First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:34 AM of -0.3 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Photos by Mike.
Very foggy! Well, it’s hot in the Valley. 52F, wind at 1-5mph and gusting, AQI 45-86, UV8. Chance of rain 15% today and 21% tonight. The 10-day forecast is mostly unchanged. Partly cloudy or foggy and the temps climbing up into the weekend. The Cutoff Fire is 10% contained but up to 1150 acres and there are *lots* of local fire-spots downwind. That doesn’t look promising. The S-503 fire (Warm Springs) is up to 4000 acres and only 5% contained, with as many fire-spots. The other fires are unchanged and there are 3 more new fire-spots.
Yesterday we didn’t get home in the morning. Tempus’ paper route ran late and I was so solidly asleep on the nap bed that he just crawled in next to me. I was up in plenty of time and he got us coffee before it was time to open, so I got going on messages and mail and got well started.
I mostly was writing once that was done. Tempus was working in back and we did have a few customers in, “just looking”. Around 4:30 we started working on the potluck foods and ate around 6pm. I got pictures done and Tempus kept going on some of the things he’d been doing and we finally headed home around 8:30.
I finished my leftovers from the night before and we crashed hard. It was very still as we drove back into town. We’ve been discussing the possible route changes and it’s not looking so good, although Tempus is doing a ride-along tonight. I’m not sure, but it sounded like we might close a bit early and I may be home overnight. If so, I’ll put out a notice and a timed notice and finish up on Tuesday.
Today we’re back to our usual pursuits. I do still have a batch of marzipan to go out. I want to get farther on the shells and books.
National Indigenous Peoples Day (wikipedia) (French: Journée nationale des peuples autochtones) is a day recognising and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated as National Aboriginal Day in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated annually on 21 June. This date was chosen as the statutory holiday for many reasons, including its cultural significance as the Summer solstice, and the fact that it is a day on which many Indigenous peoples and communities traditionally celebrate their heritage. It was renamed from National Aboriginal Day in 2017. …
National Indigenous Peoples Day is now the first of a series of Celebrate Canada days, followed by the National Holiday of Quebec on 24 June, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on 27 June, and concluding with Canada Day on 1 July. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Indigenous_Peoples_Day
Today’s plant is Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
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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. 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.
If evening observing is more your speed, you won’t be disappointed. Tonight through the 23rd, Mars is crossing the Beehive Cluster (M44) in Cancer. Step outside about an hour after sunset to find the Red Planet roughly 13° high and shining at magnitude 1.8 amid a fuzzy smattering of blue stars. Binoculars or a telescope will net you the best view, but you’ll need to be quick, as Mars sets by 11 P.M. local time. The clearer your view of the western horizon, the longer you’ll be able to follow it down. Mars will sit smack dab in the middle of the cluster tomorrow evening, and at the opposite edge of the grouping by the night of the 23rd.
Jupiter’s eastward progression grinds to a halt as the giant planet stands stationary at 1 A.M. EDT in the constellation Aquarius. After today, it will begin moving retrograde, or westward, against the background stars. You can find the planet early this morning in the southeastern sky, blazing at magnitude –2.6. Saturn sits in Capricornus, 19.3° to Jupiter’s west and glowing a more muted magnitude 0.3. Both are outstanding telescopic targets: Jupiter spans 44″ and is flanked by its four Galilean moons, while Saturn’s disk stretches 18″ and its rings cover a width of about 41″. The ringed planet is surrounded by an array of moons, including magnitude 8.6 Titan, nearly 3′ to Saturn’s east. The large moon will sit due south of the planet is just a few days, on the 24th.
After nightfall, look for the Big Dipper hanging straight down high in the northwest. Its bottom two stars, the Pointers, point lower right toward modest Polaris, the end of the Little Dipper’s handle. Examine the middle star of the Big Dipper’s handle, Mizar. Can you see its faint little companion Alcor nestled next to it? It’s just upper right of Mizar — pointing, as always, the direction from Mizar to Vega.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is low in the east just before dawn begins.
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 (10/10)Jupiter (10/18) Retrograde
Color – White
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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
M 21 Low 4:34 AM -0.3 5:32 AM Set 3:08 AM 78
~ 21 High 10:44 AM 5.6 9:04 PM Rise 5:46 PM
~ 21 Low 4:06 PM 2.0
~ 21 High 10:18 PM 8.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an uplifting day!
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Aphorisms are statements that express a principle or truth: If you want to have a friend, you have to be a friend. There’s no free lunch. You reap what you sow. Choose an aphorism and tell the story of a time in your life when that aphorism proved true. The aphorism should be the title of your story
~ From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. – Arthur Ashe
~ Do it big, do it right and do it with style – Fred Astaire
~ Victory belongs to the most persevering. – Napoleon Bonaparte
~ Humor is just another defense against the universe. – Mel Brooks
Till to my garden back I come,
Where bumble-bees for hours and hours
Sit on their soft, fat, velvet bums,
To wriggle out of hollow flowers. – –William Henry Davies (1871–1940)
Litha Magick – Lore deborah <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: “deborah” <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:47:09 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Traditions
Midsummer has always been a time for celebration and dancing. Traditionally, there were bonfires to celebrate the Sun. The bonfires were believed to have the power to burn away all negativity and evil. People jumped the flames, much as they had at Beltane, making wishes. It was believed that the summer grains would grow only as high as they were able to jump. The Celts built their bonfires near holy wells or on a border or boundary of some sort because they considered borders to be magickal entrances to the Underworld. In some places, people light fires on midsummer eve. They stay up until midnight to welcome in midsummer day, and, when the fires die down, men run or jump through the embers to bring good luck.
Ancient Pagans had a custom for Midsummer which consisted of wrapping straw around the wheel of a cart, lighting it on fire, and then rolling it down a tall hill. These flaming wheels were called “Catherine Wheels” and they emulated the action of the sun, which would begin waning after Midsummer day. If the fire went out before the wheel got to the bottom of the hill, it indicated a good harvest.
Since Midsummer is both a time of protection and of divination, in ancient times, the rootstock of a male fern plant was trimmed into the likeness of a hand and smoked in the Midsummer fires. These ‘Hands of Glory’ were hung in houses for protection. It was said that if the hands glowed with a blue flame, they were revealing hidden treasure in the earth.
There is still a famous summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. On the night before midsummer, a group of white-robed Druids gather at Stonehenge to watch the sun rising. As it comes up, the sun rises exactly over the Heel Stone, one of the stones that lies outside the main circle at Stonehenge.
Many midsummer celebrations were moved to the feast of St John the Baptist (24th June). But since Midsummer was a time of magic and wonder-working, evil spirits were said to appear, and people gathered herbs and flowers to protect themselves. One of the most powerful was the plant known as ‘chase-devil’, which we now call St John’s Wort. People used it in potions, and wove the flowers into garlands to decorate their houses or protect their farm animals. They believed that the herb could shield them from the power of evil spirits and could help them foretell the future. ~author unknown
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q: Why Did Tigger Wash His Hands? He Played With Pooh All Day..