The sun is actually shining! It’s 53 with only the tiniest breath of breeze.
Yesterday was a pretty good day, overall. I was draggy all day, of course, but the Herbs Workshop went well and I did get a lot of sewing and some small chores done during the rest of the day. We weren’t really busy, but had some sales and Tempus, after working most of the day on another needle, dozed off in the late afternoon for a couple of hours.
Today we have the Wicca 101 for Young Folks at 9:30 or so, whenever they get there and then the House Capuchin Project Day will be going on during the afternoon.
Today is International Children’s Day. It’s not much celebrated in the US, but is intended to call attention to the abuse and exploitation of children around the world, whether as child soldiers, child workers or children living in the street or with the aftereffects of displacement by war. Our children are our future, not a commodity! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
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Love & Light,
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 Tide Change on 6/2 at 9:19am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/31 at 9:19pm. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/3 at 9:19pm.
The nova in the Sagittarius Teapot, more than two months old, continues to vary between about magnitude 4.5 and 6.6, though with a general downward trend. As of May 29th it was about 5.9. See article with charts and a link to an up-to-date light curve.
With a bright Moon in the sky, it’s time to turn your scope from deep-sky objects to double stars. Try out a bunch of them in Serpens Caput using Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders column, with chart and photos, in the June Sky & Telescope, page 56.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, at the Cancer-Leo border) shines to the upper left of Venus. These two brightest planets are closing in toward each other: from 23° apart on May 29th to 17° apart on June 5th. They’re on their way to a spectacularly close conjunction at the end of June.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 31 Low 6:07 AM -0.2 5:35 AM Set 4:36 AM 91
31 High 12:23 PM 5.9 8:53 PM Rise 6:58 PM
31 Low 5:50 PM 2.2
31 High 11:47 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The new promise of another day. It is a beginning, without a past or a future. What will you do with it?
~ A book should serve as an axe for the frozen sea within us. – Franz Kafka
~ A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ Nothing endures but change. – Heraclitus
~ A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Forgiving creates a new way to remember. – L Smedes
We have worked at full speed since May. And that is I’m persuaded the root and source and origin of all health and happiness, provided of course that one rides work as a man rides a great horse, in a spirited and independent way; not a drudge, but a man with spurs to his heels. (Writing in her journal about her life as a publisher and writer.) – Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) English Writer
An amulet made for protection that uses eye symbolism to represent the Sun is the South American God’s Eye, which has its origins with the native people of that continent. These amulets are made from two sticks placed across each other to form an equilateral cross. Colored yard is then wound around them to form the body of the Eye. By alternating the colors of yarn the finished product looks like a stylized eye, and its four points symbolize the four directions. The Native South Americans used them both for decoration and as protective talismans.
To make your own God’s eye, you will need a quarter-inch dowel available at craft and hardware stores, a pair of scissors, and a collection of colored yarns (popsicle sticks work well too).
Cut the dowel into lengths approximately ten inches long. Holding the dowels together at their centers so that they form and equal length cross, begin wrapping your first yarn color around the center in an “X” pattern to stabilize the dowels.
Now begin slowly working your design outward. Wrap the yarn completely around one point of the dowel and then move on to the next point.
Periodically stop and push the yarn down against the center so that you have a tight weave. When you have wrapped the yarn within half an inch of the dowels, stop and wrap the yarn several times tightly around one point. You can then tie it off, leaving a loop from which it can be hung.
God’s Eyes can be made of any size, depending on how you want to use them. Larger ones can be used for protection like a Native North American medicine shield, and smaller ones in Yule colors make excellent Yule tree decorations and can symbolize the return of the Sun. If they are decorative items to honor the Sun, then your work is done. If they are to function as protective talismans, then you should be visualizing their purpose as you weave them and consecrate them to their purpose later on.
Taken from The Sabbats- A New Approach to Living the Old Ways by Edain McCoy
God’s Eye – (For Litha) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/godseye.htmlMaterials:
- 2 wooden dowels
Your dowels can be of any length depending on what size you want the end product to be, but a good size would be about 8 to 12 inches. The yarn can be of any color, but if this is to be used for midsummer decoration, match the color with the intention, using yellow, red, white, or even green, something to symbolize the highest power of summer. A good idea is to get one of those mulitcolored yarns that fade from one color to the next; one that fades between shades of yellow to white and back is perfect. Now place one of the dowels on top of the other so that they make an equilateral cross, and start wrapping the yarn around their middles in a little X. Keep wrapping, alternating over each “shoulder” of the horizontal dowel, until they are reasonably steady and holding together without your support. Then, clockwise, wrap the yarn around each dowel in turn, making a single loop and continuing to the next. As you continue the process, the pattern will spread outward from the center, resembling an eye in a way. Keep pushing the yarn down on the dowels so that it does not look loose or have any spaces in between each layer. When the God’s Eye is as large as you want it, you can end it by wrapping the string tightly around the top dowel and tying it off in a loop. This can be hung if you like, or placed in a picture frame holder or support apparatus to display on a table. As a variation, you can actually tie it off well before you are finished and insert a different color if you prefer.
