Featured photo by Mark Nessel.
The sky is white with overcast. There must be a second cloud layer up there because at one point it got quite dark! 57F, wind at 5mph, AQI18, UV8, 95% humidity (ew….). Some rain is showing up in the forecast, again, but 15% or less chance of 0 precipitation.
Tempus was working hard, going back and forth from the front to the back and getting both done, plus moving stuff for me, when I got stymied.
By 10pm the office area was pretty well done, but 4 totes of stuff plus a grocery sack still needed to be sorted out and 1/2 a dozen other things moved. I still needed to do the herb rack, but it was too hot back there, still. Argh…. Right when I really needed to be able to work hard, I kept going down with the heat! It was still in the mid-70’s in the shop at 11pm! It just wasn’t cooling off…
Today, we’ll keep right on with the cleaning stuff. I’m mostly down to sorting things like the table that we cut headers on and stuff like that. I’m still hoping to move my plants, but I’m not sure I’ll get to. ..and I found some stock that had gotten parked. We have some more rings again.
Paper route tonight. I hope I can get Tempus to take a nap.
Today’s feast is in honor of Gerald Gardner whose birthday is today. Wicca is his fault. He was a British eccentric from an entirely unremarkable family, who went into the foreign service and came back with an attitude that allowed him to take disparate bits and create a religious path that the time was ripe for. Many of the pagan paths these days owe a lot to him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Gardner_(Wiccan) I ran across a YouTube last year about Gerald Gardner, by Ronald Hutton. It’s pretty good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQbdXCoxC14
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to
our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods in the middle spring. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”
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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. 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 6/15 at 1:31pm.
With summer only 8 days away, the Summer Triangle stands high and proud in the east after dark. Its top star is bright Vega. Deneb is the brightest star to Vega’s lower left (by 2 or 3 fists at arm’s length). Look for Altair a greater distance to Vega’s lower right.
For people who live near 35° north latitude, today marks the earliest sunrise of the year. Although the Northern Hemisphere’s longest day doesn’t occur until Earth’s summer solstice June 21, earliest sunrise happens several days before and latest sunset several days after. The specific dates depend on your latitude, however. In general, earliest sunrise occurs closer to the solstice the farther north you live.
Mars (a mere magnitude +1.8, in Gemini) is upper left of much-brighter Mercury as evening twilight fades away. Their separation closes rapidly, from 8½° on June 7th to 2½° on the 14th. Pollux and Castor watch from above. Mercury and Mars will appear closest together, a mere ½° apart or less, on June 17th and 18th.
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
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
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”. Runic half-month of Dagaz/ 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
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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
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 13 Low 4:31 AM 0.2 5:31 AM Set 3:30 AM 77
~ 13 High 10:32 AM 5.7 9:02 PM Rise 5:14 PM
~ 13 Low 4:11 PM 1.5
~ 13 High 10:26 PM 8.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A flying saucer results when a nudist spills his coffee.
~ Our senses don’t deceive us: our judgment does. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
~ The three steps for movement in life – Twelve steps are nine too many. Here they are for any who may need: breathe in, breathe out, and GET OVER IT! – Griffin Black Swan
~ Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well together? Perhaps the best answer is the one I heard from a psychiatrist recently: “Because they have a common enemy–the parents”. – Sydney J. Harris
~ The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives. – Louise Hay
Fair and green is the marsh in June;
Wide and warm in the sunny noon.
The flowering rushes fringe the pool
With slender shadows, dim and cool. – Antoinette Alcott Bassett
The Summer Solstice 2019 is on Friday, June 21, 2019 (in 8 days). 2019 Calendar
What is the Summer Solstice?
A summer solstice is the moment in time when the Earth’s tilt towards the Sun is at its maximum and the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky.
A summer solstice occurs twice a year, once in June in the Northern Hemisphere (also called northern solstice, June solstice and Midsummer) and once in December in the Southern Hemisphere (also called southern solstice and December solstice).
In the Northern Hemisphere the day of the summer solstice is the longest day of the year (the day with the most daylight and the shortest night) and occurs every year between June 20 and June 22. The dates given on this page are based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which for practical purposes is equivalent to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). While the summer solstice occurs at the same moment in time all over the world, the date and local time differ from place to place depending on the year and a location’s time zone. For locations that are ahead of UTC (further east) it may fall on the day after, and for locations that are behind UTC (further west) it may fall on the day before. To find out the exact date and time of the summer solstice 2019 in your area use this seasons calculator.
The summer solstice marks the end of spring and the beginning of summer in the hemisphere where it occurs and is one of four days (two equinoxes and two solstices) throughout the year on which a new season starts. The other days are the vernal equinox (also called spring equinox, beginning of spring), the autumnal equinox (also called fall equinox, beginning of autumn) and the winter solstice (beginning of winter).
The exact moment of the northern summer solstice through the centuries
In a non-leap year, the moment of the summer solstice is about 5 hours 49 minutes after that moment in the previous year (in UTC), and in a leap year it is about 18 hours 11 minutes before that moment in the previous year, as can be seen in this graph. In this way the time of the summer solstice constantly shifts back and forth so it always stays around June 20 to 22. This four year cycle is clearly visible in the graph.
To adjust for the gradual movement backwards on the calendar (as visible for the period 1900 to 2099), in years divisible by 100 (1800, 1900, 2100 and 2200 on the graph), which should be leap years as they are divisible by 4, the leap day is omitted (except when they are divisible by 400, eg. 2000) and the moment of the summer solstice moves forward in time compared to the same moment in the year before.
For more information see Summer solstice on Wikipedia.
Silliness – Motorcyclist
A motorcyclist picked up his friend from work one raw autumn day. The friend complained he was cold from the wind, so the driver stopped and got his friend to turn his coat around, so the collar would stop the wind blowing down the neck.
They went on aways, but came to a construction site. Quickly the cyclist bumped through the dirt path, and at the end turned around to check how his friend was doing. But the friend had fallen off!
The cyclist rushed back along the dirt path, and discovered a group of construction workers gathered around his friend. He pushed his way through the crowd and asked how his friend was doing.
“He seemed alright,” came the reply, “until we turned his head around the right