It’s cloudy and damp. It rained enough overnight to give us 1/4 of an inch. 53F, wind at 3mph, AQI7, UV8 (which is pretty high for a cloudy day!), pollen high. We’re likely to get a bit more rain today and then it’s supposed to dry out for the rest of the forecast.
Oh! I forgot to mention that Nick stopped by the other night and dropped off a tin of the new Simpkin’s Travel Sweets that the Chocolate Frog is carrying! We have the traditional mulled wine flavor and they’re yummy! These are the nice ones that don’t melt in the car or get sticky from humidity. They’re really tasty, not too strong or sour or sweet. Just right! There are several other flavors, including ginger, which is the *best* if you’re a car-sicker.
It wasn’t until about 3pm that everything slowed down, but then it just sorta stopped…. I finally got the newsletter frames put together, although I need to get some more photos uploaded for several. I was not doing well, but Tempus had to go get his check, change for the weekend and some groceries. I finally got my heavy fleece shirt, which I haven’t worn for a couple of months, since I was shivering.
Once Tempus was back, he ran in and out doing some errands. He was finally done at 7:30 and then he set out to make supper. I had been embroidering and helping customers. We closed at that point.
After supper I slept until past 1:30 and then I worked on newsletter stuff for a bit, set up a soup and then went back to bed and now I’m up again by 9am. Tempus went over to the PO to get a couple of larger boxes from the window.
So, I have my spices and juggling balls and puppet bases. Lots of fun for me! 🙂
Today we’ll be open at 11. I’ve got my soup plugged in on the work table. Herbs will be on bamboo. Sewing will be BYOP (bring your own project)
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
Today is both Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Geek Pride Day, which is in honor of the first of the Star Wars movies, premiering on May 25, 1977. My Daddy and I were in the long line outside of the theater for that….
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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.
Look high in the north after darkness falls this week and you’ll be greeted by the familiar sight of the Big Dipper. The dipper is the sky’s most conspicuous asterism — a recognizable pattern of stars that doesn’t form a complete constellation shape. It forms the body and tail of Ursa Major the Great Bear. Use the Pointers, the two stars at the end of the dipper’s bowl, to find Polaris, which lies due north for everyone north of the equator. Polaris marks the end of the Little Dipper’s handle. On evenings in late May, the relatively faint stars of this dipper arc almost directly above Polaris.
Have you ever seen Alpha Centauri?! At declination –61° it’s permanently out of sight if you’re north of latitude 29°. But if you’re at the latitude of San Antonio, Orlando, or points south, Alpha Cen skims just above your true southern horizon for a little while late these evenings. When does this happen? Just about when Alpha Librae, the lower-right of Libra’s two brightest stars, is due south over your landscape. At that time, look straight down from there!
Neptune (magnitude 7.9) is still low in the east-southeast before dawn begins. Wait a couple months.
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
Sa 25 High 5:12 AM 6.1 5:39 AM Rise 1:49 AM 67
~ 25 Low 12:20 PM 0.4 8:47 PM Set 11:48 AM
~ 25 High 7:16 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will speak my truth fearlessly.
~ Personally, I always held my flower in a clenched fist. – Abbie Hoffman
~ There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. – John Andrew Holmes
~ It would certainly, for example, be very desirable, in order to the firm and clear establishment of a miracle, that it should be performed in the presence of the Academy of Sciences of Paris, or the Royal Society of London, and the faculty of Medicine, assisted by a detachment of guards to keep in due order and distance the populace who might by their rudeness or indiscretion prevent the operation of the miracle. – Voltaire
~ I have so much more to learn. – Chris Brogan
The glittering leaves of the rhododendrons
Balance and vibrate in the cool air;
While in the sky above them
White clouds chase each other. –John Gould Fletcher (1886–1950)
Summer Solstice by Rhiannon Cotter – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
Summer Solstice, the longest day, represents a turning point from Spring to Summer during which the Sun God directs the ripening and blossoming of the grain and fruit. Here in the heat of the Summer, the crops are transformed as are our actions, thoughts and plans. All things are tempered by the heat of the Sun. Blossoming and ripening of our works are manifested, or they shrivel and die in the heat. All the while, sexual energy is growing. The Sun God impregnates the Earth Goddess in a sweet “petit mort”—as the cup is to the Goddess, so too is the athame to the God.
Litha Lore: The God and the Goddess are in Their prime, at Their highest power. This is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. The Goddess is pregnant. After this day, the light begins to wane until the Winter Solstice.
Special Time: The focus of this holiday is again on fertility but also on strength and focus. Plans made at Imbolc, put into motion at Ostara, and encouraged at Beltane should now be in fruition. It is a time to give thanks for the gifts and for our health. After this day things will change somewhat, waning again, and this must be prepared for. This is a celebration of work AND of pleasurable activities. It is also a good time for a dedication rite or a re-affirmation spell.
Activities: On Litha, we celebrate the power of the Sun and play outside as much as possible, taking pleasure in Nature as a child would. Summertime flowers can be collected and used to adorn the altar, the home, and the body. Many people like to make love charms at this time and also cast love-related spells and any other kinds of magick, since this is the highest power of the God and Goddess and therefore there is quite a bit of energy to harness. Some people believe the elves and fairies are afoot and leave out food for them. Some like to cook potpourri made of flowers. One custom is to make one yellow feather wreath and one red feather wreath and tie them together with ivy.
People thought that midsummer was a time of magic and wonder-working. Evil spirits were said to appear, and people gathered herbs and flowers to protect themselves.
Midsummer is the magical time when the days are longest and the nights are shortest. This was when ancient peoples gathered to celebrate the sun and its life-giving power
On Litha, tie a bunch of fennel with red ribbons and hang over the door for long life and protection of the home.
Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry. Use them to cook summer veggies.
Today, light a white candle and place it in front of a mirror. Say a prayer and let it burn out.
One of the most powerful was the plant known as ‘chase-devil’, which we now call St John’s Wort.
People used it in potions, and wove the flowers into garlands to decorate their houses or protect their farm animals
An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first orders a beer, the second orders half a beer, the third orders a quarter of a beer, and so on.
After the seventh order, the bartender pours two beers and says, “You fellas ought to know your limits.”