Daily Stuff 6-28-17 Hemera

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 10:46 AM of -1.1 feet.

The sun keeps trying to shine, but the sky is about 2/3 cloud, so it keeps getting blocked out. 64F and 65% humidity. It’s fine if you’re where there’s a breeze, otherwise it feels sticky. The wind is at 6mph in town, enough to wave leaves and flutter the petunias in the fairy garden, and not much more on the beaches.

Yesterday went pretty quickly. There was a lot to do so we just kept plugging at one task after another. I did get a jumble page finished, so next is to get the notice up about it. I did some work on newsletter files, filling in the quotes file at least through this next week. I got a little done on herbs, getting a parsley re-potted and starting to go through the bags. Most of it is going on the compost heap, honestly. It’s been sitting too long.

Tempus picked me up just after 2, really early last night and it was dark all through the run, ending in twilight. We went to sleep right away, so we managed to get going on chores by noon, getting to the shop by 2. That doesn’t usually happen!

We moved a lot of plant buckets this morning. The tomatoes are going to need stakes, so I have to get those found today. I also pulled out some of the small plants that need to be re-potted and those will happen during the week. A lot more of the plants have been shifted to where they’ll get more sun, too. …but we have to water tonight. Things are drying out fast! We have some chores to do here at the shop, too, and we’ll get those done and head back to finish on the others.

weather sun faceToday’s feast is to Hemera, the Greek goddess/personification of Day, whose birth was celebrated around this time. Hemera is one of the primordial deities, being Uranus’ mother or grandmother. She is the child of Chaos or of Night & Darkness (depending on who you listen to and sister of Aether, the personification of Light. Don’t forget that today is also the anniversary of Stewart Farrar’s birth!

magic 031313 blueberry ginger crumbleToday’s Plant is the BlueberryVaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke
damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – 070214 blueberryPut blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue. The 2nd pic is blueberries in the garden on 7/2/14.

The shop is open Thursday through Monday (closed today), although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 7/8 at 9:07pm. Waxing Crescent phase Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6:30 at 5:51pm. 

Do you know about the dark Propeller in the M13 star cluster in Hercules? With no Moon in the sky, take advantage of the dark to visit Sue French’s six favorite summer deep-sky objects, which she features in the July Sky & Telescope, page 54.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.1, in Virgo) shines brightly in the southwest during evening. Spica, magnitude +1.0, glitters 11° left of it. In a telescope, Jupiter has shrunk to 38 arcseconds wide.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28 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

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Virgo
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22) 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
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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
W   28     High   3:57 AM     7.5   5:34 AM    Rise 11:00 AM      18
~    28      Low  10:46 AM    -1.1   9:05 PM
~    28     High   5:23 PM     7.1
~    28      Low  11:16 PM     1.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I Surround My Self with Colors, Textures, and Scents that Please Me.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Wiki – If you found a suitcase full of money in the middle of the street, what would you do?

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Quotes  

~  Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~  You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. – Henry Ford
~  You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t. – Anne Lamott
~  You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. – Yoda

Speech to the Young: Speech to the Progress-Toward

Say to them,
say to the down-keepers,
the sun-slappers,
the self-soilers,
the harmony-hushers,
“even if you are not ready for day
it cannot always be night.”
You will be right.
For that is the hard home-run.

Live not for battles won.
Live not for the-end-of-the-song.
Live in the along. – Gwendolyn Brooks

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Magick – Recipes

PASTRAMI-DILL BITES ~ Low Carb!

  • 3 dill pickle spears, about 5 inches long (2 5/8 ounces)
  • 5 ounces pastrami, sliced very thin *
  • Boursin (see recipe below)

Cut each pickle spear lengthwise into 3 strips. Pat them dry with paper towels. Pat the pastrami dry. Stack 2 slices of pastrami to make 9 stacks. You may end up with an odd slice, which can be left single. Spread each stack of pastrami with a thin even layer of the Boursin, using all of it. Place a pickle spear on one edge of each stack and roll up jelly roll-style to enclose the pickle. Carefully cut each roll into 4 pieces (see my comments below). Chill well before serving.
Makes 36 pieces / Do not freeze

* I used one package of Hillshire Farm Deli Select pastrami. There were 17 slices in the package. The package says that there are zero carbs per serving but the Hidden Carb Calculator says there are close to 2 carbs per serving. I took the average and counted 1 carb per 7 slices.

BOURSIN

  1. 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  2. 1 small clove garlic, minced
  3. 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  4. 1/8 teaspoon dill
  5. 1 teaspoon chives
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

In a mini food processor, process the cream cheese and garlic until blended. Add the remaining ingredients and process until well combined.

Per 2 pieces: 31 Calories; 2g Fat; 2g Protein; .5g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; .5g Net Carbs
Per 4 pieces: 62 Calories; 5g Fat; 4g Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 1g Net Carbs
By Linda of www.genaw.com

Pear-ginger Shooters (Anja’s note: This is delicious with a splash of rum!) 

Fresh ginger and fragrant cinnamon infuse this chilled pear soup. Serve it in large shot glasses. Guests may add a splash of vodka if they like.

  • SERVINGS – 32
  • YIELD – 12 servings, about 1/3 cup each
  • PREP TIME – 25 mins
  • TOTAL TIME – 4 hrs 45 mins

ingredients

  • 4   ripe Anjou pears, peeled and quartered
  • 1   cup apple cider
  • 1   cup dry white wine
  • 3   tablespoons minced fresh ginger, or ginger juice (see Note)
  • 1   tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1  4  inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons honey

directions

Stir pears, cider, wine, ginger (or ginger juice) to taste, lemon juice, cinnamon stick and salt in a large saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat, and gently simmer until the pears are very tender, about 20 minutes.

Discard the cinnamon stick. Pour the soup into a large blender or food processor; add honey. Blend or process until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Pour into a large bowl, cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours. Pour into small glasses to serve.

Tip:

Note: We use bottled ginger juice (pressed gingerroot) to add the taste of fresh ginger without the work of mincing or grating. Use it to flavor drinks, stir-fries, marinades or anywhere you’d use fresh ginger. Find it in specialty stores or online at gingerpeople.com.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 67, carb. (g) 14, fiber (g) 2, sodium (mg) 50, Potassium (mg) 85, Fruit () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Mini Mocha Cheesecakes – Recipe by Kraft

  • Prep Time – 30min.
  • Total Time – 1hr. 35min.
  • Servings – 12 servings

Mocha cheesecake is yummy. Mocha cheesecake batter baked into a muffin tin is also yummy—and results in crowd-pleasing mini cheesecakes.

What You Need

  • 10 vanilla creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. MAXWELL HOUSE Instant Coffee
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted, cooled
  • 1-1/8 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
  • 1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  • 24 chocolate-covered coffee beans

Make It

  • Heat oven to 350ºF.
  • Mix cookie crumbs and butter; press about 1 Tbsp. onto bottom of each of 12 foil-lined muffin cups. Bake 8 min.
  • Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until blended. Add eggs; beat just until blended. Dissolve coffee in water. Add to batter with melted chocolate; beat until blended. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter into each cup. (Cups will be full.)
  • Bake 23 to 25 min. or until centers are almost set. Cool completely.
  • Add 1 tsp. cocoa powder to COOL WHIP; stir gently until blended. Spoon into pastry bag fitted with decorating tip; use to pipe COOL WHIP mixture onto cheesecakes. Garnish with remaining cocoa powder and coffee beans.

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Daily Stuff 6-27-17 Initium Aestas

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 9:58 AM of -1.7 feet.

It’s 64 and 61% humidity and a light breeze. Nice! The sun keeps trying to come through, but it’s partly obscured by cloud most of the time.

Yesterday was a bit of a slog. We were both pretty tired. Monday is our Friday, so you can see why. We worked on getting things cleaned up. I had to re-set all the crystals bottles again because of someone being “helpful”. <sigh> We had a couple of sets of stuff to re-sell come in yesterday, a few more books and a few jewelry bits, that will get priced and set out for sale during the day today…. I hope…

Late in the day Amy came in for a chat right before class, then Jeanne and then class started. We managed to get through the whole quick reference ritual form, but I wasn’t in as good shape as usual, so we closed up and stopped a little early and Tempus and I headed home, very sleepy.

It had been raining during class, just a light rain, although when we got across the bridge it was momentarily startlingly heavy. He dozed off right away and I read for awhile, but he got up early this morning to work on his route list and I slept later. We were going to move some plant buckets today, but didn’t have the hand-truck, so we’ll do that tomorrow. They’re just a bit heavy to carry with all the dirt and rocks.

We were really late coming in and this is later because my computer had a bunch of updates that really slowed things down for

awhile. Now it seems to be behaving pretty well, but it’s been fighting me off and on for

 

a couple of hours already. I’m doing computer and newsletter stuff today and then this evening into the night I’ll be working on embroidery and jumble pages, alternating with herbs.

Tempus is working in back right now, getting me space to do some work on herbs. Mostly I need to pull bags of dried stuff and get them prepped enough to go into the regular jars or decide that they need to be dumped.

A picture of sunstones from our Rabbit Hill trip a couple of years ago. They’re the pale gold translucent ones that you see scattered among the other pebbles.

Sunstones

weather Sunny brightToday’s feast is the Initium Aestas after the god, Aestas, the personification of summer. It is a weather prognostication. If it rains on this day, it will be damper than usual for the next 7 weeks. Aestas is often seen as a full-grown man (personally, I think of the BayWatch guys) tall and good looking and unscarred, very athletic and often blond or red-haired. “Careless in his strength” is a phrase in a lot of the poetry.

220px-LiebstöckelToday’s Plant is Lovagelevisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage

The shop is open Thursday through Monday 11-7, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 7/8 at 9:07pm. Waxing Crescent phaseKeywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/30 at 5:51pm. 

This evening, look for 1st-magnitude Regulus within 1° or 2° of the waxing crescent Moon.
Saturn (magnitude 0.0, in southern Ophiuchus) glows pale yellowish in the southeast to south during evening. Fiery Antares, less bright, is 15° to Saturn’s right or lower right. Delta Scorpii, the third brightest object in the area, catches the eye half that far to the upper right of Antares.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28 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

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Leo enters Virgo at 5:41pm
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22) Retrograde
Color: Grey

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Tu  27     High   3:03 AM     8.1   5:34 AM    Rise  9:51 AM      10
~    27      Low   9:58 AM    -1.7   9:05 PM     Set 11:55 PM
~    27     High   4:33 PM     7.1
~    27      Low  10:15 PM     1.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – High intention operates in the midst of abundance. Abundance operates in the midst of high intention.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What is a good neighbour?

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Quotes

~  What other people thought was really always irrelevant to me.  – Steve Nash
~  When ye are prepared for a thing, the opportunity to use it presents itself. – Edgar Cayce
~  When you get sick of being sick, you stop being sick. The sage has gotten sick of being sick, therefore he is no longer sick! – Lao Tzu
~  Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning. – Benjamin Franklin

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, governor of Newfoundland (1849–1916)

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Magick – Song – Lord of the Dance

When She danced on the water and the wind was Her horn,
The Lady laughed, and everything was born,
She lit the sun and its light gave Him birth,
The Lord of the Dance then appeared on the Earth.

Chorus: Dance, dance, wherever you may be,
For I am the Lord of the Dance ,said He!
I’ll lead you all wherever you may be
and I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said He!

I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
I danced in the Moon and the Stars and the Sun,
I was called from the darkness by the Song of the Earth,
I joined in the singing and She gave Me birth!

Chorus:

I dance at the Sabbat when you chant the Spell,
I dance and sing that everyone be well;
When the dance is over, do not think that I am gone
To live is the music! So still dance on!

Chorus:

They cut me down, but I leap up high,
I am the Life that will never, ever die,
I live in you if you live in me,
I am the Lord of the Dance , said He.

Chorus:

Extra verses:

I dance in the Circle when the flames leap up high,
I dance in the Fire and I never, ever die,
I dance in the waves of the bright summer sea,
For I am the Lord of the wave’s mystery.

I sleep in the kernel, and I dance in the rain,
I dance in the wind and through waving grain,
And when you cut me down, I care nothing for the pain;
In the spring I’m the lord of the Dance once again!

I see the Maidens laughing as they dance in the sun,
And I count the fruits of the harvest, one by one,
I know the storm is coming, but the grain is all stored,
So I sing of the Dance of the Lady and Her Lord.

The Horn of the Lady cast its sound across the plain,
The birds took the notes and gave them back again,
Till the sound of Her music was a song in the sky,
And to that song there is only one reply.

The moon in her phases and the tides of the sea,
The movement of the earth and the seasons that will be,
Are the rhythm for the dancing, and a promise through the years,
That the Dance goes on through all our joy and tears.

We dance ever slower as the leaves fall and spin,
And the sound of the Horn is the wailing of the wind,
The Earth is wrapped in stillness, and we move in a trance,
But we hold on fast to our faith in the dance!

The sun is in the northland and the days grow chill
and the sound of the Horn is fading on the hill,
‘Tis the Horn of the Hunter, as He rides across the plain,
And the Lady sleeps till the Spring comes again.

The sun is in the Northland and the days lengthen fast,
and soon we will sing for the winter that is past.
Now we light the candles and rejoice as they burn
And we dance the Dance of the Sun’s return!

The snow is slowly melting and the clouds bring the rain,
the Lady awakes, for the spring has come again.
We dance in the meadows, and we dance in the groves,
And rejoice in the Lord’s and the Lady’s love.

They danced in the darkness and they danced in the night
They danced on the earth, and everything was light;
They danced out the Darkness and they danced in the Dawn
And the Day of that dancing is still going on!

I gaze on the heavens and I gaze on the earth,
And I feel the pain of dying and rebirth,
And I lift my head in gladness, and in praise
for the Dance of the Lord, and His Lady gay.

I dance in the stars as they whirl throughout space,
And I dance in the pulse of the veins in your face.
No dance is too great, no dance is too small,
You can look anywhere, for I dance in them all! – Aiden Kelly

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t.

Exxonerated – Let’s say that a CERTAIN oil tanker captain gets cranked up and wipes out the Alaskan coastline, but he only gets charged with criminal mischief, which kind of sounds like all he did was tape “kick me” signs to the backs of penguins. Well, then you can describe that captain as “Exxonerated”.

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Daily Stuff 6-26-17 Ich Bin ein Berliner

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 9:10 AM of -2.2 feet. Wicca 101 at 7pm tonight!

The sky is a lumpy grey, 59F, 87% humidity (ew) and little wind. There’s a teeny chance of precip for this morning and again on Friday, but this looks like summer. Highs in the 60’s, lows in the 50’s. My kind of weather! …and the days are already getting shorter by 27 seconds per! …although, past noon, the sun is occasionally straining to come through….

Yesterday was a lot of fun, but very tiring for me. We got up a bit early, got to the shop as quickly as possible and started first a lentil pottage, then the pies. Eventually Tempus took them home to bake and I got to sit down and fill pincushions and talk. We ate at around 3:30 and were so stuffed that nothing else happened for the rest of the day, unless you count Tempus sitting with a sanding sponge and a plate and pretending to work on that. 🙂

There were customers in, off and on, and one fellow who stopped by to use the internet and chat for awhile in the early evening.

We took a snack box home for ourselves and a couple of plates of goodies for Jeanne. Tempus spent awhile helping her get stuff put away and then we went to sleep. I was actually asleep before he came back downstairs the first time, but he woke me and my asthma went off, so I did a little embroidery and then read until things calmed down.

I only managed to get 25 hawkweed pulled this morning. The ground is getting hard and dry. It was amazing to feel the sunlight even with thick cloud overhead. Definitely Litha! I was checking the various buckets of plants and I think the radishes aren’t getting enough sun, so they’re going to have to go up top.

I had fresh raspberries in my cereal this morning! Love the summer fruits!

We’re going to be cleaning up from the weekend today and I want to get some of the dried herbs put onto the shelf, so’s to make room on the shelves that are supposed to be for craft supplies. We have Wicca tonight and will be working on the ritual forms.

On July 3rd, the Circle usually does a cookout because of the fireworks. Since it’s a class night the class people will have an open discussion on things we’ve been researching and some other topics after the potluck from 5-7pm and before the fireworks, which usually start around 10pm. I’ll be more of a social time than class, but if you’re not in the class it’s a good time to meet some other pagan folks. …and yes, this is an invite. 🙂

Steps - Wise

220px-JFK_speech_lch_bin_ein_berliner_1Today is the anniversary of President Kennedy’s Ich Bin ein Berliner speech, probably his best speech of all. It was a foreign policy speech aimed more at the Soviets than the Germans he was speaking to, specifically about the division of the city by the Berlin Wall that didn’t come down until 1989. Btw, he didn’t quite call himself a jelly doughnut, although the line might have made some people smile… There’s a good article and a video of the speech at this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_bin_ein_Berliner

luffaToday’s Plant is Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula), an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge” wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. –Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa

The shop is open Thursday through Monday 11-7, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 7/8 at 9:07pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 6/28 at 7:11am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6:30 at 5:51pm. 

If you’ve wondered why you can’t see Io and Europa in your scope when they’re crossing Jupiter’s face, it’s because they’re about the same brightness and color as Jupiter itself. The top tick points to Io, the bottom tick to Europa. Christopher Go took this image at 10:55 UT June 16, 2017. South is up.
The tiny black shadow of Io crosses Jupiter’s face tonight from 10:23 p.m. to 12:33 a.m. EDT, when it leaves Jupiter’s western limb. Then just three minutes later Europa exits from in front of Jupiter’s western limb, moving in the same direction.
Venus (magnitude –4.2) shines brightly in the east before and during dawn.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28 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

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Leo
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22) Retrograde
Color: Lavendar

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
M   26     High   2:12 AM     8.7   5:33 AM    Rise  8:41 AM      4    26
~   Low   9:10 AM    -2.2   9:05 PM     Set 11:18 PM
~    26     High   3:44 PM     7.1
~    26      Low   9:17 PM     1.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an acceptable day!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Favorites – Name your favorite animated movie and tell why you like it.

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Quotes  

~  Two things can launch you into action: Inspiration or desperation. Desperation is the product of inertia: You won’t have to worry about desperation if you commit to action. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Unless you walk out into the unknown, the odds of making a profound difference in your life are pretty low. – Tom Peters
~  We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause. – Steven Pressfield
~  What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him – Louis L. Mann

Chaque personne vient au monde avec un destin spécifique – il a quelque chose à remplir, certains message doit être livré, quelques travaux doit être terminé. Vous n’ici accidentellement – vous êtes ici utilement. Il y a un objet derrière vous. L’ensemble a l’intention de faire quelque chose grâce à vous. (Each person is born with a specific destiny – he has something to fulfill, some message must be delivered, some work must be completed. You here accidentally – you are here meaningfully. There is an object behind you. The whole intends to do something with you.) – Marie-Claire Andrianne –

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Magick – Craft – Star-Shaped Paper Lanterns – July 7, 2010

Beautiful and functional, our unique, easy-to-make paper lanterns keep outdoor celebrations aglow as the sun begins to set. On rainy days, hang a strand of lit lanterns to create a magical scene indoors.

Materials

  • Scrapbook paper, color(s) of your choice
  • 2 pencils (1 sharpened, 1 dull)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Strand of holiday lights
  • Push pin
  • Scrap of cardboard

Printable Lantern Template & Instructions
To get started, simply download and print our star lantern instructions and template. For a look that is truly your own, experiment with different colors and sizes.

  1. Follow the instructions provided within the template to construct and strand your lanterns.
  2. Hang the strand, then plug in the lights!

Personalize Your Lanterns
As an added touch, before you glue your lanterns together, use our simple pin-poking technique to spell out a special message with your lanterns.

  1. Select a message to convey.
  2. Use a pencil to lightly draw each letter from your message, one letter per lantern.
  3. Place your scrapbook paper flat on a scrap of cardboard.
  4. Using a push pin, poke holes along your drawn letter.

Decorate Outdoor Spaces with Lanterns
When lit, lanterns are bright enough to illuminate the faces of your guests, yet subtle enough for you to appreciate the flicker of fireflies. To inspire you, here are our favorite ways to display them:

  • Celebrate the Fourth of July with red, white and blue star-shaped lanterns, personalized with a patriotic message.
  • Hang strands along trees, bushes or trellises. For a more natural effect, tuck them gently into the greenery.
  • A string of white lanterns creates a gorgeous contrast to the vibrant colors and lush foliage of summer.
  • Create a strand of bright-colored lanterns to set the mood or fit the theme of a party and bring out the hues in your garden.

Tip: LED lights last longer than traditional bulbs, so use them to guarantee your party will shine long into the night.

Enhance Indoor Spaces with Lanterns
When the weather begins to cool, create everyday beauty by adorning your home indoors.

  • For a fun and sophisticated touch, string lanterns along ceilings, across the top of a doorway or from any overhang.
  • Make entertaining and everyday meals extraordinary. Simply arrange a cluster of lanterns above your table.
  • Update the look by selecting paper with colors and patterns that accent your home’s interior décor.
  • Decorate for a special celebration by hanging bouquets of unlit lanterns throughout your space.

Tip: They’re perfect for summer, but we love to use our lanterns in the winter months, too. Make them part of your holiday décor by hanging them inside along mantles or weaving them through a table setup.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – TO: Medical Personnel FROM: Human Resources

It has come to our attention from several emergency rooms that many EMS narratives have taken a decidedly creative direction lately. Effective immediately, all members are to refrain from using slang and abbreviations to describe patients, such as the following:
**Cardiac patients should not be referred to with MUH (messed up heart), PBS (pretty bad shape), PCL (pre-code looking) or HIBGIA (had it before, got it again).
**Stroke patients are NOT “Charlie Carrots.” Nor are rescuers to use CCFCCP (Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs) to describe their mental state.
**Trauma patients are not FDGB (fall down, go boom), TBC (total body crunch) or “hamburger helper”.
**Similarly, descriptions of a car crash do not have to include phrases like “negative vehicle to vehicle interface” or “terminal deceleration syndrome.” Remember: You are hospital employees. Not politicians!
**HAZMAT teams are highly trained professionals, not “glow worms.”
**Persons with altered mental states as a result of drug use are not considered “pharmaceutically gifted.”
**Gunshot wounds to the head are not “trans-occipital implants.”
**The homeless are not “urban outdoorsmen”, nor is endotracheal intubation referred to as a “PVC Challenge”.
**Finally, do not refer to recently deceased persons as being “paws up,” ART (assuming room temperature), or CTD (circling the drain).
**I know you will all join me in respecting the cultural diversity of our patients to include their medical orientations in creating proper, narratives and log entries.
Sincerely,
Director of Human Resources

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Daily Stuff 6-25-17 Rainbow Flag

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:23 AM of -2.4 feet. Featured photo by Jamie Jager.

House Capuchin’s monthly potluck is today. We’re open all day, but expect to see people in funny clothes wandering around during the later part of the afternoon!

There are some long streaky clouds up high, and a few strips of low pink/grey stuff that must be left over fog. The humidity is back up to 81%, but it’s earlier than when I’ve been checking. It’s 58F, quite a difference from yesterday and quite breezy. The wind is hitting the upper teens on the beaches and at home it was going from absolutely still to the evergreens sighing and shedding needles all over things.

Yesterday started slowly, working on Herbs which was mostly stashing the harvested ones to dry. Tempus got going on cleaning up from the Sabbat and evening I did my part, so that looks back to normal, now. …except for the candle that melted down onto the tile. Didn’t do anything to the table or cloth, just the tile, so it’ll go into the recycle bucket.

We were pretty busy with customers well into the late afternoon and I did 4 readings. I had my stuff started for the potluck in the middle of that. By 5pm it was getting pretty warm in the shop, but not nearly as hot as they’d been predicting, although the last ball in the thermometer dropped by about 5:30 and by 6pm it was up to 80F by the windows. I stopped trying to do much and sat and embroidered. By 8pm Tempus had been back with my leeks for quite some time and one bubble in the galileo thermometer had lifted.

It kept getting later and later in the evening and I finally asked Tempus to take me home, because I was getting awfully tired. He did and I got a nice long nap, which got me going enough that I woke and did some sewing. He had gone back to the shop to finish something and when he got back we turned in right away.

We’re goth groggy this morning. He already broke a cup. 😦 We’re a little early at the shop because I have to set the pies up to bake before we actually open. Yes, it’s potluck day for House Capuchin. The shop is open as usual, so come in and shop!

Photo from 6/23/17 of a Juvenile Red Rock crab by Jamie Jager@girlinwaterphotography Perfect for the Sun in Cancer! (used with permission)

Rainbow_flag_and_blue_skiesToday’s feast is in honor of the day that the Gay Pride Rainbow Flag first flew in 1978. It has a history and the color order is that of the spectrum. It may have been used in he 60′s as a diversity symbol but this is the first one associated with a large Gay Pride day.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_flag_(LGBT_movement)

220px-Heracleum_lanatum_07269Today’s Plant is Cow parsnipHeracleum lanatum, or Indian CeleryGrowing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and 180px-Cow_parsnip_Heracleum_lanatum_budseaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum

The shop is open Thursday through Monday 11-7, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:11am on 6/25. 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 7/8 at 9:07pm. Diana’s BowOn the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 6/28 at 7:11am. 

If you’ve wondered why you can’t see Io and Europa in your scope when they’re crossing Jupiter’s face, it’s because they’re about the same brightness and color as Jupiter itself. The top tick points to Io, the bottom tick to Europa. Christopher Go took this image at 10:55 UT June 16, 2017. South is up.
By the time it’s fully dark this week, <<< Altair is shining well up in the east. A finger-width above it or to its upper left is its little sidekick Tarazed (Gamma Aquilae), actually an orange giant that’s far in the background. Altair is 17 light-years from us; Tarazed is about 460.
Look left of Altair, by hardly more than a fist width, for the compact little constellation Delphinus >>>>, the Dolphin.
Mercury and Mars are buried deep in the glow of sunset this week.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28 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

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Cancer enters Leo at 3:06pm.
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22) Retrograde
Color: Amber

Planting 6/24-25

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Su  25     High   1:22 AM     9.0   5:33 AM    Rise  7:32 AM      0
~    25      Low   8:23 AM    -2.4   9:05 PM     Set 10:34 PM
~    25     High   2:55 PM     7.1
~    25      Low   8:23 PM     1.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What if? – What if cows gave root beer instead of milk?

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Quotes  

~  There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. – George Carlin
~  To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. – William H. Walton
~  To know yourself you need not go to any book, to any priest, to any psychologist. The whole treasure is within yourself. – J. Krishnamurti
~  True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess. Louis Nizer

While the bright radient Sun in centre glows,
The Earth in annual motion ’round it goes;
At the same time on its own axis reels,
And gives us change of seasons as it wheels. –The 1793 Old Farmer’s Almanac

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Magick – Lore – DIY fairy gardens: Our complete list of ideas

by Sue Langley • March 5, 2014 • http://www.fleamarketgardening.org/2014/03/05/diy-fairy-gardens-our-complete-list-of-ideas/

Easy printable list of all our fairy garden ideas

We are SUCH do-it-yourselfers!  Here are all our ‘tiny’ garden ideas in one place!
This easy printable LIST of DIY fairy and miniature garden ideas was compiled with the help of many creative people at Flea Market Gardening.  Ideas, materials to watch for and tools to use.  Thanks to all who contributed!   See the before and after of my first four fairy gardens!  ~ Sue

Before:

 

Plants for miniature gardens

Sedum, tiny scale succulents
Sempervivum succulents
Sedum ‘Blue Spruce’
Ivy
Licorice plant
Oregano ‘Aureum Gold,’ lime green
Polka-dot Plant, pink and green
Primrose
Aloe succulents
Baby’s tears
Creeping thyme
Wooly thyme
White star creeper
Wire vine
Alyssum
Violas, the tiny ones
Boxwood topiaries
Any small Bonsai tree

Ideas for Fairy Garden miniatures

Sculpey clay to make mushrooms or anything!
Twig furniture, ladders or arbors
Acorns, dried leaves and flowers
Popsicle stick fences, wired
Sign on a smooth stone with sharpie
Arbor of hardware cloth
Toadstools made from sticks and acorn caps
Christmas miniatures
Small birdhouses covered in stones or sticks
Pine cone scale roofs
Mini terracotta pots
Wooden drawer knobs, painted red with white dots
Add a fairy door to the base of a tree
Make an arbor from willow branches Trim it and wire it into a “U” shape
For boys, make a dinosaur, animal or gnome garden.
With a broken ceramic pot, make a patio for your miniature garden.
Make a gazing ball with a marble glued on a golf tee!
Cut up small twigs and branches and stack them together in a small ‘wood’ pile. They will be ready for making a campfire.
Turn a bird house into a fairy home. Cut a door where the hole is, Add moss to the roof and gravel ‘stones’ to the walls.
Create little ‘crops’ made from bits of Sedum and lined up like cabbages.
An arch made of a scrap of hardware cloth (wire screening) and painted white

Momentive Perform. – Momentive Performance Materials GE284 2.8-Ounce Silicone II Premium Waterproof Kitchen and Bath Squeeze Tube, Clear

A tiny trellis also made of the wire screening
Tiny wooden birdhouses from scrap wood
Pebbles with inspirational words
Small ceramic mushrooms
Use sheets of tiny glass tiles to make walkways.
Paint rounded upholstery tacks red with tiny white dots for ‘toadstools.’
Copper wire tuteur (In front of the blue chair)
Tire swing from a toy car hung from a branch
Pebble plastered house

Materials to watch for

Flat marbles or ‘gems’ for ‘water’ or stepping stones
Golf tees and marbles for tiny gazing balls
Small sticks and pine needles for a broom
Wire, steel or copper, shepherd’s hooks or joining twigs
Popsicle sticks for fences or furniture
Stones for paths
Clay for bricks
Willow sticks for chairs and arbors
Balsam wood for doors, benches and tables
Christmas decor for houses, vehicles and fairies
Tiny gravel for patios
Larger gravel for stone walls or tiny house  facades
Moss, lichen for bushes and trees

Especially for a Beach theme

Handmade chairs from Popsicle sticks
Wooden bead beach ball
Flip-flops from buttons
Shells
Tiny terry cloth towel
Popsicle stick fencing
Beach glass ‘water’
Ponytail palm
Small dracena reflexa (houseplant)
Tiny sago palm

Our best glue

GEII Silicone for Exterior in clear, also called Momentive perform. or E6000, Momentive Perform GE 500, same as GE II – MOMENTIVE PERFORM MATERIAL GE500 2.8OZ Clear Wind/DR Caulk

After:

Four easy miniature gardens! If I can …you can! ~~ Sue

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Bumper Snickers – Chili’s a lot like sex: When it’s good it’s great, and even when it’s bad, it’s not so bad.

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Daily Stuff 6-24-17 Inti Raymi

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:35 AM of -2.4 feet. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs at 11am. No Sewing Workshop. The shop may close early if it gets too hot!

The thermometer on the phone company is reading 85F! Wunderground is not working this morning, for some reason, but the weather is plain to see. The sky is clear and cloudless and the marine layer way offshore. There’s a dirty-looking discoloration above the Valley beyond the Coast Range, so they’re going to cook. There’s little wind. Nothing is stirring. Stay hydrated and out of the sun and do nothing physical during the part of the day when it’s really hot! This is a good time to do meditations that include really listening to what’s going on around you: sounds of insects, breeze in trees, barking dogs.

Yesterday was busy. Tempus had to run into Newport for some errands. I kept the shop while he was gone and we did have some customers. The Duckmeister was in and talking about her new geese and some other locals stopped to chat.

t was getting warm as the sun came in the windows and setting up for the ritual, I kept having to stop because of overheating. Tempus finally dug out an extra fan and that made a difference.

The ritual went really well, although we started later than usual because it was so hot and we were waiting for some folks that didn’t show. I’m really, really happy with the bee meditation from last night and will put it into tomorrow’s newsletter along with the bee sounds that were the background for the whole ritual!

Today is already hot. I was out harvesting and had Tempus water the plants so they won’t fry today. The ground near my herb garden that was almost swampy a week ago is dry and cracking!

Herbs this morning will be on harvest in the early summer.

We’ve got the shop door closed since it’s far cooler in than out. We’ve got fans. If it gets as hot as they say, we’ll close early and go swimming, so call ahead if you’re planning on being in after 4pm or so.

A photo from yesterday by Ken Gagne. Look at his feet! He’s got an eel!

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Today’s feast is Inti Raymi, the ancient Incan festival of the Sun, which is the Winter Solstice festival in the southern hemisphere. In 1944 a re-creation of the festival was celebrated and has been ever since. Here’ s a Wiki article.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inti_Raymi

Today’s Plant is Nodding OnionAllium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and220px-Allium_cernuum_2853 there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water, then oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_cernuum and on Alliums here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium

The shop is open Thursday through Monday 11-7, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:11am on 6/25. 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 7/8 at 9:07pm. 

This is the time of year when the two brightest stars of summer, <<< Arcturus and Vega >>>, are equally high overhead soon after dark: Arcturus in the southwest, Vega toward the east. Arcturus and Vega are 37 and 25 light-years away, respectively. They represent the two commonest types of naked-eye stars: a yellow-orange K giant and a white A main-sequence star. They’re 150 and 50 times brighter than the Sun, respectively — which, combined with their nearness, is why they dominate the evening sky.
Saturn (magnitude 0.0, in southern Ophiuchus) is just past opposition. It glows yellowish low in the southeast in twilight, 15° left of fiery Antares. By about midnight Saturn is at its highest in the south, in the steadiest air for telescopic observing.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28 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

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Cancer
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22) Retrograde
Color: Blue

Planting 6/24-25

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Sa  24     High  12:32 AM     9.0   5:33 AM    Rise  6:26 AM      0
~    24      Low   7:35 AM    -2.4   9:05 PM     Set  9:42 PM
~    24     High   2:05 PM     6.9
~    24      Low   7:30 PM     1.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditations – Smell the freshness of the morning. Now close your eyes and let it take you where it will.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about an award you have received.

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Quotes  

~  The lack of money is the root of all evil. – MarkTwain.
~  The secret of success is constancy of purpose. – Louis Pasteur
~  There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write. – W M Thackeray
~  Strike while the iron is hot? Take this one step further- Keep striking the iron to heat it up. – Kerr Cuhulain

By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, whereas in fact we live steeped in its burning layers . . . This palpable world, which we are used to treating with the boredom and disrespect with which we habitually regard places with no sacred association, is a holy place. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Magick – How to make Herb Vinegar

Making herb vinegars is easy and rewarding. The colors are lovely, the taste is delicious and the process is satisfying.

Some general guidelines:

  • Cut herbs in the morning, if possible, after the dew has dried but before it gets hot. The essential oils will release from the herbs at about 85 degrees F.
  • Never put your vinegar in a container whose previous contents are unknown to you. It is not a good idea to buy bottles for vinegar at flea markets or yard sales.
  • Check the vinegar you are going to use for acidity. Any vinegar with 5% acidity can be used to make herb vinegar.

Basic directions:

  1. Sterilize pint or quart jars.
  2. Gather fresh herbs. Wash and pat dry herbs.
  3. Put herbs in sterilized jar. Remember, you can always dilute the vinegar if the herb flavor is too strong; you cannot easily strengthen the herb flavor if it is too weak.
  4. Add vinegar to cover the herbs. Do not heat the vinegar; use it at room temperature.
  5. Put a non-metallic lid on jar and store in cool, dark place for 2-4 weeks. Check it after 2 weeks for flavor and aroma.
  6. When the vinegar has reached the desired flavor, strain it to remove the old herbs.
  7. Place one or two fresh herb stems in a sterile bottle. Pour in strained herb vinegar and seal. The new herbs are primarily for decoration.
  8. Label vinegar. Enjoy.
  9. Use herb vinegar in salad dressings, marinades, or to deglaze pans.

Selecting a vinegar – The most commonly used vinegars are red or white wine vinegars and cidar vinegars. Rice wine vinegar, sherry vinegar and other specialty vinegars may also be used. Distilled white vinegar is easy to obtain and will make a nice herb vinegar, but it will have a sharper flavor than the wine vinegars.

  • Select a white vinegar if the herb will color the vinegar.
  • Use a red vinegar if the herb has a strong flavor.

Some favorite combinations:

  • Chive blossoms and white wine vinegar. – The chive blossoms give the vinegar a lovely pink color and light onion taste.
  • Lavendar blossoms and cider vinegar. – This is truly special. It is almost effervescent.
  • Basil, oregano and thyme in a red wine vinegar. – A rich, full flavor that is excellent in salad dressings and marinades.
  • Rosemary in a white vinegar – This makes a nice hair rinse after a permanent. It removes the “skunky” scent of the perm. It can also substitute for a mouth rinse in an emergency.

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Experiment. Use the herbs you enjoy. Be generous in the amout of herbs you use to make the vinegar. It is hard to have anything but success in making herb vinegars.

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Daily Stuff 6-23-17 Kupalo

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 6:47 AM of -2.0 feet. Litha Open Circle tonight at 7pm!

The most important part of weather, first. Heat! Stay hydrated and cool as much as you can! http://www.emergencyemail.org/wxl/OR/wxl41041-2017622181496670.asp?utm_medium=email&utm_source=eewn&utm_campaign=Weather-Alerts-6/22/2017 It’s not supposed to be as bad on the coast but, for us, even 80’s is bad.

71F is nice, if it’d stay that way. We’re under at Heat Advisory for the Valley and for here. The temps already vary from 59 in one spot to 89 in another. I don’t want to even think about tomorrow! There’s some wind, but even on the beaches it’s not over 10mph yet.

Yesterday started as kindof an “ugh” day. Not taking time to be closed over our weekend means that stuff gets put off. That’s the “ugh”. I like working with people, but I like having things cleaned up enough for folks to be able to wander through.

We got the bacon jam going, eventually. A friend came in and we talked for awhile during that and then I spent a lot of the day putting away stuff from boxes. Things are gradually clearing out, but *so* slowly!

