Daily Stuff 5-29-20 Ambarvalia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 12:35 PM of -0.2 feet. The shop is closed for the duration, hoping to open later today.

It’s partly cloudy and the pollen count is down to moderate. It ought to be a little cooler today with the cloud cover. There’s the remnant of a storm, south and out to see that’s headed our way. 56F, wind at 3-6mph and gusting, AQI, UV5. 10% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. Saturday’s rain amounts have dropped to about 2/3 of an inch, but it still looks like a good chance. The rest of the forecast looks dry until the end of next week.

Yesterday I got the chicken dish mostly finished before I went to bed. The chicken was cooked in the sauce and the parsley pulped and rice flour added. I just need to cook the sauce and warm the stuff before we eat it.

I’m all antsy about wanting to open, but we just aren’t ready, drattit. When Tempus got up, we opened up the shop doors and got started. We’re still trying to find a way to get the signage taken care of without blocking the door. Fixing displays… printing signs…. getting stock set out. How’d that thing of tools end up there? ….alll day…

Isabeau and Coleman stopped by for a visit….at a distance… all of us in masks, but it was good to see their faces….well… behind the masks, anyway!

We had the green chicken for supper tonight. I did mine a little differently, cooking the chicken in sugar/wine/almond milk and the sauce with just the parsley and rice flour… I had to cheat, or the hubs wouldn’t have eaten it. I added some salt to “draw” the water out of the parsley and then added a bit of garlic powder, at which point he was willing to try it… and ate his whole serving. …and I like garnishing dishes and the nasturtiums are blooming…. 🙂 The chicken was yummy and I may do it this way again, just by itself. The parsley sauce was *very* green until the add of the garlic and then it sortof…smoothed out. It was a good contrast and a good combination, even if it wasn’t exactly the recipe as stated. I have a batch of the cooking sauce for the chicken in the fridge and I may do some more in a day or two.

Tempus took off around 8pm, since it’s the bulk route night. I decided to stay at the shop and keep working, so I got a nap, first, then set up my to-do list, and started in. I talked to Tempus for a bit, not long after midnight, after he was done with the bulk route.

Today we’re still at it, trying to get ready to open. We might be able to open by around 1 or 2pm today. You’re welcome to stop by even if the flags aren’t out or the sign still says closed. We’re asking people to stay masked and observe social distancing. Zen hugs are always appreciated.

http://www.reshareworthy.com/white-ravens/ Photographer Uncovers The White Ravens Of Legend In West Coast Forest

A Ken Gagne of the lovely weather on 5/27/15

Penstemon_serrulatus1Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Penstemon_serrulatus0Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon

plant poppy wheatToday’s feast is the Ambarvalia. Here’s what Wikipedia says, “Ambarvalia was a Roman agricultural fertility rite held at the end of May in honor of Ceres. At these festivals they sacrificed a bull, a sow, and a sheep, which, before the sacrifice, were led in procession thrice around the fields; whence the feast is supposed to have taken its name, ambio, I go round, and arvum, field. This sacrifice was called a suovetaurilia in Latin. These feasts were of two kinds, public and private. The private were solemnized by the masters of families, accompanied by their children and servants, in the villages and farms out of Rome. The public were celebrated in the boundaries of the city, and in which twelve fratres arvales walked at the head of a procession of the citizens, who had lands and vineyards at Rome. During the procession, prayers would be made to the goddess. The ambervale carmen was a prayer preferred on this occasion. The name “Ambarvalia” appears to be predominantly an urban designation. Roman farmers’ almanacs (menologia rustica) describe this only as segetes lustrantur (“crops are purified”). Scaliger, in his notes on Festus, maintains the ambarvalia to be the same as amburbium. Numerous other communities of the Italian peninsula enacted similar rites with different names.”

The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/28. 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 6/5 at 12:12pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/29 at 8:30pm. Waxing Gibbous MoonFrom 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 6/4 at 12:12am.

Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, sits roughly 1′ due north of the ringed planet this morning. At magnitude 8.6, the moon should be the second-brightest object in your field of view (after the planet itself). Saturn’s more distant, two-faced moon, Iapetus, is on its way toward its greatest western elongation on the 31st. Along the way, it’s growing steadily brighter, and should now be shining at nearly magnitude 10.5 almost 9′ directly west of the planet. Hyperion sits roughly one-third of the way between Saturn and Iapetus, but may be invisible at magnitude 14.
First-quarter Moon, exact at 8:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. As the stars come out the Moon is high in the southwest, below the belly of Leo’s stick-figure lion pattern. The Moon forms a nearly equilateral triangle with Leo’s Regulus to its lower right and Gamma Leonis (Algieba), slightly fainter, more directly to the Moon’s right, depending on your location. The triangle is just about perfectly equilateral, 8° on a side, at the time of late twilight for the East Coast of North America.
Uranus is hidden in the glow of dawn.

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 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
Moon in Leo enters Virgo at 4:40am.
Waxing Quarter at 8:30pm
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde
Color: Purple

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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
F   29     High   5:26 AM     6.5   5:36 AM     Set  2:01 AM      35
~    29      Low  12:35 PM    -0.2   8:52 PM    Rise 12:20 PM
~    29     High   7:30 PM     6.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm. Act it and you’ll get it.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – A man by the name of George Santayana once said, “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” What do you think he meant?



~   I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn’t play in the NBA. There’s always somebody saying you can’t do it, and those people have to be ignored. –  Bill Cartwright
~   Art is always the replacement of indifference with attention. – Guy Davenport
~   No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or by emotional appeal.” If you decide to open your “gate of change” to really understand and live the principles embodied in the Seven Habits, your growth will be evolutionary, but the net effect will be revolutionary. – Marilyn Ferguson, quoted in Overview of the Seven Habits
~   As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world but in being able to remake ourselves. – Mahatma Gandhi

When elm leaves are as big as a shilling,
Plant kidney beans, if to plant ’em you’re willing;
When elm leaves are as big as a penny,
You must plant kidney beans, if you mean to have any. – Old planting rhyme


Litha Magick – Midsummer Symbolism

deborah <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com> wrote:

To: Hearth_Witch@yahoogroups.com
From: “deborah” <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 16:49:28 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Midsummer Symbolism

Symbolism – Nurturing and love are key actions related to Midsummer. If you haven’t yet done so, Litha is a good time to perform your Self-Dedication Ceremony… or – if you have been practicing Wicca for a while – you may choose to perform a simple Re-dedication/Affirmation as a part of your Sabbat celebration. The powers of nature are at their highest point. Great time for herb gathering. Longest day of the year, marks the time when days begin to get shorter again.

  • Symbols – fire to celebrate the power of the sun, sun wheels, god eyes, mother goddess, ripening fruits, sun dials, feathers, and swords/blades.
  • Deities – Father Gods and Mother Goddesses, Pregnant Goddesses and Sun Deities. Particular emphasis might be placed on the Goddesses Aphrodite, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Venus and other Goddesses who preside over love, passion and beauty. Other Litha deities include Athena, Artemis, Dana, Kali, Isis, Juno, Apollo, Dagda, Gwydion, Helios, Llew, Oak/Holly King, Lugh, Ra, Sol, Zeus, Prometheus, Ares, and Thor.
  • Magick – Healings, growth spells, empowerment spells, and love magick are all incredibly potent at this time
  • Tools – drums, rattles, bonfire, mirrors for reflecting the sun or bonfire, Earth circles of stone energy
  • Colors – white, red, maize yellow or golden yellow, green, blue and tan.
  • Stones – all green gemstones, especially emerald and jade. Other appropriate gemstones are tiger’s eye, lapis lazuli, ruby, and diamonds.
  • Animals – include robins, wrens, all Summer birds, horses and cattle. Mythical creatures include satyrs, faeries, firebirds, dragons, thunderbirds and manticores.
  • Herbs – chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, larkspur, lavender, male fern, mugwort, pine, roses, Saint John’s wort, honesty, wild thyme, wisteria, oak, mistletoe, frankincense, lemon, sandalwood, heliotrope, copal, saffron, galangal, laurel ylang-ylang, and verbena. Traditionally, herbs gathered on this day are extremely powerful.
  • Incense – a combination of any of the following or simply one of them by itself… frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, lemon, pine, jasmine, rose, lotus, or wisteria.
  • Foods – for Litha include fresh vegetables of all kinds and fresh fruits such as lemons and oranges, pumpernickel bread as well as Summer squash and any yellow or orange colored foods. Flaming foods are also appropriate, barbecued anything, (barbecues represent the bonfires….) but especially chicken or pork. Midsummer is also the time for making mead, since honey is now plentiful. Traditional drinks are ale, mead, sweet wines, fresh fruit juice of any kind and herb teas.
  • Element: fire

~author unknown


Silliness – To Help You Smile – Giraffes can grow up to 14 feet, however most just have 4.

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