Yesterday started later than it should for me, (just like today, gah….) but I did get some things done. Tempus was getting crystals up on the board while I got the early prep done for some more. He’ll be getting more headers printed on Friday, so I have to have that ready.
I got involved in looking up correspondences for such things as calamus and thrift and carnation. …and got Tempus going on fixing the brooms display. We actually have 4 for sale, now, 2 altar brooms, and 2 full-size.
Class went well, but the time surprised us. I’m still not quite up to how light is it until how late! Happens every single year…. We knocked out another lesson!
Today I’m not sure what all is going to get done other than a shopping list (It’s senior Tuesday at Fred’s), rent and then the paper route. I have no ambition and no energy at all…. but I have plants to work on and pills to fetch and headers to do and lot of other stuff…. Sooo, I’d better get to work.
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. –Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
This is the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, a Cunard Line passenger ship (although it was carrying ammo) sunk by a u-boat, which became a rallying cry against Germany leading into WWI. More on the sinking here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_RMS_Lusitania and on the ship herself here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Lusitania Actually, the main reason that this ship has stuck in my mind is that my grandmother, Marie Stransky Picek, as she was emigrating from Bohemia in the Austro-Hungarian empire, was scheduled to come to the US on this ship, but she got to Bremerhaven (a journey of 400 miles, made mostly by pony-cart and rail) way early (3 months early!) and ended up making the trip on the Mauretania instead, as a 2nd class passenger thereby missing the fatal voyage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Mauretania_%281906%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. 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
The crescent Moon hangs in the west-northwest at dusk near Mars and Beta Tauri (which is to Mars’s left), and very close to or even on top of 3rd-magnitude Zeta Tauri. And for a few lucky observers, the Moon’s limb will graze Zeta (ζ) Tauri. Those positioned along a narrow path that stretches from Wichita, Kansas, to Savannah, Georgia, can see the 3rd-magnitude star disappear behind mountains and reappear in valleys along Luna’s northern edge. Observers with clear skies south of this line can witness a total occultation while those north of the line will see the Moon barely miss the star.
Will the Moon occult Zeta for your location? It will if you’re in Florida or the deep south (where the Moon will be low in darkness), the mid-south (with the Moon higher in twilight), or much of Mexico and Central America. See map and timetables from IOTA. (The text there consists of three timetables: for the star’s disappearance, its reappearance, and the locations of the cities and towns. Watch for the divisions between the tables as you scroll.)
Venus (magnitude –3.8) is very low in the brightening dawn. Just 20 minutes or so before sunrise, look for it a little above the horizon exactly due east. Bring binoculars.
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
Tu 7 High 2:11 AM 8.1 5:59 AM Rise 8:07 AM 3
~ 7 Low 9:12 AM -1.1 8:27 PM Set 11:38 PM
~ 7 High 3:42 PM 6.5
~ 7 Low 9:01 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a powerful day!
Journal Prompt – Expository – Write about typical teenagers today. What do they look like? (NOTE: Some students may prefer to draw a picture first.) What do they like to do? What are their likes and dislikes?
~ Genius is one of the many forms of insanity. – Cesare Lombroso
~ ‘Lighthouses are more helpful than churches. – Benjamin Franklin
~ ‘Quoth the server, “404” – Not Edgar Allan Poe
~ ‘There is a cunning which we in England call “the turning of the cat in the pan;” which is, when that which a man says to another, he lays it as if another had said it to him. – Francis Bacon; Of Cunning
Corinna’s Going A-Maying By Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
Get up! Get up for shame! the blooming morn
Upon her wings presents the god unshorn.
See how Aurora throws her fair
Fresh-quilted colors through the air:
Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see
The dew bespangling herb and tree.
Each flower has wept and bowed toward the east
Above an hour since, yet you not dressed;
Nay, not so much as out of bed?
When all the birds have matins said,
And sung their thankful hymns, ’tis sin,
Nay, profanation to keep in,
Whenas a thousand virgins on this day
Spring, sooner than the lark, to fetch in May.
Rise, and put on your foliage, and be seen
To come forth, like the springtime, fresh and green,
And sweet as Flora. Take no care
For jewels for your gown or hair;
Fear not; the leaves will strew
Gems in abundance upon you;
Besides, the childhood of the day has kept,
Against you come, some orient pearls unwept;
Come and receive them while the light
Hangs on the dew-locks of the night,
And Titan on the eastern hill
Retires himself, or else stands still
Till you come forth. Wash, dress, be brief in praying:
Few beads are best when once we go a-Maying.
Come, my Corinna, come; and, coming mark
How each field turns a street, each street a park
Made green and trimmed with trees; see how
Devotion gives each house a bough
Or branch: each porch, each door ere this,
An ark, a tabernacle is,
Made up of whitethorn neatly interwove,
As if here were those cooler shades of love.
Can such delights be in the street
And open fields, and we not see ‘t?
Come, we’ll abroad; and let’s obey
The proclamation made for May,
And sin no more, as we have done, by staying;
But, my Corinna, come, let’s go a-Maying.
There’s not a budding boy or girl this day
But is got up and gone to bring in May;
A deal of youth, ere this, is come
Back, and with whitethorn laden home.
Some have dispatched their cakes and cream
Before that we have left to dream;
And some have wept, and wooed, and plighted troth,
And chose their priest, ere we can cast off sloth.
Many a green-gown has been given,
Many a kiss, both odd and even,
Many a glance, too, has been sent
From out the eye, love’s firmament;
Many a jest told of the keys betraying
This night, and locks picked; yet we’re not a-Maying.
Come, let us go while we are in our prime
And take the harmless folly of the time.
We shall grow old apace, and die
Before we know our liberty. (60)
Our life is short, and our days run
As fast away as does the sun;
And, as a vapor or a drop of rain
Once lost, can ne’er be found again;
So when or you or I are made
A fable, song, or fleeting shade
All love, all liking, all delight
Lies drowned with us in endless night.
Then while time serves, and we are but decaying,
Come, my Corinna, come, let’s go a-Maying.
Silliness – Smart Joke # 13. How do you tell the difference between a plumber and a chemist? Ask them to pronounce unionized. – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2