Daily Stuff 7-21-22 Damo

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by OCD Photography. Anja is out of town through Sunday, but Tempus will have the shop open. No workshops this weekend! No newsletters until SUnday evening!

 [posting at 3am] It’s very dark out there. 🙂 Overcast 58F, wind at 0-1mph, AQI 15-, UV8. Chance of rain 16% today and 24% tonight. Forecast – It’s supposed to stay cloudy most of Today(60/53), but with some afternoon sunbreaks. Tomorrow(64/50) AM clouds. Sat/Sun(65/51) partly cloudy. Mon(69/53) mostly sunny. Tue-Fri(67/54) partly cloudy.  2 firespots – one east of Umatilla and the other ESE of Burns.

After I got the newsletter out Tuesday night, I started pulling out boxes, then thought about it and pulled up the packing list on my tablet. First up was directions, so I got those printed. I got to thinking about food, and pulled out some tupperware that I specifically bought, right before the pandemic, for events like these and got them set out, figuring I’d get that far if I had enough energy. Then I did a couple of write-ups. After that were the toy display boxes and then the games. There wasn’t enough light to do the blackwork, since that’s back in the candle aisle.

It was awfully warm in the shop, cloyingly so. It was ok at my desk, since I have a couple of fans there, but pulling stuff out was a chore. I curled up with my tablet and read for a little, then got up and made myself some supper. I talked to Tempus for a bit, then went in back and curled up again, since I was awfully tired.

I was up around 7 again, but it took me a bit to get myself put together. I got the blackwork display ready. Tempus got in at 8 and he helped me for a bit, finding some bits and pieces and then we headed over to the farmer’s market. I mostly got fruit, but found some peas that looked good, although I should have remembered that it’s nearly the end of that season. They were kinda tough, so they’re prepped, but going into soup.

I had trouble sleeping. We were home well before 10, but I was up at 1 and then around 3 I couldn’t sleep any more, so I did a little planning, found a few things, did a chore or 3 and then waited for Tempus to wake. He wasn’t feeling well, for some reason, had been saying so the night before, even, and it stayed not-so-good right up until he left on the paper route.

We had our coffee, then later some french fries, and then later still some of the chicken and then cabbage from Sunday. He got the watering done. I got leftovers taken care of and we turned in… and then I couldn’t sleep again. I napped a little. <sigh> I got up and finished the packing that I had from home, then waited.

We came into town and he got stuff pulled out that is supposed to go today. I still have to pack my outfits, laminate some signage and get the rest of my water and food together…and maybe nap. I hope he’s going to be ok over the weekend…. I don’t like to leave with him not feeling well…. but he’s insisting. …and I can only find one outfit! <sigh> I have at least 5, two of which aren’t suitable for the temperatures. …but I can only find 1. Go figure!

Today I’m supposed to be heading for Eugene in the late morning. Tempus should have the shop open at 1pm. There won’t be any workshops this weekend. …or any newsletters. Next one should come out Sunday evening. I can’t make the connections work on the tablet!

Indian Pipes – photo from 7/12/19 by Greg Anderson of OCD Photography. Used with permission. 

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Today’s Feast is that of Damo, daughter of Pythagoras. The story goes that he willed her all his writings and knowing their worth, she taught from them instead of selling them.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damo_(philosopher) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism

Today’s plant is Wild gingerAsarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum

I spent most of my teen years at the Young Vic. I guess I count as a “Vicster”, and I’ve never lost my love for Gilbert & Sullivan. – https://danrodricks.com/2022/07/18/50-years-of-cheers-for-baltimores-young-vic/?fbclid=IwAR3TR9beenK1Z2OpRK9qpIcDAyP629YWpcyUHN2ahWOUA5aO9buAzTb3rLo

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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 Taurus

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 7/28 at 10.55am. 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 7/23 at 10:55pm.

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.

July is Scorpius month; the twisty constellation shines highest in the south after dark. Its brightest star is orange Antares. Other, whiter stars of Scorpius’s upper part are around Antares and to its upper right. The rest of Scorpius runs down and then left. Three stars to Antares’s right form a roughly vertical line: they mark the head, or forehead, of the Scorpion. Counting down, they are Beta, Delta, and fainter Pi Scorpii. Delta Sco, the middle one, is the brightest. It’s an irregular variable star, a fast-rotating blue subgiant throwing off luminous gas from its equator. It has been found to have a smaller orbiting companion that seems to trigger 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 still waiting to see whether it will show new activity around 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.

