Daily Stuff 8-30-21 International Day of the Disappeared

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Kathy Allen.

Clear. 48F, wind at 0-2 mph, AQI 15-38, UV6. Chance of rain 4% today and 12% tonight. Sunny through Wednesday and again next Tuesday. Increasing clouds from Thursday through Monday, but that tiny chance of rain during that time has dropped below 25%. The smoke plume has back away from the coast and upper Valley and the NE quarter of the state is still clear. 6 firespots. The one not associated with a fire is north and east of Bend. A number of the fires are inching closer and closer to containment.


  • Elbow Creek Fire – 96% – 22960 acres
  • Black Butte Fire – 95% – 22445 acres
  • Patton Meadow Fire – 97% – 8930 acres
  • Fox Complex Fire – 97% – 9754 acres
  • Little Applegate Fire – 150 acres
  • Wild Cat Fire – 215 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 25% – 32399.45 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 15% – 13774 acres
  • Mule Creek Fire – 400 acres
  • Smith Fire – 10077 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 1723 acres
  • Jack Fire – 53% – 23884 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 226.9 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 11% – 31351.25 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 420 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 25% – 1485 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 12% – 18935.15 acres
  • Gales Fire – 13596 acres
  • Ninemile Fire – 143 acres
  • Bruler Fire – 91% – 195 acres
  • Janus Fire – 9302 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 3% – 9398.2 acres

Tomatoes (mostly)

Yesterday didn’t go quite as planned, but it was a good day, nonetheless. Tempus was wiped out. He had trouble getting up, fell asleep over his coffee, fell asleep over the computer…that kind of thing. He got some small stuff done and eventually got all the water jugs re-filled for watering indoors, but that was it other than dishes.


…and we were slammed. That’s the most people I’ve seen come through the door all year! I lost track at around 80… That’s not the most, but the most when I was effectively by myself. I did pry Tempus out a couple of times to find boxes and such. I was working with customers, working with an online discussion of feast and clothing stuff, and it was a good thing that our guests didn’t come out from the Valley! (bronchitis from a combo of dust and smoke….) I wouldn’t have been able to sit down to work on stuff.

Harvest last Wed.

Late in the afternoon, once things calmed down a bit, a friend who travels out here from Idaho stopped by and brought us 1/2 a gallon of blackberries! I need to get those boxed up and into the freezer, but I ate a handful, just as is! We had a good chat before he headed out on his travels.


Tempus slept until 1/2 an hour after closing time, but I was finishing up some writing, so I let him. We got things together and headed home at about 7pm. The beach fog was whipping past overhead and the temp had already dropped to 57! It’s down to 50, now, but it’s clear, unlike the forecast…. and so it’s going to be chilly.


I got a few pictures at home, mostly of the new crop of raspberries that’s coming on. I need to trim out the dead stuff…. …and I harvested enough lettuce and nasturtium for salad. Tempus curled up in his chair and I got supper going. I made another of the crustless quiche things, plus warming the rest of the sausage/squash tomato dish from the other night, and experimented with a German Renaissance recipe for a rice pancake. They were kinda hard, but tasty with the tomato stuff. Tempus was full from that and salad, so he turned into without the quiche. I waited up, because I was doing the other batch of the sausage/squash/tomato that I had put by in the fridge. I had my slice of the quiche and then waited. Once the tomato dish was cooked I turned in too, and got a solid 3 hours….

Rice fritter

The Moon was tangled in the trees to the east as we were getting ready to head back into town. I watched as She climbed. First there was a sparkle in the tree, then that faded. Next up a bright patch faded into view, then developed a dark bar across the top (branch….) then a patch of brightness above the bar grew and grew until Her whole (well, half) shape was revealed!

New berry crop coming!

I’m putting dirty dishes directly into the tote basket as we cook and eat. We bring that back to the shop and Tempus runs them in the dishwasher. That’s working very well! I’m really sleepy, though, and I’ve had to process pix and answer messages for most of two hours before starting on this!

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. I’m going to be watering plants. Tempus did the outside ones last night. I also have a couple of begonias to get into pots. I think I have potting soil here… I hope. …and a lot of writing. Today is the day I put out the House Capuchin newsletter, and I have pages to set up for the feast. …and I have more grandbaby pix from a trip into Seattle that the kids took today and got all dressed up for. …so I just updated her 3rd year page – https://wordpress.com/page/ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/45000

A photo of Wednesday evening’s sunset rainbow by Kathy Allen (used with permission)


Today’s feast is the International Day of the Disappeared. Too many people have vanished, whether kidnapped, taken by soldiers, gangs or armed thugs or sometimes just vanish after a natural (or unnatural) disaster. Sometimes their families never find them. Sometimes they find a grave. Sometimes only a rumor. It’s gotta stop! Find more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_the_Disappeared


Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii(which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Gemini

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 9/6 at 5:52pm. 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 8/30 at 12:13am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 9/2 at 5:52am.

Though the waning moon is gone from the early evening sky, it’s very much present from the middle of the night through dawn. Watch it march across Taurus from Sunday through Tuesday mornings.

Last Quarter Moon – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

Last Quarter Moon occurs early this morning at 3:13 A.M. EDT. Early risers should certainly take the time to enjoy our satellite’s partly lit face, visible above the V in Taurus, where the Hyades open star cluster sits. About 5.5° below the Moon is Aldebaran, the bright red eye of the Bull.

Last Quarter Moon – Last Quarter Moon occurs July 1, meaning our satellite will be visible during daylight hours. – Bernal Saborio (Flickr)

Even if you don’t want to get up early, you’ll be able to check out the Moon until after noon in most U.S. time zones. The best — and easiest feature — to find is the terminator, which is the line where night meets day on the lunar surface. Surface features stand out most in this area, where the shadows are sharpest. The Last Quarter Moon can also show us the direction of Earth’s orbital motion. That’s because during this phase, the Moon’s location in its orbit around Earth just happens to be in line with the exact direction Earth is moving through space as it orbits the Sun. Looking up at the Last Quarter Moon shows the space Earth itself will occupy about three and a half hours later.

Photo by NASA

Late these evenings as autumn approaches, Fomalhaut, the Autumn Star, makes its inevitable appearance above the southeast horizon. Its rising time will depend on where you live. But by about 10 or 11 p.m. you should have no trouble spotting it low in the southeast; just find an open view in that direction. This year Fomalhaut is easier to locate than usual: Look about two fists below Jupiter and a bit left.

Venus, brilliant at magnitude –4.0, shines bright white in the west-southwest during twilight. It still sets around twilight’s end.

Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR AUGUST 2021: THE MILKY WAY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way

Sun in Virgo

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel,
Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL),
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Lavendar
Harvest 8/30&31

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Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                  Visible
M   30      Low   1:04 AM     1.2   6:37 AM     Set  3:10 PM      55
~    30    High   7:26 AM     4.8   7:56 PM
~    30     Low  12:28 PM     3.3
~    30     High   6:42 PM     6.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – As the sun shines upon you and the day must come to an end reflect upon the people you met and how you made a new friend. Remember to be caring, kind and happy. because you never know why someone is snappy and your smile could change their day.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think so many young people watch MTV?



~   I do not wish to harm anybody, I am just following my own way but it appears to disturb others, most of the people do not like those who follow a different path. How could I go away from my way? It gives me such happiness, such contentment. Be yourself at any cost! – Dharma
~   Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best. – Tim Duncan
~   Things are seldom what they seem, / Skim milk masquerades as cream. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
~   Whatever you expect, you will get. – Abraham Hicks

A wee bird piped out ‘mid the corn,
A rose bloomed out beneath the thorn;
But the scent of the rose and the birdling’s lay
On the winds of the morning were wafted away
While the drowsy world dreamed on. – Walter Everette Hawkins (1883–1940) 


Mabon Magick – Prayers

For the golden corn and the apple on the tree,
For the golden butter and the honey from the bees,
For the fruits and nuts and berries we gather on our way,
We praise the loving Mother Earth and thank Her everyday. – Beliefnet member loumom


Goddesses of Peace…
Pax, Mary, Quan Yin, Tara
Gaia, Mother of the Earth,
We call upon you with respect.

Mothers of Compassion,
Mothers of Peace and Mercy,
We ask for your wise counsel.
Please help us not to give in 

To the everyday stresses
And resentments that assail us.
Help us connect with your Light
And the love and grace you bring.

 Blessed Mothers, we thank you
For the nurturing and blessings
That you pour out upon us every day;
Grant that our lives also be a blessing. – © September 17, 2008, Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)


Silliness – Silly Q&A –  Q: What is Loki’s favorite food? Thor-tillas..

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