Bright, lovely sunshine! Yes, there are clouds up there, but I’ve been missing some real sun. The wind chime is clinging merrily in the wind gusts. The wind’s in the teens here in town and gusts going up a few mph over that. We’ve got a spike in the chance of rain in a couple of hours and then we ought to stay dry until mid-afternoon tomorrow. I’m going to enjoy it while I can!
We had fun with our potluck yesterday, had a couple of visitors from the Valley. Tempus and I managed to get the table at least partly cleared, enough for the potluck, anywho. Before and after noshing on some amazing food (we stuffed ourselves!) we sat and worked on craft projects and talked. It was a fun day!
We’ve already been to Newport and back this morning, for some legal stuff. It gave me a chance to look at the lovely ocean and watch some fun cloud formations. As we came back over the Yaquina Bay bridge there was something in the channel. It jumped, so I really doubt it was a sea lion. A small whale? Below the Alsea Bay Bridge the sandflats weren’t yet visible through the water and the wind had ruffled foam all around. Pretty!
I’m eating rolls from yesterday, a little of the cheese we made on Thursday, and a small chunk of brie while I’m typing. Yum! Tempus has some errands to run and I want to put away some more of the clean cookware, now that it’s been fished out of boxes, then do a little cutting out of fabric so I can put away the supply boxes for a couple of projects. I’ll just set them up in ziplocs. …and then class tonight and they’re going to get to sample the cheese!
A Ken Gagne photo from 4/5/16 of a day like today.
Today’s plant is the FlyAgaric, Amanita Muscaria, the “toadstool” of fairy tales. It’s easily recognizable with its bright red and white cap. Poisonous and hallucinogenic, it’s a favorite of the weirder Fae and a common decoration for Yule trees….for which a lot of people have come up with odd reasons. It probably is an ancient enough association with the time of year that people have forgotten, but there may be a connection through reindeer, shamanism and Odin to Santa Claus and the other gifting deities…. you *can* use the dried mushroom in amulets for vision quests, just don’t eat the darned thing! More here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria
Today’s feast is in memory of the 71,000 people that died from the 1815 three-month-long eruption of the Mount Tambora volcano in Sulawesi, Indonesia. It caused a volcanic winter that made crops fail across the world and gave rise to the stories about the “Year without a Summer” that was even written about in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book, #3, Farmer Boy. Crops froze in New England on the morning of the 4th of July! This is the largest eruption by volume of any in recorded history. Recently cultural remains were found in a place dubbed, “the Indonesian Pompeii”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tambora
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/13 at 11:08pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/26 at5:16am.
The Moon, now moving across Virgo, pairs up with Jupiter on the night that the Moon is full. Full Moon (exactly full at 2:08 a.m. tonight EDT; 11:08 p.m. PDT.) The Moon shines near Jupiter all night, as shown above, since they’re both near or at their oppositions. They may look like companions, but Jupiter is 1,700 times farther away — and 40 times larger in diameter.
Spica, about 7° below them in the evening, is 3.7 million times more distant than Jupiter — though it has only 70 or 80 times Jupiter’s diameter.
Venus (magnitude –4.5) is very low due east as dawn brightens. It’s still a thin crescent in a telescope, but it’s growing a little thicker every morning.
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 10 High 12:45 AM 7.7 6:40 AM Set 6:45 AM 97
~ 10 Low 7:04 AM 0.5 7:55 PM Rise 7:34 PM
~ 10 High 1:06 PM 7.2
~ 10 Low 7:12 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am dancing freely.
~ Legend remains victorious in spite of history. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~ Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by its breathtaking moments. – Michael Vance
~ Man is the product of his thoughts What he thinks, he becomes. – Mahatma Gandhi
~ Minds are like parachutes-not much good unless they are open. – Harvey Mackay
Sin no more, as we have done, by staying
But, my Corinna, come, let’s go a Maying. – Robert Herrick (b. 1591)
A Sweet Woodruff Spell for Prosperity – Pagan Studies:
At dusk in my woodland garden, sweet woodruff sends out its fresh haylike scent, and its white flowers glow in the June twilight. In June, sweet woodruff reaches the height of its magical power, and is valuable in attracting prosperity. The prosperity spell which follows should be concluded next month, beneath July’s Blessing Moon. On a June evening, just before nightfall, gather some woodruff flowers, leaves, and stems. Cut them all, and put them in a darkened room to dry on a hook or beam. When July’s Moon is at its height, and the woodruff has dried, bury it with a dollar and a copper coin. Now, with what you’ve sown your wealth will increase. By: James Kambos
May day is a good time to promote love and happiness in your life. To do so, use pastel-colored candles, as many as possible, and a large bowl of fresh water with flower petals floating in it. Adorn your ritual space with flowers and new leaves, and sing the following verse to the spirits of the holiday:
Queen of the May,
A more joyous time has never been.
and children sing,
Fairies bless each river and sacred spring.
All life is joyous
and we revel,
In being healthy, happy, and alive.
The Morris Dancers
Stomp the Earth,
Wakening Gaia with blissful mirth.
in vibrant hue,
Signaling all Earth’s life is born anew.
Magic springs underfoot from the ground.
Love and passions
fill the air,
Celebration and revelry is everywhere.
On this day,
My true love come to me; Let us share our hearts in festivity.
the Maypole round,
Laughter and music freely abound.
Joyousness and reverence mix together now,
Blessing virgin, bird, and cow.
Danu’s Fairy Folk now draw near,
Their laughter and magic is growing clear.
I share this day
with those I love,
Healing Sun streams from above.
the Queen of the May,
So blessed be this sacred day.
So mote it be. ~Abby Willowroot – )0( Visit Crone’s Corner on Yahoo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
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