Daily Stuff 5-19-21 Commemoration of Atatürk

Hi, folks!

Ok, *Where* did the rain come from?!!?!!!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Partly cloudy and 42F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI 16-50, UV8. Chance of rain 35% today and 31% tonight. Pollen High. Looks like we’re getting back into more tree pollen, but that means broom….. That’s one big weather system… the center is up by the Aleutians, but we’re seeing the precursor clouds here! From the forecast for the week it looks like hitting us on Sunday/Monday. There’s a small chance of rain before and after with partly cloudy skies, but those two days look like some good stuff! Just one fire spot? Promising!

When Tempus stopped to pick me up it was already a lovely sunny morning and it just turned into a beautiful weather day, even with the showers over the previous night. We had taken the time to nap bits and pieces, but were yawning hard by the time we were home. We had a snack and turned in.

I slept until 1pm, but Tempus didn’t wake until nearly 4! I had been working on putting more things away and sorting some more project stuff. I’m hoping to bring the box of stuff that I won’t be working on soon back to the shop tomorrow. What finally woke him was me starting on the duck and banging things around.

He got us coffee and I spent the next hour disassembling the duck, cooking the extra bits and getting the schmaltz and jellied broth separated. I have one more round of that today. The meat went into a small roaster, covered with the glaze and got heated for about 1/2 an hour while Tempus worked on dishes and helping with some of the things that I couldn’t reach.

We had the duck for supper with vegetables in a cream sauce that I had made a few days back. It was tasty, but quite tough, since it got overcooked a bit while roasting. Inexperience on my part! I boiled up the carcass and skin and such and after being separated, solids from liquid, that got fridged. I’ll be chopping up the leftovers and the bits after I pick the carcass and making one or two small pies later this week. Today I’ll need to separate the rest of the schmaltz (duck fat). It supposedly make some of the best potato dishes! We might try it with the air fryer.

I spent a good amount of time with the plants, weeding, mostly, but I got some photos and then filled my set of small pots, after making sure that they had a “weep hole” in the bottom. By that point we had to get stuff together and head for the shop.

When I was resting in my chair in between tasks, I watched the clouds. They were really beautiful yesterday, the white puffy cumulus that we rarely see. At one point, though, I exclaimed over the mackerel sky, the “fish scales” first, and then a whole sky-full of “bones”. They were moving *really* fast!

I worked on photos and some writing after a nap, but Tempus was back at the shop at around 11. The bulk route papers still were printing! He had brought a few bits of shopping home and he had forgotten his phone! I still have writing and photos to do tonight even after I get this out.

Today is our big “home day”. We have a lot of small things to do with cuphooks and putting away. Tempus needs to finish the rest of the dishes (duck is greasy…..) I’ve got clothes to hang and we still need pots and pans and such. I need to finish the duck and put the schmaltz by in the freezer and then *those* dishes need to be done. I think I have most of the laundry picked up and we have a list of things for Tempus to get from storage on Thursday. We *might* end up going into Newport to Barrelhead for some of the supplies that we need, although that will put stuff off until next week, most likely…. but….parts for projects….

A picture Ken Gagne snapped on 5/17/16 of Photographers at Thor’s Well. This is why we warn people about the power of the ocean. These guys are in incredible danger, but….

plant motif flower snowdrop Galanthus_nivalis

Today’s plant is the snowdropGalanthus nivalis.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire,” snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems, also to chase the negative effects of sorrow and grief.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop

Today’s feast is the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey. It’s the anniversary of the beginning of their war of independence. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commemoration_of_Atat%C3%BCrk,_Youth_and_Sports Day

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Leo enters Virgo at1:59pm

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 5/26 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. 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 5/24 at 4:14pm.

The Moon steps across Leo as it passes through first quarter, just like it does every May.

First-quarter Moon (exactly so at 3:13 p.m. EDT). This evening it shines over Regulus, as shown above.

First Quarter Moon – May 19th’s First Quarter Moon offers an ideal view of the lunar Apennine mountain range. – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

So this evening is the perfect time to get in some lunar observing. An hour after sunset, our satellite is high in the west, near the brightest star (Regulus) in Leo the Lion. Turn a telescope on the Moon’s upper left portion to see the lunar Apennine mountain range curving up out of the terminator, which is the line that separates night and day. Named for their earthly counterparts, which form the backbone of Italy, the lunar Apennines thrust upward roughly 3 miles (5 kilometers) and form the lower curve of Mare Imbrium. It was in the foothills of these mountains, near Hadley Mons, that Apollo 15 touched down in 1971, carrying the first Lunar Roving Vehicle. The prominent crater visible near the mountain range is Archimedes, with Autolycus (smaller) and Aristillus (larger) to its upper right.

Mercury and Venus come into view in the west-northwest in the afterglow of sunset. You may first spot Venus, bright at magnitude –3.9, very low. Look about 30 or 40 minutes after sundown to catch it before it sets. As the sky darkens further, Mercury comes into view about 8° above or upper left of Venus. Mercury is getting fainter; it fades from magnitude +0.2 to +1.0 this week.

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 Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of
Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Pluto Retrograde (10/6)
Color – Yellow
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The very old hawthorn at St. Mars, England.

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.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
W   19     Low  12:28 AM     3.6   5:44 AM     Set  2:33 AM      39
~    19     High   5:49 AM     6.1   8:42 PM    Rise 12:30 PM
~    19      Low   1:06 PM     0.3
~    19     High   8:05 PM     6.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I manifest from abundance. With the consciousness of abundance, I give.  With the consciousness of abundance, I receive.


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – How are your mother and grandmother alike?



~   Some feminists feel that a woman should never be wrong. We have a right to be wrong. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~   Life is forever changing, methods are many, values are few, methods always change, Values never do. – Lolly Daskal
~   Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else. – Judy Garland
~   The world is the sum total of our vital possibilities. – Ortega y Gassett

When elm leaves are as big as a shilling,
Plant kidney beans, if to plant ’em you’re willing; 
When elm leaves are as big as a penny,
You must plant kidney beans, if you mean to have any. – Old planting rhyme


A lunar eclipse takes place when the earth’s shadow crosses the moon. Image by Diane Miller/Photolibrary/Getty Images

Magick – Lunar Eclipse on 5/26!

Lunar Eclipse by Patti Wigington – Updated September 14, 2016

The magic of the moon is something that many modern Pagans find compelling. After all, for thousands of years the moon has been a source of folklore, myth and legend. One of the most intriguing aspects, from a magical perspective, is that of a lunar eclipse. Since the moon doesn’t emit any light of its own, what we see if it in the night sky is sunlight reflected off the lunar surface. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s rays, causing it to appear temporarily darkened.

Unlike with a solar eclipse, which can only be seen in a few parts of the world as it happens, a lunar eclipse can be spotted by anyone on the nighttime side of the planet.

There are actually three different types of eclipses. A penumbral eclipse takes place when the moon passes through only the outer edges of the earth’s shadow, or penumbra – it’s often very subtle and many people don’t even notice it. A partial eclipse involves part of the moon traveling through the earth’s umbra, which is the more direct, centralized part of the shadow. Because the earth, sun and moon don’t form a direct line during a partial eclipse, we’re often still able to see the moon in the sky during one of these events.

The total eclipse is what we see when the earth’s shadow completely blocks the moon, and it goes fully dark for a period of time. Many times, the moon appears to be a reddish or bloodlike color as the event takes place.

This is what many people think of when they hear the words “lunar eclipse,” and it has been a harbinger of major events in many cultures for a long time. Let’s look at some of the myths, legends and magic that surround the phenomenon of the lunar eclipse.

Christopher Columbus knew that a lunar eclipse was coming in February 1504, thanks to his handy-dandy almanac. He used this knowledge as a way to scare Jamaican natives into offering food and shelter to his men, telling their chieftain that God was angry that the natives wouldn’t help him. He said that God would turn the moon blood red, and then make it go away completely, as a way of expressing his displeasure. Sure enough, the moon disappeared, and there was a great deal of terror among the locals. Right as the eclipse was about to end, Columbus said that God was going to forgive the natives as long as they kept the sailors fed. The moon reappeared, and Columbus and his men ate well until the next Spanish ship arrived.

A tribe in Benin, Africa, sees the lunar eclipse as a period of battle between the sun and the moon, and chants and dances are done to encourage reconciliation in the sky. They use this time as a way of resolving quarrels amongst themselves, much as the sun and moon resolve their feud at the end of the eclipse.

In the Norse eddas, a monster named Managarmr, the Moon Hound, swallows up the moon and stains the skies with blood during Ragnarok. According to the Gylfaginning, Managarmr is also known as Hati Hróðvitnisson, and is the son of Fenrir, the grey wolf, and a giantess.

Some practitioners see the eclipse period – which is generally pretty short – as being the equivalent of an entire lunar cycle packed into one brief event. After all, the moon has the appearance of waxing, waning and reappearing during an eclipse.

In some modern magical traditions, a lunar eclipse is considered a sort of metaphysical bonus round – in other words, any spellwork you do during this period is amplified and has a bit of extra power behind it.

Lately, a few people seem to have latched onto the idea that it’s just plain dangerous to perform magic during a lunar eclipse, especially if you’re a “newbie Pagan.

” There is absolutely no logical basis for this theory. If you’re worried enough about the state of your psyche that you believe it could be somehow damaged by doing magic during an eclipse, then you need to either (a) not do magic at all, or (b) learn how to groundcenter and shield so you won’t self-sabotage any workings you do.

So, what kind of workings should you focus on during an eclipse? Well, remember, an eclipse only takes place during the full moon phase of the lunar cycle, so this is a good time to do rituals focused on personal growth and spiritual development. Some examples could include, but are not limited to:

Spells related to increasing your intuitive awareness and psychic ability

Healing magic or rituals

Rituals that connect you closely with deity, such as Drawing Down the Moon

Any working related to developing your magical skills

Rituals that honor lunar gods and goddesses – now is a really good time to make an offering to them!

Finally, remember that even if an eclipse is taking place where you can’t see it – it’s raining, there’s a cloud cover, or you’re just stuck inside for some reason – you can still take advantage of its power and energy. It’s out there and it’s happening, so make the most of it and use it to your own benefit.


Silliness – Battle Hymn of Term Finals – from Pastor Tim’s CleanLaugh List

      Mine eyes have seen the horror of the ending of the term
      It has poisoned all my spirits like an apple with a worm
      It’s infected all my freedom like an ugly cancer germ
      The truth shall soon be known.
      Chorus: Failure, failure, degradation, failure, and humiliation,
              Failure, failure, academia, the truth shall soon be known.

      I have listened to the teachers, but the homework leaves me cold
      I have never done assignments although many times been told
      I have even missed my classes when I was feeling bold
      The truth shall soon be known
      Chorus: Failure, failure, degradation, failure, and humiliation,
              Failure, failure, academia, the truth shall soon be known.

      They are adding all my points up and I haven’t earned but few
      In fact, I haven’t even gotten more than one or two
      Oh, if I could only find an answer anything to do
      The truth shall soon be known.
      Chorus: Failure, failure, degradation, failure, and humiliation,
              Failure, failure, academia, the truth shall soon be known.

      On the lines of every gradebook there is solemn news for me
      The worst is yet to come when Financial Aid ignores my plea
      So I guess the only answer is to drop my books and flee
      The truth shall soon be known.
      Chorus: Failure, failure, degradation, failure, and humiliation,
              Failure, failure, academia, the truth shall soon be known.

      Well, the end has finally come and I have failed to pass a class
      Though the fun and laughter, goofing off was really quite a gas
      But I won’t be in the numbers of the capped and gowned mass
      The truth was finally shown.
      Chorus: Failure, failure, degradation, failure, and humiliation,
              Failure, failure, academia, the truth was finally known.

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