It’s 62F down here in town, but up at the house it was over 70 on the porch. Strong sun and not enough breeze there. The sky is a rather milky color, high haze and scattered clouds. It looks like we’ve some rain coming in, a small chance tonight, but later in the week quite a bit.
Yesterday was a good day. We started with out Sunday morning doughnuts and coffee, which always helps. :-)We had one young man for class in the morning, but no one for two weeks, now, for the two-week break that Job Corps takes in the summer. I headed home to cook at that point. Tempus was pretty busy with customers, in the early afternoon, while I was home.
I got the cheese and darioles and bread and the serving utensils found and put in the box, then got the soup started. It had chicken, carrots from my garden (the ones that were in the newsletter a bit ago, celery, a bunch of mixed vegetables from the freezer (typical for soup, I just grabbed all the stuff and dumped….) and some of the vegetables left over from the nibbles plate at Litha. ….and dill, garlic and onion, of course.
While that was cooking I set up some pickled eggs and onion, and a dish of cucumbers in sour cream with dill. When the soup was done, I set out the shrimp to thaw and put those and the cream with the box. I got myself costumed and went back down to the shop so that Tempus could come back up and carry stuff. I thought it might take him 1/2 an hour…. It took closer to 1 1/2. 🙂
Sabrina got there first, and I had the “feast hall” set up in the back. We sat and talked and I worked on my head cloth… a little, anyway…. Eventually Marius and Gaia and Anthony got there and finally Tempus. Once he was there, was got the food set up and then sat down and ate and it was yum!
We got home 9-:30-ish, tired and a little grumpy with each other and turned in as soon as the food was taken care of, but I was back up pretty quickly and worked on more photos from Saturday. Most of the parade is in the file, now and maybe I can get that finished tomorrow morning.
Today I have a reading and pictures to take and sewing to do. I’m hoping to chase Tempus home to cut grass before the rain. The last 101 class of this round is tonight, as well.
Today’s feast is Jan Kupalo or Ivan Kupala, the Slavic Midsummer festival. Depending on whose version you’re working with (it goes from Poland and the Czech Republic to the far end of Russia) it can mean bonfires, bathing (especially naked bathing in lakes and rivers, flower wreaths worn, floated on rivers or as divination. Running into the woods in search of fern flowers (yes, I know, ferns don’t bloom, but people in those areas “find” babies under ferns or in mushroom patches instead of under cabbage leaves) is another favorite pastime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Kupala_Day
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch. 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/25 at 1:08pm.
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. 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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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.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you approve of your self, then you have no problem with what others think of you.
~ No one is perfect… that’s why pencils have erasers. – Author Unknown
~ The outcome of a battle depends on how a warrior handles weakness and strength. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Your body is your temple: Care for it! Do not engage in useless activity. Listen to the Goddess. Help thyself. You create your own reality. – (Order of Scathach Warrior’s Admonition)
~ Your first task is to forge yourself into a powerful being. – Kerr Cuhulain
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” – ‘The New Colossus’, by the 19th-century American poet Emma Lazarus. The poem, describing the Statue of [the Roman goddess] Liberty, appears on a plaque at the base of the statue.
Were I with you now, we would drum and dance and I would invite you to the center of the circle to invoke the sun and to dance the sun’s energy, to feel its heat on your skin, to work up a sweat and to call it into you until you were running with it, hot, vibrant, vital.
If it is a sunny day, go stand outside once you are done reading this section. If it is not sunny out, remember a day when it was, when the sun burned bright above you and warmed your shoulders. Feel it even on a rainy, snowy, or foggy day. It still adds brightness behind the clouds or foe that obscure it. The sun is out there, steadily flaming as we move in an arcing dance around it, drawn by its warmth and the turning pull of gravity.
Take a deep breath. Close your eyes for a moment and feel the sun. Turn yourself so you face it. Begin to breathe. Imagine that you can breathe in the power of the sun, its heat, it: power. Take it into your belly. Tet yourself begin to move with it. Dance the dance of the sun. If this feels uncomfortable to you, being outside, just take this in, storing it for later, when you can dance the dance of the sun. Call the sun down, call it into your circle. Dance the sun in. Dance it. Sing it. Drum it. What does the sun feel like? Call it in, call it down. You are full of the sun. It is no longer outside of you. You can communicate with it. You can dance with it. You have touched the sun just as the sun touches you. Dance with the sun for a while. You are radiant beauty, powerful, life giving, and strong.
Take another breath. Begin to slow down. Feel your skin become your own, and feel the sun recede beyond your reach. It still warms and feeds you, but it is far outside of you again. Feel your body, human and alive. Breathe in and out. You are beautiful. Thank the sun. Blow it a kiss. Align your Triple Soul with the energy running through you. Blessed be.