Clear, so clear you can already see dawn starting! 49F, wind at 0-5mph, AQI32, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Sunny today, Friday and next Wednesday. Everything else is partly cloudy and then rain has dropped out of the forecast. Is summer actually getting started?
Yesterday was a fun day!… but exhausting. We got open just about on time, but started cooking within minutes. We had customers off and on most of the day… about 20, I think. Our friends got there 4-ish and we ate and talked and talked and talked and ate…and worked on project and talked some more… They headed home 11-ish, and we cleaned up and got naps.
Tempus headed out round 2 and it woke me when his phone went off. I’m heading back to bed as soon as this is out.
Today we have to finish the clean-up, but at least the food got put away. I also have to do up more pies so we can just eat those fillings up. I did just enough for each of us to have some. …and I need to develop pictures and write…. but for now I’m going to get some more sleep.
Today’s feast is from Belarus, in remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic War (WWII). “In solemn remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War, and in commemoration of the heroic last stand of Brest Fortress in 1941, on the very country and city (Brest) in which the Eastern Front began.” It is much like the US Memorial day in the remembrances, but without the picnics. Here’s a bit about the war and the Eastern Front. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Patriotic_War
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells: Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
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Love & Light,
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 7/4 at 9:44pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 6/22 at 11:02am.
In bright twilight look for the slim crescent Moon, less then two days old, low in the afterglow of sunset. It’s lower left of Pollux and Castor. Bring binoculars.
Look west after sunset to see Leo the Lion’s stately figure headed down toward the horizon as the night progresses. Regulus, Leo’s magnitude 1.4 alpha star, is envisioned as the Lion’s heart. Lying very near the ecliptic plane, this star is often occulted by the Moon. Regulus also marks the base of the handle of the constellation’s Sickle asterism, whose hook is made up of several other bright stars to Regulus’ northwest. At the other end of the constellation, Denebola (Beta [β] Leonis) marks Leo’s tail. This star shines at magnitude 2.1 and is a little over 1.5 times the Sun’s radius.
Within Leo are numerous bright galaxies, including the famous Leo Triplet of NGC 3628, M65, and M66 Each of these three spirals is tilted differently with respect to our line of sight, making each look quite distinct from its companions. You’ll find the group a little over 7° west-southwest of Denebola, and less than 3° south-southeast of magnitude 3.3 Chertan (Theta [θ] Leonis).
Venus is low in the dawn; look for it just above the east-northeast horizon, as shown above. Look early enough before dawn grows bright, and you may be able to catch the Pleiades 9° above it. Binoculars help. Venus is on its way up to a fine showing as the bright Morning Star through summer and fall.
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.
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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
M 22 High 1:10 AM 8.0 5:32 AM Rise 6:45 AM 0
~ 22 Low 8:23 AM -1.5 9:05 PM Set 10:42 PM
~ 22 High 3:02 PM 6.2
~ 22 Low 8:08 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – My hopes keep my fears at bay.
~ I have a lantern. You steal my lantern. What, then, is your honour worth no more to you than the price of my lantern? – Epictetus
~ There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people. – Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) US activist
~ People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim. – Ann Landers (1918 – 2002)
~ Any technical problem can be overcome given enough time and money. – Lerman’s Law of Technology, Corollary: You are never given enough time or money.
Rainbows; and the blue bitter smoke of wood;
And radiant raindrops couching in cool flowers;
And flowers themselves, that sway through sunny hours;
Dreaming of moths that drink them under the Moon. – Rupert Brooke (1887–1915)
Sand candles to honor the Goddess and the God of the sea.
If you don’t live near a beach, you can achieve the same effect by putting sand in a large box, adding water, and working from there. This is definitely a porch or kitchen job, and newspapers are recommended under your work area for easy clean-up.
Melt wax form old candles (save the stubs from altar candles) in a coffee can set in a pot of boiling water. Add any essential oil you want for scent (or scent blocks from a candle supply store). Scoop out a candle mold in wet sand (you can make a cauldron by scooping out the sand and using a finger to poke three “feet”in the sand). Hold the wick (you can get these ready-made in arts and crafts stores) in the center and gently pour in the melted wax. Wait until it hardens, then slip your fingers under the candle and carefully lift it out and brush off the excess sand.
Playful Meditation Wave Tube – Incense of the day: Ginger
To make a meditation wave tube, you will need a clear, thin bottle with a secure lid, some baby or
vegetable oil, some food coloring, and some water. Make this simple tool for whenever you need a little distracting, calming energy drawn to you. Fill your bottle two-thirds full with the oil, then top it off with water. A test tube is ideal for this, but a twenty-ounce water or soda bottle will also work. Add twelve to twenty drops of food coloring, close the lid, and shake well to mix. To use, simply tilt the bottle gently back and forth, sending the waves of color rolling. Or, shake it like crazy and watch the light reflect off the smaller beads of water suspended in the oil. For a special touch, add a pinch or two of fine glitter before you seal the bottle.
By: Laurel Reufner , Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Silliness – To Help You Smile – Breaking a leg during an audition ensures that you end up in the cast.