I got a complaint the other day that my Moon Phase Days are often wrong. Um… no…. they may not agree with the commercially printed calendar that’s on your desk, but most of them, including the Old Farmer’s Almanac, are set for Eastern Time in the USA….. We’re 3 hours off from that, which puts this month’s Waxing Quarter a day early, on the 8th, instead of the 9th as the calendars say!
The shop is closed on Tues/Wed. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Robert Sage. No newsletter Wednesday morning. Herbs in the Garden on Wednesday at 3pm.
[posting at 8pm] Rain gauge at noon on 4/4 – 1.6 inches!. It’s still breezy, but the sun has been in and out most of the afternoon and things have dried out. 48F, wind at 4-6mph and gusting, AQI 11-58, UV5. Chance of rain 20% today and 24% tonight. HIGH SURF ADVISORY until 11am for large waves and hazardous surf conditions, with high potential of sneaker waves. Breakers up to 28 feet. Today(52/38) should be mostly sunny. Wed(60.43) partly cloudy. Thu(63/46) still dry/warm, Fri(52/42) small chance of showers after midnight, but partly cloudy, Sat/Sun(47/38) chilly w/showers, Mon/Tue(49/37) chilly but mostly dry, Wed, back to showers.
We were awfully tired Sunday night, but managed to put a good supper together, since the soup wasn’t done, yet. It was probably at its peak at about 10pm, but by then I was in bed. 🙂 After cups and cups and cups of green tea we had cheese shells and meatballs with olives and some buttered corn, plus the other naan bread with cheese, and turned in.
I got up around the time Tempus had to get on the road, dealt with the soup, got a snack and settled down with some meditation work for awhile. When I started to wear down I pulled out the tablet, pulled up a book and took it to bed with me. Tempus got in rather late, because he’s tired enough to need naps during the route. We’re *going* to sleep late today, and get him caught up!
His phone went off at 11:30 and I looked at the clock and shot out of bed with a squawk, thinking it was 1:30! <sigh> Tempus went right back off to sleep, but I couldn’t, so I got up, read the Sunday paper and emptied my water bottle before we got moving at 12:15. I went out and did a little weeding, waiting for him and then worked on a string ball on the way in to the shop. There was an egret walking in the Eckman outflow….pacing really, with that long-legged stride of theirs.
That was an interesting storm, lots of wind blowing, but not as gusty as during the winter and quite warm. I never ran the heater Sunday night! …and it was pretty well over by the time we were heading for the shop, although apparently Tempus and his coworkers were trading quips about it all during the time they were doing deliveries.
I did a lot of writing and then started dozing off, so I got a nap. Tempus was working on the car off and on. I don’t think he’s finished that repair, yet…. I got some more books ready and on the shelf and a stack sorted out to work on at home, got the House newsletter out, and now I’m working on this…. and got slowed down because we had some new people in town come in for some advice about altars and smudges and such. Only people all day!
So, we’ll be heading home in a few, to have soup, air-fryer potatoes and probably some cheese for supper. Today, we’ll sleep in and maybe get some chores done, then it’s bulk route night. Wednesday there’s garden work to be done. I have to remember to remind Tempus to get my chamomile, dill and savory seeds, plus some marigolds so I have those on Wed.
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum 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! 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
The Hanshi or Cold Food Festival is a Chinese tradition for this time of year. Coming from the practice of changing the type of wood used for starting fires with the change of seasons, and originally including ancestor worship, the festival now mostly is games and housecleaning, despite a rather grisly myth attached to it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Food_Festival
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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 4/16 at 11:55am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/5 at 11:24am. 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 4/8 at 11:48pm.
TUESDAY, APRIL 5
Now the Moon hangs upper right of Aldebaran and the Hyades, as shown above.
Shortly after the end of twilight around this time of year, Arcturus, the bright Spring Star climbing in the east, stands just as high as Sirius, the brighter Winter Star descending in the southwest (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). These are the two brightest stars in the sky at the time. But Capella is a very close runner-up to Arcturus! Spot it high in the northwest.
Today is the day! Mars and Saturn float a mere 24′ apart in the morning sky. They rise about two hours before dawn, so wait until about 90 minutes before sunrise to go looking, when the pair is nearly 5° high and climbing in the east. The two lie near magnitude 2.9 Deneb Algedi in Capricornus, but both far outshine this luminary: Mars, sitting just below Saturn, glows magnitude 1.1, while the ringed planet is a brighter 0.7. Compare and contrast their colors, first by eye and then through binoculars or a telescope, either of which will easily show both planets in the same view. This is an amazing chance to see both Mars’ orangey-red deserts and Saturn’s stunning rings, all in a single glance. Not to be outdone, Venus sits some 7.5° to the pair’s east-northeast, having crossed into Aquarius yesterday. Earth’s sister planet is an unmissable morning star at magnitude –4.3, while through a telescope, it shows off a nearly 60-percent-lit disk.
Jupiter and Neptune continue the planetary parade, rising about 50 minutes before the Sun. Some 20 to 30 minutes before sunrise, you may catch them in binoculars or your finder scope, some 1.4° apart and 5° above the horizon. Mighty Jupiter will pop out easily at magnitude –2, while Neptune’s tiny, magnitude 7.8 disk will be more elusive in the brightening sky.
Wednesday, April 6
Now the Moon shines between the horn-tip stars of Taurus: Beta and fainter Zeta Tauri, as shown above.
