Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
The beach fog clouds have been blowing south at a good clip for hours, after sunshine enough to heat the shop all day. I told Tempus that it looks like a summer weather pattern. It’s only the end of May. We need some more rain, yet! 54F, wind at 3 mph, AQI17, UV8, pollen still high. No rain in the forecast.
Yesterday and today both, no ambition, so very, very sleepy….. I didn’t even realize this was still to go out until just now, 9pm.
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Today’s feast is the Ambarvalia. Here’s what Wikipedia says, “Ambarvalia was a Roman agricultural fertility rite held at the end of May in honor of Ceres. At these festivals they sacrificed a bull, a sow, and a sheep, which, before the sacrifice, were led in procession thrice around the fields; whence the feast is supposed to have taken its name, ambio, I go round, and arvum, field. This sacrifice was called a suovetaurilia in Latin. These feasts were of two kinds, public and private. The private were solemnized by the masters of families, accompanied by their children and servants, in the villages and farms out of Rome. The public were celebrated in the boundaries of the city, and in which twelve fratres arvales walked at the head of a procession of the citizens, who had lands and vineyards at Rome. During the procession, prayers would be made to the goddess. The ambervale carmen was a prayer preferred on this occasion. The name “Ambarvalia” appears to be predominantly an urban designation. Roman farmers’ almanacs (menologia rustica) describe this only as segetes lustrantur (“crops are purified”). Scaliger, in his notes on Festus, maintains the ambarvalia to be the same as amburbium. Numerous other communities of the Italian peninsula enacted similar rites with different names.”
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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 5/29 at 3:02pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/1 at 3:02pm.
Bright Capella sets low in the northwest fairly soon after dark these evenings (depending on your latitude). That leaves Vega and Arcturus as the brightest stars in the evening sky. Vega shines in the east-northeast. Arcturus is very high toward the south. A third of the way from Arcturus to Vega look for semicircular Corona Borealis, with 2nd-magnitude Alphecca as its one moderately bright star. Two thirds of the way from Arcturus to Vega is the dim Keystone of Hercules, now lying almost level. Use binoculars or a telescope to examine its top edge. A third of the way from the edge’s left end to right end is 6th-magnitude M13, one of Hercules’s two great globular star clusters.
You can use the <<Big Dipper as a guide to two of the spring sky’s brightest stars. If you follow the curve of the Dipper’s handle to the south, you’ll easily spot Arcturus. >>>This magnitude 0.0 star, which belongs to Boötes the Herdsman, lies some 30° from the end of the Big Dipper’s handle. It is the fourth-brightest star in the whole sky and the second-brightest visible from mid-northern latitudes. And if you continue the curve another 30° past Arcturus, you’ll arrive at magnitude 1.0 <<< Spica, the luminary of Virgo the Maiden. An easy way to remember the two is with the phrase: “Follow the arc to Arcturus, then drive a spike to Spica.”
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, in the eastern leg of Ophiuchus) rises in the southeast in late twilight. It shines highest in the south around 2 a.m., with orange Antares about 12° to its lower right. In a telescope Jupiter is nearly 46 arcseconds wide as it approaches opposition June 10th. Big changes are happening in and around Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.the South Equatorial Belt appears to be pulling material away from it; see Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Unfurls.
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 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
W 29 Low 4:08 AM 1.7 5:37 AM Rise 3:33 AM 30
~ 29 High 9:47 AM 5.3 8:51 PM Set 3:51 PM
~ 29 Low 3:48 PM 1.5
~ 29 High 10:10 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you know your own worth what need you care about the acceptance or rejection of others?
~ They beat the crap outta me but I proved I was a man. They kept beating me but I didn’t give them no names. – Lenny Bruce
~ It is a curious phenomenon that God has made the hearts of the poor, rich and those of the rich, poor. – Vinoba Bhave (September 11, 1895 – November 15, 1982) the first Satyagrahi in Mahatma Gandhi’s Anti-War Individual Satyagraha movement, October 15, 1940
~ The past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are. – Oscar Wilde
This, then, is the tyranny of the State; it denies, to both woman and man, the right to earn a living, and grants it as a privilege to a favored few who for that favor must pay ninety per cent toll to the granters of it. – Voltairine de Cleyre; Sex Slavery (1890)
In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,
I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
To please the desert and the sluggish brook. –Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
Let us begin. Let us sing.
Singing of the small corn.
Singing of the large corn.
Singing as the evening falls.
Singing as the light dawns.
The light dawns and finds us singing,
singing as the corn waves tassels at us.
The dark falls and finds us singing,
singing while the squash waves leaves us.
The earth rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The sky rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The rain comes. The rain comes. ~Pima Rain-Making Song
The plants that feed us need sun and water and soil in order to thrive. Too much of one, too little of another, will mean a ruined crop – and, because we depend upon plants for food, will mean starvation and death as well. Our forebears knew the necessity of balance between sun and rain, between night and day, between rest and activity. Too often, today, the balance is lost, so that newscasters bemoan the rain our farms and gardens need – and which we, in turn, need as well.
When the weather thwarts our plans this summer, when weekends are rainy and evenings damp, let us recognize the rain’s necessity and thank the goddess for her bounty. The lush green fields, and full larders, will be our rewards
By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON
Litha – Pagan News
Litha is the Summer Solstice. It occurs on or about the 21st of June, when the Sun enters zero degrees Cancer, thereby marking MidSummer. On this longest day of the year, the Sun God is at the peak of his power. Like Samhain, Litha is a day when the boundaries between the worlds are thin, when mortals have strange experiences, and when otherworlders travel in our plane.
Litha is also the traditional time of year to harvest your herbs and flowers, especially St. John’s wort, either to hang in your home as protection or to tie onto the wicker man as a symbol of a wish that you want carried into the next world. Ideally, you should cut your herbs with a scythe or boline, by moonlight, and chant the appropriate purpose for which each plant will be used. Leave an offering for the rest of the plant, don’t harvest more than a third of the plant – the rest will remain healthy and vigorous.
Beltane was the festival of union between the God and Goddess, and so it was seen as unlucky to marry in May. But often as a result of the Beltane festivities, many young maidens found they weren’t maidens any more, and indeed were on their way to becoming mothers! Because of this, June became a popular month for marriage. The Full moon in June is called the ‘Honey Moon’, because it as this time that honey is harvested from bee hives. The night after marriage thus became the ‘Honeymoon’.
Made from Honey, Mead is the traditional drink for Summer Solstice, and an excellent recipe for making mead can be found here.
If you don’t want to make mead, here is a simpler recipe for Honey Apple iced tea:
- 4 black tea bags
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 cups unsweetened apple juice
- 3 cups boiling water
- lemon slices
Makes 6 to 8 servings
In a 2 quart pot, brew tea bags in boiling water. Remove bags, add
honey and apple juice. Stir well. Pour over ice.
- Litha herbs: Lavender, Chamomile, Roses, Daisy, Lily Incence: Frankincense, Lemon,
- Litha colors: Blue, Green, Yellow
- Litha offerings: Flowers, nuts, St. John’s Wort
Pavlov is sitting at a bar, when all of the sudden the phone rings…
Pavlov gasps, “Oh shit, I forgot to feed the dogs.”