Everything is wet from the rain. The weather map is all green blobs. The center of the “swirl” that I’ve been talking about for days is about 600 miles off the Washington coast now, so the rain is moving to the north and east, dragging a low over us, which is why the rain. 51F, wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI39, UV8. 80% chance of rain today and 60% tonight. The rain is likely to stick around today, then taper off to showers tomorrow and Monday could be try, Tuesday – wet…. The rest of the week is showers and not, but not much sun, at least as far as we can tell, yet.
Yesterday, being that I slept very badly….full moon? …. I wandered around in a haze getting nothing done until Tempus chased me off for a nap. When I woke back up I was at least more aware. Loryea had called while I was asleep. Hoping she’ll call again today. I want to find out how she’s doing, locked down in Georgia. He took off to do errands in Newport while I minded the shop. We only had a couple of people in.
In the evening he made some really delicious burgers for supper and then helped me set up for cheese, which I got going as soon as I could. The milk had been set up to culture Thursday evening. He took off at about 2, running a bit later than usual. I was online, talking to people (bully pulpit post below the daisy….) and then I got this finished.
Today we’re planning to open by 1, hopefully it’ll be easier than yesterday. I have to finish watering plants, then I have to do some more on the Hedeby bag. There are a couple of classes I’d like to get to, as well. It feels strange not having the Herbs Workshop on Saturdays…
…and I wrote something in response to a question about whether I would sing certain songs…. various people answered, so I’m quoting a couple of the better ones, too.
About America the Beautiful – “Remember the fact that it was written by a feminist, Wesleyan professor in a “Boston Marriage” with her longtime partner, who also wrote the first story of note about the character of Mrs. Claus, and loudly sing along.” Christine Seelye-King
Of the National Anthem one answer was, “Probably sing “This Land is Your Land” afterwards.” – Alan Roberts (Good enough answer for me… )
…and then I started answering. “I’ve sung it (the anthem) and I have some wonderful memories associated with it. …but then I grew up in Baltimore, climbed all over Ft. McHenry and poked into all the weird spots in the fort. I know where the doctor’s boat was held, where he was landed, and the tavern stood that he learned the melody in. I know the road the invaders were taking toward Baltimore and the place where the two teenagers shot the British General and I know the spot they hid in afterwards… For me it’s not glorifying war, but standing up against tyranny… which we need more of right now.”
“My best memory of the anthem is from 1976, starting in the evening of July 3rd. We got into my folks boat and motored around the point, past Ft. Carroll, under the bridge and into Baltimore Harbor and dropped anchor among 1000’s of other small boats. Lots of youngsters got into dinghies and small soapdish sailboats and skittered around. I kept getting offered hotdogs and sodas and other things as I splashed by. More and more boats showed up until folks started “rafting” sets of boats together to keep channels open. After dark lots of sparklers and barbecue smoke, bursts of beery laughter from some spots…… but at midnight…. from the Fort McHenry waterfront… First single fireworks, with enough interval to let you ooh and ahh… for several hours…. I remember sitting on the forward deck with a soda a couple of cushions and a blanket and dozing between the bursts. Then there were some ground-works, flower gardens, flags… actually the flags of each of the colonies burning to life one by one and then fading out, then the flags of the Revolution, ditto. There was some live music timed to fireworks… and then around an hour before dawn, the real ones started up and it was an absolutely amazing time! No snoozing then! …and bangs and booms and whizzing sounds and sizzles…. and as it got closer and closer to sunrise, more and more of the fireworks were those upside down u-shapes of the cannonballs of the Revolutionary War era, and more and more bangs and thunder and explosions. Two ships were illuminated off to one side of the fort and it seemed that they and the Fort were firing on each other. There was a huge cannonade. My ears were ringing and tons and tons of smoke… …and…. ….and… ….silence…. and silence… and the smoke clearing slowly… and the first rays of the sun fell on the Flag flying over the Fort, and someone started to sing the anthem, for once in the perfect key…. …and another voice and dozens more, and hundreds and everyone jumping to their feet, until the whole Harbour was singing and jumping up and down, and then the anthem ended and everyone cheered like mad….. It was good. It was remembering. It was a wonderful feeling to be part of something like that, that Dream of Liberty and Justice for All! …and celebration of a time when anything seemed possible…..”
“I want that *back*! That’s been *stolen* from all of us. Yes, it was never more than a dream, but we’ve been working toward it for pushing 4 centuries now. We should have made more progress than this! So, I’ll sing, but that’s why…”
Today is the festival of the Thracian Goddess Bendis, who was a goddess of the moon and had Bacchic-style revels as her worship. She was associated with Artemis by the Greeks. More here: http://www.theoi.com/Thrakios/Bendis.html and the Wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bendis
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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.
For much of the spring at mid-northern latitudes, the Milky Way lies right down out of sight all around the horizon. But watch the east now. The rich Cassiopeia-Cepheus-Cygnus-Aquila stretch of the Milky Way starts rising up all across the east these nights, earlier and higher every week. A hint for the light-polluted: It runs horizontally under Vega, right through the Summer Triangle.
Saturn’s largest and brightest moon, Titan, sits due south of the ringed planet in the early morning sky. In a telescope, the magnitude 9 moon should be relatively easy to spot — it’s the brightest point of light after the planet itself. Titan orbits Saturn every 16 days; on June 14 it will sit due north of the planet and will return to its most southerly point again on the 22nd.
Swing away from Saturn to the southeast in the two hours before sunrise to find the famous star Fomalhaut in the small constellation Piscis Austrinus, rising in the southeast. Magnitude 1.2 Fomalhaut is not only the brightest star in the constellation, but also one of the brightest stars in the sky, ranking 18th. Only about 25 light-years away, Fomalhaut is surrounded by a massive disk of material that astronomers believe could be forming planets. In fact, astronomers long thought they’d directly imaged one such nascent world — only to recently discover that what they’d seen was actually the aftermath of a collision between two icy planetesimals.
Mercury is ending a nice apparition in evening twilight. It fades from magnitude +0.6 on June 5th to +1.3 on June 12th, and it’s getting a little lower too. Look for it below Pollux and Castor, as shown above.
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.
©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 6 High 12:48 AM 8.9 5:32 AM Set 6:18 AM 99
~ 6 Low 7:54 AM -2.1 8:58 PM Rise 10:21 PM
~ 6 High 2:27 PM 6.7
~ 6 Low 7:43 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose hope in your wishes.
~ We tell our triumphs to the crowds, but our own hearts are the sole confidants of our sorrows. – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
~ At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.- Barbara Bush, Former U.S. First Lady
~ Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Craik
~ No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else. – Charles Dickens
Buttercups have honeyed hearts,
Bees they love the clover,
But I love the daisies’ dance
All the meadow over. – –Marjorie Pickthall (1883–1922)
An amulet made for protection that uses eye symbolism to represent the Sun is the South American God’s Eye, which has its origins with the native people of that continent. These amulets are made from two sticks placed across each other to form an equilateral cross. Colored yard is then wound around them to form the body of the Eye. By alternating the colors of yarn the finished product looks like a stylized eye, and its four points symbolize the four directions. The Native South Americans used them both for decoration and as protective talismans.
To make your own God’s eye, you will need a quarter-inch dowel available at craft and hardware stores, a pair of scissors, and a collection of colored yarns (popsicle sticks work well too).
Cut the dowel into lengths approximately ten inches long. Holding the dowels together at their centers so that they form and equal length cross, begin wrapping your first yarn color around the center in an “X” pattern to stabilize the dowels.
Now begin slowly working your design outward. Wrap the yarn completely around one point of the dowel and then move on to the next point.
Periodically stop and push the yarn down against the center so that you have a tight weave. When you have wrapped the yarn within half an inch of the dowels, stop and wrap the yarn several times tightly around one point. You can then tie it off, leaving a loop from which it can be hung.
God’s Eyes can be made of any size, depending on how you want to use them. Larger ones can be used for protection like a Native North American medicine shield, and smaller ones in Yule colors make excellent Yule tree decorations and can symbolize the return of the Sun. If they are decorative items to honor the Sun, then your work is done. If they are to function as protective talismans, then you should be visualizing their purpose as you weave them and consecrate them to their purpose later on.
Taken from The Sabbats- A New Approach to Living the Old Ways by Edain McCoy
God’s Eye – (For Litha) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/godseye.html
- 2 wooden dowels
Your dowels can be of any length depending on what size you want the end product to be, but a good size would be about 8 to 12 inches. The yarn can be of any color, but if this is to be used for midsummer decoration, match the color with the intention, using yellow, red, white, or even green, something to symbolize the highest power of summer. A good idea is to get one of those mulitcolored yarns that fade from one color to the next; one that fades between shades of yellow to white and back is perfect. Now place one of the dowels on top of the other so that they make an equilateral cross, and start wrapping the yarn around their middles in a little X. Keep wrapping, alternating over each “shoulder” of the horizontal dowel, until they are reasonably steady and holding together without your support. Then, clockwise, wrap the yarn around each dowel in turn, making a single loop and continuing to the next. As you continue the process, the pattern will spread outward from the center, resembling an eye in a way. Keep pushing the yarn down on the dowels so that it does not look loose or have any spaces in between each layer. When the God’s Eye is as large as you want it, you can end it by wrapping the string tightly around the top dowel and tying it off in a loop. This can be hung if you like, or placed in a picture frame holder or support apparatus to display on a table. As a variation, you can actually tie it off well before you are finished and insert a different color if you prefer.
A God’s Eye is a very old craft that has been made since antiquity, and eyes were always a focus of superstition and holiness in the old days. The God’s Eye craft can be regarded in a ritual as representing the God’s vision upon you, or to represent, in more simple terms, the sun itself. Drinking a toast to the sun’s highest power on midsummer, regarding the Eye, is a possible use.
If you’d like to see an illustration of this craft as well as someone else’s interpretation of how to create it, do a search for “God’s Eye craft” or look at the illustrated page at http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/godseye.html .
A God’s Eye is a great craft to make at probably any of the Sabbats. I’ve seen them made at Imbolc, and then they’re usually renamed as “Goddess Eyes.” Works for me.
To make a God/dess Eye, you’ll need:
- 2 sticks; I’ve found that bamboo skewers work really well
- yarn of different colors; save leftovers from knitting / crochet projects
- scissors to cut the yarn
- Charge your materials in your normal way.
- Make a slip knot on the end of the yarn you’ll use for the middle of the cross, and slide the loop over the two sticks.
- Once you’ve centered the yarn, pull the knot, and spread the stick arms out into the form of a cross.
- Wrap the yarn diagonally over the center twice for each side (NW-SE, and then NE-SW).
- Begin wrapping the yarn around the sticks, always remembering to move deosil around the eye. Start at one point, move the yarn over the stick, come around the back crossing over the front and moving on to the next arm. Remember – always go over the stick and then go around it. And keep the yarn tight.
- When you need to add another color, figure out where you need to place the knot of the two strands so that it’s hidden behind a stick arm. As you wrap the stick, wrap the loose strands to hide them.
- When you’re done, doubly loop the yarn over the final arm.
- To hang, cut 12″ of yarn. From the front of the eye, push an end on either side of an arm about 2/3rds the way up the arm. Knot the ends in the back. Bring the strands together, determine the length for dangling, and tie a knot. Hang your eye, and enjoy.S. – I’ve seen God’s Eyes made using embroidery thread and jewelers’ wire. These were then were attached to earring hooks and worn. They looked cool, especially when metallic thread was used.
© 2001 Mother
Midsummer crafts revolve around the sun god, and the sun itself.
God’s Eyes are probably the most well known craft tied to Midsummer. South American in origin, they were made by the natives for both protection and decoration. These amulets are made of two sticks placed to form an equilateral cross. Coloured yarn or ribbon is wound around the cross, in alternating colours, to form an eye, and its four points symbolize the two solstices (summer and winter) and equinoxes (spring and fall).
To make the God’s Eyes, you will need:
- 1/4 inch dowels (available at craft or hardware stores, any kind of stick can be used, popsicle sticks are common ^_^)
- Yarn or ribbon in assorted colours
Cut the dowels into any length you wish, just make sure you have two sticks of equal length. Place them to form an equilateral cross. Starting it can be a bit tricky. I tie a tight knot with the ribbon in the centre, then take the dowels and form the cross, and go and tie it the other way.
You could also just tie a knot in the centre, pull the dowels out to form the cross, and start weaving. Just keep in mind you’ll have to hold it in place the while you weave it around the first few times. Once you have it started, take the ribbon and wrap it completely around one point of the dowel, than trail it over the next point of the cross. Pull the ribbon taut, you want a tight weave. Work your design outward, stopping periodically to change ribbon colours, if you wish. If your God’s Eye is going to be used for magickal purposes, you should visualize its purpose as you weave, and consecrate it for its purpose later on. When you have wrapped the ribbon within about half an inch of the end of the dowels, stop the weaving, and tie it off. This may require a bit of glue to hold it in place. When it is tied off, use a bit of the ribbon to make a loop and glue it to the top of the God’s Eye so that you can hang it.
God’s Eyes are a great activity for children, and a fun way to teach them about the Sun God and the purpose of Midsummer.
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