Temps are mostly in the low 50’s (53F, here) with the wind at 5mph or less. Overcast, but we have a sunbreak, right now. There were holes in the clouds over the ocean as we came across the bridge. It poured a couple of times this morning, so things were dripping as we left home.
Yesterday went by amazingly fast. We had a lot of things to do. With Tempus running errands in Newport, a reading, class in the evening, trying to get pictures from the new camera and making a stab at getting newsletters set up for the next few days, I had plenty to do.
We had a few customers in and Mary stopped by to drop off some things that she ran across in doing some spring cleaning.
Today we have the workshops and I’m hoping to get more of the new stock out for sale.
A photo by Ken Gagne (on 4/24/16) of the spouting horn along Yachats Wayside Ocean Road with Yachats behind it and a beautiful clump of Sea Pink (Thrift) in the foreground.
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods at this time of year. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
[Edited from Wikipedia] Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.” Originally 25 April every year was to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, a dawn stand-to or dawn ceremony became a common form of Anzac Day remembrance during the 1920s. With the coming of the Second World War, Anzac Day became a day on which to commemorate the lives of Australians and New Zealanders lost in that war as well and in subsequent years. The meaning of the day has been further broadened to include those killed in all the military operations in which the countries have been involved. One of the traditions of Anzac Day is the ‘gunfire breakfast’ (coffee with rum added) which occurs shortly after many dawn ceremonies, and recalls the ‘breakfast’ taken by many soldiers before facing battle. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller centers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day
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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.
One of the sky’s most well-known asterisms, Orion’s Belt, is made up of three blue supergiant stars named Alnitak (left), Alnilam (middle), and Mintaka (right). Astrowicht/Wikimedia Commons
Venus shines between Aldebaran and the Pleiades in late twilight on the 26th and 27th. Now Spica shines to the right of the Moon (which is nearly full) during evening. Jupiter rises in twilight, to the Moon’s lower left.
Dwarf planet 1 Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It currently shines at magnitude 8.4 and is an easy object to spot through binoculars or a telescope. Ceres resides in the northern part of the constellation Cancer the Crab, which appears high in the west-southwest after twilight fades to darkness. This evening, Ceres lies 0.7° north of 67 and 70 Cancri, a pair of stars that shine between 6th and 7th magnitude.
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 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
Sa 28 Low 6:26 AM 0.0 6:11 AM Set 5:57 AM 94
~ 28 High 12:30 PM 7.0 8:17 PM Rise 7:01 PM
~ 28 Low 6:28 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditations – Smell the freshness of the morning. Now close your eyes and let it take you where it will.
~ Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. – Albert Einstein
~ Life is an endless process of self-discovery. – John W. Gardner
~ Mastery involves facing the world with your abilities and meeting the challenges and lessons of life. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Mountains of gold would not seduce some men, yet flattery would break them down. – Henry Ward Beecher
Come down the mountains, April! with young eyes,
And roguish daisy-children trooping after,
Draw from the sullen clay red peonies,
Bring back the sun as a stripling full of laughter! –Mary Webb (1881–1927)
Dandelion Salad – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 1 Dishpan full of young dandelion leaves
- 4 Strips of bacon
- 1/2 c Sugar
- 2 T Flour
- 1 ea Egg beaten
- 1 t Salt
- 1/2 c Vinegar
- 1 1/2 c Water
- 3 ea Eggs, hard boiled, diced
- Wash, drain, and cut up tender dandelion leaves.
- Brown bacon; remove drippings and crumble
- Combine sugar and flour.
- Add egg, salt, vinegar, and water and mix until smooth.
- Pour into bacon drippings and heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
- Pour warm dressing over dandelion.
- Add crumbled bacon and hard boiled eggs.
- Toss lightly and serve immediately
Dandelion Delight – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html by Patricia Telesco
This lovely spring tonic makes good use of pesky weeds to rejuvenate the body with earth’s reawakening. Dandelions are high in vitamins, and legends claim that Hecate once entertained Theseus with dandelion water.
- 3 cups dandelion petals
- 1 gallon orange juice
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- Ginger Ale (optional)
- Clean off the dandelion petals with cool water.
- In the meantime, warm the orange juice and lemon together, then add dandelions.
- Make certain you only have petals (no green parts).
- Add the sugar, stirring constantly until dissolved.
- Strain juices
- Add ginger ale for a light, bubbly drink.
VARIATIONS: Prepare this recipe with lemonade instead of orange juice, and the juice of one orange instead of a lemon. This is a refreshing, purifying quality and, poured over crushed ice, is wonderful on a hot summer day.
MAGICKAL ATTRIBUTES: divination, wind magic, wishes and goals, communicating with the Spirit world.
Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min
Makes: 4 cups or 32 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
- 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
- 1 lb. (16 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) Cream Cheese, cut up
- 1 can (10 oz.) Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
- 8 slices Bacon, crisply cooked, drained and crumbled
COMBINE ingredients in microwaveable bowl.
MICROWAVE on HIGH 5 min. or until VELVEETA is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 3 min.
Marigold Custard For Beltane – Granny’s Note: The marsh marigold is considered of great use in divination, and is called “the shrub of Beltane.” Garlands are made of it for the cattle and the door-posts to keep off the fairy power. Milk also is poured on the threshold, though none would be given away; nor fire, nor salt–these three things being sacred.
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup unsprayed marigold petals
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 to 2 inch piece of vanilla bean
- 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
- 1/8 tsp. allspice
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. rose water
- whipped cream
Using a clean mortar and pestle reserved for cooking purposes, pound marigold petals. Or, crush with a spoon. Mix the salt, sugar and spices together. Scald milk with the marigolds and the vanilla bean. Remove the vanilla bean and add the slightly beaten yolks and dry ingredients. Cook on low heat. When the mixture coats a spoon, add rose water and cool.
Top with whipped cream, garnish with fresh marigold petals.
Source ~ Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practioner, by Scott Cunningham
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