House Capuchin’s project Day today from noon to 6pm.
It’s not clear and blue today, more like completely overcast! At home it’s 58F and overcast. Here’s it’s 45 and overcast. 🙂 We ought to have a good drive back, hopefully not through driving snow this time! The sun’s finally starting to break through, but not like yesterday.
Yesterday was just a wonderful day. I had a great time at the feast and hanging out with all the folks. My class went really well, too, and the 2nd half in June ought to be fun. The evening was a tremendous amount of fun, too. A bunch of folks were staying at my friend’s place for the evening and the jokes and giggles and belly laughs were thick on the ground. We ended up listening to an acoustic concert on TV and pulling out all kind of herbal and history texts. We didn’t go to sleep until past 2!
Temperance made me an easter basket that’s got lots of lovely spices in it! We’re taking it easy this morning. Everyone is tired and moving slowly, but everyone is cheerful and we’re just taking things a step at a time. We have a long drive home ahead of us, and we’re going to stop to do some shopping, at a couple of spots on the way.
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The Battle of Megiddo was in the 15th century BCE on this date. It was part of a military campaign by Thutmose III to crush a rebellion in Canaan in the 15th century BCE. This is the oldest battle recorded in enough detail to make it “official”. There was a later battle, the one from which we get the word “armageddon” from, where the King of Judah tried to ambush the Egyptian army as they were heading off to fight the Babylonians and got himself killed. This battle is listed in the Bible and several other sources. Armageddon, (comes from Har Megiddo, Megiddo hill), the “last battle” of Christian eschatology, is supposed to take place here, or maybe not…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon
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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, goes by the Pleiades this week. Here’s how the twilight scene starts out . . .
‘s Moon Europa crosses the planet’s face tonight from 10:05 p.m. to 12:28 a.m. EDT, followed by its tiny black shadow (much more easily visible) from 10:29 p.m. to 12:57 a.m. EDT. Then Jupiter’s Great Red Spot crosses the planet’s central meridian around 1:18 a.m. EDT.
The Moon comes and goes, but Saturn remains in the south at the beginning of dawn, left of upper Scorpius.
Venus (magnitude –4.7) shines low in the east as dawn brightens. It’s a thin crescent in a telescope, thickening a little 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 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
Su 16 High 3:51 AM 7.0 6:30 AM Rise 12:22 AM 82
~ 16 Low 10:50 AM 0.5 8:02 PM Set 10:05 AM
~ 16 High 5:21 PM 5.9
~ 16 Low 10:44 PM 3.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You have to wonder about humans; they think God is dead and Elvis is alive!
~ There are many ways to measure success; not the least of which is the way your child describes you when talking to a friend. – Unknown
~ There are only 2 mistakes one can make along the road of truth…not going all the way…and not starting ~ Buddha
~ There is no protection greater than that acquired by putting it all on the line for Love. – Christine Lape Berger
~ To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone. – Harry Truman
The month of April, the upland is misty,
the oxen are weary, the earth is bare,
feeble is the stag, playful the long-eared,
usual is a guest though he be not invited;
everyone has many faults where he is not loved;
blessed is he that is faithful. – From a book of days
1 gallon Water
4 pounds Honey
2 Sticks cinnamon
Juice & peel from one lemon
1 teaspoon Activated dry yeast
In a large nonreactive pot, add the next four ingredients to the gallon of water. Boil all together for 30 minutes, then strain into a crock that will hold it with a little room to spare. When cooled, add the yeast, dissolved in some of the liquid. Allow to ferment in a cool place – 55 degrees is ideal – until it ceases bubbling and the liquor clears, then bottle, cap tightly and store in a cool, dark cellar. It should not be used for at least a month, and longer is better. This meade, unlike many other drinks, does not improve with really long aging, so it should be consumed within a year of the time it was made.
3 cups real mashed potatoes
2 cups dry oats
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 teaspoon corn starch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of Rosemary (optional)
Soak the oats in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes until soft and slightly swollen. Mix them with all the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Knead until the mixture is like a thick dough. If it seems too thin or moist, add a teaspoon or two of flour. When it is thoroughly mixed, form small sections into round patties. Fry the patties in hot vegetable oil in a small skillet until lightly brown. Serve immediately.
Barley Bread Cakes
- 6 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- 1 Cup Barley Flour
- Mix sesame oil, water and salt with barley flour until dough is pliable though still somewhat oily.
- Roll out dough and cut circular disc shapes with a glass and place on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F until browned lightly.
Silliness – Signs and Notices – A sign advertising a Company wide skiing race: Let’s see who can go downhill the fastest.