Workshops today! See below for details….
This is the steepest minus tide of this cycle at 8:20 AM of -2.1 feet. It’s early enough and long enough not to be horribly dangerous, but keep your eyes peeled for folks who aren’t paying attention!
It’s quite thoroughly clouded over, but at 60F it’s warmer than the forecast high. They’re talking about some clearing later and then going back into showers tomorrow. There’s only enouh breeze to gently wave long branches up and down and to make leaves quiver.
Yesterday felt longer than it actually was, exactly the opposite of Thursday. I ended up going to the shop later than usual, since I was finishing up some writing and Tempus was ready to go. When I got there we got some things cleaned up and he had to get the car ready for the day (we both forgot….), pulling stuff out that was going to be in the way and putting the seats down.
I went to pick up Geurin and Anthony (…noticing their gorgeous bracken! Perfect time for it, and look below) and we headed for Lincoln City. It’s a beautiful drive, even if it rained on us, quite hard at times. It took quite awhile to load the futon, having to pull it out and try again. …Then I had to get out of the driveway… which was a scrape and stop and scrape and stop kind of thing, but the car never stuck and we didn’t gouge up the pavement, like some folks before me had done!
JoAnn’s was next on the agenda, for sewing supplies and to eyeball some fabric that I’ve been thinking about, but nothing looked all that great. The nice thing is that they have some more of the awesome purple/silver on black spiderweb fabric that I made the fun drapes out of several years back. I didn’t know that one had been brought back! …so I’ve gotta save up for some, so we can have ’em out for sale well before Samhain.
On the way back we ran some errands, including getting to Freddies for some plants that I’m going to put in this morning. When we got back to the shop, Tempus went with them with a handful of tools to help ’em put the bed together, and I kinda vegged.
Tempus had a pretty good day. Sales were good and he wasn’t quite as tired as he’s been. The fun thing is that he got a tip from one of the folks on his newspaper route that was intended to take me out to dinner, so we did just that at the China Restaurant. I was feeling carnivorous, unlike usual, so I had fried shrimp, sweet and sour chicken and barbecued pork! Tempus didn’t get his usual hot stuff either, but a beef and vegetable dish with an egg roll. Ray was quite surprised.
Today we have workshops. 11am is Herbs, Care and Feeding of Planter Boxes! Next up is Crystals, but that will happen only if someone shows up before about 12:30. 3pm is Sewing. Bring your needlework of whatever type! There are some small handstitching projects that need to be completed, too, if you just want to do something mindless. Tempus has to get the rest of the books out of the way, but the shop opens at 10am, so he should be done before we need the space too badly. 🙂
…and speaking of books, my folks were Louis L’Amour fans and we have a *whole* *box* of his books! They’re all in good condition… all 111 of ’em… and if you buy the whole set, I’ll chuck in another 1/2 dozen related titles…. If you want ’em, yell quickly, because I’ve got them listed, already. For more on Louis L’Amour, take a look at the wikipedia article hre: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_L%27Amour
Today’s plant, Western Bracken Fern, Pteridium aquilinum, is a hardy plant that moves into disturbed ground. It dies down in the winter and grows very green, standing waist-high in the warm parts of the summer. You read a lot in literature of people making love in the bracken, which is part of its association with fertility. – Masculine, Mercury, Air – Burn outside for rain, use in amulets for protection, healing and fertility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteridium_aquilinum
Today is the anniversary of the adoption of the first flag of the USA which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. There is a house in Philadelphia where a Flag Day parade is held every year in front of the house where US folklore has it that Betsy Ross stitched the first flag. Well, it’s folklore…. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-american-flag/2011/06/08/AG3ZSkOH_story.html
The shop opens at 10am! 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 Full changing to Waning Gibbous at 9:11am. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon.“And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/14 at 9:11am. 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 on 6/27 at 1:08am. 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 Waning Quarter on 6/19 at 11:39am.
<<< Mars and Spica >>>>> arrest your eye in the southwest just after dark this week. Spot brighter Arcturus high above them. Half as far below them is the four-star pattern of Corvus, the Crow.
Mercury is lost in the glow of sunset.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic 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.
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 14 High 1:18 AM 8.7 5:31 AM Set 7:26 AM 99
~ 14 Low 8:20 AM -2.1 9:02 PM Rise 10:25 PM
~ 14 High 2:52 PM 6.9
~ 14 Low 8:18 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I’d explain it to you, but your brain would explode.
~ All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. – Larry Bellinger
~ The monster of advertisement… is a sort of octopus with innumerable tentacles. It throws out to right and left, in front and behind, its clammy arms, and gathers in, through its thousand little suckers, all the gossip and slander and praise afloat, to spit out again at the public. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~ All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher. – Ambrose Bierce
~ An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made, in a very narrow field. – Niels Bohr
No postmortems, please.
No postmortems, please.
The world is immortal.
The world renews itself.
What about poems and songs —
Do they perish?
