Daily Stuff 6-18-19 Dragon Boat festival

Hi, folks!

Litha Open Circle on Wednesday 6/19 at 7pm! Wear sun colors, if you can, and bring a finger-food or snack for our feast afterwards.

Featured photo by OCD Photography. Minus Tide at 8:16 AM of -1.4 feet.

The sun is bright in a pale blue sky and the’re a good stiff breeze blowing.  61F, wind at 5mph and gusting, AQI6, UV8, pollen levels down to “moderate”. The chance of rain has slid farther over into next week, starting on Tuesday instead of Saturday.

We had a number of people shopping during the middle of the afternoon. Tempus went to the PO and brought back packages, one of which was his late Father’s Day Present. It was supposed to arrive on Friday, but didn’t. <sigh> One of the others was some new earrings for the budget line. They’re plastic-backed for folks who can’t handle metal.

I worked on bagging some more small crystals for awhile, while Tempus was cleaning in the reading area.

Class went well and we’ve finished the section on the Work of the Night, so we’re getting a lot closer to being finished with this course.

We spent some time after class working in the back and have done the same today. There’s a lot of stuff that got parked back there that needs to be properly put away. We’ll keep on with that until it’s time for Tempus to head for Newport. Paper run tonight…..

Geese and goslings on 6/15/19 by Greg Anderson, OCED Photography.

Today’s feast is the Dragon Boat festival, which is being celebrated again in China after having been banned for quite a while under the communists. It is celebrated with rice dumplings, realgar wine (which seems to be poisonous!) and dragon boat races.
“The sun is considered to be at its strongest around the time of summer solstice (“mid-summer” in traditional East Asia) when the daylight in the northern hemisphere is the longest. The sun, like the Chinese dragon, traditionally represents masculine energy, whereas the moon, like the phoenix, traditionally represents feminine energy. The summer solstice is considered the peak annual moment of male energy while the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, represents the peak annual moment of feminine energy. The masculine image of the dragon is thus naturally associated with Duanwu.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_boat_festival

plant pic Rhododendron_occidentale_StrybingToday’s Plant is the Western AzaleaRhododendron Occidentale.  Azaleas are a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale   The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Full Moon The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/18 at 1:31pm. 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 7/2 at 12:16pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/25 at 2:46am. 

Mercury tangos with Mars – These two planets slide within 0.5° of each other on both June 17 and 18. They have not passed this close in the evening sky since 2006. – Astronomy: Rick Johnson

As twilight fades, use binoculars to try catching Mercury and Mars just ½° apart low in the west-northwest. Mercury is by far the brighter of the two. Mars is actually fainter now than Pollux and Castor, which glimmer a little more than a binocular field of view to their upper right. Mercury and Mars appear even closer to each other this evening, when the innermost planet stands 18′ apart above its neighbor. This is the nearest they have been to each other in the evening sky in 13 years. This conjunction is merely a line-of-sight effect — Mars is currently on the far side of the Sun from Earth while Mercury is on the near side.

And then on the 18th the Moon pairs up with Saturn. (The Moon in these scenes is always shown about three times its actual apparent size.)

On the opposite side of the sky after dark, the waning gibbous Moon shines with Saturn, which is 3,450 times farther away.
The Moon’s relentless march across the sky carries it near Saturn tonight. The pair rises just before 10 p.m. local daylight time and climbs highest in the south between 2 and 3 a.m. The waning gibbous Moon appears only 1° south of the planet for viewers at mid-northern latitudes. Like Jupiter, however, Saturn appears best when the Moon lies farther away. The ringed world will reach its peak at opposition in three weeks, though it looks nearly as good now. It shines at magnitude 0.2 against the background stars of northern Sagittarius. If you target the world through a telescope, you’ll see its 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a beautiful ring system that spans 41″ and tilts 24° to our line of sight.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast just before dawn begins, lower right of the Great Square of Pegasus. Finder chart.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Capricorn
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde
Color: Scarlet

Planting 6/18-19

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  18     High   1:11 AM     8.1   5:31 AM     Set  6:43 AM      99
~    18      Low   8:16 AM    -1.4   9:04 PM    Rise 10:28 PM
~    18     High   2:52 PM     6.4
~    18      Low   8:07 PM     2.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s not what’s outside of a woman that makes her a woman, her face is just a mask.

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Journal Prompt – How do you feel? – How do you feel about your appearance?

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Quotes

~   Work helps to prevent us from three great evils- weariness, vice and want. – Voltaire
~   It’s not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts. – Addison Walker
~   A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~   The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive. – Carlos Castaneda

Long about knee-deep in June,
’Bout the time strawberries melts
On the vines – –James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)

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Litha Magick – Crafts

Gods-Eye

An amulet made for protection that uses eye symbolism to represent the Sun is the South American God’s Eye, which has its origins with the native people of that continent. These amulets are made from two sticks placed across each other to form an equilateral cross. Colored yard is then wound around them to form the body of the Eye. By alternating the colors of yarn the finished product looks like a stylized eye, and its four points symbolize the four directions. The Native South Americans used them both for decoration and as protective talismans.

To make your own God’s eye, you will need a quarter-inch dowel available at craft and hardware stores, a pair of scissors, and a collection of colored yarns (popsicle sticks work well too).

Cut the dowel into lengths approximately ten inches long. Holding the dowels together at their centers so that they form and equal length cross, begin wrapping your first yarn color around the center in an “X” pattern to stabilize the dowels.

Now begin slowly working your design outward. Wrap the yarn completely around one point of the dowel and then move on to the next point.

Periodically stop and push the yarn down against the center so that you have a tight weave. When you have wrapped the yarn within half an inch of the dowels, stop and wrap the yarn several times tightly around one point. You can then tie it off, leaving a loop from which it can be hung.

God’s Eyes can be made of any size, depending on how you want to use them. Larger ones can be used for protection like a Native North American medicine shield, and smaller ones in Yule colors make excellent Yule tree decorations and can symbolize the return of the Sun. If they are decorative items to honor the Sun, then your work is done. If they are to function as protective talismans, then you should be visualizing their purpose as you weave them and consecrate them to their purpose later on.
Taken from The Sabbats- A New Approach to Living the Old Ways by Edain McCoy

Gods Eyes – Midsummer crafts revolve around the sun god, and the sun itself.

God’s Eyes are probably the most well known craft tied to Midsummer. South American in origin, they were made by the natives for both protection and decoration. These amulets are made of two sticks placed to form an equilateral cross. Coloured yarn or ribbon is wound around the cross, in alternating colours, to form an eye, and its four points symbolize the two solstices (summer and winter) and equinoxes (spring and fall).

To make the God’s Eyes, you will need:

  • 1/4 inch dowels (available at craft or hardware stores, any kind of stick can be used, popsicle sticks are common ^_^)
  • Yarn or ribbon in assorted colours
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Directions

Cut the dowels into any length you wish, just make sure you have two sticks of equal length. Place them to form an equilateral cross. Starting it can be a bit tricky. I tie a tight knot with the ribbon in the centre, then take the dowels and form the cross, and go and tie it the other way.

You could also just tie a knot in the centre, pull the dowels out to form the cross, and start weaving. Just keep in mind you’ll have to hold it in place the while you weave it around the first few times. Once you have it started, take the ribbon and wrap it completely around one point of the dowel, than trail it over the next point of the cross. Pull the ribbon taut, you want a tight weave. Work your design outward, stopping periodically to change ribbon colours, if you wish. If your God’s Eye is going to be used for magickal purposes, you should visualize its purpose as you weave, and consecrate it for its purpose later on. When you have wrapped the ribbon within about half an inch of the end of the dowels, stop the weaving, and tie it off. This may require a bit of glue to hold it in place. When it is tied off, use a bit of the ribbon to make a loop and glue it to the top of the God’s Eye so that you can hang it.

God’s Eyes are a great activity for children, and a fun way to teach them about the Sun God and the purpose of Midsummer.

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

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Silliness – The other day my friend was telling me that I didn’t understand what irony meant.

Which is ironic, because we were standing at a bus stop.

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Daily Stuff 6-17-19 Ludi Piscatorii

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 6:55 AM of -1.5 feet. Wicca 102 at 6:30pm.

The sky is a soft, pale blue with some white streaks and a few puffy bits. Yeah, this is summer weather. 55F, wind at 6mph and gusting, AQI6, UV8, pollen still high, although it’s mostly grass, now. The chances of rain for next weekend is dropping again, but we can still hope.

Yesterday went sideways, to put it mildly. It started well, with a bunch of customers through the door and a set of kids that were interested in the wooden animals that we’ve been working on and were willing to sit and sand for a few minutes. Tempus got a batch of pumpernickel bread going and I got my apples ready so that they could go into the fridge and started finding tools…. and the power went out at 2:15. Just… out… The rest of the businesses in town just closed when it became obvious that the power was going to be out for awhile.

So I went and got a nap in back, when it was obvious that it wasn’t coming back and not long after I got back up it did come back at 4:45, but that meant that food got delayed. ….very.

We finally ate around 9pm and then it took awhile to clean up.

Today my burning question is: “Who put thermite in my thumb knuckles and torched it off?” Yes, I’ve gotten my pain meds. I’m just really grumpy, even trying to type. We’ve got the shop open and it’s lovely outside and the air smells good.

The Bay on 6-15-19 by Beth Kattleman

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

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

The shop opens at 11am. Summer  hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 6/17 at 1:31am. Full Moon The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/18 at 1:31pm. 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 7/2 at 12:16pm. 

And then on the 18th the Moon pairs up with Saturn. (The Moon in these scenes is always shown about three times its actual apparent size.)

The Moon shines now between Jupiter and Saturn, closer to the latter. Jupiter is upper right of the Moon after dark. Saturn is to the Moon’s lower left, as seen here.

Mercury tangos with Mars – These two planets slide within 0.5° of each other on both June 17 and 18. They have not passed this close in the evening sky since 2006. – Astronomy: Rick Johnson

Mercury and Mars have a spectacular conjunction in evening twilight tonight and tomorrow. Mercury has been climbing higher these past couple of weeks while Mars has been dipping lower, setting up this dramatic meeting between the two smallest planets. This evening the two appear side by side with 28′ — just less than the Full Moon’s diameter — between them. At least that’s the separation as seen from central North America; the planets appear slightly farther apart from the eastern part of the continent and a bit closer from farther west. Mercury glows at magnitude 0.1 and will be easier to see than magnitude 1.8 Mars to its left. If you view the pair through a telescope, Mercury spans 7″ and appears half-lit while Mars shows a featureless disk some 4″ across.
Venus (magnitude –3.8) is very low in the dawn. About 20 minutes before sunrise, scan for it with binoculars a little above the east-northeast horizon.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28

Sun in Gemini
Full Strong Sun at 1:31pm PDT
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 9:13am.
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde
Color: Silver

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M   17     High  12:31 AM     8.3   5:31 AM     Set  5:54 AM      99
~    17      Low   7:36 AM    -1.5   9:03 PM    Rise  9:36 PM
~    17     High   2:09 PM     6.4
~    17      Low   7:24 PM     2.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I deepen my awareness of the consciousness of freedom, from which my empowering actions spring.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – If you knew you would lose every possession you own but one, what would you keep?

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Quotes

~   Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right. – Schopenhauer
~   When in doubt, ask yourself, ‘How would I behave here at my best?’ – Tony Schwartz
~   The turn in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn. – Charmine Shing
~   There’s no such thing as a tough child – if you parboil them for seven hours, they always come out tender. – W.C. Fields

Your voice, with clear location of June days,
Called me outside the window. You were there,
Light yet composed, as in the just soft stare
Of uncontested summer all things raise
Plainly their seeming into seamless air. – –Richard Wilbur (1921–2007)

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Litha Magick – Lore

deborah <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com> wrote:

To: Hearth_Witch@yahoogroups.com
From: “deborah” <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2006 16:24:04 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Litha, The Summer Solstice
Litha, The Summer Solstice – by Gordon Ireland

Litha is also known as the summer solstice, Midsummer, All Couples Day, and Saint John’s Day. Litha is one of the fire festivals and occurs on the longest day of the year. This is the time of year when the sun reaches its highest apex, at the Tropic of Cancer. It is the day when light overcomes darkness, a day of power. Litha also is one of the “quarter days” or the Lesser Sabbats.

Litha, as a Wiccan holiday, has the Sun/God reaching full power, and the Goddess pregnant with child. She holds promise of the bounty of the harvest yet to come. Litha’s name, depending which author you read, has its roots in Greco-Roman, (McCoy, page 149) or according to Our Lady of the Prairie Coven, Litha means opposite of Yule. This may possibly have Saxon roots, though that is pure speculation. No others authors that were researched for this article offered any explanation as to the origins of Litha other than it is name for Midsummer.

Midsummer traditionally marks the beginning of summer (i.e. schools out). Actually midsummer marks the actual middle of the Celtic summer, falling between Beltane and Lughnasadh. Midsummer is known also as a night of magic, made famous by William Shakespeare with his play Midsummer’s Nights Dream. As a Quote from Puck can attest to:

Captain of our fairy band,
Helena is here at hand;
And the youth, mistook by me,
Pleading for a lover’s fee.
Shall we their fond pageant see?
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
(Shakespeare, Act 3, Scene 2)

June in Europe and America is historically the busiest month for weddings, hence All Couples Day. This tradition begins because this time of the year was a time of rest for the Ancient Celts, the time between planting and harvesting. June allowed time for the wedding festivals and rest. This is best described in an English child’s nursery rhyme.

“…marry in the month of May
most surely you will rue the day.
Marry in June when roses grow
And happiness you’ll always know…”
Author Unknown (McCoy, 167)

Saint John’s Day celebrates the birth of St. John exactly six months before the birth of Christ as he foretold of Christ’s coming. The Celts, as was their way, easily adopted this day and incorporated into their summer solstice festivities just as they did with Beltane/May Day. A poem demonstrates how the Celts and other cultures were able to incorporate the various pagan meanings of Litha with a Christian one.

In praise of St. John–
May he give health to my heart.
St. John comes and St. John goes,
Mother, marry me off soon!
Author Unknown (Henes, page 61)

Litha’s celebrations are as varied as the authors who write them are. The times that the ritual should take place are also varied. McCoy suggests that the ritual take place on the eve before June 21. (Pages 163-66) McCoy further states that during the ritual one should jump over or walk in between two purifying fires. (Pages 153-54) Author of Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles and Celebrations, Donna Henes, says that Midsummer is a sun festival and is best done during the daylight hours between sunrise and high noon. (Page 56)

Litha rituals as all ritual should be personal. Several of the authors give basic outlines some for covens, some for the solitary. Most of the authors used for this essay are Wiccan. This particular point of view uses a very pregnant Lady and a Lord at the height of his powers. This ritual, no matter what the tradition or the Gods/Goddesses involved should include either the sun or a fire, or both.

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Silliness – Lost

A man is lost in the desert. He used up the last of his water three days ago and he’s lying, gasping, on the sand, when in the distance he suddenly hears a voice calling “Mush! Mush!”
Not trusting his ears he turns his head and there it is again, closer this time — “Mush! Mush!”
Propping himself up on one elbow he squints against the sun and sees, of all things, an Eskimo in a fur coat driving a sled with a team of huskies across the dunes. Thinking that it’s a hallucination, he blinks and shakes his head, but it’s for real! He painfully lifts one arm and in a cracked voice calls, “He-elp!”
The Eskimo pulls the sled up by him, the huskies panting in the heat, and he says to the Eskimo, “I don’t know what you’re doing here, or why, but thank God you are! I’ve been wandering around this desert for days, my water’s all gone and I’m completely lost!”
The perspiring Eskimo looks down at him and says, “You think YOU’RE lost!”

