It’s 56 and partly sunny. The clouds are up above 2500 feet. It’s supposed to start raining again in the early afternoon, though. There’s a good breeze going and the bright green of the leaves on the alder is mostly obscuring the trunk.
I just woke from a dream where I was setting things out to make some more pickles, but the recipe was on a black blackground and I was thinking, “I *hate* sudoku puzzles!”, but it was a seek-and-find word puzzle with only some of the ingredients circled…. Ok, that one’s got me stymied. 🙂 I need coffee…
Yesterday was long and full of small things. I got a spoon done. Other than that, it was all small stuff and frustration. I was working on setting up a new blog for the historical re-enactment stuff and it just drove me up a tree. I didn’t think it would be that difficult! I finally gave up late in the afternoon and did paperwork, mostly going through and answering mail.
During this past weekend we’ve been gradually putting together a set-up to melt wax without the effort of putting things into and out of the microwave. I had a crock-pot where the liner broke and we got it sealed and tested with with hot water, so yesterday tested the concept of melting the wax in cans in the crockpot. It works. Next step is to collect more cans of the right size and build some “dipping bars” so I can do dip candles.
When we finally started to work on the inventory, we discovered that I hadn’t brought the flash drive with the files on it, so Tempus headed up to the house to get us something for supper along with the flash drive. By the time he got back, it was almost time for class, so we sat and talked and ate and then waited…and waited….and the phone rang and one person was feeling ill, so we waited and finally turned back to the computers working on small stuff until closing time.
When we were just starting to close up the phone rang and we took a trip up to Newport to pick up Geurin and then stopped at the Dollar Store for some stuff. I have some frozen pretzel bites to try among other, more necessary things. When we got home, Tempus got us something more to eat and then went to bed. I mostly talked to a couple of friends and then turned in, as well.
Today we have some house chores to do, but Tempus is heading out to take our elderly friend to Newport to run errands. I’m going to be at the shop this afternoon, cleaning up and working with Geurin on sewing a costume for herself. It’s probably a learn-to-sew- lesson, as well. This evening I really need to work on newsletter stuff. It was nice having it all easily in place all week!
This is cute! It’s fairly short, too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMEVE_agoU8
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The root makes a nice yellow dye. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. I think I’m ought to go pick some and dig some roots! – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
Earth Day and International Mother Earth Day are held each year on this day. I remember the first one, mostly because my mother encouraged me to make a presentation at school about environmental concerns. I remember saying that electric cars were something that we really needed even back then. How come we’re so slow to pick up the technology? Also, because my father was involved with NASA, we were already building a passive solar water heating system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mother_Earth_Day
<<<<<<<<<<<<This is the 1970 Earth Day poster byWalt Kelly, one of my Dad’s favorite ‘toonists.
Earth Day Anthem, sung to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy
Joyful, joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment,
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise.
Now we must resolve to protect her,
Show her our love throughout all time,
With our gentle hand and touch,
We make our home a newborn world.
Now we must resolve to protect her,
Show her our love throughout all time,
With our gentle hand and touch,
We make our home a newborn world.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is at the Waning Quarter at 12:52am. 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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 4/24 at 11:47am.
Tuesday, April 22, 3:52 a.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 2:15 a.m. and sets around 1 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
Bright Jupiter, high in the west at dusk, forms the top of a huge, sideways-compressed pentagon with other bright celestial landmarks. Look left of Jupiter for Procyon, far below Procyon for bright Sirius, to the right of Sirius and somewhat lower for Rigel in Orion’s foot, then above Rigel for Betelgeuse, and back to Jupiter. Jupiter (magnitude –2.1, in central Gemini) shines even brighter than Mars, high in the southwest in twilight. It sinks westward through the evening and sets around 1 or 2 a.m. In a telescope it has shrunk to 36″ across its equator.
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
Tu 22 Low 12:36 AM 2.9 6:20 AM Rise 2:30 AM 55
~ 22 High 6:22 AM 6.9 8:10 PM Set 1:02 PM
~ 22 Low 1:23 PM 0.2
~ 22 High 8:06 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never lick a gift horse in the mouth.
Life has only the meaning and value that we give it. – Anonymous
~ The difference between try and triumph is a little UMPH. – Unknown
~ A goal without a plan is just a wish. – unknown
~ A friend is one who comes to you when all others leave. – Unknown
Let nobody think that Americans are incapable of facing this foe and defeating him…. We shall rise to this. We shall take our revenge. We shall absorb these blows, and strike back a hundred times harder. Let America’s enemies crow today: Tomorrow they will tremble, and weep. – John Derbyshire
Simple ways to celebrate the feast-days of the Celtic Year.
The Return of the Sun
Beltaine is an anglicization of the Irish “Bealtaine” or the Scottish “Bealtuinn.” While “tene” clearly means “fire,” nobody really knows whether Bel refers to Belenus, a pastoral god of the Gauls, or is from “bel,” simply meaning “brilliant.” It might even derive from “bil tene” or “lucky fire” because to jump between two Beltane fires was sure to bring good fortune, health to your livestock, and prosperity.
When the Druids and their successors raised the Beltaine fires on hilltops throughout the British Isles on May Eve, they were performing a real act of magic, for the fires were lit in order to bring the sun’s light down to earth. In Scotland, every fire in the household was extinguished, and the great fires were lit from the need-fire which was kindled by 3 times 3 men using wood from the nine sacred trees. When the wood burst into flames, it proclaimed the triumph of the light over the dark half of the year.
