Daily Stuff 4-18-21 Superman

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Josh Orkin.

We’re down to 5 fires, thankfully. Everyone being on their toes made a difference! The fog was a surprise, lingering all day. Everything is damp and quiet and mysterious-looking. 43F, wind at 0-4mph, AQI 22-43, UV4. Chance of rain 5% today and 13% tonight. The pollen is up to “moderate. Today ought to be sunny, but so was yesterday supposed to be! Monday will be cloudy and there’s a tiny chance of rain during the night into Tuesday. Then through Thursday the clouds will increase until from Friday on it should be pretty constant with the chance of rain slowly creeping up to 50%. Still really, really dry. Don’t let down your guard!

Yesterday was busy, pretty much all day. Tempus worked in back while I tended customers, although I had to call him for things like tarot decks. I did a lot of computer housekeeping because we were busy enough that I didn’t want to have something that I needed to concentrate on.

Tempus got a batch of bread for today’s virtual potluck and the shop smelled wonderful for hours. He also got the table ready for me to do more cookery first thing in the morning. I want to wash the table and get a nice cover on it, for doing marzipan photos. I also ordered some tins and liners for giving those out. They’re going into an auction, so I want them to be nice.

Today is our crazy cook day, the once-a-month, when I make entirely too much food of various fun sorts. I have the worst of it done, long since. I want to make a fresh batch of dumplings and I *really* wanted seedcakes, but I’m not sure that one’s going to happen. …and then marzipan. I sorted tools last evening, so I should be able to find what I need for the fancy stuff, and my lovely new food processor should make the doughs really easy.

We’ll have the shop open at 1pm. I think I’d better get Tempus to water the outside plants today, and I need to remind him about clothespins for the sunhats. He supposed to stop for some things in Newport in the morning before he finished the paper route.

Flowering Currant – Photo by Josh Orkin on 4/3/21 Used with permission


Today’s plant is the tropical tree, the Rose Apple Syzygium jambos – In ancient Sanskrit, the land now called India was referred to by the ancient Indians themselves as Jambudvipa, which means Rose-apple-land (jambud = rose apple; vipa = land). With its thick, leathery leaves and great span of branches, the Jambu Tree offers great shade and coolness against the sun. Stories tell that Lord Buddha sat in the shade of a Jambu Tree (the story is often told as a “Bodhi tree”), watching men plowing the land with oxen and meditating on the burdens we all must carry in this life. He was determined that he would either reach enlightenment or die where he sat. He finally saw his previous births and realized that people are born and reborn into different states according to their deeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_jambos  Information on the Bodhi Tree, Ficus religiosa here:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_tree

feast 0418 Stamp_Day_for_Superman

Today’s Feast is in honor of the date in 1938 when the super-hero, Superman, first appeared in Action Comics. He’s a cultural icon, probably one of the most recognizable. “Look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!” He’s gone through comic books, newspaper comics, radio shows, television (my childhood… flying on a table with a fan in front of him. <grin>) movies, etc. This is a good article:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman The picture is George Reeves from the government film, “Stamp Day for Superman”. This is the Reeves who was the television actor, not Christopher Reeves who played Superman in the movies, and in a irony of fate, was paralyzed from the neck down in a riding accident and lived the rest of his life on life support.

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Cancer

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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/19 at 1:59pm

This has turned into a crackling month for novae! The latest is Nova Scorpii 2021. It popped up and peaked around magnitude 8.6 on April 13th, then quickly dropped to 10.0 by the 15th. Will it rebound? See Bob King’s A Bouquet of Novae Brightens April Nights. Nova Cassiopeiae 2021 (V1405 Cas) was, meanwhile, still holding steady at about magnitude 8.1 as of April 15th. It’s been about like that for four weeks now. See Bright Nova Erupts in Cassiopeia. Comet ATLAS, at 9th magnitude, is crossing Hercules high in the early-morning sky, awaiting 6-inch and larger telescopes. See Make the Most of Comet ATLAS. At the end of that article are info and charts for Nova Sagittarii 2021 No. 2 (V6595 Sgr), just off the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot in good view before the first light of dawn. In the last two weeks this one has faded steadily from magnitude 8.0 to 10.5.

Brilliant Jupiter has a special surprise in store for early-morning risers today. The bright (magnitude –2.1) planet lies in northeastern Capricornus, with dimmer (magnitude 0.6) Saturn nearly 14° to its upper right (west). But the real spectacle is Jupiter’s moons — grab a telescope and center it on the giant planet by about 5:50 A.M. EDT (note that this may be a bit challenging for East Coast observers, but those farther west will still have dark skies). Look on the western side of Jupiter, where, from closest to farthest, sit Io, Europa, and Ganymede. Callisto appears alone on the planet’s eastern side. At 5:52 A.M. EDT, Io’s shadow will begin to eclipse Europa, despite the fact that the two “appear” relatively far apart (44″). The event progresses quickly, ending just five minutes later at 5:57 A.M. EDT, but during those five minutes, roughly 87 percent of Europa will be covered by the smaller moon’s shadow. This type of event, where two of Jupiter’s moons eclipse or occult each other, is called a mutual event. Every six years, the plane ofJupiter’s Galilean satellites aligns with our line of sight from Earth, allowing us to really probe the effects orbital dynamics in this stunning system. Several such events will be visible throughout the year, so stay tuned for more.

The Moon – This is the Moon as it appeared on November 20, 2020 at 6 P.M. EST. Visible are several maria, or darker seas, while the crater Theophilus stands out in stark contrast near the terminator. – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

The Moon shines in central Gemini this evening under Pollux and Castor, forming a long, tall triangle with them. Farther left of the Moon is Procyon. Much farther right of the Moon is Capella.

At this time of year, the two Dog Stars stand vertically aligned in late twilight. Look directly 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 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. And 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.

Details of what we can see of Mercury pale in comparison to what the MESSENGER spacecraft ¬captured up close. – NASA/JHUAPL/CIW

Mercury is in superior conjunction at 10 P.M. EDT. Later this month, it will appear in the evening sky alongside Venus.

Mars (magnitude +1.4, crossing from Taurus into Gemini) shines in the west after dark. In a telescope Mars is a mere 5 arcseconds wide, just a tiny shimmering blob.

Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

NIGHT SKY FOR APRIL 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-april

Sun in Aries

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month 
of Fearn Alder Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – Orange
Planting 4/18&19
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of seer-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Su  18     High   4:19 AM     6.8   6:26 AM     Set  1:50 AM      26
~    18     Low  11:46 AM     0.6   8:05 PM    Rise 10:26 AM
~    18     High   6:41 PM     5.4
~    18     Low  11:26 PM     3.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting on the beach, a warm breeze tickling your skin and the comforting sound of waves breaking on the shore.


Journal Prompt – Wiki – If you could change you name, what would you change it to?



~   We’re afraid, it’s because we don’t know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid. – E. Nightingale
~   A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm. – Charles M. Schwab
~   The secret lies in how we handle today, not yesterday or tomorrow.  Today…that special block of time holding the key that locks out yesterday’s nightmares and unlocks tomorrow’s dreams. – Charles Swindoll, Clergyman and writer
~   I went to a restaurant that serves ‘Breakfast At Any Time’. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance. – Stephen Wright

There’s a path that leads to Nowhere
in a meadow that I know
Where an island river rises
And the stream is still and slow. – Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1861–1933)


Beltane Magick – Crafts

Laminated Window Hangings for Beltane

you will need:
–  lined paper
–  laminating paper
–  crayons
–  Beltane cookie cutters(the big ones)
–  scissors & a single hole punch
–  a pencil
what to do:

Lightly trace the shapes of flowers, wreaths, Maypoles or other Beltane figures with your pencil.

Cut out those shapes with scissors.

Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.

Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.

Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.

Cow Puppet – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html (Adult supervision for the scissors)

Items needed:

  • Paper Lunch Bag (preferably white)
  • Black Paint
  • Circle-Shaped Sponge
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

With your paper bag, take your construction markers to make a face on the bottom of the bag. The mouth will be on the bottom edge where the bag is folded. You can use felt as well, for the eyes, nose, ears, spots, etc. For the ears, cut small and pointy shapes out of the construction paper and use the glue to attach them to the side of the bottom edge of the bag.

Thyrsus ©2013 M. Bartlett

This is one of the variations on a wand that is specific to Beltane as Wicca practice it. Our version comes directly from Ancient Greece, where the thyrsus (also spelled thyrsos) was a sacred instrument at religious rituals and festivals, particularly in the rites of Dionysus. The original was a stick of giant fennel (Ferula communis) with ivy, always topped with a pine cone. Sometimes they were wound with ribbon, as well, I’d guess to keep the ivy from unwinding and for “pretty”.

They’re usually seen as a phallic symbol and often paired with a cup for the wine used in the rituals. The Maypole can be seen as a large version of this, the symbolism being obvious to practioners of a fertility religion!

There’s a little more information here and a number of links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyrsos

They’re pretty easy to make, since you can take any stick and fasten a pine cone to the end….

To make a useable one for Wiccan use that will hold up to more than 5 minutes of a ritual, takes a little more preparation.

Materials & Tools for the wand:
A dowel ½” or 5/8”, any thicker gets too heavy.
A pine cone, preferably one with a thick core
Glue (a thick craft glue, like Tacky Glue ™ or carpenters’ wood glue)
Drill and either a tiny bit for pilot holes or an 1/8 inch bit
Scissors and/or wire cutters
A double ended screw, 1/8 inch or so, but 2” long, if you can find one
          If not: then a drill with an 1/8 inch bit and a short length (about 2 inches) of 1/8 in dowel
          Or: small gauge wire….

For the decorations:
lightweight string, hemp cord is ideal
lengths of real ivy for immediate use (about 2 foot lengths)
          or if real stuff is not available or you’re going to use this repeatedly, about 8 feet of “silk flower” artificial ivy, do not use plastic….
about 6 feet of lightweight gold ribbon



Drill pilot holes for the double-ended screw into both pinecone and the end of the dowel, dribble glue on the screw, dowel and cone and then screw together.


Drill 1/8 in hole in both cone and dowel, add glue in both holes, insert the dowel and shove together.

Let dry overnight.

Decorate by attaching 2 foot lengths of ivy and ribbon tied with the light string at the cone end of the wand. Let hang free or wind around and tie in place at the bottom.


Silliness – Value of Degrees

The graduate with a Science degree asks, “Why does it work?”
The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, “How does it work?”
The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?”
The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?”

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