Yesterday I was a touch late getting to the shop. I was dragging, having been restless during the night. I rumpussed through getting the stuff done that was necessary (bank deposit, bundle counts, etc.) and then got started on the day.
I had finished the pincushion (which mutated into a tool keeper somewhere during the whole thing) after esbat, so I set it up and got a picture, at which point I realized that the clouds and rain that had been going steadily at noon had rolled away and there was blue sky at 12:30! …and rain again 5 minutes later, but most of the sky was white or blue, not grey.
After Tempus got some chores done he headed back to the house, and I worked on unpacking the new books that came in. We have some more miscellaneous healing books in the used section, now, and a couple of copies of the Pagan Book of Living and Dying.
So, I did a little sewing between customers and a little on bills. …and then some friends came in for a bit and then Geurin came in to get her tunic finished. What was a hoot was that as *soon* as I would sit down at the machine all the way in back to do a little myself, the phone would ring and I would have to get everyone to move to get to it. It happened at least 4 times and I think it was 5!
We were done by 7 and closed up. When I got home, Tempus helped me get into the freezer, the garb closet and the blanket supply and I got a bunch of stuff fished out for the weekend that Marius stopped to pick up.
Today I have to get things put together for the classes in Salem that I’m teaching tomorrow. I have books and class supplies to collect and handouts to print as well as my clothing to put together. Marius and Geurin and Anton are already heading that direction by now, but I’m only going to stay for the day.
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining – Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythology and more about our variety here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Robigalia, held in ancient Rome on this day, was a sacrifice of a dog to prevent a particular type of wheat-ruse mildew from occurring in the new grain crops. It also included chariot races, a communal meal and other typical observances. Robigus was the personification of the mildew, so needed to be sacrificed to, although dogs were usually sacred to the underground/afterlife deities, such as Hecate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robigalia
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch. 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at MoonDark on 4/27 at 11:47am.
At dawn Saturday morning, spot the thin crescent Moon low in the east left of Venus.
Mars, just past opposition, blazes at magnitude –1.4 in the southeast during evening, with Spica below it. Mars is highest in the south around midnight daylight saving time.Now’s the time for Mars in a telescope! It’s still 15 arcseconds wide this week, not exactly large even at high power, but the largest it will appear until 2016. The higher in the sky Mars is, the sharper it will generally appear in a telescope. See the Mars map and observing guide in the March Sky & Telescope, page 50. Use our Mars Profiler http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/mars-which-side-is-visible/ to find which side of the planet will be facing you when you plan to observe it.
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.
©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
F 25 Low 4:19 AM 1.2 6:16 AM Rise 4:17 AM 22
~ 25 High 10:13 AM 6.7 8:13 PM Set 4:34 PM
~ 25 Low 4:28 PM 0.7
~ 25 High 10:46 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Help keep the kitchen clean – Eat OUT
~ No one can give you better advice than yourself. – Cicero
~ Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. – Confucius
~ To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than 3 people, 2 of whom are absent. – Robert Copeland
~ I do not want to so firmly identify with anything that I close myself off to change. – T. Thorn Coyle
Mother sublime and supernal,
again and again You pour out
upon me Your bounty.
With each turn of the season You
vouchsafe to me some gift
without which I would be left wanting.
My spirit gropes feebly toward Your brightness;
You instruct my desire, as I
am but a child. reaching for her Mother.
Always You hold out Your hand to
and rejoice my growth and understanding.
World-Mother of us all
to You I offer gratitude and praise.
Blessed Be! – The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
Beltane Marigold Custard –
http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – courtesy of Elizebethia’s room of Magik and Wicca
- 2 Cups of Milk
- 1 Cup Unsprayed Marigold Petals
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 3 Tbs Sugar
- 1 or 2 inch piece of vanilla bean
- 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/8 teaspoon of allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon of rosewater
- whipped cream
- Grind Marigold Petals.
- Mix Salt, Sugar and Allspice Together.
- Scald Milk with Ground Marigold Petals and Vanilla Bean.
- Remove Bean.
- Add Yolk And Dry Ingredients.
- Cook on Low heat.
- Let Cool.
- When Cool Add Rose Water.
- Mix Well.
- Top with whipped cream
MEDALLIONS OF PORK WITH RIESLING SAUCE http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
- 12 ounces Pork tenderloin, cut into 1″ rounds
4 Tablespoons Unsalted butter
1 Onion, thinly sliced
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup Dry Riesling wine
1/2 cup Raisins
3 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon Green peppercorns, ground
1/2 teaspoon thyme, minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano, minced
1/4 cup butter, chilled & cut into pieces
1/4 cup Pine nuts, toasted
Season pork with salt and pepper. Coat in flour; shake off excess. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl. Melt remaining 2 Tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and sauté about 4 minutes per side. Transfer pork to plate; tent with foil to keep warm. Add onion mixture, wine, green peppercorns and herbs to same skillet and boil until sauce thickens, about 4 minutes. Add pork to skillet and heat through. Divide pork among plates. Add 1/4 cup chilled butter to sauce in skillet and whisk just until melted. Mix in pine nuts. Spoon sauce over pork and serve.
Mint and Yogurt Refresher – makes 4 6oz. servings – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 1 whole English cucumber
- 24 oz plain yogurt (regular or fat free)*
- 1 tsp. green onion, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
- 1 tsp. fresh mint (either Ginger Mint or Spearmint), finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- 1 dash pepper
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. lemon peel, grated
- 4 tsp. lemon juice
- Fresh mint sprigs
- Nasturtium leaves
- Put all of the ingredients in a blender.
- Puree until smooth.
- Adjust salt, and refrigerate until well chilled.
- Garnish with the fresh mint sprigs, and sprinkle with freshly chopped nasturtium leaves for a dazzling presentation.
- Serve either as a first course for a light summer meal, or as an afternoon refresher served in frosted glasses.
- Use the regular, whole fat yogurt to give a creamier texture
Silliness – Great-aunt Bessie loved to visit her nieces and nephews, seems she had relatives all over the country. Problem was that no matter how much she enjoyed seeing them, she hated flying. No matter how safe people told her it was, she was always worried that someone would have a bomb on the plane. She read the books about how safe it was, and listened to the stewardess demonstrate all the safety features. But she still worried herself silly every time a visit was coming up. Finally, the family decided that maybe if she saw the statistics she’d be convinced. So they sent her to a friend of the family who was an actuary. “Tell me,” she said suspiciously, “what are the chances that someone will have a bomb on a plane?”
The actuary looked through his tables and said, “A very small chance. Maybe one in five hundred thousand.”
She nodded, then thought for a moment. “So what are the odds of two people having a bomb on the same plane?”
Again he went through his tables. “Extremely remote,” he said. “About one in a billion.”
Aunt Bessie nodded and left his office. And from that day on, every time she flew, she took a bomb with her. – Randy Walker – The Good Humor man