Yesterday I was ouching a lot, but I did get stuff done. We do have a lot of used books that just came in. Might want to come in and browse! We’re not going to have anything for the Great Garage Sale, but we may be the only ones in town who don’t! Get a map and come play!
Tempus put away a bunch of things and we’ve started on the fix-up of his corner as you’ll see if you come in. I’ve shifted some things in the main office space, too. Late in the day I finally gave up and sat and read, since it had gotten pretty quiet.
Tempus managed to get my file cabinet, but it’s still in the middle of the floor as are a bunch of other things. We’re at the shop early, because of the Great Garage Sale, knowing that that parking lot could fill up and things get weird.
This is a photo of the Alsea Bay Bridge at night by Daniel Schoon from the Visions of Oregon page on Facebook.
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. –Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
This is the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, a Cunard Line passenger ship (although it was carrying ammo) sunk by a u-boat, which became a rallying cry against Germany leading into WWI. More on the sinking here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_RMS_Lusitania and on the ship herself here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Lusitania Actually, the main reason that this ship has stuck in my mind is that my grandmother, Marie Picek, as she was emigrating from Bohemia in the Austro-Hungarian empire, was scheduled to come to the US on this ship, but she got to Bremerhaven (a journey of 400 miles, made mostly by pony-cart and rail) way early (6 months early!) and ended up making the trip on the Mauretania instead, as a 2nd class passenger. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Mauretania_%281906%29
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
New Moon Magick – The beginning of a new cycle. – Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. Phase ends on 5/8 at 12:30am. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/21 at 2:14pm.
Double shadow transit on Jupiter, May 2016 – Saturday, May 7, 12:39–1:42 a.m. EDT – Shadows of Io and Callisto cross Jupiter simultaneously. The sun is behind us to the right, and Io is much closer to Jupiter than Callisto, so that its shadow is much closer to the moon casting it.
Twenty or thirty minutes after sunset, try to catch the hairline crescent Moon just a few degrees above the west-northwest horizon, as shown here. Binoculars will help! Is this the youngest Moon you’ve ever seen? It’s only about 28 hours from new as seen from the East Coast, 31 hours from new as seen from the Pacific time zone.
Can you catch the young Moon on Saturday evening the 7th? It becomes much easier to see when it’s 24 and 48 hours older. (The Moon here is drawn three times its actual apparent size. The Moon positions are exact for near the middle of North America.) Aldebaran is a few degrees above or upper left of the delicate Moon. Which of the two is less difficult to see in binoculars? With the unaided eye?
Mercury and Venus are hidden in the glare of the Sun — except when Mercury transits the Sun’s face during daytime on Monday the 9th! See Get Ready for May 9th’s Transit of Mercury and May 9th Transit of Mercury: Everything You Need to Know.
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.
©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
Sa 7 High 1:01 AM 9.0 5:58 AM Rise 7:01 AM 0
7 Low 7:49 AM -1.8 8:28 PM Set 9:45 PM
7 High 2:09 PM 7.4
7 Low 7:49 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a purposeful day!
Journal Prompt – What? – What part does pop or rock music play in the life of young people? Write a journal entry describing you and your peers’ tastes in music and what music is meaningful to you as a generation.
~ A poet can survive everything but a misprint. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. – Ben Franklin
~ Luck, that’s when preparation and opportunity meet. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~ Authority doesn’t work without prestige, or prestige without distance. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
A true healer does not heal you; she simply reflects back to you your innate capacity to heal. She is a reflector, or a loving transparency.
A true teacher does not teach you; she does not see you as inherently separate from her, or less than her. She simply reflects back your own inner knowing, and reminds you of the vastness of your being. She is a mirror, a signpost.
And love is the space in which all of this is possible; love heals, and we learn best in a loving field, no threat of failure, no punishment. – Jeff Foster
These have been wonderful for my winter dry skin. I used to coat my hands at night with petroleum jelly, because it was the only thing that helped with the dryness. Normal lotion didn’t help much at all, plus I don’t like the fragrance of most lotions, and many have questionable ingredients. Since I do a lot of dishes and wash my hands frequently, these bars have been a godsend. No more dry skin for me! My only regret is that I didn’t try them sooner, since they are so easy to make. The smell is light and pleasant, and they absorb fairly quickly.
Most homemade lotion recipes involve quite a few ingredients, blenders and more mess than I’d prefer to clean up. In contrast, all you need for these these bars is three ingredients, one pot, and molds – that’s it!
I used a recipe from Jo’s Health Corner, a site that I highly recommend. Jo has tons of neat ideas for natural health products.
Hard Lotion Bar Recipe
1 part each, by weight
Melt all ingredients together, pour in molds, let set until hard, unmold, and you’re done!
I used plantain infused olive oil, almond oil would probably work nicely as well. I made one batch with cocoa butter and one with shea butter, just to compare. For the wax, I originally used granules from Frontier, but will probably switch to some sort of unrefined beeswax in the future because it is more therapeutic.
Update: Mountain Rose Herbs sells unrefined beeswax tabs for those who need it. I was able to purchase a five pound block of beeswax from a local apiary and have been using that.
Here’s a shot of all the ingredients as they begin to melt. In this batch, I used two ounces by weight or volume of each ingredient. I weighed the wax and cocoa butter, and used a liquid measure for the oil.
When everything has melted completely, pour the liquid into molds of your choice. I had molds available that I used for melt and pour soap making. You could also use muffin tins or some other small container. 6 ounces of product filled two molds completely and one partial mold.
After several hours, the lotion will be firm and hard and should release easily from the mold.
My mold set has a lot of fun shapes. I’m rather fond of the basic oval bars, but the boys like the stars and moons better. I bought these years ago at a local craft store, but there are some super cute molds available now like this fish, frog and turtle mold.
Shea Butter Lotion Bars
Both the shea butter and cocoa butter work well for moisturizing. I find the shea butter bars to be a little tackier and take longer to absorb into the skin. They also smell a bit “planty”, not bad, just not as good (to me) as the cocoa butter.
The cocoa butter bars smell good enough to eat! My younger son loved the smell so much I caught him rubbing the bar all over himself after he got out of the shower – even in his armpits. I had been using the bars as a lip balm, too…oops… The next time I made a batch, I poured some into smaller containers to use as lip balm, and made my son his own special bar.
If you make several bars and don’t use them right away, keep the extra bars in a sealed container or bag. This will help preserve the lovely chocolate smell or any essential oils you may choose to add.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. This one’s a keeper in our house! Please pass the post along if you find it helpful, and leave a comment if you have any questions or ideas.
Update: – You can find these ingredients (and containers and molds) at Mountain Rose Herbs, amazon.com (linked within the post), soaperschoice.com, and many other sites around the web. I do have affiliate accounts with Mountain Rose, Amazon and MadeOn, so I get a small payment if you purchase through my site. (Thank you!) Keep in mind that two ounces of each ingredient made three bars, so a bulk purchase would make a LOT of bars.
Want to “cheat” a little and have someone else make the bars for you? Check out MadeOn Hard Lotion Bars. They also have complete DIY kits for making lotion and lip balm, which include a copy of the “My Buttered Life” e-book with five skin care recipes.