It’s 55F and quite still. The clouds are thin enough to turn to pale gold from the sun behind them, but they’re thinning out, even as I watch. They’re talking about fog today and there are some patches of rain off the coast.
Yesterday was a *long* day, but tremendously fun and certainly profitable! We didn’t get to the shop as early as I had hoped, but it turned out to be in plenty of time, since my Herb Bunch folks didn’t get there until noon. I had time to cut up some more denim for balls, tin the wood butter and make a batch of plantain-infused oil that’s going into some hard lotion bars in a month or so. Cliona was there doing face painting and is going to repeat on July 3rd.
It’s a small-town parade, glitches and all! Local people dressed up in all kinds of pirate gear to go with the theme and a bunch of boats on trailers were fitted out as pirate ships. Lots of candy got thrown. I had a lollipop land in my lap and wow, that’s an horrid pic of me! ….good of the lollipop…. 🙂
I got a lot of pix and over the next week or so ought to be able to whittle the 400+ down to something more manageable and set up a file the way I did last year. Of course it ended up with the wonderful lion dancers and Raymond setting off lots of firecrackers!
After the parade we went in and made rose sugar. At about the point that we had that done it was time for gnomes. …and about the time I got those done I had a reading and when *that* was done it was time for balls. Tempus was run off his feet and I was continually on the hop for questions although he won’t say anything to me during a reading. I had another reading late in the day that was pretty intense and it cut short my chance to visit with friends from the Valley.
We didn’t get home until well past 9pm and I didn’t even manage to look up at the Venus/Jupiter/Moon view. We came home, ate and crawled into bed. I was up for a bit with indigestion, but got back to bed as soon as that settled down.
Today we’ll be there early in case any of the young folks show up, and then the House Capuchin Project Day is from Noon to 6pm.
A Ken Gagne photo from last week of a goldfinch on his feeder.
Today’s feast is Litha, Midsummer, Jan Kupala, Langtanz night or whatever you call it. Whether you celebrate with fire, beer, dancing, swimming, flowers or just with friends, have a Blessed One! A good Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer
Today’s plant is Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shapeprotects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
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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 7/1 at 7:20pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/24 at 4:03am.
Solstice – Sunday, June 21, 12:38 p.m. EDT – The sun reaches its most northern point, marking the middle of the astronomical summer season in the Northern Hemisphere, and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. The actual seasons tend to lag behind the astronomical seasons by about 6 weeks.
Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere; the shortest in the Southern Hemisphere. The solstice is at 12:38 p.m. EDT (16:38 UT), marking the official start of northern summer (southern winter). Because the solstice time falls right between the nights before and after in the Eastern time zone, you can have two Midsummer’s Night parties!
<<< Don’t miss the twilight sky show now going on in the west. Now the Moon shines left of Regulus in the evening. Jupiter and Venus are farther lower right, as shown here.
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 21 High 3:53 AM 6.6 5:32 AM Rise 10:50 AM 18
~ 21 Low 10:42 AM -0.2 9:04 PM
~ 21 High 5:21 PM 6.5
~ 21 Low 11:12 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Peace energizes my actions. I move on my path in peace.
~ I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damned business. – Chester Allen Arthur (1830-1886) US President (21st), VP (20th)
~ The part requiring the most consistent repair or replacement will be housed in the most inaccessible location. – Kenny’s Law of Auto Repair
~ Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. – Eleanor Roosevelt
~ Without hope we live in desire. – Dante Alighieri
Well may we say ‘God Save the Queen’; because nothing will save the Governor-General. The proclamation you have just heard was counter-signed ‘Malcom Fraser’ – who will go down in history as ‘Kerr’s Cur’. – Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, on the steps of Parliament House, after the reading by the private secretary of Governor-General Sir John Kerr of the proclamation of his government’s dismissal, November 11, 1975. His reference to ‘Kerr’s cur’ (Malcolm Fraser) is to the Leader of the Opposition, who succeeded him as Prime Minister. His reference to ‘God Save the Queen’ was to the final sentence of the G-G’s proclamation (read by David Smith).
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Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2006 16:24:04 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Litha, The Summer Solstice
Litha, The Summer Solstice – by Gordon Ireland
Litha is also known as the summer solstice, Midsummer, All Couples Day, and Saint John’s Day. Litha is one of the fire festivals and occurs on the longest day of the year. This is the time of year when the sun reaches its highest apex, at the Tropic of Cancer. It is the day when light overcomes darkness, a day of power. Litha also is one of the “quarter days” or the Lesser Sabbats.
Litha, as a Wiccan holiday, has the Sun/God reaching full power, and the Goddess pregnant with child. She holds promise of the bounty of the harvest yet to come. Litha’s name, depending which author you read, has its roots in Greco-Roman, (McCoy, page 149) or according to Our Lady of the Prairie Coven, Litha means opposite of Yule. This may possibly have Saxon roots, though that is pure speculation. No others authors that were researched for this article offered any explanation as to the origins of Litha other than it is name for Midsummer.
Midsummer traditionally marks the beginning of summer (i.e. schools out). Actually midsummer marks the actual middle of the Celtic summer, falling between Beltane and Lughnasadh. Midsummer is known also as a night of magic, made famous by William Shakespeare with his play Midsummer’s Nights Dream. As a Quote from Puck can attest to:
Captain of our fairy band,
Helena is here at hand;
And the youth, mistook by me,
Pleading for a lover’s fee.
Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
(Shakespeare, Act 3, Scene 2)
June in Europe and America is historically the busiest month for weddings, hence All Couples Day. This tradition begins because this time of the year was a time of rest for the Ancient Celts, the time between planting and harvesting. June allowed time for the wedding festivals and rest. This is best described in an English child’s nursery rhyme.
“…marry in the month of May
most surely you will rue the day.
Marry in June when roses grow
And happiness you’ll always know…”
Author Unknown (McCoy, 167)
Saint John’s Day celebrates the birth of St. John exactly six months before the birth of Christ as he foretold of Christ’s coming. The Celts, as was their way, easily adopted this day and incorporated into their summer solstice festivities just as they did with Beltane/May Day. A poem demonstrates how the Celts and other cultures were able to incorporate the various pagan meanings of Litha with a Christian one.
In praise of St. John–
May he give health to my heart.
St. John comes and St. John goes,
Mother, marry me off soon!
Author Unknown (Henes, page 61)
Litha’s celebrations are as varied as the authors who write them are. The times that the ritual should take place are also varied. McCoy suggests that the ritual take place on the eve before June 21. (Pages 163-66) McCoy further states that during the ritual one should jump over or walk in between two purifying fires. (Pages 153-54) Author of Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles and Celebrations, Donna Henes, says that Midsummer is a sun festival and is best done during the daylight hours between sunrise and high noon. (Page 56)
Litha rituals as all ritual should be personal. Several of the authors give basic outlines some for covens, some for the solitary. Most of the authors used for this essay are Wiccan. This particular point of view uses a very pregnant Lady and a Lord at the height of his powers. This ritual, no matter what the tradition or the Gods/Goddesses involved should include either the sun or a fire, or both.