Daily Stuff 5-16-17 St. Brendan the Navigator

Hi, folks!

It’s grey and drippy-looking. I’m writing from the apartment this morning, kindof an experiment, but I figure that it’s this or the newsletter will be out really late. Tomorrow’s will be, of course, but today doesn’t have to be, so….. It’s 52F and really windy. There are spots on the beaches where it’s in the 20’s and it’s in the upper teens most places. It’s at 8mph here! We got 2/5 of an inch of rain yesterday and well over 1/2 an inch since midnight. It was *really* coming down! It’s wasn’t so much hard as a steady soft rain, the kind where you get drenched and don’t even realize until you come in. This evening ought to be the last of that for a bit, though.

Yesterday Jones Creek Glass stopped by even before I had finished my first cup of coffee! Tempus headed to Newport to pick up his check right after that and then called from Newport to make sure he had everything. I was doing some research into a hemming technique.

He ran in and back out again on another set of errands and by then I was off on another tangent, working on an embroidery design. …well, in my head, because I was also cleaning up the table up front, sorting projects so that the area wasn’t such a wreck.

We had some lunch after he got back. Later we watched the latest Falcon-9 liftoff. Even later I was working on some computer housekeeping and then worked on the book inventory.

Class went well last night. We’re finally almost through Lesson 5. We might not have class on Memorial Day and definitely not on the 6/12, when we’ll have a couple of folks out. Tempus and I had a snack, some of the gravy from the beef dish over toast points, and then headed home.

Today we’re going to be heading for the shop in a bit. I’m hoping to have space to work in back. I want to cook a couple of treats, since our Air Force son in going to be visiting on his way to another posting. Tempus needs to make room for a couple of long boards that we ended up with and move some more stuff and then there’s the paper route tonight.

LeekToday’s plant is the Leek,  Allium ampeloprasum, one of the longed-for foods of spring, cultivated for at least 4 millennia. Since leeks over-winter in many/most places and begin to come up before snowmelt in even the most frozen climes, they were one of the “rescue foods” of late winter and pack a lot of nutrition in a tasty package. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – Symbolized in the Runic alphabet as “Laguz”, it brings prosperity and health in the spring. Potato Leek Health soup is a magickal blend often prepared by witches in the very early spring (and I put the recipe in this blog earlier in the year, pre-Imbolc). Eating leeks together brings love. Carry a leek as a protective amulet and bite it if you’re feeling surrounded by evil.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek

200px-Saint_brendan_german_manuscriptToday’s Feast is that of St. Brendan the Navigator. St. Brendan is a 5th-6th century saint from Ireland. He went on a legendary voyage to the Isles of the Blest, looking for Eden. Well, so the story goes. It’s a legend, but it’s been an inspiration for many folks down through the centuries. He may actually have gotten to North America.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_the_Navigator  and Tim Severin’s re-creation of the voyage  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Severin#The_Brendan_Voyage_.281976.E2.80.931977.29

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Love & Light,
Anja

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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 5/25 at 12:4pm. 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 5/18 at 5:33pm. 

<<< Vega is the brightest star in the east-northeast after dark. Look 14° (about a fist and a half at arm’s length) to Vega’s upper left for Eltanin, the nose of Draco the Dragon >>> . Closer above and upper left of Eltanin are the three fainter stars of Draco’s stick-figure head, also called the Lozenge. Draco always points his nose to Vega. He seems curious about it.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.3, in Virgo) shines high and bright in the south-southeast at dusk, with Spica 10° lower left of it. Jupiter is highest in the south, for best telescopic viewing, soon after dark.

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.

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 10:50am.
Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Black

Planting 5/14-16

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©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Tu  16     High   3:55 AM     6.7   5:47 AM    Rise 12:41 AM      79
~    16      Low  11:04 AM     0.1   8:38 PM     Set 10:29 AM
~    16     High   5:53 PM     5.9
~    16      Low  11:14 PM     3.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There are two classes of people–those who have ulcers and those who give them.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think about as you are falling asleep?

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Quotes  

~  Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go. – Natalie Goldberg
~  We are like tea bags — we don’t know our own strength until we’re in hot water. – Sister Busche
~  Whatever we turn our attention to increases. So focusing on the good increases the good. Our “reality” is just a perception of things as they are – so choose to look at what we want more of. There is always more than one way of seeing, or thinking about someone or someone’s behavior.  – Lissa Coffey
~  When there is trauma in your drama – turn all that is tragic into magic with laughter and light-heartedness. ” Dr Jeff Mullan

SHAME

nonononono!
i can’t bear it
i am so ashamed
i can’t face it
why did i do
such a stupid thing?

maybe if i hide
in the linen closet
maybe if i run
out the door

and if i cry
hard enough,
maybe i’ll fall
through the floor

maybe i’ll turn
invisible, enough
that they can’t see
who i am

what i’ve done
where i am
or even if it’s
me

maybe the clock
will turn backwards
and time will close
the door

then i can be
who i used to be
and not ashamed
any more. – © 2005, Beth Johnson, (Mystic Amazon)

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Magick – The Awakening

A time comes in your life when you finally get it. When in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks, and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out ~ ENOUGH!

Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on. And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears, and through a mantle of wet lashes you begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening.

You realize that it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon.

You come to terms with the fact that he is not Prince Charming and you are not Cinderella.

And you realize in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter), and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you; and in the process, a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

You awaken to the fact that you’re not perfect, that not everyone will always love, appreciate, or approve of who or what you are, and that’s okay. (They’re entitled to their own views and opinions.) And you learn the importance of loving and championing yourself; and in the process a sense of newfound confidence is born of self-approval.

You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn’t do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.

You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say, and that not everyone will always be there for you; and that it’s not always about you. So, you learn to stand on your own, and to take care of yourself and in the process, a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.

You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are, and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties; and in the process, a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.

You realize that much of the way you view yourself and the world around you is as a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche.

You begin to sift through all that you’ve been fed about how you should behave, how you should look, and how much you should weigh; what you should wear and where you should shop, and what you should drive; how and where you should live, and what you should do for a living; who you should sleep with, who you should marry, and what you should expect of a marriage; the importance of having and raising children, or what you owe your parents.

You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. And you begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.

You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with; and in the process you learn to go with your instincts.

You learn that it is truly in giving that we receive. And that there is power and glory in creating and contributing; and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for your next fix.

You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.

You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing.

You learn to distinguish between guilt, and responsibility, and the importance of setting boundaries, and learning to say NO.

You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry, and that martyrs get burned at the stake. Then you learn about love.

Romantic love and the familial love. How to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving, and when to walk away. You learn not to project your needs or your feelings onto a relationship.

You learn that you will not be more beautiful, more intelligent, more lovable or important because of the man or woman on your arm or the child that bears your name.

You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be.

You stop trying to control people, situations, and outcomes.

You learn that just as people grow and change, so it is with love and you learn that you don’t have the right to demand love on your terms just to make you happy. And, you learn that alone does not mean lonely. And you look in the mirror and come to terms with the fact that you will never be a size 5 or a perfect 10, and you stop trying to compete with the image inside your head and agonizing over how you “stack up.”

You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs. You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly OK. And that it is your right to want things and to ask for the things that you want and that sometimes it is necessary to make demands.

You come to the realization that you deserve to be treated with love, kindness, sensitivity, and respect; and you won’t settle for less.

And, you allow only the hands of a lover who cherishes you to glorify you with his/her touch and in the process you internalize the meaning of self-respect.

And you learn that your body really is your temple, and you begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin eating a balanced diet, drinking more water and taking more time to exercise. You learn that fatigue diminishes the spirit and can create doubt and fear. So you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.

You learn that for the most part, in life you get what you believe you deserve and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for, and that wishing for something to happen is different from working toward making it happen. More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline, and perseverance.

You also learn that no one can do it all alone and that it’s OK to risk asking for help. You learn that the only thing you must truly fear is the great robber baron of all time. FEAR itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it, and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your terms. And you learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.

You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve; and that sometimes-bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people. On these occasions, you learn not to personalize things. You learn that God isn’t punishing you or failing to answer your prayers. It’s just life happening.

And you learn to deal with evil in its most primal state ~ the ego.

You learn negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected, or they will suffocate the life out of you, and poison the universe that surrounds you. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to building bridges instead of walls.

You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower. Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself; and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never settle for less than your heart’s desire.

And you hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind. And you make it a point to keep smiling, keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility. Finally, with courage in your heart and with Spirit by your side you take a stand; you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life that you want to live as best as you can.

~ Sonny Carroll or Virginia Marie Swift (both names are associated with this)~

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Bumper Snickers – I’m taking Lamaze classes. I’m not having a baby, I’m just having trouble breathing.

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