A day late….. Happy Mothers’ Day to all Mothers, Grandmothers, Great-however-many-times-Grandmothers, Step-Mothers, Foster Mothers, Wanna-Be Mothers, Going-to-be Mothers, About-to-Be Mothers, Don’t-Wanna-Be Mothers, Never-got-a-chance-to-be Mothers, Finally Mothers, Almost Mothers, Guys who are Mothers, and all the Mothers of the Rainbow Babies that we never got to hold. Did I leave anyone out? If I did, Happy Mothers’ Day to you, too!
First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:54 AM of -0.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ronald Breeze.
The Meadow fire is 98% contained and there are no other fire spots! Mostly cloudy and 52F, wind at 2-6mph and gusting, AQI 15-36, UV6. Chance of rain 4% today and 9% tonight. Pollen high. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 5pm on Tuesday. Pretty much it’s the same mostly cloudy to mostly sunny for most of the forecast, with highs in the upper 50’s. Next week, Monday and Tuesday have a tiny chance of some showers, though.
Yesterday I had a nice day. The phone rang at 9am. It was our eldest, calling to wish me a happy day and to let us know that they were headed to a Timbers game. Sash left me a facebook message. Amor called in the afternoon and Ricky in the evening, so I heard from almost everyone!
Tempus went over to Ona and got me a fancy take-out dinner from their Mother’s Day brunch. It was a crabcake with poached egg, spinach and some hash browns for the main dish, a mimosa made from blood orange juice and a “Momma Trifle”, which was actually Eton Mess, which is one of my favorite desserts and one I’ve only had once in 50 years until that moment. I was a very blissed out foodie!
We had the shop open at 1pm. It wasn’t all that busy, although we had a couple of groups through, both buying and some other random shoppers. I was mostly working with the House Capuchin folks. One of them has a new 3D printer and is *really* enthused. Late in the afternoon I got plants watered after I got a nap.
We headed home around 7pm. I got pictures of plants and then got the supper casserole ready, except for the bacon. Tempus cooked that in the oven. Once that was done I set up supper for last night and both a 3 serving and a 2 serving casserole for later in the week. Sash is planning on coming on Wednesday, so I figure the larger one is that day. While last night’s was cooking Tempus got a few small chores done and then dozed off in his chair. We ate, cleaned up and went to bed.
I woke myself coughing not long before 1 and Tempus was up at 1:30. It was quiet and overcast at home and still enough on the drive into town that the river looked like rippled glass. He dropped me here and tracked down some things for our weekend before the call came that the papers were on their way.
I’ve been talking to the “enthusiast” online until just a bit ago and she’s got a 9:30am class. I remember doing that when I was in college, too. 🙂
Today we’ll be open at 1pm. I have a lot of writing and photos to do today, and I need to start on research for the weekend potluck. Tempus is talking about going to the storage units today to start hunting for more of the things that we need.
Today’s Plant is the Primrose, Primula vulgaris. This plant, because easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside at this time of year. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the young flowers can be made into primrose wine. – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya– grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris
Did you even know that there is a Confederate Memorial Day? Unless you’re from the South, probably not… “Confederate Memorial Day, also known as Confederate Decoration Day (Tennessee) and Confederate Heroes Day (Texas), is an official holiday and/or observance day in parts of the U.S. South as a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Nine states officially observe Confederate Memorial Day: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.” From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_Memorial_Day
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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 5/11 at noon. 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 Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the New on 5/11 at noon.
Summer is still six weeks away, but the Summer Triangle is making its appearance in the east, one star after another. The first in view is bright Vega. It’s low in the northeast as twilight fades. Next up is Deneb, lower left of Vega by a little more than two fists at arm’s length. The third corner of the triangle is Altair. It shows up far to the lower right of Vega and Altair around 11 or midnight. Arcturus is the brightest star very high in the east. Spica shines lower right of it by about three fists at arm’s length. Look to the right of Spica by half that distance for the distinctive four-star constellation of Corvus, the springtime Crow.
Let’s return to Coma Berenices tonight …
…to enjoy NGC 4565, one of the sky’s best edge-on galaxies. Even a small telescope (4 inches) will show this magnitude 9.5 galaxy, also known as the Needle Galaxy for its exceedingly thin appearance. If we could step outside the Milky Way and view it edge on, it would likely look quite similar. Although it sits some 30 million light-years away, thanks to projection effects NGC 4565 appears to sit near the edge of the much closer Coma Star Cluster (Melotte 111). Melotte 111 itself is an excellent binocular object that can be found just south of Gamma Comae Berenices, which Comet ATLAS passed last night. The cluster’s 40-odd members form a loose v shape visible to the naked eye in a dark sky. It spans about 275′ and sits a little less than 300 light-years away.
Neptune has barely risen by the time dawn begins.
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. 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.
NIGHT SKY FOR May 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Pluto Retrograde (10/6)
Color – Silver
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 10 High 12:10 AM 7.6 5:54 AM Rise 5:40 AM 3
~ 10 Low 6:54 AM -0.1 8:32 PM Set 7:40 PM
~ 10 High 1:05 PM 6.3
~ 10 Low 6:42 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To love is to live and to love will bring lots to you in life!
Journal Prompt – What is? – What was/is something that your father considered/considers very important?
~ A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~ We all know a variety of ways to make a living. What’s even more fascinating is figuring out ways to make a fortune. – Jim Rohn
~ Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness. – Rumi
~ I believe that you cannot go any further than you can think. I certainly believe if you don’t desire a thing, you will never get it. – Mother Charleszetta Waddles (1912-2001) US nun
Hebe’s here, May is here!
The air is fresh and sunny;
And the miser-bees are busy
Hoarding golden honey! –Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
Magick – Crafts
Sun & Moon Wheels – You will need a small wreath (either made or found at craft store), ribbons (for Sun – gold and yellow. for Moon – silver and blue), sun and moon charms to tie to the ribbons, items from nature such as twigs, pine cones, dried flowers and greenery, floral wire and hot glue. For each wheel, gather all materials needed. Start by tying the ribbons onto the wreath. Make them a variety of lengths. Alternate colors (yellow/gold or silver/blue) in whatever pattern you wish. Then decorate the wreath part with dried greenery, flowers, pine cones and twigs in whatever pattern desired. Once you are finished with this, attach the charms to the ribbons. For each charm you attach, declare something you are bringing into your life and your home. Then attach the charm to the ribbon. Once you are finished with all of them, hang the wheel in your home to bring abundance into your home.
Star-Shaped Paper Lanterns – July 7, 2010 – Beautiful and functional, our unique, easy-to-make paper lanterns keep outdoor celebrations aglow as the sun begins to set. On rainy days, hang a strand of lit lanterns to create a magical scene indoors.
- Scrapbook paper, color(s) of your choice
- 2 pencils (1 sharpened, 1 dull)
- Craft glue
- Strand of holiday lights
- Push pin
- Scrap of cardboard
Printable Lantern Template & Instructions
To get started, simply download and print our star lantern instructions and template. For a look that is truly your own, experiment with different colors and sizes.
- Follow the instructions provided within the template to construct and strand your lanterns.
- Hang the strand, then plug in the lights!
Personalize Your Lanterns
As an added touch, before you glue your lanterns together, use our simple pin-poking technique to spell out a special message with your lanterns.
- Select a message to convey.
- Use a pencil to lightly draw each letter from your message, one letter per lantern.
- Place your scrapbook paper flat on a scrap of cardboard.
- Using a push pin, poke holes along your drawn letter.
Decorate Outdoor Spaces with Lanterns
When lit, lanterns are bright enough to illuminate the faces of your guests, yet subtle enough for you to appreciate the flicker of fireflies. To inspire you, here are our favorite ways to display them:
- Celebrate the Fourth of July with red, white and blue star-shaped lanterns, personalized with a patriotic message.
- Hang strands along trees, bushes or trellises. For a more natural effect, tuck them gently into the greenery.
- A string of white lanterns creates a gorgeous contrast to the vibrant colors and lush foliage of summer.
- Create a strand of bright-colored lanterns to set the mood or fit the theme of a party and bring out the hues in your garden.
Tip: LED lights last longer than traditional bulbs, so use them to guarantee your party will shine long into the night.
Enhance Indoor Spaces with Lanterns
When the weather begins to cool, create everyday beauty by adorning your home indoors.
- For a fun and sophisticated touch, string lanterns along ceilings, across the top of a doorway or from any overhang.
- Make entertaining and everyday meals extraordinary. Simply arrange a cluster of lanterns above your table.
- Update the look by selecting paper with colors and patterns that accent your home’s interior décor.
- Decorate for a special celebration by hanging bouquets of unlit lanterns throughout your space.
Tip: They’re perfect for summer, but we love to use our lanterns in the winter months, too. Make them part of your holiday décor by hanging them inside along mantles or weaving them through a table setup.
Silliness – Punny Thought – Smoking will kill you. Bacon will kill you. But smoking bacon will cure it……..