Herbs Workshop this morning at 11am is going to be making stain remover soap balls among other things. Sewing this afternoon at 3pm.
It’s 53F and quite foggy at the moment, although it’s clearing fast. If it’s as hot in the Valley as they’re saying it’s going to be a good day to come out to the coast!
Yesterday didn’t go the way I figured. I ended up staying home and writing instead of going to the shop. Initially I figured I was home just to get some paperwork done and then it kept getting later and later….
Tempus wasn’t all the busy at the shop, so he could handle it just fine and I *did* get a lot done. It’s just it’s not what I planned on!
A Ken Gagne pic of baby mergansers on the Yachats River on 6/4/15
Today is the festival of the Thracian Goddess Bendis, who was a goddess of the moon and had Bacchic-style revels as her worship. She was associated with Artemis by the Greeks. More here: http://www.theoi.com/Thrakios/Bendis.html and the Wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bendis
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
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Love & Light,
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.
Venus at greatest elongation east – Saturday, June 6, evening twilight – Venus reaches its greatest eastward distance from the sun, its orbit shown in white here. It is closing in on Jupiter.
Jupiter and Venus continue closing in toward each other. At nightfall, Jupiter and Venus form a big, graceful sweep with Regulus to their upper left and Pollux and Castor to their lower right, as shown above.
Now that there’s about an hour of complete darkness between the end of twilight and moonrise, ambitious users of big scopes under very dark skies can take on the challenge of the Corona Borealis galaxy cluster — a staggering 1.1 billion light-years away — using Howard Banich’s guide in the June Sky & Telescope, page 60. The cluster’s two brightest galaxies, a pair of giant ellipticals, are only magnitude 15.4.
Mars is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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
Sa 6 High 3:07 AM 7.7 5:33 AM Set 9:51 AM 88
~ 6 Low 10:07 AM -1.2 8:57 PM
~ 6 High 4:47 PM 6.7
~ 6 Low 10:19 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Budget: A method for going broke methodically.
~ People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. – George Allen
~ Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny – he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally – you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you. – Osho
~ I follow the religion of Love; whatever way Love’s camels take, that is my religion and my faith. – Ibn al-‘Arabi
~ Butterflies are self propelled flowers. – R.H. Heinlein
VOUS ET NUL AUTRE
I will remember you long after memory fails me;
Even after death closes my eyes, and I wait to see
If I will be sent back again to this Earth.
If this happens… Oh love, I will find you.
My heart will always hold you within my breast;
And surely I will know you, and will have no other. – © Copyright 11/5/05 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
deborah <email@example.com> wrote:
From: “deborah” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:47:09 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Traditions
Midsummer has always been a time for celebration and dancing. Traditionally, there were bonfires to celebrate the Sun. The bonfires were believed to have the power to burn away all negativity and evil. People jumped the flames, much as they had at Beltane, making wishes. It was believed that the summer grains would grow only as high as they were able to jump. The Celts built their bonfires near holy wells or on a border or boundary of some sort because they considered borders to be magickal entrances to the Underworld. In some places, people light fires on midsummer eve. They stay up until midnight to welcome in midsummer day, and, when the fires die down, men run or jump through the embers to bring good luck.
Ancient Pagans had a custom for Midsummer which consisted of wrapping straw around the wheel of a cart, lighting it on fire, and then rolling it down a tall hill. These flaming wheels were called “Catherine Wheels” and they emulated the action of the sun, which would begin waning after Midsummer day. If the fire went out before the wheel got to the bottom of the hill, it indicated a good harvest.
Since Midsummer is both a time of protection and of divination, in ancient times, the rootstock of a male fern plant was trimmed into the likeness of a hand and smoked in the Midsummer fires. These ‘Hands of Glory’ were hung in houses for protection. It was said that if the hands glowed with a blue flame, they were revealing hidden treasure in the earth.
There is still a famous summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. On the night before midsummer, a group of white-robed Druids gather at Stonehenge to watch the sun rising. As it comes up, the sun rises exactly over the Heel Stone, one of the stones that lies outside the main circle at Stonehenge.
Many midsummer celebrations were moved to the feast of St John the Baptist (24th June). But since Midsummer was a time of magic and wonder-working, evil spirits were said to appear, and people gathered herbs and flowers to protect themselves. One of the most powerful was the plant known as ‘chase-devil’, which we now call St John’s Wort. People used it in potions, and wove the flowers into garlands to decorate their houses or protect their farm animals. They believed that the herb could shield them from the power of evil spirits and could help them foretell the future. ~author unknown
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Welcome to the program. And here we are again in the beautiful Ed Sullivan Theater where 51 years ago the Beatles made their first appearance. Right here, 51 years ago — now look what you get. – David Letterman