The sun is bright. The flags are flapping. Perfect weather for Beachcombers’! 60F, wind at 8mph, AQI7, UV8. The rain has dropped out of the 10-day forecast again, except for maybe .01 inches way at the far end….
Yesterday I spent so much of the day sleepy that it feels as though it was several days all rolled into one. We got quite a bit done before we opened and then our landlord got there about 1/2 an hour later, said that there’s more to do and we have two more weeks. <sigh>
Tempus and I worked awhile longer, but after lunch I started nodding off, so he told me to go take a nap. When I got up, I worked on sorting out some of the things that I had to leave for lack of time, earlier, then took another nap. When I got up this time I set up the pork roast and got *another* nap, but at that point I was caught up enough to keep going for the rest of the evening. He headed for Newport not long after that.
I did a little embroidery, sorted some stuff, set up the dehydrator with the lees of the cordials and by them the roast was done. That got cut and boxed with the yummy onion gravy, so that’s all ready. I ditzed a bit at that point. I was still pretty tired and I wasn’t quite sure what to work on.
I finally settled on making marzipan. By then Tempus had started on the regular route. I got picked up a bit after 3:30 and was home well before 5am. It was cloudy, so I couldn’t see the stars, so I watched the lights instead, houses where people were getting up to start the day, weird motion lights that trigger at strange things, cats that ran across the street, the strange shapes that coastal pines take down in Bayshore.
We’re still cleaning and sorting. I just had a customer in my sewing tools. 5 people in the last two weeks have come up with my awl out of my sewing basket and no clue why that’s happeneing. We’ll I’m going to try to get everything back into the office space to stop that. The Coronation and big party are this evening at the Moose. I’m looking forward to hearing the music!
Today’s plant, Western Bracken Fern, Pteridium aquilinum, is a hardy plant that moves into disturbed ground. It dies down in the winter and grows very green, standing waist-high in the warm parts of the summer. You read a lot in literature of people making love in the bracken, which is part of its association with fertility. – Masculine, Mercury, Air – Burn outside for rain, use in amulets for protection, healing and fertility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteridium_aquilinum
Today is the anniversary of the adoption of the first flag of the USA which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. There is a house in Philadelphia where a Flag Day parade is held every year in front of the house where US folklore has it that Betsy Ross stitched the first flag. Well, it’s folklore…. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-american-flag/2011/06/08/AG3ZSkOH_story.html
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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 6/17 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.
Look far below the Moon in late twilight and after dark for Antares and Jupiter, as shown here.
The Big Dipper now hangs straight down by its handle as the stars come out, high in the northwest.
Grab your binoculars tonight and target the bright star Regulus in the constellation Leo the Lion. Many people know that this object represents the Lion’s heart, but few realize it also is a binocular double. Regulus B, which glows at 8th magnitude, shows up as a pinpoint nearly 3′ from the 1st-magnitude primary. The pair stands about 20° high in the west once darkness falls.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Sagittarius) rises around the end of twilight. It’s the steady, pale yellowish “star” about 30° 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
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
©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
F 14 Low 5:24 AM -0.6 5:31 AM Set 4:00 AM 85
14 High 11:37 AM 5.9 9:02 PM Rise 6:24 PM
14 Low 5:03 PM 1.9
14 High 11:10 PM 8.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
~ You’re only young once, but you can remain immature indefinitely! – Ogde
~ From a wild weird clime, that lieth, sublime, Out of SPACE — out of TIME. -Edgar Allan Poe (dream-land)
~ Great souls are not those which have less passion and more virtue than common souls, but only those which have greater designs. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld
~ All a people need in order to rise up against tyranny is a leader bold enough to take up the banner. – The Saga of Harald Hardrade, c.45
A bird in the boughs sang “June,”
And “June” hummed a bee
In a bacchic glee
As he tumbled over and over
Drunk with the honey-dew. – –Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)
God’s Eyes (adapted from Crone’s Crafts, link at end)
A God’s Eye is a great craft to make at probably any of the Sabbats. I’ve seen them made at Imbolc, and then they’re usually renamed as “Goddess Eyes.” Works for me.
To make a God/dess Eye, you’ll need:
- 2 sticks; I’ve found that bamboo skewers work really well
- yarn of different colors; save leftovers from knitting / crochet projects
- scissors to cut the yarn
- Charge your materials in your normal way.
- Make a slip knot on the end of the yarn you’ll use for the middle of the cross, and slide the loop over the two sticks.
- Once you’ve centered the yarn, pull the knot, and spread the stick arms out into the form of a cross.
- Wrap the yarn diagonally over the center twice for each side (NW-SE, and then NE-SW).
- Begin wrapping the yarn around the sticks, always remembering to move deosil around the eye. Start at one point, move the yarn over the stick, come around the back crossing over the front and moving on to the next arm. Remember – always go over the stick and then go around it. And keep the yarn tight.
- When you need to add another color, figure out where you need to place the knot of the two strands so that it’s hidden behind a stick arm. As you wrap the stick, wrap the loose strands to hide them.
- When you’re done, doubly loop the yarn over the final arm.
- To hang, cut 12″ of yarn. From the front of the eye, push an end on either side of an arm about 2/3rds the way up the arm. Knot the ends in the back. Bring the strands together, determine the length for dangling, and tie a knot. Hang your eye, and enjoy.S. – I’ve seen God’s Eyes made using embroidery thread and jewelers’ wire. These were then were attached to earring hooks and worn. They looked cool, especially when metallic thread was used.
© 2001 Mother
God’s Eye – (For Litha) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/godseye.htmlMaterials:
- 2 wooden dowels
Your dowels can be of any length depending on what size you want the end product to be, but a good size would be about 8 to 12 inches. The yarn can be of any color, but if this is to be used for midsummer decoration, match the color with the intention, using yellow, red, white, or even green, something to symbolize the highest power of summer. A good idea is to get one of those mulitcolored yarns that fade from one color to the next; one that fades between shades of yellow to white and back is perfect. Now place one of the dowels on top of the other so that they make an equilateral cross, and start wrapping the yarn around their middles in a little X. Keep wrapping, alternating over each “shoulder” of the horizontal dowel, until they are reasonably steady and holding together without your support. Then, clockwise, wrap the yarn around each dowel in turn, making a single loop and continuing to the next. As you continue the process, the pattern will spread outward from the center, resembling an eye in a way. Keep pushing the yarn down on the dowels so that it does not look loose or have any spaces in between each layer. When the God’s Eye is as large as you want it, you can end it by wrapping the string tightly around the top dowel and tying it off in a loop. This can be hung if you like, or placed in a picture frame holder or support apparatus to display on a table. As a variation, you can actually tie it off well before you are finished and insert a different color if you prefer.
A God’s Eye is a very old craft that has been made since antiquity, and eyes were always a focus of superstition and holiness in the old days. The God’s Eye craft can be regarded in a ritual as representing the God’s vision upon you, or to represent, in more simple terms, the sun itself. Drinking a toast to the sun’s highest power on midsummer, regarding the Eye, is a possible use.
If you’d like to see an illustration of this craft as well as someone else’s interpretation of how to create it, do a search for “God’s Eye craft” or look at the illustrated page at http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/godseye.html .