Daily Stuff 6-1-22 World No Tobacco Day

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:48 AM of -1.0 feet. The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. [workshop]

 [posting at 7pm] It’s been more sunny that not today, from what I’ve seen, and for once, the computer agrees. 57F, wind at 1-7mph and gusting, AQI 7-37, UV6. Chance of rain 8% today and 13% tonight. Forecast – Today & Tomorrow(59/51) will be dry, but start cloudy and then clear for Thursday afternoon. There’s a tiny chance of showers that night and then a larger chance by daybreak on Fri(58/52) and a good chance of real rain, up to most of an inch Sat. even.(59/54). That should taper off to showers by dawn on Sun(56/50) another 1/4 inc accum. Mon-Thu(60/50) should be dry, if mostly cloudy. That big swirl is centered in the Gulf of Alaska, but the leading edge is getting closer to us. 0 firespots. Wow, that smoke cloud from New Mexico covered not only most of the US South, but up the Eastern seaboard!

After I got the plants watered, Monday evening was one of those I’m-too-tired nights. We never did anything about supper, just had sandwiches and turned in. I spent awhile on the computer overnight, doing some more research, and then once I finally woke up (3pm!) did a couple hours more and I still have more yet, before I can get back to my more usual pursuits.

After I’d been online for a bit I got the news that a childhood friend of my kids is in the ICU. He was on his way home from an event and t-boned at an intersection. He’s got head trauma, a brain bleed, bad damage to the upper chest area an collarbones (and him a blacksmith!) Finally word came through later that he’s finally responsive, or at least his pupils are and they can lower the sedation levels a bit, and he’s stable. Good grief! I talked to his mother for hours, since I get it, having had to sit with Arthur in ICU when he was a teen for a head trauma thing. That’s why I’m running a bit late.

I have more on the research thing tonight, and then a bit of writing, I hope. It’s hard to buckle down to anything, fretting about Ivan. I’m going to be doing a bit of work on his behalf and good energy is welcome for him.

Today we’re going to try again to hit the farmer’s market and I have some plants to pick up, if the lady is home. We’re going home after that, both for Herbs in the Garden and to work on the electrical system, plus pick up fresh clothes and such.

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

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Today 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

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Today’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

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 anjasnihova@yahoo.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Cancer

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 6/14 at 4:52am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 6/3 at 4:30pm.

A tau Herculids meteor streaks above sandstone formations at the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada on May 30, 2022 in this photo by Ethan Miller of Getty Images. The shooting star came from the shards of comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, or SW3. (Image credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

It sounds like there wasn’t a major storm with the new meteor shower, but some really cool fireballs, some images captured by satellite.  – https://www.space.com/tau-herculids-meteor-shower-2022-stargazers-photos

The waxing crescent Moon reappears in the western evening sky this week, as lunation number 1230 gets under way. The “lunation number” is a running count of lunar months starting at each new Moon. It’s also called the Brown Lunation Number; it began with the first new Moon of 1923, the year when Ernest William Brown’s improved lunar theory (precise mathematical model of the Moon’s orbit) was introduced to compute the Moon’s position and phases for the major national astronomical almanacs. Other lunar-month counting systems are also used. The one boasting the highest count is the Hebrew Lunation Number, starting with the zero mark of the Hebrew calendar on October 7, 3761 BC. We’re beginning Hebrew Lunation Number 72,464. A lunar month (synodic month) averages 29.530575 days long. By comparison, our civil calendar months, ranging from 28 to 31 days, average 30.436875 days long in the Gregorian calendar now in use. This means that any given phase of the Moon occurs about one day earlier each calendar month on average.

As twilight fades, look low in the west for the thin crescent Moon. It’s in lower Gemini down under Pollux and Castor, as shown below. Look left of the Moon by 25° (roughly 2½ fists at arm’s length) for Procyon. Shown below is how they’ll appear from latitude 40° in North America, for instance New York and Denver. From the southern U.S., Procyon will appear higher than it does here. From higher latitudes, Procyon will appear lower than shown here.

