There was some rain last night and there’s a chance of showers all day, peaking at midnight and dropping to almost nothing by Wednesday morning. There’s almost no wind, just a breeze or two that wanders by and flirts with a leaf, or my ankles.
Yesterday felt very long. I was tired when it started, then the Pulse information started coming through, and yes, I went into hysterics. Too many friends in the community to not have it affect me. I was far enough past it that I did get into the shop in the early afternoon and got some stuff done. We had a number of people there for Project Day. I mostly was stringing pouches and trading stories. 🙂
Today started slowly still/again and having a light migraine is *not* helping me. Yes, I’ve taken my pills. Tempus and I have been talking and just had lunch and he’s heading out to work on setting up our freezer, finally. I have pictures to work on and newsletters to start to set up since we want to work at the house tomorrow and I need to get at least a little ahead. I’m also hoping to get some of the things that are here at the shop properly packed for storage, which is one of the things causing the office space chaos.
Just because this looks fun!
Today’s feast is in honor of Gerald Gardner whose birthday is today. Wicca is his fault. He was a British eccentric from an entirely unremarkable family, who went into the foreign service and came back with an attitude that allowed him to take disparate bits and create a religious path that the time was ripe for. Many of the pagan paths these days owe a lot to him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Gardner_(Wiccan) I ran across a YouTube last year about Gerald Gardner, by Ronald Hutton. It’s pretty good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQbdXCoxC14
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods in the middle spring. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
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Love & Light,
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. 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 a the Full on 6/18 at 4:02pm.
If you turn your scope to the Moon this evening, also look in on the close double star Gamma Virginis (Porrima), just 2° to 4° to its right (for North America). Gamma Vir’s identical components, both magnitude 3.5, are currently 2.5 arcseconds apart. Use high power.
Venus is hidden in the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
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”…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.
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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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 13 Low 2:26 AM 1.9 5:31 AM Set 2:04 AM 54
~ 13 High 7:57 AM 5.0 9:02 PM Rise 2:37 PM
~ 13 Low 2:05 PM 1.4
~ 13 High 8:39 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – The silence of the dawn, and how it speaks to you.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – In “Horton Hatches the Egg,” by Dr. Seuss, Horton the elephant says, “ I meant what I said and I said what I meant… An elephant’s faithful one hundred percent!” What do you think Horton meant when he said this?
~ Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right. – Schopenhauer
~ Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. – Demosthenes
~ Run with endurance the race that’s set before you. – Hebrews: 12:1
~ Sometimes the answer isn’t overcoming an obstacle in your life, it is avoiding it or going around. – Kerr Cuhulain
I cried bitter tears more than once, having the profound feeling that life was going by, that the days of my youth were going by, empty, without interest, without joy. I understood that I was wasting time that would never return, that I was losing hours that could have been beautiful. My parents – like most doting parents who have raised, if not a large eagle, at least a diminutive eaglet obsessed with flying through the air – could not comprehend this in the least and, although no worse than others, they did me more harm than a relentless enemy. – Alexandra David-Néel; lamenting the “massacre” of time she felt as a child while on family holidays
Midsummer Feather Wreath – (For Litha)
- § Craft wire
- § Red feathers
- § Yellow feathers
- § Decorative ivy vines
- § Glue gun
Form a braided wreath with brown craft wire. Then form another braided wreath that fits inside the first one. Glue yellow feathers to one wreath until the craft wire cannot be seen; do the same with the red feathers on the other wreath. Then place one wreath on top of the other and wind them together with the ivy vines.
You may wish to leave the wreaths separate until the Litha ritual, at which point you bind the yellow wreath and the red wreath together to symbolize the marriage of the God and Goddess. Since yellow and red are so interchangeable in whom they represent, it is up to you if you want to assign one wreath to the God and one to the Goddess.
An amulet made for protection that uses eye symbolism to represent the Sun is the South American God’s Eye, which has its origins with the native people of that continent. These amulets are made from two sticks placed across each other to form an equilateral cross. Colored yard is then wound around them to form the body of the Eye. By alternating the colors of yarn the finished product looks like a stylized eye, and its four points symbolize the four directions. The Native South Americans used them both for decoration and as protective talismans.
Cut the dowel into lengths approximately ten inches long. Holding the dowels together at their centers so that they form and equal length cross, begin wrapping your first yarn color around the center in an “X” pattern to stabilize the dowels.
Periodically stop and push the yarn down against the center so that you have a tight weave. When you have wrapped the yarn within half an inch of the dowels, stop and wrap the yarn several times tightly around one point. You can then tie it off, leaving a loop from which it can be hung.
God’s Eyes can be made of any size, depending on how you want to use them. Larger ones can be used for protection like a Native North American medicine shield, and smaller ones in Yule colors make excellent Yule tree decorations and can symbolize the return of the Sun. If they are decorative items to honor the Sun, then your work is done. If they are to function as protective talismans, then you should be visualizing their purpose as you weave them and consecrate them to their purpose later on.
Taken from The Sabbats- A New Approach to Living the Old Ways by Edain McCoy
Silliness – Classic Quips From Late Night – “Last night was the season finale of ‘West Wing.’ ‘West Wing’ is gone. And ABC has cancelled ‘Commander In Chief.’ So, now the only fictional president is Bush.” –David Letterman