Well, ya know…being that it’s now past 6am (I’ve been pecking at this since I woke at 3:30) and that I want to go snooze some more. I think I’m going to publish this and then I won’t have to rush….
It’s 45F and overcast at 200 feet, which means fog for us. It’s supposed to turn to a partly cloudy day, starting clear and then clouding up. The barometer is dropping and tomorrow is likely to be completely clouded up.
Yesterday was what I call a “tired” day. We were all still recuperating from Saturday and the push to get ready for that, which meant that we did more talking than doing.
Since there wasn’t a Wicca 101 class in the morning, Tempus and I took our time about getting moving and he made a nice breakfast of bacon, hard-boiled duck egg and pancakes. When we got to the shop we spent awhile getting started on the day, doing the usual pick-up and put-away and “why is this sitting here?” After that he headed back to the house to collect some more things for the potluck. I helped customers for awhile and then set up the table in back. I didn’t completely clear it because there were only 3 of us.
>>>>>>>>>>> Meat Pie >>>>>>>>>>>>
Tempus ran me over to the Duckmeister’s, since we were going to use her kitchen for the cooking and she and I talked awhile before I got my meat pie set up and into the oven. We don’t get to see each other all that often, so it was good to visit. Marcus was there by that time and he made a pear patina, which is a recipe from Apicius (that’s the Roman Julia Child). We talked about various projects and goals for the coming year, (the SCA year begins on May 1…) and watched the ducks.
We headed back to the shop, with hot stuff in the back, got into garb and sat down to our feast. It was small with just the 3 of us, but we had six dishes and lots of leftovers. Afterwards we got pictures of the scrolls that we were awarded yesterday and then sat around talking about the things that we had actually finished and what was yet to do. …and burping… 🙂 That was *good* food!
>>>>>>>>>>> Pear Patina >>>>>>>>>>
…and then cleaned up, closed up, and went home, or started to…. we got partway up the hill and I exclaimed, “Oh, we gotta go to the park!” The sun was a big red ball, hanging low in the west. We quickly ran up to the house and put the meat pie in the fridge then scooted for Patterson park and watched the sunset.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> scroll >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Today we have a bunch of things to choose from. There’s stock to be sorted, headered and stocked, sewing to be done, lighting to fix, mending of clothing, earrings to make as well as customers to tend. I still have all those amethysts to be done and incense materials that need to be processed and/or put away. We also need to clean up from the weekend and I need to sort and put away my class things. That’s not all happening….
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. I harvested some yesterday afternoon around 4pm and here at nearly 9am, having washed my hands several times, I can still detect it! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Vadersolstavlan, (sun-dog painting, or weather-sun painting) created in 1535, is the oldest painting of the city of Stockholm and is believed to have been painted of a real (i.e. not imagined) event, shortly after this weather phenomenon happened. It’s also the oldest depiction of “sun dogs”, which are what are pictured here. More on the painting here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4dersolstavlan and on Sun Dogs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_dog which page includes a lot of links to other atmospheric phenomena of this type. The pic of the painting is with the article. It just looks like a blur, this small, so I didn’t put it in the newsletter.
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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 5/3 at 8:42pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/22 at 11:57pm.
In twilight, look for the sliver of the crescent Moon in the west. It pins the corner of a quadrilateral with Venus, Aldebaran, and the Pleiades.
Io eclipses Europa among Jupiter‘s moons. Io casts its shadow onto Europa this evening from 11:44 to 11:47 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Europa will dim by 1.8 magnitudes — a factor of five! — at the middle of these few minutes. Now that Jupiter is far from opposition, we see shadows in the Jovian system falling far enough sideways that an eclipsed satellite and its eclipser appear widely separated in a telescope’s view. So we can see the eclipsed satellite dimming by itself, uncontaminated by the light of the eclipser. (The tables in Sky & Telescope for these events presume that the two satellites appear blended and give their combined magnitude.) See Bob King’s article Catch the Last Best Antics of Jupiter’s Moons.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, just above the head of >>>>> ) rises around 10 or 11 p.m. daylight-saving time and is highest in the south in the middle of the early-morning hours. Below or lower left of Saturn (by 9°) is orange Antares, not as bright. The next brightest star in the area is Delta Scorpii, half as far from Saturn. Delta Sco is now in its 15th year of outburst!
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
M 20 High 1:52 AM 8.9 6:24 AM Rise 7:55 AM 1
~ 20 Low 8:35 AM -1.3 8:07 PM Set 10:38 PM
~ 20 High 2:54 PM 7.4
~ 20 Low 8:38 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take the time to notice the little things.
Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – If you could have any kind of animal as a pet, what would it be? Explain how you would take care of it, and tell how your family would react to your having this animal as a pet.
