It’s drippy and very green except where the confetti rose is making lovely little spots of pink all along under the alder. 55F. We had a couple of sunbreaks earlier. The clouds are in clumps at various altitudes and they’ve got the sky mostly covered over.
Yesterday was probably the most frustrating day I’ve had in a long while. I tended that boot-time scan until just past 9:30pm, having to work on the laptop and keep an eye on the main computer which meant that none of the things that I was hoping to get done happened. On top of that I had started coughing on Thursday and all day yesterday I ran a temperature and coughed and coughed. I’m still coughing and dizzy, so I’m not going to try to come in to the shop. I already told my folks for the workshops, so I can concentrate on getting better.
Today I just finished getting yesterday’s file filled in. I’m not going to be at the shop and I don’t know what kind of shape Tempus is in, since he’s only just waked up. He’s not well, either, and this weekend he’s running the paper route for 3 days straight so his boss can get a vacation. …Well, he’s heading for the shop, figuring that he can nap between customers in this kind of weather. I’m going to try to get the files properly ready for use and then get some of the newsletters filled in.
I’m getting a kick out of this one because of lot of friends and two of my kids are knitters.
I can’t help but laugh!
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Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Today is the anniversary of the 2nd Defenestration of Prague that happened in 1618. That such a funny word. It means that someone’s been chucked out a window! In the case of the two Prague Defenestrations they happened as a political protest of injustice. This 2nd one was in response to the political decisions imposed on the Czechs (who were mostly Protestant at this time) unjustly taking away their religious freedom by imposing Catholicism and destroying Protestant nobles. It directly led to the 30 Years War. The folks responsible for implementing the orders were chucked out the window of the assembly room in Praszky Hrad (the castle seat of the government, picture above). They fell down the castle wall and down a slope. It didn’t kill them. They said it was the intervention of the Virgin Mary, but the Protestants insisted that they had fallen into a dungheap! There is more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestrations_of_Prague and some about the ensuing war here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Years%27_War
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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. 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.
The Moon positions itself under Jupiter this evening. They may look close together, but Jupiter is currently 2,100 times farther away — which is just as well, since it’s 26,000 times as massive!
Saturn was at opposition – Friday, May 22, 10 p.m. EDT – Saturn in opposition to the sun. Note how most of Saturn’s moons are in the same plane as the rings, except for Iapetus, whose orbit is tilted 8.3 degrees. At opposition, Iapetus is close to maximum elongation towards the west, while Tycho is close to maximum elongation towards the east.
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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
Sa 23 High 4:22 AM 6.8 5:41 AM Set 12:38 AM 23
23 Low 11:18 AM -0.1 8:45 PM Rise 11:06 AM
23 High 6:02 PM 6.3
23 Low 11:46 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a progressive day!
~ Human nature is characterized by conflict, the state of being torn between opposing desires. This leads to disharmony of the mind. Therefore one has to be unceasingly aware at all times.- Yuehzou
~ More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth. – Napoleon Hill
~ Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the Universe than we do now. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ As soon as you start doing what you always wanted to be doing, you’ll want to be doing something else. – First Law of Living
To commit a murder, besides the not having the person in your power, there are many measures and precautions to take. A favorable opportunity must be waited for, and a place must be selected before we can put so damnable a design into execution. More than this, the pistols may miss fire, blows may not be sufficient, and all wounds are not mortal. But to deprive a man of his reputation and honour, one word is sufficient. By finding out the most sensitive part of his honour, you may tarnish his reputation by telling it to all who know him, arid easily take away his character for honour and integrity. To do this, however, no time is required, for scarcely have you complacently cherished the wish to calumniate him, than the sin is effected. – St John Chrysostom
Summer by Marian Lore Singer – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
Standing midst the Circle
I look at faces —
all searching for that special spark
that sense of connection
which spans all words
We come together
to know the same magic
that moved the great stones
birthed the dragons
and touched even the stars
with its mighty song.
to sense the power
rising within us
like the glory of a summer sun
until we too sing
its timeless ballad.
until our souls dance hand in hand
with the Lady of Light
and Lord of the Fires
(The above “Summer” poem is quoted directly from Llewellyn’s 1994 Magical Almanac, page 169, Llewellyn Worldwide Publications, 1993.)