It’s 55F with a light breeze, quite thoroughly overcast, but not drizzling or anything like that.
Yesterday started late, as has been usual on Tuesdays and I was as creaky as an old boot. I apparently stayed in one position asleep from 2am until past 10 and then dropped right back into the same position when I crawled back in!
I got the newsletter out, after deciding that garden work wasn’t happening, because it was too wet… and then it got sunny. Go figure! I worked on the computer all afternoon. Tempus went out to do handyman-type chores for a friend.
I went down to the shop for esbat, but it was just two of us, so Rowan and I went over to the China Restaurant to have a light meal and eventually Tempus caught up with us. We were home before dark and doing last things before turning in.
Today we have a lot of house chores to do. The kitchen is a big thing. I have to set up the week’s newsletter’s, too, and I’m hoping to do some on sorting out the living room stuff. It’s been a pretty good mess for months and I’d like to get it back to “livable”, especially since there are projects that have gotten buried.
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The Battle of Megiddo was in the 15th century BCE on this date. It was part of a military campaign by Thutmose III to crush a rebellion in Canaan in the 15th century BCE. This is the oldest battle recorded in enough detail to make it “official”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Megiddo_%2815th_century_BC%29 There was a later battle, the one from which we get the word “armageddon” from, where the King of Judah tried to ambush the Egyptian army as they were heading off to fight the Babylonians and got himself killed. This battle is listed in the Bible and several other sources. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Megiddo_%28609_BC%29 Armageddon, (comes from Har Megiddo, Megiddo hill), the “last battle” of Christian eschatology, is supposed to take place here, or maybe not…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Full moving to Waning Gibbous phase at 12:42pm. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon.“And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/16 at 12:42pm. 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.
The waning gibbous Moon rises soon after dark with Saturn hanging right close by. Watch them cross the sky together for the rest of the night. The Moon occults (covers) Saturn for southern South America; map and timetable.
Mars this week is at its nearest to Earth in six years, blazing at magnitude –1.5 in Virgo. It was at opposition on the 8th. It glares low in the east-southeast in twilight, and dominates the southeast after dark. Fainter Spica shines from 8° to 10° below it during evening. They’re highest in the south around midnight or 1 a.m. daylight-saving time. Now’s the time for Mars in a telescope! It’s 15.1 arcseconds wide this week and into next week, its largest apparent diameter until 2016. See the telescopic Mars map and observing guide in the March Sky & Telescope, page 50. Use our Mars Profiler to find which side of the planet will be facing you when you plan to observe it.
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
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
W 16 High 1:30 AM 8.1 6:30 AM Set 7:19 AM 99
~ 16 Low 8:12 AM -0.6 8:02 PM Rise 9:56 PM
~ 16 High 2:27 PM 7.0
~ 16 Low 8:09 PM 1.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen to Old People!
~ Great minds have purpose. Others have wishes. – Washington Irving
~ Don’t forget to love yourself. – Soren Kierkegaard
~ No matter how busy you find yourself during the work day, you absolutely must make time to communicate. All the brilliant ideas in the world are worthless if you don’t share them. – Stuart R. Levine and Michael A. Crom
~ The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he dies, whoever he is. – Clive Staples Lewis
Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain,
Our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain;
Awake but one, and oh, what myriads rise! – Alexander Pope
Dance before the Bonfire (Beltane) – Ashley Ravenwood, finished 3/8/97
Another summer stretches before us,
fertile and heady
The faeries are out to play
with everything and everyone else
Dance before the bonfire
and celebrate the brimming fertility
of another year
Let it spill over
and crackle into the fire
Let us be blessed
and let our fruits ripen and be harvested
(not wither and die
nor rot forgotten)
Let us drink thirstily of the nectar of the gods
and feast hungrily upon food, love, and kindness
Let us also feed our wants and desires today
happily and carefree
Let us celebrate the miracle that is existence
and marvel at the wonder that is life:
remembering that the smallest acorn
can become the tallest tree
Let us dance
Dance before the bonfire
Dance around the maypole
Dance together, laughing
Dance through life and death and life again
Dance under the budding trees and around the blooming wildflowers, dancing in the wind
Dance as fawns and baby birds and newborn stars all watch, dancing
Dance as the gods smile down upon us, dancing too
Dance before the bonfire!