It’s 54, dim and green. It’s not perfectly still, but only clematis tendrils are stirring.
Yesterday was a good day, even if I crashed at the end of it. Not long after I got the newsletter out Mary Cedarwolf showed up at the door for a visit. She had stopped to get some rosemary for a project. She’s looking great and very happy.
We got the rest of our things together and scooted for the shop so’s to get the classroom ready. We’re working back there instead of up front since the shop’s not open and it’s easy to plug in the laptop back there. I got to spend a little time working on some sewing before everyone got there. We got through lesson 1 with a lot of extras tossed in. Today is going to be two and three. I got home and crashed. I managed to do a little later in the evening of small stuff like pictures.
Tempus had a “chore day”. He just spent all of yesterday on laundry and kitchen and such. When I got home, after we had supper, he went out to the freezer and divided the sheep meat. Marius paid for 1/2, so the pelt and 1/2 the meat went to his house last night and they had their Metal night. We’ve got the other 1/2 of the meat with the bones for soup and for boiling up to get the “bits” off before sterilizing the bone for use.
Today my main focus is on the Wicca 103 Intensive. I’m hoping Tempus is going to go into Newport for some shopping but he’s also talking about harvesting rugosa petals and cutting the grass. We’ll see.
Another Ken Gagne pic of an eagle in Yachats this one from 5/12/15
Flowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to Saint Osmund. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis (pictures are the American variety of this fern)
According to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.
Today’s feast is for Mjölnir, the god Thor’s marvelous hammer. The Prose Edda says that with it Thor:
… would be able to strike as firmly as he wanted, whatever his aim, and the hammer would never fail, and if he threw it at something, it would never miss and never fly so far from his hand that it would not find its way back, and when he wanted, it would be so small that it could be carried inside his tunic.
That’s awesome as a tool, let alone a weapon! Today was the day when ritual contests were held in the old Norse traditions, trial by combat, or bardic competitions. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir There’s a marvelous article about the Viking Raids into Europe and what caused them, here: http://freya.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/?page_id=483
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Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/2 at 9:19am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 5/22 at 9:13am.
Double shadow transit on Jupiter – Wednesday, May 20, 8:06–8:35 p.m. EDT – The shadows of Io and Ganymede will be on opposite limbs of Jupiter, while the moons Io and Callisto will be central on the disk.
The waxing crescent Moon >>>>> shines under Venus this evening, in the feet of Gemini as shown here. The brightest star in Gemini’s feet is Alhena, Gamma (γ) Geminorum. North Americans can spot it not far to the Moon’s left or upper left.
Saturn (magnitude 0.0, just above the head of Scorpius) shines low in the southeast in twilight, higher after dark, and highest in the south around 1 a.m. It’s close to its May 22nd opposition. Some 10° below Saturn is twinklier orange Antares, less bright. In a telescope, Saturn’s rings are tilted a broad 24° from edgewise.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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 20 High 2:07 AM 8.4 5:44 AM Rise 8:12 AM 3
20 Low 9:03 AM -1.5 8:42 PM Set 11:14 PM
20 High 3:34 PM 6.9
20 Low 9:04 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Words guide and bend, point and shift, focus and divert.
~ As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – M. Williamson
~ Sometimes it is best to take time to be quiet and think! – Patrick Driessen
~ May you always have a sunbeam to warm you; a moonbeam to charm you; a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you; laughter to cheer you; faithful friends near you; and whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you! – Irish blessing.
~ The most drastic and usually the most effective remedy for fear is direct action. – William Burnham
TREE OF RAVENS
I saw a vision the other night
A place of old Celtic battles fought,
All blasted and mostly barren
With twisted trees and scorched land
Yet some green coming back.
There was a tree of glistening ravens
Overlooking the destruction,
Morrigan’s familiars, remembering…
And I could hear her battle cry
See her shaking her bloody sword
Running with the Irish heroes
Inspiring them to beserker strength
Empowering the queens like Maeve
Who fought alongside the warriors.
A goddess in her own right, Maeve is…
She of the ‘Intoxicating Thighs’
Wild and free with many lovers
Prideful, fighting with her husband Ailill
In a war over cattle! Neither won;
The bulls destroyed each other.
Morrigan is shaking her shield
Calling out for a good battle to fight
Where is a righteous cause?
Come to me, my ravens!
Her cry louder than a thousand men
Shrieks out! And the ravens caw.
Where are my Irish heroes? Come!
My bed is empty, my sword too clean;
Come to me, my ancient heroes
And we will wade in the blood of enemies! – Written and submitted © June 4, 2008, Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Raven)
Magick – Vivien by Alan Seeger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Seeger
Her eyes under their lashes were blue pools
Fringed round with lilies; her bright hair unfurled
Clothed her as sunshine clothes the summer world.
Her robes were gauzes–gold and green and gules,
All furry things flocked round her, from her hand
Nibbling their foods and fawning at her feet.
Two peacocks watched her where she made her seat
Beside a fountain in Broceliande.
Sometimes she sang. . . . Whoever heard forgot
Errand and aim, and knights at noontide here,
Riding from fabulous gestes beyond the seas,
Would follow, tranced, and seek . . . and find her not . . .
But wake that night, lost, by some woodland mere,
Powdered with stars and rimmed with silent trees.
Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words.
The winners are (I think this is 2012):-
1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle (n), olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.
The Washington Post’s Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
The winners are (2013?):
- Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
2. Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
3. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
4. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
5. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
6. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
7. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.
8. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
9. Karmageddon (n): its like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.
10. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
11. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.
12. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
13. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.
14. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
15. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you’re eating.
And the pick of the literature:-
16. Ignoranus (n): A person who’s both stupid and an asshole