Daily Stuff 4-2-17 International Children’s Book Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 11:52 AM of -0.2 feet.

There was a large, dark cloud herding the fluffy white ones across the very blue sky this morning. I was taking some flower pictures and actually chilled my fingers thoroughly, even without them getting wet. It’s 50F with little wind.

Yesterday started a little early, the way we try to do things on Saturdays. Herbs was all on chickweed/bittercress. We didn’t get as far as doing more than starting to make a few seed-starting pots.

I was fighting sleepiness. I didn’t sleep all that well the night before, so I needed a nap. Tempus says I’ve been hit with the “Siesta virus”.

We were really busy all day. Bridget stopped by with her mother for a visit and to shop a bit. Even at 5pm folks were still coming in, steadily. By then Tempus had headed to the grocery to get something to make a decent supper. …and after he got back the rush calmed, which by then *really* helped. Wow…

We rolled home at about 9:30. I went down right away, but woke about 3 hours later and got a little done, then went back to sleep. This morning I was getting some pictures, trilliums are starting to bloom! …among the other things.

We’re trying to get the main walkway impediments dealt with this morning and then House Capuchin’s Project Day starts at noon. I want to see how far I can get on developing this particular set of pictures, since I know there are some good ones. I’m running out of the clipart set. 🙂

Seals at Heceta Head/Sea Lion Caves on 3/31/15 by Ken Gagne

033115 Seals Heceta Head Ken Gagne

plant herb brackenToday’s plant, Western Bracken Fern, Pteridium aquilinum, is a hardy plant that moves into disturbed ground. It dies down in the winter and grows very green, standing waist-high in the warm parts of the summer. You read a lot in literature of people making love in the bracken, which is part of its association with fertility, since it will hide a couple having fun! It used to be used a lot as a “strewing herb” in places with stone floors, since it smells nice when walked on and has some anti-bug effects.  – Masculine, Mercury, Air –Burn outside for rain, use in amulets for protection, healing and fertility.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteridium_aquilinum

feast 0402 The_Little_Mermaid_statueToday’s Feast is International Children’s Book Day in honor of the birthday of Hans Christian Anderson, the author of such Fairy Tales as The Angel, the Little Mermaid, 12 Wild Swans, the Emperor’s New Clothes and the Ugly Duckling! More on the day here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Children%27s_Book_Day …and Anderson here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Christian_Andersen

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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 4/10 at 11:08pm. Waxing Crescent phaseKeywords 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 4/3 at 11:39pm. 

Comet T-G-K (green blob) crossing the bowl of the Big Dipper on March 24th. Photography greatly overemphasized the comet’s low-surface-brightness coma compared to the overexposed 2nd- and 3rd-magnitude Dipper stars. Chris Schur used a 50-mm f/3.5 lens for 105 minutes of exposure.
TWO binocular comets are now in view!
The first is Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, or “T-G-K”, behaving as expected. It’s visible in amateur telescopes and large binoculars high in the northern evening sky. It’s about magnitude 7, depending on your instrument (larger apertures result in fainter estimates), and it’s likely to be about 6th magnitude all April. It appears fairly large, since it’s passing relatively close to Earth; mostly diffuse and low-surface-brightness but with a sharp nucleus. Use low power and a wide field early in the week before the evening Moon gets very bright. See article(Use the finder chart in that article; the charts in the May Sky & Telescope are significantly off.)
Comet C/2017 E4 Lovejoy is the surprise. Discovered on March 10th at magnitude 12, it was only expected to reach 9th magnitude at its brightest in mid-April. But it has already leapt up to 7th, similar to T-G-K — and it’s more condensed so it’s easier to see. It’s in Pegasus, in the east just before the beginning of dawn; go out 2 hours before your local sunrise time (if you’re in the world’s mid-northern latitudes). The Moon won’t interfere until about the morning of the 7th. See article and finder charts: Comet Lovejoy Brightens Quickly, Heads North.ASTRO

The waxing crescent Moon hangs with Aldebaran, the Hyades and Pleiades in the last evening in March. (These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America.)
The Moon shines in the top of Orion‘s dim, upraised Club this evening, under the feet of Gemini.
Venus (magnitude –4.2) is very low above the east horizon as dawn brightens. Having just passed through inferior conjunction (on March 25th) it’s still a thin crescent in a telescope, but now it’s thickening daily instead of thinning.

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  

Sun in Aries
Moon in  Gemini enters Cancer at 11:27am.
Venus (4/15), Jupiter (6/9) Retrograde
Color: Yellow


©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Su   2     High   4:51 AM     8.1   6:55 AM     Set  1:23 AM      28
~     2      Low  11:52 AM    -0.2   7:45 PM    Rise 11:13 AM
~     2     High   6:23 PM     6.3
~     2      Low  11:51 PM     2.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day –  I choose to Love and Enjoy MySelf.”


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Talent is like electricity — we do not understand electricity. We use it. — Maya Angelou



~  When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you. – Lao Tzu
~  You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now. – Joan Baez
~  You’re here to let the divine shine out of you, becoming manifest in the world through your actions, to empower you and all around you. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  A year from now you will wish you had started today – Karen Lamb.

