Minus Tide at 9:30 AM of -1.0 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Driving back into town tonight the rain was a steady patter. All the puddles/ponds/inlets & outlets were full from the high tide and the water was matte from the intersections of the raindrops. Lights across the Backbay were dim beacons through the rain. It’s been raining hard enough that some of the porch planters were dripping out the bottom. Rain. 61F, wind at 1-13mph and gusting, AQI 16-22, UV8. Chance of rain 96% today and 50% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 11am. Plan on rain today and possible showers on Tuesday. Otherwise it ought to be dry and at least partly sunny 10 day out! Highs could climb into the mid-60’s by the end of the week! One new firespot near SweetHome. The other fires are pretty much unchanged.
Yesterday we didn’t get home in the morning. Tempus misunderstood something that I had talked about earlier in the week and stayed awake to make sure I got up. …but I didn’t need to. <sigh> So we opened on time and had coffee right away and had customers in well before the first cup was empty. Well, we had one customer who came in before the lights were on! She needed a tarot deck.
During the early part of the afternoon we had people in and out, but as the clouds thickened up and then the drizzle started they petered out. I was working on pictures of shells, so I can ID them and get some of the fancier ones priced and set out for sale. Tempus was hanging crystals and eventually got going on Herbs. He also got some more of the tools scrubbed, so a lot of those are put away, now.
We took the last of the vegetables from that roast and a bag of frozen meatballs home and that was supper. I got to see a set of Mergansers and their little grey fluffballs on Eckman Lake. We were both really tired and went splat almost right away. I woke around midnight and did a little machine sewing/cutting out, so I’d have a couple of projects for today.
I’m going to finish this and work on shells some more, then take some embroidery in back with me. I need to pull some frozen stuff out to thaw….. Today, once we’re back at the shop, we should be open on time. I have House Capuchin stuff to do, but also that project I was talking about, and some cookery. Tempus is supposed to be cutting out blanks for fids and needles, since this is our “different day”.
Today’s feast is in honor of Gerald Gardner whose birthday is today. Wicca is his fault. He was a British eccentric from an entirely unremarkable family, who went into the foreign service and came back with an attitude that allowed him to take disparate bits and create a religious path that the time was ripe for. Many of the pagan paths these days owe a lot to him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Gardner_(Wiccan) I ran across a YouTube last year about Gerald Gardner, by Ronald Hutton. It’s pretty good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQbdXCoxC14
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods in the middle spring. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”
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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 6/24 at 11:40am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 6/14 at 3:53pm.
Spot Mars below the crescent Moon this evening. Mars is now fainter than even Castor; see the Mars-Pollux-Castor lineup in the first illustration above. The Moon passes 3° north of Mars at 4 P.M. EDT. Look west shortly after sunset to spot the pair in Cancer, with Mars a little less than 3° to the thin crescent Moon’s southwest half an hour after the Sun disappears. Mars glows at magnitude 1.8, popping out among some of the brighter stars as the sky begins to darken.
Much brighter Venus — magnitude –3.9 — stands 17.5° west of the Red Planet. Venus is located in Gemini, forming the point of a deep V between Pollux (left) and Castor (right). Because it starts out lower in the sky, Venus sets earlier (around 10 P.M. local time, depending on your location). It currently spans about 11″ and appears 93 percent lit. Mars, by contrast, is 96 percent lit and a mere 4″ across. It sets an hour later, giving you more time to study it as well as Cancer’s famous Beehive Cluster, currently about 6° east of Mars and 4° left of the Moon (for North America). The Red Planet will slide right through this open cluster of stars later this month.
Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.. 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.
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR JUNE 2021: SEE THE STARS MOVE – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-see-stars-move
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Mercury (6/22), Pluto (10/6), Saturn Retrograde (10/10)
Color – Gold
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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
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 13 High 2:13 AM 7.4 5:31 AM Rise 8:08 AM 5
~ 13 Low 9:30 AM -1.0 9:02 PM
~ 13 High 4:17 PM 6.0
~ 13 Low 9:18 PM 3.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will remember to smile.
Journal Prompt – Wiki – What can you do that makes people laugh?
~ The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those who feel. – Horace Walpole; Letter to Sir Horace Mann, 1770
~ There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. – Mother Teresa
~ They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned … They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features … They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane…. They would make fine servants … With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want. – Christopher Columbus
~ They understood that you didn’t have to attack the fortress anymore. You could just surround it, make faces at the people inside and let them have nervous breakdowns and destroy themselves. – Norman Mailer
In June ’tis good to lie beneath a tree
While the blithe season comforts every sense,
Steeps all the brain in rest, and heals the heart,
Brimming it o’er with sweetness unawares. – J. R. Lowell (1819–91)
Litha Magick – Lore
deborah <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: “deborah” <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 17:20:16 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] The Midsummer Altar
The Midsummer Altar
As like most seasons we usually like to decorate accordingly, around Christmas, we do get a tree and decorate it with baubles and ornaments, and a Yule log as the centerpiece of our table. During the spring I will put up flowers and add a more spring like quality to our home. The ever shifting nature of seasonal decorations is fun and gets the mind in gear for creativity.
What about the altar? Sometimes that is something that even I overlook when the seasons and sabbats change. One moment my altar is decorated in blacks and oranges, the scent of cinnamon rising up from the burning candles and the next it is already Midsummer and wondering where did the time go?
In a world where we go, go, go all the time, it is often the little things, like our altars, that go unnoticed. Take a look at your altar. What do you see on it? What colours are there? Maybe it hasn’t been dusted in awhile or perhaps the candles are looking a bit old and used. Take a moment to assess how you feel about your altar, what does it speak to you? Where are you at in your life right now with your practices and spirituality?
When you set to re-decorating the altar for Litha think of warm summer days, the colours of the fire in the bar-be-cue pits, and the sunny cloudless days. Bright colours are a wonderful way to warm up the altar, perhaps you are working more with the fire elements these days, then these bright colours would be perfect. If you are working, perhaps, more with the water element, then shades of blues and greens wrapped around your altar is a lovely idea.
Some of the other things you could use to decorate the Litha altar would be fresh candles (don’ t throw the old ones out though!), to represent the newness and fertility of the season. Maybe some items that are representations of the summer months, birds, butterflies and other insects, fruits and flowers, anything that your imagination can think of.
Scents also play an important part in any altar. What smells speak to you of Midsummer? Something flowery, the scent of the ocean on a warm summer’s breeze or anything else really that tickles your fancy.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q: How Do You Scare A Panda? You Sneak Up Behind It And Yell “bam-BOO”!