Sandcastles and all this morning! It’s also House Capuchin’s Project Day and monthly potluck, so be prepared to see people in unusual clothing. 🙂 …and in this newsletter are the pix that we got of the Duckmeister’s new baby and a few of the parade!
Yesterday started in a scramble, trying to get to the shop with all the things we needed before the festivities started. We had people in, almost before we were open, doing the Treasure Hunt. Tempus went after doughnuts, so we had a treat and then it was crazy right up until the parade started.
I had families with little kids on both sides of me, sitting out at the curb. Tempus stayed in the shop. The usual Shriners, and the Port, the logging companies, utilities and all, and the fire departments and scout troops were there, plus Waldport Cheer and a lot of local businesses, including the Chocolate Frog. It was great watching the little kids scrambling for candy. I sat there with a great big grin on my face until they were done and I actually caught a bubble! 🙂 No Lion Dancers this year, but Raymond stopped by and said, “Next Year”! Oh, that was fun…. Yes, just a small town parade, but I love ’em!
…more folks on the Treasure Hunt during the afternoon…. Some ran in and out. Some stuck around to look over what we have and some to chat. That was a lot of fun, too. I started a couple of crockpots, one for supper stuff and one of meat pie filling for today’s potluck. I did a short reading late in the afternoon.
It got very quiet, later. There was a lot of traffic on the highway and a lot of folks at the various dances and other celebrations around town. We had the baked potatoes for supper and I started working on back, trying to get things sorted out enough room for today. Tempus headed for the house for another load of things that we now have (kindof) a place for, or a least a need for.
We left the shop awfully late, getting home and settled just a bit before 11pm. Tempus drove around the Moose lodge so I could see the huge T-Rex that they havd at the end of the street. The fire-dancers were just quitting for the night. The Moon was really bright and I sat in the Meditation garden for a bit and just looked once we got home. Tempus got the meat pie filling put away, we had a snack and then we turned in.
Today we have more of the Treasure Hunt things (ends at 4pm) and then the House Capuchin Project day and potluck. I need to get the meat pie finished this morning and baked, and then Tempus and I need to finish sorting out the workroom at the shop so there’s a spot for the potluck!
Today’s feast is in honor of Minerva’s Temple in Rome, which had a commemoration of some kind on this date, two months after the anniversary of the temple’s founding. No one’s sure what they did, why or how, just the basic fact of “they did something….” She was the goddess of wisdom and has been honored down through the millenia. There’s a good Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerva
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
Rusalka’s Week – Kresen (June) 19-24 – During this week we worship the Divinity of Rivers, Rusalka. Many tales and fortune-telling are associated with this week. In the forests bonfires blaze atop the mountains, and the spirits fly free over fields and lakes. (Rusalka: The Ancient Spirit of Rivers and Lakes )
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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.
Full Moon tonight and tomorrow night; the Moon is exactly full at 7:02 a.m. tomorrow morning EDT. At nightfall tonight, look for Saturn and Antares well to the Moon’s right.
Mercury (brightening from magnitude –0.4 to –1.0 this week) is having a very low apparition in the dawn. Look for it just above the east-northeast horizon 20 or 30 minutes before sunrise. Late this week, use binoculars to pick up fainter Aldebaran emerging to Mercury’s right or upper right.
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
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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Celebrate all that you have accomplished in my life.
~ A book is a gift you can open again and again. – Garrison Keillor
~ Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much. – Anonymous
~ Improve your business, your life, your relationships, your finances and your health. When you do the whole world improves. – Mark Victor Hansen
~ I suppose no person ever enjoyed with more relish the infusion of this fragrant leaf than did Johnson. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
I feel envious, when I think back, of the privileged little urchin I was in those days. As an accompaniment to my modest, fill-in meals — a chop, a leg of cold chicken, or one of those hard cheeses, “baked” in the embers of a wood fire and so brittle that one blow of the fist would shatter them into pieces like a pane of glass – I drank Chateau Lafites, Chambertins, and Cortons which had escaped capture by the ‘Prussians’ in 1870. Certain of these wines were already fading, pale and scented still like a dead rose; they lay on a sediment of tannin that darkened their bottles, but most of them retained their aristocratic ardour and their invigorating powers. The good old days! – Colette
Summer! Summer! The cow’s mild milk
and the Goddess with summer within her,
and the yellow summer, and the white daisies,
and the Goddess with summer within her. ~Irish May Day Song
With the coming of May, the ancient Irish year celebrated the coming of summer. In our calendar, it is still spring. For us, summer does not officially start until the solstice, when the sun’s light is at its peak. But intuitively we recognize the wisdom of welcoming a new season at this time, when we gather armfuls of flowers and open our doors to the fresh new breezes, bearing the fragrances of newly cut grass and blossoming trees.
