Grey again, but it’s pretty bright. 55F, wind at 5mph, AQI17, UV6, lots of grass pollen and it looks like we’re coming up on some sun and dry conditions again, which means that by the end of the week the broom is going to be in full bloom, too. I’m thinking it’s about time for some dry weather. I love rain, but by this time of the year I’m about done… 🙂
If I can remember what it was that I need from the grocery we’ll do that on the way home. I’m hoping to do some cooking tonight, even after the baking this afternoon. I’ve got a stew to put together, and I’m out of pickling broth. Tempus has the paper route tonight so, if I don’t remember what I wanted from the grocery until later, he can pick it up. 🙂
This is a hypercube, also known as a tesseract. It is a 3-dimensional version of a 5-dimensional object. Each of those spaces is a cube, 90 degree angles like any cube, but distorted by perspective. If you were living inside this object the cubes would look normal & static , even if this was the way that they’re moving. You wouldn’t be able to tell!
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has its glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same, Symplocarpus foetidus – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
Today is the English feast of St. George, the Dragonslayer. He is related to Sigurd the Dragonslayer whose feast is June 9 in modern Asatru. Morris Dance is a feature of this festival. Both George and Sigurd are archetypal Heroes whose stories are the Divine Masculine end of Initiation & Quest tales. Morris Dances are a feature of this day in England, and flags with the St. George Cross. Roses have been part of this festival since the Middle Ages and books since 1923, which commemorate the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes near this date. More on the festival here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George%27s_Day , on St. George here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George , and on the tale here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George_and_the_Dragon
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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.
As dawn begins to brighten on Wednesday morning, the waning gibbous Moon shines almost midway between Jupiter to its right and Saturn to its left. The three rise shortly before midnight local daylight time, but they appear more prominent as they climb higher and edge closer before dawn. By the start of morning twilight, less than 2° separate the planets. Of course, Jupiter is easy to find all week because it shines so brightly, at magnitude –2.4, against the faint backdrop of Ophiuchus. A telescope reveals the planet’s 43″-diameter disk and four bright moons.
Right after dark, the Sickle of Leo stands vertical high in the south. Its bottom star is Regulus, the brightest of Leo. Leo himself is walking horizontally westward. The Sickle forms his front leg, chest, mane, and part of his head. Denebola, about two and a half fists left of Regulus, is his tail-tip.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, at the eastern foot of Ophiuchus) rises in the southeast around midnight 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.
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
Tu 23 High 3:26 AM 7.9 6:19 AM Rise 12:04 AM 86
~ 23 Low 10:24 AM -0.6 8:10 PM Set 9:25 AM
~ 23 High 4:56 PM 6.4
~ 23 Low 10:21 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and then discover the prisoner was you.
~ Somehow we are supposed to be credits to our race. The mere fact that I’m still around makes me a credit to my race, which is the human race. – Whoopi Goldberg; in The Black Woman’s Gumbo Ya-Ya, by Terri L Jewell, 1993
~ You reckon your chickens before they are hatched. – Erasmus (attrib.)
~ The physical lot of surviving workers had notably improved, with unemployment insurance, social security, and the new health services, while their children’s school education was assured by the government-operated schools: in addition, they had, for intellectual or emotional stimulus and diversion, the radio and the television. But the work itself was no longer as various, as interesting, or as sustaining to the personality … – Lewis Mumford; from The Myth of the Machine (1967-1970), Vol II, ‘Technical Liberation’
~ I’m a pessimist about probabilities; I’m an optimist about possibilities. – Lewis Mumford; attributed
The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks and gapes for drink again;
The plants suck in the earth, and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair. – Abraham Cowley (1618–1667)
A Prayer of thanks to a lover – excerpt from Fifth Sacred Thing By Starhawk;
My love, you are a river fed by many streams
I bless all who have shaped you,
The lovers whose delights still dance patterns on your back,
Those who carved your channels deeper, broader, wider,
Whitewater and backwater lovers,
Swamp lovers , sun-warmed estuary lovers,
Lovers with surface tension,
Lovers like boulders,
Like ice forming and breaking,
Lovers that fill and spill with the tides.
I bless those who have taught you and those who have pleased you and
those who have hurt you.
All those who have made you who you are.
Invocation – from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we’re upward bound.
Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.
Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.
Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.
Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.
In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don’t be afraid to get inspired.