Yesterday started late. I did a couple more rounds of plant/herb/garden work before the rain started, then took a nap. Tempus woke me running in and out moving some stuff up to the garage. He got very wet, since it started to rain. We got 4/10 of an inch before it petered out.
I spent a little while organizing the back room and my computer dresser, then we both puttered around shifting shelves and moving things to final places. We also got a solid idea of where we’re putting what, once the rest of the cabinets are down here. Late in the afternoon Tempus took some laundry up to the washer and dryer, then took our leftovers from last night to zap. I had been hoping to move a cabinet or dresser or *something*, but… oh, well. The space is certainly better organized and I’m seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
I set up a chicken/potato crockpot stew for a late supper for Tempus. I spent the evening chatting with friends and setting up newsletters, before curling up with a book. It’s fun, living in a library!
Tempus just got back from taking Jeanne to a doctor appointment and brought the laundry down. He needs to sleep for awhile and then we’ll get back to moving more stuff.
A pic of a blue heron by Ken Gagne from 4/10/16
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today’s feast is Songkran (Thailand) and is celebrated under different names across southeast Asia and the traditional New Year’s festival. It’s hot there and so the festival includes a lot of water being poured over statues, offered to elders and monks and general turning into a major waterfight with super-soakers and all! Sometimes the water includes fragrances, tempera paint or talc for special blessings. There are links to the other festivals and a lot more information on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_%28Thailand%29
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/13 at 8:54pm. 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 4/20 at 10:24am.
Wednesday, April 13, 11:59 p.m. EDT – First Quarter Moon, April 2016 – The First Quarter Moon rises around 11:45 a.m. and sets around 2:45 a.m. It dominates the evening sky. The Moon after dusk is positioned between Pollux and Castor to its upper right and Procyon to its lower left (for North America).
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in southern Leo) dominates the high southeast to south these evenings. Nothing else is nearly so bright! See our telescopic guide to Jupiter in the March issue of Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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
W 13 High 5:33 AM 7.4 6:35 AM Set 2:01 AM 35
~ 13 Low 12:36 PM 0.0 7:59 PM Rise 11:58 AM
~ 13 High 7:16 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is in the air. Breathe it in.
~ Childhood is a disease – a sickness that you grow out of. – William Golding (1911-1993) English writer
~ The real is always way ahead of what we can imagine. – Paul Auster
~ No matter how busy you find yourself during the work day, you absolutely must make time to communicate. All the brilliant ideas in the world are worthless if you don’t share them. – Stuart R. Levine and Michael A. Crom
~ Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. – Henry Ward Beecher
He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
Beltane Magick – Seraphina’s Cottage – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Welcome to the Cottage, dear friends. The chaos is outside, more specifically, the children are off romping in the woods busily building their tree fort. Pull on a pair of gardening gloves and join me outside.
Beltaine! At last winter is well and truly behind us and we look forward to the ever lengthening and warming days. The time between Ostara and Beltain has been a time of busy preperation for enticing the Earth to bring forth Her fertility. Ground has to be turned and tilled to receive seeds, vegetable beds need to be prepared, and fertilising mulches turned into the soil. The pastoralists are also busy at this time, turning the young herds out into their spring pastures and getting summer pastures prepared. We are, in this span, busy, busy, busy like our bee friends. Is it any wonder then, that at Beltaine, when the trees bloom and early cold weather crops are ready, we take a bit of time for a celebration? And, seeing’s how “Spring is in the air,” is it any wonder that after the long months of winter, and until recent times the spectre of want, our celebrations are wild and exhuberent, life affirming and spectacularly joyous?
This year, life is imitating Witches Art rather closely, for the museum where I work has been busily preparing for an American Museums Association accreditation committee visitation. The span between Ostara and Beltaine has been dedicated to ensuring the museum’s grounds (buildings, artefact collections, and exhibit spaces) were prepared to receive the seeds that accreditation will help grow, that is an enlarged research grant pool (most people who give you money want that official “gold seal”…go figure…), an easier procedure for borrowing 17th century period pieces for exhibit (again, people lending you one-of-a-kind pieces want that AMA stamp), as well as the knowledge that the museum we all work for has gotten a nod from others in the profession for developing a museum with the highest professional goals and standards (everyone loves a job well done). And, believe you me, we will celebrate when the visit is completed, for this year’s Cinqo de Mayo party is going to be a big stress reliving “blow-out.” I wonder if we will play Pin-the-Mustachio-on Roger again?
In any case, I will celebrate this Turning, for my yard is prepared for a bountiful harvest of herbs and roses, and the archaeological lab where I do research is cleaner than it has been in decades. And….as it is the beginning of the Time of the Big Sun, the half of the year presided over by Grianna, a goddess most certainly associated with love and romance, well, that’s in the cards too ::wink::
Until the next Turning, may the Gods Bless all your endeavours, may your plans be fertile and come to full fruition, and may you find added love and romance in your life ::nudge, nudge, wink, wink::