The sun is bright in a pale blue sky and the’re a good stiff breeze blowing. 61F, wind at 5mph and gusting, AQI6, UV8, pollen levels down to “moderate”. The chance of rain has slid farther over into next week, starting on Tuesday instead of Saturday.
We had a number of people shopping during the middle of the afternoon. Tempus went to the PO and brought back packages, one of which was his late Father’s Day Present. It was supposed to arrive on Friday, but didn’t. <sigh> One of the others was some new earrings for the budget line. They’re plastic-backed for folks who can’t handle metal.
We spent some time after class working in the back and have done the same today. There’s a lot of stuff that got parked back there that needs to be properly put away. We’ll keep on with that until it’s time for Tempus to head for Newport. Paper run tonight…..
Today’s feast is the Dragon Boat festival, which is being celebrated again in China after having been banned for quite a while under the communists. It is celebrated with rice dumplings, realgar wine (which seems to be poisonous!) and dragon boat races.
“The sun is considered to be at its strongest around the time of summer solstice (“mid-summer” in traditional East Asia) when the daylight in the northern hemisphere is the longest. The sun, like the Chinese dragon, traditionally represents masculine energy, whereas the moon, like the phoenix, traditionally represents feminine energy. The summer solstice is considered the peak annual moment of male energy while the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, represents the peak annual moment of feminine energy. The masculine image of the dragon is thus naturally associated with Duanwu.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_boat_festival
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. Azaleas are a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 6/18 at 1:31pm. 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 7/2 at 12:16pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/25 at 2:46am.
As twilight fades, use binoculars to try catching Mercury and Mars just ½° apart low in the west-northwest. Mercury is by far the brighter of the two. Mars is actually fainter now than Pollux and Castor, which glimmer a little more than a binocular field of view to their upper right. Mercury and Mars appear even closer to each other this evening, when the innermost planet stands 18′ apart above its neighbor. This is the nearest they have been to each other in the evening sky in 13 years. This conjunction is merely a line-of-sight effect — Mars is currently on the far side of the Sun from Earth while Mercury is on the near side.
On the opposite side of the sky after dark, the waning gibbous Moon shines with Saturn, which is 3,450 times farther away.
The Moon’s relentless march across the sky carries it near Saturn tonight. The pair rises just before 10 p.m. local daylight time and climbs highest in the south between 2 and 3 a.m. The waning gibbous Moon appears only 1° south of the planet for viewers at mid-northern latitudes. Like Jupiter, however, Saturn appears best when the Moon lies farther away. The ringed world will reach its peak at opposition in three weeks, though it looks nearly as good now. It shines at magnitude 0.2 against the background stars of northern Sagittarius. If you target the world through a telescope, you’ll see its 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a beautiful ring system that spans 41″ and tilts 24° to our line of sight.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast just before dawn begins, lower right of the Great Square of Pegasus. Finder chart.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
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
Tu 18 High 1:11 AM 8.1 5:31 AM Set 6:43 AM 99
~ 18 Low 8:16 AM -1.4 9:04 PM Rise 10:28 PM
~ 18 High 2:52 PM 6.4
~ 18 Low 8:07 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s not what’s outside of a woman that makes her a woman, her face is just a mask.
~ Work helps to prevent us from three great evils- weariness, vice and want. – Voltaire
~ It’s not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts. – Addison Walker
~ A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~ The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive. – Carlos Castaneda
Long about knee-deep in June,
’Bout the time strawberries melts
On the vines – –James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)
An amulet made for protection that uses eye symbolism to represent the Sun is the South American God’s Eye, which has its origins with the native people of that continent. These amulets are made from two sticks placed across each other to form an equilateral cross. Colored yard is then wound around them to form the body of the Eye. By alternating the colors of yarn the finished product looks like a stylized eye, and its four points symbolize the four directions. The Native South Americans used them both for decoration and as protective talismans.
To make your own God’s eye, you will need a quarter-inch dowel available at craft and hardware stores, a pair of scissors, and a collection of colored yarns (popsicle sticks work well too).
Cut the dowel into lengths approximately ten inches long. Holding the dowels together at their centers so that they form and equal length cross, begin wrapping your first yarn color around the center in an “X” pattern to stabilize the dowels.
Now begin slowly working your design outward. Wrap the yarn completely around one point of the dowel and then move on to the next point.
Periodically stop and push the yarn down against the center so that you have a tight weave. When you have wrapped the yarn within half an inch of the dowels, stop and wrap the yarn several times tightly around one point. You can then tie it off, leaving a loop from which it can be hung.
God’s Eyes can be made of any size, depending on how you want to use them. Larger ones can be used for protection like a Native North American medicine shield, and smaller ones in Yule colors make excellent Yule tree decorations and can symbolize the return of the Sun. If they are decorative items to honor the Sun, then your work is done. If they are to function as protective talismans, then you should be visualizing their purpose as you weave them and consecrate them to their purpose later on.
Taken from The Sabbats- A New Approach to Living the Old Ways by Edain McCoy
Gods Eyes – Midsummer crafts revolve around the sun god, and the sun itself.
God’s Eyes are probably the most well known craft tied to Midsummer. South American in origin, they were made by the natives for both protection and decoration. These amulets are made of two sticks placed to form an equilateral cross. Coloured yarn or ribbon is wound around the cross, in alternating colours, to form an eye, and its four points symbolize the two solstices (summer and winter) and equinoxes (spring and fall).
To make the God’s Eyes, you will need:
- 1/4 inch dowels (available at craft or hardware stores, any kind of stick can be used, popsicle sticks are common ^_^)
- Yarn or ribbon in assorted colours
Cut the dowels into any length you wish, just make sure you have two sticks of equal length. Place them to form an equilateral cross. Starting it can be a bit tricky. I tie a tight knot with the ribbon in the centre, then take the dowels and form the cross, and go and tie it the other way.
You could also just tie a knot in the centre, pull the dowels out to form the cross, and start weaving. Just keep in mind you’ll have to hold it in place the while you weave it around the first few times. Once you have it started, take the ribbon and wrap it completely around one point of the dowel, than trail it over the next point of the cross. Pull the ribbon taut, you want a tight weave. Work your design outward, stopping periodically to change ribbon colours, if you wish. If your God’s Eye is going to be used for magickal purposes, you should visualize its purpose as you weave, and consecrate it for its purpose later on. When you have wrapped the ribbon within about half an inch of the end of the dowels, stop the weaving, and tie it off. This may require a bit of glue to hold it in place. When it is tied off, use a bit of the ribbon to make a loop and glue it to the top of the God’s Eye so that you can hang it.
God’s Eyes are a great activity for children, and a fun way to teach them about the Sun God and the purpose of Midsummer.
Which is ironic, because we were standing at a bus stop.