the land when I am finished. A note: if you do the same, be sure that whatever is in your pouch will not sprout and disturb the ecosystem or poison the wildlife. If you include nuts, have them roasted and chopped up; if you include seeds, make sure they are native to your area. I typically include chopped peanuts or almonds for the squirrels, sunflower seeds, and the leafy parts of herbs like rosemary and sage.
The Year Box – Part of my Wheel of the Year practice is that the period between Samhain and Yule is designated as goal-setting time. At Yule I write down things I want to accomplish or begin in the coming year and place them inside a special box on my altar; at Samhain I take them out, read them, meditate on the year gone by, then burn the goals to wipe the slate clean.
A Cauldron – I hate to say it, but I don’t really have big spiritual attachments to the cauldron. Mine is used to burn things in, pure and simple. I keep my cauldron underneath my altar, which unfortunately means that it ends up catching a lot of dust, bits of herbs and incense, and butt ends of candles until I can properly dispose of them.
Book of Shadows – All right, so I don’t really use mine. But it’s really pretty! I’ve had about twelve incarnations of a BoS over the years and for the moment have given up on a new one; by the time I finish one everything in it is outdated. My BoS is a handmade book with handwritten content, all embellished and illustrated. I also keep a binder of incense and oil recipes, ritual ideas, and so forth that is far less Witchy looking but far more practical. To be honest, though, I don’t use it much either; after twelve years I don’t really need everything spelled out for me. (Oh, bad pun.)
Divinatory Tools – Divination is a vital part of my practice. I’ve talked about the Runes before, so I won’t go into it now, but they and my Faery Oracle are my constant companions.
Talula – Possibly my least traditional tool, Talula—my iPod—serves a very important purpose. Music is absolutely fundamental to my tradition, and having headphones pump Loreena McKennit or whoever into my ears helps me transcend the fact that I’m sitting in my bedroom, and gets me into trance almost immediately. It also drowns out my cat. I’ve been known to make playlists just for specific rituals. I do the same thing with CDs for group work. I am the Ritual Soundtrack Maven.
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Hi,
I love this article, and its good to hear how you stray from the "norm". As I am so oft to want to do. I work with five elements, as I like to create a pentacle in most things i do. Including in the circle, the fifth point being above, and representing the divine self. I have always thought of this point as Energy/Magick or the invisibles that work in the world. - Posted by: Squish | October 11, 2006 at 02:28 PM
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That's interesting; odd as it may sound, up until you said that, I never gave any thought to how six-element system would work with the pentacle symbol. I guess it doesn't, really. Truth be told the only time I ever use a pentacle is when I wear one, and it's more of a badge of office than anything else. On the rare occasion that I do Big Formal Rituals I have been known to inscribe pentacles in the air during Circle casting--maybe I should start using a hexagram (hexacle?) instead, or a different symbol altogether. A spiral would probably be more in keeping with my tradition.
Thanks for the food for thought. :) - Posted by: Sylvan | October 11, 2006 at 02:41 PM
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I guess it doesn't, really Do you mean to say it doesn't work? And if so, in a general sense, why would that be?
I tend to use the pentacle allot, partially due to my reading on the Feri tradition, and their practices of using the pentacle as a meditation tool. (five points to the body to correspond with two hands, two feet and a head, each point centering on something to be worked on or increased.) - Posted by: Squish | October 11, 2006 at 05:57 PM
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PS... sorry for the really bad grammer. Not sure how that happened. - Posted by: Squish | October 11, 2006 at 05:58 PM
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I mean that having a six-Element system, the five-pointed symbol doesn't really match up. Of course, before that, I had a four-Element system and didn't like the "plus Spirit" idea either, so I guess the pentacle has never really had a lot of meaning for me spiritually. - Posted by: Sylvan | October 11, 2006 at 06:03 PM
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I don't know if ya'll were aware...
>>DaVinci Hexagram<<
(They're pretty easy to find without the stone as well. This was just the easiest to link to, without pulling up a page full of unrelated pentacles for you to sort through)
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I've always been drawn more towards the Faerie seven-pointed star than the traditional pentacle, and I've never been able to figure out exactly why, since I'm not drawn so much to the Faerie realm itself. So I've been reluctant to get one (for me or for my altar) until it actually symbolized something to me. Reading your article was an "Ah ha!" moment for me: Incorporating both dark and light into my circle makes so much more sense, adds so much more depth to the ritual or devotion, and it makes it easier for me to visualize the cast circle as a whole sphere. (Not to mention finally seeing the Goddess and God as integral part of the ritual, and not just benevolant overseers!)
I'm not inclined to leave the Spirit aspect out, though, because it has always represented to me what I bring to the table in any magikal endeavour.
So the septagram seems to fit me perfectly now.
Anyway, thanks for the post. :D - Posted by: Wren | October 25, 2006 at 09:01 AM
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Well this is near and dear to my heart.
I'm a big outside-the-boxer myself, for much the same reason Sylvan is: if it doesn't make sense, why do it?
I work with the six directions as well, plus center which is the focal point. Generally I call on the Guardians (or Guides) above and the Ancestors below, rather than Light and Dark, but I have entertained that idea and some combination.
Okay, on to the point, Jonah. Sylvan, what caught me was when you said "I never gave any thought to how six-element system would work with the pentacle symbol." Having studied a little in the way of Ceremonial traditions like Thelema and the Golden Dawn, I've come to see the pentagram as representing our connection to the energies of "the earthly plane," and the hexagram as representing our connection to "the heavenly plane." As such, I modified the Feri circle casting a bit and I tend to draw pentagrams in the quarters and hexagrams above and below.
For me it has less to do with the points on the star lining up with the number of elements as what the star itself represents regarding the energies it connects to.
BTW, the DaVinci Hexagram shown in the last post is also the unicrusal hexagram of Thelema. I've never heard of it called the DaVinci Hexagram before. They use it in Thelema so that they can draw a hexagram in one continuous movement, rather than the two it takes to draw a normal hexagram. - Posted by: Jonah | November 13, 2006 at 04:52 PM
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Late to the party, but couldn't resist commenting: in Feri, we work with six directional guardians, plus the center (making seven, like on the seven-pointed fey star). Hearing you mention Darkness and Light resonated for me with that - the guardian above is bright and the one below is dark. Very interesting! - Posted by: Eelsalad | April 02, 2007 at 01:56 PM

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Energy list
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.
4/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.

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Silliness – GCF: Second Notice

A taxpayer received a strongly worded "second notice" that his taxes were overdue. Hastening to the collector's office, he paid his bill, saying apologetically that he had overlooked the first notice.

"Oh," confided the collector with a smile, "we don't send out first notices. We have found that the second notices are more effective."

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Daily Stuff 5-14-12 Last day of Iceheilige

By: CoastalAnja, 5:29 PM GMT on May 14, 2012

Hi, folks!

Wicca 101 at 6pm!

I’ve been enjoying the sunshine *so* much, but there’s none at the moment. It started to get foggy last yesterday afternoon and now it’s completely clouded up and foggy at any distance, although that’s been burning off as the morning progressed. It’s pretty breezy, too, gusting up to 20mph and it’s 54F, but not supposed to get all that warm, on 59F.

Classes went pretty well yesterday. Fawkes was there early in the morning and Brea came in at the usual time. Practical Craft was on gathering up and storing a bunch of the dried herbs and I told ‘em about the problems with the rose hip prickles.

We were pretty busy. We still had the Great Garage Sale stuff out and we’ll put that out again over the summer at times and we had a number of folks in, some visiting and some who were doing serious shopping.

Café Press stuff - newest series, “Have you accepted Pan and your Lord and Personal Satyr?” See ‘em here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 I spent a while putting some more pieces up late yesterday afternoon.

I have to do some seed planting and some small amount of harvesting before heading to the shop this morning. Tempus is going to be working on seed potato planting. There’s an article http://greenupgrader.com/11708/4-simple-steps-to-g row-a-hundred-pounds-of-potatoes-in-a-barrel/ that talks about what we’re planning. Darwinia gifted us with a bunch of seed potatoes and some tomato plants and some seeds for a variety of squash that she likes, so he’s going to be busy.

He’s also got to rescue one of the railing planters that seems to have bailed out during the night. No idea why, but it’s not on the railing, anymore. We were talking about fastening those down. Obviously, we gotta!

He’s got bread to make, and some house chores.

I’m going to be at the shop. No readings today though, unless you call ahead and at that point I can give you a time to come in, since I can’t do readings unless there’s someone to watch the shop.

I’ll be continuing with processing dried herbs and I’m going to be working again on filling up the herb display.

I also need to start putting away the stuff from the garage sale. If you saw something that you want over the weekend, e-mail or Facebook or call and I can set it by for you, get you the price, whatever. I might…actually that’s a good idea… I’ll get some pictures and put ‘em up. We *can* ship most of it.

We have the Wicca 101 class at 6pm and Tempus’ll be back by then. We’ll stay open through class time tonight.

The shop opens at 11am, but we’ll be there early because of class. 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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Space Weather News for May 14, 2012 - http://spaceweather.com
SOLAR TRANSIT: A photographer in France has caught China's experimental space station, the Tiangong-1, passing directly in front of the sun. The photo shows the winged spacecraft backlit by hot plasma as it flits across the solar disk in the neighborhood of giant sunspot AR1476. Check it out on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com.
TIANGONG-1 SIGHTINGS: The Tiangong-1 is much smaller than the International Space Station. Nevertheless, it can be seen with the naked eye shining in the night sky as brightly as the stars of the Big Dipper. Download the Simple Flybys app for sighting opportunities in your neighborhood: http://simpleflybys.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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are 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 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 – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term. Phase ends on Wednesday at 4:47am.

The pair of points you'll find shining fairly high in the southeast at nightfall are Saturn and (to its lower right) Spica. Look to their lower right for the four-star pattern of Corvus, the Crow. Look farther to their upper left for brighter Arcturus, the "Spring Star."
Mercury is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise. Jupiter is in conjunction behind the Sun.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Pisces
Saturn Lavendar
Planting 5/13-15

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Calendar
5/14 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
Venus Retrograde 5-15-12 7:33am
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
Harvest 5/16-17
5/16 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
5/17 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
Planting 5/18-19
5/19 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Solar Eclipse – 5-20-12 4:23pm
5/20 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
Planting 5/23-25
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday 7pm, esbat - Diana’s bow
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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www.wunderground.com
May. 14, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 5:49 AM PDT 8:36 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:15 AM PDT 9:10 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 4:33 AM PDT 9:53 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 3:43 AM PDT 10:42 PM PDT
Moon 2:39 AM PDT 2:50 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 15h 54m
Length of Day 14h 47m
Tomorrow will be 2m 12s longer.
Waning Crescent, 33% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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M 14 Low 2:45 AM 1.9 5:49 AM Rise 2:40 AM 40
14 High 8:22 AM 5.6 8:36 PM Set 2:51 PM
14 Low 2:39 PM 1.2
14 High 9:11 PM 7.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.

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Journal Prompt – Expository - Find out about the history of child labor in the United States, using print or electronic resources at school. Write a brief report about the subject, describing work children did and how and when the U.S banned child labor.

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Quotes
Certainly the most diverse, if minor, pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author. - Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
Challenges make life interesting, however, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. - Mark Twain
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. - Confucius
Colors are the smiles of nature. - Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer

SPIKES

I ran my fingers through my hair
From the roots, straight out;
Using mousse to make it stay,
Spiking straight out like blonde straw.

My outward demeanor is very calm
But just for once I wanted everyone
To see, when they look at me,
The wild turbulence inside.

I put on my red t-shirt inside out
And cut the ends of my new jeans
With pinking shears from my basket.
I painted my tennis shoes with dye,
Now they are purple with silver studs.

The studs hurt my feet sometimes,
But that is okay because I'm still alive
And pain can remind me of that.
My anger is buried so very deep

That I forget that it is even there...
So now my hair is sharp like needles
And I am a streaked blonde porcupine.
Don't get too close to me, it isn't safe

Until the poison has all dripped out,
Spikes have softened back to curls
The toxic anger and pain have left,
And once again I feel cleansed and human. - © Copyright 10/12/2008, by Beth Clare Johnson, (Mystic Amazon)

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Magick – Witchcraft and the Power of the Spoken Word by Melanie McLean October 11, 2000
I am a practicing Shaman, and a Psychic Counselor. It's what I do for a living, and I take it very seriously. My business has a lot to do with the spoken word. I feel my job bears a huge responsibility. About a year ago the integrity of my word became more important than ever. This caused me to look closely at the spoken word, what it means in spell-craft, but more importantly, what it means in everyday living.
Your word is the most powerful gift you have, but it is a two edged sword. It has the power to tear down, and the power to create. A thought is born in the deep recesses of the mind. It may represent truth, or an illusion, but when you open your mouth and speak it into existence, it becomes a tangible reality. It now has spirit, life, and force. What does it bring forth? Every action, and circumspectly every word, has an equal and opposite reaction. So you must be careful with your words, for they form and create the reality of your existence.
Many of my friends who engage in witchcraft do so because it is a way of life to them. Then there are others who do magick to get even with an enemy, or to get their boyfriend back, etc. This article isn't about intent, integrity, or even ethics in witchcraft (I could write a book about how that is being abused), but rather about the everyday magick of the spoken word. It all boils down to this: You can call up one deity after another, align all your correspondences (the phase of the moon, the proper hour, the proper herbs, etc.), but if the words that come from your mouth in everyday living contradict your spell-work, then you are defeating yourself.
Some practitioners get so wrapped up in their desires, that they fail to see that the real power of magick is in how one is living every moment, every hour.
Depending on how you use your words, their power can free you, or enslave you. Your words ARE magick whether they are spoken in spell-work or at the breakfast table. They can activate love or fear. Think about it; you can speak an unkind word to a child and the power of that word is like casting a spell of doubt on them that can last a lifetime. You can speak a word of kindness to someone and lift a cloud of insecurity that has cursed them for years. Clearly, your words are magick, and when you impart their magick it can result in that person's mental imprisonment or release.
If you consider yourself a man or woman of power, then you must realize the magick of the spoken word. Be aware of what you say and remember that YOUR ears hear what you say too. Speak with wisdom and great control so that your words can bring life and peace.

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Energy list
5/13/12 – “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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.
4/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.

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Silliness – Area 51 Chips

Have you heard of the Air Force's ultra-high-security, super-secret base in Nevada, known simply as "Area 51"?

Well, late one afternoon, the Air Force folks out at Area 51 were very surprised to see a Cessna landing at their "secret" base.

They immediately impounded the aircraft and hauled the pilot into an interrogation room.

The pilot's story was that he took off from Las Vegas, got lost, and spotted the base just as he was about to run out of fuel. The Air Force started a full FBI background check on the pilot and held him overnight during the investigation.

By the next day, they were finally convinced that the pilot really was lost and wasn't a spy.
They gassed up his airplane, gave him a terrifying "you-did-not-see-a-base" briefing, complete with threats of spending the rest of his life in prison, told him Las Vegas was that-a-way on such-and-such a heading, and sent him on his way.

The next day, to the total disbelief of the Air Force, the same Cessna showed up again. Once again, the MPs surrounded the plane -- only this time there were two people in the plane.

The same pilot jumped out and said, "Do anything you want to me, but my wife is in the plane and you have to tell her where I was last night!”

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Daily Stuff 5-13-12 Mothers' Day

By: CoastalAnja, 3:17 PM GMT on May 13, 2012

Hi, folks!

Happy Mothers’ Day!

The sun is still behind the trees, but golden shafts of light are falling on the cedars. It’s 46F. The dew is heavy and I’m coughing. It’s the only reason I’m up, because I’m still tired from yesterday.

We had a very long day yesterday. There were a lot of people in, some shopping the garage sales and a bunch that came in after a lot of ‘em closed down for the day.

Shari, the Henna Lady, was there and she’s going to be there again today! I’m waiting to get a design done. She did the most beautiful owl, yesterday, for one of the Wicca 101 students.

I did a bunch of readings, and the classes went well, but getting there at 9am meant I crashed mid-afternoon. I also had to run home midday and shower because I had forgotten to put a smock on while I was working on the rose hips and got all kinds of the little prickly hairs from the inside of the hips stuck into my clothing, my hair, my jewelry and my skin! When I started wanting to claw my skin loose I told Tempus was I was running out and he understood.

He got a bit of a break, later in the afternoon and got to go yardsaling himself, and he is one happy guy because he has a new breadmaker. One of the folks across the street had several brand-new appliances for sale and Tempus got not only the breadmaker….which is in use tonight (instead of our old one that has been making the most horrible noises as it’s been shedding gear teeth), but a nice soup pot, a tureen and an electric gravy boat. I haven’t been making gravy to put on things because everything else gets cold unless I make it first…and then the gravy has to be re-warmed and that’s pretty gross…. And both of us love sausage gravy and ham gravy on biscuits or rice or potatoes….

We had a houseful in the evening: Fawkes, Star & Marius all came over for the evening, and I brought the shop computer home so that I could keep editing on some Café Press stuff. The Beaver totem products are finished and I have the shirts, plus some other miscellaneous stuff, of the newest series, “Have you accepted Pan and your Lord and Personal Satyr?” … just because people were asking and the picture that I found makes it even funnier…. See ‘em here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346

We have Wicca 101 at 10am. Brea’s Elements at noon and Practical Craft at 2pm.

The shop opens at 11am, but we’ll be there early because of class. 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! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs.

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, 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 – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term. Phase ends on Wednesday at 4:47am.

Use Venus, the bright landmark point in the west-northwest at dusk, to identify stars in the May twilight. Capella is to Venus's upper right. Pollux and Castor are farther to Venus's upper left, and Procyon is lower left of Pollux. These four stars form the enormous Twilight Arch of Spring.
Venus (magnitude –4.7 in Taurus) blazes as the "Evening Star" in the west-northwest in twilight. It's dropping lower every day now (see article, Venus Takes the Plunge).

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
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.
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 4:$2am
Saturn Orange
Planting 5/13-15

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Calendar
5/13 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/14 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
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
5/16 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
5/17 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
Planting 5/18-19
5/19 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, Diana’s bow
Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3/ – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 13, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:50 AM PDT, 8:35 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:16 AM PDT, 9:08 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:34 AM PDT, 9:51 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:45 AM PDT, 10:40 PM PDT
Moon, 2:14 AM PDT, 1:47 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 52m
Length of Day, 14h 44m
Tomorrow will be 2m 15s longer.
Last Quarter, 43% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Su 13 Low 1:31 AM 2.4 5:50 AM Rise 2:14 AM 50
13 High 7:05 AM 6.0 8:35 PM Set 1:48 PM
13 Low 1:41 PM 0.7
13 High 8:21 PM 6.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today Is Not a Dress Rehearsal!

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Journal Prompt – What would you? - What would you do to change the country and the world for the better if you were elected president?

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Quotes
Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot. - Julius "Groucho" Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion... in private self-defense. - John Adams (1735-1826) US President
Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together. - Napoleon Hill
Celebrate summer--sun-drenched days and starlit nights. - Gooseberry Patch

If He makes of me a cup, I am a cup;
I am a dagger if He makes me a dagger.
If he makes me a fountain, water pours out of me;
Heat dances from me if He makes me a fire.
If He makes me rain, I give birth to rich fields;
If He makes me an arrow, I pierce hearts;
If he makes me a serpent, poison flames from me.
If He makes me a friend, I serve my friends.
He is the Writer; I am the pen in His fingers.
Who am I to obey or disobey? - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Spring Tonic - The Herban Corner -
Traditionally, tonics were made and ingested in the spring. Here are some suggestions for spring tonics that will revitalize the liver’s ability to cleanse the body of toxins. First, buy a glass candle with a picture of Yemaya on it. Light it on a Sunday. Brew a cup of vervain tea, sweeten with honey, and sip while sitting before the candle. Vervain is a liver cleanser and is sacred to Yemaya. Visualize toxins leaving the body, and Yemaya spiritually cleansing you with salt water. Cynara, an artichoke liqueur, is also liver cleansing. If you can’t find it, eating an artichoke is the next best thing, but hold the butter and mayo! Milk thistle, dandelion, and angostura bitters also cleanse the liver and the digestive system. ~ Denise Dumars
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GrannyMoon's Herbal Course - http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.h tml

Summer Blend
Keep a blend of Lavender and Tea Tree on hand for First Aid this summer. It's more effective
than either of the oils used alone. Enjoy
Brought to you by AromaThyme.com - http://www.aromathyme.com

Cuts and Scrapes
For cleaning wounds use 10 drops Lavender in 1/2 cup of water and pour over wound or use a compress soaked in this solution.
Brought to you by AromaThyme.com - http://www.aromathyme.com

Nail Strengthening Treatment - Categories: Herbals – Nails - [Note: source unknown]
20 drops lemon oil
15 drops carrot oil
13 drops grapeseed oil
13 drops rosemary oil
13 drops avocado oil
2 oz. jojoba oil

Blend all oils together and keep in a dark bottle with a dropper. Use on cuticles, can be use by persons with natural or artificial nails.

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Energy list
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.
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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.

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Silliness – GCF: The Rules of Bureaucracy
1. Preserve thyself.
2. It is easier to fix the blame than to fix the problem.
3. A penny saved is an oversight.
4. Information deteriorates upward.
5. The first 90% of the task takes 90% of the time; the last 10% takes the other 90%.
6. Experience is what you get just after you need it.
7. For any given large, complex, hard to understand, expensive problem, there exists at least one short, simple, easy, cheap wrong answer.
8. Anything that can be changed will be, until time runs out.
9. To err is human; to shrug is service.
10. There's never enough time to do it right, but there's always enough time to do it over.

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Daily Stuff 5-12-12- Ludi Martiales

By: CoastalAnja, 3:39 PM GMT on May 12, 2012

Hi, folks!

Waldport’s Great Garage sale is today!!!!!

Shari, the Henna Candle Lady is going to be there with henna painting and she’s also going to have a table of gifts baskets and other products.

Marius and Rowan have a table of antique and vintage glassware, among other things.

We have a bunch of inexpensive glassware and other household items, a rack of new and used clothing, plus a box of some brand-new, still in the bag clothes, plus a $1 per item box and one box of freebies!

We don’t know what the other folks who were intending to come will have or if they’re going to be there, actually….

I’m still running the Herbs Workshop and Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler and the Sewing workshops today, along with the garage sale.

Fawkes took Tempus down to the shop to open, then came back up to the house and we made bread, honey-butter and a sweet cheese, washed a bunch of stuff, collected the last of the garage sale items, and then headed for the shop. Once I got there it was a whole afternoon of tag and price and inventory, and place on the sale table, but we’re ready to go.

I did get the ground pine tip bottles labeled, but only made another small dent in the pile. That’s taking a while…. And I *still* forgot the nasturtium seeds….

I also forgot to say that we saw a bunch of what I think were some kind of phalarope when we were down on the beach the other night. They were larger that the usual sandpipers and very dark, swimming close to the beach. When they took off they didn’t look like ducks, but still flapped their wings very fast, but only to catch up with the rest of the bunch.

It’s bright sunshine, already nearly 60 and expected to get warmer, a perfect day to come to the garage sale and check out the shop while you’re here!

The shop opens at 9am, today because of the garage sale. 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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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. 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. This phase lasts until Saturday at 5:52pm.

Last-quarter Moon (exact at 5:47 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). The Moon rises in the middle of the night, looking lopsided and awkward in dim Aquarius.
Brilliant Venus is dropping lower in the west-northwest every evening this month. A telescope shows it enlarging and waning in phase; it's swinging ever closer to the line between us and the Sun. Look a little to its right for the much fainter star Beta Tauri . As of tonight the planet and star are 1½° apart.
In a telescope, Venus is a crescent becoming more interesting all the time. It has enlarged to about 46 arcseconds tall while waning to about 15% sunlit; watch it changing daily. You may even see Venus's crescent shape with good, firmly braced binoculars.
Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
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.
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aquarius
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Blue
Harvest 5/11-12

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Calendar
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
5/14 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
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
5/16 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
5/17 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, Diana’s bow
Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3/ – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 12, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:51 AM PDT, 8:34 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:18 AM PDT, 9:07 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:36 AM PDT, 9:50 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:47 AM PDT, 10:39 PM PDT
Moon, 1:46 AM PDT, 12:42 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 49m
Length of Day, 14h 42m
Tomorrow will be 2m 17s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 53% 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

Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Sa 12 Low 12:15 AM 2.6 5:52 AM Rise 1:47 AM 60
12 High 5:52 AM 6.6 8:34 PM Set 12:43 PM
12 Low 12:42 PM 0.1
12 High 7:26 PM 6.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You don't have to stay up nights to succeed; you have to stay awake days.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki - If you were to write a book, would it be fiction or non-fiction? What would the subject be? Who is your target audience?

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Quotes
All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity. - Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US Politician
All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation. - John Adams (1735-1826) US President
All we are saying is give peace a chance. - John Lennon (1940-1980) English singer, songwriter
And do as adversaries do in law. Strive mightily but eat and drink as friends. - William Shakespeare, in The Taming of the Shrew

SOMETHING MORE

Believing that there
should be something more
Could not be wrong.
It is deep within

The nature of every being
To reach toward
The wondrous mysteries
Of the Universe.

It is inside us to want
The most fulfillment
In love and sex,
The warmth of family...

And we yearn
To create beautiful things
That no one else
Has thought of.

If we do not strive
For the unknown
And suffer the torments
Of perfectionism...

We do not grow
We cannot improve
And we sink back
Into the mud, or to
Mediocrity. - © Copyright 2/6/06 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Magick – Yes, I’m Pagan! By Ian Corrigan
http://intothemound.blogspot.com/2012/05/yes-im-p agan.html

There’s news, eh?

Yesterday was national Pagan Coming Out Day. It’s pretty much a redundancy for me, since I’m nearly as out as one can be, without actually hanging a ‘witch’ shingle or raising an idol in the *front* yard. (The one is the back yard can’t be seen from the road.) My friends, family and bosses know, and if every co-worker doesn’t know it’s only because we have a pretty religion-neutral workplace where the subject doesn’t come up. Nevertheless I’m a Pagan, and proud to wear the label.

I must admit finding the unwillingness of some folks to adopt the label to be rather puzzling. Yes, I know it isn’t an authentic label from any ancient culture. I know it may be an invented term probably first popularized by Christians to describe the hold-outs of the Old Religion. I know that it conflates systems from multiple cultures into a mish-mash modern term that tells very little about what any individual may believe.

Too bad. I’m willing to use it anyway. I wish more people were. One of the main reasons, I think, that the term is viewed askance is that it has no clear definition in terms of religious doctrine or even cultural description. The word is in flux, and has been for 100 years. I hope to help it settle in to refer primarily to Us. It hasn’t much use for anything else.

So, I have an ongoing philosophical project to devise a definition of the word Paganism that suits what I think are the unspoken assumptions of the movement, and doesn’t insult scholarship. The first part of that isn’t possible in any absolute sense – too many will always disagree, and our theological flux is at least as wide as the flux in the word’s definition. Still, one can apply weight to one’s end of the balance, and see how it goes…

Toward A Definition of Pagan Religions

Let’s start with the schoolboy stuff. I remind us that dictionaries trail behind usage, and are commercial indicators, not legislators of the meaning of words.
I’m rather pleased to see the online Free Dictionary give:
1. An adherent of a polytheistic religion in antiquity, especially when viewed in contrast to an adherent of a monotheistic religion.
2. A Neopagan.
3. Offensive
a. One who has no religion.
b. An adherent of a religion other than Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.
4. A hedonist.
(Odd that 'hedonist' isn't on the offensive list...)

Oxford gives:
1: a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions: a Muslim majority had to live in close proximity to large communities of Christians and pagans
2: dated, derogatory a non-Christian.
3: a member of a modern religious movement which seeks to incorporate beliefs or practices from outside the main world religions, especially nature worship.
It is interesting that the current language says “the main world religions”. Just a decade ago it would surely have said “Christianity, Judaism or Islam”, and maybe not Islam.

Merriam Webster gives:
1: heathen: especially : a follower of a polytheistic religion (as in ancient Rome)
2: one who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods : an irreligious or hedonistic person
3: neo-pagan

In all three cases I’m pleased to see that neopaganism is given as one of the standard definitions of the word, and that two of the three give traditional polytheism as a/the defining characteristic. Usage has long abandoned the use of ‘Pagan’ to refer to ‘any non-Abrahamic religion’. Dictionaries are following suit, and hopefully on-line pontificators on the topic will catch up.

Also interesting is the ongoing development of the understanding of the etymology of the term.

The Online Etymology Dictionary gives:
pagan late 14c., from L.L. paganus "pagan," in classical Latin "villager, rustic, civilian," from pagus "rural district," originally "district limited by markers," thus related to pangere "to fix, fasten," from PIE root *pag- "to fix" (see pact). Religious sense is often said to derive from conservative rural adherence to the old gods after the Christianization of Roman towns and cities; but the word in this sense predates that period in Church history, and it is more likely derived from the use of paganus in Roman military jargon for "civilian, incompetent soldier," which Christians (Tertullian, c.202; Augustine) picked up with the military imagery of the early Church (e.g. milites "soldier of Christ," etc.). Applied to modern pantheists and nature-worshippers from 1908.

That’s all just as I would have said, ten years ago. Lately it has been noticed that ‘pagus’ doesn’t refer to anything specifically rural or countryside. The meaning of ‘district limited by markers’ applied to urban areas as well as to country districts. As a modern metaphor we might think of ‘wards’ or ‘parishes’. Culture being what it was in a tribal or post-tribal Indo-European nation each district would have had its constellation of temples and shrines, around which the natives would have grown up. So if ‘pagan’ has a meaning derived from its etymology (always a chancy claim…) it might be ‘local’. Pagan religion was/is the religion of the Gods of the place where you live.

In this context one can see why even later polytheist Hellenes, for instance, might have used it as a term of disdain. As cosmopolitanism crept into culture, with the establishment of multi-ethnic cities and multi-state empires in Europe, the ‘religious marketplace’ would have come into existence. Many intellectuals and fashionable aesthetes would have been interested in foreign cults, brought in strange books from eastern lands, etc. The fashion in Rome before Christ, for instance, was certainly for various mystery cults – Isis, Dionysus/Orpheus, the fashion for Judaism and the rising monotheism of the Neoplatonists. Those who clung to their local Olympian gods in the old way of sacrifice and blessing might have seemed unfashionable to the literate classes. Unfortunately, that’s all surmise on my part, until we find some snippet of text from the period. It does make sense of the term ‘civilian’ since ‘pagan’ would have most directly meant ‘local’ to the world-travelling legions.

So we find ourselves with both polytheism and locality as characteristics. That’s good so far. What we don’t find is any sense of Pagan applies exclusively or primarily to rural or countryside settings. One hears occasional complaints that ‘urban Pagan’ is a linguistic contradiction. Recent scholarship says it ain’t so.

In later usage the political church used Pagan to refer to all those who held to any of the previous cults or sects. Since the church was willing to consider all of those gods as members of Satan’s single conspiracy of demons it made it possible to imagine a single ‘religion’ that the Christian religion was set against. Thus when that church encountered the tribes of the north they recognized Paganism as well. Of course they were more or less right. The religions of Greece, Rome, Gaul, Germany, and the Isles were similar enough to be recognizable to literate commenters, though different enough to be remarked upon. But rites of sacrifice to great powers, and local cults of stone, trees, wells and springs, as well as varieties of ancestral and ghost religion would have been as recognizable as Lutheranism to a Catholic.

Here we enter a phase where the literate observers of the traditions we seek to emulate are writing from a position of active opposition to what they observe. Mostly we have the laws written by churchmen forbidding the continuing remnants of the Old Religions. In these the most common references are to the making of offerings to wells, stones and trees, along with formulaic language forbidding ‘witchcraft’ or ‘ill-working’ that surely refers to practices that would have been called part of religion by the previous generations. To me, that is enough to indicate the practice of the veneration of ‘natural’ or material presences as the habitations of spirits. That, in turn, is enough for me to refer to the Paganism the churchmen observed as ‘nature worship’.

I know that there are segments of the polytheist scene that resist the term ‘Nature Worship’. I must admit to being puzzled at that. Sure I direct my ‘worship’ (that is, my ritualized respect) mainly to the Gods and Spirits. I don’t see how the Gods and Spirits can be conceived of as outside of nature. Isn’t the idea of a ‘Creator’ that exists outside of the existing cosmic order an Abrahamic thing? Didn’t the Gods arise from the Mater-ial of the world, whether in the First Slaying or from the Cosmic Egg or the Stuff of Night, etc.? To me the whole cosmological picture of Indo-European religions places Gods, Spirits and all *inside* what one might call nature.

All that aside, if one makes offering to a spirit that lives in a tree or stone or pool, that is nature worship. To be clear, this has zero to do with one’s position on political environmentalism, or on any specific model like the Gaia Hypothesis. Traditional Paganism seems plainly to declare that divinity can be present in and as objects in the material world. It is also plainly acceptable, even desirable, to understand divinity as specifically present in or as the object. We can discuss whether some separation between spirit and matter might exist, but we’ll be doing it as we make offerings to a tree or mountain. Even those who make offerings to stars are honoring nature.

So we find ourselves with polytheism, locality and the divine-in-nature as visible characteristics of what has been previously called Paganism. Do we find those in Neopaganism? In fact we do. While the theological discussions of the nature of the Gods in Neopaganism ranges from monism to abstract duotheism to various ever-firmer polytheisms, our practice almost always includes addressing the spiritual in multiple names and persons. The ancients never asked one another whether the Gods were ‘aspects’ of one another, except in moments of philosophizing, and we needn’t either. It simply isn’t important for us to agree on how many gods there “really” are, or what their natures might be, to worship together or to accept that we are part of the same broad religious tradition, which I think it would be simplest to call Paganism.

Locality is the rule in modern Paganisms. While books may transmit broad concepts and some specific images of the Gods and Spirits, every living-room circle or one-woman shrine will make their own connections with the Powers. We can agree that all of our local Hecates are presences of Hecate, but Your Shrinage May Vary as to flavor, potencies or cult from the Hecate in the next pagus. Usually it is poets, who have to entertain in multiple neighborhoods, who have to be able to speak of Hecate (or whomever) in a way that all will recognize. If we were all to simply Pagan up, it would be entirely consistent to simply welcome every hearth-god and local cult as another aspect of the religions. Disputes about who is correct are just irrelevant to a polytheist attitude toward the practice of religion, though they were probably inevitable in the ale hall or symposium.

How nature-grounded is Neopaganism? Not enough yet, imo, but progress is being made. Re-enchanting the landscape isn’t a decision you can make on Facebook. It will take a generation or three to start to have storied places of our new Paganism in North America. Living rooms just won’t be preserved long enough. One can watch the work happening through various blog-windows on the internet as modern spiritual workers make new alliances, meet the guardians of local places, and develop local nature-based cults. Some of our success in securing and remembering storied places may be would up with our ability as a movement to develop institutional management of land and money. That can only be made easier by being willing to join together under a generic banner that makes room for all our local variants.

Finally, it seems to me that some folks resist the label ‘Pagan’ because they don’t wish to be associated with certain others people who use the term. For this I have nothing but disdain. Do these folks think they are sooo cool that they would lose cool-points by wearing the same label as less cool people? Are they concerned that their own coolness will allow less cool people to claim unworthy coolness by association? In personal style I am more like a tie-dye hippie than a business-suit professional, but if I can stand to be associated with various Euro-Pagan followers of Evola, Guenon, etc, then I think even conservative polytheists can stand to be associated with me, in order to grow a Pagan movement that can have a useful impact on western culture.

Pagan isn't a term that can tell much about the specific spirituality of any adherent. Truly the same can be said for the term Christian or Hindu. While Christianity often pretends unity around scripture and tradition the practices and beliefs of members vary widely from sect to sect, and also from believer to believer. No amount of legislated doctrine can prevent people from developing their own opinion. However 'Pagan' can serve as a general tag for most of the polytheistic, mystical paths that have grown up in or near it. We freely use the term 'bread', but to hear something called bread tells us very little about its actual composition, style or flavor. It remains a useful term, as does Pagan.

(Engage full soap-box-mode) So I really do encourage those who are polytheists (that includes animism, for me) who seek to work their spirituality in the land where they dwell with the spirits that are part of their work to be willing to stand with others in identifying as ‘Pagan’. There’s not a reason in the world not to.
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About Me
IanC
I'm a Neopagan of the Druidic sort, interested in Celtic polytheism as it might manifest for modern people in North America. I'm also an occultist, broadly interested in arcane and magical systems and ideas, from medieval grimoires through Hindu Tantra and Asian shamanism to Thelema and Chaos Magic. I'm a fan of the folk music of the British Isles and its modern inheritors as well as of fantasy and horror lit, especially the work and legacy of HP Lovecraft.
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Spanish Moss said...
I have begun using the term Contemporary Paganism when not specifically referring to a particular tradition.

By the way, I hope you do not mind that I linked your blog to mine.

