It’s still rather grey and 48F. There are a few spots of precipitation offshore, but it’s otherwise dry. There’s very little wind, although that will probably change during the afternoon. The clouds are supposed to vanish in the early afternoon and there’s no real chance of rain until late tomorrow.
Yesterday Tempus ran in and out for several hours, with one thing after another, mostly bank stuff. I worked on newsletter bits, steadily, filling in the weekly files. The last set of errands was at the grocery, looking for “pickle crisp” which is a cheese additive, as well.
Late in the afternoon I had an interesting pair of customers, speaking no English, but one of the oriental languages. It sounded like some variety of Chinese, tonal, but more than that, I’m not sure. We did a lot of hand-waving. 🙂 …and they tried to teach me how to say Shoyeido properly… Oh, dear…. they laughed a lot and I have to laugh at myself!
Once Tempus was back he got some supper going and I went back to newsletter stuff. He made blue cheese burgers and I was studying up on Hrudka, which is a Ukrainian Easter Cheese which includes saffron and eggs, along with the usual milk. By the time we were done for the night, we were both staggering.
Today we’re here early. We’re not open yet, although we will be before our usual opening time. Tempus wants to get some things done in back and I may have a couple of people here for Herbs. I’m hoping to get some things out of the way. I have a stack of books that’s been waiting and some more things up front. I need to be able to work at my beading table and get some earrings done. I didn’t realize how empty that rack was getting! …and he just handed me coffee. I guess the day is starting.
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today’s feast is the anniversary of the founding of the temple to Luna on the Aventine Hill in Rome. She was one of the principal Gods (one of the “Twenty) and is separate from Juno and Diana, also Moon Goddesses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_%28goddess%29
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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 3/31 at 5:37am. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends at 5:37pm on 4/1. Blue Moon – A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year, the third of four full moons in a season or some other subdivision like an astronomical sign. In 1946 someone misread and since then the 2nd full moon in a month is often called a blue moon. After 7/15, the next one will occur March 31, 2018. The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal “blue moon” (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions; e.g., when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere.
The Big Dipper’s familiar shape rides high in the northeast on evenings in late March. The spring sky’s finest binocular double star marks the bend of the Dipper’s handle. Mizar shines at 2nd magnitude, some six times brighter than its 4th-magnitude companion, Alcor. Even though these two are not physically related, they make a fine sight through binoculars. (People with good eyesight often can split the pair without optical aid.) A small telescope reveals Mizar itself as double — and these components do orbit each other.
Mars and Saturn glow like a pair of tilted, unequal eyes in early dawn on the morning of their conjunction.
Full Moon (exact at 8:37 a.m. EDT). This evening, look lower right of the Moon for Spica and three times farther left of the Moon for brighter Arcturus. Full Moon occurs at 8:37 a.m. EDT, but our satellite will look completely illuminated all night. You can find it rising in the east shortly after sunset and peaking in the south around 2 a.m. local daylight time. The Moon lies among the background stars of central Virgo, a little less than 10° north of the Maiden’s luminary, 1st-magniutde Spica.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) shines low due west in twilight.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for March 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/sites/default/files/skymap_march2018.pdf
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 31 High 1:09 AM 8.1 6:59 AM Set 7:27 AM 99
31 Low 7:23 AM 0.3 7:42 PM Rise 8:09 PM
31 High 1:24 PM 7.9
31 Low 7:38 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.
~ It’s a bad thing to goad the obstinate. – Grettir’s Saga, c.14
~ Love will lay a carpet of treasures under your feet- Rumi
~ No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking. – Francois Voltaire
~ Nothing will work unless you do. – John Wooden
That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty. – William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
Beltane Correspondences – (many sources)
Other Names – Beltaine, May Day, Walpurgisnacht, Walpurgiseve, May Eve, Rudemas, Celtic Summer. Other Names: Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),May Day, Fairy Day, Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltaine, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)
Date(s): celebrated: starts on the evening of April 30th, concluding at sunset of May 1st, actual: the date on which the sun is at 15 degrees Taurus.
Meaning – Union of God and Goddess, Sacred Marriage, All New Life, Fertility for ALL Living Things, End of Winter (Celtic).
Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting Wrapping the May Pole, The Great Rite, Gathering Flowers.
Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green, dark yellow, all the colors of the rainbow!
Tools: Broom, May Pole, cauldron
Stones/Gems: Emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz, Bloodstone.
Symbols & Decorations: May Pole, fires, fertility, flowers, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers Eggs, Flowers, Chalice, May Pole, Butterchurn, Flower Chaplet, May Baskets.
