Daily Stuff 6-23-15 Jan Kupalo

Hi, folks!

weather Sunny brightIt’s 65F, 3 degrees past the forecast high and the wind is clipping along at over 10mph. Wow, is the sunshine bright! Leaves looked metallic before the dew burned off. Gotta water today….

plums 022013>>> February >>>

Tempus left me home yesterday morning because I was in the tub and far too comfortable to move. 🙂 He eventually came back for me after I had finished my bath and done a bunch of harvesting for the rose sugar. The first thing I did at the shop was to finish cleaning up the planter boxes, having dug through them yesterday pulling out dead stuff and then he went out and cleaned up the detritus. 050315 PlumAfter that he sat down to working on a needle and I did some sorting out on the computer. I kept getting sleepier and sleepier, so he finally told me to go in the back and nap and I conked out until 4pm.

>>>>>>>>>>> Early May >>>>>>>>>>>>

We weren’t all that busy, yesterday, although we did have people in. I realized that I had missed getting my prescriptions refilled and we got that done. After that I worked on the rose sugar. It takes going through the petals, one by one.

060315 Plum2>>>>>>>>>>> June 3 >>>>>>>>>>>>

By the time Tempus was finished with his needle I was sewing in the back, but I quit right at closing time and we went across the street for supper. It was kinda a Father’s Day meal out. When we come out the moon was visible although I forgot to look for Venus & Jupiter.

Up at the house I went down into the park right away to check on the berries and to see if there was any harvestable bracken (there’s not, yet….) Thimbleberries are getting there, 06215 Plum2but the birds have gotten the salmon berries. Salal are getting ripe in a few spots. Not quite there, but working on it. The plums on our tree, though! Even with thinning the fruits at least a dozen times, two branches have broken and we’ve got the tree all propped up!

>>>>>>>> Yesterday >>>>>>>>>>

Today I have a doctor appointment in the afternoon. After that Tempus is going to head into Newport to do some shopping and meet up with Sash for a visit, and then go to Marius’ for the Metal Night meeting. I’m going to spend the 06215 Plum3day on the parade pictures, and then start getting some things ready for the newsletters.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yesterday >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I need to get out with a weed-whacker, too. I’m hoping to cut some of the grasses before they drop their seeds and then rake them up onto the compost.


Today’s feast is Jan Kupalo or Ivan Kupala, the Slavic Midsummer festival. Depending on whose version you’re working with (it goes from Poland and the Czech Republic to the far end of Russia) it can mean bonfires, bathing (especially naked bathing in lakes and rivers, flower wreaths worn, floated on rivers or as divination. Running into the woods in search of fern flowers (yes, I know, ferns don’t bloom, but people in those areas  “find” babies under ferns or in mushroom patches instead of under cabbage leaves) is another favorite pastime.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Kupala_Day


Today’s plant is St. John’s WortHypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression  and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture)  make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort

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Love & Light,


Waxing Crescent MoonWaxing 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. 

Astro Constellation Big Dipper PolarisAs night falls, look for the Big Dipper hanging straight down in the northwest. Its bottom two stars, the Pointers, point to the right toward modest Polaris, the handle-end of the Little Dipper. Most of the Little Dipper is very dim. This is the time of year when it floats straight upward from Polaris when nightfall is complete — like a helium balloon escaped from some June evening party.
Astro mercuryWednesday, June 24, dawn – Mercury will be at its farthest from the sun, and close to the red giant star Aldebaran at 2:03am PDT.
Astro marsMars is hidden deep in the glare of sunrise.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Rune Runic Month 12 DaguzRunic 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.

Sun in CancerSun in Cancer
Moon in VirgoMoon in Virgo enters Libra at 10:41pm
Neptune (9/24/15), Ceres (9/14/15), Pluto (9/25/15) and Saturn (8/2/15) Retrograde
Color: Black


©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


motif,tree celtic duir oregon white oak garryCeltic 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 meduir oak Quercus_roburmbers of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength
duir celtic tree month Snowbowlaspensto study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  23      Low  12:10 AM     2.4   5:32 AM     Set 12:41 AM      34
~    23     High   5:35 AM     5.5   9:05 PM    Rise 12:47 PM
~    23      Low  12:05 PM     0.9
~    23     High   6:47 PM     6.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – Listen to the morning sounds: bird’s songs; wind in the tree; the roar of traffic; children’s voices. What do these sounds convey to you?


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – How do you feel? – How do you feel on the first day of winter? Why?



~  The probability of someone watching you is directly proportional to the stupidity of your actions. – Flynne Bondolini
~  A wise man never loses anything if he has himself. – Michel de Montaigne
~  Never ignore a person who loves you & cares for you. One day you may realize you’ve lost the moon while counting the stars. – Unknown
~  Fear not those who argue but those who dodge. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer

When a star falls from the sky
It leaves a fiery trail.
It does not die.
Its shade goes back to its own place to shine again.
The Indians sometimes find the small stars
where they have fallen in the grass. – Native Americans legend, among the Menominee of the Great Lakes region (Wisconsin)


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Goddess For Today:  Wakasaname no Kami – Rice Ceremony (Japan)
Themes:  Providence; Harvest; Growth; Patience; Manifestation
Symbols:  Rice; Fire

About Wakasaname no Kami:  This Goddess’s name describes her function in Japan–the Young Rice Planting Maiden.  It is Wakasaname’s duty to oversee the rice transplantings at this time of year, as she was born of a union between the food Goddess and the grain God.  From a more spiritual perspective, Wakasaname no Kami offers us the providence and fulfillment that come from a job patiently well attended.

To Do Today:  Early in June, Japanese farmers transplant their rice seedlings into the paddies, asking for the blessings of the Goddess as they go.  Prayers are made as ritual fires burn to get Wakasaname’s attention, and they probably act as an invocation to the sun.  In your home, this might mean going outside (if the weather permits) and starting the grill or hibachi.  Burn a little rice in the flame as an offering to the goddess so she can help you fulfill your work-related goals.  Make sure you keep your purpose in mind while the rice burns or speak your wishes into the smoke so it carries them before Wakasaname’s watchful eyes.

To inspire Wakasaname’s patience in your life, make a bowl of rice. Breathe deeply, then try to pick up one grain with chopsticks.  This is an old meditative method from the East, and believe me, it teaches much about the benefits of persistence and practice!

By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Bumper Snicker – The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.

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