Daily Stuff 5-28-15 Battle of the Eclipse

Hi, folks!

No Sewing Time today. We’re finishing up a 103 Intensive and it’s going to roll over into that time.

Partly Sunny Weather MotifIt’s 53F and “overcast at 500 feet”. There was some sunshine earlier. I’m certain there was. I suppose I could have dreamed it? 🙂 Actually, it’s supposed to be partly cloudy today so maybe we’ll get some in the afternoon. There’s a little breeze, which keeps try to make my toes cold, when my robe wanders away from the feet when I’m concentrating. 🙂 It’s going to be pretty warm in the Valley today, but it’s nice out here!

Plant motif shepherd's purse herbYesterday I was just enough better to get a few things done. I mostly worked on small stuff. I sorted a bunch of papers (recycling box is almost full) I worked on rag doll wigs. In the evening we had esbat. Since the Intensive group was going to be there and we were going to discuss what their next steps are I had to be. I crashed when I got home.

Tempus had finished cutting the grass and hacking down weeds and Plant motif sloe plum treesuch. In the evening he went up to Newport. Our friend has gone to hospice and is heading out. If you can spare a little energy to make his journey easy, please do.

Today I’m going in to the shop and we’re going to try to finish the 103 Intensive. I hope…. I just need to hold on long enough.

Go forth and conquer! Hey, if even a snail can do it?

medieval battle snail

nasturtium Kapuziner-Kresse_7148

Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. motif flower Nasturtium-TropaeolumThe flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus

weather SunToday is the date in 585 BC on which the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales predicted a solar eclipse would occur. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated since eclipses can be calculated pretty exactly. The Battle of the Eclipse was fought on this date. It is called that because it ended abruptly as the eclipse was considered to be a sign from the gods, and therefore recorded.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Halys_(585_BC)

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Love & Light,


Waxing Gibbous MoonWaxing 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. 

Astro Constellation Virgo SpicaThis evening, Spica shines to the lower left of the gibbous Moon. Watch the Moon draw closer to it through the night. Spica is a very hot star that’s nearly as blue as a star can get — which is still only pale blue-white, no matter how much higher the temperature goes!
Astro jupiterJupiter (magnitude –2.0, at the Cancer-Leo border) shines high in the west to the upper left of Venus. These two brightest of planets are closing in toward each other: from 29° apart on May 22nd to 23° apart on the 29th. They’re on their way to a spectacularly close conjunction at the end of June.

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Rune Runic Month 10 Ing InguzRunic 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”…

Sun in GeminiSun in Gemini
Moon in LibraMoon in Libra
Mercury (6/11/15), Pluto (9/25/15) and Saturn (8/2/15) Retrograde
Color: Green


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Celtic Tree Month huath Hawthorn St_Mars oldCeltic 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 Celtic Tree Month Huath Hawthorn_fruitcommon 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
Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree MonthHuathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Celtic Tree Month Huath Hawthorn heatherto study this month – Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month huath motif-plant-tree-xmasUr – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Th  28      Low   4:01 AM     1.5   5:37 AM     Set  3:05 AM      69
~    28     High   9:46 AM     5.2   8:50 PM    Rise  3:57 PM
~    28      Low   3:38 PM     1.8
~    28     High   9:57 PM     6.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about the best restaurant you have ever been to.



~  If you wish in this world to advance your merits you’re bound to enhance; you must stir it and stump it, and blow your own trumpet, or, trust me, you haven’t a chance. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
~  A language is a dialect with an army and a navy. – Max Weinrich
~  Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. – William James
~  God knows no distance. – Mother Charleszetta Waddles (1912-2001) US nun


Persephone is gone beneath the ground
Demeter roams the earth in search of her.
Mother turns Crone, grass and leaves turn sere
All that was fertile green, now black and brown.

Birds harvest hanging, wrinkled fruit at last
Heedless of mother’s grief, in Hade’s bed
Persephone, on pomegranates fed,
Ignores Demeter, moaning in the blast.

‘Twas ever thus, maiden leaves mother’s side
Her role revolving as all beings must
Maidenhood gone, ground to powdered dust
That falls throughout the Winter, far and wide.

Within the frozen soil all the while,
Life waits, asleep, for Spring to rise and smile. – Written and Submitted By Tasha Halpert


Heron Bar Litha 2013Litha Magick – A Sweet Woodruff Spell for Prosperity – Pagan Studies:

At dusk in my woodland garden, sweet woodruff sends out its fresh haylike scent, and its white flowers glow in the June twilight. In June, sweet woodruff reaches the height of its magical power, and is valuable in attracting prosperity. The prosperity spell which follows should be concluded next month, beneath July’s Blessing Moon. On a June evening, just before nightfall, gather some woodruff flowers, leaves, and stems. Cut them all, and put them in a darkened room to dry on a hook or beam. When July’s Moon is at its height, and the woodruff has dried, bury it with a dollar and a copper coin. Now, with what you’ve sown your wealth will increase. By: James Kambos )0( GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies   


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Signs Your Girlfriend is Going to Dump You…

— Your visa card and your belt both hit their limit.
— She’s been wearing an engagement ring for three weeks, but you don’t recall proposing to her.
— She just started a college course that meets seven nights a week.
— She says she has to tell you something… on Jerry Springer.
— Whenever she introduces you it’s always “I would like you to meet an old friend of mine…”
— She leaves a message on your phone and identifies herself by both her first and last names.
— Your other girlfriend told you so.
— The dartboard behind your photo on her wall.
— Her girlfriends look at you, tilt their heads, and say, “You haven’t got a clue, do you?”

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