Yesterday was chill, hovering around 60F. That’s not cold, but it was damp, so struck right in through clothing. Tempus had to do paperwork when he got home from his paper route and it took him until it was time to have breakfast, but we made it to the shop in plenty of time. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a chance to curl up in back and nap, because I had a local guy come in who sold me a bunch of used books (working on getting them onto the shelves today….) and a whacking big lot of quartz, so those are in process.
I ended up doing quite a bit of counseling and several readings yesterday, spent from 11:30 until past 5pm at it. I was pretty tired by the end of the day. Tempus finally dozed off on the sofa around then, and we spent awhile pulling together my class stuff.
The rest of the day we’re going to be finishing checking in stock and sorting things out. I still have to get the classroom back in order, and Tempus needs to help me with the rock tumbler and the shelves over the compounding station.
Space Weather News for August 11, 2013 – http://spaceweather.com
PERSEID METEOR SHOWER: The Perseid meteor shower is intensifying as Earth moves deeper into the debris stream of parent comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. International observers are reporting as many as 30 Perseids per hour from dark sky sites, a rate which could triple on August 12-13 when the shower peaks. Check http://spaceweather.com for updates and observing tips.
GOT CLOUDS? You can listen to the Perseid meteor shower on Space Weather Radio, which is monitoring signals from the USAF Space Surveillance Radar. Every Perseid that flies over the radar makes an audible ping. Hear the echoes at http://spaceweatherradio.com
Today’s Feast is the Puck Fair in Killorglin, Ireland. A goat gets crowned King Puck and set in a cage up high for the duration of the fair. The story I like about the origin of the fair was that a goat, running away from Cromwell’s army alerted the village that something was wrong. The fair dates to the 1600’s at least, even if it’s claimed to be ancient. The Puck Fair is in Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_Fair
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! When we’ve had a summer rain, they often re-bloom in late August or early September, sometimes lasting through into November. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
The shop opens at 11am, but we’ll be there earlier for class! 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 in Diana’s Bow moving to Waxing Crescent at 2:51am. 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 on 8/20 at 6:45pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends at 2:51am.
Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/14 at 3:56am.
Sunday and Monday, August 11 and 12, 2013, all night – Perseid meteor shower – The peak of the Perseid meteor shower, usually the best in the year, occurs in the middle of the day on Monday August 12, so both the night before and the night after will both be good to observe meteors. Usually meteors are more frequent after local midnight, around 1 a.m. local daylight saving time. The crescent moon setting before 11 p.m. won’t interfere with the meteors, which are best observed from a dark country location.
Jupiter is the brightest object in the morning sky all month. As the month begins, three planets, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury, are all gathered together in Gemini. Jupiter stays in Gemini all month, while the others move off into Cancer.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL), hazel
Runic half-month of Thorn, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. 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. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Coll/Hazel – Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL) – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 11 High 3:41 AM 6.4 6:15 AM Rise 11:23 AM 15
~ 11 Low 9:53 AM 0.7 8:27 PM Set 10:31 PM
~ 11 High 4:13 PM 7.3
~ 11 Low 10:40 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We carry our morning within us–let them out.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Quotations- Nancy Thayer once wrote, “It’s never too late—In fiction or in life—to revise.” Explain at least one thing you would “revise, ” or change, in your life.
~ Danger, the spur of all great minds. – George Chapman
~ It becomes almost second nature to be on guard against the creative pattern of our own thought. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~ By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach. – Winston Churchill
~ Avoiding problems you need to face is avoiding the life you need to live. – Paulo Coelho
walking in the fog
with magical tendrils
winding around my ankles
humming to myself,
suddenly, i saw you
smiling at me
and the fog twirled
around us both
for just a moment
it was really magic
you know, it was…
and when you turned
i followed you
Leaves crunched, skittered
underneath your feet
but you didn’t hear
me at all
i saw your house
all lit up and glowing
and i looked
in your window
when you went
i would have followed you
from room to room,
kept me out…
i will come back
I’ll sit on your doorstep
so you will have to
go by me,
but maybe you can
only see me
when i float through
my heart wants
to hold and claim you,
but the wind comes
and blows away
and when it goes,
i disappear. – © 2005 Beth Johnson
Magick – Summer Craft
Take advantage of the season’s beautiful plant life to enjoy a fun time with the young ones: Have the kids collect flowers, press the blooms, and turn them into lovely, lasting crafts. They are sure to learn something from each step in the process, including naming the flowers, collecting them, pressing the blooms until they are thin and delicate, and turning them into decorative creations.
Step 1: Gather flowers – Spend time outdoors with the kids talking about your favorite flowers and theirs. Point out the different types in the garden and discuss why plants have flowers. Work side-by-side to collect a good assortment, snipping the stems near where they meet the blooms.
Remind your grandkids to look for other pieces of nature that catch their eye, too – not just fancy flowers. “I love using weeds, leaves, bushes, seedpods. It doesn’t have to be a flower,” explains Tricia Paoluccio, a crafter in New York City, who sells pressed-flower greeting cards on etsy.com, a website that allows users to buy and sell handmade items. Paoluccio says that she finds many pretty wildflowers and weeds on the side of the highway, in addition to her own garden. “Or, if you don’t have a garden, pieces taken from florist bouquets work as well,” adds fellow Etsy-vendor Sherry Bloom.
Both crafters agree that some flowers work better than others: “Any kind of daisies, pansies, and violas press well, along with other purple flowers. But white petals tend to turn brown and don’t look as good over time,” says Paoluccio. Timing is also important. “Cut your flowers early in the day,” Bloom suggests. “That’s when they look the freshest and have the best color. Make sure the flower petals are completely dry — that means no raindrops or early morning dew. Any moisture on the petals will cause them to turn brown during the pressing process.”
For faster pressing and drying, choose delicate flowers and stems. Heartier varieties take much longer to dry and often don’t turn out as nicely.
This article is the second in a three-part series on collecting flowers, pressing them, and making dried-flower crafts.
A simple method of pressing flowers is to lay the petals between two sheets of scrap paper (tissue paper and coffee filters also work well) and place them in the middle of a thick phone book, then place something heavy atop the book to help press the water from the petals. “This will ruin your phonebook,” warns Tricia Paoluccio, a New York City flower-crafter who sells pressed-flower greeting cards on etsy.com. The flowers usually take a little over a week to dry completely.
Serious flower-pressers use a press that you can purchase from websites like flower-press.com or make one from a few simple materials. “A press is just two slabs of three-quarter-inch wood sandwiched around repeating layers of cardboard, paper, flowers, paper more cardboard and so on,” explains Paoluccio. The layers are held tightly together by a four-inch screw that’s fastened with bolts on each corner.
If you choose this type of press, Paoluccio suggests a shortcut method: “After the first day, open your press and microwave the cardboard for one minute to dry the sheets.” Repeat this every day and the flowers will dry faster, finishing in about four or five days.
This article is the third in a three-part series on collecting flowers, pressing them, and making dried-flower crafts.
Step 3: Make dried-flower crafts – You and the kids should know that dried flowers are very fragile, but if you handle them with care, there are many projects you can decorate with them.
Cut a sheet of paper to the size you want your card to be, instructs Tricia Paoluccio, a New York City crafter who sells pressed-flower greeting cards on etsy.com. Paint the paper so that the background enhances the bright colors of the flowers — pale pinks and yellows work best. Put the flowers upside-down on a sheet of newspaper and gently paint them with rubber cement, starting from the center of the flower working your way out. It doesn’t take a lot of glue, just enough to cover each petal. “Next, take your finger and softly touch the center of the flower — not the petals because that will break it — this will lift the flower onto your finger so you can work with it.” Affix the flower to the card. Paoluccio suggests layering the flowers and letting some petal edges hang off the perimeter of the paper. After you arrange each flower, place a piece of waxed paper on top and smooth the flower down. Remove the paper and repeat until you’re satisfied with the design. When the glue is dry, cut the flower parts that extend off the paper and rub your finger over the excess glue to remove it.
To enhance the look of a plain candle, simply glue on a few pressed flowers. Apply rubber cement to the flowers — the way you would to make a greeting card. Then affix the flowers to the candle. Securely press the edges of the flowers to the curves of the candle to avoid their lifting off over time. Then (you should do this part) light a tea-light candle; when it melts down, dip a paintbrush into the melted wax and paint over the pressed flower to act as an additional form of glue.
Make simple jewelry
“This project is very simple and great for young children,” Sherry Bloom, a crafter and vendor on etsy.com, says. Cut two pieces of packing tape, making sure they’re bigger than the flower you wish to use. Gently place a flower in the middle of one of the pieces of tape. Sandwich it inside by laying the other piece of tape smoothly on top. Trim the excess tape and cut a circle, heart, star or any other shape you desire. “Attach a pretty cord, ribbon, or yarn to turn it into a charm and make it a bracelet or necklace,” Bloom suggests.
Personalize a jewelry box
Make a bookmark
Decorate a photo album or journal
Make a sun catcher
Frame pressed flowers as their own work of art
Make decorative soap the same way you made decorative candles