Daily Stuff 6-15-20 Magna Carta

Hi, folks!

The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday.

Wasn’t the sunshine lovely, yesterday? It’s wet now, pavement glistening and standing puddles. Rain showers are coming through and the map is all green. 54F, wind at 4-8 mph and gusting, AQI35, UV8. 70% chance of rain today and 80% tonight. It’s likely to stay showery almost all day today, accumulating up to 1/4 inch of rain. Tomorrow they’re predicting light rain in the morning and then drying out and staying that was through the end of the 10-day forecast. The big swirl in the gulf is close enough to drag this low right over the top of us, but behind it is all dry.


Yesterday went by very quickly. Tempus was late getting in, more car problems…. but we were up on time and open on time. We had a number of customers during the day, but no sales. We had one guy drop off some garage sale finds. It turns out he’s a photographer and may have a camera that Anja is going to buy off him. Still waiting on that stimulus check. Tempus went down to Yachats to pick up a couple of plants for out front, too.

Lotus plant

A fellow stopped by with a couple of things for the shop from a garage sale. It turns out he’s a photographer and has a camera for sale, way better quality than I could otherwise afford, so I’m thinking about it. I really want to get going on recording classes!


I did a lot of photos, early on, and got the gift exchange stuff finished and ready to go. I just need a box. Tempus is going to have to get on that this afternoon. Ditto for the stuff for the kids. I spent awhile with plants, harvesting some things like the feverfew and sweetgrass and fennel, and also some things for supper, like garlic, some sorrel and oregano.

Oregano and Poppy

I went to a virtual elevation to the Laurel on an SCA site. That was interesting. Different Kingdoms, different customs and oaths. I did a *lot* of writing yesterday. There are letters to the gift exchange person and the kids and a couple of reports, plus I set up newsletter frames for the week.


Supper was chicken with sauteed vegetables and greens over rice. Tempus gave me some ice cream later, with a little of his pear brandy poured over it. I never got to my Tarte de Bry, so I guess that’s going to be for this coming weekend… assuming I can stay out of the brie that long!

Flower (I think this might be echinacea)

Today we should be open on time, but Tempus isn’t going to get home until way later than usual. He’s going to get that tire fixed in Newport after he finishes the paper route. We have things to finish packing to go to the PO, stock to hang and cleaning.

For a celebration of Jan Kupalo in Czech Republic. This is a Solstice celebration, where everyone gets wet in rivers or lakes and floats wreaths with candles on the water.

Solstice is coming!

Astro 0620 SummerSunset_m428


The Magna Carta (Great Charter) was signed at the field of Runnymede on this day! The charter was the first document declaring that the king or queen had to abide by the laws of the land. Exactly 800 years ago, in June 1215, feudal barons gathered outside London to define and limit the powers of King John, forcing him to affix his royal seal to the charter. Wikipedia article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magna_Carta and another interesting article here: http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/6-things-you-might-not-know-about-the-magna-carta?cmpid=Social_FBPAGE_HISTORY_20150615_192842250&linkId=14914901  Transcript here – https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/magna-carta-1215

120px-Pulmonaria_saccharata_(3497086606)Today’s plant, Lungwort (Pulmonaria) is one of the first perennials to bloom, with bright flowers and spotted leaves. Zones 4-8 More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lungwort …and there are lots of pix in Wikimedia Commons here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Pulmonaria – Feminine, Air, the Sylphs– It is a plant of helpful magick for breathing problems from COPD to asthma to TB to lung cancer….

Jean-Baptiste-DenysToday is the anniversary in 1667 of the first successful blood transfusion, animal to human, although the allergic reactions would have killed the patients if the quantities had been larger. It wasn’t until 1902 and the discovery of human blood types that transfusions actually became worthwhile.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_transfusion#History  …and more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Denys

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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 6/16 at 2:43pm. 

Return to Jupiter for more Galilean moon action this morning, as Ganymede is eclipsed by the planet starting at 12:40 A.M. EDT. At the same time, Europa and its shadow are transiting the disk of the planet. Less than an hour later, at 1:36 A.M. EDT, Io pops into view from behind Jupiter, appearing on its eastern limb. Twenty minutes later, Europa’s shadow slips off the disk. The icy moon follows a little less than an hour and a half later, leaving the face of the planet at 3:18 A.M. EDT. Just in case you want one more added bonus, wait an hour and the Great Red Spot will take center stage. The massive storm should appear roughly centered on the planet’s southern hemisphere around 4:43 A.M. EDT.


It’s only five days to summer, but as twilight fades, look for wintry Capella very low in the north-northwest very out of season. The farther south you are, the lower Capella will appear; you may need binoculars. But if you’re as far north as Montreal or a Portland (either Oregon or Maine), Capella is actually circumpolar.
Mars rises in the east around 1 a.m., shining bright orange (magnitude –0.2) at the Aquarius-Cetus border. Watch for it to clear the horizon lower right of the Great Square of Pegasus. By the first light of dawn Mars is fairly high in the southeast, for fairly good telescopic viewing. This week Mars grows from 10 to 11 arcseconds in apparent diameter; we’re approaching it as we speed along in our faster orbit around the Sun. In a telescope Mars this month is as gibbous as it gets, 84% sunlit. Look for the planet’s bright South Polar cap and any discernable dark markings. Mars will reach 22.6 arcseconds wide when it passes closest by Earth in the first half of October.

Old Farmer’s Almanac June Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-2020-see-stars-move
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Aries
Venus (6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4) Retrograde
Color: Grey

Harvest 6/14-15

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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
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


Tides for Alsea Bay

M   15      Low   3:37 AM     1.6   5:31 AM    Rise  2:45 AM      35
~    15     High   9:15 AM     4.8   9:03 PM     Set  3:35 PM
~    15      Low   3:06 PM     1.8
~    15     High   9:31 PM     6.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let others lead small lives, but not you.  Let others argue over small things, but not you.  Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.  Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? –  If you’re going to do good work, the work has to scare you. — Andre Previn



~   If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake. – F. Wikzek
~   The willingness to take risks is our grasp of faith. – George Woodberry
~   I’ve never had a humble opinion. If you’ve got an opinion, why be humble about it? – Joan Baez
~   Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, more fit to bruise than polish. – Anne Bradstreet

Fair and green is the marsh in June;
Wide and warm in the sunny noon.
The flowering rushes fringe the pool
With slender shadows, dim and cool. – Antoinette Alcott Bassett


Litha Magick – Studies

The warm time is here:
time to work and time to rest,
time to celebrate outside,
time to prepare for the harvest.
All about us, the Land Spirits are singing.
All about us, the deities are speaking.
Help me to listen, all you divine beings.
May I hear your voices.

Invocation of the God (from Book of Pagan Prayer, Ceiswr Serith)

Wielder of the flaming arrow,
look down from your place on high,
and, fitting a shaft to your bow,
let loose your bowstring.
Sink deep into the Earth the shaft of fire,
warming the world, bringing the summer.

Following your course,
laid down in ancient times,
you have come unerringly to the heights of the sky,
there where you can survey the wide Earth with no obstruction.
May all on which you gaze be to your liking!
May all below follow its course as well as you!

You have mounted to your throne in the roof of heaven,
you have achieved the heights.
In the midpoint of the year,
you rule from the midpoint of the sky.
Lord of Light, I praise you as you shine!


Silliness – Living through a plague

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