The sky is actually blue with some curdled clouds around the edges. 55F, wind at 5mph and gusting, AQI18, UV8, pollen back up to high. With those UV numbers we’re going to see some lobsters walking in the door today! Long-range we’re still supposed to see some wind over the next couple of days, but there’s now rain in the forecast, with some accumulation from Wednesday to Friday. The chance is still under 50%.
Yesterday was fun, even if Tempus and I are always tired on Fridays. Jay cadged a ride from his brother to come down to the shop so we had a Project Day on a Friday. I got a fair amount of embroidery done on the birth sampler that I’ve been working on. Tempus got some done on finding pieces to do more sanding on and Jay got a little sheep sanded down.
Tempus also got the flat fixed on the car and worked up in storage.
The shop was busy, but not all that much so, which meant that we closed at 7 and Jay took us out for supper at the China Restaurant. Other than Tempus inhaling at the wrong time and scaring the bleep out of me, that was also fun and we have lots of leftovers for lunch!
Today is workshops and more cleaning.
Today is World No Tobacco Day, a day of abstinence from the products, intended to showcase the negatives of tobacco use. Ashtrays are often cleaned and filled with fresh flowers. In my case, although there usually aren’t any ashtrays around me, I add flowers to those that I see in honor of my beloved grandfather, who died of lung cancer from a pack-a-day habit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_No_Tobacco_Day
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, or Exorcism, protection. Can be added to handfasting magicks. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/3 at 3:02am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/1 at 3:02pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/3 at 3:02am.
Venus pokes above the eastern horizon about an hour before sunrise. The brilliant planet dominates the predawn sky as the rosy glow heralding the Sun’s arrival grows brighter. Venus shines at magnitude –3.8, three times brighter than the second-brightest planet, Jupiter. The inner planet looks stunning all week, but never more so than it does this morning when a waning crescent Moon lies to its right. The two stand about 6° apart and a similar distance above the horizon a half-hour before sunrise. If you view Venus through a telescope, you’ll see a disk that spans 10.5″ and appears 94 percent lit.
“Cassiopeia” usually means “Cold!” Late fall and winter are when this landmark constellation, almost opposite the Big Dipper across Polaris, stands high overhead in the evening (seen from mid-northern latitudes). But even on warm June evenings, it still lurks low. As twilight fades out, look for it down near the north horizon: a wide, upright W, as shown here. The farther north you are the higher it’ll appear. But even as far south as San Diego and Atlanta it’s completely above the true horizon.
Mercury (magnitude –1) is very low in the afterglow of sunset. Scan for it with binoculars a little above the west-northwest horizon about 30 minutes after sundown.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 1 Low 6:13 AM -0.3 5:35 AM Rise 4:50 AM 7
~ 1 High 12:28 PM 6.0 8:54 PM Set 7:08 PM
~ 1 Low 5:56 PM 2.1
~ 1 High 11:54 PM 7.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some people have learned to earn well, but they haven’t learned to live well.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – It is a dangerous thing to ask why someone else has been given more. It is humbling — and indeed healthy — to ask why you have been given so much. — Condoleeza Rice
~ Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing. – Saint John of the Cross
~ Everyone has a story in them. I believe this with every bone in my body. And if I can help people tell their stories, I’ve done my part. If I can help motivate someone to reach their dream, ~ I’ve done my part. If I can help someone do something they never thought they could do, I’ve done my part. – Tim Atkins, teacher & writer
~ The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. – Sydney J. Harris
The Nights by Barry Cornwall
OH , the Summer Night
Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne;
Whilst the sweet Winds load her
With garlands of odour,
From the bud to the rose o’er-blown!
But the Autumn Night
Has a piercing sight,
And a step both strong and free;
And a voice for wonder,
Like the wrath of the Thunder,
When he shouts to the stormy sea!
And the Winter Night
Is all cold and white.
And she singeth a song of pain;
Till the wild bee hummeth,
And warm spring cometh,
When she dies in a dream of rain!
Oh, the Night brings sleep
To the green woods deep;
To the bird of the woods its nest;
To Care soft hours;
To life new powers;
To the sick and the weary,—Rest!
deborah <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: “deborah” <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:49:28 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Symbolism
Symbolism – Nurturing and love are key actions related to Midsummer. If you haven’t yet done so, Litha is a good time to perform your Self-Dedication Ceremony… or – if you have been practicing Wicca for a while – you may choose to perform a simple Re-dedication/Affirmation as a part of your Sabbat celebration. The powers of nature are at their highest point. Great time for herb gathering. Longest day of the year, marks the time when days begin to get shorter again.
- Symbols – fire to celebrate the power of the sun, sun wheels, god eyes, mother goddess, ripening fruits, sun dials, feathers, and swords/blades.
- Deities – Father Gods and Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Goddesses and Sun Deities. Particular emphasis might be placed on the Goddesses Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus and other Goddesses who preside over love, passion and beauty. Other Litha deities include Athena, Artemis, Dana, Kali, Isis, Juno, Apollo, Dagda, Gwydion, Helios, Llew, Oak/Holly King, Lugh, Ra, Sol, Zeus, Prometheus, Ares, and Thor.
- Magick – Healings, growth spells, empowerment spells, and love magick are all incredibly potent at this time
- Tools – drums, rattles, bonfire, mirrors for reflecting the sun or bonfire, Earth circles of stone energy
- Colors – white, red, maize yellow or golden yellow, green, blue and tan.
- Stones – all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade. Other appropriate gemstones are tiger’s eye, lapis lazuli, ruby, and diamonds.
- Animals – include robins, wrens, all Summer birds, horses and cattle. Mythical creatures include satyrs, faeries, firebirds, dragons, thunderbirds and manticores.
- Herbs – chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, larkspur, lavender, male fern, mugwort, pine, roses, Saint John’s wort, honesty, wild thyme, wisteria, oak, mistletoe, frankincense, lemon, sandalwood, heliotrope, copal, saffron, galangal, laurel ylang-ylang, and verbena. Traditionally, herbs gathered on this day are extremely powerful.
- Incense – a combination of any of the following or simply one of them by itself… frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, lemon, pine, jasmine, rose, lotus, or wisteria.
- Foods – for Litha include fresh vegetables of all kinds and fresh fruits such as lemons and oranges, pumpernickel bread as well as Summer squash and any yellow or orange colored foods. Flaming foods are also appropriate, barbecued anything, (barbecues represent the bonfires….) but especially chicken or pork. Midsummer is also the time for making mead, since honey is now plentiful. Traditional drinks are ale, mead, sweet wines, fresh fruit juice of any kind and herb teas.
- Element: fire
Silliness – Lightbulb
Three blondes are attempting to change a light bulb. One of them decides to call 911.
Blonde: “We need help. We’re three blondes changing a light bulb.”
Operator: “Hmmmmm. You put in a fresh bulb?”
Operator: “The power in the house in on?”
Blonde: “Of course.”
Operator: “And the switch is on?”
Blonde: “Yes, yes.”
Operator: “And the bulb still won’t light up?”
Blonde: “No, it’s working fine.”
Operator: “Then what’s the problem?”
Blonde: “We got dizzy spinning the ladder around, and we all fell and hurt ourselves!”