Wicca 103 at 5pm.
By now you’ve seen the notice that the computer went splat. It’s up and running again. Tempus just sortof wiggles his fingers at things and they behave.
It’s bright sunshine again, but it was *darned* cold last night! When I looked at the thermometer at about 5:30 it was in the low 30’s! There was thick frost all over things, but at 8:30 then temp was 46 and it’s around 58F, now.
There birds are all awake, though. There was one dejected-looking little feather ball of a sparrow out there at 8:30, but I’ve seen at least 100 birds since, and there are a dozen right now, throwing shells in all directions.
I went through yesterday’s to-do list and I managed to finish a page… some of that was moving it off to next week, granted, or moving it onto Tempus’ list…
I swept the porch, after moving, weeding and re-planting the planters. There are 30 out there… I got rid of most of the trash and dead cardboard and such, cleaned off the railings (getting rid of the raccoon discourager, since we don’t need it now) cleaned up the porch shelves and re-stacked the pots, and sorted (with Tempus’ help) the tools on the porch, watered the small plants, and cleaned of one of the tables. Phew! …and that’s about ½ of that chore, only…
So, in the house I worked on a bunch of laundry, bleaching and washing some white delicates, among other things. I worked on stuff for the garage sale, pulling glassware from the hutch cabinet & the living room shelves, and sorting some clothing for it, as well.
Late in the day I got a couple of things cooked, another salad for one, and a pea soup that I have to get packaged up this morning.
Tempus had finally managed to get the other tree cut out and dragged the pieces up onto our lawn. We’re going to have some awesome wand wood out of this one… and I spent an hour, at least, cutting pine tips for drying after doing more weeding. Those are going to have to get processed today. Cat gave me a hand while we were waiting for the rest of the folks to show up for esbat. …and the wind was too high to do any burning…. again….. and he did manage to go through some of the tools.
This morning I want to put some beans into the railing boxes. I forgot yesterday, and I want to remember the nasturtiums seeds from the shop, so that I can add those tomorrow. I need to remember the bags of harvested, stuff too, and my first task before the Chamber meeting is to get the stuff priced and out for sale….
I have a Chamber meeting and a Waldport City Council meeting today, so I’m not going to be in the shop much, and then class at 5pm.
In between I need to get the plants that I bought almost 2 weeks ago, into the planter boxes. It’s going to be a long day….
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 and we’ll be there through class 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!
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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.
Look for bright Vega moderately low in the northeast after darkness falls, and higher later. To Vega's lower right dangle fainter stars of the little constellation Lyra.
Mars in a telescope is gibbous and small, about 9.5 arcseconds wide, fading and shrinking each week. Mars (magnitude +0.1) shines fire-orange in Leo. It's high in the south-southwest at dusk and lower in the southwest to west later in the evening. Regulus is about 7° Mars's right or lower right and moving farther from it daily. Fainter Gamma Leonis is 8° above Regulus.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Virgo) shines in the southeast in twilight and highest in the south around 11 or midnight daylight saving time. The star 5° to Saturn's lower right in the evening is Spica, slightly fainter and bluer.
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 Capricorn enters Aquarius at 10:03pm
Saturn retrograde, Juno retrograde, Pluto Retrograde
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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
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
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. 10, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:53 AM PDT, 8:31 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:20 AM PDT, 9:05 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:39 AM PDT, 9:47 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:51 AM PDT, 10:35 PM PDT
Moon, 12:35 AM PDT, 10:24 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 44m
Length of Day, 14h 37m
Tomorrow will be 2m 21s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 73% 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
Th 10 High 3:49 AM 8.0 5:54 AM Rise 12:35 AM 80
10 Low 10:50 AM -1.2 8:32 PM Set 10:25 AM
10 High 5:30 PM 6.7
10 Low 11:04 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.
Journal Prompt – What? - What musical instrument(s) do you play or wish you could play?
When in doubt, ask yourself, 'How would I behave here at my best?' - Tony Schwartz
Where there is great love, there are always miracles. - Willa Cather
With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined. - Franklin Pierce (1804- 1869) 14th US president
Work helps to prevent us from three great evils- weariness, vice and want. – Voltaire
The Challenge of Thor
I am the God Thor,
I am the War God,
I am the Thunderer!
Here in my Northland,
My fastness and fortress,
Reign I forever!
Here amid icebergs
Rule I the nations;
This is my hammer,
Miölner the mighty;
Giants and sorcerers
Cannot withstand it!
These are the gauntlets
Wherewith I wield it,
And hurl it afar off;
This is my girdle;
Whenever I brace it,
Strength is redoubled!
The light thou beholdest
Stream through the heavens,
In flashes of crimson,
Is but my red beard
Blown by the night-wind,
Affrighting the nations!
Jove is my brother;
Mine eyes are the lightning;
The wheels of my chariot
Roll in the thunder,
The blows of my hammer
Ring in the earthquake!
Force rules the world still,
Has ruled it, shall rule it;
Meekness is weakness,
Strength is triumphant,
Over the whole earth
Still is it Thor's Day!
Thou art a God too,
And thus singled-handed
Unto the combat,
Gauntlet or Gospel,
Here I defy thee!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Magick – A NYC Taxi driver wrote:
I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.
There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.
'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.
She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.
She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her... 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'
'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive
'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly...
'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice.. 'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.
'Nothing,' I said
'You have to make a living,' she answered.
'There are other passengers,' I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.
'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'
I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.
I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?
On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.
We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
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: Dog Grooming
A lady took her dog to the groomer at pet store for a haircut and asked what it would cost.
The receptionist looked at her from behind the counter and told her that a bath and haircut started at around fifty dollars, but there were many options, so the price could vary.
Holding on to her dog's leash, the potential customer was visibly outraged.
"I only pay $25 for my own haircut!" said the woman indignantly.
The groomer replied, "That may be true, but then you don't bite, do you?"