The shop is closed today. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Right now it’s overcast and dripping. Very quiet, too. I can’t even hear any ocean sound, just a hum in the distance. 53F, wind at 3-4mph and gusting, AQI 30-36, UV7. Chance of rain 5% today and 7% tonight. Pollen high. Today and tomorrow ought to be dry, during the day, but mostly cloudy. Thursday/Friday likely to be wet. After that it’s all “partly cloudy”, highs in the upper 50’s, low’s in the mid-40’s.
Yesterday was such an odd day. It felt strange to be waking up around 1pm and just having coffee and breakfast. We headed out right around 2pm, with books in hand, knowing there was going to be a wait. Tempus got peeled off me at the door. That wasn’t supposed to happen, but apparently someone was new and he was already out of sight when they told me. I was escorted upstairs and sat in the waiting room, half-dozing until they called me.
It’s fascinating to watch your heart working! They use an ultrasound and take all kinds of measurements of size and bloodflow. I kept giggling over the valves kicking like can-can dancers and the strange sounds that the beating makes from different angles. At one point I told the tech that I apparently needed an oil change because of squeaking. 🙂 At another I burst out laughing because the sound was exactly that of the bellows in an old german clock!
After quite some long time I was finally done. Tempus was waiting outside on a bench, reading his String book. We treated ourselves to BK burgers and headed to the shop, intending to put a few things together and head home. Amor scotched that by calling just as I finished with mail and we talked for about an hour while Tempus snoozed. It was good to hear his voice.
We got things together, including the vacuum, so that Tempus can clean the cupboards today, and some bits and pieces for supper. I made parmesan chicken and Tempus cooked up some mixed veg in butter sauce. I napped while it was baking, got up and ate, and then we both crashed. Tempus had gotten one set of the cup hooks in, so when I woke I got a bunch of things hung up, then settled down with some sewing until he woke.
It was raining… not hard… an aggressive mist was all… and quiet except for one of the noisy trucks that populate our park as we were heading in to the shop. Tempus dropped me off here and then changed the sheet on the nap bed so that we have a full laundry bin. Hoping to get that done today or tomorrow….
Today, once this is done, I’m going to have to get caught up on mail and messages and copying things (like recipes) that I’ve kept the tabs open for. The papers were on time tonight, so unless something goes sideways from the rain or mechanical stuff we should be heading home around 7:30 and sleep ourselves out. I know Tempus is really tired.
I have a long list of little things that need to be done at home, like more of the cuphooks and a picture to be hung, cabinets to be vacuumed and drawers to be scrubbed out. I already put away a bunch of things that we had pulled out to take home. I have yet more sewing to do. I’m finishing a gift exchange project and some fabric books for Sioned. We’ll be back at the shop in the evening, since it’s bulk route night. I dunno if I’m going to go with Tempus for that and to get some shopping done, or if I’ll just stay at the shop and get more things pulled out and packed for home.
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back, and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.
Yes, today’s feast, Star Wars Day, is based on a pun, “May the 4th be with you!” I’m a geek, what can I say? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day I went to the first screening, the first day it was available in Baltimore, with my Daddy and we both enjoyed the heck out of it. It’s come a very long way since then!
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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends at midnight between 5/6&7.
The waning crescent Moon rises early this morning again in Capricornus, just to the lower right (southwest) of Jupiter, which currently lies in Aquarius. Deneb Algedi sits between them. By sunrise, our satellite is about 8.5° from the planet; the Moon will later pass 5° due south of Jupiter at 5 P.M. EDT.
While you’re out enjoying the early-morning sky, look northeast of Jupiter to spot the Great Square of Pegasus. This large asterism is bounded by four stars: Markab, Scheat, Alpheratz, and Algenib. Challenge yourself before the sky grows too light by searching out M15, a bright (magnitude 6.2) globular cluster that sits west of the Great Square and about 4° northwest of Enif, the brightest star in the Winged Horse, which marks his nose. Discovered in 1746, M15 spans roughly 18′, which corresponds to a size of about 175 light-years at its distance of 33,000 light-years. Although it appears just at the edge of naked-eye visibility, in reality its numerous stars glow with a combined brightness 360,000 times that of our Sun.
These spring evenings, the long, dim sea serpent Hydra snakes almost level far across the southern sky. Find his head, a rather dim asterism about the width of your thumb at arm’s length, in the west-southwest. It’s lower right of Regulus by about two fists at arm’s length. (Also, a line from Castor through Pollux points to it about 2½ fists from them.) Hydra’s brightest star, 2nd-magnitude Alphard, glows as his orange heart less than two fists left of the head. Hydra’s tail stretches all the way to Libra rising in the southeast. Hydra’s star pattern, from forehead to tail-tip, is 95° long.
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 May 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
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 – Red
Harvest – 5/3&4
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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
Tu 4 Low 1:33 AM 3.3 6:02 AM Rise 3:28 AM 50
~ 4 High 7:04 AM 6.4 8:25 PM Set 1:15 PM
~ 4 Low 2:11 PM 0.2
~ 4 High 9:03 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t stop until you’re proud.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – What pollutants do you think do the most damage and why?
~ It’s a great advantage to be able to hurdle with both legs – David Coleman
~ Many admire, few know. – Democritus
~ To be a character who feels a deep emotion, one must go into the memory’s vault and mix in a sad memory from one’s own life. – Albert Finney
~ I would not exchange the laughter of my heart for the fortunes of the multitudes. – Kahlil Gibran
I shall never forget the delight I felt on first seeing a May-pole … My fancy adorned it with wreaths of flowers and peopled the green bank with all the dancing revelry of May-day. – Washington Irving (1783 – 1859), American author, after a visit to England in the early C19, Sketch Book
Magick – Recipes
- 1 med. sized elephant
- Lots of gravy
- 2 rabbits, optional
- Salt and pepper
Cut elephant into bite size pieces. This will take about 2 months. Cover with gravy and cook over kerosene fire at 465F for about four weeks. This will serve 3,800 people. If more people come then add rabbits. Do this only if necessary as most people don’t like to find hare in their stew!
Crone’s Corner – Chocolate Cake Spell
Even under ordinary circumstances, chocolate cakes are pretty magical. Baked with love, this food nurtures and protects on many levels. How-ever, to add extra energy to this celestial food, make sure one of its ingredients is cinnamon. Take a cinnamon stick and grind it down yourself, preferably in a mortar, sending the energy of love and protection into the powder. As you sprinkle it into the mixture, say: “Hathor bless this cake with the power to protect. May your divine milk nurture all who taste it, and the spice of thy magic bless my homestead.” By: Kala Trobe )0(
From The Morning Feast Archives
This tea is great for sinus problems and congestion
associated with the common cold. Combine all the ingredients in a
bowl or cauldron. Blend clockwise while focusing on an open and airy
type of feeling. Say the following or similar words of power while
you stir to empower the mixture:
Cleansed air after the rain;
breathe deeply, without strain.
Open skies on cloudless days,
clear my mind from the foggy haze.
Here is the ingredients list, this makes a large batch which I give
to friends during cold or sinus season:
1 small handful (about 1/4 cup) dried thyme
1 small handful (about 1/4 cup) dried feverfew flowers
1 large handful (about 3/4 cup) dried peppermint leaves
1 Tablespoon dried and rubbed or crushed sage
These can be made into a tea, but for the most effective ‘sinus soup’
combine 1 heaping tablespoon of the herbal mixture with 2 cups of
water that has been seasoned with chicken or vegetarian bullion.
Crush and then chop about 5 ‘toes’ or pieces of fresh garlic and add
them to the soup, then add about 2 teaspoons of ginger root powder or
2 slices of peeled fresh ginger root. Simmer over very low heat for
about 3 minutes and serve hot. It is normal to sweat when taking this
medicine, it has strong purifying and diaphoretic properties. Your
nose will run for about 1/2 an hour, but should then be clear. I like
to add about a teaspoon of cayenne, but a dash may be enough for most people. )0(
GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html
1 can fruit (any kind)
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick margarine or butter
1 can opener
1 rectangular cake pan
- Wash hands.
- Turn on oven to 350 degrees.
- Put a little butter in the pan and smear it all over the inside.
- Open fruit and dump it in the pan, juice and all.
- Dump the dry cake mix evenly over the fruit.
