Yesterday started well, but the longer I sat at my desk and the more coffee I drank the tireder I felt! That was weird to put it mildly. I didn’t give in to it, though. I kept pecking away at the stuff I was working on, got another list sorted out and some cheese research finished, then got up and put some more things back on the shelf from the Great-Garage-Sale-that-wasn’t-all-that-great… Tempus worked on the table in back so that I could get my cutting mat out and get some things ready. …and got my fabric pieces cut.
I spent awhile in the afternoon while Tempus was making bread on setting up newsletters for the week. I spent awhile putting things into drawers back by my bead table, too. I gota nap for a bit and when I woke, I could see that the cloud cover was thickening up. It wasn’t enough to strain the sunlight, but it was still enough to make the sky milky.
Tempus had gotten my sewing machine to the work table, so pouch sewing commenced. …except I was having back trouble…something about the machine/table height, but I got a few done. Tempus heated up some of the potroast that I made a few days back and we had supper. By then I was out of spoons (and back) so I sat and dinked on the computer while Tempus finished up.
The Moon has been high above as we’ve been leaving the shop for several nights, now, with Jupiter standing by, gradually moving farther away. Last night She was bright enough to throw shadows as we were walking down the path to the apartment. We spent the rest of the evening with me reading and embroidering and Tempus on his computer.
This morning we both have eye appointments, then we’ll work at the shop until time for the paper run.
A Ken Gagne pic of baby mergansers on the Yachats River on 6/4/15
Today is the festival of the Thracian Goddess Bendis, who was a goddess of the moon and had Bacchic-style revels as her worship. She was associated with Artemis by the Greeks. More here: http://www.theoi.com/Thrakios/Bendis.html and the Wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bendis
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
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Love & Light,
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.
Epsilon Lyrae, the famous “Double-Double,” is barely resolved in this photo. Zeta Lyrae, below it where lines meet, is not. Next lower left from Zeta is Delta, a very wide binocular pair. (In the sky these evenings, Lyra is rotated somewhat counterclockwise compared to this.) Credit: Bob King
After dark, Vega is the brightest star very high in the east. Just a little lower left of it is 4th-magnitude Epsilon Lyrae, the Double-Double. Epsilon forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but plainly resolved in any telescope. Delta Lyrae, below Zeta, is a much wider and easier pair.
Mars is lost in the sunset.
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”…
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Tu 6 Low 5:46 AM 0.0 5:33 AM Set 4:17 AM 87
~ 6 High 11:59 AM 5.7 8:58 PM Rise 6:18 PM
~ 6 Low 5:27 PM 2.1
~ 6 High 11:28 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The heart is the happiest when it beats for others.
~ Mastery of the mind leads to wisdom. Practice meditation. Stop all vain talk. – Amritabindu Upanishad
~ Never in speech with a foolish knave shouldst thou waste a single word. – Norse Adage
~ Nothing in fine print is ever good news. – Andy Rooney
~ Our thoughts matter. Our thoughts are matter’s Prime Mover. – Walter E. Jacobson, MD
A bird in the boughs sang “June,”
And “June,” hummed a bee
In a bacchic glee
As he tumbled over and over,
Drunk with the honey-dew. –Clinton Scollard, American poet (1860–1932)
Litha Magick – Crafts
An amulet made for protection that uses eye symbolism to represent the Sun is the South American God’s Eye, which has its origins with the native people of that continent. These amulets are made from two sticks placed across each other to form an equilateral cross. Colored yard is then wound around them to form the body of the Eye. By alternating the colors of yarn the finished product looks like a stylized eye, and its four points symbolize the four directions. The Native South Americans used them both for decoration and as protective talismans.
To make your own God’s eye, you will need a quarter-inch dowel available at craft and hardware stores, a pair of scissors, and a collection of colored yarns (popsicle sticks work well too).
Cut the dowel into lengths approximately ten inches long. Holding the dowels together at their centers so that they form and equal length cross, begin wrapping your first yarn color around the center in an “X” pattern to stabilize the dowels.
Now begin slowly working your design outward. Wrap the yarn completely around one point of the dowel and then move on to the next point.
Periodically stop and push the yarn down against the center so that you have a tight weave. When you have wrapped the yarn within half an inch of the dowels, stop and wrap the yarn several times tightly around one point. You can then tie it off, leaving a loop from which it can be hung.
God’s Eyes can be made of any size, depending on how you want to use them. Larger ones can be used for protection like a Native North American medicine shield, and smaller ones in Yule colors make excellent Yule tree decorations and can symbolize the return of the Sun. If they are decorative items to honor the Sun, then your work is done. If they are to function as protective talismans, then you should be visualizing their purpose as you weave them and consecrate them to their purpose later on.
Taken from The Sabbats- A New Approach to Living the Old Ways by Edain McCoy
God’s Eye – (For Litha) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/godseye.htmlMaterials:
- 2 wooden dowels
Your dowels can be of any length depending on what size you want the end product to be, but a good size would be about 8 to 12 inches. The yarn can be of any color, but if this is to be used for midsummer decoration, match the color with the intention, using yellow, red, white, or even green, something to symbolize the highest power of summer. A good idea is to get one of those mulitcolored yarns that fade from one color to the next; one that fades between shades of yellow to white and back is perfect. Now place one of the dowels on top of the other so that they make an equilateral cross, and start wrapping the yarn around their middles in a little X. Keep wrapping, alternating over each “shoulder” of the horizontal dowel, until they are reasonably steady and holding together without your support. Then, clockwise, wrap the yarn around each dowel in turn, making a single loop and continuing to the next. As you continue the process, the pattern will spread outward from the center, resembling an eye in a way. Keep pushing the yarn down on the dowels so that it does not look loose or have any spaces in between each layer. When the God’s Eye is as large as you want it, you can end it by wrapping the string tightly around the top dowel and tying it off in a loop. This can be hung if you like, or placed in a picture frame holder or support apparatus to display on a table. As a variation, you can actually tie it off well before you are finished and insert a different color if you prefer.
A God’s Eye is a very old craft that has been made since antiquity, and eyes were always a focus of superstition and holiness in the old days. The God’s Eye craft can be regarded in a ritual as representing the God’s vision upon you, or to represent, in more simple terms, the sun itself. Drinking a toast to the sun’s highest power on midsummer, regarding the Eye, is a possible use.
If you’d like to see an illustration of this craft as well as someone else’s interpretation of how to create it, do a search for “God’s Eye craft” or look at the illustrated page at http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/godseye.html .
A God’s Eye is a great craft to make at probably any of the Sabbats. I’ve seen them made at Imbolc, and then they’re usually renamed as “Goddess Eyes.” Works for me.
To make a God/dess Eye, you’ll need:
- 2 sticks; I’ve found that bamboo skewers work really well
- yarn of different colors; save leftovers from knitting / crochet projects
- scissors to cut the yarn
- Charge your materials in your normal way.
- Make a slip knot on the end of the yarn you’ll use for the middle of the cross, and slide the loop over the two sticks.
- Once you’ve centered the yarn, pull the knot, and spread the stick arms out into the form of a cross.
- Wrap the yarn diagonally over the center twice for each side (NW-SE, and then NE-SW).
- Begin wrapping the yarn around the sticks, always remembering to move deosil around the eye. Start at one point, move the yarn over the stick, come around the back crossing over the front and moving on to the next arm. Remember – always go over the stick and then go around it. And keep the yarn tight.
- When you need to add another color, figure out where you need to place the knot of the two strands so that it’s hidden behind a stick arm. As you wrap the stick, wrap the loose strands to hide them.
- When you’re done, doubly loop the yarn over the final arm.
- To hang, cut 12″ of yarn. From the front of the eye, push an end on either side of an arm about 2/3rds the way up the arm. Knot the ends in the back. Bring the strands together, determine the length for dangling, and tie a knot. Hang your eye, and enjoy.S. – I’ve seen God’s Eyes made using embroidery thread and jewelers’ wire. These were then were attached to earring hooks and worn. They looked cool, especially when metallic thread was used.
© 2001 Mother
Midsummer crafts revolve around the sun god, and the sun itself.
God’s Eyes are probably the most well known craft tied to Midsummer. South American in origin, they were made by the natives for both protection and decoration. These amulets are made of two sticks placed to form an equilateral cross. Coloured yarn or ribbon is wound around the cross, in alternating colours, to form an eye, and its four points symbolize the two solstices (summer and winter) and equinoxes (spring and fall).
To make the God’s Eyes, you will need:
- 1/4 inch dowels (available at craft or hardware stores, any kind of stick can be used, popsicle sticks are common ^_^)
- Yarn or ribbon in assorted colours
Cut the dowels into any length you wish, just make sure you have two sticks of equal length. Place them to form an equilateral cross. Starting it can be a bit tricky. I tie a tight knot with the ribbon in the centre, then take the dowels and form the cross, and go and tie it the other way.
You could also just tie a knot in the centre, pull the dowels out to form the cross, and start weaving. Just keep in mind you’ll have to hold it in place the while you weave it around the first few times. Once you have it started, take the ribbon and wrap it completely around one point of the dowel, than trail it over the next point of the cross. Pull the ribbon taut, you want a tight weave. Work your design outward, stopping periodically to change ribbon colours, if you wish. If your God’s Eye is going to be used for magickal purposes, you should visualize its purpose as you weave, and consecrate it for its purpose later on. When you have wrapped the ribbon within about half an inch of the end of the dowels, stop the weaving, and tie it off. This may require a bit of glue to hold it in place. When it is tied off, use a bit of the ribbon to make a loop and glue it to the top of the God’s Eye so that you can hang it.
God’s Eyes are a great activity for children, and a fun way to teach them about the Sun God and the purpose of Midsummer.
Silliness – 10 Features of The Company Car
- — Accelerates at a phenomenal rate.
- — Has a much shorter braking distance than the private car.
- — Can take speed humps at twice the speed of private cars.
- — The battery, radiator water, oil and tires never have to be checked.
- — It can be driven up to 60 miles with the oil warning light flashing.
- — It needs cleaning less often than private cars.
- — The suspension is reinforced to allow for the weekend loads of bricks, concrete slabs and other building material.
- — Unusual and alarming engine noises are easily eliminated by turning up the radio.
- — It needs no security system and may be left anywhere, unlocked and with the keys in the ignition.
- — It is especially sand and waterproof for barbeques and fishing expeditions on remote beaches.