Tomorrow is already going to be 22 seconds shorter! The Wheel has Turned!
It’s raining steadily with a light breeze, a bit messy of a day to try to work outside…It’s just below 60F, quite seasonal. The garden looks so very happy. Whittling down the amount of grass helped the rest of it breathe.
Since I came home and crashed last night, I didn’t write anything down, drattit…. No notes or anything…. My Daily Dozen was 52 plants working my way up the path. We got to the shop, I grabbed my stuff and took off down the coast.
What I remember…. glimpses of rough, blue/grey ocean… rain showers moving across… a Steller’s Jay, swooping across the highway….daisies and more daisies in multiple varieties… a stand of daisies, foxglove and a purple-flowered weed that just looked planned…. lupines….the sorrow of a dying tree, dying of pine bark beetle, it looked like… the “14th lighthouse” of the Oregon Coast, which is located just south of Yachats. It’s listed as a navigational aid on the marine charts… big-leaf maples and the joy of seeds beginning to helicopter down across the highway… going up and up and up and down and down and down and up and down and….. a car-sick tummy… a whole stand of *white* foxglove… the oily-seeming flow of the Siuslaw… a nameless bird in a red-brown color that I don’t remember seeing before, almost a brick-red, but just a glimpse… a heron’s nest in the top of a pole over the river…. Heceta Head coming home…. rain showers walking toward me over Fern Ridge reservoir…. a startling pie cherry tree, startlingly red and ripe…. yellow lupins…. a lavender-flowered low roadside plant…. white, feathery flowers on a large shrub…. madrones with their red bark, a whole stand outside of Veneta…a turkey vulture soaring, and then on the way home, seeing him swoop down and grab something that had been flattened on the highway and soar up into a pine with it…. the regular pattern of a whole hillside of noble firs…. river and railroad tracks alternating across my way…. a whole line of rail cars just sitting.
Today I’m ouching from the long drive. I have newsletter stuff to sort out and then a meeting down at the shop at 5pm. Nice weather for staying in! …and then the sun came out. Weird Oregon weather…. 🙂
Today’s feast is in honor of the day that the Gay Pride Rainbow Flag first flew in 1978. It has a history and the color order is that of the spectrum. It may have been used in he 60’s as a diversity symbol but this is the first one associated with a large Gay Pride day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_flag_(LGBT_movement)
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar –
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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
During bright twilight today and tomorrow, Venus forms an almost straight line with Pollux and Castor low in the west-northwest. Bring binoculars, and look for them to Venus’s right. And can you still detect Mercury below Venus? It’s nearly as far below Venus (6°) as Pollux is to the right.
Venus (magnitude –3.8) is gaining altitude very gradually, low in the west-northwest in evening twilight. Use binoculars to pick up Pollux and Castor off to its upper right or right.
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
Tu 25 High 1:53 AM 8.8 5:33 AM Set 8:27 AM 97
~ 25 Low 8:50 AM -2.3 9:05 PM Rise 10:46 PM
~ 25 High 3:22 PM 7.2
~ 25 Low 8:58 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If there’s no pot of gold at the end of your rainbow, maybe you are at the wrong end.
~ Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Hope is the feeling that we have that the feeling that what we have is not permanent. – Mignon McLaughlin
~ How long should you try? Until. – Jim Rohn
~ Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
Dance Into The Quiet
Come to the Quiet, She whispers
But you cannot mean me. I am just……
Hush, Love, Come to the Quiet. Open!
But I am just….I am not…….
Come to the Quiet, She whispers.
I am afraid….I weep.
Be still my darling child. Come to the quiet
But I am afraid
Come to the music, Her flute calls
I will listen…….I tremble.
Come to the music Her flute trills.
I am afraid…..and my body sways.
Come to the Dance, my Beloved.
I am afraid…….. And I rise to the Dance.
She enfolds me, the flute enfolds us,
And we dance, dance,
Dance into the quiet.
And I am not afraid. ~Joani McBride
Making herb vinegars is easy and rewarding. The colors are lovely, the taste is delicious and the process is satisfying.
Some general guidelines:
Cut herbs in the morning, if possible, after the dew has dried but before it gets hot. The essential oils will release from the herbs at about 85 degrees F.
Never put your vinegar in a container whose previous contents are unknown to you. It is not a good idea to buy bottles for vinegar at flea markets or yard sales.
Check the vinegar you are going to use for acidity. Any vinegar with 5% acidity can be used to make herb vinegar.
Sterilize pint or quart jars.
Gather fresh herbs. Wash and pat dry herbs.
Put herbs in sterilized jar. Remember, you can always dilute the vinegar if the herb flavor is too strong; you cannot easily strengthen the herb flavor if it is too weak.
Add vinegar to cover the herbs. Do not heat the vinegar; use it at room temperature.
Put a non-metallic lid on jar and store in cool, dark place for 2-4 weeks. Check it after 2 weeks for flavor and aroma.
When the vinegar has reached the desired flavor, strain it to remove the old herbs.
Place one or two fresh herb stems in a sterile bottle. Pour in strained herb vinegar and seal. The new herbs are primarily for decoration.
Label vinegar. Enjoy.
Use herb vinegar in salad dressings, marinades, or to deglaze pans.
Selecting a vinegar:
The most commonly used vinegars are red or white wine vinegars and cidar vinegars. Rice wine vinegar, sherry vinegar and other specialty vinegars may also be used. Distilled white vinegar is easy to obtain and will make a nice herb vinegar, but it will have a sharper flavor than the wine vinegars.
Select a white vinegar if the herb will color the vinegar.
Use a red vinegar if the herb has a strong flavor.
Some favorite combinations:
Chive blossoms and white wine vinegar. – The chive blossoms give the vinegar a lovely pink color and light onion taste.
Lavendar blossoms and cidar vinegar. – This is truly special. It is almost effervescent.
Basil, oregano and thyme in a red wine vinegar. – A rich, full flavor that is excellent in salad dressings and marinades.
Rosemary in a white vinegar. – This makes a nice hair rinse after a permanent. It removes the “skunky” scent of the perm. It can also substitute for a mouth rinse in an emergency.
Experiment. Use the herbs you enjoy. Be generous in the amout of herbs you use to make the vinegar. It is hard to have anything but success in making herb vinegars.