Featured photo by OCD Photography, Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 12:03 PM of -0.6 feet. Open Circle for the Litha Sabbat, Friday, June 22 at 7pm.
Scattered clouds that aren’t enough to dim the sun are still pretty low, at 600 feet. They could be the last remnants of overnight fog. 6! Wind at 5 and only a little higher on the beaches. No rain in the forecast at all. This is going to be a dry summer.
Yesterday started groggy, but got lots better and we productive after all! When I got my coffee I really started to wake up. After catching up on the weekend’s mail I got the newsletter done and then started on developing pix from the weekend and then did more writing after that. Tempus was folding and boxing and putting boxes in the right places all day.
We were both tired enough that we went home 9-ish and I went right to bed. Tempus did a load a laundry while he and Jeanne watched a couple of movies. I was up for awhile during the night, but all I did was read.
Today we have some chores to do, although it’s late enough and sunny enough that I don’t think I’m going to get much done in the garden. We’ll be at the shop in the evening and then there’s the paper route tonight
(photo by OCD photography) Heceta Head Light on 5/26/18
Today’s feast is in honor of Minerva’s Temple in Rome, which had a commemoration of some kind on this date, two months after the anniversary of the temple’s founding. No one’s sure what they did, why or how, just the basic fact of “they did something….” She was the goddess of wisdom and has been honored down through the millennia. There’s a good Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerva
The other Independence Day! This is the day that slavery finally ended. It was celebrated in many communities until the aftermath of the Civil War caused such bitterness that it was suppressed. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/juneteenth-our-other-independence-day-16340952/
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
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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. 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.
With summer officially just two days away, the Summer Triangle stands high and proud in the east after dark. Its top star is bright Vega. Deneb is the brightest star to Vega’s lower left (by 2 or 3 fists at arm’s length). Look for Altair a greater distance to Vega’s lower right.
If you have a dark sky, you’ll see that the Milky Way passes under Vega through the Summer Triangle.
Venus’ eastward motion relative to the background stars carries it through the northern fringes of the Beehive star cluster (M44) this evening. The pairing will make a splendid sight through binoculars or a telescope at low power. Although the objects don’t set until 11 p.m. local daylight time, the best views will come an hour to 90 minutes after sunset when the two still stand relatively high. At magnitude –4.0, Venus shines nearly 1,000 times brighter than the combined light of the Beehive’s stars. When viewed through a telescope this evening, Venus appears 15″ across and about three-quarters lit.
Neptune’s eastward motion against the background stars comes to a halt at 8 a.m. EDT. This so-called stationary point marks the beginning of the best period to observe any outer planet. Neptune rises around 12:30 a.m. local daylight time and appears about 30° high in the southeast as morning twilight commences. The magnitude 7.9 planet lies in Aquarius, 0.9° west-southwest of 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. You can confirm your sighting of Neptune through a telescope, which reveals the planet’s 2.3″-diameter disk and blue-gray color.
Mars (magnitude –1.7, in Capricornus) rises around 11 or midnight daylight-saving time. Watch for it to come up about 30° lower left of Saturn. Mars is highest in the south, in best view for telescopes, just before dawn. Mars is enlarging and brightening rapidly on its way to an unusually close opposition at the end of July. It’s now 18 to 19 arcseconds wide — bigger than at many of its oppositions! — and gibbous. It will grow to 24.3 arcseconds for the week around its closest approach on the night of July 30–31. A major dust storm has arisen and spread across much of one side of Mars, obscuring many familiar features with irregular bright yellow clouds. See our article Big Dust Storm Blows up on Mars. See also our telescopic guide to Mars in the July Sky & Telescope, page 22. You’ll also want a Mars map that shows which features are facing Earth at your time and date, such as our Mars Profiler online.
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.
Color – Grey
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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
Tu 19 High 5:16 AM 6.8 5:31 AM Set 1:07 AM 32
~ 19 Low 12:03 PM -0.6 9:04 PM Rise 12:27 PM
~ 19 High 6:46 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Duct tape is like the force; it has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
~ We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. – Goethe
~ We must all hang together or assuredly we will all hang separately. – Benjamin Franklin
~ What are you doing now to make your life better? – Hanns-Oskar Porr
~ When a deep injury is done to us, we never recover until we forgive. – Alan Paton
And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days:
Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays. – James Russell Lowell
The warm time is here
The warm time is here:
time to work and time to rest,
time to celebrate outside,
time to prepare for the harvest.
All about us, the Land Spirits are singing.
All about us, the deities are speaking.
Help me to listen, all you divine beings.
May I hear your voices.
The Prayer of Midsummer
Sun-stone’s kiss, midsummer pleasure,
Welcome all and some.
At the hele-stone sing and gather,
Ever blessed one. – Caitlin Matthews, “Midsummer Blessing”