It’s clear and warm and the Moon’s light is glorious! 54F, wind at 1-3mph and gusting, AQI42, UV6. 0% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. Today is going to be an amazing spring day! Get outside! …with sunblock and a hat, please! The next couple of days should be dry but with some clouds at night. Monday night, though….. it looks like a set of damp days is going to start with rain and some wind.
I was up at 9am yesterday for some reason. I just couldn’t really stay asleep. I got up and worked for a bit, then finally got sleepy enough to crawl back in. I got a few more hours and then was back up. My classes yesterday were pretty frustrating. One was an artist who seemed to think that her work was oh-so-awesome, when it was fantasy armor, not researched and pieces made for specific people didn’t even fit them! I was interested originally because she’s 3D printing these pieces, but she’s only been doing it for a few months and only last week started working with an armorer. <sigh> Spending 500 hours on a non-functional piece of junk just means you have an expensive non-functional piece of junk, not that you’ve done something cool. <sigh twice>
So the 2nd one was on the etymology of “dirty” words. I suppose the teacher might be interesting and engaging in person, but she wasn’t on camera. She was rocking back and forth. When she was close to the mike she overwhelmed the speakers, but would speak slowly. When she leaned back she babbled, quietly, and very, very fast. When I pointed out that she was difficult to understand because of this, she leaned right up on the mike and screamed “CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW!” <gah> I finally gave up, because I couldn’t make head or tail of what she was coming up with.
The 3rd one was almost as difficult to understand, but it was because the feed was breaking up. At least she had slides up on the screen, so if I missed something at least I was in the general ballpark. That one was on the “flying penis” charms from the time of the Roman Empire that were intended to ward off disease. There are some *really* funny ones including a “tintinabulum” that pretty much was a wind chime, but the part the bells hung from…. well, it was well-equipped. You might even say, “well-hung”. <grin>
Today I’m giggling over the tintinabulum enough that I’m thinking about making one. I do have sculpey and lots of chain and bells. It’s plague warder-off-er, so appropriate, right? I have more to do on plants today, only got part of it finished yesterday. Tempus got the toys/reading area floor cleaned up so I have more sorting and putting away to do over there. Some of that’s going to have to come into the office space after I just got done picking up the floor. <sigh>
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.-Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
Helston Furry Day is an event in Cornwall, similar to other customs around the British Isles. It consists of a carnival with several specific dances during the day resembling, to my mind, some of the Carnivale parades. I don’t know that they’re related, except by common human impulse. “Furry” comes from “feria” which means festival. There are several dance processions during the day. The kids have one in the morning, which the schools from the area take turns leading. There’s another mid-day, the Hal-en-Tow, which features characters from folklore. Here’s the song of that name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs9PMky7Fj0 and the mid-day dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JWd6mpR-fY and a longer one with bits from all the festivity parts, the famous “Furry Dance” starting at about 4 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yyO-VP-0nY Bonfires and hobby horses and Morris Dancers and Maying all get mixed in. Sounds like a fun party! More on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_Dance and a whole page of interesting May customs here: http://piereligion.org/mayday2.html#furry
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 5/8 at 3:45pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/22 at 10:39am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/14 at 7:03am.
The waning gibbous Moon rises in the east-southeast around 10 p.m. daylight-saving time, depending on where you live in your time zone. Once it’s well up, look to its right or lower right for Antares, twinkling pale orange. Around and to the upper right of Antares are lesser, whiter stars of upper Scorpius >>> .
The bright Moon continues to wash out fainter objects, but pull out your binoculars or telescope to try for another star cluster tonight: the Coma star cluster. It’s easy to starhop to this grouping, which is located due east of Leo the Lion’s brightest star, Regulus. Draw a line from Regulus east to magnitude 2.6 Zosma in the lion’s hindquarters, then continue along that line for about the same distance to reach the cluster. If you have access to a dark-sky viewing site, remember how to find this scattering of stars — under country (and moonless) skies, it’s visible to the unaided eye.
Venus (magnitude –4.7, in north-central Taurus) is the bright white “Evening Star” in the west during and after dusk. It’s still shining at its brightest. Look upper right of Venus for Capella, about two fists at arm’s length away. A bit farther to Venus’s left is Betelgeuse.
Much closer above Venus is Beta Tauri (El Nath), fainter at magnitude 1.6. Venus creeps a little closer to Beta this week (from 3.3° to 1.6° ), then stalls out without quite reaching it. Next week Venus will start falling back away. Meanwhile the whole scene is sinking lower. On May 1st Venus remains shining in the northwest for about 1½ hours after the end of twilight, but by the 8th it sets only about an hour after the last trace of daylight is gone. In a telescope, meanwhile, Venus is growing more dramatic. This week its crescent enlarges from 39 to 44 arcseconds in diameter, while waning in phase from 24% to just 18% sunlit. It’d on its way down to conjunction with the Sun on June 3rd.
Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
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. Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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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 8 High 1:16 AM 9.0 5:56 AM Set 7:00 AM 99
~ 8 Low 8:08 AM -1.8 8:30 PM Rise 10:25 PM
~ 8 High 2:31 PM 7.2
~ 8 Low 8:03 PM 1.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
~ A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body. – Margaret Fuller
~ I have entered the deep mountains to silence and beauty; in a profound valley beneath high cliffs, I sit under the old pine trees. Doing zazen in my rustic cottage is peaceful, lonely and truly comfortable. – Gengaku
~ Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. – Albert Gyrogyi
~ The true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success. – Cullen Hightower
Whoever makes a garden
Has never worked alone;
the rain has always found it,
The sun has always known. – Douglas Malloch (1877-1938)
Nuked apple, Dessert – hot, Snack – sweet, 1 serving
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp raw sugar (can use white, too)
- 1 medium apple
- 2 tbsp chopped or crushed hazelnuts, walnuts or pecans (optional)
- 1 tbsp butter
- Small bowl, fork, apple corer or sharp thin knife, microwave safe bowl, measuring spoons
- Mix cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and nuts in small bowl with a fork.
- Wash apple, then cut out the core.
- Put apple in the microwave bowl.
- Stuff core with sugar/spice mixture. Sprinkle leftovers on top of the apple.
- Put butter on top.
- Zap in the microwave for about 10 minutes, rotating every two minutes.
- Apple is done when soft.
Pita Bread with Dill Butter (The butter really adds great flavor to the pita bread), Lunch – hot, Or Supper – Light (see below), Makes 8
- 4 rounds of pita bread
- 1 cup dill butter
- 1 cup grated cheese (optional – cheddar, mozzarella or a mix)
- 1 3.8-oz can of sliced olives (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Drain olives and set aside
- Cut each round of pita bread across and open.
- Spread 1/8 of the butter into each pita half
- Stuff with cheese and olives
- Set on a cookie sheet
- Bake 6 – 8 minutes until pita is crisp, but not scorched
Light supper idea – Add the optional cheese and olives and serve with a green salad and cherry tomatoes or sweet pickle slices.
Dill Butter, Condiment, (makes about 2 cups)
- 1 lb. butter
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2/3 cup fresh dill (or 1/3 cup dried)
- ¼ cup green onions, chopped
- 1 tbsp minced garlic (about 3 large cloves)
- pinch salt and pepper (optional)
- Let butter sit out at room temperature for an hour.
- Put butter, lemon juice, dill, green onions, garlic and salt and pepper into food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Put into an air-tight container and keep refrigerated.
- Use on toasted bread or crackers (also in Pita Bread with Dill Butter recipe)
Mama’s Mulled Spiced Cider, Beverage – Hot, Party Recipe – Winter, 8 servings – can be halved, doubled or more, Party perk recipe doubles this
- ½ gal or rough cider or apple juice
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp grated nutmeg
- 1 tbsp grated orange peel
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 8 orange wheels (see garnish – fruit)
- 1 star anise or ¼ tsp aniseed
- Microwave-safe measuring cup (2-cup, at least) measuring spoons, strainer, something to keep the cider hot in (soup pot with lid, Party Perk) 8 mugs, sharp small knife
- Put 1 cup of apple juice into measuring cup and add spices.
- Zap in microwave for 4 minutes, stirring every minute. Don’t let it boil! If it does, just stop there and go on.
- Let sit for 15 minutes, at least.
- Pour apple and orange juices into pot (or Party Perk) and warm on medium for about 15 minutes, stirring every so often. (Party Perk takes 1 hour to warm)
- Turn temperature to low. (Not on Party Perk, see above)
- Put strainer over pot or Party perk and pour spiced juice from measuring cup through it. Stir and let finish warming, covered.
- Set out the mugs.
- Add a cinnamon stick to each.
- Split each orange wheel from the center to one edge and push the split down over the rim of the mug until the slice stands up.
- Add juice and serve. There will be seconds.
Silliness – Army Cadet
A drill sergeant had just chewed out one of his cadets, and as he was walking away, he turned to the cadet and said, “I guess when I die you’ll come and dance on my grave.”
The cadet replied, “Not me, Sarge…no sir! I promised myself that when I got out of the Army I’d never stand in another line!”