Daily Stuff 5-26-19 Fortinalia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Irene Photography. House Capuchin Project Day 1-5pm.

It’s cloudy and chill, but the sun is breaking through, and I’m up way too early! 46F, wind at 0mph, AQI8, UV8, pollen high. The clouds are supposed to vanish, shortly and then the forecast is dry through June 4th! Wow!

We were late opening by a few minutes because Tempus and I got involved in sending memes back and forth and weren’t watching the clock! Shame on us! <laughing> Well, it’s not like it was crazy like on Friday. Phil stopped by to chat for a bit.

After that point Tempus started running around doing things. He found my frozen carrots so I could finish the soup. I was bagging small necklace lengths and thinking about what bags to put juggling balls in… and discovering that I didn’t have a lot of the stuff that I thought was in the drawers. I must have packed it up, earlier.

So I pulled out some things that just needed finishing. I worked on that between customers and then Tempus headed out to pick up some bamboo and eggs and to refill our water container, and right then, the shop went nuts. I had a large group of people in who were buying lots of crystals. It actually took almost 15 minutes to check everyone through!

I sat down and panted for a few minutes…. then got back to my projects. Once Tempus was back I went in back and got a long nap. When I got up I started working on bamboo. We need to get these cut, if possible, and I don’t think it’s going to happen with a hand saw. I at least got the small branches off and started cutting those up.

…and then I needed to start gathering my stuff for morning. …and printing. …and couldn’t find pieces of my garb. <groan> Tempus tracked ’em down and then I couldn’t find a gift that I had for someone and I *still* had no place to do foodly things!

I finally got that far, but it was nearly 2am before I was done and Tempus still needed to boil us some eggs.

Today I’m heading for Eugene. A friend of mine is being made a Laurel (an award for Arts & Sciences) and I promised to be there. I’m going to spend at least part of the day there with another friend who’s never been to an event.

Tempus is going to have the shop open at the regular time.

Sunrise over Tatras, Slovakia, 5/5/19, – Irene Photography, Tatra Spis Pinneny

Today’s feast is the Fortinalia, or sacred well day. It was celebrated in220px-Puteal_báquico_(M.A.N._Madrid)_01 ancient Rome on October 13 and pagans today keep the feast in May as a thank you to the wells that give us clean water and to the wells of inspiration that we dip from to create our magick. Usually flowers and ribbons are brought to the wells. I’ve done clean-ups around artesian springs on this day, too, and the pipe that has awesome spring water out rt. 34, usually has a bouquet and a dozen ribbons every year! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontinalia

Today’s plant is the Pacific BlackberryRubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. 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 opens at 11am. Spring  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 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 6/3 at 3:02am. Waning Gibbous MoonBest 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 5/26 at 9:34am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 5/29 at 3:02pm. 

Bright Arcturus, magnitude 0 and pale yellow-orange, shines high overhead toward the south these evenings. The kite shape of Bootes, its constellation, extends upper left from it. The kite is narrow, slightly bent, and 23° long: about two fists at arm’s length.
Just east (left) of the Bootes kite is the semicircle of Corona Borealis, the pretty but mostly dim Northern Crown. Its brightest star, Alphecca, is the gem mounted on its front.
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 12:34 p.m. EDT. When it rises around 2:30 a.m. local daylight time tomorrow morning, it will appear slightly less than half-lit. Earth’s only natural satellite then appears against the background stars of Aquarius the Water-bearer. At that time, use binoculars to try to catch Fomalhaut (yes, the “Autumn Star”!) barely risen far down below the Moon. The farther south you are, the better your chance of catching Fomalhaut so early in the year.

Moon Apogee/Perigee – *
For a good explanation of what this is – https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/lunar-perigee-apogee.html

Today also marks the Moon’s apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth. At 9:27 a.m. EDT, it lies 251,119 miles (404,138 kilometers) from Earth’s center.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.

Sun in Gemini
Waning Quarter at 9:34am.
Moon in Pisces
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde

Color: Gold

Planting 5/26-28

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  26      Low   1:00 AM     3.3   5:39 AM    Rise  2:18 AM      58
~    26     High   6:15 AM     5.6   8:48 PM     Set 12:48 PM
~    26      Low   1:13 PM     0.8
~    26     High   8:07 PM     6.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should not grow old.


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – If you could be a superhero, what extraordinary powers would you give yourself? Explain your choices.



~   Our strategy was to give Judge Hoffman a heart attack. We gave the court system a heart attack, which is even better. – Jerry Rubin
~   He who plants a tree Plants a hope. ~Lucy Larcom
~   The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention. – Duguet
~   There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man.  The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self. – Hindu proverb

The hawthorn’s later orgiastic use … corresponds with the cult of the Goddess Flora, and.. accounts for the English medieval habit of riding out on May Morning to pluck flowering hawthorn boughs and dance around the maypole. Hawthorn blossom has, for many men, a strong scent of female sexuality; which is why the Turks use a flowering branch as an erotic symbol. – Robert Graves (1895 – 1985), The White Goddess, p. 176


Litha Magick – Crafts


Stangs are less commonly used forms of staves. Basically, it is a two-pronged staff (see illustration below). The easiest way to find one is to get one that has fallen off of a tree. You can also fashion the prong from papier-mâché, or commission a woodworker or metal smith to make one for you, if you have the means. The Stang is ancient Roman in origin, and was used to represent the two-faced god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. His two faces looked simultaneously into the past and future. Some traditions use stangs to mark the ritual entry and exit point of a magick circle, and see it as a portal between the physical world and the world of spirit. Decorate the stang in the same way you would a staff. You may also use it for the same purposes as a staff.


Laminated Window Hangings for Litha

you will need:
–  lined paper
–  laminating paper
–  crayons
–  Litha cookie cutters(the big ones)
–  scissors & a single hole punch
–  a pencil
what to do:

  1. Lightly trace the shapes of suns, wedding cake or other Litha figures with your pencil.
  2. Cut out those shapes with scissors.
  3. Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
  4. Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
  5. Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.


Silliness – Creme Brulee

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