Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 12:04 PM of -0.3 feet.
It’s clouded over and 55F. There’s blue over land where this lifted earlier (land warms faster than water), but over and near the water the clouds are at 800 feet. It should burn off, since it’s trying to, now. There’s very little wind, only an occasional bit of breeze.
Yesterday started late because we get up late on Wednesdays. I wish Tempus could on Fridays, too, but he seems to do ok with a nap. I never managed to get to the house at all. Tempus went back to the apartment and got a lot done, there, and I kept going on shop stuff. When he got to the shop he offloaded then went up to the house and took several loads to storage while I worked on newsletters and the stuff he brought to the shop. He got back down around 8, by which time we were tired enough that we went home.
…No, Tempus had to go back for the spices and to try to find my peeler and I forgot my flashdrive! At least I have Magick again. I did find T-Rex…. where he was supposed to be. <sigh> That’s part of the hell of moving. No one remembers where things are supposed to be, now! Or thinks that the stuff didn’t get moved, yet, ….or went to storage… “Why did you do *that*!” <sigh>
Ken Gagne’s photo of last night’s photo of the sunset in Yachats.
Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the adiantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
The International Council of Nurses has been celebrating this day since 1965 in honor of nurses everywhere, but particularly since this is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, probably the most well-known of nurses and the founder of modern nursing practice. Each year the group picks a theme for the celebrations. Many of the celebrations also feature new nurses reciting the Nightingale pledge:
Before God and those assembled here, I solemnly pledge;
To adhere to the code of ethics of the nursing profession;
To co-operate faithfully with the other members of the nursing team and to carry out faithfully and to the best of my ability the instructions of the physician or the nurse who may be assigned to supervise my work;
I will not do anything evil or malicious and I will not knowingly give any harmful drug or assist in malpractice.
I will not reveal any confidential information that may come to my knowledge in the course of my work.
And I pledge myself to do all in my power to raise the standards and prestige of the practical nursing;
May my life be devoted to service and to the high ideals of the nursing profession. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Nurses_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Nightingale
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 Arch of Spring spans the western sky in late twilight. << Pollux and Castor form its top: they’re lined up roughly horizontally in the west-northwest, about three finger-widths at arm’s length apart. Look far to their lower left for Procyon, and farther to their lower right for Menkalinan and then bright Capella.
The Moon passes Regulus and Jupiter on Friday and Saturday the 13th and 14th.
Neptune is very low in the east-southeast as dawn begins.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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.
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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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.
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 12 High 5:07 AM 7.0 5:51 AM Set 1:26 AM 30
~ 12 Low 12:04 PM -0.3 8:34 PM Rise 11:48 AM
~ 12 High 6:49 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I receive goodness and freedom from the Universe.
~ What is tested is known. – Grettir’s Saga, c.40
~ Using all of what you are is the basis of your power. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. – Eleanor Roosevelt
~ Go out into the world and run straight at your fears. – Kerr Cuhulain
It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done. – Samuel Smiles