Daily Stuff 7-4-19 Independence Day

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:42 AM  of -2.1 feet.

Bright sunshine and the earlier clouds seem to have wandered away. 63F, wind at 5mph and gusting, AQI24, UV8. There’s suddenly starting to look like a possibility of some measurable rain on Tuesday/Wednesday next week. The chance is still until 50% but they’re talking about 1/5 of an inch.

Yesterday was a long day, but busy and fun! The early part of the day was a little frustrating, since things took longer than we had expected to get things ready, but after that they just clicked on through.

We were fairly busy, since there were a lot of people in town for the day. I talked to folks from Idaho, Montana, Texas and Ohio as well as people from closer in.

The bag of stuff for the Queen’s Tea got picked up mid-afternoon. I’ll be getting the dishes back tomorrow. At that point I was working on the potato salad and Tempus got the grill set up and going.

We had brats and burgers, potatoes salad and chips and just sat and people-watched, when we weren’t working with customers. Amy was here from mid-afternoon on.

The fireworks were good, as usual, although I think their timers weren’t working as well as usual, since some of the display was clumped oddly.

We stayed open up until midnight, and our last customer came in the door at 5 of…..

We opened a few minutes late this morning, but we’ll be open at least until 7pm. We might go to the Yachats Big Band concert tonight and then the Yachats fireworks, but won’t know for sure until later in the day what we’re feeling like and whether I’ll be completely packed for tomorrow.

Yeah, I’m teaching my blackwork embroidery classes tomorrow down in Gold Beach, so I have to get all that together.

Despite it being Thursday, Tempus’ paper route isn’t until Friday night this week, so at least we’ll get a good night’s sleep.

Happy Independence Day!

The reading of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSKOx8DKPIg

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

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

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/2 at 12:16pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 12:16am on 7/4. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/7 at 12:16am. 

As the Moon returns to the evening sky as a waxing crescent, is passes the difficult Mercury-Mars-Pollux-Castor lineup . . .

While evening twilight is still fairly bright, the thin waxing crescent Moon guides the way to the low line of Mercury, Mars, Pollux, and Castor as shown in the panel above. Bring binoculars!
Arcturus, the brilliant yellow-orange star high in the southwest after dark, is the leading light of Bootes the cowherd. The constellation’s brightest stars form a kite shape extending up from Arcturus. The kite is rather narrow, bent a bit left at the top, and 23° tall: about two fists at arm’s length. Arcturus is the narrow bottom point where the kite’s short little tail is tied on, fluttering toward the lower right.
Mercury and Mars are getting more difficult low in the west-northwest as twilight fades.  Your best opportunity to see Mercury and Mars this week comes in tonight’s early evening sky, when you can use the one-day-old waxing crescent Moon as a guide. Luna appears 5° high in the west-northwest a half-hour after sundown. Once you find it, use binoculars to spy magnitude 1.8 Mars 3° to its upper left. Mercury glows a bit brighter, at magnitude 1.4, some 4° to the Red Planet’s left.

Despite its name, the Summer Triangle remains on view in January’s early evening sky. The asterism’s brightest star, Vega, appears near the top of the image, while Deneb lies at lower left and Altair at lower right. In this scene, the triangle and the Milky Way stand above Yosemite Valley. Nevada Falls appears at the lower right of the picture with Vernal Falls below it. – Ruben Kier

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.
If you ever thought the Sun’s distance controlled temperatures here on Earth, today should convince you otherwise. At 6 p.m. EDT, our planet reaches its most distant point from the Sun during 2019. 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 traces a low path across the sky.
Mercury fades from magnitude 0.8 on the June 28th to 1.5 on July 6th. Mars is magnitude 1.8, Pollux is 1.2, and Castor is 1.6.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic 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 Leo
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27)Retrograde
Color: White

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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

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

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

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th   4     High   1:35 AM     8.6   5:37 AM    Rise  7:43 AM      1
~     4      Low   8:42 AM    -2.1   9:04 PM     Set 10:57 PM
~     4     High   3:17 PM     6.7
~     4      Low   8:38 PM     2.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I like it………

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Consider the postage stamp: Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. – Josh Billings

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Quotes

~   Nothing noble is done without risk. – Andre Gide
~   It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do. – Elbert Hubbard
~   He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. – Raymond Hull
~   Creation begins in imagination and imagination begins in wonder. – Spike Humer

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays. –Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)

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Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes

Harvest Bread Basket

Ingredients (suggested):

Instructions:

Bake each of these loaves, or any combination you prefer. (These have been chosen for this harvest recipe because they use bananas, corn, apples, and cheese, which are to some extent traditional foods for the harvest holidays.) Cut into strips or blocks that are easy finger-food size, and arrange in a basket–and take to a gathering or picnic! Bring sweet butter and honey!

When bringing this bread to a location where it will be in open air for more than a couple hours, it’s better to use a container that can be sealed! This container has a fitted lid.

NOTE: If you’re not such a masochist as to bake four loaves of bread on the same day, try getting into the holiday spirit by making a partial-week project out of it. I suggest baking the breads in this order: First banana bread, then apple, then cheese, then cornbread. Banana bread keeps the longest and stays moist for quite a long time without having to even be refrigerated. Apple bread stays good a long time too, but slowly becomes more mushy and less fluffy–try not to make this more than two days in advance of the date you’ll need it. Cheese bread, because it does have cheese, will spoil earlier–you’ll want this in an airtight container. And cornbread should be made a day in advance at the most for best freshness. Also, the cheese bread is the only one that requires rising time. The others are either flat breads (cornbread) or they do their necessary rising with the help of baking soda.

Banana bread and apple bread are very moist while cornbread and cheddar bread are drier breads, so keep this in mind when storing them in a shared container! A moist bread will “sog out” a dry bread and make it inedible if you don’t wrap them.

Baking bread is a wonderful harvest activity to put you in the mood for the season, so don’t be freaked by this recipe’s scope–give it a try!

Yield: 8-10 servings
Source: A combination! Use for: Lughnasadh, Mabon

Cheddar Cheese Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk (about 100ºF)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Just under 4 cups of flour–use until desired consistency
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 ounces mature cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions:

Combine the yeast and the milk and then stir, leaving for 15 minutes to dissolve. Meanwhile, melt the butter and let it cool. When it’s cool and the yeast is dissolved, add the butter to the yeast mix. Take out another bowl and combine the flour and the salt. Make a well in the middle of the dry mix and pour in the wet mix. (I suggest using three cups of flour and mix the salt into that, and then make the well, pour the wet in, and add more flour as needed. Add the flour until it’s a rough dough of a consistency that is easily kneaded.) Knead the bread dough on a floured surface until it’s smooth and elastic. Return the dough to the bowl, cover it with a towel, and let it rise in a warm spot until doubled, which will take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.

Grease a 9 x 5 inch bread tin. Punch the dough down and knead in the last ingredient: The cheese. Knead it for a while to make sure that the cheese is distributed evenly throughout. Pick up the dough and twist it in the middle, curling the ends in also so that it will fit in the bread tin. Leave it in the warm spot again until the dough rises above the rim of the tin (45 minutes to an hour). Preheat the oven to 400º F, then bake the bread for 15 minutes. Lower the heat to 375º F and bake 15 to 30 minutes longer, until the bread can be turned out of the tin onto a rack and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Wait until cool before cutting.

NOTE: The original recipe was in a British book, so the measurements have been translated to American measurements for my easier use.

Yield: 1 loaf
Source: Martha Day, Complete Baking Use for: Lughnasadh, Mabon

Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (4-5 medium bananas)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 2 loaf pans. In large bowl, cream the sugar and butter. Add in the eggs. Add bananas, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla, beat until smooth. In small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Keep adding flour mix to banana mix. Pour into pans. Bake for 1 hour. Cool for 5 minutes.

Yield: 2 loaves
Source: Wood & Seefeldt, The Wicca Cookbook Use for: Mabon

Apple Bread

Ingredients:

For the bread:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons sour milk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

For the topping:

  • 2 tablespoons margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon burnt sugar flavoring

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar, margarine, and butter flavor. In a small bowl, mix soda and milk, and stir. Add to the creamed mix. Beat in eggs and vanilla; add flour and salt. Fold in apples and nuts. Pour into a greased and floured 13 x 5 loaf pan. Drop teaspoons of topping over the batter. Bake at 350º F for 50 minutes; cool in pan for 10 minutes and cut into slices to serve.

Notes: First off this is an unusual sized pan; it’s a standard store loaf. Pans this size are hard to come by. You can possibly make a makeshift pan of this type–as I did–by creating a divider in a 13 x 9 baking pan (a lot more standard) and propping it up with small loaf pans to fit inside or some other way of dividing.

Also, I did not use butter flavoring; my milk was not sour; I did not use nuts; and for the topping I did not use “burnt sugar flavoring,” I just used a maple extract. It came out VERY yummy.

Variations: You can use pears instead of apples for a change, and try nutmeg or clove instead of cinnamon for whatever taste you prefer. Also, nuts are not necessary if you don’t like nuts–just put in a little less apple because you don’t have nuts to offset the moisture. You can also half this recipe and bake it in individual 6 x 3 mini loaf tins to get three baby loaves. If you do this, bake for only 30 minutes.

Yield: 1 long loaf
Source: The Eckert Family, Eckert Family Cook Book

Cornbread

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow corn meal
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions:

Preheat a greased 9×9 pan in a 425ºF oven for 20-22 minutes. Pour bread mixture into hot pan and place back in oven for 20 minutes. Serve hot with butter or honey.

Yield: 1 large loaf
Source: McCoy, The Sabbats Use for: Lughnasadh, Mabon

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Silliness – Your momma is so mean…

…she has no standard deviation.

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Daily Stuff 7-3-19 Fireworks Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 7:57 AM of -2.1 feet.

The sun is bright, most of the time, but there are a lot of clouds up there. Since it’s supposed to hit near 80 in the Valley, we might end up with a lot of beach fog rolling in this evening. I’m hoping not, since that could mess wiht the fireworks! 56F (but it’s only 8am, expected high of 67!), wind at 1mph, AQI12, UV9, pollen still very high.

We got started really late, yesterday. Once I got the newsletter out (at suppertime, muhgawd….) I scrambled to get to the fiber arts meeting at the library… that was totally locked up. <sigh> So, I stopped in to see Ken and Leslie at the Frog and we chatted awhile.

When I got back Tempus was watering the outdoor plants. It takes him awhile. He decided on macaroni for supper. I was writing.

The clouds had cleared out, mostly, by then, at least enough to let the sun shine into the shop. Right at 8pm it suddenly went all golden and the light on the north side vanished as the sun went behind the buildings across the street. The door and south window were sill bright, but by 8:20 there was only a small scrap left and then it was gone.

Tempus took off around 9pm and I spent most of the evening writing. I ended up not going with him on the route last night, since I was actually sleepy and really need to function today.

Today we’re open from 2pm to midnight. I think I posted at one point that we were going to open at 1pm, but decided that 2pm, was smarter. Lots of cooking to do!

A photo by Ken Gagne from 5/29/16

Today’s celebration is the Waldport Fireworks! The towns along the coast alternate days, so Newport and Yachats have displays on the 4th, but Waldport and
Depoe Bay are on the 3rd. It’s pretty darned crazy as far as traffic goes, since even the Alsea Bridge traffic 220px-Tybee_island_georgia_july_4_fireworksstops moving during the display. The fireworks go off from Bayshore Point and are visible all up and down the bay and through most of town.

Fireworks go back to the 7th century in China and are part of religious celebrations and festivals all across the world. The techniques used to create the displays are amazing. Wikipedia has a good article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks

Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree MonthToday’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus

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

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/2 at 12:16pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 12:16am on 7/4. 

As the Moon returns to the evening sky as a waxing crescent, is passes the difficult Mercury-Mars-Pollux-Castor lineup . . .

New Moon occurs at 3:16 a.m. EDT. At most New Moons, our satellite tracks across the sky with the Sun and remains hidden from view. But today, the alignment between the Moon and Sun is perfect and people in the right locales can view a solar eclipse.

