Daily Stuff 6-1-20 World No Tobacco Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. The shop is open limited hours for the moment 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday.

The sunshine was amazing yesterday and ought to be really nice today! We did have a few people come in rather pink… It’s clear and still and chilly. 42F, wind is calm, AQI36, UV7. 10 chance of rain today and tonight. There’s a huge swirl over the Aleutians that’s dragging the rain away from us at the moment. It’s supposed to be cool and dry and gradually clouding up as the week goes on. That changes Friday night and we go into another round of rain and showers.

Yesterday I hadn’t slept well, so when I got up and tried to get going for the day I was miserable. I finally got some coffee and food and it’s amazing the difference that made. I kept working, got my classes done and then we got to the shop and opened at 1pm.

I did a bunch of photography and then developed the pictures. Tempus was doing one task after another. I had a class at 2pm. No one was showing up for Virtual Project Day so I just went on and did what I needed to.

We had several people through, shopping. Very late in the afternoon I was fading, so Tempus sent me to take a nap. When I got up, I started some carrots cooking for a supper dish and then did two classes, one on hemming stitches and the then another on Event Stewarding. Tempus got us some rice to put with the chicken and we had that with the carrots for supper.

We closed up. I got a nap, then I convinced Tempus to go to bed. He took off 1:30-ish for the paper route. I’ve been up since then, watched one of my geology classes, wrote a bit, cussed at the computer a lot and now I’m getting this done.

Today we’ll be open by 1. I think Tempus has errands to run today. I have some writing to do and some photography and then I need to get some sewing time in.

A Ken Gagne pictures of a gold finch on 5/23/15. His comment was “Ouch!”

225px-Bluete_in_AschenbecherToday is World No Tobacco Day, a day of abstinence from the products, intended to showcase the negatives of tobacco use. Ashtrays are often cleaned and filled with fresh flowers. In my case, although there usually aren’t any ashtrays around me, I add flowers to those that I see in honor of my beloved grandfather, who died of lung cancer from a pack-a-day habit.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_No_Tobacco_Day

yarrow 06-07-10Today’s Plant is YarrowAchillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, or Exorcism, protection. Can be added to handfasting magicks. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow

The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/28. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.

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 6/5 at 12:12pm. Waxing Gibbous MoonFrom 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 6/4 at 12:12am.

Finding Pluto – In the early morning on June 1, Pluto passes near a 9th-magnitude field star. Bright Jupiter is less than 2° away. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

Tiny Pluto glows at magnitude 14.7 — a challenge for telescopic observers under less-than-ideal conditions, but within easy reach of imaging equipment. This morning, you can find it just 4′ due south of a magnitude 9 field star, HIP 97251.
Jupiter, blazing at magnitude –2.6, is just over 1° to the pair’s northeast. Although a bright gibbous Moon is also up, it’s relatively far away. Still, if you have trouble finding the dwarf planet, don’t worry — there will be plenty of chances on darker nights later this month.
After dark, 1st-magnitude Spica hangs below the waxing gibbous Moon in the south.
Venus is basically out of sight, closing in on the Sun. They reach conjunction at 18h UT June 3rd, when Venus will pass less than one solar radius from the Sun’s northern limb.

Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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”…

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Libra
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde
Color: Lavendar

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M    1      Low   3:40 AM     1.2   5:34 AM     Set  3:25 AM      68
~     1     High   9:25 AM     5.8   8:54 PM    Rise  4:05 PM
~     1      Low   3:29 PM     0.9
~     1     High   9:55 PM     7.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We are all seekers here, following some distant star. Eventually we will come to recognize that this star resides in our very core.


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about living or visiting a farm or ranch.



~   Remorse is impotence; it will sin again. Only repentance is strong; it can end everything. – Henry Miller
People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were. – Edward R. Murrow
Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened. — Egyptian Proverb
~   Don’t look for speed in a cheap horse: be content if it neighs. – Hausa Proverb

It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses. – N.P. Willis (1807–67)


Litha Magick – Lore – Midsummer Traditions

deborah <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com> wrote:

To: Hearth_Witch@yahoogroups.com
From: “deborah” <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:47:09 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Traditions

Midsummer has always been a time for celebration and dancing. Traditionally, there were bonfires to celebrate the Sun. The bonfires were believed to have the power to burn away all negativity and evil. People jumped the flames, much as they had at Beltane, making wishes. It was believed that the summer grains would grow only as high as they were able to jump. The Celts built their bonfires near holy wells or on a border or boundary of some sort because they considered borders to be magickal entrances to the Underworld. In some places, people light fires on midsummer eve. They stay up until midnight to welcome in midsummer day, and, when the fires die down, men run or jump through the embers to bring good luck.

Ancient Pagans had a custom for Midsummer which consisted of wrapping straw around the wheel of a cart, lighting it on fire, and then rolling it down a tall hill. These flaming wheels were called “Catherine Wheels” and they emulated the action of the sun, which would begin waning after Midsummer day. If the fire went out before the wheel got to the bottom of the hill, it indicated a good harvest.

Since Midsummer is both a time of protection and of divination, in  ancient times, the rootstock of a male fern plant was trimmed into the likeness of a hand and smoked in the Midsummer fires. These ‘Hands of Glory’ were hung in houses for protection. It was said that if the hands glowed with a blue flame, they were revealing hidden treasure in the earth.

There is still a famous summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. On the night before midsummer, a group of white-robed Druids gather at Stonehenge to watch the sun rising. As it comes up, the sun rises exactly over the Heel Stone, one of the stones that lies outside the main circle at Stonehenge.

Many midsummer celebrations were moved to the feast of St John the Baptist (24th June). But since Midsummer was a time of magic and wonder-working, evil spirits were said to appear, and people gathered herbs and flowers to protect themselves. One of the most powerful was the plant known as ‘chase-devil’, which we now call St John’s Wort. People used it in potions, and wove the flowers into garlands to decorate their houses or protect their farm animals. They believed that the herb could shield them from the power of evil spirits and could help them foretell the future. ~author unknown


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