Yesterday was long, mostly because I still hurt from the weekend. There were some bright spots. Cassandra stopped by to get some instruction on the next step on her project and we did get a bunch of stuff out in stock, finally, and some other pieces priced and ready to go. I have several boxes of packaged stone and herbs that I’m going to gradually get out to stock once the chaos in the office space is dealt with, and I’ll probably be packaging more in the interim.
We left the shop at around 8:30 and thought we were going to get some stuff done at the apartment, but once supper was over, we both were down for the count, which has also been the case this morning.
We’re going to start with trying to get the dresser in and then I’m not sure *what* we’re going to be working on, other than trying to shift stuff to where it belongs and I have to water my garden stuff pretty desperately.
…and the computer has now been fighting me for 45 minutes. Hopefully, this will actually go out!
Today ‘s feast is Vesta Aperit, the first day of the Vestalia in ancient Rome. This is the one day of the year when the most sacred area of Vesta’s temple was open for women to offer sacrifices. The rest of the year it was closed to all but the priestesses. Vesta was the goddess of the hearth and the sacred fire that was the basis of much of the Roman worship. The Vestals, usually referred to as, “Vestal Virgins”, were the only women in Rome who were held to be equal to and independent from men, but if they broke their 30-year vow of chastity they would be buried alive. They lived in a house near the main centers of worship. The picture to the left is Vesta’s temple in 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestalia#Vestalia
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus.It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallentry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 6/20 at 4:02am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 6/9 at 8am.
As darkness arrives these evenings, look south about halfway between Jupiter and Mars. One star there stands out: Spica, in Virgo. High above it shines brighter Arcturus in Bootes. Half as far to Spica’s lower right is the constellation Corvus, the Crow, eyeing Spica to steal it from Virgo’s hand.
Mercury (about magnitude +0.5) is having a very poor apparition in the dawn. You can use binoculars to try for it very low, a little left of due east, 20 or 30 minutes before your local sunrise time.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 7 High 2:09 AM 8.6 5:32 AM Rise 8:27 AM 4
~ 7 Low 9:08 AM -1.9 8:59 PM Set 11:20 PM
~ 7 High 3:42 PM 7.0
~ 7 Low 9:12 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept abundance in all aspects of my life.
~ It will be the duty of the Executive, with sufficient appropriations for the purpose, to prosecute unsparingly all who have been engaged in depriving citizens of the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution. – Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) US President (19)
~ Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Be present and in the now and you will master your fear.- Paul V Harris
~ Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. – Lao Tzu
I am willing to remain and play the man’s game if there are not enough boats for more than the women and children.. Tell my wife I played the game straight out and to the end. No woman shall be left aboard this ship because Ben Guggenheim is a coward. – Benjamin Guggenheim, Final words of millionaire traveler aboard the ill-fated Titanic. As the boat began to sink Guggenheim changed into formal dress and calmly faced death.
A Sweet Woodruff Spell for Prosperity Pagan Studies:
At dusk in my woodland garden, sweet woodruff sends out its fresh haylike scent, and its white flowers glow in the June twilight. In June, sweet woodruff reaches the height of its magical power, and is valuable in attracting prosperity. The prosperity spell which follows should be concluded next month, beneath July’s Blessing Moon. On a June evening, just before nightfall, gather some woodruff flowers, leaves, and stems. Cut them all, and put them in a darkened room to dry on a hook or beam. When July’s Moon is at its height, and the woodruff has dried, bury it with a dollar and a copper coin. Now, with what you’ve sown your wealth will increase. By: James Kambos )0( GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies
Antheia – Arretophoria (Greece) Today’s Goddess:
Themes: Promises; Friendship; Trust; Honor; Community; Love; Relationships
Symbols: Gold-colored Items; Honey; Myrrh
About Antheia: Since 800 B.C.E. Antheia has been known as the Greek Goddess of marriage, companionship, and good council. These attributes manifested themselves in a triple Goddess figure who flowered, sought a mate, and reached perfection. Today we ask her to bless our rites by flowering within our souls so we too can obtain spiritual perfection.
To Do Today: In ancient Greece this festival of trust and friendship was held sometime between June and July. Each year, two maidens were given a special honey-laden diet and clothed in golden robes to take on a special trust. They delivered a package untouched to a secret place in a local temple, then spent the year in community service, never peeking inside the box. This sounds like a fun activity for couples or friends. Each person picks out a trust gift for the other and gives it to them to put in a special place, leaving it untouched for a year. The entire time the gift remains there unopened, Antheia will energize it and bless the people in that relationship, so don’t get tempted to peek. Believe me when I say it’s worth the wait. At the end of the year, don something gold, burn myrrh to create a sacred space in which Antheia dwells, and open the gifts, explaining the significance of the items. I guarantee it’s a present you’ll never forget.
)0( By Patricia Telesco~ >From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast