Daily Stuff 5-22-18 Harvey Milk

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by me. Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 1:32 PM of -0.1 feet.

Cloudy and cool, almost chill. 56F and the wind at 9, but gusts are going into the upper teens.

Yesterday started a little later than usual because Tempus left me to sleep. When I came in I bounced Rosie for a bit, since her folks were at the shop. (He was waiting on his paycheck….) I got the newsletter out and then went back and sat and talked for a bit, and embroidered. …and then I got to the rest of the Monday writing and photos….

They headed out around 4:30 and I was mostly done with my writing by then, too. …and then no class. Kristie is getting nailed by allergies. 😦

The friend that I talk NDE’s with was in and we had a good, intense chat and then went back to writing, afterwards. Tempus curled up and took a nap.

Wow… 37M… the kid that started the Eagle Creek Fire is regretting it, now.

…and Tempus got more of my canning jars done and they dried overnight. …and found someone to come look at the computers.

…and then had supper, leftovers from Sunday. (Yummy!) Tempus and I decided we were going to try to watch the ISS flyover at 10:30, so we planned things accordingly.

…and it was awesome, but computers are being worked on today! So, I’m going to get this out so this computer can be taken care of.

One of our local friends who just made off with a stash from 5/19/16

220px-Rhubarb_PieToday’s Plant is RhubarbRheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and for general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb

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Today’s feast is in honor of the Gay Rights Activist, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978. He was the first openly gay politician in California. More on his life and work here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk and on the bill that passed to make this day official, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk_Day

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although closing time is drifting later with the longer days. 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 5/29 at 7:20am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/27 at 7:20pm. 

Vega far outshines the rest of Lyra’s more delicate, 3rd and 4th-magnitude stars. The whole group climbs the eastern sky these evenings and shines near the zenith just before dawn. Bob King
Shining in the east-northeast after dark is Vega, the brightest and currently highest star of the Summer Triangle. But with summer still a month away (astronomically speaking), the Triangle’s final star doesn’t rise above the eastern horizon until about 10 or 11 p.m. That’s Altair, the Triangle’s lower right corner. The third star is Deneb, sparkling less far to Vega’s lower left.
Now and for months to come, Jupiter stays within less than 2° or 3° of 3rd-magnitude Alpha Librae (Zubenelgenubi): a fine, wide double star for binoculars. Its two components, magnitudes 2.8 and 5.1, are a generous 231 arcseconds apart. Nevertheless they form a real, gravitationally bound pair; they’re both measured to be 77 light-years away.
Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility two weeks ago, and it remains a stunning sight all night. It appears low in the southeast during evening twilight and climbs highest in the south around midnight local daylight time. Shining at magnitude –2.5, the giant planet is the night sky’s brightest point of light once Venus sets shortly before 11 p.m. Jupiter resides among the background stars of Libra, 1.6° east-northeast of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [α] Librae). When viewed through a telescope, the gas giant’s disk spans 45″ and shows a wealth of detail in its cloud tops.
Swirling clouds grace Jupiter’s northern hemisphere, as seen by the Juno spacecraft. – NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for May 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-may-2018
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Virgo
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30) Retrograde
Color – Red

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  22      Low   1:08 AM     2.6   5:42 AM     Set  2:31 AM      46
~    22     High   6:42 AM     6.4   8:45 PM    Rise  1:27 PM
~    22      Low   1:32 PM    -0.1
~    22     High   8:18 PM     6.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dance to the rhythm of life.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – For all of us today, the battle is in our hands. The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. There are no broad highways to lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. We must keep going. — Martin Luther King Jr.

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Quotes

~  What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork. – Pearl Bailey
~  When someone is seeking it happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Meditation = Solution
~  Wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure. Paulo Coelho
~  You cannot reason a person out of a position he did not reason himself into in the first place. – Jonathan Swift

For the May Day is the great day,
Sung along the old straight track.
And those who ancient lines did ley
Will heed this song that calls them back. – Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

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Litha Magick

Litha/Midsummer Lore – A Midsummer Night’s Lore – by Melanie Fire Salamander – http://ravenmoonlight.com/?p=292

Cinquefoil, campion, lupine and foxglove nod on your doorstep; Nutka rose, salal bells, starflower and bleeding-heart hide in the woods,fully green now. Litha has come, longest day of the year, height of the sun. Of old, in Europe, Litha was the height too of pagan celebrations, the most important and widely honored of annual festivals.

Fire, love and magick wreathe ’round this time. As on Beltaine in Ireland, across Europe people of old leaped fires for fertility and luck on Midsummer Day, or on the night before, Midsummer Eve, according to Funk and Wagnall’s Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend. Farmers drove their cattle through the flames or smoke or ran with burning coals across the cattle pens. In the Scottish Highlands, herders nabulated their sheep with torches lit at the Midsummer fire.

People took burning brands around their fields also to ensure fertility, and in Ireland threw them into gardens and potato fields. Ashes from the fire were mixed with seeds yet to plant. In parts of England country folk thought the apple crop would fail if they didn’t light the Midsummer fires. People relit their house fires from the Midsummer bonfire, in celebration hurled flaming disks heavenward and rolled flaming wheels downhill, burning circles that hailed the sun at zenith.

Midsummer, too, was a lovers’ festival. Lovers clasped hands over the bonfire, tossed flowers across to each other, leaped the flames together. Those who wanted lovers performed love divination. In Scandinavia, girls laid bunches of flowers under their pillows on Midsummer Eve to induce dreams of love and ensure them coming true. In England, it was said if an unmarried girl fasted on Midsummer Eve and at midnight set her table with a clean cloth, bread, cheese and ale, then left her yard door open and waited, the boy she would marry, or his spirit, would come in and feast with her.

Magick crowns Midsummer. Divining rods cut on this night are more infallible, dreams more likely to come true. Dew gathered Midsummer Eve restores sight. Fern, which confers invisibility, was said to bloom at midnight on Midsummer Eve and is best picked then. Indeed, any magickal plants plucked on Midsummer Eve at midnight are doubly efficacious and keep better. You’d pick certain magickal herbs, namely St. Johnswort, hawkweed, vervain, orpine, mullein, wormwood and mistletoe, at midnight on Midsummer Eve or noon Midsummer Day, to use as a charm to protect your house from fire and lightning, your family from disease, negative witchcraft and disaster. A pagan gardener might consider cultivating some or all of these; it’s not too late to buy at herb-oriented nurseries, the Herbfarm outside Fall City the chief of these and a wonderful place to visit, if a tad pricey. Whichever of these herbs you find, a gentle snip into a cloth, a spell whispered over, and you have a charm you can consecrate in the height of the sun.

In northern Europe, the Wild Hunt was often seen on Midsummer Eve, hallooing in the sky, in some districts led by Cernunnos. Midsummer’s Night by European tradition is a fairies’ night, and a witches’ night too. Rhiannon Ryall writes in West Country Wicca that her coven, employing rites said to be handed down for centuries in England’s West Country, would on Midsummer Eve decorate their symbols of the God and Goddess with flowers, yellow for the God, white for the Goddess. The coven that night would draw down the moon into their high priestess, and at sunrise draw down the sun into their high priest. The priest and priestess then celebrated the Great Rite, known to the coven as the Rite of Joining or the Crossing Rite.

Some of Ryall’s elders called this ritual the Ridencrux Rite. They told how formerly in times of bad harvest or unseasonable weather, the High Priestess on the nights between the new and full moon would go to the nearest crossroads, wait for the first stranger traveling in the district. About this stranger the coven had done ritual beforehand, to ensure he embodied the God. The high priestess performed the Great Rite with him to make the next season’s sowing successful.

In the Middle Ages in Europe, traces of witchcraft and pagan remembrances were often linked with Midsummer. In Southern Estonia, Lutheran Church workers found a cottar’s wife accepting sacrifices on Midsummer Day, Juhan Kahk writes in Early Modern European Witchcraft: Centres and Peripheries, edited by Bengt Ankarloo and Gustave Henningsen. Likewise, on Midsummer Night in 1667, in Estonia’s Maarja-Magdaleena parish, peasants met at the country manor of Colonel Griefenspeer to perform a ritual to cure illnesses.

In Denmark, writes Jens Christian V. Johansen in another Early Modern European Witchcraft chapter, medieval witches were said to gather on Midsummer Day, and in Ribe on Midsummer Night. Inquisitors in the Middle Ages often said witches met on Corpus Christi, which some years fell close to Midsummer Eve, according to Witchcraft in the Middle Ages, by Jeffrey Burton Russell. The inquisitors explained witches chose the date to mock a central Christian festival, but Corpus Christi is no more important than a number of other Christian holidays, and it falls near a day traditionally associated with pagan worship. Coincidence? Probably not.

Anciently, pagans and witches hallowed Midsummer. Some burned for their right to observe their rites; we need not. But we can remember the past. In solidarity with those burned, we can collect our herbs at midnight; we can burn our bonfires and hail the sun.

Gods and Goddesses

Gods and goddesses: All father gods and mother goddesses, pregnant goddesses and Sun deities. Particular emphasis might be placed on the goddesses Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar and Venus and other goddesses who preside over love, passion and beauty. Other Litha deities include the goddesses Athena, Artemis, Dana, Kali, Isis and Juno and the gods Apollo, Ares, Dagda, Gwydion, Helios, Llew, Oak/Holly King, Lugh, Ra, Sol, Zeus, Prometheus and Thor.

Herbs

Sage, mint, basil, fennel, chive, chervil, tarragon, parsley, rosemary,thyme, hyssop, honeysuckle, red heather, white heather, rue, sunflower, lavender, fern, mistletoe, St. John’s Wort, mugwort, vervain, meadowsweet, heartsease, feverfew, iris, rowan, oak, fir, pine, aniseed, hazelnut.

Stones

Ruby, garnet, diamond, seashell, Herkimer diamond, clear quartz crystal, amber, citrine, cat’s-eye, yellow topaz, yellow tourmaline, gold, silver, peridot, carnelian, calcite

Incense

Midsummer Incense #1:
Recipe by Scott Cunningham

2 parts Sandalwood
1 part mugwort
1 part Chamomile
1 part Gardenia Petals
a few drops Rose Oil
a few drops Lavender Oil
a few drops Yarrow Oil

Burn at Wiccan rituals at the Summer Solstice (circa June 21st) or at that time to attune with the seasons and the Sun.

