Wicca 101 at 6pm!
It’s green and wet, although not dripping at the moment and 54F. The feeder is still. The garden is green and thankful.
Class went well in the morning. We had 14 from Job Corps!
Brandon managed to sell all but six of his chicks yesterday! That was pretty good. People who had seen them came back and several others got phone calls or e-mails from several of you. Thanks for spreading the word!
Tanya was there for ½ the day today. She donated a signed copy of her book on tassiography to the shop. I wish we could have gotten her some more readings during the weekend, but I’ve been talking to her about coming back for Pan-Pagan to do another workshop.
I got more of the new crystals sorted out and bagged and built headers for the malachite, the aquamarine and for some of the ambers. Hopefully those will get onto the wall tomorrow.
What came out of the rock tumblers is looking pretty good. There are a few that are going to have to be kept back for another run, but there’s some ruby zoosite and rhodonite that are looking really good to go into the 2nd grit and the one nephrite that got a chip knocked off before and went through this round is ready to go.
Nick spent the day working on Tempus’ car and Willow’s, doing maintenance and diagnosing what the issue was with Tempus’ car…it looks like a snapped spring, of all things. Once he got it apart, it seems to have been easy to find.
Several of us went down to watch the sunset and Brandon got to spend a while drumming on the beach. Tempus and I went to Patterson and curled up on a bench. It was too dark to take pictures, already, but there was a beautiful giant vetch and a couple of seaside angelica plants that we’re going to go back in the morning to look at. We also brought the green screen home and if the weather cooperates we’re going to try to get iris pictures from the beautiful stand of blue-violet ones over on Range Drive.
Willow, Kaleb, Brandon, Nick, Tempus and I had dinner together and then everyone headed home.
Did anyone manage to see the eclipse? It was overcast and wet, here.
It was a long weekend, but a *lot* of fun!
Today, after we try to get those pictures of the iris & other plants, I have those headers to finish and to make the labels for the new pendants. Class is tonight at 6pm. That’s pretty much it!
The shop opens at 10am today and we’ll be there through class time. 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,
NASA Science News for June 2, 2012 - What's the best reason to observe the 2012 Transit of Venus? It could be history. Today's story from Science@NASA recounts one explorer's role in "the Apollo program of the 18th Century." FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/02jun_jamescook/ RELATED VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5Lx4fC42KI
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The Moon is Full and waning. Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. Full Phase ends at 4:12pm on Wednesday. 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.
This evening the bright Moon shines well to the left of Antares.
The crescent of Venus is growing ever thinner as it nears the Sun. Venus is essentially hidden in the glare of the Sun this week — except for about 6 hours and 20 minutes when its black silhouette transits the face of the Sun itself on June 5–6 (on the afternoon of the 5th for North America). For full information, see our article Your Guide to Viewing the Transit of Venus and its links to safely viewing the Sun, photographing the event, watching it on webcams worldwide, and much more. This will be the last Venus transit until 2117.
Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
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”.
Sun in Gemini
Full Strawberry Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 5:32am
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
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6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/4 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 5
6/6 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
6/7 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
6/9 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6/10 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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. 04, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:33 AM PDT, 8:56 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 4:57 AM PDT, 9:32 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:09 AM PDT, 10:19 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:10 AM PDT, 11:19 PM PDT
Moon, 9:30 PM PDT, 5:46 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 35m
Length of Day, 15h 23m
Tomorrow will be 1m 6s longer.
Full, 100% of the Moon is Illuminated
Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 4 High 12:10 AM 9.1 5:33 AM Set 5:46 AM 99
4 Low 7:16 AM -2.3 8:57 PM Rise 9:31 PM
4 High 1:47 PM 6.8
4 Low 7:06 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am willing to do all that the Mother lets me know needs to be done. Attachment to other aims leads to frustration.
Journal Prompt – Wiki - As a whole, do you live for tomorrow or today? Explain.
Life is not an easy matter... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness. - Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth. - Napoleon Hill
Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. – Dag Hammerskjold
Once the curtain is raised, the actor is ceases to belong to himself. He belongs to his character, to his author, to his public. He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first, not to betray the second, and not to disappoint the third. - Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
Misery and joy
have the same
shape in this world:
You may call the
rose an open
heart or a
broken heart. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
Magick – Litha
Let us begin. Let us sing. .
Singing of the small corn.
Singing of the large corn.
Singing as the evening falls.
Singing as the light dawns.
The light dawns and finds us singing,
singing as the corn waves tassels at us.
The dark falls and finds us singing,
singing while the squash waves leaves us.
The earth rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The sky rumbles from the beating
of our basket drums.
The rain comes. The rain comes.
~Pima Rain-Making Song
The plants that feed us need sun and water and soil in order to thrive. Too much of one, too little of another, will mean a ruined crop - and, because we depend upon plants for food, will mean starvation and death as well. Our forebears knew the necessity of balance between sun and rain, between night and day, between rest and activity. Too often, today, the balance is lost, so that newscasters bemoan the rain our farms and gardens need - and which we, in turn, need as well.
