The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
The computer says “mostly cloudy”, but there are shadows. It’s cool and bright with little drafts that remind me that I couldn’t find any socks this morning. 57F, wind at 4-8mph and gusting, AQI 37-52, UV4. Chance of rain 4% today and 16% tonight. Today and tomorrow will be dry, if cloudy (and the sun has gone in again), but Friday and Saturday are likely to have wet patches, thank goodness! After that, from Sunday on it’ll be mostly cloudy, alternating with a small chance of showers.
Yesterday was pretty exciting! We slept at the new place last night, which is why this is late coming out. We hadn’t gotten up early, and spent several hours collecting things for the new house, then went out there and starting making up things, hanging things and putting things away. It’s pretty skimpy, yet, but a start!
There’s no computer out home, still. We have to figure out what we need and then figure out which wifi we’re supposed to use.
I spent the evening sewing. A lot of the projects that have been hanging fire got a little farther, at least. I have some linen that just needs to be washed and several small projects for Sioned and then I need to get going on some clothing for myself, since a lot of my summer things have gotten to the “too-shabby” point for the shop and a bunch of the things that I do have don’t fit well. I also need to replace 50 buttons on one dress because of two that broke in the dryer.
Tempus’ paper route went well. It was odd not having a computer or phone. It broke the habits that have developed over the last while. The drive in today was really nice. Canada Geese in the outflow from Eckman Lake, new logs on the mudflats, it was still grey, but getting brighter and now the sun has broken through.
Today we have the shop open. I’m going to be working on headers. Tempus has a batch of things to fetch from storage, and we’ll go home after we close the shop. (That feels so go to say, now!) That means tomorrow’s newsletter will be late again. They’ll continue to be until we get all the way set up. I’ve already had one customer who’s been shopping for over an hour. I just got her purchases checked out.
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The root makes a nice yellow dye. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. I think Imma go pick some and dig some roots! – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
Earth Day and International Mother Earth Day are held each year on this day. I remember the first one, mostly because my mother encouraged me to make a presentation at school about environmental concerns. I remember saying that electric cars were something that we really needed even back then. How come we’re so slow to pick up the technology? Also, because my father was involved with NASA, we were already building a passive solar water heating system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mother_Earth_Day
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 4/25 at 8:32am.
Now the Moon forms a triangle with Regulus and Algieba on their left side rather than their right side, as shown above. This new triangle is almost perfectly equilateral around the time twilight ends in the Eastern and Central time zones.
The springtime Lyrid meteor shower peaks this morning, although the bright Moon will hinder your viewing until shortly before sunrise. Once the 10-day-old Moon sets around 4 A.M., though, it’s prime meteor-hunting time! At that time, the Lyrids’ radiant will be relatively high (nearly 80°) in the east, to the upper right of the bright star Vega. The shower is expected to produce about 18 meteors per hour at its maximum; Northern Hemisphere observers can expect a slightly attenuated amount, but some bright streaks may still appear, making an early-morning observing session highly worthwhile. The Lyrids will last until the end of the month, so you might continue to see more shooting stars than average as the shower winds down over the next week.
There’s even a bonus: Jupiter and Saturn floating nearby in Capricornus. The two planets make excellent targets in binoculars or a telescope, so you can switch off between scanning the skies with your naked eyes for meteors and spending a few moments to enjoy the giant planets as they rise ahead of the Sun.
Asteroid Vesta is stationary at 2 P.M. EDT today.
Since 1970, the world has recognized April 22 as Earth Day — a celebration of our unique home in the solar system. Earth Day also brings into the spotlight the fragility of our planet and serves as a call to action to ensure we take steps to protect it from the aspects of human-driven change that are harmful. You can find out more about this special celebration on earthday.org, and keep an eye on Astronomy.com for additional content highlighting our planet Earth.
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
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – Purple
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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 see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 22 Low 3:26 AM 3.1 6:20 AM Set 4:32 AM 65
~ 22 High 8:59 AM 6.4 8:10 PM Rise 2:49 PM
~ 22 Low 3:53 PM 0.4
~ 22 High 10:28 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take a Moonbath.
Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – List the three most important people you know. Then explain why these people are important (or important to you).
~ Wisdom is knowing what the right thing to do is, and then doing it. – Walter E. Jacobson, MD
~ … a fop such as the present Leader of the Opposition. – Paul Keating to Andrew Peacock
~ The door to happiness opens outward. – Soren Kierkegaard
~ As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears. – John Locke
The grass of spring covers the prairies,
The bean bursts noiselessly through the mould in the garden,
The delicate spear of the onion pierces upward,
The apple-buds cluster together on the apple-branches. –Walt Whitman (1819–92)
Beltane Magick – Crafts
[Anja’s note:] A special gift of a Maying Basket or Garland as always appreciated! Whether you use real flowers, artificial ones, or dried, these are a great gift. You can also add a packet of cookies or other sweets. Of course, the tradition is that you hang them on the door, knock and run and hide!
May Baskets – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Househould containers, glass jars or tin cans
1 Nail (to make holes with)
Twine or Ribbon (In a variety of colours)
Antennae iron wire
Hammer holes into the sides of the tin cans (not the glass). With the tin cans you can run the twine or ribbon through each hole and knot inside, if using a glass jar attach with glue. Take the wire and wrap it around the top of the tin can or glass jar and loop and twist the wire with another wire to make a handle. This is great for tabletops, hanging on doors and they make wonderful spring gifts for friends.
May Cone Basket – http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html
You will need: construction paper, glue or tape.
Out of bright colored construction paper, cut a circle that is about 12 inches in diameter, then cut a triangle or wedge out of the circle, allowing for a 1/2 inch overlap.
Roll the paper into a cone and glue or tape the two sides together. Cut a strip of construction paper that is appox. 12 inches by 2 inches.
Glue or tape it onto the top of your cone to make a handle.
Fill your cone basket with real or homemade flowers and hang it on a neighbor’s or friend’s doorknob in the early morning while everyone is asleep.
Silliness – It’s a Girl
Stationed in Okinawa, Japan, my son and his wife were expecting their first baby. I was elated when he called me at work with the news of my grandchild’s birth. I took down all the statistics and turned to relate it all to my co-workers.
“I’m a grandmother!” I declared. “It’s a baby girl, and she weighs five pounds.”
“When was she born?” someone asked.
Recalling the date my son told me, I stopped, looked at the calendar, and said in amazement, “Tomorrow!”