Daily Stuff 6-27-13 Initium Aestas

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Minus tide at 10:23 AM of -1.2 feet

I’m watching what looks like stormy weather outside, but it’s 65F, dry and not really all that windy according to to the computer. …tell that to the clonking bamboo chime… The sun has tried to come out several times, too.

Bird CrowTempus cleaned the fridge last night and put the stuff out for the birds. The porch rail has been decorated with crows all morning with the occasional amusing altercation over a choice bit. The funniest was two crows who tried to do a tug of war over the noodle and in yanking on it, each ended up with only a small morsel as the soft noodle broke apart and dropped to the porch floor, where a towhee delightedly made short work of it while the crows were still griping at each other.

motif plant houseplant dracaenaYesterday I worked steadily on OCPPG and newsletters right up until 2:30, grabbed some lunch and headed outside. It was trying to be sunny by that point. …and actually succeeded for the time that I spent. I did my Daily Dozen first and by the time I was done I was up to 37. but I think that side of the yard is done for the year. I harvested roses and worked on some of the potted crocosmia, then harvested lovage. I came in at the point and gave my bathroom “tree” (a dracaena and some other house plant) a shower. It’s been dusty for months.

motif bird grosbeakTempus woke not long after that and I we talked for awhile then he made dinner and after we talked again for awhile, mostly reconnecting after a long week and filling in the blanks of what we’ve been doing, we both went to bed. I was working on newsletters off and on while we were chatting.

motif bird juncoHe got home from his paper route this morning at about 7:30, set up a bread loaf and crawled back into bed for a bit.

Today I’ll be at the shop. I have a lot of work to do on herbs and some pictures to do as well. I’m not sure what Tempus is planning, but he’s still working on that dresser.

motif pentacle Ravensgrove covenAnnouncement – We’re starting to accumulate quite a bit in the lost and found, especially from the Sabbats. If things get left we take them home and wash them, then put them into the crate below the beverage counter where such things will be out of the way. We can’t store it forever, though… Every couple of years when the stuff starts to overflow we go through it, extract what the shop can use and then set the rest out in the freebie boxes during the psychic fairs. Come check before your stuff vanishes! Have you checked the freebie boxes for useful bits?

weather Sunny brightToday’s feast is the Initium Aestas after the god, Aestas, the personification of summer. It is a weather prognostication. If it rains on this day, it will be damper than usual for the next 7 weeks. Aestas is often seen as a full-grown man (personally, I think of the BayWatch guys) tall and good looking and unscarred, very athletic and often blond or red-haired. “Careless in his strength” is a phrase in a lot of the poetry.

220px-LiebstöckelToday’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. I harvested some yesterday afternoon around 4pm and here at nearly 9am, having washed my hands several times, I can still detect it! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am. 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 –

Waning Gibbous moonThe 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 Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/29 at 9:54pm.

Astro StarThe interesting binocular field around Antares holds the dim glow of the globular cluster M4, as many skywatchers well know. But do you also know about Rho Ophiuchi, the fine binocular triple star in the same field? It’s the top star of a loop of five including Antares, as shown in Gary Seronik’s Binocular Highlight column in the June Sky & Telescope, page 45.
Astro SaturnSaturn (magnitude +0.5, in Libra) glows in the south to southwest during evening, with slightly dimmer Spica 12° to its lower right after dark. Look about equally far to Saturn’s left for Alpha Librae.
Saturn is high in the southern sky at just after sunset, and sets around 3 a.m. (magnitude +0.2, in Libra) glows in the south during evening, with Spica to its right. In a telescope, Saturn’s rings are tilted 17° from our line of sight. See our guide “Scrutinizing Saturn” in the May Sky & Telescope, page 50, http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201305/ or the shorter version online. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/See_Saturn_at_Its_Best_for_2013-204872681.html  And identify Saturn’s many moons at any time and date with our SaturnMoons utility  http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/javascript/3308506.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. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28.
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh6/29-7/13 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

Sun in CancerSun in Cancer
Moon in PiscesMoon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 1:32am
Mercury, Chiron, Juno, Neptune, Pluto and Saturn Retrograde
Color: Crimson

Planting 6/27-28


©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
Th  27     High   3:40 AM     7.6   5:34 AM     Set 10:54 AM      83
~    27      Low  10:23 AM    -1.2   9:05 PM    Rise 11:51 PM
~    27     High   4:56 PM     7.4
~    27      Low  10:56 PM     1.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Your life can only be measured by the amount of imagination you have, when you imagine beauty, you manifest it, when you imagine love ,you give it, when you imagine all that is great , you become it, your life is only what you make of it, so make it happen….imagine first.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – How do you feel? – How do you feel on a warm sunny day?



~   If you wish to find, you must search. Rarely does a good idea interrupt you. – Jim Rohn
~   It is almost impossible to state what one in fact believes, because it is almost impossible to hold a belief and to define it at the same time. – William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) US poet
~   It is more difficult to maintain honour than to become prosperous. – Irish Proverb
~   It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau

The room was completely quiet,
all the lights were turned down low.
I could not hear anything at all,
and it was too dark in the room to see.

I wondered where everyone had gone,
this was supposed to be a party,
and I had hoped to do some dancing
and smooching with my boyfriend Paul.

All of a sudden, I heard a rustling sound
and an evil laugh behind me,
and I froze in fear.  I didn’t dare move.
Then nothing at all, silence again…

After a few seconds, I started walking,
going down the hall alone in the dark.
Again, I could find no one around.
I was starting to get more and more scared.

Every time I started to relax,
again there was the evil laugh and rustling,
but when I would turn around to look
there was nothing at all.

All of a sudden I heard the front door bang,
and the sounds of loud voices and laughter.
“Where were you?”  they asked,
“We were outside waiting for you.”

I had them walk around with me in every room
to make sure that there was no one there.
They told me that it was my imagination,
since they left me behind by mistake.

We turned all the lights on and the music,
and my fears seemed silly after all.
After the party, I went home and relaxed.
Then as I undressed, I heard an evil laugh…..© August 2005 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Cut a Perfect Paper Pentagram in One Magic Snip of the Scissors – Shanleora, Elsie’s friend and pagan mommy of two, sent in this fun project to share with you. Thanks, Shan!

Cut Pentagram 1Step 1. Fold an 8-1/2″ x 10″ piece of paper in half.


Cut Pentagram 2Step 2. Fold and unfold in half both ways to form creased center lines. (Note: be sure paper is still folded in half.)


Cut Pentagram 3

Step 3. Bring corner (1) right to meet the center line. Be sure to fold from the vertical crease line.



Cut Pentagram 4Step 4. Bring corner (1) left till edges coincide, then make the fold.



Cut Pentagram 5

Step 5. Bring corner (2) left and fold.



Cut Pentagram 6Step 6. Bring corner (2) right until edges coincide. Then fold.



Cut Pentagram 7

Step 7. Cut on the angle as shown in the picture. Then unfold the small piece.



Cut Pentagram 8Step 8. Marvel at your perfect (we hope!) 5-pointed star! If your star is not perfect, take a fresh piece of paper (8-1/2″ x 10″ — not 8-1/2″ x 11″) try again!


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – How many Witches does it take to change a light bulb??? None.. they call the electrician who’s also pagan and keeps the money in THEIR community.

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