The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Daniel Wollin.
It’s foggy. There was mist in the air in the morning and when the marine layer climbed over us and we started to cool off…. fog. 54F (after an unexpected high of 70F!), wind at 0-1mph and gusting, AQI 45-51, UV8. Chance of rain 11% today and 20% tonight. The whole 10-day is partly cloudy, highs in the upper 50’s except for Sat/Sun where there’s a small chance of showers. 5 fire spots, once just south of Florence. Sycan fire is 687 acres and 30% contained.
Yesterday it was pretty warmn already when we headed home and then I ended up wakeful far too early, because it was fricking *hot* in the bedroom! I went out to my recliner and drank and lot of water and ate grapes for awhile, before getting the oomph together to play with a little of the sewing.
Once Tempus was up (and he got too warm, as well!) we got coffee (after 1/2 a cup I asked for ice cubes….) and then did some prep on vegetables that were going to go bad if we didn’t. We were talking all during that and decided that the smartest use of time on a senior discount day at Freddie’s was to get moving and do a shopping run in someplace relatively cool.
We stopped at the PO and my cuphooks were there, then the shop to grab the coolers, since we were planning on frozen stuff and then headed out. I got to see the “pinkies” after all this year! The wild rhody’s are still in bloom in drifts on the roadside slopes.
We really did two shopping trips in one, starting with vegetables (a couple of cherry tomatoes, a blueberry, etc.), potting soil, a nice over-the-railing planter, and some seeds. Tempus got all of that to the car and I started in on a re-stock of canned goods, frozen vegetables and some sundries that Tempus never thinks of. By the time we got to the fresh vegetables I was about done in. I was actually having trouble keeping my bad knee from collapsing on me, but we got everything, including some fresh apricots! They should be fully ripe tomorrow, so compote for our breakfasts is going to happen.
We grabbed burgers at BK and headed for the shop. I crawled into the nap bed with my burger and spent a couple of hours asleep while Tempus (who fell asleep with *his* burger on the sofa!) got the frozen stuff put away and the canned goods separated from the fruit, etc. …and then headed out for the bulk route, while I started writing and catching up on messages. …and got so sleepy that I went in back for another nap!
Today we have a lot to do at home. The new plants need to get potted up and everything needs to be watered. I’m hoping the Tempus will get the boards, so we can get pots/buckets up off the pavement to save my back. I have a little cooking to do, mostly my carrots, but I want to make a couple of compotes for our breakfast. Tempus liked the strawberry, even if it wasn’t sweet enough, but he’s willing to add sugar. I’m thinking if I can find one of the Tupperware syrup dispensers I’m going to decant that one jar of maple syrup…. We also need to finish up with the curtains, figuring out what we got that was wrong and then re-ordering so Tempus can pick ’em up Friday morning, if not tomorrow night. …and we have food to put into the fridge and cupboards and all…. Busy!
Today we honor Bridget Bishop who in 1692 was the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Found guilty, she was hanged on June 10. She seems to have been a 60-year old resident of the town, not the village, to have owned a tavern and not be the nicest person around. Enough to get you hanged as a witch in those days…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridget_Bishop
Today’s plant is Red Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa. It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. – Venus, Water, Hel, Holda, The White Lady – Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand. Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here:http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm
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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.
A gigantic asterism you may not know about is the Great Diamond, some 50° tall and extending over five constellations. It now leans in the south to southwest after dusk. Start with Spica, its bottom. High above Spica is bright Arcturus. Almost as far upper right from Arcturus is fainter Cor Caroli, 3rd magnitude. The same distance down from there is Denebola, the 2nd-magnitude tailtip of Leo. And then back to Spica. Robert H. Baker may have been the first to name the Great Diamond, in his 1954 book When the Stars Come Out. The bottom three of these stars, the brightest, form a nearly perfect equilateral triangle. We can call this the “Spring Triangle” to parallel to those of summer and winter. The first to name it such was probably the late Sky & Telescope columnist George Lovi, writing in the March 1974 issue. But the name didn’t catch on at the time, so let’s try again. (Here’s to you, George!)
Can you see the big Coma Berenices star cluster? Does your light pollution really hide it, or do you just not know exactly where to look? It’s halfway from Cor Caroli to Denebola. The cluster’s brightest members form an inverted Y. The entire cluster is about 4° wide — a big, dim glow in a fairly dark sky, the size of a ping-pong ball at arm’s length. It nearly fills a binocular view.
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 3:24 A.M. EDT. At that time, our satellite is rising in the east and is roughly level with Neptune, currently 11.8° to its southeast. Of course, the solar system’s most distant planet is too faint to spot with the naked eye (magnitude 7.8) but lies within reach of binoculars. This morning, Neptune is less than 3′ southwest of a slightly brighter magnitude 7 field star in Aquarius. The pair will appear almost like a double star all month, although the dimmer planet will also feature a “flatter,” bluish disk that looks less starlike than its true stellar companion. If you have trouble spotting these targets so close to the horizon, give them an hour or so to climb a bit higher before trying again. (Alternatively, simply sleep in a bit later before getting up to view them!) The Moon will pass 4° south of Neptune at 9 P.M. EDT later today, when both are below the horizon. Mars also passes 5° south of Pollux in Gemini at 10 A.M. EDT this morning — again, both are not visible at the time.
Mercury and Venus are in conjunction on Friday evening May 28th, just 0.4° apart low in the afterglow of sunset. Venus should be easy to spot if the sky there is clear. But Mercury will be only 1/275 as bright, so bring binoculars or a telescope. In the following days Mercury fades even further and drops down below Venus. Bye-bye!
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 MAP FOR JUNE 2021: SEE THE STARS MOVE – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-see-stars-move
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 – Topaz
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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
W 2 Low 1:14 AM 2.7 5:34 AM Rise 2:24 AM 55
~ 2 High 6:39 AM 5.9 8:55 PM Set 1:20 PM
~ 2 Low 1:27 PM 0.3
~ 2 High 8:15 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Laughter is a direct route to the soul. It broadens your perspective, keeps you healthy and makes an unbearable situation easier to deal with.
Journal Prompt – What? – What kinds of activities when on at the kitchen table at home when you grew up (eating doesn’t count)?
~ Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. – Napoleon Hill
~ A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
~ No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. – Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer
~ … the cowboys on this front bench … – Paul Keating
Like trains of cars on tracks of plush
I hear the level bee:
A jar across the flowers goes,
Their velvet masonry
Withstands until the sweet assault
Their chivalry consumes,
While he, victorious, tilts away
To vanquish other blooms.
His feet are shod with gauze,
His helmet is of gold;
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid.
His labor is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee’s experience
Of clovers and of noon! – Emily Dickinson
Litha Magick – Crafts
Wedding Gift Basket – (For Litha) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/wedding.html
- Small basket
- Craft miniatures of birds and butterflies
- False flowers and fruits
- Any other natural wedding gift type items you can think of
- Simply place all items aesthetically inside the basket, perhaps using it as a decoration for inside your feather wreath if you made one.
- It is very tasteful to wind white flower garlands around the handle of the basket, and to perhaps even paint it yourself or, if you are talented in that area, to weave your own basket.
To use this in a ritual, every item to be placed in the basket must have some kind of symbolic meaning. You can solemnly put each item in and simultaneously make a wish for the union of the deities, and pray for Their happiness; also it can be used as a parallel for any relationships in your life that you wish to succeed.
During Midsummer the Goddess prepares to give birth, and the fields are ripe with the first harvests. These wreaths are woven with red and yellow feathers, symbolizing the birth of the crops and fertility, and also prosperity. They can be used as a magickal talisman upon the altar or in the home to bless it with fertility and prosperity.
- Yellow feathers (prosperity)
- Red Feathers (fertility, goddess)
- Pipe cleaners (yellow, red, or white)
- Scissors Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
Trim any excess fuzz or unwanted areas off of the feathers. Take three pipe cleaners and twist them together securely at the top. Start braiding the pipe cleaners, making sure you have a snug braid, and twisting on more pipe cleaners as needed if you run out of length, until you have the desired size of the wreath. Twist the ends of the wreath together securely, and poke the stems of the feathers in the braid of the wreath, alternating yellow and red feathers. If you wish you may secure a loop to the top of the wreath for hanging. You may need to secure the feathers a bit more with the hot glue.
Research for these crafts came from The Chronicles of Avalon, and Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways, by Edain McCoy.
By DarkFire Raven
These are a fun goodie to make to give away. You can do them up with a fragrant potpourri inside or fill them with “sun munchies” for your friends.
- 1 piece each of yellow, orange and red tulle or other lightweight material. (Tulle circles are available in the wedding section of craft stores)
- Gold glitter and glue
- Bright red yarn
- 1 each bright colored summer fabric flower
1 needle with an eye large enough for the yarn
- Dried rose petals
- Dried marigold and sunflower petals sprinkled with an essential oil that says “summer” to you
- “gorp” made from sunflower seeds, butterscotch hard candies, red M&M’s and “orange slices” or orange jelly beans or gummi bears
- Cut 3 circles of the tulle, 1 from each color: 9” yellow, 8” orange, 7” red
- Stack the circles on top of each other in order
- Thread the yarn onto the needle. Do not tie a knot in the yarn.
- Stitch through all 3 circles, taking large (1” long) stitches about 1 inch in from the edge of the smallest. IOW, you will be stitching around a 6’ diameter circle, catching all three layers.
- Pull yarn through, leaving about a 6” “tail”.
- Put dots of the glue on the parts of the tulle that show on the outside of the 6” stitched circle, then sprinkle with glitter.
- Let dry.
- Run the yarn through the base of the silk flower.
- Clip off yarn, leaving 6” tails at both ends.
- Repeat with however many circles you have.
- Put about 2 tablespoons of your filling in the center of each circle.
- Pull up yarn evenly around the filling, making a pocket and evening up the ends of the yarn.
- Slide the flower up the yarn to the gathered part, then wrap the yarn several times around the top of the packet and tie.
- Spread the tulle out on the top so the glittered parts show.
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