Daily Stuff 6-10-17 Barbarossa

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:10 AM of -0.9 feet. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

…and the rain for today has all dropped out of the forecast! Well, maybe there will be some sun, anyway. It isn’t likely to be enough to tempt a lot of folks out from the Valley, but it’s something. 58F, just enough wind to make my tuned wind chime ring

Tempus slept much of the early part of yesterday. Mary stopped by for a visit and we sat and talked for an hour right next to him and he never stirred. The Duckmeister also stopped by for a bit and we had some customers in, which was nice. When Tempus woke, he headed in to Newport and did some more shopping.

The rain really slowed down the amount of traffic on the highway and by suppertime it was really, really quiet. It poured off and on during the afternoon, but we had a little sunshine around 7pm. By then I was so sleepy that I was accomplishing nothing. I kept making mistakes. I packed up some of my sewing stuff and just dinked for awhile, then curled up on the sofa and read.

By the time we headed home the rain was pouring down again, and I walked out into fairy rain this morning. It’s obviously been raining off and on all night, since everything is covered with droplets, but it’s all clean of dust and shining. The roads are steaming, since right now the sun is out. I think that’s just a sucker hole, but it’s great to see it for a few minutes anyway.

I spent a few minutes popping hawkweeds out of the ground. There are spots where 20 or more are overlapping each other. I also harvested some oregano and another sprig of bergamot.

Tempus and I spent a few minutes discussing the foxglove. There wasn’t time to properly harvest it, but that has to happen in the next few days, at least for a couple of the taller flower spikes, since otherwise we’ll just be picking those seeds out of our teeth for the next year.

We cancelled the regular workshops for today, since I was supposed to be out of town, but I’ll probably keep to the usual Saturday schedule even without student here. Tempus is still trying to get the rolling table mended. Hmm… maybe I’ll get some cookery done later.

Ken Gagne took this shot from his deck this morning a year ago looking out across Yachats Bay and he got another rainbow picture this morning!

feast 0610 BarbarossaToday is the anniversary of the death of Frederick 1, Barbarossa. His nickname means “red beard”. He drowned on the way to the 3rd crusade, which led to that war’s failure. He had been a personification of the “good king” for most of the people of Europe, and is still featured in stories of the “sleeping king”. He was elected King of Germany and conquered Italy, finally becoming Holy Roman Emperor. Lots more here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_I,_Holy_Roman_Emperor

plant pic Adiantum_pedatumToday’s Plant – Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the aidantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern

The shop is open Thursday through Monday (closed today), although we’re there a lot later most nights. 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,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Full Moon The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/10 at 6:10pm. 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 6/23 at 7:11pm. 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 6/17 at 4:33am. 

On the evening of June 9th the Moon, about a half day after full, shines close to Saturn, which is five days before its own opposition.
With summer just 11 days away, the Summer Triangle stands high and proud in the east after dark. Its top star is bright Vega. Deneb is the brightest star to Vega’s lower left (by 2 or 3 fists at arm’s length). Look for Altair a greater distance to Vega’s lower right.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is up in the southeast before the first light of dawn.

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – 
Runic Half-month of Othala/Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”… 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. 

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 4:36am
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Black

Planting 6/10-12


©2017 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

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Sa  10     High   1:08 AM     7.6   5:31 AM     Set  6:43 AM      99
10      Low   8:10 AM    -0.9   9:00 PM    Rise  9:55 PM
10     High   2:41 PM     6.2
10      Low   8:00 PM     2.7



Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To love is to live and to love will bring lots to you in life


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – Complete this sentence: “Love is…” then explain how you know.



~  The Warrior must learn to wait patiently. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher. – Chinese Proverb
~  The wishbone will never replace the backbone. – Will Henry
~   Things that can look like success just don’t matter. What matters is following the waves of connection. – T. Thorn Coyle

The earliest breath of June
Blows the white tassels from the cherry boughs,
And in the deepest shadow of noon
The mild-eyed oxen browse. –Elizabeth Ann Allen (1832–1911)


Litha Magick – Crafts

Sun Sachets

These are a fun goodie to make to give away. You can do them up with a fragrant potpourri inside or fill them with “sun munchies” for your friends.


  • 1 piece each of yellow, orange and red tulle or other lightweight material. (Tulle circles are available in the wedding section of craft stores)
  • Gold glitter and glue
  • Bright red yarn
  • 1 each bright colored summer fabric flower


1 needle with an eye large enough for the yarn


  • Dried rose petals
  • Dried marigold and sunflower petals sprinkled with an essential oil that says “summer” to you
  • “gorp” made from sunflower seeds, butterscotch hard candies, red M&M’s and “orange slices” or orange jelly beans or gummi bears


  1. Cut 3 circles of the tulle, 1 from each color: 9” yellow, 8” orange, 7” red
  2. Stack the circles on top of each other in order
  3. Thread the yarn onto the needle. Do not tie a knot in the yarn.
  4. Stitch through all 3 circles, taking large (1” long) stitches about 1 inch in from the edge of the smallest. IOW, you will be stitching around a 6’ diameter circle, catching all three layers.
  5. Pull yarn through, leaving about a 6” “tail”.
  6. Put dots of the glue on the parts of the tulle that show on the outside of the 6” stitched circle, then sprinkle with glitter.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Run the yarn through the base of the silk flower.
  9. Clip off yarn, leaving 6” tails at both ends.
  10. Repeat with however many circles you have.
  11. Put about 2 tablespoons of your filling in the center of each circle.
  12. Pull up yarn evenly around the filling, making a pocket and evening up the ends of the yarn.
  13. Slide the flower up the yarn to the gathered part, then wrap the yarn several times around the top of the packet and tie.
  14. Spread the tulle out on the top so the glittered parts show.

Midsummer Door Ornaments – deborah <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com> wrote:

To: Hearth_Witch@yahoogroups.com
From: “deborah” <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:47:50 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Door Ornaments

Items Needed:
· Small broom, about 1′ by 8″
· Plastic seasonal flowers ~ {Roses, Wildflowers}
· 3 different colours of ribbon, about 12″-16″ long
· Some thin wire ~ {strip garbage bag twist-ties of their paper
· Ornament oriented to the sabbat
· Wire Cutters
· Scissors

Directions: (Note, if doing this project with children, please watch the scissors and wire cutters) Take the wire cutters and cut the flower stems to a height that is workable. With the wire, begin tying into them the seasonal flowers and the berries at the base of the broom nearest where the bristles begin. Make sure the leaves of the flowers lie flat against the bristles. This will be a great background for the colour of the flowers to contrast against.

Take the berries and the fruit and lay them between the flowers and then tie them of with the wire. As soon as all of that is in, pick out your favourite Midsummer ornament.

Take the ribbon and tie in a bow or a knot, either will do, around the wire. Let some of the extra drape around and under the broom.

When you want to hang this, simply take a bit of wire and string it through the top of the broom handle and nail it to the door, hang it in a window or wherever you prefer. To hang it with the bristles pointing upwards, weave the wire up through the bristles and then twist it a few times for some extra strength.


Brightest Blessings )O( Aradian

Wedding Gift Basket – (For Litha) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/wedding.html

  • Small basket
  • Seashells
  • Craft miniatures of birds and butterflies
  • False flowers and fruits
  • Bells
  • Any other natural wedding gift type items you can think of
  1. Simply place all items aesthetically inside the basket, perhaps using it as a decoration for inside your feather wreath if you made one.
  2. It is very tasteful to wind white flower garlands around the handle of the basket, and to perhaps even paint it yourself or, if you are talented in that area, to weave your own basket.

To use this in a ritual, every item to be placed in the basket must have some kind of symbolic meaning. You can solemnly put each item in and simultaneously make a wish for the union of the deities, and pray for Their happiness; also it can be used as a parallel for any relationships in your life that you wish to succeed.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Feeding the Baby

A first-time father was taking a turn at feeding the baby some strained peas. Naturally, there were traces of the food everywhere, especially on the infant.

His wife comes in, looks at the infant, then at her husband staring into space, then says, “What in the world are you doing

He replied, “I’m waiting for the first coat to dry, so I can put on another.”

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