Featured photo by Ken Gagne! First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:27 AM of -0.2 feet. Minus tides began this morning. These are going to be *steep*! That makes for fast changes and people getting lured out too far and then surprised. By this weekend they’re going to be interesting. These are the “Spring Tides”.
The sky overhead is a blank grey-white, but thin enough that some sun is coming through, hardly enough to throw shadows, but looking upriver from the bridge the sky is blue and the hills are in full sunshine! I’m guessing this is the marine layer that’s pulled inland for some reason. I guess I should have expected it because the Valley was hot yesterday. It’s 60F with the wind at 10, gusts to 15mph, enough to make me shiver without my jacket, and on the beaches it’s double that.
Yesterday started slowly, because I was so groggy. We finally got the ham broth into the bean soup at 4:30! We had some folks in shopping, including a former student who brought a friend with a couple of hours’ worth of questions.
Yesterday was a “bits and pieces” day, all finding things and putting them away, sorting this set of papers, putting tools where they belong, but that’s pretty much all that was accomplished.
I’ve already been out working in the garden, harvesting herbs and I have a bunch of cookery to do over the next couple of days. I’m sending a bunch of stuff to the event over the weekend that needs to be prepped by tomorrow night. Tonight is a paper run, too, so I’m going to be setting up newsletters and such.
Yachats own Whale in the Park sculpture. It actually spouts, although is sometimes turned off during droughts. Photo by Ken Gagne on 5/22/16 The funny story associated with this is that a whale washed ashore in a storm and liked Yachats so well, that there he stayed! 🙂
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Today is the anniversary of the 2nd Defenestration of Prague that happened in 1618. That such a funny word. It means that someone’s been chucked out a window! In the case of the two Prague Defenestrations they happened as a political protest of injustice. This 2nd one was in response to the political decisions imposed on the Czechs (who were mostly Protestant at this time) unjustly taking away their religious freedom by imposing Catholicism and destroying Protestant nobles. It directly led to the 30 Years War. The folks responsible for implementing the orders were chucked out the window of the assembly room in Praszky Hrad (the castle seat of the government, picture above). They fell down the castle wall and down a slope. It didn’t kill them. They said it was the intervention of the Virgin Mary, but the Protestants insisted that they had fallen into a dungheap! There is more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestrations_of_Prague and some about the ensuing war here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Years%27_War
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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 5:15am. 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 5:15am on 5/25.
The waning crescent Moon hangs low with Venus and Mercury at dawn. (The visibility of Mercury is exaggerated here; binoculars will help.)
Jupiter stands smack on the meridian (i.e. due south) in late twilight this week. Twilight can be an excellent time for observing a planet telescopically. Most of them are bright enough to show all the detail that your scope can resolve even through the deep blue of late twilight, when the planet’s glare will be less dazzling. And in bright twilight after sunset or before sunrise, the atmospheric seeing sometimes steadies down markedly. That also makes this a good time to observe the binary star Gamma Virginis >>> , now just 3½° to Jupiter’s upper right. The pair’s separation this season is a pretty easy 2.6 arcseconds.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, at the Ophiuchus-Sagittarius border) rises around the end of twilight and glows highest in the south in the early-morning hours. Redder Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkles 17° to Saturn’s right or lower right. Saturn will reach opposition on the night of June 14th.
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. 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
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
Tu 23 Low 5:27 AM -0.2 5:41 AM Rise 4:39 AM 12
~ 23 High 11:33 AM 6.4 8:46 PM Set 6:15 PM
~ 23 Low 5:19 PM 1.2
~ 23 High 11:25 PM 8.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.
~ Everything that you create in life you must first imagine. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair. – James Baldwin
~ Fear is something that cannot be avoided. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If the love is true let them go they will come back again. – SanDanYi
Shower and wind have swept the sky,
But both have passed and now on high
Shine the unnumbered stars;
O world of blue, too burning bright
By day to pierce with questing sight,
’Tis night your realm unbars! ~ From Ethel B. Howard’s “Mid-Summer Stars.”
Litha Magick – Invocations
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.
Invocation of the God
Wielder of the flaming arrow,
look down from your place on high,
and, fitting a shaft to your bow,
let loose your bowstring.
Sink deep into the Earth the shaft of fire,
warming the world, bringing the summer.
Following your course,
laid down in ancient times,
you have come unerringly to the heights of the sky,
there where you can survey the wide Earth with no obstruction.
May all on which you gaze be to your liking!
May all below follow its course as well as you!
You have mounted to your throne in the roof of heaven,
you have achieved the heights.
In the midpoint of the year,
you rule from the midpoint of the sky.
Lord of Light, I praise you as you shine!