Cool Workshops on Saturday, July 4 and Saturday, July 11! (See announcements below note.)
Already 68F when the forecast high is 63, again! Bright sunshine is pouring down. There’s a lovely breeze and no precipitation except for aggressive mist out as far as we can see. Ok, gotta water the garden…..
Yesterday was productive, but quiet and we never got to the roses, which makes me desperate for today and it’s already past 12:30….. I spent most of the day on the computer, first catching up, then writing, then doing clipart. Tempus did some of the same and also took off to do a little shopping and go over to Marcus’ for the evening.
Today I have to get the newsletters put together for the week, and finish up doing the advertising for the special workshops over the next two weekends. Robyne’s coming in on the afternoon bus and we have Full Buck Moon esbat tonight.
Anybody need these? 🙂 Who ya gonna call?!
Today’s feast is Nag Panchami, in honor of the Nagas. It is celebrated with sweets. swinging on swings, sisters doing nice things for brothers and snake worship. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga_Panchami
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to
ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort – Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday! 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 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,
Special Herbs Workshops at Ancient Light!
Lavendar Wands – July 4th, 11am
Learn how to make an, easy, fun and fragrant craft! Lavendar wands make great gifts (used mostly in drawers to chase away musty odors) and the fun little bundles scent the house. $1 per for materials, no charge for the class. Minors must be accompanied by an adult
A Fine Washing Ball – Saturday, July 4th, 2pm
Hannah Wolley wrote a recipe up for what we would call a “Guest Soap” in 1669! They’re not difficult to make, fun for kids and a lovely scent. $1 per for materials, no charge for the class. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Workshop will be repeated on the hour if there are more the 6 people who show up.
Rose Beads – Saturday, July 11th at 11am and 2pm!
Beads made from the petals of the rose have been a popular home craft since the Victorian era, and possibly Medieval times, though information is sparse for the latter. Delicate, and delicately scented, they make a wonderful addition to the historically-based ensemble. This workshop provides instructions for the entire process, as well as the hands-on creation of one’s own starter set of beads. Be aware, this is a messy undertaking, and we do use essential oils. There is a $5 fee per person for materials. (If you choose to do both workshops, please see Anja for a fee reduction!)
Kate McClure, sometimes known as Lady Vilda, has been working with rose bead paste for a number of years. She has also been known to work with fabric, write a bit, and commune with Nature on a regular basis. Owned by four cats, she somehow finds the time to occasionally wander western Washington, in search of adventure.
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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 7/3 at 7:20am. Waning 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 at the Tide Change on 7/15 at 6:24pm.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
Sun in Cancer
Full Blessing Moon at 7:20pm
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 2:11am
Saturn (8/2/15), Ceres (9/14/15), Neptune (9/24/15), Pluto (9/25/15) and Chiron (11/27/15) Retrograde
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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
W 1 Low 7:01 AM -1.3 5:36 AM Set 5:30 AM 98
~ 1 High 1:30 PM 6.3 9:04 PM Rise 8:37 PM
~ 1 Low 6:48 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Taking time to live life will only inspire your work.
~ Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love
~ Creation begins in imagination and imagination begins in wonder. – Spike Humer
~ Opportunity is something more people would recognize if it didn’t come disguised as hard work. – Author Unknown
~ Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.- M.Navratilova
We must be willing to get rid of
the life we’ve planned, so as to have
the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed
before the new one can come.
If we fix on the old, we get stuck.
When we hang onto any form,
we are in danger of putrefaction.
Hell is life drying up. – Excerpt from A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of LivingRecipes
Amagansett Corn Salad – Anja’s version
Originally By Peter http://food52.com/recipes/224-amagansett-corn-salad
- 8 ears of white corn
- 2 quarts cherry tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons high-quality balsamic vinegar (If you add ginger to this you’ve got a sauce!)
- 1 medium red onion
- 1 quart sugar snap peas (green beans if the peas aren’t available)
- 1 handful rough-chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley, cilantro or even finely chopped celery or spinach
- salt, preferably a large, coarse sea salt.
- Wasbi powder or horseradish, (even ginger)
- Strip raw corn from ears. You can use a fancy corn stripper or just run your chef’s knife down the side of each ear about 8 times.
- Slice all cherry tomatoes in half or quarters depending on your preference.
- Chop the red onion into a large dice.
- If using the sugar-snap peas cut in half or thirds to make more bite-sized.
- Add some rough chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley for greens, even finely chopped celery.
- Toss all vegetables in a bowl, along with the vinegar, salt and hotness.
- That’s it. Enjoy!
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water (105ºF to 115ºF)
- 5 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups buttermilk
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Cut in shortening until mix resembles coarse meal. Mix baking soda and buttermilk in small bowl. Add mix to other mix and stir. Chill, covered with towel, for 8 hours. Knead 12 times on floured board, roll to 1/2 inch. Cut into 2-inch rounds. Place on greased sheets and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Bake until golden brown (about 15 min).
Yield: 24 biscuits
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook, Use for: Imbolc, Lughnasadh
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 cups sliced apples
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup oil
- 4 eggs
- Combine all ingredients and mix well with an electric mixer or blender.
- Put into 2 greased floured pans.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.
- Good for freezing.