Minus Tide at 10:40 AM of -1.6 feet. The shop opens at 11am for Beachcombers’! Parade is at noon. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Greg Anderson. no Sewing Workshop today!
[posting at 6pm] It was quite wet in the morning and then dried out. We’ve had not a lot of sun, but it’s quite bright…and there’s a lobster walking down the street….The smoke plume has divided in two and we’re not under it, now. 61F, wind at 1-6mph and gusting, AQI 1-34, UV8. Chance of rain 35% today and 45% tonight. The swirl came ashores last night and wa;led right up and over us and on into the mountains. The other swirl should be in the middle of the Gulf of Alaska, but the satellite photo isn’t coming up. …and from the look around the edges it may be disintegrating. Forecast – There’s only a small chance of rain Today(57/51) and it should be over by parade time. Tomorrow(58/50) AM showers again. From Mon-Sun, partly cloudy and dry, although we might still see some agressive mist in the early mornings. Highs 60-63, Lows 49-52. It looks like we’re wearing out the rain, finally, but don’t count on that until after early July.
I slept hard Thursday evening, but them didn’t drop back off until around 6, then woke around 7:30 and didn’t get back to sleep until Tempus got in. During the night I started the cheese press with the skyr and also rolled up the marzipan that was left into single servings in papers. …and researched a bit on skyr, among other things.
We opened a little late, but it was only because we were doing much-needed coffee. We had a few people in during the day, one with the most beautiful 3-legged dog. Ice had tangled with a bear out 34 and the leg had to be amputated. I harvested rose petals for my rose sugar, then got an order through to the crystals place. Tempus went out and trimmed between the buildings, taking out the thistles, thank goodness! I got the cheese finished and he put it away.
Since the light is really good for photos, I’m going to get some of the plants out front, then do the developing. After that I need to do some cooking again, but I’m tired enough that I may just sleep after supper.
Today is the main day for Beachcombers! Car show, bike show, Timber show, live music all day all over town, firedancers, food court, Strawberry shortcake, vendors, and all that doesn’t count the wonderful parade! Crazy Day! You can find the schedule here – https://www.beachcomberdays.com/schedule-of-events and a printable printable trifold with map and schedule here:
Today’s feast is the Dragon Boat festival, which is being celebrated again in China after having been banned for quite a while under the communists. It is celebrated with rice dumplings, realgar wine (which seems to be poisonous!) and dragon boat races.
“The sun is considered to be at its strongest around the time of summer solstice (“mid-summer” in traditional East Asia) when the daylight in the northern hemisphere is the longest. The sun, like the Chinese dragon, traditionally represents masculine energy, whereas the moon, like the phoenix, traditionally represents feminine energy. The summer solstice is considered the peak annual moment of male energy while the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, represents the peak annual moment of feminine energy. The masculine image of the dragon is thus naturally associated with Duanwu.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_boat_festival
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. Azaleas are a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
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
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/28 at 4:53am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/20 at 8:11pm .
This week, with Mercury brightening and getting a little higher , all five naked-eye planets will form their best lineup in the dawn. And, counting from lower left to upper right, they’re already lined up in order of their distance from the Sun! Moreover, Uranus and Neptune lurk within the same line. And next week the Moon will walk the length of the line, day by day. Several other naked-eye planets have come out to play as well, stretching east along the ecliptic (left of Saturn). From west to east (right to left) are Jupiter (magnitude –2.3), Mars (magnitude 0.5), Venus (magnitude –3.9), and, rising around 4:20 A.M. local time, Mercury (magnitude 0.4). You’ll notice these planets are lined up in order of distance from the Sun, from nearest (Mercury) to farthest (Saturn). Interspersed between them are the binocular planets Uranus (magnitude 5.9, 7.5° west of Venus) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, 10.8° west of Jupiter). That’s right: All the major planets lie in the morning sky right now, giving us a view across the solar system for the rest of the month, until Mercury drops out of view in early July. Plus, this Friday (the 24th), the alignment gets even better as the Moon moves from its current position to its rightful place in line between Mercury and Venus. Make sure to keep an eye on the morning sky as our satellite slides east day by day.
The Big Dipper hangs down by its handle high in the northwest. Spot the star at the end of its handle, the highest one. That’s Alkaid, the tail of Ursa Major. Spot the Sickle of Leo much lower in the west. The brightest star about two fists upper left of the Sickle is Denebola, the tail of a different carnivore: Leo.
About a third of the way from Alkaid to Denebola is a fainter star: Cor Caroli (Alpha Canum Venaticorum). And what is two thirds of the way along that line? Nothing? Look again, maybe in a darker sky or with wide-field binoculars. You’re looking into the big, dim Coma Berenices star cluster. The cluster’s brightest members form a sort of upside-down Y. The entire cluster is about 4° wide — a big, dim, irregular glow in a fairly dark sky, roughly the size of a ping-pong ball at arm’s length. It nearly fills a binocular view.
The Moon passes 4° south of Saturn at 8 A.M. EDT. Both sit in eastern Capricornus and rise shortly after 12 A.M. local time this morning. By 4 A.M. local time, they’re 30° high and just over 6° apart, with the 3rd-magnitude star Deneb Algedi caught between them. Saturn is magnitude 0.5 and may be a bit hard to find in the glare of our nearby satellite.
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 – Black
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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
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 18 High 3:32 AM 8.0 5:31 AM Rise 12:32 AM 84
~ 18 Low 10:40 AM -1.6 9:04 PM Set 10:18 AM
~ 18 High 5:24 PM 6.7
~ 18 Low 10:55 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life without Love is merely existing!!
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Oh, what a tangled web we weave When first we practice to deceive! — Sir Walter Scott
~ If to be venerated for benevolence, if to be admired for talent, if to be esteemed for patriotism, if to be beloved for philanthropy, can gratify the human mind, you must have the pleasing consolation to know that you have not lived in vain. – George Washington in a letter to Benjamin Franklin, about a year before the latter’s death
~ I have a psychological hold over Hewson … He’s like a stone statue in the cemetery. – Paul Keating on John Hewson
~ High I.Q., good compatibility index, superior education-everything that makes a person pleasant and easy and interesting to have around. – The Long Watch (p. 255) Robert Heinlein
~ To dare is to have faith in yourself and your abilities, to let go of your inhibitions and doubts. Be glorious! – Kerr Cuhulain
Meticulous, past midnight in clear rime,
Infrangible and lonely, smooth as though cast
Together in one merciless white blade—
The bay estuaries fleck the hard sky limits.
—As if too brittle or too clear to touch!
The cables of our sleep so swiftly filed,
Already hang, shred ends from remembered stars.
One frozen trackless smile… What words
Can strangle this deaf moonlight? For we
Are overtaken. Now no cry, no sword
Can fasten or deflect this tidal wedge,
Slow tyranny of moonlight, moonlight loved
And changed… “There’s
Nothing like this in the world,” you say,
Knowing I cannot touch your hand and look
Too, into that godless cleft of sky
Where nothing turns but dead sands flashing.
“—And never to quite understand!” No,
In all the argosy of your bright hair I dreamed
Nothing so flagless as this piracy.
Draw in your head, alone and too tall here.
Your eyes already in the slant of drifting foam;
Your breath sealed by the ghosts I do not know:
Draw in your head and sleep the long way home.
Litha Magick – Crafts
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – zimeter (ZI me tur) – n. (a unit of measure) The last four of five inches of tape that never rewind automatically.