3rd of July is the Fireworks in Waldport! That’s tomorrow! If you want to come celebrate with us we’re doing a cookout in front of the shop. Bring a dish to share! We’ve got the hotdogs and burgers! We’re only a block from the best spots to watch the display so come celebrate Independence Day with us! We’ll start around 6pm and go on all evening.
It’s 56F at 9am heading for a high of 63. It’s overcast, even a bit foggy, but it ought to burn off some, later.
Yesterday was pretty quiet, a little surprisingly. We did have shoppers in and one bought some rock-cutter blades that Tempus had up on Craig’s List. Tempus was horribly sleepy and kept dozing off at odd points during the day. The main thing that happened was getting one of the shelf units into the back and loaded properly and figuring out where to put the other one for the moment at least, to get it off the floor.
I found some more stuff from the feast gear and inventoried that and redid the lists, yet again….which is probably going to keep happening for awhile. Late in the day we were trying to get things organized enough for the Herbs Workshop this morning. We didn’t leave the shop until 11pm.
Yup, that’s at 11am this morning, concentrating on some Christmas Cactus starts and then processing some dried herbs. Sewing is at 3pm. I have a bunch of handwork to do.
We’ll be open late, but how late depends on how busy were are.
Today is Midpoint Day! According to Wikipedia, “July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of the year. This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years, and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon. In countries that use summer time the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m.; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. This is due to summer time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year’s Day in common years.”
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
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,
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. 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 at the Dark on 7/2 at 4:01pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/4 ay 4:01am.
If you have a dark enough sky, the Milky Way now forms a magnificent arch across the whole eastern sky after nightfall is complete. It runs all the way from below Cassiopeia in the north-northeast, up and across Cygnus and the Summer Triangle in the east, and down past the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot in the south.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is higher in the southeast before dawn.
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, Tinne (CHIN-yuh)
Runic 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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 2 Low 5:45 AM -1.3 5:37 AM Rise 4:16 AM 9
~ 2 High 12:10 PM 6.2 9:04 PM Set 7:17 PM
~ 2 Low 5:30 PM 2.0
~ 2 High 11:30 PM 8.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. Breath, enjoy life and feel blessed that you are able to do so…
~ I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father. – Greg Norman
~ Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it. – Bill Cosby
~ All that is not given is lost. – Hindu Proverb
~ You cannot conceive the many without the one. – Plato
I suspect or intuit that, as Lenin said, “the machine is running the engineers.” We can’t dismount, even if the horse seems to have gotten out of control. Information will continue to double faster all the time, leading to new technologies, and the new technologies will unleash Chaos (in the mathematical sense), and society will change in unpredictable and unexpected ways. I suspect or intuit that this ever-accelerating info-techno-sociological rev-and-ev-olution follows the laws of organic systems and continually re-organizes on higher and higher levels of coherence, until something kills it. – Robert Anton Wilson
Sprout wheat germ in a terra cotta saucer – Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel) (these can be found in nurseries for use under terra cotta flower pots).
The sprouts can be added to homemade bread or used as an offering. Children enjoy planting the seeds and watching them grow, too.
God the grain,
Lord of rebirth.
Return in spring,
Renew the Earth.
[Anja’s note: These belong to god mourning rituals from the Near East and Middle East. This was also done in Greece and Egypt]
At least 12 garlic bulbs with the tops still attached. (Onions also braid well.)
Baling twine or soft jute parcel post string, cut into a 4 to 6 foot length
Lammas herbs for decoration (optional)
If desired, chant a rhyme while braiding to empower the braid for protection. Make this ritual as simple or as complex as you care to.
- Start with three of your twelve garlic bulbs.
- Use one end of twine to securely tie together the stems.
- Begin braiding the stems as you would hair for pigtails, working the twine as a unit with one of the stems.
- After making several crosses, begin adding additional garlic bulbs, taking care to space them evenly. (You’ll be combining several stems into one section of the braid; no one stem will extend for the entire length of the braid.)
- Use the twine to make a loop at the end of the braid (for hanging).
- Hang the braid in an airy, dry, shaded, place for two weeks.
- At the end of this period, check to see if the tops are completely dry. If not, allow them to hang there longer (until the tops are completely dry).
Variation: If desired, either weave in or glue on dried flowers — particularly those sacred to Lammas: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, basil, mint, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy.
Note: As stated above, the braids must be allowed to dry for at least two weeks before giving or displaying.
Note 2: Braids sometimes get very loose in the drying process. You can leave them this way (perfectly functional) or there are three other options.
- Option 1 – After every third bulb tie a bit of string around the braid.
- Option 2 – Wind thread around the entire braid, starting at the top and using it to tighten the whole structure.
- Option 3 – This takes a gentle hand! You can reweave the braid. Start at the top and gradually reweave, tightening as you go.