Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
The sky is a blank white, but it’s getting brighter by the minute. It this is a summer weather pattern the sky should be blue very soon, but maybe not, since it’s still May. 58F, wind at 4mph and gusting, AQI15, UV8, pollen high. It could get quite windy on Saturday and then a week from now there’s a small chance of rain with maybe a couple of tenths of an inch is all.
Yesterday ended up a little short. Most of what was left of the day went towards catching up so we’re ready for another week, and then I spent a little while embroidering and a longer while reading. Tempus worked some more on the bamboo for beads.
Today I hope to set up the rock tumbler, so we can see how the bamboo does. Tempus is supposed to go out to do laundry and then we have the paper route tonight. Right now he still needs to get the coolers out of the aisle!
Photo by Ken Gagne from 5/23/17 of Heceta Head.
Today’s feast is Frigg’s day, according to Nigel Pennick. Frigg is a goddess associated with married women. She was called up by women to assist in giving birth to children. She is also wise enough to sit in Odin’s (her husband’s) seat to keep an eye on the world. Orion’s Belt was called Frigg’s distaff by the Norse. The picture is of her spinning clouds! There’s an article with a lot of the stories here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigg and another with a lot of the similarities between Frigg and Freya here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigg_and_Freyja_origin_hypothesis
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
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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. 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.
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 tail-tip 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.
Neptune rises around 2 a.m. local daylight time and appears 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 1.2° 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.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Sagittarius) rises around 11 or midnight. In the hours before dawn, it’s the steady, pale yellowish “star” about 30° (three fists at arm’s length) left of Jupiter.
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
Th 30 Low 4:53 AM 1.1 5:36 AM Rise 3:57 AM 21
~ 30 High 10:46 AM 5.5 8:52 PM Set 4:55 PM
~ 30 Low 4:33 PM 1.7
~ 30 High 10:45 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Many a man never fails because he never tries.
~…The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserved their neutrality. – Dante Alighieri
~…It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for the truth,” and so it goes away. Puzzling. – Robert M. Pirsig
~…A careless song, with a little nonsense in it now and then, does not misbecome a monarch. – Horace Walpole, Letter to Sir Horace Mann, 1774
~…If Troy Donahue could be a movie star, then I could be a movie star! – Line from the Broadway musical, A Chorus Line; American actor Donahue was born on January 27, 1936
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)
A Sweet Woodruff Spell for Prosperity Pagan Studies:
At dusk in my woodland garden, sweet woodruff sends out its fresh haylike scent, and its white flowers glow in the June twilight. In June, sweet woodruff reaches the height of its magical power, and is valuable in attracting prosperity. The prosperity spell which follows should be concluded next month, beneath July’s Blessing Moon. On a June evening, just before nightfall, gather some woodruff flowers, leaves, and stems. Cut them all, and put them in a darkened room to dry on a hook or beam. When July’s Moon is at its height, and the woodruff has dried, bury it with a dollar and a copper coin. Now, with what you’ve sown your wealth will increase. By: James Kambos – )0( GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies
PETALS OF LOVE
A small mirror and fresh flowers. They can be daisies, carnations, violets, lilacs or gardenias, but roses of any color are best. If you do use roses, remove the thorns from one of the stems. Buy or collect 7 or 8 stems of the chosen flower. If cutting them yourself, thank the plant for its sacrifice in any words or actions that you see fit. Remember-nature is a power source. Magicians respect it.
Place the flowers in a large vase or bowl. Nearby place a small mirror in a position so that you can see your face within it. Sit or kneel comfortably before the flowers. Remove 1 flower from the vase. Stroke it over your head, your hair, your ears. Move it up and down your cheek and chin. As you do this, open yourself to the loving energies the flower is radiating out to you.
Close your eyes and brush their lids lightly with the flowers. Say these words:
“I SEE LOVE”
Move the flowers lower. Smell its rich scent. Drink in its aroma. Let it fill your soul. Say: “I BREATHE LOVE”
Open your eyes. Move the flowers away from your head and above it. Say:
“I HOLD LOVE”
Lower the flower to your heart area. Stroke it up and down, soothing it, letting its energies melt into yours. Say:
“I FEEL LOVE”
Move it down to your stomach. Press it gently against your skin/clothing. Say:
“I NOURISH LOVE”
Still holding the flower in your hands before you, gaze at your reflection in the mirror. Say these words:
“LOVE IS BEFORE ME”
“LOVE IS BEHIND ME”
“LOVE IS BESIDE ME”
“LOVE IS ABOVE ME”
“LOVE IS BELOW ME”
“LOVE IS WITHIN ME”
“LOVE FLOWS FROM ME”
“LOVE COMES TO ME”
“I AM LOVED”
Place the flowers in a spot where you’ll see them several times a day. If possible, wear or carry the flowers with you. When it begins to wilt, bury it in the earth, thanking it for its energies. Of Love.
Money-Drawing Powder – Incense of the day: Carnation
When business is going through a slow period and income decreases, prepare a money-drawing powder. As a talcum powder for the body after bathing, it draws money toward you. Sprinkled on business documents and cash registers, it assists in generating improved activity and profits. Sprinkled on the floor around a shop, the powder attracts enthusiastic customers.
Make this potent powder
- one tablespoon of powdered cinquefoil (five-finger grass)
- one ounce of powdered sandalwood
- one quarter teaspoon of powdered cinnamon
- one teaspoon of powdered yellow dock
- one quarter dram of patchouli oil
- one half dram of frankincense oil,
- one quarter dram of myrrh oil
- five ounces of your favorite talcum powder (use unscented!)
Powder the herbs with a mortar and pestle before adding the oils and blending with a metal spoon. Add talcum powder to the combination and mix it thoroughly. Put the powder in a jar or other glass container. Take it to the altar and consecrate before use.
By: S. Y. Zenith, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast