Slightly drippy and chill this morning, with more of a breeze than we’ve had in a bit. It’s 55F and the roses are vivid against the green of the trees.
Yesterday was interesting. No kids showed up for class again and we didn’t see the church bus. I’m wondering if they’re restricted to the Center for some reason? Well, Brea and I sat and chatted and then she headed off to home and I went in back to work on needlecases. I got several more carved.
Tempus brought doughnuts and coffee and eventually everyone else started showing up. A couple of people went up to the house shop to drill some boards for the inkle looms that we’re making, but those of us at the shop worked on filling pouches and finishing up several tasks, eventually getting to playing some games very late in the day.
I ended up doing a bit of counseling during the afternoon at one point, and we had a bunch of customers in early in the day, but as the day went on and the weather prettied up (and it was nice in the early evening) fewer people came in. Of course, that’s why we have the Project Day on Sunday!
I came home before Tempus did and started a soup, thawing in the microwave and baked a mini-loaf from the freezer. It’s so nice having fresh bread! The rest of the evening was developing pictures and writing things up for the day. Sash called to with his Papa a Happy Father’s Day. The others messaged him or called, earlier.
Today I’m hoping to let Tempus sleep in a bit. I don’t know when he’ll wake up. I’ll head down to the shop right away. I’m hoping to get the corner that we’ve been working on set up so we can start stocking!
A pic from last year of a tide pool with barnacles, mussels and anemones. Definitely in the sunshine!
Today’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn. Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)
A rather geeky feast, Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the Ulyssean protagonist. It has been held at least since 1924 in Dublin and around the world. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsday
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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. Phase ends at the New on 6/27 at 1:08am. 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 Waning Quarter on 6/19 at 11:39am.
After dark, look below Mars and Spica >>> in the southwest for the four-star pattern of Corvus, the Crow. It’s a springtime constellation descending now that spring is nearing its end.
Mars (magnitude –0.2, in Virgo >>> ) is high in the south-southwest in twilight, with Spica to its left. Mars sets in the west around 1 or 2 a.m. daylight saving time. In a telescope, Mars’s gibbous disk is 10.5 arcseconds tall and shrinking. See the Mars map and observing guide in the March Sky & Telescope, page 50. Use our Mars Profiler to find which side of the planet will be facing Earth when you plan to look.
High in the eastern sky on June evenings, the little constellation Lyra trails to the lower right from bright Vega.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…
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.
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Celtic Tree Month of 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
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 16 High 2:57 AM 8.1 5:31 AM Set 9:50 AM 89
~ 16 Low 9:52 AM -1.7 9:03 PM Rise 11:48 PM
~ 16 High 4:27 PM 7.2
~ 16 Low 10:09 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.
~ Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. – John Wooden
~ There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. – Aeschylus
~ But all endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time, – Mitch Albom
No trumpet-blast profound
The hour in which the Prince of Peace was born;
No bloody streamlet stained
Earth’s silver rivers on the sacred morn. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
Invocation of the God
Wielder of the flaming arrow,
look down from your place on high,
and, fitting a shaft to your bow,
let loose your bowstring.
Sink deep into the Earth the shaft of fire,
warming the world, bringing the summer.
Following your course,
laid down in ancient times,
you have come unerringly to the heights of the sky,
there where you can survey the wide Earth with no obstruction.
May all on which you gaze be to your liking!
May all below follow its course as well as you!
You have mounted to your throne in the roof of heaven,
you have achieved the heights.
In the midpoint of the year,
you rule from the midpoint of the sky.
Lord of Light, I praise you as you shine!
The Prayer of Midsummer
Sun-stone’s kiss, midsummer pleasure,
Welcome all and some.
At the hele-stone sing and gather,
Ever blessed one. ~Caitlin Matthews, “Midsummer Blessing”
The warm time is here:
time to work and time to rest,
time to celebrate outside,
time to prepare for the harvest.
All about us, the Land Spirits are singing.
All about us, the deities are speaking.
Help me to listen, all you divine beings.
May I hear your voices.