When the weather thwarts our plans this summer, when weekends are rainy and evenings damp, let us recognize the rain's necessity and thank the goddess for her bounty. The lush green fields, and full larders, will be our rewards
By Patricia Monaghan ~ From "The Goddess Companion" and GrannyMoon's Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON
People thought that midsummer was a time of magic and wonder-working. Evil spirits were said to appear, and people gathered herbs and flowers to protect themselves.
Midsummer is the magical time when the days are longest and the nights are shortest. This was when ancient peoples gathered to celebrate the sun and its life-giving power
On Litha, tie a bunch of fennel with red ribbons and hang over the door for long life and protection of the home.
Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry. Use them to cook summer veggies.
Today, light a white candle and place it in front of a mirror. Say a prayer and let it burn out.
One of the most powerful was the plant known as 'chase-devil', which we now call St John's Wort.
People used it in potions, and wove the flowers into garlands to decorate their houses or protect their farm animals
Summer Solstice by Rhiannon Cotter - http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/i d20.htm
Summer Solstice, the longest day, represents a turning point from Spring to Summer during which the Sun God directs the ripening and blossoming of the grain and fruit. Here in the heat of the Summer, the crops are transformed as are our actions, thoughts and plans. All things are tempered by the heat of the Sun. Blossoming and ripening of our works are manifested, or they shrivel and die in the heat. All the while, sexual energy is growing. The Sun God impregnates the Earth Goddess in a sweet "petit mort"---as the cup is to the Goddess, so too is the athame to the God.
Litha - The Simple Facts
Midsummer: Summer Solstice, Alban Hefin (Caledonii)
A fire lit and kept alight until midnight brings good luck to the house and its occupants. Dreams will be more lucid on this night so adopt some of the psychic dream routines from Marmy's Bedroom page.
A time to perform rituals for personal power and protection, to celebrate the Sun Lord's power.
The longest day of the year and the Sun God at his strongest. The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy just as the Earth is ready for harvesting. It also marks the waning of the year as each day becomes shorter, heralding the onset of Autumn and then Winter.
The Summer Solstice, the longest day, is a time of triumph for the light.
In many Wiccan celebrations, this is when the Oak King, who represents the waxing year, is triumphed over by the Holly King, who represents the waning year. The two are one: the Oak King is the growing youth while the Holly King is the mature man.
Healings and love magick are especially suitable at this time.
Midsummer Night's Eve is supposed to be a good time to commune with field and forest sprites and faeries.
Litha (pronounced "LITH-ah") is one of the Lesser Wiccan Sabbats and is usually celebrated on June 21st, but varies somewhat from the 20th to the 23rd, dependant upon the Earth's rotation around the Sun (check the calendar). According to the old folklore calendar, Summer begins on Beltane (May 1st) and ends on Lughnassadh (August 1st), with the Summer Solstice midway between the two, marking MID-Summer. This makes more logical sense than suggesting that Summer begins on the day when the Sun's power begins to wane and the days grow shorter... (Images to the left and below are by Anthony Meadows and from Llewellyn's 1998 and 1999 Witches' Calendars. Click on either image to go directly to Llewellyn's Web Site.)
The most common other names for this holiday are the Summer Solstice or Midsummer, and it celebrates the arrival of Summer, when the hours of daylight are longest. The Sun is now at the highest point before beginning its slide into darkness. Other names for this time in the Wheel of the Year include Alban Heruin, (Caledonii or the Druids), Alban Hefin (Anglo-Saxon Tradition), Sun Blessing, Gathering Day (Welsh), Whit Sunday, Whitsuntide, Vestalia (Ancient Roman), the Feast of Epona (Ancient Gaulish), All-Couple's Day (Greek), and St. John's Day. Scottish Pecti-Witans celebrate Feill-Sheathain on July 5th. In the Italian tradition of Aridian Strega, this Sabbat (Strega Witches call them Treguendas rather than Sabbats) is known as Summer Fest - La Festa dell'Estate. Scandinavians celebrate this holiday at a later date and call it Thing-Tide. In England, June 21st is "The Day of Cerridwen and Her Cauldron". And in Ireland, this day is dedicated to the faery goddess Aine of Knockaine. And finally, in Northern Europe - June 21st is "The Day of the Green Man".
The Litha Sabbat is a time to celebrate both work and leisure, it is a time for children and childlike play. It is a time to celebrate the ending of the waxing year and the beginning of the waning year, in preparation for the harvest to come. Midsummer is a time to absorb the Sun's warming rays and it is another fertility Sabbat, not only for humans, but also for crops and animals. Wiccans consider the Goddess to be heavy with pregnancy from the mating at Beltane - honor is given to Her. The Sun God is celebrated as the Sun is at its peak in the sky and we celebrate His approaching fatherhood - honor is also given to Him. The faeries abound at this time and it is customary to leave offerings - such as food or herbs - for them in the evening.
Symbols to represent the Litha Sabbat are such things as fire, the Sun, blades, mistletoe, oak trees, balefires, Sun wheels and faeries. Altar decorations might include Summertime flowers - especially sunflowers - love amulets, seashells, aromatic potpourri and Summer fruits. If you made Sun wheels at Imbolc, you should now display them prominently. Hang them from the ceiling or place them on trees in your yard. You may also want to decorate them with yellow and gold ribbons and Summer herbs.
Deities associated with Litha include all Father Gods and Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Goddesses and Sun Deities. Particular emphasis might be placed on the Goddesses Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus and other Goddesses who preside over love, passion and beauty. Other Litha deities include Athena, Artemis, Dana, Kali, Isis, Juno, Apollo, Dagda, Gwydion, Helios, Llew, Oak/Holly King, Lugh, Ra, Sol, Zeus, Prometheus, Ares, and Thor.
The cycle of fertility has been expressed in many god-forms. One pair of these - which has persisted from early Pagan times to modern folklore - is that of the Oak King and the Holly King, Gods respectively of the Waxing Year and the Waning Year. The Oak King rules from Midwinter to Midsummer - the period of Fertility, Expansion and Growth; while the Holly King reigns from Midsummer to Midwinter - the period of Harvest, Withdrawal and Wisdom. They are the light and dark twins, each being the other's alternate self, thus being one. Each represents a necessary phase in the natural rhythm, therefore both are good. At the two changeover points, they symbolically meet in combat. The incoming twin - the Oak King at Midwinter, the Holly King at Midsummer - "slays" the outgoing one. But the defeated twin is not actually considered dead - he has merely withdrawn during the six months of his brother's rule.
On Midsummer Night, field and forest elves, sprites, and fairies abound in great numbers - making this a great time to commune with them. Litha is considered one of the best times to perform magicks of all kinds, for it is considered a time of great magickal power. Especially effective magick and spells at this time include the performance of those for love, healing and prosperity. A wreath can be made for your door with yellow feathers for prosperity and red feathers for sexuality - intertwined and tied together with ivy. This is also a very good time to perform blessings and protection spells for your pets or other animals. You may want to choose to include your pet within your cast Circle at this Sabbat celebration, and even present him or her with a special gift (such as a tiny pentacle to attach to his or her collar). I have done this and found it very rewarding and heartwarming.
Nurturing and love are key actions related to Midsummer. If you haven't yet done so, Litha is a good time to perform your Self-Dedication Ceremony... or - if you have been practicing Wicca for a while - you may choose to perform a simple Re-dedication/Affirmation as a part of your Sabbat celebration. Ritual actions for Litha might include placing a flower-ringed cauldron upon your altar, plunging of the sword (or athame) into the cauldron, balefire leaping (outdoors) and the gathering and drying of herbs. Herbs can be dried over the ritual fire if you're celebrating outdoors. Leap the bonfire for purification and renewed energy. Ritually, use mirrors to capture the light of the Sun or the flames of the fire. Some things that are considered taboo on this holiday are giving away fire, sleeping away from home, and neglecting animals.
Colors associated with the Summer Solstice include white, red, maize yellow or golden yellow, green, blue and tan. Altar candles could be either a combination of blue, green, and yellow --- or red and gold. Stones to use during Litha include all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade. Other appropriate gemstones are tiger's eye, lapus lazuli and diamonds. Animals associated with this Sabbat include robins, wrens, all Summer birds, horses and cattle. Mythical creatures include satyrs, faeries, firebirds, dragons, thunderbirds and manticores.
Plants associated with Midsummer are oak, mistletoe, frankincense, lemon, sandalwood, heliotrope, copal, saffron, galangal, laurel and ylang-ylang. Herbs associated with this Sabbat are chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, larkspur, lavender, male fern, mugwort, pine, roses, Saint John's wort, wild thyme, wisteria and verbena. Traditionally, herbs gathered on this day are extremely powerful. Incense for the Litha Sabbat Ritual might be a combination of any of the following or simply one of them by itself... frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, lemon, pine, jasmine, rose, lotus, or wysteria.
Traditional Pagan foods for Litha include fresh vegetables of all kinds and fresh fruits such as lemons and oranges. Other standard fare may be pumpernickel bread as well as Summer squash and any yellow or orange colored foods. Flaming foods are also appropriate. Traditional drinks are ale, mead, and fresh fruit juice of any kind.
May the Lord and Lady bless you all with lots of love, prosperity, health, and well-being!
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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!
5/8/12 - 9-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor. Starting radiation. Family and friends asking help for him and for the children that know him. Update 4/7 He’s doing pretty well and back in school despite the treatments. Update 5/8 No news is good news. Update 5/25 He is 10x better. He is in full remission.
Silliness – Nun of Your Business
While shopping in a food store, two nuns happened to pass by the beer, wine, and liquor section. One asked the other if she would like a beer.
The second nun answered that, indeed, it would be very nice to have one, but that she would feel uncomfortable purchasing it.
The first nun replied that she would handle it without a problem. She picked up a six-pack and took it to the cashier. The cashier was surprised, so the nun said, “This is for washing our hair.”
Without blinking an eye, the cashier reached under the counter and put a package of pretzel sticks in the bag with the beer.
“The curlers are on me.”
- Joke shared by Beliefnet member smoothsable