The sky is a lovely soft blue. There must be some high haze because the sunlight isn’t quite as intense as it was yesterday, but it’s still bright enough to make my scalp feel cooked just walking into the house. I’d better remember my hat while I’m in the garden, or I’ll be a french fry! It’s right at 60F with almost no wind whatsoever.
We didn’t get moving until way later than planned yesterday, and then the working day got cut short because Tempus needed to get some things in Newport before the stores closed. By late in the afternoon he was pulling the bed apart after having done laundry. I was alternating packing with blog stuff all day.
My dolls all got pulled down and set in the closet all together and they’re heading for the new display case today. The stuffed toys went into the dryer and then into a box to get sorted later. Clothes, bedding. Oi! …but it all started moving out the door. We’re getting places….
He spent the evening working on the new place while I was packing at the house. It’s amazing how much we’ve accumulated….
Today is more moving. We spent last night at the new place and are packing/moving more stuff all day today. Hopefully the rest of the bed will get down there and my pillows won’t be trying to walk out the window anymore. 🙂 I’m going to be shifting plants today, as well. The computers need to get shifted as well, so the newsletter might be disrupted tomorrow. I dunno.
A Ken Gagne photo from back on 2/23/15 of the front of the Yachats Inn.
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
The feast of Salus, the personification of safety, health and welfare in the Roman Empire, was held on this date, which had also been the feast of Janus & Concordia. One of the most ancient of the Roman Goddesses, she gradually took on more the aspects of caring for one’s personal health and became associated with Hygeia and Asculapius.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salus
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 4/7 at 4:24am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/31 at 8:17am.
Last-quarter Moon tonight (exact at 11:17 a.m. Thursday EDT). The Moon rises very late, around 2 a.m. local time, with Mars and Saturn pointing down to it from the upper right.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in the legs of Ophiuchus) rises around midnight or a bit later, 10° lower left of Mars. By early dawn they stand in the south — Saturn on the left, bright Mars on the right — with fainter, Mars-colored Antares below them making it a triangle.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 30 High 5:07 AM 6.9 7:00 AM Rise 1:39 AM 68
~ 30 Low 12:17 PM 1.1 7:42 PM Set 11:27 AM
~ 30 High 6:51 PM 5.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t be afraid of pressure. Remember that pressure is what turns a lump of coal into a diamond.
~ When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
~ Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. – Carl Sagan
~ Fighting ourselves rarely works, especially in the long term. Progress is made by convincing our doubts to take (at least) a short break and trust us to get the job done well. – Carey Rockland of Athletistry
~ Be nice to ’em goin’ up, because you’re going to meet them all comin’ down. – Jimmy Durante
Great ideals and principles do not live from generation to generation just because they are right, nor even because they have been carefully legislated. Ideas and principles continue from generation to generation only when they are built into the hearts of children as they grow up. – George S. Benson
By Jennings Brown, Special to CNN, updated 8:39 AM EDT, Sun April 1, 2012
Revelers take part in the battle of Els Enfarinats, which is thick with flour and eggs, in the town of Ibi, Spain.
- In France and Scotland, pranksters often attach things to a victim’s back
- Spaniards celebrate their version of April Fools’ on December 28
- Humorina is a festival dedicated to humor in Odessa, Ukraine
(CNN) — There is no better way to ring in the spring season than with a free pass to the carefree days of childhood when no one could chastise you for a well-executed prank — as long as it brought a smile to both parties.
You may choose to privately celebrate April Fools’ Day by covering your office toilet seat in saran wrap or telling your mom you’re engaged to a death metal drummer. Or you may celebrate publicly, if you live in one of the American cities that host festivities.
In San Francisco, revelers can dress up in outlandish outfits and participate in the Saint Stupid’s Day parade. New Yorkers can run the “Backwards Mile” through Central Park or attend the April Fools’ Parade, which has been announced for the last 26 years, but never taken place.
But if you want to take your pranking abroad, there are other countries that do tomfoolery even better than America. Here’s a destination guide for the ultimate purveyor of mischief.
Many sources claim April Fools’ began in France after King Charles IX decreed that all citizens must begin their calendar on January 1, moving the start of the year back by three months. Therefore, those who celebrated around the beginning of April were deemed foolish.
Considering there are earlier mentions of the holiday, this origin story is a little fishy. But the French celebration is even fishier. The day itself is called Poisson d’Avril, as pranksters attempt to attach paper poisson (fish) to unsuspecting fools’ backs.
Perhaps the most enjoyable tradition of this holiday is all the fish-shaped treats and pastries that fill bakeries and chocolate shops.
If you’re a true gowk hunter, then you should head to Scotland, as their April Fools’ celebrations last for two days. Hunt the Gowk Day is celebrated on April 1. “Gowk” is Scottish for “cuckold” or “fool,” and the goal of the day is to hunt them out and make them aware of their foolishness. The traditional prank of this day revolves around making someone go on a fool’s errand.
And while day one is dedicated to making someone the butt of a joke, day two is all about making a joke out of someone’s bum. April 2 is Taily Day, when you’re not only allowed, but encouraged, to focus your attention on the posteriors of others. The infamous “kick me” sign most likely originated as an early Taily Day joke.
The Spaniards celebrate their version of April Fools’ on December 28, so you have plenty of time to plan. El día de los Santos Inocentes is a Catholic holiday dedicated to the remembrance of the “Holy Innocents” who were killed when King Herod ordered the death of baby boys in Bethlehem after hearing that he was going to lose his throne to the newborn King of the Jews, according to the Gospel of Matthew.
Yes, pranks to commemorate the mass slaughter of infants.
The fool of each prank is considered an inocente, and after the prank is made, the prankster shouts the phrase to let him know he’s been had.
If you really want to make the most of the day, celebrate in the town of Ibi, Alicante, which hosts the Els Enfarinats festival that has taken place for two centuries. Participants partake in a mock coup d’etat that culminates with one of the world’s largest food fights when everyone takes to the streets with flour and eggs. Mock soldiers run around in the bedlam, collecting “taxes” that go to charity.
A Hindu devotee splashes water as he celebrates Holi by throwing colored powder and water.
India gets the award for most vibrant custom, with their Hindu holiday, Holi. Also known as the Festival of Colors, this celebration takes place on the last full moon day of winter, someday in February or March. The next Holi takes place on March 27, 2013.
All across the country, participants take to the streets, playing pranks and throwing colorful, scented powder at each other. In this bacchanalia that gives you an idea of what it would look like if a Skittles factory exploded, the social structure and norms aren’t as black-and-white as they are throughout the rest of the year. No one is expected to be polite when they’re expecting to be blasted in the face with a handful of rainbow dust. But along with chaos, this tradition induces a national sense of exhilaration truly fitting for the beginning of spring.
The holiday is exceptionally more exuberant in the northern India. Some of the best cities to celebrate are Mathura and Vrindavan; Delhi; and Shantiniketan, West Bengal.
Although the nation itself doesn’t show great enthusiasm for April Fools’ Day, the port city of Odessa more than makes up for it with Humorina — a festival of humor.
On April 1, the city erupts with parades, concerts, plays, art, fireworks, costumed locals and pranks galore. Americans might go out of their way to confuse a friend or coworker, but since Humorina was created in 1973, Odessans have proven themselves as some of the most creative and dedicated pranksters in the world.