Daily Stuff 6-9-18 Saint Columba

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm.

57F and the roofs and roads are steaming! It *poured* last night. At one point it was coming down hard enough that I was thinking it was hail and went out to check. No, just water….. The sky to the west and north is blue with nice, white, puffy clouds. The sky to the east and south has very thick dark clouds. No place is showing the amount of rain we got. The tube I set outside last night had most of an inch of water in it, but local places are saying .02, .03…. that doesn’t make sense. It looks like we’re due a break until 3pm or so, and then the rain should be back through tomorrow.

Yesterday was almost a “winter” day. Even the highway was quieter than usual… as far as traffic went, at least. The hiss from car tires was pretty loud. Tempus headed out in the early afternoon and I ended up doing a bit of online grief counseling. Valerie Walker is gone. She’s been ill for quite some time and decided several weeks ago to stop pursuing treatment. <sigh> Yet another…..

That kinda took away all my ambition… although I finally made myself go start to do up some more of those cheese dumplings….and there wasn’t any room in back. We need to put the clean stuff away! I went back to filling in newsletter files. I finally had some people come in, wanting a reading, but Tempus was still in Newport, so they decided to come back after they had run their errands.

Once Tempus was back he ran right out again for another errand and came back and just went splat. He was running on less than 5 hours sleep.

We waited for the folks who were planning on coming back for a reading… told them I wanted to head home by 8…. and by 8:30 they still weren’t here. <sigh> Nor by 10pm. We finally got home past 11 and went to sleep.

Today we’re here a little early. Tempus is cleaning up last night’s mess in back and then he’s heading to Lincoln City with Jeanne to help her pick up some equipment. I have a lot of herbly things to deal with.

….aaaaaand 101 is closed south of Depoe Bay by a bad crash. Oi….

6/7/16 by Ken Gagne – Talon and Jonathan

6/7/16 by Ken Gagne – Talon and Jonathan

250px-St_Columba's_church,_Gartan,_DonegalToday ‘s feast is that of Saint Columba (Irish: Colm Cille, ‘church dove’; 7 December 521 – 9 June 597) was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries. He was highly regarded by both the Gaels of Dál Riata and the Picts, and is remembered today as a Christian saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. Columba reportedly studied under some of Ireland’s most prominent church figures and founded several monasteries in the country. Around 563 he and his twelve companions sailed to Iona in Scotland, then part of the Irish kingdom of Dál Riata, where they founded a new abbey as a base for spreading Christianity among the pagan Picts. He remained active in Irish politics, though he spent most of the remainder of his life in Scotland. Three surviving early medieval Latin hymns may be attributed to him. Of course, from our angle he dealt the death-blow to Druidry…. to be fair, the native faiths had gotten pretty corrupt by that time.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columba

220px-Polystichum_munitum_(Jami_Dwyer)_001Today’s Plant is Sword fernPolystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. They can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 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. 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 6/12 at 12:43am. 

Saturday, June 9

Venus poses with Castor and Pollux in the west as twilight deepens. The brilliant planet will line up with the two stars on June 10th and 11th. (The scene is oriented for a skywatcher near 40° north latitude.)
Milky Way Traffic by pixabey
– For much of the spring at mid-northern latitudes, the Milky Way lies right down out of sight all around the horizon. But watch the east now. The rich Cepheus-Cygnus-Aquila stretch of the Milky Way is rising up all across the east late these nights, earlier and higher every week. Hint for the light-polluted: It runs right through the Summer Triangle.
Terry Lovejoy discovered C/2014 Q2 (above), which is a relatively faint comet (magnitude 15), in August 2014. Though comet C/2016 M1 will require a telescope to spot on Saturday, it will glow at magnitude 9. John Vermette – Another comet in the growing crowd of such objects discovered by the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii makes its appearance in June’s morning sky. Comet PANSTARRS (C/2016 M1) currently glows around 9th magnitude within the Teapot asterism of the constellation Sagittarius, and you’ll need a telescope to spot its subtle glow. As a bonus both today and tomorrow, the comet slides about 40′ from the 8th-magnitude globular star cluster M54. Your best views will come from under a dark sky when Sagittarius climbs highest between 2 and 3 a.m. local daylight time.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, just above the Sagittarius Teapot) rises in the southeast in late twilight. It stands highest in the south around 2 or 3 a.m., about 30° to the right of much brighter Mars.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for June 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-june-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”..

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Aries
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30) Retrograde
Color – Blue

Harvest 6/8-9

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
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

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.


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

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.



Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa   9      Low   3:58 AM     1.2   5:32 AM    Rise  3:14 AM      30
~     9     High   9:46 AM     5.3   9:00 PM     Set  4:13 PM
~     9      Low   3:35 PM     1.6
~     9     High   9:56 PM     7.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You may not have been responsible for your heritage, but you are responsible for your future.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope and, crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. — Robert F. Kennedy



~  If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace. – John Lennon
~  If you can find the right current, then all you have to do is dive in and the current will find its way, like water, through the tightest gaps to take you to your objective. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. – Dale Carnegie
~  If you don’t like the way things are in your life, you have the power to steer a different course. You are the captain of your ship. You can send it wherever you want. – Kerr Cuhulain

from “The Parent’s Tao te Ching” by William Martin:

“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”


Litha Magick

deborah <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com> wrote:

To: Hearth_Witch@yahoogroups.com
From: “deborah” <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:49:28 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Symbolism
Midsummer Symbolism

Symbolism – Nurturing and love are key actions related to Midsummer. If you haven’t yet done so, Litha is a good time to perform your Self-Dedication Ceremony… or – if you have been practicing Wicca for a while – you may choose to perform a simple Re-dedication/Affirmation as a part of your Sabbat celebration. The powers of nature are at their highest point. Great time for herb gathering. Longest day of the year, marks the time when days begin to get shorter again.

  • Symbols – fire to celebrate the power of the sun, sun wheels, god eyes, mother goddess, ripening fruits, sun dials, feathers, and swords/blades.
  • Deities –  Father Gods and Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Goddesses and Sun Deities. Particular emphasis might be placed on the Goddesses Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus and other Goddesses who preside over love, passion and beauty. Other Litha deities include Athena, Artemis, Dana, Kali, Isis, Juno, Apollo, Dagda, Gwydion, Helios, Llew, Oak/Holly King, Lugh, Ra, Sol, Zeus, Prometheus, Ares, and Thor.
  • Magick – Healings, growth spells, empowerment spells, and love magick are all incredibly potent at this time
  • Tools – drums, rattles, bonfire, mirrors for reflecting the sun or  bonfire, Earth circles of stone energy
  • Colors – white, red, maize yellow or golden yellow, green, blue and tan.
  • Stones – all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade. Other appropriate gemstones are tiger’s eye, lapis lazuli, ruby, and diamonds.
  • Animals – include robins, wrens, all Summer birds, horses and cattle. Mythical creatures include satyrs, faeries, firebirds, dragons, thunderbirds and manticores.
  • Herbs – chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, larkspur, lavender, male fern, mugwort, pine, roses, Saint John’s wort, honesty, wild thyme, wisteria, oak, mistletoe, frankincense, lemon, sandalwood, heliotrope, copal, saffron, galangal, laurel ylang-ylang, and verbena. Traditionally, herbs gathered on this day are extremely powerful.
  • Incense –  a combination of any of the following or simply one of them by itself… frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, lemon, pine, jasmine, rose, lotus, or wisteria.
  • Foods – for Litha include fresh vegetables of all kinds and fresh fruits such as lemons and oranges, pumpernickel bread as well as Summer squash and any yellow or orange colored foods. Flaming foods are also appropriate, barbecued anything, (barbecues represent the bonfires….) but especially chicken or pork. Midsummer is also the time for making mead, since honey is now plentiful. Traditional drinks are ale, mead, sweet wines, fresh fruit juice of any kind and herb teas.
  • Element: fire

~author unknown


Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – If something hasn’t broken on your helicopter, it’s about to.

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