It’s a very grey morning, but it’s getting brighter. 55F, wind at 4mph and gusting, AQI16, UV6. There’s no real chance of rain today, but showers overnight are likely. We have a couple of damp days, but Sunday ought to be dry, Monday and the rest of the week…
Yesterday one thing after another until we didn’t get out the door until 5pm, two hours late. One thing after another went sideways until even allowing 3 times the amount of time to finish that I had expected to need, took double that! We had to get everything labeled and packed and iced and then serving dishes (which didn’t all get labeled, I figured out when we were on the road), then to make sure ingredients cards and packing lists were printed.
Tempus and I were both really tired, already, and then we needed to get on the road. We figured out, once we were heading south down the coast that part of the problem was that neither of us had eaten properly. McD’s doesn’t count as “properly”, but at least it wasn’t going to upset our stomachs. We nibbled fries all the way from Florence up the river to Mapleton and didn’t start on the burgers until we were pretty sure everything else was going to stay put.
Tempus was doing ok by the time those were gone, so he told me to get a nap. I woke, startled, as we were crossing Fern Ridge Reservoir…. and then we discovered that the google map directions that we had…. Well, they sucked…. There was one spot where we were supposed to turn right, but the directions said to go two more miles to the traffic circle and take the 3rd exit… well, that didn’t make sense so we went another 7 miles out and then the same back, through the traffic circle and back… and found the place where we were supposed to turn right and did…. which meant a couple more miles in the wrong direction and back…. It turns out that the “3rd exit” meant that we were going back the way we came and needed to turn left…. Oi…. well, we finally found it, even if Iurii was starting to worry about us.
We got the stuff offloaded and headed back. We had to get gas there instead of in Florence because of the “detour”. We chatted all the way up and over the Coast Range down through Mapleton and into Florence, just whatever was at the top of our minds, and then on up 101 home.
The Heceta Head light was amazing as usual, and we stopped to tend the birds, but we just collapsed when we got home.
…and Tempus has to go tend birds as soon as we’ve had coffee. After that it’s mostly going to be cleaning up from the “frenzy”, once we’re open. The worst of it is in back, although there are some boxes he’s going to tuck away while the coffee is brewing.
We’re both still tired, so other than clean-up, maybe I’ll set up a soup from the leftover veg and do some embroidery. …oh, goodness… newsletters!
Paper Night tonight, and I’m planning on sitting on Tempus and making him get a nap, beforehand!
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Today is the anniversary of the 2nd Defenestration of Prague that happened in 1618. That such a funny word. It means that someone’s been chucked out a window! In the case of the two Prague Defenestrations they happened as a political protest of injustice. This 2nd one was in response to the political decisions imposed on the Czechs (who were mostly Protestant at this time) unjustly taking away their religious freedom by imposing Catholicism and destroying Protestant nobles. It directly led to the 30 Years War. The folks responsible for implementing the orders were chucked out the window of the assembly room in Praszky Hrad (the castle seat of the government, picture above). They fell down the castle wall and down a slope. It didn’t kill them. They said it was the intervention of the Virgin Mary, but the Protestants insisted that they had fallen into a dungheap! There is more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestrations_of_Prague and some about the ensuing war here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Years%27_War
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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.
A gigantic asterism you may not know is the Diamond of Virgo, some 50° tall and extending over five constellations. It currently stands upright in the south after the stars come out. Start with <<< Spica, its bottom. Upper left from Spica is bright Arcturus >>>. Almost as far upper right from Arcturus (as you face south) is fainter <<< Cor Caroli, 3rd magnitude, almost overhead. The same distance lower right from there is Denebola >>>, the 2nd-magnitude tailtip of Leo. And then back to Spica. The bottom three of these stars, the brightest, form a nearly perfect equilateral triangle. Maybe we should call this the “Spring Triangle” to parallel those of summer and winter?
In you have a dark sky or binoculars, look halfway from Cor Caroli to Denebola for the very large, sparse Coma Berenices star cluster. It spans some 4°, about the size of a ping-pong ball held at arm’s length. See Fred Schaaf’s tour of this area in the May Sky & Telescope, page 45.
With the Moon having exited the evening sky, now’s a good time to target one of the spring sky’s finest deep-sky objects. The Beehive star cluster (M44) in the constellation Cancer the Crab lies 30° high in the west after darkness falls. The 3rd-magnitude cluster appears approximately 40 percent of the way from 1st-magnitude Pollux in Gemini to the similarly bright star Regulus in Leo. With naked eyes under a dark sky, you should be able to spot the Beehive as a faint cloud. But this star group explodes into dozens of stars through binoculars or a small telescope at low power.
Venus (magnitude –3.8) is very low in bright dawn. Just 15 or 20 minutes before sunrise, scan for it with binoculars just above the east horizon.
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. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.
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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 23 High 3:34 AM 7.2 5:41 AM Rise 12:34 AM 84
~ 23 Low 10:43 AM -0.5 8:45 PM Set 9:49 AM
~ 23 High 5:29 PM 6.1
~ 23 Low 10:50 PM 3.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is justice for all, but it doesn’t seem to be equally distributed.
~ Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him. – Epictetus (55-135 AD) Greek Philosopher
~ This world is a morning poem, and we have but to see it to be shaken by its beauty, over and over. – Leo Babauta
~ Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better. – Robert Redford
~ We haven’t the smallest step on which to set our foot to reach the slightest knowledge of what makes us live and makes us think. – Voltaire
For the May Day is the great day,
Sung along the old straight track.
And those who ancient lines did ley
Will heed this song that calls them back. – Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
Were I with you now, we would drum and dance and I would invite you to the center of the circle to invoke the sun and to dance the sun’s energy, to feel its heat on your skin, to work up a sweat and to call it into you until you were running with it, hot, vibrant, vital.
If it is a sunny day, go stand outside once you are done reading this section. If it is not sunny out, remember a day when it was, when the sun burned bright above you and warmed your shoulders. Feel it even on a rainy, snowy, or foggy day. It still adds brightness behind the clouds or foe that obscure it. The sun is out there, steadily flaming as we move in an arcing dance around it, drawn by its warmth and the turning pull of gravity.
Take a deep breath. Close your eyes for a moment and feel the sun. Turn yourself so you face it. Begin to breathe. Imagine that you can breathe in the power of the sun, its heat, it: power. Take it into your belly. Tet yourself begin to move with it. Dance the dance of the sun. If this feels uncomfortable to you, being outside, just take this in, storing it for later, when you can dance the dance of the sun. Call the sun down, call it into your circle. Dance the sun in. Dance it. Sing it. Drum it. What does the sun feel like? Call it in, call it down. You are full of the sun. It is no longer outside of you. You can communicate with it. You can dance with it. You have touched the sun just as the sun touches you. Dance with the sun for a while. You are radiant beauty, powerful, life giving, and strong.
Take another breath. Begin to slow down. Feel your skin become your own, and feel the sun recede beyond your reach. It still warms and feeds you, but it is far outside of you again. Feel your body, human and alive. Breathe in and out. You are beautiful. Thank the sun. Blow it a kiss. Align your Triple Soul with the energy running through you. Blessed be.
Silliness – Smart Joke # 17. Shrodinger’s cat walks into the bar and doesn’t. – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2