It did rain last night and soaked all the surfaces, even if it was only 0.01 inches. I still needed to water some of the plants that were driest or back under the trees. 62F and the wind at 4mph. Goodness! The UV today is 9! The overcast is supposed to burn off in the afternoon. We’ve got some wind coming in tomorrow and maybe a blip of rain on Friday, but this looks like a good week to work outside.
Yesterday started very slowly. I got the newsletter out and then puttered while I waited. By 10am it was pretty clear that the Job Corps bunch wasn’t coming and so I did some more writing. Took some pictures and developed them, that kind of thing. Tempus ran out to a yard sale and came back with a blender for Sash and a bag of polyfill ….and then the day went sideways.
We got a call from the Job Corps bunch
that they needed a ride, so could we come get them from noon to 4pm. Oh, dear… best-laid plans… So Tempus headed that way. While he was gone I got a phone call from one of the teachers for OCPPG and they needed some information. …and then a customer… and then I started pulling out class stuff.
So we talked for about 1 1/2 hours and then took a lunch break. …and then we went on for another hour and a half, at least. They’re a good group.
…and I was exhausted after that, since I was running on too little sleep, so Tempus took me home around 6pm and then went back to the shop for the rest of the day. I slept like a dead thing for several hours. When I woke I pulled out the sewing. I need to get these projects *done*! …and I had one that I had to take all the stitching out and re-pin and re-sew because the lining was off and puckering.
Tempus had been working on newspaper route maps at the shop. He’s considering
taking on another chunk and trying to work out how… When he got home we went straight to sleep, got up this morning and came right to the shop.
Today we’ve already had a bunch of folks in looking at things. I do have my coffee and boy do I need it! The sun spell from the Litha ritual is going to its home tonight, so we have to get the last ribbons glued and have it ready, plus I have a bunch of photos and writing to do.
Photo from 6/23/17 of a Juvenile Red Rock crab by Jamie Marie@girlinwaterphotography Perfect for the Sun in Cancer! (used with permission)
Today’s feast is in honor of the day that the Gay Pride Rainbow Flag first flew in 1978. It has a history and the color order is that of the spectrum. It may have been used in he 60′s as a diversity symbol but this is the first one associated with a large Gay Pride day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_flag_(LGBT_movement)
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
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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.
The bright gibbous Moon steps over Jupiter and Alpha Librae. – This evening the waxing gibbous Moon shines about midway between bright Jupiter to its right or upper right, and Saturn nearly as far to the Moon’s lower left. Much closer lower right of the Moon is orange Antares.
This infrared composite image shows the two hemispheres of Uranus as viewed by the Keck Telescope, which sports advanced adaptive optics. – Lawrence Sromovsky (University of Wisconsin-Madison/W.W. Keck Observatory)
Skygazers can catch a peek of Mercury in this week’s early evening sky. The innermost planet stands 9° high in the west-northwest a half-hour after sunset tonight, and it will gain another degree of altitude by the weekend. Although Mercury glows brightly this evening, at magnitude –0.4, you might need binoculars to spot it initially against the twilight glow. Binoculars also should reveal the 1st-magnitude star Pollux, which stands 5° north of the planet tonight. Through a telescope, Mercury shows a disk that spans 6.1″ and appears 70 percent lit.
Venus (magnitude –4.0, in Cancer heading toward Leo) shines brightly in the west-northwest during twilight and just after. Find Regulus ever less distant to Venus’s upper left, and slightly fainter Algieba upper right of Regulus. In a telescope Venus is a gibbous disk 15 arcseconds tall and 72% sunlit.
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. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28 Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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 25 Low 5:53 AM -0.5 5:33 AM Set 4:04 AM 89
~ 25 High 12:17 PM 5.7 9:05 PM Rise 6:54 PM
~ 25 Low 5:31 PM 2.4
~ 25 High 11:29 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I give the gift of love!
~ Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. – Ryunosuke Satoro
~ It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents. – Eric Hoffer
~ It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to. – Fannie Hurst (1889-1968) US writer
When sun-rays crown thy pine-clad hills
And summer spreads her hand,
When silvern voices tune thy rills,
We love thee, smiling land. – –Sir Cavendish Boyle (1849–1916)
Magick – Lore – Who was Solon and what are the 10 Precepts? by Cara Schulz — November 3, 2015
Solon was an Athenian who lived in the early years of the 6th century BCE. His most famous saying, “Everything in moderation,” was carved into the stone walls at the Oracle of Apollon at Delphi. He also wrote a code of ethics that children memorized and later philosophers examined and built on.
- Trust good character more than promises.
- Do not speak falsely.
- Do good things.
- Do not be hasty in making friends, but do not abandon them once made.
- Learn to obey before you command.
- When giving advice, do not recommend what is most pleasing, but what is most useful.
- Make reason your supreme commander.
- Do not associate with people who do bad things.
- Honor the gods.
- Have regard for your parents.
Silliness – The Priest and the Bum
A drunk that smelled like a brewery got on a subway one day. He sat down next to a priest. The drunk’s shirt was stained, his face was full of bright red lipstick, and he had a half empty bottle of wine sticking out of his pocket.
He opened he opened his newspaper and started reading. A couple of minutes later he asked the priest, “Father what causes arthritis”?
“Mister, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap wicked women, too much alcohol and contempt for your fellow man.”
“Geez, I’ll be darned,” uttered the drunk and returned to reading his paper.
The priest, thinking about what he said turned to the man and apologized.
“I’m sorry son, I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”
“I don’t, father. I was just reading in the paper that the Pope has arthritis.. “