Partly to mostly cloudy at the moment, and all day, depending on how you count it. 48F, wind at 0-1mp , AQI50, UV6. 20% chance of rain today and tonight. We might see a little sun in a few days, but Saturday/Sunday there really looks like rain coming, and showers for a few days after that. There’s rain being dragged up into Washington, but we’re in the high south of it, just dealing with the clouds on the edge.
Yesterday I had an hell of a time waking up. I had gotten enough sleep, but I must still be catching up from the night before. Practically the first thing I found was a message from my cousin Tony that Emmy had lost her fight with the virus this morning. 22, healthy, and was supposed to be married in late June. Yeah, “like the flu”. <grr>
I had a class at 11. Mostly lecture, but interesting. I got another nap and then went to do my 2pm class and the internet was down! Well, it turned out to be our router, but it was past 6pm by the time we had things up and running again. That was frustrating. I spent quite a bit of the time finishing up a story and getting it up online.
During the day I got a watermelon cut up and into the dehydrator other than what I could safely eat without…. nasty aftereffects….. Later I curled up with book and embroidery until Tempus got us some supper. After that I got back to work, writing for hours. I’m setting up some scripts for recording classes and my backdrops ought to show up, soon.
I talked to a couple of friends around midnight and watched a couple of videos and Tempus took off at about 1:40, after getting me a lovely dish of strawberries and cream. I decided to get this set up before I turned in.
Today we have a lot to accomplish. I’m bound and determined to get Tempus’s stuff off the displays, so I can get those properly set up again. He’s been dragging his feet on it to the point where I’m gnashing my teeth!
…and then I added in the Memorial Day stuff below and just wept…. There’s so much to mourn, these days. It’s awful that some of it is the waste of lives spent carelessly, but people in power who don’t care… How can I not weep?
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
Taps (everyone knows the melody, but there are words….)
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. – Major General Daniel Butterfield
Today is both Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Geek Pride Day, which is in honor of the first of the Star Wars movies, premiering on May 25, 1977. My Daddy and I were in the long line outside of the theater for that….
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 5/26 at 10:39pm.
Look west for the crescent Moon after dusk. About a fist at arm’s length above it are Pollux and Castor, the Gemini “twins.” They’re not identical twins. Pollux, on the left, is slightly brighter and tinted pale orange.
Vega is the brightest star in the east-northeast after dark. Look upper left of it by 14° (about a fist and a half at arm’s length) for Eltanin, the nose of Draco the Dragon. Closer above and upper left of Eltanin are the three fainter stars of Draco’s stick-figure head, also called the Lozenge. Draco always points his nose to Vega, no matter the season or how they’re oriented. He seems curious about it. Dragons are supposed to have a thing for jewels. . . . The faintest star of Draco’s head, opposite Eltanin, is Nu Draconis. It’s a fine, equal-brightness double star for binoculars: separation 61 arcseconds, both magnitude 4.9. This is definitely a true binary; Nu-1 and Nu-2 are both 99 light-years away, and they share a common proper motion against the more distant starry background. Both are hot, chemically peculiar type-Am stars somewhat larger, hotter, and more massive than the Sun. They await your attention higher and higher overhead as the night progresses.
Tonight is an ideal time to hunt down some binocular objects. The constellation Boötes is a great place to start. Its bright, magnitude –0.05 alpha star, Arcturus, is visibly orange-red. From this easy-to-spot signpost, glance about 12° north to find magnitude 3.6 Rho (ρ) Boötis. Six degrees due southwest of the star is NGC 5466, a globular cluster discovered by William Herschel in 1784. It lies nearly 53,000 light-years away and glows at magnitude 9.1, covering about 11′ on the sky. From Boötes, swing your binoculars to Canes Venatici, which houses several deep-sky objects. M3 is a magnitude 5.9 globular cluster spanning about 16′. It’s a mere 5° due west of NGC 5466. A little over 14.5° north of M3 is M63, also known as the Sunflower Galaxy. In your binoculars, this magnitude 8.6 spiral galaxy will likely appear only as a hazy star, but you can pull out a scope and crank up the power for a bit more detail.
Just under 6° to M63’s northeast is the famous Whirlpool Galaxy, listed as 51 in Messier’s catalog. Roughly the same apparent brightness and size as M63, it will appear similar in binoculars as well. This one you’ll definitely want to pull out your largest scope to see, because bigger apertures will offer a glimpse at this face-on galaxy’s delicate structure, as well as the much smaller NGC 5195, perched to the Whirlpool’s north. The two have been interacting for hundreds of millions of years, as NGC 5195 slides behind the Whirlpool.
Uranus is hidden in the glow of dawn.
