Minus tide this morning at 8:03 AM, of -2.4 feet.
It’s 58F and raining
Yesterday went pretty well. I got my Daily Dozen (32) done first thing. It was so wet that I stayed on the sidewalk and reached from there, so I was way over onto the path….which is gravel underneath and that meant my arm is giving me fits now. Tempus and I got down to the shop and got the classroom ready and the young folks were there within a minute or two of that. Brea had gotten there, to ask a couple of questions, so the young folks all got to see Bella (Brea’s wonderful dog) and then we started class. There were 8 yesterday. We got a long ways into Lesson 2. The young folks are starting to head out on their summer vacation on Friday, so it looks like we’ll only have 3 next week and then no class for a couple of weeks until they’re back.
Marius got there just as they were leaving, but he got to say hi. He and Tempus headed up to the house to work in the garage and they brought down the dresser that’s going to get used in the back of the shop once it’s repaired. It’s most of the way done, now, since Tempus worked on it all afternoon: clamping, gluing and straightening. He’s going to check on it this morning and then set it up for use. Marius helped him with that project until he needed to head out.
I worked on getting the rest of Lupa’s stuff into inventory. We have 1/2 a dozen new tails, including coyote and raccoon, a couple of masks and 4 sets of ears, two tie-on and two clips….. There are also 3 copies of Field Guide to the Otherkin and those are the last, since she’s withdrawing the book. There aren’t any pictures yet because for some darned reason I didn’t think of it…. and I’m puzzled… I had the camera out…
I did quite a bit of embroidery during the day, but also spent quite a while with other supplies, mostly bias tape ends which I’ve just been throwing into a box….several boxes, now. So I lined up all the packages and now just have a box of “ends”. Those end up going into pouch drawstring channels, mostly.
I finished the thimble keeper that I started yesterday and developed the pictures in the camera during the evening, and sorted those into their folders, put up some more blog stuff and OCPPG and then tried to crash early. It didn’t work. I was up and down until 4:30!
Today, I have to head for the Elders’ Council that’s happening in Eugene at 2pm. I’ll be leaving the shop around 11, just after we open. Maybe I’ll get the time to do tail pix, maybe not. It depends on how pushed I get and how many questions Tempus has for me. He’ll be at the shop all day, but no Readings, since I won’t be back until 8pm at the earliest.
Today’s feast is Inti Raymi, the ancient Incan festival of the Sun, which is the Winter Solstice festival in the southern hemisphere. Photos courtesy of the duckmeister. Here’ s a Wiki article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inti_Raymi
Today’s Plant is Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water, then oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_cernuum and on Alliums here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium
The shop opens at 11am and will be open later than usual! 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 –
Full Moon changes to Waning Gibbous 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. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Tide Change occurs on 7/8 at 12:14am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/29 at 9:54pm
Look a third of the way from Arcturus to Vega for dim Corona Borealis, the semicircular Northern Crown. It has one moderately bright star, Alphecca (magnitude 2.2). Look two thirds of the way for the dim Keystone of Hercules, whose brightest star is magnitude 2.8.
Mercury is becoming a real challenge, rapidly fading and dropping below Venus very low in bright twilight. Bring binoculars. What’s the last day you can keep it in view?
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. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28.
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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 24 High 1:01 AM 9.0 5:33 AM Set 7:12 AM 99
~ 24 Low 8:03 AM -2.4 9:05 PM Rise 10:06 PM
~ 24 High 2:34 PM 7.1
~ 24 Low 8:03 PM 1.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I don’t have a solution but I admire the problem.
~ By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher… and that is a good thing for any man. – Socrates
~ Do what you can, for who you can, with what you have and where you are. – Unknown
~ Every word has a mental highway. – Clotaire Rapaille
~ Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire. A generous habit of thought and action carries with it an incalculable influence. – Christian Bovee
Circle around the Moon By Silvana ~)O(~
Like the spiral of life I see the gentle circle around the Moon
Whispering of the hurt, love and pain that one can feel within it
Lift your arms and adore me she spoke to me wisely
Remember the seasons she says
I look at her with wonder and quiver with the night breeze
Gently I lift my eyes and see her dressed with white light
Within her the love I am yet to experience
Her chalice is edged with ancient script
Words that only ancient bards can read
The circle around the Moon holds the key
Can you see it?
Can you feel the truth and love within it?
I can hear her whisper
She speaks to you
She speaks to me
The key is kept inside the circle
The circle around the Moon
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Magick – Litha Lore
Pima Rain-Making Song
Let us begin. Let us sing. .
Singing of the small corn.
Singing of the large corn.
Singing as the evening falls.
Singing as the light dawns.
The light dawns and finds us singing,
singing as the corn waves tassels at us.
The dark falls and finds us singing,
singing while the squash waves leaves us.
The earth rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The sky rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The rain comes. The rain comes.
The Prayer of Midsummer
Sun-stone’s kiss, midsummer pleasure,
Welcome all and some.
At the hele-stone sing and gather,
Ever blessed one. – ~Caitlin Matthews, “Midsummer Blessing”