Grey, wet-looking clouds are completely covering the sky and the air smells damp-ish. They’re saying we might get showers this afternoon and I wouldn’t be surprised. You can see the band of rain on the satellite maps, looking just like a regular spring day instead of July. We could use a bit to drop the fire danger and the pollen levels. There’s quite a good breeze and it’s 62F. This is going to be a great day for the workshops!
Yesterday was not quite what I expected. I’ve been having problems with the computer where my mouse suddenly stops working and I have to shut down and re-start. It was driving me nuts yesterday. I still don’t know what’s doing it.
Well, after harvesting a bunch of roses we headed for the shop. I got things going on my end and Tempus on his, then he took off for Newport. By then I was working on pouches, still/again after having prepped the newly-harvested stuff. After that more roses, although I actually ran the dehydrator. We’re working with far large quantities than I usually have and they were drying too slowly.
I love the confetti roses. They have minimal seeds that come loose. Once they’re open the petals come off easily and they don’t leave tons of other detritus to be picked out. An 1/2 grocery bag of roses took about 15 minutes to prep where with the other ones it took 2 hours.
Eventually Tempus was back and he took me home after I had gotten the marble sets started. I think we have 30 pouches or so. He worked on those in the afternoon between customers once he was back at the shop. I worked on setting up the newsletters.
Today we’re going to try to get to the shop quite early because of the workshops. I’m also going to harvest some more roses. I only got about 1/2 of the confetti rose yesterday. We also need to get more of the plums.
The workshops are at 11am and 2pm. Tempus will be running the shop while I’m in back with the workshops. I’m hoping to get a good chance to visit with Vilda, later. No Sewing Workshop this afternoon, since we’re going to run right over into that time. I’ll probably be sewing late in the afternoon though, especially if anyone comes in. I’ll be glad to sit! I’m also hoping to spend some time with the Herb Bunch group making soap balls, but that depends on who has what amount of energy left. 🙂
Today’s Feast is the Kronia, held in honor of Chronos and Rhea, the oldest of the god/dess creator pairs in ancient Greece. It was a topsy-turvy festival where owners waited on their slaves and everyone less the class distinctions go for a day in honor of the Golden Age. More on the festival here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronia and on Chronos here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronos
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. I harvested some yesterday afternoon around 4pm and here at nearly 9am, having washed my hands several times, I can still detect it! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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Love & Light,
Special Herbs Workshops at Ancient Light!
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.
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 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 7/14 at 6:24am/
Bright Venus and lesser Jupiter continue their slow separation in the western twilight, under the Sickle of Leo.
Vega is the brightest star very high in the east at nightfall. Barely to its lower left is one of the best-known multiple stars in the sky: 4th-magnitude Epsilon (ε) Lyrae, the Double-Double. It forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta (ζ) Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon, and a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but easily split with any telescope. Delta (δ) Lyrae, a similar distance below Zeta, is much wider and easier to separate with binoculars.
As dawn brightens on Sunday morning the 12th, look east for the thin waning crescent Moon near Aldebaran, as shown at lower right. Far to Aldebaran’s lower left (out of the scene here) is brighter Mercury.
Mercury is sinking very low in the dawn, even as it brightens from magnitude –1.0 to –1.6 this week. Early in the week, look for it 20 or 30 minutes before sunrise just above the east-northeast horizon. Binoculars help.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
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 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
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Celtic 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.
Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Grey
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Green
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 11 Low 3:44 AM 0.0 5:42 AM Rise 2:22 AM 28
~ 11 High 9:57 AM 5.3 9:01 PM Set 4:56 PM
~ 11 Low 3:18 PM 2.1
~ 11 High 9:34 PM 8.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
~ Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. – Angelique Arnauld
~ Our thoughts create our reality — where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go. – McWilliams
~ If we see you smoking we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action. – Douglas Adams
~ The job that pays the most will be offered when there is no time to deliver the services. – Quile’s Consultation Law
~ The Warrior is mindful of all the energy that surrounds the Warrior. The Warrior takes measured and responsible actions when using that energy. Minimal appearance for maximum content. Call the paradigm whatever speaks loudest to you what you will. If it all comes from the same source, it is our clumsy attempts at defining something that is beyond our physical understand that muddies up the issue. Call it what you will but be mindful of that energy and how it can help you. There are dark days ahead. – Kerr Cuhulain
Corn Magnets (Anja ©2013 M. Bartlett)
Sculpey or other oven-bake clay, in green, yellow, gold/ochre and brown. If you’re going to include other representations of the God you’ll also need blue and black.
Rolling pin or flat-sided bottle
Cookie cutters, presses, clay tools or just a small knife and a ruler
Something to poke a hole with… a skewer, an awl, a ball-point pen…..
craft magnets, the heavy-duty ones (AS&S has them http://www.sciplus.com/ http://www.sciplus.com/s/c_13/sf_125)
Glue that will stick both metal and plastic, like E-6000.
To make an ear of corn (maize)
- roll a small “worm” about 2 inches long of yellow.
- Partially flatten it, maybe I should say “squash down” instead of flatten?
- Squash one end flat, shoving it back up into the worm. This is the bottom of your “ear”
- Use your knife to make lines (just press down) longways and then widthways to make it resemble kernels on a cob.
- Roll out a flat sheet of green and cut two leaf shapes, no longer than your “worm”.
- Place them on the worm so that they meet on the bottom of the ear and cover the sides, but not the front.
- Roll the edges back, particularly at the top, to make it look like the leaves.
- Squish the bottom of the green together to make it look like the start of a stem.
- You may be done at this point, but it you want to go a little farther with it, take a tiny bit of the ochre and add a bit at the top shaped to look like the silk.
- Bake on the cookie sheet according to clay directions (they’re different for different brands!)
- When cool use the glue to stick the magnet to the back of the ear and let dry.
You can make wheat with this process, as well.
- Roll out a flat irregular sheet of green about 2 x2 inches
- Roll a very skinny worm of the ochre(less than 1/16 inch and two inches long) and place along the longest part of the green.
- Trim the green to an egg shape with the worm aligned along the axis. The large end is the bottom.
- Roll a 1/16 diameter ball of the ochre and put it about ½ inch in from the edge on the long worm. Squash flat.
- Now, you’re going to make the grains. You’re going to make worms and balls for these. Each worm is the length from the original worm to the edge the green. Roll the tip very small with your finger, measure and then cut.
- Roll a ball and smash it onto the worm, so that it just is a touch longer than the measurement.
- Lay these alternating, starting near the top and slightly overlapping the center worm. The worms are the “beards” and the balls are the “grains”.
- When you get to the bottom make one last ball, squash and add to just cover the bottom of the “worm”.
- Bake on the cookie sheet according to directions.
- Let cool.
- Glue a magnet to the back as before.
You can make many more shapes for these. If you have red or orange, you can make poppies, for instance, brown for bread loaves, etc.
To add the Youth and the Sage to the Grain God, take the original shape before baking. Make two 1 inch flat circles and place them under and to either side of the ear. Make sure they adhere to the original ear before baking.