Daily Stuff 6-3-22 Tunguska event

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 10:04 AM of -0.6 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

 [posting at 6:30pm] It’s bright and sunny at the moment, although it’s been overcast most of the day. Still bright, but overcast. 61F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI 16-39, UV4. Chance of rain 75% today and 77% tonight. That front is pushing ashore and a new swirl has started off the tail end of the Aleutian Islands. Forecast – Today(59/52) There’s a spike in the chance of rain around 4am and then again starting around suppertime and continuing through Monday.(58/50). It could get heavy on Saturday (most of an inch!), but the rest should be showers, tapering off after sunrise on Monday. Tue-Sat should be dry, if mostly cloudy, with highs from 61-67 (on Fri.) and lows from 51-55. We’re starting to edge into summer, I think. 1 firespot near Scio.

Wednesday evening was another tired one. Tempus fell asleep over his supper. I had slept for quite awhile before. We had home-made meatball subs for supper: Tempus-made bread rolls, purchased meatballs, lots of cheese on top and then a bit of catsup! Waiting for Tempus to come to bed, I went to sleep, too, only waking a bit after midnight.

I was still awfully logy, so I read for awhile until I got myself put together, even though that meant I was still working on vegetables at 4am. I have a bag of onion, one of beets (two colors!), one of carrots and another of stems, (that I use for crunchies in soup), and 2 big bags of green onion tops (plus a jar of same for garnish) mixed with beet and carrot greens. I also added a few strawberries to the sugar-preserved ones. Everything sat out, waiting for Tempus to get home, since the fridge is stuffed. We had to empty the one at home after the fire.

Tempus managed to tell me about his progress on the electrical stuff at home, too, while we were eating. The 12-volt stuff that he has, isn’t enough to run off of and the fridge isn’t turning on, so he doesn’t know whether that’s blown, or not. It might very well be. <sigh> That’s another expense, although we do still have the little dorm fridge that we used to use at the shop as a stopgap.

It was really hard to haul myself out of bed in the morning, since it was nearly 7am before I fell back asleep, and once Tempus was home I slept like a dead thing. I bathed, dressed and dragged myself around until Tempus handed me a cup of coffee. He was smiling at me and talking about attitude adjustments… …and then handed me a plate with a chocolate muffin and a bunch of the farmer’s market strawberries along with my 2nd cup of coffee. 🙂 I guess I must have been pretty awful! I was much nicer after breakfast. 🙂

Friends at the shop.

…and he got all the vegetables put away….. such a sweetie!

More friends

Once the shop was open I started writing again. I’m gradually catching up, but two of my blogs are *way* behind. Tempus got a bread batch started and then took off for the flea market to see if they have any hoses. By then I was back to the SCA cookbook. He didn’t have any luck and started working in back to get me a spot to cook after a bit. I’m starting a soup/stew for supper with some of the veg from the farmer’s market, and then it’s back to writing. It’s bulk route night, so Tempus is going to be heading out early.

…and more friends and their friends….

Right at the end of the day a couple of old friends from in the Valley came in. They shopped. We chatted and commiserated about getting old. I got right back on this once they headed out, but that’s why I’m a touch late, again.

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Tempus *really* needs to do laundry, but he may decide to move rollies, instead. We’ve got to get that sorted out, especially since he brought the pressure washer down from storage and we need a spot for it!

Lunch! Photo by Ken Gagne from 5/28/17 of a fishing heron. Used with permission.


Today is the anniversary of the day in 1908  that a massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, knocking over 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). This is also known as the “Tunguska event“. This event, while beloved by UFO-logists and Conspiracy Theorists, most likely was some kind of meteoric airburst event, whatever the source of the material, comet or asteroid, but there are other possibilities…  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

Today’s Plant is Arnica, Arnica MontanaPoison, Be Careful!  – Also called Wolf’s Bane, & Dumbledore’s Delight (which are also names given to aconite!). Native to Europe, it has been used for millennia as an anti-inflammatory, but it cannot be taken internally and should not be used on damaged skin. Other than that, it’s been the go-to for sprains for centuries. Gender: Fem. Planet Saturn, Sacred to Hecate, this has been called one of the 3 herbs of witchcraft. Use in protection sachets & amulets, especially from wolves, werewolves and vampires. (More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnica_montana )

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 in Cancer enters Leo at 11:38am.

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 6/14 at 4:52am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 6/3 at 4:30pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/7 at 7:48am.

The waxing crescent Moon reappears in the western evening sky this week, as lunation number 1230 gets under way. The “lunation number” is a running count of lunar months starting at each new Moon. It’s also called the Brown Lunation Number; it began with the first new Moon of 1923, the year when Ernest William Brown’s improved lunar theory (precise mathematical model of the Moon’s orbit) was introduced to compute the Moon’s position and phases for the major national astronomical almanacs. Other lunar-month counting systems are also used. The one boasting the highest count is the Hebrew Lunation Number, starting with the zero mark of the Hebrew calendar on October 7, 3761 BC. We’re beginning Hebrew Lunation Number 72,464. A lunar month (synodic month) averages 29.530575 days long. By comparison, our civil calendar months, ranging from 28 to 31 days, average 30.436875 days long in the Gregorian calendar now in use. This means that any given phase of the Moon occurs about one day earlier each calendar month on average.

Now the growing Moon shines upper left of Pollux and Castor (by about one fist) as shown above.

Vega and Epsilon Lyrae – On spring evenings, Vega is climbing higher in the northeastern sky. Look for bright Vega, then glance to the star’s lower left to view Epsilon Lyrae, the famous Double Double star. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

After dark, Vega shines as the brightest star very high in the east. Barely lower left of it is 4th-magnitude Epsilon Lyrae, the Double-Double. Epsilon forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but plainly resolved in any telescope. Delta Lyrae, below Zeta, is a much wider and easier binocular pair, orange and blue.

Canes Venatici – The Hunting Dogs won’t lead you astray if you are on the prowl for bright, nearby galaxies during a night of binocular observing. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

A new month means a new featured variable star, brought to us by the American Association of Variable Star Observers. June’s featured variable is Y Canum Venaticorum, but this luminary goes by a much more spectacular name: La Superba, or “the magnificent.” Why is it called that? Italian astronomer Angelo Secchi christened it thus, thanks to this star’s deep red color, which arises from plentiful carbon in its atmosphere. To spot this magnificent jewel for yourself, step outside after dark this evening and look east; then, tilt your head back until you are looking almost directly overhead at Canes Venatici the Hunting Dogs. Pull out your binoculars and home in on 3rd-magnitude Cor Caroli, the constellation’s alpha star. Then scan about 7° north-northwest, and you’ll land on your target. La Superba is classified as a semi-regular variable star that changes brightness over a period of 160 days… or so. Over those 160 days, the star will dip from magnitude 4.8 to magnitude 6.3. During this time, its color also fluctuates, from a blushier rose to a deeper red and back again. It is reddest at its dimmest and pinkest at its brightest. Follow La Superba for the next few months and see if you can tell the difference.

Mars and Jupiter, very different at magnitudes +0.7 and –2.2 respectively, shine close together before and during dawn in the east-southeast. They start the week in conjunction — exactly so on May 29th, when they’ll be 0.6° apart as shown near the top of this page. Thereafter, little orange Mars slowly pulls away from brilliant Jupiter. You’ll find it 3½° lower left of Jupiter by the morning of June 3rd.

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 Directs at 1am.
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 – Color
Planting 6/1-3
©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
F     3     High   2:45 AM     7.1   5:34 AM     Set 12:11 AM      9
~     3      Low  10:04 AM    -0.6   8:55 PM    Rise  8:46 AM
~     3     High   4:54 PM     5.8
~     3      Low   9:55 PM     3.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Words guide and bend, point and shift, focus and divert.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What is the strangest wedding you have ever attended?



~   Don’t Panic. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~   Don’t let someone become a priority in your life when you are just an option in theirs. – Unknown
~   Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. – Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, novelist and poet, born on October 16, 1854
~   A Warrior doesn’t wish for a “Golden Age” or sit about endlessly dreaming of an unattainable future. The Warrior creates their reality. – Kerr Cuhulain

DUCKS’ DITTY – Kenneth Grahame, the Wind in the Willows

All along the backwater,
Through the rushes tall,
Ducks are a-dabbling,
Up tails all!

Ducks’ tails, drakes’ tails,
Yellow feet a-quiver,
Yellow bills all out of sight
Busy in the river!

Slushy green undergrowth
Where the roach swim—
Here we keep our larder,
Cool and full and dim.

Everyone for what he likes!
We like to be
Heads down, tails up,
Dabbling free!

High in the blue above
Swifts whirl and call—
We are down a-dabbling
Up tails all!


Litha Magick – Spells and such

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 – Malaphors

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