Daily Stuff 6-11-22 Fortuna

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:57 AM of -0.2 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Don n Jo Leach. Sewing Workshop is at 3pm.

 [posting at 6pm] It’s been raining off and on all day, and it’s spitting, right now. Still pretty warm, though. The weather map is all speckled with green, rather than a solid mass. The swirl has moved a bit north and is dumping rain on BC, more than us, now. 59F, wind at 1-6mph and gusting, AQI 7-23, UV8. Chance of rain 60% today and 75% tonight. Forecast – Today(60/52) Afternoon should be dry, with bookends of rain. Tomorrow(54/49) will start wet and have a chance of showers for the rest of the day . Mon(55/49) showers, Tue(58/47) AM showers, then dry, Wed/Thu(59/49)Possible showers overnight, both nights, otherwise dry. Fri/Sat(58/50) AM rain, dry afternoons. Sun(58/49) partly cloudy. 0 firespots.

Thursday evening we had meatball subs for supper and then I went to sleep for a few hours. Tempus headed out on the paper route and napped between the bulk and subscriber routes. I was up for most of the night, writing and I still have tabs open that I need to get back to.

We slept until about 12:30, then got up and got the shop open. I got the crystals that I had been pricing set out, (just the quartz, I haven’t gotten to the calcites), along with the new bottles, then started in on getting pendants strung and hung. I had been short enough on wall space that the pendants had gone into baskets, but now I’m short on baskets. That took most of the afternoon with stiff fingers from the weather.

We had one couple in shopping and that sale made up for the otherwise very slow day. Once I’m done here and we’ve closed up, we’re going to head home. I have some stuff to do in the garden and Tempus needs to pick up the laundry, then we’ll have to come back to have supper asnd I have more writing to do, still….

Today we’ll be open at 1pm, maybe with the rain slowing down we’ll have some business? Sewing Workshop is just bring-your-own-project unless someone shows up with a question.

Baby Mergansers on the Alsea River! Photo by Don n Jo Leach. Used with permission

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Fortuna was the personification of luck and has survived through the Middle Ages and even into the present  in the Wheel of Fortune card in the Tarot. She had various aspects, both good and bad, the caprices of life.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortuna

Today’s Plant is ColtsfootPetasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water, Magickal uses – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus

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 Scorpio

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 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 crosses the head of Scorpius a day before it’s full on the 13th. In these illustrations the Moon is drawn about three times its actual apparent size, so in this one it covers up Delta Scorpii. In reality, the Moon will only occult Delta Sco for the northeastern US and eastern Canada; see the June 12 text tomorrow.

The Big Dipper hangs high in the northwest as the stars come out. The Dipper’s Pointers, currently its bottom two stars, point lower right toward Polaris. Above Polaris, and looking very similar to it, is Kochab, the lip of the dim Little Dipper’s bowl. Kochab stands precisely above Polaris around the end of twilight or a little after. How accurately can you time this event for your location, perhaps using the vertical edge of a building?

An old, familiar friend is now rising in the sky after sunset: Cygnus the Swan. This large, cross-shaped summertime constellation are easy to pick out. The Swan’s tail is marked by the bright star Deneb (magnitude 1.3), while his beak is the stunning double star Albireo (magnitude 3.1). Through a telescope, you can enjoy this pair’s contrasting colors of orange and blue. And if you live in a particularly dark location, step out on a moonless night and you’ll see the bright swath of the Milky Way running through the Swan’s body. Cygnus has several deep-sky gems to enjoy, but tonight’s bright Moon will hinder your ability to enjoy most of them. That’s okay — we’ll be sure to revisit this area soon when there is no Moon in the sky and conditions for viewing faint objects are much better. In the meantime, Deneb is also one point of three that make up the Summer Triangle asterism. Now entirely visible after dark, the other two points are Altair in Aquila and Vega in Lyra.

Venus lies just south of Uranus in the early-morning sky today. Both lie in southeastern Aries the Ram, about 14° below magnitude 2 Hamal. Look east an hour before sunrise and you won’t be able to miss the bright beacon of Venus’ magnitude –3.9 glow, about 8° above the horizon. In binoculars or a small scope, Venus’ disk appears 13″ across and 81 percent lit. Roughly 1.6° north of Venus is the small, dim disk of Uranus. The ice giant spans just 3″ and shines a soft magnitude 5.8. Venus will pass due south of Uranus at 9 A.M. EDT.

