Bright, bright beautiful sunshine! It’s clear but for tiny white puffs and a few streaks and the marine layer out over the ocean. Wait one…it’s May… has it already turned to summer? We’re going to have an awful water bill, if so, this year… 56F Wind at 17mph. The ocean is bluer than blue and so was the Bay!
Yesterday we had a busy day. It wasn’t just the projects and the cookery, but we had a lot of shoppers in, some of whom were actually buying things. I ended up doing a long reading later in the evening when we’re not normally there, but the potluck ran late and we had at least a dozen people in after the normal closing time, not counting the House people.
Cookery started with a pork roast (in a crockpot) and then toasting the breadcrumbs for bread soup… and Tempus misunderstood what I said and burned the first batch. 🙂 …so the shop smelled like burned bread for a bit. …but we opened the doors and the outside air smelled lovely and there was just enough breeze. I set up carrots and worked out the recipes for the amount of bread crumbs that were left for the soup. Next up was finding the things that needed to sit out to soften, like the frozen garlic butter. After I while I set up the soup to cook for the rest of the afternoon.
Eventually carrots, cabbage and pork roast were done. We had a lot of people here. 9? I think? ….and we put together some servings for 3 folks who couldn’t make it. We didn’t leave the shop until 11pm and I was tired.
So Tempus left me home again this morning. I was out in the yard, weeding…. that’s 55 hawkweed yesterday and 152 today.
A photo of a pelican in Yachats by Ken Gagne from 5/19/17
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 misnamed “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 and make a nice tea or add to green tea. Kate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – 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
Vejovis? Who he? Even the later Romans weren’t completely sure! They showed him as a young man, holding a bunch of arrows and lightning bolts and accompanied by a goat. Supposedly one of the first gods to be born, he was associated with healing and Asclepius, and goats were sacrificed to him to keep plagues away. Apparently his aspects changed early on and there are a lot of controversies about which is “right” and where his name came from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
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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 5/29 at 7:20am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/21 at 8:49pm. 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 5/27 at 7:20pm.
Vega far outshines the rest of Lyra’s more delicate, 3rd and 4th-magnitude stars. The whole group climbs the eastern sky these evenings and shines near the zenith just before dawn. Bob King
First-quarter Moon (exact at 11:49 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). The First Quarter Moon hangs high in the southwest as darkness falls, then sinks steadily toward the western horizon throughout the evening hours. The Moon lies in the constellation Leo, about 1° north of 1st-magnitude Regulus. From North America, the two objects appear closest in the early evening sky.
This evening the asteroid 201 Penelope should occult a 9.9-magnitude star in Virgo for telescope users along a narrow path from the Oregon coast through Arizona and into Mexico. Map, details, finder charts. That’s the light curve above that they used to figure out that it’s shaped like this:
There’s a bit of an article about it on Wikipedia with some links. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201_Penelope
Venus (magnitude –3.9, near the feet of Gemini) shines brightly in the west-northwest during evening twilight and just after. It’s as high in twilight as it will get all this spring and summer (for mid-northern skywatchers). In a telescope — look early! — Venus is a little disk 13 arcseconds wide and slightly gibbous: 84% sunlit.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for May 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-may-2018
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.
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 21 High 5:28 AM 7.0 5:43 AM Set 1:54 AM 34
~ 21 Low 12:29 PM -0.6 8:44 PM Rise 12:17 PM
~ 21 High 7:18 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a remembering day!
~ True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. – Socrates
~ We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. – Laingt
~ We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too. – Helen Hayes
~ What is done shall be told all the same. – Grettir’s Saga, c.40
May changes moods just like a baby:
Someone should have named it “Maybe.” –The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1996
The Litha season
- Solar System – Sun
- Element – Fire
- Season – Summer
- Emotion – Love and passion, Sacrifice
Colors – Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Red, Maize yellow, Tan or gold, red, orange, blue, and yellow, green, white or Gold, red, orange, blue, and yellow, green,
Decorations – Dried herbs, potpourri, Dream pillows, Seashells, Wedding gift basket, Feather wreaths, Summer flowers, Fruits, The sun, Anything yellow, orange, and round, flowers and fresh early garden produce, the spear or sword of the sun god and the bountiful cauldron of the goddess ringed in flowers, solar cross or sun symbols, fireworks, sea shells
Foods – Iced tea, Ale, Mead, Lemonade, Orange slice wheels, Sun-shaped cookies, Barbecue, early summer fruits and vegetables, honey cakes, rose ice cream, melted cheese dishes, mangoes, whipped cream on fruit, red wine, strawberries
Spellwork appropriate for Litha – All magick, Love spells, Healing spells, Prosperity spells, growth spells, empowerment spells, are all incredibly potent at this time
Activities and Rituals – bonfire leaping, herb drying, protection, luck, health, transformation, community, career, and relationships
Tools – drums, rattles, bonfire, mirrors for reflecting the sun or bonfire, Earth circles of stone energy
Faeries – At Summer Solstice the phenomenon of the Trooping Faeries will begin. Trooping Faeries live in large communities like a clan and may travel great distances in long processions. You will know that the Trooping Faeries are about when you hear other-worldly music and the sounds of a raucous party. Their favorite pastimes according to Yeats is feasting, fighting, making love and playing music. On Mid-Summer night, keep your eyes and ears open and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them!
Herbs & Plants – Apple, Basil, carnation, Chamomile, Chicory, Chickweed, cinquefoil, daisy, elder, fennel, fern, frankincense, Heather, Heartsease, Houseleek, honeysuckle, ivy, lavender, lily, mistletoe, Mugwort, oak, pine, rose, St. John’s wort, thyme, vervain, yarrow, Peony, Pine, Roses, Rowan, Vervain, yarrow, wild thyme,.
St. John’s Wort – At Summer Solstice the Sun has reached its zenith in the sky and is as close to us in the northern hemisphere as it will ever get before it begins its slow descent which will lead us into winter. At Summer Solstice Saint John’s Wort is also in its height of flowering, and with its golden star-flowers full of stamens that look like rays bursting forth, the sun’s uplifting energy is captured on earth in the form of a humble flower.
Trees – Beech, elder, holly, laurel, linden, oak