The shop is closed on Tues/Wed. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Anja.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 4/25 – 0.2in. It’s been bright all day, but more clouds than not, yet warm enough to leave the shop front door open. 54F, wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI 36-46, UV6. Chance of rain 64% today and 41% tonight. Forecast – Today(51/43) Showers will start before sunrise and end in the late afternoon . Tomorrow(51/42)Small chance of showers in the early morning, otherwise mostly cloudy. Thu-Mon(52/44) Showers off and on, Tue/Wed(55/45) Dry with lots of cloud.
Sunday night on the way home there were a dozen egrets roosting in a tree by Lint Slough. Kinda cool! We were pretty tired, so we ate the last of the soup and turned in. I spent some time trying to write, during the night. I’m going to have to get a regular keyboard for the tablet, since that just didn’t work. Tempus didn’t get in until well past 10, but that was because he stopped to watch the SpaceX splashdown. I watched in in replay once we were at the shop. It was really fun to watch! We both giggled when the announcer said, “Welcome back to planet earth. Thanks for flying SpaceX!”
We started to head into town a little early, but got cornered by the park manager who just wanted to chat. We *did* get permission to park our utility trailer out front, but we were a touch late getting into the shop. Wegot to see 1/2 a dozen egrets flying past the Eckman outflow, though. 🙂
We had a few people in shopping, but it was mostly pretty quiet. I got my writing finished and started on this. Tempus had dishes going and was working on getting a spot made to put some things that had been in the way.
I have a potato/leek soup to do overnight. Today we’re probably going to sleep in. If the weather stays dry I’ll try to work in the garden for awhile, but we have to come into town, since I have a meeting in the evening.
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort–Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.
Listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Sybil Luddington? This is the 16-year-old girl who rode 40 miles, banging on doors and hollering in various villages and town to warn colonists of the approach of the British forces in Connecticut during the Revolutionary War. Wikipedia has a good article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sybil_Ludington
There aren’t a lot of feasts listed for today unless you want some more hacked up x-tian martyrs, but the Wicca Book of Days lists a dance of the Banbara people in honor of the Tyi Wara, a half-man/half-beast figure, that has cultural meaning for them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bambara_people
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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 4/30 at 1:28pm. 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 on 4/26 at 4:28am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 4/29 at 4:28am.
The Moon continues past the planetary lineup by slipping 4° south of Venus at 10 P.M. EDT and then 4° south of Neptune an hour later. We’ll focus on this area, currently out of sight, tomorrow morning. As you may have guessed by the quick succession of those events, Venus and Neptune are quite close and will stand less than 30″ apart on the 27th, rendering both visible in the same telescopic field of view.
In late April, the two Dog Stars align vertically as the stars come out in mid-twilight. Look southwest. Brilliant Sirius in Canis Major is rather low. Procyon in Canis Minor stands above it by 25°, two or three fists at arm’s length.
Tonight, Ursa Major the Great Bear lies on her back above the North Celestial Pole after sunset. Her legs sprawl in the air and the long, bent line of her elongated tail, also envisioned as the Big Dipper’s handle, stretches to the right (east). And just south of (currently above) the bottom of the Dipper’s bowl is planetary nebula M97, popularly known as the Owl Nebula. To find it, locate Merak, Ursa Major’s 2nd-magnitude beta star. When the Big Dipper is right-side up, Merak marks the bowl’s lower righthand corner. Tonight, it is at the upper lefthand corner of the upside-down bowl in the sky. M97 sits 2.2° southeast of Merak, appearing directly to its right in the sky an hour after sunset tonight. Glowing softly at magnitude 10 and spanning about 3″, the M97 is a complex nebula with two dark spots amid its circular glow, which lend the object the appearance of an owl’s face with two large, dark eyes — hence, the Owl Nebula. It will likely appear as a faint greenish smudge with even illumination through a smaller scope, but larger apertures (more than 4 inches) will begin to show the owl’s eyes.
Uranus is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
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 Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – Scarlet
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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 26 Low 4:19 AM 2.1 6:14 AM Rise 4:51 AM 25
~ 26 High 10:00 AM 6.5 8:14 PM Set 3:56 PM
~ 26 Low 4:32 PM 0.4
~ 26 High 10:59 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right and pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Journal Prompt – Expository – What things would you put into a time capsule today that would tell people living a thousand years from now something about people today? Write the reasons for your choices.
~ Deep well must be dug if you want clear water. Deep wells don’t run still. – Rammstein
~ A woman is like a tea bag: you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. – Nancy Reagan
~ Fighting ourselves rarely works, especially in the long term. Progress is made by convincing our doubts to take (at least) a short break and trust us to get the job done well. – Carey Rockland of Athletistry
~ A fiction novel contains more truth than people realize-but in a different way than what’s expected. – Shannon Rohrer
Till April starts, and calls around
The sleeping fragrance from the ground,
And lightly o’er the living scene
Scatters his freshest, tenderest green.
Thomas Gray (1716 – ’71), English poet; ‘Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude‘
Beltane Magick – Crafts
Cow Puppet – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html (Adult supervision for the scissors)
- Paper Lunch Bag (preferably white)
- Black Paint
- Circle-Shaped Sponge
- Construction Paper
With your paper bag, take your construction markers to make a face on the bottom of the bag. The mouth will be on the bottom edge where the bag is folded. You can use felt as well, for the eyes, nose, ears, spots, etc. For the ears, cut small and pointy shapes out of the construction paper and use the glue to attach them to the side of the bottom edge of the bag.
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.
Easy Wreath for Your Head
Gold, silver or other bendable garland found in stores at Yuletide/Xmas-this usually comes in stars, holly and other such designs
Measure around the head. Measure a piece of garland the same length plus 6 inches. Over lap 3 inches of each end and wrap one end around the other as tightly as possible. Cut lengths of curling ribbon about 4 feet long and tie onto the back side of the wreath. Tie so the ends of the ribbon are even and spaced about 1 inch apart. about one third of the way around. Curl the ribbons. Wear. 🙂 – From Luna Sisters
Crowns of Flowers – From the starcrafts site – http://www.starcraftsob.com/craft/beltanelore.shtml
Of all Wiccan rites, Beltane is the one most likely to find many, if not all, the women crowned with wreaths of flowers. These can be fun to make, either as permanent wreaths of silk flowers, or if enough fresh flowers are in bloom in your area, a fresh flower crown.
The base for fresh flower wreaths might be vines or supple branches of flowering shrubs that can be formed into a circlet and bound with floral tape, light wire or twine. Then extra flowers can be easily woven into the circlet.
For a wreath of silk flowers, you can start with a circlet of heavy coated floral wire, but I’ve found that building a wreath quickly can be most easily done by starting with ivy or leaf garland. Cut a piece long enough to form a circle that fits your head nicely with just a bit to spare so you can neatly wire the ends together. Then you will have a good base of leaves into which you can easily twist stems of a variety of silk flowers, securing them with a bit of floral tape where necessary.
A cascade of narrow ribbons tied at the back makes a pretty finish.
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – cereoallocative (ser e o AL o ka tuv) – adj. Describes the ability of a seasoned breakfast eater to establish a perfect cereal/ banana ratio, assuring there will be at least one slice of banana left for the final spoonful of cereal.