The wind is at 6mph in town, gusting into the upper teens. A lot of places are showing wind in the teens, not just gusts. All the little hind-dunes lakes were ruffled. It’s been raining, and the wind is making the trees rain, again, but we’re not supposed to get more than showers until late this afternoon. …and the weather looks to stay the same through Tuesday.
Yesterday was an odd day. We did get the stuff from the PO, but there wasn’t much to check in. That was a good thing because I spent several hours doing 6 (or was it 7?) readings during the afternoon. I didn’t get much done after that point. Amy stopped for a few minutes and then just as we were closing up, Leslie came in.
Tempus took off for Newport and Leslie and I talked and talked…. and then she turned her phone over and it was past 1:30! So, I didn’t get anything done over the evening, but I got to talk with a friend that I see all too rarely.
Tempus got in at 5:30 and he went right to sleep. I rolled over and dozed back off, but we’re both in dire need of coffee this morning. The wind was batting the car around as we were rolling across the bridge, but we’re here and open and ready to start the day…. well, once the coffee brews, at least. 🙂 Tempus has errands and shopping to do in Newport this afternoon, but I’m hoping he’ll nap, at least. There’s no class tonight, but one of the students is coming in to go over the Herb books.
A Ken Gagne pic of the waves on 4/12/15 off Yachats. Yes, that’s a fishing boat in the distance, not a drowning robot. 🙂
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today’s feast is Songkran (Thailand) and is celebrated under different names across southeast Asia and the traditional New Year’s festival. It’s hot there and so the festival includes a lot of water being poured over statues, offered to elders and monks and general turning into a major waterfight with super-soakers and all! Sometimes the water includes fragrances, tempera paint or talc for special blessings. There are links to the other festivals and a lot more information on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_%28Thailand%29
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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.
This is the time of year when, as the last of twilight fades away, the bowl of the dim Little Dipper extends straight to the right of Polaris. High above the end stars of the Little Dipper’s bowl, you’ll find the end stars of the Big Dipper’s bowl.
This could be your lucky night if you want to hunt down a galaxy. First, you’ll need to head to a dark observing site. Then, with binoculars in hand, scan about one field of view east-southeast of 2nd-magnitude Phecda (Gamma [γ] Ursae Majoris), the star that forms the southeastern corner of the Big Dipper’s bowl. You should see a triangle of 5th- and 6th-magnitude stars. The spiral galaxy M106 lies 1.7° south of 3 Canum Venaticorum, the triangle’s southern tip. The galaxy will appear as an oval blur of light glowing at magnitude 8.4.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in Libra) rises around 10 p.m. daylight-saving time to shine as the brightest point in the late-night sky. It’s now just a month before opposition and appears about as bright and big (44 arcseconds wide) as it will get this year. It’s highest in the south, presenting the sharpest views in a telescope, around 2 or 3 a.m. daylight-saving time.
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
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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
F 13 Low 5:47 AM 1.5 6:35 AM Rise 5:50 AM 11
~ 13 High 11:38 AM 6.9 7:58 PM Set 5:32 PM
~ 13 Low 5:59 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Law of Probable Dispersal – Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
~ Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it’s called golf.
~ Love is to be one with existence for few moments through another person. Meditation is to be one with existence eternally. – Osho
~ Many are the words of bravery in times of weal, but few are they whose actions match brave words in times of woe. – Norse Adage
~ Million dollar ideas are a dime a dozen. The determination to see the idea through is what’s priceless. – Robert Dieffenbach
The month of April, the upland is misty,
the oxen are weary, the earth is bare,
feeble is the stag, playful the long-eared,
usual is a guest though he be not invited;
everyone has many faults where he is not loved;
blessed is he that is faithful. – From a book of days
Integrating Energies: Masculine and Feminine – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html by Nyraia
At Yule, we saw the re-birth of the GodAt Imbolc, we saw the Goddess come into her own, so to speakand at Ostara, the God began his courtship of the Goddess. Two maturing beings, whole in their Selves, yet part of Onedestined to be re-united. Such is the case with everyone of us, their children, in more ways than one.
Our world revolves around duality Light and Dark Our body and our Spirit the mind and the Heart Masculine and Feminine One of the main lessons we must learn, I feel, is to find balance within a world where duality exists. As our dear Rain so aptly put it in the Ostara issue, its all about finding a middle ground. Such is the case where the masculine and feminine energies encompassed within are concerned. By finding balance between the two, we are propelled upon the path of enlightenment, the integration of our Higher Self.
It is within the right side of our brain that those aspects of our self that we consider to be feminine are found. It is said that within this area of our brain the psychic and emotional aspects of our being live. This is the part which is said to be aware of our connection to the Oneness of the Universe. This is not, however, the case with the so-called masculine part of our selves.
