We got a tenth of an inch of rain overnight. It started mid-evening and it’s rather grey and windy. Gusts are hitting nearly 20mph. This should die out sometime tomorrow and we’ll be back to sun and summer.
Since it was past 1 when I got the newsletter out there wasn’t a lot left of yesterday. I worked on some computer housekeeping and caught up on mail, first, then spent awhile with my herbs, trimming plants, harvesting and getting them into better shape. I got my lungwort actually planted and some bits potted up as starts and started working on sorting out the new box garden to get it ready for some more salad greens, when I ran out of back and headed back downstairs.
Tempus baked a pizza for us for dinner, then headed to the shop to work on the computer and pay a couple of bills. I did a little more on herbs and worked on organizing one of my cabinets that’s been used as a dumping ground for stuff I didn’t know where to put away. Eventually, I got back to working on a class that I’m to teach next fall on Housewifery, Midwifery and Culinary Practice.
Today we’ll be at the shop, even though we’re both dragging still. I’m hoping to Tempus is going to be able to get a couple of the shelf units down to the shop so that we can start organizing the next section of the back, getting more boxes off the floor and out of the way. I have some writing to do, too.
Today’s feast is Jan Kupalo or Ivan Kupala, the Slavic Midsummer festival. Depending on whose version you’re working with (it goes from Poland and the Czech Republic to the far end of Russia) it can mean bonfires, bathing (especially naked bathing in lakes and rivers, flower wreaths worn, floated on rivers or as divination. Running into the woods in search of fern flowers (yes, I know, ferns don’t bloom, but people in those areas “find” babies under ferns or in mushroom patches instead of under cabbage leaves) is another favorite pastime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Kupala_Day
Kupala – Kresen (June) 23 – (In the Old Russian tongue, Kupala means “bather”). Today the holiday of the Summer Solstice and remembrance of the human sacrifices made in olden times to the Master of things Sub-marine, Jasse (Dragon). All through the night people are celebrating, singing songs, hiking, doing readings (fortune-telling). A blot is held near water. In times gone by, fires were lit in preparation for a sacrifice of a young maiden by drowning in the river. Later, however, the human sacrifice was replaced by a doll made of bread (a loaf-doll).
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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.
Now that there’s a long dark spell between the end of twilight and moonrise, tear your telescope away from Mars and Saturn and take a tour of the faint globular clusters swarming nearby, east of Antares. Your guide is Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders column in the July Sky & Telescope, page 56.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is higher 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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 23 High 2:26 AM 7.5 5:32 AM Set 8:56 AM 94
~ 23 Low 9:27 AM -1.2 9:05 PM Rise 11:20 PM
~ 23 High 4:04 PM 6.5
~ 23 Low 9:32 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, you can bet the water bill is higher.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Robert Louis Stevenson begins the poem “The Little Land,” “When at home alone I sit, And am very tired of it, I have just to shut my eyes To go sailing through the skies—” Write about your most common daydream.
~ Apply the way of Knighthood to all things. Therein lies its beauty. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ He falls not whom true friends help forward on his way. – Egil’s Saga, c.67
~ What was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do to me was kill me and it seemed like they’d been trying to do that a little bit at a time ever since I could remember. – Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) US activist
~ The summer night is like a perfection of thought. – Wallace Stevens
I have learned not to think little of any one’s belief, no matter how strange it may be. I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it, but the strange things, the extraordinary things, the things that make one doubt if they be mad or sane. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist
Clothes-washing after a bad experience
After you have a bad experience you should wash the bad vibes out of your clothes. To do so, allow your washing machine to fill with water, then stop the machine briefly while you do the spell. Take a small amount of salt (no more than a teaspoon) in one hand. With the other hand, touch the
surface of the water, saying: “Blessed are you, O creature of water, be thou cleansed and cleansing.” Then touch the salt, and say: “Blessed are you, creature of earth. Be thou purified and purifying.” Then put the salt in the water, and say: “Together, banish evil.” Stir the wash three times clockwise, then wash as usual. By: Magenta Griffith
Protection from a Negative Coworker Spell
Incense of the day: Maple
To protect yourself from a negative coworker, get a small picture of the person. Take an egg, and punch a hole in it. Remove the insides of the egg, and put them in a cup, being careful not to break the shell. Take the empty shell put one-half teaspoon of salt into the hole, and shake the egg. Roll up the picture of the person aggravating you, and put it into the shell. Place the shell in a clay pot, and put small pieces of mirror in the pot around the eggshell. Cover the pot, and put it in a safe place where no one will disturb it. Eat the egg you extracted from the shell. Use no oil or butter to cook it, but you can add a pinch of salt. As you eat the egg, say: “This spell I cast responsibly. Your harmful thoughts will mirrored be, and fall on you, not on me.” By: Paniteowl , Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
(Be careful with this one to *not* intend anything from the past, only future events to be involved, and no anger or resentment, or you’ll catch this in the face!)
Safe Perimeter Spell – June 12th, 2006
Color of the day: Silver
Incense of the day: Peony
Place a protective perimeter around your yard or play area to help keep everyone safe this summer. The kids can even help with this spell. You will need lavender or sandalwood stick incense, water with a pinch of salt added to it, and, if you don’t mind making some noise, drums, rattles, bells, or some other music maker. Pick a starting point and slowly make your way around the yard infusing the boundary with incense smoke and sprinkled water. As you walk, visualize a barrier of white light forming, keeping out violence, accidents, and other unwanted incidents. When you return to the starting point, take a moment to “see” the energy swirling about the lawn, protecting all within. By: Laurel Reufner
Silliness – Classic Quips From Late Night – “In his speech, he outlined a plan to start patrolling the U.S.-Mexican border using members of the National Guard. He said this will give us the most secure border in the world one weekend a month and two full weeks in the summer. … This will replace our old method of border control: the honor system.” — Jay Leno