The sun is shining at the moment, but the clouds are pretty thick. It’s lovely out there. The alder has golden green leaves where the sun is shining through, silver reflections from a lot of the leaves and a thousand shades of darker green behind and I can hear little birds happily chirping away.
Yesterday we had our weekly doughnuts and scooted for the shop. No young folks again, and we don’t know why, so Tempus went home to tend the bread and cut up some cheese while I did some photographs, cleaned up the back and set up for the day.
Marius was early and we started with him making pins and me hopping up and down trying to get myself put together. When Tempus got back I finished arranging the back and then worked on small projects while Tempus worked on a bone lacing fid >>>>> for me. The big ones are hard to use on the smaller pouches.
<<<<<< wrapping left-over bread <<<<<<
The rest of the day was whomping through projects and talking about the research that we’re all doing.
When we came back out from from the workshop, but sporadic sunshine had given way to fog…thick drifting fog… and then a few showers. It stopped later in the afternoon, but it was nice and spooky for a bit.
Today I’ve got to put things away and get back to work on stock. I’m hoping that today is smudge day! Tempus is going to be home trying to get the water heater hooked up properly. Hot water, soon!
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
Today’s Feast is that of the Ice Saints, the Eisheilige, who supposedly brought bad weather on their three consecutive feast days, May 11-13 in Central Europe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Saints and some odd weather lore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_saints#Special_weather-forecasting_days
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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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 5/13 at 9:13am.
Monday, May 11, 6:36 a.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 2 a.m. and sets around 1 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
Even in May, can you still see Cassiopeia? After dark, its broad, tilted W is way down at the north horizon directly below the Big Dipper’s Pointers, which are almost overhead. But that’s if you’re in the mid-northern latitudes! If you’re as far south as Jacksonville (30° N) part of Cassiopeia is below the horizon, and at Miami (26° N) nearly all of it is.
Venus (magnitude –4.2, at the feet of Gemini) glares strikingly bright in the west during and after twilight — the “Evening Star.” It doesn’t set in the west-northwest until almost two hours after dark. In a telescope Venus is still slightly gibbous but is approaching dichotomy: “half-moon” phase.
Mars is lost in the sunset.
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
M 11 Low 12:41 AM 2.7 5:54 AM Rise 2:09 AM 57
~ 11 High 6:18 AM 6.4 8:32 PM Set 1:09 PM
~ 11 Low 1:11 PM 0.2
~ 11 High 7:55 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sometimes we think the world needs policing, quality control. But what it needs even more than that is encouragement and love.
~ It is always your next move. – Napoleon Hill
~ Keep the faith, don’t lose your perseverance and always trust your gut extinct. – Paula Abdul
~ You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search. – Maxwell Maltz
~ The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them. – Dave Barry
Thomas Merton comes to mind: “Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.”
Magick – Star-Shaped Paper Lanterns – Beautiful and functional, unique, easy-to-make paper lanterns keep outdoor celebrations aglow as the sun begins to set. On rainy days, hang a strand of lit lanterns to create a magical scene indoors.
- Scrapbook paper, color(s) of your choice
- 2 pencils (1 sharpened, 1 dull)
- Craft glue
- Strand of holiday lights
- Push pin
- Scrap of cardboard
Printable Lantern Template & Instructions
To get started, simply download and print our star lantern instructions and template. For a look that is truly your own, experiment with different colors and sizes.
- Follow the instructions provided within the template to construct and strand your lanterns.
- Hang the strand, then plug in the lights!
Personalize Your Lanterns
As an added touch, before you glue your lanterns together, use our simple pin-poking technique to spell out a special message with your lanterns.
- Select a message to convey.
- Use a pencil to lightly draw each letter from your message, one letter per lantern.
- Place your scrapbook paper flat on a scrap of cardboard.
- Using a push pin, poke holes along your drawn letter.
Decorate Outdoor Spaces with Lanterns
When lit, lanterns are bright enough to illuminate the faces of your guests, yet subtle enough for you to appreciate the flicker of fireflies. To inspire you, here are our favorite ways to display them:
- Celebrate the Fourth of July with red, white and blue star-shaped lanterns, personalized with a patriotic message.
- Hang strands along trees, bushes or trellises. For a more natural effect, tuck them gently into the greenery.
- A string of white lanterns creates a gorgeous contrast to the vibrant colors and lush foliage of summer.
- Create a strand of bright-colored lanterns to set the mood or fit the theme of a party and bring out the hues in your garden.
Tip: LED lights last longer than traditional bulbs, so use them to guarantee your party will shine long into the night.
Enhance Indoor Spaces with Lanterns
When the weather begins to cool, create everyday beauty by adorning your home indoors.
- For a fun and sophisticated touch, string lanterns along ceilings, across the top of a doorway or from any overhang.
- Make entertaining and everyday meals extraordinary. Simply arrange a cluster of lanterns above your table.
- Update the look by selecting paper with colors and patterns that accent your home’s interior décor.
- Decorate for a special celebration by hanging bouquets of unlit lanterns throughout your space.