Daily Stuff 5-15-15 Mercuralia

Hi, folks!

weather RainEverything is dripping steadily, but that’s a little slower and the light is a little brighter every time I look. Everything is solidly overcast at 300 feet. I’m glad I got some harvesting done yesterday because blooms are dropping all over.

Honeysuckle Gort cletic tree month Lonicera_ciliosaYesterday started slowly for me. I was running late so Tempus went down to the shop without me. I got some harvesting done (violets, rose, sage blossom, honeysuckle) and then he came back up to get me. I had a heck of a time getting motivated. Every time I got started I would just stop and sit. I got some work done on the dolls and then sat. I got some herbs dealt 022215 violetswith and then sat. ….but it seemed like everything I started I had to get some much stuff out of the way first, that it was hardly worth doing.

We did have some customers in, one from Utah who is a long-time reader of this newsletter!

plant herb sage blossom budSewing was only the evening part and none of us had much energy for *that*, either. We did get some small stuff done: a couple of pouches, a tracing of Marius’ head and things of that sort and then went across the street for supper.

moving cat a_kittyball1Today Tempus is going to be at the shop. I’m going to stay home and try to get caught up on things that have been neglected while he was fighting with the water heater. He’s running a little late, but he’ll be there.

A Ken Gagne pic from 4-2-14 of a “deer” friend.

042515 Ken Gagne Yachats Deer

Saint_johns_wort_hypericum perforatumToday’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort

31671_mercuryToday’s Feast is the Mercuralia, an ancient Roman celebration of the “Festival of Mercury”. Mercury was the god of merchants and commerce, so in his honor and asking for his blessing on this day merchants would sprinkle their heads, their ships and merchandise, and their businesses with water taken from the well at Porta Capena. The Porta Capena was a gate in the wall of Rome, one of the main entries to the city. According to Roman tradition it was the sacred grove where Numa Pompilius and the nymph Egeria used to meet. The road leads to Capua, an important city in Campania, south of Rome. More info here:  http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Article/1290581 and some Ovid here:  http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Latin/OvidFastiBkFive.htm#_Toc69367929   There is a recipe here and some lore about Alkermes, a type of Sicilian liqueur named after the God. http://allthingssicilianandmore.blogspot.com/2009/03/alchermes-liqueur-used-to-make-zuppa.html  ….and this stuff is delicious!

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,


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 on 5/17 at 9:13pm. 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 5/16 at 9:15am. 

astro Procyon Canis Minorastro consellation Auriga capella As twilight fades this evening, spot Venus shining in the west smack between Capella >>> 25° to its right and <<<Procyon 25° to its left.
Astro mercuryMercury is fading and sinking out of sight in the glow of sunset.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Rune Runic Month 10 Ing InguzRunic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.

Sun in TaurusSun in Taurus
Moon in AriesMoon in Aries
Pluto (9/25/15) and Saturn (8/2/15) Retrograde
Color: Purple

Harvest 5/15-15


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Celtic Tree Month huath Hawthorn St_Mars oldCeltic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The Celtic Tree Month Huath Hawthorn_fruitcommon hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree MonthHuathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Celtic Tree Month Huath Hawthorn heatherto study this month – Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month huath motif-plant-tree-xmasUr – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
F   15      Low   5:10 AM    -0.1   5:49 AM    Rise  4:29 AM      14
15     High  11:15 AM     6.6   8:37 PM     Set  5:56 PM
15      Low   5:05 PM     1.1
15     High  11:15 PM     8.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The worst hurt of all is when a friend betrays you.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What? – What medium would your life best be shown as? A movie? A television series? A cartoon? What genre would a movie about your life fall under? Comedy? Romance?



~  A poet ought not to pick nature’s pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~  Definition of your “native language”-the language you swear in when you hit your thumb with a hammer 🙂 – Nate Merrill-Spiritfire
~  I live on hope and that I think do all Who come into this world. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
~  A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. – Ernest Hemingway

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature. – Henry David Thoreau


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Crone’s Corner –  Faery Chair
A pretty garden project idea from FamilyFun magazine by Leslie Garisto Pfaff

For years, my daughter has been convinced that our garden is inhabited by fairies–and when I walk out among the flowers on a summer’s night, I’m inclined to believe her. If you’d like to invite the wee folk into your own backyard, why not offer them a comfy place to sit? Any old chair will do–as long as it’s fully in bloom.


An old chair, preferably one that’s past its prime (only faeries will sit in it ) but sturdy enough to survive the elements
Exterior paint in one or more colors
1 packet of morning glory seeds

1.) Give your chair one or two base coats of paint ( we chose lavender both for its magickal properties and the way it complements green ). If you like, you can accent the chair with other colors.
2.) When the paint is dry, place the chair in the garden where it will receive full to partial sun. Make sure there’s loosened garden soil around the legs of the chair.
3.) A few inches out from each chair leg, plant three to six morning glory seeds, following the directions on the seed packet. When the morning glories just start to twine, thin them down to one or two plants per chair leg. Water the plants regularly, especially in full sun—and keep an eye out for faery footprints.

Originally published in FamilyFun magazine.

From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Bumper Snicker – Don’t blame me. I’m only doing what my Rice Crispies told me to do.

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