The masculine part is, naturally, a mirror image of the feminine. Residing in the left side of our brain, it is difficult for the masculine to recognize the Oneness of the Universe. With its more analytical and logical tendencies, all it sees is separation and division, making integration and balance difficult things to achieve.
How do we begin to achieve this balance? Growing up in our society, our left brains tend to become much stronger, for many of us, than our rightthe Masculine dominates the Feminine. We are taught to view the world through analytical eyes and taught that if something is not visibleif we cannot view it with our physical eyesthen it must not exist. Things of the real world are highly encouraged, while more times than not, imagination is relegated to fantasymake believeand is reduced in worth, it seems. A stock broker on Wall Street, in general, tends to make a great deal more money than the majority of artists. It is through the use of our imaginations Through meditation (quieting the left brain), visualization, and creativity that we are able to strengthen our right brains, the Feminine side of our Selves, and begin to gain balance.
With Beltane, too, our minds and hearts turn to the subject of lovethe physical manifestation of Masculine and Feminine. So many I know are looking for that one persontheir equal in all thingseros (romantic love), filios (brotherly love), and agape (the connection at a soul level). Everyone seems to be searching for her/his soul mate. The One that will complete them.
The words soul mate have virtually buzz words within our society, used, more times than not, as a word to describe an individuals perfect partner. What many dont realize, though, is that there are believed to be two types of soul mates. One type is generally known as a soul mate or a companion soul mate and the other known as a twin flame.
A companion soul mate can be described as an individual that we have spent prior incarnations with. It is usually this category that we tend to associate with love (Eros) relationships. In all actuality, this term can be associated with anyone that we have some sort of soul connection to, including siblings, parents, good friends, teachersAnyone that has agreed, prior to incarnation, to assist us in learning a lesson or lessons that are necessary in our own souls development or those that we have incurred some sort of karmic tie to that still needs to be balanced. When you connect with a close soul mate in a loving relationship, it is said that you have, in effect, found your perfect mate for where you are currently in your development as a soul.
It is a twin flame, however, that is believed to be our true other half. They are, essentially, our Selves in another body (if he/she is currently incarnated on the physical plane). It is said by some that the explanation for Twin Flames is that when we as One soul decided to descend into physicality, we were split into masculine and feminine aspects. It is believed, too, that when we first descended, that we were together, but later went on our own separate ways to experience as many diverse situations and stimuli as possible. We each grow in our Selves lifetime after lifetime in experience and wisdom, sometimes gaining brief glimpses or encounters with our Flame until the time that we are ready to break free from the bonds of physicality and mortality. It is at that point in our souls evolution that we are given the opportunity to be re-united with our other half.
Said of Twin Flames
The chances are that we meet our Twin Flame briefly in many lifetimes, but one or both of us are not ready for the intensity of this connection. When both halves of the whole are ready to come back together and meet they will discover that in that lifetime they have lead almost parallel lives. The events of their lives will mirror each other almost exactly. They may have come from very similar families and family dynamics. They may have had similar schooling or lack thereof. They may have almost identical careers. They may even have previous marriages and divorces within weeks of each other. When Twin Flames get to know each other, they will feel as if the other is reading their life script.
Once in relationship, the bond between Twin Flames can only be compared to the bond between identical twins. They are aware of each others thoughts, feelings, desires and needs at a level that is hard to imagine. The depth of Love is such that to be apart even for a day is a hardship. What is meant by that is that their hearts literally hurt when they are separated from each other. Even if only for the work day. It is this depth of Love that reminds them of the Oneness of Light to which they are returning. By anchoring this Love in the physical, not only are they preparing for their own ascension, but they are also leaving an imprint for others to follow in time for their own. http://www.uou.to/soulmates.htm
Keep in mind, though, this is not to say that one cannot have a wonderful and rewarding, loving relationship with a soul mate because its entirely possible. All relationships should be honored and appreciated for what is offered and the growth one is able to achieve through it. By gaining balance within ourselves, not only between the Dark and Light as we saw last issue, but through the masculine and feminine within, we prepare our Selves more, taking a step closer to the ultimate re-union that we all hope to achieve this lifetime the re-union with our own other half.
A blessed Beltane to you All,
Silliness – Spelling Information
“Hello, Information? I need the number of the Caseway Insurance Company.”
“Would you spell that, please?”
“Certainly. C as in sea. A as in aye. S as in sea. E as in eye. W as in why. A as in are. Y as in you.”
“Just a minute, sir. I’ll connect you with my supervisor.”