Daily Stuff 9-8-16 Lada and Leyla

Hi, folks!

weather windchimeThe sun is bright in a sky full of cirrus and contrails. They’re not mare’s tails, but definitely cirrus. 65F and quite windy with gusts into the 20’s occasionally.

071216 flower3Yesterday started way, way late, since we didn’t get up until 2pm. That just feels so slothful, but we needed the rest! We started in once we were at the shop. I did paperwork and sorting out of some problems with one of the historical re-creation things that’s going on, sorted calendar, that sort of thing.

motif bird sparrow duskyBoth Ruth and Sandra were in during the afternoon to chat a bit. We finally had lunch at around 5:30. After that Tempus headed up to the house and I did some more paperwork. I’m finally catching up.

motif bird vireoAt 7pm the light abruptly dimmed. The Wheel is Turning! I was making phone calls by that point. We’re starting the next round of Wicca 101 on Monday and I needed to make sure folks remember.

motif bird hummingbird2After that I got today’s newsletter put together and then posted some “brag” pictures on Facebook. 🙂 Tempus called several times asking what I wanted done with certain things and eventually got back and we headed home.

motif bird Cardinal redToday, I’m not sure what happened. Did anyone get the license plate number? 🙂 For some darned reason I woke during the night and could not get back to sleep until 9am. I was goign to get up, but Tempus said to at least get a nap…. and it was 1:30 when I woke again, after nightmares and all kinds of fun. Well, I’m here, now. He had the shop open and had to come back for me! Sewing this evening and I’ll be here late, since Tempus has his paper route again.

14291803_1296786197020406_7389121510806092669_nA Ken Gagne photo of a Yachats sunset from 9/4/16


magick motif slav Kolovrat RodnoverThe Feast of Honor for Lada and Lela – Ruen (September) 8
This day Lada and Lela are honored because of the work in the fields has come to a close. A celebration is held with dancing and song. This marks the passing of Summer and its attendant warmth.

250px-Perun_idol (1)Today honors Lada and Leyla, two goddesses of Slavic Reconstruction Myth, who don’t appear to have any historical precedent. Lada is a mother/harvest goddess married/twin to Lado, a solar god of joy. Leyla is her daughter who shows up in the stories of the spring rabbit who didn’t know any better and laid colored eggs as a gift, whose image is on the moon.

“Vid” is the short form of the name “Svatovit”, a Slavic sky god.

Lado! Vid slept in a meadow.  Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Fair elf-maids were waking him. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Stand up young Vid! Lado is beautiful!
Lado! your house is on sale; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Your mother is dying; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Your lover serves an other. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Then answers young Vid, Lado is beautiful!
Lado! You are lying, fair elf-maids; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Neither is my mother dying; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Neither is my house on sale; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! …but my lover serves an other. Lado is beautiful!

This song, devoted to Lado, was sung by Serb girls around the Drava river. In springtime they would gather in front of churches and sing it standing in circles as late as 1885 (this is not to say that actual belief in Lado remained). Collected by Nikola Begovic. Source Wikipedia

plant flower Trillium_ovatum_1290Today’s plant is the trillium, specifically the varieties for our state of the Giant Purple Wakerobin, the Idaho Trillium and Round Leaf Trillium. These are one of the characteristic flowers of the Oregon spring forests,  the flowers of spring called Wakerobin since in many places robins and trilliums appear at the same time. It is also called Birthroot and has been used medicinally to control bleeding. Tripartite petals and flower make this an unusual plant and since they grow, widely separated in the undergrowth of forests, they’re striking when you come across them. –motif plant flower white trilliumFeminine, Venus, Water – Carry the root to attract money and luck or – Masculine, Venus & Saturn, Earth – the magicks of trillium are concerned with boundaries and lust. ….and they’re beautiful!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium Yes, it’s odd to have two sets of correspondences for one plant, but that’s the way this one works!

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,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Crescent 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 at the Tide Change on 9/16 at 12:05pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/9 at 4:49am. 

astro-090716-duskThe Moon this evening forms a roughly vertical lineup with Saturn and Antares below it, while brighter Mars glows yellow-orange to their left, as shown here.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well up by midnight in the southeast and south, respectively. Info and finder charts.

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”), 
Rune Runic Month 17 Rad RaidhoRunic 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

Sun in VirgoSun in Virgo
Moon in SagittariusMoon in Sagittarius
Mercury (9/22), Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1), Ceres (12/9)  and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Turquoise


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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
Th   8     High   5:59 AM     5.4   6:48 AM    Rise  1:47 PM      34
~     8      Low  11:30 AM     2.8   7:39 PM     Set 11:46 PM
~     8     High   5:41 PM     6.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen to your dreams and let them guide you.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Memories – Recall a time when you learned how to do something—like ride a bicycle or hit a baseball.



~  No truly great man ever thought himself so. – William Hazlitt
~  All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~  Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves- slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. – Thich Nat Hahn
~  The best words for resolving a disagreement are, ‘I could be wrong; I often am.’  It’s true. – Brian Tracy

Summer declines and roses have grown rare,
But cottage crofts are gay with hollyhocks,
And in old garden walks you breathe an air
Fragrant of pinks and August-smelling stocks. – John Todhunter (1839–1916) 


Mabon2 divMabon Magick – Recipes

Mushroom and Barley soup

  • 1/4 lb. coarse barley
  • 1/8 lb. dried mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 qts. beef or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 pt. sour cream
  1. Wash mushrooms thoroughly.  Let soak 1 hour in cold water to cover.
  2. Add rinsed barley.
  3. Pour on 1 1/2 quarts water.  Salt to taste.
  4. Bring to boil, then simmer briskly until barley is soft.  (Takes up to an hour, sometimes!)
  5. Remove soup from heat
  6. Remove mushrooms, cut in fine pieces, replace in soup.
  7. Allow mixture to cool to well below boiling (if you have a thermometer it needs to be down to below 150o
  8. Stir in sour cream gradually and serve hot.

German Winter Mushroom Soup

  • 2 qts. water
  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms (dried may be used)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 lg. onion
  • Sauerkraut juice or vinegar to taste
  • Roux — browned butter sauce
  • Chopped noodle dough (1 c. or more if desired)
  1. Soak mushrooms in salt water 20 minutes.
  2. Clean, slice and cook, with large onion 20 minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse.
  4. Add mushrooms to 2 quarts water, season to taste.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Pour about 1 cup boiling mushroom water to the roux.
  7. Stir to make a smooth paste, return to the boiling mushrooms.
  8. Add chopped noodle dough to the boiling mushrooms, cook until the dough is tender.  Add sauerkraut juice to taste.


  • 1/2 stick margarine or butter (brown)
  • flour
  1. Brown all ingredients, remove from flame.
  2. Add boiling mushroom water, stir for a smooth paste.
  3. Return to mushrooms.


  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 egg
  1. Mix all ingredients to make a stiff dough.
  2. Chop to make fine crumbs.
  3. Add to the boiling mushroom soup.

Fresh Mushroom Soup

  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 c. nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tsp. onion flakes
  • 1 tbsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tbsp. sherry
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Slice caps and stems of mushrooms in thick pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan and saute the mushrooms quickly until just crisp tender.
  3. Combine all other ingredients in blender and mix until thick and foamy.
  4. Add mushrooms and blend again at lowest speed for 4 or 5 seconds or until mushrooms are chopped into fine pieces but not pulverized.
  5. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and heat slowly, stirring with a wire whisk to keep from burning.

Yield: about 1 1/4 quarts.  1 cup = approximately 180 calories.


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