That’s funny… the computer says it’s 62F and clear, when the sunlight has been blanked out by cloud. There are more rolling in from the ocean, too. Earlier it was nice and sunny, but I went back to bed when Tempus got home.
Yesterday Tempus headed out first and opened the shop. The sky was a bright blue while I was getting a bath. I lay back in the tub and watched through the skylight, half-tranced until a crow suddenly tapped on the skylight. I sat up abruptly and sloshed and my coffee cup dropped into the tub. <sigh> Well, I headed for the shop after that, and then realized that the fabrics that I was planning to heat-set had neither gone into the dryer nor my basket. <sigh, again> Tempus went back after them.
We’re both pretty tired. It’s been a long week, so we sat and played a little, looking up articles and pix and laughing over them. After that I got to work in back, heat-setting the block printing we were doing yesterday, stitching the last bit on the two biscornu I made yesterday and carving a fork.
Tempus did paperwork up front while that was going, and eventually we changed places, with me sewing up front and him moving and re-stacking boxes, so that we can get the new display put out. Geurin came in late in the afternoon and we sewed and talked, eventually Anthony got there and then Cliona and we started class.
Class went well. We’re part-way through Lesson 5, but my voice gave out around 9pm. I got an interesting pic of ice in my water cup, though. We ended up taking a break when the African Traders came through. We have grass baskets! …although the price has gone up. Shipping is through the roof. We also have a few Senegalese baskets that have lids and some interesting fans.
As I left the shop three planets were visible, and the bay was metallic blue. I headed home and started developing pictures and Tempus followed pretty soon after and we turned in early.
Not that it’s gotten us up any earlier today! It’s past 12:30 and he’s still down. Like I said, it was a long week. Today we have house chores and then this evening we’re driving into Corvallis for a meeting where I’m going to be teaching blackwork.
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
Today is the anniversary of the death of the Venerable Bede in 735. He was an English monk at the monastery of Saint Peter at Monkwearmouth and its companion monastery, Saint Paul’s, in modern Jarrow, Northeast England, both of which were located in the Kingdom of Northumbria. He is well known as an author and scholar, and his most famous work, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) gained him the title “The Father of English History”. He actually had access to a lot of documents that have long since disappeared as well as quite a number of classical sources. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bede and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historia_ecclesiastica_gentis_Anglorum
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch moving into the Dark at 11:40am. 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. 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/28 at 11:40am.
Comet 209P/LINEAR, the source of last Saturday morning’s meteors, is closest to Earth for the next five days. It was only 13th magnitude as of May 22nd, but if you want to try for it with a large telescope, here are our finder charts. It’s south of Leo, crossing Sextans and Crater.
>> Watch the crescent Moon pass between Jupiter and Procyon as it waxes from evening to evening. Sky & Telescope diagram.
Mars (magnitude –0.7, in Virgo) shines highest in the south in late twilight. Just left or upper left of it 3rd-magnitude Porrima. Far lower left of Mars sparkles Spica. Mars sets in the west around 3 or 4 a.m. daylight saving time. In a telescope, Mars’s gibbous disk is now 12 arcseconds tall, and shrinking as we leave Mars farther behind in our faster orbit around the Sun. See the Mars map and observing guide in the March Sky & Telescope, page 50. Use our Mars Profiler to find which side of the planet will be facing Earth when you plan to look.
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
Tu 27 Low 6:35 AM -1.1 5:38 AM Rise 5:08 AM 4
~ 27 High 12:58 PM 6.4 8:49 PM Set 7:54 PM
~ 27 Low 6:24 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t confuse mere inconveniences with real problems.
~ Do not be afraid to love. Without love, life is impossible. – Thich Nhat Hanh
~ Either you will do now what it takes or 10 years from now you will wish that you had. – Paul V Harris
~ Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test it’s a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~ Do not rely on meditation to avoid problems. Without problems the seeking spirit could go mad. Therefore the sage says: reach liberation in the middle of turbulences. – Kyong Ho
Through the swirling mist,
My Mother’s eyes looking back at me.
