Daily Stuff 6-27-12

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Hi, folks!

Gorgeous sunshine!

Yesterday started pretty well. I managed to figure out how to make the WordPress blog work (which is why, if you’re reading anywhere else, it’s no longer working right….) and then got to work on newsletter files. I need to carry on with that today, but I’m a ways down the road. ?

So I got going on laundry…all the little specialty things, like doing the delicate hankies and a few embroidered pieces that need to be ironed immediately. I even did the embroidered coif that floats around the shop. It’s gotten handled and worn enough to get really soiled. Tempus put up a tiny clothesline for me outside. I’m looking forward to doing pillowcases and other such things on that line. They always smell so good! After that I did a few loads of just fabrics. There were a few things that came up in the sorting out that are just yardage that had been set by to be washed because they were smelly or soiled, so I’ve material for a couple of skirts, now…. I folded up and put away a lace and linen tablecloth that I inherited. I had washed it a couple of weeks ago, but it’s been hanging up.
Next was the garden. Tempus got the dug-up part of the herb garden raked smooth enough to plant and ran the trimmer in the front yard, then needed to rake all that up plus the pampas grass that had been trimmed down to nubs next door. He got my trimmer out and I did all around the vines next to the porch (honeysuckle & clematis), cleaning that up. I’ve more to do today, but it’s mostly to whack off the seed heads that are sticking up through things like the sweet woodruff. I’m trying to discourage ‘em long enough to get ‘em weeded out! After that I started harvesting cinquefoil, but then needed to go down into town for my doctor’s appointment and finished that when I got back, then went on to the buttercups and calendula…and there are more already this morning. I can see them from the study window. There were already some yarrow that were fully bloomed, so I nipped those out, too, and then went on to some weeding.
Tempus came out with the shovel and brought all the herb plants with him: fennel, oregano, marjoram and several colored yarrow. He put in the gallon bucket of the fennel and I got the small plants in. Today I have to go out with some rocks and newspaper mulch for those and he’s going to set up the other tomato bucket when he gets home tonight. I can get the thing started, but I don’t think I’ll be able to turn it over. He also got some rings of copper wire for the new herbs. We’re hoping to save them from the slugs…. He dropped the watering ring into the area with the new plants and turned it on. They’re going to need water for a while. Well, the whole garden will….
Mid-afternoon I put together a casserole dish of chicken in mushroom sauce and another of baby carrots and stuck ‘em into a slow oven. We ate that with some salad and pickled beets late in the evening and then I went to bed, not waking until past 9:30. Tempus just left for the shop and it’s nearly 10 past 10, but he had to put some of the repaired equipment into the car since folks are picking ‘em up today.
Today I have to harvest roses, work on getting some more of the old compost pile into the compost ring and the tomatoes into the other planters.
Petra’s already at the shop with her feathers. I knew there was a reason that I had planned to take Tempus down there this morning, so she’s going to be here in a couple of minutes and I need to get this out!
The shop opens at 10am. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. 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!

Love & Light,




The Moon Waxing Gibbous. 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.
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. Phase ends at 11:52pm on Sunday.

The Moon forms a nice triangle with Saturn and Spica this evening. Latest sunset of the year (at 40° north latitude)…. even though the solstice and longest day were on June 20th. Uranus (magnitude 5.9, at the Pisces-Cetus border) is in the east-southeast before the first light of dawn.

Celtic Tree Month of Duir  Oak Jun 10Jul 7
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Runic half-month of 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 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 Libra
Venus goes direct 8:07am

Chiron, Neptune, Venus, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Black


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Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide       Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low    Time        Feet    Sunset                                   Visible
W   27      Low   1:11 AM     1.3     5:34 AM     Set 12:48 AM      46
27     High   6:51 AM     5.2     9:05 PM      Rise  2:26 PM
27      Low  12:45 PM     1.2
27     High    7:22 PM     7.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We are all seekers here, following some distant star. Eventually we will come to recognize that this star resides in our very core.


Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – Imagine that you are a Native American. Write about the things that would trouble or concern you the most.



A person can either do something in order to “be happy,” or a person can start the day by simply deciding to “be happy,” and the things that person will do will automatically reflect that. Your experience of how you are being does not have to be a reaction to what is going on around you. – Neale Donald Walsch
A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties. – Franklin Pierce (1804- 1869) 14th US president
Although… the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only, but of the whole people of the United States.  – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
An amazing invention – but who would ever want to use one? (made a call from Washington to Pennsylvania with Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, patented on 7 March 1876) – Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) US President

That moment you are drunk on yourself
You are withered, withered like autumn leaves.
That moment you leap free of yourself
Winter to you appears in the dazzling robes of spring.
All disquiet springs from the search for quiet;
Look for disquiet and you will come suddenly upon a field of quiet.
All illnesses spring from the scavenging for delicacies;
Renounce delicacies, and poison itself will seem delicious to you.
All disappointments spring from your hunting for satisfactions;
If only you could stop, all imaginable joys
Would be rolled like pearls to your feet. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)



How To Make a Witch’s Ladder
By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide – http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/bookofshadows/ht/WitchsLadder.htm
A witch’s ladder is one of those nifty things we sometimes hear about but rarely see. Its purpose is similar to that of a rosary – it’s basically a tool for meditation and ritual, in which different colors are used as symbols for one’s intent. It’s also used as a counting tool, because in some spell workings there is a need to repeat the working a particular number of times. You can use the ladder to keep track of your count, running the feathers or beads along as you do so. Traditionally, the witch’s ladde

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Varied

Here’s How:

  1. Realistically speaking, it makes more sense to use yarn colors that have a significance to you and your working. Also, finding nine differently colored feathers can be tricky if you’re looking for them out in the wild — you can’t just go plucking feathers from local endangered species — and that means a trip to the craft store and some oddly tinted feathers. I’d recommend using either found feathers of any color, or something else entirely — beads, buttons (see our discussion on the magical uses of buttons), bits of wood, shells, or other items you have around your home.
  2. To make your basic witch’s ladder, you’ll need:
    • Yarn or cord in three different colors
    • Nine items that are similar in property but in different colors (nine beads, nine shells, nine buttons, etc)

Cut the yarn so that you have three different pieces in a workable length – usually a yard or so is good. Although you can use the traditional red, white and black, there’s no hard and fast rule that says you must. Tie the ends of the three pieces of yarn together in a knot.

  1. Begin braiding the yarn together, tying the feathers or beads into the yarn, and securing each in place with a sturdy knot. Some people like to chant or count as they braid and add the feathers. If you wish, you can say something like this variation on the traditional chant:

By knot of one, the spell’s begun.
By knot of two, the magic comes true.
By knot of three, so it shall be.
By knot of four, this power is stored.
By knot of five, my will shall drive.
By knot of six, the spell I fix.
By knot of seven, the future I leaven.
By knot of eight, my will be fate.
By knot of nine, what is done is mine.

  1. As the feathers are tied into knots, focus your intent and goal. As you tie the final and ninth knot, all your energy should be directed into the cords, the knots and the feathers. The energy is literally stored within the knots of the witch’s ladder. When you’ve completed the string and added all nine feathers or beads, you can either knot the end and hang the ladder up, or you can tie the two ends together forming a circle.
    If you’d like your ladder to be more like a rosary string, I’d highly recommend picking up a copy of Pagan Prayer Beads by John Michael Greer and Clare Vaughn.

Tips – Author Ann Moura has a small but good photo of a witch’s ladder on her website, if you’d like to see what one looks like!

What You Need:
Yarn or cord in three different colors
9 Feathers or other items to braid into your ladder

The Rosary was invented somewhere between the 12th and 13th centuries as a devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Although the Church is quick to define Mary as simply “first among the saints,” it is clear the common people from the first century CE onwards saw Mary as the continuation of the Queen of heaven: Astarte in Palestine, or Isis in Egypt. It is fitting, then, to adapt a Marian devotion for honor to the Goddess, the Queen of Heaven.
These beads honor the Goddess in her three-fold, or triple, nature as Maiden, Mother, and Crone.

It is best to string your own beads. You will need:
13 white 8mm beads for the Maiden
13 red 8mm beads for the Mother
13 black mm beads for the Crone
1 silver 10mm bead representing the Full Moon
52 silver spacer beads
(class “E” 6/0) representing the Moonlight.
Size 10 crochet yarn white or ecru, or color of choice

You may begin and end stringing anywhere in the loop, but the tie-off is less visible in the midst of the black beads.
The silver Moon bead is separated from the White Maiden beads by four (4) silver spacer beads. Each white Maiden bead is followed by one silver spacer bead, but the thirteenth bead is followed by four (4) spacer beads.
Then come the red Mother beads, each followed by one silver spacer, but the 13th bead is followed by four (4) spacers.
Then come the black Crone beads, each followed by one silver bead, but the 13th is followed by four (4) spacers. And so we are back at the silver Moon bead.

In other words, beads of the same color are separated by one spacer. The three sets of beads and the larger Moon bead are separated by four spacers. Thirteen (13) beads are used in each set to signify the thirteen months of the lunar year.
The silver spacers represent moonlight issuing from the Full Moon bead throughout the life cycle of Maiden, Mother, Crone.
Prayers are said on each bead, while meditating on the mysteries of the Triple Goddess, and the experience of the human life cycle.
Men may wish to make a devotion to the Horned God, and honor the life cycle of Youth, Father, and Sage.

How to Make Pagan Prayer Beads
By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide

Pagan Prayer Beads

Make a strand of prayer beads to use in your rituals and workings.
Image © Patti Wigington 2012; Licensed to About.com
In many magical traditions and religious paths, the use of beads can be a meditative and magical exercise. The best known example of this practice is found, obviously, in the Catholic use of the rosary. Within the rosary, each bead is representative of a prayer, which is counted in a ritual format. Some forms of Judaism have used prayer beads for many years, with a bead or knot symbolizing each of the Psalms.
If you’re Pagan, obviously you wouldn’t need a set of prayer beads symbolizing things such as Psalms or other clearly Judeo-Christian ideals. However, Christianity doesn’t have a monopoly on faith, and for many Pagans the idea of ritualized prayer is an appealing one. You can construct a set of prayer beads with a variety of themes and use them in rituals to express your Pagan beliefs and ideologies.
Let’s look at ideas for two different types of Pagan prayer beads. The first set is a devotional one that honors the elements, the changing seasons, and the phases of the moon. The second pays tribute to a deity.

Devotional Prayer Breads

A set of devotional beads can celebrate the principles of your tradition.
Image © Patti Wigington 2012; Licensed to About.com

You will need:
Eight beads to represent the eight Pagan Sabbats
Thirteen beads to represent the lunar months
Beads symbolizing the elements – earth, air, fire and water
Spacer beads in color of your choice
Beading wire or string
Sort your beads and arrange them so they for a pattern that you like. You may want to try different patterns and designs and see which feels right for you.
On the bead strand in the photo, the silver beads represent the lunar months, the purple ones are for the eight sabbats, and rather than using four beads for the cardinal elements, it features three different beads symbolizing the realms of earth, sea and sky which are honored in many Celtic paths.
Once you have your beads aligned the way you like them, string them on the beading wire and knot it securely.
To use your beads in ritual, assign a prayer or short devotional to each bead. As you count them, recite the prayers.

God or Goddess Prayer Beads

Use colors and symbols representing a deity to make a set of god or goddess beads.

Image © Patti Wigington 2012; Licensed to About.com

You will need:
Beads in colors representing the deity/deities of your tradition
Beads that symbolize some of the attributes of the deity
Spacer beads in color of your choice
Beading wire or string
Sort your beads and arrange them so they for a pattern that you like. You may want to try different patterns and designs and see which feels right for you. On the bead strand in the photo, the red and black beads symbolize the Morrighan, and the hematite represents her protective, warrior qualities.
Once you have your beads aligned the way you like them, string them on the beading wire and knot it securely. To use your beads in ritual, assign a prayer or short devotional to each bead. As you count them, recite the prayers.

Other Ideas for Prayer Beads

Make different prayer bead strands for a variety of magical purposes.
Image © Patti Wigington 2012; Licensed to About.com
Want to try some other ideas for prayer beads? Consider one of these as an option:
Chakra beads: incorporate the seven colors of the chakras into a prayer bead strand, and use in healing meditations
Ancestor beads: use a variety of beads to symbolize your family’s heritage and origins. Use them in rituals celebrating your ancestors and kinfolk.
Triple goddess beads: combine three different colors to represent the maiden, mother and crone aspect of the goddess often found in Wiccan traditions.
Spellwork beads: consider the principles used in the Witch’s Ladder for spellwork, and work them into a bead strand.


Silliness – GCF: Bus Fare
Before boarding a bus, a man asked the driver, “What is the fare to the train station?”
“Sixty cents,” said the driver.
The man raced alongside the bus until the next stop and then gasped, “What is the fare now?”
“Ninety cents,” said the driver. “You’re running the wrong way.”

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