Foods: Dairy, bread, cereals, Foods traditionally come from the dairy, and dishes such as marigold custard and vanilla ice cream are fine. Oatmeal cakes are also appropriate.
Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff, Almond, Belladonna, Clover, Frankincense, Hawthorn, Primrose, Cowslip, Hawthorn, Rose, Birch, Rosemary, Lilac.
Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, Marriage/Sexual Union of Deities, All Mother Goddesses.
Goddesses – All Virgin Mother Goddesses, All Goddesses of Song and Dance, All Flower Goddesses, All Goddesses of the Hunt, All Fertility Goddesses, Aima (Hebraic), Aphrodite (Greek), Ariel (English), Artmis (Greek), Baubo (Greek), Blodewedd (Welsh), Chuang-Mu (Chinese), Cupra (Etruscan), Cybele (Greek), Damara (English), Devana (Slavic), Diana (Greek), Erzulie (Voodun), Fand (Manx-Irish), Flidais (Irish), Flora (Roman), Freya (Norse), Hilaria (Greek), Ilamatecuhtli (Aztec), Kaikibani (Polynesian), Lofn (Norse), Meilikki (Finnish), Perchta (Slavic), Prithbi (Hindu), Rainbow Snake (Aboriginal), Rhea (Cretean), Rhiannon (Welsh), Sarbanda (Shiela-na-gig Irish), Skadi (Teutonic), Tuulikki (Finnish), Var (Norse), Venus (Roman), Xochiquetzal (Aztec) .
Gods – All Gods of the Hunt, All Fertility Gods, All Gods of Love, All Young Father Gods, Arthur, King (Welsh-Cornish), Baal (Phoenician), Bel/Belanos (Celtic), Beltene (Irish-Scottish), Cernunnons (Greco-Celtic), Chores (Slavic), Cupid/Eros (Greco-Roman), Faunus (Roman), Frey (Norse), Herne (Greek), The Great Horned God (European), Lono (Polynesian), Manawyddan (Welsh), Odin (Norse), Orion (Grec-Arabic), Pan (Greek), Puck (English), Robin Goodfellow (English), Telipinu (Hittite).
Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard, Goats, Rabbits, Honey Bees.
Offerings: sacred wood and dried herbs burned in Beltane fires
Taboos – Giving away fire, and giving away food.
Attunement Teas – (Individually or Blended) Burdock, Damiana, Hibiscus, Rose Hips, Saffron.
Ritual Oils – Passion Flower, Rose, Tuber Rose, Vanilla.
Lore – Weaving and plaiting are traditional arts at this time of year, for the joining together of two substances to form a third is in the spirit of Beltane.
Ideas and Activities for Beltane – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
*** are also great to do with children 😉
***Walk the perimeter of your property to check that everything is in good order. Bring trash bags and do a general clean-up of anything that is not where it should be.
Make a miniature maypole for your altar if you cannot make a full size version
Get a new mirror, or use one you have already, and decorate it with ribbons and flowers for your bedroom
Fill a cauldron or a large bowl with fresh flowers (wildflowers are best)
***Braid bracelets out of white ribbons and give them as gifts to friends or family
***Make a dish of fruits, berries, nuts and leave in the wood for the animals and fae folk to enjoy
Cut branches of fresh green from budding trees, or make garlands of flowers to decorate the home for this celebration. Hang them on the doors and windows early, so the may sunrise finds them there!
Create a special wreath for the top of the May Pole
***Make “May Day” baskets of flowers and leave on friends and family’s doorsteps as a surprise gift. Maybe they’ll think a faerie did it!
***Create hair pieces and garlands for decorating your head or around your neck from flowers that are in bloom
***Tie ribbons to trees to celebrate the coming of spring. Make a wish each time you tie a ribbon as it’s good luck to wish for things on this day!
Bathe your face in the morning dew to retain youth.
- The fair maid who, the first of May
- Goes to the fields at break of day
- And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree
- Will ever after handsome be.
Other sources suggest using the dew found under oaks or on ivy leaves. Make a special wish as you wash your face in it or as you drink from a well before sunrise.
***Dance the May Pole – During the Maypole dance, think about what you wish to weave into, or out of, your spirit. The Maypole is an ancient symbol of the male aspect of the Divine, while the ribbons are strands of life. Have small baskets of goodies around the room to symbolize the coming abundance and to enjoy after the Circle. Magic is hungry work. (from Trish Telesco’s Victorian Grimoire)
Do a Beltane Day Spell for Health and Happiness
Plant your frost sensitive bulbs now.