62F and clouded over. There’s only a 10% chance of rain today, which sounds good because I want a picture of the artichoke.
Everything went sideways yesterday since I had gotten all tangled up about what needed to happen when. Tempus got his house computer together and took it to the shop. I ended up staying home so I could get some stuff done. I started with making sure that the Metta Prayer that we’re using for Litha got posted. (I’ve got it below the note, here…) If you’re not going to make it to our Open Circle, please read the prayer aloud at some point during the Solstice.
I got the bleach load started that I had meant to get to last night….a few things that I had missed from the workbasket, a couple of embroidery fabrics, which things were stained by nameless stuff, a few socks, a shirt and towel that had gotten dropped in the utility room. That sort of thing….oh, and a pillow that’s *supposed* to be white, but a friend had referred to as yellow the other day…
I did updates for quite awhile after that. Those take a lot of time. I got another couple of classes set up for OCPPG and then started back in on sorting some of that information. I managed to post some mid-afternoon and then went back to working on getting things where they belong, as they are supposed to be formatted. I lost some stuff when my shop computer went down, (and it did, dead motherboard), so I’ve no access at the moment, so I gotta re-invent some wheels. If you already ok’ed your class/activity info, please let me know. If you haven’t seen it, let me know. I only have until 7/15 to get this stuff done!
...and I set up a chicken parmesan for dinner for today and maybe twice more. It was frozen chicken breasts, sprinkled with wasabi and Italian seasoning. I added chopped onion and dried mushrooms, some Parmesan and threw a can of tomato paste over it and added enough water to keep it from burning. An hour later I stirred everything around and then just left it until Tempus got home, while I got back to doing the OCPPG stuff, except that I added a bagful of chinese stir fry veg at the very last minute…what should have been the last minute….
I got distracted for a bit by doll history…. and a drum line. They guys are …. impossible …. is about the best I can say https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=386174871481326 …and then he ran late because we had shoppers in at the last minute. …and then a youngster who’s been doing readings came in, although he knows we close at 7pm …and stayed …and stayed….. and Tempus finally messaged me at nearly 9pm that he was closing up.
…and then we found out that Lulu has hatched out her ducklings, or at least she’s started! Apparently, you can hear two, minimum, but Mama is being hissy……I’m hoping for pictures, soonest! …so in their honor….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEBLt6Kd9EY 🙂
I finally got the last of the messages out to people about OCPPG at about 9pm. I’ll be working on those for days, I’m sure, but then I need to start sorting the info that I have. When Tempus walked in it was nearly dark, so he picked petals frantically until it was too dark to see. I got the butter and roses started and then we ate.
After we were done and I went to get the bleach load out. The pillow is a much brighter white, but the snowflakes are now pink. I should have realized…. and I had to untangle a lot of the stuff. The evenweave cotton sheds threads on the edges. …and the shortbread got baked and cut and things dried and I discovered that my spool bag had gone over the back of the washer and then I crashed….
So there’s a lot to do today. I won’t have access to a computer at the shop, so I’m probably going to be working on sorting the herb area and sewing. Tempus has to be there part of the day, but he also needs to decant some of the rose mead for the Sabbat tonight. (We’ll also have a cup with no alcohol.)
Today’s feast is Litha, Midsummer, Jan Kupala, Langtanz night or whatever you call it. Whether you celebrate with fire, beer, dancing, swimming, flowers or just with friends, have a Blessed One! A good Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer
Today’s plant is Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
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,
Litha Metta Prayer
This sets up a resonance through the repetitions that creates the magick. You can encourage people to repeat the “May they have a good life”…..It falls in 3 sections which should be separated by the indicated pause…just a breath or so….
May we be safe and protected.
May we be peaceful and happy.
May we be healthy and strong.
May we be content with life.
There are those who put themselves in harm’s way for the rest of us. Let us bring Metta to them.
For all those who fight fires in our communities: May they be safe, peaceful, healthy and strong, and may they have a good life.
For all those who fight fires in our forests and tend our wild lands: May they be safe, peaceful, healthy and strong, and may they have a good life.
For all those who mind the weather and issue weather alerts: May they be safe, peaceful, healthy and strong and may they have a good life.
For all those who design and mind the traffic patterns of foot, vehicle or air: May they be safe, peaceful, healthy and strong and may they have a good life.
For all those who tend to our physical and mental health: May they be safe, peaceful, healthy and strong, and may they have a good life.
For all those who stand between those who would overcome the rest of us by physical force, coercion or violence, our soldiers, our police and all the whistleblowers: May they be safe, peaceful, healthy and strong, and may they have a good life.
For all those who tend the health of our Mother Gaia: May they be safe, peaceful, healthy and strong, and may they have a good life.
For our Mother Gaia without whom we would not exist: May she be safe, peaceful, healthy and strong, and may she have a good life.
For all those who tend the safety of our Solar System: May they be safe, peaceful, healthy and strong, and may they have a good life.
For all those who tend the safety of our Universe: May they be safe, peaceful, healthy and strong, and may they have a good life.
For those Watchers in the Outer Dark who tend the safety of all in this life and the next: May they be safe, peaceful, healthy and strong, and may they have a good life.
We honor them for their sacrifice that we may have Metta.
May all beings of the Universe have fresh clean water to drink.
May all beings of the Universe have food & a home.
May all beings of the Universe have someone to share love with.
May all beings of the Universe know their true purpose.
May all beings of the Universe be well & happy right now.
May all beings of the Universe be free from suffering.
So Mote it Be!
Today’s Astro & Calendar –
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous moving to Full at 4:32pm. 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 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. Phase ends at the Full on 6/21 at 4:32pm. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/24 at 4:32pm.
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
F 21 Low 5:39 AM -1.3 5:32 AM Set 3:56 AM 89
~ 21 High 12:04 PM 6.0 9:04 PM Rise 7:19 PM
~ 21 Low 5:19 PM 2.3
~ 21 High 11:19 PM 8.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Everybody gets one chance to do something great.
~ A woman is an occasional pleasure but a cigar is always a smoke. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~ Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President
~ Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
Corineus and Gogmagog were two brave giants who richly valued their honour and exerted their whole strength and force in the defence of their liberty and country; so the City of London, by placing these, their representatives in their Guildhall, emblematically declare, that they will, like mighty giants defend the honour of their country and liberties of this their City; which excels all others, as much as those huge giants exceed in stature the common bulk of mankind. – Thomas Boreman, Gigantick History, 1741
Magick – Litha Recipes
Strawberry rhubarb punch – From Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2006
Rhubarb – enough to make 3 cups chopped
3 cups water
6 oz can frozen lemonade
2 cans water
3/4 cup sugar
quart of lemon/lime soda
Garnish – strawberries and lemon verbena
1) Chop rhubarb
2) Simmer rhubarb in water until tender
3) Add a lemonade, water and sugar.
4) Strain and chill. Just before serving, add soda.
5) Garnish with strawberries and lemon verbena.
Note – Goes well with Solstice cookies
1 scoop coconut ice cream
50 grams castor sugar
100 grams of cherries
2 tbsp Grand Marnier
1 sprig mint leaves
2tbsp orange juice
- Stem and pit the cherries.
- Dissolve sugar in the orange juice and bring to a boil.
- Cook cherries in boiling orange juice for 3-4 minutes.
- Heat the Grand Marnier.
- Add to the cherries.
- Light and serve the flaming cherries with coconut ice cream.
- Garnish with mint leaves.
ROSE PETAL PUNCH – A handful of strongly scented rose petals will delicately flavor a punch for a summer evening.
A large bottle or container with a seal that holds at least an ½ gallon
3 handfuls fresh red rose petals
2 tablespoons raw sugar
1 quart chilled water
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of two lemons
1 bottle white wine (the lighter flavored ones are best, sparkling is great)
- Two or three hours before you want to serve the punch rinse rose petals.
- Put them into the bottle.
- Add sugar to the roses
- Add water, zest and lemon juice
- When ready to serve, pour liquid through a mesh strainer into a punch bowl.
- Add wine and stir well.
Note – This goes very well with a rosebud/borage/mint ice ring
REMEMBER: DO NOT use flowers that have been sprayed with any type of pesticides……….