The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by JT Price.
[posting at 7:30pm] It’s been dry today, but the sunshine has faded in and out every so oftern. Right now it’s bright enough that it’s heated up in the shop, even with the doors open! 59F, wind at 1-12 mph and gusting, AQI 7-32, UV8. Chance of rain 23% today and 24% tonight. Forecast – Today(64/52) should be dry, if overcast. Tomorrow(60/49) ditto, if a little cooler. Thu(65/56) might have some sunbreaks, but there’s a good chance of showers, starting mid-evening and going on into Monday morning. Fri(62/56) showers, over 2/5 of an inch. Sat/Sun(58/50) showers, about 1/4 inch. Mon(57/48) possible AM showers, then Tue(59/50/ should be dry. Wed(58/50) back to a tiny chance of showers, mostly in the morning.
Yesterday, just after I got the newsletter out I got asked to do a class on Tuesday evening. It’s virtual. I don’t have to go anywhere, but I need to re-vamp the handout and set up the files to do it online. I spent along while during the night and a longer while yesterday, while the shop was open, writing frantically. I finally got that done at about 5:15 and then got the House newsletter written and published by 6pm. I’m *wiped*! …and I should have put this together last night, so it’s going to take even longer to get this out…. late tonight….
Tempus got in a bit early, so caught some extra sleep. He needed it after Sunday. I had an awful time trying to get back to sleep, so he let me catch an extra hour after he got up and got the shop open. He started a bread batch before we got our coffee, and then took the rent check and some explanation of what’s been going on with us to the managers at the park. He also picked up mail and I got a batch of small quartz crystals, some small bottles and some new amulet bags in a sort-of tribal print. (I actually typed that as, “tribble print”. That coulda been confusing!) One of Tempus’ father’s day goodies showed up, a book that I think he’s really going to like. I’m going to start processing the crystals tonight, along with a few more books.
Today I’m hoping that Tempus is actually going to sleep in. If not, we’re going to have to go out to the house for various things, like some ingredients for suppers and some clean clothes again. I have the class in the evening, so it’d have to be a short visit. Maybe Tempus will go up to storage, instead.
Did you check out the new grandbaby pictures? – https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/calendar/psychic-fair-information/grandbabys-fourth-year/
Today ‘s feast is Vesta Aperit, the first day of the Vestalia in ancient Rome. This is the one day of the year when the most sacred area of Vesta’s temple was open for women to offer sacrifices. The rest of the year it was closed to all but the priestesses. Vesta was the goddess of the hearth and the sacred fire that was the basis of much of the Roman worship. The Vestals, usually referred to as, “Vestal Virgins”, were the only women in Rome who were held to be equal to and independent from men, but if they broke their 30-year vow of chastity they would be buried alive. They lived in a house near the main centers of worship. The picture to the left is Vesta’s temple in 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestalia#Vestalia
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From 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 6/12 at 4:52pm
The Moon forms yet another isosceles triangle with Gamma Leonis and Regulus. This time the stars are to the Moon’s right and lower right.
Venus dominates the morning sky in June, shining brightly first in Aries, where you’ll find it this morning, and then from Taurus later in the month. At magnitude –3.9, you can’t miss the planet in the predawn sky, sitting below (southeast of) Hamal and Sheratan, the two brightest stars in the Ram. Through a telescope, Venus’ 13″-wide disk is nearly 80 percent lit. Its crescent will gain another 6 percent by the end of the month, though the entire disk itself will shrink to 12″ wide. Although you certainly won’t need binoculars to see Venus, if you have a pair handy, glance 6.5° east to land on distant Uranus. Glowing a soft magnitude 5.9, Uranus appears just 3″ across.
Finally, follow the line from Venus to Uranus another 14° in the same direction, and you’ll run right into the Pleiades, a sparking open cluster in northwestern Taurus.
Saturn stands stationary against the background stars of Capricornus at 10 A.M. EDT. The ringed planet is currently prominent in the predawn sky, shining at magnitude 0.6 to the upper left (northeast) of Deneb Algedi. But this morning, you’ll want to focus in on the solar system’s other giant planet: Jupiter, which is a bright magnitude –2.3 beacon in southwestern Pisces. The planet still sits near Mars, which lies less than 5° away in Cetus, following the pair’s close conjunction last week. Jupiter’s four Galilean moons regularly transit the disk — or, rather, three of those moons do. In recent years, the tilt of Callisto’s orbit relative to Jupiter and Earth means the moon does not transit, but instead appears to pass above or below the planet. But this month, conditions are right to see the moon disappear behind or pass in front of Jupiter. This morning, between 4 A.M. and 5 A.M. EDT, you can watch Callisto just skim behind the gas giant’s disk to the north, appearing partially obscured as it passes behind the planet.
Mars and Jupiter, very different at magnitudes +0.6 and –2.2 respectively, shine together before and during dawn in the east-southeast. Little Mars is lower left of bright Jupiter.
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”. Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
Pluto Retrograde (10/8), Saturn (10/23)
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Color – Grey
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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
Tu 7 Low 12:58 AM 3.1 5:32 AM Set 2:03 AM 41
~ 7 High 6:11 AM 5.5 8:58 PM Rise 1:08 PM
~ 7 Low 1:03 PM 0.7
~ 7 High 7:56 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the All-Mother: I sow harmony where ever I go. The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
Journal Prompt – What is? – What was your New Years Resolution this year?
~ Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing and life doesn’t. – Neil Gaiman
~ A man’s true wealth is the good he does in the world. – Kahlil Gibran
~ Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. – Edward H. Harriman
~ It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.” ~ Sydney J. Harris
Patience Taught by Nature by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
‘O DREARY life,’ we cry, ‘O dreary life!’
And still the generations of the birds
Sing through our sighing, and the flocks and herds
Serenely live while we are keeping strife
With Heaven’s true purpose in us, as a knife
Against which we may struggle! ocean girds
Unslackened the dry land, savannah-swards
Unweary sweep,—hills watch, unworn; and rife
Meek leaves drop yearly from the forest-trees,
To show above the unwasted stars that pass
In their old glory. O thou God of old,
Grant me some smaller grace than comes to these! –
But so much patience as a blade of grass
Grows by, contented through the heat and cold.
Litha Magick –
The Bee Goddess Calls by Judith Shaw – Meditation by Anja
Read and perform to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKEUJaQcPrg
Spring arrived in the Northern Hemisphere and all of Goddess’s children are waking up from our winter slumbers. Birds are singing, fruit trees are blossoming, bees are buzzing, and early spring bulb flowers are in full bloom. Signs of spring fever are evident as we find ourselves full of energy and vitality for new projects and relationships.
As new life emerges from the Earth we can more easily reflect on our place in the greater scheme of life. It’s a good time to question the values of our consumer society and ask if there is another way.
In contrast to these values of domination, separation, and consumption, ancient wisdom traditions teach that we are all connected – to each other, to all life, to the whole natural world and to the spiritual cosmos.
One canary in the coalmine that points out the lack of balance we have created with our industrial, military, consumer society is the disappearance and collapse of bee colonies all around the world. This is something that we ignore at our own peril. Without bees we could lose 30% of our food crops.
The relationship between humans and bees dates back to prehistoric days. Cave paintings found in Spain, from between 6000 and 8000 BCE, depict our Neolithic ancestors gathering honey from wild bee colonies.
The earliest record of humans keeping bees in human made hives dates back to Egypt of 2400 BCE.
The ancients believed that the bees’ ability to make honey was a gift from the divine. Bees who give us their sweet honey, used for food, drink and medicine have long been associated with Goddesses all around the world.
In ancient Egypt the main temple of the Goddess Neith was known as the “House of the Bee.” She was often depicted as a veiled Goddess which perhaps was an allusion to bees, often called hymenoptera meaning “veil winged”. In truth the bees’ wings are beautiful lace-like fluttering veils.
The Greeks, who only knew how to collect wild honey, inherited bee keeping from the Minoans, who worked with and honored bees since the beginning of the Neolithic era. The Great Mother Goddess was often called “Melissa”, meaning “the Queen Bee.” In the myth and imagery of both cultures, associations of the Mother Goddess with the little honeybee are abundant.
India’s ancient sacred text, the Rig-Veda, contains numerous references to bees and honey. The Indian Bee Goddess, Bhramari Devi, whose name comes from the Hindi word bramari, meaning ‘bees’, is said to make Her home within the heart chakra. Here She emits the buzzing sound of Bees. All across ancient India the humming of bees represented the essential sound of the universe.
Bees are also sacred to the Celtic Goddess Brigid. The ancient Celts believed that Brigid’s bees brought their magical nectar to earth from her apple orchard in the Otherworld. Her power, manifesting through bees, endures through time. A Christianized version of Brigid, Gobnait, protected Her people with the help of bees. She thwarted a band of robbers attempting to steal the people’s cattle, by looseing a swarm of bees on the rustlers, sending them fleeing in terror.
Through working with bees I have learned personally what amazing community organizers they are. The ancients saw bees as beings that create order. Each bee diligently works their part of the community with cooperation and organization, ensuring the welfare of all. Perhaps the early Neolithic people, in whose hearts the Goddess reigned, were inspired by the honeybee to create their own communities of cooperation and harmony. While at the same time bees made the early agricultural societies possible through their work as pollinators of many of our favorite foods. Like the honeybee, the modern day Way of the Goddess is one that honors a balanced approach to living in nature; an approach that honors cooperation, harmony and work well done.
Now that spring has arrived, I rejoice in the return of the honeybees to my garden and in the magic of new life as it emerges from the dark, fertile Earth. The Bee Goddess calls us all to remember that through loving cooperation, focus and hard work, we can produce life’s sweet nectar.
Now it is time to sink into yourself. Take a deep breath and let it out, letting tension flow with it. Take another and close your eyes, listening to the sound of the bees. Let your attention sink down into your body. Take another breath and let your attention sink into your belly where you rest.
Listen to the sound of the bees. You rest in the warmth and the dark and the singing of your family around you. You grow and grow and at some point become aware of your body growing in a small chamber, growing in the warmth and darkness and humming until you are cramped by the walls.
Then you pop open the door of the chamber. You push and wriggle, encouraged by the singing of your sisters, until you stand free of the wax cell you lived in for so long, hearing their song so clearly, now.
You fan your wings and the little workers clean and dry you as you rest in the warmth and dark. They bring your honey and feed you, and royal jelly, too, and you rest and grow some more, feeling quiet and safe and protected.
Then an itching starts in your wings, a restlessness in your belly and you follow the dancing sisters through the hive until you see light penetrating the warmth and darkness from an opening.
You step through into the light, dazzled by it, but ravished by the warmth and nourishment of the sunlight.
The restlessness grows and you wave your wings, dancing and jumping until you are flying, leaving the song that you have lived in so long, flying upwards towards the beautiful light of the sun.
Workers and drones follow you in your flight, the workers falling back but the strongest of the drones catching up to mate with you and fall away, dying, having sacrificed themselves to the needs of your family.
As the sun sinks in the West, so you sink down into the cluster of the working sisters, and they feed you and clean you as others begin to build the new hive around you.
You are the Queen. You are fertile. You are cared for. You rest, warm, secure, clean and fed, listening to the song that swells around you again.
Now, begin to return to human form. You have toes and fingers. Wiggle them. Take a deep breath. You have arms and legs. Move them. Take another breath. You have a human body. Sit up and when you are ready open your eyes.
Melissa! Goddess! We honor you and the work of your sisters! We remember how necessary you are to life and send healing and energy to your hives, at this warmest, brightest time of the year.
Silliness – Practice in the Mirror