55F and bright even though it’s overcast.
Yesterday started more slowly than I had hoped. We were at the shop by about 10:30 and open for business on time, but *such* a mess! A lot of it got cleared out during the day, but another set wandered in right at closing so this morning is more of the same!
The fennel that got harvested Saturday evening got turned into a bundle of it prepared for drying, 14 sandwich bags of it for freezing (will go into sausage) and one recipe of silphium that went into silphium chicken, which turned out to be pretty good. There were 5 of us there and just about everyone had a hand in working with the fennel.
The big dresser got moved and the vanity and mirror cabinet were prepped for moving and 4 bookcases got taken care of. Tempus and didn’t leave the shop until 1/4 to 10, really tired, and we fell into bed. The car only got 1/2-way unloaded. I need to wake him in a couple of minutes so we can get going this morning.
Today we need to get some clean-up done at the shop first, and then we’ll take turns up at the house. Tempus needs to make a platform for the dresser so it can go back against the wall, lifted over the pipe, and then that will be a task for this evening. I also have a bunch of paperwork to do and to try to get the mess pile off the floor in the office space!
Yachats own Whale in the Park sculpture. It actually spouts, although is sometimes turned off during droughts. Photo by Ken Gagne on 5/22/16
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Today is the anniversary of the 2nd Defenestration of Prague that happened in 1618. That such a funny word. It means that someone’s been chucked out a window! In the case of the two Prague Defenestrations they happened as a political protest of injustice. This 2nd one was in response to the political decisions imposed on the Czechs (who were mostly Protestant at this time) unjustly taking away their religious freedom by imposing Catholicism and destroying Protestant nobles. It directly led to the 30 Years War. The folks responsible for implementing the orders were chucked out the window of the assembly room in Praszky Hrad (the castle seat of the government, picture above). They fell down the castle wall and down a slope. It didn’t kill them. They said it was the intervention of the Virgin Mary, but the Protestants insisted that they had fallen into a dungheap! There is more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestrations_of_Prague and some about the ensuing war here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Years%27_War
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/4 at 8pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/29 at 5:12am.
As spring grows late, the “Spring Star” Arcturus shines very high in the southeast after dark (very high over Mars). The “Summer Star” Vega, equally bright, dominates the sky lower toward the east-northeast. Arcturus is a type-K1.5 giant and thus shines pale orange-yellow, like a drop of rich ginger ale. Below Mars is Antares, an M1.5 supergiant with a deeper fire color than Arcturus. Mars currently looks much yellower than Antares, at least to my eyes, but that’s probably because it’s so much brighter. Brightness makes any color look desaturated (more toward white) — an illusion of human color vision and camera chips too.
Jupiter‘s Great Red Spot transits Jupiter’s central meridian around 10:45 p.m. EDT. It’s positioned in excellent view for an hour before and after it transits.
Mercury and Venus are hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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
M 23 High 1:34 AM 7.7 5:40 AM Set 7:21 AM 99
~ 23 Low 8:32 AM -0.8 8:46 PM Rise 10:24 PM
~ 23 High 3:01 PM 6.3
~ 23 Low 8:23 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am ready right now to live in mastery. I gratefully receive the opportunity.
~ A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. – Samuel Goldwyn
~ Don’t think: Look! – Ludwig Wittgenstein
~ Technology does not run an enterprise, relationships do. – Patricia Fripp
~ We will always have the tools to overcome any situation. – Gayle Tuten
It hovers in dark corners
before the lights are turned on,
it shakes sleep from its eyes
and drops from mushroom gills,
it explodes in the starry heads
of dandelions turned sages,
it sticks to the wings of green angels
that sail from the tops of maples.
It sprouts in each occluded eye
of the many-eyed potato,
it lives in each earthworm segment
it is the motion that runs the tail of a dog,
it is the mouth that inflates the lungs
of the child that has just been born.
It is the singular gift
we cannot destroy in ourselves,
the argument that refutes death,
the genius that invents the future,
all we know of God.
It is the serum which makes us swear
not to betray one another;
it is in this poem, trying to speak. – Lisel Mueller, (Alive Together: New and Selected Poems)
These are a fun goodie to make to give away. You can do them up with a fragrant potpourri inside or fill them with “sun munchies” for your friends.
1 piece each of yellow, orange and red tulle or other lightweight material. (Tulle circles are available in the wedding section of craft stores)
Gold glitter and glue
Bright red yarn
1 each bright colored summer fabric flower
1 needle with an eye large enough for the yarn
- Dried rose petals
- Dried marigold and sunflower petals sprinkled with an essential oil that says “summer” to you
- “gorp” made from sunflower seeds, butterscotch hard candies, red M&M’s and “orange slices” or orange jelly beans or gummi bears
- Cut 3 circles of the tulle, 1 from each color: 9” yellow, 8” orange, 7” red
- Stack the circles on top of each other in order
- Thread the yarn onto the needle. Do not tie a knot in the yarn.
- Stitch through all 3 circles, taking large (1” long) stitches about 1 inch in from the edge of the smallest. IOW, you will be stitching around a 6’ diameter circle, catching all three layers.
- Pull yarn through, leaving about a 6” “tail”.
- Put dots of the glue on the parts of the tulle that show on the outside of the 6” stitched circle, then sprinkle with glitter.
- Let dry.
- Run the yarn through the base of the silk flower.
- Clip off yarn, leaving 6” tails at both ends.
- Repeat with however many circles you have.
- Put about 2 tablespoons of your filling in the center of each circle.
- Pull up yarn evenly around the filling, making a pocket and evening up the ends of the yarn.
- Slide the flower up the yarn to the gathered part, then wrap the yarn several times around the top of the packet and tie.
- Spread the tulle out on the top so the glittered parts show.
During Midsummer the Goddess prepares to give birth, and the fields are ripe with the first harvests. These wreaths are woven with red and yellow feathers, symbolizing the birth of the crops and fertility, and also prosperity. They can be used as a magickal talisman upon the altar or in the home to bless it with fertility and prosperity.
Yellow feathers (prosperity)
Red Feathers (fertility, goddess)
Pipe cleaners (yellow, red, or white)
Scissors Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
Trim any excess fuzz or unwanted areas off of the feathers. Take three pipe cleaners and twist them together securely at the top. Start braiding the pipe cleaners, making sure you have a snug braid, and twisting on more pipe cleaners as needed if you run out of length, until you have the desired size of the wreath. Twist the ends of the wreath together securely, and poke the stems of the feathers in the braid of the wreath, alternating yellow and red feathers. If you wish you may secure a loop to the top of the wreath for hanging. You may need to secure the feathers a bit more with the hot glue.
Research for these crafts came from The Chronicles of Avalon, and Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways, by Edain McCoy.
By DarkFire Raven