Yesterday started late, but for some reason I was concentrating well and got a ton done. …then Tempus got home from his errands and I realized I hadn’t eaten or had coffee! He made me a lovely plate of pickle and grilled cheese. He did some chores and headed right back out while I was researching some pictures of medieval games. By 3pm I had filled in some of the Magick section stuff for Litha and was starting to set up newsletters. I didn’t have any outdoor help today, so I was running laundry and then going outside to sit a little in between things and getting scolded by crows, goldfinches and grosbeaks for daring to sit in their space!
I had a couple of pieces of specialty laundry, pieces embroidered by my grandmother and Tempus’, that I decided to do by hand, so that was part of the afternoon, as well, and I hung them to drip out over the tub.
I wanted to do some cooking but Tempus hadn’t had a crack at the kitchen yet and stuff was *all* over!
I spent a bit in the afternoon developing pictures, too and adding them into an album about a particular style of apron that I’m doing. In the early evening I napped, waking thoroughly when I realized it was getting dark and Tempus wasn’t home.
…and so I’m up late, or up early, or whatever listening to sleepy birds commenting about the growing light. Today I have to be at the shop around 11am because my basket supplier is going to drop off some. It sounds like he doesn’t have any of the large baskets, though. <sigh> Well, there’s that to do today and more newsletter and house chores. I’ll be busy enough, but for now I’m going back to bed!
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it misnamed “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems and make a nice tea or add to green tea. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
Vejovis? Who he? Even the later Romans weren’t completely sure! They showed him as a young man, holding a bunch of arrows and lightning bolts and accompanied by a goat. Supposedly one of the first gods to be born, he was associated with healing and Asclepius and goats were sacrificed to him to keep plagues away. Apparently his aspects changed early on and there are a lot of controversies about which is “right” and where his name came from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is at the Waning Quarter. 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. 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 5/24 at 2:40am.
The western twilight Arch of Spring is sinking, but you can still catch this big landmark when the stars come out. Jupiter in the west lies within it. Pollux and Castor, above Jupiter, are lined up roughly horizontally; they’re the Arch’s top. Look far to their lower left for Procyon, and farther to their lower right for Menkalinen and then bright Capella. Jupiter is moving closer to the Arch’s upper-left side.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, in Libra) is just past its May 10th opposition. It shines in the southeast during evening and stands highest in the south around midnight. Look for Antares and the head of Scorpius well to its lower left. Watch Saturn creeping closer to fainter Alpha Librae week by week. In a telescope Saturn’s globe is 19″ wide, and its rings are tilted a nice 22° from our line of sight. Use our SaturnMoons app to find and identify Saturn’s various satellites at any time and date.
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
W 21 Low 12:34 AM 2.3 5:43 AM Rise 1:47 AM 58
~ 21 High 6:12 AM 6.5 8:44 PM Set 1:15 PM
~ 21 Low 12:54 PM 0.0
~ 21 High 7:37 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dream, a dream, because dreams are what tomorrows futures are made of.
~ I can’t control the winds, I know this. But I can set my sails, and I can set my own course. – Lacey Lin McKay
~ A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious. – Bill Meyer
~ Remorse is impotence; it will sin again. Only repentance is strong; it can end everything. – Henry Miller
The commonplace miracle:
that so many common miracles take place.
The usual miracles:
invisible dogs barking
in the dead of night.
One of many miracles:
a small and airy cloud
is able to upstage the massive moon.
Several miracles in one:
an alder is reflected in the water
and is reversed from left to right
and grows from crown to root
and never hits bottom
though the water isn’t deep.
A run-of-the-mill miracle:
winds mild to moderate
turning gusty in storms.
A miracle in the first place:
cows will be cows.
Next but not least:
just this cherry orchard
from just this cherry pit.
A miracle minus top hat and tails:
fluttering white doves.
A miracle (what else can you call it):
the sun rose today at three fourteen a.m.
and will set tonight at one past eight.
A miracle that’s lost on us:
the hand actually has fewer than six fingers
but still it’s got more than four.
A miracle, just take a look around:
the inescapable earth.
