Daily Stuff 7-8-21 Sunniva

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Anja

 [posting at 6pm] Rain gauge – Dry. Partly cloudy, the plant shadows on the blinds are flickering in and out. 62F, wind at 0-9mph and gusting, AQI 6-34, UV8. Chance of rain 8% today and 12% tonight. Forecast – Today(67/54)AM clouds, PM sun. Tomorrow(66/53) partly cloudy. Sun(68/55) mostly sunny. Mon(74/56) Sunny. Tue/Wed(67/54) partly cloudy. Thu(67/54) Sunny. Fri(68/55) partly cloudy. Sat(68/55) mostly sunny. No fires or firespots on the map, but the smoke plume is just north of us. I guess that’s why the light is a little yellow.

Tuesday evening I crawled into bed with my tablet when we got home. Tempus got a nap, then took off, but the press was broken, and he didn’t get the papers for the bulk route until nearly 3am! That meant he was running both routes at the same time and he came home really, really wiped out, if not horribly late. Yesterday he ended up sleeping in, but not really long. I went back to bed and slept until about 2:30 and he was up by 4, at the latest.

I worked in the garden for quite awhile, examining the dahlia pots and dumping out ones that weren’t growing. We do have a few, but maybe 1/4 of them have taken. ….maybe…. I did a lot of weeding and then got a little watering done. The whole thing needs to be turned on this evening.

I went inside for a break and our neighbor stopped by with a bowl of potato salad that was really tasty. Not my style, but german potato salad and bless her, she made it with no pepper. Tempus and I split the bowl and had it around coffee, and some biscuits that Tempus baked in the oven with marmalade and nutella.

He ran some errands in town and was back fairly early. We had the meatball casserole for supper and then turned in. I was back up before midnight, working on cutting up sweetgrass. The harvest this year was plentiful, but short, too short for braids, so it’s being chopped up to dry. We should have those packets for sale by the end of the month, maybe some by next week. I was working on rose petals and buds for drying, as well. Once Tempus was up he got the crockpot out for me and I set up a pot of chicken for broth and soup. That cooked all night and I need to finish it ovenight again. We ended up bringing it to the shop, but the things I need are all at home!

…and then I couldn’t sleep. I tried everything, but for the rest of the night, and even after Tempus got home, I slept in 20 minute blocks, if that. My innards weren’t happy with me, for some reason, and that contributed, but otherwise I have no idea why. I ended up finishing 2 books last night and reading 2 more from beginning to end!

We got to the shop on time and Tempus ran over to the PO to pick up the packages that were supposedly there. …and I discovered that they were coming in by UPS and the4y left a sticker on the door. <sigh> You *would* think they could read an hours sign. …and I’m writing this at well past the time that the UPS driver comes by on the 2nd round. I’m going to have to put a sign in the window.

Tempus had a bunch of chores to do beyond mail. He had a tire to patch and some prescriptions to pick up and stamps to buy. Don’t think he got to the stamps and that’s not a good thing. We’re late sending a couple of things out because of the holiday and then we discovered no stamps!

Amor called mid-afternoon. He had a presentation to make later and wanted someone to practice on and then he wanted to tell us all about some of the stuff he’s discovering in the Honor Harrington books. 🙂 I got called away to work with a customer, so Tempus took over the call. …and now he’s out putting the tire back on. I think we’re going to sleep well tonight. …well, I will. Bulk route night….. He’ll likely nap between the two routes, assuming that the presses are running properly.

So I’m going to be glad to get home to sleep…. I have more herbs to work on. The bits and pieces that have been drying for a couple of weeks are about ready…and finish the soup, and my newly downloaded books in the series that I’m working on… and … 🙂

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Tempus is going to have to do laundry. I have more books to check in, and some bits that should arrive by UPS that are going t have to be sorted out and stocked, plus I need to water the north window plants and do a bit more rearranging and trimming. We’re intending to stay a bit later tonight, maybe up to 8pm, but call if you’re going to come in after 6pm. (541)563-7154.

Oh, that’s a blow to the heart… When you see a notice like this, of someone that you always meant to spend more time with, and then you think, “…if only….”, but there was always something too important to put off…. and then there’s no more time. Karin was our friend and our webmaster when we had the old website. We’re going to miss her dreadfully.

North Garden at the shop 7/1/20 by Anja


Today’s feast is that of St. Sunniva, who mostly likely is a distorted version of the Norse/Teutonic solar maiden goddess, Sol/Sunne. Supposedly she and a bunch of companions fled an invasion of heathen into a cave, which sealed itself up when she prayed to not have to marry their king. Yup, they died there, but miracles started happening on that island soon after. Was there a young woman named after the goddess about whom the didn’t-want-to-marry-a-pagan story was told?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunniva or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B3l_(sun)

plant motif herb Equisetum_arvense_fr

Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum  The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.

Summer 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 Libra enters Scorpio on 7/7 at 1:015pm.

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 7/12 at 11:38am. 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 7/11 at 11:38pm.

Scorpius as it appears these evenings. For judging the brightness of Delta Sco, Beta is magnitude 2.6 and Antares is 1.1. Delta Sco historically was magnitude 2.3. So far this year it’s remained bright at 1.9.


Now Spica shines lower right of the Moon. Look very far left of Spica soon after dark, by 4 or 5 fists at arm’s length, for orange Antares, equally bright. Just before you get to Antares you cross the head (or forehead) of Scorpius: the roughly vertical row of Beta, Delta, and fainter Pi Scorpii. Delta Sco, the middle one, is the brightest of the three. It’s an irregular variable star, a fast-rotating blue subgiant throwing off luminous gas from its equator. It also has a smaller orbiting companion that now seems to trigger more activity at 10.5-year intervals. Assumed for centuries to be stable, Delta unexpectedly doubled in brightness in July 2000 and has remained nearly that bright, with fluctuations, for many of the years since. Astronomers are waiting to see whether it will have another flareup any time now, as the companion makes its third pass by the primary star since 2000. Delta Sco is currently about magnitude 1.9, pretty much where it has stayed for the last 11 years.

The Shield – The small constellation Scutum contains the famous variable star R Scuti, along with two Messier objects: M11 and M26. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Tonight, let’s travel back in time to 1795, when the variable star R Scuti in Scutum the Shield was discovered. One of the first variable stars ever identified, R Scuti is the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) featured variable of the month for July. R Scuti has an average magnitude of 5.2, but it can grow as bright as magnitude 4.5 and fade to a mere magnitude 9 (which requires binoculars to see). It has a period of 71 to 144 days — there are two values because it alternates between deep (magnitude 8 to 9) and shallow (magnitude 6.5 to 7) minima. Finding this star isn’t difficult, even if you’ve never heard of the faint constellation Scutum. You can get there easily by star-hopping your way from a the much more famous — and brighter — Aquila, which is climbing in the southeastern sky after dark. This constellation’s brightest star is Altair, which blazes at magnitude 0.8. About 8.5° southwest of Altair is Delta (δ) Aquilae, a fainter — but still naked-eye — magnitude 3.5. From Delta, look 9.3° southwest to land on Lambda (λ) Aquilae, roughly the same magnitude as Delta (3.4). Now we’re getting close! From Lambda, look 4.7° due west. That’s magnitude 4.2 Beta (β) Scuti. And, finally, R Scuti is 1° south-southeast of this star. Can you see it without optical aid, or do you need binoculars to find it? Compare and contrast R Scuti’s brightness to the other stars around it. Keep coming back every few weeks to watch how this star’s brightness changes over time.

Mars and Jupiter, very different at magnitudes +0.4 and –2.5 respectively, rise after midnight and shine in the east-southeast before and during early dawn. Mars is about two fists to Jupiter’s lower left. They continue to move apart, week by week.


Multiple images of Titan

Titan and its atmosphere to occult a star! David Dunham of the International Occultation Timing Association writes, “Titan, the 8th-magnitude moon of Saturn with a thick atmosphere, will occult a star of the same brightness on Saturday morning, July 9. The occultation will be visible from much of North America: south of the northern limit that crosses central California, the southeast corner of Idaho, and north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The southern limit crosses northwestern South America. Titan will be 3 arcminutes east of Saturn [about 4 ring-diameters]. “The occultation will last up to 5.5 minutes, shorter especially near the limits. When Titan gets close enough to the star that the two appear to merge, they will appear as a single object of magnitude 7.9. Then, for several seconds, the object will gradually diminish in brightness as the star sinks into Titan’s atmosphere, eventually reaching the magnitude 8.5 of Titan as the star completely disappears. The merged objects will similarly brighten when the star reappears.” That decline of 0.6 magnitude will difficult to track by eye, “but can be recorded well with a sensitive video or CCD camera.” Such recordings “will be able to measure Titan’s atmosphere at a unique latitude of the moon, possibly recording brightening spikes caused by inversion layers in the atmosphere, as have been recorded during many previous occultations by planets and satellites with atmospheres. “Of special interest may be the central flash that will occur close to the occultation’s central line, when Titan’s entire atmosphere will focus the star’s light, causing it to brighten briefly well above its un-occulted level at central occultation.” Maps, timetables for hundreds of locations, and more information are on IOTA’s webpage for this event. “The next observable occultation of a similarly-bright star by Titan won’t occur until 2048,” writes Dunham, “and that will only be visible from Antarctica, so you are encouraged to make what observations you can of this rare event.”

