For some darned reason I woke up with Tempus. He usually wakes up about 2:30 and take off on his paper route, but I usually sleep through until morning, because I stay up awhile to finish up stuff that I can’t get done at the shop without my regular computer. So, I’m going to put this together and head back to bed.
It looks like the weather here might get into the low 70’s, but they’re talking warmer over the next few days in the Valley and maybe as high as 115F in Southern California! I like living on the coast…..
Yesterday was busy, busy, busy! I worked on OCPPG stuff right up until it was time to get ready to go, then got my shower, dressed and went out to do my Daily Dozen, except that I was around on the other side of the front yard. I got the dozen and some of ’em were *big* plants. I think I actually got closer to 20, but some of ’em were such a tangle that they “popped” all in a clump and I didn’t bother to count the individual ones. I also was uprooting grass clumps at the same time and did a little yanking around the lavendar. The bees were going crazy on the hedge plant that Tempus trimmed into a cube. It’s in bloom along with the lavendar and I also found another red rose.
Once I got to the shop I processed some of the herbs from Wednesday, the roses and lovage mostly, but the other bits and pieces of by-harvest. Tempus and I both did some clean-up and other chores and then he got back to work on the dresser that’s getting used for storage and I talked to several people about a couple of house clearings and some uncomfortable psychic phenomena.
A little later I did a reading and then worked on some embroidery pieces, since I was getting pretty tired. Actually, I was alternating between sorting boxes by that point and the embroidery. I’d spend 10 minutes herking stuff around and then 20 or so sitting. I actually collapsed the box stack by 6 boxes! …and then filled two with other things that hadn’t been boxed…. well, that’s a net gain, anyway! Tempus had moved the dresser over and I’m starting to fill it, too.
…and that’s pretty much the rest of the day…. I got the delivery of mint, finally. Getting that handed off was difficult! I also did some stock pictures for various orders, so those can get underway.
Late in the afternoon, 5-ish or so, the fog started rolling in. It came and went during the next two hours, then rolled in to stay and it was very foggy outside all evening. Upriver, though, even when we left the shop at 8pm was perfectly clear. That is the *darnedest* thing! It was down to 59 by 11pm, but it was “overcast at 200 feet”, i.e. we were in the cloud layer. Tempus was already zonked by that time I was not long after, although I tried to get some more OCPPG stuff worked on. At least I got the mail replies….
Today is more of the same, although Tempus is going to be working part of the day at the house. The grass needs cutting, now that it’s dry! We have more boxes to get put away and then I need to work on herbs, clothing check-in, library and embroidery, in that order. Not that I’ll get that far, most likely, but it’s good to try!
Today’s feast is to Hemera, the Greek goddess/personification of Day, whose birth was celebrated around this time. Hemera is one of the primordial deities, being Uranus mother or grandmother. She is the child of Chaos or of Night & Darkness (depending on who you listen to and sister of Aether, the personification of Light. Don’t forget that today is also the anniversary of Stewart Farrar’s birth!
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue. The 2nd pic is my blueberry plants on the 22nd.
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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.
The Big Dipper, still high in the northwest, is moving a little lower now and starting to dip around toward the right. Follow the curve of its tail a little more than a Dipper-length left to bright Arcturus high in the southwest.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9 in Pisces) is in the east, and Neptune (magnitude 7.9 in Aquarius) is higher in the southeast, before the beginning of dawn. Finder charts http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Uranus-and-Neptune-in-2013-190064991.html
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 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
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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
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mikey’s Thot for the Day: Keep your boss’s boss off your boss’s back.
~ It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can. – Sydney Smith (1771 – 1845), Clergyman and writer
~ Knights stand on the side of justice. Kerr Cuhulain
~ Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil. – Marcus Aurelius
~ Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, But somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart. – Kay Knudsen
Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show.
The secret lies in an inner glow.
It’s lighting a fire inside the heart.
Good will and joy a vital part.
It’s higher thought and a greater plan.
It’s glorious dream in the soul of man.
Fragments of fire,
darting white flames:
weave stars into my dreams.
Dancing white flames,
wave stars across my dreams.
Flitting white fires,
dashing little fireflies:
waft your star-touch over my dreams. ~Ojibwa Firefly Song
Nature presents herself to us in such variety. In winter, trees make stark silhouettes against a leaden sky; in spring, soft colors draw the eye; in fall, the vivid hues of dying summer delight us.
And summer? Summer is a festival for all our senses. The sound of insects humming and buzzing, the blaze of color in flowers and leaves, the feel of warm breezes on our skin, the taste and smell of fresh food – we are lavished with beauty by our mother during the summer season.
Summer nights have their own special beauties. Whether we experience the opalescent white nights of the subartic of the humid heaviness of the south, we feel our senses stirred. And our souls as well, for our bodies and souls are not separate but deeply interconnected. Summer nights stir memories, both lovely and frightening. The glimmer of fireflies lights our way to deeper and inner connection and peace, if we only let it.
)0( By Patricia Monaghan – >From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON
Goddess like us
I went to Ausrine and asked what she did,
and Ausrine answered, “I am Saule’s servant,
the darling little mother-sun. I kindle her fire
every morning, very early, very early.”
I went to the sun and asked her about Ausrine.
“She is dawn, my fire-kindler,” Saule said.
And what about Vakyrine, star of evening? I asked.
“Vakyrine fluffs up my bed for me,” she said. ~Lithuanian Folksongs
Not all people saw the Goddess as cosmic and unapproachable. To many people she has been a part of the family, a familiar voice in daily life, a member of the community. In Baltic folksongs, recorded in Lithuania and Latvia, the Goddess is a hard-working woman like any other in the village. She lives with her family of daughter Goddesses, each of whom have special household tasks. She goes to work each day and returns, tired and ready for bed. She is, in other words, just like you, just like me.
And we are just like her. It is not only our great actions that make us goddesses, but our invisible daily lives as well. Like her, we rise each morning; like her, we retire to our beds each night. We talk with our friends, we do our work, we care for our loved ones. In each of these actions, we are participating in the energy and power of the Goddess.
)0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
What the Fates foretell will come about.
The very order of the universe obeys
their commands, and so we pray to them:
Goddesses, may you add good destinies
to all you have in store for us.
May our fields be fertile, our herds vast,
and may your sister Ceres wear
great garlands of wheat this harvest time. ~Horace, Hymn for the Centennial
The Fates: they were three spinning sisters, the Greeks and Romans said, who created the thread of life, one who measured out its length, and one who cut it. Our fate was not entirely in our hands, for their powers were beyond us. Our forebears did not believe that individuals could control their own destiny; they would not comprehend our superstition that the time of our death is determined by the amount of exercise we engage in or the number of antioxidants we consume (or do not consume). No, they were aware that only some aspects of life are under our control. And the hour and year of our death is not one of those.
Living with awareness that we do not choose nor control every aspect of our lives is not, however, a morbid or depressing attitude. Rather, it frees us to concentrate on what we can, in fact, control. We can decide where and how to give our affections; we can determine what activities are worthy of our time; we can decide what values to make our priorities. If we cannot control the time of our life’s ending, we can certainly control how its precious moments are spent.
By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON