Daily Stuff 6-22-13 Belarus

Hi, folks!

Waves tide This morning’s minus tide is at 6:28 AM and at -1.9ft.

It’s just gorgeous outside. The sky is a milky blue and the sunshine is bright. It’s almost 62F, although it was down to 54 last night. I’m looking at the sunshine on the alder and seeing the most marvelous green-gold.

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Yesterday felt weird, because I don’t have a computer available at the shop now for the stuff that I usually work on.

I took some pictures as we were heading out to the car. The artichoke is 6 feet tall! I’m checking the bloom every day….

I did my Daily Dozen, but I’m definitely getting ahead of things. The hawkweed is trying to hide….

When we got to the shop I spent awhile in back working on herbs and cleaning up a bit and then took my embroidery baskets and supplies up front thread winderto try to organize some more. …and took some pictures and did a little embroidery …and then got to thinking I really *ought* to do some work, so I got the rattail packets done and a batch on the wall and the new thread winders <<<< on the embroidery wall. I pulled out the papercutter and set to work on the kits I’ve been making after that.

Marius got there right about the time I finished the cutting and we talked for a few. Tempus walked in with an armload of foxglove and mail, so I got the flower stalks cut away from the leaves and hung to dry and the leaves re-bundled. Those will happen this morning. I cleaned off the table for the feast, and by them folks were starting to arrive.

motif plant flower rose redThe ritual went well. There were 15 of us (I think) 6 from Job Corps, one lady from Tillamook who had stopped by the shop to look around and the rest locals. We had a good time and the “music experiment” went well. The text of the invocation/devocations follows this note. It’s based on a quarter call from Telesco’s Victorian Grimoire and several rounds from Circle of Song that all fit to the round Rose Red, aka Hey Ho, Anybody Home. I had to re-word quite a bit…. so this is an “arrangement” to use the musical term. Yes, the WishingTree has acquired new stuff. Stop by to add yours and see what we did!

motif plant flower pinkminiaturerosesWe had a yummy feast and there are a few leftovers. Tempus, Marius and I cleaned up the shop and put things away and then headed home.

The Moon was big and bright, and although Tempus went to bed. I went and sat outside until I got too chilly to go on with….

bread…and this morning I slept way late. I always seem to after ritual. I woke to the smell of coffee and fresh bread baking. Oooh, I’ll get my slice this morning!

motif plant flower foxgloveToday we have the usual workshops. I’ll be working on foxglove, first, in the Herb Workshop and then probably work on the agates, that have been waiting for another round of tumbling. Sewing Workshop may have a new crocheter, but I’m going to be working on some more of the embroidery projects.

200px-BrestFortress7Today’s feast is from Belarus, in remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic War (WWII). “In solemn remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War, and in commemoration of the heroic last stand of Brest Fortress in 1941, on the very country and city (Brest) in which the Eastern Front began.” It is much like the US Memorial day in the remembrances, but without the picnics. Here’s a bit about the war and the Eastern Front. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Patriotic_War

Plant flower buttercupToday’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and motif plant buttercup3colorinfusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells: Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.

Litha PentacleThe shop opens at 11am, but we’re hoping to be a bit 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, 


 Invocations – Adapted from Telesco’s Victorian Grimoire and Circle of Song

We’ll move around the Circle together lighting each lamp as we come to it, taking turns starting the verses (whoever is lighting the candle follows) and sing until we’re done at each altar

Feathered wind come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, free
As we’re upward bound.

Tongues of flame come jump with me
purifying fire,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.

Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.

Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toil,
Join my chant of forests green
Plant me in rich soil.

Then we sing the next two stanzas straight through standing at the altar

Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working in this place.

Perfect Love and Perfect Trust
In the Circle Bound
Birth and Death and Joy and Sorrow
Join us all as one

Then I’ll light the Goddess candle and begin

Lady Weave your Circle tight
Bring us closer to your light
Earth and Air and Fire and Water
Bind us to you

Then you light the God candle and sing

Herne, Herne, Horned one
Rider ‘neath the Northern Sun
Watcher at the Gates of Winter
Hope on the wind.

They we join hands and each sing twice through, you following me.


We’ll move around the Circle together putting out each lamp as we come to it, taking turns starting the verses (whoever is lighting the candle follows) sing the verse once and stop.

Feathered wind you’ve danced with me
We flew up from the ground.
You joined my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we were in Circle bound.

Then stop and say, “Thank you!”

Tongues of flame you’ve jumped with me
purifying fire,
You Joined my joy, my playful glee
As we were in Circle bound.

Then stop and say, “Thank you!”

Tears from seas, you’ve sung with me
Rolling from your caves,
Joined my verse, my body cleansed
As we were in Circle bound.

Then stop and say, “Thank you!”

Mother Earth you’ve laughed with me
Planted me in soil
Joined my chant of forests green
As we were in Circle bound.

Then stop and say, “Thank you!”

Then we sing the next two stanzas straight through standing at the altar

Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I called you all, you’ve danced with me!
We thank you for our sacred space
As we were in Circle bound.

Then stop and say, “Thank you!”

Then we’ll sing these last two as a round, 3 times through. I start, and you let the last line die away.

Me – Lady Weave your Circle tight
Bring us closer to your light
Earth and Air and Fire and Water
Bind us to you

You – Herne, Herne, Horned one
Rider ‘neath the Northern Sun
Watcher at the Gates of Winter
Hope on the wind.

