Yesterday, for some reason I was just foggy all day. I just never seemed to shake it. Late in the afternoon, though, I did get some work done. I managed to get a swatch of pictures finished and a little writing to go with them.
Tempus went out to do the laundry and got back with only enough time to heat some supper and then he took off and I got a nap. When I got up I started a couple of liqueurs that I’m making for late in the month, then cut up the oranges and lemons to make some flavored water than I’ll freeze to add to iced teas over the summer. I even managed to make a soup of a bunch of leftovers. It’s what my Daddy called, “scraped icebox soup”, using up things that don’t necessarily go together, but need to get used up
I really needed to re-start my computer and wouldn’t you know, it glitched in the middle and needed a hard re-boot, but I can’t reach the cords. <sigh> So I had to drag Tempus down from the paper route. Urf.
He had started the regular route around 12:30 and managed to go pretty swiftly through most of it, despite me. He picked me up around 4:10 and then let me back off again at 5:05. The night was *very* clear! Jupiter and Saturn were plain to the south, but there was too much mountain range in the way to see Venus. 😦 He got done at about 6:20.
Today we have to get caught up. Tempus is working in back right now, cleaning up what I missed. I have to get farther on the books. I tried, yesterday, but kept getting sidetracked. …and I’m even more distractable today, or this would have been out sooner!
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods and that you can often find places where altars used to be by looking for the bushes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Today’s Festival is that of Bona Dea. Wikipedia has her feast on May 1, but other calendars have it on the 3rd or 4th. Bona Dea means “the good goddess”. There isn’t a lot of evidence for where her worship came from or even who she was, but speculation in the pagan community ties her to the worship of the great mother goddess of the Mediterranean area whose worship was put down by the takeover of the warlike patriarchal cultures. Bona Dea’s rites included blood sacrifice, a night ritual and strong wine, which were otherwise forbidden to women and men were not allowed to attend or even watch. More from Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea I miss Pip Wilson’s Almanac….
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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 5/4 at 2:45pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 5/3 at 2:45am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at New Phase on 5/4 at 2:45pm.
Although the calendar says May, the sky’s Summer Triangle returns to prominence this month. The asterism’s three bright stars — Vega in Lyra, Deneb in Cygnus, and Altair in Aquila — all clear the horizon by midnight local daylight time. An hour later, they rule the eastern sky. Vega shines brightest and appears at the apex of the triangular asterism. Look for Deneb to Vega’s lower left and Altair to the lower right of the other two. The Summer Triangle will grace the Northern Hemisphere’s evening sky from now through the end of the year.
Three zero-magnitude stars shine after dark in May: Arcturus ^^^^^ high in the southeast,<<<< Vega much lower in the northeast, and Capella >>>>> in the northwest. They appear so bright because each is at least 60 times as luminous as the Sun, and because they’re all relatively nearby: 37, 25, and 42 light-years from us, respectively.
Neptune is still deep in the glow of sunrise.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 3 High 12:07 AM 7.4 6:04 AM Rise 5:55 AM 4
~ 3 Low 6:40 AM 0.3 8:23 PM Set 7:11 PM
~ 3 High 12:45 PM 6.6
~ 3 Low 6:36 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Accepting responsibility is the key to personal freedom.
~ Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of most people. – Thor Heyerdahl
~ The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal. – David Brin, science fiction author, born on October 6, 1950; ‘A Contrarian Perspective on Altruism: The Dangers of First Contact’, September 2002
~ Here in a variety of wicker lounges and easy chairs these luxurious bachelors look down, as if from an eyrie, on to the road beneath and the blue winding river and clustering South Brisbane beyond. It was a lovely, mild, moonlight night with a faint cool breeze coming from ~ the sea. – Francis Adams, Australian writer, born on September 27, 1862; Australian Life
~ Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. – Ray Kroc
What plant we in this apple tree?
Sweets for a hundred flowery springs
To load the May-wind’s restless wings,
When, from the orchard-row, he pours
Its fragrance through our open doors;
A world of blossoms for the bee,
Flowers for the sick girl’s silent room,
For the glad infant sprigs of bloom,
We plant with the apple tree. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
BONA DEA – Matronella (Rome)
Themes: Femininity; Blessing; Fertility; Divination; Abundance
Symbols: Vines; Wine
About Bona Dea:Bona Dea’s name literally means “good goddess.” Her energies come into our lives at the outset of this month, offering all good things, especially fertility and a greater appreciation of the goddess within each of us.
Traditionally, Bona Dea is a women’s Goddess who received offerings of wine in exchange for prophetic insights during her observances.
To Do Today: On March 1, February was escorted out of Rome with a flourish of adaptable activities. Exchange sweet gifts as the Romans did to ensure yourself of a sweeter future. Greet a friend with Bona Dea’s name to invoke her blessings on them. Put up a grapevine wreath fashioned like a heart (or other symbol of something you need), and leave a glass of wine on your altar to honor Bona Dea’s presence in your home and your life.
In Rome, female slaves would get this day off, and the head of the house would wait on them. In modern times this equates to switching roles for a day at home. Whoever normally gets up and fixes breakfast gets to sleep in, whoever normally does chores gets to go out and socialize, and so forth. Bona Dea appreciates the considerate gesture as much as you do and will rain her goodness upon your home. )0( By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Matrona – Dividing the Cheese (Switzerland) – Themes: Harvest; Providence; Health; Abundance; Autumn; Love – Symbols: Swiss Cheese; Water
About Matrona: This Teutonic Mother Goddess is the great provider of both food and refreshment, especially freshwater. A benevolent figure, she personifies the earth’s abundance during the fall and offers to share of that wealth freely. Judging from artistic depictions of Matrona in the company of a dog, or carrying palm fronds, she may have also had a connection with the healing arts.
To Do Today: People in the Swiss Alps gather today to enjoy the fruits of their labors, specifically cheese that has been stored in cellars since grazing season in the summer. In many ways this is a harvest rite, rejoicing in Matrona’s ongoing providence.
Consider enjoying a Swiss fondue today, complete with sliced harvest vegetables and breads from Matrona’s storehouse. The melted cheese inspires warm, harmonious love. Matrona makes that love healthy and abundant. For physical well-being and self-love, simply add some sautéed garlic to this blend, or add other herbs known to combat any sickness with which you’re currently coping.
Other ways to enjoy this Goddess and invite her into your day? Have an omelet with cheese and harvest vegetables for breakfast, or grilled cheese and ice water at lunch. If you own a dog, share a bit of your healthful meal with it! )0( By Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
ANCIENT MOTHER INVOCATION*
Holy Mother, you are the Earth!
You ground us as we walk upon you,
You are in the trees that shelter us
And when we hug the trees we hug you.
You were here from the very first,
Nurturing us; and we made clay statues
Celebrating your thighs and breasts
That birthed us and fed us.
We baked bread in your images,
Since we knew all food came from you.
Lady of the Beasts, we are grateful…
Since earliest times, we have loved you.
Asherah, Astarte, Mawu, Bast, Inanna
Erishkegal, Anahita, Ishtar, Gaia, Isis;
So many from such different lands!
We don’t know all of your many names,
But we know you have always loved us,
Cared for us and protected us;
You are rooted in our lives and our dreams.
We hear your voice in the humming bees
See your beauty in the blooming flowers,
Hear the sound of your drum and sistrum.
The very beat of our hearts is in tune with you,
For you are the Ancient Mother of our souls.
© July 3, 2008
Beth Clare Johnson
Silliness – Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter pt 1
Rule One: If you pull into my driveway and honk you’d better be delivering a package, because you’re sure not picking anything up.
Rule Two: You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes or hands off of my daughter’s body, I will remove them.
Rule Three: I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don’t take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object. However, in order to ensure that your clothes do not, in fact, come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric nail gun and fasten your trousers securely in place to your waist.