Then the whole hillside came alive as people thrust brands into the newly roaring flames and whirled them about their heads in imitation of the circling of the sun. If any man there was planning a long journey or dangerous undertaking, he leaped backwards and forwards three times through the fire for luck. As the fire sunk low, the girls jumped across it to procure good husbands; pregnant women stepped through it to ensure an easy birth, and children were also carried across the smoldering ashes. When the fire died down, the embers were thrown among the sprouting crops to protect them, while each household carried some back to kindle a new fire in their hearth. When the sun rose that dawn, those who had stayed up to watch it might see it whirl three times upon the horizon before leaping up in all its summer glory.
The Rites of Spring
Beltaine was a time of fertility and unbridled merrymaking, when young and old would spend the night making love in the Greenwood. In the morning, they would return to the village bearing huge budding boughs of hawthorn (the may-tree) and other spring flowers with which to bedeck themselves, their families, and their houses. They would process back home, stopping at each house to leave flowers, and enjoy the best of food and drink that the home had to offer. In every village, the maypole—usually a birch or ash pole—was raised, and dancing and feasting began. Festivities were led by the May Queen and her consort, the King who was sometimes Jack-in-the-Green, or the Green Man, the old god of the wildwood. They were borne in state through the village in a cart covered with flowers and enthroned in a leafy arbor as the divine couple whose unity symbolized the sacred marriage of earth and sun.
To Celebrate Beltaine
Arise at dawn and wash in the morning dew: the woman who washes her face in it will be beautiful; the man who washes his hands will be skilled with knots and nets.
If you live near water, make a garland or posy of spring flowers and cast it into stream, lake or river to bless the water spirits.
Prepare a May basket by filling it with flowers and goodwill, then give it to one in need of caring, such as an elderly friend.
Beltaine is one of the three “spirit-nights” of the year when the faeries can be seen. At dusk, twist a rowan sprig into a ring and look through it, and you may see them.
Make a wish as you jump a bonfire or candle flame for good luck—but make sure you tie up long skirts first!
Make a May bowl —wine or punch in which the flowers of sweet woodruff or other fragrant blossoms are soaked—and drink with the one you love.
The fair maid who, the first of May,
Goes to the fields at break of day
& washes in dew from the hawthorn tree,
Will ever after handsome be. – English folk rhyme
May day! Delightful day!
Bright colours play the vale along.
Now wakes at morning’s slender ray
Wild and gay the blackbird’s song.
Now comes the bird of dusty hue,
The loud cuckoo, the summer-lover;
Branchy trees are thick with leaves;
The bitter, evil time is over…
Loaded bees with puny power
Goodly flower-harvest win;
Cattle roam with muddy flanks;
Busy ants go out and in.
Through the wild harp of the wood
Making music roars the gale —
Now it settles without motion,
On the ocean sleeps the sail.
Men grow mighty in the May,
Proud and gay the maidens grow;
Fair is every wooded heights;
Fair and bright the plain below…
Loudly carols the lark on high,
Small and shy his tireless lay,
Singing in wildest, merriest mood,
Delicate-hued, delightful May. – Irish 9th century
Welcome, with your lovely greenwood choir,
summery month of May for which I long! – 14th century Welsh
The Hazards of Baked Bread…
A recent Cincinnati Enquirer headline read, “SMELL OF BAKED BREAD MAY BE HEALTH HAZARD.” The article went on to describe the dangers of the smell of baking bread. The main danger, apparently, is that the organic components of this aroma may break down ozone (I’m not making this stuff up).
I was horrified. When are we going to do something about bread-induced global warming? Sure, we attack tobacco companies, but when is the government going to go after Big Bread?
Well, I’ve done a little research, and what I’ve discovered should make anyone think twice ….
1: More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread eaters.
2: Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.
3: In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever and influenza ravaged whole nations.
4: More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread.
5: Bread is made from a substance called “dough.” It has been proven that as little as one pound of dough can be used to suffocate a mouse. The average American eats more bread than that in one month!
6: Primitive tribal societies that have no bread exhibit a low occurrence of cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and osteoporosis.
7: Bread has been proven to be addictive. Subjects deprived of bread and given only water to eat, actually begged for bread after only two days.
8: Bread is often a “gateway” food item, leading the user to harder items such as butter, jelly, peanut butter and even cold cuts.
9: Bread has been proven to absorb water. Since the human body is more than 90 percent water, it follows that eating bread could lead to your body being taken over by this absorptive food product, turning you into a soggy, gooey bread-pudding person.
10: Newborn babies can choke on bread.
11: Bread is baked at temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit! That kind of heat can kill an adult in less than one minute.
12: Most American bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.
In light of these frightening statistics, we propose the following bread restrictions:
1: No sale of bread to minors.
2: No advertising of bread within 1000 feet of a school.
3: A 300 percent federal tax on all bread to pay for all the societal ills we might associate with bread.
4: No animal or human images, nor any primary colors (which may appeal to children) may be used to promote bread usage.
5: A $4.2 zillion fine on the three biggest bread manufacturers. Please send this e-mail on to everyone you know who cares about this crucial issue.
Remember: Think globally, act idiotically.