Well, the rain during the day was certainly a surprise, yesterday! It’s really warm compared to the last few nights and quite overcast. 47F, wind at 2-14mph and gusting, AQI 10-41, UV6. Chance of rain 14% today and 5% tonight. There’s another spike of rain in the forecast Fri/Sat, centering around midnight, but other than that we should be seeing dry and mostly sunny weather for several days here, after today’s morning cloud burns off. Kinda odd for April, but it’s also looking like it’s going to be a dry year. Time to start fire-season prep. There’ve already been several small wildfires torched off by yard debris burns. Something to think on. How clean is *your* yard?
Yesterday was really busy. We didn’t get up until really late (3pm) and went right to the shop, made coffee and started in. I ended up doing mostly let-me-find-it for a big chunk of the afternoon while Tempus was putting stuff into the car and getting things down or pulling things out that were on the list.
I was working with the people who are building our house steps, who are coming on Friday to install. We’ve got the last details worked out, except for what time, because Tempus is going to have to be out there so they can measure for the shower grab bars. I’m hoping he can get his recliner in before they start, or at worst ask for a hand to get it inside.
Tempus went out to the house around 6pm, got the bump-out supports in, properly, and off-loaded, then spent some time puttering and measuring before coming home for supper. We’re thinking we may put one more support under there, just to be on the safe side. I’ve spent most of the evening writing, after a long nap. Tempus is snoozing right now, but should be heading out on the paper route within an 1/2 hour. …on his way at 2:10.
Today I have a doctor appointment at 9:30. I’m hoping Tempus is going to sleep for the early part of the afternoon once we open at 1pm, but he has to either do laundry or go up to storage, so it depends on what he thinks is most important. He has the bulk route in the evening.
I’m going to be writing again and trying to put together the stuff that I’m supposed to be working with for a class on Sunday. The person running it said she was going to give me a bunch of help on how-to, but hasn’t, so I’m hoping I don’t have to cancel it again.
Today’s Plant is the Linden Tree, tilia species. It is also called lime tree (no relation to the fruit) and basswood. It is the national tree of many countries, particularly in Central Europe, (the Czech Republic!) where at one time it was sacred and councils met at the sacred linden, just as in the British Isles they met at an oak. The wood is widely used for carving and for guitars. The inner bark of the tree has been used in making fabric. The flowers, which smell delicious, are used in teas and perfumes and a valuable honey is derived from them. The flowers, leaves, wood, and charcoal (obtained from the wood) are used for medicinal purposes. – Feminine, Jupiter, Water, Taurus– Bark used for protection, leaves and flowers for immortality. Good Fortune, Sleep and Love. Hang branches over the door for protection or grow in the garden. Use in love spells/mixtures and protection spells & incenses. Mix equal parts Linden and Lavender flowers and place in a sachet under your pillowcase to relieve insomnia. Keep Linden on a table to release the energies needed to keep the spirit alive and healthy.
Hana-matsuri (flower festival) is the name in Japan for the celebration of the birthday of Siddharta Gautama Buddha. It’s not a national holiday, but celebrated within the temples. The tradition of bathing the altars is interesting. On the festival & practices http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha%27s_Birthday on Japanese festivals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsuri on Buddha http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha
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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. 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.
Early this morning before sunrise, you’ll find Comet C/2020 R4 (ATLAS) amid the plane of the Milky Way in Aquila. The comet, which is roughly magnitude 10, is less than 7′ due east of magnitude 5.6 22 Aquilae. Nearby — just 2.1° west of the comet’s position — is the magnitude 13.5 open cluster NGC 6755, which spans roughly 6′ on the sky. Twice that distance to the comet’s south is the brighter (magnitude 9) globular NGC 6760, which is slightly more compact at about 5.4′ across. ATLAS will continue through a region rich with deep-sky objects all month, so keep an eye on this visitor from the Kuiper Belt for more cosmic meetups throughout April. The comet makes its closest approach to Earth on the 23rd, when it will be roughly half the average Earth-Sun distance from our planet. After that, its brightness will diminish quickly. You’ll want to get in your observations now — once ATLAS fades from view, it won’t return for another 933 years.
