Daily Stuff 10-1-22 October begins

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 11:56 PM of -0.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Tomasz Gmerek. Sewing Workshop 3pm.

 [posting at 6pm] It’s been beautifully sunny all day! 61F, wind at 0-9mph, AQI 12-36, UV4. Chance of rain 3% today and 5% tonight. Forecast – Today(78/51) Sunny. Going to be a hot one! Tomorrow(63/50) mostly sunny. Mon-Fri(63-66/53-55) partly cloudy. Sat(67/54) mostly sunny. Sun(65/53) partly cloudy, tiny chance of rain.

Fires on the map.
The smoke plume is taking a bite out of the north side of the state. Otherwise it’s just in the immediate vicinity of fire.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres – same
Cedar Creek Fire – 120,591 – up
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 – same
Vines Hill Fire – 2,427.72 acres
Sturgill Fire – 21,569 acres – up
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 584 acres – up
Double Creek Fire – 161,591 acres – up
Slick Ear Fire – 157 acres – Down from yesterday, new estimate
Nebo – 12,607 acres – same
2 firespots.

What is this? Looks like a vine, like cukes or pumpkin, but I didn’t plant those!

Thursday evening we had our supper of cheesey rice and veg and the rest of the chicken. The carcass went into the crockpot, and I strained and fridge the broth this morning. It got really hot in the house this morning, over 85! I missed the alarm and woke with a start at 12:25, woke Tempus and we skedaddled.

Oregano

Tempus dropped me off and headed to the PO, which was a relief, because his b-day present arrived. I had one t-shirt for him with minions on it, but was waiting for a long-sleeved minion-yellow shirt, which did show up! 🙂

Dahlia shoots

Sash called and we talked for a bit. His roomie has some legal troubles and he was waiting outside the courthouse, so needed some mom time. He also wished Tempus a happy birthday after he was calmed down enough to think.

nasturtium

We had a few customers in the first couple of hours and then Tempus headed across to Chuck’s to see what can be done about the car problems he’s having. The tranny fluid and oil changes are getting critical, although the radiator flush probably isn’t necessary after an incident last week that he’s been chuckling over. He had someone try to help who thought he knew what he was doing. Well, when you take the cap off a hot radiator (and Tempus tried to stop him…..) you get an “interesting” explosion. Tempus said it was almost all the fluid from the radiator and a lot of gunk and goo that went all over the place. The guy was dripping ook….. Tempus refilled things and now it’s working normally. 🙂 It’s a hoot to listen to him tell the story. 🙂 Much better than my rendition here.

Nasturtium

I got a bit more writing done, then started in on this and newsletter frames for a few days. …and discovered that yesterday’s newsletter had published the 1st revision, not the 13th, which is what was on my screen. Go figure! It took a bit to sort that and we had customers when I was working on it, so I got a bit frantic.

Hoping to get chinese for Tempus’ b-day dinner.

Starts tray

Today is our usual Saturday. We open at 1pm. Sewing is at 3pm, and I have one person coming in for a blackwork lesson.

Hoarfrost in the Czech Republic (picture from Facebook) Studio Fotografii, Tomasz Gmerek

Today’s Feast is that October begins! Samhain and pumpkins and pumpkin spice lattes, but pie! …and apples and nuts and H’ween candy and…. The Wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October

220px-Iris_tenax
amor iris

Today’s plant is Oregon IrisIris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax  More on Iris in general here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29

Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com 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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Astrology, Astronomy and other Stuff

Moon in Sagittarius

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 10/9 at 1:55pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/2 at 5:14pm.

If you can observe Scorpio around that point of its highest elevation (also known more precisely as its transit across the meridian) or in the hours after that — for instance, around midnight — you will have an opportunity to see the charming pair of stars near the end of its stinger-tail, a pair of stars known as “the cat’s eyes.” As Scorpio begins to arc back down towards the western horizon, the cat’s eyes become nearly horizontal, and they really do look like a pair of cat’s eyes, gleaming out at you in the night sky! The cat’s eyes are pointed out by the two arrows in the above chart. They are a bit further apart in the night sky — the chart makes them look as though they overlap, because it depicts each star as larger or smaller depending upon its brightness, and the “eye” on the left is a bit brighter than the other, so its depicted size is larger on the chart than it looks when you go out into the night. In actual fact, they are about as far apart as . . . the eyes of a cat! http://mathisencorollary.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-cats-eyes-in-scorpion.html

The waxing Moon hangs in the southwest as twilight fades to darkness. Use binoculars to look 10° below the Moon and perhaps a bit left for what will probably be your last sighting this year of the Cat’s Eyes, the pair of stars in the tail of Scorpius. At this late date the Cat’s Eyes are tilted even more than usual, with the fainter one lower right of the brighter one. They’re 0.6° apart. Left of the Moon is the Sagittarius Teapot, also tilting ever further.

Mercury’s morning glory – Although Earthbound observers never see the innermost planet as more than a blur, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft revealed it to be a dynamic, crater-pocked world.
NASA/JHUAPL/CIW

Mercury ends its retrograde motion and stands stationary against the background stars at 11 A.M. EDT. The small planet is visible starting about an hour before sunrise in the east, slowly rising higher as the sky brightens. It’s currently magnitude 0.9 but will brighten significantly in the coming weeks. If you do seek it out before dawn, make sure to stop using any telescopes, binoculars, or other optics several minutes before the Sun is due to rise from your location. (It Directs tomorrow!!!)

Observe the Moon – October 1st is International Observe the Moon Night; that evening, our satellite will show a waxing crescent face. – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

Tonight is International Observe the Moon Night. According to NASA, roughly half a million people in more than 100 countries participated in observing Earth’s only natural satellite last year. Lend your eyes to the effort this year starting in the afternoon, when the Moon rises in the southeast. Luna is about 20° high in the south at sunset. It’s currently a waxing crescent some 40 percent lit, located in far southern Ophiuchus. There’s plenty to explore in the lit region of the Moon this evening, including the seas of Serenity, Tranquillity, Crises, and Fertility. Look also along the terminator separating lunar night and day, where craters, mountains, and other features stand out the most.

Mars, magnitude –0.6 in Taurus, clears the east-northeast horizon around 10 or 11 p.m. and gains altitude for the rest of the night. Mars is four times as bright as Mars-colored Aldebaran, magnitude +0.9, sparkling to its right. Look for the Pleiades above Aldebaran. Mars is 11½ arcseconds in diameter and growing. The best time to observe it telescopically is before dawn, when it’s highest. Mars will be 17.2 arcseconds across when closest to Earth on December 1st.

Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra

Mercury (10/2), Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Color – Brown
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month

Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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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   1     High   5:25 AM     5.9   7:14 AM    Rise  2:05 PM      25
~     1      Low  10:30 AM     3.1   6:57 PM     Set 10:25 PM
~     1     High   4:32 PM     7.8
~     1      Low  11:56 PM    -0.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Creator, you are mastery, help me to see mastery in a way that I can understand.

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Journal Prompt – What is? – What is the proudest moment of your life?

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Quotes

~   “Forty-two,” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~   Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness. – Jim Rohn
~   Good works are links that form a chain of love.  – Mother Teresa
~   Chivalry may have been largely a romantic legend in the past, but can and should be made reality in the present. – Kerr Cuhulain

Men Who Think I Am One of Them Speak by Stacey Waite

She really let herself go.
This story is hard to tell.
When the men you love
insist a woman hold on
never
let herself go
never
let herself loose
never
let herself leave
never
let herself depart
never
let herself mobilize
never
let herself imagine
never
let herself grow
big enough to lift off
the runway
like a jet
full of fuel.

Copyright © 2022 by Stacey Waite. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on September 22, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.

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Samhain Magick – Lore – Samhain tidbit – From:  http://groups.msn.com/ShadowsandLight/yourwebpage1.msnw – THE WICCAN MYTH OF SAMHAIN: “Celtic God Of The Dead”

Identifying Samhain as a Celtic Death God is one of the most tenacious errors associated with Halloween. Again the wacky world of Wicca promotes another false illusion to many innocent and ignorant (not possing knowledge) seekers. Wicca is not ancient traditional Witchcraft, but a conglomeration and hodge-podge mix of different practices and religions, thrown together in the 1940’s by Gerald Gardner, a bored, ambitious, and quite horny (they must worship naked, and sexual intercourse is their greatest and highest ritual) and kinky (they must tie up and whip each other) English Government worker.

Almost all stories about the origin of Halloween correctly state that Halloween had its origins among the ancient Celts and is based on their “Feast of Samhain.” But many authors which are critical of Halloween, Druidism, and/or Wicca (NOT WITCHES), have stated that Samhain was named after the famous Celtic “God of the Dead.” No such God ever existed.

By the late 1990’s many secular sources such as newspapers and television programs had picked up the error and propagated it widely. It is now a nearly universal belief, particularly among both Christians and Wiccans.

Modern-day Samhain is the day when many Wiccans believe that their God dies, later to be reborn. [Wicca is a Neo-pagan (NEW-PAGAN), Earth-centered religion.] Thus, Samhain is not a God of death; it is actually a yearly observance of the death of a God.

Was/is Samhain a Celtic God? The answer is a definite yes and no:

YES. He did exist. Many Neo-pagan and secular sources are probably wrong. As As Isaac Bonewits writes: “Major dictionaries of Celtic Languages don’t mention any ‘Samhain’ deity…” However, there is some evidence that there really was an obscure, little known character named Samain or Sawan who played the role of a very minor hero in Celtic mythology. His main claim to fame was that Balor of the Evil Eye stole his magical cow. His existence is little known, even among Celtic historians. He was a hero, not a god.

NO. Many conservative Wiccans (the ones who do not practice ancient traditional Witchcraft) and secular sources are definitely wrong; there is/was no Celtic God of the Dead. The Great God Samhain appears to have been invented in the 18th century, as a God of the Dead before the ancient Celtic people and their religion were studied by historians and archeologists.

McBain’s Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language says that ‘samhuinn’ (the Scots Gaelic spelling) means ‘summer’s end’…” The Celts observed only two seasons of the year: summer and winter. So, Samhain was celebrated at one of the transitions between these seasons. (Note: In contrast, Wiccans celebrate four seasons)

Samhain is pronounced “sow-in” (where “ow” rhymes with “cow”). Samhain is Irish Gaelic for the month of November. Samhuin is Scottish Gaelic for All Hallows, NOV-1.

There are many sources supporting the conclusion that Samhain refers to the festival, not a God of the Dead. They come from Celtic, Druidic, Irish, and Witchcraft groups other than Wiccans:

“Samhain (October 31), most often recognized as our New Year, is also called Ancestor Night. It represented the final harvest, when the crops were safely stored for the coming Winter. As the veil between the worlds of life and death is thin on this night, we take this time to remember our beloved dead.”

W.J, Bethancourt III has an online essay which traces the God Samhain myth back to the year 1770 when Col. Charles Vallency wrote a 6 volume set of books which attempted to prove that the Irish people once came from Armenia. Samhain as a god was later picked up in a 1827 book by Godfrey Higgins. That book attempted to prove that the Druids originally came from India. The error might have originated in confusion over the name of Samana, an ancient Vedic/Hindu deity. Bethancourt comments:

“With modern research, archaeology and the study of the Indo-European migrations, these conclusions can be seen as the complete errors they were…”

Later, he writes: ” ‘Samhain’ is the name of the holiday. There is no evidence of any god or demon named ‘Samhain,’ ‘Samain,’ ‘Sam Hane,’ or however you want to vary the spelling.”

“I’ve spent several years trying to trace the “Great God Samhain” and I have YET to find seminal sources for the same. The first reference seems to be from Col. Vallency in the 1700s and then Lady Wilde in her book ‘Mystic Charms and Superstitions’ advances the ‘Samhain, lord of the dead’ theory. Vallency, of course was before the work done on Celtic religion in either literature or archaeology.”

The Irish English Dictionary, published by the Irish Texts Society, defines Samhain as follows:
“Samhain, All Hallowtide, the feast of the dead in Pagan and Christian times, signalizing the close of harvest and the initiation of the winter season, lasting till May, during which troops (esp. the Fiann) were quartered.”

The Scottish Gaelis Dictionary similarly defines Samhain as: “Hallowtide. The Feast of All Soula. Sam + Fuin = end of summer.”  J.C. Cooper, author of The Dictionary of Festivals identifies Samhain as:

“Samhain or Samhuinn: (Celtic). 31 October, Eve of 1 November, was the beginning of the Celtic year, the beginning of the season of cold, dearth and darkness.”

Wiccans have attempted to reconstruct the ancient Celtic religion, following in the footsteps of their founder, Gerald Gardner, in mixing and matching various parts of the ancient Celtic religions and legends with other religions and magician practices. Having left out and added to, they include this festival as one of their 8 Sabbats (seasonal days of celebration). Many Wiccans acknowledge the existence of a God of the Dead named Samhain or a similar deity by another name. Modern-day Druids and other Neo-pagans also celebrate Samhain as a special day, but not usually as an actual God.

Saoirse,
ruthee
http://www.turningthewheel.org

Goddess Blessings!
Live Well – Laugh Often – Love Much
Granny  ©¿©¬  Moon

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Silliness – Original Tik Tok Influencer

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Daily Stuff 9-30-22 extra2

Hi, folks!

Ok, it’s fixed. I still don’t know what happened, other than it published the 1st revision instead of the 13th, when the 13th is what was on my screen! Go figure!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Daily Stuff 9-30-22 extra

Hi, folks!

I haven’t a clue what happened to today’s post. It was fine when I hit publish last night, but somehow the original draft is what came up. I’m going to fix it and re-post, but that’s really a surprise!

Love & Light,
Anja

The Pride of Baltimore II and the big inflatable rubber duckie! from July

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Daily Stuff 9-30-22 Meditrinalia

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 10:54 PM of -0.2 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. [workshop]

 [posting at 6pm] Rain Gauge was 0.7 inches Thursday at noon. Overcast and damp. It’s more mist than rain and drying quickly, now. 58F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 45-39, UV4. Chance of rain 9% today and tonight. Sunny afternoon tomorrow! Forecast – Today, overcast but clearing late. Tomorrow(66/56) partly cloudy. Sat(78/52) sunny. Sun(65/52) mostly sunny. Mon(63/53) partly cloudy. Tue(64/53) AM clouds. Wed/Thu(66/54) partly cloudy. There’s a tiny chance of rain right at the end of the 10-day forecast.

Fires on the map.
We’re under the lightest level of the smoke plume. It’s covering from the Cascades west and from Medford north.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres – same
Cedar Creek Fire – 115,428 – up
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 – same
Vines Hill Fire – 2,427.72 acres – New
Sturgill Fire – 21,103 acres – up
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 548 acres – up
Double Creek Fire – 161,510 acres – up
Slick Ear Fire – 279 acres – New
Nebo – 12,607 acres – up
4 firespots.

I finally got the newsletter published a bit after 2pm. Sash called just as I was finishing up. We weren’t busy all day. Oh, there were a few lookers in, but that’s all. I was working on finishing up a page in one of the blogs and then suddenly realized it was past time to get going on this. I have some cooking to do at home and more embroidery.

Today Is Tempus’ birthday. I only have a couple of things for him and I need to figure something out for a cake….. I was kinda hoping to take him out to dinner…. Chinese, maybe? Hoping….

Photo by me from 9/16/14. This was taken in the Hackleman Old Growth Forest along Rt. 20 on the way to Sisters.

motif food wine

Meditrina was a Roman goddess who seems to have been a late Roman invention to account for the origin of Meditrinalia. The earliest account of associating the Meditrinalia with such a goddess was by 2nd century grammarian Sextus Pompeius Festus, on the basis of which she is asserted by modern sources to be the Roman goddess of health, longevity and wine, with an etymological meaning of “healer” suggested by some. This was pretty common in the late Roman Empire, where natural forces and celebrations were made into god/desses. Wikipedia says the Meditrinalia (in honor of the new wine and an obscure goddess of medicine) is on 10/11, but Nigel Pennick has it as today. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditrinalia

plant pic coltsfoot herb Petasites_frigidus_1030
Coltsfoot

Today’s Plant is ColtsfootPetasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus

Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com 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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Astrology, Astronomy and other Stuff

Moon in Sagittarius

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 10/9 at 1:55pm. 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 9/30 at 2:55am. Waxing Crescent Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/2 at 5:14pm.

The reborn Moon passes the head of Scorpius, then Antares.

At dusk the crescent Moon shines only about 2° from Antares for North American viewers, as indicated above. As always, the Moon’s configuration with stars nearby will differ a bit depending on your location and time.

Multiple images of Titan

Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, sits due south of the ringed planet around 1 A.M. EST this morning (note that this is still late Thursday night for the western U.S.). The planet is low in the southwest at that time, sinking toward the horizon as Capricornus sets. Saturn, glowing at magnitude 0.4, is now 5° west of 3rd-magnitude Deneb Algedi. It may be a bit challenging to get a clear image of the planet and magnitude 8.5 Titan, sitting about 40″ south of the planet’s limb, given the turbulence and thickness of Earth’s atmosphere. You may find that the planet is blurry and even appears to dance around. Still, if you’ve got a clear view of the horizon, give it a try. Alternatively, you can come back to the scene this evening. An hour after sunset, Saturn is just over 25° high in the southeast, offering clearer, steadier views of the planet, its rings, and its moons. Now Titan sits roughly 1′ southwest of the planet’s limb and may be easier to spot. Through larger instruments, 10th-magnitude Tethys, Dione, and Rhea may also be visible. The first lies 30″ east of the planet’s center, while the other two lie 50″ and 1.3′ west of Saturn’s center, respectively.

Venus is getting almost unobservably low in very bright dawn. Mercury is on its way up to replacing it there.

Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra

Mercury (10/2), Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Color – ?
Planting Harvest
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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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   30     High   4:21 AM     6.3   7:13 AM    Rise 12:51 PM      16
~    30      Low   9:44 AM     2.5   6:59 PM     Set  9:37 PM
~    30     High   3:45 PM     8.1
~    30      Low  10:54 PM    -0.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Abundance is everywhere.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – What did your parents do for fun?

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Quotes

~   Don’t say that I don’t mix with the common people, Joe; I sell used ‘copters for a living. You can’t get any commoner. And don’t imply that my heart is not with them. We are not like them, but we are tied to them by the strongest bond of all, for we are all, each every one, sickening with the same certainly fatal disease-we are alive. – Gulf (pp. 556-557) Robert Heinlein
~   Daring is one of the hardest things for adults starting down the warrior path to master. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Every life is a profession of faith and exercises an inevitable and silent influence. – Amiel
~   Four rules for life: Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results. – Angeles Arrien

Do not trust the eraser by Rosamond S. King for Gabrielle Civil & Madhu H. Kaza

Do not trust the eraser. Prefer
crossed out, scribbled over monuments
to something once thought correct
. Instead: colors, transparencies
track changes, versions, iterations
. How else might you return
after discards, attempts
and mis takes, to your
original genius
?

Copyright © 2022 by Rosamond S. King. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 1, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.

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Samhain Magick – Correspondences

Symbolism: Third Harvest, wisdom of the Crone, death of the God, reflection on our place in the Wheel of the Year, New Year, reincarnation, the dark mysteries, Rebirth after Death.
Foods: beef, pork and other meat dishes, cakes for the dead (soul cakes), pumpkin dishes cranberry/pumpkin muffins and breads, squash, beets, turnips

Drinks: Mead, apple cider, mulled cider, mulled wines, ale, herbal teas

Herbs: Angelica, burdock, catnip, pennyroyal, rosemary, rue, sunflower, sage, thyme, wild ginseng, tarragon, mugwort. Oak, Arborvitae (Yellow Cedar), Corn, Dittany of Crete, Fumitory, Hazel, Mullein, Nightshade, Sage, Wormwood, Gourds, Allspice, Catnip

Fruits – Apples, pomegranates, acorns, hazel and other nuts

Flowers: Calendula, chrysanthemum, cosmos, marigold.
Trees: Acacia, apple, cypress, hazel, hemlock, yew
Incenses and oils: Bay, cedar, clove, copal, coriander, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, heather, mugwort, myrrh, patchouli, peppermint, sage, sandalwood, vetiver, wormwood.
Colors: Black, brown, orange, red, Golden Yellow. Altar candles should be black, orange, white, silver and/or gold.

Stones: Amber, beryl, bloodstone, carnelian, clear quartz, diamond, garnet, gold, granite, hematite, jasper, jet, marble, obsidian, opal, pyrite, rose sapphire, ruby, sandstone, smoky quartz, steel, tourmaline, turquoise. all black gemstones, jet, obsidian, and onyx.

Animals: Stag, jackal, cat, bat, ram, scorpion, heron, crow, robin, crow, black dogs.
Mythical creatures: Goblins, harpies, Phooka, Goblin, Medusa, Beansidhe, Fylgiar, Peryton, Erlkonig

Symbols – Jack-o’-Lantern, Balefire, Besom, Masks, The Cauldron, Waning Moon Jack-O-Lanterns, Altar decorations might include small jack-o-lanterns, foods from the harvest, and photographs of your loved ones who have departed from this world.

Some appropriate God/desses: Star Goddess, Winter Queen(Anna) and Winter King (Anu), all Death, Underworld, and aged Gods; all Crone and Underworld Goddesses; Am-Heh (Egyptian), Anubis (Egyptian), Arawn (Welsh), Cernunnos (Celtic), Dis (Roman), Hades (Greek), Heimdahl (Norse), Herne (English), The Horned God (European), Kronos (Greek), Loki (Norse), Nefertum (Egyptian), Odin (Norse), Osiris (Egyptian), Pluto (Greco-Roman); Arachne (Greek), Aradia (Italian), Badb (Irish), Cerridwen (Welsh), Elli (Teutonic), Ereshkigal (Assyro-Babylonian), Eris (Greek), The Fates/Moerae (Greek), Fortuna (Roman), Freya/Frigg (Norse), Hecate (Greek), Hel (Teutonic), Inanna (Sumerian), Ishtar (Babylonian), Macha (Irish), Mari (Basque), Morrigan (Celtic), Nephthys (Egyptian), Nicneven (Scottish), Persephone (Greek), Psyche (Greek), Proserpina (Roman), Rhiannon (Welsh) Lilith, The Morrigan/Morrigu
Decorations: Autumn leaves, fall flowers, pomegranates, apples, pumpkins

Traditional activities: Common Ritual practice calls for each Wiccan to write down his/her weaknesses on a piece of paper or parchment and toss it into the Cauldron fire divination, drying winter herbs, feasting and partying to defy the coming darkness (bob for apples, roast nuts, pop popcorn), Witches’ Ball. Spirit Contact, Meditation,

Spell/ritual work: astral projection, past life recall, Remembrances, Dumb Supper, Dark Moon mysteries, mirror spells, scrying, protection, inner work, clearing obstacles, transition, culmination, transformation. Releasing bad habits and toxic relationships, illness, failure and poverty; everything you do not want to carry into the New Year.

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Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – toastate (TOHS tayt) – v. To impatiently pop toast up and down in the toaster, thus increasing the likelihood of burning it.

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Daily Stuff 9-29-22 Michaelmas

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 10:02 PM of -0.3 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

 [posting at 2pm] Rain Gauge was 0.1 inches at noon on Wednesday and 0.7 inches today at noon. Overcast and damp. It’s more mist than rain and drying quickly, now. 58F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 45-39, UV4. Chance of rain 9% today and tonight. Sunny afternoon tomorrow! Forecast – Today, overcast but clearing late. Tomorrow(66/56) partly cloudy. Sat(78/52) sunny. Sun(65/52) mostly sunny. Mon(63/53) partly cloudy. Tue(64/53) AM clouds. Wed/Thu(66/54) partly cloudy. There’s a tiny chance of rain right at the end of the 10-day forecast.

Fires on the map.
We’re under the lightest level of the smoke plume. It’s covering from the Cascades west and from Medford north.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres – same
Cedar Creek Fire – 115,428 – up
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 – same
Vines Hill Fire – 2,427.72 acres – New
Sturgill Fire – 21,103 acres – up
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 548 acres – up
Double Creek Fire – 161,510 acres – up
Slick Ear Fire – 279 acres – New
Nebo – 12,607 acres – up
4 firespots.

Cardoons

Tuesday evening I got my class done. Tempus took me home right after that although I had originally been planning on staying. I was exhausted, though, so we decided it would be better if I slept. ….and I did.

Celery stub

Yesterday I didn’t get a whacking lot done. I worked on embroidery patterns for a good while, making some progress, but mostly pecking at it in between some other chores. Tempus took off for Loryea’s after we had coffee. He had to wash windows and came home so soaked that his coat was still wet when he took off for the paper route at 1am….

tomato

Herbs in the Garden was a bit damp, but I took advantage of the wet (soft) dirt to do quite a bit of weeding. I harvested that one tomato and have it in the window to try to get it to ripen. The plant was drooping. Kinda disappointed in the harvest this year.

Rosemary

Tempus stopped at Ray’s on the way home and got a roasted chicken for supper, plus some bread. I got the chicken taken apart and we ate. Yum…. been awhile. We talked about how to put up the new shelf. I really want to get some of my books out of boxes!

Today I got up with the alarm and spent a bit more time on the embroidery patterns. I have one I want to get into the computer at the shop. There was the most beautiful picture as we went across the Eckman causeway. The water was silvery from the light through the overcast and an egret was posing with his feet in the water against the brown/green grass.

Dahlia

We’re at the shop and as soon as this is out I have plant watering to get done. Later I want to do a set of Halloween earrings. I’ve had the charms since last fall! Tempus has had to run back home for the coffee that got forgotten. Tonight is the early night because of the bulk route, but we have the chicken and some cheesy rice and vegetables for supper, so that will be quick, at least.

A photo by Ken Gagne of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, boat in the harbor and jetty from early September, 2018. Used with permission

herbal roast goose

Today’s Feast is Michaelmas. During the Middle Ages Michaelmas was a Holy Day of Obligation, nearly equal to Easter. It was a day when yearly rents were due (the harvest is in by now….) when university terms began (still do, for many) and folks had a fun party. Some folklore has it that this is the day that Michael dumped the devil out of heaven. Goose is traditionally associated with the festival. (….so are dragons….)  – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michaelmas

oenothera evening primrose

Today’s Plant is Evening primroseOenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets, and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose

Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com 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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Astrology, Astronomy and other Stuff

Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 9:03pm.

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 10/9 at 1:55pm. 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 9/30 at 2:55am.

The reborn Moon passes the head of Scorpius, then Antares.

As twilight fades, look southwest for the waxing crescent Moon — now with its horns fairly near vertical. Orange Antares is off to its left by about 12°. Between them is white Delta Scorpii, second in brightness to Antares. The star closest to the September 29th Moon here is Delta Scorpii, and it’s brighter than it’s plotted. The database for these charts came from before Delta nearly doubled in brightness in July 2000. It could fade back to normal at any time — but it hasn’t yet.

Siberian sky – This lovely shot captures the soft glow of the zodiacal light in the October sky above Siberia. – Aleksandr Yuferev (Flickr)

Now that the Moon has disappeared from the evening sky, these last few days of the month are excellent for trying your hand at spotting the zodiacal light. Often called the false dawn at this time of year, the zodiacal light now appears in the east before sunrise, while the sky is still dark. The best views will come from a high-up observing site with a clear view of the eastern horizon and little to no light pollution. Look for a soft, cone-shaped glow thrusting upward from the horizon in Leo and extending along the ecliptic, running through Cancer and Gemini as it narrows. What causes this strange, almost otherworldly glow? It’s sunlight scattering off dust grains scattered throughout the inner solar system. These myriad grains have been sloughed off by comets as they round the Sun and warm up, leaving material behind.

Mercury barely emerges very low in bright dawn by the end of this week, just above the horizon due east. It’s on its way to a good dawn showing in the second week or so of October.

Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra

Mercury (10/2), Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Color – Purple
Planting 9/28&9
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Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).

Grapes

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.

Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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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  29     High   3:27 AM     6.7   7:12 AM    Rise 11:34 AM      9
~    29      Low   9:06 AM     1.9   7:00 PM     Set  8:59 PM
~    29     High   3:07 PM     8.1
~    29      Low  10:02 PM    -0.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – honest is da best policy….

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Journal Prompt – What would you? – What would you like to learn about in school that you don’t know about now?

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Quotes

~   Affirmation – Stare at yourself, unflinchingly, and ask, “What do I choose today? Freedom, or the oppression of my soul?” – Thorn
~   We have all known the long loneliness, and the answer is love, and that love is found in community. – Dorothy Day
~   Minimal appearance, maximum content. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   You can’t test courage cautiously. – Annie Dillard

The sunflower children
Nod to the sun.
Summer is over,
Fall has begun! – Anon.

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Magick – Michaelmas Lore

Michaelmas by Ben Johnson – http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Michaelmas/

Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels, is celebrated on the 29th of September every year. As it falls near the equinox, the day is associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days; in England, it is one of the “quarter days”.

There are traditionally four “quarter days” in a year (Lady Day (25th March), Midsummer (24th June), Michaelmas (29th September) and Christmas (25th December)). They are spaced three months apart, on religious festivals, usually close to the solstices or equinoxes. They were the four dates on which servants were hired, rents due or leases begun. It used to be said that harvest had to be completed by Michaelmas, almost like the marking of the end of the productive season and the beginning of the new cycle of farming. It was the time at which new servants were hired or land was exchanged and debts were paid. This is how it came to be for Michaelmas to be the time for electing magistrates and also the beginning of legal and university terms.

St Michael is one of the principal angelic warriors, protector against the dark of the night and the Archangel who fought against Satan and his evil angels. As Michaelmas is the time that the darker nights and colder days begin – the edge into winter – the celebration of Michaelmas is associated with encouraging protection during these dark months. It was believed that negative forces were stronger in darkness and so families would require stronger defences during the later months of the year.

Traditionally, in the British Isles, a well fattened goose, fed on the stubble from the fields after the harvest, is eaten to protect against financial need in the family for the next year; and as the saying goes:

“Eat a goose on Michaelmas Day,
Want not for money all the year”.

Sometimes the day was also known as “Goose Day” and goose fairs were held. Even now, the famous Nottingham Goose Fair is still held on or around the 3rd of October. Part of the reason goose is eaten is that it was said that when Queen Elizabeth I heard of the defeat of the Armada, she was dining on goose and resolved to eat it on Michaelmas Day. Others followed suit. It could also have developed through the role of Michaelmas Day as the debts were due; tenants requiring a delay in payment may have tried to persuade their landlords with gifts of geese!

In Scotland, St Michael’s Bannock, or Struan Micheil (a large scone-like cake) is also created. This used to be made from cereals grown on the family’s land during the year, representing the fruits of the fields, and is cooked on a lamb skin, representing the fruit of the flocks. The cereals are also moistened with sheeps milk, as sheep are deemed the most sacred of animals. As the Struan is created by the eldest daughter of the family, the following is said:

“Progeny and prosperity of family, Mystery of Michael, Protection of the Trinity”

Through the celebration of the day in this way, the prosperity and wealth of the family is supported for the coming year. The custom of celebrating Michaelmas Day as the last day of harvest was broken when Henry VIII split from the Catholic Church; instead, it is Harvest Festival that is celebrated now.

St Michael is also the patron saint of horses and horsemen. This could explain one of the ancient Scottish traditions that used to be practiced on Michaelmas Day. Horse racing competitions in the local communities would be held and small prizes won. However, with a twist, it was the only time at which a neighbour’s horse could be taken lawfully the night before and ridden for the entirety of the day, as long as the animal was returned safely!

In British folklore, Old Michaelmas Day, 10th October, is the last day that blackberries should be picked. It is said that on this day, when Lucifer was expelled from Heaven, he fell from the skies, straight onto a blackberry bush. He then cursed the fruit, scorched them with his fiery breath, spat and stamped on them and made them unfit for consumption! And so the Irish proverb goes:

“On Michaelmas Day the devil puts his foot on blackberries”.

The Michaelmas Daisy

The Michaelmas Daisy, which flowers late in the growing season between late August and early October, provides colour and warmth to gardens at a time when the majority of flowers are coming to an end. As suggested by the saying below, the daisy is probably associated with this celebration because, as mentioned previously, St Michael is celebrated as a protector from darkness and evil, just as the daisy fights against the advancing gloom of Autumn and Winter. [Anja’s Note – The Michaelmas Daisy is actually an aster, Aster amellus]

“The Michaelmas Daisies, among dede weeds,
Bloom for St Michael’s valorous deeds.
And seems the last of flowers that stood,
Till the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude.”

(The Feast of St. Simon and Jude is 28 October)

The act of giving a Michaelmas Daisy symbolises saying farewell, perhaps in the same way as Michaelmas Day is seen to say farewell to the productive year and welcome in the new cycle.

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Silliness – Legal Questions

What are the three questions most commonly asked by lawyers?

  1. How much money do you have?
  2. Where can you get more?
  3. Do you have anything you can sell?
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Daily Stuff 9-28-22  Thesmaphoria

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 9:15 PM of -0.2 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs in the Garden at 3pm, rain permitting. I’ll work between showers, but no one else has to. 🙂 Probably no newsletter on Thursday until we come in to the shop.

 [posting at 6pm] Overcast and 57F, wind at 1-11mph and gusting, AQI 2-36, UV4. Chance of rain 79% today and 74% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 8am today to 5am Thurs. Forecast – Today(64/57) Rain, total accum. 0.45 inches! Tomorrow(63/50) AM showers. Fri(68/54) partly cloudy. Sat(76/52) sunny. Sun-Thu partly cloudy. Highs 65-68, Lows 51-53, small chance of rain right at the end of the 10-day forecast.

Fires on the map, although only two are still growing.
We’re under the lightest level of the smoke plume. It’s covering from the Cascades west and from Medford north.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres – same
Potter Fire – 632 acres – off the map
Windigo Fire – 1,007 – off the map
Cedar Creek Fire – 114,422 – up
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 – same
Sturgill Fire – 20,192 acres – same
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 536 acres – same
Double Creek Fire – 157,717 acres – up
Nebo – 12,600 acres – same
12 firespots.

Bay tree with self-heal

Monday evening I was awfully tired before we headed home. We had customers in even after closing time. Tempus was working in back, so I had to stop writing for a bit. I set up some newsletter frames, so that it would be easier to do things tonight after class. …and then started working on galleries for the classes. Tempus ran over to the gas station to put air in the tires.

Dang snails have been at the thyme again.

We ate canned spaghetti for supper…. That’s tired… 🙂

I was up with the alarm today. Tempus had gotten in very late this morning, because he fell asleep at the shop. He sat down to answer a text and dropped off. 🙂

Walking onion and some new ones coming up.

I did some small chores when I got up, then worked on embroidery and thought for a bit. When Tempus got up we decided to have coffee at the shop, so rolled into town. It had been overcast at home, but most of the drive was under a bright sunny sky until we were almost to town. There’s a layer of cumulus, (looks like rain) clouds sitting on us here.

That tomato still hasn’t ripened!

Tempus went over to the place that used to be Chuck’s video. There was a paperback bookshelf with a tag on it. Turns out that’s not for sale, but there was another that was free. He’s currently trying to fit it into the car.

water droplets on a tiny nasturtium

…and he’s headed home with it. That will get some of the books out of the boxes. …and that’s done. We’ll have to set it up tomorrow. I’ve been working on the class galleries. I think I’m ready to go.

Time for class!

Today I really want Tempus to sleep in. Herbs in the Garden is at 3pm, rain permitting.

A photo from 9/27/16 by Ken Gagne of the Carson Ranch in the Yachats River Valley

plant pic flower Rhododendron_macrophyllum_biscuit_june_2005

Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize, having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Siberia, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.

Demeter 1207

The Thesmaphoria is an ancient festival in honor of Demeter celebrated in Greece. This festival appears to predate the worship of the Olympian gods. In some places it was a harvest festival, in others in honor of the autumn seed-sowing. More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thesmophoria

Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com 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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Astrology, Astronomy and other Stuff

Moon in Scorpio

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 10/9 at 1:55pm. 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 9/30 at 2:55am.

The starry W of Cassiopeia stands high in the northeast after dark. The right-hand side of the W (the brightest side) is tilted way up. Look at the second segment of the W counting down from the top. Notice the dim naked-eye stars along that segment (not counting its two ends). The brightest of these, on the right, is Eta Cassiopeiae, magnitude 3.4. It’s a remarkably Sun-like star just 19 light-years away, but it has an orange-dwarf companion, magnitude 7.3, separation 13 arcseconds — a lovely binary in a telescope. Left of Eta, and fainter, is a naked-eye pair in a dark sky: Upsilon1 and Upsilon2 Cassiopeiae, 0.3° apart. They’re yellow-orange giants unrelated to each other, 200 and 400 light-years distant from us. Upsilon2 is slightly the brighter of the pair. It’s also the closer one.

Let’s return to Pisces tonight for a much fainter target than Jupiter. Today, we’re focusing on a galaxy group in the northeastern portion of the constellation, near Andromeda. Cataloged as Arp 331 or the NGC 383 group, this set of galaxies is sometimes called the Pisces Chain or the Pisces Cloud as well. Even with a dark sky, you’ll need a large scope to track down this gaggle of galaxies, so go for as much aperture as you can. The brightest member of the chain is 12th-magnitude NGC 383, for whom the group is named. This galaxy also appears the largest, spanning some 2′. You’ll find it about 3.2° south of Mirach (Beta [β] Andromedae). Just 30″ to its southwest is the starlike galaxy NGC 382 (magnitude 14). Stretching in a line southeast of NGC 383 are (from north to south) NGC 386 (magnitude 14), NGC 385 (magnitude 13), NGC 388 (magnitude 14), and NGC 384 (magnitude 13). To NGC 383’s north (from south to north) are NGC 380 (magnitude 13.6) and NGC 379 (magnitude 13).

Uranus, magnitude 5.7 in Aries, is up in the east in good binocular or telescope view by late evening. See the Uranus finder charts in the November Sky & Telescope, page 49.

Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra

Mercury (10/2), Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Color – White
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Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).

Grapes

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.

Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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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   28     High   2:39 AM     7.0   7:11 AM    Rise 10:18 AM      3
~    28      Low   8:32 AM     1.3   7:02 PM     Set  8:29 PM
~    28     High   2:34 PM     8.1
~    28      Low   9:15 PM    -0.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I allow clarity to flow through me, filling my cells and every fiber of my being.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – He that flings dirt at another dirties himself most. — Thomas Fuller

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Quotes

~   Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken. – Chester Allen Arthur (1830-1886) US President (21st), VP (20th)
~   I thought of my ancestors, both direct and collective, who had fought and died so that I might be treated as an American. I then thought of this fetid, smug, hate-filled, wealthy white man taking credit for the release and yet still not being satisfied. It does not matter how long we’ve been in these United States. We will never be American. – Baratunde
~   Superstition is the religion of feeble minds. – Edmund Burke, British statesman
~   They’re crazy. No, Meade. One such is crazy; a lot of them is a lemming death march.” – The Year of the Jackpot (p. 622) Robert Heinlein

Through sunny days and yellow weeks,
With clouds that melt in tears,
The glory of the harvest speaks
In all the silken ears. – J. Hazard Hartzell (1830–90)

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Magick – Recipes

Watermelon Picnic Punch – Toast to summer with refreshing watermelon-strawberry lemonade, served up in a watermelon! By Cheeky Kitchen Updated March 8, 2017 – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/watermelon-picnic-punch/31bd9927-12a7-4200-a3a4-452add47b3ea

  • Prep10 MIN
  • Total10 MIN
  • Servings6

Ingredients

  • 1 mini seedless watermelon
  • 8 oz lemon juice
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries SAVE $
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 cups ice

Steps

  1. Slice the mini watermelon in half, using a spoon to scrape all of the fruit from the center of the melon. Place in a large blender.
  2. Add the lemon juice, strawberries, sugar, and ice to the blender. Blend until pureed.
  3. Pour lemonade straight from your blender, or pour into a pitcher. For an extra fun way to serve this drink, pour it into the two empty halves of the watermelon, add a skewered strawberry and lemon for garnish, then slurp your lemonade from a straw!

Yorkshire Pudding a la Anja – It’s getting to be time for this again.

1 cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
¼- ½ pound Bacon bits
¼  cup Cheese cubes (about 2 inches of a Tillamook block)
3 pats of Butter

1 13×9 pan or 2 pyrex 4 cup bowls and one Corning Grabbit ™

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix all ingredients but butter (I usually use a stand mixer.)
  3. Put the butter in your baking dishes and set them in the oven until the butter melts.
  4. Take the dishes out and swirl the butter around, or use a brush.
  5. Pour the batter into the hot dishes and distribute the lumps evenly.
  6. Bake for about 35 minutes.

