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!
By: CoastalAnja , 4:58 PM GMT on April 28, 2012
It’s rather grey out, but brightening finally, damp but not raining, chilly but not cold. It’s over 50, but isn’t supposed to get past 60F today. Not a huge chance of rain today, so Tempus and I are going to try to get down into the park after violets before we head to the shop.
Yesterday was quite a “bird” day for me. After we got to the shop I did get some headers put together and Tempus got those done during the day. I left just before 1pm and as I headed across the bridge I saw a large bird soaring in circles. It just didn’t look right for a vulture and it happened to cross the highway where I managed to get a good look at it. Yup, bald eagle!!!!
Just past Christler Lake in the marsh just north of it is a tree that’s had an eagle nest for as long as I’ve lived out here. Last winter the tree snapped off about 10 feet below where the nest had been. That didn’t stop ‘em. They rebuilt, smaller, since it snapped at a fork. There was one bird in the air and one in the nest when I went by although on the way home I didn’t see anyone, although there was a lump that could have been the “home bird” hunkered down.
Driving through Seal Rock there were the usual seagulls and cormorants on the rocks, and I’m pretty sure at least one pelican. On the way home there were a lot of pelicans playing in the water beyond the rocks and about a dozen perched.
We saw several hawks in the place that I call “Hawk Alley”. It’s just east of the Spirit Mountain area on a long straight section of road at the beginning of the farming area. I also saw one that Fawkes said was a crow, that I wasn’t sure wasn’t a seagull. I saw it at an odd angle and it seemed to have pointed wings, but then I saw it from right below and… crow….
Yes, I picked him up and we talked all the way up and back and yes, he got his errand run.
We also stopped at Bernard’s Farm, which is on 18 fairly close to McMinnville. They’ve been expanding their greenhouses over the last several years and were ok with us prowling through. …love looking through other folks’ greenhouses…. I bought some flowers for the shop and a couple of annual herbs for the garden, but they have 100’s of hanging baskets. I really wanted a cherry tomato basket, but didn’t have the $25 for one. Maybe I can get some starts and set up my own…
Apparently the son is starting to get into succulents. I don’t mean just hen and chicks and aloe vera… I’ve been playing with those for years and there were some that I had never seen before. One really looked like one rosette of hen and chicks, but on steroids… I mean it was a foot across! Another looked like ruffled kale, but still with the thick leaves. The only problem is that they’re collecting from places where the varieties aren’t labeled, so they don’t know what they are either. Btw, succulents are easy to grow and they have starts, grown plants and planters of the stuff for sale.
They had a ton of cilantro and radishes that really needed to be harvested. It looks like they’re having the problem of keeping up that so many of us do this time of year!
Bernard’s is a favorite of mine, obviously…. They have plants and baskets and fresh veg all year ‘round. …and don’t take plastic. I had to write a check.
It was on the way home after I dropped Fawkes off that I had the weirdest experience. Tempus had made a box for me of popcorn for snacking. Fawkes and I got into it, but there was quite a bit left and I was getting into the part where there are a lot of hard, partly popped kernels as I was coming up on Boiler Bay, so I decided to stop at the park, thinking to watch the waves and finish off the good parts. I had one heck of a time getting into a parking space, driving just a couple of miles per hour because of the seagulls. I didn’t want to run over one.
When I had pulled up and put the car into park, I grabbed the box of popcorn and just then heard a thump and clicking on the windshield. I was startled to see 3 sets of beady eyes and gaping beaks perched on the windshield wipers! I quoted from Finding Nemo, “Yer rats with *wings* …” and, adding to my bemusement, the one in the middle bobbed his head as though saying yes….
There were feet on the car roof and birds in front to the side and all around….. I was a little creeped out but not too badly. I wouldn’t try to nap in that situation. I got wigged out by Hitchcock’s, The Birds, back when I was a kid….
I rolled the window down about 5 inches and threw a handful of the seedy bits into the parking lot… instant feather-ball… there’s must have been 20 of the things fighting over it. Wow….
I waited until the melee settled and then pulled out another handful, only this time as I stuck my hand out the window to toss it, something grabbed my knuckle! I thought for a bit that maybe I had just caught my knuckle in the window track or something, but it’s not possible at that angle. I checked, later. I’m pretty sure that a gull grabbed me! I pulled my hand back in, minus popcorn, and looked at my knuckle. It ached a little like it had been knocked or squashed, but other than being red, no marks…. I dunno….
So, next I tossed a handful up and the wind blew it onto the windshield and the 3 there gobbled it up…and I pulled out the camera. I kept clicking and tossing handfuls. I have to develop the pictures today. I hope I got some good ones, but they gobbled all the bits and stayed right there, even after I started to move the car, long after I ran out of popcorn.
One actually clung to the windshield wiper until I put the car into forward, then glided off onto the grass as I avoided seagulls rolling slowly out of the parking lot.
When I got back to the shop Tempus and I talked for a bit, then I got some things into the computer list, including some of the new crystals. I also got the newest books onto the shelves, “Kat’s 9 Lives” by Kat Cunningham and “Mary’s Power” (I think that’s right…) by Ruth Miller, who is teaching at the Community Center in Waldport on 3rd Sundays.
I also got another small order of amulets placed. Hopefully that one will head my way on Monday.
Today the Herbs class is going to be planting some of the things that I bought yesterday and then go on with the usual herb prep. Rock tumblers… neither is on a last grit, but I’ve one on the 1st and one on the 3rd, so we’ll so what we’ve got when they’re rinsed. Sewing workshop… I’m liable to be working on a sleep poppet.
The shop opens at 11am, but I’m hoping to be there earlier than that. Spring hours, 11am-6pm, Thursday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!
Love & Light,
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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.
Evenings this week sport three planet-and-star pairs. High in the south, Mars shines with Regulus to its right at dusk, lower right later. Down in the southeast, Saturn shines with Spica to its lower right. Both these pairs are now about 5° wide.
Meanwhile in the west, dazzling Venus is approaching much fainter Beta Tauri (El Nath) above it. Tonight Venus and Beta Tauri are 3.5° apart. By Saturday May 5th their separation is just 0.9°.
Mercury (about magnitude 0.0) is deep in the glow of sunrise, having a poor morning apparition barely above the eastern horizon in bright dawn.
Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Runic half-month of Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
Runic half-month of Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
Sun in Taurus
Moon in Cancer enters Leo at 9:10am
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
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4/28 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
4/29 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
4/30 – Monday, Walpurgisnacht
4/30 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
5/1 – Tuesday, Traditional Date, Beltane
5/2 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (not this week)
5/2 – Wednesday, esbat, Coming up on Full Moon, Beltane Practice
5/3 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
Beltane/Walpurgisnacht Sabbat 5/4, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light
May 5-6 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Carl Neal
5/5 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – ?
1pm – ?
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ?
5/5 – Full Flower Moon at 8:35pm, Healing Scorpion Moon
5/6 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ??
3pm – Discussion follows movie
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Greenside Restaurant (Crestview Golf Club) – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Sat. May 12 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale (We’ll have people the days before and after…)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Rural Tourism Marketing on a Shoestring Workshop - Overleaf Events Center at the Overleaf Lodge, $5.00
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fundraising for Tourism & Developing
Action Teams Workshop - Overleaf Events Center at the Overleaf Lodge, $5.00
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - FREE EVENT: Community Tourism Kickoff, Location: Ona Restaurant, Yachats
http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Tour ism-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touri sm-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30
Apr. 28, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:10 AM PDT, 8:17 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:38 AM PDT, 8:49 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:59 AM PDT, 9:28 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:16 AM PDT, 10:11 PM PDT
Moon, 11:55 AM PDT, 1:47 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 10m
Length of Day, 14h 07m
Tomorrow will be 2m 42s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 42% of the Moon is Illuminated
Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12 - The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun's daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses - learned women and teachers - respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Saille - WIllow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month - Ohn - Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 28 High 5:12 AM 6.4 6:10 AM Set 1:47 AM 34
28 Low 12:23 PM 0.6 8:17 PM Rise 11:55 AM
28 High 7:13 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We carry our mornings within us -- let them out.
Journal Prompt – Expository - You have one week to do whatever you want, all-expenses-paid, what things would you want to do? Where would you go?
Attack every problem with enthusiasm...as if your survival depended upon it. - S.Rippetoe
But great loves, to the last, have pulses red; All great loves that have ever died dropped dead. - Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
Closet space is like money. You use up as much as you have. - Ray Michel
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone. - Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about. - Rumi
Magick – Beltane
A General Beltane Blessing Chant - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Oak and May,
On This Day,
Will both Heed
Those in Need.
God of Sun,
Bless your Children
'Till our days are done.
Stag Call Chant - http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The men gather around the fire, next to their partners, and they say in unison:
"I am the stag of seven tines;
I am a wide flood on the plain;
I am a wind on the deep waters;
I am a shining tear of the sun;
I am a hawk on a cliff;
I am fair among flowers;
I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke."
Graves, Robert; "The White Goddess"; Farrar 1970
from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we're upward bound.
Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.
Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.
Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.
Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.
In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don't be afraid to get inspired.
4/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
4/13/12 – “I am still very sick and have been for a month now - really need help kicking this on the spiritual plane - depression makes you sick and I am having a hard time climbing out of this hole. I now have bronchitis as well as the ongoing infection - see Dr again on Monday - This is probably the only request for help/healing I have ever made - but I just can't seem to kick this on my own. Whatever you think will help - I feel like I am dying a very slow and painful death.”
4/8/12 – For an older father with various health issues that gave us all a scare a while back. He’s much better, but still needs help to get back to health.
4/7/12 - 9-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor. Starting radiation. Family and friends asking help for him and for the children that know him. Update 4/7 He’s doing pretty well and back in school despite the treatments.
3/28/12 – For a man who is terrified he’s going to lose his small daughter to her mother’s new boyfriend. The guy seems to be intent on leaving with her, even if he has no legal right.
Silliness – GCF: Obvious Relationship
Science has a language of its own which sometimes puzzles laymen. The word "obvious" is a case in point.
A professor of physics, deriving some profound point of theory for the class, scribbled an equation on the board and said, "From this, it is obvious that we can proceed to write the following relationship..." and he scribbled a second and equally long equation on the board.
Then he paused. He stared hard at the two equations and said, "Wait a minute, I may be wrong..."
He sat down and began to write at his desk furiously, crossing out and rewriting for five minutes while the class sat in absolute silence waiting for the verdict.
Finally, the professor rose with an air of satisfaction and said, "Yes, I was right in the first place. It *IS* obvious that the second equation follows from the first."
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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!