Minus Tide at 10:35 AM of -1.2 feet. House Capuchin Project Day, noon to 6pm.
Where you can see the sky, it’s a lovely blue, and the sunshine is making things glow where it hits although most of the time it’s more or less strained by cloud. There’s some wind this morning. Even in town we’re getting gusts up to 15mph and there’s more on the beaches. The sand flats were uncovered in the bay from the minus tide, making Tempus comment, “Where’s the water?” 54F.
Yesterday was fairly busy. Tempus ended up talking to Sash for quite some time. I had my workshops to do and office cleaning. Tempus was sorting out more of the stuff from the aisles and shifting some things that I needed moved.
The Duckmeister was in early in the afternoon telling us about her new geese and a setting duck and some of her errands. Late in the day Brendan stopped by for a visit with his lady and their young cat, that panicked when first brought into the shop, but then did the “limp kitten” first in his lap, then hers, and protested mightily when they headed home!
I spent awhile watching some videos from Jas. Townsend and Sons on 17th & 18th century cooking. One was on making simple cheese, another on scotch eggs, a 3rd on cheese fritters and yet another on potted beef, which made me think about Aunt Louise making deviled Smithfield ham, all the way to pressing it into little crocks sealed with lard and covered with tied-down waxed cloth! https://www.youtube.com/user/jastownsendandson
Today we have House Capuchin’s Project Day during the day and tonight we’re doing a Handfasting at the Overleaf!
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, is sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Today is Walpurgisnacht. The name come from the old goddess Walpurga, who became St. Walpurga to the Church. Traditionally, on this night, fires are lighted on hilltops all through Europe including the “Brocken”, about which the famous piece “A Night on Bald Mountina” was written and then included in Fantasia. In many places either the fires are jumped over or cattle and other herdbeasts are driven around or between fires. It’s the beginning of the Beltane celebrations that include song, dance and carnivals, as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgis_Night http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carodejnice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brocken
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2:42pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/30 at 5:16pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/2 at 7:47pm.
These spring evenings, the long, dim sea serpent Hydra snakes far across the southern sky. Find his head, a rather dim asterism about the width of your thumb at arm’s length, in the southwest. (It’s lower right of Regulus by about two fists at arm’s length.) His tail reaches all the way to Libra rising in the southeast. Hydra’s star pattern, from forehead to tail-tip, is 95° long.
As twilight fades, look above the crescent Moon in the west for <<< Pollux and Castor, and a similar distance left of the Moon for Procyon >>>> .
Mercury is hidden deep in the glow 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 Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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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 30 High 3:35 AM 8.4 6:08 AM Set 12:15 AM 15
~ 30 Low 10:35 AM -1.2 8:20 PM Rise 10:01 AM
~ 30 High 5:10 PM 6.8
~ 30 Low 10:40 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am constantly moving forward in the direction of my goals.
~ In communities where men build ships for their own sons to fish or fight from, quality is never a problem. – J. Deville
~ In reality there are no others, and by helping yourself you help everybody else. – Nisargadatta Maharaj
~ It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. – Confucius
~ It is always easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission. – Anonymous
When April steps aside for May,
Like diamonds all the raindrops glisten,
Fresh violets open every day,
To some new bird each hour we listen. –Lucy Larcom (1826–93)
Walpurgisnacht: from http://www.witchology.com/contents/april/walpurgisnacht.php
Walpurgis Night (Valborgsmässoafton in Swedish, Vappu in Finnish, Volbriöö in Estonian, Valpurgu nakts or Valpurgi in Latvian, Walpurgisnacht in German) is a holiday celebrated on April 30 or May 1, in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Germany.
The festival is named after Saint Walburga (known in Scandinavia as “Valborg”; alternative forms are “Walpurgis”, “Wealdburg”, or “Valderburger”), born in Wessex in 710 a niece of Saint Boniface and, according to legend, she was a daughter to the Saxon prince St. Richard. Together with her brothers she travelled to Württemberg, Germany where she became a nun and lived in the convent of Heidenheim, which was founded by her brother Wunibald. Walburga died on 25 February 779 and that day still carries her name in the Catholic calendar. However she was not made a saint until 1 May in the same year, and that day carries her name in the Swedish calendar.
Historically the Walpurgisnacht is derived from Pagan spring customs, where the arrival of spring was celebrated with bonfires at night. Viking fertility celebrations took place around April 30 and due to Walburga being declared a saint at that time of year, her name became associated with the celebrations. Walburga was worshipped in the same way that Vikings had celebrated spring and as they spread throughout Europe, the two dates became mixed together and created the Walpurgis Night celebration.
Walpurgis Night (in German folklore) the night of April 30 (May Day’s eve), when witches meet on the Brocken mountain and hold revels with their Gods…
Oxford Dictionary of Phrase & Fable
In Germany, Walpurgisnacht, the night from April 30 to May 1, is the night when allegedly the witches hold a large celebration on the Blocksberg and await the arrival of Spring.
Brocken the highest of the Harz Mountains of north central Germany. It is noted for the phenomenon of the Brocken spectre and for witches’ revels which reputably took place there on Walpurgis night.
The Brocken Spectre is a magnified shadow of an observer, typically surrounded by rainbow-like bands, thrown onto a bank of cloud in high mountain areas when the sun is low. The phenomenon was first reported on the Brocken.
Walpurgis is one of the main holidays during the year in both Sweden and Finland, alongside of Christmas and Midsummer. The forms of celebration in Sweden vary in different parts of the country and between different cities. One of the main traditions in Sweden is to light large bonfires, a custom which is most firmly established in Svealand, and which began in Uppland during the 18th century. An older tradition from Southern Sweden was for the younger people to collect greens and branches from the woods at twilight, which were used to adorn the houses of the village. The expected reward for this task to be paid in eggs.
The tradition which is most spread throughout the country is probably singing songs of spring. Most of the songs are from the 19th century and were spread by the students’ spring festivities. The strongest and most traditional spring festivities are also found in the old university cities, like Uppsala and Lund where both current and graduated students gather at events that take up most of the day from early morning to late night on April 30, or “sista april” (“The last day of april”) as most students of Lund call it. There are also newer student traditions like the carnival parade, the “Cortège”, which has been held since 1910 by the students at Chalmers in Gothenburg. In Sweden, Valborg is especially notorious because of the excessive amounts of alcohol people consume on that very day.
Today in Finland, Walpurgis Night (Vapunaatto) is, along with New Year’s Eve, the biggest carnival-style festivity taking place in the streets of Finland’s towns and cities. The celebration is typically centered on plentiful use of sparkling wine and other alcoholic beverages. The student traditions are also one of the main characteristics of “Vappu”. From the end of the 19th century, “Fin de Siècle”, and onwards, this traditional upper class feast has been co-opted by students attending university, already having received their student cap. Many people who have graduated from lukio wears the cap. One tradition is drinking mead, whose alcohol content varies. Fixtures include the capping of the Havis Amanda, a nude female statue in Helsinki, and the biannually alternating publications of ribald matter called Äpy and Julkku. Both are sophomoric; but while Julkku is a standard magazine, Äpy is always a gimmick. Classic forms have included an Äpy printed on a toilet-roll and a bedsheet. Often the magazine has been stuffed inside standard industrial packages such as sardine-cans and milk cartons. The festivities also include a picnic on May 1st, which is sometimes prepared in a lavish manner.
The Finnish tradition is also a shadowing of the Soviet Era May Day parade. Starting with the parties of the left, the whole of the Finnish political scene has nominated Vappu as the day to go out on stumps and agitate. This does not only include right-wing parties, but also others like the church have followed suit, marching and making speeches. In Sweden it is only the labour and socialist parties which use May 1 for political activities, while others observe the traditional festivities.
WALPURGISNACHT: A HISTORY OF THE NIGHT OF WITCHES – MAKENZIE · APRIL 25, 2017 – http://www.cvltnation.com/walpurgisnacht-history-night-witches/
Deep in the forests of northern Germany lays the highest peak of the Harz Mountains, Brocken. It is here that in pre-Christian times the locals would eat magic mushrooms, give sacrifices, and dance around bonfires on the eve of May, all for the purpose of bringing in a fertile spring. This is the image of Walpurgisnacht, or Hexennacht (Witches Night). Popularized later by Goethe’s play Faust, this became a popular image to conjure when fictionalizing witches and their antics, although the holiday is little known to those outside Europe or to non-pagans – but Walpurgisnacht and the time of year in which it’s celebrated have an interesting history worth exploring.
