Minus Tide at 8:23 AM of -1.8 feet. (deepest of the cycle)
It’s 61F and the computer is saying “overcast”, but the clouds are thin, so it’s sunny despite ’em. 🙂 There’s no wind, only a little breeze that stirs things and wafts a bit of honeysuckle scent in. The rate of change on the days is getting up to shortening by a minute a day, already and the Wheel Turns into the Dark.
Yesterday was long day. Tempus was busy at the shop. Robyne was with him. I was home working on the computer. I got the newsletters done and cut and froze all the plums harvested so far that were ready.
Official Plum Count 139+30=169
I *did* get to see the conjunction! Disappointing that it was already a finger width of separation…. <sigh> At least I saw it. I was exhausted and turned in early, but I’m still exhausted and having trouble getting my eyes open.
Today is going to be long. I’m pushing to get outside, but I need the make the corn salad before we leave. I need to finish harvesting plums and roses and prepping for the lavendar harvest for tomorrow morning. Once we’re at the shop I need to rearrange the back, make sure the table and environs are clear for tomorrow’s workshops and set up, along with taking some more pictures and generally cleaning up. We’re hoping to get the grill going at around 6pm and have our cookout. Tempus and I will take turns in the shop.
The fireworks are at dusk, usually starting around 10-10:15. We’ll be at the shop until the traffic clears out, probably at least 45 minutes or so beyond the end of the fireworks. Chocolate Frog, Made by the Beach and Ancient Light are all going to stay open into the evening.
6-23-15 Ken Gagne Yachats River Mouth
At 6pm the potluck cookout starts and runs right through the fireworks. The shop will be open, probably until 11pm or even a bit later….at least an 1/2 hour past the time the fireworks end, anyway. Here’s more information: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/psychic-fair-information/
Today’s celebration is the Waldport Fireworks! The towns along the coast alternate days, so Newport and Yachats have displays on the 4th, but Waldport and
Depoe Bay are on the 3rd. It’s pretty darned crazy as far as traffic goes, since even the Alsea Bridge traffic stops moving during the display. The fireworks go off from Bayshore Point and are visible all up and down the bay and through most of town.
Fireworks go back to the 7th century in China and are part of religious celebrations and festivals all across the world. The techniques used to create the displays are amazing. Wikipedia has a good article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
The 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 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!
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
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! (Vilda)
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.
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. 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 7/8 at 1:24pm.
Venus and Jupiter are now 1.5° apart low in the west at dusk, widening every day. Jupiter is on the right.
Uranus (magnitude +5.9, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) are well up in the east and southeast, respectively, before dawn begins to brighten. Finder charts.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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
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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 3 High 1:23 AM 8.3 5:37 AM Set 7:37 AM 99
~ 3 Low 8:23 AM -1.8 9:04 PM Rise 10:10 PM
~ 3 High 2:54 PM 6.8
~ 3 Low 8:23 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I make my own destiny to the best of my abilities.
~ Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. – Napoleon Hill
~ Hope is patience with the lamp lit. – Tertullian
~ A man’s moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~ Bare is his back who has no brother. – Grettir’s Saga, c.82
What’s Left (for Peter Hennessy)
I used to wait for the flowers,
my pleasure reposed on them.
Now I like plants before they get to the blossom.
Leafy ones – foxgloves, comfrey, delphiniums –
fleshy tiers of strong leaves pushing up
into air grown daily lighter and more sheened
with bright dust like the eyeshadow
that tall young woman in the bookshop wears,
its shimmer and crumble on her white lids.
The washing sways on the line, the sparrows pull
at the heaps of drying weeds that I’ve left around.
Perhaps this is middle age. Untidy, unfinished,
knowing there’ll never be time now to finish,
liking the plants – their strong lives –
not caring about flowers, sitting in weeds
to write things down, look at things,
watching the sway of shirts on the line,
the cloth filtering light.
I know more or less
how to live through my life now.
But I want to know how to live what’s left
with my eyes open and my hands open;
I want to stand at the door in the rain
listening, sniffing, gaping.
Fearful and joyous.
~ Kerrie Hardie ~ (Cry for the Hot Belly)
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Last weekend a Washington, D.C., couple allegedly left their toddlers in a freezing car for an hour while they were at a wine tasting. The couple has been described as neglectful with notes of endangerment and a lazy reprehensible finish. – Seth Meyers