First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:25 AM of -0.4 feet. These are going to be morning tides, getting pretty steep over the weekend.
It’s back to overcast. 61F with only a light breeze. 77% humidity, and we’re due for some rain this evening, although the amounts predicted have dropped a lot. They’re thinking less than 1/2 an inch, but that’s still going to have to come down pretty hard for awhile.
We got our eye appointments done first thing, yesterday, then went back to the shop to work. I had to laugh, we chose the same eyeglass frame! His in grey, mine in brown. I got caught up on mail and started filling in newsletter files. Tempus and I sat down to do the shopping list (since it was Senior Tuesday) and finished that around 4pm, which is when we had lunch. That’s getting later and later…. Tempus went out to wash the windows and I got back to work on newsletters.
The guy who is lining the parking lot talked with Tempus for a bit. It looks like if it’s not raining on Saturday, they’re going to do our side, since Lee’s is done, and ask her to let us use her lot that day, since the salon is closed on Saturdays.
Tempus made a good supper of pork chops, baked potato and mixed peas and corn. Leslie stopped by on her way home, now that her car is fixed. Tempus headed out, not long after, to get the shopping done and start the paper run.
I finally got newsletters done during the evening, while talking to friends and kids on Facebook. After that I tried doing some more sewing. …and had the same back problem. It must be the table height. So I got to work on some new blog posts and remembered a task that I had set out to do months ago, which was to get pictures of my ball display. I didn’t start on it, but put it on the to-do list.
Tempus ran in with the shopping and headed back out as soon as he had things put away, then he was back at 3:15 for me. The Moon hid and appeared for most of the first hour, looking like a searchlight beyond the clouds, at times, but before we were done with Bayshore it was already getting light. The clouds thinned and mist lay heavily on the foothills above the Alsea River, but none at road level. I don’t remember much of the rest of the run, since I kept falling asleep, but I remember that the clouds had thinned enough to be more like cheesecloth than percale and this afternoon they’re more like flour sack towels!
We’re going to have coffee and scrambled eggs and some of the fried cheese, then I’m going to set up to try making mozzarella cheese. Supposedly it’s not all that difficult, but it does take some kneading and working and cooking curds in the microwave. Since I flat love fresh mozz, I’m thinking this is a good one to put into the skill set!
Today ‘s feast is Vesta Aperit, the first day of the Vestalia in ancient Rome. This is the one day of the year when the most sacred area of Vesta’s temple was open for women to offer sacrifices. The rest of the year it was closed to all but the priestesses. Vesta was the goddess of the hearth and the sacred fire that was the basis of much of the Roman worship. The Vestals, usually referred to as, “Vestal Virgins”, were the only women in Rome who were held to be equal to and independent from men, but if they broke their 30-year vow of chastity they would be buried alive. They lived in a house near the main centers of worship. The picture to the left is Vesta’s temple in 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestalia#Vestalia
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallentry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/10 at 6:10pm.
On the evening of June 9th the Moon, about a half day after full, shines close to Saturn, which is five days before its own opposition.
With June well under way, the Big Dipper has swung around to hang down by its handle high in the northwest during evening. The middle star of its handle is Mizar, with tiny little Alcor right next to it. On which side of Mizar should you look for Alcor? As always, on the side toward Vega! Which is now shining in the east-northeast.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.2, in Virgo) shines high and bright in the south to southwest during evening. No other point in the evening sky is so bright. Spica, magnitude +1.0 and noticeably bluer, glitters 11° left or lower left of it. In a telescope, Jupiter has shrunk to 40 arcseconds wide.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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”… Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
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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
W 7 Low 6:25 AM -0.4 5:32 AM Set 4:48 AM 93
~ 7 High 12:44 PM 5.9 8:58 PM Rise 7:16 PM
~ 7 Low 6:07 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – All-encompassing love fills me and my environment.
~ Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein
~ Perception is the personal radar that allows us to see the obstacles in life ahead and steer our course through the chaos of the modern world. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Pillage, then burn. – Howard Tayler
~ Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute. – Josh Billings
Then flash the wings returning summer calls
Through the deep arches of her forest halls. –Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841–1935)
Litha Magick – Sun Meditation – Thorn Coyle????
Were I with you now, we would drum and dance and I would invite you to the center of the circle to invoke the sun and to dance the sun’s energy, to feel its heat on your skin, to work up a sweat and to call it into you until you were running with it, hot, vibrant, vital.
If it is a sunny day, go stand outside once you are done reading this section. If it is not sunny out, remember a day when it was, when the sun burned bright above you and warmed your shoulders. Feel it even on a rainy, snowy, or foggy day. It still adds brightness behind the clouds or foe that obscure it. The sun is out there, steadily flaming as we move in an arcing dance around it, drawn by its warmth and the turning pull of gravity.
Take a deep breath. Close your eyes for a moment and feel the sun. Turn yourself so you face it. Begin to breathe. Imagine that you can breathe in the power of the sun, its heat, it: power. Take it into your belly. Tet yourself begin to move with it. Dance the dance of the sun. If this feels uncomfortable to you, being outside, just take this in, storing it for later, when you can dance the dance of the sun. Call the sun down, call it into your circle. Dance the sun in. Dance it. Sing it. Drum it. What does the sun feel like? Call it in, call it down. You are full of the sun. It is no longer outside of you. You can communicate with it. You can dance with it. You have touched the sun just as the sun touches you. Dance with the sun for a while. You are radiant beauty, powerful, life giving, and strong.
Take another breath. Begin to slow down. Feel your skin become your own, and feel the sun recede beyond your reach. It still warms and feeds you, but it is far outside of you again. Feel your body, human and alive. Breathe in and out. You are beautiful. Thank the sun. Blow it a kiss. Align your Triple Soul with the energy running through you. Blessed be.