It’s gorgeous weather, here on the far side of the mountains from home. The sun is bright and there are some white clouds over the Cascades, but the rest of the sky is blue. A jet is stitching a line across the sky. It’s only 43F both here and at home. Just lovely weather.
Yesterday started in a flap, because I had way too much to do. Packing! Tempus helped, but then took off around 1pm to get his errands run. I still needed to make some marzipan and pack the foodly things that had been left and wrenched my wrist again getting stuff off the top of the freezer where some of the stuff was! Oof.
I ran around finding all the bits and then sat and waited. Stella got here and as I was looking for one more thing and bunch of stuff bailed out in back and I smashed a pyrex measuring cup! Tempus had to clean up for me because we needed to get on the road.
Stella and I had a good trip to Florence, me whale-watching and both of us talking about the beaches and scenery. Gorgeous day! We got root beer floats at the A&S and just about the point where I was slowing down on drinking mine Seamus showed up. We packed my stuff in his car (event Tetris) while Alexander got some snacks for them and then we hit the road.
That’s a long trip to just past La Pine! We watched scenery and talked and stopped at a Safeway in Eugene (I got Tempus a chocolate bunny. 🙂 ) rolled on past a lovely rainbow east of Eugene, up and over the mountains through snow (?!?!?!!!!) to the spot where we’re all staying, getting there just before 8pm.
So, today Tempus will have the shop open. I’ll be teaching blackwork embroidery at the event out here.
Rainbow over Yachats Bay, Ken Gagne photo from 4/14/15.
Today’s plant is the cobra lily, Darlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.
Today’s feast is in honor of Father Damien, the priest of the lepers of Molokai. He was a Catholic missionary who took on the task of organizing the leper colony to which many people had been exiled for showing symptoms of what was then thought to be a highly contagious, incurable disease. He turned the place from a charnel pit to a place where people could live and grow and if they had actually contracted the disease, die in peace with good care. At the age of 49, Father Damien died of the disease himself and was canonized by the Catholic Church. More on Father Damien here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Damien and on leprosy here, which is *not* highly contagious, only 5% of the population can catch it at all, and we now can cure it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leprosy and also a bit on the leper colony where he worked: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalawao
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 5:16am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/19 at 2:57am.
Mars, just a trace redder than Aldebaran, is approaching the Pleiades. It’ll pass closest to the lower left of them April 19–21.
Before and during early dawn Sunday morning, look for Saturn below or lower left of the waning gibbous Moon.
The Moon comes and goes, but Saturn remains in the south at the beginning of dawn, left of upper Scorpius.
Mercury is out of sight in the glare of the Sun.
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 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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 15 High 3:17 AM 7.3 6:32 AM Set 9:23 AM 88
~ 15 Low 10:08 AM 0.3 8:01 PM
~ 15 High 4:32 PM 6.2
~ 15 Low 10:02 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forget the troubles that have passed away.
~ To be conscious, clear, consistent and congruent in my values, beliefs, behaviors and endeavors is the path to happiness. – Spike Humer
~ To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler- and less trouble. – Mark Twain
~ To be in meditation is to be one. No confusion, no hesitation. A response, a natural attitude happens in every moment. – Shanti
~ To seize your power you must assume responsibility for your life. – Kerr Cuhulain
A Fairy Spell
In a woodland clearing, spread a clean green cloth. On it place small cakes and flowers, especially primroses, in a circle. Imagine the magic around you and say:
O Fairy Queen,
Upon your white steed,
Within me plant
A magic seed.
From you may spring
Many new beginnings.
Accept these offerings.
Leave the items and walk around the altar three times, then slowly walk the path back to your home. Listen for the sound of laughter and bells and know you are blessed.
Beltane is the time when fairies return from their winter rest, carefree and full of mischief and delight.
On the night before Beltane, in times past, folks would place rowan branches at their windows and doors for protection. If you do not wish the fairies to visit, do the same!
This is also a perfect time for night or predawn rituals to draw down power to promote fertility in body and mind.
At Beltane, the Pleiades star cluster rises just before sunrise on the morning horizon. The Pleiades is known as the seven sisters, and resembles a tiny dipper-shaped pattern of six moderately bright stars in the constellation of Taurus, near the shoulder. Watch for it low in the east-northeast sky, just a few minutes before sunrise. By: Nancy Bennett
A Love Charm – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
A Love Charm by Seraphina-m’Anat
Caveat – this is a charm that should not be used on a random “target,” but rather as an enhancement to an established relationship. The reason for this is that, in my experience with this charm ::nudge, nudge, wink, wink::, the essence of the two partners become intertwined, and the charm will happily ensnare you as it bewitches your mate. Spring normally gets us all happily randy, and this charm adds a little more passion and intensity to this feeling. Now, some may call this manipulative of another’s will, but let me offer the witch’s perspective….my hubby knew full well I was a witch when he married me and hasn’t complained so far of any effects of “boosting” so to speak, LOL. Effective enhancements to this charm are self-pampering, as well as spouse pampering; candle light dinners, foods traditionally know to be aphrodisiacs, and exotic music. Silks, velvets, and satins don’t hurt either ::impish grin:: A reliable baby-sitter for any wee’uns in the house is a plus too, if you have children. Is it any wonder that this is one of the witches favourite holidays?
By all that lives on land, in sea,
By the ebbing and the flow,
Each time that you do think of me,
Your love for me shall grow.
By numbers odd and numbers even,
By the sacred power of three times three,
Passion for me in your thoughts weave in,
All thy thoughts shall be of me.
By velvet cords of longing,
Your heart to me belonging,
By the white rose and the red,
I am the fire in thy head.
No peace nor increase shall you find,
Until your hand is joined in mine.