Daily Stuff 4-21-19 Ab Urbe Condita

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:53 AM of -1.1 feet.

It’s overcast, but quite bright. 53F, wind at 4mph, AQI15, UV6. It should clear off later.

Tempus’ alarm didn’t go off yesterday morning. I let him sleep for a bit, since I woke just before that time and he really didn’t need to get up yet. Eventually I let him know what time it was, so I could get coffee before I got picked up.

That was at just past 10:30. Dwayne and Linda loaded up my walker and basket and headed for Alsea. At one point we slammed most of the way to a stop as a wild turkey dashed across the road. Almost had dinner, there! I was watching the blossoming and leafing trees and commenting on the blooming rhododendrons the whole way. The wild ones aren’t started yet, but a lot of the hybrids are in full bloom.

The farther out 34 you go toward Alsea the more cows and horses and even goats there are in view. The glimpses of the river, running bankful, were pretty awesome, too. Eventually we got to the Thyme Garden and got dropped off. …and right then I realized that my camera was still back at the shop… <sigh>

It was almost time for the forest herbs walk, so we asked the cashier where the group was gathering and went over there and waited. It was a father and daughter pair, leading the walk. We learned about cleavers and miner’s lettuce and I asked them to ID some herbs that I’ve seen, but didn’t know what they were. We also learned about the salmon run that comes into the little stream there, that they’ve restored.

Eventually, Linda took off with the tour leader, since part of the trail was not going to be accessible to me and I puttered my way around the pond, looking at the various plants. I stopped for a minute on the little walkway over one corner of the pond to see what I could see. Lots of water striders! I think there are some waterlilies in there, but nothing to the surface yet.

Linda and I met back up near the craft booths, then went through the garden on the way to the plants for sale. I ended up with a bunch. There’s a batch of marigolds, a fennel, cardoons, sweet cecily, angelica, thyme and my usual parsleys. I  need to get outside today with a trowel.

We sat and talked for awhile after picking out plants and met a lady that we invited to the Herbs Workshop. Dwayne picked us up on his way back and they dropped me at the shop.

Tempus fed me some lunch and then I crashed in back for something like 5 hours! Once I was up again I worked on setting up the green-screen photos and finished those around 3am and got them uploaded. …finally. I’m going to have to get the upgraded software.

Today is a cookery day. It’s the House Capuchin monthly potluck and it being easter, we likely won’t be all that busy, so I’m going to spend some time playing.

Vesele Velikonoce

plant pic Rhododendron_occidentale_Strybing

Today’s Plant is the Western AzaleaRhododendron Occidentale. I’ve talked before about the azaleas being a subset of the rhodys. This picture is the main kind that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact! The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.

feast 0421 She-wolf_suckles_Romulus_and_RemusToday’s Feast is that of the Founding of Rome in 753 (752?) BCE on this date by Romulus who plowed a furrow around the Palatine Hill to describe the boundary of his city. This is the date used in the Roman calendar that dates Ab Urbe Condita, (from the Founding of the City) or Anno Urbis Conditae (Years since the founding of the City)usually abbreviated to A.U.C. There are a lot of different dates given, but the circumstances fall around this year pretty well, at least partially because of the dating of eclipses related to specific events. Romulus and Remus were abandoned as infants and nursed by a she-wolf (Lupa, honored in the Lupercalia) before being adopted by a shepherd. This date is also the celebration of the Palilia (Par Ilia) which is a feast of shepherds and their flocks. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founding_of_Rome and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ab_urbe_condita

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/4 at 3:45pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/26 at 3:18pm. 

The waning gibbous Moon in early dawn passes over Antares and pairs with Jupiter. .

Arcturus shines brightly in the east early these evenings. The Big Dipper, very high in the northeast, points its curving handle to the lower right more or less 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. Look soon after dark before the Moon rises.

081718 FourPlanetsMoon astro – This is a wide-field image of (l-r) Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus taken August 17th over the skyline of Rome, courtesy of Gianluca Masi.

Mars continues to add its ruby-red glow to Taurus the Bull this week. Shining at magnitude 1.6, the Red Planet appears slightly fainter than the constellation’s brightest star, ruddy 1st-magnitude Aldebaran. The planet lies nearly 30° above the western horizon an hour after sundown and doesn’t set until after 11 p.m. local daylight time.

Saturn returns to view – The ringed planet begins a nearly year-long apparition in late January’s morning sky. Although it now appears low in twilight, it will grow more prominent as it approaches a spectacular peak in July. – NASA/ESA/A. Simon (GSFC) and the OPAL Team/J. DePasquale (STScI)

Saturn grows more conspicuous in the morning sky with each passing week. The ringed planet rises before 2 a.m. local daylight time and climbs 20° above the southeastern horizon by the time twilight begins. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.5 and appears significantly brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius the Archer. A telescope shows the gas giant’s 17″-diameter disk and a stunning ring system that spans 38″ and tilts 23° to our line of sight.
Mars (magnitude +1.6, in Taurus) still glows in the west after dusk. Spot it about 20° to the right of brighter, Mars-colored Betelgeuse – the topmost bright star of Orion on its way down. More or less under Mars is Aldebaran, similarly orange. Above Mars, and matching it in brightness, is white Beta Tauri (Elnath). Mars crosses the line between these two stars on April 26th.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
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 Taurus
Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 8:59pm.
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17) and Jupiter (8/11) Retrograde
Color: Orange

Harvest 4/21-23

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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


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  21     High   2:09 AM     8.6   6:22 AM     Set  8:04 AM      97
~    21      Low   8:53 AM    -1.1   8:08 PM    Rise 11:00 PM
~    21     High   3:11 PM     7.1
~    21      Low   8:52 PM     1.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You are the only person you need to please.


Journal Prompt – Memories – Think of a photograph of yourself taken when you were younger. Then write down the thoughts that you  might have been thinking at the time it was taken. (NOTE: You may want to include the actual photograph in your journal.)



~   We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. – Abigail Adams; letter to John Adams, 1774
~   Let the voice of the people be heard! – Albert Parsons, one of the Chicago Haymarket Martyrs; shouted as the scaffold’s trap door opened
~  A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge. – Carl Sagan
~   We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community. – Dorothy Day

Gladness is born of the April weather,
And the heart is as light as a wind-tossed feather.
Who could be sad on a day like this?
The care that vexed us no longer is. –Eben Eugene Rexford (1848–1916)


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Silliness – 3 reasons to avoid masculinity – For nerd use only! – from Sasha

#1 Masculinity attracts girls (especially the type that think pi is something you can’t eat on a diet)

#2 Scientists have proven that masculinity makes you 5% more likely to play sports (which could seriously injure your glasses!)

#3 Masculinity takes time to build up. With the time that you could waste on trying to get masculine you could find a cure for cancer or aids etc….

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