The sky is white and a little lumpy. We’re supposed to get some sun, later, but right now the light is very non-directional and any shadows are indistinct. 57F, wind at 3mph and gusting, AQI14, UV8, pollen high. There’s about a 40% chance of less than 1/2 and inch of rain from Tuesday through Friday.
Today we have the workshops and my people are already here!
Today’s feast is from Belarus, in remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic War (WWII). “In solemn remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War, and in commemoration of the heroic last stand of Brest Fortress in 1941, on the very country and city (Brest) in which the Eastern Front began.” It is much like the US Memorial day in the remembrances, but without the picnics. Here’s a bit about the war and the Eastern Front. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Patriotic_War
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells: Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
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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.
Leo the Lion is a constellation of late winter and spring. But he’s not gone yet. As twilight ends look due west, rather low, for Regulus, his brightest and now lowest star: the forefoot of the Lion stick figure. The Sickle of Leo extends upper right from Regulus. The rest of the Lion’s constellation figure extends for almost three fist-widths to the upper left, to his tail star Denebola, the highest. He’s treading down to the western horizon.
This week offers a good opportunity for binocular users to track down the northern sky’s brightest globular cluster. M5, whose 100,000 stars glow at a combined magnitude of 5.7, lies in the southwestern corner of the constellation Serpens the Serpent. You can locate it just 0.4° north-northwest of the 5th-magnitude star 5 Serpentis. Binoculars show the cluster as a hazy ball of light punctuated by a bright core.
Look high in the northwest after darkness falls this week and you’ll be greeted by the familiar sight of the Big Dipper. You can use the dipper — the sky’s most conspicuous asterism, a recognizable pattern of stars that doesn’t form a complete constellation shape — to find two of the early summer sky’s brightest stars. If you follow the curve of the handle to the south, you’ll easily spot Arcturus. This magnitude 0.0 star, which belongs to Boötes the Herdsman, lies some 30° from the end of the Big Dipper’s handle. It is the fourth-brightest star in the whole sky and the second-brightest visible from mid-northern latitudes. And if you continue the curve another 30° past Arcturus, you’ll arrive at magnitude 1.0 Spica, the luminary of Virgo the Maiden. An easy way to remember the two is with the phrase: “Follow the arc to Arcturus, then drive a spike to Spica.”
Uranus is still very low just before dawn.
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
Sa 22 High 3:51 AM 6.6 5:32 AM Rise 12:20 AM 81
~ 22 Low 10:53 AM -0.2 9:04 PM Set 10:36 AM
~ 22 High 5:39 PM 6.1
~ 22 Low 11:15 PM 3.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – At least once a day sit and do nothing!
~ Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much. – Anonymous
~ Do not hold as gold all that shines as gold. – Alain de Lille
~ Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill
~ So soon as a fashion is universal, it is out of date. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven without repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays. – –Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)
- Needle-nose pliers
- Possibly a hot glue gun
- Small amount of thread or light cord in the same color as the sticks.
- An 8-10 inch wire ring – These are available at craft stores. You want one that really doesn’t want to bend.
- 5, 8-10 inch straight sticks (match the ring diameter for length, grapevine is good, but isn’t necessary
- Light craft wire in copper, if possible.
- Thin Aluminum wire comes in multiple colors. You can use this for the decorations.
- 20-25 glass leaf beads (copper color) with large enough holes for the wire
- 20-25 pearls (greens) with large enough holes for the wire
- 5 metal and glass ornaments
- 1 large fairy pendant
- 5 complementary stone pieces, probably agates or jasper
- Drill with a tiny bit (if possible)
If you have a drill cut the sticks to the inner diameter of the ring (minus a little bit, look at the picture) and drill tiny holes crosswise on both ends so that you can wire them to the ring. If you don’t have a drill, cut them longer and fasten them to the face of the ring. In both cases use the thread/cord to fasten them in place and put glue on the knots and let dry.
If you are “magicking” the pentacle, start from the top to bottom right, then bottom right to upper left, then across, then from upper right to bottom left, then bottom left to the top. As you tie the last knot say, “So Mote it Be!
Tie the intersections and put a dot of glue on the knots.
Add your fairy. If you have a large enough jump ring you can fasten that to the top of the inner pentagon as in the picture. Else, tie/glue in place.
Play with making curls of the wire, spirals like on top of the stones and wrap enough around the stones to hold them in place, then wrap around the sticks and make a spiral at the other end. If you’ve never done wire wrapping this is going to take awhile, but play with it. It’s not rocket science.
Take the heavier wire and cut a 4-8 inch piece to make a hanging loop. Twist the ends of the wire together, putting the loop between the upper sticks and around the ring.
String your leaf beads and pearls on the lighter wire, alternately.
Fasten the wire at the top of the ring, by curling it around….something….whatever looks right to you.
Start wrapping the wire around the ring, keeping 4 of each leaf/pearl between each stick. You can change this up as in the picture, if you wish, but decide before you start, if you have a limited number of beads!
Twist the wire around the hanging loop, clip, leaving an inch and then twist the last bit around the ring.
Check to make sure all your intersections are glued/twisted/knotted into place.
Set the pentacle face up and fasten the metal/glass ornaments on the points of the star. You can glue/wire/tie as necessary.
Once everything is dry, your pentacle is ready for use, either flat on an altar or hanging up.
Note – You can change the color combinations; just try to keep to 2 or 3 of metal and color. Red/Gold/Brown is one possibility. Silver/Green/Gold would be another and of course the copper/green/silver of the original. ©2018 M. Bartlett