It’s a misty, moisty morning! 58F and supposedly overcast, although there’s thin sunlight straining through. Birds are all over the feeder and talking loudly as I’m crunching bacon and sipping coffee. I’m still trying to get my eyes open. A sparrow is on the feeder right now, peckity-pecking at the see. That one replaced a siskin, which replaces a gold finch, which got there after the different chickadees got to fighting and flew off.
Yesterday it started to rain lightly, just enough to patter on the porch roof and skylight, not long after I had gotten the newsletter out. We got to the shop and I set in to work on wood stuff, finishing the sanding on a cup and then getting it done with the woodbutter. I also did one of my food baskets.
At just exactly 1pm I looked at the window to see the parking lot and roofs steaming all around. The sun was burning through the cloud. Tempus was still at the shop, fighting his computer after having run errands. We got an inventory of the CD’s done and he headed home to work there.
Later I worked on carving another spoon and trying to re-set the rolling table. By 6:30 it was raining again and I was so sleepy that I went back to work on the spoon and finished it. By the time Tempus remember to come get me I had roughed out a two-tine fork! We went across the street for supper and talked to Ray for quite a while.
Saturday 5/24, 10am – Shop open to 7pm
~ 11am – Herb Workshop – Making Herbal Candles
~ Noon – Crystals – Beach stones and what they are
~ 1pm – Spoon Carving demonstration
~ 3pm – Sewing Workshop – Bring a project
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Today’s feast is that of Hermes Trismegistus. He seems to be acombination of Hermes and Thoth with a lot of other bits thrown in, but the corpus of works assigned to him are the basis of Hermeticism. He is a god of writing and magick, of astrology, alchemy and other learned arts. There are books like the Kybalion and the Emerald Tablets of Thoth that are attributed to him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waning Crescent moving into Hecate’s Brooch at 2:40am. 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 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. 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 on 5/27 at 2:40am.
Saturday, May 24, 3–4 a.m. EDT – New meteor shower – Debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR is expected to cause a new meteor shower radiating from the constellation Camelopardalis, just off the nose of the Great Bear. This may be the brightest meteor shower this year.
Sunday, May 25, dawn – Venus and the Moon – The slender crescent moon will rise just above the planet Venus, shortly before sunrise. Later in the day, you can use the moon to spot Venus in the daytime sky.
Mars was in opposition on April 8 and now is shrinking in size and fading in brightness.
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. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..
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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
Sa 24 Low 4:07 AM 0.6 5:40 AM Rise 3:23 AM 25
~ 24 High 10:05 AM 5.8 8:47 PM Set 4:41 PM
~ 24 Low 3:54 PM 1.3
~ 24 High 10:12 PM 7.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – All people have at least ten faults. Pick ten you can live with.
Mother of the Universe…
Let us, when swimming with the stream,
become the stream…
Let us, when moving with the music,
become the music…
Let us, when rocking the wounded,
become the suffering…
Let us live for the grace beneath all we want,
let us see it in everything and everyone,
till we admit to the mystery
that when I look deep enough into you,
I find me, and when you dare to hear my fear
in the recess of your heart, you recognize it
as your secret which you thought
no one else knew…
O Let us have the courage
to hold each other when we break
and worship what unfolds…
Let us embrace
that unexpected moment of unity
O nameless spirit that is not done with us,
let us love without a net
beyond the fear of death
until the speck of peace
we guard so well
becomes the world…- Mark Neppo (The Book of Awakening)
Goddess For Today: Wakasaname no Kami – Rice Ceremony (Japan) – Themes: Providence; Harvest; Growth; Patience; Manifestation – Symbols: Rice; Fire
About Wakasaname no Kami: This Goddess’s name describes her function in Japan–the Young Rice Planting Maiden. It is Wakasaname’s duty to oversee the rice transplantings at this time of year, as she was born of a union between the food Goddess and the grain God. From a more spiritual perspective, Wakasaname no Kami offers us the providence and fulfillment that come from a job patiently well attended.
To Do Today: Early in June, Japanese farmers transplant their rice seedlings into the paddies, asking for the blessings of the Goddess as they go. Prayers are made as ritual fires burn to get Wakasaname’s attention, and they probably act as an invocation to the sun. In your home, this might mean going outside (if the weather permits) and starting the grill or hibachi. Burn a little rice in the flame as an offering to the goddess so she can help you fulfill your work-related goals. Make sure you keep your purpose in mind while the rice burns or speak your wishes into the smoke so it carries them before Wakasaname’s watchful eyes.
To inspire Wakasaname’s patience in your life, make a bowl of rice. Breathe deeply, then try to pick up one grain with chopsticks. This is an old meditative method from the East, and believe me, it teaches much about the benefits of persistence and practice! – By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Maat – 6/19 Today’s Goddess – Themes: Freedom; New Beginnings; Justice; Morality; Organization; Promises; Universal Law – Symbols: Ostrich Feather (or any feather)
About Maat: In Egypt, Maat is the ultimate representation of fairness, justice, and truth. As the spirit of orderliness and legislation, she assists us by overseeing any legal matters, hearings, promises, and oaths to ensure harmony and honesty. In some Egyptian stories, a person’s soul was weighed against Maat’s feather to gain entrance to paradise.
To Do Today: On June 19 in 1865, the slaves in Texas were finally told about the Emancipation Proclamation signed three years previously. While freedom was slow in coming, it finally arrived, likely in part thanks to Maat’s encouragement.
For all of Maat’s spells it’s best to have a feather to use as a component and focal point. Change the color of your feather to suit the goal. Pick blue for true seeing (or to encourage honesty with yourself), white for pure promises, black and white for legal equity, and pale yellow to inspire a new beginning filled with Maat’s keen insight. Bless the feather, using the following incantation (fill in the blank with your goal), then release it to the wind so the magic begins to move!
Maat, on this feather light,
bring to me renewed insight.
To my life _____ impart;
make a home within my heart. – )0( By Patricia Telesco~ >From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
A Sweet Woodruff Spell for Prosperity – Pagan Studies
At dusk in my woodland garden, sweet woodruff sends out its fresh haylike scent, and its white flowers glow in the June twilight. In June, sweet woodruff reaches the height of its magical power, and is valuable in attracting prosperity. The prosperity spell which follows should be concluded next month, beneath July’s Blessing Moon. On a June evening, just before nightfall, gather some woodruff flowers, leaves, and stems. Cut them all, and put them in a darkened room to dry on a hook or beam. When July’s Moon is at its height, and the woodruff has dried, bury it with a dollar and a copper coin. Now, with what you’ve sown your wealth will increase.By: James Kambos