Blessings,
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Michael York
This is not a paragraph, Ian, but was intended originally as an *ad hoc* definition: paganism is “an affirmation of interactive and polymorphic sacred relationship by the individual or community with the tangible, sentient and/or non-empirical.”

For the rest, I doubt if I could agree more with your *Into the Mound* blog concerning the embracing and definition of ‘paganism’. The *Online Etymological Dictionary*’s definition is largely acceptable apart from what you have cited as its incorrect assumption that the *pagus* is rural. I believe that the term was originally applied to urban units such as city wards. Your stress on locality, polytheism and the divine-in-nature is spot-on.

Personally and deliberately, I prefer ‘paganism’ in lower case to ‘Paganism’ with the capital P. That was how our ‘opponents’ put it, and by-golly it is what distinguishes us from ‘their’ religions and the accompanying arrogance of attempting to formalise them into *bona fide* institutions. In today’s world, I understand and even applaud the efforts made to insure that paganism/Paganism can secure legal recognitions and protections. We may be forced into becoming a religion by default. But the broader paganism that I wish to champion is a vernacular spirituality and something natural, organic and ultimately more spontaneous. It is foundational to the whole shebang.

In actuality, I do not think paganism can be strictly defined, but I will argue that in general it *includes* an emphasis on this-worldliness, nature orientation, corpo-spirituality, enchantment, humanism, multiple and differentiated understandings of godhead and, yes, hedonism. So my only question to you would be to wonder why should hedonism be necessarily offensive?

But while you are on the soap-box proclaiming ‘Pagan’ as an acceptable and worthwhile banner label for those “who seek to work their spirituality in the land where they dwell with the spirits that are part of their work,” I am more than happy to be down in front handing out leaflets in support.
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Gavin Aendless
Personally I am a little cautious about attempting to extend the term 'pagan', which originated in a specifically European context, to apply to all indigenous traditions from around the world. For one thing, Christian missionaries and churches have done that for a long time, which to my mind is automatic grounds for suspicion. For another (related), I am cautious about any tendency to project my assumptions and world-view as a European-derived pagan onto other cultures. Sharing conceptual common ground is, I feel, not necessarily the same as sharing spirituality as a lived-in reality. Having said that, of course, the term 'pagan' is in flux, has been for some time now and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.
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Ian Corrigan
Gavin - I don't disagree. In fact, I'd like to limit the term 'witchcraft' to the remnants of euro-pagan magic as well. I decided to leave geography out of the essay mainly to avoid dealing with that particular worm-can.
Michael - thanks for the kind words. Personally I have no objection to organized religious systems, and assume that will be one of the forms taken by future Paganisms. Will I ever get out of the habit of capitalizing Pagan, which is not, I know, a proper name? mebbe not...
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Gavin Aendless
Given the tendency for the term 'witchcraft' to be used (and misused) with the most appalling results in places like Africa and India, that might not be such a bad idea, Ian Corrigan.

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Energy list
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.
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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.

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Silliness – GCF: Driving Test

I'm a driving examiner for the Department of Motor Vehicles and while I was giving a road test to a young man, he went through a red light without stopping. I told him that he had automatically failed the test. We met up with his mother back at the office, and I explained what had happened. At first she was speechless. Then she asked incredulously, "He ran a red light?"

"Yes," I replied.

"Well," persisted the mom, "how red was the light?"

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Daily Stuff 5-11-12 Iceheilige

By: CoastalAnja, 5:02 PM GMT on May 11, 2012

Hi, folks!

Bright sunshine from a misty white sky and almost 50F! Lots of little birds are landing on the feeder and taking off again almost right away. Did I write anything, yet about having the first goldfinch of the season show up? It’s been several days, now.

Yesterday was a long day and I’m groggy this morning. I wasn’t thinking about the order that came in over the weekend, so that was first on the list. We have inks, finally. We have pendulums. We have some amazingly fragrant “Amber essence resin” that’s making things smell like a head shop, but we did get the oppoponax resin and this looks like a good batch with not as much bark and stick as the last one.

I also made a pendulum yesterday from one that broke. It’s an acorn.

We have two autographed copies of Carl Neal’s new book, “Incense Magick” set out for sale.

Anyway, I got partly through getting things priced and set out and then had to run to the Chamber meeting. Mostly it was a talk about “marketing” Waldport. There are some *interesting* plans in the works. Aquatic Center, anyone? This one was at the Salty Dawg and as usual, they had lunch specials for us. One was a taco salad, which looked yummy, but the other was the usual chowder bowl and I *love* that one!

So I ran back to the shop for about 40 minutes, got almost all of the order finished, then went to City Hall for the City Council meeting. That was mostly on shutting down the subdivision that they were going to put up on the edge of the golf course and also on some planning for making the ped/bike access in the south end of Waldport along 101 less dangerous. It’s all things like cross-walks across from a couple of the parks, turn lanes and re-aligning streets/driveways, plus widening the bikeways. Looks good!

I got to sit with Darwinia during the Council meeting and we chatted a bit, after. It sounds like her husband’s doing really well after his hip replacement.

When I got back Fawkes had arrived, so we sat down and talked for a while, then we went into the back so I could start on the pine tips. I have a big bucket of those to strip and get set by for drying and I only made a small dent in the pile.

I did manage to get the dry tips ground up, finally. I have to label the bottles this morning. I did remember the bags of harvested, stuff, but they still have to go into baskets… but that’s going to entail getting some of the dry stuff *out* of the baskets! …and more grinding … and I had harvested a whole bunch of bindweed. There’s more of it to harvest, but the first bundle got hung up to dry after I got it untangled.

Only one student got there for class. One had a meeting, one was just dead from a heavy-duty week, one was getting taken out to dinner for her birthday, and the one that showed up had enough to do at home that we did a bit of Q&A and she headed out.

After we closed, Fawkes needed to scatter Tom’s ashes, so we got dressed in beach clothes and went down to Patterson Park to do that and say goodbye. That water was *awfully* cold when we waded out into it, but at least Fawkes had company for that. Part of it was watching the sun set, and when that had happened we headed back up to the house for hot showers and hotter tea…..

Tempus, Fawkes and I sat down to talk, have dinner and some delicious wine with fun names: “Sinister Hand” and “Arcane”. We were all tired, so went to bed early…for us.

I didn’t get as far as remembering to get the beans into the railing boxes yesterday, getting the nasturtiums seeds from the shop, or the garage sale stuff ready to roll, so that’s going to be some of the first stuff to start on today…and the plants into the planter boxes, too.

…but even before that, Tempus and I have to get a bread loaf started and some laundry taken care of. I also have to make the sweet cheese for tonight’s House Capuchin meeting, so I’m going to be late to the shop. Tempus is going to open.

We’re going to be putting out the Early Bird stuff for the Great Garage Sale today, so come take a look!

…but that takes me *being* there and finishing the list. Gotta get moving!

Notice!
We’re on the list for Waldport’s Great Garage Sale, which is this Saturday! We have a couple of people extra going to be here, like the Henna Candle lady, who is going to do henna painting on people, not just candles! Save your shekels for that. We have a couple of spaces left.

We have room for a lot of people to bring their stuff. This is a good time, especially if you live in an out-of-the-way spot, to get rid of some stuff and make some cash in the meantime. Let me know you’re coming, so we don’t overflow the sidewalk! …We’ve room for two more.

The shop opens at 11am. Spring hours, 11am-7pm (we will close at 7pm because of the House Capuchin meeting), 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 Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, 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. 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. This phase lasts until Saturday at 5:52pm.

Bright Venus has been dropping lower in the west-northwest every evening. To its right is the much fainter star Beta Tauri. They're now 1½° apart.

Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
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.
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aquarius
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Rose
Harvest 5/11-12

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Calendar
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
5/14 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
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
5/16 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
5/17 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, Diana’s bow
Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3/ – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 11, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:52 AM PDT, 8:33 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:19 AM PDT, 9:06 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:37 AM PDT, 9:48 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:49 AM PDT, 10:37 PM PDT
Moon, 1:14 AM PDT, 11:34 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 46m
Length of Day, 14h 40m
Tomorrow will be 2m 20s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 63% 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

Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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F 11 High 4:47 AM 7.3 5:53 AM Rise 1:14 AM 71
11 Low 11:45 AM -0.6 8:33 PM Set 11:35 AM
11 High 6:28 PM 6.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today is going to be a great day! So...don't little bunny fufu your way thru it ‘cuz all your fans will see you!!

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Journal Prompt – How do you feel? - How do you feel when you sleep at someone's house?

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Quotes
You can discover what your enemy fears the most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. - Eric Hoffer
You can’t make sound decisions if you can’t clearly see your situation. Knighthood requires the use of all of one’s senses, not just your vision. - Kerr Cuhulain
You're only young once, but you can remain immature indefinitely! - Ogde
A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet. - Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer

Do not, like an idiot, be at mercy of the spear
But of the King whose hand brandishes it.
Crying out to the spear and sword are absurd;
They are just slaves in the Noble One's hands.
Whatever instrument He makes of me, I am. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Here's a WitchVox article about Altars for the Frugal http://www.witchvox.com/teen/teen_1997/rwtool.html
The Tools of the Trade - by Roland WordStone
One of the most enjoyable practices of a Witch is buying the tools of the Craft. Perhaps it is because it really does make the Witch feel like the powerful, holy individual that they are. Teens enjoy this practice just as much as the adults, but often-times have a harder time at it, with their financial restraints. This article, hopefully, will direct you towards securing some of the most common tools of the Craft without blowing your life savings.

Your Tools
Assuming you've read up on the meanings of the popular Wiccan tools (you can do this at this very WEB-Site, in fact), you will have, by now, learned the tool's basic meanings, counted up the change in your pocket, the sixty dollars in your piggy bank, and are trying to divine where on Earth you can get an Athame' Pentacle, Bolline, incense burners, God symbols, Goddess symbols, a Cauldron, a staff, and all those other nifty trinkets that seem to be for only a select group of people who have a rare species of moneyis, treeyus in their back yard. Yeah, I know: it's tough. After all, how much money do you actually bring in each week? Yeah - that might be enough by itself but do you plan on keeping up some sort of social life? Don't want to buy that car when you hit sixteen, or if you're already there, have enough money to pay for gas? Don't you want to buy new clothes? A new CD? Right - it seems sort of impossible, doesn't it? But don't fret! Instead, read on, for the answer to thine plight lies within.

The Big Uns'
I always define "The Big Uns'" as the prerequisites to Witchcraft. Do I mean to say that if one does not have these s/he cannot be Witch? No! Of course not! That would be arrogant and ignorant. Besides - while I have them, I very rarely use them. When I pray, I whip out a candle and focus on it. When I do a spell, I whip out a candle, make a poppet, and I chant. This is probably how it went in the old days, anyway. Witchcraft is something that is felt in the heart, and it cannot be expressed in a mere motion with a sword or a stick of incense. What I mean by this is that it is simply standard for a Witch to have these. Many don't, and that's fine. It's their choice. But this article is aimed at the mainstream. However, all Witches I have ever known have used candles, and all Witches I have ever known have had an altar of some sort. Every religion has its tools, and Wicca is, in every sense of the word, a religion.
Basically, the odds are that you're going to want these tools, so here they are, in no particular order. We will discus how to go about buying them or making them, and we will learn to put together a fully functional altar for less than $30.00.

Your Magical TOOLS
Altar (Free)
Your Altar is a very simple "tool" to acquire. It can even be temporary, if the need be. In general, your room, as a teen, has stuff in it. Allot of this stuff is in a flat surface. Clear one such surface, and put tools out on it in a way recommended by your favorite author, or in a way that suits you. This is what I did. It's quite easy, though after you have an altar set up you will possess a true sense of accomplishment. It will be well deserved, for it means that you are absolutely a Priest/ess - if this were feudal times, you would be looked up to in your village, and you would be almost as powerful as the town magistrate, if there was one. You would certainly be more respected! But, this altar is a reminder that your room is the temple, and you are truly the master there. It is yours

Athame' (With Buying Savvy, 5-10 Dollars)
The Goddess & God work through everything in the most wonderful ways. This is the tool that I thought about, at the beginning, believing that I'd never be able to afford one. A decent one, anyway. But, as it turned out, I didn't have to.
You can, most likely, get an old dagger from your local antique shop. If it is not black, don't worry: my first Athame' was neither black nor double sided. But it worked well, because of the intent of the ritual and how much I put into it. This is the stuff that makes ritual: all the rest of it is just ambiance.
Perhaps your parents or guardians are a bit distressed at the notion of you having a dagger in your room (or wherever you plan on having your Altar). Not to worry: there is always the kitchen-knife option. A big, black handled one will, of course, be preferable. But this really doesn't matter in the end.
I discovered back in April that a good friend of my mother's named Claudia (who happened to live a mere 150 miles away) was a Witch. I was a bit apprehensive about calling: after all - I didn't know what she'd think of having a young-un hounding her for information. However, by the time I got up the courage to write her, I found I didn't really have any questions. I didn't have anything to say, so I said nothing. Logical, huh? Well, Samhain rolled around. I sent her on up a card with a simple "Have a Happy and Sacred Samhain!" on it, and I awaited a reply. About two weeks later, while I was hounding the WLPA WEB-Site (http://www.celticcrow.com - it was way different back then), my mom walked into the computer room, laughing. She was on the phone, and I turned and faced her. She finally said "Okay, Claudia, I'm putting him on!"
So, Claudia and I talked for a while. We began talking frequently, and, eventually, we met. That was at the beginning of December, 1996. When she came to visit us with her fiancé, she brought with her first Athame', Cauldron, Chalice, and a bunch of incense (Nag Champa - to smell it is to love it). That was my first (and only) "proper" Athame.

Bolline (With Kitchen Tool, Free)
The Bolline is a very important tool to me. It is a reminder of the earthy quality a Witch is to posses. Far from the ceremonial Magick many Witches now delve into, it reminds me of the simpler days of folk Magick and the vast power that lies in simple deeds of good will.
The Bolline is one of the simplest tools of all to find. Repeat the process that you went through with the Athame', only this time be more general. You are confined to nothing, save a sharp blade that feels right to you (though I'd recommend heavily against using things with nasty reputations. Like Nazi daggers, for instance.).

Censer (two dollars)
I have seven of these (eight if you count the cauldron, which I sometimes use for the same purpose): one that goes on the God-side of the altar (this is actually a stick-incense burner), one that goes on the Goddess-side of the altar, and one right smack in the middle. You only need one to start with, and that can go anywhere on the altar you wish.
You can buy these at many shops. Get one for whatever kind of incense you wish (though I say go for a wooden, stick-incense burner. There are a lot of blends, and this type of incense is easy to light), the differences being between the stick-kind and the granulated/cone kind. There are also cubed, but I've never used this before.
My seven were bought all at different times from different stores. All together, they've cost me $9.00 (some were bought for me). This is the easiest tool to get.

Chalice (Free)
Hmm... now, the majority of you are coming from Christianity, or a similar religion, where you are used to seeing grand, gold chalices that could, if sold, feed a 3rd World country for a month. While this would, certainly, be a great thing to have, do you think that Deity could care what metal/mineral you're using? No! That's an interest limited to humans. Find a cup or glass that feels right to you, cleanse and consecrate it, and use it. Easy Peasy Japanese.
My current one, also, was a present from Claudia. My Chalice, before then, was a wine glass taken from my mother's cabinet - with permission, of course.

Candle Holders & Candles (Free. Buying: roughly $5.00)
This is simple. Your parents/guardians probably have candle holders, and the two candles you need for Ritual are only about $1.50 each. However, you may have to buy your own, in which case this could cost you from $5.00 to $100.00 dollars, depending on your wallet and you flair for the extravagant. Right now I use the small "Eye Of the Day" candles most of the time. Other than that, I use tapers, which last me a while. Eye Of the Day candles, which cost me $.25 each, come in many colors and are very easy to get. The holders are $2.00 each. Buy two holders, two candles, add tax and you got your five dollar expense - no great loss.
If you want to do a very simple, meaningful Ritual, however, please, don't spend any of your money that you don't have to. Get a candle, get a couple flower blossoms, put them all on a table and pray. I've seen and experienced powerful Magick worked this way, and don't put it beyond yourself that you could, too.
As the Pastor of a nearby parish said once in a service; "All things good and wonderful spring from the heart, or delight in its joy after conception." If you mean it, and you will it, and want it with all your heart, and you truly have the Love in you for the Lord and Lady, you will succeed.
My current pieces were either found at a yard-sale or purchased quite inexpensively from my nearest New Age shop.

Cauldron (Free)
You can use a ceramic bowl (or a wooden one) for this. At this level you really don't need to cook in it. You just need to get some grass and flowers, put them in there, and give them to the Lord and Lady.
My present one was a gift from Claudia, as was the Athame'. My original one I got from my fundamentalist Christian art teacher's assistant, who is of equal fundie-ship. I asked her how much I could buy it for. She gave it to me for free. If she only knew...

Pentacle AKA Payton (Free-Forty)
Hmm... this is simple, really, though I don't see it as being a necessary tool in the same way, say, the Athame' is. It doesn't really do anything but sit there. You can buy ornate metal ones, over-priced wooden ones, or tiles, but, if you really need a Pentacle, the smartest thing would probably be to make one yourself. Take some blank white paper, and draw your sigils on it. Simple!
However, the symbol that many Witches wear - the Pentagram - is always neat to have. It can be subtle, and unnoticeable, or it can be loud and gaudy. The choice is yours. However, for the teen, I would recommend that you don't go ever-board. A classy silver affair is always nice. I have several of these Pentagrams, plus one that was sold to me by a woman in a store in Salem, MA This piece was supposed to be 14 Kt gold. It turned out to be gold-painted, and it was bronze underneath. A note here - be wary when vendors rush you into a purchase - they may be out to pocket the extra cash you pay them.

Wand (5 dollars, with copper wire and $1 gems)
The Wand is one of the most difficult tools to buy/find. A nice three-inch wand will cost you from 30-50 dollars, and good wands that are larger than that will cost you 50-500 dollars.
However, many people like to make their own tools, and that's what I'd recommend here to the teenage Witch.
Buy some silver or copper wire. This is the first step. Now, find a piece of wood that is native to your area. Wrap the wire around it. Purchase two gems, knowing what their powers are and using them for that reason. Wrap the gems to each end of the Wand using the wire. Use a little Super Glue, or hot glue, if need be. Cleanse and consecrate inside the Circle, or by leaving them outside beneath the full moon all night. (Note: this is not an easy way out. The way to make this effective is to pray to the moon as long as you can before leaving the new tool out there) A cleansing ritual for in-circle is described at the end of the article.
I bought this tool back in 91, with no real reason why. I wanted it. I remember thinking disjointedly that I'd need it in the future. Go fig.

