Daily Stuff 6-7-20 Vesta Aperit

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by JT Price‎. Minus Tide at 8:39 AM of -2.0 feet. The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday. House Capuchin Virtual Project Day 1-5pm.

Wasn’t the rain/sun/rain/sun awesome yesterday? It’s overcast, now, and there are puddles all over, but dry pavement, otherwise. We’ve got some more rain showers rolling in mid-morning and lasting until suppertime, but it should start drying out after that. 49F, wind at 0-7mph and gusting, AQI39, UV7. 70% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. It’s likely to be damp today, Tuesday and Friday/Saturday, with dry in between. If it’s more like today, bring it on!

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Yesterday we dragged ourselves out, got the shop open, got coffee. Oi. That was my <<<< breakfast, though. 🙂 It was an hour before we were really moving, but we helped a few customers. I told the one lady that my tukas was dragging and she said that it was a nice dragon. 🙂 I ended up chasing off another couple who wouldn’t wear masks. I’m not being awful. I’m just asking. …and the masks are free. What is so difficult about that? Not asking them to leave, just pointing out that we have free masks and we’re high-risk.


We worked on stock and inventory and Linda stopped by! It’s good to see faces again, even if they’re behind masks…. I *appreciate* the masks…. Man, tripling cases in a week? If Memorial Day did that, what are the protests going to do. At least there’s no tear gas involved out here.


The day was rain, sun, drownpour, sun and where-the-heck-did-that-drip-down-my-neck-come-from? The air smelled really good from the rain. I got some photos.

Around 6pm Tempus


went out to do laundry. I had asked that he help me close first. Nope. So I was stuck up front, blinking and trying to keep going. I finally decided getting my hands busy was the hot tip, so I pulled out the ingredients for the stuffed beets, got my equipment, got the camera and started in. We didn’t actually close until around 9pm.


Once the filling was mixed up and the beets cut open, hollowed and stuffed, I spent most of an half and hour trying to get the oven going and finally gave up in disgust. There’s a timer that you have to hear at just the right moment and it’s in a range, where I can’t, plus I think it just hates me, anyway…. So I pulled out the last of the packet dinners, did some chopping and got it ready to go into the microwave. That was ready when he got back and he managed to get the oven going properly and cooked the beets for me.


We had eaten supper by the time they were done and, stuffed, I got dozy, so I went in back for a nap. When I woke, he had them done and fridged, and I worked on embroidery patterns until he took off for Newport. At that point I got to chopping on the greens that he had washed, which are going into the freezer as soup adds along with a couple of others that are already there. I try not to waste stuff like that. You’d be surprised how much of a difference a couple of beet leaves, some leftover spring onion tops and a leek or so will make in a dish! So they got done and into the freezer over the course of the night. I think I’m going to have enough for a beef potroast/soup/stew next week.


I did another of my geology classes, on the ancient rivers of the PNW, how we know where they used to flow and why they shifted. That was fascinating, because I’ve seen most of what they were talking about and wondered about it.


Today is our “different day”. I have more to do on the Hedeby bag, hoping to get it sewn today, or mostly. Tempus had a needle mostly finished and is planning one more fid and then we’ll be ready to send out the gift exchange package. Maybe I can start the beadweaving piece that I’ve been champing at the bit to do? It’s a challenge piece, but I love the design.

So we’ll be open from 1-5 at the very least, more likely staying later than opening earlier.

Eye in the sky – moonset over the Pacific. Yachats, Oregon. JT Price‎ posted this in the Waldport Community Facebook page, on 7/11/19. Used with permission!

