I’ts a lovely sunny morning for a start to Beachcomber Days! We’ve posters at the shop with the activities listed on them, but after the opening Court Coronation last night, tonight is the big Street Dance and Beach Bonfire along with a magician, beer hall and karaoke!
It’s already the forecast high of 63 with spotty clouds, but haze obscuring the light. It’s been very still, but the breeze is picking up. I’m guessing this is mostly ground moisture and it’ll rise and vanish as the day goes on.
Yesterday started in a bit of a flurry, but Tempus got out the door on time. I settled in to working on the rest of the newsletter stuff for the week, then worked in the kitchen for awhile. …and got frustrated not being able to reach things and find things. <sigh> So, I came back to the computer and sorted pix for awhile. …and wrote, and updated blogs and posted pictures at at some point actually ate lunch… I think.
I finally got the ground meat into the nuker around 3:30. Some laundry had gone in earlier than that. …Hmm… that looks like I put the laundry in the nuker… no… But it says where my head was! It was thawed by 4 or so, so I ran around getting ingredients together and adding them in and putting it back in to cook through, so I could make the darioles. While I was doing that I was also picking up and re-setting the shelves where my dry ingredients live. How did they get into *that* kind of an uproar?
One of the birds outside (and the windows were open all afternoon) makes a sound that’s far too close to a meowing cat…. and then ends on an upward note that’s distinctly bird. Weird…. I had a varied Thrush out there for awhile. He was quite chatty.
…and then laundry… setting up some garb for Tempus to put into the back closet…. more laundry…more tending of the cooking. It took awhile for the meat to cook from frozen, and I really don’t think that was a 1 pound block. It looked like a 2, although the outside of the package was marked “EB12”. Puzzling…and no kitchen scale. Eventually I got as far as forming little hand-pies with my tart-former from dough sheets and then finally got as far as pie crusts wrapped around a whole whacking lot of filling. Those take awhile to bake. The little hand-pies turned out well and I hope the large ones did. They *look* pretty!
Tempus was busy late in the day and well into the evening. For some reason customers started showing up around closing time and kept coming for a couple of hours. I was still working on blog stuff, never really did get into the pincushion writing until right at the end of the day. He was staggering when he got home and tried to get some done in the kitchen. I finally told him to just go to bed. …and got a bath and turned in, myself.
Today I’ll be at the shop by myself. Tempus is taking our elderly friend into Corvallis for a doctor appointment and won’t be back until right before the Sabbat. I have some sewing to do and hopefully, I’ll actually get to it.
You might take a look at this link on Tarot Card history: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/the-surprising-origins-of-tarot-most-misunderstood-cards/
Today’s feast is that of Ceridwen who is the Mother form of the Triple Goddess worshiped in Wicca and modern paganism, probably derived from the writings of Robert Graves. Goddess of inspiration, she is also goddess of fertility and re-birth, because of her ever-flowing cauldron. She is not the ancient goddess-form known by this name although the old stories get used as part of her symbolism. This modern feast is celebrated by burning vervain in small cauldrons, tying green ribbons to trees and using green altar coverings and clothing on this day. Here is a Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerridwen and another on the Triple Goddess http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Goddess_(Neopaganism)
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat on their own. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is at the Waning Quarter at 11:39. 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. 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 6/22 at 1:08pm.
This is the time of year when the two brightest stars of summer, << Arcturus and Vega >>>>>, shine equally high overhead as evening grows late: Arcturus in the southwest, Vega toward the east. Arcturus and Vega are 37 and 25 light-years away, respectively. They represent the two commonest types of naked-eye stars: a yellow-orange K giant and a white A main-sequence star. They’re 150 and 50 times more luminous than the Sun — and this, combined with their nearness, is why they dominate the evening sky.
Neptune is in Aquarius all month, rising after midnight, up in the southeast before the first light of dawn. Use our finder charts for Uranus and Neptune in 2014.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
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.
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
F 20 Low 1:34 AM 1.2 5:32 AM Rise 1:27 AM 49
~ 20 High 7:16 AM 5.6 9:04 PM Set 2:33 PM
~ 20 Low 1:21 PM 0.9
~ 20 High 7:56 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We fall in love… we fall out of love… we search for new loves… yearn for old loves…. we have memories…. we make new memories… we live every day of our lives… sometimes not the way that we want to… but we do it anyway… never forget to tell someone you love that you love them… never say never… and laugh it is good for your soul…
~ One evening I sat Beauty on my knees – And I found her bitter – And I reviled her. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ The man says, “If I had a fortune, I’d take good care of it. But I only have a paycheck and I don’t know where it all goes.” Wouldn’t you love to have him running your company? – Jim Rohn
~ Only the mediocre are at their best at all times. To have more than you’ve got, become more than you are. – Jim Rohn, Author and Speaker
~ Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
MY FIRST DAY OF BEING DEAD
This is my first day of being dead.
Damn, it is cold in this mausoleum!
The dress they put me in is a bad color for me
And gives a yellow undertone to my skin;
And as for the way they fixed my hair…well,
Don’t EVEN go there!
All I remembered at first was this hunky guy
Kissing and slobbering all over my neck,
Heck, I didn’t mind, but I was waiting
I figured he’d get to the good stuff
Sooner or later, but instead he was fixated
On just my neck!
I was a little insulted, after all I am known
For my hourglass figure, and I never
Had to wear a Wonderbra or anything,
(If you get my drift).
But noooo…it had to be my neck he kissed.
I started feeling all weak and dizzy
And I figured maybe it was the sexual attraction,
Or the pizza I ate for supper gave me gas…
But then he started making all these snarling
And slurping sounds, and everything went black.
You’d think that murdering jerk would have
Stayed around at least long enough
To show me the ropes of the Half-Life.
Now here I am a vampire, and I am scared
That I will drink blood and snarl and slurp, too.
This has not been a memorable awakening.
First I’m gonna make a blood cocktail, and then…
I’m gonna go after that sorry bastard,
Too bad I didn’t knee him when I had the chance!
Damn! Snarrrrl! – © August 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Summer Invocation by Trish Telesco – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
Fireflies and summer sun
in circles round
we become as one.
Singing songs at magick’s hour
we bring the winds
and timeless powers.
Turning inward, hand in hand
we dance the hearth
to heal the land.
Standing silent, beneath the sky
we catch the fire
from out God’s eye.
Swaying breathless, beside the sea
we call the Goddess
so mote it be!
(This can be used as a chant, part of a spiral dance, or to invoke quarters.)