Daily Stuff 5-2-20 Florifertum

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Melissa Hansen. The shop is closed for the duration.

Everything is damp again. It’s not raining at the moment, but we had some interesting drownpours. Tempus was his usual wet-cat self about that. 54F, wind at 0-8mph, AQI36, UV7. 100% chance of rain today and 70% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 3pm on Sunday. The highest chance of rain tomorrow centers around 10 and then it tapers off to almost nothing by evening. There’s some chance of showers off and on during the next week, but it looks like more dry than not, but cloudy and threatening to spit. Spring is still cranky.

Yesterday started kinda wonky. Tempus was really late coming in. I hadn’t slept well and then when I got up I was headachy and cross. I tried to keep working but after several hours I crawled back in. It was 6pm when we were both up and at the shop. I got into a meeting that lasted over 2 hours about how-to on running meetings. 🙂

After that I finished up a couple of blog pages and got them saved and/or published. …then some more… …and then got going on the big one for pincushions. Nowhere near done. Plant tending was next. They took a lot of water and I moved a bunch of things around. I’ve got to get some of them over into the south window. Tempus refilled my water and I got back to work on those.

Eventually I was back to blog pages. Tempus was getting the Mab’s rollies back where they belong. By then I had started a soup. I was using up a lot of things that had gone funky or were about to, or the “last of”. I call that “scraped icebox soup”, the way my Babicka did. I even set out the tail end of a box of bread crumbs to use up. Supper was the potatoes that we cooked up earlier with cheese on top.

Tempus headed out before 2 with the rent check in hand. He was going to drop it through their door slot before heading for Newport. I was getting the soup finished and fridged. I got this together next and published around 3:30.

Today is more of the same as yesterday, although we’ll be eating the soup, rather than making it, I hope. I’m hoping to work on outside plants and finish watering the north window plants. …and I only have one class and I might not bother with this one. 🙂 I’m hoping to talk to Tempus about getting the camera and the software for the computer, so I can get going on recordings.

Beautiful ocean by Melissa Hansen‎ (C) 2017

220px-Polystichum_munitum_(Jami_Dwyer)_001Today’s Plant is Sword fernPolystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. – This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern

plant poppy wheatThe Florifertum is a wheat offering for the end of the Floralia, the feast of the Goddess of plant life, Flora, held on this day. This Goddess in England (and in most of Europe by other names) is known as Helen or Elaine. Sarn Helen means a straight track, a ley-line road, which existed from Pre-Celtic times through to the take-over of Christianity and can still be seen connecting sacred places. Being that these are roads, that also makes them sacred to Hecate, who is honored both now, and at the opposite station on the Wheel of the Year, at Samhain. More here on the Floralia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floralia#Observances

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 5/7 at 3:45am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/5 at 3:45pm. 

The three bright outer planets continue to shine before dawn, though Mars is pulling farther away from Jupiter and Saturn. The top star in Capricornus here is Alpha Cap, a fine, easy binocular double star. Beta Cap just below it is also a binocular double, though less easy to split; its components are very unequal, and they are only half as far apart (in almost the same orientation).

Although it’s May now, wintry Sirius still twinkles low in the west-southwest at the end of twilight. It sets soon after. How much longer into the spring can you keep Sirius in view? In other words, what will be its date of “heliacal setting” as seen by you? Winter’s constellations are quickly disappearing from our sky, so now is the time to glimpse your favorites before they’re gone. The first week of May is one of the last times you’ll be able to easily observe the night sky’s brightest star. An hour after sunset, this magnitude –1.5 star is already less than 12° high in the southwest. Its low altitude offers a unique view: As it sinks toward the horizon, you’ll notice Sirius furiously twinkling, or scintillating. Look through binoculars or a telescope, and it may appear as a madly dancing point of light, cycling through the colors of the rainbow almost as if you’re looking through a kaleidoscope. This show is simply an effect of observing the star through the thick layers of turbulent air low on the horizon, which blur the image like looking at a sparkling coin through water.

Early morning sky over Punta Gorda – Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn share the sky with the Milky Way in this stunning shot, taken March 25 from the Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area near Punta Gorda, Florida. – Diana Robinson (Flickr)

Magnitude –2.3 Jupiter rises just before 2 A.M. for observers at mid-northern latitudes. Saturn, glowing at magnitude 0.6, rises about 20 minutes later and is less than 5° from Jupiter. Watch for the pair in the southeastern sky, not far from the Milky Way (if you’re looking from a dark location).
As the planets begin to march upward, you’ll see Altair, one of the three stars that make up the famous Summer Triangle asterism, about 20° above the horizon. The magnitude 0.8 luminary lies due north of the planets. Northeast of Altair is the second point in the Triangle, magnitude 1.3 Deneb. Skim your eyes west of Deneb to reach the third point: magnitude 0 Vega. As spring gives way to summer, the Summer Triangle will rise earlier and climb higher in the sky until it is directly overhead at night during the height of the Northern Hemisphere’s hottest season.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.4, – 2.4, and +0.5, respectively) shine in the southeast before and during early dawn. Jupiter, the brightest, is on the right. Before dawn begins, spot the Sagittarius Teapot to the right of it.

Old Farmer’s Almanac April Sky Map! – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-april-minor-constellations
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille  Willow  Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 –

Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. 

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Virgo
Pluto Retrograde (10/4)
Color: Brown

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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa   2      Low   2:48 AM     2.9   6:04 AM     Set  3:58 AM      60
~     2     High   8:22 AM     6.4   8:22 PM    Rise  2:34 PM
~     2      Low   3:14 PM     0.2
~     2     High   9:52 PM     6.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a divine day!


