I started working on gathering supplies together for my workshop. I’m missing several things that are going to need to be purchased, still, which is frustrating me, no end, but a lot of the gathering got accomplished during the day. I also got a bunch of pictures, which helped, too. Tempus was working on some re-organizing of things around the shop. He’s going to move a few furniture pieces, too. We did have a few customers in, and a fellow who really likes crystals and used to work with Mike from Aurora West was in and we had a nice long chat.
I sat down to work on sewing late in the afternoon. I had a bunch of pieces that needed to be finished one way or another and had to put the non-function machine back together and then pull out one of the others to work with. I have a few more pieces to finish today.
Venus was brilliant in the West as we were closing up. It was almost 9:30 by then. I went to bed early after having a lovely salad that Tempus made for me.
Today I’ve been up since 5. I’m getting pretty excited about tomorrow’s workshop, and more than a little worried, honestly. I *know* it will go well, but I want it to be perfect, of course and that *never* happens. <sigh> Tempus is going to run some errands and gather some supplies during the day and I hope I have the evening to work on a meat pie that I’m putting together for Sunday.
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. Horsetail – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
Today’s Feast is that of Machendrana in Nepal, supposedly an ancient and powerful rain god. There’s a Chariot festival associated with this, but do you know, all of the online citations seem to come from one of two sources, since they all have the same wording and there’s nothing that I’ve found that says that this is anything but a modern pagan invention? One of the citations of this is Gerina Dunwich’s Wiccan Book of Days, the other seems to be an expanded wording of that. Hmmm….
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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. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/18 at 11:57am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/18 at 11:57am.
Callisto occults Ganymede among Jupiter‘s moons. Dark Callisto crosses in front of Ganymede from 9:27 to 9:37 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Their combined light will dim by 1.0 magnitude during the middle of this time. Start watching early to see them moving together into a blend. See Bob King’s article Catch the Last Best Antics of Jupiter’s Moons.
Venus >>> shines high in the western sky after sunset. Every evening Venus continues to stay put at nearly the same spot above the western twilight landscape, while Aldebaran, the Hyades and Pleiades slide farther down to the lower right behind it.
Mercury (about magnitude –1.4) is emerging from deep in the glow of sunset. About 20 or 30 minutes after sunset, look for it just above the horizon very far to the lower right of Venus. Mercury gets a little higher and easier every day. Mars, >>> much fainter, is in the close vicinity.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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 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
F 17 Low 6:14 AM -0.2 6:29 AM Rise 5:57 AM 5
~ 17 High 12:19 PM 7.6 8:03 PM Set 7:05 PM
~ 17 Low 6:23 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Each new day offers us possibilities, don’t waste it.
~ Compassion is a verb. – Thich Nhat Hanh
~ Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. – Edward H. Harriman
~ It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.” ~ Sydney J. Harris
~ Force has no place where there is a need of skill. – Herodotus
The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses. – John Adams, “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” 1787-1788
Beltane Magick – Recipes
OATCAKES – IRISH http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
6 ounces Oatmeal (preferably fine)
2 ounces Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
10 fluid ounces Warm water
Mix oatmeal, flour and salt together. Slowly add warm water. Roll out on a floured board to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into triangles. Cook on a pan or griddle until golden on both sides. Dry out in a cool oven (300 degrees) until crisp. These cakes are eaten buttered, with a glass of milk, for supper, but are also terrific with wine and cheese.
Beltane Oat Cakes http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (to make them sweeter use up to one full cup)
- 3/4 cup butter (unsalted)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup mashed ripe fruit (banana, peaches, something soft)
- 1 3/4 cup rolled oats
- Spices: nutmeg, cinnamon is a good combo or cardamom is nice by itself (approx. 1/4 tsp)
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional).
- Mix flour, baking powder, and brown sugar together.
- Make sure to smash any lumps.
- Cut butter into mixture with a pastry blender (or make do with a fork).
- Add egg and fruit, and nuts.
- Drop rounded tablespoon of dough onto greased cookie sheet (about 2-3 in apart).
- Bake at 350 deg F [175 deg C] for 15 min or until cookies look “dry”.
OATCAKES SCOTS http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
1/2 cup Shortening
1 cup Oats or quick-cooking oats
1 cup All-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 – 3 Tablespoons Cold Water
Cut shortening into next four ingredients until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until it forms a stiff dough. Roll until 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into 2 inch rounds or squares. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 until they just start to brown – 12 to 15 minutes. To griddle bake; bake on a hot griddle or frying-pan until the edges begin to curl. Turn over and cook the other side. Do not let the oatcakes brown; they should be a pale fawn colour. Put on a wire rack to cool. They are delicious served with cheese.