Daily Stuff 6-21-14 Blessed Litha

weather SunBlessed Litha!

Beachcomber Days! Shop schedule and partial event schedule below.

It’s only 45F, but I’m up at 6:30. Dunno what woke me, but my back was getting cold, so I got up to use the bathroom and then I was up. It’s still a little cloudy, but that’s going to burn off. Tomorrow is going to be 3 seconds shorter. We’re now in the Waning Year.

motif food milkYesterday we ended up not being completely open until 11:30, but we were there by quarter past. I started by first doing ironing and then taking pictures of some embroideries that belonged to my mother. Tempus ran in and out and finally took off for the afternoon.

motif food pieI spent most of the afternoon putting away some new-to-us used books that just came in. There are several on meditation and one on tarot, plus some other interesting bits. I also spent awhile starting the historical re-creation display. There are some nice bits in there including a set of green/brown earthen ware that is two pitchers and a small crock, a pair of metal cups. …plus more, but I’m going to have to get pictures, still….

motif food popsicle…and then just before 5pm there was a loud crunch and I looked up just in time to see a little green car bouncing backwards from a large white SUV, which may have punted the car in front of it. The young lady  in the green car hit left front on the white car’s right rear. Pretty soon there were people all over and an ambulance. She went in the ambulance, while they were tossing water on her car. She had been out of the car, although initially it didn’t seem that she could get out and steam and debris and such in all directions.

motif food shortcakeI got a good look after the sheriffs showed up. Green car got white SUV which punted white sports car which got shoved into a trailer hitch. Wow… Pretty quick they had the highway shut down, mostly. By 5:45 the other 3 cars were driving away, leaving the poor green car all by itself. At 6pm exactly the tow truck had swept up, loaded the car and was rolling.

motif food sundae…and in putting away the wood tools I discovered that yes, they are sharp. Put a good slice onto my left thumb…

I finally took a couple of minutes to sit down with my lunch… yes, it was well after 6pm….

Turkey platter Thanksgiving food motifFolks were showing up by 6:30 and I was still sitting, writing….by 7pm, most of the things were sorted around to where they need to be and by 9pm the ritual was accomplished. Tempus and I got home a bit after 10pm, both very tired.

Today’s Schedule

7-10am – Lion’s club breakfast at the Community Center
10am – Shop opens
10 – Vendor Fair opens
10 until sold out — Food Vendors all over town!
10-3pm – Scavenger Hunt
11am – Herbs Workshop at Ancient Light
All Day – Car Club
Noon is Parade (no Crystals)
1pm – Lion Dancers!!!!! Out in front of the shop on 101
1:30-5:30 Kid Zone (behind Click Here)
3pm – Sewing Workshop
2-10:30 Street Dance

…and there’s more!!!!!

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Today’s feast is Litha, Midsummer, Jan Kupala, Langtanz night or whatever you call it. Whether you celebrate with fire, beer, dancing, swimming, flowers or just with friends, have a Blessed One! A good Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer

220px-Salvia_officinalis2Today’s plant is Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape220px-Salvia_officinalis0protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis

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

Waning Crescent MoonThe Moon is a Waning CrescentWaning 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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends 6/22 at 1:08pm. 
Astro 0620 SummerSunset_m428The June solstice occurs at 6:51 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, when the Sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky for the year and begins its six-month return south. Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere, where today is the longest day. In the Southern Hemisphere, this is the start of winter and the longest night.
If you have a good dark sky, look east as the final glow of twilight fades away. All across the low eastern sky, the starry, mottled band of the Milky Way is looming up. It rises higher through the night and crosses straight overhead around 3 a.m. Mercury 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 Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Rune Runic Month 12 DaguzRunic 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 CancerSun in Gemini enters Cancer at 3:51am
MOon in TaurusMoon in Aries enters Taurus at 3:51am
Chiron Retrograde 5:44am
Neptune, Mercury, Saturn and Pluto Retrograde
Color: White

Harvest 6/20-21

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©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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 Quercus_roburDuir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

duir celtic tree month Snowbowlaspensto study this month
 – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

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WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Sa  21      Low   2:45 AM     0.8   5:32 AM    Rise  1:59 AM      38
~    21     High   8:37 AM     5.3   9:04 PM     Set  3:40 PM
~    21      Low   2:22 PM     1.5
~    21     High   8:49 PM     7.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I’d explain it to you, but your brain would explode.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences –  To whom do you talk when you have a problem?

