It’s marvelously clear at 5am. The Moon is very bright as is Mars. Saturn faded out almost 1/2 an hour ago, and Jupiter got lost in the horizon haze. 44F with no wind. …and we’re back to no rain in the forecast….
Once we were at the shop yesterday we got things open, so that it would cool off. Tempus ran over to the pharmacy, then helped me pull out some equipment. Tuesday evening is when I do cookery, if I can.
Tempus had gone after gas for the evening and to head home to work on the mower, so he can do the grass. I started with getting some chicken, bok choy and ginger ready for a chinese soup. Tempus got back just before 8 and had to switch two tires on the car, so he had to bolt his soup, but it turned out pretty good. I don’t particularly like the green udon noodles, though…. they smell… starchy? Weird, anyway.
So after Tempus headed out I set up some cabbage rolls….well, bok choy rolls…. as an experiment that we’ll cook tomorrow. I swiped the leaves from the bok choy, because Tempus doesn’t like them as well as the stems, so it’s worth a try, and that way he didn’t have to buy me a cabbage. We had filling in the freezer from the feast, so it’s time to start using it up! We also have the mushroom catsup for sauce from last month. By 10pm I had finished that and he was on the road. I fried up the rest of the fritters, next, ate my share and then waited for him to say he was rolling, which happened at 11pm.
Today we’re going to sleep late and then finish chores and hopefully we’ll get my hops planted!
Photo by Ken Gagne from 5/23/17 of Heceta Head.
Today’s feast is Frigg’s day, according to Nigel Pennick. Frigg is a goddess associated with married women. She was called up by women to assist in giving birth to children. She is also wise enough to sit in Odin’s (her husband’s) seat to keep an eye on the world. Orion’s Belt was called Frigg’s distaff by the Norse. The picture is of her spinning clouds! There’s an article with a lot of the stories here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigg and another with a lot of the similarities between Frigg and Freya here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigg_and_Freyja_origin_hypothesis
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/6 at 11:32am.
Set up your telescope for Saturn and Mars before the start of dawn on the mornings of May 31st through June 3rd, and the added bonus of the waning gibbous Moon will await you. Never mind its light pollution — bright planets in a telescope shine right through any amount of moonlight in the sky.
Vega is the brightest star in the east-northeast after dark. The other main stars of its constellation, Lyra, currently dangle down from it.
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
If you look at Jupiter through a telescope tonight, it will appear as if it has a “black eye.” The reason: The shadow of its moon Io appears in stark contrast to the bright jovian cloud tops. The action gets underway at 10:37 p.m. EDT, when Io itself first touches the planet’s eastern limb. The volcanic moon’s shadow follows 30 minutes later. You can track the pair crossing Jupiter for the next two hours. Io moves off the planet’s western limb at 12:45 a.m., followed by its shadow at 1:17 a.m.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, in Libra) shines well up in the south-southeast as twilight fades. It’s highest in the south, presenting the sharpest views in a telescope, by 11 or midnight daylight-saving time. It’s still a generous 44 arcseconds in equatorial diameter. See the telescopic guide to observing Jupiter in the May Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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
W 30 High 1:08 AM 7.9 5:36 AM Set 6:41 AM 99
~ 30 Low 8:07 AM -1.1 8:52 PM Rise 9:57 PM
~ 30 High 2:36 PM 6.4
~ 30 Low 7:57 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you open your eyes to greet this day….remember to first love yourself, celebrate your strengths and know that you are loved, that you are needed, valued and appreciated and take the time to wish yourself a very special Happy Valentines Day..for if you feel the love you can share the love within…
~ My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal …is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. – Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
~ Nature abhors annihilation. – Cicero
~ Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu
~ No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence. – George Eliot
The later the blackthorn in bloom after May 1st, the better the rye and harvest. – Traditional English proverb
Were I with you now, we would drum and dance and I would invite you to the center of the circle to invoke the sun and to dance the sun’s energy, to feel its heat on your skin, to work up a sweat and to call it into you until you were running with it, hot, vibrant, vital.
If it is a sunny day, go stand outside once you are done reading this section. If it is not sunny out, remember a day when it was, when the sun burned bright above you and warmed your shoulders. Feel it even on a rainy, snowy, or foggy day. It still adds brightness behind the clouds or foe that obscure it. The sun is out there, steadily flaming as we move in an arcing dance around it, drawn by its warmth and the turning pull of gravity.
Take a deep breath. Close your eyes for a moment and feel the sun. Turn yourself so you face it. Begin to breathe. Imagine that you can breathe in the power of the sun, its heat, it: power. Take it into your belly. Tet yourself begin to move with it. Dance the dance of the sun. If this feels uncomfortable to you, being outside, just take this in, storing it for later, when you can dance the dance of the sun. Call the sun down, call it into your circle. Dance the sun in. Dance it. Sing it. Drum it. What does the sun feel like? Call it in, call it down. You are full of the sun. It is no longer outside of you. You can communicate with it. You can dance with it. You have touched the sun just as the sun touches you. Dance with the sun for a while. You are radiant beauty, powerful, life giving, and strong.
Take another breath. Begin to slow down. Feel your skin become your own, and feel the sun recede beyond your reach. It still warms and feeds you, but it is far outside of you again. Feel your body, human and alive. Breathe in and out. You are beautiful. Thank the sun. Blow it a kiss. Align your Triple Soul with the energy running through you. Blessed be.