It’s grey and dampish, but drying out this morning. 49F, wind at 3mph, ASQI18, UV6. Pollen’s getting bad. The level is high today, even with the rain. According to the computer we’ve got showers, and the whole computer plot is green. Hmm… There’s a solid chance of rain tomorrow, mid-day, but the rest of the week looks mostly dry.
Yesterday’s Herbs Workshop went well. The two of us processed a lot of stuff, but the other 3 people didn’t show. I spent awhile afterwards on rocks again. Eventually Tempus took the obsidians that needed to be scrubbed and got ’em into a bucket with water, to soak.
No one was in for the sewing workshop, so I went in back and got a nap before coming back out and working on the sewing project that I had planned on and then went back to my rocks. …and finally finished with those at about 8pm.
Tempus was scrubbing obsidians at that point. He didn’t finish, but got a long way down the road. There’s one bucket-full that was already scrubbed and labeled, and almost all of the rest are put away.
Today the shop is open, and in the afternoon is House Capuchin’s Project Day.
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
Today’s feast is to the Hindu Goddess of Rain and Good Health, Mariamman (and tons of other spellings. Today is quoted as one of her feasts by the Wicca Book of Days, but I can’t find that anywhere else. Here’s a page on the deity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariamman and here’s a page on an interesting and possibly related deity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Good_Health
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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 4:12am. 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.
The gibbous Moon shines upper right of Regulus this evening.
The huge, bright Winter Hexagon still fills the sky to the southwest and west at the end of twilight. 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 way down at the bottom of Orion, and back to Sirius.
Asteroid 2 Pallas reached opposition and peak visibility last week, but it remains a tempting target throughout April. Glowing at magnitude 7.9, the minor planet should be relatively easy to spot with binoculars and a cinch to see through a telescope of any size if you know where to look. And right now, the night sky’s fourth-brightest star points the way. Pallas lies 6° due west of Arcturus in Boötes the Herdsman, the brightest star in the eastern sky during late evening. The asteroid appears even closer to the magnitude 2.7 star Eta (η) Boötis, which stands 1.3° to the minor planet’s southeast tonight. Use the finder chart above to home in on Pallas on other nights this month.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower begins today. Although the shower won’t peak until the morning of April 23, you should see a few meteors in the predawn hours before then. To tell a Lyrid from a sporadic meteor, trace the streak of light back to its origin. Lyrids appear to come from the constellation Lyra the Harp, while sporadics appear at random and can come from any direction.
Venus-Mercury challenge continues. Venus (magnitude –3.9) and much fainter Mercury (about magnitude +0.2) are both very low in the brightening dawn. Pick up Venus near the east horizon about 20 or 25 minutes before sunrise. Then use binoculars or a wide-field telescope to look for little Mercury 4½° down to its lower left.
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 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
Su 14 Low 2:38 AM 3.2 6:34 AM Set 4:17 AM 61
~ 14 High 8:21 AM 6.9 7:59 PM Rise 2:21 PM
~ 14 Low 3:26 PM 0.1
~ 14 High 10:06 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Giggle with Children.
~ Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
~ Criswell: Greetings, my friends. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember, my friends, future events such as these will affect you in the future.
~ The minute I looked at her, I knew I had something. She had an extraordinary quality of purity and nobility and a definite star personality that is very rare. – David O Selznick; on Ingrid Bergman
~ Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? – Mae West
Come down the mountains, April! with young eyes,
And roguish daisy-children trooping after,
Draw from the sullen clay red peonies,
Bring back the sun as a stripling full of laughter! –Mary Webb (1881–1927)
Maypole For Beltane
- Flat piece of wood
- Small wooden pole
- A wooden knob for the top of the pole
- Red and white lengths of ribbon
- Beltane symbols: Nuts, spring flowers, strings of beads, miniature apples, for decoration around the bottom of the maypole
- Glue gun
Either drill hole into the flat wood base to insert pole or simply glue it to the bottom securely. Glue four equal lengths of ribbon to top, and seal knob on pole with glue, on top of the ribbons. Glue or place decorative items around base.
During ritual, the maypole can be wound. Simply weave the ribbons in and out of each other in as pleasing a pattern as possible, fastening with sticky-tac or other less permanent adhesive (so that this apparatus can be used again next year in ritual). The symbolism of the maypole is that of the male phallic symbol (the pole itself) being enveloped by the female vaginal symbol (the ribbons). Also, the winding, when done in a traditional form by dancers around a real maypole, sometimes symbolize male-female mating with the red and white ribbons themselves.
All these graphics were either made by me or acquired at Silverhair’s Borders (site now dead).
Cardboard Maypole – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
(Supervision recommended for the scissors)
A cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels
Crepe paper in two or three colors
Some small stones Flowers for decorating
Take the heavy cardboard and cut a circle about 1 nad 1/4 inches larger than the diameter of the cardboard tube. Next use the glue to attach the cardboard tube to the cardboard circle. Let it dry. Next you paint the card tube and the circle, spring colours are wonderful for this and let it dry. Take three to four pieces of the crepe papers and run them lengthwise up the tube. Cut in half, legnthwise. Next you will glue the crepe paper strips to the top inside of the cardboard tube in alternating colours. Gather some small stones to put in the bottom of the tube so it will not tip over. Decorate the top with flowers and more crepe paper.
May Pole – The Mini-Version http://homeschoolwitch.blogspot.com/2011/04/may-pole-mini-version.html?spref=fb – Thursday, April 28, 2011
Yesterday, my kids and I made a miniature version of a maypole, not only to honor Beltane, but to share with them a part of my heritage, as I grew up in Bavaria, in which rural parts the tradition of putting up a large maypole is still alive and practiced today.
As I grew up, my cousin and I used to practice singing songs for this occasion – I wish that I would have kept the sheet music from back then, but we were pre-teens, keeping momentous where not our priority.
Back to now, and our mini maypole.
Creating this maypole was fairly simple, cheap, and lots of fun.
We used a clay flower pot ( you can use any flower pot that has a hole on the bottom)
a dowel that fit snugly into the hole of the flower pot – using a hot glue gun to secure the dowel in place, instead of fitting it into the hole is also an option, but I happened to find one, that fit perfectly into the pot.
Glass beads, rocks or sand to fill the pot and secure the pole.
plastic flowers (this maypole is outside, so I did want something that will last at least a few days)
and ribbon, depending on the size of the pole – you will need enough ribbon to tie each strand on the top, and long enough that it will go the entire length of the pole, maybe even reach the floor.
After we secured the dowel in the flowerpot, we filled the pot to the top with glass beads. We used really colorful ones, to correspond with the flowers we choose.
Next, we tied ribbons around the top of the dowel, securing them tightly, and glued a little daisy, that we had left over from another project to the front.
The flowers were then arranged in the flowerpot, stuck securely into the glass beads, all the way around the pole.
Simple, isn’t it?
You can get creative and paint the flower pot first, or even the pole (I like the look of natural wood, the best, personally, lol).
Use the time of creating this pole together to talk about your practice and personal belief, as well as experiences about Beltane. You can also put on some fierce or traditional music, and practice dancing around it!
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Silliness – Signs and Notices – “Children left unattended will be towed at parents expense.”