Featured photo by Girl in Water Photography.
We got 0.14 inches of rain overnight, out of our 20% chance, enough that the pavement is still damp. The clouds are thick and grey-white, but brightening quickly. There should be sun this afternoon. 54F, wind at 2mph, AQI19, UV9. Wed-Friday have the highest chance of showers with some accumulation, but it’s still under 40%.
Yesterday was rough. We were busy, not incredibly, but some. The hard part was after the long counseling session in the morning, I had another set of readings, later, that ended up including some counseling and a *lot* of teaching, for at least 1 1/2 hours.
I got a nap before class, then we had class which was short. We couldn’t start the review because some reading needed to get caught up first. That was ok after that day I’d had! We’re going to wait until the bulk of tourist season is past to go on with 103.
Tempus had gone out to do laundry and once he was back we closed down for the night. We watched the Falcon Heavy SpaceX launch, which was amazing, as always. Why don’t more people watch these? I was enthralled all the way through deploying the 34 (!!!!!) satellite deployments. They landed the boosters, which was an amazing shot, and then the main engine missed the drone ship and ditched, but for the first time the “catcher’s mitt” got part of the fairing that covered the satellites during liftoff and the other 1/2 was floating nearby so that the small boats went after it. Then one satt after another, just like clockwork, moved off from the main ship.
I worked on some more embroidery and then finished the pendants that I had packed for the evening, then finished the bib I’ve been working on. I’ve got to do photos this morning.
Today we need to buckle down to some heavy-duty cleaning again and tonight’s the paper route. …oh, and putting laundry away….although that’s 1/2 done, already.
Today’s feast is in honor of the day that the Gay Pride Rainbow Flag first flew in 1978. It has a history and the color order is that of the spectrum. It may have been used in he 60′s as a diversity symbol but this is the first one associated with a large Gay Pride day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_flag_(LGBT_movement)
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
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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. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 6/28 at 12:16am.
Last Quarter Moon arrives at 5:46 a.m. EDT. It rises in the east shortly after 1 a.m. local daylight time lower right of the Great Square of Pegasus, and climbs higher in the southeast as dawn approaches. During this period, our half-lit satellite lies among the background stars of southern Pisces the Fish.
The two brightest stars of summer, <<< Arcturus and Vega >>> , are about equally high overhead shortly after dark: Arcturus toward the southwest, Vega toward the east. Arcturus and Vega are 37 and 25 light-years away, respectively. They represent the two commonest types of naked-eye stars: a yellow-orange K giant and a white type-A main-sequence star. They’re 150 and 50 times brighter than the Sun, respectively — which, combined with their nearness, is why they dominate the evening sky.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, in southern Ophiuchus) is that white point glaring in the southeast as the stars come out. Antares, much fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 9° to its right. Jupiter is highest in the south by about midnight daylight saving time, with orange Antares now to its lower right. Jupiter and Antares form a wide, flat, almost isosceles triangle with Delta Scorpii (Dschubba) to their right. For most of the last 19 years, Delta, an eruptive variable, has been only a little dimmer than Antares. In a telescope Jupiter is still a good 46 arcseconds wide. See Bob King’s Jupiter Is Outstanding at Opposition.
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 25 Low 1:20 AM 2.5 5:33 AM Rise 1:36 AM 56
~ 25 High 6:38 AM 5.0 9:05 PM Set 1:37 PM
~ 25 Low 1:04 PM 1.2
~ 25 High 7:49 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Just when you get really good at something, you won’t need to do it anymore. No, really, it’s a *good* thing! Get it done!
~ Mistakes……call them unexpected learning experiences. – Richard Bach
~ America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn’t standing still. – e. e. cummings (1894-1962) u. s. poet
~ He who has not tasted bitter, knows not what sweet is. – German Proverb
~ Failure is not defeat! It’s merely a stepping stone to success. He who perseveres shall surely wear the crown of glory. – David Roppo
O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune. – –Robert Burns (1759–96)
In some magical traditions, particularly in older traditions of folk magic, you may see references to something called a hagstone. Sounds intriguing – but what does it actually mean?
The hagstone is simply a stone that has a hole going all the way through it – a naturally occurring hole, mind you, not one that’s been drilled or manmade. In folk magic traditions, the hagstone has a variety of purposes and uses.
According to legend, the hagstone got its name because a variety of ailments, all curable with the use of the stone, were attributed to spectral hags causing illness or misfortune. In some areas, it’s referred to as a holey stone or an adder stone.
Depending on whom you ask, the hagstone can be used for any of the following:
- Warding off the spirits of the dead
- Protection of people, livestock and property
- Protection of sailors and their ships
- Seeing into the realm of the Fae
- Fertility magic
- Healing magicand banishing of illness
- Preventing bad dreams or night terrors
A hagstone is created when water and other elements pound through a stone, eventually creating a hole at the weakest point on the stone’s surface – this is why hagstones are often found in streams and rivers, or even at the beach. It’s not uncommon to see people in rural areas wearing a hagstone on a cord around the neck. You can also tie them to anything else you’d like to have protected – your boat, your cow, your car, and so on.
It is believed that tying multiple hagstones together is a great magical boost – they’re fairly hard to find, so if you are lucky enough to have more than one, take advantage of the opportunity.
For fertility magic, you can tie a hagstone to the bedpost to help facilitate pregnancy, or carry it in your pocket. In some areas, there are naturally holed stone formations that are large enough for a person to crawl or walk through – if you happen to see one, and you’re trying to get pregnant, think of it as a giant hagstone, and go on through.
Silliness – Poppop’s Nose
The other day my five year old grandson was lounging on my lap.
Him: “Poppop, you have hair in your nose.”
Me: “Everybody has hair in their nose.”
Him: “But you have a lot of hair in your nose.”
Me: “Well, it’s not growing on top of my head very well. I have to grow it somewhere.”
Him: (thoughtful pause) “Do you want me to pull some of it out for you?”
I declined the offer.