Then stop and we both say, “Thank you!”

“May the Circle Be Open” ends the ritual.

This arrangement (C)2013, M. Bartlett


 Today’s Astro & Calendar –

Full MoonThe Moon is Full. The largest full Moon of 2014 rises around sunset and shines all night. On Sunday night it’ll be almost as full and almost as large for the longitudes of the Americas. (The Moon is exactly full at 7:32 a.m. Sunday morning EDT.) In both cases, however, the “supermoon” is only a trace larger than an average Moon: 7% larger in diameter. 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. 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.

Lyra astro constellation VegaNow that it’s summer, the Summer Triangle is high in full glory after dusk. Its top star is bright Vega high in the east. The brightest star to Vega‘s lower left is Astro Constellation Cygnus DenebDeneb. Farther to Vega’s lower right is Astro Constellation Aquila AltairAltair. The Summer Triangle is big: 35° long.

Neptune is in Aquarius all month, visible in the morning sky. Astro neptuneNeptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is in the southeast before dawn begins. Use our finder charts for Uranus and Neptune. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Uranus-and-Neptune-in-2013-190064991.html

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.).
Rune Runic Month 12 DaguzRunic 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.

Sun in CancerSun in Cancer
Moon in SagittariusMoon in Sagittarius
Chiron, Juno, Neptune, Pluto and Saturn Retrograde
Color: Blue


©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


motif, tree celtic duir Lone_oakDuir  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
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

motif tree celtic month eadha white poplar Populus_alba_trunkto study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High       Tide    Height   Sunrise     Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low       Time      Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Sa  22      Low   6:28 AM    -1.9   5:32 AM     Set  4:53 AM      96
~    22     High  12:57 PM     6.4   9:05 PM    Rise  8:23 PM
~    22      Low   6:14 PM     2.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a progressive day!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Can you swim? Who taught you? How old were you when you learned? Tell the story of learning to swim, or if you cannot swim, what it is like not being able to.


~   All that is comes from the mind; it is based on the mind, it is fashioned by the mind. – The Pali Canon
~   All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. – Plato
~   All very successful commanders are prima donnas and must be so treated. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~   America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer

Come to thy house, come to thy house,
 O god On, come to thy house, thou who hast no foes.
O fair youth, come to thy house, that thou mayest see me.
I am thy sister, whom thou lovest; thou shalt not part from me.
O fair boy, come to thy house … yet doth my heart yearn after thee and mine eyes desire thee.
Come to her who loves thee, who loves thee,
Unnefer, blessed one!
Come to thy sister, come to thy wife, to thy wife …
Come to thy housewife. I am thy sister by the same mother, thou shalt not be far from me.
Gods and men have buried their faces towards thee and weep for thee together …
I call after thee and weep – yet am I thy sister, whom thou didst love on earth … my brother, my brother.” – Isis to Osiris; Sir James George Frazer (1854 – 1941), British folklorist; The Golden Bough, 1922


Heron Bar Litha 2013

Magick – Litha Lore – A Song


Three fishers went sailing away to the West–
Away to the West as the sun went down;
Each thought on the woman who loved him best,
And the children stood watching them out of the town;
For men must work, and women must weep,
And there’s little to earn and many to keep,
Though the harbor-bar be moaning.

Three wives sat up in the light-house tower
And trimmed the lamps as the sun went down;
They looked at the squall, and they looked at the shower,
And the night-wrack came rolling up, ragged and brown.
But men must work and women must weep,
Though storms be sudden and waters deep,
And the harbor-bar be moaning.

Three corpses lay out on the shining sands
In the morning gleam as the tide went down,
And the women are weeping and wringing their hands,
For those who will never come back to the town;
For men must work, and women must weep–
And the sooner it’s over, the sooner to sleep–
And good-by to the bar and its moaning.



motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Warning….adult humor! 

This was recently in the Seattle Paper… The title of the article was “Best Come Back Line Ever.”

In summary, the police arrested Robert Aylor, 59+ year old white male, in a pumpkin patch 11:38 p.m. on Friday night.

On Monday, at the County courthouse, Aylor was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, public indecency, and public intoxication.

The suspect explained that as he was passing a pumpkin patch on his way home from a drinking session when he decided to stop, “You know how a pumpkin is soft and squishy inside, and there was no one around for miles or at least I thought there wasn’t anyone around” he stated in a telephone interview.

Aylor went on to say that he pulled over to the side of the road, picked out a pumpkin that he felt was appropriate to his purpose, cut a hole in it, and proceeded to satisfy his alleged ‘need.’  “Guess I was really into it, you know?” he commented with evident embarrassment.

In the process of doing the deed, Aylor failed to notice an approaching police car and was unaware of his audience until officer Brenda Taylor approached him.

“It was an unusual situation, that’s for sure,” said officer Taylor. “I walked up to Mr. Aylor and he’s just banging away at this pumpkin.”

Officer Taylor went on to describe what happened when she approached Aylor.

“I said, “Excuse me sir, but do you realize that you’re having sex with a pumpkin?”

He froze and was clearly very surprised that I was there, and then he looked me straight in the face and said…..

“A pumpkin? ….. Sh*t…is it midnight already??!!




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