It’s grey and damp-looking, but I don’t see any dripping or rain. It’s in the low 50’s and not supposed to get much warmer.
…and I’m really wiped out.
I had some trouble with my back yesterday (well, as Tempus pointed out, what did I expect with all the driving the day before?) so I ended up having to stretch out in the recliner in back several times. Between those times I did get some stuff done, but not quite what I had expected.
Tempus and I had harvested the violets last thing before leaving for the shop, potting up two, and all the yellow violet flowers are already bloomed and gone… I also had him dig one forget-me-not out of the pathway next door and one of the fuzzy-leafed herb plants. I had a bucketful of violets, dandelions, dandelion leaves, a couple of broken-off succulent pieces and a calendula blossom.
When we got to the shop I was starting to have the back issues and wasn’t able to do much. I did get the harvested herbs sorted out and managed to get some of the dried ones put away, but that was all.
I only had a few stones that were done enough to go from 3rd grit to 4th, but there were enough from the previous time that I do have a small load going and the large tumbler is back on the 1st grit. There’s one piece of aventurine that I’m thinking to make into something to hang in the window, since it’s incredibly beautiful in the light: translucent green with dark green threads and glittery bits of mica.
…and I unexpectedly fell asleep for a while…just faded out while I was stretched out. That helped my back a lot, but I should have realized that there was a reason I was tired enough to do that. My allergies were kicking up (I thought) and I was dealing with my nose dripping during the sewing workshop. I couldn’t smell anything and it was making me wonder, but….
I was just tired enough to not feel up to digging out the fabric for a sleep poppet, so I grabbed the basket of Yule ornaments and worked on hand-stitching. That’s pretty soothing, anyway. So Mary worked on her crochet and we talked Pan-Pagan and Kabbalah and then had a lady come in who had lost a pet in the last couple of weeks and needed a little sympathetic company and so we all sat and worked on things and talked.
…and after everyone left, as I was putting together a couple of extra things for the little order that just went out I started realizing that my throat was sore and my head was heavy again… Everything suddenly clicked… and to my horror, I was definitely coming down with a cold.
So I’m home today. I’m not super sick, just miserable. Tempus got hold of Marius last night, so he’ll be teaching the young folks today and Tempus will run the shop. They’ll probably go back to the Center early.
I have quite an opportunity today. I heard a show on New Dimensions, years ago, (I used to have a cassette of it), called “Learning to Die in Order to Live”. Part of the gist of it was that so many of us never really learn what’s important to us unless we suddenly are faced with our own mortality. The best example of that is folks who come down with cancer… but by the time you’re *really* sick you don’t have the energy to do much of anything about your “bucket list”… If you use times when you have a cold or the flu to “practice dying”, then you can figure out what you want to do and make it happen when you feel better instead of waiting. Life’s a sexually transmitted terminal illness, anyway… right? So, I’ll pamper myself a little and read and probably snooze a lot while I’m “practicing”. I’m already feeling sleepy again.
Tempus is out in the kitchen making lunch. Today sounds like a cheese pasta dish… I think… but I’m not going to take a chance of sneezing on it to go check….
I’m hoping someone will find a way to get the power cord for the shop computer up here to me so that I can finish getting the psychic fair set up for next weekend. If it doesn’t happen during the day Tempus will bring it home with him, anyway. I *do* know that our special guest, Carl Neal, is going to be doing a workshop on Magickal Incense on Saturday. He’s bringing kits for sale. With any luck I’ll get the time set up and then you all can plan on coming! He’s also going to do a book signing between the meditation time and the movie.
The shop opens at 11am, but Tempus and Marius will be in around 9-9:30. Spring hours, 11am-6pm, Thursday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!
Love & Light,
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The Moon is at the Quarter at 3:57am. Waxing Gibbous Moon - From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn.
The Moon shines near the Leo-Cancer border, forming a roughly straight line with, running to its left or upper left: 4th-magnitude Omicron Leonis, 1st-magnitude Regulus, and zero-magnitude Mars.
The waxing Moon, moving eastward across the evening sky, reaches the Mars-Regulus pair by Monday the 30th.
