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St. Louis Pagan Picnic

July, 2019

Every year for the past 27 years in Tower Grove Park in early June you will find a gathering of Pagans. This picnic is a fantastic start to the festival season in Missouri. 2019 was the first year that my husband and I were able to go for both days of the picnic. This year the picnic was able to boast that they had nearly 100 vendors. The vendors are in the middle of the picnic. The picnic coordinators are hoping to welcome even more next year.

On Saturday at 10 AM, there was an opening ritual. Ritual is on the south side of the vendor’s row. The Ritual takes place in an area that is marked by flags for each compass point. It is always open to all who want to participate.

Speakers start their presentations at 11 AM and go until 3 PM both days. The lectures take place on the north side of the vendors’ row. There were so many speakers this year, but I could only pick a few because there are four presentations every hour. Speakers only took an hour for a lecture; many also-ran vendor stalls while at the festival too.

Celia was there her talk was titled “Adventures of an Everyday Goddess,” and we could hear her singing during her lecture too. Reverend Don Lewis-Highcorrell was there talking about Cornellian Soul. Mickie Mueller taught about “Magical Self-Care During Hard Times. Reverend Bill Duvendack was there teaching about “Astrological Timing of Rituals.” And Sunday started with Oberon Zell giving a presentation on “Awakening into Quantum Consciousness.” (there were so many more that I didn’t get to hear this time around.)

At the St. Louis Pagan Picnic, there are a lot of local artists, writers, and teachers that give lectures. If there is a time that you don’t want to go to hear a speaker, you can sit on the south side of the vendors’ row at the Bardic Circle. At the Bardic Circle, they have some great singers and Dancers. Celia also was at the Bardic Circle. At another time, you could catch Mama Gina or watch Sugar Cyanide dance.

My husband and I purchased a Tarot deck and a refillable book from artist Karen Swartz, who has a shop on Etsy, Talenshistudios. The Tarot deck is called “A Darisa Tarot.” I found that the Tarot deck is genderless to be a unique aspect that makes reading with it more accessible in so many ways.

Another vendor I adore is “Chaos Emporium.” She has a shop in South County Mall in St. Louis. Her shop and her vendor space deal with corsets, hats, gloves, and some beautiful Parasols. (I had to get a purple one to go with the primary color I wear daily.)

I also found a new vendor that I hope is there again next year, Obsidian Sithin. They have amazing wooden puzzles. (I purchased a Unicorn from them. I want to get more of their puzzles.)

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About the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become a Reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page. If you are interested in a reading you can reach her on Facebook @eagleandunicorn.

Summer Solstice/Litha Correspondences

June, 2018

(Midsummer/Litha Sabbat Holiday Card made by Leanne Peters of artandalittlemagic on Etsy & Allison Joanne of Pandora’s Box in Norwich, CT)

 

 

Also known as Alban Hefin, Sun Blessing, Gathering Day, Feill-Sheathain, Whit Sunday, Whitsuntide, Vestalia, Thing-tide, St. John’s Day

In addition to the four great festivals of the Pagan Celtic year, there are four lesser holidays as well: the two solstices, and the two equinoxes. In folklore, these are referred to as the four ‘quarter-days’ of the year, and modern Witches call them the four ‘Lesser Sabbats’, or the four ‘Low Holidays’. The Summer Solstice is one of them.

Date

June 21/22

Purpose

Rededication to the Lord and Lady, beginning of the harvest, honoring the Sun God, honoring the pregnant Goddess

Dynamics/Meaning
Crowning of the Sun God, death of the Oak King, assumption of the Holly King, end the ordeal of the Green Man

Tools, Symbols & Decorations
The sun, oak, birch & fir branches, sun flowers, lilies, red/maize/yellow or gold flower, love amulets, seashells, summer fruits & flowers, feather/flower door wreath, sun wheel, fire, circles of stone, sun dials and swords/blades, bird feathers, Witches’ ladder.

Colors
Blue, green, gold, yellow and red.

Customs
Bonfires, processions, all night vigil, singing, feasting, celebrating with others, cutting
divining rods, dowsing rods & wands, herb gathering, handfastings, weddings, Druidic
gathering of mistletoe in oak groves, needfires, leaping between two fires, mistletoe
(without berries, use as a protection amulet), women walking naked through gardens
to ensure continued fertility, enjoying the seasonal fruits & vegetables, honor the
Mother’s fullness, richness and abundance, put garlands of St. John’s Wort placed
over doors/ windows & a sprig in the car for protection.

Goddesses
Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Venus, Aphrodite, Yemaya, Astarte, Freya, Hathor,
Ishtar, all Goddesses of love, passion, beauty and the Sea, and Pregnant,
lusty Goddesses, Green Forest Mother; Great One of the Stars, Goddess of the Wells

Gods
Father Sun/Sky, Oak King, Holly King, hur, Gods at peak power and strength.

Animals/Mythical Beings
Wren, robin, horses, cattle, satyrs, faeries, firebird, dragon, thunderbird

Gemstones
Lapis lazuli, diamond, tiger’s eye, all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade

Herbs
Anise, mugwort, chamomile, rose, wild rose, oak blossoms, lily, cinquefoil, lavender,
fennel, elder, mistletoe, hemp, thyme, larkspur, nettle, wisteria, vervain ( verbena),
St. John’s wort, heartsease, rue, fern, wormwood, pine,heather, yarrow,
oak & holly trees

Incense/Oil
Heliotrope, saffron, orange, frankincense & myrrh, wisteria, cinnamon, mint, rose, lemon, lavender, sandalwood, pine

Rituals/Magicks
Nature spirit/fey communion, planet healing, divination, love & protection magicks.
The battle between Oak King, God of the waxing year & Holly King, God of the waning
year (can be a ritual play), or act out scenes from the Bard’s (an incarnation of Merlin)
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, rededication of faith, rites of inspiration.

Foods
Honey, fresh vegetables, lemons, oranges, summer fruits, summer squash,
pumpernickel bread, ale, carrot drinks, mead.

Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

June, 2018

June 2018 for Celebrating the Old Ways in New Times

Bright Blessings.

I had a delightful conversation today with a neighbor.

This neighbor is one of my buddies. You can find us out front, giggling, gabbing, venting, chatting with other neighbors, and going gaga for the neighborhood dogs together.

We became unexpected teammates in gardening four years ago. I had ran out of gardening space on my back patio, and had planted everything I could in my front space, so I begged neighbors at my building to allow me to plant things in their spaces. He was the last one I asked, and he turned out to be the most enthusiastic.

My husband and I had planned to have our condo sold, and be gone from here by now, so last year, I told everybody I would not be doing more gardening. Well…we are still here…and although I decided to only garden on the patio, guess what? I ran out of space out back again! In the front, an unexpected, and unwanted invader showed up.

A TON of poison ivy!

I have been fighting a losing battle with it for years now, and I enlisted the help of the condo manager to help tame it.

One year, they sent somebody who “could not find it” until I made an appointment to have him come when I was home, so I could show him where it was.

Sigh.

Last year, there were small patches of it I controlled by pouring boiling water on it…or so I thought…

This year, it came back for revenge, and has spread into my mint and lavender. I planted both of these in 2006, and it appears I may have to give them up to kill the poison ivy.

I’m not entirely certain I’m ready to sacrifice my sixteen-year-old herbs, but I am less certain if I have a choice or not.

So, after my neighbor buddy lamented to me something that is bugging him, I lamented about the poison ivy.

He just so happens to have some poison ivy killer, and Sunday, we are going to murder it together.

The growing season is my favorite for a lot of reasons, but things like poison ivy make me cringe, and when I am bitching about the cold of winter, and missing my plants, I can at least be thankful I won’t have to worry about being covered in the awful itch and bumps of my least favorite plant.

Up until a few years ago, I LIVED for Summertime, and could not understand people who needed cold.

Now, poison ivy, asthma, and age induced heat intolerance has me understanding how so many have issues with my favorite season.

I am learning there is more to life than the good and the bad of Summer, although there was a time that is all I lived for.

While some of us see the seasons as being broken up into two, one being Winter beginning at Samhain, the other Summer beginning at Beltaine, these days, most people feel there are four seasons, and Mid-June brings us to the Summer Solstice.

What is the Solstice Anyways?

Most simply stated, the Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, meaning it is the day when there is the most amount of sunlight. It is marked by revelry (of course!) bonfires to represent the sun, and ritual in many faith traditions. I had not realized this, but Summer Solstice is observed in over 30 countries, some of which are actually in the Middle East, and members of both Xtian and non Xtian faiths celebrate it in various ways. Of course, as with most Xtian celebrations, it originated in Pagan times.

One thing many of us have known for a very long time is a site where we find evidence of Pagan Midsummer celebrations is Stonehenge.

 

Stonehenge

Stonehenge has intrigued us since forever. Sitting on Salisbury Plain, it cuts a dramatic figure with it’s huge stones, and the fact many are missing lends an air of mystery, as well as stirs the imagination.

From tales of human sacrifice, to devil worship, today’s folk like to say all sorts of far fetched things about this stone circle.

The fact there are no written records left by the people who both built and used it add to the mystery, and there are too many “experts” throwing theories around they can never prove. Instead of sharing mounds of these theories, I will share what is known through evidence.

It was developed through four stages of construction. I find it interesting that when I was a kid, they were saying it was THREE stages, and now, they are saying it’s four. So CURRENTLY, it is accepted there were four stages of development.

The first stage took place around 3100 BC, and it included the famous Aubrey Holes, which some claim can be used to calculate lunar events, cremations, a ditch, and an earthwork and bank. It was then abandoned for about 1,000 years. Nobody knows why.

The second stage was around 2100 BC, and the very heavy bluestones were hauled from mountains 240 miles away, some of which weighed four tons. This was all supposedly done via waterways, and then dragging the stones by log rollers on land. An incomplete double circle was formed, and an avenue was constructed, which lines up with the Midsummer Sunrise. This is evidence that over 4,000 years ago, Midsummer was observed at Stonehenge.

The third stage around 2,000 BC, less than 200 years later, they hauled what are called the Sarasen stones from about 25 miles away. The heaviest of these is estimated to weigh about 50 tons. They made another ring of stones, laid the stones atop, which we call lintels, and formed a horseshoe ring of stones we can still see today.

The final stage took place around 1500 BC, and included rearranging he bluestones.

There has been generations of researchers, and no matter what the discover by this or that fond onsite, we can only piece together so much because no written record was left by the people who built it. We know when what was put where, and where it came from. We know it was all very sacred. We have no idea exactly what was done.

It is pointed out that both solar and lunar events can be marked by where moon and sun rises when, and the Aubrey Holes, as was previously mentioned supposedly work by moving a stone from hole to hole every day to keep track of lunar events. The sun and moon, marking seasons was significant to the builders, and due to the fact cremains and animals teeth have been found buried on site, it is believed the teeth were used as sacrifice to gods, and the site was a sacred burial grounds.

We are never going to have the whole story.

Fortunately, Pagans have our spiritual selves to let us know sites like Stonehenge are sacred. Today’s Pagans have been hosting Midsummer Sunrise celebrations for many years. Last years was well documented by video, which I will share here. This is a 40 plus minute video, and in it, you can see the Druids doing their ritual and talk.

 

 

 

The Solstice

The Solstice worldwide is about celebrating life, gathering with people, enjoying a festival, and doing ritual purification.

In Denmark, they have bonfires to drive away bad spirits, and there was a time when people visited healing wells, which has fallen out of practice.

In Finland, of great importance is the midnight sun, or the 24 hour daylight they have at that time of year. They also have their bonfires, and erect summer Maypoles, and fertility is the focus, as opposed to at Beltaine time.

In Iran, ancient celebrations are observed. They light bonfires, of course, and thank their god for crops, and pray for peace for the souls of the dead.

Neo-Pagans, of course are just as varied as other peoples, and space allowing, there are bonfires, and rituals thanking and honoring the sun, and celebrating its strength, and power over darkness.

A modern story some Wiccans embrace tells of the Oak and Holly Kings. The Holly King rules over winter, and the Oak King rules over summer. At the Solstices, they battle. Summer Solstice, the Oak King, the youthful, physically powerful king overthrows the Holly King, who has become old and weak.

Many of the Pagans in town near me like to attend sunrise gatherings, some of which are by a local lake, and done non-religiously, and others like to walk a local labyrinth.

Some of us (me included) don’t want to wake up that early, and we don’t feel ashamed for that…

A bonfire come night time is something a lot of people, even if they are not Pagan love to have for cookouts and barbecues this time of year. It’s just a great time for everybody to gather, and celebrate being alive outdoors when the garden is growing well.

I’m not sure what your space allows, but this Summer Solstice working I will suggest is both simple, and versatile enough, anybody can do it.

