Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
The sky is a lovely pale blue. There are clouds, but they’re few and far between. The air is cool a fresh smelling, except when someone starts a car in front of the open door of the shop. Wow, the sun is bright! You need your sunblock today! 57F, wind at 1mph, AQI22, UV9.
Yesterday kept getting brighter after that early rain. I was working on bagging up small crystals and then got going on some more pendants. Tempus was still working on putting things away and eventually got to cleaning up some more of the “yard sale” stuff that needed it. It poured again in the middle of the afternoon, but the sun came out, afterwards. It was a normal weather day, although anomalous for the kind of weather we’ve *been* having.
Amy came in late in the afternoon to chat for awhile. We hadn’t been very busy during the day, but we did have some folks in. Eventually we had supper and then Tempus got the car ready for the paper route. I went to sleep, being awfully tired.
He got in before 6. We opened on time, despite it. Right now Tempus is paying bills. I have to get back to work on stock things. I have someone who’s going to print a batch of headers for me, once I have JPEG’s for them. That’s the next thing on my list, and I finally figured out how to finish the birth sampler, so I want to get on that, afterwards.
I’m hoping that Tempus will nap and then do some more in back. We’re missing some of the cheese-making things. I got the most of the equipment put away, but there are several pieces that are awol. The dehydrator needs to be cleaned, too, since the lees from the cordials that I dried stuck both to screens and trays.
Today’s feast is to Hemera, the Greek goddess/personification of Day, whose birth was celebrated around this time. Hemera is one of the primordial deities, being Uranus’ mother or grandmother. She is the child of Chaos or of Night & Darkness (depending on who you listen to) and sister of Aether, the personification of Light. Don’t forget that today is also the anniversary of Stewart Farrar’s birth!
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke
damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue. The 2nd pic is blueberries in the garden on 7/2/14.
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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 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 7/1 at 12:16am.
This week offers a good opportunity for binocular users to track down one of summer’s finest open star clusters. NGC 6231 lies in the tail of Scorpius the Scorpion, just 0.5° north of the double star Zeta (z) Scorpii (which is another fine binocular sight). NGC 6231 shines at magnitude 2.6 and packs more than 100 stars into a region just 14′ in diameter. This part of Scorpius lies nearly due south between 11 p.m. and midnight local daylight time, though it doesn’t climb high from mid-northern latitudes.
As evening grows late, even the lowest star of the Summer Triangle shines pretty high in the east. That’s Altair. It’s a good three or four fists at arm’s length below or lower right of bright Vega. A marker for Altair is its little 3rd-magnitude buddy Tarazed (Gamma Aquilae) positioned above or upper left of it by about a finger-width at arm’s length. Look left of Altair, by hardly more than one fist, for compact little Delphinus, the Dolphin. And above the midpoint between Delphinus and Altair look for even smaller, dimmer Sagitta, the Arrow.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast before dawn. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
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
F 28 Low 4:15 AM 0.8 5:34 AM Rise 2:49 AM 27
~ 28 High 10:17 AM 4.9 9:05 PM Set 4:48 PM
~ 28 Low 3:40 PM 2.3
~ 28 High 9:55 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator
~ Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity. – Irving Kristol
~ Change not the mass but change the fabric of your own soul and your own visions, and you change all. – Vachel Lindsay
~ Your silence will not protect you. – Audre Lorde
~ If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. – H. P. Lovecraft
The summer morn is bright and fresh,
the birds are darting by
As if they loved to breast the breeze
that sweeps the cool clear sky. – William C. Bryant (1794–1878)
Magick – Grimoire of Geek: A Blog of Arteful Enchantment and Nostalgic Nerdgasms – http://witchesandpagans.com/Pagan-Studies-Blogs/teaching-the-craft.html – Focusing on the Arte Magical as a practice and profession, we study various facets of magic through the lens of both classical and modern perspective. From ancient myth to urban legend to fiction and philosophy, all viewed through the eyes of a very practical magician. – Posted by S. Rune Emerson on Monday, 08 July 2013 in Studies Blogs
I ran across this article today, and thought I’d share it.
Teaching the Craft – http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccanandpaganrituals/a/TeachingOthers.htm
It makes for an interesting and important thought that I try to keep at the forefront of my mind when I do my work.
As a young witch just starting out, I was often called upon to teach people things they wanted to know. This was largely because I actually read the books that were available, and the other teens around me preferred to “stumble around blindly into magic” as I liked to say back then. I was very often acknowledged to be the one who “had book knowledge.” This naturally was as often an outright insult as a back-handed compliment, and I learned early on to be wary of people applauding my “knowledge.” We were teenagers, after all- and no teen anywhere has ever been grateful to have a know-it-all for a friend, unless they wanted something.
However, the article makes a very good point- I taught lessons to people because it was a way to feel good about myself and my work. I didn’t know how much I didn’t know, so I thought I knew everything. After all, I’d read every witchcraft book I was able to find, and every other kind of magic book too. And they all seemed to be the same, so magic must be pretty much the same everywhere, right?
I fortunately learned differently without causing undue harm to anyone, but I consider it one of the greatest lessons of my life.
We are not all-knowing. Anyone can be a teacher, but most teachers aren’t good teachers. My first teacher of the Craft taught me some very bad habits, and I’m glad that Selene K. from the aforementioned article spoke about those things.
My first teacher planned a ritual in a single hour, and that was her way. She made it a point of pride that she could whip something out like that without much effort, even to the point that she bragged to me and the rest of her students that “one day you’ll be able to do the same.”
That was one of the worst pieces of advice I’ve ever received. And sadly, it stuck with me for years before I finally realized that my rituals, although functional to my own mind, were often terrible for groups, or anyone who didn’t get as stuffy as I did about ceremonial magic.
I spent the next five years learning new ritual practices, and getting better at engaging people. I’m still not the most effective public ritualist, but I do much better than I used to. And nowadays, I stick to teaching what I’m good at, and let others teach the things I’m not skilled in.
See, teaching is a craft in and of itself, entirely separate from the practice of the Craft of magic. A teacher needs to be engaging, intelligent, and needs to have a talent (preferably honed into a skill) for helping people understand something without making them feel stupid. They need to be three times better at something than their best student, because they need to be able to do it, teach it to someone with a knack, and also teach someone who doesn’t get it.
It also takes a fair bit of public approval to teach something in an area. People in the area need to know and trust you, or you will not only find the doors aren’t opening for you, but people may actively fight against your right to teach. After all, they have no proof that you’re what you say you are, and at least here in my own area, we’ve gotten tired of charlatans and snake oil.
When I meet someone new in the community who wants to dive in and teach a class, it usually sets my teeth on edge. I’m a reader at one of the local pagan hubs, a well established magic and metaphysics shop called Pathways. We have a long standing reputation for having some of the best readers in town, and having the ability to get most anything an average practitioner of metaphysics needs for their practices. If we can’t find it, we can show you who can.
And that of course means we attract the new folk in the community, which is why I deal with this so often.
I always try to sit down with these people and find out what they’re trying to teach and why. And I struggle, because it can be really frustrating to hear someone talking about how they “can teach pretty much anything,” and then they rattle off a series of practices which can be found in nearly every magical book by Llewellyn or Weiser since the early 60’s/ Things like grounding and centering, shielding and casting circles, ‘energy work’ and stuff like Reiki.
I restrain myself, of course- it wouldn’t be kind to pop their bubble. I try to find tactful ways to mention that we have a Reiki Master Teacher in the shop, and most everyone in the community out here knows about shielding or grounding and centering, and many of us are well versed in Wicca, Qabalah, and a host of other things.
Telling them all this outright would be wrong, because it will make them feel stupid. So instead, I ask them questions about their vision. What is it they want to teach? What do they believe? How will they inspire the others in the community, and where will their vision most easily mesh with the rest of the people in my area?
Then, I give them a few suggestions and web links, perhaps an email or two, and send them to find their way. My hope is that they will find the part of the community where they will thrive.
It doesn’t always work. Nothing always works exactly the same all the time. But it works often enough that I feel good afterwards. They’ll have a chance to gain more competence, while sharing what they’re good at with others. And at the very least, they will know in the back of their mind that they’re dealing with a community that has a competency level often not seen in other areas. They’ll discover that we aren’t credulous wide-eyed fluffheads. We practice, and we study, and we make progress. And we don’t claim to things we can’t prove.
That’s why I teach. That vision of competence and harmony is my vision. And it has been my joy to serve it as a professional teacher for nearly ten years now.
To you teachers out there: what is your vision? What are your goals when you teach others?
To the students and seekers: what do you look for in a teacher or mentor?
Rune Emerson – Rune Emerson has been practicing witchcraft and sorcery since the early 90’s, and has been teaching since 2004. He is the founder of the Risting Tradition of American Witchcraft, which is a large title for a small local tradition based in Northern Nevada. He also heads a coven tradition called the Cabal of Nocturne, and works as a diviner at Pathways Spirit, a metaphysical shop in Reno.
He likes to describe his life as “extraordinarily simple.” He is fond of observing that magic as a profession is the somewhat honest alternative to those of the same mindset as criminals- smart, lazy, and prone towards thinking outside the box, often in areas of questionable morality. He believes in a strong standard of accountability in magical practice, and has very strict ethics. He’s also very opinionated about nearly everything.
Silliness – Confucius Says – He who eats too many prunes, sits on potty many moons.