With the holiday coming up there are a few special things going on. Friday evening are the Waldport fireworks. We’ll stay open right through that and be doing a cookout in the parking lot for the Circle. On Saturday at 11am, we’ll be doing lavendar wands and at 2pm rose soap balls.
68F, although it’s past 1:30…how did *that* happen? Dang…. I was up and down during the night and I just slept in this morning….afternoon….wow…. anyway the window up here are really moving the tree branches around and we’re getting gusts well into the upper teens, I think. The computer is trying to tell me that it’s mostly cloudy and that the high is only going to be 63F <grin> Tell that to the abundant sunshine and clear blue that I can see out of the window! I’m hoping it’ll stay clear enough to see the conjunction tonight.
Yesterday was just a work day. We cleaned up and put away a lot from Sunday. We worked with customers. I did a reading. We headered and hung some herbs, packed a few more. I did a little sewing. Tempus did a little bone carving. The only different thing was that right at the end of the day we were both working on pulling out things from the “stash” spots and putting them away. We finally stopped around 8:30 or so and headed home.
Today….what’s left of it. We have some garden work to do. I have plums to deal with….got to talk to Tempus about freeze whole, freeze cut, jam some or start that wine…. He’s heading for Metal Night in just a couple of hours and I’ll be working on getting some more headers done. I need to spend some time on my herb file. I *know* I’ve had some of these herbs on the wall, but don’t seem to have saved the headers, some darned how.
From 6/23/15 by Ken Gagne in Yachats – Cormorant
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1908 that a massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, knocking over 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). This is also known as the “Tunguska event“. This event, while beloved by UFOlogists and Conspiracy Theorists, most likely was some kind of meteoric airburst event, whatever the source of the material, comet or asteroid, but there are other possibilities… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 7/3 at 7:20am.
Venus and Jupiter within 0.3 degrees – Tuesday, June 30, dusk – It’s the big evening at last. Venus and Jupiter are closest together tonight, 0.3° apart. That’s about the width of a chopstick at arm’s length. (Depending on the chopstick and the length of your arm, of course.) Jupiter is on top. They’ll both fit into a telescope’s field of view at low and medium power; Venus is a brilliant fat crescent, Jupiter is a much duller, slightly flattened ball nearly the same size. In reality, they’re very far apart in space. Venus is currently 48 million miles from Earth; Jupiter is a dozen times farther away at 565 million miles, on the other side of the solar system. Cloudy? They’ll remain strikingly close together for days to come.
Mars 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
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
Tu 30 Low 6:21 AM -0.9 5:35 AM Set 4:36 AM 93
~ 30 High 12:47 PM 6.0 9:05 PM Rise 7:42 PM
~ 30 Low 6:02 PM 2.5
~ 30 High 11:56 PM 8.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Say Yes to Freedom!
~ White Americans today don’t know what in the world to do because when they put us behind them, that’s where they made their mistake. . . . they put us behind them, and we watched every move they made. – Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) US activist
~ In summer, the song sings itself. – William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) US poet
~ A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer
~ Don’t play for safety-that’s the most dangerous thing in the world. – Horace Walpole
We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature. – Henry David Thoreau
Magick – Summer Lucky Days by Patricia Telesco – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
July lucky days: 3, 12, 15, 18, 21, 31…
July is the month of prosperity, resolution to difficult situations, and legal successes. As the Sun warms the air, let it warm your heart; if necessary, ask the universe for insight. Focus on these dates when planning authorized activities, magic for financial stability, or to bring peace and accord.
August lucky days: 6, 11, 14, 18, 24, 30…
Release worries and burdens to a Summer wind and let them move away! These are excellent days for contemplation, peacefulness, and meditation in natural settings. Reclaim your center and be at rest.
September lucky days: 1, 8, 16, 17, 25, 27…
A month of changeable weather and joyous adventures. These are the best days to consider travel, puttering around the home, a picnic with loved ones, or asking for a promotion. The Sun is slowly starting to wane, so our outdoor pleasures should be filled to overflowing.
(The above “Summer Lucky Days” is quoted directly from Llewellyn’s 1994 Magical Almanac, page 170, Llewellyn Worldwide Publications, 1993.)