Self Dedication, Cleansing And Consecrating
You will need all of your un-consecrated tools sitting on your bed, or wherever you can be sure no one will disturb you. Be burning some incense, make sure there's some liquid in the chalice (milk, water, juice - your choice. Try to understand the symbolism behind whichever you're using, though), and have your candles lit. Turn down the lights, and think about being a Witch. Think about why you want to be one, and make sure there is no selfishness. Or, almost no selfishness - humans need some to survive.
Have a Craft name chosen, and a short prayer memorized. This prayer should basically be a request, directed to the Goddess and God, to make yourself a Witch and to make your tools holy. It need not be elaborate - in fact, try to keep it as simple as possible. Make it heartfelt, and maybe it should even be spontaneous. Memorized or spontaneous - your choice.
After a few minutes of reflection, imagine your entire room being filled with blue light. Do this for a while, until you can almost see it. This will create sacred space.
Now, ask the Goddess and God for Their presence, and recite the prayer, being sure to refer to yourself by your new Craft name. Imagine green light coming in and filling your body immediately afterward - imagine this being Witch-making energy. Then, with your writing hand, point at each of your tools, and imagine the green light coming out of your hand and going into them as well. When you feel you have done this enough, thank the Goddess and God, and with your chalice, toast with them to the future. Then, you may close the circle and adorn your altar with the tools. Perhaps you should have a new piece of jewelry, consecrated along with your tools, that you will wear from then on to identify yourself as Witch. Perhaps an Ankh or a Pentagram, or maybe even an Egyptian cartouche with your Craft name on it.

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These are some of the most important tools. Collect them in perfect love and perfect trust, and use them the same way.
But remember - no tool is better than the use it is put to. You are your own most important tool, so be sure to use it wisely, with love in your intentions and joy in your heart.
Blessed Be,
Roland WordStone

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Energy list
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.
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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.

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Silliness – GCF: Second Try

Arriving home from work at my usual hour of 5 p.m., I discovered that it had not been one of my wife's better days. Nothing I said or did seemed to be right.

By 7 p.m. things had not changed, so I suggested I go outside, pretend I had just got home, and start all over again. My wife agreed.

I went outside, came back in and, with a big smile, announced, "Honey, I'm home!"

"And just where have you been?" she replied sharply. "It's after seven o'clock!"

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Daily Stuff 5-10-12 Problem solved

By: CoastalAnja, 5:35 PM GMT on May 10, 2012

Hi, folks!

Wicca 103 at 5pm.

By now you’ve seen the notice that the computer went splat. It’s up and running again. Tempus just sortof wiggles his fingers at things and they behave.

It’s bright sunshine again, but it was *darned* cold last night! When I looked at the thermometer at about 5:30 it was in the low 30’s! There was thick frost all over things, but at 8:30 then temp was 46 and it’s around 58F, now.

There birds are all awake, though. There was one dejected-looking little feather ball of a sparrow out there at 8:30, but I’ve seen at least 100 birds since, and there are a dozen right now, throwing shells in all directions.

I went through yesterday’s to-do list and I managed to finish a page… some of that was moving it off to next week, granted, or moving it onto Tempus’ list…

I swept the porch, after moving, weeding and re-planting the planters. There are 30 out there… I got rid of most of the trash and dead cardboard and such, cleaned off the railings (getting rid of the raccoon discourager, since we don’t need it now) cleaned up the porch shelves and re-stacked the pots, and sorted (with Tempus’ help) the tools on the porch, watered the small plants, and cleaned of one of the tables. Phew! …and that’s about ½ of that chore, only…

So, in the house I worked on a bunch of laundry, bleaching and washing some white delicates, among other things. I worked on stuff for the garage sale, pulling glassware from the hutch cabinet & the living room shelves, and sorting some clothing for it, as well.

Late in the day I got a couple of things cooked, another salad for one, and a pea soup that I have to get packaged up this morning.

Tempus had finally managed to get the other tree cut out and dragged the pieces up onto our lawn. We’re going to have some awesome wand wood out of this one… and I spent an hour, at least, cutting pine tips for drying after doing more weeding. Those are going to have to get processed today. Cat gave me a hand while we were waiting for the rest of the folks to show up for esbat. …and the wind was too high to do any burning…. again….. and he did manage to go through some of the tools.

This morning I want to put some beans into the railing boxes. I forgot yesterday, and I want to remember the nasturtiums seeds from the shop, so that I can add those tomorrow. I need to remember the bags of harvested, stuff too, and my first task before the Chamber meeting is to get the stuff priced and out for sale….

I have a Chamber meeting and a Waldport City Council meeting today, so I’m not going to be in the shop much, and then class at 5pm.

In between I need to get the plants that I bought almost 2 weeks ago, into the planter boxes. It’s going to be a long day….

Notice!
We’re on the list for Waldport’s Great Garage Sale, which is this Saturday! We have a couple of people extra going to be here, like the Henna Candle lady, who is going to do henna painting on people, not just candles! Save your shekels for that. We have a couple of spaces left.

We have room for a lot of people to bring their stuff. This is a good time, especially if you live in an out-of-the-way spot, to get rid of some stuff and make some cash in the meantime. Let me know you’re coming, so we don’t overflow the sidewalk! …We’ve room for two more.

The shop opens at 11am and we’ll be there through class 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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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. 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. This phase lasts until Saturday at 5:52pm.

Look for bright Vega moderately low in the northeast after darkness falls, and higher later. To Vega's lower right dangle fainter stars of the little constellation Lyra.
Mars in a telescope is gibbous and small, about 9.5 arcseconds wide, fading and shrinking each week. Mars (magnitude +0.1) shines fire-orange in Leo. It's high in the south-southwest at dusk and lower in the southwest to west later in the evening. Regulus is about 7° Mars's right or lower right and moving farther from it daily. Fainter Gamma Leonis is 8° above Regulus.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Virgo) shines in the southeast in twilight and highest in the south around 11 or midnight daylight saving time. The star 5° to Saturn's lower right in the evening is Spica, slightly fainter and bluer.

Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
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.
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 10:03pm
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Turquoise

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Calendar
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – 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
5/14 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
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
5/16 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Planting 5/18-19
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, Diana’s bow
Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3/ – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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www.wunderground.com
May. 10, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:53 AM PDT, 8:31 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:20 AM PDT, 9:05 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:39 AM PDT, 9:47 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:51 AM PDT, 10:35 PM PDT
Moon, 12:35 AM PDT, 10:24 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 44m
Length of Day, 14h 37m
Tomorrow will be 2m 21s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 73% 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

Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 10 High 3:49 AM 8.0 5:54 AM Rise 12:35 AM 80
10 Low 10:50 AM -1.2 8:32 PM Set 10:25 AM
10 High 5:30 PM 6.7
10 Low 11:04 PM 2.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.

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Journal Prompt – What? - What musical instrument(s) do you play or wish you could play?

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Quotes
When in doubt, ask yourself, 'How would I behave here at my best?' - Tony Schwartz
Where there is great love, there are always miracles. - Willa Cather
With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined. - Franklin Pierce (1804- 1869) 14th US president
Work helps to prevent us from three great evils- weariness, vice and want. – Voltaire

The Challenge of Thor
I am the God Thor,
I am the War God,
I am the Thunderer!
Here in my Northland,
My fastness and fortress,
Reign I forever!
Here amid icebergs
Rule I the nations;
This is my hammer,
Miölner the mighty;
Giants and sorcerers
Cannot withstand it!

These are the gauntlets
Wherewith I wield it,
And hurl it afar off;
This is my girdle;
Whenever I brace it,
Strength is redoubled!

The light thou beholdest
Stream through the heavens,
In flashes of crimson,
Is but my red beard
Blown by the night-wind,
Affrighting the nations!
Jove is my brother;
Mine eyes are the lightning;
The wheels of my chariot
Roll in the thunder,
The blows of my hammer
Ring in the earthquake!

Force rules the world still,
Has ruled it, shall rule it;
Meekness is weakness,
Strength is triumphant,
Over the whole earth
Still is it Thor's Day!

Thou art a God too,
O Galilean!
And thus singled-handed
Unto the combat,
Gauntlet or Gospel,
Here I defy thee!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Magick – A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her... 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'

'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive
through downtown?'

'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly...

'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice.. 'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.

'Nothing,' I said

'You have to make a living,' she answered.

'There are other passengers,' I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

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Energy list
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.
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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.

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Silliness – GCF: Dog Grooming

A lady took her dog to the groomer at pet store for a haircut and asked what it would cost.

The receptionist looked at her from behind the counter and told her that a bath and haircut started at around fifty dollars, but there were many options, so the price could vary.

Holding on to her dog's leash, the potential customer was visibly outraged.

"I only pay $25 for my own haircut!" said the woman indignantly.

The groomer replied, "That may be true, but then you don't bite, do you?"

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Daily Stuff 5-9-12 Lemuralia

By: CoastalAnja, 4:07 PM GMT on May 09, 2012

Let's try this again. This time with content!

Hi, folks!

Herbs Outdoors a6 3pm. Brigdhe’s Flame esbat at 7pm.

We’re on the list for Waldport’s Great Garage Sale, which is this Saturday! We have a couple of people extra going to be here, like the Henna Candle lady, who is going to do henna painting on people, not just candles! Save your shekels for that.

We have room for a lot of people to bring their stuff. This is a good time, especially if you live in an out-of-the-way spot, to get rid of some stuff and make some cash in the meantime. Let me know you’re coming, so we don’t overflow the sidewalk!

The weather is supposed to be nice, so prepare for sun. We’ve got a few tables…first come, first served. Ditto chairs. You’ll have access to the bathroom and the hotpot, coffee in the morning and the fridge, also change, at least as long as ours holds out…and then we can run across to C&K for more. We can also watch tables while you run out for lunch or want to go browse other garage sales. All I’m asking is that if you have a good sales day, kick me back something to help keep the lights on!

If you’ve never run a garage sale I have some tips:
1. Make a list of each thing with the price written down. That stops people switching tags and you not being able to prove the price you intended. (Yes, it happens!)
2. Decide whether or not you’ll “haggle” and price accordingly.
3. Price tag each item!!!! Clothing can be priced with a piece of paper taped to the hanger or use the “pro” hang tags. “Spots” can be purchased at Staples or Freddies, or come borrow our pricing gun (not Saturday morning!!!)
4. Lay everything out on the floor or in the yard at home *first*. This doesn’t have to be exact, but it lets you know how much space.
5. Plan on putting everything out right when you start. Don’t keep stuff in a box for “later”. You’ll miss sales that way.
6. As stuff sells spread it out to cover holes, so that the space looks full.
7. Don’t shove a lot of little stuff in a box. Separate it into plates, bowls, glasses, but don’t jumble it up unless you’re selling the “lot” for one price.
8. Hang clothes if you can. (No we don’t have an extra hanging thingie….)
9. Have stuff that you don’t care if it sells or not? Stuff it in a box and label it “free” and keep *that* under the table for later!
10. Bring a sheet or cloth for the table. It looks better.

The sky is bright white. I can’t tell if it’s cloud or mist, but the clear sunshine streaming through the study window is saying, “mist”, and supposed to stay that way for a bit. It’s in the mid 40’s and not supposed to go over 60 today, although if it stays this clear I’m not sure about that.

A crow and a jay were arguing outside the bathroom window and since I left that open last night, they’re the ones that woke me. I’m actually up on time this morning.

I’m watching sparrows on the feeder fluttering and fighting.

Yesterday we had the first goldfinch that I’ve seen in a long while, and at one point a 40 (or so) member flock of geese went over. Tempus got to see one of the Cassini’s Finches yesterday, too.

It was a frustrating day. Other than the newsletter it just seemed as though things kept taking longer and longer. We’ve got ½ a dozen tasks that should have been done by yesterday’s lunchtime, even if that happened at 4pm…. And still aren’t done, so they’ve gotten put off for today.

I’ve been washing up and folding fabrics that need to go up to the shop. We uncovered a stash of stuff that had gotten wet. Some of it isn’t going to be useable, but the most were salvageable with a little bleach and/or borax. A lot of it is scrap. I’m thinking about making more small pouches again since I have a lot of small pieces. …but I kept forgetting that the washer was full, so it took all day and there’s still more …. I also managed to track down a whole box of ribbon that will go into the supplies.

Tempus had to run some errands yesterday. We needed to get a bunch of stuff dragged up here from the shop for the Brigdhe’s Flame. We have a huge amount of stuff that needed to be burned. We also brought the folding camp chairs back to the house. They take up too much room to use them at the shop. He also needed to take the bank deposit, still.

We finally got outside in the late afternoon and got the one tree taken care of. I settled in to weeding, and finished around ½ of the yarrow, self-heal, dandelion, chives and salad burnet area. I’ve got a lot of ….what on earth do I call it? “By-harvest”? It’s the stuff that comes out by mistake while weeding. I mean they call it, “by-catch” when it’s fish… plus violets, another whole handful of violets, but those are almost done for the year. …and I have a lot of weeding to do more.

The clouds rolled in, the sun went out, the wind picked up and then it started to rain, so we came in and ate supper and then got to work in the house.

Tempus got under, in back of, and around the bed and fished out all of the books and catalogues. That was quite a job. I sorted them all, trashed a lot of catalogues, put away books onto the shelves, added some new ones to the house inventory, put *those* away and then set the books aside to take to the shop. I had a few here that I was reading and there are a few more for the library.

After that he went off to get a loaf of bread started and then get the bedding while I entered the contents of the next box of stuff for the shop into the computer. We’ll get that priced and set out on Thursday. There’s another handful of pendulums, oppoponax and amber resins, inks (finally!) and more of the floating wicks. Those have been unavailable for several years, but I found a supplier for them again!

Today I get to pull out *our* garage sale stuff and in the process box up some stuff that belongs to our kids and get labels on a few things in the kitchen. I still have to do more laundry, more on the porch, more weeding and so on…. Worst of all I pulled all the tools and hardware out of the shelves in the front hall and *that’s* got to be sorted before esbat tonight! Yikes!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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! Take a look at the new Badger Totem designs!

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, 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 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. 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. This phase lasts until Saturday at 5:52pm.

Look for bright Vega moderately low in the northeast after darkness falls, and higher later. To Vega's lower right dangle fainter stars of the little constellation Lyra.
Mars in a telescope is gibbous and small, about 9.5 arcseconds wide, fading and shrinking each week. Mars (magnitude +0.1) shines fire-orange in Leo. It's high in the south-southwest at dusk and lower in the southwest to west later in the evening. Regulus is about 7° Mars's right or lower right and moving farther from it daily. Fainter Gamma Leonis is 8° above Regulus.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Virgo) shines in the southeast in twilight and highest in the south around 11 or midnight daylight saving time. The star 5° to Saturn's lower right in the evening is Spica, slightly fainter and bluer.

Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
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.
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Capricorn
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Yellow

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Calendar
Planting 5/9-10
5/9 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (depends on the weather)
5/9 – Wednesday, esbat, waning moon, Brigdhe’s flame. We’re going with it!
5/10 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – 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
5/14 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
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
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, Diana’s bow
Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3/ – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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www.wunderground.com
May. 09, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:55 AM PDT, 8:30 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:22 AM PDT, 9:03 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:40 AM PDT, 9:45 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:53 AM PDT, 10:33 PM PDT
Moon, No Moon Rise, 9:14 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 41m
Length of Day, 14h 35m
Tomorrow will be 2m 24s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 83% 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

Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 9 High 2:56 AM 8.6 5:55 AM Set 9:15 AM 89
9 Low 9:58 AM -1.7 8:31 PM
9 High 4:33 PM 6.9
9 Low 10:01 PM 2.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative - Think of something you have wanted but have not gotten. Write a journal entry describing the item. Tell why you wanted it and how it felt or feels not to have it.

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Quotes
We cannot control the evil tongues of others, but a good life enables us to disregard them. - Cato the Elder
We're afraid, it's because we don't know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid. - E. Nightingale
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart. - Hanns-Oskar Porr
Whatever you expect, you will get. - Abraham Hicks

The Fire of the King will descend to roast you
Run like a coward and you’ll always stay unripe.
Open your entire being to Its flames, and you'll become
Cooked completely, like sweet-smelling, fresh-baked bread.
You will be the King and Bride at the table. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – An Excellent Cold Remedy
1 tsp hyssop
1 green tea bag
1 1/2 tsps dried mint
honey to taste.
I use it to treat bronchitis which due to my asthma I get frequently.
Written and Submitted By Aviana SnowWolfe For GrannyMoon's Morning Feast

Sore Throat
Make a warm compress with 4 drops of essential oils added to warm water and apply to the neck area.
Use any soft cloth. Repeat as needed. The oils to try are Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus
Cypress, Clary Sage and Sandalwood. Try a combination of a few for a total of 4 drops od eo's.
Brought to you by AromaThyme.com - http://www.aromathyme.com

Breathe Easy
Breathe more easily during Aerobics, Sports, and other exercise. Vigorous exercise strains the respiratory system. Before exercising, spray these mists into the air and breathe deeply to help soothe breathing passages. Caution; Make sure you aren't allergic to any of these oils. Use with caution if you have asthma or other breathing problems!!

40 drops Peppermint
30 drops Rosemary
30 drops Lime
30 drops Lavender
20 drops Marjoram
4 Fluid ounces of pure water

Mix all together. Store in the refrigerator

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Energy list
5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.
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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.

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Silliness – Blatant Bigotry

So four fonts walk into a bar....

The bartender says "Hey!!! Get out....we do not serve your type here..."

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Daily Stuff 5-9-12 Lemuralia

By: CoastalAnja, 4:00 PM GMT on May 09, 2012

Hi, folks!

Herbs Outdoors a6 3pm. Brigdhe’s Flame esbat at 7pm.

We’re on the list for Waldport’s Great Garage Sale, which is this Saturday! We have a couple of people extra going to be here, like the Henna Candle lady, who is going to do henna painting on people, not just candles! Save your shekels for that.

We have room for a lot of people to bring their stuff. This is a good time, especially if you live in an out-of-the-way spot, to get rid of some stuff and make some cash in the meantime. Let me know you’re coming, so we don’t overflow the sidewalk!

The weather is supposed to be nice, so prepare for sun. We’ve got a few tables…first come, first served. Ditto chairs. You’ll have access to the bathroom and the hotpot, coffee in the morning and the fridge, also change, at least as long as ours holds out…and then we can run across to C&K for more. We can also watch tables while you run out for lunch or want to go browse other garage sales. All I’m asking is that if you have a good sales day, kick me back something to help keep the lights on!

