Daily Stuff 5-29-22 Ambarvalia

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:01 AM of -0.9 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day 1-4pm.

 [posting at 7pm] Outside is rain-slick and blustery. The low is coming ashore right now, so we have some winds coming yet. I’m nice and warm (and dried off!) inside. 55F, wind at 2-5mph and gusting, AQI 1-37, UV5. Chance of rain 55% today and 53% tonight. Winds will calm down but it’ll stay showering into Monday. Forecast – Today(53/47) Showers. Tomorrow(55/44) Am showers, then dry. Tue(62/49) Mostly sunny, Wed(62/50) Cloudy with a tiny chance of showers in the evening, Thu-Mon, Highs 58-60, lows around 50, mostly cloudy with a tiny chance of showers late Saturday into Monday. Little accumulation.

Friday evening was another quiet one. We didn’t close up until about 8pm, and we had customers in shopping for an hour before that. They seemed to be buying gifties for a large family of teens/adults. I spent awhile watering the south window and deciding which plants to change out. I had Tempus set up a mushroom chicken bake in the afternoon and we had that with the sweet/sour cabbage and buttered peas and then turned in.

I was up in a couple of hours and worked on spice mixes until I finished that batch and decided to put them by, then worked on newsletter files. I’m refilling the “quotes” and it’s a slog. I also have a request. Please don’t complain that the astronomical section is “wrong” before you read the captions on the pictures to check the dates! I may not have current pictures to work from, so I occasionally grab ones from similar/older events!

Yesterday started late for me. I was awake with the alarm, but I fell back asleep and Tempus didn’t bother to wake me! He just got the shop opened and left it to me to wake on my own, which I didn’t until past 2pm!

The day was dry at that point, but the computer said, “Rain by 5pm”. It started raining at 3pm. 🙂 and it was a bit messy out there. I went out to get some thyme and got pretty damp, but it wasn’t cold enough to worry about that. No one was in for sewing. In face no one was in at all. I heard from one of the sewing students who said she didn’t want to walk over in the rain and I don’t blame her. Her car is in the shop….

I had been working on the quotes files all day. It’s sheer drudgery to get them edited into the right format, saved into the spreadsheet and numbers, so that they don’t all “clump”, and then get them into the working file. I still make mistakes, but usually the day they go into the newsletter I can catch those, even if I don’t have them caught in the main file.

Tempus made me a lovely toasted cheese sandwich with a cheese dog in the middle. It was really tasty, especially since my fingers still smelled of thyme! He’s making our bread rolls in long bun shapes, now. I finally get to water the plants in the north window in the evening, and I’m doing sesame chicken for supper.

Today is our different day. Depending on whether anyone shows up besides us we’ll either be working on the wooden utensils (anyone’s welcome if they want to learn how!) or the House library or just sitting and talking history.

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

A Ken Gagne photo of the lovely weather on 5/27/15. Used with permission


Today’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. – Feminine, 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

Today’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.”

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,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 10:23am.

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 5/30 at 4:30am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the New on 5/30 at 4:30am.

Early morning sky over Punta Gorda – Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn share the sky with the Milky Way in this stunning shot, taken March 25, 2020 from the Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area near Punta Gorda, Florida. – Diana Robinson (Flickr)

For much of the spring at mid-northern latitudes, the Milky Way lies right down out of sight all around the horizon. But watch the east now. The rich Cepheus-Cygnus-Aquila stretch of the Milky Way starts rising up all across the east late these nights, earlier and higher every week. A hint for the light-polluted: It runs horizontally under Vega, right through the lower part of the Summer Triangle.

Three satellites on Jupiter, two shadow transits, and more! “The day I have been waiting for all year has finally come,” wrote Christopher Go from the Philippines on August 15th, 2021. “Today we had a grand slam event. A very rare triple transit on Jupiter with the moons Callisto, Ganymede and Europa in transit. As a bonus, a partially eclipsed Io was seen just before it went behind Jupiter. After the triple transit there was a very rare event when Ganymede occulted Europa followed by Ganymede eclipsing Europa! Seeing the shadow of Ganymede over Europa was surreal! Everything went PERFECTLY. Seeing was incredible and the sky was totally clear!” In the images here, north is up. But the best way to follow the sequence of events is by video! The Washington Post put it all together along with a step-by-step guide to everything that’s happening. Here’s the story: Watch this ‘surreal’ Jupiter eclipse that you probably missed.

Early risers on the East Coast of the U.S. can catch the opening moments of a stunning show as Ganymede’s large shadow moves onto Jupiter’s disk starting at 3:49 A.M. EDT. The shadow transit, which will last a little over three hours, is underway as the gas giant rises in locations farther west. Ganymede itself sits east of Jupiter’s disk, slowly creeping closer as the hours tick by. Observers in western locations can also watch Io, closing in from the west, disappear into Jupiter’s shadow around 4:20 A.M. CDT.

Jupiter and Mars appear almost equally close to each other on Sunday and Monday mornings. But watch their changing orientation. (The actual conjunction is shown here, on Sunday the 29th.)

Once you’re done enjoying the king of the planets and his court, zoom out a bit to catch Mars, now some 35′ (0.6°) south-southeast of Jupiter’s bright glow —well within a single field of view for a telescope. Compare the two planets’ diameters for some extra fun: Jupiter now spans 37″, while Mars, though closer to Earth, is a mere 6″ across. The pair will still be close tomorrow morning as well, when Mars sits 48′ (0.8°) southeast of Jupiter.

Saturn, magnitude +0.7, glows in eastern Capricornus a good 40° (about four fists) right or upper right of Jupiter before dawn. The little star 2° to Saturn’s lower right is Delta Capricorni, magnitude 2.8.

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. 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”.

Mercury (6/3), Pluto Retrograde (10/8)
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of
Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Color – Orange
Planting 5/27-9
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


The very old hawthorn at Saint-Mars-sur-la-Futaie, France, planted in the 3rd century!

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  29      Low   7:01 AM    -0.9   5:36 AM    Rise  5:05 AM      2
~    29     High   1:28 PM     6.1   8:51 PM     Set  8:32 PM
~    29      Low   6:42 PM     2.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. Do your best and let it rest.


Journal Prompt – What? – What makes a good neighbor?



~   All styles are good except the tiresome kind. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~   If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. – Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer
~   What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. – Aristotle
~   A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexcographer

The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat
The soldier’s last tattoo;
No more on Life’s parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On Fame’s eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead. – –Theodore O’Hara (1820–67)


Litha Magick – Lore – Rhubarb – Reviving A Forgotten Crop by Jennifer Ludden

Morning Edition, June 26, 2009 – Years ago, Jim Crawford, a farmer in south central Pennsylvania, noticed that one of his summer loves — rhubarb  — had fallen out of favor. Neighbors near his New Morning Farm were letting this tart perennial languish in their gardens, too lazy to dig it up, too uninterested to harvest it. Crawford offered to buy what they were growing and sell it at the farmers markets around Washington, D.C., where he’s been operating stands for 37 years.

“It sounds funny,” Crawford says, “but it was kind of common that people seemed to have that attitude about rhubarb. Dismissive.  And then, of course, when they got $1.60 a pound for it they said, ‘Hey, you know, this stuff is worth something!'”

In recent years,  Crawford has seen resurgence in demand for rhubarb, often fueled by nostalgia. Ed Kahl, a customer at one of Crawford’s fresh fruit stands, says he grew up eating rhubarb dishes.

“It reminds me of my grandmother and mother, and they made these luscious pies. I’ll probably just buy it and let it rot in my refrigerator! But I have aspirations to make a pie.”– rhubarb chunks in fruit-flavored gelatin. (He admits this sounds a bit gross, but he swears it makes a great buffet dish.)

Another customer, Janet Katz, says rhubarb makes her nervous.

“I’ve cooked everything but rhubarb. I’m afraid it’ll be too sour or chewy or something,” she says. 

Crawford finds this attitude a lot, so he posts a “helpful hints” sign by the box of glistening red stalks. 

“It’s the easiest thing in the world to cook,” he says. “You just chop it up and put some sweetener with it, and put it in a pan with a tight lid, and in about five minutes it just melts like butter.”

Crawford sweetens his with maple syrup, but sugar works, too. He likes rhubarb sauce over ice cream. He also puts rhubarb in jam, chutney and a whole array of pies, not just the classic strawberry-rhubarb combo.

“In fact, I really like it better with apples. It’s really good with raspberries. It’s really good with peaches,” he says.

Whatever’s in season, Crawford says, rhubarb gives it pizzazz.


Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – xiidigitation (ksi dig TAY shun) – n. The practice of trying to determine the year a movie was made by deciphering the roman numerals at the end of the credits.

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