It’s 57F and lovely out. There are bits of high cirrus cloud, but else, only a few puffs over the Coast Range. There’s quite a nice breeze, and even weeding in full sun I was pretty comfortable. The wind is at 16mph and gusts are topping 20, making the door rattle, since it’s standing open, trying to air the shop out, too. There’s actually a slight chance of rain for Thursday morning, but only a little…. if…
Yesterday started slowly. Both Tempus and I were trying to figure out what was going on with our computers. That last update made a mess. …and I had no luck. By 3:30 I had given up and decided to work on newsletters instead and did get the frames done for this coming week.
Yeah, we weren’t busy. It was a little surprising being the last day of a holiday weekend. Usually we have folks in during the morning and early afternoon before they head home, but only a few batches of them were in. Our only sales were locals, late in the day.
Tempus made laundry soap during the late afternoon. I got a nap, then finished the newsletter frames and filled in the feasts and such.
By late afternoon the clouds had rolled up and over. Looked like the marine layer to me! Class was scheduled for 7pm, so Tempus got me a snack of a slice of watermelon and then a piece of pickled sausage, a pickled egg and a piece of cheese.
Class went well, although it was short and I ended up in a conversation online afterwards that I didn’t want to leave. Tempus made burgers again for supper and then we headed home. The Moon and Jupiter were blanking out the stars.
Today I’ve been embroidering in between doing chores. I finished another pouch front after getting up quite late. Dishes are done. Air purifier is fixed and apartment is aired. Laundry is started. Still need to finish that and do the table and then get Tempus to vacuum and we’ll be set for the week. I managed another 40 hawkweed yanked out of the ground and some of these were monsters. The leaves stood a foot high and the taproots were over two inches thick! There are a few more in this patch and one more monster patch and then the rest are more normal. Progress! We still have to move some of the gardening buckets, plant the hops and water tomorrow. …and tomorrow’s newsletter will be out *very* early in the morning, since I’m going to do it after the paper route.
A Ken Gagne of the lovely weather on 5/27/15
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Today’s feast is the Ambarvalia. Here’s what Wikipedia says, “Ambarvalia was a Roman agricultural fertility rite held at the end of May in honor of Ceres. At these festivals they sacrificed a bull, a sow, and a sheep, which, before the sacrifice, were led in procession thrice around the fields; whence the feast is supposed to have taken its name, ambio, I go round, and arvum, field. This sacrifice was called a suovetaurilia in Latin. These feasts were of two kinds, public and private. The private were solemnized by the masters of families, accompanied by their children and servants, in the villages and farms out of Rome. The public were celebrated in the boundaries of the city, and in which twelve fratres arvales walked at the head of a procession of the citizens, who had lands and vineyards at Rome. During the procession, prayers would be made to the goddess. The ambervale carmen was a prayer preferred on this occasion. The name “Ambarvalia” appears to be predominantly an urban designation. Roman farmers’ almanacs (menologia rustica) describe this only as segetes lustrantur (“crops are purified”). Scaliger, in his notes on Festus, maintains the ambarvalia to be the same as amburbium. Numerous other communities of the Italian peninsula enacted similar rites with different names.”
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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. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/13 at 12:43pm.
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. Full Moon occurs at 10:20 a.m. EDT, but our satellite looks completely illuminated all night. You can find it rising in the east near sunset and peaking in the south around 1:30 a.m. local daylight time. The Moon spends the night among the background stars of southern Ophiuchus.
For the next 12 days, Jupiter stays 1° or less from 3rd-magnitude Alpha Librae (Zubenelgenubi) >>> : a fine, wide double star for binoculars. Its two components, magnitudes 2.8 and 5.1, are a generous 231 arcseconds apart. Nevertheless they form a real, gravitationally bound pair; they’re both measured to be 77 light-years away. They’re bigger and brighter that our Sun, shining with 36 and 4 times the Sun’s light.
Shining in the east-northeast after dark is Vega, the brightest and currently highest star of the Summer Triangle. But with summer still three weeks away, the Triangle’s final star doesn’t rise above the eastern horizon until about 10 p.m. That’s Altair, the Triangle’s lower right corner. The third star is Deneb, sparkling less far to Vega’s lower left.
Mars (magnitude –1.2, in Capricornus) rises around midnight daylight-saving time. Watch for it about 26° lower left of Saturn. By early dawn Mars glares orange in the south. It’s brightening rapidly now, on its way to an unusually close opposition in late July. Already Mars is 14 or 15 arcseconds wide — slightly bigger than at its poorest oppositions! What detail can you see on Mars in your scope? You’ll want a Mars map that identifies which features are facing Earth at your time and date, such as the Mars Profiler.
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 / 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
Tu 29 High 12:34 AM 8.0 5:36 AM Set 6:03 AM 99
~ 29 Low 7:30 AM -1.0 8:51 PM Rise 9:01 PM
~ 29 High 1:55 PM 6.4
~ 29 Low 7:19 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If have something to say, say it with love. If you want to move from where you are, take the first step. If you love someone, let them know and if not let them go. You will never see what is in front of you, if you never look back. Don’t just talk the walk, walk it. If you know you made a choice that isn’t what you thought it would be, change it. MOST OF ALL BE TRUE TO YOURSELF!
~ Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny. – Paul Tillich
~ Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that the idea is not quite clear to him. – Paul Eldridge
~ Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view. – Yoda
~ Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. – Abraham Lincoln
The glittering leaves of the rhododendrons
Balance and vibrate in the cool air;
While in the sky above them
White clouds chase each other. –John Gould Fletcher (1886–1950)
Midsummer mythology & history links (links may be broken….)
- The Sun in History
- Sun Myths
- Solar Folklore
- Fun Myths About Ancient Sun Gods
- List of all the Sun Gods
- Lugus: The Many-Gifted Lord
- The Coming of Lugh
- Lugh in Myth
- Australian Aborigines’ Sun Mythology
- Hunahpu and Ixbalanque
- Helios in Myth
- Summer Solstice Celebrations: Ancient And Modern
- ON MIDSUMMER DAY (Murtaugh) – song
- Old Charms and Customs
- Mythology in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Activities, Crafts, recipes and general fun
- Sun cookies
- Berries and Cream Cake
- Wild Blackberry Turnovers
- The Old Farmer’s Almanac Bride’s Cake Recipe
- Dandelion Salad with Cooked Dressing
- Strawberry Chiffon Pie
- Geranium leaf sorbet
- Olive, Rosemary & Onion Focaccia
- Rosemary – A Versatile Herb
- Blueberry Mead Recipe
- Dandelion Wine
- Roses for Arthur
- Rosemary Hair Treatment
- Shaker-Style Rose Water
- Making Wreaths
- Making Fragrances
- Flower Chains
- Sun Printed Fabrics
- Build Your Own Stonehenge!
- Local Circles and Events INDEX page
- Midsummer in Sweden (1)
- Midsummer in Sweden
- Midsummer’s Eve
- Midsummer – a summer celebration
- The Sun: Man’s Friend & Foe
- University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Sun Page
- The Virtual Sun
- Star Child – The Sun