Daily Stuff 5-10-22 Golden spike

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ronald Breeze.

At about this time of year I post a reminder about sunburns and skin cancer. We’re coming into the time of year when folks are going to sunburn badly if they’re out too long during the day. This kind of weather, mostly cloudy, when the “hot” of the sun doesn’t register, is the absolute worst. Use sunblock, hats and appropriate clothing and climb on people who don’t. Getting skin cancer is curable, some of the time, but who wants to do chemo? Remind people, please? I’ve got a friend who went on chemo, got quite bald, regularly barfed up her toenails and still had to go to work. She finally had to quit her job and died this past year. I promised her that I’d keep warning people! …and if you have something strange on your skin, get it checked! I’ve had 4 more friends end up having to be treated this year. One is cured (although that takes 5 years to be certain) two more are on chemo, and one more isn’t expected to last. Skin cancer is no joke.

 [posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 5/9 – 0.2 There’s been a lot of sun today, occasionally blocked by clouds, but bright enough to warm the shop, now that it’s hitting the windows. I’m either going to have to open the front door, or start my fan! 53F, wind at 1-7mph and gusting, AQI 8-40, UV5. Chance of rain 8% today and 9% tonight. Forecast – Today(54/41) should be the sunny day. All afternoon! Get outside and take a look! Tomorrow(52/45) will be more cloudy and then in the evening the rain is due, starting around 8pm. They’re saying up to 1/2 an inch by midnight! Thu(49/42) will give us about 2/3 of an inch, although the chance drops rapidly after lunchtime, Fri(53/47) is likely to go the other way, start dry and then give us a 1/3 of an inch in the evening. Sat/Sun(57/49) have a chance of showers about 1/3 inch total. Mon-Wed(55/45) should be mostly cloudy, but dry.

Sunday evening I asked Tempus for some salad dressing for the lettuce that I cut when we got home and some air-fryer potatoes. He obliged and we ate and went to bed. Asthma kicked in and I had to get up around 11. I read for a bit and when Tempus got up to head out for the paper route I went back to bed to be awakened by a very loud truck going past and then just as I dozed off, a thump on the side of the trailer! Well, I was awake until dawn at that point, listening to rain and the occasional thump/bang, and some music on the tablet and reading, plus taking notes about what I hope to cook for this weekend’s potluck. I crawled back into bed and when Tempus got it, he snuggled up and I have no clue what time that was!

I must have dozed off over my tablet when Tempus’ alarm went off at noon, because it was 1/2 past when he came out and said something. Oops! We hurried and made it to the shop on time. I got a call from a student who lives in the Valley. She’s managed to break her arm, just below the ball of the humerus, and clean across. She’s seeing a specialist tomorrow.

We got our Beachcomber’s posters and flyer. The lady flapped in with them and we chatted for a bit. I always do up a basket for the auction or treasure chest and it’s due 6/1. We had a few shoppers through. I was writing up some new herbs and feasts for the newsletter before I started on this. I haven’t changed but a few for several years!

Today we’re going to sleep in. Both of us are pretty wrung out from this past week and need some extra rest. We’ll be coming in to the shop in the evening, since I have a meeting online. I probably won’t come in Wednesday evening, so the next newsletter after Wednesday will either be latish on Thursday, or Friday morning if I decide to skip.

Wednesday looks to be decent weather, so I’m going to plan on Herbs in the Garden. We have to get some of the pots properly stashed, so’s not to trip on them (since we ended up with hundreds instead of 50!), and the compost tea needs to get set up so I can fertilize the various plants. Some dirt needs to go on the things that got planted the other day. Either something is digging up the seeds or they just popped back up on their own.

Photo of a Dark-Eyed Junco singing in the garden. 5/9/20 by Ronald Breeze. Used with permission.

Alder catkins

Alder – botanical drawing

Today’s Plant is the alder tree, genus Alnus in the birch family Betulaceae – Used for tanning, submerged structures (like pilings, Venice is sitting on such!) and to improve the taste of smoking mixtures. Medicinally, the bark has salicin, so can be used like willow bark. The wood is used for guitars and fine furniture. – 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.

The original golden spike

Today’s Feast is the Golden Spike. This was the ceremonial end of the rush to finish the US Transcontinental Railroad. It didn’t quite go all the way from seaport to seaport at that point, but they were getting close. “The golden spike (also known as The Last Spike) is the ceremonial 17.6-karat gold final spike driven by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific Railroad from Sacramento and the Union Pacific Railroad from Omaha on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. The term last spike has been used to refer to one driven at the usually ceremonial completion of any new railroad construction projects, particularly those in which construction is undertaken from two disparate origins towards a common meeting point. The spike is now displayed in the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.” – Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_spike

Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. 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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Virgo

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 5/15 at 9:15pm. 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 5/14 at 9:15am.

History repeating – Giovanni Schiaparelli’s drawing of Mercury Feb. 6, 1882 (left), compared with a simulation of the planet’s appearance on April 23, 2022 (right). The crater Kuiper is the bright patch left of center. – Brera Observatory, Milan; John Boudreau

Mercury stands stationary against the background stars at 7 P.M. EDT; after today, it will begin moving retrograde, continuing this “backwards” motion until its next standstill late on June 2. The small planet has become just a bit harder to spot in the evening sky — it’s now a 2nd-magnitude point of light during dusk, setting just over an hour after the Sun. Mercury has been pulling away from the Pleiades and moving through Taurus the Bull; today, it stands roughly equal with 1st-magnitude Aldebaran above the horizon, nearly 9° to the star’s right (northwest). Through a telescope, Mercury’s disk spans 11″ and appears as a thin crescent less than 10 percent lit. Catch your last few looks at the planet now; by the 21st, it will reach inferior conjunction with the Sun and remain out of sight until June. Look also for Comet C/2021 O3 (PANSTARRS), still more than 20° high an hour after sunset. Although it is now fading, the comet is still a relatively easy-to-find magnitude 9.5, sitting roughly 8° above Mirfak, Perseus’ 2nd-magnitude alpha star.

Now the Moon shines below Leo’s hindquarters.

Arcturus high in the southeast forms the pointy end of the long, narrow Kite asterism: the central part of Bootes, the Cowherd. The kite currently extends left or upper left from Arcturus. The kite’s head is bent slightly upward. The kite is 23° long, about two fists at arm’s length.

Saturn, also magnitude +0.8, is in eastern Capricornus a good 25° or so upper right of Mars.

Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. 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

Mercury Retrograde at 4:47am (6/3)
Pluto Retrograde (10/8)
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of
of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Color – Grey
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  10      Low   2:50 AM     3.1   5:54 AM     Set  3:38 AM      57
~    10     High   8:09 AM     5.6   8:31 PM    Rise  2:15 PM
~    10      Low   2:58 PM     0.9
~    10     High   9:40 PM     6.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dance to the rhythm of life.

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Journal Prompt – What is? – What was the most interesting name you ever gave to a pet? Explain how you came up with that name. (If you have never had a pet, make up some names for a pet you may have some time in the future.)

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Quotes

~   Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test it’s a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~   Do not rely on meditation to avoid problems. Without problems the seeking spirit could go mad. Therefore the sage says: reach liberation in the middle of turbulences. – Kyong Ho
~   It was Coyote gave fire to man – out of pity, yes, but also because he foresaw the possibility of arson. – Eldri Littlewolf, Faery priestess
~   If you aren’t fire with enthusiasm, you will be fired, with enthusiasm. – Vince Lombardi

I think if you listen closely
In the sweet glad days of spring,
With the song of the brook, the breeze, and the birds,
You can hear the flowers sing. –Helen Isabel Moorhouse (b. 1876)

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Magick – Heathen Patriot: Thoughts from a Heathen Libertarian – Exploring pre-Christian Germanic and contemporary Neopagan beliefs and practices, politics, culture, and from a different point of view. Welcome to the conservative/libertarian end of the Pagan / Heathen pool.

The Dark Side of Cultural Appropriation – Posted by Joseph Bloch on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 in Culture Blogs

In my previous post on this month’s blogfest subject, I laid out the case that adoption of elements of one culture by another is not necessarily a bad thing. Now I would like to address the flip side; when cultural appropriation can be a negative. 

The most obvious example of the dark side of cultural appropriation is the so-called “plastic shaman” phenomenon. This refers to people claiming to represent a particular culture, religious tradition, etc. without actually having any legitimate connection thereto. Although it originated in relation to people posing as having Amerindian backgrounds, the term is more broadly applied to a variety of different cultures and traditions. 

The plastic shaman can be dangerous on at least two levels. First, it represents a potential danger due to a lack of knowledge and/or experience of the practice involved. Most famously and recently, New Age “guru” James A. Ray was found guilty of negligent homicide when three people died in a sweat lodge ceremony he was running. Had he truly had a firm and legitimate background in the practice, it’s very possible those deaths could have been avoided.

Plastic shamans can also do damage to the cultural traditions whence they take their “shtick”. Because they lack the background, experience, and knowledge necessary, they themselves are often ignorant of the details concerning the practices they claim to know. Their misconceptions can easily be transmitted to others (who have no way of knowing any better) as “genuine” and thus diluting the value and nature of the actual practices. 

In the United States, we see this a lot with Amerindian practices and images (spirit quests, rain dances, dream catchers, Kokopelli, etc.), yoga, and even runes. When these are presented as dumbed-down for easy mass consumption, they become cheapened in the public consciousness, and lose much of their esoteric and spiritual significance. The perception becomes that there isn’t any spiritual depth to such cultures, since “everybody knows” their practices are just fluff.

When someone, whose only exposure heretofore has been this watered-down version of what is actually a deeply spiritual practice, is exposed to the real thing, they are prone to be confused, disappointed, and sometimes even refuse to believe that what they’ve been exposed to before was just quackery.

Pic 3 Another related negative of cultural appropriation is the secularization and overall cheapening of symbols, practices, and other elements of culture that have profound significance to that culture. When children can buy “Indian brave headdresses” in any dollar store, when rune pendants are hawked at every Renaissance Fair, and deities from nearly every pantheon show up as comic book superheroes, the sense of awe and mystery around the spiritual sides of those items evaporates. It is very much a way of saying “isn’t it adorable that you actually think Thor exists; he’s just a comic book character!”

That’s not to say that an Asatruar can’t be a comic book fan, nor a Sioux enjoy reruns of F-Troop or Gunsmoke. But we should be aware that borrowing from other cultures what they deem to be sacred can, in many cases, be at best insensitive and at worst destructive. When the spiritual cache of a thing is diminished to increase its commercial or pop culture value, real harm is being done.

Last modified on Tuesday, 09 July 2013

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Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – sloopage (SLU paj) – n. The tendency of hot dogs, hamburgers, and sandwich contents to slip from between their covers.

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