Midsummer Incense #2:
Recipe by Scott Cunningham

3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Benzoin
1 part Dragon’s Blood
1 part Thyme
1 part rosemary
1 pinch Vervain
a few drops Red Wine

Recipes

Summer Pudding
Recipe by Jan Brodie

1 lb. Mixed Red Soft Fruits
4 oz. Sugar
Enough White Bread to line a Pudding Basin
Whipped Cream for serving

Trim the crusts off the bread and line the pudding basin with it, cutting a circle for the base. Ensure that the basin is lined without any gaps. Cook the fruits and sugar, without adding extra water, for a few minutes until the juices run. Drain the fruits and retain the juices. Fill the lined bowl with fruit and place a circle of bread on top, enclosing the fruit. Then put a plate on top held down with a weight on top. Place in fridge overnight. When ready to serve, turn out onto a plate and pour the reserved juices over the top. Serve with whipped cream. (The above recipe for “Summer Pudding” is from Jan Brodie’s book “Earth Dance: A Year of Pagan Rituals”, page 98-99, Capall Bann Publishing, 1995)

Cauldron Cookies
Recipe by Gerina Dunwich

3/4 cup Softened Butter
2 cups Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
2 teaspoons Grated Lemon Rind
2 cups Flour
1 cup Finely Chopped Pecans

Cream the butter in a large cast-iron cauldron (or mixing bowl). Gradually add the brown sugar, beating well. Add the eggs, lemon juice, and rind, and then beat by hand or with an electric mixer until the mixture is well blended. The next step is to stir in the flour and pecans. Cover the cauldron with a lid, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

When ready, shape the dough into one-inch balls and place them about three inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake in a 375-degree preheated oven for approximately eight minutes. Remove from the oven and place on wire racks until completely cool. This recipe yields about 36 cookies which can be served at any of the eight Sabbats, as well as at Esbats and all other Witchy get-togethers.
(The above recipe for “Cauldron Cookies” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 167, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)

Activities for Litha

* Tie a sprig of rowan, a sprig of rue, and three flowers of St. John’s Wort with red thread and hang over the door.

* Make amulets (simple charms) of protection out of herbs such as rue and rowan. If you make new amulets each year you can dispose of the old in the midsummer fire.

* Create a pouch for psychic dreams (mugwort and bay leaves in a cloth of lavender, blue, or yellow and sewn with red thread) and place under your pillow.

* Make a Solar Wheel as a terific family project – everyone can make one for their bedroom. Wind palm or grape vine into a circle, twisting as you go. Cut two short lengths of stem to be just a bit larger than the diaameter of the circle and place one across the back horizontally and the other vertically crossing in back on the horizontal one and coming forward to the front of the circle to secure both, then adorn with symbols of the elementals (stone, feathers, ashes in a pouch, or a small candle, and a shell) and festoon
with green and yellow ribbons. Hang in a tree outside or indoors at a reminder of the God’s protection.

* Make a Witch’s Ladder (another fun family project) using three colored yarns (red, black, and white for the Triple Goddess) braided together to be three feet long. Add nine feathers all the same color for a specific charm (such as green for money) or various colors for a more diverse charm, tie ends and hang up. Colors are red for vitality, blue for peace and protection, yellow for alertness and cheer, green for prosperity, brown for stability, black for wisdom, black and white for balance, patterned for clairvoyance, and iridescent for insight.

 

* Make a rue protection pouch out of white cotton. Add two or three sprigs of rue, bits of whole grain wheat bread, a pinch of salt, and two star anise seeds and hang indoors (can do one for each bedroom).

* Tie vervain, rosemary, and hyssop with white thread and dip the tips into a bowl of spring water (you can buy bottled spring water in grocery stores) and sprinkle the water about the house to chase out negativity, or sprinkle your tools to cleanse and purify.

* Soak thyme in olive oil, then lightly anoint your eyelids to see faery folk at night

* Tie a bunch of fennel with red ribbons and hang over the door for long life and protection of the home.

* Look for the faery folk under an elder tree, but don’t eat their food or you’ll have to remain with them for seven years! (Which could be a lot of fun, but will seriously wreck any plans you may have made!)

Litha Altar

* Think of warm summer days and sunny cloudless sky.
* Candles: blue, yellow-gold candle to represent the sun. Orange, gold, green
* Oils: violet, rose, orange, lime, thyme, citronella
* Altar cloth: red or gold

Spellwork

Faery magick, protection, purification, love/sex spells. Fire magick. Animal blessings or magick. A good time for scrying and divination. Traditionally the Great Rite, symbolic or actual, is enacted.

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Silliness – Bumper Snickers – How can I miss you if you won’t go away?

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Daily Stuff 5-21-18 extra

Hi, folks!

Tomorrow’s newsletter may not come out at the usual time. It might even not be until evening. My home computer is still on the fritz and we have chores to do during the day.

Love & Light,
Anja

Photo by Lynda Donaldson

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Daily Stuff 5-21-18 Vejovis

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at12:29 PM  of -0.6 feet. Wicca 102 at 7pm.

Bright, bright beautiful sunshine! It’s clear but for tiny white puffs and a few streaks and the marine layer out over the ocean. Wait one…it’s May… has it already turned to summer? We’re going to have an awful water bill, if so, this year… 56F Wind at 17mph. The ocean is bluer than blue and so was the Bay!

Yesterday we had a busy day. It wasn’t just the projects and the cookery, but we had a lot of shoppers in, some of whom were actually buying things. I ended up doing a long reading later in the evening when we’re not normally there, but the potluck ran late and we had at least a dozen people in after the normal closing time, not counting the House people.

By noon the clouds were breaking up. By 1, there were shadows, even if they were a bit pale. By 4 it had warmed up quite a bit.

Cookery started with a pork roast (in a crockpot) and then toasting the breadcrumbs for bread soup… and Tempus misunderstood what I said and burned the first batch. 🙂 …so the shop smelled like burned bread for a bit. …but we opened the doors and the outside air smelled lovely and there was just enough breeze. I set up carrots and worked out the recipes for the amount of bread crumbs that were left for the soup. Next up was finding the things that needed to sit out to soften, like the frozen garlic butter. After I while I set up the soup to cook for the rest of the afternoon.

Eventually carrots, cabbage and pork roast were done. We had a lot of people here. 9? I think? ….and we put together some servings for 3 folks who couldn’t make it. We didn’t leave the shop until 11pm and I was tired.

So Tempus left me home again this morning. I was out in the yard, weeding…. that’s 55 hawkweed yesterday and 152 today.

A photo of a pelican in Yachats by Ken Gagne from 5/19/17

Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Sweet_William dianthus barbatusDianthus barbatus.It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it misnamed “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems and make a nice tea or add to green tea. Kate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william

feast 0521 Republican_denarius_-_C._Licinius_L.f._Macer_Vejovis? Who he? Even the later Romans weren’t completely sure! They showed him as a young man, holding a bunch of arrows and lightning bolts and accompanied by a goat. Supposedly one of the first gods to be born, he was associated with healing and Asclepius, and goats were sacrificed to him to keep plagues away. Apparently his aspects changed early on and there are a lot of controversies about which is “right” and where his name came from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although closing time is drifting later with the longer days. 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 5/29 at 7:20am. 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 5/21 at 8:49pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/27 at 7:20pm. 

Vega far outshines the rest of Lyra’s more delicate, 3rd and 4th-magnitude stars. The whole group climbs the eastern sky these evenings and shines near the zenith just before dawn. Bob King
First-quarter Moon (exact at 11:49 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). The First Quarter Moon hangs high in the southwest as darkness falls, then sinks steadily toward the western horizon throughout the evening hours. The Moon lies in the constellation Leo, about 1° north of 1st-magnitude Regulus. From North America, the two objects appear closest in the early evening sky.
This evening the asteroid 201 Penelope should occult a 9.9-magnitude star in Virgo for telescope users along a narrow path from the Oregon coast through Arizona and into Mexico. Map, details, finder charts. That’s the light curve above that they used to figure out that it’s shaped like this:
There’s a bit of an article about it on Wikipedia with some links. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201_Penelope
Venus (magnitude –3.9, near the feet of Gemini) shines brightly in the west-northwest during evening twilight and just after. It’s as high in twilight as it will get all this spring and summer (for mid-northern skywatchers). In a telescope — look early! — Venus is a little disk 13 arcseconds wide and slightly gibbous: 84% sunlit.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for May 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-may-2018
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Leo enters Virgo at 6:09pm.
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30) Retrograde
Color – Grey

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M   21     High   5:28 AM     7.0   5:43 AM     Set  1:54 AM      34
~    21      Low  12:29 PM    -0.6   8:44 PM    Rise 12:17 PM
~    21     High   7:18 PM     6.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a remembering day!

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Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your definition of a hero? Tell the story of someone whom you think is a hero and tell why you think as you do.

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Quotes

~  True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. – Socrates
~  We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. – Laingt
~  We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too. – Helen Hayes
~  What is done shall be told all the same. – Grettir’s Saga, c.40

May changes moods just like a baby:
Someone should have named it “Maybe.” –The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1996 

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Litha Magick – Correspondences

The Litha season

  • Solar System – Sun
  • Element – Fire
  • Season – Summer
  • Emotion – Love and passion, Sacrifice

Incense – Frankincense, Lemon, Rose, Wisteria, Lavender, Sandalwood, Pine, Jasmine, Lotus, Sage, Cedar, Frankincense, Myrrh, Pine, Sagecedar, frankincense, lemonmyrrhpine, rose, and lavender

Colors – Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Red, Maize yellow, Tan or gold, red, orange, blue, and yellow, green, white or Gold, red, orange, blue, and yellow, green,

Decorations – Dried herbs, potpourri, Dream pillows, Seashells, Wedding gift basket, Feather wreaths, Summer flowers, Fruits, The sun, Anything yellow, orange, and round, flowers and fresh early garden produce, the spear or sword of the sun god and the bountiful cauldron of the goddess ringed in flowers, solar cross or sun symbols, fireworks, sea shells

Foods – Iced tea, Ale, Mead, Lemonade, Orange slice wheels, Sun-shaped cookies, Barbecue, early summer fruits and vegetables, honey cakes, rose ice cream, melted cheese dishes, mangoes, whipped cream on fruit, red wine, strawberries

Gemstones – Emerald, Jade, All green stones especially Emerald and Jade, Lapis, Diamond, Amber, tiger’s eye

Spellwork appropriate for Litha – All magick, Love spells, Healing spells, Prosperity spells, growth spells, empowerment spells, are all incredibly potent at this time

Activities and Rituals – bonfire leaping, herb drying, protection, luck, health, transformation, community, career, and relationships

Tools – drums, rattles, bonfire, mirrors for reflecting the sun or bonfire, Earth circles of stone energy

Deities – Fortuna, Melissa, RA, Arinna, Bast, Grainne, Shamash, Helios, Mother Earth, Mother Nature Father Sun/Sky, Oak King, Aine, Freya, Flora, Habondia, Lugh, Greenman, Brigit, Hathor

Animals – butterflies, caterpillars, sea creatures, wren, robin, horses, cattle, satyrs, faeries, firebird, dragon, thunderbird, beesnake

Faeries – At Summer Solstice the phenomenon of the Trooping Faeries will begin. Trooping Faeries live in large communities like a clan and may travel great distances in long processions. You will know that the Trooping Faeries are about when you hear other-worldly music and the sounds of a raucous party. Their favorite pastimes according to Yeats is feasting, fighting, making love and playing music. On Mid-Summer night, keep your eyes and ears open and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them!

Herbs & Plants – Apple, Basil, carnation, Chamomile, Chicory, Chickweed, cinquefoil, daisy, elder, fennel, fern, frankincense, Heather, Heartsease, Houseleek, honeysuckle, ivy, lavender, lily, mistletoe, Mugwort, oak, pine, rose, St. John’s wort, thyme, vervain, yarrow, Peony, Pine, Roses, Rowan, Vervain, yarrow, wild thyme,.

St. John’s Wort – At Summer Solstice the Sun has reached its zenith in the sky and is as close to us in the northern hemisphere as it will ever get before it begins its slow descent which will lead us into winter. At Summer Solstice Saint John’s Wort is also in its height of flowering, and with its golden star-flowers full of stamens that look like rays bursting forth, the sun’s uplifting energy is captured on earth in the form of a humble flower.

Trees – Beech, elder, holly, laurel, linden, oak

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Silliness – Aim higher!

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Daily Stuff 5-20-18 Grudie Rosnoe

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 11:29 AM of -1.1 feet. House Capuchin Project Day Noon to 5pm. Potluck 5pm.

It’s cloudy, but every so often the sun comes through. I was worried about getting sunburned when I was weeding at home, but here in town there are no shadows. 56F and wind at 7mph with some gusts up into the teens. It really feels chilly.

Yesterday started as a frazzle. The Window massive update ate the home computer. I’ve put off doing it for the shop one until we figure out what it did to the other. We just didn’t get enough time before heading for the shop to suss it out.

Once we were at the shop I got the newsletter out and worked on trying to get the weird formatting kink gone…. I won’t know for certain until I actually publish it, I’m afraid. Next up was some more books. The new Herb ones are checked in and on the shelf. After that was another batch of used books.

We had a number of shoppers in and Karen Campbell stopped by for a visit. She and I talked Pan-Pagan and her granddaughter did origami with Tempus and Taylor and Nick, who were here early for D&D. In between various things I was following the An Tir virtual feed for the Crown Tournament. 🙂

By 4:30 the dumpling dough was almost done. …and by 6:30 the dumplings were out. They were kindof a disappointment. Unlike the Wondra flour batches they fell and were chewy, not breadlike. 😦 I was hungry enough to chow, anyway.

Those ended up becoming part of our supper, with some ham and veg and Tempus took me home, after, as the D&D’ers were still going, then went back and did more of the dishes and such. I slept for several hours and when I woke, curled up with some embroidery, after fiddling with the computer and getting nowhere. He got in after midnight and we went right to sleep.

I was out working in the garden this morning. I harvested some herbs to make the bread soup and then spent some time with the weeder. I need to get the hawkweed under control before it flowers.

Today is House Capuchin’s monthly potluck, so I’m going to be doing some cooking. I’m hoping to set up the crockpots and get everything ready during the early afternoon… especially the pork roast and carrots, and then I can leave them on the heat while the rest of it is readied.

We’ve already had some shoppers in and we’ll be open right up through that time.

Another Ken Gagne pic of an eagle in Yachats this one from 5/12/15

051215 Ken Gagne Yachats Eagle2

osmundarega_fertFlowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to Saint Osmund. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis (pictures are the American variety of this fern)
osmundaregaAccording to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.

Today’s feast is for Mjölnir, the god Thor’s marvelous hammer. The Prose Edda says that with it Thor:

Mjollnir… would be able to strike as firmly as he wanted, whatever his aim, and the hammer would never fail, and if he threw it at something, it would never miss and never fly so far from his hand that it would not find its way back, and when he wanted, it would be so small that it could be carried inside his tunic.

That’s awesome as a tool, let alone a weapon! Today was the day when ritual contests were held in the old Norse traditions, trial by combat, or bardic competitions. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir There’s a marvelous article about the Viking Raids into Europe and what caused them, here:  http://freya.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/?page_id=483

magick motif slav Kolovrat RodnoverGrudie Rosnoe – Traven (May) 20-30 – During these ten days, Volhvs (Magicians, Soothsayers, Sorcerors) bring sacrifices to Rod for rain and for good, productive harvests. (Volhv: a priest of Slavic Paganism; analogous to the scandinavian “Godhi” )

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although closing time is drifting later with the longer days. 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 5/29 at 7:20am. 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 5/21 at 8:49pm. 

Ceres, Mars, Venus, and more shine overhead in the sky this week. Pixabay
Jupiter‘s Great Red Spot should cross the planet’s central meridian around 9:17 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Farther west, Jupiter is too low and the sky too bright. But then Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, crosses the planet’s face from 9:07 to 10:26 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, followed by its tiny black shadow from 10:05 to 11:50 p.m. PDT. Convert these to other time zones, but check whether Jupiter will be in good view for you then. For all Great Red Spot transits and all phenomena of Jupiter’s satellites this month, complete for observers worldwide, see the May Sky & Telescope, page 50.
Venus crossed the border from Taurus the Bull into Gemini the Twins yesterday, and tonight it slides less than 1° north of the 5th-magnitude open star cluster M35. Binoculars or a telescope at low power will provide the best view of this pretty conjunction, especially once the sky grows dark around 10 p.m. local daylight time. The brightness disparity between the two objects is quite impressive: Venus appears some 4,000 times brighter than the combined glow from all the cluster’s distant suns. A telescope also reveals Venus’ disk, which spans 12″ and appears 83 percent lit.
Mars (magnitude –0.9, in Capricornus) rises around midnight or 1 a.m. daylight-saving time, about 24° lower left of Saturn. By early dawn in glares balefully orange in the south. Mars is brightening on its way to an unusually close opposition in late July. Already it’s 13 or 14 arcseconds wide — its apparent diameter at its poorest oppositions! What detail can you see on Mars in your scope? You’ll want a Mars map that identifies what features are facing Earth at your time and date, such as the free Mars Profiler.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for May 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-may-2018
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.

Sun in Taurus enters Gemini at 7:15pm.
Moon in Leo
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30) Retrograde
Color – Amber

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  20     High   4:23 AM     7.6   5:44 AM     Set  1:11 AM      24
~    20      Low  11:29 AM    -1.1   8:42 PM    Rise 11:06 AM
~    20     High   6:16 PM     6.6
~    20      Low  11:49 PM     2.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be your true self, it’s your destiny

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Journal Prompt – What is? – What’s the worst part about being sick? Explain your answer.

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Quotes

~  Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.  – Thomas Paine (1737-1809) British-American Writer
~  To marry a second time represents the triumph of hope over experience. Samuel Johnson
~  There are few more certain tokens of ill than not to know how to accept the good. – Grettir’s Saga, c.78
~  Today I must be very careful, today I have left my armor at home. – Jean Rhys

And forth goeth al the court, both moste and leste,
To feche the floures freshe. – Chaucer, referring to the practice of gathering flowers on May Day

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Magick – Miscellaneous Crafts – http://www.magicspells.in/magical_herbal_enclyclopedia_a.htm

Balefire (a magical fire)

  • Cypress
  • Laurel
  • Oak

Make a fire of the above woods and branches while visualizing its flames purifying and empowering all those near it. Use for any occasion when meeting with others for magical or ritual rites. It is purificatory and power-enhancing in its effects.

Frankincense Protective Necklet

Several ounces of Frankincense “tears” (small, rounded lumps)

Empower the frankincense tears with protective energies. Thread a short, thin needle with yellow cotton thread. Heat the needle in a gas flame, in hot water or in a candle flame. (If using a candle flame, quickly wipe off the lampblack-if any- that forms on the needle). Push the hot needle through the center of a frankincense tear and move it down onto the thread. Repeat the heating and threading process until you’ve created a necklet of frankincense “beads” that you can slip over your head. Knot the ends well and wear for protection or during magical rituals.

Mexican Healing Rub

  • 1 handful Yellow Daisies
  • 1 handful Violets
  • 1 handful Poppies
  • 1 handful Rosemary

Mix together these fresh plant materials. Empower. Place in a large ceramic bowl. Wet the herbs thoroughly with vodka or some other nonodorous alcohol. If you don’t wish to use alcohol, substitute apple cider vinegar. Rub the ill person’s body with the wetted herbs, visualizing them absorbing the disease. When finished, bury the herbs and wash your hands.

Money Pentacles

  • 4 tbsp. ground Cloves
  • 4 tbsp. ground Cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp. ground Nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp. ground Ginger
  • a few drops Cinnamon oil
  • a few drops Clove oil
  • a few drops Nutmeg oil
  • 2 tbsp. ground Gum Tragacanth (or Gum Arabic)
  • 4 tbsp. Water

Combine the spices. Add the oils to them and mix well. Empower. Add the gum tragacanth to the water and mix thoroughly. Let it sit until it has absorbed the water. Add the ground, empowered spices to the gum/water mix and blend well with your fingers. This should produce a stiff, dough like mix. If the mix is too mushy, add a bit more of the ground spices. With your hands, form into flat, one inch circular shapes. Using a sharp knife, trace a pentagram (five pointed star) onto each flat circle. Let sit in a warm place out of the Sun to dry. When dried to a rock hard consistency, carry in the pocket or purse to attract money. Or, place on the altar between two green, flaming candles that have been anointed with patchouly or cinnamon oil. If you wish, make a larger pentacle of the spices and ring with green candles to speed money your way. After four weeks bury the pentacle in the Earth with thanks and use a new one.

Astral Travel Pillow

  • 3 parts Mugwort
  • 2 parts Vetivert
  • 1 part Sandalwood
  • 1 part Rose petals
  • 1 Vanilla bean, crushed
  • 1 pinch ground Orris root

Make into a small pillow. Sleep on it to promote astral travel during sleep.

Dream Pillow

  • 2 parts Rose petals
  • 2 parts Lemon Balm
  • 1 part Costmary
  • 1 part Mint
  • 1 part Clove

Sew up into a small pillow and sleep on it to have vivid dreams.

Magic Pillows – Use each herb individually, or mix for several purposes. Make these pillows small, about five inches square. Set them on top of your regular pillows.

  • Anise: halts nightmares
  • Bay: pleasant dreams
  • Chamomile: restful sleep
  • Eucalyptus: healing
  • Hops: sleep, healing
  • Mugwort: dreams, psychic dreams
  • Peppermint: if used fresh, it induces sleep; replace daily
  • Thyme: happiness (eases depression)
  • Verbena: aphrodisiac
  • Yarrow: dreams of loved ones

Purification Blend

  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 handful fresh Eucalyptus leaves
  • 1 handful fresh Rue leaves
  • 3 pinches Salt
  • 1 quart Water

Add the herbs to the vinegar and let sit overnight. Strain through cheesecloth and add to the water with the salt. Use the mix to wash objects to be purified, such as jewelry, amulets or magical tools. Or add a half cup amount to your bath. This is actually a very weak, diluted tincture.

Arthritis Salve

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz fresh Mint Leaf
  • 1 1/2 oz crushed fresh Eucalyptus Leaf
  • 1/4 oz crushed dried Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 oz crushed or powdered dried Golden Seal Root
  • 1/2 lb. Vegetable Shortening (in the “old days” lard was used) (if the fresh herbs cannot be found, substitution with dried herbs is OK)

Mixing Directions:

Mix all herbs together. Melt the Vegetable Shortening in a pot on low flame, adding a little at a time to speed the melting process. When all the Shortening has been melted, turn off the fire, and slowly stir in the mixed herbs. When all is mixed well, pour the liquid salve into a jar. DO NOT USE PLASTIC!!! USE GLASS ONLY!!! (plastic will draw out the essence of the herbs…) Cap the jar and refrigerate until the shortening has become a solid again, and is cold. Will keep for about a week.

Directions of Use – Gather a small amount onto hand and massage onto skin of afflicted joint. Let set for at least one hour. Repeat as necessary.

Odds and Ends

There are a number of herbal preparations that do not fall into any of the other categories, or for which I have only a few recipes, not enough to make a whole category. This is the place for all of these odds and ends.

Herbal Sleep Pillows – These are small pillows filled with herbal mixtures to help you fall asleep, or to help you to have pleasant or prophetic dreams.

Basic Sleep Pillow – Make a small pillow following the directions given in the sachet section. Stuff the pillow with two parts dried hops flowers, one part chamomile flowers, and one part lavender flowers. Place atop your regular pillow when going to bed.

Aspergers – These are used for sprinkling consecrated water to purify an area of negative vibrations and energies.

Herbal Asperger – For this you will need fresh herbs. These should be available in the produce section of your supermarket if you don’t have them in your garden. You will need one or two sprigs about six inches long each of the following herbs: Rosemary, Sage, Mint. Bind their stems together at the top with white thread to make a bundle. Dip into the consecrated water and sprinkle it throughout the area to be purified.

Ointments – These are recipes for several ointments, a flying ointment that won’t kill you, a great ointment for skin problems for your familar or yourself, a couple of herbal ointments for healing and several other miscellaneous ones. None of these ointments are meant to substitute for seeking the care of a Doctor or Vet for serious injury or illness. Also, it is possible to be allergic to some of the ingredients so test the ointment on a small patch of skin before you use it for the first time.

Yellow Dock Ointment – This ointment is great for annoying skin problems your pet may pick up such as ringworm on cats or mange type diseases in dogs. It will work on you too, for any sort of itchy or rashy things. To make this recipe, you need flowers of sulfur, available at the pharmacy, a small jar of vaseline, a bottle of apple cider vinegar and the roots. You will need to gather about 6 or 8 yellow dock roots. They are long yellow tap roots, and difficult to dig up. Look for plants growing in moist ground, it’s a bit easier to dig them there. Dice up your roots and place them into a small saucepan. Pour in enough apple cider vinegar to just cover them and simmer over low to medium heat until the roots are soft. Put the roots through the blender or a sieve to mash them thoroughly. Scrape the vaseline out of the jar into a bowl and add the mashed roots. Add 1 teaspoon of the flowers of sulfur. Stir to mix completely. You can put the blend back into the vaseline jar. To use just apply to the affected area twice a day for about a week, or less if it goes away sooner.

Violet Ointment – For this you will need two bars of cocoa butter, violet leaves and a bit of lanolin. Melt the cocoa butter in the top of a double boiler. Add as many violet leaves as you can mash down into the cocoa butter and cook till the leaves wilt. Add as many more leaves as you can mash into the cocoa butter and wilt again. Do not boil, but simmer over the hot water for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add two teaspoons of lanolin. Stir, then pour through a sieve into a glass jar. If the ointment is too hard, remelt in a water bath and stir in a bit more lanolin. This ointment is good for any minor scrapes and cuts you might get. It helps them heal faster and keeps them from getting infected.

Flying Ointment – This ointment will not make you fly. Witches never could fly. I hope that doesn’t disillusion you too much, but they were getting high, not flying. The old Flying Ointments had all sorts of poisonous plant alkaloids in them and if they didn’t kill you, they certainly got you loaded. The goal was not to fly, it was to astral project. The flying thing came in because ignorant peasants couldn’t understand the concept of astral projection. This ointment contains herbs that are known for aiding astral projection. It is made exactly like the violet ointment above except the following herbs are substituted for the violet leaves. Dittany of Crete, Cinquefoil, Mugwort, and Parsley in equal parts. Chop up the fresh herbs and simmer in the cocoa butter as above. Add the lanolin and strain into a jar. As above, if the ointment hardens too much remelt in a water bath and add more lanolin to give it a creamy texture. Rub the ointment on to help you to astrally project.

Calendula Ointment – For this ointment you will need about a cup of calendula flowers, also called pot marigold. You will also need a jar of vaseline, a double boiler and a strainer. Scoop the vaseline out of the jar into the top of the double boiler. Put water in the bottom and place on a medium heat to melt the vaseline. When the vaseline is liquid, add the flowers and simmer for about 30 minutes, but don’t boil. Allow to cool a bit then strain the mixture to remove the spent flowers and pour the vaseline back into the jar. This ointment is good for skin irritations, small cuts and scrapes and the like.

Basic Herbal Ointment – This is a basic ointment that you can make with any herb you want to use for a magical purpose. Just choose the herb you want by consulting the correspondences and add it as directed. You’ll need 1 ounce of lanolin or cocoa butter and 1/2 oz of beeswax, 3-4 ounces of apricot kernal oil, 1 ounce of strong herb infusion of your choice, and 5 drops of essential oil of your choice. You can match the infusion and essential oil or use different herbs. Melt the lanolin or cocoa butter and the beeswax in the top of a double boiler. When completely melted begin adding the oil, pouring a very stream into the pan while stirring constantly until all the oil is added. Turn off the heat and slowly add the herb infusion stiring constantly until the cream has cooled. Add the essential oil and stir in completely. Spoon or pour the cream into an opaque white jar or clear jar covered with paper. You may add 6-8 drops of tincture of benzoin to the mixture when you add the essential oil as a preservative if desired.

Magical Soaps – A couple of simple recipes for soap to use for ritual cleansing and purification. These are based upon purchased castile soap which you can get at health food stores. I learned this method from one of Scott Cunningham’s books, “The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews”. You will need one bar for each recipe. Either put the soap through the food processor on grate or grate it by hand. Put the grated soap in a bowl. To the grated soap you will add a bit, between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of hot water to soften the soap. Allow the soap and water to sit for a few minutes and then try working it like dough with your hands. If it is still too hard add a bit more water and let it sit a bit longer. Now add the essential oils to give it scent and the powers of the herbs. You will need to add a fair lot of oil to overcome the existing smell of the soap. Try about 1/2 teaspoon and add more if need be. Mix throughly and then mold with your hands into rough rounds. Wrap each round with cheesecloth and tie up tightly. Suspend in a warm dry room for several days to dry.

Purification Soaps – 1. Use a 50/50 blend of Lemon and Lemon Verbena oils. 2. Use Lavender oil straight. 3. Use Peppermint oil straight. 4. Use Tincture of Benzoin, about 1 T.

Psychic Power Soap – Use Honeysuckle, Rose, and Lemongrass. Aids development of psychic powers.

Bath Salts and Herbal Bath Mixtures

Blends of herbs in cheesecloth bags you can use like giant tea bags to produce beautifying and purifying baths, and bath salts for purification and a number of other magical purposes.

Purification Bath

Use dried herbs for this herbal blend. Place the herbs in a square of cheese cloth 3-4 layers thick and about 7 inches square. Place into center of square 1 T Rosemary, 1 T Sage, 1 T Mint. Bring the edges of the cheesecloth together into a bundle and tie with a piece of string. (see diagram below) To use, place under faucet as bath fills and allow to steep a bit to release the herbs essences into the water before you get in. Immerse yourself completely in the water at least once.

Citrus Purification Bath

Use the same method as above with 1 T Orange Peel, 1 T Lemon Peel, 4 drops Orange Oil, and 1 T Lemon Verbena.

Exorcism Bath – Use the same method as above with 2 T Basil, 1 t Rue, and 1 t Yarrow.

Protection Bath – Use the same method as above with 2 T Rosemary, 2 Bay leaves, 1 T Angelica.

Psychic Power Bath – Use the same method as above with 2 T Lemongrass, 1 T Marigold Flowers, and 1 T Mugwort.

Exorcism Bath Salts – Blend 1 C Epsom Salts, and 1/2 C Rock Salt. To this base add the following essential oils in the proportion indicated Frankincense 2 parts, Rosemary 3 parts, Rose 3 parts. The amount of oil will depend upon your nose, keep adding until you like the scent.

Healing Bath Salts – Use the same method as the previous recipe to make the base. Add Eucalyptus 3 parts, Pine 1 part, and Wintergreen 1 part. Use food color to dye the bath salts blue or purple.

Love and Romance Bath Salts – Use the same method as the previous recipes to make the base. Add Rose 3 parts, Basil 1 part, Lavender 1 part. Use food color to dye the bath salts pink.

Purification Bath Oil – Combine 1/2 cup avocado oil, 1 cup apricot kernal oil, 1/2 ounce each Orange and Lemon oils in a bottle. Shake to blend before each use. Use 1-2 tablespoons per bath. Smells clean and citrusy.

Magical Inks – Inks you can blend yourself to use with a dip pen to write out amulets or your Book of Shadows. Actually, it’s hardly worth doing when there are such wonderful prepared inks available at the art supply store, but for those who insist…. For the herbal ones you use the herb indicated steeped in 1 oz of hot water to disolve the pigment. You will need to add about 1/4 to 1/2 t of Gum Arabic or Gum Tragacanth in order to make the liquid thick enough to write with.

Red Inks – Use Dragon’s Blood resin prepared as described above, or beet juice straight or with the gum added, but with no water.

Purple Inks – Use fresh juice from blackberries, poke berries or grape juice concentrate.

Dark Brown Ink – Use black walnut hulls, the green outer casing of the nut, boiled in a small amount of water.

Yellow Inks – Use saffron or tumeric boiled in a small amount of water.

Black Ink – This can be produced using lampblack, the black powder you get from holding a spoon over a burning candle, mixed with water. This is easier said than done however, the lampblack is very lightweight and floats on water. You must add a drop of water at a time to the lampblack and mix it thoroughly. Why not just buy some ink? You can put a quartz crystal into the bottle and consecrate it for magical use.

Sweet Smelling Sachets – These are several recipes for nice smelling pomanders and small sachets you can use to scent your dainties or ritual robes.

Citrus Pomander Ball – I’m sure you’ve seen these before, oranges studded with cloves. All you need is an orange, tangerine, or a lemon; about two cups of whole cloves, and a skewer. Remove the little hard button on the stem end of the fruit and any stickers that the store put on. Using the skewer, poke rows of holes through the skin of the fruit and insert the stem end of a clove into each one. They can be done in patterns or in rows. Place the cloves about 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch apart and cover the entire surface of the fruit. Then you dry them for about two weeks in a warm, dry place. Check them every few days to watch for signs of molding, if they start you will need to find a dryer place to put them. I dry mine a bit faster in my oven, turned to about 100o. Those who have gas ovens won’t even have to turn them on, the pilot light is enough. When the fruit is completely browned and dry they are ready to use.

Apple Cinnamon Sachets – For this recipe you will need a small jar of prepared applesauce and about 3 cups of powdered cinnamon. Buy the cinnamon in bulk or this is too expensive to do. Put the cinnamon into a bowl and add the applesauce in stages, mixing as you go until you have enough applesauce to moisten all the cinnamon and produce a dough. This dough can be rolled and cut out with cookie cutters if you are careful not to make it too thin, about 1/4 inch thick is right. If it is too thin, the ‘cookies’ will be too brittle. You can also roll balls of it and if you like, flatten them into patties. Once dried, these cinnamon ‘cookies’ keep for years and smell great.

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