Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s been raining off and on….well, in showers…. all day, so far. Like yesterday there’s just enough dampness in the air the make the wind lazy…. 50F, wind at 6mph, gusting to 9, AQI6, UV4, grass pollen is picking up. We’ve gotten 1/5 of an inch of rain in the showers. We’ll most likely have rain on Thursday and Saturday, but otherwise the long-range looks damp, but not bad.
Yesterday I got a lot done. Most of it was writing, but while Tempus was out working in storage I worked on my beading/craft supplies in the other part of the office space. You can’t see any difference despite 12 hours at it, but I’ll be able to lay hands on things again. It was mostly sorting of beads and jewelry findings.
Tempus is almost done transferring stuff from the one unit to the other. He should be finishing that today. He’s found a number of things that we’ve been needing, but I have to keep telling him to leave the most of it in storage, since we’ve no room until we get some of the chaos in back sorted out. I want my classroom back!
I didn’t go with him on the paper route last night. I was still too sore. He didn’t get to start the regular part of the route since the papers were thick and needed to be double-bagged with the weather. They didn’t even come out until 10:30, and thicker papers mean the bulk drops take longer, too. He got home and just fell into bed. I’m not sure what time he got up, but I’ve been up since about noon, working on things.
Today has been sliding away from me. Up that long and this is only just ready to go out? Urf….. I’ve been putting things away, fixing the embroidery display and finding the various stashes of stones that have gotten wandered away from each other.
Later this week we hope to get the cabinet down here that we intend for the rock tumbler to live on back in the bathroom. That probably sounds funny, but it’s a microwave cart, therefore sturdy enough for the constant vibration. We’re figuring to run the tumbler in the bathroom as we’ve done before since we can shut the door on it and it won’t bother folks out front! Those things are loud, but if you’re only in range when you’re in the bathroom, it’s not so much of a problem.
Today’s plant is the FlyAgaric, Amanita Muscaria, the “toadstool” of fairy tales. It’s easily recognizable with its bright red and white cap. Poisonous and hallucinogenic, it’s a favorite of the weirder Fae and a common decoration for Yule trees….for which a lot of people have come up with odd reasons. It probably is an ancient enough association with the time of year that people have forgotten, but there may be a connection through reindeer, shamanism and Odin to Santa Claus and the other gifting deities…. you *can* use the dried mushroom in amulets for vision quests, just don’t eat the darned thing! More here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria
Today’s feast is in memory of the 71,000 people that died from the 1815 three-month-long eruption of the Mount Tambora volcano in Sulawesi, Indonesia. It caused a volcanic winter that made crops fail across the world and gave rise to the stories about the “Year without a Summer” that was even written about in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book, #3, Farmer Boy. Crops froze in New England on the morning of the 4th of July! This is the largest eruption by volume of any in recorded history. Recently cultural remains were found in a place dubbed, “the Indonesian Pompeii”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tambora
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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 4/19 at 4:!2am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/12 at 12:06pm.
Vega, the bright “Summer Star,” rises in the northeast late these evenings. Exactly where should you watch for it to come up? Spot the Big Dipper almost overhead in the northeast. Look at Mizar at the bend of its handle. If you can see Mizar’s tiny, close companion Alcor (binoculars make it easy), follow a line from Mizar through Alcor all the way down to the horizon. That’s where Vega makes its appearance.
This evening for North America, the asteroid 2 Pallas, magnitude 7.9, is passing 3 or 4 arcminutes north of Eta (η) Bootis, magnitude 2.6. See Pop In on Pallas and Iris Tonight.
About an hour before sunrise, look low in the eastern sky for Venus. The planet shines brilliantly at magnitude –3.9 and pierces the growing twilight with ease. And this morning, you can use the inner world to track down distant Neptune. The two planets appear 0.3° apart and lie in the same field of view through a telescope at low power. You’ll need an exceptionally clear sky to spot 8th-magnitude Neptune, however, because it is low and in twilight. From mid-northern latitudes, the pair lies 7° high a half-hour before sunrise. Conditions improve dramatically the farther south you live; from mid-southern latitudes, the worlds stand 15° high as twilight begins. Don’t confuse Neptune with the 4th-magnitude star Phi (φ) Aquarii, which lies 5′ south of the planet this morning.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fearn (FAIR-n)
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
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 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
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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
W 10 High 3:56 AM 7.6 6:41 AM Set 12:40 AM 19
~ 10 Low 11:02 AM 0.0 7:54 PM Rise 10:10 AM
~ 10 High 5:34 PM 5.9
~ 10 Low 10:47 PM 3.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you are seeking a healthy relationship, make a list of all the characteristics you seek in someone and seek to become all of those things! Then that person will appear…because like attracts like!
~ Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues. – Abigail Adams; letter to her son, John Q Adams, 1780
~ Eating rice cakes is like chewing on a foam coffee cup, only less filling. – Dave Barry
~ When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. – Audre Lorde, Poet
~ He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger. – Japanese proverb
Let it rain in April and May for me,
And all the rest of the year for thee. – proverb
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,
May Day Chant 1 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Here we come a’ piping,
In Springtime and in May;
Green fruit a’ ripening,
And Winter fled away.
The Queen she sits upon the strand,
Fair as lily, white as wand;
Seven billows on the sea,
Horses riding fast and free,
And bells beyond the sand. – Doreen Valiente; “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”; Phoenix Publishing 1985
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
Silliness – Signs and Notices – Seen in a health food store. “Shoplifters will be beaten over the head with an organic carrot”