 

Saoirse’s 2018 Summer Solstice Fire Working

Fire represents both destruction and purification. We all have things in our life we want to both get rid of, and to also have blessed. On the mundane level in my own life, my garden needs purged of the poison ivy, and my garden soil and all her plants aside from the green terror needs blessed to help it succeed. Some are in need of healing, emotional support, a new home or job, or even just inspiration. Rather than have a structured circle with many words said, I have a simple idea you might love.

Do this alone or with loved ones. Do it day or night, whichever is best for you. Have a big fire, or a small one. Do it indoors or outdoors. It’s all up to you.

Think of all the things you want blessings for, and all the things you would like to purge.

Either write it all down, on a one piece of paper per item, being as specific as possible, or select an easily burned item that represents all of these things.

Also select a sacrificial offering to the gods, whichever ones you venerate, or the powerful sun itself. This also should be burnable.

Instead of making a fire and then tossing it all in to burn everything, build your pile of burnable things, praying over these things, and either speaking them aloud or in your heart as you build the fire pile. If you have other people doing this with you, have each person take turns, and build your fire pile together. Last of all, give the sacrificial offering, and light the fire.

One concept of spellwork many embrace is letting the intention go once the working is complete, having faith the blessings of the gods will make it happen.

Spend time around the fire, and keep adding wood and other burnables for as long as you like. Feast, revel, and enjoy fellowship, or the peace of solitude.

Blessed Solstice. Blessed Be.

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About the Author:

Saoirse is a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11, but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse, pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be reached through my Facebook page Tarot with Saoirse. You can, also, join me on my Youtube Channel

June Correspondences

June, 2014

The sixth month of the Gregorian Calender, June is the first month of summer. June derives it’s name from the Roman Goddess Juno. Her Greek counterpart is Hera.

The traditional birthstone amulets of June are alexandrite, moonstone, and pearl; and the rose is the month’s traditional flower.

June is shared by the astrological signs of Gemini the Twins and Cancer the Crab, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Juno, and all gods and goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty.

During the month of June, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to the Summer Solstice, one of the four Lesser Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world.

Astrological Signs: Gemini, Cancer.

Nature Spirits: Sylphs, zephyrs.

Herbs: Skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses.

Colors: Orange, Golden-Green.

Flowers: Lavender, orchid, yarrow.

Scents: Lily of the valley, lavender.

Stones: Topaz, agate, alexandrite, flourite, moonstone, pearl.

Trees: Oak.

Animals: Monkey, butterfly, frog, toad.

Birds: Wren, peacock.

Deities: Aine of Knockaine, Bendis, Cerridwen, Green Man, Ishtar, Isis, Juno, Neith, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty.

June Correspondences

June, 2013

The sixth month of the Gregorian Calender, June is the first month of summer. June derives it’s name from the Roman Goddess Juno. Her Greek counterpart is Hera.

The traditional birthstone amulets of June are alexandrite, moonstone, and pearl; and the rose is the month’s traditional flower.

June is shared by the astrological signs of Gemini the Twins and Cancer the Crab, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Juno, and all gods and goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty.

During the month of June, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to the Summer Solstice, one of the four Lesser Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world.

Astrological Signs: Gemini, Cancer.

Nature Spirits: Sylphs, zephyrs.

Herbs: Skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses.

Colors: Orange, Golden-Green.

Flowers: Lavender, orchid, yarrow.

Scents: Lily of the valley, lavender.

Stones: Topaz, agate, alexandrite, flourite, moonstone, pearl.

Trees: Oak.

Animals: Monkey, butterfly, frog, toad.

Birds: Wren, peacock.

Deities: Aine of Knockaine, Bendis, Cerridwen, Green Man, Ishtar, Isis, Juno, Neith, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty.

Astro Report for June 2013

June, 2013

Venus enters Cancer

Sunday, June 2, 20139:56 pm EDT

Love is blissful when Venus enters Cancer. There is deep concern and caring between partners. Love making is true to heart and offers emotional connections. Until Venus exits Cancer, be passionate and compassionate with your partner and the benefits will astound you.

 

Neptune goes Retrograde – Pisces at 5 degrees

Thursday, June 7, 20138:45 am EDT

The “Pink Fog Machine” normally keeps us from seeing the truth clearly, because Neptune can askew our vision. When retrograde, Neptune can see things more clearly, like the fog has been lifted, for a short time. It helps you to understand the higher concepts of beauty, love and spirituality.

 

New Moon in Gemini – 18 degrees

Saturday, June 8, 201311:56 am EDT

A New Moon in Gemini can be quite tricky to experience. New Moons benefit from new emotions and imaginations. Gemini as a Sign can cause excitability and people will talk up a storm – becoming gossip geese. When the New Moon creates this new energy of emotion and imaginations, it propagates the excitability of the gossip geese – honk, honk, honk, honk… There seems to be no end to the talking and gossip. Avoid getting too involved in those types of conversations, because they only cause trouble in the long run.

 

Sun enters Cancer – Happy Birthday, Cancer!!

Friday, June 21, 201312:52 am EDT

Cancer is the most emotional of all Signs. Folks born under this Sign tend to be motherly and compassionate by nature, but it can go to an extreme where the motherly effect becomes smothery. Cancer can create an air of crankiness if provoked. If you find yourself offended by something or somebody, you may find yourself sulking away in your crab shell. Change your moods and you mannerisms and be the joyful, playful person you yearn to be and you will see that happiness is far better than moodiness.

 

Litha at sunrise – Sun in Cancer – 0 degrees

Friday, June 21, 20135:44 am EDT at Sunrise

Litha/Midsummer (no -mas)

Names: Midsummer, Litha (a name occurring in Bede‘s “Reckoning of Time” [De Temporum Ratione, 7th century] Bede writes that “Litha means ‘gentle’ or ‘navigable’), Samradh, Summer Solstice, Alban Hefin, Aerra Litha, G?yl Ganol yr Haf (Welsh)

Date: Jun 21st (longest day of Solar Year/waning half begins)

Astro Correspondence: Sun enters Cancer (first day of Summer)
Color: whites and yellows,

Food: earliest fresh fruits and vegetables, soups, breads, pasta, chicken, pork, wine, sangria, iced teas,

Common Info: “Midsummer’s Night Dream” is enacted by Shakespeare, Battle of Oak/Holly Kings (Holly wins), Sun at highest peak and begins its descent (wanes),

 

Alban Heffyn (Midsummer or Litha) is the Celtic Festival of the Oak. It is the last day for the Oak King to reign. It is usually on the 1st day of summer (June 21st) or when the Sun enters Cancer. It is the Summer Solstice. It is also known as St John’s Day. Ogmios, Arianrhod, Huon and Math are usually celebrated as the Gods. Celebrations consist of herb hunting (St Johnswort), pickling early vegetables, circle readings and Fairy Hunts. Oak leaves are typical symbols of the season and open-face Green Men hang from walls. Foods sacred to the Sabbat include any fresh fruit, especially strawberries. Now is the time to hunt for mistletoe so it is easily found at Yule.

The Fairy Realm is quite active at this time, so honor them with milk and honey. Leave simple, shiny gifts for them and they won’t steal your keys or your kids.

 

 

Full Moon in Capricorn – 2 degrees

Sunday, June 23, 20137:32 am EDT

When the Full Moon is in Capricorn, we tend to experience stability within our emotions. It is easier to make peace and find serenity within. Meditations can be profound at this time. This Full Moon is determined to be cautious though. Although emotions are practical, they are also safely tucked away to avoid disorder and chaos. Try to find time to let loose a little and be yourself with an air of inhibition.

 

 

Native Lore

The Strawberry Moon yields some of the tastiest fruits this time of year, especially on the Full Moon. Gather them fresh as the dew washes them in the morning. Roses come into full fruition on the Rose Full Moon in June. Take time to smell the roses!! This is also the time of year when I like making Rose Petal Mead. The days are hot and so are the early parts of the evening. A Full Moon in June can offer a Hot Full Moon. It’s a good time to work Moon energy skyclad, if possible.

 

 

Jupiter enters Cancer

Tuesday, June 25, 20138:25 pm EDT

As a Social Planet, Jupiter represents expansion, generosity and abundance with a little luck thrown in for good measure. Jupiter will remain in this Sign for about a year so enjoy the bliss and happiness that Cancer can help to entice. Avoid the excessive moodiness and crankiness that could happen by rising above and avoiding the drama!

 

 

Mercury goes Retrograde – Cancer at 23 degrees

Wednesday, June 26, 20131:23 pm EDT

Be prepared for communications to go awry. Back up your computers, verify your writings and think about what you’re going to say before you utter a word. As a Planet of communications, Mercury’s role can elicit free-flowing words of wisdom. However, make it retrograde and you might find that foot in your mouth more often than not. You might find computer glitches and down-time as commonplace during a Mercury Retrograde. At work, bring a book to read while you wait for the computer geeks to reboot the computer systems. As a minor Planet in health issues, it is best to watch your diet, drink plenty of water and wash your hands often. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when Mercury slides across the face of the Sun.

 

 

Venus enters Leo

Thursday, June 27, 201312:48 pm EDT

Testing the waters of independence can be the energy of the moment. Venus enjoys her hedonistic charm, but she requires a partner to share that energy. When in Leo, she gets to spotlight herself and she will show off her talents.

 

 

Flag Day – Sun in Gemini at 23 degrees

Friday, June 14, 2013Midnight

Just as the flags wave in the air, so will the conversations. Be brave and boast about your skills and talents. Tell everybody how well you managed your tasks and goals.

 

 

Father’s Day – Sun in Gemini at 25 degrees

Sunday, June 16, 2013Midnight

Dads are in the spotlight. Remind him how much he inspired you. Tell him how he changed you and your life for the better. He deserves a pat on the back for a job well done!

 

Interweavings

June, 2013

I bask in the warmth of the Sun’s pure rays and receive all the gifts it bestows.

 

Ah, summer is upon us and the beautiful month of June brings our wheel of the year to Solstice!  The bounty of summer is all around us and it is a joy to move through the long days.

 

Flowers, fruit, birds and bugs flourish during June bringing their gifts to our senses.  It seems easy to feel gratitude at this time of year.  It is our turn to give to nature through gardening and bird care.  Whether planting a garden, tending to flowers, building bird houses and feeders or sitting outside sending blessings and energy to the natural world around us, we can have an impact on our little corner of the world.

 

When our children were younger, we would create images of the sun out of paper plates covered in foil, or painted discs of wood and hang them outside.  The branches of trees and bushes would be full of glittering, swirling suns!

 

This would be the time we would create prayer sticks and magic wands.  Outside with the sun charging us as well as our materials we made our tools.  As the day began to melt into the night we built a bonfire and smudged our wands.

 

I make honey mead that is perfect for the whole family and simple to make.  Early in the day add ½ to 1 cup of honey to two quarts water.  Slice a lemon or an orange and add it to sweetened water.  Sprinkle fresh nutmeg on top and refrigerate until well chilled.

 

We still build a bonfire and toast the light and Father Sun.  In Georgia it is insanely hot on Solstice so homemade ice cream is included!  Ice cream and a bonfire!  A representation of both solstices reminding all gathered of the turn of the wheel.

 

As summer returns let us remember that we, too, are rays of the sun.  We bring through our very being the warmth and healing energy that Solstice represents to all we meet in our daily round.

 

Blessings on our day!

Astrology Report for June 2012

June, 2012


Neptune goes Retrograde in Pisces at 3 degrees

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June 3, 2012 6:57 pm EDT

Neptune can be very confusing at times, regardless of the Sign it sits. Conflict and Chaos can be obvious. However, when Neptune goes retrograde, it seems like the fog lifts and we can think more clearly of situations at hand. We can see and understand our immediate circumstances. As a Planet of Clairvoyance in Pisces, we begin to see the Light more clearly. Our instincts become more tuned in. Lifting the fog when retrograde, increases this energy. Enjoy the mystical senses of retrograde Neptune in Pisces. Go with your gut instincts!!

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Eclipsed Full Moon in Sagittarius at 14 degrees

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June 4, 2012 7:11 am EDT – Native Lore?

A Full Moon in Sagittarius spells optimism for all of us. Emotions ride the wave of the tidal forces of inspiration and enthusiasm. Be ready to go for the gusto and do things that you haven’t yet accomplished. When eclipsed, this Full Moon could mean that you might have to shield yourself against pessimism. An Eclipse of the Full Moon can be extremely powerful, because both the Moon and the Sun are pulling upon the Earth in opposite directions. The Sun in Gemini, bringing power to one’s true self, is opposing the emotional encouragement that a Moon in Sagittarius can bring. The Eclipse tries to enhance that opposition.

The Strawberry Moon yields some of the tastiest fruits this time of year, especially on the Full Moon. Gather them fresh as the dew washes them in the morning. Roses come into full fruition on the Rose Full Moon in June. Take time to smell the roses!!

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Retro Venus Conjuncts the Sun (double applying energy) in Gemini at 15 degrees

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June 5, 2012 9:15 pm EDT

The Planet of love and devotion joins forces with the Sun this month. When Venus is retrograde, it appears to go backwards in the heavens. Since the Sun never goes retrograde, its movement in the sky continues forward. When retro Venus and the direct Sun collide, it is with a double whammy. The energy involved can be exponential. The love of the Goddess and the astute solar God, become one. Prepare to turn on the charm and have fun!!

This Conjunction marks one of five over a four-year period. Typically, a Conjunction is when two Planets crossover each other from the Earth’s perspective, whether that Conjunction is direct or retrograde. If you were to superimpose those Venus Conjunctions in the sky and view those five points, it would be obvious that you were looking at a five-point star in the heavens. This Pentacle of the Sky has been known for eons by many cultures. See Venus Transits below.

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Adhik Mas New Moon in Gemini at 28 degrees

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June 19, 2012 11:01 am EDT

Adhik Mas Moons are when the Sun does not transit or travel from one Sign to another within the Lunar New Moon period. Generally speaking from one New Moon to the next, the Sun will transit or travel from one Sign to another. However, every 32 months or so, the Sun remains in the same Sign while the Moon revolves around the Earth. On the average, it takes the Sun 30 days to travel from one Sign to the next – that’s approximately one degree per day. It takes the Moon about 29 days to go around the Earth. There are moments when the Sun enters a Sign and then hours to a day later, there will be a New Moon. The Moon will travel around the Earth within its 29 cycle and then become another New Moon hours to a day before the Sun enters the next Sign. Thus, there will be TWO New Moons within the same Sign. This generally happens when the Earth is on the slower slide around the Sun during the summer months when it is the furthest in its orbital plane of the Sun.

So how does that affect us? Most Astrologers will associate the energy of the Moon to its New Moon energy. When there are 2 New Moons in the same Sign, that energy is doubled. Would you say that you get a second chance with that renewed energy? Sure. You could also conclude that you get to repeat a few things, too. Last Month’s Eclipsed New Moon on May 20th put a spin on things, to say the least.

A New Moon in Gemini can allow emotions to be flexible and adaptable. Emotions can become mentally stimulating as the energy becomes more involved. Don’t waste your time on thinking and analyzing a situation, when you already instinctually know what to do. Go with your first thought and you won’t be disappointed.

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Sun enters Cancer at 0 degrees

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June 20, 2012 7:15 pm EDT (Litha info)

Bring on the Summer!! Alban Heffyn (Midsummer or Litha) is the Celtic Festival of the Oak. It is the last day for the Oak King to reign. It is usually on the 1st day of summer (June 20th or 21st) or when the Sun enters Cancer. It is the Summer Solstice. It is also known as St John’s Day. Ogmios, Arianrhod, Huon and Math are usually celebrated as the Gods. Celebrations consist of herb hunting (St Johnswort, especially), pickling early vegetables, circle readings and Fairy Hunts. Oak leaves are typical symbols of the season and open-face Green Men hang from walls. Foods sacred to the Sabbat include any fresh fruit, especially strawberries. Now is the time to hunt for mistletoe, so it is easily found at Yule.

The Fairy Realm is quite active at this time, so honor them with milk and honey. Leave simple, shiny gifts for them and they won’t steal your keys or your kids.

The leadership qualities of the Sun reign supreme, but with sensitivity. Find your inner strength thru this energy. Shine on!!

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Saturn goes Direct in Libra at 22 degrees

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June 25, 2012 1:06 am EDT

Finally, self-discipline finds balance. As hectic as life has been, now is a good time to find balance within your busy schedule. Where the extremes of work have exhausted you, you will notice that your play time has invigorated you as well. Note that if you have made a committment, you must keep your promises. Otherwise, all bets are called off.

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Venus goes Direct in Gemini at 7 degrees

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June 27, 2012 4:48 am EDT

The Planet of love and devotion stations and goes direct towards the end of the month. Where she was more relaxed and easy going, Venus will now get back on track to her usual beguiling self. Be ready for her love-enticing methods of pleasure and hedonistic ways. Expect a little more pillow talk afterwards while Venus rides the chatty waves of Gemini.

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Notable Harmonic Concordance for June 2012

June is a remarkable month for the Harmonic Concordance for the Venus Transit when She joins forces with the Sun. This is significant, for it happens about 6 months before the Mayan Calendar ends and enters its next cycle. This Conjunction opens a portal to this event with Goddess insight and foreplay. Venus marks this spot on the Astrological map all the time. However, this year She crosses the Sun, creating an Eclipse. The Earth, Venus and Sun will be connected and aligned perfectly creating a portal thru space and time. Convergences of Venus can cause turmoil and destruction. Be ready for tsunamis, tidal waves, seismic events, freaky weather and whirlwind adventures of all sorts!!

