Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
We started by gassing up, then we went to Freddie’s and did a little shopping for clothes and part of a baby gift, plus some lunch. I set up sandwiches and we noshed on those well into the trip. Everything was so green and the cow parsnips are huge! The route out highway 20 has some lovely views across the mountains, now. It reminds me a bit of the Appalachians from when I was a kid.
We decided to go back by 34, so that we could stop at Gathering Together Farm. They always have lovely produce and their bag of greens is marvelous since it doesn’t just have lettuce, but many varieties of that, herbs and thinnings from the new vegetables. We got a bag of greens, a bunch of the loveliest carrots, an onion and a couple of meringues. I thought about the strawberry/rhubarb galette, but that would be sloppy to share in the car.
The drive back was even prettier than the drive out, although it was a little nerve-racking to hit curves with the sun in our eyes and the afore-said bumper-humpers trying to climb into the non-existent trunk. We were going the speed limit the whole way, and some of ’em passed us like we were standing still!
There were whole hillsides covered with foxglove in all the shades from purple, through lavendar and pink to white. The were fields filled with daisies or buttercups…or cows. The deep green of the woods alternated with sunny views across the Alsea with the white stones showing. …and the moss on the trees was like a vegetable fur.
We missed stopping at the spring, but we had been talking the whole way down the river, contemplating camping at some of the campgrounds along the way, or just picnicking or even just getting our toes wet in water that’s something above the temp of ice. 🙂
When we finally got to the shop, I got to work on the newsletter. Mostly I had to finish the note. after getting the candied violets out of the dehydrator. While Tempus got supper, (dessert was slices of watermelon!) I was working on developing pictures and then doing some writing. After he headed for Newport, I started on a soup with those wonderful carrots, lentils, bacon and all kinds of greens. It took a while to get everything chopped, but the pot was full by midnight and I let it cook until we got home.
The Moon had been up for about an hour and was still orangey and fuzzed from cloud. Mars is bright enough now, that for a moment, I thought I was looking at Jupiter! Saturn was next over and Jupiter was already down in the cloud over the ocean.
Tempus told me that on the Beaver Creek/Bayview loop he ended up following a couple of buck elk. They were just clopping along the middle of the road, ignoring him. He thinks that their racks spanned farther than he could stretch his arms out!
We did take the extra 15 minutes to stop at the spring and as we were rolling back along the river it was getting light. Tempus is doing the upper part of Waldport, now. I’m going to get this finished and put some things together to take home. I tried some of the soup and it’s pretty good.
Today we’re planning to sleep late, get some chores done and then in the early evening go visit a monkey puzzle tree with the intent of collecting some resin. We’ll see how that works out.
A Ken Gagne pic of baby mergansers on the Yachats River on 6/4/15
Today is the festival of the Thracian Goddess Bendis, who was a goddess of the moon and had Bacchic-style revels as her worship. She was associated with Artemis by the Greeks. More here: http://www.theoi.com/Thrakios/Bendis.html and the Wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bendis
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
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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 6/13 at 12:43pm. 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 6/6 at 11:32am. 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 6/9 at 12:43am.
Bright yellow Arcturus, magnitude 0, shines high overhead toward the south these evenings. The kite shape of Bootes, its constellation, extends upper left from Arcturus. The kite is narrow, slightly bent, and 23° long: about two fists at arm’s length.
Just east of the Bootes kite is Corona Borealis, the pretty but mostly dim Northern Crown. Get to know its half-circle of stars with Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column and chart in the June Sky & Telescope, page 22.
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 2:32 p.m. EDT).(Which means 11:32pm for us on the West Coast!) Tonight the Moon rises around 2 a.m. daylight-saving time..It will appear slightly less than half-lit. Earth’s only natural satellite then appears against the background stars of northeastern Aquarius. Watch for it to come up lower right of the Great Square of Pegasus, which will be standing on its corner in the east
Vesta, the brightest asteroid, is having an unusually close and bright apparition in the Ophiuchus Milky Way a little north of Saturn. It’s currently magnitude 5.7 and will brighten to 5.3 around its June 19th opposition. Article and finder charts: Vesta Gets Close and Bright.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for May 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-may-2018
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic Half-month of / Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 6 Low 12:51 AM 3.0 5:33 AM Rise 1:52 AM 59
~ 6 High 6:07 AM 5.5 8:58 PM Set 12:58 PM
~ 6 Low 12:55 PM 0.8
~ 6 High 7:47 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t count your chickens, till the eggs hatch !
~ Your beliefs about reality become your beliefs about yourself. – Steve Pavlina
~ A woman has to be twice as good as a man to go half as far. – Fannie Hurst (1889-1968) US writer
~ Always two there are, a master and an apprentice. – Yoda
~ Amateurs teach amateurs to be amateurs. – Pat Morley
It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes
And pleasant scents the noses. – Nathaniel Parker Willis, The Month of June.
Laminated Window Hangings for Litha
you will need:
- unlined paper
- laminating paper
- Litha cookie cutters(the big ones)
- scissors & a single hole punch
- a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of suns, wedding cake or other Litha figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Pagan parenting: midsummer crafts and activities for children – Looking for some great Midsummer crafts and activities for your kids this solstice? Liven up Litha with some of these ideas. [Also great for the Younger Self]
COLLECT HERBS – Herbs collected at dawn on Midsummer have long been thought to be especially charged with magic. Get up early and collect some from your garden to be dried and used throughout the year. If you don’t have an herb garden, try going to a natural area. Take along a book that identifies wild herbs, and choose some to bring home and dry. Make sure that you can identify those that you choose to ensure you are not taking home poisonous plants, and never, ever ingest herbs you collect from the wild.
WASH IN DEW – While you are up early, collect some dew of the grass or tree leaves and wash your face with it. Dew collected on the morning of Midsummer is also highly charged with powerful nature magic. Whoever washes with it is blessed by the Goddess.
PLAY GAMES – Summer Solstice was a prime time for merry making and frolicking, since it fell between the two hardest work seasons– planting and harvesting. People loved to play games during this joyous time of year when the sun was at its peak and the land was warm and ripening. Incorporate some of that fun into your holiday celebration– cut loose and play games. Have a water balloon fight, toss a frisbee, or run relay races.
HAVE A BARBECUE – Midsummer is a fire festival. The Sun Lord is at his height of power and glory. Cooking outdoors on an open fire is a great way to celebrate the season. Allow children to roast hot dogs or marsh mallows (with a long stick and adult supervision) on the flame of life as it crackles and burns.
MAKE A BURNING MAN – One long-surviving Pagan tradition is that of making a burning man, which represents the Sun Lord, in all of His flaming splendor, at the point of the year in which He begins His decline. Giant burning men have been erected at large festivals and burned on enormous bonfires, however a small version that can be placed on the barbecue or in the fire pit will suffice for your needs.
Gather sticks and twigs and make a small human figure by tying them together with twine. At sunset, have an adult put the burning man on his “pyre” and watch it go up in flames. Know that as he turns to ash, so does the year begin to wane.
MAKE A SUNDIAL – What better craft for the longest day of the year than to create your own sundial? If you have land upon which you can make a permanent sundial on the ground, gather some stones or shells, and a large stick. It should be a place that is in an open area that gets full sunlight all day. Plant the stick half-way into the ground, in the center of where your sundial will be. Pack the soil around it well. Then, from dawn till dusk, every hour on the hour, place a stone at the spot where the protruding top of the stick points. As the seasons change, you will note the differences of where the shadows fall, allowing children to witness the changes in the sun’s journey through the year.
If you don’t have any land, you can still make a portable sundial. Get a round wood plaque from a craft store (the type used for making clocks works well). Let the children paint and decorate it if they wish. On Midsummer, put it in a place where it will get full sun all day. Drill a hole in the center (most clock face wood plaques will already have one) and put a stick firmly into it. Use glue around it to ensure its sturdiness. Then, glue a small stone or rock– every hour on the hour– exactly where the stick’s shadow points. You can store your sundial indoors, and bring it out whenever you please.
FEED THE FAIRIES – As depicted in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the shortest night of the year has always been known as a night when the veil between our world and the world of the fairies is thin. Fairies are at their most active on the night of Litha. Children may wish to gather together a plate of sweet treats and ripe fruits and leave it out for them. Befriending the fairies on the solstice is a smart move, lest they may use their mischievous magic to trick you!
Written by M.S. Beltran – © 2002 Pagewise – http://www.essortment.com/family/paganparenting_sbrf.htm