The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
[posting at 8:30pm] It’s been a pretty day with a sky of soft blue, and just enough breeze for cooling, although it started clouding up and was overcast by the time we were heading into town. 58F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 30-39, UV6. Chance of rain 11% today and 19% tonight. DENSE FOG ADVISORY until 10am…. Forecast – Today(65/55) mostly sunny. Tomorrow(63/57) mostly cloudy. Sat(68/54) mostly sunny.. Sun/Mon(67/54) partly cloudy. Tue(65/53) sunny. Wed/Thu(65/53) mostly sunny. Fri(68/55) sunny.
The smoke plume is covering most of the state and is about the middle density over us. The Cascades are relly socked in.
Rum Creek Fire – 12,916 acres
Potter Fire – 629 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 110 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 8,421 acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres
805 Rv Fire – 150 acres
Crockets Knob Fire – 2,356 acres.
Sturgill Fire – 2,000 acres
New – Nebo Fire – 800 acres
New – Double Creek Fire – 1,000 acres
Yesterday I finished the fennel fronds just before time for Herbs in the Garden. I spent about 1/2 an hour weeding, now that I have my new weeding stick and another 20 minutes watering, before harvesting some more greens and then taking them inside to process. The sky was a lovely soft blue and the breeze was just perfect for keeping me cool. Inside I needed a fan!
I woke Tempus at 4:30 and we headed in to the shop. There were egrets in a couple of the inlets and one in the Eckman outflow. The goose flotilla had moved to the lake proper…. and then we went past Lint Slough and there were 1/2 a dozen more egrets in various poses, plus a seagull that looked rather confused….. 🙂
I sorted messages, first, then set up for the recording. Tempus got me coffee (I really needed it by that point!) and a bowl of cottage cheese with the last of my fig jam. I was mostly ready well ahead of time, so I sorted the mail that Tempus had picked up and started checking in the box of smudges and Palo Santo that had arrived. I’ll be finishing that today.
By 6:50, when he handed me yet another cup of coffee I was ready, but he still needed to put the “wall” up behind me, still. It’s a cloth hanging, but it works very well for the recordings. We got that sorted and started in on the recording. I’ll know in a couple of days whether it turned out well, but it sounded like it to the lady who was doing the recording. I’ve gotten Tempus to let me out and once this is done, and the bread is baked, we’re heading home. Amor called with perfect timing about 20 minutes after we finished. He needed some shopping advice from Mama. He’s got a new hat and wants it to be waterproof.
I have some more carrots to process overnight and I want to set up a casserole with the eggplants I got last week, but that will probably be tomorrow or Friday’s supper, not tonight’s, since Tempus already has some spaghetti and fed me, as well. He’s currently making bread. I downloaded a bunch of book s to my tablet, so I can curl up and be a vegetable, myself, later. 🙂
Today’s Feast – The Calends/Kalends (Latin Kalendae “the called”, gen. plural -arum), correspond to the first days of each month of the Roman calendar. The Romans assigned these calends to the first day of the month, signifying the start of the new moon cycle. On that day, the pontiffs would announce at the Curia Calabra the rest days for the upcoming month, and the debtors had to pay off their debts that were inscribed in the calendaria, a sort of accounts book. The date (in this calendar system) was measured relative to days such as the Calends, Nones or Ides, for example, in modern terms, three days past Calends would be the 4th of the month. This sort of system would be used to date documents, diary entries, etc. …This word forms the basis of the English word calendar. … Entry from Wikipedia here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalends
Today’s Plant is the Primrose, Primula vulgaris. This plant, because easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside in the early spring. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the youngflowers can be made into primrose wine. – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/3 at 11:08am.
The change of August to September means that Scorpius, which was the proud starring constellation of the south during the height of summer, now turns to lie horizontally in the southwest after nightfall is complete, preparing to bed down for the season. The Moon, getting near first quarter, hangs to Scorpius’s right.
With the start of September comes the opportunity to observe a very special star: The American Association of Variable Star Observers’ featured variable star of the month, Delta (δ) Cephei. This 4th-magnitude star located in southeastern Cepheus the King is the archetype Cepheid variable. This class of variable stars has become a vital indicator that allows astronomers to measure the distance to faraway objects — including, perhaps most famously, the Andromeda Galaxy. A famous variable star identified in that galaxy by Edwin Hubble single-handedly settled the Great Debate over whether the Milky Way was the only galaxy in the entire universe. What makes Cepheids so special? Cepheid variables follow a relationship called the Leavitt Law that links the star’s period — the time over which it brightens and dims — to its intrinsic brightness. Thus, using this law, researchers can measure a star’s period and derive its brightness, then compare it to how bright the star appears after it is dimmed by the distance between it and Earth. This comparison tells us how far away the star truly is. An hour after sunset, Cepheus is already high in the northeast, swinging its way up and around the North Celestial Pole. The King is a roughly house-shaped constellation; Delta Cephei is about 2.5° due east of 3rd-magnitude Zeta (ζ) Cephei, which marks the lower left corner of the house when pictured upright. Tonight, about an hour after sunset, Delta will appear to the lower right of Zeta. Delta’s brightness cycles between magnitude 3.6 and 4.3 over the course of only about two weeks. If you come out to observe it night after night, you’ll likely notice how it changes relative to its neighboring stars.
