We’ve been so busy today that this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down to write!
Overcast but bright at the moment, probably will clear off in the very late afternoon and then stay mostly clear until nearly sunrise. Typical summer! 65F, wind at 2mph, AQI8, UV7. We got just a touch of rain last night, mostly just spitting. That “lump” of rain Tuesday night is still showing at around 40% chance and another for a week from Sunday.
Yesterday was a tremendous effort, but tremendous fun. I’m still unpacking, which is part of why I’m not writing much, yet. The whole writeup will go in the House Capuchin report, but I did two classes in blackwork, which had 7 (12) people in the first and 5 (11) people in the 2nd.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1415 when Jan Hus, an early religious reformer contemporary with John Wycliffe, was burned at the stake for heresy. It is celebrated in the Czech Republic in his honor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Hus
Today’s plant is Evergreen , Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds… and it’s starting to get berries right now! – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/2 at 12:16pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/7 at 12:16am.
Three doubles at the top of Scorpius. The head of Scorpius — the vertical row of three stars to the right of Jupiter and Antares — is highest in the south after dark this week. The brightest of the three is Delta (δ) Scorpii, the one in the middle. The top star of the row is Beta (ß) Scorpii, a fine double star for telescopes. Just 1° below Beta is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii, not quite vertical. Binoculars show their slight color difference. They’re spectral types B9 and G2. Left of Beta by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii, another fine telescopic double. Or rather triple. High power in good seeing reveals that Nu’s brighter component itself is a close binary, separation 2 arcseconds.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 1:00 a.m. EDT. It then lies 226,009 miles (363,726 kilometers) away from us.
Observers of the outer solar system can get a good view of Uranus before dawn. The best time to look for it is shortly before twilight begins around 3:30 a.m. local daylight time. Uranus then lies 20° above the eastern horizon among the background stars of southern Aries the Ram. This morning, use binoculars to find the magnitude 5.8 planet 2.3° south of the magnitude 5.7 star 19 Arietis. A telescope reveals Uranus’ blue-green disk, which spans 3.5″.
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
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 6 High 3:16 AM 7.9 5:39 AM Rise 10:14 AM 12
~ 6 Low 10:13 AM -1.6 9:03 PM
~ 6 High 4:51 PM 7.0
~ 6 Low 10:32 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a graceful day!
~ I was in a no-win situation, so I’m glad that I won rather than lost. – Frank Bruno
~ Some feminists feel that a woman should never be wrong. We have a right to be wrong. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~ Life is forever changing, methods are many, values are few, methods always change, Values never do. – Lolly Daskal
~ Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else. – Judy Garland
With tossing and raking, and setting on cocks;
The finest for sheep and thy gelding allow.
Cut off, good wife, ripe bean with a knife.
Get grist to the mill to have plenty in store,
Let miller lack water as many do more.
Tusser, Thomas (1524 – ‘80), Five hundreth pointes of good husbandrie: as well for the champion or open countrie, as also for the woodland or severall ; mixed in everie month with huswiferie, over and besides the booke of huswiferie, London: ‘Printed in the now dwelling house of Henrie Denham in Aldersgate Street at the signe of the starre’, 1586
Make a Solar Wheel or Corn Man Wheel
- Turn a wire hanger into a circle (standard circle material for wreaths too), keeping the hook to hang it by.
- Make a small cardboard disk to glue the corn tips onto. You can decorate it with any design, for example, a pentagram or sun.
- Place ears of Indian “squaw” corn (it is smaller than regular corn and fits easily on a coat hanger) with the tips inthe center of the circle and secure with hot glue to the cardboard disk. Use eight ears for a Solar Wheel, or five ears for a Corn Man. If all the ears of corn meet just right you won’t need the disk, but if they are uneven the disk is helpful.
- Wrap a bit of the husks of each ear around the wire on either side of the ear of corn, leaving some to stand out free from the corn.
- Let dry overnight and hang on the front door.
Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Indian Corn Mosaics – These colorful corn mosaics will add a bright touch to your house! You’ll need to buy a jar of colored popcorn kernels. Draw a seasonal design on a piece of construction paper. Then glue the colorful kernels onto the design. Allow to dry and then hang!
This project is rated EASY
This project was contributed by:
What You Need
Yellow and green construction paper or printed pattern and crayons to color it
Step 1 – Make the Corn Picture –
Cut out a corn cob shape from yellow construction paper and cut out some leaves from green construction paper. You might find it easiest to cut out the corn cob, then lay it on the green paper, then draw the leaves, then cut them out. You can glue the finished shape to thin cardboard if you want to make it sturdier.
Step 2 – Attach the corn – Put glue all over the corn cob section, the glue unpopped or popped corn (or both) to the cob.
You’re Done! – Let the glue dry, then enjoy your decoration. Don’te hang it where it will get wet.
Silliness – Confucius Says – Man who make love to girl on hill…he not on level.