Daily Stuff 8-21-22 Consualia

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day and Potluck from 1-7pm.

 [posting at 6pm] The day started out overcast, but during the afternoon the clouds burned away and the breeze is picking up. 67F, wind at 2-8mph and gusting, AQI 12-34, UV7. Chance of rain 9% today and 17% tonight. Forecast – Today(68/57) mostly cloudy. Tomorrow(66/56) AM clouds .Tue-Thu(67/56) partly cloudy. Fri(67/55) mostly sunny. Sat/Sun(67/55) partly cloudy. Mon(73/57) sunny.

5 Fires
The lightest part of the smoke plume is covering from the Cascades east and the fires there are trailing smoke again.
Potter Fire – 597 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 121 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 5,719 acres
Hat Top Fire – 470 acres – New
6 firespots. The two in Medford aren’t associated with fires, but the rest are.

Friday evening it took awhile to finish up from the day. Tempus was still working in the class/sofa area and I was checking in books, waiting for him to be done. …and our 2nd, 3rd & 4th, and 5th & 6th customers walked in all past 6:30!

The egrets were up in the tree again, on our way home. We had lentils with a buttered roll and turned in. I got up a bit after midnight and started “souping”. Using a vegetable broth, I dumped in the last of the dehydrated leeks, tomatoes and a bunch of dried mushrooms. Once that was going I chopped an onion and added that and eventually some shredded cabbage. That cooked all night. I started to do carrots, but discovered that my left shoulder is so inflamed that I can’t hold the peeler! Plus, it still needs garlic. So I got the tomato salsa put together: black beans, canned corn, canned black olive, fresh cilantro, 1/2 a red onion and 6 tomatoes. That all went into a couple of big jars. What doesn’t get eaten by Tuesday will turn into tomato soup.

We had a lot to pile into the car before heading in to town this morning. We’re going to finish the cooking here, since the kids are likely to be here by 10am! They have to leave by 2 to make it home before dark.

We had a bunch of looky-lous in early on. One person stopped by with a project for sewing, got her questions answered and headed out again. No, I didn’t have room to do cutting out, so I worked on the current embroidery project. People kept wandering in and out, a fairly steady, if slow, stream. Nobody was buying, though, except for stickers…. Tempus started a batch of bread for the kids. The sun finally came out, but dang it was quiet for a Saturday! …and more looky-lous, but a few small sales. The odd part was the people who walked in, looked around and left in under a minute.

As soon as this is done I’m heading in back to “soup” again. I’m hoping that I can use the peeler, but if not, Tempus is going to. I have the carrot soup to finish and to set up the pork roast and hard-boil some more eggs. Once that is done I’m going to set out dishes, so I know we have enough and do the sauce for the eggs. That way most of the prep will be done. …I hope….

Today is going to be a mite crazy. We’ll be open at 1pm, but we’ll have been up way earlier than usual. Arthur, Raven and grandbaby are stopping for a visit and we’re hoping to feed them and give them the box of goodies for Sioned. This is also our “different day”, so we’ll be working on projects, later.

Crescent shadows from the eclipse 8/21/17. That’s Tempus with the sieve.

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Today is the Roman Feast of Consualia, the feast of Consus, god of harvests and underground grain stores. Consus’ altar was underground and kept buried for all by two days of the year, just like the seeds that he represents. He didn’t have any special priesthood, so sacrifices were performed on that day by priests of other gods. Games and races were held in his honor. It’s also a special day to honor horses and even tractors, those animals and machines that help us get in the grain harvest. In ancient Rome, horses were pampered on this day, given special foods, manes and tails braided up and hung with garlands before being paraded around and made much of. It sounds kinda like a State Fair! More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consualia

It’s also Bartle-tide, an odd commemoration of a thief or a giant and no one’s sure which! Some think it’s in honor of the Cerne Abbas Giant, a turf-cut figure, or the giant is in honor of the feast.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Witton


Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1stnations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. –Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon

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 Gemini enters Cancer at 5:29pm.

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.

The last-quarter Moon shone between Mars and the Pleiades early Friday morning the 19th. On Sunday morning the 21st it’s between the horntips of Taurus: Beta and fainter Zeta Tauri.

On dark nights, the Large Sagittarius Star Cloud seems to emerge like steam from the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot.

This week the Sagittarius Teapot is at its highest on the meridian (due south) right after nightfall is complete. It’s tilting to pour to the right, as shown above. Explore with binoculars.

Serpens Caput – Serpens the Serpent is the sky’s only divided constellation. Serpens Caput marks the celestial serpent’s head. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The constellation Serpens is the only such star pattern that is broken into two distinct pieces: Serpens Cauda (the Serpent’s Tail) and Serpens Caput (the Serpent’s Head). The reason for this strange setup is that Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer is carrying this celestial snake through the sky, and his territory breaks up the area dedicated to his load. Tonight, we’ll concentrate on the front portion of the snake: Serpens Caput. It’s located in the southwestern sky after sunset and fortunately isn’t hard to find. Most observers use two bright red giant stars — Antares in Scorpius and Arcturus in Boötes — to guide them in their hunt. Once you’ve found these two stars, draw an imaginary line between them and look about halfway along it. Then tilt your gaze just north of that point, and you’re in Serpens Caput. Magnitude 2.6 Unukalhai is this constellation’s brightest star, which lies in roughly the center of this constellation. Some 15 times as wide as our Sun, this star is no longer in the hydrogen-burning phase of its life, but has begun fusing heavier elements like carbon and oxygen instead. About 10° to this star’s north is a triangle of three stars that you can likely visualize as a snake’s head, outlined by Beta, Gamma, and Kappa (κ) Serpentis.

Mercury remains very low in the sunset glow. About 20 or 30 minutes after sunset, try scanning for it with binoculars just above the horizon almost due west. Good luck. At least Mercury is moderately bright as Mercury goes: about magnitude +0.2. Don’t be misled if you sweep up sparkly Spica instead. It’s some 25° to Mercury’s upper left.

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 – Gold
Harvest 8/19-21
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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.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High       Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low       Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Su  21      Low   3:24 AM     0.7   6:27 AM    Rise 12:47 AM      35
~    21     High  10:16 AM     4.9   8:12 PM     Set  5:13 PM
~    21       Low   2:57 PM     3.6
~    21      High   8:52 PM     6.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – May the hinges of friendship never grow rusty.


Journal Prompt – Books – Tell about an article or book you read recently.



~   Lerman’s Law of Technology: Any technical problem can be overcome given enough time and money. Corollary: You are never given enough time or money.
~   Whatever the tradition, years of practice are necessary before an opening occurs and you finally realize the absurdity of trying to achieve anything. This search for truth or enlightenment is the barrier itself that separates us from what we seek. – Dennis Genpo Merzel
~   Humility is that grace that, when you know you have it, you have lost it. – Andrew Murray
~   Human beings, we are told, carry within themselves a very great possibility, and corresponding to this possibility, a great obligation.- Dr. Jacob Needleman

The Fifth of November – English Folk Verse (c.1870)

    Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;
    I know of no reason
    Why the Gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot!

    Guy Fawkes and his companions
    Did the scheme contrive,
    To blow the King and Parliament
    All up alive.

    Threescore barrels, laid below,
    To prove old England’s overthrow.
    But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
    With a dark lantern, lighting a match!

    A stick and a stake
    For King James’s sake!
    If you won’t give me one,
    I’ll take two,
    The better for me,
    And the worse for you.

    A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
    A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
    A pint of beer to wash it down,
    And a jolly good fire to burn him.

    Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
    Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
    Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

Version from http://www.potw.org/archive/potw405.html


Mabon Magick – Lore – Crone’s Corner Fall Equinox (Mabon)

The Fall Equinox or Meán Fómhair is the Autumnal equinox, on or around September 21st. It is the Neopagan equivalent of Thanksgiving, and the first day of the fall. It is at once the winding down of things, but not the end. It can be linked to the move to maturity and preparing for new stages of life or advancement it is the last great feast of the year and time to take stock. Most traditions include final harvesting (symbolic or actual), stalk bundling, and preparing for the times that will come.

Feasts consist of stews, meats, pumpkins, wines, ale, and seasonal vegetables (mostly vine or root types.)

The deities honored my most traditions are “royal” or complex (with differing manifestations), such as Bran (sometimes Vran) and branwen – or Lugh and The Morrigan. Ancestors that complement these complex divinities can also be honored.

The plans that were made on Samhain should now have run their natural courses to completion.

Then, as the wheel of the year keeps turning, it’s back to Samhain…As previously stated, Not all Neopagan traditions will practice the same holidays in the same way or have the same views on them. Celebrate them in ways that seem right to you, even if you can only consider the symbolism of them, mark them in your own way. The Neopagan festivals are reminders of the Agricultural/natural cycle of life that we are now so far from. In a world were foods and goods are less and less seasonal, it is a nice way to re-connect.-And besides, Who doesn’t like an excuse to celebrate?


Silliness – Elephant Robbery

A jeweler called the police station to report a robbery.
“You’ll never believe what happened, Sergeant. A truck backed up to my store, the doors opened and an elephant came out. He broke my plate glass window, stuck his trunk in, sucked up all the jewelry and climbed back into the truck. The doors closed and the truck pulled away.”
The desk sergeant said, “Could you tell me, for identification purposes, whether it was an Indian elephant or an African elephant?”
“What’s the difference?” asked the jeweler.
“Well,” said the sergeant, an African elephant has great big ears and an Indian elephant has little ears.”
“Come to think of it, I couldn’t see his ears,” said the jeweler. “He had a stocking over his head.”

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