Daily Stuff 5-2-21 Florifertum

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 11:58 AM of -0.7 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by  Melissa Hansen.

Where did that shower come from mid-afternoon? It was sunny and then it was wet! The rain has helped, though. No fire spots except Ponino! It’s overcast and a bit foggy, atm. 50F, winds nearly calm at 0-1mph, AQI 34-45, UV6. Chance of rain 15% today and 11% tonight. Pollen High! It’s supposed to be dry and more or less cloudy through Wednesday, but then things change to windy and damp for a few days going back to mostly cloudy on Saturday with a tiny chance of rain through the end of the 10-day.

Yesterday was another full day. I spent the early part working on photos in between customers. We had a lot of ’em, too. I don’t have a head count, but it seemed that one group left and the next came in. One of the ladies who was in said she’d been looking in the windows for awhile and today managed to find the time to come in. Another pair had come in from Sweet Home because they knew we were serious witches with that kind of stock. They’re hoping to be back for OCPPG. …and Linda stopped by, dear lady that she is, with a house-warming gift! The funny part was that I had been looking at the same thing in the morning and thinking how cool they were!

Later Tempus headed out with the laundry, although he was missing some parts of it that stayed at home, drattit. I want to get my jumper cut out from the linen and it needs to be washed first to get the sizing out or my hands will break out.

Jeffrey brought my honey that I got for Tempus to make mead from. I’m looking forward to that. That was well past 6pm, so I closed and curled up on the nap bed. Unfortunately, when Tempus got back he left me to sleep and then I couldn’t find him when I got up, so we ended up without supper, just snacky stuff. I made a meal later, but was pretty cranky about it.

Once this is out I’m going to pull out my embroidery. I want to get the snip case sewn up and I want to do a bit more on marzipan, some to send to some of the kids, and I want to mold a couple of pieces for the box.

Today is our different day. I’m hoping that Tempus will work on some more needles or at least some re-finishing on a few of the spoons, and I’m planning to be in back, finishing marzipan, for at least some of the time. I’m going to open at video chat at 3pm, and we’ll probably close on time.

Beautiful ocean by Melissa Hansen‎ (C) 2017 Used with permission

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Today’s Plant is Sword fernPolystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. – This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern

plant poppy wheat

The Florifertum is a wheat offering for the end of the Floralia, the feast of the Goddess of plant life, Flora, held on this day. This Goddess in England (and in most of Europe by other names) is known as Helen or Elaine. Sarn Helen means a straight track, a ley-line road, which existed from Pre-Celtic times through to the take-over of Christianity and can still be seen connecting sacred places. Being that these are roads, that also makes them sacred to Hecate, who is honored both now, and at the opposite station on the Wheel of the Year, at Samhain. More here on the Floralia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floralia#Observances

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 12:31pm.

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.

The waning Moon passes under the gas-giant planets as seen in early dawn.

In the early dawn of Monday morning May 3, spot Saturn with the almost last-quarter Moon as shown above. Jupiter looks on from their left.

A Lion sets – The constellation Leo sets over Ireland in May 2013. The photographer edited the image to artificially highlight the Lion’s stars. – Bart Busschots (Flickr)

Asteroids 4 Vesta and 29 Amphitrite share the constellation Leo in May. Vesta is located near the Lion’s hindquarters, starting the month out about 14° southeast of 51 Leonis. Over the next several weeks, the 300-mile-wide (480 kilometers), magnitude 7.5 space rock will slide several degrees toward the famous Leo Triplet of galaxies: M65, M66, and NGC 3628. Over near Leo’s heart — bright Regulus, also called Cor Leonis — is Amphitrite. It’s currently a little less than 2° to the star’s northwest and will draw closer to the luminary over the next two weeks. Be sure to check back on May 13th, when it will appear to skim close to the star, nearly (but not quite) blocking it out. Both asteroids are moving relatively slowly and you’ll need to observe them for two to three nights to really notice their motion. They’ll be easily visible most of the month, only blotted out by the Moon’s bright light from May 18 to 21.

Mars (magnitude +1.6, in Gemini at the feel of the Castor figure) glows in the west right after dark. It’s a about midway between brighter Procyon and Capella. In a telescope it’s a mere 4.6 arcseconds wide: just a tiny bright 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 Taurus

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 – Yellow
Planting 5/1+2
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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
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

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                  Visible
Su   2     High   4:41 AM     7.7   6:05 AM    Rise  2:09 AM      71
~     2    Low  11:58 AM    -0.7   8:22 PM     Set 10:55 AM
~     2     High   6:51 PM     6.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It isn’t easy to keep your mouth and your mind open at the same time.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – What gives you confidence and why?

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Quotes

~   All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz
~   It’s my belief we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. . – Lily Tomlin
~   Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid A million buds but stay their blossoming And trustful birds have built their nests amid The shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing Till one soft shower from the south shall bid And hither tempt the pilgrim steps of Spring. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
~   Tea! thou soft, sober, sage and venerable liquid;- thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wink-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate. – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright

Corinna’s Going A-Maying By Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

Get up! Get up for shame! the blooming morn
Upon her wings presents the god unshorn.

See how Aurora throws her fair
Fresh-quilted colors through the air:
Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see
The dew bespangling herb and tree.

Each flower has wept and bowed toward the east
Above an hour since, yet you not dressed;

Nay, not so much as out of bed?
When all the birds have matins said,
And sung their thankful hymns, ’tis sin,
Nay, profanation to keep in,

Whenas a thousand virgins on this day
Spring, sooner than the lark, to fetch in May.

Rise, and put on your foliage, and be seen
To come forth, like the springtime, fresh and green,

And sweet as Flora. Take no care
For jewels for your gown or hair;
Fear not; the leaves will strew
Gems in abundance upon you;

Besides, the childhood of the day has kept,
Against you come, some orient pearls unwept;

Come and receive them while the light
Hangs on the dew-locks of the night,
And Titan on the eastern hill
Retires himself, or else stands still

Till you come forth. Wash, dress, be brief in praying:
Few beads are best when once we go a-Maying.
Come, my Corinna, come; and, coming mark
How each field turns a street, each street a park

Made green and trimmed with trees; see how
Devotion gives each house a bough
Or branch: each porch, each door ere this,
An ark, a tabernacle is,

Made up of whitethorn neatly interwove,
As if here were those cooler shades of love.

Can such delights be in the street
And open fields, and we not see ‘t?
Come, we’ll abroad; and let’s obey
The proclamation made for May,

And sin no more, as we have done, by staying;
But, my Corinna, come, let’s go a-Maying.
There’s not a budding boy or girl this day
But is got up and gone to bring in May;

A deal of youth, ere this, is come
Back, and with whitethorn laden home.
Some have dispatched their cakes and cream
Before that we have left to dream;

And some have wept, and wooed, and plighted troth,
And chose their priest, ere we can cast off sloth.

Many a green-gown has been given,
Many a kiss, both odd and even,
Many a glance, too, has been sent
From out the eye, love’s firmament;

Many a jest told of the keys betraying
This night, and locks picked; yet we’re not a-Maying.
Come, let us go while we are in our prime
And take the harmless folly of the time.

We shall grow old apace, and die
Before we know our liberty. (60)
Our life is short, and our days run
As fast away as does the sun;

And, as a vapor or a drop of rain
Once lost, can ne’er be found again;

So when or you or I are made
A fable, song, or fleeting shade
All love, all liking, all delight
Lies drowned with us in endless night.

Then while time serves, and we are but decaying,
Come, my Corinna, come, let’s go a-Maying.

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Beltane Magick – Crafts

http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html

May Garland – You will need: springs of greenery, variety of fresh or dried flowers, ribbons, floral wire, wire cutters, scissors, glue or hot glue gun. Use a heavy wire backbone that runs the length of the garland. Begin by starting at one end, attaching each bundle of greenery over the last. Use floral wire to attach the bundles to the backbone. Once all the greenergy and flowers have been attached with floral wire, add ribbons, bells, beads, crystals and any other decorative items you wish. Put this over a doorway or on a mantle.

Flower Chains – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

Materials: A grocery bag full of flowers such as daisies, dandelions or other common flowers with flexible stems.

Method 1 – Make a cross with 2 flower stems. Bend the stem of the top flower around the stem of the bottom flower. Tie a knot with the flower stem and pull lightly to tighten. Lay another flower over the joined stems and tie another knot. Continue with steps 1-3 till chain is as long as you want it. Tie the very last stem around the first one to form a ring. Wear it as a crown or necklace.

Method 2 – Use a pin or your fingernail to make a slit in each flower stem about 1″ below the flower head. Slip the stem of a second flower through the slit in the first stem. Repeat step 2 until the flower chain is as long as you want, then slip the last flower through the slit in the first to form a ring.

http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html

May Wreath – You will need:

  • grapevine wreath
  • variety of flowers
  • greenery (ivy, rosemary, etc.)
  • decorative items (ribbons, figurines, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • glue or hot glue gun

Assemble supplies. The greenery goes on first. Weave, wrap, or tuck it into the grapevine. Glue it in strategic places. Ivy, rosemary, and moss are a few ideas. Use fresh or dried. Place a variety of flowers loosely around the greenery and glue them in place. After all flowers are in place, add ribbons, figurines, or crystals. Use this wreath for the top of your maypole.

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Silliness –

Heck with the guys, *I* want one!

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