House Capuchin’s Monthly Potluck (Historical re-creation group, all are welcome, just bring a dish to share and be ok with talking history!) Project Day starts at noon, but the Potluck at 3pm. We’re intending to learn a new game, Rota, which is the Roman version of Tic-Tac-Toe.
It’s already 72F and clear. The light has been lovely this morning. I was out puttering in the plants early enough to get nabbed by a mosquito. 🙂 Today is supposed to be quite hot for the Coast, maybe up to 80 or more!
Yesterday morning our breaker tripped twice and we have no idea why. The 2nd time my computer went down and stayed down. We monkeyed with it last night, but it didn’t come up, so this newsletter, being done on the shop computer, isn’t as complete as I’d like.
When we got to the shop I got the seed starting going and took a nap after the workshop was done. Tempus took off in the afternoon to move some more things. This time the cabinet got downstairs without falling over. 🙂 I mostly was bagging and headering resins yesterday. We have opoponax and black copal up so far. I smelled yummy all night!
In the evening we both ended up going to sleep early, since my computer wasn’t working right, but that meant we got up early, too, and I’m doing this at the shop. We spent an hour or so rearranging some of the just-brought stuff at the apartment, then got put together and headed here.
Today is the House Capuchin monthly Potluck. There’s a crockpot full of a lentil dish going in the workroom and we’ll be changing into garb in the not-too-distant. The shop will open on time.
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail, equisetum sp. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit and can be used, dried, for scrubbing pots and finishing wood. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
Today’s Feast is that of Machendrana in Nepal, supposedly an ancient and powerful rain god. There’s a Chariot festival associated with this, but do you know, all of the online citations seem to come from one of two sources, since they all have the same wording and there’s nothing that I’ve found that says that this is anything but a modern pagan invention? One of the citations of this is Gerina Dunwich’s Wiccan Book of Days, the other seems to be an expanded wording of that. Hmmm….
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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.
That bright “star” close by the Moon this evening is Jupiter. Although they look close together, Jupiter is currently 1,760 times farther away. And it’s 40 times larger in diameter. Jupiter 2 degrees north of moon – Monday, April 18, 1 a.m. EDT – The waxing gibbous moon will pass just south of Jupiter.
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
Su 17 Low 4:29 AM 2.0 6:28 AM Set 4:33 AM 75
~ 17 High 10:15 AM 6.4 8:04 PM Rise 3:58 PM
~ 17 Low 4:41 PM 1.0
~ 17 High 11:03 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a remembering day!
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? -Quotations- In Poor Richard’s Almanack, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Don’t throw stones at your neighbours’, if your own Windows are glass.” What do you think he meant?
~ Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else. – Judy Garland
~ Every one has some friend even among his enemies. – The Saga of Olaf Haraldsson, c.73
~ Be courageous! Have Faith! Go forward! – Thomas Edison
~ Fortunate is the one who is blessed by friends who understand and accept without judgment and expectation! – SanDanYi
HEART LIKE A STONE
Cold, cold heart
Heart like a stone,
To the Bone…
I call out to you,
I cry and moan.
O that cold heart!
Cold as a stone,
Leaving me loveless
Darkness hides you,
Covers like a hood
But you could touch me,
If only you would.
Now your heart,
That heart like a stone
Is lonely without me,
And always alone! – (c) 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Beltane – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltane
Beltane (/ˈbɛl.teɪn/) is the anglicised name for the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. In Irish the name for the festival day is Lá Bealtaine ([l̪ˠaː ˈbʲal̪ˠt̪ˠənʲə]), in Scottish Gaelic Là Bealltainn([l̪ˠa: ˈpjaul̪ˠt̪ˠɪɲ]) and in Manx Gaelic Laa Boaltinn/Boaldyn. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals—along with Samhain, Imbolc and Lughnasadh—and is similar to the Welsh Calan Mai.
Beltane is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and it is associated with important events in Irish mythology. It marked the beginning of summer and was when cattle were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. The people and their cattle would walk around the bonfire or between two bonfires, and sometimes leap over the flames or embers. All household fires would be doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire. These gatherings would be accompanied by a feast, and some of the food and drink would be offered to theaos sí. Doors, windows, byres and the cattle themselves would be decorated with yellow May flowers, perhaps because they evoked fire. In parts of Ireland, people would make a May Bush: a thorn bush decorated with flowers, ribbons and bright shells. Holy wells were also visited, while Beltane dew was thought to bring beauty and maintain youthfulness. Many of these customs were part of May Day or Midsummer festivals in other parts of Great Britain and Europe.
Beltane celebrations had largely died out by the mid-20th century, although some of its customs continued and in some places it has been revived as a cultural event. Since the late 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans have observed Beltane, or something based on it, as a religious holiday. Neopagans in the Southern Hemisphere often celebrate Beltane at the other end of the year (around 1 November).
Walpurgis Night – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgis_Night
(Title illustration of Johannes Praetorius (writer)‘ Blocksbergs Verrichtung (1668))
Walpurgis Night is the English translation of Walpurgisnacht [valˈpʊʁɡɪsˌnaχt], one of the Dutch and German names for the night of 30 April, so called because it is the eve of the feast day of Saint Walpurga, an 8th-century abbess in Francia. In Germanic folklore Walpurgisnacht, also called Hexennacht (Dutch: heksennacht; literally “Witches’ Night”), is believed to be the night of a witches’ meeting on the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, a range of wooded hills in central Germany between the rivers Weser and Elbe. The first known written occurrence of the English translation “Walpurgis Night” is from the 19th century. Local variants of Walpurgis Night are observed across Europe in the Netherlands, Germany, theCzech Republic, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland and Estonia.
(there is a lot more on both pages)