It’s quite overcast but dry, and very, very quiet. We might have some fog around sunrise. 52F, wind is nearly calm, AQI39, UV7. 0% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. Today is likely to be dry, but except for Friday it’s likely to be showery right through the weekend and then dry out.
Yesterday was kinda strange. I did a bunch of my paperwork and sorting out of business stuff and then went back to bed, waking very late to realize that I had missed both classes. They were recorded, thankfully. I spent quite awhile writing and then went in back to cook, getting my chicken stuff and the potatoes done. That’s what we had for supper.
Tempus headed out at 1:30 for the paper route. I was back to writing again, doing more pages for the various blogs, after having read and embroidered for awhile after supper. I also finished up a class series from the recordings.
More putting away was going on all evening. We’ve got a bunch to do in the next couple of days, too. Way more even than what I thought! Even after all of that is done we need to wash cloths on the display tables and do the re-stocking, re-inventorying that we should have been able to start back in January…. Some year we’ll get as far as the shop library….
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods at this time of year. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
[Edited from Wikipedia] Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.” Originally 25 April every year was to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, a dawn stand-to or dawn ceremony became a common form of Anzac Day remembrance during the 1920s. With the coming of the Second World War, Anzac Day became a day on which to commemorate the lives of Australians and New Zealanders lost in that war as well and in subsequent years. The meaning of the day has been further broadened to include those killed in all the military operations in which the countries have been involved. One of the traditions of Anzac Day is the ‘gunfire breakfast’ (coffee with rum added) which occurs shortly after many dawn ceremonies, and recalls the ‘breakfast’ taken by many soldiers before facing battle. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller centers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day
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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. 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.
Face north just after nightfall, look very high, and you’ll find the Pointers, the end stars of the Big Dipper’s bowl, on the meridian pointing toward Polaris straight down below. From the Pointers to Polaris is about three fists at arm’s length.
At magnitude 8.4, Vesta is within easy reach of most binoculars. To find it, locate Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, and draw an imaginary line northeast. First, you’ll hit the open star cluster NGC 1647, which contains several dozen scattered 8th- to 11th- magnitude stars. Continue that line roughly the same distance to the northeast and begin scanning for Vesta, which is slowly advancing through a region with few background stars. Try this exercise two or three nights in a row to find the spot that has moved — that’s the asteroid you’re looking for.
Uranus is hidden in 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 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
Tu 28 High 3:46 AM 7.2 6:10 AM Set 1:05 AM 19
~ 28 Low 11:07 AM -0.1 8:18 PM Rise 10:00 AM
~ 28 High 5:55 PM 5.7
~ 28 Low 10:52 PM 3.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the All-Mother: I sow harmony where ever I go. The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
~ Mikey’s Thot for the Day: A loser is a window washer on the 44th floor who steps back to admire his work.
~ People have to learn sometimes not only how much the heart, but how much the head, can bear. – Maria Mitchell
~ A wise man never loses anything if he has himself. – Michel de Montaigne
~ You can make an audience see nearly anything, if you yourself believe in it. – Mary Renault (1905-1983) English writer
Shine down in the old sea. –Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
Macaroni and Cheese – Makes 4 servings – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
For classic comfort food, macaroni and cheese has to come out on top.
- 2 cups elbow macaroni
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 2 cups Cheddar cheese
- Cook pasta and drain.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter.
- Stir in the flour, then gradually stir in the milk.
- Heat and stir until thick.
- Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream, onion, celery, 1 1/2 cups of the cheese, and the pasta.
- Put the mixture in a 2 quart casserole dish.
- Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese over top.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes..
This recipe is from Now….you’re cooking! http://www.donogh.com/cooking/
Vegetarian Barley and Bean Soup Recipe – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Ten 1-cup servings
- 1 c Chopped onion
- 2 Garlic cloves; minced
- 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
- 6 c Water
- 28 oz Canned tomatoes, chopped — undrained
- 1 can VAN CAMP’s Kidney Beans, 15oz — drained
- 9 oz Frozen green beans or peas
- 1 c Sliced carrots
- 1 c Sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 c Medium Barley
- 1 ts Basil
- 1/2 ts Oregano
- 1/2 ts Salt (optional)
- 1/4 ts Black pepper
- In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, cook onion and garlic in until onion is tender.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low; cover.
- Simmer 45 to 50 minutes or until barley is tender, stirring occasionally.
- Add additional water if soup becomes too thick upon standing.
NOTE: To use Quick Barley, substitute 2/3 cup quick barley for medium barley and decrease water to 5 cups. Prepare recipe as directed above except simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until barley is tender, stirring occasionally.
Pork Chops With Cabernet/Thyme Glaze – serves 2 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
A simple dish to prepare, thyme brings out the woodsy, savory flavor of the meat, with the cabernet jelly making it ideal for a special occasion.
- 1 pound pork chops
- 2 large cloves garlic, pressed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 1/4 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons Cabernet Sauvignon jelly*
- 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon Herbes de Provence*
- In a bowl, combine the pressed garlic, olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper.
- Mix well.
- Rub the mixture onto the pork chops, making sure each chop has a good coating.
- Let the chops marinate for 15 minutes to an hour: the more time, the more intense the flavor.
- Put the chops in a pan and turn the heat to medium, moving the chops to insure that they don’t stick, then turn the heat to high and sear the chops quickly on each side.
- Remove them from the pan, and keep warm on a plate.
- Turn the heat to low.
- Pour the stock into the hot pan, stirring to release the baked on particles.
- Add the jelly, mustard and Herbes de Provence, stirring to blend all ingredients.
- Cook for one minute.
- Put the chops back in the pan to heat, about two minutes, along with any juices that may have collected on the plate.
- Be sure to turn the chops over so that both sides get glazed.
- Serve with rice or polenta, and spoon the glaze over the top of the chops.
*available in most gourmet food stores.