Daily Stuff 6-20-17 Blessed Litha

Hi, folks!

Minus tides start tomorrow.

It’s overcast again, but the sun shone for awhile. 66F with a light breeze, enough to flap my petunias in the fairy garden around, although on the beaches it’s actually hitting 10mph today. Yesterday the fog tangled in the trees. Today it’s a little higher.

Yesterday started slowly. We had a lot of putting-away chores to do. Things get chaotic over the weekends, seems like every time! Eventually I got going on setting up newsletters and Tempus headed in back to handle some of the cookware cleanup.

I had that done by around 3pm and not long after a lady came in who has been working on some of the community projects, very discouraged, and we had a general gripe session. I’m worried about the eclipse planning.

Late in the afternoon I managed to get some licks in on pincushions. I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as far as the biscornu that I’ve been fighting with is concerned. Not long after that a family came in and we talked blackwork and myrtlewood for awhile. Tempus was sitting and sanding in between refills of hot water, by then.

Class went very well, but folks got tired early and headed out. We’re almost done with Lesson 6, though.

I really, really overslept this morning and I’m not sure why! I woke at the normal time, but Tempus was on the computer and there was no hurry, so I lay back down and woke at nearly 2pm! On top of that we had the usual Tuesday chores to get done, so it was quite late when we finally got to the shop.

I worked on the hawkweed while Tempus was finishing up with the weekly garbage and pulled 120. That’s the bulk of those plants. Now I have to go over things again and get the ones I missed before and that last dozen or so of big ones that are lurking in odd places. Doing the job thoroughly at the old place meant only once or twice in a year did I have to get out the weeding stick. I’m hoping that’s so, where we are now.

So tonight is the paper run. We’re paying bills at the moment and then I’m going to do some cookery if it takes the hide off. 🙂 I want to do another cheese and there’s this recipe for bacon jam…. I’m also going to work on filling in newsletter files and working on embroidery jumble pages, might even get in a little sewing before Tempus gets back for me, 3-ish. He’s got a little shopping to do before he starts the run. At least it ought to be dry!

399px-The_Cauldron_2012Today’s feast is that of Ceridwen who is the Mother form of the Triple Goddess worshiped in Wicca and modern paganism, probably derived from the writings of Robert Graves. Goddess of inspiration, she is also goddess of fertility and re-birth, because of her ever-flowing cauldron. She is not the ancient goddess-form known by this name although the old stories get used as part of her symbolism. This modern feast is celebrated by burning vervain in small cauldrons, tying green ribbons to trees and using green altar coverings and clothing on this day. Here is a Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerridwen and another on the Triple Goddess http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Goddess_(Neopaganism)

oregon grape 6Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon GrapeMahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat on their own. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa

The shop is open Thursday through Monday (closed today), although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 6/23 at 7:11pm.  Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/22 at 7:31am. 

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Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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.

Sun in Gemini enters Cancer at 9:24pm
Moon in Taurus
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22) Retrograde
Color: Maroon

Planting 6/20-21

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Tu  20      Low   4:12 AM     0.2   5:32 AM    Rise  3:11 AM      25
~    20     High  10:15 AM     5.6   9:04 PM     Set  5:05 PM
~    20      Low   3:50 PM     1.6
~    20     High  10:05 PM     8.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Given the chance to give your child only one quality as a person, which would you choose? How about if that choice were unavailable, what would be your second and maybe third choices? Why are these so important to you?

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Quotes  

~  Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
~  My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. – Mark Twain
~  My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there. – Rumi
~  My success is based on persistence, not luck. – Estee Lauder

Fair and green is the marsh in June;
Wide and warm in the sunny noon.
The flowering rushes fringe the pool
With slender shadows, dim and cool. – Antoinette Alcott Bassett

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Litha Magick –Recipes

Solstice Herb Bread – http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html

  • 3 C. flour
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 pkg. dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 1 1/4 C. hot water
  • 2 tbsp. Crisco
  1. Mix 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
  2. Add herbs, water, and Crisco.
  3. Beat slowly, stirring in remaining cup of flour until smooth.
  4. Scrape batter from sides of bowl and let rise in a warm place for 35 minutes or until it doubles in bulk.
  5. Punch down and beat with a spoon for about 15 seconds.
  6. Place dough in a greased loaf pan, patting down and forming a loaf shape with your hands.
  7. Cover and let rise again for about 30 minutes or until it again doubles in bulk.
  8. Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes.
  9. Brush top with butter or margarine and remove from pan to cool.

