Daily Stuff 8-3-22 Aomori Nebuta

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs in the Garden at 3pm.

 [posting at 9pm] It’s been clear and sunny all day. The sky has had a pinkish tinge. even though we’re only under the lightest part of the smoke plume. Sunset was lovely! 58F, wind at 0-5mph, AQI 15-37, UV8, Chance of rain 11% today and 15% tonight. Forecast – Today/Tomorrow(64/52) partly cloudy. Fri(64/51) mostly sunny. Sat/Sun(69/53) sunny. Mon/ Tue(63/54) partly cloudy. Wed(63/54) AM clouds. Thu(64/53) mostly sunny.

Lots of thunderstorms from the Cascades east and it shows!
 Potter Fire – 300 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,500 acres
Fly Creek 0487 Cs Fire – 274 acres
Beech Creek Fire – 200 acres
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Cell phone for size reference….

The meeting Monday evening was about the big historical recreation event in Eugene coming up in January. All kinds of fun stuff being planned. I bailed a little early and we headed home. Tempus crawled into bed right away, although he had gotten a short nap.

I was right, I just read and vegged and turned in early. Once Tempus was home it was already warm, so I turned on the fan and crawled back in. I got up with the noon alarm, since I had gotten enough sleep. I read the paper, got some breakfast and finally got started on the eggs, just in time for Tempus to get up. He made coffee while the eggs were boiling, then I made the sauce while he peeled and quartered the eggs. It tasted a little odd, strange aftertaste, no clue why, but it was quite tasty, with mustard, horseradish, vinegar and salt.

We got into a major political discussion, sharing some things that we had read or heard on the radio over the last week and that took us right up to 6pm. At that point he started taking things out to the car and we headed in to the shop. There was a whole flotilla of ducks in one of the inlets and another of geese in the next, plus in the Eckman outflow. There was one bird…. all black… hanging out with the geese that I could swear was a black swan, but where would *that* have come from?

I logged into my meeting right away. It was a topic that I was *very* familiar with, how to make pilgrim “wallets”, and I got very frustrated with the blackwork project I had pulled out, so I decided to work on this and try to get this finished as quickly as possible.

I intended to stay at the shop overnight. I want to get the newsletter frames filled in and maybe do a little more writing tonight, plus doing some updates on the tablet before the rest of the weekend.

We’re planning on hitting up the farmer’s market today. I am *really* liking the onions we’ve been getting and we’ll see what else they have. I’m pretty certain of fruit, at the least, maybe beans, but I’m also hoping for something along the lines of spinach or other greens. We’ll head home and sleep and then do chores in the evening.

The newsletter will be late on Thursday. I won’t write it until I’m at the shop, although I’m planning to set it up tonight.

Toys on the porch on a misty morning, Yachats River Road – Photo by Josh Orkin on 7/28/19 Used with permission.

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Today’s Feast is the Aomori Nebuta, a summer festival in Japan. It stems from events in the 800’s CE, but no one is certain which event/s it celebrates, anymore, but what-the-hey, any excuse for a party, eh? It’s a huge tourist attraction with several processions/parades of lighted floats and costumed dancers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aomori_Nebuta

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Today’s Plant is Vanilla Leaf or Sweet-After-Death, Achlys triphylla, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_%28plant%29. It grows all up and down the West Coast of North America and there’s another species in Japan. It was used as an insect repellent by the local peoples and has a strong vanilla scent if dried properly. It is used in Crossing the Bridge rituals along with rosemary and often placed in the hands of those who are Crossing or have just Crossed or in spells to ease their way.

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

Moon in Libra

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. 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.

Use optical aid — the more the better — on Wednesday August 3rd to try to catch Regulus in conjunction with Mercury very low some 15 or 20 minutes after sunset. Mercury is magnitude –0.4 and Regulus is +1.4, which means Regulus is only a fifth as bright. The “west” label here is approximate. Actually, look a little to the right of due west.

Mercury is very low in the west in bright twilight this week. This evening you can use binoculars, or better a telescope, to seek both Mercury and fainter Regulus close by it. You’ll have only a narrow time window, if any, between the sky being too bright and the elusive pair being too low. Good luck.

The thick crescent Moon shines in the southwest at nightfall. Look below it, by about 3°, for Spica. The slowly waxing Moon lies in Virgo this evening, not far from the stunning double star Porrima (Gamma [γ] Virginis). Through a telescope, this point of light splits into two of roughly equal magnitude: 3.65 and 3.56. According to Astronomy contributor Raymond Shubinski, “they look like two tiny headlights in space” about 3″ apart.

You probably know that the Big Dipper’s curved handle “arcs to Arcturus.” But the arc of the handle itself, extended to include the adjacent side of the Dipper’s bowl, guides the way to another landmark. Fairly near the focus of that longer arc (the center of the circle that the arc would be part of) is 3rd-magnitude Cor Caroli, Alpha Canum Venaticorum. This is a lovely double star for small telescopes: colors white and pale yellow-white, separation a generous 23 arcseconds.

But back to the Moon, where we’ll focus on a bit of strange terrain in the lunar east (west on the sky). Along the lower left (western) edge of the Sea of Tranquillity lie several north-south wrinkle ridges that seem to really stand out under the low Sun angle. The nearly circular crater Arago boasts sharply defined walls, while to its west lies the half-buried Julius Caesar. Lunar researchers think that over time, lava welled up again and again in this region; one rim of Julius Caesar is lower than the other because of the sloping terrain where it formed, so only the higher portions of the crater rim remain easily visible. Just south of Julius Caesar is Rima Ariadaeus — a curious-looking crack that formed as the lunar surface pulled apart here.

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

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 Leo

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 – Yellow
©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.

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.

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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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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
W    3     High   4:27 AM     6.0   6:06 AM    Rise 12:12 PM      22
~      3    Low  10:47 AM     0.7   8:39 PM     Set 11:33 PM
~      3     High   5:18 PM     6.9
~      3     Low  11:45 PM     1.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a grace-filled day!

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Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your idea of perfect happiness?

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Quotes

~   When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill. – Seneca
~   And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~   Be not afraid of changing slowly; be afraid only of standing still. – Chinese Proverb
~   A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer

Ah in the thunder air
how still the trees are!
And the lime-tree, lovely and tall, every leaf silent
hardly looses even a last breath of perfume. – D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930)

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Magick – Tea Party Owes More to the Church of Satan Than to Jesus 02/21/12 – By Steve Provost – The Provocation

Ayn Rand is the hero of many in the tea party movement, and ironically so. An avowed atheist, she would have found the fundamentalist Christian strain to the modern tea party repugnant, to say the least. But she’s dead now. And once someone is dead, that person can no longer object if somebody else comes along and makes her the unwitting symbol of something very far afield from what she actually believed.

Look at what they did to Jesus, who is used these days to justify everything from extreme pacifism on the one hand to armed invasions on the other.

On fiscal matters, however, the tea party’s ideals jibe quite nicely with Rand’s philosophy. Her appeal to the tea party crowd lies, to some degree, in the fact that she was an avowed opponent of communism and everything remotely resembling it. Rand was, in fact, the consummate laissez-faire capitalist, and she had very personal reasons for adopting this philosophy. Born in Russia in 1905, she lived through the Russian Revolution and watched as the Bolsheviks confiscated her father’s pharmacy and forced her family to flee. She came to the United States at the age of 20 with the intent of becoming a screenwriter and set out for Hollywood. There, she became involved in anti-communist causes and actually testified as a friendly witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee – a panel used to conducted a witch hunt in an attempt to “expose” (often falsely) communist sympathizers. Instead of screenwriting, however, Rand became a novelist, turning out her most famous works The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

The hero of the latter work is a philosopher and inventive genius named John Galt. He provides a counterpoint to the society depicted in the novel – one that has settled for mediocrity in an attempt to preserve equality for all. Sounds a lot like communism. Galt is anything but mediocre. Like Atlas, he holds the world on his shoulders, but he ultimately “shrugs” by refusing to offer his assistance to the dull and vacuous society beneath him.

Galt has become a symbol for the tea party crowd, who have taken to carrying signs bearing the opening phrase of Rand’s novel – “Who is John Galt?” – at their rallies.

The association is a natural one. Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, delineated in Atlas Shrugged and expanded upon in subsequent works, foreshadowed the modern capitalist’s aversion to big government. She once proclaimed that “government ‘help’ to business is just as disastrous as government persecution” and that “the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. ” Such sentiments are certainly in harmony with the libertarian strain of tea party philosophy. They’re also in line with the philosophy of Anton Szandor LaVey, founder and first high priest of the Church of Satan.

LaVey once declared: “I give people Ayn Rand with trappings” and that his version of Satanism was “just Ayn Rand’s philosophy with ceremony and ritual added.”

And trappings galore. LaVey built a colorful history of his own that was part fact, part creative fiction, and he used it to great effect in building a personal following. To start with, he claimed to have been indoctrinated into certain dark mysteries regarding vampires and werewolves by his grandmother, whom he claimed was a Transylvanian Gypsy grandmother. In reality, however, LaVey’s grandmother was Ukrainian, and he had no Gypsy blood in his background.

LaVey claimed to have obtained further occult knowledge during a trip to Germany with his uncle – a trip that in fact never occurred. He also said he worked as lion-tamer and calliope player at the Clyde Beatty Circus after running away from home as a teenager. The circus’ records, however, contain no reference to anyone named LaVey ever having worked there in either capacity.

It seems only natural that LaVey, a consummate self-promoter with an outsized ego, should have patterned his philosophy after that of Rand, who once declared herself “the most creative thinker alive.” As a novelist, Rand had made herself a master of mixing philosophy with fiction. LaVey just took that process to a whole new level by adding ritual elements, the frosting on the cake, as it were.

Far from seeking to obscure the relationship between Rand’s ideas and LaVey’s, the modern Church of Satan admits it right up front on its website: “Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, is an acknowledged source for some of the Satanic philosophy as outlined in The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey.”

Which leads us to the startling conclusion: The same person who inspired the fiscal principles that are held so dear by the fundamentalist-infused tea party also served as patron saint to the Church of Satan. In light of this, one must wonder: How on earth do so many Christians feel so at home within the tea party’s ranks? And if, in fact, they do feel at home there, is it simply because they’re ignorant or – perhaps more troubling – because their brand of Christianity actually have more in common with modern Satanism than it does with the spiritual movement purportedly founded by Jesus of Nazareth?

Doubtless they won’t find either answer particularly palatable. But at least they can take some comfort in the fact that the Church of Satan doesn’t actually worship Satan. Satanism, the group’s website states point-blank, is not devil worship. And LaVey himself stated that Satan was only a convenient symbol to signify “our love of the worldly and our rejection of the pallid, ineffectual image of Christ on the cross.”

In fact, Satanists hold that deities and demigods are human projections, created “because many of our species cannot accept or control their personal egos.” Worshiping a god, the group argues, is tantamount to worshiping that god’s creators. And who are the creators of the Satanic philosophy? Anton LaVey and, according to LaVey himself, Rand – the godmother of fiscal conservatism who in fact didn’t believe in a god at all. Just like LaVey.

Everything is beginning to come together here. To illustrate, let’s take a look at the “Nine Satanic Statements” from LaVey’s Satanic Bible (many of which appear to be based directly on Rand’s philosophy) and see how they match up with tea party ideology – and with the teachings of Jesus:

  1. Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!

This goes along nicely with Rand’s statement that “the purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.” And it certainly squares nicely with the tea party’s attitudes toward corporate excess. Don’t raise taxes on the richest 1% of Americans, even if they do make nearly 25% of the money. Let them enjoy their excesses! Jesus, by contrast, violently confronted the excesses of his day by overthrowing the tables of the money changers in the temple. When it came to taxation, he didn’t oppose it: He urged his followers to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.”

  1. Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams!

It’s all about the bottom line, not about spirituality. “Vital existence” is to be found in the material realm, which rests on the twin pillars of money and power. As Rand put it, “Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue.” Contrast this to what Jesus was quoted as saying in regards to material wealth: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Hardly a capitalist sentiment, and one that would get Jesus (and anyone like him) expelled from the tea party movement in a flash. Jesus’ kingdom of heaven? There’s certainly no place for it in LaVey’s movement. And the tea party faithful seem much more intent with establishing a kingdom in his name – but not at all based upon his teachings – here on Planet Earth.

