It’s already 69F, even a tad too warm in the sun. It may get up to 80F. I’m glad I had some warning because we’re a little isolated from it in the apartment. I’m going to have to water this evening. It’s sunshine and clear and a decent breeze, just a beautiful day! Wow… the humidity is only 35%!
Yesterday started pretty well. The Herbs Workshop potted up some of the nasturtium starts and I got more done, later. I got a nap, since getting up that early meant that I got sleepy around lunchtime. Tempus headed out as soon as I work, working at the apartment to make certain that there was room to put the furniture pieces in that he’s going to have help moving today. I did a bunch of paperwork and then started tagging and headering.
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It was a pretty quiet day until around 6pm. I don’t know if some new chemical was drifting around last night or what, but first a guy came in that floats in and out who has some problems. He would come in the door, say something that didn’t make sense and then wander off. He did that several times.
The serious one though, was later. I had a real creeper in the shop. He reeked of alcohol and his pupils had taken over his eyes and he was jittery. He kept batting around the shop making stranger and stranger comments. I almost called 911, but instead I went out the front door, figuring that if it got worse I’d head down to the Frog. The moment he came out the door, I nipped back in and locked it!
Tempus got there not too long afterwards and we went up to get a load of stuff from the house. I harvested roses and sage blossoms while it was still light. I still need to get those plants moved. Once we were home was started some supper, but it took a long time and we got to bed late.
He’s going to harvest my rugosa flowers as soon as he leaves here today, then start on shifting furniture. They’re supposed to move the dresser, headboard and several bookshelves today…. I hope they get that far.
It’s already a little over-warm in the shop, but we’re busy today for some reason. I had this done two hours ago!
Today’s plant is Anthurium. This is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. The most common names for this plant that is beloved by florists include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. The genus is native to the Americas, where it is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean. – Masculine, Fire, Vesta & Mars – Correspondences are for bringing love and beauty to the home, hearth fires and passion. Great handfasting plant! More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthurium
We’ve been talking about this for a month! Did you wash your face in the morning dew? Have a Blessed Beltane and a prosperous season! Beltanehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltane and May Dayhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day
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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 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.
The Mars-Saturn-Antares triangle in early dawn. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.) All week, the triangle awaits intrepid early morning skywatchers.
Even though May has begun, wintry Sirius still twinkles very low in the west-southwest at the end of twilight (for mid-northern skywatchers). It sets soon after. How much longer into May can you keep Sirius in view? What will be its date of “heliacal setting” as seen by you?
Mars is entering its closest and grandest two-month spell in a decade. This week Mars rises around 10 p.m. daylight-saving time, blazing at a Sirius-bright magnitude –1.5 in upper Scorpius. As it climbs higher, you’ll find Antares 5° below it and Saturn 8° to its lower left. This striking triangle stands highest in the south around 3 a.m. (more than an hour before the first light of dawn), now with Saturn to Mars’s left. In a telescope this week, Mars grows from a very healthy 16 to 17 arcseconds in diameter as Earth continues to approach it. See our telescopic Mars guide in the April Sky & Telescope, page 48. Mars will come to opposition on the night of May 21–22. For several days around its closest approach to Earth on May 30th, it will reach an apparent diameter of 18.6 arcseconds, its largest since 2005. (And at its next opposition and closest approach, in July 2018, it will grow to 24.3 arcseconds — nearly the largest we can ever see it.)
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
Su 1 Low 2:22 AM 2.7 6:06 AM Rise 3:16 AM 42
~ 1 High 8:00 AM 6.2 8:21 PM Set 2:22 PM
~ 1 Low 2:44 PM 0.6
~ 1 High 9:20 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I rescind obsolete vows of sacrifice.
~ Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most do. – Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)
~ One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ There is a fine line between genius and crazy… I like to use that line as a jump rope. – Tiffany Bennetts Facebook Wall on March 26 2:18 am
~ All I’m trying to do is not join my ancestral spirits just yet. – Joshua Nkomo
I cured with the power that came through me. Of course, it was not I who cured, it was the power from the Outer World, the visions and the ceremonies had only made me like a hole through which the power could come to the two-leggeds. If I thought that I was doing it myself, the hole would close up and no power could come through. Then everything I could do would be foolish. – Black Elk, Oglala
Magick – Beltane Recipes
Marigold Custard For Beltane
Granny’s Note: The marsh marigold is considered of great use in divination, and is called “the shrub of Beltane.” Garlands are made of it for the cattle and the door-posts to keep off the fairy power. Milk also is poured on the threshold, though none would be given away; nor fire, nor salt–these three things being sacred.
2 cups milk
1 cup unsprayed marigold petals
1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 to 2 inch piece of vanilla bean
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. rose water
Using a clean mortar and pestle reserved for cooking purposes, pound marigold petals. Or, crush with a spoon. Mix the salt, sugar and spices together. Scald milk with the marigolds and the vanilla bean. Remove the vanilla bean and add the slightly beaten yolks and dry ingredients. Cook on low heat. When the mixture coats a spoon, add rose water and cool.
Top with whipped cream, garnish with fresh marigold petals.- Source ~ Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practioner, by Scott Cunningham
DONNEGAL OATMEAL CREAMhttp://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
15 fluid ounces Milk
1/2 cup Medium oatmeal – cracked, not rolled
1 Large egg (beaten)
rind & juice of 1 orange
2 teaspoons Sugar (to taste)
1/2 ounce Gelatin
2 Tablespoons Water
8 ounces Heavy cream, whipped
Fruit sauce of choice
Soak the oatmeal in the milk for 30 minutes, turn all into a pan and stir until it boils. Then simmer 3-4 minutes. Pour mixture into a bowl and add the beaten egg, grated lemon rind, and sugar to taste. Dissolve gelatin in the orange juice and water, add to the mixture when it’s cooled, and then fold in the cream. Pour the whole mixture into a glass bowl and leave to set. Serve with 3-4 T of chosen fruit sauce on top
Sauce: Take your favorite jam and thin with 3-4 Tablespoons of water.
Green Man Cake
The Green Man is an archetype often represented at Beltane. He is the spirit of the forest, the lusty fertility god of the woodlands. He is Puck, Jack in the Green, Robin of the Woods. For your Beltane celebrations, why not put together a cake honoring him? This spice cake is easy to bake, and uses a delicious cream cheese frosting and rolled fondant to create the image of the Green Man himself. This recipe makes either one 9 x 13″ sheet cake, or 2 8-inch rounds.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes
2 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/4 C cornstarch
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 C milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp rum-flavored extract
1 C butter, softened (don’t use margarine)
2 C firmly packed brown sugar
2 packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 C butter, softened
2 C confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 package white fondant
Green food coloring
Preheat oven to 350, and lightly grease and flour your cake pan. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl and blend well. In another bowl, combine milk, eggs, vanilla and rum extracts together.
Add the softened butter to the flour mixture, and beat until it forms a clumpy sort of dough. Gradually add the liquid mixture in, blending it a little at a time until all the milk mixture has been combined with the flour mixture. Beat until completely smooth, and then add the brown sugar. Mix for another thirty seconds or so. Scoop batter into the pan and spread evenly.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan. Once you have it out of the pan, you can begin frosting the cake.
To make the cream cheese frosting, combine the cream cheese and the butter in a bowl, mixing well. Add the vanilla extract. Finally, stir in the confectioner’s sugar and blend it in. Spread this evenly over the cake, and allow it to sit for an hour or so to firm up.
To make the Green Man himself, you’ll need green fondant. If you’ve never worked with fondant before, it can be a little tricky, but with some practice you’ll be able to use it easily. Roll out the fondant and knead it into a ball. Add the green food coloring in very small amounts and blend it in, until you’ve got the shade of green you want.
Roll the fondant out until it’s about 1/8″ thick. Use the leaf-shaped cookie cutters to cut out different sized leaves. Score lines on them, to look live leafy veins. Place them on top of the frosted cake and press in place, layering them to form a Green Man. Roll two small pieces into balls, flatten them down, and put them in to create eyeballs in amongst the leaves. Reminder – fondant tends to dry quickly once it’s rolled out, so only cut off small pieces. The cake in the photo was made using a block of fondant about the size of a package of cream cheese.
Tip: if you’re in a hurry, or you’re not much of a baker, you can use any boxed spice cake mix. Also, if you have dietary restrictions, you can use other spice cake recipes, such as this great Gluten-free version.http://vegetarian.about.com/od/desertrecipes/r/glutenfreespice.htm
Make this cake to celebrate Beltane and the spirit of the forest. Image ©Patti Wigington 2009