Daily Stuff 5-24-18 Hermes Trismegistus

Hi, folks!

There’s still no rain in the forecast as far out as it goes. It’s quite overcast and 60F by the phone company. There’s not a lot of wind. It’s more in fits and gusts, rather than anything steady. There are several layers of clouds up there, but it’s getting brighter.

We had a good run Tuesday night. It was dry, overcast and quiet except for a lot of 18-wheelers heading east on 34 with no load. That was odd. We were home by 5:30, after stopping at the shop to pick up some things.

Yesterday was pretty quiet. We got our chores done and I spent several hours re-setting my clothes drawers for summer and finding bits and pieces that had gotten put into strange places. We even got more of the finished embroidery pieces washed! …although the one with beads had one bead break, so I need to fix that before turning it into a pouch.

I spent awhile embroidering and we got the laundry done and put away and both got showers. In the early evening Tempus went to get the computer and it has decided that the password is incorrect. We tried everything we knew and consulted with the tech, but…. so the home computer is down until he gets back from Idaho.

While I was waiting for Tempus to do the running up and down from the apartment I grabbed the weeder and got some more hawkweed dug. I don’t know why it took off the way it did this spring after digging so much last year, but I’m maybe 1/4 of the area done and I’ve dug 230 plants! I’m going to need to use a bucket for a lot of the rest, because they’re already trying to flower and I don’t want more seeds scattered.

Today we need to get caught up on some things here. We’ve got the shop open. Tempus has dishes to do. I need to get some sewing done. I think I may stay here this evening when he heads for Newport and have him take me home after the Beaver Creek/Bayview loop since a lot of what I need to do with writing is going to have to happen on this computer for the next while.


evergreen violet viola sempervirensToday’s Plant is the Evergreen VioletViola sempervirens.This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind our old house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

Today’s feast is that of Hermes Trismegistus. He seems to be aHermesTrismegistusCauc combination of Hermes and Thoth with a lot of other bits thrown in, but the corpus of works assigned to him are the basis of Hermeticism. He is a god of writing and magick, of astrology, alchemy and other learned arts. There are books like the Kybalion and the Emerald Tablets of Thoth that are attributed to him.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus

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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 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. 

Ceres, Mars, Venus, and more shine overhead in the sky this week. Pixabay
Constellations seem to twist around fast when they pass your zenith — if you’re comparing them to the direction “down,” i.e. directly away from the zenith. Right now, as the stars come out, the Big Dipper still floats almost horizontal practically overhead to the north (seen from 40° N latitude). But in just two or three weeks, as seen in the same stage of twilight, the Dipper will be hanging straight down by its handle!
Neptune rises around 2:30 a.m. local daylight time and appears about 15° high in the east-southeast as twilight commences. The distant world glows at magnitude 7.9, so you’ll need binoculars or a telescope to spot it. Fortunately, it lies near a brighter star that will guide you. This morning, Neptune stands 1.1° west-southwest of 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. You can confirm your sighting of Neptune through a telescope, which reveals the planet’s 2.3″-diameter disk and blue-gray color.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, just above the Sagittarius Teapot) rises about an hour after dark. It stands highest in the south before dawn begins, about 24° to the right of brighter Mars.

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. 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”..

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Libra
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30) Retrograde
Color – Turquoise

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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

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
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
Th  24      Low   3:37 AM     1.4   5:40 AM     Set  3:33 AM      67
~    24     High   9:20 AM     5.9   8:47 PM    Rise  3:44 PM
~    24      Low   3:32 PM     0.8
~    24     High  10:00 PM     7.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Work on Loving Yourself Every Day.


Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – What holidays or celebrations are important to your family? Why? What do you and your family do on those days?



~  Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight- Helen Keller
~  Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened. – Charles Spurgeon
~  Forgiveness takes away 90% of our suffering. Gratitude takes away what’s left. – Nithya Shanti
~  Gods are real. And these gods are everywhere, in all aspects of existence, all aspects of human life. – James Hillman

The new grass brightens by the trodden way,
The woods wave welcome to the sweet spring day,
And the sea is growing summer blue. –Elizabeth A. Allen (1832–1911)


Litha Magick – Recipes

Midsummer Oils

Midsummer Oil #1

  • 3 parts Patchouli
  • 2 parts Musk
  • 2 parts Carnation

Wear to a Midsummer Sabbat to promote communion with the deities.

Midsummer Oil #2

  • 2 parts Frankincense
  • 2 part Myrrh
  • 1 part Carnation
  • 1 part Allspice
  • 1 part Cinnamon

Wear to a Midsummer Sabbat to promote communion with the deities.

Midsummer Oil – Put in soap or anoint candles – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm

  • 5 drops lavender
  • 4 drops rosemary
  • 4 drops rose

Add a piece of dried vervain, a small citrine, clear quartz crystal, and a sprinkle of gold glitter. So magical and beautiful!


Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be held on a sunny day.


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