It’s damp outside and cloudy, but quite bright. 60F, wind at 2mph, AQI9. UV7. The pollen levels are still high, despite the rain, of which we’ve gotten 1/5 of an inch in showers. More is due late this evening and it’s supposed to continue like this through Saturday. Sunday looks to be dry and then the chance for the rest of the 10 days is under 50% chance of rain and the most.
Yesterday I was really sleepy. By the time Tempus was back and making coffee I was going through mail and yawning widely enough to inhale some of the boxes! I have more of my horseradish powder again and some cool freebies in the box.
In trying to find spice jars to put some of the bagged spices in I managed to drop something on one of my visionware(TM) pots and shatter it. Tempus cleaned up before he got us lunch.
…and then Tempus sat down and went soundly asleep on the sofa…. So I started on newsletter frames. He finally woke around 9, just after I got those ready. I curled up and read for awhile, because he had to go out to the store. He mis-understood what I was doing with cheese this week and we didn’t have any milk. Once he was back he started some potatoes going and did quite a lot on the work table.
…and of course, I overslept this morning. I’m only just at my desk and it’s past 3…. Well I was up and down all night. Tempus got the shop open on time, but he said it’s been very quiet.
Today’s plant is the Leek, Allium ampeloprasum, one of the longed-for foods of spring, cultivated for at least 4 millennia. Since leeks over-winter in many/most places and begin to come up before snowmelt in even the most frozen climes, they were one of the “rescue foods” of late winter and pack a lot of nutrition in a tasty package. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – Symbolized in the Runic alphabet as “Laguz”, it brings prosperity and health in the spring. Potato Leek Health soup is a magickal blend often prepared by witches in the very early spring (and I put the recipe in this blog earlier in the year, pre-Imbolc). Eating leeks together brings love. Carry a leek as a protective amulet and bite it if you’re feeling surrounded by evil. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek
Today’s Feast is that of St. Brendan the Navigator. St. Brendan is a 5th-6th century saint from Ireland. He went on a legendary voyage to the Isles of the Blest, looking for Eden. Well, so the story goes. It’s a legend, but it’s been an inspiration for many folks down through the centuries. He may actually have gotten to North America. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_the_Navigator and Tim Severin’s re-creation of the voyage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Severin#The_Brendan_Voyage_.281976.E2.80.931977.29
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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.
Ruddy Mars slides across the border from Taurus the Bull into Gemini the Twins today. Shining at magnitude 1.7, the Red Planet appears slightly fainter than these constellations’ brightest stars, Aldebaran in Taurus and Castor and Pollux in Gemini. The planet lies nearly 20° high in the west-northwest an hour after sundown and doesn’t set until nearly 11 p.m. local daylight time.
Now the Spica shines to the right of the Moon. >>>>
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Sagittarius) rises around midnight or 1 a.m. Before dawn, it’s the steady, pale yellowish “star” 28° (about three fists at arm’s length) left of Jupiter.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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 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
Th 16 Low 5:37 AM -0.1 5:48 AM Set 4:59 AM 88
16 High 11:39 AM 6.6 8:38 PM Rise 6:16 PM
16 Low 5:32 PM 1.0
16 High 11:41 PM 8.3
First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:37 AM of -0.1 feet.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Every time you get the urge to move, get up and move!
~ [Virgil’s father] was a Magus (Magician) and Astrologus (Astrologer), but also a Medicus (Physician); indeed he was of the class of Druidae (Druids) … it is said that Vergilius’ mother was named for the Goddess Maia, or was descended from Her, or was the Goddess Herself, or one of the Fates (Fata, Fairies) or a Dryad …
~ When a motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race. – Margaret Sanger
~ Persecution is a bad and indirect way to plant Religion. – Thomas Browne, English writer born on October 19, 1605; from Religio Medici (1642), Pt. I, Sec. 25
~ Bond: Maybe I misjudged Stromberg. Any man who drinks Dom Perignon ’52 can’t be all bad. – James Bond; ibid, 1974
I shall never forget the delight I felt on first seeing a May-pole … My fancy adorned it with wreaths of flowers and peopled the green bank with all the dancing revelry of May-day. – Washington Irving (1783 – 1859), American author, after a visit to England in the early C19, Sketch Book
Crone’s Corner – Easy & Quick May Wine
1 bottle of White Wine
1/2 cup Fresh Strawberries, sliced
12 sprigs of fresh woodruff
Pour wine into carafe or wide mouth bottle. Add strawberries and woodruff and allow to blend for at least an hour. Strain and serve well chilled. Garnish with thin orange slice. The strawberries add a wonderful flavour and the woodruff adds sweetness. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 2002
Chinese Peach Wine for Health – Incense of the day: Cinnamon
Used both as an appetizer and a nightcap, Chinese peach wine also serves as a blood cleanser and relieves constipation. No more than two small shot glasses should be drunk per evening. It is also an excellent offering to Pagan gods and goddesses. To make your own, take five unripe peaches, one pint of rice or white wine, and one-and-a-half ounces of refined sugar. Quarter the peaches, and put all the ingredients into a large sterilized jar. Seal the jar and store it in a cool, dry, and dark area for nine months. Afterward, strain and pour the wine into a dry sterilized bottle. The bottle may be stored in the refrigerator. For extra zing during festivals, add a dash of the wine to ice cream, trifles, and other deserts. In place of peaches, Chinese red dates or persimmons may be used. – By: S. Y. Zenith, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Divination Wine Crone’s Corner –
one quart cowslip flowers
one quart dogwood blossoms
one quart rose hips
2 gallons spring water
7 lbs sugar
1 yeast cake (or 1 envelope dry yeast)
- Cover cowslip flowers, dogwood blossoms and rose hips with the 2 gallons boiling water. Let it stand for 3 days.
- Strain through a colander and discard blossoms. Add the 7 pounds of sugar to the liquid. Slice the oranges and lemons, leaving the peels but removing the seeds. Add the fruits to the liquid, stir thoroughly. boil for 20 min. and then remove from heat. Let stand another 24 hours.
- Add the yeast, dissolve in 6 T. of hot water. Stir and then strain the mixture through a wet muslin or clean dish towel into wine bottles, filling them to the brim. Tie pieces of muslin over the bottle tops or seal with corks. Do not cap bottles too tightly. small amounts of gas may form and must be allowed to escape.
- The wine is ready to drink after fermentation has stopped and no more bubbles appear in the bottles. Store in a dark cool place for up to 6 months.
Use this in your divination rituals…or place on alter as an offering to the Goddess during your divination rites.
Can also be offered to any animal guide, fae, spirit guide etc that you ask to be part of your rituals. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Silliness – Useful Dog
A salesman dropped in to see a business customer. Not a soul was in the office except a big dog emptying wastebaskets. The salesman stared at the animal, wondering if his imagination could be playing tricks on him.
The dog looked up and said, “Don’t be surprised. This is just part of my job.”
“Incredible!” exclaimed the man. “I can’t believe it. Does your boss know what a prize he has in you? An animal that can talk!”
“No, no,” pleaded the dog. “Please don’t! If that man finds out I can talk, he make me answer the phone as well.”