It’s very dim and green again this morning. I actually have the study window open because the air smells awfully good and the light breeze creeps in occasionally to tickle my toes. It’s 53 and “overcast at 600 feet” which sounds promising for some sun later.
Tempus worked like crazy yesterday on the kitchen, then fixed the lawnmower and did the whole yard. It was knee-deep in spots. He spent the evening at the hospital again. It’s not looking so good for our elderly friend. He’s supposed to get moved to the hospice today.
Yesterday was frustrating to me. I have a lot of things to do, but no energy to do it. I’m enough better to realize what needs to be done, but not well enough to actually accomplish anything! …so I’m trying to pretend that making lists is going to get me somewhere. <sigh> I did make some pizza in the late afternoon and then a set of handpies late in the evening. We had a couple when Tempus got home and there are more to be baked today.
Today is more of the same. I’m hoping to get my rag doll wig pictures done, but I don’t know. Tempus
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
Today is the anniversary of the death of the Venerable Bede in 735. He was an English monk at the monastery of Saint Peter at Monkwearmouth and its companion monastery, Saint Paul’s, in modern Jarrow, Northeast England, both of which were located in the Kingdom of Northumbria. He is well known as an author and scholar, and his most famous work, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) gained him the title “The Father of English History”. He actually had access to a lot of documents that have long since disappeared as well as quite a number of classical sources. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bede and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historia_ecclesiastica_gentis_Anglorum
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/31 at 9:19pm.
Double shadow transit on Jupiter – Wednesday, May 27, 10:01 p.m.–12:18 a.m. EDT – The shadow of Io chases the shadow of Ganymede across the face of Jupiter, catching up with it and passing it at 11:48 p.m. EDT. The Great Red Spot will also cross Jupiter’s disk during this period.
Action at Jupiter. Ganymede and Io both cast their tiny (but unequal) black shadows onto Jupiter’s face tonight from 10:01 p.m. EDT to 12:18 a.m. EDT. Meanwhile, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot crosses the planet’s central meridian around 10:46 p.m. EDT.
Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) is in the east-southeast before the first light of dawn.
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. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…
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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 27 Low 3:06 AM 2.0 5:38 AM Set 2:38 AM 60
~ 27 High 8:39 AM 5.0 8:49 PM Rise 2:59 PM
~ 27 Low 2:47 PM 1.6
~ 27 High 9:16 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – But when I add to my consciousness the joy of simply being myself, everything else becomes beautiful beyond all comprehension.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the play “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, Jim knocks over a glass unicorn that belongs to Laura. Then she says, “Now he’s just like all the other horses….He’s lost his horn. It doesn’t matter. Maybe It’s a blessing in disguise.” What do you think Laura means by a “blessing in disguise”? Has anything ever happened to you that turned out to be a “blessing in disguise?” Explain.
~ As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world but in being able to remake ourselves. – Mahatma Gandhi
~ In inner-party politics, these methods lead, as we shall yet see, to this: the party organization substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organization, and, finally, a “dictator” substitutes himself for the central committee. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
~ A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done. – Dwight Eisenhower
~ Be a light unto the darkness, and curse it not. – Neale Donald Walsch
Here in the timeless garden,
The scent of flowers hangs heavy on the air.
Bees sing their way among the vines,
Sounds of cricket and grasshopper,
Point and counter point,
Rise and fall through the birdsong.
Here are apples and apple blossoms together
Seeds and buds side by side.
All moments are gathered here as one
All seasons seamlessly woven
Patterning beds and bowers.
Dry leaves skitter across the path
Followed by blossom petals.
A dandelion seed drifts on the air.
Here in the timeless garden
Peace abides, discovering itself in my heart.
I walk and drink in the green beauty.
Leaves and grasses lush in the warm air
Release their fragrance where I pass.
This is paradise,
Present in my heart
As the heart of all;
Blessing me within the moment
That is this moment
Of all moments
Of all that is
Creation. – Tasha Halpert (copyright 2005)
Litha Magick – Midsummer Feather Wreath – (For Litha) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/feather.htmlMaterials:
- Craft wire
- Red feathers
- Yellow feathers
- Decorative ivy vines
- Glue gun
Form a braided wreath with brown craft wire. Then form another braided wreath that fits inside the first one. Glue yellow feathers to one wreath until the craft wire cannot be seen; do the same with the red feathers on the other wreath. Then place one wreath on top of the other and wind them together with the ivy vines.
You may wish to leave the wreaths separate until the Litha ritual, at which point you bind the yellow wreath and the red wreath together to symbolize the marriage of the God and Goddess. Since yellow and red are so interchangeable in whom they represent, it is up to you if you want to assign one wreath to the God and one to the Goddess.
During Midsummer the Goddess prepares to give birth, and the fields are ripe with the first harvests. These wreaths are woven with red and yellow feathers, symbolizing the birth of the crops and fertility, and also prosperity. They can be used as a magickal talisman upon the altar or in the home to bless it with fertility and prosperity.
- Yellow feathers (prosperity)
- Red Feathers (fertility, goddess)
- Pipe cleaners (yellow, red, or white)
- Scissors Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
Trim any excess fuzz or unwanted areas off of the feathers. Take three pipe cleaners and twist them together securely at the top. Start braiding the pipe cleaners, making sure you have a snug braid, and twisting on more pipe cleaners as needed if you run out of length, until you have the desired size of the wreath. Twist the ends of the wreath together securely, and poke the stems of the feathers in the braid of the wreath, alternating yellow and red feathers. If you wish you may secure a loop to the top of the wreath for hanging. You may need to secure the feathers a bit more with the hot glue.
Research for these crafts came from The Chronicles of Avalon, and Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways, by Edain McCoy.
By DarkFire Raven http://www.wyldwytch.com/weavings/candb/06_05litha/index.htm