Daily Stuff 8-28-22 Feast of Pan

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:07 AM of -0.4 feet.The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Anja. House Capuchin Project Day at 1pm.

 [posting at 6pm] Driving into town at noon, the river was silvery, reflecting the clouds. It was indeed mostly cloudy, with stratus and cirrus clouds, making mare’s tails and curdled lumps across the whole sky. Now, it’s sunny, but I’m seeing beach fog clouds above the pharmacy building. 67F, wind at 2-15mph and gusting (15 is Newport Airport), AQI 23-39, UV7. Chance of rain 8% today and 9% tonight. Forecast – Today(68/51) sunny. Tomorrow(71/53) partly cloudy. Tue(70/54) mostly sunny. Wed-Sun(67/56) partly cloudy with a tiny chance of rain early Thursday morning. Mon(68/56) mostly sunny.

6 Fires
The smoke plume is over the very southern part of the coast range and Cascades, but runs on a diagonal from there up to the NE corner of Oregon. Iow, 1/2 the state is under the plume, but not us.
Rum Creek Fire – 1256 acres
Potter Fire – 628 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 110 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 7,602 acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres (back on the map…)
New – 805 Rv Fire – 150 acres (east of the Dalles)
Hat Top Fire – 1894 acres (not on the map)
Crockets Knob Fire – 1000 acres.
5 firespots.

Friday evening after the newsletter went out, Tempus had yet to get the bottles filled. It took him 1/2 an hour and then he had other stuff to hunt around for, so it was 7:15 when we left the shop. The sun had gone away, swallowed by the marine layer. I found ingredients and tools for a few things that I need to get made up (pirate marzipan, radish spread) while I was waiting.

…and of course the tools stayed behind. <ugh> So none of that happened. One more installment of carrots went into the freezer. I have to set up a soup tonight to use up leftovers. I watered the garden before we went in, but it was already getting dark, and during the night I browsed through a series of books that I pulled out of one of the boxes from the big estate sale purchase.

Tempus got in fairly early for a Saturday, and when I got up, just after noon, I did some garden work, mostly planting vegetable ends, but I watered the porch plants, planted some vegetable ends and got some beans in…. maybe we can beat the slugs for some fall harvest.

We opened up, offloaded the car and got to work. I whomped through mail and messages, dealing with a couple of customers in the middle. I took another little while to read a bunch of messages and copy some links over to groups that I run. …and Tempus and I got to talking about books and libraries. …and then I started writing, because I realized that there was a story set that I hadn’t gotten into…. So I spent about an hour on that, and then started working on the books that I went through last night.

A bit of writing – Babicka and Sun Magic – https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/about/memories-of-my-babicka/babicka-and-sun-magic/

We have a couple of serious collector books, one a Greater Key of Solomon, and a bunch of other ceremonial magic books. There’s one on Correspondences which has a bunch of drawings for those into sigil magic or symbol magic. There’s also one on incense that might eventally land on the shelves, but I’m going to go through it, first.

Today we open at 1pm. It’s our “different day”. I’ll be online a lot.

Hecate’s Brooch 8/28/19 photo by Anja


Today is the Feast of Pan in Ancient Greece. There is an extensive Wikipedia article here about Pan, himself:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_(god) This feast seems to have be more of a private celebration rather than civil. People would take foods to the shrines and picnic (etc.) nearby. There were some music competitions held in various of the towns in more rural areas, not the mannered competitions that were held in the large cities, but ones that included shepherd’s songs, playing on the panpipe and other reed pipes, etc. All of the links that I had about the competitions are broken, unfortunately, but they get commented on in various of the Greek comedies and even a few in the tragedies and other poetry from ancient Greece.

Celtic tree month Ash NuinFraxinus_latifolia_JPG1Fe

Today’s Plant is Oregon AshFraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” ,  or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication.Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created.

Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia

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 Virgo

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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 8/31 at 1:17pm.  

For some reason only 1/2 of the astronomy stuff is up online today. Normally it’s all there on Friday! This is a page of stuff for the month. – https://astronomy.com/magazine/sky-this-month/2022/08/sky-this-month-august-2022

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

The Sagittarius Teapot is still nearly on the meridian (due south) right after nightfall is complete. It’s tilting to pour to the right. Explore with binoculars before moonlight returns later this week.

Mirach and its ghost – The bright star Mirach appears to have a ghostly companion, but in reality it is a tiny galaxy far beyond our own. – Giuseppe Donatiello (Flickr) NGC 404

Did you know you can see ghosts in the night sky? Second-magnitude Mirach (Beta [β] Andromedae) is rising in the northeast after dark. This bright red giant star shows off its pleasing orangey-red color in your telescope, but there’s something else as well: a haunting companion just 7′ to its northeast. It’s not a stray reflection or a smudge on your eyepiece — this is Mirach’s Ghost, a dwarf lenticular galaxy sitting 10 million light-years beyond our own galaxy. Cataloged as NGC 404, this dim, small interloper can be hard to observe simply because the glare of much closer Mirach is so bright. The ease with which it can be mistaken for a reflection or other trick of the observer’s optics earned it its name. Although it is composed largely of old stars, NGC 404 also has a ring of young stars in its outskirts, suggesting that while it may be a ghost, it’s not completely “red and dead.”