As the twilight grows, those with a clear view of the horizon may catch Mercury, currently magnitude 0.9, rising around 4:30 A.M. local time. Take care not to scan the sky too close to sunrise with binoculars or a telescope — set an alarm for several minutes before the Sun peeks over the horizon from your location (not necessarily the time listed in this column; it may differ!) and stop using any astronomical equipment then. Mercury is low in the glow of sunrise, some 12° lower left of bright Venus all this week. Mercury is at greatest elongation (23° west of the Sun) on June 16th, but even then it doesn’t rise until dawn is already under way. Try for it low about 40 to 30 minutes before sunrise, and bring binoculars. Mercury brightens from a difficult magnitude +1.1 on the morning of June 11th to a somewhat better +0.4 (i.e. twice as bright) by the 18th. Did I mention binoculars?

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 Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Color – Blue
Planting 6/11-12
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

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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

Sa  11      Low   4:57 AM    -0.2   5:31 AM     Set  3:28 AM      81
~    11     High  11:08 AM     5.6   9:01 PM    Rise  6:01 PM
~    11      Low   4:30 PM     2.1
~    11     High  10:38 PM     8.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Imagine…Think…Act…Believe

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Journal Prompt – What is? – What is a cause that is VERY important to you?

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Quotes

~   The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart. – Proverbs 17:3, New International Version
~   We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet forget that he is someone today. – Author Unknown
~   I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
~   No person was ever wise by chance. –  Seneca

The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

The tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea-sands damp and brown
The traveller hastens toward the town,
      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

Darkness settles on roofs and walls,
But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls;
The little waves, with their soft, white hands,
Efface the footprints in the sands,
      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls
Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;
The day returns, but nevermore
Returns the traveller to the shore,
      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

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Litha Magick – Summer solstice – From Starhawk, Circle Round

Summer solstice is the Longest Day/Shortest Night of the year. The sun has to its full strength, and summer begins to end as we enjoy swimming and picnics, we know that the days will begin shorter again as soon as Solstice is past

Summer Solstice reminds us that nothing lasts forever. We do not live in the unchanging twilight realm of Faery, the living, dying, fading, and growing are here.

Letting go of something doesn’t mean just getting rid of it. When we let go, we allow someone to change and grow and become different. A mother lets go of a grown child so that the child can become independent. Mom can be happy her child has grown up well and strong, but she still might be sad that her baby is gone forever.

At the Summer Solstice, we remember that those times of feeling happy and sad are very special and sacred to the Goddess because they are times when we are changing, as the Goddess is always changing.

The Solstice is a fire festival. For thousands of years, people all over Europe cel­ebrated the Solstice by lighting huge bonfires. The bonfire reminds us of the heat of the summer sun. In Norway, many people stay up all night with the fire. They are so far north that the sun barely sets at all, so why sleep? In Wales, a huge wheel was set afire and rolled down the mountainside. If it stayed burning all the way down, the harvest would be a good one.

Here in California, our main ritual takes place at the beach. We make a big “wicker” God out of scrap lumber and driftwood and decorate him with flowers and herbs that stand for things we want to let go of, for offerings we want to make, and for our hopes, our joys, and our sadness. When we are done, the God looks very beautiful, all dressed in green leaves and covered with flowers. Then we burn the God image and the flowers in the fire, so that we feel happy and sad at the same moment. All the beautiful things we have put into the image become gifts to the spirits, messages sent to the Goddess and God. In return, we will have fresh new ideas and new room on our walls for new changes.

Just as we honored our mothers on Beltane, we honor fathers at the Summer Solstice, for fathers plant the seed of life and give nurturing, love, and protection to their children.

The Goddess

At the Summer Solstice, the Goddess is the Generous Mother, Freya, Flora, Habondia, she who gives life and fruitfulness to all her children. Everything in nature is generous—otherwise we could not live. The apple tree makes hundreds of apples every year, when only one seed in one apple would be enough to reproduce the tree. Bees make honey so that the hive can survive the winter, but they keep on working all summer long, storing enough to share. Life could exist without climbing roses, striped butterflies, songbirds, raspberries, or wildflowers, but the Goddess keeps making new forms of beauty for us to enjoy.

The Goddess at Summer Solstice gives us not just what we need, but extra. We can feel close to her by being generous, giving more than we’re asked to give, doing more than our fair share. That way we make abundance for all.

The rose is the Goddess’s symbol at this time of year. Roses bloom abundantly in June, and we can take joy in their sweet scent and the lovely colors of their petals. But roses also have thorns. They remind us, again, that whenever we’re most happy, we feel a little sting of sadness that nothing in the world lasts forever.

