It’s 52F, utterly still and solidly overcast. We’re not likely to see a lot of sun today, but we might start getting a breeze in the afternoon. It’s not foggy this morning, anyway. The chance of rain actually exists this evening and that’s climbing through tomorrow until we actually might have a rainy day on Tuesday.
Yesterday wasn’t one of the easiest days we’ve ever had. Tempus and I were both very short on sleep: he because of his paper route and I because my lungs acted up in the middle of the night. We had trouble getting moving and were later than I’d hoped, but we got just enough time to get the table cleared before my workshop people showed up. I had harvested: fennel, violets, sage blossom and clover while waiting for Tempus. I know there are more violets and I need to go down into the park to check for the yellow ones, too.
>>>>>> Tempus goofing off about his braid >>>>>>
During the workshop we untangled the cilantro/parsley/loofah plants that have been growing in the front window. While the two student kept going after I demonstrated how to unpot and repot the plants into the planter, I got dry stuff sorted and put away some dried roses and other things. We ended up processing 1/2 a batch of sweetgrass, violets and thrift, talked about drying techniques and some terminology and what all they wanted to study and finally quit at about 1:30. I worked with customers and doing some cleanup after that while Tempus went home to get the comfrey that we were giving to the rabbit lady. …She didn’t show and we don’t know why.
>>>>>>>>> The herb planter >>>>>>>>
When he got back we chatted awhile with Mary and then I went into the back to get a nap. I didn’t get one, because Dennis stopped by with some new stock, although Tempus napped while I was talking to Amber Connection. I’ll get some pictures of the new necklaces and earrings tomorrow. We also have some rose quartz and selenite orbs and a few new pendulums.
>>>> Some of the day’s herb harvest >>>>
Today we have the Wicca 101 class and then from Noon to 6, the historical re-creation group is meeting. From 2-4pm we also have a special workshop with a couple of ladies from the Portland area making “Medieval Saran Wrap”. This is the pre-plastics version of food covers! Anyone can come to this workshop. If you’d like to make one for yourself some clean muslin or linen (about the same weight as sheets or pillowcases) is what’s required.
An interesting article about long hair. http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/01/seduction-witches-and-long-hair/
Spring bloom across the street from the house 5/1/15 (by me)
Today’s Plant is the Primrose, Primula vulgaris. This plant, because easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside at this time of year. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the young flowers can be made into primrose wine. – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris
Did you even know that there is a Confederate Memorial Day? Unless you’re from the South, probably not… “Confederate Memorial Day, also known as Confederate Decoration Day (Tennessee) and Confederate Heroes Day (Texas), is an official holiday and/or observance day in parts of the U.S. South as a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Nine states officially observe Confederate Memorial Day: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.” From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_Memorial_Day It’s the original celebration that Memorial Day weekend at the end of May started from.
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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.
Arcturus dominates the high southeast during evening. Three fists at arm’s length to its lower right is Spica, less bright. Half that distance to the right or lower right of Spica is Corvus, the springtime Crow. Its four brightest stars form a sail shape.
Mercury remains fairly well up in evening twilight this week, but it’s fading fast: from magnitude +0.5 on May 8th to +1.7 on the 15th. That’s a loss of another two-thirds of its brightness — after it lost half its brightness last week. Look for it far to the lower right of Venus.
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
Su 10 High 5:07 AM 6.8 5:55 AM Rise 1:30 AM 68
~ 10 Low 12:10 PM -0.1 8:31 PM Set 12:00 PM
~ 10 High 6:57 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love like you’ve never been hurt.
~ The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. – Robert Green Ingersoll
~ Don’t worry over what the newspapers say. I don’t. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents – but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
~ No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is. – Irvin Himmel
~ Beauty is in the heart of the beholder. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
There once was a pretty good student,
Who sat in a pretty good class
And was taught by a pretty good teacher,
Who always let pretty good pass.
He wasn’t terrific at reading,
He wasn’t a whiz-bang at math,
But for him, education was leading
Straight down a pretty good path.
He didn’t find school too exciting,
But he wanted to do pretty well,
And he did have some trouble with writing,
And nobody had taught him to spell.
When doing arithmetic problems,
Pretty good was regarded as fine.
Five plus five didn’t always add up to 10,
A pretty good answer was nine.
The pretty good class that he sat in
Was part of a pretty good school.
And the student was not an exception,
On the contrary, he was the rule.
The pretty good school that he went to
Was there in a pretty good town.
And nobody there seemed to notice
He could not tell a verb from a noun.
The pretty good student in fact was
Part of a pretty good mob.
And the first time he knew what he lacked was
When he looked for a pretty good job.
It was then, when he sought a position,
He discovered that life could be tough.
And he soon had a sneaky suspicion
Pretty good might not be good enough.
The pretty good town in our story
Was part of a pretty good state,
Which had pretty good aspirations,
And prayed for a pretty good fate.
There once was a pretty good nation,
Pretty proud of the greatness it had,
Which learned much too late,
If you want to be great,
Pretty good is, in fact, pretty bad. – From “The Osgood File,” copyright 1986, CBS Inc.
Four Simple Preparations for Inner Peace – Adapted from Profound Healing
The legendary Peace Pilgrim spent decades walking thousands of miles throughout the United States and speaking out for peace. She identified four preparations she had undertaken in her own life that led to her own profound inner peace.
Find out what they are, and begin to create more peace within yourself, which is always where world peace begins.
1.) Right attitude toward life’s problems. – Problems serve a purpose. Every time we solve a problem according to the highest light we have, we attain a little more spiritual growth. “I began to realize that every problem that came to me I was capable of solving if I turned to God for help,” said Peace. “I began to face my problems with anticipation. Here’s a problem–what can I learn from this? And I began to work meaningfully to solve those problems. And I also began to realize that I had a part to play in solving the great collective problems that are set before all of us. I wouldn’t wish for people a life without problems. I would wish for them the strength to meaningfully solve their problems and attain spiritual growth.”
2.) Living in harmony with Universal Law. – The principles that govern the universe run through religious teachings. They are cause-and-effect, but we have free will as to whether or not we follow spiritual law. When we do, we experience an inner harmony and peace. When we don’t we create difficulties for ourselves.
3.) Finding your part in the overall scheme of things. – Everyone comes into this life with a special job to do, with his or her own unique place in life. Peace began her search by taking an hour each day to walk alone in the beauty of nature. She called this walking meditation a time of receptive silence and found that wonderful insights sometimes came then. “Most people are not called to do some unusual job but a well-recognized, useful task in society,” she said. “You can begin by doing the good things you feel motivated toward, even if they are small things at first. You can give these priority in your life overall the superficial things that customarily clutter human lives.”
4.) Simplify. – “Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens,” said Peace. “If you have them, you have to take care of them.” The things we don’t need but hold on to are the things that become burdens. Living a simple lifestyle can bring a sense of freedom and harmony into life. The value our culture has given to the material side has pulled the world out of harmony to such a degree that our inner well-being lags behind our outer well-being.
Copyright: Adapted from Profound Healing, by Cheryl Canfield
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