47F and brilliant sunshine! This is the kind of day that makes living out here, with the rain and grey days worth it! The alder tree has fully leafed out. When did that happen? Sparkles of dew flash from it’s leaves in the breeze.
Yesterday was long. Tempus and I are both tired, more so than we should be. He thinks we might have picked up some kind of bug. Possible, I guess… I got to the shop in plenty of time having harvested ferns and fennel on the way out. Herbs Workshop was just one extra person, who did some putting away of dried flowers, since the crocus, jonquils, primrose and violets are done and we talked about making rose water. Crystals was just me.
Marius stopped by. He was doing a personal Wicca 101 Intensive for someone. They’re about 1/2-way and will go on from there next week. Marius wanted to take either Tempus or me, and he didn’t much care which, for lunch across the street. Since he’s been away so often during the week for work, he’s getting tired of eating alone! 🙂 I went, since Tempus had already had some chili while they were talking, and I saved my leftovers for Tempus to have for supper.
Marius was there for the rest of the afternoon and eventually Geurin and Anton stopped by, as did Debbie and Eric. We all talked for quite awhile. No one was in for Sewing and I discovered the hard way that the raw spot where I tore a nail down to the quick is *not* a good place to have the butt of a needle, no matter how blunt! I darned nearly went straight up out of the chair! Well, drat…. so I got some pictures of a newly ironed dresser scarf from my mother’s hope chest. I’m including one of the motifs, here.
I did a reading, late, and then went home and fell into bed and slept for over 2 hours! I got up and talked with a few friends and put this together and went back to bed. Tempus got his leftovers, once he was home, and just collapsed, too.
Today we have the Young Folks Wicca 101 class during the morning and then the afternoon is Project day for the reenactors.
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
Today’s Feast is that of the Ice Saints, the Eisheilige, who supposedly brought bad weather on their three consecutive feast days, May 11-13 in Central Europe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Saints and some odd weather lore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_saints#Special_weather-forecasting_days
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Waxing Gibbous phase. 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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends on 5/13 at 3:16am.
Now the Moon is positioned between Mars and Spica (for the Americas in the evening). Mars (magnitude –1.0, in Virgo) shines highest in the south shortly after dark. Just left of it is 3rd-magnitude Gamma Virginis (Porrima). Far lower left of Mars sparkles Spica. In a telescope Mars shrinks this week from 13.9 to 13.2 arcseconds wide as it becomes more gibbous. 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 Earth when you plan to look.
Jupiter shines within the western Arch of Spring as twilight fades. The top of the Arch is formed by Pollux and Castor, roughly horizontal. To their lower left is Procyon, the left end of the Arch. The right end is formed by Menkalinen and then Capella. Jupiter is gradually moving toward the Arch’s upper left side.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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. Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
©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
Su 11 Low 5:11 AM 0.8 5:53 AM Set 4:10 AM 83
~ 11 High 11:11 AM 5.9 8:32 PM Rise 5:27 PM
~ 11 Low 4:59 PM 1.7
~ 11 High 11:06 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you can keep money you make on Monday, it will increase during the week.
~ No matter how dark the clouds may be, there is a clear sky just behind them. – unknown
~ Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. – Archimedes
~ Wise men say nothing in dangerous times – Francis Bacon
~ Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. – Russell Baker
She walks the long corridors, they all look the same.
They wind and wind, but don’t seem to lead anywhere.
Her thin blue gown and robe are billowing behind her,
And she feels lost in the gray maze.
It is dusk; she must hurry and find her way out.
She doesn’t even know where she is, or why she is here.
As it gets darker, she feels along the walls as she walks.
She is hoping to find a doorway out, or a turn that leads
Yesterday she was happy; she saw her life in an orderly
Progression; filled with family events and motherly
Duties. Yet as night falls, she is lost in this gray labyrinth.
She does not know the pattern, and she cannot bear the
Earlier, she had prepared for bed, brushing her hair, and
Putting on her matching gown and robe. She was standing
In her little bare feet, beside her bed. Then suddenly,
Here she was! She was frightened, but knew that if she
Went mad, she would never leave here.
Turning, she saw blue wisps of material in front of her.
Then she saw a woman walking toward her, in a blue
Gown and robe, thin and billowing; her long dark hair
Floating out around her like a wild halo.
She stared and squinted her eyes, trying to see the
Woman’s face; maybe she could help her find a way out.
The woman smiled at her, and then laughed. Her face
Was the same as hers, the gown and robe were the same…
Only the eyes were different; the eyes were mad.
Calm filled her…acceptance blanketed her mind. She
Would never leave the labyrinth. She was meeting
Herself, as she had turned and retraced her steps
Along the winding halls. – © Copyright 11/5/05, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Magick – Fun With Summer Flowers – Make summer last all year by collecting and preserving flowers for precious crafts by Lisa Freedman http://www.grandparents.com/gp/content/activitiesandevents/everyday-activities/article/fun-with-summer-flowers.html
Take advantage of the season’s beautiful plant life to enjoy a fun time with the young ones: Have the kids collect flowers, press the blooms, and turn them into lovely, lasting crafts. They are sure to learn something from each step in the process, including naming the flowers, collecting them, pressing the blooms until they are thin and delicate, and turning them into decorative creations.
Step 1: Gather flowers – Spend time outdoors with the kids talking about your favorite flowers and theirs. Point out the different types in the garden and discuss why plants have flowers. Work side-by-side to collect a good assortment, snipping the stems near where they meet the blooms.
Remind your grandkids to look for other pieces of nature that catch their eye, too – not just fancy flowers. “I love using weeds, leaves, bushes, seedpods. It doesn’t have to be a flower,” explains Tricia Paoluccio, a crafter in New York City, who sells pressed-flower greeting cards on etsy.com, a website that allows users to buy and sell handmade items. Paoluccio says that she finds many pretty wildflowers and weeds on the side of the highway, in addition to her own garden. “Or, if you don’t have a garden, pieces taken from florist bouquets work as well,” adds fellow Etsy-vendor Sherry Bloom.
Both crafters agree that some flowers work better than others: “Any kind of daisies, pansies, and violas press well, along with other purple flowers. But white petals tend to turn brown and don’t look as good over time,” says Paoluccio. Timing is also important. “Cut your flowers early in the day,” Bloom suggests. “That’s when they look the freshest and have the best color. Make sure the flower petals are completely dry — that means no raindrops or early morning dew. Any moisture on the petals will cause them to turn brown during the pressing process.”
For faster pressing and drying, choose delicate flowers and stems. Heartier varieties take much longer to dry and often don’t turn out as nicely.
This article is the second in a three-part series on collecting flowers, pressing them, and making dried-flower crafts.
Step 2: Press flowers
A simple method of pressing flowers is to lay the petals between two sheets of scrap paper (tissue paper and coffee filters also work well) and place them in the middle of a thick phone book, then place something heavy atop the book to help press the water from the petals. “This will ruin your phonebook,” warns Tricia Paoluccio, a New York City flower-crafter who sells pressed-flower greeting cards on etsy.com. The flowers usually take a little over a week to dry completely.
Serious flower-pressers use a press that you can purchase from websites like flower-press.com or make one from a few simple materials. “A press is just two slabs of three-quarter-inch wood sandwiched around repeating layers of cardboard, paper, flowers, paper more cardboard and so on,” explains Paoluccio. The layers are held tightly together by a four-inch screw that’s fastened with bolts on each corner.
If you choose this type of press, Paoluccio suggests a shortcut method: “After the first day, open your press and microwave the cardboard for one minute to dry the sheets.” Repeat this every day and the flowers will dry faster, finishing in about four or five days.
This article is the third in a three-part series on collecting flowers, pressing them, and making dried-flower crafts.
Step 3: Make dried-flower crafts – You and the kids should know that dried flowers are very fragile, but if you handle them with care, there are many projects you can decorate with them.
Cut a sheet of paper to the size you want your card to be, instructs Tricia Paoluccio, a New York City crafter who sells pressed-flower greeting cards on etsy.com. Paint the paper so that the background enhances the bright colors of the flowers — pale pinks and yellows work best. Put the flowers upside-down on a sheet of newspaper and gently paint them with rubber cement, starting from the center of the flower working your way out. It doesn’t take a lot of glue, just enough to cover each petal. “Next, take your finger and softly touch the center of the flower — not the petals because that will break it — this will lift the flower onto your finger so you can work with it.” Affix the flower to the card. Paoluccio suggests layering the flowers and letting some petal edges hang off the perimeter of the paper. After you arrange each flower, place a piece of waxed paper on top and smooth the flower down. Remove the paper and repeat until you’re satisfied with the design. When the glue is dry, cut the flower parts that extend off the paper and rub your finger over the excess glue to remove it.
To enhance the look of a plain candle, simply glue on a few pressed flowers. Apply rubber cement to the flowers — the way you would to make a greeting card. Then affix the flowers to the candle. Securely press the edges of the flowers to the curves of the candle to avoid their lifting off over time. Then (you should do this part) light a tea-light candle; when it melts down, dip a paintbrush into the melted wax and paint over the pressed flower to act as an additional form of glue.
Make simple jewelry
“This project is very simple and great for young children,” Sherry Bloom, a crafter and vendor on etsy.com, says. Cut two pieces of packing tape, making sure they’re bigger than the flower you wish to use. Gently place a flower in the middle of one of the pieces of tape. Sandwich it inside by laying the other piece of tape smoothly on top. Trim the excess tape and cut a circle, heart, star or any other shape you desire. “Attach a pretty cord, ribbon, or yarn to turn it into a charm and make it a bracelet or necklace,” Bloom suggests.
Personalize a jewelry box
Make a bookmark
Decorate a photo album or journal
Make a sun catcher
Frame pressed flowers as their own work of art
Make decorative soap the same way you made decorative candles