The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s overcast in town, but clear just east. You can see your breath outside! 46F, wind at mph and gusting, AQI 8-46, UV8. Chance of rain 71% today and 40% tonight. There’s a pretty good chance of showers from mid-afternoon into the evening, but after that clears up with any luck we’ll have dry weather through Thursday. Friday, Saturday and Monday look showery again. The Joseph Canyon fire is up to 3700 acres and there are a couple of fire spots just south and east of it. It also has a large smoke plume east and north of it.That doesn’t look good. The Mehl Fire (that’s in the Coast Range) hasn’t changed in several days. The Dalles fire is looking about the same, but a bit east the 0281 RN is up to 500 acres and there’s a firespot just south of it, too. The rest of the firespots are gone.
Yesterday was very busy. We had a lot of customers and we finally got part of the new seashells display set up. I still have to cut out the basket tags and get them placed, but that’s only a couple of minutes.
I spent awhile sorting out the collection of state quarters that we’re accumulating and then we put them back in storage. Tempus had a collection of special money from his folks’ (and his) lawn mower shop, but that got stolen a number of years ago, so I’ve been collecting the state quarters and some of the special dollar coins for several years for him.
Finally, very late in the afternoon Tempus got started in back. He’d been helping me clean up a little in the office space that I haven’t been able to do with my shoulder and back acting up. At least it looks a little better and I can do the stuff on the top of the piles.
We finally went home and I spent a little bit working on the plants, mostly weeding and giving snails flying lessons. I got the over-the-railing planters to the point where Tempus can get them into place and filled with dirt and then I’ll get them planted. It’s mostly going to be nasturtiums and beans, but I’m thinking that I might interplant with lettuce for some early greens. He had to run back to the shop because we forgot that it was rent day and we needed the checkbook, but that’s done, now.
Today we have the House Capuchin stuff during the day and Tempus is going to be doing most of that since I have to get the marzipan done and ready to ship. Some of the batches went moldy on me! Argh! I have the stuff to replace them, thankfully. We’ll have the shop open at 1pm, as usual.
I’m hoping to go home right at closing, so I can get those planters done and other things watered.
Today is the festival of the Thracian Goddess Bendis, who was a goddess of the moon and had Bacchic-style revels as her worship. She was associated with Artemis by the Greeks. More here: http://www.theoi.com/Thrakios/Bendis.html and the Wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bendis
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/8 at 3:53pm.
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 — take note: Jupiter and Saturn in early dawn now form a right triangle with Fomalhaut, the out-of-season Autumn Star, way down below. Jupiter is the right angle.
Nova Cassiopeiae, continued: It’s been 11 weeks since Nova Cas 2021 erupted to magnitude 7.7. Surprisingly, it has stayed about that bright ever since — except for swelling to 5.3, faint naked-eye visibility, for a week in early-mid May. As of June 4th it was about 7.1. 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.
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 – 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 6 Low 5:14 AM 0.5 5:32 AM Rise 3:45 AM 18
~ 6 High 11:20 AM 5.4 8:58 PM Set 5:32 PM
~ 6 Low 4:48 PM 2.1
~ 6 High 10:54 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forget shortcuts, work for it.
Journal Prompt – When? – When have you had a conflict with another student or co-worker? What happened? Write a narrative in which you explain the cause of the problem and how it was resolved.
~ Be sincere; be brief; be seated. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
~ I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
~ Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
~ I’ll not listen to reason… reason always means what someone else has got to say. – Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
A bird in the boughs sang “June,”
And “June” hummed a bee
In a bacchic glee
As he tumbled over and over
Drunk with the honey-dew. – –Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)
Litha Magick – Crafts – Ideas
Silliness – At the Kraft Singles Bar