Daily Stuff 8-13-13 Obon

 Hi, folks!

weather Sunny brightThe sunshine pouring through the study window is almost painful. Dewdrops are catching the sunlight and sending sparkles all over. It’s 49F and I’m wishing that I had gotten up with Tempus. I had been thinking about it, to go out to watch for meteors, but I talked myself out of it because it was likely to be cloudy. <sigh> It must have been clear to be this chill.

product cafe 081512Yesterday was another long day. We tried to get Tempus home to work, but he was packing a shipment and it took until nearly 3pm to get the darned thing done, since his computer just would not cooperate! We were fairly busy and I packed and inventoried quartz right up until that point. After that I started looking at mail and then sat down to embroider. I finished needlebook #12! …and actually started the next one because I had some of the Beloved Festival staff in the shop browsing & chatting for quite awhile.

product cafe idol_speculation_square_cocktail_plateTempus was home sorting stuff from boxes. He finally got back to the shop around 8:30 and we closed up and came home. I would have liked to have seen the sunset. It had been foggy for the early part of the afternoon, but the sun was shining and that gradually evaporated. The tail end of the sunset was lovely, all gold and pink in blue cloud over the ocean.

Today he’s done some shopping in Newport and he’s going to wait, snoozing in the parking lot, until JNR computers opens, so that he can drop off the new computer. It’s got a bunch of viruses that I haven’t been able to pry loose, but they should be able to clean it up. Once he’s back, I’m going to make him crawl into bed for awhile and get caught up, but he wants to finish moving some more of the stuff and I’m going to try to get more of what’s on the porch shifted. I have newsletter stuff to work on and I’m trying to get the ads up on the OCPPG page, plus we have regular house chores. It’s going to be a busy day!

150px-Gujo_Odori_Japan250px-Osurasma,_or_praying_a_soul_out_of_purgatory-J._M._W._SilverToday’s Feast is Obon, the Japanese festival of the Ancestors. It is a time of family reunion. Graves of ancestors are cleaned and offerings given, family altars with ancestor tablets are set up, and there is a lot of dancing, which sounds like trance dance from the descriptions. All of this comes from a Buddhist custom, meant to alleviate suffering of those who have already passed from this world. Different areas of Japan have different dances and different times to celebrate, plus there are several ways of dating, one from the modern calendar, and one from the lunar, and then local ways. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obon and on the one in Gion here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guj%C5%8D,_Gifu#Guj.C5.8D_Odori

plant flower foxglove DigitalisToday’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. I saw one of the last of the year, with just 3 blooms at the bent over tip, and ripening seed pods for about 4 feet below that, yesterdya morning. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.

wheel of the yearThe 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 –

Waxing Crescent MoonThe Moon is a Waxing Crescent. 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 on 8/20 at 6:45pm.  
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 8/14 at 3:56am. 

The first-quarter Moon shines in the southwest at nightfall, withAstro Saturn Saturn to its right and Astro Scorpio Constellation AntaresAntares farther to its left. Quite close to the Moon is Alpha Librae, a wide double star for binoculars. The Moon occults (covers) Alpha Librae for much of South America.
Astro uranusUranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Astro neptuneNeptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are both in view in the southeast by midnight. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune here: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Uranus-and-Neptune-in-2013-190064991.html

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL), hazel
Rune Runic Month 16 Ansuz Os AsRunic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.

Sun in LeoSun in Leo
Moon in ScorpioMoon in Scorpio
Uranus, Chiron, Juno, Neptune and Pluto Retrograde
Color:  Grey

Planting 8/13-14


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Coll/Hazel – Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL) – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Hazel celtic tree month CollColl – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High       Tide    Height   Sunrise     Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low       Time      Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Tu  13     High   5:32 AM     5.5   6:17 AM    Rise  1:37 PM      32
~    13      Low  11:13 AM     1.7   8:24 PM     Set 11:44 PM
~    13     High   5:38 PM     7.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a friendly day!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – What if your life had been harder or easier? How do you think you’d be different?



~   Without hope we live in desire. – Dante Alighieri
~   I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I do not feel it. I believe in God even when He is silent. -Scrawled on a wall where Jews had hidden in WW II
~   A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
~   Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. – James Dean

I am not very skeptical… a good deal of skepticism in a scientific man is advisable to avoid much loss of time, but I have met not a few men, who… have often thus been deterred from experiments or observations which would have proven servicable. – Charles Darwin


Magick – Summer Recipes

Chicken Crescent RollsChicken Crescent Rolls

2 cans of low fat refrigerator crescents
1 can of healthy low sodium cream of chicken soup(26oz)
1 cup fat free cheddar cheese
2 boneless skinless chicken breast

I boil my chicken breast then shred, roll out each individual crescent, place about a Tbsp of shredded chicken in center and roll it up.

Bake on 350 for about 5 minutes until just starting to turn golden. Pour Cream of chicken over the top bake an additional 10 min top with cheddar cheese and bake for 10 more minutes.

BLT Chicken BraidBLT Chicken Braid – Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 8 slices
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 package refrigerated crescent rolls (Pillsbury 8 oz.)
chopped lettuce
diced tomatoes


  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together the chicken, cheese, bacon, and mayonnaise. Set aside.
  2. Open the crescent rolls. Lay out the dough on a non stick baking sheet. Press together all the seams. Cut small strips 1 1/2 inches apart along both sides. Leave about a 3 inch row in the center that is uncut. Spread the chicken mixture down the center evenly. Cross the strips over each other in a braid pattern. Press the end together. Bake at 375* for 20 minutes.
  3. Top the braid with lettuce and tomato before serving. Cut into 8 pieces.

Read more at http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2013/07/blt-chicken-braid/#PLcjUWdWapAUVYaD.99

Bacon Quiche Biscuit CupsBacon Quiche Biscuit Cups – Bake-Off® Contest 34, 1990, Doris Geist, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Looking for a dinner made using Pillsbury® Grands!® biscuits? Then check out these bacon quiche biscuit cups – a cheesy meal.

Servings 10
prep time35 min
total time1 hr 5 min

5 slices bacon
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons milk
½ cup shredded Swiss cheese (2 oz)
2 tablespoons chopped green onions (2 medium)
1 can (12 oz) Pillsbury® Grands!® Jr. Golden Layers® refrigerated biscuits

1 – Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 10 regular-size muffin cups with CRISCO® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. In 8-inch skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon; set aside.

2 – Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add milk and eggs, beating at low speed until smooth. Stir in Swiss cheese and onions. Set aside.

3 – Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Press or roll each to form 5-inch round. Place 1 biscuit round in each muffin cup; firmly press in bottom and up sides, forming 1/4-inch rim. Place half of bacon in bottom of dough-lined muffin cups. Spoon cheese mixture evenly into cups.

4 – Bake 21 to 26 minutes or until filling is set and edges of biscuit cups are golden brown. Sprinkle each with remaining bacon; lightly press into filling. Remove biscuit cups from pan.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – How many ceremonial magicians does it take to change a light bulb? One; he stands still with the bulb, and the universe revolves around him.

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