It’s nicely sunny and finally drying, but the sky is actually covered with cloud. It’s sunny *through* it! 55F, wind at 6, AQI12, UV4. There’s a small chance of some showers this evening and then dry through Friday and that’s not a large possibility, either.
I was on tenterhooks for so much of yesterday that it truly passed in a blur. The part that stands out is that Amber Connection came in with some new stone products. We’re stocked back up on power bead bracelets and semi-precious stone hearts and pendants. We’ve got a bit of new shungite plus a whole bunch of silk pouches that we haven’t had for awhile.
By 5pm it was looking like the fire was getting contained and that the towers would stay intact, but what a heart-breaking thing to have happen….. …and this morning it looks like the three rose windows survived. One’s going to need quite a bit of repair, but it’s still there.
Other than that…. I really don’t remember anything else about yesterday other than keeping up with the news about Notre Dame….
Today is the day we’re closed. I’m kinda hoping to get something major done, maybe the rock cart, maybe some inventory. I don’t know, but we do have the paper run tonight.
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The Battle of Megiddo was in the 15th century BCE on this date. It was part of a military campaign by Thutmose III to crush a rebellion in Canaan in the 15th century BCE. This is the oldest battle recorded in enough detail to make it “official”. There was a later battle, the one from which we get the word “armageddon” from, where the King of Judah tried to ambush the Egyptian army as they were heading off to fight the Babylonians and got himself killed. This battle is listed in the Bible and several other sources. Armageddon, (comes from Har Megiddo, Megiddo hill), the “last battle” of Christian eschatology, is supposed to take place here, or maybe not…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon
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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.
As <<< Arcturus climbs the eastern sky these evenings, equally bright Capella >>> is descending high in the northwest. They stand at exactly the same height above your horizon at some moment between about 9 and 10 p.m. daylight-saving time, depending mostly on how far east or west you live in your time zone. How accurately can you time this event for your location? Like everything constellation-related, it happens 4 minutes earlier each night.
Mars continues to add luster to Taurus the Bull this week. And this evening, the Red Planet passes 7° due north of the constellation’s brightest star, ruddy 1st-magnitude Aldebaran. Shining at magnitude 1.6, Mars appears slightly fainter than Aldebaran. The planet lies 30° above the western horizon an hour after sundown and doesn’t set until after 11 p.m. local daylight time.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 6:05 p.m. EDT. It then lies 226,306 miles (364,205 kilometers) away from us.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.3, at the feet of Ophiuchus >>> ) rises in the southeast around midnight or 1 a.m. daylight-saving time. It shines fairly high in the south before the beginning of dawn, so that’s the best time to observe it telescopically. Set up your scope about two hours before your local sunrise time. At that time you’ll find Antares to Jupiter’s lower right, and the dimmer Sagittarius Teapot a similar distance to Jupiter’s lower left. The Teapot is about the size of your fist at arm’s length.
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
©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Tu 16 Low 4:54 AM 1.6 6:31 AM Set 5:29 AM 82
~ 16 High 10:45 AM 7.3 8:02 PM Rise 4:52 PM
~ 16 Low 5:16 PM -0.1
~ 16 High 11:36 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What you learn today will insure tomorrow’s harvest.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – When the Genie in the lamp appeared to Aladdin, he asked, “What wouldest thou have? I am ready to obey thee as thy slave….” If you could have one wish, what would it be? Explain your answer.
~ A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. – Napoleon Bonaparte
~ With the religious you can hardly negotiate. They think they have supreme permission to kill people and go to war. – Shimon Peres
~ It was impossible not to see that the love scenes were filmed like murder scenes, and the murder scenes like love scenes … It occurred to me that in Hitchcock’s cinema … to make love and to die are one and the same. – Filmmaker François Truffaut, on Hitchcock
~ Be humble, if thou would’st attain to Wisdom. Be humbler still, when Wisdom thou hast mastered. – Helene Blavatsky; in Wisdom of the Ages at Your Fingertips, MCR software, 1995
Next came fresh Aprill full of lustyhed,
And wanton as a Kid whose horne new buds:
Vpon a Bull he rode, the same which led
Europa floting through th’Argolick fluds:
His hornes were gilden all with golden studs
And garnished with garlonds goodly dight
Of all the fairest flowres and freshest buds
Which th’earth brings forth, and wet he seem’d in sight
With waues, through which he waded for his loues delight. – Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 – 1599), English poet; Faerie Queen, The Cantos of Mutabilitie
Dandelion Delight – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html by Patricia Telesco
This lovely spring tonic makes good use of pesky weeds to rejuvenate the body with earth’s reawakening. Dandelions are high in vitamins, and legends claim that Hecate once entertained Theseus with dandelion water.
- 3 cups dandelion petals
- 1 gallon orange juice
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- Ginger Ale (optional)
- Clean off the dandelion petals with cool water.
- In the meantime, warm the orange juice and lemon together, then add dandelions.
- Make certain you only have petals (no green parts).
- Add the sugar, stirring constantly until dissolved.
- Strain juices
- Add ginger ale for a light, bubbly drink.
VARIATIONS: Prepare this recipe with lemonade instead of orange juice, and the juice of one orange instead of a lemon. This is a refreshing, purifying quality and, poured over crushed ice, is wonderful on a hot summer day.
MAGICKAL ATTRIBUTES: divination, wind magic, wishes and goals, communicating with the Spirit world.
Cranberry Mint Tea – 4 Servings – This is also very good served hot.
- 4 cups water
- 1 12-ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves (about 1/2 ounce)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Fresh mint sprigs
- Combine 4 cups water and cranberries in heavy medium saucepan and bring to boil.
- When cranberries begin to pop, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer mixture until cranberries are very tender, about 10 minutes.
- Place 1 cup mint leaves in heat-proof pitcher or coffeepot.
- Set fine strainer atop pitcher.
- Pour cranberry mixture into strainer, pressing on solids to extract as much juice as possible; discard solids.
- Add 1/2 cup sugar to pitcher; stir until sugar has dissolved.
- Refrigerate mixture until cold. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.)
- Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.
Per Serving: calories, 143; total fat, 0; saturated fat, 0; cholesterol, 0
Bon Appétit, December 1995, Cooking for Health
Homemade Chocolate Mint Tea
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- 6 ounces hot water
- 1/4 teaspoon chocolate extract OR 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- Place the mint in a mug and pour the hot water over it.
- Use your spoon to smash the mint a bit to release the mint flavor.
- Stir in the chocolate extract or cocoa powder.
- Serve hot.
NOTES – To make this more like a traditional hot chocolate, replace the water with unsweetened almond milk. Use a few drops of stevia to sweeten it to taste.
Chocolate Mint Tea Delight – 1 serving – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 3/4 c Mint-flavored herb tea
- 2 tb Chocolate syrup
- 1/4 c Heavy cream, whipped
- Sweetened chocolate powder
- Pour the tea into a cup.
- Stir the chocolate syrup into the tea.
- Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate powder
Silliness – Smart Joke # 8. Three logicians walk into a bar. The bartender asks “Do all of you want a drink?” The first logician says “I don’t know.” The second logician says the same. The third says “Yes!” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2