Daily Stuff 7-15-16 Dioscuri

Hi, folks!

weather cloudIt’s a pretty morning! There are a lot of clouds, so not a lot of direct sunshine, but they’re lovely white, puffy things. The bay was partly blue and partly silver from the cloud reflections. 61F, just an occasional breeze and no real chance of rain into Monday, and then it’s only 25%!

070716 Flower4Yesterday went by in a flurry. We’ve been working pretty hard on getting that back section of the shop re-set and yesterday it hit full chaos. Much more that I have to say about *that* wouldn’t be printable! Folks came in to sew late in the afternoon and a lot of progress got made. We closed up and headed out around 8pm.

071016 Trip02…and then Tempus had car problems during the paper route. He had to borrow Jeanne’s car to finish. Right now we’re trying to work out how to get it fixed, so that we can leave here for Portland at closing time! Well, the shop is open and I’m working on pictures. How everything else is going to work out today, I have no clue!

Mt. Hood and the St. John’s Bridge taken on 6/9/16 by Rob Etzel in Portland

060916 Rob Etzel Portland

220px-Antiochos_VII_with_DioscuriGeminiToday’s Feast is that of the Dioscuri, the twins, Castor and Pollux, venerated in Greece, Rome, by the Celts and across the empire. One was human and one immortal and not wanting to be parted, even in death, the immortal one begged the gods to let him and his brother stay together. Thus they became the constellation of Gemini. There’s a good Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_and_Pollux

220px-WesternSkunkCabbageToday’s Plant is Skunk CabbageLysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has it’s glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same, Symplocarpus foetidus –Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus

Lammas LughnasadhThe 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 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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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Gibbous MoonWaxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/19 at 3:57pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 7/18 at 6:57am. 

WEBvic16_Jul15evTonight the Moon, Saturn, and Antares form a roughly vertical stack in the south at dusk, as shown above, with Mars off to their right. Watch them all tilt westward until they set around 2 to 3 a.m.
Astro SaturnSaturn (magnitude +0.2, in southern Ophiuchus) glows about 16° east (left) of Mars. Below Saturn by 6° is fainter, twinkly Antares. Near the middle of the long Mars-Saturn-Antares triangle is the next-brightest star in the area, the strange variable Delta Scorpii (Dschubba). See our telescopic guide to Saturn in the June Sky & Telescope, page 48.

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh)
Rune Runic Month 14 Ur UruzRunic 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 SagittariusMoon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 2:14am
Saturn (8/13) Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) and Chiron (12/1) Retrograde
Color: Rose

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©2016 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

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
F   15      Low   4:30 AM     0.6   5:47 AM     Set  2:35 AM      75
~    15     High  10:46 AM     4.9   8:58 PM    Rise  5:14 PM
~    15      Low   3:57 PM     2.7
~    15     High  10:03 PM     7.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – As the sun shines upon you and the day draws to and end remember to reflect on what the day has meant, and remember to smile upon another to make their day feel bright, remember to laugh with a person so they know its meant from the heart.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What is the best birthday present you ever received?

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Quotes 

~  You’re never going to finish anything if all you do is start things. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  In a man-to-man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine. – Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) German Field Marshal.
~  Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. – Mark Twain
~  Make sure you don’t end up the richest person in the cemetery.  You can’t do business from there. – Colonel Harlan Sanders (1890-1980), Founder, Kentucky Fried Chicken

When the heat like a mist veil floats,
And poppies flame in the rye,
And the silver note in the streamlet’s throat
Has softened almost to a sigh,
It is July. – –Susan Hartley Swett  (d. 1907)

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lughnasadh wheat border divLughnasadh Magick – 

The summer clouds are beautiful,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
The summer clouds are like flowers,
yes they are. Yes, they are.
The clouds blossom in the sky,
yes they do. Yes, they do.
The blossoming clouds are coming here,
yes they are. Yes, they are. ~ Zuni “Song of the Blue Corn Dance”

Summer is, indeed, a beautiful season. Yet it is also a busy one. Vacations, social engagements, outdoor concerts, and the usual press of work and laundry and errands and….

Summer whirls by. It is July already, when May seems to have been yesterday. How can we enjoy our lives when they are led at such a pace? What will you remember of this summer? If you are too tired to watch a firefly on a sultry night, too busy to notice that a favorite flower has bloomed, too much in transit to enjoy conversation with a friend – what will you have to hold, to treasure, in winters to come?

For we cannot savor what we rush through. Let some things slide this summer. Don’t worry about them.

You will never remember if you did the laundry and you will never forget the fragrance of new roses. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Oxymorons – Computer security

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