Despite there being clouds over the Coast Range and a few floating overhead, the sunshine is really bright. There are going to be some sunburns today. Just 10 minutes and my nose is a little tender! 63F, wind at 10, gusts into the teens. Where there’s less wind, it’s warmer. Some spots inland are reporting temps into the low 70’s. There’s a tiny chance of a tiny amount of rain tomorrow night, but that’s all of that in the forecast.
Yesterday went sideways, as I said in yesterday’s newsletter. Once I *finally* got the newsletter out, all I had to do was pick-up-put-away and more newsletter set-up. Tempus was back pretty soon with some groceries, too, and we got the front sorted out.
Toni had to work later than she’d hoped but her daughter got to come because she got off early for once! We had a good ritual and feast after (I ate *way* too much) Rayna made some pickle and lunch meat and tortilla rolls that were *awesome*.
We all headed home around 11. Tempus went upstairs to do some chores and I puttered until he was back. We overslept a bit this morning, or rather it took awhile to get moving. I was out weeding, waiting for Tempus.
Today we have the workshops and I need to do more on the newsletters. I’ve got a couple of empty files.
Today’s feast is Jan Kupalo or Ivan Kupala, the Slavic Midsummer festival. Depending on whose version you’re working with (it goes from Poland and the Czech Republic to the far end of Russia) it can mean bonfires, bathing (especially naked bathing in lakes and rivers, flower wreaths worn, floated on rivers or as divination. Running into the woods in search of fern flowers (yes, I know, ferns don’t bloom, but people in those areas “find” babies under ferns or in mushroom patches instead of under cabbage leaves) is another favorite pastime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Kupala_Day
Kupala – Kresen (June) 23 – (In the Old Russian tongue, Kupala means “bather”). Today the holiday of the Summer Solstice and remembrance of the human sacrifices made in olden times to the Master of things Sub-marine, Jasse (Dragon). All through the night people are celebrating, singing songs, hiking, doing readings (fortune-telling). A blot is held near water. In times gone by, fires were lit in preparation for a sacrifice of a young maiden by drowning in the river. Later, however, the human sacrifice was replaced by a doll made of bread (a loaf-doll).
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
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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.
The bright gibbous Moon steps over Jupiter and Alpha Librae. The waxing gibbous Moon passes near Jupiter tonight. From North America, the two were closest this afternoon (when they were below the horizon), though they remain within 5° of each other after darkness falls. Despite Luna’s brilliance dominating the scene, you should have little trouble picking out the magnitude –2.4 planet to its lower right. The best time to observe Jupiter through a telescope is when the Moon doesn’t lie so close. This week, the gas giant spans 42″ and displays a wealth of detail in its cloud tops. The bright “star” with the Moon tonight is Jupiter. Although they look rather close together, Jupiter is currently 1,800 times farther away — and it’s 40 times larger in diameter.
This is the time of year when the two brightest stars of summer, Arcturus >>> and <<<< Vega, are about equally high overhead soon after dark: Arcturus toward the southwest, Vega toward the east. Arcturus and Vega are 37 and 25 light-years away, respectively. They represent the two commonest types of naked-eye stars: a yellow-orange K giant and a white A main-sequence star. They’re 150 and 50 times brighter than the Sun, respectively — which, combined with their nearness, is why they dominate the evening sky.
Uranus is still fairly low in the east before the first light of dawn.
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
Sa 23 Low 4:17 AM 0.4 5:32 AM Set 3:02 AM 74
~ 23 High 10:19 AM 5.3 9:05 PM Rise 4:51 PM
~ 23 Low 3:51 PM 1.8
~ 23 High 10:07 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you love yourself, others will do the same.
~ I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble. – Rudyard Kipling
~ I am already given to the power that rules my fate. And I cling to nothing, so I will have nothing to defend. I have no thoughts, so I will see. I fear nothing, so I will remember myself. – Don Juan
~ I had rather do and not promise than promise and not do. – Arthur Warwick
~ I’m competitive with myself. I always try to push past my own borders. – Tyra Banks
It is not summer until the crickets sing. – –proverb
LAVENDER ICE CREAM –
- 14 oz. whole milk
- 1 1/2 oz. fresh lavender flowers and leaves
- 2 oz. crystallized ginger, minced
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- In a saucepan, slowly heat the milk to approximately 200 degrees F.
- Remove from heat, add the lavender flowers, and steep for 15 minutes.
- While it is still warm, strain the milk through a cheesecloth.
- Add the ginger and sugar to the milk.
- Place the egg yolks in a small bowl and pour in half of the milk mixture.
- Stir the mixture with a spoon, and then pour it back into the saucepan.
- Place the pan over low heat and cook until the mixture is approximately 200 degrees F.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the whipping cream.
- Refrigerate the mixture until it is well chilled, then process in any ice cream machine.
Quick method: – Soften high-quality vanilla ice cream, add the lavender and re-freeze. Leave in the freezer for at least one day.
ROSE PETAL PUNCH – A handful of strongly scented rose petals will delicately flavor a punch for a summer evening.
- A large bottle or container with a seal that holds at least an ½ gallon
- 3 handfuls fresh red rose petals
- 2 tablespoons raw sugar
- 1 quart chilled water
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Juice of two lemons
- 1 bottle white wine (the lighter flavored ones are best, sparkling is great)
- Two or three hours before you want to serve the punch rinse rose petals.
- Put them into the bottle.
- Add sugar to the roses
- Add water, zest and lemon juice
- When ready to serve, pour liquid through a mesh strainer into a punch bowl.
- Add wine and stir well.
Note – This goes very well with a rosebud/borage/mint ice ring
REMEMBER: DO NOT use flowers that have been sprayed with any type of pesticides……….
Fruit Salad – firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
- 1 red apple, cored and chopped
- 8 oz nonfat lemon yogurt
- 1 nectarine, pitted and sliced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Combine all the fruit and nuts together in a large bowl.
- Mix in yogurt.
- Chill and serve