Yesterday I was up around 10:30, but it took Tempus until past noon to get his eyes open. He was *tired* after the drive Tuesday evening and then getting going to do his paper route. I got the newsletter out and we ran around doing small chores and then he took off to go work at a friend’s house.
We had a good laugh over breakfast at the antics of the crows who were arguing over the potato peelings in the tray outside. Two were arguing and a 3rd, while they were facing away from him, nipped out the largest piece and took off with them in hot pursuit. Two more that were arguing fell off the railing and one standing there cawing looked down to find nothing left!
I was working on breads, by the point that he left, mini-loaves to freeze and then bake during the week. I also had the makings for quiche, a beef stew/potroast and yorkshire pudding set out, and even some pickled eggs and I baked one mini-loaf for my lunch that I had stuffed with cheese. I love my fresh bread!
By 3pm two quiche were in (duck eggs! Asparagus stir-fry mix, ham, blue cheese and sharp cheddar). By 3:30 laundry was underway, drying caftans and scarves that have to be done by the piece. Tempus had gotten the main bulk of it earlier. By 4, mini-loaves were in the freezer and I was chopping veg for the stew. By 5pm that was started, the quiche were cooling and most of the laundry was dry. I still want a clothesline…. But my back was giving me such heck, I sat for awhile.
By 6pm I had been out in the garden weeding and got my two parsley plants in and some seeds planted, as well, but I was *really* ouching! All during this I was alternating with adding bits to the newsletter and around 6 enough stuff was finished that I just worked on that for quite awhile.
I had quiche, freshly harvested salad greens and bread for supper and after doing some research on Roman mosaics, worked on the Pincushions WDW pamphlet for awhile. When Tempus got home, I was stripping bolted greens. He got his supper and we turned in.
Take a look at this awesome set of pictures: http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2012/10/king-of-richmond-park-deer-emerges-from.html
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
There is an Irish saint, Gobnait, who is worshipped as the patroness of bees who, according to Nigel Pennick, is a version of the goddess Domna, who is the goddess of perambulation to sacred stones and cairns. Gobnait’s feast day is 2/11 and I’m not finding info on Domna at all! Gobnait still has a number of centers of worship in Ireland and even a couple of sacred wells. Melissa is the name that I’m used to seeing in conjunction with bees, as the priestesses of Demeter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobnait http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa#Ancient_Greek_Mythology
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is at the Waxing Quarter at 1:39pm. 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/5 at 1:39pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/11 at 9:11am.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 4:39 p.m. EDT). The Moon shines below the hind foot of Leo this evening.
“Cassiopeia” usually means “Cold!” >>>>>> Late fall and winter are when this landmark constellation is high overhead (for mid-northern latitudes), but even on warm June evenings it’s lurking low. After dark, look for it down near the north horizon. It’s a wide, upright W. The farther north you are, the higher it’ll appear. But even as far south as San Diego and Atlanta it’s completely above the true horizon.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) is quite low in the east during dawn.
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”..
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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
Th 5 Low 12:44 AM 2.7 5:33 AM Set 1:16 AM 40
5 High 6:05 AM 5.3 8:57 PM Rise 1:08 PM
5 Low 12:38 PM 1.1
5 High 7:24 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Swing as high as you can on a swingset..by moonlight…
~ I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
~ Goals help you channel your energy into action. – Les Brown
~ To bring peace to the earth, strive to make your own life peaceful. – Buddha
~ One must not take delight in quarrelsome disputations or engage in controversies so as the show the superiority of one’s talents, but be calm and composed. – Lord Buddha
My Moon Song
I am an ocean in Your fullness
Full of life and Your creations.
I am a lake in Your waning
With gentle laps against the shore.
I am a stream in Your newness
Trickling over rocks and telling tales
I am a river in Your waxing
Charging back towards ocean’s roars. ~Written and Submitted by Wren~
Lore: The God and the Goddess are in Their prime, at Their highest power. This is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. The Goddess is pregnant. After this day, the light begins to wane until the Winter Solstice.
Special Time: The focus of this holiday is again on fertility but also on strength and focus. Plans made at Imbolc, put into motion at Ostara, and encouraged at Beltane should now be in fruition. It is a time to give thanks for the gifts and for our health. After this day things will change somewhat, waning again, and this must be prepared for. This is a celebration of work AND of pleasurable activities. It is also a good time for a dedication rite or a re-affirmation spell.
Activities: On Litha, we celebrate the power of the Sun and play outside as much as possible, taking pleasure in Nature as a child would. Summertime flowers can be collected and used to adorn the altar, the home, and the body. Many people like to make love charms at this time and also cast love-related spells and any other kinds of magick, since this is the highest power of the God and Goddess and therefore there is quite a bit of energy to harness. Some people believe the elves and fairies are afoot and leave out food for them. Some like to cook potpourri made of flowers. One custom is to make one yellow feather wreath and one red feather wreath and tie them together with ivy.
Summer Solstice by Rhiannon Cotter – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
Summer Solstice, the longest day, represents a turning point from Spring to Summer during which the Sun God directs the ripening and blossoming of the grain and fruit. Here in the heat of the Summer, the crops are transformed as are our actions, thoughts and plans. All things are tempered by the heat of the Sun. Blossoming and ripening of our works are manifested, or they shrivel and die in the heat. All the while, sexual energy is growing. The Sun God impregnates the Earth Goddess in a sweet “petit mort”—as the cup is to the Goddess, so too is the athame to the God.
Let us begin. Let us sing.
Singing of the small corn.
Singing of the large corn.
Singing as the evening falls.
Singing as the light dawns.
The light dawns and finds us singing,
singing as the corn waves tassels at us.
The dark falls and finds us singing,
singing while the squash waves leaves us.
The earth rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The sky rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The rain comes. The rain comes. ~Pima Rain-Making Song
The plants that feed us need sun and water and soil in order to thrive. Too much of one, too little of another, will mean a ruined crop – and, because we depend upon plants for food, will mean starvation and death as well. Our forebears knew the necessity of balance between sun and rain, between night and day, between rest and activity. Too often, today, the balance is lost, so that newscasters bemoan the rain our farms and gardens need – and which we, in turn, need as well.
When the weather thwarts our plans this summer, when weekends are rainy and evenings damp, let us recognize the rain’s necessity and thank the goddess for her bounty. The lush green fields, and full larders, will be our rewards.
By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON