Daily Stuff 2-10-21 Scholastica Day Riot

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. No Herbs tonight.

[posting at 10pm] Rain gauge at noon on 12/9 – Dry, It’s getting foggy, 47F, wind at 1-4mph, AQI 28-33, UV2. Chance of rain 8% today and 9% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 4am Fri. Today, clouds in the morning, sunny in the afternoon. (55F/40F) Fri/Sat Sunny (61F/44F) Sun mostly cloudy, rain late (55/43) Mon rain, (47/42) up to 1/2 an inch! After that partly/mostly cloudy highs 49-54, lows 42. The Janus fire is still going! 100% Percent Contained, 24797.8 acres. …and 14 firespots… well, it’s been dry?

We had a pretty good weekend. Got some good rest. I didn’t get as much cooking done as I had hoped, but used up some of the broth from last week in a new, mostly vegetable, dish. I’m trying to start using some of the dehydrated vegetables from last year’s harvest. This one was leeks, celery, tomatoes and some odds and ends, plus fresh leeks and onion. I need to get stuff into the freezer, still.

Planted with garlic starts

I did get to spend time in the garden, which was nice. I got a flat of garlics planted and did a fair amount of weeding and then tackled the horseradish, which was a mistake. I’m really stiff and sore from wrassling that thing! It was a bucket with a bunch of garlics that I had to pull, first, and then replant, after. I ended up with two roots for me, two plants with good taproots for the Herb Bunch and one teeny one that might get planted in a small pot for this year, to get replanted next. The biggest root, with two sets of greenery went back into the bucket. I *hurt*!

Replanted horseradish (barely visible right in the center) and garlics

We got a few more small chores done, but mostly we rested. Tempus got some work on the car finished this morning and did a little shopping for essentials (including the bags of potting soil, so I can do the walking onions before I come into the shop today!). I got some more embroidery worked on and whittled my “choose” pile of books down, by a dozen or so. I’m deciding which to keep, which to “library” and which to put out for sale…. which will be 5 books today and possibly 1/2 a dozen more by evening.

Harvest – one big one planted, 2 for me, 2 plants with roots, one tiny one with a 3 inch x 1/4 root!

We came into town so I could do the newsletter. The Moon was high and bright, illuminating swatches and veils of cirrus and rags of ground fog, lifting as the air got cold, and making mist over the hills glow. Lights left shimmering tracks across the river and bay. The Moon had a 23 degree halo, too!

Heather (2016)

Michael went out to start his car when the China Restaurant closed for the night and it wouldn’t. Tempus got to be a hero with our little battery charger. 🙂 Tempus is catching up on mail and eating Ramen while I’m working on this.

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. I have more to do on the plants, mostly pulling some from the windows that are ready for sale, and tucking away others that need some TLC for awhile, mostly from getting leggy from lack of light. I have a lot to do on books, but I’m hoping to have Tempus bring boxes from the back to decide whether they’re going up to storage and to put some of the books that are in the way back there.

We’ll close around 7pm because I’m going to be recording a talk that would have been given at the feast the House Capuchin had planned. Since we’re going virtual on that I have to record. The door will stay unlocked until Tempus heads out.

Pic from 2/9/17’s high tide plus flood….up the Alsea. Photo by Ken Gagne Used with permission

Alder, Alnus glutinosa – Mars, Masculine & Feminine, Pan, Bran the Blessed, Triple Goddess, All elements, Music & Ravens, Male potency & Female fertility, Shielding, both physical and spiritual, “protection of the heart’, balance & androgyny, unites all four Elements, worn from the neck for protection on spiritual journeys.

0210 Oxford Scholastic Day Riot Carfax tower
0210 Oxford Scholastic Day Riot Carfax tower

Scholastica Day Riot – Here’s a weirdie for you. 1355 CE. A riot that broke out over the quality of drinks in a tavern between two students from Oxford University and the tavern-keeper. It turned into a full-scale mess that ended with 30 locals and 63 students dead and the Mayor and Councilors of the town were still paying the penance 470 years later by marching through town bareheaded on the anniversary of the riot!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Scholastica_Day_riot

Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Gemini

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 at 2:16 at 8:56am. 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 2/14 at 8:56pm.

The anticenter of the Milky Way, the point opposite the galactic center in Sagittarius, lies at the junction of Taurus, Auriga, and Gemini near El Nath (Beta Tauri). Face this point, and summery Sagittarius is directly behind your head

Now, when you face the Moon after dusk, you’ll find that it’s between Auriga with bright Capella, to the Moon’s upper right, and Orion to the Moon’s lower left.

Draco, Ursa Minor

Draco the Dragon snakes his way above the North Celestial Pole this morning. One of the 10 largest constellations in the official list of 88, Draco contains several excellent deep-sky targets to look for once the Moon sets early this morning. First, locate 3rd-magnitude Iota (ι) Draconis. Look 4° southwest of this star and you’ll alight upon M102, also known as the Spindle Galaxy. Some 50 million light-years away, this galaxy spans 4.5′ by 2′ on the sky — but in reality, it stretches about 60,000 light-years across. It’s magnitude 10, which is faint enough that you’ll want a telescope to find it, but even a smaller scope (4 inches) should suffice under average skies. If you’re having trouble seeing it, Astronomy columnist Glenn Chaple suggests using averted vision to make this oval-shaped fuzz jump out a bit better.

NGC 6543 Cat’s Eye Nebula, photo by Michael Völker

Next, let’s move on to NGC 6543, also known as the Cat’s Eye Nebula. This magnitude 8.1 planetary nebula lies about 5° east-northeast of 3rd-magnitude Zeta (ζ) Draconis. Through even a small telescope, you may pick up some color, but exactly what you see will depend on your eyes. Does it look blue, green, or a mix of the two? A larger telescope (8 inches or more) will bring out stunning detail, especially with magnifications of 200x. Then, you might make out a faint outer shell some 5′ across, surrounding a tighter, brighter core just 20″ in diameter.

Moon Apogee/Perigee – * For a good explanation of what this is – https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/lunar-perigee-apogee.html

The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point from Earth in its orbit, at 9:37 P.M. EST. At that time, it will be 251,591 miles (404,896 km) away.

Neptune (magnitude 8.0, in Aquarius) is sinking away in the west-southwest, invisible to the unaided eye some 12° upper left of Jupiter.

Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.

Sun in Aquarius

Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion  Ash  Feb 18Mar 17
Color – Purple
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Th  10      Low  12:53 AM     3.8   7:23 AM     Set  3:16 AM      61
~    10      High   7:10 AM     7.3   5:38 PM    Rise 12:09 PM
~    10       Low   2:47 PM     1.2
~   10       High   9:37 PM     5.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – My intuition works like a trustworthy friend.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – When do you think about your regrets the most often?



~   Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. – William Shakespeare
~   Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
~   Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~   Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)


     And in the nights of winter,
          When the cold north winds blow,
     And the long howling of the wolves
          Is heard amidst the snow;
     When round the lonely cottage
          Roars loud the tempest’s din,
     And the good logs of Algidus
          Roar louder yet within;


     When the oldest cask is opened,
          And the largest lamp is lit;
     When the chestnuts glow in the embers,
          And the kid turns on the spit;
     When young and old in circle
          Around the firebrands close;
     When the girls are weaving baskets,
          And the lads are shaping bows;


     When the goodman mends his armor,
          And trims his helmet’s plume;
     When the goodwife’s shuttle merrily
          Goes flashing through the loom;
     With weeping and with laughter
          Still is the story told,
     How well Horatius kept the bridge
          In the brave days of old. – From Lays of Ancient Rome, by Thomas Babington Macaulay


Valentine’s Magick – Lore


Silliness – For The Kids… Teacher: Did your parents help you with these homework problems? Pupil: No I got them all wrong by myself!

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