It’s partly cloudy, but the sky is lovely. 45F, wind at 1mph and gusting, AQI39, UV5. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Still looking mostly sunny and dry for the whole 10 days, although the chance of rain is up to 25% towards the end.
Yesterday I was up for awhile between 9 and 11 and then I crawled back in and napped for another hour. Once I was actually up and moving I worked on computer housekeeping. Once Tempus was up and moving he took his check to the bank and paid some bills, picked up mail and pills and that sort of thing.
He got some more paint the night before so he took that out to work on plant buckets once he was back and we had the doors open at the shop. I’ve discovered that spaetzel, added to canned chicken noodle soup, is a pretty good lunch. Eventually we even had coffee. Tempus was worried about getting things done before stuff closed down and before he ran out of light, so coffee was way late!
Tempus ran out again since no one’s had sugar or flour for a couple of store runs, now, and it looked like Dollar General had some sugar. When he came back he did some watering and moved a few more plants around. I had an online meeting at 7pm. Tempus then ran out to pay another bill, dropping a check in their box, and then watered some more plants!
I wrote a little while and then sat on the nap bed, reading, while Tempus made hamburgers for supper and then we quit for the night. He took off between 2 and 3 (I was asleep). He’s been getting home by 8am, and the Saturday papers are kinda thin, so maybe a little earlier than that. He did eat his pie halves before he left. 🙂
Today I definitely have to get the meat filling for the pies done and we need to get back to work on the rolling table and bolt rack in back.
Today’s plant is the Bells of Ireland, Moluccella laevis (Molucca balmis, Shellflower, Shell flower) is a summer flowering annual, native to Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus. It is cultivated for its spikes of flowers. In the language of flowers, it represents luck. It’s a member of the mint family as you can tell by the leaves! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bells_of_Ireland. Why Ireland? Only because it’s green. No relation!
Somewhere around this date a festival is held in Armenia for the goddess Anahit who rules fertility, healing, wisdom and water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anahit
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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 4/22 at 7:26pm. 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 4/14 at 4:47pm.
Tomorrow, April 12, marks the 59th anniversary of humanity’s first foray into space: the launch of Yuri Gagarin aboard Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961. Today, the anniversary is celebrated worldwide under the title of Yuri’s Night or the World Space Party. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 the celebration is moving online. You can find more information about the global webcast, which begins tonight (April 11) at 7 P.M. EDT, at https://party.yurisnight.net/globalwebcast.
Now waning after its “super” appearance last week, an 86-percent-illuminated Moon still makes a great target for both beginner and advanced observers in honor of the space race’s ultimate goal. Rising in the southeast just after 11 P.M. local time and remaining visible all night, the Moon spends tonight balanced atop the claws of Scorpius the Scorpion. You can find our satellite nearly 7° north of Antares, the scorpion’s bright red heart.
Right after dark, look southwest and find Procyon high above brilliant Sirius. Look upper left of Procyon by 15° (about a fist and a half at arm’s length) for the dim head of Hydra, the enormous Sea Serpent. His head is a group of 3rd- and 4th-magnitude stars about the size of your thumb at arm’s length. About a fist and a half lower left of Hydra’s head shines Alphard, his 2nd-magnitude orange heart. The rest of Hydra zigzags (faintly) from Alphard all the way down to the southeast horizon.
As stars are coming out an hour or so after sunset, look southwest for <<< Sirius, the departing Winter Star. It’s the brightest point in the sky after dazzling Venus in the west.
Now turn and look due east for Arcturus, >>> the arriving Spring Star. It’s shining at the same height as Sirius (depending on the time and your latitude). These are the two brightest stars in view right now. But Capella is a very close runner-up to Arcturus! Spot it high in the northwest, about two fists at arm’s length to the upper right of Venus.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.7, – 2.2, and +0.7, respectively) are grouped low in the southeast as dawn begins, as shown below. 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
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn (FAIR-n) /Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille Willow Apr 15 – May 12
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 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 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
Sa 11 High 3:10 AM 8.7 6:38 AM Set 9:09 AM 89
~ 11 Low 10:02 AM -1.1 7:57 PM
~ 11 High 4:26 PM 6.9
~ 11 Low 9:58 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Shin: A device for finding furniture in the dark.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball — the further I am rolled the more I gain. — Susan B. Anthony
~ I can hold a note as long as the Chase National Bank. – Ethel Merman
~ Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for your old age. – Christopher Morely
~ Celebrate summer–sun-drenched days and starlit nights. – Gooseberry Patch
~ Patience in the present, faith in the future, and joy in the doing. – George Perera
Till April starts, and calls around
The sleeping fragrance from the ground,
And lightly o’er the living scene
Scatters his freshest, tenderest green.
Thomas Gray (1716 – ’71), English poet; ‘Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude‘
A Sweet Woodruff Spell for Prosperity – Pagan Studies:
At dusk in my woodland garden, sweet woodruff sends out its fresh haylike scent, and its white flowers glow in the June twilight. In June, sweet woodruff reaches the height of its magical power, and is valuable in attracting prosperity. The prosperity spell which follows should be concluded next month, beneath July’s Blessing Moon. On a June evening, just before nightfall, gather some woodruff flowers, leaves, and stems. Cut them all, and put them in a darkened room to dry on a hook or beam. When July’s Moon is at its height, and the woodruff has dried, bury it with a dollar and a copper coin. Now, with what you’ve sown your wealth will increase. By: James Kambos – )0( GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies
A May Spell for Beauty
One of the time-honored methods of improving physical beauty in Scotland and England was to gather morning dew on May Day and apply it to the skin. To adapt this idea using a more spiritual tone, try mixing a little catnip tea with this dew. Anoint yourself thrice over the heart with it, saying, “Loveliness within, loveliness without, let beauty shine, remove all doubt.”
If May Day dew is not available, use rain or dew drops collected on the third or twenty-first day of any month. To gather dew, drape a fine linen or cotton cloth over a few plants at nightfall. Just after dawn the next day, wring out the fabric into a clean container. Refrigerate this, otherwise the water will quickly become stagnant and unusable for magic.
Internalizing the spirit of beauty. Grace under pressure. Poise and presence. Self-confidence. – GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html
A Fairy Spell
In a woodland clearing, spread a clean green cloth. On it place small cakes and flowers, especially primroses, in a circle. Imagine the magic around you and say:
O Fairy Queen,
Upon your white steed,
Within me plant
A magic seed.
From you may spring
Many new beginnings.
Accept these offerings.
Leave the items and walk around the altar three times, then slowly walk the path back to your home. Listen for the sound of laughter and bells and know you are blessed.
Beltane is the time when fairies return from their winter rest, carefree and full of mischief and delight.
On the night before Beltane, in times past, folks would place rowan branches at their windows and doors for protection. If you do not wish the fairies to visit, do the same!
This is also a perfect time for night or predawn rituals to draw down power to promote fertility in body and mind.
At Beltane, the Pleiades star cluster rises just before sunrise on the morning horizon. The Pleiades is known as the seven sisters, and resembles a tiny dipper-shaped pattern of six moderately bright stars in the constellation of Taurus, near the shoulder. Watch for it low in the east-northeast sky, just a few minutes before sunrise. By: Nancy Bennett
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – buculets (BUK u lets) – n. The bumper guards on the underside of a toilet seat.