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,
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
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
5/7 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
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
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
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
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
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am grateful for the small things in my life!
Journal Prompt – Favorites - What is your favorite journey?
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)
Magick – Beltane
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Do-It-Yourself Olive Oil Lamp
Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:33
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?
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.
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?"