It’s already 58F which is the forecast high. There’s just enough breeze to wave the branches around and shiver the leaves and just enough cloud to thin out the sunlight a bit.
Yesterday we got a lot done. The Herb Workshop prepped a lot of roses and honeysuckle, then packaged thrift, fleabane, rosemary, violets, clover, rosemary, buttercups and mugwort …and maybe some other things…. it was a lot of packages.
We were pretty busy during the early and middle part of the day. There were lots of people in browsing and some buying. We’ve got repeat customers for incense, pretty regularly, but most of these were the “just looking around” variety.
Sewing was just me again, so I finished the stack of pouches that have been waiting and also two more of the heraldic napkins that I did up from one of my Spoonflower fabric designs.
Today we have Wicca 101 in the morning, if anyone shows up, (…and they didn’t) and then in the afternoon look for folks in costume. Yes, House Capuchin’s monthly potluck is happening at 4pm, but the Project Day starts at noon. We’ll be working on our various projects and one of the members of House Capuchin who lives over in the valley is going to be working on the sewing machines.
…and speaking of books, my folks were Louis L’Amour fans and we have a *whole* *box* of his books! They’re all in good condition… all 111 of ’em… and if you buy the whole set, I’ll chuck in another 1/2 dozen related titles…. If you want ’em, yell quickly, because I’ve got them listed, already. For more on Louis L’Amour, take a look at the wikipedia article hre: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_L%27Amour
Today’s plant, Western Bracken Fern, Pteridium aquilinum, is a hardy plant that moves into disturbed ground. It dies down in the winter and grows very green, standing waist-high in the warm parts of the summer. You read a lot in literature of people making love in the bracken, which is part of its association with fertility. – Masculine, Mercury, Air – Burn outside for rain, use in amulets for protection, healing and fertility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteridium_aquilinum
Today is the anniversary of the adoption of the first flag of the USA which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. There is a house in Philadelphia where a Flag Day parade is held every year in front of the house where US folklore has it that Betsy Ross stitched the first flag. Well, it’s folklore…. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-american-flag/2011/06/08/AG3ZSkOH_story.html
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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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/16 at 7:05am.
Saturn is the brightest point glowing in the southeast to south these evenings. The stars of upper Scorpius >>> glitter below it. For instance, to the the lower left of Saturn by 3½° (about two finger-widths at arm’s length) is Beta Scorpii, a fine double star for telescopes. Just 1° below Beta is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii, not quite vertical. Binoculars may show their slight color difference. To Beta’s left by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii, another fine telescopic double. And, high power in good seeing reveals that Nu’s brighter component is itself a close binary, separation 2 arcseconds.
Mercury and the Moon – Monday, June 15, sunrise – The moon will occult the planet Mercury in Sri Lanka. Other parts of the world will see the thin crescent of Mercury very close to the thin crescent of the moon just before sunrise.
>>> Aldebaran and the Moon – Monday, June 15, sunrise – As seen from eastern North America, the moon will occult the bright red giant star Aldebaran.
Mercury is deep in the glow of sunrise.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
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.
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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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 14 Low 5:49 AM -1.1 5:31 AM Rise 4:23 AM 9
~ 14 High 12:10 PM 6.2 9:02 PM Set 7:07 PM
~ 14 Low 5:33 PM 2.0
~ 14 High 11:34 PM 8.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.
~ I can resist anything except temptation. – Oscar Wilde
~ Other people do not have to change for us to experience peace of mind – Gerald Jampolsky
~ You don’t have to look poor, you know, you don’t have to look down. For money is a medium of exchange, and that’s all; but it is not a mind regulator unless you allow it to be. – Mother Charleszetta Waddles (1912-2001) US nun
~ Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit & strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili. – Harry James
Hello, ladies, look at your man, now back to me, now back at your man, now back to me. Sadly, he isn’t me, but if he stopped using ladies scented body wash and switched to Old Spice, he could smell like he’s me. Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on a boat with the man your man could smell like. What’s in your hand, back at me. I have it, it’s an oyster with two tickets to that thing you love. Look again, the tickets are now diamonds. Anything is possible when your man smells like Old Spice and not a lady. I’m on a horse. – Old Spice, The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
With Summer Solstice coming up in a couple of weeks, now is the perfect time to make sun medallions for a treasure hunt! I first came across this idea well over a decade ago in the book “Wiccacraft for Families” by Margie McArthur. My older kids and I had so much fun making them. Once we painted sun symbols on wooden disks, but then found it was much more fun to use salt dough. I even found sun-print fabric and made little drawstring bags for them to put their sun treasures.
Its been a while, but I’m making some again! I rolled out a batch on my own today, but will probably make more with my teenagers later- they’ll have fun hiding them on Solstice for their little brother!
I used regular strength salt dough for this:
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
¾ cup water
yellow food coloring
First, I mixed together the salt and flour. Then I tinted the water with food coloring and worked it into the flour, kneading in more food coloring to get the color I wanted. Then I kneaded in a bunch of gold glitter. (The medallions we made when my older kids were little were made with just plain salt dough, then painted when they were dry. Doing it this way saves that step.)
I rolled out the dough (not too thin) and cut out medallion shapes with a small biscuit cutter. I used a cookie spatula to move the disks to a pizza box lid.
I used some of the samples of sun symbols from Margie’s book, but also, just dug around in the kitchen for things to use as imprinting tools. I used a gluestick cap to make medium circles, a skewer to make dots, a butter knife to make lines, and a jumbo bendy straw to make some of the sunrays. I also had some sun stamps, but they didn’t leave a very deep impression. (I may have to sponge some darker paint into the depressions when they are dry.)
Now is a great time to make these, because they’ll have plenty of time to dry before the Solstice.