It’s really windy, and dripping steadily. It’s already the forcast high for 55F. For Memorial Day it looks an awful lot like February!
We got to the shop in plenty of time yesterday morning to clean up the table in back, and then there were only 2 of the Job Corps bunch for class! Things went well, though. While we were talking I worked on my newest embroidery project, stitching a set of tiny needlebooks that I’m setting up to attach to scissors.
Tempus snoozed well into the day and then I took a nap. When I got up I went back to work on pictures and the Mab’s Creations blog while he went out to work on the sign rose. That’s growing from the planter in the fairy garden and is starting to bloom. It has to be tied up occasionally (garden bondage?) because otherwise it could attack tall customers, and so that the stems will fall around the sign and not over it. This is the very pretty bloom in the pic. That’s the star on the sign behind it. It’s a sweetheart rose variety that grew from a rootstock of a bright red hybrid tea where the grafted-on part died out after a few years, but this root kept going. To the left is another bud that I’ve been taking pictures of for the last week or so.
We had this rose in a pot when we moved out from Portland and it grew well planted out behind the old shop. One summer when the grass was tall it put out small daughter bushes when the canes were lying on the ground. I dug and potted 8, as I remember, and sold the rest. This one I kept for myself and when we opened the new shop it was one of the first things into the fairy garden planter. I didn’t realize it would create such long canes, since it never did in the pot. I also got a nice picture of Amor’s Rose, one of those my mother planted so that she’d have a rose for each of her grandsons. Yeah, it was wet yesterday morning!
Weirdly enough it got very sunny, despite the weather forecasts. It was nice and bright from noon to 6pm, especially while Tempus was working on the rose… and then it got dark…. very dark… the kind of dark that I still associate with damaging thunderstorms from when I was a kid in Maryland, despite the fact that I’ve been in Oregon for more than 30 years…. ….and it didn’t do more than mist.
I promised you some more stock pix. Here are the ring trays as they got filled from the new stuff. The white tray is $5-$20 and the black tray $20-$80.
And a set of hair combs, earrings and matching bracelet and another pair of earrings.
I spent a while after Tempus went to sleep working on the Mab’s blog. I have worked a couple of larger embroideries that I’ve gotten asked about, so I thought I’d go ahead and actually write up what I did. You can see the new blog post here: http://mabscreations.wordpress.com/
Today is a regular shop day for Tempus and for me. He’s still waiting to hear from that friend. I have more pictures to do and files to set up for the newsletter as well as finishing the pictures of individual rings. I was hoping to work on the planter boxes outside, but not in this weather!
Today’s feast is Memorial Day in the US. Most often thought of in the USA as the beginning of summer and associated with picnics and BBQ’s, this day is to honor those who gave their lives, standing between the civilian population of the world and the horrors of war. This picture is the Flanders Poppy made famous by the following poem. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields. – Lt. Colonel John McCrae, in 1919, looking at the battlefields of WWI
So, the Flanders Poppy, Papaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then will flower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. – Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose and are often added to florist’s arrangements, (which would startle the folks who just think they’re pretty…). They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae
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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar –
The Moon is Waning Gibbous . Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the tide change of New Moon two weeks from now at 8:56am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/31 at 11:58am.
Mercury will be in the western sky at sunset for the last week of May, moving towards maximum elongation on June 12. Although only an average apparition of Mercury, its proximity to the brighter planets Venus and Jupiter will make Mercury easier than usual to spot.
This is the time of year when Spica, the brightest star of Virgo, shines due south just after dark. It’s far to the lower right of high, bright Arcturus. Its name means “ear of wheat,” and the Virgo stick figure is holding it in her hand without paying much attention. To Spica’s lower right (by about a fist and a half at arm’s length) is the four-star pattern of Corvus the Crow, eyeing it greedily. This year Corvus has Saturn to try to steal too. Saturn is glowing to Spica’s left, noticeably brighter.
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
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.
Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 27 High 2:05 AM 8.8 5:38 AM Set 8:24 AM 95
~ 27 Low 9:07 AM -2.2 8:50 PM Rise 11:30 PM
~ 27 High 3:41 PM 7.1
~ 27 Low 9:09 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Place your faith in the Divine power within you; not in your outer abilities.
