The sky is so pale this morning that it’s almost not blue, but the sun is shining, anyway. The computer is saying, “mostly cloudy”. 59F, wind at 6mph and gusting, AQI16, UV7, pollen is at moderate levels. The humidity, though, 69%… it’s right at 72F in the shop and with the fan going I’m ok, but I was sticky before I turned it on. The chance of showers starts climbing around suppertime and is pushing 100% by around 4 in the morning. Lots of showers in the forecast, now. We need the rain, but muhgawd haven’t we gotten a good long run of sunshine?
Yesterday was a fun day. I got to talk to three of the boys on the net, and two on the phone (probably spending 1 1/2 hours with the latter), and I have some new Sioned pictures! Plus, any day that starts at 7am with and lovely card from your spouse and a box of some yum candy is going to be a good one!
The shop wasn’t very busy, but that was a good thing in a way, because we managed to get a lot of cleaning done, and some fixing of messed up display stuff. (Yikes, the books!) Tempus also mended a banner hanger that had clocked me over the head a couple of days back. Don’t get me wrong, we need the sales to start picking up so that I can bring in more stock, but it helped to get us ahead of the curve, somewhat.
Poor Sioned’s got a cold. Arthur posted a video of her coughing and snorting and then she sneezes right at the end of it. I’d just about bet he stopped it there because she needed to be mopped up. He’s new-dad worried, of course, but at least in the vid she doesn’t look too distressed.
Today laundry has to happen and dishes. I still have cookery to do, didn’t manage it yesterday despite us both staying up far too late. Class this evening is Lesson 4, I think. We’re getting places, finally!
…and I need to do a bunch of writing. I’ve been neglecting the other blogs while I tried to catch up on projects and photos.
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, <<<< Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. ^ ^ ^ ^ Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
Today is the festival of Our Lady of Fatima, a series of Marian apparitions, in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Three elementary-age kids saw the Virgin Mary
repeatedly during this year and the last apparition included the “Dancing Suns of Fatima”.
Two of the children died young, but the last, Lucia Santos, lived until 2005, having had more visions during her lifetime as a nun. The Catholic Church decided that the visions were real and has authorized various pilgrimages and devotions. There were three “secrets” as part of the visions which are held to have happened, although the 3rd may be an ongoing working out of prophecy. The worship of the Virgin Mary is the closest parallel in Christian belief to the Goddess paths Wicca work with, and Mary is often called upon as another face of our Goddess. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_F%C3%A1tima
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Love & Light,
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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/17 at 2:11am.
Look above the Moon this evening for Denebola (Beta Leonis), the tail tip of Leo. You’ll find bright Arcturus way off to Denebola’s left, by three or four fists at arm’s length.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 5:53 p.m. EDT. It then lies 229,291 miles (369,009 kilometers) away from us.
Venus pokes above the eastern horizon about an hour before the Sun rises. The brilliant planet dominates the predawn sky as the rosy glow heralding the Sun’s arrival grows brighter. Venus shines at magnitude –3.8, more than three times brighter than the second-brightest planet, Jupiter. When viewed through a telescope, the inner world shows a disk that spans 11″ and appears 90 percent lit.
Mars (magnitude +1.7, in Taurus) is low in the west during and after dusk. Look for it far lower right of Castor and Pollux and lower left of Capella. Don’t confuse Mars with similarly faint Beta Tauri to its lower right, or Gamma Geminorum farther to Mars’s left.
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
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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. Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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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.
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – 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
M 13 Low 2:35 AM 2.5 5:51 AM Set 3:31 AM 58
~ 13 High 8:09 AM 6.3 8:35 PM Rise 2:36 PM
~ 13 Low 2:52 PM 0.2
~ 13 High 9:30 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Earn as much money as you possibly can and as quickly as you can. The sooner you get money out of the way, the sooner you will be able to get to the rest of your problems in style.
