It’s dark and quiet except for an occasional draft. I can’t even hear the ocean. Everything’s wet, but it’s been awhile since the last shower. 52F, wind at 1-6mph and gusting, AQI38, UV5. 50% chance of rain today and 100% tonight. It’s likely to get windy later today. The chance of rain at 11am is nearly 100%, but then it tapers off until Thursday should be dry, if clouded up. After that it’s showers until Tuesday when we might see a little sun. There’s a rather wimpy swirl out in the Pacific, but it’s dragging rain and a low over us, although most of the rain is north of us, now.
Yesterday I didn’t have quite as much trouble hauling myself out of bed. ….waking up, though…. 🙂 That didn’t happen until after a 2nd cup of coffee. I seem to function ok, even feeling like I’m sleepwalking.
We had a few shoppers during the day. Bless them all for masking up! I was working on some herbs that had come in from a friend during the day. Later, after I got the House Capuchin newsletter out, (which took doing photos and writing) I did a little work on some mending.
Late in the afternoon, past the “official” closing time, I spent awhile making a chicken salad and we heated up the last beet dish, (the extras) and had that with it. We closed and then I got Tempus to crawl into the nap bed and he went splat. I did, too, at least for awhile and then I got up and listened to a wonderful polka show from Nebraska while I was working on mail. Made me smile.
Tempus got up around midnight. He needed that extra. I had watched one of my geology lectures, this one on flood basalts. I frothed about it for awhile. Make *him* smile. He still gets a kick out of my enthusiasm.
Today we’re going to rest for the early part of the day. We’ve been pushing hard to get open and finish the remodel and cleanup, so it’ll be good to just not worry about it. We’re planning a shopping trip and then do the bulk route together, but Tempus will bring me home and help me put away groceries before he does the Oregonian route.
Just a lovely piece of music. It was the 5 o’clock favorite yesterday on allclassical.org
Today ‘s feast is that of Saint Columba (Irish: Colm Cille, ‘church dove’; 7 December 521 – 9 June 597) was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries. He was highly regarded by both the Gaels of Dál Riata and the Picts, and is remembered today as a Christian saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. Columba reportedly studied under some of Ireland’s most prominent church figures and founded several monasteries in the country. Around 563 he and his twelve companions sailed to Iona in Scotland, then part of the Irish kingdom of Dál Riata, where they founded a new abbey as a base for spreading Christianity among the pagan Picts. He remained active in Irish politics, though he spent most of the remainder of his life in Scotland. Three surviving early medieval Latin hymns may be attributed to him. Of course, from our angle he dealt the death-blow to Druidry…. to be fair, the native faiths had gotten pretty corrupt by that time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columba
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. They can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
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Love & Light,
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 6/20 at 11:02pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/12 at 11:24pm.
Tonight is the perfect time to seek out asteroid 2 Pallas, discovered by chance in 1802 — only a year after 1 Ceres was found. For the next few nights, Pallas is sliding through a field of several background stars, offering the perfect backdrop to catch its motion if you return more than once to see which point of light has moved — that’s your target. To find Pallas, drop 6.5° due south of Albireo, the bright, colorful double star in Cygnus the Swan. (In fact, you may want to spend some time admiring the gold and blue pair, which are easy to split in a small scope.) Pallas itself glows at magnitude 10, just 3° south of magnitude 4.4 Anser (Alpha [α] Vulpeculae). A 4- or 6-inch scope should show the small world, even from mildly light-polluted suburban skies. Glance about 1.5° farther south of the asteroid to trace out the famous Coathanger asterism.
After dark, Vega dominates the eastern sky. Barely lower left of it is 4th-magnitude Epsilon Lyrae, the famous Double-Double. Epsilon forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much closer and tougher, but plainly resolved in any telescope. And Delta Lyrae, below Zeta, is a much wider and easier pair.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes –0.1 or –0.2, – 2.6, and +0.4, respectively) shine in the east-southeast to south before and during early dawn. Jupiter, the brightest, is on the right. Saturn glows pale yellow 5° to Jupiter’s left. They rise now around 11 or midnight daylight-saving time, depending on your location, straddling the border of Sagittarius and Capricornus. Mars, in dim Aquarius, is way off to their east, 40° to 45° left of Saturn, as dawn begins. Mars is brightening and enlarging. In a telescope it’s now 10 arcseconds wide: a little gibbous disk 85% sunlit.
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.
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 9 High 3:02 AM 7.8 5:32 AM Rise 12:05 AM 89
~ 9 Low 10:11 AM -1.2 9:00 PM Set 9:18 AM
~ 9 High 4:55 PM 6.4
~ 9 Low 10:16 PM 3.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Accepting responsibility is the key to personal freedom.
~ Wilson’s ability to open himself up and receive signals both from within his own expanding neurology and from the broadcasts of scientists defines him as one of the key personalities of modern neurological philosophy. – Timothy Leary on Robert Anton Wilson
~ There have been injuries and deaths in boxing, but none of them serious. – Alan Minter
~ If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character…Would you slow down? Or speed up? ~ Chuck Palahniuk
~ Character is a long-standing habit. – Plutarch
O dwellers in the stately towns,
What come ye out to see?
This common earth, this common sky,
This water flowing free? – John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)
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Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Litha, The Summer Solstice
Litha, The Summer Solstice – by Gordon Ireland
Litha is also known as the summer solstice, Midsummer, All Couples Day, and Saint John’s Day. Litha is one of the fire festivals and occurs on the longest day of the year. This is the time of year when the sun reaches its highest apex, at the Tropic of Cancer. It is the day when light overcomes darkness, a day of power. Litha also is one of the “quarter days” or the Lesser Sabbats.
Litha, as a Wiccan holiday, has the Sun/God reaching full power, and the Goddess pregnant with child. She holds promise of the bounty of the harvest yet to come. Litha’s name, depending which author you read, has its roots in Greco-Roman, (McCoy, page 149) or according to Our Lady of the Prairie Coven, Litha means opposite of Yule. This may possibly have Saxon roots, though that is pure speculation. No others authors that were researched for this article offered any explanation as to the origins of Litha other than it is name for Midsummer.
Midsummer traditionally marks the beginning of summer (i.e. schools out). Actually midsummer marks the actual middle of the Celtic summer, falling between Beltane and Lughnasadh. Midsummer is known also as a night of magic, made famous by William Shakespeare with his play Midsummer’s Nights Dream. As a Quote from Puck can attest to:
Captain of our fairy band,
Helena is here at hand;
And the youth, mistook by me,
Pleading for a lover’s fee.
Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
(Shakespeare, Act 3, Scene 2)
June in Europe and America is historically the busiest month for weddings, hence All Couples Day. This tradition begins because this time of the year was a time of rest for the Ancient Celts, the time between planting and harvesting. June allowed time for the wedding festivals and rest. This is best described in an English child’s nursery rhyme.
“…marry in the month of May
most surely you will rue the day.
Marry in June when roses grow
And happiness you’ll always know…”
Author Unknown (McCoy, 167)
Saint John’s Day celebrates the birth of St. John exactly six months before the birth of Christ as he foretold of Christ’s coming. The Celts, as was their way, easily adopted this day and incorporated into their summer solstice festivities just as they did with Beltane/May Day. A poem demonstrates how the Celts and other cultures were able to incorporate the various pagan meanings of Litha with a Christian one.
In praise of St. John–
May he give health to my heart.
St. John comes and St. John goes,
Mother, marry me off soon!
Author Unknown (Henes, page 61)
Litha’s celebrations are as varied as the authors who write them are. The times that the ritual should take place are also varied. McCoy suggests that the ritual take place on the eve before June 21. (Pages 163-66) McCoy further states that during the ritual one should jump over or walk in between two purifying fires. (Pages 153-54) Author of Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles and Celebrations, Donna Henes, says that Midsummer is a sun festival and is best done during the daylight hours between sunrise and high noon. (Page 56)
Litha rituals as all ritual should be personal. Several of the authors give basic outlines some for covens, some for the solitary. Most of the authors used for this essay are Wiccan. This particular point of view uses a very pregnant Lady and a Lord at the height of his powers. This ritual, no matter what the tradition or the Gods/Goddesses involved should include either the sun or a fire, or both.
Silliness – Complicated Operation
A lawyer awoke in a hospital bed after a complicated operation, and found that the curtains were drawn around him.
“Why are the curtains closed?” he asked. “Is it night?”
A nurse replied, “No, it is just that there is a fire across the street, and we didn’t want you waking up and thinking that the operation was unsuccessful.”