Anton LaVey, left, and the fictional Moloch
the Mystic, a character from “Watchmen” to
whom he bears more than a slight resemblance.

  1. Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit!

Wisdom and deceit are often in the eye of the beholder. But one can surmise, based on the previous statement, that “deceit” and “spiritual pipe dreams” fall into roughly the same category. Ironically, LaVey himself might be considered something of a deceiver. His real name was actually the much more pedestrian-sounding Howard Stanton Levey. (Rand also changed her name: She was born as Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum, but try fitting that on a book jacket!) Whether LaVey actually worked for a circus or not, he did have an undeniable stage presence that he parlayed into stints as a nightclub organist and professional psychic. Claims that he had a brief affair with Marilyn Monroe, that he studied criminology at San Francisco City College, that his mother was a gypsy and that he worked as a crime-scene photographer for the San Francisco Police Department have all been refuted. Was Jesus an enlightened mystic or a charlatan and great deceiver? That’s open to debate. But if he was the latter, it seems, he and LaVey actually had plenty in common.

  1. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!

This particular point echoes Rand’s view closely: “If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.” It also sounds an awful lot like the tea party’s attitude toward welfare recipients, who are seen as ingrates because they supposedly milk the system, rail at corporate greed and sponge off of people who have made their money “fair and square.” Jesus, by contrast, urged his followers to sell everything they owned and give their money to the poor – whether the poor in question were deserving or not.

  1. Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek!

Jesus, of course, did advocate turning the other cheek – this particular statement was actually written in reaction to his teaching. But even though most modern conservatives call themselves Christian, most of them also agree with LaVey (not Jesus) on this particular issues. George W. Bush is a prime example. Some critics have accused him of prosecuting the Iraq War in part to satisfy a personal vendetta against Saddam Hussein – who had allegedly plotted to assassinate Bush’s father. In justifying the war at one point, Bush said, “After all, this is the guy who tried to kill my dad.” Regardless of what role this played in his decision, there can be no doubt that Bush harnessed America’s thirst for vengeance in the aftermath of 9/11. He did so by effectively (and falsely) linking Saddam Hussein with the al-Qaida terrorist network responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Bush’s famous “bring ’em on” challenge to his enemies sounds an awful lot like Rand’s credo: “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

  1. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires!

Psychic vampires are those who seek to leech off of others, effectively “stealing” what they didn’t earn. The obvious parallel here is, as in No. 4, welfare recipients who drain the system of its vitality through their sloth and sense of entitlement. In Rand’s philosophy, the right of ownership was paramount: Just as man can’t exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one’s rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property.”

  1. Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all!

This particular sentiment would certainly strike the religious wing of the tea party as false, yet its “survival of the fittest” mentality fits perfectly into any dogmatic capitalist’s view of economic competition. Rand: “Capitalism is our only moral system. All other systems take advantage of man’s rights and liberties.” None of this is compatible with the philosophy of sharing all things in common (proto-communism?) that was adopted by Jesus’ earliest followers.

  1. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!

As in No. 2, reality is to be found in the physical realm. Physical, mental and emotional gratification are what count. Money may not be able to buy spiritual happiness, but it sure can purchase plenty of hedonistic pleasures on the physical plane. Rand said: “Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.” Jesus, by contrast, claimed his kingdom was not of this world.

  1. Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years!

This sums it all up nicely. If one accepts that the tea party is, in fact, operating on principles that have more to do with LaVey’s Church of Satan than with Jesus’ spiritual teachings, the alliance between social and fiscal reactionaries that is the tea party becomes more than ironic. It’s downright comical.

There’s one more way that Rand’s philosophy fits perfectly with the attitude of the modern tea party. Rand, like the tea partiers, saw compromise as weakness. To her, there was no middle ground: “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.” Ironically, that’s the same black-and-white thinking that drives the supposedly ultra-religious fundamentalist crowd. But should that really surprise us? Satan, it has been said, does his worst by masquerading as an angel of light.

That’s exactly what today’s fundamentalists are doing.

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Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – merferator (MUR fur ay ter) – n. The cardboard core in a toilet tissue roll.

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