Featured photo by Ken Gagne
Blue sky again even if the computer says, “partly cloudy”. If a couple of wisps and a white fluffy patch count as that, ok, but I’m still going to call it “sunny”! Gusts are hitting 10mph, but it’s not all that windy even on the beaches. I’d bet on it getting to be don’t-wear-shorts-on-the-beach-or-get-some-skin-sanded-off velocities, later. 🙂 The last quarter moon is ghosting into the western sky.
Yesterday started off really well. We got to the shop and had coffee and then talked with Amor for awhile. Eventually, I fried some of the cheese, so he got to try it. …and then we sat and talked some more and eventually got around to packing up his stuff. He took 1/2 the cheese block with him and a loaf of bread among other things. 🙂 That was a good visit, if all too short!
<< Amor & Pooka <<<<
Later in the day I got a nap and we ate our leftovers from last night’s supper, then I settled down to taking and processing pictures, and eventually headed home to talk to Jeanne and get my hair done while Tempus headed into Newport.
Goodies from the boyo… he went home with a pile, himself. 🙂
Today Tempus has to get the work table clean and I want to make some devilled ham, so he needs to get the food processor out. He has a package to go to the PO and is going to want a nap later. We have some shells in that I have to get priced and set out for sale and I want to finish the books!
A picture Ken Gagne snapped on 5/17/16 of Photographers at Thor’s Well. This is why we warn people about the power of the ocean. These guys are in incredible danger, but….
Today’s plant is the snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire,” snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems, also to chase the negative effects of sorrow and grief. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop
Today’s feast is the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey. It’s the anniversary of the beginning of their war of independence. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commemoration_of_Atat%C3%BCrk,_Youth_and_Sports Day
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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 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.
With the Moon out of the evening sky, can you see the big Coma Berenices star cluster? Does your light pollution really hide it, or do you just not know exactly where to look? It’s 2/5 of the way from Denebola (Leo’s tail) to the end of the Big Dipper’s handle (Ursa Major’s tail). Its brightest members form an inverted Y. The entire cluster is about 5° wide — a big, dim glow when seen in at least a moderately dark sky. It nearly fills a binocular view.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is very low in the east-southeast before the first light 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
F 19 Low 1:31 AM 3.0 5:44 AM Rise 2:31 AM 52
~ 19 High 6:55 AM 5.7 8:42 PM Set 1:32 PM
~ 19 Low 1:43 PM 0.8
~ 19 High 8:30 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t be so quick to judge or discount something or someone, there just might be a diamond in all that coal.
~ You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated. – Maya Angelou
~ Your freedom and mine cannot be separated. – Nelson Mandela
~ You’ve got psychic ability. We all do. You just have to develop it and it is yours to use. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. – Dietrich Bonheoffer
Diving into the dark cold pool
Echoes of water lapping on sand
Overhead, shadows dance upon the ceiling
Light and shadow surround me
Shimmering into being
Spirit guides beckon
Cocoon in darkness
Rebirth of soul
Integration of the splinters of my soul
Frightened children of the past
Knowledge engulfs me
Strength saturates being
Honor, thanks to guides
Revered ancestors bid farewell
Knowledge of the past within – Copyright ©2004 Lynette Porter-Tinnel
Litha Magick – Poem
Summer by Marian Lore Singer – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
Standing midst the Circle
I look at faces —
all searching for that special spark
that sense of connection
which spans all words
We come together
to know the same magic
that moved the great stones
birthed the dragons
and touched even the stars
with its mighty song.
to sense the power
rising within us
like the glory of a summer sun
until we too sing
its timeless ballad.
until our souls dance hand in hand
with the Lady of Light
and Lord of the Fires
(The above “Summer” poem is quoted directly from Llewellyn’s 1994 Magical Almanac, page 169, Llewellyn Worldwide Publications, 1993.)