No one was in for Sewing, so I collected my stuff to take home to work on. By then the jam was pretty well cooked, but I’m not sure that they didn’t leave out an ingredient. It’s awfully wet for jam. …but tasty. I had a piece of bread with that on it with my supper salad. Yum! Tempus was absolutely thrilled with it, too. Apparently it tastes a lot like a dish that his mom used to make. Amy was in for a bit, later, just to chat, not for sewing, but we did *talk* sewing.

Tempus dropped me at home and headed off to do the shopping and then start the paper route. I got a cake made, then worked on sewing for awhile before I conked out.

He got in at 5:30, having gotten started early. We’re both dragging, but the Open Circle is tonight. We’ll be ready.

Some stuff on the upcoming Solar Eclipse – https://www.space.com/37292-most-watched-eclipse.html?utm_source=notification

240px-Иван_Купала.Гадание_на_венках.2008.Доска,масло150х85_смToday’s feast is Jan Kupalo or Ivan Kupala, the Slavic Midsummer festival. Depending on whose version you’re working with (it goes from Poland and the Czech Republic to the far end of Russia) it can mean bonfires, bathing (especially naked bathing in lakes and rivers, flower wreaths worn, floated on rivers or as divination. Running into the woods in search of fern flowers (yes, I know, ferns don’t bloom, but people in those areas  “find” babies under ferns or in mushroom patches instead of under cabbage leaves) is another favorite pastime.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Kupala_Day

magick motif slav Kolovrat RodnoverKupala – Kresen (June) 23  – (In the Old Russian tongue, Kupala means “bather”). Today the holiday of the Summer Solstice and remembrance of the human sacrifices made in olden times to the Master of things Sub-marine, Jasse (Dragon). All through the night people are celebrating, singing songs, hiking, doing readings (fortune-telling). A blot is held near water. In times gone by, fires were lit in preparation for a sacrifice of a young maiden by drowning in the river. Later, however, the human sacrifice was replaced by a doll made of bread (a loaf-doll).

220px-Saint_johns_wart_flowersToday’s plant is St. John’s WortHypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression  and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture)  make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort

The shop is open Thursday through Monday 11-7, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 6/23 at 7:11pm.  Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/23 at 7:11pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:11am on 6/25. 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 7/8 at 9:07pm. 

The waning crescent Moon leapfrogs past Venus between the mornings of the 20th and 21st for North America.
Leo the Lion is a constellation of late winter and spring. But he’s not gone yet. As twilight ends, look due west, rather low, for Regulus, his brightest and now lowest star: the forefoot of the Lion stick figure. The Sickle of Leo extends upper right from Regulus. The rest of the Lion’s constellation figure extends for almost three fist-widths to the upper left, to end with his tail star, Denebola, the highest. He’s walking down to the western horizon.
This is the time of year when, after dark, the dim Little Dipper floats straight upward from Polaris (the end of its handle) — like a helium balloon on a string escaped from some summer evening party. Through light pollution, however, all you may see of the Little Dipper are Polaris at its bottom and Kochab, the lip of the Little Dipper’s bowl, at the top.
New Moon (exact at 10:31 p.m. EDT).
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, in Pisces) is low in the glow of dawn.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.1, in Virgo) shines high and bright in the southwest during evening. Spica, magnitude +1.0 and noticeably bluer, glitters 10° left of it. In a telescope, Jupiter has shrunk to 39 arcseconds wide.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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. 

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Gemini enters Cancer at 3:07pm
New Moon exact at 7:31pm.
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22) Retrograde
Color: Purple

Harvest 6/22-23

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
F   23      Low   6:47 AM    -2.0   5:32 AM    Rise  5:26 AM      2
~    23     High   1:14 PM     6.7   9:05 PM     Set  8:41 PM
~    23      Low   6:36 PM     1.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The Secret of Life Is Not To Live…..But To Have Something to lived For……….

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – A long dispute means both parties are wrong. — Voltaire

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Quotes  

~  Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. – Lewis Carroll
~  Spiritual knowledge is not a closed book. It is continually evolving. – A. H. Almaas
~  Stand up and be counted. Don’t stand up and throw stones. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  The friend warns his friend of ill. – Grettir’s Saga, c.17

The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore… Unlike the mediocre intrepid spirits, seek victory over those things that seem impossible… It is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors… to meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown. – Anon.

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Summer Magick – Spells and such

Summer Sacred Space Ritual
Tap into the summer spirit for setting up your own sacred space. Start by gathering sea salt and lemon juice. Set up your space in your usual manner. Have a bowl of warm water on the altar and burn sandalwood incense. Add the sea salt and lemon juice to the water. Hold the bowl up to the Goddess, and ask that this liquid be blessed with the powers of purification and protection. Starting in the north, go around your home, sprinkling the water in each room. Be sure to include all doorways, windows, closets, and vents. Say as you go:

May this house be blessed
by the Goddess, so that
only the most beneficial
energies might enter. ~Kristin Madden 

Summer Storm Clear-Your-Head Spell – July 14th, 2006

Color of the day: Pink  – Incense of the day: Nutmeg

Summer thunderstorms provide a great opportunity for you to clear your head. You’re caught up, no doubt, in the midst of a busy social schedule now, and perhaps looking for a way out of the whirlwind. The Chinese goddess Tien Mu creates lighting by reaching into the earth with one arm and reaching into a thundercloud with the other. She uses two huge mirrors, turning the reflective sides to face one another, to create the flashing bolt. This “enlightening” bolt can be used to clear your mind during a summer storm. See the storm clouds as your mental confusion and the earth as a grounding source. Each time the lightning strikes, imagine the clouds in your mind becoming illuminated, while your feet remain on the ground. When you are finished, thank Tien Mu for her gift. – By: Olivia O’Meir

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t.

Delusions of Greendeur – Sometimes products will try to pander to you consciousness by claiming to be ozone friendly, environmentally-safe, … no animal testing required. These products are called “Delusions of Greendeur”. For example, Glad bags. It actually says on the back of the box, “Can be incinerated safely, providing more fuel value than wood or coal.” What does this mean? You can actually heat your house, cook with Glad bags?

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Daily Stuff 6-22-17 Belarus

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing 6-8pm. Minus Tide at 5:58 AM of -1.4 feet.

Don’t forget! Rose of the Sea’s Open Circle for Litha is Friday at 7pm!

The sky is a big blue bowl with only the marine layer, far off on the horizon, to mar the finish! 58F with the wind at 9. The humidity has finally dropped to 70% so this is quite nice. Not so the weekend, from the look of it. There’s actually a heat advisory…. the Valley is likely to cook and we’re supposed to be in the 70’s tomorrow and 80’s on Saturday!

Yesterday was a “tired” day. We had some folks in shopping, and Tempus worked on his sanding, and I on recipes and then sorting out some files of magicakal crafts. Tempus went down to the Frog and got us some fudge, which was a nice treat. We tried to get the bacon jam done, but only got it 1/2-way. The shop oughta smell pretty good today with it cooking. Heck, it smelled good enough that I kept going back and snacking on the bacon…. Well, he only had to add two slices to the pile. That’s a small amount, right? 🙂

We got our chores done at home and we’re back at the shop. Tempus ran out to pay bills a little bit ago. Sewing is at 6pm tonight and I’m heading into the back to set up the crockpot and I might get the time to make a cheese.

A Ken Gagne photo from last June of a goldfinch on his feeder.

200px-BrestFortress7Today’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

Plant flower buttercupToday’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 andmotif plant buttercup3color 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.

The shop is open Thursday through Monday (closed today), although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 6/23 at 7:11pm.  Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/22 at 7:31am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/23 at 7:11pm. 

The waning crescent Moon leapfrogs past Venus between the mornings of the 20th and 21st for North America.
Do you know about the dark Propeller in the M13 star cluster in Hercules? With no Moon in the sky, take advantage of the dark to visit Sue French’s six favorite summer deep-sky objects, which she features in the July Sky & Telescope, page 54.
Mars is lost in the sunset.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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.

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Gemini
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22) Retrograde
Color: Green

Harvest 6/22-23

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Th  22      Low   5:58 AM    -1.4   5:32 AM    Rise  4:34 AM      7
~    22     High  12:20 PM     6.4   9:05 PM     Set  7:32 PM
~    22      Low   5:43 PM     1.9
~    22     High  11:43 PM     8.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and then discover the  prisoner was you.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What if? – If you could only take 3 people with you on a trip around the world, who would you take and why?

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Quotes  

~  Own up to your mistakes and do something about them. “Harm none” includes ourselves. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  People tend to go where they are headed. – Carol Fritz
~  Prayers are for asking. Meditations are for listening to the answers. – Glenda Gibbs
~  Purity of heart is to will one thing. – Soren Kierkegaard

When does life unveil her holy face? When do we remove the veil of illusion before our eyes? We see things so obscured by the pressures and demands of our lives. Never mind the forest for the trees – we don’t see the blessings for the bills! But every once in awhile, it catches us by surprise. We are moved by beauty. It is a gentle reminder of God’s presence. Maybe it’s a dandelion growing through a crack in the sidewalk – a sign that life is meant to be lived despite any obstacles. Maybe it is a neighbor’s smile, or a beneficial “coincidence.” In any case, our lives are beautiful, we are beautiful, even if we need to be reminded of it every once in awhile. – Lissa Coffey

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Litha Magick – Build Your Own Stonehenge Activity – http://fun.familyeducation.com/outdoor-games/winter/35028.html

Age: 8 and up
Time: 1 to 2 hours
Type of Activity: Science

Materials needed:

  • Center stake for reference point.
  • 50 feet of rope.
  • 20 to 30 marker stones or small stakes.
  • A compass.

Here’s a unique way to celebrate the solstice: Build your own Stonehenge. As you might know, Stonehenge is one of the oldest (4,000+ years) and best known astronomical calendar sites in the world. You can recreate it without going through the bother of lugging 25 to 50 ton slabs of rock around the neighborhood. All you’ll need is a bit of ambition, and a location offering an unobstructed view of the eastern or western horizon. Locations offering a 360º horizon view are ideal (and rare).

What to do

The first thing you’ll need to do is create a viewing circle. Anchor a reference stake at the center point of the circle and place your compass on top of it. Find due north and place a marker at 50 feet north of the center. Repeat the process for east, west and south. (The rope is used as a guide to insure that all markers are equidistant from the center stake.) Again, using the rope as a guide, place a small marker stone every few feet around the perimeter of your circle. The center of the circle now becomes your fixed reference point and the westward facing perimeter is where you’ll be placing the sunset markers.

The calendar can be started at any time, but the solstice sunsets are the most fun. Mark the point of sunset with a pole, stake or other (not easily moved) marker. Tag the marker with the date of sunset.

Repeat the process every seven days or so. Over the weeks and months you’ll note that the sun appears to “walk” faster at some times of the year than others. When you’ve finished (in a year’s time) you’ll have a working astronomical calendar and an excuse to invite friends and classmates over to the house to check the date.

Non-construction alternatives

  • Photo-op: Take a snapshot of the western skyline and tape it to the wall by a western facing window. With a felt tip marker draw an arrow on the photo corresponding to the point of sunset and note the date. Repeat the process.
  • Window marks: (This takes two people.) Standing at the same point in the room of a western facing window, have the other person make a small mark on the glass where the sun sets. Note the date and repeat the process on a weekly basis.

How it works

The principle behind an astronomical calendar is simple. The apparent rising and setting horizon point of the sun changes with each passing day. The different points correspond to different days of the year.

At minimum, an astronomical calendar only requires a fixed reference point for viewing and another fixed reference point marking the position of the rising and/or setting sun on the horizon.

In the Northern Hemisphere, if you were to watch a time-lapse movie of a year’s worth of sunsets, you would notice that the sun appears to “walk” back and forth across the western horizon. The winter solstice marks the southern limit of the sun’s journey and the summer solstice is the northern boundary. Closer examination would reveal that, with the exception of the two solstice extremes, every other point on the horizon is crossed twice during the course of the year. Once on the southern march and again on the northern return.

At the time of the winter and summer solstices, (around December 22 and June 22) the sun is directly overhead at either the Tropic of Cancer (summer) or the Tropic of Capricorn (winter). In the Northern Hemisphere these dates mark the beginnings of summer and winter and the days of the longest and shortest hours of daylight.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – NO SPEAKAH DE ENGLISH
A bus stops and 2 Italian men get on. They sit down and engage in an animated conversation.

The lady sitting next to them ignores them at first, But her attention is galvanized when she hears one of them say the following:

Emma come first.
Den I come.
Den two asses come together.
I come once-a-more! …
Two asses, they come together again.
I come again and pee twice.
Then I come one lasta time.’

The lady can’t take this anymore, “You foul- mouthed sex obsessed pig!” She retorted indignantly. ‘In this country, we don’t speak aloud in public places about our sex lives!”

‘Hey, coola down lady,’ said the man, ‘Whooza talkin’ about sex? I’m a justa tellin’ my frienda how to spell “Mississippi”

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