The sun is shining, but it’s only 50F. There’s not much breeze up here, but a nice stiff one on the beaches!
Yesterday zoomed by. We had all kinds of little chores to do during the day, and then we decided to go to the Arts & Sciences meeting in Adiantum (Eugene) last night. I was going to go on my own, but it’s a 2-hour drive and Tempus decided to go, too. We marveled at the scenery all the way down, commenting on the blooming rhododendrons and talking about all the projects that we have going. It’s a gorgeous drive down the coast and up and over the coast range is lovely, too. We didn’t see any whales, but the light effects were just incredible and sunset in Eugene was marvelously red and orange.
It was quite a busy meeting. I got involved with silk painting for a banner, first, and learned one *heck* of a lot about something I haven’t done. I’ve dyed silk, but never tried to make a banner from it. We had what could have been a major disaster when an ink pot flipped over the edge and spilled, but the lady who was teaching the rest of us, also taught us how to recover from that! ….and during the 2 1/2 hours or so of the meeting, it got finished…..
I went on from that to talking to a girl who was doing Norse wire weaving, which looks fascinating and not at all difficult. Tempus went into the back room, where several folks had holed up with projects that were solo, mostly from the extensive library of the host. He was working on his sundials. I pulled out my chalice cover and sat with a lady who was doing supported spinning with a wheel-less spindle (which I’ve never seen) making a very fine thread (about the weight of sewing thread) with a camel hair mix. Two other ladies were knitting and one demonstrated a buttoned hood that had been entirely hand-sewn. …and I almost forgot about the feathered hat! …and I got to talk to folks who’ve been making them about how to wear my hair under the squid hat.
Another set of projects were going on the floor on the other side of that room. Two kids were making patterns for tin lanterns and a man was cutting them out of tin cans. Those are going to be used as night-time path-lights for events, with battery-powered “candles”. Another woman cut out and stitched up a tiny hooded cloak for the toddler that was playing on the floor with a hand-made wooden rattle. At the very last I got some information on painting cotton/poly banners with acrylic paints and shared some experience that I have with that. …and of course I showed off my spoons and embroidery… 🙂
We finally got out of there around 10pm and headed home. It was a beautiful drive, but a little hair-raising because there was some serious fog in various places. *Why* do folks get up on your bumper with high-beams on when you’re driving at the right speed for the conditions? We were in a 55mph zone with the occasional 35-40mph curve and several times during the drive, each time in the worst of the fog bits when we would be going 10mph slower so’s to be able to see, someone did that!
The crescent moon was getting ready to slide over the horizon as we were leaving Eugene, a cheddar-cheese paring only occasionally visible. All the way home I watched the stars, Orion being still overhead as we were crossing Fern Ridge Reservoir and past waist-deep and sinking into the Pacific as we were on the last leg up the coast. We came in and dropped.
Tempus is still down for the count. I’m up, but only because I got elbowed and the covers snatched off me one too many times, so it’s kinda under protest! We have more chores and some garden work today, then esbat this evening and I want to cook up some chicken. Hmmm …. I’d better go start…..
Today’s plant, Western Bracken Fern, Pteridium aquilinum, is a hardy plant that moves into disturbed ground. It dies down in the winter and grows very green, standing waist-high in the warm parts of the summer. You read a lot in literature of people making love in the bracken, which is part of its association with fertility, since it will hide a couple having fun! It used to be used a lot as a “strewing herb” in places with stone floors, since it smells nice when walked on and has some anti-bug effects. – Masculine, Mercury, Air – Burn outside for rain, use in amulets for protection, healing and fertility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteridium_aquilinum
Today’s Feast is International Children’s’ Book Day in honor of the birthday of Hans Christian Anderson, the author of such Fairy Tales as The Angel, the Little Mermaid, 12 Wild Swans, the Emperor’s New Clothes and the Ugly Duckling! More on the day here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Children%27s_Book_Day …and Anderson here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Christian_Andersen
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow. 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 on 4/15 at 12:42am. at 11:48pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/3 at 11:48pm.
The crescent Moon shines below the Pleiades, Aldebaran, and the V-shaped Hyades.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Libra) rises around 10 or 11 p.m. and is highest in the south around 3 a.m. By then it’s far left of Mars and Spica, and less far to the upper right of Antares.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder
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
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – 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.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month– Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 2 High 2:37 AM 8.5 6:55 AM Rise 8:37 AM 5
~ 2 Low 9:17 AM -0.6 7:45 PM Set 11:21 PM
~ 2 High 3:32 PM 7.1
~ 2 Low 9:18 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – Roll down a hill with your (or any) child. Breathe deep. What does your inner child feel like?
~ There is no death…Only a change of worlds. – Chief Seattle (Seathl, Duwamish-Suquamish, 1785-1866)
~ A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds. – Shelley
~ Beware of the person of one book. – Saint Thomas Aquinas
~ Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness. – John Sterling
Keep the bastards honest. – The political philosophy of Don Chipp (b. August 21, 1935), founder of the Australian Democrats, an alternative to the two main Australian parties. The Democrats use it as an unofficial slogan. – He is one of the rarest species on Earth. A popular politician. He entered parliament in 1960 and was the Liberal with so much get up and go, that he ultimately got up and went. – ABC TV’s Enough Rope, on Don Chipp
Ideas and Activities for Beltane – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
*** are also great to do with children 😉
***Walk the perimeter of your property to check that everything is in good order. Bring trash bags and do a general clean-up of anything that is not where it should be.
Make a miniature maypole for your altar if you cannot make a full size version
Get a new mirror, or use one you have already, and decorate it with ribbons and flowers for your bedroom
Fill a cauldron or a large bowl with fresh flowers (wildflowers are best)
***Braid bracelets out of white ribbons and give them as gifts to friends or family
***Make a dish of fruits, berries, nuts and leave in the wood for the animals and fae folk to enjoy
Cut branches of fresh green from budding trees, or make garlands of flowers to decorate the home for this celebration. Hang them on the doors and windows early, so the may sunrise finds them there!
Create a special wreath for the top of the May Pole
***Make “May Day” baskets of flowers and leave on friends and family’s doorsteps as a surprise gift. Maybe they’ll think a faerie did it!
***Create hair pieces and garlands for decorating your head or around your neck from flowers that are in bloom
***Tie ribbons to trees to celebrate the coming of spring. Make a wish each time you tie a ribbon as it’s good luck to wish for things on this day!
Bathe your face in the morning dew to retain youth.
- The fair maid who, the first of May
- Goes to the fields at break of day
- And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree
- Will ever after handsome be.
Other sources suggest using the dew found under oaks or on ivy leaves. Make a special wish as you wash your face in it or as you drink from a well before sunrise.
***Dance the May Pole – During the Maypole dance, think about what you wish to weave into, or out of, your spirit. The Maypole is an ancient symbol of the male aspect of the Divine, while the ribbons are strands of life. Have small baskets of goodies around the room to symbolize the coming abundance and to enjoy after the Circle. Magic is hungry work. (from Trish Telesco’s Victorian Grimoire)
Do a Beltane Day Spell for Health and Happiness
Plant your frost sensitive bulbs now.
Silliness – A passenger train is creeping along, slowly. Finally it creaks to a halt. A passenger sees a conductor walking by outside. “What’s going on?” she yells out the window. “Cow on the track!” replies the conductor. Ten minutes later, the train resumes its slow pace. Within five minutes, however, it stops again. The woman sees the same conductor walk again. She leans out the window and yells, “What happened? Did we catch up with the cow again?”