The official temp is 58F. It feels colder. The thermometer at the phone company is reading 72F, and one in Bayshore at 71F, but they must be in the sunshine. The sky has some haze over to the east and a few streaks, otherwise it’s beautifully clear. There’s no wind here, but a few spots are registering around 8mph. The little hind-dunes lakes were like mirrors.
Yesterday was an amazing day for me. Tempus had the shop open, but it was quiet. He spent quite a lot of the day working on the Tinkle loom.
Leslie picked me up at about 11:15. She and Tempus loaded my walker while I was greeted by Bella (Leslie’s lovely little dog) and then we headed over to pick up Rayna, then out 34.
It was a beautiful day for a drive out 34. Clear blue sky, trees leafing out, new herbs coming up in the verge, fruit trees in bloom, even Japanese Cherry trees…. spring is *really* sprung! A lot of folks were out doing yardwork and some burning slash piles in various spots.
We pulled into Thyme Garden and found a parking spot. Rayna and I did our shopping fairly quickly and then I found an out-of-the-sun spot to rest for a bit. I picked up a number of herbs, mostly replacements for things that didn’t make it through the move last year and this past winter. Two hop vines and a tomato were the big ones and I’ve never had a Sweet Cicely plant or landcress. I picked up an extra sorrel, since the ones I have clustered toward one side of the bucket, and a different variety of oregano, a couple of tarragon, since those never make it through and some others
Rayna toured the garden for awhile and then the plants got put into the car while I had Bella. She’s such a friendly fur-baby! We looked over the booths that were set up for the day. There was a beautiful display of lavendar products that had some amazing lavendar wands, way better than I can make, lavendar by the foot, a lavendar spa blanket and some other things. The face-painting and glitter tattoo booth was swarmed with kids and a few adults and there some funny ones walking around. They had potato nettle soup for sale and few other things, but I ended up buying some really nice granola bars that weren’t at all hard.
As we headed home we passed a beautiful stand of forget-me-nots along the road and an amazing one of fleabane in Blackberry Park. There were several stands of either Cow Parsnip or Seacoast Anglica, too.
We have the shop open today. I have some writing to do, to set up for our two days off. I’m hoping Tempus is going to get to some of the baking dishes today and get me a bit of a spot to make my utopenci. It’s going to be very hard to wait to let that go the full two weeks that it needs for the right flavor!
Morning Rainbow 4/23/18 by Ken Gagne
This is a hypercube, also known as a tesseract. It is a 3-dimensional version of a 5-dimensional object. Each of those spaces is a cube, 90 degree angles like any cube, but distorted by perspective. If you were living inside this object the cubes would look normal & static , even if this was the way that they’re moving. You wouldn’t be able to tell!
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has its glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same, Symplocarpus foetidus – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
Today is the English feast of St. George, the Dragonslayer. He is related to Sigurd the Dragonslayer whose feast is June 9 in modern Asatru. Morris Dance is a feature of this festival. Both George and Sigurd are archetypal Heroes whose stories are the Divine Masculine end of Initiation & Quest tales. Morris Dances are a feature of this day in England, and flags with the St. George Cross. Roses have been part of this festival since the Middle Ages and books since 1923, which commemorate the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes near this date. More on the festival here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George%27s_Day , on St. George here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George , and on the tale here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George_and_the_Dragon
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 4/29 at 5:58pm.
Just after first quarter, the Moon passes Regulus.
As night descends, Pollux and Castor are high in the west lined up almost horizontally (depending on your latitude). The heads of the Gemini twins, they form the top of the enormous Arch of Spring. To their lower left is Procyon, the left end of the Arch. Farther to their lower right is the right end, formed by Menkalinan (Beta Aurigae) and then brilliant Capella. The whole thing sinks in the west through the evening. Modern skywatchers are not alone in seeing the Arch of Spring as one big asterism. Extend it down past Procyon to add Sirius, and you’ve got the Hawaiian Canoe-Bailer of Makali‘i.
Brilliant Venus appears low in the west after sunset all week. Look for the blazing point of light starting a half-hour after sundown, when it stands about 15° above the horizon. The planet shines at magnitude –3.9 and is by far the brightest object in the night sky after the Moon. As the sky darkens, the Pleiades star cluster (M45) gradually emerges 4° north (upper right) of Venus. Over the next several days, the planet will slide between the Pleiades and Hyades clusters. If you point a telescope at Venus, you’ll see a disk that spans 11″ and appears 90 percent lit.
Mars and Saturn have both risen by about 2 a.m. daylight-saving time. They’re in Sagittarius, shining at magnitudes –0.2 and +0.4, respectively, with Mars on the lower left. By early dawn they’re higher in the south. Their separation widens slightly from 10° on the morning of April 21st to 13° on the 28th. Mars is brightening on its way to an unusually close opposition in late July. It’s already 10 arcseconds wide.
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
M 23 Low 1:10 AM 3.1 6:19 AM Set 3:11 AM 48
~ 23 High 6:54 AM 6.9 8:11 PM Rise 1:16 PM
~ 23 Low 2:01 PM 0.0
~ 23 High 8:49 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – My mission is to bring freedom to my world. I hold an intention for everyone to manifest freedom.
~ What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. Your answers lie inside of you. – Denis Waitley
~ When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow. – Ethiopian Proverb
~ When the archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the fault within himself. Failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim – improve yourself. – Gilbert Arland
~ When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. – Hemingway
A flower is looking through the ground,
Blinking at the April weather;
Now a child has seen the flower:
Now they go and play together. – –Harold Monro (1879–1932)
May Day Chant 2 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The High Priestess and High Priest lead a ring dance around the bonfire. Start out with “A Tree Song” from Rudyard Kipling’s “Weland’s Sword” story in “Puck of Pook’s Hill”.
“Oh, do not tell the Priest of our Art,
Or he would call it sin;
But we shall be out in the woods all night,
A conjuring summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth
For women, cattle and corn
Now is the sun come up from the South
With Oak, and Ash and Thorn!” – Janet and Stewart Farrar; “Eight Sabbats For Witches”; Robert Hale 1983
Maypole Dance Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Ann O’Brien 1995 – Source: http://www.earthspirit.com/mtongue/chtlib/chtlifr.html
Weave, spin, dance your cares away,
A spirit fire’s alive to your entrancing,
Weave, spin, dance into the May,
The earth and sky are wed as you are dancing,
Stag Call Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The men gather around the fire, next to their partners, and they say in unison:
“I am the stag of seven tines;
I am a wide flood on the plain;
I am a wind on the deep waters;
I am a shining tear of the sun;
I am a hawk on a cliff;
I am fair among flowers;
I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke.”
Graves, Robert; “The White Goddess”; Farrar 1970