Yesterday we didn’t get up as late as usual, but by the time we had coffee and breakfast and finished up some chores, it was 6pm when we got to the shop. I had done some harvesting (1 lone salmonberry that had previously been out of reach, rose petals and some oregano) and weeding on the way out the door (31 hawkweed!) so my first task at the shop was to get the petals into the rose sugar and the dryer. After that Tempus and I started in on the fridge. At 7 we took a break for a little snack of pork, ham, pickled egg, and brined apple. We finished 3 shelves worth, which was really good. Everything is dated and labeled and the shelves scrubbed. We have one shelf left to clean, which is empty, at least, and then the drawers will be next. Most of that doesn’t need labeling.
We stopped to chat with Jeanne for awhile. Eventually, I headed downstairs to try to get a little more done on the chores, while Tempus did a few more upstairs. I didn’t sleep well, waking several times and eventually coming all the way awake a bit after 8am. There’s some kind of problem with the house water registering a lot more than what we could possibly have used, that started yesterday afternoon, so it’s turned off for the moment. Tempus had to sort out some more things with that, too, so he’s making coffee and we’ll head for the shop.
Today we have more to do on the fridge, I want to make a batch of ham salad and I have to finish that ham broth. I also need to put the final touches on the Litha ritual and get that ready to print.
Mt. Hood on 5/1/16 Photos by Mike
Today’s feast is Litha, Midsummer, Jan Kupala, Langtanz night or whatever you call it. Whether you celebrate with fire, beer, dancing, swimming, flowers or just with friends, have a Blessed One! A good Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer
Today’s plant is Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shapeprotects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/26 at 9:53am.
Each year during northern summer solstice, thousands of people flock to the United Kingdom to visit Stonehenge, which was built between 3,000 and 1,600 B.C. Though the true purpose of the mysterious monument remains uncertain, if you stand in just the right place during the solstice, you will see the Sun rise directly above the Heel Stone — a solitary stone place outside the circular monument. – Paul Townsend – The June solstice arrives at 3:07 a.m. PDT, marking the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. This is when the Sun is at its farthest north in the sky and begins its six-month return southward. It’s the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest day in the Southern, and the day of the solstice has more hours of sunlight than any other. For astronomy buffs, however, long days translate into short nights and extended twilight, which limit our time under the stars.
If you have a good view of the west-northwest horizon (from mid-northern latitudes), mark precisely where the Sun sets. In a few days you should be able to detect that it’s again starting to set a little south of that point.
As the stars come out at dusk, look below the gibbous Moon for Spica >>>> . Off to the left of Spica is much brighter Jupiter.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, in Libra) shines in the south as twilight fades. It’s still 43 arcseconds in equatorial diameter. See our telescopic guide to observing Jupiter in the May Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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 – Turquoise
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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
Th 21 Low 2:07 AM 1.5 5:32 AM Set 2:06 AM 54
~ 21 High 7:45 AM 5.6 9:04 PM Rise 2:42 PM
~ 21 Low 1:56 PM 0.8
~ 21 High 8:32 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Beauty draws the soul out, connects to us at the soul level.
~ Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain–and most fools do. – Dale Carnegie
~ Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have. – Randy Pausch
~ Beware the person with the sweet tongue, he may be hiding something – Kerr Cuhulain, Translation of a Norse Adage
~ Developing and training your perception will help you to perceive the currents and guide your path, to see your way around the obstacles of life. – Kerr Cuhulain
All the sun long it was running, it was lovely, the hay
Fields high as the house, the tunes from the chimneys, it was air
And playing, lovely and watery
And fire green as grass. And nightly under the simple stars
As I rode to sleep the owls were bearing the farm away,
All the moon long I heard, blessed among stables, the nightjars
Flying with the ricks, and the horses
Flashing into the dark. – Dylan Thomas (1914–53)
Merry Meet…… and welcome to the Litha issue of Cauldrons and Broomsticks: a magical newsletter. www.weavings.co.uk
Litha (taken from Saxon tradition, the opposite of Yule) is celebrated on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. It is also known as Midsummer Nights Eve, Alban Heruin (Druidic). On this Sabbat light and life are at their most abundant. Many Ancient monuments are aligned with the Sun at this point in the Wheel of the Year, the most famous being Stonehenge in England, though there are many more all over the world.
