House Capuchin Project Day from Noon to 6pm!
55F with the prettiest pale blue sky and puffy white clouds that are so thin that the computer weather says, “clear”! It looks like it’s going to be dry for quite some time into the future. Are we already going into summer?
Yesterday was a *lot* slower than I figured. We had fewer than 10 customers in all day. That meant that we were working pretty hard on “us” stuff, though. I finished up the books, did a bunch of paperwork and a bunch more of herb prep (heather, pretty soon out for sale) and then late in the day sat down with my embroidery and a book, alternating as my hands or arms went numb….which they do if I’m concentrating and not paying attention to posture.
Tempus was working all day in the back, making room for my big file cabinet that has all my research and the Mab’s Creations information. It’s finally wandering that direction this morning. He kept finding things that had to put away, too. 🙂
No Magicks for today. I’m going to have to ask the computer tech if he can transfer some files for me. If we could find our T-Rex drive (the tera-byte…. “terror-bite” <sigh>) which has gotten misplaced in the move somehow…. <sigh> This *will* come to an end, eventually.
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.-Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
Helston Furry Day is an event in Cornwall, similar to other customs around the British Isles. It consists of a carnival with several specific dances during the day resembling, to my mind, some of the Carnivale parades. I don’t know that they’re related, except by common human impulse. “Furry” comes from “feria” which means festival. There are several dance processions during the day. The kids have one in the morning, which the schools from the area take turns leading. There’s another mid-day, the Hal-en-Tow, which features characters from folklore. Here’s the song of that name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs9PMky7Fj0and the mid-day dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JWd6mpR-fY and a longer one with bits from all the festivity parts, the famous “Furry Dance” starting at about 4 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yyO-VP-0nY Bonfires and hobby horses and Morris Dancers and Maying all get mixed in. Sounds like a fun party! More on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_Dance and a whole page of interesting May customs here: http://piereligion.org/mayday2.html#furry
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/13 at 10:02am.
The waxing crescent Moon hangs rather low in the west at dusk. Look left of it for orange Betelgeuse and lower right of it by a similar distance (from North America) for orange Aldebaran, as shown to the left.
Mars (magnitude –1.7, in Scorpius) is closer, bigger, and brighter than it’s been in a decade. It now rises in the southeast around the end of twilight, blazing brighter than Sirius (though still outdone by Jupiter). As it climbs higher, you’ll find Antares 5° or 6° below it and Saturn about 9° to its lower left. This striking triangle stands highest in the south around 2 or 3 a.m., now with Saturn to Mars’s left. By early dawn the triangle is lower in the southwest. In a telescope Mars is a fine 17 arcseconds wide, nearly the 18.6 arcseconds it will reach when closest to Earth on May 30th. (Opposition is on the night of May 21–22.) See our telescopic guide to Mars, with map, in the April Sky & Telescope, page 48, and set our Mars Profiler for your time and date. If you’re ambitious and have a big scope, try hunting Phobos and Deimos, the two tiny Martian moons, using the June 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 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 8 High 1:45 AM 9.0 5:56 AM Rise 7:50 AM 1
8 Low 8:37 AM -1.9 8:30 PM Set 10:52 PM
8 High 3:02 PM 7.3
8 Low 8:37 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident.
~ Better good manners than good looks. – Irish Proverb
~ Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ Don’t Panic. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. – Mahatma Gandhi
Man’s Reason is in such deep insolvency to sense, that tho’ she guide his highest flight heav’nward, and teach him dignity morals manners and human comfort, she can delicately and dangerously bedizen the rioting joys that fringe the sad pathways of Hell. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
Silliness –The Rules of Chocolate – The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.