It’s thoroughly overcast unlike at sunrise when it was mostly a mackerel sky. It’s very bright, though. The chance of rain today has dropped below 20%, but it’s up to 75% on Friday. 58F, wind at 3mph, AQI8, UV8, pollen high.
So, first thing after the newsletter yesterday was plants. I harvested cleavers and sweet cicely to dry for amulets, dandelion leaf, oregano, thyme, shallot, onion and garlic for soups, parsleys, fennel, nasturtium flowers, chive blossoms and cilantro for salads and some lemon thyme to dry for later. After that I got the stuff spread out and got pictures, and then headed in the back to deal with some of the shop laundry and my costume stuff from over Memorial Day weekend.
Tempus got back not long after and he dug out some stuff for the soup, we talked about what more we needed and he ran over to Ray’s for some stuff for supper/route snacks. I made cress, cucumber and ham sandwiches for supper, and then a nasturtium, tomato and cress sandwich (He squawked, “Mommy! She’s going to make me eat vegetables again!”) and then got back to hacking up stuff for the soup. He found me a piece of horseradish root! They’ve *never* had that at Ray’s! …but now I have some and can do beet and horseradish salad. There’s a piece in the soup, too. 🙂
I had the last of my strawberries, got a nap, and then started working on newsletter stuff for next week. I only finished until Saturday the last time.
…and then everything went sideways. The internet went down and then the phone. We didn’t find out until 5:30 or so that they were doing maintenance and for some reason it took out the phone, too. Tempus was worried….well, so was I…. but he got to the shop just a bit after 4 to pick me up. There was already light in the east, although Jupiter was still bright through the mackerel sky.
I got up to deal with the soup before it burned or something awful like that and decided to get this out before I go back to sleep.
Today we have more stuff to go to storage once we’re awake and then esbat tonight.
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. – Feminine, Earth – carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
There is an Irish saint, Gobnait, who is worshiped as the patroness of bees who, according to Nigel Pennick, is a version of the goddess Domna, who is the goddess of perambulation to sacred stones and cairns. Gobnait’s feast day is 2/11 and I’m not finding info on Domna at all! Gobnait still has a number of centers of worship in Ireland and even a couple of sacred wells. Melissa is the name that I’m used to seeing in conjunction with bees, as the priestesses of Demeter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobnait and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa#Ancient_Greek_Mythology Also see today’s Magick section!
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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 6/17 at 1:31am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 6/7 at 3:02pm.
Bright Arcturus, magnitude 0 and pale yellow-orange, shines high overhead toward the south these evenings. The kite shape of Bootes, its constellation, extends upper left from it. The kite is narrow, slightly bent, and 23° long: about two fists at arm’s length. Just east (left) of the Bootes kite is the semicircle of Corona Borealis, the pretty but mostly dim Northern Crown. Its brightest star, Alphecca, is a gem mounted on its front.
Before the Moon starts to light the evening sky in a few days, work through the heart of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster with your telescope using the article and chart in the June Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Jupiter stands out among the background stars of southern Ophiuchus from the time it rises in the southeast shortly before 9 p.m. local daylight time until morning twilight is well underway. The giant planet is near its best for the year right now, reaching opposition and peak visibility next week (on June 10). Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.6, which makes it the brightest point of light in the sky until Venus rises about an hour before the Sun. The best time to view Jupiter through a telescope is when it climbs highest in the south, a position it reaches around 1:30 a.m. The gas giant’s spectacular disk spans 46″, and its dynamic atmosphere shows at least two parallel dark belts.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Sagittarius) rises around 11 p.m. In the early-morning hours it’s the steady, pale yellowish “star” about 30° (three fists at arm’s length) east of Jupiter. Saturn’s opposition comes July 9th.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for 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
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
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
W 5 High 1:48 AM 8.3 5:33 AM Rise 7:44 AM 2
~ 5 Low 8:57 AM -1.8 8:57 PM Set 11:28 PM
~ 5 High 3:35 PM 6.5
~ 5 Low 8:48 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am grateful for the small things in my life!
~ What was hard to bear is sweet to remember. – Portuguese proverb
~ The people with whom you work reflect your own attitude. If you are suspicious, unfriendly and condescending, you will find these unlovely traits echoed all about you. But if you are on your best behavior, you will bring out the best in the persons with whom you are going to spend most of your waking hours. – Beatrice Vincent
~ The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube. – Norman Mailer
~ Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. – Thomas Merton; No Man Is an Island
The earliest breath of June
Blows the white tassels from the cherry boughs,
And in the deepest shadow of noon
The mild-eyed oxen browse. –Elizabeth Ann Allen (1832–1911)
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Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2006 16:24:04 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Litha, The Summer Solstice
Litha, The Summer Solstice – by Gordon Ireland
Litha is also known as the summer solstice, Midsummer, All Couples Day, and Saint John’s Day. Litha is one of the fire festivals and occurs on the longest day of the year. This is the time of year when the sun reaches its highest apex, at the Tropic of Cancer. It is the day when light overcomes darkness, a day of power. Litha also is one of the “quarter days” or the Lesser Sabbats.
Litha, as a Wiccan holiday, has the Sun/God reaching full power, and the Goddess pregnant with child. She holds promise of the bounty of the harvest yet to come. Litha’s name, depending which author you read, has its roots in Greco-Roman, (McCoy, page 149) or according to Our Lady of the Prairie Coven, Litha means opposite of Yule. This may possibly have Saxon roots, though that is pure speculation. No others authors that were researched for this article offered any explanation as to the origins of Litha other than it is name for Midsummer.
Midsummer traditionally marks the beginning of summer (i.e. schools out). Actually midsummer marks the actual middle of the Celtic summer, falling between Beltane and Lughnasadh. Midsummer is known also as a night of magic, made famous by William Shakespeare with his play Midsummer’s Nights Dream. As a Quote from Puck can attest to:
Captain of our fairy band,
Helena is here at hand;
And the youth, mistook by me,
Pleading for a lover’s fee.
Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
(Shakespeare, Act 3, Scene 2)
June in Europe and America is historically the busiest month for weddings, hence All Couples Day. This tradition begins because this time of the year was a time of rest for the Ancient Celts, the time between planting and harvesting. June allowed time for the wedding festivals and rest. This is best described in an English child’s nursery rhyme.
“…marry in the month of May
most surely you will rue the day.
Marry in June when roses grow
And happiness you’ll always know…”
Author Unknown (McCoy, 167)
Saint John’s Day celebrates the birth of St. John exactly six months before the birth of Christ as he foretold of Christ’s coming. The Celts, as was their way, easily adopted this day and incorporated into their summer solstice festivities just as they did with Beltane/May Day. A poem demonstrates how the Celts and other cultures were able to incorporate the various pagan meanings of Litha with a Christian one.
In praise of St. John–
May he give health to my heart.
St. John comes and St. John goes,
Mother, marry me off soon!
Author Unknown (Henes, page 61)
Litha’s celebrations are as varied as the authors who write them are. The times that the ritual should take place are also varied. McCoy suggests that the ritual take place on the eve before June 21. (Pages 163-66) McCoy further states that during the ritual one should jump over or walk in between two purifying fires. (Pages 153-54) Author of Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles and Celebrations, Donna Henes, says that Midsummer is a sun festival and is best done during the daylight hours between sunrise and high noon. (Page 56)
Litha rituals as all ritual should be personal. Several of the authors give basic outlines some for covens, some for the solitary. Most of the authors used for this essay are Wiccan. This particular point of view uses a very pregnant Lady and a Lord at the height of his powers. This ritual, no matter what the tradition or the Gods/Goddesses involved should include either the sun or a fire, or both.
Silliness – Eggplants
A grocer put up a sign that read “Eggplants, 25 each — three for a dollar.”
All day long, customers came in exclaiming: “Don’t be ridiculous! I should get four for a dollar!”
Meekly the grocer capitulated and packaged four eggplants. The tailor next door had been watching these antics and finally asked the grocer, “Aren’t you going to fix the mistake on your sign?”
“What mistake?” the grocer asked. “Before I put up that sign no one ever bought more than one eggplant.”