Last Minus Tide of the cycle at12:58 PM of -0.4 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Anja. House Capuchin Project Day 1-4pm.
[posting at 8pm] The sun’s been coming and going all day. Right now, it’s quite overcast, but bright. There actually was an UV alert, earlier! 52F, wind at 0-12mph and gusting, AQI 5-38, UV5. Chance of rain 8% today and 13% tonight. Forecast – Today(57/48) Cloudy. Tomorrow-Wed(59/45) Partly cloudy, Thu(59/49) Showers starting around lunchtime, possible 1/3 in, Fri-Mon(56/47) small chance of showers all 4 days, total accum. 1/3 inch. 6 firespots.
Friday night was odd. Tempus pecked at things trying to get all of the fridge stuff put away. I just collapsed after we closed and I crawled back into the nap bed. I have no idea if he ever turned in, but he tends to nap on the sofa, anyway. I woke just before he headed out on the paper route, and puttered for awhile, then curled up with my tablet. At about quarter to two, the astral chime went off and it was *loud*! I sat up, having been kinda dozy. I couldn’t think who it might be, didn’t seem to have the usual feeling of knowing who it was, or why. I finally dozed back off around 3 or 3:30 and slept through until noon, not even waking when Tempus crawled in. He said that was around 9. I have *no* idea how he can get by on so little sleep!
So, I read my book on the tablet until he started to stir and then we got up and got the shop open. After doing messages and mail I wrote for awhile, catching up on my on the various blogs I write. Tempus putzed with some more clean-up and sorting out the computers after the power outage in the morning. Yeah, apparently the BPA buggered the entire county’s hook-up to electricity! It took them under an hour to fix, but that was a surprise. A lot of commentary later about how puzzled folks were and how few realized how wide-spread the outage was until later.
No one was in for Sewing, but I got a phone call from Mary Cedarwolf’s brother. I wondered why it had been so long since I heard from her. Yeah, that was the astral chime I heard. She Crossed from cervical cancer. ….another… I know it’s the age bracket that I’m in, but I’m losing people right and left…. She was supposed to teach at OCPPG this year, again. I’ve known her for a couple of decades, and she’s going to leave a hole.
I’ll write some more this evening, I think, but I have a counseling appointment coming in in just a bit, so I need to hurry on this. …and didn’t quite make it in time. It’s almost 7:30, now. Tempus is making us some supper and then we’ll turn in.
Today we’ll be open at 1pm. It’s our “different day” and we may actually have some folks here for that.
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and for general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb
Today’s feast is in honor of the Gay Rights Activist, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978. He was the first openly gay politician in California. More on his life and work here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk and on the bill that passed to make this day official.
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 11:43am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 5/25 at 4:30pm.
As spring moves into its final month Leo the Lion walks downward in the southwest, on his way to departing into the sunset in early summer. Right after dark, spot the brightest star fairly high in the west-southwest. That’s Regulus, Leo’s forefoot. The Sickle of Leo extends upper right from there; the rest of the Lion extends farther upper left from the Sickle.
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 11:43 p.m. PDT, last night). The Moon rises around 2 a.m. tonight in dim Aquarius, with Saturn now glowing about a fist and a half to its upper right. By Monday’s early dawn the Moon and Saturn are higher in the southeast, forming a big triangle with Fomalhaut very low below them. The Moon passes 4° south of Saturn at 1 A.M. EDT. An hour before sunrise, while the sky is still dark, our satellite sits just over 5° directly below (southeast of) the ringed planet in the southeastern sky. Although the moonlight will largely wash out Saturn nearby, it’s still worth trying to catch a glimpse of the planet’s stunning ring system through a telescope. Far to the Moon’s left by then are bright Jupiter and little Mars.
Next, turn your gaze toward the Moon. The large, circular Mare Imbrium stands out in the lunar northwest, its southeastern rim marked by the rugged Apennine Mountains, named for the terrestrial mountain range in Italy. Just to the south is the bright crater Copernicus, which spans some 58 miles (93 kilometers). This lunar pockmark is extremely young, likely less than a billion years old, with several bright rays of ejecta — material thrown up and away by the impact — around it.
Venus (magnitude –4.0) rises soon after the beginning of dawn. Look for it just left of due east. It’s roughly two fists at arm’s length lower left of Jupiter. Venus will continue to rise near the beginning of dawn from now all the way through August.
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 – Amber
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – 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 22 Low 12:18 AM 3.1 5:42 AM Rise 2:31 AM 61
~ 22 High 5:51 AM 6.8 8:45 PM Set 12:34 PM
~ 22 Low 12:58 PM -0.4
~ 22 High 7:51 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If it comes; let it. If it goes; let it.
Journal Prompt – Who is? – Who or what has had a strong influence in your life?
~ A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President (2)
~ Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. – W. Churchill
~ I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech in Detroit, ’63
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 – Top Summer Games and Activities for Kids
Summertime fun comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether at home or at the beach, try these games and activities to make a summer day special.
Looking for some fun summer day activities for your kids? Well look no further!
Beach Obstacle Course – All you need is a stick and a shovel to make a fun beach activity for your child. Read the instructions for the Beach Obstacle Course.
Water Fight – A water fight is a safe and fun group activity for kids – and it’s refreshing on a hot day! Read the instructions for the Water Fight.
Bubble Contest – Nothing to do on a summer afternoon? Organize a bubble blowing contest! Mix up some bubble solution, assemble some tools for blowing, and you’re set. Read the instructions for the Bubble Contest.
Stupendous Sand Castles – There is no wrong way to build a sandcastle. However, if you want to build a truly memorable sand structure, there are a few tricks of the trade that are worth knowing. Read the instructions for Stupendous Sand Castles.
Fun with Sand – Legend says that if you bring home sand from a beach, you’ll visit that beach again. Whether that’s true, collecting sand is a fun way to remember your visits to the beach and to see how sand differs from beach to beach. Read the instructions for Fun with Sand.
First Water Slide – Here’s an inexpensive and low-tech way to bring the thrills of a water slide to your own backyard. Read the instructions for First Water Slide.
Water Swing – You’d have to go all the way to an amusement park to find a ride as wet and wild as this one, but you can make this one at home! Read the instructions for Water Swing.
Synchronized Swimming – Synchronized swimming is a fun and difficult water sport that requires the execution of a routine to music. The goal of the performance is to interpret the music with technical skill, style, grace and precision.
Sardines – This game, a variation of “hide and seek,” is best played outdoors. It can be played with two or more players. Read the instructions for Sardines.
More Summer Games and Activities – For even more summer fun, explore the FamilyEducation Activities Center!
Silliness – A mathematician walks into a bar accompanied by a dog and a cow. The bartender says, “Hey, no animals are allowed in here!”
The mathematician replies, “These are very special animals.”
“They’re knot theorists.”
The bartender raises his eyebrows and says, “I’ve met a number of knot theorists who I thought were animals, but never an animal that was a knot theorist.”
“Well, I’ll prove it to you. Ask them them anything you like.”
So the bartender asks the dog, “Name a knot invariant.” “Arf! Arf!” barks the dog.
The bartender scowls and turns to the cow asking, “Name a topological invariant.” “Mu! Mu!” says the cow.
At this point the bartender turns to the mathematican and says, “Very funny.” With that, he throws the three out of the bar.
Outside, sitting on the curb, the dog turns to the mathematican and asks, “Do you think I should have said the Jones polynomial instead?”