Daily Stuff 5-27-20 Bede

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Kytka Hilmar-Jezek. Minus Tide at 10:48 AM of -0.8 feet. The shop is closed for the duration, hoping to open on 5/28.

It’s partly cloudy, now, but “today will be a good day to fry!” Look at the UV! The grass pollen is up, too. 50F, wind at 0-1mph, AQI38, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Saturday is looking more and more like rain, but just Saturday. Everything else is dry except for possibly late next week. There are a couple of big swirls out in the ocean, one pushing toward us, the other the remnants of the systems that dumped so much rain in the orient last week.

Yesterday after Tempus got back I could not get back to sleep for some reason. I got up and worked on newsletter frames until I started to fade again, so I watched another one of the geology lectures and then crawled back into bed.

We got up, 2-ish, got the shop open and started in getting things ready. <keeping fingers crossed> I got 6 of the Pirate’s Treasure Buckets done, waiting on sand for the others. A bunch of earrings went up and I sorted out pieces for more of the tarot earrings. Tempus got the rolling table re-painted and several of the larger pieces moved, but that was all he had time for, before heading out to do the bulk route. I’m hoping he managed shopping during the evening, but I don’t know for certain. …

I did some writing, some embroidery, some reading, and got the finally dehydrated watermelon put in jars. Then more embroidery, more reading, talking to the kids online and finally more writing. …

I talked to Tempus for a bit after he got the bulk route done, and the shopping. He managed it all and was eating his sandwich before taking a nap.

Today is a big push to get things up and running. I also have to water plants and make that green chicken. I hope we’ll manage to open on Thursday, but it not, we should be able to on Friday. We mostly have to finish up sorting out the displays at this point, and there are a few things yet to move.

…and added pix to Sioned’s 2nd year album. https://wp.me/P2xgQ8-9A9

Tulips in Prague – 5/11/19 Kytka Hilmar-Jezek Used with permission

200px-Claytonia_sibirica_EglintonToday’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia

feast 0527 Nuremberg_Chronicle_Venerable_BedeToday is the anniversary of the death of the Venerable Bede in 735. He was an English monk at the monastery of Saint Peter at Monkwearmouth and its companion monastery, Saint Paul’s, in modern Jarrow, Northeast England, both of which were located in the Kingdom of Northumbria. He is well known as an author and scholar, and his most famous work, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) gained him the title “The Father of English History”. He actually had access to a lot of documents that have long since disappeared as well as quite a number of classical sources.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bede and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historia_ecclesiastica_gentis_Anglorum

The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/28. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 6/5 at 12:12pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/29 at 8:30pm. 

The Milky Way and Summer Triangle – The summer Milky Way hangs above Lake Alqueva, part of a dark-sky reserve in Portugal. The brightest star of the Summer Triangle, Vega in Lyra, lies near the top left of the image. Deneb in Cygnus appears to its lower left and Altair in Aquila resides to their lower right. – Miguel Claro

With summer just three weeks away (astronomically speaking), the last star of the Summer Triangle rises above the eastern horizon at the end of twilight. That’s Altair, the Triangle’s lower right corner. Its highest and brightest corner is Vega. The third is Deneb, sparkling less far to Vega’s lower left.

Although Juno was one of the first four asteroids discovered, it ranks 10th in size. (These are the sizes the first four would be if they were perfectly spherical.)

Asteroid 3 Juno is stationary at 10 A.M. EDT. After today, Juno will halt its northwestern motion and make a tight turn, heading back to the southeast relative to the background stars. Currently in the constellation Virgo, you can find Juno about 6° northwest of Auva (Delta [δ] Virginis). Juno is currently magnitude 10.7, so you’ll need large binoculars or a small scope to seek it out. Tonight, it’s just 1° northwest of the galaxy NGC 4580, a dim spiral you’ll likely need a 10-inch scope (or larger) to glimpse. Juno is about 145 miles (234 km) in diameter. It contains roughly 1 percent of the total mass in the asteroid belt — but is only about 3 percent the total mass of Ceres, the largest body in the main belt.
Venus is dropping fast! It shines brightly in the west-northwest in twilight, falling farther away from fainter Mercury each evening as it heads toward its June 3rd conjunction with the Sun. You’ll probably lose it by week’s end. In addition, Venus fades from magnitude –4.3 to –3.8 this week as we see less and less of its dayside. Get your telescope on Venus as early as you can pick it up, perhaps even before sunset. It’s a big, thin, brilliant crescent: enlarging from 54 to 57 arcseconds in diameter this week, while slimming from a 5% sunlit fingernail-trimming of a crescent to a hairline 1%!

Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Leo
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde
Color: Brown

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W   27     High   3:29 AM     7.3   5:37 AM     Set 12:45 AM      16
~    27      Low  10:48 AM    -0.8   8:50 PM    Rise  9:57 AM
~    27     High   5:41 PM     6.0
~    27      Low  10:49 PM     3.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Creator, you are mastery, help me to see mastery in a way that I can understand.

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Journal Prompt – Friends – What do you think your friends say to each other when you’re not around?

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Quotes

~   The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. – Benjamin E. Mayes
~   Live life out loud and with a purpose. ~ Dan McGovern
~   Give me a man who says this one thing I do, and not these fifty things I dabble in. – Dwight L. Moody
~   A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. –

Among the changing months, May stands confest
The sweetest, and in fairest colours dressed!
Soft as the breeze that fans the smiling field;
Sweet as the breath that opening roses yield. – James Thomson (1700–25)

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Litha Magick – Goddess and Spells

Hotogov Mailgan 6/22 Today’s Goddess: White Nights (Russia)
Themes:  Sky; Tradition; Arts Symbol: Pale Light

About Hotogov Mailgan:  In Siberia, Hotogov Mailgan illuminates the night sky with her heavenly sparkle.  She is the Queen of the Sky, a creative force for personal empowerment, and the manifester of the life energies in and around us.

To Do Today:  Between June 21 and June 29 the skies in Russia always appear light gray at night because of the northern location.  The effect throughout St. Petersburg is very magical, casting unique shadows on the lavender, pink, and yellow pastel-colored buildings.  To celebrate this beauty, the citizens  enjoy traditional Russian ballets, theatrical performances, and music.  So, get out the theme music from Dr. Zhivago, rent a ballet featuring Barishnikov, or cook yourself up some Russian dumplings (varnekey) and invite this goddess to join you.

If you perform any magic today, try putting up some pastel-colored curtains around the space to filter the outside light so it suits Hotogove Mailgan.  Or darken the room and use glow-in-the-dark stars to mark the magical circle so you’re literally surrounded by her power.

Try taking a bubble bath and dotting the surface of the water with glitter to look like Hotogov Mailgan’s night sky.  Then sit, relax, and meditate, absorbing the hopeful, dreamy energy that her stars inspire in people everywhere. )0( By Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess”  and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

A Sweet Woodruff Spell for Prosperity – Pagan Studies:

At dusk in my woodland garden, sweet woodruff sends out its fresh haylike scent, and its white flowers glow in the June twilight. In June, sweet woodruff reaches the height of its magical power, and is valuable in attracting prosperity. The prosperity spell which follows should be concluded next month, beneath July’s Blessing Moon. On a June evening, just before nightfall, gather some woodruff flowers, leaves, and stems. Cut them all, and put them in a darkened room to dry on a hook or beam. When July’s Moon is at its height, and the woodruff has dried, bury it with a dollar and a copper coin. Now, with what you’ve sown your wealth will increase. By: James Kambos  )0( GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies   

Antheia  – Arretophoria (Greece) Today’s Goddess:
Themes:   Promises; Friendship; Trust; Honor; Community; Love; Relationships
Symbols: Gold-colored Items; Honey; Myrrh

About Antheia:  Since 800 B.C.E. Antheia has been known as the Greek Goddess of marriage, companionship, and good council.  These attributes manifested themselves in a triple Goddess figure who flowered, sought a mate, and reached perfection.  Today we ask her to bless our rites by flowering within our souls so we too can obtain spiritual perfection.

To Do Today:  In ancient Greece this festival of trust and friendship was held sometime between June and July.  Each year, two maidens were given a special honey-laden diet and clothed in golden robes to take on a special trust.  They delivered a package untouched to a secret place in a local temple, then spent the year in community service, never peeking inside the box.  This sounds like a fun activity for couples or friends.  Each person picks out a trust gift for the other and gives it to them to put in a special place, leaving it untouched for a year.  The entire time the gift remains there unopened, Antheia will energize it and bless the people in that relationship, so don’t get tempted to peek.  Believe me when I say it’s worth the wait.  At the end of the year, don something gold, burn myrrh to create a sacred space in which Antheia dwells, and open the gifts, explaining the significance of the items. I guarantee it’s a present you’ll never forget. – )0( By Patricia Telesco~ >From “365 Goddess”  and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

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Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q. Why did the jalapeño put on a tiny jacket? A. It was a little chili.

