The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Kathy Allen.
[posting at 4am] It was clear when I came in to the shop just before 1:30am, but it’s clouding/fogging up, now. 53F, wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI 23-36, UV6. Chance of rain 13% today and 11% tonight. Dense fog Advisory through 11am Wed. Forecast – Today-Sun partly cloudy. Highs from 62 on Wed. to 69 on Sat. Mon(67/54) mostly sunny. Tue/Wed(66/54) sunny. Thu(65/54) mostly sunny. At least we’re going to be spared the heat!
We’re just barely in the light part of the smoke plume. It starts in the SW corner of the state and runs to the north and east ending over the Cascades. The fires out in eastern Oregon are trailing their own plumes, too.
Rum Creek Fire – 11,696 acres
Potter Fire – 629 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 110 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 7,698 acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres
805 Rv Fire – 150 acres
Crockets Knob Fire – 1,632 acres.
New – Sturgill Fire – 320 acres
We were a touch late again, not because we overslept, but because we had dishes and trash to collect up and hadn’t allowed quite enough time. I was out harvesting berries before we headed into town. I had a whole handful! I had apparently missed a branch of strawberries for a few days. While Tempus was gathering stuff up I weeded. You’d think with everything in pots and buckets there wouldn’t be weeds, but there are, and one of the dahlias that did come up is being stripped by slugs again. <sigh> More bait….
Oh the way in I was marveling at the color of the bay. Not sky color…. greener…. the was a heron fishing in the Eckman outflow. As we sped by he was crouched into himself and then his head shot forward and came up with something wriggly in his beak!
I started working on newsletters as soon as I was through messages and mail. I’ve figured out how to put messages into folders in the tablet, which is making daily mail much easier… although there wasn’t any signal until morning, which mean that I had 100 messages to go through at home!
Somewhere just before 3 the power went out. It was back within about 5 minutes, but the internet didn’t come back. Tempus checked with the phone company around 4pm and it was area-wide! Oi! They said it was a power spike, not an outage. So this newsletter and the newsletter for House Capuchin that I finish on Mondays had to wait. We had customers in during the power outage and couldn’t run cards. The one had cash and the other walked over to the bank for some.
I took a nap for a bit, then Tempus made us sandwiches and I had some coffee, which helped me wake up, at least some. We had been a bit busier than the last few days, with another couple in just before 7pm. We took a bunch of the herb stuff home again, so I could get that done at home over today. (best-laid plans….)
…and still no internet at 5pm or 6 or 7 or 8:30pm…. So we finally just headed home. Diana’s Bow was right in the edge of the sunset colors and really beautiful. We slept and when Tempus woke at 1am the net was back, so I’m back at the shop finishing what I should have gotten done in the afternoon.
I got a look at the sky as Tempus was locking up. Cygnus is already turning to fly into the west and Pegasus right overhead with Jupiter amazingly bright creeping up on the zenith.
I’m quite sure that we’ll sleep in today. It’s going to be hot enough that it’ll get me up, I’m sure, but Tempus is the one I worry about and I’d bet he’s going to be snoring until around 5. J I have a meeting tonight, but I think I’m going to skip because I’m recording Wednesday evening. I’m posting the Wednesday newsletter with no note for 8am on Wednesday. Hopefully, that will work. I’ll add the note, later.
Today’s feast is the International Day of the Disappeared. Too many people have vanished, whether kidnapped, taken by soldiers, gangs or armed thugs or sometimes just vanish after a natural (or unnatural) disaster. Sometimes their families never find them. Sometimes they find a grave. Sometimes only a rumor. It’s gotta stop! Find more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_the_Disappeared
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii(which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
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
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.
As twilight fades look low in the west for the crescent Moon, less thin and delicate than yesterday, with little Spica 4° or 5° to its left.
Some three fists to their upper right, Arcturus glimmers through the twilight.
Scorpius sits low on the southwestern horizon for a few hours after sunset. If you’ve got a clear view and a pair of binoculars, our targets tonight are two of the constellation’s many open clusters: M6 and M7. Both sit near the stinger stars Shaula and Lesath (Lambda [λ] and Upsilon [υ] Scorpii, respectively).
Going in numerical order, let’s start with M6. Also called the Butterfly Cluster, you’ll find this sparse grouping of stars 5° north-northeast of Shaula. You can likely see both at the same time by placing the star at the bottom of your field of view. And here’s where your imagination really comes into play: Some observers think this cluster looks like a butterfly with its wings spread, flying southeast — hence, its name. What do you think? In the same field of view, just 3.8° southeast of M6 and 4.7° northeast of Shaula, is M7, also called Ptolemy’s Cluster. This one is so named because Ptolemy made mention of it around A.D. 130 in his famous Almagest. Larger and brighter than M6, this sparkling cluster has a conspicuous yellow-hued sun near its center, surrounded by bright blue stars.
Mars, magnitude –0.1 in Taurus, rises around 11 or midnight in the east-northeast. By early dawn it shines very high in the southeast. Mars is now three times as bright as similarly colored Aldebaran, magnitude +0.9, a little way below it. Mars is 10 arcseconds in apparent diameter and growing. It’ll be 17.2 arcseconds wide when closest to Earth on December 1st.
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
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
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
Tu 30 High 2:45 AM 7.0 6:37 AM Rise 10:05 AM 5
~ 30 Low 9:06 AM 0.3 7:56 PM Set 9:39 PM
~ 30 High 3:21 PM 7.2
~ 30 Low 9:37 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Enjoy the little things.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” — Vernon Saunders Law
~ Don’t try to shape what you see, let the world show you its shape. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Imagination is intelligence with an erection. – Victor Hugo
~ I am human, a father, and a black man in pain and I am not the only one. – Jay-Z on his conversation with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) about justice for George Floyd.
~ Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. – Lawrence Kasdan
It’s ripe the melon
by our sink. Yellow,
bee-bitten, soft, it perfumes
the house too sweetly. – Albert Garcia (b. 1970)
Mabon Magick – from Patti Wigington
Mabon is a time to do magic that relates to the hearth and home. If you’ve been harvesting your garden, spend some time in the kitchen doing a bit of cooking magic – after all, the very act of preparing a meal can be a ritual itself! Reconnect with your home after spending the summer outdoors, and try a ritual of protection to keep your property safe during the winter months. We’ll also talk about how to raise magical energy with a drum circle, and the natural power found in the apples and grapes that are blossoming at this time of year!
Kitchen Witchcraft – There’s a growing movement within modern Paganism known as kitchen witchery, and there’s no better time than Mabon to brush up on your magical hearthkeeping skills. When you take the time to put meals together from the basic ingredients, you have a magical opportunity at hand. Here are some tips on how to incorporate magical living into your kitchen practices. https://www.learnreligions.com/about-kitchen-witches-2562549
Apple Magic – At Mabon, apples are everywhere. Orchards are blooming in full force, and if you get a chance to go picking, there’s no end to the possibilities for a basket of apples in the hands of a practitioner of magic! Apples have long been used for divination, and are seen as a symbol of the harvest season. https://www.learnreligions.com/the-magical-energy-of-apples-2562299
Hearth & Home Protection Ritual – Mabon is a time of balance, and it is the time to celebrate the stability of the hearth and home. This ritual is a simple one designed to place a barrier of harmony and security around your property. You can do this as a family group, as a coven, or even as a solitary. If you live in an apartment, feel free to adapt the rite as necessary. The key here is to focus on the perimeter of your personal space, whether you have a half-acre yard, a big rural spread, or a downtown condo… https://witchesofthecraft.com/2012/09/20/how-to-hold-a-hearth-and-home-rite-for-mabon/
Grapevine Magic – Much like the apple, the grape is one of those fruits that has a significant amount of magic associated with it. First and foremost, the grape harvest — and the wine that it produces — has been associated with fertility deities like Egypt’s Hathor, the lusty Roman Bacchus and his Greek counterpart, Dionysus. By the time of Mabon, grape arbors are flourishing. Vines, leaves and fruit are all usable items — the leaves are often used in Mediterranean cooking, the vines for craft projects, and the grapes themselves are extremely versatile… https://www.learnreligions.com/grapevine-legends-and-lore-2562288
Raise Energy With a Drum Circle – Drum circles are a lot of fun, and if you’ve ever attended a public Pagan or Wiccan event, chances are good that somewhere, someone is drumming. You may not be able to see them, but you’ll feel that pulsing rhythm off in the distance. In addition to being entertaining (and a great stress reliever), a drum circle serves another purpose – that of raising energy. Here are some hints for hosting a successful drum circle… https://www.pattiwigington.com/how-to-host-a-drum-circle/
Have a magical Mabon, patti Patti Wigington Your About.com Guide to Paganism & Wicca
Silliness – Sniglet – Musquirt – The water that comes out first when you don’t shake the bottle.