Minus Tide at 9:27 AM of -0.9 feet. The shop is closed today. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Sheila Oxford Ping.
It was lovely weather, yesterday and today looks to be the same, but a bit warmer. 36F, wind at 2-4 mph and gusting, AQI 21-43 , UV5. Chance of rain 2% today and 14% tonight. It should stay nice today and the clouds moving in late will keep it from getting quite as cold as it’s been at night. No rain until Sunday and then it’s under 50%. A couple of dry, but cloudy days after that, then it’s back to a chance of showers. Nothing unusual for this time of year.
Yesterday there was far too much to do and not nearly enough energy. I worked on inventory until it was time for Sash to arrive. Tempus got coffee, so that’s what we did for a couple of hours was talk and drink coffee! It’s so nice that we’re getting to see him more often. He got his goodies: bubbles, some bouncing eggs and a carnelian marble, and his share of the good pork roast. He had to head to a co-worker’s b-day ice cream party, so he headed out at 4pm.
I got a nap while Tempus was cleaning up the dire mess of cardboard and packing material that had accumulated in the aisle while I was cleaning it all out of the office space and off some of the displays. Neither one of us can figure out why it got so awful so quickly. Well, it’s cleaned up, now and it really helps that the stuff for our new place is not there in the aisle, either.
When I got up we had some lunch/supper and got more stuff pulled out, but by then it was time for Tempus to head out to do the bulk route. He wasn’t going to have much time for shopping, so he didn’t try, just got going with the papers. He’s going to stop this morning for a couple of things that we need before he heads south. I talked to him for a bit when he was about 2/3 through the bulk route. We’d been worrying about a tire, because we’d had to have another one repaired from a nail through the tread, again.
We just talked a little bit ago and the subscriber papers were at least 45 minutes late. That’s going to keep him out longer this morning than we’re happy with. I got a couple of batches of marzipan made, but I’m shelling pistachios now (cheapest were in-shell) and that’s going to take a bit.
Today was have a bunch of stuff pulled out and there’s more to grab, but we’re going to make at least one trip to our new place. With any luck and energy it’ll be more like 3 or 4, but that’s more Tempus than me. I’m going to try to do some cookery today, maybe some packet meals, maybe some marzipan.
Just because…. Yes, that’s my grandbaby!
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today’s feast is the anniversary of the founding of the temple to Luna on the Aventine Hill in Rome. She was one of the principal Gods (one of the “Twenty) and is separate from Juno and Diana, also Moon Goddesses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_%28goddess%29
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 4/11 at 7:31pm. 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 4/4 at 3:02am .
Castor and Pollux shine together nearly overhead in the south after dark. Pollux is slightly the brighter of these “twins.” Draw a line from Castor through Pollux, follow it farther out by a big 26° (about 2½ fist-widths at arm’s length), and you’re at the dim head of Hydra, the Sea Serpent. In a moonless dark sky it’s a subtle but distinctive star grouping, about the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars show it easily through light pollution or moonlight. Continue the line farther by a fist and a half and you hit 2nd-magnitude Alphard, Hydra’s orange heart. Another way to find Hydra’s head: It’s almost midway from Procyon to Regulus.
The waning gibbous Moon shines in the hours before dawn Thursday morning, in the head of Scorpius now making its late-night appearance. Below or lower left of the Moon you’ll find orange Antares.
Nestled between the constellations Hydra and Virgo, early risers this morning will find the lesser-known constellation Corvus the Crow. Its four main stars, which create a boxy outline on the sky that doesn’t necessarily resemble a bird, all shine at roughly magnitude 3. Fifth-magnitude Zeta (ζ) Corvi, which lies inside the trapezoid, is a wide double star with components colored blue and yellow. They’re roughly 6′ apart — easy to split.
If you’re more interested in faint objects, seek out M104, also known as the Sombrero Galaxy. It’s located just over the border in Virgo. You’ll find it 5.5° northeast of Algorab (Delta [δ] Corvi) and 11° west of bright Spica (Alpha Virginis). This magnitude 9 spiral is visible in binoculars as well as telescopes, and is named for the dark band of dust encircling its bright center, lending the entire object the appearance of a broad-brimmed hat.
Mars (magnitude +1.3, in Taurus) shines high in the west after dark. Mars is now visibly fainter than orange Aldebaran below or lower left of it. In a telescope Mars is a mere 5 arcseconds wide: a tiny, shimmering bright blob too small for any surface detail.
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR MARCH 2021: THE BIG DIPPER – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-march-big-dipper
NIGHT SKY FOR APRIL 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-april
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 31 High 2:46 AM 8.8 6:58 AM Set 8:49 AM 94
~ 31 Low 9:27 AM -0.9 7:43 PM Rise 11:52 PM
~ 31 High 3:40 PM 7.3
~ 31 Low 9:24 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The real measure of your wealth is how much you would be worth if you lost all your money.
~ When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command; very often, that individual is crazy- Dave Barry.
~ If you are happy at the expense of another man’s happiness, you are forever bound. – Buddha
~ Lie down with dogs and you’ll rise with fleas. – Irish Proverb
~ Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat. – Mark Twain
No sooner doth St. All-fools’ morn approach,
But waggs, ere Phebus mount his gilded coach,
In sholes assemble to employ their sense,
In sending fools to get intelligence;
One seeks hen’s teeth, in farthest part of th’ town;
Another pigeon’s milk; a third a gown
From strolling cobler’s stall, left there by chance;
Thus lead the giddy tribe a merry dance.
And to reward them for their harmless toil,
The cobler ‘noints their limbs with stirrup oil.
Thus by contriver’s inadvertent jest,
One fool expos’d makes pastime for the rest. – Poor Robin’s Almanac, 1728
Beltane Magick –
Beltane Correspondences – (many sources)
Other Names – Beltaine, May Day, Walpurgisnacht, Walpurgiseve, May Eve, Rudemas, Celtic Summer. Other Names: Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),May Day, Fairy Day, Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltaine, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)
Date(s): celebrated: starts on the evening of April 30th, concluding at sunset of May 1st, actual: the date on which the sun is at 15 degrees Taurus.
Meaning – Union of God and Goddess, Sacred Marriage, All New Life, Fertility for ALL Living Things, End of Winter (Celtic).
Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting Wrapping the May Pole, The Great Rite, Gathering Flowers.
Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green, dark yellow, all the colors of the rainbow!
Tools: Broom, May Pole, cauldron
Stones/Gems: Emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz, Bloodstone.
Symbols & Decorations: May Pole, fires, fertility, flowers, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers Eggs, Flowers, Chalice, May Pole, Butterchurn, Flower Chaplet, May Baskets.
Foods: Dairy, bread, cereals, Foods traditionally come from the dairy, and dishes such as marigold custard and vanilla ice cream are fine. Oatmeal cakes are also appropriate.
Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff, Almond, Belladonna, Clover, Frankincense, Hawthorn, Primrose, Cowslip, Hawthorn, Rose, Birch, Rosemary, Lilac.
Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, Marriage/Sexual Union of Deities, All Mother Goddesses.
Goddesses – All Virgin Mother Goddesses, All Goddesses of Song and Dance, All Flower Goddesses, All Goddesses of the Hunt, All Fertility Goddesses, Aima (Hebraic), Aphrodite (Greek), Ariel (English), Artmis (Greek), Baubo (Greek), Blodewedd (Welsh), Chuang-Mu (Chinese), Cupra (Etruscan), Cybele (Greek), Damara (English), Devana (Slavic), Diana (Greek), Erzulie (Voodun), Fand (Manx-Irish), Flidais (Irish), Flora (Roman), Freya (Norse), Hilaria (Greek), Ilamatecuhtli (Aztec), Kaikibani (Polynesian), Lofn (Norse), Meilikki (Finnish), Perchta (Slavic), Prithbi (Hindu), Rainbow Snake (Aboriginal), Rhea (Cretean), Rhiannon (Welsh), Sarbanda (Shiela-na-gig Irish), Skadi (Teutonic), Tuulikki (Finnish), Var (Norse), Venus (Roman), Xochiquetzal (Aztec) .
Gods – All Gods of the Hunt, All Fertility Gods, All Gods of Love, All Young Father Gods, Arthur, King (Welsh-Cornish), Baal (Phoenician), Bel/Belanos (Celtic), Beltene (Irish-Scottish), Cernunnons (Greco-Celtic), Chores (Slavic), Cupid/Eros (Greco-Roman), Faunus (Roman), Frey (Norse), Herne (Greek), The Great Horned God (European), Lono (Polynesian), Manawyddan (Welsh), Odin (Norse), Orion (Grec-Arabic), Pan (Greek), Puck (English), Robin Goodfellow (English), Telipinu (Hittite).
Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard, Goats, Rabbits, Honey Bees.
Offerings: sacred wood and dried herbs burned in Beltane fires
Taboos – Giving away fire, and giving away food.
Attunement Teas – (Individually or Blended) Burdock, Damiana, Hibiscus, Rose Hips, Saffron.
Ritual Oils – Passion Flower, Rose, Tuber Rose, Vanilla.
Lore – Weaving and plaiting are traditional arts at this time of year, for the joining together of two substances to form a third is in the spirit of Beltane.
Ideas and Activities for Beltane – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
*** are also great to do with children 😉
***Walk the perimeter of your property to check that everything is in good order. Bring trash bags and do a general clean-up of anything that is not where it should be.
Make a miniature maypole for your altar if you cannot make a full size version
Get a new mirror, or use one you have already, and decorate it with ribbons and flowers for your bedroom
Fill a cauldron or a large bowl with fresh flowers (wildflowers are best)
***Braid bracelets out of white ribbons and give them as gifts to friends or family
***Make a dish of fruits, berries, nuts and leave in the wood for the animals and fae folk to enjoy
Cut branches of fresh green from budding trees, or make garlands of flowers to decorate the home for this celebration. Hang them on the doors and windows early, so the may sunrise finds them there!
Create a special wreath for the top of the May Pole
***Make “May Day” baskets of flowers and leave on friends and family’s doorsteps as a surprise gift. Maybe they’ll think a faerie did it!
***Create hair pieces and garlands for decorating your head or around your neck from flowers that are in bloom
***Tie ribbons to trees to celebrate the coming of spring. Make a wish each time you tie a ribbon as it’s good luck to wish for things on this day!
Bathe your face in the morning dew to retain youth.
- The fair maid who, the first of May
- Goes to the fields at break of day
- And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree
- Will ever after handsome be.
Other sources suggest using the dew found under oaks or on ivy leaves. Make a special wish as you wash your face in it or as you drink from a well before sunrise.
***Dance the May Pole – During the Maypole dance, think about what you wish to weave into, or out of, your spirit. The Maypole is an ancient symbol of the male aspect of the Divine, while the ribbons are strands of life. Have small baskets of goodies around the room to symbolize the coming abundance and to enjoy after the Circle. Magic is hungry work. (from Trish Telesco’s Victorian Grimoire)
Do a Beltane Day Spell for Health and Happiness
Plant your frost sensitive bulbs now.