The tail of Ursa Major – The Big Dipper is an asterism within the larger constellation Ursa Major. The second star from the end of the handle, where it kinks, is the double star Mizar and Alcor. Eagle-eyed observers can spot both without optical aid. – OliBac (Flickr)

With the gibbous Moon in the sky tonight, we’ll need a bright target for easy viewing. After dark, turn northward to find the familiar Big Dipper, which forms the hindquarters and elongated tail of Ursa Major the Great Bear. Most people can easily find these seven stars: four forming the bowl and three the handle. But look closely at the second star from the end in that handle, right where it bends. Do you see one star or two? These are Mizar and Alcor, which shine at magnitude 2.3 and 4, respectively. They’re separated by nearly 12′, which means those with good eyesight (and good skies) can resolve them as two separate points of light. Alcor sits to Mizar’s northeast, which should be its upper right if you’re looking north in the few hours after dark tonight. The pair’s wide separation is the first clue that they’re only a visual double and not a true binary star. Their distance is another: Mizar sits 83 light-years away, but Alcor is 82 light-years away; although that’s just 1 light-year apart, that’s certainly not close enough in space to form a binary pair. They are, however, part of a grouping of stars called the Ursa Major Moving Group, which are traveling through the Milky Way together on similar trajectories at similar speeds. This group includes not only Mizar and Alcor, but also Merak, Phecda, and Megrez in the Big Dipper, plus some 100 other suns.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was just coming around the planet’s following (right) limb when Christopher Go took this image on June 25th. South is up. Bright Io, just below the spot, has started transiting the planet’s disk, with its black shadow far preceding. The South Equatorial Belt is currently divided into two thin dark lines on this side of the planet. The North Equatorial Belt looks more turbulent than we’ve seen it recently, and it hosts a tiny white outbreak (cloud upsurge) near the central meridian. just above a dark red barge in the North Tropical Zone.

Runic half month of Feoh – 6/29-7/13 The first rune, Feoh, is sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Cancer

Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Neptune 12/3 Retrograde
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug
Color – Crimson/Rose
Planting 7/8&9
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.

Holm Oak

Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.




Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible

Th   7      Low   1:26 AM     1.8   5:40 AM     Set  1:07 AM      46
~     7      High   6:58 AM     4.9   9:03 PM    Rise  2:23 PM
~     7      Low  12:56 PM     1.4
~     7      High   7:36 PM     7.0

F    8       Low   2:32 AM     1.2   5:40 AM     Set  1:29 AM      57
~     8     High   8:22 AM     4.7   9:02 PM    Rise  3:37 PM
~     8      Low   1:50 PM     2.0
~     8      High   8:22 PM     7.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day –

7/7 – I Know that I have the Inner strength of Love and Light within my heart, to Create Peace, Bliss, Love and Joy in my life now

7/8 – Every day is a chance to change your life.


Journal Prompt – 7/7 – Why is it…? – Why is it important to be genuine? …and how is this different than being honest?

7/8 Wiki – If you had the option of living forever, would you take it?



~   An optimist stays up to see the new year in. A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves. – Bill Vaughan
~   The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical. – Murray Walker
~   What! Do they run already? Then I die happy. – Last words of General James Wolfe, who died on September 13, 1759, aged only 32
~   How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer

Language of the MoonMajor Jackson

As a child I wanted as many letters
in my bloodstream as the planet Mercury
would allow and so traveled the city
on buses late afternoons and read all the billboards
high above the streets and byways,
on sides of factories and churches and never
heard the sermons of the displaced
or blustery talk of founding fathers, and saddened
when a route snaked through long tunnels,
and then eased when reemerged
out of the murder of light.