Maybe they only
Maybe they go underground
To gather some other
Knowledge and come back
In another form:
New words, a new melody,
The same beloved,
Singing the same song. – Gregory Orr – (Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved)
People thought that midsummer was a time of magic and wonder-working. Evil spirits were said to appear, and people gathered herbs and flowers to protect themselves. Midsummer is the magical time when the days are longest and the nights are shortest. This was when ancient peoples gathered to celebrate the sun and its life-giving power
On Litha, tie a bunch of fennel with red ribbons and hang over the door for long life and protection of the home.
Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry. Use them to cook summer veggies.
Today, light a white candle and place it in front of a mirror. Say a prayer and let it burn out.
One of the most powerful was the plant known as ‘chase-devil’, which we now call St John’s Wort. People used it in potions, and wove the flowers into garlands to decorate their houses or protect their farm animals
Litha is a time of magic and faeries. Also known as Midsummer, to many it seems strange to celebrate the halfway point when school vacations and warm weather have just begun! Today is the longest day of the year and the Sun is at the height of its power but it’s a bittersweet joy as the days begin to shorten again, starting tomorrow.
This is a great time of year to harvest herbs for all of your magical workings. It’s also a good time to allow your child to begin his/her own witchy cupboard. When harvesting herbs, remember to leave about 1/3 of the plant behind to propagate itself. This ensures a continual harvest throughout the growing season. Also, thank the spirit of the plant for its sacrifice and leave a small offering. Taking a page from Native American custom, a bit of tobacco is a good thank-you to the spirits of your garden but you could also sprinkle a bit of dried herb from a previous harvest. Allow your child to help you bundle the herbs together and tie at the stems with twine or thread. Hang upside down in a cool, dark place until dry and then store them in pretty containers or even plastic baggies. Make sure all containers are labelled clearly as dried herbs tend to look a lot alike! I’ll never forget the time when Scout’s father, my ex-husband, was making chilli and reached into the spice cabinet for something. He proceeded to add a generous sprinkling of Scout’s “dragon scales” (see Kiddy Craft section) to the pot because she had recycled my old herb jars! How he could have mistaken glittery pine cone shingles for cumin is beyond me but he did! We still laugh about that to this day but it wasn’t very funny at the time.
One of our favourite activities at Midsummer is building a faery shelter for the little sprites to party and rest. Scout hunts for sticks, which she pokes into the ground and then lays large leaves over the top to form the roof. She decorates with flowers, bird feathers and smaller leaves. We leave out milk mixed with honey and bread and butter, cut into small pieces. She’s always very excited to find the containers emptied and the faery house turned upside down from their wild dancing. A friend of mine recently gave me a wonderful idea and that is to leave a small gift for your child as a thank-you from the faeries. You could leave shells from the sea, a small trinket that had been “lost” around the house (everyone knows they faeries love to play tricks!), a small bouquet of wild flowers, a pretty rock or anything you feel is worthwhile. The idea is to keep it natural and simple and then explain to your child why the faeries felt it was an appropriate gift.
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1. If using a touch-tone, press random numbers while ordering. Ask the person taking the order to stop doing that.
2. Make up a charge-card name. Ask if they accept it.
3. Use CB lingo where applicable.
4. Order a Big Mac Extra Value Meal.
5. Terminate the call with, “Remember, we never had this conversation.”
6. Tell the order taker a rival pizza place is on the other line and you’re going with the lowest bidder. 7. Give them your address, exclaim “Oh, just surprise me!” and hang up.
8. Answer their questions with questions.
9. In your breathiest voice, tell them to cut the crap about nutrition and ask if they have something outlandishly sinful.
10. Use these bonus words in the conversation: ROBUST FREE-SPIRITED COST-EFFICIENT UKRAINIAN PUCE.
11. Tell them to put the crust on top this time.
12. Sing the order to the tune of your favorite song from
Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” CD.
“Chop your pizza on a mirror!”
“Master! Master! Put pepperoni on my pizza!”
“Gimme pizza! You will do what I say, when I say Gimme pizza!”
13. Do not name the toppings you want. Rather, spell them out.
14. Put an extra edge in your voice when you say “crazy bread.”
15. Stutter on the letter “p.”
16. Ask for a deal available somewhere else. (If phoning Domino’s, ask for a CheeserCheeser!)
17. Ask what the order taker is wearing.
18. Crack your knuckles into the receiver.
19. Say hello, act stunned for five seconds, then behave as if they called you. Rattle off your order with a determined air. If they ask if you would like drinks with that, panic and become disoriented.
20. Tell the order taker you’re depressed. Get him/her to cheer you up.
21. Make a list of exotic cuisines. Order them as toppings.
22. Change your accent every three seconds.
23. Order 52 pepperoni slices prepared in a fractal pattern as follows from an equation you are about to dictate. Ask if they need paper.
24. Act like you know the order taker from somewhere. Say “Bed-Wetters’ Camp, right?”
25. Start your order with “I’d like…”. A little later, slap yourself and say “No, I don’t.”
26. If they repeat the order to make sure they have it right, say “OK. That’ll be $10.99; please pull up to the first window.”
27. Rent a pizza.
28. Order while using an electric knife sharpener.
29. Ask if you get to keep the pizza box. When they say yes, heave a sigh of relief.
30. Put the accent on the last syllable of “pepperoni.” Use the long “i” sound.
31. Have your pizza “shaken, not stirred.”
32. Say “Are you sure this is (Pizza Place)? When they say yes, say “Well, so is this! You’ve got some explaining to do!” When they finally offer proof that it is, in fact, (Pizza Place), start to cry and ask, “Do you know what it’s like to be lied to?”
33. Move the mouthpiece farther and farther from your lips as you speak. When the call ends, jerk the mouthpiece back into place and scream goodbye at the top of your lungs.
34. Tell them to double-check to make sure your pizza is, in fact, dead.
35. Imitate the order taker’s voice.
36. Eliminate verbs from your speech.
37. When they say “What would you like?” say, “Huh? Oh, you mean now.”
38. Play a guitar in the background.
39. Say it’s your anniversary and you’d appreciate if the deliverer hid behind some furniture waiting for your spouse to arrive so you can surprise him/her.
40. Amuse the order taker with little-known facts about country music.
41. Ask to see a menu.
42. Quote Carl Sandberg.
43. Say you’ll be able to pay for this when the movie people call back.
44. Ask if they have any idea what is at stake with this pizza.
45. Ask what topping goes best with well-aged Chardonnay.
46. Belch directly into the mouthpiece; then tell your dog it should be ashamed.
47. Order a slice, not a whole pizza.
48. Shout “I’m through with men/women! Send me a dozen of your best, Gaston!”
49. Doze off in the middle of the order, catch yourself, and say “Where was I? Who are you?”
50. Psychoanalyze the order taker.
51. Ask what their phone number is. Hang up, call them, and ask again.
52. Order two toppings, then say, “No, they’ll start fighting.”
53. Learn to properly pronounce the ingredients of a Twinkie. Ask that these be included.
54. Call to complain about service. Later, call to say you were drunk and didn’t mean it.
55. Tell the order taker to tell the manager to tell his supervisor he’s fired.
56. Report a petty theft to the order taker.
57. Use expletives like “Great Caesar’s Ghost” and “Jesus Joseph and Mary in Tinsel Town.”
58. Ask for the guy who took your order last time.
59. If he/she suggests anything, adamantly declare, “I shall not be swayed by your sweet words.”
60. Wonder aloud if you should trim those nose hairs.
61. Try to talk while drinking something.
62. Start the conversation with “My Call to (Pizza Place), Take 1, and… action!”
63. Ask if the pizza is organically grown.
64. Ask about pizza maintenance and repair.
65. Be vague in your order.
66. When they repeat your order, say “Again, with a little more OOMPH this time.”
67. If using a touch-tone press 9-1-1 every 5 seconds throughout the order.
68. After ordering, say “I wonder what THIS button on the phone does.” Simulate a cutoff.
69. Start the conversation by reciting today’s date and saying,”This may be my last entry.”
70. State your order and say that’s as far as this relationship is going to get.
71. Ask if they’re familiar with the term “spanking a pizza.” Make up a description to go with the term. Ask that this be done to your pizza.
72. Say “Kssssssssssssssht” rather loudly into the phone. Ask if they felt that.
73. Detect the order taker’s psychic aura. Use it to your advantage.
74. When listing toppings you want on your pizza, include another pizza.
75. Learn to play a blues riff on the harmonica. Stop talking at regular intervals to play it.
76. Ask if they would like to sample your pizza. Suggest an even trade.
77. Perfect a celebrity’s voice. Stress that you won’t take any crap from some two-bit can’t-hack-it pimple-faced gofer.
78. Put them on hold.
79. Teach the order taker a secret code. Use the code on all subsequent orders.
80. Mumble, “There’s a bomb under your seat.” When asked to repeat that, say, “I said ‘sauce smothered with meat’.”
81. Make the first topping you order mushrooms. Make the last thing you say “No mushrooms, please.” Hang up before they have a chance to respond.
82. When the order is repeated, change it slightly. When it is repeated again, change it again. On the third time, say “You just don’t get it, do you?”
83. When you’re given the price, say “Ooooooo, that sounds complicated. I hate math.”
85. Order a one-inch pizza.
86. Order term life insurance.
87. When they say “Will that be all?”, snicker and say “We’ll find out, won’t we?”
88. Order with a Speak-n-Spell where applicable.
89. Ask how many dolphins were killed to make that pizza.
90. While on the phone, fake puberty. Fluctuate pitch often; act embarrassed.
91. Engage in some serious swapping.
92. Dance all around the word “pizza.” Avoid saying it at all costs. If he/she says it, say “Please don’t mention that word.”
93. Have a movie with a good car chase scene playing loudly in the background. Yell “OW!” when a bullet is fired.
94. If he/she suggests a side order, ask why he/she is punishing you.
95. Ask if the pizza has had its shots.
96. Order a steamed pizza.
97. Get taker’s name. Later, call exactly on the hour to say, “This is your (time of day) wake-up call, So-and-so.” Hang up.
98. Offer to pay for the pizza with a public flogging. If any of the above practices are rejected by the order taker, say, in your best pouty voice, “Last guy let me do it.”