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. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…
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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 25 High 2:07 AM 7.7 5:39 AM Rise 7:56 AM 4
~ 25 Low 9:19 AM -1.1 8:48 PM Set 11:57 PM
~ 25 High 4:00 PM 6.1
~ 25 Low 9:05 PM 3.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a sharp day!
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think no woman has ever been elected President of the United States? How long do you think it will be before a woman is elected President? Do you think a woman will govern differently from a man? Explain the reasons for your answers.
~ Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs. – Pearl Strachan Hurd
~ For some reason, when you become a support to others, you become bigger than you are. – Susan Jeffers
~ The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading old ones. – Joseph Joubert
~ Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. – John F. Kennedy
The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat
The soldier’s last tattoo;
No more on Life’s parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On Fame’s eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead. – –Theodore O’Hara (1820–67)
An Ancient Solar Celebration
Nearly every agricultural society has marked the high point of summer in some way, shape or form. On this date – usually around June 21 or 22 – the sun reaches its zenith in the sky. It is the longest day of the year, and the point at which the sun seems to just hang there without moving – in fact, the word “solstice” is from the Latin word solstitium, which literally translates to “sun stands still.” The travels of the sun were marked and recorded. Stone circles such as Stonehenge were oriented to highlight the rising of the sun on the day of the summer solstice.
Traveling the Heavens
Although few primary sources are available detailing the practices of the ancient Celts, some information can be found in the chronicles kept by early Christian monks. Some of these writings, combined with surviving folklore, indicate that Midsummer was celebrated with hilltop bonfires and that it was a time to honor the space between earth and the heavens.
Fire and Water
In addition to the polarity between land and sky, Litha is a time to find a balance between fire and water. According to Ceisiwr Serith, in his book The Pagan Family, European traditions celebrated this time of year by setting large wheels on fire and then rolling them down a hill into a body of water. He suggests that this may be because this is when the sun is at its strongest yet also the day at which it begins to weaken. Another possibility is that the water mitigates the heat of the sun, and subordinating the sun wheel to water may prevent drought.
When they arrived in the British Isles, the Saxon invaders brought with them the tradition of calling the month of June Aerra Litha. They marked Midsummer with huge bonfires that celebrated the power of the sun over darkness. For people in Scandinavian countries and in the farther reaches of the Northern hemisphere, Midsummer was very important. The nearly endless hours of light in June are a happy contrast to the constant darkness found six months later in the middle of winter.
The Romans, who had a festival for anything and everything, celebrated this time as sacred to Juno, the wife of Jupiter and goddess of women and childbirth. She is also called Juno Luna and blesses women with the privilege of menstruation. The month of June was named for her, and because Juno was the patroness of marriage, her month remains an ever-popular time for weddings. This time of year was also sacred to Vesta, goddess of the hearth. The matrons of Rome entered her temple on Midsummer and made offerings of salted meal for eight days, in hopes that she would confer her blessings upon their homes.
Midsummer for Modern Pagans
Litha has often been a source of contention among modern Pagan and Wiccan groups, because there’s always been a question about whether or not Midsummer was truly celebrated by the ancients. While there’s scholarly evidence to indicate that it was indeed observed, there were suggestions made by Gerald Gardner, the founder of modern Wicca, that the solar festivals (the solstices and equinoxes) were actually added later and imported from the Middle East. Regardless of the origins, many modern Wiccans and Pagans do choose to celebrate Litha every year in June.
In some traditions, Litha is a time at which there is a battle between light and dark. The Oak King is seen as the ruler of the year between winter solstice and summer solstice, and the Holly King from summer to winter. At each solstice they battle for power, and while the Oak King may be in charge of things at the beginning of June, by the end of Midsummer he is defeated by the Holly King.
This is a time of year of brightness and warmth. Crops are growing in their fields with the heat of the sun, but may require water to keep them alive. The power of the sun at Midsummer is at its most potent, and the earth is fertile with the bounty of growing life.
For contemporary Wiccans and Pagans, this is a day of inner power and brightness. Find yourself a quiet spot and meditate on the darkness and the light both in the world and in your personal life. Celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year with fire and water, night and day, and other symbols of the triumph of light over darkness.
Litha is a great time to celebrate outdoors if you have children. Take them swimming or just turn on the sprinkler to run through, and then have a bonfire or barbeque at the end of the day. Let them stay up late to say goodnight to the sun, and celebrate nightfall with sparklers, storytelling, and music. This is also an ideal Sabbat to do some love magic or celebrate a handfasting, since June is the month of marriages and family.
Silliness – To Help You Smile – My friend just told me that his beloved Swedish car was stolen today. It was quite a Saab story.