Minus Tide at 5:27 AM of -1.2 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Today’s feast is from Belarus, in remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic War (WWII). “In solemn remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War, and in commemoration of the heroic last stand of Brest Fortress in 1941, on the very country and city (Brest) in which the Eastern Front began.” It is much like the US Memorial day in the remembrances, but without the picnics. Here’s a bit about the war and the Eastern Front. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Patriotic_War
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells: Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
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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.
The nearly-full Moon shines over Antares this evening. By 11 or midnight they’re due south on the meridian, as shown below, meaning that Scorpius is as high as it gets. In addition to Antares, how much else of the constellation can you make out through the moonlight?
Venus passes 5° south of Pollux in Gemini at 11 A.M. EDT. By sunset, they’re about 5.5° apart. About half an hour later, both should be visible: Venus is magnitude –3.9 and will appear before the magnitude 1.2 star pops out against the deepening twilight. As darkness continues to fall, magnitude 1.6 Castor will appear to the right of Pollux as Gemini sinks feet-first below the horizon. Within two days’ time, Venus will appear directly in line with these two stars, then standing 6.5° from Pollux.
Mercury is stationary tonight at 7 P.M. EDT in Taurus the Bull. It’s currently a morning object, rising as the sky brightens in anticipation of sunrise. If you want to see the solar system’s smallest, speediest planet, it rises around 4:40 A.M. local time and hangs amid only a few other bright stars in the sky as it climbs above the horizon, including Aldebaran and Capella. Through a telescope, it’s a mere 16-percent-lit crescent that spans 10″ in apparent diameter on the sky.
Jupiter and Saturn (in Aquarius and Capricornus, respectively) rise in the middle of the night, Jupiter about an hour after Saturn. They shine at their highest and telescopic best in early dawn, a time when the atmospheric seeing often steadies. Jupiter dominates at magnitude –2.5. Saturn, 20° to Jupiter’s right, is a more modest +0.5. They’ll reach opposition in August. As dawn begins, look 20° below Jupiter for Fomalhaut, the “Autumn Star.” It’s emerging from the sunrise glow even before the official start of summer.
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 Directs at 3pm
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10)Jupiter (10/18) Retrograde
Color – Scarlet
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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
Tu 22 Low 5:27 AM -1.2 5:32 AM Set 3:40 AM 87
~ 22 High 11:50 AM 5.9 9:05 PM Rise 7:08 PM
~ 22 Low 5:02 PM 2.3
~ 22 High 11:06 PM 8.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take it easy.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – How do you think the divorce of parents affects the lives of their children?
~ Though I might be very fond of particular individuals, humanity in general fills me with contempt and despair. I hate most of what passes for civilization. I hate the modern world. – Robert Crumb
~ Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. – Author Unknown
~ You really can change, your reality is based on the way you think. – Oprah
~ The road to success is a tightrope that the warrior walks, maintaining the balance in their life. – Kerr Cuhulain
When sun-rays crown thy pine-clad hills
And summer spreads her hand,
When silvern voices tune thy rills,
We love thee, smiling land. – –Sir Cavendish Boyle (1849–1916)
Magick – Crafts
Sun & Moon Wheels – You will need a small wreath (either made or found at craft store), ribbons (for Sun – gold and yellow. for Moon – silver and blue), sun and moon charms to tie to the ribbons, items from nature such as twigs, pine cones, dried flowers and greenery, floral wire and hot glue. For each wheel, gather all materials needed. Start by tying the ribbons onto the wreath. Make them a variety of lengths. Alternate colors (yellow/gold or silver/blue) in whatever pattern you wish. Then decorate the wreath part with dried greenery, flowers, pine cones and twigs in whatever pattern desired. Once you are finished with this, attach the charms to the ribbons. For each charm you attach, declare something you are bringing into your life and your home. Then attach the charm to the ribbon. Once you are finished with all of them, hang the wheel in your home to bring abundance into your home.
Soul Mandala – You will need large square piece of wood, items that represent different aspects of your soul (i.e. mother, healer, teacher, speaker, solitude, etc..) and a central object that represents your expanded self as a whole. First, using a pencil, draw a border around the wood. Make the border about 3-4 inches wide all around. Within the smaller square (created by the line you just drew) divide it into as many equal sized squares as will fit (should be 6-12). In each square, decorate it as one aspect of yourself. Get in touch with as many “selves” as you can and represent them each visually. In the border around these, seperate it into sections to represent the cycles of life. You can divide it into four sections and decorate it for the seasons. Or divide in into 13 sections and represent each of the moons. There’s no wrong way to do this project. It’s all yours.
Silliness – First Date