After a night of pouring rain and pounding hail the sky is very blue with white puffienesses dotted all over and the sunshine is very bright. 61F, already! I was so tired last night that I was in bed and sound asleep by 9pm and didn’t really wake until the radio came on at 10am! I’m stiff and everything is giving me what-for in consequence. I got down here as quickly as I could, but that means that I’m writing at the shop. …and we’re open.
The view from my beading table. The roses are in bloom around the sign!
Yesterday was a fun day at the shop. Class had 7 kids, and they were all quite attentive. I ended up getting back home 1 1/2 hours later than I planned because Tempus had to run back and forth a couple of times and he ran late. I got the dishes set up and into the oven and then laid down for a quick nap….didn’t manage to sleep! I kept making lists in my head, so I got up and found all the stuff on the lists and by then the food was almost ready. I realized that I wasn’t going to be ok to carry everything without spilling, so since Maruis was at the shop, Tempus ran up to do the loading and then went to get a couple of people picked up.
We all ate until stuffed. 🙂
<<<< Rosemary spoon, finished
I had a funny as I went to get into the car this morning. Tempus stopped me on the way out the door with a couple of sausage patties and a grilled cheese with a tomato slice on some of his good bread (mmmmmm!) He also grabbed my coffee cup as I was heading for the car. I had the plate in one hand and my basket in the other. I set the plate on top of the car, so that I could open the door, set my basket on the seat and reached for the plate, scaring off a crow who was aiming for it! I did manage to keep my breakfast, but I kept laughing all the way to the bottom of the hill.
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Coming down the hill I could see the very, very blue ocean and along the seawall a double dozen of clammers in the bay since the tide is still quite low.
I got stopped for a few…oh there goes the ambulance, poor lady…. Looks like a pedestrian either fell or got hit in the crosswalk up by the flea market. People were still running out as I got there. She was sitting up, with several people around her holding her and she was crying, holding her leg. As I turned onto Willow, the ambulance was screaming around the corner, and the fire marshal followed as I was parking. They closed the highway, locals directing people around the problem, although we did have an articulated gasoline truck sitting in the highway, waiting. I’m thinking that he probably isn’t allowed off the highway…. oh, well, since he’s sitting in the Shell station, I guess that was why….couldn’t get in to deliver his gas. I was impressed with the way that folks just rallied around and did what was needed, nobody just gawking. …and of course we all know where the “choke points” are with the highway, and folks going through might not.
<<<< A “new” used pillar candle holder. $4
I have some sorting out of various things from projects and I’m thinking about taking the time this afternoon to get back into sewing. I have an altar cloth that’s almost there and that skirt that I cut out on Saturday, plus more altar cloths.
Today we’re open well into the evening, because the Wicca 101 class starts at 6pm and runs until 8:30 or 9, so the shop will stay open that long.
Today’s plant is the snowdrop, Galanthus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire,” snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems, also to chase the negative effects of sorrow and grief. . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop
Today’s feast is the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey. It’s the anniversary of the beginning of their war of independence. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commemoration_of_Atat%C3%BCrk,_Youth_and_Sports_Day
The shop opens at 11am! Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 5/28 at 11:40am. 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 5/21 at 5:59am.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 19 High 4:00 AM 7.6 5:45 AM Rise 12:30 AM 79
~ 19 Low 11:00 AM -1.1 8:41 PM Set 10:53 AM
~ 19 High 5:42 PM 6.7
~ 19 Low 11:21 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The hardest thing to do is watch the one you love, love somebody else.
~ Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs. – Pearl Strachan Hurd
~ For some reason, when you become a support to others, you become bigger than you are. – Susan Jeffers
~ The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading old ones. – Joseph Joubert
~ Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. – John F. Kennedy
We were talking about magic
as we drove along a crowded
when the whirl of wings
made me turn
and a flock of geese
flew over our car
so low I could see
their feet tucked under them.
For a moment the rustle
of their presence over our heads
and as they disappeared
“I see what you mean.” ~ Jenifer Nostrand ~ (Bless the Day, edited by June Cotner)
Litha Herbs – Basil, chamomile, cinquefoil, daisy, elder, fennel, frankincense, lavender, lily, mistletoe, mugwort, oak, pine, rose, St. John’s wort, thyme, vervain, yarrow
Litha Incense – Frankincense, Lemon, Rose, Wisteria, Lavender, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Pine, Jasmine, Lotus,
Litha Colors – Blue, Green, Yellow, White, Red, Maize yellow, Tan
Litha Decorations – Dried herbs, lotpourri, Dream pillows, Seashells, Wedding gift basket, Feather wreaths, Summer flowers, Fruits, The sun, Anything yellow, orange, and round
Litha Foods – Summer fruits, Iced tea, Ale, Mead, Fresh vegetables, Lemonade, Orange slice wheels, Sun-shaped cookies, Barbecue
Litha Sacred Gemstones – Emerald, Jade, All green stones
Spellwork appropriate for Litha – All magick, Love spells, Healing spells, Prosperity spells