Despite some bright sunshine early on, by evening the catabatic effect had pulled low clouds up and over us. 59F, wind at 1-9mph and gusting, AQI28, UV9. 10% chance of rain today and 60% tonight. Other than a chance of showers on Sunday and Tuesday, and maybe Wednesday morning, everything looks like some clouds, and cool for the rest of the 10-day.
Yesterday was a slow day. Not so much for customers, although I don’t think we had more than a dozen people in, but with what we managed to get done. Tempus went out to do the laundry for several hours. I worked on plants, paperwork and writing, but didn’t get very far. A couple of people that came in were old friends from the Valley, elders. It was good to visit a bit…. Otherwise there was a batch of teenagers, a couple that bought some books and a few others. I had to climb on one of the kids about a mask, but everyone else was being good about it.
In the evening I made breadcrumbs out of the stale bread that had gone into the dehydrator, earlier. Other than that I read and embroidered and slept. I had coaxed Tempus into bed after supper and we both crashed out for hours. Once I was back up I went back to embroidery and he headed out a bit after 2. I’m going to get this out, save a few more pictures from a database of Czech dumpling recipes and I’m thinking to put together some of those savory dumplings that I did last week. …but I’m tired enough I may just go back to bed, instead. Oh, and I have to get the astronomical info entered….
Today it’s supposed to stay cloudy and cool, so we might have shoppers. I need to get Tempus back to working on dishes and I want to do some herb prep on harvested stuff. I have some sweetgrass, not enough for braids, but for small baggies of dried.
A thoughtful article about under-representation. – http://www.incitingariot.com/2020/06/yes-this-is-our-paganism-llewellyn.html
Today’s feast is the Initium Aestas after the god, Aestas, the personification of summer. It is a weather prognostication. If it rains on this day, it will be damper than usual for the next 7 weeks. Aestas is often seen as a full-grown man (personally, I think of the BayWatch guys) tall and good looking and unscarred, very athletic and often blond or red-haired. “Careless in his strength” is a phrase in a lot of the poetry.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/28 at 1:16am.
tonight and tomorrow. (The Moon is exactly first-quarter at 1:16 a.m. Sunday morning PDT.) This evening, the Moon shines in the hind feet of the Leo stick figure, about 8° under Leo’s 2nd-magnitude tail-tip star, Denebola. Denebola forms an almost perfectly equilateral triangle with brighter Spica off to its left and Arcturus, brighter still, above them. All three sides of the triangle are close to 35° long (35.3°, 35.1°, and 32.8°). This has been called the Spring Triangle, a name that certainly fits. Let’s see if we can get it to stick.
Low in the northwestern or northern sky at the end of these long summer twilights, would you recognize noctilucent clouds if you saw them? They’re the most astronomical of all cloud types, and they’re fairly rare — though growing more common in recent decades as the atmosphere changes. See Bob King’s Nights of Noctilucent Clouds.
Asteroid 7 Iris reaches opposition at 10 P.M. EDT. Around this time, you’ll find the magnitude 9 asteroid above Sagittarius’ Teapot asterism in the southeast. Kaus Borealis, the Archer’s magnitude 2.8 lambda star, forms the top of the teapot’s lid. Iris sits 4.8° due north of the star; you should be able to spot it with binoculars or a small scope.
But Iris is not alone. Less than 2° northeast of the main-belt asteroid is M25. Also cataloged as IC 4725, this magnitude 4.6 open star cluster spans about 40′ and is an excellent binocular target. It lies about 2,000 light-years away — quite a bit farther than Iris’ current 151 million miles (242 million kilometers) from Earth.
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28. Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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
Sa 27 High 5:19 AM 6.3 5:34 AM Set 1:04 AM 32
~ 27 Low -0.2 9:05 PM Rise 12:39 PM
~ 27 High 6:50 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.