Saturn, magnitude +0.3 in western Capricornus, was at opposition August 14th. Now you can spot it in the southeast in late twilight. It’s higher later in the evening and at its highest and best in the south around 11 or midnight. It sets around the beginning of dawn. Saturn’s rings appear roughly as wide, end to end, as Jupiter’s globe. See the August Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
Color – Green
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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.
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Many Shades of Green
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 1 High 4:21 AM 6.1 6:39 AM Rise 12:29 PM 19
~ 1 Low 10:11 AM 1.5 7:53 PM Set 10:26 PM
~ 1 High 4:26 PM 7.5
~ 1 Low 11:16 PM 0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – The silence of the dawn, and how it speaks to you.
Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – What do you like and dislike about where you live?
~ Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. – Ram Dass
~ Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety. – Rene Daumal
~ Without some goal and some effort to reach it no man can live. – Feodor Dostoyevsky
~ You are meant to grow and blossom into the person you want to be. The time to start is now. – Kerr Cuhulain
September strews the woodlot o’er
With many a brilliant color;
The world is brighter than before,
Why should our hearts be duller? – Thomas W. Parsons (1819–92)
Mabon Magick – Lore – Bringing Autumn Magic In – Granny’s Herbals – Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).
There’s nothing more luscious than inviting nature indoors in the Fall: the
brilliant colors of Autumn make our homes feel deliciously warm and cozy as
the weather turns cooler. Changing leaves, swags of grapevine, and
vibrantly-colored apples and squashes make gorgeous, inexpensive decorations.
Find out how to connect with the abundant bounty and beauty of this harvest
season with these fun, easy tips for decorating with nature.
- Preserve some colorful leaves. You can iron them between sheets of waxed paper, microwave them for a few seconds, put them in a solution of glycerin, or press them between the pages of a heavy book. Then you can apply them to backsplashes, place them artfully in a vase, mound them around a pile of gourds or squashes, or even use them as coasters for your favorite beverages.
- Food is art. Find a local Farmer’s Market or roadside stand and load up on apples, pears, pumpkins, decorative squashes, nuts, gourds, and Native American corn. A simple wooden bowl loaded with these treasures makes an abundant centerpiece. You can parade them in a line on a mantel-piece or pile them in a basket. What you don’t eat, you can enjoy looking at.
- Other treasures. Bring in grapevines to twine along the countertops, or make wreaths for doors or cabinets (see our article on making your own Inner Harvest Wreath). If you live in an area where bittersweet is not a protected plant, harvest some to put in an earthen vase Corn shocks are traditional to stand beside a door, but broom corn makes a beautiful and less usual alternative with its graceful russet fronds.
- Beeswax candles. The amber color and honey-sweet aroma of these safe, all-natural candles just evoke the golden glow of autumn. As the days get shorter, it can be a soothing ritual to burn a beeswax candle at dusk.
- Echo Fall colors. Bring in the Autumn hues of russet-red, vibrant shades of orange, deep greens, mellow golds, wine-reds, and vivid scarlet with cushions, towels, scatter-rugs, or other decorative accents. My family has a brightly-colored autumn leaf potholder and a set of pumpkin-shaped mugs that we use with pleasure year after year. Find the simple treasures your family will enjoy.
- Try this creative and relaxing Leaf Meditation. Find a perfect autumn leaf and spend some time really looking at it, noticing the variations in color and shape. Trace its outline on a piece of paper, then try your hand at coloring it in with colored pencils, markers, or paints. Slowing down and taking time to savor the beauty of something as simple and commonplace as a leaf opens our eyes and hearts to nature’s magical variety. You may want to cut your colored leaf out and glue it on the cover of a journal to keep you company throughout the autumn months. Or do several leaves to decorate your cabinets or walls!
- Think water. Western European traditions often associate Autumn with the element of water, since it is a time of deep feeling and flowing away: birds migrate, trees shed their leaves. Honor this ancient idea with a bowl of water in a special place. Notice how water evaporates. As you refill your bowl throughout the autumn months, give a little thought to your own feelings, and the things that you are in the process of releasing from your life.
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Silliness – Laugh of the Day – Teacher: “Which little boy can tell me where the home of the swallow is?” Small boy: “In the stomach?”