Daily Stuff 5-21-13 Vejovis

Hi, folks!

motif plant herb BearberryOh, Good Goddess…. It’s past 1:30pm and my eyes still don’t want to come open…. Tempus is making coffee. ….oh thank goodness, he just handed me a cup.

It’s rainy, drippy and occasionally windy and very green outside.

weather storm cloud lightning

It’s only 47. This weather system that came through really dropped the temps. They’re talking thunderstorms this afternoon through the night. Messy weather! Nothing like in Oklahoma, though…. I feel really sorry for those folks…
motif plant fruit GrapeYesterday was a long day made longer by Tempus staying at the shop until I got back nearing midnight! I worked pretty hard in the early part of the day, processing dried herbs. A couple of friends from the Coos Bay area were in and an old friend who has moved back to the area stopped by, so we all ended up talking for quite a while. Tempus finally got to the shop just past 2pm and I needed to get going after he ran errands.

motif plant flower Adonis

We have new stock of white sage smudges! They’re not packaged, yet, still just in the paper wrappers. I’ll be getting onto that on Thursday.

I had a good drive out to Salem and back, motif plant herb Cattailwatching the various plants. The rhodys are in bloom all along 101, which delighted me, and the marsh liles, as well, with their sun-gold blooms. Daisies are starting and the cow parsnip is just amazing in the wetter spots. …and broom…. <gah> …. broom. 🙂  I had good company, too. Marius and Lindsay and I just talked all the way. At one point Marius said, “Wow, with the two of you I have trouble getting a word in edgewise!” I said, “With the two of *you*, *I* have trouble getting a word in! <grin>

motif plant houseplant dracaenaI was talking with folks at the meeting about doing the hand-dipped beeswax candles workshop at an event next fall, the same workshop as I’m doing at OCPPG. I also sat and worked on the embroidery for a set of tiny needlebooks that I’m doing for gifts. I’m intending to pair them with tiny emery strawberries. Yes, I’m looney-tunes, but we knew that….
I pulled into Waldport and realized that the shop lights were on and the sign said open, so I stopped. motif plant herb Ivy sprigTempus hadn’t wanted to ride back up to the house and leave my laptop at the shop, so he just sat tight, but that meant he was only going to get 3 hours sleep, so I stayed up, after we got to the house, figuring that I’d ride with him and then just sleep well into the day.

motif plant flower yellow roseWhat I hadn’t reckoned on was getting sidetracked by some research about emery…. and then dozing off. I started making coffee at around 2:45, but Tempus had to rescue me, ‘coz I wasn’t doing too well.

motif plant flower white trilliumI need to work on the newsletter, first. Tempus said that he’s going to work on the kitchen. We’ll see how this goes. Jan (one of the shop suppliers who is also a good friend) is going to stay over tonight into Wednesday and we’ll be doing some picking and choosing of new stock. That’s going to be fun! You’ll hear about that in tomorrow’s newsletter.

motif plant flower tulip orange bulb

I’m going to skip much of feasts today. Vejovis is one to look up if you’re interested. 

plant pic flower false lily of the valleyToday’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm

Litha PentacleThe 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 Gibbous MoonThe 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. 

Astro Constellation VirgoThe star near the waxing gibbous Moon this evening is Spica Astro marsin Virgo.
Mars is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.

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/Ing5/14-5/28 – 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 GeminiSun in Gemini
Moon in LibraMoon in Libra
Pluto and Saturn Retrograde
Color: Black


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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
Tu  21      Low   4:22 AM     0.7   5:42 AM     Set  3:23 AM      76
~    21     High  10:22 AM     5.7   8:44 PM    Rise  4:56 PM
~    21      Low   4:05 PM     1.7
~    21     High  10:18 PM     7.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is good! Be grateful for all of life’s blessings, great or small. Light a candle of gratitude today. Blessed Be!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – What seemed unusual on your morning commute today?


~   A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. – e. e. cummings (1894-1962) u. s. poet
~   A woman finds the natural lay of the land almost unconsciously; and not feeling it incumbent on her to be guide and philosopher to any successor, she takes little pains to mark the route by which she is making her ascent. – Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950) US suffragist
~   Age is a very high price to pay for maturity. – Anonymous
~   Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers

We want more people doing Creator’s work. Living in this vast world where everything is progress talking money we need to understand the spirit of Grandmother Earth, she is a provider, a source of life, not a resource. -Chief Arvol Looking Horse


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Litha Correspondences

The Litha season

Litha Herbs  – Basil, chamomile, cinquefoil, daisy, elder, fennel, frankincense, lavender, lily, mistletoe, mugwort, oak, pine, rose, St. John’s wort, thyme, vervain, yarrow

Litha Incense  – Frankincense, Lemon, Rose, Wisteria, Lavender, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Pine, Jasmine, Lotus,

Litha Colors – Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Red, Maize yellow, Tan

Litha Decorations  – Dried herbs, lotpourri, Dream pillows, Seashells, Wedding gift basket, Feather wreaths, Summer flowers, Fruits, The sun, Anything yellow, orange, and round

Litha Foods – Summer fruits, Iced tea, Ale, Mead, Fresh vegetables, Lemonade, Orange slice wheels, Sun-shaped cookies, Barbecue

Litha Sacred Gemstones – Emerald, Jade, All green stones

Spellwork appropriate for Litha  – All magick, Love spells, Healing spells, Prosperity spells

Activities: On Litha, we celebrate the power of the Sun and play outside as much as possible, taking pleasure in Nature as a child would. Summertime flowers can be collected and used to adorn the altar, the home, and the body. Many people like to make love charms at this time and also cast love-related spells and any other kinds of magick, since this is the highest power of the God and Goddess and therefore there is quite a bit of energy to harness. Some people believe the elves and fairies are afoot and leave out food for them. Some like to cook potpourri made of flowers. One custom is to make one yellow feather wreath and one red feather wreath and tie them together with ivy.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – cartoon funny owls coffee

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