It’s quite sunny out, though technically, it’s overcast at 700 feet. The clouds are thinning out and vanishing quickly, but the sky is still more grey than blue. 63F with a light breeze, although the humidity is at 80% and no real prospect of rain in the forecast!
Yesterday we scrambled around getting open early so we’d have a fighting chance of picking up any possible business. No one showed up for Herbs so I worked on my bruise salve and pincushion filling and then we set up for the parade. Tempus sat out from with the sunhats and I stayed under the eaves with my camera. I’ve a page of them here: http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-5W5 I I’m going to continue working on this today, since not all the captions are in.
The parade was fun, as always. I got my cotton candy fluff for the year and shared it with our writer friend that we haven’t seen as often since he was married. It’s funny to watch it dissolved in the humidity, and I had to go wash after since I had a “beard”. 🙂 One of the Astoria clowns came over to give us balloons and I enjoyed the Shriner’s Band and the clown calliope. You can see lots of the entries and cars and all on the picture page.
As always, we were nuts for a bit after the parade was over with folks coming through at a great rate. Arnemetia stopped to say goodbye, since she’s heading permanently for Alaska. We’ll miss her a lot! A couple of the Wicca 101 class folks also stopped in to say hi, and then Amor called during rush and I had to ask him to call back! Eventually things calmed down, but right in the middle of the call a bunch of youngsters came in for a couple of readings, so Tempus ended up talking to him.
No one came in for Sewing, either, so after I got my pincushions filling compounded (Tempus got it mixed, later) and did some embroidery I curled up on the sofa and then after I had gone to sleep one person did show up! She talked to Tempus awhile, but she didn’t bring any projects. It looks like she’s going to move to this area.
Today is House Capuchin’s Project Day. This would normally be our potluck day, but we put it off to next week, with Beachcombers’ being this weekend and I was originally supposed to be at Investiture, teaching blackwork. I’m going to be spending a fair amount of time today drawing and cutting out some pincushions now that I have filling. Also I have one to re-fill that didn’t quite work. It packed down and got kinda empty at the top with use!
Today’s feast is the Dragon Boat festival, which is being celebrated again in China after having been banned for quite a while under the communists. It is celebrated with rice dumplings, realgar wine (which seems to be poisonous!) and dragon boat races.
“The sun is considered to be at its strongest around the time of summer solstice (“mid-summer” in traditional East Asia) when the daylight in the northern hemisphere is the longest. The sun, like the Chinese dragon, traditionally represents masculine energy, whereas the moon, like the phoenix, traditionally represents feminine energy. The summer solstice is considered the peak annual moment of male energy while the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, represents the peak annual moment of feminine energy. The masculine image of the dragon is thus naturally associated with Duanwu.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_boat_festival
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. Azaleas are a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
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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 6/23 at 7:11pm. 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 6/19 at 7:31am.
The waning crescent Moon leapfrogs past Venus between the mornings of the 20th and 21st for North America.
Here it is almost summer. But as twilight fades, look very low in the north-northwest for wintry Capella very out of season. The farther north you are, the higher it will appear. You may need binoculars. If you’re as far north as Portland or Montreal, Capella is actually circumpolar.
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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
Su 18 Low 2:08 AM 1.8 5:31 AM Rise 2:06 AM 46
~ 18 High 7:42 AM 5.3 9:04 PM Set 2:40 PM
~ 18 Low 1:51 PM 1.1
~ 18 High 8:28 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Mother Teresa, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.
~ If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. – attributed to Alexander Hamilton
~ If you want to be creative, stay in part a child before they are deformed by adult society. – Jean Piaget
~ It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. – Helen Keller
~ It is a whole lot easier to see our problems in others than it is to see them in ourselves. – Marshall Goldsmith
The supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned, rich, famous, powerful, or good, but simply to be radiant. I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage, and good will. I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected – as ready to say I do not know, if it be so, and to meet all men on an absolute equality – to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid. I wish others to live their lives, too – up to their highest, fullest, and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted, or assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people, I’ll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference, and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation. That is to say, I desire to be radiant – to radiate life. – Elbert Hubbard
Litha Magick – Crafts
- Sand Paper
- Paints…Black Light buttermilk (Americana)Straw (Delta Ceramcoat)Old Parchment (Delta Ceramcoat)
- Drill with Bits
- Matte Spray Varnish
- Black Permanent Marker
- Flat Brush for Base coat
- Round Brush for detail
- Tack Cloth
Clean, and sand a dried gourd. (You can grow these your self) Wipe with a tack cloth. Drill 2 small holes at the top of the gourd large enough to thread jute. Drill a larger hole to act as a hole for the bird. Base coat the gourd with 2 coats of Old Parchment allowing each coat to dry thoroughly. Draw on the Bees (See Bee Pattern above) in a random pattern making sure they are facing all directions. They look goods in groups of 3 or alone. Base coat the wings in Light Buttermilk. Let dry. Base coat the bee body in Straw. Let dry. Base coat the head and stripes in Black. Let dry. Outline the wings, add antenna and a stinger with a permanent marker. You can also add the dotted lines to show where he has been and the curved lines to hint at wing movement. Allow to dry thoroughly before you spray with a matte finish. Thread jute through the top holes of the gourd and tie for hanging. You can add lengths of jute in a bow if you’d like. Optional: You may want to add Buzz on Inn around the door opening but make sure you allow for this when you draw the bees on.
An Interesting Mobile for Litha – Anja’s note – Obviously no directions are given, but these are oranges sliced crossways with a sharp knife. If they are hung up in an area with good airflow they should dry with no trouble. It looks like she chose beads and “teeth” of sun colors and strung on lightweight string. The cinnamon sticks have had the cord dropped through. A long needle might be helpful with this as cotton cord tends to catch on the roughness of the stick.
Ceall Na Sidhe – TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008 – http://ceallnasidhe.blogspot.com/2008/06/blessed-litha.html Blessed Litha!
My dear Friend, Ibar Sorgina and her son came to visit us for Litha. We went for a walk, and collected natural craft suplies aka sticks. We sliced Oranges and lemons to dry, they sure take a long time! Ibar Sorgina had to go before the oranges were ready for hanging. Here is one that I made. I added beads and cinnamon sticks. Jewel is still working on hers.
Someone put their baby brother
Under a wastebasket
The question is exactly why,
But I’m not going to ask it.
But someone, I ain’t sayin’ who,
Has got a guilty face,
Ashamed for lettin’ such a lovely brother
Go to waste. ©1997-2000 A Free Zone & A Fun ZoneZone & A