Yesterday was just a mixed-up day. Tempus and I were both a little cranky and there was *so* much to do! Tempus went up to the house in the morning to track down some things and bring a load to the shop. While he was gone I got my pickle broth made and left it to cool.
When he got back, I was late for Sewing, but we took a couple of minutes to check in on what was to go where. I hurried down to Sabrina’s and we sat and chatted while I embroidered and she and another friend were also working on projects and then I hurried back to the shop.
When we headed to the apartment he had to hurry to not be late for his paper run. I went upstairs to make my marzipan and once it was done, downstairs to work on prepping my Czech history class for the weekend. Tempus got home at 4am and we went right to sleep. I had been dozing.
Today I got a picture of Tempus in the outfit he’s planning on wearing for the wedding (Ricky’s in July) and got ’em sent to the kids. Now, I need to finish packing for the weekend and when Marius gets here get the stuff into his truck. Tempus needs to run into Newport for his check and once he’s back we’ll head for Medford.
Yes, the shop will be open over the weekend. Tempus will be here. No Workshops, but the House Capuchin Project Day will happen on Sunday. There might not be newsletters over the next couple of days. It depends on whether I actually have web access or not. There might be a bunch of ’em out on Sunday evening!
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, <<<< Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. ^ ^ ^ ^ Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
Today is the festival of Our Lady of Fatima, a series of Marian apparitions, in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Three elementary-age kids saw the Virgin Mary
repeatedly during this year and the last apparition included the “Dancing Suns of Fatima”.
Two of the children died young, but the last, Lucia Santos, lived until 2005, having had more visions during her lifetime as a nun. The Catholic Church decided that the visions were real and has authorized various pilgrimages and devotions. There were three “secrets” as part of the visions which are held to have happened, although the 3rd may be an ongoing working out of prophecy. The worship of the Virgin Mary is the closest parallel in Christian belief to the Goddess paths Wicca work with, and Mary is often called upon as another face of our Goddess. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_F%C3%A1tima
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 5/21 at 2:14pm. 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 5/13 at 10:02am.
Friday, May 13, 1:02 p.m. EDT – First Quarter Moon, May 2016 – The First Quarter Moon rises around 12:30 p.m. and sets around 2:30 a.m. It dominates the evening sky.
As twilight fades, look above the first-quarter Moon for Regulus. Brighter Jupiter shines much farther to the Moon’s upper left (for North America). They all descend to the southwest as night proceeds.
Mercury transits in front of the sun on May 9. It will be well placed in the morning sky for observers in the Southern Hemisphere after May 19.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Laguz, April 29-May 13 – Stands for: Water (or Lake) Color: Black & White (Green) Casting meaning: Laguz represents the power of water and its easy flowing nature. We must learn to “go with the flow” when this rune shows up in a reading so that we can take full advantage of our powers.
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 13 Low 12:37 AM 2.7 5:50 AM Set 2:03 AM 41
~ 13 High 6:11 AM 6.3 8:35 PM Rise 12:50 PM
~ 13 Low 1:03 PM 0.3
~ 13 High 7:49 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Hug Trees.
~ If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito. – Bette Reeves
~ Learn the Rules so you know how to break them properly. – HH the Dalai Lama
~ A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~ Often the best thing that you can do is to get out of your own way. – Kerr Cuhulain
The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off. – William Golding (1911-1993) English writer
A mother was asked by an officious clerk, “What is your occupation?” She had dedicated herself to the raising of her children and felt that, though she was not financially compensated for her labor, her “job” was of utmost importance. Besides, she resented it when people said she was “just a housewife.” So she told the clerk that she was a “Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations.”
Duly impressed, the clerk asked her what she did in her field. This is how the mother replied: “I have a continuing program of research (what mother doesn’t?) in the laboratory and in the field. (Normally I would have said indoors and out.) I’m working for my Masters (the whole darned family) and already have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are in satisfaction rather than just money.”
Who can argue? I have been employed in meaningful and challenging careers. And though my own work has required years of study and training, the job that I feel is the most demanding (and rewarding), is that of parenting my children. And the most crucial.
One young woman said, “Mom, I’ll always love you, but I’ll never forgive you for cleaning my face with spit on a hanky!” But you have to appreciate mothers…. Like a Spanish proverb says, “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.” And a member of the clergy put it like this: “My mother practices what I preach.” The job is one of the most difficult there is, but still remains popular. I think that may be because, though many jobs are important, none is more so. ~Steve Goodier
Silliness – Where’s Barney?
A four year old was at the pediatrician for a check up. As the doctor looked down her ears with an otoscope, he asked, “Do you think I’ll find Big Bird in here?” The little girl stayed silent.
Next, the doctor took a tongue depressor and looked down her throat. He asked, “Do you think I’ll find the Cookie Monster down there?” Again, the little girl was silent.
Then the doctor put a stethoscope to her chest. As he listened to her heart beat, he asked, “Do you think I’ll hear Barney in there?”
“Oh, no!” the little girl replied. “Jesus is in my heart. Barney’s on my underpants.”