It’s already 66F and every time the sun comes out the temperature quickly climbs another increment. There’s a good breeze and the clouds come and go, making shimmers of the new leaves of the alder and surprising a “clonk” out of the bamboo chime every so often.
>>>>>>>>> block-printing >>>>>>>>>
Yesterday was another long day. The young folks were there almost as soon as we got the shop door open and we had a good class. We had a batch graduate in the last couple of weeks, so we’re re-starting with Lesson 1.
After they headed out, I started on some sewing. I didn’t get a *lot* done, but at least some. Marius got there after a bit and pulled out his pin-making supplies. During the afternoon we ended up block-printing and Tempus worked on making the jigsaw run a bit better, then cut a little goat.
Today Tempus and I are both heading for the shop, but he’s probably going to be out running errands.
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditionak folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort–Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.
There aren’t a lot of feasts listed for today unless you want some more hacked up x-tian martyrs, but the Wicca Book of Days lists a dance of the Banbara people in honor of the Tyi Wara, a half-man/half-beast figure, that has cultural meaning for them.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bambara_people
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/2 at 8:42am.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines below Regulus this evening. >>>>
Among Jupiter’s moons, telescope users in the western half of North America can watch the shadow of Io eclipse Europa from 10:59 to 11:02 p.m. PDT. At mid-eclipse, Europa will be dimmed by 1.4 magnitudes. (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.)
Mars (magnitude +1.4) is disappearing deep in the sunset, to the lower right of much brighter Mercury. Use binoculars or a wide-field scope to say goodbye to it at last.
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 Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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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 27 Low 2:41 AM 2.8 6:13 AM Set 3:11 AM 58
~ 27 High 8:14 AM 5.8 8:15 PM Rise 2:16 PM
~ 27 Low 2:55 PM 1.2
~ 27 High 9:30 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – My intuition works like a trustworthy friend.
~ A person should exhibit frith whatever may come. Though many wish for good, ill is oft the more mighty. – Atlamol en Gronlenzku 34
~ Better to fight and fall than to live without hope. – Volsunga Saga, c.12
~ My eyes to look after them, my ears to hear for them, my voice to warn them, my hand to guard them, my shield to ward them. – Order of Scathach Arming Ritual
~ When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill. – Seneca
There is but one honest limit to the rights of a sentient being; it is where they touch the rights of another sentient being. Do we exert our own liberties without injury to others – we exert them justly; do we exert them at the expense of others – unjustly. And, in thus doing, we step from the sure platform of liberty upon the uncertain threshold of tyranny. – Frances Wright
Beltane Magick –
May Wreath – You will need: grapevine wreath, variety of flowers, greenery (ivy, rosemary, etc), decorative items (ribbons, figurines, etc), Scissors, glue or hot glue gun. Assemble supplies. The greenery goes on first. Weave, wrap, or tuck it into the grapevine. Glue it in strategic places. Ivy, rosemary, and moss are a few ideas. Use fresh or dried. Place a variety of flowers loosely around the greenery and glue them in place. After all flowers are in place, add ribbons, figurines, or crystals. Use this wreath for the top of your maypole.
Flower Chains – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Materials: A grocery bag full of flowers such as daisies, dandelions or other common flowers with flexible stems.
Method 1 – Make a cross with 2 flower. Bend the stem of the top flower around the stem of the bottom flower. Tie a knot with the flower stem and pull lightly to tighten. Lay another flower over the joined stems and tie another knot. Continue with steps 1-3 till chain is as long as you want it. Tie the very last stem around the first one to form a ring. Wear it as a crown or necklace.
Method 2 – Use a pin or your fingernail to make a slit in each flower stem about 1″ below the flower head. Slip the stem of a second flower through the slit in the first stem. Repeat step 2 until the flower chain is as long as you want, then slip the last flower through the slit in the first to form a ring.
Easy Wreath for Your Head
Image from www.starcraftsob.com
Gold, silver or other bendable garland found in stores at Yuletide/Xmas-this usually comes in stars, holly and other such designs
Measure around the head. Measure a piece of garland the same length plus 6 inches. Over lap 3 inches of each end and wrap one end around the other as tightly as possible. Cut lengths of curling ribbon about 4 feet long and tie onto the back side of the wreath. Tie so the ends of the ribbon are even and spaced about 1 inch apart. about one third of the way around. Curl the ribbons. Wear. 🙂 – From Luna Sisters
Crowns of Flowers – From the starcrafts site – http://www.starcraftsob.com/craft/beltanelore.shtml
Of all Wiccan rites, Beltane is the one most likely to find many, if not all, the women crowned with wreaths of flowers. These can be fun to make, either as permanent wreaths of silk flowers, or if enough fresh flowers are in bloom in your area, a fresh flower crown.
The base for fresh flower wreaths might be vines or supple branches of flowering shrubs that can be formed into a circlet and bound with floral tape, light wire or twine. Then extra flowers can be easily woven into the circlet.
For a wreath of silk flowers, you can start with a circlet of heavy coated floral wire, but I’ve found that building a wreath quickly can be most easily done by starting with ivy or leaf garland. Cut a piece long enough to form a circle that fits your head nicely with just a bit to spare so you can neatly wire the ends together. Then you will have a good base of leaves into which you can easily twist stems of a variety of silk flowers, securing them with a bit of floral tape where necessary.
A cascade of narrow ribbons tied at the back makes a pretty finish.