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes

  • Small bag Angel Hair Pasta
  • 4 Teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 2 cup finely diced onion
  • 4 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 12 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 Teaspoon Basil
  • 4 teaspoon salt
  1. Cook pasta.
  2. Drain.
  3. Chill.
  4. While pasta is cooking and chilling, chop up all other ingredients.
  5. Place in a large container.
  6. Add pasta and stir well.
  7. Chill for one hour in the refrigerator before serving.

ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE – Gordon Ireland – (Serves 6-8)
5 zucchini
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground rosemary
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup fresh mushrooms
1 small chopped tomato
1/2-cup bacon bits
2 cups prepared croutons
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese

  • Grate cheeses
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Place the mixture in a lightly greased 9 X 13 baking pan

Bake for 30 minutes.

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Daily Stuff 6-20-17 extra

Yes, the report is late today. I way overslept. It will be out, just not for another hour or so, most likely. 060317 Rhody4

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Daily Stuff 6-19-17 Minerva’s Temple

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by me, Wicca 101 tonight. Lesson 6.

The sky is lumpy, grey and low. The clouds are tangled in the trees and all the way down to the water in the BackBay and at the bay mouth. This looks like a standard summer weather pattern, where the clouds burn away and roll back, then roll back in late in the afternoon. It’s 61F with a light breeze and no chance of rain in the forecast for a week plus. Tomorrow is only 4 seconds longer than today. Almost Solstice!

Yesterday was our different day. I started by getting the parade pictures put together and advertised so that people can find them. http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-5W5  We pulled out a bunch of different projects. Tempus has his Father’s Day goodie which was a Da Vinci catapult kit and a plate and bowl that he’s sanding. I had a 15-piece biscornu that I wanted to do. Talk about a nightmare. No problem getting the top together, or the bottom, but then when I start stitching one to the other, *ACK*! Amy was in, late in the day.

Today I’ve been out in the garden and my arm hurts from wielding the weeder. 120 this morning, so that’s a total of 500 hawkweed plants (since I’ve been counting) that have been popped loose. Tempus is going to have to run a rake, soon. I harvested a bit of mint, some 

 

oregano and a little thyme, plus pulled up some english ivy that I’m going to put in a planter at the shop. The stuff is lovely, but far too invasive.

So I have herbs to sort and dry, a biscornu to wrassle with, an embroidery jumble page that I’v been pecking at over the last week, maybe some cookery and then we have our Wicca 101 class tonight. Everyone’s been on trips and out and I’ve missed it!

The Duckmeister with a new baby 6/18/16

170px-Minerva-Vedder-Highsmith-detail-1Today’s feast is in honor of Minerva’s Temple in Rome, which had a commemoration of some kind on this date, two months after the anniversary of the temple’s founding. No one’s sure what they did, why or how, just the basic fact of “they did something….” She was the goddess of wisdom and has been honored down through the millennia. There’s a good Wiki article here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minerva

plant tree maple Acer_macrophyllum_1199Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple,  Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum

The shop is open Thursday through Monday 11-7, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 6/23 at 7:11pm.  Waning Crescent MoonBest 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 6/19 at 7:31am. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/22 at 7:31am. 

The waning crescent Moon leapfrogs past Venus between the mornings of the 20th and 21st for North America. Dawn on Tuesday the 20th finds Venus shining to right of the waning crescent Moon.
double shadow transit occurs on Jupiter tonight from 10:04 to 10:38 p.m. EDT, when both Io and Europa are casting their tiny black shadows onto opposite sides of the planet’s face.
Venus (magnitude –4.3) shines bright in the east during dawn. A telescope shows it just on the gibbous side of dichotomy (half-lit phase).

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 2:53pm
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22) Retrograde

Color: Silver

Harvest 6/18-19

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©2017 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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
M   19      Low   3:13 AM     1.1   5:31 AM    Rise  2:37 AM      35
~    19     High   9:02 AM     5.3   9:04 PM     Set  3:51 PM
~    19      Low   2:50 PM     1.4
~    19     High   9:17 PM     7.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make love, not war.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – Write a short fairy tale in which you are a character. Begin with the words, “Once upon a time….”

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Quotes  

~  It was the experience of mystery – even if mixed with fear – that engendered religion. – Albert Einstein
~  Knighthood is not an order of merit. It is actively making a commitment to developing your talents and abilities.-  Kerr Cuhulain
~  Let another’s wounds be your warning. – Njal’s Saga, c.37
~  Life’s Journey is Not to Arrive at the Grave Safely In a Well Preserved Body, But Rather to Skid in Sideways, Totally Worn Out, Shouting “Holy Shit… What a Ride!”

Education and knowledge by themselves do not bring inner peace to individuals, families or the society in which they live. But education combined with warmheartedness, a sense of concern for the well-being of others, has much more positive results. If you have a great deal of knowledge, but you’re governed by negative emotions, then you tend to use your knowledge in negative ways. Therefore, while you are learning, don’t forget the importance of warmheartedness. – Dalai Lama

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Litha Magick – Studies

At daybreak the rising sun stretches her arms.
At daybreak, the goddess rises  to her  feet.
She rises, driving out darkness from the land.
She rises, bringing daylight and birdsong to the land.
Beneath her, we move about, enjoying her warmth.
Above us, she moves about, moving westward.
She shines bright on the blooming collibah tree,
with its sprawiling roots, with its spreading branches. ~Dulngulg Song Cycle, Australian Mudbara People

Light grows daily stronger at this time of year, but it is hard to believe it, for the world still seems shrouded in wintery gloom. Yet daily, the sun rises earlier and sets later. Daily, the great round of the year reveals its mysteries once again.

So it is with our lives. We pass through periods where we believe that we will never find happiness again, that we will never find an end to pain, that we will forever suffer from frustration and unease and anxiety.But nothing lasts forever. The greatest pain, like the greatest joy, someday ends. True joy exists in learning to delight in the dance of life, not clinging to a certain day’s beauties or even to its pains. True joy exists in moving like the sun through each day, knowing that it will finally end but also that a new day will always dawn afresh.

)0(  By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast  1-

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t.

Delusions of Greendeur = Sometimes products will try to pander to you consciousness by claiming to be ozone friendly, environmentally-safe, … no animal testing required. These products are called “Delusions of Greendeur”. For example, Glad bags. It actually says on the back of the box, “Can be incenerated safely, providing more fuel value than wood or coal.” What does this mean? You can actually heat your house, cook with Glad bags?

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Daily Stuff 6-18-17 Dragon Boats

Hi, folks!

House Capuchin’s Project Day from Noon to 6pm. Litha Open Circle on Friday 6/23 at 7pm! Wear sun colors, if you can, and bring a finger-food or snack for our feast afterwards.

It’s quite sunny out, though technically, it’s overcast at 700 feet. The clouds are thinning out and vanishing quickly, but the sky is still more grey than blue. 63F with a light breeze, although the humidity is at 80% and no real prospect of rain in the forecast!

Uncle Sam

Yesterday we scrambled around getting open early so we’d have a fighting chance of picking up any possible business. No one showed up for Herbs so I worked on my bruise salve and pincushion filling and then we set up for the parade. Tempus sat out from with the sunhats and I stayed under the eaves with my camera. I’ve a page of them here: http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-5W5 I I’m going to continue working on this today, since not all the captions are in.

Astoria Clowns

The parade was fun, as always. I got my cotton candy fluff for the year and shared it with our writer friend that we haven’t seen as often since he was married. It’s funny to watch it dissolved in the humidity, and I had to go wash after since I had a “beard”. 🙂 One of the Astoria clowns came over to give us balloons and I enjoyed the Shriner’s Band and the clown calliope. You can see lots of the entries and cars and all on the picture page.

Not a parade without cotton candy

As always, we were nuts for a bit after the parade was over with folks coming through at a great rate. Arnemetia stopped to say goodbye, since she’s heading permanently for Alaska. We’ll miss her a lot! A couple of the Wicca 101 class folks also stopped in to say hi, and then Amor called during rush and I had to ask him to call back! Eventually things calmed down, but right in the middle of the call a bunch of youngsters came in for a couple of readings, so Tempus ended up talking to him.

The Horses (Pendleton?)

No one came in for Sewing, either, so after I got my pincushions filling compounded (Tempus got it mixed, later) and did some embroidery I curled up on the sofa and then after I had gone to sleep one person did show up! She talked to Tempus awhile, but she didn’t bring any projects. It looks like she’s going to move to this area.

Today is House Capuchin’s Project Day. This would normally be our potluck day, but we put it off to next week, with Beachcombers’ being this weekend and I was originally supposed to be at Investiture, teaching blackwork. I’m going to be spending a fair amount of time today drawing and cutting out some pincushions now that I have filling. Also I have one to re-fill that didn’t quite work. It packed down and got kinda empty at the top with use!

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

plant pic Rhododendron_occidentale_StrybingToday’s Plant is the Western AzaleaRhododendron 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.

The shop is open Thursday through Monday (closed today), although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 6/23 at 7:11pm.  Waning Crescent MoonBest 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 6/19 at 7:31am.

The waning crescent Moon leapfrogs past Venus between the mornings of the 20th and 21st for North America.
Here it is almost summer. But as twilight fades, look very low in the north-northwest for wintry Capella very out of season. The farther north you are, the higher it will appear. You may need binoculars. If you’re as far north as Portland or Montreal, Capella is actually circumpolar.
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Aries
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22) Retrograde

Color: Orange

Harvest 6/19-19

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Su  18      Low   2:08 AM     1.8   5:31 AM    Rise  2:06 AM      46
~    18     High   7:42 AM     5.3   9:04 PM     Set  2:40 PM
~    18      Low   1:51 PM     1.1
~    18     High   8:28 PM     7.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly  the same number of hours that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Mother Teresa, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What? – What kind of program do you enjoy most on TV—detective shows, comedies, game shows—and why?

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Quotes  

~  If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. – attributed to Alexander Hamilton
~  If you want to be creative, stay in part a child before they are deformed by adult society. – Jean Piaget
~  It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. – Helen Keller
~  It is a whole lot easier to see our problems in others than it is to see them in ourselves. – Marshall Goldsmith

The supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned, rich, famous, powerful, or good, but simply to be radiant. I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage, and good will. I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected – as ready to say I do not know, if it be so, and to meet all men on an absolute equality – to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid. I wish others to live their lives, too – up to their highest, fullest, and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted, or assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people, I’ll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference, and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation. That is to say, I desire to be radiant – to radiate life. – Elbert Hubbard

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Litha Magick – Crafts

BEE Bird House

Materials:

  • Gourd
  • Sand Paper
  • Paints…Black Light buttermilk (Americana)Straw (Delta Ceramcoat)Old Parchment (Delta Ceramcoat)
  • Drill with Bits
  • Jute
  • Matte Spray Varnish
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • Flat Brush for Base coat
  • Round Brush for detail
  • Tack Cloth
  • Pencil

Instructions:

Clean, and sand a dried gourd. (You can grow these your self) Wipe with a tack cloth. Drill 2 small holes at the top of the gourd large enough to thread jute. Drill a larger hole to act as a hole for the bird. Base coat the gourd with 2 coats of Old Parchment allowing each coat to dry thoroughly. Draw on the Bees (See Bee Pattern above) in a random pattern making sure they are facing all directions. They look goods in groups of 3 or alone. Base coat the wings in Light Buttermilk. Let dry. Base coat the bee body in Straw. Let dry. Base coat the head and stripes in Black. Let dry. Outline the wings, add antenna and a stinger with a permanent marker. You can also add the dotted lines to show where he has been and the curved lines to hint at wing movement. Allow to dry thoroughly before you spray with a matte finish. Thread jute through the top holes of the gourd and tie for hanging. You can add lengths of jute in a bow if you’d like. Optional: You may want to add Buzz on Inn around the door opening but make sure you allow for this when you draw the bees on.

An Interesting Mobile for Litha – Anja’s note – Obviously no directions are given, but these are oranges sliced crossways with a sharp knife. If they are hung up in an area with good airflow they should dry with no trouble. It looks like she chose beads and “teeth” of sun colors and strung on lightweight string. The cinnamon sticks have had the cord dropped through. A long needle might be helpful with this as cotton cord tends to catch on the roughness of the stick.

Ceall Na Sidhe – TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008 – http://ceallnasidhe.blogspot.com/2008/06/blessed-litha.html Blessed Litha! 

