Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
3rd of July is the Fireworks in Waldport! That’s tonight! 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! We’re only a block from the best spots to watch the display so come celebrate Independence Day with us! We’ll start around 5:30-6pm and go on all evening. The Wicca 101 class is doing a kind of open house for the evening, planning on going through class research projects, but mostly just talking.
There’s a thick layer of cloud over us, but blue sky over the ocean and up towards Seal Rock. 64F and not a lot of wind in town, but we’re getting some pretty good gusts and those are hitting 20 on the beaches. There’s some rain east of us that shows on the radar, but nothing here.
Yesterday was very productive, but fairly quiet. We had a number of customers, but in a slow trickle rather than clumps of them. I did 3 readings during the afternoon. Tempus and I spent a lot of the early part of the day on woodworking and when Amy got there, on cheese and we had a yum lunch of that. Later I was working with Gogor online, starting to get our menu together for House Capuchin’s winter feast, figuring out which things we still need to make and which we know how to do.
The paper schedule this week was shifted because of the holiday. I didn’t realize yesterday until past lunchtime that Tempus was going to be running the route last night! So I got dropped at home around 9 and he headed into Newport. I spent the evening sewing and reading and also watching Tudor Monastery Farm. Those Ruth Goodman shows are fascinating!
Tempus got home around 5:30am. We opened on time, but just barely, since we were hunting around for the grill and tools and such for tonight. He got the hotdogs and buns last night.
So, we’ve already had a couple of sets of customers through, one from Arizona! Traffic is very heavy in town. It’s likely to keep getting more so right through this evening. I still need to
get the other cheese out of the cloth, and I’m
really hoping to get my sandwich spreads made and set up so that I can put the food processor away.
The fireworks are at dusk, usually starting around 10-10:15. We’ll be at the shop until the traffic clears out, probably at least 45 minutes or so beyond the end of the fireworks. Chocolate Frog, Ancient Light and some of the other local businesses are going to stay open into the evening.
6-23-15 Ken Gagne Yachats River Mouth
Today’s celebration is the Waldport Fireworks! The towns along the coast alternate days, so Newport and Yachats have displays on the 4th, but Waldport and
Depoe Bay are on the 3rd. It’s pretty darned crazy as far as traffic goes, since even the Alsea Bridge traffic stops moving during the display. The fireworks go off from Bayshore Point and are visible all up and down the bay and through most of town.
Fireworks go back to the 7th century in China and are part of religious celebrations and festivals all across the world. The techniques used to create the displays are amazing. Wikipedia has a good article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
The Day of Remembrance for Knjaz Sviatoslav theGreat – Cherven (July) 3 – Sviatoslav, the Great Pagan Knjaz of Rus fought an extremely devastating war with Byzantium. Sviatoslav had not the least bit of respect for Christianity. He enlarged the lands of Rus from Hasar’s land on the Volga River to the Danube in the Balkans. Pechenegs was expelled and stopped the influx of Christianity. At the time of Tsargrad’s siege, Sviatoslav sufferred some losses, and his persecution by the Christians continued. “Then he saw that they were intractable, he had hatred for the Christian priests. People were sent to Kiev and it was ordered, ‘Burn and destroy all the Christian churches and temples in Kiev.’ And later he went himself to Kiev, wanting all Christians to be killed. So let it be.” Thus in 980, Sviatoslav’s people destroyed the churches and placed representations of the pagan Gods on its remains. (Knjaz: “King” of the Rus; the scandinavian anaolog – Konung) (Tsargrad: The Old Russian name for Constantinople )
The shop is open Thursday through Monday, 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
Waxing 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 7/8 at 9:07pm. 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 7/7 at 9:07am.
Waxing toward full, the Moon passes over Antares and Saturn later in the week.. Look far lower right of the Moon at nightfall for Spica; to the right of Spica shines bright Jupiter. Look far lower left of the Moon for orange Antares; left of Antares is pale-yellow Saturn. These star-and-planet pairs form a roughly symmetrical pattern with the Moon this evening.
Before and during dawn for the next few mornings, Venus is passing about 7° south (lower right) of the Pleiades.
Earth is at the aphelion of its orbit, its farthest from the Sun for the year (only 3% farther than at perihelion in January).
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in Virgo) shines brightly in the southwest during evening. Spica (magnitude +1.0) glitters 10° left of it. In a telescope, Jupiter has shrunk to 37 arcseconds wide.
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
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
M 3 Low 3:41 AM 1.0 5:37 AM Set 2:21 AM 67
~ 3 High 9:40 AM 4.9 9:04 PM Rise 4:11 PM
~ 3 Low 3:10 PM 2.1
~ 3 High 9:29 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Look forward to dreams.
~ Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored. – Aldous Huxley
~ Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. – J. R. R. Tolkien
~ Holding a grudge is like letting someone live in you head rent-free.
~ How about turning your burning desire to have something to burning desire to deserve something? – Chris Voss
What spider’s web is this
That has me so deeply bound?
I had thought to escape love’s net
And sticky entanglements.
But here I am, not a very
Complicated witch, but caught;
And the strands hold me tightly
So I can’t escape you.
I cannot fly away and leave you,
My broom is not close to hand;
And if I could, would I?
You are such a sexy spider… (c) Copyright 1/21/06, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
BLESSING FOR LAMMAS FEAST
Now is the Time if the First Harvest,
When the bounties of Nature give of themselves
So that we may survive
O God of the ripening fields, Lord of the Grain,
Grant me the understanding of Sacrifice
As you prepare to deliver yourself
Under the sickle of the Goddess
And journey to the lands of Eternal Summer
O Goddess of the Dark Moon,
Teach me the secrets of rebirth
as the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold…
(Crumble grains of wheat and let them fall on your altar or table. Take a bite of the ritual fruit and continue…)
I partake of the First Harvest,
Mixing its energies with mine
That I may continue my quest
For the starry wisdom of Perfection
O Lady of the Moon and Lord of the Sun,
before Whom the Stars halt their courses,
I offer my thanks
For the continuing Fertility of the Earth.
May the nodding grain loose its seeds
To be buried in the Mother’s breast
Ensuring Rebirth in the Warmth of next Spring…
(Consume the rest of the ritual fruit and merry meet!)
It is appropriate to plant the seeds from the fruit consumed in ritual. If they sprout, grow the plant with love and as a symbol of your connection with the Goddess and God.
A CHANT FOR LAMMAS
Ashes to Ashes, dust to dust
We shall go as we can and do as we must.
The body may die but the Spirit is Free
To do greater wonders, so mote it be!
Ashes to ashes, clay to clay
We shall seek for our center and find our own way
The flesh may be blind but the Spirit can see
The Gods within all, so mote it be!
Ashes to ashes, sand to sand,
We will use all our talents to heal our great land
The flesh may be weak, but the Spirit in me
Is full with Her blessings, so mote it be!
*Perform as a chant, begin as a whisper and increase the volume as the collective level of energy grows.
Come in, come up the ladder,
spirits of rain, spirits of rain.
Come in, come and sit down,
spirits of cloud, spirits of cloud.
Listen: long ago, we were poor,
but we came out of that poor place.
We passed through that poor place
with your help, with your help.
Now come, help us again,
spirits of rain, spirits of cloud.
Come bring your showers,
come bring the heavy rain.
Come in, come up the ladder
spirits of cloud, spirits of rain.~Invocation From The Sia People
Even in the midst of what appears to be plenty, we still have needs. Winter’s chill is gone, the harvest is burgeoning in the fields, the time of hunger seems past. Yet too much wind, too little rain, too little sun, too much rain – any of these can endanger the growth that seems so strong. A happy harvest is never inevitable.
Similarly, even when we seem to have much, we may still want more. It is possible, as a result, to become ungrateful for what we have, to spit in Fortune’s face. But, even if we look thankfully at all the good things life brings us, we will still find needs and wants unmet. This is life. Even those you are at the top of life’s mountain will still have unmet needs., thwarted desires. Acknowledge them, seek to satisfy them, but never forget to be thankful for what you have.
By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion”