Hi, folks! Blessed Litha!
The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Photos by Mike.
[posting at 7pm] It’s been bright sunshine, even if clouds showed up occasionally. It’s really coming and going right now. 61F, wind at 1-13mph and gusting, AQI 7-33, UV8. Chance of rain 8% today and 12% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 2pm today to 5pm Wed. Forecast – Today-Thu(63/51) Partly Cloudy. Fri-Sun(75/58) Sunny and the temps could read 78 on Saturday! Mon(68/55) Mostly sunny. Tue/Wed(64/54) Partly cloudy. Suddenly dry days and 4 new firespots. One is SE of Jefferson, a second SE of McMinnville, One just NE of Port Orford and the 4th vanished (eastern OR) while I was checking the map!
I was still cooking after the newsletter went out Sunday evening. We had been working on the nibbles tray for all of the late afternoon and I had beets going when I was getting the newsletter finished. Mortar chickens were next. Those are a like a chicken patty, but spiced with onion, anise and saffron. ..and we ate, and were stuffed and went to sleep.
When I got up around 11pm, I spent awhile doing computer housekeeping, then got the House report taken care of and published and the links put up. By then I was dragging again, so I got myself a snack and took my tablet to bed. ..and wow, did I sleep! I think that was 11 hours! I kept waking and thinking, “I should get something done. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..” I rolled over when Tempus got in, was all….
We were up in plenty of time, got the doors open and within a minute or two, had customers…. Maybe it’s been the rain? Tempus had stopped at Freddies in the middle of the paper route and brought home some really tasty seed rolls that he made cheese toast of for breakfast. He worked on putting crystals up (this was the orange calcite) and I got canned goods put away before going back to updating various blogs. …and I’ve got a problem with the crystals that I got. Which are the healing crystals? I think what I thought was the emerald calcite may actually be those, but what the heck mineral are they? <sigh>
I cooked up the rest of the chicken mix and we had that for lunch. …and then it just got later and later and I couldn’t make myself write! <gah> We had been kinda busy at times, enough to not complain about at least. I also had set up a couple of mini-dish squash casseroles, but Tempus forgot they were in the oven and they nearly burned to a crisp.
Today is our “sleep in” day. I hope we do! I’m going to work on plants at some point, since there’s a lot to be done. We’re also hoping to take a picnic lunch to the beach for our Litha Ritual.
National Indigenous Peoples Day (wikipedia) (French: Journée nationale des peuples autochtones) is a day recognising and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated as National Aboriginal Day in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated annually on 21 June. This date was chosen as the statutory holiday for many reasons, including its cultural significance as the Summer solstice, and the fact that it is a day on which many Indigenous peoples and communities traditionally celebrate their heritage. It was renamed from National Aboriginal Day in 2017.
…National Indigenous Peoples Day is now the first of a series of Celebrate Canada days, followed by the National Holiday of Quebec on 24 June, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on 27 June, and concluding with Canada Day on 1 July. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Indigenous_Peoples_Day
Today’s plant is Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
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 email@example.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,
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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 6/23 at 4:23pm.
Happy summer! The solstice arrives today at 2:14 a.m. PDT. This is when the Sun is farthest north for the year (in Earth’s sky) and begins its six-month return southward. Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere, winter in the Southern Hemisphere. For us northerners, this is the year’s longest day. It’s also the day when (in the north temperate latitudes) the midday Sun passes the closest it ever can to being straight overhead, and thus when your shadow becomes the shortest it can ever be at your location. This happens at your local apparent [solar] noon, which is probably rather far removed from noon in your civil (clock) time. And if you have a good west-northwest horizon, mark carefully where the Sun sets. In a few days you should be able to detect that the Sun is again starting to set just a little south (left) of that point. On this day, the Sun sits 23.5° above the equator, on a line drawn parallel to the equator and called the tropic of Cancer.
