Clear and *cold*! I’m hoping that my plants at home survive. I covered the ones at the shop. SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT from 1-8am today for frost. 33F, winds are calm, AQI 31-41, UV6. Chance of rain 2% today and 5% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 3am on Monday. Windy today and still chilly, tonight 38 again, but after today it’s warming and there’s no rain in the forecast until Tuesday a week and that’s only a 50% chance.
Yesterday started very sleepy. I had been up late with the cooking and Tempus hadn’t gotten papers until nearly four, so he got home a bit later than usual and both of us were groggy. I feel sorry for the lady who called about tarot decks because I was about as duh as I get on the phone! We did finally get ourselves put together, but it was slow for a Saturday.
At just about the time that I faded, Tempus finally got all the way functional and started collecting laundry, heading over to do that once we closed. I had landed on the nap bed and was out. Once he was back I got up and started writing. I have a class today and wanted another whack at the outline. Obviously we didn’t get much done on the moving, but we did spend some time organizing “what’s next?”.
I’m still really sleepy, so this is going out a touch early and Tempus will head out on his paper route around 2am.
Today I have to be functional by noon and my class starts at 2pm. I’ll be concentrating only on the class, so Tempus will have to run things. Yes, we’ll be open at 1pm. We’re talking about heading to the house for the evening, so I can get some stuff put away. We might take another load of plants and there’s a basket of other stuff, washed laundry and such. Depending on what shape I’m in after class, Tempus might get up to storage ahead of time.
Today’s plant is the Bells of Ireland, Moluccella laevis (Molucca balmis, Shellflower, Shell flower) is a summer flowering annual, native to Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus. It is cultivated for its spikes of flowers. In the language of flowers, it represents luck. It’s a member of the mint family as you can tell by the leaves! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bells_of_Ireland. Why Ireland? Only because it’s green. No relation!
Somewhere around this date a festival is held in Armenia for the goddess Anahit who rules fertility, healing, wisdom and water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anahit
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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. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/26 at 8:32pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 10:31am on 4/13.
The Moon will be absent from the sky two hours before sunrise — the perfect time to pull out your scope and search for Comet C/2020 R4 (ATLAS). Located in the northwestern part of Aquila the Eagle, ATLAS is floating amid myriad star clusters and nebulae. This morning, it is 3.5° southwest of open cluster NGC 6738 and 2.2° southeast of open cluster NGC 6709. If you need a bright signpost to point you to the comet, find magnitude 3 Zeta (ζ) Aquilae, then look 6° south-southwest of the star to find ATLAS. The comet is currently around magnitude 9.5 and spans about 5′; it is roughly 0.7 astronomical unit (AU; 1 AU is the average Earth-Sun distance) from Earth. ATLAS will make its closest approach to our planet — 0.5 AU — on April 23, but the Moon will interfere with viewing at that time.
At this time of year, the two Dog Stars stand vertically aligned in late twilight. Look southwest. Brilliant Sirius in Canis Major is below, and Procyon in Canis Minor is high above. They’re roughly two fists apart.
This is also the time of year when, as the last of twilight fades away, the bowl of the dim Little Dipper extends straight to the right of Polaris in the north. High above the end-stars of the Little Dipper’s bowl, you’ll find the end-stars of the Big Dipper’s bowl. That pair is almost twice as wide apart.
Mars (magnitude +1.4, in Taurus) shines high in the west after dark. Watch it pass between Beta and Zeta Tauri, the horntips of Taurus, on April 12th and 13th. Mars is visibly fainter than orange Aldebaran down below it, not to mention brighter orange Betelgeuse to Mars’s left or lower left. In a telescope Mars is a mere 5 arcseconds wide: a tiny, shimmering blob.
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
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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
Su 11 High 12:55 AM 7.5 6:38 AM Rise 6:53 AM 1
~ 11 Low 7:15 AM 0.6 7:56 PM Set 7:43 PM
~ 11 High 1:15 PM 7.0
~ 11 Low 7:19 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a graceful day!
~ Not every truth is the better for showing its face undisguised; and often silence is the wisest thing for a man to heed. – Pindar
~ Our strategy was to give Judge Hoffman a heart attack. We gave the court system a heart attack, which is even better. – Jerry Rubin
~ Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it. – Colette, French novelist, born on January 28, 1873
~ Such is life. – Last words of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, hanged for murder, November 11, 1880
Aprul’s come back; the swellin’ buds of oak
Dim the fur hillsides with a purplish smoke;
The brooks are loose an’, singing to be seen,
(Like gals,) make all the hollers soft an’ green – –James Russell Lowell (1819–91)
Beltane Magick – Chants
Maypole Dance Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Ann O’Brien 1995 – Source: http://www.earthspirit.com/mtongue/chtlib/chtlifr.html
Weave, spin, dance your cares away,
A spirit fire’s alive to your entrancing,
Weave, spin, dance into the May,
The earth and sky are wed as you are dancing,
May Day Chant 1 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Here we come a’ piping,
In Springtime and in May;
Green fruit a’ ripening,
And Winter fled away.
The Queen she sits upon the strand,
Fair as lily, white as wand;
Seven billows on the sea,
Horses riding fast and free,
And bells beyond the sand. – Doreen Valiente; “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”; Phoenix Publishing 1985
May Day Chant 2 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The High Priestess and High Priest lead a ring dance around the bonfire. Start out with “A Tree Song” from Rudyard Kipling’s “Weland’s Sword” story in “Puck of Pook’s Hill”.
“Oh, do not tell the Priest of our Art,
Or he would call it sin;
But we shall be out in the woods all night,
A conjuring summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth
For women, cattle and corn
Now is the sun come up from the South
With Oak, and Ash and Thorn!” – Janet and Stewart Farrar; “Eight Sabbats For Witches”; Robert Hale 1983