Fog. It’s not thick here, but the temp is high enough to cause the air near colder water to fog. The bridge is obscured. 54F, wind near calm, AQI34, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Today it ought to just be mostly cloudy, like the rest of the days through Friday. Saturday is the big chance of rain, but there are several likely showery days past that.
Yesterday started kinda funky. I was going hot and cold and felt vaguely sickish. No clue what was doing that, but coffee and oatmeal settled it… then I was just hot. 🙂 Amor called and we talked for quite awhile. We got off in a hurry because I had a class at 4, which turned out to be 7:30, so I got the House Capuchin report out. Amor and I chatted on Facebook for a bit, too.
Around suppertime I got some food going and worked on grinding onion peels for dye. I think in another couple of months we’ll have enough to try some of that. Arthur called after we had eaten. He was doing a lamb roast and wanted a consult on spices. He tried to get Sioned to say hi to me, but what I got was a pterodactyl screech. 🙂 That was really cute!
I went to go to the 7:30 class and discovered that it had been at 4:30…. I got back to some writing at that point. …then got a nap, then embroidered a little. I found a couple of recorded classes later in the evening.
I watched a couple of videos on Pacific Northwest Geology. I think I’m going to dive into this whole series of lectures. It’s fairly new. Super volcanoes in the PNW? I didn’t know there were any, but Smith Rock is part of one! Wow…. explains some of the features that you see out in eastern Oregon. Tempus took off in the middle of that, around 1:30, which might get him home around 6. That would be nice.
I have some classes today. At some point the watermelon is going to be done and I’ll bottle it. (Dehydrated is safer in glass!) Tempus and I were still discussing me doing the bulk route with him and then coming home with our shopping. We’ll see. I do have a cook’s chat at 8:30 that I don’t want to miss. That’s going to feature the Vert de Sire. which is apparently a green chicken dish. I gotta do that one. Sounds too weird not to. 🙂 …and the challenge in my Czech cooking group this week is fruit soups. I’ve got cherries, so that’s going to be lunch. 🙂
Today’s feast is the Fortinalia, or sacred well day. It was celebrated in ancient Rome on October 13 and pagans today keep the feast in May as a thank you to the wells that give us clean water and to the wells of inspiration that we dip from to create our magick. Usually flowers and ribbons are brought to the wells. I’ve done clean-ups around artesian springs on this day, too, and the pipe that has awesome spring water out rt. 34, usually has a bouquet and a dozen ribbons every year! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontinalia
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/28. 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
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/29 at 8:30pm.
Comet SWAN (C/2020 F8) reaches perihelion today, rounding the Sun at a distance of 37 million miles (59.5 million kilometers) from our star. Glowing around magnitude 6, the comet is an excellent binocular or small scope target in Perseus. But Northern Hemisphere observers beware: It’s already low on the northwestern horizon an hour after sunset, roughly 10° high and sinking. The comet is less than 5° above the horizon two hours after sunset, but with good seeing and a clear view all the way to the horizon, you’re likely to spot it a little over 8° due west of Capella.
Even as Comet SWAN sets, a different swan is rising: M17 (NGC 6618), also known as the Swan Nebula or the Omega Nebula in Sagittarius. Rising around 10 P.M. local time and gaining altitude with each passing hour, the Swan Nebula can be seen with binoculars or even a small scope. The star-forming region’s name comes from its resemblance to a swan gliding across a lake; can you spot the bird’s arching neck and long, feathery body?
Now the waxing crescent Moon poses in a roughly horizontal line with Pollux and Castor, which shine to its right.
Have you ever seen Alpha Centauri? At declination –61° it’s permanently out of sight if you’re north of latitude 29° N. (Waldport is just south of 45 degrees north) But if you’re at the latitude of San Antonio, Orlando, or points south, Alpha Cen skims just above your true southern horizon for a little while late these evenings. When does this happen? Just about when Alpha Librae, the lower-right of Libra’s two brightest stars, is due south over your landscape. At that time, drop your gaze down from there.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is fairly low in the east-southeast 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. 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
Tu 26 High 2:45 AM 7.6 5:38 AM Rise 8:53 AM 9
~ 26 Low 10:01 AM -1.0 8:49 PM
~ 26 High 4:49 PM 6.0
~ 26 Low 9:51 PM 3.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I give thanks for the abundance and prosperity in my life.
~ In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us. – Flora Edwards
~ Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters. – Nathaniel Emmons
~ Everyday in every way I create my own reality. So what is that I choose to create today? – Gabriella Goddard
Any supervisor worth his salt would rather deal with people who attempt too much than with those who try too little. – Lee Iacocca
May changes moods just like a baby:
Someone should have named it “Maybe.”
