Herbs Outdoors at 3pm.
Yesterday I got started way late. It was almost 1pm when the newsletter went out. That’s not unusual for Tuesdays, but I try not to let that happen. Tempus had to head out almost right away to do that cleaning job for a friend that happens every other week.
I spent the rest of the time until I needed to head for the shop working on the newsletter and the the time after I got back from the meeting doing the same, as well as writing up meeting notes. Very exciting day….
Today is starting late again. Tempus got back late because he decided to run errands in Newport after work and he’s not feeling well.
So I have more to do on newsletters for the week. I have to start setting up the Lughnasadh magick files even though we’re barely done with Litha. I need to get the next steps done on OCPPG, as well. We may have lost a couple of teachers, too, since despite my trying to keep from overlapping NW Fall Equinox Festival we are this year. That’s something that one of the suggestions at the Elder’s Council might fix, a pagan calendar for the state!
A meteotsunami?! http://www.wunderground.com/news/tsunami-hit-east-coast-earlier-june-20130625 I’ve seen tide rushes, but not like what they’re describing in the article.
Today is the anniversary of President Kennedy’s Ich Bin ein Berliner speech, probably his best speech of all. It was a foreign policy speech aimed more at the Soviets than the Germans he was speaking to, specifically about the division of the city by the Berlin Wall that didn’t come down until 1989. Btw, he didn’t call himself a jelly doughnut, although the line might have made some people smile… There’s a good article and a video of the speech at this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_bin_ein_Berliner
Today’s Plant is Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula), an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge” wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar –
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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. Tide Change occurs on 7/8 at 12:14am. 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 6/29 at 9:54pm.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree month of Duir/ Oak – Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.).
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28.
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Duir Oak – Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 26 High 2:46 AM 8.3 5:33 AM Set 9:41 AM 91
~ 26 Low 9:37 AM -1.8 9:05 PM Rise 11:20 PM
~ 26 High 4:09 PM 7.4
~ 26 Low 9:55 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If at first you DO succeed, try not to look astonished!
~ If better is possible, good is not enough. – Anonymous
~ If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts. – Albert Einstein
~ If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right. – Bill Cosby
~ If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a message to humanity, He WILL NOT use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle. – Dave Barry
His eyes pinned her in place like a butterfly;
And like a butterfly, her looks were stronger
Than her physicality.
She turned pale; her lips trembled, and her
Wings fluttered helplessly.
He had not even touched her, but.
Her life-force was already draining from her.
Was she to be put in a glass case, like the rest
Of his collection? Labeled: ‘Large Fairy’?
Her delicate hands moved and fluttered, as he
Used his eyes to bore into her very soul.
He was so deeply into the hypnosis that he
Did not notice or understand, what she was
Doing. Suddenly, just before she fell to the
Floor, a golden bolt of lightning stroke,
Severing the connection between them. It
Formed an auric barrier of protection, and
Threw the Collector across the room.
He was unable to touch her or renew the
Magnetism in his eyes, that held her before.
His anger swelled, his eyes glared,
And he screamed in anger! Suddenly, the
Eyes of the other magical beings under glass
In his collection, snapped open.
As the Collector lost his focus and let rage
Overtake him, he lost his hold on the other
Beings that he had imprisoned.
The auric barrier grew wider and more
Golden, and it expanded to push against
The glass prisons in the room.
With a huge shattering of glass, the prisoners
Were free! They rushed toward the Collector
And carried him to one of the untouched
Glass cages, pushing him inside. They
Thanked the beautiful fairy, in whatever their
Different languages were;
And rushed out to explore a world that was
Not ready for them; did not believe in them.
Earth and Faerie would now once again,
Share the same world. – © Copyright 11/5/05 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Some of the attitudes here set my teeth on edge. This was written early in the 1900’s and it shows, but it still is worth reading.
“APPLES FINKEY”–THE WATER-BOY.
“Apples Finkey!” Many a name
Has a grander sound in the roll of fame;
Many a more resplendent deed
Has burst to light in the hour of need;
But never a one from a truer heart,
Striving to know and to do its part.
Striving, under his skin of tan,
With the years of a lad to act like a man.
And who was “Apples?” I hear you ask.
To trace his descent were indeed a task.
