Yesterday we ended up getting the shop late…. I was having trouble moving, and I had trouble sleeping the night before. Tempus called our elderly friend and he wasn’t up to doing any errands today, so we started in on shop stuff. He went out and planted a few summer-flowering bulbs that I bought this spring, then took the ground eggshells and sprinkled ’em on the gardens and then watered.
I did some online counseling, but I was too sore to move much. I finally asked Tempus and got a nap. I woke in plenty of time for class, which went quite well.
Today Geurin is coming up to the house and we’re going to work on the garden. I already have more greens to cut in my bag garden. Tempus is going to pull blackberries and then he might go help our elderly friend. We’ve got other chores, like laundry and bread, too.
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that should be blooming in the next two or three weeks, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1429 when Jeanne d’Arc was part of the lifting of the Siege of Orleans during one of the more important parts of the 100 Years War. This was a peasant girl who had a series of visions that led her to take the part of the Dauphin of France and to lead his armies to victory after victory over the English and Burgundian troops that were trying to take France! She cut her hair and wore male clothing as a practice to preserve her modesty and chastity in the task that she was undertaking, which was something that the Church would commonly grant dispensations for. She was captured and sold to the English, who violated legal and church practice to find an excuse to burn her to death as a heretic in 1431. She was finally canonized in 1920. Lots more here including links to some of the historical events. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is New. 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.
Tuesday, April 29 – Annular Solar Eclipse – This annual eclipse will only be total in a small area in Antarctica, but will be widely seen as a partial eclipse. The partial phases all be visible from most of Australia, and far across the southern Indian Ocean.
Tuesday, April 29, 2:14 a.m. EDT – New Moon – This is the second New Moon this month. There is no special name for this event. Notice how much closer the sun and moon are compared to the New Moon on April 1. At the next New Moon on April 29, the moon will pass directly in front of the sun, causing an annular solar eclipse, visible in Antarctica and Australia.
The thin waxing crescent returns to the evening sky this evening, passing through Taurus, one of the youngest moons possible to see.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in central Gemini) shines high in the southwest in twilight. It sinks westward through the evening and sets around 1 a.m. In a telescope it has shrunk to 35″ 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 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
Tu 29 High 12:48 AM 8.5 6:09 AM Rise 6:32 AM 0
~ 29 Low 7:32 AM -1.1 8:18 PM Set 9:05 PM
~ 29 High 1:50 PM 7.1
~ 29 Low 7:31 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept abundance in all aspects of my life.
~ I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. – Anne Frank
~ Every day in every way I create my own reality. So what is that I choose to create today? – Gabriella Goddard
~ Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. – Napoleon Hill
~ Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. – Aldous Huxley
let it go
let it go – the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise – let it go it
was sworn to
let them go – the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers – you must let them go they
let all go – the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things – let all go
so comes love – e.e. cummings (Complete Poems 1904-1962)
Faery Sweet Breads – This recipe is found in LLewellyn’s 1995 Magickal Almanac by Patricia Telesco.
Though the original recipe was baked on April 30th as part of spring rites for welcoming the fae, they can be baked as an offering to the faeries all year long. They are traditionally shared with the fae (left outside overnight) and the all the members of the family, coven or community. If they are eaten, it was regarded as good fortune (faeries don’t trust just anyone’s treats – they’ve been tricked before).
2 cups sifted flour
1 cup candied fruits
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon rose water
Combine the flour, egg, baking powder, rose water, and buttermilk in a good sized bowl
Stir until well blended.
Next, fold in the candied fruits so they are distributed evenly in the dough.
If the dough seems sticky, add more flour until you can work it easily with your fingers.
Shape heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough into four leaf clovers.
Place on a greased cookie sheet at 350*F for about 10 minutes, until fully raised and slightly browned.
Drizzle a little honey on top while cooling.
Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min
Makes: 4 cups or 32 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
- 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
- 1 lb. (16 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cut up
- 1 can (10 oz.) RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
- 8 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, crisply cooked, drained and crumbled
COMBINE ingredients in microwaveable bowl.
MICROWAVE on HIGH 5 min. or until VELVEETA is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 3 min.
CHICKEN BARLEY STEW WITH HERBS http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
- 2-3 LB chicken breasts on the bone
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 LB leeks (3-4 large ones, 4-5 little ones) thickly cut. May substitute onions
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
- 6 oz barley
- 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 3 3/4 cups water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 Tablespoon dried sage
Comment: This is originally an Anglo-Saxon recipe. The original calls for rabbit, but chicken is just as good.
In a large Dutch Oven, melt the butter, then fry the leeks and garlic in the butter. Add the chicken and brown. Add remaining ingredients, reserving the sage. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Remove chicken from pot and let cool. Remove meat from bones and add back to the pot. Add sage. Stir well and serve. Leftovers freeze well. Serves 8
Are you lonesome tonight? Does your tummy feel tight?
Did you bring your mylanta and tums?
Does your memory stray, to that bright sunny day,
When you had all your teeth and your gums?
Is your hairline receding? Your eyes growing dim?
Hysterectomy for her, And its prostate for him.
Does your back give you pain? Do your knees predict rain?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?
Is your blood pressure up? Good cholesterol down?
Are you eating your low fat cuisine?
All that oat bran and fruit, Metamucil to boot.
Helps you run like a well oiled machine.
If it’s football or baseball, He sure knows the score.
Yes, he knows where it’s at but forgets what it’s for.
So your gallbladder’s gone, but your gout lingers on,
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?
When you’re hungry, he’s not, when you’re cold, he is hot,
Then you start that old thermostat war.
When you turn out the light, he goes left and you go right,
Then you get his great symphonic snore.
He was once so romantic, so witty and smart;
How did he turn out to be such a cranky old fart?
So don’t take any bets, it’s as good as it gets,
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?
Ladies and gentlemen,
Elvis has left the building.