Daily Stuff 8-23-22 Vulcanalia

Hi, folks!

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

 [posting at 6pm] The sky has been beautiful, although the sunshine has been coming and going. 66F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 3-28, UV7. Chance of rain 9% today and 14% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 3pm Tue to 3am Wed. Forecast – Today(67/56) mostly sunny. Tomorrow(65/58) partly cloudy. Thu(65/57) AM clouds. Fri-Tue(68/55) partly cloudy. Wed(65/56) small chance of PM showers.

5 Fires
The whole state execpt for some teeny bits on the south coast is under the lightest level of the smok plume. It’s also thicker around the firespot in Medford and around the Cedar Creek Fire, which has really blown up.
Potter Fire – 619 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 110 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 6,473 acres (the newspaper said this morning that it was over 7000!)
Hat Top Fire – 1894 acres
8 firespots. Some are off of the Cedar Creek Fire, and some new ones in eastern Oregon.

Sunday evening we packed things up at 6pm and headed home. We stopped at the dollar store for oil and they had small wading pools, so Tempus got me one. I want one to cool my feet, or maybe sit in. None of the neighbors were in when we got home and we were too tired to eat, anyway, so we put things away and went to bed. I was up from 11-1:30, btu crawled back in and fell asleep about 2:30. I woke, briefly, when my tablet fell over and whacked me in the face, but I put it away, flipped over and went back to sleep!

We’re going to re-package some of the stuff from the potluck and hand it out in the evening, or maybe today. The neighbors will be around at some point and Sasha is supposed to visit today.

The sky on the way into town was glorious! it shaded from a brilliant blue overhear to a pale robin’s egg near the horizon. Every variety of cloud except for rain was represented: cumulus, low clouds from the beach fog, strato cumulus, and cirrus in varieties from mackerel sky to mare’s tails, to somehting that looked exactly like the pattern sunlight and ripples make on underwater sand. The river was a deep silvery blue. It’s been silver under the clouds and the bay was a deep blue with scrambled reflections of the clouds.

I was still quite sleepy when we got to the shop. I re-filled Tempus’ mints bottle. Tempus had to run around to get things cleaned up after yesterday, so he didn’t start coffee for awhile. I made do with a lovely rye roll and my water bottle. …and then got coffee a bit after 2pm.

I was horribly sleepy, although I had gotten enough sleep. It made it hard to settle, so I decided to update my books on the tabletJust as I gto the last of those downloaded Tempus handed me some delicious cheese toast with onion and tomato and another cup of coffee. He’s so good to me!

I think we had about 10 people through the whole day. A couple of young ones bought stickers and that was about it. I had writing to do, so I worked on that for a bit. I got that done and then started getting this newsletter and tomorrow’s ready to go. Tempus eventually handed me hot water for cup of soup and an iced coffee, which really helped!

Today we’re going to sleep in and then do chores. I don’t have any meetings tonight, so the next full newsletter will be on Thursday. The Wednesday newsletter will be just “stuff”, actually published Monday night, but with the Facebook version timed to be out at 8am on Wednesday. There will be Herbs in the Garden on Wednesday afternoon. Depending on what happens that day, the newsletter will either be out during the evening, or after we open on Thursday!

A Ken Gagne photo of an egret from 7/17/14

feast Vulcanalia

Today’s feast is the Vulcanalia, sacred to the god Vulcan and the nymphs. Vulcan is the god of the forge and fires. The Divine Sun is part of this festival and work was begun by candlelight so as to emphasize that good aspects of fire. The bad aspects we see in the air, during fire season. The eruption that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum occurred during this festival in 79CE.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcanalia#Vulcanalia



Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry

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 Cancer

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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 8/25  at 1:17pm.

As summer progresses and Arcturus moves down the western sky, the kite figure of Bootes sprouts from Arcturus toward the upper right. The kite is 23° long, about two fists at arm’s length. It’s rather narrow, and its top is bent to the right. Arcturus is its bottom point where the stubby tail is tied on. The tail currently flutters downward. The Big Dipper slants at about the same height in the northwest, to the Kite’s right.

Crowded star city – The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules is a massive ball of stars and a showpiece of the Northern Hemisphere skies. – Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

As summer fades to fall, we’re slowly losing the chance to view one of the best globular clusters in the northern sky: M13 in Hercules. Fortunately, there’s still plenty of time, as the Strongman remains more than 75° high in the western sky an hour after sunset tonight. M13, also called the Hercules Cluster or the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, certainly lives up to its name. Just visible to the naked eye under dark-sky conditions at magnitude 5.8, this dense ball of stars spans just 20′ and crams several hundred thousand stars (at least) into a volume less than 150 light-years in diameter. M13 lies just less than 2.5° south of magnitude 3.5 Eta (η) Herculis. You can resolve it easily with a 3-inch scope, so you don’t need a big instrument to dig into its details. At magnifications of 200x or greater, look also for its strange “propeller” feature: a Y-shaped region of dark lanes near the cluster’s center.

Venus, magnitude –3.9, rises just after dawn begins. As dawn brightens, look for it low in the east-northeast. It’s far below high Capella. Venus forms a very wide, very flattened isosceles (two-sides-equal) triangle with Procyon to its upper right and Sirius farther right. The triangle lies nearly level for observers near latitude 40° north. From Venus to Sirius is a good 50°, roughly five fists at arm’s length.

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 Virgo

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 – ?
Planting 8/22&3
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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
Tu  23      Low   5:13 AM     0.2   6:29 AM    Rise  2:24 AM      18
~    23     High  11:58 AM     5.6   8:08 PM     Set  6:48 PM
~    23      Low   5:01 PM     3.3
~    23     High  10:42 PM     7.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – At least once a day sit and do nothing!


