It’s dripping…. That’s going to cancel Herbs Outdoors this afternoon. We’re back to more normal temps at least! 50F. The cloud layer is supposed to be at 300 feet, but the bottom-most mist is tangling in the treetops here and every so often a whole wad blots out the view. It’s blowing, too. the wind chime clonks occasionally, but then a gust comes up and everything waves around and it lets out a whole rattle of ’em.
Yesterday started late because I slept in…well so did Tempus! …and i’ve done it again today! It was well past noon when the newsletter went out and while I worked on mail for a bit after that I was already getting sleepy and crawled back into bed at 2:30 and slept until 5pm. I actually felt awake at that point, though.
Tempus was working outside and I went out to sort out what I wanted to be done with the violet bed. We decided to start it from the northwest corner of the house. It will be built of concrete blocks and filled with good dirt and then planted with the violets and some other herbs.
I set up a couple of steaks to bake late in the afternoon, and started putting leftovers together for a soup/stew. I finally made peas, corn and rice in butter sauce to go with the steaks. I had meant to do potatoes but forgot ’em until it would have been another hour before dinner.
Tempus came in from working outside and sat in the easy chair in my study while we discussed what was yet to be done. When he got up he let out a squawk and then was holding his right butt cheek, saying, “OW!”. I said, “Hip?” and in answer he turned around to show me the clippers in his back pocket that he had been sitting on, that dug into his tukas as he stood up. I’m still not sure whether to laugh or sympathize, so I was doing both….laughing *only* after he left the room!
I spent quite a while during the evening watching this program on the seawalls of the Netherlands. I found it fascinating to discover what they’ve been doing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAoPphN4TOU and then I watched a bunch of russian and czech folksongs and totally forgot about Hearts of Space!
I’m pretty sure that we’re supposed to have esbat tonight, but it’s not on the calendar for some reason. We were going to finish the violet bed, but we’ll have to wait a bit.
Today’s feast is in memory of the 71,000 people that died from the 1815 three-month-long eruption of the Mount Tambora volcano in Sulawesi, Indonesia. It caused a volcanic winter that made crops fail across the world and gave rise to the stories about the “Year without a Summer” that was even written about in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book, #3, Farmer Boy. Crops froze in New England on the morning of the 4th of July! This is the largest eruption by volume of any in recorded history. Recently cultural remains were found in a place dubbed, “the Indonesian Pompeii”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tambora
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.- Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum Picture by Charles Webber at California Academy of Sciences
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Dark moving to New at the Tide Change at 2:35am. 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 4/10 at 2:35am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/10 at 2:35am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open, Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends o 4/11 at 2:35pm. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/25 at 12:57pm.
Wednesday, April 10, 2:35 a.m. PDT – New Moon – The moon is not visible on the date of new moon because it is too close to the sun, but can be seen low in the east as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the west an evening or two after new moon.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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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Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14 – Fern – (FAIR-n) – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 10 High 12:56 AM 8.1 6:40 AM Rise 6:39 AM 0
~ 10 Low 7:29 AM -0.3 7:55 PM Set 8:39 PM
~ 10 High 1:39 PM 7.2
~ 10 Low 7:31 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fill your heart with courage and you will be able to face life with confidence.
~ The less I behave like Whistler’s mother the night before, the more I look like her the morning after. – Tallulah Bankhead
~ The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” — John Kenneth Galbraith
~ The secret of how to live without resentment or embarrassment in a world in which I was different from everyone else. was to be indifferent to that difference. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ The two great words of antiquity are behold and beware. Behold the possibilities and beware the temptations. – Jim Rohn
… although the temple itself is very large, the sculptor is criticized for not having appreciated the correct proportions. He has shown Zeus seated, but with the head almost touching the ceiling, so that we have the impression that if Zeus moved to stand up he would unroof the temple. – Strabo (63 BCE or 64 BCE – c. 24 CE), Greek historian, geographer and philosopher, on the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Beltane by Herne – http://www.circlesanctuary.org/pholidays/Beltane.html http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/beltane.htm
April 30th – Beltane – Also known as Roodmas or May Day
Beltane has long been celebrated with feasts and rituals. Beltane means fire of Bel; Belinos being one name for the Sun God, whose coronation feast we now celebrate. As summer begins, weather becomes warmer, and the plant world blossoms, an exuberant mood prevails. In old Celtic traditions it was a time of unabashed sexuality and promiscuity where marriages of a year and a day could be undertaken but it is rarely observed in that manner in modern times.
In the old Celtic times, young people would spend the entire night in the woods “A-Maying,” and then dance around the phallic Maypole the next morning. Older married couples were allowed to remove their wedding rings (and the restrictions they imply) for this one night. May morning is a magickal time for wild water (dew, flowing streams, and springs) which is collected and used to bathe in for beauty, or to drink for health.
The Christian religion had only a poor substitute for the life-affirming Maypole — namely, the death-affirming cross. Hence, in the Christian calendar, this was celebrated as ‘Roodmas’. In Germany, it was the feast of Saint Walpurga, or ‘Walpurgisnacht’. An alternative date around May 5 (Old Beltane), when the sun reaches 15 degrees Taurus, is sometimes employed by Covens. (Both ‘Lady Day’ and ‘Ostara’ are names incorrectly assigned to this holiday by some modern traditions of Wicca.)
Think of the May pole as a focal point of the old English village rituals. Many people would rise at the first light of dawn to go outdoors and gather flowers and branches to decorate their homes. Women traditionally would braid flowers into their hair. Men and women alike would decorate their bodies. Beltane marks the return of vitality, of passion. Ancient Pagan traditions say that Beltane marks the emergence of the young God into manhood. Stirred by the energies at work in nature, he desires the Goddess. They fall in love, lie among the grasses and blossoms, and unite. The Goddess becomes pregnant of the God. To celebrate, a wedding feast, for the God and Goddess must be prepared. Let Them guide you! Breads and cereals are popular. Try oatmeal cakes or cookies sweetened with a dab of honey. Dairy foods are again appropriate…just make a lovely wedding feast and you are sure to enjoy yourself! An early morning walk through a local park or forest could be fun for everyone. Gather up some plants or flowers to display in your home. Mom and daughter could braid their hair, and weave in a few tender blossoms.
The Beltane Maypole – http://paganwiccan.about.com/cs/aboutbeltane/a/aamaypole.htm
What better symbol for May Day?
Among the various symbols of Beltane frivolity, the Maypole is probably the most well known, even to non-Pagans.
On the surface, the tall Maypole is simply a phallic symbol to reflect the fertility of the season. But it originates with the ancient Irish story of the Bile Pole. The Bile Pole was a sacred tree of life that grew up through the Earth to join the Heavans above and the Otherworld beneath. A similar story to the the Norse tree, Yggdrasil.
One does not simply put up a Maypole at Beltane, the pole must be draped with ribbons and flowers, and it must be danced around. In the past, it was the young children who did the dancing. Long ribbons are attached to the top of the pole, usually in pastel Spring colours. Half the ribbons would be taken up by the boys, and the other half by the girls.
The children did not just run about, willy-nilly. Quite often they would have a rehersed dance so that the ribbons wound round the pole would have a pattern. The better the pattern, the better the harvest would be that fall.
Some villages had a permanent Maypole, but others would erect a new one every year on Beltane eve. Birch was frequently used for the poles, but not excusively.
If you’re looking for the perfect decoration for Beltane this year, try putting up a Maypole in your yard. If you have no place outdoors, you could put up a small pole in your home. Be sure to cover it with flowers, ribbons and leaves either way.