Venus (magnitude –4.7, in Taurus) continues blazing as the "Evening Star" at the highest and brightest it ever appears in its 8-year cycle of apparitions. Venus comes into easy view high in the west right after sunset, and it doesn't set in the northwest until around 11 or even midnight. You can see Venus through the clear blue sky of day if your eye lands right on it; look for it 40° (about four fist-widths at arm's length) east of the Sun. Look high to Venus's upper right at dusk for Capella. Just above Venus is fainter Beta Tauri (El Nath). Watch this star closing in on the planet. They'll pass 0.8° apart on May 6th. The best time to examine Venus in a telescope is late afternoon or around sundown. It's now a thick crescent about 37 arcseconds tall and 27% sunlit, waning and enlarging week by week as it swings closer to Earth. Venus will transit the face of the Sun on June 5–6 (on the afternoon of the 5th for North America); see the June Sky & Telescope, page 50.
Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Runic half-month of Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
Sun in Taurus
Moon in Leo
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
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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
5/5 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
May 5-6 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Carl Neal
5/5 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – ?
1pm – ?
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ?
5/5 – Full Flower Moon at 8:35pm, Healing Scorpion Moon
5/6 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ??
3pm – Discussion follows movie
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. 29, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:08 AM PDT, 8:18 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:37 AM PDT, 8:50 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:57 AM PDT, 9:30 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:14 AM PDT, 10:13 PM PDT
Moon, 1:01 PM PDT, 2:19 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 13m
Length of Day, 14h 09m
Tomorrow will be 2m 41s longer.
First Quarter, 52% of the Moon is Illuminated
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
Su 29 Low 12:46 AM 3.2 6:09 AM Set 2:20 AM 44
29 High 6:20 AM 6.1 8:19 PM Rise 1:01 PM
29 Low 1:21 PM 0.8
29 High 8:08 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Look forward to dreams.
Journal Prompt – What is your … ? - What is your most treasured possession?
Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. - Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady
Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. - Mark Victor Hansen
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers
Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right. – Schopenhauer
We remember the time when there was only love,
The time when all breathing was one.
We remember the seed of your being
Planted in the belly of the vast black night... - from The Ancient Ones by Patricia Reis
Magick – Beltane
Strawberry Crisp - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
1 c Uncooked Oatmeal
1 c All purpose Flour
1 c Brown Sugar
1/4 c Chopped Walnuts
1/2 c Butter or margarine
1/2 c Sugar
3 c Sliced fresh or frozen Strawberry
Mix together oatmeal, flour and brown sugar. Add nuts. Cut in butter or margarine until crumbly. In another bowl, mix strawberries and white sugar together. Grease an 8" square pan. Spread half the crumb mixture on bottom. Cover with strawberries. Spread remaining crumb mixture over top. Bake at 350 deg F oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or topping.
Faery Honeycakes - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html
1/2 cup sweet white wine
2/3 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup of honey
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
Oil for frying
1. Beat the wine and egg in a medium bowl.
2. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a small bowl.
3. Stir into the egg mixture.
4. Let stand 30 minutes.
5. Combine the honey and nutmeg in a small bowl.
6. Heat 1/2 inch of the oil in a frying pan until hot but don’t let it get so hot it smokes!!
7. Drop the batter into the oil 1 tablespoon at a time and fry until golden brown.
8. Drain on paper towels.
9. Dip into honey.
Makes 1 1/2 dozen
Apricot Granola with Almonds - Serves 9 - ~Source Unknown
Most granola is loaded with oil. Instead, I use apricot nectar boiled down to a thick syrup to bind the oats together. Dried fruit is an essential addition to granola, but it can make the oats soggy over time. To remove some of the moisture from the dried apricots used in this recipe, I add them to the granola in the oven during the last few minutes of baking.
Nonstick vegetable oil spray for pans
2 cups apricot nectar
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
7 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1 1/2 cups dried apricots, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Lightly spray two large baking sheets with oil.
3. Bring apricot nectar to boil in medium saucepan.
4. Simmer until thick and syrupy and reduced to 2/3 cup, about 10 minutes.
5. Stir in honey, lemon zest, vanilla, and salt.
6. Mix oats and almonds together in large bowl.
7. Drizzle hot apricot nectar mixture over oats and nuts and mix well until evenly coated.
8. Spread mixture over prepared baking sheets.
9. Bake, stirring once, until oats are starting to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
10. Sprinkle apricots over oats and continue baking for 5 minutes.
11. Cool granola to room temperature. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
PER SERVING: 429 calories, 12g protein, 8g fat, 80g carbohydrates, 10g fiber, 126mg sodium, 42% vitamin A, 21.5% iron, 8% calcium
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: Hors D'oeuvre
As two children watched their mothers prepare party food, one of them asked the other, "What's an hors d'oeuvre?"
The second child replied, "I think it's part of a ham sandwich that's been cut into about seventy pieces."