Daily Stuff 7-8-15 Sunniva

Hi, folks!

rose-beadsDon’t forget about the Rose Beads workshop this weekend! (info below)

Partly Sunny Weather MotifToday’s supposed to start cloudy and burn off. It’s in process. 🙂 It’s 65F with a nice breeze. I’m going to put the “partly cloudy” symbol in as a hope… 🙂

motif bird DoveYesterday started later than I had planned, but Tempus had been hard at work before I finally got truly conscious. I got my fabric designs up and ready to print, then caught up with people. I started writing not long after that and kept it up most of the afternoon, writing a precis of two of my pages and revising my page as I went.

motif bird LoonI got a bath late in the afternoon and it was warm enough to laze in tepid water for awhile longer than I usually would. Tempus took off to do shopping and go to Metal Night (they’re cutting gorget plates….) not long after that and I eventually headed down into the park to go berrying. I came back with maybe a cup and a half’s worth of berries, and a handful of ferns and bracken for the herb rack. There were a few salmon berries, a few more thimbleberries, about a 1/2 cup of the native blackberries and about a 1/2 cup of salal. The thimbles, salmon and blackberries are all in the freezer, but I want to get my little patch stripped today. There were a lot of doves calling, but not a lot of other birds, but it was a lovely trek.

motif bird PelicanIn the evening I got the House newsletter for the week finished and up and advertised, then sorted some of my research, tracked down a few more things and found a bunch of stuff on bone skates.

Today Tempus is working in the kitchen again. We really need to get out and do that path….along with the rest, but that’s the worst…. I want to do the salal and I’m hoping to have him go next door and see if there are enough cherries to make a small something.

…and here comes the sun! motif sunny bright weather

That looks like a fun idea!

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150px-StSunniva220px-The_Chariot_of_the_Sun_by_CollingwoodToday’s feast is that of St. Sunniva, who mostly likely is a distorted version of the Norse/Teutonic solar maiden goddess, Sol/Sunne. Supposedly she and a bunch of companions fled an invasion of heathen into a cave, which sealed itself up when she prayed to not have to marry their king. Yup, they died there, but miracles started happening on that island soon after. Was there a young woman named after the goddess about whom the didn’t-want-to-marry-a-pagan story was told?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunniva or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B3l_(sun)

Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum  The darned things are next to impossible to get plant motif herb Equisetum_arvense_frrid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.

Lammas LughnasadhThe 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 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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Special Herbs Workshops at Ancient Light!

lavendar wandsRose Beads – Saturday, July 11th at 11am and 2pm! (Vilda) 

rose-beadsBeads 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.

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Waning Quarter 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 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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 7/11 at 6:24am.

Pisces naked eye astro constellationWednesday, July 8, 4:24 p.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 1:30 a.m. and sets around 1:30 p.m, in Pisces far below the Great Square of Pegasus (and close below dim Uranus!). It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
Astro Constellation SagittariusHave you ever explored the Small Sagittarius >>> Star Cloud, between M23 and M25? On these moonless late evenings, work through this area with Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders story, chart, and photos in the July Sky & Telescope, page 56.  And stretch your observing skills with Rod Mollise’s Deep-Sky Summer tour, page 62. Got a big scope? Explore the galaxy cluster above the back of Draco with Ken Hewitt-White’s Going Deep, page 59.
Astro SaturnSaturn (magnitude +0.3, in Libra upper right of the head of Scorpius) is highest in the south at dusk. Lower left of Saturn by 13° twinkles fiery orange Antares, not quite as bright. Delta Scorpii is the star roughly midway between them.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Rune Runic Month 13 Feoh FehuRunic 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 Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992

Sun in CancerSun in Cancer
Moon in Aries4th Quarter exact at 1:24pm PDT
Moon in Aries
Saturn (8/2/15), Ceres (9/14/15), Neptune (9/24/15), Pluto (9/25/15) and Chiron (11/27/15) Retrograde
Color: Brown

Harvest 7/8-9

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©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.

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Holly Celtic Tree Month Tinne Ilex-aquifoliumCeltic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
Celtic Tree Month Tinne hollyTinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
Yew Celtic Tree Month Tinne Ioho Taxus_brevifoliato study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

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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
W    8      Low  12:16 AM     1.2   5:40 AM    Rise 12:34 AM      61
~     8     High   5:58 AM     6.0   9:02 PM     Set  1:33 PM
~     8      Low  12:12 PM     0.4
~     8     High   6:48 PM     7.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Someday, we’ll forget the pains, who caused the tears, and why we cried. We would finally realize that the secret of being free is not revenge but letting things unfold in their own ways…

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What is something you do well?

