We got about an 1/8 of an inch of rain in the last 24 hours. That’s not a huge amount, but it’s enough to perk up the drooping plants. 65F with white puffy clouds of a kind that we don’t usually see out here. There’s no marine layer that I can see and the sun is fading in and out because that’s a fairly thick layer.
Yesterday! What a zoo! I was on the hop right through about 6pm when I sat down to stare at my computer screen and cool off! Let’s see… where did I start? Well after the newsletter went out, I gathered the rest of the baking stuff and Tempus took me home. I spent 3 hours and some change making 3 batches of shortbread (vanilla, cherry and ginger) and embroidering while it was baking.
Tempus came to pick me up and then helped with packing the shortbread while I was getting horribly sticky from the marzipans. He took those to Newport to hand off to Marius and then went shopping while I stayed at the shop and finished up the embroidered piece I had been doing and started another.
It was supposed to rain around noon, but didn’t. The sun came out instead! Around 6pm it did decide to rain and for an hour it came down pretty well. Tempus had to double bag his papers last night, so it took longer than usual and it was the Labor Day ads issue, at that.
Eventually I cleaned up from the marzipan frenzy and made a stab at actually organizing/re-organizing the cooking implements. I did little work on my lucet and then I finally settled down to working on patterns and then the computer started locking up! <sigh> I did finally get it sorted out, but it took a bit.
Tempus picked me up around 1:30. He was running the route partly inside out because I needed my camera, so I was with him out 34 and on the Bayshore part of the run. It poured on us several times, but that gradually petered out. By 3am I was seeing the occasional star. While we were getting the papers delivered along the BackBay I watched the lights of town and the Alsea Bay Bridge. We were actually worried about elk last night, a common occurrence along that part of the route. Doing the last drops in the lower part of Bayshore I could see how low the clouds were, some of them below the treetops on the bluff across the Throat.
We’re going to both be at the shop today, although we’re yawning and Tempus is going to run in and out. I just got an order in with mortar and pestles and some tins for making more wood butter so that will be on the agenda, too.
Today’s Feast is the anniversary of the coronation of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. Supposedly, I’m descended from him, on the distaff side. Charles spoke and wrote 5 languages in a day when folks were very rare who could even write their names. He made Prague into a great city. A lot of family stories got told about him: the “Charles’ Bridge Eggs, Not Hard-Boiled Please!”, and the “Building of the Hunger Wall” and the story of how he alone, of almost all of the Czech knights, survived the Battle of Crecy (by his father knocking him over the head, tying him to his horse and sending him home in the care of his tutor, before their suicide charge!). Ask me for the stories and/or there’s more information here: http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/655-years-ago-charles-iv-crowned-king-of-bohemia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_IV,_Holy_Roman_Emperor
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum, (or any hypericum species), 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
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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 9/2 at 2:03pm. 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 at the Tide Change on 9/16 at 12:05pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 9/5 at 2:03pm.
A twilight challenge: Shortly after sunset, use binoculars or a wide-field scope to start looking for the super-thin crescent Moon near Venus and Jupiter Venus in the bright sky just above the west-southwest horizon. The Moon will be much easier tomorrow.
Venus and Jupiter are very low in bright twilight, shining at magnitudes –3.8 and –1.7 respectively. After their close conjunction on August 27th (see the top of this page), Venus creeps a little higher each night and Jupiter sinks farther to Venus’s lower right. Their separation grows by 1° per day. Bring binoculars.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”),
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
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 2 High 1:28 AM 7.6 6:41 AM Rise 7:59 AM 0
~ 2 Low 7:57 AM -0.2 7:50 PM Set 8:37 PM
~ 2 High 2:10 PM 7.3
~ 2 Low 8:13 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I welcome success and fortune into my life.
~ If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it. – Marcus Aurelius
~ The longing to produce great inspirations didn’t produce anything but more longing. – Sophie Kerr
~ A woman finds the natural lay of the land almost unconsciously; and not feeling it incumbent on her to be guide and philosopher to any successor, she takes little pains to mark the route by which she is making her ascent. – Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950) US suffragist
~ Don’t be so concerned with what might happen tomorrow that you forget to live today. – Steve Keating CSE
You fly to me upon the
morning’s breath, a Muse
of inspiration triple-formed.
Rainbow colors dazzle eyes too long
accustomed to the dark,
and as the colors run You reveal
Yourself in Nature’s guise.
You envelope me in laughter and
Your lightness settles ’round me
like an insubstantial veil of
luminescent spider silk.
Your magic fills me with Your hope,
and knowledge of a better place to be. – The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
One-half ounce each coarsely ground:
Balm of Gilead
One teaspoon of each:
One Powdered Tablespoon of each:
Mix together in small bowl
1 Tbsp Wine
1 Tbsp Rosewater
Put dry ingredients into one bowl and mix together thoroughly.
In second large bowl, mix one large pinch of dry ingredients with wet ingredients until mixed.
Add another large pinch of dry ingredients to the new mixture until completely incorporated.
Continue mixing dry ingredients to wet ingredients until fully mixed.
Shake twice a day for one week and then use on charcoal disks for Mabon ritual.
Silliness – Classic Quips From Late Night – At the end of last night’s ‘American Idol,’ Ryan Seacrest announced that more than 63 million votes were cast, which is more than any president in U.S. history has ever received. … In a related story, this morning Hillary Clinton bought a karaoke machine. – Conan O’Brien