Bright and sunshiny and warm and the bluest of blue skies! 63F with almost no wind, even on the beaches, just enough to tease around doorways and flutter leaves! ….and next to nothing of rain in the forecast through a week from tomorrow! …and that’s only at 25% chance.
Yesterday was all spent with Amor and Pooka. We talked, endlessly, it was hard to stop even at 1am! We had a good dinner at the China Restaurant, talking between bites and chomping. He’s still crashed out on the sofa and Pooka only commented quietly when we came in. 🙂
Amor’s heading out today, so I’m going to write more after he’s off to his next posting.
Yes, Sewing tonight.
A picture from 5/7/15 by Daniel Schoon of Thor’s Well.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today’s Mt. St. Helens day, the anniversary of the eruption in 1981 that killed a number of people and disrupted life in the PNW for quite some time. “Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!” were the last words of David
Johnston, a geologist on the team of those monitoring the volcano, knowing that his life was on the line, as close as he was to the obviously ready-to-blow mountain, chose to give other people some warning. Innkeeper Harry Truman chose to stay with his life-long dream of a resort in the area. 55 others also perished, mostly loggers and people who lived along the path of the major lahar that actually crossed I-5, making it unusable for a period of time! Several movies and documentaries have been made about the eruption and the area now has a lot of museums dedicated to the events and the remediation of the damage. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_eruption_of_Mount_St._Helens
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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 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. 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 on 5/20 at 5:15pm.
Jupiter double-shadow event for telescopes tonight: Io and smaller Europa are both casting their tiny black shadows onto Jupiter’s face from 11:53 p.m. to 12:42 a.m. EDT.
The last-quarter Moon rises around 2 a.m. tonight, shining in Aquarius. As Friday’s dawn gets under way, look very high to the Moon’s upper right for Altair, and look way off to the Moon’s lower left for Venus making its appearance.
Uranus is hidden in the glow of dawn.
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.
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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
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 18 Low 12:18 AM 3.3 5:45 AM Rise 1:58 AM 62
~ 18 High 5:43 AM 6.0 8:41 PM Set 12:28 PM
~ 18 Low 12:46 PM 0.6
~ 18 High 7:39 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Living on earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.
~ Words! The Way is beyond language, for in it there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, no today. – Sosan
~ You and I are the same. What I have done is surely possible for all. You are the Self now and can never be anything else. Throw your worries to the wind, turn within and find Peace. – Sri Ramana Maharshi
~ You are meant to grow and blossom into the person you want to be. The time to start is now. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was. – Abraham Lincoln
and the grass grows by itself. – Basho
The Litha season
Solar System – Sun
Element – Fire
Season – Summer
Emotion – Love and passion
Colors – Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Red, Maize yellow, Tan or gold, red, orange, blue, and yellow, green, white or Gold, red, orange, blue, and yellow, green,
Decorations – Dried herbs, potpourri, Dream pillows, Seashells, Wedding gift basket, Feather wreaths, Summer flowers, Fruits, The sun, Anything yellow, orange, and round, flowers and fresh early garden produce, the spear or sword of the sun god and the bountiful cauldron of the goddess ringed in flowers, solar cross or sun symbols, fireworks, sea shells
Foods – Iced tea, Ale, Mead, Lemonade, Orange slice wheels, Sun-shaped cookies, Barbecue, early summer fruits and vegetables, honey cakes, rose ice cream, melted cheese dishes, mangoes, whipped cream on fruit, red wine, strawberries
Spellwork appropriate for Litha – All magick, Love spells, Healing spells, Prosperity spells, growth spells, empowerment spells, are all incredibly potent at this time
Activities and Rituals – bonfire leaping, herb drying, protection, luck, health, transformation, community, career, and relationships
Tools – drums, rattles, bonfire, mirrors for reflecting the sun or bonfire, Earth circles of stone energy
Faeries – At Summer Solstice the phenomenon of the Trooping Faeries will begin. Trooping Faeries live in large communities like a clan and may travel great distances in long processions. You will know that the Trooping Faeries are about when you hear other-worldly music and the sounds of a raucous party. Their favorite pastimes according to Yeats is feasting, fighting, making love and playing music. On Mid-Summer night, keep your eyes and ears open and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them!
Herbs & Plants – Apple, Basil, carnation, Chamomile, Chicory, Chickweed, cinquefoil, daisy, elder, fennel, fern, frankincense, Heather, Heartsease, Houseleek, honeysuckle, ivy, lavender, lily, mistletoe, Mugwort, oak, pine, rose, St. John’s wort, thyme, vervain, yarrow, Peony, Pine, Roses, Rowan, Vervain, yarrow, wild thyme,.
St. John’s Wort – At Summer Solstice the Sun has reached its zenith in the sky and is as close to us in the northern hemisphere as it will ever get before it begins its slow descent which will lead us into winter. At Summer Solstice Saint John’s Wort is also in its height of flowering, and with its golden star-flowers full of stamens that look like rays bursting forth, the sun’s uplifting energy is captured on earth in the form of a humble flower.
Trees – Beech, elder, holly, laurel, linden, oak