We were recuperating yesterday, so other than minor chores, like watering in the solarium, and sorting some of my shell collection, we didn’t get much done until around 3pm. Tempus dropped me at the shop, so I could pull out what I needed for the evening. He headed for the house to drop off boxes and pick up some specific things for the apartment. I got a shopping list for him together and worked on collecting my stuff. by 4:40 I was done and just waiting for folks to show up.
I had a good time driving to Corvallis and back with Stella. Amy went on her own and Marius and Cassandra went in his truck. I spent the evening mostly chatting with folks and working on and teaching how to make balls.
When we got back to Waldport, I had realized that I didn’t have the apartment key, so I had Stella drop me at the shop and I waited for Tempus to get that far on his paper route, then finished the route with him. We chatted and I watched first Mars, then Vega drop into the thickening haze over the ocean, and the moon on the dew and mist and falling through the trees over the few hours of the run.
Just as we finished I looked at the east and saw that it was starting to lighten. By the time we were home, the sky was brightening, although there were still stars in it. I was sleepy enough that I opened the solarium door and wondered why I was getting wet, then it finally registered that the sprinkler was running. It took a bit to think it through. I finally went back up the path and waited for Tempus so he could be the one getting wet. 🙂 At least he could reach the faucet to shut it off.
It’s 1pm and I’m just barely this far. We’ve had coffee and doughnuts and are trying to put ourselves together. We’ve a lot to do today, but I don’t know how much I’m going to manage. I need to work on my herbs before the rain and Tempus needs to get a bunch of boxes shifted while it’s dry, still and maybe a couple of the bookcases.
We’ve*finally* gotten started on re-setting the back of the shop. I got some done on Sunday and if I have a couple more shelf units I can get the next incarnation done which is moving a bunch of fabric boxes to where they’re going to live and then a bunch of herb and equipment boxes to where *they’re* going to live. We’re going to have separate sections for ritual equipment, sewing, the historical re-creation stuff and a tools section which might get the jigsaw dust out of the clothing…. might… 🙂
A Ken Gagne photo from last June of a goldfinch on his feeder.
Today’s feast is from Belarus, in remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic War (WWII). “In solemn remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War, and in commemoration of the heroic last stand of Brest Fortress in 1941, on the very country and city (Brest) in which the Eastern Front began.” It is much like the US Memorial day in the remembrances, but without the picnics. Here’s a bit about the war and the Eastern Front. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Patriotic_War
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells: Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 7/4 at 4:01am. 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 6/27 at 11:19am.
As evening grows late, even the lowest star of the Summer Triangle climbs fairly high in the east. That would be Altair, a good three or four fists at arm’s length below or lower right of bright Vega. Look left of Altair, by hardly more than one fist, for the compact little constellation Delphinus, the Dolphin.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in Leo) stands in the west-southwest during twilight. It moves lower in the west after dark and sets around midnight. In a telescope Jupiter has shrunk to 35 arcseconds wide, almost the smallest it ever appears. See our telescopic guide in the March Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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.
©2016 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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 22 High 1:47 AM 7.7 5:32 AM Set 7:54 AM 98
~ 22 Low 8:49 AM -1.2 9:05 PM Rise 10:41 PM
~ 22 High 3:23 PM 6.4
~ 22 Low 8:46 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I don’t have a solution but I admire the problem.
~ Meditation consists in undoing the results of the false working of imagination, or dropping the folds of the veil of personality, which has created a sense of unassailable separateness and irredeemable isolation. – Dharma
~ One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. – Jack Penn
~ You can’t walk backwards into the future. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development. – Jim Rohn
I don’t do well speaking about things I don’t know anything about, so I’ll speak instead about the Unknown and the Inexplicable. I find them inexhaustibly entertaining as objects of speculation, since they obviously include a lot more than the known and the explicated. I suspect and almost believe that the Unknown and Inexplicable played a role in the design of the DNA molecule, as suggested by Sir Francis Crick, Sir Fred Hoyle, Dr. Timothy Leary and others. I also suspect that the Unknown has meddled a lot in human affairs, and the Inexplicable has laid hands, or tentacles, or something, on us many times. – Robert Anton Wilson
Magick – Crafts
Fun With Summer Flowers – Make summer last all year by collecting and preserving flowers for precious crafts
Take advantage of the season’s beautiful plant life to enjoy a fun time with the young ones: Have the kids collect flowers, press the blooms, and turn them into lovely, lasting crafts. They are sure to learn something from each step in the process, including naming the flowers, collecting them, pressing the blooms until they are thin and delicate, and turning them into decorative creations.
Step 1: Gather flowers – Spend time outdoors with the kids talking about your favorite flowers and theirs. Point out the different types in the garden and discuss why plants have flowers. Work side-by-side to collect a good assortment, snipping the stems near where they meet the blooms.
