Eventually we sat down with projects and got to work on those. That went much better especially when the House Capuchin folks showed up. We had a number of people in shopping early in the day, but none after about 3:30 or so.
I set up a lentil dish in the crockpot for today. Tempus helped me find the carrots and bacon to add to it. I found a couple of small garlic bulbs from last year’s harvest, too. I just stirred it and it’s more like a soup that the ones that I usually make, but I added salt and mushrooms and I think it’s going to be very tasty. It smells wonderful!
When we got home last night (left the shop around 10pm) the sky was clear between some low wispy clouds and the Moon was very bright. It was at the wrong angle to not have to use our flashlights, but when I got down to the bottom it was glowing on the pond and lighting up the white buckets that I have the new garlics and leeks in.
Today we’ve been out cleaning up some of the tools from the garden, scrubbed and took apart the garden shelves and I got my potatoes planted in the big bucket. Since I got some of my writing done last night, I can concentrate on pictures today and maybe get a little ahead on filling in things for the newsletters, now that we’ve started the Beltane stuff. Tempus is off getting gas into the car and he’s going to Leslie’s to cut her grass and then help her figure out how to use some of the equipment that she’s unfamiliar with.
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus.One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.
More here with links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_of_Chichester
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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 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 4/3 at 11:39pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 4/9 at 11:08pm.
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.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 2:29 p.m. EDT). The Moon after dark shines under Pollux of the Castor-and-Pollux pair. The Moon is a similar distance upper right of brighter Procyon. Look way below Procyon for Sirius, brighter still.
On any clear morning this week, look south in early dawn to say an early hello to Saturn over the Sagittarius Teapot — a scene that will become a signature of 2017’s summer evenings. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.)
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Sagittarius upper right of the Teapot) rises in the early morning hours and glows in the south by early dawn. Redder Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkles 19° to Saturn’s right. Saturn doesn’t reach opposition until June 14th.
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
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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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 3 High 5:51 AM 7.6 6:53 AM Set 2:23 AM 39
~ 3 Low 12:59 PM 0.1 7:46 PM Rise 12:11 PM
~ 3 High 7:39 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you know you made a choice that isn’t what you thought it would be, change it.
Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – What are some general attitudes that Americans have toward people who live in Third World countries? Do you agree or disagree with them? Explain your answers.
~ Almost everything in leadership comes back to relationships. – Mike Krzyzewski
~ Always pass on what you have learned. – Yoda
~ As spirits in Earth school, we are meant to experience the fullness of both joy and pain. – Jackie L. Robinson
~ Do you know you are a natural hero of life? – Hanns-Oskar Porr
Serene will be our days and bright,
And happy will our nature be,
When love is an unerring light,
And joy its own security.–William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
Maypole Dance Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Ann O’Brien 1995 – Source: http://www.earthspirit.com/mtongue/chtlib/chtlifr.html
Weave, spin, dance your cares away,
A spirit fire’s alive to your entrancing,
Weave, spin, dance into the May,
The earth and sky are wed as you are dancing,
Dance before the Bonfire (Beltane) – Ashley Ravenwood, finished 3/8/97
Another summer stretches before us,
fertile and heady
The faeries are out to play
dancing along with everything and everyone else
Dance before the bonfire
and celebrate the brimming fertility
of another year
Let it spill over
and crackle into the fire
Let us be blessed
and let our fruits ripen and be harvested
(not wither and die
nor rot forgotten)
Let us drink thirstily of the nectar of the gods
and feast hungrily upon food, love, and kindness
Let us also feed our wants and desires today
happily and carefree
Let us celebrate the miracle that is existence
and marvel at the wonder that is life:
remembering that the smallest acorn
can become the tallest tree
Let us dance
Dance before the bonfire
Dance around the maypole
Dance together, laughing
Dance through life and death and life again
Dance under the budding trees and around the blooming wildflowers, dancing in the wind
Dance as fawns and baby birds and newborn stars all watch, dancing
Dance as the gods smile down upon us, dancing too
Dance before the bonfire!
May Day Chant 2 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The High Priestess and High Priest lead a ring dance around the bonfire. Start out with “A Tree Song” from Rudyard Kipling’s “Weland’s Sword” story in “Puck of Pook’s Hill”.
“Oh, do not tell the Priest of our Art,
Or he would call it sin;
But we shall be out in the woods all night,
A conjuring summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth
For women, cattle and corn
Now is the sun come up from the South
With Oak, and Ash and Thorn!” – Janet and Stewart Farrar; “Eight Sabbats For Witches”; Robert Hale 1983