A total solar eclipse – There hasn’t been a total solar eclipse since the Great American Eclipse in August 2017, but the long wait ends this week when observers in parts of South America can experience totality. This view of the 2017 event records the Sun’s corona from Rexburg, Idaho. – John Fisanotti

Observers across much of South America and the South Pacific Ocean will see the Moon take at least a bite from the Sun. But people along a narrow path that runs from the Chilean coast near La Serena to the southern suburbs of Buenos Aires will witness a total eclipse, in which the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s disk. People watching the partial phases of the eclipse need to use safe solar filters to view it directly, but no eye protection is needed during totality.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast before dawn. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for July – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-july-2019
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 Cancer enters Leo at 8:19pm
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27)Retrograde
Color: Yellow

Planting 7/3

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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

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

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

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W    3     High  12:48 AM     8.6   5:37 AM    Rise  6:33 AM      0
~     3      Low   7:57 AM    -2.1   9:04 PM     Set 10:11 PM
~     3     High   2:32 PM     6.6
~     3      Low   7:47 PM     2.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Allow me to experience peace in a way that I can understand.

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Journal Prompt – Expository – Write what you think the following Ethiopian proverb means: “When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.”

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Quotes

~   He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.  Strong convictions precede great actions. – J. F. Clarke
~   Every human being has a personal legend to be fulfilled and this is our reason for being in the world. – Coelho
~   A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.” – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
~   Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity. – R. I. Fitzhenry

Balmily, balmily, summer wind,
Sigh through the mountain passes;
Over the sleep of the beautiful deep
Over the woods green masses
Ripple the grain of valley and plain,
And the reeds and the river grasses. – Ina Donna Coolbrith (1841–1928)

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Lughnasadh Magick – The Rigs O’ Barley

It was upon a Lammas night,
When corn rigs are bonnie,
Beneath the moon’s unclouded light,
I held away to Annie:

The time flew by wi’ tentless heed
Till ‘tween the late and early,
Wi’ sma’ persuasion, she agreed
To see me thro’ the barley.

Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonnie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie.

The sky was blue, the wind was still,
The moon was shining clearly:
I set her down, wi’ right good will,
Amang the rigs o’ barley:

I ken’t her heart was a’ my ain:
I lov’d her most sincerely;
I kiss’d her owre and owre again,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Corn rigs…

I lock’d her in my fond embrace;
Her heart was beating rarely:
My blessings on that happy place,
Amang the rigs o’ barley!

But by the moon and stars so bright,
That shone that hour so clearly!
She aye shall bless that happy night,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Corn rigs…

I ha’e been blythe wi’ comrades dear;
I ha’e been merry drinkin’;
I ha’e been joyfu’ gatherin’ gear;
I ha’e been happy thinkin’:

But a’ the pleasures e’er I saw,
Tho’ three times doubled fairly,
That happy night was worth then a’,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Corn rigs… ~Robert Burns

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Silliness – Eating Frogs

An economist and an accountant are walking along a large puddle. They come across a frog jumping on the mud.
The economist says: “If you eat the frog I’ll give you $20,000!”
The accountant checks his budget and figures out he’s better off eating it, so he does and collects money.
Frog by Deddi Shy Continuing along the same puddle they almost step into yet another frog. The accountant says:
“Now, if you eat this frog I’ll give you $20,000.”
After evaluating the proposal the economist eats the frog and gets the money.
They go on. The accountant starts thinking: “Listen, we both have the same amount of money we had before, but we both ate frogs. I don’t see us being better off.”
The economist: “Well, that’s true, but you overlooked the fact that we’ve been just involved in $40,000 of trade.”

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Daily Stuff 7-2-10 Midpoint Day

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:13 AM of -1.7 feet.

It’s been clouded over but bright for what I’ve seen of today, although they’re saying it’s due to clear. The light is brightening and then dimming in fits and starts, so I’d guess there are several layers of cloud and if we lose this low one, yeah, it’ll clear. 64F, wind at 4mph and gusting, AQI10, UV8. No chance of rain above 15 percent (in the middle of nights) for the next 10 days.

Yesterday was a little rocky to start, but we got going, eventually. We had a fair number of customers, everyone was “just browsing”.

I got a nap before class, which went well. This was the last review of 102. The students have their homework for the next couple of months and then we’ll start 103 in September when the two of us that work retail won’t be quite so insane.

Tempus and I took the opportunity to sleep in this morning and then we started here by working in back. I’m starting to sort out my sewing supplies and he made a delicious hot sandwich filling of a leftover chop, cheese, onion and some of the mustard greens that we have in the pots. I have cookery to accomplish tonight, herbs to work on during the afternoon before the mosquitoes show up and then headers to finish putting together, plus some inventory work. Not going to be a quick day at all. I’m also hoping to go to the fiber arts group meeting at the library. We have the paper run tonight, as well, so busy, busy!

…and then I had a surprise counseling/planning session, so two hours later….

For a celebration of Jan Kupalo in Czech Republic. This is a Solstice celebration, where everyone sings, gets wet in rivers or lakes and floats wreaths with candles on the water. That’s what the wildflowers are for…. There was another pic associated with this where pairs of girls are carrying baskets, mostly with picnic, but at least one with small white taper candles.

Today is Midpoint Day! According to Wikipedia, “July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of the year. Balance_scale_IMGP9755This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years, and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon. In countries that use summer time the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m.; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. This is due to summer time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year’s Day in common years.”

StrawberriesToday’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis  Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry

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

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/2 at 12:16pm. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/2 at 12:16pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 12:16am. 

As the Moon returns to the evening sky as a waxing crescent, is passes the difficult Mercury-Mars-Pollux-Castor lineup . . .

As the Moon returns to the evening sky as a waxing crescent, is passes the difficult Mercury-Mars-Pollux-Castor lineup . . .
The two brightest stars of summer, Arcturus and Vega, are about equally high overhead shortly after dark: Arcturus toward the southwest, Vega toward the east. Arcturus and Vega are 37 and 25 light-years away, respectively. They represent the two commonest types of naked-eye stars: a yellow-orange K giant and a white type-A main-sequence star. They’re 150 and 50 times brighter than the Sun, respectively — which, combined with their nearness, is why they dominate the evening sky.
New Moon (exact at 3:16 p.m. EDT). Total eclipse of the Sun for parts of the South Pacific, northern Chile, and central Argentina. Partial eclipse for most of South America and parts of Central America. Maps, details.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is low in the east just before the first sign of dawn.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic 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 Cancer
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27)Retrograde
Color: Maroon

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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

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

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

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu   2     High  12:03 AM     8.4   5:36 AM    Rise  5:30 AM      1
~     2      Low   7:13 AM    -1.7   9:04 PM     Set  9:16 PM
~     2     High   1:46 PM     6.4
~     2      Low   6:58 PM     2.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is something wrong if you are always right.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Do you think it is necessary to have alcohol at a party in order to have a good time?

