Minus Tide at 9:43 AM of -1.2 feet.
Yesterday was nuts…. We were late getting to the shop again. The longer drive and the different places for things are still throwing us off. Things started quietly enough, with Tempus working on the organizers and me catching up on mail after getting the newsletter out.
<<<<< The lovely waterfall by the apartment <<<<
…and then customers started coming in. It was pretty steady all day, mostly browsers, but I stayed busy. Tempus was working on one project and then another and then headed up to the house to get some more things and to see whether he could find any bolts to fasten the shelves by the desk together before the next organizer gets attached.
>>>>>>> waterlily and koi >>>>>>>>>
I ended up doing a couple of readings and a counseling session, and then late in the day after doing some sewing, I pulled out a spoon blank and started in. I got it to the point of needing sanding.
I spent the evening reading and he got a bath.
<<<<<<< Crimson Maple <<<<<<<<<
Today Tempus is going to be out running around for a bit, then we’ll settle in to the House Capuchin Project Day.
Today’s plant is the FlyAgaric, Amanita Muscaria, the “toadstool” of fairy tales. It’s easily recognizable with its bright red and white cap. Poisonous and hallucinogenic, it’s a favorite of the weirder Fae and a common decoration for Yule trees….for which a lot of people have come up with odd reasons. It probably is an ancient enough association with the time of year that people have forgotten, but there may be a connection through reindeer, shamanism and Odin to Santa Claus and the other gifting deities…. you *can* use the dried mushroom in amulets for vision quests, just don’t eat the darned thing! More here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria
Today’s feast is in memory of the 71,000 people that died from the 1815 three-month-long eruption of the Mount Tambora volcano in Sulawesi, Indonesia. It caused a volcanic winter that made crops fail across the world and gave rise to the stories about the “Year without a Summer” that was even written about in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book, #3, Farmer Boy. Crops froze in New England on the morning of the 4th of July! This is the largest eruption by volume of any in recorded history. Recently cultural remains were found in a place dubbed, “the Indonesian Pompeii”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tambora
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 4/21 at 10:24pm. 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 4/11 at 4:24pm.
Aldebaran 0.3 degrees south of moon – Sunday, April 10, 6 p.m. EDT – The moon will occult Aldebaran as seen from Hawaii, northern Mexico, USA, and southern Canada.
The crescent moon occults Aldebaran in daylight this afternoon for almost all of North America. Get out the scope for this blue-sky observation (weather permitting). See Crescent Moon To Cover Aldebaran in Blue Sky, with local timetables for the star’s disappearance on the Moon’s dark limb and reappearance from behind the bright limb.
After dark, Aldebaran will be shining in the free and clear close to the crescent’s bright side for most of North America, as shown above.
Mercury (bright at about magnitude –0.8) shines in unusually good view in the western twilight this week. Look for it low in the west-northwest in mid-twilight. Each day it appears a little higher. This is Mercury’s best evening apparition of the year.
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 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 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 10 High 2:57 AM 8.8 6:40 AM Rise 9:14 AM 8
~ 10 Low 9:43 AM -1.2 7:55 PM
~ 10 High 4:02 PM 7.3
~ 10 Low 9:45 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is always standing by your side no matter what.
~ The Warrior must be spontaneous and fluid rather than a creature of habit or tradition. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ While we are home our thoughts are still absorbed with solving the challenges we face at the office. And when we are at the office we find ourselves worrying about problems at home. – Jim Rohn
~ Empowerment is about mastery, not domination. It is about teamwork, not autarchy. It is about pride in self, not hubris. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The body is an ocean, rich with hidden treasures. – Brian Perez
The Total Perspective Vortex derives its picture of the whole Universe on the principle of extrapolated matter analyses. To explain — since every piece of matter in the Universe is in some way affected by every other piece of matter in the Universe, it is in theory possible to extrapolate the whole of creation — every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition and their economic and social history from, say, one small piece of fairy cake. The man who invented the Total Perspective Vortex did so basically in order to annoy his wife. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
(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.
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.
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!
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