Daily Stuff 4-23-20 George the Dragonslayer

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. The shop is closed for the duration. Minus Tides start tomorrow!

Everything is still wet, but the rain has stopped. We ought to see some sun in the afternoon. 50F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI31, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and 60% tonight. There’s a good chance of rain after midnight tonight and tomorrow night, and then Sunday night, but dry between. We might have some sunny days, from Tuesday on, but it’s spring. Showers aren’t going to stay away!

Yesterday went flying past. We got up a lot later than we’ve been. I didn’t actually wake until 3pm and then had to rush because I wanted to do a class on the history of playing cards. I got that one and one on chipcarving and did a sortof seminar in a chat where we were talking snack recipes.

After Tempus was up we got going at the shop. Man, did it rain at times! I got wet enough just going from the car to the front door that I had to change because I was shivering! I did a lot of paperwork, worked on the plants, did some sweeping, worked out some online orders (Mab’s Creations, I just set up some new advertising, yesterday) and then did some more paperwork.

Eventually, supper was leftovers from the chicken stuff and I was wearing down. I got a nap after that, then went back to trying to chase product inventory numbers down. <sigh> After we’re done with this dratted cleaning, we’re going to have to do a full inventory. Tempus found a bunch of Mab’s Creations card sets that supposedly didn’t exist. He headed out on the paper route at about 1:30.

Today there are two games classes that I’m determined to do and 3 more on various topics that look interesting. More plant stuff has to happen. That’s gradually sorting out and I’m finding tools and putting them in place to be available. Maybe I’ll have a table and be able to start working on potting starts!

Morning Rainbow 4/23/18 by Ken Gagne

8-cell-simple tesseractThis is a hypercube, also known as a tesseract. It is a 3-dimensional version of a 5-dimensional object. Each of those spaces is a cube, 90 degree angles like any cube, but distorted by perspective. If you were living inside this object the cubes would look normal & static , even if this was the way that they’re moving. You wouldn’t be able to tell!

Today’s Plant is220px-WesternSkunkCabbage Skunk CabbageLysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has its glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same, Symplocarpus foetidus – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus

feast 0423 St_GeorgeToday is the English feast of St. George, the Dragonslayer. He is related to Sigurd the Dragonslayer whose feast is June 9 in modern Asatru. Morris Dance is a feature of this festival. Both George and Sigurd are archetypal Heroes whose stories are the Divine Masculine end of Initiation & Quest tales. Morris Dances are a feature of this day in England, and flags with the St. George Cross. Roses have been part of this festival since the Middle Ages and books since 1923, which commemorate the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes near this date. More on the festival here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George%27s_Day , on St. George here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George , and on the tale here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George_and_the_Dragon

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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 5/7 at 3:45am. New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:26am on 4/24. 

The middle star of the Big Dipper’s bent handle is Mizar, with tiny little Alcor right next to it. On which side of Mizar should you look for Alcor? As always, on the side toward Vega! Which is now the brightest star in the east. If your eyes aren’t quite sharp enough, binoculars show Alcor easily.

The Big Dipper starts the night high above the northeast horizon for those in the northern U.S. This famous asterism consists of eight stars — the second star from the end of the handle is an easily split double: Mizar and Alcor. Test your vision to see whether you can spot fainter (magnitude 4) Alcor a mere 11′ northeast of magnitude 2.2 Mizar. If you aren’t able to view the double unaided, binoculars or a small scope will certainly split the pair.
Right after dark, the Sickle of Leo stands vertically upright high in the south. Its bottom star is Regulus, Leo’s brightest. Leo himself is walking horizontally westward. The Sickle forms his front leg, chest, mane, and part of his head.

Venus visits the Pleiades – This week, the planet Venus slips through the famous Pleiades star cluster. It will come far closer than its April 2015 visit, when this image was taken. – Stephen Rahn (Flickr)

Venus (magnitude –4.7, in north-central Taurus) is the dazzling white “Evening Star” in the west during and after dusk. For the next three weeks it will continue to shine as bright as it gets. Look upper right of it for Capella, two fists at arm’s length away. Look half that far lower left of Venus for Aldebaran. Venus finally sets in the northwest about 2 hours after twilight’s end. With Venus is at its brightest and still fairly high after the end of twilight, have you ever managed to see your Venus shadow? You’ll need a very dark location! See Bob King’s Shadow Casting with Venus. In a telescope, Venus has enlarged to 33 arcseconds in diameter while waning in phase to become a thick crescent 1/3 sunlit. Venus will continue to enlarge and wane, finally becoming a dramatically thin crescent low in twilight in late May as it approaches conjunction with the Sun.

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 15May 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

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Taurus
Color: Green

Planting 4/23-4

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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.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  23     High   1:13 AM     7.6   6:18 AM    Rise  6:58 AM      0
~    23      Low   7:50 AM     0.0   8:11 PM     Set  8:58 PM
~    23     High   2:01 PM     6.6
~    23      Low   7:46 PM     1.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We are all seekers here, following some distant star. Eventually we will come to recognize that this star resides in our very core.


Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – Explain why you would or would not ever listen to a song that is sung in a language that you do not understand.



~   Human nature is characterized by conflict, the state of being torn between opposing desires. This leads to disharmony of the mind. Therefore one has to be unceasingly aware at all times.- Yuehzou
~   I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work, I want to achieve it through not dying. – Woody Allen
~   Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible. – Claude Bissell

Next came fresh Aprill full of lustyhed,
And wanton as a Kid whose horne new buds:
Vpon a Bull he rode, the same which led
Europa floting through th’Argolick fluds:
His hornes were gilden all with golden studs
And garnished with garlonds goodly dight
Of all the fairest flowres and freshest buds
Which th’earth brings forth, and wet he seem’d in sight
With waues, through which he waded for his loues delight. – Edmund Spenser (c. 15521599), English poet; Faerie Queen, The Cantos of Mutabilitie


Beltane Magick – Chants

Stag Call Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The men gather around the fire, next to their partners, and they say in unison:

“I am the stag of seven tines;
I am a wide flood on the plain;
I am a wind on the deep waters;
I am a shining tear of the sun;
I am a hawk on a cliff;
I am fair among flowers;
I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke.”
Graves, Robert; “The White Goddess”; Farrar 1970

Maypole Dance Chanthttp://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Ann O’Brien 1995 – Source: http://www.earthspirit.com/mtongue/chtlib/chtlifr.html

Weave, spin, dance your cares away,
A spirit fire’s alive to your entrancing,
Weave, spin, dance into the May,
The earth and sky are wed as you are dancing,
Weave now

The Beltane Chasehttp://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Traditional

I shall go as a wren in spring
With sorrow and sighing on silent wing
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.


And we shall follow as falcons grey
And hunt thee cruelly as our prey
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Then I shall go as a mouse in May
In the fields by night and cellars by day
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

But we shall follow as fat tom cats
And chase thee through the corn and vats
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Then I shall go as an Autumn hare
With sorrow and sighing and mickle care
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

But we shall follow as swift grey hounds
And dog thy tracks by leaps and bounds
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Then I shall go as a Winter trout
With sorrow sighing and mickle doubt
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

But we shall follow as otter’s swift
And snare thee faster thou can’st shift
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Aye, and I’ll come home again.


Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – busblender (BUS blen dur) – v. The device at the front of the bus that tosses your fare around for awhile, then swallows it.

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