Temple_of_Vesta_(4292736669)Today ‘s feast is Vesta Aperit, the first day of the Vestalia in ancient Rome. This is the one day of the year when the most sacred area of Vesta’s temple was open for women to offer sacrifices. The rest of the year it was closed to all but the priestesses. Vesta was the goddess of the hearth and the sacred fire that was the basis of much of the Roman worship. The Vestals, usually referred to as, “Vestal Virgins”, were the only women in Rome who were held to be equal to and independent from men, but if they broke their 30-year vow of chastity they would be buried alive. They lived in a house near the main centers of worship. The picture to the left is Vesta’s temple in 2009.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestalia#Vestalia

220px-Œillets_(Sweet_William)Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william

The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday. 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

Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/7 at 12:12am. 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 6/20 at 11:02pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best 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 6/12 at 11:24pm

A small telescope will almost always show all four of Jupiter’s big moons, currently magnitudes 4.7 to 5.7. It may also show Saturn’s largest and brightest moon Titan, mag 8.6. On Monday and Tuesday morn.
Have you ever seen Alpha Centauri? At declination –61°, it’s permanently out of sight if you’re north of latitude 29° N. But if you’re at the latitude of San Antonio, Orlando, or points south, Alpha Cen now skims just above your true horizon due south for a little while shortly after dark. It does this just about when Alpha Librae, the lower-right of Libra’s two brightest stars, is due south over your landscape, i.e. opposite Polaris. At that time, drop your gaze down from there. Although Alpha Cen is a brilliant magnitude 0.0, the atmospheric extinction at the horizon is so great, along with likely summer haze, that you may want to bring binoculars.

The waning gibbous Moon shines near Jupiter, then Saturn, before and during dawn on Monday and Tuesday.

Before and during early dawn Monday and Tuesday mornings, the waning gibbous Moon shines with Jupiter and Saturn as shown below. Here you get three top small-telescope sights at once! Plan ahead: The first light of dawn now begins about two hours before sunrise (for mid-northern latitudes).

Perseus Double Cluster Delights
NGC 869 and NGC 884 are two young star clusters in the constellation Perseus. These targets are easy to capture with binoculars or a small telescope; from dark sites, you may be able to spot them unaided.
Ewan Hobbs (Flickr)

The constellation Perseus climbs above the northeastern horizon a few hours before sunrise this morning. With a bright Moon on the opposite side of the sky, it’s a great time to tour the Hero’s brighter treasures, the most famous of which may be the Double Cluster, comprising NGC 884 and NGC 869 in the western (upper right) region of the constellation. These two young, bright open star clusters are about 7,600 and 6,800 light-years away, respectively, with ages between 3 million and 5 million years. In a dark sky, you may spot them without binoculars, but this morning the Moon will likely make that impossible. Binoculars or a small scope, however, will bring out increasing levels of richness in the clusters; you’ll see NGC 884 to the east of NGC 869, which lies farther west.

The Summer Triangle returns to the evening sky – Summer’s brightest asterism shines prominently before midnight in May. In this image, the Summer Triangle and the Milky Way appear above Yosemite Valley in California. The North America Nebula (NGC 7000) lies on the far left, above Half Dome, while the lower right features Nevada Falls and, below it, Vernal Falls. – Ruben Kier

The constellation is also home to the famous California Nebula (NGC 1499). This emission nebula has a magnitude of roughly 6 but its dim, diffuse glow will be hard to spot even with a telescope, given the bright Moon. Return to this constellation on a moonless morning later in the month or even next month, when the 2.5°-long nebula will be higher above the horizon at the same time each night in Perseus’ eastern region. Its shape shows up best in long-exposure photographs.

Mercury remains under Pollux and Castor in twilight, though at magnitude 1.3 it no longer outshines even Pollux, magnitude 1.2. In fact Mercury will appear even fainter considering the greater atmospheric extinction at its lower altitude and the brighter sky there too. Binoculars may help.

Mercury is ending a nice apparition in evening twilight. It fades from magnitude +0.6 on June 5th to +1.3 on June 12th, and it’s getting a little lower too. Look for it below Pollux and Castor, as shown above.

Old Farmer’s Almanac June Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-2020-see-stars-move
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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”…
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Capricorn
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde
Color: Yellow

Planting 6/7-8

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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
Su   7     High   1:32 AM     8.7   5:32 AM     Set  7:12 AM      98
~     7      Low   8:39 AM    -2.0   8:59 PM    Rise 11:18 PM
~     7     High   3:17 PM     6.7
~     7      Low   8:32 PM     2.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Bad habits are like a comfortable bed…easy to get into, but hard to get out of.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of others. — Charles Dickens



~   Fighting ourselves rarely works, especially in the long term. Progress is made by convincing our doubts to take (at least) a short break and trust us to get the job done well. – Carey Rockland of Athletistry
~   A fiction novel contains more truth than people realize-but in a different way than what’s expected. – Shannon Rohrer
~   All things happen in threes. – Grettir’s Saga, c.88
~   Bad counsel turns out badly. – Vatnsdæla Saga, c.3

Now summer is in flower and nature’s hum
Is never silent round her sultry bloom
Insects as small as dust are never done
Wi’ glittering dance and reeling in the sun
And green wood fly and blossom haunting bee
Are never weary of their melody. – –John Clare (1793–1864)


Litha Magick – Studies

A Sweet Woodruff Spell for Prosperity Pagan Studies:

At dusk in my woodland garden, sweet woodruff sends out its fresh haylike scent, and its white flowers glow in the June twilight. In June, sweet woodruff reaches the height of its magical power, and is valuable in attracting prosperity. The prosperity spell which follows should be concluded next month, beneath July’s Blessing Moon. On a June evening, just before nightfall, gather some woodruff flowers, leaves, and stems. Cut them all, and put them in a darkened room to dry on a hook or beam. When July’s Moon is at its height, and the woodruff has dried, bury it with a dollar and a copper coin. Now, with what you’ve sown your wealth will increase. By: James Kambos )0( GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies   

Antheia  – Arretophoria (Greece) Today’s Goddess: Themes:   Promises; Friendship; Trust; Honor; Community; Love; Relationships – Symbols: Gold-colored Items; Honey; Myrrh

About Antheia:  Since 800 B.C.E. Antheia has been known as the Greek Goddess of marriage, companionship, and good council.  These attributes manifested themselves in a triple Goddess figure who flowered, sought a mate, and reached perfection.  Today we ask her to bless our rites by flowering within our souls so we too can obtain spiritual perfection.

To Do Today:  In ancient Greece this festival of trust and friendship was held sometime between June and July.  Each year, two maidens were given a special honey-laden diet and clothed in golden robes to take on a special trust.  They delivered a package untouched to a secret place in a local temple, then spent the year in community service, never peeking inside the box.  This sounds like a fun activity for couples or friends.  Each person picks out a trust gift for the other and gives it to them to put in a special place, leaving it untouched for a year.  The entire time the gift remains there unopened, Antheia will energize it and bless the people in that relationship, so don’t get tempted to peek.  Believe me when I say it’s worth the wait.  At the end of the year, don something gold, burn myrrh to create a sacred space in which Antheia dwells, and open the gifts, explaining the significance of the items. I guarantee it’s a present you’ll never forget. – )0( By Patricia Telesco~ >From “365 Goddess”  and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Hotogov Mailgan6/22 Today’s Goddess: White Nights (Russia) – Themes:  Sky; Tradition; Arts Symbol: Pale Light

About Hotogov Mailgan:  In Siberia, Hotogov Mailgan illuminates the night sky with her heavenly sparkle.  She is the Queen of the Sky, a creative force for personal empowerment, and the manifester of the life energies in and around us.

To Do Today:  Between June 21 and June 29 the skies in Russia always appear light gray at night because of the northern location.  The effect throughout St. Petersburg is very magical, casting unique shadows on the lavender, pink, and yellow pastel-colored buildings.  To celebrate this beauty, the citizens  enjoy traditional Russian ballets, theatrical performances, and music.  So, get out the theme music from Dr. Zhivago, rent a ballet featuring Barishnikov, or cook yourself up some Russian dumplings (varnekey) and invite this goddess to join you.

If you perform any magic today, try putting up some pastel-colored curtains around the space to filter the outside light so it suits Hotogove Mailgan.  Or darken the room and use glow-in-the-dark stars to mark the magical circle so you’re literally surrounded by her power.

Try taking a bubble bath and dotting the surface of the water with glitter to look like Hotogov Mailgan’s night sky.  Then sit, relax, and meditate, absorbing the hopeful, dreamy energy that her stars inspire in people everywhere. – )0( By Patricia Telesco~ From “365 Goddess”  and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast


Silliness – Priests with Water Pistols

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