Cloudy but bright. I haven’t seen any actually sun, but it’s bright enough for reflections from car windows to throw reflections into the shop. 59F, wind at 3mph, AQI6, UV5. There’s a possibility of rain on Friday and then a slight chance a week from now, but the next 10 days look to be mostly dry.
Yesterday just flew past. We’re still sorting from around the compounding station. I have one tote that is all tools, and one that is all bagged herbs, plus there are still bottles that need to go up on the shelves. It’s going to take a lot more to get this done.
After Tempus headed for Newport, I worked on research. I’m starting a project on Norse foods. I got picked up just before 5am and by low tide we were passing the mudflats by Lint Slough. I sniffed something strange and suddenly realized I was smelling low tide! I couldn’t finish the route with Tempus. I was dealing first with a spasming shoulder and then my neck started in, so he dropped me back at home and went on. It was getting light by then. He was done by a bit after 7am.
Of course we slept in today and then I got sidetracked reading up on the carbon monoxide problem up at Crestline school. What I don’t get is why people are freaking out, now that the school and district and public health are all involved. With all that’s been done *something* should work, but it hasn’t, but all these people that don’t have enough drama in their lives… what I’m afraid of is that it’s going to get in the way of actually finding a solution…
So, today is more on the herb area clean-up. I’m making progress, although it’s slow.
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail, equisetum sp. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit and can be used, dried, for scrubbing pots and finishing wood. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
Today’s Feast is that of Machendrana in Nepal, supposedly an ancient and powerful rain god. There’s a Chariot festival associated with this, but do you know, all of the online citations seem to come from one of two sources, since they all have the same wording and there’s nothing that I’ve found that says that this is anything but a modern pagan invention? One of the citations of this is Gerina Dunwich’s Wiccan Book of Days, the other seems to be an expanded wording of that. Hmmm….
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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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/20 at 4:12pm.
Vega, the bright “Summer Star,” rises in the northeast right around the end of twilight depending on your latitude. Exactly where should you watch for it to come up? Spot the Big Dipper almost overhead in the northeast. Look at Mizar at the bend of its handle. If you can see Mizar’s tiny, close companion Alcor (binoculars make it easy), follow a line from Mizar through Alcor all the way down to the horizon. That’s where Vega makes its appearance.
Venus pokes above the eastern horizon about an hour before sunrise. The brilliant planet dominates the predawn sky as the rosy glow heralding the Sun’s arrival grows brighter. Venus shines at magnitude –3.9, nearly four times brighter than the second-brightest planet, Jupiter. When viewed through a telescope, the inner world shows a disk that spans 12″ and appears 85 percent lit.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Sagittarius) will be glowing pale yellow-white about 25° to Jupiter’s left or 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 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
W 17 Low 5:48 AM 0.8 6:29 AM Set 6:00 AM 90
~ 17 High 11:44 AM 7.6 8:03 PM Rise 6:08 PM
~ 17 Low 6:03 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Freedom Demands the Right to be Wrong.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. — Benjamin Franklin
~ When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes. – Dylan Thomas
~ Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady. – Edith Head
~ Liberty is one of the most precious gifts heaven has bestowed upon Man. No treasures the earth contains or the sea conceals can be compared to it. For liberty one can rightfully risk one’s life. – Miguel de Cervantes (1547 – 1616), Spanish author
~ A friend is one who sees through you and still enjoys the view. – Wilma Askinas (1926- ) American Author
The month of April, the upland is misty,
the oxen are weary, the earth is bare,
feeble is the stag, playful the long-eared,
usual is a guest though he be not invited;
everyone has many faults where he is not loved;
blessed is he that is faithful. – From a book of days
Beltane Magick – Seraphina’s Cottage – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Welcome to the Cottage, dear friends. The chaos is outside, more specifically, the children are off romping in the woods busily building their tree fort. Pull on a pair of gardening gloves and join me outside.
Beltaine! At last winter is well and truly behind us and we look forward to the ever lengthening and warming days. The time between Ostara and Beltain has been a time of busy preperation for enticing the Earth to bring forth Her fertility. Ground has to be turned and tilled to receive seeds, vegetable beds need to be prepared, and fertilising mulches turned into the soil. The pastoralists are also busy at this time, turning the young herds out into their spring pastures and getting summer pastures prepared. We are, in this span, busy, busy, busy like our bee friends. Is it any wonder then, that at Beltaine, when the trees bloom and early cold weather crops are ready, we take a bit of time for a celebration? And, seeing’s how “Spring is in the air,” is it any wonder that after the long months of winter, and until recent times the spectre of want, our celebrations are wild and exhuberent, life affirming and spectacularly joyous?
This year, life is imitating Witches Art rather closely, for the museum where I work has been busily preparing for an American Museums Association accreditation committee visitation. The span between Ostara and Beltaine has been dedicated to ensuring the museum’s grounds (buildings, artefact collections, and exhibit spaces) were prepared to receive the seeds that accreditation will help grow, that is an enlarged research grant pool (most people who give you money want that official “gold seal”…go figure…), an easier procedure for borrowing 17th century period pieces for exhibit (again, people lending you one-of-a-kind pieces want that AMA stamp), as well as the knowledge that the museum we all work for has gotten a nod from others in the profession for developing a museum with the highest professional goals and standards (everyone loves a job well done). And, believe you me, we will celebrate when the visit is completed, for this year’s Cinqo de Mayo party is going to be a big stress reliving “blow-out.” I wonder if we will play Pin-the-Mustachio-on Roger again?
In any case, I will celebrate this Turning, for my yard is prepared for a bountiful harvest of herbs and roses, and the archaeological lab where I do research is cleaner than it has been in decades. And….as it is the beginning of the Time of the Big Sun, the half of the year presided over by Grianna, a goddess most certainly associated with love and romance, well, that’s in the cards too ::wink::
Until the next Turning, may the Gods Bless all your endeavours, may your plans be fertile and come to full fruition, and may you find added love and romance in your life ::nudge, nudge, wink, wink::
- ~ Artery: The study of painting
- ~ Bacteria: The back door of the cafeteria
- ~ Barium: What doctors do when their patients die
- ~ Bowel: A letter like A, E, I, O or U
- ~ Caesarean Section: A neighborhood in Rome
- ~ CAT Scan: Searching for a kitty
- ~ Cauterize: To make eye contact with a girl
- ~ Coma: A punctuation mark
- ~ Enema: Someone who is not your friend
- ~ Fester: Quicker
- ~ Fibula: A small lie
- ~ Labor Pain: When you get hurt at work
- ~ Nitrates: Cheaper than day rates
- ~ Node: Was aware of
- ~ Outpatient: A patient who fainted
- ~ Pelvis: An Elvis impersonator
- ~ Recovery Room: A place to do upholstery
- ~ Secretion: Something you don’t want anyone to know
- ~ Seizure: A Roman emperor
- ~ Tablet: A small table
- ~ Terminal: Where the planes land
- ~ Urine: Opposite of “you’re out”
- ~ Varicose: Nearby
- ~ Vein: To be conceited
[forwarded by Debbie Duff]