Do you know I have no clue what all I was doing yesterday while I was at the shop, other than checking in books…. no memory at all? ….well, late in the day I whipped up a couple of batches of cake batter for cupcakes for tonight. I got those baked after I got home.
I was alone up there except for the cats. They were loving on me to the point that I was *really* glad I had already taken my allergy meds! Of course, Tempus showed me where their kitty treats were, so they had an excuse…or I did… 🙂 He headed for Newport almost right away.
After the cupcakes were all baked I loaded my tote back up and went downstairs… and missed the bottom step. I didn’t fall, or dump the tote, but I slammed down kinda hard and my hip crunched…. It’s not making grinding sounds this morning, so I’m guessing the crunch was another set of calcium deposits going away!
He got in at 6:15, even though the papers had been very late coming out. He must have really been moving….
So, he let me sleep this morning. I only got to the shop at 2:30 because he’s not moving very fast, either. I think he may have gone to sleep, actually, just now on the sofa… We have to get ready for the Sabbat tonight. The first part is my problem. I need to get the cupcakes iced and on a plate and the rest back in their box. I also need to get the ritual printed. We’re going to try another craft project…making a small Beltane wreath to go up on the trees by the spring.
Before everyone gets here Tempus and I need to clean up our projects so the altar table is usable.
A Ken Gagne from the morning of 5/4/16 of a sand dollar on the beach.
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back, and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.
Yes, today’s feast, Star Wars Day, is based on a pun, “May the 4th be with you!” I’m a geek, what can I say? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day I went to the first screening, the first day it was available in Baltimore, with my Daddy and we both enjoyed the heck out of it. It’s come a very long way since then!
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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 5/15 at 4:48am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/7 In early dawn, the waning gibbous Moon cruises past Saturn and then brighter Mars. As dawn begins on Saturday morning May 5th, the waning gibbous Moon shines between Saturn and Mars. Saturn is to the Moon’s right, and Mars to the Moon’s lower left.
Summer is seven weeks away, but the Summer Triangle is beginning to make its appearance in the east, one star after another. The first in view is Vega. It’s already shining low in the northeast as twilight fades away. Next up is Deneb, lower left of Vega by two or three fists at arm’s length. Deneb takes about an hour to appear after Vega does, depending on your latitude. The third is Altair, which shows up far to their lower right by midnight. The Summer Triangle will grace the Northern Hemisphere’s evening sky from now through the end of the year.
Uranus is hidden in the glare of sunrise.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for May 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-may-2018
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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.
©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
F 4 High 3:22 AM 7.2 6:02 AM Rise 12:04 AM 86
~ 4 Low 10:25 AM -0.1 8:24 PM Set 9:30 AM
~ 4 High 5:02 PM 6.0
~ 4 Low 10:23 PM 3.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t ask for an easier life; ask to be a stronger person.
~ The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique. – Walt Disney
~ The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. – Chinese Proverb
~ The supreme Self is unborn and undying. – Atma Upanishad, Reprinted with permission from “The Wisdom of the Hindu Gurus,” edited by Timothy Freke, published by Godsfield Press. The book can be purchased online through Amazon.
~ The trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. – Erica Jong
And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring,
And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar,
And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire
Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring. –Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
Mint and Yogurt Refresher – makes 4 6oz. servings – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 1 whole English cucumber
- 24 oz plain yogurt (regular or fat free)*
- 1 tsp. green onion, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
- 1 tsp. fresh mint (either Ginger Mint or Spearmint), finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- 1 dash pepper
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. lemon peel, grated
- 4 tsp. lemon juice
- Fresh mint sprigs
- Nasturtium leaves
- Put all of the ingredients in a blender.
- Puree until smooth.
- Adjust salt, and refrigerate until well chilled.
- Garnish with the fresh mint sprigs, and sprinkle with freshly chopped nasturtium leaves for a dazzling presentation.
- Serve either as a first course for a light summer meal, or as an afternoon refresher served in frosted glasses.
- Use the regular, whole fat yogurt to give a creamier texture
May Day Punch
- 2 Pints Strawberries (Rinsed & Hulled)
- 15 Sweet Woodruff Springs
- 1 1/2 Quarts Mosel Wine
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- Violet Petals
- Rose Petals
- Warm 4 of the woodruff springs for 5 minutes in a preheated 200 degree F oven.
- Mash half the strawberries with sugar and add the oven warmed woodruff sprigs plus 8 raw sprigs.
- Pour wine over the mixture and stir well.
- Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours and strain.
- Pour liquid into punch bowl and add remaining half of the strawberries, extra woodruff and the violet and rose petals.
- Place a few whole blossoms of both flowers to float in the center as decoration.
Beltane Chicken – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Makes 4 servings. If you and your beloved can’t eat that much, just freeze the leftovers for later.
©2001 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey, From Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn – www.SpilledCandy.com
In ancient times, Beltane was celebrated as a time of love, fertility, and passion. The ingredients in this special dish all have magickal meanings related to lust, love, and prosperity/fertility. Treat yourself as part of the ancient celebration or any time you and your soulmate want to celebrate your life together.
- 1 minced clove of garlic
- 2 cups of fresh spinach
- 1 cup of cooked rice,
- 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
- 2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet
- 2 boneless chicken breasts
- 1 cup chicken broth
- best china
- red candles
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 tablespoons water
- Cook 1 minced clove of garlic in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute at you repeat the name of your beloved.
- Next, add 2 cups of fresh spinach and cook for 3 minutes while you name as many as possible of the traits you admire in your beloved.
- Strain any water from the spinach, just as you would want any ill thoughts about your relationship removed from your celebration meal.
- In a wooden bowl, combine the spinach and garlic with 1 cup of cooked rice, 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
- Using 2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet, flatten 2 boneless chicken breasts, pounding out any negative feelings you might otherwise bring to the table.
- Spread the spinach mixture on each chicken breast, then roll up each carefully, using toothpicks to make sure the filling is secure in each roll.
- Then place the chicken rolls in a large skillet and cook on medium-high.
- As the chicken cooks, add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer for 15 minutes while you set your table with your best china and light red candles.
- Back at your kitchen workings, mix 1 tablespoon corn starch and 2 tablespoons water and stir as you wish your secret wish for the evening — whether a commitment, a kiss, or a baby!
- Next add the cornstarch and water to the skillet and cook as the sauce thickens and the seeds of your wishes are planted.
- Last, when you are ready to serve this dish, take a sharp, clean knife and douse the blade under cool running water.
- Then slice the chicken rolls into 1-inch thick slices and spoon sauce on top.
- Look closely at the chicken slices and note the spiral patterns, a symbol of rebirth.
- Now hurry before your candles burn low!
(From Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn C2001 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey. Visit www.SpilledCandy.com for more free ebooks and magickal tips and crafts. You may freely copy, distribute, or post it to members of your circle, organization, newsletter subscribers, and/or web site with only two rules: You must print the notice at the bottom of each recipe whether you reprint the recipes individually or the entire book. The recipes have been copyrighted; therefore, the notice must stay intact. Failure to do so will be considered a violation of copyright law (not to mention karma). You must not accept any payment for use of the recipes in this book or include them in a collection for sale without obtaining express written permission from Spilled Candy Books, P O Box 5202, Niceville FL 32578.)
Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – Basic Flying Rules: Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.