~ Meditate, do your rituals, beseech the gods for mercy… and then roll up your sleeves and get to work. – April Elliott Kent
~ When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering, like the flame of a lamp in a windless place. – Krishna
~ The angry man will defeat himself in battle as well as in life. — Samurai Maxim
~ A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
There is a community of the spirit.
There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street
and being the noise.
Drink all your passion
and be a disgrace.
Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.
Open your hands,
if you want to be held.
Sit down in this circle.
Quit acting like a wolf, and feel
the shepherd’s love filling you.
At night, your beloved wanders.
Don’t accept consolations.
Close your mouth against food.
Taste the lover’s mouth in yours.
You moan, “She left me.” “He left me.”
Twenty more will come.
Be empty of worrying.
Think who created thought!
Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.
Flow down and down in always
widening rings of being. ~ Rumi ~ (The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)
Beltane Magick – Beltane Essay (5)
Posted: May 4th. 1999
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Beltane. Oh great! Just what I need, another holiday that supposedly celebrates one thing but ends up doing the complete opposite; so instead of feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, you end up feeling bitter, cynical, and lonely. This can’t be good. Oh, before I begin, I should tell you that I’m in my first cycle of being a Wiccan and I’m single, so this may be a bit bitter at first.
Lemme try this again. *ahem*
Why Beltane? Why Valentine’s Day? Why me? What’s this conspiracy against single people? What’s love got to do with it? I mean, it’s bad enough to be single, unattached, alone, on Valentine’s Day, but then two and half months later comes Beltane and the whole process starts over. You know the one: sitting there, waiting for a letter/note/card/phone call/etc. from someone asking you if you have any plans that day; being disappointed when that doesn’t happen, you end up sitting at home in front of the TV with a big bowl of popcorn and a bottle of cheap wine watching “I Love Lucy” reruns till three in the morning. Oh?? That hasn’t happened to you? Hmmmmm, must just be me then.
Anyways, since Valentine’s Day was a wash this year (and last year, the year before, etc.), so what do I have to look forward to with Beltane?
Being a solitary Wiccan is bad enough, but being a single, solitary Wiccan in the middle of the Bible Belt and not having grown up here is about the worst situation I can think of. Well, with the possible exception of having to judge a country line dancing contest with Barry Manilow. I’ll probably end up talking to my therapist (Dr. J. Daniels), eating junk food, watching “The Three Stooges” till I either fall asleep or pass out and wake up with a killer hangover AND a lonely feeling in my heart.
But then I stopped and thought about it. What is Beltane really about? Or rather, what should Beltane mean to me?
Beltane is a celebration of spring and fertility, yes, but is also a celebration of the union between the God and the Goddess. It’s a time of new life, new hopes, new dreams. And, unlike Valentine’s Day, doesn’t (necessarily) get involved in the whole messy business of love/lust. It’s a time for feasting, singing, dancing, and general merry making. So what if I’m a not-so-bad-looking 29 year old single male who’s as close to being a born-again virgin as can be? The point is, I can either wallow in misery (as I have done in the past and would rather do without) or I can start now to change things and celebrate the true meaning of Beltane by starting a new outlook on life and love.
To this end, I must first strip away my old self, get rid of all the negativity, and put away all the bad experiences and memories in some airtight drum, lock it, pour concrete over it, and dump it in some deep, dark ocean far away. I must cleanse myself of all of this and start afresh, and what better day to do this than on Beltane?
So this May 1, as part of my ritual, I’m doing a ceremonial cleansing bath, complete with herbs, candles, and incense, followed by my ritual to honor the God and Goddess, and then treat myself to a small feast, possibly involving a lobster named Din-din.
The way I see it, Beltane is a celebration of the union between the Lord and Lady and that this is a time to show and share unconditional love and trust, and where better to start than with yourself.
All too often, we spend our time doing things for others: we usually work for somebody’s business; we do community services; if you have children, your whole life basically revolves around them; if you’re married or engaged, your spending your time with your significant other; but how often do we spend on ourselves? When was the last time you bought yourself flowers? Or treated yourself to a gourmet meal? Or took a month long cruise? When was the last time you pampered yourself? If it’s been longer than a year, then I think you’re due.
Now I’m not advocating narcissism as a lifestyle; there are too many people in the world practicing that already. Rather, I’m suggesting that one day out of the year should be set aside just for yourself, so that you can thank yourself for being alive, doing your job, and still remain sane despite it all. And if it’s not on Beltane, than that’s fine, but if you’re single and alone, what else are you going to do that day?
Will you sit around inside some dark, lonely corner of your soul and mope? Or will you get up, put on a smile, go outside and run through the green meadows of life?
To paraphrase Henry David Thoreau, it’s time to suck out the marrow of life and love and enjoy both to their fullest because when Monday comes, it’s back to work.
Eric Speas aka Bad Frog
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