The sky is very blue with white around the edges. I expect that the thermal shear line is pushed way offshore, although the fog rolled in late yesterday afternoon. Probably again, today, summer weather pattern. 62F, wind at 4mph and gusting, AQI15, UV9. It’s going to be another “lobster” day. We had a couple of amazingly red people in here, yesterday. There’s about a 25% chance of rain early Tuesday morning, but nothing else but summer in the forecast.
Once the newsletter was out, after the Herbs Workshop, I finished up some computer housekeeping and then got going on my embroidery for that workshop time. I did a little treble clef, then started on a fishing rod and fish. 🙂
Tempus was working with customers all day, although it was kinda quiet after last weekend. Late in the afternoon he went down to the liquor store. We needed more rum for the various things I make with that and want to experiment with “cherry bombs”, which are a booze and sweet thing made with maraschino cherries. Figuring on making some for the fireworks potluck. After he got back, I re-filled the vanilla and set up the cherry bombs with some nutmeg and a spiced rum. They have to soak in that for a few days.
He made chicken with mushrooms in a cream sauce with rice and mixed veg and extra mushrooms. It was really good! Afterwards I sorted out the harvested herbs, got pictures and when I got as far as the raspberries, he took them to rinse and put cream on for dessert. Yum!
Today I’ve asked Tempus to make a bone needle as well as rinsing the beeswax. I’m hoping to finish the birth sampler today, so I can get it framed before something gets spilled on it. …and I need to do photos and write.
We have the doors open and the lights on, so we’re ready for the day!
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1908 that a massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, knocking over 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). This is also known as the “Tunguska event“. This event, while beloved by UFOlogists and Conspiracy Theorists, most likely was some kind of meteoric airburst event, whatever the source of the material, comet or asteroid, but there are other possibilities… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
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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. 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.
Saturn will reach its peak at opposition in less than two weeks, though it looks nearly as good now. The ringed world shines at magnitude 0.1 against the background stars of northern Sagittarius, a region that stands some 15° high in the southeast as twilight fades to darkness. If you target Saturn through a telescope, you’ll see its 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a beautiful ring system that spans 42″ and tilts 24° to our line of sight.
Can you spot the Coma Berenices star cluster with your unaided eyes? It’s big but sparse and dim, high in the west after dark. To locate it find brilliant Arcturus high in the southwest, and to the right of that, the end star of the Big Dipper’s handle. Take the midpoint between them, and look well down from there. The Coma Star Cluster forms 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 to look for something small, you’ll miss it by looking right through it!
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, in southern Ophiuchus) is the white point glaring in the south-southeast as the stars come out. Orange Antares, much fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 8° or 9° to its right. Jupiter is highest in the south by about 11 or midnight daylight saving time, with 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 slightly fainter than Antares. In a telescope Jupiter is still 46 or 45 arcseconds wide. See Bob King’s observing guide to Jupiter.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019, for July – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-july-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
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
Planting 6/30 – 7/1
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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 30 Low 5:47 AM -0.7 5:35 AM Rise 3:54 AM 11
~ 30 High 12:11 PM 5.7 9:05 PM Set 7:06 PM
~ 30 Low 5:21 PM 2.6
~ 30 High 11:19 PM 8.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
~ We who are clay blended by the Master Potter, come from the kiln of Creation in many hues. How can people say one skin is colored, when each has its own coloration? What should it matter that one bowl is dark and the other pale, if each is of good design and serves its purpose well. – Polingaysi Qoyawayma, Hopi
~ Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. – Antoine Marie Roger de Saint-Exupery, French aviator and writer
~ Simplicity is the essence of the great, the true and the beautiful in art. – George Sand, French author (Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin)
~ Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember: it didn’t work for the rabbit. – R. E. Shay
When Death Comes by Mary Oliver
When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measles-pox;
when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth
tending as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.
Incense – Sandalwood, Rose, Aloes, Chamomile, Passionflower, Frankincense
HERBS to use in your magic at Lughnasadh: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, bee pollen. Acacia, all grains, blackberry, calendula, frankincense, grape, heather, mistletoe, oak, rose, sandalwood, sunflower, Grapes, heather, crabapple, pear
STONES: Cat’s-eye, citrine, aventurine, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone. Aventurine, Citrine, Peridot, Sardonyx
Foods appropriate for Lammas are breads, berries, crab apples, and any locally ripe produce. Breads, Cornbread, Cider, Blackberry pies and jellies, Rice, Meadowsweet tea, Berries, Nuts, Turnips, Oats, Elderberry wine, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes, Beer/mead, Rice milk
Decorations – Corn dollies, any wheat weaving crafts, Shafts of grain, Sunflowers, Indian corn, Bread
Colors: Pumpkin orange, sunny yellow, muted brown and sage green Yellow, Orange, Green, Brown, Red Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown.
flowers sacred to Lammas:
goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, basil, mint, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy.
Offerings: Bread, Cider, Cakes
Spellwork – Spells for prosperity, Abundance, Good fortune, Connectedness, Career, Health, Financial gain
The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses.
The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods.
Spells – connectedness, career, health, and financial gain. Spells for abundance are completely appropriate now. As the sun is growing weaker, it is a good time to do grounding and sun meditations, then use the golden rays of the sun (gathered during meditation) in spellcasting.
- middle of Summer
- beginning of the harvest
- Canning goes into full swing
- magickal cabinets are stocked with herbs
- prepare your household for fall and the upcoming Winter months.
- first of three harvest festivals
- associated with ripening grain
- fruits of the harvest
- be aware that summer is passing and winter is on its way.
- It is a festival of plenty and prosperity.
- Decorate the altar and house with grains such as barley, oats and wheat — also fruits and veggies.
- Begin gathering and drying herbs, flower, grains or seeds for spellworking in the next year.
- Make magickal oils now with fresh herbs.
- Braid onion and garlic charms.
- Onion is sacred to the sun — because of its shape, and its dye is a golden amber to burnt apricot. When the onion is cut, it reveals the symbolism of the moon.
- Garlic, too, is sacred to the moon — the crescent shape of the cloves. It exorcises evil and protects.
- Collect rain and storm water for use in spellwork or to empower objects, add dried mugwort and store in glass bottles.
- Make a corn wheel.
- Bake a loaf of bread on Lammas. If you’ve never made bread before, this is a good time to start. Honor the source of the flour as you work with it: remember it was once a plant growing on the mother Earth. If you have a garden, add something you’ve harvested–herbs or onion or corn–to your bread. If you don’t feel up to making wheat bread, make corn bread.
- Corn Dolly -Another way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. . She’s your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you. Make a corn dolly to save for next Imbolc.
- This is the perfect holiday to honor the prosperity and generosity of Mother Earth. It is a season to throw away useless thoughts and habits and to form new ideas which bring renewed strength. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire.
A photon checks into a hotel and the bellhop asks him if he has any luggage.
The photon replies, “No, I’m traveling light.”