The sun’s been going in and out this morning….more in than out…. and it’s breezy. It’s almost 60F, but it’s 11am. At 5am it was 54F, but I didn’t have enough oomph to get up and do the newsletter at that point….
I got my Daily Dozen (45!) in on the way to the shop, yesterday morning, plus harvested some roses and buttercups. That was all I had time for, but I’m seeing progress on those weeds. There are a lot of holes in the turf, but the weeds I’m digging have been getting smaller and smaller as I find the larger ones and yesterday I actually had to move farther afield! There are still plenty to do, but I’m definitely ahead of ’em, now, which is what I was hoping when I started this a month or more ago….
Yesterday felt very long, mostly because the shop was so quiet. We had a couple of busy times, but otherwise we just kept pecking away at chores all day. We now have garnet sand in the crystals section (and you can buy a larger quantity, by the ounce) and the large Madagascar baskets are out for sale. A lot more small chores happened, picking up, putting away, but for me a lot of the day passed in a haze of sorts. I guess I’m tired, but I think I have a lot too much on my mind, as well. I got some herbs hung up. The herb rack is getting refreshed.
The other big thing is that we got the salt lamp order in. If you drive past the shop at night, the glowing bowl up in the front window is a Salt Lamp and it’s sitting right next to a Moon Jar (the blue glow). We got another yin/yang salt candleholder in plus several more shaped ones. I did get 4 spa stones, too. These are salt crystals in a form where you can use them for exfoliation of the skin and I *love* mine. They’re shaped like bath soap and you scrub with them in the same way, just don’t leave them soaking in the tub or damp because they’ll melt. Well, they’re *salt*! Marvelously good for the skin, especially on the feet, *most* especially if you use a pumice stone on your feet. Use the spa stone after, for feet that heal well and stay in good shape. We have a few lotus incense burners and some more small BoS journals covered in batik or brocade. I’ll be trying to get some more pictures on Thursday, but I got sidetracked.
Today I have to get the newsletter files caught up and then do house chores. Sash and a buddy are supposed to come to help weed. They’re supposed to pull grass and horsetail. If they manage several hours of that it will be *awesome*! I think Tempus is going to a friend’s house to clean, if not, he’ll be working in his shop. I’m hoping he’ll get the other boxes in the study down for me and I’ve gotta do laundry and some cooking. I’m planning to work on getting some of the OCPPG info that I’ve been collated up online today, since I can concentrate here. I also have some embroidery patterns that I’m trying to turn into fabric. I can’t do them on the new computer since I *still* haven’t managed to find the software, but I do have the shop computer here.
Today’s feast is *not* the Rosalia, it is one of the feasts of Fortuna, but Wiki has come up with a new article that has a *lot* more information on this including the uses of not just roses, but violets and other flowers and how the Rosalia developed into the Christian feasts that are similar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalia_(festival) Fortuna was the personification of luck and has survived through the Middle Ages and even into the present in the Wheel of Fortune card in the Tarot. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortuna
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water, Magickal uses – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday, for our weekend! 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 in Diana’s Bow. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, 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 Full Moon on 6/22 at 4:32am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus Phase ends on 6/12 at 8:56pm.
The waxing Moon after sunset now forms a wide arc with Castor, Pollux, and low Procyon. Venus and Mercury are not far from the center of the arc’s curve.
Early Wednesday morning, the faint asteroid 332 Siri will will occult (hide) a 6.4-magnitude star east of Antares for up to 4 seconds as seen along a track from Oklahoma across northwest Texas, southern New Mexico, and southern Arizona. The star is an unusually bright one to be occulted by an asteroid, but the event happens low in the southwestern sky. See Steve Preston’s maps and details about this event. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/skytel/beyondthepage/The-197528321.html
Mars and Jupiter are hidden in the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree month of Duir/ Oak – Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.).
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”. Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
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Duir Oak – Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 10 High 1:36 AM 7.5 5:31 AM Rise 7:29 AM 1
~ 10 Low 8:38 AM -0.9 9:00 PM Set 10:26 PM
~ 10 High 3:12 PM 6.2
~ 10 Low 8:33 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting on the beach, a warm breeze tickling your skin and the comforting sound of waves breaking on the shore.
~ I start where the last man left off. – Thomas Edison
~ I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different. – Kurt Vonnegut
~ IF ONLY – If I knew how much fun being a Gramma was, I would have done it first! – Sent in by Cindy Crowell
~ If slaughterhouses had glass walls the whole world would be vegetarian. – Linda Eastman McCartney (1942-1998) US photographer
Robert of Lincoln is gayly drest,
Wearing a bright black wedding-coat;
White are his shoulders and white his crest. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
Magick – Litha Activities with kids
Pagan parenting: midsummer crafts and activities for children – Looking for some great Midsummer crafts and activities for your kids this solstice? Liven up Litha with some of these ideas. [Also great for the Younger Self]
COLLECT HERBS – Herbs collected at dawn on Midsummer have long been thought to be especially charged with magic. Get up early and collect some from your garden to be dried and used throughout the year. If you don’t have an herb garden, try going to a natural area. Take along a book that identifies wild herbs, and choose some to bring home and dry. Make sure that you can identify those that you choose to ensure you are not taking home poisonous plants, and never, ever ingest herbs you collect from the wild.
WASH IN DEW – While you are up early, collect some dew of the grass or tree leaves and wash your face with it. Dew collected on the morning of Midsummer is also highly charged with powerful nature magic. Whoever washes with it is blessed by the Goddess.
PLAY GAMES – Summer Solstice was a prime time for merry making and frolicking, since it fell between the two hardest work seasons– planting and harvesting. People loved to play games during this joyous time of year when the sun was at its peak and the land was warm and ripening. Incorporate some of that fun into your holiday celebration– cut loose and play games. Have a water balloon fight, toss a frisbee, or run relay races.
HAVE A BARBECUE – Midsummer is a fire festival. The Sun Lord is at his height of power and glory. Cooking outdoors on an open fire is a great way to celebrate the season. Allow children to roast hot dogs or marsh mallows (with a long stick and adult supervision) on the flame of life as it crackles and burns.
MAKE A BURNING MAN – One long-surviving Pagan tradition is that of making a burning man, which represents the Sun Lord, in all of His flaming splendor, at the point of the year in which He begins His decline. Giant burning men have been erected at large festivals and burned on enormous bonfires, however a small version that can be placed on the barbecue or in the fire pit will suffice for your needs.
Gather sticks and twigs and make a small human figure by tying them together with twine. At sunset, have an adult put the burning man on his “pyre” and watch it go up in flames. Know that as he turns to ash, so does the year begin to wane.
MAKE A SUNDIAL – What better craft for the longest day of the year than to create your own sundial? If you have land upon which you can make a permanent sundial on the ground, gather some stones or shells, and a large stick. It should be a place that is in an open area that gets full sunlight all day. Plant the stick half-way into the ground, in the center of where your sundial will be. Pack the soil around it well. Then, from dawn till dusk, every hour on the hour, place a stone at the spot where the protruding top of the stick points. As the seasons change, you will note the differences of where the shadows fall, allowing children to witness the changes in the sun’s journey through the year.
If you don’t have any land, you can still make a portable sundial. Get a round wood plaque from a craft store (the type used for making clocks works well). Let the children paint and decorate it if they wish. On Midsummer, put it in a place where it will get full sun all day. Drill a hole in the center (most clock face wood plaques will already have one) and put a stick firmly into it. Use glue around it to ensure its sturdiness. Then, glue a small stone or rock– every hour on the hour– exactly where the stick’s shadow points. You can store your sundial indoors, and bring it out whenever you please.
FEED THE FAIRIES – As depicted in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the shortest night of the year has always been known as a night when the veil between our world and the world of the fairies is thin. Fairies are at their most active on the night of Litha. Children may wish to gather together a plate of sweet treats and ripe fruits and leave it out for them. Befriending the fairies on the solstice is a smart move, lest they may use their mischievous magic to trick you!
Written by M.S. Beltran – © 2002 Pagewise
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