It’s been pretty drippy during the evening and the very early morning and while it’s dry at the moment some more showers are coming. We’re still under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 5pm. 52F, wind at 2-10mph and gusting, AQI42, UV6. 70% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are likely to be dry, but cloudy. The rest of the forecast is a decent chance of showers off and on.
Yesterday was interesting. I had a couple of really good classes, although I missed two foodies ones in the morning. I was just too tired to deal with them. I had one on the development of the English language that was fascinating and the other one, just as fun was on pattern books and how they were used. Later I was going through links and making sure that I got credit for the classes I’ve been taking from at least one group.
I had spent some time on the plants when I got up, before settling into classes. Tempus was up before they were over and got us coffee. I had the House Capuchin Project Day link open the whole time, too. He was catching up on mail and various messages.
We started working in back after the pattern books class was over. I was working with some of the herbs that I harvested, getting them ready for drying or whatever. I started to make chive butter for potatoes and he got the potatoes going…. but the hotplate gave up. He pulled it apart and found that the problem was something that he couldn’t fix. So the potatoes went into a crockpot and the chives into the fridge and we had sandwiches, instead. One more purchase for Tuesday. Tempus headed out a touch early so he would have time to gas up in Newport.
Today I have a lot of business stuff to whomp through. I have to finish getting my bank card up and running again and then going through all the places where I use it. (Like the post office!) to make sure that I can when I need to!
I’ll finish the cookery early this afternoon, I hope, and then get some writing done. I do have classes, but they’re in the evening.
Tempus has to do laundry today. He keeps putting off going, but I’m out of clothes! ….well, so is he… 🙂
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining –Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Robigalia, held in ancient Rome on 4/25, was a sacrifice of a dog to prevent a particular type of wheat-rust mildew from occurring in the new grain crops. It also included chariot races, a communal meal and other typical observances. Robigus was the personification of the mildew, so needed to be sacrificed to, although dogs were usually sacred to the underground/afterlife deities, such as Hecate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robigalia
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/30 at 1:38pm.
The Moon is at the feet of Gemini this evening. Venus shines to the Moon’s lower right (as shown above), Capella shines far off to the Moon’s right, and Procyon is far to the Moon’s left.
Venus reaches greatest brilliancy at 11 A.M. PDT today, when it glows at magnitude –4.7. The planet is still 25° above the western horizon an hour after sunset and is now about 17° west of the Moon. Venus has slimmed down from a 46-percent-illuminated crescent at the start of the month to just 28 percent lit tonight. The planet’s apparent size has grown from 26″ to 37″ in the same timeframe.
Slide your eyes, binoculars, or scope an additional 18° west from Venus to take in the sparkling Pleiades (M45); Venus visited this dipper-shaped young cluster of stars earlier in the month.
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, in the south.
Arcturus is not just the brightest star of Bootes. It’s also the pointy end of the Kite asterism formed by Bootes’s brightest stars. The Kite, rather narrow, lies on its side to Arcturus’s left. Its head, at the far left, is bent slightly upward. The kite is 23° long: about two fists at arm’s length.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.4, – 2.3, and +0.6, respectively) shine in the southeast before and during early dawn. Jupiter, the brightest, is on the right.
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
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 –
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 Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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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
M 27 High 3:08 AM 7.4 6:12 AM Set 12:07 AM 12
27 Low 10:18 AM -0.3 8:16 PM Rise 9:09 AM
27 High 4:57 PM 5.9
27 Low 10:01 PM 3.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Every day is a chance to change your life.
~ There is no such thing as a wasted act of kindness.- James Robinson
~ Life always gives us lemons. A fool remains bitter & grows more lemons. A wise man borrows sugar & makes lemon meringue pie. – David Roppo
~ Life is a banquet and most poor sons of bitches are starving to death. – Rosalind Russell as Aunty Mame
~ Hard words break no bones. – Hen-Thorir’s Saga, c.13
April 1st: Duly do ye worship the goddess [Venus], ye Latin mothers and brides, and ye, too, who wear not the fillets and long robe [Frazer: ‘courtesans’]. Take off the golden necklaces from the marble neck of the goddess; take off her gauds; the goddess must be washed from top to toe. Then dry her neck and restore to it her golden necklaces; now give her other flowers, now give her the fresh-blown rose. Ye, too, she herself bids bathe under the green myrtle … Learn now why ye give incense to Fortuna Virilis in the place which reeks of warm water. All women strip when they enter that place. – Ovid, Fasti , IV. 133 Source Roman calendar
Thank the Fire BY CHARLIE RAINBOW WOLF
Beltane is traditionally a fire festival. Many times we offer gifts to the fire of things we want to banish from our lives, but have you ever thought about thanking the fire for taking all of that baggage from you? The principle is the same. Write down what you appreciate about the fire, or make it an offering of gratitude to burn. Cast your circle (if you use one), light your ritual fire, and let the gratitude commence.
Once when we did this ritual, we fed sparklers to the fire. Great fun was had by all. And in subsequent fire rituals, every now and again a sparkler that hadn’t burned during the first ritual would catch fire and blaze- a reminder that the element of fire does indeed have a memory.
Today is Beltane, the celebration of the Great Rite between the God and Goddess. This potted plant craft is inspired by the red and white ribbons of the traditional maypole, and the fertility of this sabbat day is represented by planting a flower.
You will need some red and white tissue paper cut into strips, some flower seeds of your choice, a flowerpot filled with dirt, colorful crayons, and some clear-drying craft glue.
Write blessings or inspirational quotes or draw symbols on the strips of paper with the crayons according to what situations you would like to see grow and take form in your life. Then glue the strips onto the flowerpot in patterns or stripes. When the glue is dry, add the soil to the pot. The soil represents the Goddess and the seeds represent the God. As you press the seeds into the earth, contemplate the union of God and Goddess, the power of creation. Cover the seeds with soil, water regularly, and see what grows!
Spell: A Hand print “Come to Me” Spell – BY RAVEN DIGITALIS
Acquire some ink or a natural dye with which you can make a handprint on a large piece of paper. I suggest mixing powdered turmeric root or beetroot with water, or research how to create natural coloring by utilizing different plant materials.
Dip your right hand in the mixture and press it firmly to the middle of the paper. As you are doing so, imagine your projective energy entering the print with a superboost of power.
After washing your hands, take a marker and write symbols and words that are aligned with your manifestations on the print. For example, you may draw dollar signs and smiley faces, or perhaps create your own symbols and sigils aimed at increasing abundance on numerous levels: mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Enchant this piece however you would like, ideally giving it at least one day of pure sunlight by placing it securely outside. You may wish to keep this piece as a magickal focal item, or you may wish to burn it in a sacred Beltane fire.
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – bursploot (BER sploot) – v. To position one’s thumb at the end of a garden hose to increase the water pressure.