It rained today. Everything stayed wet, although there were times when nothing was falling. I haven’t been out to check the rain gauge, but there was a decent amount. Right now, it’s just overcast, but there are puddles everywhere. 53F, wind at 2-3mph and gusting, AQI48, UV6. 100% chance of rain today and tonight. Things should start slacking off Thursday morning. Friday will be nice, but late Saturday through Monday looks like a repeat of the current weather. After than it should dry out a bit and we’ll see some sun.
By the time Tempus got in yesterday morning I was frying rizky. I decided to get them done rather than let the chicken sit in the fridge any longer. He was very happy to eat it and did a couple of small chores while waiting. He also had one of the berry muffins. We had plenty of rizky right then, and have two large, a medium and a small for later, plus two “cakes” of the filling ingredients.
We both slept awhile. I got up near noon and got to work on the computer. Just about the first thing I found was that we can re-open on Friday. …We were waiting for our masks to show up, but we’re getting closer to normal! Signage is going to be interesting…. I’ve got to work on that. Lunch was some of the Pacific Sourdough bread with butter and a cut tomato. That was yum and very simple.
I spent awhile sorting sewing supplies again and tried to get the last of the stock out of the SCA corner, but was not able to. I went back to work on plants. I didn’t wake Tempus until 4 and I was sitting working on a box of pendulums that we’ve had for awhile, mending chains and such and combining to whole ends and setting aside the damaged ones for materials… I can tote things like that back and forth from the shop.
So we got the doors open at the shop and I started stocking the pendulums that I’d been working on. Tempus ran over to the PO since we had several packages. We got one batch of masks, so we’re ready to go. I got a bunch of inexpensive pendants and some more of the small bottles that people enjoy so much and I even have some for earrings. I have a lot of bagging to do.
We had the rizky for supper with a side of mixed vegetables. I slept until about 1am. Tempus was long since out on the paper route at that point. I went right back to working on little bottles. One package of them was smashed. I don’t know what they thought would happen with a heavy book and a heavy package of pendulums loose in a box with the bottles loose in a tiny, lightweight cardstock box.
Today I have lots more stock to work on, and to get going on the final clean-up before we re-open. It looks like that will be on 5/21, but you’ll be able to come in and shop later this week.
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, <<<< Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. ^ ^ ^ ^ Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
Today is the festival of Our Lady of Fatima, a series of Marian apparitions, in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Three elementary-age kids saw the Virgin Mary
repeatedly during this year and the last apparition included the “Dancing Suns of Fatima”.
Two of the children died young, but the last, Lucia Santos, lived until 2005, having had more visions during her lifetime as a nun. The Catholic Church decided that the visions were real and has authorized various pilgrimages and devotions. There were three “secrets” as part of the visions which are held to have happened, although the 3rd may be an ongoing working out of prophecy. The worship of the Virgin Mary is the closest parallel in Christian belief to the Goddess paths Wicca work with, and Mary is often called upon as another face of our Goddess. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_F%C3%A1tima
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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 Thursday and Friday, the waning Moon accompanies Mars as shown above.This is the time of year when Leo the Lion starts walking downward toward the west, on his way to departing into the sunset in early summer. Right after dark, spot the brightest star fairly high in the west-southwest. That’s Regulus, his forefoot.
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 is stationary at 6 A.M. EDT this morning, but you’ll have to wait until evening to spot the crescent world. Half an hour after sunset, Venus and Mercury are sinking toward the west-northwest horizon. From mid-northern latitudes, magnitude –1.3 Mercury stands only 4° high, while magnitude –4.4 Venus is 20° high. Venus is now just 13 percent lit, but with an apparent diameter of 48″. As darkness falls, you’ll first spot bright Sirius — also low on the horizon to the southwest of the planetary pair — and then other bright stars, such as Aldebaran, Betelgeuse, Castor, and Pollux. Venus is less than 1.5° southwest of magnitude 1.7 Elnath (Beta [β] Tauri). To its north is Capella, Auriga’s brightest member. Today marks the end of Venus’ northeasterly track against the background stars; it will now turn and begin marching back toward the southwest.
Uranus is hidden low in the glow of dawn.
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 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.
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 13 High 5:11 AM 6.7 5:50 AM Rise 2:10 AM 67
~ 13 Low 12:24 PM 0.0 8:35 PM Set 11:35 AM
~ 13 High 7:20 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mental Floss prevents Moral Decay.
~ Creative genius is a divinely bestowed gift which is the coronation of the few. – Margaret Sangster, American author
~ Future generations are not going to ask us what political party were you in. They are going to ask what did you do about it, when you knew the glaciers were melting. – Martin Sheen
~ Never say more that is necessary. – Richard Brinsley Sheridan
~ To realize that we are the creator of our life is liberating. Some people don’t want to know that they create the bad stuff as well as the good. But once we see it, then we know where our power lies. And then we can change. ~ Maggie Spilner
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)
From Snagged and Sharing (a now-defunct blog) A story that touched my heart and made me think…..
The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s the Quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few Hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.
A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the basement ham-shack with a Steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those Lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it. I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my Ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net.
Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whomever he was talking with something about “a thousand marbles.” I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.
“Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you’re busy with your job. I’m sure they pay you well but it’s a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your Daughter’s’ dance recital” he continued. “Let me tell you something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities.”
And that’s when he began to explain his theory of a “thousand Marbles.”
“You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average Person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years. “Now Then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the Number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire Lifetime. Now, stick with me, Tom, I’m getting to the important part.
It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail”, he went on, “and by that time I had lived through over Twenty-eight hundred Saturdays.”
“I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three Toy stores to round up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to My gear.” Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it Away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on The really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your Time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.
“Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and Take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.”
“It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your Family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. This is a 75 Year Old Man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!”
You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss.
“C’mon honey, I’m taking you and the kids to breakfast.”
“What brought this on?” she asked with a smile.
Oh, nothing special, it’s just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a toy store while we’re out? I need to buy some marbles…
Silliness – To Help You Smile – The cable guy asked me what time it was. I said between 1 and 5 PM.