The season of changeable weather is passing, and the season of growth is upon us. Summer is coming, and with it, the year’s Goddess enters a new phase of her life. No longer the maiden, she is now the blooming young mother, giving birth to her innumerable children. As we welcome her, we also make room for new growth within our own lives
)0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Mother Corn, hear your children.
Mother Corn, open the way.
Mother Corn, let us touch you.
Mother Corn, hear your children.
Mother Corn, open the way.
Mother Corn, we pray to you.
Mother Corn, open the way. ~Pawnee Ceremonial Prayer
Around us, plants are setting seed, preparing for the new generations that will follow this fruitful summer. Within each if us, too, things are ripening: ideas, insights, intuitions. At any given time, some parts of our search will be progressing toward conclusion, while others are burgeoning. We are not single, unified selves, but a multiplicity of many selves. We may be emotionally opening up, for instance, while intellectually we are stagnant. Or we may be growing into greater ripeness in terms of sexuality, while our ambition is on hold. We must attend to what is ripening, but also to what is still growing and what needs to be harvested. What, in you, stands near ripeness now?
)0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON
Corn Mother – Seminole Green Corn Dance (Southeastern US) Today’s Goddess: )0( Themes: Abundance; Children; Energy; Fertility; Harvest; Health; Grounding; Providence; Strength Symbols: Corn; Corn Sheafs
About Corn Mother: Literally the spirit of the corn in Native American traditions, Corn Mother brings with her the bounty of earth, its healing capabilities, its nurturing nature, and its providence. This is the season when Corn Mother really shines, bountiful with the harvest. She is happy to share of this bounty and give all those who seek her an appreciation of self, a healthy dose of practicality, and a measure of good common sense.
To Do Today: Around this time of year the Seminole Indians (in the Florida area) dance the green corn dance to welcome the crop and ensure ongoing fertility in the fields and tribe. This also marks the beginning of the Seminole year. So, if you enjoy dancing, grab a partner and dance! Or, perhaps do some dance aerobics. As you do, breathe deeply and release your stress into Corn Mother’s keeping. She will turn into something positive, just as the land takes waste and makes it into beauty.
Using corn in rituals and spells is perfectly fitting for this occasion. Scatter cornmeal around the sacred space to mark your magic circle, or scatter it to the wind so Corn Mother can bring fertility back to you. Keeping a dried ear of corn in the house invokes Corn Mother’s protection and luck, and consuming corn internalizes her blessings
By Patricia Telesco~ >From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Moist Mother Earth – Matya Sirya Zemlya – Herban Corner – The Earth Goddess of Slavic myth was associated with moisture and referred to as Moist Mother Earth. In Russia long ago, earth worship formed the basis of religion, particularly among the peasants and farmers who depended on the land to provide food even though it froze solid during the winter. Moist Mother Earth was possibly revered as Mati-Syra-Zemlya or as Mokosh. Her connection to moisture suggested her connection to the waters of both the earth and the sky. She was associated with streams and wells and was frequently evoked to end droughts with her life-giving rains
Like Earth Goddesses of other lands, Moist Mother Earth was a fertility Goddess. Some say she was the wife of Perun, the storm god, and that he clothed her in his sky waters, making oceans, rivers, and seas. The Slavic earth mother was a spinner, and she spun the waters that renewed life after the icy winds blew in and the winter gods cast their death spell on the land. Worshippers of Moist Mother Earth not only prayed to her to bring the rain but also to calm the winds and the whirlwinds, to subdue the snow-storms, and to lessen the severity of the winter cold. – Source: A Dictionary of Nature Myths by Tamra Andrews and GrannyMoon’s Feast Archives
Silliness – The Intelligent Blonde
An intelligent blonde was opening her morning paper, when she noticed a page filled from top to bottom with blonde jokes. Needless to say, this put her in a very bad mood, which continued as she drove to work. On her way there, she happened to glance out the driver’s side window, where there was a vast field of tall grass.
In the middle of the field sat another blonde in a rowboat, pulling away at the oars as fast as she could go, even though the boat, naturally, wasn’t moving. The intelligent blonde pulled over, jumped out of her car, and shouted to the blonde in the rowboat, “It’s blondes like you who give us all a bad name!”
The blonde in the rowboat paused in her rowing and shouted back, “Yeah? Well if I could swim, I’d come out there and kick your butt!”