Yesterday stayed dry until well in the evening when there were some showers. Now, the streets are damp, not wet, and it’s overcast. 47F, wind at 1-5mph and gusting, AQI37, UV5. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. We might get to see some sun in the afternoon. Wasn’t yesterday’s sun just glorious? …and an even better sunset, apparently. The forecast has changed again. It ought to be mostly dry for 10 days out and even a couple of days of temps in the 60’s!
Yesterday I slept for several hours after I got the newsletter out, but got up around 11, itching to get some work done. I worked on plants for awhile, then found some small projects and set them out on the coffee table. I went around finding things that need to be put away for a couple of hours. How is it I’ve been doing this for weeks and I still keep finding stuff?
After that I wrote for several hours. Tempus got up around 3. I got a short nap, then wrote again. He was replacing the brake pads and was done by dark, plus doing some other “underside” maintenance. We had some supper and read for awhile (and I alternated with embroidery) before going to bed. Yes, he actually slept for awhile before the paper route! He was gone when I woke around 3 and went right back to sleep for a bit, so I’m only just up at 4:30 again, putting this together. …and yes, I’ll go back to bed.
Fascinating Utne article about the Carolina Parakeet, and the birds’ time, place and associations with people. I remember specimens of these birds in old, tiny displays in small shops on the Eastern Shore of Maryland when I was young, which probably are long-gone, as well, replaced by shiny new tourist attractions. https://www.utne.com/environment/forever-gone-carolina-parakeet-zm0z19szhoe
Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry
July 1, 1982, was proclaimed Tartan Day in New York City, a one-time celebration of the 200th anniversary of the repeal of the Act of Proscription of August 12, 1747, the law forbidding Scots to wear tartan. It has become an annual event celebrating Scottish Heritage since the late 80’s in Canada and the US. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartan_Day What does it have to do with April 6? That is the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. That’s the Scottish version of the Declaration of Independence
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/7 at 7:35pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 4/6 at 7:35am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/9 at 7:35pm.
In the two to three hours before sunrise, you’ll spot Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars marching upward in the southeastern sky. These three easy-to-spot planets shine at magnitudes –2.2, 0.7, and 0.7, respectively.
And there’s a bonus for more experienced observers: Just 45′ south of Jupiter is magnitude 14.8 Pluto, out of reach for most visual observers but within the grasp of imagers. Currently about 34 AU from the Sun, Pluto is still slowly approaching its aphelion, the farthest point in its orbit from the Sun, where it will lie nearly 50 AU from our star.
Vega, the bright “Summer Star,” rises in the northeast late these evenings. Exactly where should you watch for it to come up? Spot the Big Dipper almost overhead in the northeast. Look at Mizar at the bend of its handle. If you can see Mizar’s tiny, close companion Alcor (binoculars show it easily), follow a straight line from Mizar through Alcor all the way down to the horizon. That’s where Vega will be when it makes its appearance.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.7, – 2.2, and +0.7, respectively) are grouped low in the southeast as dawn begins, as shown above. Jupiter is by far the brightest. Left of it is yellowish Saturn, and left of Saturn is orange Mars. Each morning Mars moves visibly farther from Saturn.
Old Farmer’s Almanac April Sky Map! – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-april-minor-constellations
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn (FAIR-n) /Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 6 Low 5:59 AM 1.1 6:47 AM Set 6:29 AM 92
~ 6 High 11:55 AM 7.9 7:50 PM Rise 6:19 PM
~ 6 Low 6:21 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Who loves will be loved!
~ Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays. – Friedrich von Schiller
~ The country clubs, the cars, the boats, your assets may be ample, but the best inheritance you can leave your kids is to be a good example. – Barry Spilchuk
~ Don’t bother about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination. – Sir Frederick Treves (1853-1923) English Surgeon
~ People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress. – Dale E. Turner
Let it rain in April and May for me,
And all the rest of the year for thee. – proverb
[Anja’s note:] A special gift of a Maying Basket or Garland as always appreciated! Whether you use real flowers, artificial ones, or dried, these are a great gift. You can also add a packet of cookies or other sweets. Of course, the tradition is that you hang them on the door, knock and run and hide!
May Cone Basket – http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html
You will need: construction paper, glue or tape.
Out of bright colored construction paper, cut a circle that is about 12 inches in diameter, then cut a triangle or wedge out of the circle, allowing for a 1/2 inch overlap.
Roll the paper into a cone and glue or tape the two sides together. Cut a strip of construction paper that is appox. 12 inches by 2 inches.
Glue or tape it onto the top of your cone to make a handle.
Fill your cone basket with real or homemade flowers and hang it on a neighbor’s or friend’s doorknob in the early morning while everyone is asleep.
May Baskets – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Househould containers, glass jars or tin cans
1 Nail (to make holes with)
Twine or Ribbon (In a variety of colours)
Antennae iron wire
Hammer holes into the sides of the tin cans (not the glass). With the tin cans you can run the twine or ribbon through each hole and knot inside, if using a glass jar attach with glue. Take the wire and wrap it around the top of the tin can or glass jar and loop and twist the wire with another wire to make a handle. This is great for tabletops, hanging on doors and they make wonderful spring gifts for friends.
Silliness – Feeding Time
There was once a man from the city who was visiting a small farm, and during this visit he saw a farmer feeding pigs in a most extraordinary manner. The farmer would lift a pig up to a nearby apple tree, and the pig would eat the apples off the tree directly.
The farmer would move the pig from one apple to another until the pig was satisfied, then he would start again with another pig. The city man watched this activity for some time with great astonishment.
Finally, he could not resist saying to the farmer, “This is the most inefficient method of feeding pigs that I can imagine. Just think of the time that would be saved if you simply shook the apples off the tree and let the pigs eat them from the ground!”
The farmer looked puzzled and replied, “What’s time to a pig?”