Daily Stuff 8-17-22 Odin’s Ordeal

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. No Herbs in the Garden today.

 [posting at 7:30pm] It’s been warm inside, although it’s much cooler outside. The living room hit 80F today, and it’s 80 in the shop, also. It’s bright sunshine and a lovely breeze, outside! 67F, wind at 1-7mph and gusting, AQI 8-29, UV7. Chance of rain 1% today and 12% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until midnight Wednesday night. Forecast – Wed (68/57) partly cloudy. Thu (65/58) mostly cloudy. Fri(64/54) very early morning, small chance of showers, total accum. 0.05in. Sat(67/54) partly cloudy. Sun(67/55) mostly sunny. Mon(75/55) sunny. Tue(70/56) partly cloudy. Wed(69/56) mostly sunny.

6 Fires
We’re under the 2nd level of smoke plume. Something kicked up badly overnight….
Potter Fire – Potter Fire – 459 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 121 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 4,422 acres.
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres Fell off the map!
Beech Creek Fire – 155 acres
Upper Sentinel Fire – 100 acres
3 firespots (one new between La Grande and Elgin)

Monday evening I felt really miserable. I had been in bad shape all day, and now, 24 hours later, I’m thinking I had some kind of gut bug or food poisoning. I still don’t feel *well*, but I’m functional, which I barely was by the end of the shop day. We headed home kinda early. I had a cup of broth and went to bed. Tempus had eaten earlier, so he beat me to it. I was up again, still feeling pretty awful around 11, but I crawled back in around 1 and went to sleep after Tempus headed out. I was up and down all night, too…. like I said, miserable… and worse, I went to made myself some soup late in the evening and juggled the too-hot cup, then scalded my stomach skin just left and above my belly button. I’ve got a red patch and a quarter-sized blister! ….

…and then went soundly to sleep only to be blasted out of bed at 9:30 by someone running a mower right on the other side of the wall. That made for some interesting dreams as I was waking….. Tempus got in a bit after that. He had stopped to do some shopping and grabbed some things at the shop that he had forgotten.

I was back up around 1pm. It was *too* hot in the bedroom! Tempus slept right through until past 4pm, though. He had actually kicked off most of the covers…. that’s a first for this year!

I dozed in my chair in front of the fan some of the time and read some of the time, and finally pulled out an embroidery project, but I was awfully lethargic. When Tempus got up we had coffee (my innards had finally settled). He called the pharmacy, since I’ve been out of some of my pills since Saturday. They had ’em, just hadn’t called. <grrr> So we got stuff together and came into town. He went after my pills right before they closed.

I was supposed to be at a meeting at 7pm, but it got cancelled, so I sat down to this and Tempus is racketing around with some of the dishes from home. I’m staying overnight, so we can go to the market on the way home in the morning and I’ll try to get caught up on writing.

Today we’re not going to try for Herbs. I’m still not feeling so good, and I’m hoping to get caught up on sleep…. if it’s cool enough…. Chores in the evening…..

Photo by Anja 6/14/16


Today’s Feast is the beginning of Odin’s Ordeal – “In Rúnatal, a section of the Hávamál, Odin is attributed with discovering the runes. In a sacrifice to himself, the highest of the gods, he was hanged from the world tree Yggdrasil for nine days and nights, pierced by his own spear, in order to learn the wisdom that would give him power in the nine worlds. Nine is a significant number in Norse magical practice (there were, for example, nine realms of existence), thereby learning nine (later eighteen) magical songs and eighteen magical runes. One of Odin’s names is Ygg, and the Norse name for the World Ash —Yggdrasil—therefore could mean “Ygg’s (Odin’s) horse.” Another of Odin’s names is Hangatýr, the god of the hanged.” (from Wikipedia)

plant herb flower goldenrod Solidago_canadensis_20050815_248

Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis

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,


Astrology, Astronomy and other Stuff

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 8/27 at 1:17am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/18 at  9:36pm.

This whole giant pattern was named “the Andromegasus Dipper” by the late Sky & Telescope columnist George Lovi and is shaped sort of like a giant Little Dipper with an extra-big bowl

As August proceeds and nights begin to turn chilly, the Great Square of Pegasus looms up in the east, balancing on one corner. Its stars are only 2nd and 3rd magnitude, and your fist at arm’s length fits inside it. From the Square’s left corner extends the main line of the constellation Andromeda: three stars (including the corner) about as bright as those forming the Square. This whole giant pattern was named “the Andromegasus Dipper” by the late Sky & Telescope columnist George Lovi. It’s shaped sort of like a giant Little Dipper with an extra-big bowl. It’s currently lifting its contents upward.

Ursa Minor – The Little Dipper & Polaris
Canon 6D DSLR & 58mm Lens, F4.0, ISO 1250,
48 second exposure

The actual Little Dipper, meanwhile, is tipping over leftward in the north. It’s only 40 percent as long as the Andromegasus Dipper, and most of it is much fainter. As always, you’ll find that it’s oriented more than 90° counterclockwise compared to Andromegasus. It’s currently dumping its contents out.

Morning stars – Venus sits near the Beehive open cluster (M44) the morning of Aug. 17. Center your binoculars on the bright morning star to enjoy the meetup. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The planet Venus pays the Beehive Cluster a visit this morning, appearing less than 1° west of the open star cluster (also cataloged as M44). You can’t miss Venus’ bright magnitude –3.9 light, nearly 5° high in the east an hour before sunrise. In the quickly brightening sky, you’ll want to pull out binoculars to better see the Beehive Cluster beside it, a sparkling group of stars with a total magnitude of 3.1. Like Andromeda, however, the Beehive is spread out on the sky, covering nearly 3° and reducing its surface brightness significantly. The cluster will really pop through your binoculars, small scope, or even your finder scope, sitting smack dab in the middle of Cancer. (Remember, make sure to stop observing with any equipment several minutes before sunrise, to be safe.) Venus itself spans 10″ and is now 95 percent lit. Its phase will grow slightly throughout the month, ending August as a 97-percent-lit disk.

