Daily Stuff 5-18-16 Mt. St. Helens

Hi, folks!

Partly Sunny Weather MotifIt’s been brightly sunny all morning, since sunrise, but the sunlight is dimming and thinning from the thickening high haze. As we were coming across the bridge we could see that the beaches are steaming, which is going to contribute. It’s 60F, the forecast high and the chance of rain is climbing steadily as the afternoon goes on until overnight, we’re sure to get wet.

051816 flower1Yesterday was all packing and packing and packing. A bunch of stuff went to storage and my altar stuff finally got moved to the apartment. Not that I have a place to put it, yet! When we got back to the apartment we offloaded, then heated some stuff from the freezer and then Tempus headed out on his paper run.

051816 flower7I went upstairs with the stuff for brownies and talked with Jeannie while they were baking. It’s good getting to see her so often! Her knee is healing up well and she’s really up and going again.

051816 flower2Once downstairs I concentrated on putting things away and stacking supplies, then turned in and read, but I fell asleep early.

Today’s Journal Prompt reminded me of an encounter with an earwig from years back. I 051816 flower6had been out camping and set my recorders under the camp bed to keep them safe from kicking children in the tent. When we got home and unpacked I sat down in the afternoon to practice a new piece, but the recorder sounded funny, like the airway was restricted. When you play recorder you learn to automatically suck back through the airway to clear it of breath moisture…. yeah, I inhaled the earwig and proceeded to cough and gag awhile. I finally spat it out….in two pieces. 🙂 That memory *still* makes me gag!

051816 flower8We started the day with me doing more unpacking and sorting of things at the apartment and when Tempus woke (he got home well after 4am) he worked on some laundry, I did some more pictures of flowers in the garden, we watered things and then we headed down here to the shop.

051816 flower6Today is more packing. I’m hoping to have Tempus take a load to storage without me, while I set up newsletters. I’m sorry that these are this late in the day, now. I don’t have my main computer back and may not for awhile. There seems to be a break in the motherboard. <sigh> I’ve got the info from the drive, at least, now, but I have to set the newsletters up here at the shop, even if I can write them at the apartment. We’ll gradually get it all sorted out, 051816 flower3but we’re concentrating on the move and not on most other things.

He’s doing pancakes and bacon for brunch/lunch, since we had coffee and brownies for breakfast and then we’ll be setting up for moving/packing.

A picture from 5/7/15 by Daniel Schoon of Thor’s Well.

050715 Daniel Schoon Thor's Well

220px-Iris_tenaxToday’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29

200px-MSH80_eruption_mount_st_helens_05-18-80-dramatic-editToday’s Mt. St. Helens day, the anniversary of the eruption in 1981 that killed a number of people and disrupted life in the PNW for quite some time. “Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!” were the last words of David
Johnston, a geologist on the team of those monitoring the volcano, knowing that his life was on the line, as close as he was to the obviously ready-to-blow mountain, chose to give other people some warning. Innkeeper Harry Truman chose to stay with his life-long dream of a resort in the area. 55 others also perished, mostly loggers and people who lived along the path of the major lahar that actually crossed I-5, making it unusable for a period of time! Several movies and documentaries have been made about the eruption and the area now has a lot of museums dedicated to the events and the remediation of the damage. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_eruption_of_Mount_St._Helens

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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. 

Astro marsSpot Spica to the Moon’s right at nightfall, and to its lower right as night grows late. Far to their lower left blazes Mars, shining its biggest and brightest in more than a decade as it nears opposition. Mars heads up the triangle that it forms with steady Saturn and twinkling Antares.
Astro jupiterJupiter‘s Great Red Spot should transit the planet’s central meridian around 11:36 p.m. EDT.
Astro uranusUranus is hidden low in the glow of dawn.

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 Libra enters Scorpio at 11:29pm
Mercury (5/22), Mars (6/29), Saturn (8/13) and Juno (9/20), Pluto (9/26) Retrograde
Color: Yellow


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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
W   18      Low   5:35 AM     0.6   5:45 AM     Set  4:27 AM      85
~    18     High  11:37 AM     5.8   8:41 PM    Rise  5:44 PM
~    18      Low   5:21 PM     1.8
~    18     High  11:26 PM     7.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Hold hands with someone you love.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Have you ever swallowed something strange? (a key, pin, marble…)



~  Thou strange piece of wild nature! – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~  God cannot help those who do not seize opportunities. – Chinese Proverb
~  I imagine that yes is the only living thing. – e. e. cummings (1894-1962) u. s. poet
~  Imagination is the true magic carpet. – Norman Peale

How Would You Live Then?

What if a hundred rose-breasted grosbeaks
blew in circles around your head?  What if
the mockingbird came into the house with you and
became your advisor?  What if
the bees filled your walls with honey and all
you needed to do was ask them and they would fill
the bowl?  What if the brook slid downhill just
past your bedroom window so you could listen
to its slow prayers as you fell asleep?  What if
the stars began to shout their names, or to run
this way and that way above the clouds?  What if
you painted a picture of a tree, and the leaves
began to rustle, and a bird cheerful sang
from its painted branches?  What if you suddenly saw
that the silver of water was brighter than the silver
of money?  What if you finally saw
that the sunflowers, turning toward the sun all day
and every day — who knows  how, but they do it — were
more precious, more meaningful than gold? – Mary Oliver, (Blue Iris)


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Litha/Midsummer


Litha Herbs  – Basil, chamomile, cinquefoil, daisy, elder, fennel, frankincense, lavender, lily, mistletoe, mugwort, oak, pine, rose, St. John’s wort, thyme, vervain, yarrow

Litha Incense  – Frankincense, Lemon, Rose, Wisteria, Lavender, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Pine, Jasmine, Lotus,

Litha Colors – Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Red, Maize yellow, Tan

Litha Decorations  – Dried herbs, lotpourri, Dream pillows, Seashells, Wedding gift basket, Feather wreaths, Summer flowers, Fruits, The sun, Anything yellow, orange, and round

Litha Foods – Summer fruits, Iced tea, Ale, Mead, Fresh vegetables, Lemonade, Orange slice wheels, Sun-shaped cookies, Barbecue

Litha Sacred Gemstones – Emerald, Jade, All green stones

Spellwork appropriate for Litha  – All magick, Love spells, Healing spells, Prosperity spells


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Daffynitions – Dioxin: What you say before you kill a herd of buffalo-like cattle.

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