Daily Stuff 6-22-22 Brest Fortress

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs in the Garden.

 [posting at 6pm] It’s been beautifully sunny! There are some white puffies and some beach fog wisps, but not enough to matter. 61F, wind at 5-16mph and gusting, AQI 6-28, UV8. Chance of rain 8% today and 7% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 2am Wed. and from 11am Wed. to 11pm Thurs. Forecast – Today(61/48) AM Clouds/PM Sun. Tomorrow(61/48)Sunny. Fri(68/55)Sunny. Sat(79!!!!!!/59)Sunny. Sun(76/56)Sunny, Mon(67/54)Mostly Sunny, Tue-Thu(62/53)Partly Cloudy.  The firespot by Port Orford is still there. There are new ones down in the Illinois Valley, one SW of Salen and two in the vicinity of Hermiston.

Monday evening I went splat as soon as we closed. Did I have any supper? I have no idea! Tempus crawled in later, after he got dishes done. I was up before midnight and wrote for a bit, sorted mail and then took my tablet to bed. Not sure what time I conked out again, but I rolled over when Tempus got back and zoned out. I heard the alarm go off, thought, “It’s *Tuesday* and went back to sleep, finally getting up around 2pm, but still draggy and dozy. I guess my body decides that I’m going to catch up, along with what my head says is a good idea. I’m still dealing with the long-COVID symptoms. …that’s pushing 2 years…. I’m doing better, because during the week I managed a couple of nights on just 5 or 6 hours. I couldn’t have done *that* last winter. …Oh, we ate the scorched squash casseroles. It was mostly burned around the top edge, the rest was fine. I have to work out lids for those…. Hmm… maybe some of the odd, chipped saucers would work….

Well, so the quandry with the crystals is sorted out. What I got was Amazonite, instead of Rose Quartz. There’s apparently an “options” button, that I couldn’t find even when I went back to the supplier’s site….. So I have to re-header the crystals. That’s not too bad. It’s only 6 of the amazonite. I would have been upset over the 50 that there are of the green calcite!

A fellow who stops in every so often, and that we sat with for the pancake breakfast, brought us a batch of fresh veg and herbs. There was a bundle of chives, another of oregano and a head of baby bok choy! I’ve got to get those prepped. The chives will go into a jar in the fridge, once chopped. I’ll probably hang the oregano after adding a piece to the pickled cheese, and the bok choy will go for soup.

Tempus just headed out to bank, pharmacy and PO. I’ve been putzing most of the afternoon. I really need to get up and water plants. Wow….did you see the temp forecast for Saturday? 78F!?!?!?!?!!!!! I’m going to have to work on the plants this evening, I guess. I’m still not all the way awake. I was hoping to make the “spoon dish of nuts” tonight, but I guess a casserole will do. Oh… I was going to do the chinese soup with poached eggs. Did Tempus get me some ginger root? …and our Litha picnic when he gets back.

I just took a break to fill in the quotes file. I’m going back to the original file, rather than the ones by dates, but there are some wonderful ones coming up, including the Challenge of Thor and the Cremation of Sam McGee. That last was one that audiences loved when I was doing dramatic readings. ….and the Charge of the Light Brigade. Stupid choices led to some true heroism (maybe that’s spelled stupidity), but also tragedy in the original sense of the word…. hubris leading to death…..but an awesome poem. Try reading that one out loud!

Today I’m hoping to get to the farmer’s market before heading home for Herbs in the Garden. There’s a lot to do, beyond the photos, including a through watering, succession planting seeds, weeding, getting plates under some of the pots… and I’m hoping that Tempus has run across another block for the end shelf, because it’s bowing under the peas & oregano. I’m guessing we’re going to have to head home again Friday evening to water. Dang, I want to be living *there*, not at the shop….not that we’re living here… but you get me, I think.

A Ken Gagne photo from June 2017 of a goldfinch on his feeder.


Today’s feast is from Belarus, in remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic War (WWII). “In solemn remembrance of all the victims of the Second World War, and in commemoration of the heroic last stand of Brest Fortress in 1941, on the very country and city (Brest) in which the Eastern Front began.” It is much like the US Memorial day in the remembrances, but without the picnics. Here’s a bit about the war and the Eastern Front.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Patriotic_War

Plant flower buttercup
motif plant buttercup3color

Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells: Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.

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 Aries

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 6/28 at 4:53am. 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 6/23 at 4:23pm.

The last-quarter Moon rises around 1 or 2 a.m. tonight, with Jupiter to its left or upper left. By dawn on Tuesday the 21st they stand high in the southeast, as shown above.

Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper with Polaris between.

Look for the Big Dipper hanging straight down in the northwest after darkness is complete. Its bottom two stars, the Pointers, point toward modest Polaris to their lower right, by about three fists at arm’s length. Polaris is the end of the Little Dipper’s handle. From there the rest of the Little Dipper now floats up. Perhaps it’s a helium balloon escaped from some June evening party. Through light pollution, however, all you may see of the Little Dipper are Polaris at its bottom and Kochab, the lip of the Little Dipper’s bowl, at the top. The rest of its stars are pretty dim at 3rd to 5th magnitude.

The big, bright, sprawling open cluster M39 shines in any binocular field of view. – Anthony Ayiomamitis

The Moon continues to meander its way along the ecliptic, passing 0.9° south of Mars at 2 P.M. EDT. But let’s take advantage of the moonless skies this evening to enjoy some of the many treasures in Cygnus the Swan, which is rising in the east at sunset and flies high overhead late overnight and into the early morning hours of the 23rd. M39 is an open cluster located 9° northeast of bright Deneb (Alpha Cygni, magnitude 1.3). Glowing at magnitude 4.6, naked-eye observers can likely spot it from a dark location once the constellation is relatively high above the horizon. The cluster spans about half a degree and is relatively close to Earth — just 800 light-years distant. According to Astronomy columnist Phil Harrington, although M39 itself contains relatively few stars (some 30 stars within a span of 7 light-years), it’s the cluster’s surroundings that make a truly spectacular view. Because it lies in such a richly populated region of the Milky Way, the nearby cluster can appear three-dimensional against the background of numerous fainter stars.

Next, try for M29: a fainter, 7th-magnitude grouping of stars less than 2° south-southeast of Sadr (Gamma Cygni, magnitude 2.2). Through smaller binoculars, this 7′-wide cluster may look more like a soft rectangular glow. Bump up your binoculars or switch to a small telescope to resolve its stars, laid out in a pattern that Harrington likens to the Pleiades’ dipper shape.

Mars and Jupiter, very different at magnitudes +0.5 and –2.4 respectively, shine in the east-southeast before and during early dawn. Look for little Mars 12° to Jupiter’s lower left on the morning of June 18th. Their gap widens to 16° by the 25th.

Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.

Sun in Cancer

Pluto Retrograde (10/8), Saturn (10/23)
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Color – White
Harvest 6/21&2
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
W   22      Low   2:34 AM     1.4   5:32 AM    Rise  2:05 AM      43
~    22      High   8:11 AM     5.2   9:05 PM     Set  3:05 PM
~    22       Low   2:11 PM     1.2
~    22      High   8:44 PM     7.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t talk, act. Don’t say, show. Don’t promise, prove.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What was the hardest thing for you to learn when you were very young? For example, you might have had trouble learning to tie your shoelaces or drinking from a straw. Explain how you finally learned to do it.



~   Taking chances to pursue your own dream is fine. Risking yourself to satisfy someone else’s dreams, dreams that you don’t share, isn’t. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Behavioral psychology is the science of pulling habits out of rats. – Douglas Busch
~   Give wind and tide a chance to change. – Richard Byrd
~   Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely. – Karen Kaiser Clark


I watched as one small crimson leaf clung to the barren branch,
Sad to see all that brilliant color fall to the ground to die.
It was fast approaching winter, and I would miss the bright colors.

Sometimes I feel like that small crimson leaf, hanging on,
Reluctant to let go, afraid that my individuality will be destroyed;
But still I hold on to you, afraid and not really trusting your love.

I know I am but the latest of many, but my personality is bright,
I am caring and I have brought you much happiness and love.
Still, there exists in you a timing clock that rings when things are over;
And affairs are always over before two years have passed by.

All the brightness, passion and intelligence of my nature
Have been directed at pleasing you and bringing joy into your life…
But I have always known in my heart that it was one-way only.

I have not the value to you that I have had to others, that did not
Have your deep place in my heart.  Ironic that we cannot chose
The ones that we will love.

I feel like that bright leaf, beautiful for a time, but that will disappear
Forever.  Already my passionate love has begun to pall on you,
And even my bright red hair is dimming and becoming paler….

Before long my heart will break; and you will tramp my scarlet self
Under your feet, as you go out my door.  Then you will hunt for the
Next bright hopeful, that will give too much and receive too little,
Only to be trampled at the last.

Remember that my temper is fierce, like my scarlet hair.  The more
You turn cold, the more my temper also becomes a cold anger,
And that is the most dangerous kind of all.  Remember the old saying,
“Revenge is a dish Best eaten cold,” and beware – © Copyright 10/5/05, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon) 


Magick – Crafts – By request – These are equally seasonal to Litha, especially for those who were lost in the line of duty.

Rosemary Remembrance Wreath ©2013M. Bartlett edited 6/21/22 ©2022 M. Bartlett

We’re moving into fall, and being past Mabon are starting to think about memories of friends and family who have already Crossed the Veil. Rosemary is the traditional symbol for memory. Nicely fragrant these wreaths can be hang in the house or taken to a cemetery.

Form heavy gage wire into the shape of a heart by twisting it into a circle about 8 inches in diameter, then pinching at the base and the top to form a heart. Bind slender sprays of rosemary to the heart-shaped frame with florists’ wire. Decorate the rosemary heart with dried flowers and herbs. Rosebuds, also a symbol or remembrance, add a nice touch.

If you wish to leave the wreath in a wild place (e.g.if the person’s ashes were scattered at sea) instead of wire you will have to use something biodegradable. The two easiest to work with are grapevine and willow, worked green, but you can also soak/steam sticks to get them to bend. The heart-shaped wreath may be difficult, since you’ll probably break a number of sticks.

You can also make the wreath of nothing but the rosemary. Take two heavy branches and bind them together, crossing near the thickest end of the branch, leave the ends sticking out about an inch and then forming the rest of each branch into a curve. Grab the top ends and turn them inward and down. If you take a string and tie the ends together and then to the other lashing, they will dry in that heart shape and you can add more rosemary and decorate as you wish.

If you are leaving this in a cemetery (and not in the wild) you may also be able to decorate with small flags, photos, and other memorabilia. Check cemetery regulations before making your wreath!


Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – flotta factor (FLAH ta  FAK tur) – n. The proven scientific fact that at a self-service pump, the last ten cents take longer to reach the tank than the first twelve dollars’ worth.

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