Minus Tide at 10:30 AM of -0.3 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It was overcast when we left home, although earlier driving upriver that trees in the backbay were all sunny, even while our side of the river was clouded over. At home, though, it was all sun and sweet smells from blooms all around! 47F, wind at 1-6mph and gusting, AQI 27-40, UV7. Chance of rain 7% today and 17% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 11pm. The forecast really changed. The whole 10 days, except for Monday is partly cloudy. Monday is overcast. No prediction of any rain, although the graph looks like there’s some chance every night. Highs mid-50’s, although higher later in the week. 9 fire spots although no smoke plumes…..
I slept too hard yesterday. Tempus couldn’t wake me, so we stayed at the shop and I woke around 12:15! We got coffee and got the shop open, but before he got the rolling table out, we had a couple of ladies squeeze past it and start shopping. They left after a few minutes, but we back in the mid-afternoon. We had other people in shopping. One couple bought 3 of the little expanding dinosaur eggs for younger siblings. Folks were asking about tarot cards and other folks had questions about crystals.
Tempus got our packages picked up and we have a nice magnesite spear and an onyx one, plus a tiger eye and a rose quartz sphere, Lots of little crystals and fluorite octagons … and there are more than that!
I spent most of the afternoon working on those, but was fading before Tempus headed up to storage. He took longer than we expected, too, so it was past 7 when we closed. There were two egrets in the mud flats near Eckman lake on the way home.
I couldn’t bake the duck because it was still frozen, despite sitting out for an hour and several days in the fridge! I’m going to have to make the glaze today and bake it this evening, which is upsetting.
Today is House Capuchin’s potluck and I have a bunch of things to cook, one of which is a dish of leeks and pork in cream sauce with bacon that just sounds delicious and Rique-Manger, which is fried apples combed with cooked egg in a sweet dish. I’m hoping to make some tarts, too, and a barley pottage, although I might see if there’s something in the freezer instead of that last.
Yes, the shop will be open! Since the potlucks are all still virtual there’s no problem with shopping and having cooking going at the same time. Hey, you might get a taste!
Today’s plant is the Leek, Allium ampeloprasum, one of the longed-for foods of spring, cultivated for at least 4 millennia. Since leeks over-winter in many/most places and begin to come up before snowmelt in even the most frozen climes, they were one of the “rescue foods” of late winter and pack a lot of nutrition in a tasty package. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – Symbolized in the Runic alphabet as “Laguz”, it brings prosperity and health in the spring. Potato Leek Health soup is a magickal blend often prepared by witches in the very early spring (and I put the recipe in this blog earlier in the year, pre-Imbolc). Eating leeks together brings love. Carry a leek as a protective amulet and bite it if you’re feeling surrounded by evil. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek
Today’s Feast is that of St. Brendan the Navigator. St. Brendan is a 5th-6th century saint from Ireland. He went on a legendary voyage to the Isles of the Blest, looking for Eden. Well, so the story goes. It’s a legend, but it’s been an inspiration for many folks down through the centuries. He may actually have gotten to North America. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_the_Navigator and Tim Severin’s re-creation of the voyage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Severin#The_Brendan_Voyage_.281976.E2.80.931977.29
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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 on5/26 at 4:14am. 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 5/19 at 12:13pm.
UPDATE: Nova Cassiopeiae 2021 suddenly shot up to magnitude 5.4 around May 8th — making it faintly visible to the naked eye in a dark sky — a full eight weeks after its initial outburst to magnitude 7. It had remained at 7th or 8th mag all during the interim. As of May 14th it faded back a bit to about mag 5.8. See Nova in Cassiopeia Brightens Suddenly, with finder charts and comparison stars. The nova is low in the north in the evening but high in the northeast before the first beginnings of dawn. Set your alarm to go look at least two hours before your local sunrise time.
Meanwhile, 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. More on Arcturus? See the June Sky & Telescope, page 45, for the “many distinctions” of this star.
The Moon passes 1.5° north of Mars at 1 A.M. EDT. At that time, however, the pair is below the horizon for Northern Hemisphere observers. By sunset, the waxing Moon has pulled away from the Red Planet, but both are still visible in the constellation Gemini as darkness falls. An hour after sunset, the Moon is nearly 10° east of the planet and is actually blocking, or occulting, magnitude 3.6 Kappa (κ) Geminorum. An hour later, the star is once again visible as the Moon continues its motion across the sky. Mars currently glows at magnitude 1.7 and spans a mere 4″ on the sky. It’s located near where the Twins’ waists are drawn, below and between the two bright stars that mark the boys’ heads: Castor (right) and Pollux (left).
Jupiter and Saturn (in dim Aquarius and Capricornus, respectively) are well up in the southeast before the first light of dawn. Jupiter grabs attention at magnitude –2.3. Saturn, 17° to Jupiter’s right, is one sixteenth as bright at magnitude +0.7.
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 Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Pluto Retrograde (10/6)
Color – Orange
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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
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 16 High 3:09 AM 7.1 5:47 AM Set 12:38 AM 13
~ 16 Low 10:30 AM -0.3 8:38 PM Rise 9:14 AM
~ 16 High 5:22 PM 5.7
~ 16 Low 10:17 PM 3.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – High intention operates in the midst of freedom. Freedom operates in the midst of high intention.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about the happiest day of your life.
~ Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds. – Grenville Kleiser
~ Don’t give up the ship! – The dying words of American naval hero Capt. James Lawrence became an honored naval motto.
~ If God didn’t want us to eat meat, why did He make cows so slow? (ever eaten a Cheetah burger? Nope. And you never will.) – Dr. Denis Leary
~ Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. – Jules W Lederer
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)
Magick – Recipes
Citrus and Herb Bath – Herban Corner
3 or 4 chamomile tea bags
3 or 4 fresh oranges, sliced
Equal parts lavender and lemon rind
Place in a muslin bag or a square of muslin tied tightly with string. Add to warm bath as the tub and filling and while bathing. – http://www.oldfashionedliving.com/
Egyptian Health Salad Spell – Herban Corner
Herodotus noted that the builders of the pyramids ate onions, garlic, and radishes to build up their strength. Anyone pursuing strength training should eat these foods. Here’s a healthy Egyptian salad you may want to start with: Mix lettuce, sliced radishes, and diced onions. Chop one clove of garlic and add to one part olive oil and two parts balsamic or wine vinegar. Mix and pour over salad. The Egyptians also liked hot red pepper in their salads—add some if you’re brave enough! Egyptians also liked cucumbers, and you can add your favorite salad vegetables. Feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes make nice additions. Eat this salad on days when you work out. ~Denise Dumars – )0( GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q: Which superhero hits the most home runs? Batman.!