My dear Friend, Ibar Sorgina and her son came to visit us for Litha. We went for a walk, and collected natural craft suplies aka sticks. We sliced Oranges and lemons to dry, they sure take a long time! Ibar Sorgina had to go before the oranges were ready for hanging. Here is one that I made. I added beads and cinnamon sticks. Jewel is still working on hers.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – WASTEBASKET BROTHER

Someone put their baby brother
Under a wastebasket
The question is exactly why,
But I’m not going to ask it.
But someone, I ain’t sayin’ who,
Has got a guilty face,
Ashamed for lettin’ such a lovely brother
Go to waste.  ©1997-2000 A Free Zone & A Fun ZoneZone & A

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Daily Stuff 6-17-17 Ludi Piscatorii

Hi, folks!

Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm.

It’s overcast and things are quite wet, although it hasn’t been raining for awhile. We got three tenths of an inch yesterday, eventually and it’s all over and hasn’t steamed off. The sun is trying to come through so it will fairly quickly and then we’re supposed to dry off for at least a week. 59F and 95% humidity and not a breath of wind.

Yesterday was long. Tempus snoozed or slept most of the day. I got a nap mid-afternoon or I wouldn’t have been able to keep going, either. Elan stopped by and we had a lot of young folks in as customers. We also had a couple in who are looking to move to the area and are interested both in paganism and the historical recreation stuff that we do.

We headed home, early. We thought about the movie, but only thought….. it was damp and chill and sitting outside is no pleasure like that.

Today is Beachcombers! We’re looking forward to the parade and the Car Show is all set up and looking good. There was a bike club that just roared past on the highway and yeah, things are finally drying. Gonna be a good day!

220px-36-pesca,Taccuino_Sanitatis,_Casanatense_4182.Today’s feast is the Ludi Piscatorii, the day of the fishermen, in honor of Father Tiber, the Tiber River in Italy. (although Wikipedia has it as 6/7…)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludi_Piscatorii It is also the day of St. Botolph, according to Nigel Pennick, who is an English saint, patron of travelers and fishermen.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Botolph Fishing has been a main source of food since the neolithic and the first permanent settlements, such as those at Lepensky Vir (7000BCE or so) were based on fishing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepenski_Vir

primrose shop 020713Today’s Plant is the PrimrosePrimula vulgaris. This plant, because it iseasily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside in February and March. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and theplant flower primrose primula vulgarisyoung flowers can be made into primrose wine.  – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris

The shop is open Thursday through Monday (closed today), although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 6/23 at 7:11pm. 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 6/17 at 4:33am. 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 6/19 at 7:31am.

The last-quarter Moon rises late tonight, around 1 a.m. daylight-saving time. Watch for it to breach the horizon to the lower right of the Great Square of Pegasus.
Mars is lost in the sunset.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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.

Sun in Gemini
Waning Quarter at 4:33am
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 10:55pm.
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22) Retrograde

Color: Grey

Planting 6/15-17

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Sa  17      Low  12:59 AM     2.4   5:31 AM    Rise  1:36 AM      57
~    17     High   6:24 AM     5.5   9:03 PM     Set  1:32 PM
~    17      Low  12:55 PM     0.7
~    17     High   7:40 PM     6.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I honestly face both the light and the shadow within me to harmonize all aspects of my spirit.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” — Vernon Saunders Law

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Quotes  

~  But suppose, asks the student of the professor, we follow all your structural rules for writing, what about that “something else” that brings the book alive? What is the formula for that? The formula for that is not included in the curriculum.  – Fannie Hurst (1889-1968) US writer
~  I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own.  – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~  I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. – Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer
~  If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? – T. H. Huxley

A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
And turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.

Amen. (….found on Facebook)

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Litha Magick – Lore

deborah <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com> wrote:

To: Hearth_Witch@yahoogroups.com
From: “deborah” <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:47:09 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Traditions
Midsummer Traditions

Midsummer has always been a time for celebration and dancing. Traditionally, there were bonfires to celebrate the Sun. The bonfires were believed to have the power to burn away all negativity and evil. People jumped the flames, much as they had at Beltane, making wishes. It was believed that the summer grains would grow only as high as they were able to jump. The Celts built their bonfires near holy wells or on a border or boundary of some sort because they considered borders to be magickal entrances to the Underworld. In some places, people light fires on midsummer eve. They stay up until midnight to welcome in midsummer day, and, when the fires die down, men run or jump through the embers to bring good luck.

Ancient Pagans had a custom for Midsummer which consisted of wrapping straw around the wheel of a cart, lighting it on fire, and then rolling it down a tall hill. These flaming wheels were called “Catherine Wheels” and they emulated the action of the sun, which would begin waning after Midsummer day. If the fire went out before the wheel got to the bottom of the hill, it indicated a good harvest.

