It’s raining at the moment, not very hard, but it seems to be steady. Most of the local area is green on the weather map, but when you back up enough to see both sets of mountains, it looks to be pouring in the Cascades. An hour ago it was pouring here. The rain seems to be moving straight to the east, but there’s enough out at sea to make today start in the damp range. 48F, wind is calm, AQI, UV5. 60% chance of rain today and 90% tonight. There’s a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 4am to noon on Saturday. It looks like Saturday and Monday mornings are going to be quite wet, but most of the 10-day is just showers. It might even be dry with some sun from Tuesday through Thursday.
Yesterday I woke up around 7:40, totally confused as to what day it was. I had been doing some orders overnight, woke to a couple more and thought it was suppertime on Friday for a little while. I eventually realized that I hadn’t had nearly enough sleep and went back to bed. *Really* disoriented. <sigh> I dunno if I was having strange dreams or what…. Well, I wasn’t the only one. It sounds like the whole pagan community had the problem….
I did my Tarot class when I got up, then one about Anne of Cleves. Tempus was up a bit after that and he made coffee. I got our census form filled out online. After that there was an interesting one on teaching online classes.
…and I totally side-tracked what I had been planning. I spent hours on the Mab’s Creations website. I’m re-doing the project gallery. I got a nap after supper, then went back to work. I finally quit around midnight, read and embroidered for awhile, then got this ready to go.
Tempus only got out on the subscriber route at about 4:15. He’s going to be pretty much out for the day, I think. I’m only 1/2 through the Mab’s stuff so there’s a lot more of that to do today. Also, there was a tremendous crash last night and a whole stock of boxes and totes went over in the back…. I think Tempus destabilized the whole thing that was supposed to be temporary, anyway, when he pulled out the card sets…. well, that’s going to have to get sorted, and I’m thinking I’d better start doing a foot by foot cleanup starting from the front and get him to put his things away. I found a screwdriver in the ivy…. <sigh> Well, so that’s next up.
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Today’s Feast is a remembrance. The Armenian Genocide of over 1 1/2 million people began on this day in 1915. “…the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople to the region of Ankara, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.“ Excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide I don’t know why our species periodically does things like this.
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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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/27 at 7:26am.
Mars glows brightly near 4th-magnitude Iota (ι) Capricorni this morning before sunrise. The magnitude 0.5 Red Planet stands nearly 20° high an hour before sunrise, far outshining the fainter luminary. Scan due west to find Saturn and Jupiter nearby; the giant planets are just 5° apart and glowing at magnitudes 0.6 and –2.4, respectively. Mars will continue to streak east as April changes over to May, while the more distant Saturn and Jupiter remain roughly stationary against the background stars.
As twilight fades, look way down below Venus near the horizon to pick up the thin, two-day-old crescent Moon starting a new lunation, as shown above. Binoculars help in bright twilight, and as the sky darkens they will help show the earthshine on the Moon’s nightlands before the Moon sets.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.5, – 2.3, and +0.6, respectively) are lined up in the southeast before and during early dawn. Jupiter, the brightest, is on the right. Saturn glows pale yellow 5° to Jupiter’s left or lower left. Mars, farther lower left of Saturn, is moving eastward against the stars away from the other two. On the morning of April 18th Mars is 11° from Saturn; by April 25th it retreats to 16° away.
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
F 24 High 1:40 AM 7.6 6:16 AM Rise 7:23 AM 0
~ 24 Low 8:24 AM -0.2 8:13 PM Set 10:01 PM
~ 24 High 2:40 PM 6.5
~ 24 Low 8:16 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The road to success is paved with good intentions.
~ Without danger you cannot get beyond danger. – George Herbert
~ Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk. – Doug Larson
~ Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world. – Annie Lennox
~ There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the 3 things we crave most in life- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind- are always attained by giving them to someone else. – Peyton Conway March
Fair Flora! Now attend thy sportful feast,
Of which some days I with design have past;
A part in April and a part in May
Thou claim’st, and both command my tuneful lay;
And as the confines of two months are thine
To sing of both the double task be mine. – Latin poet Ovid, Fasti; for Flora (Floralia) April 28-May 3
Beltane Oat Cakes http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (to make them sweeter use up to one full cup)
- 3/4 cup butter (unsalted)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup mashed ripe fruit (banana, peaches, something soft)
- 1 3/4 cup rolled oats
- Spices: nutmeg, cinnamon is a good combo or cardamom is nice by itself (approx. 1/4 tsp)
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional).
- Mix flour, baking powder, and brown sugar together.
- Make sure to smash any lumps.
- Cut butter into mixture with a pastry blender (or make do with a fork).
- Add egg and fruit, and nuts.
- Drop rounded tablespoon of dough onto greased cookie sheet (about 2-3 in apart).
- Bake at 350 deg F [175 deg C] for 15 min or until cookies look “dry”.
OATCAKES – IRISH http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
6 ounces Oatmeal (preferably fine)
2 ounces Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
10 fluid ounces Warm water
Mix oatmeal, flour and salt together. Slowly add warm water. Roll out on a floured board to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into triangles. Cook on a pan or griddle until golden on both sides. Dry out in a cool oven (300 degrees) until crisp. These cakes are eaten buttered, with a glass of milk, for supper, but are also terrific with wine and cheese.
OATCAKES SCOTS http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
1/2 cup Shortening
1 cup Oats or quick-cooking oats
1 cup All-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 – 3 Tablespoons Cold Water
Cut shortening into next four ingredients until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until it forms a stiff dough. Roll until 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into 2 inch rounds or squares. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 until they just start to brown – 12 to 15 minutes. To griddle bake; bake on a hot griddle or frying-pan until the edges begin to curl. Turn over and cook the other side. Do not let the oatcakes brown; they should be a pale fawn colour. Put on a wire rack to cool. They are delicious served with cheese.