The wind has calmed down since last night, and while I was dry for the whole paper run, we’ve gotten 3/10 of an inch since then. TOday is supposed to be showery. 48F and the wind is between 4 and 10mph in all but a few places. It looks like we have a showery, clouds and rain week ahead of us.
Everything was so pretty yesterday afternoon! The sun made the water droplets sparkle in the trees. My garden buckets are doing well, although I lost some more re-starts on vegetables to whatever is robbing the pots. This time it was onions.
My chores were done quickly yesterday, so I spent the afternoon (well, we didn’t wake up until 12:30…) in a cycle of sew a little, read a little, embroider a little, work on the recorder book a little. By evening I had made huge progress on the embroidery, finished that part of the book, finished a kisslock pouch and had enjoyed the book (All Things Bright and Beautiful, a re-read). We got the sunroom watered, because the warm temps over the last couple of days had dried things out. Tempus had been doing laundry, and when mine was done I got it sorted and put away. He also got a shower and got his laundry put away.
We headed for the shop right after that. I got the hrudka opened up and *wow* is it yellow! It looked radioactive in the dim light in back. 🙂 It’s rather bland, since I was afraid that I would over-salt it. We each had a slice of that and one of the pork roast. Tempus was pulling out and putting away while I got the shopping list together and then he took off for Newport.
I sat down with the leftover garlics at that point. I de-papered, peeled and prepped for about an hour, then took a break to have some yogurt and start getting this newsletter put together, since we won’t be at the shop. I don’t know what time we’ll be getting up, but we have to leave at 4pm for the meeting in Coos Bay, so I’m not going to stop at the shop to work on this.
Around 10 Tempus was bagging rather thick papers and I was back to garlics. I was done by 11:45 and things put away, but Tempus has called a bit earlier to say that he hadn’t managed to get the lentils to replace the ones that I couldn’t find. We have 2 tiny cups of garlic and broth to add to things and 4 of the 1/2 cups of garlic butter.
I took a break and then went back to it, hoping to get a batch of potted cheese made, as well. I started the bacon cooking and then went to zap some butter in the nuker and it started spitting sparks! Yikes! I asked Tempus to unplug it when he came in with the food shopping bags. I got the potted cheese done and put away after he headed out on the next leg of the route, and got a bean pottage started, as well, since neither of us could find the lentils that we’re both sure that he got the last time. <sigh>
Today we’re still rubbing our eyes and haven’t had coffee, yet. That’s next and then we’ll head for Coos Bay for the meeting. I’m taking the pottage, some hrudka, garlic butter and potted cheese.
Ken Gagne got a wonderful shot of roosting blue herons! (from 4/9/16)
Today’s plant is the Bells of Ireland, Moluccella laevis (Bells of Ireland, Molucca balmis, Shellflower, Shell flower) is a summer flowering annual, native to Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus. It is cultivated for its spikes of flowers. In the language of flowers, it represents luck. It’s a member of the mint family as you can tell by the leaves! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bells_of_Ireland. Why Ireland? Only because it’s green. No relation!
Somewhere around this date a festival is held in Armenia for the goddess Anahit who rules fertility, healing, wisdom and water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anahit
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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, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 4/11 at 9:57am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 4/14 at 9:57am.
The bright stars Altair, Deneb, and Vega make up the three vertices of the Summer Triangle >>> , one of the sky’s most recognizable asterisms – NASA/Rogelio Bernal Andreo – Although the calendar says April, the sky’s Summer Triangle returns to prominence in this month’s morning sky. The asterism’s three bright stars — Vega in Lyra, Deneb in Cygnus, and Altair in Aquila — all clear the horizon just before midnight local daylight time. An hour or so later, they rule the eastern sky. Vega shines brightest and appears at the apex of the triangular asterism. Look for Deneb to Vega’s lower left and Altair to the lower right of the other two. The Summer Triangle will grace the Northern Hemisphere’s sky from now through the end of the year.
High above the Big Dipper late these evenings, nearly crossing the zenith for mid-northern skywatchers, are three pairs of dim naked-eye stars, all 3rd or 4th magnitude, marking the Great Bear’s feet. They’re also known as the Three Leaps of the Gazelle, from early Arab lore. They form a long line roughly midway between the Bowl of the Big Dipper and the Sickle of Leo. According to the Arabian story, the gazelle was drinking at a pond — the big, dim Coma Berenices star cluster — and dashed away when startled by a flick of Leo’s nearby tail, Denebola. Leo, however, seems quite unaware, facing the other direction.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) shines brightly low in the west in twilight. It sets just after night becomes complete.
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
W 11 Low 4:19 AM 2.8 6:39 AM Rise 4:50 AM 27
~ 11 High 9:57 AM 6.3 7:56 PM Set 3:24 PM
~ 11 Low 4:40 PM 0.9
~ 11 High 11:06 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Budget: A method for going broke methodically.
~ If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese? – Edith Sitwell
~ If people would slow down they may find much that they had missed by being in too much of a hurry. – Debb Llewys Mynach
~ If you don’t believe that you have any power, then you don’t know who you are. Kerr Cuhulain
~ A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. – Dwight D. Eisenhower.
May Day Chant 1 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Here we come a’ piping,
In Springtime and in May;
Green fruit a’ ripening,
And Winter fled away.
The Queen she sits upon the strand,
Fair as lily, white as wand;
Seven billows on the sea,
Horses riding fast and free,
And bells beyond the sand.
Doreen Valiente; “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”; Phoenix Publishing 1985
Invocation – from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we’re upward bound.
Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.
Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.
Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.
Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.
In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don’t be afraid to get inspired.