House Capuchin’s Project Day from noon to 6pm.
Chilly, damp….. everything is soaking. The herbs I harvested this morning can’t even be hung to dry thoroughly without being spread on the table or they’ll mold, it’s that damp. We’ve gotten not quite 1 /10 of an inch of rain this morning after 1/2 an inch yesterday and most of that was late last night when it came down hard enough to roar on the solarium roof. 52F and the wind is at about 10 in town, higher on the beaches. It was combing the Bay into windrows when we came across the bridge.
With two day’s worth of newsletters to get out yesterday I had to scramble to be done before Herbs. We just made newspaper pots. We’ll fill them next week and start the seeds, then. After that I caught up on mail, then did some sewing, filling the pincushions and stringing the pouches that I made over the last few days. I sent Tempus out after rum, so we could refill the vanilla bottle, and when he got back sat down with some more sewing, while he told me about the wand he made. I think it’s a nice one! The little knob is intended to come off and have herbs or crystals added and then be glued into place.
Amy came in during Sewing and I got my <<< pincushions “dimpled” while she was there, then had another pre-nup session and then Tempus and I started talking about supper. He had made a loaf of bread during the day and I had “my slice” while he was working on more.
So we had supper and headed home and ended up reading because neither of us had the energy for anything more. I managed to get out this morning to harvest the lungwort and the bergamot and nabbed some chives for potatoes, later.
We just had a little excitement getting here, though. Tempus got it confirmed yesterday that something’s not right with the alternator. The light’s been coming on and going out for a couple of weeks and he’s been regularly pulling the battery to re-charge it and the car place has ordered us an alternator. We were on the way up the Bayshore hill when the car suddenly revved and went into limp mode. We made it all the way around onto Willow on the far side of the salon when it quit. So he’s got to go pull the battery again…. well, he foxed me. He put the auxiliary in and pulled around by the shop while I was sorting the lungwort! So, after we’re coffeed, he’s going to hook up the charger and he’ll have to do that tonight, too.
Today is House Capuchin’s Project Day. We’re going to try to get some things tagged and maybe varnish some other things. I have to get the herbs dried off and in baskets for full drying and get the table cleaned for the other projects!
Sunset on 4/20/16 by Ken Gagne
This is a hypercube, also known as a tesseract. It is a 3-dimensional version of a 5-dimensional object. Each of those spaces is a cube, 90 degree angles like any cube, but distorted by perspective. If you were living inside this object the cubes would look normal & static , even if this was the way that they’re moving. You wouldn’t be able to tell!
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has its glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same,Symplocarpus foetidus – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
Today is the English feast of St. George, the Dragonslayer. He is related to Sigurd the Dragonslayer whose feast is June 9 in modern Asatru. Morris Dance is a feature of this festival. Both George and Sigurd are archetypal Heroes whose stories are the Divine Masculine end of Initiation & Quest tales. Morris Dances are a feature of this day in England, and flags with the St. George Cross. Roses have been part of this festival since the Middle Ages and books since 1923, which commemorate the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes near this date. More on the festival here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George%27s_Day , on St. George here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George , and on the tale here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George_and_the_Dragon
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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.
As the crescent Moon wanes toward new it passes Venus in the dawn . . .
Face north after nightfall, look very high, and you’ll find the Pointers, the end stars of the Big Dipper’s bowl. They’re on the meridian pointing toward Polaris straight down below. From the Pointers to Polaris is about three fists at arm’s length.
Venus (magnitude –4.7) shines low in the east as dawn brightens. In a telescope it’s a crescent, thickening a little every morning.
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
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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 23 Low 5:02 AM 1.4 6:18 AM Rise 5:05 AM 17
~ 23 High 10:54 AM 6.8 8:11 PM Set 5:01 PM
~ 23 Low 5:13 PM 0.6
~ 23 High 11:27 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It isn’t easy to keep your mouth and your mind open at the same time.
~ Silence is not just absence of sound, but also Stillness of mind. – Brahma Kumaris
~ Speed, which becomes a virtue when it is found in a horse, by itself has no advantages. – El Ghazali
~ Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.- Jon Bon Jovi
~ Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal. – Mike Ditka
Now cast around thy raptur’d eyes,
And see the lovely spring arise:
Swell’d buds invest the grove again,
And streams remurmur o’er the plain. – The 1793 Old Farmer’s Almanac
Beltane Incense – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Myrrh
1 part Benzoin Gum
1 part Red Copal
1 part Lavender
1 part Jasmine
1 part Rose Petals
1 part Sandalwood
Beltane Oil – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
When mixing oils, use either almond oil or any other colourless lightweight oil.
5 drops Rose
2 drop Lavendar
4 drops Jasmine
Water of Aphrodite – Herbal Beauty – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
(adapted from a medieval recipe for water of roses, a quick and less costly version of Attar of Roses)
The rose is a flower sacred to Aphrodite as Patroness of Love and Lust. Roses have long been used in perfumes and love potions, and a language of intent has been created around the rose and specific colours (red for passion, yellow for goodbye, and so on). Harness the powers of this sacred flower for your magickal rites.
Use one cup of water for 3 roses. Use distilled or spring water, tap water may have too many minerals in it and will darken the petals and resulting potion water. Pull off the rose petals, one at a time and place in an enameled pot with water. Do not use an aluminum or iron pot. If you do so, the petals will turn black and darken the water. Simmer slowly, until desired quantity is reached, then cool. Strain and pour into a bottle or closed container.
Use according to your desire.