Overcast, but nice and warm, 57F! We got a dribble of rain this morning. While I was out harvesting chive blossoms, my skirt hem got wet, but only 0.02 inches (of rain, not hem). The humidity is high (86%), but as long as it stays this temp, that just feels good. The wind is gusting to 10mph in town and more on the beaches, but it’s warm enough that it makes the air in the shop smell fresh.
Yesterday looked really gloomy coming in, but by the time we had the shop open the sun was out. There were clammers all over the mud flats, but it looked like folks were paying attention to the water coming in quickly.
We were pretty busy around lunchtime, folks visiting the Chocolate Frog and then our shop. 🙂 Lots of happily chomping folks! Tempus was working in back and I started back on making a list of foods from the Domostroi (one of my research projects). Eventually, other House Capuchin people showed and we made some stick horses from pool noodle, among other things.
After everyone left Tempus was working in back again and I got the report done, cleaned up some newsletter things and then worked on the foods some more. I had no idea that cranberries and watermelons actually existed in Europe in the Middle Ages! That was fun.
I didn’t sleep well last night so Tempus left me home and came in and opened up, then came back for me. Like I said above, I was out harvesting chives while I was waiting and the bit of basil that’s in with the chives is about ready to be harvested, along with a couple of the mints that I’m thinking to re-pot. For some reason the nasturtium boxes still have only a couple of plants in them, though, which is why we haven’t brought them to the shop, yet. The foxgloves are getting *huge*, too, so those are going to be harvestable fairly soon.
I got the chive blossoms into the base oil and I have a couple of plants that I want to get back in some dirt, since they came up with the bulb. I’m waiting for coffee and then going to get to work on some herbs again. The board is starting to re-fill, which is good.
There’s no Wicca 101 tonight. Tempus and I need a break after the weekend.
Taps (everyone knows the melody, but there are words….)
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. – Major General Daniel Butterfield
A Ken Gagne of the lovely weather on 5/27/16
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Today’s feast is the Ambarvalia. Here’s what Wikipedia says, “Ambarvalia was a Roman agricultural fertility rite held at the end of May in honor of Ceres. At these festivals they sacrificed a bull, a sow, and a sheep, which, before the sacrifice, were led in procession thrice around the fields; whence the feast is supposed to have taken its name, ambio, I go round, and arvum, field. This sacrifice was called a suovetaurilia in Latin. These feasts were of two kinds, public and private. The private were solemnized by the masters of families, accompanied by their children and servants, in the villages and farms out of Rome. The public were celebrated in the boundaries of the city, and in which twelve fratres arvales walked at the head of a procession of the citizens, who had lands and vineyards at Rome. During the procession, prayers would be made to the goddess. The ambervale carmen was a prayer preferred on this occasion. The name “Ambarvalia” appears to be predominantly an urban designation. Roman farmers’ almanacs (menologia rustica) describe this only as segetes lustrantur (“crops are purified”). Scaliger, in his notes on Festus, maintains the ambarvalia to be the same as amburbium. Numerous other communities of the Italian peninsula enacted similar rites with different names.”
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/9 at 6:10am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 5/30 at 12:44am.
As soon as the sky is fully dark, but before the crescent Moon gets any lower in the west, take a look at it with binoculars or a wide-field scope — and then scan 3° or 4° to its upper right (as seen from North America). There you’ll find the <<< Beehive star cluster, M44, somewhat larger than the Moon.
Mercury (about magnitude –0.2) is very deep in the glow of sunrise. Look for it about 25° lower left of Venus, as shown here. If you spot Mercury, you’ve succeeded in seeing it during its poorest apparition of the year.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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
M 29 High 3:17 AM 8.3 5:36 AM Rise 9:54 AM 12
~ 29 Low 10:18 AM -1.7 8:51 PM
~ 29 High 4:57 PM 7.0
~ 29 Low 10:30 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Many a child who watches television for hours and hours will go down in history, not to mention math, English, and geography.
~ Today is a brand new day and the world is a blank canvas ready for your unique color and style. – Unknown
~ We hear the truth of ourselves, understand our deepest desires and enter the sacred space of healing thru the heart. – JLR
~ what is perfection? a perspective: i believe that this moment is perfect. god/universe is perfect. you are perfect. i am perfect. all that we experience is perfect. this moment is always perfect and it fulfills my intention. be joy – OshoDin
~ When someone does something well, applaud! You will make two people happy. – Samuel Goldwyn
When elm leaves are as big as a shilling,
Plant kidney beans, if to plant ’em you’re willing;
When elm leaves are as big as a penny,
You must plant kidney beans, if you mean to have any. – Old planting rhyme
Litha Magick – Lore – Litha for Kids
Litha is a time of magic and faeries. Also known as Midsummer, to many it seems strange to celebrate the halfway point when school vacations and warm weather have just begun! Today is the longest day of the year and the Sun is at the height of its power but it’s a bittersweet joy as the days begin to shorten again, starting tomorrow.
This is a great time of year to harvest herbs for all of your magical workings. It’s also a good time to allow your child to begin his/her own witchy cupboard. When harvesting herbs, remember to leave about 1/3 of the plant behind to propagate itself. This ensures a continual harvest throughout the growing season. Also, thank the spirit of the plant for its sacrifice and leave a small offering. Taking a page from Native American custom, a bit of tobacco is a good thank-you to the spirits of your garden but you could also sprinkle a bit of dried herb from a previous harvest. Allow your child to help you bundle the herbs together and tie at the stems with twine or thread. Hang upside down in a cool, dark place until dry and then store them in pretty containers or even plastic baggies. Make sure all containers are labelled clearly as dried herbs tend to look a lot alike! I’ll never forget the time when Scout’s father, my ex-husband, was making chilli and reached into the spice cabinet for something. He proceeded to add a generous sprinkling of Scout’s “dragon scales” (see Kiddy Craft section) to the pot because she had recycled my old herb jars! How he could have mistaken glittery pine cone shingles for cumin is beyond me but he did! We still laugh about that to this day but it wasn’t very funny at the time.
One of our favourite activities at Midsummer is building a faery shelter for the little sprites to party and rest. Scout hunts for sticks, which she pokes into the ground and then lays large leaves over the top to form the roof. She decorates with flowers, bird feathers and smaller leaves. We leave out milk mixed with honey and bread and butter, cut into small pieces. She’s always very excited to find the containers emptied and the faery house turned upside down from their wild dancing. A friend of mine recently gave me a wonderful idea and that is to leave a small gift for your child as a thank-you from the faeries. You could leave shells from the sea, a small trinket that had been “lost” around the house (everyone knows they faeries love to play tricks!), a small bouquet of wild flowers, a pretty rock or anything you feel is worthwhile. The idea is to keep it natural and simple and then explain to your child why the faeries felt it was an appropriate gift.
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Many women are afraid of their first mammogram, there is no need to worry. By taking a few minutes each day, during the week preceding the exam and doing the following practice exercises, you will be totally prepared. Best of all, you can do these simple practice exercises right in the privacy of your own home.
Freeze two metal bookends overnight.
Strip to the waist.
Invite a stranger into the room.
Press the bookends against your breast.
Smash the bookends together as hard as you can.
Set an appointment with the stranger to meet next year and do it again.
Open your refrigerator and insert one breast between the door and the main box. Have one of your strongest friends slam the door shut as hard as possible and lean on the door for good measure. Hold that position for five seconds. Repeat again in case the first time was not effective enough.
Visit your garage at 3:00 am when the temperature of the concrete floor is just perfect. Take off all your warm clothes and lie down comfortably on the floor with one breast wedged under the rear tire of the car. Ask a friend to slowly back the car up until the breast is sufficiently flattened and chilled. Turn over and repeat for the other breast.
CONGRATULATIONS!! NOW YOU ARE PROPERLY PREPARED FOR YOUR MAMMOGRAM.
AHHH, ISN’T IT FUN TO BE A WOMAN?
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