Minus Tide at 10:32 AM of -0.7 feet.
Things are strange today and the newsletter has some empty slots. As soon as I have access to my main computer again (oof) I’ll fill them in. This happened on the absolute worst day of the year for computer problems, with me running a day late on getting the newsletters set up and still-empty files to boot. You can read more about what went on below.
Today’s weather is nice and cool and damp and just slightly foggy. It was a bit drippy earlier. The computer says 0.02 inches, but I think there was a bit more than that up here. For yesterday, it says 0.1 inch, which makes more sense. It’s 55F, overcast at 300 feet, which means right over the trees up here, but getting brighter, quickly.
Dang this computer is hard to type on!
After Tempus batted out the door yesterday morning I started on newsletter setup, but got surprised since the Magick file with the Litha stuff must not have saved properly. I worked on that, adding things into the file and had left more to do late in the evening when I realized I was going to have to dress and head for the shop.
I had a sewing class scheduled with a youngster, but she didn’t show although her grandmother who brings her had told me in the morning that she would. Tempus had come up after me in the plenty of time and when we had the doors back open, I went in back and started working on small stuff, mostly the pouches from the last several days, since I figured on waiting for her. …and I waited. She never did show, but I got about 30 of the little pouches finished. Some I started just from fabric, sewing them, some I had a seam or two, some needed to have drawstrings added and a few, just to have the knots pulled around into the right place, strings trimmed and so on. The last of that happened this morning while I was waiting for coffee!
While I was doing that Tempus was working on bone needles. He finished one, then started two more from one too-long blank and finished one of those along with a nice, colored, wooden needlecase to go with it.
During the afternoon the visibility got less and less until by 4 or so it was definitely foggy and mysterious. Later that started blowing around and of course I left my side of the car window open, so riding home was a bit damp. I loved watching the fog swirl and eddy in car headlights and around the streetlamps.
Tempus picked up the mail and we got a bunch of books and other supplies for the shop. There are some small jewelry boxes, some feathers for earrings, a few necklace kits, that kind of thing, mostly things to make things, from a supply place that’s going out of business, so I got a bunch of stuff cheap.
I also made a cap that Marius had requested. This is a trial run, since I’ll do a better, hand-stitched one, later. When he got to the shop for the evening Sewing Time we tried it on and he made silly faces and then he settled down to work on sanding some bowls since I hadn’t managed to get any farther on his tunic. We had a nice evening and quit around 9pm.
When we got in Tempus made me a good salad and I got back to work on the newsletters, but the computer was acting a little odd, stubborn about opening files and such, and around 11:30 it locked up. Tempus got it re-booted, finally, but since I had lost everything that I was working on, I told it to go ahead and do the boot-time scan that it wanted to. …10/12 hours later it’s on 14%… I don’t know whether that’s 14% of the whole task or just of the terabyte drive that it’s working on… Oof…. so this newsletter is skimpy and may be, although I’ll fill it in as soon as the scan lets loose of the other computer.
Today he headed for the shop after fixing a missed paper drop. His newspaper route boss is gone for the weekend, so Tempus is responsible for the whole thing for several days, now. I’m babysitting the computer, trying to make that lamb stew and the lasagna roll-ups that we want to try and eventually want to finish getting the newsletters set up for the week.
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and for general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb
Today’s feast is in honor of the Gay Rights Activist, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978. He was the first openly gay politician in California. More on his life and work here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk and on the bill that passed to make this day official, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk_Day
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/25 ay 1:52am.
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
F 22 High 3:34 AM 7.4 5:42 AM Rise 10:07 AM 15
22 Low 10:32 AM -0.7 8:44 PM
22 High 5:11 PM 6.5
22 Low 10:46 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am the one thing of which my trust is always worthy.
~ The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
~ The past is another country. People do things differently there. – L. P. Hartley
~ You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. – Richard Bach
~ To the degree we’re not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves. – Peter McWilliams
To bring about a society that is not repetitive, nor static, a society that is constantly alive, it is imperative that there should be a revolution in the psychological structure of the individual, for without inward, psychological revolution, mere transformation of the outer has very little significance. – J. Krishnamurti
Litha is the Summer Solstice. It occurs on or about the 21st of June, when the Sun enters zero degrees Cancer, thereby marking MidSummer. On this longest day of the year, the Sun God is at the peak of his power. Like Samhain, Litha is a day when the boundaries between the worlds are thin, when mortals have strange experiences, and when otherworlders travel in our plane.
Litha is also the traditional time of year to harvest your herbs and flowers, especially St. John’s wort, either to hang in your home as protection or to tie onto the wicker man as a symbol of a wish that you want carried into the next world. Ideally, you should cut your herbs with a scythe or boline, by moonlight, and chant the appropriate purpose for which each plant will be used. Leave an offering for the rest of the plant, don’t harvest more than a third of the plant – the rest will remain healthy and vigorous.
Beltane was the festival of union between the God and Goddess, and so it was seen as unlucky to marry in May. But often as a result of the Beltane festivities, many young maidens found they weren’t maidens any more, and indeed were on their way to becoming mothers! Because of this, June became a popular month for marriage. The Full moon in June is called the ‘Honey Moon’, because it as this time that honey is harvested from bee hives. The night after marriage thus became the ‘Honeymoon’.
Made from Honey, Mead is the traditional drink for Summer Solstice, and an excellent recipe for making mead can be found here.
If you don’t want to make mead, here is a simpler recipe for Honey Apple iced tea:
- 4 black tea bags
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 cups unsweetened apple juice
- 3 cups boiling water
- lemon slicesMakes 6 to 8 servings
In a 2 quart pot, brew tea bags in boiling water. Remove bags, add
honey and apple juice. Stir well. Pour over ice.
- Litha herbs: Lavender, Chamomile, Roses, Daisy, Lily Incence: Frankincense, Lemon,
- Litha colors: Blue, Green, Yellow
- Litha offerings: Flowers, nuts, St. John’s Wort
- Litha is a time to honor Aphrodite/Venus, Ra, Balder, Freya, Odur, Anu, Harvest_Lord.