Bright, bright sunshine! 57F, wind at 10, gusting into the mid-teens, AQI15, UV7. There’s apparently rather a lot of ash pollen out there, along with the grass, and it looks dry for 10 days out. Time to work in the yard and garden!
Yesterday started a little frantic because we had a limited time to get our stuff done at Sash’s. I managed to completely lose my coffee. Tempus finally found it on the coffee table….where I had just looked… <sigh> Tempus trotted in and out with stuff that I had gotten together, putting things into the car.
We headed for Sash’s, stopping by Barrelhead on the way to pick up some ceiling tiles. After we got to Sash’s I started a trial run on a pastry that I had heard of and they worked very well. I made 16 and there were 3 left for Sash and 2 for Tempus when we headed home. 🙂 I did some cakes after that, 1 for Sash, 1 for us and 2 for the freezer. We watched Star Trek episodes all afternoon waiting for the laundry to finish, talking all the way.
I finally got horribly dozy sitting in the rocker and snoozed off and on from then all the way to the Dollar Tree (for some easter candy) and then all the way home, getting the bed partly made and then sleeping for several more hours.
When I woke Tempus was finishing the bulk drops and he started the regular paper route before 2am. He picked me up at 5:30 and we did Bayshore and some of the drops close by before he dropped me back off to finish the route. It was already past the pink-edged sunrise at that point. He got back around 8 and we slept until about 3pm.
We’re hoping to get the new ceiling tiles up today and I need to start a soup. I didn’t have enough ingredients or oomph last night to work on it. …and laundry to put away and all the usual Wednesday chores.
Right now, I’m waiting on coffee and catching up on mail. <yawn> At 4pm. That’s quite a shift in times being awake….
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Today’s Feast is a remembrance. The Armenian Genocide of over 1 1/2 million people began on this day in 1915. “…the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople to the region of Ankara, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.“ Excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide I don’t know why our species periodically does things like this.
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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 on Thursday morning, the waning Moon poses with Saturn.
It’s about time to grab your final evening views of Orion the Hunter. This bright constellation now lows low in the west as darkness falls and starts to set around 9:30 p.m. local daylight time. The three 2nd-magnitude stars that form the Hunter’s Belt now appear parallel to the horizon. A line through these stars and extended to the left points directly to the sky’s brightest star, Sirius.
Uranus is hidden in its conjunction with the Sun.
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
W 24 High 4:08 AM 7.4 6:17 AM Rise 1:03 AM 79
~ 24 Low 11:13 AM -0.1 8:12 PM Set 10:13 AM
~ 24 High 5:54 PM 6.0
~ 24 Low 11:14 PM 3.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ I didn’t mean you were stupid. It’s just that you’re not logical, which isn’t the same thing at all. – Eugène Ionesco, French-Romanian playwright and dramatist, born on November 26, 1909; Amédée from Amédée or How to Get Rid of It (1954)
~ Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. – Jean de la Fontaine
~ Positive emptiness does not miss the presence of somebody else but cherishes the presence of oneself. – Dharma
~ Control is never achieved when sought after directly. It is the surprising consequence of letting go. – James Arthur Ray
And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring,
And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar,
And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire
Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring. –Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
Faery Sweet Breads – This recipe is found in LLewellyn’s 1995 Magickal Almanac by Patricia Telesco.
Though the original recipe was baked on April 30th as part of spring rites for welcoming the fae, they can be baked as an offering to the faeries all year long. They are traditionally shared with the fae (left outside overnight) and the all the members of the family, coven or community. If they are eaten, it was regarded as good fortune (faeries don’t trust just anyone’s treats – they’ve been tricked before).
- 2 cups sifted flour
- 1 cup candied fruits
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon rose water
- Combine the flour, egg, baking powder, rose water, and buttermilk in a good sized bowl
- Stir until well blended.
- Next, fold in the candied fruits so they are distributed evenly in the dough.
- If the dough seems sticky, add more flour until you can work it easily with your fingers.
- Shape heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough into four leaf clovers.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet at 350*F for about 10 minutes, until fully raised and slightly browned.
- Drizzle a little honey on top while cooling.
Beltaine Oatcakes http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – author unknown
Oatcakes are part of the Beltaine ceremony. Their roundness is symbolic of the life-giving sun whose return is marked by this festive sabbat. During Beltaine a huge bonfire is kept going all night long. Pieces of the cake are thrown into the fire as an offering to the protective deities.
Participate in this ancient custom by casting the oatcakes into an outside bonfire or even your fireplace. Begin by blessing these cakes. Say a prayer of gratitude, giving thanks to the Goddess and God for their abundance. Pass around the cake in a clockwise direction. Invite each of your guests to take a piece of the cake.
We are each a part of the joyous circle of love.
As we cast the bread into the fire,
we fuse together into the One Being,
That always was and always will be.
Recommend to your guests that they remember the joy in their hearts as they experience the gaiety of the season.
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1/3 cup (80 Milliliters) boiling water
- 3 cups (680 grams) Medium rolled Oats
- 1 Teaspoon Minced fresh sage
- 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt.
- Preheat the oven to 350*F (175*C).
- In a small pan, heat the shortening and water, until the shortening has melted.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Mix the oats, sage, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
- Mix the cooled liquid and the oat mixture, adding water, if necessary, to maintain a dough-like consistency.
- Pat the dough into a circle, about 8 inches (20 Centimeters) in diameter.
- Place on an un-greased baking sheet.
- Bake for about 40 minutes.
- Cut into 8 wedges, then leave to cool on a wire rack.
Silliness – Smart Joke # 10. Another Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says “Five beers please!” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2