I did a bunch of paperwork, first, then caught up on the computer, then started bagging and setting up resins for the incense wall. Tempus was doing paperwork and trying to find some parts for a customer’s hedge trimmer. Eventually he headed into Newport to pick up his check and I did some counseling and then helped customers. We hadn’t been busy until that point.
When he got back he got the board cut for my computer tray and then we headed home. I spent awhile working on herbs, getting some more soil into my big pot of basil and getting a few things ready for starting seed this morning. I have a *lot* of old seed, so I’m going to set up pots and just start seed until I actually get some plants!
I went outside for a little to listen to the waterfall and looked up into a clear, clear sky at the moon and stars. Regulus and Jupiter were very bright.
I got a shower in the evening and Tempus cooked the pizza, (which was yummy with the addition of olives, onion and mushrooms), and then we both went splat. …or meant to…. Tempus forgot that we were going to get the eggs hardboiled and left ’em sitting upstairs, so he went back and did that while I was doing newsletter stuff. He also sat down and watched part of a movie so we were trying to peel eggs at midnight, and gave up and stuck ’em into the fridge!
Today we have the workshops and I’m going to be working on bagging and headering resins. If we’re lucky, another cabinet will go to the apartment, some shelves to the shop and boxes to storage. It looks like it’s going to be really nice weather for a couple of days here and that we need to take advantage of!
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The Battle of Megiddo was in the 15th century BCE on this date. It was part of a military campaign by Thutmose III to crush a rebellion in Canaan in the 15th century BCE. This is the oldest battle recorded in enough detail to make it “official”. There was a later battle, the one from which we get the word “armageddon” from, where the King of Judah tried to ambush the Egyptian army as they were heading off to fight the Babylonians and got himself killed. This battle is listed in the Bible and several other sources. Armageddon, (comes from Har Megiddo, Megiddo hill), the “last battle” of Christian eschatology, is supposed to take place here, or maybe not…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon
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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.
<<<<<<<<<< Look above the Moon after dusk for Regulus, the bottom of the now-vertical Sickle of Leo. They’re separated by about 3°, about two finger-widths at arm’s length.<<<<<<<<<<<<
Mercury remains well-placed low in the west-northwest in twilight, but it’s fading fast: from magnitude –0.3 on Friday the 15th to +0.9 on Friday the 22nd.
Jupiter was at opposition on March 8, so is still visible most of the night, setting around 5 a.m.
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
Sa 16 Low 3:28 AM 2.6 6:29 AM Set 4:01 AM 66
~ 16 High 9:10 AM 6.3 8:03 PM Rise 2:59 PM
~ 16 Low 3:50 PM 0.9
~ 16 High 10:21 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I listen to my Inner Voice.
~ We must not cease from exploration. – T.S.Eliot
~ A fiction novel contains more truth than people realize-but in a different way than what’s expected. – Shannon Rohrer
~ Everything that you need to take charge of your life is already yours. Believe it or not, it’s been with you since the day you were born, waiting to be used. Kerr Cuhulain
~ Success is a beast. And it actually puts the emphasis on the wrong thing. You get away with more instead of looking within. – Brad Pitt
He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash. – HL Mencken, on USA President Warren G Harding, who was born on November 2, 1865
Love Incense – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
2 parts dragon’s blood resin (powdered)
2 parts rose petals
1 part orris root powder
1 part myrtle
1 part lavender
4 drops musk
4 drops patchouli
Beltane Incense – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Myrrh
1 part Benzoin Gum
1 part Red Copal
1 part Lavender
1 part Jasmine
1 part Rose Petals
1 part Sandalwood
Beltane Oil – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
When mixing oils, use either almond oil or any other colourless lightweight oil.
5 drops Rose
2 drop Lavendar
4 drops Jasmine
Water of Aphrodite – Herbal Beauty – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
(adapted from a medieval recipe for water of roses, a quick and less costly version of Attar of Roses)
The rose is a flower sacred to Aphrodite as Patroness of Love and Lust. Roses have long been used in perfumes and love potions, and a language of intent has been created around the rose and specific colours (red for passion, yellow for goodbye, and so on). Harness the powers of this sacred flower for your magickal rites.
Use one cup of water for 3 roses. Use distilled or spring water, tap water may have too many minerals in it and will darken the petals and resulting potion water. Pull off the rose petals, one at a time and place in an enameled pot with water. Do not use an aluminum or iron pot. If you do so, the petals will turn black and darken the water. Simmer slowly, until desired quantity is reached, then cool. Strain and pour into a bottle or closed container.
Use according to your desire.