Daily Stuff 8-23-17 Vulcanalia

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:25 AM of -1.0 feet.

55F and foggy. A couple of places right down on the water are getting winds of 8mph, but otherwise it’s fairly still. Above it’s mostly cloudy. What sunshine comes through is very thin.

Yesterday’s newsletter didn’t go out until late, so there’s not much to say about the day. We got some of the shopping put away, got some bills paid, cleaning done so I could pack, and that’s about it.

Tempus headed for Newport, late. We’re going to do a little shopping on the way out of town this afternoon. I kept working on newsletters. I wanted to have them all filled right into Saturday, so we didn’t have anything to fret over. I started packing afterwards and it was a start and stop thing because I didn’t have totes, I didn’t have my garb pulled down, none of Tempus’ clothes, etc., etc…. Argh. I did what I could, but I wanted to be able to leave from home today!

By 11:30 I was done with newsletters, which was a relief, so then I hunted around for more stuff to do. 🙂 I got started on listening to some of the Townsend videos on 18th century cookery. That palled after a few, so I puttered around finding things that I wanted to be sure were going to go with us. I finally realized I had forgotten about the huckleberries, so I got those washed, picked over, boxed and into the freezer at just about the time I got my 15 minute warning.

He picked me up at just past 2:30 and we were home by 5:30, and it was only just starting deep twilight! It was cloudy/foggy for the whole run, in some places pretty thick, but it went quite well and fast, even with us running out to the spring to fill our bottles.

We spent quite awhile talking about the Townsend videos and techniques of cookery that we don’t have, now. After that we talked about today’s trip, trying to figure out what we still need. Once we were home we went to sleep right away, but we’re up and it’s not quit 11. Excitement, I guess, but we *do* still need to pack!

Today we’re going to head for the shop to finish packing and get stuff into the car, head for Newport and get some trip food, then get moving. We’re driving all the way to Seattle!


feast VulcanaliaToday’s feast is the Vulcanalia, sacred to the god Vulcan and the nymphs. Vulcan is the god of the forge and fires. The Divine Sun is part of this festival and work was begun by candlelight so as to emphasize that good aspects of fire. The bad aspects we’re seeing in Yosemite and in Idaho, at the moment. The eruption that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum occurred during this festival in 79CE. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcanalia#Vulcanalia

220px-Rubus_ursinus_10689Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinusThere are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry,blackberry2 Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. 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

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.)
The actual Little Dipper, meanwhile, is tipping over leftward in the north. It’s only 40% as long as the Andromegasus Dipper, and most of it is much fainter. As always, it’s rotated about 90° counterclockwise from Andromegasus.
Mars is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise.

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 Virgo
Moon in Virgo enters Libra 6:05pm.
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
W   23     High   1:50 AM     8.1   6:29 AM    Rise  8:35 AM      1
~    23      Low   8:25 AM    -1.0   8:08 PM     Set  9:26 PM
~    23     High   2:42 PM     7.5
~    23      Low   8:42 PM     0.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fill your heart with courage and you will be able to face life with confidence.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The Earth is given as a common for men to labor and live in. – Thomas Jefferson



~  Speak when you are angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.- Dr. Lawrence J. Peter
~  Suppression always creates the opposite of the effect desired. – Keith Olbermann
~  The divine is inseparable from you and the world around you. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  The intelligent are to the intelligentsia what a gentleman is to a gent. – Stanley Baldwin

No wind, no bird. The river flames like brass.
On either side, smitten as with a spell
Of silence, brood the fields. In the deep grass,
Edging the dusty roads, lie as they fell
Handfuls of shriveled leaves from tree and bush.
But ’long the orchard fence and at the gate,
Thrusting their saffron torches through the hush,
Wild lilies blaze, and bees hum soon and late. – Lizzete Woodworth Reese (1856–1931)


Mabon Magick – Invocations

For the golden corn and the apple on the tree,
For the golden butter and the honey from the bees,
For the fruits and nuts and berries we gather on our way,
We praise the loving Mother Earth and thank Her everyday. – Beliefnet member loumom, Appropriate for many faiths


Oh, join us at the feast, Great Mother!
Come into our banquet hall,
Partake of the hot spice rum and cakes
While your hounds bask by the fire.

You shall have the main chair, the one
At the head of the table, to be your throne.
We will play cheerful music on the dulcimer,
And sing sweet songs of thanksgiving.

We will listen to anything you say,
And will share anything you wish us to.
There is great joy at being in your company,
We will gather around your feet to listen.

Oh, join us at the feast, Great Mother!
We have decorated the banquet hall for you,
Put velvets for your hounds to sleep upon,
And have candles in the sconces on the wall.

We will dance to your glorious moon,
Dance for you and sing to celebrate;
Joining together in the community of Souls
That bask in your all-encompassing love. – © Copyright 09/21/05 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)


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