Daily Stuff 6-20-21 Litha

Hi, folks!

Litha Blessings to all! The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Beth Kattelman.

Mostly overcast. 53F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 28-46, UV8. Chance of rain 9% today and 22% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY though 5am on Monday. The 10-day forecast hasn’t changed much. Less wind after today, more clouds at this end and higher temps at the other. The Cutoff Fire blew up in a hurry today. It’s not too far east of Klamath Falls and I have friends who have had to evacuate. It’s over 1000 acres. The S-503 Fire on the Warms Springs Reservation is up over 100 acres and there are a *lot* of firespots in that area. It’s generating a huge smoke plume. There a huge one south of Oregon, as well. I can’t tell where it’s coming from but *wow*. Counting the firespots in Warmsprings as one there are a total of 6 spots. Messy… and could get nasty.

Yesterday flew past. Tempus was early getting back from the paper route and we went home and crashed, dragging ourselves awake and then getting shop open. Coffee happened quickly or I don’t think I would have been able to stay awake at my desk.

I had a couple of meetings (online) that I needed to get to, so that was most of my time from 1-3. Tempus worked with a bunch of customers during that time.

I was pretty tired by the time the meetings were over, but there were more customers to take care of and I spent quite a long while with a young lady from Michigan, who hasn’t had anyone pagan to hang out with other than the friend that came in with her. They needed some direction on books and things and I printed a copy of our Sabbat ritual for them.

Then, late in the day, a lady came in with her granddaughter who is really into crystals. She spent most of an hour, browsing. I discussed the Herbs Workshop with the grandmother.

At that point it was past 6pm, so Tempus went across to the China Restaurant to get us some supper and we closed up and went home. I was so tired I dozed off in the car, twice, and methodically chomped my dinner, put 1/2 in the fridge and crawled into bed. I didn’t wake, other than the use the bathroom until 12:30.

It had clouded up and it’s fairly warm, still. Tempus headed out before 2, and I’ve been writing since, although I’ve fallen asleep twice…. Yes, I’m going to crawl into the nap bed as soon as this is out.

Today is our “different day” and we have the potluck, as well. I’m planning to put a nibbles tray together, first thing, and we’ll work on that during the day. I have an address for the last box of marzipan, so I’m going to get that put together, as well. There are a couple of dishes that I hope to make, late in the day. With any luck I can get the seedcake batter put together and bake those when we get home. …but those are at the bottom of the priority list. I *have* had a taste for them for awhile, though.

Good night, heron. Good night, seals. Good night, gulls. Goodnight, sun. Goodnight, Waldport. ❤️- by Beth Kattelman, 6/18/19

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Today’s feast is that of Ceridwen who is the Mother form of the Triple Goddess worshiped in Wicca and modern paganism, probably mostly derived from the writings of Robert Graves. Goddess of inspiration, she is also goddess of fertility and re-birth, because of her ever-flowing cauldron. She is not the ancient goddess-form known by this name although the old stories get used as part of her symbolism. This modern feast is celebrated by burning vervain in small cauldrons, tying green ribbons to trees and using green altar coverings and clothing on this day. Here is a Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerridwen and another on the Triple Goddess http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Goddess_(Neopaganism)

My Daddy with my brother and me.

Today’s feast is also Father’s Day – Father’s Day is a holiday of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on 19 March as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. Observed by: 111+ countries Honors fathers and fatherhood. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father%27s_Day_(United_States)

And, of course, today’s feast is Litha, the festival of Midsummer, the Heiros Gamos of Goddess and God. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer

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Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon GrapeMahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat on their own. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 4:58am

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. 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 6/22 at 11:40pm.

Summer evening – The summer solstice occurs June 20, bringing the longest day of the year and kicking off the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere. – Alice Popkorn (Flickr)

 We pass through the solstice today at 8:32 p.m. PDT. This is when the Sun is farthest north for the year (in Earth’s sky) and begins its six-month return southward. Summer officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere, winter in the Southern Hemisphere. For us northerners, this is the year’s longest day and shortest night. June 20 is the day with the most sunlight this year: 14 hours 53 minutes 41.6 seconds.It’s also the day when (in the north temperate latitudes) the midday Sun passes the closest it ever can to being straight overhead, and thus when your shadow becomes the shortest it can ever be at your location. This happens at your local apparent [solar] noon, which is probably rather far removed from noon in your civil time (clock time). And if you have a good west-northwest horizon (in mid-northern latitudes), mark carefully where the Sun sets. In a few days you should be able to detect that the Sun is again starting to set a just little south (left) of that point.

Messier 13 – This 2016 shot shows the Great Cluster in Hercules, cataloged as M13 and the finest globular cluster in the northern sky. – TheWitscher (Flickr)

You can ring in summer by enjoying one of the summer sky’s finest sights: the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. Officially cataloged as M13, this ancient grouping of stars reigns high in the summertime night sky among the stars of the Son of Zeus. Discovered by Edmond Halley — who also discovered that famous comet — in 1714, M13 spans 20′ and contains several hundred thousand stars with a combined magnitude of 5.8. It’s a treat through any binoculars or telescope, and is even a naked-eye object under the right conditions (it will appear as a dim bit of “fuzz”). You can find it about one-third of the way from Eta (η) Herculis to Zeta (ζ) Herculis, roughly 2.5° south of the former.

Mars (magnitude +1.8, in Cancer) glows very modestly in late twilight low in the west-northwest, upper left of Venus. Mars is about as faint and small as it can ever get, glimmering with only 1/175 of Venus’s light. The two planets narrow from 14° apart on June 18th to 10° on the 25th. They’ll reach conjunction, ½° apart, on July 12th and 13th. On the 23rd Mars is smack in front of the delicate Beehive Star Cluster, M44.

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
Jupiter Retrograde at 8:06am (10/18)
Mercury (6/22), Pluto (10/6), Saturn Retrograde (10/10)
Color – Yellow
Planting 6/20&21
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Su   20      Low   3:36 AM     0.7   5:32 AM     Set  2:40 AM      67
~    20     High   9:30 AM     5.3   9:04 PM    Rise  4:26 PM
~    20      Low   3:08 PM     1.5
~    20     High   9:31 PM     7.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I can and I will.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – For all of us today, the battle is in our hands. The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. There are no broad highways to lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. We must keep going. — Martin Luther King Jr.

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Quotes

~   We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights. – Pearl Buck
~   A balanced, healthy diet will help to stabilize your energy and clarify your mind. This, in turn, will make your magick more effective. Kerr Cuhulain
~   An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. – Buddha
~   The most drastic and usually the most effective remedy for fear is direct action. – William Burnham

The summer morn is bright and fresh,
the birds are darting by
As if they loved to breast the breeze
that sweeps the cool clear sky. – William C. Bryant (1794–1878)

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Litha Magick – Recipes

Bright Memories Litha Parfait – from Hearth & Home Witchery

1 (2 3/4 ounce) package vanilla custard powder (no bake)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups milk
1 (21 ounce) can pineapple pie filling
2 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

In sauce pan prepare custard according to the package directions using the milk. Remove from heat. Gradually stir cheese into hot mixture, mixing well. Stir in vanilla. Chill custard mixture and pie filling separately until ready to serve. When ready to serve, spoon alternate layers of mixture and pie filling into parfait or juice glasses. Top with some type of berries if desired.

Rose Petal Ice Cream
14 oz. whole milk
1 1/2 oz. fresh rose petals (rugosa roses or deep red tea roses)
2 oz. crystallized ginger, minced
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
2 cups heavy whipping cream

  1. In a saucepan, slowly heat the milk to approximately 200 degrees F.
  2. Remove from heat, add flowers, and steep for 15 minutes.
  3. While it is still warm, strain the milk through a cheesecloth.
  4. Add the ginger and sugar to the milk.
  5. Place the egg yolks in a small bowl and pour in half of the milk mixture.
  6. Stir the mixture with a spoon, and then pour it back into the saucepan.
  7. Place the pan over low heat and cook until the mixture is approximately 200 degrees F.
  8. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the whipping cream.
  9. Refrigerate the mixture until it is well chilled, then process in any ice cream machine. 
    Quick method: – Soften high-quality vanilla ice cream, add the roses and re-freeze. Leave in the freezer for at least one day.

GOOSEBERRY FOOL – <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com>
4 cups Gooseberries
1/4 cup Water
2 cups Sugar
Whipped cream

  1. Cook gooseberries in water until done (or you may use the equivalent of canned gooseberries).
  2. Mash gooseberries in blender or food processor.
  3. Beat sugar into hot gooseberries.
  4. Cool mixture in fridge or freezer

When cold, mix with stiffly whipped cream and pour into sherbet glasses for serving.

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Silliness – The Best of the Worst Country Music Song Titles

– If My Nose Were Full of Nickels, I’d Blow It All On You
– Do You Love As Good As You Look?
– Get Your Tongue Outta My Mouth ‘Cause I’m Kissing You Goodbye
– Her Teeth Were Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure
– Here’s A Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares
– How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?
– I Changed Her Oil, She Changed My Life
– I Don’t Know Whether To Kill Myself Or Go Bowling
– I Fell In A Pile Of You And Got Love All Over Me
– I Flushed You From The Toilets Of My Heart.
– I Keep Forgettin’ I Forgot About You
– I Wanna Whip Your Cow
– I Would Have Wrote You A Letter, But I Couldn’t Spell Yuck!
– I Wouldn’t Take Her To A Dawg Fight,(even if she had a chance to win)
– I’d Rather Have A Bottle In Front Of Me Than A Frontal Lobotomy
– I’m Just A Bug On The Windshield Of Life
– I’ve Been Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart
– I’ve Got The Hungries For Your Love And I’m Waiting In Your Welfare Line
– If I Can’t Be Number One In Your Life, Then Number Two On You
– If Love Were Oil, I’d Be A Quart Low
– If The Phone Don’t Ring, Baby, You’ll Know It’s Me
– If You Don’t Leave Me Alone, I’ll Go And Find Someone who will
– If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?
– Mama Get The Hammer (There’s A Fly On Papa’s Head)
– May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose
– My Every Day Silver Is Plastic
– My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, And I Don’t Love Jesus
– My John Deere Was Breaking Your Field, While Your Dear John Was Breaking My Heart
– My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend, And I Sure Do Miss Him
– Oh, I’ve Got Hair Oil On My Ears And My Glasses Are Slipping Down, But Baby I Can See Through You
– Pardon Me, I’ve Got Someone To Kill
– She Got The Gold Mine And I Got The Shaft;
– She Got The Ring And I Got The Finger
– She Made Toothpicks Out Of The Timber Of My Heart
– She’s Got Freckles On Her, But She’s Pretty
– Thank God And Greyhound She’s Gone
– They May Put Me In Prison, But They Can’t Stop My Face From Breakin’ Out
– Velcro Arms, Teflon Heart
– When You Leave Walk Out Backwards, So I’ll Think You’re Walking In
– You Can’t Have Your Kate And Edith Too
– You Can’t Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd
– You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat
– You’re The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly

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