Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
At home we were looking at bright sunshine, white puffy clouds and a couple of bird of paradise blooms. When we pulled out onto 101 a few rain splats hit the windshield and it spat at us all the way into town from a huge grey cloud. Now the sun is out again, but the pavement is wet. That’s a good description of today’s weather from the sound of it, although more sunshine during the afternoon…..Here in town the wind is at 4mph, but we’re getting gusts in the mid-teens. There are a couple of spots where the wind is into the 20’s. There was 3/5 of an inch of rain yesterday and then some more this morning. I think the one around 4am was hail, actually.
Yesterday was an interesting day. We rolled out of bed, got coffee and some nibbles and headed out. We had to stop at the shop for some serving dishes and utensils, but got on the road in good time. I got to watch the ocean the whole way and kept noticing lush stands of green and yellow skunk cabbage, blooming rhodys (mostly the garden hybrids) and some herbs, like mustard. We had to stop at the Freddie’s in Newport for gas, and a pit stop at the McD’s in Reedsport, but otherwise just rolled on through.
We were in plenty of time, actually arriving at 6:10, so I actually had a chance to talk to Diana for once, and then when folks started rolling in, we set up our foods and get out of the way. I embroidered for awhile, finishing the motif that I’ve been working on for several days. Seamus and I talked herbs for quite awhile and Onora and I talked about the doll she was making. She felted the hair on! One fellow told stories… really rather endlessly, despite hints. There were a couple of people doing other embroideries, some folks sewing and a guy knitting chainmail, and everyone talking. Poor Seamus is looking tired. He’s got about 8 weeks left in this reign.
Around 8:30 folks started folding things up and heading out. We got the cooler from Seamus, packed away the things we had brought (hrudka, potted cheese, garlic butter and a bean pottage) and said our goodbyes. It was still mid-twilight when we headed north. We talked pretty much the whole way, mostly planning. We were rained on, hailed on and eventually snowed on during the last leg up to the apartment! The light from Heceta Head always makes me happy. The beam was particularly visible in the light rain. We stopped at the shop to put the foodly things in the fridge and headed home.
Today we have packages at the PO and that to check in, plus cleaning up the dishes and the stuff in the cooler. I want to get some pictures, if I can, of the projects that I’ve been working on and I’m hoping to bake a babovka tonight. Tonight’s the paper route, too.
A Ken Gagne photo from 4/18/16
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
Today’s Feast is Yuri’s Night, a modern festival created in honor of the first true space flight. It was on April 12th in 1961 at the height of the space race. It is supposed to raise awareness of space science. Yuri Gagarin was the man who flew the Vostok in a full orbit of our planet. Ironically, he was killed in a MIG accident in 1968, leading to all kinds of interesting conspiracy theories. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri%27s_Night . and more on Gagarin here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin
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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.
A new storm has appeared in Saturn’s North Polar Region. It’s the elongated white spot near the bottom in this image, which Damian Peach took at 8:55 April 1st UT with the 1-meter Chilescope. The spot was discovered three days earlier. To have any chance of detecting it visually, you’ll likely need at least a 10- or 12-inch scope with excellent optics during really excellent seeing. “Interestingly,” says Peach, “it’s only the second storm on Saturn I’ve seen in the last two decades that I could actually see during the live video capture, the other being of course the great 2011 storm.”
Right after dark, find Procyon high above brilliant Sirius in the southwest. Look upper left of Procyon by 15° (about a fist and a half at arm’s length) for the dim head of Hydra, the enormous Sea Serpent. His head is a group of 3rd- and 4th- magnitude stars about the size of your thumb at arm’s length. About a fist and a half lower left of Hydra’s head shines Alphard, his 2nd-magnitude, orange heart. The rest of Hydra zigzags (faintly) from Alphard all the way down to the southeast horizon.
As you stare into tonight’s starry sky, think about the two space-related anniversaries we celebrate on this date. In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space, and the first to orbit Earth. Then, in 1981, NASA launched its first space shuttle,
Columbia, on a three-day mission during which it orbited Earth 36 times.
…and the iconic image of the last mission of the Columbia….
Mars is brightening on its way to an unusually close opposition in late July. It’s still only 9 arcseconds across, but it’s now brighter than Saturn; they’re about magnitude +0.1 and +0.5, respectively. Their color difference is obvious.
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
Th 12 Low 5:06 AM 2.2 6:37 AM Rise 5:21 AM 18
~ 12 High 10:50 AM 6.6 7:57 PM Set 4:27 PM
~ 12 Low 5:22 PM 0.8
~ 12 High 11:39 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make love, not war.
~ If you’re going to do it, wallow in it. Moderation is for monks. – Robert A. Heinlein
~ It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit. – J.R.R. Tolkien
~ It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean. – Tony Robbins
~ Just put forward a clear enough request and everything your heart desires must come to you. – Shakti Gawain
Fair Flora! Now attend thy sportful feast,
Of which some days I with design have past;
A part in April and a part in May
Thou claim’st, and both command my tuneful lay;
And as the confines of two months are thine
To sing of both the double task be mine. – Latin poet Ovid, Fasti; for Flora (Floralia) April 28-May 3
Beltane Barley Casserole – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups barley
- 2 chopped onions
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- Melt butter in a skillet and sauté the barley, stirring frequently until golden.
- Turn into a greased 3 quart casserole.
- Stir in the mushrooms, onions and peas.
- Add 3 cups of the chicken broth.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour.
- Stir in the pine nuts and the remaining cup of broth.
- Cover and bake for another 1-1/2 hours.
This must be 10-12 servings as a side dish.
Beltane Chicken – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Makes 4 servings. If you and your beloved can’t eat that much, just freeze the leftovers for later.
©2001 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey, From Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn – www.SpilledCandy.com
In ancient times, Beltane was celebrated as a time of love, fertility, and passion. The ingredients in this special dish all have magickal meanings related to lust, love, and prosperity/fertility. Treat yourself as part of the ancient celebration or any time you and your soulmate want to celebrate your life together.
- 1 minced clove of garlic
- 2 cups of fresh spinach
- 1 cup of cooked rice,
- 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
- 2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet
- 2 boneless chicken breasts
- 1 cup chicken broth
- best china
- red candles
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 tablespoons water
- Cook 1 minced clove of garlic in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute at you repeat the name of your beloved.
- Next, add 2 cups of fresh spinach and cook for 3 minutes while you name as many as possible of the traits you admire in your beloved.
- Strain any water from the spinach, just as you would want any ill thoughts about your relationship removed from your celebration meal.
- In a wooden bowl, combine the spinach and garlic with 1 cup of cooked rice, 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
- Using 2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet, flatten 2 boneless chicken breasts, pounding out any negative feelings you might otherwise bring to the table.
- Spread the spinach mixture on each chicken breast, then roll up each carefully, using toothpicks to make sure the filling is secure in each roll.
- Then place the chicken rolls in a large skillet and cook on medium-high.
- As the chicken cooks, add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer for 15 minutes while you set your table with your best china and light red candles.
- Back at your kitchen workings, mix 1 tablespoon corn starch and 2 tablespoons water and stir as you wish your secret wish for the evening — whether a commitment, a kiss, or a baby!
- Next add the cornstarch and water to the skillet and cook as the sauce thickens and the seeds of your wishes are planted.
- Last, when you are ready to serve this dish, take a sharp, clean knife and douse the blade under cool running water.
- Then slice the chicken rolls into 1-inch thick slices and spoon sauce on top.
- Look closely at the chicken slices and note the spiral patterns, a symbol of rebirth.
- Now hurry before your candles burn low!
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Bran Muffins – Yield: 24 servings – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Recipe courtesy of Kaltenbach’s B&B, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 2 1/2 cup All-bran cereal
- 2 cup skim milk
- 1/2 cup oil
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup honey
- 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup drained, crushed pineapple
- 2 apples, coarsely chopped
- 3/4 cup chopped dates
- 12 prunes, chopped
- Soak raisins and cereal in milk in large bowl for 15 minutes.
- Stir in mixture of oil, eggs, honey and vanilla.
- Mix flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, pecans, carrots, pineapple, apples, dates and prunes in bowl.
- Add to bran mixture; stir just until moistened.
- Fill greased muffin cups.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
Note – May use equivalent amount of egg substitute in place of eggs to reduce cholesterol.