Sunshine has been pouring through the solarium roof all morning. We’re just getting our eyes open and Tempus is making coffee. It’s 58F with no real wind, but an occasional gust makes things jump around.
Yesterday we started slowly and then had to do some running around after bills. I stayed at the shop to set up newsletters. Eventually we got to the house. I packed kitchen. I packed clothes. I packed down a bunch of grumple that’s going to the shop and some for storage and then my back tweaked.
Nick came to get the mattress and box spring and then Marcus got there to help move some of the big pieces. He gave me a ride down to the shop so I could do something useful and not be tempted to pick things up, so I worked on newsletters. By 8:30 he was on his way to pick me up.
Tempus hurried to bring things down from the car and after I rested a bit I started putting things away. It was mostly bits and pieces…. things like the pizza boxes and the egg box and some things along those lines.
Today we’re starting slowly. Tempus got in before 4am, but I made him go back to sleep when his eyes came open just after 8am. We have some work to do on plants and then we have to go back to the house to work.
A Ken Gagne pictures of a gold finch on 5/23/15. His comment was “Ouch!”
Today is World No Tobacco Day, a day of abstinence from the products, intended to showcase the negatives of tobacco use. Ashtrays are often cleaned and filled with fresh flowers. In my case, although there usually aren’t any ashtrays around me, I add flowers to those that I see in honor of my beloved grandfather, who died of lung cancer from a pack-a-day habit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_No_Tobacco_Day
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes an aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, or Exorcism, protection. Can be added to handfasting magicks. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/4 at 8pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/3 at 8am.
Is your sky dark enough for you to see the Coma Berenices star cluster naked-eye? As soon as twilight is completely over, look above Jupiter by about 25°, about two and a half fists at arm’s length. The cluster is dim but big, at least 5° wide, the size of a golf ball at arm’s length. Its brightest stars, near its middle, form a sort of inverted Y shape. Binoculars bring its stars right out.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.1, in southern Leo) stands high in the southwest during twilight and moves lower as the evening progresses. See our telescopic guide to Jupiter in the March Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 1 Low 4:12 AM 0.4 5:34 AM Rise 3:33 AM 24
~ 1 High 10:10 AM 5.9 8:54 PM Set 4:52 PM
~ 1 Low 3:59 PM 1.2
~ 1 High 10:16 PM 8.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The Good Life is not defined by possessions, but by pure and utter enjoyment of simplicity.
~ Though my soul may set in darkness, It will rise in perfect light. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. – Sarah Williams
~ A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke – and that the joke is oneself. – Clifton Fadiman
~ Your second-hand bookseller is second to none in the worth of the treasures he dispenses. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. – Muhammad Ali
The great decisions of human life have as a rule far more to do with the instincts and other mysterious unconscious factors than with conscious will and well-meaning reasonableness. The shoe that fits one person pinches another there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. Each of us carries his own life-form—an indeterminable form which cannot be superseded by any other. – Carl Jung
June’s energies are focused on socialization and activity. It is a capricious month, filled with young love, romance, and the companionship of good friends. Any magic aimed at enhancing one’s relationships, communication skills, and the personal energy level necessary for maintaining both will be augmented by working during this month.
June Moon Names: Mead Moon, Moon of Horses, Lovers’ Moon, Strong Sun Moon, Honey Moon, Aerra Litha (Before Litha), Brachmanoth (Break Month), StrawberryMoon, Rose Moon, Moon of Making Fat. The original Roman name for this month was Junonious, after the Great Mother Goddess Juno; her counterpart among the Greeks was Hera. The Summer Solstice has been and still is important to many religions and cultures around the world. Not only was it sacred to goddesses of fertility, marriage, and love, but it was considered to be a time when faeries, elves, and many other supernatural beings were abroad
in great numbers.
Celtic: Festival of the Oak Nymph – celebrated to honor all hamadryads (female natures spirits who inhabit oak trees).
Ancient Egyptian: Ma’at and Ra go forth in secret.
Rome: This day is sacred to Juno Moneta, Juno the Warner, the aspect of Juno who warns of impending disasters. Also: the festival of Carna, honoring the Roman Goddess of Doors and Locks. Carna was patron of security and physical safety of the home and family. Doors and windows were repaired on this day, and rituals performed to repel thieves.
June Hallmark Holidays:
June is National Burglary Prevention Month
June is Dairy Month (more on this later)
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
June is Children’s Awareness Month
June is National Rose Month
June is National Frozen Yogurt Month
June is National Candy Month
June is Turkey Lovers’ Month
International Volunteer Week – June 1-7
We’ve all been interviewed for jobs. And, we’ve all spent most of those interviews thinking about what not to do. Don’t bite your nails. Don’t fidget. Don’t interrupt. Don’t belch. If we did any of the don’ts, we knew we’d disqualify ourselves instantly. But some job applicants go light years beyond this. We surveyed top personnel executives of 100 major American corporations and asked for stories of unusual behavior by job applicants. The lowlights:
- – “…stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application.”
- – “She wore a Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music at the same time.”
- – “A balding candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to office a few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece.”
- – “…asked to see interviewer’s resume to see if the personnel executive was qualified to judge the candidate.”
- – “… announced she hadn’t had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewer’s office – wiping the ketchup on her sleeve.”
- – “Stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.”
- – “Interrupted to phone his therapist for advice on answering specific interview questions.”
- – “When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap dancing around my office.”
- – “At the end of the interview, while I stood there dumbstruck, went through my purse, took out a brush, brushed his hair, and left.”
- – “…pulled out a Polaroid camera and snapped a flash picture of me. Said he collected photos of everyone who interviewed him.”
- – “Said he wasn’t interested because the position paid too much.”
- – “While I was on a long-distance phone call, the applicant took out a copy of Penthouse, and looked through the photos only, stopping longest at the centerfold.”
- – “During the interview, an alarm clock went off from the candidate’s brief case. He took it out, shut it off, apologized and said he had to leave for another interview.”
- – “A telephone call came in for the job applicant. It was from his wife. His side of the conversation went like this: ‘Which company? When do I start? What’s the salary?’ I said, ‘I assume you’re not interested in conducting the interview any further.’ He promptly responded, ‘I am as long as you’ll pay me more.’ I didn’t hire him, but later found out there was no other job offer. It was a scam to get a higher offer.”
- – “His attache [case] opened when he picked it up and the contents spilled, revealing ladies’ undergarments and assorted makeup and perfume.”
- – “Candidate said he really didn’t want to get a job, but the unemployment office needed proof that he was looking for one.”
- – “…asked who the lovely babe was, pointing to the picture on my desk. When I said it was my wife, he asked if she was home now and wanted my phone number. I called security.”
- – “Pointing to a black case he carried into my office, he said that if he was not hired, the bomb would go off. Disbelieving, I began to state why he would never be hired and that I was going to call the police. He then reached down to the case, flipped a switch, and ran. No one was injured, but I did need to get a new desk.”