It’s foggy. Not quite so much as the other night, but this is likely to persist after sunrise. There was some after yesterday’s early rain, but when the sun came out it lifted and vanished in minutes. 57F, wind at wind is calm, AQI36, UV9. 10% chance of rain today and 70% tonight. Partly cloudy for the 10-day forecast with temps in the upper 50’s during the day. Great early summer weather!
Yesterday we got the shop open on time. I was already working on a bunch of the Virtual Project Day stuff. I started with cutting dried sweetgrass. Tempus made coffee. Sentila dropped off a lunch. She says she’ll be back when she can visit awhile. …She’s the sweetest! It was a chunk of blueberry cake, some chicken and a rice and veg dish.
I had a class on costumes in Shakespeare’s time… fantasy costumes from the 16th-17th century. I went to get in on a banner-making discussion and it was 1/2 an hour of just socializing before I gave up. Before, after and during I worked on embroidery and sewing the first attempt at one of the larger kisslock pouches. Of course, first one, I did it wrong, so I cut another. Tempus worked on bone needles and then some of the dishes.
I eventually took a nap. …and stayed down awhile after. When I got up, Tempus closed up and then I got us some supper. We had sweet carrots (leftovers), chicken and leek stew (ditto) and some more of those cheese dumplings. I was quite stuffed. I went to bed early.
Today we’re back to more usual tasks. Tempus got my hammer pulled out, so I have a curtain to put up and some crystals to shatter and bag. I really need to get outside to work on the plants. There’s harvesting to do and a bit of tending.
Today’s feast is for Petosiris, called Ankhefenkhons, who was the high priest of Thoth at Hermopolis and held various priestly degrees in the service of Sakhmet, Khnum, Amen-Re and Hathor. The son of Sishu and Nefer-renpet, he lived in the second half of the 4th century BCE under Persian rule. In his tomb inscriptions (his tomb is in the necropolis at Tuna el-Gebel) he prided himself on having restored the fortunes of the temples in which he served. There is a pseudepigraphic onomantic text, Petosiris to Nechepso, and it is possible that the priestly Petosiris described in this article is the inspiration for the attribution of authorship. Nechepso lived in the 7th century BC and that the text is likely 2nd century BC. http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/texts/petosiris.htm
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 7/3 at 9:44am.
As night falls, look for the Big Dipper hanging down in the northwest by its handle. Its bottom two stars, the Pointers, point to the right toward modest Polaris, the Little Dipper’s handle-end. Most of the Little Dipper is very dim. This is the time of year when, at the end of twilight, it floats straight upward from Polaris — like a helium balloon escaped from some backyard. The Little Dipper’s one other moderately bright star, matching 2nd-magnitude Polaris, is Kochab on the lip of the Little Dipper’s bowl. Look for it about a fist and a half above Polaris.Jupiter blazes brightly at magnitude –2.7, climbing above the southeastern horizon an hour after sunset tonight. Just under 6° to Jupiter’s east is Saturn, shining around magnitude 0.2. Saturn’s largest and brightest moon, Titan, lies just under 2′ to the planet’s northwest. See if you can spot it in your scope.
All four of Jupiter’s Galilean moons are visible tonight: Europa is to the planet’s east, while to the west are Io (nearest), Ganymede, and Callisto (farthest out). If you catch the planet early in the evening, you may see its Great Red Spot through a telescope; the Spot should be centrally located around 8:17 P.M. EDT.
Pluto sits 41.3′ due south of Jupiter tonight. It’s a paltry magnitude 14.7, meaning you may not spot it visually even with a telescope, but imaging equipment should snag you a glimpse of the distant world.
The Moon reaches perigee at 10:13 P.M. EDT, when it will sit 229,260 miles (368,958 km) from Earth.
Mars rises due east around midnight or 1 a.m. daylight saving time, shining bright orange (magnitude –0.4) in Cetus. Watch for it to come up far below the Great Square of Pegasus and perhaps a bit to the right. By the first light of dawn, Mars shines very high and prominent in the southeast. In a telescope Mars has grown to 11½ arcseconds in apparent diameter; we’re approaching it as Earth speeds along in our faster orbit around the Sun. Mars is as gibbous as it gets, 84% sunlit. Look for the white South Polar cap and for subtler dark surface markings. To see a map of the side of Mars facing you at your date and time, use our Mars Profiler. Mars will appear twice this diameter when it passes closest by Earth around opposition 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 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
M 29 Low 2:14 AM 1.2 5:35 AM Set 1:56 AM 55
~ 29 High 7:55 AM 5.4 9:05 PM Rise 3:07 PM
~ 29 Low 1:54 PM 1.1
~ 29 High 8:29 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.
~ The two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity. – Nietzsche
~ Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning. – Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) German Field Marshal.
~ The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
~ Few are bold in old age that are cowardly in childhood. – Volsunga Saga, c.18
The daisies are nodding o’er bending grass,
With bright eyes greeting me as I pass;
As offering sweets from a billowy knoll,
The buttercup lifteth its golden bowl;
The feathery clouds float airily by,
Flecking with silver the blue of the sky. – Emily Thornton Charles (1845–95)
The Ten Commandments of Mother Earth
- Thou shalt love and honour the Earth for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival.
II. Thou shalt keep each day sacred to the Earth and celebrate the turning of its seasons.
III. Thou shalt not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction.
IV. Thou shalt give thanks for thy food, to the creatures and plants that nourish thee.
V. Thou shalt educate thy offspring for multitudes of people are a blessing unto the Earth when we live in harmony.
VI. Thou shall not kill, nor waste Earth’s riches upon weapons of war.
VII. Thou shalt not pursue profit at the Earth’s expense but strive to restore its damaged majesty.
VIII. Thou shalt not hide from thyself or others the consequences of thy actions upon the Earth.
IX. Thou shalt not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.
X. Thou shalt consume material goods in moderation so all may share the Earth’s bounty.