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Daily Stuff 6-16-19 Bloomsday

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 6:55 AM of -1.4 feet.

Beautiful sunshine again, although there are enough of the puffy white bits to strain it, occasionally. Great weather for the slug races this morning. 🙂 60F, wind at 11mph and gusting, AQI14, UV8. There’s up to about a 35% chance of 1/10 of an inch of rain next weekend.

Yesterday started early, for us. We usually have customers in fairly early during Beachcombers’, but we hadn’t seen anyone by 10:30, even.

I went out to tend plants and harvest some herbs. I had to weed the oregano of that odd plant that keeps cropping up in the pots that were at Jeanne’s. There are some dock plants coming up on their own back there. The raspberry and the strawberry out front are both setting fruit. …and I’m going to have to get in to the lavendar/swordfern. The darned thing has morning glories in it again!

My back’s been giving me trouble for a couple of days. It’s just one of the arthritis flares that happen on an irregular basis, but it’s been really unfunny this time. It’s been hard to keep it from showing. …which you really kinda have to do in retail…. nobody wants to shop with someone whimpering in the background… Me, neither! 🙂

Tempus pulled one of the nice rolling chairs out for me, so I’d have a spot saved for the parade. I got the camera ready, found my hat, filled my waterbottle and I was ready with an 1/2 hour to go, still. 🙂 I had asked Tempus to see if he could find some of the Pirate’s Treasure buckets to put on the rolling table. We’ve got a few out there, now!

I got to sit and watch the parade and then it got quiet again. Way quiet. I finally asked Tempus if I could go crash because of my short night. …and I didn’t have much I could work on for the time being, since the space I needed was occupied.

I felt better when I got up and got the birth sampler almost finished. I also spent time during the late afternoon and evening doing some counseling. I started getting the parade pictures sorted out, but only just started. 250 pix to go through….

Once we closed I got the apples set up (for apples with sweet cicely), worked on grinding some spices until the grinder broke (groan), set the dehydrator up with a massive bouquet of parsleys, and then made a batch of girdle cakes that Tempus and I ate all of! We didn’t really get supper, so even though it was past midnight, that was pretty tasty.

We’ve got the shop open. Tempus is in back, setting up a pumpernickel loaf. My apples look done, so there are just a few other things to get finished for the House potluck. The shop’s full of customers.

Amazing clouds from 6/15/16, by Ken Gagne

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

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

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 6/17 at 1:31am. Full Moon The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/18 at 1:31pm. 

Yes, this is photoshopped. Not mine, but *gorgeous*

Full “Honey Moon”  officially arrives at 4:31 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning, but it looks completely illuminated all night. It appears low in the southeast as the Sun sets and climbs highest in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time. The Full Moon resides among the background stars of southeastern Ophiuchus, though residents in western North America will see it slide into western Sagittarius by daybreak. Don’t be surprised if your friends ask you what that bright object sitting next to the Moon is. You can impress them by answering Jupiter right away. The giant planet lies just 5° from Luna after sundown and a couple of degrees farther away by daybreak. Although the Moon detracts from the view of Jupiter tonight, return to the planet later this week for some stunning looks. It’s no coincidence the Moon shines near Jupiter, since it was at opposition just six days ago. “Full” and “at opposition” both mean “in the direction opposite the Sun” as seen from Earth. The gas giant reached opposition last week and remains near its best. Gleaming at magnitude –2.6, it is the night sky’s brightest celestial object with the exception of the Moon and Venus, which doesn’t rise until morning twilight is well underway. It also stays visible throughout the night among the background stars of southern Ophiuchus. >>>When viewed through a telescope, the planet’s disk spans 46″ and shows stunning cloud-top detail. Jupiter, however, is currently 1,670 times farther now, which is why it looks like a tiny dot compared to the Moon — even though it’s actually 40 times larger in diameter. Adding to the panorama are, to their right, fainter <<< Antares and other stars of upper Scorpius.
Mercury and Mars pass each other very low in evening twilight. Look for them in the west-northwest about 40 to 60 minutes after sunset. Bring binoculars. Mercury is by far the brighter of the two, fading from magnitude –0.1 to +0.4 this week. Mars is less than an eighth as bright at magnitude +1.8. On June 14th you’ll find Mars 2½° to Mercury’s upper left. They appear closest, a mere ½° apart or less, on the June 17th and 18th. After that, Mars moves away to Mercury’s lower right.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Sagittarius
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde
Color: GOld

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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  16      Low   6:55 AM    -1.4   5:31 AM     Set  5:11 AM      97
~    16     High   1:24 PM     6.3   9:03 PM    Rise  8:37 PM
~    16      Low   6:39 PM     2.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is in the air. Breathe it in.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Do you think there is too much fighting on t.v. Why or why not?

