Daily Stuff 6-7-15 Vesta Aperit

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Minus Tide at 10:54 AM of -0.9 feet.

weather sun faceBright sunshine this morning! It was really foggy at down, but now it’s all green metallic shine from leaves and bright bits of dewsparkle. It’s just on the low side of 60F, just a little breeze and a pollen count of 11.2 or 12. <groan>

plant motif origanum herbYesterday was a long, busy day. The Herbs Workshop folks got a lot of violets and roses and mint processed and then we made soap balls. These were the stain remover washing balls that we’ve done before, but a new batch.

Later in the day I did a little sewing, but we had a lot of customers and I did three readings. We were wiped enough at the end of the day that we went across the street for supper, then came home and just crashed.

We might have student or might not for the morning Wicca 101. We’re eating a breakfast of doughnuts and sausage and then heading down there. This afternoon is House Capuchin’s Project Day.

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Temple_of_Vesta_(4292736669)Today ‘s feast is Vesta Aperit, the first day of the Vestalia in ancient Rome. This is the one day of the year when the most sacred area of Vesta’s temple was open for women to offer sacrifices. The rest of the year it was closed to all but the priestesses. Vesta was the goddess of the hearth and the sacred fire that was the basis of much of the Roman worship. The Vestals, usually referred to as, “Vestal Virgins”, were the only women in Rome who were held to be equal to and independent from men, but if they broke their 30-year vow of chastity they would be buried alive. They lived in a house near the main centers of worship. The picture to the left is Vesta’s temple in 2009.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestalia#Vestalia

220px-Œillets_(Sweet_William)Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus.It is often called Carnation, just like others of thedianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, loasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallentry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william

Litha PentacleThe shop oepns 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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Waning Gibbous moonWaning 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 on 6/16 at 7:05am. 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 Quarter on 6/9 at 8:42zm. 

Astro SaturnSaturn is the brightest point glowing in the southeast after dark. The stars of upper ScorpiAstro Scorpio Constellation Antaresus >>>> glitter below it. For instance, to the the lower left of Saturn by 3½° (about two finger-widths at arm’s length) is Beta Scorpii, a fine double star for telescopes. Just 1° below that is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii, not quite vertical. Binoculars may show their slight color difference. To Beta’s left by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii, another fine telescopic double. And high power in good seeing reveals that Nu’s brighter component is itself a close binary, separation 2 arcseconds.
Astro jupiterJupiter (magnitude –1.9, at the Cancer-Leo border) is the bright white point to the upper left of Venus. These two brightest planets are closing in toward each other day by day: from 17° apart on June 7th to 12° apart on the 12th. They’re heading toward a spectacularly close conjunction (1/3° apart!) on June 30th. In a telescope, Jupiter has shrunk to 34 arcseconds wide, nearly as small as it ever appears.

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
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”…

Sun in GeminiSun in Gemini
Moon in AquariusMoon in Aquarius
Ceres (9/14/15), Mercury (6/11/15), Pluto (9/25/15) and Saturn (8/2/15) Retrograde
Color: Amber

Harvest 6/6-7

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©2015 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 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
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Su   7     High   3:58 AM     7.2   5:32 AM    Rise 12:11 AM      80
~     7      Low  10:54 AM    -0.9   8:58 PM     Set 11:00 AM
~     7     High   5:36 PM     6.8
~     7      Low  11:22 PM     2.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – One does not learn by speaking.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – How are you like one of your brothers or sisters?

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Quotes 

~  A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. – Richard Bach
~  A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~  People have to learn sometimes not only how much the heart, but how much the head, can bear. – Maria Mitchell
~  Nature gave men two ends — one to sit on, and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most. – Robert Bloch

Vivien by Alan Seeger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Seeger

Her eyes under their lashes were blue pools
Fringed round with lilies; her bright hair unfurled
Clothed her as sunshine clothes the summer world.
Her robes were gauzes–gold and green and gules,
All furry things flocked round her, from her hand
Nibbling their foods and fawning at her feet.

Two peacocks watched her where she made her seat
Beside a fountain in Broceliande.

Sometimes she sang. . . .  Whoever heard forgot
Errand and aim, and knights at noontide here,
Riding from fabulous gestes beyond the seas,
Would follow, tranced, and seek . . . and find her not . . .
But wake that night, lost, by some woodland mere,
Powdered with stars and rimmed with silent trees.

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Heron Bar Litha 2013Litha Magick – Crafts

deborah <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com> wrote:

To: Hearth_Witch@yahoogroups.com
From: “deborah” <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:47:50 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Door Ornaments
Midsummer Door Ornaments
Items Needed:
· Small broom, about 1′ by 8″
· Plastic seasonal flowers ~ {Roses, Wildflowers}
· 3 different colours of ribbon, about 12″-16″ long
· Some thin wire ~ {strip garbage bag twist-ties of their paper
coats}
· Ornament oriented to the sabbat
· Wire Cutters
· Scissors
Directions: (Note, if doing this project with children, please watch the scissors and wire cutters) Take the wire cutters and cut the flower stems to a height that is workable. With the wire, begin tying into them the seasonal flowers and the berries at the base of the broom nearest where the bristles begin. Make sure the leaves of the flowers lie flat against the bristles. This will be a great background for the colour of the flowers to contrast against.

Take the berries and the fruit and lay them between the flowers and then tie them of with the wire. As soon as all of that is in, pick out your favourite Midsummer ornament.

Take the ribbon and tie in a bow or a knot, either will do, around the wire. Let some of the extra drape around and under the broom.

When you want to hang this, simply take a bit of wire and string it through the top of the broom handle and nail it to the door, hang it in a window or wherever you prefer. To hang it with the bristles pointing upwards, weave the wire up through the bristles and then twist it a few times for some extra strength.
http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/litha2003.html

Sun Sachets

These are a fun goodie to make to give away. You can do them up with a fragrant potpourri inside or fill them with “sun munchies” for your friends.

Materials

  • 1 piece each of yellow, orange and red tulle or other lightweight material. (Tulle circles are available in the wedding section of craft stores)
  • Gold glitter and glue
  • Bright red yarn
  • 1 each bright colored summer fabric flower

Tools

1 needle with an eye large enough for the yarn

Fillings

  • Dried rose petals
  • Dried marigold and sunflower petals sprinkled with an essential oil that says “summer” to you
  • “gorp” made from sunflower seeds, butterscotch hard candies, red M&M’s and “orange slices” or orange jelly beans or gummi bears

Directions

  1. Cut 3 circles of the tulle, 1 from each color: 9” yellow, 8” orange, 7” red
  2. Stack the circles on top of each other in order
  3. Thread the yarn onto the needle. Do not tie a knot in the yarn.
  4. Stitch through all 3 circles, taking large (1” long) stitches about 1 inch in from the edge of the smallest. IOW, you will be stitching around a 6’ diameter circle, catching all three layers.
  5. Pull yarn through, leaving about a 6” “tail”.
  6. Put dots of the glue on the parts of the tulle that show on the outside of the 6” stitched circle, then sprinkle with glitter.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Run the yarn through the base of the silk flower.
  9. Clip off yarn, leaving 6” tails at both ends.
  10. Repeat with however many circles you have.
  11. Put about 2 tablespoons of your filling in the center of each circle.
  12. Pull up yarn evenly around the filling, making a pocket and evening up the ends of the yarn.
  13. Slide the flower up the yarn to the gathered part, then wrap the yarn several times around the top of the packet and tie.
  14. Spread the tulle out on the top so the glittered parts show.

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