Bright sunshine again! There’s always that question this time of year. “Is this an early summer or an aberration?” 56F, wind at 6mph and gusting, AQI17, UV7, grass pollens high. The chance of rain has dropped out of the forecast again.
Yesterday I did get a little done. Herbs Workshop in the morning was interesting and fun. We talked herbs and spices from the standpoint of herb&spice mixes and mulling wine mixes and ended up by making a batch of powder fort.
I tracked down my waterproof glue and got the bottles of selenite and rutilated quartz done. I did some more photos and got them taken care of and did some more writing. I did some embroidery in the afternoon and kept going on that in the evening.
Today I’m groggy. Coffee will help, I hope. Tempus is working in back to get the table cleaned off again, since we’re supposed to sew back there today. I have to figure out where I’m going to keep my jars of spice mixes, too. I’m hoping to make little baggies of mixes this afternoon.
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
Kodomo no Hi, Children’s Day in Japan. is a feast that started 1500 years ago or more. It changed from Boys’ Day to Children’s more recently, in 1948. It celebrates children’s personalities and their happiness, and honors their mothers. Mochi wrapped in oak leaves, filled with bean jam and iris-wrapped mochi filled with sweet rice paste are served on this day. …and tell Fawkes, “Happy Birthday”, too! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day_%28Japan%29
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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 5/18 at 2:11pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 2:54am on 5/6.
Mars invades Taurus – The Red Planet appears as the Bull’s third horn May 6, when it lies midway between the traditional horns represented by Beta (β) and Zeta (ζ) Tauri. A slender waxing crescent Moon hangs lower in the sky, just above Taurus’ Hyades star cluster. – I
One of this year’s best meteor showers reaches its peak before dawn tomorrow morning. The Eta Aquariid shower derives from bits of debris ejected by Comet 1P/Halley during its many trips around the Sun. When Earth crosses this debris stream, our planet’s atmosphere incinerates the tiny dust particles and we see the streaks of light called meteors, or “shooting stars.” Shortly before dawn, an observer at a dark site can expect to see up to 20 meteors per hour — an average of one every 3 minutes. Viewers in the Southern Hemisphere, where the shower’s radiant (in the constellation Aquarius) passes nearly overhead, should see twice as many. And with the Moon having reached its New phase yesterday, conditions should be ideal.
As night descends, look high in the west for Pollux and Castor lined up almost horizontally (depending on your latitude). These two stars, the heads of the Gemini twins, form the top of the enormous Arch of Spring. To their lower left is Procyon, the left end of the Arch. Farther to their lower right is the other end, formed by Menkalinan (Beta Aurigae) and then brilliant Capella. The whole thing sinks lower through the evening.
Before the Moon returns to brighten the evening sky, learn to find (once and for all!) the famous galaxies M81 and M82 by using the faint “Mini-Dipper” attached to the Big Dipper’s lip. See Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column and chart in the May Sky & Telescope, page 43.
Mercury is lost in the glare of sunrise, far lower left of Venus.
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
Su 5 High 1:06 AM 7.9 6:01 AM Rise 6:51 AM 0
~ 5 Low 7:52 AM -0.7 8:25 PM Set 9:25 PM
~ 5 High 2:10 PM 6.7
~ 5 Low 7:45 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Success and victory enter my life like welcome friends.
~ The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing. – Aleister Crowley; attributed
~ Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone. – Last words of Nurse Edith Cavell, executed on October 12, 1915
~ to emphasize the heroism of Columbus and his successors as navigators and discoverers, and to de-emphasize their genocide, is not a technical necessity, but an ideological choice. It serves – unwittingly – to justify what was done. – Howard Zinn, American historian
~ Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference. – Nolan Bushnell
Nut for the slut; plum for the glum
Bramble if she ramble; gorse for the whores. – Traditional English saying; one should preferably leave hawthorn at a friend’s door for their luck, but other plants are an insult. I suggest you leave the gorse at home.