The sunlight has been coming and going for hours, now. Sometimes the solarium is full of light, sometimes it’s just barely bright enough to read. 14 hours and 59 minutes of daylight today! It’s supposed to just get nicer as the day goes on, with no real chance of rain and highs in the upper 50’s.
Yesterday was more packing. After I got the newsletter out and got coffeed, Tempus dropped me at the house and opened the shop. He was pretty busy down there while I was packing books and offloading bookshelves. I managed to free up one bookshelf and 1/2-or-more empty the rest. By about 1:30 I was done (done-in?) so he came to get me and then went back up to fetch things. We got busy for a few minutes during the change-over, but no sales.
Once he was back again, he started bringing some things in and I headed down to Sabrina’s for Sewing Time. We sat and chatted and I worked on more of the pincushions. When it was time to head back it was raining, so I wussed out and Tempus brought the car down for me. He had the bookcase in by his desk, so he took off back up to the house to get the packed boxes to storage.
We got out of the shop late and Tempus took off for his paper run as soon as we got the stuff out of the car and I went upstairs to make a coffee cake for breakfast, since he hasn’t been eating. He didn’t get home until almost 4:30.
Today is more of the same, minus Sewing and adding in esbat tonight. I *hope* we’re going to re-set the calendar, finally!
Another Ken Gagne pic of an eagle in Yachats this one from 5/12/15
Flowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to Saint Osmund. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis (pictures are the American variety of this fern)
According to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.
Today’s feast is for Mjölnir, the god Thor’s marvelous hammer. The Prose Edda says that with it Thor:
… would be able to strike as firmly as he wanted, whatever his aim, and the hammer would never fail, and if he threw it at something, it would never miss and never fly so far from his hand that it would not find its way back, and when he wanted, it would be so small that it could be carried inside his tunic.
That’s awesome as a tool, let alone a weapon! Today was the day when ritual contests were held in the old Norse traditions, trial by combat, or bardic competitions. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir There’s a marvelous article about the Viking Raids into Europe and what caused them, here: http://freya.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/?page_id=483
Grudie Rosnoe – Traven (May) 20-30 – During these ten days, Volhvs (Magicians, Soothsayers, Sorcerors) bring sacrifices to Rod for rain and for good, productive harvests. (Volhv: a priest of Slavic Paganism; analogous to the scandinavian “Godhi” )
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 5/23 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).
The nearly full Moon is low the east-southeast at sunset and shines above Mars as twilight fades. How soon can you pick out Mars? How much later will it be until you can pick out fainter Antares rising 8½° below Antares?
And what about Saturn, 7½° left of Antares? Saturn and Antares rise at the same time if you’re near 35° N latitude (North Carolina, central California). If you’re north of there Saturn rises first; south of there, Antares.
Saturn is well placed in Ophiuchus, rising in late evening. Its rings are now spread widely, making it a beautiful sight in a small telescope. Credit: Starry Night Software
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
F 20 Low 6:48 AM -0.2 5:43 AM Set 5:26 AM 96
~ 20 High 1:03 PM 6.2 8:43 PM Rise 7:39 PM
~ 20 Low 6:36 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
~ The world is the sum total of our vital possibilities. – Ortega y Gassett
~ Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer
~ Everything must be made as simple as possible but not one bit simpler. – Albert Einstein
~ Consider your own place in the universal oneness of which we are all a part, from which we all arise, and to which we all return. – David Fontana
How a Ship having passed the Line was driven by storms to the cold Country towards the South Pole ; and how from thence she made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean ; and of the strange things that befell ; and in what manner the Ancyent Marinere came back to his own Country. – ‘Argument’ of ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, conceived by English poets Coleridge and Wordsworth on November 13, 1797
Midsummer Oils and Incenses
Midsummer Oil #1
· 3 parts Patchouli
· 2 parts Musk
· 2 parts Carnation
Wear to a Midsummer Sabbat to promote communion with the deities.
Midsummer Oil #2
· 2 parts Frankincense
· 2 part Myrrh
· 1 part Carnation
· 1 part Allspice
· 1 part Cinnamon
Wear to a Midsummer Sabbat to promote communion with the deities.