Psychic Fair today!
It’s 54F, quite overcast and with a good stiff breeze. It don’t see any rain, but things are very damp.
Yesterday I got to the shop late. It just took far too long getting ready. Tempus was working in the kitchen when I headed out. The horizon, looking out to sea, was oddly close. Fog over the water? Or just the high humidity?
I spent a little while getting caught up on mail and such. As soon as Tempus got in he headed right back out to pay bills. We got started on some picking up and putting away of various projects. The humidity was welcome because things like cellophane bits that kept wandering out of the trash can and climbing things on Thursday because of static, started to stay where they were put!
I had a counseling session in after Tempus took off to help our elderly friend, then kept going on the pick-up-put-away. After I was bored with that I went to finish the embroidery display and found that Tempus hadn’t had a chance to do the part that I couldn’t, yet. …So, a lot of bending and stretching later, I wasn’t happy, but the display was starting to look ok.
When he got back 5-ish, I went straight home to work on the “hare stew” (chocolate bunny fondue) for the ritual (turned out to be delicious!) and to gather up teapots and such and then right back down to finish up getting ready for our ritual. It was a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and a tremendous amount of silly fun. As we left the shop a lopsided Cheshire Cat Grin of a Moon greeted us. Tempus and I turned in pretty soon after that.
Today is Psychic Fair. Here is today’s schedule:
10am – Shop opens
11am – Herb Workshop – Herbal Waxes for Candles
Noon – Crystals – The Mohs Hardness Scale
3pm – Sewing Workshop – Bring a project or learn to make a simple pouch
6pm – Meditation – Meditation for Metta
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods and that you can often find places where altars used to be by looking for the bushes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Today’s Festival is that of Bona Dea. Wikipedia has her feast on May 1, but other calendars have it on the 3rd or 4th. Bona Dea means “the good goddess”. There isn’t a lot of evidence for where her worship came from or even who she was, but speculation in the pagan community ties her to the worship of the great mother goddess of the Mediterranean area whose worship was put down by the takeover of the warlike patriarchal cultures. Bona Dea’s rites included blood sacrifice, a night ritual and strong wine, which were otherwise forbidden to women and men were not allowed to attend or even watch. More from Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea I miss Pip Wilson’s Almanac….
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow moving to Waxing Crescent phase 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/6 at 8:15pm.
The waxing crescent Moon shines below Jupiter in the west at dusk. Above Jupiter are Pollux and Castor.
Saturn, in Libra, rises in the eastern sky around 10 p.m., and is visible the rest of the night.
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.
©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
Sa 3 High 3:20 AM 7.4 6:04 AM Rise 9:37 AM 13
~ 3 Low 10:18 AM -0.3 8:23 PM
~ 3 High 4:52 PM 6.2
~ 3 Low 10:21 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Who loves will be loved!
~ Even negative emotions are good, if real; and if they are real, by and by, their very reality transforms them. They become more and more positive and a moment comes when all positivity and negativity disappear. You simply remains authentic. – Osho
~ The soul of a man is immortal and imperishable. – Plato
~ We must fill our lives with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life. It is hard work to fill one’s life with meaning. – Chaim Potok
~ The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents, every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching. – Allegedly from an Assyrian tablet, c. 2800 BCE.
You are the earth—
deep, rich, fertile,
veiled yet visible for
all to see.
You are ancient and
You can be stern and unforgiving,
yet also boundlessly compassionate
to those who love You.
You are ever an abode to life
and receive the dead into Your womb.
The gentleness of Your desires seeks
those who would be touched by magic—
and the seeds grow.
Blessed Be! –The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
SAVORY CHEESE SCONES http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups Grated cheddar cheese
3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup Butter
1/3 cup Milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all dry ingredients, stir in cheeses and toss well. Cut in butter. Combine eggs and milk, add to flour mixture and gently knead to form a stiff dough. Cut dough ball into halves and pat each half into an 8″ diameter, 1/2″ thick circle. Cut into wedges, place wedges on a baking sheet and bake 15 to 17 minutes, until lightly browned.
Orange White Chocolate Chip Beltane Cookies – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Submitted by: Gypsy
These get crispy when cool. I named them for May 1, the day I invented them. They taste bright and sunny, like the summer season Beltane is supposed to herald.
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
1 1/3 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and orange zest.
- In a bowl mixer, cream butter on medium speed, adding sugar gradually.
- Add vanilla and egg.
- Add flour mixture gradually, stopping frequently to push down from sides of bowl.
- When flour mixture is thoroughly combined, mix in chips.
- Drop dough by scant spoonfuls onto baking sheet, spacing 1 inch apart, flattening slightly with back of spoon.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) 10 to 12 minutes or until beginning to brown.
- Allow to cool completely on cooling rack.
Spring Delight Salad – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
3 cups boiling water
1 3oz package lemon gelatin
1 3oz package lime gelatin
24 large marshmallows
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 3 oz packages cream cheese
1 No.2 can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup pecans, chopped
- Cut marshmallows into small pieces.
- Pour water over gelatin and marshmallows
- stir until dissolved.
- Chill. Blend cheese with vinegar until smooth.
- Add undrained pineapple and lgend; add pecans.
- When gelatin is ready to thicken, combine the two mixtures and mold as desired.
After pulling a farmer over for speeding, a state trooper started to lecture him about his speed, pompously implying that the farmer didn’t know any better and trying to make him feel as uncomfortable as possible.
He finally started writing out the ticket, but had to keep swatting at some flies buzzing around his head.
The farmer said, “Having some problems with circle flies there are ya?”
The trooper paused to take another swat and said, “Well, yes, if that’s what they are. I’ve never heard of circle flies.”
The farmer was pleased to enlighten the cop. “Circle flies are common on farms. They’re called circle flies because you almost always find them circling the back end of a horse.”
The trooper continues writing for a moment, then says,” Hey, are you trying to call me a horse’s behind?”
“Oh no, officer.” The farmer replies. “I have too much respect for law enforcement and police officers for that.”
“That’s a good thing,” the officer says rudely, then goes back to writing the ticket.
After a long pause, the farmer added, “Hard to fool them flies, though.”