Saturday was a lot of fun despite the weather and exhaustion at the end of it. I hadn’t slept well (dogs and my allergies are a bad mix!) but got up at a good time, had my leftover fettucine, packing up the marzipan and the bean pottage (which had been smelling wonderful since about 2AM) and we rolled out to the site. The sky was clear and blue. Since Sadb had to get ready for the equestrian competition I went to “gate” and sat with those folks and some friends, talking and helping out with signing people in and all.
Eventually the riders were all heading for the field. It had clouded up and was pouring for a bit while I was at gate, but by then it was mostly dry again, so I went down to the field and sat under an oak tree. Eventually, I was getting pretty damp, but had my veil (which is cotton gauze spread out and it was drying almost as fast as I was getting dripped on. Sadb did well in the events.
One of the men brought a dayshade and it got set up and I went down there and unpacked my psaltery. Marius was there by that time. I played for the folks there during the rest of the practice and during most of the competition, mostly just background twiddling, but the darned thing kept falling horribly out of tune, so eventually I stopped at just about the time the martial events began.
That’s not one of my interests, but there were several tournaments, at least one a championship and another a fund-raiser. I was over in the “stitch and bitch” session and then a class. A young fellow showed folks how to make buttons, mug frogs and kidney pouches.
My toys class was up next and it went well, as did the Czech history in Stories class later in the day. The bean pottage was well received and only scrapings were left. Vesta loved the marzipan and the 2nd box got shared around with everyone in the classes and other places that I went.
I got to see a bunch of old friends and talk with a bunch of people that I only know from Facebook. We went home at the end of the day quite tired and only sat and talked for an hour or so before turning in.
A Ken Gagne pic from 4-2-14 of a “dear” friend.
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
Today’s Feast is the Mercuralia, an ancient Roman celebration of the “Festival of Mercury”. Mercury was the god of merchants and commerce, so in his honor and asking for his blessing on this day merchants would sprinkle their heads, their ships and merchandise, and their businesses with water taken from the well at Porta Capena. The Porta Capena was a gate in the wall of Rome, one of the main entries to the city. According to Roman tradition it was the sacred grove where Numa Pompilius and the nymph Egeria used to meet. The road leads to Capua, an important city in Campania, south of Rome. More info here: http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Article/1290581 and some Ovid here: http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Latin/OvidFastiBkFive.htm#_Toc69367929 There is a recipe here and some lore about Alkermes, a type of Sicilian liqueur named after the God. http://allthingssicilianandmore.blogspot.com/2009/03/alchermes-liqueur-used-to-make-zuppa.html ….and this stuff is delicious!
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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 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 5/20 at 2:14am.
Jupiter 2 degrees north of moon, May 2016 – Sunday, May 15, 2 a.m. local time – The waxing gibbous moon will pass just south of Jupiter.
Now the Moon forms a curving line with Jupiter and Regulus to its right, as shown above. Continue the line far left, and you come to Spica.
Mars (about magnitude –1.9, smack in the head of Scorpius) reaches opposition and closest approach to Earth on the nights of May 21st and 30th, respectively. It rises around sunset. After dark it shines in the southeast almost as bright as high Jupiter. Look for Antares about 7° below it and Saturn 10° or 11° to its lower left during the evening. The Mars-Antares-Saturn triangle stands highest in the south around 2 a.m., now with Saturn left of Mars. By early dawn the triangle is low in the southwest. In a telescope Mars is now about 18 arcseconds wide, nearly the 18.6 arcseconds that it will reach when closest to Earth at May’s end. See our telescopic guide to Mars, with map, in the April Sky & Telescope, page 48, and set our Mars Profiler for your time and date. If you’re ambitious and have a big scope, try hunting Phobos and Deimos, the two tiny Martian moons, using the June Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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 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
Su 15 Low 3:04 AM 2.2 5:48 AM Set 3:05 AM 61
~ 15 High 8:38 AM 5.6 8:38 PM Rise 2:50 PM
~ 15 Low 3:01 PM 1.2
~ 15 High 9:33 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a truthful day!
~ You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That is assault, not leadership. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
~ The unique conditions of ancient woodland make it our richest wildlife habitat, and it is literally irreplaceable. – Ms Williams, head of campaigns at The Woodland Trust
~ Goals are dreams with deadlines. – Diana Scharf Hunt
~ When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing each other. – Alan Alda
It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray-haired. But most of them were boys when they died, they gave up two lives — the one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for their county, for us. All we can do is remember. – Ronald Wilson Reagan – Remarks at Veteran’s Day ceremony, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, November 11, 1985
Rate each of the following from 1(low) to 10(high)…
- ___ Internal control, amount of internal political power exercised by leader(s) over members.
- ___ Wisdom claimed by leader(s); amount of infallibility declared about decisions.
- ___ Wisdom credited to leader(s) by members; amount of trust in decisions made by leader(s).
- ___ Dogma, rigidity of reality concepts taught; amount of doctrinal inflexibility.
- ___ Recruiting, emphasis on attracting new members; amount of proselytizing.
- ___ Front groups, number of subsidiary groups using different names from that of the main group.
- ___ Wealth, amount of money and/or property desired or obtained; emphasis on members’ donations.
- ___ Political power, amount of external political influence desired or obtained.
- ___ Sexual manipulation of members by leader(s); amount of control over sex lives of members.
- ___ Censorship, amount of control over members’ access to outside opinions on the group, its doctrines, and/or its leader(s).
- ___ Dropout control, intensity of efforts directed at preventing or returning dropouts.
- ___ Endorsement of violence when used by or for the group or its leader(s).
- ___ Paranoia, amount of fear concerning real or imagined enemies; perceived power of opponents.
- ___ Grimness, amount of disapproval concerning jokes about the group, its doctrines, or its leader(s).
Note: The current version of the ABCDEF may be found at Isaac Bonewits’ website: http://www.neopagan.net/ABCDEF.html