Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing 6-8pm. Minus Tide at 5:58 AM of -1.4 feet.
The sky is a big blue bowl with only the marine layer, far off on the horizon, to mar the finish! 58F with the wind at 9. The humidity has finally dropped to 70% so this is quite nice. Not so the weekend, from the look of it. There’s actually a heat advisory…. the Valley is likely to cook and we’re supposed to be in the 70’s tomorrow and 80’s on Saturday!
Yesterday was a “tired” day. We had some folks in shopping, and Tempus worked on his sanding, and I on recipes and then sorting out some files of magicakal crafts. Tempus went down to the Frog and got us some fudge, which was a nice treat. We tried to get the bacon jam done, but only got it 1/2-way. The shop oughta smell pretty good today with it cooking. Heck, it smelled good enough that I kept going back and snacking on the bacon…. Well, he only had to add two slices to the pile. That’s a small amount, right? 🙂
We got our chores done at home and we’re back at the shop. Tempus ran out to pay bills a little bit ago. Sewing is at 6pm tonight and I’m heading into the back to set up the crockpot and I might get the time to make a cheese.
A Ken Gagne photo from last June of a goldfinch on his feeder.
Today’s feast is from Belarus, in remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic War (WWII). “In solemn remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War, and in commemoration of the heroic last stand of Brest Fortress in 1941, on the very country and city (Brest) in which the Eastern Front began.” It is much like the US Memorial day in the remembrances, but without the picnics. Here’s a bit about the war and the Eastern Front. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Patriotic_War
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells: Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
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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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/23 at 7:11pm.
The waning crescent Moon leapfrogs past Venus between the mornings of the 20th and 21st for North America.
Do you know about the dark Propeller in the M13 star cluster in Hercules? With no Moon in the sky, take advantage of the dark to visit Sue French’s six favorite summer deep-sky objects, which she features in the July Sky & Telescope, page 54.
Mars is lost in the sunset.
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 22 Low 5:58 AM -1.4 5:32 AM Rise 4:34 AM 7
~ 22 High 12:20 PM 6.4 9:05 PM Set 7:32 PM
~ 22 Low 5:43 PM 1.9
~ 22 High 11:43 PM 8.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and then discover the prisoner was you.
~ Own up to your mistakes and do something about them. “Harm none” includes ourselves. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ People tend to go where they are headed. – Carol Fritz
~ Prayers are for asking. Meditations are for listening to the answers. – Glenda Gibbs
~ Purity of heart is to will one thing. – Soren Kierkegaard
When does life unveil her holy face? When do we remove the veil of illusion before our eyes? We see things so obscured by the pressures and demands of our lives. Never mind the forest for the trees – we don’t see the blessings for the bills! But every once in awhile, it catches us by surprise. We are moved by beauty. It is a gentle reminder of God’s presence. Maybe it’s a dandelion growing through a crack in the sidewalk – a sign that life is meant to be lived despite any obstacles. Maybe it is a neighbor’s smile, or a beneficial “coincidence.” In any case, our lives are beautiful, we are beautiful, even if we need to be reminded of it every once in awhile. – Lissa Coffey
Litha Magick – Build Your Own Stonehenge Activity – http://fun.familyeducation.com/outdoor-games/winter/35028.html
Age: 8 and up
Time: 1 to 2 hours
Type of Activity: Science
- Center stake for reference point.
- 50 feet of rope.
- 20 to 30 marker stones or small stakes.
- A compass.
Here’s a unique way to celebrate the solstice: Build your own Stonehenge. As you might know, Stonehenge is one of the oldest (4,000+ years) and best known astronomical calendar sites in the world. You can recreate it without going through the bother of lugging 25 to 50 ton slabs of rock around the neighborhood. All you’ll need is a bit of ambition, and a location offering an unobstructed view of the eastern or western horizon. Locations offering a 360º horizon view are ideal (and rare).
What to do
The first thing you’ll need to do is create a viewing circle. Anchor a reference stake at the center point of the circle and place your compass on top of it. Find due north and place a marker at 50 feet north of the center. Repeat the process for east, west and south. (The rope is used as a guide to insure that all markers are equidistant from the center stake.) Again, using the rope as a guide, place a small marker stone every few feet around the perimeter of your circle. The center of the circle now becomes your fixed reference point and the westward facing perimeter is where you’ll be placing the sunset markers.
The calendar can be started at any time, but the solstice sunsets are the most fun. Mark the point of sunset with a pole, stake or other (not easily moved) marker. Tag the marker with the date of sunset.
Repeat the process every seven days or so. Over the weeks and months you’ll note that the sun appears to “walk” faster at some times of the year than others. When you’ve finished (in a year’s time) you’ll have a working astronomical calendar and an excuse to invite friends and classmates over to the house to check the date.
- Photo-op: Take a snapshot of the western skyline and tape it to the wall by a western facing window. With a felt tip marker draw an arrow on the photo corresponding to the point of sunset and note the date. Repeat the process.
- Window marks: (This takes two people.) Standing at the same point in the room of a western facing window, have the other person make a small mark on the glass where the sun sets. Note the date and repeat the process on a weekly basis.
How it works
The principle behind an astronomical calendar is simple. The apparent rising and setting horizon point of the sun changes with each passing day. The different points correspond to different days of the year.
At minimum, an astronomical calendar only requires a fixed reference point for viewing and another fixed reference point marking the position of the rising and/or setting sun on the horizon.
In the Northern Hemisphere, if you were to watch a time-lapse movie of a year’s worth of sunsets, you would notice that the sun appears to “walk” back and forth across the western horizon. The winter solstice marks the southern limit of the sun’s journey and the summer solstice is the northern boundary. Closer examination would reveal that, with the exception of the two solstice extremes, every other point on the horizon is crossed twice during the course of the year. Once on the southern march and again on the northern return.
At the time of the winter and summer solstices, (around December 22 and June 22) the sun is directly overhead at either the Tropic of Cancer (summer) or the Tropic of Capricorn (winter). In the Northern Hemisphere these dates mark the beginnings of summer and winter and the days of the longest and shortest hours of daylight.
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The lady sitting next to them ignores them at first, But her attention is galvanized when she hears one of them say the following:
Emma come first.
Den I come.
Den two asses come together.
I come once-a-more! …
Two asses, they come together again.
I come again and pee twice.
Then I come one lasta time.’
The lady can’t take this anymore, “You foul- mouthed sex obsessed pig!” She retorted indignantly. ‘In this country, we don’t speak aloud in public places about our sex lives!”
‘Hey, coola down lady,’ said the man, ‘Whooza talkin’ about sex? I’m a justa tellin’ my frienda how to spell “Mississippi”