Minus Tide at 6:32 AM of -1.5 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by girlinwaterphotography .
It’s drippy, but that should taper off during the day. 52F, wind at 2-8mph and gusting, AQI 7-28, UV8. Chance of rain 17% today and 13% tonight. Today, some dampness. Wednesday dry. Thursday wet again, and from then on partly cloudy.
Yesterday I just fell apart and slept all day. The fellow that missed one of his bags as he left came in, picked it up and spent another $20. We only had two other sets of folks in, according to Tempus. Right at the end of the day he ordered some supper for us from China Restaurant. We got our stuff together (mostly plant pots and plants) and headed home. We ate and slept, and that was a whole day.
It’s still raining, but just a bit, not the heavy stuff that soaked my hoodie while I was collecting the plant pots. The sky was bright from the Moon behind the clouds and the river ripply and dimpled from raindrops. Tempus headed out at about 2:15. I have this and some more writing to do before I splat for awhile.
Today we’ll sleep in, after straightening some things at home. It’s kindof a mess. If it’s not too wet, I have plants to repot. Tempus has dishes to do and that’s about all we’ll manage. I have to be back at the shop at 6pm for a trial run on a class for this weekend and then from 7-9 for an A&S meeting on making mead. Tempus has laundry to finish up.
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
Today is both Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Geek Pride Day, which is in honor of the first of the Star Wars movies, premiering on May 25, 1977. My Daddy and I were in the long line outside of the theater for that….
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!
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 5/26 at 4:14am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 5/27 at 4:14pm.
Full Moon tonight (exact at 7:14 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning the 26th), with a barely total eclipse of the Moon for the Pacific Ocean and its adjacent lands. At least some of the eclipse will be visible from western North America just before and/or during dawn Wednesday morning the 26th. For Australia and eastern Asia, at least some of the eclipse will be visible during and/or after dusk on the evening of the 26th local date. The best place to be is in between in Hawai`i, where the eclipsed Moon will hang high in the middle of the night! Mid-eclipse is at 11:19 UT May 26th. As for the background scenery? The Moon is among the rather dramatic stars of upper Scorpius. Find out the eclipse situation where you live, and get ready, with Dawn Delight: Catch the Total Lunar Eclipse on May 26th with maps and illustrations. A live feed of the eclipse from Gianluca Masi begins at 10:00 UT May 26 (6:00 a.m. EDT, 3:00 a.m. PDT).
And by the way, this full Moon is a “supermoon,” meaning the Moon is near perigee and very slightly closer than average. In fact this is the largest supermoon of 2021 (by a tiny trace). The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth to our planet, at 9:50 P.M. EDT tonight. At that time, it will sit a mere 222,023 miles (357,311 kilometers) away.
Saturn’s moon Iapetus reaches greatest eastern elongation today. You can find it 8.3′ east of Saturn, which sits 40′ from Theta Capricorni this morning. The ringed planet glows a bit fainter than 1st magnitude and is easily visible to the naked eye; to spot its moons, however, you’ll want a small telescope. Iapetus is currently around magnitude 12; if that’s too challenging, 10th-magnitude Tethys, Rhea, and Dione lie closer to the rings, while magnitude 8.4 Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, sits a bit less than 2′ west-southwest of the planet.
Nearby in Aquarius, Jupiter’s moons are also putting on a show. Around 4:30 A.M. EDT, Io’s shadow slips onto the eastern edge of Jupiter’s disk. The moon itself sits farther east, while Ganymede is roughly equidistant to the planet’s west. Io follows its shadow onto the planet around 5:50 A.M. EDT — after sunrise on the U.S. East Coast, but within twilight for the rest of the country. Follow Io’s trek as long as you can, taking care to stop observing before sunrise by setting an alarm to go off at least several minutes before the Sun is scheduled to peek above the horizon.
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. 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”..
NIGHT SKY FOR May 2021 – 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
Pluto (10/6) Saturn Retrograde (10/10)
Color – Scarlet
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Tu 25 Low 6:32 AM -1.5 5:39 AM Set 5:11 AM 95
~ 25 High 12:52 PM 6.7 8:48 PM Rise 8:16 PM
~ 25 Low 6:20 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I understand the meaning of clarity. I know that clarity comes from the divine.
Journal Prompt – Persuasive – Think of something you value highly, that you wish your parents valued, too. Write a letter that will persuade them of its value.
~ So little done, so much to do. – Cecil Rhodes (sounds like me!)
~ Far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live another’s perfectly. – Bhagavad Gita
~ Make sure you don’t end up the richest person in the cemetery. You can’t do business from there. – Colonel Harlan Sanders (1890-1980), Founder, Kentucky Fried Chicken
~ He that leaves nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things. – George Saville, 1st Marquess of Halifax
The hawthorn’s later orgiastic use … corresponds with the cult of the Goddess Flora, and.. accounts for the English medieval habit of riding out on May Morning to pluck flowering hawthorn boughs and dance around the maypole. Hawthorn blossom has, for many men, a strong scent of female sexuality; which is why the Turks use a flowering branch as an erotic symbol. – Robert Graves (1895 – 1985), The White Goddess, p. 176
Litha Magick –
People thought that midsummer was a time of magic and wonder-working. Evil spirits were said to appear, and people gathered herbs and flowers to protect themselves.
Midsummer is the magical time when the days are longest and the nights are shortest. This was when ancient peoples gathered to celebrate the sun and its life-giving power
On Litha, tie a bunch of fennel with red ribbons and hang over the door for long life and protection of the home.
Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry. Use them to cook summer veggies.
Today, light a white candle and place it in front of a mirror. Say a prayer and let it burn out.
One of the most powerful was the plant known as ‘chase-devil’, which we now call St John’s Wort. People used it in potions, and wove the flowers into garlands to decorate their houses or protect their farm animals.
Litha The Simple Facts
- Midsummer: Summer Solstice, Alban Hefin (Caledonii)
- A fire lit and kept alight until midnight brings good luck to the house and its occupants. Dreams will be more lucid on this night so adopt some of the psychic dream routines from Marmy’s Bedroom page.
- A time to perform rituals for personal power and protection, to celebrate the Sun Lord’s power.
- The longest day of the year and the Sun God at his strongest. The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy just as the Earth is ready for harvesting. It also marks the waning of the year as each day becomes shorter, heralding the onset of Autumn and then Winter.
- The Summer Solstice, the longest day, is a time of triumph for the light.
- In many Wiccan celebrations, this is when the Oak King, who represents the waxing year, is triumphed over by the Holly King, who represents the waning year. The two are one: the Oak King is the growing youth while the Holly King is the mature man.
- Healings and love magick are especially suitable at this time.
- Midsummer Night’s Eve is supposed to be a good time to commune with field and forest sprites and faeries.
Litha (pronounced “LITH-ah”) is one of the Lesser Wiccan Sabbats and is usually celebrated on June 21st, but varies somewhat from the 20th to the 23rd, dependant upon the Earth’s rotation around the Sun (check the calendar). According to the old folklore calendar, Summer begins on Beltane (May 1st) and ends on Lughnassadh (August 1st), with the Summer Solstice midway between the two, marking MID-Summer. This makes more logical sense than suggesting that Summer begins on the day when the Sun’s power begins to wane and the days grow shorter… (Images to the left and below are by Anthony Meadows and from Llewellyn’s 1998 and 1999 Witches’ Calendars. Click on either image to go directly to Llewellyn’s Web Site.)
The most common other names for this holiday are the Summer Solstice or Midsummer, and it celebrates the arrival of Summer, when the hours of daylight are longest. The Sun is now at the highest point before beginning its slide into darkness. Other names for this time in the Wheel of the Year include Alban Heruin, (Caledonii or the Druids), Alban Hefin (Anglo-Saxon Tradition), Sun Blessing, Gathering Day (Welsh), Whit Sunday, Whitsuntide, Vestalia (Ancient Roman), the Feast of Epona (Ancient Gaulish), All-Couple’s Day (Greek), and St. John’s Day. Scottish Pecti-Witans celebrate Feill-Sheathain on July 5th. In the Italian tradition of Aridian Strega, this Sabbat (Strega Witches call them Treguendas rather than Sabbats) is known as Summer Fest – La Festa dell’Estate. Scandinavians celebrate this holiday at a later date and call it Thing-Tide. In England, June 21st is “The Day of Cerridwen and Her Cauldron”. And in Ireland, this day is dedicated to the faery goddess Aine of Knockaine. And finally, in Northern Europe – June 21st is “The Day of the Green Man”.
The Litha Sabbat is a time to celebrate both work and leisure, it is a time for children and childlike play. It is a time to celebrate the ending of the waxing year and the beginning of the waning year, in preparation for the harvest to come. Midsummer is a time to absorb the Sun’s warming rays and it is another fertility Sabbat, not only for humans, but also for crops and animals. Wiccans consider the Goddess to be heavy with pregnancy from the mating at Beltane – honor is given to Her. The Sun God is celebrated as the Sun is at its peak in the sky and we celebrate His approaching fatherhood – honor is also given to Him. The faeries abound at this time and it is customary to leave offerings – such as food or herbs – for them in the evening.
Symbols to represent the Litha Sabbat are such things as fire, the Sun, blades, mistletoe, oak trees, balefires, Sun wheels and faeries. Altar decorations might include Summertime flowers – especially sunflowers – love amulets, seashells, aromatic potpourri and Summer fruits. If you made Sun wheels at Imbolc, you should now display them prominently. Hang them from the ceiling or place them on trees in your yard. You may also want to decorate them with yellow and gold ribbons and Summer herbs.
Deities associated with Litha include all Father Gods and Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Goddesses and Sun Deities. Particular emphasis might be placed on the Goddesses Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus and other Goddesses who preside over love, passion and beauty. Other Litha deities include Athena, Artemis, Dana, Kali, Isis, Juno, Apollo, Dagda, Gwydion, Helios, Llew, Oak/Holly King, Lugh, Ra, Sol, Zeus, Prometheus, Ares, and Thor.
The cycle of fertility has been expressed in many god-forms. One pair of these – which has persisted from early Pagan times to modern folklore – is that of the Oak King and the Holly King, Gods respectively of the Waxing Year and the Waning Year. The Oak King rules from Midwinter to Midsummer – the period of Fertility, Expansion and Growth; while the Holly King reigns from Midsummer to Midwinter – the period of Harvest, Withdrawal and Wisdom. They are the light and dark twins, each being the other’s alternate self, thus being one. Each represents a necessary phase in the natural rhythm, therefore both are good. At the two changeover points, they symbolically meet in combat. The incoming twin – the Oak King at Midwinter, the Holly King at Midsummer – “slays” the outgoing one. But the defeated twin is not actually considered dead – he has merely withdrawn during the six months of his brother’s rule.
On Midsummer Night, field and forest elves, sprites, and fairies abound in great numbers – making this a great time to commune with them. Litha is considered one of the best times to perform magicks of all kinds, for it is considered a time of great magickal power. Especially effective magick and spells at this time include the performance of those for love, healing and prosperity. A wreath can be made for your door with yellow feathers for prosperity and red feathers for sexuality – intertwined and tied together with ivy. This is also a very good time to perform blessings and protection spells for your pets or other animals. You may want to choose to include your pet within your cast Circle at this Sabbat celebration, and even present him or her with a special gift (such as a tiny pentacle to attach to his or her collar). I have done this and found it very rewarding and heartwarming.
Nurturing and love are key actions related to Midsummer. If you haven’t yet done so, Litha is a good time to perform your Self-Dedication Ceremony… or – if you have been practicing Wicca for a while – you may choose to perform a simple Re-dedication/Affirmation as a part of your Sabbat celebration. Ritual actions for Litha might include placing a flower-ringed cauldron upon your altar, plunging of the sword (or athame) into the cauldron, balefire leaping (outdoors) and the gathering and drying of herbs. Herbs can be dried over the ritual fire if you’re celebrating outdoors. Leap the bonfire for purification and renewed energy. Ritually, use mirrors to capture the light of the Sun or the flames of the fire. Some things that are considered taboo on this holiday are giving away fire, sleeping away from home, and neglecting animals.
Colors associated with the Summer Solstice include white, red, maize yellow or golden yellow, green, blue and tan. Altar candles could be either a combination of blue, green, and yellow — or red and gold. Stones to use during Litha include all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade. Other appropriate gemstones are tiger’s eye, lapus lazuli and diamonds. Animals associated with this Sabbat include robins, wrens, all Summer birds, horses and cattle. Mythical creatures include satyrs, faeries, firebirds, dragons, thunderbirds and manticores.
Plants associated with Midsummer are oak, mistletoe, frankincense, lemon, sandalwood, heliotrope, copal, saffron, galangal, laurel and ylang-ylang. Herbs associated with this Sabbat are chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, larkspur, lavender, male fern, mugwort, pine, roses, Saint John’s wort, wild thyme, wisteria and verbena. Traditionally, herbs gathered on this day are extremely powerful. Incense for the Litha Sabbat Ritual might be a combination of any of the following or simply one of them by itself… frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, lemon, pine, jasmine, rose, lotus, or wysteria.
Traditional Pagan foods for Litha include fresh vegetables of all kinds and fresh fruits such as lemons and oranges. Other standard fare may be pumpernickel bread as well as Summer squash and any yellow or orange colored foods. Flaming foods are also appropriate. Traditional drinks are ale, mead, and fresh fruit juice of any kind.
May the Lord and Lady bless you all with lots of love, prosperity, health, and well-being!
If you need any help with anything Wiccan, Witchy or Pagan. need a potion or spell help E-Mail me, or add me to your MSN Messanger with email@example.com