~ Conspiracy? Hell, we couldn’t agree on lunch. – Abbie Hoffman
~ Heresy is the bloodthirsty cant cry of the church in its strong days. – Voltaire
~ They understood that you didn’t have to attack the fortress anymore. You could just surround it, make faces at the people inside and let them have nervous breakdowns and destroy themselves. – Norman Mailer
~ Would you like your children to grow up like them? – A Chicago Seven Trial juror
The later the blackthorn in bloom after May 1st, the better the rye and harvest. – Traditional English proverb
Our neighbor is 96 years old and she still goes for a walk several times each week. Very slowly she makes her way along the pasture fence between our properties. Then she turns around and goes home, carefully avoiding the ruts in the dirt road. I have gone out to greet her only occasionally.
A simple hello always means a commitment to thirty minutes, or more, of conversation. I know that’s not much in the larger scheme of things. And, it means so much to older people when you give them the gift of time. But these days life seems to be all a rush and time is a precious commodity. Often my husband reminds me that I’m not keeping up with everything I have committed to do. I get stingy.
That’s why I’m pleased to share what I’ve learned about another gift we can give each other. It’s the gift of Story. Yes, it takes time. But it’s fun too and it fuels the imagination. Here’s how I learned about it.
Last week, I saw Florene on her walk and knew it was way past time to say hello. It had been weeks since I’d seen her. She deserved a few minutes of chitchat. So I headed out the door. And sure enough she was happy to see me and eager to talk. We visited by the roadside and then I invited her to come and see the new horses in our yard. She’s a country lady through and through and had hinted that she was wondering about the new equines in the neighborhood.
While I was pointing out the names of the horses, one of our chickens came up to Florene. The hen, who was named Fred by the children, made a throaty cackling sound that tells me she’s happy and curious. Fred circled around Florene’s legs.
It had been years since Florene had spent time with chickens, she said. She bent down to pat Fred on her back and Fred squatted obediently to receive the touch. When Florene looked to me for understanding, I said, “That’s the first time I’ve seen her do that. These are new chickens and they normally avoid most humans. She really seems to trust you.”
Florene chuckled. “Well she’s an awfully cute chicken. I have always liked animals.”
A few minutes later we were walking down the road, and Florene’s daughter was coming out to see why her mother had disappeared.
“Laura dear, you’ll never believe what just happened,” Florene began. “A chicken came right up to me! Judith says she never does that with other people. But that chicken hunkered down to let me pet her. She is so soft and beautiful. You should go see her. It was just wonderful.”
I realized in that moment that the best gifts are so very simple. Maybe the best gift of all is a story. Florene has a new gem of a story about her friend the chicken. It will make her smile for many days. And it was such an easy gift to offer. All it took was to interpret what she saw. “That chicken runs from people…everyone but you. It must be that the small creature sees beyond wrinkles. Animals know things about people.” All of that came across to Florene.
So many times I have missed the opportunities to give gifts like that. Maybe it’s because I’m not paying attention, I’m rushing around or I’m simply unwilling to give. But I see now that my children need story affirmations like that. My husband needs story affirmations.
For example, our Blue Heeler only “talks” to my husband. It’s amazing to see as the dog sits before him and modulates her voice in conversation. They have regular talks. But it happens often enough that I have taken it for granted. Now I see that telling my husband the story of what I see occurring between him and the dog would be an affirmation, a gift.
I’m going to record the story of my son’s football year–it’s a story about coming into manhood. I want to share the story of my daughter amazing cake award so that she’ll see that all things are possible when you put forth effort.
There are so many stories. And I see now that this is a gift that goes beyond meaningless chitchat chewing up time. It is minutes spent in observing and sharing. It is an image that can be preserved and savored.
About the Author: Judith Costello and her family live in rural New Mexico. They call their place “Sagging Acres.” Judith and her husband, Jurgen Haver, are the creators of the website www.thedailychristian.com.
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