It’s only just getting light with that opalescent quality that a slightly foggy morning with a not-set-yet moon has. It’s supposed to have dried out for today. That will be nice. I need to get some more of those weeds pulled and work on the planter boxes at the shop.
We were way late to the shop yesterday. I had fallen asleep at my desk after getting a shower and breakfast, and I don’t know what Tempus was doing, so we got out the door *way* late …. I harvested on the way out, a little bergamot, a rose or three and a lot of Lady’s Mantle. I worked on orders and then Mary came in to chat. Tempus did the watering and then fought with his computer for awhile before heading home to work on house stuff and lawn mower stuff.
We weren’t all that busy, yesterday. On Wednesday with most of the lights out in the shop, the curtain dropped to the back, so you couldn’t see anyone and the sign turned to “closed” we had a dozen folks come through the door. Yesterday maybe 1/2 that! …although the sign was on “closed” for 1/2 the day. <sigh>
I did get about 1/2 of the ring pictures done and all of them taken. Unfortunately, I was sleepy enough by the end of the day to forget that I had to load them into a flash drive to use ’em here…. <sigh> That’s pretty much what I did all day: take pictures, load them into the computer, check them, develop some, cuss at the others, grumble awhile, get the rings back out and take some more pictures, repeat ad nauseam…. you get the idea…. and I was really tired. I had gotten up at 7:30 and by 5pm I was falling asleep at the computer. That made a couple of pictures really interesting when I put my face into the computer in mid-edit. 🙂 It made me glad for the “undo” command.
I have a reading earlier in the day and then I need to finish the ring pictures and set up the website page for those. Beyond that? I want to do some sewing! I want to get some skirts made for the summer, since several of mine have exited the building…. or rather are cowering in the rag-bag, waiting to be turned into other things… I don’t know if I’ll be able to, since Tempus is going to be at the house most of the day. We’ll see…..
Today is World No Tobacco Day, a day of abstinence from the products, intended to showcase the negatives of tobacco use. Ashtrays are often cleaned and filled with fresh flowers. In my case, although there usually aren’t any ashtrays around me, I add flowers to those that I see in honor of my beloved grandfather, who died of lung cancer from a pack-a-day habit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_No_Tobacco_Day
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, or Exorcism, protection. Can be added to handfasting magicks. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
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 at the Waning Quarter. 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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 6/3 at 8:56pm.
11:58am PDT – Last Quarter Moon – This is the second last quarter moon this month. It rises around 1 a.m. and sets around 1 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky. (exact at 2:58 p.m. EDT).
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is low in the east-southeast before dawn, in Aquarius all month, visible in the morning sky.
Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter have stretched out into a nice straight line 7° long. Look low in the northwest after sunset. The line will continue to lengthen day by day, as Jupiter descends to the horizon and Mercury pulls a bit higher above Venus.
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
F 31 Low 12:22 AM 2.0 5:35 AM Rise 1:20 AM 60
~ 31 High 6:00 AM 6.4 8:53 PM Set 1:09 PM
~ 31 Low 12:35 PM 0.0
~ 31 High 7:16 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING
~ Stick-to-it-iveness is strength and entanglement is weakness. You must know the difference. – Miyamoto Musashi
~ Technology does not run an enterprise, relationships do. – Patricia Fripp
~ The difference in winning & losing is most often, not quitting. – Walt Disney
~ The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage run to 14,992 pages! National Review
The universe does not
revolve around you.
The stars and planets spinning
through the ballroom of space
dance with one another
quite outside of your small life.
You cannot hold gravity
or seasons; even air and water
inevitably evade your grasp.
Why not, then, let go?
You could move through time
like a shark through water,
neither restless or ceasing,
absorbed in and absorbing
the native element.
Why pretend you can do otherwise?
The world comes in at every pore,
mixes in your blood before
breath releases you into
the world again. Did you think
the fragile boundary of your skin
could build a wall?
Listen. Every molecule is humming
its particular pitch.
Of course you are a symphony.
Whose tune do you think
the planets are singing
as they dance? ~ Lynn Ungar ~ (Blessing the Bread)
Magick – Litha Crafts
Handfasting Basket (Thirteen Blessings) By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide
You can make a handfasting basket as elaborate or as simple as you like. The easiest way to do it is to buy a commerically made basket, which you can usually find at thrift stores, and cover it in fabric. Choose something with romantic summer colors — yellow, reds, flowers, etc. Fabric can be found inexpensively (as little as $1.49 a yard) at most discount stores or at craft supply shops.
Place the basket on a flat surface, and use the fabric to line the inside. Use a piece of fabric large enough that you’ll have some overhang. For stability, you may wish to hot glue the underside of the fabric around the rim of the basket.
Next, cut a piece of ribbon about three times the length of the basket’s handle. Tie it in place at one end of the handle, and wrap it around until you reach the opposite side. Trim off any excess. If you’re really crafty, use two different ribbons. Add a small dab of glue to the underside of the ribbon periodically, to keep it from slipping down the handle.
Finally, add some small silk flowers to the handle of the basket. You can find these in the wedding aisle at nearly any craft store. If the flowers don’t have wires built into them, use some thin florist’s wire to anchor the flowers in place.
Here’s the really fun part. Think about the couple who is being handfast. Are they traditionalists? Are they silly, and willing to laugh at themselves? Consider what you know about them.
To fill the baskets, you’ll need a variety of things, each symbolizing some aspect of the relationship. Try to find thirteen items that are meaningful to the couple. Small ornaments are perfect for this, so they can be hung up later, but use your imagaination to find the symbols that are right for your couple. Use the following list to help get you started:
- A sun, symbolizing the strength and sturdiness of the male partner
- A moon, representing the woman, beautiful and mysterious*
- A cat, to guard the hearth and home
- A dog, to offer loyalty and protection
- An owl, for wisdom
- A star, for the dreams of the future
- A clock, to remind them that time is valuable
- An acorn, for strength and longevity
- A butterfly, for all the summers they will be together
- A car, for the journey they’re about to embark on
- A house, so they have a place to return
- A pinecone, for prosperity and abundance
- A heart, for the love that brought them together
* In the case of a same-sex couple, it would be appropriate to use two moons or two suns.
Make sure that while you’re creating and filling your handfasting basket, that you’re sending positive thoughts into it. If you like, turn this into a small ritual. You can charge the basket by focusing your intent into a simple couplet if you choose, such as:
This basket of gifts I give from the heart
with blessings for [name] and [name]’s handfasting.
With these treasures I offer you joy, and hope,
and happiness and love everlasting.
Include a note explaining to them what each item represents, so that they will always have these thirteen blessings with them in their relationship.
“Shoplifters will be merrily hacked to pieces!”
“WARNING! Unattended children may be eaten by starving artists!”
“No Shoplifting! Offenders will be Possessed! “Second-time Offenders will be Re-Possessed!”
“Unattended children will be sold as slaves.”
“Do you really want to bounce a check on me? I mean, who really wants to stiff a witch?”
“Unattended children will be given an espresso, a grape popsicle, a kitten and a drum.”