It’s mostly clouded over, cool and still outside. The air smells lovely. Something is blooming…lilacs?… that is just a hit of “sweet”. 49F, wind at 1-3mph and gusting, AQI40, UV3. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. We should see some sun this afternoon, but little tomorrow and then from Monday on, except for next
Yesterday after Tempus got in, I ended up waking up and working on the computer for a couple of hours. He was thrashing and kicking for some reason, which is really unlike him. He was ever talking to someone, although I didn’t understand the language, which was just a well from the tone! Well, it woke me up thoroughly, so I started in on writing. …and I wrote… and then looked at what I was writing and it was junk, so started over.
Loryea called. She’s still hunkered down in Georgia, (the country, not the state), but they’re starting to open back up this coming week. She’s actually had a good time there and probably won’t be back in the States until July.
I had a lady call the shop. I was there early without Tempus since he was running errands in Newport. She was interested in a couple of the stained glass dolphins. She came in around lunchtime and got them. I opened the doors to air the place out. It was *really* getting warm! I got a nap at the shop in the early afternoon after Tempus was back.
Fantastic class on the developement of Medieval Banking and accounting! It ran way over into the bardic performance, which wasn’t all that good because of tech limitations. Zoom does *not* do well by hammered dulcimer, to put it mildly. Next up was a class on zibolini (sometimes called flea furs) that was fun and got me to thinking. Gotta make one to go with my Italian (project # 34,579, I think). Last one before I quit was one called “Grave Voices”, it was the medieval/renaissance uses of necromancy as divination. The person really didn’t have enough info about this. I kept catching myself pounding on the desk going, “…but what about so-and-so?” <sigh> Well, after that I curled up in the nap bed and only woke when Tempus was about to head out to do papers!
He had gotten some things ready for me to work on, like the stuff for the canned goods/canning jars shelf re-set and sent out another order, along with pulling out the re-potting things that I needed. That’s being worked on in between spates of writing.
…and that’s what I’m hoping to work on today. ….more plants, but I want Tempus to get the stuff cleared from in front of the bolt rack so I can see what I’ve got and rearrange. He’s been pulling things out for me and just throws ’em back whereever. …and I have fresh chicken to make rizky for supper! Tempus made rolls, so the leftovers can become sandwiches with microgreens, and I can do girdle cakes and veg. This is going to be good!
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re notVaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.
Today’s festival is the Lemuria, the feast of the unquiet dead. The head of the household would walk around barefoot at midnight, throwing black beans over his shoulders as an offering to exorcise those who weren’t supposed to be hanging around. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemuria_%28festival%29 and on the lemures here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemures
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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 5/22 at 10:39am. 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 5/14 at 7:03am.
Comet SWAN skirts the dawn and dusk horizons. This new comet (C/2020 F8) is already 5th magnitude and heading for 3rd, but it stays low and tricky to find at the very beginning of dawn this week, then at the very end of dusk later in the month. See Bob King’s Comet SWAN article and charts. You’ll want to bring binoculars or a wide-field scope.
Mars crosses from Capricornus into Aquarius today. Look for the Red Planet just 3.7° from Delta [δ] Capricorni before sunrise this morning. With a bright Moon relatively nearby, finding fainter objects will be difficult.
Instead, try seeking out larger shapes among the stars. The Square of Pegasus lies northeast of Capricornus, anchored by Alpheratz, Algenib, Scheat, and Markab, all between magnitudes 2 and 3. Then look northwest to spot the three bright stars of the Summer Triangle: Deneb, Vega, and Altair. And above the northern horizon, you’ll find the Big and Little Dippers, both circling around the dim North Star, Polaris.
Summer is still six weeks away, but the Summer Triangle is beginning to make its appearance in the east, one star after another. The first in view is bright Vega. It’s already visible low in the northeast as twilight fades. Next up is Deneb, lower left of Vega by two or three fists at arm’s length. Deneb takes about an hour to appear after Vega does, depending on your latitude. The third is Altair, which shows up far to their lower right by midnight.
The bright Moon rises just before 9 P.M. local time, so you’ll want to observe fainter objects earlier in the evening. Auriga is a wreath-shaped constellation whose brightest star, Capella, is an easy-to-spot magnitude 0.1. Look northwest after sunset to find it, then skim 10.5° due southeast of the star with binoculars or a small scope to find M38 (NGC 1912), an open star cluster sometimes referred to as the Starfish Cluster. Less than 2.5° east-southeast of the Starfish is open cluster M36 (NGC 1960), also known as the Pinwheel Cluster. Finally, hop 3.7° east-southeast of M36 to find M37 (NGC 2099), the richest of Auriga’s three open clusters.
Asteroid to occult a star. David Dunham of the International Occultation Timing Association writes us, “Occultation of 9.5-magnitude SAO 82820 by (667) Denise [along a track from] northern Mid-Atlantic (clear skies forecast there) to southern Oregon, night of Saturday May 9/10; see page for this event. The path passes over Washington, DC (4:54 UT May 10 UT); Columbus & Dayton, OH (4:55 UT); Indianapolis and Urbana, IL (4:56 UT); Des Moines and Omaha (4:57 UT); and Pocatello and Twin Falls, Idaho (5:00 UT).”
Mercury begins to creep up into evening twilight late this week. Start looking for it around May 13th, very low in the west-northwest 20 or 30 minutes after sunset. It’s roughly 15° lower right of Venus. Binoculars help. At least Mercury is brighter than usual at magnitude –1.2. It gets a little higher and easier each evening. Mercury will pair up with Venus on May 21st, when they’ll be 1° apart.
Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
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. 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.
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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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 9 High 1:57 AM 8.9 5:55 AM Set 7:42 AM 97
~ 9 Low 8:55 AM -1.9 8:31 PM Rise 11:36 PM
~ 9 High 3:25 PM 7.0
~ 9 Low 8:50 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – She who smiles first smiles best!
~ A gentleman can live through anything. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~ Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. – Doug Firebaugh
~ Australia is the only place where women say it is too hard to read.- Germaine Greer, Australian feminist, January 18, 1972, at the Australian launch of her book, The Female Eunuch
~ When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the soul laughs for what it has found. – Sufi aphorism
I lie stretched out upon the window-seat
And doze, and read a page or two, and doze,
And feel the air like water on me close,
Great waves of sunny air that lip and beat
With a small noise, monotonous and sweet,
Against the window—and the scent of cool,
Frail flowers by some brown and dew-drenched pool
Possesses me from drowsy head to feet. –Stephen Vincent Benet (1898–1943)
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – careena (ka REEN uh) – n. Any mangled or missing piece of highway guard rail.