Daily Stuff 5-16-16 Brendan the Navigator

Hi, folks!

weather Partly SunnySometimes cloud and sometimes sun so far today. 60F with some wind gusts into the teens. It’s supposed to burn off and be dry for a couple of days here. The rose outside the shop is going berserk with the warmth!

seed flowerYesterday started pretty early with coffee and chat and packing up to head home. Marius stopped at Sadb’s to pick me up and we said our goodbyes and took off. We stopped at the Shari’s in Grant’s Pass to get breakfast, then drove through quite a bit of rain (and me not thinking about pillow, box of salt and bag of beans in an open box in the pickup bed!) to Eugene. It’s a pretty drive, watching the madrones and other trees, green grass and rock formations. Marius says it’s not so pretty later in the year when everything burns brown, if it doesn’t just burn!

elderberry flower RuisWe had planned on stopping at Michael’s in Eugene, but discovered (once we couldn’t find it) that it was in Springfield! Oops…. 🙂 We drove home by way of 126 to Florence and up 101 to home, but I fell asleep on the middle part of the last leg after I had seen the ocean. 🙂

plant feast 0120 herb flower Helleborus_nigerHouse Capuchin’s Project Day had been going when we got back around 4pm, but everyone had left. We ended up talking about the events and projects and next week’s potluck, then offloaded and one, tired Marius headed home. We did too, not long after. I was still trying to catch up on the weekend’s mail!

flower Nasturtium-TropaeolumOn the way home the clouds/fog were tangling in the trees all around Alsea Bay, seemingly low enough to touch.

We spent the evening unpacking, drying things out, starting laundry, having supper, me catching up on mail while Tempus snoozed, and then me reading until I fell asleep while he worked on his computer.

plant flower Hyacinth blueWe woke pretty early, but took it easy. He’s still ouching from the spill and I was ouching from the weekend’s walking and two 5 hours plus riding in the pickup. He got a little more done on laundry and I got more done on putting things away, then I went up and weeded the box garden while he got stuff into the car.

Since we opened he’s been running back and forth from Casey’s trying to get some of the computer stuff sorted out and then getting some of the necessary picking up and unpacking done, here. We’ll be here until 7 and I’m going to get all the newsletters sorted out today if it takes the hair off! 🙂

A fun list that Tempus found – Beltane playlist http://8tracks.com/margaritanoir/beltane

Trees blooming across the street from our house last spring.

042615 Tree

LeekToday’s plant is the Leek,  Allium ampeloprasum, one of the longed-for foods of spring, cultivated for at least 4 millenia. Since leeks over-winter in many/most places and begin to come up before snowmelt in even the most frozen climes, they were one of the “rescue foods” of late winter and pack a lot of nutrition in a tasty package. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – Symbolized in the Runic alphabet as “Laguz”, it brings prosperity and health in the spring. Potato Leek Health soup is a magickal blend often prepared by witches in the very early spring (and I put the recipe in this blog earlier in the year, pre-Imbolc). Eating leeks together brings love. Carry a leek as a protective amulet and bite it if you’re feeling surrounded by evil.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek

200px-Saint_brendan_german_manuscriptToday’s Feast is that of St. Brendan the Navigator. St. Brendan is a 5th-6th century saint from Ireland. He went on a legendary voyage to the Isles of the Blest, looking for Eden. Well, so the story goes. It’s a legend, but it’s been an inspiration for many folks down through the centuries. He may actually have gotten to North America.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_the_Navigator  and Tim Severin’s re-creation of the voyage  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Severin#The_Brendan_Voyage_.281976.E2.80.931977.29

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 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. 

Bootes ArcturusThree zero-magnitude stars shine after dark in May: <<<Arcturus high in the southeast, Lyra astro constellation VegaVega >>>lower in the northeast, and Capella (below) in the northwest. They appear so bright because each is at least 60 times as luminous as the Sun, and because all are relatively nearby: 37, 25, and astro consellation Auriga capella 42 light-years from us, respectively.
Astro jupiterAstro marsBrighter, however, are Jupiter and Mars, high in the southwest and low in the southeast after dark. These are 42 and 4 light-minutes from Earth tonight, respectively.
Astro jupiterJupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit the planet’s central meridian around 9:57 p.m. EDT. Jupiter (magnitude –2.2, in southern Leo) stands high in the south in twilight, then starts declining toward the southwest. See our telescopic guide to Jupiter in the March 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
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.

Sun in TaurusSun in Taurus
Moon in LibraMoon in Virgo enters Libra at 10:33am.
Mercury (5/22), Mars (6/29), Saturn (8/13) and Juno (9/20), Pluto (9/26) Retrograde
Color: Silver


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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

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
M   16      Low   4:04 AM     1.6   5:47 AM     Set  3:33 AM      70
~    16     High   9:47 AM     5.6   8:39 PM    Rise  3:48 PM
~    16      Low   3:53 PM     1.4
~    16     High  10:15 PM     7.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let your mind be as the horizon, forever expanding and rising.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – When? – When have you had a conflict with another student or co-worker? What happened? Write a narrative in which you explain the cause of the problem and how it was resolved.



~  Creative genius is a divinely bestowed gift which is the coronation of the few. – Margaret Sangster, American author
~  Freedom is the greatest fruit of self-sufficiency. – Epicurus, Greek philosopher
~  We have the best government that money can buy. – Mark Twain
~  Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin

Glorious are the woods in their latest gold and crimson,
Yet our full-leaved willows are in the freshest green.
Such a kindly autumn, so mercifully dealing
With the growths of summer, I never yet have seen. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – A Refuge Of Your Own – Creating A Garden Sanctuary

Each of us has been blessed with an innate need to celebrate and glorify life. At a most basic level, we honor the forces that came together to bring us into being by caring for our bodies and our souls. To truly rejoice in existence, we must also learn to cultivate loveliness in those special places that replenish the soul. When we create a garden sanctuary, we are reminded that we are a part of both nature’s essence and something more. An outdoor retreat is a place we can surround ourselves in nature, beauty, and the life force. It is not difficult to create a sanctuary—we should endeavor, however, to create sanctuaries that speak to us as individuals.

Whether we have a yard, a grassy corner, a patio, or a porch at our disposal, our creative potential is infinite. Any of these spaces can become a magnificent garden. When we feel drawn to specific themes such as Zen, angels, paradise, or the ethereal, we should explore them. Décor and furniture crafted from natural materials like wood and stone blend seamlessly into nature. Yet we can also augment the natural world by filling our garden sanctuaries with statues, bells or gongs, or colorful flags. Running water, like that in a created stream or fountain, helps energy flow smoothly. If space is a concern, crystals and mirrors can fulfill the same function. Hidden features like concealed swings and reflecting pools veiled in shadow can surprise and delight. As your garden sanctuary evolves, remember to invite the elemental spirits of nature to assist you in your efforts to create a small pocket of harmony, beauty, and peace in your own backyard. If you have not already felt th! eir presence, sit quietly in your garden and reach out to them. You will feel these earthly guides at your side as you continue to develop your sanctuary.

In the refuge of brilliant color, sweet scents, and stillness you create in your garden, the burdens imposed upon you by a sometimes hectic world will melt away. The splendor and tranquility of what you have brought into being will entrance you, allowing you to forget the constraints of time and space. No matter how large or small your garden sanctuary, the time you spend reveling in its pleasures will refresh your spirit and provide you with innumerable opportunities to celebrate life.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – The Rules of Chocolate – If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.

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