An hour before sunrise, Mars hangs high in the sky, located in southern Aries. The Red Planet, now magnitude 0.3, is roughly halfway between the stars Hamal (magnitude 2) in Aries and Menkar (magnitude 2.5) in Cetus. Through a telescope, Mars’ rust-colored disk appears 8″ across and is 85 percent lit. As it approaches opposition in early December, the planet will slowly wax toward full, changing little by little each month.

A 22-day-old Moon, now 42 percent lit, lies 2.8° west of Mars. Our satellite will pass 1.1° due north of the planet later today at 1 P.M. EDT. In the other direction, the Pleiades (M45) are about 19.7° east-northeast of Mars, across the border in Taurus. This beautiful open star cluster will slowly fade from sight as sunrise approaches and the sky begins to brighten.

Gemini the Twins – Eta Geminorum is the AAVSO’s variable star of the month for March. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Now in Gemini, Venus (magnitude –3.9) sits within 30′ of 3rd-magnitude Propus (Eta Geminorum) this morning. The pair is some 8.5° high an hour before sunrise.

Dwarf planet Ceres – The largest object in the main asteroid belt is Ceres. This natural-color view of the dwarf planet comes courtesy of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which orbited the world from 2015 to 2018. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Even as dwarf planet Pluto hangs in the sky all night, the solar system’s other famous dwarf planet, 1 Ceres, reaches conjunction with the Sun at 9 P.M. EDT.

Neptune, magnitude 7.9 at the Aquarius-Pisces border, is high in the south-southeast before the first light of dawn, right of Jupiter.

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Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992

Sun in Cancer

Chiron Retrograde (12/23)
Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Neptune 12/3 Retrograde
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/
Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Color – ?
Planting Harvest
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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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

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.

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

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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.


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Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Th  21      Low   1:56 AM     1.1   5:52 AM    Rise 12:50 AM      48
~    21     High   7:48 AM     4.8   8:53 PM     Set  3:09 PM
~    21      Low   1:22 PM     2.0
~    21     High   7:51 PM     7.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You get credit for what you finished, not what you started.


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Journal Prompt – How do you feel? – How do you feel when you want something very badly and you cannot have it? Why is this so important to have?



~   It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate. – Henry David Thoreau
~   You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are. – Eckhart Tolle
~   Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations. – Elton Trueblood
~   If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin. – Ivan Turgenev


César Vallejo translated by The Friend

It’s a massive spider who can’t move;
a colorless spider, whose body—
a head and an abdomen—bleed.

Today I saw her up close. And with what effort
all along her flanks
her innumerable feet stiffened.
I have thought of her invisible eyes
the fatal pilots of the spider.

It’s a spider that trembled stuck
at the edge of a stone;
abdomen to one side,
to the other the head.

With so many feet the poor thing, she still can’t
work herself out. When seeing her,
stunned in some trance,
what grief this traveler gave me today.

An enormous spider who blocks
the abdomen from following the head.
I’ve thought about her eyes,
considered her numerous feet…
What grief this traveler’s given me today.

La Araña

Es una araña enorme que ya no anda;
una araña incolora, cuyo cuerpo,
una cabeza y un abdomen, sangra.

Hoy la he visto de cerca. Y con qué esfuerzo
hacia todos los flancos
sus pies innumerables alargaba.
Y he pensado en sus ojos invisibles,
los pilotos fatales de la araña.

Es una araña que temblaba fija
en un filo de piedra;
el abdomen a un lado,
y al otro la cabeza.

Con tantos pies la pobre, y aún no puede
resolverse. Y, al verla
atónita en tal trance,
hoy me ha dado qué pena esa viajera.

Es una araña enorme, a quien impide
el abdomen seguir a la cabeza.
Y he pensado en sus ojos
y en sus pies numerosos…
¡Y me ha dado qué pena esa viajera!

Copyright © 2022 by by The Friend. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 18, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.


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Lughnasadh Magick – Lore


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Silliness – Shorties – In Chemistry class the cylinders know more than you do because they’re already graduated The thermometers know more than the cylinders though, because they have many degrees. Well, if you’re not part of the Solution, then you must be part of the Precipitate.

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