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
Th 8 Low 5:13 AM 2.2 6:44 AM Rise 5:50 AM 17
~ 8 High 10:57 AM 7.0 7:53 PM Set 4:32 PM
~ 8 Low 5:34 PM 0.3
~ 8 High 11:56 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love like you’ve never been hurt.
~ Where do we find a precept in the Bible for Creeds, Confessions, Doctrines and Oaths, and whole carloads of other trumpery that we find religion encumbered with in these days? – John Adams, second President of the USA
~ World domination. The same old dream. Our asylums are full of people who think they’re Napoleon. Or God. – James Bond (fictional birth date, November 16, 1924), British commander and MI6 agent 007, archetypal spy created by British author Ian Fleming; from Dr. No, 1962
~ Young heads take example of the ancient. – Queen Elizabeth I; in a message to Parliament
~ A Christian should try to be a good Christian, a Muslim should try to be a good Muslim, a Hindu should try to be a good Hindu. – Mother Teresa
Again the blackbirds sing; the streams
Wake, laughing, from their winter dreams,
And tremble in the April showers
The tassels of the maple flowers. –John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)
Beltane Magick – Recipes
Beltane Marigold Custard –
http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – courtesy of Elizebethia’s room of Magik and Wicca
- 2 Cups of Milk
- 1 Cup Unsprayed Marigold Petals
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 3 Tbs Sugar
- 1 or 2 inch piece of vanilla bean
- 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
- 1/8 teaspoon of allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon of rosewater
- whipped cream
- Grind Marigold Petals.
- Mix Salt, Sugar and Allspice Together.
- Scald Milk with Ground Marigold Petals and Vanilla Bean.
- Remove Bean.
- Add Yolk And Dry Ingredients.
- Cook on Low heat.
- Let Cool.
- When Cool Add Rose Water.
- Mix Well.
- Top with whipped cream
Maple Angel Cake
- This recipe serves: 14
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 1 hour
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1 1/2 cups superfine granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups egg whites (about 10 large eggs whites), at room temperature
- 1 1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar to the flour and sift twice.
3. With an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form when the mixer is removed from the batter.
4. Add half of the remaining sugar and beat for 1 minute. Add the remaining sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating after each addition.
5. Stir in the vanilla and maple extract.
6. Fold the flour and sugar mixture into the egg whites, 1/4 cup at a time, just until incorporated.
7. Put the batter in an ungreased 10″ tube pan and bake until the cake is light golden brown and springy to the touch, about 1 hour. Invert the pan and let the cake cool completely before removing from the pan.
|Serving Size: 1 slice (1/14 of cake)|
|Total Fat 0 g|
|Saturated Fat 0 g|
|Protein 3 g|
|Total Carbohydrate 29 g|
|Dietary Fiber 0 g|
|Sodium 78 mg|
|Percent Calories from Fat 1%|
|Percent Calories from Protein 89%|
|Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 10%|
Make it Quicker: This cake can be made in advance, cooled completely and stored in an airtight container.
Creamy Cornmeal and Pumpkin Porridge – Serves 4 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
This rich porridge is silky smooth, almost like a custard. You can use any kind of milk–rice, almond, oat–here. However, almond milk has a nutty flavor that works well with the pumpkin and cornmeal. When buying canned pumpkin puree, make sure to avoid brands with sweeteners. The label should have just one ingredient–pumpkin.
- 2 cups almond, rice, or soymilk
- 1cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Maple syrup
- Whisk milk and pumpkin together in medium nonstick saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally, over medium heat.
- Meanwhile, stir cornmeal, ginger, and salt together in small bowl.
- Whisk in 1/2 cup cold water until smooth.
- Whisk cornmeal mixture into simmering pumpkin mixture.
- Cover pan, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until thickened and hot, about 5 minutes.
- Divide porridge among bowls and drizzle with maple syrup to taste.
- Serve immediately