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Quotes

~  Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, more fit to bruise than polish. – Anne Bradstreet
~  I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. – Charlotte Bronte
~  Argue for your limitations and sure enough they’re yours. Are you holding yourself back? – Dominique Brown
~  We’ve been having some trouble with the school bus. It keeps bringing the kids back. – from Bruce L.

If I listen broadly and deeply, I hear through the mouths not of the tree but of my fellow dancers that keeping a temple flows from keeping the temple-keeper. That is: I heard a recurring refrain that I ought do all that I do for others and for my community for myself. That as much as I seek to serve the community, I serve myself; as much as I seek to appreciate and honor the community, I appreciate and honor myself; that as much as I seek to gift to the community, that I gift to myself; that as much as I seek to beautify the community, I beautify myself; that as much as I hold space for others with compassionate listening and deep witnessing, that I hold space for myself with compassionate listening and deep witnessing; that everything I do for those around me, I do for myself. – Gandalfina Ixtliyollotl Face-Heart

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Heron Bar Litha 2013Litha Magick – 

How to make Herb Vinegar

Making herb vinegars is easy and rewarding. The colors are lovely, the taste is delicious and the process is satisfying.
Some general guidelines:

Cut herbs in the morning, if possible, after the dew has dried but before it gets hot. The essential oils will release from the herbs at about 85 degrees F.

Never put your vinegar in a container whose previous contents are unknown to you. It is not a good idea to buy bottles for vinegar at flea markets or yard sales.

Check the vinegar you are going to use for acidity. Any vinegar with 5% acidity can be used to make herb vinegar.

Basic directions:

Sterilize pint or quart jars.
Gather fresh herbs. Wash and pat dry herbs.
Put herbs in sterilized jar. Remember, you can always dilute the vinegar if the herb flavor is too strong; you cannot easily strengthen the herb flavor if it is too weak.
Add vinegar to cover the herbs. Do not heat the vinegar; use it at room temperature.
Put a non-metallic lid on jar and store in cool, dark place for 2-4 weeks. Check it after 2 weeks for flavor and aroma.
When the vinegar has reached the desired flavor, strain it to remove the old herbs.
Place one or two fresh herb stems in a sterile bottle. Pour in strained herb vinegar and seal. The new herbs are primarily for decoration.
Label vinegar. Enjoy.
Use herb vinegar in salad dressings, marinades, or to deglaze pans.
Selecting a vinegar:

The most commonly used vinegars are red or white wine vinegars and cidar vinegars. Rice wine vinegar, sherry vinegar and other specialty vinegars may also be used. Distilled white vinegar is easy to obtain and will make a nice herb vinegar, but it will have a sharper flavor than the wine vinegars.

Select a white vinegar if the herb will color the vinegar.
Use a red vinegar if the herb has a strong flavor.
Some favorite combinations:

Chive blossoms and white wine vinegar.
The chive blossoms give the vinegar a lovely pink color and light onion taste.
Lavendar blossoms and cidar vinegar.
This is truly special. It is almost effervescent.
Basil, oregano and thyme in a red wine vinegar.
A rich, full flavor that is excellent in salad dressings and marinades.
Rosemary in a white vinegar.
This makes a nice hair rinse after a permanent. It removes the “skunky” scent of the perm. It can also substitute for a mouth rinse in an emergency.

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Experiment. Use the herbs you enjoy. Be generous in the amout of herbs you use to make the vinegar. It is hard to have anything but success in making herb vinegars.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Daffynitions – Concerts: A breath mint for inmates.

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