Yesterday was a very long day after a series of them. I did get enough sleep the night before, but I ran out of spoons long before everyone else did. We had coffee after we came in early and I got a little frazzled trying to write the newsletter, although not as badly as Saturday, when we were trying to set up the display as well as get the day started.
Callie and I got some time to talk for a bit, and Tempus got in a bit, too. Eventually, once I got the roast started, the two of us girls took off for the Wednesday Market that was being held on Sunday. 🙂 Actually, they just used the signs because they didn’t know how else to advertise it!
We had fun and I may have a couple of new suppliers, but the highlight of my day was seeing Jerry and Julie. They’re been good friends since I moved out here, but Jerry has been so sick recently that it’s been a long while. We had a good chat and a hug before we parted ways so they could do some more shopping and I could head home.
Jalida got there at about the time we were back at the shop and the Isabeau showed up, too. We had a lot of fun and drank cherry tea and snacked until Callie had to head for Southern Oregon, and then Jalida and Isabeau and Tempus and I sat and talked for a while longer until the food was ready and then we ate until we nearly popped. Even Isabeau could eat most of the foods! Everyone headed out before dark, and eventually Tempus and I headed home, too, since I was so very tired. It wasn’t long before 11pm.
I’m groggy. I got enough sleep, but that was quite a weekend!
Today’s feast is the Dragon Boat festival, which is being celebrated again in China after having been banned for quite a while under the communists. It is celebrated with rice dumplings, realgar wine (which seems to be poisonous!) and dragon boat races.
“The sun is considered to be at its strongest around the time of summer solstice (“mid-summer” in traditional East Asia) when the daylight in the northern hemisphere is the longest. The sun, like the Chinese dragon, traditionally represents masculine energy, whereas the moon, like the phoenix, traditionally represents feminine energy. The summer solstice is considered the peak annual moment of male energy while the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, represents the peak annual moment of feminine energy. The masculine image of the dragon is thus naturally associated with Duanwu.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_boat_festival
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. Azaleas are a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
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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 6/27 at 9:53pm. 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 6/18 at 12:43am. 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 6/20 at 5:29am.
Cassini captured this beautifully backlit image of Saturn and its icy rings on May 9, 2007, from a distance of a mere 700,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers). – NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Now Regulus shines to the Moon’s lower right. Look for Denebola, Leo’s tail tip, higher to the Moon’s upper left.
Venus (magnitude –4.0, in Cancer) shines brightly in the west-northwest during twilight and just after. Look for Pollux and Castor increasingly far to its lower right, and Regulus increasingly less distant off to its upper left. In a telescope Venus is still a small gibbous disk.
Observers can catch a peek of Mercury in this week’s early evening sky. The innermost planet stands 6° high in the west-northwest a half-hour after sunset tonight, and it will gain another 2° of altitude by the weekend. Although Mercury glows brightly this evening, at magnitude –0.9, you might need binoculars to spot it initially against the twilight glow. A telescope reveals the planet’s disk, which spans 5.5″ and appears 83 percent lit.
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 Daguz/ 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
M 18 High 4:13 AM 7.5 5:31 AM Set 12:32 AM 21
~ 18 Low 11:09 AM -1.2 9:04 PM Rise 11:16 AM
~ 18 High 5:51 PM 7.0
~ 18 Low 11:40 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fortune is found where grace meets effort. You’ve made the effort. Now appreciate the grace.
~ The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. – Arnold Toynbee
There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake. – Jonathan Swift
~ There is little which can be ascertained if you are always looking outside yourself. – Ariaa Jaeger
~ There is no hope of joy except in human relations. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The earliest breath of June
Blows the white tassels from the cherry boughs,
And in the deepest shadow of noon
The mild-eyed oxen browse. – –Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832–1911)