Featured photo by OCD Photography. The shop is open with limited hours for now. 1-5pm Thursday through Monday. We do have social distancing stuff in place. Please read the signs! House Capuchin’s Project Day today (virtual realm)
Tempus saw one of last night’s flashes of lightning, but he was mostly north of the whole thing until he got home. The rain and thunder were impressive during the day. I haven’t looked at the rain gauge, yet, but I dumped it night before last, so it ought to be a good record. The pavement is still damp and glisteny, but not wet. 50F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI35, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. We ought to have several dry days in a row, now. Be careful of sunburns! That’s likely to change Friday evening and then stay wet for a bit after. The big map has some swirls out at sea, one that’s close enough to pull some rain in on us next weekend, but otherwise nothing much.
Yesterday I was up at 10 and working at the shop within 15 minutes. I got the launch coverage up and running so I could listen and then started watering plants. The launch lost sound at about 11:45. No clue why. I pulled up the NASA site instead of the SpaceX, but that wasn’t as good. They got sound back, but were running 1 1/2 minutes behind the NASA feed. <sigh> That’s almost comforting. 🙂
So Tempus got our bakery box and we had scones with our coffee. I finished up an interesting class on Byzantine sorcery. We did get ourselves finally open 1:30-ish. Had customers. They browsed for a long while, and then it was quiet until the end of the day.
The rose in the sign planter is blooming! It was too dark to get pix today, but I went out and harvested some bits and pieces. I have bean seeds to put in, too. Tempus got them for me. Too wet… and I was pretty busy still working on stock.
In the evening I made some more of the chicken stuff and watched one of my geology classes on Ghost Volcanoes. Tempus and I split the “brown-butter financier” for dessert. That’s really bizarre name. After that I settled down to embroidery and reading and *finally* finished the cuff and collarband set. Photos today and I’ll drop at least one in the newsletter.
Today we’ll be open by 1pm, probably before that. It depends a little when Tempus gets in from papers. He’s still working on the Sanity Saver area, but most of the stuff is picked up and signage in place. I do have to clean up the area where I want to park the masks.
Today is International Children’s Day. It’s not much celebrated in the US, but is intended to call attention to the abuse and exploitation of children around the world, whether as child soldiers, child workers or children living in the street or with the aftereffects of displacement by war. Our children are our future, not a commodity! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/4 at 12:12am.
The Moon is waxing gibbous and high after dusk, one of the Moon’s most popular phases and convenient places for backyard telescopic observers.
And when you’re done with the Moon, notice the brightest little naked-eye star a couple finger-widths from it. That’s 3rd-magnitude Gamma Virginis, or Porrima. (For North Americans it’s roughly 3° to the Moon’s left or lower left.) High power should resolve it into a rather close, equal-brightness binary pair, separation 3.0 arcseconds this year, aligned almost exactly north-south. Porrima’s stars are both spectral type F0 V, somewhat larger and hotter than the Sun, and revolve around each other every 169 years in a highly elliptical orbit. They’re 38 light-years away.
Neptune and Mars share the early-morning sky, making the former easier to find. Two hours before sunrise, they’re nearly 20° above the east-southeastern horizon. Mars is easy to spot at magnitude 0, about 2° below (southeast) of magnitude 3.7 Lambda (λ) Aquarii. Neptune is 8.6° east of Mars and only 3° east of magnitude 4 Phi (φ) Aquarii. Binoculars or a small scope will show the ice giant shining at magnitude 7.9, with a disk just 2″ across.
Mercury is having a nice apparition in evening twilight. Look for it in the west-northwest as twilight deepens. However, Mercury is fading: from magnitude 0.0 on May 30th to +0.7 on June 6th, a loss of half its light. A telescope will show why. Mercury is rapidly waning in phase, from half-lit to a crescent this week, showing us less and less of its sunlit side. This fact may not be entirely obvious in your scope – first because Mercury is a mere 7 arcseconds in diameter, and second, the atmospheric seeing is always poor at the low altitude where Mercury hangs in twilight. Get your telescope on it as early as you can. If you keep examining it, tweaking the focus and hoping for moments of better seeing, you’ll eventually see quite a bit more than you did at first. As is true throughout visual astronomy.
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 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
Su 31 Low 2:33 AM 2.1 5:35 AM Set 2:59 AM 57
~ 31 High 8:06 AM 5.8 8:53 PM Rise 2:49 PM
~ 31 Low 2:32 PM 0.5
~ 31 High 9:09 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a joyful day!
~ I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father. – Greg Norman
~ Remember, there are two benefits of failure: First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you an opportunity to try a new approach. – Roger Von Oech, Creativity expert
~ We must fill our lives with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life. It is hard work to fill one’s life with meaning. – Chaim Potok
~ Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most do. – Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)
The glittering leaves of the rhododendrons
Balance and vibrate in the cool air;
While in the sky above them
White clouds chase each other. – John Gould Fletcher (1886–1950)
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: What did one wall say to the other wall? Answer: Meet me at the corner