Yesterday we were still awfully tired from the weekend. We worked sporadically at clean-up, finding this thing and that thing to do that had gotten left away from where it ought to be. Gradually the shop started to get a bit better organized and certainly there was less mess in the aisles. Late in the day, actually around closing, I was working on setting up newsletters for the week and Tempus was trying to get a space so that I could get pictures of a couple of things that we have for sale. That finally happened after 9pm, so I got the pictures tidied up and posted.
We ate and then just vegged until we went to sleep. Long day….
Today we have a bunch of small stuff to do, pack some small boxes, do chores, etc. At 5pm we’re meeting some folks at the shop. A bunch of us are heading for Corvallis for a meeting. I need to take the box of balls and ball filling with me. Tempus can’t go because of his paper route. He had to be there around 9pm and the rest of us will get back 10 or 11-ish.
Mt. Hood on 5/1/16 Photos by Mike
Today’s feast is Litha, Midsummer, Jan Kupala, Langtanz night or whatever you call it. Whether you celebrate with fire, beer, dancing, swimming, flowers or just with friends, have a Blessed One! A good Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer
Today’s plant is Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shapeprotects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. 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 7/4 at 4:01am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/27 at 11:19am.
Vega is the brightest star very high in the east. Barely to its lower left after dark is one of the best-known multiple stars in the sky: 4th-magnitude Epsilon (ε) Lyrae, the Double-Double. It forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta (ζ) Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon, and a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but easily split with any telescope. Delta (δ) Lyrae, below Zeta, is much wider and easier.
Mars (magnitude –1.6, in Libra) remains big and bright; it was closest to Earth on May 30th. It’s the yellow-orange thing shining in the south during evening, only a trace less bright than white Jupiter in the west-southwest. Mars is shrinking, from 17.7 to 17.0 arcseconds in diameter this week, as Earth pulls ahead of it in our faster orbit around the Sun. See our telescopic guide to Mars in the April Sky & Telescope, page 48, or the versiononline. And set our Mars Profiler for your time and date.
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 21 High 1:09 AM 7.8 5:32 AM Set 6:56 AM 99
~ 21 Low 8:12 AM -1.2 9:04 PM Rise 9:58 PM
~ 21 High 2:44 PM 6.3
~ 21 Low 8:03 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.
~ Don’t look for speed in a cheap horse: be content if it neighs. – Hausa Proverb
~ Goals help you channel your energy into action. – Les Brown
~ An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~ A wagging tongue is the beginning of ill works. – Norse Adage
I feel that my work is but a feeble expression of something that in itself is vague and doubtful … Sometimes when I probe myself I find that my intentions in art aren’t as sincere as they should be…I realize that I’m fairly good at drawing, but you see that’s only because I’ve done so much of it, and it seems sometimes that the only reason I have stuck at it so diligently is because I have to sort of get even with society for not accepting me … Subconsciously I want to make myself immortal among men, leave my mark on the earth to compensate for social inadequacy … So I draw … If I got rid of my greatness complex I probably would lose my desire to draw. It seems to me that a true artist is a man who is passionately in love with line, form, color or some aspect of life … While these things appeal to me, I don’t find any real burning passion for them within myself … The only burning passion I’m sure I have is the passion for sex … – Robert Crumb, US ‘underground’ cartoonist, born on August 30, 1943, September 29, 1961
Summer Lucky Days by Patricia Telesco
July lucky days: 3, 12, 15, 18, 21, 31…
July is the month of prosperity, resolution to difficult situations, and legal successes. As the Sun warms the air, let it warm your heart; if necessary, ask the universe for insight. Focus on these dates when planning authorized activities, magic for financial stability, or to bring peace and accord.
August lucky days: 6, 11, 14, 18, 24, 30…
Release worries and burdens to a Summer wind and let them move away! These are excellent days for contemplation, peacefulness, and meditation in natural settings. Reclaim your center and be at rest.
September lucky days: 1, 8, 16, 17, 25, 27…
A month of changeable weather and joyous adventures. These are the best days to consider travel, puttering around the home, a picnic with loved ones, or asking for a promotion. The Sun is slowly starting to wane, so our outdoor pleasures should be filled to overflowing.
(The above “Summer Lucky Days” is quoted directly from Llewellyn’s 1994 Magical Almanac, page 170, Llewellyn Worldwide Publications, 1993.)