It’s cloudy at the moment. The view from my window is very green. Several small birds are chirping away and others are making that sound that’s more like a wooden click than a chirp. It’s already 65 and quite humid. You know, there’s still snow up in the mountains. I know it’s dry farther south, but JumpOff Joe still has an inch and it’s at 3500 feet. I saw a couple of others a few days ago.
An unexpected plum harvest when I tripped into the tree! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
By 2:30 I had talked to Catt Foy and folks were starting to arrive for the Summer Harvest Day. There ended up being 7 of us. Tempus mostly spent time cutting out blackberries so we could get at the things to harvest. 🙂 We got the french lavendar completely harvested and Geurin took that home to dry. We also harvested the rugosa roses, a bunch of hebe and fennel, picked blue and blackberries (although I forgot the salal!) pink rose petals and sweetgrass. Geurin also got a lot of the rugosas cut out of the garden by the artichoke. Those things *spread*!
I got a bath, after, since I was itchy all over. After that point, Tempus had gone to a friend’s to do chores so Robyne, Catt and I sat and talked. I managed to misplace my glasses and trying to run around without them for an hour gave me an horrid headache, so I laid down for a bit. In the evening I started working on the corn salad, but had to keep up and downing, since my back was giving me whatfor.
Munchkin harvesting hebe behind the fennel. >>>>>
Robyne and Catt were getting along really well, enjoying talking about various subjects. When Tempus got home he got involved in that, too and it was well past midnight when he wound down enough to go to bed.
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Robyne in front of the 7 foot tall fennel.
Today is the start of Psychic Fair. Catt Foy is our guest with her PsyCards. She’ll be doing readings all day. At 6pm the potluck cookout starts and runs right through the fireworks. The shop will be open, probably until 11pm or even a bit later….at least an 1/2 hour past the time the fireworks end, anyway. Here’s more information: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/psychic-fair-information/
Today’s celebration is the Waldport Fireworks! The towns along the coast alternate days, so Newport and Yachats have displays on the 4th, but Waldport and
Depoe Bay are on the 3rd. It’s pretty darned crazy as far as traffic goes, since even the Alsea Bridge traffic stops moving during the display. The fireworks go off from Bayshore Point and are visible all up and down the bay and through most of town.
Fireworks go back to the 7th century in China and are part of religious celebrations and festivals all across the world. The techniques used to create the displays are amazing. Wikipedia has a good article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn,Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waxing Crescent. 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Waxing Quarter on 7/5 at 4:59am.
Vega is the brightest star very high in the east these evenings. The brightest to its lower left is Deneb. Farther to Vega’s lower right is Altair. These make up the big Summer Triangle. If you have a dark sky, you can see that the glowing band of the Milky Way runs through it.
Earth is at aphelion, its farthest from the Sun for 2014. But it’s only 3% farther than at perihelion in January; Earth’s orbit is nearly round and nearly centered on the Sun.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Libra) glows in the south during evening. The wide binocular double star Alpha Librae glimmers to Saturn’s lower right. Look for Antares and the head of Scorpius down to Saturn’s lower left. In a telescope Saturn’s globe is 18 arcseconds wide, and its rings are tilted 21° from our line of sight. Use our SaturnMoons app to find and identify Saturn’s various satellites at any time and date. A 6-inch scope will show four or five of them: Titan, Rhea, Dione, Tethys, and sometimes Iapetus.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
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 – Meditation – Roll down a hill with your (or any) child. Breathe deep. What does your inner child feel like?
~ Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it and it darts away. – Dorothy Parker
~ A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~ God cannot help those who do not seize opportunities. – Chinese Proverb
~ Either dance well or quit the ballroom. – Greek Proverb
Old Glory – Howard Schnauber
I Am The Flag of The Republic of The United States of America.
My name is Old Glory.
I used to fly atop the world’s tallest buildings but for today.
Today, I fly at half-mast in honor of those Americans who
were taken today.
I will continue to stand watch in America’s halls of justice.
I will continue to fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I will continue to stand guard with the power of united strength.
Look up and you will still see me.
Those who attack our shores
Cannot make me fall.
I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners, my head is a little higher,
my colors a little truer.
I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am saluted.
I am loved — I am revered.
I am respected — and I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war for more then 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appomattox.
I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, in the Argonne
Forest, Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy, Guam.
Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me,
I was there.
I led my troops,
I was dirty, battle worn and tired, but my soldiers cheered me
And I was proud.
I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries I
have helped set free. … It does not hurt, for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of
my country by those who would tear me asunder.
But I shall overcome — for I am strong.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stood watch over the uncharted
frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness to all of America’s finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.
When I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my wounded
comrades on the battlefield,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent at the grave
of their fallen son or daughter,
I am proud.
My name is OLD GLORY, but my strength is in the American heart.
Long may I wave.
I ask that you remember our country and those who have died in your prayers. I also encourage you to resume a normal life as soon as possible, for it is then can we start to heal.
Shell crafts to honor the ocean or beach
- Witch bottles a la Cunningham
- Shell frames
- Shell covered boxes or vases
- Shell “flowers”
- Floating candles
Herb Crafts to honor the earth
- Press and dry perfect leaves from various trees, vines, shrubs and herbs and make into placemats, bookmarks or pictures.
- Dry herbs
- Make simple wooden planters from 3 boards (bottom and sides) and two rocks (ends)
Crafts to honor the air
- Perfect time to make a hummingbird feeder
- Bird feeders
- Pinwheels and other spinners
- Wind chimes
- Tanabata streamers
Cookouts are the perfect Lughnasadh “craft”. – Learn how to build a fire, properly.
Lammas Centerpiece – (For Lughnasadh) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/cntrpees.html
Basket or floral pot
Floral foam (to stick fake flowers into)
Dried or fake flowers resembling wheat
Dried or fake flowers in blue or orange
Small fake sunflowers or sunflower vine
Raffia or husk to make dolly
Simply arrange the items in the basket or pot in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. The dolly is made by folding the raffia or husk so that a loop of it resembles the head of a doll, and then it is tied with white ribbon. Arms can also be added with extra husk or raffia, but that is unnecessary; the dolly can also be dressed as a pregnant woman at this time if desired.
The dolly can be made in ritual to symbolize the pregnant mother Goddess who is giving forth her bounty in the form of the harvest (but is still pregnant with the stored bounty of the future harvest). The dolly can be made and placed ceremoniously among the centerpiece.
1. The Cat in the Blender
2. Herbert the Pervert Likes Sherbert
3. Fox in Detox
4. Who Shat in the Hat
5. Horton Hires a Ho
6. The Flesh-Eating Lorax
7. How the Grinch Stole Columbus Day
8. Your Colon Can Moo-Can You
9. Zippy The Rabid Gerbil
10. One Bitch Two Bitch Dead Bitch Blue Bitch
11. Marvin K. Mooney, Get the F*** Out!
12. Yentil the Lentil
13. My Pocket Rocket Needs a Socket
14. Aunts in my Pants
15. The Grinch’s Ten Inches