Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 11:17 AM of -0.1 feet. Sewing at 6pm.
We’re getting gusts up to 18mph in town and the car was dancing all over on the bridge. The rain’s not heavy, though, not even enough to make me put up my hood, and it’s 58, nice and warm. I’m watching the rose in the fairy garden thrash around, though. There’s apparently a 2nd batch of this coming through tomorrow, as well.
Yesterday was pretty busy. We had a lot of folks in during the early part of the day and then I got the foxglove finished and after Tempus cleaned up, I tried making mozzarella. It didn’t quite work as expected, but it tastes right and pretty darned good! I fried some of the previous cheese to finish it up for a snack before supper. Tempus took over and made supper after that, but it was 10:30 before we ate.
Today it was too wet to work in the garden. I’m here at the shop, while Tempus went to the grocery to get some coffee. He ran out of time on Tuesday to get to the store and coffee is a dire necessity. 🙂 I’m hoping to do some cooking today. There’s a thing called, “bacon jam” that we want to try. I need to make another batch of pincushions filling and from 6-8pm is the Sewing workshop. I’ll be working on my apron.
Solstice is coming!
The Magna Carta (Great Charter) was signed at the field of Runnymede on this day! The charter was the first document declaring that the king or queen had to abide by the laws of the land. Exactly 800 years ago, in June 1215, feudal barons gathered outside London to define and limit the powers of King John, forcing him to affix his royal seal to the charter. Wikipedia article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magna_Carta and another interesting article here: http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/6-things-you-might-not-know-about-the-magna-carta?cmpid=Social_FBPAGE_HISTORY_20150615_192842250&linkId=14914901 Transcript here – https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/magna-carta-1215
Today’s plant, Lungwort (Pulmonaria) is one of the first perennials to bloom, with bright flowers and spotted leaves. Zones 4-8 More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lungwort …and there are lots of pix in Wikimedia Commons here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Pulmonaria – Feminine, Air, the Sylphs– It is a plant of helpful magick for breathing problems from COPD to asthma to TB to lung cancer….
Today is the anniversary in 1667 of the first successful blood transfusion, animal to human, although the allergic reactions would have killed the patients if the quantities had been larger. It wasn’t until 1902 and the discovery of human blood types that transfusions actually became worthwhile. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_transfusion#History …and more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Denys
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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 6/23 at 7:11pm. 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 6/17 at 4:33am.
With June halfway through, the Big Dipper has swung around to hang down by its handle high in the northwest during evening. The middle star of its handle is Mizar, with tiny Alcor right next to it. On which side of Mizar should you look for Alcor? As always, on the side toward Vega! Which now is shining high in the eastern sky.
Mercury is lost in the sunrise.
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.
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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 15 High 4:19 AM 6.3 5:31 AM Rise 12:34 AM 76
~ 15 Low 11:17 AM -0.1 9:03 PM Set 11:21 AM
~ 15 High 6:06 PM 6.3
~ 15 Low 11:52 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I cut negative bonds of attachment to powerlessness and slavery.
~ A warrior is a chaos conductor. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Acceptance is the Bridge, Understanding is the door, Love is the Key. – SanDanYi
~ An ocean refuses no river. – Sheila Chandra
~ As a meditator, it is important to give suggestions to yourself. Try this sometime. Sit alone somewhere, tell your mind to stop its chatter, tell your mind that you don’t like it, and you will be surprised to see that for a moment your inner chattering will stop. – Osho
Rainbows; and the blue bitter smoke of wood;
And radiant raindrops couching in cool flowers;
And flowers themselves, that sway through sunny hours,
Dreaming of moths that drink them under the moon. – Rupert Brooke (1887–1915)
Litha Magick – Studies
The Prayer of Midsummer
Sun-stone’s kiss, midsummer pleasure,
Welcome all and some.
At the hele-stone sing and gather,
Ever blessed one. ~Caitlin Matthews, “Midsummer Blessing”
Today’s Goddess: Amaterasu 5/3/5, Hakata Dontaku (Japan)
Themes: Sun; Tradition; Unity; Blessings; Community; Kinship, Symbols: Mirror; Gold or Yellow Items
About Amaterasu: Amaterasu is unique among Goddesses, being one of the few women to personify the sun. In Japan she rules over cultural unity, kinship, and the blessings that someone with the name, “Illuminating Heaven” might be expected to bestow. It’s Amaterasu’s sun that nudges the greenery to reach toward her light, just as her gentle energy prods us toward reestablishing harmony in all our relationships.
To Do Today: The first week of May in Japan is called Golden Week, and it’s a time when Amaterasu’s solar beauty really shines. The Hakata festival is a national holiday that includes celebrations for children and a special parade depicting Japan’s legendary deities. Take a moment to join the festivities long-distance. Remember Amaterasu by wearing gold-colored items today and opening as many curtains as possible to let in her glorious light.
Once the curtains are opened, take a hand mirror and reflect the light into every corner of your home. This draws Amaterasu’s unifying energy into your living space and guards against discord among all who dwell therein. Also, to ensure that no malevolence enters from outside the home, put a mirror facing outward in an eastern winder (where Amaterasu rises). This is a Buddhist custom for turning away negativity and evil influences. By Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast