It’s raining. Everything outside is just *so* green! 52F, a light breeze, it’s overcast at 400 feet and you can hear the plants singing happily to themselves!
Yesterday we took our time getting moving. I got a bath and then got the newsletter out, while Tempus was getting breakfast. After that we took a while just sitting and talking. He had to head out in the early afternoon to go help another elderly friend with some chores, so I kept going on newsletter stuff and then got all tangled up in a bit of research on plagues through history.
I finally got around to pulling out some bread doughs to bake mid-afternoon and heard from Aurora while they were rising. As I was sorting socks, Tempus walked back in and scared the be-jiminies out of me. I hadn’t expected him that soon!
He dug into house chores and very soon I was in the kitchen, too, working on cleaning up for the week. We nibbled on some of the leftover breads…that’s awfully tasty…. while we waited for the others to rise. We discovered that the big freezer must have partially thawed at some point last week, since the bread doughs were on top and had all mushed together. Nothing else seems to have gotten messed up.
By 7pm I had the newsletters set up for the week and was going to head outside for a few and I got caught online. Tempus cut up a pear for me to snack on and I got a bread baked, but the “messed-up” one still had to thaw. We ended up with asparagus, pork chops and mashed potatoes for supper. Very tasty! Especially with some of my horseradish mustard and assorted winter pickles!
Today I’ll be at the shop for the early part of the day. Tempus has some errands to run. I have an appointment with one of the phone book people. Other than that, I think we need to start some more Beltane incense and I have sewing to do.
The rest of the story of the “Migrant Mother” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/fts/kansascity_201307F03.html?fb_action_ids=10151967193146751&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=.U074n5Jqh1o.like
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. Horsetail – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
Today’s Feast is that of Machendrana in Nepal, supposedly an ancient and powerful rain god. There’s a Chariot festival associated with this, but do you know, all of the online citations seem to come from one of two sources, since they all have the same wording and there’s nothing that I’ve found that says that this is anything but a modern pagan invention? One of the citations of this is Gerina Dunwich’s Wiccan Book of Days, the other seems to be an expanded wording of that. Hmmm….
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Love & Light,
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.
Thursday, April 17, 3 a.m. EDT – Saturn and the Moon – The nearly Full Moon will pass just North of the planet Saturn. Observers in southern South America and French Polynesia will see the moon occult Saturn. Saturn is just appearing from behind the moon as seen from Papeete, Tahiti.
Ganymede, the largest satellite of Jupiter, emerges from behind Jupiter’s eastern limb around 10:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It disappears into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow around 12:06 a.m. EDT, then reappears around 3:29 a.m. EDT.
Uranus and Neptune are still buried in the glow of sunrise.
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
Th 17 High 2:04 AM 8.2 6:29 AM Set 8:01 AM 97
~ 17 Low 8:52 AM -0.8 8:03 PM Rise 11:00 PM
~ 17 High 3:12 PM 6.9
~ 17 Low 8:48 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We can not help someone up the ladder unless he, himself, has a true willingness to try.
~ Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~ May your heart be an altar, from which the bright flame of unending thanksgiving ascends to Heaven.- St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, Embrace the World (via Danielle LaPorte, via T. thorn Coyle)
~ You’ll find that if you get into the practice of seizing opportunities, then the opportunities in your life will multiply. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Whatever you create in your life you must first create in your imagination. – Tycho Photio
Love means to learn to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.
And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills.
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.
Then he wants to use himself and things
So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.
It doesn’t matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesn’t always understand. – Czeslaw Milosz (Collected Poems)
Chocolate Mint Tea Delight – 1 serving – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 3/4 c Mint-flavored herb tea
- 2 tb Chocolate syrup
- 1/4 c Heavy cream, whipped
- Sweetened chocolate powder
- Pour the tea into a cup.
- Stir the chocolate syrup into the tea.
- Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate powder
Beltane Chicken – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Makes 4 servings. If you and your beloved can’t eat that much, just freeze the leftovers for later. ©2001 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey, From Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn – www.SpilledCandy.com
In ancient times, Beltane was celebrated as a time of love, fertility, and passion. The ingredients in this special dish all have magickal meanings related to lust, love, and prosperity/fertility. Treat yourself as part of the ancient celebration or any time you and your soulmate want to celebrate your life together.
- 1 minced clove of garlic
- 2 cups of fresh spinach
- 1 cup of cooked rice,
- 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
- 2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet
- 2 boneless chicken breasts
- 1 cup chicken broth
- best china
- red candles
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 tablespoons water
- Cook 1 minced clove of garlic in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute at you repeat the name of your beloved.
- Next, add 2 cups of fresh spinach and cook for 3 minutes while you name as many as possible of the traits you admire in your beloved.
- Strain any water from the spinach, just as you would want any ill thoughts about your relationship removed from your celebration meal.
- In a wooden bowl, combine the spinach and garlic with 1 cup of cooked rice, 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
- Using 2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet, flatten 2 boneless chicken breasts, pounding out any negative feelings you might otherwise bring to the table.
- Spread the spinach mixture on each chicken breast, then roll up each carefully, using toothpicks to make sure the filling is secure in each roll.
- Then place the chicken rolls in a large skillet and cook on medium-high.
- As the chicken cooks, add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer for 15 minutes while you set your table with your best china and light red candles.
- Back at your kitchen workings, mix 1 tablespoon corn starch and 2 tablespoons water and stir as you wish your secret wish for the evening — whether a commitment, a kiss, or a baby!
- Next add the cornstarch and water to the skillet and cook as the sauce thickens and the seeds of your wishes are planted.
- Last, when you are ready to serve this dish, take a sharp, clean knife and douse the blade under cool running water.
- Then slice the chicken rolls into 1-inch thick slices and spoon sauce on top.
- Look closely at the chicken slices and note the spiral patterns, a symbol of rebirth.
- Now hurry before your candles burn low!
(From Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn C2001 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey. Visit www.SpilledCandy.com for more free ebooks and magickal tips and crafts. You may freely copy, distribute, or post it to members of your circle, organization, newsletter subscribers, and/or web site with only two rules: You must print the notice at the bottom of each recipe whether you reprint the recipes individually or the entire book. The recipes have been copyrighted; therefore, the notice must stay intact. Failure to do so will be considered a violation of copyright law (not to mention karma). You must not accept any payment for use of the recipes in this book or include them in a collection for sale without obtaining express written permission from Spilled Candy Books, P O Box 5202, Niceville FL 32578.)