It’s “interesting” weather this morning, with thrashing trees and rain coming down pretty hard at times. It’s 55F.
Yesterday we got to the shop on time and by 11:30 we were nuts with the number of customers in! That’s a good thing, don’t get me wrong, but when Tempus and I sat down and just looked at each other 2 hours later we were pretty wiped, already. He went over to the Post Office to pick up orders and the Paradise Music CD’s and CD cards were in! Those all got checked in, priced and up on the shelves.
Rowan showed up before 3pm, but one of the customers had broken the john, so Tempus had to go fix it. So, Rowan and I had a good gab fest while I was working on the poor burned baby quilt (long story) but I got my pictures, so next is soaking it in vinegar water and then gentle washing.
There was a phone call for a large order, so Tempus had me take it while he was talking to a young lady, who apparently got stranded 1/2-way between here and Yachats and was waiting for a phone call. She’s pregnant and the guy she was with had head-butted her, smashed her cell phone and dumped her out. Rowan took her into the ER in Newport and sat by her while she talked with the docs & cops. Her Mom came to pick her up from 3 hours away. Like the guy she was with, there are some people that don’t deserve to use up air…. grr…. We’re all going to send her good energy for herself and her child for a bit. …and when Rowan called later, the young lady and baby are doing ok and her family showed up, and the other things are being taken care of.
Tempus headed out to the doctor appointment I worked on sewing for a bit and Kim came in for a chat and then I worked on finding my leather tools. I have some that are “stashed” that I can’t get out, but there rest of them are easily get-at-able, now that I tracked ’em down.
When Tempus got back we had agreed to go across the street for supper and he was late enough that I went over myself with a book and had crab puffs and a whole pot of tea while I was waiting. When he got there I had egg foo yung and he had Mongolian beef. We did a little more at the shop and then headed home after and went right to bed.
I woke a couple of times during the night, and the storm-light in the bathroom was very bright, then around 4:30 I was startled awake by a thump and then what sounded like some footsteps in the bathroom. Initially, I was too asleep to realize that what had happened was that the wind had come up and was making the bathroom door thump, since I hadn’t closed it properly, but *wow* was I awake! It was the lowest barometric pressure of the cycle as the front came ashore and the wind gusted up to 35 over the next hour. Newport was getting 45mph gusts! I got up and worked on the computer until I (and the wind) calmed down a bit, listening to the rain showers that rattled on the porch roof while I developed some of the pictures. It was starting to get light before I went back to bed and the trees were thrashing. I didn’t fall asleep, though, so I’m getting this out early.
Today Tempus and I have a lot to do at the shop. I have a friend coming out from the Valley and we’re going to work out details on a class that we’re co-teaching for OCPPG. I need to get the weekend classes/workshops set up too, since I am expecting people for a class in salves in the morning and a heavy-duty leather-working class on Sunday.
Interesting article about calendars: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/pathsthroughtheforests/2014/06/26/cultural-quandaries-earths-civil-calendar/
Today’s feast is the Initium Aestas after the god, Aestas, the personification of summer. It is a weather prognostication. If it rains on this day, it will be damper than usual for the next 7 weeks. Aestas is often seen as a full-grown man (personally, I think of the BayWatch guys) tall and good looking and unscarred, very athletic and often blond or red-haired. “Careless in his strength” is a phrase in a lot of the poetry.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Dark moving to New at 1:08am. 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/27 at 1:08am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 6/28 at 1:08pm. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Full on 7/12 at 4:25pm.
Friday, June 27, 4:08 a.m. EDT – New Moon – The moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the sun, but can be seen low in the East as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the West an evening or two after New Moon.
This is the time of year when, at the end of dusk, the dim Little Dipper (Ursa Minor) floats straight upward from Polaris >>> (the end of its handle) — like a helium balloon on a string, escaped from some summer evening party. Look due north. Through light pollution, all you may see of the Little Dipper are Polaris at one end and Kochab, the lip of the Little Dipper’s bowl, above it at the other.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) shines low in the east during dawn.
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.
F 27 High 12:36 AM 7.8 5:34 AM Rise 6:13 AM 0
27 Low 7:38 AM -1.2 9:05 PM Set 9:09 PM
27 High 2:10 PM 6.3
27 Low 7:30 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen more carefully..
~ White Americans today don’t know what in the world to do because when they put us behind them, that’s where they made their mistake. . . . they put us behind them, and we watched every move they made. – Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) US activist
~ A hunch is a conclusion based on data that you didn’t know you had. – Robert A Heinlein.
~ He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~ Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
On All Saints’ Day bare is the place where the heath is burnt,
The plough is in the furrow, the ox at work:
Amongst a hundred ’tis a chance to find a friend. – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)
Pendulum Rod & Stand – You will need a Y shaped stick, suede cord, heavy string, chain with pendulum (see pendulum project), flat piece of wood for the base of the stand, smaller Y shaped stick for the stand, hot glue, stones of your choice to decorate handle with. Start by creating a hole in the flat piece of wood that the Y shaped stick can fit into. Place it in the whole and then take the smaller Y shaped stick and position it on the base so it will hold up the large Y shaped stick. Once you have it in position, use hot glue to attach it. You may want to decorate the base with suede cord and stones, using hot glue to attach them. Once the base is complete and you’re sure it will hold the rod steady, begin working on the rod itself. Wrap the suede cord in a spiral pattern around the handle of the rod. Add more stones if you like. Wrap the heavy string around the Y part of the stick and glue it in place. Attach the pendulum and chain to the suede cord. Balance it in the middle of the Y so it will hang down evenly. When complete, the rod should rest on the stand and the pendulum should be balanced and still. You can also take the rod off the stand and use it for dowsing for healings or searching for things.
Candle Plates are big selling items these days, but they’re pretty easy to make on your own. You can make them as plain or as creative as you like with pebbles, glass beads, broken dishes, or whatever suits your fancy. For this project we’ll be using leaves, twigs and acorns, but you could just as easily use glass beads in a pentacle design.
- plaster of paris
- disposable plastic bowl
- bottom of a milk carton or cardboard container the shape you want, at least 1 inch deep for the mold
- wooden spoon
- items to decorate
- ceramic paint and acrylic (optional)
1. Line the table with many layers of newspaper. This is a messy project, and oh so fun!
2. Gather all the items you wish to put on your candle plate and play with the design, figuring out what you want to go where. Plaster sets up pretty fast, and you’ll have to move quickly. For this project, we’ll be lining the edges of the plate with the twigs, laying the leaves in the center, and placing the acorns randomly in the corners and edges. You want the center to remain level because this is where you’ll place the candle.
3. Mix the plaster according to the directions on the box, and pour into the mold, at least a 1/2 deep.
4. Place the items into the plaster, being sure to leave the center free for the candle.
5. Once the plaster dries, peel the carton away and brush off any loose particles. Paint and seal with acrylic if desired.