Blessed Walpurgisnacht! Night of the witches! We’ve worn out another month. Where does the time go?
Minus Tide at 10:02 AM of -1.6 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Irena Doležalová .
Look at the timing of the minus tide! Great clamming time! More fire spots: Whitman national forest, Ochoco nat.frst., the ones outside Bend and Medford and a new one near Oakridge, east of Eugene, and some more on both sides of the Columbia out east, and the Pocino fire is still going if 100% contained. Mostly cloudy and still 51F, winds near calm, AQI 28-34, UV4. Chance of rain 59% today and 24% tonight. Pollen is down to “moderate”. The chance of showers this afternoon is down to just about 50% again. Saturday and Sunday should be dry, then Monday about a 50% chance of showers again. Tues./Wed dry and then from Thursday on there’s a 50% chance or so, of showers. Highs in the low 50’s, although Wednesday could get up to 65F!
Yesterday was busy and flew past again. We had a number of people in shopping, not a lot, but some, and a couple of sales, too. I managed, in between, to get some geode slices priced and set out for sale. I got the to-do lists for the house and the shop caught up and doing messages and mail took two hours! That’s what I get for being away for a day….
Tempus worked in back. We’re still having to do dishes at the shop, other than a cold water rinse, because we’re having trouble keeping the hot water heater going. We’ve been talking about an in-line heater and I think we’re going to go that route. I have a completely clean table so the marzipan fancies are in full swing and I’m doing pictures. Some of them are really cute! I’ll post a link once the whole shebang is done.
That’s what I did in the evening, other than a long nap. I took an hour to play, read and copy recipes (renaissance duck pie!) and then got going on this. I’m going to call Tempus in a couple of minutes. He headed out on the bulk route while I was asleep. We’ll be going home to sleep and then going back home for the evening, to get some more things done.
Today we’ll have the shop open at 1pm. We were a touch late, yesterday. Still working out transport times and such. Every day things get a little better stocked and sorted and “prettified”. I’m hoping to spend a chunk of the day finishing up the marzipan and Tempus is planning on laundry.
So what are you planning for a Walpurgisnacht or Beltane ritual?
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, is sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. They’re common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Today is Walpurgisnacht. The name come from the old goddess Walpurga, who became St. Walpurga to the Church. Traditionally, on this night, fires are lighted on hilltops all through Europe including the “Brocken”, about which the famous piece “A Night on Bald Mountain” was written and then included in the movie “Fantasia”. In many places either the fires are jumped over or cattle and other herdbeasts are driven around or between fires. It’s the beginning of the Beltane celebrations that include song, dance and carnivals, as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgis_Night http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carodejnice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brocken
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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 5/11 at noon. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/3 at 12:50pm.
Mercury and Venus close out the month together with an observing challenge for you after sunset, provided you’re quick. Venus, blazing a bright magnitude –3.9, is just 2° high 30 minutes after sunset. You can use it to guide yourself to fainter — but still bright — Mercury (magnitude –1.2), which hangs 6° high. You’ll find it directly above Venus in the western sky. Venus sets around 8:30 P.M. local time, and Mercury half an hour later. If they’re hard for you to find, don’t worry — their visibility will improve next month as they trek out of Aries and into Taurus.
Arcturus is the brightest star high in the east these evenings. Spica shines lower right of it by about three fists at arm’s length. To the right of Spica by half that distance is the distinctive four-star constellation of Corvus, the springtime Crow.
Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun at 4 P.M. EDT. The distant ice giant hasn’t been visible for most of the month but it will soon return, appearing in the morning sky by late May.
Jupiter and Saturn (at dim Capricornus) rise more than an hour before the first light of dawn. As dawn begins, spot them low in the southeast. Jupiter grabs the eye at magnitude –2.2. Saturn is 15° to Jupiter’s right or upper right, one fifteenth as bright at magnitude +0.7.
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
Pluto Retrograde (10/6)
Color – Pink
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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
F 30 High 2:56 AM 8.8 6:08 AM Rise 12:05 AM 89
~ 30 Low 10:02 AM -1.6 8:20 PM Set 8:49 AM
~ 30 High 4:38 PM 6.7
~ 30 Low 9:55 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose the desire to succeed.
Journal Prompt – Describe – Describe a family vacation.
~ Often the best thing that you can do is to get out of your own way. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State’s failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
~ The job that pays the most will be offered when there is no time to deliver the services. – Quile’s Consultation Law
~ We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. – Mother Teresa
In to the mystery of the night, i wander
the tangled tarantula garden
canopied with prophesies of light,
Lit windows are making
overtures to desires
night unleashes at these hours,
hear the buzz in the air
its time to make love,
darkness forgets hurt and embraces light.
i walk alone,
but an enchanting witch wait
for me somewhere in a garden bench,
to take me by my hand to her secret haunt
filled with thick smoke of ****
where she will remove the drapes
to let me see the truth.
On her quill and cactus bed,
she would make me understand,
how far is pleasure from pain
why darkness stalks light,
a jilted lover, walking a few steps behind,
I’ve heard her, once whisper
to wind in her husky voice
“A life written off by those
who measure out life with coffee spoons,
as spent in vein; this life of mine,
could have its secret treasures,
no charlatan could ever guess about
a serpent’s diamonds
very few get to see,
its dangerous to pry, i forgive their ignorance”
Words induced by her dark power
has layers of meaning
but to many it was just meaningless jabbering,
just magic mushroom blabber
She nibbled and nicked my earlobes,
in between intoxicating purrs,
told me the meaning of caterwauls,
“Its not pain, its not pain,
once you get in to the stream
you only want to drain,
in to the vast blue ocean”
I recognize now, it’s Walpurgis night,
as i walk in search of my witch,
i see dancers around bonfire,
revelers totally out of their minds,
carouse at the heart of the night.
And i see them all, witches in marine blue dresses,
enchantresses in blackly black,
coquettish red or groovy green,
I wait for her to appear,
the only one in resplendent white.
Written by K Balachandran Kerala, India, https://hellopoetry.com/poem/203635/the-witch-in-walpurgis-night/
Beltane Magick – Recipes
ASPARAGUS WITH CHIVES AND BLOSSOMS – http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
1 pound Asparagus, washed
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives, snipped
16 Chive Blossoms
1/2 teaspoon Soy Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste
Blanch the asparagus in lightly salted boiling water for about 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; do not overcook. Refresh under very cold water and drain well. Remove the chive stalks to separate the flowers. In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and add the sesame seed. Stir for 1 minute, add the snipped chives, and stir for 1 minute more.
Add the asparagus and soy sauce to the skillet with a few pinches of salt and generous grindings of pepper; stir well, cover, and cook for a minute or so. Remove the lid, sprinkle the chive blooms over the asparagus, and cover for 1 to 2 minutes so that the chive blooms steam briefly.
Stir lightly and taste for seasoning. Serve hot.
Comments: Bright lavender chive blossoms begin to bloom in the garden about the time the asparagus bed is at its peak. Hence, this is a natural combination and a simply tasty dish. Since chive blossoms are so strong in flavor, add them at the last minute in this recipe.
Source: FLOWERS IN THE KITCHEN by Susan Belsinger (c)
Strawberry Crisp – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
1 c Uncooked Oatmeal
1 c All purpose Flour
1 c Brown Sugar
1/4 c Chopped Walnuts
1/2 c Butter or margarine
1/2 c Sugar
3 c Sliced fresh or frozen Strawberry
Mix together oatmeal, flour and brown sugar. Add nuts. Cut in butter or margarine until crumbly. In another bowl, mix strawberries and white sugar together. Grease an 8″ square pan. Spread half the crumb mixture on bottom. Cover with strawberries. Spread remaining crumb mixture over top. Bake at 350 deg F oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or topping.
Beltane Cream Pie (Makes 1 nine inch pie)
1 cup whole milk
1 cup rich cream
1/2 cup butter (NOT margarine)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
11/2 cups sugar
11/4 teaspoons vanilla
11/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 prepared pie crust, baked
Melt the butter in a wide pan over medium heat. In a separate bowl slowly add the milk to the cornstarch, making sure it is fully dissolved and absorbed before adding more milk. When the cornstarch is fully blended, add this and all of the other ingredients, except the vanilla, to the cooking pan. Stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture becomes thick. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour the mixture into the waiting pie shell and sprinkle with nutmeg. The Pie may be eaten while it is still warm, as long as it has cooled enough to set. Or the pie may be chilled and eaten later.
Silliness – Two Muffins
So there’s these two muffins in an oven.
They’re both sitting, just chilling and getting baked.
And one of them yells “Oh man, it’s hot in here!”
And the other muffin replies “Holy cow, a talking muffin!”