The sun is shining brightly enough that it’s almost an insult. It’s 45F and very still. Not a leaf is stirring. ….That’s always a surprise. The porch roof suddenly began to drip, just about 10 drips total, but there’s some kind of interaction with the dew, the dew point and the roof material that makes it all let go at once.
Yesterday was long. I did some harvesting before we left, fennel and violets. I need to try to get the sage blossoms this morning from the one plant. There are two sages that blossom, now, and those make nice tea.
I’m still trying to get the work table cleaned up. I don’t know how a table that was clean last week turned into a disaster area…..
So Herb Workshop was processing the fennel and violets and then I realized that the Loyalty Days parade was yesterday and thought that we were going to be unbusy because of the festival. I went to send Tempus home to work on the water heater and it’s a good thing that he was still putting things away from the ritual when the “flood” started. That was our busiest day this spring, so far! It was a little nuts from about noon to 3 and I did some readings.
By Sewing Workshop we were both pretty tired. I went in back to sew, since it was just the two of us and my eye fell on the bones that we cleaned. I thought about it while I was working on some pouches and then I got a fabric scrap, the smallest bone and a hammer and bopped it a good one. I handed the pieces to Tempus and by 7pm he had a bone needle. He’s amazing.
I was working on note card designs last night and stayed up far too late. He turned in and I wasn’t thinking about what time it was, so I’m groggy this morning. I gotta roust him in a few minutes so we can get down to the shop before the youngsters do! We’ve 101 this morning and then the historical recreation group during the afternoon.
Looks like the weather is going to stay gorgeous, too!
The rhodys are here! Ken Gagne caught this shot of some outside of Toad Hall in Yachats yesterday.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods and that you can often find places where altars used to be by looking for the bushes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Today’s Festival is that of Bona Dea. Wikipedia has her feast on May 1, but other calendars have it on the 3rd or 4th. Bona Dea means “the good goddess”. There isn’t a lot of evidence for where her worship came from or even who she was, but speculation in the pagan community ties her to the worship of the great mother goddess of the Mediterranean area whose worship was put down by the takeover of the warlike patriarchal cultures. Bona Dea’s rites included blood sacrifice, a night ritual and strong wine, which were otherwise forbidden to women and men were not allowed to attend or even watch. More from Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea I miss Pip Wilson’s Almanac….
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Love & Light,
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 tide change on 5/3 at 8:42pm. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 5/5 at 8:42am. 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.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Su 3 High 12:27 AM 7.6 6:04 AM Set 6:03 AM 98
~ 3 Low 7:09 AM -0.2 8:23 PM Rise 8:09 PM
~ 3 High 1:22 PM 6.6
~ 3 Low 7:04 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Language is the thread joining desire to its object, explaining its needs, expressing its cries. ~ Michelle Lovric
~ I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare. – Maya Angelou
~ A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. – Nancy Lopez, Golfer
~ Too low they build who build below the skies – Edward Young
~ All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President (2)
Though we have not employed the arguments usually advanced by the apologists of Christianity, we have arrived by a different chain of reasoning at the same conclusion: Christianity is perfect; men are imperfect. Now, a perfect consequence cannot spring from an imperfect principle. Christianity, therefore, is not the work of men. If Christianity is not the work of man, it can have come from none but God. If it came from God, men cannot have acquired a knowledge of it except by revelation. Therefore, Christianity is a revealed religion. – François-René de Chateaubriand, French writer, born on September 4, 1768; from Le génie du Christianisme (1802)
May Magick –
Full Moon of May – From the Divine Light List
The Full Moon of May is also called Merry or Dyad Moon, Flower Moon, Frogs Return Moon, Thrimilcmonath (Thrice-Milk Month), Sproutkale, Winnemanoth (Joy Month), Planting Moon, and Moon When the Ponies Shed.
The Mugwort Festival is celebrated the fifth day of the New Moon in China.
In China, the Full Moon is also known as the Pestilent Moon; Chung K’uei the great spiritual chaser of demons is honored.
The time of the sacred marriage of the God and Goddess is the Dyad Moon, when the two become one, when all things meet their opposites in perfect balance and in perfect harmony.
Anglo-Saxons named their month Thrimilcmonath, or Thrice Milk Month, because cows give milk three times a day during May.
The American backwoods tradition call this full Moon Flower Moon.
The commemoration of Buddha’s enlightenment occurs on the day of the Full Moon this month.
Old Sayings & Lore
To dream of a future husband, go out into the light of the Full Moon of May and say:
“Moon, Moon, tell unto me
When my true love I shall see.
What fine clothes am I to wear?
How many children shall I bear?
For if my love comes not to me
Dark and dismal my life will be.”
Crops sown near a Full Moon will be ready for harvest a month earlier than crops sown during a waxing Moon.
According to Cornish tin miners, if you put a piece of tin near an ant hill during the Full Moon of May, it will turn into silver.
Upon seeing the New Moon, bow to Her and turn over the coins in your pocket. This will bring you luck in all your affairs.
To see the future for good or ill, take a mirror outside. Let the light of the Moon fall on its surface and gaze into it. Any face appearing will be connected to your future.
One of the most popular traditions of May is the Maypole. The Maypole was cut on May Eve in Germany by the young single men of the village. It was of fir, and all the branches save the uppermost were removed. It was then adorned with ribbons and erected in the village square, where it was guarded all night until the celebration of May Day morning.
The Maypole represents the World Tree; its roots in the underworld and its branches in the upper realms.
Neo-Pagan Full Moon Name = May: Grass Moon
Colonial American Full Moon Name = May: Milk Moon
English Full Moon Name = May: Milk Moon
English Medieval Full Moon Name = May: Hare Moon
American Indian (Cherokee) Full Moon Name = May: Planting Moon
American Indian (Choctaw) Full Moon Name = May: Panther Moon
American Indian (Dakotah Sioux) Full Moon Name = May: Moon When Leaves Are Green, Moon To Plant
Celtic Full Moon Name = May: Bright Moon
Chinese Full Moon Name = May: Dragon Moon
Hindu Full Moon Name = May: Buddha Poornima