Daily Stuff 8-23-14 Vulcanalia

Waves tide Minus Tide at 6:14 AM of -0.1 feet.

Right now it’s marvelously foggy and it just have gotten pretty aggressive early this morning, because drops of water are hanging on every protruding bit and making things sag from hemlock to grass. There are even dribbles on my window screen. It’s 55F and the clouds are right down in the yard!

motif plant flower sunflowerplantYesterday we were horribly late to the shop. It wasn’t getting out the door on time, either, it was getting stopped as we were going to sort out yet some more stuff with our renters. I also harvested roses while I was waiting for Tempus to get done and then trimmed a bunch of the red devil crocosmia pods so we can get through the pathway. More to do on that. Kyaara harvested the self-heal and clover after we left. Gotta remember to take that with me to the shop this morning….

motif plant flower tigerlilyWe finally got moving and as we were coming down the seawall could see the mist rising off the cold bay in the warm air and sunshine. The air smelt deliciously of salt, but that went away as the moisture lifted and the humidity went down. We started off with small chores, cleaning and putting away things and setting up a couple of things to mail. Tempus also had another bank deposit to take in after he got the mail. It was kinda quiet early on, but we got browsers as the day went on.

motif bird farm roosterI asked this fellow if I could swipe his Facebook status. It really made me laugh because someone was telling me that her life was really boring and she wanted to not have to keep chickens for her mother….then this came over my newsfeed and I kept laughing.

Randy ‘Renart’ Wagner – After chores it is usually my time to relax with my coffee and have my breakfast.

So allow me to set the stage of this morning.

Goats were fed, and the chickens were feasting upon their mornings portion of cracked corn, the dog was in on her bed, and things were as peaceful as usual.

Entering from stage left, the eagle.

When raptors are seen by a chicken, a certain sound is made and the immediate explosion of feathers and certain expletives ensue as the flock scatters. As of the past couple of days, there are now mommas with their peeps amongst the group. It took me 2 hours to find momma and her 1-2-3-4 ……peeps, wait, where is FIVE??

I would imagine most of those 2 hours was finding and returning said #5 peep with momma trying to remove my skin. Sheesh.

Anyways, all is now back to normal, minus the fact that she is still really pissed off at me.

<grin> never a dull moment!

motif plant flower vandaI did a couple of readings during the afternoon, so I never managed to sew, but I did get a single set of pictures of a snip case in progress taken, that’s at least 50 pictures. I still have to develop them, but I got them sorted last night. Tempus worked on the new candle display, since we finally have all the materials and the concept jelled.

motif plant flower yellowminiaturerosesWe never paid any attention to what time it was until I realized that the sun had long set and I was *starving*, so we closed up and went to the China Restaurant. That means we have leftovers for today.

We had to close up still, after we ate, and while we could’t see any stars down at the shop, both Scorpio and the Sagittarius teapot were plain once we were up at the house. I got my pictures into the computer at least, and Tempus was in bed by 10 and I, by 11.

motif plant flower yelloworchidToday is Herbs at 11am. We have roses to process and lotion bars to mold and maybe some tiny tins of wood butter to make. 3pm is Sewing and I’ll be working on some of the hats. There are always small hand projects if you just want to be there and chat.


feast VulcanaliaToday’s feast is the Vulcanalia, sacred to the god Vulcan and the nymphs. Vulcan is the god of the forge and fires. The Divine Sun is part of this festival and work was begun by candlelight so as to emphasize that good aspects of fire. The bad aspects we’re seeing in Yosemite and in Idaho, at the moment. The eruption that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum occurred during this festival in 79CE. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcanalia#Vulcanalia

220px-Rubus_ursinus_10689Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, blackberry2Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry

pentacle mabon 1inThe 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

Dark 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.  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 on 8/23 at 7:13pm. 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 Tide Change on 8/25 at 7:13am.


astro milky way stars 090113August is prime Milky Way time. After dark, the Milky Way runs from Sagittarius and Scorpius in the south-southwest, up and left across Aquila and through the big Summer Triangle very high in the southeast and east, and on down through Cassiopeia to Perseus rising low in the north-northeast.
Astro SaturnSaturn, in Libra, is low in the mid-evening sky.

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. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in VirgoSun in Virgo
Moon in LeoMoon in Leo
Uranus (12/21), Chiron (11/23) and Neptune (11/16)  Retrograde
Color: Blue

Harvest 8/23-24


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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
Sa  23      Low   6:14 AM   -0.1   6:29 AM    Rise  4:49 AM      6
~    23    High  12:35 PM     6.3   8:08 PM     Set  6:57 PM
~    23      Low   6:14 PM     2.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Everyone deserves a second chance.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Describe – Describe your room at home in detail. What are you proudest of and why?



~  Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.  – Mark Twain
~  Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~  Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. – Booker T. Washington
~  To become a butterfly, do you think that it feels fear as it breaks out of the cocoon? Though it’s fear may be unfounded, once it’s wings are spread, it soars to new heights it could not imagine as a caterpillar. So, when feeling the pangs of anxiety and fear, find yourself a moment and imagine yourself as an emerging butterfly. ~ Wravyn


All through the convent halls,
there is only…silence.
even the sound of quiet footfalls
on their way to prayers,
are barely heard.

I chose this silent, isolated place
still in heartbreak’s throes…
fleeing from your voice, your face;
but now I think
I shall go mad. – © July 2005. Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)


mabon dividerMabon Magick – Laminated Window Hangings for Mabon

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

what to do:

  • Lightly trace the shapes of vegetables or other Mabon 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 – Job funny

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