It’s 54F and getting brighter by the second. There’s only enough breeze to make leaves move, let alone branches. The clouds are at 200feet, which puts us right in the mist, so the distances are vanishing.
We had *such* a fun day, yesterday! It was a little rocky, starting because Tempus and I were both so sleepy, but we got going fairly quickly. Brea was in at her usual time and her class seemed to go well. Mine did, although it was cut short again, but the bus arriving early. Sabrina came in at 10 and was raring to go by 11.
We had awhile before folks started coming in for Project Day and I did some clean-up and set-up. …and then we sat down and talked. Wow did we talk! We all started off with the various projects that we’re working on, things like shoes and other garb, Tempus’ sundials, my embroidery and then got into Marius’ research about the fall of the Roman empire. He’s gotten as far as the splits in the 3rd century empire. I’m fascinated by the role that diseases play in studies of culture, so we discussed measles and smallpox and black plague for quite awhile. We got Marius’ cloak cut out, too.
Eventually some more people came in and we got around to pickles. We made a cauliflower pickle and tasted the ones that I was working on, on Friday, which were cucumber, onion, carrot and turnip. I had added some asparagus spears in the morning and those turned out just wonderful! The frozen green bean pickles were “meh”…. green beans just don’t seem to work well. The old (January!) carrot pickles were rubbery, but still tasty.
After that, with the larger group (7 of us) we talked about garb, because 4 of them are very new, a little history, a lot about whosiswhatsis in the SCA, and then told a few stories. At the very last, Tempus pulled out the boxes of leather. We have enough for several pairs of shoes and a bunch of belts and such. I guess we’re going to be learning leather finishing techniques over the next few weeks!
Cliona stopped to say hi when she took her evening walk. She did have some business over the weekend, which is good. Things are picking up! We had a few customers in during the day, as well, mostly just looking.
Sabrina was a lot of fun over the weekend. She’ll be back!
Tempus and I came home, ate and crashed. Long weekend…..
Today I’m trying to get this out, then I have to go pay the rent, then get my meds from the pharmacy, then get to the shop. Oi…. running very late. We’re supposed to work on inventory this afternoon. I hope…. Then we have class tonight, finishing Wicca 101. The lights will be on until we’re done and Tempus will be able to help folks if you come in.
Today’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn. Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. –
Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)
Today is the anniversary of the date in 1348 where Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor issued a Golden Bull, founding the Charles University in Prague and granted it this <<<< seal. This was the first University in Central Europe. It has survived to the present day, even though there were periods where no degrees were given and it was down to a handful of faculty members. It was the seat of the early part of the Protestant Reformation and Jan Hus, the martyr, leader of the Utraquists was a faculty member. More on the university here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_University_in_Prague On Medieval Universities, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_university On the Utraquists here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utraquists and on the Hussites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hussite
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is at the Waxing Quarter at 1:31am. 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends on 4/7 ay 1:31am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends on 4/13 at 12:42pm.
Monday, April 7, 4:31 a.m. EDT – First Quarter 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. The Moon forms a curving arc this evening with Pollux and Castor to its upper right and Procyon to its lower left. To the right of the arc shines brighter Jupiter.
Mars is in opposition on April 8 and closest to the Earth on April 14. It is visible in Virgo all night long.
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
M 7 Low 12:47 AM 3.4 6:46 AM Set 2:38 AM 45
~ 7 High 6:32 AM 6.3 7:51 PM Rise 12:42 PM
~ 7 Low 1:40 PM 1.2
~ 7 High 8:23 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Words guide and bend, point and shift, focus and divert.
~ You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. –
~ Silence is like the earth, the base from which one finds the way. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Don’t go through life. Grow through life. – Eric Butterworth
~ Even an attorney of moderate talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of chance, somewhat fixed in the favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
Katie Where Are You Now
This striped bag from long ago,
Given to me by a friend I knew
Is useful still, and many days
I see it and use it, in what I do.
But I haven’t seen or heard from the friend
Who gave me this bag, so long ago,
I wonder sometimes where she could be,
And wish that I somehow could know.
The world is wide and so many folk
Have come into my life and left it again,
We’ve opened our hearts and shared our lives,
Now only the memories remain.
And the thought-shall I see you again one day, my friend?
Or was our last chapter itself, the end? – Written and Submitted by Tasha Halpert, www.heartwingsandfriends.com
May Pole Centerpiece – You will need: 18″ wood dowel or thin branch, 6-9″ diameter flat round wooden plaque, small grapevine wreath, approx. 6-8″ diameter, decorated on both sides, 1 yard each of red and white ribbon, scissors, drill and a 1/4 drill bit, 1 1 1/4 length flattened wood screw, hot glue gun. Drill pilot holes completely through center of plaque and 1/2 deep into the bottom end of the dowel. Cross the ribbons and glue on top end of the dowel. Attach the dowel to the stand by screwing the screw through the plaque, and then into the bottom end of the dowel. Glue wreath on top of dowel by melting a medium dab of glue on top of the crossed ribbons and on the bottom of the wreath, then join the wreath to the top of the dowel. To make it more secure wait a few minutes and then glue around the edge of the wreath where it meets the dowel, filling in gaps. Braid the ribbons – one color going left and under the other color, which is moving right. Braid about 2 inches down the dowel and tack to the dowel with hot glue to keep in place. When set, tack the ends of the ribbons to the edge of the wood plaque with hot glue.
May Pole Candles
You will need:
Lots of pretty ribbons
Tall white or green pillar candle
Gold or brass “Craft Bells”
Candle holder (stand)
Cut lengths of ribbon around 18 inches each, in pretty Springtime colors.(pastels) Tie a craft bell to each end of ribbon (a tooth pick helps this process) Tie ribbons starting at 3/4 way down the pillar candle, knot three times, don’t tie bows, you need lots of length on the ribbons. Tie as many as you like snaking your way up the candle, but leave at least 1/4 candle bare. Place in a candle stand that will raise the candle about 6 – 8 inches, so the ribbons can “drape” Swirl the bundle of ribbons so they face East, ready to greet the dawn on Beltane morn. Light candle and cheer the Spring time blessings to come. Keep a “safe” eye on candle & ribbons. – By Barbara Morris
Maypole For Beltane
Flat piece of wood
Small wooden pole
A wooden knob for the top of the pole
Red and white lengths of ribbon
Beltane symbols: Nuts, spring flowers, strings of beads, miniature apples, for decoration around the bottom of the maypole
Either drill hole into the flat wood base to insert pole or simply glue it to the bottom securely. Glue four equal lengths of ribbon to top, and seal knob on pole with glue, on top of the ribbons. Glue or place decorative items around base.
During ritual, the maypole can be wound. Simply weave the ribbons in and out of each other in as pleasing a pattern as possible, fastening with sticky-tac or other less permanent adhesive (so that this apparatus can be used again next year in ritual). The symbolism of the maypole is that of the male phallic symbol (the pole itself) being enveloped by the female vaginal symbol (the ribbons). Also, the winding, when done in a traditional form by dancers around a real maypole, sometimes symbolize male-female mating with the red and white ribbons themselves.