Well, so much for a dry day! Tempus kept griping about going out in the rain. It’s actually kinda funny to listen to him, but I really sympathized with him having to be under the car…. 51F, wind at 1-5mph and gusting, AQI32, UV7. 70% chance of rain today and 60% tonight. The forecast is all rain and showers through Friday. The rain is mostly east of us, over the mountains and the Valley, but there’s another blodge out at sea headed our direction.
Yesterday was a cranky day all the way around. I got up too early, but I was determined to make it to my classes, all 6 hours worth! I did. Once Tempus was up I got some coffee and then a delicious sandwich. I had trouble getting away from the classes enough even to go pee!
He went to the pharmacy after meds and when he came back found that he had another flat tire. He tried pumping it up. Nope, there’s a leak. He got a can of flat fix. Didn’t work, so he went and got his money back. Then he tried getting the spare off…. something has stripped, so he kept horsing it over and over. *Finally* got it loose and on the car and by then it was nearly dark….. He still needed to run out to the spring and get something to eat before heading out on the paper route.
I needed some help getting my cookery finished, and then spoiled one dish because the oatmeal we have had gone funky. I used it and when the dish was done it smelled (and tasted) like plastic. <ew> So I made up just a cup of the oatmeal. Same result. Oatmeal ended up in the trash. I’d rather have saved it for the birds, but who knows what was wrong with it….
Today is our “different day”, assuming that Tempus doesn’t end up under the car again. I have a cheese I want to make and we have to try some of the dishes that have been made. I need some space on the worktable before I do the cheese, though. …and it makes quite a mess. I have a tvarog culturing on the table and I want to do hrudka, which is a springtime, usually easter, cheese that is 1/2 eggs. Eggs in cheese? Yeah. Last year I did a savory one by Baba Raisa’s recipe (Ukrainian). This year I want to try one that’s sweet, the Czech way.
Today’s plant is Shore Pine, Pinus contorta, var. contorta. It’s a tough tree well suited to stand up to the coastal winds. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_contorta More on the coastal ecology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Coast#Terrestrial_ecology Pine’s magick is: Male, Mars, Air – Healing, fertility, protection, money, burn to cleanse a house, changing negative energy to positive, or use boughs for purification baths/sweats.
Today’s Feast is that of Dea Dia, a fertility goddess of Rome, whose worship was so old, even then, that the Carmen Arvale, Her sacred chant, wasn’t understood! She was probably an aspect of Ceres, in some way. Her priests were the Fratres Arvales (Brothers of the Fields) who were from Patrician families (traditionally the emperor was one) who were responsible for the worship of the “closer in” guardian deities of flocks, fields, home and ancestors. More on the priests here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fratres_Arvales on the Lares here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lares and on the chant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Arvale
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 5/20 at 10:39pm.
These dark spring evenings, the long, dim sea serpent Hydra snakes level far across the southern sky. Find his head, a rather dim asterism about the width of your thumb at arm’s length, in the southwest. Look for it to the upper right of Procyon, the brightest star low due west, by about a fist and a half. Hydra’s brightest star is Alphard, his 2nd-magnitude orange heart, a fist and a half left of his head. Hydra’s tail stretches all the way to Libra rising in the southeast. Dim Crater and brighter Corvus ride on his back.
Mercury passes 7° north of Aldebaran at 5 A.M. EDT. Because the pair trails the Sun in the sky, they won’t be visible until sunset. About 20 minutes after sunset, the sky will still be bright. At that time, Mercury will hover just 9° high, with Aldebaran a mere 3° above the horizon. The two are now nearly 8° apart. Venus is roughly 9° northeast of Mercury, both brighter and higher in the sky, making it easier to spot. The two planets are drawing closer and will pass within 0.9° of each other in just a few days.
Mercury early this week emerges rapidly in the western twilight, far below Venus. On May 15th Mercury is still 13° beneath Venus and a bit to the right. But the gap between them closes by 2° per day until they come to conjunction on May 21st, 1° apart, as shown above. Thereafter they separate again, with Mercury now on top. During the week Mercury fades from magnitude –1.1 to –0.6. Venus is 30 times brighter on their date of conjunction.
Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
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
Su 17 Low 4:17 AM 1.9 5:46 AM Rise 3:58 AM 29
~ 17 High 9:54 AM 5.5 8:40 PM Set 3:45 PM
~ 17 Low 4:06 PM 1.3
~ 17 High 10:29 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you know your own worth what need you care about the acceptance or rejection of others?
~ Great minds have purpose. Others have wishes. – Washington Irving
~ No matter how busy you find yourself during the work day, you absolutely must make time to communicate. All the brilliant ideas in the world are worthless if you don’t share them. – Stuart R. Levine and Michael A. Crom
~ The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he dies, whoever he is. – Clive Staples Lewis
~ I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day. – Abraham Lincoln
Thus sange they alle the service of the feste,
And that was done right early, to my dome (as I judged);
And forth goeth al the court, both moste and leste,
To feche the floures freshe, and braunche, and biome;
And namely (especially) hawthorn brought both page and grome,
With freshe garlandes party blew and white;
And than rejoysen in their grete delight,
Eek eche at other threw the floures bright,
The primerose, the violete, and the gold’ (the marigold). – Chaucer, referring to the practice of gathering flowers on May Day Chaucer, referring to the practice of gathering flowers on May Day
Litha Magick – Lore – Merry Meet…… and welcome to the Litha issue of Cauldrons and Broomsticks: a magical newsletter. www.weavings.co.uk
Litha (taken from Saxon tradition, the opposite of Yule) is celebrated on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. It is also known as Midsummer Nights Eve, Alban Heruin (Druidic). On this Sabbat light and life are at their most abundant. Many Ancient monuments are aligned with the Sun at this point in the Wheel of the Year, the most famous being Stonehenge in England, though there are many more all over the world.
At Litha the Sun God has reached the moment of his greatest strength. Seated on his greenwood throne he is lord of the forests and his face can be seen in church architecture peering from countless foliate masks. In many Wiccan celebrations this is the time when the Holly King, God of the Waning Year, encounters the Oak King, God of the waxing Year, on Midsummer night. The Holly king fights the Oak King for his throne, and takes over the ruling of the year, a position he holds until the Oak King wins it back at Yule. This encounter is often re-enacted energetically at Midsummer rituals. The Oak King is not forgotten, though; in Celtic mythology, he withdraws now to the Corona Borealis, the Caer Arianrhod or ‘silver wheel’. As the outer strength of the Sun wanes, its inner strength grows.
The Holly King and the Oak King are actually one; the Holly King is the growing youth while the Oak King is the mature man. In other traditions it’s not until Samhain that the Holly King triumphs, (as the year moves into the dark half), he may also be seen as the Stag King, in his prime with full antlers, not yet ready for his symbolic sacrifice at Harvest Time.
This Sabbat also celebrates the Goddess in some traditions. She can be seen now as heavy with child, as nature is heavy with the bounty of the coming harvest, though in some Traditions although she is already pregnant (with the God) her ‘time’ is not yet ready, as she will not give birth to the God until Yule.
Litha is a Fire Festival, and the fire of Midsummer is traditionally kindled from the friction of two sacred woods, fir and oak. Nine different types of herbs are thrown upon the Midsummer fire. These consist of Mistletoe, Vervain, St. John’s Wort, Heartsease, Lavender, and a choice of four others chosen from local herbs typical of this season. In agricultural societies, herds of cattle were driven through the embers of Midsummer fired to purge them of disease and illness. Many Litha customs involve the turning or rolling downhill of flaming wheels, to symbolize the power of the Sun.
Litha is a time to give thanks for whatever is bringing fulfilment into our lives, and also a time to try and understand our passions, the wildest and most fervent aspects of our inner selves, within us which are often at their most evident in the height of the summer. The fire which we celebrate at Litha is a symbol of change and creativity, and this is a perfect time to put our passions to good use in bringing about changes in our lives.
This is considered to be a time when energies abound, and is a good time for magic and purification rites. Midsummer Night’s Eve is also special for adherents of the Faerie faith. The alternative fixed calendar date of June 25 (Old Litha) is sometimes employed by Covens. The Christian religion converted this day of Jack-in-the-Green to the Feast of St. John the Baptist, often portraying him in rustic attire sometimes with horns and cloven feet (like the Greek God Pan and similar in aspect to the Celtic Cerunnos).
Technically, a solstice is an astronomical point and, due to the procession to the equinox, the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, and we experience the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Astrologers know this as the date on which the sun enters the sign of Cancer.
However, since most European peasants were not accomplished at reading an ephemeris or did not live close enough to Salisbury Plain to trot over to Stonehenge and sight down its main avenue, they celebrated the event on a fixed calendar date, June 24th. The slight forward displacement of the traditional date is the result of multitudinous calendrical changes down through the ages. It is analogous to the winter solstice celebration, which is astronomically on or about December 21st, but is celebrated on the traditional date of December 25th, Yule, later adopted by the Christians.
Again, it must be remembered that the Celts reckoned their days from sundown to sundown, so the June 24th festivities actually begin on the previous sundown (our June 23rd). This was Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Eve. Which brings up another point: our modern calendars are quite misguided in suggesting that ‘summer begins’ on the solstice. According to the old folk calendar, summer BEGINS on May Day and ends on Lughnasadh (August 1st), with the summer solstice, midway between the two, marking MID-summer. This makes more logical sense than suggesting that summer begins on the day when the sun’s power begins to wane and the days grow shorter.
Just as the Pagan mid-winter celebration of Yule was adopted by Christians as Christmas (December 25th), so too the Pagan mid-summer celebration was adopted by them as the feast of John the Baptist (June 24th). Occurring 180 degrees apart on the wheel of the year, the mid-winter celebration commemorates the birth of Jesus, while the mid-summer celebration commemorates the birth of John, the prophet who was born six months before Jesus in order to announce his arrival .
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