Yesterday was quiet, but it went by quickly. We had customers in during the day, not many, but enough to keep the lights on. I was working on writing most of the day, and setting up newsletters, but spent a couple of hours talking with someone who is interested in historical re-creation.
Tempus worked on bills and ran up to Newport to pick up his paycheck, then headed to the house to get another load: drawers and boards, this time…. plus my veg peeler which had somehow been neglected….
We ended up having a bunch more paperwork to do once he got back to the shop, plus cutting down one of the boards and didn’t head home until after dark by which time all we had the energy to do was get supper and go to bed. I didn’t get to sleep until late because I had a nasty asthma attack, but at least I was in bed.
I’ve been out puttering in the garden this morning, harvesting herbs for the potato salad that I’m making today and tending some of the plants. I got a bunch more pictures again. I hope you’re enjoying the ones in the newsletter!
Tempus has more “getting” to do today while I’m working on newsletters. No, I still don’t have my regular computer….. We have a barbeque that we’re going to this evening, so we won’t get that much done today, but we need a break.
A Ken Gagne photo of the awesome sunset on 4/22/16.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods and that you can often find places where altars used to be by looking for the bushes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Today’s Festival is that of Bona Dea. Wikipedia has her feast on May 1, but other calendars have it on the 3rd or 4th. Bona Dea means “the good goddess”. There isn’t a lot of evidence for where her worship came from or even who she was, but speculation in the pagan community ties her to the worship of the great mother goddess of the Mediterranean area whose worship was put down by the takeover of the warlike patriarchal cultures. Bona Dea’s rites included blood sacrifice, a night ritual and strong wine, which were otherwise forbidden to women and men were not allowed to attend or even watch. More from Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea I miss Pip Wilson’s Almanac….
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 5/5 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.
Bright Jupiter stands high due south at dusk. 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. Before the Moon comes back into the evening sky, explore the faint galaxy groups around Algieba with Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article, charts, and photos in the April Sky & Telescope, page 54.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, between the legs of Ophiuchus above Scorpius) rises about a half hour after brighter Mars, following about 8° to Mars’s lower left. By early dawn they stand in the south-southwest, with Saturn now upper left of Mars and fainter Antares about 5° below them.
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
Tu 3 Low 4:30 AM 1.1 6:03 AM Rise 4:26 AM 21
~ 3 High 10:23 AM 6.6 8:24 PM Set 4:46 PM
~ 3 Low 4:36 PM 0.7
~ 3 High 10:52 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Prejudice melts in the face of compassion.
~ An inconvenience is an unrecognized opportunity. – Confucius
~ Every human being has a personal legend to be fulfilled and this is our reason for being in the world. – Coelho
~ A holding company is a thing where you hand an accomplice the goods while the policeman searches you. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~ Madam, your wife, and I didn’t hit it off the only time I ever saw her. I won’t say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it wasn’t me. – Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. You don’t have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills, and take new classes. – Jim Rohn
Alder – Mars, Masculine & Feminine, Pan, Bran the Blessed, Triple Goddess, All elements, Music & Ravens, Male potency & Female fertility, Shielding, both physical and spiritual, “protection of the heart’, balance & androgyny, unites all four Elements, worn from the neck for protection on spiritual journeys.
Angelica – Masculine Sun Fire – Venus, Use in incenses for protection, exorcism, healing and vision. Sprinkle at 4 corners of the house to ward off evil. Add to bath to remove curse or hex.
Anise Star – Gender, Masculine – Planet, Jupiter – Element, Air – Wear for psychic power, or place on the altar and at the 4 directions, carry for luck, seed pods make good pendulums.
Arnica – Poison, Be Careful! Wolf’s Bane, Aconite, Dumbledore’s Delight are all names for this herb. Gender: Fem. Planet Saturn, Sacred to Hecate, this has been called one of the 3 herbs of witchcraft. Use in protection sachets & amulets, especially from wolves, werewolves and vampires.
Basil – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Protection, love, wealth (if carried in your wallet), healing relationships, ensuring faithfulness in a mate, courage, fertility, exorcism. Uses: It is good as a tea for calming the nerves, settling the stomach, and easing cramps and good for the bladder. In tincture form, also makes a good hair rinse for brunettes. An ingredient of the Purification bath sachet. Add to love sachets and incenses.
Birch Bark – Feminine, Venus, Water – Burn for healing incense, Helps against pain, blessings, protection exorcism purification,
Blackberry – Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.
Bracken Fern – Masculine, Mercury, Air, Burn outside for rain, Amulet for protection healing and fertility
Buttercup Flower– Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire –Carry in sachets for fertility, harmony and sight. Use flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Buttercup leaf– Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire –Carry in sachets for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, also harmony and sight. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Capers – Gender – feminine, Element – Water, Planets – Venus & Mars, Used to increase desire, male fertility and protection
Cedar – Gender, Masculine – Planet, Sun – Element, Fire, to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage.
Cedar minismudge – Gender, Masculine – Planet, Sun – Element, Fire, to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage.
Cedar Twigs – Gender, Masculine – Planet, Sun – Element, Fire, to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Cedar twigs are an altar tool. Use them for a quick one-use wand, or to transfer flame from one candle to another.
Chamomile – Masculine, Sun or Venus, Water – Good as a meditation incense, for centering, peace, sprinkle in your home for protection, healing, money. Calming. anti-inflammatory, sedative, relieves stomachaches and diarrhea in infants, excellent insect repellent, hair rinse for blondes, chamomile in your garden guarantees success.
Coltsfoot – Feminine, Venus, water, Magickal uses – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .
Comfrey – Feminine, Saturn, Water, Health spells, worn or carried for safe travel. Tuck into suitcases to prevent theft. The root is also used in money spells.
Damiana – Ultimate woman’s herb, sometimes called, “Mother Herb” for that stage in life. Used for cycle balance, as an aphrodisiac and burned for visions.
Dead Sea Salt – Cleansing – purification, Salt is mostly used for purification. It is one of the 3 alchemical “principles” (the other two being sulfur and mercury) as opposed to the 4 elements. Sea salt is very good for you, since it contains the balance of minerals that exist in the body in its natural state.
Red, Elderberry – Venus, Water. Hel, Holda, The White Lady The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Protects your property from misfortune and harm. Keeps away evil spirits. Elder should not be burnt because that brings ill-luck.
Eucalyptus – Moon, water, female, love, healing, peace, compassion, reconciliation, purification, friendship, de-stressing, sleep, dreams and psychic power.
Evergreen huckleberry – Gender, Feminine Planet, Venus Element, Water, Carry for luck, health, keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true
Fennel – leaves and stems, Gender, M – Planet, Mercury – Element, Fire, Deities, Dionysus, Mercury, Protection, Healing – wear it. Purification – Wash with it. Strength, Appetite suppressant, against poison, Wear in your shoes to keep ticks away
Green Tea – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Moon – Element, Fire. Strength, Will, Energy, Health – Wear this herb in amulets for strength and energy, burn it with other appropriate herbs as the element of will. Sew it up in green cloth for maintenance of health.
Ginger – Masculine, Mars, Fire – Power for spells, esp. Love spells, attracts money when grown or carried or sprinkled into a wallet or cash register, success, chew ginger and spit it at the “seat” of an illness.
Hawthorn – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications, Masculine, Mars, Fire. Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain.
Hawthorn Buds – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications, Masculine, Mars, Fire. Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain.
Hawthorn Bark – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications, Masculine, Mars, Fire. Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain.
Heather – Feminine, Venus, Water , Isis. Carried to protect against violence, especially rape. It is also carried for good luck. Used for protection when conjuring ghosts.
Hebe – Gender, Neutral Planet Mercury Element, Air Deities, all child gods, especially Infant Horus and the Jesulatko. Hebe is the herb of youth. It is good in spells that are specifically for children, or for new beginnings of any sort.
Holly – Gender – masculine, Planet – Mars, Element – fire, protections, dreams, luck, anti-lightning, holly water for wiccaning
Holly Berry – Planted around the home for protection against evil. The leaves and berries can be carried by a man to heighten his masculinity, virility and to attract a lover. Mixed with ivy for good luck to newlyweds.
Holly for Wiccaning or Seining – Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by letting the contents of this packet brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it.
Hops is an ancient medicinal for stress relief and a sleep aid. It is also use in seduction spells. Good for toothache. Also used extensively in brewing.
Horsetail – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
Juniper Resin – Primarily applies to preservation of health. Mix with rosemary for incense for the sickroom, or simply place under the bed.
Juniper Berry – Mars, Sun, Aries, Masculine, Fire – Primarily applies to preservation of health. Attracts healthy energies, drives out bad. A lesson in moderation.
Kinnikinnick – Also called Uva Ursa and Bearberry. Poisonous, not to be eaten. This is used locally as a shaman’s smoke herb and for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power.
Lavendar – Masculine, Mercury, Air – Wear, burn or sniff to dispel depression. Burn to promote restful sleep. Wear to see ghosts or attract helpful spirits. Lavendar and Rosemary together preserve chastity. Lavendar is also a protective herb.
Lavendar Sachet – Lavendar, Nard, Elf Leaf – Masculine, Mercury, Air – to enhance attractive influences. Wear, burn or sniff to dispel depression. Burn to promote restful sleep. Wear to see ghosts or attract helpful spirits. Lavendar and Rosemary together preserve chastity. Lavendar is also a protective herb.
Lavendar Wand –Nard, Elf Leaf – Priapic Wand – Picked on a waxing moon in Leo, rising tide, to enhance attractive influences. A priapic wand is a love spell, pure and simple. A gift of one to a male companion is a statement of desire and should be treated carefully, since frivolous use might get you more that what you asked for, and far more than you wanted! They are used as wands for Beltane rituals and burned in the Beltane fires to enhance desire and potency. Lavendar is also a protective herb, bringing masculine energy. Not prepared for culinary use.
Lemon Verbena – Masculine, Mercury, Air – Attraction/Love spells, Add strength to other mixtures. Can be used for purification. An amulet around the neck stops dreams.
Linden – This is the sacred tree of Central Europe as the Oak is in areas where the Druids practiced. Used mostly as a tea sweetener, it makes other medications work harder, as well as being a general “power herb” for magickal uses.
Lotus – blessings from the gods antidote to love spells
Meadow Rue – Sun, Leo, Divination
Mugwort – Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.
Mullein – Masculine, Saturn, Fire – Courage, Nightmare prevention, Protection from wild animals, protection from evil spirits. Use in place of Graveyard Dust. Cleansing of ritual and psychic places before and after working there. Cleansing and purifying ritual tools and altars.
Oak Bark – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, Jupiter, Thor, Pan, Protection, Money, Potency, Fertility – Burn to draw off illness, carry for luck
Oak Leaf for Wiccaning or Seining – Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by letting the contents of this packet brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it.
Patchouli Leaf – feminine, Saturn, Earth = Use in Money/prosperity spells, add to love, attraction, lust, fertility talismans. Can be subbed for “graveyard dirt”.
Pine Needles – Male, Mars, Air – Healing, fertility, protection, money, burn to cleanse a house or for purification bath.
Raspberry Leaf – Feminine, Venus – Protection, Love, Cleansing, Pregnancy. Use against diarrhea, discomfort.
Redwood – Female, Venus, Air, Healing, fertility, protection, money, burn to cleanse a house or for purification bath
Rosemary – Moon, water, feminine – cleansing and purifying, rids an area of negativity, use an infusion to wash before rituals, especially those of healing. drives off lingering resentments and freshens the psychic atmosphere. Banish nightmares, healing sleep, healing, dispel depression
Rosemary, long version – Sea Dew – Leaves and blossoms – to enhance protective and cleansing influences. Burn for powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations. Rids an area of negativity, especially good before performing magic or if angry words have been spoken. Use an infusion (pour boiling water over) to wash before rituals, especially those of healing. Simmer in water to drive off lingering resentments and freshen the psychic atmosphere. Make a small flat bag of purple cloth and place beneath your pillow to drive off nightmares and promote healing sleep. Place leaves in a small green cloth amulet and wear or keep in your breast pocket to aid healing. To dispel depression bind leaves in a piece of real linen and wrap around your right arm. Not prepared for culinary use.
Rowan – Masculine, Sun, Fire – Protection, good luck, healing, Psychic ability, Success, Wisdom. Do *not* burn! Use in sachets or washes.
Sage, Black –Masculine, Jupiter, Air – The seeds have a buttery flavor, but this is most often used in smudges for pathworking, divination and healing. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground.
Sage, Russian or Culinary – Feminine, Jupiter, Air – Eat sage in May for long life. Drink sage tea to heal your throat or steam yourself with it to break up congestion. Carry to promote wisdom. A house where sage grows well has a strong, enduring woman living there, so ask her for some to strengthen these qualities in yourself.
Sage, White – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground.
Sage – blossoms and stems – Gender, Masculine – Planet, Jupiter Element, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance.
Sage Smudge – Smudges or herbal wands have been used for millennia as tools of purification and to influence the energies of ritual. Sage is one of the standard purification herbs and was used by shamans of all types from the 1st nations of the Americas to the original shamans of the Slavs.
To use – Light head down in a flame, when it catches turn it upright and the flame will go out and it will smolder, producing the purifying smoke. Blow on it to keep it going. Store airtight and keep from moisture. .
Qualities of Sage – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground.
Self-Heal – Infusions of the herb should be sprayed around a sickroom for health for the ill and keeping from illness for the well. A pinch of this herb, a whole Angelica Root , and a pinch of Sandalwood, in a red bag will keep the bearer in good health. Used medicinally for sore throat and mouth ulcers, this is also good for open wounds and as a general strengthener.
Slippery Elm – Slippery Elm – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Returns ill will to Enemies, stops gossip. For magicks against sore throats, throat and mouth sores and cancers, and problems in the 5th Chakra.
Soapwort – Feminine, Hestia, Water. Used for purification of all sorts, protects against illness if used as a wash, makes a very light perfume
Spearmint – Feminine, Venus, Water – Smell to increase mental power, or protection while asleep. Healing, especially for lungs. Can provoke lust.
Spring Blossom Mix – Contains red clover, sweet william, viola, wild rose, cherry blossom, primrose – Gender, neuter – Element, Air – Deities, Psyche, Blodduwed – Used to restore the spirit, reclaim innocence, to create a clear climate of the mind.
Sweetgrass is a standard empowerment, purification, offering herb. Specifically, it calls good spirits to observe your work and asks for their help.
St. John’s Wort – Masculine, Sun, Fire – Baldur – Wear to ward off colds/fevers, makes soldiers invincible, attracts love. Gathered on midsummer and worn will keep mental illness at bay. Placed in jar or by window protects against lightning, fire and evil spirits. Use in rituals or carry to detect other magicians.
Sweet Woodruff – Masculine, Mars, Fire. Carry to attract money, bring victory for athletes and warriors. In a pouch of leather it guard against harm.
Sword fern – Gender, Masculine Element, Air – Deity, Puck. This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.
Thrift – Also called Sea Pink
Vervain – Feminine, Venus, Water – Ritual cleansing of sacred space, magical cleansing baths, purification incenses. Hang over the bed to prevent nightmares. Love, protection, Prosperity charms good luck and inspiration, Anger management, Sexual harassment management, Health and healing, Sleep, Enchantment, Wishes granted, Herb of Grace.
Vetiver root – Feminine, Earth Mercury – add to incense mix for earthy, sensual scent. Uplifting, maintain emotional calm, in flashbacks, processing grief, promotes restful sleep, calm dreams. Helps to overcome negative or fallow times. Promotes love. Add to charms to attract money and repel thieves.
Violet – Health and healing, requited love, luck when carried, lust spells, protection from ill wishing and lust spells, good wishes, faithfulness, humility, modesty, simplicity
White Sage has been used for purification for centuries. Easier on the lungs than sagebrush. Burn bits on charcoal. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. Used for purification for centuries.
White Sage Smudge – White Sage has been used for purification for centuries. Easier on the lungs than sagebrush. Burn bits on charcoal. Light head down in a candle flame. Extinguish in sand or ash. Play safe!
Yarrow Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water. flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love, bring friends and contact with relatives.
Yarrow – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives