Featured photo by Ken Gagne,
The sky is even clearer than it was yesterday, with the marine layer pulled way, way back. 66F inland, here it’s 60 and by the water sometimes less. Of course that’s reversed when it comes to wind. It’s enough to ruffle my petunias and bring delicious scents from the nasturtiums into the shop, but inland it’s almost nothing and in spots on the beaches it’s at 15mph.
Yesterday was a very busy day and it lasted far too long for my comfort. Tempus and I started the day with coffee, and then got going on the pea flour bread, which turned out *green*! It doesn’t taste exactly like regular bread, but it’s not different enough to not be tasty. Pea and bean flour used to be used to “stretch” breads when supplies were getting low and it adds protein. We used one cup of the pea flour replacing one cup of regular flour in the recipe, but it needed 3 extra Tbsp of flour to make it work right.
We worked with a lot of customers, all day long, and did a bunch of small handwork projects, too, especially when Amy was there during the afternoon. In the evening I made another recipe of that same cheese that I’ve been making and molded it. We’ll see how it turns out today.
Today you could really tell there had been a minus tide this morning. Two hours past full ebb as we went past and the bay still seemed to be all sand. The channels were clear, but other than that what water there was was shallow enough to be a different color.
So today I’m going to be alone at the shop for the majority of it. Tempus is going to get some chores done here, then take the leek buckets home, water and start working to make a place for my piano.
He’ll be back in the evening, so we’ll be open during class.
Photo from 6/10/16 by Ken Gagne of a rainbow over Yachats.
Today’s Feast is Nicola Tesla Day. Despite all the good press given to Edison about electricity, Tesla was the one who came up with AC current, while Edison was insisting that DC was the only way to go. We’d have very different lives if Tesla had never lived. He was a strange man, with ideas that are different enough for some people to speculate that he wasn’t even human, but he was born in what is now Croatia and his family was from Serbia, his father an Orthodox priest and his mother the daughter of one. He had an eidetic memory and an aptitude for mechanical things from an early age. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla_Day#Nikola_Tesla_Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Makers because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
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
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 7/10 at 9:07am. 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 7/23 at 2:46am. 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 7/16 at 12:26pm.
Binoculars will help with finding Mercury and its fainter neighbors. Their visibility in bright twilight is exaggerated here.
In very early dawn Tuesday morning, you’ll find Venus lined up with the Pleiades above it and Aldebaran below it.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft flies over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot on July 10th at a distance of only 9,000 kilometers. The flyby ought to provide the most detailed imagery of the Red Spot ever, once the data are processed and images are released. Here’s some recent infrared imagery of Jupiter in support of the mission. Here’s more.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
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
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic 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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 10 High 1:22 AM 7.6 5:42 AM Set 7:14 AM 99
~ 10 Low 8:23 AM -1.0 9:01 PM Rise 10:02 PM
~ 10 High 2:55 PM 6.3
~ 10 Low 8:18 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I create a safe and protective environment in which to transform my fears.
~ Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. – Doug Larson
~ Many people think that patience is a sign of weakness. I think this is a mistake. It is anger that is a sign of weakness, whereas patience is a sign of strength. – Dalai Lama
~ May our lives be born from the beauty of darkness, and shine with the possibility of light. – T. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself
~ Never swear false oaths; great and grim is the reward for the breaking of troth. – Volsunga Saga, c.21
Songs My Mother Taught Me Today – New Poems by Stephanie Pflumm
Even The City Dances
The Trees in town
are waking up.
the far off North
for a bite and a drink.
The kitten did not
come home all night.
Even in the city
Mother’s magical dance.
The earth in my yard
Grandfather’s sunny rays
spill through my windows
peek through brown grass.
Distant honking geese
with their V
the concrete streets
and Tree shaded sidewalks
I hear the rhythms
as the Wheel dances
Is My Mother Angry?
As I bask
in the sunny warmth
of this late Winter day
I am wondering,
is my Mother angry?
In the last full turn
of the Wheel
I have seen
earthquakes that shook
our planet off Her path.
Hurricanes rip apart
one million lives.
And a Winter that
barely seemed to happen
except in short
And I wonder,
have we finally gone
As we relax our disciplines
to be greener citizens
have we finally spilled
too much poison?
Have we finally cheated
too many relations
of their rightful place
in this planet’s scheme?
Has our greed
and righteous self-determination
taken its final toll?
Is my Mother angry enough
to turn Her back on me?
Maybe She is just trying
to shake me awake
before it is just too late
to take back
the damage we have done.
Before it is too late
humans from extinction
Mother gets really angry. ©Copyright 2006, Stephanie Pflumm, All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Visit Ozark Rock Exchange (http://www.ozarkrockexchange.com)
- 20 drops clove bud oil
- 23 drops sandalwood oil
- 1 cup oak moss
- 2 cups dried pink rosebuds
- 2 cups dried red peony petals
- 1 cupdried amaranth flowers
- 1 cup dried heather flowers
- 1/2 cup dried cornflowers.
- Mix the clove bud and sandalwood oils with the oak moss, first.
- Add the remaining ingredients,
- Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container [Anja’s note – for at least a week before use, or long-term.]
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
Lughnasadh Incense Recipe
- 2 tsp Heather
- 1 tsp Frankincense
- 1 tsp Apple Blossoms
- 1/4 tsp Blackberry leaves
- 1/4 tsp wood base
- 1/8 tsp salt petre
Self-burning, no charcoal needed. Do place on sand to burn. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002 [Anja’s note – or mix just the first 4 ingredients and burn on charcoal….]
Sprout wheat germ in a terra cotta saucer – Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel) (these can be found in nurseries for use under terra cotta flower pots). The sprouts can be added to homemade bread or used as an offering. Children enjoy planting the seeds and watching them grow, too.
God the grain,
Lord of rebirth.
Return in spring,
Renew the Earth.
[Anja’s note: These belong to god mourning rituals from the Near East and Middle East. This was also done in Greece and Egypt and usually tossed into running water for an offering.]