Daily Stuff 8-22-17 Denis Papin

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne!

Minus Tide at 7:44 AM of -1.2 feet.

It’s nice and sunny, or rather, it’s been. The fog is coming in at this point, so the sunshine is getting thin and strained. When we crossed the Alsea Bay Bridge coming to the shop the ocean water that had come in on the flood tide down by the Jaws was steaming, just like the beaches, although it was being shoved back out by the current of the river. 61F. We’re wearing summer out…. The wind is at 3mph, but we’re getting gusts up to 8 and 11-and-up on the beaches.

Yesterday was just amazing! I was wiped after the post-eclipse flood of tourists and traffic had gone past, but I kept grinning to myself over seeing the eclipse. I was still grinning when I went to sleep. 🙂

Isn’t this an amazing pic of the Yaquina bridge at totality? It got shared so many times that I’ve lost track of the photographer. I’m going to see whether I can find it.

We weren’t busy in the afternoon, mostly back to normal summer levels, kinda like the late Sunday afternoon traffic…. Arthur and Raven stopped by on their way home from their pre-wedding honeymoon and chatted for awhile before heading home. Mostly we were just catching up, but they also went up and looked at the trailer that they’re going to buy from us. We stayed into the evening because both of us were tired enough that things were just taking longer. I started setting things up for our trip this week.

Yes, the shop will be open while we’re gone. Various people have volunteered to help so both Tempus and I can go to our older son’s wedding, so the hours on Thursday and Friday will be normal. 11-7. Another person is running Tempus’ paper route Thursday night. We have *lovely* friends!

We got chores done this morning, after sleeping in a bit, then spent quite awhile picking huckleberries so’s not to lose too many while we’re gone. We’re going to have to pick again on Saturday or Sunday morning. I think we have about a cupful this time, not enough yet to make a pie, but jam is always good. 🙂

We’re doing chores here today, too. Tempus went and paid some bills and I have to set up the newsletters, not just for the weekend, but for the days when we’re gone and I don’t have access to files. …and then the paper run tonight….

…and just heard from the about-to-be-married son who is posting countdown messages on his Facebook. 🙂

A Ken Gagne photo of an egret from 7/17/14

Ken Gagne 071714 Egret

220px-Papin's_digesterToday’s feast is in honor of the anniversary of the Hugenot refugee Denis Papin, the inventor of the piston steam digester, one of the devicies that made the piston steam engine possible. He was also one of the first to use a steam engine to power paddles to move a boat, so he’s also one of the forerunners of the paddlewheel ships. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Papin and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_engine

plant tree maple Acer_macrophyllum_1199Today’s Plant is Big-leaf MapleAcer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum

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

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 11:30am on 8/21. 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 9/6 at 12:03am. 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  8/25 at 11:30pm. 

….and then the Moon reappears in the evening sky as a waxing crescent, retreating farther from our sunward line of sight every day. (The Moon here is positioned for the middle of North America; your aspect may vary a bit.)
After dusk as August nears its end, the Great Square of Pegasus looms up in the east, balancing on one corner. Its stars are only 2nd and 3rd magnitude. Extending leftward from the Square’s left corner is the main line of the constellation Andromeda >>> , made of stars about the same brightness. This whole giant pattern was named “the Andromegasus Dipper” by the late Sky & Telescope columnist George Lovi. Shaped somewhat like a giant Little Dipper, it currently scoops upward.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) shines brightly in the east before and during dawn. Look for Pollux and Castor, much fainter, to its upper left. They form a gently curving arc with Venus that straightens out during the course of the week. The arc becomes a straight line on the morning of the 26th.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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 enters Virgo 3:20pm
Moon in Virgo
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Mercury (9/5), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde


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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
Tu  22     High   1:02 AM     8.4   6:28 AM    Rise  7:26 AM      0
~    22      Low   7:44 AM    -1.2   8:10 PM     Set  8:55 PM
~    22     High   2:04 PM     7.4
~    22      Low   7:56 PM     1.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When I accept the views and behaviors of others, without attempting to correct them, I allow myself to learn other points of view.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Wiki – What are you saving up for?



~  Personal power, self empowerment, begins with self knowledge. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Procrastination is the greatest labor saving invention of all time. – Anonymous
~  Reason also is choice. – John Milton
~  Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me. – Socrates

We are spiritual beings living in human form. We are capable of all things divine – and prone to all things human. We make mistakes. We mess up, we blow it – and sometimes stupidly, too. But the divine in us knows that this is all a part of the process, that we are growing and learning and finding our way every day. When we forgive ourselves, and others, we are tapping into that pure potential of divinity within each one of us. – Lissa Coffey


Mabon Magick – Crafts

How to Make a Wine Cork Pumpkin Posted by Erika Pitera –  Wondering what to do with all those spare corks you have hanging around? Why not make a pumpkin to celebrate fall? You only need about 30 minutes and a few supplies and the result is an adorable table decoration you can enjoy year after year.


What You’ll Need To Make A Wine Cork Pumpkin

  • Materials:
  • 25 recycled wine corks
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft knife
  • Green felt
  • Scissors
  • Jute twine


  1. Dilute the paint with a bit of water and paint both ends of all but one cork. Allow to dry.
  2. Arrange the corks in rows (4 on the bottom, then 5, then 6, then 5 and 4 on the top row) and hot glue them together. For best results, try to match up the corks so they’re the same length in each row.
  3. Take the one remaining cork and cut off part of it with the craft knife. Hot glue it on top as the stem.
  4. Cut leaf shapes from the green felt and hot glue them on around the “stem.”
  5. Tie a short length of twine around the stem to resemble the vine.

Finished project measures approximately 5″H x 5″W x 1-3/4″D

DIY FALL WHEAT SHEAF WREATHhttp://julieblanner.com/diy-fall-wheat-sheave-wreath/#_a5y_p=2417680

I’m finally getting there-decorating our home for my favorite season, Fall.  It also happens to be the busiest time of the year for me-wedding season!  I gravitate toward natural wreaths.  They’re beautiful, simple and can surprisingly be used year after year with care.  Over the weekend, we traveled outside of the city to the pumpkin patch.  Of course Kansas, is covered in wheat.  I wanted to integrate it’s beauty and simplicity in our home. I wanted to create a wheat sheaf wreath, similar to a centerpiece I saw on Martha Stewart Weddings a few years ago.

  1. Gather your wheat bunch {found at a craft or home store} with a rubber band to hold the stems in place.
  2. One layer at a time, cut to desired length with scissors.
  3. Twist your stems to give a nice round, full, effect.  Trim any loose stems.
  4. Using a wreath hanger, determine your desired height.
  5. Secure by your rubber band, or if necessary, by using twine/string.
  6. Add your ribbon & you have a beautiful wheat sheaf wreath!  I chose to coordinate mine with my mums…I think it will go beautiful with the green jarrahdale pumpkins I picked at the patch over the weekend.
  7. Wouldn’t this make a beautiful entrance to a Fall wedding?
  8. To adapt this for a centerpiece, finish by trimming the bottom of the stems evenly.

Time: 10 minutes

Anja’s Note – Using the same directions, but cutting bundles where the stems are cut to 4 inches long you can bind wheat to a wreath frame, 2-5 stems at a time, overlapping, and make an actual wreath for the door or to lie flat on a table for a centerpiece. The latter goes well with prosperity pumpkins or pumpkin candles.

Julie Blanner is the voice behind the stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t.

Continentertinter – The person in a mapmaking company whose job is to decide what color a specific country is going to be.

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