Windy! The wind is at 17mph in town and over 30 in some spots on the beaches and that doesn’t count gusts! The bay was full of white-caps and the car bounced all over on the bridge. It’s 52F and we’ve gotten nearly 1/2 an inch of rain today.
Yesterday morning I didn’t come in because the migraine was back….well, it never really went away, apparently, and the sunshine…. well, let’s just say I was imitating a vampire crawling back into my coffin. I slept for the early part of the afternoon and as the light dimmed I started being able to do things. I ended doing a lot of sewing, actually.
Today I’m moving slowly, but I’m here. Not sure that I’m up to readings, yet. In any case, we have the Herbs Workshop at 11am. Today will be plant pots. Sewing at 3pm is BYOP (Bring Your Own Project).
Here’s a Ken Gagne photo from 4/21/16, looking east from Cape Perpetua to Mary’s Peak.
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The root makes a nice yellow dye. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. I think Imma go pick some and dig some roots! – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
Earth Day and International Mother Earth Day are held each year on this day. I remember the first one, mostly because my mother encouraged me to make a presentation at school about environmental concerns. I remember saying that electric cars were something that we really needed even back then. How come we’re so slow to pick up the technology? Also, because my father was involved with NASA, we were already building a passive solar water heating system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mother_Earth_Day
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 4/24 at 8:16pm.
The spring constellation Corvus, the Crow, perches in the southeast these evenings, about a fist and a half at arm’s length to the right of Spica as shown here. But above Spica this year is brilliant Jupiter, hogging the show. Corvus is traditionally seen as ready to snatch sparkling Spica out of Virgo’s hand. This year he has a brighter shiny to go for.
Mercury is out of sight in the glare of sunrise.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 22 Low 4:12 AM 2.2 6:20 AM Rise 4:32 AM 26
~ 22 High 9:56 AM 6.4 8:10 PM Set 3:51 PM
~ 22 Low 4:27 PM 0.7
~ 22 High 10:49 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – God gave the angels Wings, and He gave humans CHOCOLATE.
~ Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. – Hans Margolius
~ Only you can create your reality. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Persistence is often a process of working through the keys until the correct one is found. It is sometimes the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.- Kerr Cuhulain
~ Sewing fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom, and closets! – unknown
Buds are bursting in the hedges,
Leaves are creeping up the lane,
Everywhere the sap is stirring
Love awakens to life again. – John Dennis (1658–1734)
Aphrodite, Rosalia (Greece) 6/4 – Themes: Love; Romance; Passion; Sexuality; Luck; Fertility; Beauty; Pleasure
Symbols: Roses; Copper; Turquoise; Sandalwood
About Aphrodite: Since 1300 B.C.E., Aphrodite has been worshipped as the ultimate goddess to inspire passion, spark romance, increase physical pleasure, augment inner beauty, and improve sexual self-assurance. Consequently, many artistic depictions show her naked, with erotic overtones. Aphrodite’s name means “water born” or “foam born,” intimating a connection with the ocean’s fertility.
To Do Today: Follow Greek custom and shower whatever Goddess image you have at home with rose petals, or dab it with rose-scented oil. If you don’t have a statue, poster, or painting, any visually beautiful object can serve as a proxy. This gesture honors and entreats Aphrodite, who responds by granting good luck, especially in matters of the heart.
Another tradition is bathing yourself in rose water to emphasize Aphrodite’s comeliness (both within and without). Rose water is available at many Asian and international supermarkets. Or you can make it easily by steeping fresh rose petals in warm (NOT hot) water and straining. If you don’t have time for a full bath, just dab a little of the rose water over the region of your heart to emphasize this goddess’s love and attractiveness where it can do the most good–in your emotional center. )0( By Patricia Telesco From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Love is awake in me whatever the season.
Love is a north wind, cold and sharp.
Love is a night on fire with lightning.
Love is shameless. violent, heart-rending.
Love is the madness sent by the Goddess. ~Sicilian Greek Poet Ibykos, Sixth Century B.C.E.
Humans are rare among mammals in that we are always ready for love. Unlike our animal relatives, human females do not have special seasons of estrus. Scientists speculate about why this distinction came about, some believing that the length of time a human baby must be nurtured gave rise to a need to bond us more tightly together. And sexual pleasure is, indeed, a great and compelling bond.
This human biological trait is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing, because we are able to bond with each other beyond the sheer physical need for release. But love can also feel like a curse, as the poet Ibykos reminds us, because it opens up to change. Love can overturn our lives as easily as a child overturns a wagon of toys, which is why we love the Goddess’ child, Eros or Cupid, is pictured as so wanton and careless of our lives. Yet without its beauty, what would our lives be worth? )0( by Patricia Monaghan – From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON
My lover’s skin glows like the finest marble,
and I burn to touch it. I burn with the teasing
dance of her glances, I am on fire, I am aflame,
I cannot think of anything but love.
Venus has abandoned her island shrine at Cypress
to live with my heart. The goddess will hear nothing
but songs of love now, she will endure no music to stir
the blood toward war, adventure, or anything but love.
Friends, build a green altar right here, and lay me down
upon it. Place sacred branches all around my body,
and bowls of wine, and wand of incense. I am already
a victim of love, a sacrifice to Venus. Now let her hear my plea! ~Horace
In our times, love is no longer the great ruler of the cosmos but merely a servant of commerce. Sex is used to sell everything from automobiles to zoom lenses. Women’s bodies are no longer temples of the goddess, but products used to sell other products. Venus is no longer ruler in her own temple, much less in our hearts; Moneta, goddess of money, rules instead.
Love poems like that of the great poet Horace can seem, in this context, overblown and overstated. To make oneself a sacrifice for love? isn’t that a bit much? Isn’t that making love more important than it should be?
But our foremothers knew what is often hidden from us: that love is the glue thatholds the universe together. Not simply sexual love, although thatpowerful force binds people at a deep level. The love of parents for children, teachers for students, friends for each other – these relationships are not just human connections. They participate in and reflect the great network of connectedness that is our magnificent universe. By placing the goddess of love once again on the throne of our hearts, we can connect with the great force that sweeps through us and binds us to each other and the cosmos. To sacrifice ourselves for love means, in this context, to finally become whole. )0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast