Daily Stuff 7-26-22

Hi, folks!

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Minus Tide at 6:22 AM of -0.6 feet. The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Sam Standeven.

 [posting at 6pm] It’s been gloriously sunny since the morning clouds burned off, but I’d bet we’re going to be under some beach fog in the next couple of hours. 64F, wind at 0-9mph, AQI 23-43, UV8. Chance of rain 12% today and 16% tonight. Forecast – Today(61/54)More clouds than on Monday and while everyone else is melting, we won’t! Tomorrow-Fri(65/54)AM cloud. Sat-Wed(65/53)partly cloudy.  No fires or firespots in Oregon, but the smoke plume from the CA fires has reached nearly to Roseburg and particularly the Harney Basin is under heavy smoke.

Sunday night we got home, ate our Chinese food (China Restaurant *YUMS*!) and crashed…or rather Tempus did and I tried to…. I only managed to doze until past the time that Tempus took off on the paper route, but my system is all out of whack, from a different sleep schedule, hotter temps, maybe not enough water or fiber… well, I finally fell asleep around 4am! I had been to tired to do anything other than sit and play games and read, so I didn’t get anything done, which is a little frustrating, since I have all over my unpacking…. well, 90% of my unpacking…. to do, yet.

Yesterday was fairly quiet, but much busier than the weekend, according to Tempus. Oh… and I’m going to finish the write-up on the weekend and then post the back newsletters, probably with just those notes…. but not today! Suffice it to say, I had a fantastic weekend, doing some of the stuff that I dearly love to do…. namely, talking. <grinning at myself>

Before we headed into town, I harvested the weekend’s worth of berries and watered the porch plants. We have to do more in the evening…. The sky was a brilliant blue with white edges, the kind of sky that reminds me of a hand-glazed bowl that I did for my grandmother when I was in high-school. Brilliant sky blue in the bottom of the bowl, but white (whiter….) around the brim, where the glaze had run thin. The river and bay reflected the sky and the trees have all turned to their darker summer greens. A couple of geese in each of 3 inlets made me smile and a diving kingfisher made one duck, and I laughed out loud and started Tempus!

I was writing all day, copying photos, developing photos, telling Tempus where to put some of the boxes and how to unpack the stuff that stays on display around the shop. Amor called just as I was about to start this. I talked to him for awhile, then handed the phone to Tempus.

I’m hoping to get a nap when we get home, after we eat and maybe water the garden, then I have to start unpacking, making sure laundry goes one direction and things that don’t need it land in the closet…. same with dishes, water bottles… you get the idea. I’m also hoping to write overnight…. at least take notes, so I can do more when I’m back with a keyboard. I need to get that for my tablet….

Today is the day we usually catch up on sleep. Not sure how much of that will happen…. Lots of chores this week! It’s not a meeting Tuesday, so we won’t have a newsletter on Wednesday and Thursday’s will probably be quite late. There will be an Herbs in the Garden on Wednesday, hoping to harvest dock, replant cardoons and plant more seeds.

Alsea Bay from the Port Docks – Photo from 7/16/19 by Sam Standeven. For several years she posted every morning, “Good morning, Waldport!” She moved, though, and I missed the early morning photos she took! Used with permission.

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Today’s Feast is in honor of Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged steed that he rides between the worlds. I don’t know how the Asatru celebrate him, but there seems to be a connection to some kind of shamanic practice. The eight legs might stand for supernatural speed or for transportation beyond the natural. The picture is Odin, riding Sleipnir, accompanied by the ravens, Hunin and Mumir (Thought and Memory) and the two wolves, Geri and Freiki (Greed & Gluttony).  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slepnir   …and there is a posited connection between his eight legs and the “eight tiny reindeer” of the Santa Claus tradition.

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Today’s plant is Oregon IrisIris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29

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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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 7/26 at 10:55pm. 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 7/27 at 1:17am.

Traveling the Twins – Venus spends the month in a rich region of the sky, passing M1 and M35 before sharing the morning twilight with a crescent Moon July 26. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

You’ll find the delicate crescent Moon in the early-morning sky, just less than 4° northwest of bright Venus (magnitude –3.9) an hour before sunrise. The pair straddles the westernmost figure in Gemini, with 3rd-magnitude Epsilon Geminorum, also called Mebsuta, between them. To the east, bright Castor and Pollux, the heads of the Twins, are also rising. Blue-white Castor is highest above the horizon, while golden Pollux is lower. While it’s still early, train a telescope on Castor to split this binary in two. Meanwhile, southeast of the Venus-Moon pairing is bright orange Betelgeuse, the shoulder of Orion the Hunter. His famous belt is also rising upward from the horizon, its three stars standing almost in a vertical line. The Moon will pass 4° due north of Venus at 10 A.M. EDT.

Moon Apogee/Perigee – * For a good explanation of what this is – https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/lunar-perigee-apogee.html

The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point from Earth in its orbit, at 6:22 A.M. EDT. At that time, our satellite will sit 252,447 miles (406,274 kilometers) away.

Arcturus dominates the high western sky after dark. Spot the Big Dipper off to its right, in the northwest. In astronomy lore today, Arcturus may be best known for its cosmic history: It’s a Population II orange giant some 7 billion years old, older than the solar system, racing by our part of space on a trajectory that indicates it came from another galaxy: a dwarf galaxy that fell into the Milky Way and merged with it. But in the astronomy books of our grandparents, Arcturus had a different claim to fame: It turned on the lights of the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, celebrating “a century of progress.” Astronomers rigged the newly invented photocell to the eye end of big telescopes around the US and aimed the scopes where Arcturus would pass at the correct moment on opening night. In places where the sky was clear the star’s light crept onto the photocells, the weak signals were amplified and sent over telegraph wires to Chicago, a switch was tripped, and on blazed the massive lights to the cheers of tens of thousands. Why Arcturus? Astronomers of the time thought it was 40 light-years away (modern value: 36.7 ±0.2 light-years). So the light would have been in flight since the previous such great event in Chicago, the World’s Columbian Exhibition in 1893. And earlier? Arcturus was known as the first of the familiar nighttime stars to be seen in the daytime with a telescope: by Jean-Baptiste Morin in 1635.

Mars, magnitude +0.2 in Aries, rises around midnight or 1 a.m. and shines high in the east-southeast as dawn begins. It’s about three fists lower left of bright Jupiter. By dawn they’re high in the south, with Mars now directly left of Jupiter. Mars is still quite small in a telescope, 8 arcseconds in apparent diameter.

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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 Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.Sun in Cancer

Sun in Leo

Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/
Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Color – Red
Planting 7/26&7
©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

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
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  26      Low   6:22 AM    -0.6   5:57 AM    Rise  3:38 AM      7
~    26     High    1:04 PM     5.7   8:48 PM     Set  8:07 PM
~    26      Low    6:01 PM     3.2
~    26     High  11:45 PM     7.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Remember those things that made you glad.

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Journal Prompt – Expository – Write some sayings for fortune cookies that you would like to get yourself.

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Quotes

~   Therapy can be done to the self. Understanding is therapy. Love is the ultimate therapy. Therapists, teachers, and gurus can help, but only for a limited time. The direction is inward, and sooner or later the inward path must be trod alone. Although in reality you are never alone. Measure time, if you must, in lessons learned, not in minutes or hours or years. You can cure yourself in five minutes if you come to the proper understanding. Or in fifty years. It is all the same thing. – by Brian Weiss MD.
~   I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. – Lucille Ball
~   I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas. – Albert Einstein
~   The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication. – Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English scientist

time travel by Mihee Kim

Copyright © 2022 by Mihee Kim. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 19, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.

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Lughnasadh Magick – Crafts

Indian Corn Mosaics – These colorful corn mosaics will add a bright touch to your house! You’ll need to buy a jar of colored popcorn kernels. Draw a seasonal design on a piece of construction paper. Then glue the colorful kernels onto the design. Allow to dry and then hang!

Make a Corn Wheel

Lammas is the time of the first harvest, and grains, especially corn, are abundant. The eight ears of corn on this wreath represent the eight sabbats. The shucks look like the rays of the sun, a very fitting symbol of the season.

You will need:

  • a round wire or other hoop on which to build the wreath
  • 8 ears of corn of equal length — dried or fresh
  • cardboard
  • a short piece of ribbon or twine (for hanger)
  • glue
  • florists wire (optional)
  • Fashion a round hoop wide enough to accommodate the length of two ears of corn.
  • Using ribbon or twine, form a loop to serve as a hanger. Tie or glue this securely to the hoop.
    Position the eight ears of corn inside the circle, paying close attention to the illustration. Be sure to keep the hanger/ribbon positioned at the top of the wreath.
    Tie or wrap the corn shucks around the hoop. (They can be held in place with florists wire, if need be.)
  • Use stray ends of the shucks to cover the hoop completely. (If using dried corn, the shucks should have been soaked in water before starting.)
  • Use florists wire to keep the shucks in place.
    Cut a small, round piece of cardboard. Lay the wreath on the table and position the cardboard circle in the middle of the hoop.
  • Using a glue gun or some other fast drying glue, adhere the tips of the ears to the cardboard circle on the BACK SIDE of the wreath, being careful that the cardboard is not obvious from the front.
  • You may want to cut out the middle of the cardboard circle so it can not easily be seen from the front.
  • Allow the glue to dry and hang.

[Anja’s note – If you go to store this for next year, wrap it well and put it into a critter-proof container!]

Make a Solar Wheel or Corn Man Wheel

  1. Turn a wire hanger into a circle (standard circle material for wreaths too), keeping the hook to hang it by.
  2. Make a small cardboard disk to glue the corn tips onto. You can decorate it with any design, for example, a pentagram or sun.
  3. Place ears of Indian “squaw” corn (it is smaller than regualr corn and fits easily on a coat hanger) with the tips inthe center of the circle and secure with hot glue to the cardboard disk. Use eight ears for a Solar Wheel, or five ears for a Corn Man. If all the ears of corn meet just right you won’t need the disk, but if they are uneven the disk is helpful.
  4. Wrap a bit of the husks of each ear around the wire on either side of the ear of corn, leaving some to stand out free from the corn.
  5. Let dry overnight and hang on the front door.

Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)

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Silliness – Math Shorties – Did you hear this new craze of physicists posting videos of themselves calculating forces and radii and multiplying them together? I think they call it… torqueing?

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