Yesterday was one of those days that flies past, even if it seems you haven’t done anything. We were waiting for the car parts, so Tempus worked on fixing my file drawer and then sat down with some necessary paperwork. I’m not sure what all I was doing, but my trash can filled up, anyway.
I kept getting sleepier and sleepier and both Tempus and I were cranky and no one was coming in, which is disheartening. He got his paperwork done just in time to have it *not* go out in the mail, even worse. A Jonah day…
…and then I didn’t sleep well. I slept, though, so we’re up, here and Tempus has done that chores that he needed to. The car lights were flickering as we pulled in, so he’s out there putting the charger on the car. I hope that part is in, since he has the paper route tonight!
I have to set up newsletters today and get some cleanup done. I’ve scattered some of my project stuff, again. I want to try to shift a few more things to my sewing shelves and then get that kit that I’ve been working on ready to print.
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining –Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Robigalia, held in ancient Rome on this day, was a sacrifice of a dog to prevent a particular type of wheat-rust mildew from occurring in the new grain crops. It also included chariot races, a communal meal and other typical observances. Robigus was the personification of the mildew, so needed to be sacrificed to, although dogs were usually sacred to the underground/afterlife deities, such as Hecate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robigalia
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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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends on 4/26 at 5:16am.
As the crescent Moon wanes toward new it passes Venus in the dawn . . .
Jupiter‘s moon Europa reappears from eclipse out of Jupiter’s shadow around 10:28 p.m. EDT. Then at 11:17 p.m. EDT, Io starts crossing Jupiter’s face. And at 11:42 p.m. EDT, Io’s shadow comes following behind.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Sagittarius) rises around 11 or midnight and glows highest in the south before dawn, upper right of the Sagittarius Teapot. Redder Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkles 18° to Saturn’s right in the early-morning hours.
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
Tu 25 High 12:04 AM 8.1 6:15 AM Rise 6:10 AM 4
~ 25 Low 6:34 AM -0.3 8:14 PM Set 7:28 PM
~ 25 High 12:40 PM 7.4
~ 25 Low 6:39 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Allowing your creativity to grow, fosters my link with the Divine.
~ Talk does not cook rice. – Chinese Proverb
~ Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so. – Thomas Carlyle
~ The aspects of things that are most important to us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity. – Ludwig Wittgenstein
~ The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone. – Orison Swett Marden
There’s a path that leads to Nowhere
in a meadow that I know
Where an island river rises
And the stream is still and slow. – Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1861–1933)
Beltane Oat Cakes http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (to make them sweeter use up to one full cup)
- 3/4 cup butter (unsalted)
- 1 egg
- cup mashed ripe fruit (banana, peaches, something soft)
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- Spices: nutmeg, cinnamon is a good combo or cardamom is nice by itself (approx. 1/4 tsp)
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional).
- Mix flour, baking powder, and brown sugar together.
- Make sure to smash any lumps.
- Cut butter into mixture with a pastry blender (or make do with a fork).
- Add egg and fruit, and nuts.
- Drop rounded tablespoon of dough onto greased cookie sheet (about 2-3 in apart).
- Bake at 350 deg F [175 deg C] for 15 min or until cookies look “dry”.
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.
Beltane Cake I – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup oats
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/3 cup unbleached white flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
- In a saucepan, heat milk with oats, butter and 1/2 tsp. sea salt.
- Cook until thickened.
- Let stand until room temperature.
- Mix in 2 cups brown sugar, 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla.
- Add the unbleached white flour, baking soda, tsp. cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
- Bake in a well-greased 9X13 pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes up clean.
- After cooling to room temperature cover tightly until serving.
- Top of cake may be decorated with powdered sugar.
Note – This cake is even better if baked the day before it is eaten.
I’ve been cleaning the lounge room of my house, which is where *everything* gets dumped by my SO, and 4 children (oh, and by me too, but I’m not admitting to that in public). There was a large washing basket full of unmatched socks in amongst the debris.
Now this, in itself, would not be so embarrassing, if it were not for the fact that there’s at least the same amount of socks in another basket hiding behind the washing machine.
So, while going through all these socks trying to pair them up, I formed a few theories.
Theory One: The Genetic Theory of Socks
* Socks which are rolled in pairs and kept in drawers do not produce offspring.
* Socks which are lying around loose will mate with the nearest sock, regardless of colour, length, fibre content, etc.
* The offspring of such matings is guaranteed to match no other sock in the basket. A blue sock that mates with a green sock will produce something that matches neither. white socks which mate with other white socks will produce matted/felted not-quite-white socks that are at least an inch different in length to the parent socks.
When these offspring mate (although some of them are apparently mules), they produce tiny single matted mittens and fingerless gloves that don’t fit anybody, and which lie in the bottom of the sock basket and look hopeless.
Theory Two: The Worm Hole Theory
The universe contains a finite number of socks, which constantly circulate through a series of sock-sized wormholes. Unfortunately the wormholes have a tendency to close after picking up one sock, without picking up its pair. The sock will then be deposited in a different sock basket somewhere else in the universe, while a stray sock from that location will be sucked up and deposited elsewhere. Pairs of socks that are found together against all odds should be rolled up, as this prevents all but the largest wormholes from picking them up.
This theory accounts for the fact that there are socks in the basket which you *know* you never bought.
Theory Three: The Conspiracy Theory of Socks
When socks are manufactured, by some clever means they are made in such a way as to appear matching until they are washed. On washing, one sock will stretch and the other sock will shrink. Coloured socks will lose their colour at different rates, and white socks will absorb some of the lost colours, but each sock of a pair will attract a different dye.
This accounts for the socks in the basket which are to all appearances identical except for either length or colour. There is no way to combat this phenomenon.
Theory Four: The X-files Theory of Sock Relocation
Somewhere out there in the universe there is an alien race which requires socks to live. These aliens are all around us, and when we are not keeping careful watch on our socks, they steal and eat them. Being small, they can only eat one sock at a time, and that is why only one sock of a pair will go missing. These creatures excrete the digested sock under furniture in the form of “dust bunnies.”
Theory Five: the Paranoia theory of socks
Tiny micro-recorders located in each sock record the wearer’s thoughts, words and deeds for a specific length of time, generally up to a month. The socks continue to record until they are full, and then tiny transporters inside the washing machine transport the sock to the <insert favourite control bureau here headquarters. Although both socks contain these micro-recorders, since they contain duplicate information, one sock is left behind as an archived backup.
Occasionally the micro-recorders in one sock will break down, and be deposited as lint on every other item in the machine at the same time.
Remember, the only way to combat this is to either wear shoes at all times, or to go barefoot. Wherever you go, your socks are watching you.
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