It must have rained a little this morning, but the path up from the apartment was mostly dry. 51F and the wind is at 5mph. The hills were wreathed in tattered fog/cloud as we were coming over the bridge. It’s solid cloud right now, but it’s supposed to clear some as the day goes on.
Yesterday flew past since there was a lot to do. I spent quite awhile early on finishing up paperwork and checking in books. Tempus was working in back so we’d have room for the cheesemaking. The folks for that turned up early and we talked for awhile until things were ready.
We set up a tvarog and a scalded milk cheese. It took the usual hour for the second one to get up to temp by which time they had headed home, but I got it hung up and it cooled while I got a nap and then cleaned up. I also set up a lentil pottage for today, which smelled wonderful as we walked into the shop.
This is the Hawaiian Chieftain sailing around Yaquina Bay on 5/14/15! Pic by Ken Gagne. She and the Lady Washington are due back in late June-July.
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
May 6 is the day of Eyvind Kelve in Norse celebrations. Eyvind Kelve was a pagan martyr who was tortured and drowned on the orders of King Olaf Tryggvason for refusing to give up his pagan beliefs. Eyvind refused to convert. He was pricked with hot pins, had his fingers broken, his back scored and fruit and salt scrubbed into the wounds, and still refused to consent to baptism. He was deprived of food and sleep, and when he still refused, Olaf declared that if he would not take the waters of baptism, the waters would take him, and had him drowned. I guess pagans have our tortured martyrs, too…. …and the Law of Return at work, Olaf eventually drowned after a losing battle at sea. According to Heimskringla’s account, king Olaf had practitioners of seiðr tied and left on a skerry at ebb. More on Olav here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olav_Tryggvason#Forcible_conversions That guy was a real piece of work! A week later, Norwegians celebrate the Festival of the Midnight Sun, which pays tribute to the Norse sun goddess. This festival marks the beginning of ten straight weeks without darkness. In part from http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/beltanemayday/p/Beltane_History.htm A tiny bit more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyvind_Kelve
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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 5/15 at 4:48am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/7 at 7:09pm.
In early dawn, the waning gibbous Moon cruises past Saturn and then brighter Mars.
Here’s a challenge: With Jupiter just two days from opposition, it’s currently casting its shadow in space almost exactly away from us. But not precisely so. An eclipse of Io tonight offers a test. At 1:35 a.m. EDT (10:35 p.m. PDT), Io disappears into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow while hanging smack on Jupiter’s western (preceding) edge. In your telescope, can you detect that Io fades out just barely off Jupiter’s limb rather than behind the limb itself?
The annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaks before dawn. Unfortunately, the waning gibbous Moon shares the sky, and its bright light will wash out fainter meteors and render the brighter ones less impressive. Don’t give up hope, however. For the best views, find an otherwise dark site and position yourself where a tree or building blocks the Moon’s direct light. The Eta Aquariid shower derives from bits of debris ejected by Comet 1P/Halley during its many trips around the Sun.
Although the Moon interferes with the Eta Aquariids, take a few minutes to enjoy a binocular view of our satellite next to Mars. The Moon slides 3° due north of the Red Planet at 3 a.m. EDT.
Mercury (magnitude 0) is having a very low, poor apparition deep in the glow of sunrise. Using binoculars, look for it 15 or 20 minutes before sunrise barely above the east horizon. Nothing else there is as bright.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for May 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-may-2018
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 6 High 4:47 AM 6.4 6:00 AM Rise 1:37 AM 71
~ 6 Low 11:59 AM 0.6 8:27 PM Set 11:13 AM
~ 6 High 6:52 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts.
Journal Prompt – Expository – Write a journal entry about the last important test you took. Describe the preparation you did for the test; your emotions before, during, and after the test; and your actual performance on the test.
~ There’s no excusing the man who rejects the truth once it’s proven. – Fóstbrœðra saga, c.23
~ This day shall be the best day of my life. – Paramahansa Yogananda
~ To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon. – Chinese Proverb
~ To refrain from imitation is the best revenge. – Marcus Aurelius
May-Day – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Where shall we keep the holiday,
And duly greet the entering May?
Too strait and low our cottage doors, 220
And all unmeet our carpet floors;
Nor spacious court, nor monarch’s hall,
Suffice to hold the festival.
Up and away! where haughty woods
Front the liberated floods: 225
We will climb the broad-backed hills,
Hear the uproar of their joy;
We will mark the leaps and gleams
Of the new-delivered streams,
And the murmuring rivers of sap 230
Mount in the pipes of the trees,
Giddy with day, to the topmost spire,
Which for a spike of tender green
Bartered its powdery cap;
And the colors of joy in the bird, 235
And the love in its carol heard,
Frog and lizard in holiday coats,
And turtle brave in his golden spots;
While cheerful cries of crag and plain
Reply to the thunder of river and main. 14 240
Beautiful and functional, our unique, easy-to-make paper lanterns keep outdoor celebrations aglow as the sun begins to set. On rainy days, hang a strand of lit lanterns to create a magical scene indoors.
- Scrapbook paper, color(s) of your choice
- 2 pencils (1 sharpened, 1 dull)
- Craft glue
- Strand of holiday lights
- Push pin
- Scrap of cardboard
Printable Lantern Template & Instructions
To get started, simply download and print our star lantern instructions and template. For a look that is truly your own, experiment with different colors and sizes.
- Follow the instructions provided within the template to construct and strand your lanterns.
- Hang the strand, then plug in the lights!
Personalize Your Lanterns
As an added touch, before you glue your lanterns together, use our simple pin-poking technique to spell out a special message with your lanterns.
- Select a message to convey.
- Use a pencil to lightly draw each letter from your message, one letter per lantern.
- Place your scrapbook paper flat on a scrap of cardboard.
- Using a push pin, poke holes along your drawn letter.
Decorate Outdoor Spaces with Lanterns
When lit, lanterns are bright enough to illuminate the faces of your guests, yet subtle enough for you to appreciate the flicker of fireflies. To inspire you, here are our favorite ways to display them:
- Celebrate the Fourth of July with red, white and blue star-shaped lanterns, personalized with a patriotic message.
- Hang strands along trees, bushes or trellises. For a more natural effect, tuck them gently into the greenery.
- A string of white lanterns creates a gorgeous contrast to the vibrant colors and lush foliage of summer.
- Create a strand of bright-colored lanterns to set the mood or fit the theme of a party and bring out the hues in your garden.
Tip: LED lights last longer than traditional bulbs, so use them to guarantee your party will shine long into the night.
Enhance Indoor Spaces with Lanterns
When the weather begins to cool, create everyday beauty by adorning your home indoors.
- For a fun and sophisticated touch, string lanterns along ceilings, across the top of a doorway or from any overhang.
- Make entertaining and everyday meals extraordinary. Simply arrange a cluster of lanterns above your table.
- Update the look by selecting paper with colors and patterns that accent your home’s interior décor.
- Decorate for a special celebration by hanging bouquets of unlit lanterns throughout your space.
Tip: They’re perfect for summer, but we love to use our lanterns in the winter months, too. Make them part of your holiday décor by hanging them inside along mantles or weaving them through a table setup.
Silliness – Cone of Shame