Daily Stuff 8-25-14 Opiconsivia

Waves tide Last Minus Tide of the cycle at  7:20 AM of -0.1 feet.

It’s 52F and everything is dripping with dew. The only reason I’m awake is that I got slapped across the face with sunlight off of the bathroom mirror. I’m going to go crawl back into bed as soon as this is out. It’s utterly still outside, no chirps from the birds, no breeze. I can actually hear the dew dripping!

motif plant herb houseplant venus-flytrapYesterday was a *long* day, but an awesome one! Class went well in the morning. We got through 1/2 of the history in Lesson One. Tempus and I ran around a got things cleaned up and ready for the other parts of the day, and Marius showed up while we were doing that. I worked on a hat and we talked, and then he went in back and worked on the snip cases. I showed him what the next steps on those were and he gamely whacked away!

motif plant herb Indian pipeThe shop was pretty busy and kept Tempus hopping. Debbie and Peggy came in to say “Bye!” before heading home and they dropped off several bags of vegetables that are going to become soup for OCPPG, bless them….although they snuck in some eggs and lettuce, too. 🙂 Late in the day Tempus was re-furbishing a portable display case that we’re intending to start using, so that the SCA-type jewelry can go over in that area in a locking case. It’s out from under our direct view and some of the stuff is real silver and spendy….

motif plant herb spinachAround 3pm folks started showing up for Elders’ Council, first Rozaylia with her two angels, and then the whole horde from the Valley who showed up in 3 cars! Wow, the shop was hopping for awhile! Most of them went out to the beach, but we had a good session, hearing about the Lammas campout, talking a little about OCPPG and then going on to how to coordinate events, especially since there’s a Bend and a Medford group starting to play. Eventually the large group headed out and Rozaylia and Marius and Jade and I got to visit awhile and the Rozaylia took the tired, cranky babes home and Marius, Jade, her granddaughters and I went to the Salty Dawg for supper.

motif plant hourseplant greenandyellowcoleusTempus got waylaid by Rick and Star just as we were heading out and never made it to supper! Marius and I stopped back at the shop and we closed up and then Marius headed home while Tempus and I went up the seawall, admiring the sunset, and then went to the park since it was so magnificent! Ken Gagne, a photographer from Yachats that I know from Facebook, because he takes *awesome* pictures, snapped this pic.

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When we got home we had some corn, wrote checks for bills and turned in. Tired!

Today Tempus has to run errands and we have cleaning and sorting to do because we didn’t get that far after folks left last night. I think we should have some more orders that have made it to the PO, too. We’re hoping to get a few more things done on various projects, particularly the ones for next weekend, especially since the work table is occupied by a couple of display boards that need mending, but I’m going to take my scratchy eyes back to bed an curl up next to Tempus for another hour or two!


opiconsivia feastToday’s feast is the Opiconsivia, Roman Empire, a harvest festival of the goddess Ops Consiva, ‘Lady Bountiful the Planter’, whose shrine was in the Regia at Rome. This is one of the series of Roman harvest feasts in this month. Originally a Sabine goddess, Ops (‘plenty’, from which we get the word ‘opulent’) was a fertility deity and earth-goddess in Roman mythology, associated with Bona Dea (the ‘Good Goddess’). Her husband was Saturn, or Consus, perhaps in an aspect of Saturn. Ops was worshipped under the name of Consivia today by the Vestal Virgins, who opened a special room filled with sacred objects to perform their rites to ensure the fertility of the earth. Today only the Vestals and one of the pontifices could be present. Because her abode was in the earth, she was invoked by worshippers while they were seated and touching the ground. Both Ops and Consus were deemed chthonian (infernal) deities which made the vegetation grow. On August 10, a festival took place in her honour, and the Opalia was held on December 19. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiconsivia

150px-Husband_and_wife_trees_-_BlackthornToday’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa

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

New 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. 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. 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 on 8/26 at 7:13pm. 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 Full on 9/8 at 9:38pm. 

New MoonMonday, Aug. 25, 7:13 a.m. PDT – New Moon – The moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the Sun, but can be seen low in the East as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the West an evening or two after New Moon.
Astro Constellation Cygnus DenebBefore moonlight comes back into the evening sky, take the opportunity to explore the dim nebulae, and the somewhat brighter star clusters, around Deneb >>>>and the North America Nebula in Cygnus, now nearly overhead. They’re not easy; use Sue French’s maps, drawing, photo, and article in the September Sky & Telescope, page 56, to pinpoint what you’re looking for.
Astro uranusAstro neptunePisces naked eye astro constellationUranus (magnitude 5.8 in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8 in Aquarius) are well placed in the southeast and south after midnight. See our Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune online or in the September Sky & Telescope, page 50.