If you’ve never run a garage sale I have some tips:
1. Make a list of each thing with the price written down. That stops people switching tags and you not being able to prove the price you intended. (Yes, it happens!)
2. Decide whether or not you’ll “haggle” and price accordingly.
3. Price tag each item!!!! Clothing can be priced with a piece of paper taped to the hanger or use the “pro” hang tags. “Spots” can be purchased at Staples or Freddies, or come borrow our pricing gun (not Saturday morning!!!)
4. Lay everything out on the floor or in the yard at home *first*. This doesn’t have to be exact, but it lets you know how much space.
5. Plan on putting everything out right when you start. Don’t keep stuff in a box for “later”. You’ll miss sales that way.
6. As stuff sells spread it out to cover holes, so that the space looks full.
7. Don’t shove a lot of little stuff in a box. Separate it into plates, bowls, glasses, but don’t jumble it up unless you’re selling the “lot” for one price.
8. Hang clothes if you can. (No we don’t have an extra hanging thingie….)
9. Have stuff that you don’t care if it sells or not? Stuff it in a box and label it “free” and keep *that* under the table for later!
10. Bring a sheet or cloth for the table. It looks better.

The sky is bright white. I can’t tell if it’s cloud or mist, but the clear sunshine streaming through the study window is saying, “mist”, and supposed to stay that way for a bit. It’s in the mid 40’s and not supposed to go over 60 today, although if it stays this clear I’m not sure about that.

A crow and a jay were arguing outside the bathroom window and since I left that open last night, they’re the ones that woke me. I’m actually up on time this morning.

I’m watching sparrows on the feeder fluttering and fighting.

Yesterday we had the first goldfinch that I’ve seen in a long while, and at one point a 40 (or so) member flock of geese went over. Tempus got to see one of the Cassini’s Finches yesterday, too.

It was a frustrating day. Other than the newsletter it just seemed as though things kept taking longer and longer. We’ve got ½ a dozen tasks that should have been done by yesterday’s lunchtime, even if that happened at 4pm…. And still aren’t done, so they’ve gotten put off for today.

I’ve been washing up and folding fabrics that need to go up to the shop. We uncovered a stash of stuff that had gotten wet. Some of it isn’t going to be useable, but the most were salvageable with a little bleach and/or borax. A lot of it is scrap. I’m thinking about making more small pouches again since I have a lot of small pieces. …but I kept forgetting that the washer was full, so it took all day and there’s still more …. I also managed to track down a whole box of ribbon that will go into the supplies.

Tempus had to run some errands yesterday. We needed to get a bunch of stuff dragged up here from the shop for the Brigdhe’s Flame. We have a huge amount of stuff that needed to be burned. We also brought the folding camp chairs back to the house. They take up too much room to use them at the shop. He also needed to take the bank deposit, still.

We finally got outside in the late afternoon and got the one tree taken care of. I settled in to weeding, and finished around ½ of the yarrow, self-heal, dandelion, chives and salad burnet area. I’ve got a lot of ….what on earth do I call it? “By-harvest”? It’s the stuff that comes out by mistake while weeding. I mean they call it, “by-catch” when it’s fish… plus violets, another whole handful of violets, but those are almost done for the year. …and I have a lot of weeding to do more.

The clouds rolled in, the sun went out, the wind picked up and then it started to rain, so we came in and ate supper and then got to work in the house.

Tempus got under, in back of, and around the bed and fished out all of the books and catalogues. That was quite a job. I sorted them all, trashed a lot of catalogues, put away books onto the shelves, added some new ones to the house inventory, put *those* away and then set the books aside to take to the shop. I had a few here that I was reading and there are a few more for the library.

After that he went off to get a loaf of bread started and then get the bedding while I entered the contents of the next box of stuff for the shop into the computer. We’ll get that priced and set out on Thursday. There’s another handful of pendulums, oppoponax and amber resins, inks (finally!) and more of the floating wicks. Those have been unavailable for several years, but I found a supplier for them again!

Today I get to pull out *our* garage sale stuff and in the process box up some stuff that belongs to our kids and get labels on a few things in the kitchen. I still have to do more laundry, more on the porch, more weeding and so on…. Worst of all I pulled all the tools and hardware out of the shelves in the front hall and *that’s* got to be sorted before esbat tonight! Yikes!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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! Take a look at the new Badger Totem designs!

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, 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. 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. This phase lasts until Saturday at 5:52pm.

Look for bright Vega moderately low in the northeast after darkness falls, and higher later. To Vega's lower right dangle fainter stars of the little constellation Lyra.
Mars in a telescope is gibbous and small, about 9.5 arcseconds wide, fading and shrinking each week. Mars (magnitude +0.1) shines fire-orange in Leo. It's high in the south-southwest at dusk and lower in the southwest to west later in the evening. Regulus is about 7° Mars's right or lower right and moving farther from it daily. Fainter Gamma Leonis is 8° above Regulus.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Virgo) shines in the southeast in twilight and highest in the south around 11 or midnight daylight saving time. The star 5° to Saturn's lower right in the evening is Spica, slightly fainter and bluer.

Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
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.
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Capricorn
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Yellow

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Calendar
Planting 5/9-10
5/9 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (depends on the weather)
5/9 – Wednesday, esbat, waning moon, Brigdhe’s flame. We’re going with it!
5/10 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – 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
5/14 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
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
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, Diana’s bow
Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3/ – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 09, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:55 AM PDT, 8:30 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:22 AM PDT, 9:03 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:40 AM PDT, 9:45 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:53 AM PDT, 10:33 PM PDT
Moon, No Moon Rise, 9:14 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 41m
Length of Day, 14h 35m
Tomorrow will be 2m 24s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 83% 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

Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.
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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.

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Silliness – Blatant Bigotry

So four fonts walk into a bar....

The bartender says "Hey!!! Get out....we do not serve your type here..."

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Daily Stuff 5-8-12

By: CoastalAnja, 5:54 PM GMT on May 08, 2012

Hi, folks!

It’s cloudier than it’s been for a couple of days. The sunlight is turning on and off. It’s cooler, too, down in the upper 50’s and we’ve had a couple of wind gusts, but mostly it’s just a fitgul puff here and there, hardly enough to stir the wind chime.

The ravens got into the mac and cheese. The crows never discovered it. One raven came back over and over again, stuffing his bill and then flying off. I think he’s feeding a nest.

Hummingbirds galore yesterday! I actually had one come up and peer into the window at some of the bright colored decorations that I have hanging up.

I worked on the porch earlier in the day because I needed to stay out of the sun and the garden work had to wait for the shadow of the house. I was picking up trashy bits and dumping dead plants, stacking empty pots and that sort of thing. I found a stack of beach stones that someone dropped there. Wasn’t me… hmm… I spent a while sorting the garden tools and moving some of the large pots around. There’s more to do…. I really want to get it far enough to sweep because there’s a lot of seed bits and little things that aren’t good for the deck wood.

I got some time in the garden working on the woodruff, weeding out the grass and the blackberries. There’s a lot more to do and I pulled out as much woodruff as I left. I tried to do better than that, but at the worst that will get counted as “harvest”.

Working around the garden herbs, I pulled a lot of horsetail from around the flax and out of the lavender. I worked a bit around one of the small sage plants doing the same. At least it’s holding its own against the grass, but I need to get into the big sage plant today because it’s almost overgrown with horsetail.

I also have some work to do over by the other end of the garden, digging things out of the pinks, mostly, but the cinquefoil seeded all over the place and I have to rescue those, too. Hopefully Tempus will get out there with me today and we can make some inroads on that. We also have a curly willow to plant, and two trees to take out. One is a pine that’s pulling the side of the gully down and the other is a hemlock that’s mixed in with another and pulling up both of their roots.

I got to do some cooking again. I made a chicken salad that we’ll have for a couple of days and set up some cooked chicken for the freezer for quick meals. I want to some more on that today, maybe make a cake, because I’m not sure I’ve the energy for cookies. I wonder if I have any dough sheets because that means hand pies, which would be good….

…a lot of computer work…. Same stuff…..

I talked to Fawkes for a while yesterday…or rather he talked and I mostly listened. He’s doing ok, making plans for scattering his brother’s ashes and enjoying his time off.

Tempus had a slow day at the shop. He said that town felt dead. I know that’s about the slowest week we’ve had all year.

I’m planning on being in the garden again today. I’ve asked Tempus to get the string trimmer out and to pull my rolly out of the car, so trimming and weeding are going to be what I concentrate on.

I never did get into the ornament boxes that I started working on right after Yule, so I have to get into those. …and house chores.

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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! Take a look at the new Badger Totem designs!

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, 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 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. 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. This phase lasts until Saturday at 5:52pm.

The brightest star very high in the east these evenings is Arcturus. Look three fist-widths to its lower right for Saturn and, a little farther on, Spica.
Jupiter is lost in the glare of the setting Sun. Mercury is lost deep in the glow of sunrise. Uranus is very low in the dawn. Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is 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 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 Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 7pm
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Grey
Harvest 5/7-8

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Calendar
5/7 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
Planting 5/9-10
5/9 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (depends on the weather)
5/9 – Wednesday, esbat, waning moon, Brigdhe’s flame, weather permitting
5/10 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – 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
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, Diana’s bow
Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3/ – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 08, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:56 AM PDT, 8:29 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:23 AM PDT, 9:02 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:42 AM PDT, 9:43 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:55 AM PDT, 10:31 PM PDT
Moon, 11:47 PM PDT, 8:07 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 38m
Length of Day, 14h 33m
Tomorrow will be 2m 26s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 91% 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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Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
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Tu 8 High 2:06 AM 9.0 5:56 AM Set 8:07 AM 95
8 Low 9:07 AM -2.0 8:30 PM Rise 11:48 PM
8 High 3:39 PM 7.1
8 Low 9:05 PM 2.2

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Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream; Highlows pass as patent leathers; Jackdaws strut in peacock's feathers. Very true, So they do. - Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
Those who produce should have, but we know that those who produce the most - that is, those who work hardest, and at the most difficult and most menial tasks, have the least. - Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
Tomorrow’s life is too late. Live today. – Martial (I would add: Enjoy today. Love today. Find something to be happy about, TODAY!)
True friendship is seen through the heart, not through the eyes. – Unknown

The Ash Grove
The ash grove how graceful, how plainly 'tis speaking
The harp through its playing has language for me.
Whenever the light through its branches is breaking,
A host of kind faces is gazing on me.
The friends from my childhood again are before me
Each step wakes a memory as freely I roam.
With soft whispers laden the leaves rustle o’er me
The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.
Down yonder green meadow where streamlets meander
When twilight is fading I pensively roam
Or in the bright noon tide in solitude wander
Amid the dark spaces of that lonely ash grove.
‘Twas there while the black bird was cheerfully singing
I first met my dear one the joy of my heart
Around us for gladness the blue bells were springing
The ash grove, the ash grove that sheltered my home.
My lips smile no more, my heart loses its lightness;
No dream of the future my spirit can cheer.
I only can brood on the past and its brightness
The dear ones I long for again gather here.
From ev'ry dark nook they press forward to meet me;
I lift up my eyes to the broad leafy dome,
And others are there, looking downward to greet me
The ash grove, the ash grove, again is my home.

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Magick – Posted by Lupa Bi of Facebook 05-02-12 (there’s a picture, if you can’t see it, e-mail me…)
Ravens are also generally bigger.

Ravens and Crows - For those who asked What's the Difference?

Many people use the terms 'raven' and 'crow' interchangeably, but they are actually quite different. Technically, since ravens belong to the crow (corvus) family of birds, they can be called crows - but not all crows are ravens. The two differ in a variety of ways.

Size - First, and most noticeably, ravens are larger than crows. They are (on average) about the size of a hawk, where crows are approximately the size of a pigeon.

Call - If you're familiar with the call which crows make, you'd probably recognize the raven's call as being different. Crows have a more nasal, higher pitched call, where a raven's call is lower, and hoarser... almost a croaking sound. I've frequently been approached by people saying "I heard this really funny-sounding crow the other day..." and when I ask "Was it a really big crow?" the answer has almost invariably been yes. In which case, chances are pretty good that it wasn't a crow at all, but a raven.
If you want to hear the difference for yourself, click here for a raven's call and crow's call.

Tail feathers - Crows have a very fan-shaped tail, where raven's tails have more of a wedge-shape to them. This isn't very easy to tell if the bird is sitting on the ground, but when flying overhead, you can often get a good look at the shape of the tail.

Feather shape - Ravens' feathers are also a slightly different shape than crows' feathers. Crow feathers tend to be more rounded at the tip, while ravens have feathers which are slightly pointed. This is most noticeable on the breast feathers, especially when the bird fluffs itself up. The feathers on the crow's breast lie comfortably against eachother and provide a nice, even, rounded covering. The feathers on a raven lie a little more jaggedly, and when a raven fluffs up, its breast tends to look ragged. In fact, when a raven really fluffs up and all its feathers look like they're standing on end, the raven appears to have a short fluffy mane (called a 'ruff').

Habitat - Ravens and crows can often be found living side by side in the same areas, but where there's a choice, Ravens prefer wilder areas while crows will live quite close to cities. The bigger the city, the less likely ravens will make it their home -- and when they do, they tend to live in or near parks and natural spaces. Crows, on the other hand, are more likely to live near buildings, and will venture farther into human developments to compete for food.

There are more differences between crows and ravens, including their social habits and life span (ravens live longer), but these are the key points. They should help you determine whether the bird you're looking at is a raven or just a very large crow.

Posted by Lady Abigail By: Ravensgrove Coven

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5/8/12 - 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. Update 5/8 No news is good news.
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.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.

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Silliness – GCF: Camping Tips

Q. What equipment will I need to go camping?

A. You need a tent. Tent sizes are measured in units of men, as in "a three-man tent"; this tells you how many men are required to erect the tent if they are all professional tent engineers. Even then, the tent will collapse under unusual weather conditions, such as nightfall. You will also need a hatchet, for the spiders, and a credit card, for the motel.

Q. Where should I go camping?

A. The United States has a spectacular national park system with millions of unspoiled acres where wildlife is protected by federal laws. Avoid these places. You want a commercial facility with a name like "The Stop 'n' Squat Kountry Kamp-ground," where large animals cannot fit through the 6-inch gaps between the Winnebagos.

Q. How much food should I take?

A. A lot. You'll be providing food not only for your family, but also for the entire raccoon community. When I was a boy in rural Armonk, our garbage cans were regularly terrorized by a gang of brilliant criminal raccoons. I recall being awakened at 3 a.m. by loud noises and looking out the window to see, by moonlight, my father, a peace-loving Presbyterian minister, charging around in the bushes, wildly swinging a baseball bat and saying non-Presbyterian words.

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Daily Stuff 5-7-12

By: CoastalAnja, 5:15 PM GMT on May 07, 2012

Hi, folks!

The sun is shining again. It’s almost too bright to look out of the window. Tempus lined up some dead mac ‘n cheese along the railing and even the little birds are getting into it. The crows haven’t found it, yet. That’s going to be quite a squawking contest once they do.

Yesterday I discovered that the rhododendrons are starting to bloom in the backyard. I’m planning to take some time today to go look at them and probably take pictures. The woodruff and the rugosas are starting to bloom, as well.

Yesterday’s classes & workshops went well, even though Tempus was stressed right to the max over logistics. Carl took the 101 class time. Brea was in for her class and then Tempus ran a movie for the Job Corps bunch. After that he took them back to the Center, having to close the shop long enough to do that. He got home around 9pm, because he also had to stop at the grocery store. At least I was well enough to cook him dinner, finally.

I worked on the computer in the morning, mostly still sorting files, but I did a little writing and worked doing product editing on the new Café Press stuff. They’ve added a lot of new products in this spring: shower curtains, duvet covers and pillow cases, to name a few, which I haven’t added to the older products lines, so that’s part of what I was doing.

I finally got outside at mid-afternoon with my clippers and went down into the park doing some judicious trimming of trees that are going to get lopped off when the chopper truck comes through. After that I sat on the north steps, trimming the bits down and getting the needles off until I had an amount that would fit in my basket. They need a little work still, before they get set out to dry, but they’re almost there. I got the last of the radishes pulled and spent a fair amount of time rescuing plants that were drowning in weeds. After that I planted more radishes and some lettuce.

During the evening I went back to the Spoonflower designs.

Today Tempus is going to be the one at the shop again. I still can’t talk much without setting off a coughing fit, so I’m going to stay home. I’m pretty much feeling ok, but my chest just burns inside when I cough. No, I *don’t* have pneumonia. I know what that feels like. I just need to get the coughing quieted down so that the internal chafing heals up and that means talking as little as possible. …which is *not* possible at the shop so I’m working here….

I’m planning on being in the garden again. I’ve asked Tempus to get the string trimmer out and to pull my rolly out of the car, so trimming and weeding are going to be what I concentrate on. In between I still have to finish the ornament boxes that I started working on right after Yule. That’s been hanging fire far too long. …and keep editing on Café Press. Check out the newest design!

The shop opens at 11am. 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! Take a look at the new Badger Totem designs!

Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, 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, but waning. 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. The Full Phase ends at 8:35am on Monday. 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 waning gibbous Moon is up in the southeast by around 11 p.m., depending on where you live. Look about a fist-width to the Moon's right for fiery Antares. Around and upper right of Antares are other stars of Scorpius.
You can see Venus through the clear blue sky of day if your eye lands right on it. Look for it 35° (three or four fist-widths at arm's length) to the celestial east of the Sun. The best time to examine Venus in a telescope is late afternoon or around sundown. It's now a crescent about 42 arcseconds tall and 20% sunlit, waning and enlarging daily. Venus will transit the face of the Sun on June 5–6 (on the afternoon of the 5th for North America); see our article in the June Sky & Telescope, page 50, or online. This is the last transit of Venus until 2117.

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 Sagittarius
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: White
Harvest 5/7-8

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Calendar
5/7 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2 (no class tonight)
Planting 5/9-10
5/9 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (depends on the weather)
5/10 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 5/9-10
5/9 – Wednesday, esbat, waning moon, Brigdhe’s flame, weather permitting
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
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, Diana’s bow
Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3/ – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 07, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 5:57 AM PDT 8:28 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 5:25 AM PDT 9:01 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 4:44 AM PDT 9:42 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 3:57 AM PDT 10:29 PM PDT
Moon 10:50 PM PDT 7:05 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 15h 36m
Length of Day 14h 30m
Tomorrow will be 2m 28s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 96% 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 7 High 1:19 AM 9.2 5:58 AM Set 7:06 AM 99
7 Low 8:18 AM -2.1 8:28 PM Rise 10:50 PM
7 High 2:46 PM 7.2
7 Low 8:13 PM 2.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Mother Teresa, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.

