52F and it keeps looking like rain, but there’s not a high chance of it. The breeze is filling my vision with moving green things and making me wish I had enough oomph to go work outside, despite the damp.
Well, it looks like the water heater was going out when we got it. No clue why, but it doesn’t look fixable. Tempus is going to pull it out and see if it’s the fittings, but if not, we’re going to have to save up for a brand-new one. <sigh>
…. (later) Nope, not the fittings…. <sigh> Ok, online research into good brands….
That was yesterday’s start…. so we had breakfast and bitched a little, crawled into bed to snuggle for a bit and then got back to work. I was trying to do some research, but was tired enough that I wasn’t getting anywhere, so I decided to try setting up the week’s newsletters ….or to at least start….. and sidetracked into medieval cookery and then a couple of articles about pagan community concerns… Tempus decided that he needs the dishwasher, which has its own water heating device, so he got to work on that, switching the lines over so that it has water and finished around 7pm.
Tempus and I discussed it and I think we may buy a tankless water heater this time. It’s more wiring….and after all that work…. but it’s less plumbing and costs less and he wouldn’t have to horse another one into the house. We’re talking about it, anyway.
Today I’m sitting here, drooping over the keyboard. I really want to go back to bed, but I’ve got a lot to get done from newsletters to cooking. If it clears up enough I want to go down into the park to see if any of the yellow violets have bloomed and I saw some salmonberries ripening along the highway, so I want to check the bushes down there.
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, <<<< Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. ^ ^ ^ ^ Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
Today is the festival of Our Lady of Fatima, a series of Marian apparitions, in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Three elementary-age kids saw the Virgin Mary
repeatedly during this year and the last apparition included the “Dancing Suns of Fatima”.
Two of the children died young, but the last, Lucia Santos, lived until 2005, having had more visions during her lifetime as a nun. The Catholic Church decided that the visions were real and has authorized various pilgrimages and devotions. There were three “secrets” as part of the visions which are held to have happened, although the 3rd may be an ongoing working out of prophecy. The worship of the Virgin Mary is the closest parallel in Christian belief to the Goddess paths Wicca work with, and Mary is often called upon as another face of our Goddess. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_F%C3%A1tima
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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 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 5/16 at 9:15am.
Summer is more than a month away, but the Summer Triangle is making its appearance in the east, one star after another. The first in view is Vega. It’s already sparkling in the northeast as twilight fades. Next up is Deneb, lower left of Vega by two or three fists at arm’s length. It’s in view by the time nightfall is complete, depending on your latitude. The third is Altair, which shows up far to Vega’s lower right after 11 p.m.
Saturn shines above upper Scorpius late these evenings. Beta Sco is a fine double star in a telescope. Saturn (magnitude +0.1, just above the head of Scorpius) rises in twilight and reaches its highest point in the south around 1 or 2 a.m. It’s nearing its May 22nd opposition. Below Saturn by 9° or 10° by very late evening is twinklier, orange Antares, not as bright.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
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 Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
W 13 Low 3:12 AM 1.6 5:51 AM Rise 3:20 AM 34
~ 13 High 8:57 AM 6.1 8:34 PM Set 3:31 PM
~ 13 Low 3:15 PM 0.7
~ 13 High 9:42 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What goes up must come down. Unless of course you overdose on Viagra.
~ The part of the mind that is dark to us in this culture, that is sleeping in us, that we name ‘unconscious’, is the knowledge that we are inseparable from all other beings in the Universe. – Susan Griffin
~ It is better to be true to what you believe, though that be wrong, than to be false to what you believe, even if that belief is correct. – Anna Howard Shaw, American preacher, physician and suffragist
~ Democracy, like any non-coercive relationship, rests on a shared understanding of limits. – Elizabeth Drew (1935- ) US journalist
~ Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness. – Jim Rohn
Those who learn to listen to the world that sustains them can hear the message… brought forth by the salmon. The message is the same as it has always been; respect mother earth and father sky and they will continue to sustain you, and your children, forever. Pursue a vision of harmony, rather than bow to greed for short term gains at the expense of long-term well-being, and your descendants will inherit a world filled with beauty and sustenance. – Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually Elder, Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island
Sun Light Tea – February 25th, 2007
Color of the day: Yellow – Incense of the day: Lavender
Bring the healthy, revitalizing energies of the Sun into your life today through a delicious tea. If you live in an area of the world that is experiencing summer at this time of year, feel free to ice your tea as a cool escape from the heat. But a warm cup of tea will certainly contribute to your experience of the Sun’s energy. Pour boiling water over a chamomile tea bag and a cinnamon stick. As you dissolve half a teaspoon of local honey in the hot water, imagine the brilliant, life-giving light of the Sun in the center of your tea cup. Stirring clockwise, see this light spread and fill the tea to overflowing. Allow the tea to steep for nine minutes before removing the tea bag and stick. With each sip, feel the warm light of the Sun spread throughout your body.
By: Kristin Madden
- 1/2 lb. Strawberries
- 20 lemon balm or verbena leaves
- 2 tbsp. rosemary leaves
- 1 bottle of sparkling grape juice or wine
Wash, hull and slice strawberries. Finely chop the herbs. Mix strawberries, herbs and juice in a glass container, with a tight fitting lid. Shake mixture well. Refrigerate for at least one day, shaking it occasionally. Strain into a pitcher through a sieve lined with cheese cloth. Serve cold and garnish with an herb leaf in eachglass.
Tea of Cheer and Joy
1/2 cup dried chamomile flowers
1/2 cup dried calendula petals
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
1/4 cup dried peppermint
1 tablespoon whole cloves
honey to taste
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. To brew use 1 1/2 tsp. of tea with 1 cup (8 ounces) boiling water.
Steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey to taste.
)0( GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html