It’s solidly cloudy, but still bright. No shadows, though…. 55F and wind at 3mph. It’s pretty quiet all over and those temps are about right, although it’s dropped a bit since earlier when it was nearly 60F. Still forecast for rain rolling in late tonight into tomorrow and lasting through the weekend.
Yesterday was quiet, which we needed. Other than the piano tuner there for an hour to help my poor out-of-tune baby back into shape pretty much it was all cleaning, putting things away and catching up.
One funny….the highest key on the piano wasn’t working. It hasn’t since we moved it and I didn’t know if something had snapped or what. It was a *penny* stuck in the mechanism! Wyatt said that it probably just
bounced into the spot and stayed there. 🙂 How it got in there in the first place….
No, I don’t have a grand piano. I have a tiny little baby spinet piano. My folks got it for me in 1961 and it was one of the first things moved into our new house in 1962 (It had been at the piano shop until moved.) It’s followed me for most of my life and I’m glad to have it back into shape!
I did manage some embroidery. I’m doing a set of baby things for a friend who’s been hospitalized for the tail end of her pregnancy. You can see in the pic that I’m not done, only have the one finished and the other just started, but I couldn’t resist tucking them into the bracken for a photo. 🙂
I had gotten a little more done on the pouch I was doing earlier in the week and realized that I had managed to grab the wrong pattern. I’m still going to finish that pouch, but I need to put the time in on the right pattern since that’s due the first week in June and I’m going to need to mail it.
I spent a whacking lot of time on the recorder book yesterday, too. I finally started the “difficulty level” spreadsheet and that’s just a fiddly thing that has to be done to make this whole mess work. The hard part was figuring out how I wanted to make the book work in the first place. Now, I’m into the hard slog of finding the pieces and getting them ready. Not difficult, just takes forever, it seems like!
I didn’t sleep well last night, so Tempus left me home this morning. I’ve been scrambling, trying to get caught up. The Creighton’s stopped by and I missed them. 😦 I’ve had to set up paperwork for the week (missed on Tuesday) a bank deposit, figure out whether some of the new orders are in etc. …. so I’ve run way late. Plus we have a meeting with a bank representative and a business owners meeting this evening!
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditionak folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort–Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.
There aren’t a lot of feasts listed for today unless you want some more hacked up x-tian martyrs, but the Wicca Book of Days lists a dance of the Banbara people in honor of the Tyi Wara, a half-man/half-beast figure, that has cultural meaning for them.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bambara_people
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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.
Venus shines between Aldebaran and the Pleiades in late twilight on the 26th and 27th.
Face north just after nightfall, look very high, and now you’ll find the Pointers, the end stars of the Big Dipper’s bowl, on the meridian pointing toward Polaris straight down below. From the Pointers to Polaris is about three fists at arm’s length.
040118 Jupiter – Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was almost exactly on the planet’s central meridian when Christopher Go took this image at 20:01 April 1st UT, in below-average seeing, using a 14-inch scope on his home balcony in the Philippines. It was just one Jupiter rotation after the Juno orbiter imaged the area around the Great Red Spot close up. “The wake of the GRS is just chaos!” Go writes. “The South Tropical Disturbance is violently interacting with the GRS.”
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, in Libra) rises around the end of twilight after dark and shines as the brightest point in the sky after Venus sets. It’s two weeks from its May 8th opposition, so it 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 1 or 2 a.m. daylight-saving time. By dawn it’s getting low in the southwest.
Uranus is hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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 Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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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
Th 26 Low 4:49 AM 1.4 6:14 AM Set 4:59 AM 80
~ 26 High 10:39 AM 6.8 8:14 PM Rise 4:45 PM
~ 26 Low 5:00 PM 0.4
~ 26 High 11:19 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Surround Your Self with Colors, Textures, and Scents that Please You.
~ If you’re courteous you will always be the winner. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. – Thomas Jefferson
~ It is a risk to love. What is if doesn’t work out? Ah, but if it does…. – Peter McWilliams
~ It is better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for someone you are not. – Andre Gide
Don’t compare yourself to others … not your failures, not your faith, not your accomplishments, not your wealth or lack thereof…You are uniquely & wonderfully made & God has a plan for you that is only for you. Some of God’s greatest servants the world would see as failures, but he valued & adored them. Don’t let others destroy you with their words or their visions of what you should be! – Kerr Cuhulain
Beltane Magick – Crafts – Pressing Flowers – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Selecting The Flowers – Garden flowers, leaves and ferns can be collected and pressed for use in making pictures or cards. A botanical collection can also be made with wild flowers (never rare flowers). Only take one or two common flowers from a spot where they are plentiful.
Flowers should be picked after mid-day when they are dry. They should be pressed as soon as possible after picking to avoid wilting. You will find through trial and error which flowers dry best and which colors are lasting. Do not try to press a very thick flower it would be best to disassemble and press just the petals. Remember fresh flowers, press quickly and carefully, dry well, and use small flowers (or thin pieces of thicker flowers).
Pressing The Flowers – Flowers can be pressed between sheets of blotting paper and placed in a telephone book with weights. A flower press can be used, consisting of layers of newsprint interleaved with corrugated cardboard. A press uses plywood board top and bottom, and pressure is applied by tightening the wing nuts on the four corner screws.
Flowers are then carefully laid in the press, with plenty of newspaper between layers, and cardboard after every few layers. Leave them undisturbed for two or three weeks for best results.
Using the Flowers (this section added by Anja ©2013 M. Bartlett and does not void previous copyright) – Pretty bookmarks and placemats can be made by laying pressed plants out on clear contact paper and then putting another sheet on top. Easier still is to laminate them with or without the paper. You may add cutouts or glitter or even flat sequins.
Flowers can be glued to a paper backing and framed in standard picture frames.
I have used pressed flowers and other plants in decoupage. Using a glue that will not discolor when Mod-Podge™ – ed or varnished or shellacked over, and using only the tiniest dots of glue, create your preferred arrangement and then let dry. Top coat by your preferred method.
People have set pressed flowers between sheets of glass for decoration for a long time. If you know how, metal foil may be set around the edges to make an airtight seal, or you can use glue and then add a fabric strip or even some kind of ribbon trim.
There are many kinds of color-your-own paperweights, coasters, mugs, keychain fobs and vases where pressed flowers can be glued to paper and inserted, or even fastened directly to the inside of the plastic.
Many pressed flowers can be laid on the tops of cookies or candies (obviously only the edible ones) or even on iced cakes. If you’re making an herbal balm or floral perfume, a pressed petal or dried rosebud can be set on top to identify the contents.
You can use pressed flowers to go effect in potpourri mixes or in spells where the visual effect is part of the magick.
Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – Advice given to RAF pilots during WWII: “When a prang (crash) seems inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slow and gently as possible.