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Yesterday I got up at 9. Tempus was back, but he was working on the computer for some reason. Eventually he turned in and by then I was in classes. The first was on preserving foods. It was presented as medieval preserving methods, but was mostly on modern science. The 2nd was on Commedia, which had a bunch of resources that weren’t available when I was playing with this. The next one was on making Libum, which is a type of Roman Bread. That was really interesting to me. It’s a cheesy bread.
I went in back and started the hrudka and a tvarog. Once they were going I made myself some lunch, because I was starvingly hungry, not having done anything about breakfast. I processed pictures and talked to a few people online for a bit.
…and got darned mad. I have a cousin and a friend both on ventilators and another friend dead from this damned virus and people are bitching about no fireworks this year! Will got it because he was an EMT in a used and reused mask and transported someone to the hospital who had it. Someone’s greed up the line cost me a valued friend. Emmy is one of my cousins from around Chicago. She got it from a local guy who coughed all over her at the checkout when management was still saying “no masks”. Turk, I’m not sure, but he’s on a ventilator and may not make it. There’s another friend whose brother is probably going to lose his older boy (4 years old) to the toxic shock thing that kids get from this. Gorramit, this is like *polio*, not the flu! …and Jerry (foster son of a friend) got told that he’s probably never going to have kids (18 years old) because it nailed him in the kidneys and balls…. …and he’s wheezing. They think he may have asthma for life. Ok, now I’m crying again.
Tempus wandered out around 2 and offered to make coffee. I took him up on that. He started bread and my cheese was trying but not quite there, yet, so I made some apple mush for a dessert. He eventually went out to check on the tires. Good thing. The spare was flat. So both tires went over to the gas station. They almost look cut…. …and the lady from the gas station who did the mending found pieces of mangled old metal in both. Wondering what Tempus is running over…
So I got the hrudka into the cheesecloth after about 2 1/2 hours cooking. By 6pm I was done in. I got a few last pictures and processed them and let Tempus finish up getting us supper. Bread got finished not long after that and I got a nap, then read and embroidered for awhile.
Today it’s back to the usual.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today’s Mt. St. Helens day, the anniversary of the eruption in 1981 that killed a number of people and disrupted life in the PNW for quite some time. “Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!” were the last words of David
Johnston, a geologist on the team of those monitoring the volcano, knowing that his life was on the line, as close as he was to the obviously ready-to-blow mountain, chose to give other people some warning. Innkeeper Harry Truman chose to stay with his life-long dream of a resort in the area. 55 others also perished, mostly loggers and people who lived along the path of the major lahar that actually crossed I-5, making it unusable for a period of time! Several movies and documentaries have been made about the eruption and the area now has a lot of museums dedicated to the events and the remediation of the damage. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_eruption_of_Mount_St._Helens And an online event today. https://www.washington.edu/news/2020/05/12/seismologists-to-host-virtual-event-on-40th-anniversary-of-mount-st-helens-eruption/?fbclid=IwAR0eWJs05tg-z7ov8VX4tp_NiVhT3U_XZbgRFRLwXrBo6W9lV4YIZlUzak4
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 firstname.lastname@example.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.
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. 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.
The Moon reaches apogee at 3:45 A.M. EDT, when it will be 252,018 miles (405,584 km) from Earth. Rising just after 4 A.M. local time, our satellite is a smidge less than 17 percent lit and waning fast. Look for a mere sliver of a crescent in the southeast before sunrise, hanging against the brightening backdrop.
Above it in the sky is the Square of Pegasus, outlined by Alpheratz, Scheat, Markab, and Algenib. A little less than 20.5° west of Markab is the supergiant star Enif (Epsilon [ε] Pegasi), which represents the nose or muzzle of the flying horse’s figure. Coming in at roughly 150 times the diameter of our Sun, if placed in the center of our solar system, Enif would reach halfway to Venus. To the south of Enif are Alpha (α) and Beta (β) Aquarii, which are roughly as bright as Enif. The three also sit at roughly the same distance from Earth. Astronomers think the trio may have been born in the same group of stars, slowly drifting apart over the past 15 million years.