Remind your grandkids to look for other pieces of nature that catch their eye, too – not just fancy flowers. “I love using weeds, leaves, bushes, seedpods. It doesn’t have to be a flower,” explains Tricia Paoluccio, a crafter in New York City, who sells pressed-flower greeting cards on etsy.com, a website that allows users to buy and sell handmade items. Paoluccio says that she finds many pretty wildflowers and weeds on the side of the highway, in addition to her own garden. “Or, if you don’t have a garden, pieces taken from florist bouquets work as well,” adds fellow Etsy-vendor Sherry Bloom.
Both crafters agree that some flowers work better than others: “Any kind of daisies, pansies, and violas press well, along with other purple flowers. But white petals tend to turn brown and don’t look as good over time,” says Paoluccio. Timing is also important. “Cut your flowers early in the day,” Bloom suggests. “That’s when they look the freshest and have the best color. Make sure the flower petals are completely dry — that means no raindrops or early morning dew. Any moisture on the petals will cause them to turn brown during the pressing process.”
For faster pressing and drying, choose delicate flowers and stems. Heartier varieties take much longer to dry and often don’t turn out as nicely.
How To Press Flowers – Purples, fuchsias, and lilacs: Here’s how to preserve the rich colors of your favorite flowers by Lisa Freedman
This article is the second in a three-part series on collecting flowers, pressing them, and making dried-flower crafts.
A simple method of pressing flowers is to lay the petals between two sheets of scrap paper (tissue paper and coffee filters also work well) and place them in the middle of a thick phone book, then place something heavy atop the book to help press the water from the petals. “This will ruin your phonebook,” warns Tricia Paoluccio, a New York City flower-crafter who sells pressed-flower greeting cards on etsy.com. The flowers usually take a little over a week to dry completely.Photo: PreschoolRock.com
If you choose this type of press, Paoluccio suggests a shortcut method: “After the first day, open your press and microwave the cardboard for one minute to dry the sheets.” Repeat this every day and the flowers will dry faster, finishing in about four or five days.Serious flower-pressers use a press that you can purchase from websites like flower-press.com or make one from a few simple materials. “A press is just two slabs of three-quarter-inch wood sandwiched around repeating layers of cardboard, paper, flowers, paper more cardboard and so on,” explains Paoluccio. The layers are held tightly together by a four-inch screw that’s fastened with bolts on each corner.
Dried-Flower Crafts – Here are a few of the many fun crafts you can do with dried or pressed flowers by Lisa Freedman
This article is the third in a three-part series on collecting flowers, pressing them, and making dried-flower crafts.
Step 3: Make dried-flower crafts – You and the kids should know that dried flowers are very fragile, but if you handle them with care, there are many projects you can decorate with them.
Cut a sheet of paper to the size you want your card to be, instructs Tricia Paoluccio, a New York City crafter who sells pressed-flower greeting cards on etsy.com. Paint the paper so that the background enhances the bright colors of the flowers — pale pinks and yellows work best. Put the flowers upside-down on a sheet of newspaper and gently paint them with rubber cement, starting from the center of the flower working your way out. It doesn’t take a lot of glue, just enough to cover each petal. “Next, take your finger and softly touch the center of the flower — not the petals because that will break it — this will lift the flower onto your finger so you can work with it.” Affix the flower to the card. Paoluccio suggests layering the flowers and letting some petal edges hang off the perimeter of the paper. After you arrange each flower, place a piece of waxed paper on top and smooth the flower down. Remove the paper and repeat until you’re satisfied with the design. When the glue is dry, cut the flower parts that extend off the paper and rub your finger over the excess glue to remove it.
To enhance the look of a plain candle, simply glue on a few pressed flowers. Apply rubber cement to the flowers — the way you would to make a greeting card. Then affix the flowers to the candle. Securely press the edges of the flowers to the curves of the candle to avoid their lifting off over time. Then (you should do this part) light a tea-light candle; when it melts down, dip a paintbrush into the melted wax and paint over the pressed flower to act as an additional form of glue.
“This project is very simple and great for young children,” Sherry Bloom, a crafter and vendor on etsy.com, says. Cut two pieces of packing tape, making sure they’re bigger than the flower you wish to use. Gently place a flower in the middle of one of the pieces of tape. Sandwich it inside by laying the other piece of tape smoothly on top. Trim the excess tape and cut a circle, heart, star or any other shape you desire. “Attach a pretty cord, ribbon, or yarn to turn it into a charm and make it a bracelet or necklace,” Bloom suggests.
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Here in New York, everyone’s ecstatic about a visitor to these shores that is inspiring millions to weep tears of joy and devotion. I speak, of course, of the new iPhone 6s. This afternoon, iPhone fans lined up at the Apple Store as the Catholic faithful lined up to see the Pope’s procession through Central Park. It was hard to decide which object of worship you should line up for. I mean, they’re both pretty special, and both available in a protective case. I just don’t understand why the Holy Father still only comes in white. – Stephen Colbert