It’s chill and grey-looking outside, not dark, but not all that bright, either. The computer says it’s raining, but the pavement tells a different tale. There aren’t even any puddles. 50F, wind at 6mph, gusting into the low teens, AQI6, UV4. The radar plot is mostly green everywhere, but right around Waldport. It’s supposed to rain, mostly in the middle of today, drying out a bit tomorrow, then again rain on Monday. The rest of the week looks possibly dry.
Yesterday I worked on rocks pretty much all day. I took a break late in the afternoon to read the paper, and then another later, because I was getting sleepy enough that I was making far too many mistakes. I worked with customers pretty much steadily all day. I would get a batch of stones going, then someone would come in and we’d talk and they’d make their purchases, then I’ve have another block of time to sort….
Tempus got his errands run and then took the laundry to get that accomplished. Once he was back, we closed and then had some supper. Both of us napped awhile, then he got the access to the compounding station sorted out, so that we can get at some of the herbs and resins. That’s going to make a big difference, certainly for today’s Herbs Workshop, and also so I can get more stock put together.
My first job today is going to be getting out the herbs for this morning’s workshop, and I’m going to have to sweep to be able to get there. After the workshop, I’m going to have to inventory the resins that we have to figure out the order that I have to place. …and then I need to get back to the rocks! By the time for the sewing workshop I’m going to be glad to sit down with my embroidery!
I have no clue what Tempus is planning on doing today, but I’m hoping some of it will be bread and dishes. 🙂
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today’s feast is Songkran (Thailand) and is celebrated under different names across southeast Asia and the traditional New Year’s festival. It’s hot there and so the festival includes a lot of water being poured over statues, offered to elders and monks and general turning into a major waterfight with super-soakers and all! Sometimes the water includes fragrances, tempera paint or talc for special blessings. There are links to the other festivals and a lot more information on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_%28Thailand%29
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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 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.
Use binoculars to look for M44, the scattery Beehive Star Cluster in Cancer, roughly 3° to the right of the glary Moon (as seen soon after dark from the longitudes of North America).
You can use the Big Dipper as a guide to two of the spring sky’s brightest stars. If you follow the curve of the Dipper’s handle toward the eastern horizon, you’ll easily spot Arcturus. This magnitude 0.0 star, which belongs to <<< Boötes the Herdsman, lies some 30° from the end of the Big Dipper’s handle. It is the fourth-brightest star in the whole sky and the second-brightest visible from mid-northern latitudes. And if you continue the curve another 30° past Arcturus, you’ll arrive at magnitude 1.0 Spica, the luminary of Virgo the Maiden >>>. An easy way to remember the two is with the phrase: “Follow the arc to Arcturus, then drive a spike to Spica.”
Mercury lies low in the eastern sky before dawn all week. This morning, it appears some 4° high 30 minutes before sunrise. The innermost planet glows at magnitude 0.2 and should appear as an inconspicuous dot to the naked eye, but it stands out through binoculars. Use Venus, which shines brilliantly some 4° to Mercury’s upper right, as a guide.
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.
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 13 Low 1:11 AM 3.5 6:36 AM Set 3:33 AM 50
~ 13 High 6:59 AM 6.9 7:58 PM Rise 1:09 PM
~ 13 Low 2:19 PM 0.2
~ 13 High 9:09 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
~ Experience can just mean making the same mistake with greater confidence. – H. Bastian
~ People tend to think of happiness as a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly. – Elizabeth Gilbert
~ David-Néel was exceptional. Not only were independent women travelers like her unusual, but Europeans versed in Sanskrit and Buddhist philosophy, who also spoke Tibetan and could communicate with those they met, were extremely rare … – HH The Dalai Lama
~ The boundary line between self and external world bears no relation to reality; the distinction between ego and world is made by spitting out part of the inside, and swallowing in part of the outside. – Norman O Brown; ibid, ch. 8
… in the Beginning of [April] there is read upon the Calends, Veneralia ludi, Senatus legitimus. Now, it is possible these Veneralia, were feasts in honour of Venus, which they celebrated with publick Sports; which perfectly agrees … with the Words of Ausonius. Before Venus there stands a Candlestick, with a Wax-taper lighted, in the Flame of which they burnt Grains of Incense. The lines of Ausonius are to this purpose: “April does Honour to Venus cover’d with Myrtle. With this Month is seen the Light of Incense, with which the beneficent Ceres shines. Nor are those Perfumes wanting which are always issue from the Paphian Goddess”. – Montfaucon, Antiq. Suppl. p. 19, on the Calendar of Philocalus annexed to Valentine’s illustrations of the months
Integrating Energies: Masculine and Feminine – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html by Nyraia
At Yule, we saw the re-birth of the GodAt Imbolc, we saw the Goddess come into her own, so to speakand at Ostara, the God began his courtship of the Goddess. Two maturing beings, whole in their Selves, yet part of Onedestined to be re-united. Such is the case with everyone of us, their children, in more ways than one.
Our world revolves around duality Light and Dark Our body and our Spirit the mind and the Heart Masculine and Feminine One of the main lessons we must learn, I feel, is to find balance within a world where duality exists. As our dear Rain so aptly put it in the Ostara issue, its all about finding a middle ground. Such is the case where the masculine and feminine energies encompassed within are concerned. By finding balance between the two, we are propelled upon the path of enlightenment, the integration of our Higher Self.
It is within the right side of our brain that those aspects of our self that we consider to be feminine are found. It is said that within this area of our brain the psychic and emotional aspects of our being live. This is the part which is said to be aware of our connection to the Oneness of the Universe. This is not, however, the case with the so-called masculine part of our selves.
The masculine part is, naturally, a mirror image of the feminine. Residing in the left side of our brain, it is difficult for the masculine to recognize the Oneness of the Universe. With its more analytical and logical tendencies, all it sees is separation and division, making integration and balance difficult things to achieve.
How do we begin to achieve this balance? Growing up in our society, our left brains tend to become much stronger, for many of us, than our rightthe Masculine dominates the Feminine. We are taught to view the world through analytical eyes and taught that if something is not visibleif we cannot view it with our physical eyesthen it must not exist. Things of the real world are highly encouraged, while more times than not, imagination is relegated to fantasymake believeand is reduced in worth, it seems. A stock broker on Wall Street, in general, tends to make a great deal more money than the majority of artists. It is through the use of our imaginations Through meditation (quieting the left brain), visualization, and creativity that we are able to strengthen our right brains, the Feminine side of our Selves, and begin to gain balance.
With Beltane, too, our minds and hearts turn to the subject of lovethe physical manifestation of Masculine and Feminine. So many I know are looking for that one persontheir equal in all thingseros (romantic love), filios (brotherly love), and agape (the connection at a soul level). Everyone seems to be searching for her/his soul mate. The One that will complete them.
The words soul mate have virtually buzz words within our society, used, more times than not, as a word to describe an individuals perfect partner. What many dont realize, though, is that there are believed to be two types of soul mates. One type is generally known as a soul mate or a companion soul mate and the other known as a twin flame.
A companion soul mate can be described as an individual that we have spent prior incarnations with. It is usually this category that we tend to associate with love (Eros) relationships. In all actuality, this term can be associated with anyone that we have some sort of soul connection to, including siblings, parents, good friends, teachersAnyone that has agreed, prior to incarnation, to assist us in learning a lesson or lessons that are necessary in our own souls development or those that we have incurred some sort of karmic tie to that still needs to be balanced. When you connect with a close soul mate in a loving relationship, it is said that you have, in effect, found your perfect mate for where you are currently in your development as a soul.
It is a twin flame, however, that is believed to be our true other half. They are, essentially, our Selves in another body (if he/she is currently incarnated on the physical plane). It is said by some that the explanation for Twin Flames is that when we as One soul decided to descend into physicality, we were split into masculine and feminine aspects. It is believed, too, that when we first descended, that we were together, but later went on our own separate ways to experience as many diverse situations and stimuli as possible. We each grow in our Selves lifetime after lifetime in experience and wisdom, sometimes gaining brief glimpses or encounters with our Flame until the time that we are ready to break free from the bonds of physicality and mortality. It is at that point in our souls evolution that we are given the opportunity to be re-united with our other half.
Said of Twin Flames
The chances are that we meet our Twin Flame briefly in many lifetimes, but one or both of us are not ready for the intensity of this connection. When both halves of the whole are ready to come back together and meet they will discover that in that lifetime they have lead almost parallel lives. The events of their lives will mirror each other almost exactly. They may have come from very similar families and family dynamics. They may have had similar schooling or lack thereof. They may have almost identical careers. They may even have previous marriages and divorces within weeks of each other. When Twin Flames get to know each other, they will feel as if the other is reading their life script.
Once in relationship, the bond between Twin Flames can only be compared to the bond between identical twins. They are aware of each others thoughts, feelings, desires and needs at a level that is hard to imagine. The depth of Love is such that to be apart even for a day is a hardship. What is meant by that is that their hearts literally hurt when they are separated from each other. Even if only for the work day. It is this depth of Love that reminds them of the Oneness of Light to which they are returning. By anchoring this Love in the physical, not only are they preparing for their own ascension, but they are also leaving an imprint for others to follow in time for their own. http://www.uou.to/soulmates.htm
Keep in mind, though, this is not to say that one cannot have a wonderful and rewarding, loving relationship with a soul mate because its entirely possible. All relationships should be honored and appreciated for what is offered and the growth one is able to achieve through it. By gaining balance within ourselves, not only between the Dark and Light as we saw last issue, but through the masculine and feminine within, we prepare our Selves more, taking a step closer to the ultimate re-union that we all hope to achieve this lifetime the re-union with our own other half.
A blessed Beltane to you All,
Silliness – 10 Features of The Company Car
- Accelerates at a phenomenal rate.
- Has a much shorter braking distance than the private car.
- Can take speed humps at twice the speed of private cars.
- The battery, radiator water, oil and tires never have to be checked.
- It can be driven up to 60 miles with the oil warning light flashing.
- It needs cleaning less often than private cars.
- The suspension is reinforced to allow for the weekend loads of bricks, concrete slabs and other building material.
- Unusual and alarming engine noises are easily eliminated by turning up the radio.
- It needs no security system and may be left anywhere, unlocked and with the keys in the ignition.
- It is especially sand and waterproof for barbecues and fishing expeditions on remote beaches.