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Its rather grey and dim but getting light. It’s only partly cloudy, but it’s the time of the morning when you can’t tell. 51F, wind at 1-2 mph, AQI32, UV7. 80% chance of rain today (starting around lunchtime) and 50% tonight. Tomorrow should be dry and then it’s all showers through Tuesday, when it starts to dry out again.
Yesterday flew past. I was up at noon since I really wanted to get stuff done. I spent a long time working on Mab’s Creations stock and putting orders together. One free ad has garnered me more business in a week than $100 of Facebook ads in 6 months….
I spent awhile on cookery. We had to finish cooking up the bag of potatoes that we got a couple of weeks ago. They were all going bad! We ended up with 4 dinner’s worth of them. One of them has the rest of the chive butter, one onion and the rest have shallots, because I had one of those going galley-west as well.
I got some reading/embroidery time in, then I got to work on setting up the next week’s newsletters, also finding all kinds of funny and silly stuff on one Facebook group. It’s mostly medieval stuff, but a few pieces (like Stonehinge, which is from the same source) are applicable here, too. Getting today’s newsletter out has been taking awhile! It’s nearly 6am.
Today really needs to be laundry. I have several classes in the late afternoon to choose from. I really want to get the plants area dealt with and Tempus needs to get the back walkway sorted out again and I also need to get some of my sewing stuff picked up. I really need to finish the Mab’s inventory….
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that are starting to bloom right now, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is used for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1429 when Jeanne d’Arc was part of the lifting of the Siege of Orleans during one of the more important parts of the 100 Years War. This was a peasant girl who had a series of visions that led her to take the part of the Dauphin of France and to lead his armies to victory after victory over the English and Burgundian troops that were trying to take France! She cut her hair and wore male clothing as a practice to preserve her modesty and chastity in the task that she was undertaking, which was something that the Church would commonly grant dispensations for. She was captured and sold to the English, who violated legal and church practice to find an excuse to burn her to death as a heretic in 1431. She was finally canonized in 1920. Lots more here including links to some of the historical events: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc
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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.
Look to the right of the Moon this evening for Pollux and Castor; they’re almost lined up with it. Farther to the Moon’s lower left is Procyon.
Mars remains an ideal morning target to catch before sunrise. The Red Planet glows at magnitude 0.4 in the southeastern sky, positioned midway between two 4th-magnitude stars: Iota (ι) and Gamma (γ) Capricorni. Mars is nearly 20° above the horizon an hour before sunrise.
Mars also stands at the center of a planetary gathering. Look west to find Saturn nearly 19° away, with Jupiter just 5° farther in the same direction. These two solar system giants shine at magnitude 0.6 and –2.4, respectively. Telescopic observers and imagers can add a dwarf planet to the mix: Pluto is just 2° southwest of Jupiter, glinting faintly at magnitude 14. Turn your telescope 30° east of Mars to glimpse magnitude 8 Neptune. The ice giant is still low on the eastern horizon, rising higher as the sky brightens with the coming dawn. See how long you can track it before the bright sky hides it from view.
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 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
W 29 High 4:35 AM 7.0 6:09 AM Set 1:59 AM 28
~ 29 Low 12:03 PM 0.1 8:19 PM Rise 10:59 AM
~ 29 High 7:01 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – What have you grown today, in thought, word or deed? The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
~ RUN toward your fears! Embrace them. On the other side of your greatest fears lives your greatest life. – Robin Sharma
~ To him who is in fear, everything rustles. – Sophocles
~ No is the kind of power the good witch wields. – Sugar
~ The best words for resolving a disagreement are, ‘I could be wrong; I often am.’ It’s true. – Brian Tracy
In genial Spring, beneath the quiv’ring shade,
Where cooling vapours breathe along the mead,
The patient fisher takes his silent strand,
Intent, his angle trembling in his hand:
With looks unmov’d, he hopes the scaly breed,
And eyes the dancing cork and bending reed. – –Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
April 30th – Beltane – Also known as Roodmas or May Day
Beltane has long been celebrated with feasts and rituals. Beltane means fire of Bel; Belinos being one name for the Sun God, whose coronation feast we now celebrate. As summer begins, weather becomes warmer, and the plant world blossoms, an exuberant mood prevails. In old Celtic traditions it was a time of unabashed sexuality and promiscuity where marriages of a year and a day could be undertaken but it is rarely observed in that manner in modern times.
In the old Celtic times, young people would spend the entire night in the woods “A-Maying,” and then dance around the phallic Maypole the next morning. Older married couples were allowed to remove their wedding rings (and the restrictions they imply) for this one night. May morning is a magickal time for wild water (dew, flowing streams, and springs) which is collected and used to bathe in for beauty, or to drink for health.
The Christian religion had only a poor substitute for the life-affirming Maypole — namely, the death-affirming cross. Hence, in the Christian calendar, this was celebrated as ‘Roodmas’. In Germany, it was the feast of Saint Walpurga, or ‘Walpurgisnacht’. An alternative date around May 5 (Old Beltane), when the sun reaches 15 degrees Taurus, is sometimes employed by Covens. (Both ‘Lady Day’ and ‘Ostara’ are names incorrectly assigned to this holiday by some modern traditions of Wicca.)
Think of the May pole as a focal point of the old English village rituals. Many people would rise at the first light of dawn to go outdoors and gather flowers and branches to decorate their homes. Women traditionally would braid flowers into their hair. Men and women alike would decorate their bodies. Beltane marks the return of vitality, of passion. Ancient Pagan traditions say that Beltane marks the emergence of the young God into manhood. Stirred by the energies at work in nature, he desires the Goddess. They fall in love, lie among the grasses and blossoms, and unite. The Goddess becomes pregnant of the God. To celebrate, a wedding feast, for the God and Goddess must be prepared. Let Them guide you! Breads and cereals are popular. Try oatmeal cakes or cookies sweetened with a dab of honey. Dairy foods are again appropriate…just make a lovely wedding feast and you are sure to enjoy yourself! An early morning walk through a local park or forest could be fun for everyone. Gather up some plants or flowers to display in your home. Mom and daughter could braid their hair, and weave in a few tender blossoms.
Silliness – Punny Business Slogan – At the Electric Company: “We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don’t, you will be.”