It’s only 45F at the moment, just at sunrise with the light peeking through the trees. It’s supposed to get up to 60F today. It’s beautifully clear and very, very still. With the window open I can hear vehicles going over the Alsea Bay Bridge, which is well over a mile away!
Yesterday was a long, tiring day. I spent the whole day cooking. I made 3 kinds of pickles, a lamb stew, cheese and set up to do cukes in dill yogurt and a rabbit pie. Tempus didn’t get home until 9pm, but at that point I was just ready to drop.
He had a busy day at the shop. He had a couple of long chats with folks from Corvallis and from the Illinois Valley area. A number of other people were in shopping and he got a needle done and started another. He’s gotten addicted. 🙂
Herb Bunch at 11am will be working on harvested things, so I need to get moving early. We’ll also be making wood butter. Sewing Workshop at 3pm. I’ll be starting with rolled hems, then a few odds and ends and depending on how busy we are, maybe even make some denim balls and if someone is interested, I can show you how to make a rag doll wig!
Just because this looks fun!
Today’s feast is in honor of Gerald Gardner whose birthday is today. Wicca is his fault. 🙂 He was a British eccentric from an entirely unremarkable family, who went into the foreign service and came back with an attitude that allowed him to take disparate bits and create a religious path that the time was ripe for. Many of the pagan paths these days owe a lot to him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Gardner_(Wiccan) I ran across a YouTube last year about Gerald Gardner, by Ronald Hutton. It’s pretty good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQbdXCoxC14
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them allthrough the woods in the middle spring. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/14 at 10:05pm.
Saturday, June 13 Jupiter and bright Venus have closed to within 11° of each other in the west at nightfall. Once the sky is dark enough, binoculars can show that Venus this evening shines barely within the top fringe of M44, the Beehive Star Cluster.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
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”… 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.
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 13 Low 4:57 AM -0.5 5:31 AM Rise 3:42 AM 16
~ 13 High 11:10 AM 5.9 9:02 PM Set 6:01 PM
~ 13 Low 4:39 PM 1.8
~ 13 High 10:48 PM 8.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence, sometimes you just have to stay home and mow your own lawn.
~ The Way is not difficult, we only lose ourselves in our choices. By trying to accept this and reject that, our minds never recognize the truth. Do not get carried away by the karmic wheel. Do not stop either in emptiness. Keep a quiet heart, all duality evaporates spontaneously. – Seng Tsan
~ You don’t have to go looking for love when it’s where you come from. – Werner Erhard
~ Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day. – Thornton Wilder, US playwright, novelist
~ Having the world’s best idea will do you no good unless you act on it. People who want milk shouldn’t sit on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them. – Curtis Grant, Writer
What You Realize When Cancer Comes by Larry Smith, from A River Remains. © WordTech Editions. Reprinted with permission.
What You Realize When Cancer Comes
You will not live forever—No
you will not, for a ceiling of clouds
hovers in the sky.
You are not as brave
as you once thought.
Sounds of death
echo in your chest.
You feel the bite of pain,
the taste of it running
Following the telling to friends
comes a silence of
felt goodbyes. You come to know
the welling of tears.
Your children are stronger
than you thought and
closer to your skin.
The beauty of animals
birds on telephone lines,
dogs who look into your eyes,
all bring you peace.
You want no more confusion
than what already rises
in your head and heart.
You watch television less,
will never read all those books,
much less the ones
Songs can move you now, so that
you want to hold onto the words
like the hands of children.
Your own hands look good to you.
old and familiar
You read your lover’s skin
like a road map
All touch is precious now.
There are echoes
in the words thrown
When they take your picture now
you wet your lips, swallow once
and truly smile.
Talk of your lost parents
pulls you out, and
brings you home again.
You are in a river
flowing in and through you.
Take a breath. Reach out your arms.
You can survive.
A river is flowing
flowing in and through you.
Take a breath. Reach out your arms.
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From: “deborah” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:48:33 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Magic and Divination
Midsummer Magic and Divination by Anna Franklin
Midsummer is a day of very potent magic, a time when the otherworld is close, and it is possible to see into the future.
In the past, a wide variety of Midsummer divination techniques were employed by country people. In fact, many of these techniques are employed even today–farmers view the weather on the solstice as a potential indicator of the bounty of the harvest. Rains on this day indicate a poor and wet grain harvest, but a large crop of apples and pears.
Midsummer Love Divination
In bygone days, young girls would take the opportunity on the Summer Solstice to perform various acts of divination, usually to discover whom they would marry. You might like to try some of these yourself—
after all, you don’t have to be a young girl to be interested in potential lovers. But be forewarned, some of these techniques are pretty scary, designed to conjure up an apparition of the lover rather than a rosy-cheeked warm-blooded person.
At midnight on St. John’s Eve, walk seven times sunwise around a church, scattering hempseed and saying, “Hempseed I sow. Hempseed I sow. Let the one that is my true love come after me and mow.” When you’ve completed the circuits, look over your left shoulder to see your true love coming after you–with a scythe in hand.
On Midsummer Eve, meanwhile, take off your shift and wash it, then turn it inside out and hang it over the back of a chair near the fire. Do it all in silence and you will see your future husband at midnight, intent on turning the shift right side out.
You can also test on Midsummer Eve whether a partner returns your love. Follow this ancient Roman method of divination: Eat an apple and save back one pip, which you will address with your lover’s name. Flick the pip from your finger with your thumb nail–if it hits the ceiling then your love is returned.
Daisies are assocated with faithful love, and are sacred to the love goddesses Venus, Aphrodite, and Freya. Their folk name “measure of love” comes from the following charm. To find out whether someone loves you, take a daisy and pull of the petals one by one, saying alternately after each: “He loves me. He loves me not.” The final petal will give you the answer.
To discover when you will marry, find a meadow or lawn where daisies grow. Close your eyes and pull up a handful of grass. The number of daisies in the handful is the number of unmarried years remaining to you.
One Welsh method of divination called ffatio involves washing clothes at midnight in a well while chanting: Sawl ddaw I gyd-fydio, doed I gyd-ffatio (“He who would my partner be, let him come and wash with me”). The lover will then appear to help with the laundry. Finally, to find your husband, fast on Midsummer Eve till midnight, then spread a supper of bread, cheese, and ale on a clean cloth. Leave the front door wide open. Your future husband will enter the room, drink a glass of ale, bow, and leave.
Or it might be a burglar, you never know.
~Llewellyn’s 2002 Magical Almanac
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Remember that dancing shark from Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show? A guy in Colorado actually got a tattoo of the shark. That story again: Weed is still legal in Colorado. – Jimmy Fallon