I picked a grocery sack of rose petals yesterday morning in less than an 1/2 hour. The roses that aren’t quite as useful because of off colors or whatever are *really* producing. We’re going to have plenty for the Rose Beads class on Sunday. Tempus is supposed to do the same amount of picking either today or tomorrow. …but I got my share done! I didn’t get to the Daily Dozen, but I harvested some bergamot and a couple of white roses. The pic is those at the shop later.
I got the nutmeg and vanilla extracts set up, photographed and labeled while Tempus was out getting me a lime, and then my camera batteries went dead. No one showed up for the workshop, despite the fact that I had 11 contacts about it…. I smelled deliciously of nutmeg and then vanilla and that’s a marvelous combination….
We put together an order to mail and I showed him something about the Paypal invoices that he hadn’t known how to work before. He took off for the bank and PO, while I got the lime extract done and slipped a lime wheel into my water bottle.
We had found some stock the night before, so while waiting for Tempus to get back I started getting that back into inventory and then he brought not one but *two* boxes of stuff! We have more of the shell bottles, worrystones, a really nice (and inexpensive!) small stone box and lots more of the little gauze gift pouches, some in bright colors and some with stars and moons! I also finally have his Father’s Day gift (don’t tell him, shhhh…..) plus a bunch of shell fans for necklaces.
By a little past 4 he was done with his chores and I chased him off to snooze while I got the last of the new stock hung. It was pretty quiet during the day. We had only an 1/2 dozen folks in until later, but one family was from Ohio and swung through Waldport, just to stop at the shop!
Dennis got there and we picked up a lot of new stuff. Pictures will show up over the next several days. Three, of the small semi-precious stone hearts and the heart pendants, are in here today, along with a heart bracelet on elastic.
We were going to leave the shop at nearly 9pm, so we went across the street for dinner. I had shrimp and peapods and it was the best yet! The shrimp was tasty, cooked through and not tough, and the peapods and carrots were just perfectly crisp-tender. Tempus had the #1 dinner which came with his favorite hot & sour soup. We both have left-overs for lunch!
Beachcomber Days. Today is the parade! It starts at the high school, comes right through Waldport, down 34, turns at the stoplight and goes all the way to Starr St. which is right where the seawall starts! Yes, they close 101! The Lion Dancers are going to be here and we’re on the Scavenger hunt and oh, there’s *so* much more and the weather is going to be gorgeous! Marius is bringing some of his furniture. Sash is going to be out there with some of our stuff and games, the planter folks are supposed to be back and Dennis is going to set up, as well.
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
The shop opens at 11am, officially, but we’re going to be early! 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 a Waxing Crescent. 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/16 at 10:24am.
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 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.
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 15 High 5:05 AM 5.7 5:31 AM Set 12:28 AM 31
~ 15 Low 11:42 AM 0.6 9:03 PM Rise 12:26 PM
~ 15 High 6:27 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an empowering day!
~ Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. – Henry Ford
~ Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. – Hans Margolius
~ Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible. – Unknown
~ Real change is uncomfortable. If it’s not feeling that way, you’ve probably just adopted new words. – Seth Godin
CHOCOLATE HEARTS FOR BREAKFAST
My breakfast was leftover chocolate hearts today.
I told myself when I got the chocolates that
I would not binge out on them for once.
Omigod, was I LYING to myself!
Chocolates call to me, where my willpower is…
Well, how in the hell would I know?
I don’t have any!
Sometimes, Valentines’s Day is a ‘slippery place’
The chocolates just call to me, and then they
Pile up on my waistline and collect there.
Why did you give me chocolates in the first place?
That can’t be love…do you WANT me to stay fat?
You talk about how far you can run…
Do you want me to brag how far I can waddle?
I felt so down in the dumps. You sent chocolates,
But why didn’t you bring them yourself?
Talk about absentee caring…or lack thereof…
Instead of coming and giving me love, kisses, sex,
You sent me chocolates that just make me FAT.
What’s the matter with you, anyway?
Have you ever heard of the word passive-aggressive?
What a jerk.
The days when I would be pathetically pleased
That you even acknowledged that I was on the
Same planet, have just disintegrated.
As far as I am concerned YOU have disintegrated!
At least the chocolate made me feel loved,
I can’t say the same thing for you and your card.
The cute neighbor across the hall is bringing margaritas,
Heck, maybe I can get some action here….
Well, we are now sharing your chocolates
For our breakfast, thoughtful of you to send them.
Don’t bother to send any next year, though.
I think maybe my neighbor would bring some, as well
As himself, and I much prefer a hands-on Valentine.
This is to let you know that your valentine chocolates
Were eaten, so they weren’t wasted at all…
Have a nice day, wherever you are! Toodles. – ©Copyright 2/16/06, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
With Summer Solstice coming up in a couple of weeks, now is the perfect time to make sun medallions for a treasure hunt! I first came across this idea well over a decade ago in the book “Wiccacraft for Families” by Margie McArthur. My older kids and I had so much fun making them. Once we painted sun symbols on wooden disks, but then found it was much more fun to use salt dough. I even found sun-print fabric and made little drawstring bags for them to put their sun treasures.
Its been a while, but I’m making some again! I rolled out a batch on my own today, but will probably make more with my teenagers later- they’ll have fun hiding them on Solstice for their little brother!
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
¾ cup water
yellow food coloring
First, I mixed together the salt and flour. Then I tinted the water with food coloring and worked it into the flour, kneading in more food coloring to get the color I wanted. Then I kneaded in a bunch of gold glitter. (The medallions we made when my older kids were little were made with just plain salt dough, then painted when they were dry. Doing it this way saves that step.)
I rolled out the dough (not too thin) and cut out medallion shapes with a small biscuit cutter. I used a cookie spatula to move the disks to a pizza box lid.
I used some of the samples of sun symbols from Margie’s book, but also, just dug around in the kitchen for things to use as imprinting tools. I used a gluestick cap to make medium circles, a skewer to make dots, a butter knife to make lines, and a jumbo bendy straw to make some of the sunrays. I also had some sun stamps, but they didn’t leave a very deep impression. (I may have to sponge some darker paint into the depressions when they are dry.)
Now is a great time to make these, because they’ll have plenty of time to dry before the Solstice.
SOCIALISM – You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbor.
COMMUNISM – You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk.
FASCISM – You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk.
NAZISM – You have 2 cows. The State takes both and shoots you.
BUREAUCRATISM – You have 2 cows. The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away.
TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM – You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.
ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND (VENTURE) CAPITALISM – You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States , leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public then buys your bull.
SURREALISM – You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.
AN AMERICAN CORPORATION – You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead.
A GREEK CORPORATION – You have two cows. You borrow lots of euros to build barns, milking sheds, hay stores, feed sheds, dairies, cold stores, abattoir, cheese unit and packing sheds. You still only have two cows.
A FRENCH CORPORATION – You have two cows. You go on strike, organise a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows.
A JAPANESE CORPORATION – You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called a Cowkimona and market it worldwide.
AN ITALIAN CORPORATION – You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You decide to have lunch.
A SWISS CORPORATION – You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them.
A CHINESE CORPORATION – You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.
AN INDIAN CORPORATION – You have two cows. You worship them.
A BRITISH CORPORATION – You have two cows. Both are mad.
AN IRAQI CORPORATION – Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. No-one believes you, so they bomb the ** out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows, but at least you are now a Democracy.
AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION – You have two cows. Business seems pretty good. You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.
A NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION – You have two cows. The one on the left looks very attractive…