It’s already 60F and just a light breeze waving things around. It’s supposed to be “mostly cloudy, but it’s not all that thick and the sunshine is plenty bright. I’d bet it’s going to be a good day to get sunburnt!
Yesterday started too early for my joints to be ok with. I overtaxed things on Saturday. We had some customers in before Tempus got back, and then I got going on unpacking and he put up hooks for me and then cut out my wax tablet blanks.
I also worked on the kit display for the shop. Since I had a lot of stock with me at the event, unpacking it meant that I could get a good look at what needed to be done about getting stuff displayed.
Marius came in and we talked about projects and worked on some. We made progress on the wax tablets, the banners, the dye project and a couple of small sets of things that we’re making for gifts.
Our son that’s in the Air Force called, so we spent the last while at the shop, on the phone with him. We came home separately and I stopped to watch the sun set, then harvested a whole mess of salad greens, not just from the bag garden, but some sorrel and lovage from the herb garden. Tempus got home fairly soon after and made us a delicious salad with those, some ham and cheeses, cucumber, snap peas, lettuce, cabbage… oh and a ton of other vegetables. To top it off he made his own salad dressing. I didn’t ask what all was in things, just tucked in and ate!
Today the shop is open, and open late, since we have class this evening. We have a lot to do, mostly clean-up, and Tempus is supposed to go help our elderly friend run errands.
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods at this time of year. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
[Edited from Wikipedia] Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.” Originally 25 April every year was to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, a dawn stand-to or dawn ceremony became a common form of Anzac Day remembrance during the 1920s. With the coming of the Second World War, Anzac Day became a day on which to commemorate the lives of Australians and New Zealanders lost in that war as well and in subsequent years. The meaning of the day has been further broadened to include those killed in all the military operations in which the countries have been involved. One of the traditions of Anzac Day is the ‘gunfire breakfast’ (coffee with rum added) which occurs shortly after many dawn ceremonies, and recalls the ‘breakfast’ taken by many soldiers before facing battle. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller centers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Dark becoming New at 11:47pm. 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. 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. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 4/30 at 11:14am. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/14 at 12:15pm.
With the Moon out of the sky, now’s a fine time to work through parts of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster with your scope. The cluster’s galaxies are numerous but mostly faint, averaging 55 million light-years away, so you’ll need a highly detailed, large-scale chart. To explore the northern part of the cluster (in Coma east of Denebola), use Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article and map, with stars to 10th magnitude, in the May Sky & Telescope, page 56. http://www.shopatsky.com/?utm_source=stnavdrop&utm_medium=stnav&utm_campaign=stnav
Mars shines at magnitude –1.2 high in the southeast after dark with Spica well below it, and highest in the south around 11 p.m. In a telescope, Mars is still 14.9 to 14.5 arcseconds wide. See the Mars map and observing guide in the March Sky & Telescope, page 50. Use our Mars Profiler to find which side of the planet will be facing you when you plan to observe it. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/mars-which-side-is-visible/
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
M 28 High 12:09 AM 8.4 6:11 AM Rise 5:55 AM 2
28 Low 6:49 AM -0.8 8:17 PM Set 8:00 PM
28 High 1:02 PM 7.1
28 Low 6:49 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sing out loud today.
~ When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. – Arthur Conan Doyle
~ In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us. – Flora Edwards
~ Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
~ Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters. – Nathaniel Emmons
You dance on hilltops in
Springtime entangles in
Your hair, eyes sapphire ice
glowing to soft rain.
Your voice or
crystal’s silver song;
Your laughter shakes the trees–
the earth gladdens.
A Sweet Woodruff Spell for Prosperity – Pagan Studies:
At dusk in my woodland garden, sweet woodruff sends out its fresh haylike scent, and its white flowers glow in the June twilight. In June, sweet woodruff reaches the height of its magical power, and is valuable in attracting prosperity. The prosperity spell which follows should be concluded next month, beneath July’s Blessing Moon. On a June evening, just before nightfall, gather some woodruff flowers, leaves, and stems. Cut them all, and put them in a darkened room to dry on a hook or beam. When July’s Moon is at its height, and the woodruff has dried, bury it with a dollar and a copper coin. Now, with what you’ve sown your wealth will increase. By: James Kambos )0( GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies
Beltane Poem – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.htmlWritten by Lady Lissar, email@example.com
spilt out into the meadows
running into every being
filling us up with spirit
the pulsing red life of the earth
in the smoke of the firecircle
i saw my demons scatter to the skies
dissolving into the midnight air
there is nothing but the sun
in perfect equilibrium
unreal yet grounded
alone in body, full in spirit
May Day Chant 1 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Here we come a’ piping,
In Springtime and in May;
Green fruit a’ ripening,
And Winter fled away.
The Queen she sits upon the strand,
Fair as lily, white as wand;
Seven billows on the sea,
Horses riding fast and free,
And bells beyond the sand.
Doreen Valiente; “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”; Phoenix Publishing 1985
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