Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 11:50 AM of -0.1 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs Workshop re-starts Thursday 7/8 from 7-9pm.
It’s thoroughly overcast, but doesn’t seem to be as foggy tonight. That smoke plume has reached us, but it’s still pretty thin. 60F, wind at 4-11mph and gusting, AQI 23-27, UV9. Chance of rain 22% today and 24% tonight. Long Range Forecast unchanged. 2 new firespots, but 4 new fires! The 4 that have been going awhile are a little more contained, but unchanged, otherwise. WRENTHAM MARKET is up to 10000 Acres, FINNIGAN 0408 RN (this one started on Monday) – 1000 Acres, FIRE: LOVLETT CORRAL – 110 Acres, FIRE: MIDDLE BRIDGE – 100 Acres <gleeble>
Yesterday was way off schedule. Tempus got in a bit later than usual because he was supposed to get the car window fixed… again, they didn’t have the part yet, so we didn’t get out of the shop and on the way home until past 9:30. I don’t know exactly what time, honestly, because I was blinking and trying to stay awake.
As we were pulling around the park to get to our spot, the manager nabbed us. He and Tempus had a confab for a bit, interrupted by the managers cute little dog who was determined to get his share of pats. 🙂 Eventually, we pulled into our space and went in. I went to crawl into bed and just as I did, I saw a black cat saunter in through the front door. I yelled. It scatted, but I was awake again.
Tempus made us brats after I ate some watermelon and we finally went to sleep at noon, although it was hot enough that Tempus got the fan and set it up in the bedroom. I tried to get up at 4 (when it was still sunny), but crawled back in and slept until 6. Tempus slept even later. I worked on the plants for quite awhile, harvesting and weeding and Tempus got everything watered again. Once I was back inside Tempus pointed out that it had completely clouded up and it was time to go, so we scrabbled everything together and headed back into town.
The geese and goslings and mergansers and their chicks, and the mallards and their chicks were all paddling in the outflow from Eckman Lake.
The shop was warm enough that we opened everything up and set the fans going. Tempus made me a sandwich and got himself some spaghetti, which was a gift from a neighbor whose husband decided he didn’t want any more. She didn’t want to waste it. 🙂 After he finished he headed in to do the bulk route and I worked on the computer for most of the evening. I had harvested some soup greens and I want to get those cooking in a crockpot tonight. Might take ’em with in the morning or might just put them away. We’ll see.
Today we’ll be working at home again. I have some pictures to hang. I have some photos to take. I’m hoping to get the harvested stuff put away tonight, but it I haven’t managed that, I’ll need to get to it. I have curtains to work on again. I want to get the front window open and curtained properly. I’m waiting to do the blackout curtains in the bedroom until my velcro shows up. Tempus has a bunch of things to do including my step, the dishes and some other tasks that have been hanging fire. Oh, goodness… and getting the laundry put away! “No rest for the Wiccan!”, Tempus says. 🙂
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1908 that a massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, knocking over 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). This is also known as the “Tunguska event“. This event, while beloved by UFOlogists and Conspiracy Theorists, most likely was some kind of meteoric airburst event, whatever the source of the material, comet or asteroid, but there are other possibilities… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/9 at 6:17pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/1 at 2:11pm .
Now that July is about to arrive, Antares and the starry head of Scorpius are at their highest in the south shortly after the long summer twilights finally give up the ghost. The “head of Scorpius” is the near-vertical row of three stars upper right of Antares. Three fine doubles await you here. The top star of the row is Beta Scorpii or Graffias, a fine binary for telescopes, separation 13 arcseconds, magnitudes 2.8 and 5.0. Just 1° below it is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii, diagonal from upper right to lower left. They’re 4th magnitude and ¼° apart. Binoculars show their slight color difference; they’re spectral types B9 and G2. Upper left of Beta by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii, separation 41 arcseconds, magnitudes 3.8 and 6.5. In fact this is a telescopic triple. High power in good seeing reveals Nu’s brighter component itself to be a close double, separation 2 arcseconds, magnitudes 4.0 and 5.3, aligned almost north-south.
And more: In the same binocular field with Antares, or nearly so, are two very different globular star clusters for binoculars. M4 is a big, dim fuzzy relatively nearby for a globular. M80 is fainter and much more compact, even tiny; in fact it can be hard to distinguish in binoculars from an 8th-magnitude star. It’s a bigger and denser cluster than M4 but more than four times as far away. Use the chart for them with Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column in the July Sky & Telescope, page 43.
The planet Uranus stands about 14° high two hours before sunrise. You’ll find it in the east, glowing a faint magnitude 5.9 in a sparse region of Aries the Ram. This morning, use binoculars to home in Uranus and you’ll see it’s sitting just 11′ due north of Omicron (ο) Arietis, which shines at roughly the same magnitude as the planet.
Once you’ve looked your fill, consider swinging your gaze to nearby Taurus, where the Pleiades (M45) are rising. This famous grouping of young stars is often mistaken for the Little Dipper because of its dipperlike shape — but the actual Little Dipper is much larger and lies upside-down in the north this morning, stretching outward from the end of its handle, which is marked by Polaris.
The Moon passes 4° south of Neptune (magnitude 7.9) at 2 A.M. PDT this morning. Before sunrise, you’ll find them in Aquarius, which sits above the southeastern horizon, 21° east of Jupiter
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
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
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Retrograde
Color – Yellow
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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
W 30 High 5:04 AM 6.3 5:35 AM Rise 12:50 AM 70
~ 30 Low 11:50 AM -0.1 9:05 PM Set 12:13 PM
~ 30 High 6:33 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to dispel evil.
Journal Prompt – What would you? – What would you do if you were Mick Jagger for 1 day?
~ I love the stage but after a few months you can get tired. I would rather do three movies than play in one stage hit. I played in four flops in a row when I was about seventeen and I was delighted. I was being paid to be trained. – Montgomery Clift
~ I remember very well the first Fabian Society meeting we attended at Essex Hall. The platform seemed to be full of bearded men: Aylmer Maude, William Sanders, Sidney Webb and Bernard Shaw. I said to my brother, “Have we got to grow a beard to join this show?” HG Wells was on the platform, speaking with a little piping voice; he was very unimpressive. – Clement Attlee, British Prime Minister 1945 – 1951; As It Happened (1954)
~ If only Stephen Gould could think as clearly as he writes! – Richard Dawkins
~ Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists – with it all things are possible. – Ida M Tarbell, American pioneer investigative journalist, born on November 5, 1857
June falls asleep upon her bier of flowers;
In vain are dewdrops sprinkled o’er her,
In vain would fond winds fan her back to life,
Her hours are numbered on the floral dial. – Lucy Larcom, Death of June, line 1.
Lughnasadh Magick – Correspondences
Incense – Sandalwood, Rose, Aloes, Chamomile, Passionflower, Frankincense
HERBS to use in your magic at Lughnasadh: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, bee pollen. Acacia, all grains, blackberry, calendula, frankincense, grape, heather, mistletoe, oak, rose, sandalwood, sunflower, Grapes, heather, crabapple, pear
STONES: Cat’s-eye, citrine, aventurine, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone. Aventurine, Citrine, Peridot, Sardonyx
Foods appropriate for Lammas are breads, berries, crab apples, and any locally ripe produce. Breads, Cornbread, Cider, Blackberry pies and jellies, Rice, Meadowsweet tea, Berries, Nuts, Turnips, Oats, Elderberry wine, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes, Beer/mead, Rice milk
Decorations – Corn dollies, any wheat weaving crafts, Shafts of grain, Sunflowers, Indian corn, Bread
Colors – Pumpkin orange, sunny yellow, muted brown and sage green Yellow, Orange, Green, Brown, Red Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown.
flowers sacred to Lammas – goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, basil, mint, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy.
Offerings: Bread, Cider, Cakes
Spellwork – Spells for prosperity, Abundance, Good fortune, Connectedness, Career, Health, Financial gain
God/desses – Hermes/Mercury, Thoth, Frey, Lugh, Macha. The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses. The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods.
connectedness, career, health, and financial gain. Spells for abundance are completely appropriate now. As the sun is growing weaker, it is a good time to do grounding and sun meditations, then use the golden rays of the sun (gathered during meditation) in spellcasting.
- middle of Summer
- beginning of the harvest
- Canning goes into full swing
- magickal cabinets are stocked with herbs
- prepare your household for fall and the upcoming Winter months.
- first of three harvest festivals
- associated with ripening grain
- fruits of the harvest
- be aware that summer is passing and winter is on its way.
- It is a festival of plenty and prosperity.
- Decorate the altar and house with grains such as barley, oats and wheat — also fruits and veggies.
- Begin gathering and drying herbs, flower, grains or seeds for spellworking in the next year.
- Make magickal oils now with fresh herbs.
- Braid onion and garlic charms.
- Onion is sacred to the sun — because of its shape, and its dye is a golden amber to burnt apricot. When the onion is cut, it reveals the symbolism of the moon.
- Garlic, too, is sacred to the moon — the crescent shape of the cloves. It exorcises evil and protects.
- Collect rain and storm water for use in spellwork or to empower objects, add dried mugwort and store in glass bottles.
- Make a corn wheel.
- Bake a loaf of bread on Lammas. If you’ve never made bread before, this is a good time to start. Honor the source of the flour as you work with it: remember it was once a plant growing on the mother Earth. If you have a garden, add something you’ve harvested–herbs or onion or corn–to your bread. If you don’t feel up to making wheat bread, make corn bread.
- Corn Dolly -Another way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. . She’s your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you. Make a corn dolly to save for next Imbolc.
- This is the perfect holiday to honor the prosperity and generosity of Mother Earth. It is a season to throw away useless thoughts and habits and to form new ideas which bring renewed strength. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire.
Silliness – Midas Touch