The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Overcast and looking to rain starting around 4:30. There’s already been a little. Right now there’s only green splodges near Lincoln City and north. 47F, wind at 5-11 mph and gusting, AQI 14-42, UV6. Chance of rain 24% today and 3% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FROM 2 AM SATURDAY TO 5 AM PDT SUNDAY. We actually look to be south of the rainy spots. We’ll see. After this it looks to be dry right through the end of the 10-day forecast. We could get some wind on Sunday. The temps will be climbing into the low 60’s by Monday, although today looks a bit chill.
Yesterday flew past again. I tried to get Tempus up to go out to the house when the work started aroudn 10am, but he was too sleepy, so he headed out there around 2pm, approved the work and had the folks look at the shower stall re grab bars. We have steps! That means full-bore moving this weekend. We still need the mattress and to get dehumidifier and air purifier in there, and then we’ll be sleeping there. I think most of the basics have migrated, already, but there’s stuff in storage that’s needful, yet.
Tempus had stopped in Newport and picked up some carrots, brie and spinach for me. Now I just need to cook. The hotplate had gotten a bunch of ash deposits on it from something. We’re not sure what caused them, but we had to scrub them loose before using it again. I may take 1/2 an hour and get some of that cooked before I go to sleep. Depends on how sleepy I am when this is done.
We had the shop open on time. There were a lot of customers through during the day, mostly from out of town. One was from Corvallis and had heard about us through some SCA contacts, several others were from Portland. One was a lady who’s been in several times, but not in the last couple of years. We caught up on news and I got to admire her mask. It’s the same style as my rainbow one, the “duckbeak”, but she also added some gears and keys for a cool steampunk look! …and she bought a *lot* of the new small quartz points. I’m going to have to order some more, already.
Tempus went to the PO and I got my free 5 yards of linen for a dress and it’s *scrumptious*! Now, once it’s washed to pre-shrink and get the sizing out, I just need to be able to sit down with my sewing machine and ruffler after cutting it out. With that and the new patchwork (I’ll probably sew at the same time), I should have two nice light things for this summer. I also have a black and white check that needs inserts since a Chinese 5x is apparently a US size large…. They *must* use rubber rulers, since my bustline is 40″, their supposed bustline for the dress is 40″, but the dress itself measures 36″ and that’s counting the seam allowance!?!?!?!!! I even have a couple of nice, swirly-feeling dresses in a celestial print with the same problem. Well, at least I found ’em, so when I can sew I’ll have some nice clothes. Oh, goodness, where is my crab spider print fabric? That’s one more with the ruffler!
Tempus also got the other 1/2 of his easter stuff. He’s had the Minions shirt for several days, but the knitted hat came today. He wore it for awhile, but I didn’t manage to catch a picture. I will. He’s a hoot with the beard sticking out under the bright yellow. 🙂 He promised he’ll hold still today at some point. 🙂
The sparkly rhinestone pentacles are finally labeled and out for sale! You can find them with the pendants in the display box close to the door. We also got the cute baby/toddler hats that I was talking about last week. Some have crabs, one a shark and there’s a tie-dye, plus a bunch of warm knitted ones with rabbit ears. 🙂 I got a bunch of other little things sorted and out and it looks like we’re almost out of the amethyst clusters, already.
Today we’re supposed to be moving some more stuff, but I don’t know if the mattress is going to move today or tomorrow. I’m excited to be finally in our own place again, but it really depends one what Tempus is up to. He fell asleep after supper on the nap bed and is still there when it’s nearly time to head out on the paper route! He’s going to have to drop me off where we’re staying on the way.
So, the shop will be open at 1pm. We’ll be working on various things. I’m hoping to get my new meds today…maybe… and who knows whether that’s going to destabilize my system? So far the ones I got last week aren’t doing a number on me, at least. Ok, heading out….
Today’s plant is the FlyAgaric, Amanita Muscaria, the “toadstool” of fairy tales. It’s easily recognizable with its bright red and white cap. Poisonous and hallucinogenic, it’s a favorite of the weirder Fae and a common decoration for Yule trees….for which a lot of people have come up with odd reasons. It probably is an ancient enough association with the time of year that people have forgotten, but there may be a connection through reindeer, shamanism and Odin to Santa Claus and the other gifting deities…. you *can* use the dried mushroom in amulets for vision quests, just don’t eat the darned thing! More here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria
Today’s feast is in memory of the 71,000 people that died from the 1815 three-month-long eruption of the Mount Tambora volcano in Sulawesi, Indonesia. It caused a volcanic winter that made crops fail across the world and gave rise to the stories about the “Year without a Summer” that was even written about in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book, #3, Farmer Boy. Crops froze in New England on the morning of the 4th of July! This is the largest eruption by volume of any in recorded history. Recently cultural remains were found in a place dubbed, “the Indonesian Pompeii”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tambora
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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. 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 7:31am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 7:31pm on 4/11
Nova Cassiopeiae 2021 (V1405 Cas) was still holding on at about magnitude 8.3 as of April 9th. See Bright Nova Erupts in Cassiopeia, after it was discovered at 9.6 on March 18th and quickly peaked at 7.7. To get a light curve with the most up-to-date brightness measurements, go to aavso.org and in “Pick a Star”, enter “V1405 Cas” and choose “Plot a light curve”. There, visual observers’ estimates are the open black circles, and photoelectric V magnitudes are the green squares. (You can see calendar dates instead of Julian Days using “Preferences”.) And where’s Cassiopeia itself? Catch it sinking in the north-northwest right after the end of twilight. Look early before it gets too low!
Comet ATLAS, currently 9th or 10th magnitude, is high in the early-morning sky moving from Aquila toward Hercules, awaiting 6-inch and larger telescopes. See Bob King’s Make the Most of Comet ATLAS.
And at the end of that article is info and a chart for the new Nova Sagittarii 2021 No. 2 just off the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot. It’s currently 8th magnitude and fairly well up in the south-southeast before the beginning of dawn.
By late evening the Sickle of Leo stands nearly vertical high in the south. Its bottom star is Regulus, the brightest of Leo. Leo himself is walking westward. The Sickle forms his front leg, chest, mane, and part of his head. Off to the left, a long right triangle forms his hind end and long tail. Spot brighter Procyon nearly four fists to the right of Regulus and a bit lower. About halfway along that line and just a bit below, look for the dim head of Hydra, the Sea Serpent.
April 5–12 is this year’s International Dark Sky Week. This weeklong event celebrates the dark night sky as a natural resource in its own right and raises awareness that it is in danger from growing light pollution across the globe. You can visit the International Dark Sky Association’s International Dark Sky Week website to learn more about this important cause and how you can help preserve the night sky with just a few simple steps. If you’re looking for an easy way to participate, consider registering for International Dark Sky Week Bingo. You can even check off several of the card’s squares tonight by going outside to gaze at the night sky, looking for a new constellation you’ve never studied before, or simply taking a look at the artificial lighting options around your home.
But not all sources of light pollution are manmade. The Moon is a natural source of light pollution — and even it’s observing International Dark Sky Week this week! Our satellite is currently a waning crescent barely visible during the day. Your best bet for catching the 28-day-old Moon is about 10 minutes before sunrise, but be extremely careful with any optics you’re using. Put away binoculars or telescopes several minutes before the Sun breaks the horizon to avoid accidentally damaging your eyesight.
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
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 10 High 12:27 AM 7.3 6:40 AM Rise 6:33 AM 5
~ 10 Low 6:39 AM 1.1 7:55 PM Set 6:41 PM
~ 10 High 12:34 PM 7.0
~ 10 Low 6:47 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – HAPPINESS is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.
~ Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience. – Mother Teresa
~ Take time to laugh – it is the music of the soul. – From an old English prayer.
~ The International Day of Peace is always a special occasion, but this one is even more so – for this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Peace Bell, which we ring every year on this day. – Kofi Annan, September 21, 2004
~ The rigors undertaken by devout Muslims inspire respect for Islam among people of all faiths. And this can bring hope of greater understanding for good will. It can overflow old boundaries when wholehearted devotion to one’s own faith is matched with a devout respect for the faith of others. That is why we welcome Islam in America. It enriches our country with Islam’s teachings of self-discipline, compassion and commitment to family. It deepens America’s respect for Muslims here at home and around the world, from Indonesia to Pakistan, the Middle East and Africa. – US President William J Clinton, November 27, 2000
ODE TO A COW
When life seems one too many for you,
Go and look at a cow.
When the future’s black and the outlook blue,
Go and look at a cow.
For she does nothing but eat her food,
And sleep in the meadows entirely nood,
Refusing to fret or worry or brood
Because she doesn’t know how.
Whenever you’re feeling bothered and sore,
Go and look at a cow.
