Daily Stuff 5-28-18 Memorial Day

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 6:52 AM of -0.8 feet. Wicca 102 at 7pm.

Bright and blue again today! There are bits of white puffiness to the east and the marine layer is close enough to see. …and this just came in, “…SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 2 AM PDT WEDNESDAY… WINDS…N wind 20 to 25 kt with gusts to 30 kt, strongest during the afternoons and evenings.” 58F, wind at 15. …and believe it or not the chance of rain is up some next weekend. It’s still at less than 50% but Sunday through Wednesday (next week, not this week) there’s a possibility of enough to notice.

Yesterday I got in later than usual, but Tempus had the shop open before I got there. We were pretty busy during the early afternoon. I was doing some pictures right off the bat. Like my desk flowers? 🙂 We stayed busy right into the early evening. Not crazy busy, just busy.

Tempus had to go out and buy me another brush for doing my candied violets. I chopped greens while he was gone and then when he got back we found the rest of the tools and ingredients for the things I was making.

He went out again to a yard sale and came back with a bookcase and a beer kit. 🙂 I got the fritters made and they turned out really tasty, but it took awhile, so Tempus made burgers for supper after that and we didn’t head home until nearly 11:30pm.

I’ve been digging weeds again this morning. I think I’m about 1/2 done with a first pass and then I have to go back for the ones that I missed. Today is going to have to start with checking in more books and then I need to get pictures of some of the shells to try to identify them. I’m hoping to do more of the fritters, later, and maybe to get Tempus to do burgers for supper again…and we have class tonight.

Specifically for today. Thank you for your service! “Angel Flight” is the call sign for a airplane with a full casket on board. >>>>


Taps (everyone knows the melody, but there are words….)

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. – Major General Daniel Butterfield

Go forth and conquer! Hey, if even a snail can do it?

medieval battle snailnasturtium Kapuziner-Kresse_7148Today’s plant is NasturtiumTropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. motif flower Nasturtium-TropaeolumThe flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus

weather SunToday is the date in 585 BC on which the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales predicted a solar eclipse would occur. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated since eclipses can be calculated pretty exactly. The Battle of the Eclipse was fought on this date. It is called that because it ended abruptly as the eclipse was considered to be a sign from the gods, and therefore recorded.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Halys_(585_BC)

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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. 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. 

The Moon, full on the nights of May 28th and 29th, glares with Antares those nights and then much closer to Saturn on the 31st.
Mars rises around 12:30 a.m. local daylight time and climbs 25° high in the south-southeast by the time twilight commences. Although it won’t reach opposition for another two months, the Red Planet appears noticeably brighter than it did just a week ago. Shining at magnitude –1.1 this morning, it is the second-brightest point of light in the morning sky after Jupiter. If you point a telescope toward Mars this morning, you’ll see a 15″-diameter disk with several subtle surface features. To learn more about the planet’s great summer show, see “Observe Mars at its best” in the May Astronomy.

As Jupiter’s moon Io passes in front of the gas giant, the moon’s shadow will cross the face of the planet, making it appear as if it has a “black eye. – Damian Peach
Jupiter’s moon Europa emerges out of eclipse from Jupiter’s shadow around 11:13 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. A small telescope will show Europa gradually swelling into view just off the planet’s eastern limb.
Venus (magnitude –3.9, in Gemini) shines brightly in the west-northwest during evening twilight and just after. This is about as high in twilight as Venus is going to get. In a telescope (look early, as soon after sunset as you can pick it up) Venus is a gibbous disk 13 arcseconds wide and 81% 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. 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 Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 3:29pm
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30) Retrograde
Color – Silver

Planting 5/26-28

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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
M   28      Low   6:52 AM    -0.8   5:37 AM     Set  5:29 AM      96
~    28     High   1:11 PM     6.3   8:50 PM    Rise  8:02 PM
~    28      Low   6:40 PM     2.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – For this is wisdom, to love and live, to take what fate or what we may give!


Journal Prompt – When? – When you look at an elderly person’s hands what do you see?



~  Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.  – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~  Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.- Emanuel Swedenborg
~  Love your art and it will love you back. – Chris Guillibeau
~  Make the second effort your second nature. – Harvey Mackay

When elm leaves are as big as a shilling,
Plant kidney beans, if to plant ’em you’re willing;
When elm leaves are as big as a penny,
You must plant kidney beans, if you mean to have any. – Old planting rhyme


Litha Magick – Incense and Potpourri Recipes

Summer Solstice Ritual Potpourri Recipe by Gerina Dunwich – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm

  • 45 drops lemon or lavender oil
  • 1 cup oak moss
  • 2 cups dried lavender
  • 2 cups dried wisteria
  • 2 cups dried verbena

Mix the lemon or lavender oil with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.

(The above recipe for “Summer Solstice Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 162, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)

Midsummer Incense Recipes by Scott Cunningham – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm

Midsummer Incense #1:

  • 2 parts Sandalwood
  • 1 part Mugwort
  • 1 part Chamomile
  • 1 part Gardenia petals
  • a few drops Rose oil
  • a few drops Lavender oil
  • a few drops Yarrow oil

Burn at Wiccan rituals at the Summer Solstice (circa June 21st) or at that time to attune with the seasons and the Sun.

Midsummer Incense #2:

  • 3 parts Frankincense
  • 2 parts Benzoin
  • 1 part Dragon’s Blood
  • 1 part Thyme
  • 1 part Rosemary
  • 1 pinch Vervain
  • a few drops Red Wine

Another like the above.

(The above recipe for “Midsummer Incense” is quoted directly from Scott Cunningham’s book “The Complete Book of Incenses, Oils & Brews”, page 80, Llewellyn Publications, 1989/1992.)

Midsummer Incensehttp://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html

  • 2 Parts Sandalwood
  • 1 Part Camomile
  • 1 Part Gardenia petals
  • few drops Rose oil
  • few drops Lavender oil
  • few drops yarrow oil



Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you. – Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)

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