The sky is a blank white to the north and lumpy greys and whites to the south. 61F, overcast, almost no wind, almost no chance of rain for a week or more. The seals were galumphing across the sand flats as we came over the bridge. They look so funny on land, but they’re so very graceful in the water.
I got my “regrow” veg planted into their bucket before we left for the shop. I take ends of various veg (root veg mostly) and plant instead of tossing them, giving us greens and the occasional new veg. I love beet greens for instance. Then when we got to the shop the first thing that happened was that I started sneezing. My allergies have been through the roof over the last few days. I lost my voice entirely and Tempus had to go fetch me an allergy pill, since I didn’t have any at the shop, at all.
He went down to pay the water bill twice. They’re now closing for lunch. <sigh> …and then I worked on finishing my foods list, then started alphabetizing it, then finally got into sorting by category.
Around supper time I fried up some of the cheese with sauerkraut. I think I should have drained it better, but it was tasty. …and then we worked on getting ready for Tempus to do the papers and for me to head home.
I spent a quiet evening, reading and sewing, and not a lot of either because I was very tired. Tempus ran a bit ahead of schedule and surprised me, one of the times when I was up, since I hadn’t realized it was already so late.
We slept until the last minute. I know he’s going to need to crash today, but I’m not doing all that well, either. I’m probably going to be trying to finish that food list and then do a little more hand-sewing. I have a gift exchange thing that I should have finished a month ago, that I just thought of again. I know what I’m going to do, I just need to get it done.
Today we honor Bridget Bishop who in 1692 was the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Found guilty, she was hanged on June 10. She seems to have been a 60-year old resident of the town, not the village, to have owned a tavern and not be the nicest person around. Enough to get you hanged as a witch in those days…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridget_Bishop
Today’s plant is Red Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa. It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. – Venus, Water, Hel, Holda, The White Lady – Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand. Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here:http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 6/9 at 6:10am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/7 at 6:10pm.
Bright Venus guides the way to low Mercury in the dawn this week. (Mercury’s visibility is exaggerated here.)
Constellations seem to twist around fast when they pass your zenith — if you’re comparing them to the direction “down.” Just a week and a half ago, the Big Dipper was floating horizontally in late twilight an hour after sunset (as seen from 40° N latitude). Now it’s angled diagonally at that time. Another week and a half and it will be hanging straight down by its handle!
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, at the Ophiuchus-Sagittarius border) rises in late twilight, glows after dark as the brightest point low in the southeast, and passes highest in the south around 2 a.m. Redder Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkles 17° more or less to its right. Saturn will reach opposition on the night of June 14th.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic Half-month of Othala/Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 2 Low 2:05 AM 2.0 5:34 AM Set 2:26 AM 53
~ 2 High 7:38 AM 5.7 8:55 PM Rise 2:18 PM
~ 2 Low 2:04 PM 0.7
~ 2 High 8:42 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a sharp day!
~ I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it. – Charles Schulz
~ I was silent as a child, and silenced as a young woman; I am taking my lumps and… bumps for being a big mouth, now, but usually from those whose opinion I don’t respect. – Sandra Cisneros
~ If my body dies, let my body die, but do not let my country die. – Genghis Khan
~ It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand. – Mark Twain
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below. –John McCrae (1872–1918), Canadian soldier-poet, May 1915
Litha Magick –
Laminated Window Hangings for Litha
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Litha cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of suns, wedding cake or other Litha figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Pagan parenting: midsummer crafts and activities for children – Looking for some great Midsummer crafts and activities for your kids this solstice? Liven up Litha with some of these ideas. [Also great for the Younger Self]
COLLECT HERBS – Herbs collected at dawn on Midsummer have long been thought to be especially charged with magic. Get up early and collect some from your garden to be dried and used throughout the year. If you don’t have an herb garden, try going to a natural area. Take along a book that identifies wild herbs, and choose some to bring home and dry. Make sure that you can identify those that you choose to ensure you are not taking home poisonous plants, and never, ever ingest herbs you collect from the wild.
WASH IN DEW – While you are up early, collect some dew of the grass or tree leaves and wash your face with it. Dew collected on the morning of Midsummer is also highly charged with powerful nature magic. Whoever washes with it is blessed by the Goddess.
PLAY GAMES – Summer Solstice was a prime time for merry making and frolicking, since it fell between the two hardest work seasons– planting and harvesting. People loved to play games during this joyous time of year when the sun was at its peak and the land was warm and ripening. Incorporate some of that fun into your holiday celebration– cut loose and play games. Have a water balloon fight, toss a frisbee, or run relay races.
HAVE A BARBECUE – Midsummer is a fire festival. The Sun Lord is at his height of power and glory. Cooking outdoors on an open fire is a great way to celebrate the season. Allow children to roast hot dogs or marsh mallows (with a long stick and adult supervision) on the flame of life as it crackles and burns.
MAKE A BURNING MAN – One long-surviving Pagan tradition is that of making a burning man, which represents the Sun Lord, in all of His flaming splendor, at the point of the year in which He begins His decline. Giant burning men have been erected at large festivals and burned on enormous bonfires, however a small version that can be placed on the barbecue or in the fire pit will suffice for your needs.
Gather sticks and twigs and make a small human figure by tying them together with twine. At sunset, have an adult put the burning man on his “pyre” and watch it go up in flames. Know that as he turns to ash, so does the year begin to wane.
MAKE A SUNDIAL – What better craft for the longest day of the year than to create your own sundial? If you have land upon which you can make a permanent sundial on the ground, gather some stones or shells, and a large stick. It should be a place that is in an open area that gets full sunlight all day. Plant the stick half-way into the ground, in the center of where your sundial will be. Pack the soil around it well. Then, from dawn till dusk, every hour on the hour, place a stone at the spot where the protruding top of the stick points. As the seasons change, you will note the differences of where the shadows fall, allowing children to witness the changes in the sun’s journey through the year.
If you don’t have any land, you can still make a portable sundial. Get a round wood plaque from a craft store (the type used for making clocks works well). Let the children paint and decorate it if they wish. On Midsummer, put it in a place where it will get full sun all day. Drill a hole in the center (most clock face wood plaques will already have one) and put a stick firmly into it. Use glue around it to ensure its sturdiness. Then, glue a small stone or rock– every hour on the hour– exactly where the stick’s shadow points. You can store your sundial indoors, and bring it out whenever you please.
FEED THE FAIRIES – As depicted in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the shortest night of the year has always been known as a night when the veil between our world and the world of the fairies is thin. Fairies are at their most active on the night of Litha. Children may wish to gather together a plate of sweet treats and ripe fruits and leave it out for them. Befriending the fairies on the solstice is a smart move, lest they may use their mischievous magic to trick you!
Silliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many solitary witches does it take to change a light bulb?
A: (if they actually ask ‘how many?’, drum your fingers and stare at them as you wait for them to grasp the obvious)