The sun is out, although the blue of the sky is veiled by high cloud, so it’s a very pastel blue. 55F and might get well up into the 60’s today. The wind is at 5 and into the low teens in the usual spots. It ought to be nice and warm today, but rain will be back tonight and then wind tomorrow. On Wednesday they’re talking another inch of rain and the thunderstorms on Thursday. Wow!
Yesterday was pretty quiet although we had one of those folks in whose energy is so high that he almost seemed to be on meth. We steadily had customers in. The other 1/2 of the pizza became lunch. I did a little sewing and a little embroidery and got some pictures. My beanpots arrived. Amy came by for a bit. Later in the afternoon I got very sleepy.
We headed home a bit early and slept for several hours before getting up and doing some small stuff. Mostly, I read, but I started getting the purse frame onto one of the pieces that I’ve been working on.
Today’s plant is New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phormium For the traditional uses of the plant fiber http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax
Matsu, Mazu, or A-Ma, is the patron of fishermen and sailors. One of those odd little stories that come out of the Orient, she is worshiped all over Asia, either as a deified human or as an incarnation of Kuan Yin. She was born Lin Moniang in about 960CE. There are a lot of legends about her standing on the shore in all weathers wearing red to help the fishermen make it back to shore and about going into a trance to save her father and brothers, but she because the protector of many of the Asian peoples. Today is her feast in the Portuguese section of Macao. A-Ma, means “grandmother”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-Ma#Person
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Love & Light,
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 4/15 at 6:57pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter,
The waning Moon shines with Mars and Saturn in early dawn. (The Moon is positioned for an observer near the middle of North America; it’s exact for latitude 40° N, longitude 90° W. The Moon is drawn three times its actual apparent size. The visibility of fainter objects in morning twilight is exaggerated.)
Vega, the bright “Summer Star,” rises in the northeast around 9 or 10 p.m. these evenings. Exactly where should you watch for it? Spot the Big Dipper very high in the northeast. Look at Mizar at the bend of its handle. If you can see Mizar’s tiny, close companion Alcor (binoculars make it easy), follow a line from Mizar through Alcor all the way down to the horizon. That’s where Vega will make its appearance.
The variable star Algol in the constellation Perseus reaches minimum brightness a couple minutes before midnight — 12:00 A.M. EDT — right around the time it’s rising in the northeast. It then shines at magnitude 3.4 where it will remain for a couple of hours before starting to brighten again. If you spot it the following night, you will see it at its maximum — magnitude 2.1.
Mars and Saturn, together in Sagittarius, rise around 2 a.m. daylight-saving time. By the beginning of dawn they’re two bright points in the south-southeast, just above the fainter Sagittarius Teapot. They’re pulling apart now: from 3° apart on the morning of April 7th (when the Moon shines with them) to 6° on the 14th.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for April 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/sites/default/files/skymap_april2018.pdf
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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 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
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
M 9 Low 2:09 AM 3.6 6:42 AM Rise 3:39 AM 45
~ 9 High 7:44 AM 6.1 7:54 PM Set 1:25 PM
~ 9 Low 2:56 PM 1.2
~ 9 High 9:42 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Each new day offers us possibilities, don’t waste it.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The story “Puss in Boots” by Charles Perrault ends with these words: “Puss became a great lord and gave up chasing mice except just once in a while for the fun of it.” List the things that you like to do “just for the fun of it.”
~ Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it. – Jim Rohn
~ Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and are here to make a contribution. – Deepak Chopra
~ Enlightenment is a very ordinary thing. It is nothing extraordinary, it is nothing special – because the special is the search of the ego. It is just ordinary! There is no demand, no hankering for anything, no clinging. Simply you are, and you are happy – happy without any cause. – Osho
~ Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all. – Sophocles
Next came fresh Aprill full of lustyhed,
And wanton as a Kid whose horne new buds:
Vpon a Bull he rode, the same which led
Europa floting through th’Argolick fluds:
His hornes were gilden all with golden studs
And garnished with garlonds goodly dight
Of all the fairest flowres and freshest buds
Which th’earth brings forth, and wet he seem’d in sight
With waues, through which he waded for his loues delight. – Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 – 1599), English poet; Faerie Queen, The Cantos of Mutabilitie
Beltane Magick – Lore – Seraphina;s Cottage – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Welcome to the Cottage, dear friends. The chaos is outside, more specifically, the children are off romping in the woods busily building their tree fort. Pull on a pair of gardening gloves and join me outside.
Beltaine! At last winter is well and truly behind us and we look forward to the ever lengthening and warming days. The time between Ostara and Beltain has been a time of busy preperation for enticing the Earth to bring forth Her fertility. Ground has to be turned and tilled to receive seeds, vegetable beds need to be prepared, and fertilising mulches turned into the soil. The pastoralists are also busy at this time, turning the young herds out into their spring pastures and getting summer pastures prepared. We are, in this span, busy, busy, busy like our bee friends. Is it any wonder then, that at Beltaine, when the trees bloom and early cold weather crops are ready, we take a bit of time for a celebration? And, seeing’s how “Spring is in the air,” is it any wonder that after the long months of winter, and until recent times the spectre of want, our celebrations are wild and exhuberent, life affirming and spectacularly joyous?
This year, life is imitating Witches Art rather closely, for the museum where I work has been busily preparing for an American Museums Association accreditation committee visitation. The span between Ostara and Beltaine has been dedicated to ensuring the museum’s grounds (buildings, artefact collections, and exhibit spaces) were prepared to receive the seeds that accreditation will help grow, that is an enlarged research grant pool (most people who give you money want that official “gold seal”…go figure…), an easier procedure for borrowing 17th century period pieces for exhibit (again, people lending you one-of-a-kind pieces want that AMA stamp), as well as the knowledge that the museum we all work for has gotten a nod from others in the profession for developing a museum with the highest professional goals and standards (everyone loves a job well done). And, believe you me, we will celebrate when the visit is completed, for this year’s Cinqo de Mayo party is going to be a big stress reliving “blow-out.” I wonder if we will play Pin-the-Mustachio-on Roger again?
In any case, I will celebrate this Turning, for my yard is prepared for a bountiful harvest of herbs and roses, and the archaeological lab where I do research is cleaner than it has been in decades. And….as it is the beginning of the Time of the Big Sun, the half of the year presided over by Grianna, a goddess most certainly associated with love and romance, well, that’s in the cards too ::wink::
Until the next Turning, may the Gods Bless all your endeavours, may your plans be fertile and come to full fruition, and may you find added love and romance in your life ::nudge, nudge, wink, wink::
Silliness – College Student
A college student at a recent college football game challenged a senior citizen sitting next to him, saying it was impossible for their generation to understand this:
“You grew up in a different world,” the student said, loud enough for the whole crowd to hear. “Today we have television, jet planes, space travel, man has walked on the Moon, our spaceships have visited Mars, we even have nuclear energy, electric and hydrogen cars, computers with light-speed processing … and uh …..”
Taking advantage of a pause in the student’s litany, the senior citizen said, “You’re right. We didn’t have those things when we were young; so we invented them, you little twit! What are *you* doing for the next generation???”