Yesterday started ok, although I was not happy that I had to wait to get to the shop to put out the newsletter, since some essentials were missing. I was also not happy when I realized yesterday’s newsletter seems to have published a previous edit, so I dealt with that right after I got the newsletter out. Next was checking in some new (used) books and continuing on sorting and inventorying the stuff that Tempus washed, so’s to get it off the work table!
Eventually we had lunch and after that I got the House Capuchin post for the week out, but then it went crazy, just as it normally slows down! For about an hour and a half we had no fewer than 2 and sometimes up to 6 people in the shop at once! Casey also stopped by to tell me what gives with my computer and we discussed options.
Tempus was working in back most of the day, cleaning up a lot of things that needed to be washed. After they were done, I sorted them out and then he headed for the house to work up there. I ran out of oomph by 8:30, so I sat and played games on my computer.
He got back around 9:15 and started bringing in shelf units and boxes o’ stuff and I sorted and put away what I could. Most of it is going up to storage. We headed home around 10 and Tempus kept working, getting “feet” under the fridge and shifting some of the things out to the solarium that still need to get moved. We’re still kinda living out of boxes since some of that has to be out of the way for us to have room to move.
I’m not sure what we’re doing today. A bunch of folks are going to Corvallis again tonight, but the Waldport end of things doesn’t have a vehicle, as far as I know, so I’m probably going to be home or at the shop, writing. I have a bunch of things to finish up and more research on that class for the apothecary guild. I don’t know if Tempus plans to work here or up at the house, but in any case he has his paper run tonight.
Today’s feast is to Hemera, the Greek goddess/personification of Day, whose birth was celebrated around this time. Hemera is one of the primordial deities, being Uranus’ mother or grandmother. She is the child of Chaos or of Night & Darkness (depending on who you listen to and sister of Aether, the personification of Light. Don’t forget that today is also the anniversary of Stewart Farrar’s birth!
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke
damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue. The 2nd pic is blueberries in the garden on 7/2/14.
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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 6/29 at 4:01pm. Arcturus is the brightest star high in the west. Equally bright Vega is similarly high in the east. A third of the way from Arcturus to Vega, look for dim Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, with its one modestly bright star, Gemma or Alphecca. Two thirds of the way, you’ll find the dim Keystone of Hercules.
Venus is hidden deep in the bright sunset.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
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
Tu 28 Low 1:40 AM 1.3 5:34 AM Rise 1:34 AM 49
~ 28 High 7:21 AM 5.4 9:05 PM Set 2:37 PM
~ 28 Low 1:24 PM 1.0
~ 28 High 8:00 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.
~ If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right. – Bill Cosby
~ A man’s only as old as the woman he feels. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~ I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. – Louisa May Alcott
~ If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much. – Sophia Gibson
I felt more keenly than before the need of a philosophy that would do justice to the infinite vitality of nature. In the inexhaustible activity of the atom, in the endless resourcefulness of plants, in the teeming fertility of animals, in the hunger and movement of infants, in the laughter and play of children, in the love and devotion of youth, in the restless ambition of fathers and the lifelong sacrifice of mothers, in the undiscourageable researches of scientists and the sufferings of genius, in the crucifixion of prophets and the martyrdom of saints — in all things I saw the passion of life for growth and greatness, the drama of everlasting creation. I came to think of myself, not as a dance and chaos of molecules, but as a brief and minute portion of that majestic process … I became almost reconciled to mortality, knowing that my spirit would survive me enshrined in a fairer mold … and that my little worth would somehow be preserved in the heritage of men. In a measure the Great Sadness was lifted from me, and, where I had seen omnipresent death, I saw now everywhere the pageant and triumph of life. – William James Durant, American historian, philosopher and writer, born on November 5, 1885; from Transition (1927)
1) Within a Circle trust is an absolute necessity.
If you attend a ritual be SURE you trust those involved. Many feel this, in today’s society, to be archaic. It has always proved out when I have tried to work with unknown people, those I was unsure of or who were in some way unsure of me, failure, disaster or heated debate resulting in dissent has always been the end point. Know a person before you are willing to enter sacred space with them.
2) Never spellcast too soon.
Magic should not be a first resort. The use of non-magical means should be applied when possible and convenient. Overuse of magic, like anything else, becomes a crutch that can unbalance your life.
3) Prophecy is a two-edged sword.
Remember this, whether you read Tarot, I-Ching, Runes or whatever other means of divination or personal analysis. Be prepared to have the reading to go in directions you do not expect and be prepared for them NOT to be in a way you will like. Remember the Lesson of Cassandra (in Greek Mythology) that sometimes you can change the future and sometimes you cannot, and only time will tell which is which. If you cannot deal with the possibility of your personal wants or expectations being wrong, then you should not be consulting a means of divination. I have seen even long-time craft-folk who forget this lesson in the heat of emotion.
4) There is not a magical answer behind everything.
I have known some folks who became so obsessed in their personal paranoia of some form of ‘magical attack’ or ‘magical influence’ that such became their excuse for everything that occurred around them, even when very simple non-magical answers existed to explain what had occurred. The number of magical practitioners at present is VERY small, and most have a range of influence that doesn’t extend far on their own. The gathering of hateful or vindictive emotional energy to achieve a magical attack on another is not done easily or quickly, and tends to harm the attacker more often then the target. Look with logic on a situation.
Don’t depend on or look into only a single philosophy or magical application – a specialist is usually someone who is refusing to grow beyond boundaries they have set for themselves.
6) A single teacher is NOT enough.
You will spend a lifetime as a real student, even if others one day declare you a teacher, leader or High Priestess. Gather from many to find what your lifepath is. Do not let anyone tell you there is ONLY one true belief system, one true Divinity, one way to approach a situation or one teacher to follow.
7) In the end you ARE Solitary.
All Magickal workers are eventually forced to depend upon their own company, separated from the many communities and groups by distance, time or belief. You will probably spend more time solitary then in a group. Be prepared to face this when it happens. The Pagan Community is too small to be everywhere for everyone or to even always help its own (though trying to do so is a goal I feel vital to expand the community). You must become sufficiently balanced and grounded to deal with being alone and to practice your beliefs alone, especially in times of hardship and adversity.
8) Don’t be too fast to assume the role of a teacher, or to assume that a student cannot teach you something in return.
Can you really explain what you believe and do within your belief coherently? Does the person to be taught really want to learn it all and are they sincere, or are they merely curious or on a ‘power trip’? Learning to know when someone is ready to learn is one of the hardest lessons you must learn if you purposely teach. Don’t give a hand grenade to a three year old and expect positive results.
9) Not all paths and philosophies are desirable.
There are many that are self-destructive, purely self-indulgent or a combination of both. If a path cannot teach you some form of inner peace with yourself and what you are doing in life, or is devoted to manipulating others to achieve your personal benefits, then it is a ‘dead-end path’, one that is a cul-de-sac on the path of growth.
10) Don’t do what feels uncomfortable.
If performing a ritual, using a magic form, reciting a chant/prayer or performing an activity feels personally painful, uncomfortable or ‘wrong’ then it is not for you to be involved with it at that time. Listen to the inner voice of your spirit and follow its lead. Intuition is a powerful gift, don’t waste it by always opposing it.
11) You will have to take chances.
Magic doesn’t work on its own, and positive karma won’t help you if you fight it when it seeks to restore balance around you. It is not enough to cast a prosperity spell and then sit home and wait for a letter in the mail from Ed McMahn with a check in it! You must take non-magical action to help things along. Cast a spell for a new job? Sure, but then don’t turn down a chance to read job listings, mail resumes or attend an interview! Working to heal a sick spouse? OK, but make sure they are getting medical advice, enough to eat, attention, care, therapy, etc. to help the magic on its way!
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Next month Delta will begin opening company spas at certain airports so that employees can get a massage. And if passengers want a massage, they can just leave their keys in their pockets when they go through security. – Jimmy Fallon