It’s 56F and cloudy, although the Moon was shining brightly before daybreak. It’s supposed to clear up and be nice this afternoon. There’s a minimal chance of rain through the weekend and with it being hot in the Valley (forecast) we might have a really good weekend. Gotta get ready!
Yesterday I spent pretty much the whole day on newsletter stuff. I took a break and did a little writing about houpellandes (a medieval outerwear) but other than that I just kept pecking away. Late in the afternoon I got a phone call that a friend who was on vacation had hit a deer and might need a ride home if the car was in as bad shape as she thought. It wasn’t, but we found her a place to stay down in that area until it’s mended.
>>> Look at how the tree is bending! >>>
Today I’m finally feeling a lot better, instead of just dragging. I finally got put back on the meds that would have prevented most of this last couple of months illness. ….finally…. so hopefully, that’s that! We have a lot to do to catch up at the shop. I think my next big thing is tagging a bunch of stone eggs that had gotten buried and then getting back into packing herbs since the display has gotten so skimpy.
Today is the birthday of Socrates, the Athenian philosopher who has set the tone of this field of study for well over two millennia, now. He is credited with inventing the Socratic method of questioning., a technique that gets the student to tell the teacher the answers rather than simply absorbing them. After a large political fight he was sentenced to death by the politicos in Athens and famously drank hemlock. I guess our politicians ought to be glad we don’t live back then! The fight was between pure democracy, which wasn’t working, at least in part because of the same inequality issues that we’re facing today, and oligarchy/tyranny (rule by class or by one strong leader). Socrates wasn’t on the side of democracy, which startles folks, today. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter months. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
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Love & Light,
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends on 6/16 at 7:05am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/9 at 8:42zm.
Double shadow transit on Jupiter – Thursday, June 4, 12:58–2:13 a.m. EDT – The shadows of Io and Ganymede will simultaneously fall on the face of Jupiter.
“Cassiopeia” >>>>> usually means “Cold!” Late fall and winter are when this landmark constellation is high overhead (seen from mid-northern latitudes), but even on hot June evenings it’s lurking low. After dark, look for it down near the north horizon. It’s a wide, upright W. The farther north you are the higher it’ll appear. But even as far south as San Diego and Atlanta it’s completely above the true horizon.
Uranus (magnitude +5.9, in Pisces) is low in the east as dawn begins to brighten.
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
Th 4 High 1:39 AM 8.1 5:33 AM Set 7:43 AM 98
~ 4 Low 8:41 AM -1.4 8:56 PM Rise 10:45 PM
~ 4 High 3:15 PM 6.6
~ 4 Low 8:36 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is something wrong if you are always right.
~ bISeH’eghlaH’be’chugh latlh Dara’laH’be’ (Klingon Proverb: If you cannot control yourself, you cannot command others)
~ Follow your bliss and doors will open for you that you never knew existed. – Joseph Campbell
~ Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. – Norman Peale
~ One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. – Leonardo da Vinci
Until one is committed, there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one element of truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans – that moment one commits oneself, then providence moves all. – Johann von Goethe (1749-1832) German Poet and Dramatist
Midsummer by JT – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
The world within
Echoes the world without
Lush foliage, leaves unfurled
Soft springy grass dotted with
Brightly colored flowers peeping through
The earth is green and bright
With warm sunny days
Clear velvety blue skies
Gentle cool breezes
Nature in glory
Our hopes blossom
With the season
The seeds of the fruit
Our desires will bear
Can be seen
On the stems
Of our dreams