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Clouds again, but a little rain before sunrise. …0.06 inches was all, though. Not sure that counts as rain. 🙂 We have some more due this evening and then a 75% chance for tomorrow. Sunday and Monday look like they’re going to be nice, though. 54F, wind at 5mph and gusting a little, AQI19, UV7, pollen still high, although the yellow stuff is diminishing, at least.
Yesterday’s plans went awry because I went down with a migraine. I got through the early part of the day, long enough for Tempus to get his various things done, but then I had to crawl into the nap area where I was shielded from the fluorescent lights. I’m still not doing too well, but I’m surviving, which is a good thing because we’ve been really busy today, so far, at least 40 people in the last two hours, which is why this is coming out at 1:30!
Today we’re open. Tempus has to run into Newport in the afternoon. I’ll be here. …maybe not feeling happy with the world, but here. 🙂
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind our old house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Today’s feast is that of Hermes Trismegistus. He seems to be a combination of Hermes and Thoth with a lot of other bits thrown in, but the corpus of works assigned to him are the basis of Hermeticism. He is a god of writing and magick, of astrology, alchemy and other learned arts. There are books like the Kybalion and the Emerald Tablets of Thoth that are attributed to him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus
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Love & Light,
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.
The Summer Triangle is making its appearance in the east, one star after another. The first in view as night descends is Vega, the brightest star in the east-northeast. Lower left it (by two or three fists at arm’s length) is Deneb. Farther to Vega’s lower right is Altair, rising above the horizon not long after dark.Head outside late this evening and you can’t miss Jupiter. The giant planet rises before 10 p.m. local daylight time and climbs highest in the south around 2 a.m. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.6, which makes it the brightest point of light in the sky until Venus rises in morning twilight. The planet currently resides among the much dimmer background stars of the constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer. A telescope reveals dramatic cloud features on the gas giant’s 46″-diameter disk as well as the four bright Galilean satellites. And tonight provides a rare opportunity to see the solar system’s largest moon disappear.
As Jupiter rises, Ganymede appears west of the planet. If you keep watching, however, you’ll see the moon slowly fade from view. At 1:41 a.m. EDT, Ganymede starts to enter Jupiter’s shadow while it’s still 16″ from the planet’s limb. The moon is so big that it takes 14 minutes to disappear completely.
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. 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
F 24 High 4:19 AM 6.6 5:40 AM Rise 1:14 AM 76
~ 24 Low 11:30 AM 0.0 8:46 PM Set 10:48 AM
~ 24 High 6:22 PM 6.0
~ 24 Low 11:50 PM 3.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Laughter is a direct route to the soul. It broadens your perspective, keeps you healthy and makes an unbearable situation easier to deal with.
~ Delays breed dangers. – John Lily
~ It is necessary to polish your own path. – Miyamoto Musashi
~ Patience & Diligence, like faith, remove mountains. – William Penn
~ People forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well you did it. – Brian Perez
Come rambling awhile through this exquisite weather
Of days that are fleet to pass,
When the stem of the willow shoots out a green feather,
And buttercups burn in the grass! – Edgar Fawcett (1847–1904)
Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Port-Cherry Sauce
- One pork tenderloin
- a handful of Rainier cherries, pitted and stemmed
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1/2 cup Tawny Port
- pinch sugar
- salt and pepper
- canola oil
- Knob of butter
- Cut the tenderloin into 3/4-inch thick medallions, and season them well with the salt and pepper.
- In a heavy-bottomed fry pan, heat the oil until shimmering and sear the medallions until caramelized on both sides. Keep warm under some aluminium foil.
- In the same pan, deglaze fond (the crusty bits left in the pan) with a dash of the port. Lower the heat, add the shallots and the cherries, and sweat until the shallots are translucent. Add the sugar and remaining port, and reduce by half. Season to taste and swirl in butter.
- Arrange medallions however you’d like and top with cherry sauce, coarse sea salt and herbs.
Fruit Salad – firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
- 1 red apple, cored and chopped
- 8 oz nonfat lemon yogurt
- 1 nectarine, pitted and sliced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Combine all the fruit and nuts together in a large bowl.
- Mix in yogurt.
- Chill and serve
ROSE PETAL PUNCH – A handful of strongly scented rose petals will delicately flavor a punch for a summer evening.
- large bottle or container with a seal that holds at least an ½ gallon
- 3 handfuls fresh red rose petals
- 2 tablespoons raw sugar
- 1 quart chilled water
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Juice of two lemons
- bottle white wine (the lighter flavored ones are best, sparkling is great)
- Two or three hours before you want to serve the punch rinse rose petals.
- Put them into the bottle.
- Add sugar to the roses
- Add water, zest and lemon juice
- When ready to serve, pour liquid through a mesh strainer into a punch bowl.
- Add wine and stir well.
Note – This goes very well with a rosebud/borage/mint ice ring
REMEMBER: DO NOT use flowers that have been sprayed with any type of pesticides……….
Silliness – Catching the Ferry
This guy loved living in Staten Island, but he wasn’t crazy about the ferry. If you missed a ferry late at night, you had to spend the next hour or so wandering the deserted streets of lower Manhattan.
So, when he spotted a ferry no more than fifteen feet from the dock, he decided he wouldn’t subject himself to an hour’s wait. He made a running leap and landed on his hands and knees, a little bruised maybe, but safe on deck.
He got up, brushed himself off, and announced proudly to a bystander, “Well, I made that one, didn’t I?”
“Sure did,” the bystander said. “But you should have waited a minute or two. The ferry is just about to dock.”