May you have a happy and prosperous summer!
Minus Tide at 11:32 AM of -0.9 feet. Wicca 101 tonight at 7pm. Lesson 5.
Part of the sky is blank grey, but the rest is rather lumpy with a couple of bright streaks. It’s already been dripping a little and we have more of this. No blue skies today. It’s very still, even on the beaches and little Magic Circles were all over the ponds by the highway.
Yesterday was very, very busy. We had to get the stuff together for the ritual, along with the usual Sunday stuff. We had one person from House Capuchin, since the other was busy with the handfasting, so some sewing happened.
It was one of those days where things kept getting put off and put off and then just as I finally had the ok to print the ritual pages the printer decided to act up! The group at the handfasting site had decided to take an extra bit of time, so it turned out not to be a problem even though t took us an extra 1/2 hour to get the printer unjammed and the pages printed out, but by then we had everything and headed for the event.
It was a lovely spot to have a handfasting….one of the cottages at the Overleaf with a nice little garden that was perfect for a small Circle. The couple were lovely and in love and the various folks there were either family or Circle, so it felt good and relaxed. We had the usual bobbles, but nothing awful and we finished before full dark, then had a fun time indoors. They had a nice spread of nibbles and Stella played for a bit.
Tempus and I were both very tired after we gathered up the equipment and headed back to the shop, but he made us burgers and then we went home and just fell into bed. We didn’t get to the shop until nearly 11, but we’re here and open and he’s having fun doing bacon and scrambled eggs while I’m putting this together.
We need to sort out the equipment and get things put back and then I’m getting back to work on the office space and he’s going to be trying to clear the aisle and of course, we have class tonight. I also have some writing to do today and pictures.
Today’s plant is Anthurium. This is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. The most common names for this plant that is beloved by florists include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. The genus is native to the Americas, where it is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean. – Masculine, Fire, Vesta & Mars – Correspondences are for bringing love and beauty to the home, hearth fires and passion. Great handfasting plant! More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthurium
We’ve been talking about this for a month! Did you wash your face in the morning dew? Have a Blessed Beltane and a prosperous season! Beltane http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltane and May Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day
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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. 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.
At nightfall, the first-quarter Moon forms part of a gigantic curving arc: To the Moon’s lower left is Procyon, to its upper right are Pollux and Castor, and continuing way farther right, you can include Menkalinan and then brilliant Capella. These stars alone, minus the Moon, form the Arch of Spring.
Venus (magnitude –4.7) shines low in the east as dawn brightens. In a telescope it’s a crescent, thickening a little every morning. This week it’s at greatest brightness.
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
M 1 High 4:29 AM 7.9 6:06 AM Set 1:12 AM 25
~ 1 Low 11:32 AM -0.9 8:21 PM Rise 11:04 AM
~ 1 High 6:14 PM 6.6
~ 1 Low 11:46 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today I envision a world of peace and plenty.
~ Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow. – Norman Vincent Peale
~ To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. – Henry David Thoreau
~ Two persons love in one another the future good which they aid one another to unfold. – Margaret Fuller
We could all use a little coaching. When you’re playing the game, it’s hard to think of everything. – Jim Rohn
When the mind is detached from the senses One reaches the summit of consciousness. Mastery of the mind leads to wisdom. Practice meditation. Stop all vain talk. The highest state is beyond reach of thought, For it lies beyond all duality. Keep repeating the ancient mantram OM Until it reverberates in your heart. – Amritabindu Upanishad, Excerpted from The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press, http://www.nilgiri.org.
GOAT CHEESE & SPINACH TURNOVERS http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1/2 cup Diced red onion
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 bunches Fresh spinach, stemmed and chopped
2 ounces Soft fresh goat cheese
1/3 cup Toasted pine nuts
3 Tablespoons Grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon Minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon Grated lemon peel
4 Frozen phyllo pastry sheets, thawed
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté 5 minutes. Increase heat to high. Add spinach and sauté until wilted, about 5 minutes. Drain spinach mixture, pressing on solids to release as much liquid as possible. Transfer to bowl and cool completely. Add goat cheese, pine nuts, parmesan, rosemary and lemon peel. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface. Cut lengthwise into 3 strips. Brush with butter. Place 1 rounded Tablespoon filling at 1 end of dough strip. Starting at 1 corner, fold pastry over filling, forming triangle. Repeat, folding up length of pastry as for flag. Brush with butter. Repeat with remaining pastry, butter and filling. Transfer turnovers to baking sheet. Cover and chill. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake turnover until golden, about 12 minutes. Cool slightly and serve. Makes 12
Dandelion Delight – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html by Patricia Telesco
This lovely spring tonic makes good use of pesky weeds to rejuvenate the body with earth’s reawakening. Dandelions are high in vitamins, and legends claim that Hecate once entertained Theseus with dandelion water.
- 3 cups dandelion petals
- 1 gallon orange juice
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- Ginger Ale (optional)
- Clean off the dandelion petals with cool water.
- In the meantime, warm the orange juice and lemon together, then add dandelions.
- Make certain you only have petals (no green parts).
- Add the sugar, stirring constantly until dissolved.
- Strain juices
- Add ginger ale for a light, bubbly drink.
VARIATIONS: Prepare this recipe with lemonade instead of orange juice, and the juice of one orange instead of a lemon. This is a refreshing, purifying quality and, poured over crushed ice, is wonderful on a hot summer day.
MAGICKAL ATTRIBUTES: divination, wind magic, wishes and goals, communicating with the Spirit world.
Tender Dandelion Salad – Recipe
Gathering our own salad is such a lovely way of connecting to the natural world. Dandelion greens – available in your own organic back yard or in the supermarket – are bursting with valuable carotenoids and vitamins, a true spring tonic that will enliven and nourish you and your family.
We include a great spring dressing recipe, too: add a little zip to all your salads!
3 cups dandelion leaves
2 thin slices red onion, separated into rings
- On a sunny day, grab a basket and venture out on a foraging expedition. Be sure to choose dandelions leaves from areas that have never been sprayed, and are at least six feet from roadways, to avoid heavy metal contamination.
- When you have about 3 cups of young, tender leaves, bring them indoors and wash them gently.
- Serve, chilled if you like and topped with onion, along with the following dressing:
ZIPPY SPRING DRESSING
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon anise seed (optional)
2 teaspoons fresh peppermint, chopped
2 teaspoons tamari
2 ½ teaspoons honey mustard or miso
- Combine all ingredients and whisk thoroughly to blend.
Adapted from The Seasonal Detox Diet by Carrie L’Esperance (Inner Traditions, 2002).
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