It’s thoroughly clouded up. There’s an occasional star to be seen, but infrequently. 48F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI34, UV4. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. It should be dry until Wednesday, which has a good chance of a fair amount of water coming down. After that things are likely to stay showery for most of another week.
Yesterday was classes: Waxed cloth food covers, Mary Rose Lantern,Viking 6-strand braid, Construction of Viking Period Coin Purses, Brandied Raspberry Lemonade, Basic Sauces and Spice Mixes, Mead making, plus a sewing circle. I was *really* busy and by 4pm my brain was fried.
…Then we got the shop opened up to air. Tempus went to gas up the car. I went back online and saved some recorded classes for later and then sat and vegged for awhile, just staring out the window. It was a grey day, and quiet. In 1/2 an hour one person walked past. I waved. He waved. He was wearing a mask, but almost none of the cars going past had masks in sight. 5 cars in 1/2 a minute. That’s quiet! Flowers are really starting to bloom. Rhody’s even! ..and the air smelled good. I don’t usually sit that long, but I needed the break!
…and then I watched a Shirley Temple dance video. 🙂 Tempus went in back and worked on the table for a bit. I made kind of a mess pushing things out of the way so that I could get the pie doughs made up. He made me a delicious sandwich with some more of the microgreens.
…and I got into it with a dork on Facebook about how it’s necessary to stay locked down for now… and then went into an absolute melt-down. I don’t want to be in the position of burying one of my boys or my husband because someone *else* thought it his right to not be careful… or worse yet, having to tell the docs not to hook them up to a ventilator and let them go…. I have all of my boys’ advance directives and except for one, they’re just like me… no ventilators. Oi… I’ve been avoiding even thinking about this because of just this kind of melt-down. Yeah, I’m scared, too. I don’t really worry about dying. Bin ther, dun thet. ….but I’ve done it enough times to be terrified of the processes leading to it!
So, I tried getting some food things going. The dripping thing was a sweet potato that didn’t make it to the fridge. <sigh> It dripped and molded all over the parsnips and turnips, so I asked Tempus to deal with it. He got a bucket and took it all outside, thankfully. He also needed to wash the leek leaves. I got the carrots, the non-muddy leeks and onions going in a pot and the chicken in the nuker and then went out and planted the leek and onion ends.
A lady from the garden club stopped by. They thought they were going to have to get people to tend the highway planters this year. The city’s *been* doing it. Well, anyway, she was looking for spigots for water and we talked about who to contact to get good information.
2nd batch of veg went in, scrubbed, peeled and chopped, after the first was drained, and realized that I was right that I’d calm down, cooking. I put a lot of that freakout energy into, “Stay healthy! Stay cleaned up! Stay with enough!” as I was going. I ended up chatting online with one of my students who is starting to come into her own as the Mother phase of her life. No kids, but she’s starting to mother everyone…including me. 🙂
After we ate the chicken and veg for supper, I cleaned up and then got a nap. When I woke again, Tempus had headed out for the paper route. I got to work on the newsletter and then did some online counseling. Everyone’s sleep schedules are wrecked these days…. After that I worked on pictures for a bit.
Today is the “different” day. We have a bunch of projects that need to take a step down the road, like the footstool cover! I’ll also be cooking for the Virtual Potluck.
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Today is Primrose Day in the UK in honor of Benjamin Disrali. He was a favorite of Queen Victoria and very much a conservative. After his death a Primrose League was founded to keep his principles and aims going. Why Primrose? These were his favorite flower. Victoria sent a wreath of them to his funeral and every year on this date his statue and grave are decorated with them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primrose_Day
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Love & Light,
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 4/21 at 7:26am.
Arcturus is the brightest star in the east these evenings. <<< Spica shines lower right of it by about three fists at arm’s length. To the right of Spica by half that distance, look for the distinctive four-star constellation Corvus >>> , the springtime Crow.
The waning Moon passes 4° south of Neptune at 3 A.M. EDT. The pair rises about an hour before sunrise, so you’ll only have a limited time to catch them — still standing less than 5° apart — low on the horizon in the east before the sky grows too bright. Through a telescope, Neptune’s disk appears 2″ across.
Today also kicks off International Dark Sky Week, which runs April 19–26. This year, the International Dark-Sky Association is encouraging homebound families to look up together and reconnect with the night sky through a full schedule of presentations and more. You can find the schedule at https://idsw.darksky.org.
Mercury is hidden in the glow of sunrise.
Old Farmer’s Almanac April Sky Map! – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-april-minor-constellations
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
Su 19 Low 5:31 AM 1.8 6:24 AM Rise 5:31 AM 16
~ 19 High 11:17 AM 6.4 8:06 PM Set 4:53 PM
~ 19 Low 5:38 PM 0.9
~ 19 High 11:53 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fear is the voice of the rational mind (but is dangerous if it rules).
~ How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it! – George Elliston
~ Above all, keep it simple. – Auguste Escoffier
~ She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful: something to be admired from a distance, not up close. – Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (Good Omens)
~ What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with…no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. – Gertrude Jekyll
TO F. C. iST April 1876.
Now if to be an April Fool
Is to delight in the song of the thrush,
To long for the swallow in air’s blue hollow,
And the nightingale’s riotous music-gush.
And to paint a vision of cities Elysian
Out away in the sunset-flush —
Then I grasp my flagon and swear thereby.
We are April Fools, my Love and I.
And if to be an April Fool
Is to feel contempt for iron and gold,
For the shallow fame at which most men aim—
And to turn from worldlings cruel and cold
To God in His splendour, loving and tender.
And to bask in His presence manifold —
Then by all the stars in His infinite sky.
We are April Fools, my Love and I. –Mortimer Collins (1827–76)
A Prayer of thanks to a lover – excerpt from Fifth Sacred Thing By Starhawk;
My love, you are a river fed by many streams
I bless all who have shaped you,
The lovers whose delights still dance patterns on your back,
Those who carved your channels deeper, broader, wider,
Whitewater and backwater lovers,
Swamp lovers , sun-warmed estuary lovers,
Lovers with surface tension,
Lovers like boulders,
Like ice forming and breaking,
Lovers that fill and spill with the tides.
I bless those who have taught you and those who have pleased you and
those who have hurt you.
All those who have made you who you are.
Dance before the Bonfire (Beltane) – Ashley Ravenwood, finished 3/8/97
Another summer stretches before us,
fertile and heady
The faeries are out to play
dancing along with everything and everyone else
Dance before the bonfire
and celebrate the brimming fertility
of another year
Let it spill over
and crackle into the fire
Let us be blessed
and let our fruits ripen and be harvested
(not wither and die
nor rot forgotten)
Let us drink thirstily of the nectar of the gods
and feast hungrily upon food, love, and kindness
Let us also feed our wants and desires today
happily and carefree
Let us celebrate the miracle that is existence
and marvel at the wonder that is life:
remembering that the smallest acorn
can become the tallest tree
Let us dance
Dance before the bonfire
Dance around the maypole
Dance together, laughing
Dance through life and death and life again
Dance under the budding trees and around the blooming wildflowers, dancing in the wind
Dance as fawns and baby birds and newborn stars all watch, dancing
Dance as the gods smile down upon us, dancing too
Dance before the bonfire!
Invocation – from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we’re upward bound.
Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.
Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.
Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.
Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.
In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don’t be afraid to get inspired.
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – burbulation (ber byu LAY shun) – n. The obsessive act of opening and closing a refrigerator door in an attempt to catch it before the little automatic light comes on.