It’s quite thoroughly overcast at 1200 feet. Things are dampish. I’m guessing showers during the night. I have some vague recollection of tippety-tapping on the skylight in the very early morning. We’re getting some good gusts, but the wind is fairly quiet. The barometer is rising, so we’ve a good chance of pretty weather tomorrow.
>> Gnome dolls from the Toys Workshop. >>
I had intended to go in, but talked it over with him right before time to head out and stayed home to write up class notes and get some other writing done. This was the fruit of it, in a new blog that I’m starting for my research stuff. https://anjasquest.wordpress.com/toys/balls/ I worked on that well into the evening, finally getting some mail finished and a few other tasks right before bedtime.
Today is all doctor appointments. Tempus has already been down there for his bloodwork and basic checks. I’m going in later. In the evening he’s supposed to be going to Marcus’ to work on their metal projects. I’m going to try to get caught up on some newsletter stuff. I’ve got a couple of skimpy files (quotes!) that I need to fill in and get a bit ahead. …and then I have more writing to do.
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. I’ve talked before about the azaleas being a subset of the rhodys. This picture is the main kind that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact! The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
Today’s Feast is that of the Founding of Rome in 753 (752?) BCE on this date by Romulus who plowed a furrow around the Palatine Hill to describe the boundary of his city. This is the date used in the Roman calendar that dates Ab Urbe Condita, (from the Founding of the City) or Anno Urbis Conditae (Years since the founding of the City), usually abbreviated to A.U.C. There are a lot of different dates given, but the circumstances fall around this year pretty well, at least partially because of the dating of eclipses related to specific events. Romulus and Remus were abandoned as infants and nursed by a she-wolf (Lupa, honored in the Lupercalia) before being adopted by a shepherd. This date is also the celebration of the Palilia (Par Ilia) which is a feast of shepherds and their flocks. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founding_of_Rome and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ab_urbe_condita
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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.
The waxing crescent Moon shines left of Venus and above Aldebaran in twilight.
Far to their lower right, Mercury and faint Mars are within 1.6° of each other this evening and tomorrow evening. Look early with binoculars.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.2, in Cancer) shines high in the south as the stars come out, and less high in the southwest after dark. It’s the second-brightest point of light in the sky, after Venus. Don’t expect to see nearly the detail with your eye that video-frame stacking with large amateur telescopes can bring out.
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
Tu 21 High 2:34 AM 8.7 6:22 AM Rise 8:41 AM 5
~ 21 Low 9:22 AM -1.2 8:08 PM Set 11:40 PM
~ 21 High 3:45 PM 7.1
~ 21 Low 9:24 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take lots of naps.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – “Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope and, crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” — Robert F. Kennedy
~ The most irritating thing in the world is when a left-handed person puts the bread tie back on the loaf. – from Michael P.
~ When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets. – Nietzsche
~ There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life. – Anais Nin
~ Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky. – Anaïs Nin
There is great power in a resolution that has no reservations in it — a strong, persistent, tenacious purpose — which burns all bridges behind it and which clears all obstacles from its path and arrives at its goal, no matter how long it may take, no matter what the sacrifice or the cost. – Orison Sweet Marden (1850-1924) American Editor and Speaker
Beltane Magick – Crafts
Laminated Window Hangings for Beltane
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Beltane cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of flowers, wreaths, Maypoles or other Beltane figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
(Adult supervision for the scissors)
Paper Lunch Bag (preferably white)
With your paper bag, take your construction markers to make a face on the bottom of the bag. The mouth will be on the bottom edge where the bag is folded. You can use felt as well, for the eyes, nose, ears, spots, etc. For the ears, cut small and pointy shapes out of the construction paper and use the glue to attach them to the side of the bottom edge of the bag.
May is a month that fairies love. Show them your appreciation by making them some furniture!
- twigs, vines, dried flowers
- needle and thread
- scrap material
- hot glue gun
- pruners to cut the twigs
- Decide what you’re going to make. We’ll make a chair, to give you an example.
- Cut the twigs in this manner – one long, bendable piece that will form the back legs and back of the chair, and four equal lengthed twigs which will form the two front legs and the seat.The chair should stand no more than four inches tall (including the back)
- Bend the long twig,and hot glue one of the smaller pieces in between the two ends where you want the seat to be.This will be the back of the seat.
- Hot glue on each side of the bent twig facing towards you a smaller twig; these will be the sides of the seat.
- Glue the front piece of the seat to these side twigs.
- Glue the two front legs to the seat so that the chair legs are even.
- If you wish,wrap the vines around the chair back and legs.
- Cut the scrap material to form a “back” and a “seat” – these are NOT to be as wide as the chair, but will fit inside of the twigs.
- Using your needle and thread, attach the material to the chair using a whip stitch.
- Hot glue small dried flowers at the top of the chair.
This technique can be used to make all kinds of fairy furniture, from tables to beds, to sofas – all of which are sure to delight your fairies! You can make little tea cups too from dried flower cups!