It’s solidly overcast and 59F. It’s supposed to clear off, later. We’ll see. The wind is at 3mph here and not above 10, anywhere close. We have a pretty good chance of rain starting late tomorrow afternoon and going into Saturday and then another chance on Thursday. That will be good. The plants need it.
Yesterday was quiet. We got up late and did chores that got finished this morning. I spent what was left of the afternoon and evening embroidering and reading. Tempus went to the place with the monkey puzzle tree and harvested a little and we have some of the hawkweed. Sheesh… and I’m not nearly done. As far as I can tell I’m at 1775. I originally figured there were about 2000…. I’m thinking now it’s closer to 3000….
Today we’re at the shop. I’m hoping that the computer guy can find something easy to fix on my home computer, since he’s back today.
Today ‘s feast is Vesta Aperit, the first day of the Vestalia in ancient Rome. This is the one day of the year when the most sacred area of Vesta’s temple was open for women to offer sacrifices. The rest of the year it was closed to all but the priestesses. Vesta was the goddess of the hearth and the sacred fire that was the basis of much of the Roman worship. The Vestals, usually referred to as, “Vestal Virgins”, were the only women in Rome who were held to be equal to and independent from men, but if they broke their 30-year vow of chastity they would be buried alive. They lived in a house near the main centers of worship. The picture to the left is Vesta’s temple in 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestalia#Vestalia
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallentry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 6/9 at 12:43am.
Venus starts June below Pollux and Castor in late twilight, but by June 8th, the background stars have slid to the lower right while Venus stays in place. Castor and Pollux will line up with Venus on June 10th and 11th. (These scenes are oriented for a skywatcher near 40deg; north latitude.)
Action at Jupiter: This evening Io will disappear behind Jupiter’s western limb at 9:29 p.m. EDT, followed by Ganymede at 11:10 p.m. EDT. Io reappears out of eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow, barely east of the planet, around 12:20 a.m. EDT, followed by Ganymede around 12:56 a.m. EDT. Then Jupiter’s Great Red Spot transits the planet’s central meridian around 2:08 a.m. EDT. For all such events at Jupiter this month, good worldwide, see the tables in the June Sky & Telescope, pages 50-51. Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility about a month ago, and it remains a stunning sight nearly all night. It appears some 30° high in the south-southeast during evening twilight and climbs highest in the south shortly before 11 p.m. local daylight time. Shining at magnitude –2.4, the giant planet is the night sky’s brightest point of light once Venus sets around 11 p.m. Jupiter resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales, 1° north of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [α] Librae). If you view the gas giant through a telescope tonight, its disk spans 44″ and displays spectacular cloud-top detail. You’ll also see its bright moons put on a nice show. Ganymede lies in Jupiter’s shadow in early evening, but it gradually returns to view between Io and Callisto. At 12:40 a.m. EDT, Io and Callisto appear 25″ apart southeast of the planet. If you watch the space between these moons, you’ll see Ganymede emerge into sunlight starting at 12:43 a.m. It return to full visibility by 1:02 a.m.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is up in the east-southeast before the beginning of dawn. Finder chart.
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
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
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
Th 7 Low 2:00 AM 2.6 5:32 AM Rise 2:20 AM 49
~ 7 High 7:19 AM 5.2 8:58 PM Set 2:01 PM
~ 7 Low 1:48 PM 1.1
~ 7 High 8:32 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
~ Any writer worth the name is always getting into one thing or getting out of another thing. – Fannie Hurst (1889-1968) US writer
~ Be what you want your team to become. – John Wooden
~ Change allows us to embrace something deep within ourselves previously untouched. – Jackie L. Robinson
~ Don’t focus your will on winning the lottery, focus your will on becoming prosperous. – Kerr Cuhulain
June falls asleep upon her bier of flowers;
In vain are dewdrops sprinkled o’er her,
In vain would fond winds fan her back to life,
Her hours are numbered on the floral dial. – Lucy Larcom, Death of June, line 1.
Summer Solstice Meditation: http://www.cotcg.com/Crystal%20Grove%20Web/Litha.htm
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax.
At this time of greatest light, we meditate on light as a symbol of spiritual energy. Breathe now gently and deeply and with each breath become aware of the light that surrounds you and the light that is within you — the light that is the energy of Our Great Father.
The light can be any color. It is often imagined as white — like bright sunlight. But it can be any color, any intensity, that is best for you. Blue, green, yellow, purple, rose; we know that light can also be black. The light may stay the same color for you during this meditation or it may change from color to color, or become a blend of many colors.
See the light now in your mind’s eye. This light is all around us, we are bathed in its brightness, energy, and warmth.
Focus on the light until you sense that you and the light are one. This will be your signal that you can now bring the light inside you.
When you bring the light inside you, one way is to let it stream in through your crown chakra at the top of your head. (If it’s already entered another way, that’s okay.)
The light — this healing energy — flows through you now, from your crown, down to your third eye (between your eyebrows) to your throat, your shoulders and your arms, and your hands, to your heart, your stomach, shining brightly at your solar plexus just above your navel, to your sex organs, shining too at your tailbone. The healing light travels down through your legs, your knees, your ankles and your feet. Feel the warmth of this healing energy now as it travels all through your body.
Now sense the one part of your body where the light can shine the brightest and imagine the light there. See it shine.
Now send the light out from that part of your body where it shines the brightest. Send it out a few inches from your body.
Now extend your light out from your body just a little more, then a little more, until your light extends a few feet from your body. Now, if you like, extend your light to reach your sisters. Our lights meet and we are connected by this great light, connected by our renewed knowledge of Our Great Father. Take a few minutes now to sense this energy and this connectedness.
Now take from this light the energy that you need, and know that there is plenty for all. For the Source of this light is endless and ever abundant. Take a moment to experience His abundance, and know that as you partake of His light and His love, so do you give your light and your love. And as you give energy, so do you receive it. And thus does the circle of life continue.
And as we come back now to this time and place, let us give thanks for the return of Our Great Father, and for our return unto Him.
From She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother, 10th Anniversary Edition. Copyright 1999 by Judith Laura. Submitted by the author and used with permission.