It’s 53F and wet. At least the wind has died down a bit. At one point it was blowing strongly enough that a damp chill breeze was coming under the bathroom door into the bedroom and I got *very* chilled.
Yesterday I never managed to go back to sleep for very long, so I got up and got a bath before coming in to the shop. Tempus took awhile longer. I got us open and set up the candle-making stuff, then waited. I had cinnamon wax and patchouli already set up, and added more to the patchouli. One can was pure beeswax and one junk wax and the big can was junk wax. We talked about herbal wax candles and molded a few.
No one was in for Crystals or Sewing. I did a counseling session between and went out to pick up some bottles for the shop during the afternoon. It turned pretty messy, not raining hard, but blowing. I had a reading late in the day and went home to work on the blogs, trying to get some more info uploaded and visible. The “visible” part is what’s really getting me!
So I finally got myself some supper and curled up with a book, still waiting for Tempus who didn’t get home until 9:30 or so. We ate and he turned in, but I got up to try to work a little more on the blogs.
Today we have classes in the morning and then Project Day in the afternoon. We’re going to be working on a kit that we got to make needles from bone among other things.
…and a story that I’ve seen in many incarnations, that’s still good.
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.
Yes, today’s feast, Star Wars Day, is based on a pun, “May the 4th be with you!” I’m a geek, what can I say? 🙂 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day I went to the first screening, the first day it was available in Baltimore, with my Daddy and we both enjoyed the heck out of it. It’s come a very long way since then!
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waxing Crescent. 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. 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.
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
Su 4 High 4:01 AM 6.9 6:02 AM Set 12:34 AM 20
~ 4 Low 11:02 AM 0.1 8:24 PM Rise 10:31 AM
~ 4 High 5:42 PM 6.0
~ 4 Low 11:14 PM 3.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will remember harm none by thought, word, or deed. . – Galen Gillotte
~ The Wiccan Rede advises us to use our heads and solve the problem, rather than taking the easy way out. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations. – Earl Nightingale
~ I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father. – Greg Norman
~ Remember, there are two benefits of failure: First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you an opportunity to try a new approach. – Roger Von Oech, Creativity expert
Love is a rose flower in your being. But prepare your being; dispel the darkness and the unconsciousness. Become more and more alert and aware and love will come on its own accord, in its own time. You need not worry about it. And whenever it comes it is always perfect. Love is a spiritual experience — nothing to do with sexes and nothing to do with bodies, but something to do with the innermost being. – Osho
May is a month that fairies love. Show them your appreciation by making them some furniture!
twigs, vines, dried flowers
needle and thread
hot glue gun
pruners to cut the twigs
1. Decide what you’re going to make. We’ll make a chair, to give you an example.
2. Cut the twigs in this manner – one long, bendable piece that will form the back legs and back of the chair, and four equal lengthed twigs which will form the two front legs and the seat.The chair should stand no more than four inches tall (including the back)
3. Bend the long twig,and hot glue one of the smaller pieces in between the two ends where you want the seat to be.This will be the back of the seat.
4. Hot glue on each side of the bent twig facing towards you a smaller twig; these will be the sides of the seat.
5. Glue the front piece of the seat to these side twigs.
6. Glue the two front legs to the seat so that the chair legs are even.
7. If you wish,wrap the vines around the chair back and legs.
8. Cut the scrap material to form a “back” and a “seat” – these are NOT to be as wide as the chair, but will fit inside of the twigs.
9. Using your needle and thread, attach the material to the chair using a whip stitch.
10. Hot glue small dried flowers at the top of the chair.
This technique can be used to make all kinds of fairy furniture, from tables to beds, to sofas – all of which are sure to delight your fairies! You can make little tea cups too from dried flower cups!