Yesterday started with a lot of putting away and washing. We had customers in the door right away, but La-Di-Dah eats a lot of our mid-day business on the 4th, so I got the soup going and started working on pictures after catching up on mail from the last couple of days.
We unpacked and checked in a box of grumple that’s getting set out for sale. Tempus had to clean some of the pieces. I got the House Capuchin post out late in the afternoon and then got a nap.
Later while I was playing with an herbal from the 15th century Tempus fell asleep. 🙂 I thought he was working on the lucet and just very quiet and then I heard snores… It was nearly 9pm when we started talking about what to do with the soup, and had some of the broth. By 10pm we were closing up and heading home.
Here’s a gallery of the making Christmas Cactus starts from Saturday’s workshop.
Today’s feast is that of “Kiril-Metodii“ or Saints Cyril and Methodius. They were brothers in the 9th century from the Byzantine end of Christianity and did a lot to christianize (as far as it went….) the Slavs. It was during their time that the Glagolitic (grandfather to Cyrillic) alphabet was developed, the Slavs say by the two brothers, but others say by St. Jerome. The Czechs credit them with “civilizing the wild tribes”, not speaking of themselves of course. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 7/5 at 4:01pm. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/19 at 3:57pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/8 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.
The waxing crescent Moon advances up out of the sunset toward Jupiter.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8, at the hind foot of Leo) is getting low in the west 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
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh)
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 5 High 1:07 AM 8.6 5:39 AM Rise 7:12 AM 0
~ 5 Low 8:05 AM -1.9 9:03 PM Set 9:55 PM
~ 5 High 2:36 PM 6.9
~ 5 Low 8:06 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am discovering how WonderFul I am. I choose to Love and Enjoy MySelf.
~ Expectation that’s not followed by action … it’s just hoping; and hoping has never achieved very much. – Mike Dooley
~ Never say more that is necessary. – Richard Brinsley Sheridan
~ The real quality of our life is not determined by what we have won from it, but by what we have discovered within it. – Guy Finley
~ A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can let alone. – Henry David Thoreau
No trumpet-blast profound
The hour in which the Prince of Peace was born;
No bloody streamlet stained Earth’s silver rivers
on the sacred morn. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
If you make a wish on this day, and if it does not rain, then your wish will come true. This year, it is especially lucky because it is the seventh day of the seventh month of the seventh year.
(Images from here).
THE TWO STARS:
Tanabata means “Festival of the stars.” This is a story about the two stars Altair (the boy) and Vega (the girl) which are the main stars in two constellations, Aquila the eagle and Lyra the musical lyre:
THE LOVE STORY:
There was a girl named Orihime – she was the daughter of the Sky God and she wove beautiful weavings. One day, she looked out of her window and saw the oxen-boy, Hikoboshi, and they fell in love. They spent so much time together that she didn’t have any time to weave, and so the Sky God separated the two, and allowed them to only meet each other on the seventh of the seventh.
Why is the Milky Way involved? “In the Chinese Calender, there is almost always a half moon on July 7th and they believe ORIHIME and [HIKOBOSHI] use that half moon as a boat to meet each other over the great river in the sky, AMANOGAWA [the Milky Way],” reports this site.
As long as the Milky Way does not overflow, i.e. it doesn not rain, everyone’s wish will come true on this day. So you can put on your bright summer cotton kimono, called the “yukata,” and you can go dancing in the parks, and you can write your wishes on brightly colored paper (as described here!) and tie them to a plant (in Japan, it would be a bamboo tree). And finally, you make that wish wholly and deliberately, and then you let go….