When everything else is a fearful bore,
Go and look at a cow.
Observe her gentle and placid air,
Her nonchalance and savoir faire,
Her absolute freedom from every care,
Her imperturbable brow.
So when you’re at the end of your wits,
Go and look at a cow.
Or when your nerves are frayed to bits,
And wrinkles furrow your brow;
She’ll merely moo in her gentle way,
Switching her rudder as if to say:
“Bother tomorrow! Let’s live today! Take the advice of a cow.” – The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1936
Beltane Magick – Crafts
Fun for the Kids – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html***fun for grownups too 😉
Let your child dress up like the May Queen. Make a pointed hat with a large piece of paper rolled, and tape crepe paper streamer from the top. Decorate with crayons, stickers, and glitter.
Make a plastic “May Cup” to toast the trees in and have the kids go around doing that.
Make easy wreaths for your head and for anyone who might celebrate Beltane with you.
***Make some lovely garden furniture for the fae folk.
***Try your hand at our Beltane Word Search or read the story of Meagan’s Beltane by Kat Dyer.
May Cup (For Beltane)
Long-stemmed goblet or glass
Potpourri/seasonal dried or fake flowers
Red, white, and/or gold ribbon
Small grapevine wreath
Charm for decoration
Fill the cup with floral decorations of the season (bluebells, roses, daisies, primroses, lilac) or potpourri in May colors (green, soft pink, blue, yellow, and/or white). Around the cup, use gold, red, or white ribbon to hang a charm of some sort; some of the best images to use would be a grapevine or twig star (available at most craft stores or easily constructed with twigs and wire), a bell, or a faery image, possibly even a small broom or just a string of beads. Now the stem of the cup can be decorated however you like: Wire-stemmed flowers can be wound around it, or fake ivy, or even red and white ribbons wound around like a maypole if that suits the decoration. Place the cup in the center of the grapevine wreath, and also decorate the wreath with seasonal florals, including red and white ribbons. Use it as a centerpiece for a seasonal altar or kitchen table.
The “May cup” was originally a chalice whose purpose was to hold wine or another beverage which was consumed by the May King and May Queen, elected by the people during the town May Day party. The cup can be used in solitary, couple, or group ritual to hold a blessed beverage for the ritual; the cup can be decorated but left empty of florals until after the beverage has been consumed. Then it can be rinsed with water and filled by the participants with the various florals.
Sabbat Crafts page – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/crafts.html
Sabbats main page – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/sabbats.html
Ivy’s Pentacles – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pentacle.html
Easy Wreath for Your Head
Image from www.starcraftsob.com
Gold, silver or other bendable garland found in stores at Yuletide/Xmas-this usually comes in stars, holly and other such designs
Measure around the head. Measure a piece of garland the same length plus 6 inches. Over lap 3 inches of each end and wrap one end around the other as tightly as possible. Cut lengths of curling ribbon about 4 feet long and tie onto the back side of the wreath. Tie so the ends of the ribbon are even and spaced about 1 inch apart. about one third of the way around. Curl the ribbons. Wear. 🙂 – From Luna Sisters
Crowns of Flowers – From the starcrafts site – http://www.starcraftsob.com/craft/beltanelore.shtml
Of all Wiccan rites, Beltane is the one most likely to find many, if not all, the women crowned with wreaths of flowers. These can be fun to make, either as permanent wreaths of silk flowers, or if enough fresh flowers are in bloom in your area, a fresh flower crown.
The base for fresh flower wreaths might be vines or supple branches of flowering shrubs that can be formed into a circlet and bound with floral tape, light wire or twine. Then extra flowers can be easily woven into the circlet.
For a wreath of silk flowers, you can start with a circlet of heavy coated floral wire, but I’ve found that building a wreath quickly can be most easily done by starting with ivy or leaf garland. Cut a piece long enough to form a circle that fits your head nicely with just a bit to spare so you can neatly wire the ends together. Then you will have a good base of leaves into which you can easily twist stems of a variety of silk flowers, securing them with a bit of floral tape where necessary.
A cascade of narrow ribbons tied at the back makes a pretty finish.
Silliness – Organization Body
The body of any organization has four bones:
1. Wish bones, who spend all their time wishing someone else will do all the work;
2. Jaw Bones, who do all the talking and very little else;
3. Knuckle Bones, who knock everything that everybody else tries to do;
4. Back Bones, who get under the load and do all the work.