Daily Stuff 9-27-18 Midsummer Night’s Dream

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Penny Arken. The shop is closed today while we finish the remodel/reset.

Nice, bright sunshine again! 61F. Wind at 9. AQI 25 and UV at 4. It’s probably the last day pf real sunshine, though the chance of rain has pretty well dissipated.

We got up pretty late, but by the time coffee was ready to drink, I was functional, at least, not like the day before. I sorted and put away up front and in back. It’s all the small stuff, the grumple, that needs to go to places that are blocked, that’s the problem.

Tempus had to send *another* letter to the lawyer about our property. If we had all the hours spent on nonsense and lacked the impediments that have been put in our way about getting moved, we would have been done a week ago. <sigh> It feels like harassment, although they probably feel like they’re being sensible. <sigh, again>

He had to go dig in the storage to find some of the parts for the storage rack. When he was doing that I worked on photos and then did some embroidery again. …and went down to Chubby’s after burgers for supper (had a taste for ’em….)

At 6:40, the light suddenly changed, turning gold and only a little was still making it past the buildings through the window. …and 5 minutes later it was gone completely.

He got back at 8pm, ate and went back to work on the stuff in back. I was working up front, sorting paper, mostly.  After the stack got past my knees I yelled for help and it vanished. …at that point, looking around the shop I got to realizing that we might not be ready to open this morning.

So after consulting with Tempus we posted notices and went back to work. We didn’t quit until past 2….

…so I slept late and we’re only just getting to work. So, a big push, today. I have to get displays sorted out while Tempus is doing the heavy lifting.

A photo from 9/25/18 of Alsea Bay by Penny Arken

Today is the anniversary of a 1631 Sunday performance of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream that so upset the Puritans that Bottom had to sit in the stocks! More on the play here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer_Night%27s_Dream

pussy willowToday’s Plant is the Coast Willow,  Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water.  Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying.  The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. plant coast willow Salix_hookeriana_USFWSWillows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salix_hookeriana

The shop opens at 11am. Fall hours are 11am-6pm 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

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 10/8 at 8:47pm. Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 10/8 at 8:47pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best 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 10/2 at 2:45am. 

Every September, the late-night waning gibbous Moon crosses late-night Taurus.

Arcturus shines ever lower in the west-northwest after dark. The narrow kite shape of its constellation, Bootes, extends two fists at arm’s length to Arcturus’s upper right; Arcturus is where the tail would be tied on.
To the right of Bootes, the Big Dipper >>> is now turning more level. • And during evening at this time of year, the dim Little Dipper “dumps water” into the bowl of the Big Dipper way down below it. The Big Dipper will dump it back in the evenings of spring.
Look halfway up in the east after darkness falls this week, and you should see one of autumn’s most conspicuous star groups. The Great Square of Pegasus stands out in the evening sky at this time of year, though it appears balanced on one corner and looks more diamond-shaped. These four almost equally bright stars form the body of Pegasus the Winged Horse. The fainter stars that form the rest of this constellation’s shape trail off to the square’s west.
Neptune, in Aquarius, is at magnitude 7.8. By late it is well up in the east. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune, or see the September Sky & Telescope, page 48.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for September 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-september-2018
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 

Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 12:16am
Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), and Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Purple

Planting 9/27-8

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove – Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  27     High   2:27 AM     7.1   7:10 AM     Set  9:42 AM      97
~    27      Low   8:30 AM     1.1   7:04 PM    Rise  8:50 PM
~    27     High   2:34 PM     7.7
~    27      Low   9:04 PM     0.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you are forgiving you do not become a doormat. You become the door.


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – How do you make ice cream?



~  The way we see the problem is the problem. – InsideOut
~  Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~  The written word can be erased – not so with the spoken word. – Unknown
~  An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer

The mellow moon, the changing leaves,
The earlier setting Sun,
Proclaim at last, my merry boys,
The harvest-time begun. –Charles G. Eastman (1816–60) 


Magick – Autumn Spells

Pagan Studies – Hearth Warming Spell

The Fall Equinox gives us our second balancing point in the year. It also means the last of the harvest will soon be taken in. From this night onward the veil that separates our world from the spirit world grows ever thinner until, by Samhain, it will be open for all to pass through. In Welsh legends the land of the dead is in the western sea. To reach it you first had to pass several challengers along your path through Avalon, the vast orchard of apples that guarded and guided travelers. Apples are a gift from the dead and the deities. Their orchard guards the pathway to the schools of magic and the land of the dead beyond. To make your home a happy place to be, take a big red apple and slice it crossways so you can see the the five-pointed star within. Remove the seeds and keep them away from children and pets. They contain trace amounts of cyanide, a deadly poison. Cover the entire white part of the apple by sticking cloves into it. Cloves are for protection and health. Place these in a 200-degree oven until they start to curl at the edges. Remove them from the heat and place them in a small glass bowl so their scent fills your home. Say:

Bless’d be the apple tree. Protected with the cloves we be. Edain McCoy

Giving Thanks Spell – September 22nd, 2006 – Color of the day: White  Incense of the day: Cedar

Known as the Witch’s Thanksgiving, Mabon occurs at the Autumnal Equinox. As the year shifts from light to dark, the focus shifts from the masculine to the feminine, from the God to the Goddess, and from external work to internal reflection. On this day, Lugh, honored at Lughnasadh, sacrifices himself in battle with his dark twin. In Wiccan mythology, the Goddess, full and radiant in her own abundance, waits to give birth to the new Sun god at Yule. Also known as Harvest Home, the Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, and the Festival of Dionysus, Mabon can also be seen as a celebration of the god of the vine. In either form, it marks the second harvest and is a time to relax, enjoy, and give thanks for the bounty of the earth. Create an altar with the colors, fruits, and flowers of fall. Decorations could include leaves, grain, acorns, apples, grapes, a cornucopia, the Empress card from your favorite tarot deck, and a picture or statute of Demeter, Persephone, Lugh, or Dionysus. Light an orange or rust candle, and reflect on all that you have harvested in the past year. Light another candle in thanks for each item or event, saying: “Thank you, Lady, for your great gift of abundance.” End by raising a chalice containing a small amount of juice, wine, or mead, saying: “Thank you, Lord, for your gift of sacrifice and bounty.” Take one sip, and then go outside and offer the rest in libation to the earth. Let the candles burn down and leave the altar, adding fresh items as needed, until Samhain. – By: Lady MoonDance


Silliness – Daffynitions – Antelope: How she married my Uncle.

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