Daily Stuff 8-26-17 Krakatau

Hi, folks!

Finally the wedding page is done. You can find it here: http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-68H 

Herbs at 11am! Sewing Workshop at 3pm!

Sunny and clear again. It’s chilly in the shade. 60F, 77% humidity and wind running at about 5-6 with an occasional gust. Not like in Texas, hunh? Wow, that one looks nasty!

I’ve been pondering because Thursday’s and yesterday’s newsletters will be even longer than Wednesday if I actually do a full write-up… I’m going to pull that out into a separate thing with pictures and all. It’ll probably take until Tuesday to get it done, but watch for it!

So, the short form is we had our family breakfast, then Tempus and I packed up and got on the road. Traffic in Seattle is horrible. Traffic in Portland isn’t nearly as bad, but nasty enough for a coastie who doesn’t seen many traffic jams. We got our stuff picked up at those two stops and hacked down the mint patch at the 2nd, to the

thanks of the owner, then rolled on home. We got in around 11:15, but Tempus took stuff down to the shop and got back about an hour later.

Today we got up early and have been out picking huckleberries. We’re at the shop, at this point, catching up on what’s happened over the last couple of days when we were gone.

We’re both still tired, but ready to dive back in again.


Krakatoa_eruption_lithographToday is the anniversary of the eruption of Krakatau in 1883 (often spelled “Krakatoa”). Krakatau, before this point, was a volcanic island near Java & Sumatra in Indonesia. It exploded with such force that the resulting tsunami killed somewhere around 36K people and caused swells 1/2-way around the world in the Thames. The sound was heard 3000 miles away and registered on barometers on the far side of the world and twice! The island was destroyed to below water level and pumice covered the ocean and ash filled the sky for months. The telegraph and newspapers made possible the world-wide news of this event.  http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/aug26.html orhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakatoa   Anak Krakatoa, (son of Krakatoa) a new island, has built itself on top of the old volcano over the last century.

Mugwort Artemisia_vulgaris _-_ Köhler-s_Medicinal-Plants-016Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue,  to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MugwortFeminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.

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.  Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/29 at 1:13am. 

….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 thickening crescent Moon, no longer so shy now, points its round side down nearly toward Jupiter low in twilight.
Earth, best visible in the daytime, is centered below you. Its disk is a remarkable 180° in apparent diameter, 20,000 times larger than Jupiter: the planet currently in second place in this regard. But local details usually complicate the limb, and perspective effects limit how much of the planet is visible at once. A telescope is not required. 🙂
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are in the southeastern sky in the early hours of the morning. Finder charts.

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. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Virgo 
Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 1:53am
Juno Direct at 10:14am
Mercury (9/5), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Rose

Planting 8/26-8


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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  26     High   4:11 AM     6.5   6:33 AM    Rise 11:49 AM      18
~    26      Low  10:21 AM     1.0   8:03 PM     Set 10:53 PM
~    26     High   4:35 PM     7.2
~    26      Low  11:05 PM     1.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I understand the meaning of peace.  I let peace express itself through me.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Wiki – What foreign countries have you been to? Which ones do you want to go to?



~  To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. – e.e. cummings, 1955
~  To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death. – Pearl Buck
~  To know how to wait is the great secret of success. – Joseph Marie de Maistre
~  Trust no man so well that you trust not yourself better. Many are unfit to be trusted. – Grettir’s Saga, c.67

The moment you stand up and claim your power is the moment that you will leave them powerless. Not only powerless, but very likely bewildered, because people like this don’t usually know what to do when someone they’re used to controlling stands up and takes their power back. – Kerr Cuhulain


Mabon Magick – Crafts

Anjas note on Braids

It was not an uncommon thing for a witch to be accused of braiding spells into their or someone else’s hair. Sea witches in particular are known to control the winds through braiding or knotting hair or cords. In many cultures a particular style of braid or placement of a small one somewhere on the head (think “paduan braid”….) meant initiation or membership into a group.

I’ve done the “braid into the hair” type of spells, but because my hair is so fine, braids don’t stay tidy, even small ones. I’ll make a charm with a loop or cord that can get incorporated into a braid, undo my hair in the morning and comb it out, then re-braid, adding the charm and renewing my intent each day for the duration of the spell.

Weaving and Braiding Magical Craft Ideas – By Patti Wigington, About.com


In many traditions of Wicca and Paganism, handcrafts are used as a magical process. Weaving and braiding in particular are meditative exercises, and so magical workings can be incorporated into the creative technique. If you think about it, fibers in one form or another have been around for thousands of years, so it makes sense that our ancestors could have utilized them in spell work and ritual as well. By focusing on the process of braiding or weaving, you can let your mind wander off as your hands do the work. Some people report even being able to astral travel while doing such craftwork.

When spring rolls around, you can incorporate some of the earth’s goodies into your braiding and weaving. Use willow wands, long grasses, or vines twined together to create new projects, like a Grapevine Pentacle. If you have fresh flowers, you can braid a chain of them into a floral crown. If onions are in season, you can create a protective charm with an Onion Braid.

If you have a strong connection to the moon, you can create a Moon Braid to honor the three different phases of the moon. For spell work, make a Witch’s Ladder.

Braid or weave fiber or plants together as part of your magical workings. Image © Getty Images

Onion Magic: Make a Magical Onion Braid By Patti Wigington, About.com

[Anja’s note: Traditional Onion braids are *tops* braided together!]

Begin folding the twine in half, and tying a knot near the end, creating a loop. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

August often starts out hot and muggy, but even when the rest of your garden is wilting in the heat, chances are good that your onion crop is thriving in the cool, dark soil. If you haven’t pulled them yet, Lammas is a good time to do so. Once you’ve got them out of the earth, gently brush the loose dirt off of them, and hang them in a sunny spot to dry and cure. When August’s full moon, the Corn Moon, rolls around, get to work on some onion magic!

Under the light of the full moon, you can make an onion braid. Braiding is a very relaxing and magical way to spend an evening, and by braiding your onions, you can prepare them for winter storage — basically, you’re accomplishing the magical and the mundane all in one shot. To do this, you’ll need a bunch of onions with the green tops still attached, and about four feet of heavy twine. Begin folding the twine in half, and tying a knot near the end, creating a loop (Figure 1).

 Lay the twine on a flat surface and use the onion’s greens as a third “string”. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

Lay the twine on a flat surface and place an onion upside down so that the greens of the onion form a third “string”, along with the two free ends of the twine. (Figure 2)

Using the two free lengths of twine and the onion stem, form a tight braid. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

Using the two free lengths of twine and the onion stem, form a tight braid. Repeat this until the onion is securely in place (Figure 3).

Add onions into the braid, focusing your will as you do so. Image © Patti Wigington 2008

Repeat the process with the rest of your onions, braiding them in and out between the other stems and the two strands of twine (Figure 4). As you do so, focus your intent. Onions are magically linked to protective magic, so you can braid the onions and recite an incantation linking them to whatever sort of protection you feel you need. Some sample incantations might be:

For protection of a home:

Onions wrapped around a braid,
This charm for my home I have made,
Keep negative energy away from me,
As I will, so it shall be.

For protection of a person:

Layers and layers of onion skin,
Layers of safety for those within,
Layers to make all harm stay out,
Keep (name) safe, without a doubt.


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

Newtrons – The magnetized particles that amazingly hold some fig newtons together.

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