Interesting weather today! I walked out of the apartment into noise. There wasn’t much wind down in the meditation garden, but the trees were thrashing above and roaring. Winds are running upper teens in town and in the 40’s on the beaches and exposed spots, and when I got up the path to where you can hear the ocean, that’s loud, too. We’re in a lull of rain, at the moment, even getting some bits of sunshine, but the clouds are moving fast and that changes really quickly. We got most of an inch of rain yesterday and according to the local weather station we’ve had 12 inches today. Yeah, right…. everything else is reading just over 1/2 an inch. I wonder if they’ve got a branch sitting in the gauge or what!
It took 1 1/2 hours for the cheese to get up to temperature! Gah…. Plus, we had one person late and everyone wanted to chat, so Tempus didn’t get out for his paper route until 10 and the shopping didn’t happen.
This morning has been one thing after another trying to get the newsletter out. We’ve had people in. Tempus is snoozing (well, he got in at 7am and getting up at 10…) I’ve had several phone calls. We still need to clean up after the cheese making (It’s put away….) I need to finish the bead stuff that I was working on yesterday. I think we’re going to quit early tonight, go home right after supper.
Today’s Squee moment! Pentatonix, Bohemian Rhapsody – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojRj2JK5oCI
Today’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn. Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)
Today is the anniversary of the date in 1348 where Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor issued a Golden Bull, founding the Charles University in Prague and granted it this <<<< seal. This was the first University in Central Europe. It has survived to the present day, even though there were periods where no degrees were given and it was down to a handful of faculty members. It was the seat of the early part of the Protestant Reformation and Jan Hus, the martyr, leader of the Utraquists. was a faculty member. More on the university here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_University_in_Prague On Medieval Universities, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_university On the Utraquists here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utraquists and on the Hussites http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hussite
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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 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.
By the end of the week Mercury has greatly faded. . .. . .while the waxing Moon has moved on to shine on the other side of the sky.
Jupiter is at opposition, in the opposite direction from the Sun as seen from Earth. It climbs into grand view in the southeast through the evening, with slightly bluer Spica below it. This is, however, Jupiter’s most distant opposition since 2005; it’s magnitude –2.5 and in a telescope appears 44.2 arcseconds across its equator. Jupiter reaches almost 50″ wide at the maxima of its opposition cycle. This last occurred in 2010 and will again in 2022.
Mercury (about magnitude 0 and fading) sparkles in evening twilight low in the west. It’s still about at its highest for 2017, even as it dims.
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
F 7 Low 4:49 AM 2.0 6:46 AM Set 5:17 AM 80
~ 7 High 10:38 AM 7.1 7:51 PM Rise 4:27 PM
~ 7 Low 5:12 PM 0.3
~ 7 High 11:34 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I rejoice in laughter whenever I hear it” (I Can Do It Calendar by Louise Hay)
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – You have to be true to yourself, but you have to be true to your best self, not to the self that secretly thinks you are better than other people. — Stephen Gaskin
~ I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Dr. Seuss
~ If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture–that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves. – Ed Abbey
~ If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. – William Blake
~ If You can imagine it you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it. – William A. Ward
The first of April, some do say,
Is set apart for All Fools’ Day.
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know.
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment. – Poor Robin’s Almanac, 1790
May Day Chant 1 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Here we come a’ piping,
In Springtime and in May;
Green fruit a’ ripening,
And Winter fled away.
The Queen she sits upon the strand,
Fair as lily, white as wand;
Seven billows on the sea,
Horses riding fast and free,
And bells beyond the sand.
Doreen Valiente; “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”; Phoenix Publishing 1985
Invocation – from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we’re upward bound.
Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.
Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.
Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.
Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.
In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don’t be afraid to get inspired.
A General Beltane Blessing Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Oak and May,
On This Day,
Will both Heed
Those in Need.
God of Sun,
Bless your Children
‘Till our days are done.