It’s 63F with a light breeze. The sky is beautifully blue with a few white puffs. I have the window open because things smell so good. It’s making my toes complain, but the rest of me is very happy. 🙂
Yesterday started oddly. I was fighting the computer until just minutes before we needed to be at the shop, so Tempus went down without me and I spent an hour and a half fighting my way through tags. Eventually, I got done and Tempus came back up to get me. We spent an hour or so putting together a shopping list and then he took off for Newport.
My first thing was the bead bags and then I worked my way through a couple of other projects, finally getting to a rucksack that I’ve wanted to make. I got one done, but couldn’t find my stitchable vinyl so didn’t do the 2nd.
Marius got there around 6:30 and worked on his tunic all evening, finally finishing it, or at least the major construction. Trims and hem, rather than the fringe that it has now, are what’s left.
Today we have some sorting out to do. There are some printing projects, now that we have ink again, and I did some headers after I got home, so there are those to do again.
So, we’re at the point with the Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering that we’re looking for teachers/activity leaders and advertisers. If you’ve taught or advertised in the past we’re trying to contact you. Some folks we don’t have current contact info on, so please get back to us! We do line ads for $1 and Clergy ads are $5 (business card) and other business cards are $10. Look here for more info and the current advertisers: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/oregon-coast-pan-pagan-gathering/oregon-coast-pan-pagan-gathering-2014/ocppg-advertisers/
Today’s feast is in honor of Minerva’s Temple in Rome, which had a commemoration of some kind on this date, two months after the anniversary of the temple’s founding. No one’s sure what they did, why or how, just the basic fact of “they did something….” She was the goddess of wisdom and has been honored down through the millenia. There’s a good Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerva
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
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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 on 7/1 at 7:20pm. 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 6/20 at 7:05pm.
<<< Don’t miss the twilight sky show now going on in the west. The Venus-Jupiter pairing is growing ever more striking in the west at dusk, as they near their June 30th conjunction. And as twilight fades this evening, look below them for the waxing crescent Moon as shown here.
Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) is in the southeast before the first light of dawn.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic 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.
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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 Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 19 High 2:27 AM 7.7 5:31 AM Rise 8:52 AM 5
~ 19 Low 9:23 AM -1.2 9:04 PM Set 11:11 PM
~ 19 High 3:58 PM 6.6
~ 19 Low 9:31 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Celebrate all that you have accomplished in my life.
~ Go out there and seek the truth and speak your truth. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Betrayal is the only truth that sticks. – Arthur Miller
~ Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Dominique Brown
Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die,
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly. – Langston Hughes
Stangs are less commonly used forms of staves. Basically, it is a two-pronged staff (see illustration below). The easiest way to find one is to get one that has fallen off of a tree. You can also fashion the prong from papier-mâché, or commission a woodworker or metal smith to make one for you, if you have the means. The Stang is ancient Roman in origin, and was used to represent the two-faced god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. His two faces looked simultaneously into the past and future. Some traditions use stangs to mark the ritual entry and exit point of a magick circle, and see it as a portal between the physical world and the world of spirit. Decorate the stang in the same way you would a staff. You may also use it for the same purposes as a staff. http://www.wyldwytch.com/weavings/candb/06_05litha/index.htm