It’s absolutely clear and the stars are so plentiful that you almost can’t see the constellations. 38F, wind at 1-3mph, AQI45, UV5. 0% chance of rain today and tonight. There’s a possibility of some rain Tuesday evening, and then out at the end of the forecast, they’re talking showers. Otherwise it ought to be pretty nice.
Yesterday I was determined to get some stuff done, but I started writing…. and kept writing… and more writing. I sidetracked for awhile, getting to know someone local who also does the Shrewsbury demo. …but then I was right back to it. …and the migraine wasn’t letting go.
So I took a nap. I felt a little better when I got up. Tempus got up well after 4:30. We got some coffee and then started on various projects. There was a fun bardic for several hours. I didn’t get much done while that going on, just bits and pieces, but I found the hedeby bag patterns. I got the sewing done on the bag holder, which had to wait for Tempus to make the ring smaller.
Tempus and I spent awhile working on outside plants. He got into doing painting and gassed me out with the leftovers floating in the door. 🙂 We both spent awhile on small projects and then had meat pies and sunkoflecky for supper. I got a nap after that while he kept going on cutting out the hedeby bag pieces. (I’m doing it for a gift exchange….) He headed out around 2. I got this together and did a little research and then turned in.
Today is back to our normal stuff. I want to try again on getting my bolt rack area sorted out. I have more of the pie crusts to get done and need to bake up another set of the meat pies…maybe this time some of them will land in the freezer!
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today’s feast is Songkran (Thailand) and is celebrated under different names across southeast Asia and the traditional New Year’s festival. It’s hot there and so the festival includes a lot of water being poured over statues, offered to elders and monks and general turning into a major waterfight with super-soakers and all! Sometimes the water includes fragrances, tempera paint or talc for special blessings. There are links to the other festivals and a lot more information on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_%28Thailand%29
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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.
On this day in 1970, while en route to the Moon, the crew of Apollo 13 radioed Mission Control in Houston to report a problem. One of the service module’s oxygen tanks had exploded, affecting the crew’s supply of breathable oxygen and crippling the spacecraft with the resulting electrical failure.
The Apollo spacecraft carried not only the most sophisticated computer at the time, but also an ancient astronomical tool: the sextant. Using stars from a list of 37 well-known luminaries programmed into the computer, astronauts could independently determine their position in case of a navigation failure. The problem for Apollo 13? Debris from the explosion made it impossible to pick out the real stars among the glittering pieces blown off the spacecraft. The crew ultimately used the Sun to align the spacecraft and determine their position, much to their relief (and that of controllers on the ground).
Among that list of 37 stars intended for navigational use is Procyon. Labeled No. 16 in Apollo’s navigational star list, this magnitude 0.4 star is one of only two that make up the constellation Canis Minor the Little Dog. You can find the star in the western sky at sunset, slowly making its way toward the horizon and setting after 1 A.M. local time. To Procyon’s east you’ll find Apollo star No. 22, Regulus; to its south you’ll find star No. 15, Sirius.
With the evening sky moonless, make an evening of it exploring the dim constellation Sextans, south of Regulus, using your telescope and the Deep-Sky Wonders column, chart, and drawings in the April Sky & Telescope, page 54. The brightest of Sextans’ deep-sky objects is the edge-on lenticular galaxy NGC 3115. At 9th magnitude, it’s a fairly easy catch in a 4- or 6-inch telescope under a good sky — if you know how to use the chart with your telescope!
And at low power with a wide field, can you catch Rinnan’s Run? It’s a remarkably straight “star chain” of 8th- and 9th-magnitude stars, 2.3° long and detectable with large binoculars in a good dark sky.
Venus (magnitude –4.6, in north-central Taurus) is the dazzling white “Evening Star” high in the west during and after dusk. Venus doesn’t set in the west-northwest until about 2½ hours after complete dark. Look below it for the Pleiades. In a telescope, Venus has enlarged to 30 arcseconds in diameter while waning in phase to become a thick crescent, 40% sunlit. Venus will continue to enlarge and wane, becoming a dramatically thin crescent low in twilight in late May.
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
M 13 High 4:44 AM 7.8 6:35 AM Rise 1:52 AM 72
~ 13 Low 11:54 AM -0.3 7:59 PM Set 10:45 AM
~ 13 High 6:38 PM 6.1
~ 13 Low 11:53 PM 3.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never try to play with the people around you, for you may never know, that they play better than you do.
~ All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
~ I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art. – Madonna
~ Reflective thinking turns experience into insight. – John Maxwell
~ Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye. – Musashi Miyamoto
April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet. –Sara Coleridge (1802–52)
Beltane Magick – Lore – Nine Sacred Woods of Beltane – http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/beltane/a/ninewoods.htm – 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 Poem:
- “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.”
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