The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Pavel Voita. House Capuchin Project Day.
[posting at 6:30 pm] Some of the rain has been really heavy during the day, but I was able to go out and do pictures in the last hour with only getting a little damp. 57F, wind at 2-9mph and gusting, AQI 6-36 , UV8. Chance of rain 77% today and 53% tonight. Forecast – Today(57/50) Rain should turn to showers and dwindle, but we’re still looking at most of 1/3 of an inch!. Tomorrow(58/47)AM clouds, then sun. Tue(65/52) mostly cloudy, tiny chance of showers overnight into Wed(60/50) which will stay cloudy. Thu/Fri(62/55) Showery, 1/3 inch accum, Sat-Mon(60/50) Partly cloudy. We’re out-wearing the wet!
Friday evening I made sesame chicken again, although without the sauce, since we appear to have tossed it since I didn’t get it labeled. There was enough to go back for 2nds with the rice from the night before, and I worked on my box of snow peas from the farmer’s market for a vegetable. Tempus actually went back for 2nds. He likes it! Hey, Mikey! 🙂
We slept after. I got up a midnight and sat down to work on the cookbook some more, but I started getting dozy before Tempus headed out on the paper run. I slept for several more hours, then got up, got a snack and went back to writing. I’m gonna get this done if it takes the hide off!!!!
I was still up, reading in on my tablet, when Tempus got in. He handed me the daily paper and I read that, then we turned in and slept again. I woke at noon, but Tempus woke with only 5 minutes to the time to open! He’s still pretty tired, but he caught up a little.
Right now (1:30pm) The shop is full of a batch of ladies who came out here for the weekend. They’ve had a long hike up on the top of Cape Perpetua and a picnic lunch in the shelter and now they’re shopping. If I understand right they’re staying at the Adobe in one of the fireplace rooms and they’re talking about room service, later, with a couple of bottles of plum wine. They were shopping at Mai’s, earlier. Sounds like a fun time!
I *so* needed coffee when they came in…. but I got it right after, along with some cottage cheese and then Tempus made cheese toast. By that point I was down a rabbit hole that had been in an e-mail, but I dragged myself out and started back in on the cookbook. …and promptly fell down another rabbit hole, discussing early Pictish clothing with a friend on Facebook.
… 2:30-ish – I worked out a shopping list. We’re really low on some things and I want to make some quick sides (thinking corn salsa….) so that we don’t end up with just starch and protein, or at least I don’t. Tempus is really a meat ‘n taters guy… Pulling out my stuff for the Sewing Workshop. …and then putting more books onto the shelves.
…and then the plumbing backed up. If it’s not one thing it’s another! So Tempus had to run to Dollar General for a mop, since our old one died when he tried to use it. …that was some interesting blue air…. He’s complaining that the mop from DG was over $12. That *is* a bit much-ish….
Raven got some more grandbaby pictures on a hike… I’m gonna go over and update the “4th year” page…. and did – https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/calendar/psychic-fair-information/grandbabys-fourth-year/
6pm – OK, I need to get this out and do something about supper and then sleep for awhile. I’m still logy, even if I’m quite awake. I have more writing to work on tonight. …and another customer right when I’m doing this. 🙂 Tempus was doign his card, so I went out, got photos of pants and did a little harvesting from the front. Catmint is doing great, two roses for rose sugar and a snall handful of thyme starts which are planted in a bowl, now.
Today the shop opens at 1pm. It’s our “different day”, so we’ll likely be working on things like bookmarks and the wooden utensils. … and photos… and talking with House folks… and maybe some plant care…. and watering…. you get the idea!
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. – Feminine, Earth – carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
There is an Irish saint, Gobnait, who is worshiped as the patroness of bees who, according to Nigel Pennick, is a version of the goddess Domna, who is the goddess of perambulation to sacred stones and cairns. Gobnait’s feast day is 2/11 and I’m not finding info on Domna at all! Gobnait still has a number of centers of worship in Ireland and even a couple of sacred wells. Melissa is the name that I’m used to seeing in conjunction with bees, as the priestesses of Demeter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobnait and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa#Ancient_Greek_Mythology Also see today’s Magick section!
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 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
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/7 at 7:48am.
I found an interesting bit on NASA.gov. If you go to this link, you can punch in your birthday and see what Hubble was looking at that day, with a bit of explanation. This was mine…..
Now the Moon shines just 5° from Regulus and from Gamma Leonis. They’re lower left of it and above it, respectively.
Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) is carving a path straight through Ophiuchus this month. Currently around magnitude 9.6, the Comet Observation database reports that the comet is still brightening; it’s expected to ultimately peak around 7th magnitude. Discovered in May 2017, K2’s nucleus is roughly 25 miles (40 kilometers) across — that’s four times the size of Halley’s Comet. But K2 doesn’t get nearly as close to us because its perihelion, or the closest point in its orbit to the Sun, lies beyond the orbit of Mars. K2 is a perfect target for June evenings, as it’s rising in the east as the sky grows dark. Tonight, you’ll find it just 2.2° east-southeast of 72 Ophiuchi, a magnitude 3.7 star that itself sits nearly 8° northeast of Cebalrai, the Serpent-bearer’s beta star. Just over 3.5° southeast of the comet tonight is NGC 6633, a magnitude 4.6 open cluster that spans nearly the same size as the Full Moon on the sky and contains about 30 stars. K2 is also about 8° east of another 4th-magnitude open cluster, IC 4665. This loose cluster is one of our galaxy’s brightest and makes a great target in a small telescope or wide-field binoculars. Compare the comet’s appearance to these two clusters and consider snapping a few photos of the celestial meetup.
Mercury is 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”.
Saturn (10/23), Pluto (10/8) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Color – Yellow
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Su 5 High 4:10 AM 6.4 5:33 AM Set 1:17 AM 23
~ 5 Low 11:28 AM 0.0 8:57 PM Rise 10:54 AM
~ 5 High 6:27 PM 5.8
~ 5 Low 11:48 PM 3.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do it. Do it right. Do it right now. These are three simple steps to success.
Journal Prompt – What? – What has been the most fun activity in your life so far?
~ The invariable mark of a dream is to see it come true. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Don’t lower your expectations of life. Raise your ability to receive what you want. – Bali Spirit Retreat
~ Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. – Lucille Ball
~ Diversity builds strength. Take a look at a circle; it faces 360 degrees looking outward and inward in all directions. – David Bennett
Perpetual by VNV Nation (Song Lyrics)
Find it in you, raise your eyes
Look beyond the place you stand
Towards the furthest reaches
And to the smallest of things
The sound you are hearing
Is the symphony of what we are
Revelation will not come
With heart and mind closed and divided
Throw away the mantle
Awake from your uncertain hesitation
No way to describe or equate the feeling
No end to what is at your command
A million thoughts run through you
Concentric circles, ever greater
But you have always known
That this is not who you are
To your questions there’ll be answers
Litha Magick – Lore
Litha History – Celebrating the Summer Solstice
An Ancient Solar Celebration
Nearly every agricultural society has marked the high point of summer in some way, shape or form. On this date – usually around June 21 or 22 – the sun reaches its zenith in the sky. It is the longest day of the year, and the point at which the sun seems to just hang there without moving – in fact, the word “solstice” is from the Latin word solstitium, which literally translates to “sun stands still.” The travels of the sun were marked and recorded. Stone circles such as Stonehenge were oriented to highlight the rising of the sun on the day of the summer solstice.
Traveling the Heavens
Although few primary sources are available detailing the practices of the ancient Celts, some information can be found in the chronicles kept by early Christian monks. Some of these writings, combined with surviving folklore, indicate that Midsummer was celebrated with hilltop bonfires and that it was a time to honor the space between earth and the heavens.
Fire and Water
In addition to the polarity between land and sky, Litha is a time to find a balance between fire and water. According to Ceisiwr Serith, in his book The Pagan Family, European traditions celebrated this time of year by setting large wheels on fire and then rolling them down a hill into a body of water. He suggests that this may be because this is when the sun is at its strongest yet also the day at which it begins to weaken. Another possibility is that the water mitigates the heat of the sun, and subordinating the sun wheel to water may prevent drought.
