It’s overcast, but a thin overcast and quite breezy. The wind is trotting along in the teen and we get some gusts when everything thrashes wildly for a moment. It’s 58F and 76% humidity, just right temps and humidity for me!
Yesterday we spent quite awhile putting things away when we got to the shop. Also, our landlord stopped by to check what we were planning with the sign. Tempus took off for home for awhile after that. I found my chocolate on the seat of his car. Note to self: chocolate and hot cars are a bad idea! Even after it cooled I had to suck the chocolate off the foils. Horrors! 🙂
My sewing class was there right on time and Tempus wasn’t back and of course customers poured in the door. I managed to keep it all under control and Darby is awfully sweet about things like that. She got a tote bag made for her sewing, all in one sitting! We used a jeans leg and some scrap from that huge box of scraps that I got handed a few weeks ago. During the chaos Marco stopped by with a set of stands that I bought from him. Bless his heart! I got a couple of pouches made from the scraps from Darby’s project.
Tempus finally got back a bit before 3:30 and we stayed busy until close to 6pm. By then he was working on the other fan-back chair that we’d had to take out of use months ago. He got the support fixed. I was working on some drawstring bags for the drop spindles that the historical recreation group made and the fabric is a wood blend. I ended up so itchy that I wanted to claw my skin off, but I got 4 bags ready. Only 20 to go….. I got a couple of pix of the planter box flowers, too.
I was so itchy when we left the shop that I wanted to go straight home, but we went up the seawall and it was so lovely that we headed for the park. I had seen various seabirds floating dark against the glowing golden sunset bay. There were seals playing in the Throat and people walking out on the very edge of the beach.
When we got to Patterson Park we got out of the car and sat at a picnic table and watched the sun set. The seagull rush hour was going past, in several sets. I caught a couple of glimpses of whale spouts. Just as the sun was getting ready to slide over the horizon we caught sight of a set of pelicans roller-coastering over the waves. The sun turned green and then teal as it slid over. Tempus said it actually went blue.
Today he’s at the shop. I’m working on my toys class and obviously very distracted.
Today’s plant is the FlyAgaric, Amanita Muscaria, the “toadstool” of fairy tales. It’s easily recognizable with its bright red and white cap. Poisonous and hallucinogenic, it’s a favorite of the weirder Fae and a common decoration for Yule trees….for which a lot of people have come up with odd reasons. It probably is an ancient enough association with the time of year that people have forgotten, but there may be a connection through reindeer, shamanism and Odin to Santa Claus and the other gifting deities…. you *can* use the dried mushroom in amulets for vision quests, just don’t eat the darned thing! More here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria
Today’s feast is in memory of the 71,000 people that died from the 1815 three-month-long eruption of the Mount Tambora volcano in Sulawesi, Indonesia. It caused a volcanic winter that made crops fail across the world and gave rise to the stories about the “Year without a Summer” that was even written about in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book, #3, Farmer Boy. Crops froze in New England on the morning of the 4th of July! This is the largest eruption by volume of any in recorded history. Recently cultural remains were found in a place dubbed, “the Indonesian Pompeii”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tambora
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Love & Light,
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/11 at 8:44pm.
Look for the Pleiades >>>> just 3° to the upper right of Venus during and after late twilight. That’s about two finger-widths at arm’s length. Upper left of Venus by 13° is 1st-magnitude Aldebaran, an orange-yellow firespark.
Mars spends all of April in Aries, getting ever closer to the sun.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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 Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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 10 High 4:29 AM 7.3 6:41 AM Rise 1:09 AM 74
~ 10 Low 11:36 AM 0.3 7:54 PM Set 10:58 AM
~ 10 High 6:12 PM 5.9
~ 10 Low 11:31 PM 3.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I can see clearly now, the brain is gone…
~ If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record. – Anonymous
~ The fear is worse than the pain. – Shannon Bahr
~ Don’t lower your expectations of life. Raise your ability to receive what you want. – Bali Spirit Retreat
~ Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. – Lucille Ball
The Total Perspective Vortex derives its picture of the whole Universe on the principle of extrapolated matter analyses. To explain — since every piece of matter in the Universe is in some way affected by every other piece of matter in the Universe, it is in theory possible to extrapolate the whole of creation — every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition and their economic and social history from, say, one small piece of fairy cake. The man who invented the Total Perspective Vortex did so basically in order to annoy his wife. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Beltane Magick – Lore
Beltane – http://www.circlesanctuary.org/pholidays/Beltane.html – http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/beltane.htm – April 30th – Beltane – Also known as Roodmas or May Day
Beltane has long been celebrated with feasts and rituals. Beltane means fire of Bel; Belinos being one name for the Sun God, whose coronation feast we now celebrate. As summer begins, weather becomes warmer, and the plant world blossoms, an exuberant mood prevails. In old Celtic traditions it was a time of unabashed sexuality and promiscuity where marriages of a year and a day could be undertaken but it is rarely observed in that manner in modern times.
In the old Celtic times, young people would spend the entire night in the woods “A-Maying,” and then dance around the phallic Maypole the next morning. Older married couples were allowed to remove their wedding rings (and the restrictions they imply) for this one night. May morning is a magickal time for wild water (dew, flowing streams, and springs) which is collected and used to bathe in for beauty, or to drink for health.
The Christian religion had only a poor substitute for the life-affirming Maypole — namely, the death-affirming cross. Hence, in the Christian calendar, this was celebrated as ‘Roodmas’. In Germany, it was the feast of Saint Walpurga, or ‘Walpurgisnacht’. An alternative date around May 5 (Old Beltane), when the sun reaches 15 degrees Taurus, is sometimes employed by Covens. (Both ‘Lady Day’ and ‘Ostara’ are names incorrectly assigned to this holiday by some modern traditions of Wicca.)
Think of the May pole as a focal point of the old English village rituals. Many people would rise at the first light of dawn to go outdoors and gather flowers and branches to decorate their homes. Women traditionally would braid flowers into their hair. Men and women alike would decorate their bodies. Beltane marks the return of vitality, of passion. Ancient Pagan traditions say that Beltane marks the emergence of the young God into manhood. Stirred by the energies at work in nature, he desires the Goddess. They fall in love, lie among the grasses and blossoms, and unite. The Goddess becomes pregnant of the God. To celebrate, a wedding feast, for the God and Goddess must be prepared. Let Them guide you! Breads and cereals are popular. Try oatmeal cakes or cookies sweetened with a dab of honey. Dairy foods are again appropriate…just make a lovely wedding feast and you are sure to enjoy yourself! An early morning walk through a local park or forest could be fun for everyone. Gather up some plants or flowers to display in your home. Mom and daughter could braid their hair, and weave in a few tender blossoms.
The Beltane Maypole – http://paganwiccan.about.com/cs/aboutbeltane/a/aamaypole.htm – What better symbol for May Day?
Among the various symbols of Beltane frivolity, the Maypole is probably the most well known, even to non-Pagans.
On the surface, the tall Maypole is simply a phallic symbol to reflect the fertility of the season. But it originates with the ancient Irish story of the Bile Pole. The Bile Pole was a sacred tree of life that grew up through the Earth to join the Heavans above and the Otherworld beneath. A similar story to the the Norse tree, Yggdrasil.
One does not simply put up a Maypole at Beltane, the pole must be draped with ribbons and flowers, and it must be danced around. In the past, it was the young children who did the dancing. Long ribbons are attached to the top of the pole, usually in pastel Spring colours. Half the ribbons would be taken up by the boys, and the other half by the girls.
The children did not just run about, willy-nilly. Quite often they would have a rehersed dance so that the ribbons wound round the pole would have a pattern. The better the pattern, the better the harvest would be that fall.
Some villages had a permanent Maypole, but others would erect a new one every year on Beltane eve. Birch was frequently used for the poles, but not excusively.
If you’re looking for the perfect decoration for Beltane this year, try putting up a Maypole in your yard. If you have no place outdoors, you could put up a small pole in your home. Be sure to cover it with flowers, ribbons and leaves either way.
A young man who was an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he hurried, and played very fast, he could get in 9 holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off, an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man.
Not being able to say no, he allowed the old gent to join him. To his surprise the old man played fairly quickly. He didn’t hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn’t waste much time.
Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball – directly between his ball and the green. After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot, the old man finally said, “You know, when I was your age I’d hit the ball right over that tree.”
With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally lay.
The old man leaned back on his golf bag and said, “Of course, when I was your age, that pine tree was only 3 feet tall.”