56F and it’s been drippy. Everything outside was soaked but to the west the clouds are breaking up and the clammers are out in full force!
Yesterday was a little crazy, not a lot crazy, just a little…. It started a bit too early and with not quite enough coffee. We were down at the shop by 9am and Marius was waiting. He and Tempus and Geurin took off for the Field trip and by noon they had bags full of spearmint in the car. A friend had offered it to me and we harvested! By 3pm they were in Fabric Depot.
I had been working on various projects during the day. During Herbs we processed rosemary & orange and tangerine peel and put violets and jonquils and crocus and roses that were dry into the storage. Crystals loaded the small tumbler on polish and discussed jaspers. After that point, I just worked with customers well into the sewing workshop time and then I was on the phone with the “field trip” folks, because they didn’t understand what I was asking for with some of the fabrics. I wanted to get another skirt cut out and finally managed it, but I couldn’t pull out the sewing machine, so I started cutting out an apron, doing the thread perfect thing to get it just right.
I was just closing up when the “field trip” got back to the shop. We have a *huge* lot of spearmint to dry and some plants, too. There are some samples for the dye project and leather for various purposes, plus the brayer and textile medium for the block printing! I talked to Marius a little and then came home and crawled into the tub. Tempus followed pretty soon and after dealing with a compost heap problem, we got supper and turned in.
As I was coming home I noticed something unusual. The cloud layer was really thick and a deep gray-blue and it looked odd to see the primrose ocean from the lowering sun beneath it. It looked upside-down!
Today is going to be a little nuts. Brea is taking a vacation from classes, so I’m going to have the young folks to myself all morning. Tempus and I will switch places when they leave, so I can go home and cook for the feast, which is at 4pm. It’s a potluck and you’re supposed to be in an attempt at garb, but no one’s going to complain if you aren’t. Other than setting up the “feast hall” I’m not quite sure what’s going on with the Project Day stuff, with the possible exception of talking about armor and the materials they got for that.
So the shop will be open normal hours, but expect interesting clothing! 🙂
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today’s Mt. St. Helens day, the anniversary of the eruption in 1980 that killed a number of people and disrupted life in the PNW for quite some time. “Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!” were the last words of David
Johnston, a geologist on the team of those monitoring the volcano, knowing that his life was on the line, as close as he was to the obviously ready-to-blow mountain, chose to give other people some warning. Innkeeper Harry Truman chose to stay with his life-long dream of a resort in the area. 55 others also perished, mostly loggers and people who lived along the path of the major lahar that actually crossed I-5, making it unusable for a period of time! Several movies and documentaries have been made about the eruption and the area now has a lot of museums dedicated to the events and the remediation of the damage. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_eruption_of_Mount_St._Helens
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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 New Moon on 5/28 at 11:40am. 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 5/21 at 5:59am.
Look south after dark for Mars at its highest. Straight below Mars, by more than a fist at arm’s length, is the distinctive springtime constellation Corvus the Crow. Its four brightest stars form a distorted rectangle less than a fist in size.
As dawn brightens next weekend, watch the waning crescent Moon approach Venus. Venus (magnitude –4.0) is the bright “Morning Star” low due east during dawn. How late into the brightening daylight can you follow it?
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 18 High 3:07 AM 8.1 5:46 AM Set 9:43 AM 88
~ 18 Low 10:09 AM -1.3 8:40 PM
~ 18 High 4:47 PM 6.7
~ 18 Low 10:16 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You can only go as far as you push.
~ The Peace you long for also longs for you. – Unknown
~ Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again. – Henry Ford
~ Life’s Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. – Benjamin Franklin
~ As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world but in being able to remake ourselves. – Mahatma Gandhi
May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us. – Mother Theresa
Heartwings says, “Flowers are a gift that brings joy to all hearts.”
With the help of her gardener Mr. Patch, my grandmother grew wonderful flowers. She entered her tall gladiolas and her huge dahlias in the local horticultural shows. Her roses were magnificent. The gravel walk to her front porch was lined with two beds of tall colorful zinnias; the little garden next to it was a rainbow. I have memories of her going out on summer mornings, wearing her garden gloves to gather flowers with a basket and her special flower clippers.
My Great Aunt didn’t gather her flowers herself, however she had lovely gardens that were maintained by her gardener, Carl. Once as a child I picked his prized tuberous begonias from the front of her house and joyfully brought them to my mother. Although as she told the story afterward, it saddened her, she made me bring the flowers back to my Great Aunt Alice and apologize. Needless to say I never did that again. Oh, but they were so pretty.
This year I have nasturtiums in my window boxes. Both on our deck and in small vases their sturdy yellow and orange blossoms are cheerful to behold. There are also wildflowers growing on our property that I can bring into the house. One of the blessings of summer is to walk outside and select what I want to pick. Although in cooler seasons I appreciate the opportunity to buy them at the market I prefer being able to gather them.
Ever since I was very small flowers have brought me joy. My father loved them also, and it made him happy both to grow and to pick them from the variety of the places where he lived. While I appreciate freshly picked produce and the opportunity to have a vegetable garden as well as to harvest from it, my heart rejoices to see the blossoms in my flower gardens. Although they may not feed my body, they nourish my heart with joy.
May you find joy for your heart wherever you dwell.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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Crone’s Corner – Faery Chair – A pretty garden project idea from FamilyFun magazine by Leslie Garisto Pfaff
For years, my daughter has been convinced that our garden is inhabited by fairies–and when I walk out among the flowers on a summer’s night, I’m inclined to believe her. If you’d like to invite the wee folk into your own backyard, why not offer them a comfy place to sit? Any old chair will do–as long as it’s fully in bloom.
An old chair, preferably one that’s past its prime (only faeries will sit in it ) but sturdy enough to survive the elements
Exterior paint in one or more colors
1 packet of morning glory seeds
1.) Give your chair one or two base coats of paint ( we chose lavender both for its magickal properties and the way it complements green ). If you like, you can accent the chair with other colors.
2.) When the paint is dry, place the chair in the garden where it will receive full to partial sun. Make sure there’s loosened garden soil around the legs of the chair.
3.) A few inches out from each chair leg, plant three to six morning glory seeds, following the directions on the seed packet. When the morning glories just start to twine, thin them down to one or two plants per chair leg. Water the plants regularly, especially in full sun—and keep an eye out for faery footprints.
Originally published in FamilyFun magazine.