The Moon passes 0.2° south of dwarf planet 1 Ceres at 5 A.M. EDT, though neither are visible at this time. By evening, the waxing Moon has pulled some 7° away, sitting far east of Ceres and now near magnitude 1.7 Elnath, which marks the tip of one of Taurus’ two horns. Meanwhile, Ceres is traveling near the open cluster NGC 1746, less than 2.5° east-southeast of the dwarf planet tonight. Ceres will continue traveling northeast this month, sliding right over the cluster early next week. Not far from this pairing is the famous Crab Nebula (M1), which sits just over 1° from Taurus’ other horn tip, Alheka. The nearby Moon may make this celestial treasure a bit hard to spot, however, so consider returning to the region in a few days’ time once our satellite has moved on to truly enjoy its many fainter treasures.
Mars and Saturn glimmer to Venus’s right. They’re vastly fainter, almost identical at magnitudes +1.1 and +0.9. Mars, however, is more orange than pale yellow Saturn. They pass each other by about ½° on the mornings of April 4th and 5th; see the illustrations above. Bring binoculars in case dawn is getting too bright. The Saturn-Mars pair is tightest on the morning of Tuesday the 5th; they’re separated by 0.4°. From now on they will widen (by 0.7° per day).
Capella, high in the northwest during and after dusk, is has a pale yellow color matching the Sun’s, meaning they’re about the same temperature. But otherwise Capella is very different. It consists of two yellow giant stars orbiting each other every 104 days. Moreover, for telescope users, it’s accompanied by a distant, tight pair of red dwarfs: Capella H and L, magnitudes 10 and 13. That’s about 10,000 and 60,000 times fainter than Capella itself! Article and finder charts.
Mercury, Jupiter, and Neptune remain deep in the glare of the Sun. Recently, however, Jupiter has begun to reappear low in the dawn with Neptune following closely.
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 5 High 3:19 AM 7.7 6:50 AM Rise 9:02 AM 12
~ 5 Low 10:15 AM 0.2 7:49 PM
~ 5 High 4:38 PM 6.1
~ 5 Low 9:59 PM 3.0
W 6 High 3:51 AM 7.3 6:48 AM Set 12:54 AM 19
~ 6 Low 10:59 AM 0.5 7:50 PM Rise 9:37 AM
~ 6 High 5:32 PM 5.7
~ 6 Low 10:37 PM 3.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an alive day!
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Great oaks from little acorns grow. — Latin proverb
~ Patience & Diligence, like faith, remove mountains. – William Penn
~ People forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well you did it. – Brian Perez
~ It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time. – Laurence J. Peter
~ All the tears that St Swithin can cry, St Bartlemy’s dusty mantle wipes them dry. – English traditional proverb
April is here!
Blithest season of all the year,
The little brook laughs as it leaps away;
The lambs are out on the hills at play. – Eben E. Rexford (1848–1916)
Beltane Magick – Lore
How To Celebrate Beltane with a Maypole Dance
By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide
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The Maypole dance is an ancient custom that many people still use to celebrate Beltane.
The Maypole is one of the traditional symbols of Beltane, and let’s not kid ourselves about its purpose: it’s a giant phallus.
Because Beltane festivities usually kicked off the night before with a big bonfire, the Maypole celebration usually took place shortly after sunrise the next morning. This was when couples (and probably more than a few surprised triads) came staggering in from the fields, clothes in disarray and straw in their hair after a night of bonfire-inspired lustiness.
Time Required: Varied
- The pole was erected on the village green or common, or even a handy field — thrust into the ground either permanently or on a temporary basis — and brightly colored ribbons attached to it. Young people came and danced around the pole, each holding the end of a ribbon. As they wove in and out, men going one way and women the other, it created a sleeve of sorts — the enveloping womb of the earth — around the pole. By the time they were done, the Maypole was nearly invisible beneath a sheath of ribbons.
- To set up your own Maypole dance, here’s what you’ll need:
- A pole anywhere from 15 to 20 feet long, preferably made of wood
- Guests who like to have fun
Dig a hole in advance, a few feet deep. You don’t want your friends to wait while you hunt for a shovel. The hole should be at least three feet deep, to keep the pole from flopping over during the ceremony.
- Ask each participant to bring their own ribbon — it should be about 20 feet long, by two to three inches wide. Once everyone arrives, attach the ribbons to one end of the pole (if you put a metal eyelet screw in the pole beforehand, it makes it a lot easier — you can just tie each ribbon to the eyelet). Have extra ribbons on hand, because inevitably someone will have forgotten theirs.
- Once the ribbons are attached, raise the pole until it is vertical, and slide it into the hole. Be sure to make lots of bawdy jokes here. Pack dirt in around the base of the pole so it won’t shift or fall during the dance.
- If you don’t have an equal number of male and female guests, don’t worry. Just have everyone count off by twos. People who are “1” will go in a clockwise direction, people who are “2” go counterclockwise. Hold your ribbons in the hand that is closest to the pole, your inside hand. As you move in the circle, pass people by on first the left, and then the right, then the left again. If you’re passing them on the outside, hold your ribbon up so they pass under it. You might want to do a practice round beforehand. Keep going until everyone runs out of ribbon, and then knot all the ribbons at the bottom.
- One thing that’s always welcome at a Maypole Dance is music. There are a number of CDs available, but there are some bands whose music have a May theme to them. Look for the phrase “Morris music” or traditional pipe and drum tunes. Of course, the best thing of all is to have live music, so if you have friends who are willing to share their skill and sit out the dance, ask them to provide some musical entertainment for you.
- If you’re doing a kids’ Maypole, it’s probably easier just to have them all go in one direction with their ribbons. It doesn’t look quite as fancy when it’s done, but it’s still pretty.
- You may want to have a crown of flowers attached as well — put that at the top once all the ribbons are in place, but before you raise the pole.
What You Need:
- A pole
- Lots of ribbon
- Friends who like to have a good time
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – disconfect (dis kon FECT) – v. To sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it, somehow assuming this will “remove” all the germs.