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Quotes

~   Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: Could have, might have, and should have. – Louis E. Boone
~   The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. – Omar Bradley, U.S. Army Gen.
~   Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy. – Sarah Ban Breathnach
~   What counts is a way to get along with people that will bring us personal satisfaction and, at the same time, not trample upon the egos of those we deal with. – Les Giblin

Beyond me in the fields the sun
Soaks in the grass and hath his will;
I count the marguerites one by one;
Even the buttercups are still. – Archibald Lampman (1861–99)

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Lughnasadh Magick – Craft

Lughnasadh Incense Recipe
2 tsp Heather
1 tsp Frankincense
1 tsp Apple Blossoms
1/4 tsp Blackberry leaves
1/4 tsp wood base
1/8 tsp salt petre

Self-burning, no charcoal needed. Do place on sand to burn. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002

Lammas Potpourri

20 drops clove bud oil
23 drops sandalwood oil
1 cup oak moss
2 cups dried pink rosebuds
2 cups dried red peony petals
1 cupdried amaranth flowers
1 cup dried heather flowers
1/2 cup dried cornflowers.

Mix the clove bud and sandalwood oils with the oak moss, first.

Add the remaining ingredients,

Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002

Lammas Centerpiece – (For Lughnasadh) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/cntrpees.html

Materials:

  • Basket or floral pot
  • Floral foam (to stick fake flowers into)
  • Dried or fake flowers resembling wheat
  • Dried or fake flowers in blue or orange
  • Small fake sunflowers or sunflower vine
  • Indian corn
  • Raffia or husk to make dolly

Directions:

Simply arrange the items in the basket or pot in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. The dolly is made by folding the raffia or husk so that a loop of it resembles the head of a doll, and then it is tied with white ribbon. Arms can also be added with extra husk or raffia, but that is unnecessary; the dolly can also be dressed as a pregnant woman at this time if desired.

Ritual use:

The dolly can be made in ritual to symbolize the pregnant mother Goddess who is giving forth her bounty in the form of the harvest (but is still pregnant with the stored bounty of the future harvest). The dolly can be made and placed ceremoniously among the centerpiece.

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Silliness – Confucius Says – Man who fall in vat of molten glass make spectacle of self.

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Daily Stuff 7-1-10 Nag Panchami

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 6:30 AM of -1.2 feet. Wicca 102 6:30pm.

Overcast and cool, although the clouds might burn off, later. There’s a nice breeze that smells like watered plants, since that’s what Tempus has been doing outside. 59F, wind at 1mph, AQI14, UV9. There’s next to no chance of rain, now, in the forecast, except possibly tonight.

Yesterday was the anniversary of Jeanne’s death in that car wreck…. That was hard. Worse, although we had stuff to keep us busy it was all stuff that left us time to think, since there weren’t a lot of customers.

Tempus ran an errand to Florence in the late afternoon while I sat and embroidered. Other than that, I haven’t a clue what all we ended up doing!

We had our own quiet remembrance in the evening. I had saved out some of the strawberries that I had put up that day, just the last couple of bites, and we shared a bottle of Knotty Pear cider, which was a taste that she shared, and sat and talked. We both miss her, dreadfully, but we’re getting past it.

<big sigh>

So, today I have writing to do, planning for the cookout on the 3rd and a few other small chores and then I need to get back to setting up headers for more herbs.

Class tonight. With any luck this is the last of 102 and we’ll be going on to 103 in the fall.

Summer firepit – Photographer unknown to me.

225px-Naag_poojaToday’s feast is Nag Panchami, in honor of the Nagas. It is celebrated with sweets. swinging on swings, sisters doing nice things for brothers and snake worship.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga_Panchami

mugwort Artemisia_vulgaris_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-016Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to
ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue,  to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort – Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.

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

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/2 at 12:16pm. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/2 at 12:16pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 12:16am. 

As the month changes, the thin Moon at dawn points the way to super-low Venus.

Low in the north-northeast after dark, the upright W of Cassiopeia is slowly beginning to tilt and climb.
Explore the double stars and deep-sky sights around the head of Hercules near the zenith, and trace out the little-known asterism Sudor Ophiuchi, using the July Sky & Telescope‘s Deep-Sky Wonders column and chart (page 54).

The Moon passes Venus – The waning crescent Moon appears near Venus the morning of July 1. The photographer captured this scene September 10, 2015, when the waning Moon stood near brilliant Venus (to the upper right) and dimmer Mars (to the left). The image also captured the International Space Station gliding above the trio. – Steve Irvine

This morning offers your best chance to see Venus all week. Use the waning crescent Moon as a guide. It stands 5° high in the east-northeast 30 minutes before sunrise, and Venus lies one binocular field to its lower left. Despite shining at magnitude –3.9, the planet barely shows up against the bright twilight. Although you might be able to track Venus for a few more days, it drops out of view by week’s end.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, in Sagittarius) is the steady, pale yellowish “star” low in the southeast after dark, 30° east (lower left) of Jupiter. Saturn comes to opposition on July 9th.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic 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 Gemini enters Cancer at 6:24pm.
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27)Retrograde

Color: Ivory

Planting 6/30 – 7/1

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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

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

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

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M    1      Low   6:30 AM    -1.2   5:36 AM    Rise  4:37 AM      5
~     1     High   1:00 PM     6.1   9:04 PM     Set  8:13 PM
~     1      Low   6:09 PM     2.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Poise is the ability to continue speaking fluently while the other fellow is picking up the check.

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Journal Prompt – What? – What quality do you like about yourself—creativity, personality, appearance—why?

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Quotes

~   The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. – William Ross Wallace
~   The winner asks, “May I help?”  The loser asks, “Do you expect me to do that? – William Arthur Ward, Journalist
~   Every Religion is flawed. But that’s only because man-kind is flawed…Including this one. – Angels and Demons
~   Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer

Bed in Summer

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
Source: A Child’s Garden of Verses (1999)

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Lughnasadh Magick – Lughnasadh Lore – Crone’s Corner – Celebrating Lughnasadh, or Lammas  

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

Corn Bread Ear Sticks – Recipe by StormWing

Purchase an iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in flea markets or kitchen supply shops, or look in grandma’s kitchen wherever she keeps her bakeware – there just might be one there already! Grease lightly and preheat in a 425 degree oven. You will need:

3/4 cup Flour
3/4 cup Yellow Corn Meal
1/4 cup Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Eggs
1 cup Milk (or Buttermilk if you prefer)
1/4 cup Shortening

Sift dry ingredients together. Add milk, eggs, shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into preheated and greased molds and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

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)

Brigid’s Blackberry Pie – Recipe by Edain McCoy – (Makes one nine-inch pie)

4 cups fresh blackberries (thawed frozen is okay)
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
Unbaked pie crust

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a deep pie dish with the pie crust, or purchase a commercially-made one. Set aside. Mix all other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. If it appears too “wet”, mix in a little more flour (about 2 tablespoons). Turn the fruit into the pie shell and dot with butter or margarine. You can bake the pie as is, or cover it with another pie crust. If you do this, pinch down the ends to hold it to the other crust. Then score the top several times with a sharp knife. Bake for 1 hour, or until the top crust is a golden brown. (Note: A sugar-free version can be made by substituting appropriate amounts of artificial sweetener.)

  • (The above recipe for “Brigid’s Blackberry Pie” is quoted directly from Edain McCoy’s book “The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways”, page 179, Llewellyn Publications, 1994)
  • From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions
  • GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002

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Silliness – Medusa’s Marriage Counselor

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Daily Stuff 6-30-10 Tunguska event

Hi, folks!

The shop will be open on July 3rd from 1pm until about midnight and then open on the 4th, regular hours.

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:47 AM of -0.7 feet. House Capuchin Project Day 1-5pm.

The sky is very blue with white around the edges. I expect that the thermal shear line is pushed way offshore, although the fog rolled in late yesterday afternoon. Probably again, today, summer weather pattern. 62F, wind at 4mph and gusting, AQI15, UV9. It’s going to be another “lobster” day. We had a couple of amazingly red people in here, yesterday. There’s about a 25% chance of rain early Tuesday morning, but nothing else but summer in the forecast.

Herbs Workshop was very productive. We got some herbs bagged and then several crunched and I kept going to for awhile after the workshop time was over. We’re getting it done.

Once the newsletter was out, after the Herbs Workshop, I finished up some computer housekeeping and then got going on my embroidery for that workshop time. I did a little treble clef, then started on a fishing rod and fish. 🙂

The beeswax heated, melted and was washed again during the day. That’s all of it with the first two rounds done, anyway. It’s got to get melted again and strained, and then it’ll be put by to age.

A geranium that’s pretending to be a vine…..

Tempus was working with customers all day, although it was kinda quiet after last weekend. Late in the afternoon he went down to the liquor store. We needed more rum for the various things I make with that and want to experiment with “cherry bombs”, which are a booze and sweet thing made with maraschino cherries. Figuring on making some for the fireworks potluck. After he got back, I re-filled the vanilla and set up the cherry bombs with some nutmeg and a spiced rum. They have to soak in that for a few days.

I spent awhile embroidering while he was cooking supper. I had been writing before that and then went back to it when supper took a bit longer than we expected.

He made chicken with mushrooms in a cream sauce with rice and mixed veg and extra mushrooms. It was really good! Afterwards I sorted out the harvested herbs, got pictures and when I got as far as the raspberries, he took them to rinse and put cream on for dessert. Yum!

Today I’ve asked Tempus to make a bone needle as well as rinsing the beeswax. I’m hoping to finish the birth sampler today, so I can get it framed before something gets spilled on it. …and I need to do photos and write.

We have the doors open and the lights on, so we’re ready for the day!

From 6/23/15 by Ken Gagne in Yachats – Cormorant

290px-Russia-CIA_WFB_Map--TunguskaToday is the anniversary of the day in 1908  that a massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, knocking over 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). This is also known as the “Tunguska event“. This event, while beloved by UFOlogists and Conspiracy Theorists, most likely was some kind of meteoric airburst event, whatever the source of the material, comet or asteroid, but there are other possibilities…  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

150px-Husband_and_wife_trees_-_BlackthornToday’s Plant is BlackthornPrunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa

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 7/2 at 12:16pm. 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 7/1 at 12:16am. 

As the month changes, the thin Moon at dawn points the way to super-low Venus.

Saturn will reach its peak at opposition in less than two weeks, though it looks nearly as good now. The ringed world shines at magnitude 0.1 against the background stars of northern Sagittarius, a region that stands some 15° high in the southeast as twilight fades to darkness. If you target Saturn through a telescope, you’ll see its 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a beautiful ring system that spans 42″ and tilts 24° to our line of sight.
Can you spot the Coma Berenices star cluster with your unaided eyes? It’s big but sparse and dim, high in the west after dark. To locate it find brilliant Arcturus high in the southwest, and to the right of that, the end star of the Big Dipper’s handle. Take the midpoint between them, and look well down from there. The Coma Star Cluster forms a nearly equilateral triangle with those two stars. You’ll need a dark sky. The cluster is about 4° wide, about the size of a ping-pong ball held at arm’s length. Its brightest stars form a tilted, upside-down letter Y. In binoculars the cluster fills most of the field of view. So if you’re expecting to look for something small, you’ll miss it by looking right through it!
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, in southern Ophiuchus) is the white point glaring in the south-southeast as the stars come out. Orange Antares, much fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 8° or 9° to its right. Jupiter is highest in the south by about 11 or midnight daylight saving time, with Antares now to its lower right. Jupiter and Antares form a wide, flat, almost isosceles triangle with Delta Scorpii (Dschubba) to their right. For most of the last 19 years Delta, an eruptive variable, has been only slightly fainter than Antares. In a telescope Jupiter is still 46 or 45 arcseconds wide. See Bob King’s observing guide to Jupiter.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019, for July – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-july-2019 
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 Gemini
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27)Retrograde

Color: Yellow

Planting 6/30 – 7/1

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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

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

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

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  30      Low   5:47 AM    -0.7   5:35 AM    Rise  3:54 AM      11
~    30     High  12:11 PM     5.7   9:05 PM     Set  7:06 PM
~    30      Low   5:21 PM     2.6
~    30     High  11:19 PM     8.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.

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Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Imagine that you found an old trunk in your grandparents’ attic. What would you like to find in the trunk? Explain the reasons for your choices.

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Quotes

~   We who are clay blended by the Master Potter, come from the kiln of Creation in many hues. How can people say one skin is colored, when each has its own coloration? What should it matter that one bowl is dark and the other pale, if each is of good design and serves its purpose well. – Polingaysi Qoyawayma, Hopi
~   Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. – Antoine Marie Roger de Saint-Exupery, French aviator and writer
~   Simplicity is the essence of the great, the true and the beautiful in art. – George Sand, French author (Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin)
~   Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember: it didn’t work for the rabbit. – R. E. Shay

When Death Comes by Mary Oliver
When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measles-pox;
when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth
tending as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

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Lughnasadh Magick – Correspondences

Incense – Sandalwood, Rose, Aloes, Chamomile, Passionflower, Frankincense

HERBS to use in your magic at Lughnasadh: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, bee pollen. Acacia, all grains, blackberry, calendula, frankincense, grape, heather, mistletoe, oak, rose, sandalwood, sunflower, Grapes, heather, crabapple, pear

STONES: Cat’s-eye, citrine, aventurine, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone. Aventurine, Citrine, Peridot, Sardonyx

Foods appropriate for Lammas are breads, berries, crab apples, and any locally ripe produce. Breads, Cornbread, Cider, Blackberry pies and jellies, Rice, Meadowsweet tea, Berries, Nuts, Turnips, Oats, Elderberry wine, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes, Beer/mead, Rice milk

Decorations – Corn dollies, any wheat weaving crafts, Shafts of grain, Sunflowers, Indian corn, Bread

Colors: Pumpkin orange, sunny yellow, muted brown and sage green Yellow, Orange, Green, Brown, Red Colors are Golden Yellow, Orange, Green, and Light Brown.

flowers sacred to Lammas:
goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, basil, mint, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy.
Offerings: Bread, Cider, Cakes

Spellwork – Spells for prosperity, Abundance, Good fortune, Connectedness, Career, Health, Financial gain

God/desses – Hermes/Mercury, Thoth, Frey, Lugh, Macha.

The Goddess manifests as Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother, and other agricultural Goddesses.

The God manifests as Lugh, John Barleycorn, and vegetation Gods.

Spells – connectedness, career, health, and financial gain. Spells for abundance are completely appropriate now. As the sun is growing weaker, it is a good time to do grounding and sun meditations, then use the golden rays of the sun (gathered during meditation) in spellcasting.

Meanings

  • middle of Summer
  • beginning of the harvest
  • Canning goes into full swing
  • magickal cabinets are stocked with herbs
  • prepare your household for fall and the upcoming Winter months.
  • first of three harvest festivals
  • associated with ripening grain
  • fruits of the harvest
  • be aware that summer is passing and winter is on its way.
  • It is a festival of plenty and prosperity.

Activities

  • Decorate the altar and house with grains such as barley, oats and wheat — also fruits and veggies.
  • Begin gathering and drying herbs, flower, grains or seeds for spellworking in the next year.
  • Make magickal oils now with fresh herbs.
  • Braid onion and garlic charms.
  • Onion is sacred to the sun — because of its shape, and its dye is a golden amber to burnt apricot. When the onion is cut, it reveals the symbolism of the moon.
  • Garlic, too, is sacred to the moon — the crescent shape of the cloves. It exorcises evil and protects.
  • Collect rain and storm water for use in spellwork or to empower objects, add dried mugwort and store in glass bottles.
  • Make a corn wheel.
  • Bake a loaf of bread on Lammas. If you’ve never made bread before, this is a good time to start. Honor the source of the flour as you work with it: remember it was once a plant growing on the mother Earth. If you have a garden, add something you’ve harvested–herbs or onion or corn–to your bread. If you don’t feel up to making wheat bread, make corn bread.
  • Corn Dolly -Another way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. . She’s your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you. Make a corn dolly to save for next Imbolc.
  • This is the perfect holiday to honor the prosperity and generosity of Mother Earth. It is a season to throw away useless thoughts and habits and to form new ideas which bring renewed strength. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire.

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Silliness – Photon Luggage

A photon checks into a hotel and the bellhop asks him if he has any luggage.

The photon replies, “No, I’m traveling light.”

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Daily Stuff 6-29-10 Petosiris

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus tides start tomorrow! These are going to be some of the steepest of the year. Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm.

The sky was beautifully clear and blue, earlier, but the thin clouds are moving in and straining the light, so that at times the shadows disappear. This is going to be a perfect day for real sunburns! 64F, wind at 3mph, AQI18, UV9. There’s no chance of rain for the next 10 days higher than 25%.

Yesterday flew past. We were pretty busy in the early day, with customers. Tempus faded out in the middle of the afternoon and didn’t wake until 6pm or so. By then I was sitting with embroidery and a book.

He got us some supper and we started the last batch of wax to melting. Everything’s going to have to be re-melted later, but we at least got it started. We’ll be going on today with it.

Today we’ve Herbs Workshop and Sewing Workshop. I’ve been pulling down a lot of the hanging herbs and we’ll spend some time crunching and then do some bagging. (…and we already did)

I’m setting up for sewing, now, trying to finish the birth sampler.

A gorgeous shot of a marvelous sunset with red-hot pokers in Yachats on 6/25/18 by Ken Gagne

 

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Today’s feast is for Petosiris, called Ankhefenkhons, who was the high priest of Thoth at Hermopolis and held various priestly degrees in the service of Sakhmet, Khnum, Amen-Re and  Hathor. The son of Sishu and Nefer-renpet, he lived in the second half of the 4th century BCE under Persian rule. In his tomb inscriptions (his tomb is in the necropolis at Tuna el-Gebel) he prided himself on having restored the fortunes of the temples in which he served. There is a pseudepigraphic onomantic text, Petosiris to Nechepso, and it is possible that the priestly Petosiris described in this article is the inspiration for the attribution of authorship. Nechepso lived in the 7th century BC and that the text is likely 2nd century BC. http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/texts/petosiris.htm

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Today’s plant is GoldenrodSolidago 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

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

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/2 at 12:16pm. 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 7/1 at 12:16am. 

As the month changes, the thin Moon at dawn points the way to super-low Venus.