~ If you believe you are hexed you are. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Imagination is intelligence with an erection. – Victor Hugo
~ In order to achieve access to the divine, you have to think differently. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ It is nice to know that the computer understands the problem. But I would like to understand it too. – Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist
BLANCHE AND THE WITCHES BREW, (A Salem-Turnopia Tale) part 2
The guys that Lili and I were dancing with
Asked us please to stay. They promised
To take care of us, and not let Blanche bother
Us. I can’t say that either us had much faith in
Her not bothering us, but…the guys really were
Hot, and good dancers. Besides, maybe
There were enough people there with strong
Powers to bind Blanche from causing harm, if it
Came to that (and I had a sinking feeling, based
On past experience, that it would). So there
Blanche was, looking gorgeous even with all
That makeup on, hanging out of her clothes,
And flirting with some biker werewolves.
Werewolf men are usually attractive in a primal
Way, with their widows’ peak hairline and
Their hairy selves. But they could get pretty
Wild. And these were drinking the witchy brew
Right along with Blanche. Blanche was wearing
Red, which was pretty appropriate with her.
She should be wearing the Scarlet Letter on her
Forehead, in my opinion. Lili agreed with me
On that one, and Dander and Tory didn’t like
Blanche’s familiar, Fangs. Fangs was a
Quite large rat, as big as a cat or dachshund.
He got his name because of his sharp, ugly
Curved teeth. He certainly protected Blanche,
Though. Nobody came near her unless she
Wanted them too, which meant mostly males.
We found out that the guys with us were
Vampires. However, they were of the more
Social variety, and stuck to animals and an
Occasional Human from the city of Jaredsville,
Two hours away. No Hunters took prey from
Our fair town of Salem-Turnopia. For one
Thing, there are lots of us witches and we are
NOT people to mess with. Plus, there weren’t
Any bad vamps that lived in town. If there
Were any that bothered people here, they
Were from another town. For the most part,
We magickal beings here are very benign.
Anyway, back to Blanche. She went out
With the weres and they all got on their bikes
And roared off. Boy, was I relieved! So we
Proceeded to party on, and have a great time.
We knew the guys would be there until the
Sun started coming out, and we had plenty of
Time until that. Their names were Hal and
Ripley, and they had only been dead for fifty
Years, not long for vampires.
Eventually, most of our witchy friends showed
Up and we had a great time. The Hot Cauldron
Has snacks of all kinds, and also serves
Hamburgers and French Fries. Extra bloody
Burgers for the meat eaters. By this time,
Some of us had sore feet, and we were sitting
Around chatting and occasionally smooching.
I liked Hal very much, he was very polite.
Just as things had quietened down, and the
Band was taking a break, we heard the bikes
Come back. Then Blanche and the weres
Came running into the room, making a racket.
They were covered in blood, and very upset.
It looked like Blanche had been scared sober.
They yelled, “Hide! Hide!” and “Help!” But
Other than that, we couldn’t get any sense out
Of them. I called Blanche over, and started
Cleaning up some of her bruises and scratches
(After all, I am still her cousin). Then everyone
Gathered around, and she and the leader of
The weres, told their tale. They had of course,
Been drunk on their ‘ashes’ and having fun
Riding all over town on their motorcycles and
Yelling and just generally raising hell, as usual.
They went way outside the city limits, and
Unbeknownst to them, into an area with ogres
And trolls. Now, they are NOT fun to deal with
And do not have understanding or pleasant
Personalities. And not much brain to reason
With, either. They were riding around, yelling
And drunk, and as bad luck would have it,
They were raising Cain right around the lairs
Of a bunch of trolls and ogres and their
Families. Now, they are not the type to be
Patient if someone wakes the baby up. And
All that yelling and biker noise woke up a
Bunch of ugly, green ogre babies and warty,
Disgusting troll babies. So they set after
The bikers and Blanche with their clubs,
Which had spikes set in them. One biker
Got caught and thrown a few feet, but he
Managed to get on the back of another
Werewolf’s bike, and get out of there
Before he wound up ‘pushing up Wolfsbane’,
So to speak. (Sorry about the pun, they
Are hard to resist, sometimes). They
Managed to get ahead of them because of
The bikes, but trolls and ogres were headed
After them, fast. – © Copyright 10/22/05, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Magick – Dream Pillow – (For Litha) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pillow.html
Material for your pillow
Stuffing for your pillow
Needle and thread
Lavender and sage
Hand-sew a dream-pillow. First cut an expanse of cloth large enough to make your pillow and fold it in half so the INSIDE is OUTSIDE, then sew up the edges except for a hole just large enough to push the stuffing in. Turn your pillow right-side-out and stuff it. Then create a small sachet (of the same material if you like), like a small pillow of the same except you don’t have to worry about turning it inside out. Stuff the sachet with lavender and sage, or make one sachet for lavender and one for sage. Then slip the herbs into the pillow. Sew up the final hole. Incidentally, it is best to pick material that is blue or has a water image on it, to represent the wise water element, or a black or black-patterned material, to indicate connection with the Dark Crone Goddess, whose speciality is divination.
You can actually sew this pillow in the circle, or make it mostly out of the circle and ceremoniously add the herbs while in circle. It is to be blessed with the appropriate tools and dedicated to the water element, and possibly anointed with water or divination-oriented oils. It can then be used to sleep on at night to encourage prophetic dreams. It also functions as a nice Midsummer gift to a handfasting couple or just for any gift.
In German and Nordic traditions believed the power of the sun on Midsummer made it easy for humans to access the unseen worlds. Many divinations and vision quests were practiced on this night. To this day prophetic dreams play a large role in Scandinavian lore. The Danes used to place St. John’s Wort under their pillows to induce prophetic dreaming, while the Celts and the English used Mugwort, which is just as potent, but without the toxic qualities of St. John’s Wort. If you wish to practice dream magick on Midsummer night you may want to make a dream pillow to help enhance your dreams.
You will need:
Small square of blue or purple fabric (preferably cotton), 4×8 inches. Make sure you leave room around the edges for a seam.
Herb you wish to use (mugwort, lemongrass, or lavender are good herbs for dream magick)
Take the piece of cloth and fold it over so that it makes a square. Sew up all sides EXCEPT ONE, leave one side open so you can stuff your pillow. Turn the pillow inside out, stuff it with your chosen herbs, and sew up the final side. Make sure you are visualizing your goal as you do this, as is plays a large role in the dream magick. When you are finished making the pillow take it to bed with you and place it under your pillowcase, making sure its fragrance will reach you. Before going to sleep, visualize what you wish to dream. You may wish to add a chant too this, to help lull you into sleep. Have a notebook and pen ready to jot down any impressions or dreams you have upon waking. Do this even before you stretch, dreams have a tendency to fade quickly from memory.
Solstice Dream Pillows
Materials needed: 1-4 oz (30-120 gms) each of the following five herbs:
whole oranges & lemons,
cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, (optional) myrrh or frankincense resin lumps. Scraps of lightweight cloth (4-7 inches/100-175 mm, two for each bag) optional bits of ribbon, embroidery floss, scraps of lace or a few small beads.
For those who are sitting up all night on the Solstice, this is a special dream pillow you can make for prophetic dreams when you go to sleep the next night or throughout the year.
Take the first five dried herbs and mix them in whatever proportions you desire/have on hand. More Mugwort will lead some folks to more psychic dreaming, more hops will lead to a sounder sleep for some others, more catnip may encourage feline pillow sharing.
As the night passes, eat the oranges, and use the lemons (minus their peels) in teas/punches/hot drinks. As you use them try to remove the peels in large chunks or in easy to work with sections. Using a spoon, carefully scrape out as much of the white inner rind as you can without damaging the zesty outer peel. Scatter the remaining outer peels on a cookie sheet and dry them on low heat in the oven (200F or less). Watch them to make sure they are drying but not scorching. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool.
If you have a fire or incense burner, burn some of the incense resins, saving most to use in the pillows.
Crumble the dried peels up into smaller bits, break up the cinnamon sticks up into smaller pieces, and add the spices, resins and peels to the herb mixture. Mix well. Gather up the scraps of material, and sew up small bags: 3-6 inches/75-150mm should be fine. Leave one side open: small openings will make it more difficult to fill the bags later. If you want to use the ribbons and floss to embroider protective or other magical symbols or representative designs, it will be easier to do before you stitch the sides together. Work on this to keep you awake, thinking of the season and what it means to you as you do it. If these are intended as gifts, think kindly and lovingly of the folks you will be giving these to.
Fill each of the bags with the herb/spice mixture, but not so full that it is hard: people will want to smell them, but they need to be soft enough to sleep on. Fold the last side inward, and stitch closed. If you want, a small loop of ribbon may be added at this point at the top.
After the sun rises, and you have finished your celebrations, set these aside, and finish them when you have/make time during the day if they aren’t done. When you go to bed, slip one or more of these into you pillow case, and inhale deeply as you relax before sleeping. Watch for special dreams as you sleep.
Silliness – From: Mikey’s Funnies <funnies-owner@lists.MikeysFunnies.com>
Subject: 06.27: A Hype Funny
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 12:30 AM
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FOR HYPE BY OWNER
By W. Bruce Cameron
The Internet has gone a long way toward eliminating middlemen from commercial transactions, allowing consumers to have easy access to all sorts of great scams. Take home buying, for example—why pay a realtor to screen houses for you when the Internet enables the seller to lie to you directly? You just enter the features you’re looking for and pull up a list of places that the sellers claim will match your criteria. (Though my son was disappointed to discover you can’t specify a house with a view of Jessica Alba.)
Because of the softening in the housing market, I recently spent some time shopping for homes, hoping I could pick up a colossal mansion for 10 bucks. What I discovered is that people who are selling houses without realtors often use the same terminology as the pros, but with slightly different definitions, like this:
Price recently reduced: It used to be priced ‘way, ‘way too high; now it is merely priced ‘way too high.
Recently updated: We just now hung a new calendar in the kitchen.
Hardwood floors: We had to pull up the carpet because of the fungus.
Floor-to-ceiling windows: Ceiling is window height.
Den could be a third bedroom: If you don’t mind sleeping standing up.
Breathtaking views: You don’t want to inhale near the dumpsters.
A gated community: All the residents have bars on their windows.
Open floor plan: We couldn’t afford walls.
Convenient location near the interstate: People driving by can see into your shower.
Unique windows: Most people would have used glass instead of plywood.
Great starter home: It’s a halfway house.
Recently landscaped: The dog just dug holes in the yard.
Great fixer upper! You’re gonna want to fixer the lower too!
Fun, active area: The house backs up to the exercise yard of the local jail.
Great investment home: You can’t actually live there yourself.
Custom paint: The house was painted in 1970, back when that was the custom.
Huge sunroom: If you look up through the hole in the roof, you can see the sun, which is huge.
Wonderful agricultural area! Many of your neighbors use their basements to grow marijuana.
Peaceful neighborhood: The truce between gangs is still holding.
Nestled at the bottom of a hill: Formerly nestled at the top of the hill.
Lovely golf-course location: If you want to step out into the back yard you’d better wear a helmet.
Seller motivated: He’s had it with all the gunfire.
Hurry, this won’t last! The whole place is about ready to collapse.
Beautiful wood molding: The beautiful ceiling is molding, too.
Fountain in back yard: The hose leaks.
Wonderful old tree: Too bad it fell on the house.
New driveway! This house is so bad the only thing we could think to brag about is a patch of concrete.
Minutes away from shopping, schools, and parks: 139 minutes, to be exact.
Creative financing available: If you don’t pay the vig, we’ll break your kneecaps.
A homeowner’s dream come true! It’s that dream where the roof leaks and the neighbors sell crack.
After wading through listings like these, I’ve concluded that I prefer a house with bay windows over one with bullet holes. I want a large enough yard that I can spot my neighbors coming, especially if they’re the rude kind like my neighbor Tom, who is always demanding I return his tools. And I’m certainly not going to buy a home from someone like the woman I met this morning, who said she “isn’t sure” she has “accounted for all of her cats.”
You may not get a great deal buying a house for sale by owner, but you do get to meet some interesting people.
What I really want to do is purchase a house on the last day of the current slump, or downturn, or blip, or blump, or whatever it is called, and then I want a guarantee that the market will reverse its decline and generate the kind of profits that are always associated with the word “windfall.”
Put that in the ad, and I’ll buy it!
From The Cameron Column, a free Internet newsletter:
Copyright 2012 W. Bruce Cameron. Permission is granted to send this to others, with attribution, but not for commercial purposes.
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