It’s clear, still, and chilly outside. I ran right back in despite the moonlight! 48F, wind is calm, AQI34, UV8. 20% chance of rain today and 60% tonight. Today is likely to cloud up, later and the chance of rain starts climbing in the evening, hitting 92% midmorning. Tuesday is likely to do something similar, but the rest of the week the forecast is for showers, maybe a tiny bit of sun on Thursday, so enjoy today’s weather! The swirl is spang in the middle of the Gulf of Alaska, but it’s dragging lows up our direction.
Yesterday I was up too early, after having had trouble sleeping the night before. With the cooking going on in the evening, it was too warm for me. We scrambled around getting open and getting ready. I got some cooking done, early, so we were mostly ready to go when Louisa and her mom got there. I got the nibbles set out, so we could wait awhile. Tempus was still working in back, trying to get the table ready. Eventually it was done and Louisa did her part and then we had one heck of an amazing meal, ending with pound cake with strawberries for Louisa’s birthday.
We had a few people in during the day. I scared off one couple by asking them to wear masks, since we’re high-risk. Most people have been very nice about that, a couple of them even paying me for the masks. Well, they’re good ones. 🙂
It got chilly as the catabatic winds picked up. The beach fog rolled up and over and Lousia’s mom was shivering when she came back in from a wander around town. They headed out a little past 7. Tempus and I cleaned up and he headed for Newport not long after. I got a nap and did a little embroidery. By then he was doing some grocery shopping and we talked for awhile after he was done the bulk route.
Today we’re going to have some clean-up to do, although that’s mostly done, but I do have a tvarog culturing that I’ll have to cook at some point. We’re also hoping the Tempus will get to do laundry, but he’s going to have to run errands today, as well. We’ll be open the posted hours, at least.
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. – Feminine, Earth – carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
There is an Irish saint, Gobnait, who is worshiped as the patroness of bees who, according to Nigel Pennick, is a version of the goddess Domna, who is the goddess of perambulation to sacred stones and cairns. Gobnait’s feast day is 2/11 and I’m not finding info on Domna at all! Gobnait still has a number of centers of worship in Ireland and even a couple of sacred wells. Melissa is the name that I’m used to seeing in conjunction with bees, as the priestesses of Demeter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobnait and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa#Ancient_Greek_Mythology Also see today’s Magick section!
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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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/7 at 12:12am. 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 6/20 at 11:02pm.
Can you still catch Mercury in twilight, under Pollux and Castor as shown above? It’s coming to the end of a nice evening apparition. Its next good evening appearance doesn’t come until winter 2021.
Full Moon (exactly so at 12:12 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time). As the stars come out, look to the right of the Moon (by roughly a fist at arm’s length) for orange Antares and the other stars of upper Scorpius. On this date UT the Moon undergoes a slight, almost undetectable penumbral eclipse for East Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and Australia. The Moon’s southern side will be very slightly, subtly shaded for maybe 40 minutes centered on 19:25 UT. Map, diagram, and details. A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the lighter portion of Earth’s shadow, called the penumbra, causing a shading effect, although none of the Moon will go completely dark. North American observers can still get in on the Moon action, however, by swinging binoculars or scopes to the Full Moon to enjoy the sprawling lunar landscape on display. Be aware that the Full Moon can be exceptionally bright through optical aid, however, and will put a serious damper on your night vision. If you have one, use a Moon filter in your scope; alternatively, crank up the power, which will spread out the light and make viewing more comfortable.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.1, – 2.5, and +0.4, respectively) shine in the southeast to south before and during early dawn. Jupiter, the brightest, is on the right. Saturn glows pale yellow 4° to Jupiter’s left. They both rise now around midnight daylight-saving time, depending on your location. They straddle the border of Sagittarius and Capricornus. Mars, in dim Aquarius, is far (35° to 40°) to the left of Saturn as dawn begins. It has been slowly brightening and enlarging. In a telescope Mars is now 9 arcseconds wide: a little gibbous disk. Mars is on its way to an excellent opposition in early October, when it will reach an apparent diameter of 22.6 arcseconds.
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
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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”…
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.
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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
F 5 High 12:05 AM 8.9 5:33 AM Set 5:32 AM 98
~ 5 Low 7:08 AM -1.9 8:57 PM Rise 9:13 PM
~ 5 High 1:36 PM 6.7
~ 5 Low 6:55 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I find contentment by focusing on the positive around me.
~ A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. – Frank Capra
We shall find no fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman, scorned, slighted, dismissed without a parting pang. – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~ A The first principle of success is desire – knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed. – Robert Collier
~ A In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends. – John Churton Collins
Lady! in this night of June
Fair like thee and holy,
Art thou gazing at the moon
That is rising slowly?
I am gazing on her now:
Something tells me, so art thou. – Alfred Austin (1835–1913)
Litha for Kids
Litha is a time of magic and faeries. Also known as Midsummer, to many it seems strange to celebrate the halfway point when school vacations and warm weather have just begun! Today is the longest day of the year and the Sun is at the height of its power but it’s a bittersweet joy as the days begin to shorten again, starting tomorrow.
This is a great time of year to harvest herbs for all of your magical workings. It’s also a good time to allow your child to begin his/her own witchy cupboard. When harvesting herbs, remember to leave about 1/3 of the plant behind to propagate itself. This ensures a continual harvest throughout the growing season. Also, thank the spirit of the plant for its sacrifice and leave a small offering. Taking a page from Native American custom, a bit of tobacco is a good thank-you to the spirits of your garden but you could also sprinkle a bit of dried herb from a previous harvest. Allow your child to help you bundle the herbs together and tie at the stems with twine or thread. Hang upside down in a cool, dark place until dry and then store them in pretty containers or even plastic baggies. Make sure all containers are labelled clearly as dried herbs tend to look a lot alike! I’ll never forget the time when Scout’s father, my ex-husband, was making chilli and reached into the spice cabinet for something. He proceeded to add a generous sprinkling of Scout’s “dragon scales” (see Kiddy Craft section) to the pot because she had recycled my old herb jars! How he could have mistaken glittery pine cone shingles for cumin is beyond me but he did! We still laugh about that to this day but it wasn’t very funny at the time.
One of our favourite activities at Midsummer is building a faery shelter for the little sprites to party and rest. Scout hunts for sticks, which she pokes into the ground and then lays large leaves over the top to form the roof. She decorates with flowers, bird feathers and smaller leaves. We leave out milk mixed with honey and bread and butter, cut into small pieces. She’s always very excited to find the containers emptied and the faery house turned upside down from their wild dancing. A friend of mine recently gave me a wonderful idea and that is to leave a small gift for your child as a thank-you from the faeries. You could leave shells from the sea, a small trinket that had been “lost” around the house (everyone knows they faeries love to play tricks!), a small bouquet of wild flowers, a pretty rock or anything you feel is worthwhile. The idea is to keep it natural and simple and then explain to your child why the faeries felt it was an appropriate gift.
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Silliness – Cow Milking
A farmer was milking his cow. He was just starting to get a good rhythm going when a bug flew into the barn and started circling his head. Suddenly, the bug flew into the cow’s ear.
The farmer didn’t think much about it, until the bug squirted out into his bucket. It went in one ear and out the udder.