It’s been a little drippy this morning and it’s very, very green outside of my window. I think I’m going to tease Tempus that it’s because he watered my herb boxes yesterday. 🙂 It looks like the weekend is going to be decent weather, although not the heat the drives folks out to the coast later in the summer.
Yesterday went really well. I ended up caught in some online counseling so I was later getting to the shop than I had planned but still in plenty of time. We got most of the way through Lesson 4 and the students have plenty of stuff to work on until next week.
Tempus started with harvesting yesterday, while it was still dry. He got the rugosa stripped of petals and cleared the patches of white clover and fleabane, then spent the rest of the day working in his shop, sorting and putting away tools. During the evening he was working in the kitchen, trying to get that space usable for me. He’s going to be the one at the shop today, although I’ll be in later for sewing.
I’m hoping to start a lamb stew this morning and try a “lasagna roll-up” recipe that’s been on my mind for a bit, although if my sewing student can come this week I might end up having to put that off again.
I’m asking Tempus to get all the plants watered, then do a little cleaning up of his side of the office space today before he picks up one of the bone needles again. 🙂 He gets *so* obsessed with those!
5/13/15 Ken Gagne “Spalshdown on the 804” is his title. 🙂 Yes, that’s his spelling. 🙂
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it misnamed “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems and make a nice tea or add to green tea. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
Vejovis? Who he? Even the later Romans weren’t completely sure! They showed him as a young man, holding a bunch of arrows and lightning bolts and accompanied by a goat. Supposedly one of the first gods to be born, he was associated with healing and Asclepius and goats were sacrificed to him to keep plagues away. Apparently his aspects changed early on and there are a lot of controversies about which is “right” and where his name came from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
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Love & Light,
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.
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
Th 21 High 2:50 AM 7.9 5:43 AM Rise 9:09 AM 8
21 Low 9:47 AM -1.2 8:43 PM Set 11:59 PM
21 High 4:22 PM 6.7
21 Low 9:53 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t just talk the walk, walk it.
~ Being a warrior is about mastering chaos. The warrior is a chaos conductor. Kerr Cuhulain
~ The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it. – Joan Rivers
~ An ounce of dignity is far more nourishing to a” human being” than an entire loaf of bread. – SanDanYi
~ Things which you do not hope happen more frequently than things which you do hope. – Titus Maccius Plautus
Soul, don’t take offense that I’ve only got you now and then.
My apologies to everything that I can’t be everywhere at once.
My apologies to everyone that I can’t be each woman and each man.
I know I won’t be justified as long as I live,
since I myself stand in my own way.
Don’t bear me ill will, speech, that I borrow weighty words,
then labor heavily so that they may seem light. ~ Wislawa Szymborska (Poems New and Collected)
Litha Herbs – Basil, chamomile, cinquefoil, daisy, elder, fennel, frankincense, lavender, lily, mistletoe, mugwort, oak, pine, rose, St. John’s wort, thyme, vervain, yarrow
Litha Incense – Frankincense, Lemon, Rose, Wisteria, Lavender, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Pine, Jasmine, Lotus,
Litha Colors – Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Red, Maize yellow, Tan
Litha Decorations – Dried herbs, lotpourri, Dream pillows, Seashells, Wedding gift basket, Feather wreaths, Summer flowers, Fruits, The sun, Anything yellow, orange, and round
Litha Foods – Summer fruits, Iced tea, Ale, Mead, Fresh vegetables, Lemonade, Orange slice wheels, Sun-shaped cookies, Barbecue
Litha Sacred Gemstones – Emerald, Jade, All green stones
Spellwork appropriate for Litha – All magick, Love spells, Healing spells, Prosperity spells