It’s bright, but drippy this morning. Right at the moment, enough light is getting through to make the alder shine like metal. It’s only 53 and not likely to get much warmer, according to the computer, but with the sun coming out, I’d bet that forecast is off. There’s a light breeze comign in through the study window and while my toes are cold the air smells so good.
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Yesterday was shorter that usual because we slept so long. I got up late enough, but Tempus slept until nearly 3. I spent the early afternoon on one of the blogs. https://housecapuchin.wordpress.com/
By 4 we had eaten “breakfast” and were running around getting ready to head to Corvallis. I had to stop at the shop for some of my blackwork stuff and then we headed out. It was mostly clear on our side of the mountains, although at one point there had been a shower with the sun shining while we were eating. It was definitely clear on the other side, but more and more mare’s tails kept showing in the sky.
We had an interesting visit, sitting and stitching and Anthony and Tempus talking with folks about armor and weaponry. We got a little chilled, since it was only 52 in Corvallis and we were outside, and headed home around 9pm.
Today I have to set up newsletters for the week and finish up on a couple of research projects. I should get some work done outside if it dries up enough, and there are always chores. We have esbat at the shop tonight at 7pm.
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
Today is the date in 585 BC on which the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales predicted a solar eclipse would occur. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated since eclipses can be calculated pretty exactly. The Battle of the Eclipse was fought on this date. It is called that because it ended abruptly as the eclipse was considered to be a sign from the gods, and therefore recorded. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Halys_(585_BC)
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is New at 1:40am. 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. 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. Ends at the Tide Change at 11:40am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 5/30 at 2:40am. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Full on 6/12 at 9:11pm.
Wednesday, May 28, 2:40 p.m. EDT (11:40amPDT) – New Moon – The moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the sun, but can be seen low in the east as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the west an evening or two after New Moon.
What is the oldest thing you have ever seen? The Earth, Sun, Moon, and planets are 4.6 billion years old. The age record for people who just glance at the sky might be Arcturus, about 7 billion years old. But with a pair of binoculars, you can pick up the 7.2-magnitude star HD 140283 in Libra. This star is in competition for the title of the oldest known, with an age recently measured at about 13 billion years. That means it formed just several hundred million years after the Big Bang. Spot it using the finder chart with Gary Seronik’s Binocular Highlight column in the June Sky & Telescope, page 45. This is almost certainly the oldest thing you will ever see.
Uranus emerges from behind the sun late in the month, located in the constellation Pisces.
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
W 28 High 12:19 AM 8.2 5:37 AM Rise 5:51 AM 0
~ 28 Low 7:17 AM -1.2 8:50 PM Set 8:52 PM
~ 28 High 1:43 PM 6.5
~ 28 Low 7:07 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t push the river, just let it flow.
~ To inspire quite literally means to breathe in the spirit of something. – Hans Oskar Porr
~ Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened. — Egyptian Proverb
~ Don’t look for speed in a cheap horse: be content if it neighs. – Hausa Proverb
~ All that is not given is lost. – Hindu Proverb
I raise my arms in greeting
As She slips up through the night,
The rounded Moon of Mystery,
A glowing silver disk of light.
My spirit answers to Her call
And longs for wings to fly
That I might seek Her secret place
Whose symbol is the sky?
A place of hidden secrets,
Of sacred Mysteries old,
A place I knew in other times,
In temple wisdom no more told.
I struggle to remember
All the things I learned before,
The forgotten Mysteries of the Moon,
The Goddess and Her lore.
Although my arms reach skyward,
I turn inward toward Her voice.
I tread the inner labyrinth,
Trusting in my choice.
“Seek not without, but deep within.”
The words are soft and clear.
“Keep faith with Me for thirteen months,
The Mother’s Sacred Year.”
I watch Her through Her cycles,
As I did in lives before,
And follow down Her moonbeam path
To the secret, inner door. – ~ DJ Conway
Midsummer by JT – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
The world within
Echoes the world without
Lush foliage, leaves unfurled
Soft springy grass dotted with
Brightly colored flowers peeping through
The earth is green and bright
With warm sunny days
Clear velvety blue skies
Gentle cool breezes
Nature in glory
Our hopes blossom
With the season
The seeds of the fruit
Our desires will bear
Can be seen
On the stems
Of our dreams