I could feel my veins thicken like the winnings
of a Powerball, and the mystery of women
lounging around a gray-bearded man in a silk
smoking jacket drinking a tumbler of cognac
was like the easeful glide of a narcotic dream.
My mouth puckered whenever lemon-colored
arches appeared five stories above the city
like golden gates to an unforeseen heaven.

As a rule, I never glanced at other commuters
or curators in loosened ties and tuxedos
who clutched brown-papered bottles
and nodded to a stillness as though murdered in a film.
Instead, I glimpsed myself looking out a window,
awed by Cartier timepieces and luxury cars
that asked was I hungry for speed
or ordered me to let my body drive.

I ate advertisements like sea waves eating a coastline,
and though my sense of self was as bruised as a moldy peach,
I learned to infrared my longings from the inside
and to tally my suspicions from a distance, and now,
when I read a newspaper, I flutter like a sparrow
at a birdfeeder, and when language spills out
of my skull like a massive cruise ship docked
and towering over a line of ramshackle huts
on an island whose blessed poor gaze up
as though a locker of dollars fell at their feet,
my brain closes and my veins burst
as if pollinating the white face of the moon.

Copyright © 2022 by Major Jackson. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 7, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.


Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes

Good Morning Deviled Eggs – Traditional deviled eggs are made even more special with the addition of sausage and cheese. (Recipe modified from http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/3830/good-morning-deviled-eggs?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_content=wallpost_6.30.13_1&utm_campaign=recipe

15 min.prep time
15 min.total time
10 servings


5  Eggs, hard-cooked, peeled
1/4 cup precooked sausage crumbles, finely chopped
2 (3/4-ounce) slices  American cheese, finely chopped
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sliced green onions
1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

American Cheesefinely chopped, if desired
Sliced green onions, if desired

* Cut eggs in half
* Place yolks in bowl
* mash.
* Add all remaining eggs ingredients; mix well.
* Fill egg whites with yolk mixture.
* Cover; refrigerate until serving time or up to 24 hours.
* Top with American and green onions before serving, if desired.

Boxty – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm

If you have mashed potatoes left over, you can turn them into another traditional Irish dish.

Boxty (Potato Griddle Cakes) – makes12 x 3-inch pancakes (4 to 6 servings)
1 cup hot unseasoned mashed potatoes
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup grated unpeeled raw potatoes
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup milk
Butter or margarine, for frying

In large bowl mix together mashed potatoes and 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in eggs and grated potatoes, then the flour, baking powder, salt, caraway seeds and pepper. Blend in milk. Heat 1 tablespoon butter to sizzling in large nonstick skillet. Drop potato mixture, about 2 1/2 tablespoons at a time, into skillet to form pa tties. Flatten slightly. Fry over medium-high heat until crisp and browned, turning once. Repeat with remaining potato mixture, adding butter to skillet as needed.Serve hot.

An old rhyme goes:

Boxty on the griddle,
boxty in the pan,
if you can’t make boxty,
you’ll never get a man.
From: Janet Warren, A feast of Scotland, Lomond Books,1990, ISBN 1-85051-112-8.

Gnudi: Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/gnudi-spinach-and-ricott_n_1061492.html

Provided by: Taste Editors 

  • 25 mins total
  • 10 mins prep

Recipe courtesy of Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking by Pamela Sheldon Johns/Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2011. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/gnudi-spinach-and-ricott_n_1061492.html

Gnudi means, well, “nude” – because these are nude ravioli, the filling without the outer pasta covering. They are delicious served with tomato sauce, as in this recipe, or with melted butter and sage.


  • 3/4 cup steamed spinach, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups tomato sauce


  • In a large bowl, combine the spinach, ricotta, pecorino, and egg yolks. Stir to blend. Stir in the nutmeg and salt to taste, then gently stir in the flour, mixing just enough to pull the mixture together.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Heat the tomato sauce and spread a thin layer of it over the bottom of a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  • Using two tablespoons, shape and compact the ricotta mixture into ovals and drop them directly into the boiling water in batches, so as not to crowd the pot. They will float to the top when done, after 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Using a wire skimmer or slotted spoon, transfer the gnudi to the casserole dish. Keep warm in a low oven. Repeat to cook all the remaining gnudi. Spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the gnudi and serve at once.


Silliness – A Math Shorty – What is the contour integral around Western Europe? all the poles are in Central Europe.

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