The God

All through the first half of the year, since his birth at the Winter Solstice, the God has been growing into this life in the visible, tangible world. Now, at the Summer Solstice, he transforms. The daylight is longest and strongest at this time, but now the power of night must begin to grow again. Everything and everyone who fulfills their purpose must change. The God dies in this world in order to be born into the Otherworld. Before, he was awake in this world and asleep in the Dreamworld. Now he becomes the Dreamer, asleep in this world but awake in the world of dreams and visions, the seeds of what will come to be in this world. He becomes the Messenger, carrying our hopes and prayers to the spirit realms.

The God is also the partner of the Goddess, bringing abundance to all of nature. He is Lugh, the Sun God, and he is the ancient power of life who was known simply as the Good God, Keeper of the Crops, provider for his people.

The Altar

At the Summer Solstice, the family altar can be covered with flowers, especially roses. On or around the altar, you might also place things you have completed and let go of, or are trying to let go of—your baby blanket, last year’s textbooks, outgrown shoes, or a bad report card.

Add any first fruits of the season and, of course, images of the sun, sunflowers, and other symbols of the holiday.

You might have a special section on the altar for things to give away. Take one thing off your own altar and bring it to the family altar, or find something special to contribute. Let the things stay during the holiday season to soak up blessings, then give them away before Lughnasad rolls around!

On the Land

Around the Summer Solstice the hills here are turning from green to gold. Our gardens are in full bloom. Although the height of wildflower season has passed, golden poppies still dot the hills. In a good year for fruit, the plum tree in (Starhawk’s) backyard in San Francis will be covered with ripe plums and can make jam for our Winter Solstice bread.

Some of the streams are still flowing The deep pools in the bottoms of streams are still full, but the land is beginning to look dry and the smallest, seasonal streams are empty now. The birds are nesting and the mosquitoes are out. During the day, the weather is often quite hot, but the nights stay cool. And the days are long; doesn’t get dark until 9:00 or 9:30 at night

How late does the sun set where you are? The farther you are from the Equator the longer will be the longest day. And if you’re up above the Arctic Circle, the sui won’t set at all!

For this ritual, we make and then burn a wicker man. When we are on the beach, he is a life-size structure of boards and branches. If we are out camping, he can be a foot or two tall, made of dead branches tied together with cotton twine in the crude shape of a man. Whichever spot you choose, try to be where you can watch the sun set and build a campfire.

The wicker man is Lugh, the Sun God, the Shining One, who dies today as the sun sets. Lugh is the messenger to the Otherworld, the one who carries our gifts over to the other side. Tied to his body are our gifts: old artwork and spells that need to be released so that we can open to new creative urges, wishes written on slips of paper and bound to Lugh with bits of string, things from our altars that we wish to transform, to let go of, to ask for help with.

Before leaving for your trip, make sure everyone has time to collect things to give over to the wicker man. On the day of the ritual, set aside a few hours in the afternoon for every­one to observe sacred silence. In the quiet, all can help build the wicker man with foraged materials and have time to purify themselves, in whatever manner they choose, to prepare for the ceremony. In the silence, each act becomes a meditation, sharpening focus and awareness. If there is a stream or other body of water nearby, purifying can entail a ritual bath. Lay a fire and set the wicker man on top of it, so that when the time comes he can be lit easily.

Shortly before sunset, gather together to start the ritual. Ground, cast a circle, and call in the directions. In the spirit of stretching their abilities, encourage adolescents and older children to try leading a part of the ritual. With some coach­ing beforehand, they can call in a direction, cast the circle, or lead the grounding meditation. After creating sacred space, call in the Goddess and Lugh with the song “Holy Shining Sunlight.” Say a Father’s Blessing, calling the power of the God into the men present.

Take some time now to attach all the objects to the wicker man. As people come forward, keep singing or hum­ming “Holy Shining Sunlight” softly. When everyone is fin­ished hanging things on the wicker man, light the fire beneath him. Stand up and begin singing “Dance the Gift of the Summer’s Sun.”

Circle the fire, clapping and drumming as you dance and sing the wicker man on his way to the Otherworld. Imagine that the sparks and flames ascending are your messages, mak­ing their way through the veil to where they need to go. Let the singing and dancing peak, and with the energy you raise, visualize Lugh sailing off from this world into the next.

When the song has died away and the dancing has stopped, ground the energy to the earth, for Her healing. Say,

Lugh of the Long Arm, Shining One, Fierce One, we have sent you on your way. Go well and safely now, as you journey into the arms of night to be reborn. Though we mourn your passing, we will remember you shining in strength and brilliance on this longest day. And until we meet again, hail and farewell.

Say goodbye to the Goddess in similar fashion, open the circle. End with all saying in unison,

The circle is open but unbroken. May the peace of the Goddess go in our hearts. Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again!

Share food and drink, and enjoy the dying embers of the longest day.

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Silliness – Fast Food

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