Yesterday went long as Thursdays tend to. It was a fun day, though! It started out the same as it’s been, moving stuff, paperwork, etc., but I went down to Made by the Beach for the Sewing Workshop and we got a lot done, plus talking over all kinds of things that Sabrina hasn’t heard about, since she’s in her shop so much of the time, i.e. 7 days a week! I did the hand-sewing on a cap, worked on one of the pincushions and then did a little more on the roll of trim that I’ve been making.
When I got back to the shop I went to the Holy Clothing site (whose clothing I’m *really* fond of) and discovered that they had one of the dresses that I’ve been looking for. I wanted a specific color for our son’s wedding during the summer and they finally had it in the right size! I checked with his fiancee, whether she thought it would work with what they’re planning, she said yes, so the dress got bought.
We finally headed home and had supper, then Tempus took off on his paper run. I mixed up some cocoa frosting from a recipe that I love, then took that and cake mix and supplies upstairs and got a couple of cakes made and Jeanne and I ended up visiting until midnight. It was just a standard chocolate cake, but the cocoa frosting really makes it tasty! We each had a slice before I headed downstairs to curl up with a book.
Tempus didn’t get in until it was fully light. There were a couple of new starts on the route that took him miles out of his way and the papers had all the Mother’s Day sale ads, this week. He needs a nap.
I’ve been working on plants this morning. I have to get my nasturtiums that we started a couple of weeks back into pots, already! They’re 6 inches tall! That’s going to be tomorrow morning’s Herbs workshop along with testing some more seeds. I’m hoping that Tempus and I can finish getting the work table re-set and get some of the extra bits out of the main shop area and still get home early enough that I can re-pot my aloes. I’m also hoping to get another shelf unit or three empty and to the shop. Well, we’ll see.
Alsea Bay by Daniel Schoon – “A bridge, a bay, some fog, throw in a sunset and you get a great picture.”
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that are starting to bloom right now, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1429 when Jeanne d’Arc was part of the lifting of the Siege of Orleans during one of the more important parts of the 100 Years War. This was a peasant girl who had a series of visions that led her to take the part of the Dauphin of France and to lead his armies to victory after victory over the English and Burgundian troops that were trying to take France! She cut her hair and wore male clothing as a practice to preserve her modesty and chastity in the task that she was undertaking, which was something that the Church would commonly grant dispensations for. She was captured and sold to the English, who violated legal and church practice to find an excuse to burn her to death as a heretic in 1431. She was finally canonized in 1920. Lots more here including links to some of the historical events. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc
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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. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 5/2 at 12:30am.
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 11:29 p.m. EDT). The Moon rises tonight around 2 a.m. tonight local daylight-saving time. It shines above dim Capricornus before the first light of dawn. Friday, April 29, 11:29 p.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon, April 2016 – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 2:30 a.m. and sets around 1:15 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
It’s a busy night at Jupiter. Io crosses the planet’s face from 9:42 to 11:57 p.m. EDT, followed by its tiny black shadow from 10:44 p.m. to 12:58 a.m. EDT. Europa transits the planet from 12:28 to 3:25 a.m. EDT, followed by its shadow from 2:47 to 5:32 a.m. EDT. Meanwhile, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot crosses the planet’s meridian around 10:52 p.m. EDT. (Subtract three hours from all times to get PDT.)
Neptune is very low in the east-southeast as dawn begins.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz, April 29-May 13 – Stands for: Water (or Lake) Color: Black & White (Green) Casting meaning: Laguz represents the power of water and its easy flowing nature. We must learn to “go with the flow” when this rune shows up in a reading so that we can take full advantage of our powers.
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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
F 29 High 5:29 AM 6.5 6:09 AM Rise 1:58 AM 64
~ 29 Low 12:39 PM 0.5 8:19 PM Set 12:09 PM
~ 29 High 7:29 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take your shoes off and go barefoot.
~ If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. – Rene Descartes
~ A true friend stabs you in the front. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ Kindness is the beginning of cruelty. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~ You don’t drown by falling in water. You only drown by staying there. – Zig Ziglar
Druids recognize both the ancestors of the blood and the ancestors of the land, and they also recognize a third: the ancestors of the spirit. The ancestors of the spirit are those people who inspire you, who speak to something deep within you that recognizes the truth. They may be artists, musicians, writers, poets, priests, prophets, scientists, philosophers, kings, beggars, farmers, or hunters. They may have lived thousands of years ago, or they may be living now. You may know every detail of their lives, or perhaps all you know of them is a fragment of anonymous writings. – Heather “Say the Trees Have Ears” blog
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.
SAVORY CHEESE SCONEShttp://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups Grated cheddar cheese
3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup Butter
1/3 cup Milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all dry ingredients, stir in cheeses and toss well. Cut in butter. Combine eggs and milk, add to flour mixture and gently knead to form a stiff dough. Cut dough ball into halves and pat each half into an 8″ diameter, 1/2″ thick circle. Cut into wedges, place wedges on a baking sheet and bake 15 to 17 minutes, until lightly browned.
Maple Angel Cake
This recipe serves: 14
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
1 cup cake flour
1 1/2 cups superfine granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups egg whites (about 10 large eggs whites), at room temperature
1 1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar to the flour and sift twice.
3. With an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form when the mixer is removed from the batter.
4. Add half of the remaining sugar and beat for 1 minute. Add the remaining sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating after each addition.
5. Stir in the vanilla and maple extract.
6. Fold the flour and sugar mixture into the egg whites, 1/4 cup at a time, just until incorporated.
7. Put the batter in an ungreased 10″ tube pan and bake until the cake is light golden brown and springy to the touch, about 1 hour. Invert the pan and let the cake cool completely before removing from the pan.
Fae Candies – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 box raisins or hazelnuts
Honey (if you use hazelnuts)
- Mix the dry ingredients together until blended.
- Roll the raisins in it.
- If you use hazelnuts, you will need to dip them in honey first.
- You may adjust ingredients to suit your tastes.
Silliness – The Rules of Chocolate – If you’ve got melted chocolate all over your hands, you’re eating it too slowly.