At Litha the Sun God has reached the moment of his greatest strength. Seated on his greenwood throne he is lord of the forests and his face can be seen in church architecture peering from countless foliate masks. In many Wiccan celebrations this is the time when the Holly King, God of the Waning Year, encounters the Oak King, God of the waxing Year, on Midsummer night. The Holly king fights the Oak King for his throne, and takes over the ruling of the year, a position he holds until the Oak King wins it back at Yule. This encounter is often re-enacted energetically at Midsummer rituals. The Oak King is not forgotten, though; in Celtic mythology, he withdraws now to the Corona Borealis, the Caer Arianrhod or ‘silver wheel’. As the outer strength of the Sun wanes, its inner strength grows.
The Holly King and the Oak King are actually one; the Holly King is the growing youth while the Oak King is the mature man. In other traditions it’s not until Samhain that the Holly King triumphs, (as the year moves into the dark half), he may also be seen as the Stag King, in his prime with full antlers, not yet ready for his symbolic sacrifice at Harvest Time.
This Sabbat also celebrates the Goddess in some traditions. She can be seen now as heavy with child, as nature is heavy with the bounty of the coming harvest, though in some Traditions although she is already pregnant (with the God) her ‘time’ is not yet ready, as she will not give birth to the God until Yule.
Litha is a Fire Festival, and the fire of Midsummer is traditionally kindled from the friction of two sacred woods, fir and oak. Nine different types of herbs are thrown upon the Midsummer fire. These consist of Mistletoe, Vervain, St. John’s Wort, Heartsease, Lavender, and a choice of four others chosen from local herbs typical of this season. In agricultural societies, herds of cattle were driven through the embers of Midsummer fired to purge them of disease and illness. Many Litha customs involve the turning or rolling downhill of flaming wheels, to symbolize the power of the Sun.
Litha is a time to give thanks for whatever is bringing fulfilment into our lives, and also a time to try and understand our passions, the wildest and most fervent aspects of our inner selves, within us which are often at their most evident in the height of the summer. The fire which we celebrate at Litha is a symbol of change and creativity, and this is a perfect time to put our passions to good use in bringing about changes in our lives.
This is considered to be a time when energies abound, and is a good time for magic and purification rites. Midsummer Night’s Eve is also special for adherents of the Faerie faith. The alternative fixed calendar date of June 25 (Old Litha) is sometimes employed by Covens. The Christian religion converted this day of Jack-in-the-Green to the Feast of St. John the Baptist, often portraying him in rustic attire sometimes with horns and cloven feet (like the Greek God Pan and similar in aspect to the Celtic Cerunnos).
Technically, a solstice is an astronomical point and, due to the procession to the equinox, the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, and we experience the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Astrologers know this as the date on which the sun enters the sign of Cancer.
However, since most European peasants were not accomplished at reading an ephemeris or did not live close enough to Salisbury Plain to trot over to Stonehenge and sight down its main avenue, they celebrated the event on a fixed calendar date, June 24th. The slight forward displacement of the traditional date is the result of multitudinous calendrical changes down through the ages. It is analogous to the winter solstice celebration, which is astronomically on or about December 21st, but is celebrated on the traditional date of December 25th, Yule, later adopted by the Christians.
Again, it must be remembered that the Celts reckoned their days from sundown to sundown, so the June 24th festivities actually begin on the previous sundown (our June 23rd). This was Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Eve. Which brings up another point: our modern calendars are quite misguided in suggesting that ‘summer begins’ on the solstice. According to the old folk calendar, summer BEGINS on May Day and ends on Lughnasadh (August 1st), with the summer solstice, midway between the two, marking MID-summer. This makes more logical sense than suggesting that summer begins on the day when the sun’s power begins to wane and the days grow shorter.
Just as the Pagan mid-winter celebration of Yule was adopted by Christians as Christmas (December 25th), so too the Pagan mid-summer celebration was adopted by them as the feast of John the Baptist (June 24th). Occurring 180 degrees apart on the wheel of the year, the mid-winter celebration commemorates the birth of Jesus, while the mid-summer celebration commemorates the birth of John, the prophet who was born six months before Jesus in order to announce his arrival .
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Silliness – Ten Dollar Gift
Elizabeth was surprised to receive ten dollars from her Aunt for her birthday. The Aunt asked how she was going to spend it.
“I’m taking it to Sunday School and giving it to God.” the little girl replied. “He’ll be just as surprised as I was at not getting a dollar like usual.”