- Chop up the stick of butter and dump the pieces on, too.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
- Cool and eat.
Silliness – Wiccan Chicken! part 1 – (Many, many contributors….this is a compilation as I find them….)
Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? Part 1
Alexandrian/Gardnerian: To reveal this would be to break my oath of secrecy. I can say, though, that it really is an ancient rite, dating far back in time, back even before 1951, and I have learned it from an unbroken lineage. As Gerald said, it takes a chicken to make an egg.
Asatru: First, we don’t believe in a “One Chicken” or a “Hen and Rooster.” We believe in many chickens. Second, “crossing the road” is part of the three levels, or worlds, and the chicken simply crossed from one level to another. Hail to the Chickens!
British Traditional: The word “chicken” comes from a very specific Old English word (“gechekken”), and it only properly applies to certain fowl of East Anglia or those descended therefrom. As for the rest, I suppose they are doing something remotely similar to crossing the road, but you must remember that traditional roads are not to be confused with the modern roads….
Celtic: In County Feedbeygohn on Midsummer’s day, there is still practiced St. Henny’s Dance, which is a survival of the old pagan Chicken Crossing fertility rite. Today, modern pagans are reviving the practice, dedicated to the Hen and the Green Rooster.
Ceremonial: “Crossing the road” is a phrase that summarizes many magical structures erected and timed by the chicken to produce the energy necessary for the intention of the travel across the road. For example, the astrological correspondences had to be correct, the moon had to be waxing (if the chicken intended to come to the other side of the road) or waning (if the chicken intended to flee to the other side of the road), and the chicken had to prepare herself through fasting and proper incantations. Note: certain forms of invocation (summoning an egg *inside* your chicken self) can produce abnormal or even dangerous eggs and should only be conducted inside a properly erected barnyard….
Chaos: Thinking in terms of “roads” and “crossings” is simply looking at the formal, typically perceived structure of chicken crossing space-time. We, instead, focus on the possibility of chicken crossing itself; what appears to be a random act is thus actually the norm—it is the road which is the freak of chance. Indeed, quantum mechanics now demonstrates what we knew all along: two roads can simultaneously exist in the same place at the same time. Thus, by attuning ourselves to the dynamic energy (called “crossing”), we can manifest the road. Of course, to the knowledgeable, this appears as a chicken crossing the road.
Church of All Worlds: The Chicken arose from dinosaurian ancestry at the dawn of avian emergence. In the fullness of Time, the Chicken crossed the K-T Boundary in order ultimately to reach the compost heap, where it’s Sacred Mission is to incubate a network of information, mythology and experience to awaken the Chicken within and to provide omelets and buffalo wings, along with a context and stimulus for reawakening The Great Hen and reuniting Her chicks through barnyard community dedicated to responsible brooding and the continuing evolution of galliformity. Even though we are all but Eggs, the Chicken knows that the Rooster came first, which is why the True Chicken will always be a bit cocky! Thou Art Fowl!
Church of the Subgenius: Huh? Chicken, what chicken? *burp* Praise Bob!!!!
Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS): The chicken went to cross the road. Upon arriving at the crossing he met some fellow members. All felt he should send the idea out to committee first and debate the idea of crossing. After rigorous theological debate on every aspect of crossing the road, the committee set up a three-year plan for fulfilling the promise of crossing the road. The plan was then presented to chapters continentally and debated. Representatives brought reports back to the committee, who took their recommendations to the board of trustees who brought the whole thing to the annual meeting for discussion and a vote if a quorum was present. Debate continued. Given the structure of the regulations it was determined a mail ballot was in order. A committee to create the ballot was created. The ballot was sent to all members. Votes were tallied. Twenty percent send in their ballots deeming it okay to create a structure on crossing. Another committee was formed to implement the voters’ requests. Then they all adjourned for coffee.
Dianic: The chykyn (“chicken” is term of patriarchal oppression) sought to reclaim for herself the right to be on the other side of the road, after it had been denied to her for centuries. By doing so, she reawakened the power of the Hen within herself.
Druid: To get to the sacred grove, of course! Keep in mind that 99% of everything written about chickens-crossing-the-road is pure hogwash, based on biased sources. Yes, there were a few unfortunate chicken sacrifices in the past, but that is over now…