Since Midsummer is both a time of protection and of divination, in  ancient times, the rootstock of a male fern plant was trimmed into the likeness of a hand and smoked in the Midsummer fires. These ‘Hands of Glory’ were hung in houses for protection. It was said that if the hands glowed with a blue flame, they were revealing hidden treasure in the earth.

There is still a famous summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. On the night before midsummer, a group of white-robed Druids gather at Stonehenge to watch the sun rising. As it comes up, the sun rises exactly over the Heel Stone, one of the stones that lies outside the main circle at Stonehenge.

Many midsummer celebrations were moved to the feast of St John the Baptist (24th June). But since Midsummer was a time of magic and wonder-working, evil spirits were said to appear, and people gathered herbs and flowers to protect themselves. One of the most powerful was the plant known as ‘chase-devil’, which we now call St John’s Wort. People used it in potions, and wove the flowers into garlands to decorate their houses or protect their farm animals. They believed that the herb could shield them from the power of evil spirits and could help them foretell the future. ~author unknown

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Daily Stuff 6-16-17 Bloomsday

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne!

Litha Open Circle next Friday 6/23 at 7pm! Wear sun colors, if you can, and bring a finger-food or snack for our feast afterwards.

It’s still damp, but the wind has died down. Gusts are only going over 10 on the beaches, if there. We only got 0.2 inches of rain yesterday, but 0.3 this morning, but it’s grey and overcast. Not any real chance of rain out through the end of the week, though.

Yesterday was kinda slow, probably because of the weather. We tried out some of the cheese and then I settled down to work on newsletters, which hadn’t happened on Tuesday/Wednesday the way they usually do. I had to fill in some files and I just kept pecking at it. I got enough done to get by on by around 3pm.

I had a sandwich and then sorted picture files for awhile, then made an attempt at starting another project. …and then realized that if I was going to get any cooking done I’d better do it! So I got a chicken broth going that was going to provide the base for several meals.

I had some fun during the afternoon listening to the wind and watching the rain blow in sheets down the street. The sign from next door fell over onto our building (it’s sitting between, not painted, yet) and started Tempus and me several times as it bomped back and forth. He finally went out and figured out what the sound was and shifted it so it’d stay put.

After that was Sewing, so I got the sofa-arm pincushion finished, plus a couple more, but I need more filling again. …and then we had supper. I used the same measuring cup for the broth for the stuffing that I made that I had used on the citric acid for the cheese. Apparently it didn’t all dissolve. That was an interesting flavor….

So then we scrambled around getting ready for the evening. I found some fabric to work on and with, we got the shopping list put together and we got the food put away, then headed out.

I got dropped at home while he headed in to Newport to get a few things at the grocery and then start the paper route. I spent the evening cutting out small projects and embroidering.

Tempus didn’t get done until 7:15am because the papers ran late. We’re both kind of groggy, but I’m sitting here with a bag of cherries and a petunia for my fairy garden, because he’s such a sweetie! I’m going to try to get him to conk out on the sofa, but we’ll be open all day!

Amazing clouds from 6/14/16, by Ken Gagne

farewelltospring plant flowerToday’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn. Godetia amoena) plant flower farewell to springis a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains fromBritish Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)

feast 0616 BloomsdayDavyByrnesA rather geeky feast, Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the Ulyssean protagonist. It has been held at least since 1924 in Dublin and around the world. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsday

The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 6/23 at 7:11pm. 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 6/17 at 4:33am.

By the time it’s fully dark this week, Altair is shining well up in the east. A finger-width above it or to its upper left is its little sidekick Tarazed (Gamma Aquilae), actually an orange giant that’s far in the background. Altair is 17 light-years from us; Tarazed is about 460.
Venus (magnitude –4.4) shines in the east during dawn. A telescope shows it barely on the gibbous side of dichotomy (half-lit phase).

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Pisces
Neptune Retrograde 4:09am (11/22)
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Coral

Planting 6/15-17

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
F   16     High   5:15 AM     5.9   5:31 AM    Rise  1:05 AM      67
~    16      Low  12:04 PM     0.3   9:03 PM     Set 12:25 PM
~    16     High   6:52 PM     6.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you have the choice of two exciting things, choose the one you have never done.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your idea of perfect happiness?

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Quotes  

~  Be creative. Don’t be worried about what you are doing — one has to do many things — but do everything creatively, with devotion. Then your work becomes worship. Then whatsoever you do is a prayer. And whatsoever you do is an offering at the altar. – Osho
~  Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. – Kahlil Gibran
~  Believe those who are seeking the truth doubt those who find it. – Andre Gide
~  Develop a bias for action, a sense of urgency, to get things done. – Brian Tracy

Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid
A million buds but stay their blossoming
And trustful birds have built their nests amid
The shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing
Till one soft shower from the south shall bid
And hither tempt the pilgrim steps of Spring.  – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer

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Litha Magick – Recipes

Tomato & Leek Soup w/Basil Cream Hearts (11 views) From:                                       herbalmuse , Delicious Living Magazine —

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 medium leek
1 32-ounce can of organic, peeled Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, optional
2 ounces heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
1 ounce sweet basil, washed and dried
Salt

  1. Slice leek in half lengthwise and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Soak in water to clean.
  2. Transfer wet leek to a stainless steel pot. Heat on low until leek “sweats” and becomes tender. Add tomatoes and simmer 10 minutes. Place vegetables in a blender and puree until smooth. Stir in butter. Add sugar and salt to taste. Be careful when blending the hot soup use a kitchen towel to hold the lid down.
  3. Heat cream, pour into blender and add basil. Puree until smooth and season to taste with salt.
  4. To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Spoon one tablespoon of basil cream onto the center of each bowl of soup. Run a straw or a chopstick through the center of the dollop to create a heart shape. Be creative make hearts in as many sizes as you’d like. Serve immediately.

Note: Using evaporated skim milk and no butter reduces fat grams to 1.3 only 5 percent of calories from fat.

Cold Tomato Soup – http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html
2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 sweet pepper, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 C. Herb blend, basil, chives, tarragon, parsley, dill, chervil, thyme
1/2 C. olive oil
3 tbsp. lemon juice
3 C. cold water
1 sweet Spanish onion, peeled and sliced
1 C. cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced
1/2 tsp. paprika

  1. Put chopped tomatoes, pepper, garlic and herbs in a bowl.
  2. Stir in olive oil, lemon juice, and cold water.
  3. Add onion, cucumber, and paprika.
  4. Chill in refrigerator for about 5 hours.
  5. Serve over ice cubes in bowls and garnish with fresh parsley or watercress.

BAKED TOMATOES – Gordon Ireland – Serves 6-8

  • 3 whole fresh tomatoes
  • 12-oz bag cheddar cheese
  • Fresh parsley
  • Foil
  • Flat tray or cookie sheet
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Shred cheddar cheese
  3. Slice the tomato 1/2-inch thick, place on tin foil on tray
  4. Liberally spread cheddar cheese on the tomatoes.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle parsley over tomatoes.

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Daily Stuff 6-15-17 Magna Carta

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 11:17 AM of -0.1 feet. Sewing at 6pm.

We’re getting gusts up to 18mph in town and the car was dancing all over on the bridge. The rain’s not heavy, though, not even enough to make me put up my hood, and it’s 58, nice and warm. I’m watching the rose in the fairy garden thrash around, though. There’s apparently a 2nd batch of this coming through tomorrow, as well.

>>>>> Doesn’t quite look like mozz >>>>>

Yesterday was pretty busy. We had a lot of folks in during the early part of the day and then I got the foxglove finished and after Tempus cleaned up, I tried making mozzarella. It didn’t quite work as expected, but it tastes right and pretty darned good! I fried some of the previous cheese to finish it up for a snack before supper. Tempus took over and made supper after that, but it was 10:30 before we ate.

It was spitting when we headed home. I got my hair washed and then went to bed.

Today it was too wet to work in the garden. I’m here at the shop, while Tempus went to the grocery to get some coffee. He ran out of time on Tuesday to get to the store and coffee is a dire necessity. 🙂 I’m hoping to do some cooking today. There’s a thing called, “bacon jam” that we want to try. I need to make another batch of pincushions filling and from 6-8pm is the Sewing workshop. I’ll be working on my apron.

Solstice is coming!

