Drippy. chill kind of a day…..The computer says there’s been no precipitation…. even yesterday…. I *know* that’s not true and I was damp coming in this morning. It’s quite thoroughly overcast, although there was a bright spot over the coast range as we were coming over the bridge and despite everything being very wet, it’s getting brighter outside. 47F and only a light breeze.
Once I got the newsletter out yesterday I switched over to trying to sort out the new pictures. Tempus was doing paperwork. I did the Herbs Workshop on Rue and then went through the partially washed organizer drawers some more. Sewing was just me, so I worked on the psaltery case.
We didn’t leave the shop until past dark. Tempus was working on a project, so I did a little carving, a little sewing and a lot of pictures while I was waiting.
It was coming down pretty hard when we got home and Tempus, running back and forth to the car, got pretty soaked. He watched a movie after we had supper and we both got showers, so went to bed in a much nicer frame of mind. 🙂
Arnemetia’s already been in and we had a good chat. Today is the House Capuchin’s project day, but it’s just going to be two of us, it looks like, so we’ll probably spend more time on shop stuff than is usual on Sundays. Maybe we can get another shelf unit down here and I can get some stuff off of the work table!
Our oldest boy, Arthur, got this pic of the Full Moon in Seattle over his workplace at 4am on the morning of 4/23.
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
St. Mark’s Eve is a traditional time for divination. More on the customs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mark%27s_Eve and more on St. Mark here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mark_the_Evangelist His supposed martyrdom by the pagans of Alexandria has been used as an excuse for persecuting pagans… Ya know, when you read through a lot of the martyrdom stories, the stories that have been come up with since 9/11 about persecuting Moslems don’t sound nearly so outlandish…. Not advocating persecuting anyone, just making a point about how the “winners” can twist the truth.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/6 at 12:30pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/29.
Venus is lost in the glare of the Sun.
The waning gibbous Moon rises late this evening and is well up by midnight. By then you can see that it forms an irregular quadrilateral, about 10° across, with bright Mars, Saturn, and fainter Antares. They’re in the south-southwest by the time dawn brightens on Monday morning the 25th, as shown below.
Moon, Saturn, Mars, and Antares in group – Monday, April 25, past midnight – These four bright objects will rise as a group in the east just after midnight on April 24/25. Credit: Starry Night Software
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
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 24 High 2:06 AM 7.6 6:16 AM Set 8:00 AM 97
~ 24 Low 8:52 AM -0.2 8:13 PM Rise 10:41 PM
~ 24 High 3:12 PM 6.5
~ 24 Low 8:47 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you love someone, let them know, and if not, let them go.
~ Acquiring a degree or initiation is meaningless unless it really indicates a certain mastery has been attained. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ We go through the day without really listening to what others are saying to us. We may be hearing the words, but we aren’t absorbing the message. – Jim Rohn
~ The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. – William Shakespeare
Healer by Lila MoonShadow, Dedicated to EH
The door opened and there you stood
your arms open wide
My heart knew right then
there was no reason to hide
Understanding pours from your eyes
peace from your lips
a balm for my soul lies
in your fingertips.
Concern and care for my heart
passion held in check
strength beneath your careful moves
your breathe upon my neck
Your gentle hands smoothing my hair
your arms wrapped round me tight
whispering words that heal
all through the night
Forever I will feel you
in my heart to stay
you touched my life forever
with the things you say – Written and Submitted By Lila MoonShadow
Beltane Magick – Crafts
May Wreath – http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html
You will need: grapevine wreath, variety of flowers, greenery (ivy, rosemary, etc), decorative items (ribbons, figurines, etc), Scissors, glue or hot glue gun. Assemble supplies. The greenery goes on first. Weave, wrap, or tuck it into the grapevine. Glue it in strategic places. Ivy, rosemary, and moss are a few ideas. Use fresh or dried. Place a variety of flowers loosely around the greenery and glue them in place. After all flowers are in place, add ribbons, figurines, or crystals. Use this wreath for the top of your maypole.
Flower Chains –http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Materials: A grocery bag full of flowers such as daisies, dandelions or other common flowers with flexible stems.
Method 1 – Make a cross with 2 flower. Bend the stem of the top flower around the stem of the bottom flower. Tie a knot with the flower stem and pull lightly to tighten. Lay another flower over the joined stems and tie another knot. Continue with steps 1-3 till chain is as long as you want it. Tie the very last stem around the first one to form a ring. Wear it as a crown or necklace.
Method 2 – Use a pin or your fingernail to make a slit in each flower stem about 1″ below the flower head. Slip the stem of a second flower through the slit in the first stem. Repeat step 2 until the flower chain is as long as you want, then slip the last flower through the slit in the first to form a ring.
Easy Wreath for Your Head
Gold, silver or other bendable garland found in stores at Yuletide/Xmas-this usually comes in stars, holly and other such designs
Measure around the head. Measure a piece of garland the same length plus 6 inches. Over lap 3 inches of each end and wrap one end around the other as tightly as possible. Cut lengths of curling ribbon about 4 feet long and tie onto the back side of the wreath. Tie so the ends of the ribbon are even and spaced about 1 inch apart. about one third of the way around. Curl the ribbons. Wear. – From Luna Sisters
Crowns of Flowers – From the starcrafts site –http://www.starcraftsob.com/craft/beltanelore.shtml
Of all Wiccan rites, Beltane is the one most likely to find many, if not all, the women crowned with wreaths of flowers. These can be fun to make, either as permanent wreaths of silk flowers, or if enough fresh flowers are in bloom in your area, a fresh flower crown.
The base for fresh flower wreaths might be vines or supple branches of flowering shrubs that can be formed into a circlet and bound with floral tape, light wire or twine. Then extra flowers can be easily woven into the circlet.
For a wreath of silk flowers, you can start with a circlet of heavy coated floral wire, but I’ve found that building a wreath quickly can be most easily done by starting with ivy or leaf garland. Cut a piece long enough to form a circle that fits your head nicely with just a bit to spare so you can neatly wire the ends together. Then you will have a good base of leaves into which you can easily twist stems of a variety of silk flowers, securing them with a bit of floral tape where necessary.
A cascade of narrow ribbons tied at the back makes a pretty finish.