This is a bit late because I was working in the garden until 6pm…. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Irene Photography.
[posting at 7:30pm] Rain gauge at noon on 5/25 – Dry There’s been a lot of high cloud today, even a sun halo for a bit, but some lower stuff that’s making the sunlight come and go. 56F, wind at 1-3mph and gusting, AQI 5-32, UV7. Chance of rain 35% today and 74% tonight. Forecast – Today(60/50) There’s a small chance of showers in the afternoon, but a much larger one around midnight. Those should taper off giving us just a cloudy tomorrow(56/49), but Sat(56/46) looks like rain (up to 7/8 inch) and wind in the 30’s. Sun/Mon(54/46) should start with showers and then paper off to nothing much during Monday day. Tue-Fri(61/49) partly to mostly cloudy and dry. 4 firespots. The one is Alsea has dropped off the map, thankfully.
Tuesday evening was interesting. Tempus and I had been doing various chores (mostly pick-up-and-put-away) before eating some supper, but then I had my meeting. I bailed out early, because I was dropping off an not particularly interested in the topics. I checked in with the lady in charge, though, about doing the History of Dolls lecture, and that’s going to be scheduled some time in the next few months.
I slept for several hours after Tempus headed out for the bulk route, then got up and worked on spice mixes some more. I was awake again when he got in at 7:30, but then we slept until 1:30 or so, had coffee and some cheese toast, grabbed a few plants and headed home.
I packed up more clean clothes and some food for the next couple of days again, then Tempus started in on un-hooking and testing various electrical bits and I went outside to work in the garden. I weeded and made geranium starts, re-potted some starts from last year, got some seeds in and moved things around, then harvested a bunch of greens for a stew/soup. Finally, I got to water things pretty thoroughly. Two hours of that and I was flattened….
Tempus thinks that he can get us partly hooked back up until we can afford that part that we need, but he has more checking to do of various electrical lines to make sure nothing else blew. We’re also talking about not using the water heater anymore, but getting an in-line one, which is what we had planned, anyway. We just don’t use it enough for the propane expense to make sense and we can just keep that for a backup.
So, back at the shop. Tempus is making supper from the stuff that I brought. I’m going to finish this, eat, and curl up on the nap bed. Tempus will probably join me. I’ll likely read a bit, later, and then do mail before doing some more on that cookbook.
Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Tempus is probably going to go home to do some more on the electrical issues while I tend the shop. It’s bulk route night, so we’ll likely close on time. I’m also hoping to get him to go up to storage for some more of the books and to take a couple of boxes of grumple up there. Maybe I can get him to start shifting things so that the garden shed can go home, finally? …and maybe I can water some of the indoor plants. Tempus has *not* been giving them enough.
Today’s feast is the Fortinalia, or sacred well day. It was celebrated in ancient Rome on October 13 and pagans today keep the feast in May as a thank you to the wells that give us clean water and to the wells of inspiration that we dip from to create our magick. Usually flowers and ribbons are brought to the wells. I’ve done clean-ups around artesian springs on this day, too, and the pipe that has awesome spring water out rt. 34, usually has a bouquet and a dozen ribbons every year! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontinalia
Today’s plant Is Angelica, Angelica archangelica, commonly known as garden angelica, wild celery, and Norwegian angelica, is a biennial plant from the family Apiaceae. It is used in cooking for various dishes such as omelettes and fish, as well as jam. The long bright-green hollow stems are also candied and used as food decoration. The stems are picked clean of their leaves, crystallized in sugar syrup and colored green as cake decoration or as candy. Angelica archangelica roots are among the most common botanicals used in gin distillation, often used in concert with juniper berries and coriander as a chief aromatic characteristic for gin. They are also used in absinthes, aquavits, and bitters and to flavor liqueurs or aquavits, (e.g., Chartreuse, Bénédictine, Vermouth, and Dubonnet).
Magic – Masculine Sun Fire – Venus, Use in incenses for protection, exorcism, healing and vision. Sprinkle at 4 corners of the house to ward off evil. Add to bath to remove curse or hex. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelica_archangelica
Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at email@example.com 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 5/30 at 4:30am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 5/30 at 4:30pm.
Can you see the big Coma Berenices star cluster? Does your light pollution really hide it, or do you just not know exactly where to look? It’s 2/5 of the way from Denebola, the tail tip of Leo, to Alkaid, the end of the Big Dipper’s handle: the tail tip of Ursa Major. The cluster’s brightest members form an inverted Y. The entire cluster is about 4° wide — a big, dim, irregular glow in a dark sky, roughly the size of a ping-pong ball at arm’s length. It nearly fills a binocular’s view.
The Moon passes 0.2° south of Venus at 11 P.M. EDT. Of course, neither is visible at that time, so let’s catch the preshow in the early-morning sky. Half an hour before sunrise, the Moon — now a crescent that’s just 15 percent lit — sits nearly 8° west-southwest of Venus in the eastern sky. Venus, still blazingly bright at magnitude –4.0, should be easy to home in on with a telescope to view its 14″-wide disk. Like the Moon and Mercury, Venus goes through phases. It is now a 76-percent-lit waxing crescent. By the end of the month, it will be nearly 78 percent lit. See how long you can follow the planet into the brightening dawn. Venus can be observed even after sunrise, but you must take extreme care. Only do so if you are experienced and have a tracking mount locked on Venus in the sky. Never try to find Venus (or any other target) with binoculars or a telescope when the Sun is up; even though you may think your aim is good, the chances are high of accidentally pointing your optics at the Sun and severely damaging your eyes. If you plan to observe the Sun, always do so only with the right equipment and solar filters in place.
Come back at the same time tomorrow morning to see that the Moon has slid southeast of Venus and waned several percent, our satellite now showing off 9-percent-lit crescent.
Neptune, magnitude 7.9, is some 8° upper right of Jupiter just before dawn begins.
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70. 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”.
Mercury (6/3), Pluto Retrograde (10/8)
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Color – White
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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
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
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
Th 26 Low 4:57 AM 0.6 5:38 AM Rise 3:58 AM 20
~ 26 High 10:54 AM 5.7 8:49 PM Set 5:13 PM
~ 26 Low 4:38 PM 1.5
~ 26 High 10:52 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and then discover the prisoner was you.
Journal Prompt – Expository – Write everything that comes to your mind when you hear the words endangered species.
~ I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
~ Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
~ Experience is a good school but the fees are high. – Heinrich Heine
Whoever makes a garden
Has never worked alone;
the rain has always found it,
The sun has always known. – Douglas Malloch (1877-1938)
Litha Magick – Crafts
Build Your Own Stonehenge Activity – http://fun.familyeducation.com/outdoor-games/winter/35028.html
Age: 8 and up
Time: 1 to 2 hours
Type of Activity: Science
- Center stake for reference point.
- 50 feet of rope.
- 20 to 30 marker stones or small stakes.
- A compass.
Here’s a unique way to celebrate the solstice: Build your own Stonehenge. As you might know, Stonehenge is one of the oldest (4,000+ years) and best known astronomical calendar sites in the world. You can recreate it without going through the bother of lugging 25 to 50 ton slabs of rock around the neighborhood. All you’ll need is a bit of ambition, and a location offering an unobstructed view of the eastern or western horizon. Locations offering a 360º horizon view are ideal (and rare).
What to do
The first thing you’ll need to do is create a viewing circle. Anchor a reference stake at the center point of the circle and place your compass on top of it. Find due north and place a marker at 50 feet north of the center. Repeat the process for east, west and south. (The rope is used as a guide to insure that all markers are equidistant from the center stake.) Again, using the rope as a guide, place a small marker stone every few feet around the perimeter of your circle. The center of the circle now becomes your fixed reference point and the westward facing perimeter is where you’ll be placing the sunset markers.
The calendar can be started at any time, but the solstice sunsets are the most fun. Mark the point of sunset with a pole, stake or other (not easily moved) marker. Tag the marker with the date of sunset.
Repeat the process every seven days or so. Over the weeks and months you’ll note that the sun appears to “walk” faster at some times of the year than others. When you’ve finished (in a year’s time) you’ll have a working astronomical calendar and an excuse to invite friends and classmates over to the house to check the date.
- Photo-op: Take a snapshot of the western skyline and tape it to the wall by a western facing window. With a felt tip marker draw an arrow on the photo corresponding to the point of sunset and note the date. Repeat the process.
- Window marks: (This takes two people.) Standing at the same point in the room of a western facing window, have the other person make a small mark on the glass where the sun sets. Note the date and repeat the process on a weekly basis.
How it works
The principle behind an astronomical calendar is simple. The apparent rising and setting horizon point of the sun changes with each passing day. The different points correspond to different days of the year.
At minimum, an astronomical calendar only requires a fixed reference point for viewing and another fixed reference point marking the position of the rising and/or setting sun on the horizon.
In the Northern Hemisphere, if you were to watch a time-lapse movie of a year’s worth of sunsets, you would notice that the sun appears to “walk” back and forth across the western horizon. The winter solstice marks the southern limit of the sun’s journey and the summer solstice is the northern boundary. Closer examination would reveal that, with the exception of the two solstice extremes, every other point on the horizon is crossed twice during the course of the year. Once on the southern march and again on the northern return.
At the time of the winter and summer solstices, (around December 22 and June 22) the sun is directly overhead at either the Tropic of Cancer (summer) or the Tropic of Capricorn (winter). In the Northern Hemisphere these dates mark the beginnings of summer and winter and the days of the longest and shortest hours of daylight.
Lots more summer fun! – https://www.familyeducation.com/entertainment-activities/summer-vacation
Silliness – Abdominal Snowman