Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
I got sidetracked today, thinking this had gone out. Oops…. I’m working on rocks and have all kinds of listings going through my head…. The sun is trying to come out, but there are still lots of puddles. I don’t think it’s rained since we opened, but it’s stayed overcast up until the last few minutes. 51F, wind at 1mph, gusting into the low teens, AQI5 (a lot of it is grass pollen), UV4, 0.07 inches of rain since midnight. It looks like rain mid-day tomorrow and then again on Monday, the rest of the week it’s less likely, but….
As soon as I got the newsletter out yesterday I started working on some things that had come down from storage. We found a stash of candles, some craft supplies, a few cooking things and a few more books (there are a lot more to come on the books!)
We had a wonderful brunch of tater crowns with Tempus’ special sauce, cheese omelets and bacon! After that Tempus started bringing rock things out front while I sorted the shelves under the crystals table. We eventually got to the point where the cart came out front, too.
Tempus got a loaf of bread made and served us that with soup for supper. I was waiting for him to set up the tray tables so I could sort rocks. He got ’em done before he headed out on the newspaper run.
Today he got the shop open by 11 while I was still staggering around in need of coffee. Once I had some I’ve been working on sorting various stones and crystals, preparatory to starting up the rock tumbler. I’ve been finding all kinds of treasures!
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
Today’s Feast is Yuri’s Night, a modern festival created in honor of the first true space flight. It was on April 12th in 1961 at the height of the space race. It is supposed to raise awareness of space science. Yuri Gagarin was the man who flew the Vostok in a full orbit of our planet. Ironically, he was killed in a MIG accident in 1968, leading to all kinds of interesting conspiracy theories. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri%27s_Night . and more on Gagarin here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin
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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. 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 4/17 at 4:12pm.
First-quarter Moon (exactly so at 3:06 p.m. EDT). Come evening, the Moon shines high in the southwest with Pollux and Castor to its upper right and brighter Procyon farther below it, as shown above. Far below Procyon sparkles Sirius, the brightest star of all. You can find the half-lit orb high in the southwest as darkness falls; it doesn’t set until nearly 3 a.m. local daylight time tomorrow morning. The Moon currently lies on the border between Gemini and Cancer, about 10° south of the Twins’ brightest stars, Castor and Pollux.
Ganymede returns to view – Jupiter’s largest moon starts to exit the giant planet’s shadow at 4:02 a.m. EDT on April 12. By 4:20 p.m., it has returned to full brightness. – Astronomy: Roen KellyJupiter continues to grow more prominent before dawn. The giant planet rises around 12:30 a.m. local daylight time and climbs 30° high in the south an hour before sunup. It also shines at magnitude –2.3, making it the brightest point of light in the morning sky until Venus rises after 5 a.m. A telescope reveals at least two conspicuous cloud belts on Jupiter’s 41″-diameter disk. And this morning, you can watch Ganymede, the solar system’s largest moon, slowly materialize in what seems like a celestial magic act. The satellite starts to emerge from the giant planet’s shadow at 4:02 a.m. EDT. But Ganymede is so big that it takes 15 minutes for it to return to full sunlight. The brightening dot appears 22″ west-southwest of Jupiter’s limb and 26″ south of the slightly fainter moon, Europa.
Uranus and Neptune are out of sight behind the glare of the Sun.
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
F 12 High 5:43 AM 7.2 6:38 AM Set 2:41 AM 38
~ 12 Low 1:08 PM 0.2 7:57 PM Rise 12:01 PM
~ 12 High 8:00 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Each new day offers us possibilities, don’t waste it. Accept the challenge that comes with the sunrise. Marvel at the opportunities before you.Step confidently into the day and relax with the setting of the sun, knowing you made the most of your day!
~ If they come for the innocent without stepping over your body, cursed be your religion and your life. – Dorothy Day
~ The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir
~ If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it, they are wrong. I do not say give them up, for they may be all you have, but conceal them like a vice lest they spoil the lives of better and simpler people. – Robert Louis Stevenson; Across the Plains (1892), ‘Lay Morals’
~ Make a virtue of necessity. – Erasmus (attrib.)
There’s a path that leads to Nowhere
in a meadow that I know
Where an island river rises
And the stream is still and slow. – Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1861–1933)
May Baskets – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Househould containers, glass jars or tin cans
1 Nail (to make holes with)
Twine or Ribbon (In a variety of colours)
Antennae iron wire
Hammer holes into the sides of the tin cans (not the glass). With the tin cans you can run the twine or ribbon through each hole and knot inside, if using a glass jar attach with glue. Take the wire and wrap it around the top of the tin can or glass jar and loop and twist the wire with another wire to make a handle. This is great for tabletops, hanging on doors and they make wonderful spring gifts for friends.
May Cone Basket – http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html
You will need: construction paper, glue or tape.
Out of bright colored construction paper, cut a circle that is about 12 inches in diameter, then cut a triangle or wedge out of the circle, allowing for a 1/2 inch overlap.
Roll the paper into a cone and glue or tape the two sides together. Cut a strip of construction paper that is appox. 12 inches by 2 inches.
Glue or tape it onto the top of your cone to make a handle.
Fill your cone basket with real or homemade flowers and hang it on a neighbor’s or friend’s doorknob in the early morning while everyone is asleep.
[Anja’s note:] A special gift of a Maying Basket or Garland as always appreciated! Whether you use real flowers, artificial ones, or dried, these are a great gift. You can also add a packet of cookies or other sweets. Of course, the tradition is that you hang them on the door, knock and run and hide!
May Garland – You will need: springs of greenery, variety of fresh or dried flowers, ribbons, floral wire, wire cutters, scissors, glue or hot glue gun. Use a heavy wire backbone that runs the length of the garland. Begin by starting at one end, attaching each bundle of greenery over the last. Use floral wire to attach the bundles to the backbone. Once all the greenery and flowers have been attached with floral wire, add ribbons, bells, beads, crystals and any other decorative items you wish. Put this over a doorway or on a mantle.
Silliness – Smart Joke # 7. What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question? – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2