It’s 55F and cloudy, going back and forth from fairly bright to turn-on-the-lights….
Herbs Workshop got wood butter made. We now have a new stock of some made with food-grade mineral oil and some with coconut oil. No one was in for Crystals, so Tempus and I got the new bookshelf sorted around and I only just realized I didn’t get a picture!
Marius and Guerin and the Duckmeister were all in later and we sat and talked. I did some stitching on pouches and a bit of embroidery. Tempus did his talk on Science and Magick early in the afternoon and then he and Marius got to talking about armor later, after he got back from doing some yardwork for a friend. I also did some ironing of various fabric pieces so they can be stitched this afternoon and we sorted out some of my bead boxes.
Today we have classes with the Angell Job Corps group in the morning and then the historical re-creation stuff in the afternoon. Tempus is doing a talk on Medieval Timekeeping at 1pm, which ought to be fun, and the OCPPG staff is meeting later in the afternoon.
Today is International Children’s Day. It’s not much celebrated in the US, but is intended to call attention to the abuse and exploitation of children around the world, whether as child soldiers, child workers or children living in the street or with the aftereffects of displacement by war. Our children are our future, not a commodity! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – 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.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow. 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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/2 at 2:40am.
At nightfall, Mars shines yellow-orange in the south. Look 4° (two or three finger-widths at arm’s length) above it for 3rd-magnitude Porrima (Gamma Virginis). This is a famous, fast-changing close double star for telescopes. This year its two components, equal in brightness, are 2.2 arcseconds apart. A decade ago they were unresolvable.
Mercury fades severely this week, from magnitude +1.1 to 2.1, while moving lower in the evening twilight. Look for it low in the west-northwest, about 20° (two fists at arm’s length) to the lower right of bright Jupiter. Don’t confuse Mercury with Gamma Geminorum, which is left of it and more directly below Jupiter.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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”..
Planting 5/30 – 6/1
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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 1 High 2:51 AM 7.2 5:35 AM Rise 9:17 AM 9
1 Low 9:50 AM -0.6 8:54 PM Set 11:47 PM
1 High 4:27 PM 6.3
1 Low 9:57 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Handle yourself with kid gloves. You are your own best best ally.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The story “Puss in Boots” by Charles Perrault ends with these words: “Puss became a great lord and gave up chasing mice except just once in a while for the fun of it.” List the things that you like to do “just for the fun of it.”
~ Welcome difficulties and obstacles as valuable steps in the ladder to success. – Brian Tracy
~ In inner-party politics, these methods lead, as we shall yet see, to this: the party organization substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organization, and, finally, a “dictator” substitutes himself for the central committee. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
~ The Way is not difficult, we only lose ourselves in our choices. By trying to accept this and reject that, our minds never recognize the truth. Do not get carried away by the karmic wheel. Do not stop either in emptiness. Keep a quiet heart, all duality evaporates spontaneously. – Seng Tsan
~ A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Lao Tsu
“Mourning is not forgetting,” he said gently. “It is an undoing. Every minute tie has to be untied and something permanent and valuable recovered and assimilated from the dust.” – Margory Allingham
Midsummer Feather Wreath – (For Litha)
Decorative ivy vines
Form a braided wreath with brown craft wire. Then form another braided wreath that fits inside the first one. Glue yellow feathers to one wreath until the craft wire cannot be seen; do the same with the red feathers on the other wreath. Then place one wreath on top of the other and wind them together with the ivy vines.
You may wish to leave the wreaths separate until the Litha ritual, at which point you bind the yellow wreath and the red wreath together to symbolize the marriage of the God and Goddess. Since yellow and red are so interchangeable in whom they represent, it is up to you if you want to assign one wreath to the God and one to the Goddess.
During Midsummer the Goddess prepares to give birth, and the fields are ripe with the first harvests. These wreaths are woven with red and yellow feathers, symbolizing the birth of the crops and fertility, and also prosperity. They can be used as a magickal talisman upon the altar or in the home to bless it with fertility and prosperity.
Yellow feathers (prosperity)
Red Feathers (fertility, goddess)
Pipe cleaners (yellow, red, or white)
Scissors Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
Trim any excess fuzz or unwanted areas off of the feathers. Take three pipe cleaners and twist them together securely at the top. Start braiding the pipe cleaners, making sure you have a snug braid, and twisting on more pipe cleaners as needed if you run out of length, until you have the desired size of the wreath. Twist the ends of the wreath together securely, and poke the stems of the feathers in the braid of the wreath, alternating yellow and red feathers. If you wish you may secure a loop to the top of the wreath for hanging. You may need to secure the feathers a bit more with the hot glue.
Research for these crafts came from The Chronicles of Avalon, and Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways, by Edain McCoy.
By DarkFire Raven