Dwarf planet Ceres – The largest object in the main asteroid belt is Ceres. This natural-color view of the dwarf planet comes courtesy of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which orbited the world from 2015 to 2018. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

The Moon passes 0.1° north of dwarf planet 1 Ceres at 5 P.M. EDT. If you want to catch the pair, though, you’ll need to be fast: They’re sinking in the west at sunset; an hour later, they are roughly 12° high. Ceres is roughly magnitude 9 and has moved to just over 2° west-northwest of the thin crescent Moon, which is now waxing and starting to show off its eastern limb as the Sun begins to climb the lunar sky. Both are in Gemini, just northeast of 3rd-magnitude Mebsuta (Epsilon [ϵ] Geminorum).

Twin stars – This stunning, deep image of Gemini shows the bright stars Castor and Pollux at lower left. Note the differences in their colors: Castor is bluer, while Pollux is yellower. – Dominique Dierick (Flickr)

Once Luna and Ceres have disappeared, Gemini still has some treats to share. Look a bit higher to compare and contrast the twins’ heads, marked by Alpha (α) and Beta Geminorum, also known as Castor and Pollux, respectively. Castor is a blue-white star, while Pollux has a yellow-orange hue.

Moon Apogee/Perigee – * For a good explanation of what this is – https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/lunar-perigee-apogee.html

The Moon also reaches apogee, the farthest point from Earth in its orbit, at 9:13 P.M. EDT. At that time, our satellite will sit 252,396 miles (406,192 kilometers) away.

Mercury is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise.

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 – Yellow
Planting 6/1-3
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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The very old hawthorn at Saint-Mars-sur-la-Futaie, France, planted in the 3rd century!

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.

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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
W    1     High   1:35 AM     7.6   5:35 AM    Rise  6:56 AM      1
~     1      Low   8:48 AM    -1.0   8:54 PM     Set 11:27 PM
~     1     High   3:30 PM     6.0
~     1      Low   8:33 PM     3.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – High intention operates in the midst of abundance. Abundance operates in the midst of high intention.

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Journal Prompt – Describe – Describe a dream that you had recently. Provide as many details as possible.

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Quotes

~   Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~   An economist’s guess is liable to be as good as anybody else’s. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~   Men in great place are thrice servants,-servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business. – Francis Bacon; Of Great Place
~   If you wish to find, you must search. Rarely does a good idea interrupt you. – Jim Rohn

From the silence of sorrowful hours
The desolate mourners go,
Lovingly laden with flowers
Alike for the friend and the foe; – FRANCIS MILES FINCH

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Litha Magick – June Lore

June’s energies are focused on socialization and activity. It is a capricious month, filled with young love, romance, and the companionship of good friends. Any magic aimed at enhancing one’s relationships, communication skills, and the personal energy level necessary for maintaining both will be augmented by working during this month.  

  • June Moon Names: Mead Moon, Moon of Horses, Lovers’ Moon, Strong Sun Moon, Honey Moon, Aerra Litha (Before Litha), Brachmanoth (Break Month), StrawberryMoon, Rose Moon, Moon of Making Fat.
  • The original Roman name for this month was Junonious, after the Great Mother Goddess Juno; her counterpart among the Greeks was Hera. The Summer Solstice has been and still is important to many religions and cultures around the world. Not only was it sacred to goddesses of fertility, marriage, and love, but it was considered to be a time when faeries, elves, and many other supernatural beings were abroad in great numbers.
  • Celtic: Festival of the Oak Nymph – celebrated to honor all hamadryads (female natures spirits who inhabit oak trees).
  • Ancient Egyptian: Ma’at and Ra go forth in secret.
  • Rome: This day is sacred to Juno Moneta, Juno the Warner, the aspect of Juno who warns of impending disasters. Also: the festival of Carna, honoring the Roman Goddess of Doors and Locks. Carna was patron of security and physical safety of the home and family. Doors and windows were repaired on this day, and rituals performed to repel thieves.

