It’s mostly clear, but there’s some kind of high haze, because some of the stars have halos. Last night’s sunset was really pretty because of it. The pollen is really high, though, so if you’re sneezing, there’s a seasonal reason. 45F, wind at 1-5mph and gusting, AQI35, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. It still should be clear through Friday evening, then rain on Saturday and showers afterwards. That swirl I’ve been talking about has wandered into the Gulf of Alaska, but there’s a low offshore that’s closer. Hmm….
Yesterday just was a sideways day. We did get up late, but didn’t really do much. I managed to get to one class and two discussions. The class was on dumplings, so that was good, but only filled dumplings, which is not what was advertised. A&S was short and everyone’s equipment was messing up, but we got together, so that’s something. Cook’s Chat was gossipy but with some interesting ideas. I’m not doing the challenge this week, since it’s what I did for Yule gifts!
Tempus called repeatedly from Newport. He got the bag of stuff to Sash and then went to the grocery. He was getting veg for the chowder I’ve got in mind. I had bacon grease melting and a bottle of whey, ditto. I got Tempus a mold for making bacon grease sticks, since he’s using that for bread. It gives it a good flavor. He’s been keeping it in washed cans and the sticks will be easier to store and less messy by my way of thinking. Eventually the mold went into the freezer and I started looking for boxes that would fit the sticks, figuring that something solid was going to be easier to keep in the freezer than a zip that would let them get mangled or squashed.
I spent awhile embroidering. I’m finished with that other project, but I had some patterns that I wanted to work out on fabric. I was really tired, but not sleepy, so I got up and went to write for awhile. …and kept wearing down…. So finally made myself a snack and napped for awhile.
When I got up I started working on getting this ready to go and kept getting sidetracked by stuff on Facebook. I mean *really* sidetracked… Part of it was that the quotes file kept stalling and I was trying to add the poems for the month to it.
Well, I got it together, obviously. 🙂 So today we have more cleaning to do, the kind we can’t do when the shop is open. I’m hoping that Tempus got to the grocery, because I want to get my soup made during the day, as well.
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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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 6/5 at 12:12pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/4 at 12:12am.
“Cassiopeia” usually means “Cold!” Late fall and winter are when this landmark constellation stands high overhead (seen from mid-northern latitudes). But even on hot June evenings, it still lurks low. As twilight fades out, look for it down near the north horizon: a wide, upright W, as shown below. The farther north you are the higher it’ll appear, but even as far south as San Diego and Atlanta it’s completely above the true horizon.
Venus is in inferior conjunction at 2 P.M. EDT. When this occurs, Venus and Earth are on the same side of the Sun. Such geometry is only possible with the inferior planets Mercury and Venus, as well as any small solar system bodies, such as asteroids or comets, whose orbits take them inside the orbit of Earth.
Today also marks the 50th anniversary of the first American spacewalk, completed by Ed White during the Gemini 4 mission. https://www.americaspace.com/2015/05/31/the-saddest-moment-the-story-of-americas-first-spacewalk-part-2/
Shortly after sunset tonight, you can spot the constellation with the same name — Gemini the Twins — in the west-northwest. Its two brightest stars, Castor and Pollux, appear side by side above the horizon, roughly 20° high an hour after sunset. These stars represent the heads of the twins, with their stick figure-like bodies beneath them, standing upright in the sky. Castor, the slightly fainter white star to the right of brighter and orange-hued Pollux, is a multiple-star system whose brightest components — A and B — are easy to split. They’re about 5″ apart in even a small telescope. Beneath Gemini is Mercury, still visible after sunset. We’ll return here tomorrow, when the speedy planet reaches greatest eastern elongation.
Uranus is hidden in the glow of dawn.
Old Farmer’s Almanac June Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-2020-see-stars-move
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 3 Low 5:31 AM -0.8 5:34 AM Set 4:21 AM 87
~ 3 High 11:43 AM 6.2 8:56 PM Rise 6:41 PM
~ 3 Low 5:16 PM 1.5
~ 3 High 11:22 PM 8.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. – Frank Tyger
~ The Government that robs Peter to pay Paul, can always depend upon the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw
~ In inner-party politics, these methods lead, as we shall yet see, to this: the party organization substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organization, and, finally, a “dictator” substitutes himself for the central committee. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
~ The Way is not difficult, we only lose ourselves in our choices. By trying to accept this and reject that, our minds never recognize the truth. Do not get carried away by the karmic wheel. Do not stop either in emptiness. Keep a quiet heart, all duality evaporates spontaneously. – Seng Tsan
~ We run all day in this world of dust, and we forget the treasure in our own homes. Everyone ages in business. How many people know when to stop before death? – Tao Wu
The earliest breath of June
Blows the white tassels from the cherry boughs,
And in the deepest shadow of noon
The mild-eyed oxen browse. –Elizabeth Ann Allen (1832–1911)
A Tree Song – Rudyard Kipling (A. D. 1200)
Of all the trees that grow so fair,
Old England to adorn,
Greater are none beneath the Sun,
Than Oak, and Ash, and Thorn.
Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs,
(All of a Midsummer morn!)
Surely we sing no little thing,
In Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!
Oak of the Clay lived many a day,
Or ever AEneas began.
Ash of the Loam was a lady at home,
When Brut was an outlaw man.
Thorn of the Down saw New Troy Town
(From which was London born);
Witness hereby the ancientry
Of Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!
Yew that is old in churchyard-mould,
He breedeth a mighty bow.
Alder for shoes do wise men choose,
And beech for cups also.
But when ye have killed, and your bowl is spilled,
And your shoes are clean outworn,
Back ye must speed for all that ye need,
To Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!
Ellum she hateth mankind, and waiteth
Till every gust be laid,
To drop a limb on the head of him
That anyway trusts her shade:
But whether a lad be sober or sad,
Or mellow with ale from the horn,
He will take no wrong when he lieth along
‘Neath Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!
Oh, do not tell the Priest our plight,
Or he would call it a sin;
But–we have been out in the woods all night,
A-conjuring Summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth-
Good news for cattle and corn–
Now is the Sun come up from the South,
With Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!
Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs
(All of a Midsummer morn):
England shall bide till Judgment Tide,
By Oak, and Ash, and Thorn! – https://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/tree_song.html
Silliness – Bail Money, Honey!