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!
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,
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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.
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
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
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
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
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
5/23 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, Diana’s bow
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
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
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
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
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
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
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!!
Journal Prompt – How do you feel? - How do you feel when you sleep at someone's house?
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"