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Daily Stuff 5-26-20 Fortinalia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Irene Photography. Minus Tide at 10:01 AM of -1.0 feet. The shop is closed for the duration, hoping to open on 5/28.

Fog. It’s not thick here, but the temp is high enough to cause the air near colder water to fog. The bridge is obscured. 54F, wind near calm, AQI34, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Today it ought to just be mostly cloudy, like the rest of the days through Friday. Saturday is the big chance of rain, but there are several likely showery days past that.

A Ken Gagne pictures of a gold finch on 5/23/15. His comment was “Ouch!”

Yesterday started kinda funky. I was going hot and cold and felt vaguely sickish. No clue what was doing that, but coffee and oatmeal settled it… then I was just hot. 🙂 Amor called and we talked for quite awhile. We got off in a hurry because I had a class at 4, which turned out to be 7:30, so I got the House Capuchin report out. Amor and I chatted on Facebook for a bit, too.

Around suppertime I got some food going and worked on grinding onion peels for dye. I think in another couple of months we’ll have enough to try some of that. Arthur called after we had eaten. He was doing a lamb roast and wanted a consult on spices. He tried to get Sioned to say hi to me, but what I got was a pterodactyl screech. 🙂 That was really cute!

I went to go to the 7:30 class and discovered that it had been at 4:30…. I got back to some writing at that point. …then got a nap, then embroidered a little. I found a couple of recorded classes later in the evening.

I had been checking on the watermelon off and on all day. At midnight it still wasn’t quite dry!

I watched a couple of videos on Pacific Northwest Geology. I think I’m going to dive into this whole series of lectures. It’s fairly new. Super volcanoes in the PNW? I didn’t know there were any, but Smith Rock is part of one! Wow…. explains some of the features that you see out in eastern Oregon. Tempus took off in the middle of that, around 1:30, which might get him home around 6. That would be nice.

I have some classes today. At some point the watermelon is going to be done and I’ll bottle it. (Dehydrated is safer in glass!) Tempus and I were still discussing me doing the bulk route with him and then coming home with our shopping. We’ll see. I do have a cook’s chat at 8:30 that I don’t want to miss. That’s going to feature the Vert de Sire. which is apparently a green chicken dish. I gotta do that one. Sounds too weird not to. 🙂 …and the challenge in my Czech cooking group this week is fruit soups. I’ve got cherries, so that’s going to be lunch. 🙂

Sunrise over Tatras, Slovakia, 5/5/19, – Irene Photography, Tatra Spis Pinneny. Those mountains look almost too familiar. Used with permission.

Today’s feast is the Fortinalia, or sacred well day. It was celebrated in220px-Puteal_báquico_(M.A.N._Madrid)_01 ancient Rome on October 13 and pagans today keep the feast in May as a thank you to the wells that give us clean water and to the wells of inspiration that we dip from to create our magick. Usually flowers and ribbons are brought to the wells. I’ve done clean-ups around artesian springs on this day, too, and the pipe that has awesome spring water out rt. 34, usually has a bouquet and a dozen ribbons every year! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontinalia

Today’s plant is the Pacific BlackberryRubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry

The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/28. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 6/5 at 12:12pm. Diana’s BowOn 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 5/26 at 10:39pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/29 at 8:30pm. 

Catch Comet SWAN – Comet SWAN (C/2020 F8) glows at an easily reachable magnitude 6, although for Northern Hemisphere observers, it’s low to the horizon by two hours after sunset on May 26. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

Comet SWAN (C/2020 F8) reaches perihelion today, rounding the Sun at a distance of 37 million miles (59.5 million kilometers) from our star. Glowing around magnitude 6, the comet is an excellent binocular or small scope target in Perseus. But Northern Hemisphere observers beware: It’s already low on the northwestern horizon an hour after sunset, roughly 10° high and sinking. The comet is less than 5° above the horizon two hours after sunset, but with good seeing and a clear view all the way to the horizon, you’re likely to spot it a little over 8° due west of Capella.

M71 (NGC 6618) Swan Nebula or Omega Nebula

Even as Comet SWAN sets, a different swan is rising: M17 (NGC 6618), also known as the Swan Nebula or the Omega Nebula in Sagittarius. Rising around 10 P.M. local time and gaining altitude with each passing hour, the Swan Nebula can be seen with binoculars or even a small scope. The star-forming region’s name comes from its resemblance to a swan gliding across a lake; can you spot the bird’s arching neck and long, feathery body?
Now the waxing crescent Moon poses in a roughly horizontal line with Pollux and Castor, which shine to its right.
Have you ever seen Alpha Centauri? At declination –61° it’s permanently out of sight if you’re north of latitude 29° N. (Waldport is just south of 45 degrees north) But if you’re at the latitude of San Antonio, Orlando, or points south, Alpha Cen skims just above your true southern horizon for a little while late these evenings. When does this happen? Just about when Alpha Librae, the lower-right of Libra’s two brightest stars, is due south over your landscape. At that time, drop your gaze down from there.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is fairly low in the east-southeast before dawn begins.

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Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Cancer enters Leo at 11:33pm.
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde

Color: Scarlet

Planting 5/25-6

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  26     High   2:45 AM     7.6   5:38 AM    Rise  8:53 AM      9
~    26      Low  10:01 AM    -1.0   8:49 PM
~    26     High   4:49 PM     6.0
~    26      Low   9:51 PM     3.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I give thanks for the abundance and prosperity in my life.

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Journal Prompt – What is? – What is a long term goal and how can you achieve it?

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Quotes

~   In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us. – Flora Edwards
~   Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters. – Nathaniel Emmons
~   Everyday in every way I create my own reality. So what is that I choose to create today? – Gabriella Goddard
Any supervisor worth his salt would rather deal with people who attempt too much than with those who try too little. – Lee Iacocca

May changes moods just like a baby:
Someone should have named it “Maybe.”

–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1996 

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Litha Magick – Crafts

Dream Pillows

In German and Nordic traditions believed the power of the sun on Midsummer made it easy for humans to access the unseen worlds. Many divinations and vision quests were practiced on this night. To this day prophetic dreams play a large role in Scandinavian lore. The Danes used to place St. John’s Wort under their pillows to induce prophetic dreaming, while the Celts and the English used Mugwort, which is just as potent, but without the toxic qualities of St. John’s Wort. If you wish to practice dream magick on Midsummer night you may want to make a dream pillow to help enhance your dreams.

You will need:

  •  Small square of blue or purple fabric (preferably cotton), 4×8 inches. Make sure you leave room around the edges for a seam.
  •  Matching thread
  •  Needle
  •  Herb you wish to use (mugwort, lemongrass, or lavender are good herbs for dream magick)

Directions

Take the piece of cloth and fold it over so that it makes a square. Sew up all sides EXCEPT ONE, leave one side open so you can stuff your pillow. Turn the pillow inside out, stuff it with your chosen herbs, and sew up the final side. Make sure you are visualizing your goal as you do this, as is plays a large role in the dream magick. When you are finished making the pillow take it to bed with you and place it under your pillowcase, making sure its fragrance will reach you. Before going to sleep, visualize what you wish to dream. You may wish to add a chant too this, to help lull you into sleep. Have a notebook and pen ready to jot down any impressions or dreams you have upon waking. Do this even before you stretch, dreams have a tendency to fade quickly from memory.

http://www.wyldwytch.com/weavings/candb/06_05litha/index.htm

Dream Pillow – (For Litha) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pillow.html

Materials:

  • §  Material for your pillow
  • §  Stuffing for your pillow
  • §  Needle and thread
  • §  Lavender and sage

Directions:

Hand-sew a dream-pillow. First cut an expanse of cloth large enough to make your pillow and fold it in half so the INSIDE is OUTSIDE, then sew up the edges except for a hole just large enough to push the stuffing in. Turn your pillow right-side-out and stuff it. Then create a small sachet (of the same material if you like), like a small pillow of the same except you don’t have to worry about turning it inside out. Stuff the sachet with lavender and sage, or make one sachet for lavender and one for sage. Then slip the herbs into the pillow. Sew up the final hole. Incidentally, it is best to pick material that is blue or has a water image on it, to represent the wise water element, or a black or black-patterned material, to indicate connection with the Dark Crone Goddess, whose speciality is divination.

Ritual use: You can actually sew this pillow in the circle, or make it mostly out of the circle and ceremoniously add the herbs while in circle. It is to be blessed with the appropriate tools and dedicated to the water element, and possibly anointed with water or divination-oriented oils. It can then be used to sleep on at night to encourage prophetic dreams. It also functions as a nice Midsummer gift to a handfasting couple or just for any gift.

Solstice Dream Pillows
Materials needed: 1-4 oz (30-120 gms) each of the following five herbs:

  • dried chamomile,
  • mugwort,
  • catnip,
  • hops,
  • lavender,
  • whole oranges & lemons,
  • cinnamon sticks,
  • allspice berries, (optional)
  • myrrh or frankincense resin lumps.
  • Scraps of lightweight cloth (4-7 inches/100-175 mm, two for each bag)
  • optional bits of ribbon, embroidery floss, scraps of lace or a few small beads.

For those who are sitting up all night on the Solstice, this is a special dream pillow you can make for prophetic dreams when you go to sleep the next night or throughout the year.

Take the first five dried herbs and mix them in whatever proportions you desire/have on hand. More Mugwort will lead some folks to more psychic dreaming, more hops will lead to a sounder sleep for some others, more catnip may encourage feline pillow sharing.

As the night passes, eat the oranges, and use the lemons (minus their peels) in teas/punches/hot drinks. As you use them try to remove the peels in large chunks or in easy to work with sections. Using a spoon, carefully scrape out as much of the white inner rind as you can without damaging the zesty outer peel. Scatter the remaining outer peels on a cookie sheet and dry them on low heat in the oven (200F or less). Watch them to make sure they are drying but not scorching. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool.

If you have a fire or incense burner, burn some of the incense resins, saving most to use in the pillows.

Crumble the dried peels up into smaller bits, break up the cinnamon sticks up into smaller pieces, and add the spices, resins and peels to the herb mixture. Mix well. Gather up the scraps of material, and sew up small bags: 3-6 inches/75-150mm should be fine. Leave one side open: small openings will make it more difficult to fill the bags later. If you want to use the ribbons and floss to embroider protective or other magical symbols or representative designs, it will be easier to do before you stitch the sides together. Work on this to keep you awake, thinking of the season and what it means to you as you do it. If these are intended as gifts, think kindly and lovingly of the folks you will be giving these to.

Fill each of the bags with the herb/spice mixture, but not so full that it is hard: people will want to smell them, but they need to be soft enough to sleep on. Fold the last side inward, and stitch closed. If you want, a small loop of ribbon may be added at this point at the top.

After the sun rises, and you have finished your celebrations, set these aside, and finish them when you have/make time during the day if they aren’t done. When you go to bed, slip one or more of these into you pillow case, and inhale deeply as you relax before sleeping. Watch for special dreams as you sleep.

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Silliness -Recipes for Disaster

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Daily Stuff 5-25-20 Memorial Day Geek Pride Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Girl in Water Photography. Minus Tide at 9:19 AM of -1.1 feet. The shop is closed for the duration, hoping to open on 5/28.

Partly to mostly cloudy at the moment, and all day, depending on how you count it. 48F, wind at 0-1mp , AQI50, UV6. 20% chance of rain today and tonight. We might see a little sun in a few days, but Saturday/Sunday there really looks like rain coming, and showers for a few days after that. There’s rain being dragged up into Washington, but we’re in the high south of it, just dealing with the clouds on the edge.

Juniper sap tear

Yesterday I had an hell of a time waking up. I had gotten enough sleep, but I must still be catching up from the night before. Practically the first thing I found was a message from my cousin Tony that Emmy had lost her fight with the virus this morning. 22, healthy, and was supposed to be married in late June. Yeah, “like the flu”. <grr>

I had a class at 11. Mostly lecture, but interesting. I got another nap and then went to do my 2pm class and the internet was down! Well, it turned out to be our router, but it was past 6pm by the time we had things up and running again. That was frustrating. I spent quite a bit of the time finishing up a story and getting it up online.

During the day I got a watermelon cut up and into the dehydrator other than what I could safely eat without…. nasty aftereffects….. Later I curled up with book and embroidery until Tempus got us some supper. After that I got back to work, writing for hours. I’m setting up some scripts for recording classes and my backdrops ought to show up, soon.

I talked to a couple of friends around midnight and watched a couple of videos and Tempus took off at about 1:40, after getting me a lovely dish of strawberries and cream. I decided to get this set up before I turned in.

Today we have a lot to accomplish. I’m bound and determined to get Tempus’s stuff off the displays, so I can get those properly set up again. He’s been dragging his feet on it to the point where I’m gnashing my teeth!

…and then I added in the Memorial Day stuff below and just wept…. There’s so much to mourn, these days. It’s awful that some of it is the waste of lives spent carelessly, but people in power who don’t care… How can I not weep?

Look what washed ashore! 5/23/19 Photo by Girl in Water Photography. Used with permission

220px-Rhamnus_purshiana,_Cascara_--_branch_with_leaves,_flowers_and_budsToday’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada

Specifically for today. Thank you for your service! “Angel Flight” is the call sign for a airplane with a full casket on board. >>>>

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Taps (everyone knows the melody, but there are words….)

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. – Major General Daniel Butterfield

Today is both Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Geek Pride Day, which is in honor of the first of the Star Wars movies, premiering on May 25, 1977. My Daddy and I were in the long line outside of the theater for that….

The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/28. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 6/5 at 12:12pm. Diana’s BowOn 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 5/26 at 10:39pm.

Twins within the Twins – Castor A and B can be split with a small telescope. Although only two stars are visible here, Castor is actually a six-star system. – 1CM69 (Flickr)

Look west for the crescent Moon after dusk. About a fist at arm’s length above it are Pollux and Castor, the Gemini “twins.” They’re not identical twins. Pollux, on the left, is slightly brighter and tinted pale orange.

Draco, Ursa Minor

Vega is the brightest star in the east-northeast after dark. Look upper left of it by 14° (about a fist and a half at arm’s length) for Eltanin, the nose of Draco the Dragon. Closer above and upper left of Eltanin are the three fainter stars of Draco’s stick-figure head, also called the Lozenge. Draco always points his nose to Vega, no matter the season or how they’re oriented. He seems curious about it. Dragons are supposed to have a thing for jewels. . . . The faintest star of Draco’s head, opposite Eltanin, is Nu Draconis. It’s a fine, equal-brightness double star for binoculars: separation 61 arcseconds, both magnitude 4.9. This is definitely a true binary; Nu-1 and Nu-2 are both 99 light-years away, and they share a common proper motion against the more distant starry background. Both are hot, chemically peculiar type-Am stars somewhat larger, hotter, and more massive than the Sun. They await your attention higher and higher overhead as the night progresses.
Tonight is an ideal time to hunt down some binocular objects. The constellation Boötes is a great place to start. Its bright, magnitude –0.05 alpha star, Arcturus, is visibly orange-red. From this easy-to-spot signpost, glance about 12° north to find magnitude 3.6 Rho (ρ) Boötis. Six degrees due southwest of the star is NGC 5466, a globular cluster discovered by William Herschel in 1784. It lies nearly 53,000 light-years away and glows at magnitude 9.1, covering about 11′ on the sky. From Boötes, swing your binoculars to Canes Venatici, which houses several deep-sky objects. M3 is a magnitude 5.9 globular cluster spanning about 16′. It’s a mere 5° due west of NGC 5466. A little over 14.5° north of M3 is M63, also known as the Sunflower Galaxy. In your binoculars, this magnitude 8.6 spiral galaxy will likely appear only as a hazy star, but you can pull out a scope and crank up the power for a bit more detail.


Cosmic whirlpool – The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) is interacting with smaller NGC 5195 as the latter slides behind it. You can glimpse the pair in binoculars, but for detail, you’ll want to pull out your largest scope. – Stephen Rahn (Flickr)

Just under 6° to M63’s northeast is the famous Whirlpool Galaxy, listed as 51 in Messier’s catalog. Roughly the same apparent brightness and size as M63, it will appear similar in binoculars as well. This one you’ll definitely want to pull out your largest scope to see, because bigger apertures will offer a glimpse at this face-on galaxy’s delicate structure, as well as the much smaller NGC 5195, perched to the Whirlpool’s north. The two have been interacting for hundreds of millions of years, as NGC 5195 slides behind the Whirlpool.
Uranus is hidden in the glow of dawn.

Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Cancer
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde

Color: Silver

Planting 5/25-6

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M   25     High   2:07 AM     7.7   5:39 AM    Rise  7:56 AM      4
~    25      Low   9:19 AM    -1.1   8:48 PM     Set 11:57 PM
~    25     High   4:00 PM     6.1
~    25      Low   9:05 PM     3.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a sharp day!

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think no woman has ever been elected President of the United States? How long do you think it will be before a woman is elected President? Do you think a woman will govern differently from a man? Explain the reasons for your answers.

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Quotes

~   Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs. – Pearl Strachan Hurd
~   For some reason, when you become a support to others, you become bigger than you are. – Susan Jeffers
~   The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading old ones. – Joseph Joubert
~   Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. – John F. Kennedy

The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat
The soldier’s last tattoo;
No more on Life’s parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On Fame’s eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead. – –Theodore O’Hara (1820–67)

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Litha Magick – Lore – Litha History – Celebrating the Summer Solstice

from http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/lithathesummersolstice/p/Litha_History.htm

An Ancient Solar Celebration

Nearly every agricultural society has marked the high point of summer in some way, shape or form. On this date – usually around June 21 or 22 – the sun reaches its zenith in the sky. It is the longest day of the year, and the point at which the sun seems to just hang there without moving – in fact, the word “solstice” is from the Latin word solstitium, which literally translates to “sun stands still.” The travels of the sun were marked and recorded. Stone circles such as Stonehenge were oriented to highlight the rising of the sun on the day of the summer solstice.

Traveling the Heavens

Although few primary sources are available detailing the practices of the ancient Celts, some information can be found in the chronicles kept by early Christian monks. Some of these writings, combined with surviving folklore, indicate that Midsummer was celebrated with hilltop bonfires and that it was a time to honor the space between earth and the heavens.

Fire and Water

In addition to the polarity between land and sky, Litha is a time to find a balance between fire and water. According to Ceisiwr Serith, in his book The Pagan Family, European traditions celebrated this time of year by setting large wheels on fire and then rolling them down a hill into a body of water. He suggests that this may be because this is when the sun is at its strongest yet also the day at which it begins to weaken. Another possibility is that the water mitigates the heat of the sun, and subordinating the sun wheel to water may prevent drought.

Saxon Traditions

When they arrived in the British Isles, the Saxon invaders brought with them the tradition of calling the month of June Aerra Litha. They marked Midsummer with huge bonfires that celebrated the power of the sun over darkness. For people in Scandinavian countries and in the farther reaches of the Northern hemisphere, Midsummer was very important. The nearly endless hours of light in June are a happy contrast to the constant darkness found six months later in the middle of winter.

Roman Festivals

The Romans, who had a festival for anything and everything, celebrated this time as sacred to Juno, the wife of Jupiter and goddess of women and childbirth. She is also called Juno Luna and blesses women with the privilege of menstruation. The month of June was named for her, and because Juno was the patroness of marriage, her month remains an ever-popular time for weddings. This time of year was also sacred to Vesta, goddess of the hearth. The matrons of Rome entered her temple on Midsummer and made offerings of salted meal for eight days, in hopes that she would confer her blessings upon their homes.

Midsummer for Modern Pagans

Litha has often been a source of contention among modern Pagan and Wiccan groups, because there’s always been a question about whether or not Midsummer was truly celebrated by the ancients. While there’s scholarly evidence to indicate that it was indeed observed, there were suggestions made by Gerald Gardner, the founder of modern Wicca, that the solar festivals (the solstices and equinoxes) were actually added later and imported from the Middle East. Regardless of the origins, many modern Wiccans and Pagans do choose to celebrate Litha every year in June.

In some traditions, Litha is a time at which there is a battle between light and dark. The Oak King is seen as the ruler of the year between winter solstice and summer solstice, and the Holly King from summer to winter. At each solstice they battle for power, and while the Oak King may be in charge of things at the beginning of June, by the end of Midsummer he is defeated by the Holly King.

This is a time of year of brightness and warmth. Crops are growing in their fields with the heat of the sun, but may require water to keep them alive. The power of the sun at Midsummer is at its most potent, and the earth is fertile with the bounty of growing life.

For contemporary Wiccans and Pagans, this is a day of inner power and brightness. Find yourself a quiet spot and meditate on the darkness and the light both in the world and in your personal life. Celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year with fire and water, night and day, and other symbols of the triumph of light over darkness.

Litha is a great time to celebrate outdoors if you have children. Take them swimming or just turn on the sprinkler to run through, and then have a bonfire or barbeque at the end of the day. Let them stay up late to say goodnight to the sun, and celebrate nightfall with sparklers, storytelling, and music. This is also an ideal Sabbat to do some love magic or celebrate a handfasting, since June is the month of marriages and family.

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Silliness – To Help You Smile – My friend just told me that his beloved Swedish car was stolen today. It was quite a Saab story.

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Daily Stuff 5-24-20 Hermes Trismegistus

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Amy Smith. Minus Tide at 8:40 AM of -1.1 feet. The shop is closed for the duration, hoping to open on 5/28.

There are some clouds up there, mostly a thin haze that’s blotting out the stars. 46F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI37, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. It’s likely to stay cloudy today, with only a little sunshine, but getting into the low 60’s for temps. Through Friday it’s supposed to get warmer and sunnier, but Saturday will likely be back to rain. That big swirl over the Aleutians is pulling warmer air up and over, but bringing a lot of cloud with it.

The garden looking north

Yesterday I tried to get up at 10, I really tried. I actually sat at my computer for most of 1/2 an hour trying to get going… nope… went back to bed. I had a bad night because of asthma and I was just too short on sleep. I tried again at noon. This time I made it. The first class I wanted to be in was cancelled, then the 1pm turned out to be a swizz, mostly because there was so much ambient noise from all the mikes that were on and background stuff that I couldn’t make head or tail of the speaker. After I had the details of her costume set in my mind, I logged out. The next class I had the time wrong. It was a sewing fur one, but I missed it. Vinegar pickling had some interesting stuff, but I never did find the next one in time to get into the class. The instructor apologised and sent a link, but that was frustrating. I did get to the bardic in the evening.

Drying angelica. 

I had been working on the angelica all afternoon and got it into the dehydrator around 4pm. I made the cherry stuff at that point and that was lunch. It was really tasty!

It’s a recipe from a newly-translated medieval Transylvanian cookbook. It’s not something that resembles standard american food unless you’re thinking “bread pudding” and this has no eggs. I’m going to put it with the Litha recipes, I think, because it’s fairly easy and just very tasty. What you do is soak sour cherries in wine, honey and spices overnight, then cut up bread and fry in butter. I divided that into two bowls, heated the cherry mix and poured that over, topping it with the tiny fennel candies. Yum! It was a substantial meal.

Creeping buttercups

I got a nap after that, having been working on various small things for stock in between the things listed above. I worked on pictures too, during the bardic, and then wrote for awhile. There are some new pix in the Sioned album. Eventually we had supper (pork roast, compost and cole slaw) and I took a book and embroidery to bed, only to get up to pull the angelica out of the dehydrator.

The garden looking north

Tempus headed out around 1:55. At least it’s been dry today. I was watching a stork, brooding. No the stork is brooding chicks. I’m not brooding 🙂 – https://www.ipcamlive.com/5ca7589bb4c42?fbclid=IwAR0nDdfX5l41d_9skhz7DQ_WriJa9jSvPfiKQbsjjRku-U_39_NurfPPxdE  There are a number of chicks in there, at least 4. This is in the Czech Republic, so 9 hours ahead.

Look how many!

Today is our “different day” so we’re going to be working on some historical crafts, although I also need to water plants indoors, and Tempus outdoors and we need to keep going on getting ready to open on Thursday. I have a batch of Pirate’s Treasure buckets to bag and *what* happened to the signs for those?

I’m also thinking about making a mushroom and potato soup for lunch. It’s still too warm for cherry soup. 🙂

Alsea Bay picnic from Salty Dawg taken by Amy Smith on 5/17/20 Used with permission

evergreen violet viola sempervirensToday’s Plant is the Evergreen VioletViola sempervirensThis is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind our old house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

Today’s feast is that of Hermes Trismegistus. He seems to be aHermesTrismegistusCauc combination of Hermes and Thoth with a lot of other bits thrown in, but the corpus of works assigned to him are the basis of Hermeticism. He is a god of writing and magick, of astrology, alchemy and other learned arts. There are books like the Kybalion and the Emerald Tablets of Thoth that are attributed to him.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus

The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/28. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 6/5 at 12:12pm. New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 10:39pm on 5/23. Diana’s BowOn 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 5/26 at 10:39pm.

Observers with larger scopes might want to use this time to search out the distant dwarf planet Pluto this morning. Rising higher with each hour after midnight, you’ll find the magnitude 14.7 world just 2.1° west of bright Jupiter, which is nearly magnitude –2.6. Farther east lies Saturn; the ringed world is roughly magnitude 0.5. You’ll need clear, calm air to spot Pluto in your eyepiece, although photographic equipment should still pick it up under less-than-ideal conditions. Consider coming back to the same field several days in a row to try your luck.

Now, as the thin crescent Moon makes its monthly reappearance, while Venus and Mercury form a nice triangle with much fainter Beta Tauri. The triangle, which changes from day to day, is 3° or 4° on a side. The visibilities of faint objects are exaggerated here.

Now the thicker crescent Moon hangs upper left of Mercury and Venus. It aims its sunlit edge almost straight at them, as shown above. The Moon passes 3° south of Mercury at 7 A.M. EDT; our satellite then passes 0.6° north of asteroid Vesta at 11 A.M. EDT. Both events, however, are hidden by daylight.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.1, – 2.5, and +0.4, respectively) shine in the southeast to south before and during early dawn. Jupiter, the brightest, is on the right. Saturn glows pale yellow 4° to Jupiter’s left. They both rise now around midnight daylight-saving time, depending on your location. They straddle the border of Sagittarius and Capricornus. Mars, in dim Aquarius, is far (35° to 40°) to the left of Saturn as dawn begins. It has been slowly brightening and enlarging. In a telescope Mars is now 9 arcseconds wide: a little gibbous disk. Mars is on its way to an excellent opposition in early October, when it will reach an apparent diameter of 22.6 arcseconds.

Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Gemini enters Cancer at 4:09pm.
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde

Color: Amber

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  24     High   1:33 AM     7.8   5:40 AM    Rise  7:07 AM      1
~    24      Low   8:40 AM    -1.1   8:47 PM     Set 11:01 PM
~    24     High   3:15 PM     6.2
~    24      Low   8:24 PM     3.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Entertain your inner child….build a fort with blankets..get wet.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite TV show? Write the reasons for your choice.

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Quotes

George Moore

~   My personal philosophy is not to undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible. – Edwin Land
~   Risk anything! Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. – Katherine Mansfield accompanying a picture of a hang-glider over what looks like the Oregon Coast!)
~   I can’t control the winds, I know this. But I can set my sails, and I can set my own course. – Lacey Lin McKay
~   Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious. – Bill Meyer

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields. – Moina Michael (1869–1944)

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Litha Magick – Recipes – Cherries are in season at Litha. They stand for love, young love, fertility, prosperity and health among other things.

Transylvanian Cherries in Wine dish – Anja’s Version

  • 1 can of sour cherries
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Loaf of white bread
  • butter
  • Sugar to taste

Method

  1. Take a can of cherries and strain(reserve juice).
  2. Put the wine, honey and cinnamon in a quart canning jar and heat enough to dissolve the honey into the wine.
  3. Add the strained cherries and put into the fridge, overnight, or at least 4 hours….
  4. Cut your bread into bite-sized cubes.
  5. Melt butter in a medium (high-sided) frying pan and fry the cubes in it.
  6. When they’re crispied divide into bowls.
  7. Warm the cherry stuff in the nuker (1.5 minutes)
  8. Add sugar once they’re in bowls, if necessary. (ours didn’t)
  9. Garnish with sweet cicely, fennel fronds or 100’s of 1000’s.

Baba’s Cherry Pie and Anja’s Nuker Jam – This is a recipe that takes some preparation, but think of delicious cherry pie, hot from the oven, when snow is on the ground! If it’s cherry season and you want a pie (or jam) start from after the ingredients list.

When pie cherries are in season (these are the sour kind, not the big sweet cherries) wash and pit them. Pack in 2 ½ cup Tupperware or Gladware freezer boxes: 2 cups of cherries, 1 cup of sugar, 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg, 1 TBSP of minute tapioca crushed in the blender, mortar, or with the back of a spoon. Put in the freezer.

For Jam

Take 1 box of filling and add 1 TBSP of minute tapioca. Put in the microwave, zapping for one minute at a time, stirring well each time once it’s thawed. Eventually you will see the tapioca vanish and then the sauce will thicken. This usually takes about 8-10 zaps. Makes two cups of cherry jam. Keep in fridge.

For pie

  • 1 box of cherry pie filling, frozen (or same ingredients fresh)
  • Top and bottom crust for an 8 inch pie
  • 4-5 pats of butter (1 TBSP each)
  • Extra butter for top crust (optional)
  • Extra freshly ground nutmeg (optional)

Method

  1. Set box of frozen pie filling on the counter at least two hours ahead of when it’s needed or zap in nuker until stirrable and mostly thawed.
  2. Roll out pie crusts and line 8 inch glass pie dish with one crust. Roll the other up until needed.
  3. Set oven to pre-heat at 350F.
  4. Plop the pie filling into the shell, pat it down and smooth it out.
  5. Top with butter pats.
  6. Sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired.
  7. Gently roll top crust on and center.
  8. Trim off extra with a knife.
  9. Crimp edges with fingers, fork or crimper.
  10. Poke 8-12 holes in the crust with a sharp small knife.
  11. Brush with melted butter, if desired.
  12. Set pie on baking sheet.
  13. Shield edges of pie with strips of tin foil or a pie shield.
  14. Bake until crust is golden brown. Depending on your oven this is between ½ hour and 50 minutes, or until internal temperature is 175F.
  15. Let stand at least 15 minutes before trying to cut. Pie will be sloppy if served warm, but delicious!

Cherry Soup – Notes: Recipe courtesy of Chef Garrett Brown, Verve Wine Bar in Seattle. It has not been tested by NPR.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound bing cherries, pitted and stemmed
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon creme fraiche or sour cream
  • dash of salt
  • honey to taste

Directions: Blend and serve in chilled soup bowls. Top each with quenelle of lime sorbet and mint sprig.

This soup can be served either as a cool first course on a hot day or as a final dessert by adjusting the ingredients, garnish and honey content. Try it with minced shallot, less honey and topping each soup with a pinch of pulled pork for a delicious appetizer. Double the honey and the sour cream contents, and top with coconut ice cream for a dessert soup.

Anja’s Cherry Soup

  • 2 cups pitted sour pie cherries (or 1 can, drained)
  • 2 1/2 cups of water (or use the juice, thinned with water to make 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg (more if you like it)

Put all into a mixing bowl and stir well. You can run this in a blender or food processor, if you wish.

Set into fridge or freezer to cool. If the top freezes this will be more like a slushie, great on a hot day!

Right before serving gently mix in 1 cup of heavy or whipping cream.

Serve cold topped with more nutmeg or toasted coconut flakes. Small sprigs of fennel make a nice contrast to the red of the soup.

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Silliness – Long Wait

The ninety-five year old woman at the nursing home received a visit from one of her fellow church members. “How are you feeling?” the visitor asked.
“Oh,” said the lady, “I’m just worried sick!”
“What are you worried about, dear?” her friend asked. “You look like you’re in good health. They are taking care of you, aren’t they?”
“Yes, they are taking very good care of me.”
“Are you in any pain?” she asked.
“No, I have never had a pain in my life.”
“Well, what are you worried about?” her friend asked again.
The lady leaned back in her rocking chair and slowly explained her major worry. “Every close friend I have must be in heaven, and they have to be wondering what happened to me!

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Daily Stuff 5-23-20 Defenestration

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 8:03 AM of -0.9 feet. The shop is closed for the duration, hoping to open on 5/28.

The puddles are drying and although yesterday was alternating clouds and sun there wasn’t any rain past the morning. Right now the clouds are starting to color. It’s going to be a pretty sunrise. 42F, wind at 1mph and gusting, AQI38, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Right now, it looks like it ought to stay dry until Friday night and later in the week we could be looking at temps in the 70’s. There’s a big swirl of cloud way west of Alaska and it’s dragging things into it, but it doesn’t look to be coming ashore for a week….

A bunch of the new plants.

Yesterday I was up at 11. I’m trying to set my waking time to something close to what I’ll need for the shop being open. I got my mail taken care of and then went to get into my noon class to discover that the series ended last week, despite advertising all over even last night! Well, I got into one on gardening in the PNW maritime area, instead, then listened to a couple of stories. I crawled back in at that point and Tempus and I got up around 3pm.

Creeping buttercups

He went out to run errands while I was in a diversity class from 4-5:30. I was setting up newsletter frames for awhile, and then I went outside to get plant pix while there was sunshine. I took a break to let my back settle, then went back out to harvest. Tempus was puttering in back by then… making more coffee? Yes, he made more coffee and then got us some supper.

The garden looking north

I was watching an interesting video about rum. The presenter mentioned some books on the history of it that I hadn’t tracked down before. After that there was a livestream of some interesting music. Tempus made a lovely chicken salad for supper. I got a nap after the concert was done. When I got up I read and embroidered for awhile, then went back to newsletter frames. Tempus got me a spot to work and I started on candying the angelica.

Look how many!

Today I could be in classes that start at 8am…. I don’t think so… but I’m considering the one at 10am…. 74 classes listed for today. Wow….. Obviously I’m not going to take that many, but I’m probably going to do another 6 or 8 hour bit….

I’m hoping Tempus will get some sleep today. He’s run short 4 nights in a row. Once he’s up, though, I need to finish the angelica and do the cooking challenge.

Yachats own Whale in the Park sculpture. It actually spouts, although is sometimes turned off during droughts. Photo by Ken Gagne on 5/22/16 The funny story associated with this is that a whale washed ashore in a storm and liked Yachats so well, that there he stayed!

plant flower buttercup Ranunculus_bulbosusToday’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called St Anthony’s Turnip)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. –buttercup2color Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.

