Daily Stuff 7-10-18 Nicola Tesla Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Julie Markham. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:10 AM of -0.8 feet.

The sunshine is blinding today. We’re in the nice, cool apartment, but the sunroom (watered just now) is a sauna! 67F with the wind at 11. Tree branches are moving outside, not just the honeysuckle vine in the gusts that are hitting the upper teens. It’s even more so on the beaches, not quite the “stinging sand” level, but awfully close. No rain in the forecast still, although we got a few splats yesterday, at one point. Checking on wind tonight. Hopefully, it won’t bother the newspaper tosses by that time.

Some days just fly past with steady work and a lot of “tired”. That was yesterday. We were up early because someone was stomping around upstairs and I got a little more hawkweed done…another 28 dug. Some of the darned things are coming back from roots. I think what I need to do is have a couple of jars of sand to pour in on those and tamp down. Between lingering salt and lack of light that might put paid to ’em.

Jeanne’s cats are being taken care of, now. Arnemetia is getting Fatty from the shelter (where he’d been taken last week, when we didn’t know what had happened….) and got Licky-lou from the house this afternoon.

I spent a lot of the early part of the day replenishing the chip bottles in the crystals section, after I sorted them back out. I did those less than a week ago, but I had to dump the whole box and re-do it. I also put the moonstone bottles in the little drawer and filled in the line with aventurine bottles that there hadn’t been enough of, before. I set up a set of tiger eye and then I was completely out of the little bottles, so that’s another thing on the order list.

I did get into the back to work on the flour/grain shelves. The chaos is starting to resolve. We’re going to have to put one box of things around behind, next to the ritual cabinet and several boxes of mostly grumple are going up to storage. We also have to put the grill back in the shed and some errands like that….

That stuff is right after getting the watering done here. While Tempus is setting all that up, I’m going to sit down and embroidery and do some putting away of things in the apartment. When we get to the shop a whole bunch of things are going to get pulled out front, so we can get the canning jars back into the shelves instead of being one more lump in the way by the work table. I’m hoping we’ll have that resolved by the time Tempus is heading for Newport. It one of those things, where you have to make an horrid mess, first, by getting things out of the way and then by putting them where they belong you fix the mess, and create some space.

So paper route night. I’ll be at the shop until he picks me up. I’m hoping to work on potting up plants and then maybe the watermelon pickle. If we’re going to the Tymberhavene potluck tomorrow I might have to make something for that. Oh, maybe the maple candy….

Photo by Julie Markham in Tidewater on July 4th, this year!

N.TeslaToday’s Feast is Nicola Tesla Day. Despite all the good press given to Edison about electricity, Tesla was the one who came up with AC current, while Edison was insisting that DC was the only way to go. We’d have very different lives if Tesla had never lived. He was a strange man, with ideas that are different enough for some people to speculate that he wasn’t even human, but he was born in what is now Croatia and his family was from Serbia, his father an Orthodox priest and his mother the daughter of one. He had an eidetic memory and an aptitude for mechanical things from an early age.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla_Day#Nikola_Tesla_Day  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla

plant tree motif AshToday’s Plant is Oregon AshFraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” ,  or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Makers because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia

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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 7/12 at 7:48pm. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 7/11 at 7:48am.

Aldebaran is just emerging from the glow of sunrise when the waning crescent Moon occults it, or passes close by it (depending on where you are) on the morning of July 10th. Warning: The Moon in these scenes is, for clarity, always drawn three times its actual apparent size.  The waning crescent Moon rises shortly before 3:30 a.m. local daylight time this morning. Earth’s satellite lies next to the V-shaped Hyades — the large star cluster that forms the head of Taurus the Bull. The Moon stands just 1° northeast of Taurus’ brightest sun, 1st-magnitude Aldebaran. From parts of Canada and the upper Midwest, Luna passes in front of this ruddy star.
If you have a dark enough sky, the Milky Way now forms a magnificent arch high across the eastern heavens after nightfall is complete. It runs all the way from below Cassiopeia in the north-northeast, up and across Cygnus and the Summer Triangle in the east, and down to the south behind Saturn and the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot.
By combining roughly 1,000 Viking Orbiter images, researchers created this stunning mosaic of Mars that shows surface features at a scale of just over half a mile (1 kilometer) per pixel. NASA/JPL/USGS Mars remains a stunning sight all week. It rises around 10 p.m. local daylight time and climbs nearly 30° high in the south by 2:30 a.m. Although the Red Planet won’t reach opposition until the end of July, it appears noticeably brighter than it did just a week ago. Shining at magnitude –2.5, it appears brighter than Jupiter and ranks as the second-brightest point of light in the night sky after Venus. If you point a telescope toward Mars, you’ll see its 23″-diameter disk and perhaps a few subtle surface features — though most of these are currently obscured by a major dust storm.
Venus (magnitude –4.1, in Leo) shines brightly in the west during twilight, a trace lower every day. In a telescope Venus is a gibbous disk 17 arcseconds tall and 67% sunlit. This week Venus passes Regulus, which glimmers less than 1% as bright. On July 7th Regulus is still 3½° to Venus’s left or upper left. They’re in conjunction on Monday the 9th, with Regulus 1° to Venus’s south (lower left). By July 16th it’s 4½° to Venus’s lower right.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Gemini
Jupiter Direct at 1pm.
Vesta (8/1), Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8) Retrograde

Color – Red

Harvest 7/10-11

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

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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  10      Low   5:10 AM    -0.8   5:42 AM    Rise  3:29 AM      15
~    10     High  11:33 AM     5.7   9:01 PM     Set  6:37 PM
~    10      Low   4:47 PM     2.3
~    10     High  10:50 PM     8.4

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

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

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Quotes

~  If you see a world of opposites then life’s a battlefield, see a world of complimentaries and all life becomes a teacher. – Joe Mullally
~  Look at criticism as an indication that you’re succeeding in empowering yourself and move on. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Love and justice are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they depend upon one another, just as we do. Sending love your way today. – T. Thorn Coyle
~  My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. – Bjorn Borg

O Thou who passest thro’ our vallies in
Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat
That flames from their large nostrils! thou, O Summer,
Oft pitched’st here thy golden tent, and oft
Beneath our oaks hast slept, while we beheld
With joy, thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair. – William Blake (1757–1827)

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Lughnasadh Magick – Crafts

CORNHUSK DOLLS

-Corn husks, fresh or dried, about 6-8 pieces.
-String
-Cotton balls, about 4
-Scraps of cloth, yarn, beads
-pipe cleaners (optional)
Note: If you are using dried husks, soak them in water to soften them. Fresh husks need no special preparation

Step 1: Take a strip of husk and place a few cotton balls in the middle, twisting and tying it with string to make a head.

Step 2: Make some arms by folding another husk and tying it near each end to make hands. Slip the arms between the husks that extend under the head. Tie the waist with string.Arrange enough husks around the figure’s waist so that they overlap slightly. Tie them in place with string.

Step 3: Fold the husks down carefully. For a woman wearing a long skirt, cut the husks straight across at the hem. to make a man, divide the skirt in two and tie each half at the ankles. Let the figure dry completely

Step 4: You can leave you figure as is, or give it a face, hair, or even some fancier clothes. Use a fine-tipped marker to draw facial features. Glue some fuzzy yarn on for hair. Add some tiny beads for buttons, and bits of fabric for aprons or vests. A pipe cleaner staff or cane will help the man stand upright.

Corn Dolly – (For Lughnasadh)http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/corndoll.html

Materials:

  • Wheat straw, hollow straws, or raffia
  • Yarn or string
  • Small amount of cloth
  • Optional: A receptacle to display finished product, such as a basket or a horn of plenty
  • Optional: Decorations for the dolly or her display case

Directions:

If you’re using real wheat straw, you should get it when it is almost ripe but not totally dry yet. It should still be green at the bottom. Dry for a day, hung up, and then cut off the leaves and the head of the wheat below its first joint. When you use it it should be soaked before you try to bend it, for about half an hour. If you don’t have access to the real thing, the best craft material to use is raffia, and it doesn’t need to be moistened. It is easily found at the craft stores and resembles flattened straw.

There are a lot of ways to make a dolly out of the material, but here is just one easy way. First, take a large clump–maybe fifteen to twenty-five strands–and cut it so that it is about a foot and a half long. This will be the main body of the dolly. Fold it over in half. If it seems too long right now to be the size of dolly you want, you should cut it, because it is not going to get any shorter during the process. Now, where the stalks are folded is going to be the top of the dolly’s head. Take the string or yarn and tie it around the entire bundle about an inch and a half down from the top; that tie will be the mark of her neck.

Before you tie off the section that makes her body, you’ll need to make arms. This is easy; take more of your stalks and make a longer but thinner bundle–four to six stalks ought to do it–and fold them over. Tie off at the ends and cut the looped end so it is frayed just like the other side. The little frays represent her hands. Stick the arm bundle into the main bundle right under the neck, and then tie off the main bundle under the arms. That way they cannot slip out the bottom but can still be moved side to side or diagonally shifted.

At this point the bottom of the main bundle is frayed and splayed out a bit like a skirt. This is the simplest form of corn dolly, and it can now be considered finished if all you need is a very basic doll for your purpose. However, you can of course take a few extra steps, especially if this is to be ornamental rather than just ritually used.

You may want to make your corn dolly a dress. It is easy to cut a small piece of material–use a color or pattern that matches the season or a country print–and cut it in sort of an hourglass shape. Make a hole for the head at the center of the hourglass, and pull it over her head, then tie at the waist. The sides will be open but it doesn’t much matter since it’s just for effect. If you like you can even make a smaller version to make her an apron.

Also, a nice touch is giving her wheat stalk or raffia hair. Of course, for hair you can use any material, but we’ll take it for granted that you are not making the dolly to be professional-looking, it is a natural craft, so it is more likely that using the same material as you used for the rest of her body will be most appropriate. For hair, take a few strands of straw and loop them again; when looped it should be as long as you want her hair to be on either side. You’ll put it through the slightly closed loop made by her head. If you want this to be really easy, you may want to thread the hair piece in before tying it up, like you did with the arms. Otherwise it’s still possible but you may have trouble forcing it in. In any case, thread it through the head-hole and open it up on either side, then bring it up on top of her head and tie it in a double knot. You can then leave it loose if it looks nice, or give her a braid on either side. Then it is up to you how you dress her up; some nice touches are giving her a necklace, like a twig star or a string bracelet, or you can give her a bouquet of seasonal dried flowers for her hand. Use your imagination. But it is not considered part of the traditional craft to give her a face.

The corn dolly makes a nice addition to a basket of fallen leaves or pinecones, or a wall-mounted horn of plenty with dried flowers or wheat stalks (with the heads on) protruding from behind her.

Ritual use – This could be the same dolly used in other crafts, such as the dolly for Brigit’s Bed. If that is the case, keep these other rituals and their purposes in mind as she has come to another spoke on the wheel. If this dolly was created just for this Sabbat, it can be placed on the altar during ritual and used to represent the harvest; if you have gone the simple route and not dressed it up, it is appropriate to use it as if it is the sacrifice for the harvest, and buried outside with any other libations from the ritual. It can instead be kept and hung up in the kitchen during the season and through the winter, where it can be buried or converted to a Spring symbol when the winter is past.

Make a Corn Dolly to save for next Imbolc. Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)

Double over a bundle of wheat and tie it near the top to form a head. Take a bit of the fiber from either side of the main portion and twist into arms that you tie together in front of the dolly. Add a small bouquet of flowers to the “hands,” and then you can decorate the dolly with a dress and bonnet (the dress and bonnet may be made out of corn husks if you wish, or and cotton material is fine too).

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Silliness – Bumper Snickers – How much deeper would the ocean be if sponges didn’t live there?

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Daily Stuff 7-9-18 Caprotinia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by the Duckmeister.

The sun is really bright today. There are clouds around the edges, but they’re pulling back as the morning goes on. 61F. Wind at 5mph, now, not much higher anywhere and shouldn’t get to be that much more in the afternoon, but by Tuesday that one could change.

Yesterday was “summer is here” day. It was kinda grey, but all kinds of tourists from Idaho, LA, a couple from Tennessee, one lady from Grants Pass and another set from Montana…. It’s nice to have the sales and it’s nice to see people from so far! They were pretty much all concentrated in the noon-3pm slot.

There was a power blink in the time when I was napping… before 11am…. when did I get the newsletter out? Before or after that? Well… A tree went down on a powerline over on Bay St. by Carpet Tech. The stoplight was blinking for most of the afternoon.

…and then we found out that one of Jeanne’s cats had been taken to the animal shelter and the other has been locked away from her food, water and litter pan in the house that we can’t access! We’ve been in touch with animal control and with the person who wanted to adopt the cats, so hopefully that will be fixed, quickly.

Amor called and Tempus and I talked with him for a couple of hours. He’s been doing some knapping and wanted to talk about it. He sent a bunch of pictures that ended up in the House Capuchin newsletter.

The beef stew got finished and fridged during the day. I got about 1/2 the onions cut up late in the afternoon and Tempus got them into the freezer. There are more…wow…

We went home before dark and went right to sleep. I’ve been out digging hawkweed again…..23 more…

The Duckmeister took this pic of a gosling and baby bunny snuggled up together at her place.

feast 0214 Juno_sospita_pushkinToday’s Feast is quoted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caprotinia )

“The Caprotinia, or feasts of Juno Caprotina, were ancient Roman festivals which were celebrated on July 9, in favour of the female slaves. During this solemnity they ran about, beating themselves with their fists and with rods. None but women assisted in the sacrifices offered at this feast.
Kennet says the origin of this feast, or the famous Nonae Caprotinae or Poplifugium, is doubly related by Plutarch, according to the two common opinions. First, because Romulus disappeared on that day, when an assembly being held in the Palus Caprae (“Goats’-Marsh”), suddenly a storm broke, accompanied with terrible thunder, and other unusual disorders in the air (see Plutarch’s Life of Numa). The common people fled all away to secure themselves; but, after the tempest was over, could never find Romulus, their king.
Or, else, from Caprificus, a wild fig-tree, because, in the Gallic war, a Roman virgin, who was prisoner in the enemy’s camp, got up into a wild fig-tree, and holding out a lighted torch toward the city, gave the Romans a signal to fall on; which they did with such good success, as to obtain a considerable victory.”

plant herb flower Solidago_canadensis_20050815_248Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis

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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 7/12 at 7:48pm. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 7/11 at 7:48am.

Aldebaran is just emerging from the glow of sunrise when the waning crescent Moon occults it, or passes close by it (depending on where you are) on the morning of July 10th. Warning: The Moon in these scenes is, for clarity, always drawn three times its actual apparent size.  Last occultation of Aldebaran. Early Tuesday morning, the thin waning crescent Moon will occult 1st-magnitude Aldebaran for parts of Canada and the uppermost Midwest. The line of grazing occultation crosses Wisconsin and the Straits of Mackinac on to Labrador. The rest of North America sees a near miss. Local timetables. Writes David Dunham, organizer of the International Occultation Timing Association, “The brightest star (other than the Sun) that can be occulted by the Moon will be occulted one last time during the current series, for observers in the western Great Lakes region. It will be a good event, with the crescent Moon only 11% sunlit, so those with clear skies might see the reappearance [of Aldebaran on the Moon’s dark limb] even without optical aid. But the Moon will be low; you will need an unobstructed horizon in the east-northeast where the Moon will rise.” Special webpage for this event, with detailed maps. Not until 2033 will we get another good Aldebaran occultation. Continues Dunham, “The 19-year period between series of occultations of the same star [including the Sun] is called a Meton cycle; the series of occultations of Aldebaran last about 4 years. Four Meton cycles ago, the last accessible Aldebaran graze of that series occurred on March 12, 1962. That was the first grazing occultation I tried to predict, using printed tables of trig functions and a clunky Marchant calculator…. I got close enough [to the graze line] to see Aldebaran’s angular size when it reappeared, appearing like a drop of water coming out of a faucet. That sparked my lifelong interest in pursuing these events, precipitating the start of a worldwide effort to observe them.”
Venus dominates the western sky after sunset. The dazzling object shines at magnitude –4.1 among the background stars of western Leo. Venus appears 14° high an hour after sundown and sets shortly before 11 p.m. local daylight time. And this evening, the solar system world meets Leo’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Regulus. The planet appears 1.1° north (to the upper right) of the star and shines more than 100 times brighter, so binoculars will provide the best view of the conjunction. When viewed through a telescope, Venus appears 17″ across and two-thirds lit.
Mercury (about magnitude +0.2) is visible in bright twilight very low in the west-northwest, about 16° lower right of Venus. Catch Mercury in the narrow time window between when the sky is still too bright and when Mercury sinks too low and sets.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 9:58am.
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8) Retrograde

Color – Ivory

Planting 7/7-9

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

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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    9      Low   4:18 AM     0.0   5:41 AM    Rise  2:48 AM      24
~     9     High  10:31 AM     5.3   9:02 PM     Set  5:25 PM
~     9      Low   3:48 PM     2.3
~     9     High  10:00 PM     8.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Too many people offer God prayers with claw marks all over them.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Space exploration costs billions of dollars. Do you think this money is being spent wisely or foolishly? For example, do you think there is any way that space exploration could ever directly affect your life?

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Quotes

~  I know what pleasure is, for I have done good work. – Robert Louis Stevenson
~  If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. – Lewis Carroll
~  If you haven’t found something strange during the day, it hasn’t been much of a day. – J. A. Wheeler
~  If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator. – W. Beran Wolfe

O to lie in the ripening grass
That gracefully bends to the winds that pass,
And to look aloft the oak-leaves through
Into the sky so deep, so blue! – –William Roscoe Thayer (1859–1923)

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Lughnasadh Magick – Lore

Lughnassadh Pagan Studies –
Also known as: Lammas, August Eve, The Festival of Bread, Elembiuos,
Lunasa, Cornucopia (Strega), Thingtide (Teutonic)
Date: August 1 or 2, or the first Full Moon of Leo
Symbols: All Grains, Breads, Threshing Tools, Berries (especially Blackberries)
Deities: Harvest and Grain Deities, New Mother Goddesses
Colors: Gray, Yellow, Gold, Green
Herbs: cornstalks, heather, frankincense, and wheat may be burned; acacia flowers, corn ears, hollyhock, myrtle, oak leaves, and wheat may be decorations.

Lughnassadh (Loo-NAHS-ah) is named for the Irish sun God, Lugh, and is usually looked upon as the first of the three Pagan harvest festivals.

Lughnasadh is primarily a grain harvest, one in which corn, wheat, barley and grain products such as bread are prominently featured. Fruits and vegetables which ripen in late summer are also a part of the traditional feast. The Goddess, in her guise as the Queen of Abundance, is honored as the new mother who has given birth to the bounty, and the God is honored as the Father of Prosperity.

The threshing of precious grain was once seen as a sacred act, and threshing houses had small wooden panels under the door so that no loose grain could escape. This is the original meaning of our modern word “threshold”.

From “Celtic Myth and Magick” by Edain McCoy

The following are a few suggestions for activities that may be incorporated into the Sabbat ritual or engaged in during the day.

Make sand candles to honor the Goddess and the God of the sea.

If you don’t live near a beach, you can achieve the same effect by putting sand in a large box, adding water, and working from there. This is definitely a porch or kitchen job, and newspapers are recommended under your work area for easy clean-up.

Melt wax form old candles (save the stubs from altar candles) in a coffee can set in a pot of boiling water. Add any essential oil you want for scent (or scent blocks from a candle supply store). Scoop out a candle mold in wet sand (you can make a cauldron by scooping out the sand and using a finger to poke three “feet”in the sand). Hold the wick (you can get these ready-made in arts and crafts stores) in the center and gently pour in the melted wax. Wait until it hardens, then slip your fingers under the candle and carefully lift it out and brush off the excess sand.

String Indian corn on black thread for a necklace.

If the Sabbat falls on a rainy day, you could collect rainwater in a glass or earthenware container, add dried mugwort, and use to empower objects.

Create and bury a Witch’s Bottle. This is a glass jar with sharp pointy things inside to keep away harm. You can use needles, pins, thorns, thistles, nails, and bits of broken glass; it’s a good way to dispose of broken crockery, old sewing equipment, and the pins that come in new clothes. Bury it near the entry to the house (like next to the driveway or the front door), or inside a large planter.Do a Harvest Chant when serving the corn bread at dinner:

The Earth Mother grants the grain,
The Horned God goes to his domain.
By giving life into her grain,
The God dies then is born again.

Make a Corn Dolly to save for next Imbolc. Double over a bundle of wheat and tie it near the top to form a head. Take a bit of the  fiber from either side of the main portion and twist into arms that you tie together in front of the dolly. Add a small bouquet of flowers to the “hands,” and then you can decorate the dolly with a dress and bonnet (the dress and bonnet may be made out of corn husks if you wish, or and cotton material is fine too).

Bake corn bread sticks. You can find a cast-iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in kitchen supply shops. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/4 cup of sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening
Sift dry ingredients together, add eggs, milk, and shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into molds and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Collect blackberries and make a fresh pie marked with the Solar Cross.

Have a magickal picnic with libations to the earth of bread and wine.

Sprout wheat germ in a terra cotta saucer (these can be found in nurseries for use under terra cotta flower pots). The sprouts can be added to homemade bread or used as an offering. Children enjoy planting the seeds and watching them grow, too.
God the grain,
Lord of rebirth.
Return in spring,
Renew the Earth.

Make a Solar Wheel or Corn Man Wheel:
Turn a wire hanger into a circle (standard circle material for wreaths too), keeping the hook to hang it by.
Make a small cardboard disk to glue the corn tips onto. You can decorate it with any design, for example, a pentagram or sun.
Place ears of Indian “squaw” corn (it is smaller than regualr corn and fits easily on a coat hanger) with the tips inthe center of the
circle and secure with hot glue to the cardboard disk. Use eight ears for a Solar Wheel, or five ears for a Corn Man. If all the ears of  corn meet just right you won’t need the disk, but if they are uneven the disk is helpful.
Wrap a bit of the husks of each ear around the wire on either side of the ear of corn, leaving some to stand out free from the corn.
Let dry overnight and hang on the front door. Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)

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Silliness – Emotional Outlet

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Daily Stuff 7-8-18 Sunniva

Hi, folks!

House Capuchin Project Day from noon to 6pm!

It’s solidly overcast at the moment, but it’s only 9am. 59F, wind at 3 and the clouds should burn off later and have a sunny, or at least sunnier day than it looks like right now. …Checking the computer weather. Yeah, this is at 800 feet. Most of it will burn off. Looks like it’ll be a quiet comfortable day, weather-wise.

Yesterday was the kind of day where I really needed that scooter, below. 🙂 It started badly, but we had a lot of nice customers in, had some good chats! Things slowed down mid-afternoon, so I got a long nap, which really helped, and the some more coffee and a good lunch, which helped even more.

We’re not having just tire trouble with the car. The amount of leakage from the radiator has gotten noticeable, too, so Tempus went over to discuss it with the mechanic, and they were already closed.

