First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:11 AM of -0.4 feet. House Capuchin’s Project Day from Noon to 5pm.
The sky is an inverted blue bowl over us with the glaze thinner at the edges and a couple of streaks where the Potter wasn’t quite as careful with Her brush. The hind-dunes lakes were all sparkling with sun-glitter where they were breeze-ruffled. The marine layer is only a haze at the horizon. It’s 61F and just lovely!
Yesterday we worked on books some more. To spare me the wheezing, Tempus took several boxes out front and vacuumed them. I started checking them in and there are a lot more for the overflow shelf, even a few more dragons!
We had some customers in, but a lot of folks were just browsing and it was pretty quiet compared to the traffic on the highway. Elisabeth de Besancon stopped by. They’re not at the Egil’s tourney, either, but vacationing, and suddenly realized where they were. 🙂 Tempus has a serious case of braid envy, since hers is down to her calves.
Tempus watered plants in the late afternoon and then vacuumed some more books. I got a nap and then worked on some writing. I have a pair of very faded rose in a vase. They were beautiful on Monday for the yellow one and Thursday for the pink and now they just have a light and lovely scent. Not going to dump ’em until they fall apart, then I might put the petals in a plate on my desk.
I started a migraine overnight, so Tempus left me home this morning, but once it started to ease I had him come and get me since I have things to do. I harvested a bunch of herbs for herb fritters and some violets to do candied violets if they hold up long enough.
This is a good reminder! – https://www.livescience.com/62651-how-hot-cars-get.html
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata(aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
Today is the anniversary of the death of the Venerable Bede in 735. He was an English monk at the monastery of Saint Peter at Monkwearmouth and its companion monastery, Saint Paul’s, in modern Jarrow, Northeast England, both of which were located in the Kingdom of Northumbria. He is well known as an author and scholar, and his most famous work, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) gained him the title “The Father of English History”. He actually had access to a lot of documents that have long since disappeared as well as quite a number of classical sources. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bede and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historia_ecclesiastica_gentis_Anglorum
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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. 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 5/30 at 7:20pm.
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.)
Now Jupiter shines to the Moon’s right in the evening. They may look like companions, but Jupiter is 1,700 times farther away. The waxing gibbous Moon appears near brilliant Jupiter all night. The two were closest during the afternoon hours from North America (when they were below the horizon), and they slowly pull apart as the night progresses. Still, they make a pretty pair set against the backdrop of Libra the Scales. (Ignore the comet….) If it weren’t for the Moon, Jupiter would dominate the late evening sky. The giant planet reached opposition and peak visibility earlier this month, and it remains a stunning sight from shortly after sunset until morning twilight is underway. It appears in the southeastern sky during evening twilight and climbs highest in the south around 11:30 p.m. local daylight time. Shining at magnitude –2.5, Jupiter is the night sky’s brightest point of light once Venus sets shortly before 11 p.m. The giant world resides in Libra, 1.1° northeast of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [α] Librae). When viewed through a telescope, the gas giant’s disk spans 44″ and shows stunning detail in its cloud tops.
And very high above them shines bright Arcturus, 530,000 times more distant than Jupiter.
Mercury is lost in the glow of ~~sunrise.
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
Su 27 Low 6:11 AM -0.4 5:38 AM Set 4:58 AM 92
~ 27 High 12:24 PM 6.2 8:49 PM Rise 6:59 PM
~ 27 Low 5:58 PM 1.8
~ 27 High 11:59 PM 8.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears.
~ It is best to only say today what will not be regretted tomorrow. – Bandamanna Saga, c.10
~ It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. – Erma Bombeck
~ Karma means that all actions have consequences. Grace means that in a moment of atonement -taking responsibility, making amends, asking for forgiveness – all karma is burned. – Marianne Williamson
~ Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto. Dale Carnegie
The flowers in the breeze are swaying, swaying,
The whole wide world is out a-Maying. –Genevieve Mary Irons (1855–1928)
Jeweled Fairy Pentacle – If you’ve never done wire-wrapping before this can be a fun piece to learn on, since it’s not critical to have everything stay put.
- Needle-nose pliers
- Possibly a hot glue gun
- Small amount of thread or light cord in the same color as the sticks.
- An 8-10 inch wire ring – These are available at craft stores. You want one that really doesn’t want to bend.
- 5, 8-10 inch straight sticks (match the ring diameter for length, grapevine is good, but isn’t necessary
- Light craft wire in copper, if possible.
- Thin Aluminum wire comes in multiple colors. You can use this for the decorations.
- 20-25 glass leaf beads (copper color) with large enough holes for the wire
- 20-25 pearls (greens) with large enough holes for the wire
- 5 metal and glass ornaments
- 1 large fairy pendant
- 5 complementary stone pieces, probably agates or jasper
- Drill with a tiny bit (if possible)
- If you have a drill, cut the sticks to the inner diameter of the ring (minus a little bit, look at the picture) and drill tiny holes crosswise on both ends so that you can wire them to the ring. If you don’t have a drill, cut them longer and fasten them to the face of the ring. In both cases use the thread/cord to fasten them in place and put glue on the knots and let dry.
- If you are “magicking” the pentacle, start from the top to bottom right, then bottom right to upper left, then across, then from upper right to bottom left, then bottom left to the top. As you tie the last knot say, “So Mote it Be!
- Tie the intersections and put a dot of glue on the knots.
- Add your fairy. If you have a large enough jump ring you can fasten that to the top of the inner pentagon as in the picture. Else, tie/glue in place.
- Play with making curls of the wire, spirals like on top of the stones and wrap enough around the stones to hold them in place, then wrap around the sticks and make a spiral at the other end. If you’ve never done wire wrapping this is going to take awhile, but play with it. It’s not rocket science.
- Take the heavier wire and cut a 4-8 inch piece to make a hanging loop. Twist the ends of the wire together, putting the loop between the upper sticks and around the ring.
- String your leaf beads and pearls on the lighter wire, alternately.
- Fasten the wire at the top of the ring, by curling it around….something….whatever looks right to you.
- Start wrapping the wire around the ring, keeping 4 of each leaf/pearl between each stick. You can change this up as in the picture, if you wish, but decide before you start, if you have a limited number of beads!
- Twist the wire around the hanging loop, clip, leaving an inch and then twist the last bit around the ring.
- Check to make sure all your intersections are glued/twisted/knotted into place.
- Set the pentacle face up and fasten the metal/glass ornaments on the points of the star. You can glue/wire/tie as necessary.
- Once everything is dry, your pentacle is ready for use, either flat on an altar or hanging up.
Note – You can change the color combinations; just try to keep to 2 or 3 of metal and color. Red/Gold/Brown is one possibility. Silver/Green/Gold would be another and of course the copper/green/silver of the original.
Silliness – Refrigerator Goals
When I returned home from college for a break, I noticed a paper posted on the refrigerator. It listed some goals my dad had set for himself: Help wife more; lose weight; be more productive at work.
I promptly added: “Send Michelle money every month.”
A few days later my brother wrote: “Make payments on car for Jason.”
Then my boyfriend joined in with: “Buy Tom a Jeep.”
Finally my father added a new goal to his amended list: “Wean kids.”