The sky is so very blue this morning! It’s already 53F and the feeder is covered with birds.
I’ve been doing counseling this morning, almost before I got my coffee… online…. It ate the time when I would normally write! So…this is skimpy….
I got the lapis necklace made. It’s a spendy necklace, $80, but that’s lapis…..
I had some of that pizza for lunch. The flavors were blended more, although I’m not sure that’s a recommendation…but it was tasty both ways.
The chive oil got done and I managed to write out a tutorial with pictures. By now, Karin has posted it on the website. I’ll get the link up tomorrow.
No one was in for rock tumblers, so I re-organized the rock tumbler cart. …and *wow* was I busy! Musta been 50 people through the shop, yesterday….
When Willow got there for Sewing Workshop we sidetracked into Sun Medallions. We’re going to do a Treasure Hunt thing for Beachcombers’.
Tempus was a Darwinia’s all day and when he finally got to the shop, I put my feet up because they were hurting and just refused to move. They were planting bamboo….
I have to scoot, pretty quick. I try to be at the shop by 9 on Sundays and today I have to clear the herb stuff off of the class table before the Job Corps bunch gets there.
The shop opens at 10am today. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. 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!
Love & Light,
Ancient Light’s website – www.ancientlight.info – You *can* order from here! …or e-mail…or call on the phone… or Facebook….etc…..
Tempus does Outdoor Power Equipment repair & sharpenings - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magycke-Mower-Small -Engine-Service/132610430115634
Café Press Products from Ancient Light - http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight Everything from T-shirts to pillows to coffee mugs to journals with witchy or just fun designs! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs. …plus we have a new set just for Pan-Pagan with this year’s logo.
Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are coming soon.
Our Circle’s site! - http://www.ancientlight.info/circle/ Add things by e-mailing me here. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Moon is waning gibbous (Disseminating Moon). 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.
After nightfall, Vega is the brightest star shining on the eastern side of the sky. Deneb is the brightest to its lower left. Look for Altair farther to Vega's lower right, still rather low. These three form the big Summer Triangle.
This season there's another, temporary "summer triangle" in the southwest: bright Arcturus high on top, the Saturn-Spica pair below it, and Mars off to the pair's right or lower right.
Last quarter Moon tonight (exact at 6:41 a.m. Monday morning EDT). The Moon, half-lit, rises in Aquarius in the middle of the night. By that time the Summer Triangle is very high in the east, high above it.
Celtic Tree Month of Duir Oak - Jun 10 - Jul 7 –
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 - 7/10
Runic Half-month of Odal 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.
Runic half-month of Dag, 6/14-6/28 – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
Sun in Gemini
Moon in Pisces
Neptune, Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
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6/10 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
6/11 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 5-6
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
6/13 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
6/14 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
6/16 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
6/30 – Saturday, 10am-6pm – Kat Cunningham
6/30 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon - Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing (discussion follows)
7/1 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30
Jun. 10, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:31 AM PDT, 9:00 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 4:54 AM PDT, 9:36 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:06 AM PDT, 10:25 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:05 AM PDT, 11:26 PM PDT
Moon, 12:42 AM PDT, 12:40 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 41m
Length of Day, 15h 28m
Tomorrow will be 0m 41s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 58% of the Moon is Illuminated
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
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month - Eadha - White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 10 High 5:28 AM 6.2 5:31 AM Rise 12:43 AM 65
10 Low 12:02 PM 0.2 9:00 PM Set 12:40 PM
10 High 6:42 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Full Circle - Breaking free demands filling your own heart first, with absolute, unapologetic honesty. It is a matter of going back to where we all started.
Journal Prompt – What is? - What is something that really makes you angry?
You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself. - Napoleon Hill
You take for granted what comes easy to you. But others would love to learn your brilliance. - Nika Stewart
You will grow as soon as you decide to become remarkable—and do something about it. - Seth Godin
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. – Buddha
Dancing is not rising to your feet painlessly like a whirl of dust
blown about by the wind. Dancing is when you rise above both
worlds, tearing your heart to pieces and giving up your soul. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
Magick – Litha
Litha History - Celebrating the Summer Solstice
from http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/lithathesummersols tice/p/Litha_History.htm
An Ancient Solar Celebration
Nearly every agricultural society has marked the high point of summer in some way, shape or form. On this date – usually around June 21 or 22 – the sun reaches its zenith in the sky. It is the longest day of the year, and the point at which the sun seems to just hang there without moving – in fact, the word “solstice” is from the Latin word solstitium, which literally translates to “sun stands still.” The travels of the sun were marked and recorded. Stone circles such as Stonehenge were oriented to highlight the rising of the sun on the day of the summer solstice.
