It’s quite drippy and breezy outside. Everything is very green, a sweet, bright, pale green from new growth.
Yesterday started in a bit of a flurry again, but I harvested violets waiting for Tempus and worked on weeding that area. I have to do something about the comfrey that’s trying to eat the violets, though. I dealt with the horsetail and that stuff that I call nursery flower, ‘coz I don’t know what the real name is…. I also pulled one big clump of grass and used that to cushion my hand pulling a blackberry, but the darned thing is well established in the corner and climbing up *under* the siding, so Tempus is going to have to go after it!
It was 58F when we got to the shop. We started on the little stuff, as usual, but that lead to having to re-ink and re-fill the pricing gun… which then took awhile to be able to use again. …and then started in on inventorying herbs. We made a start on this at one point earlier in the year, but wow, did we have stuff to sort! We ended up finishing the herb section around 5pm…..
At that point, Tempus sat down in his office chair, tipped his head back and started to snore. He startled himself vertical at one point, looked blearily at me and then fell right back to sleep. He didn’t wake until Cliona came in after 6:30! She had a good trip and we chatted for a bit before she went on with her walk with Ruby and we closed up and came home.
Tempus had some work to do on the car before it got dark, so I worked on the computer and got another blog post out for Mab’s Creations. I’ve been finding some clipart online over the last couple of days from the Vintage Moth http://thevintagemoth.blogspot.com/ and saving some to play with. I included one below that I thought was awfully cute.
Today we have the usual Saturday workshops. I’m going to be heading out in the next few minutes. Herbs is at 11. Crystals at noon. Sewing at 3pm.
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Today is Primrose Day in the UK in honor of Benjamin Disrali. He was a favorite of Queen Victoria and very much a conservative. After his death a Primrose League was founded to keep his principles and aims going. Why Primrose? These were his favorite flower. Victoria sent a wreath of them to his funeral and every year on this date his statue and grave are decorated with them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primrose_Day
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/28 at 11:14PDT. Waning Gibbous Moon – 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. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/22 at 12:52am PDT.
Have you said hello to Vega yet this year? The “Summer Star” is now sparkling low in the northeast at nightfall. By dawn it’s high overhead.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.1, in Gemini) shines even brighter than Mars, in the high southwest in twilight. It sinks westward through the evening and sets around 2 a.m. In a telescope it has shrunk to 37″ across its equator. See Jupiter: Big, Bright, and Beautiful.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 – A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of 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
Sa 19 High 3:24 AM 8.0 6:25 AM Rise 12:01 AM 85
~ 19 Low 10:24 AM -0.7 8:06 PM Set 9:44 AM
~ 19 High 4:55 PM 6.4
~ 19 Low 10:21 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to dispel evil.
~ Beggars always want to be choosers. – Örvar Odd’s Saga, c.24
~ The only things that will never happen are the things that we have dared not to dream. – SanDanYi
~ Knights live in the now, directly experiencing the present moment. Now is the time for action. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The things we are afraid of seem to be like high mountains to climb. When we have gone through them they were in fact very small hills. Tricky mind. – Shanti
Look to this day
Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence,
the joy of growth,
the splendor of action,
the glory of power.
For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day…. – ancient Sanskrit poem
Pressing Flowers – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Selecting The Flowers – Garden flowers, leaves and ferns can be collected and pressed for use in making pictures or cards. A botanical collection can also be made with wild flowers (never rare flowers). Only take one or two common flowers from a spot where they are plentiful.
Flowers should be picked after mid-day when they are dry. They should be pressed as soon as possible after picking to avoid wilting. You will find through trial and error which flowers dry best and which colors are lasting. Do not try to press a very thick flower it would be best to disassemble and press just the petals. Remember fresh flowers, press quickly and carefully, dry well, and use small flowers (or thin pieces of thicker flowers).
Pressing The Flowers – Flowers can be pressed between sheets of blotting paper and placed in a telephone book with weights. A flower press can be used, consisting of layers of newsprint interleaved with corrugated cardboard. A press uses plywood board top and bottom, and pressure is applied by tightening the wing nuts on the four corner screws.
Flowers are then carefully laid in the press, with plenty of newspaper between layers, and cardboard after every few layers. Leave them undisturbed for two or three weeks for best results.
May Cup (For Beltane)
- Long-stemmed goblet or glass
- Potpourri/seasonal dried or fake flowers
- Red, white, and/or gold ribbon
- Small grapevine wreath
- Charm for decoration
Fill the cup with floral decorations of the season (bluebells, roses, daisies, primroses, lilac) or potpourri in May colors (green, soft pink, blue, yellow, and/or white). Around the cup, use gold, red, or white ribbon to hang a charm of some sort; some of the best images to use would be a grapevine or twig star (available at most craft stores or easily constructed with twigs and wire), a bell, or a faery image, possibly even a small broom or just a string of beads. Now the stem of the cup can be decorated however you like: Wire-stemmed flowers can be wound around it, or fake ivy, or even red and white ribbons wound around like a maypole if that suits the decoration. Place the cup in the center of the grapevine wreath, and also decorate the wreath with seasonal florals, including red and white ribbons. Use it as a centerpiece for a seasonal altar or kitchen table.
The “May cup” was originally a chalice whose purpose was to hold wine or another beverage which was consumed by the May King and May Queen, elected by the people during the town May Day party. The cup can be used in solitary, couple, or group ritual to hold a blessed beverage for the ritual; the cup can be decorated but left empty of florals until after the beverage has been consumed. Then it can be rinsed with water and filled by the participants with the various florals.
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May Cone Basket - You will need: construction paper, glue or tape. Out of bright colored construction paper, cut a circle that is about 12 inches in diameter, then cut a triangle or wedge out of the circle, allowing for a 1/2 inch overlap. Roll the paper into a cone and glue or tape the two sides together. Cut a strip of construction paper that is appox. 12 inches by 2 inches. Glue or tape it onto the top of your cone to make a handle. Fill your cone basket with real or homemade flowers and hang it on a neighbor’s or friend’s doorknob in the early morning while everyone is asleep.