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Quotes 

~  I doubt that the imagination can truly be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant. – Ursula K. Le Guin
~  So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence. – Bertrand Russell
~  I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I do not feel it. I believe in God even when He is silent. -Scrawled on a wall where Jews had hidden in WW II
~  It is shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad’Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer

When a man is riding through this desert by night and for some reason – falling asleep or anything else – he gets separated from his companions and wants to rejoin them, he hears spirit voices talking to him as if they were his companions, sometimes even calling him by name. Often these voices lure him away from the path and he never finds it again, and many travelers have got lost and died because of this. Sometimes in the night travelers hear a noise like the clatter of a great company of riders away from the road; if they believe that these are some of their own company and head for the noise, they find themselves in deep trouble when daylight comes and they realize their mistake. There were some who, in crossing the desert, have seen a host of men coming towards them and, suspecting that they were robbers, returning, they have gone hopelessly astray … Even by daylight men hear these spirit voices, and often you fancy you are listening to the strains of many instruments, especially drums, and the clash of arms. For this reason bands of travelers make a point of keeping very close together. Before they go to sleep they set up a sign pointing in the direction in which they have to travel, and round the necks of all their beasts they fasten little bells, so that by listening to the sound they may prevent them from straying off the path. – Marco Polo, born on September 15, 1254, writes humbly of himself; Travels

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lughnasadh wheat borderLughnasadh Magick – Prayers

Prayer for Lughnasadh

Now is the time of the First Harvest,
when the bounties of nature give of themselves so that we may survive.
O God of the ripening fields,
Lord of the Grain,
grant me the understanding of sacrifice as You prepare to deliver Yourself under the sickle of the Goddess and journey to the lands of eternal summer.
O Goddess of the Dark Moon,
teach me the secrets of rebirth as the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold. – Scott Cunningham

The Rye-Wolf: Faerieworlds 2013 Opening Ceremony Poetry – August 1, 2013 at 10:21am

The rye-wolf is walking amongst the grass,
the blade of autumn rising.
Days of spring have come to pass,
the reapers greet the ripening.
Whence fields grow heavy in the ear,
and pale turn sheaves of ripened rye.
The seeds in springtimes furrows cast,
crown first harvest hour sky.

Hear we offer
summer’s first fruit,
upon the altar
of a meadow bright.
Hear we share
summer’s first grain,
within the temple
of ancient light.

Oh gather thy sheaves,
raise thy sickle to the grains,
hear the season call your name.
A golden wreath,
the crown of summer’s day,
hear the season call your name.
Tears of joy,
tears of sorrow,
hear the call, come home again.
A golden wreath,
the crown of summer’s day,
hear the season call your name.

The wheat-wolf is rushing over the field,
windy steps mark summer blades.
The dogs of harvest howl and wail,
at the last stroke of the summer’s flail.
Whence the sheaves have all been chopped to straw,
the reapers march and sing their song,
the grains in springtime’s furrows cast,
rise to crown the sky once more.

Hear we offer
summer’s first bread,
upon the altar
of fading day.
Hear we share
summer’s first wine,
within the temple
of golden rays.

Oh gather thy sheaves,
raise thy sickle to the grains,
hear the season call your name.
A golden wreath,
the crown of summer’s day,
hear the season call your name.
Tears of joy,
tears of sorrow,
hear the call, come home again.
A golden wreath,
the crown of summer’s day,
hear the season call your name.

The corn-wolf’s hour is growing short,
soon barley meets the threshing floor.
The seed is separated from the chaff,
as autumn raises her blade once more.
The fields of grain will soon be razed,
and the wolf will have no place to hide.
Our hope’s in springtime’s furrows cast,
shall bid the rye-wolf at last goodbye.

Hear we offer
summer’s first harvest,
upon the altar
of golden earth.
Hear we share
a horn of plenty,
a grateful blessing
of joy and mirth.

Oh gather thy sheaves,
raise thy sickle to the grains,
hear the season call your name.
A golden wreath,
the crown of summer’s day,
hear the season call your name.
Tears of joy,
tears of sorrow,
hear the call, come home again.
A golden wreath,
the crown of summer’s day,
hear the season call your name.

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