Featured Photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm.
The oceanwards 1/2 of the sky is lumpy white with blue showing between. The land half is lumpy grey. 60F and the rest of it pretty much what I’ve been saying for days. 🙂 There’s just a slight chance of rain tonight.
Yesterday was just long. Tempus crashed out on the sofa for quite awhile, but he got three boxes of supplies from the post office. We got cardstock and printer ink, a batch of beads and sewing things and a box of miscellaneous pieces of fabric from a quilter friend. I had all that to sort out and put away and worked a little on the office space, but that was between bouts of working on that food list, which is finally done!
The sun came out late in the day and I was sewing when first Stella and then Amy got here. I sorted fabrics, cut out a bunch of pincushions and started in, and then kept going after we went home, getting a couple more stitched.
Today I’ve been out harvesting ferns and bracken. Herbs is in just a couple of minutes, and then Sewing is at 3pm. It’s a BYOP (bring your own project) day unless someone has a specific question.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1908 that a massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, knocking over 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). This is also known as the “Tunguska event“. This event, while beloved by UFOlogists and Conspiracy Theorists, most likely was some kind of meteoric airburst event, whatever the source of the material, comet or asteroid, but there are other possibilities… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/7 at 6:10pm.
The Moon, Jupiter, and Spica form a gently curving arc this evening, as shown above. Jupiter is the bright “star” next to the Moon. They’re only a couple degrees apart as seen at dusk from North America. But Jupiter is actually 1,860 times farther away (this evening).
Lower left of Jupiter is Spica. Much closer to Jupiter in the opposite direction from Spica is fainter Gamma Virginis (Porrima), a close double star for telescopes: separation 2.6 arcseconds this year.
And a double shadow-transit occurs on Jupiter tonight. From 10:22 p.m. to 12:22 a.m. EDT, both Io and larger Ganymede are casting their tiny black shadows onto Jupiter’s face. And then Jupiter’s Great Red Spot transits the planet’s central meridian around 12:55 a.m. EDT (9:55 p.m. PDT).
Bright Venus guides the way to low Mercury in the dawn this week. (Mercury’s visibility is exaggerated here.)
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, in Pisces) is still hidden in the glow of dawn.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is 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 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
Sa 3 Low 3:15 AM 1.5 5:34 AM Set 2:54 AM 63
~ 3 High 8:54 AM 5.5 8:56 PM Rise 3:20 PM
~ 3 Low 3:01 PM 1.2
~ 3 High 9:30 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you go outside today, look up in the sky (not at the sun) and contemplate its infinite spaciousness for a minute or two.
~ It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. – Alan Cohen
~ It’s hard to communicate anything exactly and that’s why perfect relationships between people are difficult to find. – Gustave Flaubert
~ It’s not the strongest of species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin
~ Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every night before I go to sleep
I say out loud
Three things that I’m grateful for,
All the significant, insignificant
Extraordinary, ordinary stuff of my life.
It’s a small practice and humble,
And yet, I find I sleep better
Holding what lightens and softens my life
Ever so briefly at the end of the day.
Sunlight, and blueberries,
Good dogs and wool socks,
A fine rain,
A good friend,
Fresh basil and wild phlox,
My father’s good health,
My daughter’s new job,
The song that always makes me cry,
Always at the same part,
No matter how many times I hear it.
Decent coffee at the airport,
And your quiet breathing,
The stories you told me,
The frost patterns on the windows,
English horns and banjos,
Wood Thrush and June bugs,
The smooth glassy calm of the morning pond,
An old coat,
A new poem,
My library card,
And that my car keeps running
Despite all the miles.
And after three things,
More often than not,
I get on a roll and I just keep on going,
I keep naming and listing,
Until I lie grinning,
Blankets pulled up to my chin,
Awash with wonder
At the sweetness of it all.
Litha Magick – Chants
The warm time is here:
time to work and time to rest,
time to celebrate outside,
time to prepare for the harvest.
All about us, the Land Spirits are singing.
All about us, the deities are speaking.
Help me to listen, all you divine beings.
May I hear your voices.
Pima Rain-Making Song
Let us begin. Let us sing. .
Singing of the small corn.
Singing of the large corn.
Singing as the evening falls.
Singing as the light dawns.
The light dawns and finds us singing,
singing as the corn waves tassels at us.
The dark falls and finds us singing,
singing while the squash waves leaves us.
The earth rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The sky rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The rain comes. The rain comes.
Silliness – Military Time
My wife never quite got the hang of the 24-hour military clock. One day she called the orderly room to speak with me. The person who answered told her to call me at the extension in the band rehearsal hall.
“He can be reached at 4700, Ma’am,” the soldier advised.
With a sigh of exasperation, my wife responded, “And just what time is that?”