Minus Tide at 9:58 AM of -0.6 feet. Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm.
The sky is blue, but not so clear today, with lots of cirrus that in spots has the “mackerel sky” appearance. 59F and the wind at 8, gusting up into the upper teens. Next Saturday is still the most likely for a bit of rain, but at that, only showers.
I didn’t get to the shop until 3pm or so yesterday, so things started late. I found out from the Wicca 101 group that it was going to be hard to have class last night, so we cancelled.
I got into a long discussion about monkey puzzle trees, both with some people online and with Tempus. We’ve wanted a supply of resin for awhile, so we can experiment. The stuff smells wonderful when burned.
We headed home after supper, getting in around 9. By 9:30 we were both soundly asleep. I was awake for a couple of hours in the middle of the night, getting some sewing done, and I ended up getting up around 9am. We had some kind of a brown-out (it shut down Tempus’ computer) and the sound of fans powering down and back up is what woke me.
I went out to work on plants and puttered quite happily until 10:30. I had no idea it was already that late, but Tempus was ready to go, so we headed for the shop. That’s 244 hawkweed pulled this morning, not counting other weed plants, and I have a handful of violets to candy, later. I was at 434 on Wednesday, did 250 that day and 244 today, so that’s 928, so far. I’m certain I have at least 500 to go.
The towhees decided that I was a moving snack bar. 🙂 I heard them calling in the
trees and looked behind me to see 1/2 a dozen of them munching out on grubs and such from where I had been digging. Since they all flew away when I looked, after that I just kept listening and they were back within minutes, following right along behind as I dug and scooted.
Oof…. I think I’m finally cooled down. …yeah, enough to put on my sweater!
So Herbs today is going to be candying the violets and then in Sewing later I’m likely to be putting the frames on the kisslock pouches, of which I have 3 ready. Now that I have cardstock I need to do business cards, too.
Today we honor Bridget Bishop who in 1692 was the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Found guilty, she was hanged on June 10. She seems to have been a 60-year old resident of the town, not the village, to have owned a tavern and not be the nicest person around. Enough to get you hanged as a witch in those days…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridget_Bishop
Today’s plant is Red Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa. It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. – Venus, Water, Hel, Holda, The White Lady – Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand. Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here:http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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.
The date when Venus hangs exactly below Pollux and Castor in late twilight will depend on your latitude.
“Cassiopeia” usually means “Cold!” Late fall and winter are when this landmark constellation stands high overhead (seen from mid-northern latitudes). But even on hot June evenings, it still lurks low. As twilight ends, look for down near the north horizon: a wide, upright W. The farther north you are the higher it’ll appear, but even as far south as San Diego and Atlanta it’s completely above the horizon.
With the Moon now exiting the early evening sky, it’s a good time to target one of the spring sky’s finest deep-sky objects. The Beehive star cluster (M44) in the constellation Cancer the Crab lies in the western sky after darkness falls. The 3rd-magnitude cluster appears approximately 40 percent of the way from 1st-magnitude Pollux in Gemini to the similarly bright star Regulus in Leo. With naked eyes under a dark sky, you should be able to spot the Beehive as a faint cloud. But this star group explodes into dozens of stars through binoculars or a small telescope at low power.
The waning gibbous Moon rises around midnight or 1 a.m. tonight, depending on your location, with fiery Mars only 3° beneath it (for North America). By the beginning of dawn Sunday morning, they’re fairly high together in the south.The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 12:35 p.m. EDT. It then lies 251,852 miles (405,317 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
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 / Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 2 High 2:51 AM 7.1 5:34 AM Set 9:04 AM 90
~ 2 Low 9:58 AM -0.6 8:55 PM
~ 2 High 4:40 PM 6.1
~ 2 Low 9:59 PM 3.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I don’t have to see what my heart tells me is true.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the play I Remember Mama by John van Druten, the mother tells her daughter, “I would like to be rich the way I would like to be ten feet high. [It] would be good for some things—bad for others.” Write about some disadvantages of being rich.
~ The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow. – Socrates
~ The greatest and noblest pleasure which men can have in this world is to discover new truths; and the next is to shake off old prejudices. Frederick the Great
~ The state of Self-realisation, as we call it, is not attaining something new or reaching some goal which is far away, but simply being that which you always are and always have been. – Sri Ramana Maharshi
~ There are no things, only processes. – David Bohm
Do you recall that night in June
Upon the Danube River;
We listened to the ländler-tune,
We watched the moonbeams quiver. – Charles A. Aïdé, Danube River.
Wedding Gift Basket – (For Litha) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/wedding.html
- Small basket
- Craft miniatures of birds and butterflies
- False flowers and fruits
- Any other natural wedding gift type items you can think of
- Simply place all items aesthetically inside the basket, perhaps using it as a decoration for inside your feather wreath if you made one.
- It is very tasteful to wind white flower garlands around the handle of the basket, and to perhaps even paint it yourself or, if you are talented in that area, to weave your own basket.
To use this in a ritual, every item to be placed in the basket must have some kind of symbolic meaning. You can solemnly put each item in and simultaneously make a wish for the union of the deities, and pray for Their happiness; also it can be used as a parallel for any relationships in your life that you wish to succeed.
Sun Sachets – These are a fun goodie to make to give away. You can do them up with a fragrant potpourri inside or fill them with “sun munchies” for your friends.
1 piece each of yellow, orange and red tulle or other lightweight material. (Tulle circles are available in the wedding section of craft stores)
- Gold glitter and glue
- Bright red yarn
- 1 each bright colored summer fabric flower
1 needle with an eye large enough for the yarn
- Dried rose petals
- Dried marigold and sunflower petals sprinkled with an essential oil that says “summer” to you
- “gorp” made from sunflower seeds, butterscotch hard candies, red M&M’s and “orange slices” or orange jelly beans or gummi bears
- Cut 3 circles of the tulle, 1 from each color: 9” yellow, 8” orange, 7” red
- Stack the circles on top of each other in order
- Thread the yarn onto the needle. Do not tie a knot in the yarn.
- Stitch through all 3 circles, taking large (1” long) stitches about 1 inch in from the edge of the smallest. IOW, you will be stitching around a 6’ diameter circle, catching all three layers.
- Pull yarn through, leaving about a 6” “tail”.
- Put dots of the glue on the parts of the tulle that show on the outside of the 6” stitched circle, then sprinkle with glitter.
- Let dry.
- Run the yarn through the base of the silk flower.
- Clip off yarn, leaving 6” tails at both ends.
- Repeat with however many circles you have.
- Put about 2 tablespoons of your filling in the center of each circle.
- Pull up yarn evenly around the filling, making a pocket and evening up the ends of the yarn.
- Slide the flower up the yarn to the gathered part, then wrap the yarn several times around the top of the packet and tie.
- Spread the tulle out on the top so the glittered parts show.
Midsummer Feather Wreath – (For Litha) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/feather.html
- Craft wire
- Red feathers
- Yellow feathers
- Decorative ivy vines
- Glue gun
Directions – Form a braided wreath with brown craft wire. Then form another braided wreath that fits inside the first one. Glue yellow feathers to one wreath until the craft wire cannot be seen; do the same with the red feathers on the other wreath. Then place one wreath on top of the other and wind them together with the ivy vines.
Ritual use – You may wish to leave the wreaths separate until the Litha ritual, at which point you bind the yellow wreath and the red wreath together to symbolize the marriage of the God and Goddess. Since yellow and red are so interchangeable in whom they represent, it is up to you if you want to assign one wreath to the God and one to the Goddess.