220px-Prag_Vladislav-SaalToday is the anniversary of the 2nd Defenestration of Prague that happened in 1618. That such a funny word. It means that someone’s been chucked out a window! In the case of the two Prague Defenestrations they happened as a political protest of injustice. This 2nd one was in response to the political decisions imposed on the Czechs (who were mostly Protestant at this time) unjustly taking away their religious freedom by imposing Catholicism and destroying Protestant nobles.  It directly led to the 30 Years War. The folks responsible for implementing the orders were chucked out the window of the assembly room in Praszky Hrad (the castle seat of the government, picture above). They fell down the castle wall and down a slope. It didn’t kill them. They said it was the intervention of the Virgin Mary, but the Protestants insisted that they had fallen into a dungheap! There is more info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestrations_of_Prague and some about the ensuing war here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Years%27_War

The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/28. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 6/5 at 12:12pm. New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 10:39pm on 5/23. Diana’s BowOn 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 5/26 at 10:39pm.

Tail and anti-tail – In 2013, Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) displayed a large anti-tail. As Earth passes through the orbital plane of C/2017 T2 this week, a smaller anti-tail may develop. – Mallorcasaint (Wikimedia Commons)

After full dark falls, find the familiar Big Dipper asterism. From Dubhe, the star at the cup’s upper right-hand corner, look about 10.7° west to find 23 Ursae Majoris, shining at magnitude 3.7. Train your binoculars — or, better yet, a 4-inch scope (or larger) — on the area and look northeast of 23 Ursae Majoris. First you’ll hit M81, about 6.5° from the star; next comes M82, about 0.5° farther. You’ll find PanSTARRS less than 1° northeast of M82. Lower powers will show two or three of these objects at once. Larger scopes (12 inches) may reveal a hint of green in the comet’s tail. Over the next several days, swing back to this region to follow PanSTARRs as it continues southeast. You may see it develop a “double-spiked” tail, particularly between the 24th and 26th. This occurs because as Earth passes through the comet’s orbital plane, we see the comet from a different perspective and PanSTARRS’ short, fan-shaped tail appears to flatten to edge-on. From this unique vantage point, you may see the comet’s green or blue ion and dust tail, as well as a thin, white “anti-tail” pointing in the opposite direction.

Comet C/2020 F8 SWAN captured by Australia’s Siding Spring telescope. – Esposito Raffaele / Telescope Siding Spring / – paceweather.com

Comet SWAN: Yet another fizzler. Comet SWAN (C/2020 F8) has unexpectedly faded down to 6th magnitude or dimmer, instead of brightening to 3rd magnitude as was predicted for its approach to its May 27th perihelion. It’s a tiny, faint thing low in the northwest right at the end of evening twilight this week; you’ll need a telescope, patience, and an adequately detailed chart.

Now, as the thin crescent Moon makes its monthly reappearance, while Venus and Mercury form a nice triangle with much fainter Beta Tauri. The triangle, which changes from day to day, is 3° or 4° on a side. The visibilities of faint objects are exaggerated here.

A twilight challenge: As soon as you can see Venus this evening, start looking lower left of it for the very thin crescent Moon hardly more than a day old (see the date and time of new Moon just above). The Moon and Venus are 4° or 5° apart during twilight for North America. Here’s the arrangement as seen from the middle of the continent, and it will vary only a little for the rest of the US and Canada:
A 2-percent-lit Moon hangs 4.5° south of Venus half an hour after sunset. Venus itself is just 4 percent lit. Its disk, however, spans an impressive 55″. Mercury, now 3.5° east of Venus, is nearly 64 percent lit, but only 6″ across. A few hours later, the Moon passes 4° south of Venus at 11 P.M. EDT, the closest the pair will get. By this time, however, they’ve sunk below the horizon.

Eta Aquariid meteor shower – Partly due to the low altitude of the Eta Aquariids’ radiant when viewed from northern latitudes, the shower is not considered one of the year’s best. But with Mars hovering in the nearby sky this year, it’s worth taking the time to view it. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

With no Moon in the sky, tonight is also a good time to keep an eye out for stray Eta Aquariid meteors. Although the shower’s peak was early in the month, it’s considered active for a few more days, so you might spot a few stragglers if you’re outside for a while.
Mercury is having a nice apparition in evening twilight. Look for it in the west-northwest, farther upper left of bright Venus every evening. (By week’s end Venus has all but dropped out of sight.) Mercury fades this week from magnitude –0.6 to 0.0. In a telescope it is a tiny “half Moon” shape 7 arcseconds in diameter.

Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in  Gemini
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde

Color: Blue

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  23     High   1:01 AM     7.8   5:40 AM    Rise  6:27 AM      0
~    23      Low   8:03 AM    -0.9   8:46 PM     Set 10:00 PM
~    23     High   2:32 PM     6.3
~    23      Low   7:48 PM     2.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm. Act it and you’ll get it.

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Journal Prompt – Friends – The qualities that make a best friend are…

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Quotes

~   As perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech. – Katherine Francke
~   Breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the act of making; the one implies the other. The thing that is broken has particular authority over the act of change. – Louise Gluck
~   You live and learn – or you don’t live long. – Notebooks of Lazarus Long R. A. Heinlein
~   Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. – Janis Joplin, American rock and blues singer, born on January 19, 1943

Perhaps it’s just as well that you won’t be here … to be offended by the sight of our May Day celebrations. – Lord Summerisle to Sgt Howie, from The Wicker Man  Anthony Shaffer, 1973

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Litha Magick – Meditation

Summer Solstice Meditation:  http://www.cotcg.com/Crystal%20Grove%20Web/Litha.htm

Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax.

At this time of greatest light, we meditate on light as a symbol of spiritual energy. Breathe now gently and deeply and with each breath become aware of the light that surrounds you and the light that is within you — the light that is the energy of Our Great Father.

The light can be any color. It is often imagined as white — like bright sunlight. But it can be any color, any intensity, that is best for you. Blue, green, yellow, purple, rose; we know that light can also be black. The light may stay the same color for you during this meditation or it may change from color to color, or become a blend of many colors.

See the light now in your mind’s eye. This light is all around us, we are bathed in its brightness, energy, and warmth.

(Pause)

Focus on the light until you sense that you and the light are one. This will be your signal that you can now bring the light inside you.

(Pause)

When you bring the light inside you, one way is to let it stream in through your crown chakra at the top of your head. (If it’s already entered another way, that’s okay.)

The light — this healing energy — flows through you now, from your crown, down to your third eye (between your eyebrows) to your throat, your shoulders and your arms, and your hands, to your heart, your stomach, shining brightly at your solar plexus just above your navel, to your sex organs, shining too at your tailbone. The healing light travels down through your legs, your knees, your ankles and your feet. Feel the warmth of this healing energy now as it travels all through your body.

(Pause)

Now sense the one part of your body where the light can shine the brightest and imagine the light there. See it shine.

(Pause)

Now send the light out from that part of your body where it shines the brightest. Send it out a few inches from your body.

(Pause)

Now extend your light out from your body just a little more, then a little more, until your light extends a few feet from your body. Now, if you like, extend your light to reach your sisters. Our lights meet and we are connected by this great light, connected by our renewed knowledge of Our Great Father. Take a few minutes now to sense this energy and this connectedness.

(Pause)

Now take from this light the energy that you need, and know that there is plenty for all. For the Source of this light is endless and ever abundant. Take a moment to experience His abundance, and know that as you partake of His light and His love, so do you give your light and your love. And as you give energy, so do you receive it. And thus does the circle of life continue.

(Pause)

And as we come back now to this time and place, let us give thanks for the return of Our Great Father, and for our return unto Him.

From She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother, 10th Anniversary Edition. Copyright 1999 by Judith Laura. Submitted by the author and used with permission.

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Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: What does a spy wear on his feet? Answer: Sneakers

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Daily Stuff 5-22-20 Harvey Milk

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Anja. Minus Tide at 7:28 AM of -0.7 feet. The shop is closed for the duration, hoping to open on 5/28.

It was raining hard, earlier, but it’s calmed down and some stars are out. 46F, wind at 2mph and gusting, AQI40, UV8. 20% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. It should stay dry, now, through the end of next week, with the temps climbing to the upper 60’s at least, but then.

Yesterday Tempus and I were up not long after noon. We got ourselves put together and had coffee and breakfast. My microgreens had arrived, so they landed on my sandwich. 🙂 I did a class on heraldic trestle tables and then started into one on bobbin lace that had some horrible tech difficulties to start. …45 minutes for about 2 minutes of class…. ..and then she couldn’t figure out how to do the stitch upside down so we could see it in the camera. <sigh> She did finally get it together, but that was 50 minutes in…. and then her sound vanished… I gave up not long after that. What I need to do is to clean my pillow and tools and find the book that I got from Arlys a couple of years back and just start back in.

Tempus and I talked for a bit, then he did some more getting things put away (pillows this time, the big floor ones) and I started working on my sewing projects, and then got back to doing stock. Tempus went out and scrubbed up the dock roots and then I did the rest of the prep, cutting them down and setting them out to dry, then getting the tops tied up to hang.

I thought I was late for the 4pm class, but it got cancelled. Tempus was out watering and of course, it started to rain. 🙂 …and by 5:30 the sun was shining, brightly. I had had a very late lunch with some of my tvarog. The sun started ducking in and out of clouds, bright when it was out from behind, but going pretty dim between. I was going to go to a virtual A&S, but got so sleepy I went to nap instead.

There was a “boom” at around 9pm and things rattled. No clue what it was since no one local has commented. I was back at work and writing by then. Tempus was still on the bulk route at around 11pm. The challenge recipe for this week is on cherries and it sounds yummy, but I don’t have any more of the canned cherries. Gotta go hunt, I guess. …sounds like Freddie’s actually has them. Tempus and I talked for a bit after the bulk route was done. He’s going to be going in to Newport today to run errands.

Today I’m hoping to do a little cookery, start candying some angelica and make the challenge recipe, maybe start the dehydrator on some yumminess. We’ll see how far I get.

One of our local friends who just made off with a stash from 5/19/16 – photo by Anja

220px-Rhubarb_PieToday’s Plant is RhubarbRheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and for general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb

220px-Harvey_Milk_in_1978_at_Mayor_Moscone's_Desk_crop

Today’s feast is in honor of the Gay Rights Activist, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978. He was the first openly gay politician in California. More on his life and work here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk and on the bill that passed to make this day official.

The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/21. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.

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 5/22 at 10:39am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 10:39am on 5/22. Waxing Moon Magick The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 6/5 at 12:12pm. New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 10:39pm on 5/23. 

How fast they move! Venus is heading down toward the lower right day by day, while Mercury is ascending to the upper left.

Mercury and Venus are still close together, 1.7° apart, as shown above. Think photo opportunity. Put your camera or phone on a tripod, zoom in as far as you can, and carry the setup around to get interesting foreground to frame the planets.
New Moon occurs at 1:39 P.M. EDT — perfect timing, because Comet PanSTARRS (C/2017 T2) is skimming past a famous pair of galaxies (M81 and M82) in Ursa Major for the next few days. This weekend, the comet will be only ¾° from M82, which lies closer to the comet’s path than M81. M82 is famously called the Cigar Galaxy for its long, skinny shape, while M81 is a beautiful grand design spiral also known as Bode’s Galaxy. The two are undergoing gravitational interactions, which have sparked activity from their supermassive black holes and a massive burst of star formation in M82. After dark, step outside to find the familiar Big Dipper asterism.

Interacting pair – M81 (right) and M82 are interacting galaxies that can be captured in the same field of view at lower powers. This week, Comet PanSTARRS (C/2017 T2) will skim past this picturesque pair. – Yuntao Lu (Flickr)

From Dubhe, the star at the cup’s upper-righthand corner, look about 10.7° west to find 23 Ursae Majoris, glowing at magnitude 3.7. About 6.5° to that star’s northeast is M81 and about 7° northeast of the star is M82. Just under 8° to the star’s northeast is PanSTARRS. The three are roughly in line on the sky, offering a rare, picturesque view for relatively little effort. PanSTARRS is just barely visible in binoculars, but much easier to find with a 4-inch scope. You’ll need low magnification to spot two or three of the objects in a single field. But in larger scopes (12 inches), you may catch a hint of green in the comet’s tail.
Mercury early this week emerges rapidly in the western twilight, far below Venus. On May 15th Mercury is still 13° beneath Venus and a bit to the right. But the gap between them closes by 2° per day until they come to conjunction on May 21st, 1° apart, as shown above. Thereafter they separate again, with Mercury now on top. During the week Mercury fades from magnitude –1.1 to –0.6. Venus is 30 times brighter on their date of conjunction.

Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 6:36am
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde

Color: Rose

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   22     High  12:31 AM     7.7   5:41 AM    Rise  5:54 AM      0
~    22      Low   7:28 AM    -0.7   8:45 PM     Set  8:56 PM
~    22     High   1:51 PM     6.2
~    22      Low   7:13 PM     2.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is too short to worry.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. — Chinese proverb

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Quotes

~   Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our mind. – Bob Marley
~   The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. – Michelangelo
~   Learn to accept in silence minor aggravations. – Sir William Osier
~   All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!  ~ Lucy Van Pelt, “Peanuts”

My lilac trees are old and tall;
I cannot reach their bloom at all.
They send their perfume over trees
And roofs and streets, to find the bees. – Louise Driscoll (1875–1957)

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Litha Magick – Crafts – Just some photos of fairly simple things.

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Silliness – Canning Season

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Daily Stuff 5-21-20 Vejovis

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:53 AM of -0.3 feet. The shop is closed for the duration, hoping to open on 5/28.

It’s overcast and everything is wet, although it hasn’t rained in a while. It poured around suppertime after having been dry all day. 51F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI38, UV8. 40% chance of rain today and 70% tonight. There’s a chance of showers pretty much all day, so it’s catch-as-catch-can whether it’ll be dry. Tonight ought to be the last rain, as it should taper off tomorrow and then dry out and warm up through the end of next week.

Yesterday I got up and worked for several hours in the morning, mostly writing. I went back and got a nap, then got up and worked for a bit before my classes started. I had one called “Skully Bits: Skulls and Skeletons in Prayer Beads”. I worked with one of the heralds, looking up medieval names for awhile. (Btw, if you’re interested in any of the classes that I’ve taken, let me know and I’ll try to get a link posted, if there’s a recording.)

Tempus headed out to do laundry around 6pm. I started my 2nd class on Headwraps at 6:30. It wasn’t much new. In between watching I was getting some pieces entered into the inventory that popped up during cleaning. I also had gotten some small starts into the right trays in the window. Then there was an interview with someone that I’ve been interested in and have known as a distant friend for decades, someone that I see a couple of times in a year, usually running past it each other and waving.

I was very sleepy before the time that was over…and quite hungry. Tempus got back just before 8:30. I stopped with the interview at that point. We had supper and I got back to working on stock.

There is just so much of this that takes time. It’s something that people don’t see when they come in. Take the package that comes in and open it. Take out all the little pieces. Count them to make sure you got them and they’re undamaged. Complain, if necessary, sitting on the phone for an hour sometimes…. Put each in a little bag. Figure out how much each costs, counting shipping. Make a header (which I can’t do until I get my program!) Print header. Cut out header. Fold, staple and punch a hole. Make sure the piece is in the inventory. Hang it up or back-stock it…. Lather, rinse, repeat….. I got told at one point last summer, “You’re so lucky. All you have to do is sit around and talk to people all day. Yeah… 🙂

So today I have to work on plants. It’s the day we were supposed to re-open, but there’s still stuff in the aisles and more things to get put back away. Well, we’ll get there.

A photo of a pelican in Yachats by Ken Gagne from 5/19/17. Used with permission

Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Sweet_William dianthus barbatusDianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it misnamed “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems and make a nice tea or add to green tea. Kate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magically it is very similar to Gillyflowers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william

feast 0521 Republican_denarius_-_C._Licinius_L.f._Macer_Vejovis? Who he? Even the later Romans weren’t completely sure! They showed him as a young man, holding a bunch of arrows and lightning bolts and accompanied by a goat. Supposedly one of the first gods to be born, he was associated with healing and Asclepius, and goats were sacrificed to him to keep plagues away. Apparently his aspects changed early on and there are a lot of controversies about which is “right” and where his name came from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis

The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/21. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.

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 5/22 at 10:39am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 10:39am on 5/22. 

Catch Venus and Mercury in conjunction on the 21st, only 1° apart during twilight for North America. That’s a little less than a finger’s width at arm’s length.

Venus and Mercury are in conjunction in the west-northwest in evening twilight, as shown above. Venus outshines Mercury by 30 times, something the illustration does not convey. Although they look close together, Mercury is on the far side of the Sun from us while Venus is now on the near side. So Mercury this evening is 3.5 times more distant. It’s 9.1 light-minutes from us, compared to Venus’s distance of 2.6 light-minutes. Mercury passes 1° south of Venus in the evening sky tonight. The two planets will stand just 0.9° apart at 4 A.M. EDT on the 22nd. The best time to view the pair is immediately after sunset. Look west-northwest to find magnitude –0.6 Mercury and magnitude –4.4 Venus roughly 4° below Elnath in Taurus. Although they’ll be easily visible to the naked eye, pull out your telescope as well to reveal Mercury’s 6″-wide disk, which is currently 69 percent lit. This contrasts greatly with Venus’ much larger, 53″-wide disk, which is a mere 6-percent-lit crescent. It’s also one your last chances to view Venus for a while; it will continue sinking out of view earlier each night, while Mercury will instead begin to climb higher, reaching an altitude of 8° an hour after sunset on May 31.
Can you see the big Coma Berenices star cluster? Does your light pollution really hide it, or do you just not know exactly where to look? It’s 2/5 of the way from Denebola (Leo’s tail tip) to the end of the Big Dipper’s handle (Ursa Major’s tail tip). Its brightest stars form an inverted Y. The entire cluster is about 5° wide — a big, dim glow in a dark sky. It nearly fills a binocular view. …and there’s more than one! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coma_Berenices#Star_clusters
Uranus is hidden in the glow of dawn.

Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Taurus
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde

Color: Crimson

Planting 5/20-21

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  21     High  12:01 AM     7.6   5:42 AM    Rise  5:26 AM      3
~    21      Low   6:53 AM    -0.3   8:44 PM     Set  7:52 PM
~    21     High   1:10 PM     6.1
~    21      Low   6:38 PM     2.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You can only go as far as you push.

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Journal Prompt – Expository – Interview an adult about the differences between being a teenager when he or she was growing up and being a teenager today. Write a summary of the interview.

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Quotes

~   Wisdom is knowing what the right thing to do is, and then doing it. – Walter E. Jacobson, MD
~   … a fop such as the present Leader of the Opposition. – Paul Keating to Andrew Peacock
~   The door to happiness opens outward. – Soren Kierkegaard
~   As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears. – John Locke

Month of little hands with daisies,
Lovers’ love, and poets’ praises;
O thou merry month complete,
May, thy very name is sweet! – Leigh Hunt (1784–1859)

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Litha Magick – Lore – Under the Love Spell of Ocracoke Island  JUNE 15, 2017 BY HERON MICHELLEhttps://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchonfire/2017/06/love-spell-ocracoke-island/ (full article with photos)

Ocracoke island is the most magickal, spiritually vibrant nexus of beachy delight I’ve ever found…well, in my neck of the woods, anyway.  The island vibe is other-worldly, wrapped in shoreline on all sides, held in the balance of land, sea and sky. Magick happens every time I return, and this time it was especially powerful.

Loving the Liminal

My Belovèd is a musician. At the beginning of each June, just before he leaves me for his huge summer tour across the continent, we journey back to this island so he can perform in the OcraFolk Music Festival and we have a romantic getaway. We fall in love all over again – with each other, with ourselves, with the artists who live there, and with the way the sea cradles this tiny stripe of land in it’s liminal embrace. The gravity of this island makes it incredibly difficult to leave. I’m certain a piece of my soul dwells there year-round, calling me like a homing beacon to eventually make my home there.

The liminal is where magick happens; the “limit” or boundary, where both sides of the option mingle, held in mutual potential. The liminal is betwixt and between, neither here nor there; the river bank, the ocean’s shore, the hedge, the twilight and dawn, equinox and solstice…. Old magick calls us to these edges, and like a keyhole, we unlock the door into another realm where anything is possible. This is the witch’s sweet spot.

Crossing the Waters

All the best mythological odysseys about holy missions, take the hero on a quest across mysterious waters. Crossing the sea, the lake, the river to find a mystical realm, where time ticks to a different rhythm, where matter coalesces at such a vibration that those seekers cannot even see the destination until they are Spiritually prepared. Ocracoke Island is my Avalon.

The only way onto Ocracoke island is by boat, and it is so far from the North Carolina coast that when we drive our cars onto the ferry, the voyage across the sound is 2.5 hours long. With the sea breeze in our hair, and the pelicans flying escort along-side, the shifting vibration is palpable. My soul uncoils just enough that my breath takes on a new cadence, muscles soften. The veils thins out there on the waters, and together we slip into another realm.

I watch the shift happen among the other passengers, too. On the mainland we are all strangers speeding about our mundane lives, trying not to get entangled with the messiness of other people; heads down, no talking. Then we turn off the country road into the station at Swan Quarter, and pay our toll to the ferryman. I get this thrill of pride when he deems us worthy to cross and waves us through.

We line up and wait for our boat to arrive, and there is a sort of soul-recognition among us travelers now. THESE people in THESE cars are members of a special fellowship. We are young and old, in our straw hats and flip-flops, sun glasses and band t-shirts. But beware the alligators…they live here patrolling these banks. No good quest across the waters is complete without a few monsters.

Thirty minutes into the voyage, the blinders of separateness begin to fall away, and we become the kindred of those who cross. Inevitably, we decide it is time for chatty introductions, or a nap with the windows open, or a picnic lunch shared freely. Mobile phone service drops out and that nagging, frantic scream of the outside world quiets. We phase into a different dimension.

Our transformation completes as we privileged few pull into the docks, and drive into the Village of Ocracoke at Silver Lake Harbor. At this point I am usually bouncing in my seat like a little kid, so excited to park the car and switch to riding our bicycles for the duration.

Messages from Heron

There is private beach on the west side of Ocracoke village that looks out over the Pamlico Sound. We are so far out into the sea, that sun sets into the water, which is a rare treat on the east coast. It’s a secret access to the water and is easy to get to on bike from Silver Lake road, but it is unmarked. You just have to know… and everyone on the island, even the tourists, seem to just know.

My belovèd and I make a nightly visit to watch the sunset.. The first night we were there, it was Friday – the day of Venus when she was conjunct Uranus, in a waxing moon phase – and a most auspicious time for Love Magick. At a pivotal moment, I spotted this heron flying over-head. Heron is my guiding animal spirit and she teaches me much about discernment, and speaking my truth. She is as graceful as she is ferocious, and she knows what she wants. As the magick of that liminal moment over-took my senses, she delivered a message that I received in silent reverie.

I was reminded of this stanza of a poem called “Entanglement” I wrote long ago after a promise of engagement was broken, along with my heart….yet again. Since then, heron guided me along a liminal journey to where I now stand strong and renewed of hope.

“Tiptoeing the banks,
heron feet in the murk,
head down to probe the mud,
discerning waste from sustenance.
What say you now, wings?
To rise or fall with these tides?
Ripples in these waters still throb,
and sights scryed in the black,
say, “Take flight, take heart,
and beat the songs of these reckonings
to where the sun meets horizon
and is resolved in the dissolving
across a lonely sea, chasing
that elusive fish
who gets away.”

The first time I visited this beach, a kindly tourist told me her tale of being proposed to in this spot, and then later returning to be married here. Proposals and vow-making ceremonies are also forms of liminal magick; I hear that happens here a lot. That is how potent this patch of beach has become…the power soaks the very sand. The lapping waters and cries of birds sing that heart song, for those who can hear their refrain.

Wishing Magick Spell on Three Edges

Old folk magick tells tales of witches who straddle the liminal places where three realms meet. On a sudden impulse, as a Witch I rise in determination, seeking out a sea shell. I stand on the water’s edge. Like the heron bird herself, one foot on the shore, one foot in the waters, head and wings in the wind.  My Will burns with the fires of the setting sun, and as he slips toward that watery horizon, I whispered my wishes into that shell, seeing my heart’s desire fulfilled.

Tears flow; the wind carries my voice in secret pact; sand in my toes and waters lapping my ankle; when the orange sun slips completely beneath the surface, and the opposites of fire and water dissolve in momentary union, I throw that shell as hard as I can into the horizon, and both my fears and my desires are embraced by the waves.

Resolve

Our last morning on the island, we awake and just off the back porch over-looking the waters of the canal, these two white herons hunt for their breakfast. I sit in the porch swing with my coffee and camera and we observe each other carefully for a long while. Choosing to accept my company, she wades the shallow water, head held high and observant, until she spies her prey. Then crouching low to the surface, leaning in, long neck coiled back as a vicious spring to launch her jabbing beak into the water, snatching with precision her sustenance. She throws back her head, and swallows in a flash without hesitancy, without compromise.

Again, we make long eye contact, then she turns to stroll a few steps, always watchful, the picture of grace, knowing her power and what she wants. She never misses. Nor did I miss her lesson for me that lovely June morning.

Return

When the time of our departure comes, I am once again filled with dreams and sadness to bid my Belovèd and this island adieu for another season. Each memorable visit here, like beads on a silken strand of time, are drawn close to touch, as though no interim passes between them. Then onto the ferry we drive once more, doors open, new friends gathered together in a more melancholy picnic now, camaraderie in the shared regret of our return. We doze in dreamy, snuggled napping. Then the mainland appears, WiFi returns, and that irritating call to rush and bother of mundanity floods back in.

Though my body returned from Ocracoke, my spirit is resistant to mainland acclimation. My Belovèd traveling bard is gone again on summer tour. Ten days since landfall and he’s already in Colorado again which feels so very far away. Both heron and the ocean know my heart goes with him, wherever he wanders.

Ocracoke magick, draw us home to your shores once more.

In gratitude,
~Heron

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Silliness – To Help You Smile – I filmed a documentary about sweeping up hair, but most of it ended up on the cutting room floor.

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