It’s cloudy, so warmer than it’s been. 42F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI 25-39, UV6. Chance of rain 36% today and 76% tonight. Grass pollen still moderate. Tonight’s the real chance of showers, peaking at midnight. It’s likely to stay cloudy all day. There’s another chance Friday night, but only for .008 inches, so probably nothing. The rest of the forecast is sunny or mostly sunny and by Monday the highs are supposed to get getting up into the 60’s! Early summer, already?
Yesterday was kinda fun. Very relaxed, thankfully. Tempus and I slept until his phone rang that Sash was very close, so we got up and ran over to the shop. Tempus got coffee and I got the door unlocked and Sash was there within a couple of minutes. We spent a couple of hours with coffee and hrudka and talk and getting a few things pulled out for the move that take two people.
Tempus was supposed to go with the guy we got the trailer from to get the title signed properly, but that had trouble tracking down the lady that was supposed to sign on it. They had trouble on Sunday, too, and both times cost Tempus a trip out to our home with a carload.
I heard from our steps guy and the only thing left is just to get ’em installed and get him paid! We also talked about getting some help with the grab bars that I’m going to need.
Sash took off 6-ish, since he had gotten called in to work. I watered plants until I was out of water, which was about 1/2 the plants. Tempus and I worked on mail and small chores until time for supper, and then I curled up for a nap and he took off to do the bulk route. …We just talked on the phone, the bulk route went as usual and he’s had a good nap and is just waiting for the subscriber papers to come down from Lincoln City.
Today Tempus has to refill my watering jugs so I can finish up with the plants, then he has to hit the PO, put the stuff for our home back into the car and take that load out, then come back to rummage in storage. I’ve got a list for him of things that he’s supposed to be looking for and I’ll get back to work on shells and such, although I have to sweep the office space and re-stack the things that got moved when the chair got pulled out. I’m hoping to go out to the house in one of the later trips that Tempus makes to get a bunch of stuff put away.
Today’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn.Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)
Today is the anniversary of the date in 1348 where Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor issued a Golden Bull, founding the Charles University in Prague and granted it this <<<< seal. This was the first University in Central Europe. It has survived to the present day, even though there were periods where no degrees were given and it was down to a handful of faculty members. It was the seat of the early part of the Protestant Reformation and Jan Hus, the martyr, leader of the Utraquists. was a faculty member. More on the university here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_University_in_Prague On Medieval Universities, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_university On the Utraquists here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utraquists and on the Hussites http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hussite
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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 4/7 at 10:30am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 4/10 at 10:30am.
Since passing by Saturn yesterday, the waning crescent Moon has slid east and passes 4° south of Jupiter at 3 A.M. EDT. Jupiter, currently a bright magnitude –2.1, rises first around 4:30 A.M. local time. The Moon follows about 25 minutes later.
Jupiter is surrounded by its Galilean moons: To the east sit Ganymede (farthest) and Io (nearest); to the west are Europa (nearest) and Callisto (farthest). This morning, Jupiter also sits 2° due north of magnitude 2.9 Deneb Algedi (Delta Capricorni). This white, A-type star sits nearly 40 light-years away and is part of a multiple-star system containing three other stars. One of those companions has an orbit that carries it in front of the bright star about once a day. During these eclipses, Deneb Algedi dims by roughly 0.2 magnitude, which is enough to notice with the naked eye — if an observer is meticulous in recording its brightness compared to nearby stars.
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 fists 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.
Dwarf planet Ceres — the largest object in the asteroid belt and one of the worlds visited by the Dawn spacecraft — is in conjunction with the Sun at 3 A.M. EDT.
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55 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 7 Low 4:17 AM 2.9 6:46 AM Rise 5:24 AM 25
~ 7 High 9:56 AM 6.9 7:51 PM Set 3:25 PM
~ 7 Low 4:48 PM 0.3
~ 7 High 11:20 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is justice for all, but it doesn’t seem to be equally distributed.
~ Attractive as the Diggers’ manifesto was to many of the dispossessed, it found little favour with property owners. – George Monbiot, English journalist and author; ‘Still Digging’
~ Curses are like young chickens, they always come home to roost. – Robert Southey, Poet Laureate of Britain, born on August 12, 1774; ‘The Curse of Kehama’
~ Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else. – Will Rogers, American comedian, born on November 4, 1879, The Illiterate Digest
~ For surely this particular property of mine and thine hath brought in all misery upon people. For first, it hath occasioned people to steal one from another. Secondly, it hath made laws to hang those that did steal. It tempts people to do an evil action and then kills them for doing it. Let all judge if this not be a great devil. – Gerrard Winstanley
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
Beltane Magick – Prayers
A Prayer of thanks to a lover – excerpt from Fifth Sacred Thing By Starhawk;
My love, you are a river fed by many streams
I bless all who have shaped you,
The lovers whose delights still dance patterns on your back,
Those who carved your channels deeper, broader, wider,
Whitewater and backwater lovers,
Swamp lovers , sun-warmed estuary lovers,
Lovers with surface tension,
Lovers like boulders,
Like ice forming and breaking,
Lovers that fill and spill with the tides.
I bless those who have taught you and those who have pleased you and
those who have hurt you.
All those who have made you who you are.
Five hundreth pointes of good husbandrie
At Philip and James, away with the lambs;
That thinkest to any milk of their dams;
At Lammas leave milking, for fear of a thing,
Lest in winter they sing.
To milk and to fold them, is much to require,
Except ye have pasture to fill their desire;
Yet many by milking (such heed do they take)
Not hurting their bodies, much profit do make.
Five ewes allow to every cow, make a proof by a score,
Shall double thy dairy or trust me no more:
Yet may a good huswife that knoweth the skill,
Have mixt or unmixt, at her pleasure and will….
Be sure thy neat have water and meat;
From bull, cow fast, till Crouchmas be past;
From heifer bull bid thee till Lammas bid thee,
Leave cropping from May to Michaelmas-day.
Thy brake go and sow where barley did grow;
The next crop wheat is husbandry neat.
Fine basil sow in a pot to grow;
Watch bees in May for swarming away. – Thomas Tusser (1524 – 1580), Five hundreth pointes of good husbandrie: as well for the champion or open countrie, as also for the woodland or severall ; mixed in everie month with huswiferie, over and besides the booke of huswiferie, London: ‘Printed in the now dwelling house of Henrie Denham in Aldersgate Street at the signe of the starre’, 1586
A General Beltane Blessing Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Oak and May,
On This Day,
Will both Heed
Those in Need.
God of Sun,
Bless your Children
‘Till our days are done.
Beltane Poem – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Written by Lady Lissar, firstname.lastname@example.org
spilt out into the meadows
running into every being
filling us up with spirit
the pulsing red life of the earth
in the smoke of the firecircle
i saw my demons scatter to the skies
dissolving into the midnight air
there is nothing but the sun
in perfect equilibrium
unreal yet grounded
alone in body, full in spirit