Minus Tide at 9:10 AM of -2.2 feet. Wicca 101 at 7pm tonight!
The sky is a lumpy grey, 59F, 87% humidity (ew) and little wind. There’s a teeny chance of precip for this morning and again on Friday, but this looks like summer. Highs in the 60’s, lows in the 50’s. My kind of weather! …and the days are already getting shorter by 27 seconds per! …although, past noon, the sun is occasionally straining to come through….
Yesterday was a lot of fun, but very tiring for me. We got up a bit early, got to the shop as quickly as possible and started first a lentil pottage, then the pies. Eventually Tempus took them home to bake and I got to sit down and fill pincushions and talk. We ate at around 3:30 and were so stuffed that nothing else happened for the rest of the day, unless you count Tempus sitting with a sanding sponge and a plate and pretending to work on that. 🙂
We took a snack box home for ourselves and a couple of plates of goodies for Jeanne. Tempus spent awhile helping her get stuff put away and then we went to sleep. I was actually asleep before he came back downstairs the first time, but he woke me and my asthma went off, so I did a little embroidery and then read until things calmed down.
I only managed to get 25 hawkweed pulled this morning. The ground is getting hard and dry. It was amazing to feel the sunlight even with thick cloud overhead. Definitely Litha! I was checking the various buckets of plants and I think the radishes aren’t getting enough sun, so they’re going to have to go up top.
I had fresh raspberries in my cereal this morning! Love the summer fruits!
We’re going to be cleaning up from the weekend today and I want to get some of the dried herbs put onto the shelf, so’s to make room on the shelves that are supposed to be for craft supplies. We have Wicca tonight and will be working on the ritual forms.
On July 3rd, the Circle usually does a cookout because of the fireworks. Since it’s a class night the class people will have an open discussion on things we’ve been researching and some other topics after the potluck from 5-7pm and before the fireworks, which usually start around 10pm. I’ll be more of a social time than class, but if you’re not in the class it’s a good time to meet some other pagan folks. …and yes, this is an invite. 🙂
Today is the anniversary of President Kennedy’s Ich Bin ein Berliner speech, probably his best speech of all. It was a foreign policy speech aimed more at the Soviets than the Germans he was speaking to, specifically about the division of the city by the Berlin Wall that didn’t come down until 1989. Btw, he didn’t quite call himself a jelly doughnut, although the line might have made some people smile… There’s a good article and a video of the speech at this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_bin_ein_Berliner
Today’s Plant is Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula), an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge” wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. –Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
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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 7/8 at 9:07pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 6/28 at 7:11am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6:30 at 5:51pm.
If you’ve wondered why you can’t see Io and Europa in your scope when they’re crossing Jupiter’s face, it’s because they’re about the same brightness and color as Jupiter itself. The top tick points to Io, the bottom tick to Europa. Christopher Go took this image at 10:55 UT June 16, 2017. South is up.
The tiny black shadow of Io crosses Jupiter’s face tonight from 10:23 p.m. to 12:33 a.m. EDT, when it leaves Jupiter’s western limb. Then just three minutes later Europa exits from in front of Jupiter’s western limb, moving in the same direction.
Venus (magnitude –4.2) shines brightly in the east before and during 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. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28 Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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
M 26 High 2:12 AM 8.7 5:33 AM Rise 8:41 AM 4 26
~ Low 9:10 AM -2.2 9:05 PM Set 11:18 PM
~ 26 High 3:44 PM 7.1
~ 26 Low 9:17 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an acceptable day!
~ Two things can launch you into action: Inspiration or desperation. Desperation is the product of inertia: You won’t have to worry about desperation if you commit to action. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Unless you walk out into the unknown, the odds of making a profound difference in your life are pretty low. – Tom Peters
~ We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause. – Steven Pressfield
~ What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him – Louis L. Mann
Chaque personne vient au monde avec un destin spécifique – il a quelque chose à remplir, certains message doit être livré, quelques travaux doit être terminé. Vous n’ici accidentellement – vous êtes ici utilement. Il y a un objet derrière vous. L’ensemble a l’intention de faire quelque chose grâce à vous. (Each person is born with a specific destiny – he has something to fulfill, some message must be delivered, some work must be completed. You here accidentally – you are here meaningfully. There is an object behind you. The whole intends to do something with you.) – Marie-Claire Andrianne –
Beautiful and functional, our unique, easy-to-make paper lanterns keep outdoor celebrations aglow as the sun begins to set. On rainy days, hang a strand of lit lanterns to create a magical scene indoors.
- Scrapbook paper, color(s) of your choice
- 2 pencils (1 sharpened, 1 dull)
- Craft glue
- Strand of holiday lights
- Push pin
- Scrap of cardboard
Printable Lantern Template & Instructions
To get started, simply download and print our star lantern instructions and template. For a look that is truly your own, experiment with different colors and sizes.
- Follow the instructions provided within the template to construct and strand your lanterns.
- Hang the strand, then plug in the lights!
Personalize Your Lanterns
As an added touch, before you glue your lanterns together, use our simple pin-poking technique to spell out a special message with your lanterns.
- Select a message to convey.
- Use a pencil to lightly draw each letter from your message, one letter per lantern.
- Place your scrapbook paper flat on a scrap of cardboard.
- Using a push pin, poke holes along your drawn letter.
Decorate Outdoor Spaces with Lanterns
When lit, lanterns are bright enough to illuminate the faces of your guests, yet subtle enough for you to appreciate the flicker of fireflies. To inspire you, here are our favorite ways to display them:
- Celebrate the Fourth of July with red, white and blue star-shaped lanterns, personalized with a patriotic message.
- Hang strands along trees, bushes or trellises. For a more natural effect, tuck them gently into the greenery.
- A string of white lanterns creates a gorgeous contrast to the vibrant colors and lush foliage of summer.
- Create a strand of bright-colored lanterns to set the mood or fit the theme of a party and bring out the hues in your garden.
Tip: LED lights last longer than traditional bulbs, so use them to guarantee your party will shine long into the night.
Enhance Indoor Spaces with Lanterns
When the weather begins to cool, create everyday beauty by adorning your home indoors.
- For a fun and sophisticated touch, string lanterns along ceilings, across the top of a doorway or from any overhang.
- Make entertaining and everyday meals extraordinary. Simply arrange a cluster of lanterns above your table.
- Update the look by selecting paper with colors and patterns that accent your home’s interior décor.
- Decorate for a special celebration by hanging bouquets of unlit lanterns throughout your space.
Tip: They’re perfect for summer, but we love to use our lanterns in the winter months, too. Make them part of your holiday décor by hanging them inside along mantles or weaving them through a table setup.
It has come to our attention from several emergency rooms that many EMS narratives have taken a decidedly creative direction lately. Effective immediately, all members are to refrain from using slang and abbreviations to describe patients, such as the following:
**Cardiac patients should not be referred to with MUH (messed up heart), PBS (pretty bad shape), PCL (pre-code looking) or HIBGIA (had it before, got it again).
**Stroke patients are NOT “Charlie Carrots.” Nor are rescuers to use CCFCCP (Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs) to describe their mental state.
**Trauma patients are not FDGB (fall down, go boom), TBC (total body crunch) or “hamburger helper”.
**Similarly, descriptions of a car crash do not have to include phrases like “negative vehicle to vehicle interface” or “terminal deceleration syndrome.” Remember: You are hospital employees. Not politicians!
**HAZMAT teams are highly trained professionals, not “glow worms.”
**Persons with altered mental states as a result of drug use are not considered “pharmaceutically gifted.”
**Gunshot wounds to the head are not “trans-occipital implants.”
**The homeless are not “urban outdoorsmen”, nor is endotracheal intubation referred to as a “PVC Challenge”.
**Finally, do not refer to recently deceased persons as being “paws up,” ART (assuming room temperature), or CTD (circling the drain).
**I know you will all join me in respecting the cultural diversity of our patients to include their medical orientations in creating proper, narratives and log entries.
Director of Human Resources