Overcast, but not too gloomy, and once in awhile the sun peeks through. We’re looking at rain this evening. 55F, wind at 1mph, AQI17, UV6, There’s some chance of rain tomorrow, but the rest of the next 10 days looks windier than it’s been and more sunny than not.
I’ve been flogging my brain for an hour and don’t have much oomph to write, even yet, so this will be kinda short. It’s late because I went out for breakfast with an old friend, after a short night, after several nights of short or broken sleep and crashed once I was back at the shop. I only woke at about 3:15! Tempus had the shop open on time, though.
Yesterday was almost all cookery. I spent awhile outside planting things in my buckets and pots, but there’s more to do, yet. We ate later than usual for a potluck because the pork roast took longer than usual to cook and I’ve no clue why.
I took a nap after we ate. I was pretty tired and after that I was processing pictures and tracking down links until way late into the night.
So, we have class tonight and I’m starting to get ready for that. Tempus made me coffee because I’m still so foggy….
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The root makes a nice yellow dye. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. I think Imma go pick some and dig some roots! – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
Earth Day and International Mother Earth Day are held each year on this day. I remember the first one, mostly because my mother encouraged me to make a presentation at school about environmental concerns. I remember saying that electric cars were something that we really needed even back then. How come we’re so slow to pick up the technology? Also, because my father was involved with NASA, we were already building a passive solar water heating system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mother_Earth_Day
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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 Moon – Best 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 annual Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak this morning. Unfortunately, the waning gibbous Moon shares the sky and will dramatically reduce the number of “shooting stars” you’ll see. The best views likely will come shortly before morning twilight commences. The Moon then hangs fairly low in the south and the constellation from which the meteors appear to radiate, Lyra, lies nearly overhead. If you face away from our satellite, you should see at least a few meteors. The only good news to come from this interference is that the Moon will wane to its New phase in two weeks when the Eta Aquariid meteor shower reaches its peak.
However, if you are outside in the hours before dawn, you’ll find Jupiter just a degree or two from the waning gibbous Moon (as seen from the longitudes of the Americas). Jupiter is currently 1,800 times farther than the Moon — which it why it looks like just a dot even though it’s 40 times larger in diameter.
Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun at 7 p.m. EDT. From our earthly perspective, this means the distant planet lies behind the Sun and so is out of sight. Uranus will return to view in the morning sky in late May.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Sagittarius) is the “star” 26° to Jupiter’s left or lower left before dawn.
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
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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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 22 High 2:46 AM 8.3 6:21 AM Set 8:42 AM 93
~ 22 Low 9:37 AM -1.0 8:09 PM
~ 22 High 4:02 PM 6.8
~ 22 Low 9:35 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Law of Probable Dispersal – Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
~ If man asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous. – William James Durant; attributed
~ La lutte elle-même vers les sommets suffit à remplir un coeur d’homme; il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux. [The fight itself towards the summits suffices to fill a heart of man; it is necessary to imagine happy Sisyphe.] – Albert Camus
~ I have to think hard to name an interesting man who does not drink. – Richard Burton
~ Freedom is for everyone, whatever lifestyle they choose, as long as it’s peaceful and honest – from high-tech entrepreneur to hippie in a commune and everyone in between … – Russell Means
April is here!
Blithest season of all the year,
The little brook laughs as it leaps away;
The lambs are out on the hills at play. – Eben E. Rexford (1848–1916)
May Wreath – You will need: grapevine wreath, variety of flowers, greenery (ivy, rosemary, etc), decorative items (ribbons, figurines, etc), Scissors, glue or hot glue gun. Assemble supplies. The greenery goes on first. Weave, wrap, or tuck it into the grapevein. Glue it in strategic places. Ivy, rosemary, and moss are a few ideas. Use fresh or dried. Place a variety of flowers loosly around the greenery and glue them in place. After all flowers are in place, add ribbons, figurines, or crystals. Use this wreath for the top of your maypole.
Easy Wreath for Your Head
Image from www.starcraftsob.com
Gold, silver or other bendable garland found in stores at Yuletide/Xmas-this usually comes in stars, holly and other such designs
Measure around the head. Measure a piece of garland the same length plus 6 inches. Over lap 3 inches of each end and wrap one end around the other as tightly as possible. Cut lengths of curling ribbon about 4 feet long and tie onto the back side of the wreath. Tie so the ends of the ribbon are even and spaced about 1 inch apart. about one third of the way around. Curl the ribbons. Wear. 🙂 – From Luna Sisters
Crowns of Flowers – From the starcrafts site – http://www.starcraftsob.com/craft/beltanelore.shtml
Of all Wiccan rites, Beltane is the one most likely to find many, if not all, the women crowned with wreaths of flowers. These can be fun to make, either as permanent wreaths of silk flowers, or if enough fresh flowers are in bloom in your area, a fresh flower crown.
The base for fresh flower wreaths might be vines or supple branches of flowering shrubs that can be formed into a circlet and bound with floral tape, light wire or twine. Then extra flowers can be easily woven into the circlet.
For a wreath of silk flowers, you can start with a circlet of heavy coated floral wire, but I’ve found that building a wreath quickly can be most easily done by starting with ivy or leaf garland. Cut a piece long enough to form a circle that fits your head nicely with just a bit to spare so you can neatly wire the ends together. Then you will have a good base of leaves into which you can easily twist stems of a variety of silk flowers, securing them with a bit of floral tape where necessary.
A cascade of narrow ribbons tied at the back makes a pretty finish.
Flower Chains – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Materials: A grocery bag full of flowers such as daisies, dandelions or other common flowers with flexible stems.
Method 1 – Make a cross with 2 flower stems. Bend the stem of the top flower around the stem of the bottom flower. Tie a knot with the flower stem and pull lightly to tighten. Lay another flower over the joined stems and tie another knot. Continue with steps 1-3 till chain is as long as you want it. Tie the very last stem around the first one to form a ring. Wear it as a crown or necklace.
Method 2 – Use a pin or your fingernail to make a slit in each flower stem about 1″ below the flower head. Slip the stem of a second flower through the slit in the first stem. Repeat step 2 until the flower chain is as long as you want, then slip the last flower through the slit in the first to form a ring.