Minus Tide at 10:33 AM of -1.2 feet. The shop is closed for the duration.
Rain is coming. You can smell it on the chilly air, but we could see a little sunshine before it gets here. There’s a big green blodge just offshore, but it’s moving from southeast to northwest…. If you back up on the weather map you can see a huge curl of a weather system out in the ocean and it’s moving our way. 51F, (but it feels colder than that) wind at 0-2mph , AQI40, UV6. 50% chance of rain today and 90% tonight. Showers are likely to start mid-afternoon and then get heavier into tomorrow. It should stay wet into Thursday, but dry out over Friday and then the other side of the weather system will hit us on Saturday and we’ll be right back to soggy, maybe even some thunderstorms!
Yesterday started very nicely. When Tempus got in we had the slices of cake that were in the bakery box and then went to sleep. I got up a little late for my 11am class, which didn’t have much new info (on conflict resolution) Afterwards I did some writing for quite awhile, then got a nap and went back to writing. During classes I was embroidering and I got to work on plants for a little bit, planting some starts and some of those odd bulbs.
I took a class on medieval Italian egg recipes and got inspired to try one, so we had eggs poached in milk in milk gravy for supper. It was tasty, but put my ability to stay awake to the test. I gave in around 6pm and slept straight through until 1am!
Tempus made me a sandwich and I dozed over that and my book until I woke all the way up, realizing that it was past two and he had headed out for the paper run. I’ve been processing pictures since then and getting various newsletter bits whomped into shape.
I need to get Tempus to pull down some of my sewing equipment so I can get a bit more sorted out and get rid of some containers and consolidate, a bit. The might also net me some of the things that I’ve been trying to find…. well, I can hope. I have a bunch of projects that are part-way that just need to get stashed instead of being underfoot, too.
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
Today’s Feast is that of the Ice Saints, the Eisheilige, St. Mamertus (or, in some countries, St. Boniface of Tarsus), St. Pancras, and St. Servatius, who supposedly brought bad weather on their three consecutive feast days, May 11-13 in Central Europe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Saints and some odd weather lore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather
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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 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.
Before and during early dawn on Tuesday the 12th, the waning gibbous Moon shines under Jupiter and Saturn as shown above. For skywatchers in North America’s Central and Mountain time zones, they’ll form a virtually perfect right triangle while dawn is brightening.
Visible within an hour of midnight and marching upward in the sky as the night progresses, Saturn and its moons make a great target tonight. The two-faced moon Iapetus shines around magnitude 11 at inferior conjunction; you’ll find it 48″ due south of Saturn, with several other moons — Mimas, Tethys, Dione, Enceladus, and Rhea — spread out to the planet’s west. Farther to the northwest, Titan shines a little less than 2.5′ from Saturn’s center.
Saturn is stationary at 5 A.M. EDT; after today, it will make a sharp turn and begin moving west against the background stars. Two hours later, asteroid Pallas is stationary at 7 A.M. EDT. Unlike the giant planet’s quick reversal of course, the asteroid will make a much wider, gentler turn in the sky, slowly shifting its motion westward over the next several weeks.
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.
Venus (magnitude –4.7, in northern Taurus) is the bright white “Evening Star” in the west during and after dusk. It’s still at its brightest but is moving lower day by day. Look upper right of Venus for Capella, almost two fists at arm’s length (18°) away. Much closer above Venus is Beta Tauri (El Nath), fainter at magnitude 1.6. They’re within 2° of each other all week.
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
M 11 High 3:25 AM 8.1 5:53 AM Rise 12:37 AM 85
~ 11 Low 10:33 AM -1.2 8:33 PM Set 9:29 AM
~ 11 High 5:17 PM 6.4
~ 11 Low 10:34 PM 3.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.
~ You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset. – Tom Hopkins
~ I hold every day lost, when I do not acquire some new knowledge of man and nature. – Sir William “Oriental” Jones
~ NOTHING IS PERMANENT EXCEPT CHANGE. – Jean Kashieca
~ You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. – Naguib Mahfouz
Whoever makes a garden
Has never worked alone;
the rain has always found it,
The sun has always known. – Douglas Malloch (1877-1938)
Magick – from the Old Farmer’s Almanac – Meet Mercury, the 800° Fleet -Footed Messenger
You read that right. Mercury is closer to the Sun than any other planet, and surface temperatures can reach 800 degrees. And you thought that summer here was hot! Mercury is fast, too, orbiting the Sun in only 88 days, as compared to our Earth’s 365 days.
The ancient Romans named the speedy planet for the fleet-footed Messenger of the Gods. It’s a testament to their observational skills that they noticed Mercury at all, though. From here on Earth, the innermost planet never appears to venture very far from the Sun, and to see Mercury, you have to know exactly when and where to look.
Fascinating as it is, we don’t recommend any vacations to Mercury unless you have a futuristic personal air conditioner. But even though we can’t go, we can send spacecraft, and in fact NASA has sent two crafts to learn more about the tiny planet. In 1974–1975, Mariner 10 made three flybys of Mercury, sending back the first close-up photos and discovering that Mercury has its own magnetic field.
In 2011, NASA’s MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) orbited the planet for 4 years, collecting scientific data and taking thousands of high-resolution photographs of Mercury. The photos show that, at least on the surface, Mercury resembles our own Moon.
There is also a third spacecraft en route to Mercury. The BepiColombo, a collaboration between the European and Japanese space agencies, is expected to reach Mercury in 2025. What do you think it will find out?
Along with some of our nearby planets, there are about 9,000 stars that you can see without binoculars or a telescope. Most of them glow steadily, night after night, century after century. But in the constellation Perseus, one star, is different.
Algol is known as the Demon Star and has been associated with bad luck and calamity since ancient times. The name comes from an Arabic phrase meaning “the head of the ogre.” We don’t know for sure why Algol is connected to such dire pretense, but we do know that it is one of about two dozen stars that appear to change in brightness.
Every 2.86 days, Algol dims dramatically, only to return to its original brightness a few hours later. This amazing event is easy to see with nothing more than your own eyes. Don’t worry, though. There are no supernatural powers at play here.
Algol’s change in brightness is because it’s not actually one star but two stars orbiting one another in close proximity and nearly touching every 2.86 days. From our viewpoint on Earth, the dimmer of the two stars passes in front of the brighter star, partially hiding it from view for a brief period.
Did you know that at least 7,000 years ago, early astronomers began documenting mythological creatures, supernatural beings, and everyday tools and weapons, all composed of stars? The names and patterns of most constellations have changed since then, and it was less than 100 years ago that the scientists agreed upon the 88 constellations that we recognize today.
Greco-Roman astronomer Claudius Ptolemy might be happy to hear that. In the 2nd century, he produced the Almagest, a 13-book effort devoted to different aspects of astronomy. In books VII and VIII he identified 48 constellations, 47 of which are still recognized today.
In 1612, Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius invented the constellation Camelopardalis, the Giraffe, from a jumble of faint stars between Ursa Major and Perseus. Polish astronomer Johannes Jevelius created seven new constellations in the late 1600s. New constellations were identified throughout the next few centuries to fill in those parts of the sky where none existed.
Ultimately, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) determined in 1922 that there would be 88 constellations, with boundaries drawn so that every part of the sky lies within a constellation.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Do you know how heavy the sun is? Answer: Me Neither, but it seems pretty light.