Daily Stuff 7-27-13 Sleepyhead Day

Hi, folks!

Herbs Workshop at 11am. Crystals at Noon. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.

weather Sunny brightThe sun is breaking through a light haze and it’s 54F.

Yesterday I spent most of the day at home, working on OCPPG, newsletters and still catching up on paperwork and mail, but I started with orders for incense and some bead materials. I worked steadily until past lunchtime, when Tempus phoned me to say that our Webmaster had called to tell us that there was a yard sale down the street from her that had a bunch of candlemaking supplies, so I hurried over there, but too late to get the supplies. I did pick up a bunch of rocks, mostly agates, but some interesting specimens of thundereggs and a few other minerals that we’ll be sorting in Crystals Workshop today.

Plant motif flower echinacea herbWhen I got back I worked outside for a bit, did my Daily Dozen and then checked the hebe to see whether there were any blooms worth harvesting. There are, so that’s today’s Herbs Workshop along with putting away dried stuffs from the herb dryer.

plant motif  flower foxgloveI made myself some lunch and got back to work, finding out that the calendar special is ready to start, then took a nap in the later part of the afternoon.

When I got up I talked to Tempus for a few minutes on the phone and then started into newsletters seriously, finishing up the most of the required bits through next Tuesday, so on my “tired” days I only have to write the note. I also made myself some noodles with garden vegetable bits. I hadn’t thought of using sorrel as a cooked green for awhile, but it was tasty.

motif plant flower heatherI got the Special onto the right page in this blog https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/psychic-fair-information/ and then wrote up a Mab’s Creations post.

I went down and picked Tempus up just before 8 o’clock. He had some late customers and was finishing up the watering when I got there. He got himself some supper, one of his spiced up chiles, I think. My nose was burning, anyway. 🙂 He also started a bread loaf for me to finish.

motif plant flower holiday cactusI made pizza later in the evening with tomato paste, onions, olives, ‘shrooms, a little celery salt and cheddar. Yum! I have some for lunch today. By 11:30 the bread was done and I went to bed. Tempus had been asleep for a couple of hours at that point.

…and I am dealing with a dreadful headache at this point, so I have no idea what’s happening today….

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Today’s Feast is National Sleepyhead Day in Finland. That made me giggle. The tradition is that the last person to wake gets water thrown on them. More recently there’s a tradition to dunk a celebrity in the ocean. 🙂 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Sleepy_Head_Day

motif, tree celtic duir oregon white oakToday’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or SeiningWiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water.  Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythology and more about our variety here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron

Lammas LughnasadhThe shop opens at 11am! Spring hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.

Love & Light, 


Today’s Astro & Calendar –

Waning Gibbous moonThe Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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. 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 on 8/5 at 2:561pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus, Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/29 at 10:43am.

Astro Constellation DracoWith the Moon now gone from the evening sky, try for the telescopic nest of galaxies over the back of Draco, the Dragon, using Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article and charts in the July Sky & Telescope, page 56. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201307/ The brightest ones are 10th magnitude.
Astro mercuryMercury is deep in the glare of sunrise, far below Astro jupiterJupiter. But every day now it’s becoming a little less faint and low.

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree month of Tinne/Holly – Jul 8 – Aug 4 – Energy and guidance for problems to come.
Rune Runic Month 14 Ur UruzRunic half-month of Uruz/ Ur7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
Runic half-month of Thorn, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor (right). The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.

Sun in LeoSun in Leo
Moon in AriesMoon in Aries
Uranus, Chiron, Juno, Neptune and Pluto Retrograde
Color: Indigo

Harvest 7/27-28


©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Holly Celtic Tree Month Tinne Ilex-aquifoliumTinne  Holly  Jul 8 – Aug 4 – Tinne  – (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holly

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

Yew Celtic Tree Month Ioho Taxus_brevifoliato study this month – Ioho – Yew  – Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxus_brevifolia


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High       Tide    Height   Sunrise     Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low       Time      Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Sa  27     High   4:21 AM     6.7   5:58 AM     Set 12:01 PM      78
~    27      Low  10:38 AM     0.1   8:47 PM    Rise 11:20 PM
~    27     High   5:02 PM     7.6
~    27      Low  11:29 PM     0.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What is a game or song that your family played or sang while driving?



~   The most sophisticated people I know — inside they are all children. – Jim Henson, Muppet creator
~   Night’s deepest gloom is but a calm; that soothes the weary mind: The labored days restoring balm; the comfort of mankind. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~   Ah, March! we know thou art Kind-hearted, spite of ugly looks and threats, And, out of sight, art nursing April’s violets! – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
~   As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President

From his side I came,
and when he holds me
against his heart
I feel the boundaries
float away,
and we are one again. © 2005 Beth Johnson (Mystic)


lughnasadh wheat border

Magick – Lughnasadh Crafts

Sand candles to honor the Goddess and the God of the Sea

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

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

Laminated Window Hangings for Lughnasadh

you will need:
–  lined paper
–  laminating paper
–  crayons
–  Lughnasadh cookie cutters(the big ones)
–  scissors & a single hole punch
–  a pencil
what to do:

Lightly trace the shapes of wheat sheaves or ears, ears of corn, loaves of bread or other Lughnasadh figures with your pencil.

Cut out those shapes with scissors.

Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.

Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.

Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window. 


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – The definition of “SAINT”: A dead liberal who is worshiped by living conservatives.

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