Minus Tide at 7:06 AM of -1.8 feet.
Yesterday slipped by in a hurry. Before I knew it, Tempus was headed to Newport. He had watered the plants and worked on that bag frame. I got some photos and then started working in back on sorting clean stuff and getting herbs put away. Eventually I got as far as doing some cookery. I wanted a few more pickles for this upcoming weekend, plus I had that chicken to deal with and a watermelon to hack up and it was *lovely* having a nice cutting board! By midnight the chickens were in and Tempus was on the road.
I took a break and then went back to pickles, finding the pieces and then setting up the jars. By 12:30 the chicken wasn’t even up to 120! Supposedly it’ll cook in 40 minutes. Hah! I found the pear that I’ve had sitting, waiting to ripen for almost two weeks and it was just at the perfect stage, meltingly soft and sweet. But after that my tummy was too full for anything! By 1, the chicken was almost up to temp. After those were out I could get serious about pickles.
I had turnips and parsnips. Some of the parsnips I saved to saute in butter, but some went into the pickle with a small radish from the garden and a couple of garlic cloves. …and I got frustrated because I could have sworn I had more stuff! …but I have one small jar. So he picked me up a bit before 4am.
It was only misting when we started, but it was already getting light! …and the mist turned to gentle rain in a foggy way. The tide is very low and there were a lot of herons. Tempus is asleep out in the car, waiting for me, so I need to finish up so we can go home and splat!
We still have some chores to finish and pictures to take, but we’re going to sleep late, first.
Just because this looks fun!
Today’s feast is in honor of Gerald Gardner whose birthday is today. Wicca is his fault. He was a British eccentric from an entirely unremarkable family, who went into the foreign service and came back with an attitude that allowed him to take disparate bits and create a religious path that the time was ripe for. Many of the pagan paths these days owe a lot to him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Gardner_(Wiccan) I ran across a YouTube last year about Gerald Gardner, by Ronald Hutton. It’s pretty good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQbdXCoxC14
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods in the middle spring. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
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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. 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 Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 12:43pm on 6/13. 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 6/27 at 9:53pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 12:43am on 6/15.
The thin waxing crescent Moon now adds to the interest in the western twilight. . .
<<<< Bright yellow Arcturus, magnitude 0, shines high overhead toward the southwest these evenings, high to the upper right of Jupiter. The kite shape of Bootes, its constellation, extends up from Arcturus. The kite is narrow, slightly bent, and 23° tall: about two fists at arm’s length.
Just east (left) 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.
The near-New Moon hovers over Bluemountains, Switzerland on November 1, 2016. – PiConsti/Flickr
New Moon occurs at 3:43 p.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.
Although Saturn will reach opposition and peak visibility two weeks from today, observers will be hard-pressed to see it as inferior this week. The ringed planet rises shortly after 9 p.m. local daylight time and appears highest in the south around 2 a.m. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.1 and stands out against the background stars of northern Sagittarius. If you target the planet through binoculars this week, you’ll find it 2.4° northwest of the 5th-magnitude globular star cluster M22 and 3.4° south of the similarly bright open cluster M25. But the beautiful world looks best through a telescope, which reveals its 18″-diameter disk and a stunning ring system that spans 42″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.
Mercury is pretty well hidden down in the sunset. Next week it’ll be coming up into view.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-june-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
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”..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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 13 High 12:02 AM 8.7 5:31 AM Rise 5:42 AM 1
~ 13 Low 7:06 AM -1.8 9:02 PM Set 9:01 PM
~ 13 High 1:33 PM 6.6
~ 13 Low 6:54 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t be so quick to judge or discount something or someone, there just might be a diamond in all that coal.
~ Never underestimate how powerful you really are. – Paul V Harris
~ Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.- Connie Stevens
~ Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy. – Nisargadatta
~ People of excellence go the extra mile to do what’s right. – Joel Osteen
A Summer’s Day
Black bees on the clover-heads drowsily clinging,
Where tall, feathered grasses and buttercups sway;
And all through the fields a white sprinkle of daisies,
Open-eyes at the setting of day.
Oh the heaps of sweet roses, sweet cinnamon roses,
In great crimson thickets that cover the wall!
And flocks of bright butterflies giddy to see them,
And a sunny blue sky over all.
Trailing boughs of the elms drooping over the hedges,
Where spiders their glimmering laces have spun;
And breezes that bend the light tops of the willows
And down through the meadow-grass run.
Silver-brown little birds sitting close in the branches,
And yellow wings flashing from hillock to tree;
And wide-wheeling swallows that dip to the marshes
And bobolinks crazy with glee;–
So crazy, they soar through the glow of the sunset
And warble their merriest notes as they fly,
Nor heed how the moths hover low in the hollows
And the dew gathers soft in the sky.
Then a round beaming moon o’er the blossomed hill coming,
Making paler the fields and the shadows more deep;
And through the wide meadows a murmurous humming
Of insects too happy to sleep.
Enchanted I sit on the bank by the willow
And hum the last snatch of a rollicking tune;
And since all this loveliness cannot be Heaven,
I know in my heart it is June. – Abba Goold Woolson (Mrs. Woolson lived from 1838 until 1921 and was a native of Maine. In 1915 she published the above poem as part of a collection of works in her book, With Garlands Green.)
Litha Lore: The God and the Goddess are in Their prime, at Their highest power. This is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. The Goddess is pregnant. After this day, the light begins to wane until the Winter Solstice.
- Special Time: The focus of this holiday is again on fertility but also on strength and focus. Plans made at Imbolc, put into motion at Ostara, and encouraged at Beltane should now be in fruition. It is a time to give thanks for the gifts and for our health. After this day things will change somewhat, waning again, and this must be prepared for. This is a celebration of work AND of pleasurable activities. It is also a good time for a dedication rite or a re-affirmation spell.
- Activities: On Litha, we celebrate the power of the Sun and play outside as much as possible, taking pleasure in Nature as a child would. Summertime flowers can be collected and used to adorn the altar, the home, and the body. Many people like to make love charms at this time and also cast love-related spells and any other kinds of magick, since this is the highest power of the God and Goddess and therefore there is quite a bit of energy to harness. Some people believe the elves and fairies are afoot and leave out food for them. Some like to cook potpourri made of flowers. One custom is to make one yellow feather wreath and one red feather wreath and tie them together with ivy.
- People thought that midsummer was a time of magic and wonder-working. Evil spirits were said to appear, and people gathered herbs and flowers to protect themselves.
- Midsummer is the magical time when the days are longest and the nights are shortest. This was when ancient peoples gathered to celebrate the sun and its life-giving power
- On Litha, tie a bunch of fennel with red ribbons and hang over the door for long life and protection of the home.
- Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry. Use them to cook summer veggies.
- Today, light a white candle and place it in front of a mirror. Say a prayer and let it burn out.
- One of the most powerful was the plant known as ‘chase-devil’, which we now call St John’s Wort. People used it in potions, and wove the flowers into garlands to decorate their houses or protect their farm animals.
Summer Solstice by Rhiannon Cotter – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
Summer Solstice, the longest day, represents a turning point from Spring to Summer during which the Sun God directs the ripening and blossoming of the grain and fruit. Here in the heat of the Summer, the crops are transformed as are our actions, thoughts and plans. All things are tempered by the heat of the Sun. Blossoming and ripening of our works are manifested, or they shrivel and die in the heat. All the while, sexual energy is growing. The Sun God impregnates the Earth Goddess in a sweet “petit mort”—as the cup is to the Goddess, so too is the athame to the God.
Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives, the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks “What happened?”. The pilot’s reply: “I don’t know, I just got here myself! – Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot)