Daily Stuff 6-13-22 Gerald Gardner

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 6:33 AM of -1.8 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Mark Nessel.

 [posting at 6:30pm] It was quite bright, earlier, but the clouds must be getting thicker. That swirl that handed us the last few days’ rain has gone ashore, but the one off the aleutian has moved closer, plus there’s a big, well-organized one off Kamchatka that’s going to hit us in a week or so. 57F, wind at 0-12mph and gusting, AQI 6-33, UV8. Chance of rain 58% today and 48% tonight. Forecast – Today&Tomorrow(57/47) there’s some chance of showers, both days, no more than 1/8 of an inch. Wed(60/50) should be dry until late in the evening, then Thu&Fri(59/50) we’re looking at a small chance of AM showers, Sat-Tue(59/50) Dry, partly cloudy. 0 firespots. I haven’t been posting about pollen, this spring, but just noticed it’s in the High range.

Saturday evening we just had leftovers and went to sleep. Once I was up I wrote steadily for several hours, as Tempus headed out on the paper route. I was awake again when he got in around 8:30 and we slept some more.

Once we were up and coffeed and the shop open, I started talking with House folks online, writing on that newsletter and working on a paper lighthouse model. Of course, I got the wrong cardstock and jammed the printer again…. I watered plants while Tempus unjammed the thing.

I had gotten mixed up as to what day Father’s Day was on, so Tempus got his goodies a week early. He has a book on the “Clock of the Long Now”, a Bezos project, and a Jimali’s german chocolate cake that was “torte” style, really dense and delicious. He’s got a shirt coming that he requested, but I have to get hold of the carrier, since they say there’s a problem with delivery…. probably that they need to deliver during shop hours, not anything else….

Tempus was working on cleaning up the sofa area again. He’s really taken it over and it’s not for that! We need to be able to seat 6 people on Thursday. I was going to start another potage de crecy, but forgot to ask Tempus to get parsnips, so that’s going to be today. I ended up doing a trial run on cheese fritters, which turned out to be quite tasty.

…and then the first customer of the day walked in at 4:20, asking if we had a rolling cart for file folders. Wow… We had another couple in at 5:45, looking at books, mostly. Jeffrey (the honey guy) stopped by to say hi on his way home, too.

Today we’re back to our usual stuff. I finally am starting to get the new calcite ready for sale. I just have to print tags for the baskets. I do need to water plants. Tempus got the outside, and I got the south window, but I have to do the north window plants.

Driftwood, etc, sculpture, Yachats Beach – from 9/7/15 Mark Nessel

Today’s feast is in honor of Gerald Gardner whose birthday is today. Wicca is his fault.    He was a British eccentric from an entirely unremarkable family, who went into the foreign service and came back with an attitude that allowed him to take disparate bits and create a religious path that the time was ripe for. Many of the pagan paths these days owe a lot to him.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Gardner_(Wiccan) I ran across a YouTube last year about Gerald Gardner, by Ronald Hutton. It’s pretty good.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQbdXCoxC14

Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heartlamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all  through the woods in the middle spring. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”

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 Sagittarius

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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/15 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.

Full Moon tonight (exactly full at 7:52 a.m. Tuesday morning Eastern Daylight Time). The Moon shines lower left of Antares this evening, as shown above. Meanwhile, Delta Scorpii is up there pretending nothing happened last night.

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

This full Moon is a supermoon, appearing just a trace larger and brighter than average because it’s only a day from perigee. This also means that the usual full-Moon “spring tides” will be even higher and lower than spring tides usually are. Don’t sleep on the beach near the usual high-tide line.

A bright Moon will hinder most deep-sky observing this evening, but double stars are still on the menu. After dark, look for the familiar W asterism of Cassiopeia, which sits right-side-up in the north early this evening. Although not part of the W, Achird (Eta [η] Cassiopeiae) lies just below a line connecting Navi (Gamma [γ] Cas) and Shedar (Alpha [α] Cas), which form the left slant of the right half of the W. Achird sits about two-thirds of the way from Gamma to Alpha, and is a beautiful binary star system comprising a 3rd-magnitude, Sun-like yellow-white primary and a magnitude 7.5 orange-red secondary. The two are separated by 11″ — easily resolvable through a small scope. The stars orbit each other every 480 years with an average separation of nearly twice Pluto’s distance from the Sun.

Mars and Jupiter, very different at magnitudes +0.6 and –2.3 respectively, shine in the east-southeast before and during early dawn. From Jupiter, look for little Mars 8° to the lower left on the morning of June 11th. Their gap widens to 12° by the 18th.

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 Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Color – Silver
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, 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
M   13      Low   6:33 AM    -1.8   5:31 AM     Set  4:34 AM      95
~    13     High   1:05 PM      6.3   9:02 PM    Rise  8:46 PM
~    13      Low   6:12 PM      2.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Optimists are aware that the cherries of life have pits, but they are prepared to remove them.  Their minds do not dwell on the pits, but on the sweetness of the cherries.

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Journal Prompt – Personal taste – If you were an insect, what kind would you be and why?

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Quotes

~   The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
~   Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world. . – Lily Tomlin
~   No trumpet-blast profound The hour in which the Prince of Peace was born; No bloody streamlet stained Earth’s silver rivers on the sacred morn. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
~   Life has only the meaning and value that we give it. – Anonymous

How beautiful is night!

How beautiful is night!
A dewy freshness fills the silent air;
No mist obscures, nor cloud, nor speck, nor stain
Breaks the serene of heaven:
In full-orbed glory yonder Moon divine
Rolls through the dark-blue depths.
Beneath her steady ray
The desert-circle spreads,
Like the round ocean, girdled with the sky.
How beautiful is night! by Robert Southey (1774 – 1843), appears in Thalaba the Destroyer, first published 1800

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Litha Magick –

Newsletter version

Litha/Summer Solstice June 21st. – https://www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/litha

Here we are at Midsummer, we have arrived at the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Goddess is now full and pregnant with Child, and the Sun God is at the height of His virility. This is the peak of the Solar year and the Sun is at the height of its life-giving power. The Earth is awash with fertility and fulfillment and this is a time of joy and celebration, of expansiveness and the celebration of achievements.

Yet within this climax is the whisper and promise of a return to the Dark. As the Light reaches its peak so this is also the moment when the power of the Sun begins to wane. From now on the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer and we are drawn back into the Dark to complete the Wheel of the Year.

At this time the God, as Oak King, is rich in abundance, but he too surrenders his reign to his brother twin, the Holly King, and the descent begins. But before we welcome the return to the Dark side of the year, and acknowledge this great turning point of the Wheel, we celebrate!

Traditions and Symbols of Midsummer

The Bonfire

Traditionally people stayed up all night on Midsummer’s Eve to welcome and watch the sunrise. Bonfires were lit on tops of hills, by holy wells, at places held sacred, to honour the fullness of the Sun. At Litha the bonfire really represents a reflection of the Sun at the peak of its strength. The chosen wood would often be Oak and aromatic herbs were scattered into the fire. People danced around the fires and leap through them. Blazing herbs from the sacred bonfire were used to bless the animals. Blazing torches were carried sunwise around homes and fields. Coals from the Midsummer fire were scattered on fields to ensure a good harvest.

The Oak

Tree worship has always played a large role in Midsummer festivities and trees near wells and fountains were decorated with coloured cloths. The Oak King who has ruled the waxing of the year represents strength, courage and endurance, and the Oak has always been particularly significant at Litha. The Celtic name for Oak is ‘Duir’ which means ‘doorway’ – we are crossing the threshold, entering the doorway into the second, waning part of the year.

Mistletoe

Mistletoe was and is, highly revered by the Druids. It is regarded as particularly potent when it grows on Oak, the noblest of trees, growing between the worlds of Heaven and Earth. Although it is more commonly associated with Yule and the Winter Solstice, it was often gathered ceremonially at Midsummer when it is regarded as being at the height of its power.

