Drattit. I’m fighting the computer again. Dunno why….
60F, although it’s nearly noon, and pretty much the forecast high. It’s been a little drippy, like yesterday, although I wonder whether the sun/moon will come through as they did yesterday? Almost one tenth of an inch of rain today and two tenths yesterday. Not quite done with the rainy season, but at least I don’t need to go water the garden.
Yesterday was a slog all day, except for the doctor appointment. Chores
happened, but that’s not very interesting… 🙂 I had some writing to do, mostly on a personal blog for my research. It’s here, if you’re interested: https://anjasquest.wordpress.com/ Tempus ended up spending part of the evening at the shop, working on a pattern for a project of his. There’s actually work space to spread out there.
Today we have more chores. I hope it’ll be dry enough later for me to get some harvesting done, too. The violets and the confetti roses need to be done right away. I want to un-bury the sorrel so I can have some in my salads again. I also want to take a short hike down to the park to check on the berries. Salmon berries are coming on and the thimbles are green, but getting ready to turn.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1908 that a massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, knocking over 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). This is also known as the “Tunguska event“. This event, while beloved by UFOlogists and Conspiracy Theorists, most likely was some kind of meteoric airburst event, whatever the source of the material, comet or asteroid, but there are other possibilities… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
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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. 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. 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 on 6/16 at 7:05am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/9 at 8:42zm.
Two shadows on Jupiter. From 9:58 to 11:13 Pacific Daylight Time, Io and Ganymede are both casting their tiny, unequal black shadows onto Jupiter’s face. And, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot transits the planet’s central meridian around 8:38 p.m. PDT. Good luck with all this; Jupiter is now almost as distant and small as it gets. In a telescope, Jupiter has shrunk to 35 or 34 arcseconds wide.
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.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, just above the head of Scorpius) is about a week past opposition. It’s the southeast in twilight, higher after dark, and highest in the south by midnight. Some 11° lower left of Saturn is twinklier orange Antares, less bright. In a telescope, Saturn’s rings are tilted a broad 24° from edgewise.
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”…
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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
W 3 High 1:00 AM 8.1 5:34 AM Set 6:46 AM 99
~ 3 Low 8:01 AM -1.3 8:55 PM Rise 9:53 PM
~ 3 High 2:31 PM 6.5
~ 3 Low 7:52 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is a garden of riches waiting for you to harvest its fruit
~ But he that dare not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose. – Anne Bronte
~ At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, Least of all ourselves. For the moment ~ that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt. – unnamed Hopi Elder
~ Drop your mind into the bottomless well of your heart. With every heartbeat feel the pulse of almighty Life. – Yogananda
~ The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year. – John Foster Dulles
Wasted – Written and Submitted by Lila MoonShadow
The pain of the world
darker than black ink
too big for one heart to hold
the children with no love
no food, no home
feeling no acceptance
no secure footing hold
used and abused
to feed ungrateful masses
the overkilled tossed carelessly
into the land and the people it creeps
not human now, no
brainless, eyeless consumers
eating, killing robots
billions of dollars spent
massaging the brain
two miles away
a baby dies from starvation
a mother slips away in despair
a man kills for the itch
a cat gives birth to stillborn
a dog whines from rope-raw skin
a government slaughters a country
turn the head
shut the eye
close the ear
where are the brave ones? The hero-eens
The world stands, hands out, palms up
defenseless, praying, watching
where are the saviors?
In the mirror – http://lilamoonshadow.blogspot.com/
Laminated Window Hangings for Litha
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Litha cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of suns, wedding cake or other Litha figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Pagan parenting: midsummer crafts and activities for children – Looking for some great Midsummer crafts and activities for your kids this solstice? Liven up Litha with some of these ideas. [Also great for the Younger Self]
COLLECT HERBS – Herbs collected at dawn on Midsummer have long been thought to be especially charged with magic. Get up early and collect some from your garden to be dried and used throughout the year. If you don’t have an herb garden, try going to a natural area. Take along a book that identifies wild herbs, and choose some to bring home and dry. Make sure that you can identify those that you choose to ensure you are not taking home poisonous plants, and never, ever ingest herbs you collect from the wild.
WASH IN DEW – While you are up early, collect some dew of the grass or tree leaves and wash your face with it. Dew collected on the morning of Midsummer is also highly charged with powerful nature magic. Whoever washes with it is blessed by the Goddess.
PLAY GAMES – Summer Solstice was a prime time for merry making and frolicking, since it fell between the two hardest work seasons– planting and harvesting. People loved to play games during this joyous time of year when the sun was at its peak and the land was warm and ripening. Incorporate some of that fun into your holiday celebration– cut loose and play games. Have a water balloon fight, toss a frisbee, or run relay races.
HAVE A BARBECUE – Midsummer is a fire festival. The Sun Lord is at his height of power and glory. Cooking outdoors on an open fire is a great way to celebrate the season. Allow children to roast hot dogs or marsh mallows (with a long stick and adult supervision) on the flame of life as it crackles and burns.
MAKE A BURNING MAN – One long-surviving Pagan tradition is that of making a burning man, which represents the Sun Lord, in all of His flaming splendor, at the point of the year in which He begins His decline. Giant burning men have been erected at large festivals and burned on enormous bonfires, however a small version that can be placed on the barbecue or in the fire pit will suffice for your needs.
Gather sticks and twigs and make a small human figure by tying them together with twine. At sunset, have an adult put the burning man on his “pyre” and watch it go up in flames. Know that as he turns to ash, so does the year begin to wane.
MAKE A SUNDIAL – What better craft for the longest day of the year than to create your own sundial? If you have land upon which you can make a permanent sundial on the ground, gather some stones or shells, and a large stick. It should be a place that is in an open area that gets full sunlight all day. Plant the stick half-way into the ground, in the center of where your sundial will be. Pack the soil around it well. Then, from dawn till dusk, every hour on the hour, place a stone at the spot where the protruding top of the stick points. As the seasons change, you will note the differences of where the shadows fall, allowing children to witness the changes in the sun’s journey through the year.
If you don’t have any land, you can still make a portable sundial. Get a round wood plaque from a craft store (the type used for making clocks works well). Let the children paint and decorate it if they wish. On Midsummer, put it in a place where it will get full sun all day. Drill a hole in the center (most clock face wood plaques will already have one) and put a stick firmly into it. Use glue around it to ensure its sturdiness. Then, glue a small stone or rock– every hour on the hour– exactly where the stick’s shadow points. You can store your sundial indoors, and bring it out whenever you please.
FEED THE FAIRIES – As depicted in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the shortest night of the year has always been known as a night when the veil between our world and the world of the fairies is thin. Fairies are at their most active on the night of Litha. Children may wish to gather together a plate of sweet treats and ripe fruits and leave it out for them. Befriending the fairies on the solstice is a smart move, lest they may use their mischievous magic to trick you!
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