It’s 58F and sortof sunny, when it makes up its mind! There’s a good brreze this morning with branches waving, but the computer is reading exactly the same as yesterday’s light breeze. Ok, that makes no sense.
Yesterday went a little sideways. Everyone had bowed out of Sewing and when Tempus was ready to go, I really wasn’t. We would have been way late, so he left me at the house. The tire took way longer than what we had anticipated, so I just decided to do some writing and Tempus was ok with that. We still don’t need the both of us, full time except at intervals. This is what I managed. https://anjasquest.wordpress.com/modernly-available-period-toys-or-how-to-fake-it/
Yes, the volcano erupted a couple of years ago. Did you notice it at that time? Not a darn thing to worry over then, http://dutchsinse.com/4302015-volcanic-eruption-off-west-coast-united-states-oregon-undersea-volcano-now-erupting/ The cool part is that they got the timing on this one right.
Today’s plant is Anthurium. This is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. The most common names for this plant that is beloved by florists include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. The genus is native to the Americas, where it is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean. – Masculine, Fire, Vesta & Mars – Correspondences are for bringing love and beauty to the home, hearth fires and passion. Great handfasting plant! More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthurium
We’ve been talking about this for a month! Did you wash your face in the morning dew? Have a Blessed Beltane and a prosperous season! Beltane http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltane and May Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day
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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. 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.
For May Day, Venus shines directly between the horn-tips of Taurus, Zeta and Beta Tauri (Elnath). It’s closest to brighter Beta. Venus has just passed between the Zeta and Beta Tauri on May 2nd, and Aldebaran far below is lining up with Mercury. (These scenes are drawn for 40° north latitude. Far north or south of there, the scene will be tilted compared to this view.)The Moon, two days from full, shines a few degrees above <<<<< Spica this evening. Far off to their left or upper left is brighter Arcturus, pale yellow-orange.
Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) is low in the east-southeast at the beginning of dawn. The farther south you are, the higher it will be.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 1 Low 5:58 AM 0.7 6:07 AM Set 5:03 AM 89
~ 1 High 12:00 PM 6.3 8:20 PM Rise 6:09 PM
~ 1 Low 5:54 PM 1.6
~ 1 High 11:56 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I deepen my awareness of the consciousness of peace, from which my joyous actions spring.
~ Only two things are infinite- the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe. – Albert Einstein
~ Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment.- John Bradshaw
~ It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
~ The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
TIME, YOU OLD GYPSY MAN
Time, you old gypsy man,
Will you not stay,
Put up your caravan
Just for one day?
All things I’ll give you
Will you be my guest,
Bells for your jennet
Of silver the best,
Goldsmiths shall beat you
A great golden ring,
Peacocks shall bow to you,
Little boys sing.
Oh, and sweet girls will
Festoon you with may.
Time, you old gypsy,
Why hasten away?
Last week in Babylon,
Last night in Rome,
Morning, and in the crush
Under Paul’s dome;
Under Paul’s dial
You tighten your rein —
Only a moment,
And off once again;
Off to some city
Now blind in the womb,
Off to another
Ere that’s in the tomb.
Time, you old gypsy man,
Will you not stay?
Put up your caravan
Just for one day? – Ralph Hodgson (1871-1962), English poet
Beltane Magick – Recipes
IRISH SODA BREAD http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour — unbleached, enriched
1 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour — stone-ground
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1 1/4 cups Buttermilk
Set the baking rack in the center of the oven and place a baking stone (if available) on the rack. Preheat the oven to 375.
In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Mix to incorporate. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Mix quickly to incorporate the milk evenly. It may be easier to mix with the hands than with a spoon. Form the dough into a loaf shape and place in a nonstick 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″ loaf pan. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, until well browned and a skewer inserted in the center comes out dry. Remove from the oven and the baking pan. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Beltane Cake I – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup oats
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/3 cup unbleached white flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
- In a saucepan, heat milk with oats, butter and 1/2 tsp. sea salt.
- Cook until thickened.
- Let stand until room temperature.
- Mix in 2 cups brown sugar, 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla.
- Add the unbleached white flour, baking soda, tsp. cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
- Bake in a well-greased 9X13 pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes up clean.
- After cooling to room temperature cover tightly until serving.
- Top of cake may be decorated with powdered sugar.
Note – This cake is even better if baked the day before it is eaten.
MEADE http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html – Anja’s note. This is pretty close to the recipe for The Mead that Would Not Die. That means it may take a lot longer than a month or three… that was 4 years and it wasn’t done even then.
1 gallon Water
4 pounds Honey
2 Sticks cinnamon
Juice & peel from one lemon
1 teaspoon Activated dry yeast
In a large nonreactive pot, add the next four ingredients to the gallon of water. Boil all together for 30 minutes, then strain into a crock that will hold it with a little room to spare. When cooled, add the yeast, dissolved in some of the liquid. Allow to ferment in a cool place – 55 degrees is ideal – until it ceases bubbling and the liquor clears, then bottle, cap tightly and store in a cool, dark cellar. It should not be used for at least a month, and longer is better. This meade, unlike many other drinks, does not improve with really long aging, so it should be consumed within a year of the time it was made.
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Researchers at the University of Vermont determined that the world’s happiest language is Spanish. German finished fourth, which I find hard to believe. In German, even “I love you” sounds like a threat. – Jimmy Kimmel