Daily Stuff 5-3-20 Bona Dea

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Kamil Prochazka. The shop is closed for the duration.

The rain yesterday was interesting. It poured at various times and at one point within 5 minutes of it drumming on the roof and splashing on the pavement, Tempus had to step outside for some reason. Not only had the rain stopped, but it was completely clear with the Moon shining down! It’s pouring again, right now. We’re at the bottom end of a big green blodge with hotspots up north of Newport and some really heavy stuff closer to Portland. The big swirl that’s dropping this on us is moving inland and there’s another one way out to sea that should hit us tonight. 48F, wind at 1-10mph and gusting, AQI45, UV7. 40% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. The rain should quit by mid-morning and then we could have showery repeats with dry days tomorrow and Monday. It should be dry through next weekend and then back to showers.

I knew that Tempus and I were tired. He didn’t get in until past 9am. I had been dozing and reading for awhile, but went solidly to sleep when he did. I got up around noon to try to get some work done and managed an hour….then went back to bed. The 2nd time I got up I never even made it to my desk… just stood in the bathroom doorway for a bit trying to wake up and gave up…. At about 7pm, Tempus started twitching around and woke me. 7pm! He woke himself up and we wondered about how long we’d been asleep….

The light was already going golden and there was an interesting effect over the remains of that hour as the shadow of the roofs across the street crawled up the window, finally blotting out the light.

We got the lights on at the shop, but both of us sat, doing mail and such. I eventually got to working on plants again and pick-up-and-put-away and he did a little on dishes. I’m seeing an improvement, finally. I got to realizing that having moved the doll cabinet, I need something blocking that end again….. We *really* didn’t get much done!

Today is the one day of the week when we try to do more of the historical stuff. I’m trying very hard to finish up a couple of bags and Tempus is almost done with the handles. I  need him to get me a couple of bone needles and fids, maybe an awl, and then I need to figure out what I did with my piece of chert. I have all the decorations and planning done, but I can’t find the fabric. I’m hoping it’s going to be dry enough to work outside. I have to get the rest of the things planted. …assuming we wake up sometime before next week!

From tour boat on the Vltava in Prague of the Charles Bridge and Bridge tower by Kamil Prochazka.

Today’s plant is the SnowberrySymphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods and that you can often find places where altars used to be by looking for the bushes.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
feast 0503 Bona Dea Feast Tellus_-_Ara_PacisToday’s Festival is that of Bona Dea. Wikipedia has her feast on May 1, but other calendars have it on the 3rd or 4th. Bona Dea means “the good goddess”. There isn’t a lot of evidence for where her worship came from or even who she was, but speculation in the pagan community ties her to the worship of the great mother goddess of the Mediterranean area whose worship was put down by the takeover of the warlike patriarchal cultures. Bona Dea’s rites included blood sacrifice, a night ritual and strong wine, which were otherwise forbidden to women and men were not allowed to attend or even watch. More from Wikipedia here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea I miss Pip Wilson’s Almanac….

The shop is closed for the duration. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.

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 5/7 at 3:45am. 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 5/5 at 3:45pm. 

Jupiter’s moons – On May 3, Callisto’s shadow traverses Jupiter’s northern cloud tops as Ganymede begins to disappear behind the gas giant. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

If you own even a small telescope, you’ll want to pull it out to watch a double feature around Jupiter this morning. As Jupiter rises, Callisto’s large shadow is already visible against the gas giant’s northern cloud tops. Callisto itself is located east of the planet, while Ganymede is to the west. At 4:49 A.M. CDT, the bright spot of Ganymede begins to disappear behind the planet’s limb — an event that takes just seven minutes. At the same time, Callisto’s shadow slips off the disk, which takes nearly three times as long because Callisto’s orbit is wider and causes it to move slower than Ganymede. Twilight is quickly washing out the East Coast sky during this pair of events, but intrepid observers should still be able to catch the show, albeit against a brighter backdrop.
Three zero-magnitude stars shine after dark in May: <<<< Arcturus high in the southeast, Vega >>>much lower in the northeast, and <<< Capella in the northwest (upper right of Venus). They appear so bright because each is at least 60 times as luminous as the Sun, and because they’re all relatively nearby: 37, 25, and 42 light-years away, respectively.
Uranus is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.