June Hallmark Holidays:

  • June is National Burglary Prevention Month
  • June is Dairy Month (more on this later)
  • June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
  • June is Children’s Awareness Month
  • June is National Rose Month
  • June is National Frozen Yogurt Month
  • June is National Candy Month
  • June is Turkey Lovers’ Month
  • International Volunteer Week – June 1-7

THE TRADITION OF THE JUNE BRIDE – https://brombergs.com/the-tradition-of-the-june-bride/ – June 1, 2016

When it comes to weddings, folklore and superstitions abound.

Why is is that June is the most popular month to marry in western culture? The reasons are many, starting with the most practical of all: If a bride married in June, she was more likely to give birth to her first child in early spring, giving her plenty of time to recover before the fall harvest.

Many sources say that the tradition of the June bride actually began in ancient Roman times. The month of June is named for the Roman goddess Juno. Juno, wife of Jupiter, was not only thought of in connection with feminine vitality, fertility and considered a protectress of Roman women, but also considered the equivalent of Hera, the Greek goddess of love and marriage.

It is also often cited that the popularity of a June wedding in European tradition is because bathing was much less frequent during middle ages than in modern times. During this time period bathing was thought by many to increase the chance of disease so nobility tended to only bathe monthly or a few times a year. The peasant class might only bathe once a year, if that often and that bath usually happened in late spring. So it made sense to marry in June because people would have smelled better for their weddings. Brides also carried bouquets of fragrant herbs and flowers to help keep everything smelling sweet.

Another reason for the popularity of June weddings stems from Europe during medieval times. Of course, because Europe was predominantly Christian, a wedding would not have taken place during Lent (which is still true in many modern churches) and the banns have been read over at least three consecutive regular Sunday masses. This meant one had to wait until late spring to marry, after the banns had cleared. The banns was an announcement of the intention to marry and an opportunity for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place.  Banns were (and still are in some places) read out in the main Sunday service in the parish where the bride lives as well as the church where is groom lived if that is in another parish.

Luckily, bathing came into vogue during the eighteenth century, but the tradition of carrying flowers was carried on and during the Regency era brides often wore flowered wreaths on their heads. During the Victorian era Floriography (the cryptological use of various flowers to communicate specific meaning) was gaining popularity in many parts of Europe and of course one would want to communicate the correct sentiments for one’s wedding. Therefore, it stands to reason that weddings would most commonly take place when the best selection of fresh flowers would be available.

The availability of fresh flowers continued influencing the season of weddings until fairly modern times, when flowers became available year round because of the use of airplanes in shipping. With the idea of locally sourcing fresh flowers coming back into fashion, we don™t see the popularity of a June wedding going away anytime soon and we are excited to see the influx of wedding pictures on social media that are certain to be posted soon!

Best wishes to all the soon-to-be June brides!

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Silliness – Vampire Brothers

Three vampire brothers decide to hold a competition to see which one of them is the most powerful…

The first brother is the strongest.
“Watch this,” he says, and takes off at nearly 100 miles per hour. Two minutes later, he returns, his mouth covered in blood.
“What happened?!” his brothers exclaimed.
“You see that mansion over there?”
“Yeah?”
“Well, I went over there and sucked each and every last family member dry. They are all dead.”
“Wow!” his brothers say. “As expected, for you are the strongest.”

The second brother to go is the oldest.
“Watch and learn, boys,” he says, and takes off even quicker, at 150 miles per hour.
Five minutes later, he returns, both his mouth and his neck covered in blood.
“What happened?!” His brothers exclaimed.
“You see that village over there?”
“Yeah?” They said.
“Well I went over there and killed every last person in the entire village. There is not one left alive.”
“Wow!” his brothers say in awe. “As expected, for you are the oldest and have the most experience.”

The third brother is the fastest. Not to be outdone, he says “Watch this, and don’t blink or you might miss it.”
He flies off, faster than the rest of them, going at least 200mph.
In only ten seconds, he returns. His entire mouth, nose, and neck are covered in so much blood, it stains the front of his shirt.
“What happened?!” his brothers exclaimed.
“You see that giant tree over there?”
“…Yeah?”
“Well I sure effin’ didn’t.”

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