Featured photo by Mike. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:06 AM of -0.7 feet. This one and tomorrow are too early to catch anyone but the really early risers, but this weekend there are going to be some steep ones!
61F, 65% humidity, (finally!) bright blue sky with a lot of cirrus cloud, but nothing really else. The wind is at 15mph in town and on the beaches in the upper 20’s. My arms scorched a bit, even in the shade, fewer than 5 minutes outside, but it was at solar noon, what did I expect? Tomrrow 6 seconds shorter. The Wheel has Turned!
Yesterday started late. The newsletter went out even later. There was a tiny bit of sunshine right around suppertime, but otherwise just clouds and clouds and clouds. I felt cloudy, too. Not sure if it was falling asleep out of schedule or what.
I mostly did computer housekeeping and finding files for the first part and then Tempus started frying bacon… wow… I had to go steal a piece! Dang, that stuff smells good! He made us a lovely supper and then headed for Newport to start the paper route after picking up some groceries. I went back to computer housekeeping.
I did manage to finish my biscornu after discovering that my Ott light (the craft light that I use for close work) was non-functional, so I got sand all over my desk. 🙂 I got it done, though. I ended up beating my head against a brick wall for awhile with a file of cheese recipes that would have been lovely if I could have gotten into a readable form.
Tempus picked me up at about 2:30. He was running way earlier than we’ve been. We got going, chatting about what I’d been up to, the elk that he had narrowly avoided and the signs of a bear in Seal Rock and something else dumping trash cans in a couple of other places. As we were doing Bayshore, I was pretty certain that what I was seeing was the Zodiacal Light, but it soon turned to true dawn and that was obvious by the time we were done in Waldport and heading out 34. Venus was high and bright and I kept exclaiming over that.
We went all the way to the spring and filled our bottles and headed back, and just after we crossed Eckman Lake I cried, “There’s the Moon!” Sure enough, Hecate’s Brooch was swinging from Venus in the growing light. As we did all the little side streets I kept twisting around to see both, which were maybe two fists’ width at arm’s length apart. There is one place, almost in Waldport, where you can see right across the river mouth to the BackBay and in that water, the blue sky, purple cloud, Hecate’s Brooch and Venus all left tracks!
The stripes of cloud across the sky first were purple, then began to pink up. As we were doing Waldport Heights I could still see the Moon, but by the time we were down by the golf course She was beginning to be covered by cloud and that was the last.
The sky was obviously getting more pink and orange by the sun, although the northeastern sky is hard to see on that part of the route, but Tempus and I were both exclaiming over the flame colors as we were doing the streets down by Patterson Park, at the blue, orange and red of the sky and clouds. We finished up as we were heading home with the clouds going silver, although the Sun wasn’t quite past the mountains on this Litha morning. What a celebration!
We slept until about 12:30, then Tempus finished up some chores and I did some more weeding. Another 75 and I can really see that I’m almost at the last. This part is all little ones that are easier to pull, but hard to get to “pop”, so I can be sure of the roots. Tempus went to the store for coffee, since we need it for the bacon jam. He really wants that stuff and we’ve been trying for a week to get all the parts together.
We have some stuff to work on here, besides the bacon jam, mostly chores, but we’ll be heading home early enough to finish the home chores, talk to Jeanne and I need to get my hair washed.
Mt. Hood on 5/1/16 Photos by Mike
Today’s feast is Litha, Midsummer, Jan Kupala, Langtanz night or whatever you call it. Whether you celebrate with fire, beer, dancing, swimming, flowers or just with friends, have a Blessed One! A good Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer
Today’s plant is Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shapeprotects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/22 at 7:31am.
The waning crescent Moon leapfrogs past Venus between the mornings of the 20th and 21st for North America.
This is “Midsummer’s Night,” the shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Astronomical summer begins at the solstice, 12:24 a.m. EDT (4:24 UT) on the 21st; that’s 9:24 p.m. on the 20th PDT. The term “Midsummer’s Night” is left over from when the seasons were commonly defined as beginning and ending around the cross-quarter days. Be like your ancestors — build a bonfire tonight and organize some all-night revelry while magic is afoot. Dawn will come soon enough — when you’ll see Venus over the crescent Moon, as shown above.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast before the first light of dawn.
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
W 21 Low 5:06 AM -0.7 5:32 AM Rise 3:49 AM 15
~ 21 High 11:21 AM 6.0 9:04 PM Set 6:19 PM
~ 21 Low 4:47 PM 1.8
~ 21 High 10:54 PM 8.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.
~ No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all by himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. – Andrew Carnegie
~ Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little. – Epicurus
~ Obsession over failures and missed opportunities blinds you to opportunities waiting for you. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Only the ephemeral is of lasting value. – Eugene Ionesco
There is a bird in the poplars –
It is the sun!
The leaves are little yellow fish
Swimming in the river.
The bird skims above them—
Day is on his wings.
It is he that is making
The great gleam among the poplars. – William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)
Litha Magick – Divinations
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Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:48:33 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Magic and Divination
Midsummer Magic and Divination by Anna Franklin
Midsummer is a day of very potent magic, a time when the otherworld is close, and it is possible to see into the future.
In the past, a wide variety of Midsummer divination techniques were employed by country people. In fact, many of these techniques are employed even today–farmers view the weather on the solstice as a potential indicator of the bounty of the harvest. Rains on this day indicate a poor and wet grain harvest, but a large crop of apples and pears.
Midsummer Love Divination
In bygone days, young girls would take the opportunity on the Summer Solstice to perform various acts of divination, usually to discover whom they would marry. You might like to try some of these yourself—
after all, you don’t have to be a young girl to be interested in potential lovers. But be forewarned, some of these techniques are pretty scary, designed to conjure up an apparition of the lover rather than a rosy-cheeked warm-blooded person.
At midnight on St. John’s Eve, walk seven times sunwise around a church, scattering hempseed and saying, “Hempseed I sow. Hempseed I sow. Let the one that is my true love come after me and mow.” When you’ve completed the circuits, look over your left shoulder to see your true love coming after you–with a scythe in hand.
On Midsummer Eve, meanwhile, take off your shift and wash it, then turn it inside out and hang it over the back of a chair near the fire. Do it all in silence and you will see your future husband at midnight, intent on turning the shift right side out.
You can also test on Midsummer Eve whether a partner returns your love. Follow this ancient Roman method of divination: Eat an apple and save back one pip, which you will address with your lover’s name. Flick the pip from your finger with your thumb nail–if it hits the ceiling then your love is returned.
Daisies are assocated with faithful love, and are sacred to the love goddesses Venus, Aphrodite, and Freya. Their folk name “measure of love” comes from the following charm. To find out whether someone loves you, take a daisy and pull of the petals one by one, saying alternately after each: “He loves me. He loves me not.” The final petal will give you the answer.
To discover when you will marry, find a meadow or lawn where daisies grow. Close your eyes and pull up a handful of grass. The number of daisies in the handful is the number of unmarried years remaining to you.
One Welsh method of divination called ffatio involves washing clothes at midnight in a well while chanting: Sawl ddaw I gyd-fydio, doed I gyd-ffatio (“He who would my partner be, let him come and wash with me”). The lover will then appear to help with the laundry. Finally, to find your husband, fast on Midsummer Eve till midnight, then spread a supper of bread, cheese, and ale on a clean cloth. Leave the front door wide open. Your future husband will enter the room, drink a glass of ale, bow, and leave.
Or it might be a burglar, you never know.
~Llewellyn’s 2002 Magical Almanac