Yesterday was long, more so because Tempus and I were both tired, than that it was difficult in any way. We ended up a bit late getting the shop open, and it took effort to drag ourselves around for awhile, but we got it done. After that I was working on paperwork and Tempus putting away some of his things that had been out.
We had a bunch of customers during the day, some just browsing, but a lot buying, and I ended up doing 4 readings…an hour’s worth…. all in a row! After I had caught my breath I realized the time and scrabbled my embroidery together and headed for Sabrina’s for Sewing. I bought us a couple of Irish Mocha’s on the way, which it turned out she needed, too. 🙂
The rain had slowed down to mist before I started for her shop and on the way back there was just a lovely cool breeze. Tempus had been busy, sorting tools, I think, while I was gone, and while he finished up cleaning the shop fridge, so that it could defrost overnight, I started putting the newsletter together, only to realize this morning that I had missed tides and such! It’s why this is so late today.
We got home well before dark and I got some photos of some of the new blooms around the place, then we had supper and he took off on his paper run. I slept for a bit, then got up and worked on my class notes before turning in when he got in past 4am.
Today they’re working on the electricity at the apartment, so Tempus is heading back there in a few minutes. I’ve got some work to do on herbs and I want to get the route to my beading table sorted out enough that I can start on some of the needed earrings. I also have the pix from last evening.
Tempus is also supposed to work on some more chores today. Some of it is laundry from the shop, tablecloths. towels and a piece of stained Aida cloth that I will use for sample pieces if it turn out ok, otherwise I’ll cut around the stains. It seems to have sopped up some coffee at some point!
Today’s feast is Inti Raymi, the ancient Incan festival of the Sun, which is the Winter Solstice festival in the southern hemisphere. In 1944 a re-creation of the festival was celebrated and has been ever since. Here’ s a Wiki article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inti_Raymi
Today’s Plant is Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water, then oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_cernuum and on Alliums here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium
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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.
Good luck catching Mercury before sunrise. It’s bright but very low. Bring binoculars or a wide-field telescope. It’s in Taurus, not a constellation most skywatchers associate with June!
This is the time of year when the two brightest stars of summer, <<<<< Arcturus and Vega >>>>>, are about equally high overhead shortly after dark: Arcturus is toward the southwest, Vega is toward the east. Arcturus and Vega are 37 and 25 light-years away, respectively. They’re examples of the two commonest types of naked-eye stars: a yellow-orange K giant and a white A main-sequence star. They’re 150 and 50 times brighter than the Sun — which, combined with their nearness, is why they dominate the evening sky.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, in southern Ophiuchus) is the bright object about 20° left of Mars at dusk. To Saturn’s lower right by 6° or 7° is slightly fainter Antares. Look near the middle of the Mars-Saturn-Antares triangle for Delta Scorpii (Dschubba). See our telescopic guide to Saturn in the June Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28. Runic half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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
F 24 High 3:10 AM 7.3 5:33 AM Set 10:01 AM 88
~ 24 Low 10:07 AM -1.0 9:05 PM Rise 11:56 PM
~ 24 High 4:46 PM 6.6
~ 24 Low 10:23 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A skeptic is a person who when he sees the handwriting on the wall, claims it’s a forgery.
~ The important thing is to know how to take all things quietly. – Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English scientist
~ A good laugh is sunshine in a house. – William Makepeace Thackeray
~ Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it. – Shakti Gawain
~ A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
I had just left the warmth of a wide circle of friends in Australia to come to this desert island. The contrast was painful. “It will take you ten years to learn the English,” said Will Dyson, the Australian cartoonist, whom we found crouching over a sinking fire in a large dark studio, nursing a great grief at the death of his wife. Will, despite his sadness, was a great comfort in the cheerless winter of 1919 – 20. From his early Bulletin days I had been his great admirer as one of the master caricaturist-cartoonists. Will Dyson had broken up the pattern with his striking Socialist cartoons in the Herald from about 1910 onward, and had led the field during the First World War with his large war cartoons in which the monumental and the satirical had been powerfully blended. – Sir David Low, New Zealand cartoonist, on his arrival in London in 1909, when he made firm friends with Australian cartoonist, Will Dyson, born in September, 1880
Magick – Pollyanna Propaganda: The Distressing Trend of Victim-Blaming in Spirituality
Author: Gaiana Ravenlynx, Posted: June 13th. 2016
Lately, I have noticed a situation that crops up more and more frequently. Many times, it seems to stem from the belief that people’s lives would be better if they could only believe hard enough. Or meditate more. Or “just let it go”, “forgive and forget”, “it must be your karma”, or any of the other generic platitudes that are floating around.
Don’t get me wrong, as a long-time Pagan, I tend to believe in a lot of things most would consider “out there” and I definitely can get behind the idea that our thoughts and attitudes affect the course of our lives and our happiness. For that matter, without believing in the power of visualization and positive belief, I would probably be dead by now.
The problem comes in with the assertion that people’s suffering is entirely their choice, as well as their fault. It is the idea that somehow, just forgetting about or burying traumas and the results thereof will free a person.
This blithely ignores the fact that other people have free will and can choose to hurt others and there are very real chemical imbalances that come into play (both in traumatic mental issues and others) . Also, severe trauma can literally rewire your brain (as in PTSD) . The messy and inescapable truth is that sometimes people do horrible things to other people. Furthermore, things like microbes, trauma and various other sources of illness/injury exist and our biology tends to work within certain parameters.
Do I believe these things can be healed? Do I believe in the power of faith and thought? Absolutely. I also believe strongly in personal responsibility. We are in charge of our own healing process and in making the choice to begin it.
However, things are not generally improved by ignoring them. That’s like hoping a wound will heal around a giant metal shard. Even if we somehow escape infection, the shard remains, causing pain and possibly worse issues. This is dangerous, both in the literal, physical sense as well as in the sense of “invisible” injuries. If we ignore our wounds, they might scab over. They might even look healed on the surface, but the cause remains and will work its way back to the surface and cause even more trouble. We have to actually deal with the root of the problem before it can heal properly.
It does not serve the people who have already been hurt in such ways if others encourage or even pressure them to forget or ignore such things. These things happened. Most survivors of major trauma already deal with guilt and feelings of helplessness and/or hopelessness. To add insult to injury, so many are being bombarded by messages like “Why can’t you just let go?” Or “Your suffering will only last as long as you decide to hold onto it.”
I’m not saying people must or should remain in misery. I think there ARE ways to heal such trauma. However, as individuals, one size does not fit all. By heaping guilt trips on already struggling souls — and by implying inferiority because someone can’t let go of something that the person suggesting such things most likely has never experienced (and therefore cannot truly comprehend) — MORE damage occurs rather than the healing release that so many who push such agendas often claim as their motivation. This is NOT “tough love”; this is not “healing”. This is further bullying!
Compassion, most often, is listening. Caring. Supporting. Making safe space for people to root out the cause of their pain and finally do whatever is necessary to truly heal. Cramming propaganda down someone’s throat does nothing except drive him or her further into their shell and isolation. Especially if it is someone who has already had the right to choose what happens to their own body taken away from them. This sentiment holds true for survivors of violence as well as people with health conditions (physical or mental) , including chronic pain. Healing is a deeply personal, highly individual process. While we can share what has helped us, ultimately the person in question is the only one who can discover their own answers, their own path. Forcing your views upon them can feel like a secondary assault or trauma. It’s part of what keeps people silent, and silence is a barrier to healing.
If you’re not sure whether you should say something to a person, think how it would sound to you if someone said whatever it is after you broke a leg or got run over by a bus.
This behavior is doing harm, not good in our communities. If you simply can’t help yourself spewing toxic rainbows at people, some of who are fighting just to be upright on any given day, at least have the bare courtesy to present it as a theory or as YOUR path instead of a Sermon of Absolute Truth. Furthermore, if you are an offender in this area, it might be time to look inward. I’ve noticed that many who use these tactics do so as a passive-aggressive method of distracting themselves from their own, unconfronted pasts.
We are stronger, as a whole, when we honor each other’s paths and when we reach out with compassion and understanding. In a world already fragmented and suffering on so many levels, should we, who consider ourselves enlightened, not lead the way to holding space for each other and for every person’s individual journey to health and wholeness? We can do better. Sometimes it is assumed that saying something, anything, will be better than saying nothing. It is my opinion, however, that when someone is fragile and struggling, active silence or simply offering acknowledgement without any specific direction or input can be one of the most powerful healing magics of all.
People, ultimately, do hold the keys to their own healing and liberation. Each person will do this at their own pace, in their own way. It is crucial for people to be able to express themselves, to acknowledge their deepest feelings without fear of being attacked or further damaged. Often, the greatest gift we can give is simply our presence and acceptance.
ABOUT… Gaiana Ravenlynx
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Bio: Gaiana began her formal studies on October 15, 1988 and has remained a wide-eyed student ever since
Silliness – The Best Gunfighter
Morris, as a young man in the Old West, wanted to be the best gunfighter alive. One night as he was sitting in a saloon, he spotted an old man who had the reputation of being the greatest gunfighter in his day. So Morris walked up to the old man and told him his dream. The old man looked him up and down and said, “I have a suggestion that is sure to help.” –
“Tell me, tell me,” said the young man.
“Tie the bottom of your holster lower onto your leg.”
“Will that make me a better gunfighter?”
“Definitely,” said the old man.
Young Morris did what he was told and drew his gun and shot the bow tie off the piano player. “Wow, that really helped. Do you have any more suggestions?”
“Yeah, if you cut a notch in the top of your holster where the hammer hits, the gun will come out smoother.”
“Will that make me a better gunfighter?”
“It sure will,” said the old man.
The young guy did what he was told and drew his gun and shot a cufflink off the piano player. “This is really helping me. Is there anything else you can share with me?”
“One more thing,” said the old man. “Get that can of axle grease over there in the corner and rub it all over your gun.”
The young Morris didn’t hesitate but started putting the grease on the gun.
“No, the whole gun, handle and everything,” said the old man.
“Will that make me a better gunfighter?”
“No,” said the old man, “but, when Wyatt Earp gets done playing that piano, he’s going to put that gun where the sun don’t shine, and it won’t hurt as much.”