We got well over 1/2 an inch of rain yesterday, but now there’s little chance until into Tuesday. It’s not quite 50F, with an occasional small breath of breeze. There’s actually some sun shining into the solarium!
Leaving the apartment I went up the back way up the “tree steps” to where my box garden is. I’ve been getting to enjoy a few trilliums over the last couple of days, two white and one purple that’s wilting, already. I think I need to dump a couple of the long trays and re-fill them with seeds and such, since they’re full of grass. Any plants in them can be re-planted if I do it quickly…maybe this morning before we head out….I got some of my herb label pegs into the right pots, then headed for the car.
We got to the shop on time yesterday, and settled right into paperwork and bookkeeping. The Duckmeister was in twice, the first time she told us all about some of the funny things the ducks were doing, including where they stashed the missing eggs. The 2nd time she brought eggs! I’ve got a couple of dozen, so pickled eggs and such are happening asap!
Tempus took off to work at the house and I worked with customers. One lady and I had a great chat about blackwork embroidery and I had a lot of others in during the afternoon. Eventually Tempus drove Jeanne to a doctor appointment and eventually came back for me.
I spent quite a while, off and on, doing headers. We have chamomile back on the board again and I got some lemon verbena done and started on some Star Anise. I’m not just doing headers, now, but bagging, as well.
Tempus didn’t get back until nearly 7:30 and had to head back up to the house, so I stayed at the shop and got stuff closed up. When we got to the apartment he had one of the bed cabinets in, and it got damaged in the moving of it and will have to be fixed when we have time. He had to take off right away for his paper run. I sorted and got pieces together, re-filled the cabinet drawers, worked on the newsletter and then wrote until I couldn’t see straight.
I think I’m going to go work on plants until he’s ready to go, hopefully soon.
Rainbow over Yachats Bay, Ken Gagne photo from yesterday.
Today’s plant is the cobra lily, Darlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.
Today’s feast is in honor of Father Damien, the priest of the lepers of Molokai. He was a Catholic missionary who took on the task of organizing the leper colony to which many people had been exiled for showing symptoms of what was then thought to be a highly contagious, incurable disease. He turned the place from a charnel pit to a place where people could live and grow and if they had actually contracted the disease, die in peace with good care. At the age of 49, Father Damien died of the disease himself and was canonized by the Catholic Church. More on Father Damien here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Damien and on leprosy here, which is *not* highly contagious, only 5% of the population can catch it at all, and we now can cure it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leprosy and also a bit on the leper colony where he worked: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalawao
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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 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.
The Sun is displaying an unusually big spot, visible with no magnification — just a safe solar filter or a #13 or #14 rectangular arc-welder’s filter. As of Wednesday April 13th the spot, designated AR [Active Region] 2529, had nearly reached the Sun’s central meridian. It should remain visible for nearly a week after that, until it rotates around the Sun’s western (preceding) limb.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
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
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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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 15 Low 2:14 AM 2.9 6:31 AM Set 3:27 AM 56
~ 15 High 7:56 AM 6.5 8:02 PM Rise 1:59 PM
~ 15 Low 2:50 PM 0.7
~ 15 High 9:30 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a remembering day!
~ No one is better than you, but you are no better than anyone else until you do something to prove it. – The mother of American statesman Bernard Baruch
~ We tell our triumphs to the crowds, but our own hearts are the sole confidants of our sorrows. – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
~ Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it and it darts away. – Dorothy Parker
~ In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot & a mom. – Barbara Costikyan
He is a madman, a knave seized with the madness of ambition, overpowered with a sense of the divinity of himself and his mission, and for that he will barter truth, justice and the whole world plus the handful of bigots he terms the faithful. I believe everybody can perceive how shamefully he betrays his friends, cheerfully leaving them to bear a burden of reproach which he at least should share. – Larry Petrie (1859 – 1901), American anarchist and New Australia colonist, on William Lane; letter to WG Spence, c. 1899
Anja – Tonight we work with the folk traditions of Europe, where the Bael Fires drove away the murrains of winter, destroying storms and all other evil. They called in the good spirits of increase and rain in good measure, sun in plenty that the harvest would be bountiful. Plus, all of this is *fun*! In Germany the Brocken, the Bald Mountain, where the Brocken Giant still walks and throws his shadow on the mists that float through the valleys, was the traditional gathering place of the Knowing Ones on the nights when the veil thinned. Tonight we will join them.
- Do meditation lead in
- Strings up – up into the sky you go
- Statement of theme(brocken) Here is the train of the King Huon and his court on their beautiful horses. His knight’s banners fly in the wind.
- String burble – the horses of Queen Mab and her ladies follow all in garlands of flowers and gowns of flowing white
- Stop – They are here to witness the great battle.
- Strings up – the forces of good and the forces of evil contend to see which will prevail.
- Statement of theme(brocken) They come riding on goats and toads and spiders, wearing their own shapes or shapes that they have borrowed.
- String burble – The Knowing ones have wheat stalks and the evil ones have thorns.
- 2nd theme – They run at each other. Thrashing and hitting.
- Quieter – ..and then separate.
- Single oboe – Readying themselves for another round
- Repeating in others. – and then they get ready to run
- 2nd theme – They run and the vines and wheat stir up a dust that we can’t see through.
- String passage -(improv)
- 2nd theme – -(improv)
- String passage -(improv)
- Horn theme – Ah, They’re done and Good prevails.
- Viverka – The harvest is saved.
- Stepping folk music – what are these, fauns? Yes, oh yes!
- Burble down – .and the Knowing ones and their steeds begin to dance with them.
- Something – and the evil ones slink away.
- Horn theme – The hunters blow their horns.
- Sneaking tiptoeing – What shy beast is this? Not a beast but the dryads of the wood in their green draperies, coming out to join us. They are dancing too
- Burble up/down/up/down – One by one they whirl up among us joining dance.
- Burbling around – Oh ho, the satyrs follow!
- 2nd theme – Those lusty boys
- Horn theme
- Satyrs low horn – and all join in the dance
- Something big – The King himself with Queen Mab is there.
- Horn theme – and the satyrs weave in and out, catching dryads who don’t mind being caught.
- Satyrs low horn – They laugh. All laugh!
- Something big – …and they jump back onto their steeds.
- Horn theme – and away we fly in a mad chase.
- 1st theme lead in – We’ve caught up to the king . See the knight’s banners flying in the wind of their passage.
- 1st theme Brocken – There are the knowing ones. There are the benandanti. There are flocks of birds and huge dragonflies with some of the fae riding them. Oh, the troops of the king!
- 2nd theme – …and the flowers, the garlands of the beautiful queen and her women.
- Violins – The fans and dryads
- 2nd theme variuation – and the satrys of course.
- Horn theme – and the huntsmen blow their horns again.
- Oboe theme
- 1st theme lead in See them jumping again?
- Burbling around – and again the fae whirl past
- Stepping – Here are the dancing fauns with the dryads all in a ring.
- Viverka – The satyrs grab them, but they, laughing, jump away///
- Trilling down – …and one of them bounces off something and a satyr has her, but she’s laughing.
- Loud crashing – …and the troops of the king are riding across the sky.
- Whirling – The fae whirling like leaves behind.
- Horn theme –
- Quiet – Ah, look. We settle from the air, dropping as lightly as flower petals into a green glade, moon lit/
- Gradual build to mezzo almost sweet – The king gives his lady a drink of his mead and lightly kisses her fingertips. The ladies and the knights of the court draw toward each other.
- sweet/sad – The hounds drop, panting to the ground and the huntsmen settle beside them.
- The small fae flutter gently around us all as the moonlight shimmers on the scene.
- Flower theme on Flute (long slow) As we rest a moment, flowers bloom around us, moon flowers, white flowers, sweet and strange scents, heady, giddy-making. There is another vine with blooms that are black in this light. The small fae cluster around the blooms sipping nectar and tipping it into tiny cups. They bring each of us just a taste.
- Fairy theme – Sweet and tantalizing and then …
- Quiet – The fae begin to lift into the sky
- Hold chord – …and the king and his court fly into the sky leaving you behind. …you feel yourself fade into your body again.
- As music ends Come back, now, come back to your body, knowing that you have walked with the Faery folk and the Wise Ones this night.
- Sing with me as you bring yourself back into our circle. “We all come from the goddess and to her we shall return, like a drop of rain, flowing to the ocean.” repeats over and over until all are back
May we always remember!
Ben wonderin’ what you’re up to!