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The Magna Carta (Great Charter) was signed at the field of Runnymede on this day! The charter was the first document declaring that the king or queen had to abide by the laws of the land. Exactly 800 years ago, in June 1215, feudal barons gathered outside London to define and limit the powers of King John, forcing him to affix his royal seal to the charter. Wikipedia article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magna_Carta and another interesting article here: http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/6-things-you-might-not-know-about-the-magna-carta?cmpid=Social_FBPAGE_HISTORY_20150615_192842250&linkId=14914901  Transcript here – https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/magna-carta-1215

120px-Pulmonaria_saccharata_(3497086606)Today’s plant, Lungwort (Pulmonaria) is one of the first perennials to bloom, with bright flowers and spotted leaves. Zones 4-8 More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lungwort …and there are lots of pix in Wikimedia Commons here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/PulmonariaFeminine, Air, the Sylphs– It is a plant of helpful magick for breathing problems from COPD to asthma to TB to lung cancer….

Jean-Baptiste-DenysToday is the anniversary in 1667 of the first successful blood transfusion, animal to human, although the allergic reactions would have killed the patients if the quantities had been larger. It wasn’t until 1902 and the discovery of human blood types that transfusions actually became worthwhile.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_transfusion#History  …and more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Denys

The shop is open Thursday through Monday (closed today), although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 6/23 at 7:11pm. 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 6/17 at 4:33am. 

With June halfway through, the Big Dipper has swung around to hang down by its handle high in the northwest during evening. The middle star of its handle is Mizar, with tiny Alcor right next to it. On which side of Mizar should you look for Alcor? As always, on the side toward Vega! Which now is shining high in the eastern sky.
Mercury is lost in the sunrise.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – 
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. 

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 3:17am
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Turquoise

Planting 6/15-17

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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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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Th  15     High   4:19 AM     6.3   5:31 AM    Rise 12:34 AM      76
~    15      Low  11:17 AM    -0.1   9:03 PM     Set 11:21 AM
~    15     High   6:06 PM     6.3
~    15      Low  11:52 PM     2.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I cut negative bonds of attachment to powerlessness and slavery.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Would you? – Would you rather be a dog or a cat? Write the reasons for your choice.

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Quotes  

~  A warrior is a chaos conductor. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Acceptance is the Bridge, Understanding is the door, Love is the Key. – SanDanYi
~  An ocean refuses no river. – Sheila Chandra
~  As a meditator, it is important to give suggestions to yourself. Try this sometime. Sit alone somewhere, tell your mind to stop its chatter, tell your mind that you don’t like it, and you will be surprised to see that for a moment your inner chattering will stop. – Osho

Rainbows; and the blue bitter smoke of wood;
And radiant raindrops couching in cool flowers;
And flowers themselves, that sway through sunny hours,
Dreaming of moths that drink them under the moon.  – Rupert Brooke (1887–1915)

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Litha Magick – Studies

The Prayer of Midsummer

Sun-stone’s kiss, midsummer pleasure,
Welcome all and some.
At the hele-stone sing and gather,
Ever blessed one. ~Caitlin Matthews, “Midsummer Blessing”

Today’s Goddess:   Amaterasu 5/3/5, Hakata Dontaku (Japan)

Themes:  Sun; Tradition; Unity; Blessings; Community; Kinship, Symbols:  Mirror; Gold or Yellow Items

About Amaterasu:  Amaterasu is unique among Goddesses, being one of the few women to personify the sun.  In Japan she rules over cultural unity, kinship, and the blessings that someone with the name, “Illuminating Heaven” might be expected to bestow.  It’s Amaterasu’s sun that nudges the greenery to reach toward her light, just as her gentle energy prods us toward reestablishing harmony in all our relationships.

To Do Today:  The first week of May in Japan is called Golden Week, and it’s a time when Amaterasu’s solar beauty really shines.  The Hakata festival is a national holiday that includes celebrations for children and a special parade depicting Japan’s legendary deities.  Take a moment to join the festivities long-distance.  Remember Amaterasu by wearing gold-colored items today and opening as many curtains as possible to let in her glorious light.

Once the curtains are opened, take a hand mirror and reflect the light into every corner of your home.  This draws Amaterasu’s unifying energy into your living space and guards against discord among all who dwell therein.  Also, to ensure that no malevolence enters from outside the home, put a mirror facing outward in an eastern winder (where Amaterasu rises).  This is a Buddhist custom for turning away negativity and evil influences. By Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess”  and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Light Bulbs – How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but the light bulb has to WANT to change.

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