It was still pouring when we got moving today but the sun just came out! Everything is dripping because we’ve had almost 1/2 an inch of rain since midnight…. and now the sun is fading out again and there’s a band of light rain that’s supposed to hit the coast at about 6pm. Well, we’re coming into a bit of dryer weather. Tomorrow ought to be really nice for working outside. 55F, wind at 1mph and gusting a little, AQI5, UV4, pollen still high. There’s a good chance of rain on Friday, early, and a bit on Tuesday, but it looks drier for the rest of the forecast.
I could *not* get myself moving yesterday! I kept falling asleep while drinking coffee and even when I was eating…. I finally managed to start writing, got the newsletter out and then got the House Capuchin post for the week done after taking a ton of pictures. …and then I kept taking pictures after that, because I have a bunch more writing to do…. That sounds odd…. it’s just that the writing includes things like “process pix” where the writing involved is processing the pictures and writing the captions and frames.
The Walport cheerleaders came around for their fundraiser. I got a pack of Red Vines. 🙂 Tempus made me a supper of the cabbage dish we made over the weekend with some ham cut over the top. That was *really* tasty! Class went well. We’re part-way through Lesson4. After that Tempus and I did some more of the prep for taking things to Eugene on Wednesday.
Today we took the opportunity to rest. We’re only just up and moving and here it’s 4pm, already! There’s more of the prep to do today, mostly just pulling things out and getting them labeled, but I also have to make ingredient cards for the various foods. It’s paper night and it’s looking like to be wet enough for double-bagging.
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it misnamed “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems and make a nice tea or add to green tea. Kate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magically it is very similar to Gillyflowers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
Vejovis? Who he? Even the later Romans weren’t completely sure! They showed him as a young man, holding a bunch of arrows and lightning bolts and accompanied by a goat. Supposedly one of the first gods to be born, he was associated with healing and Asclepius, and goats were sacrificed to him to keep plagues away. Apparently his aspects changed early on and there are a lot of controversies about which is “right” and where his name came from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/3 at 3:02am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/26 at 9:34am.
This is the time of year when Leo the Lion starts walking downward toward the west, on his way to departing into the sunset in early summer. Right after dark, spot the brightest star fairly high in the west-southwest. That’s Regulus, his forefoot.
Neptune rises around 3 a.m. local daylight time and appears nearly 15° high in the east-southeast as twilight commences. The distant world glows at magnitude 7.9, so you’ll need binoculars or a telescope to spot it. Fortunately, it lies near a brighter star that will guide you. This morning, Neptune stands 1.1° east-northeast of 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. You can confirm your sighting of Neptune through a telescope, which reveals the planet’s 2.3″-diameter disk and blue-gray color.
Mars (magnitude +1.7) is low in the west during and shortly after dusk, to the right of the feet of Gemini. Look for it far below or lower right of Castor and Pollux. Don’t confuse Mars with similarly faint Gamma Geminorum (Alhena) off to its left, or much brighter Procyon farther to the left.
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
Tu 21 High 2:14 AM 8.1 5:43 AM Set 8:02 AM 95
~ 21 Low 9:16 AM -1.2 8:43 PM Rise 11:46 PM
~ 21 High 3:51 PM 6.5
~ 21 Low 9:11 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Most friction in life is caused by the tone of the voice.
~ The mind can be used and can be put aside. It is an instrument, a very beautiful instrument; no need to be so obsessed with it. – Osho
~ In the name of Purity what lies are told! What queer morality it has engendered. – Voltairine de Cleyre; Sex Slavery (1890)
~ World domination. The same old dream. Our asylums are full of people who think they’re Napoleon. Or God. – James Bond (fictional birth date, November 16, 1924), British commander and MI6 agent 007, archetypal spy created by British author Ian Fleming; from Dr. No, 1962
~ It’s a bad old world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical productions. – WS Gilbert; from The Mikado
Perhaps it’s just as well that you won’t be here … to be offended by the sight of our May Day celebrations. – Lord Summerisle to Sgt Howie, from The Wicker Man Anthony Shaffer, 1973
Merry Meet…… and welcome to the Litha issue of Cauldrons and Broomsticks: a magical newsletter. www.weavings.co.uk
Litha (taken from Saxon tradition, the opposite of Yule) is celebrated on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. It is also known as Midsummer Nights Eve, Alban Heruin (Druidic). On this Sabbat light and life are at their most abundant. Many Ancient monuments are aligned with the Sun at this point in the Wheel of the Year, the most famous being Stonehenge in England, though there are many more all over the world.
At Litha the Sun God has reached the moment of his greatest strength. Seated on his greenwood throne he is lord of the forests and his face can be seen in church architecture peering from countless foliate masks. In many Wiccan celebrations this is the time when the Holly King, God of the Waning Year, encounters the Oak King, God of the waxing Year, on Midsummer night. The Holly king fights the Oak King for his throne, and takes over the ruling of the year, a position he holds until the Oak King wins it back at Yule. This encounter is often re-enacted energetically at Midsummer rituals. The Oak King is not forgotten, though; in Celtic mythology, he withdraws now to the Corona Borealis, the Caer Arianrhod or ‘silver wheel’. As the outer strength of the Sun wanes, its inner strength grows.
The Holly King and the Oak King are actually one; the Holly King is the growing youth while the Oak King is the mature man. In other traditions it’s not until Samhain that the Holly King triumphs, (as the year moves into the dark half), he may also be seen as the Stag King, in his prime with full antlers, not yet ready for his symbolic sacrifice at Harvest Time.
This Sabbat also celebrates the Goddess in some traditions. She can be seen now as heavy with child, as nature is heavy with the bounty of the coming harvest, though in some Traditions although she is already pregnant (with the God) her ‘time’ is not yet ready, as she will not give birth to the God until Yule.
Litha is a Fire Festival, and the fire of Midsummer is traditionally kindled from the friction of two sacred woods, fir and oak. Nine different types of herbs are thrown upon the Midsummer fire. These consist of Mistletoe, Vervain, St. John’s Wort, Heartsease, Lavender, and a choice of four others chosen from local herbs typical of this season. In agricultural societies, herds of cattle were driven through the embers of Midsummer fired to purge them of disease and illness. Many Litha customs involve the turning or rolling downhill of flaming wheels, to symbolize the power of the Sun.
Litha is a time to give thanks for whatever is bringing fulfilment into our lives, and also a time to try and understand our passions, the wildest and most fervent aspects of our inner selves, within us which are often at their most evident in the height of the summer. The fire which we celebrate at Litha is a symbol of change and creativity, and this is a perfect time to put our passions to good use in bringing about changes in our lives.
This is considered to be a time when energies abound, and is a good time for magic and purification rites. Midsummer Night’s Eve is also special for adherents of the Faerie faith. The alternative fixed calendar date of June 25 (Old Litha) is sometimes employed by Covens. The Christian religion converted this day of Jack-in-the-Green to the Feast of St. John the Baptist, often portraying him in rustic attire sometimes with horns and cloven feet (like the Greek God Pan and similar in aspect to the Celtic Cerunnos).
Technically, a solstice is an astronomical point and, due to the procession to the equinox, the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, and we experience the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Astrologers know this as the date on which the sun enters the sign of Cancer.
However, since most European peasants were not accomplished at reading an ephemeris or did not live close enough to Salisbury Plain to trot over to Stonehenge and sight down its main avenue, they celebrated the event on a fixed calendar date, June 24th. The slight forward displacement of the traditional date is the result of multitudinous calendrical changes down through the ages. It is analogous to the winter solstice celebration, which is astronomically on or about December 21st, but is celebrated on the traditional date of December 25th, Yule, later adopted by the Christians.
Again, it must be remembered that the Celts reckoned their days from sundown to sundown, so the June 24th festivities actually begin on the previous sundown (our June 23rd). This was Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Eve. Which brings up another point: our modern calendars are quite misguided in suggesting that ‘summer begins’ on the solstice. According to the old folk calendar, summer BEGINS on May Day and ends on Lughnasadh (August 1st), with the summer solstice, midway between the two, marking MID-summer. This makes more logical sense than suggesting that summer begins on the day when the sun’s power begins to wane and the days grow shorter.
Just as the Pagan mid-winter celebration of Yule was adopted by Christians as Christmas (December 25th), so too the Pagan mid-summer celebration was adopted by them as the feast of John the Baptist (June 24th). Occurring 180 degrees apart on the wheel of the year, the mid-winter celebration commemorates the birth of Jesus, while the mid-summer celebration commemorates the birth of John, the prophet who was born six months before Jesus in order to announce his arrival .
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