It’s not raining, but it’s very dim and looks like it might any second. The lightning and thunder yesterday was fun, but I only saw one real flash. It grumbled off and on for a couple of hours, kinda like the sky had gas….
The sun’s going in and out, now. It will get blindingly bright outside, then go back to dim. It’s in the 50’s and supposed to stay there all day.
I’ve been watching chickadees again. There was one towhee yesterday that sat near the window eyeing my crackers. When he flew off I opened the window and balanced one between the tines of the rake. He came back in few minutes and had a lot of fun with it.
I ran across an interesting article yesterday on AlterNet. http://www.alternet.org/health/155547/why_we_have_ emotions_%28and_why_we_should_not_fight_them%29?pa ge=entire It’s from the standpoint of a therapist, but a friend trying to help and a person going through some toxic stuff could use taking a while to read this. It’s long and a little on the difficult side, but it has a good example to track from.
It got me thinking about toxic emotion, how emotion becomes toxic and how we deal with it in Self-Work. The term “unpacking” got my attention. Something made me think about how, as I was packing for Grandma’s move to Oregon I had a scary experience with a box.
We had some deep boxes, intended for dish packs, but that didn’t have the dividers in them. I was packing some clothing, folding it tidily. Ok, this is a box that came up to my waist and I was using every scrap of room, tucking sleeves down, folding even some hankies and scarves so that every little crevice would be full, pushing hard to get out air-space. I had it a little over ¾ full and I was leaned over shoving really hard when the rug I was on slipped out from under my feet. I fell and leaned over the way I was, partly dove into the box as it exploded. Clothes went all over and I was for a few moments drowning and floundering and smothering. I managed to extract the hanky that I was trying to inhale and clawed my way out of the mess, so I was fine, but for those moments I was terrified. The world had gone berserk. I had nothing under my feet, wasn’t sure which way was up and couldn’t breathe.
That sounds like a good analogy for when emotions gone toxic finally cut loose….
I spent a lot of yesterday writing. Tempus was at the shop doing paperwork because it was so quiet.
I finally took a shower and did my hair, then headed for the shop, harvesting calendula flowers on the way. I wonder why the woodruff didn’t really bloom this year?
Tempus got the books off the class table so that we could work and we did Lesson 5, which includes the Witch’s Pyramid meditation. Just two more classes to go! This group has been plagued by illness, work issues and a lot of other things and they’re still plugging away at it!
We left the shop at a little past 7:30 and I did manage to get some more time in on the Green Screen Portrait Page, although I was writing after that.
Over on Facebook another witch apologized for upsetting some people and I wrote the following:
“...and one good way that you can tell someone who *is* an advanced practitioner, someone who has been doing the self-work, is that they can tell when they've been human enough to apologise for! That's why we call this stuff a "practice". You get better. You might even get pretty darn good at it, but you have to keep on working. We all have our moments of becoming the Divine...and we all have moments when we are completely human and completely limited. Why else would be even put bodies on in the first place? ...and foot-in-mouth syndrome is both Divine and Human. We gotta laugh, 'coz this kind of thing is so very real, as real as it gets.
I spend a lot of time stepping on toes with other advanced types...as someone who teaches the really new ones, I know how easy it is to give them too, too much and have someone go off on a weird tangent. […and the “stepping on toes” is to shut people up….]
We had one girl who panicked another kid at Job Corps and brought down the wrath of the staff on my head because she took the basic divination information from the Wicca 101 class, bought a Tarot deck, and the first reading she did for someone else, (just about 4 hours later), she drew the Death card and the Blasted Tower and told the poor guy that his brother was dead in a plane crash. He panicked and went AWOL from the Center to get home .... Actually, the brother had just gone off to college 1000 miles from home and had a chrifu roommate to deal with.....
I end up spending a lot of time with the new ones putting out fires with a seltzer bottle.... Newer folks set a lot of fires.... Some are *awesome*! True things of beauty in both a sarcastic sense and a very real sense.
The new ones have the enthusiasm. The more advanced have the knowledge, and (we hope) wisdom. Both ends are direly necessary for us all to learn.”
The shop opens at 11am today and be open through class time. Spring hours, 11am-7pm, Thursday through Monday. 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!
Love & Light,
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The Moon is a waxing Crescent. Waxing Crescent phase - Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. Waxing Crescent Phase ends at the ¼ moon at 1:16pm on Monday.
Waxing Moon Magick - The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams.
Well to the right of the Moon shine Pollux and Castor. Look well below the Moon for Procyon.
Venus is plunging toward inferior conjunction, when it will transit the face of the Sun on June 5–6 (on the afternoon of the 5th for North America); for details see our article Transit of Venus. This will be the last Venus transit until 2117.
By nightfall, the summer constellation Scorpius is rising in the southeast. You'll first spot orange-red Antares, the Scorpion's heart. Antares' two "outrigger" stars are just below it and to its upper right. Farther upper right is the diagonal three-star row of Scorpius's head.
Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of 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.)
Runic Half-month of Odal 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..
Sun in Gemini
Moon in Cancer enters Leon 3:12pm
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
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5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
5/26 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
5/27 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/28 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 3
5/30 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
5/31 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
6/2 – Noon, Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
2pm – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30
May. 25, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:38 AM PDT, 8:47 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:03 AM PDT, 9:23 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:18 AM PDT, 10:08 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:24 AM PDT, 11:03 PM PDT
Moon, 9:47 AM PDT, No Moon Set
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 19m
Length of Day, 15h 08m
Tomorrow will be 1m 41s longer.
Waxing Crescent, 19% of the Moon is Illuminated
Celtic tree month 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 25 High 3:11 AM 7.0 5:39 AM Rise 9:48 AM 13
25 Low 10:17 AM -0.5 8:48 PM
25 High 5:01 PM 6.1
25 Low 10:23 PM 3.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an intentional day!
Journal Prompt – Favorites - What is one of your friend's favorite sayings? Tell how they used it and when.
The Warrior must be spontaneous and fluid rather than a creature of habit or tradition. - Kerr Cuhulain
Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed. - Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
Time lost is never found again. - Benjamin Franklin
Too low they build who build below the skies – Edward Young
There is no salvation for the soul
but to fall in love.
Only lovers can escape
out of these two worlds.
This was ordained in creation.
Only from the heart
can you reach the sky:
The Rose of Glory
can grow only from the heart. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Magick – DID YOU KNOW?
Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately, without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers.
Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?
Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.
Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix One Tablespoon of horseradish in 1/2 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.
Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take one Tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.
Cure urinary tract infections with AlkaSeltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. AlkaSeltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly, although the product was never advertised for this use.
Eliminate puffiness under your eyes: All you need is a dab of preparation H, carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes. The hemorrhoid ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling instantly.
Honey remedy for Skin Blemishes. Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.
Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.
Easy eyeglass protection. To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.
Coca-Cola cure for rust. Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca-Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done. (And people drink this stuff?)
Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer. If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.
Soapy water thrown on a wasp nest at dusk when all the wasp or hornets are on it, kills them all, eggs too. It smothers them as they breath thru their pores.
Smart splinter remover. Just pour a drop of Elmers Glue all over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.
Hunt's tomato paste boil cure: Cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acid from the tomatoes soothes the pain and brings the boil to a head.
Balm for broken blisters. To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.
Heinz vinegar to heal bruises: Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for one hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.
Kills fleas instantly Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.
Rainy day cure for dog odor: Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet. This instantly makes your dog smell springtime fresh.
Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.
Vaseline cure for hairballs: To prevent troublesome hairballs, apply a dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system.
Quaker Oats for fast pain relief. It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix two cups of Quaker Oats and one cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for one minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.
GrannyMoon's Morning Feast Archives
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “I am still very sick and have been for a month now - really need help kicking this on the spiritual plane - depression makes you sick and I am having a hard time climbing out of this hole. I now have bronchitis as well as the ongoing infection - see Dr again on Monday - This is probably the only request for help/healing I have ever made - but I just can't seem to kick this on my own. Whatever you think will help - I feel like I am dying a very slow and painful death.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
5/8/12 - 9-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor. Starting radiation. Family and friends asking help for him and for the children that know him. Update 4/7 He’s doing pretty well and back in school despite the treatments. Update 5/8 No news is good news.
Silliness – GCF: Stuck in an Elevator
The elevator in our building malfunctioned one day, leaving several of us stranded. Seeing a sign that listed two emergency phone numbers, I dialed the first and explained our situation.
After what seemed to be a very long silence, the voice on the other end said, "I don't know what you expect me to do for you. I'm a psychologist."
"A psychologist?" I replied. "Your phone is listed here as an emergency number. Can't you help us?"
"Well," he finally responded in a measured tone. "How do you feel about being stuck in an elevator?"