Yesterday was a little on the weird side. I got up so late and then Tempus headed out without me…. He got a load of stuff to storage while I was working at the apartment, sorting stuff into the right drawers and finding places for things. It’s amazing how fast some of that goes compared to consolidating beans and pasta and other cooking ingredients!
He came back for me with extras for a bean soup ( I had packed up the main stuff for it, with the big crockpot at the shop) and some doughnuts, so we noshed and then headed to the shop. I started on setting up the week’s newsletters while he did some dishes, then he headed for the house while I set up the soup and then got back to work.
I finally had to open the doors. The shop really heats up with the late-afternoon sun coming in the windows! I always forget from year to year…. and then the sun left the windows and I shut the door and turned off the fan. I also forget how quickly the temp drops!!! The shop smelled deliciously of honeysuckle with the doors closed. I have some drying in a basket and I left it up front instead of putting it into the dryer.
Tempus called around 8pm that the drill press had gone and he was taking another load, including the futon, up to storage. He finally got to the shop around 9pm, running late, but things were going well, at least.
Today is more packing. Getting tired of hearing about that, yet? 🙂
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
Today is both Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Geek Pride Day, which is in honor of the first of the Star Wars movies, premiering on May 25, 1977. My Daddy and I were in the long line outside of the theater for that….
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Love & Light,
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.
The enormous Arch of Spring is sinking ever lower in the west. As twilight fades, its top pair of stars, Pollux and Castor, still stand high in the west-northwest. Look for the Arch’s left end, Procyon, about two fists at arm’s length lower left of Pollux. Farther to the lower right of Castor is its right end: little Menkalinan and then brilliant Capella.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot transits Jupiter’s central meridian tonight around 12:23 a.m. EDT.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, in southern) shines lower left of Mars closer to the left of Antares in the evening. The three cross the southern sky through the night, and by dawn they’re low in the southwest. Saturn is nearing its own opposition on June 2nd. See our telescopic guide in the June 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
W 25 High 2:43 AM 7.4 5:39 AM Set 9:03 AM 91
~ 25 Low 9:47 AM -0.8 8:48 PM Rise 11:58 PM
~ 25 High 4:26 PM 6.2
~ 25 Low 9:45 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A successful marriage isn’t finding the right person – it’s being the right person.
~ There is a moment in every dawn when light floats, there is the possibility of magic. Creation holds its breath. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. – John W. Gardner
~ It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him. – John Steinbeck
~ Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin
I don’t know much about you
I know you are protective
And can be wild when hunting,
Enjoying the chase
And the baying hounds.
You are the Lord to the Lady,
Living in the forests
And the wilds of nature,
The Sun to her Moon.
Teach me to understand
And to connect with you,
So that I can learn and grow
In spirit, and joyous freedom.
Perhaps my lover is close to you
Even if he doesn’t realize it.
He loves being outside,
And is akin to Chiron,
The Wounded Healer.
Please draw closer to me
Along with your Lady,
So I may know the mysteries
Of the Elements,
The secrets of the Stars,
And the hidden wonders
That are in Nature.
May I touch your antlers?
They may be soft or fierce,
But you are my Father, so
You will not turn on me
Even when you are running
In your Wild Hunt
(If I am very careful)!
May I join the hunt?
I would not wish to kill,
But to run and howl
Would be so freeing,
The pagan blood,
So long denied
and even unknown,
Would wake in me at last!
Take us with you!
My lover could ride with you,
And I could ride with
The Lady and her maidens!
My soul may be timid,
But I can learn.
Call to me, Wild Ones!
And I will answer. – © June 2005 – Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
deborah <email@example.com> wrote:
From: “deborah” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:48:33 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Magic and Divination
Midsummer Magic and Divination by Anna Franklin
Midsummer is a day of very potent magic, a time when the otherworld is close, and it is possible to see into the future.
In the past, a wide variety of Midsummer divination techniques were employed by country people. In fact, many of these techniques are employed even today–farmers view the weather on the solstice as a potential indicator of the bounty of the harvest. Rains on this day indicate a poor and wet grain harvest, but a large crop of apples and pears.
Midsummer Love Divination
In bygone days, young girls would take the opportunity on the Summer Solstice to perform various acts of divination, usually to discover whom they would marry. You might like to try some of these yourself—
after all, you don’t have to be a young girl to be interested in potential lovers. But be forewarned, some of these techniques are pretty scary, designed to conjure up an apparition of the lover rather than a rosy-cheeked warm-blooded person.
At midnight on St. John’s Eve, walk seven times sunwise around a church, scattering hempseed and saying, “Hempseed I sow. Hempseed I sow. Let the one that is my true love come after me and mow.” When you’ve completed the circuits, look over your left shoulder to see your true love coming after you–with a scythe in hand.
On Midsummer Eve, meanwhile, take off your shift and wash it, then turn it inside out and hang it over the back of a chair near the fire. Do it all in silence and you will see your future husband at midnight, intent on turning the shift right side out.
You can also test on Midsummer Eve whether a partner returns your love. Follow this ancient Roman method of divination: Eat an apple and save back one pip, which you will address with your lover’s name. Flick the pip from your finger with your thumb nail–if it hits the ceiling then your love is returned.
Daisies are assocated with faithful love, and are sacred to the love goddesses Venus, Aphrodite, and Freya. Their folk name “measure of love” comes from the following charm. To find out whether someone loves you, take a daisy and pull of the petals one by one, saying alternately after each: “He loves me. He loves me not.” The final petal will give you the answer.
To discover when you will marry, find a meadow or lawn where daisies grow. Close your eyes and pull up a handful of grass. The number of daisies in the handful is the number of unmarried years remaining to you.
One Welsh method of divination called ffatio involves washing clothes at midnight in a well while chanting: Sawl ddaw I gyd-fydio, doed I gyd-ffatio (“He who would my partner be, let him come and wash with me”). The lover will then appear to help with the laundry. Finally, to find your husband, fast on Midsummer Eve till midnight, then spread a supper of bread, cheese, and ale on a clean cloth. Leave the front door wide open. Your future husband will enter the room, drink a glass of ale, bow, and leave.
Or it might be a burglar, you never know.
~Llewellyn’s 2002 Magical Almanac