I looked out my study window and saw a cloud of little spider silk filaments as the last of another batch of babies took off for other places. Little bits of silk shimmer in odd places all around the porch. One long piece, probably an anchor line, was slowly sliding a strand of rainbow glow up and down. I think that was the last egg case unless someone had one hidden in a plant pot.
There’s a chance of rain starting Sunday evening, but this lovely sunshine until then. It’s 51F and mostly still until we get some gusts that run around 6 or 7mph. I need to harvest rose petals before I head out this morning.
Yesterday was a pretty good day. I packaged and tagged for most of it, but I also got a bunch of pictures of beads that I’m working with and sorted and put away a lot. My beading table is usable, too, although I discovered that I had been working on a necklace that I put down and forgot about. It was buried. Oops.
The Duckmeister stopped by with a couple dozen eggs and the rabbit lady stopped with a frozen one, so we’ve got some fun stuff for feasts. Cliona had dropped her keys on the beach and she and the dogs were really tired from hunting for them. A rest break and another go at it and she found ’em, no problem.
Sewing Time was me finishing up one of the dolls and some cut-out on pouches and then Marius, Tempus and I sat and talked into the evening about some projects, things we need to get made, like a banner and a sunshade.
Today I have more of the sorting to do, although I’m hoping that I’m far enough along that I can crank out some earrings and Tempus is going to put a couple of boxes away and then pull out some more things that I need to sort.
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.-Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
Helston Furry Day is an event in Cornwall, similar to other customs around the British Isles. It consists of a carnival with several specific dances during the day resembling, to my mind, some of the Carnivale parades. I don’t know that they’re related, except by common human impulse. “Furry” comes from “feria” which means festival. There are several dance processions during the day. The kids have one in the morning, which the schools from the area take turns leading. There’s another mid-day, the Hal-en-Tow, which features characters from folklore. Here’s the song of that name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs9PMky7Fj0and the mid-day dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JWd6mpR-fY and a longer one with bits from all the festivity parts, the famous “Furry Dance” starting at about 4 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yyO-VP-0nY Bonfires and hobby horses and Morris Dancers and Maying all get mixed in. Sounds like a fun party! More on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_Dance and a whole page of interesting May customs here: http://piereligion.org/mayday2.html#furry
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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.
The two brightest points in sky are Venus and Jupiter. At dusk they’re in the west and high in the southwest, respectively. Find the halfway point between them. A little upper right of there is Pollux, with Castor to its right.
Uranus is deep in the glow of dawn.
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
F 8 High 3:20 AM 7.5 5:57 AM Set 9:51 AM 86
8 Low 10:25 AM -0.7 8:29 PM
8 High 5:03 PM 6.3
8 Low 10:26 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Translate fear into excited anticipation.
~ As an adolescent I was convinced that France would have to go through gigantic trials, that the interest of life consisted in one day rendering her some signal service and that I would have the occasion to do so. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
~ No person was ever wise by chance. – Seneca
~ Life’s Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. – Benjamin Franklin
~ Welcome difficulties and obstacles as valuable steps in the ladder to success. – Brian Tracy
Thoughts on Watching the Pot
A watched pot never boils.
Why is that?
Is it because we lift the lid to check,
And thus delaying boil?
Or is it because we watch for not-boiling
And see it that way,
So that not-boiling
Is the expectation
Thus delaying boil?
The answer is in the experience. – Written and Submitted by Tasha Halpert http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com
Summer! Summer! The cow’s mild milk
and the Goddess with summer within her,
and the yellow summer, and the white daisies,
and the Goddess with summer within her. ~Irish May Day Song
With the coming of May, the ancient Irish year celebrated the coming of summer. In our calendar, it is still spring. For us, summer does not officially start until the solstice, when the sun’s light is at its peak. But intuitively we recognize the wisdom of welcoming a new season at this time, when we gather armfuls of flowers and open our doors to the fresh new breezes, bearing the fragrances of newly cut grass and blossoming trees.
The season of changeable weather is passing, and the season of growth is upon us. Summer is coming, and with it, the year’s Goddess enters a new phase of her life. No longer the maiden, she is now the blooming young mother, giving birth to her innumerable children. As we welcome her, we also make room for new growth within our own lives
)0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Navaho Corn Song
The corn is growing.
Water falls from dark clouds, drop, drop.
The rain is falling.
Water falls from corn leaves, drop, drop.
The rain is passing.
Water from corn plants, drop, drop.
The corn is growing.
Water from the dark mists, drop, drop.
Corn is one of the plants that grows, not in the sunlight, but at night. Some people claim they can hear the swish of the plants as they grow in the hot darkness of summer.
We often think of personal growth as taking place in the open: in classes and workshops, in a therapist’s office, in the company of a loved one. But, as often, our growth occurs invisible even to us. Within our own hot darkness, we are maturing, growing, developing into the people we will someday reveal ourselves to be. Trusting in this inner process is sometimes difficult because we want visible, tangible results. But just as the seed must grow beneath the ground, establishing firm roots to uphold its growth, so our inner growth must be well rooted and be free to grow in secret, until it is ready to be harvested
)0( By Patricia Monaghan – >From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON
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