It’s beautifully sunny, now, but when Tempus got back from his paper route around 5am we were right in the cloud layer and the fog was thick enough to chew! It’s 51F, supposed to get up to 60, but we’re in for a couple of colder days and rain over the next few.
Of course, within the minute that the blog was published yesterday, the sun came out and the birds descended on the feeder! The sun was fighting to break through the cloud at fist, and everything sparkled, but it gradually began to dry things out. Chickadees were first on the feeder and then a couple of goldfinches and a house finch, a jay and then some crows. Finally the towhees started showing up and by then it was time to head to the shop.
I got my daily dozen in (or rather out), stashed my rolly seat and we got to the shop in plenty of time to clean up the back. Brea was there within minutes of us. She had a good class, although a little short and I was doing some counseling during most of her class. I had laid out some loofahs that needed cutting up and that happened. I think it was Katisha that worked on them. Yesterday was Dylan’s last day, as well. He’s heading for Advanced. I told Tempus to go to sleep on the recliner because he’d gotten so little sleep Friday night. When he finally woke we had a bunch of things to work on, from photos (a few left) to bagging and making headers. We have large bags of patchouli again and the Daniel’s Love Blend is all bagged. I spent most of the afternoon working on herbs, sorting, bottling, pulling equipment that needs to be cleaned and figuring out which herbs need a re-stock. Tempus was rassling maps….
The rocks are sodalite, lavendar quartz and fluorite.
It was a beautiful evening. We got home before dark and the Moon was hanging in the south, like a huge gem on blue velvet. I got my weeder and hacked into more of those hawkweeds. I’m done with the worst in all but one section, but I think Tempus is going to have to cut the grass before I can get all of them. I really hacked into the ones to the northeast of the weigelia bush, but there are as many to do. That’s the section that didn’t get done last year. Tempus made us some of his blue cheese burgers for supper. They’re so yummy!
We have to get headers onto the new herb/incense stock and get those put away today. I have more herb work, but I’m going to be leaving around 3:30 for a meeting in Corvallis and I have things to put together to take with me. Tempus will keep the shop open into the evening and I’ll pick him up when I get back unless he decides to head home before then.
Today’s feast is for Mjölnir, the god Thor’s marvelous hammer. The Prose Edda says that with it Thor:
… 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
Another repeat for plants: Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
The shop opens at 11am! 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,
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. 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 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 on 5/23 at 9:35am
Low in the afterglow of sunset, Jupiter has drawn to within 8° of Venus, which shines to its lower right. Can you see Mercury yet, 3° to the lower right of Venus? These three planets about to swing through a “trio” together. They’ll appear closest together in a tight little triangle, 2° on a side, next Sunday the 26th.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) is still quite low in the west-northwest in twilight, to the lower right of Jupiter. Watch as Venus and Jupiter draw together by about 1° per day. On May 17th they’re still 11° apart. Their conjunction comes on the 28th, when they’ll be 1° apart with Mercury right alongside.
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Celtic tree month Huath/Hawthorn May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers –
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
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 20 Low 3:29 AM 1.5 5:43 AM Set 2:53 AM 66
~ 20 High 9:15 AM 5.4 8:43 PM Rise 3:46 PM
~ 20 Low 3:12 PM 1.5
~ 20 High 9:35 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am dancing freely.
~ A person’s worth in this world is estimated according to the value they put on themselves. – Jean De La Bruyere
~ A poet ought not to pick nature’s pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~ A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably. ~ William Penn
May you always have
a sunbeam to warm you;
a moonbeam to charm you;
a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you;
laughter to cheer you;
faithful friends near you;
and whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you! – Irish blessing.
- two pieces of twisted rope approx. 3 feet long
- 6 inches of twine
- hot glue and hot glue gun
- small piece of twist paper
- small dried flower sprig
1. Hold the two pieces of rope , ends equal.
2. Fold in half and lay on table with the loop at the top.
3. Loop the right ropes to the right, left ropes to the left, and bring the ropes together in the center, the ends of the rope falling to the bottom.
4. Secure ropes in this position with hot glue.
5. Thread the twine from the back of the love knot through the wide loops and tie in the center.
6. Unravel a 8 inch section of twist paper. Fold the ends to meet in the center, and press flat. Gather the center.
7. Tie the ends of the twine over the center of the bow. Hot glue in place.
8. Insert flower sprig at the top and hot glue in place.
Scented Beeswax Heart
Scent a room with this decorative accent. Use a cookie cutter to cut a heart shape from a sheet of natural beeswax. Wrap the heart in cheesecloth and infuse it with a few drops of Rose Otto or other essential oil. Place the wrapped heart in a plastic bag for a week.
Remove and discard the cloth and glue a ribbon hanger to the back of the heart.
You can even decorate it with dried flowers and a bow. Hang it in the kitchen or even the bath!! – Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com