Yesterday started with getting costmary into the flower press, prepping some more herbs for drying and getting a couple of lemon thyme starts set up. Tempus was doing dishes for quite some time and we discovered that someone had dropped the roaster and popped the bottom partway off and didn’t say. Tempus got it fixed. Hopefully, it still works properly.
We were pretty busy in the early afternoon. Lots of people were in browsing and sales were decent. Eventually I got to working on a wand of bay wood and, until I started coughing on the dust, made pretty good progress.
…and at this point I don’t know what happened to this newsletter. It seems to have published a previous save, rather than the full newsletter. I dunno…. and it missed the tide table…. (added on 6/27/16!)
Today is the anniversary of President Kennedy’s Ich Bin ein Berliner speech, probably his best speech of all. It was a foreign policy speech aimed more at the Soviets than the Germans he was speaking to, specifically about the division of the city by the Berlin Wall that didn’t come down until 1989. Btw, he didn’t quite call himself a jelly doughnut, although the line might have made some people smile… There’s a good article and a video of the speech at this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_bin_ein_Berliner
Today’s Plant is Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula), an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge” wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. –Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
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Love & Light,
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.
Three doubles at the top of Scorpius. Mars and Saturn aren’t the only telescopic attractions in the south these evenings, even you have heavy light pollution! The head of Scorpius — the near-vertical row of three stars upper right of Antares — stands to Saturn’s right by about a fist at arm’s length. The top star of the row is Beta (ß) Scorpii or Graffias, a fine double star for telescopes. Just 1° below it (and a little too faint for the chart here) is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2Scorpii, not quite vertical. Binoculars show their slight color difference. Left or lower left of Beta by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii, another fine telescopic double. High power in good seeing reveals Nu’s brighter component itself to be a close binary, separation 2 arcseconds.
The yellow ticks point down to dust clouds brewing on Mars on the night of June 14–15. South is up. The most distinct clouds are just south of Aurorae Sinus, in the area of the Valles Marineris canyon system (not visible). Glenn Jolly of Gilbert, Arizona, took this image with a 14-inch scope at 5:57 June 15th UT. Since then the clouds have moved and perhaps weakened.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, at the kind foot of Leo) shines in the west during and after dusk. It’s on the far side of its orbit from us, 34 arcseconds wide, almost the smallest it ever appears.
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
Tides for Alsea Bay
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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour
~ A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it but they labor in it because they excel. – William Hazlitt, English writer
~ The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
I know what I am doing here with my collection of papers, for crying out loud. It isn’t worth a nickle to two guys like you or me, but to a collector it is worth a fortune; it is priceless. I am going to turn it over to … Turn your back to me please, Henry. I am so sick now. The police are getting many complaints. Look out. Yey, Jack; hello, Jack. Jack, mamma. I want that G-note. Look out, for Jimmie Valentine, for he is an old pal of mine. Come on, Jim, come on, Jimmie; oh, thanks. OK. OK. I am all through; I can’t do another thing. Hymie, won’t you do what I ask you this once? Look out! Mamma, mamma! Look out for her. You can’t beat him. Police, Mamma! Helen, mother, please take me out. Come on, Rosie. OK. Hymes would not do it; not him. I will settle … the indictment. Come on, Max, open the soap duckets. Frankie, please come here. Open that door, Dumpey’s door. It is so much, Abe, that … with the brewery. Come on. Hey, Jimmie! The Chimney Sweeps. Talk to the Sword. Shut up, you got a big mouth! please come help me up, Henny. Max come over here … French Canadian bean soup … I want to pay, let them leave me alone … – Last words of American gangster, Arthur Flegenheimer aka Dutch Schultz, October 24, 1935
Doorway Protection – To protect your house or a room
Tools: a besom or decorative broom – plain, or decorated with dried or silk flowers to match your decor or the current season; a nail or hook to put on a door to hold the besom Hang the besom or broom on the back of the door and say:”As you hang upon my door,
Remember what a door is for
Letting in and keeping out
Is what a door is all about.
As we travel on our rounds,
Help us return safely to our grounds.
But whether we’re in or whether we’re out,
Please keep want and trouble out.”
Make the sign of the banishing pentagram on the inside of the door, and the sign of the invoking pentagram on the outside. ~MOONCRAFTS NEWSLETTER
I found this just searching the internet and I thought we could all try it!
- Here’s a fun thing to do around the campfire. at boy scout camp we made Fairy Dust for all the boys. You take a big handful, make a wish and toss it into the fire. It makes a “poof” and glitter ascends into the air. It was tons of fun and the kids asked us for some each night.
- Mix 3 parts white granulated sugar to 1 part glitter.
- Shake or stir till mixed. The measurements are not exact…add as much glitter as you like to make a nice display.
- The sugar will make the poof when it hits the fire and the glitter will float up into the air….
- have fun – Susan
DIY Olive Oil Lamp – http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1926/443/Do-It-Yourself_Olive_Oil_Lamp.html
Silliness – Classic Quips From Late Night – “It’s about as low as you can go without getting caught in a Port-O-John with George Michael” –Jimmy Kimmel, on Bush’s low approval rating