Daily Stuff 8-15-14 Sproshinki

weather fogIt’s 62F, very foggy and clammy down here at the shop. I had to write the newsletter from here this morning because the darned “d” key is non-functional on the home computer! It was sudden, too, must have happened during the day yesterday, because it was fine in the morning, but when I tried to type when I got home, whoa nellie!

motif plant flower geraniumYesterday was long & tiring. I was on my feet a lot since we had a lot of customers in. Most everyone was browsing, but one family out for a fun time on the beach really brightened things for me. They were all set up, but for a kite & a triple handful of honey sticks and I suggested some more sweets from the Chocolate Frog. They were in beach clothes, but with parkas tied aroun thier waists & so very happy. That’s what makes this business so much fun!

motif plant flower gingerTempus took off noon-ish and got back around 8pm. We were closed up, all but for locking the door, but his boss from the paper route stopped by to give him some more info for the morning and slowed us down a bit more, since we had to go track address that down before stopping at Ray’s for some rolls for supper.

“I su__enly ha no _ that my keyboar woul type! What the hey?” was what I typed at home!

motif plant flower hippeastrumWell…. I after fighting that one awhile and typing replies to people with no “d”‘s in ’em, (do you ever think about how many “d”‘s are in what you type? No past tense!) I gave up and played games until we were done with supper….which was brats with extra cheese and pickle on the rolls and a lovely salad and then read until I fell asleep.

OCPPG Logo 2014 thumbToday we’re both at the shop. Tempus is going to run over to the Moose in a bit to check to see what’s up with the OCPPG Saturday space. Leslie (Chocolate Frog) thinks it might just be stalled on someone’s desk.

BTW, they’re talking about taking up the space just south of their shop for a coffee pod stop. That sounds awesome to me! We talked about that this morning for a few minutes and also about the Labor Day exhibition.

motif plant flower jimsonweedSo, right now, Tempus is trying to see about putting up some magnets for the flags so that I can put ’em up and down myself. We’re experimenting. I’m hoping to get in a little sewing time because I got the God and Goddess pillow fabrics in! He had a bank deposit to take and possibly an order or so needs to get done.

lughnasadh harvesting wheatmotif season lughnasadh bale hayToday’s feast is Sproshinki. This Slavic holiday celebrates the end of haymaking. People feast and hold contests, many of which are athletic is nature, but others are more like our tradition of County Fairs. One of my Babicka’s uncles regularly won the village competition for who could fork and throw a haybale the highest.

200px-Venus_von_Willendorf_01Today’s Feast is also for Vesta, Keeper of the Flame. It’s also Assumption Day, the day that the Virgin Mary was taken to heaven, which means that it is also sacred to all the forms of the Great Mother. For Vesta, light 6 red candles and burn herbs for your intent in a hearth fire. For the Virgin, light white. Give thanks to the Great Mother Goddess for your life, your family, your friends and our world.

plant pic Adiantum_pedatumToday’s Plant – Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the aidantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water– This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern

Today’s plant

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am. Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Gibbous moonWaning 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 of the New on 8/25 at 7/13am. 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 8/17 at 5:26am. 

Astro venusAstro jupiterFor the next several mornings, look low in the east-northeast about 45 to 30 minutes before sunrise for Venus and Jupiter very close together. On Saturday morning, these two brightest planets are still 1.8° apart. They’ll be closest on Monday morning the 18th: just 0.2° apart at the time of dawn for Europe, 0.3° by the time dawn reaches the Americas.
Astro uranusAstro neptuneUranus (magnitude 5.8 in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8 in Aquarius) are well placed in the southern sky in the early-morning hours. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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 TaurusMoon in Aries enters Taurus at 8:58am
Uranus (12/21), Chiron (11/23), Neptune (11/16) and Pluto (9/22) Retrograde
Color: Pink

Planting 8/15-17


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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – 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
F   15      High   4:30 AM     6.8   6:19 AM     Set 12:24 PM      77
~    15     Low  10:35 AM     0.6   8:21 PM    Rise 11:11 PM
~    15      High   4:54 PM     7.9
~    15      Low  11:31 PM     0.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life can be as simple as love and prayer. Where the two mingle there can be no jealousy, resentment, or fear.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. When I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. — Mark Twain



~  Every human being has a personal legend to be fulfilled and this is our reason for being in the world. – Coelho
~  You have 2 choices in life: a] to find a way b] to make one. – P. Coelho
~  A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.” – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
~  Apply the way of Knighthood to all things. Therein lies its beauty. – Kerr Cuhulain

Some people pass your way.
You may never even know why.
Some people you grow to love
As minutes together slip by.
Some people are always there
To encourage and make you see
That you are someone special
When you feel that cannot be.
Some people are like angels
Encouraging you on each day
They see something that you may not
In a kind word or deed you say.
Some people are ministering angels
Sent straight from heaven above
Just remember to always thank them
When they reach out to you in love


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Crafts

Fragranced Wood

While you’re on the beach this year pick up unusual pieces of driftwood. Add essential oils and use as decorations or as drawer fresheners, or even to toss on the fire. Any dried wood will soak up essential oils.

These also make good gifts for other witches, especially if you have oils that work for protection, for instance, or sight.

You can also tie onto them things like herbs and shells or other found objects, or even little medicine pouches.

Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com

Anja’s notes – When you go to add EO’s to the wood use a recycled glass bottle that the wood just fits into. Place the wood in the jar and drip some of the EO on each day until the fragrance is strong, replacing the lid after each addition. If you stick a note on the top as to what it is for, you will reinforce your intention each time you open and close the jar.

For protection – rosemary, sandalwood, sage
For home harmony – amber, balsam, pine
For love – rose, patchouli
For sleep and rest – chamomile, coconut, vanilla
For comfort from stress – Myrrh, frankincense, sandalwood

For health – mint, bergamot


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Funny Riddle – How can forty elephants have forty-fore heads? Answer: All of the forty elephants have foreheads.

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