Wow, this is late! It’s nearly 1pm as I start to type. On Wednesdays we normally end up getting up late as it is. Tempus got in around 4am. It’s 58F by the computer, but the local thermometer says 62. There’s very little wind and it’s quite overcast, but there’s little chance of rain until tomorrow night.
Yesterday was busy, busy, busy! Once the newsletter was out, we finished up some things, left the shop, and went back to the apartment. Tempus offloaded and moved some things around for me, then took Jeanne to her appointment. I worked in the “galley”, the back room of the apartment and spent some time on plants in the solarium and my box garden. There’s a lot more to do.
Once Tempus was back we had some supper and he shifted some of the stuff that I haven’t been able to manage. After that he brought the boat table down. It’s a drop-leaf that’s been in the front hall for years, but we don’t have room for a full table. My Dad made it of mahogany back in the 50’s for my folks’ boat.
Eventually Tempus was taking out trash and setting out cans for the week and then he headed out on his newspaper run, while I worked putting more things away. Eventually, I curled up and read and then went to sleep, waking when he got in and getting some bills paid online that he had the information for.
Today we got up late. I’ve been puttering in the garden already. My coffee this morning had acquired a pillbug, which turned my stomach enough that I haven’t eaten, since! I’m going to as soon as this is out, though. I’m heading for the house to pack since the boxes arrived yesterday afternoon and I want to get the shelves ready to roll and the other dresser. At that point I’m going to get back to sorting the kitchen stuff, trying to figure what’s going for a yard sale, what’s going to the kids, what’s going to the apartment, to the shop and the stuff that isn’t getting packed, but tossed.
Tempus is heading over to Marius’ to do some chores that they can’t handle and then we have esbat tonight.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. –Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Vadersolstavlan, (sun-dog painting, or weather-sun painting) created in 1535, is the oldest painting of the city of Stockholm and is believed to have been painted of a real (i.e. not imagined) event, shortly after this weather phenomenon happened. It’s also the oldest depiction of “sun dogs”, which are what are pictured here. More on the painting here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4dersolstavlan and on Sun Dogs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_dog which page includes a lot of links to other atmospheric phenomena of this type. The pic of the painting is with the article. It just looks like a blur, this small, so I didn’t put it in the newsletter.
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/23 at 10:24am.
The almost-full Moon hangs about 6° above Spica low in the southeast in twilight (for North America). Watch the Moon edge a little closer to Spica through the night.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, also in the legs of Ophiuchus above Scorpius) rises around midnight 7° to the lower left of brighter, more colorful Mars. By early dawn they stand in the south-southwest — Saturn on the left, bright Mars on the right. Fainter, Mars-colored Antares beneath Mars makes it a triangle.
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
W 20 High 12:10 AM 7.4 6:23 AM Set 5:56 AM 94
~ 20 Low 6:36 AM 0.6 8:08 PM Rise 6:53 PM
~ 20 High 12:38 PM 6.7
~ 20 Low 6:38 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dance to the rhythm of life.
~ I believe the Earth is good. That people, untortured by circumstance or fate, are also good. I do not believe the people of the world are naturally my enemies, or that animals, including snakes, are, or that Nature is. – Alice Walker
~ When you find the strength to continuously act in the face of uncertainty, you till the soil of genius. – Jonathan Fields
~ If I found in my own ranks that a certain number of guys wanted to cut my throat, I’d make sure that I cut their throats first. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~ Wait patiently, sense the flows emanating from your opponent, and defeat the attack. – Kerr Cuhulain
Oh Blessed Mother
I am but your tool
sometimes i am wise,
sometimes a fool
but still I walk onward
doing your will
thru trails and tribulations
I stand taller still
My faith is so strong
my love it is too
at the end of the tunnel
I see only you
I know that these lessons
serve purpose for trust
and mountains must be climbed
as success is a must
I walk ever forward
your torch in my hand
shining your truth before me
all across this land
I walk e’vr with bravely
with you by my side
naked before you
with nothing to hide
you know my true heart
and all that I think
you always will guide me
I will never sink
my faith in my goddess
is a powerful bond
it is never ending
it will go on and go on
she will be with me
both future and past
thru time ever last.
So Mote it Be! and so it is so! – Ruby Red Pepper 3/10/2006
A Prayer of thanks to a lover – excerpt from Fifth Sacred Thing By Starhawk;
My love, you are a river fed by many streams
I bless all who have shaped you,
The lovers whose delights still dance patterns on your back,
Those who carved your channels deeper, broader, wider,
Whitewater and backwater lovers,
Swamp lovers , sun-warmed estuary lovers,
Lovers with surface tension,
Lovers like boulders,
Like ice forming and breaking,
Lovers that fill and spill with the tides.
I bless those who have taught you and those who have pleased you and
those who have hurt you.
All those who have made you who you are.
Maypole Dance Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html– Ann O’Brien 1995 – Source:http://www.earthspirit.com/mtongue/chtlib/chtlifr.html
Weave, spin, dance your cares away,
A spirit fire’s alive to your entrancing,
Weave, spin, dance into the May,
The earth and sky are wed as you are dancing,
Invocation from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we’re upward bound.
Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.
Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.
Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.
Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.
In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don’t be afraid to get inspired.