9-21-14 Milk Miracle

weather Cloud oceanIt’s just under 60F and overcast. We’e 100% chance of rain on Wednesday and other possible stretches of it both before and after. If Tempus is going to mow it better be tomorrow…. The birds have eaten 1/2 the seed in the feeder, already.

Yesterday was an absolutely awesome day for me! The Gross Project was really well received and we got to sit and talk with friends old and
092014 Largesse 01new and see all the cool stuff displayed. Marius, Geurin and I were all there. Poor Tempus had to mind the shop. 🙂

He had a bunch of people in shopping, but spent most of the day arguing with a scanner program. He says he’s probably going to have to type everything in by hand. The Duckmeister was in, so he got to chat with 092014 Blackwork displayher for a bit, always a treat.

<<<<<<< Blackwork display <<<<<<<<<<

Geurin and I had a good drive and back down the coast and saw several herons flying. It was *such* a relief to get back over the Coast range and into reasonable temperatures again! It hit 90F at the site where we were.

Juniper sap tear

Juniper sap tear

…but it was a long, exhausting day and when I got home I didn’t even eat, just crashed!

>>>>>>>>> Juniper Tear >>>>>>>>>>

Today Tempus is running his new paper route. He’s not home as early as yesterday, so hopefully it’s going ok.

I’m going to be heading for the shop at 9am. Wicca 101 starts at 9:30 or so and then the  House Capuchin Project Day. I may end up working on pictures all day or something. We still have pictures to get from Marius’ camera to my computer and there’s a whole batch of pictures from yesterday, too.

Beautiful pic of a meditation spot. http://www.elephantjournal.com

The obstacle is the path Zen Proverb

milkToday is the 18th anniversary of the Milk Miracle, the day that statues of Ganesha and others of his family drank milk. There’s no consensus reality explanation for something like this. It’s just a ….miracle…. http://www.crystalinks.com/milkmiracle.html  I like the contention of many people that a miracle of this sort presages the coming of a new Teacher. That’s hopeful.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_milk_miracle

yarrow 06-07-10Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow

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

Hecate's Brooch 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 to New on 9/23 at 11:14pm. 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 at the Dark on 9/22 at 11:14am. 

Astro mercuryAstro Constellation Virgo SpicaSunday, Sept. 21, early evening – – Mercury close to Spica – The planet Mercury will pass close to the bright star Spica in Virgo. This is a particularly good apparition of Mercury for observers in the Southern Hemisphere, less so for northerners.
Astro Constellation Aquila AltairAquila’s dark secret: If you’re blessed with a really dark sky, try finding the big dark nebula known as “Barnard’s E” near Altair in Aquila, using Gary Seronik’s Binocular Highlight column and chart in the September Sky & Telescope, page 45.
And if you have a sky that dark, also use binoculars to investigate the big, dim North America Nebula and its surroundings near Deneb in Astro Constellation Cygnus DenebCygnus >>>  using the September issue’s Deep-Sky Wonders article, page 56.
Astro mercuryMercury (magnitude 0.0) remains very deep in the sunset. Scan for it with binoculars just above the west-southwest horizon about 20 minutes after sundown. Fainter, twinklier Spica is right nearby. Mercury and Spica appear closest together, 0.6° apart, on Saturday evening the 20th.

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Rune Runic Month 18 Kenaz Kebo KenRunic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/KeboSeptember 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. 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 8:54am
Uranus (12/21), Chiron (11/23) and Neptune (11/16) Retrograde
Color: Gold


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blackberry muin celtic tree monthCeltic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
motif plant fruit Grape muin celtic tree monthMuin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
grove muin celtic tree monthto study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Su  21      Low   5:37 AM     0.7   7:02 AM    Rise  4:37 AM      10
~   21     High  11:52 AM     6.7   7:16 PM     Set  5:58 PM
~    21      Low   5:54 PM     1.6
~    21     High  11:46 PM     7.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The road to success is paved with good intentions.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. — Eleanor Roosevelt



~  Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein
~  Everything must be made as simple as possible but not one bit simpler. – Albert Einstein
~  A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~  The important thing is to know how to take all things quietly. – Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English scientist

Soul soul for a souling cake,
I pray, good missus, a souling cake.
Apple or pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry. – All Souls’ Day ‘soul-caking’ song, England (partly origin of trick or treating); see October 31, Halloween


mabon dividerMabon Magick – Mabon Recipes

Crone’s Corner – Good Fortune Spell

Michaelmas Eve celebrates Michael the Archangel’s defeat of the dragon. Michael symbolizes the Sun, and the dragon, in this context, symbolizes darkness and winter. This tradition is similar to the mummer plays performed at the winter solstice, wherein Saint George defeats the dragon of winter. One custom now is to make a special dragon bread for the family. Eating this bread symbolizes overcoming the dragon.

Dragon Bread
1 cup white flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup fine ground oatmeal
1/3 cup corn meal
1 cup milk
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped
hazel nuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Mix the ingredients together and bake in a 375-degree oven for twenty-five minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool for five minutes before serving warm. By: Lily Gardner-Butts )0( From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Ashtoreth’s Saffron Crescent Cakes


  • 1 egg
  • 3/4cup milk
  • 1/4cup Honey
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 3 T Baking powder
  • 1/3cup Vegetable oil
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 1/2tsp saffron


  1. Mix egg, milk, oil, and honey in a large bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until just mixed.
  3. Turn out onto a floured board and press into a circle
  4. Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter
  5. Roll up, starting at the rounded edge.
  6. Place on greased cookie sheet with points down and shape into crescents.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 400F. =

Adapted from Celebrating The Autumn Equinox by Kristin Madden

[Anja’s Note – These tend to come out dry, so add a little water, as necessary.]

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 Tbsps. raw sesame seeds
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda

  1. Lightly butter heavy baking sheet or line with silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. In heavy 2- to 3-quart saucepan, gently stir together sugar, water and corn syrup.
  3. Using wet pastry brush, wash down sides of pan.
  4. Add salt.
  5. Bring to boil over medium-high heat and cook, undisturbed, occasionally washing down sides of pan, until sugar starts to color around edges.
  6. Gently swirl pan to even out color and stir frequently to prevent scorching.
  7. At first hint of amber color, remove pan from heat.
  8. Stir in seeds and butter.
  9. Wait a few seconds for most of butter to melt, then stir in baking soda; it will foam up.
  10. Stir again and quickly pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet.
  11. Using wooden spatula, spread and flatten mixture as much as possible.
  12. Let cool until edges can be handled, but mixture is still warm enough to be pliable.
  13.  Stretch or pull it out so that nuts are no more than 1 layer deep and you can see through candy in spots.
  14. Let cool completely, then break into large shards.
  15. May store in airtight container, layered with waxed paper, up to 2 weeks.

Makes 1 1/2 pounds.

Variations: Instead of seeds, use 2 cups (about 7 ounces) unsalted roasted cashews, toasted and skinned hazelnuts, fresh pecan pieces or halves, lightly toasted walnuts or unsalted dry-roasted peanuts.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Outer Space Joke – Q: Why did the people not like the restaurant on the moon? A: Because there was no atmosphere.

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