Daily Stuff 7-3-18 Fireworks

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 10:44 AM of -0.1 feet. Waldport Fireworks tonight and the shop will be open until midnight!

By 3pm yesterday the wind in town was at 17mph. Things flew off the bulletin board. This morning it’s 63F. It’s sunny, now, although things didn’t start burning off until just a little while ago There are some scattered bits about 3000 feet that probably aren’t going to go away. The wind is at 8mph in town, but lower everyone else around except on the beaches. We’re also warmer than most places at the moment.

Yesterday started in a flurry of activity. We’re getting ready for tomorrow’s festivities, and needed to work something out with one of the people who’s going to have my pincushions at the market. Once the newsletter was out, I finished my breakfast and then headed in back to work on getting things put away, but Tempus wasn’t ready for me to do that, so I worked on pincushions and helped customers. We were pretty busy for awhile.

Tempus worked pretty hard in back sorting things, mostly, and getting the space ready for me to do some cooking, both for the cookout/potluck tomorrow and to get some perishables preserved and put by, so they won’t be wasted.

Rayna is taking my pincushions to the Market today, so I had to make sure those were inventoried, priced and ready to display. That took awhile.

Then I set up today’s newsletter. Tempus *still* wasn’t ready for me back there! …and I got so sleepy. I did finally get started and whomped my way through putting most of it together with Leslie for company. She stopped by to chat, which was lovely. It helps. She brought some beautiful german sausages from Nina which we’ll cook some of tonight.

While she was there I put together the corn salad for tomorrow, 3 pints of pickled strawberries and did more on the watermelon pickle. Eventually D&D wound down and we sat and talked with Ogre for a bit. Tempus went home to sort out some more things.

We went to bed as soon as we got home, but it was past midnight and were awakened by people stomping around upstairs. We need to talk to the folks in charge of Jeanne’s stuff to make sure that wasn’t a problem, but they said they had instructions from the trustees. …but I’m way short on sleep.

We have to go get the grill and stuff for tonight, yet. I have some more cookery to accomplish. The pincushions need to go over to Rayna at the market and we have to get ready for the day. We’re not quite open for the day although the lights are on.

So we’ll have a regular shop day, although I have a lot to do to get ready for the evening, until around 4pm when Tempus will start the grill. We’re intending to start cooking at 5pm and then we’ll be eating when people stop by from then until the fireworks start. The shop is open until midnight.

Several places in town are going to stay open that late. Various places are doing free food. The vendor’s market is open both today and tomorrow with lots of fun stuff. It’s going to be beautiful weather

A photo by Ken Gagne from 5/29/16

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 220px-Tybee_island_georgia_july_4_fireworksstops 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

Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree MonthToday’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

magick motif slav Kolovrat RodnoverThe Day of Remembrance for Knjaz Sviatoslav the Great – 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 opens at 11am. Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. 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,
Anja

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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 7/12 at 7:48pm. 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 7/6 at 12:51am. 

If you have a dark enough sky, the Milky Way now forms a magnificent arch high across the whole eastern sky after nightfall is complete. It runs all the way from below Cassiopeia in the north-northeast, up and across Cygnus and the Summer Triangle in the east, and down behind Saturn and the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot in the south.
Pluto astroBy NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute – http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Science-Photos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=243, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45707703 If ever there was a good time to track down Pluto, this is the night. The distant world appears a mere 3.5″ west of the 6th-magnitude star 50 Sagittarii in northeastern Sagittarius, making the task of finding the dwarf planet much easier than usual. Pluto glows dimly at 14th magnitude, however, so you’ll need an 8-inch or larger telescope to spot it visually.
Mercury (magnitude 0.0) is visible in bright twilight very low in the west-northwest, about 16° lower right of Venus. Catch Mercury in the narrow time window between when the sky is still too bright and when Mercury sinks too low and sets.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic New Year and 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

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Pisces
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24) Retrograde
Color – Scarlet

Planting 7/3-4

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

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.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu   3     High   3:49 AM     6.4   5:37 AM     Set 10:48 AM      82
~     3      Low  10:44 AM    -0.1   9:04 PM
~     3     High   5:27 PM     6.2
~     3      Low  11:11 PM     2.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Someday, we’ll forget the pains, who caused the tears, and why we cried. We would finally realize that the secret of being free is not revenge but letting things unfold in their own ways…

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Journal Prompt – Books – What techniques do you know for helping other resolve conflicts peacefully? Write a list for a Problem-Solvers Handbook.

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Quotes

~  When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you, and when death comes, you are ready. – Lao Tzu
~  Where your attention is, is where you are, for you are your attention. – Summum
~  You are born an original. Do not live like a copy. Be yourself. Who else is better qualified? – Meditation = Solution
~  You cannot create experience, you must undergo it. – Albert Camus

Remember, the key word is rest, relaxation. Never go against rest and relaxation. Arrange your life in such a way, drop all futile activity, because ninety per cent is futile; it is just for killing time and remaining occupied. Do only the essential and devote your energies more and more to the inner journey. – Osho

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Lughnasadh Magick – Studies – A poem – The Rye-Wolf: Faerieworlds 2013 Opening Ceremony Poetry – August 1, 2013 at 10:21am

The rye-wolf is walking amongst the grass,
the blade of autumn rising.
Days of spring have come to pass,
the reapers greet the ripening.
Whence fields grow heavy in the ear,
and pale turn sheaves of ripened rye.
The seeds in springtimes furrows cast,
crown first harvest hour sky.

Hear we offer
summer’s first fruit,
upon the altar
of a meadow bright.
Hear we share
summer’s first grain,
within the temple
of ancient light.

Oh gather thy sheaves,
raise thy sickle to the grains,
hear the season call your name.
A golden wreath,
the crown of summer’s day,
hear the season call your name.
Tears of joy,
tears of sorrow,
hear the call, come home again.
A golden wreath,
the crown of summer’s day,
hear the season call your name.

The wheat-wolf is rushing over the field,
windy steps mark summer blades.
The dogs of harvest howl and wail,
at the last stroke of the summer’s flail.
Whence the sheaves have all been chopped to straw,
the reapers march and sing their song,
the grains in springtime’s furrows cast,
rise to crown the sky once more.

Hear we offer
summer’s first bread,
upon the altar
of fading day.
Hear we share
summer’s first wine,
within the temple
of golden rays.

Oh gather thy sheaves,
raise thy sickle to the grains,
hear the season call your name.
A golden wreath,
the crown of summer’s day,
hear the season call your name.
Tears of joy,
tears of sorrow,
hear the call, come home again.
A golden wreath,
the crown of summer’s day,
hear the season call your name.

The corn-wolf’s hour is growing short,
soon barley meets the threshing floor.
The seed is seperated from the chaff,
as autumn raises her blade once more.
The fields of grain will soon be razed,
and the wolf will have no place to hide.
Our hope’s in springtimes furrows cast,
shall bid the rye-wolf at last goodbye.

Hear we offer
summer’s first harvest,
upon the altar
of golden earth.
Hear we share
a horn of plenty,
a grateful blessing
of joy and mirth.

Oh gather thy sheaves,
raise thy sickle to the grains,
hear the season call your name.
A golden wreath,
the crown of summer’s day,
hear the season call your name.
Tears of joy,
tears of sorrow,
hear the call, come home again.
A golden wreath,
the crown of summer’s day,
hear the season call your name.

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Silliness – Deep Thoughts

– Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?
– Why is it that no matter what colour of bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
– Is there ever a day when mattresses are NOT on sale?
– Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with the hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
– Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give their vacuum one more chance?
– How do those dead bugs get into closed light fixtures?
– Considering all the lint you get in your dryer, if you kept drying your clothes would they eventually just disappear?
– When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say ‘It’s all right’? It isn’t all right, so why don’t we say, ‘That hurt, you stupid idiot?’
– Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
– Is it true that the only difference between a yard sale and a trash pickup is how close to the road the stuff is placed?

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