~ If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down 70 times and get up off the floor saying, “Here comes number 71! – Richard M. Devos, businessman
~ It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. – Anatole France
~ The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” — John Kenneth Galbraith
~ There is little room left for wisdom when one is full of judgement. – Malcolm Hein
Roses smile in their white content,
Roses blush in their crimson bliss,
As the vagrant breezes, wooing them,
Ruffle their petals with careless kiss. – Henry Hewlett (1861–1923)
The moon is full and glowing over head. The power of the circle is pulsing. The Witches have gathered in a circle, in union. In the center of us is a pentagram drawn in sand. We are at the point of no return, I can not leave. But how could people who called them selves Witches, and used this symbol I had been told since my childhood was evil, be doing a healing ritual for a woman with cancer? “Aren’t they and everything about them supposed to be evil?”, the thought from hours before ran through my head again. I had been comforted and reassured, but the whole time I waited for the animal sacrifice. It never came. They are about peace. Maybe all I had been told was a lie?
For centuries people have feared the symbol known as the pentacle, or pentagram. A five pointed star with a circle around it. And even more fear-striking to the general public, the inverted or upside down pentagram. As a Witch and student of Taft High, I think it is important to put these fears aside.
The symbolism of this feared object is far from what the general person will tell you. Witches and mystics have been using this symbol for centuries as a way of connecting to nature, and showing the connection between all living things. The direction the point is placed also has divine symbolism, but first let’s look at the five points.
The five points are rich in meaning, and important in understanding the symbolism. Each of the points corresponds to one of the five elements in Witchcraft, but can be aligned with any other Mystical system. In Witchcraft the five elements are; Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. The fifth element is Spirit, or rather the connection between every living thing. These are the things that make up our world. The air gives us oxygen, and moves seeds in the wind. The fire gives us heat, and creates land and destroys it. The water gives us necessary nutrients to live, and makes crops grow. And the earth gives us life. If it were not for the food and shelter the earth gives us we would not be alive.
The circle around the star is also sacred. The circle represents protection and the cycle of reincarnation. Birth, life, death, and rebirth. Not everyone believes in reincarnation, not every Witch either, but you don’t have to believe in it for it to be so. Because we are part of a constant reincarnation cycle. The cycles of the Earth. Our planet has four seasons; winter, spring, summer, and fall. In these seasons we can see the cycle. In spring the earth is blooming, coming into it’s own. In the summer it is in full bloom, at the top of its’ game. In the fall it begins to die. The last of the crops are brought in and the sun starts to weaken. And then winter… The earth is dead except for those plants strong enough to survive. It is barren, producing no fruit. Then spring comes and the cycle starts over again.
The last part of symbolism that needs to be addressed is the direction of the pentacle. Some will tell you it doesn’t matter if it is upside down or not it is a sign of evil. Others will tell you that only the inverted pentagram is evil, and closely linked with Satan. Neither perception is accurate. In Witchcraft, real earth loving, tree hugging, dirt worshipping, modern day ethical Witchcraft, the pentagram is a symbol of positive power either way. When right side up, it can either show (when worn) a Witch is working on connecting with the divine and trying to reach a more spiritual place in life, or a symbol of earth and protection. When inverted or reversed, it shows a Witch is working on projecting him/her self into the world, to help and teach. There are many more associations to the symbolism, but would take far more space then is allowed here.
The great sadness of this though, is that because of the fear associated with the inverted pentagram most Witches won’t touch it. Even to try to reclaim it’s lost positive symbolism. The same could be said with the regular pentagram except most Witches are more comfortable with reclaiming it because it is our symbol by which we are recognized as Witches, and you can’t manipulate the goat head of Baphomet into it. Another sadness though is that too many people are claiming to be Witches and do not know any of the knowledge that is needed to protect us from further religious discrimination.
So here it is… The long overdue explanation that should have been included in social studies classes long ago. My hope in this is to get awareness out there that to many of the things we as Americans, and modern citizens, take for granted and fear just may have a greater mystery then we know.
Brightest Blessings )O(