Minus Tide at 9:20 AM of -0.8 feet. No Wicca 101 class tonight.
When it rains today, it’s the quiet, steady, tiny droplet, penetrating rain that once you’re wet, chills you to the bone. My hoodie is soaked and I’ve had my heater on my feet for an hour…. It’s 55F, and according to the computer it’s not raining. Hmm…. It *is* getting brighter out there. It’s supposed to be like this through tomorrow and then another bulge of chance of rain on Thursday, but dry over the weekend for Beachcomber’s!
Yesterday got amazingly busy at times. Project Day went well and we got a lot done. I did a reading and we had a bunch of customers in. Other than that…. if you’r interested in some of the historical recreation things that went on here, last week, this is the address for that report: https://housecapuchin3.wordpress.com/portfolio/activities-through-6-10-17-war-in-the-trees/
Today it’s back to regular shop stuff. Tempus got the rock table mended so that’s now back outside. I have a small stack of crystals to price and headed. We got here this morning and the FedEx guy was waiting outside so I’ve got some small stuff from that to clean up and get inventoried. Still no 101 class tonight. We’re still missing a couple of people. I’ll be glad when that starts up again next week!
A picture from 5/23/15 by Ken Gagne of a Great Blue Heron in Yachats. Is he laughing?
Today’s feast is that of Zeus, father of gods and men. Light gold candles and wear oak leaves to attract his favor and call upon the Oracle of Dodona.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeus “On his head is a sculpted wreath of olive sprays. In his right hand he holds a figure of Victory made from ivory and gold… In his left hand, he holds a sceptre inlaid with every kind of metal, with an eagle perched on the sceptre. His sandals are made of gold, as is his robe. His garments are carved with animals and with lilies. The throne is decorated with gold, precious stones, ebony, and ivory”. – Pausanias, 2nd-century Greek geographical writer, on the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Today’s Plant is Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water– The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
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 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 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.
The Big Dipper hangs high in the northwest as the stars come out. The Dipper’s Pointers, currently its bottom two stars, point lower right toward Polaris. Above Polaris, and looking very similar to it, is Kochab, the lip of the Little Dipper’s bowl. Kochab stands precisely above Polaris around the end of twilight or a little after. How well can you time this event for your location? How fast can you see any tilt with respect to a hanging plumb bob or the vertical edge of a building?
Jupiter (magnitude –2.2, in Virgo) shines high and bright in the southwest during evening. No other point in the evening sky is so bright. Spica, magnitude +1.0 and noticeably bluer, glitters 11° left of it. In a telescope, Jupiter has shrunk to 40 arcseconds wide.
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.
©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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 12 High 2:16 AM 7.3 5:31 AM Set 8:23 AM 95
~ 12 Low 9:20 AM -0.8 9:01 PM Rise 11:22 PM
~ 12 High 3:58 PM 6.2
~ 12 Low 9:17 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to dispel evil.
~ True life is lived when tiny changes occur. – Leo Tolstoy
~ View your anxieties with humor. It will be difficult at first, but you’ll gradually get used to it. – Paulo Coehlo
~ We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. – Benjamin Franklin
~ We have come into this exquisite world to experience ever and ever more deeply our divine courage, freedom and light! – Hafez
These are the fields of light, and laughing air,
And yellow butterflies, and foraging bees,
And whitish, wayward blossoms winged as these,
And pale green tangles like a seamaid’s hair. – Charles G. D. Roberts (1860–1943)
Litha Magick – Recipes
GOOSEBERRY FOOL – <email@example.com>
4 cups Gooseberries
1/4 cup Water
2 cups Sugar
- Cook gooseberries in water until done (or you may use the equivalent of canned gooseberries).
- Mash gooseberries in blender or food processor.
- Beat sugar into hot gooseberries.
- Cool mixture in fridge or freezer
When cold, mix with stiffly whipped cream and pour into sherbet glasses for serving.
Chilled Strawberry-Mint Soup – Makes 2 servings
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
Fresh strawberry slices, kiwi fruit slices, or fresh mint sprigs
- In a food processor or blender, place the strawberries, sour cream, heavy cream, orange juice, mint and honey; whirl until smooth.
- Stir in mint.
- Taste for sweetness; if necessary, add more honey.
- Refrigerate until well chilled.
- To serve, put into cold soup bowls and top with strawberry slices, kiwi fruit slices, or mint sprigs..
Recipe courtesy of Monica Resinger, editor of Creative Home and Gardening. For more recipes and information, visit Monica at http://www.geocities.com/plantldy.geo
© 2001, Monica Resinger, adapted by Anja 2009
Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup – Rain Redknife
2 small or one x-large ripe avocado
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded
1 cup vegetable broth–I use Swanson’s canned
1 cup half-and-half, Silk or evaporated skim milk
2 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
1 small sprig fresh basil or tarragon
Salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
- Peel and cut up avocado and cucumbers.
- In a food processor or blender, place the avocado, cucumbers, broth, half-and-half, herb and lime juice.
- Blend until mixture is smooth.
- Season to taste.
Refrigerate, covered, until chilled.
- If soup gets too thick, add more milk or broth.
- Sprinkle each cup with green onions and tomatoes before serving, and/or garnish with mint sprigs.
Recipe by Rain