It rained during the night, 0.01 inches, but the pavement is already dry. The sun is supposed to come out later, which would be awfully nice. It’s still overcast, but bright. 58F, wind at 4mph and gusting, AQI5, UV7. There’s only an 8% chance of rain tonight, but that’s going to get a lot closer to 50% and a small amount of accumulation from Tuesday through Friday.
Yesterday was very busy in the shop. Tempus decided to do a bit of spellwork to help out and he ended up summoning a chipmunk! 🙂 We’re calling it that, anyway. An early set of customers brought in a turtle (on a leash, yet) some others had their dogs, which is much more normal, and then the chipmunk.
Apparently the little guy ran in the door, when Tempus wasn’t watching (I was in back), or rather, he was talking with a customer somewhere away from the displays by the door and had Tempus seeing things out of the corner of his eye as the chipmunk was “shopping”. Finally he got an actual glimpse as the little furball whisked across his line of sight and he realized what he was seeing. The chipmunk actually ran under the table in back before figuring out where the door was!
By 7pm we were both awfully tired. I had been sitting and embroidering for quite some time, as the customers petered out by 5pm and we sat and panted for a bit after our posted closing time. We ended up celebrating by going over to the Salty Dawg for supper, rather than trying to make anything ourselves.
Tempus had their Bubba Burger, at my urging, since he hasn’t been eating well, and that burger is a *good* meal! I had halibut fish and chips, which I like better than cod, because the halibut doesn’t pick up the grease the same way. I had trouble finishing mine, since I was getting very, very sleepy, but I managed it, and we took a spin out to Eckman Lake before going home, just to see the twilight.
Today we’ve been open since just a few minutes after 11 and had 7 customers in, no chipmunks, but the crow that come here looking to be fed, just walked in and landed on the counter. I tossed a bit of bread from my breakfast over the counter and he hopped down, cawed his thanks, picked up up and waltzed out the door and then flew off. Starting to wonder whether we’ve stepped into an alternate reality… 🙂
Today is House Capuchin’s Project Day. Tempus has already headed up river for some tomato and lemon balm plants that were offered, with pots and shovel in hand. I’m hoping he’ll pick up some of the lady’s delicious eggs while he’s there. I’m going to get some photos while he’s gone of some of the projects and then once he’s back I’ll go out and tend plants for awhile, before sitting down with the puppets again. ….well, between customers…
Today’s feast is Jan Kupalo or Ivan Kupala, the Slavic Midsummer festival. Depending on whose version you’re working with (it goes from Poland and the Czech Republic to the far end of Russia) it can mean bonfires, bathing (especially naked bathing in lakes and rivers, flower wreaths worn, floated on rivers or as divination. Running into the woods in search of fern flowers (yes, I know, ferns don’t bloom, but people in those areas “find” babies under ferns or in mushroom patches instead of under cabbage leaves) is another favorite pastime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Kupala_Day
Kupala – Kresen (June) 23 – (In the Old Russian tongue, Kupala means “bather”). Today the holiday of the Summer Solstice and remembrance of the human sacrifices made in olden times to the Master of things Sub-marine, Jasse (Dragon). All through the night people are celebrating, singing songs, hiking, doing readings (fortune-telling). A blot is held near water. In times gone by, fires were lit in preparation for a sacrifice of a young maiden by drowning in the river. Later, however, the human sacrifice was replaced by a doll made of bread (a loaf-doll).
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
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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.
Mercury reaches greatest elongation at 7 p.m. EDT, so today marks the peak of its current evening apparition. The innermost planet lies 25° east of the Sun and appears 11° high in the west-northwest 30 minutes after sunset. It shines at magnitude 0.4 and should show up easily to the naked eye, although don’t hesitate to sweep the area with binoculars to find its position. If you view Mercury with a telescope this evening, you’ll see that its 8″-diameter disk is about 40 percent lit.
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 3:50 a.m. EDT. It then lies 251,375 miles (404,548 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
Can you spot the Coma Berenices star cluster with your unaided eye? It’s big but sparse and dim, high in the west after dark. You can locate the right spot as follows: Find brilliant Arcturus high in the southwest, and to the right of that, the end star of the Big Dipper’s handle. The Coma Star Cluster is down below the midpoint between them, forming a nearly equilateral triangle with those two stars. You’ll need a dark sky. The cluster is about 4° wide, about the size of a ping-pong ball held at arm’s length. Its brightest stars form a tilted, upside-down letter Y. In binoculars the cluster fills most of the field of view. So if you’re expecting something small, you’ll miss it by looking right through it!
Venus (magnitude –3.8) is disappearing very low into the bright sky before sunrise. If you’re feeling ambitious, scan for it just above the east-northeast horizon about 15 minutes before sunrise using binoculars or a wide-field scope.
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
Su 23 High 4:38 AM 6.0 5:32 AM Rise 12:48 AM 74
~ 23 Low 11:34 AM 0.2 9:05 PM Set 11:36 AM
~ 23 High 6:22 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t hesitate to make changes in your life. Don’t sit and say, “I don’t have anything”. Learn to step out and do something about. Life is what you make it to be…. Good or Bad your choice.
~ It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Warriors think for themselves, eliminating useless habits and routines, unfettered by dogma. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Opportunity is something more people would recognize if it didn’t come disguised as hard work. – Author Unknown
~ Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness. – Jim Rohn
Hail to you, noontide Sun, high in the southern sky. A king in full power are you, sitting high in the heavens’ throne room. And I come to you, as a faithful subject, to ask you to stretch forth your many shining hands and lay them on my head in benediction.
Summer by Marian Lore Singer – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
Standing midst the Circle
I look at faces —
all searching for that special spark
that sense of connection
which spans all words
We come together
to know the same magic
that moved the great stones
birthed the dragons
and touched even the stars
with its mighty song.
to sense the power
rising within us
like the glory of a summer sun
until we too sing
its timeless ballad.
until our souls dance hand in hand
with the Lady of Light
and Lord of the Fires
(The above “Summer” poem is quoted directly from Llewellyn’s 1994 Magical Almanac, page 169, Llewellyn Worldwide Publications, 1993.)
Wielder of the flaming arrow,
look down from your place on high,
and, fitting a shaft to your bow,
let loose your bowstring
Sink deep into the Earth the shaft of fire,
warming the world, bringing the summer.