Featured photo by Anja.
It poured for quite some time this morning. Now, things are just wet. I don’t think it’s actually raining at the moment and the sky is getting brighter, but that amount of water coming down was a surprise. Wunderground says 1.11 inches, but folks around the area are reporting individual rain gauges as 1 1/4 up to 1 1/2! We’re due for another spate of rain in the late afternoon, but things out to be easing up. 57F, wind at 5mph and gusting, AQI12, UV9. There are two fires started up in the Valley. They got quite a lot of thunder and lightning yesterday and a fair amount of rain, but only in spots. There’s only a tiny chance of rain after today on Monday. We’ll see….
Cheese-making stuff got put away. Tempus was finding lots of books mixed in with things in the corner where the games and toys were. Not sure how/why that one happened. I spent awhile chopping up herbs for composting over at the Joy Garden. Some of the hanging ones are still usable.
Tempus spent a couple of hours trotting back and forth and then up to storage and back several times. I was working on pendants again. At one point a cop car pulled someone over in front of the shop and I was startled by the raised voices and flashing lights. Tempus went out to tend a friend’s birds while they’re out of town and when he came back we were pretty well done, or more likely, done in. We had some supper and then quit for the night.
We woke this morning to hard, pouring rain! I got soaked going from the car into the shop. So much for a 30% chance of less than 1/10 of an inch. We already have well over an inch of rain! I am not going to complain. At least things are getting soaked down well.
We’re starting early today, hoping to get some more stuff accomplished before our landlord shows up. We’ll be open on time, though. Once that’s past I may go in back and collapse, since I’m running way short on sleep, but I might just get back to the herbs. Paper run tonight!
Today’s feast is the Initium Aestas after the god, Aestas, the personification of summer. It is a weather prognostication. If it rains on this day, it will be damper than usual for the next 7 weeks. Aestas is often seen as a full-grown man (personally, I think of the BayWatch guys) tall and good looking and unscarred, very athletic and often blond or red-haired. “Careless in his strength” is a phrase in a lot of the poetry.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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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 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.
After dark Vega is the brightest star shining very high in the east. Barely lower left of it is 4th-magnitude Epsilon Lyrae, the Double-Double. Epsilon forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but plainly resolved in any telescope. Delta Lyrae, a little below Zeta, is a much wider and easier pair, tinted deep orange and pale blue.
Venus pokes above the horizon in the east-northeast 55 minutes before sunrise. The planet shines at magnitude –3.8 and appears conspicuous in the morning twilight if you have a clear and unobstructed horizon. A view of the inner planet through a telescope shows a nearly full disk that spans 10″.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, in Aries) is low in the east 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. Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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
Th 27 Low 3:24 AM 1.4 5:34 AM Rise 2:23 AM 36
~ 27 High 9:07 AM 4.7 9:05 PM Set 3:42 PM
~ 27 Low 2:47 PM 2.0
~ 27 High 9:14 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There’s no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream!
~ The world is the sum total of our vital possibilities. – Ortega y Gassett
~ A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t. – Rhonda Hansome
~ What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary. – Richard Harkness, The New York Times, 1960
~ Don’t look back, don’t regret, because even though you can’t change the past, you can make the future brighter. -Hera EG
June brings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children’s hands with posies. – –Sara Coleridge (1802–52)
Magick – FIVE ANCIENT SITES ALIGNED WITH THE SOLSTICE AND EQUINOX – https://www.almanac.com/content/five-ancient-sites-aligned-solstice-and-equinox
Ever been to Stonehenge? Machu Picchu? Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—sometimes in dramatic ways! Here are five amazing ancient sites aligned with the solstice and equinox.
Our ancestors lived amidst nature more than most of us do today. They observed the universe, marveling in its rhythms. They used the Sun and the Moon as a sort of calendar, tracking the Sun’s path across the sky. Here are some examples of the ancient sites and monuments that aligned with the solstice and equinox.
Every year on the summer solstice, thousands of people travel to Wiltshire, England to Stonehenge, a place with huge stones that were arranged in a circle around 3000 B.C.The huge monument marks the relation between the Sun and the seasons.
On the dawning of the summer solstice, the sun rises directly above the Heel Stone—a mysterious prehistoric monument whose origins, depending on interpretation, were as an ancient burial ground, an astrological observatory, even a supernatural phenomenon. See photos and historical details on the Stonehenge Web site.
Machu Picchu is the transcendent City of the Incas. This archaeological site is perched atop a mountain overlooking the Urubamba Valley in Peru.
There is a giant stone at the top of this sacred mountain called Intihuatana, which means “the place when the sun gets tied.” Amazingly, the stone is perfectly positioned so each corner sits at the four cardinal points (north, south, east and west). The stone serves as a solar clock to mark the dates of the equinoxes and solstices.
At what is now Chichen Itza (“CHEE-chen-EET-sa”), Mexico, Mayans built a huge pyramid around the year A.D. 1000. The play of the Sun’s light on it signals the beginning of the seasons.
On the spring equinox, for example, the light pattern looks like a snake. Mayans called this day “the return of the Sun serpent.” See more photos of this incredible pyramid at the Chichen Itza Web site.
In today’s Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, Anasazi Indians, who were expert sky watchers, carved spiral designs into rock to track the seasons and record the passage of time.
In this canyon is a petroglyph called the Sun Dagger because of the way the Sun’s wedge-shape beams strike it in midday during the summer and winter solstices. See virtual movies of the Sun Dagger and other beautiful sites.
Around 3200 B.C., ancient people in Ireland built a huge mound of dirt and surrounded it with stones. Today, the knoll is called Newgrange.
For five days over the winter solstice period, a beam of sunlight illuminates a small room inside the mound for 17 minutes at dawn. The room holds only twenty people at a time.
Every year, thousands enter a lottery in hope of being one of the hundred people allowed to enter. See photos of Newgrange.
Here’s everything you need to know about the longest day of the year: Summer Solstice
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