It’s sunny with a pale blue sky, but there are a few clouds upon occasion, to strain the light and dim it. 60F, wind at 6mph and gusting, AQI10, UV8. There’s a tiny chance of rain, but no accumulation tonight and tomorrow night, but possible accumulation after the weekend.
I got yesterday’s newsletter out so late that I was all thrown off. I kept working on the computer, but after Tempus got loose from the rabbit hole he fell down on Pinterest he went back to work in back. We’re not *done* up front, but it’s enough better to get by until our next weekend. We’ve got to make progress in back, though.
I got picked up around 3:30. The Moon was high and bright and Saturn just a star beside Her. Jupiter was much brighter to the west. Big cloud banks covered and uncovered it all as we drove. When we could see the moontrack on the ocean we stopped to look, once in upper Bayshore and once up on Alsea Heights.
I got the cheese done after I got home, since the milk wasn’t coming up to temperature before. I got it finished, unmolded, wrapped in fig leaves and put away, first thing today, but we got up around 3pm, so this is around the usual time for a Wednesday. We have the Open Circle for the Sabbat tonight and need to do some sort/put-away both before and after, so’s to get ready for the week.
Today’s feast is in honor of Minerva’s Temple in Rome, which had a commemoration of some kind on this date, two months after the anniversary of the temple’s founding. No one’s sure what they did, why or how, just the basic fact of “they did something….” She was the goddess of wisdom and has been honored down through the millennia. There’s a good Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerva
Juneteenth! The other Independence Day! This is the day that slavery finally ended. It was celebrated in many communities until the aftermath of the Civil War caused such bitterness that it was suppressed. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/juneteenth-our-other-independence-day-16340952/
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
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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 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.
Here it is two days from official summer. But as twilight fades, look very low in the north-northwest for wintry Capella very out of season. The farther north you are, the higher it will appear. You may need binoculars. If you’re as far north as Montreal or a Portland (either Oregon or Maine!), Capella is actually circumpolar.
The conspicuous Summer Triangle asterism dominates the eastern sky in late evening. Vega, the triangle’s brightest member, shines at magnitude 0.0 and stands highest of the three stars. To its lower left lies Deneb; at magnitude 1.3, it’s the faintest of the trio. Magnitude 0.8 Altair completes the bright asterism. Despite its name, the Summer Triangle appears prominent from late spring until the onset of winter.
Mercury and Mars pass each other very low in evening twilight. Look for them in the west-northwest about 40 to 60 minutes after sunset. Bring binoculars. Mercury is by far the brighter of the two, fading from magnitude –0.1 to +0.4 this week. Mars is less than an eighth as bright at magnitude +1.8. On June 14th you’ll find Mars 2½° to Mercury’s upper left. They appear closest, a mere ½° apart or less, on the June 17th and 18th. After that, Mars moves away to Mercury’s lower right. Pollux and Castor (magnitudes +1.2 and +1.6) twinkle weakly above or to the upper right of them.
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
W 19 High 1:49 AM 7.8 5:31 AM Set 7:38 AM 97
~ 19 Low 8:55 AM -1.2 9:04 PM Rise 11:12 PM
~ 19 High 3:34 PM 6.3
~ 19 Low 8:50 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mental Floss prevents Moral Decay.
~ A clear breeze has no price, the bright moon no owner.”- Song Hun
~ Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds. – Grenville Kleiser
~ Don’t give up the ship! – The dying words of American naval hero Capt. James Lawrence became an honored naval motto.
~ If God didn’t want us to eat meat, why did He make cows so slow? (ever eaten a Cheetah burger? Nope. And you never will.) – Dr. Denis Leary
Till to my garden back I come,
Where bumble-bees for hours and hours
Sit on their soft, fat, velvet bums,
To wriggle out of hollow flowers. – –William Henry Davies (1871–1940)
Hotogov Mailgan – 6/22 Today’s Goddess: White Nights (Russia)
Themes: Sky; Tradition; Arts Symbol: Pale Light
About Hotogov Mailgan: In Siberia, Hotogov Mailgan illuminates the night sky with her heavenly sparkle. She is the Queen of the Sky, a creative force for personal empowerment, and the manifester of the life energies in and around us.
To Do Today: Between June 21 and June 29 the skies in Russia always appear light gray at night because of the northern location. The effect throughout St. Petersburg is very magical, casting unique shadows on the lavender, pink, and yellow pastel-colored buildings. To celebrate this beauty, the citizens enjoy traditional Russian ballets, theatrical performances, and music. So, get out the theme music from Dr. Zhivago, rent a ballet featuring Barishnikov, or cook yourself up some Russian dumplings (varnekey) and invite this goddess to join you.
If you perform any magic today, try putting up some pastel-colored curtains around the space to filter the outside light so it suits Hotogove Mailgan. Or darken the room and use glow-in-the-dark stars to mark the magical circle so you’re literally surrounded by her power.
Try taking a bubble bath and dotting the surface of the water with glitter to look like Hotogov Mailgan’s night sky. Then sit, relax, and meditate, absorbing the hopeful, dreamy energy that her stars inspire in people everywhere.
)0( By Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast