Daily Stuff 5-13-21

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:35 AM  of -0.7 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Anja.

7 fire spots today, although the Meadow Fire has dropped off the map. One of the spots is between Salem and Albany. Last night got pretty foggy and they’re predicting the same tonight, but it’s overcast…. well, mostly cloudy at the moment. 50F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 12-32, UV7. Chance of rain 7% today and 17% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 11am on Friday. Through Monday it should be partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 50’s. On Tuesday and Wednesday there’s a good chance of rain, thunderstorms on Wednesday. Thursday could be partly cloudy, or maybe a shower or two and then showers on Friday again, although the chance is below 50%.

Yesterday was busy, productive and long. We woke around noon, since Sash was supposed to get there around 1, and got coffee. Tempus had to go fetch him since he was in the wrong park, but they found each other. Sash brought me some Mother’s Day goodies: a bottle of pretty marbles for hanging up in a window, and a jar of pickled herring, which he knows that I love. We had a good and intense chat for a bit, but he had to get moving again at 2pm, since he was going to meet up with Josh. He was hoping to come back for awhile, but he got called into work, so we’ll see him again next week.

Tempus and I were doing some planning and it took awhile in between small chores (hanging up the bottle!) and a good dinner. We were both still pretty tired. Around 4pm he headed up to storage and came back with the little rolling chest that belonged to his grandfather, that needs some mending and one of the picnic table pieces, plus a bunch of little stuff. I had been working on the curtains and a toilet paper holder. He got the cupboards in the bedroom vacuumed and then I headed back there for a nap. When I woke we did a couple more rounds of “where do you want this?” and then he went into the bedroom to sleep. I read and stitched until it was time for me to head to the shop and for him to head for Newport. It was still and quiet at home, but at the shop there was a steady breeze. Once this is out, I have to get the planning that we did into a printable form and then put a shopping list together, to finish up tomorrow.

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. We have to stop to get mail, first thing, since I have a bunch of deliveries waiting. Once we’re open, Tempus has to work in back and then I have to, plus we have displays to finish setting up and the new stock to check in. Tonight is the bulk route, so Tempus is going to have a shopping list and he may run out in the afternoon to pick up supplies for some of the projects. We’re going to be very, very busy.

The koi pond in the meditation garden. Photo by me on 5/11/16

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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. > > >  Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. 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

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Today is the festival of Our Lady of Fatima, a series of Marian apparitions, in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Three elementary-age kids saw the Virgin Mary
repeatedly during this year and the last apparition included the “Dancing Suns of Fatima”.
Two of the children died young, but the last, Lucia Santos, lived until 2005, having had more visions during her lifetime as a nun. The Catholic Church decided that the visions were real and has authorized various pilgrimages and devotions. There were three “secrets” as part of the visions which are held to have happened, although the 3rd may be an ongoing working out of prophecy. The worship of the Virgin Mary is the closest parallel in Christian belief to the Goddess paths Wicca work with, and Mary is often called upon as another face of our Goddess.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_F%C3%A1tima

The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Gemini

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 on5/26 at 4:14am. 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 between 5/12 & 5/13 at midnight.

Now comes the crescent Moon back to the evening sky, higher and bolder in the western twilight each evening. Watch it pair with Venus, then Mercury, then skip a beat, then Mars. The Moon is these scenes is, as always, drawn about three times its actual apparent size. Positions are exact for an observer at latitude 40° N, longitude 90° W, near the population center of North America. And remember, the visibility of faint little objects in bright twilight is exaggerated.

This evening the crescent Moon, less thin and less low in twilight, bestows its company on Mercury after partnering with Venus yesterday. See above. And with those binoculars, can you pull out Betelgeuse some 20° to their left? The Moon passes 2° south of Mercury at 2 P.M. EDT. Look west after sunset again this evening to find our satellite, now nearly 5 percent lit, a little over 3° southeast of the planet, still hanging in Taurus.

Then, once it’s dark, turn your gaze to Leo the Lion, still relatively high in the southwest. Leo’s brightest star, Regulus, is the one you’ll want to zoom in on with binoculars or, better yet, a small scope. Tonight, asteroid 29 Amphitrite is skimming just north of the magnitude 1.4 star. For reference, look northwest of Regulus to spot a magnitude 8 field star; Amphitrite is three times closer to Regulus than this star is. After passing, the asteroid will continue to move southeast through the constellation, as if making a beeline for Rho (ρ) Leonis. Although this is a near miss, not all such events are — asteroidoccultations.com hosts a list of upcoming occultations and their visibility.

