It’s foggy, but there don’t look to be any clouds above. The pollen is way up. 48F, winds are calm, AQI34, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Looking to be partly cloudy today, but except for Saturday, where there’s about a 50% chance of rain, it should be dry.
I got so much sleep on Tuesday that last night wasn’t much for sleep. I did some embroidery. I read awhile. I talked to Tempus. I tried to sleep and then gave up and did one of the geology lectures. This one was on a gold mine and its relation to the Yellowstone hotspot and by then I was tired enough to sleep.
Of course, don’t make plans unless you’re ok with the universe laughing at you. Tempus blew another tire. We don’t have a 2nd spare. The tires were supposed to be in yesterday by 2pm. <sigh> So he wasn’t home by 8 or 9 or even at 10am… or noon …or even 2pm, but by 3:30 he was home and sitting down with a glass of his Father’s Day pear brandy. I’m glad it came early. He got one of the other paper drivers to pick him up, got one tire on and brought the car back to the tire place here. Poor guy is really hurting from having to horse all the stuff around, so I made sure he ate and got some aspirin and made him go to bed.
I didn’t get a lot of sleep, either. First Tempus called when the tire blew, then Loryea called, then the tire place, then two customers and at that point I gave up and got up. We got a little bit done, but when we went back to sleep, slept for about 3 hours and got up to work. I finally woke him around 1, to make sure he got something to eat. He ate about 4 bites and the phone rang. <sigh> So he headed out around 1:20.
Today we’re supposed to be open by 1pm. …supposed to be. I’m not going to guarantee the way the last few days went.
Today’s feast is the Dragon Boat festival, which is being celebrated again in China after having been banned for quite a while under the communists. It is celebrated with rice dumplings, realgar wine (which seems to be poisonous!) and dragon boat races.
“The sun is considered to be at its strongest around the time of summer solstice (“mid-summer” in traditional East Asia) when the daylight in the northern hemisphere is the longest. The sun, like the Chinese dragon, traditionally represents masculine energy, whereas the moon, like the phoenix, traditionally represents feminine energy. The summer solstice is considered the peak annual moment of male energy while the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, represents the peak annual moment of feminine energy. The masculine image of the dragon is thus naturally associated with Duanwu.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_boat_festival
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. Azaleas are a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/19 at 2:43pm.
In Friday’s dawn, bring binoculars to a location with a view very low to the east-northeast to catch the thin crescent Moon paired with Venus, as illustrated above. For North America they’ll appear only a degree or two apart. This will be a challenging photo opportunity; bring your best camera, a tripod, and a long lens. Venus now appears in the morning sky after its June 3 inferior conjunction. This morning, the magnitude –4.3 planet is 4° high 45 minutes before sunrise. It hangs 11° east of a 27-day-old crescent Moon. Through binoculars or a telescope, you’ll be able to see that its 52″-wide disk is a mere 7 percent lit. Tomorrow morning, the Moon will pass in front of, or occult, Venus from some parts of the world. Whether you can view the event or not, you will find the Moon much closer to our sister planet, so make sure to come back in 24 hours to see how the scene has changed.
Less than 10° above the planet in the sky is the sparkling Pleiades. Due north of this open cluster is the constellation Perseus the Hero. His beta star is magnitude 2.1 Algol. Sometimes called “the demon star,” Algol represents the gorgon Medusa’s severed head, held by Perseus, in depictions of the constellation’s figure. The star is actually an eclipsing binary system, tilted edge-on with respect to Earth. Every 2.867 days, the main star’s smaller, dimmer companion passes in front of it, causing Algol to appear to drop to magnitude 3.4 — just 30 percent its original brightness. The star appears to recover its glow within hours.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast before dawn begins, in the vicinity of Mars.
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.