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Behind every able man, there are always other able men. – Chinese proverb



~   The illusion has broken down, the system is in its death throes, if we remain calm, breathing deeply, breathe into our hearts, we can quickly turn chaos into an opening to follow our bliss, our life’s work the path of service we need to follow in order to fulfill our personal calling in the world and gift it to the humanity. We are in the new earth, time for us all to collectively be there. Lift the veil reveal the truth. – Raven Redbone
~   The smaller the understanding of the situation, the more pretentious the form of expression. – John Romano
~   Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. – Margaret Lee Runbeck
~   There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist

The English Renaissance lasted from about 1580 to 1626, and produced some of the world’s most outstanding literature. At the core of this output was Sir Francis Bacon, a prodigious writer and philosopher. By opening the rational world to the creative mind, Bacon set the foundations upon which modern society has been built. In his major work, The Advancement of Learning, Bacon proposed the Novum Organum, a “new tool” for the rational mind: inductive reasoning. Better-known today as the scientific method, inductive reasoning replaced the syllogistic simplicity of Aristotelian deductive reasoning with the creative act of hypothesis and experiment. Consider Bacon’s statement:
“If a man will begin with certainties,
he will end in doubts;
but if he will be content to begin with doubts,
he will end in certainties.” – Source: SirBacon.com


Mabon Magick – Crafts

Pagan Studies – Harvest Necklace

The months of August, September and October are typically the time for harvest festivals, feasts and celebrations in the northern hemisphere. It is a time when many cultures and spiritual paths celebrate the bounty of the Earth, give thanks for the blessings of this bounty and honor their deities connected with Harvest and the plant spirits.

It is a good time for us to reconnect with the cycles of Nature and receive teachings from the nature spirits and plant spirits.  Study some of the plant species in your area (foods, flowers, trees, etc) and then take a walk outdoors and try to identify these species.  You will notice that some of these plants are beginning to set seed, and it is very interesting to look at all the different types of seed that exist in Nature!

You can create a necklace of seeds to wear during a Harvest celebration, or you may choose to use your “necklace” as an altar decoration or candle garland. You can collect seeds from outdoors that are large enough to string onto a necklace, or you can get seeds from the produce you buy at the grocery store. Apples, gourds, squash, and corn are all good sources for seeds.  Always use uncooked seeds (for instance, never use cooked corn on the cob because the kernels will decompose on your necklace rather than drying).  “Indian” corn can also be used, but since it is already dry you will need to soak the kernels in warm water until they are soft enough to string onto your necklace.  Larger seeds, like buckeyes and acorns, can be used but they require the use of a thin drill bit to get a good hole in them.

Use a sturdy, sharp needle and a heavy string such as dental floss, beading string or hand quilting weight thread.  I like to double my string so that the necklace is very sturdy.  Once strung, the seeds will dry and they may shrink a bit so make your necklace longer than you would like to account for this shrinkage.  Hang the strung seeds in a well ventilated room until the seeds are dry. You can make the necklace long enough to slip over your head or you can add a clasp on the ends of your necklace.  You can also wear them wrapped around your wrists or ankles several times (bells can be added if you plan to dance at your festival).  You may also wish to add bits of raffia or stripped, dry cornhusk by tying the bits around your string at different intervals. You can also add any type of charms or stones to your necklace that are used at autumn celebrations in your tradition…..perhaps half of a black walnut, to represent Owl/Wisdom/Goddess. – Written by ScryeWulf for the Magickal Crafts Newsletter

Mabon Prosperity Candles By Patti Wigington, About.com

The Bounty of the Season

In the Norse rune system, Fehu symbolizes prosperity, wealth and financial gain. – Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007

In the Norse rune system, Fehu symbolizes prosperity, wealth and financial gain. – Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007

Mabon is a time to be thankful for all the things we have — a garden full of crops to pick, full apple trees in the orchards, and the bread we’ve been baking with the grain already harvested. Although this is a time of balance, it’s also a time to look at what you have and be grateful for it. Celebrate the abundance of the harvest season by inviting prosperity into your life. These simple candles can be given as gifts, burned on your altar, or placed around the house to bring abundance your way.

You’ll need the following items on your workspace before you begin:

  • An unscented candle in a harvest color — yellow, orange, brown
  • Your choice of Money Oil or essential oil of cinnamon, orange, or ginger
  • Something to inscribe the candle with — a pencil, stylus, etc.
  • A pinch of dried basil, sage or dill

If you normally cast a circle or invoke Deity before a working, do so now. Using the stylus or pencil, inscribe your intent upon the candle. For example, if you need money to pay the bills, carve that on there. If you just want extra fun money, write that on the candle too. If you’re not sure how much you need, you can use symbols of money such as the $ dollar sign or a runic symbol. In traditional runes, Fehu is the sign of prosperity (see image).

A Little Candle Magic

Mabon is the perfect time to draw abundance into your life with a bit of simple candle magic. – Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007

 Mabon is the perfect time to draw abundance into your life with a bit of simple candle magic. – Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007

Once you’ve completed your inscription, anoint the candle with the Money Oil. If you don’t have Money Oil, use another essential oil that brings prosperity — cinnamon, orange or ginger are all good to use. Focus your intent into the candle, drawing abundance to you. Rub a small amount of the dried basil, sage or dill — all herbs connected with money — into the oil. As you do, clearly visualize how you will be using the money that comes your way. Will you use it to pay off debt? Buy a new car? Take a class for personal growth?

Light the candle, and meditate on the flame. Continue focusing on your intent, and imagine it building, first as a small spark, and then growing into a large ball of light. Maintain this image as long as you can, and then release it into the candle flame. Make sure the candle is in a safe place so as not to be a fire hazard (a bowl of sand is perfect for this) and allow the candle to burn out on its own.


Silliness – Boullionaire

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