Shaman’s Journey

Diving into the dark cold pool
Slowly surfacing
Echoes of water lapping on sand
Overhead, shadows dance upon the ceiling
Light and shadow surround me
Shimmering into being
Spirit guides beckon
Ancestors teach
Visions dance
Bones melt
Self decays
Cocoon in darkness
Rebirth of soul
Integration of the splinters of my soul
Frightened children of the past
Knowledge engulfs me
Strength saturates being
Honor, thanks to guides
Revered ancestors bid farewell
Knowledge of the past within – Copyright ©2004 Lynette Porter-Tinnel


Beltane Magick – Crafts – Maypoles

Maypole For Beltane


  • Flat piece of wood
  • Small wooden pole
  • A wooden knob for the top of the pole
  • Red and white lengths of ribbon
  • Beltane symbols: Nuts, spring flowers, strings of beads, miniature apples, for decoration around the bottom of the maypole
  • Glue gun


Either drill hole into the flat wood base to insert pole or simply glue it to the bottom securely. Glue four equal lengths of ribbon to top, and seal knob on pole with glue, on top of the ribbons. Glue or place decorative items around base.

Ritual use:

During ritual, the maypole can be wound. Simply weave the ribbons in and out of each other in as pleasing a pattern as possible, fastening with sticky-tac or other less permanent adhesive (so that this apparatus can be used again next year in ritual). The symbolism of the maypole is that of the male phallic symbol (the pole itself) being enveloped by the female vaginal symbol (the ribbons). Also, the winding, when done in a traditional form by dancers around a real maypole, sometimes symbolize male-female mating with the red and white ribbons themselves.

All these graphics were either made by me or acquired at Silverhair’s Borders (site now dead).

May Pole – The Mini-Version http://homeschoolwitch.blogspot.com/2011/04/may-pole-mini-version.html?spref=fbThursday, April 28, 2011
Yesterday, my kids and I made a miniature version of a maypole, not only to honor Beltane, but to share with them a part of my heritage, as I grew up in Bavaria, in which rural parts the tradition of putting up a large maypole is still alive and practiced today.

As I grew up, my cousin and I used to practice singing songs for this occasion – I wish that I would have kept the sheet music from back then, but we were pre-teens, keeping momentous where not our priority.

Back to now, and our mini maypole.

Creating this maypole was fairly simple, cheap, and lots of fun.

We used a clay flower pot ( you can use any flower pot that has a hole on the bottom)

a dowel that fit snugly into the hole of the flower pot – using a hot glue gun to secure the dowel in place, instead of fitting it into the hole is also an option, but I happened to find one, that fit perfectly into the pot.

Glass beads, rocks or sand to fill the pot and secure the pole.

plastic flowers (this maypole is outside, so I did want something that will last at least a few days)

and ribbon, depending on the size of the pole – you will need enough ribbon to tie each strand on the top, and long enough that it will go the entire length of the pole, maybe even reach the floor.

After we secured the dowel in the flowerpot, we filled the pot to the top with glass beads. We used really colorful ones, to correspond with the flowers we choose.

Next, we tied ribbons around the top of the dowel, securing them tightly, and glued a little daisy, that we had left over from another project to the front.

The flowers were then arranged in the flowerpot, stuck securely into the glass beads, all the way around the pole.

Simple, isn’t it?

You can get creative and paint the flower pot first, or even the pole (I like the look of natural wood, the best, personally, lol).

Use the time of creating this pole together to talk about your practice and personal belief, as well as experiences about Beltane. You can also put on some fierce or traditional music, and practice dancing around it!

Have fun!

Blessed Be!

P.S. For creative pagan, wiccan and new age products and ideas, visit us at http://www.hecates-corner.com .

Wooden Maypole – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

Items needed:
Flat piece of wood
Small wooden pole
Small wooden Knob for the top of the pole
Red and White Lengths of ribbon
Beltane symbols (nuts, flowers, or small apples for decoration for the base of the pole)

Either drill hole into the flat wood base to insert pole or simply glue it to the bottom securely. Glue four equal lengths of ribbon to top, and seal knob on pole with glue, on top of the ribbons. Glue or place decorative items around base.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – You know you are suffering from “Empty Nest Syndrome” if
**  You have thrown out the better part of the last several one-gallon jugs of milk, but still can’t bring yourself to buy the one-quart cartons.
**  You called the power company and asked them to check your meter, because the hot-water bill has been way too low.
**  You suddenly realize that you no longer need to include video late fees as part of the monthly budget.
**  You are shocked when you notice you can push the buttons on the car radio and KNOW what station you will get.
**  The bottle of shampoo has been in the shower so long you are starting to think it might be a mystical experience – kind of a loaves-and- fishes thing.
**  They’ve been gone three years and you still cook enough for your husband to have seconds and thirds … and fourths.
**  You still walk through the living room in the crouched position with your picking-up hand brushing the floor, even though it encounters no dirty socks.
**  You ask the mechanic to check why your car is costing so little to run.
**  Your cupboards overflow with uneaten school lunch treats.
**  You still hide your best make-up.

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