Daily Stuff 5-24-15

Hi, folks!

Plant motif pear treeNo activities today at Ancient Light and the shop will be open regular hours!

It’s the same weather as for the last several days, a little breezier, but not much. The confetti rose really needs to get harvested, but I don’t think I’m going to be the one doing it, at least not today. I’m still coughing pretty hard.

Plant motif peony flowerYesterday I tried to get some stuff done. I really didn’t manage much. I got some set-up finished on a few newsletters and fixed Friday’s. I also got some new clipart made, but I couldn’t stay settled on any one thing so I did a lot of reading and puttering.I did get the bone broth started. I’ll have to start pulling those today and re-boiling them in clean water.

Tempus was busy at the shop yesterday. He got a little time to doze, but that was in between spates of people. He says there wasn’t enough business to suit him, Plant motif periwinkle flowerthough. 🙂 Perfectionist! 🙂

Today he’s at the shop again. We’ve cancelled activities for the day since I’m coughing too hard to even think about going anywhere, so I’m home working on the same stuff as yesterday.

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Old fart rocking horse wise

evergreen violet viola sempervirensToday’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

Today’s feast is that of Hermes Trismegistus. He seems to be aHermesTrismegistusCauccombination of Hermes and Thoth with a lot of other bits thrown in, but the corpus of works assigned to him are the basis of Hermeticism. He is a god of writing and magick, of astrology, alchemy and other learned arts. There are books like the Kybalion and the Emerald Tablets of Thoth that are attributed to him.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus

wheel of the yearThe 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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Waxing Crescent MoonWaxing 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 on 6/2 at 9:19am. Waxing Crescent phase Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/25 at 1:52am. 

Astro venus052215 MoonGeminiVenusVenus now forms an almost perfectly right triangle with Pollux and Castor >>. Venus is on its way to lining up with them (to their left) on June 1st.
Astro marsMars is lost in the sunset.

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Rune Runic Month 10 Ing InguzRunic 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. 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”…

Sun in GeminiSun in Gemini
Moon in LeoMoon in Leo
Mercury (6/11/15), Pluto (9/25/15) and Saturn (8/2/15) Retrograde
Color: Amber

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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 Celtic Tree Month Huath Hawthorn_fruitcommon 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
Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree MonthHuathe – 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 – Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month huath motif-plant-tree-xmasUr – 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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Waves tide

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Su  24     High   5:15 AM     6.1   5:40 AM     Set  1:12 AM      32
24      Low  12:07 PM     0.4   8:46 PM    Rise 12:05 PM
24     High   6:53 PM     6.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happy feelings will attract more happy circumstances. It is so very important that you find ways to shift your feelings so they are more positive. The more things you can feel joyful, happy, and grateful about, the more you will attract positive, wonderful things.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – You will never have a friend if you must have one without faults. — Unknown

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Quotes 

~  Never mistake activity for achievement. – John Wooden
~  I hold every day lost, when I do not acquire some new knowledge of man and nature. – Sir William “Oriental” Jones
~  Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
~  Pleasure or pain are aspects of the mind only. Our essential nature is happiness. But we have forgotten the Self and imagine that the body or the mind is the Self. It is that wrong identity that gives rise to misery. – Sri Ramana Maharshi

“Truth”
When I was growing up I remember being taught what was
true and what was false in any given area of life.
Conversely, I found myself as an adult questioning and
challenging the so-called truths I was taught as
child, because some profound experiences I had
contradicted them.
At first, I was afraid to question anything that went
against the grain of my childhood teachings; yet, I
felt an even stronger pull to do my own personal
search for the truths about my life, this world, and
my purpose.
I have enjoyed the wonderfulness of the veils being
lifted from over my eyes showing me a new way to look
at the world and at myself.  Once again, I had to go
within myself.  In doing so, I was led to research
certain topics that I questioned or pray about a
particular subject or philosophy I was taught that
just didn’t feel right all my life.  And it’s
something I still do and will always do until I feel
satisfied in my spirit that I was blessed with the
truths that make sense to me.

Affirmation:  I am willing to conduct my own personal search for the truth.

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Heron Bar Litha 2013

Litha Magick – Crafts

Solstice Dream Pillows
Materials needed: 1-4 oz (30-120 gms) each of the following five herbs:

  • dried chamomile,
  • mugwort,
  • catnip,
  • hops,
  • lavender,

whole oranges & lemons,
cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, (optional) myrrh or frankincense resin lumps. Scraps of lightweight cloth (4-7 inches/100-175 mm, two for each bag) optional bits of ribbon, embroidery floss, scraps of lace or a few small beads.

For those who are sitting up all night on the Solstice, this is a special dream pillow you can make for prophetic dreams when you go to sleep the next night or throughout the year.

