Minus Tide at 6:34 AM of -0.8 feet.
Yesterday started fast. We had a lot of people in early… and then it petered out, so I took photos, wrote and organized. Tempus was sorting out the bills and then started getting them paid. He had to run out for awhile, but he picked up the mail, too.
By that time I was working on some clipart. I’m working on a recorder music project and I needed some of people playing medieval instruments. Eventually, I got pretty tired. Tempus had made a loaf of bread and we had a couple of slices. It’s *so* good compared to store-made!
I had gotten the new Mercedes Lackey book in the mail and I sat down to read it about then and stayed on the sofa until the sun falling on it made me uncomfortably warm, then went back to my desk and more clipart.
I didn’t sleep well. I was up and down quite a bit during the night and I didn’t get the early evening nap that I’ve been doing for a few days, so I’m running short on sleep, groggy, feeling vaguely nauseous and cranky…. I’m hoping some coffee will help.
Tempus has the water going in the sunroom and I’m hoping to do some work outside today, although at this point I’ll wait until there’s some shadow where I need to weed. Tonight’s the paper route.
Today is the anniversary of President Kennedy’s Ich Bin ein Berliner speech, probably his best speech of all. It was a foreign policy speech aimed more at the Soviets than the Germans he was speaking to, specifically about the division of the city by the Berlin Wall that didn’t come down until 1989. Btw, he didn’t quite call himself a jelly doughnut, although the line might have made some people smile… There’s a good article and a video of the speech at this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_bin_ein_Berliner
Today’s Plant is Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula), an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge” wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. –Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
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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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/29 at 9:53am.
The full Moon comes with a Saturn sidekick on Wednesday the 27th. As always, the Moon is drawn here three times its actual apparent size, and it’s positioned for a skywatcher at latitude 40° north, 90° west: near the middle of North America. Now you’ll find the nearly full Moon more or less between Antares >>> to its right and Saturn to its lower left.
Look high in the northwest after darkness falls, and you’ll be greeted by the familiar sight of the Big Dipper. The Dipper is the most conspicuous asterism — a recognizable pattern of stars that doesn’t form a complete constellation shape — in the entire sky. It forms the body and tail of Ursa Major the Great Bear. Use the Pointers, the two stars at the end of the Dipper’s bowl, to find Polaris, which lies due north for everyone north of the equator. Polaris marks the end of the Little Dipper’s handle. On June evenings, the relatively faint stars of this dipper arc directly above Polaris.
Mercury (about magnitude –0.4) is visible in bright twilight about 20° lower right of Venus. Catch it in the narrow time window between when the sky is still too bright and when Mercury sinks too low and sets. Don’t confuse Mercury with fainter, twinklier Pollux above it early in the week, upper right of it in the following few days, and right of it by about June 28th.
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
Tu 26 Low 6:34 AM -0.8 5:33 AM Set 4:41 AM 94
~ 26 High 1:03 PM 5.9 9:05 PM Rise 7:51 PM
~ 26 Low 6:16 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen to the morning sounds: bird’s songs; wind in the tree; the roar of traffic; children’s voices. What do these sounds convey to you?
~ Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. – E. Hoffer
~ Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. – Max DePree
~ Let your inner flame ignite your soul, live with passion and discover there are no limits. – Horton
~ Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon
Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne. – Barry Cornwall (1787–1874)
Magick – Crafts for Summer
A bunch of ’em for kids (mostly) with links to instructions – http://onelittleproject.com/diy-summer-projects/
Adult crafts for summer, again, lots of links – https://www.favecrafts.com/Summer/Summer-Crafts-for-Adults
Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – – You become upset when a person calls you on the phone to sell you something, but you think it’s okay for a computer to call and demand that you start pushing buttons on your telephone to receive more information about the product it is selling.