Daily Stuff 4-15-19 Father Damien

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:24 PM of -0.1 feet. Wicca 102, 6:30pm.

It’s been spitty, overcast and damp, but not soggy this morning. 50F, wind at 2mph, AQI15, UV5, 0.03 inches of rain. The rain is likely to continue through the late afternoon and then this week should be mostly dry with some showers, probably on Wednesday.

Sabrina’s SO’s mother has been in an accident and has serious injuries, prayers and good energy are requested.

It wasn’t until mid-afternoon yesterday that I realized I had left out the main part of the astronomical info in yesterday’s newsletter, but I got it fixed. In the morning I had been working in the back on the compounding station and then later spent some time out front sorting herbs.

We’re still working on stones, both stones and herbs, actually, and will be for some days.

…and the first thing this morning was Notre Dame on fire…. I just can’t write any more…. I’m hurting.

…but the shop is open and we’ll have 102 tonight at 6:30.

Rainbow over Yachats Bay, Ken Gagne photo from 4/14/15.

Darlingtonia_californica_ne1Today’s plant is the cobra lilyDarlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.

feast 0415 FatherDamien.jpegToday’s feast is in honor of Father Damien, the priest of the lepers of Molokai. He was a Catholic missionary who took on the task of organizing the leper colony to which many people had been exiled for showing symptoms of what was then thought to be a highly contagious, incurable disease. He turned the place from a charnel pit to a place where people could live and grow and if they had actually contracted the disease, die in peace with good care. At the age of 49, Father Damien died of the disease himself and was canonized by the Catholic Church. More on Father Damien here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Damien and on leprosy here, which is *not* highly contagious, only 5% of the population can catch it at all, and we now can cure it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leprosy and also a bit on the leper colony where he worked: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalawao

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Love & Light,
Anja

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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 4:12am. 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. 

Arcturus shines brightly in the east these evenings. The Big Dipper, very high in the northeast, points its curving handle lower-right toward it. Arcturus forms the pointy end of a long, narrow kite asterism formed by the brightest stars of Bootes, the Cowherd. The kite is currently lying on its side to Arcturus’s left. The head of the kite, at the far left, is bent slightly upward. The kite is 23° long, about two fists at arm’s length.

Constellation of Lyra

The annual Lyrid meteor shower ramps up this week. Although the shower won’t peak until the morning of April 23, you should see a few meteors in the predawn hours before then despite the presence of a bright Moon. 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.
Mars (magnitude +1.5, in Taurus) glows in the west after dusk. Start with Orion in the west-southwest, and look to the right from there for the orange pair of Aldebaran and Mars. Mars, slightly dimmer, is the one on the right or, later in the week, upper right. They remain about 7° apart. Compare the colors of these two similar-looking, but utterly different objects. To me Mars looks very slightly redder. And remember — nowhere in human experience but astronomy are things so different than they appear.

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 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

Sun in Aries
Moon in Leo enters Virgo at 3:14am.
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17) and Jupiter (8/11) Retrograde
Color: Ivory

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
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.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M   15      Low   3:53 AM     2.5   6:32 AM     Set  4:55 AM      72
~    15     High   9:38 AM     7.1   8:01 PM    Rise  3:36 PM
~    15      Low   4:24 PM    -0.1
~    15     High  10:54 PM     7.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be thankful for each and every morning. Enjoy life and worry not about things that wouldn’t matter in 10 years anyway.

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Journal Prompt – Which? – Which is least important to you—money, power, fame—and why?

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Quotes

~   Rage, rage against the dying of the light. – Dylan Thomas
~   You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it. – Edith Head
~   The word ‘genius’ was whispered into my ear, the first thing I ever heard while I was still mewling in my crib, so it never occured to me that I wasn’t until middle age. – Orson Welles; excerpt from Orson Welles A Biography, by Barbara Leaming
~   The best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance. – Ruth Gordon

Earth endures;
Stars abide—
Shine down in the old sea. –Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

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Beltane Magick – Poems

Beltane Poemhttp://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Written by Lady Lissar, jskolnik@cap.gwu.edu

Green
spilt out into the meadows
running into every being
filling us up with spirit
tumbling
the pulsing red life of the earth
in the smoke of the firecircle
i saw my demons scatter to the skies
dissolving into the midnight air
there is nothing but the sun

the moon
in perfect equilibrium
unreal yet grounded
alone in body, full in spirit
love

The Beltane Chasehttp://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Traditional

Ladies:
I shall go as a wren in spring
With sorrow and sighing on silent wing
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:

And we shall follow as falcons grey
And hunt thee cruelly as our prey
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Then I shall go as a mouse in May
In the fields by night and cellars by day
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
But we shall follow as fat tom cats
And chase thee through the corn and vats
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Then I shall go as an Autumn hare
With sorrow and sighing and mickle care
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
But we shall follow as swift grey hounds
And dog thy tracks by leaps and bounds
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Then I shall go as a Winter trout
With sorrow sighing and mickle doubt
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
But we shall follow as otter’s swift
And snare thee faster thou can’st shift
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Aye, and I’ll come home again.

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Silliness – Pillage & Creak

 

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