It’s 39F and everything is covered with frost! Granted, I haven’t been up this early in awhile, but <shiver>. They’re got rain forecast to start in the next couple of hours, but it doesn’t look like it at the moment. The sun is actually shining at the moment, although it’s rather thin and watery-looking. Yesterday I worked pretty hard and when I got home I just went splat as soon as I’d had supper, so I’m up pretty darned early.
Both Tempus and I dove right in when we got to the shop in the morning. We’re both still coughing, but it’s a lot better than it was. I spent quite awhile early on unpacking boxes and getting some of the new stock out. We have a new resin incense set, dragon’s blood and oppopnax that needs to be packaged, still, plus some new bloodstones and tumbled rose quartz that will get done over the next couple of days.
I managed to get some herbs headered and up. What I’m remembering is heather and sweetgrass, although there were some others. After that I got going on the aquamarines. By then it was almost time for sewing, so I got the back cleaned up and ready. Tempus did the big stuff on that, putting things away that got set out over last weekend.
We closed up on time and headed home, since Hatch had promised us a good dinner. It was! Lamb kefle, couscous and tatol…tarol…. oog, better look it up….. tarator. 🙂 ….which is a fantastic cold, cucumber, sour cream, dill and garlic “soup”. Wow! He’s an awesome cook!
A dove just landed in the alder. I saw it because the branch dipped almost 3 feet before springing back up. It was a pretty pinkish brown. I hear them calling around here on a regular basis, but don’t usually get to see one.
…and I got so shivery that I crawled back into bed and got snuggled and even a foot rub for cold, crampy feet. I have such a *wonderful* husband!
So, today is more of what all we did yesterday, although despite the frost it’s raining….. and there’s no specific sewing bit today. I’m hoping to get Tempus to cut me some blocks for the fabric stamps, too.
Eek! I just looked at the time! More tomorrow!
A funny for a rainy day.
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.
More here with links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_of_Chichester
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Love & Light,
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. Eclipse begins a bit past 2am. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/5 at 5:06pm.
On Friday evening for North America, the full Moon shines in Virgo with Spica well to its lower left. Much closer to the Moon is fainter Gamma Virginis (Porrima), a close telescopic double star.
A total eclipse of the Moon happens before or during dawn Saturday morning for the western half of North America; the farther west you are the better. It happens during Saturday evening for Australia and the Far East. This eclipse is barely total and for only about 12 minutes, from about 11:54 to 12:06 April 4th UT (GMT). Partial eclipse begins at 10:15 UT and ends at 13:45 UT. For maps and more, see the April Sky & Telescope, page 50.Mid-eclipse is at 12:00 April 4th UT (GMT). The partial phases of the eclipse begin at 10:15 UT and end at 13:45 UT. For maps, timetable, and more, see the April Sky & Telescope, page 50, or the version online: Saturday’s Total Lunar Eclipse.
- Eclipse event PDT
- Penumbra first visible? 2:35 a.m.
- Partial eclipse begins 3:15 a.m.
- Total eclipse begins 4:54 a.m.
- Mid-eclipse 5:00 a.m.
- Total eclipse ends 5:06 a.m
- Partial eclipse ends 6:45 a.m.
- Penumbra last visible? 7:25 a.m.
Can’t see the eclipse from where you are? Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles will run a live webcast from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (9:00 to 13:30 April 4th UT). The Virtual Telescope Project will also webcast the eclipse, starting at 6:00 a.m. EDT (10:00 UT). So will Slooh, starting at 6:00 a.m. EDT (10:00 UT).
Mercury is lost in the glare of the sun.
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
F 3 High 12:41 AM 7.3 6:54 AM Set 6:33 AM 97
~ 3 Low 6:59 AM 0.9 7:46 PM Rise 7:19 PM
~ 3 High 12:58 PM 7.1
~ 3 Low 7:07 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Step confidently into the day and relax with the setting of the sun, knowing you made the most of your day!
~ Part of self-empowerment is discovering the divine within. Thou art God/dess. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Actors are one family over the entire world. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
~ A lifetime without love is of no account. Love is the water of life. Drink it down with heart and soul. – Rumi
~ Boldly do men talk from a distance. – Heitharvega Saga
The vision I see is not only a movement of direct democracy, of self- and co-determination and non-violence, but a movement in which politics means the power to love and the power to feel united on the spaceship Earth. … In a world struggling in violence and dishonesty, the further development of non-violence not only as a philosophy but as a way of life, as a force on the streets, in the market squares, outside the missile bases, inside the chemical plants and inside the war industry becomes one of the most urgent priorities . .. The suffering people of this world must come together to take control of their lives, to wrest political power from their present masters pushing them towards destruction. The Earth has been mistreated and only by restoring a balance, only by living with the Earth, only by emphasizing knowledge and expertise towards soft energies and soft technology for people and for life, can we overcome the patriarchal ego. – Petra Kelly, who was found dead, apparently murdered, on October 19, 1992
Beltane Magick – Crafts
May Pole – The Mini-Version http://homeschoolwitch.blogspot.com/2011/04/may-pole-mini-version.html?spref=fb – Thursday, April 28, 2011
Yesterday, my kids and I made a miniature version of a maypole, not only to honor Beltane, but to share with them a part of my heritage, as I grew up in Bavaria, in which rural parts the tradition of putting up a large maypole is still alive and practiced today.
As I grew up, my cousin and I used to practice singing songs for this occasion – I wish that I would have kept the sheet music from back then, but we were pre-teens, keeping mementos were not our priority.
Back to now, and our mini maypole.
Creating this maypole was fairly simple, cheap, and lots of fun.
- We used a clay flower pot ( you can use any flower pot that has a hole on the bottom)
- a dowel that fit snugly into the hole of the flower pot – using a hot glue gun to secure the dowel in place, instead of fitting it into the hole is also an option, but I happened to find one, that fit perfectly into the pot.
- Glass beads, rocks or sand to fill the pot and secure the pole.
- plastic flowers (this maypole is outside, so I did want something that will last at least a few days)
- and ribbon, depending on the size of the pole – you will need enough ribbon to tie each strand on the top, and long enough that it will go the entire length of the pole, maybe even reach the floor.
After we secured the dowel in the flowerpot, we filled the pot to the top with glass beads. We used really colorful ones, to correspond with the flowers we choose.
Next, we tied ribbons around the top of the dowel, securing them tightly, and glued a little daisy, that we had left over from another project to the front.
The flowers were then arranged in the flowerpot, stuck securely into the glass beads, all the way around the pole.
Simple, isn’t it?
You can get creative and paint the flower pot first, or even the pole (I like the look of natural wood, the best, personally, lol).
Use the time of creating this pole together to talk about your practice and personal belief, as well as experiences about Beltane. You can also put on some fierce or traditional music, and practice dancing around it!
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