Yesterday was one of those yawn-all-day bits. It didn’t stop me from getting stuff done. A *lot* of books are priced and on the shelves. There was one set…. big books on dragons, like artwork books, that are on the table where we usually have prints. I got a batch of tvarog cooked. I’m experimenting again. It’s been sitting for almost a week.
Tempus ran his errands in Newport, even found a bulb for my embroidery lamp! Once he was back he got us some lunch. …and then class went well. We’re 1/2-way through Lesson Five, which is Living Pagan.
Tempus was dinking around in back while class was going on. It turned out he was working on dishes. We headed home at 10 and went right to bed, not even taking the time to put my bulb into the lamp, so when I was up during the night I read, instead.
I’ve been out this morning grabbing pictures of flowers. We’re later than I hoped, but we’re open and it’s also not all that busy, yet. The highway was really hopping when we got here and now it’s quiet again. There were a lot of extra people in town last night. You could see by the way Taco Loco was hopping during class.
Today’s feast is the Fortinalia, or sacred well day. It was celebrated in ancient Rome on October 13 and pagans today keep the feast in May as a thank you to the wells that give us clean water and to the wells of inspiration that we dip from to create our magick. Usually flowers and ribbons are brought to the wells. I’ve done clean-ups around artesian springs on this day, too, and the pipe that has awesome spring water out rt. 34, usually has a bouquet and a dozen ribbons every year! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontinalia
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
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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
Using the Moon as your starting point, how early can you pick out Jupiter, then Spica, then 3rd-magnitude Alpha Librae? This frame is about 25° wide. (So as you can see, the Moon is shown about 3 times its actual apparent size.) Tonight the Moon forms a flat triangle with Spica and brighter Jupiter, which are more or less on opposite sides of it, as shown here. This is their arrangement in bright twilight. The whole scene rotates counterclockwise as it moves westward through the night.
Saturn’s rings fall into shadow in this 2009 image taken by Cassini. – NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute – Although Saturn won’t reach opposition and peak visibility for another month, observers will be hard-pressed to see it as inferior this week. The ringed planet rises around 10:30 p.m. local daylight time and appears highest in the south around 3 a.m. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.2 and stands out against the background stars of northern Sagittarius. If you target the beautiful world through a telescope, you’ll see its 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a ring system that spans 41″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is low in the east-southeast before the beginning of dawn.
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”..
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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
Sa 26 Low 5:27 AM 0.1 5:39 AM Set 4:29 AM 85
~ 26 High 11:31 AM 6.1 8:49 PM Rise 5:55 PM
~ 26 Low 5:14 PM 1.4
~ 26 High 11:23 PM 7.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fill your heart with courage and you will be able to face life with confidence.
~ If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it. – Winston Churchill
~ I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. – Fannie Hurst (1889-1968) US writer
~ Inevery moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices. – Deepak Chopra
~ In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What plant we in this apple tree?
Sweets for a hundred flowery springs
To load the May-wind’s restless wings,
When, from the orchard-row, he pours
Its fragrance through our open doors;
A world of blossoms for the bee,
Flowers for the sick girl’s silent room,
For the glad infant sprigs of bloom,
We plant with the apple tree. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
Midsummer by JT – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
The world within
Echoes the world without
Lush foliage, leaves unfurled
Soft springy grass dotted with
Brightly colored flowers peeping through
The earth is green and bright
With warm sunny days
Clear velvety blue skies
Gentle cool breezes
Nature in glory
Our hopes blossom
With the season
The seeds of the fruit
Our desires will bear
Can be seen
On the stems
Of our dreams
Summer by Marian Lore Singer – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
Standing midst the Circle
I look at faces —
all searching for that special spark
that sense of connection
which spans all words
We come together
to know the same magic
that moved the great stones
birthed the dragons
and touched even the stars
with its mighty song.
to sense the power
rising within us
like the glory of a summer sun
until we too sing
its timeless ballad.
until our souls dance hand in hand
with the Lady of Light
and Lord of the Fires
(The above “Summer” poem is quoted directly from Llewellyn’s 1994 Magical Almanac, page 169, Llewellyn Worldwide Publications, 1993.)