Daily Stuff 9-6-15 Abbots Bromley Horn dance

Hi, folks!

Rain Hat & UmbrellaWhere did this rain come from? Tempus just got home from his paper route in and came in dry, but suddenly it’s pouring outside and the porch roof is running streams! It’s 54F and over cast at 1700 feet. There was a 20 % chance of rain this morning, but it’s certainly 100%, now!

Yesterday was a really profitable day, which was awfully nice. Good to have a holiday weekend work out the way we hoped, for once! It started slowly. 090515 Lovage2We got to the shop in plenty of time and I got the back ready and set up projects despite my sleepies, but I only lasted for about an hour of class before I was losing my ability to concentrate. The Herb Bunch forgave me. 🙂

>>>>>> lovage seed head >>>>>>>>>

I got the rest of my coffee after class and that helped, which was a good thing because things started getting busier. Tempus ran over to 090515 LadyMant3the Saturday market, but the farm people didn’t show today. I was hoping for fresh figs, cherry tomatoes and purple or white carrots. <sigh> Tempus tried to go over to the pharmacy and they are closing earlier again, so I’m *still* out of my pills. <gah>

The Duckmeister came in for a bit and we talked. She’s low on water with the lack of rain. Tempus took off to the return the “pickle fork” that he got as a loaner tool from CarQuest. It took him less than 5 minutes to finish the car repair once he had the right tool! While he was gone I got run off my feet. At one point there were 11 people in the shop, 4 separate groups! …and the sales were nice. Thank you, all!

090515 BCap8…and then I got to sew. That was really nice. I got a Brigitta cap made and made some progress on pouches again and had a young lady in who is really interested in what we could tell her about historical recreation.

When Tempus got back from Newport with supper supplies in hand (brats and cherry tomatoes!) I got a bit of a nap and then spent a little longer sewing while he was minding the front. We left at the regular closing time and had a good supper and I turned in early.

Today we have the Wicca 101 class at 9:30 or so until Noon. The shop is open early on Sundays, but sometimes there’s no one to help much without interrupting class. It depends on how Tempus’ paper route goes. The House Capuchin Project Day starts at noon and will continue all afternoon.



The Abbots Bromley Horn dance is performed each year on the Monday following September 4th. (which isn’t today, but…) It resembles a lot of the British folk dance, like the Morris dances, although this dance features 6 men with reindeer antlers on poles. The antlers have been dated to 1165, and there’s a *lot* of controversy as to how old this custom actually is. The romanticists in Wicca who claim that all of the customs are pagan hold-overs cite this dance particularly, especially since there’s a “dance” with antlers drawn on the wall of the Lescaux caves…. which would make it *really* old! The Wikipedia article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbots_Bromley_Horn_Dance  and the sheet music tune to which they dance is here along with a midi file  http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/England/misc/AbbotsBromleyHornDance1_Am/0000

motif, tree celtic duir oregon white oakToday’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. –Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or SeiningWiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water.  Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron

Mabon pentacleThe 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,


Waning Crescent 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 on 9/11 at 11:41. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 9/8 at 11:41am.


Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Rune Runic Month 17 Rad Raidho
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 Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 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 CancerMoon in Gemini enters Cancer at 10:40am
Venus direct at 1:29am
Ceres (9/14/15), Neptune (9/24/15), Pluto (9/25/15), Vesta (11/13/15) and Chiron (11/27/15) Retrograde
Color: Gold

Harvest 9/4-6


©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


motif plant fruit Grape 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).
blackberry 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.


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Su   6      Low   1:45 AM     0.3   6:45 AM    Rise 12:39 AM      45
~     6     High   8:15 AM     5.6   7:44 PM     Set  3:39 PM
~     6      Low   1:41 PM     2.8
~     6     High   7:46 PM     7.2



Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I work for enjoyment and satisfaction – not just to earn a living. I use my mind and thoughts to enhance my life.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think would happen to you if all of the clocks and watches in the world suddenly started to go backwards?



~  A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~  A man doesn’t know what he knows until he knows what he doesn’t know. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~  I find I journalize too tediously. Let me try to abbreviate. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
~  When leaving work late, you will go unnoticed. When you leave work early, you will meet the boss in the parking lot. – Lampner’s Law of Employment

A lot of people are troubled by civil disobedience. As soon as you talk about committing civil disobedience, they get a little upset. That’s exactly the purpose of civil disobedience: to upset people, to trouble them, to disturb them. We who commit civil disobedience are disturbed, too, and we mean to disturb those who are in charge of the war. – Amy Goodman’s interview with Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, and Alice Walker, about their memories of the late historian and activist Howard Zinn


mabon divider
Mabon Magick – Crafts

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:

  1. Lightly trace the shapes of vegetables or other Mabon figures with your pencil.
  2. Cut out those shapes with scissors.
  3. Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
  4. Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
  5. Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.

magick moon braid 1Make a Moon Braid – By Patti Wigington, About.com – Make a Moon Braid to hang near your window. Image © Patti Wigington 2009

A moon braid is a great craft for kids to make, but braiding can also be a relaxing and meditative way for adults to spend their time. The three colors of the braid — white, black, and silver — represent the three phases of the moon. I’ve seen braids done completely from one end to the other, but I think if you’re going to hang it up, it looks pretty with the bottom half unbraided.

You’ll need the following items: Cord or ribbon in black, white, and silver

Find a quiet spot where you can work undisturbed. Knot one end of the cords together, and begin braiding. As you weave the three colors in and out of one another, focus on the shifting phases of the moon. Think about the different cycles that our bodies, our lives, and our spirituality go through. Consider, as you braid, the ebb and flow of the tides, and their effect on our constantly changing planet. If you honor a particular lunar goddess, offer her a prayer as you create your braid.

Once you’ve finished, knot the braid so that it doesn’t unravel. Hang it in a spot near a window, so that when you look out at the moon, you’ll be reminded of the braid and what it symbolizes to you and your evolving spirituality.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Wheelbarrow Bet

The strong young man at the construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of one of the older workmen. After several minutes, the older worker had had enough.

“Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is,” he said. “I will bet a week’s wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that outbuilding that you won’t be able to wheel back.”

“You’re on, old man,” the braggart replied. “Let’s see what you got.”

The old man reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then, nodding to the young man, he said,

“All right. Get in.”

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