Minus Tide at 7:37 AM of -0.6 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing Workshop 3pm.
[posting at 6pm] After the “spitties” Thursday night (nothing in the rain gauge), the overcast this morning broke up about when we opened, but the sky is milky. Computer is calling it, “partly cloudy”. 66F, wind at 0-5mph and gusting, AQI 3-32, UV6. Chance of rain 15% today and 7% tonight. Forecast – Today(66/52) partly cloudy. Tomorrow(67/51) sunny. Mon-Wed(67/55) partly cloudy. Thu(64/56) mostly cloudy. Fri-Sun (67/57) partly cloudy.
The whole state, except for the extreme SE is under the light part of the smoke. There’s a track from SW to the area of the Cascade fires that’s a bit heavier.
New – Rum Creek Fire – 959 acres – about 10-15 miles NW of Grants Pass. This is the area where all those firespots have been….
Potter Fire – 628 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 110 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 7,376 acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres (this one has dropped off the map…)
Hat Top Fire – 1894 acres (not on the map)
Crockets Knob Fire – 1000 acres.
Thursday evening Tempus was too tired to even eat. We brought water from the shop for the garden (and have to do it Friday evening, too!) and did that first, but then he came in and sat, and finally got his shoes off and went to sleep for a bit before he headed for Newport. I couldn’t sleep, as tired as I was, so I was still up at 4am. Not fun…. I didn’t have the energy to do anything, so I mostly read and wrote in my todo list.
Tempus got in at a regular hour and the car seems to be behaving. I was back up well before the alarm, because I was too warm, but fell asleep in my chair again, once I cooled down. <sigh> We had to scramble to get to the shop on time, but made it.
The day was slow…. pretty much all “just browsing”. I was writing and working on the next story that I’m going to record…. Oh…. Hmmm… ok, here are the links to the ones that are up. They don’t have my right name or the blurb for the story, so I’m supplying that here.
- The Dream of the Silver Veil, told by Anja Javornica – A legend of the founding of the Silver Veil mine in Bohemia. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a781ryucBOs&t=171s
- The Legend of the Charles Bridge … and eggs…. The story of how and why this famous bridge in Prague was built. …and what do eggs have to do with it? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8RaTSQP1-A&t=97s
- …and an older one – The Squire by Anja Javornitsa (aka Snihova) – SCA Aila’ntha – A simple story for a simple feast! Enjoy! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogFnhxgC1MM
….next up is Headless Gingerbread! Planning to record on Wednesday.
I got a small number of books out to the shelves. We’re kinda keeping up with sales…. a little ahead this week, thank goodness! I managed to order red and black candles, at least. I think I have a good supplier for these, now.
…and then started on this.
So tonight we need to water again. I’m figuring lentils and pork roast for supper, then I need to work on carrots overnight and maybe get in a little sewing, assuming that I have the energy.
Today we should be open at 1pm. Sewing Workshop is at 3pm. I’m expecting a couple of people to come in and show off their projects.
“I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream . . .”
“”I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!”
This speech stands among the greatest in our nation’s history. It shaped the conscience of my generation. It still makes me weep with the beauty of it. You can listen here: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. Harvested the day before, even after washing, it’s still detectable on my hands! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders, and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the New on 8/27 at 1:17am. 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 8/10 at 2:59am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 1:17pm on 8/28.
Another sign of the advancing season: Cassiopeia is high in the northeast, its W pattern tilting up. And below it, starry Perseus is reaching up.
The highest part of Perseus includes the wintry Double Cluster. To find it, look below the lowest two stars of the Cassiopeia W, by 1½ times the distance between them. You’re looking for what seems like a small spot of enhanced Milky Way glow. Binoculars or a finderscope will help you detect the Double Cluster even through a fair amount of light pollution. In a telescope the pair are a glory: a distant twin city of stars.
The asteroid 4 Vesta is just past opposition and showing itself at a relatively bright magnitude 6.1. This week it’s in western Aquarius about 8° southeast of Delta Capricorni, which is currently the 3rd-magnitude neighbor of Saturn. Use binoculars or a telescope with the finder chart in the August Sky & Telescope, page 49.
New Moon occurs at 4:17 A.M. EDT, leaving the skies dark for several days to get in some excellent deep-sky observing.
But first, Mercury reaches greatest elongation (27°) from the Sun at noon EDT. You can catch the magnitude 0.3 planet in the evening sky, still more than 5° high in the west 20 minutes after sunset. Through a telescope, the tiny planet appears 7″ across and 53 percent lit. You may also see the thin crescent Moon — just 1 percent lit — about 20° to Mercury’s lower left at the same time, some 2° high. Our satellite is just 17 hours old; viewing such a young Moon is a real challenge that many observers savor.