Take the first five dried herbs and mix them in whatever proportions you desire/have on hand. More Mugwort will lead some folks to more psychic dreaming, more hops will lead to a sounder sleep for some others, more catnip may encourage feline pillow sharing.

As the night passes, eat the oranges, and use the lemons (minus their peels) in teas/punches/hot drinks. As you use them try to remove the peels in large chunks or in easy to work with sections. Using a spoon, carefully scrape out as much of the white inner rind as you can without damaging the zesty outer peel. Scatter the remaining outer peels on a cookie sheet and dry them on low heat in the oven (200F or less). Watch them to make sure they are drying but not scorching. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool.

If you have a fire or incense burner, burn some of the incense resins, saving most to use in the pillows.

Crumble the dried peels up into smaller bits, break up the cinnamon sticks up into smaller pieces, and add the spices, resins and peels to the herb mixture. Mix well. Gather up the scraps of material, and sew up small bags: 3-6 inches/75-150mm should be fine. Leave one side open: small openings will make it more difficult to fill the bags later. If you want to use the ribbons and floss to embroider protective or other magical symbols or representative designs, it will be easier to do before you stitch the sides together. Work on this to keep you awake, thinking of the season and what it means to you as you do it. If these are intended as gifts, think kindly and lovingly of the folks you will be giving these to.

Fill each of the bags with the herb/spice mixture, but not so full that it is hard: people will want to smell them, but they need to be soft enough to sleep on. Fold the last side inward, and stitch closed. If you want, a small loop of ribbon may be added at this point at the top.

After the sun rises, and you have finished your celebrations, set these aside, and finish them when you have/make time during the day if they aren’t done. When you go to bed, slip one or more of these into you pillow case, and inhale deeply as you relax before sleeping. Watch for special dreams as you sleep.

Dream Pillows

In German and Nordic traditions believed the power of the sun on Midsummer made it easy for humans to access the unseen worlds. Many divinations and vision quests were practiced on this night. To this day prophetic dreams play a large role in Scandinavian lore. The Danes used to place St. John’s Wort under their pillows to induce prophetic dreaming, while the Celts and the English used Mugwort, which is just as potent, but without the toxic qualities of St. John’s Wort. If you wish to practice dream magick on Midsummer night you may want to make a dream pillow to help enhance your dreams.

You will need:

  •  Small square of blue or purple fabric (preferably cotton), 4×8 inches. Make sure you leave room around the edges for a seam.
  •  Matching thread
  •  Needle
  •  Herb you wish to use (mugwort, lemongrass, or lavender are good herbs for dream magick)

Directions

Take the piece of cloth and fold it over so that it makes a square. Sew up all sides EXCEPT ONE, leave one side open so you can stuff your pillow. Turn the pillow inside out, stuff it with your chosen herbs, and sew up the final side. Make sure you are visualizing your goal as you do this, as is plays a large role in the dream magick. When you are finished making the pillow take it to bed with you and place it under your pillowcase, making sure its fragrance will reach you. Before going to sleep, visualize what you wish to dream. You may wish to add a chant too this, to help lull you into sleep. Have a notebook and pen ready to jot down any impressions or dreams you have upon waking. Do this even before you stretch, dreams have a tendency to fade quickly from memory.

http://www.wyldwytch.com/weavings/candb/06_05litha/index.htm

Dream Pillow – (For Litha) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pillow.html

Materials:

  • Material for your pillow
  • Stuffing for your pillow
  • Needle and thread
  • Lavender and sage

Directions:

Hand-sew a dream-pillow. First cut an expanse of cloth large enough to make your pillow and fold it in half so the INSIDE is OUTSIDE, then sew up the edges except for a hole just large enough to push the stuffing in. Turn your pillow right-side-out and stuff it. Then create a small sachet (of the same material if you like), like a small pillow of the same except you don’t have to worry about turning it inside out. Stuff the sachet with lavender and sage, or make one sachet for lavender and one for sage. Then slip the herbs into the pillow. Sew up the final hole. Incidentally, it is best to pick material that is blue or has a water image on it, to represent the wise water element, or a black or black-patterned material, to indicate connection with the Dark Crone Goddess, whose speciality is divination.

Ritual use:

You can actually sew this pillow in the circle, or make it mostly out of the circle and ceremoniously add the herbs while in circle. It is to be blessed with the appropriate tools and dedicated to the water element, and possibly anointed with water or divination-oriented oils. It can then be used to sleep on at night to encourage prophetic dreams. It also functions as a nice Midsummer gift to a handfasting couple or just for any gift.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – I saw a new local ad campaign being run for the northern snow birds by our county tourist board. Against a drop dead sunset beach picture, It reads, “Come to the SW coast of Florida this winter for your family vacation! It’s got everything! Sand for the children, fishing galore for Dad, sun for the wife, and plenty of sharks for the mother-in-law.”

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