The sky still has a thin, white, gauze veil over it, but the sun is very bright. Wow, the wind was lazy yesterday! You’d be sitting or standing in the sun, then the wind would blow and it chilled your bones first! 59F, wind at 11mph, gusting to the mid-teens, AQI9, UV7. The wind should ease off tomorrow and that chance of rain a week out is going away.
As we were gearing up yesterday I got hot coffee poured down my arm. That wasn’t fun…. I didn’t get scalded, but my arm was super sensitive for hours, especially since a bunch landed on my sleeve, which held the heat onto my skin and then kept abrading it, after. Owie!
Mary Cedarwolf stopped by to chat and to drop off some books. I got the last things into the soup after she headed out and then sat down with the books. Eventually, we had our soup and got the rest into the freezer.
I spent awhile with plants, then sat panting for awhile before I headed out again. I harvested cleavers and then got the pots done on the 2nd round. Tempus went out to harvest the violets and water, but the newly repaired watering can broke almost immediately. <sigh>
We didn’t eat until past 11pm and at that point the cheese just wasn’t going to get done. I did get the Headless Gingerbread page done. https://wp.me/P8ngGY-2gN I finished writing around 1am and then slept very badly, so Tempus let me sleep in this morning.
Tempus has had the shop open since 11am. Right now he’s making me some lunch, having handed me coffee. He got the crystals and herbs hung yesterday, so now we’re starting the cycle over again, figuring out which we need, bagging, creating the headers, printing, cutting and stapling those and then they need to go into the inventory and up on the board.
We have 102 class this evening and we’ll be discussing the Beltane Ritual.
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that are starting to bloom right now, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is used for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1429 when Jeanne d’Arc was part of the lifting of the Siege of Orleans during one of the more important parts of the 100 Years War. This was a peasant girl who had a series of visions that led her to take the part of the Dauphin of France and to lead his armies to victory after victory over the English and Burgundian troops that were trying to take France! She cut her hair and wore male clothing as a practice to preserve her modesty and chastity in the task that she was undertaking, which was something that the Church would commonly grant dispensations for. She was captured and sold to the English, who violated legal and church practice to find an excuse to burn her to death as a heretic in 1431. She was finally canonized in 1920. Lots more here including links to some of the historical events: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc
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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 Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 4/30 at 2:45am.
Just after dark, the Sickle of Leo stands vertical high in the south. Its bottom star is Regulus, the brightest of Leo. In second place is yellow Algieba above it. 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 at arm’s length left of Regulus, is his tail-tip.
You can use the Big Dipper as a guide to two
of the spring sky’s brightest stars. If you follow the curve of the Dipper’s handle toward the eastern horizon, you’ll easily spot <<< Arcturus. This magnitude 0.0 star, which belongs to Boötes the Herdsman, lies some 30° from the end of the Big Dipper’s handle. It is the fourth-brightest star in the whole sky and the second-brightest visible from mid-northern latitudes. And if you continue the curve another 30° past Arcturus, you’ll arrive at magnitude 1.0 Spica >>> , the luminary of Virgo the Maiden. An easy way to remember the two is with the phrase: “Follow the arc to Arcturus, then drive a spike to Spica.”
Saturn rises a little before 1:30 a.m. local daylight time and climbs some 25° high in the south-southeast as morning twilight starts to paint the sky. The ringed planet shines at magnitude 0.5 against the backdrop of northern Sagittarius the Archer. When viewed through a telescope, Saturn shows a 17″-diameter disk surrounded by a stunning ring system that spans 39″ and tilts 23° to our line of sight. The outer world reaches a significant milestone today. From our viewing perspective, its eastward motion against the background stars comes to a halt as it starts to head westward in anticipation of its early July opposition.
The Venus-Mercury challenge gets even tougher! Venus (magnitude –3.9) and much fainter Mercury (about magnitude –0.3) are both very low in the brightening dawn. Pick up Venus just above the due-east horizon about 20 minutes before sunrise. Then use binoculars or a wide-field telescope to look for little Mercury a good 6° to 8° to its lower left. Good luck.
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 Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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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 29 Low 3:56 AM 2.7 6:10 AM Rise 4:16 AM 32
~ 29 High 9:26 AM 5.8 8:18 PM Set 3:01 PM
~ 29 Low 4:03 PM 1.1
~ 29 High 10:32 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t live in the past…you have already been there.
Journal Prompt – Expository – Write the life story of a person you admire. In addition to describing the person’s accomplishments, analyze the events that influenced the person and include quotations from that person if possible.
~ There is no one who would have me … I can’t cook. – Greta Garbo
~ It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colors and it was about the size of the moon … We watched it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. One thing’s for sure, I’ll never make fun of people who say they’ve seen unidentified objects in the sky. If I become President, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists. – USA president, Jimmy Carter, who, on September 18, 1973, filed a form with NICAP, detailing a UFO he saw in October, 1969
~ Anatripsis (massage) can relax, brace, incarnate, attenuate: hard anatripsis braces, soft relaxes, much anatripsis attenuates, and moderate thickens. – Hippocrates of Kos, ancient Greek physician and scholar, c. 470 – 410 BCE, whose birthday is commemorated in Greece on this day; ‘On surgery’ (17)
~ Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. – Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)
The Ash Grove
The ash grove how graceful, how plainly ’tis speaking
The harp through its playing has language for me.
Whenever the light through its branches is breaking,
A host of kind faces is gazing on me.
The friends from my childhood again are before me
Each step wakes a memory as freely I roam.
With soft whispers laden the leaves rustle o’er me
The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.
Down yonder green meadow where streamlets meander
When twilight is fading I pensively roam
Or in the bright noon tide in solitude wander
Amid the dark spaces of that lonely ash grove.
‘Twas there while the black bird was cheerfully singing
I first met my dear one the joy of my heart
Around us for gladness the blue bells were springing
The ash grove, the ash grove that sheltered my home.
My lips smile no more, my heart loses its lightness;
No dream of the future my spirit can cheer.
I only can brood on the past and its brightness
The dear ones I long for again gather here.
From ev’ry dark nook they press forward to meet me;
I lift up my eyes to the broad leafy dome,
And others are there, looking downward to greet me
The ash grove, the ash grove, again is my home.
The nine kinds of wood used in the Beltane fire
One of the best-known Celtic traditions for Beltane is the lighting of the Beltane fires. These huge fires were set to welcome back the sun for the light (summer) half of the year. All the hearth fires were extinguished on May Eve, and then they were relit the next day from the Beltane fires.
The fires were started with nine sacred woods, each with various magickal properties. People would gather and dance around the fires through the night, jumping over the flames to ensure a successful and prosperous summer.
- Birch – The Goddess, or female energy
- Oak – The God, or male energy
- Hazel – Knowledge and wisdom
- Rowan (Mountain Ash) – Life
- Hawthorne – Purity and fairy magick
- Willow – Death, sacred to Hecate
- Fir – Birth and rebirth
- Apple – Love and family
- Vine – Joy and happiness
These 9 woods are mentioned in the Wiccan Rede:
- “Nine woods in the cauldron go, burn them quick and burn them slow.”
- Some longer versions of the Rede include lines about all 9 woods:
- “Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
- Birch wood in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.
- Oak in the forest, towers with might in the fire it brings the God’s insight.
- Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.
- Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
- Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.
- Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning- adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
- White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.
- Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
- Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.
- But – Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.”
Silliness – And Yet Another Lawyer Joke…
The priest was instructing a class of third- graders at All Saints grammar school.
“There were two brothers, and one of them chose the wicked path of Satan. The brother was evil and corrupt and did great damage to many people, and wound up a convicted criminal in a tiny, dark cell.
“But the other brother studied hard and became a great, rich, knowledgeable lawyer.
“Now, children, what is the difference between these two brothers, who started out in the same place, who together embarked upon life’s stormy seas?”
Herman raised his hand and said, “Easy. One of them got caught.”