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Yesterday I slept like a dead thing for the last part of the night…from about 3:30-10:30. No clue why. I spent awhile watching more of the Mt. St. Helens stuff. Tempus got rousted out by the pharmacy saying my pills were ready so he got up, took the return down to the business center, hit the pharmacy, dropped off our ballots, hit the PO. Whew! I was getting the new earrings up on the rack. We have some lovely ones from Friday Valentine and a few from backstock with nice amber!
I got myself a sandwich of the hrudka on Tempus’ good bread that he made on Sunday and started in on packages. I got my gathering foot and the 2nd installment of masks (with kid sizes!) There’s a cute little sundress for Sioned and matching sunflower ones for Mama and Baby. What I’ve been calling the “rompeltopf” ball arrived, as well. It’s a lumpy sensory ball, very cute. One more package and the stuff is heading up to Everett…. …and then I faded. <sigh> All that sleep the night before! …and I faded. Why does coffee put me to sleep?
So I got a nap and got up to attend a class on smocking and pleating, which didn’t have much for me except for references. I need to pull out gingham and start stitching. I did a class on what has been called the “Pregnancy Portrait” of QEI. After that was one on Arbella Stewart.
Supper was sweet potato, more of the pork and compost. Tasty! I got another nap. Tempus didn’t head out until nearly 9pm. I was back up and in a cooks chat. I listened to several videos and then quit for the night.
Today should be a bit more productive than yesterday. Now that I’ve cleared out some stuff, I can get more of the backstock out and get farther on that. I have to water and tend plants indoors and I’m hoping Tempus is going to be able to go do laundry. Well, we’ll see.
Flowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to Saint Osmund. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis (pictures are the American variety of this fern)
According to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.
Today’s feast is for Mjölnir, the god Thor’s marvelous hammer. The Prose Edda says that with it Thor:
… would be able to strike as firmly as he wanted, whatever his aim, and the hammer would never fail, and if he threw it at something, it would never miss and never fly so far from his hand that it would not find its way back, and when he wanted, it would be so small that it could be carried inside his tunic.
That’s awesome as a tool, let alone a weapon! Today was the day when ritual contests were held in the old Norse traditions, trial by combat, or bardic competitions. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir There’s a marvelous article about the Viking Raids into Europe and what caused them, here: http://freya.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/?page_id=483
Grudie Rosnoe – Traven (May) 20-30 – During these ten days, Volhvs (Magicians, Soothsayers, Sorcerors) bring sacrifices to Rod for rain and for good, productive harvests. (Volhv: a priest of Slavic Paganism; analogous to the scandinavian “Godhi” )
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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. 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 10:39am on 5/22.
This evening, consider hunting down history by looking north to find the Little Dipper. At the end of its handle, Polaris is Earth’s current North Star. But as Earth spins, it wobbles, causing its poles to trace out a slow circle in the sky that takes about 26,000 years to complete. Along this circle you’ll find past and future North Stars, including magnitude 3.7 Thuban (Alpha Draconis) in Draco the Dragon. Thuban sat above Earth’s North Pole around the year 2700 B.C. Much more recently, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, discovered that Thuban is an eclipsing binary system. Although astronomers knew Thuban has a smaller binary companion, they had never before seen the stars crossing paths. Each eclipse lasts only six hours.
This is the time of year when Leo walks downward in the southwest during evening, on his way to departing into the sunset in early summer. Right after dark, spot the brightest star high in the west-southwest. That’s Regulus, his forefoot.
With summer exactly a month away (astronomically speaking), the last star of the Summer Triangle doesn’t rise above the eastern horizon until about 10 or 11 p.m. That’s Altair, the Triangle’s lower-right corner. Vega is its highest and brightest corner. Watch for Altair to clear the horizon three or four fists at arm’s length to Vega’s lower right. The third star of the Triangle is Deneb, sparkling less far to Vega’s lower left.
The Moon passes 4° south of Uranus at noon EDT today. However, the second-to-last planet rises with the onset of twilight this month and is difficult to spot in the brightening sky.
