Daily Stuff 7-3-19 Fireworks Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 7:57 AM of -2.1 feet.

The sun is bright, most of the time, but there are a lot of clouds up there. Since it’s supposed to hit near 80 in the Valley, we might end up with a lot of beach fog rolling in this evening. I’m hoping not, since that could mess wiht the fireworks! 56F (but it’s only 8am, expected high of 67!), wind at 1mph, AQI12, UV9, pollen still very high.

We got started really late, yesterday. Once I got the newsletter out (at suppertime, muhgawd….) I scrambled to get to the fiber arts meeting at the library… that was totally locked up. <sigh> So, I stopped in to see Ken and Leslie at the Frog and we chatted awhile.

When I got back Tempus was watering the outdoor plants. It takes him awhile. He decided on macaroni for supper. I was writing.

The clouds had cleared out, mostly, by then, at least enough to let the sun shine into the shop. Right at 8pm it suddenly went all golden and the light on the north side vanished as the sun went behind the buildings across the street. The door and south window were sill bright, but by 8:20 there was only a small scrap left and then it was gone.

Tempus took off around 9pm and I spent most of the evening writing. I ended up not going with him on the route last night, since I was actually sleepy and really need to function today.

Today we’re open from 2pm to midnight. I think I posted at one point that we were going to open at 1pm, but decided that 2pm, was smarter. Lots of cooking to do!

A photo by Ken Gagne from 5/29/16

Today’s celebration is the Waldport Fireworks! The towns along the coast alternate days, so Newport and Yachats have displays on the 4th, but Waldport and
Depoe Bay are on the 3rd. It’s pretty darned crazy as far as traffic goes, since even the Alsea Bridge traffic 220px-Tybee_island_georgia_july_4_fireworksstops moving during the display. The fireworks go off from Bayshore Point and are visible all up and down the bay and through most of town.

Fireworks go back to the 7th century in China and are part of religious celebrations and festivals all across the world. The techniques used to create the displays are amazing. Wikipedia has a good article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks

Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree MonthToday’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus

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

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 7/2 at 12:16pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 12:16am on 7/4. 

As the Moon returns to the evening sky as a waxing crescent, is passes the difficult Mercury-Mars-Pollux-Castor lineup . . .

New Moon occurs at 3:16 a.m. EDT. At most New Moons, our satellite tracks across the sky with the Sun and remains hidden from view. But today, the alignment between the Moon and Sun is perfect and people in the right locales can view a solar eclipse.

A total solar eclipse – There hasn’t been a total solar eclipse since the Great American Eclipse in August 2017, but the long wait ends this week when observers in parts of South America can experience totality. This view of the 2017 event records the Sun’s corona from Rexburg, Idaho. – John Fisanotti

Observers across much of South America and the South Pacific Ocean will see the Moon take at least a bite from the Sun. But people along a narrow path that runs from the Chilean coast near La Serena to the southern suburbs of Buenos Aires will witness a total eclipse, in which the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s disk. People watching the partial phases of the eclipse need to use safe solar filters to view it directly, but no eye protection is needed during totality.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast before dawn. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for July – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-july-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Cancer enters Leo at 8:19pm
Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11), Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27)Retrograde
Color: Yellow

Planting 7/3

©2019 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
W    3     High  12:48 AM     8.6   5:37 AM    Rise  6:33 AM      0
~     3      Low   7:57 AM    -2.1   9:04 PM     Set 10:11 PM
~     3     High   2:32 PM     6.6
~     3      Low   7:47 PM     2.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Allow me to experience peace in a way that I can understand.


Journal Prompt – Expository – Write what you think the following Ethiopian proverb means: “When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.”



~   He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.  Strong convictions precede great actions. – J. F. Clarke
~   Every human being has a personal legend to be fulfilled and this is our reason for being in the world. – Coelho
~   A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.” – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
~   Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity. – R. I. Fitzhenry

Balmily, balmily, summer wind,
Sigh through the mountain passes;
Over the sleep of the beautiful deep
Over the woods green masses
Ripple the grain of valley and plain,
And the reeds and the river grasses. – Ina Donna Coolbrith (1841–1928)


Lughnasadh Magick – The Rigs O’ Barley

It was upon a Lammas night,
When corn rigs are bonnie,
Beneath the moon’s unclouded light,
I held away to Annie:

The time flew by wi’ tentless heed
Till ‘tween the late and early,
Wi’ sma’ persuasion, she agreed
To see me thro’ the barley.

Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonnie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie.

The sky was blue, the wind was still,
The moon was shining clearly:
I set her down, wi’ right good will,
Amang the rigs o’ barley:

I ken’t her heart was a’ my ain:
I lov’d her most sincerely;
I kiss’d her owre and owre again,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Corn rigs…

I lock’d her in my fond embrace;
Her heart was beating rarely:
My blessings on that happy place,
Amang the rigs o’ barley!

But by the moon and stars so bright,
That shone that hour so clearly!
She aye shall bless that happy night,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Corn rigs…

I ha’e been blythe wi’ comrades dear;
I ha’e been merry drinkin’;
I ha’e been joyfu’ gatherin’ gear;
I ha’e been happy thinkin’:

But a’ the pleasures e’er I saw,
Tho’ three times doubled fairly,
That happy night was worth then a’,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Corn rigs… ~Robert Burns


Silliness – Eating Frogs

An economist and an accountant are walking along a large puddle. They come across a frog jumping on the mud.
The economist says: “If you eat the frog I’ll give you $20,000!”
The accountant checks his budget and figures out he’s better off eating it, so he does and collects money.
Frog by Deddi Shy Continuing along the same puddle they almost step into yet another frog. The accountant says:
“Now, if you eat this frog I’ll give you $20,000.”
After evaluating the proposal the economist eats the frog and gets the money.
They go on. The accountant starts thinking: “Listen, we both have the same amount of money we had before, but we both ate frogs. I don’t see us being better off.”
The economist: “Well, that’s true, but you overlooked the fact that we’ve been just involved in $40,000 of trade.”

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