It’s overcast, but the sun is shining, anyway. The sky is mostly white with cloud thin enough to make the sensors not be able to figure the altitude! There must be several layers up there the way the light comes and goes. In case it hadn’t quite registered, yet, I did find some new sun and partly sunny clipart. I was getting kinda bored of the old ones. 🙂 55F, wind at 3mph, AQI13, UV7 (despite the clouds), pollen count is high (grass). We’re coming into the time of year when folks are going to sunburn badly if they’re out too long during the day. This kind of weather, when the “hot” of the sun doesn’t register, is the absolute worst. Use sunblock and appropriate clothing and climb on people who don’t. Getting skin cancer is curable, but who wants to do chemo? Remind people, please? I’ve got a friend who is still on chemo, from last year, quite bald, regularly barfs up her toenails and still had to go to work. Ack! There’s a chance of rain at the far end of the 10-day forecast again. We’ll see.
Yesterday was Project Day and it was pretty busy, enough so that I’m going to grab the description off the House newsletter and edit for names and such.
I started the day making a playlist for a group called, “Lurpakket”. They’re Danish, doing a lot of “crossover” of Medieval/Renn music with more modern arrangements, but still on mostly period instruments. One of the most interesting is a seriously uptempo version of Douce Dame Jolie, but their version of Horses Bransle is also very good.
Next up was bagging some of the powder fort. We’re going to set up batches of the various mixes and put them into sets for largesse. We got 20 bags out of the near-pint of powder fort from Saturday.
While I was finishing that, Tempus was working in back to get the table clear for sewing. House Silvermists showed up at 2pm and started in on projects: a banner and a re-build on a gown. We talked a lot about the various projects underway, but also Wilhelm and I got going on religious history. We have mutual interests in that in Central and Eastern Europe. Aesa brought in her warped up loom. Ella took pictures for everyone and did a lot of twirling in her cool skirt outside.
Eventually the banner and Wilhelm were back in the sewing machine and got finished, all the way to the motif that was machine-stitched on. This is one for camp use and to hang on a spear, so it’s more for the look than for the stitchery. Still, it was accomplished, start to finish, in just a few hours.
Aesa and Loren went over to the Chocolate Frog and got some goodies for sustenance: gummi bears, sea foam, jelly sticks and a couple of kinds of fudge. Most of it didn’t last long enough for a pic!
Aesa worked on her gown all day. Most of it was pulling out the side seams, so’s to add some
fabric so she can move in it while attending to Silent Herald duties. (These are the people that interpret into American Sign in official venues) There were a *lot* of interesting noises coming from that side of things, resulting from how long it take to rip out seams, from a couple of oopsies with tearing fabric and the eventual jubilation of being done with that part. She got the fabric cut for the insets and for bias cuffs and did get some time on the sewing machine.
Anja did quite a bit on her sampler and then also started a ball. Nick (Chocolate Frog) stopped by for a hug after work and then Amy dropped in for a bit.
Today I overslept by a very large margin. I was finally up and doing by 2pm! …and yeah, still had this to do.
We have 102 class this evening, on Lesson three. I’m getting antsy about the sampler, so I want to spent some time curled up with that, so’s to get it closer to finished. Those blank space that still have guide threads on the inside of the border still need to be filled in and this is going to be the fun part. I have patterns for newts, frogs, butterflies, a rooster, little birds, a pear (for Bartlett) a bell (for Campbell) and a really cute turtle.. 🙂
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
May 6 is the day of Eyvind Kelve in Norse celebrations. Eyvind Kelve was a pagan martyr who was tortured and drowned on the orders of King Olaf Tryggvason for refusing to give up his pagan beliefs. Eyvind refused to convert. He was pricked with hot pins, had his fingers broken, his back scored and fruit and salt scrubbed into the wounds, and still refused to consent to baptism. He was deprived of food and sleep, and when he still refused, Olaf declared that if he would not take the waters of baptism, the waters would take him, and had him drowned. I guess pagans have our tortured martyrs, too…. …and the Law of Return at work, Olaf eventually drowned after a losing battle at sea. According to Heimskringla’s account, king Olaf had practitioners of seiðr tied and left on a skerry at ebb. More on Olav here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olav_Tryggvason#Forcible_conversions That guy was a real piece of work! A week later, Norwegians celebrate the Festival of the Midnight Sun, which pays tribute to the Norse sun goddess. This festival marks the beginning of ten straight weeks without darkness. In part from http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/beltanemayday/p/Beltane_History.htm A tiny bit more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyvind_Kelve
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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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 5/9 at 2:54am
As twilight fades, look low in the west-northwest for the thin crescent Moon a few degrees above Aldebaran as shown here. Because we always show the Moon three times its actual apparent size in these scenes, it seems here to be occulting Zeta Tauri on May 7th. In fact it will cover the star in the U.S. only for Florida, the deep south, and the mid-south. See the text for May 7.
Mars continues to add its ruby-red glow to Taurus the Bull this week. Shining at magnitude 1.7, the Red Planet appears slightly fainter than the constellation’s brightest star, ruddy 1st-magnitude Aldebaran. The planet lies nearly 25° above the western horizon an hour after sundown and doesn’t set until after 11 p.m. local daylight time. As the sky darkens, you should notice that Mars is nestled between the Bull’s two horns — Beta (β) and Zeta (ζ) Tauri — making it look as though Taurus has sprouted a third one. Beta shines as brightly as Mars while Zeta appears 1.3 magnitudes fainter than the other two. Adding to the scene is a slender crescent Moon perched just above the Hyades star cluster, which forms the Bull’s face.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, still at the eastern foot of Ophiuchus) rises in the southeast around 11 p.m. daylight-saving time. It shines highest in the south around 3 or 4 a.m., well before dawn begins, with orange Antares twinkling 14° to its lower right. In a telescope Jupiter has grown to a good 44 arcseconds wide as it approaches its June 10th opposition. See Richard Jakiel’s Jupiter observing guide in the May Sky & Telescope, page 52.
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
M 6 High 1:37 AM 8.0 6:00 AM Rise 7:25 AM 0
~ 6 Low 8:31 AM -0.9 8:26 PM Set 10:32 PM
~ 6 High 2:55 PM 6.6
~ 6 Low 8:21 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the All-Mother: I sow harmony where ever I go. The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
~ Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God. Really. – Lenny Bruce, American comedian, born on October 13, 1925
~ I harbour the hope that in founding the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, in empowering the Ogoni people to fearlessly confront their history and their tormentors non violently, that in encouraging the Ogoni people to a belief in their ability to revitalise their dying society, I have started a trend which will peacefully liberate many peoples in Africa and lead eventually to political and economic reform and social justice. – Ken Saro-Wiwa
~ Attractive as the Diggers’ manifesto was to many of the dispossessed, it found little favour with property owners. – George Monbiot, English journalist and author; ‘Still Digging’
~ We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security. – Dwight D Eisenhower
The flowers in the breeze are swaying, swaying,
The whole wide world is out a-Maying. –Genevieve Mary Irons (1855–1928)
Courting the wild–spending one to two hours each day in nature–is the author’s suggestion for how to remain sane and grounded in a stressful world; as a way to continually expand our compassion for all life. He suggest that by courting the wild we might be influenced by a beautiful and powerful force that moves us to live according to our values and visions. We can do this by finding our own “secret spot” as a place to begin learning about nature.
There is a magical, wild place near your home, accessible by foot, pedal, or bus; an undomesticated corner passed over and for now forgotten, where you can take time regularly to learn from nature. What draws your attention? Court the wild with these ideas to help you find and experience your secret spot:
The idea is this: you locate a spot in nature that invites you in. Then you return for an hour each day for a year. It is best if the spot is close to home so you can cycle or walk there. Are you wondering, “What am I going to do for an hour in the same spot every day?”
You can sit quietly and observe what’s going on. Your hearing or sense of smell might heighten if you close your eyes. Try taking ten minutes to focus on each sense: sounds, sights, smells, touch and intuition. While you sit quietly, what birds come in? What animal tracks, webs or feathers arrived since yesterday? What interactions between species do you notice? How do you feel in relation to this place? Maybe you want to let go of thoughts, plans, and worries and remain present to each passing moment.
You can keep a journal, write poems and stories, or make detailed observations. Draw a map of a 20′ by 20′ area; learn every plant and animal there.
Copyright: Adapted from Radical Simplicity by Jim Merkel
New Society Publishers, 2003
Copyright (c) 2003 by Jim Merkel