Here’s it’s April and it’s actually colder than it was for a large part of the winter. It’s only 49F and only likely to go up a couple of degrees, at most. They’re talking possible thunderstorms at times today, but unlike that unnatural twilight yesterday, the sun is going in and out of the clouds and when it’s out, it’s bright!
Yesterday by 2pm both Tempus and Hatch had headed out and I settled down to working on my Toys class. I have a number of examples, now, so I had to organize what projects I thought folks would want to work on and then tag those to the examples I have and which section goes with which. …and then I got totally distracted from the that and spent most of the afternoon sorting jokes files….which needed to be done, but I *really* ended up coughing because I was laughing so hard….
By 5pm the jokes file was re-filled and I had been tending the soup. Bone broths take forever, but the bones were ready to pull at around 5:30. I had been doing some online counseling during the afternoon, too and by 6:30 I was back to toys.
I curled up and worked on a book about the Cathars that I’m interested in for a large chunk of the evening, but was back writing when Tempus got in, well past 10. Our friend is all moved back home, although there are a few things to tweak, yet. Tempus and I sat and talked for quite awhile and then he went out to deal with the soup, so it could get divided up and frozen, except for what we’re going to eat right away.
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
Today is April Fool’s Day. There are a lot of suggestions as to how this holiday came about, and I *still* don’t know what fish have to do with it, but it’s a fun one all the same, as long as the pranks stay harmless. I’m looking forward to what NPR puts in their “news” today! I still like the Scottish version, Hunt-the-Gowk.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day
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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 4/4 at 5:06am. 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 at the Full on 4/2 at 5:06pm.
The coming of April always finds Orion in the southwest at dusk, leaning over with his three-star belt almost horizontal (depending on your time and latitude). The belt points left toward bright Sirius, and to the right toward Aldebaran and, farther on, the Pleiades.
>>> Now the Moon moves through Virgo past Gamma Vir and Spica. The blue 10° scale bar is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, at the head of Scorpius) rises around 11 or midnight daylight-saving time and is highest in the south in early-morning hours. Below or lower left of Saturn, by 8°, is orange Antares, not quite as bright. Look just ½° below Saturn for Nu Scorpii, a showpiece double star for telescopes. And less than 2° to their right or lower right is Beta Scorpii, an even finer telescopic double.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 1 Low 5:46 AM 1.7 6:57 AM Set 5:38 AM 88
~ 1 High 11:38 AM 6.9 7:43 PM Rise 5:22 PM
~ 1 Low 6:01 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take a Moonbath.
~ Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If you choose not to decide, you still have made a Choice. – Neil Peart
~ Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends. – Proverb
~ Promise is in honour’s debt.- Irish Proverb
The “void” or ” psychological emptiness” is a strange phenomenon, It appears spontaneously, in the pause between two thoughts, As the old thought ends its course and disappears, Its end is the gate, natural silence ensues. Insist in being with it, as much as you can, The mind is completely silent, we are attentive – a clear consciousness, All meanings, boundaries disappear – us and the Infinite are “One”; Practically, we have a new mind – always fresh. Being in the pause – I become infinite! It separates two worlds. I leave the limited world And enter Boundlessness, through total melting; The whole being is calm – a constant sparkle. There is no time, no space – just everlasting Eternity; I move in direct contact with life, in a permanent present. I am Pure Energy, without motivations, The simplicity of existence integrates us completely. – Ilie Cioara
Magick – April Fools’ Day: 5 spots to act the fool abroad – By Jennings Brown, Special to CNN, updated 8:39 AM EDT, Sun April 1, 2012 – http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/01/travel/april-fools-abroad/index.html?hpt=hp_c3
(CNN) — There is no better way to ring in the spring season than with a free pass to the carefree days of childhood when no one could chastise you for a well-executed prank — as long as it brought a smile to both parties.
You may choose to privately celebrate April Fools’ Day by covering your office toilet seat in saran wrap or telling your mom you’re engaged to a death metal drummer. Or you may celebrate publicly, if you live in one of the American cities that host festivities.
In San Francisco, revelers can dress up in outlandish outfits and participate in the Saint Stupid’s Day parade. New Yorkers can run the “Backwards Mile” through Central Park or attend the April Fools’ Parade, which has been announced for the last 26 years, but never taken place.
But if you want to take your pranking abroad, there are other countries that do tomfoolery even better than America. Here’s a destination guide for the ultimate purveyor of mischief.
Many sources claim April Fools’ began in France after King Charles IX decreed that all citizens must begin their calendar on January 1, moving the start of the year back by three months. Therefore, those who celebrated around the beginning of April were deemed foolish.
Considering there are earlier mentions of the holiday, this origin story is a little fishy. But the French celebration is even fishier. The day itself is called Poisson d’Avril, as pranksters attempt to attach paper poisson (fish) to unsuspecting fools’ backs.
Perhaps the most enjoyable tradition of this holiday is all the fish-shaped treats and pastries that fill bakeries and chocolate shops.
If you’re a true gowk hunter, then you should head to Scotland, as their April Fools’ celebrations last for two days. Hunt the Gowk Day is celebrated on April 1. “Gowk” is Scottish for “cuckold” or “fool,” and the goal of the day is to hunt them out and make them aware of their foolishness. The traditional prank of this day revolves around making someone go on a fool’s errand.
And while day one is dedicated to making someone the butt of a joke, day two is all about making a joke out of someone’s bum. April 2 is Taily Day, when you’re not only allowed, but encouraged, to focus your attention on the posteriors of others. The infamous “kick me” sign most likely originated as an early Taily Day joke.
The Spaniards celebrate their version of April Fools’ on December 28, so you have plenty of time to plan. El día de los Santos Inocentes is a Catholic holiday dedicated to the remembrance of the “Holy Innocents” who were killed when King Herod ordered the death of baby boys in Bethlehem after hearing that he was going to lose his throne to the newborn King of the Jews, according to the Gospel of Matthew.
Yes, pranks to commemorate the mass slaughter of infants.
The fool of each prank is considered an inocente, and after the prank is made, the prankster shouts the phrase to let him know he’s been had.
If you really want to make the most of the day, celebrate in the town of Ibi, Alicante, which hosts the Els Enfarinats festival that has taken place for two centuries. Participants partake in a mock coup d’etat that culminates with one of the world’s largest food fights when everyone takes to the streets with flour and eggs. Mock soldiers run around in the bedlam, collecting “taxes” that go to charity.
India gets the award for most vibrant custom, with their Hindu holiday, Holi. Also known as the Festival of Colors, this celebration takes place on the last full moon day of winter, someday in February or March. The next Holi takes place on March 27, 2013.
All across the country, participants take to the streets, playing pranks and throwing colorful, scented powder at each other. In this bacchanalia that gives you an idea of what it would look like if a Skittles factory exploded, the social structure and norms aren’t as black-and-white as they are throughout the rest of the year. No one is expected to be polite when they’re expecting to be blasted in the face with a handful of rainbow dust. But along with chaos, this tradition induces a national sense of exhilaration truly fitting for the beginning of spring.
The holiday is exceptionally more exuberant in the northern India. Some of the best cities to celebrate are Mathura and Vrindavan; Delhi; and Shantiniketan, West Bengal.
Although the nation itself doesn’t show great enthusiasm for April Fools’ Day, the port city of Odessa more than makes up for it with Humorina — a festival of humor.
On April 1, the city erupts with parades, concerts, plays, art, fireworks, costumed locals and pranks galore. Americans might go out of their way to confuse a friend or coworker, but since Humorina was created in 1973, Odessans have proven themselves as some of the most creative and dedicated pranksters in the world.