It’s 52F at 6:30 in the morning. The sky is blue with some scattered cloud and the Moon was *really* bright last night! We’ve got a chance of some showers this afternoon, but it’s not any more likely than yesterday’s. It looks a lot like yesterday’s weather, actually!
Yesterday started in a bit of a rumpus. The electricians were going to be working at the apartment, so we were up and coffeeing a bit early. Tempus brought me down to the shop, then headed back to work on various things and make sure Jeanne’s stuff was getting taken care of.
We got busy again, right at the end of the day, just as Tempus was getting something to eat and we were getting things together to head to the Sabbat. We had a good one and got a bit of a chance to visit and then headed home, with me dozing off every time I stopped talking!
Today is going to be a little crazy with the parade and the other activities in town. If you didn’t know, all traffic on 101 and 34 stops for at least an 1/2 hour going through town, starting at noon! Grab a chair and come see the parade! We’ll be open regular hours, maybe into the evening….we’ll see.
Today’s feast is the Dragon Boat festival, which is being celebrated again in China after having been banned for quite a while under the communists. It is celebrated with rice dumplings, realgar wine (which seems to be poisonous!) and dragon boat races.
“The sun is considered to be at its strongest around the time of summer solstice (“mid-summer” in traditional East Asia) when the daylight in the northern hemisphere is the longest. The sun, like the Chinese dragon, traditionally represents masculine energy, whereas the moon, like the phoenix, traditionally represents feminine energy. The summer solstice is considered the peak annual moment of male energy while the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, represents the peak annual moment of feminine energy. The masculine image of the dragon is thus naturally associated with Duanwu.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_boat_festival
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. Azaleas are a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
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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. 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. 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 4/21 at 4:02pm.
Saturn and the almost-full Moon are 3° to 5° apart (for North America). Saturn is the most distant bright planet, 3,400 times farther away than the Moon tonight.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast just before dawn.
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.
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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
Sa 18 Low 6:23 AM -0.4 5:31 AM Set 4:36 AM 93
~ 18 High 12:46 PM 5.8 9:04 PM Rise 7:24 PM
~ 18 Low 6:04 PM 2.5
~ 18 High 11:57 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Always keep a window open in your mind for new ideas.
~ Breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the act of making; the one implies the other. The thing that is broken has particular authority over the act of change. – Louise Gluck
~ A Profound Bow, All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. – Lao-Tzu.
~ Don’t find fault. Find a remedy. – Henry Ford
~ I have observed dreams and visions very carefully, and am now certain that the imagination has some way of lighting on the truth that the reason has not, and that its commandments, delivered when the body is still and the reason silent, are the most binding we can ever know. – W.B. Yeats
I have tried hard to match my friends in their pessimism about the world (is it just my friends?), but I keep encountering people who, in spite of all the evidence of terrible things happening everywhere, give me hope. Wherever I go, I find such people, especially young people, in whom the future rests. And beyond the handful of activists there seem to be hundreds, thousands, more who are open to unorthodox ideas. But they tend not to know of one another’s existence, and so, while they persist, they do so with the desperate patience of Sisyphus endlessly pushing the boulder up the mountain. I try to tell each group that they are not alone, and that the very people who are disheartened by the absence of a national movement are themselves proof of the potential for such a movement. – Howard Zinn, ‘We Should Not Give Up the Game Before All the Cards Have Been Played’
God’s Eye – (For Litha) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/godseye.html
- § 2 wooden dowels
- § Yarn
Your dowels can be of any length depending on what size you want the end product to be, but a good size would be about 8 to 12 inches. The yarn can be of any color, but if this is to be used for midsummer decoration, match the color with the intention, using yellow, red, white, or even green, something to symbolize the highest power of summer. A good idea is to get one of those mulitcolored yarns that fade from one color to the next; one that fades between shades of yellow to white and back is perfect. Now place one of the dowels on top of the other so that they make an equilateral cross, and start wrapping the yarn around their middles in a little X. Keep wrapping, alternating over each “shoulder” of the horizontal dowel, until they are reasonably steady and holding together without your support. Then, clockwise, wrap the yarn around each dowel in turn, making a single loop and continuing to the next. As you continue the process, the pattern will spread outward from the center, resembling an eye in a way. Keep pushing the yarn down on the dowels so that it does not look loose or have any spaces in between each layer. When the God’s Eye is as large as you want it, you can end it by wrapping the string tightly around the top dowel and tying it off in a loop. This can be hung if you like, or placed in a picture frame holder or support apparatus to display on a table. As a variation, you can actually tie it off well before you are finished and insert a different color if you prefer.
