Herb Bunch at 11am. Sewing at 3pm. I’ll be doing readings other than in those times.
Yesterday I mostly did sorting and organizing stuff in the computer. I still don’t have a lot of energy but I’m way better off than I was. I got a little more done on some rag dolls. Tempus was busy at the shop. He had a number of people in and worked on watering and another needle between.
Today we have the workshops and we kinda need to get back to getting ready for summer because it’s really here. Herbs is going to be working on the harvested things and I gotta get out there and get moving! 🙂
Waldport/Yachats/Seal Rock have been having problems with businesses being broken into late at night. Keep your eyes open. The Chocolate Frog and BJ’s ice cream both have broken doors and other businesses have been hit.
I’m smacking myself in the head. Baby bears are cute. Baby deer are cute. Baby seals are cute, BUT THEY NEED THEIR MOMMAS! Teaching ’em to be people ends up with ’em sick or dead. http://www.kptv.com/story/29185055/sick-bear-cub-highlights-odfw-message-leave-wildlife-in-the-wild
A Ken Gagne shot of a stand of iris in Yachats on 5/18/15
Today’s feast is Frigg’s day, according to Nigel Pennick. Frigg is a goddess associated with married women. She was called up by women to assist in giving birth to children. She is also wise enough to sit in Odin’s (her husband’s) seat to keep an eye on the world. Orion’s Belt was called Frigg’s distaff by the Norse. The picture is of her spinning clouds! There’s an article with a lot of the stories here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigg and another with a lot of the similarities between Frigg and Freya here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigg_and_Freyja_origin_hypothesis
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
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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 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.
The nova in the Sagittarius Teapot, more than two months old, continues to vary between about magnitude 4.5 and 6.6, though with a general downward trend. As of May 29th it was about 5.9. See article with charts and a link to an up-to-date light curve.
The Moon this evening shines almost halfway from Spica (to the Moon’s upper right, by more than a fist at arm’s length) to Saturn (down to the Moon’s lower left). One fist below Saturn, you’ll find fiery orange Antares (Scorpio) >>>
Mercury remains 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 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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 30 Low 5:29 AM 0.4 5:36 AM Set 4:03 AM 85
~ 30 High 11:37 AM 5.7 8:52 PM Rise 5:57 PM
~ 30 Low 5:09 PM 2.1
~ 30 High 11:11 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I listen to my body.
~ A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~ There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11. – Dave Barry
~ Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. But make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice. – Akio Morita
~ Failure is the door that leads to success. Open it with the key of perseverance! – Sri Ashok
Poem: “Waking Up My Daughter” by Greg Kosmicki, from Some Hero of the Past. © Word Press. Reprinted with permission.
Waking up My Daughter
I am sitting in sunlight reading
when Debbie calls to talk from some store
to ask me what size coat she should buy me.
We decide I don’t need a new coat.
It is mid-morning on a Saturday.
I go upstairs to wake my daughter
who is twenty-one years old
and who has a psychology test to study for.
I lean down to kiss her and it is then
I see for the first time in her life
how much she looks like my mother
when she was this age, the rest of life
as they say, ahead of her.
Litha is a time of magic and faeries. Also known as Midsummer, to many it seems strange to celebrate the halfway point when school vacations and warm weather have just begun! Today is the longest day of the year and the Sun is at the height of its power but it’s a bittersweet joy as the days begin to shorten again, starting tomorrow.
This is a great time of year to harvest herbs for all of your magical workings. It’s also a good time to allow your child to begin his/her own witchy cupboard. When harvesting herbs, remember to leave about 1/3 of the plant behind to propagate itself. This ensures a continual harvest throughout the growing season. Also, thank the spirit of the plant for its sacrifice and leave a small offering. Taking a page from Native American custom, a bit of tobacco is a good thank-you to the spirits of your garden but you could also sprinkle a bit of dried herb from a previous harvest. Allow your child to help you bundle the herbs together and tie at the stems with twine or thread. Hang upside down in a cool, dark place until dry and then store them in pretty containers or even plastic baggies. Make sure all containers are labelled clearly as dried herbs tend to look a lot alike! I’ll never forget the time when Scout’s father, my ex-husband, was making chilli and reached into the spice cabinet for something. He proceeded to add a generous sprinkling of Scout’s “dragon scales” (see Kiddy Craft section) to the pot because she had recycled my old herb jars! How he could have mistaken glittery pine cone shingles for cumin is beyond me but he did! We still laugh about that to this day but it wasn’t very funny at the time.
One of our favourite activities at Midsummer is building a faery shelter for the little sprites to party and rest. Scout hunts for sticks, which she pokes into the ground and then lays large leaves over the top to form the roof. She decorates with flowers, bird feathers and smaller leaves. We leave out milk mixed with honey and bread and butter, cut into small pieces. She’s always very excited to find the containers emptied and the faery house turned upside down from their wild dancing. A friend of mine recently gave me a wonderful idea and that is to leave a small gift for your child as a thank-you from the faeries. You could leave shells from the sea, a small trinket that had been “lost” around the house (everyone knows they faeries love to play tricks!), a small bouquet of wild flowers, a pretty rock or anything you feel is worthwhile. The idea is to keep it natural and simple and then explain to your child why the faeries felt it was an appropriate gift.
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