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Quotes

~   All the gold in the world cannot buy a dying man one more breath – so what does that make today worth? – Og Mandino
~   Tomorrow’s life is too late. Live today. – Martial (I would add: Enjoy today. Love today. Find something to be happy about, TODAY!)
~   Closet space is like money.  You use up as much as you have. – Ray Michel
~   Never argue with a stupid person because they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience! – Mark Minton

Only a dad, but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing, with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men. – –Edgar Guest (1881–1959)

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Litha Magick – Recipes

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

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

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

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

Sopapillas – www.weavings.co.uk – Another favourite and very simple dessert to make is the Mexican pastry, sopapillas. Dipped in honey, the light and airy texture defies explanation. Just try them!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500ml) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (9.86ml) baking powder
  • 1 (4.93ml)teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) shortening
  • 3/4 cup (187.50ml) water
  • 2 cups (500ml) vegetable oil for frying
  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Using hands, mix in water to make a smooth dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface. Cut dough into 12 pieces, and shape into round balls. Cover, and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into thin circles. Cut each circle into triangles. Fry in hot oil, until golden brown, turning when dough puffs. Remove, and drain well on paper towels. Some people like to dust them with powdered sugar (called icing sugar in England). Delicious served with gently warmed honey but can also be eaten by dipping into chocolate or fruit sauce.

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

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

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Silliness – Know the Difference

Q: Whats the difference between an elephant and a flea? A: A elephant can have fleas but fleas can’t have elephants.

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Daily Stuff 6-15-19 Beachcombers’

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by OCD Photography. Minus Tide at 6:11 AM of -1.1 feet. No Herbs Workshop today! Parade at Noon! Sewing Workshop at 3pm.

Blue, blue sky, with some white puffy bits! It’s just slightly chill, which is perfect for being out in the sun. Where’s my hat?  54F, wind at 6mph and gusting, AQI8, UV8. It’s looking more like a teeny bit of rain in the tail end of next weekend.

Yesterday’s notesall vanished when the computer stuck solid in the evening. Nor mally, they save on a regular basis as I go but something wasn’t working right!

Pretty much what we got done was more cleaning/sorting. Tempus went out to do laundry late in the afternoon. I got some embroidery done. The birth sampler is *almost* there! All the main blocks are filled in. A couple of oopsies still need to be picked out and re-done and maybe some tiny flower or starbursts added in spots.

Goodness! I thought that was a whole bike club, but Tempus says it was just 4 bikes!

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Take a look at today’s Google Doodle. It’s about Jingle Dress lore and performance.

The highway is open still. So is the shop! The sun is shining and the air smells lovely. It’s a great day for the Beachcombers’ parade. They usually close our side of the highway between 11 and 11:30, but you can still get through, albeit slowly.

We’ll be open all day, but I will be going outside during the parade to photograph.

Happy Beachcombers’!

Gull with lunch – Greg Anderson, OCD photography

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

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

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

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 6/17 at 1:31am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/15 at 1:31pm. Full Moon The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/18 at 1:31pm. 

The waxing gibbous Moon now passes Antares and Jupiter, forming a nice triangle with them on the 15th.

Now the bright Moon forms a not-quite-equilateral triangle with Jupiter to its lower left and Antares to its lower right, as shown here. Think photo opportunity. The triangle is 10° from end to end, so use a moderately long lens. Or even try zooming in with a phone camera braced rock-steady.

Saturn – The ringed planet’s eastward motion relative to the background stars came to a halt in April, foreshadowing the world’s upcoming opposition and peak visibility. – NASA/ESA/A. Simon (GSFC) and the OPAL Team/J. DePasquale (STScI)

Although Saturn won’t reach opposition and peak visibility until next month, observers will be hard-pressed to see its current appearance as inferior. The ringed planet rises around 10 p.m. local daylight time and appears highest in the south around 3 a.m. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.2 and stands out against the background stars of northern Sagittarius. If you target the beautiful world through a telescope, you’ll see its 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a ring system that spans 41″ and tilts 24° to our line of sight.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, in southern Ophiuchus) is at opposition on June 10th. This week it glares low in the southeast by late twilight. Antares, much fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles about 10° to its right. Jupiter is highest in the south by around midnight or 1 a.m. daylight saving time, with orange Antares now to its lower right. In a telescope Jupiter is 46 arcseconds wide. See Bob King’s Jupiter Is Outstanding at Opposition. And big changes continue in and around Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, as seen in the images here.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 2:03am.
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde
Color: Indigo

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  15      Low   6:11 AM    -1.1   5:31 AM     Set  4:33 AM      92
~    15     High  12:33 PM     6.1   9:02 PM    Rise  7:33 PM
~    15      Low   5:53 PM     2.2
~    15     High  11:51 PM     8.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let your mind be as the horizon, forever expanding and rising.

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Journal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if you did very poorly of a test?

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Quotes

~   I do not wish to harm anybody, I am just following my own way but it appears to disturb others, most of the people do not like those who follow a different path. How could I go away from my way? It gives me such happiness, such contentment. Be yourself at any cost! – Dharma
~   Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best. – Tim Duncan
~   All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together. – Jack Kerouac
~   A competitor will find a way to win.  Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder.  Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. – Nancy Lopez, Golfer

Lady! in this night of June
Fair like thee and holy,
Art thou gazing at the moon
That is rising slowly?
I am gazing on her now:
Something tells me, so art thou. – Alfred Austin (1835–1913)

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Litha Magick – Prayers

Following your course, laid down in ancient times, you have come unerringly to the heights of the sky, there where you can survey the wide Earth with no obstruction.

May all on which you gaze be to your liking! May all below follow its course as well as you!

Midsummer by JT – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm

Midsummer —
Longest day
Shortest night
Longest light
Shortest dark
The world within
Echoes the world without
Lush foliage, leaves unfurled
Soft springy grass dotted with
Brightly colored flowers peeping through
The earth is green and bright
With warm sunny days
Clear velvety blue skies
Gentle cool breezes
Nature in glory
Our hopes blossom
Creativity flowers
With the season
The seeds of the fruit
Our desires will bear
Can be seen
On the stems
Of our dreams

The Prayer of Midsummer

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

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Silliness –

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Daily Stuff 6-14-19 Flag Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:24 AM of -0.6 feet. Beachcomber’s starts today!

The sun is bright. The flags are flapping. Perfect weather for Beachcombers’! 60F, wind at 8mph, AQI7, UV8. The rain has dropped out of the 10-day forecast again, except for maybe .01 inches way at the far end….

Yesterday I spent so much of the day sleepy that it feels as though it was several days all rolled into one. We got quite a bit done before we opened and then our landlord got there about 1/2 an hour later, said that there’s more to do and we have two more weeks. <sigh>

Tempus and I worked awhile longer, but after lunch I started nodding off, so he told me to go take a nap. When I got up, I worked on sorting out some of the things that I had to leave for lack of time, earlier, then took another nap. When I got up this time I set up the pork roast and got *another* nap, but  at that point I was caught up enough to keep going for the rest of the evening. He headed for Newport not long after that.

I did a little embroidery, sorted some stuff, set up the dehydrator with the lees of the cordials and by them the roast was done. That got cut and boxed with the yummy onion gravy, so that’s all ready. I ditzed a bit at that point. I was still pretty tired and I wasn’t quite sure what to work on.

I finally settled on making marzipan. By then Tempus had started on the regular route. I got picked up a bit after 3:30 and was home well before 5am. It was cloudy, so I couldn’t see the stars, so I watched the lights instead, houses where people were getting up to start the day, weird motion lights that trigger at strange things, cats that ran across the street, the strange shapes that coastal pines take down in Bayshore.

..and today I really overslept. <sigh> We’ve got quite a lot to do with Beachccomber’s this weekend. I need to check the dehydrator and harvest some herbs, at the very least.

We’re still cleaning and sorting. I just had a customer in my sewing tools. 5 people in the last two weeks have come up with my awl out of my sewing basket and no clue why that’s happeneing. We’ll I’m going to try to get everything back into the office space to stop that. The Coronation and big party are this evening at the Moose. I’m looking forward to hearing the music!

Anemone by Greg Anderson OCD photography

plant herb brackenToday’s plant, Western Bracken Fern, Pteridium aquilinum, is a hardy plant that moves into disturbed 042616 Brackenground. It dies down in the winter and grows very green, standing waist-high in the warm parts of the summer. You read a lot in literature of people making love in the bracken, which is part of its association with fertility. – Masculine, Mercury, Air – Burn outside for rain, use in amulets for protection, healing and fertility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteridium_aquilinum

feast 0614 BetsyrosshouseToday is the anniversary of the adoption of the first flag of the USA  which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. There is a house in Philadelphia where a Flag Day parade is held every year in front of the house where US folklore has it that Betsy Ross stitched the first flag. Well, it’s folklore….  http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-american-flag/2011/06/08/AG3ZSkOH_story.html

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 6/17 at 1:31am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/15 at 1:31pm. 

The waxing gibbous Moon now passes Antares and Jupiter, forming a nice triangle with them on the 15th.

Look far below the Moon in late twilight and after dark for Antares and Jupiter, as shown here.

The Big and Little dippers – Evenings in late May and early June are great times to see the Little Dipper’s handle and bowl arc straight above Polaris. – Bill and Sally Fletcher

The Big Dipper now hangs straight down by its handle as the stars come out, high in the northwest.

Regulus. the “little King” in the constellation of Leo

Grab your binoculars tonight and target the bright star Regulus in the constellation Leo the Lion. Many people know that this object represents the Lion’s heart, but few realize it also is a binocular double. Regulus B, which glows at 8th magnitude, shows up as a pinpoint nearly 3′ from the 1st-magnitude primary. The pair stands about 20° high in the west once darkness falls.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Sagittarius) rises around the end of twilight. It’s the steady, pale yellowish “star” about 30° east of Jupiter. Saturn’s opposition comes July 9th.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
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”. Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Scorpio
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde
Color: Rose

Planting 6/13-14

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   14      Low   5:24 AM    -0.6   5:31 AM     Set  4:00 AM      85
14     High  11:37 AM     5.9   9:02 PM    Rise  6:24 PM
14      Low   5:03 PM     1.9
14     High  11:10 PM     8.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Do you think that recycling is important or just a waste of time?

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Quotes

~   You’re only young once, but you can remain immature indefinitely! – Ogde
~   From a wild weird clime, that lieth, sublime, Out of SPACE — out of TIME. -Edgar Allan Poe (dream-land)
~   Great souls are not those which have less passion and more virtue than common souls, but only those which have greater designs. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld
~   All a people need in order to rise up against tyranny is a leader bold enough to take up the banner. – The Saga of Harald Hardrade, c.45

A bird in the boughs sang “June,”
And “June” hummed a bee
In a bacchic glee
As he tumbled over and over
Drunk with the honey-dew. – –Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)

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Litha Magick – Crafts

God’s Eyes (adapted from Crone’s Crafts, link at end)

A God’s Eye is a great craft to make at probably any of the Sabbats. I’ve seen them made at Imbolc, and then they’re usually renamed as “Goddess Eyes.” Works for me.
To make a God/dess Eye, you’ll need:

