Minus Tide at 8:30 AM of -1.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
[posting at 3pm] Rain gauge at noon on 6/30, Dry (for the last week!) Bright sunshine, blue sky with white wisps, a nice breeze. Couldn’t ask for a better summer day! 62F, wind at 0-10mph and gusting, AQI 22-33, UV9. Chance of rain 3% today and 14% tonight. Forecast – Today(63/52) Sunny. Tomorrow(61/52) AM clouds, PM sun. Sat(60/52) Overcast. Sun(58/51) possible AM showers, Mon-Sat, Partly cloudy, highs 60-65, lows 52-54F. Willow Creek Fire – Total Area: 42,000 acres, Near Weiser. Dang, that’s big already! 1 firespot SW of Eagle Point. 1 firespot just SW of the Tillamook Airport.
It’s Thursday, already, and you must have figured out by now that our weekend went a little sideways, mostly because Tempus was almost too tired to even think. So…. Monday evening we didn’t get on our way home until past 9pm and then Tempus had to make the bed, so it was 10 before we actually crawled in. I don’t think we ate supper. I was putting things away while he was working on that, and when we got up so he could go out on the paper route, I got back to it.
On Tuesday we did sleep in, but I was up by 2pm and putting more things away. Once he was up we had coffee and the last of the cherry pie, did a few chores and then headed for the shop for things that had been forgotten, like updating my tablet. We worked hard for about an hour, then headed back home, offloaded and he headed out for the subscriber route.
I put more stuff away, and sorted the utensil drawer to see what was still missing and eventually headed off to bed to read on my tablet…and work on the to-do list.
Yesterdaymorning Tempus got in around 9:30, so we headed for the Farmer’s Market early, then crawled back into bed until 2, but by 3pm I was working in the garden, mostly weeding and sorting out some of the things that didn’t take. I’m going to be able to replant on some of them. I got some beans in….keeping my fingers crossed that the slug population is going to die down in the drier weather. I did some geranium starts from another of the leggy ones at the shop. 2 hours and that’s all? Wow…. I need to find something to water the porch plants with again, probably one of the juice bottles.
When Tempus got up I had a squash and cheese casserole ready to go into the oven. That was supper. Other than eating we didn’t do much, talked a little and then went back to bed, since it was already 8pm. That’s why this is coming out late. I didn’t get up until he did. I worked on one of the paper models for awhile, then took my tablet to bed with me.
Today we got to the shop in good time. The weather is lovely. A nice breeze and it’s around 60F…. I have plants to water, crystals and books to get checked in/headered, and I need to get hold of FedEx since they have one of my packages. <sigh> They can’t be bothered to read the signs? …and just as Tempus was about the leave for Newport to pick the package up, the driver walked in with the package!
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1908 that a massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, knocking over 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). This is also known as the “Tunguska event“. This event, while beloved by UFOlogists and Conspiracy Theorists, most likely was some kind of meteoric airburst event, whatever the source of the material, comet or asteroid, but there are other possibilities… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
Summer 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 7/12 at 11:38am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/1 at 4:53pm.
Runic Month of Feoh, 6/29-7/13, the first rune, Feoh, is sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Neptune (12/3) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Color – White
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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
Th 30 High 1:16 AM 7.5 5:35 AM Rise 6:39 AM 0
~ 30 Low 8:30 AM -1.1 9:05 PM Set 10:48 PM
~ 30 High 3:11 PM 6.0
~ 30 Low 8:16 PM 3.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Most friction in life is caused by the tone of the voice.
Journal Prompt – Wiki – What are things that you wish people knew about you without your having to tell them?
~ We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. – Abigail Adams; letter to John Adams, 1774
~ Without hope we live in desire. – Dante Alighieri
~ Little beginnings sometimes have great endings. – Benvenuto Cellini
~ Avoiding problems you need to face is avoiding the life you need to live. – Paulo Coelho
The Cricket and the Rose
beneath the rose bush
as the roses fall
to the very ground
that is his kingdom also.
So they’re neighbors,
one full of fragrance,
of a single dry song.
We call this time of the year
the beginning of the end
of another circle,
and nothing more.
For the cricket’s song
is surely a prayer,
and a prayer, when it is given,
is given forever.
This is a truth
I’m sure of,
for I’m older than I used to be,
and therefore I understand things
nobody would think of
who’s young and in a hurry.
The snow is very beautiful.
Under it are the lingering
petals of fragrance,
and the timeless body
of prayer. – Mary Oliver (New and Selected Poems Volume Two)
Lughnasadh Magick – Correspondences
Incense – Sandalwood, Rose, Aloes, Chamomile, Passionflower, Frankincense
HERBS to use in your magic at Lughnasadh: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, bee pollen. Acacia, all grains, blackberry, calendula, frankincense, grape, heather, mistletoe, oak, rose, sandalwood, sunflower, Grapes, heather, crabapple, pear
STONES: Cat’s-eye, citrine, aventurine, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone. Aventurine, Citrine, Peridot, Sardonyx
Foods appropriate for Lammas are breads, berries, crab apples, and any locally ripe produce. Breads, Cornbread, Cider, Blackberry pies and jellies, Rice, Meadowsweet tea, Berries, Nuts, Turnips, Oats, Elderberry wine, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes, Beer/mead, Rice milk
Decorations – Corn dollies, any wheat weaving crafts, Shafts of grain, Sunflowers, Indian corn, Bread
Colors: Pumpkin orange, sunny yellow, muted brown and sage green Yellow, Orange, Green, Brown, Red Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown.
flowers sacred to Lammas:
goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, basil, mint, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy.
Offerings: Bread, Cider, Cakes
Spellwork – Spells for prosperity, Abundance, Good fortune, Connectedness, Career, Health, Financial gain
God/desses – Hermes/Mercury, Thoth, Frey, Lugh, Macha.
The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses.
The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods.
connectedness, career, health, and financial gain. Spells for abundance are completely appropriate now. As the sun is growing weaker, it is a good time to do grounding and sun meditations, then use the golden rays of the sun (gathered during meditation) in spellcasting.
- middle of Summer
- beginning of the harvest
- Canning goes into full swing
- magickal cabinets are stocked with herbs
- prepare your household for fall and the upcoming Winter months.
- first of three harvest festivals
- associated with ripening grain
- fruits of the harvest
- be aware that summer is passing and winter is on its way.
- It is a festival of plenty and prosperity.
- Decorate the altar and house with grains such as barley, oats and wheat — also fruits and veggies.
- Begin gathering and drying herbs, flower, grains or seeds for spellworking in the next year.
- Make magickal oils now with fresh herbs.
- Braid onion and garlic charms.
- Onion is sacred to the sun — because of its shape, and its dye is a golden amber to burnt apricot. When the onion is cut, it reveals the symbolism of the moon.
- Garlic, too, is sacred to the moon — the crescent shape of the cloves. It exorcises evil and protects.
- Collect rain and storm water for use in spellwork or to empower objects, add dried mugwort and store in glass bottles.
- Make a corn wheel.
- Bake a loaf of bread on Lammas. If you’ve never made bread before, this is a good time to start. Honor the source of the flour as you work with it: remember it was once a plant growing on the mother Earth. If you have a garden, add something you’ve harvested–herbs or onion or corn–to your bread. If you don’t feel up to making wheat bread, make corn bread.
- Corn Dolly -Another way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. . She’s your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you. Make a corn dolly to save for next Imbolc.
- This is the perfect holiday to honor the prosperity and generosity of Mother Earth. It is a season to throw away useless thoughts and habits and to form new ideas which bring renewed strength. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire.
Silliness – More Funny Signs
- At a tire shop in Michigan: “Invite us to your next blowout.”
- Door of a plastic surgeon’s office: “Hello, can we pick your nose?”
- At a Towing Company: “We don’t charge an arm and a leg. We want tows.”
- Billboard on the side of the road: “Keep your eyes on the road and stop reading these signs.”
- In a Podiatrist’s office: “Time wounds all heels.”
- On a Butchers window: “Let me meat your needs.”
- On a desk in a reception room: “We shoot every 3rd salesman, and the 2nd one just left.”
- At the Electric Company: “We would be de-lighted if you send in your bill. However, if you don’t you will be.”
- Inside a Bowling Alley: “Please be quiet, we need to hear a pin drop.”
- In the front yard of a funeral home: “Drive carefully, we’ll wait.”
- In a counselors office: “Growing old is mandatory, growing wise is optional.”