76F and the temperature is climbing fast. Yesterday was lovely, but today is already too warm. There’s a breeze, but it aw blowing harder, earlier.
Yesterday started slowly as most of our Tuesdays do. I was up around 11, but Tempus didn’t get up until 12:30. He went to pick up Geurin and we started on the garden. She started around the lovage and I in the area where the yarrow is supposed to be. I didn’t find any yarrow, but did find chives (although they won’t produce until fall) buttercups, self-heal and burnet. After that I weeded around one of the sage plants and discovered that the oregano is still going. I didn’t see it earlier, but I was looking one block too far to the north.
I burned, so I went indoors for awhile and wrote. Eventually, I went back out and worked on the porch for awhile and got one planter box ready. Geurin found some cinquefoil as she was going and Tempus got out the door just about then to pull blackberries and then he gave her a ride home. I got out again a little while after that, and got him to help cleaning off the porch in between yanking blackberry vines and I got a couple more planters ready, or partly so.
I set up a parmesan chicken for supper and harvested greens for salad. It takes *forever* to get the little bitty salad burnet leaves off of the stems, but they are *so* worth it! I also made green beans and sliced up the last of the awesome seed loaves from earlier in the week. …and then I crawled into bed. It wasn’t even sunset, yet, but I was *so* tired!
I was up for awhile late in the evening talking to friends online and setting this up.
I’m thinking that I’m going to go lie back down while it’s still cool. I’m still pretty tired, not having slept all that well. We have chores to get done today, plus Tempus is supposed to go to a friend’s house to help clean out her sunroom. I have to set newsletters up for the week and try not to melt.
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Today is Walpurgisnacht. The name come from the old goddess Walpurga, who became St. Walpurga to the Church. Traditionally, on this night, fires are lighted on hilltops all through Europe including the “Brocken”, about which the famous piece “A Night on Bald Mountina” was written and then included in Fantasia. In many places either the fires are jumped over or cattle and other herdbeasts are driven around or between fires. It’s the beginning of the Beltane celebrations that include song, dance and carnivals, as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgis_Night http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carodejnice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brocken
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is New moving into Diana’s Bow at 11:14am. 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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 5/3 at 11:14am.
Can you see the hairline Moon yet in the west in twilight? It’s about a fist-width to the lower right of Aldebaran for North American skywatchers. Binoculars will help. How about the departing Pleiades?
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, in Libra) reaches opposition next week. It now rises in twilight and stands highest in the south around 1 or 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 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 30 High 1:26 AM 8.4 6:08 AM Rise 7:12 AM 0
~ 30 Low 8:14 AM -1.1 8:19 PM Set 10:06 PM
~ 30 High 2:36 PM 7.0
~ 30 Low 8:12 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Lifestyle is the art of discovering ways to live uniquely.
Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – Explain why you like or dislike riding on a bus. (If you don’t ride on a bus, explain why it would or would not be preferable to whatever means you presently take to get places.)
~ Any supervisor worth his salt would rather deal with people who attempt too much than with those who try too little. – Lee Iacocca
~ Credentials may be helpful in evaluating someone but they rarely provide you with a window to their soul. – Walter E Jacobson, MD
~ For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead. – Thomas Jefferson
~ A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexcographer
“Love is all you need.” The song played in her mind. But the Beatles misled us, she said to the air, thick with the ghosts of her own dead lovers. It wasn’t all we needed. We wanted to love, freely and without barriers. We had to remake the world in order to do it… – Maya, from The Fifth Sacred Thing.
May Wreath – You will need: grapevine wreath, variety of flowers, greenery (ivy, rosemary, etc), decorative items (ribbons, figurines, etc), Scissors, glue or hot glue gun. Assemble supplies. The greenery goes on first. Weave, wrap, or tuck it into the grapevein. Glue it in strategic places. Ivy, rosemary, and moss are a few ideas. Use fresh or dried. Place a variety of flowers loosly around the greenery and glue them in place. After all flowers are in place, add ribbons, figurines, or crystals. Use this wreath for the top of your maypole.
Easy Wreath for Your Head
Image from www.starcraftsob.com
Gold, silver or other bendable garland found in stores at Yuletide/Xmas-this usually comes in stars, holly and other such designs
Measure around the head. Measure a piece of garland the same length plus 6 inches. Over lap 3 inches of each end and wrap one end around the other as tightly as possible. Cut lengths of curling ribbon about 4 feet long and tie onto the back side of the wreath. Tie so the ends of the ribbon are even and spaced about 1 inch apart. about one third of the way around. Curl the ribbons. Wear. 🙂 – From Luna Sisters
Crowns of Flowers – From the starcrafts site – http://www.starcraftsob.com/craft/beltanelore.shtml
Of all Wiccan rites, Beltane is the one most likely to find many, if not all, the women crowned with wreaths of flowers. These can be fun to make, either as permanent wreaths of silk flowers, or if enough fresh flowers are in bloom in your area, a fresh flower crown.
The base for fresh flower wreaths might be vines or supple branches of flowering shrubs that can be formed into a circlet and bound with floral tape, light wire or twine. Then extra flowers can be easily woven into the circlet.
For a wreath of silk flowers, you can start with a circlet of heavy coated floral wire, but I’ve found that building a wreath quickly can be most easily done by starting with ivy or leaf garland. Cut a piece long enough to form a circle that fits your head nicely with just a bit to spare so you can neatly wire the ends together. Then you will have a good base of leaves into which you can easily twist stems of a variety of silk flowers, securing them with a bit of floral tape where necessary.
A cascade of narrow ribbons tied at the back makes a pretty finish.