©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Th 18 Low 5:50 AM -0.1 5:31 AM Rise 3:55 AM 12
~ 18 High 12:10 PM 5.5 9:04 PM Set 6:43 PM
~ 18 Low 5:23 PM 2.7
~ 18 High 11:20 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – No matter how much a private room in a hospital costs, they only give you a semiprivate gown.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – When the Genie in the lamp appeared to Aladdin, he asked, “What wouldest thou have? I am ready to obey thee as thy slave….” If you could have one wish, what would it be? Explain your answer.
~ Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them. – Epictetus
~ One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. – Jack Penn
~ A wise man sometimes changes his mind, but a fool never. – Arab Proverb
~ Don’t play for safety-that’s the most dangerous thing in the world. – Horace Walpole
The Nights by Barry Cornwall
OH , the Summer Night
Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne;
Whilst the sweet Winds load her
With garlands of odour,
From the bud to the rose o’er-blown!
But the Autumn Night
Has a piercing sight,
And a step both strong and free;
And a voice for wonder,
Like the wrath of the Thunder,
When he shouts to the stormy sea!
And the Winter Night
Is all cold and white.
And she singeth a song of pain;
Till the wild bee hummeth,
And warm spring cometh,
When she dies in a dream of rain!
Oh, the Night brings sleep
To the green woods deep;
To the bird of the woods its nest;
To Care soft hours;
To life new powers;
To the sick and the weary,—Rest!
- Needle-nose pliers
- Possibly a hot glue gun
- Small amount of thread or light cord in the same color as the sticks.
- An 8-10 inch wire ring – These are available at craft stores. You want one that really doesn’t want to bend.
- 5, 8-10 inch straight sticks (match the ring diameter for length, grapevine is good, but isn’t necessary
- Light craft wire in copper, if possible.
- Thin Aluminum wire comes in multiple colors. You can use this for the decorations.
- 20-25 glass leaf beads (copper color) with large enough holes for the wire
- 20-25 pearls (greens) with large enough holes for the wire
- 5 metal and glass ornaments
- 1 large fairy pendant
- 5 complementary stone pieces, probably agates or jasper
- Drill with a tiny bit (if possible)
If you have a drill cut the sticks to the inner diameter of the ring (minus a little bit, look at the picture) and drill tiny holes crosswise on both ends so that you can wire them to the ring. If you don’t have a drill, cut them longer and fasten them to the face of the ring. In both cases use the thread/cord to fasten them in place and put glue on the knots and let dry.
If you are “magicking” the pentacle, start from the top to bottom right, then bottom right to upper left, then across, then from upper right to bottom left, then bottom left to the top. As you tie the last knot say, “So Mote it Be!
Tie the intersections and put a dot of glue on the knots.
Add your fairy. If you have a large enough jump ring you can fasten that to the top of the inner pentagon as in the picture. Else, tie/glue in place.
Play with making curls of the wire, spirals like on top of the stones and wrap enough around the stones to hold them in place, then wrap around the sticks and make a spiral at the other end. If you’ve never done wire wrapping this is going to take awhile, but play with it. It’s not rocket science.
Take the heavier wire and cut a 4-8 inch piece to make a hanging loop. Twist the ends of the wire together, putting the loop between the upper sticks and around the ring.
String your leaf beads and pearls on the lighter wire, alternately.
Fasten the wire at the top of the ring, by curling it around….something….whatever looks right to you.
Start wrapping the wire around the ring, keeping 4 of each leaf/pearl between each stick. You can change this up as in the picture, if you wish, but decide before you start, if you have a limited number of beads!
Twist the wire around the hanging loop, clip, leaving an inch and then twist the last bit around the ring.
Check to make sure all your intersections are glued/twisted/knotted into place.
Set the pentacle face up and fasten the metal/glass ornaments on the points of the star. You can glue/wire/tie as necessary.
Once everything is dry, your pentacle is ready for use, either flat on an altar or hanging up.
Note – You can change the color combinations; just try to keep to 2 or 3 of metal and color. Red/Gold/Brown is one possibility. Silver/Green/Gold would be another and of course the copper/green/silver of the original. ©2018 M. Bartlett
Silliness – To Help You Smile –I had an out of body experience the other day. I was beside myself.