Mercury is fading and sinking very low into the sunset glow. Early in the week, you can try scanning for it with binoculars or a wide-field telescope about 20 or 30 minutes after sunset. Look just above the horizon a little left of due west. Good luck. Don’t be misled if you sweep up sparkly Spica. It’s some 20° to Mercury’s upper left. A super-thin crescent Moon hangs about 6° above Mercury in the twilight of August 29th.

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), 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 – Amber
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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
Su  28     High   1:26 AM      7.5   6:35 AM    Rise  7:49 AM      0
~    28      Low   8:07 AM    -0.4   8:00 PM     Set  9:00 PM
~    28     High   2:25 PM      6.8
~    28      Low   8:16 PM      1.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a powerful day!


Journal Prompt – Expository – What state or country what was your mother raised in?



~   If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” – Rabbi Harold Kushner
~   The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach–waiting for a gift from the sea. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
~   One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge. – Robert Lynd
~   The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage run to 14,992 pages! National Review

River Roads by Carl Sandburg

Let the crows go by hawking their caw and caw.
They have been swimming in midnights of coal mines somewhere.
Let ’em hawk their caw and caw.

Let the woodpecker drum and drum on a hickory stump.
He has been swimming in red and blue pools somewhere hundreds of years
And the blue has gone to his wings and the red has gone to his head.
Let his red head drum and drum.

Let the dark pools hold the birds in a looking-glass.
And if the pool wishes, let it shiver to the blur of many wings, old swimmers from old places.

Let the redwing streak a line of vermillion on the green wood lines.
And the mist along the river fix its purple in lines of a woman’s shawl on lazy shoulders.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on August 21, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.


Mabon Magick – Recipes

Tart of cheese and eggs

  • 8 oz Cheshire cheese or similar (We used a savory tvarog)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz butter
  • You may also add 1/2 cup of canned mushrooms, chopped ham, bacon, onion or spring onion, plus sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs.


  1. Measure your cheese into a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Zap the butter until melted. (I use a coffee mug for 30 seconds. )
  3. Pour the butter over the cheese.
  4. Use a fork to attempt to mix (it’s going to be frustrating….)
  5. Add your egg and keep going. As it comes closer to room temp it will start to mix.
  6. Let stand for 10 minutes, covered, and mix again. This time it ought to mix pretty well.
  7. Prepare crusts and fill.
  8. At 10 minutes, check the center temp of one tart with a thermometer. It needs to be over 165F.
  9. Close the pie maker up and let bake a little longer. If the crusts were still pale, maybe 5 minutes. If they were already browning, no more than two.
  10. The centers should not appear liquid when you shake the pie-maker.
  11. Remove pies. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving warm, or refrigerate and serve cold.

Fresh Mushroom Soup

  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 c. nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tsp. onion flakes
  • 1 tbsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tbsp. sherry
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Slice caps and stems of mushrooms in thick pieces. 
  2. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan and saute the mushrooms quickly until just crisp tender. 
  3. Combine all other ingredients in blender and mix until thick and foamy. 
  4. Add mushrooms and blend again at lowest speed for 4 or 5 seconds or until mushrooms are chopped into fine pieces but not pulverized. 
  5. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and heat slowly, stirring with a wire whisk to keep from burning. 

Yield: about 1 1/4 quarts.  1 cup = approximately 180 calories. 

French Mushroom Soup

  • Serves 4. 2 1/2 c. onions, sliced
  • 3 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 3/4 lb. mushrooms, sliced 1/4 inch    thick
  • 2 (14 1/2 oz.) cans beef broth
  • 2 tbsp. dry sherry
  • 4 slices French bread, 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 c. Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated

 In 3 quart saucepan, saute onions in butter over medium heat for five minutes.  Add mushrooms; cook and stir three minutes.  Remove and reserve four mushroom slices for garnish.  Stir in broth and sherry; bring to boil.  Cover and simmer 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place bread on baking sheet; toast in oven until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.  Remove toast; heat broiler.  Puree half of soup in blender, then return to saucepan; stir.  Divide soup equally into four 1 1/2 cup, oven-proof bowls (see note below).  Top each serving with 1 slice toast, 1/4 cup Swiss cheese, one reserved mushroom slice and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.  Broil three to five minutes until golden brown.  Note:  Soup can be baked in larger serving dish rather than individual bowls, if desired. 

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

  • 1/2 c. wild rice
  • 2 tbsp. margarine
  • 1 c. minced leek (white part only)
  • 1/3 c. minced celery
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger root
  • 1 c. diced mushrooms
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • Salt & Pepper

  Cook rice; drain.  Meanwhile, heat margarine or butter in medium saucepan.  Add leek, celery and ginger and cook over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue cooking until they get a bit soft and then add broth. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes.  Add rice and season soup to taste with salt and pepper.


Silliness – LotD – Laugh of the Day – I told a joke in my Zoom meeting today.. it wasn’t even remotely funny.

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