The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Gina Hartford Garth.
[posting at 6:30pm] Overcast, but bright. We’re still under the medium part of the smoke plume from the CA fires, so the light is a little pinkish. The eastern half of the state is under the next heavier layer. 61F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI 13-33, UV8. Chance of rain 9% today and 13% tonight. Forecast – Today(67/52) AM clouds. Tomorrow(65/53) partly cloudy. Thu(65/51) AM clouds. Fri(67/52) mostly sunny. Sat(70/53) Sun! Sun-Wed(66/53) partly cloudy.
Potter Fire – 150 acres. (Near Crater Lake)
Fly Creek 0487 Cs Fire – 280 acres. (about 30 miles WSW of Jefferson)
Big Rattlesnake Fire – 425 acres. (Whitman Natl. Forest)
Sunday evening it was “spitty” as we were leaving the shop and then in the morning the rain gauge had condensation in it. We stopped at Ray’s to pick up a Jiffy Corn Muffin mix. When we got home I got that together and pressed bacon pieces into the top of the muffins. We had those with soup for supper and as part of our Sabbat ritual, then turned in.
I wasn’t up for long during the night. I was pretty tired, so when Tempus headed out, even though I got up, I really didn’t get anything done, mostly thinking and making notes on the tablet and I turned in early.
I’m not sure what time he got in, but I didn’t hear the noon alarm, just the one at 12:30. We scrabbled into clothing. I planted some sedum starts that I had in my pocket and spot-weeded until everything was in the car and Tempus was ready. There was a heron in the Eckman outflow in the same spot as yesterday, but he was standing up this time instead of snuggled into the grass.
I started in on writing, right away. Tempus made me some cheese toast for breakfast and I had that with my coffee. Yummy! We had a bunch of cars that parked out front, but no one came in during the early part of the afternoon. One browser surprised me, later, when I came back from the bathroom. She was so quiet that Tempus missed her, too! ….and then people started to come in, singletons, not groups, but that’s fine. …and then at 4:30 we had a rush. 11 people total, 3 of them staying until well past pm, shopping. They had fun buying stuff for gifties.
I finally got the one set of writing done, so I started on setting up newsletter frames aroudn 3pm. Now that WordPress is cooperating again I can copy from one to the next and not have to re-enter all the pictures and such! …but then I realized that I’d better get going on this… after I fell down a recipe rabbit hole. I ran across another odd little recipe, chicken and rose pate…. Really? …actually it sounds pretty good, once I read it.
There’s a meeting at 7pm. I’m going to try to get Tempus to nap in back while that’s going on, then we’ll head home. I’m planning on being a vegetable. There are books loaded in my tablet, so I’ll curl up and read.
Today is the day we usually sleep in. I have another meeting in the evening and it’s bulk route night, so Tempus will leave before that’s done. I’ll spend the night writing, hopefully catching up! A couple of my blogs haven’t had a post since winter….
Today’s Feast is for William II Rufus, the 2nd Norman king of England, who may, in the tradition of sacrificial kingship (if it existed) have been shot and killed on this day. Well… he died, anyway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rufus He was hated, to put it mildly, and his body was left where it fell, after he had been shot by one of his own hunting party, which included his brother. The Rufus Stone (same article) has this wording, “Here stood the oak tree, on which an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrrell at a stag, glanced and struck King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, on the breast, of which he instantly died, on the second day of August, anno 1100. King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, being slain, as before related, was laid in a cart, belonging to one Purkis to take the king’s body to Winchester Cathedral on his cart, and drawn from hence, to Winchester, and buried in the Cathedral Church, of that city.”
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles.The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation. They are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
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 8/11 at 6:36pm. 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 8/1 at 10:55pm. 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 8/5 at 4:07am.
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 nighttime stars to be seen in the daytime with a telescope: by Jean-Baptiste Morin in 1635.
During August, the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) celebrates R Aquilae as its featured variable star of the month. Classified as a Mira-type variable star, R Aquilae is an aging star in the red giant phase of its life. At its brightest, it is just visible to the naked eye as a magnitude 5.5 red star. At its dimmest, however, its brightness dips by more than 600x and it is just visible with binoculars at magnitude 12. The period over which this happens (from one maximum to the next) is about 270 days — about 2/3 of a calendar year. So, if you don’t happen to catch the star at its brightest, it may be several months before you’ll be able to pick it up without your binoculars or telescope. To find R Aquilae, look about 5.6° south of Deneb Al Okab Australis (Zeta [ζ] Aquilae), a magnitude 3 star. If you’re having trouble finding that particular signpost, try first locating Altair, the brightest star in Aquila and part of the Summer Triangle. Zeta Aquilae is just over 12° west-northwest of Altar. Then, drop due south to find your target.
The other two stars that make up the Summer Triangle are Vega in Lyra and Deneb in Cygnus. This famous asterism is, as its name might suggest, easily visible at this time of year, swinging overhead around local midnight. The plane of the Milky Way runs right through the Summer Triangle, offering a wide range of astronomical treats to explore on warm summer nights.
Venus, magnitude –3.9 in Gemini, continues to rise just as dawn begins. As dawn brightens, look for it low in the east-northeast. It’s far below Capella.
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.
Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23_, 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
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Color – White
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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.
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
Color: Dark Grey
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Green
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
Tu 2 High 3:38 AM 6.5 6:05 AM Rise 11:04 AM 14
~ 2 Low 10:13 AM 0.1 8:40 PM Set 11:13 PM
~ 2 High 4:44 PM 6.7
~ 2 Low 10:49 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I act with balance in my heart. I speak with balance on my lips. I walk with balance in my feet.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society. — William Makepeace Thackeray
~ If venereal delight and the power of propagating the species were permitted only to the virtuous, it would make the world very good. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
~ For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind. – Dale Carnegie
~ No obstacles fell in his way that seemed to him insurmountable. He might be defeated, as he sometimes was, but he shrank from no hardship through impatience, he fled from no danger through cowardice. – J. P. Morgan writing about Napoleon Bonaparte
~ Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid. – Irish Proverb
Cornfields bow the head,
Sheltered in round valley depths,
On low hills outspread.
Early leaves drop loitering down
Weightless on the breeze,
First fruits of the year’s decay
From the withering trees. – Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–94)
Magick – Crafts
Simple Ritual Soaps – Categories: Pagan Crafts [Note: original source unknown]
his is a very super simple way to create your own ritual soaps. Ritual soaps can be created to cleanse and purify yourself as part of an overall ritual. Think about your purpose and then select herbs and oils to correspond to your need.
You will need: 1 bar of plain white soap, unscented (like Ivory brand soap) 1/4 cup of very warm water, several drops of essential oil and crushed herbs
Grate the bar of soap using a simple metal kitchen grater (if you use a food processor it may or may not work, and I believe magick is more empowered with spirit when you use simple hand tools).
Place the grated soap into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Knead the soap, water, oils, and herbs together with your hands and form your soap into simple ball shapes or some other simple shape.
Since you do not need a lot of ritual soap at one time, I usually make about 3 or 4 small shaped soaps from this recipe. While you are making your soaps keep your magickal purpose in mind and perhaps sing or chant something appropriate, for instance:
“Air moves us, Fire transforms us, Water heals us, Earth grounds us, and the power of the Wheel goes round and round, and the power of the Wheel goes round!”
While using your ritual soaps, whether in the bath or shower, you can visualize the soap/herbs/oils healing, cleansing and purifying you! And the water rinsing away your problems and any negative stress. While these soaps can be created specifically for ritual, they can also be used as a soothing soap to effectively calm your spirit and invigorate you in a positive way.
Silliness – Beaver Art