Happy Walpurgisnacht! Tonight’s the night that the musical piece was written of: Night on Bald Mountain. The Fae walk today and the Veil is thin. Btw, here’s a quote about that piece of music from Wikipedia, “The piece exists in several versions including a seldom-performed 1867 version and a more popular 1886 "fantasy for orchestra", A Night on the Bare Mountain, arranged by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. There is also a version orchestrated by 20th-century conductor Leopold Stokowski; this version is used in the 1940 Walt Disney animated film Fantasia.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_on_Bald_Mountai n It’s supposed to be about St. John’s Eve (June 21) but this is the night that those events actually take place!
No Wicca 101 class tonight. I’m too sick to try to teach.
If you haven’t noticed, the shop hours are now 11am-7pm.
It’s beautifully green outside: soggy, but green. It’s 50F and not likely to get more than a couple of degrees warmer.
The green of the alder is really standing out today. …that beautiful new green.
I spent yesterday being miserable. Today’s likely to be worse, since now I’ve got a Eustachian tube that’s giving me what for… That’s a cold for ya! Although, I think that it’s getting easier to be sick as I get older. It doesn’t seem to take as long for one. I can remember colds when I was a teen that seemed to take months, even if they were just a week, but now a week’s nothing.
Yesterday there were some funnies even:
Two cats were wandering around on the porch. I sneezed really hard and the cat sitting on the railing reacted so hard it fell off. The other one jumped up onto the exercise bike and stared at me through the window....
A little while later I sneezed and a whole flock of birds flew up and away from the porch.
Do you know how gross it is to have to mop up the keyboard? Worse if you miss a spot and keep typing? Ew…..
I have the time set up for Carl’s workshop. It will be from noon to 2 next Saturday and then book signings until 3pm on Saturday, and then 1pm on Sunday.
I didn’t get my computer cord until evening, so that’s as far as it went, but I have a lot of pictures edited. I just have to find enough brains to put them up and I’ve already gotten a long way on newsletter stuff for the week.
The shop opens at 11am and will close on time. Spring hours, 11am-7pm, Thursday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!
Love & Light,
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The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. Waxing Gibbous Moon - From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Full Moon Phase begins at 8:35am on Friday and the Tide Change is at 8:35pm on Saturday.
The Moon shines below Mars, Regulus, and Gamma Leonis (Algieba) this evening.
Venus is at its "greatest illuminated extent" — showing the most sunlit apparent area (in square arcseconds) that it's going to this apparition.
Mars (magnitude 0.0) shines fire-orange in Leo, high in the south at dusk and lower in the southwest later in the evening. Regulus is 5° or 6° to Mars's right or lower right. Fainter Gamma Leonis is 8° above Regulus. Mars in a telescope is gibbous and small, 10.0 arcseconds wide, fading and shrinking each week.
Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 - May 12
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Runic half-month of Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
Sun in Taurus
Moon in Leo enters Virgo 4:02pm
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
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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 – 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
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…)
5/12 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
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
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. 30, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 6:07 AM PDT, 8:19 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:35 AM PDT, 8:52 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:56 AM PDT, 9:31 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 4:12 AM PDT, 10:15 PM PDT
Moon, 2:09 PM PDT, 2:49 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 16m
Length of Day, 14h 12m
Tomorrow will be 2m 39s longer
First Quarter, 60% of the Moon is Illuminated
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
M 30 Low 2:03 AM 2.8 6:07 AM Set 2:50 AM 54
30 High 7:38 AM 5.9 8:20 PM Rise 2:10 PM
30 Low 2:20 PM 0.9
30 High 8:57 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There's only one perfect child in the world and every mother has it.
Journal Prompt – What? - What effects do cigarette and alcohol advertising have on young people?
Fear not those who argue but those who dodge. - H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
Foolproof systems do not take into account the ingenuity of fools. - Gene Brown
From a wild weird clime, that lieth, sublime, Out of SPACE — out of TIME. - Edgar Allan Poe (dream-land)
Great souls are not those which have less passion and more virtue than common souls, but only those which have greater designs. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Think of Adam, created from a handful of earth;
Through Grace, he came to begin to know God.
His knowledge radiated light to all seven heavens
And shattered the reputation and pride of angels.
Everyone who is a slave to external sense
Has a muzzle placed on his mouth
So he cannot drink the milk of Truth;
Yet God has dropped into the blood-drop of the heart
A jewel he has denied the seas and skies. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Magick – Beltane
Integrating Energies: Masculine and Feminine - http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print .html by Nyraia
At Yule, we saw the re-birth of the GodAt Imbolc, we saw the Goddess come into her own, so to speakand at Ostara, the God began his courtship of the Goddess. Two maturing beings, whole in their Selves, yet part of Onedestined to be re-united. Such is the case with everyone of us, their children, in more ways than one.