Winding and vague was the family road–
And, perhaps, like Topsy, “he only growed.”
But into the camp he lolled one noon,
Barefoot, and whistling a darky tune,
Into the camp of his dusky peers–
The gallant negro cavaliers–
The Tenth, preparing, at break o’ day,
To move to the transport down in the bay.
Boom! roared the gun–the ship swung free,
With her good prow turned to the Carib Sea.
“Pity it was, for the little cuss,
We couldn’t take ‘Apples’ along with us,”
The trooper said, as he walked the deck,
And Tampa became a vanishing speck.
What’s that? A stir and a creak down there
In the piled-up freight–then a tuft of hair,
Crinkled and woolly and unshorn–
And out popped “Apples” “ez shore’s yer born!”
Of course he wasn’t provided for
In the colonel’s roll or the rules of war;
But somehow or other the troop was glad
To welcome the little darky lad.
You know how our brave men, white and black,
Landed and followed the Spaniard’s track;
And the Tenth was there in the very front,
Seeking and finding the battle’s brunt.
Onward they moved through the living hell
Where the enemy’s bullets like raindrops fell,
Down through the brush, and onward still
Till they came to the foot of San Juan hill–
Then up they went, with never a fear,
And the heights were won with a mad, wild cheer!
And where was “the mascot Finkey” then?
In the surging ranks of the fighting men!
Wherever a trooper was seen to fall,
In the open field or the chaparral;
Wherever was found a wounded man;
“Apples” was there with his water and can.
About him the shrapnel burst in vain–
He was up and on with his work again.
The sharpshooters rattled a sharp tattoo,
The singing mausers around him flew.
But “Apples” was busy–too busy to care
For the instant death and the danger there.
Many a parched throat burning hot,
Many a victim of Spanish shot,
Was blessed that day; ere the fight was won
Under the tropical, deadly sun,
By the cool drops poured from the water-can
Of the dusky lad who was all a man.
In the forward trenches, at close of day,
Burning with fever, “Finkey” lay.
He seemed to think through the long, wet night,
He still was out in the raging fight,
For once he spoke in his troubled sleep;
“I’se comin’, Cap., ef my legs’ll keep!”
Next day–and the next–and the next–he stayed
In the trenches dug by the Spaniard’s spade,
For the sick and wounded could not get back
Over the mountainous, muddy track.
But the troopers gave what they had to give
That the little mascot might stick and live.
Over him many a dark face bent,
And through it all he was well content–
Well content as a soldier should
Who had fought his fight and the foe withstood.
Slowly these stern beleaguered men
Nursed him back to his strength again,
Till one fair day his glad eyes saw
A sight that filled him with pride and awe,
For there, as he looked on the stronghold down,
The flag was hoisted over the town,
And none in that host felt a sweeter joy
Than “Apples Finkey,” the water-boy.
–JOHN JEROME ROONEY, in New York Sun.
Meeting called to order at 11:00 AM. Chairman W. Bruce Cameron (Father) presiding.
11:01 AM – Challenge to the chair from oldest daughter, questioning jurisdiction.
11:01 AM – Summary ruling from the chair that oldest daughter is out of order and shut up.
11:01 AM – Motion from oldest daughter that the meeting adjourn because the chair obviously won’t listen.
11:01 AM – Motion seconded by youngest daughter.
11:02 AM – Motion and second ruled out of order by the chair.
11:02 AM – NEW BUSINESS: A list, designated “chores” by the chair, read into the record.
11:05 AM Point of information from oldest daughter that it is stupid to pick up the sticks in the yard because they come from trees and trees are nature.
11:06 AM Point of information from youngest daughter that ten year old son is making faces.
11:06 AM Point of information from son that youngest daughter is stupid.
11:06 AM Summary ruling from the chair that everyone is out of order and shut up.
11:07 AM Chair indicates a willingness to accept nominations for the chore of picking up sticks.
11:08 AM – Motion by oldest daughter that the chore be re-named “destroying the environment.”
11:08 AM – Motion seconded by youngest daughter.
11:09 AM – Vote by acclamation.
11:09 AM – Chair rules vote out of order, second out of order, motion out of order, sit down and shut up.
11:10 AM – Point of information from youngest daughter that son is making faces again.
11:11 AM – Ruling by the chair that anyone making faces will be assigned the chore of picking up sticks.
11:11 AM – Chair re-states the floor is open for nominations for the first chore.
11:11 AM – Youngest daughter nominated by oldest daughter.
11:11 AM – Nomination seconded by son.
11:12 AM – Nominee requests the floor to speak on the subject of nomination.
11:12 AM Chair recognizes Nominee.
11:12 AM Nominee declines the nomination because last time she did all the work and all her sister and brother did was watch television.
11:12 AM – Point of information by oldest daughter that she had to watch the show for a homework assignment.
11:13 AM – Point of information by son: Yeah me too.
11:13 AM – Question for the chair by youngest daughter: Since when is “Friends” a homework assignment?
11:14 AM – Point of information by oldest daughter that youngest daughter is wearing her shirt and she wants it back.
11:14 AM – Question put to the chair: what does she want me to do, take it off right now?
11:14 AM – Point of information by son that this would be gross.
11:15 AM – Chair rules the subject of shirts is irrelevant.
11:15 AM – Oldest daughter protests the ruling on the basis that you always listen to her she is such a baby.
11:15 AM – Debate: who’s a baby?
11:20 AM – Chair calls for an end to the debate.
11:20 AM – Point of information by youngest daughter that a quorum doesn’t exist because the son is no longer in attendance.
11:20 AM – Roll call. A quorum is found to exist as son is retrieved from in front of the computer game “Hack ‘Em to Death” and re-seated and recognized to be in attendance by the chair.
11:21 AM – Point of information by son that he had just made it to the next level in his game, “Serial Killer.”
11:21 AM – Chair rules serial killers irrelevant where do you get these games anyway, and calls the question.
11:21 AM – Youngest daughter nominates oldest daughter for the chore of picking up sticks.
11:21 AM – Son seconds nomination.
11:22 AM – Point of information by the oldest daughter that she promised her friends she would drive them to the football game.
11:22 AM – Chair rules that football games are irrelevant.
11:22 AM – Oldest daughter protests ruling on the basis that this is unfair.
11:22 AM – Point of information from youngest daughter that son is doing that thing with his lips.
11:23 AM – Chair instructs son to discontinue all things with lips.
11:23 AM – Spontaneous speech from oldest daughter on the subject of her nomination. Emotional delivery, concluding in statement for the record that she can’t wait until she is eighteen and can have her own apartment.
11:23 AM – Youngest daughter states for the record that she can’t wait, either.
11:24 AM – Question for the nominee from the son: will the apartment have a pool?
11:24 AM Chair calls for a motion to close nominations.
11:25 AM Youngest daughter nominates son for the job of picking up sticks.
11:25 AM – Nomination seconded by oldest daughter.
11:26 AM – Nominee delivers short speech on the subject of the nomination, the theme of which seems to be, “hey, I had to clean up the dog poo.”
11:30 AM – Chair calls for the close of nominations.
11:30 AM – Son nominates chair for job of picking up sticks.
11:30 AM – Nomination seconded by oldest daughter.
11:31 AM – Chair rules itself ineligible.
11:32 AM – Debate: Why should fathers be exempt from stick duty when he’s the one who wants to destroy the environment?
11:45 AM – Chair calls for an end to the debate.
11:45 AM – Everyone present having been nominated, the chair declares the nominations closed. The list of nominees is then read, with the chair calling for a voice vote. No votes are recorded by the chair.
11:46 AM There having been no vote, the chair rules that the oldest daughter shall have the job of picking up sticks.
11:47 AM – A statement is read into the record by the oldest daughter, identifying the chair as the meanest man who ever lived.
11:55 AM – Motion to adjourn by youngest daughter.
11:55 AM – Motion seconded by son.
11:55 AM – Chair rules that we have nineteen more chores to go through so sit down and shut up.
11:56 AM Point of information by oldest daughter that she will not pick up sticks for anything less than ten dollars.
11:57 AM – Chair declares all chores are voluntary and therefore no compensation will be paid.
11:58 AM – Point of information by youngest daughter that a quorum no longer exists because oldest daughter has locked herself in the bathroom and is screaming I hate you I hate you.