It’s only 44 degrees, but the clouds have cleared off, so that makes sense. It’s quite still and dark. This is *way* too early for my system to be ok with….
Yesterday I was up *way* too early and then too excited to go back to sleep until around 8:15, which meant I rolled out of bed about about 10:20 going “eep!” When we got to the shop I was pretty busy with bottles for awhile, but we’ve got a new “stash” of ’em on the shelf. Pens and inks and nibs are in, but that’s going to have to wait until Monday, other than the one small box of inks and pen cleaner…and the other box of inks had at least one explode, so even the labels are messy….. but they’re replacing ’em. So….Monday. 🙂
I did quite a lot of finding thises and thats and Tempus went out to get my pages printed, then made me a nice portfolio to keep ’em in. He went home for a bit, because I had some cooking to do later and he wanted to clean up first, then came back and re-set the front. We’ve switched the sofa around so the books are more visible and the 2nd fan chair is mended and usable.
Eventually we were loading 8 boxes into the car (muhgawd!) plus our two baskets, my garb and so on. After it being a beautiful sunny day it clouded up hard, making it get dark a touch early, and we were home and working there by 8pm. I had a lot of printing to finish (the stack ended up an inch thick), after double-checking things and also the filling for the meat pie for Sunday to do.
Today Tempus will have the shop open for the usual hours, but there are no workshop. I’m leaving horridly early to go to the event out in Stayton where I’m teaching. It’s going to be a long day, although Marius is driving. We won’t be getting back until late and the newsletter might be late in the morning.
A Ken Gagne photo from 4/12/15 of the waves in Yachats.
Today’s plant is the tropical tree, the Rose Apple, Syzygium jambos – In ancient Sanskrit, the land now called India was referred to by the ancient Indians themselves as Jambudvipa, which means Rose-apple-land (jambud = rose apple; vipa = land). With its thick, leathery leaves and great span of branches, the Jambu Tree offers great shade and coolness against the sun. Stories tell that Lord Buddha sat in the shade of a Jambu Tree (the story is often told as a “Bodhi tree”), watching men plowing the land with oxen and meditating on the burdens we all must carry in this life. He was determined that he would either reach enlightenment or die where he sat. He finally saw his previous births and realized that people are born and reborn into different states according to their deeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_jambos Information on the Bodhi Tree, Ficus religiosa here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_tree
Today’s Feast is in honor of the date in 1938 when the super-hero, Superman, first appeared in Action Comics. He’s a cultural icon, probably one of the most recognizable. He’s gone through comic books, newspaper comics, radio shows, television (my childhood… flying on a table with a fan in front of him. <grin>) movies, etc. This is a good article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman The picture is George Reeves from the government film, “Stamp Day for Superman”. This is the Reeves who was the television actor, not Christopher Reeves who played Superman in the movies, and in a irony of fate, was paralyzed from the neck down in a riding accident.
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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. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 4/19 at 11:57pm. 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 5/3 at 8:42pm.
Saturday, April 18, 2:57 p.m. EDT – New Moon – The moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the sun, but can be seen low in the east as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the west an evening or two after New Moon.
After dusk, look very high in the west (far to the upper left of Venus) for Pollux and Castor lined up almost horizontally. They’re well to the lower right of bright Jupiter. Pollux and Castor are the heads of the Gemini twins, now standing almost upright. They form the top of the enormous “Arch of Spring.” The Arch’s two ends are Procyon to their lower left, and brighter Capella farther to their lower right.
>>>>> The waxing crescent Moon poses left of Mercury and Mars very low after sunset on Sunday the 19th, then the Pleiades on Monday, then Venus on Tuesday higher up. The blue 10° scale as about the width of your fist at arm’s length. The Moon is drawn three times its actual apparent size.
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
Sa 18 High 12:29 AM 8.6 6:27 AM Rise 6:33 AM 1
18 Low 7:02 AM -0.9 8:04 PM Set 8:19 PM
18 High 1:12 PM 7.7
18 Low 7:08 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You are richer today if you have laughed, given, and forgiven.
~ If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ Sympathizing and selfish people are alike, both given to tears. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ I am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexcographer
~ What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. ~ Helen Keller
Oh, don’t the days seem lank and long,
When all goes right and nothing goes wrong,
And isn’t your life extremely flat,
When you’ve nothing whatever to grumble at? – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
Beltane Magick – Beltane Fun for the Kids – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html***fun for grownups too 😉
Let your child dress up like the May Queen. Make a pointed hat with a large piece of paper rolled, and tape crepe paper streamer from the top. Decorate with crayons, stickers, and glitter.
Make easy wreaths for your head and for anyone who might celebrate Beltane with you.
***Make some lovely garden furniture for the fae folk.
***Try your hand at our Beltane Word Search or read the story of Meagan’s Beltane by Kat Dyer. http://www.paganparenting.com/fun/stories/meagan_beltane.html
It’s the only type of cooking a “real” man will do. When a man volunteers to do such cooking, the following chain of events is put into motion.
(1) The woman goes to the store.
(2) The woman “fixes” the salad, vegetables, and dessert.
(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils, and takes it to the man, who is lounging beside the grill.
(4) The man places the meat on the grill.
(5) The woman goes inside to set the table and check the vegetables.
(6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning.
(7) The man takes the meat off the grill and hands it to the woman.
(8) The woman prepares the plates and brings them to the table.
(9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.
(10) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed “her night off.” And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women.