56F and overcast at 100 feet means that we’re solidly in the fog layer. There’s very little breeze. The biggest news is that our area, Siuslaw National Forest, along with the rest of the Central Coast, the north coast and southern Washington coast are under a fire weather watch for Saturday night into Sunday. There’s a possibility of lightning strikes.
So he went down to the shop, leaving me to harvest the roses after I got myself put together for the day. I also went in the back to check the bay tree and discovered that a bird’s-foot trefoil was trying to strangle it, so I harvested that as well as a few honeysuckle blossoms. When I was waiting for Tempus out front I ate a few early blackberries as well as clearing the ripe ones from the salal and then found that one plum was ripe enough to eat. First plum of the season!
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> bird’s-foot trefoil >>>>>>>>>>>>>
I started trying to sort things out in back, but then did three readings in fairly quick succession and then Tempus went up to the house to harvest clovers and pinks and to cut the grass. He had been working on some boxes that we’re readying for gifts, gluing pictures to the top. We’ll see how they turned out this morning.
>>>>>>>> sea pinks/thrift >>>>>>>>>>
I worked on herbly things. I set up a calendula oil and checked the plantain, hung up trefoil, then prepped the roses that I had harvested for the rose sugar. After that I managed to have cleaned off the table, so I started setting out some things to work on for the evening, and then Marius showed up for sewing. He went across the street to get himself some supper and then Tempus showed up with a salad for me. Marius brought back egg flower soup and crab puffs along with his dinner and he shared.
I got the pouches for some of the little peg people finished and tagged, while Marius worked with wood butter on some little cut-out toys and bowls and Tempus did the sanding. Eventually I ended up sewing on pouches in the back. We got home at around 9:30 and Tempus just fell into bed. He groggily got up around midnight and closed things up, but crawled right back into bed.
>>>>>>>>>>> white clover >>>>>>>>>>
Today I’m up too early. I’m going to pay for this later, I’m afraid. I have more herb stuff to work on today, but I’m hoping I’m going to be getting new stock onto the board today as the day goes on. That means that I have to get the tags into a printable form, though and that depends on how sleepy I get and when I take a nap. So, I’m going to get this out and then we’ll see. 🙂
Today is the anniversary of President Kennedy’s Ich Bin ein Berliner speech, probably his best speech of all. It was a foreign policy speech aimed more at the Soviets than the Germans he was speaking to, specifically about the division of the city by the Berlin Wall that didn’t come down until 1989. Btw, he didn’t quite call himself a jelly doughnut, although the line might have made some people smile… There’s a good article and a video of the speech at this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_bin_ein_Berliner
Today’s Plant is Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula), an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge” wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. –Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/30 at 7:20am.
Venus and Jupiter, shining in the west as twilight fades, are now only 2.2° apart! That’s about the width of your thumb held at arm’s length. They point to fainter Regulus >>>> , twinkling to their upper left. Watch the two planets move closer together each evening until their appulse (closest approach) on Tuesday June 30th. That evening they’ll be just 1/3° apart, seven times closer than they appear now! In reality, they’re not close together at all. Venus is 51 million miles from Earth this evening; Jupiter is eleven times farther at 561 million miles.
Uranus (magnitude +5.9, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) are well up in the east and southeast, respectively, before dawn begins to brighten. Finder charts.
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.
Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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
F 26 Low 3:16 AM 1.3 5:33 AM Set 2:03 AM 63
~ 26 High 9:04 AM 4.6 9:05 PM Rise 3:43 PM
~ 26 Low 2:37 PM 2.2
~ 26 High 9:03 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make the world a better place, one thought at a time..
Journal Prompt – What? – What part does pop or rock music play in the life of people of your generation? Write a journal entry describing you and your peers’ tastes in music and why music is meaningful to you as a generation.
~ On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down. – Woody Allen
~ The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. – Michelangelo
~ Hope is the dream of a waking man. – Aristotle
~ Behind an able man, there are always other able men. – Chinese Proverb
What I want to explain in the Introduction is this. We have been nearly three years writing this book. We began it when we were very young . . . and now we are six. So, of course, bits of it seem rather babyish to us, almost as if they had slipped out of some other book by mistake. On page whatever-it-is there is a thing which is simply three-ish, and when we read it to ourselves just now we said, ‘Well, well, well,’ and turned over rather quickly. So we want you to know that the name of the book doesn’t mean that this is us being six all the time, but that it is about as far as we’ve got at present, and we half think of stopping there. – A. A. Milne, from the introduction to his book When We Are Six
Having your own herbal medicine chest is a very handy tool to have in your home. You probably have most of the herbs you need right in your kitchen and the others are easily grown or purchased. Most of us don’t go running to the doctor every time we cut ourselves, come down with a slight cold, or sometimes even if we are downright sick. There are herbs that are very helpful remedies for most illnesses and you probably have some of them right in your kitchen.
I have an Herbal Medicine Chest that I have made where I keep all of my healing herbs. Of course, I also have shelves of bottled herbs in my “work room” because that’s my passion. HERBS! It’s easy to make your own Herbal Medicine Chest. You can customize it to fit your family’s needs. You can use any type of container, plastic, cardboard, whatever. You can even make your own out of wood and decorate any herbal medicine chest any way you like. Make it your own! Put magickal symbols on it, put pictures of herbs on it, runes, Egyptian symbols, whatever….Decorate it any way you like.
To store your Herbal Medicine Chest, pick a cool, dry, dark place. I use an office cupboard bought at Office Depot. Keep it out of the bathroom, too much moisture there. Or you could pick a shelf in your linen closet. Whatever works for you. But make sure that you can access it easily. You never know when you’re going to need something out of the Chest.
You don’t need a huge assortment of herbs…only the ones that you will use most often. For instance, my family doesn’t have a problem with insect bites/stings, so I don’t need anything to counteract that. I only keep herbs in my medicine chest that my family will need and so will you.
There are a few basic items that all Herbal Medicine Chest’s need:
- Standard ingredients for making your herbal remedies:
- Oil (extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, or safflower oil) for herbal infusions and salves.
- Beeswax (a good quality beeswax) for making salves
- Honey or sugar to sweeten bitter herbs and syrups
- Vodka or alcohol for tinctures
- Wine for tonics
- Petroleum jelly or a good quality skin lotion for making ointments
- Gelatin capsules for making your own herb capsules.
- Essential oils
- Gauze pads
- Gauze bandages
- Cotton balls
- Adhesive tape
- Eye cup
- Clean, unbleached, cotton material cut into washcloth-sized squares
The above is just a very basic list of what an Herbal Medicine Chest should have. You, on the other hand, will customize your chest with what your family needs. If you have small children, for example, you might want to keep on hand more of the gauze pads and bandages than other families. If you don’t have children, you might want to keep fewer gauze pads and bandages on hand. The above list is very basic and you can add or subtract to fit you.
The above is just the beginning of your Herbal Medicine Chest. You will find that in time, your Herbal Medicine Chest will grow as your Herbal knowledge expands and grows too.