Everything is wet again. There’s a rain shower going right now. I had 3/4 of an inch in the rain gauge at noon. It looks like we’ll be done with rain for a couple of days, though after we finish up with this in the late afternoon. 50F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI41, UV6. 80% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. We’ll have some sun and then Saturday in the late afternoon we’ll start up with rain and wind again. It should be over and down to showers on Sunday and then peter out.
Yesterday I was up not long after 6am and working. Tempus didn’t get in until 8 and went straight to bed. I was setting up a page of games that I’ve had on the Anja’s Quest blog for years but didn’t have enough to finish. Eventually I had some coffee and brunch, which was cheese, buttered bread and tomatoes along with my coffee. I nibbled for an hour while I was working.
…and I wrote and wrote…. Dang…. I finally quit around 12:30 and got some lunch from Chubby’s and went back to work. Tempus got up around 2:30 and ate his share. 🙂 We talked about what was next on the list of todo’s and got some small stuff taken care of …and I went back to writing. At 5pm I was done enough to update the page, but I need to go back and make sure that the links are live and highlight them. Oof! I was wiped out. All I wanted was a bowl of soup and to be a vegetable.
Once we have the doors open at the shop today I have some things that I need to find for a project. I have plant watering to do and to start pulling seedlings from around the jade plant. There’s a seedling fern that took that I hadn’t seen until today and its fronds are a foot long! That’s got to go into a regular pot. …and then I need to get back to the stock. There’s some inventorying that needs to happen, even. Uh, oh….. and I need to get Tempus to get the shopping list stuff or go with in the evening.
The local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.
Today is the anniversary of the founding of Fort James, which became Jamestowne, capitol of the Colony of Virginia until 1699. Briefly abandoned due to lack of supplies, the resupply brought women and more colonists which made the place a going concern for a long while. Initially, relations with the locals were good, but a bad diplomat as head of the colony caused the “starving time” when the colony was vacant and then later strong-arm tactics, trying to bully supplies out of the locals, set off one of the first wars with the Native Americans. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamestown,_Virginia
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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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 5/17 at 10:39pm.
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 7:03 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time). Tonight the Moon rises very late, around 3 a.m. Friday morning daylight-saving time, by which time it will be visibly a little past first quarter and Mars will be upper right of it. The Moon passes 3° south of Mars at 7 P.M. PDT, although the two are still below the horizon when this occurs. The 52-percent-lit Moon is closing in on Mars this morning. By sunrise, our satellite is less than 9° southwest of the Red Planet in the southern sky. Using Mars as a starting point, look 29° west to spot magnitude 0.5 Saturn. From the ringed planet, it’s a short 4.7° jump southwest to Jupiter, shining at magnitude –2.5.A few hours later, Jupiter is stationary at 11 A.M. PDT. Observers who’ve been following the giant planet have seen it trekking eastward through Sagittarius. Now, the king of planets will turn sharply and head back to the west.
Jupiter’s moons put on a particularly good show this morning. As midnight changes the date from the 13th to the 14th on the East Coast, Ganymede is already one-quarter of its way through a transit across the planet’s disk, trailed by its shadow to the southeast. An hour later, Ganymede is halfway across the planet, its shadow directly beneath it. By 2 A.M. EDT, Ganymede is three-quarters across, and its shadow now precedes it to the southwest. At the same time, Europa is poised at Jupiter’s eastern limb, ready to begin its own transit, which progresses over the next 2 hours 45 minutes or so. During that same timespan, Io, which started the night out to Jupiter’s southwest, disappears behind the planet. Eastern observers likely won’t see it reappear, thanks to sunrise, but observers in the Midwestern and Western U.S. can catch it emerging from behind Jupiter’s eastern limb just after 4:30 A.M. CDT.
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.
A gigantic asterism you may not know about is the Diamond of Virgo, some 50° tall and extending over five constellations. It now stands upright in the south after dark. Start with Spica, its bottom. Upper left from Spica is bright Arcturus. Almost as far upper right from Arcturus is fainter Cor Caroli, 3rd magnitude. 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?
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.3, – 2.4, and +0.5, respectively) shine in the southeast to south before and during early dawn. Mars is much farther (25° or 30°) to Saturn’s left or lower left. In a telescope Mars has grown to 8 arcseconds wide: no longer a tiny blob but a little gibbous disk. Mars is on its way to an excellent opposition in early October, when it will reach an apparent diameter of 22.6 arcseconds.
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 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 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 14 Low 12:53 AM 3.3 5:49 AM Rise 2:44 AM 57
~ 14 High 6:18 AM 6.1 8:37 PM Set 12:39 PM
~ 14 Low 1:24 PM 0.5
~ 14 High 8:20 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I rescind obsolete vows of struggle.
~ Speak the truth, but leave immediately afterwards. – Slovenian Proverb
~ Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give. – E. A. Robinson
~ If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. – Rotarian
~ Pleasure or pain are aspects of the mind only. Our essential nature is happiness. But we have forgotten the Self and imagine that the body or the mind is the Self. It is that wrong identity that gives rise to misery. – Sri Ramana Maharshi
The hawthorn’s later orgiastic use … corresponds with the cult of the Goddess Flora, and.. accounts for the English medieval habit of riding out on May Morning to pluck flowering hawthorn boughs and dance around the maypole. Hawthorn blossom has, for many men, a strong scent of female sexuality; which is why the Turks use a flowering branch as an erotic symbol. – Robert Graves (1895 – 1985), The White Goddess, p. 176
Magick – How To Dispose of Ritual Tools By Patti Wigington, About.com
Sometimes, for whatever reason, you may decide that you have a ritual tool you no longer need. Perhaps you’ve got three athame too many, or someone has gifted you with a new chalice and you’re tired of the old one, or maybe something just doesn’t speak to you the way it used to. Whatever the reason, it can sometimes be a bit of a dilemma as to how to dispose of your ritual tools.
Pass It On – If you’ve got a particular tool that still has a good feeling to it, or that has some sort of sentimental value, and you’ve decided it’s time to get rid of it, why not pass it along to a friend? You’ll be happy to know your item has gone to a good home, and your friend will be happy to receive a new magical tool. Before you pass it along, you may want to hold a short parting ritual to separate yourself from the object. Once your friend has the item in her possession, she can re-consecrate the tool to make it her own.
Into the Wild – Some items seem to like being released into the wild, like animals. If you have a magical tool that came from nature — a wand made from a branch, a special stone, a bottle of sea water — then put it back into nature. While you may not be able to return it to the place you originally found it, you can always find a quiet place in the woods to leave it. Another option might be to toss it into a creek or river, as long as it is indeed a natural object.
Release by Fire – Sometimes, you might have an item you don’t want any more, and you don’t want to give it to anyone else. You might not want to leave it out in the wild where someone can dig it up, either. In this case, the best thing to do is use fire to get rid of it. Burning a magical item doesn’t have to be complicated – build a fire and place the item in it. If you wish, say a few words to separate yourself magically from the object, and then allow it to burn.
Burial – Another good method of getting rid of old ritual tools is burial. Typically, you’ll want to select a place that isn’t going to be disturbed later on — if you have property of your own, you can bury the item in your yard. If you don’t have your own land, or you’re going to be moving soon, you may want to find a remote spot somewhere that you can bury the object. Use good judgment before digging on any public property.