It was raining hard, earlier, but it’s calmed down and some stars are out. 46F, wind at 2mph and gusting, AQI40, UV8. 20% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. It should stay dry, now, through the end of next week, with the temps climbing to the upper 60’s at least, but then.
Yesterday Tempus and I were up not long after noon. We got ourselves put together and had coffee and breakfast. My microgreens had arrived, so they landed on my sandwich. 🙂 I did a class on heraldic trestle tables and then started into one on bobbin lace that had some horrible tech difficulties to start. …45 minutes for about 2 minutes of class…. ..and then she couldn’t figure out how to do the stitch upside down so we could see it in the camera. <sigh> She did finally get it together, but that was 50 minutes in…. and then her sound vanished… I gave up not long after that. What I need to do is to clean my pillow and tools and find the book that I got from Arlys a couple of years back and just start back in.
Tempus and I talked for a bit, then he did some more getting things put away (pillows this time, the big floor ones) and I started working on my sewing projects, and then got back to doing stock. Tempus went out and scrubbed up the dock roots and then I did the rest of the prep, cutting them down and setting them out to dry, then getting the tops tied up to hang.
I thought I was late for the 4pm class, but it got cancelled. Tempus was out watering and of course, it started to rain. 🙂 …and by 5:30 the sun was shining, brightly. I had had a very late lunch with some of my tvarog. The sun started ducking in and out of clouds, bright when it was out from behind, but going pretty dim between. I was going to go to a virtual A&S, but got so sleepy I went to nap instead.
There was a “boom” at around 9pm and things rattled. No clue what it was since no one local has commented. I was back at work and writing by then. Tempus was still on the bulk route at around 11pm. The challenge recipe for this week is on cherries and it sounds yummy, but I don’t have any more of the canned cherries. Gotta go hunt, I guess. …sounds like Freddie’s actually has them. Tempus and I talked for a bit after the bulk route was done. He’s going to be going in to Newport today to run errands.
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and for general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb
Today’s feast is in honor of the Gay Rights Activist, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978. He was the first openly gay politician in California. More on his life and work here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk and on the bill that passed to make this day official.
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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. 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. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/5 at 12:12pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 10:39pm on 5/23.
Mercury and Venus are still close together, 1.7° apart, as shown above. Think photo opportunity. Put your camera or phone on a tripod, zoom in as far as you can, and carry the setup around to get interesting foreground to frame the planets.
New Moon occurs at 1:39 P.M. EDT — perfect timing, because Comet PanSTARRS (C/2017 T2) is skimming past a famous pair of galaxies (M81 and M82) in Ursa Major for the next few days. This weekend, the comet will be only ¾° from M82, which lies closer to the comet’s path than M81. M82 is famously called the Cigar Galaxy for its long, skinny shape, while M81 is a beautiful grand design spiral also known as Bode’s Galaxy. The two are undergoing gravitational interactions, which have sparked activity from their supermassive black holes and a massive burst of star formation in M82. After dark, step outside to find the familiar Big Dipper asterism.
From Dubhe, the star at the cup’s upper-righthand corner, look about 10.7° west to find 23 Ursae Majoris, glowing at magnitude 3.7. About 6.5° to that star’s northeast is M81 and about 7° northeast of the star is M82. Just under 8° to the star’s northeast is PanSTARRS. The three are roughly in line on the sky, offering a rare, picturesque view for relatively little effort. PanSTARRS is just barely visible in binoculars, but much easier to find with a 4-inch scope. You’ll need low magnification to spot two or three of the objects in a single field. But in larger scopes (12 inches), you may catch a hint of green in the comet’s tail.
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
F 22 High 12:31 AM 7.7 5:41 AM Rise 5:54 AM 0
~ 22 Low 7:28 AM -0.7 8:45 PM Set 8:56 PM
~ 22 High 1:51 PM 6.2
~ 22 Low 7:13 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is too short to worry.
~ Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our mind. – Bob Marley
~ The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. – Michelangelo
~ Learn to accept in silence minor aggravations. – Sir William Osier
~ All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt! ~ Lucy Van Pelt, “Peanuts”
My lilac trees are old and tall;
I cannot reach their bloom at all.
They send their perfume over trees
And roofs and streets, to find the bees. – Louise Driscoll (1875–1957)