Traveling the Heavens
Although few primary sources are available detailing the practices of the ancient Celts, some information can be found in the chronicles kept by early Christian monks. Some of these writings, combined with surviving folklore, indicate that Midsummer was celebrated with hilltop bonfires and that it was a time to honor the space between earth and the heavens.
Fire and Water
In addition to the polarity between land and sky, Litha is a time to find a balance between fire and water. According to Ceisiwr Serith, in his book The Pagan Family, European traditions celebrated this time of year by setting large wheels on fire and then rolling them down a hill into a body of water. He suggests that this may be because this is when the sun is at its strongest yet also the day at which it begins to weaken. Another possibility is that the water mitigates the heat of the sun, and subordinating the sun wheel to water may prevent drought.
When they arrived in the British Isles, the Saxon invaders brought with them the tradition of calling the month of June Aerra Litha. They marked Midsummer with huge bonfires that celebrated the power of the sun over darkness. For people in Scandinavian countries and in the farther reaches of the Northern hemisphere, Midsummer was very important. The nearly endless hours of light in June are a happy contrast to the constant darkness found six months later in the middle of winter.
The Romans, who had a festival for anything and everything, celebrated this time as sacred to Juno, the wife of Jupiter and goddess of women and childbirth. She is also called Juno Luna and blesses women with the privilege of menstruation. The month of June was named for her, and because Juno was the patroness of marriage, her month remains an ever-popular time for weddings. This time of year was also sacred to Vesta, goddess of the hearth. The matrons of Rome entered her temple on Midsummer and made offerings of salted meal for eight days, in hopes that she would confer her blessings upon their homes.
Midsummer for Modern Pagans
Litha has often been a source of contention among modern Pagan and Wiccan groups, because there's always been a question about whether or not Midsummer was truly celebrated by the ancients. While there's scholarly evidence to indicate that it was indeed observed, there were suggestions made by Gerald Gardner, the founder of modern Wicca, that the solar festivals (the solstices and equinoxes) were actually added later and imported from the Middle East. Regardless of the origins, many modern Wiccans and Pagans do choose to celebrate Litha every year in June.
In some traditions, Litha is a time at which there is a battle between light and dark. The Oak King is seen as the ruler of the year between winter solstice and summer solstice, and the Holly King from summer to winter. At each solstice they battle for power, and while the Oak King may be in charge of things at the beginning of June, by the end of Midsummer he is defeated by the Holly King.
This is a time of year of brightness and warmth. Crops are growing in their fields with the heat of the sun, but may require water to keep them alive. The power of the sun at Midsummer is at its most potent, and the earth is fertile with the bounty of growing life.
For contemporary Wiccans and Pagans, this is a day of inner power and brightness. Find yourself a quiet spot and meditate on the darkness and the light both in the world and in your personal life. Celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year with fire and water, night and day, and other symbols of the triumph of light over darkness.
Litha is a great time to celebrate outdoors if you have children. Take them swimming or just turn on the sprinkler to run through, and then have a bonfire or barbeque at the end of the day. Let them stay up late to say goodnight to the sun, and celebrate nightfall with sparklers, storytelling, and music. This is also an ideal Sabbat to do some love magic or celebrate a handfasting, since June is the month of marriages and family.
6/6 – A friend is having cancer surgery today and asking for help.
6/4 – Neighbor harassing and stalking. The law isn’t helping. Putting up wardings and could use some energy to get them to go up and stay up!
6/2/12 – Student in 101 class, had flu, collapsed, ended up in hospital, now has a lung filling up with fluid…. Help!
5/29/12 – Car accident. Painful, not serious, but ow!
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “I am still very sick and have been for a month now - really need help kicking this on the spiritual plane - depression makes you sick and I am having a hard time climbing out of this hole. I now have bronchitis as well as the ongoing infection - see Dr again on Monday - This is probably the only request for help/healing I have ever made - but I just can't seem to kick this on my own. Whatever you think will help - I feel like I am dying a very slow and painful death.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps! Update 6/9 She’s ready to be off the list! Thank you!
Silliness – GCF: First Aid
After an accident, a woman stepped forward and prepared to help the victim. She was asked to step aside by a man who announced, "Step back please! I've had a course in first aid and I'm trained in CPR."
The woman watched his procedures for a few moments, then tapped him on the shoulder.
"When you get to the part about calling a doctor," she said, "I'm already here!"