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Journal Prompt – Expository - Write about your first pet. Include a special memory about it. (If you have never had a pet, write about the kind of pet you would like to have one day.)

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Quotes
The secret lies in how we handle today, not yesterday or tomorrow. Today...that special block of time holding the key that locks out yesterday's nightmares and unlocks tomorrow's dreams. - Charles Swindoll, Clergyman and writer
The turn in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn. - Charmine Shing
The waves of the sea help me get back to me. - Jill Davis
Then your heart is a dark valley; if you do not soon work for the birth of the light, he will then ignite the fire of anger in you...and you will be unable with your animal birth to reach the gates of heaven. - Jacob Boehme, Aurora

Suffering is a treasure, for it conceals mercies;
The almond becomes fresh when you peel off the rind.
O my brother, staying in a cold dark place
And bearing patiently the grief, weakness, and pain
Is the Source of Life and the cup of Abandon!
The heights are found only in the depths of abasement;
Spring is hidden in autumn, and autumn pregnant with spring.
Flee neither; be the friend of Grief, accept desolation,
Hunt for the life that springs from the death of yourself. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – THE BROOM - According To Barbara Walker
The broom has been associated with female magic and the social contributions of the wise woman ever since ancient Rome, where sacred midwives used special broomsticks to sweep the threshold of the house after childbirth to repel negative influences from mothers and their babies.
The broom was also associated with the ceremony of marriage as conducted by priestesses. Among Gypsies, whose marriages continued to be performed by wise women, jumping over the broomstick was an essential part of the rite.
(The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects Barbara G. Walker Harper and Row, San Francisco, 1988)
For us today, the new broom ritual is an invitation to return to beginners mind where the world is once again fresh and filled with wonder.
Those of us of European heritage may have had Grandmothers who shared the New Broom ritual with us. For some of us, particularly from the Scandinavian countries, the New Broom ritual was a way of ritualizing the New Year.
On New Year's Eve, our Grandmothers swept the house with vigor and intention. They swept each room, clearing it of any negative energies or memories that had accumulated there during the past year. All of the disharmony and emotional clutter was swept over the threshold and out into the winter wind to be blown to the far corners of the earth.
But just in case, the old broom was left outside by the door to discourage old negative energies from returning.
The new broom was blessed with hopes and intentions for the new year-for health and happiness and prosperity and meaning and hope and generosity, and all those things that we bless one another with as we gather in the Wisdom Circle. Then the new broom was used to sweep in the positive energies and hopes and dreams and prayers for the new year.

TODAY WE SWEEP AWAY DESPAIR AND SWEEP IN GENERATIVITY.
SWEEP AWAY SEPARATION AND SWEEP IN CONNECTEDNESS.
SWEEP AWAY PERFECTIONISM AND SWEEP IN WHOLENESS.
SWEEP AWAY COMPARISONS AND COMPETITION AND SWEEP IN
KINDNESS AND COMMONALITY.
SWEEP AWAY EXPECTATIONS AND SWEEP IN WONDER.
SWEEP AWAY THE SEEKING AFTER APPROVAL AND SWEEP IN THE
CAPACITY TO GIVE AND TO RECEIVE LOVE.
SWEEP AWAY INFLEXIBILITY AND SWEEP IN GOING WITH THE FLOW.

You are invited to take this ritual of the new broom home with you and to give brooms for weddings and new births and housewarmings and new years.
Give a broom to someone you wish to mend a relationship with; a mother or father, daughter, son, or an estranged friend. ~Unknown - )0(
Visit Crone's Corner on Yahoo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
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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.

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Silliness – Q: What happened when a lawyer sued after he fell and tore his clothes when he slipped on a banana skin? A: He lost the suit on appeal.

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Daily Stuff 5-6-12

By: CoastalAnja, 6:25 PM GMT on May 06, 2012

Hi, folks!

2nd day of Psychic Fair!

Right now Carl Neal is doing a special class for the Wicca 101 group on incense and on “the incense game”.

The sun is very bright again. I’m looking at the angle of the light. At 10 am in the winter the shadows were long and deep, but these shadows are short and shallow! There’s a light breeze and we’re supposed to have good weather for several days. That will be good. I’ve *got* to try to get some more pine tips! …and if the garden doesn’t get weeded I won’t have anything planted….

Today’s Schedule
5/6 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Special Class with Carl Neal
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of Full Circle
3pm – Discussion follows movie

Here’s some more information about this Psychic Fair’s special guest…..

Bio:
Carl Neal is a self-professed incense fanatic who has been lucky enough to learn from a variety of incense makers from North and South America, Asia, and Europe. This Llewellyn author has traveled across America leading incense making workshops and discussions. He has been a frequent guest at Pagan festivals and gatherings where he spreads his enthusiasm for incense with vigor.

Incense Magick is Carl’s latest book which explores not only the history of incense but modern adaptations of ancient incense techniques, modern approaches to materials and methods, rituals, meditations, and magickal enhancements are all explored. Learn amazing burning techniques like hidden incense trails and incense chaining. Six years in the making, this book was worth the wait!

The Magick Toolbox explores the wide variety of tools that are used in rituals, spells, and other magickal practices in an encyclopedic fashion. From athames to wands, this book will help you purchase, modify, customize, purify, or even create from scratch, tools for your magick.

Incense: Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents is the book that teaches the world how to make high-quality, natural incense for any purpose. Avoid the harsh and sometimes dangerous ingredients in low-quality commercial incense and instead craft this amazing substance using your own ingredients and your energy. It is very simple and you could finish your first batch of incense in as little as 15 minutes!

He’s a fascinating guy!

When we first got to the shop yesterday morning I had to clear the class table. Well, we’d had the Sabbat, so there were a lot of dishes and such. So I got that done then settled in on the plants that I had harvested before heading that direction. There were just a few violets and a couple of calendula (counting one from the planter boxes….) but a lot of horehound and an odd, but interesting, plant that I can’t ID and a whole *whacking* lot of comfrey…If I hadn’t spent some time pulling it, it was looking to eat the horehound whole. I think I’m going to dig some of the horehound and plant it elsewhere and let the comfrey and the ornamental St. John’s Wort duke it out…. There’s a lot of chopped root, now and a bundle of leaves and the rest is in the dryer.

I kept on processing herbs when Carl got there. He came in and we talked while he got his lunch. Well, I whispered and he talked.

There were 3 other people in his workshop. We made two different types of incense and he talked a lot about how to make certain types work.

After the workshop we also discussed him coming back over the summer. Right now we’re talking about the week that wraps around 4th July, the Psychic Fair that pairs up with Pathways to Transformation in August, and Pan-Pagan. He’s got a bunch of specialty workshops

…and then we kept talking. I was working on doing more herb processing, since there’s always a ton of that to do. I worked my way through powdering some bay and sorting a bunch of calendula from the calyx. I’m getting better at powdering things, which is going to be a necessity if we go into making some of the incense that he’s talking about.

…and then he headed home and I crashed. I was too exhausted to even drive myself up to the house, so I collapsed into the recliner and slept for several hours.

When we finally left the shop Venus was hanging high in the mid-twilight sky, paired with a small star. I love that blue in the sky at the end of twilight, when the sea color turns to hammered aluminum and the sky to a deep rich color that you don’t see except in those conditions….

…and then we came around the corner of the building and the Moon was up, having risen about the Coast Range, hanging in a golden haze. Once we were home I hung out on the porch watching until I chilled, then rolled my chair over past the study desk to gaze out the window as She rose out of the haze and became a brilliant silver disk. I thought seriously about getting some of the burnable out and doing what I did last Full Moon… and then thought about particulates in my lungs and stayed, sanely, in the study….

There’s a house finch on the feeder. I had to look him up, but I’m pretty sure he’s a house finch and not a purple finch….

Like I was implying before the shop’s open and classes/workshops well under way. Today’s moving is going to be “Full Circle” if you want to come in and watch.

The shop opens at 11am, but we’ll be there earlier. 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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Today
The Moon is Full, but waning. 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. The Full Phase ends at 8:35am on Monday. 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.

Venus, the brilliant "Evening Star" in the west, is passing its closest to the star Beta Tauri, which is only 1/300 as bright at magnitude 1.6. During and after late twilight, look for the star 0.8° to Venus's upper right. That's about a pencil-width at arm's length. Although they look close together, they're not. Venus is 3 light-minutes from us; Beta Tauri is 130 light-years in the background.
Look high to Venus's upper right for Capella. Look very close to the bright planet for Beta Tauri, also known as El Nath, glimmering only 1/300 as bright (at magnitude +1.6). Beta Tauri is 1° above Venus on May 4th, 0.8° to Venus's upper right when they're closest together on the 6th, and 1.6° to the planet's right by May 11th.

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
Full Moon in Scorpio at 8:35pm
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Black
Planting 5/5-6

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Calendar
May 5-6 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Carl Neal
5/6 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Special Class with Carl Neal
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of Full Circle
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Harvest 5/7-8
5/7 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
Planting 5/9-10
5/9 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (depends on the weather)
5/10 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 5/9-10
5/9 – Wednesday, esbat, waning moon, Brigdhe’s flame, weather permitting
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
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, Diana’s bow
Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 06, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:59 AM PDT, 8:27 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:26 AM PDT, 8:59 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:45 AM PDT, 9:40 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:59 AM PDT, 10:27 PM PDT
Moon, 9:42 PM PDT, 6:12 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 33m
Length of Day, 14h 28m
Tomorrow will be 2m 30s longer.
Full, 100% 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 6 High 12:34 AM 9.1 5:59 AM Set 6:12 AM 99
6 Low 7:30 AM -1.9 8:27 PM Rise 9:42 PM
6 High 1:54 PM 7.2
6 Low 7:24 PM 1.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – One does not learn by speaking.

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Journal Prompt – I wish… - I wish I had enough money to......

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Quotes
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. — Albert Einstein
The man who is rows the boat usually doesn’t have time to rock it. – Unknown
The Queen's Park Oval, exactly as its name suggests, is absolutely round. - Tony Crozier
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.
1. The Road Not Taken
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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Magick – Why do we believe in electrons, but not in fairies? by Benjamin Kuipers
http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2e98Rx/www.cs.utexa s.edu/~kuipers/opinions/electrons-vs-fairies.html/

No one has directly observed either electrons or fairies. Both of them are theoretical constructs, useful to explain observations that might be difficult to explain otherwise. The "theory of fairies" can actually explain more things than the "theory of electrons". So why do we believe in electrons, but not in fairies?

Is the issue a political one, where the "electron" fans got the upper hand in the nineteenth century, so by the twentieth century the "fairy" fans were a scorned and persecuted minority? Or, have we proved for sure that fairies don't exist?

No, to both. The real difference is that for electrons, we have accumulated a set of quite narrow and specific rules about how electrons will behave under various circumstances. Those rules let us make very specific predictions about electron behavior, and about the observations that will result. If those predictions don't come true, we know that either we didn't set up the circumstances correctly, or there is something wrong with the rules. But over many decades, we have repeatedly fixed problems with the rules, so we can now make really good predictions about electrons, especially in certain highly contrived circumstances (i.e., circuits).

Fairies are much more free. A fairy does what it decides to do. We haven't been able to find any useful rules for predicting how a fairy will behave under particular circumstances, or even for telling when a fairy has been involved in a particular observation. (At least I don't know of any such rules. I stand ready for correction on this.) Over many, many decades, it has not been possible for people to try out pretty-good sets of fairy-prediction rules, find out where they make mistakes, and replace them with better sets of rules.

It's always possible that there really are fairies. But the theory of electrons has been far more successful because it makes testable predictions. Because it doesn't make testable predictions, the theory of fairies hasn't enjoyed the same process of incremental improvement. So we have lightbulbs and microprocessors and the Internet, all based on electrons, and no fairy processors.
The scientific method is an amazing procedure for incrementally improving certain kinds of theories: those that make testable predictions. A theory that doesn't make testable predictions could still be true, but it doesn't participate in the scientific method. (There are people who believe that the only truths are scientific truths, but this is essentially a religious faith on their part.)

The theory of evolution is a scientific theory, because it implies a large number of specific testable claims. The specific rules leading to testable predictions have been tested, modified, and refined over many decades (roughly as many as the theory of electrons). Simple versions of the rules for evolution have been tested and refuted long ago, and replaced by better, more specific ones, just as they have for electrons. We are about as confident in the theory of evolution as we are in the theory of electrons.

The theory of intelligent design could be true. The biological world is a marvelous place, with truly amazing complexity. The theory of evolution assumes certain random processes for generating mutations. If an Intelligent Designer could influence those random processes, then perhaps both theories could be true simultaneously. But the theory of intelligent design does not make testable predictions, just like the theory of fairies. The Designer does what He does because He decides to, not because He is governed by rules. (See Matthew 4:5-7.)

The scientific method is an enormous intellectual asset to the human race. All citizens should understand what it can and cannot do, and all children should be taught to appreciate and apply it. It is important for them to understand why the theory of electrons is a scientific theory, while the theory of fairies is not. Likewise, of course, for evolution and intelligent design.

In the debate between evolution and intelligent design, I believe that we scientists are missing an important opportunity to educate people about the difference between "truth" and "scientific truth". There is a perfectly reasonable role in society for faith in truths that are not scientifically testable. But we and our children need to understand and respect the difference.

Atheism is a religion, too!
While one driver in this controversy comes from people with a fundamentalist religious agenda, there are scientists on the other side who pursue an essentially religious belief that "There is no Designer." Occam's Razor is a useful piece of practical advice about preferring simpler theories, but it has no more empirical content than the Apostle's Creed.

An advocate for Intelligent Design provided the following quotes from leading evolutionary biologists:
• "Man is the result of a purposeless and natural process that did not have him in mind" (George Gaylord Simpson, The Meaning of Evolution);
• "If humankind evolved by Darwinian natural selection, genetic chance and environmental necessity, not God, made the species" (Edward O. Wilson, On Human Nature);
• "By coupling undirected, purposeless variation to the blind, uncaring process of natural selection, Darwin made theological or spiritual explanations of life processes superfluous" (Douglas Futuyma, Evolutionary Biology).

These are not scientific conclusions. These are statements of sincere personal belief by these authors, who doubtless feel strongly that their beliefs are consistent with their experiences as scientists. But they are essentially statements of faith, and they are out of place in a textbook. (An interesting essay by Michael Ruse, Is evolution a secular religion?, sheds historical light on evolution and this kind of "religious atheism".)

On the other hand, scientists in general are very careful to avoid making religious (including atheist) statements in a scientific context. Simpson's and Wilson's books are opinion pieces, not textbooks, so expressions of personal faith are appropriate. Futuyma's book is a leading textbook, but the above quote seems not to appear in the current (third) edition.

There is a widespread claim that evolutionary biology textbooks argue against Christianity, or against religion in general. You can read (here) a careful examination of a number of accused textbooks, refuting that claim.

Teaching better science
In our pluralistic society, some people believe in God or in the absence of any God (both faith-based positions), while some people don't know and some don't care. In our pluralistic society, it is important to teach science without imposing on others one's own religious beliefs, including the belief in the absence of God.

Science education is about teaching the scientific method, and about teaching some of the knowledge that the human race has acquired by applying the scientific method. It would be a useful part of a science class to teach the distinction between theories that are scientific because they make testable predictions, and other theories that could be true, but are not scientific because they don't. Comparing fairies with electrons, or comparing evolution with intelligent design, should be an opportunity to teach better science.
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Written 15 February 2005. Updated 30 June 2005 and 11 September 2005.

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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.

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Silliness – There's a name for every phobia. Vestiphobia is a fear of clothes. Amathophobia is a fear of dust, and a fear of God is called religion. - Clarke Kant

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Daily Stuff 5-5-12

By: CoastalAnja, 3:51 PM GMT on May 05, 2012

Hi, folks!

Psychic Fair today!

I’ll be there this morning for a while, but I’m not going to be doing readings and Herb Workshop depends on whether I have any voice at all. I might just go about the tasks and not talk, I guess… that would be really, really strange….

The sun is shining brightly. Small sparkles are making prisms of water droplets on the alder leaves and everything is very gold and green. It’s chilly out there because the cloud cover broke up during the night, low 40’s yet.

I spent most of the day behind the computer. The early part of the day I was doing research, first into how to get better as fast as I can (and I’m going to follow it as best I can!) and 2nd into some of the embroidery pieces that the V&A museum has. I’m trying to get some copies.

After that I did some more writing since I’m starting to get my brain back, then worked on getting more stuff into the newsletter files, trying to get ahead.

After that I did some more on the Spoonflower fabrics, then some updates to the website and then sorted mail.

In the process of going through the mail I ran across a request for badger totem items. That’s been in the back of my mind for quite a while at this point, so I settled down to make a design and by late yesterday evening had not only gotten it up, but the Café Press items are most of the way edited!

From the reports the Beltane Sabbat Open Circle went well. Everyone got their wish baskets made and we’ll get the Web that was created up on the ceiling at the shop in the next few days.

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 Oh, God! (discussion follows)

Here’s some more information about this Psychic Fair’s special guest…..

Bio:
Carl Neal is a self-professed incense fanatic who has been lucky enough to learn from a variety of incense makers from North and South America, Asia, and Europe. This Llewellyn author has traveled across America leading incense making workshops and discussions. He has been a frequent guest at Pagan festivals and gatherings where he spreads his enthusiasm for incense with vigor.

Incense Magick is Carl’s latest book which explores not only the history of incense but modern adaptations of ancient incense techniques, modern approaches to materials and methods, rituals, meditations, and magickal enhancements are all explored. Learn amazing burning techniques like hidden incense trails and incense chaining. Six years in the making, this book was worth the wait!

The Magick Toolbox explores the wide variety of tools that are used in rituals, spells, and other magickal practices in an encyclopedic fashion. From athames to wands, this book will help you purchase, modify, customize, purify, or even create from scratch, tools for your magick.

Incense: Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents is the book that teaches the world how to make high-quality, natural incense for any purpose. Avoid the harsh and sometimes dangerous ingredients in low-quality commercial incense and instead craft this amazing substance using your own ingredients and your energy. It is very simple and you could finish your first batch of incense in as little as 15 minutes!

The shop opens at 11am, but we’ll be there earlier. 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! Take a look at the new Badger Totem designs!

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 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 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. The Tide Change is at 8:35pm on Saturday. 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 (exact at 11:35 p.m. EDT), in Libra. This is the closest and largest full Moon of 2012, though not remarkably so. The Moon is 8% closer and larger than average, and only 0.16 magnitude brighter than average, so you'd need measuring tools to really tell. Take a look. What do you think?
Venus (magnitude –4.7, in Taurus) is the blazing "Evening Star" high in the west in twilight, and lower later in the evening. It's still as bright as it ever gets, but it's beginning its rapid May descent toward the sunset. See article, Venus Takes the Plunge.

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
Full Moon in Scorpio at 8:35pm
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Black
Planting 5/5-6

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Calendar
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
5/7 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
Planting 5/9-10
5/9 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (depends on the weather)
5/10 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 5/9-10
5/9 – Wednesday, esbat, waning moon, Brigdhe’s flame, weather permitting
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
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, Diana’s bow
Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 05, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:00 AM PDT, 8:26 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:27 AM PDT, 8:58 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:47 AM PDT, 9:39 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:01 AM PDT, 10:25 PM PDT
Moon, 8:27 PM PDT, 5:27 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 30m
Length of Day, 14h 25m
Tomorrow will be 2m 31s longer.
Full, 100% 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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Sa 5 Low 6:42 AM -1.4 6:00 AM Set 5:28 AM 97
5 High 1:01 PM 7.1 8:26 PM Rise 8:27 PM
5 Low 6:36 PM 1.6

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

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Journal Prompt – Wiki - What do you consider your most overrated virtue?

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Quotes
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing- that's why we recommend it daily. - Zig Ziglar
Politics, when I am in it, it makes me sick. - William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President
The 3 signs of great men are- generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success. - Otto von Bismarck
The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation. - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American reformer

"How many hooks He has threaded my throat with?"
Gasped the fish, as he struggled and died.
O Fisherman, I bless You, though You killed and ate me!
My passion was always to be alive in You. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Healing Herbal Balm - August 18th, 2007
Color of the day: Indigo - Incense of the day: Sandalwood
For a magical, fresh-scented balm that promotes healing in every illness from fibromyalgia to chronic fatigue syndrome, try this one. Grind together the following herbs (about 1 tsp. each): thyme, rosemary, lemon balm, mint, and cucumber zest. Hold your left arm palm up and your right palm down just over the powdered herbs. Pull healing energy from the Earth with your left hand, allowing it to completely fill your body. Visualize this energy turning a brilliant gold and sizzling with healthy energy. Push this energy out through your right hand and channel it into the herbal mixture. Add the herbs a little at a time to one stick of melted cocoa butter, stirring well after each addition. Let the balm rest until the cocoa butter base has hardened.
By: Tammy Sullivan

Recipe for Good Health
After a long winter, March is a good time to work a spell that will renew your health. As folk wisdom says:

Eat leeks in March and garlic in May;
And all the year after physicians may play.
Peel three potatoes and place them on a green cloth on your kitchen table. Consider three things you can do to improve your health. Carve on each potato symbols or words regarding your intention. Make a potato leek soup with your magical potatoes. Decorate the table in colors of green and white and a bouquet of daffodils.
Leek Soup
4 cups sliced leeks
3 cups sliced potatoes
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
3 T. sherry
Chives
Combine potatoes, leeks and broth and cook for 20 minutes. Liquefy in a blender. Add cream, sherry, and chives and cook an additional 5 minutes without boiling, stirring constantly.
By: Lily Gardner-Butts http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/ GrannyMoon's Morning Feast Archives

For Your Health
Insomnia - Chamomile is a very soothing tea to put you to sleep if you're having trouble in that area. And a magickal remedy is to take garden violet, put it in a silver bag under your pillow, and then lay back and wait for the desired effect: sleep. Dill and dandelion also work on insomnia. Orange and passion flower are other plants that take away the sleeplessness you experience. Primrose and rosemary also may be used in a tea to take away your insomnia but I prefer that you put shavings from a white birch into a white muslin bag and wear it around your neck, or place it under your pilow. You should doze off almost immediately. Wild morjoram and sweet marjoram may be made into teas, too, and you may wish to make a poultice of lettuce and hops and mother of thyme to cover your eyes. Sleep should be induced soon after applying it.
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Relieving Facial Tension - Every night before you go to sleep, sit in your bed and start making faces — just as small children enjoy doing, make all kinds of faces, good, bad, ugly, beautiful, so the whole face and the musculature start moving. Make sounds — nonsense sounds will do — and sway, just for ten to fifteen minutes and then go to sleep.

In the morning, before you take your bath, again stand before the mirror and for ten minutes make faces. Standing before the mirror will help: you will be able to see and you will be able to respond

Excerpted From Elizabeth Pepper, The Witches’ Almanac, Ltd.
~GrannyMoon's Morning Feast Archives

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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.

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Silliness – GCF: Helpful Mechanic

Taking my car to the mechanic, I was fearful that any needed repair might be too expensive. I was relieved when he told me all I needed was blinker fluid.

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Daily Stuff 5-4-12

By: CoastalAnja, 5:34 PM GMT on May 04, 2012

Hi, folks!

Beltane Open Circle tonight! Bring fingerfoods for the feast.

It’s raining steadily, dim, cool and very, very green. Large drops hit the leaves of the alder and they’re springy enough to bend and bounce back. It looks like the tree is twitching.

Tempus just refilled the hummingbird feeder. We’ve had several of the rufous ones here this morning that flew up and just left. It wasn’t empty. I guess the syrup had soured.

I spent a lot of time limp in my chair watching birds yesterday. The standards were all there, yesterday: sparrows, finches, chickadees, juncos, towhees and one Stellar Jay, who was loud and obnoxious enough to wake me at one point when I dozed off. He flew up and sat on the window sill and screeched!

It blew hard yesterday. Even in the Valley there was wind. A friend had a “widow-maker” over 10 feet long come down into her yard. It missed the house and no one was out there, but apparently made quite a thump.

I did a lot of finishing up files and doing formatting. Several got loaded to the Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering Facebook group. I got the newsletter file for the Magick section pretty much done up to when I need to start the Litha entries.

…and I spent a while on recipe files for the Sabbat Foods cookbook.

…and I spent quite a while writing on various articles and stories.

…and I also managed to figure out the pattern for a doll pinafore and get the directions written. What I’m doing is setting up a page with directions on the website, so that I don’t have to print them in full on the fabric. I’ll also be able to put photos up there. I’m going to try to go on today designing more of the fabrics and then getting them set up on Spoonflower. I also want to try my hand at setting one up for a toddler. I’m not sure that I can, but I’m going to try. I’m also in process on setting up some sunhat designs on fabrics.

I’m worried that the rugosa shoot coming up near the artichoke is going to eat it…. Tempus is going to have to deal with that today. He’s also got to go out and harvest violets.

I’m not going to make it to Beltane tonight. I’m not doing very well with talking at the moment, and if you put me into a place where there are other people, I’m going to talk…even if it kills me….which is what it feels like it might this morning.

We’re coming up on a “Super-Moon”. It will be very big and bright because it’s at the closest it gets to the earth. What that means to us here by the ocean and bay is that the high tides are higher (going up to 9.2) here in Alsea Bay for a couple of days, and the low tides are lower (down to -2.0). It also means that the volume of water flowing into and out of the bay is going to be much greater than usual….and it’s been raining which means that the Alsea River is high as well, so that will add volume to the flow, as well. I’m intending to get down to the Jaws to watch at some point. Watch the tide chart below for details of when and how high/low.

Here’s some more information about this Psychic Fair’s special guest…..

Bio:
Carl Neal is a self-professed incense fanatic who has been lucky enough to learn from a variety of incense makers from North and South America, Asia, and Europe. This Llewellyn author has traveled across America leading incense making workshops and discussions. He has been a frequent guest at Pagan festivals and gatherings where he spreads his enthusiasm for incense with vigor.

Incense Magick is Carl’s latest book which explores not only the history of incense but modern adaptations of ancient incense techniques, modern approaches to materials and methods, rituals, meditations, and magickal enhancements are all explored. Learn amazing burning techniques like hidden incense trails and incense chaining. Six years in the making, this book was worth the wait!

The Magick Toolbox explores the wide variety of tools that are used in rituals, spells, and other magickal practices in an encyclopedic fashion. From athames to wands, this book will help you purchase, modify, customize, purify, or even create from scratch, tools for your magick.

Incense: Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents is the book that teaches the world how to make high-quality, natural incense for any purpose. Avoid the harsh and sometimes dangerous ingredients in low-quality commercial incense and instead craft this amazing substance using your own ingredients and your energy. It is very simple and you could finish your first batch of incense in as little as 15 minutes!

The shop opens at 11am. 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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Space Weather News for May 3, 2012 - http://spaceweather.com - Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, source of the annual eta Aquarid meteor shower. The shower peaks this weekend on May 5th and 6th. Glare from a perigee full Moon--a "Super Moon"--will interfere with the display. Nevertheless, observers especially in the southern hemisphere could still see dozens of meteors during the hours before local sunrise on May 6th. More information about the shower and live audio from a meteor radar may be found on 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 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 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. The Tide Change is at 8:35pm on Saturday.

By May 3rd and 4th the Moon reaches Saturn and Spica. Saturn and Spica are left or lower left of the waxing gibbous Moon. Look lower right of the Moon for the four-star pattern of Corvus, the Crow.
Uranus is hidden low in the dawn.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is 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 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 Libra
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Green

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Calendar
5/1 – Tuesday, Traditional Date, Beltane
5/2 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (depends on the weather)
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
5/7 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
Planting 5/9-10
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 5/9-10
5/9 – Wednesday, esbat, waning moon, Brigdhe’s flame, weather permitting
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
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, Diana’s bow
Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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May. 04, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:01 AM PDT, 8:24 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:29 AM PDT, 8:57 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:49 AM PDT, 9:37 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:03 AM PDT, 10:23 PM PDT
Moon, 7:08 PM PDT, 4:49 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 27m
Length of Day, 14h 23m
Tomorrow will be 2m 34s longer.
Waxing Gibbous, 97% 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 4 Low 5:54 AM -0.7 6:02 AM Set 4:50 AM 92
4 High 12:06 PM 6.8 8:25 PM Rise 7:09 PM
4 Low 5:48 PM 1.4
4 High 11:50 PM 8.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an intentional day!

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? - We must be authors of the history of our age. -- Madeleine Albright

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Quotes
Never argue with a stupid person because they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience! - Mark Minton
Never ignore a person who loves you & cares for you. One day you may realize you've lost the moon while counting the stars. - Unknown
Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race. - William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President
No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure. - James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President

The Call
I have heard it all my life
A voice calling a name I recognized as my own.
Sometimes it comes as a soft-bellied whisper.
Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency.
But always it says: Wake up my love. You are walking asleep.
There’s no safety in that!
Remember what you are and let this knowing
take you home to the Beloved with every breath. . . . - Oriah Mountain Dreamer, from the book The Call

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Magick – When You Leave a Pagan Group
By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide
See More About:
• coven dynamics - http://paganwiccan.about.com/lr/coven_dynamics/153 9588/1/
• leaving a pagan group - http://paganwiccan.about.com/lr/leaving_a_pagan_gr oup/1539588/2/
• pagan networking - http://paganwiccan.about.com/lr/pagan_networking/1 539588/3/
Is it time to walk away from your Pagan group? Image © Getty Images, Licensed to About.com

If you belong to a Wiccan coven or other Pagan group, at some point you may find yourself deciding that it’s not the right group for you. http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/faq/a/Why-People-S ometimes-Leave-A-Pagan-Religion.htm While the choice to leave a coven is a hard one for many people, it’s also important to realize that it may be stressful for those you leave behind. Keep in mind that people leave covens or Pagan groups for a variety of reasons:
• You may find that the time commitment required http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccaandpaganismba sics/a/MakingTime.htm is not something that fits in with your schedule.
• You may have noticed you’re just not connecting to the gods of the tradition - http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/godsandgoddesses/t p/PaganGods.htm .
• Perhaps you’ve decided that a Pagan path isn’t the right one for you after all.
• Maybe you just don’t really get along with the people in the group, or those who lead it.
• You might have decided that the group is not meeting your spiritual needs.

For whatever reason, if you’ve decided to leave a group or coven, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

First of all, let the person in charge – the High Priestess or Priest, or whatever – know that you’re leaving. Don’t just stop showing up. This leaves unfinished business, and even if you’re leaving on negative terms, someone’s going to worry about you and whether you’re okay. Let them know – preferably in writing – that you’ll be separating from the group, and the date that your departure will be effective.

It’s also a good idea to let the group leaders - http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccanandpaganritu als/a/TeachingOthers.htm know why you’re leaving. If there’s a conflict between you and another group member, the leaders should be made aware that there’s a problem. Likewise, if you’re leaving for reasons that are of your own making – time constraints, etc. – they should be aware of that too. It lets the leaders know that you’re not leaving because of something they’ve done, or failed to do.

In some traditions, you will be asked to maintain an oath of secrecy - http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/glossary/g/Oathbou nd.htm even after you’ve left the group. It’s simply common courtesy not to go around blabbing about the people in the group you left behind. Just like when you leave a job, future employers don’t want to hear you talking trash about your last boss. Furthermore, if you ever decide to someday return to the group you’ve left, you don’t want to burn your bridges.

Many covens include a protocol for departure - http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/howtofindacoven/a/ Writing-Coven-Bylaws.htm in their bylaws and mandates. It's a good idea, from a coven perspective, to have a policy on how someone can leave, or separate from, the group. Even if it's simply a matter of saying goodbye, having it in writing makes things simpler for everyone involved.

Some groups ask departing members to participate in one last ritual, so the group can formally cut magical ties with the individual. If you’re leaving on good terms, this is a great way to gain some closure and still maintain a friendly feeling among you and the other members. If you contributed a measure bag - http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/magicalritualtools /ss/How-To-Make-A-Measure-Bag.htm or other magical link to the group at your initiation, this ritual would be the time to get such things returned to you.

If your group doesn’t have a ritual to separate you from them, you may wish to do one on your own. Think of this as the reverse of an initiation ceremony - http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccanandpaganritu als/a/InitiationRite.htm . While you may not be walking away from a Pagan path, or from the gods of your tradition, you are leaving a group that you have magical ties to. In many cases, severing those magical ties provides a sense of closure for the person who is leaving. You can even do something as simple as making a formal declaration during a solitary ritual, saying, perhaps, “I, Willow, am no longer part of the Three Ravens Coven, and shall perform all rites and rituals as a solitary practitioner in the eyes of the gods, until I am called to do otherwise.”

Finally, try whenever possible to leave in a friendly way. Despite misgivings you may have about the group, or conflicts which may have pushed you out, sometimes all we can do is take the higher road as we walk away to the next part of our journey.

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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.

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Silliness – GCF: Eggplants

A grocer put up a sign that read "Eggplants, 25 cents each -- three for a dollar."

All day long, customers came in exclaiming: "Don't be ridiculous! I should get four for a dollar!"

Meekly the grocer capitulated and packaged four eggplants. The tailor next door had been watching these antics and finally asked the grocer, "Aren't you going to fix the mistake on your sign?"

"What mistake?" the grocer asked. "Before I put up that sign no one ever bought more than one eggplant."

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Daily Stuff 5-3-12

By: CoastalAnja, 5:48 PM GMT on May 03, 2012

Hi, folks!

No Wicca 103 tonight. No way that I can talk well enough to teach without coughing.

It’s messy outside. It’s blowing steadily between 25 and 30 mph, gusting up to 40mph and raining hard, even if the sun tried to come through every so often.

The alder is covered with bright green leaves.

I got some time in on the Spoonflower designs yesterday, finally. My Spring Garden Collection is coming along really well. I still haven’t managed to save up enough to get the samplers. I’m hoping that next week I’ll finally have enough and be able to start stocking some of my fabrics….

…among other computer work and writing and sleeping….

Esbat went well. I don’t know what all they did, though there was a lot of laughter from the living room.

This is another Facebook post that I wrote yesterday.

Perfectly ok for Wiccans to be atheists... (©M.Bartlett, printed on Facebook 5/2/12)

Theologically, it works.

I tend to quote the Feri statement of theology, "God is Self and Self is God and God is a Person like Myself!"

So there's no all-knowing, all-powerful, weirdo on a throne on a cloud somewhere... that's what they mean by a-theist....

This debate has been going on for a long while.

Most people don't really understand theology at all. That's 99% of the problem.

Animism is "atheist" in the sense of no white-nightie-long-white-beard type of god.

The Lord and Lady... if you call them "Archetypes" are not "God" to atheists....

In a very macro sense the Star Goddess, in the sense of "the Macro-Consciousness of the Universe" is also not "God" to them.

Poly-theist, pan-..., mono-... a-... theist, monist, animist.... Wicca is an "option F...all of the above" path.

We're syncretic. …inclusive… not a believe-my-way-or-you’re-a-French-fry religion.

Forgot henotheist and panentheist.... they're all labels for different perspectives....

“so often when folks say they are atheist, they refer to the fact that terra firma is solid, the body is all there is, nature is something there (as a plant/atmosphere/fungi/water) having no other purpose than that which sustains itself, until it all dies and turns to dust...” - Mary

I talk a lot about self and god from the way I was taught, a Litany that my teachers wrote (I think)

I am God. I am Goddess.
I am one, whole and complete in my Self.
I am the Center of my own universe,
And all is well with me.

That makes the term "god" into a perspective that changes from person to person.

...and that Litany is true of every person, every animal, every plant, crystal, air molecule, etc....etc... etc.... which is why it’s not solipsism.

"Materialist" is a label that also can apply to Wicca.... Which is the quoted-above attitude... not really a-theist....

Even people calling themselves, "humanist" believe something... we all do. They're probably in the stage of adolescent defiance, still, against “organized religion”. Most atheists are.... and they’d have a fit if I said that to ‘em, I know. I have… …I did say, “Most”…

The agnostics...the "I dunno" crowd... are the ones that have thought it through.

They're all just effing labels, anyway.... but our culture puts this weird value on labels. One thing that I've found is that people want to believe they're special, unique, and they'll make up anything that gives them a special label whether it makes sense or not.

[referring to Near Death Experience] NDE's will do that! Once *that's* happened you know there's more... "We're not humans having a spiritual experience. We're spirits having a human experience!"

The shop opens at 11am. 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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NASA Science News for May 2, 2012 - The full Moon of May 5-6, 2012, is a perigee moon, as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons of 2012. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/02may_supermoon/ VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOplwuMTyS4

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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 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.

