It’s cloudier than it’s been for a couple of days. The sunlight is turning on and off. It’s cooler, too, down in the upper 50’s and we’ve had a couple of wind gusts, but mostly it’s just a fitgul puff here and there, hardly enough to stir the wind chime.
The ravens got into the mac and cheese. The crows never discovered it. One raven came back over and over again, stuffing his bill and then flying off. I think he’s feeding a nest.
Hummingbirds galore yesterday! I actually had one come up and peer into the window at some of the bright colored decorations that I have hanging up.
I worked on the porch earlier in the day because I needed to stay out of the sun and the garden work had to wait for the shadow of the house. I was picking up trashy bits and dumping dead plants, stacking empty pots and that sort of thing. I found a stack of beach stones that someone dropped there. Wasn’t me… hmm… I spent a while sorting the garden tools and moving some of the large pots around. There’s more to do…. I really want to get it far enough to sweep because there’s a lot of seed bits and little things that aren’t good for the deck wood.
I got some time in the garden working on the woodruff, weeding out the grass and the blackberries. There’s a lot more to do and I pulled out as much woodruff as I left. I tried to do better than that, but at the worst that will get counted as “harvest”.
Working around the garden herbs, I pulled a lot of horsetail from around the flax and out of the lavender. I worked a bit around one of the small sage plants doing the same. At least it’s holding its own against the grass, but I need to get into the big sage plant today because it’s almost overgrown with horsetail.
I also have some work to do over by the other end of the garden, digging things out of the pinks, mostly, but the cinquefoil seeded all over the place and I have to rescue those, too. Hopefully Tempus will get out there with me today and we can make some inroads on that. We also have a curly willow to plant, and two trees to take out. One is a pine that’s pulling the side of the gully down and the other is a hemlock that’s mixed in with another and pulling up both of their roots.
I got to do some cooking again. I made a chicken salad that we’ll have for a couple of days and set up some cooked chicken for the freezer for quick meals. I want to some more on that today, maybe make a cake, because I’m not sure I’ve the energy for cookies. I wonder if I have any dough sheets because that means hand pies, which would be good….
…a lot of computer work…. Same stuff…..
I talked to Fawkes for a while yesterday…or rather he talked and I mostly listened. He’s doing ok, making plans for scattering his brother’s ashes and enjoying his time off.
Tempus had a slow day at the shop. He said that town felt dead. I know that’s about the slowest week we’ve had all year.
I’m planning on being in the garden again today. I’ve asked Tempus to get the string trimmer out and to pull my rolly out of the car, so trimming and weeding are going to be what I concentrate on.
I never did get into the ornament boxes that I started working on right after Yule, so I have to get into those. …and house chores.
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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!
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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.
The brightest star very high in the east these evenings is Arcturus. Look three fist-widths to its lower right for Saturn and, a little farther on, Spica.
Jupiter is lost in the glare of the setting Sun. Mercury is lost deep in the glow of sunrise. Uranus is very 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 Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 7pm
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
5/7 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
5/9 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (depends on the weather)
5/9 – Wednesday, esbat, waning moon, Brigdhe’s flame, weather permitting
5/10 – 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
5/10 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – 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
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5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
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
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30
May. 08, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:56 AM PDT, 8:29 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:23 AM PDT, 9:02 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:42 AM PDT, 9:43 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:55 AM PDT, 10:31 PM PDT
Moon, 11:47 PM PDT, 8:07 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 38m
Length of Day, 14h 33m
Tomorrow will be 2m 26s longer.
Waning 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
Tu 8 High 2:06 AM 9.0 5:56 AM Set 8:07 AM 95
8 Low 9:07 AM -2.0 8:30 PM Rise 11:48 PM
8 High 3:39 PM 7.1
8 Low 9:05 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death...
Journal Prompt – Expository - What things are better than going to school or work? Why?
Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream; Highlows pass as patent leathers; Jackdaws strut in peacock's feathers. Very true, So they do. - Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
Those who produce should have, but we know that those who produce the most - that is, those who work hardest, and at the most difficult and most menial tasks, have the least. - Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
Tomorrow’s life is too late. Live today. – Martial (I would add: Enjoy today. Love today. Find something to be happy about, TODAY!)
True friendship is seen through the heart, not through the eyes. – Unknown
The Ash Grove
The ash grove how graceful, how plainly 'tis speaking
The harp through its playing has language for me.
Whenever the light through its branches is breaking,
A host of kind faces is gazing on me.
The friends from my childhood again are before me
Each step wakes a memory as freely I roam.
With soft whispers laden the leaves rustle o’er me
The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.
Down yonder green meadow where streamlets meander
When twilight is fading I pensively roam
Or in the bright noon tide in solitude wander
Amid the dark spaces of that lonely ash grove.
‘Twas there while the black bird was cheerfully singing
I first met my dear one the joy of my heart
Around us for gladness the blue bells were springing
The ash grove, the ash grove that sheltered my home.
My lips smile no more, my heart loses its lightness;
No dream of the future my spirit can cheer.
I only can brood on the past and its brightness
The dear ones I long for again gather here.
From ev'ry dark nook they press forward to meet me;
I lift up my eyes to the broad leafy dome,
And others are there, looking downward to greet me
The ash grove, the ash grove, again is my home.
Magick – Posted by Lupa Bi of Facebook 05-02-12 (there’s a picture, if you can’t see it, e-mail me…)
Ravens are also generally bigger.
Ravens and Crows - For those who asked What's the Difference?
Many people use the terms 'raven' and 'crow' interchangeably, but they are actually quite different. Technically, since ravens belong to the crow (corvus) family of birds, they can be called crows - but not all crows are ravens. The two differ in a variety of ways.
Size - First, and most noticeably, ravens are larger than crows. They are (on average) about the size of a hawk, where crows are approximately the size of a pigeon.
Call - If you're familiar with the call which crows make, you'd probably recognize the raven's call as being different. Crows have a more nasal, higher pitched call, where a raven's call is lower, and hoarser... almost a croaking sound. I've frequently been approached by people saying "I heard this really funny-sounding crow the other day..." and when I ask "Was it a really big crow?" the answer has almost invariably been yes. In which case, chances are pretty good that it wasn't a crow at all, but a raven.
If you want to hear the difference for yourself, click here for a raven's call and crow's call.
Tail feathers - Crows have a very fan-shaped tail, where raven's tails have more of a wedge-shape to them. This isn't very easy to tell if the bird is sitting on the ground, but when flying overhead, you can often get a good look at the shape of the tail.
Feather shape - Ravens' feathers are also a slightly different shape than crows' feathers. Crow feathers tend to be more rounded at the tip, while ravens have feathers which are slightly pointed. This is most noticeable on the breast feathers, especially when the bird fluffs itself up. The feathers on the crow's breast lie comfortably against eachother and provide a nice, even, rounded covering. The feathers on a raven lie a little more jaggedly, and when a raven fluffs up, its breast tends to look ragged. In fact, when a raven really fluffs up and all its feathers look like they're standing on end, the raven appears to have a short fluffy mane (called a 'ruff').
Habitat - Ravens and crows can often be found living side by side in the same areas, but where there's a choice, Ravens prefer wilder areas while crows will live quite close to cities. The bigger the city, the less likely ravens will make it their home -- and when they do, they tend to live in or near parks and natural spaces. Crows, on the other hand, are more likely to live near buildings, and will venture farther into human developments to compete for food.
There are more differences between crows and ravens, including their social habits and life span (ravens live longer), but these are the key points. They should help you determine whether the bird you're looking at is a raven or just a very large crow.
Posted by Lady Abigail By: Ravensgrove Coven
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: Camping Tips
Q. What equipment will I need to go camping?
A. You need a tent. Tent sizes are measured in units of men, as in "a three-man tent"; this tells you how many men are required to erect the tent if they are all professional tent engineers. Even then, the tent will collapse under unusual weather conditions, such as nightfall. You will also need a hatchet, for the spiders, and a credit card, for the motel.
Q. Where should I go camping?
A. The United States has a spectacular national park system with millions of unspoiled acres where wildlife is protected by federal laws. Avoid these places. You want a commercial facility with a name like "The Stop 'n' Squat Kountry Kamp-ground," where large animals cannot fit through the 6-inch gaps between the Winnebagos.
Q. How much food should I take?
A. A lot. You'll be providing food not only for your family, but also for the entire raccoon community. When I was a boy in rural Armonk, our garbage cans were regularly terrorized by a gang of brilliant criminal raccoons. I recall being awakened at 3 a.m. by loud noises and looking out the window to see, by moonlight, my father, a peace-loving Presbyterian minister, charging around in the bushes, wildly swinging a baseball bat and saying non-Presbyterian words.
Of course, he did not get the raccoons; you NEVER get the raccoons.