 

Venus Transits

“Venus transits” literally means how Venus “travels”. As a Planet, Venus travels around the Sun in an inner circle never going more than 43 degrees away from the Sun from teh Earth’s perspective. And during its transit, it becomes Conjunct with the Sun every 9 months or so – a human gestation period. These points in the heavens are about 72 degrees apart. Every 4 years, it returns to the same point in the sky (direct or retrograde) within 1-2 days and 1-2 degrees. Within that 4 year period it creates a 5-point star in the sky – A Pentacle in the Sky.

Gestation is a result of pro-creation… making love. Venus, as a Planet, rules Love. She is a Goddess of love and “merry-making”, even though she can be hedonistic about it. The cycle of Venus in the sky is quite predicatable. I was thumbing thru the Ephemeris checking it out and sure enough every 9 months, Venus is conjunct the Sun – whether Direct or Retrograde. After 4 years, she returns to the same area of the Chart within 1-2 days and 1-2 degrees. Very predictable, she is… and those points in the sky are retrograding – going backwards in the Zodiac.

So what are the Venus transits of 2012?

There is only one that happens in 2012 – June 5th. It’s the only time Venus is conjunct the Sun in 2012. It’s in Gemini at 15 degress. The energy preceding this moment is significant, because it builds up (applies). In fact, Venus is Retrograde at this time, meaning that the energy is double-applying; the Sun seems to be moving forward to that point in the sky and Venus is going backwards to that point in the sky and it seems like they’re going to crash… Remember that Venus when retrograde means she is between the Earth and Sun, so folks from Earth have the ability to watch the moment of Conjunction – whereas when Direct, Venus is on the other side of the Sun and we can’t see her. Venus tends to cross the Sun in about 6 hours or so.

A double applying has stronger energy than simple applying. Simple applying just means that both Planets are going in same direction; it’s just that one overtakes the other… where double applying means one is retrograde and they seem to crash into one another.

June Correspondences

June, 2012

The sixth month of the Gregorian Calender, June is the first month of summer. June derives it’s name from the Roman Goddess Juno. Her Greek counterpart is Hera.

The traditional birthstone amulets of June are alexandrite, moonstone, and pearl; and the rose is the month’s traditional flower.

June is shared by the astrological signs of Gemini the Twins and Cancer the Crab, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Juno, and all gods and goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty.

During the month of June, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to the Summer Solstice, one of the four Lesser Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world.

Astrological Signs: Gemini, Cancer.

Nature Spirits: Sylphs, zephyrs.

Herbs: Skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses.

Colors: Orange, Golden-Green.

Flowers: Lavender, orchid, yarrow.

Scents: Lily of the valley, lavender.

Stones: Topaz, agate, alexandrite, flourite, moonstone, pearl.

Trees: Oak.

Animals: Monkey, butterfly, frog, toad.

Birds: Wren, peacock.

Deities: Aine of Knockaine, Bendis, Cerridwen, Green Man, Ishtar, Isis, Juno, Neith, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty.

June Correspondences

June, 2011

The sixth month of the Gregorian Calender, June is the first month of summer. June derives it’s name from the Roman Goddess Juno. Her Greek counterpart is Hera.

The traditional birthstone amulets of June are alexandrite, moonstone, and pearl; and the rose is the month’s traditional flower.

June is shared by the astrological signs of Gemini the Twins and Cancer the Crab, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Juno, and all gods and goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty.

During the month of June, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to the Summer Solstice, one of the four Lesser Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world.

Astrological Signs: Gemini, Cancer.

Nature Spirits: Sylphs, zephyrs.

Herbs: Skullcap, meadowsweet, vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses.

Colors: Orange, Golden-Green.

Flowers: Lavender, orchid, yarrow.

Scents: Lily of the valley, lavender.

Stones: Topaz, agate, alexandrite, flourite, moonstone, pearl.

Trees: Oak.

Animals: Monkey, butterfly, frog, toad.

Birds: Wren, peacock.

Deities: Aine of Knockaine, Bendis, Cerridwen, Green Man, Ishtar, Isis, Juno, Neith, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty.

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