As we were coming into the shop yesterday morning, crossing the bridge, a heron flew past. That was a good omen for starting the day! My glass supplier brought us some dragons, so we have more of those for sale again along with a few mermaids, a couple of suns and moons and a winged heart! They’re going for $10-$14.
Tempus got that messy spot in the office space cleaned up and then we put some stuff out for the birds and were entertained by crows and seagulls. We had a number of customers in and when that slowed down I was telling Tempus about how sleepy I was (afternoon, lunch-full tummy and not quite enough snooze time last night) and he said, “I’m looking longingly at the easy chair, but it’s holding me at bay…. yes, the branches that I cut the other day were on the chair seat!
I started prepping the bay leaves and kept that up for most of the afternoon. I’m hoping to dig the actual plant later this week and put it into a large pot. …and darned if I know what we did the rest of the day…. just stuff! We got home in twilight with me smiling over being able to hear the ocean so well as I was coming down the path.
Tempus has already headed for the shop after getting some laundry started. A friend is coming to pick up some stuff that was stored for her. I’m still at home and will be working on putting things away here. We have a lot of duplicate containers that I need to consolidate and then I’m going to load some of the dresser drawers, prepping for getting the frame in, once Tempus gets the shelf cut for it. I think he’s cutting that today and of course we have to work on packing. I also have a bunch of writing and set-up for newsletters and such.
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Today’s feast is that of Hermes Trismegistus. He seems to be acombination of Hermes and Thoth with a lot of other bits thrown in, but the corpus of works assigned to him are the basis of Hermeticism. He is a god of writing and magick, of astrology, alchemy and other learned arts. There are books like the Kybalion and the Emerald Tablets of Thoth that are attributed to him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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.
Jupiter‘s moon Europa crosses Jupiter’s face tonight from 9:24 p.m. to 12:12 a.m. EDT, followed by its especially tiny black shadow from 11:57 p.m. to 2:40 a.m. EDT. (Subtract 3 hours to get PDT.)
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 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. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..
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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
Tu 24 High 2:07 AM 7.5 5:40 AM Set 8:09 AM 96
~ 24 Low 9:08 AM -0.8 8:47 PM Rise 11:13 PM
~ 24 High 3:42 PM 6.3
~ 24 Low 9:02 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Remember old folks are worth a fortune, with silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys, lead in their feet, and gas in their stomachs.
~ Never waste a moment by waiting for a better one to come along. – Louix Dor Dempriey
~ Lie down with dogs and you’ll rise with fleas. – Irish Proverb
~ Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed. – Dale Carnegie
~ That’s inches away from being millimetre perfect. – Ted Lowe
Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world. – Daniel Webster
Wielder of the flaming arrow,
look down from your place on high,
and, fitting a shaft to your bow,
let loose your bowstring.
Sink deep into the Earth the shaft of fire,
warming the world, bringing the summer.
Let us begin. Let us sing.
Singing of the small corn.
Singing of the large corn.
Singing as the evening falls.
Singing as the light dawns.
The light dawns and finds us singing,
singing as the corn waves tassels at us.
The dark falls and finds us singing,
singing while the squash waves leaves us.
The earth rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The sky rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The rain comes. The rain comes. ~Pima Rain-Making Song
Following your course, laid down in ancient times, you have come unerringly to the heights of the sky, there where you can survey the wide Earth with no obstruction.
May all on which you gaze be to your liking! May all below follow its course as well as you!