When they arrived in the British Isles, the Saxon invaders brought with them the tradition of calling the month of June Aerra Litha. They marked Midsummer with huge bonfires that celebrated the power of the sun over darkness. For people in Scandinavian countries and in the farther reaches of the Northern hemisphere, Midsummer was very important. The nearly endless hours of light in June are a happy contrast to the constant darkness found six months later in the middle of winter.
The Romans, who had a festival for anything and everything, celebrated this time as sacred to Juno, the wife of Jupiter and goddess of women and childbirth. She is also called Juno Luna and blesses women with the privilege of menstruation. The month of June was named for her, and because Juno was the patroness of marriage, her month remains an ever-popular time for weddings. This time of year was also sacred to Vesta, goddess of the hearth. The matrons of Rome entered her temple on Midsummer and made offerings of salted meal for eight days, in hopes that she would confer her blessings upon their homes.
Midsummer for Modern Pagans
Litha has often been a source of contention among modern Pagan and Wiccan groups, because there’s always been a question about whether or not Midsummer was truly celebrated by the ancients. While there’s scholarly evidence to indicate that it was indeed observed, there were suggestions made by Gerald Gardner, the founder of modern Wicca, that the solar festivals (the solstices and equinoxes) were actually added later and imported from the Middle East. Regardless of the origins, many modern Wiccans and Pagans do choose to celebrate Litha every year in June.
In some traditions, Litha is a time at which there is a battle between light and dark. The Oak King is seen as the ruler of the year between winter solstice and summer solstice, and the Holly King from summer to winter. At each solstice they battle for power, and while the Oak King may be in charge of things at the beginning of June, by the end of Midsummer he is defeated by the Holly King.
This is a time of year of brightness and warmth. Crops are growing in their fields with the heat of the sun, but may require water to keep them alive. The power of the sun at Midsummer is at its most potent, and the earth is fertile with the bounty of growing life.
For contemporary Wiccans and Pagans, this is a day of inner power and brightness. Find yourself a quiet spot and meditate on the darkness and the light both in the world and in your personal life. Celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year with fire and water, night and day, and other symbols of the triumph of light over darkness.
Litha is a great time to celebrate outdoors if you have children. Take them swimming or just turn on the sprinkler to run through, and then have a bonfire or barbeque at the end of the day. Let them stay up late to say goodnight to the sun, and celebrate nightfall with sparklers, storytelling, and music. This is also an ideal Sabbat to do some love magic or celebrate a handfasting, since June is the month of marriages and family.
Silliness – Library of Alexandria
Peggy Vlach – Yes, I do and so does my son.
Sam Bartlett – Upset hardly begins to describe it ….. that was some of my best work they torched …..
Ellen Cameron – Upset about the destruction of the Library of Alexandria? You say that like it’s a Bad Thing! (The upset — not the destruction. The destruction was very much a Bad Thing.)
MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett – Well, there was the one in the moslem world that was destroyed around 1000, and then Sarajevo’s this past century.
Peggy Vlach – It was the moslem one that I was thinking of.
Lawrence Biemiller – This is the Memorial Public Library in Alexandria, Pa. It was dedicated in 1900 to the mothers of the two donors. The library itself occupies the main floor. The second story was originally an auditorium but it now the Hartslog Heritage Museum. The Pennsylvania Mainline Canal ran right behind the library (although it was out of service before the library was built). So Anthony Trollope and Charles Dickens both passed through here on canal boats.
Kim Novy – A historian or a bibliophile? The worst part of this story is that they tied the librarian to a stake and flayed him as they made him watch the library burn. Only slightly less horrible is that the library contained writings of several countries, not only Egyptian. The history & knowledge that was lost. The conspiracy theories that could have been avoided!
Linda Dies – Yes, very upset !!
Sam Bartlett – …. and it left me with nowhere to return the scrolls I had checked out! The overdue fines are going to be astronomical …….