It’s mostly overcast, but there are getting to be more and more sunbreaks in the last 1/2 hour. We’re supposed to get rain again in the mid-afternoon or maybe even hail. Sunshine is pouring in the solarium at the moment, although it’s been bright enough to read since well before I woke around 8am. 50F and supposed to stay a little cooler today.
Yesterday, just as I was finishing up the day’s newsletter Tempus handed me our pancake and bacon brunch. Dang, that was good! He went over to talk to Casey about the computer problems, then took off for the house. We had decided that I was going to work on newsletters, trying to get set up for the week, so I could do them at home and get them out earlier in the day.
It had just started to rain as he left around 3pm. I fed some bold crows outside the shop with stale crackers. They’re twitchy, but they come up to the door and squawk just about every day, now. I tried to get a pic, but it didn’t work. They came back and picked up every crumb. They’re fascinating to watch.
I kept getting sleepier and sleepier as I worked on the newsletters. I was 90% of the way there for the week when Tempus got
back, but I didn’t get a nap until after that point. We decided that since there was another load that could be easily grabbed that he’d go do that and I could nap. I think I was out cold before he headed out the door.
When I woke, I finished the newsletters, worked on pictures and then paperwork. It kept getting later and later…. I finally starting working on calendars. Tempus got back around 9:20 and we headed home.
By then I really needed a shower, so I got one, then we finally ate supper and turned in. I did manage to set up a lentil and veg dish in the crockpot, so that will be tonight’s supper.
Today there’s more packing to do. After we get our coffee, Tempus is going to take me to the house and then open the shop, coming back for me after a couple of hours. I’ll be at Made by the Beach for part of the Sewing Time, at least, but before and after he’ll be running back and forth. I want to get my Dad’s easy chair down to the shop. We’re going to tuck it into the corner by the Doll display case. I’m hoping for some more of the shelf units, too. Here’s comes coffee, so the day is starting.
A picture Ken Gagne snapped on 5/17/16 of Photographers at Thor’s Well.
Today’s plant is the snowdrop, Galanthus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire,” snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems, also to chase the negative effects of sorrow and grief. .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop
Today’s feast is the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey. It’s the anniversary of the beginning of their war of independence. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commemoration_of_Atat%C3%BCrk,_Youth_and_Sports Day
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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 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.
The bright evening Moon forms very different geometrical patterns with Mars, Saturn, and Antares on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings (May 20th, 21st, and 22nd).
With summer still about a month away (astronomically speaking), the last star of the Summer Triangle doesn’t rise above the eastern horizon until about 10 or 11 p.m. That’s Altair, the Triangle’s lower right corner. Its highest and brightest corner is Vega. The third is Deneb, sparkling less far to Vega’s lower left.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is low in the east-southeast as dawn begins
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
Th 19 Low 6:12 AM 0.2 5:44 AM Set 4:56 AM 91
~ 19 High 12:22 PM 6.0 8:42 PM Rise 6:42 PM
~ 19 Low 6:00 PM 2.0
~ 19 High 11:58 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I act with purposeful awareness of abundance by giving thanks to my Divine Source of abundance.
~ A flawed self image is an obstacle to your personal power. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ I is another. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ You have 2 choices in life: a] to find a way b] to make one. – P. Coelho
~ Far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live another’s perfectly. – Bhagavad Gita
As I live my life
Doing my everyday tasks
Making my grocery lists
Washing my dishes,
There is the serenity
Of knowing that the Goddess
Is with me.
When things seem overwhelming
And I’m angry
Or feeling betrayed
By a person or situation…
Whether I’m in touch
With it then or not,
There is still hope
And the deep inner knowledge
That She is with me.
I know I have to do the footwork
So I can learn and grow,
But She is my biggest
Even looking in my closet
Trying to decide what to wear
That won’t make me
The Goddess is right there
Looking over my shoulder, laughing
Because She knows
All her children are beautiful.
When things look dark
She smiles gently
“Give your troubles to me,
I will help you through them,
And into the Light.”
© Copyright 10/3/06 – Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Summer by Marian Lore Singer – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
Standing midst the Circle
I look at faces —
all searching for that special spark
that sense of connection
which spans all words
We come together
to know the same magic
that moved the great stones
birthed the dragons
and touched even the stars
with its mighty song.
to sense the power
rising within us
like the glory of a summer sun
until we too sing
its timeless ballad.
until our souls dance hand in hand
with the Lady of Light
and Lord of the Fires
(The above “Summer” poem is quoted directly from Llewellyn’s 1994 Magical Almanac, page 169, Llewellyn Worldwide Publications, 1993.)