Daily Stuff 7-24-13 Saint Kinga

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Minus tide at  8:29 AM of -1.8.

weather Part SunIt’s been overcast, gradually rising all morning, but it looks like the sun is trying to peek through, now. It’s only 52F! <shiver>

Yesterday started late because I had trouble breathing and dozed part of the night in the study. Tempus finally woke me and I got the newsletter out and we ate breakfast, but by then it was noon.

motif plant hourseplant greenandyellowcoleusI started in on trying to get the Corel program that a lot of my design work depends on up and running and hit a snag (waiting on the Corel techies), so I got the e-mails working. A little over 9K messages to go through? Gods…. it took all afternoon and well into the evening. At least a lot of it was deleting stuff….

motif plant houseplant caladiumI did manage to get into some sorting and putting away in the study in the spaces when I just couldn’t stand it anymore, and started doing some of the specialty laundry that Tempus doesn’t know how to deal with. I’m still going through boxes, but I found 3 lengths of fabric that I had designated for fancy shirts and got them run and hung up and then cleared the utility room of the stuff that needed to go into closets or out for GoodWill.

motif plant houseplant dieffenbachiaBy then Tempus was working on supper and I was alternating messages with newsletter details. …and then alternating laundry and cussing at messages, but I got the worst of them done and we turned in around 10pm to read, listen to Hearts of Space and go to sleep.

We’ve got a lot more chores today and we have to stop around 5pm, so that I have a few minutes to do the display board that I was planning on Monday and then set up for esbat.

onion pickleThese just sound delicious and easy! One thing that they don’t say is that, going by the proportion of stuff in the recipe, these have about a 2-week shelf life, max. I’d probably try to keep them less than a week…. they’re not like cooked pickles! http://mountainroseblog.com/spicy-quick-pickled-red-onions/

Today’s Feast is that of St. Kinga, or Cunegunde, who was Grand Duchess 250px-Święta_Kingaof Poland in the 13th century. She was married, but she and her husband, the Grand Duke, Boleslav V, known as “the Chaste”, kept their chastity inside of marriage. When he died, she became a Poor Clare, eventually an abbess, having sold all her possessions and given the money to the poor. She’s a patron of Poland.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinga_of_Poland

Saint_johns_wort_hypericum perforatumToday’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression  and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture)  make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort

Lammas LughnasadhThe 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, 
Anja

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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. 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. Phase ends on 8/5 at 2:561pm. 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 7/29 at 10:43am.

Astro Constellation Big Dipper PolarisLook northwest after dark for the Big Dipper, hanging diagonally. Its handle is on the upper left. Follow the curve of the handle on around leftward, for a little more than a Dipper-length, to land on bright Arcturus in the west.
The two brightest stars of summer evenings are Arcturus in the west now and Vega nearly overhead. They’re 37 and 25 light-years away, respectively.
Astro venusVenus (magnitude –3.9) shines brightly low in the west-northwest during evening twilight. In a telescope it’s still small (12 arcseconds) and gibbous (85% sunlit).

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree month of Tinne/Holly – Jul 8 – Aug 4 – Energy and guidance for problems to come.
Rune Runic Month 14 Ur UruzRunic half-month of Uruz/ Ur7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
Runic half-month of Thorn, 7/29-8/12Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor (right). The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.

Sun in LeoSun in Leo
Moon in PiscesMoon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 11:@2am
Uranus, Chiron, Juno, Neptune and Pluto Retrograde
Color: Brown

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©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Holly Celtic Tree Month Tinne Ilex-aquifoliumTinne  Holly  Jul 8 – Aug 4 – Tinne  – (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holly

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

Yew Celtic Tree Month Ioho Taxus_brevifoliato study this month – Ioho – Yew  – Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxus_brevifolia

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WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High       Tide    Height   Sunrise     Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low       Time      Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
W   24     High   1:43 AM     8.5   5:55 AM     Set  8:30 AM      98
~    24      Low   8:29 AM    -1.8   8:50 PM    Rise  9:50 PM
~    24     High   2:53 PM     7.5
~    24      Low   8:44 PM     1.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is only one success–to be able to spend your life in your own way.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Persuasive – Research a charitable organization such as Habitat for Humanity or UNICEF. Find out facts such as when and by whom it was founded and the kind of work it does. Write a brochure including your findings and asking people to contribute money or time to the organization.

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Quotes

~   Love and you shall be loved. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~   A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~   Deity is a reflection of the divine within you. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   The strength of any weakness within us is the degree to which it is feared. – Guy Finley

Fall Song

East Wind blow
through my soul

Taking with you
what I control.

All around me
Dancing Death swirls,
Bringing with Her
sleep unfurled

East Wind blow
through my soul
All my ideas
leave my head

Winter comes and
with Her sleep
East Wind settle me
into bed.

Empty head
deeply sleep
Death no longer
makes me weep.

Everything
in this life lost
Freedom, clarity
have their cost.

East Wind blow
through my soul
Taking with you
all my sorrow.

I release
I let go
I do freely
relinquish control.

East Wind blow
through my soul
Cleanse me completely
of illusion’s hold.

I release
I let go
I relinquish
all control

East Wind blow
through my soul
Blessing of Winter
do unfold.

I awake from
this dream
East Wind blow
me into Spring. – Medea Moon

“Only Fools fall in love,
and in love,
all is possible.” Carol Bridges

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lughnasadh wheat border

Magick – Lughnasadh Song – The Rigs O’ Barley

It was upon a Lammas night,
When corn rigs are bonnie
Beneath the moon’s unclouded light,
I held away to Annie:
The time flew by wi’ tentless heed
Till ‘tween the late and early,
Wi’ sma’ persuasion, she agreed
To see me thro’ the barley.

Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonnie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie.

The sky was blue, the wind was still,
The moon was shining clearly:
I set her down, wi’ right good will,
Amang the rigs o’ barley:
I ken’t her heart was a’ my ain:
I lov’d her most sincerely;
I kiss’d her owre and owre again,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonnie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie.

I lock’d her in my fond embrace;
Her heart was beating rarely:
My blessings on that happy place,
Amang the rigs o’ barley!
But by the moon and stars so bright,
That shone that hour so clearly!
She aye shall bless that happy night,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonnie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie.

I ha’e been blythe wi’ comrades dear;
I ha’e been merry drinkin’;
I ha’e been joyfu’ gatherin’ gear;
I ha’e been happy thinkin’:
But a’ the pleasures e’er I saw,
Tho’ three times doubled fairly,
That happy night was worth then a’,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonnie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie. ~Robert Burns

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – From Barb …You might be from the Pacific Northwest if…

1. You know the state flower (Mildew)
2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.
3. Use the statement “sun break” and know what it means.
4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
5. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the “Walk” Signal.
8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain.
9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, and Veneto’s.
10. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.
11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, and
Willamette, Yaquina, Yachats, Siskiyou and Siuslaw.
12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.
13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.
14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark-while only working eight-hour days.
15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
16. You are not fazed by “Today’s forecast: showers followed by rain,” and “Tomorrow’s forecast: rain followed by showers.”
17. You cannot wait for a day with “showers and sun breaks”.
18. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
19. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.
20. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.
21. You notice “the mountain is out” when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
22. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
23. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.
24. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
25. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
26. You knew immediately that the view out of Frasier’s window was fake.
27. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you can’t find the old ones after such a long time.
28. You measure distance in hours.
29. You often switch from “heat” to “a/c” in the same day.
30. You use a down comforter in the summer.
31. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.
32. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
33. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer) Deer &Elk season Fall).
34. You actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your friends in the Northwest or those who used to live here!
By Jeannie Manthe – Business Consulting Services – IBM Global Services Internet

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