It’s utterly still, dim and very, very humid. If it were any warmer it would be muggy. It’s 66F and overcast at 1700 feet.
Yesterday started in a rush because both of us overslept. I didn’t wake until almost 10:30 and Tempus a few after that! …so we got to the shop at 11:10. <sigh> Of course, the reading that I had been thinking was going to come in on Thursday was here at 11am, so she went home…. but she called and came in later and we did things at that point. 🙂
Sabrina was in and brought a spindle that she’s not using, plus some wool roving and some other stuff for me. I did pictures for a bit, although I don’t know how long it’s going to be before they get processed, since I got done with Saturday’s at 2am this morning! Look here: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/psychic-fair-information/waldport-beachcomber-days-2014/
We had a number of shoppers in, as it was clouding up during the afternoon. One vehicle was running its wipers, but I didn’t see any rain…. It’s possible that they ran through some sea mist, though, since I was seeing not-quite-fog in patches. I got very sleepy for a bit, but got up and pulled out fabric to make the skirts that I’ve been planning for myself… skirts and jumpers…. I got a jumper and a skirt cut out. …and then more skirts….although I think I’m going to put all of ’em on plain bodices. The purple in the picture is the old jumper that I’m using for a pattern.
…and about then Cliona called and she wasn’t going to make it to class (ok, since she had made up all the classes she’d missed) and then Geurin and Anthony walked in and we got going on correspondences. We got through all of that by the time that Marius got there and then we did the “What this practice means to me” section, which finished the course. Congratulations to Cliona and Geurin who have finished!
Today’s feast is Inti Raymi, the ancient Incan festival of the Sun, which is the Winter Solstice festival in the southern hemisphere. In 1944 a re-creation of the festival was celebrated and has been ever since. Here’ s a Wiki article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inti_Raymi
Today’s Plant is Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water, then oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_cernuum and on Alliums here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium
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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 – Nothing is so bad that some good may not come of it.
~ No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else. – Charles Dickens
~ A bold, vigorous assault has won many a faltering cause. – Ira Eaker
~ The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Most people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty. – Tim Ferris
Not unnaturally, many elevators imbued with intelligence and precognition became terribly frustrated with the mindless business of going up and down, up and down, experimented briefly with the notion of going sideways, as a sort of existential protest, demanded participation in the decision-making process and finally took to squatting in basements sulking. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Magick – Summer Lucky Days by Patricia Telesco http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
July lucky days: 3, 12, 15, 18, 21, 31…
July is the month of prosperity, resolution to difficult situations, and legal successes. As the Sun warms the air, let it warm your heart; if necessary, ask the universe for insight. Focus on these dates when planning authorized activities, magic for financial stability, or to bring peace and accord.
August lucky days: 6, 11, 14, 18, 24, 30…
Release worries and burdens to a Summer wind and let them move away! These are excellent days for contemplation, peacefulness, and meditation in natural settings. Reclaim your center and be at rest.
September lucky days: 1, 8, 16, 17, 25, 27…
A month of changeable weather and joyous adventures. These are the best days to consider travel, puttering around the home, a picnic with loved ones, or asking for a promotion. The Sun is slowly starting to wane, so our outdoor pleasures should be filled to overflowing.
(The above “Summer Lucky Days” is quoted directly from Llewellyn’s 1994 Magical Almanac, page 170, Llewellyn Worldwide Publications, 1993.)