It’s just 50F. I was up for a few minutes around 7am, just long enough to see the dew drip from the porch roof, but that has all steamed away and the scattered clouds aren’t really getting in the way of the bright sunshine.
It was nearly 1pm yesterday when I got the newsletter out and we still hadn’t had breakfast, but yummy scents kept wafting into the study. I was working on a large cup of coffee by then, but my tummy was rumbling every time another draft brought a scent!
It turned out to be a delicious omelet with bacon, some of Tempus’ good bread toasted and spread with blackberry jam. My tummy was *very* happy! …and we sat and talked afterwards, so it was 2pm before we really got to work, but that was a good as a vacation.
…and then I saw this and started drooling over the possibility of an Evening Sail. I haven’t been on a Tall Ship since I left Maryland. “They’ll be in Newport from May 14 through May 26… In Newport, they dock at the Port of Newport, 600 SE Bay Boulevard, Newport, and offer tours, excursions, and education programs for elementary school students. The ships will be open for visits on Memorial Day, May 25.” http://www.beachconnection.net/news/tallships050515_441.php
I had some apples as a late lunch and then got to work on filling in files before I filled in the newsletters. I was finding all kinds of cool things that I had forgotten about (having hooked up the terabyte drive). In the evening I sorted mail and tried to get things in order for the week.
By bedtime Tempus had everything ready to get the waterheater in place and had partly horsed the thing up into place, but had to stop for lack of room. He’s going to have to get some more blocks and try again. When he came to bed he told me a funny story about having managed to get himself on the wrong side of the beast and not being able to get around it and it between him and the door. There was no way for me to hear him, being at the far end of the house. He finally had to climb onto the freezer and over the railing, because the house was already locked up for the night and his keys and cell phone were in the kitchen!
Today I’m going to be at the shop. I need his help for a little in the morning and then he’s going to come home and back to work on the water heater. I’m hoping to get my tomato into its pot before we leave. I’ll be going on with tagging and sorting the new stuff and then we’ve Sewing later in the day.
…and Tempus and I talked it over and we might get to go!
A Ken Gagne pic from 4/29/15 of a bald eagle up the Yachats River.
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. –Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
This is the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, a Cunard Line passenger ship (although it was carrying ammo) sunk by a u-boat, which became a rallying cry against Germany leading into WWI. More on the sinking here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_RMS_Lusitania and on the ship herself here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Lusitania Actually, the main reason that this ship has stuck in my mind is that my grandmother, Marie Picek, as she was emigrating from Bohemia in the Austro-Hungarian empire, was scheduled to come to the US on this ship, but she got to Bremerhaven (a journey of 400 miles, made mostly by pony-cart and rail) way early (6 months early!) and ended up making the trip on the Mauretania instead, as a 2nd class passenger. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Mauretania_%281906%29
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Love & Light,
Love & Light,
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 on 5/17 at 9:13pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/11 at 3:36am.
Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs, floats near the zenith these evenings, inside the curl of the Big Dipper‘s handle. Now that the waning Moon doesn’t rise until two hours after dark, go galaxy hunting here with Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article and chart in the May Sky & Telescope, page 56.
Mercury at greatest elongation – Thursday, May 7, evening twilight – This is the best evening apparition of Mercury this year for observers in the northern hemisphere. Use Venus to help you locate it. Mercury is most easily located by sweeping with binoculars, but once you’ve located it, you should be able to see it with your unaided eyes.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, just above the head of Scorpius) rises around nightfall and reaches its highest point in the south around 2 a.m. daylight-saving time. Below Saturn by 9° or 10° is orange Antares, less bright. The next brightest star in the area is Delta Scorpii a little to their right (and about half as far from Saturn). Delta Sco is now in its 15th year of outburst! If you observe Saturn with a telescope, also check out the fine double stars Beta Scorpii just 1.2° below Saturn, and Nu Scorpii 1.8° to Saturn’s lower left.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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. 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.
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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
Th 7 High 2:40 AM 7.8 5:59 AM Set 8:53 AM 92
~ 7 Low 9:40 AM -0.8 8:27 PM Rise 11:58 PM
~ 7 High 4:12 PM 6.4
~ 7 Low 9:35 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.
~ The twisted circumstances under which we live is grist for the writing mill, the loving, hating and discovering, finding new handles for old pitchers… – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~ We know the truth, not only by the reason, but by the heart. – Blaise Pascal
~ Knights live in the now, directly experiencing the present moment. Now is the time for action. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ An ignorant person is one who doesn’t know what you have just found out. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
They go down to the sea at night-time; and the keepers of the robes and the priests bring forth the hallowed chest containing a small golden coffer, into which they pour some potable water which they have taken up, and a great shout arises from the company for joy that Osiris is found. Then they knead some fertile soil with water and mix in spices and incense of a very costly sort, and fashion therefrom a crescent-shaped figure which they clothe and adorn. – Plutarch, De Iside el Osiride, 366 f, on the third day of the Seeking of Osiris
Magick – [Anja’s note – Why a “Preparing for Winter” bit at the beginning of summer? This is the way that folks did things when they were closer to the earth. “Consume some during the harvests, save some,” was a way of life.]
Home Preparedness – How To Prepare Your Home For Winter – Stock your food pantry.
Keeping extra food on hand is a regular practice in our home. It’s nice to have the food on hand and not just for emergency purposes but also for times when the budget gets too tight!
- Make it a regular habit while grocery shopping to purchase a few extra items that store well and put them away in a designated surplus cupboard or in a box under the bed. Take note regularly of what you have stored and organize it in a manner so the food can be easily rotated for freshness.
- Purchase foods that store well, will keep for long periods of time and do not require a lot of heat energy to prepare. The following are some basic examples:
- *All types of canned goods. These store the best.
- *Boxed cereals and instant soup, rice, macaroni and muffin mixes.
- *Grains and Legumes – the quicker cooking types like oats, couscous, tabouli, falafel, bulgur and lentils.
- *Flour and cornmeal – Best stored in the freezer or air tight glass jars in a cool dark cupboard.
- When storing flour and grains first put them in your freezer for at least 3 days before putting them away in your cupboard. This will kill any meal worm or weevil eggs that would hatch during storage and ruin your food.
- Purchase a hand held non-electric can opener. Paper plates and cups will also come in handy, especially when water is unavailable or limited for washing.
- Buying food in bulk through a co-op is an economical way to build up your food storage. Below are a few co-op websites that serve different areas of the U.S. To meet their minimums you can get together with your friends and neighbors and combine an order.
- Azure Standard, Northwest, http://www.azurestandard.com
- Ozark Cooperative Warehouse, Southern states, http://www.ozarkcoop.com/
- For other companies that sell food storage systems, vacuum packed and canned food, food buckets and other food storage items go to the Family Homesteading Advocates Natural Foods links and resources page at: http://www.naturalfamilyhome.com/NaturalFoodLinks.html
By Kelly Frohnauer