Yesterday was slightly crazy to put it mildly. I’m not sure today’s going to be any better, either!
I started the day by adding a lot of rose petals to the rose sugar and by the time I got home, they had sagged down to the same level as it was last night. This is the pic from yesterday morning. I don’t have time to do one today, so I’ll get today’s tomorrow….. I guess the rugosa petals don’t have quite the same effect as the regular roses. The other weirdness is that the thing was under pressure, acting carbonated, when I opened it. Um…..
So we got out the door as quickly as possible and Dennis was at the shop when we got there. Our planter guy showed up pretty quickly, just after Marius got there. Sash & Kyle didn’t show until 10am, but since the parade started at noon instead of 11, (I misread the schedule!) it worked out ok.
The parade was lots of fun, as always. I have a lot of pix, but I’m only going to put the one picture of our mayor in her “limo” in here, ‘coz I’m still trying to get new stock pix in. The sport teams were represented and all the major businesses…. we have an idea for next year…. The Hotdogs were there (the local dachshund club) the Shriners in their cute little kiddie cars, the Astoria Clowns, the Angell Job Corps color guard and lots more. …and Sash was under orders *not* to outshout Lou this year!
…and I gotta put this pic in…. The Lion Dancers were *so* much fun! They marched in the parade and wowed the kids, playing with them and dancing around. At the end of the parade, the emergency vehicles stopped right in the intersection to make sure that the dancers could come back and do the blessing for the restaurant. They set off a whole string of firecrackers (that’s the smoke in the pic) and danced all around and through to the music of their percussion band. Wonderful!
Tempus managed to wake up for the parade, but otherwise he was snoozing for most of the day. We were busy off and on, but not very, not what we expected even from last year. I did several readings, though, and late in the day was had a lively discussion going in the book area with Marius and several others.
Sash and I both gave Tempus his Father’s Day gifts late in the afternoon. Sash had gotten him a basketful of “hot stuff”, things like pepper jerky and pickled jalapenos and hot sunflower seeds, plus a 6-pack of their favorite root beer. I got him a fun wine re-corker with a star on top.
The new stock pix that are in here are some semi-precious stone dolphin pendants, coral hearts, a labradorite heart (see the flash? It’s better in person!) some mookite bracelets and other semi-precious stone elastics. ….and the last pic below are *color-change* bracelets!
There is more Beachcomber Days stuff going on today! The schedule is up at the shop. I know that the sandcastle contest happens this morning, and I’m pretty sure the scavenger hunt is still going. We had a number of people in yesterday for that.
Today Brea is doing her Elements class with the Wicca 101 group and I’ll be doing some handfasting counseling with a couple. In the afternoon Practical Craft is going to be making rose beads. This is an experiment for me, but I’ve heard all kinds of recipes. At the very worst the shop is going to smell awesome for a few days!
You need to take a look at the guy’s artwork. One of the bathrooms is a Sea Witch’s wet dream…. http://lancejordancreations.com/ …and some of his tile art! <drool>
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that bloom around Mother’s Day, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize, having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Siberia, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
The shop opens at 11am, but we’ll be there early for class! 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 Waxing Quarter. 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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor
Sunday, June 16, 1:24 p.m. EDT – First Quarter Moon – The first quarter moon rises around 1:15 p.m. and sets around 1:30 a.m. It dominates the evening sky.
Mercury is drawing closer to Venus in the twilight. They’re 3.3° apart now and will be 2° from each other at their closest on the 19th. But Mercury is fading fast.
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.
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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
Su 16 Low 12:42 AM 2.2 5:31 AM Set 12:55 AM 40
~ 16 High 6:09 AM 5.3 9:03 PM Rise 1:30 PM
~ 16 Low 12:27 PM 1.1
~ 16 High 7:11 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident.
~ Right action is about making a new start to bring about a new ending to make your ancestors proud. Kerr Cuhulain
~ Self-respect is a product of doing difficult things, and doing them well. – George Bernard Shaw.
~ Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. – Les Brown
~ Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that man doesn’t have to experience it. – Max Frisch
Can You Imagine? (For the Child in All of Us) by Robert F. Potts © 1996
Can you imagine a world without witches,
A world with all people the same?
Where the only known dragons are hiding in books,
And children are terribly tame?
A world without magic would be sad indeed.
I cannot imagine the pain
Of having a world where there’s no Santa Claus,
Where wizards are searched for in vain.
Can you imagine a world without spells,
That science and businesses run?
And think of the sadness a unicorn feels
When he no longer plays in the sun.
Can you imagine a world without witches,
No elves, and no magical pools?
And can you imagine how dull it would be
If all that we had were the schools?
I cannot imagine a world without witches,
A world with no magical wand.
A world without beauty, or even a dream,
Or a wood sprite of whom to be fond.
They say I should grow up and be more mature,
Like a normal adult ought to do.
But I’d rather, at night, go to dance with a witch,
And I’ll bet that you feel that way, too.
Magick – Litha – Summer Goddesses and their celebrations
Maat – 6/19 Today’s Goddess: Themes: Freedom; New Beginnings; Justice; Morality; Organization; Promises; Universal Law Symbols: Ostrich Feather (or any feather)
About Maat: In Egypt, Maat is the ultimate representation of fairness, justice, and truth. As the spirit of orderliness and legislation, she assists us by overseeing any legal matters, hearings, promises, and oaths to ensure harmony and honesty. In some Egyptian stories, a person’s soul was weighed against Maat’s feather to gain entrance to paradise.
To Do Today: On June 19 in 1865, the slaves in Texas were finally told about the Emancipation Proclamation signed three years previously. While freedom was slow in coming, it finally arrived, likely in part thanks to Maat’s encouragement.
For all of Maat’s spells it’s best to have a feather to use as a component and focal point. Change the color of your feather to suit the goal. Pick blue for true seeing (or to encourage honesty with yourself), white for pure promises, black and white for legal equity, and pale yellow to inspire a new beginning filled with Maat’s keen insight. Bless the feather, using the following incantation (fill in the blank with your goal), then release it to the wind so the magic begins to move!
Maat, on this feather light,
bring to me renewed insight.
To my life _____ impart;
make a home within my heart. – By Patricia Telesco~ >From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Hotogov Mailgan – 6/22 Today’s Goddess: White Nights (Russia) Themes: Sky; Tradition; Arts Symbol: Pale Light
About Hotogov Mailgan: In Siberia, Hotogov Mailgan illuminates the night sky with her heavenly sparkle. She is the Queen of the Sky, a creative force for personal empowerment, and the manifester of the life energies in and around us.
To Do Today: Between June 21 and June 29 the skies in Russia always appear light gray at night because of the northern location. The effect throughout St. Petersburg is very magical, casting unique shadows on the lavender, pink, and yellow pastel-colored buildings. To celebrate this beauty, the citizens enjoy traditional Russian ballets, theatrical performances, and music. So, get out the theme music from Dr. Zhivago, rent a ballet featuring Barishnikov, or cook yourself up some Russian dumplings (varnekey) and invite this goddess to join you.
If you perform any magic today, try putting up some pastel-colored curtains around the space to filter the outside light so it suits Hotogove Mailgan. Or darken the room and use glow-in-the-dark stars to mark the magical circle so you’re literally surrounded by her power.
Try taking a bubble bath and dotting the surface of the water with glitter to look like Hotogov Mailgan’s night sky. Then sit, relax, and meditate, absorbing the hopeful, dreamy energy that her stars inspire in people everywhere. – )0( By Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast