Just after I got the newsletter out yesterday, the screen door banged and then a roar started up outside. When I looked up (yes, *that* fast!) the porch roof was running streams of water and the view the of my alder tree was greyed out by the pouring rain! 15 minutes later the sun was shining brightly and by 12:30 was raining again. MPD weather….. Tempus had been out pumping up a tire on the mini-van and just missed the first drown-pour.
Tempus made us a delicious brunch of pancakes, coffee, scrambled eggs and sausage and then bailed out the door to take our elderly friend to run his errands. I took a few more minutes reading news and such and then did the same, although I was heading for the shop.
Before Tempus headed out, he had put the loaf of bread from several days ago that got made from a thaw/refrozen dough wad from when the big freezer tripped the circuit bread. It baked into concrete. He broke it up and the crows actually went for it! They left the most of it, though….still there this morning.
I worked for a little bit on the pincushion, getting some glue onto it, so I could stitch the next section without it pulling apart. I was waiting for the other folks to get here. I got some pictures, so I could put up the next blog post, too, and I got the hanging loop fed through, so I can just turn/stuff/stitch when I get that far.
The other people showed up and I walked them through making the pattern, cutting out and the first stages of stitching, then had them work on pouches for a bit. At that point I was getting pretty tired, so we quit for the day, and I drove them home and then went out to see their garden. When I got back home I went right to sleep for several hours.
This morning I woke from a weird set of dreams feeling unsettled and cranky, like there was something that I’m forgetting about. Darned it I know what.
This is a hypercube, also known as a tesseract. It is a 3-dimensional version of a 5-dimensional object. Each of those spaces is a cube, 90 degree angles like any cube, but distorted by perspective. If you were living inside this object the cubes would look normal & static , even if this was the way that they’re moving. You wouldn’t be able to tell!
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has its glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same, Symplocarpus foetidus – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
Today is the English feast of St. George, the Dragonslayer. He is related to Sigurd the Dragonslayer whose feast is June 9 in modern Asatru. Morris Dance is a feature of this festival. Both George and Sigurd are archetypal Heroes whose stories are the Divine Masculine end of Initiation & Quest tales. Morris Dances are a feature of this day in England, and flags with the St. George Cross. Roses have been part of this festival since the Middle Ages and books since 1923, which commemorate the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes near this date. More on the festival here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George%27s_Day , on St. George here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George , and on the tale here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George_and_the_Dragon
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waning Crescent. 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 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.
As soon as twilight fades out, look moderately low in the west-northwest (far below Capella) for the little Pleiades star cluster, the size of your fingertip at arm’s length. How much later through the spring can you follow the Pleiades before they’re lost in the sunset?
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in the center of Libra) rises around the end of twilight and is highest in the south around 2 a.m. By then it’s far left of Mars, and half as far to the upper right of Antares.
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 Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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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 23 Low 1:58 AM 2.6 6:19 AM Rise 3:09 AM 44
~ 23 High 7:42 AM 6.6 8:11 PM Set 2:13 PM
~ 23 Low 2:29 PM 0.4
~ 23 High 9:06 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today is going to be a great day So, don’t little bunny fufu your way thru it ‘cuz all your fans will see you!!
~ Life is always walking up to us and saying, ‘Come on in, the living’s fine,’ and what do we do? Back off and take its picture. – Russell Baker
~ Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. – Henry Ward Beecher
~ ‘Knelt before power absolute, I close my eyes to see a path invisible to my sight. With light to guide me, my path will be of truth… courage… and love. My prayer is to no one, and to everything. Let fate lead me, always.’ My son, let these words lead you to a greater life. – Chronicles of the Jedi: Frostborn, forthcoming, Raun Beorson
~ The brain is not, and cannot be, the sole or complete organ of thought and feeling. – Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950) US suffragist
Lines For Winter
as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
that you will go on
the same tune no matter where
you find yourself —
inside the dome of dark
or under the cracking white
of the moon’s gaze in a valley of snow.
Tonight as it gets cold
what you know which is nothing
but the tune your bones play
as you keep going. And you will be able
for once to lie down under the small fire
of winter stars.
And if it happens that you cannot
go on or turn back and you find yourself
where you will be at the end,
in that final flowing of cold through your limbs
that you love what you are. – ~ Mark Strand (Selected Poems)
May Garland from http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html – You will need: springs of greenery, variety of fresh or dried flowers, ribbons, floral wire, wire cutters, scissors, glue or hot glue gun. Use a heavy wire backbone that runs the length of the garland. Begin by starting at one end, attaching each bundle of greenery over the last. Use floral wire to attach the bundles to the backbone. Once all the greenergy and flowers have been attached with floral wire, add ribbons, bells, beads, crystals and any other decorative items you wish. Put this over a doorway or on a mantle.
Flower Chains – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Materials: A grocery bag full of flowers such as daisies, dandelions or other common flowers with flexible stems.
Method 1 – Make a cross with 2 flower. Bend the stem of the top flower around the stem of the bottom flower. Tie a knot with the flower stem and pull lightly to tighten. Lay another flower over the joined stems and tie another knot. Continue with steps 1-3 till chain is as long as you want it. Tie the very last stem around the first one to form a ring. Wear it as a crown or necklace.
Method 2 – Use a pin or your fingernail to make a slit in each flower stem about 1″ below the flower head. Slip the stem of a second flower through the slit in the first stem. Repeat step 2 until the flower chain is as long as you want, then slip the last flower through the slit in the first to form a ring.