Old Farmer’s Almanac April Sky Map! – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-april-minor-constellations
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille  Willow  Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 –

Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. 

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Virgo
Pluto Retrograde (10/4)
Color: GOld

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su   3      Low   3:56 AM     2.0   6:03 AM     Set  4:28 AM      71
~     3     High   9:38 AM     6.6   8:24 PM    Rise  3:51 PM
~     3      Low   4:09 PM     0.2
~     3     High  10:36 PM     7.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Abundance and joy enhance all my thoughts and feelings.


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – What do you like most about living in your town or city? What do you like least about it? Explain your answers.



~  Don’t let a single game break your heart. – Mike Krzyzewski
~  Awareness has no frontier; it is a giving of your whole being, without exclusion. – Bruce Lee
~  I did not have 3000 pairs of shoes, I had 1060. – Imelda Marcos
~  Our thoughts create our reality — where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go. – McWilliams

When April steps aside for May,
Like diamonds all the raindrops glisten,
Fresh violets open every day,
To some new bird each hour we listen. –Lucy Larcom (1826–93)


Magick – Studies

Who Needs Blue Balls? – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/voodoouniverse/2015/11/who-needs-blue-balls/ November 10, 2015 by Lilith Dorsey

Blue balls, also known as laundry bluing, bluestone or anil, is a

Spanish Bluing for laundry – photo courtesy of Boston Public Library.  Licensed under CC 2.0

traditional ingredient in cleansing and protection magick. If you thought this post was about those other blue balls, get your mind out of your pants. Laundry bluing has been used for over a hundred years to make things brighter both physically or spiritually. Original Botanica, famous in the Santo (Santeria or Lucumi) community since 1959 says on their website that “ Spiritists and mediums will often take one Lucky Blue Ball and add it to a bucket of mop water along with Florida Water and Holy Water and use it clear the house of negativity when they mop prior to spiritual work.” You can place blue balls under your bed or in the corners of your home ( if you don’t have small children or pets that could bother them.) Originally the substance that magickal practitioners were trying to utilize with bluing was copper, and ingredient even more noxious. But even our modern blue balls are toxic and precautions should be used. Placing the balls around will help to remove any negative energy and unpleasantness from your space.

Writing this post I am reminded of the other powerful blue colors used for protection. There is Haint Blue, a lighter blue color used throughout the Southern U.S. to protect from ghosts and unwanted spirits. We also can not go without mentioning cobalt blue, invented by a Swedish chemist in 1739 and named after the German word for evil spirit. Even the indigo plant itself is said to repel negativity when used correctly. The following spell with help you utilize the power of blue balls to protect your own space.

Jinx, Hex, or Curse Removing Wash

  • 1 cup Holy Water
  • 3 drops Sandalwood oil
  • 1 cup Spring Water
  • 1 cup Florida Water ( I prefer Murray and Lannmans)
  • 3 Bluing balls or Blue balls
  • large bowl

This wash is best started on the night before the full moon. Find a safe place to put your bowl outside where the light from the Full Moon’s rays will touch and bless it. Fill the bowl with the above ingredients. Throw the bowl gently into the air to release it into the realm of the spirits. Then bring the bowl outside. Leave it overnight. Before bringing it back into your home, sprinkle a small amount on the threshold of your main entrance. Then you may use the wash to cleanse your floors, windows or wherever else you feel the energy may be difficult. Use as often as needed to help keep your space protected and blessed.


Silliness – Punny Business Slogan – In a Restaurant window: “Don’t stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.

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