The sun is trying to come out again, but it was pouring 5 minutes ago. Typical spring! It’s 50F and the wind is in the teens, so stuff is flapping quite nicely. There are sucker holes all over the place, but the sun coming through them is welcome, if briefly seen.
Yesterday was a long day for me, but a really good one. The drive to Stayton and back was lovely, with all the blooming trees and the new green of leaves turned to silver shimmer in sunbreaks. My class went well and I got to see some people that I haven’t seen in awhile, which was nice, but by the time I got home I was wiped out. 5 hours on the road, plus 5 hours for class, and then I was at Court for the last part, but left before the feast started.
Today we’re both at the shop. ….right now, we’re at the shop, already, instead of me writing from home. No classes this morning, but the Project Day is on. Tempus has to take the weekly shopping back to the house, and then when he comes back we have to put away the stuff from yesterday and then there are projects to get into, including the Latvian shoes and a wax tablet and a new pincushion. The rest of the folks who have been at the tournament all weekend are going to stop in late in the day.
Tempus wants to write his life story with the title, “The Centipede Upstairs”. 🙂 (See the Journal Prompt)
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditionak folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort– Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.
There aren’t a lot of feasts listed for today unless you want some more hacked up x-tian martyrs, but the Wicca Book of Days lists a dance of the Banbara people in honor of the Tyi Wara, a half-man/half-beast figure, that has cultural meaning for them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bambara_people
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch moving into the Dark at 11:47am. 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the New Moon on 4/28 at 11:14pm PDT.
To the left of Mars after dusk, by about three fists at arm’s length, shines Arcturus in the east. High to Arcturus’s upper left, you’ll encounter the handle of the Big Dipper.
Venus (magnitude –4.2) is the bright “Morning Star” low in the east during dawn. How late into the growing daylight can you follow 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.
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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
Su 27 Low 6:04 AM -0.3 6:12 AM Rise 5:21 AM 7
~ 27 High 12:12 PM 7.0 8:16 PM Set 6:53 PM
~ 27 Low 6:05 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Too busy sometimes now to remember the core of what started at all? Live your dreams and don’t let those dreams make you forget who you were when you dreamed them.
~ Every sin is the result of collaboration. – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
~ It isn’t my karma if some perpetrator starts a fight with me: It is his. I become his “karma accelerator” by intervening to control him. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The most effective and devastating techniques are the simplest ones. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ To dare is to have faith in yourself and your abilities, to let go of your inhibitions and doubts. Be glorious! – Kerr Cuhulain
Listen to things more often than beings
Listen to things more often than beings.
Hear the voice of the fire, hear the voice of the water,
Listen in the wind to the sighing of the bush:
This is the ancestors breathing.
Those who are dead are never gone;
The dead are not down in the earth:
They are in the trembling of the trees,
In the groaning of the woods,
In the water that runs, in the water that sleeps,
They are in the hut, they are in the crowd.
Those who are dead are not ever gone;
They are in the woman’s breast, they are in the wailing of a child,
They are in the burning log and in the moaning rock.
They are in the weeping grasses, in the forest and the home.
Listen to things more often than beings.
Hear the voice of fire, hear the voice of water.
Listen in the wind to the sighing of the bush.
This is the ancestors breathing. – traditional song from Senegal
Wooden Maypole – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Flat piece of wood
Small wooden pole
Small wooden Knob for the top of the pole
Red and White Lengths of ribbon
Beltane symbols (nuts, flowers, or small apples for decoration for the base of the pole)
Either drill hole into the flat wood base to insert pole or simply glue it to the bottom securely. Glue four equal lengths of ribbon to top, and seal knob on pole with glue, on top of the ribbons. Glue or place decorative items around base.
Cardboard Maypole – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
(Supervision recommended for the scissors)
A cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels
Crepe paper in two or three colors
Some small stones Flowers for decorating
Take the heavy cardboard and cut a circle about 1 nad 1/4 inches larger than the diameter of the cardboard tube. Next use the glue to attach the cardboard tube to the cardboard circle. Let it dry. Next you paint the card tube and the circle, spring colours are wonderful for this and let it dry. Take three to four pieces of the crepe papers and run them lengthwise up the tube. Cut in half, legnthwise. Next you will glue the crepe paper strips to the top inside of the cardboard tube in alternating colours. Gather some small stones to put in the bottom of the tube so it will not tip over. Decorate the top with flowers and more crepe paper.