Drippy, green and 60F this morning. Green except where my roses are. Those are shockingly red, white or pink against all that green. It’s supposed to slow up on the rain as the day goes on.
Yesterday went nuts early on. Summer is definitely here! We had a couple in from BC and a club from Kansas, plus two different people from Idaho, who may go home as friends and a family from Arizona plus all kinds of folks from the Coast and the Valley and one from Bend. …and we were pretty busy all day. At one point there were 11 customers in the shop at once!
Geurin and Crystal stopped by later. We’re putting together a Wicca 101 Intensive on July 8&9. Yes, it’s a Tuesday/Wednesday, so I have no break that week, but these are folks who really want this. Anyone else? Gotta get hold of me, soonest!
Late in the day Tempus and I were both pretty tired and cranky. The weather wasn’t helping. With the barometric pressure drop last night, both of us oldsters were dealing with achy joints! We finally got out of the shop around 8, only to discover a flat tire and we still needed gas in the car and to take a friend his mail. <sigh> So, Tempus dropped me at the house to deal with necessary stuff and he took off again. By then the rain was gone again and there was very little wind, although it had rained and shone all afternoon, most unexpectedly.
Today we have the usual workshops. Herbs (at 11am) is going to be making chamomile-scented shampoo. If anyone is there for crystals we’ll load the small tumbler and talk about the stones that are going in. Sewing will be the usual bring-your-own-project. Small pouches are available to hand-stitch if you don’t bring something.
Today’s feast is to Hemera, the Greek goddess/personification of Day, whose birth was celebrated around this time. Hemera is one of the primordial deities, being Uranus’ mother or grandmother. She is the child of Chaos or of Night & Darkness (depending on who you listen to and sister of Aether, the personification of Light. Don’t forget that today is also the anniversary of Stewart Farrar’s birth!
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing strokedamage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue. The 2nd pic is my blueberry plants on the 22nd of June 2013.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is New moving to Diana’s Bow at 1:08pm. 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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/1 at 1:08pm.
Can you see the big Coma Berenices star cluster from where you live? Does your light pollution really hide it, or do you just not know exactly where to look? It’s 2/5 of the way from Denebola (Leo’s tail) to the end of the Big Dipper’s handle (Ursa Major’s tail). Its brightest members form an inverted Y. The cluster is about 5° wide overall — a big, dim glow in at least a moderately dark sky. It nearly fills a binocular view.
If you have a good dark sky, look east after the final glow of twilight fades out. All across the low eastern sky on any clear night now, the starry, mottled band of the Milky Way is looming up. It rises higher through the night and crosses straight overhead around 3 a.m.
Mercury is deep in the glow of sunrise, far lower left of Venus.
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 – I am dancing freely.
~ Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.- Herodotus
~ Gaze into the fire, into the clouds, and as soon as the inner voices begin to speak… surrender to them. Don’t ask first whether it’s permitted, or would please your teachers or father or some god. You will ruin yourself if you do that. – Hermann Hesse
~ Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end. – Kant
~ The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love
Now, the energies of nature are present in the outer world, but also inside ourselves, because we are particles of nature. So when you are meditating on a deity, you are meditating on powers of your own spirit and psyche, and on powers that are also out there. One finds in practically all the religious traditions of the world (with a few exceptions) that the aim is for the individual to put himself into accord with nature, with his nature, and that’s both physical and psychological health. These are what in our traditions are called the nature religions, and the deities are not final terms; they are references to spiritual energies. So when mythology is properly understood, the object that is revered and venerated is not a final term; the object venerated is a personification of an energy that dwells within the individual, and the reference of mythology has two modes—that of consciousness and that of the spiritual potentials within the individual. – Joseph Campbell, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Sacred Feminine
It was the Goddess who protected the God,
who searched for him without tiring,
who traveled the world lamenting
who did not rest until she found him
who made shade for him with her bright wings
who breathed life back into him,
who revived hid passion, who received his seed
who bore the child, who raised the child,
the Goddess, alone, did all this. ~Egyptian Prayer To Isis, Eighteenth Dynasty 1567-1320 BCE
At times in our lives, we must confront loneliness. Others may surround us, even press in upon us, but in our souls we are lonely. It feels like a kind of starvation, as though some vital food is missing. During such times we can feel distant from our spiritual sources as well as from other people. It can seem as though the Goddess has abandoned us, cast us adrift without her guidance,
Ancient religions depict the Goddess, too, going through such stark periods of needy solitude. Yet, like Isis in the prayer above, the Goddess survives and endures. Myths of the Goddess not only reveal images of nature and the Universal order. They are also stories that help us understand the happenings in our own lives. When Isis loses her beloved brother-husband Osiris, but finds and restores him to life, she exemplifies the transition between periods of loss and those of rebirth within our own human lives.
)0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON
This was what the Goddess Isis did:
after she had mourned Osiris,
she made wind with her wings
and flew on her own power
around the world, in grief,
never resting until she found him.
And when she found him,
motionless and dead,
she drew out his essence
and created new life.~Egyptian Song Of Isis
After the dark times of loss, we somehow find strength to go on. Whether we have lost a job or a relationship, a loved one to death or a home to disaster or divorce, we struggle back to life. We do the laundry, we answer the mail, we watch the clouds sweep across the sky. Slowly, the pain of loss finds its place in our life, and one day we wake up to find ourselves truly alive again.
The mystery of the soul’s healing after loss has never been better expressed than in the great Egyptian myth of Isis. The goddess loses her beloved husband-brother Osiris not once, but twice. And each time she seeks him out and finds a way to bring him back to life. The first time she truly reinvigorates him, but the second time he is dismembered and lost to her completely. Nonetheless, she finds a way to bring life out of death. On this day, when the ancient Egyptians celebrated the second great feast if Isis, the Night of the Drop, let us meditate on life’s healing potential.
)0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON
Look how the sky’s doors open to your beauty.
Look how the Goddess waits to receive you.
This is death. This is the life beyond life.
Look how the day is breaking in the east.
Look how the Goddess awakens you. Listen
to us singing to you, there among the stars. ~Egyptian Coffin Texts
This was the period when the great Mysteries of Isis were celebrated. For three days, special rituals were held that enacted the story of the loss and restoration of Osiris, the brother and lover of Isis. Today, she sought for the body of her beloved; tomorrow, she grieved for his loss; and on the third day, she found his body and restored him to life.
The cycle of loss and return is the cycle of the seasons; each year we lose the beautiful fruitfulness of summer and enter into winter, but each year the earth is finally renewed and new life emerges. In our own lives, too, we see this cycle. Resisting loss is futile, because there is loss in every life. We must grieve, too, rather than deny the depth of our feelings when we have experienced loss, whether that be of a dream or a person, an object or an relationship. Finally, we will find some renewal occurring. It often seems unlikely, when in the grip of loss, that life will ever restore its balance again; we feel as though we ill perpetually be in pain. Yet the year always brings forth its promise: whatever happens, life will bring us change at last.
By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast