Daily Stuff 7-4-17 Independence Day

Hi, folks!

LaDiDah and fireworks in Yachats today!

64F and blue, blue sky! There are only scattered clouds over the Coast Range and the marine layer has pulled way back, too. Onshore there’s not much of a breeze even, but it’s gusting on the beaches.

Yesterday was quiet in the early part of the day and then picked up and picked up. I got to talk with a number of people and managed to do a little sewing between customers, but mostly we just spent the day tending to the business of the shop.

Tempus spent a little while in back which made it possible for me to fry the rest of the cheese for our supper and by 4pm he was hunting around for various things for the cookout. He got the coals going just as folks started arriving. During the cookout time was cooked hotdogs and burgers and noshed on peanut brittle, cake, chips, the fried cheese and a couple of kinds of potato salad. We all ended up stuffed and had a really good time talking.

Other than when I was cooking, Tempus and I took turns helping customers and sitting with the folks who were there for the celebration. We got a bit of a break during the fireworks, but then afterwards have a

bunch of people in, some just stopping to say hi, but some actual serious shoppers.


We didn’t get out of the shop until just before midnight and kinda fell into bed when we got home, which meant we woke a little early this morning, so we got some chores done and headed back to the shop.

We’re going to be open today, although with the Yachats Festivities we probably don’t have to.

220px-Fourth_of_July_CakeToday’s feast is Independence Day in the USA. The Declaration of Independence was passed on July 2 and officially signed on August 2 (although a number of signers may have put their “John Hancocks” on the paper on July 4), but this is the date that it was made public. This morning I’ve been listening on NPR to people reading the Declaration from the Washington Mall. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

Sambucus_caerulea_7997Today’s plant is Blue ElderberrySambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede [poem]. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_cerulea orhttp://en.wikipedia.org

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

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 7/8 at 9:07pm. Waxing Gibbous MoonFrom 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 7/7 at 9:07am. 

Pic 063017 astr – On Friday evening June 30th, the first-quarter Moon puts on a show with Jupiter and especially Gamma (γ) Virginis. The position of the moving Moon in these scenes is always plotted exact for a skywatcher at latitude 40° N, longitude 90° W, near the middle of North America. And the Moon is always shown three times its actual apparent size.

On Friday evening June 30th, the first-quarter Moon puts on a show with Jupiter and especially Gamma (γ) Virginis. The position of the moving Moon in these scenes is always plotted exact for a skywatcher at latitude 40° N, longitude 90° W, near the middle of North America. And the Moon is always shown three times its actual apparent size.\

Waxing toward full, the Moon passes over Antares and Saturn later in the week. Waiting for fireworks to start? Point out some sky sights to folks around you. The waxing gibbous Moon is almost due south at dusk. Look lower left of it for orange Antares, one of the brightest “red” supergiants in the sky. Left of Antares is Saturn. Meanwhile, much farther to the right of the Moon, Jupiter shines brightly in the southwest.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, in southern Ophiuchus) glows pale yellowish in the south-southeast to south during evening. Fiery Antares, less bright, is 14° to Saturn’s right or lower right. Delta Scorpii, the third brightest object in the area, catches the eye half that far to the upper right of Antares.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 10:08pm.
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5) Retrograde
Color: White

Planting 7/3-4


©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Tu   4      Low    4:34 AM     0.5   5:38 AM     Set  2:51 AM      76
~     4     High  10:46 AM     5.0   9:04 PM    Rise  5:09 PM
~     4      Low    4:04 PM     2.4
~     4     High  10:12 PM     7.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Falling in love is the ultimate act of revolution…


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – Words are only one means of communicating. Music is another. In what sense is a music a ‘universal language”? Write an essay in which you explore the ways music communicates.



~  Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. – Helen Keller
~  He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea. – Thomas Fuller
~  Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn. – Bishop Fulton Sheen
~  History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. – Karl Marx

I have loved flowers that fade,
Within those magic tents
Rich hues have marriage made
With sweet unmemoried scents.  – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer


Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes

Harvest Bread Basket (I’ll be adding the other recipes as the month goes on. Try making one each week and freezing! )

Ingredients (suggested):


Bake each of these loaves, or any combination you prefer. (These have been chosen for this harvest recipe because they use bananas, corn, apples, and cheese, which are to some extent traditional foods for the harvest holidays.) Cut into strips or blocks that are easy finger-food size, and arrange in a basket–and take to a gathering or picnic! Bring sweet butter and honey!

When bringing this bread to a location where it will be in open air for more than a couple hours, it’s better to use a container that can be sealed! This container has a fitted lid.

NOTE: If you’re not such a masochist as to bake four loaves of bread on the same day, try getting into the holiday spirit by making a partial-week project out of it. I suggest baking the breads in this order: First banana bread, then apple, then cheese, then cornbread. Banana bread keeps the longest and stays moist for quite a long time without having to even be refrigerated. Apple bread stays good a long time too, but slowly becomes more mushy and less fluffy–try not to make this more than two days in advance of the date you’ll need it. Cheese bread, because it does have cheese, will spoil earlier–you’ll want this in an airtight container. And cornbread should be made a day in advance at the most for best freshness. Also, the cheese bread is the only one that requires rising time. The others are either flat breads (cornbread) or they do their necessary rising with the help of baking soda.

Banana bread and apple bread are very moist while cornbread and cheddar bread are drier breads, so keep this in mind when storing them in a shared container! A moist bread will “sog out” a dry bread and make it inedible if you don’t wrap them.

Baking bread is a wonderful harvest activity to put you in the mood for the season, so don’t be freaked by this recipe’s scope–give it a try!

Yield: 8-10 servings
Source: A combination! Use for: Lughnasadh, Mabon

Amagansett Corn Salad – Anja’s version
Originally By Peter http://food52.com/recipes/224-amagansett-corn-salad

Serves 4

  • ears of white corn
  • quarts cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons high-quality balsamic vinegar (If you add ginger to this you’ve got a sauce!)
  • medium red onion
  • quart sugar snap peas (green beans if the peas aren’t available)
  • 1  handful rough-chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley, cilantro or even finely chopped celery or spinach
  • salt, preferably a large, coarse sea salt.
  • Wasbi powder or horseradish, even ginger)
  1. Strip raw corn from ears. You can use a fancy corn stripper or just run your chef’s knife down the side of each ear about 8 times.
  2. Slice all cherry tomatoes in half or quarters depending on your preference.
  3. Chop the red onion into a large dice.
  4. If using the sugar-snap peas cut in half or thirds to make more bite-sized.
  5. Add some rough chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley for greens, even finely chopped celery.
  6. Toss all vegetables in a bowl, along with the vinegar, salt and pepper.

That’s it. Enjoy!

Good Morning Deviled Eggs – Traditional deviled eggs are made even more special with the addition of sausage and cheese. (Recipe modified from http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/3830/good-morning-deviled-eggs?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_content=wallpost_6.30.13_1&utm_campaign=recipe

15 min.prep time
15 min.total time
10 servings


5  Eggs, hard-cooked, peeled
1/4 cup precooked sausage crumbles, finely chopped
2 (3/4-ounce) slices  American cheese, finely chopped
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sliced green onions
1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

American Cheese, finely chopped, if desired
Sliced green onions, if desired

* Cut eggs in half
* Place yolks in bowl
* mash.
* Add all remaining eggs ingredients; mix well.
* Fill egg whites with yolk mixture.
* Cover; refrigerate until serving time or up to 24 hours.
* Top with American Cheese and green onions before serving, if desired.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Outstanding! –

After failing to win a Nobel prize for several years running, a scientist quit his job and purchased a small farm right next to a major highway. He didn’t tend the crops, he simply walked out into the field each day and stared intently for hours on end at the road. Eventually, his wife asked him what he was doing. “Oh, nothing much,” he replied, “just waiting for someone to recognize me as being out standing in my field.”

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