Herbs

All herbs are reaching their peak at this time of year and thus the fullness of their healing and nurturing potency. Giving a bunch of herbs as a gift on Midsummer Day is wonderful. 

Flowers

All of the flower kingdom is reaching its peak, wide open, full of colour, surrendering their perfume.

Honey 

Our lovely bees are now making honey. Midsummer full moon is known as the ‘Honey Moon’ for the mead made from honey now available. This is often part of handfastings performed at the Summer Solstice. Mead is regarded as the divine solar drink, with magical and life-restoring properties. Drink to celebrate and toast the life-giving abundance of the Sun.

Colours of Midsummer.

Well, take your pick! The natural world is full of colour at this time. Choose blue for the sky, green for the grass, yellow for the Sun. Or red, orange and purple to honour all the blooming flowers. Or choose the colours of the four elements – red, blue, green and yellow. We’ve been discussing this one amongst ourselves and generally agree that what matters is that you choose and work with the colours that speak to you at each Festival – what matters a little more is that you then work with those colours consistently every year.

Ideas for Your Altar

Oak leaves, oak leaves and more oak leaves. All the abundance of all the herbs, flowers and grasses that are so very available at this time. Candles in Sun colours. This is a shrine to honour the Sun – Sunflowers!

Things to Do

Buttermilk Bread Charm

This is a Midsummer Charm to help bring abundance to your kitchen. The sunflower seeds represent the light half of the year and the poppy seeds represent the dark half of the year.

You will need:

  • 3 mugs of strong white flour
  • 500 ml of Buttermilk (available from the supermarket)
  • I teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda
  • Sunflower and poppy seeds for sprinking
  • Red ribbon
  • A sprig of rosemary

Place the flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Sieve in the blended salt and soda and pour in the buttermilk. Mix well with a wooden spoon until the dough feels springy. If it feels too sloppy just add a little more flour. Turn it onto a board and cover with a fine dusting of flour. Pat it with your hands until you have a round shape. Take a sharp knife and score lightly into eight sections, one for each festival. Sprinkle half of the loaf with poppy seeds and the other half with sunflower seeds.

Place onto a greased baking tray and pop your buttermilk bread into a moderate oven for about 20-25 minutes. Keep and eye on it. When the bread is ready it will change colour and it will sound hollow when you tap the bottom. Cool completely on a wire rack. When it is cool, place your sprig of rosemary on top and tie the red ribbon across the middle.

Take time to concentrate on the bread you have created and turn the loaf three times saying “From the fields and through the stones, into fire, Midsummer Bread, as the Wheel turns may all be fed. Goddess Bless.”

Now take your bread and share it with your family and friends and pass on the generous blessings of this bright and bountiful festival. Eat it fresh, as soon as it is made if you can. Nettle soup goes well with this bread. – Recipe donated by our Counter Enchantress.

Elderflower Champagne

A traditional favourite, Elderflowers peak at Midsummer. Pick them in the fullness of a sunny day, ideally on Midsummer’s Day. The Elder is sacred to the Mother Goddess and is often called the Witch’s Tree, the Elder Mother, or Queen of the Trees. It is protective with wonderful healing properties. It aids transformation, change and renewal, and we are at a major turning point in the Wheel of the Year, so the gift of Elderflowers is welcome.

Ingredients:

  • 8 litres water
  • 1.25 kg sugar
  • 8 large elderflower heads
  • 4 lemons
  • 4 tablespoons mild white wine vinegar

Do use screw top bottles – large plastic bottles used for squash etc are perfect. This stuff will fizz and if not bottled tightly it can explode! I keep mine in the garden so should the worst occur it isn’t going to make a mess all over the kitchen or larder… Before you begin make sure the elderflowers are clean – no little wandering insects or bugs.

Boil the water and dissolve the sugar into it (Fairtrade is good)

When the water is cool, add the elderflowers, juice of two of the lemons and slices of the other two, plus the vinegar.

Cover with a clean cloth and leave for a day.

