56F and partly cloudy and no wind. It’ll feel nice and warm today, it looks like.
Yesterday we got to the shop in plenty of time, even after me getting all tied up in talking to Jeanne about all the plants in the yard. I took some more flower pix that I processed once I really sat down at the shop. We had a bunch of people in early on in the day, mostly looking but some getting some of our fun jewelry items.
<< Crow and Seagulls outside the shop <<<
He got back at around 8pm and we hurried home, had some supper and Tempus took off for his paper route. I did a lot of paperwork during the evening. He got a bit after 4am.
Today is more packing and shop. I’m going to spend the early part of the day at the house packing adn then Tempus and I will trade places. The shop will be open all day.
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
Today is the anniversary of the death of the Venerable Bede in 735. He was an English monk at the monastery of Saint Peter at Monkwearmouth and its companion monastery, Saint Paul’s, in modern Jarrow, Northeast England, both of which were located in the Kingdom of Northumbria. He is well known as an author and scholar, and his most famous work, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) gained him the title “The Father of English History”. He actually had access to a lot of documents that have long since disappeared as well as quite a number of classical sources. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bede and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historia_ecclesiastica_gentis_Anglorum
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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.
Have you been watching the Mars-Antares-Saturn triangle change shape? It’s lengthening as Mars moves westward against the stars, away from the head of Scorpius. This will continue until the end of June. Then Mars will start to slingshot back to fly right between Antares and Saturn in late August. Plan to watch this slow summer drama.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot transits Jupiter’s central meridian tonight around 2:02 a.m. EDT; 11:02 p.m. PDT. It’s positioned in excellent view for an hour before and after.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is low in the east-southeast before 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. 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
F 27 High 4:10 AM 6.8 5:37 AM Rise 12:40 AM 77
~ 27 Low 11:14 AM -0.3 8:50 PM Set 11:04 AM
~ 27 High 6:02 PM 6.3
~ 27 Low 11:37 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If we are what we eat, then I’m easy, fast and cheap.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the story “Beauty and the Beast” by Walter Crane, Beast asks Beauty, “Am I so very ugly?” Beauty replied, “Yes, indeed you are, but then you are so kind that I don’t mind your looks.” Explain, what you can learn from Beauty.
~ In thy home be joyous and generous to guests discreet shalt thou be in thy bearing. – Norse Adage
~ You cannot make changes by turning your back on the future or turning away from progress. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
~ I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. – Sigmund Freud
Home Burial – Robert Frost
He saw her from the bottom of the stairs
Before she saw him. She was starting down,
Looking back over her shoulder at some fear.
She took a doubtful step and then undid it
To raise herself and look again. He spoke
Advancing toward her: ‘What is it you see
From up there always-for I want to know.’
She turned and sank upon her skirts at that,
And her face changed from terrified to dull.
He said to gain time: ‘What is it you see,’
Mounting until she cowered under him.
‘I will find out now-you must tell me, dear.’
She, in her place, refused him any help
With the least stiffening of her neck and silence.
She let him look, sure that he wouldn’t see,
Blind creature; and awhile he didn’t see.
But at last he murmured, ‘Oh,’ and again, ‘Oh.’
‘What is it – what?’ she said.
‘Just that I see.’
‘You don’t,’ she challenged. ‘Tell me what it is.’
‘The wonder is I didn’t see at once.
I never noticed it from here before.
I must be wonted to it – that’s the reason.
The little graveyard where my people are!
So small the window frames the whole of it.
Not so much larger than a bedroom, is it?
There are three stones of slate and one of marble,
Broad-shouldered little slabs there in the sunlight
On the sidehill. We haven’t to mind those.
But I understand: it is not the stones,
But the child’s mound’
‘Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t,’ she cried.
She withdrew shrinking from beneath his arm
That rested on the bannister, and slid downstairs;
And turned on him with such a daunting look,
He said twice over before he knew himself:
‘Can’t a man speak of his own child he’s lost?’
‘Not you! Oh, where’s my hat? Oh, I don’t need it!
I must get out of here. I must get air.
I don’t know rightly whether any man can.’
‘Amy! Don’t go to someone else this time.
Listen to me. I won’t come down the stairs.’
He sat and fixed his chin between his fists.
‘There’s something I should like to ask you, dear.’
‘You don’t know how to ask it.’
‘Help me, then.’
Her fingers moved the latch for all reply.
‘My words are nearly always an offense.
I don’t know how to speak of anything
So as to please you. But I might be taught
I should suppose. I can’t say I see how.
A man must partly give up being a man
With women-folk. We could have some arrangement
By which I’d bind myself to keep hands off
Anything special you’re a-mind to name.
Though I don’t like such things ‘twixt those that love.
Two that don’t love can’t live together without them.
But two that do can’t live together with them.’
She moved the latch a little. ‘Don’t-don’t go.
Don’t carry it to someone else this time.
Tell me about it if it’s something human.
Let me into your grief. I’m not so much
Unlike other folks as your standing there
Apart would make me out. Give me my chance.
I do think, though, you overdo it a little.
What was it brought you up to think it the thing
To take your mother-loss of a first child
So inconsolably-in the face of love.
You’d think his memory might be satisfied’
‘There you go sneering now!’
‘I’m not, I’m not!
You make me angry. I’ll come down to you.
God, what a woman! And it’s come to this,
A man can’t speak of his own child that’s dead.’
‘You can’t because you don’t know how to speak.
If you had any feelings, you that dug
With your own hand – how could you? his little grave;
I saw you from that very window there,
Making the gravel leap and leap in air,
Leap up, like that, like that, and land so lightly
And roll back down the mound beside the hole.
