It seems absolutely still outside. Clematis tendrils only stir and only the ones hanging freely. Once in a great while a branch of the alder will nod as though agreeing that it’s a lovely morning. It’s 52 degrees and while it’s overcast, nothing looks wet or even damp, just quiet and green.
I’m pretty tired from yesterday. Eight hours of teaching in a day even with the absolute *best* students (and they were!) takes it out of you. I got up just in time to head to the shop. Tempus got a nap after the students got there and then took off for that friend’s who needed cleaning done, and we just ran with it! It’s really rewarding to be able to do that for serious students.
I had lunch at the chinese restaurant across the street, yesterday, and the owner told me that he’s bringing at troupe of lion dancers to Beachcomber Days! That’s going to be fun. I’m not sure whether they’re going to be in the parade or not, but they’re going to be at the restaurant and performing at that time.
Eye of Horus Metaphysical shop, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota is working on crowd-sourcing the funding for their new line of Purpose Oils. These are hand-created high-quality oils. She wrote: “The Eye is looking for a little help from our friends, and we’ve added more perks, click here for details:http://igg.me/at/eye-of-horus Every little bit helps… Thanks!
Today, I’m at the shop. I think Tempus is going to help me a bit in the morning and then head home. That’s the plan, anyway. That’s so he can catch up on some more of his chores. I’m going to work on pictures today. Maybe I can actually get the rings done….maybe. 🙂
Today’s feast is Frigg’s day, according to Nigel Pennick. Frigg is a goddess associated with married women. She was called up by women to assist in giving birth to children. She is also wise enough to sit in Odin’s (her husband’s) seat to keep an eye on the world. Orion’s Belt was called Frigg’s distaff by the Norse. The picture is of her spinning clouds! There’s an article with a lot of the stories here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigg and another with a lot of the similarities between Frigg and Freya here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigg_and_Freyja_origin_hypothesis
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
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 on 6/8 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.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic tree month Huath/Hawthorn from May 13 – Jun 9
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”.
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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
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
Th 30 High 4:52 AM 7.1 5:36 AM Rise 12:48 AM 71
~ 30 Low 11:40 AM -0.7 8:52 PM Set 12:00 PM
~ 30 High 6:21 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The wildflowers of happiness are often found in the woods of difficulty.
~ Remember that any time you’re filled with resentment, you’re turning the controls of your emotional life over to others to manipulate. – Dr. Wayne Dyer
~ Re-perceive. Clear our vision, clear our assessments, clear our judgments. Clear what we think we know and allow ourselves to be guided by higher knowing. – Lauren Zimmerman
~ Replace guilt with responsibility and honor. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. – Lao Tzu
Brautigan is good for you. No writer you can think of is quite like him today, nor was any writer anytime – unless you can imagine the kind of things Mark Twain might have written had he wandered into a field of ripe cannabis with a pack of Zig Zag papers in his pocket. That’s about as close as I can come to Brautigan, a kind of cracker-barrel surrealist whose humor is essentially Nineteenth-Century Western American. – Bruce Cook, The National Observer, quote from the back cover of The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western. Richard Brautigan (b. 1935), American writer, committed suicide on October 25, 1984.
Magick – Summer Lucky Days by Patricia Telesco
July lucky days: 3, 12, 15, 18, 21, 31…
July is the month of prosperity, resolution to difficult situations, and legal successes. As the Sun warms the air, let it warm your heart; if necessary, ask the universe for insight. Focus on these dates when planning authorized activities, magic for financial stability, or to bring peace and accord.
August lucky days: 6, 11, 14, 18, 24, 30…
Release worries and burdens to a Summer wind and let them move away! These are excellent days for contemplation, peacefulness, and meditation in natural settings. Reclaim your center and be at rest.
September lucky days: 1, 8, 16, 17, 25, 27…
A month of changeable weather and joyous adventures. These are the best days to consider travel, puttering around the home, a picnic with loved ones, or asking for a promotion. The Sun is slowly starting to wane, so our outdoor pleasures should be filled to overflowing.
(The above “Summer Lucky Days” is quoted directly from Llewellyn’s 1994 Magical Almanac, page 170, Llewellyn Worldwide Publications, 1993.)