Daily Stuff 5-15-20 Mercuralia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. The shop is closed for the duration, hoping to open on 5/21.

It’s been wet off and on today and breezy. The wind hit 20mph at one point. It’s rained hard, just spat and the sun came out. Hard to predict with that! 46F, wind at 4-5mph and gusting, AQI41, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and 40% tonight. We’re more likely to see clouds than not, today, but there should be some sun in the middle of the day. Today should be dry, but the rain will be back on Saturday and taper off through most of the week to some sun, next weekend.

Yesterday I got up at a more reasonable hour, somewhere around 8, but I never got any coffee and faded out around 10:30, getting back up at noon. I was writing, mostly, and sorting some small stock things trying to figure out how to set them out for sale since I still can’t work up new headers. (I have to spend $500 on the new program before I can, so that’s waiting on the other stimulus check.)

Tempus headed out around 3:30 to pick up an unwanted catnip plant in Bayshore, but he managed to dump one of my rangoons (the pot broke) so he had to stop to pick it up and dump it into another pot. We got it replanted and then got the fairly huge catmint plant into a big enough pot to hold it. Yes, it’s huge…. I’ll get pix….

I got the shopping list together and since we really needed the new car battery (car died on him several times over the last couple of days….) he took it all to Newport. I got the pork roast going, finally and went back to trying to write. Doggone… I can’t get my head around it enough.

So I went back to stock things. I started with bagging some small inexpensive necklace bands and I found some more of the small bottles including one that I had saved out to bead. I found and put back a lot of things (after bagging) that I need headers for…. it’s several $100’s worth of stock… yikes… Eventually I had some supper, (rizky and veg and cheese), and went into the back to nap.

…and then Tempus called from the grocery after I had slept for maybe 1/2 an hour. The Amor called about 1/2 an hour after that and we talked until he had to go in to work. At that point I was awake and the roast was done, so I got up. I needed to work on newsletter frames for the week, anyway. By 2 I had the frames done. I tried to slice the pork roast and it shredded. <sigh>

Today is just more of what I’ve been doing although I have to cook the Compost. <grin> That’s the real name of a dish from Forme of Cury, which is a compilation of recipes done in the 14th century from the court of Richard II of England. It’s pretty much a vegetable stew, but that’s a kicking name, don’t ya think? 🙂

A Ken Gagne pic from 4-25-14 of a “dear” friend.

Saint_johns_wort_hypericum perforatumToday’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum, which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort

31671_mercuryToday’s Feast is the Mercuralia, an ancient Roman celebration of the “Festival of Mercury”. Mercury was the god of merchants and commerce, so in his honor and asking for his blessing on this day merchants would sprinkle their heads, their ships and merchandise, and their businesses with water taken from the well at Porta Capena. The Porta Capena was a gate in the wall of Rome, one of the main entries to the city. According to Roman tradition it was the sacred grove where Numa Pompilius and the nymph Egeria used to meet. The road leads to Capua, an important city in Campania, south of Rome. More info here:  http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Article/1290581 and some Ovid here:  http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Latin/OvidFastiBkFive.htm#_Toc69367929   There is a recipe here and some lore about Alkermes, a type of Sicilian liqueur named after the God. http://allthingssicilianandmore.blogspot.com/2009/03/alchermes-liqueur-used-to-make-zuppa.html  ….and this stuff is delicious!

The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/21. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 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. 

Venus and Mercury at dusk – Look west shortly after sunset on May 13 to see Mercury and Venus, wreathed by the brightest stars in the region as they begin to pop out against the darkening sky. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

A naked-eye Venus challenge! The large, thin crescent of Venus is easy to see this coming week with even a very small telescope or good, steadily braced binoculars. But can you resolve its crescent with your unaided eyes? Mere 20/20 vision isn’t good enough; success may await the eagle-eyed with 20/15, 20/12, 0r (rare) 20/10 vision. Try during different stages of twilight. Look long and carefully and report your results to Sky & Telescope’s Bob King, nightsky55@gmail.com, as told in the May issue, page 49. You may improve your chances by sighting through a clean, round hole in a stiff piece of paper 1 mm or 2 mm in diameter (try both). This will mask out optical aberrations that are common away from the center of your eye’s cornea and lens.

Poe’s narrator peering at a pre-dawn crescent Venus, “distinct with its duplicate horn,” as Psyche, his winged soul, begs him away. Studies by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, circa 1847–1848; the figures on the right are a preliminary sketch, followed by the more powerful version on the left.

One person who apparently succeeded was Edgar Allan Poe. An amateur astronomer since boyhood, he used a naked-eye sighting of Venus’s crescent as the central event in his poem “Ulalume” (1847). Before dawn, a bereaved lover roams an October woodland “with Psyche, my soul.” Ahead of them low in the east, where Leo always ascends in mid-autumn, they witness the new-risen Venus, star of romantic love in Roman mythology, coming “up through the lair of the Lion.” Poe refers to the planet as Astarte, the wilder, more wanton Greek version of the Roman Venus-goddess:

At the end of our path a liquescent
And nebulous lustre was born,
Out of which a miraculous crescent
Arose with a duplicate horn—
Astarte’s bediamonded crescent
Distinct with its duplicate horn.

Poe compares its passionate brilliance to cooler, less dazzling Dian, the horned crescent Moon, and urges Psyche forward:

Let us on by this tremulous light!
Let us bathe in this crystalline light!

But Psyche, who knows better, is terrified, and this being Poe, it doesn’t end well.

Poe wrote “Ulalume” in the fall of 1847. Before dawn on November 4, 1847, a crescent Venus and crescent Moon (“Dian”) indeed hung near each other low in the east below Leo – perhaps in Poe’s “lair of the Lion,” the sky area from which the traditional Leo figure stalks away.
Venus was also there in the mid- and late “lonesome October” of that year as a larger, thinner crescent, but the Moon was not.

Comet C/2020 F8 SWAN captured by Australia’s Siding Spring telescope. – Esposito Raffaele / Telescope Siding Spring / – paceweather.com

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.
After passing perihelion (its closest point to the Sun) last week on May 4, Comet PanSTARRS (C/2017 T2) is at peak brightness this month, reaching magnitudes 8 to 9. The best time to spot the comet today is in the morning between midnight and moonrise (shortly after 2:30 A.M. local time), or again after the sky darkens following sunset tonight. Currently in the constellation Camelopardalis, PanSTARRS is always above the horizon for most U.S. observers, so it’s just a matter of finding a time when the sky is dark enough to see it with your scope. PanSTARRS is relatively easy to find using the bowl of the Big Dipper. Swing your telescope from Dubhe, the bright star that forms the upper right corner of the bowl, about 17° northwest to spot this inner solar system visitor. If you have trouble finding it or experience poor weather, don’t despair. In one week, New Moon will occur as the comet skims by a famous pair of galaxies (M81 and M82) in Ursa Major, making it both easier to find and creating an enjoyable tableau.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is fairly low in the east-southeast just before dawn begins.

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.

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Pisces
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde

Color: Turquoise

Planting 5/15-6

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   15      Low   2:12 AM     3.1   5:48 AM    Rise  3:12 AM      48
~    15     High   7:32 AM     5.7   8:38 PM     Set  1:42 PM
~    15      Low   2:23 PM     0.8
~    15     High   9:11 PM     6.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forget the troubles that have passed away.

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Journal Prompt – Friends – If your best friend came to you depressed and upset like you’ve never seen before, how would you react?

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Quotes

~   That best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. – W Wordsworth
~   Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams, Cartoonist
~   Perceive first, believe later. – Victor H. Anderson
~   If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful! – Charles Barkley

The glittering leaves of the rhododendrons
Balance and vibrate in the cool air;
While in the sky above them
White clouds chase each other. –John Gould Fletcher  (1886–1950)

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Magick – The Magical Tool for Your Sun-SignMore Guidance Solutions  – Adapted from Self-Discovery Through the Tarot, by Claudia Genest (Findhorn Press, 2003). – While most of us know that a good sun-sign horoscope can teach us about our characteristics, and even our soul-task in life, did you know that several sun signs have a  magical tool given at birth to help us? We could all use a little help. Find out what the magical tool is that can help you achieve your spirit-goals.

Taurus, April 20-May 21: Your magical tool is the PENTACLE. The pentacle is the combination of all previous symbols. It is the material of earth–real and solid. The pentacle represents humanity, duality, outer life, work, and the experience of the body. It is also material success and practical health as well as home and earth connections. It represents the knot of endless love. The pentacle is the most human of all the geometric forms. The pentacle energy is faultless in the five senses, the five fingers, and five pure virtues of faithfulness (cleanliness, compassion, courtesy, fellowship, frankness). It is the symbol of balance. Its foundation is feminine wisdom. It is the everlasting fountain of creativity. Pentacle energy anchors every individual in the real world. It recognizes what needs to be done. The magic of earth resides in the pentacle as well as the capacity to survive. It is magical because it survives. In nature, it is earth, soil, and all life. Pentacle energy is active and creates consciousness. It lives in love of harmonious change. It mediates in “win or lose” situations. To sum up the path pentacle energy takes: It lives single and free, like a tree on the prairie. At the same time it is a kindred spirit living in the forest.

Leo, July 23- Aug 22: Your magical tool is the ROD. The rod expresses the active and enthusiastic masculine principle. Rod power enables creative form and dynamic self-assertion. The rod represents enterprising and pure spirit, action, growth, life energy, identity, and direction. The rod is the symbol of building from a spring of passion. Heat flows through the body and causes an action that regenerates the cells. It is comparable to sun energy. Rod energy needs constant change and takes initiative when new thought is put into action. Self-trust believes that every obstacle can be surpassed. The path that ROD takes: All challenges and obstacles can be transformed.

Libra, Sept 23-Oct 22: Your magical tool is the SWORD. The sword represents light and clarity. It is power and the fairness of a triumph where mistakes are permitted. Problems are removed. The sword helps to recognize the connection between personal experience and the condition of the world. It is like a butterfly, the completion of the cycle by way of metamorphosis. The word represents willpower, understanding, enthusiasm, courage, and passion. It is a strong mental energy allowing insight and decision-making. It represents language, intellect, and the world of thoughts. The sword is the symbol for strict discipline aimed at constructing without the losses that may occur. This energy recognizes the logic of things. Any deceptions are penetrated in order to uncover the truth. In nature, it may be seen as the whirlwind or the movement of air. In the mind, it causes the subconscious to work through any structures that create the manifest world. It gains its strength through experiencing difficulties. The sword cuts through opposition in an attempt to end all differences. Sword energy will sacrifice itself and forget itself., so it needs to be given a direction. To sum up the path the sword takes: To be strong without being hard is an acrobatic act.

Sagittarius, Nov 22-Dec 21: Your magical tool is the ROD. The rod expresses the active and enthusiastic masculine principle. Rod power enables creative form and dynamic self-assertion. The rod represents enterprising and pure spirit, action, growth, life energy, identity, and direction. The rod is the symbol of building from a spring of passion. Heat flows through the body and causes an action that regenerates the cells. It is comparable to sun energy. Rod energy needs constant change and takes initiative when new thought is put into action. Self-trust believes that every obstacle can be surpassed. The path that ROD takes: All challenges and obstacles can be transformed.

Capricorn, Dec 22-Jan 19: Your magical tool is the PENTACLE. The pentacle is the combination of all previous symbols. It is the material of earth–real and solid. The pentacle represents humanity, duality, outer life, work, and the experience of the body. It is also material success and practical health as well as home and earth connections. It represents the knot of endless love. The pentacle is the most human of all the geometric forms. The pentacle energy is faultless in the five senses, the five fingers, and five pure virtues of faithfulness (cleanliness, compassion, courtesy, fellowship, frankness). It is the symbol of balance. Its foundation is feminine wisdom. It is the everlasting fountain of creativity. Pentacle energy anchors every individual in the real world. It recognizes what needs to be done. The magic of earth resides in the pentacle as well as the capacity to survive. It is magical because it survives. In nature, it is earth, soil, and all life. Pentacle energy is active and creates consciousness. It lives in love of harmonious change. It mediates in “win or lose” situations. To sum up the path pentacle energy takes: It lives single and free, like a tree on the prairie. At the same time it is a kindred spirit living in the forest.

Aquarius, Jan 20-Feb 18: Your magical tool is the SWORD. The sword represents light and clarity. It is power and the fairness of a triumph where mistakes are permitted. Problems are removed. The sword helps to recognize the connection between personal experience and the condition of the world. It is like a butterfly, the completion of the cycle by way of metamorphosis. The word represents willpower, understanding, enthusiasm, courage, and passion. It is a strong mental energy allowing insight and decision-making. It represents language, intellect, and the world of thoughts. The sword is the symbol for strict discipline aimed at constructing without the losses that may occur. This energy recognizes the logic of things. Any deceptions are penetrated in order to uncover the truth. In nature, it may be seen as the whirlwind or the movement of air. In the mind, it causes the subconscious to work through any structures that create the manifest world. It gains its strength through experiencing difficulties. The sword cuts through opposition in an attempt to end all differences. Sword energy will sacrifice itself and forget itself., so it needs to be given a direction. To sum up the path the sword takes: To be strong without being hard is an acrobatic act.

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Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: What did the fisherman say to the magician? Answer: Pick a Cod any Cod

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