Journal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite season? What is your best memory of something that happened in that season?



~  Asceticism is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you. – Ali Ibn Abu Talib
~  When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out. – David L. Weatherford
~  Intuitive analysis requires observation & data, just as does ordinary science. – Matthew Wood
~  Never mistake activity for achievement. – John Wooden

Corinna’s Going A-Maying By Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

Get up! Get up for shame! the blooming morn
Upon her wings presents the god unshorn.

See how Aurora throws her fair
Fresh-quilted colors through the air:
Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see
The dew bespangling herb and tree.

Each flower has wept and bowed toward the east
Above an hour since, yet you not dressed;

Nay, not so much as out of bed?
When all the birds have matins said,
And sung their thankful hymns, ’tis sin,
Nay, profanation to keep in,

Whenas a thousand virgins on this day
Spring, sooner than the lark, to fetch in May.

Rise, and put on your foliage, and be seen
To come forth, like the springtime, fresh and green,

And sweet as Flora. Take no care
For jewels for your gown or hair;
Fear not; the leaves will strew
Gems in abundance upon you;

Besides, the childhood of the day has kept,
Against you come, some orient pearls unwept;

Come and receive them while the light
Hangs on the dew-locks of the night,
And Titan on the eastern hill
Retires himself, or else stands still

Till you come forth. Wash, dress, be brief in praying:
Few beads are best when once we go a-Maying.
Come, my Corinna, come; and, coming mark
How each field turns a street, each street a park

Made green and trimmed with trees; see how
Devotion gives each house a bough
Or branch: each porch, each door ere this,
An ark, a tabernacle is,

Made up of whitethorn neatly interwove,
As if here were those cooler shades of love.

Can such delights be in the street
And open fields, and we not see ‘t?
Come, we’ll abroad; and let’s obey
The proclamation made for May,

And sin no more, as we have done, by staying;
But, my Corinna, come, let’s go a-Maying.
There’s not a budding boy or girl this day
But is got up and gone to bring in May;

A deal of youth, ere this, is come
Back, and with whitethorn laden home.
Some have dispatched their cakes and cream
Before that we have left to dream;

And some have wept, and wooed, and plighted troth,
And chose their priest, ere we can cast off sloth.

Many a green-gown has been given,
Many a kiss, both odd and even,
Many a glance, too, has been sent
From out the eye, love’s firmament;

Many a jest told of the keys betraying
This night, and locks picked; yet we’re not a-Maying.
Come, let us go while we are in our prime
And take the harmless folly of the time.

We shall grow old apace, and die
Before we know our liberty. (60)
Our life is short, and our days run
As fast away as does the sun;

And, as a vapor or a drop of rain
Once lost, can ne’er be found again;

So when or you or I are made
A fable, song, or fleeting shade
All love, all liking, all delight
Lies drowned with us in endless night.

Then while time serves, and we are but decaying,
Come, my Corinna, come, let’s go a-Maying.


Beltane Magick – Craft

Pressing Flowers – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

Selecting The Flowers – Garden flowers, leaves and ferns can be collected and pressed for use in making pictures or cards. A botanical collection can also be made with wild flowers (never rare flowers). Only take one or two common flowers from a spot where they are plentiful.

Flowers should be picked after mid-day when they are dry. They should be pressed as soon as possible after picking to avoid wilting. You will find through trial and error which flowers dry best and which colors are lasting. Do not try to press a very thick flower it would be best to disassemble and press just the petals. Remember fresh flowers, press quickly and carefully, dry well, and use small flowers (or thin pieces of thicker flowers).

Pressing The Flowers – Flowers can be pressed between sheets of blotting paper and placed in a telephone book with weights. A flower press can be used, consisting of layers of newsprint interleaved with corrugated cardboard. A press uses plywood board top and bottom, and pressure is applied by tightening the wing nuts on the four corner screws.

Flowers are then carefully laid in the press, with plenty of newspaper between layers, and cardboard after every few layers. Leave them undisturbed for two or three weeks for best results.

Using the Flowers (this section added by Anja ©2013 M. Bartlett and does not void previous copyright)  – Pretty bookmarks and placemats can be made by laying pressed plants out on clear contact paper and then putting another sheet on top. Easier still is to laminate them with or without the paper. You may add cutouts or glitter or even flat sequins.

Flowers can be glued to a paper backing and framed in standard picture frames.

I have used pressed flowers and other plants in decoupage. Using a glue that will not discolor when Mod-Podge™ – ed or varnished or shellacked over, and using only the tiniest dots of glue, create your preferred arrangement and then let dry. Top coat by your preferred method.

People have set pressed flowers between sheets of glass for decoration for a long time. If you know how, metal foil may be set around the edges to make an airtight seal, or you can use glue and then add a fabric strip or even some kind of ribbon trim.

There are many kinds of color-your-own paperweights, coasters, mugs, keychain fobs and vases where pressed flowers can be glued to paper and inserted,  or even fastened directly to the inside of the plastic.

Many pressed flowers can be laid on the tops of cookies or candies (obviously only the edible ones) or even on iced cakes. If you’re making an herbal balm or floral perfume, a pressed petal or dried rosebud can be set on top to identify the contents.

You can use pressed flowers to go effect in potpourri mixes or in spells where the visual effect is part of the magick.


Silliness – Mimes

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