Herbs at 11am. Crystals at noon. Sewing at 3pm.
I was so logy yesterday morning that it took longer than it should for me to get moving. I wasn’t even really moving well for an hour or more after we got to the shop. We got open well before time and got things going. Several folks ran in and out on errands and I finally went into the back and crashed. When I woke up I was in a lot better shape, so I spent a good while picking up and cleaning up.
It wasn’t all that busy yesterday, but Gary Lund, the stained glass guy, finally came in when I was there and we’ve got a *lot* of new stained glass! There’re some turtles, dolphins, hummingbirds and lotus, even a few mermaids and a lot beyond that. We’ll be pricing and hanging things over then next few days and I’ll be trying to get pictures. I got this one, earlier, of the current stock of stone eggs.
We went back to the shop to finish closing up and cleaning up so that I could actually do the workshops tomorrow and then came home. We watched the moon rising into the clouds, did a little sorting here, and went to bed.
I didn’t sleep well, so I’m horribly sleepy. I keep dozing off, even sitting at the computer. Hopefully, that will wear off, because I have all of the workshops today.
Today’s feast is the Bartholomew Fair, which may have descended from the Mania, the feast of Ceres, Mania, and the Manes, in the sense of honoring cthonic and grain deities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_Fair On the Manes here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manes and Mania (goddess of the dead) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mania_(mythology)
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
The 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
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. Phase ends at the New Moon on 9/5 4:36am. 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 8/28 at 2:35 AM.
The asteroid 7 Iris (the 7th discovered) is just past opposition in Aquarius. Find it at magnitude 8.0 this week with a small telescope and the finder chart in the September Sky & Telescope, page 52. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201309/
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 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.
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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
Sa 24 High 3:13 AM 7.3 6:30 AM Set 10:48 AM 90
~ 24 Low 9:24 AM 0.3 8:06 PM Rise 9:51 PM
~ 24 High 3:36 PM 7.9
~ 24 Low 10:03 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you don’t love me by now, you never will. I am who I am.
~ A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you. – B.L. Taylor.
~ All children have creative power. – Brenda Ueland, U.S. author and writing teacher
~ Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. – John Wooden
~ If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing. – Kingsley Amis
Have you seen the giant pistons
On the mighty CPR
With the driving force of a thousand horse.
Well, you know what pistons are. – From ‘Eskimo Nell’; the mighty Canadian Pacific Railway was completed on November 7, 1885
Reap the Harvest Spell
When we find ourselves repeatedly in situations that yield a grim emotional, spiritual, or physical harvest, we need to look inward to ascertain if the seeds that we are sowing will grow the crops that we desire. To do this, light a green or brown candle. Place malachite in front of the candle representing your heartfelt desire for change. Focusing on the candle, ask for guidance from your higher self in discovering your heart’s desires and ambitions. Script these desires in a visual present tense. State these or similar words:
The universe unfolds her abundant path for me.
Her fruitful harvest is mine,
So mote it be.
Focus the stream of your visualizations on the malachite. That is, visualize the malachite lending vibrations to your vision as it sends your energy out to the universe. Afterward, extinguish the candle. Hold onto the malachite as a reminder of your heart’s harvest. ~Karen Follet )0( From The Morning Feast Archives
Ancient Ones Harvest Spell – Pagan Studies
Harvest was a time for families, communities, and friends to come together. During harvest, special cakes were made in a ritual manner, and each person in the family or group would partake of this sacred meal.
Mix together one cup oat flour, one pinch baking soda, two pinches of salt, and one teaspoon of melted butter. Add hot water to form the dough, roll it on a board, and cut it into shapes. Cook the bread in the oven at 375 degrees until it is nicely toasted.
Share it with your tribe or family, reciting these words:
Consecrate the produce of our land.
Bestow prosperity and peace
In the names of the gods and goddesses,
And in the names of the ancient ones.
By: Sharynne NicMhacha,from GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies