Daily Stuff 6-4-16 Socrates

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Minus Tidweather Hot temperaturee at 6:47 AM of -1.8 feet.

Forecast of 100F today, but right now (and why am I awake at 5am?) it’s 58F, no wind, and clear. At home it’s 52 with a forecast high of 72F….

052816 Flower2Yesterday started in a rush. Tempus was sleepy, but woke himself around 9:30 and made coffee. Once we had that I started packing, he got the laundry, which I sorted, then he helped me get the pickled eggs and other weekend food ready.

052816 yarrowWe were late to the shop by about 10 minutes. <sigh> I sat down to processing pictures and then printed a sign for the computer desk, then got a pic of that, so we can get it up for sale. Eventually Tempus headed for the house, for the ice for the pickled eggs, etc. I started packing.

052816 Flower6First I got the suitcase, then the basket, then my woodcarving things, then foodstuffs and then I started running around trying to find the other stuff! …and then I started to get too hot.

052916 foxgloveAbout then Tempus got back with the ice bag and other stuff and then headed for the apartment with the big lavendar that still needed to be shifted.

052816 Flower7Jay dropped by to pick up his roll of leather and we talked for a bit. By then I was pretty well done with my packing and just helping customers and trying to clean up and put away stuff.

052916 foxglove2When Tempus got back we finally had some lunch and it was nearly 3:30! He had paperwork to do and I did what I could about cleaning up. We finally had some supper, cheese dogs and pickled eggs around 6pm, then he ran up to the house to grab me another ice chest, loaded up the car and we headed for Toledo.

052916 rose5We met Rowan and Marius at the Dairy Queen, loaded my stuff into Marius’ truck and then he and I took off for Salem. We had a good drive. I watching the Girdle of Venus rise over Philomath, and Mars was visible not long after, certainly by the time we got to the site. We signed in and then headed for the motel, checked in and crashed.

Today Tempus will have the shop open from 11am-7pm. I’ll be at Investiture, baking in the Valley! It’s forecast to be 100F here. No, no, no…. I’m going to melt…..

A pic that I got of the sunset on 6/3/15

060315 Sunset6220px-Socrates_LouvreToday is the birthday of Socrates, the Athenian philosopher who has set the tone of this field of study for well over two millennia, now. He is credited with inventing the Socratic method of questioning., a technique that gets the student to tell the teacher the answers rather than simply absorbing them. After a large political fight he was sentenced to death by the politicos in Athens and famously drank hemlock. I guess our politicians ought to be glad we don’t live back then! The fight was between pure democracy, which wasn’t working, at least in part because of the same inequality issues that we’re facing today, and oligarchy/tyranny (rule by class or by one strong leader). Socrates wasn’t on the side of democracy, which startles folks, today.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates

Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting,Plant photo pearly everlasting Anapahlis_margaritacea Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter months. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea

magick motif slav Kolovrat RodnoverJarila’s Day – Kresen (June) 4 – Today is dedicated to Jarila, the God of the Sun and fertility. Slavic people celebrate this holiday with festivities and dancing on a grand scale. “…As we approached, we saw about 4,000 men and women who had gathered together from all over Rus. It was some holiday, and we feared, when we saw how these manic people celebrated this day by erotic dancing, singing, and loud and high shrieks of delight.” (Gerborod, July 4, 1121).

Litha 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,


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 on 6/4 at 8pm. 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 on 6/4 at 8:pm. 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 6/6 at 8am. 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 Tide Change on 6/20 at 4:02am. 

Cassiopeia” usually means “Cold!” Late fall and winter are when this landmark constellation stands high overhead (seen from mid-northern latitudes). But even on hot June evenings it still lurks low. After dark, look for it down near the north horizon: a wide, upright W.WebVic16_Jun01evCasOn June evenings, Cassiopeia lurks low in the north: a wide, upright W, as shown above. The farther north you are the higher it’ll appear, but even as far south as San Diego and Atlanta it’s completely above the horizon.
New MoonNew Moon (exact at 11:00 p.m. EDT). A new lunar month begins. Unlike a calendar month, which averages 30.437 days long, a lunar month (from one new Moon to the next) averages 29.531 days. So, on average, you’ll see the Moon in the same phase about 1 day earlier every month by the calendar.
060516 astroSunday, June 5, 5:00 a.m. EDT. Mercury at greatest elongation West – At its greatest western distance from the Sun, Mercury will be close to the horizon at sunrise.
Astro neptuneNeptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is fairly well up in the southeast just before dawn begins.

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12 
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 

Rune Runic Month 11 Odal Othila EthilaRunic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..

Sun in GeminiSun in Gemini
Moon in GeminiNew Moon at 8pm
Moon in Gemini
Mars (6/29), Saturn (8/13) and Juno (9/20), Pluto (9/26) Retrograde
Color: Indigo


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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

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Sa   4      Low   6:47 AM    -1.8   5:33 AM    Rise  5:36 AM      2
~     4     High   1:10 PM     6.8   8:57 PM     Set  8:30 PM
~     4      Low   6:39 PM     1.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You’ll notice that a turtle only makes progress when it sticks out its neck…


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – If you could create a robot that could do anything, what would you want it to do? Explain your answer.



~  It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. – Anne Sexton
~  A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~  How little do they see what really is, who frame their hasty judgment on that which seems. – Robert Southey
~  First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. – Mohandas Gandhi

I Am Completely Different

I am completely different.
Though I am wearing the same tie as yesterday,
am as poor as yesterday,
as good for nothing as yesterday,
I am completely different.
Though I am wearing the same clothes,
am as drunk as yesterday,
living as clumsily as yesterday, nevertheless
I am completely different.

Ah …
I patiently close my eyes
on all the grins and smirks
on all the twisted smiles and horse laughs—
and glimpse then, inside me
one beautiful white butterfly
fluttering towards tomorrow. ~ Kuroda Saburo ~ (translated by James Kirkup, Burning Girraffes: Modern and Contemporary Japanese Poetry)


Heron Bar Litha 2013Magick – Litha/Midsummer

SUMMER SQUASH – Gordon Ireland – Serves 6-8
1 summer squash
1/4 cup of butter
Black pepper
medium size sauce pan

  • Melt butter in sauce pan on medium heat.
  • Slice squash approximately 1/8-inch thick
  • Layer into pan, sprinkling pepper to taste on each layer.
  • Stirring occasionally, cook to taste.

Takes 20-30 minutes.

ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE – Gordon Ireland – (Serves 6-8)
5 zucchini
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground rosemary
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup fresh mushrooms
1 small chopped tomato
1/2-cup bacon bits
2 cups prepared croutons
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese

  • Grate cheeses
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Place the mixture in a lightly greased 9 X 13 baking pan
  • Bake for 30 minutes.

Lemony Summer Squash  – Rain Redknife – Source: _Light & Easy Diabetic Cuisine_ by Betty Marks (by permission)
1 lb Summer squash,
1 Tbsp walnut oil, or other oil of your choice
1 clove Garlic
1 tsp Dried rosemary, crumbled
2 Tbsp Fresh lemon [or lime!] juice

  • Slice squash into 1/4″ rounds
  • Mince garlic.
  • Crumble rosemary.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium.
  • Cook garlic 1 minute.
  • Add squash and cook, stirring gently, until tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through.

Note – Also delicious cold


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – The Rules of Chocolate – A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Now, isn’t that handy?

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