Rain…. it’s been hard enough occasionally that I could hear in on the roof in the back of the shop and we both came in, soaked. …and this is *way* late because I was avoiding fluorescents until the migraine quit, or at least let off enough that I can see….. 53F, no wind, AQI27, UV5, 0.43 inch of rain. It looks like a rainy week, with Friday and Saturday having the most.
Yesterday started great! We had lots of customers in and sales were good. Tempus worked in back and I actually felt well enough to be on my own up front…. and then at about 3pm, I started seeing a bright streak and by 1/2-past was down with a migraine…. Sometimes I can’t win for losing! So I spent the rest of the day in back, away from the fluorescents. As it eased I got a little done on a couple of pieces of embroidery.
Today I’ve only been trying to get going since about 3, before that the headache was still too bad. We were busy this morning, but with the rain, not a lot since, except that Tempus went out to run errands and have corks again. Again, I’m sorry this is late.
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid.The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
Today is April Fool’s Day. There are a lot of suggestions as to how this holiday came about, and I *still* don’t know what fish have to do with it, but it’s a fun one all the same, as long as the pranks stay harmless. I’m looking forward to what NPR puts in their “news” today! I still like the Scottish version, Hunt-the-Gowk. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day
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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 4/6 at 1:50am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 4/3 at 1:50pm.
The huge, bright Winter Hexagon is still in view just after dark, filling the sky to the southwest and west. Start with brilliant Sirius in the southwest, the Hexagon’s lower left corner. High above Sirius is Procyon. From there look even higher for Pollux and Castor, rightward from Castor to Menkalinan and bright Capella, lower left from there to Aldebaran, lower left to Rigel at the bottom of Orion, and back to Sirius.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) rises above the east-southeast horizon in early dawn. It’s still quite low by the time dawn grows bright. Shortly after morning twilight begins, look low in the east-southeast for Venus. The planet shines brilliantly at magnitude –3.9 and pierces the growing twilight with ease. This morning, the inner world rises about 10 minutes after and nearly 10° to the left of the waning crescent Moon. A half-hour before sunrise, the two stand 10° above the horizon. Tomorrow morning, an even slimmer crescent Moon hangs 4° directly below Venus. When viewed through a telescope this week, the planet shows a disk that appears 13″ across and about 80 percent lit.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April not yet available
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fearn (FAIR-n)
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 1 Low 5:13 AM 2.6 6:57 AM Rise 5:46 AM 18
~ 1 High 10:55 AM 6.8 7:43 PM Set 4:12 PM
~ 1 Low 5:37 PM 0.7
~ 1 High 11:58 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s not hard to meet expenses, they’re everywhere.
~ If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. – Albert Einstein
~ You are the Universe expressing itself as human for a little while. – Eckhart Tolle
~ Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
~ Take time to laugh – it is the music of the soul. – From an old English prayer.
No sooner doth St. All-fools’ morn approach,
But waggs, ere Phebus mount his gilded coach,
In sholes assemble to employ their sense,
In sending fools to get intelligence;
One seeks hen’s teeth, in farthest part of th’ town;
Another pigeon’s milk; a third a gown
From strolling cobler’s stall, left there by chance;
Thus lead the giddy tribe a merry dance.
And to reward them for their harmless toil,
The cobler ‘noints their limbs with stirrup oil.
Thus by contriver’s inadvertent jest,
One fool expos’d makes pastime for the rest. – Poor Robin’s Almanac, 1728
April Spring Lore – April 24th, 2006, Color of the day: Lavender , Incense of the day: Lavender
We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but what other gems of wisdom does folklore have to offer us in the spring? Well, in fact we can watch the world at this time to know what the rest of the year might be like.
When April blows his horn, it’s good for both the hay and corn.
A wet spring means dry harvest weather.
A rainy spring forecasts a hot, dry summer.
If the spring is windy, the summer will be cool.
If it is a dry spring, it will be a wet summer.
A mild winter precedes a cool spring.
When dandelions bloom late, summer will be dry.
Also, give this neat bit of folk wisdom a try: Listen to the sound of a cricket chirping. Count the number of chirps you hear in fourteen seconds and you will know the temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, where the cricket is. By: Kristin Madden
A Violet Love Charm
Violets are symbols of loyalty, and in April they are plentiful. They carpet our lawns like a blue mist. You can use them in spells to keep your mate faithful. No doubt the Wise Ones who once walked the hills of Appalachia where I now live gathered violets on the edge of the woodland to use in spells such as this:
To ensure your love remains true;
Pick six violets, all must be blue.
Put them in water that you have blessed;
Place them where your lover’s head shall rest.
After you do these things, take three ribbons—pink, yellow, and white—and wait until the darkness of night.
