Daily Stuff 5-15-13 Mercuralia

Hi, folks!

motif plant flower dandelion herbRock Trip Day! No Herbs Outdoors this afternoon.

It’s 5am, still quite dark, 47F, absolutely no wind, and the new computer re-set itself overnight. … I still don’t remember the password well enough to fix that….

motif plant flower foxgloveWe started yesterday slowly, all of us being tired. I actually crawled back into bed, and snuggled into a nice warm Tempus thinking, “I’ll get up and clean the bathroom”…and promptly fell asleep. Now that it’s past 1pm, maybe I oughta get that done….

motif plant flower heather… Ok, done. …and I have coffee and cereal, now. I hear voices… Not that kind! 🙂 Amor and Tempus are talking….

…and we spent most of the day talking and sharing pictures and music. Gods, that was fun! Tempus made awesome omelets for lunch and I made a new potato dish for supper (baking potatoes, sliced partway with parmesan and ham between and cheese on top)

motif plant flower holiday cactusOther than that? …I got this newsletter put together… 🙂 You’ll have to forgive me. I don’t get to spend time with Amor, but every couple of years…

Today, Tempus, Amor and I are driving out to Richardson’s Rock Ranch. If you’ve never been there it’s pretty amazing. It’s not easy to find, to put it mildly. Once Motif bird peacock featheryou’re in, though, and you’ve gone past the watch emus…. yes, you read that right… you’ll see acres of piles of various types of stone. Keep an eye out for the peacocks, they don’t usually bite, but the dang things are loud enough to scare you out of your skin. I swear they enjoy watching people try to fly…. rooms of beautiful crystals and acres of large pieces. Talk about heaven for rock people! We’re going to be bringing home as much as we can afford of new stock! I’ll tell you about it in tomorrow’s (or maybe the next day’s) newsletter.

31671_mercuryToday’s Feast is the Mercuralia, an ancient Roman celebration of the “Festival of Mercury”. Mercury was the god of merchants and commerce, so in his honor and asking for his blessing on this day merchants would sprinkle their heads, their ships and merchandise, and their businesses with water taken from the well at Porta Capena. The Porta Capena was a gate in the wall of Rome, one of the main entries to the city. According to Roman tradition it was the sacred grove where Numa Pompilius and the nymph Egeria used to meet. The road leads to Capua, an important city in Campania, south of Rome. More info here: http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Article/1290581 and some Ovid here: http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Latin/OvidFastiBkFive.htm#_Toc69367929 There is a recipe here and some lore about Alkermes, a type of Sicilian liqueur named after the God. http://allthingssicilianandmore.blogspot.com/2009/03/alchermes-liqueur-used-to-make-zuppa.html  ….and this stuff is delicious!

rosemaryToday’s Plant is a repeat, Rosemary, rosmarinus officianalis This herb is one of the most commonly used herbs in magic, medicine and more mundane use! One of the old names that I love is “Sea Dew” and “rosemary” is short for “rose marina” (rose of the sea). It grows really well near the ocean, even in poor soil. It has been used as a Rite of Passage herb for millennia, given to babies to hold, worn by brides (or both in handfastings) and “sent” with the dead. Masculine, Sun, Fire – to enhance protective and cleansing influences. Burn for powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations. Rids an area of negativity, especially good before performing magic or if angry words have been spoken. Use an infusion (pour boiling water over) to wash before rituals, especially those of healing. Simmer in water to drive off lingering resentments and freshen the psychic atmosphere. Make a small flat bag of purple cloth and place beneath your pillow to drive off nightmares and promote healing sleep. Place leaves in a small green cloth amulet and wear or keep in your breast pocket to aid healing. To dispel depression bind leaves in a piece of real linen and wrap around your right forearm along the veins/ meridians on the underside. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary

wheel of the yearThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday, ‘coz we need a weekend, too! Spring hours are 11am-7pm Thursday 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Crescent MoonThe Moon is a Waxing Crescent. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magicks, 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 5/24 at 9:35pm. 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 waxing quarter on 5/17 at 9:35pm.

GeminiDuring and after twilight, look below the Moon for Procyon. Look to the right of the Moon for Pollux and slightly fainter Castor. The Moon, currently south of the ecliptic, passes well below Regulus as it waxes across the evening sky. (The ecliptic practically hits Regulus.)
Astro jupiterJupiter (magnitude –2.0, in Taurus) is the first “star” to come out in the west after sunset, a little lower every day. It sets around the end of twilight. Near it are the horn-tip stars of Taurus, Beta and Zeta Tauri. Much farther to Jupiter’s upper right is bright Capella. In a telescope, Jupiter is not only blurred by the poor low-altitude seeing but has shrunk to a disappointing 33 arcseconds wide, about as small as it ever gets.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic tree month Huath/Hawthorn from May 13 – Jun 9
Rune Runic Month 10 Ing InguzRunic 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 TaurusSun in Taurus
Moon in CancerMoon in Cancer enters Leo at 3:38pm
Pluto and Saturn Retrograde
Color: Brown

Planting 5/14-15


©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree MonthCeltic tree month 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

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


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High       Tide    Height   Sunrise     Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low       Time      Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
W   15      High   3:52 AM     6.6   5:48 AM      Set 12:25 AM      19
~    15      Low  10:56 AM     0.1   8:37 PM    Rise 10:32 AM
~    15      High   5:40 PM     5.9
~    15       Low  11:09 PM     3.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Creator, you are mastery, help me to see mastery in a way that I can understand.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – Write about your first airplane ride. (If you have never been on an airplane, describe what you think it would be like.)


~   Silence is like the earth, the base from which one finds the way. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Sometimes showing up is half the battle, while other times showing up is what gets the party started! – T. Thorn Coyle
~   Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. – Arnold H. Glasow
~   Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. – Bob Talbert

When you’re lying awake
with a dismal headache,
and repose is tabooed by anxiety,
I concede you may use
any language you choose
to indulge in without impropriety. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Spiders and Magicks

Any of you that are into beading: these are actually not too difficult. Make some for Samhain? http://www.shawkl.com/2011/09/beaded-spider-tutorial.html

These can be added to the webs below.

beaded spider magick 051413

Spiderweb – Spiders have a lot of legends surrounding them. They are guardians of wisdom, industrious and patient, and can bring information back and forth across the Veil. Make a web for yourself to bring these qualities to you. If you are panicky about spiders, this can be used to help with destroying that fear. As you work, meditate on spiders and how they behave. Watching Youtubes of them in action can help!

one base, 4-6in: wire, embroidery hoop, grapevine wreath, whatever.
spool of heavy-weight beading thread
1 value pkg “crystal” glass seed beads, with silver linings if you can find them.(buy a mondo pack of the cheap ones, they work better than the more regular beads.
One larger bead, pearl, clear, with a large hole (a white pony bead works)
beading needle
Ribbon ¼-to1/2 inch wide, 6 inches to a foot long (makes the hanger)
Glue, scissors and other tools as you prefer

1. Thread your beading needle.
2. Decide which is the “top” of the circle of the base
3. Lash the thread end to the base.
4. Thread on enough crystal beads to reach the center of the base, the run the thread through the large bead, then back up the center of the seed beads.
5. Lash in place.
6. About 1/3 of the way around the circle repeat all the first directions, but thread that center bead with this 2nd strand, i.e. attaching them at the center.
7. Equidistant around the circle from the other two, begin another strand. This one, in order to pull the other two strands taut, might have to be threaded and adjusted several times. Again, feed through that center bead and back through the rest and tie off.
8. Repeat 6-10 more times, spacing irregularly from the base, but always feeding through the center bead. Make sure that the threads are tight, but have a little “give”, not pulling hard enough to distort the frame.
9. Dab glue on lashings to base and let dry overnight.
10. Thread your needle again.
11. Tie through the center bead and knot. You can dab on glue and cut the tail back later.

12. Thread on 5 beads.
13. On one of the other “threads”, not the one that’s closest to straight down, but to the Deosil side, push the needle through the 4th bead, not through the thread, but the bead, only, and pull up tight. Knot, once around the thread.
14. On the next thread Deosil from that count 5 beads out from the center. Thread enough beads on your needle to reach from where you are to there and then add one more. Thread through that bead, not catching the center thread. Pull up tight, but do not knot.
15. Continue spiraling around Deosil, always moving one bead farther out (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, etc.) always adding a bead or two more than you need to reach. This allows the spiral threads to sag naturally, as they do for the spider.
16. If you’re getting to the point where it’s difficult to work with the length of thread you have left, tie it off in a bead and begin a new thread.
17. Keep working until you reach the outer edge.
18. Take your ribbon and tie the ends together.
19. Take one end of the loop through the top of your web and put it through the other end of the loop and pull up to make a hanger for your web.
20. Consecrate as any magickal tool.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – John and Charles were sitting on the front porch chillin’ when a large truck hauling rolls and rolls of sod (grass) went by.
“I’m gonna do that when I win the lottery,” said John.
“Do what?” asked Charles.
“Send my grass out to be mowed,” answered John.
[forwarded by Steve Sanderson]
PASS IT ON! Yeah, you can send this Funny to anybody you want. And, if you’re REAL nice, you’ll tell them where you got it! www.mikeysFunnies.com

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