Rainbow Cake Recipe

  • 3 cups cake flour*
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening (I used non hydrogenated)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons imitation butter flavoring
  • 1 1/3 cups water 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs about
  • 1-2 tsp each red, yellow, blue food coloring

* You can make cake flour with this recipe.

  1. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl (a stand mixer bowl if using a stand mixer) and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the shortening to the flour mixture, and mix until there are no chunks. Add the vanilla and butter flavoring, and briefly process until even distributed.*note: If sealed, this cake mix can be kept for several months before use
  3. Blend the cake mix with water, oil and eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer at a low speed until the ingredients are even distributed, and then increase the speed to medium and beat for two minutes.
  4. Divide the batter into six bowls. In each bowl, use food coloring to color the batter. The colors I chose where red, orange (red and yellow), yellow, green (yellow and blue), blue, and purple (red and blue).
  5. Layer the Batter in a greased and floured bundt pan. I began with the red batter, and finished with the purple batter. [EDIT: I should add that a tip to help create the swirls of colors is to make sure when you add one of the colors, to add it to the middle of the previous color, not just a layer on top of the previous color (if that makes sense). Also, gently coat the bottom and 1/2 of the sides of the pan with the first color, to create a sort of “shell” that will help with swirls! (: ]
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 35 minutes, or until a tooth inserted into the cake comes out clean (a little coloring on it is fine!). Once cool, remove from pan and dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!

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Silliness – Laugh of the Day – Why did the pig stop sunbathing? He was bacon in the sun!

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Daily Stuff 9-27-22 Midsummer Night’s Dream

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tues/Wed. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Penny Arken.

 [posting at 6pm] Overcast and 59F, wind at 0-7mph, AQI 15-37, UV4. Chance of rain 27% today and 78% tonight. Forecast – Rain is looking more and more likely! At some point, mostly likely very early Wed morn, but possible well into Thursday we could get up to 1/3 of an inch! There’s still a miniscule chance of rain at the end of the 10-day, but not nearly as likely. We’re running out of summer….. Today(59/55) mostly cloudy. Tomorrow(63/56) showers. Thu(62/52) AM showers. Fri(68/54) partly cloudy. Sat(72/53) sunny. Sun/Mon(66/52) partly cloudy. Tue/Wed(62/52) mostly cloudy.

Fires on the map, although only two are still growing.
The smoke is back in the Valley. The Cedar Creek Fire being the main contributor, pretty much from Oakridge north. There’s another small plume in the very NE corner of Oregon from the Double Creek Fire.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres – same
Potter Fire – 632 acres – same
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres – same
Cedar Creek Fire – 114,104 – up
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 – same
Sturgill Fire – 20,192 acres – same
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 536 acres – same
Double Creek Fire – 157,717 acres – up – There are firespots along the northern and southern edges of the fire again.
Nebo – 12,600 acres – same
8 firespots.

Berries are still producing.

Sunday evening after the newsletter went out Tempus was still doing some chores. I got the plants watered indoors, but I have a lot of tending to do on them. Some is just moving them around, but more it getting dead foliage removed, but I couldn’t do any more at the time.

The giant nasturtium. The leaves are are6-10 inches across!

The handle of my basket, the carry one that I’ve been using for most of the last decade, has decided to give up the ghost. I’m going to have to try to do a mend on it, soonest!

The egrets were roosting in the tree behind the duckpond. 🙂

This is the pot of walking onions that the slugs mostly ate. It’s been planted with more, veg ends (parsnip, leek, scallion) and bombarded with some rather dead cherry tomatoes.

I didn’t sleep well, to put it mildly, and I’m groggy this morning. I think it might have rained? I was out doing garden pictures and got a few with droplets, but there was nothing in the rain gauge except condensation, and Tempus had turned on the dehumidifier.

spring onions that have some up since the slugs have slowed down.

The river was covered with fishing boats as it has been for several weeks. Even on a Monday morning! I must admit there were only about 1/2 the loud vehicles with boat trailers this morning, though they still woke me. The inlet where the duck flock was has been taken over by geese, and the ducks were scattered through the other inlets as far as the Eckman outflow.

a seed potato, harvested and then re-planted

I started the day at the shop with processing pictures, after cleaning up mail and messages. I found a couple of interesting recipes in the process, and I’m a little frustrated because it calls for things that I don’t keep around, like sundried tomatoes. Hmm…. Maybe I can talk Tempus into getting some and we’ll also make the tomato and olive bread?

A fig – brown turkey

We had a few lookers in early on, but then I settled down to writing. …and wrote franticly, because I had forgotten that I was doing a class tomorrow night! So, I had the House Capuchin report, this newsletter, a class blurb, and to get the pictures set up for the class.

Fig – White Adriatic

We took the time to watch the DART mission. This was a first step in planetary defense. The DART was deliberately crashed into the tiny Dimorphos asteroid (only 900 feet across) to try to deflect its orbit. It will take careful observations to determine how much it’s been deflected, but the crash itself was amazing to watch. The impact is a few minutes past 43:30 on the video, but there are lots of replays and discussion.

One of the generic figs from a couple of years ago.

I need to make a casserole or something for supper tonight and I want to do a little embroidery, if possible.

Today is normally a “sleep-in” day. I dunno how much of the class is going to be ready before we head home Monday evening, so I don’t know how much time I’m going to need to take before 7pm…. and I’m probably going to stay over at the shop afterwards, so there will be a Wednesday morning newsletter, too.

A photo from 9/25/18 of Alsea Bay by Penny Arken

Today is the anniversary of a 1631 Sunday performance of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream that so upset the Puritans that Bottom had to sit in the stocks! More on the play here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer_Night%27s_Dream

pussy willow
plant coast willow Salix_hookeriana_USFWS

Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow,  Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses and pronunciation). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water.  Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying.  The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salix_hookeriana

Fallr hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com 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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Astrology, Astronomy and other Stuff

Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 4:15pm.

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 10/9 at 1:55pm. 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 2:55am on 9/27. 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 9/30 at 2:55am.

The house-shaped constellation Cepheus harbors one of the sky’s most famous stars: Delta (δ) Cephei. You can find it just off the house’s southeastern edge. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

House-shaped Cepheus, in the edge of the Milky Way, is high in the northeast to north these evenings, as shown on the center star charts of the September and October Sky & Telescope issues. Cepheus is home to the prototype Cepheid variable star, Delta Cephei. Throughout its cycle Delta Cep remains naked-eye; it pulses from magnitude 4.4 to 3.5 and back every 5 days 9 hours. Make a point of looking up from time to time and comparing Delta with nearby Epsilon and Zeta Cephei, mags 4.2 and 3.3 respectively. Those two comparison stars nearly frame Delta’s brightness range. Use the chart for this trio in Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column with the September S&T ‘s center chart. In a telescope Delta Cep is also a lovely double star. Its companion, magnitude 6.3, is 41 arcseconds away. More about Cepheus is in the same issue, page 45.

The planet Uranus – William Herschel discovered Uranus in March 1781. This image, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, contains far more detailed than any the early astronomer could have viewed. – NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter

The darkest nights this month are the best time to spot the far-flung ice giant Uranus, the second-to-last planet in our solar system. The magnitude 5.7 planet is an excellent binocular or small scope target tonight, rising in the east around 8 P.M. local time. Give it a few hours to climb higher above the horizon; by 11 P.M., it is more than 25° high in southeastern Aries. The planet will continue to move higher into the morning hours, so early risers can expect even better views.

Constellation of Cetus. Menkar is near the top left.

The easiest way to find Uranus in binoculars is to first locate Menkar, Cetus the Whale’s magnitude 2.5 alpha star. From there, shift a little less than two fields of view (in 7×50 binoculars) to find a small triangle of three 6th-magnitude stars. One of these is 53 Arietis. Uranus sits near the western edge of the triangle. Its small disk spans just 4″ and may appear bluish-gray.

About 14.5° northeast of Uranus in the sky lies 2nd-magnitude Hamal, the brightest star in Aries. Roughly 4° southeast of this star is Aries’ second-brightest star, magnitude 2.6 Sheratan.

An image of Neptune captured by the Webb telescopes Near-Infrared Camera NASA ESA CSA STScI

Neptune, magnitude 7.8 at the Aquarius-Pisces border, is 10° west of Jupiter. See the Neptune finder charts in the September Sky & Telescope, page 49. And use the charts there too for the asteroid 3 Juno nearby, not quite the same magnitude.

Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102. Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra

Mercury (10/2), Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Color – Grey
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Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).

Grapes

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.

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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  27     High   1:55 AM     7.3   7:10 AM    Rise  9:04 AM      0
~    27      Low   8:00 AM     0.9   7:04 PM     Set  8:05 PM
~    27     High   2:04 PM     7.9
~    27      Low   8:33 PM     0.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I have the strength and knowlege to make every day one that counts.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite lie to tell?

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Quotes

~   God does not comfort us to make us comfortable only, but to make us comforters. – Dr. John Henry Jowett
~   If I should die, I have left no immortal work behind me — nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered. – John Keats,  English poet
~   This day is golden. Live it. This time is potent. Use it. – Ralph Marston
~   I give you this to take with you: Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.” – ? Judith Minty

September 1, 1939
I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade … – WH Auden, Anglo-American poet

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Magick – Crafts

Wheel of the Year Candle – You will need candlewax from each Sabbat candle you use througout the year, a candle mold, and a new wick. This takes a whole year to make. You have to save some of the wax from the candles you used on each Sabbat and keep them in a special place for the whole year. As each Sabbat passes, add the next piece of wax. Since you used them for the Sabbat rituals, they have more power. Once the wheel of the year has made a complete cycle, melt the wax from the eight Sabbats together. Pour the melted wax into a candle mold, or cut a plastic cup in half; add a wick to the bottom of the cup and pour in the wax. Place it in the freezer to harden quickly. Keep it in your sacred space to bring a wonderful coming year. You could also do this with wax from the 13 Full Moons in a year.

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Offering Dish

Items needed:

  • ·    Sculpy or Fimo (found at most craft stores or Wal-Mart)
  • ·    leaf of desired shape and size
  • ·    oven proof bowl approximately the size of the leaf
  • ·    knife
  • ·    acrylic pain (optional)
  • ·    acrylic sealer (if you’re going to paint it)

Directions:

  1. On a cookie sheet or tin foil, oll out the Sculpty or Fimo with a rolling pin or flatten with your hand until it is approximately 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick.Smooth.
  2. Press leaf on top of fimo so that impression is made.
  3. Trim off the excess fimo from around the leaf.
  4. Remove the leaf.
  5. Carefully remove the fimo leaf from the cookie sheet and place in the bowl so that the edges curve upwards.
  6. Bake in the oven according to the direction on the package – usually 200 or 250 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes. Allow to cool.
  7. Paint and seal with acrylic, if desired.

Spa Baskets – Gather together some spa ingredients into a basket. Some ideas are: bottles of essential oils, bubble bath, bath salts, candles, loofah, a pair of warm socks, and some chocolates, set on a bed of evergreens. Wrap this up in cellophane with a ribbon an voila! Add some incense or oils to the basket.

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Silliness – Bed bugs

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Daily Stuff 9-26-22 Fall of Jerusalem

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. October 6 starts Wicca 101. Sign up soon!

[posting at 6pm] Bright and sunny! 63F, wind at 0-13mph, AQI 30-39, UV5. Chance of rain 9% today and 16% tonight. Forecast – Chance of showers Tue-Thu. total accum. 0.27. Chance of showers again next Mon/Tue total accum 0.23 in. Today(62/52) partly cloudy. Tomorrow(61/54) mostly cloudy. Wed/Thu(63/54) showers. Fri/Sat(67/53) mostly sunny. Sun/Mon(64/53) partly cloudy. Tue62/50) showers.

Fires on the map
There’s a smoke plume only over the Cedar Creek fire and there’s a hot-spot right in the upper edge of it.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres – same
Potter Fire – 632 acres – same
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres – same
Cedar Creek Fire – 114,025 – up
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 – same
Sturgill Fire – 20,192 acres – same
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 536 acres – same
Double Creek Fire – 157,705 acres – up – There are firespots along the northern edge of the fire again.
Nebo – 12,600 acres – same
7 firespots.

We got home fairly early Saturday evening but were tired enough that we made a skimpy supper and fell into bed. I got up and did a little putting away of clean dishes, but not much else. Tempus got in at a decent hour for a Sunday and I got up with the alarm. I read the paper, then cleared the home freezer of the harvested greens and things. I also go the last of the venison stew boxed to freeze for later.

We hurried to the shop under a bright blue sky with clouds fraying at the edges. Hurried, because the stuff was thawing….

When we got to the shop I packed the greens box and Tempus got that and the other things into the freezer. At that point, he did a major ice removal from the biggger freezer. At some point the top must have been open a bit and it had ice all around the seal and across the top of the food!

We got extremely busy during the first hour. We had about 30 people through the door and one set of them, four ladies, bought quite a bit! After that I started writing. I didn’t have a project at my desk. Eventually, things calmed down. I got a few more earrings stocked, then I wrote and cleaned up mail and then updated things on the tablet. This was next up.

Tempus just made me a lovely sandwich and I finally got my 2nd cup of coffee, at 5:30!

Today is back to the usual schedule. I think that cleaning is in order. I have a stack of things that flipped, that’s blocking access to my beading table and I need to get some more earrings done!

Photo by Ken Gagne on 9/25/16 Used with permission

300px-Arch_of_Titus_Menorah

Today is the anniversary of the day in 70CE when Jerusalem fell to Roman forces during the “Great Revolt”. The inhabitants were starving and had been for months, while the besieging armies crucified those who were trying to escape, sometimes 500 in a day where the folks inside the city could see them. The walls were razed and the city burned to the ground. Some information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Jewish%E2%80%93Roman_War#Fall_of_Jerusalem

plant flower Dogviolet6

Today’s Plant is the Early Blue VioletViola adunca – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/  Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

Fallr hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com 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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Astrology, Astronomy and other Stuff

Moon in Libra

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 10/9 at 1:55pm. 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 2:55am on 9/27.

The Milky Way and Summer Triangle – The summer Milky Way hangs above Lake Alqueva, part of a dark-sky reserve in Portugal. The brightest star of the Summer Triangle, Vega in Lyra, lies near the top left of the image. Deneb in Cygnus appears to its lower left and Altair in Aquila resides to their lower right. – Miguel Claro

This is the time of year when the rich Cygnus Milky Way crosses the zenith soon after nightfall is complete (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). The Milky Way extends straight up from the southwest horizon between Sagittarius and the tail of Scorpius, passes overhead, and runs straight down to the northeast through Cassiopeia and Perseus.

Late-night views – Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune (shown here but requires binoculars to see) are visible all night this month. The best views come in the few hours around midnight. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The mighty planet Jupiter reaches opposition today at 4 P.M. EDT in the constellation Pisces. It will rise as the Sun sets and set as the Sun rises, offering excellent views all night and early morning. Jupiter is also close to Earth in its orbit right now — closer than it has been since 1963, according to NASA. That’s because neither Jupiter nor Earth orbits the Sun in a perfect circle, and only occasionally do the planets’ orbits bring them particularly close together. But this year, the giant planet is within some 367 million miles (591 million kilometers) of Earth, making it appear particularly big and bright — 50″ across and magnitude –2.9 — in the sky. Two hours after sunset, Jupiter is more than 20° high in the east. The later in the evening you observe, the better, as the clearer your views will be. You can’t miss its bright light some 11° below the Circlet of Pisces; Jupiter is the brightest source of light in the sky overnight, until Venus rises tomorrow morning. Zoom in on Jupiter with a telescope and you’ll see it is flanked by its four largest moons. Stretching out to the east (from closest to farthest) are Io, Europa, and Ganymede. Alone to the west is Callisto. If you do catch the planet earlier in the evening, you may even see its Great Red Spot transiting the face, reaching the middle of the planet around 8:45 P.M. EDT. (The Spot will transit again tomorrow morning, reaching midway across Jupiter’s face around 6:40 A.M. EDT on the 27th.)

Saturn, magnitude +0.5 in dim Capricornus, crosses the southern sky these evenings. Spot it 44° west of Jupiter. That’s about four fist-widths at arm’s length. It’s upper right of Jupiter early in the evening and directly right by around 9 or 10, when Saturn is about at its highest.

Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102. Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra

Mercury (10/2), Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Color – Ivory
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).

Grapes

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.

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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   26     High   1:13 AM     7.4   7:08 AM    Rise  7:53 AM      0
~    26      Low   7:29 AM     0.5   7:06 PM     Set  7:44 PM
~    26     High   1:37 PM     7.6
~    26      Low   7:55 PM     0.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s ok to put yourself first.

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Journal Prompt – What? – What kind of program do you enjoy most on TV—detective shows, comedies, game shows—and why?

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Quotes

~   One can pass on responsibility, but not the discretion that goes with it. – Benvenuto Cellini, Italian goldsmith and sculptor, in his autobiography
~   Science fiction does not remain fiction for long. And certainly not on the Internet. – Vinton Cerf
~   I think that science fiction, even the corniest of it, even the most outlandish of it, no matter how badly it’s written, has a distinct therapeutic value because all of it has as its primary postulate that the world does change. I cannot overemphasize the importance of that idea. – “The Discovery of the Future,” Guest of Honor Speech, 3rd World Science Fiction Convention, Denver, Colorado (4 July 1941) Robert Heinlein
~   The light is in your heart. It is pointless to seek elsewhere. The sacred mountain is in your heart. Everyone has a magic temple inside, just meditate inside.- Nan Huai Chin

There are flowers enough in the summertime,
More flowers than I can remember:
But none with the purple, gold, and red
That dyes the flowers of September! –Mary Howitt (1799–1888)

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MagickEveryone Must Practice Joy!!!!

Sit in a beautiful garden…appreciate and smell the flowers…ask how your laugh life?…watch clouds…st on your head…live juicy…smell the sunshine…play peek a boo with an adult…take an herb bath…find ways to be outrageous…climb a tree…laugh wholeheartedly…wear a clown nose in a traffic jam…walk barefoot in the grass…engage in a creative activity…get down on the floor and play with children…play tag…go down a slide…build a fort…wade in a river…jump on a trampoline in a rainstorm…paint your face with frosting…watch a baby sleeping…truly listen to children…laugh with children…get in bed upsidedown…do a somersault…get dizzy…shout with glee…act silly…play leapfrog…play with a hula-hoop…master yoyo…walk on stilts…enjoy a bug…play hopscotch…camp out in the livingroom…toast marshmallows in the fireplace…have a pillow fight…play with paperdolls…make mud pies…wear groucho glasses…blow soap bubbles when stopped at a red light…play with a slinky…have a race with windup toys…fingerpaint with chocolate pudding…play with silly putty…be a clown…”be” rather than do…be with amusing positive people…bug a friend…throw change over your shoulder when jogging…giggle…look for a bright star…tell positive upbeat jokes…clip cartoons from the newspaper and give them to someone who needs a laugh…send jokes on a computer…tell funny stories…celebrate life…dance outside on a moonlit svnoi…wear an exotic hat…seize the magic of the moment…laugh at bumper stickers…have a h puppet at your desk to lighten tense moments…play with a koosh ball…staple a tissue to a “bad news” memo…use a paper airplane to send a message…have a bubblegum blowing contest…daydream…read cartoon books…celebrate the little as well as the big events of your life…have inspirational thoughts…recall funny happy memories…write long love letters…color in a coloring book…get a massage…sunbathe…hold hs…stargaze…kiss…share your dreams…sit by the fire with a glass of wine…be in love…give a backrub…search for the fountain of youth…exercise…short sheet a bed…leave a silly message on a phone machine…wear unmatched shoes and socks…play hooky…roll down a grassy hill…delight in a brilliant sunrise…crunch in the snow…race a snail…count your smiles per hour…have a abiza(pizza) by clelight…be positive, enthusiastic, and optimistic always…laugh at yourself and your mistakes…take a “joy break” whenever you feel too serious…wear eccentric clothes…be childlike rather than childish… belly laugh…love life…greet strangers with a smile and a osiyo(hello).

Just Practice Joy everyday and your stress and problems will slowly fade away.

By OtterWoman )0(  Visit Crone’s Corner on Yahoo  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002

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Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – nevitts (NEV itz) – n. The sandpaper-like deposits on a cat’s tongue.

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Daily Stuff 9-25-22 Pyanopsia

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Anja. House Capuchin’s Project Day from 1-4pm.

[posting at 6pm] Sunny and warm. 63F, wind at 0-15mph, AQI 4-32, UV5. Chance of rain 11% today and 13% tonight. Forecast – There’s still that chance of rain on Tue/Thu total accum 0.12 inches, but there’s also a tiny chance next weekend, now. Today/Tomorrow(61/51) partly cloudy. Tue(61/54) mostly cloudy. Wed/Thu(63/54) AM showers. Fri(65/52) mostly sunny. Sat(63/52) PM showers. Sun(61/50) AM showers. Mon(61/51) partly cloudy.

Fires on the map
There’s a smoke plume only over the Cedar Creek fire and there’s a hot-spot right in the upper edge of it.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres – same
Potter Fire – 632 acres – same
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres – same
Cedar Creek Fire – 113,809 – up a little
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 – same
Sturgill Fire – 20,192 acres – same
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 536 acres – up
Double Creek Fire – 157,698 acres – up
Nebo – 12,600 acres – same
5 firespots.

Friday evening Amor called just after I had gotten the newsletter out. We had our only customer of the day in while I was finishing that up. We had a few lookers, earlier, but no sales. She spent quite awhile by the divination case and then with the crystals, and about 1/2-way through the phone call and the long D&D story that he was telling me she was ready to check out. He finished his story after she was done and then the call dropped and he had to call back, but we were ready to head home at that point. It was awfully good to hear his voice.

Tempus had washed a bunch of vegetables. I had some of them in my basket, but he had to pack up the rest. It was already past 8:20 when we headed out and quite dark. The day length changes so fast this time of the year. We’re Turning into the Dark.

I didn’t get much done, overnight. We mostly had a snack for supper. I got a few things put away, but we went to bed as soon as possible. I must admit I will be very glad when salmon season is over. It’s a royal pain in the patootie to have all the fisherment revving their engines running up and down the driveway between 5 and 7am. …it’s been waking me every morning for awhile.

We rolled into town a little early under a sky that’s beginning to turn to autumnal blue. A whole flock of wood ducks was tucked into one of the little inlets to the east of Eckman Lake, but Eckman itself was unpopulated. Where are the geese?

I realized with some shock that it’s September. Yes, I should have known that, and I did, but it means we need to start up a Wicca 101. What I’m looking at is Thursday evenings, starting at 6pm, first class on 10/6. If you’re interested in the class we can negotiate on date/time. If you haven’t been reading in this blog for very long…. i.e.pre-pandemic…. Wicca 101 is about a 14 week course in all the basics of paganism with a focus on the practices of modern Wicca. More details here: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/classes/ Sign up by coming into the shop, calling the shop or commenting here.

I was distracted by the videos and photos of the pilgrimage. That looks like such fun! I was saving pix and watching the vids and then saving those. We had a lot of lookers through and a couple of sales. Around 4pm Tempus started watering plants and by then I was working on this.

Sewing was a short workshop. I showed the lady 5 stitches and some variations and she took ’em home to practice, since she had her two dogs with her and they were getting antsy. Tempus and I watched the SpaceX launch around 4:30 and then I got to working on this.

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Today is our “different day”. I have some wood projects to work on this week and I’m hoping that Tempus can track down the tote of other wood projects. The shop will be open regular hours.

Fairy Garden 5/19/13 by Anja. Someone took all the statues, so it doesn’t look this this, now.

beanpot

Today’s feast is the Pyanopsia (Πυανόψια) or Pyanepsia (Πυανέψια) was an ancient Greek festival in honor of Apollo, held at Athens on the 7th of the month Pyanepsion (October). The name literally means “bean-boiling”. Various legumes were stewed and given to Apollo as a “ripener of fruits”.  A suppliant branch”, was also offered, that sounds almost like our Christmas trees, but it was left up for a year and then replaced. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanopsia

salal

Today’s Plant is SalalGaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant.  – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal

Fallr hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com 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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Astrology, Astronomy and other Stuff

Moon in Virgo enters Libra at 9:43am.

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 9/25 at 2:55pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the New on 9/25 at 2:55pm. 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 10/9 at 1:55pm. 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 2:55am on 9/27.

New Moon (exact at 5:55 p.m. EDT).

Comet C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) – Comet PanSTARRS sails through a rich region of the sky this month as it curves past Scorpius the Scorpion. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Shortly after dark, Comet C/2017 K2 PanSTARRS is still visible above the southwestern horizon, hanging beneath Scorpius’ front claws. Now in the constellation Lupus, the comet is losing altitude quickly for Northern Hemisphere observers even though its brightness is fairly good at magnitude 8.6. Even a small scope (and some patience) should net it for you, provided you have a clear view of the horizon with little to no light pollution present there. You’ll find PanSTARRS now 2° south of Rho (ρ) Scorpii. It is just 12′ from the 6th-magnitude field star HIP 77985. The comet’s nucleus will likely look whitish and very compact — high powers are best for extended viewing. You may notice it is slightly elongated, with a sharper southern flank and a stubby, fan-shaped tail to the north as it’s battered by the solar wind.

Comet C2020 V2 ZTF

If you have a large scope and a clear northern horizon, you can try to pick up 12th-magnitude Comet C/2020 V2 (ZTF), which is currently brightening in the north. It lies 4° below (south-southeast of) Merak, the star that marks the lower right-hand corner of the Big Dipper’s cup as viewed right-side up. This comet will continue brightening and slide up toward Polaris as the year goes on; we’ll definitely focus more on it in the months to come.

Capella

Arcturus shines in the west these evenings after twilight fades out. Pretty soon after nightfall is complete, brighter Jupiter shines in the east at the same height as Arcturus. How well can you time their exact balance? When that happens, barely rising in the north-northeast is Capella (depending on your latitude; the farther north you are the higher Capella will be.) Later in the evening, it’s the turn of Arcturus and Capella to shine at the same height. Both are magnitude 0. Again, the time of this will depend on your latitude and longitude.

When it happens, turn and look low in the south-southeast. There will be 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut at about the same height too — exactly so if you’re at latitude 43° north (Boston, Buffalo, Milwaukee, Boise, Eugene). Seen from south of that latitude, Fomalhaut will appear higher than Capella and Arcturus are. Seen from north of there, it will be lower.

Mighty Jupiter – The solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, reaches opposition this week, offering the best views of the year. The Hubble Space Telescope took this stunning portrait of the mighty planet in June 2019. – NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley)

Jupiter comes to opposition this week on the 26th. As twilight fades, spot it glaring low due east. After dark Jupiter dominates the east, blazing at magnitude –2.9 in dim Pisces. It climbs higher across the southeast and stands at its highest in the south around midnight or 1 a.m. In a telescope Jupiter is a remarkable 50 arcseconds wide across its equator, its maximum possible; Jupiter this season is very close to the perihelion of its 12-year orbit around the Sun. See Jupiter’s Exceptionally Close Opposition by Bob King. “A sentinel in the autumnal sky, Jupiter marks its closest opposition since 1963.”

Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102. Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra

Mercury (10/2), Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Color – Amber
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).

Grapes

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.

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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  25     High  12:32 AM     7.3   7:07 AM    Rise  6:43 AM      1
~    25      Low   6:59 AM     0.2   7:08 PM     Set  7:25 PM
~    25     High   1:10 PM     7.3
~    25      Low   7:17 PM     1.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen to old People.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – While the mind is in doubt, it is driven this way and that by a slight impulse. – Terence

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Quotes

~   The best way to earn respect is to respect yourself: Some may continue to grumble about you, but they’ll respect you while they’re grumbling. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents. – Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) US attorney
~   The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching  your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. – Benjamin E. Mayes
~   Live life out loud and with a purpose. ~ Dan McGovern

September – Helen Hunt Jackson

The golden-rod is yellow; 
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian’s bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook,

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes’ sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather,
And autumn’s best of cheer.

But none of all this beauty
Which floods the earth and air
Is unto me the secret
Which makes September fair.

‘T is a thing which I remember;
To name it thrills me yet:
One day of one September
I never can forget. – Helen Hunt Jackson

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Magick – One last Mabon (we used this Thursday evening!)

Invocation of the Balance of the Wheel to be performed at Mabon, Autumnal Equinox

God – Now is the time of balance, when Day and Night face each other as equals.
Goddess – Yet at this time of the year the nights keep getting longer and the days keep getting shorter.
God – Everything changes and keeps changing in the tides of Earth and Sky.
Goddess – Know and remember, that which rises must also set, and which sets will always rise again.

God – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
East – Soon comes the time for rest.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
South – Soon comes the time for sleep.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
West – Soon comes the time for quiet.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
North – Soon comes the time for peace.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
East – Soon comes the time for growth underground.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
South – Soon comes the time for growth inside.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
West – Soon comes the time of the rain.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
North – Soon comes the time of the wind.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
East – Soon comes the time of breaking branches.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
South – Soon comes the time for burning wood.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
West – Soon comes the time for warm blankets.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
North – Soon comes the time for cuddling close.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.
East – Soon comes the time for dreams and visions.
All – The wheel turns and turns into the dark.

South – But Now!
West – We are here Now!
North – We thank you Goddess!
East – Now is the time for fullness. We thank you God!
South – Now is the time for ripe tomatoes and beans. We thank you Goddess!
West – Now is the time for golden corn. We thank you God!
North – Now is the time for green and gold squash. We thank you Goddess!
East – Now is the time for red and gold apples & cider. We thank you God!
South – Now is the time for brown beer. We thank you Goddess!
West – Now is the time for golden ale. We thank you God!
North – Now is the time for honey-sweet mead. We thank you Goddess!
East – Now is the time for bright orange pumpkins. We thank you God!
South – Now is the time for sweet black berries. We thank you Goddess!
West – Now is the time for all kinds of nuts. We thank you God!
North – Now is the time for cheese. We thank you Goddess!
East – Now is the time for onions and potatoes. We thank you God!
South – Now is the time for pickles and jellies. We thank you Goddess!
West – Now is the time for bread. We thank you God!
North – Now is the time of abundance. We thank you Goddess!

God/dess – Now is the time for thankfulness. You are welcome to the abundance of our world.

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Silliness – How Army Policy Began

This is Army policy all begins…

Start with a cage containing five apes. In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the Banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold water. After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result – all the apes are sprayed with cold water.

Continue until, when another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes try to prevent it.

Now, turn off the cold water.

Now, remove one ape from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the other apes attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five apes and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Again, replace a third original ape with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the four apes that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest ape.

After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes which have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced. Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs. Why not?

“Because that’s the way it’s always been around here.”

That’s how Army policy begins…

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Daily Stuff 9-24-22 Feast of In-Gathering

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing Workshop 3pm.

[posting at 6pm] Sunny and 65F, wind at 0-7mph and gusting, AQI 10-37, UV4. Chance of rain 8% today and 11% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 2pm to midnight on Saturday. Forecast – From Tue. eve. through Thu. noon there’s a chance of rain. Total accum. 0.12 inches. Today(64/49) sunny. Tomorrow-Tue(62/51) partly cloudy. Wed/Thu(62/52) AM showers. Fri-Sun(63/51) partly cloudy.

Fires on the map
Smoke plume is gone? Nothing is showing anywhere, so I’m guessing that’s a glitch. …Yeah, Oakridge is still messy, so something’s not working right.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres – same
Potter Fire – 632 acres – same
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres – same
Cedar Creek Fire – 113,637 – same
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 – same
Sturgill Fire – 20,192 acres – up
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 535 acres – same
Double Creek Fire – 157,332 acres – up
Nebo – 12,600 acres – same
2 firespots.

Thursday Evening’s Sabbat was good. Short, informal, but good. <grin> Sortof a “soft start” for getting back to the open Circles that we did for 16 years….

Once we were done, Tempus and I headed home and he got a nap. I finished up putting some things away in the kitchen and by that time he was up and ready to head for Newport for the bulk route. I slept for awhile, read for awhile and slept some more before getting myself a midnight lunch and getting the penultimate unpacking finished. A large batch of supplies and projects had gone with me to the two demos and I’m finally tucking them back into place!

Tempus got in at a decent time in the morning, but we ended up a few minutes late at the shop, despite it, since I was reading and totally lost track of time! Mail….messages….phone calls…. one from a lady who thought we were the Shell station down the street and wanted to know what kind of milk we carry….. <sigh> Ok, so I want to finish filling in newsletter frames.

So, those are done until Tuesday. That’s cuts awhile off the time that it takes per day. Tempus has been working in back, washing vegetables, for awhile.

I have a spaghetti sauce to make tonight, not for supper, since we have leftovers, but for the next couple of days, anyway. I hope Tempus got the big glass pyrex cup washed. …and I want to get some embroidery done, too.

Today we open at 1pm. Sewing Workshop is going to be on basic embroidery stitches, by request. Bring a piece of plain, solid-color lightweight fabric (think sheet/pillowcase) about a foot square, and an embroidery hoop, if you have one. (If you don’t we have some for less than $5 in the embroidery section at the shop.)

A photo of the mouth of the Yachats River from 9/22/16 by Ken Gagne. Used with permission

0924 Mell Supper feast

Today is the Feast of In-Gathering in England. It is also known as Harvest-Home, Kirn-Supper or Mell-Supper. This is one of many feasts going on at this time of the year all across Europe and the US that celebrate the gathered harvest. The picture is a Polish Feast with a name that also translates as “Harvest Home”. The original link to this broke, but here is a Wiki article:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_festival

plant pic miners lettuce

Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia

Fallr hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com 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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Astrology, Astronomy and other Stuff

Moon in Virgo

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 9/25 at 2:55pm. 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 9/24 at 2:55am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the New on 9/25 at 2:55pm.

Transiting together – This close to opposition, transits of the Galilean moons and their shadows occur nearly simultaneously. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Jupiter is nearing opposition in just three days, and it’s obvious if you’ve been tracking transits of its moons and shadows. Last Friday, Io and its shadow trekked across the face of the planet with a 15-minute separation between them. Tonight, the journey repeats starting just before 10 P.M. EDT, but with a difference: Now they’re separated by only 5 minutes and cross the disk so close to each other that they’re nearly overlapping. By 11 P.M. EDT, they’re perfectly placed roughly halfway across the disk. Both leave the western limb just over an hour later, with Io’s shadow slightly leading the bright spot of the moon.

History repeating – Giovanni Schiaparelli’s drawing of Mercury Feb. 6, 1882 (left), compared with a simulation of the planet’s appearance on April 23, 2022 (right). The crater Kuiper is the bright patch left of center. – Brera Observatory, Milan; John Boudreau

Mercury reaches inferior conjunction at 3 A.M. EDT. It will reappear in the morning sky by early October.

Sagittarius above a Cape Cod beach house – The famous Teapot asterism in Sagittarius stands out to the upper right of this vacation home, while the central regions of the Milky Way arc through the top of the image. – John Chumack

As summer turns to fall, you’ll always find the Sagittarius Teapot moving west of south during evening. It’s tipping increasingly far over to the right, as if pouring out the last of summer.

Meanwhile the Great Square of Pegasus, emblem of fall, is getting high in the east. Look for it above bright Jupiter and maybe a bit left. It’s balancing on one corner, as it always does when we see it in either the east or the west. Only when the Great Square is very high and more or less south does it sit level like a box.

Mars, magnitude –0.4 in Taurus, clears the east-northeast horizon by around 11 p.m. It gains altitude for the rest of the night. Mars is four times as bright as Mars-colored Aldebaran, magnitude +0.9, sparkling to its right or lower right. Look for the Pleiades above Aldebaran. Mars is now 11 arcseconds in diameter and growing. The best time to observe it telescopically is before dawn, when it’s highest. Mars will be 17.2 arcseconds across when closest to Earth on December 1st.

Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra

Mercury (10/2), Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Color – Indigo
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).

Grapes

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.

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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  24      Low   6:27 AM     0.1   7:06 AM    Rise  5:35 AM      4
~    24     High  12:43 PM     6.9   7:10 PM     Set  7:05 PM
~    24      Low   6:41 PM     1.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose courage for what you believe in.

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Journal Prompt – Expository – You are given 24 hours to do whatever you would like, money no object. What do you do and why?

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Quotes

~   Give me a man who says this one thing I do, and not these fifty things I dabble in. – Dwight L. Moody
~   A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. – George Moore
~   I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father. – Greg Norman
~   Remember, there are two benefits of failure:  First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you an opportunity to try a new approach. – Roger Von Oech, Creativity expert

Where long the shadows of the wind had rolled,
Green wheat was yielding to the change assigned;
And as by some vast magic undivined
The world was turning slowly into gold. – Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935)

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MagickSardis dig yields enigmatic trove: Ritual egg in a pot
Date: March 3, 2014
Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Summary: The ruins of Sardis have been a rich source of knowledge about classical antiquity since the 7th century B.C., when the city was the capital of Lydia. Now, Sardis has given up another treasure in the form of two enigmatic ritual deposits, which are proving more difficult to fathom than the coins for which the city was famous.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140303143257.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28Latest+Science+News+–+ScienceDaily%29

A ritual deposit, found intact beneath a first century Roman house in Sardis. The deposit, found inside two bowls, includes a number of small implements, a unique coin and an egg. The hole in the egg was made in antiquity. Credit: Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/Harvard University


By any measure, the ancient city of Sardis — home of the fabled King Croesus, a name synonymous with gold and vast wealth, and the city where coinage was invented — is an archaeological wonder.

The ruins of Sardis, in what is now Turkey, have been a rich source of knowledge about classical antiquity from the 7th century B.C., when the city was the capital of Lydia, through later Greek and Roman occupations.

Now, however, Sardis has given up another treasure in the form of two enigmatic ritual deposits, which are proving more difficult to fathom than the coins for which the city was famous.

“The two deposits each consist of a small pot with a lid, a coin, a group of sharp metal implements and an egg, one of which is intact except for a hole carefully punched in it in antiquity,” explains Will Bruce, a classics graduate student a the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has been digging at Sardis for the past six years. Bruce made the finds last summer.

The dig at Sardis is overseen by Nicholas Cahill, a UW-Madison professor of art history. Cahill has directed field research at Sardis for decades. Both ritual deposits, says Cahill, date from the Roman era of Sardis, about A.D. 70 or 80.

Bruce and his team were excavating below the floor of a first century room, built over the ruins of an earlier building, which had probably been destroyed in a massive earthquake in A.D. 17.

Digging beneath the floor, Bruce and his colleagues first uncovered a thin-walled, nearly intact jug and, nearby, an assemblage of mostly unbroken pottery. “It looked like we were reaching a more intact deposit instead of fill,” says Bruce.

Within that assemblage, Bruce began to carefully uncover an inverted bowl, which turned out to be sitting on top of another bowl. The bowls, still filled with dirt, were carefully removed and immediately turned over to conservators who cleaned and dissembled them to find a set of small pointed instruments, a coin with a lion and portrait of Nero, and the intact egg.

“The ritual offerings were dug into pits in the floor, after the room was constructed,” says Cahill. “We know they were renovating the room periodically, because in another part of the space there was a dump of painted wall plaster buried under the floor, presumably in a renovation.”

“The meaning of these deposits is still quite open to interpretation,” notes Cahill, “but burying votive deposits below ground or in a wall was a fairly common practice,” perhaps as a ritual offering to protect the house. Roman literary sources suggest eggs were used in particular rituals.

For the archaeologists, part of the intrigue is that similar groups of bowls, needles, coins and eggs were discovered at Sardis more than 100 years ago when the temple of Artemis was excavated by Princeton University archaeologists. “It is an exact parallel to what they found in the early 20th century,” according to Cahill.

The coin was also unique. Sardis is famous as the place where coinage was invented in the Western world, first using electrum, an alloy of silver and gold, and later of pure gold and silver. Nearby sources of gold made ancient Lydia, and King Croesus, fabulously wealthy. While these Lydian coins are very rare, coins and coin hoards from later Greek and Roman occupiers of Sardis are routinely found.

But the coin found with the egg, says Cahill, seems to be special.

“The coin has a portrait of Nero on the front. The original reverse was hammered flat, and the image of a lion engraved in its place, which is very odd.” Expert numismatists have never seen anything like it. “The image of the lion is important because it is emblematic of the Lydian kings and of their native mother goddess Cybele,” Cahill says.

The discovery is unusual, Cahill notes, because finding ritualistic objects intact and in place after thousands of years is no everyday discovery, even in a rich archaeological context such as Sardis. “Ancient ritual was important to people. It is most unusual to find such fragile things so perfectly preserved.”


Story Source: The above story is based on materials provided by University of Wisconsin-Madison. The original article was written by Terry Devitt. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

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Silliness – Marriage – Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. — Oscar Wilde

Another Definition of Marriage – Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is a husband.

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