Tie them around the branch of a tree, and say:
We are now bound,
So mote it be. ~James Kambos, From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
April Fools’ Day: 5 spots to act the fool abroad
By Jennings Brown, Special to CNN, updated 8:39 AM EDT, Sun April 1, 2012
- In France and Scotland, pranksters often attach things to a victim’s back
- Spaniards celebrate their version of April Fools’ on December 28
- Humorina is a festival dedicated to humor in Odessa, Ukraine
(CNN) — There is no better way to ring in the spring season than with a free pass to the carefree days of childhood when no one could chastise you for a well-executed prank — as long as it brought a smile to both parties.
You may choose to privately celebrate April Fools’ Day by covering your office toilet seat in saran wrap or telling your mom you’re engaged to a death metal drummer. Or you may celebrate publicly, if you live in one of the American cities that host festivities.
In San Francisco, revelers can dress up in outlandish outfits and participate in the Saint Stupid’s Day parade. New Yorkers can run the “Backwards Mile” through Central Park or attend the April Fools’ Parade, which has been announced for the last 26 years, but never taken place.
But if you want to take your pranking abroad, there are other countries that do tomfoolery even better than America. Here’s a destination guide for the ultimate purveyor of mischief.
Many sources claim April Fools’ began in France after King Charles IX decreed that all citizens must begin their calendar on January 1, moving the start of the year back by three months. Therefore, those who celebrated around the beginning of April were deemed foolish.
Considering there are earlier mentions of the holiday, this origin story is a little fishy. But the French celebration is even fishier. The day itself is called Poisson d’Avril, as pranksters attempt to attach paper poisson (fish) to unsuspecting fools’ backs.
Perhaps the most enjoyable tradition of this holiday is all the fish-shaped treats and pastries that fill bakeries and chocolate shops.
If you’re a true gowk hunter, then you should head to Scotland, as their April Fools’ celebrations last for two days. Hunt the Gowk Day is celebrated on April 1. “Gowk” is Scottish for “cuckold” or “fool,” and the goal of the day is to hunt them out and make them aware of their foolishness. The traditional prank of this day revolves around making someone go on a fool’s errand.
And while day one is dedicated to making someone the butt of a joke, day two is all about making a joke out of someone’s bum. April 2 is Taily Day, when you’re not only allowed, but encouraged, to focus your attention on the posteriors of others. The infamous “kick me” sign most likely originated as an early Taily Day joke.
The Spaniards celebrate their version of April Fools’ on December 28, so you have plenty of time to plan. El día de los Santos Inocentes is a Catholic holiday dedicated to the remembrance of the “Holy Innocents” who were killed when King Herod ordered the death of baby boys in Bethlehem after hearing that he was going to lose his throne to the newborn King of the Jews, according to the Gospel of Matthew.
Yes, pranks to commemorate the mass slaughter of infants.
The fool of each prank is considered an inocente, and after the prank is made, the prankster shouts the phrase to let him know he’s been had.
If you really want to make the most of the day, celebrate in the town of Ibi, Alicante, which hosts the Els Enfarinats festival that has taken place for two centuries. Participants partake in a mock coup d’etat that culminates with one of the world’s largest food fights when everyone takes to the streets with flour and eggs. Mock soldiers run around in the bedlam, collecting “taxes” that go to charity.
India gets the award for most vibrant custom, with their Hindu holiday, Holi. Also known as the Festival of Colors, this celebration takes place on the last full moon day of winter, someday in February or March. The next Holi takes place on March 27, 2013.
All across the country, participants take to the streets, playing pranks and throwing colorful, scented powder at each other. In this bacchanalia that gives you an idea of what it would look like if a Skittles factory exploded, the social structure and norms aren’t as black-and-white as they are throughout the rest of the year. No one is expected to be polite when they’re expecting to be blasted in the face with a handful of rainbow dust. But along with chaos, this tradition induces a national sense of exhilaration truly fitting for the beginning of spring.
The holiday is exceptionally more exuberant in the northern India. Some of the best cities to celebrate are Mathura and Vrindavan; Delhi; and Shantiniketan, West Bengal.
Although the nation itself doesn’t show great enthusiasm for April Fools’ Day, the port city of Odessa more than makes up for it with Humorina — a festival of humor.
On April 1, the city erupts with parades, concerts, plays, art, fireworks, costumed locals and pranks galore. Americans might go out of their way to confuse a friend or coworker, but since Humorina was created in 1973, Odessans have proven themselves as some of the most creative and dedicated pranksters in the world.
Silliness – Signs and Notices – A billboard seen next to the highway, travelling from Johannesburg International Airport into town. An Ad for BMW showing a photo of a BMW 328i convertible with the roof and all the windows down. The caption reads:’ Our hardware runs better without WINDOWS!!!’