Daily Stuff 6-8-14 Bona Mens

weather Partly SunnyThe sky has been a blank white since I got up, but “overcast at 200 feet” is starting to burn off in patches. The wind is picking up a little, too. It’s only 54F and I’m *sleepy*! Oof…. gotta be at the shop in less than an hour…..

motif bird DoveI ruthlessly harvested roses from my pink one by the north steps, all but stripping the plant, as I was getting ready to head for the shop, yesterday. I got there with one minute to spare! Herbs was all about those roses and all kinds of things that can be made from roses. No one was in for Crystals again, and by that point Tempus and I were talking about how to sort out some things that have been in the way a lot.

motif bird peace doveMary Moore was in a couple of times, first for some shopping and then for Sewing Workshop. I ended up stitching pouches while she was working on a new knit-along. She doesn’t know what it’s going to end up as, either! Geurin was in later and we worked on getting her up to speed on the construction of some of the pouches….

I ended up taking several naps, yesterday, a couple of them quite unexpectedly. I’ve been having problems with my asthma at night and it keeps me awake.

motif bird GrebeToday we have Wicca 101 at 9:30 or so, and then Marius and I are headed for the Elders’ Council in Eugene. Tempus will be at the shop all day and will be running the Project Day. I’m not sure what time I’m going to be getting home. It’ll be good to see Elan and Grace. They’re hosting today.

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Today ‘s feast is that of Bona Mens in the old Roman Empire. Mens is the personification of the “good mind” and had a temple on the Capitoline Hill. It’s long gone and there were apparently no records made of what it looked like. There’s a wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mens

220px-Delphinium_pavonaceumToday’s Plant is the local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium, 240px-Delphinium_trolliifolium_3633and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the  Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shades of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums (dolphins) after the shape of the nectary. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum  Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.

Litha PentacleThe 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 ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Gibbous MoonThe Moon is Waxing GibbousWaxing 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 at the Full on 6/12 at 9:11pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/11 at 9:11am.

Astro Constellation Virgo SpicaSunday, June 8, dusk – Spica and the Moon – The moon will pass just north of the bright star Spica in Virgo.
Astro mercuryMercury sets just after the sun for the first two weeks of the month, but will be too close to the sun to be seen for the last two weeks.

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Rune Runic Month 11 Odal Othila EthilaRunic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…
Runic 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. 

Sun in GeminiSun in Gemini
Moon in LibraMoon in Libra
Mercury, Saturn and Pluto Retrograde
Color: Orange

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©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month huath Hawthorn St_Mars oldCeltic 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
Celtic Tree Month Huath Hawthorn_fruitHuathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Celtic Tree Month Huath Hawthorn heatherto study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Su   8      Low   3:48 AM     1.2   5:32 AM     Set  2:39 AM      69
~     8     High   9:41 AM     5.0   8:59 PM    Rise  4:14 PM
~     8      Low   3:17 PM     2.0
~     8     High   9:37 PM     7.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Describe – Describe a fair, parade, or festival you have attended.

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Quotes

~  Enlightenment is a decision that now you are not interested in creating problems, that’s all. – Meditation = Solution
~  People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love. – Claude Monet (1840-1926) French landscape painter
~  No one is better than you, but you are no better than anyone else until you do something to prove it. – The mother of American statesman Bernard Baruch
~  Your power is just waiting to be set free by your will. – Kerr Cuhulain

Next was November; he full grown and fat
As fed with lard, and that right well might seeme;
For he had been a fatting hogs of late,
That yet his browes with sweat did reek and steam;
And yet the season was full sharp and breem;
In planting eeke he took no small delight,
Whereon he rode, not easy was to deeme
For it a dreadful centaure was in sight,
The seed of Saturn and fair Nais, Chiron hight. – Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 – January 13, 1599), English poet; Faerie Queen, ‘The Cantos of Mutabilitie’

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Heron Bar Litha 2013Litha Magick – June Goddesses

Hotogov Mailgan6/22: White Nights (Russia) – Themes:  Sky; Tradition; Arts Symbol: Pale Light

About Hotogov Mailgan:  In Siberia, Hotogov Mailgan illuminates the night sky with her heavenly sparkle.  She is the Queen of the Sky, a creative force for personal empowerment, and the manifester of the life energies in and around us.

To Do Today:  Between June 21 and June 29 the skies in Russia always appear light gray at night because of the northern location.  The effect throughout St. Petersburg is very magical, casting unique shadows on the lavender, pink, and yellow pastel-colored buildings.  To celebrate this beauty, the citizens  enjoy traditional Russian ballets, theatrical performances, and music.  So, get out the theme music from Dr. Zhivago, rent a ballet featuring Barishnikov, or cook yourself up some Russian dumplings (varnekey) and invite this goddess to join you.

If you perform any magic today, try putting up some pastel-colored curtains around the space to filter the outside light so it suits Hotogove Mailgan.  Or darken the room and use glow-in-the-dark stars to mark the magical circle so you’re literally surrounded by her power.

Try taking a bubble bath and dotting the surface of the water with glitter to look like Hotogov Mailgan’s night sky.  Then sit, relax, and meditate, absorbing the hopeful, dreamy energy that her stars inspire in people everywhere. – )0( By Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess”  and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Antheia  – Arretophoria (Greece) Themes:   Promises; Friendship; Trust; Honor; Community; Love; Relationships – Symbols: Gold-colored Items; Honey; Myrrh

About Antheia:  Since 800 B.C.E. Antheia has been known as the Greek Goddess of marriage, companionship, and good council.  These attributes manifested themselves in a triple Goddess figure who flowered, sought a mate, and reached perfection.  Today we ask her to bless our rites by flowering within our souls so we too can obtain spiritual perfection.

To Do Today:  In ancient Greece this festival of trust and friendship was held sometime between June and July.  Each year, two maidens were given a special honey-laden diet and clothed in golden robes to take on a special trust.  They delivered a package untouched to a secret place in a local temple, then spent the year in community service, never peeking inside the box.  This sounds like a fun activity for couples or friends.  Each person picks out a trust gift for the other and gives it to them to put in a special place, leaving it untouched for a year.  The entire time the gift remains there unopened, Antheia will energize it and bless the people in that relationship, so don’t get tempted to peek.  Believe me when I say it’s worth the wait.  At the end of the year, don something gold, burn myrrh to create a sacred space in which Antheia dwells, and open the gifts, explaining the significance of the items. I guarantee it’s a present you’ll never forget. – )0( By Patricia Telesco~ >From “365 Goddess”  and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Sniglets – Decaflon: The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

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