Minus Tide at10:58 AM of -1.4 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
[posting at 7pm] Rain gauge at noon on 5/19 – 0.1, Back and forth between rain and sun all day. “May changes moods just like a baby, we should call it “maybe”? 53F, wind at 1-8mph and gusting, AQI 12-52, UV6. Chance of rain 10% today % tonight. Forecast – Today/Tomorrow(56/43) We have some dry weather coming this week. Partly cloudy and it’s warming up a bit. Sun(58/47) Cloudy, Mon-Thu(60/48) partly to mostly cloudy, Fri/Sat(57/48) showers, up to 1/2 inch accumulation.
Wow… a whole weekend to write up!
Let’s see…. Monday evening we had some more leftovers. I had frumenty, but Tempus made a sandwich of the pork roast and I made one later. Delicious! Cooking it in beer was different, since it didn’t so much impart a flavor as a scent…. and then we turned in and slept. I was up before Tempus headed out on the paper route and puttered at some chores. ….really just puttered. I didn’t accomplish much.
Tempus got in late on Tuesday, but had a long time to sleep. I was up at noon, and the first things when I opened the blinds that I saw was a lovely, complete, sun halo with colors! Absolutely gorgeous! …and it persisted *all* *day*, even as the sun was dropping over the trees to the west. I have go process the pictures I took….
I started on a little model that I have of the Hooper Straight Lighthouse that’s now been reconstructed at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michal’s, MD. I bought it on my last trip there as we were getting Mom ready to move out here and I only just found it again and took it home this past week to work on. Eventually, I’m going to have my boat and lighthouse models mounted on brackets at home.
Once Tempus was up we had more leftovers, but I also ate a salad, fresh from the garden, and followed it up with some cheese cubes, since we had some swiss and gruyere that needed to be used up and an open mozzarella. I was hoping to pay attention to election results (we dropped off our ballots Sunday evening), but didn’t have any wifi signal…. actually didn’t have any until early Thursday morning!
Tempus waited to head out for the bulk route, knowing that election night papers are *always* late, and he had all kinds of “fun” once he did, since the papers didn’t come out until midnight and the subscriber route usually starts 2-2:30-ish. …and the rain didn’t help, nor did some officious person local to the paper office who had a cow that he was parked on the street and snoozing. He was trying to be out of the way as the out-of-town deliveries started.
Wednesday started with rain and cloud, but by mid-afternoon (Tempus was still asleep) it was dry enough to be outside and working in the garden. My bucket of crowfoot (a local creeping buttercup) is starting to bloom. I had intended that bucket for angelica, but this looks pretty nice, so I’m keeping it. I weeded and weeded. Bucket and container gardens don’t take as much as in-ground weeding, but having a neighbor who runs a trimmer on the lawn, thus throwing seeds and stuff into the buckets end up making for more than I’d usually expect.
I planted garlics and some vegetable ends, next, then some marigolds, a whole flat in a starter tray, and a few around the blueberry, then a few more sunflowers and nasturtiums, and eventually the few seeds of radish/carrot/lettuce for succession plantings. …and boy was I having fun with slugs and snails! By the time I was done over 100 had flying lessons, ending up out in the grass, the driveways, and one really good throw landed one on a neighbor’s roof! There was finally some sun, nearing sunset, and that was very pretty.
I spent the evening doing a little writing, then Tempus and I ate (yes, he was finally up…) and then we were back in bed by 8pm. I had managed to do more chores during the day, got a shopping list done, and got the shower curtain back up (having mislaid the new hooks for some time….), plus did some holes for more cup-hooks, but where did I put the big hooks, fergossakes?
Yesterday started with sun and cloud alternating, after some early drippage that came back just as we headed in to town. A neighbor stopped by with an offer of some lettuce seed that I had to refuse, since I have about 8 packets, myself, but I offered her some geranium starts and I’m going to want to track down another baby aloe….
Between that and collecting laundry we were definitely late at the shop. Thankfully, the customer waiting outside thought it was a hoot. 🙂 I got the Thursday morning newsletter out while watching the Starliner test launch. Tempus had headed out to do the laundry, after getting us coffee. He watched the launch on his phone.
We definitely were not busy. The first lady got some books and I had some “lookers” in, plus one fellow who was looking for plant pots. I had a lot of writing to do, so that’s what I put my time in, on. I’m still have some trouble getting around, and lifting. I did take a look around and a lot of the plants are very dry. ….Not good.
Today we should be open at 1pm. Today is definitely a “watering day”. I’m hoping to put some geraniums to take home to brighten up the garden, and maybe to set a few outside at the shop for the same purpose.
Flowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to Saint Osmund. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis (pictures are the American variety of this fern)
According to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.
Today’s feast is for Mjölnir, the god Thor’s marvelous hammer. The Prose Edda says that with it Thor:
… would be able to strike as firmly as he wanted, whatever his aim, and the hammer would never fail, and if he threw it at something, it would never miss and never fly so far from his hand that it would not find its way back, and when he wanted, it would be so small that it could be carried inside his tunic.
That’s awesome as a tool, let alone a weapon! Today was the day when ritual contests were held in the old Norse traditions, trial by combat, or bardic competitions. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir There’s a marvelous article about the Viking Raids into Europe and what caused them, here: http://freya.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/?page_id=483
Grudie Rosnoe – Traven (May) 20-30 – During these ten days, Volhvs (Magicians, Soothsayers, Sorcerors) bring sacrifices to Rod for rain and for good, productive harvests. (Volhv: a priest of Slavic Paganism; analogous to the scandinavian “Godhi” )
Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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 5/30 at 4:30am. 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 5/22 at 11:43asm. .
Spring is advancing, and Vega is now nicely up in the east-northeast after dark. Look for its faint little constellation Lyra, the Lyre, hanging down from it with its bottom canted to the right. Lyra’s leading stars form a little equilateral triangle with Vega as one corner, and a parallelogram dangling from the triangle’s bottom.
Look 14° (almost a fist and a half at arm’s length) upper left of Vega for Eltanin, the 2nd-magnitude nose of Draco the Dragon. Closer above and upper left of Eltanin are the three fainter stars forming the rest of Draco’s stick-figure head, also called the Lozenge. Draco always points his nose to Vega no matter how he’s oriented. He seems curious about it. Do dragons eat jewels? He has never made a move on it yet. The faintest star of Draco’s head, opposite Eltanin, is Nu Draconis. It’s a fine, equal-brightness double star for binoculars (separation 61 arcseconds, both magnitude 4.9). The pair is 99 light-years away. Both are hot, chemically peculiar type-Am stars somewhat larger, hotter, and more massive than the Sun.
Early risers can catch the Great Square of Pegasus leaping above the horizon in the few hours leading up to dawn. This large asterism is drawn from the stars Beta, Gamma, and Alpha Pegasi, as well as the “interloper” Alpha Andromedae. When connected, they are meant to represent the Winged Horse’s body, or at least the front half of it. His front legs stretch out and away from Scheat (Beta Pegasi), while his neck extends away from Markab (Alpha Pegasi) and ends at Enif (Epsilon Pegasi), his nose. Note that as the constellation rises in the east, it currently appears upside-down, with Pegasus’ neck on the bottom (closest to the horizon) and legs above it. Although the still-bright Moon is nearby, pull out binoculars or a telescope before dawn starts to break and see if you can locate M15, a globular cluster just off the tip of Pegasus’ nose. It’s located 4° northwest of Enif. This massive, old cluster of stars is the densest globular in the Milky Way. It shines at magnitude 6.2 and covers roughly 18′ on the sky — although in smaller instruments and with a brighter background sky, expect it to appear much smaller, perhaps some 7′ or so.
Venus and Jupiter, magnitudes –4.0 and –2.2 respectively, are the bright “Morning Stars” low in the east in early dawn. Venus is the lower one; Jupiter is increasingly far to Venus’s upper right. They’re separated by 13° on the morning of May 14th, widening to 20° by the 21st.
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.
Mercury (6/3), Pluto Retrograde (10/8)
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Color – Pink
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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
F 20 High 3:40 AM 8.1 5:44 AM Rise 1:17 AM 82
~ 20 Low 10:58 AM -1.4 8:43 PM Set 9:59 AM
~ 20 High 5:48 PM 6.4
~ 20 Low 11:01 PM 3.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be happy. It drives people crazy.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue. — proverb
~ If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. – George Bernard Shaw
~ Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden
~ Glorious are the woods in their latest gold and crimson, Yet our full-leaved willows are in the freshest green. Such a kindly autumn, so mercifully dealing With the growths of summer, I never yet have seen. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
~ The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become. – Goethe
May-Day, Ralph Waldo Emerson
DAUGHTER 1 of Heaven and Earth, coy Spring,
With sudden passion languishing,
Teaching barren moors to smile,
Painting pictures mile on mile,
Holds a cup with cowslip-wreaths,
To hear, when, ’mid our talk and games,
Without the baffled North-wind calls.
But soft! a sultry morning breaks; 4
The ground-pines wash their rusty green,
The maple-tops their crimson tint,
The kind Earth takes her children’s part, 5
The green lane is the school-boy’s friend,
Low leaves his quarrel apprehend,
The fresh ground loves his top and ball,
The air rings jocund to his call,
The brimming brook invites a leap,
He dives the hollow, climbs the steep. 6
The youth sees omens where he goes,
And speaks all languages the rose,
The wood-fly mocks with tiny voice
And, striving to be man, the worm
Mounts through all the spires of form. 7
The cagèd linnet in the Spring
Hearkens for the choral glee,
When his fellows on the wing
And bursts the hoops at hint of Spring: 8
And so, perchance, in Adam’s race,
Of Eden’s bower some dream-like trace
Survived the Flight and swam the Flood,
And wakes the wish in youngest blood
Blue Walden rolls its cannonade,
But for a lofty sign
Which the Zodiac threw,
That the bondage-days are told,
And waters free as winds shall flow. 9
To see the southing of the sun? 10
The world rolls round,—mistrust it not,—
Befalls again what once befell;
All things return, both sphere and mote,
And I shall hear my bluebird’s note,
And dream the dream of Auburn dell. 11
April cold with dropping rain
Willows and lilacs brings again,
The whistle of returning birds,
And trumpet-lowing of the herds.
Flows from the heart of Love, the Lord.
Hither rolls the storm of heat;
I feel its finer billows beat
Like a sea which me infolds; 12
Heat with viewless fingers moulds,
Adds to oak and oxen strength, 13
Transforming what it doth infold,
Life out of death, new out of old,
Painting fawns’ and leopards’ fells,
Seethes the gulf-encrimsoning shells,
And the love in its carol heard,
Frog and lizard in holiday coats,
And turtle brave in his golden spots;
While cheerful cries of crag and plain
Reply to the thunder of river and main. 14
That rims the running silver sheet,—
So pours the deluge of the heat
Broad northward o’er the land,
Painting artless paradises,
Drugging herbs with Syrian spices, 15
And fainting Nature at her need
Is made whole again. 16
‘T was the vintage-day of field and wood,
When magic wine for bards is brewed;
Every tree and stem and chink
Here weave your chamber weather-proof,
Forgive our harms, and condescend
To man, as to a lubber friend,
And, generous, teach his awkward race
Courage and probity and grace! 17
Hears pealing from the panther’s cave
And the impenetrable wild. 18
Soft on the South-wind sleeps the haze:
So on thy broad mystic van
Lie the opal-colored days,
Or who resent
Thy genius, wiles and blandishment?
There is no orator prevails
To beckon or persuade
Like thee the youth or maid: 19
Litha Magick – Recipes
Midsummer Oil – Put in soap or anoint candles http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
- 5 drops lavender
- 4 drops rosemary
- 4 drops rose
Add a piece of dried vervain, a small citrine, clear quartz crystal, and a sprinkle of gold glitter. So magical and beautiful!
Midsummer Incense – http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html
- 2 Parts Sandalwood
- 1 Part Camomile
- 1 Part Gardenia petals
- few drops Rose oil
- few drops Lavender oil
- few drops yarrow oil
Midsummer Incense Recipes by Scott Cunningham – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
Midsummer Incense #1:
- 2 parts Sandalwood
- 1 part Mugwort
- 1 part Chamomile
- 1 part Gardenia petals
- a few drops Rose oil
- a few drops Lavender oil
- a few drops Yarrow oil
Burn at Wiccan rituals at the Summer Solstice (circa June 21st) or at that time to attune with the seasons and the Sun.
Midsummer Incense #2:
- 3 parts Frankincense
- 2 parts Benzoin
- 1 part Dragon’s Blood
- 1 part Thyme
- 1 part Rosemary
- 1 pinch Vervain
- a few drops Red Wine
Another like the above.
(The above recipe for “Midsummer Incense” is quoted directly from Scott Cunningham’s book “The Complete Book of Incenses, Oils & Brews”, page 80, Llewellyn Publications, 1989/1992.)
Silliness – Nothing Makes Sense