Strain through a fine sieve or piece of muslin, carefully squeezing the flowers to extract as much flavour as possible.

Store in clean screw top bottles.

Leave well alone for 10 days or so. Drink within a month. Enjoy and give thanks to the Spirit of Elder. 

Honey Cake.

Bees are so special, and make that golden nectar we know as honey – a reflection of the life-giving Sun. Honey itself is full of life-giving properties, and a Honey Cake is a perfect way to celebrate Midsummer, or to give as a gift. Make it with locally produced honey if you can. But wherever the honey has come from, think of the land and blossoms and bees that made it.

Ingredients:

225 gms Butter
250 gms Honey
100 gms Dark Muscovado Sugar
3 Eggs, beaten
300 gms Self-Raising Flour

Cut the butter into pieces and heat slowly, adding the honey and the sugar. When fully melted, turn up the heart and boil the mixture for one minute. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Add the beaten eggs to the cooled honey mixture. Sift the flour into a large bowl and beat the liquid honey mixture into it until you have a smooth batter.

Pour the mixture into a round lined sponge tin and bake in a preheated oven at 160C for about 50 mins – or until the cake is well-risen and springs back to the touch.

Cool on a rack and glaze with a few tablespoons of warm honey.

Moon Bowl Charm

A full moon charm to enhance your natural radiance to celebrate the beauty of Midsummer.

You will need: A glass or china bowl, a glass or china jug and a small white candle. Remember the candle needs to burn away completely so choose a small one.

Draw your water into the jug – rainwater is best, but fresh water from the tap is fine. Take the jug of water, the bowl and the small white candle outside and place them on the ground. Light the candle in a suitable holder and place it at the top of the bowl – at the midnight/noon point of a clock face. Pour the water into the centre of the bowl and say:

“Renewing water shining bright
Weave your charm in my bowl of Light”

Place your Moon Bowl in the moonlight so the light of the full moon is reflected in the water and leave the candle to burn down.

When this is complete take your bowl and dip your hands into the water and as you gently splash the moon water onto your face say

“By Full Moon charm,
By Full Moon light,
May inner beauty shine through tonight.
Brightest Blessings of the Goddess shine through me.”

When you have finished, return the water to the Earth. I always pour it on my favourite Holly Tree. – Charm donated by our lovely Counter Enchantress.

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Litha/Summer Solstice June 21st. – https://www.goddessandgreenman.co.uk/litha

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Silliness – Top 26 ways to deal with Stressful Lives

 1.Jam miniature marshmallows up your nose and sneeze them out. See how many you can do at a time.
2.Use your Mastercard to pay your Visa, and vice-versa.
3.Pop some popcorn without putting the lid on.
4.When someone says “Have a nice day”, tell them you have other plans.
5.Make a list of things to do that you have already done.
6.Dance naked in front of your pets.
7.Put your toddler’s clothes on backwards and send him to pre-school as if nothing is wrong.
8.Fill out your tax form using Roman Numerals.
9.Tape pictures of your boss on watermelons and launch them from high places.
10.Leaf through “National Geographic” and draw underwear on the natives.
11.Tattoo “Out to Lunch” on your forehead.
12.Go shopping. Buy everything. Sweat in it. Return it the next day.
13.Buy a subscription to Sleazoid Weekly and send it to your boss’s husband/wife.
14.Pay your electric bill in pennies.
15.Drive to work in reverse.
16.Find out what a frog in a blender really looks like.
17.Tell your boss to “blow it out your mule”, and let him figure it out.
18.Sit naked on a shelled hard-boiled egg.
19.Polish your car with earwax.
20.Read the dictionary upside down and look for secret messages.
21.Start a nasty rumor and see if you recognize it when it comes back to you.
22.Braid the hairs in each nostril.
23.Write a short story using alphabet soup.
24.Stare at people through the tines of a fork and pretend they’re in jail.
25.Make a language up and ask people for directions in it.
26.Replace the filling of a Twinkie with ketchup and put it back in the wrapper

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