It’s lovely a misty at the moment, turning golden where the sun is breaking through. It’s 54, supposed to go up to 73 today. ….Wreaths of fog are blowing past, the layer is breaking up.
Yesterday we scooted for the shop under a bright blue sky with high clouds to the east over the mountains. We were running a bit late, but no kids showed again. I tried to chase Tempus in back to sleep, but he insisted on snoozing on the sofa with doughnuts and coffee. 🙂 He finally went in the back and within an hour I had a bunch of readings to do, so I had to wake him. <sigh>
Project day was productive, but folks were
tired, so we started a little late and quit a little early. We did get the hour on Renaissance Dance in, and also picked over salal, prepped Lady’s Mantle for sachets, did some more bunnies and pincushions, got the rest of the drilling done on the inkle looms and so on.
It was such a beautiful day yesterday. I kept looking out the windows when I could just reveling in the blue of the sky, and where sun came between trees, the marvelous gold of the mist.
Today Tempus has going to be at the shop and I’m going to be home writing and catching up. He’s napping at the moment and I’m betting he’s going to doze off in his chair at work!
Today’s Feast is that of Domhnach Chrom Dubh, a facet of the dying/rising harvest god that is associated with sacred wells. The Crooked Dark One, is the flip side of Lugh, the god of light. He was pretty scary from the sound of it. There’s only a little online about him, mostly here:http://celteros.tumblr.com/post/8301950220/domhnach-chrom-dubh-chrom-crom-dubh A few more bits are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Brigid%27s_Well and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuim%C3%ADn_of_Kilcummin
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
The shop opens at 11am today, although we should be there earlier! Spring hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although closing time is drifting later with the longer days. 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
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 7/28 at 3:42am. Waxing 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 Tide Change at the Full on 8/10 at 11:09am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7:31 at 3:42am.
Mars continues its eastward trek against the cosmic backdrop. Look
southwest at dusk. You’ll notice that it’s now definitely closer to Saturn than Antares >>>> is. Mars is to Saturn’s lower right; Antares is to Saturn’s lower left.
Venus (magnitude –3.8) shines low in the east-northeast during dawn, far below Capella.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992 Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Grey
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.
~ The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later. – Confucius
~ An inconvenience is an unrecognized opportunity. – Confucius
~ A flawed self-image is an obstacle to your personal power. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If you can’t sense the energy around you and in you, how effective can your magick be? – Kerr Cuhulain
ROSES AND DRYADS
I painted roses on my walls
For love and beauty.
I poured pearls on the bottom
Of my smallest closet
I curled up under my bed
Holding my fuzzy teddy bear
I tie-dyed my sheets orange
So they would be exciting.
There is no one on my sofa.
There is no one on my chair.
There is no one in my living room
There is no one there.
There is no one to drink my coffee
Or to help me mop the floor.
I’m putting an ad in the paper
So I won’t be alone anymore.
I’m painting a ceramic green man
To put by my front door
Male and female dryads too
So my house won’t be lonely
Anymore. – © Copyright 10/15/2008 by Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Come in, come up the ladder,
spirits of rain, spirits of rain.
Come in, come and sit down,
spirits of cloud, spirits of cloud.
Listen: long ago, we were poor,
but we came out of that poor place.
We passed through that poor place
with your help, with your help.
Now come, help us again,
spirits of rain, spirits of cloud.
Come bring your showers,
come bring the heavy rain.
Come in, come up the ladder
spirits of cloud, spirits of rain. ~Invocation From The Sia People
Even in the midst of what appears to be plenty, we still have needs. Winter’s chill is gone, the harvest is burgeoning in the fields, the time of hunger seems past. Yet too much wind, too little rain, too little sun, too much rain – any of these can endanger the growth that seems so strong. A happy harvest is never inevitable.
Similarly, even when we seem to have much, we may still want more. It is possible, as a result, to become ungrateful for what we have, to spit in Fortune’s face. But, even if we look thankfully at all the good things life brings us, we will still find needs and wants unmet. This is life. Even those you are at the top of life’s mountain will still have unmet needs., thwarted desires. Acknowledge them, seek to satisfy them, but never forget to be thankful for what you have.
By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion”
The summer clouds are beautiful,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
The summer clouds are like flowers,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
The clouds blossom in the sky,
yes they do. Yes, they do.
The blossoming clouds are coming here,
yes they are. Yes, they are. ~ Zuni “Song of the Blue Corn Dance”
Summer is, indeed, a beautiful season. Yet it is also a busy one. Vacations, social engagements, outdoor concerts, and the usual press of work and laundry and errands and….
Summer whirls by. It is July already, when May seems to have been yesterday. How can we enjoy our lives when they are led at such a pace? What will you remember of this summer? If you are too tired to watch a firefly on a sultry night, too busy to notice that a favorite flower has bloomed, too much in transit to enjoy conversation with a friend – what will you have to hold, to treasure, in winters to come?
For we cannot savor what we rush through. Let some things slide this summer. Don’t worry about them.
You will never remember if you did the laundry and you will never forget the fragrance of new roses. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion“