The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Mostly cloudy. 51F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI 16-35, UV8. Chance of rain 5% today and 4% tonight. Pollen is high (grass) It should stay dry through Friday with an increasing (still small) chance of showers each night and highs around 60. Saturday and Sunday there’s a small chance of showers and then the forecast turns dry again. There are three fire spots, all along the I-5 corridor.
Yesterday seemed to go by so quickly that it almost didn’t happen…. I was up at 11:30 getting my class stuff ready. Tempus got us coffeed and fed and I went to where my class was going to be held at 12:45. He got us open and I chatted with one of the culinary guild members, who then turned out to be my only student. The class went well despite that, but I also made the depressing discovery that some of my marzipan doughs have molded. Eeuch….
After class I worked on crystal headers and Tempus got the one basketful hung and then I got a nap. After I got back up we had a couple in who stayed and talked for an hour and then Amor called, so it was 8pm by the time we closed and headed home. We got supper and went to bed. I was up again by midnight and got that soup put together, and then we plugged it in at the shop, since there’s more room here at the moment
I’ve been writing since we got here around 1:30. Tempus headed out late again, and he’s going to be later because we have an order to be picked up at Walmart, some of the curtain rods and such. We’ll be open at 1pm and I’m going to be online for the House Capuchin Virtual Project Day from 1-5. although I probably won’t be at the computer for the whole time. I’m hoping to get the pouch done for that gift exchange project, so I can mail it this week.
Today’s feast is Frigg’s day, according to Nigel Pennick. Frigg is a goddess associated with married women. She was called up by women to assist in giving birth to children. She is also wise enough to sit in Odin’s (her husband’s) seat to keep an eye on the world. Orion’s Belt was called Frigg’s distaff by the Norse. The picture is of her spinning clouds! There’s an article with a lot of the stories here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigg and another with a lot of the similarities between Frigg and Freya here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigg_and_Freyja_origin_hypothesis
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
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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 5/10 at 3:53am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/2 at 12:24am.
High in the sky this morning is the constellation Lyra, anchored by the blazingly bright star Vega. Lyra contains several deep-sky objects, including M56, a magnitude 8.3 globular cluster near the constellation’s border with neighboring Cygnus. In fact, it’s easiest to use magnitude 3 Albireo — the Swan’s head — to navigate to M56, which lies just under 4° to the star’s northwest. M56 is not a particularly bright globular cluster, thanks to its lack of a dense, bright core. Through binoculars or even a telescope, it may look fuzzier than most, with stars a bit harder to resolve. Although globular clusters often host variable stars, M56 seems to lack them, with only about a dozen identified within it.
If you’re ready for a slightly bigger challenge — with a great payoff — let’s search next for the famous Ring Nebula, M57. Located on a line between Gamma (γ) and Beta (β) Lyrae, the Ring is a magnitude 8.8 planetary nebula formed by a Sun-like star in the late stages of its life. As the star blows away layers of its outer atmosphere, that gas is illuminated by the star’s light. Over time, however, that stellar remnant will slowly cool off and fade, ultimately causing the Ring to disappear from view.
The Moon passes 4° south of magnitude Saturn at 9 P.M. EDT. However, the pair won’t rise until early tomorrow morning, so check tomorrow’s entry for details on the view. The early dawns and bright early mornings of the warm-weather season are a gorgeous time to enjoy the outdoors uncrowded. Habitual slugabeds don’t know what they’re missing. If you’re one of those adventurous few — or if you have a crack-of-dawn commute — in early dawn Monday and Tuesday you will find the waning crescent Moon hanging below Saturn on Monday and below Jupiter on Tuesday.
Late spring is when Leo starts walking downward toward the west, on his way to departing into the sunset in early summer. Right after dark, spot the brightest star toward the west-southwest. That’s Regulus, his forefoot.
Nova Cassiopeiae, continued: It’s been 10 weeks since Nova Cas 2021 (V1405 Cas) erupted to shine at about magnitude 7.7. Surprisingly, it has stayed about that bright ever since — except for swelling to about 5.3, faint naked-eye visibility, for a week in early-mid May. As of May 28th it was holding at about 7.6. The nova is low-ish in the north-northeast after dark, depending on your latitude. It climbs higher through the night and is very high before dawn. Charts and comparison stars
Uranus remains out of sight in the glow of dawn.
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
Mercury (6/22), Pluto (10/6), Saturn Retrograde (10/10)
Color – Amber
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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 30 High 3:28 AM 8.1 5:36 AM Rise 12:49 AM 84
~ 30 Low 10:39 AM -1.5 8:52 PM Set 9:49 AM
~ 30 High 5:27 PM 6.5
~ 30 Low 10:47 PM 3.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you find a dream inside your heart don’t ever let it go…. For dreams are the tiny seeds from which tomorrows grow.
Journal Prompt – Why is it…? – Why do people drive on parkways and park on driveways?
~ The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love
~ You will stay young as long as you learn, form new habits and don’t mind being contradicted. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ I am sure of nothing so little as my own intentions. – Lord Byron
~ The place to begin taking charge of your life is “know thyself. – Kerr Cuhulain
Litha Magick – Prayers
Let us begin. Let us sing.
Singing of the small corn.
Singing of the large corn.
Singing as the evening falls.
Singing as the light dawns.
The light dawns and finds us singing,
singing as the corn waves tassels at us.
The dark falls and finds us singing,
singing while the squash waves leaves us.
The earth rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The sky rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The rain comes. The rain comes. – ~Pima Rain-Making Song
The Prayer of Midsummer
Sun-stone’s kiss, midsummer pleasure,
Welcome all and some.
At the hele-stone sing and gather,
Ever blessed one. – Caitlin Matthews, “Midsummer Blessing”
Silliness – Punny Thought – Ubiquitous—now there’s a word you see everywhere…….