Daily Stuff 8-12-17 Lychnapsia

Hi, folks!

Eclipse countdown – 8 days! Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm.

Every leaf has little dots of water on it. Pavements are dry, though. There wasn’t any measurable rainfall, but my feet are wet, too, from the grass. 60F. Cloudy, with a few sucker holes scattered around. There’s no wind. Even the petunias aren’t wiggling. We do have a chance of rain tonight, but very little.

Yesterday went past in a hurry. Both Tempus and I were pretty tired, but we just kept pecking away at things and got a lot done. I’ve been finding more bits and pieces to get set out, mostly books for the used section. I had an order to get out and a necklace repair to finish and a card to make, too, and managed to work through that as the day went on. Tempus got the box to the PO and brought back some fabric and the box of new sage smudges, so that’ll be getting priced today.

Tempus is still trying to get his route list together, so that Lezlie can run the paper route while we’re at the wedding. That’s keeping him on the computer a lot.

We had a lot of people in shopping, during the day. …and then a lot of people just looking once El Taco Loco opened up. That kept me really busy.

We tried to go home a little early, since we were both tired, but it was getting dark, and rainy when we headed out and we had one place to check in daylight where Tempus drops a paper and it’s difficult to navigate. Once we were home, we had supper and I sewed and we did the quiet things after we put stuff away. When Jeanne got home, Tempus headed upstairs to help her unload the car and then we went to sleep.

For some darned reason I woke up at 6 and couldn’t get back to sleep. I’ve got lots of projects and tasks running through my head, so I got up and made a list, but then still didn’t fall back asleep after. Tempus got up early, too, mostly because I was rumpusing around, I think, but he got the clean laundry brought down. I got it put away and went out to work on herbs.

Tempus brought some of the buckets topside so they could get more sun and I have a bag of assorted greens, herbs and the elephant garlics to work on in the Herbs Workshop.

We’re at the shop, already hard at work. He’s clearing some things from the table for Herbs. I’m going to get some pictures of a few things, then pull some more of the dried herbs for processing. Courtney’s going to be here for Herbs and then Sewing Workshop is a 3pm and we’ll be open at least until 7pm, possibly later. I’m hoping to make cheese and herb biscuits for later.

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Today’s Feast is the Lychnapsia, the “lights of Isis”. There are two stories in the Isis myth associated with this. One is that this day is her birthday and people lighted the lamps in her honor. The other the lamp that she carried while searching for the pieces of her husband’s body. More on the myth here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis


“At the times when they gather together at the city of Sais for their sacrifices, on a certain night they all kindle lamps many in number in the open air round about the houses; now the lamps are saucers full of salt and oil mixed, and the wick floats by itself on the surface, and this burns during the whole night; and to the festival is given the name Lychnocaia (“Lamp Lighting”). Moreover those of the Egyptians who have not come to this solemn assembly observe the night of the festival and themselves also light lamps all of them, and thus not in Sais alone are they lighted, but over all Egypt: and as to the reason why light and honour are allotted to this night, about this there is a sacred story told.”  – Herodotus, Histories, Book II, Chapter 62

“The 4th-century-CE Calender of Philocalus lists a festival called the Lychnapsia Philocaliana on August 12th. As you may be able to guess, it was a lamp-lighting festival. The scholars who have studied it seem reasonably certain that it was an Isis festival because a.) the August 12th date of this lamp festival is at roughly the same time as the great Egyptian Festival of Lights at the epagomenal birthdays of the Deities, b.) Isis was extremely popular in Rome and anything Egyptian would have been considered Isiac as well, and c.) there are “Egyptian Days” designated on the calendar several days before and several days after the Lychnapsia.” http://isiopolis.com/

plant motif flower buttercupToday’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus  and Ranunculus repens,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-plant flower buttercup Ranunculus_bulbosusnative plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells: Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.

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 8/21 at 11:30am. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/14 at 6:15pm. 

Venus is crossing Gemini this week. After a morning of Perseid-watching, how many of Gemini’s stars can you see as you pack up in the beginnings of dawn?
The Perseids continue tonight — and the Moon rises a little later in the evening and shines a bit less brightly. This might end up being the better night.
The brightest star high in the southeast right after dark is Altair, with little orange Tarazed above it by a finger-with at arm’s length. A little more than a fist-width to Altair’s left is delicate Delphinus, >>>>  the Dolphin, leaping leftward.
Above Altair, slightly less far, is smaller, fainter Sagitta, the Arrow. It too is pointing left. Wiki article about this little-known constellation here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagitta  
Mercury and Mars are hidden in the glare of the Sun.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic 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 Leo
Moon in Aries
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Mercury (9/5), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde(11/22), Chiron (12/5), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color: Blue

Harvest 8/11-12


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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).
Coll – 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
Sa  12     High   3:55 AM     6.6   6:16 AM     Set 11:29 AM      83
~    12      Low  10:16 AM     0.3   8:26 PM    Rise 11:14 PM
~    12     High   4:40 PM     7.2
~    12      Low  11:00 PM     1.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A Messy Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen… And This Kitchen Is Delirious


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – How would you feel if there was a new law forbidding the playing of any music?



~  Who hears the rippling of rivers will not utterly despair of anything. – Henry David Thoreau
~  Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. – Mark Twain
~  You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.- Albert Camus
~  You can’t Manufacture Success without Putting in the Work. – Al King

Sing a song of Summer,
The world is nearly still,
The mill-pond has gone to sleep,
And so has the mill.
Shall we go a-sailing?
Or shall we take a ride,
Or dream the afternoon away
Here, side by side? – Cosmo Monkhouse (1840–1901)


Magick – Random stuff


August 13 is Left-Handers Day! If you or the lefties in your life feel excluded, forgotten, or even mistreated year-round due to your left-handedness, today is the RIGHT (haha!) day to celebrate being a lefty!

After another year of scissors, desks, notebooks, coffee mugs, and more being seemingly pitted against lefties, the day has finally come to celebrate them! If you’re a lefty in a righty’s world, remember that you are not alone. Angelina Jolie, Prince William, President Obama, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga, Jay Leno, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and many other well-known and successful people are left-handed! There is hope for us all!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Volume 5, suggests a fun way for kids to celebrate this holiday:

Survey family or friends who are lefties (even if you are, too) and make a list of the difficulties that left-handed people experience doing everyday things. Based on your information, design a tool for a left-hander. Possibilities for new designs include scissors, a mug, a computer keyboard, a pencil sharpener, and a can opener. Make a drawing of your design or build a model.

Check out these fun bits of info from holidayinsights.com:

  • Sinistrophobia is the fear of left-handedness or things on the left side.
  • While many people are left-handed, very few are 100% left-handed. For example, many left-handers golf and bat right-handed. On the other hand, there is a high percentage of righties who are 100% right-handed.
  • Lefties are also called “southpaws.” The term was coined in baseball to describe a left-handed pitcher.
  • Only about 10% of the population is left-handed.
  • During the 1600s, people thought that left-handers were witches and warlocks.
  • International Left-Handers Day was first celebrated on August 13, 1976. It was started by Left-handers International.
  • It is believed that all polar bears are left-handed.
  • Think about it: Everyone is a left-hander in Left Hand, West Virginia!
  • Explore more great facts and folklore about being left-handed.
Lettuce and Broccoli
Here’s a handy fall garden guide to help you decide what to plant in the fall garden and when to plant your fall crops! The succession gardening chart below shows the last fall planting dates, based on the first expected frost dates in the fall.

To calculate the best time to plant your fall vegetable garden, look at the first expected freeze dates. Choose the date that comes closest to the expected first killing frost in your area. If you do not know the date, use our Frost Dates Calculator.


Click here to expand the chart below (PDF).




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