Minus Tide at 10:36 AM of -0.4 feet.
It’s overcast, but although it’s making the sunshine a little thin, there are still shadows. It’s 60F with a light breeze and it’s my favorite kind of weather! They’re still expecting gusts of 45-50 mph tomorrow, coming in with the heavy rain that is expected tomorrow and Friday. 3/4 of an inch is forecast for tomorrow!
Yesterday went…. I was busy all day, but other than processing foxglove and finishing the pool noodle stick horses I’m not sure with what. Around 6pm we bundled those up and headed for Corvallis to hand them off. It’s a pretty drive and I was exclaiming regularly over the roadside plants and blooms that I really haven’t been able to see well for a couple of year. I love my new glasses!
I sorted another box of stuff and got the pieces put away and cleaned up my t-shirt drawer, which had turned into a kitty-cat tangle this last week, then curled up and read until I could sleep. I woke with a bout of asthma at around 5:30, but when Tempus got in, a bit after 6am, I managed to get back to sleep. Again, we’re open today.
I was out popping hawkweed out of the ground this morning before heading for the shop…. only 25 this morning, but that’s 350 this week. I’ll get ahead of it, eventually. It’s a larger area than I used to take care of, but I’m seeing progress. Once it’s done, too, maintaining it isn’t a big deal, but I need to get the dry area done before the ground bakes out in the summer sun.
Today, once this is out and tomorrow’s newsletter is set up, I need to go into the back and finish the foxglove and find a place out of the way to hang it to dry. I’m supposed to try the mozzarella experiment later today. We’ll see whether that works.
Today’s plant, Western Bracken Fern, Pteridium aquilinum, is a hardy plant that moves into disturbed ground. It dies down in the winter and grows very green, standing waist-high in the warm parts of the summer. You read a lot in literature of people making love in the bracken, which is part of its association with fertility. – Masculine, Mercury, Air – Burn outside for rain, use in amulets for protection, healing and fertility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteridium_aquilinum
Today is the anniversary of the adoption of the first flag of the USA which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. There is a house in Philadelphia where a Flag Day parade is held every year in front of the house where US folklore has it that Betsy Ross stitched the first flag. Well, it’s folklore…. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-american-flag/2011/06/08/AG3ZSkOH_story.html
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.
Saturn is at opposition tonight. For just a few days around opposition, Saturn’s rings turn a little brighter than usual with respect to Saturn’s globe, a phenomenon called the Seeliger effect. It’s caused by ring particles backscattering sunlight toward the Sun (and, right now, Earth).
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast before the first light of dawn.
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.
©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
W 14 High 3:32 AM 6.7 5:31 AM Set 10:19 AM 84
~ 14 Low 10:36 AM -0.4 9:02 PM
~ 14 High 5:21 PM 6.2
~ 14 Low 10:52 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Accepting responsibility is the key to personal freedom.
~ Wild Nature is your True Nature, crucified by commercial civilization. – Suelo
~ World history is a court of judgment. – Hegel
~ You cannot hit a target you cannot see, and you cannot see a target you don’t have. – Zig Ziglar
You’ll find that if you get into the practice of seizing opportunities, then the opportunities in your life will multiply. – Kerr Cuhulain
Hold out your arms
Death, hold out your arms for me
Give me your motherly caress,
Through all this suffering
You have not forgotten me.
You are the bearded iris that bakes its rhizomes
Beside the wall,
Your scent flushes with loveliness,
Sherbet, pure iris
Lovely and intricate.
I am the child who stands by the wall
Not much taller than the iris.
The sun covers me
The day waits for me
In my funny dress.
Death, you heap into my arms
A basket of unripe damsons
Red crisscross straps that button behind me.
I don’t know about school,
My knowledge is for papery bud covers
Tall stems and brown
Bees touching here and there, delicately
Before a swerve to the sun.
Death stoops over me
Her long skirts slide,
She knows I am shy.
Even the puffed sleeves on my white blouse
She will pick me up and hold me
So no one can see me,
I will scrub my hair into hers.
There, the iris increases
Note by note
As the wall gives back heat.
Death, there’s no need to ask:
A mother will always lift a child
As a rhizome
Must lift up a flower
So you settle me
My arms twining,
Thighs gripping your hips
Where the swell of you is.
As you push back my hair
– Which could do with a comb
But never mind –
‘We’re nearly there.’- Helen Dunmore (25 May 2017)
Litha Magick – Crafts
With Summer Solstice coming up in a couple of weeks, now is the perfect time to make sun medallions for a treasure hunt! I first came across this idea well over a decade ago in the book “Wiccacraft for Families” by Margie McArthur. My older kids and I had so much fun making them. Once we painted sun symbols on wooden disks, but then found it was much more fun to use salt dough. I even found sun-print fabric and made little drawstring bags for them to put their sun treasures.
Its been a while, but I’m making some again! I rolled out a batch on my own today, but will probably make more with my teenagers later- they’ll have fun hiding them on Solstice for their little brother!
I used regular strength salt dough for this:
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
¾ cup water
yellow food coloring
First, I mixed together the salt and flour. Then I tinted the water with food coloring and worked it into the flour, kneading in more food coloring to get the color I wanted. Then I kneaded in a bunch of gold glitter. (The medallions we made when my older kids were little were made with just plain salt dough, then painted when they were dry. Doing it this way saves that step.)
I used some of the samples of sun symbols from Margie’s book, but also, just dug around in the kitchen for things to use as imprinting tools. I used a gluestick cap to make medium circles, a skewer to make dots, a butter knife to make lines, and a jumbo bendy straw to make some of the sunrays. I also had some sun stamps, but they didn’t leave a very deep impression. (I may have to sponge some darker paint into the depressions when they are dry.)
Now is a great time to make these, because they’ll have plenty of time to dry before the Solstice.
Stangs are less commonly used forms of staves. Basically, it is a two-pronged staff (see illustration below). The easiest way to find one is to get one that has fallen off of a tree. You can also fashion the prong from papier-mâché, or commission a woodworker or metal smith to make one for you, if you have the means. The Stang is ancient Roman in origin, and was used to represent the two-faced god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. His two faces looked simultaneously into the past and future. Some traditions use stangs to mark the ritual entry and exit point of a magick circle, and see it as a portal between the physical world and the world of spirit. Decorate the stang in the same way you would a staff. You may also use it for the same purposes as a staff.
Silliness – End of the World Headlines – When the end of the world arrives how will the media report it?
- USA Today: WE’RE DEAD
- The Wall Street Journal: DOW JONES PLUMMETS AS WORLD ENDS
- National Enquirer: JON AND KATE, TOGETHER AGAIN
- Microsoft Systems Journal: APPLE LOSES MARKET SHARE
- Victoria’s Secret Catalog: OUR FINAL SALE
- Sports Illustrated: GAME OVER
- Wired: THE LAST NEW THING
- Rolling Stone: THE GRATEFUL DEAD REUNION TOUR
- Readers Digest: ‘BYE
- Discover Magazine: HOW WILL THE EXTINCTION OF ALL LIFE AS WE KNOW IT AFFECT THE WAY WE VIEW THE COSMOS?
Lady’s Home Journal: LOSE 10 LBS BY JUDGMENT DAY WITH OUR NEW “ARMAGEDDON” DIET!
America Online: SYSTEM TEMPORARILY DOWN. TRY CALLING BACK IN 15 MINUTES.Inc. magazine: TEN WAYS YOU CAN PROFIT FROM THE APOCALYPSE
- TIME magazine: RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION FOR ETERNITY