–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1996
In German and Nordic traditions believed the power of the sun on Midsummer made it easy for humans to access the unseen worlds. Many divinations and vision quests were practiced on this night. To this day prophetic dreams play a large role in Scandinavian lore. The Danes used to place St. John’s Wort under their pillows to induce prophetic dreaming, while the Celts and the English used Mugwort, which is just as potent, but without the toxic qualities of St. John’s Wort. If you wish to practice dream magick on Midsummer night you may want to make a dream pillow to help enhance your dreams.
You will need:
- Small square of blue or purple fabric (preferably cotton), 4×8 inches. Make sure you leave room around the edges for a seam.
- Matching thread
- Herb you wish to use (mugwort, lemongrass, or lavender are good herbs for dream magick)
Take the piece of cloth and fold it over so that it makes a square. Sew up all sides EXCEPT ONE, leave one side open so you can stuff your pillow. Turn the pillow inside out, stuff it with your chosen herbs, and sew up the final side. Make sure you are visualizing your goal as you do this, as is plays a large role in the dream magick. When you are finished making the pillow take it to bed with you and place it under your pillowcase, making sure its fragrance will reach you. Before going to sleep, visualize what you wish to dream. You may wish to add a chant too this, to help lull you into sleep. Have a notebook and pen ready to jot down any impressions or dreams you have upon waking. Do this even before you stretch, dreams have a tendency to fade quickly from memory.
Dream Pillow – (For Litha) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pillow.html
- § Material for your pillow
- § Stuffing for your pillow
- § Needle and thread
- § Lavender and sage
Hand-sew a dream-pillow. First cut an expanse of cloth large enough to make your pillow and fold it in half so the INSIDE is OUTSIDE, then sew up the edges except for a hole just large enough to push the stuffing in. Turn your pillow right-side-out and stuff it. Then create a small sachet (of the same material if you like), like a small pillow of the same except you don’t have to worry about turning it inside out. Stuff the sachet with lavender and sage, or make one sachet for lavender and one for sage. Then slip the herbs into the pillow. Sew up the final hole. Incidentally, it is best to pick material that is blue or has a water image on it, to represent the wise water element, or a black or black-patterned material, to indicate connection with the Dark Crone Goddess, whose speciality is divination.
Ritual use: You can actually sew this pillow in the circle, or make it mostly out of the circle and ceremoniously add the herbs while in circle. It is to be blessed with the appropriate tools and dedicated to the water element, and possibly anointed with water or divination-oriented oils. It can then be used to sleep on at night to encourage prophetic dreams. It also functions as a nice Midsummer gift to a handfasting couple or just for any gift.
Solstice Dream Pillows
Materials needed: 1-4 oz (30-120 gms) each of the following five herbs:
- dried chamomile,
- whole oranges & lemons,
- cinnamon sticks,
- allspice berries, (optional)
- myrrh or frankincense resin lumps.
- Scraps of lightweight cloth (4-7 inches/100-175 mm, two for each bag)
- optional bits of ribbon, embroidery floss, scraps of lace or a few small beads.
For those who are sitting up all night on the Solstice, this is a special dream pillow you can make for prophetic dreams when you go to sleep the next night or throughout the year.
Take the first five dried herbs and mix them in whatever proportions you desire/have on hand. More Mugwort will lead some folks to more psychic dreaming, more hops will lead to a sounder sleep for some others, more catnip may encourage feline pillow sharing.
As the night passes, eat the oranges, and use the lemons (minus their peels) in teas/punches/hot drinks. As you use them try to remove the peels in large chunks or in easy to work with sections. Using a spoon, carefully scrape out as much of the white inner rind as you can without damaging the zesty outer peel. Scatter the remaining outer peels on a cookie sheet and dry them on low heat in the oven (200F or less). Watch them to make sure they are drying but not scorching. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool.
If you have a fire or incense burner, burn some of the incense resins, saving most to use in the pillows.
Crumble the dried peels up into smaller bits, break up the cinnamon sticks up into smaller pieces, and add the spices, resins and peels to the herb mixture. Mix well. Gather up the scraps of material, and sew up small bags: 3-6 inches/75-150mm should be fine. Leave one side open: small openings will make it more difficult to fill the bags later. If you want to use the ribbons and floss to embroider protective or other magical symbols or representative designs, it will be easier to do before you stitch the sides together. Work on this to keep you awake, thinking of the season and what it means to you as you do it. If these are intended as gifts, think kindly and lovingly of the folks you will be giving these to.
Fill each of the bags with the herb/spice mixture, but not so full that it is hard: people will want to smell them, but they need to be soft enough to sleep on. Fold the last side inward, and stitch closed. If you want, a small loop of ribbon may be added at this point at the top.
After the sun rises, and you have finished your celebrations, set these aside, and finish them when you have/make time during the day if they aren’t done. When you go to bed, slip one or more of these into you pillow case, and inhale deeply as you relax before sleeping. Watch for special dreams as you sleep.