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 VirgoMoon in Leo enters Virgo at 2:33am
Uranus (12/21), Chiron (11/23) and Neptune (11/16)  Retrograde
Color: Lavendar


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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
M   25     High  12:42 AM     7.3   6:31 AM    Rise  6:44 AM      0
~    25      Low   7:20 AM    -0.1   8:05 PM     Set  7:55 PM
~    25     High   1:35 PM     6.7
~    25      Low   7:28 PM     1.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Your life can only be measured by the amount of imagination you have, when you imagine beauty, you manifest it, when you imagine love ,you give it, when you imagine all that is great , you become it, your life is only what you make of it, so make it happen….imagine first.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Recall a time when a parent, grandparent, or other important adult in your life took you to a major event in sports, music or theatre. Write a narrative describing this experience.



~  Far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live another’s perfectly. – Bhagavad Gita
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. – Proverbs 15:2, New International Version**
~  He falls not whom true friends help forward on his way. – Egil’s Saga, c.67
~  Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process, and nature in marking man’s papers will grade him for wisdom as measured both by survival and by the quality of life of those who survive. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
~  Make sure you don’t end up the richest person in the cemetery.  You can’t do business from there. – Colonel Harlan Sanders (1890-1980), Founder, Kentucky Fried Chicken


Her beauty,
Like the rose that blooms in winter
Is rare and short lived.
She draws all to her at first;
But then she has no conversation
And looks are not enough.

Her shallowness means
Her face cannot keep the imprint
Of her beauty stamped there;
She is nothing but her looks.
A vacant and vague mannequin,
Trotted out like a golden trophy

On a wealthy businessman’s arm.
She is happy like she is,
But how sad that such beauty
Does not have a noble spirit within.
Unless it would be too dangerous
To have such a combination
Loosed upon the world.

She might have been another
Helen of Troy, with any animation;
But what disaster that could bring…
To have another war, caused over
A glance from a social climber
With little heart or brain.- © Copyright 2/12/06, Beth Johnson   (Mystic Amazon)


mabon dividerMabon Magick – Mabon Recipes – Mushroom Soups

French Cream of Mushroom Soup

  • 1/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped (about ¼ c.)
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. each salt & dried savory
  • Pinch white pepper
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 2 c. rich beef broth or 1 (14 ½ oz.) can regular strength beef broth
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 c. half and half
  • 2 tbsp. dry vermouth
  1. In a 3 quart pan over moderately high heat, melt butter.
  2. Add mushrooms and shallots and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms brown lightly and most of their liquid is gone.
  3. Sprinkle with flour, salt, savory, and pepper.
  4. Add tomato paste.
  5. Stir mushrooms to coat with added ingredients.
  6. Remove from heat and gradually blend in beef broth.
  7. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. Puree mushroom mixture in blender or food processor until smooth, mixing in lemon juice at end.
  9. Return to cooking pan, blend in half and half and stir often over medium heat until steaming. Do not boil.
  10. Taste and add salt if needed.
  11. Add vermouth and serve at once.

Makes about 5 cups, 4 servings.

French Mushroom Soup

  • Serves 4. 2 1/2 c. onions, sliced
  • 3 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 3/4 lb. mushrooms, sliced 1/4 inch
  • thick
  • 2 (14 1/2 oz.) cans beef broth
  • 2 tbsp. dry sherry
  • 4 slices French bread, 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 c. Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated

In 3 quart saucepan, saute onions in butter over medium heat for five minutes.  Add mushrooms; cook and stir three minutes.  Remove and reserve four mushroom slices for garnish.  Stir in broth and sherry; bring to boil.  Cover and simmer 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place bread on baking sheet; toast in oven until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.  Remove toast; heat broiler.  Puree half of soup in blender, then return to saucepan; stir.  Divide soup equally into four 1 1/2 cup, oven-proof bowls (see note below).  Top each serving with 1 slice toast, 1/4 cup Swiss cheese, one reserved mushroom slice and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.  Broil three to five minutes until golden brown.  Note:  Soup can be baked in larger serving dish rather than individual bowls, if desired.

Italian Mushroom Soup

  • 1 stick butter
  • 5 c. beef stock
  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 lg. minced onion
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 c. vermouth or red cooking wine
  1. Melt butter on medium low heat.
  2. Add mushrooms and onions and cook about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato paste.
  4. Add stock and vermouth and simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – How To Prepare For A Mammogram

Many women are afraid of their first mammogram, there is no need to worry. By taking a few minutes each day, during the week preceding the exam and doing the following practice exercises, you will be totally prepared. Best of all, you can do these simple practice exercises right in the privacy of your own home.
EXERCISE 1 Freeze two metal bookends overnight. Strip to the waist. Invite a stranger into the room. Press the bookends against your breast. Smash the bookends together as hard as you can. Set an appointment with the stranger to meet next year and do it again.
EXERCISE 2 Open your refrigerator and insert one breast between  the door and the main box. Have one of your strongest  friends slam the door shut as hard as possible and  lean on the door for good measure. Hold that position  for five seconds.  Repeat again in case the first time  was not effective enough.
EXERCISE 3 Visit your garage at 3:00 am when the temperature of  the concrete floor is just perfect. Take off all your warm  clothes and lie down comfortably on the floor with one  breast wedged under the rear tire of the car. Ask a friend  to slowly back the car up until the breast is sufficiently  flattened and chilled. Turn over and repeat for the other  breast.
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