Daily Stuff 5-19-20 Atatürk

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. The shop is closed for the duration, hoping to open on 5/28.

Everything is wet and glistening in the light from the streetlights, 51F, wind at 1-3mph and gusting, AQI39, UV8. 50% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. Thgere’s a good chance of showers at various point through Friday and Sunday night, but else it should be drier and we’ll start seeing some sun.

This is hrudka, a slavic easter cheese, made with a dozen eggs and a quart of milk, hung in a cloth, like any cheese, sliced and decorated in the traditional style. The dark lines at the bottom are from it being sugared and spiced when it’s hung up. That was the top of the cheese when it was hanging.

Yesterday Tempus ran some errands in Newport before coming home from the paper route, which had run late enough that businesses were open as he got finished. When he got back I had unwrapped the hrudka, sliced and decorated it, so I got to show off when he got it. I got it fridged and the tvarog into the crockpot while he made coffee and we each had a slice of the hrudka on a roll.

I wrote for awhile until the coffee wore off. Tempus had gone to sleep sitting up. I chivied him off to bed and followed within a few minutes. I was back up at 2 and writing again. It’d be nice if it were more profitable stuff, but I can’t do more on the Mab’s products without my program which means stimulus check and where is the blasted thing? I can’t even print some of the cards for the shop. <grr>

When Tempus got up he worked on bills and then took the donut tire over to the tire place to see whether it could be fixed. They can’t. Oof… So he’s going to be running without a spare until Friday…. We talked over whether we’re going to be ready to re-open on Thursday. Answer is, no…. So putting it off for a week.

I was working on little tiny bottles. Eventually I got some soup and a sandwich. I was watching Mt. St. Helen’s vids while I worked. I got the tvarog done and fridged during the day. I eventually started on pendants, but discovered that lot of crystals haven’t gotten put up on the board. I got a nap in the early evening, then got back to work on the little stock stuff.

Today is going to be more of the same, I think. I have a couple of classes in the evening, but other than that, it’s going to be stock, watering plants and cleaning.

If it’s dry enough I have some bits to do on the outside plants. I still need to find a pot for the other sweetgrass!

A picture Ken Gagne snapped on 5/17/16 of Photographers at Thor’s Well. This is why we warn people about the power of the ocean. These guys are in incredible danger, but….

plant motif flower snowdrop Galanthus_nivalisToday’s plant is the snowdropGalanthus nivalis.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire,” snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems, also to chase the negative effects of sorrow and grief.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop

Today’s feast is the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey. It’s the anniversary of the beginning of their war of independence. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commemoration_of_Atat%C3%BCrk,_Youth_and_Sports Day

The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/21. 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

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 5/22 at 10:39am. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 5/20 at 10:39pm. 

Now, as the thin crescent Moon makes its monthly reappearance, while Venus and Mercury form a nice triangle with much fainter Beta Tauri. The triangle, which changes from day to day, is 3° or 4° on a side. The visibilities of faint objects are exaggerated here.

Zero-magnitude Vega dominates the east-northeastern sky as evening advances. Look for its faint little constellation Lyra, the Lyre, hanging down from it. The most familiar part of Lyra is a small, almost-equilateral triangle with Vega as its top corner, and a larger parallelogram hanging to the lower right from the triangle’s bottom corner. The bottom two stars of the parallelogram, Beta and Gamma Lyrae, are the two brightest stars of the pattern after Vega.
Jupiter and Saturn rise in the southeast not long after local midnight, climbing higher in the sky as the morning hours tick by. The gas giants stand about 4.7° apart, glowing at magnitudes –2.5 and 0.5, respectively. Once you’ve found the planets, draw an imaginary line between them. Halfway along that line, glance just over 1° due south to find M75 (NGC 6864), a tightly packed globular cluster considered to have the densest core of all Messier’s globulars. This cluster is so dense, in fact, that it still appears starlike in binoculars, and apertures of 10 inches or larger are required to truly begin resolving the cluster’s stars. The 13-billion-year-old sphere of stars contains about 400,000 members and sits roughly 67,500 light-years from Earth.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.2, – 2.4, and +0.5, respectively) shine in the southeast to south before and during early dawn.
Jupiter, the brightest, is on the right. Before dawn begins, spot the Sagittarius Teapot off to the lower right of it.
Saturn glows pale yellow 4° to Jupiter’s left. To me they look like an unequal pair of eyes looking down through the dawn.
Mars, in Aquarius, is much farther (30° to 35°) to Saturn’s left as dawn begins. It has been slowly brightening and enlarging. In a telescope Mars is now about 8.5 arcseconds wide: a tiny gibbous disk. Mars is on its way to an excellent opposition in early October, when it will reach an apparent diameter of 22.6 arcseconds.

Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
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.

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 7:10pm
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde

Color: Black

Harvest 5/17-9

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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
Tu  19      Low   5:42 AM     0.7   5:44 AM    Rise  4:40 AM      14
~    19     High  11:42 AM     5.8   8:42 PM     Set  5:46 PM
~    19      Low   5:27 PM     1.8
~    19     High  11:32 PM     7.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence, sometimes you just have to stay home and mow your own lawn.


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – How do others see you?



~   We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor like you like to be liked yourself. – George W. Bush Jr
~   Don’t go through life. Grow through life. – Eric Butterworth
~   The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. – Rachel Carson
~   A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. – Fr. Jerome Cummings

 May is bee in blossom,
May is birds a-nesting,
May is picking violets on a hill;
May is young and twenty,
May is Sunday-besting,
May is eager Jack and willing Jill. – The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1961


Litha Magick – Spells

Money-Drawing Powder – Incense of the day: Carnation

When business is going through a slow period and income decreases, prepare a money-drawing powder. As a talcum powder for the body after bathing, it draws money toward you. Sprinkled on business documents and cash registers, it assists in generating improved activity and profits. Sprinkled on the floor around a shop, the powder attracts enthusiastic customers.

Make this potent powder

  • one tablespoon of powdered cinquefoil (five-finger grass)
  • one ounce of powdered sandalwood
  • one quarter teaspoon of powdered cinnamon
  • one teaspoon of powdered yellow dock
  • one quarter dram of patchouli oil
  • one half dram of frankincense oil,
  • one quarter dram of myrrh oil
  • five ounces of your favorite talcum powder (use unscented!)

Powder the herbs with a mortar and pestle before adding the oils and blending with a metal spoon. Add talcum powder to the combination and mix it thoroughly. Put the powder in a jar or other glass container. Take it to the altar and consecrate before use.

By: S. Y. Zenith, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

6/19 Today’s Goddess: Maat
Themes: Freedom; New Beginnings; Justice; Morality; Organization; Promises; Universal Law
Symbols:  Ostrich Feather (or any feather)

About Maat:  In Egypt, Maat is the ultimate representation of fairness, justice, and truth.  As the spirit of orderliness and legislation, she assists us by overseeing any legal matters, hearings, promises, and oaths to ensure harmony and honesty.  In some Egyptian stories, a person’s soul was weighed against Maat’s feather to gain entrance to paradise.

To Do Today:  On June 19 in 1865, the slaves in Texas were finally told about the Emancipation Proclamation signed three years previously.  While freedom was slow in coming, it finally arrived, likely in part thanks to Maat’s encouragement.

For all of Maat’s spells it’s best to have a feather to use as a component and focal point.  Change the color of your feather to suit the goal.  Pick blue for true seeing (or to encourage honesty with yourself), white for pure promises, black and white for legal equity, and pale yellow to inspire a new beginning filled with Maat’s keen insight.  Bless the feather, using the following incantation (fill in the blank with your goal), then release it to the wind so the magic begins to move!

Maat, on this feather light,
bring to me renewed insight.
To my life _____ impart;
make a home within my heart.

)0( By Patricia Telesco~ >From “365 Goddess”  and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Goddess For Today:  Wakasaname no Kami
Rice Ceremony (Japan)
Themes:  Providence; Harvest; Growth; Patience; Manifestation
Symbols:  Rice; Fire

About Wakasaname no Kami:  This Goddess’s name describes her function in Japan–the Young Rice Planting Maiden.  It is Wakasaname’s duty to oversee the rice transplantings at this time of year, as she was born of a union between the food Goddess and the grain God.  From a more spiritual perspective, Wakasaname no Kami offers us the providence and fulfillment that come from a job patiently well attended.

To Do Today:  Early in June, Japanese farmers transplant their rice seedlings into the paddies, asking for the blessings of the Goddess as they go.  Prayers are made as ritual fires burn to get Wakasaname’s attention, and they probably act as an invocation to the sun.  In your home, this might mean going outside (if the weather permits) and starting the grill or hibachi.  Burn a little rice in the flame as an offering to the goddess so she can help you fulfill your work-related goals.  Make sure you keep your purpose in mind while the rice burns or speak your wishes into the smoke so it carries them before Wakasaname’s watchful eyes.

To inspire Wakasaname’s patience in your life, make a bowl of rice. Breathe deeply, then try to pick up one grain with chopsticks.  This is an old meditative method from the East, and believe me, it teaches much about the benefits of persistence and practice!

By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast


Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: What is the best time to go to the dentist? Answer: Tooth Hurty (2:30)

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