All of these wonders I see,
Through my Mother’s eyes looking back at me.
The future, I see
Through my Mother’s eyes looking back at me.
Love, Peace and kindness.
Through my Mother’s eyes looking back at me.
Turmoil and war I see,
Through my Mother’s eyes looking back at me.
Who is this incredible, vast,
wondrous and wise,
Woman that I see?
Why it is my Mother Earth,
She who as made herself one with me.
She has Blessed me with a gift,
Of knowledge and sent me on a quest.
She who has shown me breath,
love, desire, and pain,
She will be the Mother that will one day show me death .
It is all in her cycle you see.
Through her I see hope.
Hope for me,
Hope for you,
Hope for our children.
And through her,
I see our world’s whole existence looking back at me. – Written and Submitted By Shannon
Wedding Gift Basket – (For Litha) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/wedding.html
Craft miniatures of birds and butterflies
False flowers and fruits
Any other natural wedding gift type items you can think of
- Simply place all items aesthetically inside the basket, perhaps using it as a decoration for inside your feather wreath if you made one.
- It is very tasteful to wind white flower garlands around the handle of the basket, and to perhaps even paint it yourself or, if you are talented in that area, to weave your own basket.
To use this in a ritual, every item to be placed in the basket must have some kind of symbolic meaning. You can solemnly put each item in and simultaneously make a wish for the union of the deities, and pray for Their happiness; also it can be used as a parallel for any relationships in your life that you wish to succeed.
Sun Medallions – http://tressabelle.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/sun-medallions/
With Summer Solstice coming up in a couple of weeks, now is the perfect time to make sun medallions for a treasure hunt! I first came across this idea well over a decade ago in the book “Wiccacraft for Families” by Margie McArthur. My older kids and I had so much fun making them. Once we painted sun symbols on wooden disks, but then found it was much more fun to use salt dough. I even found sun-print fabric and made little drawstring bags for them to put their sun treasures.
Its been a while, but I’m making some again! I rolled out a batch on my own today, but will probably make more with my teenagers later- they’ll have fun hiding them on Solstice for their little brother!
I used regular strength salt dough for this:
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
¾ cup water
yellow food coloring
First, I mixed together the salt and flour. Then I tinted the water with food coloring and worked it into the flour, kneading in more food coloring to get the color I wanted. Then I kneaded in a bunch of gold glitter. (The medallions we made when my older kids were little were made with just plain salt dough, then painted when they were dry. Doing it this way saves that step.)
I used some of the samples of sun symbols from Margie’s book, but also, just dug around in the kitchen for things to use as imprinting tools. I used a gluestick cap to make medium circles, a skewer to make dots, a butter knife to make lines, and a jumbo bendy straw to make some of the sunrays. I also had some sun stamps, but they didn’t leave a very deep impression. (I may have to sponge some darker paint into the depressions when they are dry.)
Now is a great time to make these, because they’ll have plenty of time to dry before the Solstice.
* Juan Valdez named his new donkey after you.
* You haven’t blinked since the last lunar eclipse.
* You just completed another sweater and you don’t know how to knit.
* The only time you’re standing still is during an earthquake.
* The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.
* Your so jittery that people use your hands to shake paint cans.
* Cocaine is a downer.
* You walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it’s
not plugged in.
* Charles Manson thinks you need to calm down.
* Your taste buds are so numb you could drink your lava lamp.
* When you call radio talk shows, they ask you to turn yourself down.
* Your life goal is to amount to a hill of beans.
* You channel surf faster without a remote.
* You name your cats “Cream” and “Sugar.”
* You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug.
* You can outlast the Energizer bunny.
* You short out motion detectors.
* Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter scale.
* You think being called a “drip” is a compliment.
* You help your dog chase its tail.
* You’re up to four heart attacks a day.
* Your coffee mug is insured by Lloyd’s of London.
* You introduce your spouse as your coffeemate.
* You think CPR stands for “Coffee Provides Resuscitation.”
* Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup.
* You think Columbia would be a great vacation destination!
* You’re passing everybody on the freeway when you suddenly realize:
you left your car at home!