Mars, magnitude +0.1 in Taurus, rises around midnight exactly east-northeast. By early dawn it shines very high in the southeast. It’s twice as bright as similarly colored Aldebaran, which is a fist or so below or lower left of it by dawn. Mars is still pretty small in a telescope, 9 arcseconds in apparent diameter, but it’s growing. It’ll be 17 arcseconds wide around opposition December 8th.

Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.

Sun in Leo

Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Color – Brown
Planting 8/17&18
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from Wikimedia commons

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.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day         High       Tide  Height Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low       Time     Feet  Sunset                                    Visible
W   17     High    5:02 AM     6.1   6:22 AM     Set 12:57 PM      73
~    17      Low  11:02 AM     1.2   8:18 PM    Rise 11:15 PM
~    17     High    5:22 PM     7.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING


Journal Prompt – Wiki – If you had more money, what would you alter about your life?



~   Love your comrades in arms by being supportive, not enabling. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
~   Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory. – William Barclay
~   Sometimes in life you must know what it’s like to fail, to truly know what it’s like to succeed. – Mitchell Travis Barg

The Fly by William Blake.

Little Fly,
Thy summer’s play
My thoughtless hand
Has brushed away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink, and sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength and breath
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die.


Mabon Magick – Correspondences

Foods – Cornbread, Wheat products, Bread (especially whole wheat or multigrain), Grains, Corn, Beans, Rice, Rice cakes, Wheat crackers, Corn muffins, Oat cakes
Berries, Blackberries Grapes, Nuts & Seeds, (acorns, sunflower seed), Dried fruits, Apples (dried, baked, fresh or in cider) pomegranates,
Squash, Roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc),
Wine, Ale and, Cider, Grape juice,

Herbs – hazel, corn, acorns, vines, ivy, cedar, passion flowers, honeysuckle, Apple, balm of Gilead, calendula, corn acorn, cypress cone, hazel, milk thistle, mugwort, myrrh, oak, orris root, passion flower, pine cone, rose, sage

Incenses and oils – benzoin, myrrh. pine, frankincense, jasmine, cinnamon, clove. Myrrh, Sage, Pine, Frankincense, Jasmine, Cinnamon

Colors/Candles – brown, green, orange, red, deep gold, scarlet, yellow, maroon, purple, violet and indigo. Orange, Dark red, Yellow, Brown, Violet, Deep gold

Gemstones – yellow agate, carnelian, yellow topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli and amethyst, Carnelian, Lapis lazuli, Sapphire, Yellow agate

Goddesses – all Fruit and Vegetable Deities, Harvest Deities, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres The Muses (Greek), Pamona (Roman
Gods – All Wine Gods, Gods of Fruits, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek), Thoth (Egyptian).

Symbols and Altar decorations – autumn leaves and autumn flowers, marigolds, gourds, berries, pine and cypress cones, acorns, a small statue or figurine representing the Triple Goddess in her Mother aspect and other corresponding deities. All harvest symbols, corn, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes, cornucopia, horns of plenty, apples, grapes, vines, garland, Acorns, Pomegranates, Pine cones, Baskets of fallen leaves, Horn of Plenty

Activities to celebrate Autumn Equinox

  • Have a thanksgiving feast.
  • Can and preserve fruits and vegetables.
  • Decorate Cornucopias
  • Hang dried ears of corn on the front door.
  • Serve wine in honour of the God and beans and squashes in honour of the Goddess.
  • Call upon the elementals and honor them for their help with (N-earth) home and finances,
    (E-air) school and knowledge, (S-fire) careers and accomplishments, (W-water) emotional balance and fruitful relationships.
  • Tend your garden, thanking the plants and flowers for their abundance, harvesting whatever is ready, collecting seeds and leave an offering.
    Make a mandala of seeds and grains on the ground, as a gift for the animals and birds.
  • Bake a loaf of bread or cookies in the shape of a sun or with a sun design.
  • Gather donations of food and/or clothing for a favorite charity.
  • Decorate your altar with leaves, acorns, berries, and other things symbolic of nature’s bounty.
  • Some chose to sprinkle Autumn leaves around the house as decoration, the leaves can be dipped in paraffin and put on wax paper. After the leaves dry, they may be placed around the house or in large jars with sigils of protection and/or abundance carved lightly into them.
  • Spellwork for protection, wealth and prosperity, and security, include spells that will bring into balance and harmony the energies either in a room, home, or situation. health, security, feelings of self-confidence
  • Make a beverage of: hot apple cider. Apple rules the heart, cider alone is a self-love potion. Spice it with a stick of cinnamon, ruled by Jupiter and the Sun. It also makes the house smell wonderful


Silliness – Dishonest Lawyer

Murphy, a dishonest lawyer, bribed one of his client’s jurors to hold out for a charge of manslaughter, fearing the murder charge being brought by the state. The jury was out for days before returning with the verdict:


Later, as Murphy paid off the corrupt juror, he asked him if he had a hard time convincing the other jurors to see things his way.

“Boy, did I!” said the juror. “They kept voting to acquit!”

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