House Capuchin’s project day is supposed to be going on this afternoon, but we don’t know for sure how many people that will be, especially since Tempus is supposed to be shifting some of the larger stuff today.
Yesterday started with me up at the house, digging. I had one person who helped, who dug two plants and went home with a lavendar. I got the sorrel, a yarrow, heather, woodruff and lady’s mantle. Tempus and I traded places after lunch and he took those, plus the comfrey that I had potted earlier and the box for the box garden back to Jeanne’s.
We had a lot of folks in during the day, just browsing. I sold a few things, but only a few. The beaches were incredibly crowded from what people were telling me, though, and late in the afternoon I started smelling charcoal fires. …and then hot dogs… 🙂
Tempus got back from dropping off the plants and then got stuck since we had a customer who just stayed and stayed.
Today we’re up early. We’re going up to the house early to do what we planned for last night, which is to finish getting the bedroom and bath boxes, then I’m going to work on more plants and then we’ll trade places.
A Ken Gagne of yesterday’s lovely weather!
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Today’s feast is the Ambarvalia. Here’s what Wikipedia says, “Ambarvalia was a Roman agricultural fertility rite held at the end of May in honor of Ceres. At these festivals they sacrificed a bull, a sow, and a sheep, which, before the sacrifice, were led in procession thrice around the fields; whence the feast is supposed to have taken its name, ambio, I go round, and arvum, field. This sacrifice was called a suovetaurilia in Latin. These feasts were of two kinds, public and private. The private were solemnized by the masters of families, accompanied by their children and servants, in the villages and farms out of Rome. The public were celebrated in the boundaries of the city, and in which twelve fratres arvales walked at the head of a procession of the citizens, who had lands and vineyards at Rome. During the procession, prayers would be made to the goddess. The ambervale carmen was a prayer preferred on this occasion. The name “Ambarvalia” appears to be predominantly an urban designation. Roman farmers’ almanacs (menologia rustica) describe this only as segetes lustrantur (“crops are purified”). Scaliger, in his notes on Festus, maintains the ambarvalia to be the same as amburbium. Numerous other communities of the Italian peninsula enacted similar rites with different names.”
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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. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends at Hecate’s Brooch on 5/31 at 8am.
Sunday, May 29, 8:12 a.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon, May 2016 – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 1:45 a.m. and sets around 1:15 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky. It’ll be between the Aquarius’s dim spilling bucket and the dim Circlet of Pisces.
With the Moon gone from the evening sky, meanwhile, hunt out the little-known galaxy bunches at the legs of Virgo >>> using Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article, charts, and photos in the June Sky & Telescope, page 54.
Mars is at its closest to Earth in a decade all this week and next (exactly closest on May 30th). It’s the bright yellow-orange thing (magnitude –2.0) low in the southeast during evening, shining at the head of Scorpius. Mars was at opposition on May 22nd; it’s getting a little higher each evening. After dark, Mars burns just about as brightly as white Jupiter does in the southwest. Look lower left of Mars at nightfall, by about 12°, for Saturn and (lower) orange Antares. The Mars-Saturn-Antares triangle stands highest in the south around midnight or 1 a.m. daylight-saving time, when they’re likely to appear their sharpest in a telescope. Mars appears 18.4 to 18.6 arcseconds in diameter this week and next, the biggest and best we’ll see it until July 2018. See our telescopic guide to Mars, with map, in the April Sky & Telescope, page 48, or the version online. And set our Mars Profiler for your time and date. If you’re ambitious and have a big scope, now’s the time to hunt Phobos and Deimos, the two tiny Martian moons, using 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 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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 29 Low 12:48 AM 2.6 5:36 AM Rise 1:52 AM 57
~ 29 High 6:17 AM 6.0 8:52 PM Set 1:17 PM
~ 29 Low 1:01 PM 0.4
~ 29 High 7:47 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t explain; your friends don’t expect it, and your enemies won’t believe it.
~ All a people need in order to rise up against tyranny is a leader bold enough to take up the banner. – The Saga of Harald Hardrade, c.45
~ Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver. – Barbara de Angelis
~ The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
~ Knighthood is not so much about seeking a new life as it is seeing the one you’ve got more clearly. – Kerr Cuhulain
However novel it may appear I shall venture the assertion, that, until women assume the place in society which good sense and good feeling alike, assign to them, human improvement must advance but feebly. It is in vain that we would circumscribe the power of one half of our race, and that half by far the most important and influential. If they exert it not for good, they will for evil; if they advance not knowledge, they will perpetuate ignorance. Let women stand where they may in the scale of improvement, their position decides that of the race. Are they cultivated? – so is society polished and enlightened. Are they ignorant? – so is it gross and insipid. Are they wise? – so is the human condition prosperous. Are they foolish? – so is it unstable and unpromising. Are they free? – so is the human character elevated. Are they enslaved? – so is the whole race degraded. Oh! that we could learn the advantage of just practice and consistent principles! – Frances Wright, Scottish-born American social activist, born on September 6, 1795
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Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:47:09 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Traditions
Midsummer has always been a time for celebration and dancing. Traditionally, there were bonfires to celebrate the Sun. The bonfires were believed to have the power to burn away all negativity and evil. People jumped the flames, much as they had at Beltane, making wishes. It was believed that the summer grains would grow only as high as they were able to jump. The Celts built their bonfires near holy wells or on a border or boundary of some sort because they considered borders to be magickal entrances to the Underworld. In some places, people light fires on midsummer eve. They stay up until midnight to welcome in midsummer day, and, when the fires die down, men run or jump through the embers to bring good luck.
Ancient Pagans had a custom for Midsummer which consisted of wrapping straw around the wheel of a cart, lighting it on fire, and then rolling it down a tall hill. These flaming wheels were called “Catherine Wheels” and they emulated the action of the sun, which would begin waning after Midsummer day. If the fire went out before the wheel got to the bottom of the hill, it indicated a good harvest.
Since Midsummer is both a time of protection and of divination, in ancient times, the rootstock of a male fern plant was trimmed into the likeness of a hand and smoked in the Midsummer fires. These ‘Hands of Glory’ were hung in houses for protection. It was said that if the hands glowed with a blue flame, they were revealing hidden treasure in the earth.
There is still a famous summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. On the night before midsummer, a group of white-robed Druids gather at Stonehenge to watch the sun rising. As it comes up, the sun rises exactly over the Heel Stone, one of the stones that lies outside the main circle at Stonehenge.
Many midsummer celebrations were moved to the feast of St John the Baptist (24th June). But since Midsummer was a time of magic and wonder-working, evil spirits were said to appear, and people gathered herbs and flowers to protect themselves. One of the most powerful was the plant known as ‘chase-devil’, which we now call St John’s Wort. People used it in potions, and wove the flowers into garlands to decorate their houses or protect their farm animals. They believed that the herb could shield them from the power of evil spirits and could help them foretell the future. ~author unknown