Daily Stuff 5-26-17 Fortinalia

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:50 AM of -2.1 feet. Getting iffy.

The sky is a perfect blue bowl overhead, not a cloud to be seen! 59F. 77% humidity, a light breeze….this is a perfect start to this long weekend!

Tempus got the shortbread bagged and put away. I was working on tags and things. …and we got crazy busy. I did a long consult with another “haunting”, then did a reading, then had to sort out how some of the stuff for the weekend was going to be worked out.

The person who is the courier was here earlier than I expected and then I spent quite some time during sewing tagging and bagging some of the stuff for the box of goodies that I’m sending, which Tempus dropped off this morning. I got the pickled eggs done and some extra pickle broth, although not as much as I had thought. I think I missed something in my math of how much I was making! ….but I packed the cold bag and then everything was ready. Phew!

Tempus picked me up at 3:15 and took me home, so I could get some sleep for today and then carried on with the paper run. I spent a couple of minutes outside looking up at the Milky Way and marveling, then I went splat. He dropped the goodies off and came home and slept for awhile and now we’re back at the shop. I’m hoping he’ll curl up again.

Now that the big push is done I’m back to bagging herbs, but first we have to air the vinegar smell out of the shop. 🙂

Today’s feast is the Fortinalia, or sacred well day. It was celebrated in220px-Puteal_báquico_(M.A.N._Madrid)_01 ancient Rome on October 13 and pagans today keep the feast in May as a thank you to the wells that give us clean water and to the wells of inspiration that we dip from to create our magick. Usually flowers and ribbons are brought to the wells. I’ve done clean-ups around artesian springs on this day, too, and the pipe that has awesome spring water out rt. 34, usually has a bouquet and a dozen ribbons every year! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontinalia

Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus.There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry

The shop is open Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. 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

Waning 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 5/25 at 12:44pm. 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 at 12:44am on 5/27. 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 6/9 at 6:10am. 

The waxing crescent Moon returns to the evening sky, guiding the way to low Mars.
While twilight is still bright, can you catch the thin crescent Moon just above the west-northwest horizon about to set? The Moon is only about 1 1/4 days after new as seen at the time of dusk for North America; see the time of new Moon yesterday above. And how about little Mars to its upper right?
Venus (magnitude –4.6) shines low in the east as dawn brightens. In a telescope, it’s a very thick crescent nearing dichotomy.

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70. Runic 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 Gemini
Moon in Gemini
Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Purple


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Celtic 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 common 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

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – 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
F   26     High  12:53 AM     9.0   5:38 AM    Rise  6:48 AM      0
~    26      Low   7:50 AM    -2.1   8:49 PM     Set  9:57 PM
~    26     High   2:15 PM     7.1
~    26      Low   7:45 PM     1.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What is the worst weather condition you have ever experienced?



~  Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door. – Emily Dickinson
~  Nothing is more useful than silence. – Menander
~  Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left. – Hubert Humphrey
~  Philosophy is not a theory but an activity. – Wittgenstein

The greatest love is a mother’s;
then comes a dog’s;
then comes a sweetheart’s. –Polish proverb 


Litha Magick – Crafts

Midsummer Feather Wreath – (For Litha) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/feather.htmlMaterials:

  • §  Craft wire
  • §  Red feathers
  • §  Yellow feathers
  • §  Decorative ivy vines
  • §  Glue gun


Form a braided wreath with brown craft wire. Then form another braided wreath that fits inside the first one. Glue yellow feathers to one wreath until the craft wire cannot be seen; do the same with the red feathers on the other wreath. Then place one wreath on top of the other and wind them together with the ivy vines.

Ritual use:

You may wish to leave the wreaths separate until the Litha ritual, at which point you bind the yellow wreath and the red wreath together to symbolize the marriage of the God and Goddess. Since yellow and red are so interchangeable in whom they represent, it is up to you if you want to assign one wreath to the God and one to the Goddess.

Feathered Wreaths

During Midsummer the Goddess prepares to give birth, and the fields are ripe with the first harvests. These wreaths are woven with red and yellow feathers, symbolizing the birth of the crops and fertility, and also prosperity. They can be used as a magickal talisman upon the altar or in the home to bless it with fertility and prosperity.

  •  Yellow feathers (prosperity)
  •  Red Feathers (fertility, goddess)
  •  Pipe cleaners (yellow, red, or white)
  •  Scissors Hot Glue gun and glue sticks

Trim any excess fuzz or unwanted areas off of the feathers. Take three pipe cleaners and twist them together securely at the top. Start braiding the pipe cleaners, making sure you have a snug braid, and twisting on more pipe cleaners as needed if you run out of length, until you have the desired size of the wreath. Twist the ends of the wreath together securely, and poke the stems of the feathers in the braid of the wreath, alternating yellow and red feathers. If you wish you may secure a loop to the top of the wreath for hanging. You may need to secure the feathers a bit more with the hot glue.

Research for these crafts came from The Chronicles of Avalon, and Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways, by Edain McCoy.

By DarkFire Raven



motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many Aquarians does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Have you asked the bulb if it WANTS to be changed?

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