Daily Stuff 6-22-18  Brest Fortress 

Hi, folks!

Blessed Litha!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Open Circle for Litha tonight at 7pm! Wear sun colors and bring any yellow flowers that you have around!

Partly cloudy which is to say that the sun is bright and the sky is blue, but there are poufs going past, every so often! 64F wind at 6.

Yesterday got kinda strange. We were up early, so Tempus made coffee at home and it put me back to sleep. He left me there and opened the shop and I never woke until past 2pm. He had a lot of folks in, looking, but not a lot of sales, even though there were some interesting conversations! That’s kinda the way it went once I was there, too. He worked on the car and did paperwork and then some cleaning in back. I worked on the ritual and setting up this newsletter and then made a batch of ham salad.

…and then things went sideways. I typed a bunch more last night at home and none of it got saved, apparently. After Tempus and I ate a couple of servings of the ham salad, he headed for Newport, getting back in a bit past 5am. I baked up some dough that was left over and talked to Jeanne, then sewed for awhile, read for awhile and went to sleep, but for some reason didn’t wake with Tempus this morning. He came in without me and came to get me 2-ish and since then I’ve been trying to get caught up and set up for the Circle tonight!

A Ken Gagne photo from last June of a goldfinch on his feeder.

200px-BrestFortress7Today’s feast is from Belarus, in remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic War (WWII). “In solemn remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War, and in commemoration of the heroic last stand of Brest Fortress in 1941, on the very country and city (Brest) in which the Eastern Front began.” It is much like the US Memorial day in the remembrances, but without the picnics. Here’s a bit about the war and the Eastern Front.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Patriotic_War

Plant 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-native 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 andmotif plant buttercup3color 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 opens at 11am. Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. 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 6/27 at 9:53pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From 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 6/26 at 9:53am. 

The bright gibbous Moon steps over Jupiter and Alpha Librae. The waxing gibbous Moon this evening shines with bright Jupiter to its lower left and fainter Spica to its lower right.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, just above the Sagittarius Teapot) rises in the southeast in twilight. It stands highest in the south around 1 or 2 a.m., about 30° to the upper right of much brighter Mars.
Mars rises shortly after 11 p.m. local daylight time and climbs nearly 30° high in the south by the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky. Although it is still more than a month away from its late July opposition, the Red Planet appears noticeably brighter than it did just a week ago. Shining at magnitude –1.9, it is the third-brightest point of light in the night sky after Venus and Jupiter. If you point a telescope toward Mars this morning, you’ll see its 19″-diameter disk and perhaps some subtle surface features — though many of these may be obscured by the planet’s major ongoing dust storm.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-june-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
 Runic half-month of Daguz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. 

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 12:11pm.
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30). Neptune (11/24) Retrograde
Color – Rose

©2018 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.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   22      Low   3:16 AM     1.0   5:32 AM     Set  2:34 AM      64
~    22     High   9:04 AM     5.3   9:05 PM    Rise  3:48 PM
~    22      Low   2:55 PM     1.4
~    22     High   9:21 PM     7.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I donate a portion of my time to helping others. It is good for my own health.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. — Mark Twain



~  Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia. – Charles M. Schulz
~  Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested. – Paulo Coelho
~  Giving always opens the way for receiving. – Unknown
~  He that does good for good’s sake, seeks neither praise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end. – William Penn

O wondrous June! Our lives should be like thee
With such calm grace fulfilling destiny. –Susan Louisa Higginson (1815–75)


Litha Magick – How to make Herb Vinegar  (pic – How to make Herb Vinegar)

Making herb vinegars is easy and rewarding. The colors are lovely, the taste is delicious and the process is satisfying.

Some general guidelines:

  • Cut herbs in the morning, if possible, after the dew has dried but before it gets hot. The essential oils will release from the herbs at about 85 degrees F.
  • Never put your vinegar in a container whose previous contents are unknown to you. It is not a good idea to buy bottles for vinegar at flea markets or yard sales.
  • Check the vinegar you are going to use for acidity. Any vinegar with 5% acidity can be used to make herb vinegar. [Anja’s note – This is because the acidity can “pull” toxins out of unknown containers, however glass canning jars can be used (not the dome lids!) if washed in a dishwasher and sterilized.)

Basic directions:

  1. Sterilize pint or quart jars.
  2. Gather fresh herbs. Wash and pat dry herbs.
  3. Put herbs in sterilized jar. Remember, you can always dilute the vinegar if the herb flavor is too strong; you cannot easily strengthen the herb flavor if it is too weak.
  4. Add vinegar to cover the herbs. Do not heat the vinegar; use it at room temperature.
  5. Put a non-metallic lid on jar and store in cool, dark place for 2-4 weeks. Check it after 2 weeks for flavor and aroma.
  6. When the vinegar has reached the desired flavor, strain it to remove the old herbs.
  7. Place one or two fresh herb stems in a sterile bottle. Pour in strained herb vinegar and seal. The new herbs are primarily for decoration.
  8. Label vinegar. Enjoy.
  9. Use herb vinegar in salad dressings, marinades, or to deglaze pans.

Selecting vinegar:

  • The most commonly used vinegars are red or white wine vinegars and cider vinegars. Rice wine vinegar, sherry vinegar and other specialty vinegars may also be used. Distilled white vinegar is easy to obtain and will make a nice herb vinegar, but it will have a sharper flavor than the wine vinegars.
  • Select a white vinegar if the herb will color the vinegar.
  • Use a red vinegar if the herb has a strong flavor.

Some favorite combinations:

  • Chive blossoms and white wine vinegar. – The chive blossoms give the vinegar a lovely pink color and light onion taste.
  • Lavendar blossoms and cidar vinegar. – his is truly special. It is almost effervescent.
  • Basil, oregano and thyme in a red wine vinegar. – A rich, full flavor that is excellent in salad dressings and marinades.
  • Rosemary in a white vinegar. – This makes a nice hair rinse after a permanent. It removes the “skunky” scent of the perm. It can also substitute for a mouth rinse in an emergency.


Experiment. Use the herbs you enjoy. Be generous in the amount of herbs you use to make the vinegar. It is hard to have anything but success in making herb vinegars.



Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – – The thought that a CD could refer to finance or music rarely enters your mind.


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