A God’s Eye is a very old craft that has been made since antiquity, and eyes were always a focus of superstition and holiness in the old days. The God’s Eye craft can be regarded in a ritual as representing the God’s vision upon you, or to represent, in more simple terms, the sun itself. Drinking a toast to the sun’s highest power on midsummer, regarding the Eye, is a possible use.
If you’d like to see an illustration of this craft as well as someone else’s interpretation of how to create it, do a search for “God’s Eye craft” or look at the illustrated page at http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/godseye.html .
Midsummer crafts revolve around the sun god, and the sun itself.
God’s Eyes are probably the most well known craft tied to Midsummer. South American in origin, they were made by the natives for both protection and decoration. These amulets are made of two sticks placed to form an equilateral cross. Coloured yarn or ribbon is wound around the cross, in alternating colours, to form an eye, and its four points symbolize the two solstices (summer and winter) and equinoxes (spring and fall).
To make the God’s Eyes, you will need:
- 1/4 inch dowels (available at craft or hardware stores, any kind of stick can be used, popsicle sticks are common ^_^)
- Yarn or ribbon in assorted colours
Cut the dowels into any length you wish, just make sure you have two sticks of equal length. Place them to form an equilateral cross. Starting it can be a bit tricky. I tie a tight knot with the ribbon in the centre, then take the dowels and form the cross, and go and tie it the other way.
You could also just tie a knot in the centre, pull the dowels out to form the cross, and start weaving. Just keep in mind you’ll have to hold it in place the while you weave it around the first few times. Once you have it started, take the ribbon and wrap it completely around one point of the dowel, than trail it over the next point of the cross. Pull the ribbon taut, you want a tight weave. Work your design outward, stopping periodically to change ribbon colours, if you wish. If your God’s Eye is going to be used for magickal purposes, you should visualize its purpose as you weave, and consecrate it for its purpose later on. When you have wrapped the ribbon within about half an inch of the end of the dowels, stop the weaving, and tie it off. This may require a bit of glue to hold it in place. When it is tied off, use a bit of the ribbon to make a loop and glue it to the top of the God’s Eye so that you can hang it.
God’s Eyes are a great activity for children, and a fun way to teach them about the Sun God and the purpose of Midsummer. http://www.wyldwytch.com/weavings/candb/06_05litha/index.htm
A God’s Eye is a great craft to make at probably any of the Sabbats. I’ve seen them made at Imbolc, and then they’re usually renamed as “Goddess Eyes.” Works for me.
To make a God/dess Eye, you’ll need:
- 2 sticks; I’ve found that bamboo skewers work really well
- yarn of different colors; save leftovers from knitting / crochet projects
- scissors to cut the yarn
- Charge your materials in your normal way.
- Make a slip knot on the end of the yarn you’ll use for the middle of the cross, and slide the loop over the two sticks.
- Once you’ve centered the yarn, pull the knot, and spread the stick arms out into the form of a cross.
- Wrap the yarn diagonally over the center twice for each side (NW-SE, and then NE-SW).
- Begin wrapping the yarn around the sticks, always remembering to move deosil around the eye. Start at one point, move the yarn over the stick, come around the back crossing over the front and moving on to the next arm. Remember – always go over the stick and then go around it. And keep the yarn tight.
- When you need to add another color, figure out where you need to place the knot of the two strands so that it’s hidden behind a stick arm. As you wrap the stick, wrap the loose strands to hide them.
- When you’re done, doubly loop the yarn over the final arm.
- To hang, cut 12″ of yarn. From the front of the eye, push an end on either side of an arm about 2/3rds the way up the arm. Knot the ends in the back. Bring the strands together, determine the length for dangling, and tie a knot. Hang your eye, and enjoy.S. – I’ve seen God’s Eyes made using embroidery thread and jewelers’ wire. These were then were attached to earring hooks and worn. They looked cool, especially when metallic thread was used.
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Silliness – Late Night Funny – Everybody see Thursday night’s football game? I saw it by accident because I tried to watch my show. Once again, I got bumped by “Thursday Night Football.” This time, my show didn’t start until 12:35 a.m. and last night was my special “Pope Show.” So, football didn’t just bump me, it bumped the Pope. Fellas, God gives you all those touchdowns, and this is how you thank him? – Stephen Colbert