Official plum count = 1+18+20=39
Yeah, with the numbers on the tree, I’m going to keep count of the good ones that we pick and use.
So many rainbows yesterday!
It’s 58F and overcast. The weather station is saying, “fog”, but I’m not seeing that. Occasionally the sun breaks through and there’s a nice light breeze. Yesterday the wind blew pretty hard. You could tell how hot it was in the Valley! We were actually chilly, high was 72, but by the time we closed it was only 55. I was dressed for hot not cold.
I went across the street to check on a chair that Marius is interested in and found a bunch of other things while I was in there, including Marius and Rowan! After that I checked with the fabric shop people about getting some cotton duck for sunshades.
I worked on inventory and mail and paying bills early on in the day and Tempus worked on a letter that he needed to send out before the Post Office closed. We had a number of people in, mostly browsing. I finally got to work in back and spent most of the rest of the day putting supplies away, hunting fabric and sewing in between working with customers, since Tempus got his letter out and then ran a couple of errands in Newport.
The Herb Bunch (11am) is going to make herbal shampoo this morning along with tending the rose sugars and packaging the soap balls. We should also be doing succulent starts. I’m not certain what I’m going to be harvesting, but we’ll work on those, too! In between customers and readings I’m figuring that I’ll be Sewing. I’m not planning a specific time for a workshop this afternoon, but if anyone comes in I’ll be glad to sit and work for an hour or so. We also have headers to print and some tagging to do.
Interesting article about calendars: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/pathsthroughtheforests/2014/06/26/cultural-quandaries-earths-civil-calendar/
Today’s feast is the Initium Aestas after the god, Aestas, the personification of summer. It is a weather prognostication. If it rains on this day, it will be damper than usual for the next 7 weeks. Aestas is often seen as a full-grown man (personally, I think of the BayWatch guys) tall and good looking and unscarred, very athletic and often blond or red-haired. “Careless in his strength” is a phrase in a lot of the poetry.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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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 shines high in the western sky after sunset, reaching its greatest elongation from the sun on June 6.
Venus and Jupiter have closed to 1.7° from each other in the west at dusk.
In the southern sky, look for Saturn lower left of the gibbous Moon this evening. Scattered to the lower left of Saturn are the stars of Scorpius. The brightest of these is orange Antares.
Mars is too close to the sun to be visible. It will be in conjunction with the sun on June 14.
Mercury and fainter Aldebaran >>>> now await early risers who find an open view low to the east-northeast. Binoculars will help, especially as the sky brightens.Look low in the east-northeast about 45 minutes before sunrise tomorrow morning, as shown below. Can you also see twinkly Aldebaran?
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
Sa 27 Low 4:09 AM 0.9 5:34 AM Set 2:34 AM 72
~ 27 High 10:13 AM 4.8 9:05 PM Rise 4:43 PM
~ 27 Low 3:33 PM 2.4
~ 27 High 9:47 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To love is to live and to love will bring lots to you in life
~ We know the truth, not only by the reason, but by the heart. – Blaise Pascal
~ Daring is like water, finding the way in through the smallest space to get you to your goal. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Do not let failure discourage you. Persistence is a true sign of strength, which originates in your spirit, not in your muscles. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ And again: No more gods! no more gods! Man is King, Man is God! – But the great Faith is Love! – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
Weather Or Not
Blossoms latent in the stems
Sprouts asleep in seeds.
Spring is lazy so it seems
In answering our needs.
We want flowers right away
Yet first the buds must grow.
Spring brings chills and breezes brisk,
Even sometimes snow.
Spring blows cold as well as hot
Welcome change and smile.
If you don’t like the way it is,
Just you wait a while.
Spring’s capricious, yet we know
Sure as days in June
Summer’s warm and gentle time
will be with us soon.
We are seldom satisfied,
One day we’ll complain,
Saying it’s too hot and dry
And wishing it would rain. – Written and Submitted By Tasha Halpert
Young and newly married, I relaxed under a pecan tree on a hot Texas summer day, drinking iced tea and getting to know my new sister-in-law, Estelle. Not much older than I, but already the mother of three, Estelle seemed to me experienced and wise. “Get yourself some girlfriends, Linda,” she advised, clinking the ice cubes in her glass. “You’re going to need girlfriends. Go places with them; do things with them.”
What a funny piece of advice, I thought. Hadn’t I just gotten married? Hadn’t I just joined the couple-world? I was a married woman, for goodness sake, not a young girl who needed girlfriends.
But I listened to this new sister-in-law. I got myself some girlfriends. As the years tumbled by, one after another, gradually I came to understand that Estelle knew what she was talking about. I remembered that she had said the word “girlfriends” with emphasis. As I went along, I discovered the subtle difference between friends and girlfriends.
You go to work with friends, go to dinner with friends, go to church with friends, belong to clubs with friends. You send friends greeting cards. You need friends in your life; all girlfriends were once only friends.
But a girlfriend is different. A girlfriend is not “just like a sister.” Sisters have a distinct bond, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Sisters flow from family attachment; girlfriends choose each other. A sister also can be a girlfriend.
As a thank-you to my sister-in-law and to the other girlfriends in my life, I offer this praise of girlfriends. Here is what I know about girlfriends:
Girlfriends don’t compete.
Girlfriends bring casseroles and scrub your bathroom when you’re sick.
Girlfriends keep your children, and keep your secrets.
Girlfriends give advice when you ask for it. Sometimes you take it, sometimes you don’t.
Girlfriends don’t always tell you that you are right.
Girlfriends might send you a birthday card, but they might not. It does not matter in the least.
Girlfriends laugh with you and you don’t need canned jokes to start the laughter.
Girlfriends don’t yammer about you behind your back.
Girlfriends pull you out of jams.
Girlfriends don’t keep a calendar that lets them know who hosted the other last.
Girlfriends will give a party for your son or daughter when they get married or have a baby in whichever order that comes!
And girlfriends are there for you, in an instant and truly, when the hard times come.
Girlfriends listen when you lose a job or a husband.
Girlfriends listen when your children break your heart.
Girlfriends listen when your parents’ minds and bodies fail.
My girlfriends bless my life.
Once we were young, with no idea of the incredible joys or the incredible sorrow that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other. I want to tell younger women to take my sister-in-law’s advice. Get yourself some girlfriends. You are going to need them.
[forwarded by Trudy Fuller]
Mikey’s Thot for the Day: Love is like a rose. You have to see past the thorns to appreciate its beauty.
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