Daily Stuff 8-11-16 Puck Fair

Hi, folks!

weather fogpart sun weather motifAs we came over the bridge on our way into town it was quite foggy, but the sun is starting to peek through less than 15 minutes later. Downbay it was foggy enough to hardly be able to see the sand flats, must less Bayshore and the beach. Upbay the fog was thin veils by the bridge and up in the backbay the water was sparkling in the sunshine under clear blue sky! This is the kind of weather where up at the house I wouldn’t be able to see the cedars! It’s 55F with almost no wind and likely to get to nearly 70. 90’s in the Valley, though.

072216 Flower3Yesterday I spent a good bit of time trying to keep going despite bad news for my friend that each time I saw it was worse… and then he Crossed around 7:30pm. Ouch…. but good stuff… a friend vlogged making butter in her new churn. …there was a funny, funny article about the Olympics. http://www.stonekettle.com/2012/08/things-that-chap-my-ass-about-olympics.html

072216 Flower4We had a bunch of people through the door even with the lights off. We ended up talking to folks about incense and selling a few books and things. Tempus ran around and got some bills paid. I kept doing computer housekeeping and waiting. …developed pix and sent them to friends.

080216 FairyBy 4pm we were just having lunch! Tempus got some day-old rolls at the store before his paper run and some of those were just yummy! They’re from the spendy end of the bakery stuff, so we don’t get them unless they’re in one of those assortments. While we were eating Sash called, just to check in with the folks. Tempus fell asleep after lunch. I worked on making some patterns from an extant Mamluk textile from the 1200’s or so. 080216 Daisy1

At one point after Tempus woke he found a dead doughnut and asked if I thought the seagulls would eat it. He went outside and I heard him cawing and he came back in *very* proud of himself. He said that he hadn’t even *seen* any crows, but he called and they showed up. He tossed them the doughnut and they grabbed it and flew off with it. 🙂

080216 Flower1We went through boxes of stuff that we needed an inventory for, but mostly a packing list in the top of each box, so the pieces stop getting mixed up! By the time we were done, so were the potatoes, so we had supper, then Tempus decided to work on his desk.

We didn’t leave the shop until midnight, by which 072916 Boragetime both the Citizens’ Patrol and the patrolling deputy had stopped by to check up on  us. When we got home, Jeanne’s door was still open, so we went in to say hi and ended up staying upstairs until past two! …but we’re here, now. The shop is open and Tempus is making coffee. He has some more things to shift around in the back and on his desk, then I think he’s heading up to the house and storage again. I’ll be here, hopefully sewing at some point, but at the least I’m going to sort out a few more things on the work table. I still have to get back to headers.

blue_crabChesapeake Bay memories – Crabbing as a kid…. just a dip net, wearing a swimsuit, an oversized t-shirt and a hat, old, raggy, tenny-runners and towing either a bushel basket with a lid or our rowboat… wading through the Bay grass in shallow water and scooping up the crabs. I used to love the fried-in-butter softcrab sandwiches that were my reward from my grandmother for catching enough for supper. I’m drooling thinking about one….

“Who remembers the fun of crabbing with just a dipnet and a bushel basket, wading through Bay grass beds? Well, this summer, thanks to an explosion of Bay grasses, folks are getting to experience the fun of dipnet crabbing for the first time in ages! Today on Beautiful Swimmers, its all about masses of Bay grasses and the crabs that follow their comeback: http://bit.ly/1McTxLY ” – From Facebook on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum page this day in 2015.

081015 Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

There’s a beautiful article about trot-lining for blue crab on the Chesapeake Bay here:  http://beautifulswimmers.tumblr.com/post/93804764024/trotlining


Today’s Feast is the Puck Fair in Killorglin, Ireland. A goat gets crowned King Puck and set in a cage up high for the duration of the fair. The story I like about the origin of the fair was that a goat, running away from Cromwell’s army alerted the village that something was wrong. The fair dates to the 1600’s at least, even if it’s claimed to be ancient. The Puck Fair is in Wikipedia here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_Fair

plant motif flower mydicentra bleeding heartToday’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! When we’ve had a summer rain, they often re-bloom in late August or early September, sometimes lasting through into November. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis

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,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Gibbous MoonWaxing 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 Tide Change on 8/18 at 2:27pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 8/16 at 2:27pm.

WEBvic16_Aug11evThe Moon this evening forms a tilted diamond shape with Saturn, Mars, and Antares, as shown above. The shape of the diamond will depend on your time and place.
astro meteorThe annual Perseid meteor showershould peak late tonight. The Moon, just past first quarter, sets around 1 a.m., leaving the sky dark for the best meteor-watching hours leading up to dawn. Find a dark spot, wrap up in blankets or a sleeping bag, lie back in a reclining lawn chair, and gaze at the stars overhead. Be patient. If this is a typical year you might see a meteor a minute on average, depending on your sky’s light pollution. But this year meteor scientists are predicting a chance of an especially strong shower, due to Jupiter slightly perturbing some of the Perseid meteoroid stream 16 months ago. That periodic event has been associated with especially good Perseid showers in the past; see the August Sky & Telescope, page 48. And photographers: see Capturing the Perseids: How to Photograph a Meteor Shower by astrophoto expert Jerry Lodriguss.
Astro jupiterJupiter (magnitude –1.7, between Leo and Virgo) is low due west in twilight. It sets around twilight’s end.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)

Rune Runic Month 15 Thorn ThurisazRunic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe. Runic 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. 

Sun in LeoSun in Leo
Moon in SagittariusMoon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 1:24am.
Saturn (8/13) Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1) and Uranus (12/29)Retrograde
Color: Turquoise

Planting 8/9-8/11


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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.


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Th  11      Low   1:43 AM     1.4   6:15 AM     Set 12:34 AM      50
~    11     High   7:45 AM     4.7   8:27 PM    Rise  3:02 PM
~    11      Low   1:10 PM     2.7
~    11     High   7:34 PM     6.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The warmth of the covers; the knowledge that today no demands await you. Give thanks to the Goddess for this respite.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – When? – When is the last time you visited your public library? Write an article for your newspaper, encouraging your classmates to check out the public library. Explain all the things the library has to offer.



~  One must not take delight in quarrelsome disputations or engage in controversies so as the show the superiority of one’s talents, but be calm and composed. – Lord Buddha
~  Man is harder than rock and more fragile than an egg. – Yugoslav Proverb
~  The outcome of a battle depends on how a warrior handles weakness and strength. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Successful self development also involves taking more selftime to be quiet & think for oneself! – Patrick Driessen

In Gaul, the holy Martin, bishop of Tours, marched at the head of his faithful monks, to destroy the idols, the temples, and the consecrated trees of his extensive diocese; and, in the execution of this arduous task, the prudent reader will judge whether Martin was supported by the aid of miraculous powers, or of carnal weapons. – Edward Gibbon (1737 – 1794), on St Martin and the Christian destruction of paganism; Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Spellwork

Refreshing And Cleansing The Aura – Categories: Rituals [Note: author unknown]


A powerful way to cleanse your aura is through intention. Doing a simple visualization in which you imagine your aura cleansed and refreshed is very effective.


Smudging with sage around the body will help refresh your aura. Smudging is the burning of certain herbs to create a cleansing smoke “bath”.


Moving quartz crystals around your body, as well as carrying them in your pocket or wearing them as a piece of jewelry, will help clear your aura of unwanted energy.

Incense and Aromatherapy

Atomizing essential oils or burning incense helps cleanse the aura, especially the scents sage, sweet grass, and frankincense.

Brushing Down

Brushing down your energy with your hands is an easy technique to cleanse your aura. Set your intention to cleanse and refresh your auric field. Starting at the top of your head, and with your hands loose but slightly curved, move your hands from the center of your head outwards, sweeping the energy away from your body. Visualize this old energy around your body moving out of the way to allow fresh, clean, vibrant energy in. Work your way slowly down one side of the body, moving from your head to your neck and shoulders. Sweep the energy away from your chest and torso, then keep your hands moving down, around your legs and to your feet. Repeat the process with the other side of your body. To complete this cleansing ritual, use one hand at a time to sweep away the energy around the other arm, then flick the energy away from your hands (as if you’re flicking water off your hands).


Seeking Inspiration Spell December 19th, 2006

Color of the day: Gray
Incense of the day: Sage

Sometimes in our various creative endeavors, we run out of ideas, power, and vitality. We need motivation to help us pursue our artistry. To seek the power of inspiration, we tap into the Moon’s dark, introspective magic. Find a quiet place now, and surround yourself with the tools of your creativity. Gather pens, clay, brushes, or whatever it is you work with or seek to work with. Handle each one with loving care and envision yourself producing beautiful works of art with them. When you are ready, light some frankincense for transformation. As you breathe in the scent, see yourself busy at your creative work. Know that the creative part of you sees that you are watching. Ask what it is that you are creating, then listen. As you listen, you feel all the blockages and impediments fall away. You are now clean, fresh, and inspired. By: Gail Wood


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Signs and Notices – A billboard seen next to the highway, travelling from Johannesburg International Airport into town. An Ad for BMW showing a photo of a BMW 328i convertible with the roof and all the windows down. The caption reads:’ Our hardware runs better without WINDOWS!!!’

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