I thought, Who is that man? I didn’t know you.
And I crept down the stairs and up the stairs
To look again, and still your spade kept lifting.
Then you came in. I heard your rumbling voice
Out in the kitchen, and I don’t know why,
But I went near to see with my own eyes.
You could sit there with the stains on your shoes
Of the fresh earth from your own baby’s grave
And talk about your everyday concerns.
You had stood the spade up against the wall
Outside there in the entry, for I saw it.’
‘I shall laugh the worst laugh I ever laughed.
I’m cursed. God, if I don’t believe I’m cursed.’
‘I can repeat the very words you were saying.
“Three foggy mornings and one rainy day
Will rot the best birch fence a man can build.”
Think of it, talk like that at such a time!
What had how long it takes a birch to rot
To do with what was in the darkened parlor.
You couldn’t care! The nearest friends can go
With anyone to death, comes so far short
They might as well not try to go at all.
No, from the time when one is sick to death,
One is alone, and he dies more alone.
Friends make pretense of following to the grave,
But before one is in it, their minds are turned
And making the best of their way back to life
And living people, and things they understand.
But the world’s evil.
I won’t have grief so
If I can change it. Oh, I won’t, I won’t!’
‘There, you have said it all and you feel better.
You won’t go now. You’re crying. Close the door.
The heart’s gone out of it: why keep it up.
Amy! There’s someone coming down the road!’
‘You – oh, you think the talk is all. I must go
Somewhere out of this house. How can I make you’
‘If-you-do!’ She was opening the door wider.
‘Where do you mean to go? First tell me that.
I’ll follow and bring you back by force. I will!’
Sun Meditation – Thorn Coyle????
Were I with you now, we would drum and dance and I would invite you to the center of the circle to invoke the sun and to dance the sun’s energy, to feel its heat on your skin, to work up a sweat and to call it into you until you were running with it, hot, vibrant, vital.
If it is a sunny day, go stand outside once you are done reading this section. If it is not sunny out, remember a day when it was, when the sun burned bright above you and warmed your shoulders. Feel it even on a rainy, snowy, or foggy day. It still adds brightness behind the clouds or foe that obscure it. The sun is out there, steadily flaming as we move in an arcing dance around it, drawn by its warmth and the turning pull of gravity.
Take a deep breath. Close your eyes for a moment and feel the sun. Turn yourself so you face it. Begin to breathe. Imagine that you can breathe in the power of the sun, its heat, it: power. Take it into your belly. Tet yourself begin to move with it. Dance the dance of the sun. If this feels uncomfortable to you, being outside, just take this in, storing it for later, when you can dance the dance of the sun. Call the sun down, call it into your circle. Dance the sun in. Dance it. Sing it. Drum it. What does the sun feel like? Call it in, call it down. You are full of the sun. It is no longer outside of you. You can communicate with it. You can dance with it. You have touched the sun just as the sun touches you. Dance with the sun for a while. You are radiant beauty, powerful, life giving, and strong.
Take another breath. Begin to slow down. Feel your skin become your own, and feel the sun recede beyond your reach. It still warms and feeds you, but it is far outside of you again. Feel your body, human and alive. Breathe in and out. You are beautiful. Thank the sun. Blow it a kiss. Align your Triple Soul with the energy running through you. Blessed be.
Summer Solstice Meditation: http://www.cotcg.com/Crystal%20Grove%20Web/Litha.htm
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax.
At this time of greatest light, we meditate on light as a symbol of spiritual energy. Breathe now gently and deeply and with each breath become aware of the light that surrounds you and the light that is within you — the light that is the energy of Our Great Father.
The light can be any color. It is often imagined as white — like bright sunlight. But it can be any color, any intensity, that is best for you. Blue, green, yellow, purple, rose; we know that light can also be black. The light may stay the same color for you during this meditation or it may change from color to color, or become a blend of many colors.
See the light now in your mind’s eye. This light is all around us, we are bathed in its brightness, energy, and warmth.
Focus on the light until you sense that you and the light are one. This will be your signal that you can now bring the light inside you.
When you bring the light inside you, one way is to let it stream in through your crown chakra at the top of your head. (If it’s already entered another way, that’s okay.)
The light — this healing energy — flows through you now, from your crown, down to your third eye (between your eyebrows) to your throat, your shoulders and your arms, and your hands, to your heart, your stomach, shining brightly at your solar plexus just above your navel, to your sex organs, shining too at your tailbone. The healing light travels down through your legs, your knees, your ankles and your feet. Feel the warmth of this healing energy now as it travels all through your body.
Now sense the one part of your body where the light can shine the brightest and imagine the light there. See it shine.
Now send the light out from that part of your body where it shines the brightest. Send it out a few inches from your body.
Now extend your light out from your body just a little more, then a little more, until your light extends a few feet from your body. Now, if you like, extend your light to reach your sisters. Our lights meet and we are connected by this great light, connected by our renewed knowledge of Our Great Father. Take a few minutes now to sense this energy and this connectedness.
Now take from this light the energy that you need, and know that there is plenty for all. For the Source of this light is endless and ever abundant. Take a moment to experience His abundance, and know that as you partake of His light and His love, so do you give your light and your love. And as you give energy, so do you receive it. And thus does the circle of life continue.
And as we come back now to this time and place, let us give thanks for the return of Our Great Father, and for our return unto Him.
From She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother, 10th Anniversary Edition. Copyright 1999 by Judith Laura. Submitted by the author and used with permission.
Silliness – The Rules of Chocolate – Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger. Therefore, you need to eat more chocolate.