Featured photo by Ken Gagne! Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm.
There’s a bank of clouds over town and the marine layer out over the ocean, but in between the sky is blue, blue, blue! When the sun is out, it’s really bright, enough so that the UV warning for my skin type is only 9 minutes of unprotected exposure! 53F, wind at 9mph and very little chance of rain into Wednesday!
Yesterday whizzed by. Being really tired made it hard to keep track of time and I was still working on updates, now on the Mab’s Creations blog. I was still working on ironing, as well. Eventually, I got around to scrubbing the hot plate, so I could use it to process some more wax. Tempus had to finish it because it had gotten really bad.
So I got the wax started processing and then we went hunting for a thermometer so I
could try the cheese I had planned on. …and couldn’t find one. Tempus did find one in his wine-making supplies so I started in. After the waiting time it wasn’t turning to cheese, still, so I tried again with a different rennet. The 2nd time it broke properly, so I cut the curd and started cooking. It took until 11:30 to get it finished, molded in the cloth and fridged and the area partly cleaned up, by which time Tempus and I were both done in. He closed up while I was processing pictures.
Today Herbs is at 11am. There’s nothing specific planned, but there are a lot of herbs to process. Sewing at 3pm is BYOP (Bring your own Project). The Saturday Market is going again and lot of people are walking around in town.
This is the Hawaiian Chieftain and the Lady Washington sailing around Yaquina Bay on 5/14/15! Pic by Ken Gagne. They’re due in, soon.
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
May 6 is the day of Eyvind Kelve in Norse celebrations. Eyvind Kelve was a pagan martyr who was tortured and drowned on the orders of King Olaf Tryggvason for refusing to give up his pagan beliefs. Eyvind refused to convert. He was pricked with hot pins, had his fingers broken, his back scored and fruit and salt scrubbed into the wounds, and still refused to consent to baptism. He was deprived of food and sleep, and when he still refused, Olaf declared that if he would not take the waters of baptism, the waters would take him, and had him drowned. I guess pagans have our tortured martyrs, too…. …and the Law of Return at work, Olaf eventually drowned after a losing battle at sea. According to Heimskringla’s account, king Olaf had practitioners of seiðr tied and left on a skerry at ebb. More on Olav here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olav_Tryggvason#Forcible_conversions That guy was a real piece of work! A week later, Norwegians celebrate the Festival of the Midnight Sun, which pays tribute to the Norse sun goddess. This festival marks the beginning of ten straight weeks without darkness. In part from http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/beltanemayday/p/Beltane_History.htm A tiny bit more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyvind_Kelve
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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 5/10 at 2:42pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/9 at 5:42am.
The Moon tonight forms a gently curving arc with, to its lower left, bright Jupiter and then Spica. Look between the Moon and Jupiter for 3rd-magnitude Porrima (Gamma Virginis), a fine, close telescopic double star.
>>> Summer is more than six weeks away, but the Summer Triangle is beginning to make its appearance in the east, one star after another. The first up in view is Vega. It’s already visible low in the northeast as twilight fades. Next up is Deneb, lower left of Vega by two or three fists at arm’s length. Deneb rises about an hour after Vega does, depending on your latitude. The third to rise is Altair, which shows up far to their lower right around midnight.
Mars (magnitude +1.6, in Taurus) is finally sinking away in the western evening twilight after a year-long apparition. Don’t confuse it with slightly brighter Aldebaran, twinkling 7° left of Mars early in the week. Aldebaran is lower left of Mars by week’s end.
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
Sa 6 Low 4:36 AM 1.4 5:59 AM Set 4:21 AM 76
~ 6 High 10:25 AM 6.2 8:27 PM Rise 4:25 PM
~ 6 Low 4:36 PM 1.0
~ 6 High 10:55 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Our core is the compass, the cosmos, our horizon. Multitudes of expressions are experienced in between, but we remain in clear orientation. Evohe!
~ Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them. – Seneca
~ Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true. – Emerson
~ Don’t worship. Connect with divinity. Immerse yourself. Commune with the divine. Entrain with it. It is a part of you already. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Every soul is to be cherished, that every flower is to bloom. – Alice Walker
So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. – J. K. Rowling on her rocky early career and life
Herbal Altar Pentacle – You will need: 4-5 blocks bakeable clay in color of your choice, 3-4 tbsp. dried herbs of choice (sage, wormwood, patchouli, basil, and mugwort are good), round piece of wood or cork in your choice of size, cookie sheet, hot glue sticks or hot glue gun. Using your fingers, mix the herbs into the clay. Divide the clay into five equal portions, then form them into long rolls by rubbing them between your palms. Position them on the wood or cork to form a five pointed star; join the smooth ends together, trimming if necessary. Remove the star from the round piece and place it on the baking sheet. Bake the star according to the package directions. After it cools, hot glue it to the wood or cork.
Michael Merrifield-Forsstrom A really easy way to make an oil lamp is with a rock that has a natural hole, a small dish, and cotton crochet yarn.
MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett Oh, now that’s a cool idea! Thanks!
Michael Merrifield-Forsstrom I like it because rocks with holes in them have so many other uses such as pendulums. I love tools that can multitask.
MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett Can I swipe your pic and idea and add it to tomorrow’s newsletter?
Michael Merrifield-Forsstrom Sure. I don’t think it was my idea. The early cave painters used rocks with shallow bowls in them as oil lamps and they made wicks from moss. A lot of their oil lamps have been found at the entrances to their caves.
Stone Lamps… DONSMAPS.COM
MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett Well, yeah….. button lamps and stone lamps and betty lamps and all have been around a long while.