It’s rainy, drippy and occasionally windy and very green outside.
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…
Yesterday 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.
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, watching 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>
I 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. Tempus 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.
What 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.
I 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.
I’m going to skip much of feasts today. Vejovis is one to look up if you’re interested.
Today’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
The 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 –
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.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic tree month Huath/Hawthorn from 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.
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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
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!
~ 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
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.