Within about 50 minutes of sunset, Mercury has disappeared beneath the horizon and the brightest stars have popped out against the darkening background of twilight. Two bright beacons in the west are magnitude 1 Spica and magnitude –0.1 Arcturus. Compare and contrast the colors of these two stars: Spica is blue-white, while Arcturus appears orangey-red. That’s because Spica is a young type B star (actually, it’s two close-together B-type stars, which sit just 11 million miles [17.7 million kilometers] apart), while Arcturus is an older, cooler, red giant type K star.
Uranus, magnitude 5.7 in Aries, is west of Mars before dawn. Neptune, magnitude 7.8 at the Aquarius-Pisces border, rises in evening twilight west of Jupiter.
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), Uranus (1/22/23), Retrograde
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Color – Brown
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 27 High 12:48 AM 7.5 6:34 AM Rise 6:42 AM 0
~ 27 Low 7:37 AM -0.6 8:01 PM Set 8:41 PM
~ 27 High 1:58 PM 6.6
~ 27 Low 7:39 PM 1.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I’m wise because I’ve been foolish.
Journal Prompt – Friends – Tell about your favorite vacation experience.
25~ Religion is about creation, and for that reason religion should be about the earth. – Laurie Cabot
~ If you already know how to make your dream come true, then you’re thinking too small. – Jack Canfield
~ Narby had no particular respect for engineers, largely because he had no particular talent for engineering. – Elsewhen (p. 182) Robert Heinlein
~ If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead. – Johnny Carson
Fracture by Ellen Bass
When the grizzly cubs were caught, collared, and taken away—
relocated they call it—
their mother ran back and forth on the road screaming.
Brutal sound. Torn from her lungs. Her heart,
twisted knot, hot blood rivering
to the twenty-six pounding bones of her feet.
Just weeks before
I watched a bear and her cubs run down a mountain
in the twilight.
So buoyant, they seemed to be tumbling
to the meadow,
to the yarrow root they dug, rocking
to wrest it from the hard ground, fattening for winter.
They were breathing what looked like gladness.
But that other mother . . .
Her massive head raised, desperate to catch their scent.
Each footfall a fracture in the earth’s crust.
Copyright © 2022 by Ellen Bass. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on August 17, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.
Mabon Magick –
Day 4: Mabon Ritual and Ceremony from Patti Wigington
For many Pagans and Wiccans, Mabon is a time of thanksgiving. Summer has ended, we’ve got the bounty of the harvest on our tables, and we’re celebrating the security of hearth and home. It’s the perfect time for a big ritual! You can try one of these rites to honor the season, or do a balance meditation to help you get grounded. Finally, we’ll look at some simple ideas to celebrate the Sabbat.
Honoring the Dark Mother at Mabon
In many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, the Mabon season includes embracing the darkness. While there are equal hours of light and dark, this is the time of year in which the daylight begins to fade and the nights get longer and colder as the earth goes dormant once again. This ritual welcomes the darker aspects of the goddess and the earth itself…
Honoring the Dark Mother – https://www.learnreligions.com/mabon-ritual-to-honor-the-dark-mother-2562295
Mabon Apple Harvest Ritual
In many pantheons, the apple is a symbol of the Divine. Apple trees are representative of wisdom and guidance. This apple ritual will allow you time to thank the gods for their bounty and blessings, and to enjoy the magic of the earth before the winds of winter blow through…Apple Harvest Ritual – https://www.learnreligions.com/the-magical-energy-of-apples-2562299
Mabon Balance Meditation
Mabon is traditionally seen as a time of balance. After all, it’s one of the two times each year that has equal amounts of darkness and light. 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”. If you’re feeling a bit spiritually lopsided, with this simple meditation you can restore a little balance into your life…Mabon Balance Meditation – https://www.learnreligions.com/mabon-balance-meditation-2562287
Ten Ways to Celebrate the Equinox
For many people, Mabon is a time of great spiritual change. You may find yourself ready to get out and try new things, or turning inward, to focus on hearth and home. Whether you’re thinking of hosting a food drive, or just walking in the woods, Mabon is a wonderful time to be thankful for all that life has to offer…Ten Ways to Celebrate Mabon – https://www.learnreligions.com/ways-to-celebrate-mabon-2562310
Have a magical Mabon, patti Patti Wigington Your About.com Guide to Paganism & Wicca
Silliness – Eyes