By May 3rd and 4th the Moon reaches Saturn and Spica. Saturn and Spica are left or lower left of the waxing gibbous Moon. Look lower right of the Moon for the four-star pattern of Corvus, the Crow.
Uranus is hidden low in the dawn.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is 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 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 Libra
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Green

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Calendar
5/1 – Tuesday, Traditional Date, Beltane
5/2 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (depends on the weather)
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
5/7 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
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
May. 03, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:03 AM PDT, 8:23 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:30 AM PDT, 8:56 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:50 AM PDT, 9:36 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:06 AM PDT, 10:21 PM PDT
Moon, 5:50 PM PDT, 4:16 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 25m
Length of Day, 14h 20m
Tomorrow will be 2m 35s longer.
Waxing Gibbous, 91% 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 3 Low 5:04 AM 0.2 6:03 AM Set 4:17 AM 84
3 High 11:08 AM 6.5 8:24 PM Rise 5:51 PM
3 Low 5:00 PM 1.2
3 High 11:08 PM 8.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am grateful for the small things in my life!


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Journal Prompt – Favorites - What is your favorite journey?

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Quotes
It's not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts. - Addison Walker
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain
Men freely believe that which they desire. - Julius Caesar
My friends are my estate. - Emily Dickinson

How long will you be obsessed with forms?
How long will your souls doze in externals?
All the lions' heads were bowed
When God blessed the dog of the Companions –
What did his manginess and ugliness matter
When his spirit was plunged in a Sea of Splendor? - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Beltane
(if you can’t see the pix, e-mail me or go to the link….)
Do-It-Yourself Olive Oil Lamp
Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:33
http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1926/443/Do-It-You rself_Olive_Oil_Lamp.html
An olive oil lamp is a surprisingly safe and simple lamp that you can do-it-yourself. It produces light, as much as, or more than, an ordinary candle, and is an alternative to kerosene-style oil lamps. The concept of burning oil from vegetables (olive oil) in the home rather than petroleum based kerosene seems more appealing, less toxic, and safer.
The Romans and other ancients regularly burned olive oil in their lamps, so, the concept is sound. Pure olive oil will not produce smoke, while other types of vegetable oils may produce some residual smoke while burning.
For those who are curious, the cost of burning olive oil in this lamp will depend on wick size (flame size and corresponding oil consumption), while my own experiment consumed 2 ounces (1/8 cup) of olive oil in 5 hours. This calculates out to about 10-cents per hour depending on how cheap you can find pure olive oil. An ordinary Votive candle may cost about 3 to 5-cents per hour to burn, although probably not as bright as the oil lamp.

Instructions how to make your own olive oil lamp

You will need an ordinary metal coat hanger (these are made of steel), a wick (ordinary candle wicks are good), a canning jar (these are heat treated and can withstand the hot temperature), and needle-nose pliers.
The wick shown in this photo is a typical kerosene lamp wick. Using a scissors, I cut the wick in half (length wise) so it wouldn’t be as fat as what is shown in the photo.

Grip the pliers firmly to the metal wire of the coat hanger and twist back and forth until the wire snaps.

Using the needle-nose pliers, grip the end of the wire and then wrap the wire around the pliers about five times around. Do this somewhat loosely so as to make it easier to slide the wind off of the pliers afterward.

Use a screwdriver to assist in pushing the wound wire off of the pliers.

The wound wire will serve to hold the wick.

Form (bend) the wire while using your pliers to shape such that the wound portion of the wick holder will sit in the middle of the jar with a support loop slightly smaller than the diameter of the jar mouth, as shown in the photo. Bend the rest of the wire up the edge of the jar so you can form a handle later.

Bend back the top portion of the wick holder. This will allow the wick to point somewhat upwards when we insert it later.

Form a hook to hang over the edge of the jar as shown.

Pry apart one of the upper winds so that the wick will slip through as shown.

Once the wick is through the wire, pinch the wire enough so the wick is secure and won’t fall through. Not too tight though.

Trim excess wick. Too much wick and the flame will smoke. Too little wick and the flame will be small.

Fill the jar with pure olive oil to a level part way up the wick holder. Pour the oil over the top of the wick to speed up the soak.

After the wick is full absorbed, light the wick. You will notice that olive oil is not nearly as readily flammable as petroleum fuels and will take longer to light. This very fact assures that if the mixture is spilled, the oil will not ignite.

Insert the flaming wick assembly back into the jar.

Enjoy the lovely soft flame of your olive oil lamp! Pretty neat, yes?

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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.

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Silliness – GCF: Expensive Operation

A woman was having a medical problem - her husband's snoring. So she called the doctor one morning and asked him if there was anything he could do to relieve her "suffering."

"Well, there is one operation I can perform that will cure your husband, but it is really rather expensive. It will cost $1000 down and payments of $450 for 24 months, plus payments for extras."

"My goodness!" the woman exclaimed, "it sounds like leasing a new sports car!"

"Hmmm," the doctor murmured, "too obvious, huh?"

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Daily Stuff 5-2-12

By: CoastalAnja, 7:38 PM GMT on May 02, 2012

Hi, folks!

Esbat tonight. Beltane run-through….

Bright sunshine, rain and then just cloudy. “If’n ya don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes!”

Still sick. I went back to bed this morning and only just re-woke. That’s why this is late….

I added pictures to this album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.19159740 34759.54263.1704231146&type=3&l=ae4227bcc8 and did a lot of editing on others on the Facebook pages. I mostly got similar things into similar albums, but I’ve got to check for duplicates.

I’m planning to try again today on the fabrics…

…and I wrote some…working on a story.

I wrote the following in response to a question about raising kids pagan when in-laws want to take ‘em to church…. There were other responses in between if this sounds non-sequitur….

Usually we don't insist on our kids following our path, but we usually do a baby blessing and use child-appropriate rituals and activities, just like the x-tians do. Why should they have all the fun? I've got a book, Circle Round, that's got tons of good stuff for kids. It's the way I raised mine, too.

[In response to pushing religion on kids] They probably will. It doesn't hurt anything unless the kid gets into the fear programming....

It's your path. If you walk it, why does she have anything to say about it? I know... in-laws are the worst. You have to find a way to live with it, or create a family issue....

It's probably a big part of her life [the in-law]....just like paganism is yours....

If you love it and you should s/he will [the kids]...eventually. Doesn't mean that you won't get arguments, just that....eventually.....

Overnight Tempus and I talked about how our kids were raised. Other than the baby blessings that we held for them when they were tiny (that the older kids attended) mostly what they got was folklore...and special days that other kids didn't get... "Blessed Ostara" and they got baskets of eggs and flowers and candies and bunnies... "Blessed Lughnasadh" and we had a special picnic of all kinds of breads and took them out to the stone circle in Maryhill to watch the Perseid meteor shower... "Blessed Yule" went right in the middle of a whole season of holidays that included Thanksgiving, Mikulas Day, Advent (which we started one moon before the 21st) 3 birthdays, Lucia Day, and the other two kids each got to pick a special day for an "un-birthday", then "Chicken Step Day" which was the last party of the season.

You get the idea... not so much formal ritual...what kid likes that? ... but thanks for food at the table, tuck-em-in rituals that included everyone piling into the big bed and reading from books like the Hobbit or Bullfinch or books of ritual poetry.... (Poky Little Puppy was for afternoon naptimes).

There were a few rituals and I think the two youngest saw most of that as we were starting to practice with others. They sat in and listened or got up and left and no one required them to be there, only to be quiet at those times. One that stands out in my mind was me asking, "Who wants to call east?" and our then 3-year-old said, "Me!" Everyone's mouths dropped open, but I lighted the candle and nodded to him. He stood up and said, "Pretty air, pretty morning, come here! We love you!" I still get tears in my eyes thinking about it.....

…another one that I thought of afterwards was the tree blessing that I was taught as a child. It’s a post-harvest thank you for the orchards and wild trees that you harvest from. Take a bottle of water. Thank the tree. Tell it about its “children”, (any that were planted, any that will nourish the people that walk on two legs). Pour out the water and wish it a good winter. Simple! I’ve done this off and on since I was very small….3 or so…and it might have been earlier, but I don’t remember.

…and the thoughts that whole exchange engendered…. raising kids pagan… how? If it’s your life it becomes theirs. Take a leaf out of the “People of the Book” way of raising kids… Age-appropriate and it’s part of your life…..

Tempus is running errands today. I’m working on the computer if I’m not sleeping….

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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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Today
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.

Venus has approached to within 1.7° of fainter Beta Tauri (El Nath) above it.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Virgo) shines low in the southeast in twilight and highest in the south around midnight daylight saving time. Sparkling 5° to its lower right in the evening is Spica, slightly fainter, bluer, and twinklier.

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 Virgo enters Libra at 7:04pm
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Yellow

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Calendar
5/1 – Tuesday, Traditional Date, Beltane
5/2 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (depends on the weather)
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
5/7 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
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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May. 02, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:04 AM PDT, 8:22 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:32 AM PDT, 8:54 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:52 AM PDT, 9:34 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:08 AM PDT, 10:19 PM PDT
Moon, 4:34 PM PDT, 3:46 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 22m
Length of Day, 14h 17m
Tomorrow will be 2m 36s longer.
Waxing Gibbous, 84% 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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W 2 Low 4:11 AM 1.2 6:04 AM Set 3:47 AM 75
2 High 10:05 AM 6.2 8:22 PM Rise 4:34 PM
2 Low 4:10 PM 1.2
2 High 10:25 PM 7.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I manifest from abundance. With the consciousness of abundance, I give. With the consciousness of abundance, I receive.


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Journal Prompt – Expository - Write freely about your worst fear.

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Quotes
He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave. - Andrew Carnegie
I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare. - Maya Angelou
If you don't have a vision, then your reality will always be determined by other's perceptions. - Melanée Addison, Author
If you want to be a holy man, you've got to be committed. When you make a decision you cannot waver in any way. You'd never see Gandhi during a hunger strike sneaking into the kitchen in the middle of the night. 'Gandhi...what are you doing down there?' 'Umm, I thought I heard a prowler...and I was going to hit him over the head with this big bowl of potato salad.' -Jim Carrey

Sitting silently
doing nothing
spring comes
and the grass grows by itself. - Basho

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Magick – Beltane
The Beltane Chase - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html - Traditional
Ladies:
I shall go as a wren in spring
With sorrow and sighing on silent wing
And I shall go in our Lady's name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
And we shall follow as falcons grey
And hunt thee cruelly as our prey
And we shall go in our Master's name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Then I shall go as a mouse in May
In the fields by night and cellars by day
And I shall go in our Lady's name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
But we shall follow as fat tom cats
And chase thee through the corn and vats
And we shall go in our Master's name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Then I shall go as an Autumn hare
With sorrow and sighing and mickle care
And I shall go in our Lady's name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
But we shall follow as swift grey hounds
And dog thy tracks by leaps and bounds
And we shall go in our Master's name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Then I shall go as a Winter trout
With sorrow sighing and mickle doubt
And I shall go in our Lady's name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
But we shall follow as otter's swift
And snare thee faster thou can'st shift
And we shall go in our Master's name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Aye, and I'll come home again.

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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.

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Silliness – GCF: Luggage Check In

Busily checking in luggage for the large airline where I work, I have to ask every traveler, "Is this your suitcase?" At the peak of the afternoon rush one day, a man hesitated after my inquiry and then replied, "No, it's my brother-in-law's ... but he said I could use it."

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Daily Stuff 5-1-12

By: CoastalAnja, 6:26 PM GMT on May 01, 2012

Hi, folks!

Blessed Beltane!

Here’s a link to Pip Wilson’s Almanac page for May 1. http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/may1.html You need to scroll down quite a ways, but there’s a ton of wonderful info.

One that I find interesting is that this month got called, “thrimilce” by the Anglo-Saxons because cows could be milked three times in one day.

I woke to brilliant sunshine when I first got up, but I’m not sure what happened to that since it’s pouring, now.

I’m still sick. “Nuff said on that….

I got some work done ahead on newsletter files. What I do is set up text files with each of the things, (quotes, magick, jokes) and then pick from those each day. It makes it a little more random than picking from a file and makes sure I don’t repeat too often. What I’ve been working on in the last few days is the quotes file.

I have a new album up here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.20672153 35697.57630.1704231146&type=3&l=492074255f of the shop rock tumblers. I’ll be adding to it as we go along, pictures of measuring grit and choosing stones….

I have pictures to add to this album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.19159740 34759.54263.1704231146&type=3&l=ae4227bcc8 as well. That’s next after getting the newsletter out.

After that I’m going to try to get some of the spring flower fabrics put together and see if I have enough brains to finish some of the ones in the Pagan Collection.

…and the sun is out and the temp went up by 10 degrees in just about an ½ hour. Wow….

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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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Today
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 forms the bottom of a big triangle with Mars to its upper right and Denebola, the tail star of Leo, to its upper left.
This is the time of year when the Gemini twins stand upright in the west as darkness arrives. Their head stars, Pollux and Castor, are nearly horizontal (depending on your latitude). Lower left of them shines Procyon. Farther lower right of them is Capella. Stealing the show lower down this year is brilliant Venus.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0) is disappearing deep into the sunset.

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 Virgo
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Black

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Calendar
5/1 – Tuesday, Traditional Date, Beltane
5/2 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (depends on the weather)
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
5/7 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
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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May. 01, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:06 AM PDT, 8:21 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:33 AM PDT, 8:53 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:54 AM PDT, 9:33 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:10 AM PDT, 10:17 PM PDT
Moon, 3:20 PM PDT, 3:18 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 19m
Length of Day, 14h 15m
Tomorrow will be 2m 39s longer.
Waxing Gibbous, 74% 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
Tu 1 Low 3:12 AM 2.1 6:06 AM Set 3:18 AM 65
1 High 8:55 AM 6.0 8:21 PM Rise 3:21 PM
1 Low 3:17 PM 1.1
1 High 9:42 PM 7.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Giggle with Children.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? - Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it. -- Henry Ford

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Quotes
Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. - Henry Ford
Every human being is the author of his own health or disease. - Buddha
Everything you buy, think, say and do is a statement of what you believe you are worth. - Alan Cohen
For April sobs while these are so glad, April weeps while these are so gay, - Weeps like a tired child who had, Playing with flowers, lost its way. - Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer

TAX TIME FANTASY

Putting myself in a tax crunch
I do it every year, put it off and panick
When what I need is right here somewhere
If I'd stop panicking enough to look

Maybe I will step into a portal
And then step right back out
With a cute, hunky, helpful accountant
That will find everything for me

Then we can unwind in the bedroom
And I will show him my new lightswitch
That has a goddess and a wolf on it
And he won't call me a dingbat like my ex

And he won't mind doing my housework
Or carrying boxes to the storage room
Or that my house is decorated in goddess
With a god thrown in here and there

And he is also great in bed
I know it sounds too good to be true
But it's my freaking fantasy,
And it can be whatever I want! - © Copyright 4/13/08, Beth Clare Johnson, (Mystic Raven)


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Magick – Beltane
Tender Dandelion Salad - Recipe
Gathering our own salad is such a lovely way of connecting to the natural world. Dandelion greens - available in your own organic back yard or in the supermarket - are bursting with valuable carotenoids and vitamins, a true spring tonic that will enliven and nourish you and your family.

We include a great spring dressing recipe, too: add a little zip to all your salads!

INGREDIENTS
3 cups dandelion leaves
2 thin slices red onion, separated into rings

1. On a sunny day, grab a basket and venture out on a foraging expedition. Be sure to choose dandelions leaves from areas that have never been sprayed, and are at least six feet from roadways, to avoid heavy metal contamination.
2. When you have about 3 cups of young, tender leaves, bring them indoors and wash them gently.
3. Serve, chilled if you like and topped with onion, along with the following dressing:

ZIPPY SPRING DRESSING
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon anise seed (optional)
2 teaspoons fresh peppermint, chopped
2 teaspoons tamari
2 ½ teaspoons honey mustard or miso

1. Combine all ingredients and whisk thoroughly to blend.

Adapted from The Seasonal Detox Diet by Carrie L’Esperance (Inner Traditions, 2002).
From GrannyMoon's Morning Feast Archives

BRIGHTON Beach Couscous - serves 6 to 8 - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Ingredients:
1 tsp Sesame oil
2 medium sized onions
3 cloves garlic
20 g Brighton Beach Sewered Seaweed (aka Dried Arame)
3/4 lb Mushrooms
2 medium sized carrots
3 tsp Vecon or similar vegetable stock
2 tsp Mirin
1 tsp Black Pepper
2 tsp Sea Salt
750 g Couscous
Lots of Water

Instructions:
1. Chop the onions and mince the garlic and fry in the sesame oil.
2. Soak the arame for about 15 minutes in boiling hot water and then add to the onion and garlic *without* the water used for soaking.
3. Add the finely chopped mushrooms and the grated carrots.
4. Mix the stock in some boiling hot water and add to the dish.
5. At the same time add the leftover water from soaking the arame.
6. Add the mirin and salt and pepper to taste.
7. It is probably best to have it slightly on the salty side as the saltiness will disappear when the couscous is added.
8. Simmer the mixture covered for about 20 minutes.
9. In a large mixing bowl add the couscous and the mixture together and any extra water required to cover.
10. Leave for five minutes.
11. Grease a large baking tray and line with baking parchment.
12. Add the mixture to the baking tray and place in the oven covered with foil.
13. Bake for about twenty minutes.
14. Remove the foil and if the bake is still too wet continue for another five to ten minutes.
15. The top should be slightly browned, grill if necessary.

We were originally going to add sesame seeds to this but forgot to as we were making it. Sesame seeds might be a good idea and would be especially useful if you wanted a dish without any added salt. You can also use a dried seaweed blend instead of salt.

Bran Muffins - Yield: 24 servings - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html - Recipe courtesy of Kaltenbach's B&B, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

3/4 cup raisins
2 1/2 cup All-bran cereal
2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup oil
5 eggs, beaten
1 cup honey
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cup shredded carrots
1 cup drained, crushed pineapple
2 apples, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup chopped dates
12 prunes, chopped


1. Soak raisins and cereal in milk in large bowl for 15 minutes.
2. Stir in mixture of oil, eggs, honey and vanilla.
3. Mix flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, pecans, carrots, pineapple, apples, dates and prunes in bowl.
4. Add to bran mixture; stir just until moistened.
5. Fill greased muffin cups.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
Note - May use equivalent amount of egg substitute in place of eggs to reduce cholesterol.

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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.

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Silliness – GCF: Audio Book

After an enthusiastic recommendation from my wife, I began listening to the audio-book version of a novel.

"I love it, but his writing style is so disjointed," I complained. "He refers to characters I don't know and introduces them a half hour later."

My wife was as confused as I was, but I soldiered on, disoriented by the jumpy story line. It wasn't until the end of the book that my dilemma was explained: I had my iPod set on "Shuffle."

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Moved to Oregon from Balto, MD, '83, to the coast in '99. Love gardens, the outdoors and the ocean, and write about it in a daily newsletter. Shared!

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