Beautiful weather! Sunny, 67F, light wind, lots of cirrus….and lot of it is mares’ tails. The gusts on the beaches are reaching 12mph is all. …and no chance of rain in the forecast as far out as it goes! Its’ likely to get too hot today, though. Too hot for folks who’ve been mostly in the 50’s up until a couple of days ago, meaning 74F. 🙂
Yesterday was quite a long day. A lot of it was cooking, mostly things that sat on their own for a long while, but needed chop and stir….
We were pretty busy as far as customers go, lots for a Sunday. I talked to a lady about doing a reading, but she decided to put it off, then did a consult with another who is having “haunting” issues.
…and we had our “feast”. It was really tasty and I have a lot of leftovers in the fridge…and then I ran out of spoons…. just splat…and slept for almost 10 hours last night. Hmm…. Tempus had to wake me!
Today has started kinda cranky. I’m still groggy and Tempus dropped a board on his foot. I have to get back into bagging herbs after I finish up some of the cookery, like the bean soup that I started, which is in the fridge while the ham broth is de-greasing. Wicca 101 tonight is minus one person, but we’re going to soldier on, anyway.
One of our local friends who just made off with a stash from 5/19/16
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and for general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb
Today’s feast is in honor of the Gay Rights Activist, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978. He was the first openly gay politician in California. More on his life and work here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk and on the bill that passed to make this day official, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk_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. 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 5/23 at 5:15pm.
The waning crescent Moon hangs low with Venus and Mercury at dawn. (The visibility of Mercury is exaggerated here; binoculars will help.)
Look east in early dawn Tuesday morning for Venus with the waning crescent Moon, as shown above. And can you make out Mercury yet? (In these scenes, the Moon is always shown three times its actual apparent size.)
Jupiter (magnitude –2.3, in Virgo) glares high and bright in the southern sky during evening. No other point is nearly so bright. Spica, noticeably bluer, glitters 11° lower left of it. In a telescope, Jupiter is starting to shrink as Earth pulls ahead of it in our faster orbit around the Sun. It appears 42 arcseconds wide this week.
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
M 22 Low 4:37 AM 0.7 5:42 AM Rise 4:06 AM 21
~ 22 High 10:33 AM 6.1 8:45 PM Set 5:01 PM
~ 22 Low 4:29 PM 1.2
~ 22 High 10:43 PM 7.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forget the things that made you sad.
~ Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. – Niels Bohr
~ Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory. – Mohandas Gandhi
~ Soldiers march and warriors dance. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Some people sit around waiting for the “knight in shining armour” to show up and rescue them. The knight is you. All you have to do is release that inner knight and rescue yourself. – Kerr Cuhulain
In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,
I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
To please the desert and the sluggish brook. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
Litha Magick –
Solstice Dream Pillows
Materials needed: 1-4 oz (30-120 gms) each of the following five herbs:
- dried chamomile,
- whole oranges & lemons
- cinnamon sticks
- allspice berries, (optional)
- myrrh or frankincense resin lumps
- Scraps of lightweight cloth (4-7 inches/100-175 mm, two for each bag)
- optional bits of ribbon, embroidery floss, scraps of lace or a few small beads.
For those who are sitting up all night on the Solstice, this is a special dream pillow you can make for prophetic dreams when you go to sleep the next night or throughout the year.
Take the first five dried herbs and mix them in whatever proportions you desire/have on hand. More Mugwort will lead some folks to more psychic dreaming, more hops will lead to a sounder sleep for some others, more catnip may encourage feline pillow sharing.
As the night passes, eat the oranges, and use the lemons (minus their peels) in teas/punches/hot drinks. As you use them try to remove the peels in large chunks or in easy to work with sections. Using a spoon, carefully scrape out as much of the white inner rind as you can without damaging the zesty outer peel. Scatter the remaining outer peels on a cookie sheet and dry them on low heat in the oven (200F or less). Watch them to make sure they are drying but not scorching. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool.
If you have a fire or incense burner, burn some of the incense resins, saving most to use in the pillows.
Crumble the dried peels up into smaller bits, break up the cinnamon sticks up into smaller pieces, and add the spices, resins and peels to the herb mixture. Mix well. Gather up the scraps of material, and sew up small bags: 3-6 inches/75-150mm should be fine. Leave one side open: small openings will make it more difficult to fill the bags later. If you want to use the ribbons and floss to embroider protective or other magical symbols or representative designs, it will be easier to do before you stitch the sides together. Work on this to keep you awake, thinking of the season and what it means to you as you do it. If these are intended as gifts, think kindly and lovingly of the folks you will be giving these to.
Fill each of the bags with the herb/spice mixture, but not so full that it is hard: people will want to smell them, but they need to be soft enough to sleep on. Fold the last side inward, and stitch closed. If you want, a small loop of ribbon may be added at this point at the top.
After the sun rises, and you have finished your celebrations, set these aside, and finish them when you have/make time during the day if they aren’t done. When you go to bed, slip one or more of these into you pillow case, and inhale deeply as you relax before sleeping. Watch for special dreams as you sleep.
Dream Pillow – (For Litha) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pillow.html
- Material for your pillow
- Stuffing for your pillow
- Needle and thread
- Lavender and sage
Hand-sew a dream-pillow. First cut an expanse of cloth large enough to make your pillow and fold it in half so the INSIDE is OUTSIDE, then sew up the edges except for a hole just large enough to push the stuffing in. Turn your pillow right-side-out and stuff it. Then create a small sachet (of the same material if you like), like a small pillow of the same except you don’t have to worry about turning it inside out. Stuff the sachet with lavender and sage, or make one sachet for lavender and one for sage. Then slip the herbs into the pillow. Sew up the final hole. Incidentally, it is best to pick material that is blue or has a water image on it, to represent the wise water element, or a black or black-patterned material, to indicate connection with the Dark Crone Goddess, whose speciality is divination.
You can actually sew this pillow in the circle, or make it mostly out of the circle and ceremoniously add the herbs while in circle. It is to be blessed with the appropriate tools and dedicated to the water element, and possibly anointed with water or divination-oriented oils. It can then be used to sleep on at night to encourage prophetic dreams. It also functions as a nice Midsummer gift to a handfasting couple or just for any gift.
In German and Nordic traditions believed the power of the sun on Midsummer made it easy for humans to access the unseen worlds. Many divinations and vision quests were practiced on this night. To this day prophetic dreams play a large role in Scandinavian lore. The Danes used to place St. John’s Wort under their pillows to induce prophetic dreaming, while the Celts and the English used Mugwort, which is just as potent, but without the toxic qualities of St. John’s Wort. If you wish to practice dream magick on Midsummer night you may want to make a dream pillow to help enhance your dreams.
You will need:
Small square of blue or purple fabric (preferably cotton), 4×8 inches. Make sure you leave room around the edges for a seam.
- Matching thread
- Herb you wish to use (mugwort, lemongrass, or lavender are good herbs for dream magick)
Take the piece of cloth and fold it over so that it makes a square. Sew up all sides EXCEPT ONE, leave one side open so you can stuff your pillow. Turn the pillow inside out, stuff it with your chosen herbs, and sew up the final side. Make sure you are visualizing your goal as you do this, as is plays a large role in the dream magick. When you are finished making the pillow take it to bed with you and place it under your pillowcase, making sure its fragrance will reach you. Before going to sleep, visualize what you wish to dream. You may wish to add a chant too this, to help lull you into sleep. Have a notebook and pen ready to jot down any impressions or dreams you have upon waking. Do this even before you stretch, dreams have a tendency to fade quickly from memory.