The image I gave you of witches on top of the mountaintop, while stereotypical, began in ancient Germanic tradition of pagan rites of spring and fertility celebration. They made sacrifices to their gods for the sake of their crops, and they had orgies as a celebration of the coming warmth. Time passed, the area and its people became Christianized, which lead to the idea that on April 30th, witches gathered to cause general mischief and evil, and so traditions formed out of driving away said evil. Peasants partook in noisemaking, and towns would build large bonfires to keep witches out of the sky. They would burn straw men in the fires and old belongings for good luck. The Christians who had overtaken this area had also forbade anything remotely witchy, such as fortune telling, spell casting, and even proclaimed belief in things such as fae creatures and other old folklore.
It was around this time that Walpurgisnacht got its name from the Christian Saint Walburga in an attempt to Christianize the day. Walburga was an English nun who came to Germany with the task of Christianizing the Saxons, and she became an abbess at the Heidenheim monastery. She became associated with the May eve holiday likely because of ease – she was believed to have been canonized on May 1st. This, combined with the church’s desire to oust the pagans as much as possible, leads to a strange marriage that has somehow lasted the years.
You may have noticed that Walpurgisnacht falls exactly half a year apart from Halloween – this is not a coincidence. Halloween happens on the same date as the Gaelic celebration of Samhain, and beginning at midnight on May 1st is Beltane; these festivals marked both the changes of seasons as well as the dates where the veil between our world and the world of spirits is thinnest. You could consider all of these holidays to be related; in their recognized dates, themes, and celebrations. Beltane, like Walpurgisnacht, involved dancing around large bonfires and bringing in the spring; though Beltane did not have problems in becoming a forced Christianized holiday like Walpurgisnacht did. The Romans also had a very similar holiday, Floralia, celebrating their goddess Flora – they would drink and dance all throughout late April to early May. It was considered a plebian holiday, and they would play many festival games during its celebration.
In the early 1900’s, after the holiday came back into the knowledge of the general populace mostly due to it appearing in a scene in Goethe’s Faust, a revivalist movement tried to bring the holiday back with new celebrations like fireworks and singing folk songs. This has continued to shift into modern Walpurgisnacht, which is still celebrated in a few Germanic countries as kind of “the other Halloween.” In Germany, they like to dress in costumes – such as a witch – and play pranks on one another. In Sweden, the ever present bonfires are lit and folk songs are sung. In Finland, the night is combined with May Day and is one of their most important holidays, which involves – what else – drinking. Then, of course, there are the modern day pagans around the world who celebrate in their own way, Witches Night.
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Subject: shaggy dogs
Date: Monday, March 19, 2001 11:33 PM
Um…when in doubt, share the pain…. 😉 – Arlys
Two Irishmen walk into a pet shop in Dingle. They head to the bird section; and Gerry says to Paddy, “Dat’s dem.” The owner comes over and asks if he can help them. “Yeah, we’ll take four of dem dere little budgies in dat cage up dere,” says Gerry, The owner puts the budgies in a paper bag. Paddy and Gerry pay for the birds, leave the shop and get into Gerry’s Hiace to drive to the top of the Conor Pass. At the Conor Pass, Gerry looks down at the 1000-foot drop and says; “Dis looks like a grand place.”
He takes two birds out of the bag, puts them on his shoulders and jumps off the cliff. Paddy watches as Gerry falls all the way to the Bottom, killing himself stone dead. Looking down at the remains of his best pal,Paddy shakes his head and says; “Feck dat. Dis budgie jumping is too feckin’ dangerous for me.”
Moments later Seamus arrives up at Conor Pass. He’s been to the pet shop too and walks up to the edge of the cliff carrying another paper bag in one hand and a shotgun in the other. “Hi, Paddy. Watch dis.” Seamus says. He takes a parrot from the bag and throws himself over the edge of the cliff. Paddy watches as half way down, Seamus takes the gun and shoots the parrot. Seamus continues to plummet down and down until he hits the bottom and breaks every bone in his body. Paddy shakes his head and says, “And I’m never trying dat parrotshooting either.”
Paddy is just getting over the shock of losing two friends when Sean Og appears. He’s also been to the pet shop and is carrying a paper bag out of which he pulls a chicken. Sean Og then hurls himself off the cliff and disappears down and down until he hits a rock and breaks his spine. Once more Paddy shakes his head – “Feck that Lads. First der was Gerry with his budgie jumping, den Seamus parrotshooting and now Sean Og is feckin’ hengliding.”