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 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
W 20 Low 6:18 AM 0.2 5:43 AM Rise 5:02 AM 8
~ 20 High 12:27 PM 6.0 8:43 PM Set 6:48 PM
~ 20 Low 6:03 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – At least once a day sit and do nothing!
~ You can’t fly a kite unless you go against the wind and have a weight to keep it from turning somersaults. The same with man. No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties and is prepared to assume responsibilities. – William J. H. Boetcker
~ Character is plot. This is the best advice I ever got as a novelist. – Barbara Taylor Bradford
~ The Law of Attraction says that like attracts like, so when you think and feel what you want on the inside – the law will use people, circumstances and events to magnatize what you desire. – Rhonda Byrne
~ Freedom is the greatest fruit of self-sufficiency. – Epicurus, Greek philosopher
For the May Day is the great day,
Sung along the old straight track.
And those who ancient lines did ley
Will heed this song that calls them back. – Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
- 1 scoop coconut ice cream
- 50 grams castor sugar
- 100 grams of cherries
- 2 tbsp Grand Marnier
- 1 sprig mint leaves
- 2tbsp orange juice
- Stem and pit the cherries.
- Dissolve sugar in the orange juice and bring to a boil.
- Cook cherries in boiling orange juice for 3-4 minutes.
- Heat the Grand Marnier.
- Add to the cherries.
- Light and serve the flaming cherries with coconut ice cream.
- Garnish with mint leaves.
Caramel Custards – www.weavings.co.uk
Any food that is yellow can be used to symbolize the Sun. Citrus fruits would be good. Peach halves with vanilla pudding (custard) or flan (caramel custards or crème Brule) are also appropriate.
For the Caramel:
- 3/4 cup (187.50ml) sugar
- 2 ounces (59.14ml) water
- For the Custard:
- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup (250ml) sugar
- 1 teaspoon (4.93ml) vanilla
- 1 quart (3.41litres) boiling milk
- Combine the sugar and water in a thick bottom medium saucepan. Boil over high heat until sugar starts to caramelize and turns golden brown.
- Add 1 tablespoon water or more to thin the caramel. Pour caramel in a ring mould or other appropriate oven-proof individual moulds or ramekin.
- Beat the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl. Slowly pour in the boiling milk. Stir in the vanilla. Strain the custard mix through a fine strainer. Pour into the caramelized mould. Bake in a water bath at 350 F (180C/Gas mark 4) for 30 minutes for a ring mould, 20 minutes for individual moulds. Refrigerate caramel custard until cold.
- Wet a non-serrated knife and run it between the custards and the sides of the ramekins or mould.
- Put a plate upside down over each ramekin and invert it quickly. The flan should slide out easily.
by Garnet WindDancer
Rhubarb Custard Pie
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3/4 teaspoons nutmeg
- 4 cups rhubarb cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon butter
Beat eggs slightly, add milk. Stir in sugar, flour and nutmeg. Pour over rhubarb and mix. Pour into pastry-lined pie pan. Dot with butter. Optional: Cover with lattice pastry. Bake 400 Fahrenheit degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.
Recipe by Marion Otte, who was Jennifer Ludden’s grandma. She let her grandchildren help harvest the rhubarb in her garden in West Point, Iowa. The recipe has not been tested by NPR.
– You wake up at 3 am to go to the bathroom and stop to check your E-mail on the way back to bed.
– You name your children Eudora, AOL and dotcom.
– You turn off your modem and get this awful empty feeling, as if you just pulled the plug on a loved one.
– You spend half of the plane trip with your laptop on your lap and your child in the overhead compartment.
– You decide to stay in college for an additional year or two, just for the free internet access.
– You laugh at people with 14.4 baud modems.
– You start using smileys in your snail mail.
– You find yourself typing “com” after every period when using a word processor.com
– You can’t call your mother because she doesn’t have a modem.
– You check your mail. It says “no new messages.” So you check it again.
– You don’t know what gender three of your closest friends are, because they have neutral screennames and you never bothered to ask.
– You move into a new house and decide to Netscape before you Landscape
– You tell the cab driver you live at http://1000.garden/house/brick.html
– You start tilting your head sideways to smile.
– After reading this, you immediately e-mail it to your friends.