An extra miracle, extra and ordinary:
can be thought. – Wislawa Szymborska – (View With a Grain of Sand, translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh)
Midsummer Ritual Mead – Recipe by Gerina Dunwich (make for next year
2-1/2 gallons water (preferably fresh rainwater blessed by a Wiccan priestess or priest)
1 cup meadowsweet herb
1 cup woodruff sprigs (see note below)
1 cup heather flowers
1 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup barley malt
1 oz. brewer’s yeast
Pour the water into a large cauldron or kettle. Bring to a boil and add the meadowsweet herb, woodruff sprigs, heather flowers, and cloves. Boil for one hour and the add the honey, brown sugar, and barley malt. Stir thirteen times in a clockwise direction and then remove from heat.
Strain through a cheesecloth and allow the mead to cool to room temperature. Stir in the brewer’s yeast. Cover with a clean towel and let it stand for one day and one night. Strain again, bottle, and then store in a cool place until ready to serve.
Midsummer Ritual Mead is an ideal drink to serve at Summer Solstice Sabbats, as well as during all Cakes and Ale Ceremonies and Esbats.
(The above recipe for “Midsummer Ritual Mead” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 172, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)
[Anja’s note – This is a good quick mead, but she’s got one major flub in the recipe. None of those herbs & spices will be very good with boiling for an hour! Boil the water and cloves, add the honey, brown sugar and barley malt. Put the woodruff into one cloth bag and the rest of the herbs into another and add to the hot stuff and stir as directed. After 15 minutes remove the woodruff! There’s a chemical in woodruff that gives *awful* headaches and can be dangerous to pregnant women if you leave it longer than that, much less boil it! Then continue as she says.]
1 quart water, preferably spring water
1 cup honey
1 sliced lemon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
juice of 1/2 lemon
- Boil together all ingredients in a non-metallic pot.
- While boiling, scrape off the rising “scum” with a wooden spoon.
- When no more rises add the salt & lemon juice.
- Strain and cool.
- Drink in place of alcoholic mead or wine during the Simple Feast.
[Anja’s note – in #4, put into an air-tight container and cool and use within a few days, else you’ll start getting burst bottles and fermentation! This is often called hydromel.]
ROSE PETAL PUNCH – A handful of strongly scented rose petals will delicately flavor a punch for a summer evening.
A large bottle or container with a seal that holds at least an ½ gallon
3 handfuls fresh red rose petals
2 tablespoons raw sugar
1 quart chilled water
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of two lemons
1 bottle white wine (the lighter flavored ones are best, sparkling is great)
- Two or three hours before you want to serve the punch rinse rose petals.
- Put them into the bottle.
- Add sugar to the roses
- Add water, zest and lemon juice
- When ready to serve, pour liquid through a mesh strainer into a punch bowl.
- Add wine and stir well.
Note – This goes very well with a rosebud/borage/mint ice ring
REMEMBER: DO NOT use flowers that have been sprayed with any type of pesticides……….
Yes, it’s true. I’m one, you’re one, chances are most of the people on the Historical Costume list are one. Consider the following clinical substance abuse criteria, substituting “fabric” for the substance:
A need for a markedly increased amount of the substance to achieve the desired effect.
(I’ll take 5 yards of trim, please. Actually, make that 6. Well, how much does it cost again? Well…OK, I’ll take 10 yards. Wait. Do you have a discount for buying the whole roll?)
The characteristic withdrawal symptoms for the substance (Oh look! A fabric warehouse, right off this exit. Can’t we stop, please? Please? Just for a few minutes? Please? I’ll pay you!)
LENGTH OF USE:
The substance is often taken in larger amounts and over a longer period than was originally intended. (That red stuff? Oh, it’s been in the closet for over a decade. I’ll get around to making it into a dress, someday. But come over here and check out this linen I found! 12 yards, for $6 a yard!)
LACK OF CONTROL:
There is a persistant desire to cut back or unsuccessfully control substance abuse (I can go to Joann’s and not buy anything! Sure I can!)
INORDINATE EFFORT INVOLVED:
A great deal of time is spent on activities necessary to obtain the substance. (So, who wants to tag along on a 6-hour road trip to Mill End Fabrics with me?)
Important social, recreational, or occupational activities are given up or reduced due to subtance abuse. (Honey, when are you coming out of there? You’ve been sewing since 9:00 last night! Don’t tell me you skipped class again?)
As Drea said, “well, now we know. Is there a cure? I sure hope not.”