Daily Stuff 8-29-22 Ishi

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:36 AM of -0.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by GirlInWaterPhotography.

 [posting at 6:30pm] Sunny and a gloriously blue sky! 62F, wind at 1-18mph and gusting (18 at the Newport Airport), AQI 9-33, UV7. Chance of rain 9% today and 8% tonight. Forecast – Mostly cloudy all week through Friday, with temps ranging from 64-69 during the day to 54-56 at night. Sat-Tue(67/55) mostly sunny. That tiny chance of rain has vanished.

6 Fires
The coast is mostly clear of smoke, but the rest of the state is under the light part of the smoke plume. It’s thicker over the Siskyous and environs.
Rum Creek Fire – 9500 acres
Potter Fire – 629 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 110 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 7,632 acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres (back on the map…)
805 Rv Fire – 150 acres (east of the Dalles)
Crockets Knob Fire – 1,285 acres.
5 firespots.

8-28-22 – The rose has gone berserk!

Saturday evening we were so tired we decided to forget about supper and crawled into bed. Asthma got me up around 11:30, but I was back asleep by 2am, just after Tempus headed out for the papers. He got in around 9:30 and we both went back to sleep!

8-28-22 – A friend

I was up with the alarm, got dressed and got some photos done outside before we headed into town. The sky was the most amazing blue, utterly clear.

I harvested herbs first (rosemary, fennel, sweet grass. calendula and white sage) and then the rest of the day was spent talking to folks online, processing photos, processing herbs and taking care of the 5 customers that we had all day and writing.

I’m hoping to soak in my little pool this evening and maybe I’ll have enough oomph to actually do some of the cookery that I’m trying for.

8-28-22 – Pretty blossom

Today we’ll be back to usual. I have more books, more crystals and other things to check in and I did get some more things ordered on Saturday.

Holdfast – Photo by GirlInWaterPhotography on 8/25/22 Used with permission.

Ishi feast

Ishi was a Yahi from Central California, the last survivor of his tribe. After everyone else died of disease or was killed he lived on his own for several years, finally emerging to live in a museum for the rest of his life, dying of TB in 1916. He taught people at the museum a lot of the techniques of weapon-making and various implements, particularly those in knapped flint, as well as making numerous recordings on wax cylinders of his native language. People are realizing that he was not of pure Yahi ancestry, that the surviving members of the tribes probably intermarried as the population dwindled. There’s a good bio on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishi

plant coast willow Salix_hookeriana_USFWS

Today’s Plant is the Coast WillowSalix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses and pronunciation). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying.  The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here:http://en.wikipedia.org

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 enters Libra at 2:$5am.

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. 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.  

The Moon passes Mercury – A waxing crescent Moon passes near Mercury in bright twilight the evening of January 25. A similar scene occurred January 31, 2014, when this photographer captured the two solar system objects. (The planet appears as a bright dot at upper left.) – Gilbert Ahlstrand

Soon after sunset, like 20 minutes or so, start scanning for the super-thin crescent Moon quite low over the west horizon in bright twilight. Binoculars or a wide-field telescope may make the difference for spotting it if the air is not crystal clear. Got the Moon? Then look about 6° below it for little Mercury heading down and away.

Venus dominates the morning sky as a blazing magnitude –3.9 light in the east, appearing about an hour before the Sun. It sits in western Leo, just under the head of the big cat as he climbs above the horizon with the dawn. The planet appears nearly full (97 percent lit) and 10″ across through a telescope.

Jupiter, Moon, and M44 rising – The moon rises alongside Jupiter and the Beehive Cluster in this 2014 shot. – Jeff Sullivan (Flickr)

Above (to the upper right of) Venus’ position in the sky is Cancer the Crab. If you’re out early enough, you may be able to spot the Beehive Cluster (M44) within it — the cluster is visible to the naked eye but in the growing twilight, binoculars or a telescope might serve you best. Above Cancer is Gemini the Twins. The two brightest stars in this constellation, Castor and Pollux, mark the figures’ heads. If you’ve still got your scope out, look at blue-white Castor to discover it’s not one star, but two through the eyepiece. (Do make sure to put away your binoculars or telescope several minutes before the Sun rises from your location, which may be different from the time listed below.)

The delicate waxing Moon passes 7° north of Mercury at 7 A.M. EDT. Still visible after sunset, look west 30 minutes after our star disappears to find the pair now closer together — just over 6° apart — but our satellite now sits northeast of the small planet.

Venus, magnitude –3.9 in Leo, rises about a half hour after dawn begins. As dawn brightens, look for it very low in the east.

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. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

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 – Grey
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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
M   29     High   2:05 AM     7.3   6:36 AM    Rise  8:56 AM      2
~    29      Low   8:36 AM    -0.1   7:58 PM     Set  9:19 PM
~    29     High   2:53 PM     7.0
~    29      Low   8:55 PM     1.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The ankh is the sign of life-force…representing Isis.


Journal Prompt – I wish… – I wish I could touch……



~   Daring is about going beyond what we can perceive. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Earth, seen from space, looked as it had looked in color-stereo pictures, but he found that the real thing is as vastly more satisfying as a hamburger is better than a picture of one. – A Tenderfoot in Space (p. 689) Robert Heinlein ~   When you find the strength to continuously act in the face of uncertainty, you till the soil of genius. – Jonathan Fields
~   Technology does not run an enterprise, relationships do. – Patricia Fripp
~   Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. – Woody Hayes

Time Travel


Mabon Magick – Lore

Kitchen Witchery – What is a Kitchen Witch? By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide – http://networkedblogs.com/7Pvd6

What is Kitchen Witchery?:

There’s a growing movement within modern Paganism known as kitchen witchery. The kitchen is, after all, the heart and hearth of many modern households. When you have a gathering in your home, where do most of your guests hang out? Why, the kitchen, of course! Also, thanks to a declining economy, many more people are making meals from scratch and the kitchen has once again become a place where people spend hours, rather than minutes. So it’s no surprise that kitchen witchery has seen a rise in popularity.

Meal Prep as Magic:

When you take the time to put meals together from the basic ingredients, you have a magical opportunity at hand. You can infuse every dish with intent and will. A meal can stop being something you dump out of a can, and start being a ritual in and of itself. When you take time to prepare something with your own hands, that lends it sacredness, and will make you want to spend time savoring it with your family, rather than just snarfing it down on your way out the door to soccer practice. By changing the way you view food, its preparation and its consumption, you can craft some practical magic at its simplest level.

How To Bring Magic Into the Kitchen:

As you become more aware of what it’s like to live magically, and more in tune with your own actions and activities, you may at some point realize that your kitchen is a magical one. There are a number of things you can do to enhance the magical atmosphere in your kitchen. Try some or all of these to get started:

  • Have a kitchen altar. The stovetop is today’s equivalent of the hearth fires of old, and it’s where most food preparation is done. Create a small altar with items that can be moved as needed — add a statue of a home or hearth goddess, a cauldron, or a candle. If you like, paint a trivet with symbols of your tradition.
  • Make sure your herbs are readily accessible. If you cook with them, display them in decorative jars. Make sure that they’re not sitting in direct sunlight, though, or they’ll lose their potency. If possible, have live plants in pots to use during the year. Keep fresh vegetables on hand as well.
  • Read up on practices like Feng Shui so you can optimize your work space for maximum efficiency, both spiritual and practical.
  • Keep the space clean. Much like any other sacred space, physical cleanliness maintains spiritual cleanliness. It’s hard to find balance in a place that is cluttered and chaotic. Make sure counter tops are wiped down after each meal, keep the sink free of dirty dishes, and organize cupboards and shelves so they are easy to use.
  • Paint the walls in colors that are comforting and happy. If your house still has the 1970’s metallic flecked wallpaper in the kitchen, it’s time to get it out of there. Choose a color that makes you and your family feel good — earth tones are soothing, yellows are happy and bright, and greens bring prosperity and abundance.
  • Keep cookbooks and recipes organized where you can find them. You might even want to have a special book of magical recipes that you keep separate from your regular Book of Shadows.

You can also incorporate magical practices into your cooking. Consider some of these:

  • When stirring a recipe, stir in a deosil or widdershins direction, depending on the goal you wish to achieve.
  • If you’re making a sandwich, spread condiments like mustard in a sigil for your purpose.
  • When you bake bread, add herbs or spices that correspond to your magical needs.

Although kitchen witchery is rapidly becoming a popular term, it’s hardly a new concept. Get your kitchen clean and organized, and you’ll be well on your way to a successful path as a kitchen witch!


Silliness – Third Baby

When I was six months pregnant with my third child, my three year old came into the room when I was just getting ready to get into the shower.
She said, “Mommy, you are getting fat!”
I replied, “Yes honey, remember Mommy has a baby growing in her tummy.”
“I know,” she replied, “but what is growing in your butt?”

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