A God’s Eye is a very old craft that has been made since antiquity, and eyes were always a focus of superstition and holiness in the old days. The God’s Eye craft can be regarded in a ritual as representing the God’s vision upon you, or to represent, in more simple terms, the sun itself. Drinking a toast to the sun’s highest power on midsummer, regarding the Eye, is a possible use.
If you’d like to see an illustration of this craft as well as someone else’s interpretation of how to create it, do a search for “God’s Eye craft” or look at the illustrated page at http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/godseye.html .
A God’s Eye is a great craft to make at probably any of the Sabbats. I’ve seen them made at Imbolc, and then they’re usually renamed as “Goddess Eyes.” Works for me.
To make a God/dess Eye, you’ll need:
- 2 sticks; I’ve found that bamboo skewers work really well
- yarn of different colors; save leftovers from knitting / crochet projects
- scissors to cut the yarn
- Charge your materials in your normal way.
- Make a slip knot on the end of the yarn you’ll use for the middle of the cross, and slide the loop over the two sticks.
- Once you’ve centered the yarn, pull the knot, and spread the stick arms out into the form of a cross.
- Wrap the yarn diagonally over the center twice for each side (NW-SE, and then NE-SW).
- Begin wrapping the yarn around the sticks, always remembering to move deosil around the eye. Start at one point, move the yarn over the stick, come around the back crossing over the front and moving on to the next arm. Remember – always go over the stick and then go around it. And keep the yarn tight.
- When you need to add another color, figure out where you need to place the knot of the two strands so that it’s hidden behind a stick arm. As you wrap the stick, wrap the loose strands to hide them.
- When you’re done, doubly loop the yarn over the final arm.
- To hang, cut 12″ of yarn. From the front of the eye, push an end on either side of an arm about 2/3rds the way up the arm. Knot the ends in the back. Bring the strands together, determine the length for dangling, and tie a knot. Hang your eye, and enjoy.S. – I’ve seen God’s Eyes made using embroidery thread and jewelers’ wire. These were then were attached to earring hooks and worn. They looked cool, especially when metallic thread was used.
© 2001 Mother
Midsummer crafts revolve around the sun god, and the sun itself.
God’s Eyes are probably the most well known craft tied to Midsummer. South American in origin, they were made by the natives for both protection and decoration. These amulets are made of two sticks placed to form an equilateral cross. Coloured yarn or ribbon is wound around the cross, in alternating colours, to form an eye, and its four points symbolize the two solstices (summer and winter) and equinoxes (spring and fall).
To make the God’s Eyes, you will need:
- 1/4 inch dowels (available at craft or hardware stores, any kind of stick can be used, popsicle sticks are common ^_^)
- Yarn or ribbon in assorted colours
Cut the dowels into any length you wish, just make sure you have two sticks of equal length. Place them to form an equilateral cross. Starting it can be a bit tricky. I tie a tight knot with the ribbon in the centre, then take the dowels and form the cross, and go and tie it the other way.
You could also just tie a knot in the centre, pull the dowels out to form the cross, and start weaving. Just keep in mind you’ll have to hold it in place the while you weave it around the first few times. Once you have it started, take the ribbon and wrap it completely around one point of the dowel, than trail it over the next point of the cross. Pull the ribbon taut, you want a tight weave. Work your design outward, stopping periodically to change ribbon colours, if you wish. If your God’s Eye is going to be used for magickal purposes, you should visualize its purpose as you weave, and consecrate it for its purpose later on. When you have wrapped the ribbon within about half an inch of the end of the dowels, stop the weaving, and tie it off. This may require a bit of glue to hold it in place. When it is tied off, use a bit of the ribbon to make a loop and glue it to the top of the God’s Eye so that you can hang it.
God’s Eyes are a great activity for children, and a fun way to teach them about the Sun God and the purpose of Midsummer.