Although Earth’s summer solstice and the Northern Hemisphere’s longest day occurred on the 21st, latest sunset happens several days after and earliest sunrise several days before. The specific dates depend on your latitude, however. In general, latest sunset occurs closer to the solstice the farther north you live.
The Milky Way now forms a magnificent arch across the eastern sky as evening grows late, if you have a dark enough sky. 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 past the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot in the south-southeast, where it’s brightest.
For people who live near 35° north latitude, today marks the latest sunset of the year.
Mercury is very low in the west-northwest as twilight fades. Look early in the week; the little planet dims from magnitude +0.3 on Friday June 21st to +0.8 by Friday the 28th. Mars, magnitude +1.8, remain’s barely 2° to Mercury’s lower right the 21st. Day by day they grow farther apart. Pollux and Castor (magnitudes +1.2 and +1.6) twinkle weakly to their upper right or right. Bring binoculars! See the scene at the top of this page.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic 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 Taurus enters Gemini at 2:09pm
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27)Retrograde

Color: Black

Planting 6/27-9

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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

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

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

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  29      Low   5:02 AM     0.1   5:35 AM    Rise  3:19 AM      18
~    29     High  11:18 AM     5.3   9:05 PM     Set  5:56 PM
~    29      Low   4:31 PM     2.5
~    29     High  10:37 PM     7.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You may not have been responsible for your heritage, but you are responsible for your future.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day. — ancient proverb

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Quotes

~   In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking. – Sir John Lubbock
~   As contagion of sickness makes sickness, contagion of trust can make trust. – Marianne Moore
~   There are two sides to every question. –  Protagoras
~   Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars. – Serbian Proverb

Do you recall that night in June
Upon the Danube River;
We listened to the ländler-tune,
We watched the moonbeams quiver. – Charles A. Aïdé, Danube River.

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Magick – Dawg Sandwich – Just because this looks like fun!

Use a regular bread dough, scissors and olives to create the bun.

Fill with shredded lettuce, your favorite condiments and a good-quality hotdog or brat!

Dog sandwiches

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Silliness – Where Did You Start?

My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday.
He asked me how old I was, and I told him, “62.”
He was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, “Did you start at 1?”

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Daily Stuff 6-28-19 Hemera

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

The sky is a lovely pale blue. There are clouds, but they’re few and far between. The air is cool a fresh smelling, except when someone starts a car in front of the open door of the shop. Wow, the sun is bright! You need your sunblock today! 57F, wind at 1mph, AQI22, UV9.

Yesterday kept getting brighter after that early rain. I was working on bagging up small crystals and then got going on some more pendants. Tempus was still working on putting things away and eventually got to cleaning up some more of the “yard sale” stuff that needed it. It poured again in the middle of the afternoon, but the sun came out, afterwards. It was a normal weather day, although anomalous for the kind of weather we’ve *been* having.

I spent a little while working on a Tardis blackwork pattern. Yes, there are many nerds out there. 🙂

Amy came in late in the afternoon to chat for awhile. We hadn’t been very busy during the day, but we did have some folks in. Eventually we had supper and then Tempus got the car ready for the paper route. I went to sleep, being awfully tired.

I drowsed for awhile, then pulled out a book. I finally called him around 3 when he was in the middle of Seal Rock, and he went on without me. I was just wiped out….

He got in before 6. We opened on time, despite it. Right now Tempus is paying bills. I have to get back to work on stock things. I have someone who’s going to print a batch of headers for me, once I have JPEG’s for them. That’s the next thing on my list, and I finally figured out how to finish the birth sampler, so I want to get on that, afterwards.

I’m hoping that Tempus will nap and then do some more in back. We’re missing some of the cheese-making things. I got the most of the equipment put away, but there are several pieces that are awol. The dehydrator needs to be cleaned, too, since the lees from the cordials that I dried stuck both to screens and trays.

The marvelous Yachats Whale spouting, taken 6/12/16 by Ken Gagne

weather sun faceToday’s feast is to Hemera, the Greek goddess/personification of Day, whose birth was celebrated around this time. Hemera is one of the primordial deities, being Uranus’ mother or grandmother. She is the child of Chaos or of Night & Darkness (depending on who you listen to) and sister of Aether, the personification of Light. Don’t forget that today is also the anniversary of Stewart Farrar’s birth!

magic 031313 blueberry ginger crumbleToday’s Plant is the BlueberryVaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke
damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – 070214 blueberryPut blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue. The 2nd pic is blueberries in the garden on 7/2/14.

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

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 7/2 at 12:16pm. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 6/28 at 12:16am. 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 7/1 at 12:16am. 

A stunning summer star cluster – The tightly packed star cluster NGC 6231 in Scorpius appears at the top right of this image, next to the reddish clouds of glowing hydrogen known as IC 4628. – Ivan Bok

This week offers a good opportunity for binocular users to track down one of summer’s finest open star clusters. NGC 6231 lies in the tail of Scorpius the Scorpion, just 0.5° north of the double star Zeta (z) Scorpii (which is another fine binocular sight). NGC 6231 shines at magnitude 2.6 and packs more than 100 stars into a region just 14′ in diameter. This part of Scorpius lies nearly due south between 11 p.m. and midnight local daylight time, though it doesn’t climb high from mid-northern latitudes.

On June 28th Mercury and Mars are still close together with Pollux and Castor to their upper right.

As evening grows late, even the lowest star of the Summer Triangle shines pretty high in the east. That’s Altair. It’s a good three or four fists at arm’s length below or lower right of bright Vega. A marker for Altair is its little 3rd-magnitude buddy Tarazed (Gamma Aquilae) positioned above or upper left of it by about a finger-width at arm’s length. Look left of Altair, by hardly more than one fist, for compact little Delphinus, the Dolphin. And above the midpoint between Delphinus and Altair look for even smaller, dimmer Sagitta, the Arrow.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast before dawn. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28. 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 Taurus
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27)Retrograde

Color: Coral

Planting 6/27-9

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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

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

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

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   28      Low   4:15 AM     0.8   5:34 AM    Rise  2:49 AM      27
~    28     High  10:17 AM     4.9   9:05 PM     Set  4:48 PM
~    28      Low   3:40 PM     2.3
~    28     High   9:55 PM     7.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – Using all of your 5 senses, describe your favorite food.

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Quotes

~   Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity. – Irving Kristol
~   Change not the mass but change the fabric of your own soul and your own visions, and you change all. – Vachel Lindsay
~   Your silence will not protect you. – Audre Lorde
~   If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. – H. P. Lovecraft

The summer morn is bright and fresh,
the birds are darting by
As if they loved to breast the breeze
that sweeps the cool clear sky. – William C. Bryant (1794–1878)

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Magick – Grimoire of Geek: A Blog of Arteful Enchantment and Nostalgic Nerdgasms – http://witchesandpagans.com/Pagan-Studies-Blogs/teaching-the-craft.html – Focusing on the Arte Magical as a practice and profession, we study various facets of magic through the lens of both classical and modern perspective. From ancient myth to urban legend to fiction and philosophy, all viewed through the eyes of a very practical magician. – Posted by S. Rune Emerson on Monday, 08 July 2013 in Studies Blogs

I ran across this article today, and thought I’d share it.

Teaching the Craft – http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccanandpaganrituals/a/TeachingOthers.htm

It makes for an interesting and important thought that I try to keep at the forefront of my mind when I do my work.

As a young witch just starting out, I was often called upon to teach people things they wanted to know.  This was largely because I actually read the books that were available, and the other teens around me preferred to “stumble around blindly into magic” as I liked to say back then.  I was very often acknowledged to be the one who “had book knowledge.”  This naturally was as often an outright insult as a back-handed compliment, and I learned early on to be wary of people applauding my “knowledge.”  We were teenagers, after all- and no teen anywhere has ever been grateful to have a know-it-all for a friend, unless they wanted something.

However, the article makes a very good point- I taught lessons to people because it was a way to feel good about myself and my work.  I didn’t know how much I didn’t know, so I thought I knew everything.  After all, I’d read every witchcraft book I was able to find, and every other kind of magic book too.  And they all seemed to be the same, so magic must be pretty much the same everywhere, right?

I fortunately learned differently without causing undue harm to anyone, but I consider it one of the greatest lessons of my life.

We are not all-knowing.  Anyone can be a teacher, but most teachers aren’t good teachers.  My first teacher of the Craft taught me some very bad habits, and I’m glad that Selene K. from the aforementioned article spoke about those things.

My first teacher planned a ritual in a single hour, and that was her way.  She made it a point of pride that she could whip something out like that without much effort, even to the point that she bragged to me and the rest of her students that “one day you’ll be able to do the same.”

That was one of the worst pieces of advice I’ve ever received. And sadly, it stuck with me for years before I finally realized that my rituals, although functional to my own mind, were often terrible for groups, or anyone who didn’t get as stuffy as I did about ceremonial magic.

I spent the next five years learning new ritual practices, and getting better at engaging people. I’m still not the most effective public ritualist, but I do much better than I used to. And nowadays, I stick to teaching what I’m good at, and let others teach the things I’m not skilled in.

See, teaching is a craft in and of itself, entirely separate from the practice of the Craft of magic. A teacher needs to be engaging, intelligent, and needs to have a talent (preferably honed into a skill) for helping people understand something without making them feel stupid. They need to be three times better at something than their best student, because they need to be able to do it, teach it to someone with a knack, and also teach someone who doesn’t get it.

It also takes a fair bit of public approval to teach something in an area. People in the area need to know and trust you, or you will not only find the doors aren’t opening for you, but people may actively fight against your right to teach. After all, they have no proof that you’re what you say you are, and at least here in my own area, we’ve gotten tired of charlatans and snake oil.

When I meet someone new in the community who wants to dive in and teach a class, it usually sets my teeth on edge. I’m a reader at one of the local pagan hubs, a well established magic and metaphysics shop called Pathways. We have a long standing reputation for having some of the best readers in town, and having the ability to get most anything an average practitioner of metaphysics needs for their practices. If we can’t find it, we can show you who can.

And that of course means we attract the new folk in the community, which is why I deal with this so often.

I always try to sit down with these people and find out what they’re trying to teach and why. And I struggle, because it can be really frustrating to hear someone talking about how they “can teach pretty much anything,” and then they rattle off a series of practices which can be found in nearly every magical book by Llewellyn or Weiser since the early 60’s/ Things like grounding and centering, shielding and casting circles, ‘energy work’ and stuff like Reiki.

I restrain myself, of course- it wouldn’t be kind to pop their bubble. I try to find tactful ways to mention that we have a Reiki Master Teacher in the shop, and most everyone in the community out here knows about shielding or grounding and centering, and many of us are well versed in Wicca, Qabalah, and a host of other things.

Telling them all this outright would be wrong, because it will make them feel stupid. So instead, I ask them questions about their vision. What is it they want to teach? What do they believe? How will they inspire the others in the community, and where will their vision most easily mesh with the rest of the people in my area?

Then, I give them a few suggestions and web links, perhaps an email or two, and send them to find their way. My hope is that they will find the part of the community where they will thrive.

It doesn’t always work. Nothing always works exactly the same all the time. But it works often enough that I feel good afterwards. They’ll have a chance to gain more competence, while sharing what they’re good at with others. And at the very least, they will know in the back of their mind that they’re dealing with a community that has a competency level often not seen in other areas. They’ll discover that we aren’t credulous wide-eyed fluffheads. We practice, and we study, and we make progress.  And we don’t claim to things we can’t prove.

That’s why I teach. That vision of competence and harmony is my vision. And it has been my joy to serve it as a professional teacher for nearly ten years now.

To you teachers out there: what is your vision? What are your goals when you teach others?

To the students and seekers: what do you look for in a teacher or mentor?

Mysticism and Non-Academic Scholarship

Barefoot Crone

Rune Emerson – Rune Emerson has been practicing witchcraft and sorcery since the early 90’s, and has been teaching since 2004. He is the founder of the Risting Tradition of American Witchcraft, which is a large title for a small local tradition based in Northern Nevada. He also heads a coven tradition called the Cabal of Nocturne, and works as a diviner at Pathways Spirit, a metaphysical shop in Reno.
He likes to describe his life as “extraordinarily simple.” He is fond of observing that magic as a profession is the somewhat honest alternative to those of the same mindset as criminals- smart, lazy, and prone towards thinking outside the box, often in areas of questionable morality. He believes in a strong standard of accountability in magical practice, and has very strict ethics. He’s also very opinionated about nearly everything.

http://runewynd.tumblr.com/

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Silliness – Confucius Says – He who eats too many prunes, sits on potty many moons.

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