  • 2 sticks; I’ve found that bamboo skewers work really well
  • yarn of different colors; save leftovers from knitting / crochet projects
  • scissors to cut the yarn

Directions

  • Charge your materials in your normal way.
  • Make a slip knot on the end of the yarn you’ll use for the middle of the cross, and slide the loop over the two sticks.
  • Once you’ve centered the yarn, pull the knot, and spread the stick arms out into the form of a cross.
  • Wrap the yarn diagonally over the center twice for each side (NW-SE, and then NE-SW).
  • Begin wrapping the yarn around the sticks, always remembering to move deosil around the eye. Start at one point, move the yarn over the stick, come around the back crossing over the front and moving on to the next arm. Remember – always go over the stick and then go around it. And keep the yarn tight.
  • When you need to add another color, figure out where you need to place the knot of the two strands so that it’s hidden behind a stick arm. As you wrap the stick, wrap the loose strands to hide them.
  • When you’re done, doubly loop the yarn over the final arm.
  • To hang, cut 12″ of yarn. From the front of the eye, push an end on either side of an arm about 2/3rds the way up the arm. Knot the ends in the back. Bring the strands together, determine the length for dangling, and tie a knot. Hang your eye, and enjoy.S. – I’ve seen God’s Eyes made using embroidery thread and jewelers’ wire. These were then were attached to earring hooks and worn. They looked cool, especially when metallic thread was used.
    © 2001 Mother

http://gypsygrl65.tripod.com/thecottagemaymidsummer2001issue/id9.html

God’s Eye – (For Litha) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/godseye.htmlMaterials:

  • 2 wooden dowels
  • Yarn

Directions:

Your dowels can be of any length depending on what size you want the end product to be, but a good size would be about 8 to 12 inches. The yarn can be of any color, but if this is to be used for midsummer decoration, match the color with the intention, using yellow, red, white, or even green, something to symbolize the highest power of summer. A good idea is to get one of those mulitcolored yarns that fade from one color to the next; one that fades between shades of yellow to white and back is perfect. Now place one of the dowels on top of the other so that they make an equilateral cross, and start wrapping the yarn around their middles in a little X. Keep wrapping, alternating over each “shoulder” of the horizontal dowel, until they are reasonably steady and holding together without your support. Then, clockwise, wrap the yarn around each dowel in turn, making a single loop and continuing to the next. As you continue the process, the pattern will spread outward from the center, resembling an eye in a way. Keep pushing the yarn down on the dowels so that it does not look loose or have any spaces in between each layer. When the God’s Eye is as large as you want it, you can end it by wrapping the string tightly around the top dowel and tying it off in a loop. This can be hung if you like, or placed in a picture frame holder or support apparatus to display on a table. As a variation, you can actually tie it off well before you are finished and insert a different color if you prefer.

Ritual use:

A God’s Eye is a very old craft that has been made since antiquity, and eyes were always a focus of superstition and holiness in the old days. The God’s Eye craft can be regarded in a ritual as representing the God’s vision upon you, or to represent, in more simple terms, the sun itself. Drinking a toast to the sun’s highest power on midsummer, regarding the Eye, is a possible use.

If you’d like to see an illustration of this craft as well as someone else’s interpretation of how to create it, do a search for “God’s Eye craft” or look at the illustrated page at http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/godseye.html .

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Silliness – Q – What’s the difference between an etymologist and an entomologist? A – An etymologist knows the difference.

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Daily Stuff 6-13-19 extra

We’re ok for another two weeks….

A bamboo forest in Japan

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Daily Stuff 6-13-19 Gerald Gardner

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Mark Nessel.

The sky is white with overcast. There must be a second cloud layer up there because at one point it got quite dark! 57F, wind at 5mph, AQI18, UV8, 95% humidity (ew….). Some rain is showing up in the forecast, again, but 15% or less chance of 0 precipitation.

Yesterday Tempus started in on the wax and after I was done with the newsletter I went back to work on the office space. ….and overheated and sat …and went back to work… lather, rinse, repeat….

Tempus was working hard, going back and forth from the front to the back and getting both done, plus moving stuff for me, when I got stymied.

By 10pm the office area was pretty well done, but 4 totes of stuff plus a grocery sack still needed to be sorted out and 1/2 a dozen other things moved. I still needed to do the herb rack, but it was too hot back there, still. Argh…. Right when I really needed to be able to work hard, I kept going down with the heat! It was still in the mid-70’s in the shop at 11pm! It just wasn’t cooling off…

We didn’t eat supper until midnight…and I’ve hardly slept. Too worried…..

Today, we’ll keep right on with the cleaning stuff. I’m mostly down to sorting things like the table that we cut headers on and stuff like that. I’m still hoping to move my plants, but I’m not sure I’ll get to. ..and I found some stock that had gotten parked. We have some more rings again.

Paper route tonight. I hope I can get Tempus to take a nap.

Driftwood, etc, sculpture, Yachats Beach – from 9/7/15 Mark Nessel

Today’s feast is in honor of Gerald Gardner whose birthday is today. Wicca is his fault.    He was a British eccentric from an entirely unremarkable family, who went into the foreign service and came back with an attitude that allowed him to take disparate bits and create a religious path that the time was ripe for. Many of the pagan paths these days owe a lot to him.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Gardner_(Wiccan) I ran across a YouTube last year about Gerald Gardner, by Ronald Hutton. It’s pretty good.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQbdXCoxC14

Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heartlamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to

Bleeding Heart

our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all  through the woods in the middle spring. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 6/17 at 1:31am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/15 at 1:31pm. 

Summer’s brightest asterism shines prominently before midnight in May. In this image, the Summer Triangle and the Milky Way appear above Yosemite Valley in California. The North America Nebula (NGC 7000) lies on the far left, above Half Dome, while the lower right features Nevada Falls and, below it, Vernal Falls. – Ruben Kier

With summer only 8 days away, the Summer Triangle stands high and proud in the east after dark. Its top star is bright Vega. Deneb is the brightest star to Vega’s lower left (by 2 or 3 fists at arm’s length). Look for Altair a greater distance to Vega’s lower right.
For people who live near 35° north latitude, today marks the earliest sunrise of the year. Although the Northern Hemisphere’s longest day doesn’t occur until Earth’s summer solstice June 21, earliest sunrise happens several days before and latest sunset several days after. The specific dates depend on your latitude, however. In general, earliest sunrise occurs closer to the solstice the farther north you live.
Mars (a mere magnitude +1.8, in Gemini) is upper left of much-brighter Mercury as evening twilight fades away. Their separation closes rapidly, from 8½° on June 7th to 2½° on the 14th. Pollux and Castor watch from above. Mercury and Mars will appear closest together, a mere ½° apart or less, on June 17th and 18th.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
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”. Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Scorpio
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde
Color: Purple

Planting 6/13-14

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  13      Low   4:31 AM     0.2   5:31 AM     Set  3:30 AM      77
~    13     High  10:32 AM     5.7   9:02 PM    Rise  5:14 PM
~    13      Low   4:11 PM     1.5
~    13     High  10:26 PM     8.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A flying saucer results when a nudist spills his coffee.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – A thousand friends are few; one enemy is too many. — Russian proverb

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Quotes

~   Our senses don’t deceive us: our judgment does. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
~   The three steps for movement in life – Twelve steps are nine too many. Here they are for any who may need: breathe in, breathe out, and GET OVER IT! – Griffin Black Swan
~   Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well together? Perhaps the  best answer is the one I heard from a psychiatrist recently: “Because they have a common enemy–the parents”. – Sydney J. Harris
~   The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives. – Louise Hay

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

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Litha Magick – Lore – When is the Summer Solstice 2019?

The Summer Solstice 2019 is on Friday, June 21, 2019 (in 8 days).  2019 Calendar

What is the Summer Solstice?

Sunrise over Stonehenge on the day of the summer solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice marks the beginning of summer.

A summer solstice is the moment in time when the Earth’s tilt towards the Sun is at its maximum and the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky.

A summer solstice occurs twice a year, once in June in the Northern Hemisphere (also called northern solstice, June solstice and Midsummer) and once in December in the Southern Hemisphere (also called southern solstice and December solstice).

In the Northern Hemisphere the day of the summer solstice is the longest day of the year (the day with the most daylight and the shortest night) and occurs every year between June 20 and June 22. The dates given on this page are based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which for practical purposes is equivalent to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). While the summer solstice occurs at the same moment in time all over the world, the date and local time differ from place to place depending on the year and a location’s time zone. For locations that are ahead of UTC (further east) it may fall on the day after, and for locations that are behind UTC (further west) it may fall on the day before. To find out the exact date and time of the summer solstice 2019 in your area use this seasons calculator.

The summer solstice marks the end of spring and the beginning of summer in the hemisphere where it occurs and is one of four days (two equinoxes and two solstices) throughout the year on which a new season starts. The other days are the vernal equinox (also called spring equinox, beginning of spring), the autumnal equinox (also called fall equinox, beginning of autumn) and the winter solstice (beginning of winter).

The exact moment of the northern summer solstice through the centuries

Graph demonstrating the movement (caused by leap shifting) of the exact moment of the summer solstice between 1750 and 2250. X axis (bottom, horizontal): Calendar years, Y axis (left, vertical): day in June (20th to 23rd).

In a non-leap year, the moment of the summer solstice is about 5 hours 49 minutes after that moment in the previous year (in UTC), and in a leap year it is about 18 hours 11 minutes before that moment in the previous year, as can be seen in this graph. In this way the time of the summer solstice constantly shifts back and forth so it always stays around June 20 to 22. This four year cycle is clearly visible in the graph.

To adjust for the gradual movement backwards on the calendar (as visible for the period 1900 to 2099), in years divisible by 100 (1800, 1900, 2100 and 2200 on the graph), which should be leap years as they are divisible by 4, the leap day is omitted (except when they are divisible by 400, eg. 2000) and the moment of the summer solstice moves forward in time compared to the same moment in the year before.

For more information see Summer solstice on Wikipedia.

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Silliness – Motorcyclist

A motorcyclist picked up his friend from work one raw autumn day. The friend complained he was cold from the wind, so the driver stopped and got his friend to turn his coat around, so the collar would stop the wind blowing down the neck.
They went on aways, but came to a construction site. Quickly the cyclist bumped through the dirt path, and at the end turned around to check how his friend was doing. But the friend had fallen off!
The cyclist rushed back along the dirt path, and discovered a group of construction workers gathered around his friend. He pushed his way through the crowd and asked how his friend was doing.
“He seemed alright,” came the reply, “until we turned his head around the right

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