The sun is very bright, even if there are some clouds up there. 59F with little wind, except in a couple of exposed spots and down near the water it’s closer to 53. The forecast over the next 0 days shows weather that’s much more like spring and no rain except a chance Friday night into Saturday. That’ll be a nice change after this past week!
We scrambled through our chores yesterday and headed for the shop as soon as we could. Tempus ran his errands and then we went through the mail. I started preparing to do some cookery before he left and he did the shopping before the paper route.
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I checked the tvarog and it was ready to cook, but I did the mushroom catsup first and started a cornish game hen. We had some in the freezer and I had a taste for it. Tempus doesn’t like it…. Once that was done I set up some jams with all the ingredients in freezer jars. We’ve used up all the stuff from the feast that didn’t go funky on us, and I wanted some. I like my jams because they’re not too sweet….more fruit than sweet. Two of the three went back into the freezer and one went into my basket to do once I’m home. (No nuker at the shop, still….)
I had a snack of some rye rolls and then got back to work. Tempus had called from the store several times, but then headed over to start bagging papers. I got the mushroom catsup squeezed out and the dregs into the dehydrator, which smelled wonderful!…and then I couldn’t find the thermometer for doing the cheese…. just where the heck did it go?
Well, I finally found it and got the cheese cooked and hung. Tempus was well into his run at that point. I spent a little while putting some food together for today, so we can concentrate on chores instead of having to cook. …and then went into a panic because I thought I had forgotten to post the daily newsletter for yesterday…. “Where is it!!!!” …It was past midnight so it was already today… <sigh> I ate my game hen and got the debris cleaned up, the cheese into the fridge, etc. Phew! I was pretty tired by that point, so I sat and read and played a puzzle or three until Tempus picked me up around 3:30.
We had a good run. It was quiet and cloudy and chill, down to 38F when we were back at the shop and done. Jupiter was the only point of light in the sky, a globe of light through the cloud. Lots of fishing boats were out, bright lights near the horizon. We stopped at the shop, picked up the food and were home before 6am.
Today we need to finish our chores and rest a bit. If it warms up a little I’m hoping to go over to the park and down to the beach. I don’t know whether we’ll scrape up the energy for that.
Yes, we live in Oregon, where one of the cities has a Slug Queen contest each year… This guy was on the path down to the apartment, 4/13/16! We had a couple this year back in February, but it’s been too cold, since.
Today’s plant is the tropical tree, the Rose Apple, Syzygium jambos – In ancient Sanskrit, the land now called India was referred to by the ancient Indians themselves as Jambudvipa, which means Rose-apple-land (jambud = rose apple; vipa = land). With its thick, leathery leaves and great span of branches, the Jambu Tree offers great shade and coolness against the sun. Stories tell that Lord Buddha sat in the shade of a Jambu Tree (the story is often told as a “Bodhi tree”), watching men plowing the land with oxen and meditating on the burdens we all must carry in this life. He was determined that he would either reach enlightenment or die where he sat. He finally saw his previous births and realized that people are born and reborn into different states according to their deeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_jambos Information on the Bodhi Tree, Ficus religiosa here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_tree
Today’s Feast is in honor of the date in 1938 when the super-hero, Superman, first appeared in Action Comics. He’s a cultural icon, probably one of the most recognizable. He’s gone through comic books, newspaper comics, radio shows, television (my childhood… flying on a table with a fan in front of him. <grin>) movies, etc. This is a good article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman The picture is George Reeves from the government film, “Stamp Day for Superman”. This is the Reeves who was the television actor, not Christopher Reeves who played Superman in the movies, and in a irony of fate, was paralyzed from the neck down in a riding accident.
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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 4/29 at 5:58pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/20 at 6:57am.
The waxing crescent Moon joins up with Venus, then Aldebaran, in the western twilight.
Now the crescent Moon hangs close to Aldebaran at dusk, cradled in the V-shaped Hyades for skywatcher in North America (as shown here). The Moon occults Aldebaran for parts of northern Canada. For most watchers the slim crescent lies a little below and to the right of 1st-magnitude Aldebaran, the orange sun that marks the Hyades’ upper left corner. In reality, however, this star is a foreground object that only appears along the same line of sight as the cluster.
If you point a telescope at Jupiter tonight, both of its outer moons, Ganymede and Callisto, appear south of the planet’s disk. This strange sight arises because Jupiter’s south pole tilts 3.4° toward Earth this month, the maximum angle during the planet’s 12-year orbit of the Sun. The modest tilt means the moons’ orbital motions carry them farther north and south of the planet’s center than at other times. The best views tonight come after Ganymede reappears from behind Jupiter’s disk around 11 p.m. EDT.
Uranus is hidden in conjunction with the Sun at 10 a.m. EDT. From our earthly perspective, this means the distant planet lies behind the Sun and so is out of sight. Uranus will return to view in the morning sky in late May.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for April 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/sites/default/files/skymap_april2018.pdf
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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 Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 18 High 2:22 AM 8.3 6:27 AM Rise 8:29 AM 3
~ 18 Low 9:08 AM -0.9 8:05 PM Set 11:19 PM
~ 18 High 3:28 PM 7.0
~ 18 Low 9:05 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Accept the challenge that comes with the sunrise.
~ The love that flows through your heart purifies not only your own spirit, but …the love you share with others. – Carolyn Myss
~ The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain. – Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
~ The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give it away. – David Viscott
~ The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
April the Beautiful, with streaming eyes,
Weeps o’er the havoc that rude March has made. –John Askham (1825–94)
May Cup (For Beltane)
Long-stemmed goblet or glass
Potpourri/seasonal dried or fake flowers
Red, white, and/or gold ribbon
Small grapevine wreath
Charm for decoration
Fill the cup with floral decorations of the season (bluebells, roses, daisies, primroses, lilac) or potpourri in May colors (green, soft pink, blue, yellow, and/or white). Around the cup, use gold, red, or white ribbon to hang a charm of some sort; some of the best images to use would be a grapevine or twig star (available at most craft stores or easily constructed with twigs and wire), a bell, or a faery image, possibly even a small broom or just a string of beads. Now the stem of the cup can be decorated however you like: Wire-stemmed flowers can be wound around it, or fake ivy, or even red and white ribbons wound around like a maypole if that suits the decoration. Place the cup in the center of the grapevine wreath, and also decorate the wreath with seasonal florals, including red and white ribbons. Use it as a centerpiece for a seasonal altar or kitchen table.
The “May cup” was originally a chalice whose purpose was to hold wine or another beverage which was consumed by the May King and May Queen, elected by the people during the town May Day party. The cup can be used in solitary, couple, or group ritual to hold a blessed beverage for the ritual; the cup can be decorated but left empty of florals until after the beverage has been consumed. Then it can be rinsed with water and filled by the participants with the various florals.
Sabbat Crafts page – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/crafts.html
Sabbats main page – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/sabbats.html
Ivy’s Pentacles – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pentacle.html
May Pole Candles
You will need:
Lots of pretty ribbons
Tall white or green pillar candle
Gold or brass “Craft Bells”
Candle holder (stand)
- Cut lengths of ribbon around 18 inches each, in pretty Springtime colors.(pastels)
- Tie a craft bell to each end of ribbon (a tooth pick helps this process)
- Tie ribbons starting at 3/4 way down the pillar candle, knot three times, don’t tie bows, you need lots of length on the ribbons.
- Tie as many as you like snaking your way up the candle, but leave at least 1/4 candle bare.
- Place in a candle stand that will raise the candle about 6 – 8 inches, so the ribbons can “drape”
- Swirl the bundle of ribbons so they face East, ready to greet the dawn on Beltane morn.
- Light candle and cheer the Spring time blessings to come.
Keep a “safe” eye on candle & ribbons. By Barbara Morris
May Pole Centerpiece – http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html – You will need: 18″ wood dowel or thin branch, 6-9″ diameter flat round wooden plaque, small grapevine wreath, approx. 6-8″ diameter, decorated on both sides, 1 yard each of red and white ribbon, scissors, drill and a 1/4 drill bit, 1 1 1/4 length flattened wood screw, hot glue gun. Drill pilot holes completely through center of plaque and 1/2 deep into the bottom end of the dowel. Cross the ribbons and glue on top end of the dowel. Attach the dowel to the stand by screwing the screw through the plaque, and then into the bottom end of the dowel. Glue wreath on top of dowel by melting a medium dab of glue on top of the crossed ribbons and on the bottom of the wreath, then join the wreath to the top of the dowel. To make it more secure wait a few minutes and then glue around the edge of the wreath where it meets the dowel, filling in gaps. Braid the ribbons – one color going left and under the other color, which is moving right. Braid about 2 inches down the dowel and tack to the dowel with hot glue to keep in place. When set, tack the ends of the ribbons to the edge of the wood plaque with hot glue. ~author unknown
Silliness – The Speeder
A Police Officer Pulls over a speeder and walks up to the driver.
The driver says “I’m late for work Officer, I’m sorry I was speeding”
The cop says, “Late for work are you … well, I’ll write you a late note.”