Our world revolves around duality Light and Dark Our body and our Spirit the mind and the Heart Masculine and Feminine One of the main lessons we must learn, I feel, is to find balance within a world where duality exists. As our dear Rain so aptly put it in the Ostara issue, its all about finding a middle ground. Such is the case where the masculine and feminine energies encompassed within are concerned. By finding balance between the two, we are propelled upon the path of enlightenment, the integration of our Higher Self.
It is within the right side of our brain that those aspects of our self that we consider to be feminine are found. It is said that within this area of our brain the psychic and emotional aspects of our being live. This is the part which is said to be aware of our connection to the Oneness of the Universe. This is not, however, the case with the so-called masculine part of our selves.
The masculine part is, naturally, a mirror image of the feminine. Residing in the left side of our brain, it is difficult for the masculine to recognize the Oneness of the Universe. With its more analytical and logical tendencies, all it sees is separation and division, making integration and balance difficult things to achieve.
How do we begin to achieve this balance? Growing up in our society, our left brains tend to become much stronger, for many of us, than our rightthe Masculine dominates the Feminine. We are taught to view the world through analytical eyes and taught that if something is not visibleif we cannot view it with our physical eyesthen it must not exist. Things of the real world are highly encouraged, while more times than not, imagination is relegated to fantasymake believeand is reduced in worth, it seems. A stock broker on Wall Street, in general, tends to make a great deal more money than the majority of artists. It is through the use of our imaginations Through meditation (quieting the left brain), visualization, and creativity that we are able to strengthen our right brains, the Feminine side of our Selves, and begin to gain balance.
With Beltane, too, our minds and hearts turn to the subject of lovethe physical manifestation of Masculine and Feminine. So many I know are looking for that one persontheir equal in all thingseros (romantic love), filios (brotherly love), and agape (the connection at a soul level). Everyone seems to be searching for her/his soul mate. The One that will complete them.
The words soul mate have virtually buzz words within our society, used, more times than not, as a word to describe an individuals perfect partner. What many dont realize, though, is that there are believed to be two types of soul mates. One type is generally known as a soul mate or a companion soul mate and the other known as a twin flame.
A companion soul mate can be described as an individual that we have spent prior incarnations with. It is usually this category that we tend to associate with love (Eros) relationships. In all actuality, this term can be associated with anyone that we have some sort of soul connection to, including siblings, parents, good friends, teachersAnyone that has agreed, prior to incarnation, to assist us in learning a lesson or lessons that are necessary in our own souls development or those that we have incurred some sort of karmic tie to that still needs to be balanced. When you connect with a close soul mate in a loving relationship, it is said that you have, in effect, found your perfect mate for where you are currently in your development as a soul.
It is a twin flame, however, that is believed to be our true other half. They are, essentially, our Selves in another body (if he/she is currently incarnated on the physical plane). It is said by some that the explanation for Twin Flames is that when we as One soul decided to descend into physicality, we were split into masculine and feminine aspects. It is believed, too, that when we first descended, that we were together, but later went on our own separate ways to experience as many diverse situations and stimuli as possible. We each grow in our Selves lifetime after lifetime in experience and wisdom, sometimes gaining brief glimpses or encounters with our Flame until the time that we are ready to break free from the bonds of physicality and mortality. It is at that point in our souls evolution that we are given the opportunity to be re-united with our other half.
Said of Twin Flames
The chances are that we meet our Twin Flame briefly in many lifetimes, but one or both of us are not ready for the intensity of this connection. When both halves of the whole are ready to come back together and meet they will discover that in that lifetime they have lead almost parallel lives. The events of their lives will mirror each other almost exactly. They may have come from very similar families and family dynamics. They may have had similar schooling or lack thereof. They may have almost identical careers. They may even have previous marriages and divorces within weeks of each other. When Twin Flames get to know each other, they will feel as if the other is reading their life script.
Once in relationship, the bond between Twin Flames can only be compared to the bond between identical twins. They are aware of each others thoughts, feelings, desires and needs at a level that is hard to imagine. The depth of Love is such that to be apart even for a day is a hardship. What is meant by that is that their hearts literally hurt when they are separated from each other. Even if only for the work day. It is this depth of Love that reminds them of the Oneness of Light to which they are returning. By anchoring this Love in the physical, not only are they preparing for their own ascension, but they are also leaving an imprint for others to follow in time for their own. http://www.uou.to/soulmates.htm
Keep in mind, though, this is not to say that one cannot have a wonderful and rewarding, loving relationship with a soul mate because its entirely possible. All relationships should be honored and appreciated for what is offered and the growth one is able to achieve through it. By gaining balance within ourselves, not only between the Dark and Light as we saw last issue, but through the masculine and feminine within, we prepare our Selves more, taking a step closer to the ultimate re-union that we all hope to achieve this lifetime the re-union with our own other half.
A blessed Beltane to you All,
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: At the Office?
My boss phoned me today. He said, "Is everything okay at the office?"
I said, "Yes, it's all under control. It's been a very busy day, I haven't stopped for a minute."
"Can you do me a favor?" he asked.
I said, "Of course, anything, what is it?"
He said, "Hurry up and take your shot, I'm right behind you on the 7th hole."