Daily Stuff 6-8-15 Bona Mens

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 11:45 AM of -0.4 feet.

weather Sunny brightIt’s 60F and bright sunshine with a nice breeze. I need to harvest roses this morning again.

plant motif rowan treeYesterday was long. We didn’t have any youngsters for the Wicca 101 class. We’ll see whether they come to Litha, but we’ll be there early for the next few weeks at least. We were actually open at 10am and I 060715 Ndlcs4spent the morning making earrings, or rather getting frustrated making earrings. 🙂 I would get partway through and metal fatigue the pin or I would drop something or I would crimp a loop too small. Argh! Well, I ended up with 7 pairs, finally. I have to do tarot earrings today… at least get started on those….

plant motif strawflower helichrysum flowerTempus was working on some boxes that we’re setting up for gifts. They’re going to get a printed picture applied to the top and 060715 Sachetthen varnished, but the tops had to be cleaned, first. Various projects got worked on during the afternoon, some of which are shop stuff, needlecases, mostly. A fellow who has been in before shopping joined us for most of the afternoon and we talked quite a bit about what we’re doing.

Plant motif PlaintainWe finally quit around 060715 PouchLg7pm and headed home. Tempus and I fell into bed, just crashed, but I was up again around 9pm and processing pictures. Tempus got up around 10:30 and made us a snack and then we crawled back into bed.

Plant motif PrimroseToday I have harvesting and the herb processing to do, the tarot earrings and then I want to work on the display pincushions for Marius’ pins and needles. Tempus has some errands to run and then to clean up in the office space.

This picture of a wave crash was taken by Mark Nessel on 5/25/15 ‎and posted on the Yachats Community Facebook group. Used with permission (C)2015 Mark Nessel

Mark Nessel 052515 ‎Yachats Community


Today ‘s feast is that of Bona Mens in the old Roman Empire. Mens is the personification of the “good mind” and had a temple on the Capitoline Hill. It’s long gone and there were apparently no records made of what it looked like. There’s a wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mens

220px-Delphinium_pavonaceumToday’s Plant is the local larkspursdelphinium trollifolium, 240px-Delphinium_trolliifolium_3633and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the  Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shades of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums (dolphins) after the shape of the nectary. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum  Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.

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,


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. 

Bootes ArcturusAstro Constellation Virgo SpicaAs the stars come out, <<< Arcturus stands very high almost straight above Saturn in the southeast. Find the midpoint of the Arcturus-Saturn line, and from that point look right. There’s Spica. >>>>
Astro SaturnAstro Scorpio Constellation AntaresSaturn (magnitude +0.1, just above the head of Scorpius) is a couple weeks past opposition. It’s well up in the southeast in twilight now and highest in the south before midnight. Some 12° lower left of Saturn is twinklier orange Antares >>> , less bright. In a telescope, Saturn’s rings are tilted a broad 24° from edgewise.

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 PiscesMoon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 1:16am
Ceres (9/14/15), Mercury (6/11/15), Pluto (9/25/15) and Saturn (8/2/15) Retrograde
Color: Lavendar

Planting 6/8-9


©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


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.


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
M    8     High   4:58 AM     6.7   5:32 AM    Rise 12:49 AM      70
~     8      Low  11:45 AM    -0.4   8:59 PM     Set 12:10 PM
~     8     High   6:29 PM     6.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some folks wear their halos much too tight…


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – Write a letter to someone who can help save the environment. Express your feelings about pollution and persuade the person to take steps to stop it. You might write to a manager of a manufacturing company, an official of an environment group, or a government leader.



~  True friendship is seen through the heart, not through the eyes. – Unknown
~  Tomorrow’s life is too late. Live today. – Martial (I would add: Enjoy today. Love today. Find something to be happy about, TODAY!)
~  Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President (2)
~  Try and fail, but don’t fail to try – Stephen Kaggawa

It is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


Heron Bar Litha 2013Litha Magick – Poem

“If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.”
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Bumper Snicker – i souport publik edekashun.

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