Variable star V Hydrae – The AAVSO variable of the month for May is V Hydrae, located in Hydra the Water Snake. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

These spring evenings, the long, dim sea serpent Hydra snakes almost level far across the southern sky. Find his head, a rather dim asterism about the width of your thumb at arm’s length, in the west-southwest. It’s lower right of Regulus by about two fists at arm’s length. (Also, a line from Castor through Pollux points to it about 2½ fists from them.) Less than two fists left of the head is Hydra’s brightest star, 2nd-magnitude Alphard, his orange heart. Hydra’s tail stretches all the way to Libra rising in the southeast. Hydra’s star pattern, from forehead to tail-tip, is 95° long, longer than any other constellation.

After full dark, the fine galaxies M81 and M82 are among the most-sought telescopic targets when the bowl of the Big Dipper is high. But have you ever tried for the two lesser galaxies in their vicinity, and the four double stars here for amateur scopes? Two of those are easy to resolve; two are challenging. See Ken Hewitt-White’s Suburban Stargazer column in the May Sky & Telescope, page 54.

Jupiter and Saturn (in dim Aquarius and Capricornus, respectively) are well up in the southeast as the first light of dawn begins. Jupiter grabs the eye at magnitude –2.3. Saturn, 16° to Jupiter’s right, is one sixteenth as bright at magnitude +0.7.

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

Sun in Taurus

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
Planting 5/10

©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                   Visible
Th  13     High   1:33 AM     7.6   5:51 AM    Rise  6:59 AM      0
~    13     Low   8:35 AM    -0.7   8:35 PM     Set 10:47 PM
~    13     High   3:05 PM     6.2
~    13      Low   8:20 PM     3.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I listen to my Inner Voice.

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Journal Prompt – Where? – Where would you go to relax and why?

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Quotes

~   We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Teilhard de Chardin
~   He serves his party best who serves his country best. – Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) US President (19)
~   Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James
~   The only truth is music. – Jack Kerouac

Strike it up, Tabor

Strike it up, Tabor,
And pipe us a favour!
Thou shalt be well-paid for thy labour.
I mean to spend my shoe-sole
To dance about the may-pole!
I will be blithe and brisk,
Leap and skip,
Hop and trip,
Turn about
In the rout,
Until the weary joints can scarce frisk!

Lusty Dick Hopkin,
Lay on with thy napkin,
The stitching cost me but a dodkin.
The morris were half undone
Were’t not for Martin of Compton.
O well said, jigging A’lce!
Pretty Jill
Stand you still!
Dapper Jack
Means to smack.
How now? Fie, fie! You dance false. – Thomas Weelkes

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Magick – Coven Leadership LOOKING AT YOURSELF  – http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm

Before you go a step further, take a good long look at your desires, motivation and skills. What role do you see yourself playing in this new group? “Ordinary” member? Democratic facilitator?  High Priestess?  And if the last — why do you want the job? The   title  of  High  Priestess  and  Priestess  are  seductive, conjuring up exotic images of yourself in  embroidered  robes,  a silver crescent (or horned helm) on your brow, adoring celebrants hanging on every word which drops from your lips… 

Reality check.  The robes will be stained with wine and candle wax soon enough, and not every word you speak is worth remembering.  A coven leader’s job is mostly hard work between rituals and behind the scene.  It is not always a good place to act out your fantasies, because the lives and well-being of others are involved, and what is flattering or enjoyable to you may not be in their best interest.  So consider carefully. 

If your prime motive is establishing a coven is to gain status and ego gratification, other people will quickly sense that. If they are intelligent, independent individuals, they will refuse to play Adoring Disciple to your Witch Queen impressions. They will disappear, and that vanishing act will be the last magick they do with you. 

And if you do attract a group ready to be subservient Spear Carriers in your fantasy drama — well, do you really want to associate with that kind of personality? What are you going to do when you want someone strong around to help you or teach you, and next New Moon you look out upon a handful of Henry Milquetoasts and Frieda Handmaidens?  If a person is willing to serve you, they will also become dependent on you, drain your energy, and become disillusioned if you ever let down the Infallible Witch Queen mask for even a moment. 

Some other not-so-great reasons for starting a coven:  a) because it seems glamorous, exotic, and a little wicked;  b) because it will shock your mother, or c) because you can endure your boring, flunky job more easily if you get to go home and play Witch at night. 

Some better reasons for setting up a coven, and even  nominating yourself as High Priest/ess, include: a) you feel that you will be performing a useful job for yourself and others; b) you have enjoyed  leadership roles in the past, and  proven yourself capable; or c) you look forward to learning and growing in the role. 

Even with the best motives in the world, you will still need to have — or quickly develop — a whole range of skills in order to handle a leadership role. If you are to be a facilitator of a study group, group process insights and skills are important. 

These include:

  • Gatekeeping, or guiding discussion in such a way that everyone has an opportunity to express ideas and opinions;
  • Summarizing and clarifying;
  • Conflict resolution, or helping participants understand points of disagreement and find potential solutions which respect everyone’s interests;
  • Moving the discussion toward consensus, or at any rate decision, by  identifying diversions and refocusing attention on goals and priorities; and
  • Achieving closure smoothly when the essential work is completed, or an appropriate stopping place is reached. 

In addition to group process skills, four other competencies necessary to the functioning of a coven are:  ritual leadership, administration, teaching, and counseling. In a study group the last one may not be considered a necessary function, and the other three may be shared among all participants.  But in a coven the leaders are expected to be fairly capable in all these areas, even if responsibilities are frequently shared or delegated.  Let us look briefly at each. 

Ritual leadership involves much more that reading invocations by candlelight. Leaders must understand the powers they intend to manipulate: how they are raised, channeled and grounded.  They must be adept at designing rituals which involve all the sensory modes. They should have a repertoire of songs and chants, dances and gestures or mudras, incense and oils, invocations and spells, visual effects and symbols, meditations and postures; and the skill to combine these in a powerful, focused pattern. They must have clarity of purpose and firm ethics. And they must understand timing: both where a given ritual fits in the cycles of the Moon, the Wheel of the Year, and the dance of the spheres, and how to pace the ritual once started, so that energy peaks and is channeled at the perfect moment. And they must understand the Laws of Magick, and the correspondences, and when ritual is appropriate and when it is not. 

By administration, we refer to basic management practices necessary to any organization. These include apportioning work fairly, and following up on its progress; locating resources and obtaining them (information, money, supplies); fostering communications (by telephone, printed schedules, newsletters etc.); and keeping records (minutes, accounts, Witch Book entries, or ritual logbook).  Someone or several someones have to collect the dues if any, buy the candles, chill the wine, and so forth. 

Teaching is crucial to both covens and study groups. If only one person has any formal training or experience in magick, s/he should transmit that knowledge in a way which respects the intuitions, re-emerging past life skills, and creativity of the others.  If several participants have some knowledge in differing areas, they can all share the teaching role. If no one in the group has training and you are uncertain where to begin, they you may need to call on outside resources:  informed and ethical priest/esses who can act as visiting faculty, or who are willing to offer guidance by telephone or correspondence. Much can be gleaned from books, or course — assuming you know which books are trustworthy and at the appropriate level — but there is no substitute for personal instruction for some things. Magick can be harmful if misused, and an experienced practitioner can help you avoid pitfalls as well as offering hints and techniques not found in the literature. 

Counseling is a special role of the High Priest/ess. It is assumed that all members of a coven share concern for each other’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare, and are willing to help each other out in practical ways.  However, coven leaders are expected to have a special ability to help coveners explore the roots of their personal problems and choose strategies and tactics to overcome them.  This is not to suggest that one must be a trained psychoanalyst; but at the least, good listening skills, clear thinking and some insight into human nature are helpful.  Often, magickal skills such as guided visualization, Tarot counseling and radiesthesia (pendulum work) are valuable tools as well. 

Think carefully about your skills in these areas, as you have demonstrated them in other organizations.  Ask acquaintances or co-workers, who can be trusted to give you a candid opinion, how they see you in some of these roles.  Meditate, and decide what you really want for yourself in organizing the new group.  Will you be content with being a catalyst and contact person — simply bringing people with a common interest together, then letting the group guide its destiny from that point on?  Would you rather be a facilitator, either for the first months or permanently: a low-key discussion leader who enables the group to move forward with a minimum of misunderstanding and wasted energy?  Or do you really want to be High Priestess — whatever that means to you — and serve as the guiding spirit and acknowledged leader of a coven?  And if you do want that job, exactly how much authority and work do you envision as part of it?  Some coven leaders want a great deal of power and control; others simply take an  extra share  of  responsibility  for setting up the rituals (whether or not they actually  conduct  the  rites),  and  act  as  “magickal advisor”  to  less experienced members.  Thus the High Priest/ess can be the center around which the life of the coven revolves, or primarily an honorary title, or anything in between. 

That is one area which you will need to have crystal-clear in your own mind before the first meeting (of if you are flexible, at least be very clear that you are). You must also be clear as to your personal needs on other points: program emphasis, size, meeting schedule, finances, degree of secrecy, and affiliation with a tradition or network. You owe it to prospective members and to yourself to make your minimum requirements known from the outset: it can be disastrous to a group to discover that members have major disagreements on these points after you have been meeting for six months.

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Silliness – It’s Friday

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