Sewing this afternoon at Made by the Beach! 3-6pm.
59F, overcast and a 70% chance of rain? It’s quite overcast at 500 feet, and looks gloomy. It might burn off later. That would be nice. We still have stuff to move! It’s good for the plants, though, and we ought to make sure that the solarium gets watered. I took a couple of my hanging plants outside last night.
We got started so late yesterday, that we were pushed to get some things done. We had to start by figuring out what was first on the agenda. After Tempus offloaded the car he took off for the shop and few things that had landed in the wrong place.
I was still trying to organize the kitchen stuff. We’re going to have several totes banging around until we get the shelves up. I’m still not certain how we ended up with so many duplicates of things (barley? rye flour?) but that is finally getting whittled down. I re-stacked and repacked things and then started trying to figure out what I was going to do with a few things that aren’t going to have a place to live once the dresser is in. I’m *so* looking forward to setting my altar up again! I miss it!
So when he got back we took some stuff upstairs so I could do marzipans and pickled eggs. After that he took off to grab a few more tools from the shop and brought ’em to the apartment, then headed back up to the house.
When I had gotten my shower, done the candies and started the eggs, I discovered that I had no onion, no garlic and no working can opener. I can’t make our electric work. Well, I don’t *like* electric can openers! Tempus can, though. When he got back he helped me get those finished and then he got them into the fridge.
He had gotten the freezer finally cleaned up at the house and after we had some supper, he headed back after some of the larger pieces that he could handle by himself, while I went to the shop to work on newsletter stuff.
Not too long before midnight I called him to ask when he was coming to pick me up. We finally got home a bit before 1am. It was raining at that point. Not hard, just sprinkling, but the drops were *cold*!
Speaking of which, the Sunday and Saturday newsletters might be late, since I don’t know how much WiFi access I’ll have.
Today we honor Bridget Bishop who in 1692 was the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Found guilty, she was hanged on June 10. She seems to have been a 60-year old resident of the town, not the village, to have owned a tavern and not be the nicest person around. Enough to get you hanged as a witch in those days…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridget_Bishop
Today’s plant is Red Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa. It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. – Venus, Water, Hel, Holda, The White Lady – Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand. Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here:http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm
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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. 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.
Now it’s Saturn‘s turn at opposition. It’s the second-brightest point in the area of Mars, 16° to Mars’s lower left.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, in southern Ophiuchus) comes to opposition on the night of June 2nd. It shines lower left of Mars in the evening. Look to Saturn’s lower right for Antares. See our telescopic guide to Saturn 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 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
Th 2 Low 5:07 AM -0.5 5:34 AM Rise 4:10 AM 15
~ 2 High 11:16 AM 6.2 8:55 PM Set 6:06 PM
~ 2 Low 4:54 PM 1.4
~ 2 High 11:03 PM 8.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forgive someone for something right now. Release the resentment and anger. This practice is for you to become happier. Telling the other person that you forgive them is completely optional, and is merely a bonus, Dear Friend!
~ Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Theresa
~ I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn’t play in the NBA. There’s always somebody saying you can’t do it, and those people have to be ignored. – Bill Cartwright
~ Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened. — Egyptian Proverb
~ I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
I Am Not Yours – Sarah Teasdale
I am not yours, not lost in you,
Not lost, although I long to be
Lost as a candle lit at noon,
Lost as a snowflake in the sea.
You love me, and I find you still
A spirit beautiful and bright,
Yet I am I, who long to be
Lost as a light is lost in light.
Oh plunge me deep in love – put out
My senses, leave me deaf and blind,
Swept by the tempest of your love,
A taper in a rushing wind.
Goddess For Today: Wakasaname no Kami – Rice Ceremony (Japan)
Themes: Providence; Harvest; Growth; Patience; Manifestation
Symbols: Rice; Fire
About Wakasaname no Kami: This Goddess’s name describes her function in Japan–the Young Rice Planting Maiden. It is Wakasaname’s duty to oversee the rice transplantings at this time of year, as she was born of a union between the food Goddess and the grain God. From a more spiritual perspective, Wakasaname no Kami offers us the providence and fulfillment that come from a job patiently well attended.
To Do Today: Early in June, Japanese farmers transplant their rice seedlings into the paddies, asking for the blessings of the Goddess as they go. Prayers are made as ritual fires burn to get Wakasaname’s attention, and they probably act as an invocation to the sun. In your home, this might mean going outside (if the weather permits) and starting the grill or hibachi. Burn a little rice in the flame as an offering to the goddess so she can help you fulfill your work-related goals. Make sure you keep your purpose in mind while the rice burns or speak your wishes into the smoke so it carries them before Wakasaname’s watchful eyes.
To inspire Wakasaname’s patience in your life, make a bowl of rice. Breathe deeply, then try to pick up one grain with chopsticks. This is an old meditative method from the East, and believe me, it teaches much about the benefits of persistence and practice! – By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
The warm time is here:
time to work and time to rest,
time to celebrate outside,
time to prepare for the harvest.
All about us, the Land Spirits are singing.
All about us, the deities are speaking.
Help me to listen, all you divine beings.
May I hear your voices.
The Prayer of Midsummer
Sun-stone’s kiss, midsummer pleasure,
Welcome all and some.
At the hele-stone sing and gather,
Ever blessed one. ~Caitlin Matthews, “Midsummer Blessing”
Hail to you, noontide Sun, high in the southern sky. A king in full power are you, sitting high in the heavens’ throne room. And I come to you, as a faithful subject, to ask you to stretch forth your many shining hands and lay them on my head in benediction.