The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by GirlInWaterPhotography.
[posting at 6pm] Sunny, with a haze. It’s too warm in the shop, over 80…. 65F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 10-45, UV7. Chance of rain 39% today and 20% tonight. DENSE FOG ADVISORY until 11am. Forecast – Today(64/57) chance of AM drizzle/showers. Tomorrow-Wed(67/55) partly cloudy. Thu/Fri(69/56) mostly sunnny. Sat(68/56) partly cloudy.
From the Valley west we’re under the 2nd heaviest part of the smoke from the south and the rest of the state is under the lightest. The Cascade fires aren’t trailing plumes, anymore.
Potter Fire – 551 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 121 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 4,836 acres
7 firespots. The new ones are around Medford and Pendleton.
Wednesday evening we headed home and ate, but when Tempus got up for the paper run, there was no water. So we rolled back in to the shop. I wrote for awhile, worked on cleaning up e-mail files for awhile and then turned in, only to wake really sore from the futon. <sigh> Tempus got in a bit past 8 and went right to sleep.
I didn’t realize until almost 1:30 what time it was because I was waiting for coffee. Tempus thought I was asleep and needed to go back home after the coffee stuff that didn’t come with us when we came back into town. <sigh twice> He had gotten the shop open and was waiting for me so he could head home and get it!
So I got coffee around 4pm…. He had started a bread batch and the shop had been busy enough that he was wary of just bailing out the door. When he finally did, the shop got even busier. Mostly it was “just looking”, but we did have some sales.
UPS dropped off a box with some more soups, pretzels and my “orloi” mug that I ordered at the same time I ordered Tempus’, “I love you like hobbits love 2nd breakfast” mug. Two months apart, they arrived, when ordered on the same day!
I don’t know what we’re doing in the evening. Going home? Might be just to collect up stuff to bring back with us. If the water’s back we’ll stay, but I have cookery to do overnight, one way or t’other. I got a shopping list put together for Tempus to get in the morning and he hunted out some things for me.
…and everything went dead after 4pm.
Today is another standard day, except I’m hoping to get Tempus to help and clean out the fridge at the shop. Some stuff has been sitting far too long. I was hoping to go to a meeting in Florence today, but couldn’t find a ride.
Today’s Feast is the Rustic Vinalia, an ancient Roman feast dedicated to Venus as protector of the Vinyards. They were immensely important in Rome, being a provider of a major food, as well as wine. More about this feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinalia
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
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 email@example.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
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 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 8/22 at 1:17pm.
For months, most of the naked-eye planets have been hanging out in the early morning sky. Now Saturn becomes the first of the crew to return to evening view as early as late twilight. See below. It shines higher through the rest of the night.
The Moon passes 3° north of Mars at 5 A.M. PDT. Check in with the pair a bit earlier, when they are closer together — just 2° apart, with the Moon to Mars’ northwest — high in the southeastern sky an hour before sunrise. Together, the two hang in Taurus just over 4.5° south of the famous Pleiades open star cluster. The three objects form a line from north to south, from the Pleiades through the Moon to Mars.
The Red Planet shines this morning at magnitude 0, making its ruddy glow easy to pick out among the nearby stars. Compare it to Aldebaran, the magnitude 0.1 eye of the Bull, whose light also has a reddish hue. This star sits nearly 11.5° east-southeast of Mars. Continue roughly along a line drawn from Mars to Aldebaran, and 21.5° farther east-southeast of Aldebaran is Betelgeuse in Orion, a similarly red jewel in the predawn sky.
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.
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 – White
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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
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
F 19 Low 1:10 AM 0.9 6:24 AM Set 3:11 PM 54
~ 19 High 7:23 AM 4.9 8:15 PM
~ 19 Low 12:36 PM 2.9
~ 19 High 6:54 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It is possible to choose peace over worry.
Journal Prompt – Wiki – If money wasn’t an issue, what car(s) would you have?
~ Does bouncing count? – Silk, The Magician’s Gambit by David Eddings
A play should give you something to think about. When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can’t be much good. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
~ If God lets me live, I shall attain more than Mummy ever has done. I shall not remain insignificant. I shall work in the world and for mankind! Anne Frank, in her diary
~ My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.- E.Gibbon
The feis of Tearnur each third year,
To preserve laws and rules,
Was then convened firmly
By the illustrious Kings of Erin.
Cathaoir of sons-in-law convened
The beautiful Feis of regal Temur,
There came with him – the better for it –
The men of Erin to one Place –
Three days before Saman always,
Three days after it – it was a goodly custom
The host of very high passion spent,
Constantly drinking during the week,
Without theft, without wounding a man
Among them during all this time;
Without feats of arms, without deceit,
Without exercising horses.
Whoever did any of these things
Was a wretched enemy with heavy venom;
Gold was not received as a retribution from him,
But his soul in one hour. – Eochaidh O’Flinn, 10th century
Mabon Magick – Mabon Meditation – Mabon Balance Meditation – Celebrating the Dark and the Light – https://www.thoughtco.com/mabon-balance-meditation-2562287
Mabon is one of those times of year that affect people in different ways. For some, it’s a season to honor the darker aspects of the goddess, calling upon that which is devoid of light. It’s a time of both positive and negative energy. For others, it’s a time of thankfulness, of gratitude for the abundance we have at the season of harvest. No matter how you see it, Mabon is traditionally a time of balance.
After all, it’s one of the two times each year that has equal amounts of darkness and daytime.
Galina Krasskova over at Patheos sums it up beautifully. She says,
“On this holy tide, we hail the hunter and the hunted, the predator and the prey, the plough and the scythe, the blessings of growth and of decay. We honor our resources, and the frugality and careful planning of every ancestor whose careful household management got their families safely through the cold constraints of winter. Mabon is a time of remembrance and of culling away, of honoring what we have, what we need, but also what we can provide to others. It is a time to look clearly at where we are weak in spirit, where we are strong, and where we stand somewhere in between, a time to take stock of our portion of gratitude and blessings for the coming season.”
Because this is, for many people, a time of high energy, there is sometimes a feeling of restlessness in the air, a sense that something is just a bit off-kilter.
If you’re feeling a bit spiritually lopsided, with this simple meditation you can restore a little balance into your life.
Setting the Mood
Now that fall is here, why not do an autumn version of Spring Cleaning? Get rid of any emotional baggage you’re dragging around with you. Accept that there are darker aspects to life, and embrace them, but don’t let them rule you.
Understand that a healthy life finds balance in all things.
You can perform this ritual anywhere, but the best place to do it is outside, in the evening as the sun goes down. Decorate your altar (or if you’re outside, use a flat stone or tree stump) with colorful autumn leaves, acorns, small pumpkins, and other symbols of the season. You’ll need a black candle and a white one of any size, although tealights probably work best. Make sure you have something safe to put them in, either a candle holder or a bowl of sand.
Light both candles, and say the following:
A balance of night and day, a balance of light and dark
Tonight I seek balance in my life
as it is found in the Universe.
A black candle for darkness and pain
and things I can eliminate from my life.
A white candle for the light, and for joy
and all the abundance I wish to bring forth.
At Mabon, the time of the equinox,
there is harmony and balance in the Universe,
and so there shall be in my life.
Meditate on the things you wish to change. Focus on eliminating the bad, and strengthening the good around you. Put toxic relationships into the past, where they belong, and welcome new positive relationships into your life. Let your baggage go, and take heart in knowing that for every dark night of the soul, there will be a sunrise the next morning.
Author Jenny Heston says of Mabon, and its point as a period of balance,
“While we harvest and celebrate the glorious gifts we are receiving we have to accept that the soil is dying, and release. We have food to eat, but warmth is gently tucking behind us and cold and dark lie ahead. Now if this if making you gulp a little, don’t! Remember you can’t experience light without the dark and vice versa. When the day and night are of equal length, it offers a powerful vibration and harmony between the time of creation (night) and the time of manifestation (day). This allows the flow between creation and manifestation to be more seamless and flows with ease and effortlessness. There are no limits on what you can manifest during an Equinox, however, for a Spring (Southern Hemisphere) it is a time of new beginnings and for us in Autumn it is a time to harvest, release and let go.”
Silliness – A Tomato