So he started watering plants and then headed in back to make it possible for me to work on the flours/grains/mixes shelves again, trying to get that completely usable before I go on to the next shelf unit and then that stalled otu completely as the ritual clothing bag hit the deck and everything bailed out of the hangers inside it.

I eventually sat down with some embroidery after I sifted sand. We’re trying to get some washed sand to dry so it can be bagged and some used in pincushion mix. You have to wash to get the salt and dirt out….. Tempus went up to a yard sale to pick up a couple of things.

…and then we got caught on the phone with a friend for 1/2 an hour. It’s a good thing to talk, but it was hard sitting and waiting again for things to be out of my way. Eventually we got around to cooking some of the veg that need the shorter cooking time in the nuker and setting up the crockpot for the rest to cook overnight. We were both tired enough that it seemed to take forever….

We headed home around midnight, and got up early. We had breakfast at Mom’s Cafe this morning, treating ourselves for the first time in a long while. We’ve got a lot to do today and were talking about it over breakfast. I’m still trying to get those shelves done. Tempus has a few boxes to take to storage and then he has to go home, fix the lawnmower and cut the “verge”, the roadside strip that’s gotten tall, but just needs to be cut once, since the rain has already stopped. …but he’s going to nap, first, and then I will. 🙂 We’ll open at 11.

That looks like a fun idea!

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150px-StSunniva220px-The_Chariot_of_the_Sun_by_CollingwoodToday’s feast is that of St. Sunniva, who mostly likely is a distorted version of the Norse/Teutonic solar maiden goddess, Sol/Sunne. Supposedly she and a bunch of companions fled an invasion of heathen into a cave, which sealed itself up when she prayed to not have to marry their king. Yup, they died there, but miracles started happening on that island soon after. Was there a young woman named after the goddess about whom the didn’t-want-to-marry-a-pagan story was told?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunniva or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B3l_(sun)

Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum  The darned things are next to impossible to get plant motif herb Equisetum_arvense_frrid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.

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

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 7/12 at 7:48pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne, Tyr. Phase ends on 7/8 at 7:48am. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 7/11 at 7:48am.

Aldebaran is just emerging from the glow of sunrise when the waning crescent Moon occults it, or passes close by it (depending on where you are) on the morning of July 10th. Warning: The Moon in these scenes is, for clarity, always drawn three times its actual apparent size.
The Big Dipper, high in the northwest after dark, is beginning to turn around to “scoop up water” through the evenings of summer and early fall.
Although Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility two months ago, it remains a stunning sight from evening twilight until it sets around 2 a.m. local daylight time. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.3 and is essentially tied with Mars as the night sky’s brightest point of light once Venus sets by 11 p.m. The gas giant resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales, >>> (ignore the coment thingie, please) 2.1° northwest of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [a] Librae). If you view the planet through a telescope tonight, its disk spans 41″ and displays spectacular cloud-top detail.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are up in the east and southeast, respectively, before the beginning of dawn. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Taurus
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8) Retrograde

Color – Amber

Planting 7/7-9

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

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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   8      Low   3:21 AM     0.9   5:40 AM    Rise  2:13 AM      34
~     8     High   9:19 AM     4.9   9:02 PM     Set  4:13 PM
~     8      Low   2:47 PM     2.0
~     8     High   9:10 PM     7.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – NO NEED TO FAKE HAPPY 😦 WHEN YOU ARE HAPPY 🙂

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Journal Prompt – Personal taste – If you could design one room in a house to suit only your needs, what would it look like? (Challenge yourself to be as fanciful as you like. For example, would someone have a desk made of chocolate?)

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Quotes

~  I find that the more a fellow weeps, the less he feels. – Lord Chesterfield
~  I have always noticed that people will never laugh at anything that is not based on truth. – Will Rogers
~  I have great faith in fools; my friends call it self confidence. – Edgar Allan Poe
~  I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.  – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist

Deep in the greens of summer sing the lives
I’ve come to love. A vireo whets its bill.
The great day balances upon the leaves;
My ears can hear the bird when all is still. –Theodore Roethke (1908–63)

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Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes

Lughnasadh Bread Spell

In Wiccan tradition, and in many others, Lughnasadh is a day for preparing food from early ripening fruits like apples. It is also a time for baking bread in honor of the harvest.

Combining the two, make an applesauce bread. Stir the batter clockwise, focusing on any craft or sport in which you wish to excel. As you stir, chant,

“Flour from grain,
the spell begins,
let the power rise within;
Apples from trees,
now impart,
Tailtiu, bring _______
to my heart.”

Fill in the blank with a word that describes the area in which you want to encourage improvements or develop mastery. Eat the bread to internalize the energy.

Time-friendly alternatives here are buying frozen bread and adding diced apples to it, having toast with apple butter, or just enjoying a piece of bread and apple anytime during the day. Chant the incantation mentally. Then bite with conviction! – Adapted from Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess” 

Whole Grain Bread – Recipe by Dan & Pauline Campanelli
In a large mixing bowl combine:

  • 2 cups milk (warm to the touch)
  • 2 packages of dry baking yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar

Cover this mixture and set aside in a warm place until it has doubled (about half an hour).

Add to this mixture:

  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of unbleached white flour

Stir until bubbly. Now mix in:

  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 cups stone ground wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seed

With floured hands, turn this dough out onto a floured board and gradually knead in more unbleached white flour until the dough is smooth and elastic and no longer sticks to your fingers. Place this dough in a greased bowl, turning it so that the dough is greased. Then cover it with a clean cloth and keep it in a warm place to rise until it is doubled (about an hour).Then punch it down and divide it into two or more elongated loaves, roughly sculpted into mummiform shapes, and placed on greased cookie sheets. Cover these and return them to a warm place until they double again. Bake the loaves in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until they are done and sound hollow when tapped.

 (The above recipe for “Whole Grain Bread” is quoted directly from Pauline & Dan Campanelli’s book “Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions”, page 132-133, Llewellyn Publications, 1991/1992) From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions

The Lammas Bannock – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm

In Scotland, the first fruits were celebrated by the making of a ‘bonnach lunastain’ or Lunasdál bannock, or cake. In later times, the bannock was dedicated to Mary, whose feastday, La Feill Moire, falls on August 15th, two days later than the date of Lammas according to the old reckoning. A beautiful ceremony, which, no doubt, had pagan origins, attended the cutting of the grain (usually oats or bere.) In the early morning, the whole family, dressed in their best, went out to the fields to gather the grain for the ‘Moilean Moire,’ the ‘fatling of Mary.’ They laid the ears on a sunny rock to dry, husked them by hand, winnowed them in a fan, ground them in a quern, kneaded them on a sheepskin, and formed them into a bannock. A fire was kindled of rowan or another sacred wood to toast the bannock, then it was divided amongst the family, who sang a beautiful paean to Mother Mary while they circled the fire in a sunwise direction.

Here is a modern recipe you can try:

Pitcaithly Bannock

  • 8 oz flour
  • 4 oz butter
  • 2 oz caster sugar
  • 1oz chopped almonds
  • 1oz mixed candied peel

Set oven to 325F/Gas 3. Grease a baking sheet. Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the sugar and butter and rub in to form a dough. Add the almonds and mix in the peel, making sure they are evenly distributed. Form into a thick round on a lightly floured surface and prick all over with a fork. Place on the sheet and bake for about 45-60 minutes. Allow to cool and serve sliced thinly and buttered. – From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.

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Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – – You know without a doubt that disks come in five-and-a-quarter and three-and-a-half-inch sizes.

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Daily Stuff 7-7-18 Tanabata

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Jacob Andrew Colvin. No Herbs today, Sewing at 3pm.

The computer says it’s overcast and there are a lot of clouds up there, but the sunlight is coming through and it’s pretty bright. UV is at 8. I scorched a little in just 5 minutes working on the hawkweed until I got sane and moved into the shade. There’s a little extra wind on the beaches, but it’s barely even getting into the teens, there and 5mph here.

Yesterday wasn’t as busy as it could have been, but busy enough. Both of us were so tired that not much big happened, but I re-set all of the pincushions, fixed a couple of holes in displays, caught up on mail and worked with customers. Tempus had to run in to Newport, so he did a little shopping, that I’ll work on today.

The China restaurant gave us an order of chow mein that hadn’t picked up, right when they closed, and I ate quite a bit of it, surprisingly. It tasted really good! Carlie was in not long after that, shopping for a little. We headed home around 10pm and Tempus crashed for awhile. I read some then pulled out my embroidery again.

He went out to do some chores, despite it being dark. We found that some of my plants were herked around and someone had been in the solarium and that explained why I tripped over the pulled-out hose.

Today has been interesting, so far. I had trouble sleeping last night, so was groggy and we didn’t get moving nearly as quickly as I had planned. Then Tempus was taking awhile, so I harvested greens for the stew and then went up and dug hawkweed until he came up….35 more…. but then we discovered the flat tire. …and that we didn’t have the right stuff to fix it, so had to yell for help. The Chocolate Frog came to the rescue….brought Tempus a can of flat fix and brought me to the shop and I’ve managed to wrestle most of the stuff out the door, so we’re open. Oi!

….except they’re smokers and so I’m fighting off an asthma attack…. I’m sitting at my desk, wheezing and trying to figure out where Tempus put the coffee….

It’s past noon, so no Herbs today. *Really* hoping that no one showed up without notice and was disappointed! Sewing is supposed to be at 3pm, and I’m still planning on that today. I have to try to clear the walkway, still, but I’m going to wait until I quit wheezing….

…and he’s here. Got the flat fix in and it seems to be holding. Looks like a knife hole, though….

Shipwreck of the Peter Iredale, Warrenton, OR. Photo by Jacob Andrew Colvin‎ from Lost in Oregon (on Facebook) on 070417. Used with permission.

220px-Sendai_Tanabata_2005Today’s feast is Tanabata. In Japan many trees will have wishes hung from their branches on this day, streamers of paper that have specific meanings written with a special ink. Sometimes the wishes are floated on rivers instead. There’s a separated lovers story associated with the festival, as well, various special foods and other fun things. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata

motif plant Herb Wild GingerToday’s plant is Wild gingerAsarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum

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

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 7/12 at 7:48pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne, Tyr. Phase ends on 7/8 at 7:48am. 

In twilight every day Regulus is sliding closer to Venus, which outshines it by more than 100 times. Mercury, 15° to Venus’s lower right, is becoming pretty easy to see if you catch it at the right time.
After dark, Altair shines in the east-southeast. It’s the second-brightest star in the eastern sky, after Vega high to its upper left. Above Altair by a finger-width at arm’s length is little orange Tarazed. And a bit more than a fist-width lower left of Altair is little Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaping leftward.
Observers of the outer solar system can get a good view of Uranus before dawn. The best time to look for it is shortly before twilight begins around 3:30 a.m. local daylight time. Uranus then lies 25° above the eastern horizon among the background stars of southwestern Aries the Ram. This morning, use binoculars to find the magnitude 5.8 planet 4.3° northeast of the 4th-magnitude star Omicron (o) Piscium. A telescope reveals Uranus’ blue-green disk, which spans 3.5″.
Saturn (magnitude 0.0, just above the Sagittarius Teapot) glows in the southeast in twilight and higher in the south by midnight. It’s 34° to the upper right of much brighter Mars.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4

Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 5:51am
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8) Retrograde

Color – Grey

Planting 7/7-9

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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.

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

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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   7      Low   2:19 AM     1.5   5:40 AM    Rise  1:43 AM      45
~     7     High   8:00 AM     4.8   9:03 PM     Set  3:03 PM
~     7      Low   1:47 PM     1.7
~     7     High   8:21 PM     7.1

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

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Journal Prompt – What is? – What is the best way to treat busybodies?

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Quotes

~  Everyone should have the wish to …DARE! – Alessio ‘RedPuma’ Secondini Morelli
~  Excellence is not a skill it is an attitude. – Ralph Martson
~  Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it. – Georg Grey
~  Hospitality is one form of worship. – The Talmud

Black bees on the clover-heads drowsily clinging,
Where tall, feathered grasses and buttercups sway,
And all through the fields a white sprinkle of daisies,
Open-eyed at the setting of day. –Abba Gould Woolson (1838–1921)

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Lughnasadh Magick – Studies 

John Barleycorn ~ Robert Burns
There was three kings into the east,
Three kings both great and high,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn should die.

They took a plough and plough’d him down,
Put clods upon his head,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn was dead.

But the cheerful Spring came kindly on,
And show’rs began to fall;
John Barleycorn got up again,
And sore surpris’d them all.

The sultry suns of Summer came,
And he grew thick and strong;
His head weel arm’d wi’ pointed spears,
That no one should him wrong.

The sober Autumn enter’d mild,
When he grew wan and pale;
His bending joints and drooping head
Show’d he began to fail.

His colour sicken’d more and more,
He faded into age;
And then his enemies began
To show their deadly rage.

They’ve taen a weapon, long and sharp,
And cut him by the knee;
Then tied him fast upon a cart,
Like a rogue for forgerie.

They laid him down upon his back,
And cudgell’d him full sore;
They hung him up before the storm,
And turn’d him o’er and o’er.

They laid him out upon the floor,
To work him further woe;
And still, as signs of life appear’d,
They toss’d him to and fro.

They wasted, o’er a scorching flame,
The marrow of his bones;
But a miller us’d him worst of all,
For he crush’d him between two stones.

And they hae taen his very heart’s blood,
And drank it round and round;
And still the more and more they drank,
Their joy did more abound.

John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
Of noble enterprise;
For if you do but taste his blood,
‘Twill make your courage rise.

‘Twill make a man forget his woe;
‘Twill heighten all his joy;
‘Twill make the widow’s heart to sing,
Tho’ the tear were in her eye.

Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
Each man a glass in hand;
And may his great posterity
Ne’er fail in old Scotland!

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Silliness – A Following Person

A teacher was sitting at her desk grading papers when her first-grade class came back from lunch. Alice informed the teacher, “Paul has to go to the principal’s office.”
“I wonder why,” the teacher mused.
“Because he’s a following person,” Alice replied.
“A what?” the teacher asked.
“It came over the loudspeaker: ‘The following persons are to go to the office.'”

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Daily Stuff 7-6-18 Jan Hus

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Wicca 101 at 7pm.

We’re under a Small Craft Advisory for Winds until 9pm. 60F, wind at 6, gusts to 13mph. There are a couple of spots where it’s hitting into the 20’s. It’s thoroughly overcast at 3000, although there are spots where the clouds thin enough to be eye-achingly bright. Out at sea the cover seems to thin out to where you can see sky.

Yesterday was kinda rough. It’s starting to sink in the Jeanne isn’t ever going to answer when I call, or walk in the shop door. I know I talked to a few people about it, but other than the Duckmeister, I just don’t remember. Grief does that.

The Duckmeister stopped for a visit and I had a long reading in the middle of the afternoon, followed by two quick ones, and we were pretty busy. Tempus got on the phone with someone around then, too. It seemed as though he spent 1/2 the afternoon on the phone. There are always details when someone dies. I did another reading in the late afternoon.

We headed home at around 8pm, after the usual scramble after laundry and water bottles to fill from the spring. Tempus headed for Newport fairly quickly while I pulled out sewing/embroidery projects and settled down with those, a couple of books and the computer.

I did get a few more chores done last night, mostly re-organizing things that got disarranged over the week. Tempus had a good run last night with the wind picked up enough to disturb things only near the end when he mostly puts the drops in boxes or tosses into sheltered driveways.

Today we still have more things to put away! The charcoal and grill aren’t underfoot at the moment, but they can’t stay where they are. There are still onions to put by and a couple of melons that I’m going to have to cut before they go bad. I might even fish out that beef broth and set up a stew, if I get time.

…and we have class tonight….

Ken Gagne pic of a spiderweb from up Yachats River Road from 7/1/15.

180px-Jan_Hus_at_the_StakeToday is the anniversary of the day in 1415 when Jan Hus, an early religious reformer contemporary with John Wycliffe, was burned at the stake for heresy. It is celebrated in the Czech Republic in his honor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Hus

Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes plant motif huckleberry Vaccinium_ovatum_3excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds… and it’s starting to get berries right now! – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry

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

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 7/12 at 7:48pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/6 at 12:51am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne,

In twilight every day Regulus is sliding closer to Venus, which outshines it by more than 100 times. Mercury, 15° to Venus’s lower right, is becoming pretty easy to see if you catch it at the right time.
Three doubles at the top of Scorpius.The head of Scorpius — the nearly vertical row of three stars upper right of Antares — stands due south after dark, about two fists at arm’s length to the left of bright Jupiter. The top star of the row is Beta (ß) Scorpii or Graffias, a fine double star for telescopes. Just 1° below or lower left of it (a fingertip at arm’s length) is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii, not quite vertical. Binoculars show their slight color difference. Upper left of of Beta by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii (Jabbah), another fine telescopic double. High power in good seeing reveals that Nu’s brighter component is itself a close binary, separation 2 arcseconds.
Earth is at the aphelion of its orbit today, its farthest from the Sun for the year, 3% farther than at perihelion in January.

Last Quarter Moon arrives at 3:51 a.m. EDT. It rises in the east around 1 a.m. local daylight time and climbs higher in the southeast as dawn approaches. During this period, our half-lit satellite lies among the background stars of northern Cetus the Whale.

If you ever thought the Sun’s distance controlled temperatures here on Earth, today should convince you otherwise. Earth reaches its most distant point from the Sun at 1 p.m. EDT. At this so-called aphelion, the two lie 94.5 million miles (152.1 million kilometers) apart, some 3.1 million miles (5.0 million km) farther away than they were at perihelion in early January. The Northern Hemisphere’s warm temperatures at this time of year arise because the Sun passes nearly overhead at noon; during winter, the Sun hangs low in the sky.

Vesta, the brightest asteroid, was at opposition June 19th and is still unusually bright, fading from magnitude 5.6 to 5.8 this week. That’s about as bright as Uranus. Vesta is west of Saturn, moving from Sagittarius into Ophiuchus. Article with finder charts: Vesta Gets Close and Bright.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4

Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992

Sun in Cancer
4th Quarter at 12:51am PDT
Moon in Aries
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8) Retrograde

Color – Purple

Harvest 7/5-6

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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    6      Low   1:13 AM     2.1   5:39 AM    Rise  1:16 AM      55
~     6     High   6:41 AM     5.0   9:03 PM     Set  1:56 PM
~     6      Low  12:52 PM     1.2
~     6     High   7:34 PM     6.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life without Love is merely existing!! Debi Tumlin

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Journal Prompt – Which? – Which quality do you dislike most about yourself—laziness, selfishness, childishness—and why?

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Quotes

~  The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of its behind. – Gen. George W. Stillwell
~  The Knight thinks beyond the familiar forms and patterns of life. Kerr Cuhulain
~  The meaning of life is to give life meaning. – Ken Hudgins
~  The run of the game is decided by the first move. – Fóstbrœðra saga, c.15

Then came hot July, boiling like to fire,
That all his garments he had cast away.
Upon a lyon raging with ire
He boldly rode, and made him to obey:
(It was the beast that whilom did forray
The Nemaean forest, till the Amphitrionide
Him slew, and with his hide did him array:)
Behind his backe a sithe, and by his side
Under his belt he bore a sickle circling wide. – Edmund Spenser (c. 1552January 13, 1599), English poet; Faerie Queen, ‘The Cantos of Mutabilitie

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Lughnasadh Magick –  Crafts

Indian Corn necklace – String Indian corn on black thread for a necklace.

  • Small needle
  • Black thread (carpet thread is the best)
  • Awl or nail and hammer
  • Block of wood
  • Ear of Indian corn (multi-colored kernels)
  1. Shell the corn, picking out the individual kernels from the cob.
  2. Take your awl and poke a hole through each kernel. This is easiest if you put the kernel point down on the block of wood and push the awl through from the point where it was attached to the cob through the kernel into the wood.
  3. If you still can’t get the awl to go through soak the corn in warm water and then try again.
  4. String, tie and wear!

Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel) Edited to make complete directions by Anja 2009

Seed and Corn Necklaces

Materials
Dried beans (several different kinds and colors)
Dried corn which has already been removed from the cob
Dried corn on the cob (“Indian” corn)
1 yard heavy thread or dental floss for each child
1 tapestry needle for each child
finger bandages (just in case somebody gets stuck!)

  1. Prepare the strings in advance by threading the needles and knotting the end. Prepare the beans and dried corn by soaking overnight in water.
  2. Show the children the ear of dried corn (Not the corn you soaked!) and show them how the kernels can be removed from the cob. (Twist the cob firmly in your hands while holding it over a towel or blanket. The corn should pop off–once you get it started it isn’t difficult to remove all the kernels.)
  3. Show the children how to use the needle to poke a hole through the center of each corn kernel and bean. Alternate corn and beans or make some other pattern.
  4. When the strand of strung seeds is about 24″ long, set it aside overnight or hang it in the sun to dry (the seeds will shrink slightly). When it is dry, push together the seeds to cover any spaces which may have formed.
  5. Tie the ends together in an overhand knot and cut off excess string. Slip the necklace over your head or wind it around your wrist as a bracelet.

Indian Corn Mosaics – These colorful corn mosaics will add a bright touch to your house! You’ll need to buy a jar of colored popcorn kernels. Draw a seasonal design on a piece of construction paper. Then glue the colorful kernels onto the design. Allow to dry and then hang!

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Silliness – Bumper Snickers – I stayed in a really old hotel last night. They sent me a wake-up letter.

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Daily Stuff 7-5-18 Kiril-Metodii

Hi, folks!

The marine layer is still pretty close and there’s a lot of cumulus over the Coast Range, but the sky overhead is clear and very blue. The sunshine is bright enough to be painful. UV is at 9, so you *really* need sunblock today! The wind is at 3mph, and it’s not supposed to get windy again until Tuesday.

Yesterday was really busy early on and then it went dead in the late afternoon, not too long before most folks close up. Tempus spent most of the day cleaning up from the 3rd. I spent an equal amount of time working on newsletters and some other writing.

We were both pretty tired from a short night, but managed to keep going. We decided to go home rather than run down to Yachats for the fireworks. It made me think about the couple of July 4ths where I took Mom to Brewers by the Bay for supper and then we puttered around Newport until their fireworks. <sigh>

While Tempus got the watering going, I planted some ends of spring onions and the tiny garlics from the inside of some recent garlic bulbs. He was busy finding some of our things and consolidating them in our shed, etc.

…and we did get in upstairs and get showers, do laundry, etc. Still bizzaro. Tempus got up a little early and watered my plants including the bucket with the garlic. I got my laundry put away and then went up and worked on the hawkweed. I’m up to 1898…. I even got a bonus of 1/2 a dozen raspberries. 🙂

We’re getting the shop open and I’ve already reminded Tempus about the bags of charcoal. We’ve got other stuff to put away, as well, plus some bills to go pay …and then the paper route tonight.

Cyril-methodius-smallToday’s feast is that of Kiril-Metodii or Saints Cyril and Methodius. They were brothers in the 9th century from the Byzantine end of Christianity and did a lot to christianize (as far as it went….) the Slavs. It was during their time that the Glagolitic (grandfather to Cyrillic) alphabet was developed, the Slavs say by the two brothers, but others say by St. Jerome. The Czechs credit them with “civilizing the wild tribes”, not speaking of themselves of course.  🙂   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius

220px-SymphyotrichumchilensePacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae

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

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 7/12 at 7:48pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/6 at 12:51am. 

Neptune, the eighth and farthest known planet from the Sun, sports a dark vortex in its atmosphere, as seen in this Hubble Space Telescope image. – NASA/ESA/M.H. Wong/J. Tollefson (UC Berkeley)Neptune rises around midnight local daylight time and appears nearly halfway from the southeastern horizon to the zenith as morning twilight commences. The magnitude 7.9 planet lies in Aquarius, 1.0° west-southwest of 4th-magnitude Phi (f) Aquarii. You can confirm your sighting of Neptune through a telescope, which reveals the planet’s 2.3″-diameter disk and blue-gray color.
The moonless late nights for the next week are a fine time to go hunting for the little-known deep-sky objects in the Cygnus Milky Way, near Albireo, that Ken Hewett-White describes in his “Going Deep” column in the July Sky & Telescope, page 58. Cygnus is climbing high.
Last-quarter Moon tonight (exact at 3:51 a.m. July 6th EDT). The Moon rises around 1 a.m. between Pisces and Aquarius, in the dim “Great Water” region of constellations. The Moon hangs high in the southeast by sunrise on the 6th.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in Libra) shines in the south-southwest in twilight and declines in the southwest later in the evening. It’s 41 arcseconds wide and shrinking. See our telescopic guide to observing Jupiter in the May Sky & Telescope, page 48.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4

Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Aries
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8) Retrograde

Color – Green

Harvest 7/5-6

©2018 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   5      Low  12:09 AM     2.5   5:38 AM    Rise 12:49 AM      65
~     5     High   5:32 AM     5.5   9:03 PM     Set 12:51 PM
~     5      Low  12:04 PM     0.8
~     5     High   6:50 PM     6.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I will not fear change, I will trust that it brings the knowledge I want.

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Journal Prompt – Memories – Explain what you have done in your life to deserve a medal.

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Quotes

~  Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you. – Caroline Myss
~  At every door-way, ere one enters, one should spy round. – Norse Adage
~  Blessed be love. Blessed be the holiness of Nature. Blessed be our lives. Blessed be this day. – T. Thorn Coyle
~  Empty your mind, step away from the familiar, and be formless, shapeless, like water. – Kerr Cuhulain

Queen Anne, Queen Anne, has washed her lace
(She chose a summer’s day),
And hung it in a grassy place
To whiten, if it may.

Queen Anne, Queen Anne, has left it there,
And slept the dewy night;
Then waked, to find the sunshine fair,
And all the meadows white.

Queen Anne, Queen Anne, is dead and gone
(She died a summer’s day),
But left her lace to whiten on
Each weed-entangled way! – “Queen Anne’s Lace,” by Mary Leslie Newton; in “Silver Pennies,” Blanche Jennings Thompson, ed.; The Macmillan Company. 1925.

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Lughnasadh Magick – Lore – Celebrating Lughnasadh, or Lammas – Crones Corner

Lughnassadh (pronounced “LOO-nahs-ah”) or Lammas, is one of the Greater Wiccan Sabbats and is usually celebrated on August 1st or 2nd, although occasionally on July 31st. The Celtic festival held in honor of the Sun God Lugh (pronounced “Loo”) is traditionally held on August 7th. Some Pagans celebrate this holiday on the first Full Moon in Leo. Other names for this Sabbat include the First Harvest Festival, the Sabbat of First Fruits, August Eve, Lammastide, Harvest Home, Ceresalia (Ancient Roman in honor of the Grain Goddess Ceres), Feast of Bread, Sabbat of First Fruits, Festival of Green Corn (Native American), Feast of Cardenas, Cornucopia (Strega), Thingtide and Elembiuos. Lughnassadh is named for the Irish Sun God Lugh (pronounced Loo), and variant spellings for the holiday are Lughnasadh, Lughnasad, Lughnassad, Lughnasa or Lunasa. The most commonly used name for this Sabbat is Lammas, an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “loaf-mass”.

The Lughnassadh Sabbat is a time to celebrate the first of three harvest celebrations in the Craft. It marks the middle of Summer represents the start of the harvest cycle and relies on the early crops of ripening grain, and also any fruits and vegetables that are ready to be harvested. It is therefore greatly associated with bread as grain is one of the first crops to be harvested. Wiccans give thanks and honor to all Gods and Goddesses of the Harvest, as well as those who represent Death and Resurrection.

This is a time when the God mysteriously begins to weaken as the Sun rises farther in the South, each day grows shorter and the nights grow longer. The Goddess watches in sorrow as She realizes that the God is dying, and yet lives on inside Her as Her child. It is in the Celtic tradition that the Goddess, in her guise as the Queen of Abundance, is honored as the new mother who has given birth to the bounty; and the God is honored as the God of Prosperity.

Symbols to represent the Lammas Sabbat include corn, all grains, corn dollies, sun wheels, special loaves of bread, wheat, harvesting (threshing) tools and the Full Moon. Altar decorations might include corn dollies and/or kirn babies (corn cob dolls) to symbolize the Mother Goddess of the Harvest. Other appropriate decorations include Summer flowers and grains. You might also wish to have a loaf of whole cracked wheat or multigrain bread upon the altar.

Deities associated with Lughnassadh are all Grain and Agriculture Deities, Sun Gods, Mother Goddesses and Father Gods. Particular emphasis is placed on Lugh, Demeter, Ceres, the Corn Mother and John Barleycorn (the personification of malt liquor). Key actions associated with Lammas are receiving and harvesting, honoring the Parent Deities, honoring the Sun Gods and Goddesses, as well as celebration of the First Harvest.

It is considered a time of Thanksgiving and the first of three Pagan Harvest Festivals, when the plants of Spring wither and drop their fruits or seeds for our use as well as to ensure future crops. Also, first grains and fruits of the Earth are cut and stored for the dark Winter months.

Activities appropriate for this time of the year are the baking of bread and wheat weaving – such as the making of Corn Dollies, or other God & Goddess symbols. Sand candles can be made to honor the Goddess and God of the sea. You may want to string Indian corn on black thread to make a necklace, and bake corn bread sticks shaped like little ears of corn for your Sabbat cakes. The Corn Dolly may be used both as a fertility amulet and as an altar centerpiece. Some bake bread in the form of a God-figure or a Sun Wheel.

It is customary to consume bread or something from the First Harvest during the Lughnassadh Ritual. Other actions include the gathering of first fruits and the study of Astrology. Some Pagans symbolically throw pieces of bread into a fire during the Lammas ritual.

The celebration of Lammas is a pause to relax and open yourself to the change of the Season so that you may be one with its energies and accomplish what is intended. Visits to fields, orchards, lakes and wells are also traditional. It is considered taboo not to share your food with others

Traditional Pagan Foods for the Lughnassadh Festival include homemade breads (wheat, oat and especially cornbread), corn, potatoes, berry pies, barley cakes, nuts, wild berries, apples, rice, roasted lamb, acorns, crab apples, summer squash, turnips, oats, all grains and all First Harvest foods. Traditional drinks are elderberry wine, ale and meadowsweet tea.

It is also appropriate to plant the seeds from the fruit consumed in ritual. If the seeds sprout, grow the plant with love and as a symbol of your connection to the Divine. A cake is sometimes baked, and cider is used in place of wine.

As Summer passes, Wiccans remember its warmth and bounty in the food we eat. Every meal is an act of attunement with Nature.

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Daily Stuff 7-4-18 Independence Day

Hi, folks!

It’s solidly overcast at the moment. 56F and wind at 5. We have a 60% chance of precipitation today? …a 60% chance of 0.0 inches of precipitation…. hmmmm…

Tempus ran back and forth yesterday morning, finding things that had been left at home, getting the grill out of the shed, some cherry tomatoes from the store, etc. Rays was doing free hotdogs, so we each had a dawg, some chips and a pop from them!

I worked on processing some of the foodstuffs so they could be put by, and then started on more things for tonight, like cutting up the watermelon for folks to eat and then cutting up the rind to put into the brine for the pickle. I also cut up a lime to put in the pitcher for some iced lime-water for starters for the day, hoping to do iced tea, later.

We started smelling barbeque by 1pm, and woodfires, and some huge pickup parked out in front of the shop and gifted us with lots of exhaust. …but we really weren’t all that busy…. Hmmm.

…and then we got busy. Several friends stopped by including Susan, our Mayor. We had a lot of browsers, some of whom bought stuff. One of them was a lady whose next stop was a South Seas cruise! …wow…. …and then we went berserk…. Tempus was out front starting the coals and the shop filled up with customers and he had to go pick up the pincushions…

…and then it got really quiet again. I was awfully glad to sit down. When he got back I sat at my desk …and found that a good friend lost his mom just minutes before. This has been quite a week….

So we set up for the potluck, cooked and ate some “dawgs” and waited for folks to show up. Which no one did until 8-ish. I got a nap and when I woke Tempus made us each a blue cheese burger and then we put stuff away. There weren’t even that many people wandering town or even much traffic on the highway.

Rayna and her hubs got there around 8pm and ate with us. She made pinwheels again. Tempus had to head out for the paper route at about 8:45, but they stayed through the fireworks and then headed out. I sat down at my desk for a few, then pulled most of the stuff in and then waited some more. At 11:45 Taco Loco closed up, so I did, too. …and crashed in my desk chair.

I got enough energy together to get the meat strained out of the crockpot and the vegetables into it. …not that we had very many except for onions…. and a few tomatoes. Well, mostly I was interested in getting the meat cooked and making broth, so more veg can be added, later.

He picked me up at 2:50 and we headed into Bayshore. We had a good run last night, finishing just after 5am, but we got home to discover that we were locked out of the upper part of the house…. freezer….washer/dryer… shower…. Oof…. So we gotta figure out what’s up with that.

We got some sleep, but we’re here and starting to get open at 1pm. It’s going to take a little while, since the celebration stuff all had to be pulled in and not put away last night. …and it’s going to take longer than it should because we already have a customer in the shop! Oi!

Happy Independence Day!

220px-Fourth_of_July_CakeToday’s feast is Independence Day in the USA. The Declaration of Independence was passed on July 2 and officially signed on August 2 (although a number of signers may have put their “John Hancocks” on the paper on July 4), but this is the date that it was made public. This morning I’ve been listening on NPR to people reading the Declaration from the Washington Mall. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

Sambucus_caerulea_7997Today’s plant is Blue ElderberrySambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede [poem]. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_cerulea orhttp://en.wikipedia.org

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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 7/12 at 7:48pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/6 at 12:51am. 

Saturn’s rings fall into shadow in this 2009 image taken by Cassini. – NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute – Tonight, users of large telescopes in the Americas can watch for Saturn and especially its rings occulting a 10th-magnitude star from about midnight to 3 a.m. EDT (dusk to midnight PDT). The star is likely to show rapid fadings and dimmings as it passes behind the rings due to their filamentary fine-scale structure — if it’s not totally swamped by their light! Extremely steady atmospheric seeing will be crucial to the star’s visibility. See the June Sky & Telescope, page 50.
No holiday better epitomizes summer in the United States than Independence Day. And the season’s namesake asterism — the Summer Triangle — will be on prominent display as fireworks ring out across the land. The trio’s brightest member, Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, stands nearly overhead in late evening. The asterism’s second-brightest star, Altair in Aquila the Eagle, then lies about halfway from the southeastern horizon to the zenith. Deneb, the luminary of Cygnus the Swan, marks the Summer Triangle’s third corner. Although it is this asterism’s dimmest star, it’s the brightest point of light in the northeastern sky.
Venus (magnitude –4.1, in Leo) shines brightly in the west during twilight. Find Regulus ever closer to Venus’s left or upper left. They close from 11° apart on June 29th to 3½° apart on July 6th. In a telescope Venus is a gibbous disk 16 arcseconds tall and 70% sunlit.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 9:50pm
Chiron Retrograde 9:46pm (12/8)
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24) Retrograde
Color – Yellow

Planting 7/3-4

©2018 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
W    4     High   4:36 AM     6.0   5:38 AM    Rise 12:23 AM      74
~     4      Low  11:22 AM     0.3   9:04 PM     Set 11:49 AM
~     4     High   6:07 PM     6.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Count your age with friends, not with years.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – Describe a favorite letter you have received.

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Quotes

~  You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~  You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright
~  Your body is truly the only temple that you need. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Abundance never imposes itself on someone who doesn’t allow it. – unknown

A moon-flooded prairie; a straying
Of leal-hearted lovers; a baying
Of far away watching dogs; a dreaming
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming
Of fireflies eddying nigh, —
And that is July! – –James N. Matthews (1852–1910)

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Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes

Cawl Cynhaeaf
http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm

In Wales, harvest celebrations were not for the weak-stomached. An 18thc account describes a feast of ‘the contents of a brewing pan of beef and mutton, with arage and potatoes and pottage, and pudding of wheaten flour, about twenty gallons of light ale and over twenty gallons of beer.’ After this, the guests were expected to drink more beer and dance to the music of the fiddle. Well, harvesting was very hard work, but for our more sedentary modern lifestyle, here is a low-fat version:

Cawl Cynhaeaf – Harvest Broth
2 1/2lbs. Welsh neck of lamb
1/2lb peas
1/2lb broad beans
1 medium carrot
1 onion
1 small turnip
1 small cauliflower
5 sprigs of parsley
1 qt. water
salt and pepper

Remove as much fat as possible from the meat. Place the meat in a large saucepan and cover with the water.Bring to the boil and skim any fat from the surface of the liquid. Shell the peas and beans. Peel and dice the carrot, onion and turnip. Add the vegetables,
except the cauliflower, to the meat. Season. Cover the saucepan and simmer slowly for 3 hours. 30 minutes before serving the broth, cut the cauliflower into sprigs and add to the saucepan. Serve hot decorated with sprigs of parsley. From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.

Soda Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 7/8 pint buttermilk

Instructions:

Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat egg and buttermilk into the dry mix. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Shape the dough into two round shapes and place in lightly oiled loaf tins. Draw a cross in the bread (for symbolism and baking purposes). Bake at 375ºF for 40-45 minutes. For a softer crust wrap loaf in a clean towel after cooling.

Yield: 2 loaves – Source: Franklin & Mason, Lammas, Use for: Lughnasadh

Amagansett Corn Salad – Anja’s version
Originally By Peter http://food52.com/recipes/224-amagansett-corn-salad

Serves 4

  • 8ears of white corn
  • 2quarts cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons high-quality balsamic vinegar (If you add ginger to this you’ve got a sauce!)
  • 1medium red onion
  • 1quart sugar snap peas (green beans if the peas aren’t available)
  • 1handful rough-chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley, cilantro or even finely chopped celery or spinach
  • salt, preferably a large, coarse sea salt.
  • Wasbi powder or horseradish, even ginger)
  1. Strip raw corn from ears. You can use a fancy corn stripper or just run your chef’s knife down the side of each ear about 8 times.
  2. Slice all cherry tomatoes in half or quarters depending on your preference.
  3. Chop the red onion into a large dice.
  4. If using the sugar-snap peas cut in half or thirds to make more bite-sized.
  5. Add some rough chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley for greens, even finely chopped celery.
  6. Toss all vegetables in a bowl, along with the vinegar, salt and pepper.
  7. That’s it. Enjoy!

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Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – You would rather get more dots per inch than miles per gallon.

 

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