Before or during early dawn on Wednesday morning the 22nd, look for Mars to the left of the Moon as shown above. Mars is still far away and just a tiny blob in a telescope, 7 arcseconds wide. But be patient. It’ll grow to 17 arcseconds wide by its opposition early next December. Mars reaches perihelion — the closest point to the Sun in its orbit — today at 9 A.M. EDT. The Red Planet now sits 128 million miles (206 million kilometers) from our star and is some 125 million miles (202 million km) from Earth. Climbing high in the eastern sky before sunrise, magnitude 0.5 Mars currently lies in southeastern Pisces, 13.5° east of Jupiter (a much brighter magnitude –2.3). Through a telescope, Mars’ disk appears 7″ across and is 86 percent lit.
Glance west of Mars to focus in on Jupiter, which sits about 4.5° north-northeast of the waning crescent Moon in the hours before dawn. The Moon will pass 3° due south of Jupiter at 10 A.M. EDT. All four of the gas giant’s Galilean moons sit to its west today, although depending on when you look, their order may change. Early on the 21st, Europa sits closest to Jupiter, with Io the next farthest out. Callisto and Ganymede lie farther west, in that order. Around 3 A.M. EDT, the two moons pass each other, with Io northwest of Europa. After this time, Io will sit closest to Jupiter, with Venus (magnitude –3.9) rises soon after the beginning of dawn. Look for it above the east-northeast horizon. It’s very far lower left of bright Jupiter, by roughly five fists at arm’s length.
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 – Red
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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
Tu 21 Low 1:21 AM 1.9 5:32 AM Rise 1:45 AM 54
~ 21 High 6:51 AM 5.7 9:04 PM Set 1:58 PM
~ 21 Low 1:16 PM 0.5
~ 21 High 7:57 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.
Journal Prompt – Wiki – What do you consider your greatest achievement?
~ Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. – St. Francis of Assisi
~ Once he drew With one long kiss my whole soul thro’ My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew. – Alfred Lord Tennyson
~ A New York broker says Oscar Wilde is “straddling the market” – short on trousers and long on brains.
~ The brain is not, and cannot be, the sole or complete organ of thought and feeling. – Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950) US suffragist
Being asked to move into time
To places wishes and daydreams
Into rivets and seams
Being asked to move back into categorical understandings of regrets
In order to fight against disintegration
Carrying a placeholder for liminal spectrums
Reading somersaults into lecture
Move me, unmove me
place me unto y’all’s metaphoric understanding
of the dreams which have yet been realized
Wish unto me, unfurl around, open
Gasp gasp gasp
Cry out, there are ways of understanding
that leave indelible marks onto membrane surfaces
We should all be so lucky to exist
To not function
The eyes, cease to work
The throat struggles to open
The ears seek love remarks
The skin wrinkles
to make space
for the grandchildren we wish into the future
Au Revoir, my love:
you have my best
and my sword to cut through the meat of life.
Hopefully, you have a better grip than me.
Hello long love,
I seek you out
amongst the fleshy cavernous walls where memory lies.
Copyright © 2022 by Jasmine Gibson. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on June 13, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.
Litha Magick – Lore – Merry Meet…… and welcome to the Litha issue of Cauldrons and Broomsticks: a magical newsletter. www.weavings.co.uk
Litha (taken from Saxon tradition, the opposite of Yule) is celebrated on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. It is also known as Midsummer Nights Eve, Alban Heruin (Druidic). On this Sabbat light and life are at their most abundant. Many Ancient monuments are aligned with the Sun at this point in the Wheel of the Year, the most famous being Stonehenge in England, though there are many more all over the world.
At Litha the Sun God has reached the moment of his greatest strength. Seated on his greenwood throne he is lord of the forests and his face can be seen in church architecture peering from countless foliate masks. In many Wiccan celebrations this is the time when the Holly King, God of the Waning Year, encounters the Oak King, God of the waxing Year, on Midsummer night. The Holly king fights the Oak King for his throne, and takes over the ruling of the year, a position he holds until the Oak King wins it back at Yule. This encounter is often re-enacted energetically at Midsummer rituals. The Oak King is not forgotten, though; in Celtic mythology, he withdraws now to the Corona Borealis, the Caer Arianrhod or ‘silver wheel’. As the outer strength of the Sun wanes, its inner strength grows.
The Holly King and the Oak King are actually one; the Holly King is the growing youth while the Oak King is the mature man. In other traditions it’s not until Samhain that the Holly King triumphs, (as the year moves into the dark half), he may also be seen as the Stag King, in his prime with full antlers, not yet ready for his symbolic sacrifice at Harvest Time.
This Sabbat also celebrates the Goddess in some traditions. She can be seen now as heavy with child, as nature is heavy with the bounty of the coming harvest, though in some Traditions although she is already pregnant (with the God) her ‘time’ is not yet ready, as she will not give birth to the God until Yule.
Litha is a Fire Festival, and the fire of Midsummer is traditionally kindled from the friction of two sacred woods, fir and oak. Nine different types of herbs are thrown upon the Midsummer fire. These consist of Mistletoe, Vervain, St. John’s Wort, Heartsease, Lavender, and a choice of four others chosen from local herbs typical of this season. In agricultural societies, herds of cattle were driven through the embers of Midsummer fired to purge them of disease and illness. Many Litha customs involve the turning or rolling downhill of flaming wheels, to symbolize the power of the Sun.
Litha is a time to give thanks for whatever is bringing fulfilment into our lives, and also a time to try and understand our passions, the wildest and most fervent aspects of our inner selves, within us which are often at their most evident in the height of the summer. The fire which we celebrate at Litha is a symbol of change and creativity, and this is a perfect time to put our passions to good use in bringing about changes in our lives.
This is considered to be a time when energies abound, and is a good time for magic and purification rites. Midsummer Night’s Eve is also special for adherents of the Faerie faith. The alternative fixed calendar date of June 25 (Old Litha) is sometimes employed by Covens. The Christian religion converted this day of Jack-in-the-Green to the Feast of St. John the Baptist, often portraying him in rustic attire sometimes with horns and cloven feet (like the Greek God Pan and similar in aspect to the Celtic Cerunnos).
Technically, a solstice is an astronomical point and, due to the procession to the equinox, the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, and we experience the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Astrologers know this as the date on which the sun enters the sign of Cancer.
However, since most European peasants were not accomplished at reading an ephemeris or did not live close enough to Salisbury Plain to trot over to Stonehenge and sight down its main avenue, they celebrated the event on a fixed calendar date, June 24th. The slight forward displacement of the traditional date is the result of multitudinous calendrical changes down through the ages. It is analogous to the winter solstice celebration, which is astronomically on or about December 21st, but is celebrated on the traditional date of December 25th, Yule, later adopted by the Christians.
Again, it must be remembered that the Celts reckoned their days from sundown to sundown, so the June 24th festivities actually begin on the previous sundown (our June 23rd). This was Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Eve. Which brings up another point: our modern calendars are quite misguided in suggesting that ‘summer begins’ on the solstice. According to the old folk calendar, summer BEGINS on May Day and ends on Lughnasadh (August 1st), with the summer solstice, midway between the two, marking MID-summer. This makes more logical sense than suggesting that summer begins on the day when the sun’s power begins to wane and the days grow shorter.
Just as the Pagan mid-winter celebration of Yule was adopted by Christians as Christmas (December 25th), so too the Pagan mid-summer celebration was adopted by them as the feast of John the Baptist (June 24th). Occurring 180 degrees apart on the wheel of the year, the mid-winter celebration commemorates the birth of Jesus, while the mid-summer celebration commemorates the birth of John, the prophet who was born six months before Jesus in order to announce his arrival .
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