Yesterday just sorta went sideways. I ended up with heaps of mail to do in the morning. It’s hard not having a computer at home! I finally got done around 1pm and then had to do a bunch of writing back and forth with folks. I’m not sure what Tempus was doing around then. He had been doing some cleaning and other chores, but then vanished into his office space.
Eventually he headed out to see if he could find a microwave. The one we’ve got just bought it. It’s been wonky for awhile, but finally just quit. I worked on sewing while he was gone and got the body of the psaltery case sewn and the foam glued. Tempus ran in to get some money to get one of the microwaves that he found at the flea market and got the car, so that he didn’t have to carry it…and then found a less expensive one that still worked, which was good.
We didn’t leave until late. Tempus was moving the shelves into the back and loading them, so it was past 9 when we finally headed home. The sky was still light and Tempus commented as we went over the bridge that the clouds looked like holes in the sky.
A photo of the Yachats Valley across the Triple D Ranch, by Ken Gagne yesterday morning.
Today’s plant, sacred to both St. Dorothea (patron saint of florists, which is the attribution that you usually see) and to Aphrodite, is the Jacinth or blue Hyacinth, Hyacinthus orientalis. It is highly poisonous, but has a use or two in the herbalist’s pharmacopeia. It is a lovely plant with a sweet scent that is a garden favorite. It hybridizes easily and will propogate itself in the right environment. – Male, Venus, Water – Promotes happiness, peace of mind and peaceful sleep. Attracts love, luck, and good fortune. Named for Hiakinthos, Greek God of homosexual love, this is the patron herb for gay men. Guards against nightmares when used as an oil, burned as incense, or included in dream pillows. Carry in amulet or sachet to ease grief or the pain of childbirth. More on this plant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinthus_orientalis or here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_%28plant%29 and on St. Dorothea here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_of_Caesare
Today is the date in 1986 when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Chernobyl, Ukrainian SSR, suffered a steam explosion, resulting in a fire, a nuclear meltdown, and the evacuation and resettlement of over 336,000 people around Europe. It apparently started from an unauthorized experiment, a couple of large powers surges and then graphite being exposed to air, which caused it to catch fire. The long-term effects are pretty horrendous and haven’t been caught up with, yet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_Nuclear_Power_Plant More on the disaster itself here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster
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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.
Juno at opposition – Tuesday, April 26, 11:00 p.m. EDT – The asteroid Juno is exactly opposite the sun in the sky, and is visible all night. It is magnitude 10.0 in the eastern part of the constellation Virgo.
Bright Jupiter stands high due south at nightfall. To its right is the Sickle of Leo, >>>>> upright with Regulus marking the bottom of its handle. The Sickle’s second-brightest star is Algieba, Gamma Leonis, a fine double star for telescopes. With the Moon now gone from the evening sky, explore the faint galaxy groups around Algieba with Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article, charts, and photos in the April issue of Sky & Telescope, page 54.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.3, in southern Leo) dominates the southern sky these evenings. Nothing else is nearly so bright. See our telescopic guide to Jupiter in the March issue of Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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
Tu 26 High 3:09 AM 7.3 6:13 AM Set 9:23 AM 88
~ 26 Low 10:08 AM 0.0 8:15 PM
~ 26 High 4:39 PM 6.1
~ 26 Low 10:01 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Ease a soul.
Journal Prompt – Persuasive – Will society find a ‘cure” for racism or crime or any of the other social ills that plague us? Imagine what it would take to cure a specific social problem. Explain your cure and tell how it would work.
~ RUN toward your fears! Embrace them. On the other side of your greatest fears lives your greatest life. – Robin Sharma
~ To accept others around you, have to accept yourself first. – Sandy Diva
~ Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
~ Fate and fortune do not always go hand-in-hand. – Grettir’s Saga, c.34
Have you seen the giant pistons
On the mighty CPR?
With the driving force of a thousand horse.
Well, you know what pistons are. – From ‘Eskimo Nell’; the mighty Canadian Pacific Railway was completed on November 7, 1885
Beltane Magick – Recipes
IRISH SODA BREADhttp://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour — unbleached, enriched
1 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour — stone-ground
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1 1/4 cups Buttermilk
Set the baking rack in the center of the oven and place a baking stone (if available) on the rack. Preheat the oven to 375.
In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Mix to incorporate. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Mix quickly to incorporate the milk evenly. It may be easier to mix with the hands than with a spoon. Form the dough into a loaf shape and place in a nonstick 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″ loaf pan. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, until well browned and a skewer inserted in the center comes out dry. Remove from the oven and the baking pan. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Beltane Cake I –http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup oats
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/3 cup unbleached white flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
- In a saucepan, heat milk with oats, butter and 1/2 tsp. sea salt.
- Cook until thickened.
- Let stand until room temperature.
- Mix in 2 cups brown sugar, 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla.
- Add the unbleached white flour, baking soda, tsp. cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
- Bake in a well-greased 9X13 pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes up clean.
- After cooling to room temperature cover tightly until serving.
- Top of cake may be decorated with powdered sugar.
Note – This cake is even better if baked the day before it is eaten.
MEADE http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html – Anja’s note. This is pretty close to the recipe for The Mead that Would Not Die. That means it may take a lot longer than a month or three… that was 4 years and it wasn’t done even then.
1 gallon Water
4 pounds Honey
2 Sticks cinnamon
Juice & peel from one lemon
1 teaspoon Activated dry yeast
In a large nonreactive pot, add the next four ingredients to the gallon of water. Boil all together for 30 minutes, then strain into a crock that will hold it with a little room to spare. When cooled, add the yeast, dissolved in some of the liquid. Allow to ferment in a cool place – 55 degrees is ideal – until it ceases bubbling and the liquor clears, then bottle, cap tightly and store in a cool, dark cellar. It should not be used for at least a month, and longer is better. This meade, unlike many other drinks, does not improve with really long aging, so it should be consumed within a year of the time it was made.
Silliness – A Tough Question
An 8-year-old girl went to her dad, who was working in the yard. She asked him, “Daddy, what is sex?”
The father was surprised that she would ask such a question, but decides that if she is old enough to ask the question, then she is old enough to get a straight answer. He proceeded to tell her all about the “birds and the bees.”
When he finished explaining, the little girl was looking at him with her mouth hanging open. The father asked her, “Why did you ask this question?”
The little girl replied, “Mom told me to tell you that dinner would be ready in just a couple of secs.”