Before the Moon comes back into the evening sky, explore the galaxies at the head of Bootes — including as many as three three knife-thin, edge-on spirals if you have 8 to 14 inches of aperture — using the Deep-Sky Wonders article, chart, and photos in the June Sky & Telescope, page 54. And with large binoculars or a small rich-field scope, piece out the Kangaroo asterism inside Bootes’s head.
Venus (in northern Taurus) is dropping fast now! It shines brightly in the west-northwest in twilight, as it heads down toward its June 3rd conjunction with the Sun. Venus fades from magnitude –4.6 to –4.3 this week but remains a dazzler nonetheless. A little farther above Venus each evening is Beta Tauri, magnitude 1.6. And Mercury climbs rapidly up from the horizon day by day to meet it. In any telescope Venus is now quite the spectacle! It’s a big, thin, brilliant crescent: enlarging from 49 to 54 arcseconds in diameter this week, bigger than any other planet ever appears, while slimming from 11% to just 5% sunlit. This is the best week to try to observe its crescent shape with binoculars or even your unaided eyes..
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
M 18 Low 5:03 AM 1.3 5:45 AM Rise 4:19 AM 21
~ 18 High 10:52 AM 5.6 8:41 PM Set 4:45 PM
~ 18 Low 4:49 PM 1.5
~ 18 High 11:01 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sometimes you need to close your eyes to see the real beauty.
~ Do not consider painful what is good for you. – Euripides, Greek playwright
~ A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly. – Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
~ Life has value only when it has something valuable as its object. – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
~ Remember when life’s path is steep, keep your mind even. – Horace (I think that “even” actually translates as “level”. I looked it up!)
Come rambling awhile through this exquisite weather
Of days that are fleet to pass,
When the stem of the willow shoots out a green feather,
And buttercups burn in the grass! – Edgar Fawcett (1847–1904)
The Litha season
- Solar System – Sun
- Element – Fire
- Season – Summer
- Emotion – Love and passion, Sacrifice
Colors – Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Red, Maize yellow, Tan or gold, red, orange, blue, and yellow, green, white or Gold, red, orange, blue, and yellow, green,
Decorations – Dried herbs, potpourri, Dream pillows, Seashells, Wedding gift basket, Feather wreaths, Summer flowers, Fruits, The sun, Anything yellow, orange, and round, flowers and fresh early garden produce, the spear or sword of the sun god and the bountiful cauldron of the goddess ringed in flowers, solar cross or sun symbols, fireworks, sea shells
Foods – Iced tea, Ale, Mead, Lemonade, Orange slice wheels, Sun-shaped cookies, Barbecue, early summer fruits and vegetables, honey cakes, rose ice cream, melted cheese dishes, mangoes, whipped cream on fruit, red wine, strawberries
Spellwork appropriate for Litha – All magick, Love spells, Healing spells, Prosperity spells, growth spells, empowerment spells, are all incredibly potent at this time
Activities and Rituals – bonfire leaping, herb drying, protection, luck, health, transformation, community, career, and relationships
Tools – drums, rattles, bonfire, mirrors for reflecting the sun or bonfire, Earth circles of stone energy
Faeries – At Summer Solstice the phenomenon of the Trooping Faeries will begin. Trooping Faeries live in large communities like a clan and may travel great distances in long processions. You will know that the Trooping Faeries are about when you hear other-worldly music and the sounds of a raucous party. Their favorite pastimes according to Yeats is feasting, fighting, making love and playing music. On Mid-Summer night, keep your eyes and ears open and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them!
Herbs & Plants – Apple, Basil, carnation, Chamomile, Chicory, Chickweed, cinquefoil, daisy, elder, fennel, fern, frankincense, Heather, Heartsease, Houseleek, honeysuckle, ivy, lavender, lily, mistletoe, Mugwort, oak, pine, rose, St. John’s wort, thyme, vervain, yarrow, Peony, Pine, Roses, Rowan, Vervain, yarrow, wild thyme,.
St. John’s Wort – At Summer Solstice the Sun has reached its zenith in the sky and is as close to us in the northern hemisphere as it will ever get before it begins its slow descent which will lead us into winter. At Summer Solstice Saint John’s Wort is also in its height of flowering, and with its golden star-flowers full of stamens that look like rays bursting forth, the sun’s uplifting energy is captured on earth in the form of a humble flower.
Trees – Beech, elder, holly, laurel, linden, oak