It looks like summer is here. There’s a minimal chance of rain for the foreseeable future and the temps are warming fast over the whole west. It’s 56F right at the moment, maybe going to get to 70F today, but a *lot* warmer in the Valley. I’ve been watching the summer weather pattern building over the last month. Standard is for the morning to start a little cloudy that burns off as the marine layer retreats out over the ocean, rolling back in during the middle of the night.
Yesterday started up at the house again. I was packing down kitchen stuff and sorting out the stuff that’s going to the kids of that. Eventually I got out to the garden and Stella and I moved a sage and a lavendar.
Tempus came up to get me and I guess I was in the sun too long. I ended up sick and shaky and it took some re-hydration pills and 2 1/2 containers of water (of 28 oz each)! before I started feeling ok again. The sun is *hot*!
…and then it didn’t happen. We didn’t have an extra body to help! Tempus finally came back to the shop for me around 8pm and we didn’t get home until 10:30 after taking another load of stuff to storage. .
We’re taking it slowly this morning. We’re both ouching and groaning. There’s a lot more to move today, still. I have to finish cleaning out the big freezer first and then dig another plant or two and then get back to packing. I’ve gotten as far as the kitchen, finally.
A Ken Gagne photo from 5/20/16. I have blanket permission to use his photos in these newsletters, if you were wondering….
Today is International Children’s Day. It’s not much celebrated in the US, but is intended to call attention to the abuse and exploitation of children around the world, whether as child soldiers, child workers or children living in the street or with the aftereffects of displacement by war. Our children are our future, not a commodity! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day
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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 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/3 at 8am.
As darkness arrives these evenings, look south about halfway between Jupiter and Mars. One star there stands out: <<< Spica, in Virgo. High above it shines brighter Arcturus in Bootes. Half as far to Spica’s lower right is the constellation Corvus >>>, the Crow, eyeing Spica to steal it from Virgo’s hand as she looks the other way.
Venus is lost behind 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 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 31 Low 3:10 AM 1.3 5:35 AM Rise 2:59 AM 35
~ 31 High 8:56 AM 5.7 8:53 PM Set 3:39 PM
~ 31 Low 3:01 PM 1.0
~ 31 High 9:28 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should not grow old.
~ In misfortune, which friend remains a friend? – Euripides
~ Every meeting is a Divine encounter, every encounter an exchange of gifts. – Augustine
~ Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. – Benjamin Franklin
~ Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. – Frank Tyger
How To Get Along With People
–1. Before you say anything to anyone, ask yourself 3 things:
1. Is it true?
2. Is it kind?
3. Is it necessary?
- Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully.
- Never miss the opportunity to compliment or say something encouraging to someone.
- Refuse to talk negatively about others; don’t gossip and don’t listen to gossip
- Have a forgiving view of people. Believe that most people are doing the best they can.
- Keep an open mind; discuss, but don’t argue. (It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable.)
- Forget about counting to 10. Count to 1,000 before doing or saying anything that could make matters worse.
- Let your virtues speak for themselves.
- If someone criticizes you, see if there is any TRUTH to what he is saying; if so, make changes. If there is NO truth to the criticism, ignore it and live so that no one will believe the negative remark.
- Cultivate your sense of humor; laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
- Do not seek so much to be consoled, as to console; do not seek so much to be understood, as to understand; do not seek so much to be loved as to love.
Build Your Own Stonehenge Activity – http://fun.familyeducation.com/outdoor-games/winter/35028.html
Age: 8 and up
Time: 1 to 2 hours
Type of Activity: Science
- Center stake for reference point.
- 50 feet of rope.
- 20 to 30 marker stones or small stakes.
- A compass.
Here’s a unique way to celebrate the solstice: Build your own Stonehenge. As you might know, Stonehenge is one of the oldest (4,000+ years) and best known astronomical calendar sites in the world. You can recreate it without going through the bother of lugging 25 to 50 ton slabs of rock around the neighborhood. All you’ll need is a bit of ambition, and a location offering an unobstructed view of the eastern or western horizon. Locations offering a 360º horizon view are ideal (and rare).
What to do
The first thing you’ll need to do is create a viewing circle. Anchor a reference stake at the center point of the circle and place your compass on top of it. Find due north and place a marker at 50 feet north of the center. Repeat the process for east, west and south. (The rope is used as a guide to insure that all markers are equidistant from the center stake.) Again, using the rope as a guide, place a small marker stone every few feet around the perimeter of your circle. The center of the circle now becomes your fixed reference point and the westward facing perimeter is where you’ll be placing the sunset markers.
The calendar can be started at any time, but the solstice sunsets are the most fun. Mark the point of sunset with a pole, stake or other (not easily moved) marker. Tag the marker with the date of sunset.
Repeat the process every seven days or so. Over the weeks and months you’ll note that the sun appears to “walk” faster at some times of the year than others. When you’ve finished (in a year’s time) you’ll have a working astronomical calendar and an excuse to invite friends and classmates over to the house to check the date.
- Photo-op: Take a snapshot of the western skyline and tape it to the wall by a western facing window. With a felt tip marker draw an arrow on the photo corresponding to the point of sunset and note the date. Repeat the process.
- Window marks: (This takes two people.) Standing at the same point in the room of a western facing window, have the other person make a small mark on the glass where the sun sets. Note the date and repeat the process on a weekly basis.
How it works
The principle behind an astronomical calendar is simple. The apparent rising and setting horizon point of the sun changes with each passing day. The different points correspond to different days of the year.
At minimum, an astronomical calendar only requires a fixed reference point for viewing and another fixed reference point marking the position of the rising and/or setting sun on the horizon.
In the Northern Hemisphere, if you were to watch a time-lapse movie of a year’s worth of sunsets, you would notice that the sun appears to “walk” back and forth across the western horizon. The winter solstice marks the southern limit of the sun’s journey and the summer solstice is the northern boundary. Closer examination would reveal that, with the exception of the two solstice extremes, every other point on the horizon is crossed twice during the course of the year. Once on the southern march and again on the northern return.
At the time of the winter and summer solstices, (around December 22 and June 22) the sun is directly overhead at either the Tropic of Cancer (summer) or the Tropic of Capricorn (winter). In the Northern Hemisphere these dates mark the beginnings of summer and winter and the days of the longest and shortest hours of daylight.
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