Daily Stuff 9-2-22 Coronation of Charles IV

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

 [posting at 6pm] It’s been a lovely day with sunshine and fresh breeze. 66F, wind at 1-14mph and gusting, AQI 40-42, UV6. Chance of rain 19% today and 35% tonight. Forecast – Today(63/56) mostly cloudy. Small chance of rain overnight into Saturday. 0.03inch accum. Tomorrow(65/52) AM clouds. Sun/Mon(66/54) partly cloudy. Tue(65/53) sunny. Wed/Thu(64/53) mostly sunny. Fri(70/54) sunny. Sat(66/53) mostly sunny.

13 Fires
We’re under the lightest part of the smoke plume but most of the state is under the 2nd level. Lots of new fires.
Rum Creek Fire – 14,940 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
New – 821 Pv Fire – 200 acres.
805 Rv Fire – 150 acres
Crockets Knob Fire – 2,356 acres.
Sturgill Fire – 4,815 acres
New – Goat Mountain Two Fire – 100 acres
Nebo – 3,085 acres
New – Mm365 Fire 600 acres
9 firespots.

Wednesday evening we fell into bed when we got home. It only took me 20 minutes to record, but it took Tempus 4 hours for the batch of bread! It was pushing 10pm when we got in. I woke, sortof, when Tempus was getting ready to leave, but otherwise slept through until 5:30. I was up for a while, then, putting clean dishes away and sorting out some supplies, then I worked on a book plan for a bit, then read and was back asleep by 8. Tempus got in a few minutes later. I finally dragged myself out of bed with the noon alarm, and actually stayed awake for once…. sortof… I didn’t quite drop off, but I wasn’t quite all the way awake. I got him up at 12:30 and we scrabbled the laundry up and headed for the shop.

The sunlight seems a little thin today and the sky is a very soft blue. Dunno…maybe smoke? …but a good stiff breeze helped air out the shop when we opened the doors.

The order with the lapis hearts is here, so those got checked in right away. I’m still waiting for the carnelian and aventurine ones. I also checked in both mini and regular smudges ($3 & $9) plus some of the smudging trio sets at $10.

Both Isabeau and Loryea came in mid-afternoon. Isabeau was dropping off some freebies from a friend in the Valley, mostly trays and some needlework stuff. Loryea is back in town, early for cataract surgery and has invited us to a Mabon supper.

I worked on mail and getting some of the open tabs cleared from my computer while I was helping customers. Tempus was out doing some laundry, but only clothes, since there was only 1 washer available! I got going on this around 4:30, but kept getting sidetracked looking things up.

I have that casserole to put together, still, but I don’t know if there will be time tonight before Tempus heads out on the bulk route. If not, I’ll probably work on some of the other vegetables that are around. I still have radishes & garlic for radish spread. That’s *so* good on Tempus’ bread rolls! If I don’t have time to bake the casserole we’ll probalby have soup of some kind, since I have several boxes in the freezer.

Today we open at 1pm. Tempus is heading over to Loryea’s to help her with some chores. I have more books to check in and some writing to do.

This is one of Ken’s favorite photos and it got used in a calendar a few years back!

Today’s Feast is the anniversary of the Coronation of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. Supposedly, I’m descended from him, on the distaff side. Charles spoke and wrote 5 languages in a day when folks where very rare who could even write their names. He made Prague into a great city. A lot of family stories got told about him: the “Charles’ Bridge Eggs, Not Hard-Boiled Please!”, and the “Building of the Hunger Wall” and the story of how he alone, of almost all of the Czech knights, survived the Battle of Crecy (by his father knocking him over the head, tying him to his horse and sending him home in the care of his tutor, before their suicide charge!). Ask me for the stories and/or there’s more information here: http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/655-years-ago-charles-iv-crowned-king-of-bohemia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_IV,_Holy_Roman_Emperor

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Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, hypericum perforatum, which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression  and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture)  make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort

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 Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 3:39pm.

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 waxing Moon after dusk steps across the southernmost constellations of the zodiac: Scorpius and then Sagittarius.

Now the Moon, nearly first quarter, poses just to the right of the head of Scorpius after dusk as shown above. The star closest to the Moon there is Delta Scorpii, the brightest in the area after Antares.

How soon after sunset can you see the big Summer Triangle? Face east and look way up. Vega, the Triangle’s brightest star, is nearly at the zenith (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). Deneb is the brightest a couple fists to Vega’s east-northeast. Altair shines less high in the southeast, farther from Vega.

A winter preview: Step out before the first light of dawn this week, and the sky displays the same starry panorama it does at dinnertime around New Year’s. Orion is striding up in the southeast, with Aldebaran and then the Pleiades high above it. Sirius sparkles far down below Orion. The Gemini twins are lying on their sides well up in the east, left of Orion.

The Hyades cluster – The stars of the Hyades lay scattered across Taurus’ face, along with the bright red star Aldebaran. – Giuseppe Donatiello (Flickr)

And brilliant Mars, currently dominating the scene near Aldebaran, is no planetary anachronism in this preview. The doings of its retrograde loop in the next four months will keep it in the general vicinity of Aldebaran — and make it even brighter than it is now.

The zodiacal light criss-crosses the Milky Way at Mount Bromo on October 10, 2013. – Zexsen Xie (Flickr)

With no Moon in the sky, the first week of September is the perfect time to try to spot the zodiacal light. Also called the false dawn at this time of year because it appears before sunrise in the fall, this soft, cone-shaped glow arises from sunlight scattering off dust in the inner solar system. That dust has been left by the countless comets that have swung around our star, year after year. To see the zodiacal light, you’ll need a dark observing site and a clear view of the eastern horizon. The higher in elevation you can get, the better, too. Look for a diffuse, almost ethereal light spiking upward from Leo through Cancer and Gemini. The zodiacal light is a popular subject for astrophotographers, particularly those who like to shoot nightscapes with interesting features in the foreground. Consider trying your hand at capturing this stunning glow on camera.

The Moon & Saturn – In 2007, the Moon passed close to Saturn in the sky, lining up for this stunning shot. This week, although they don’t come quite so close, the two will still appear near each other. – Cédric Allier (Flickr)

The crescent Moon hangs in the southern sky at sunset. As darkness falls, turn your telescope on the lunar terminator, the line that divides night from day. You’ll notice that two large craters really stand out: These are Hipparchus (the northernmost or topmost of the two) and Albategnius just below it. Hipparchus is the older of the two — and you can tell, when you compare its more battered rim to that of more clearly defined Albategnius. Plus, Hipparchus’ floor, which is higher compared to its rim than Albategnius’, features more pockmarks because it’s been exposed to the ravages of time for longer. Albategnius, meanwhile, has a deep, round crater interrupting its western rim, called Klein.  Enjoy these and the many other craters currently sitting near or along the terminator. Then, come back a few days later and take another look. The terminator has moved significantly as the Sun climbs higher in the lunar sky. Compare the two craters again and note that shallower Hipparchus will have almost disappeared under the higher Sun angle.

Uranus, magnitude 5.7 in Aries, is west of Mars before dawn.

Edited from – https://www.space.com/milky-way-star-clusters-sept-2022

An image of the night sky on Sept. 1, 2022 showing several clusters of stars in the Milky Way. (Image credit: Starry Night Software) – https://www.space.com/milky-way-star-clusters-sept-2022

Our own home galaxy will be the star of the show tonight.
The crescent moon sets early on Thursday (Sept. 1), making the sky extra dark — ideal for viewing clusters of stars throughout the Milky Way galaxy with a backyard telescope.
The Milky Way will be visible in the southern horizon throughout September, along with the countless knots and clusters of stars scattered throughout the galaxy. Many Messier objects will be visible on Thursday (Sept. 1), including Messier 39 and the Cooling Tower Cluster in Cygnus the Swan, the Wild Duck cluster and Messier 26 in the Scutum constellation, the Sagittarius Star Cloud, and Ptolemy’s Cluster and the Butterfly Cluster in Scorpius.
With the exception of the Sagittarius Star Cloud, all of these are open star clusters. The Milky Way is home to over known 1,000 of these clusters, but astronomers have predicted that the number could be exponentially higher, according to the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. These open clusters are groups of stars that formed at nearly the same time in the same nebulas, the dense clouds of gas, dust, and other matter that give birth to stars when gravity pulls this material together.
Open clusters tend to form irregular shapes and contain anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred stars. Globular clusters, by contrast, can contain up to hundreds of thousands stars.
Astronomers use open clusters to study star evolution, as most stars in these clusters tend to be young, cosmically speaking; most of the open clusters in the Milky Way are younger than 1 billion years old.
To spot these clusters in Thursday’s night sky, first locate them with binoculars, then use a telescope at low magnification to get a closer look.

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 – Rose
Planting 9/1&2
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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
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
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
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
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
F    2     High   5:22 AM     5.6   6:41 AM    Rise  1:44 PM      28
~     2     Low  10:51 AM     2.2   7:51 PM     Set 10:57 PM
~     2     High   5:07 PM     7.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take your shoes off and go barefoot.


Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your earliest memory? Write as many details about it as you can recall.



~   Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father. – Lydia M. Child
~   Failure is a sign that you’re trying. -Kerr Cuhulain
~   A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. – e. e. cummings (1894-1962) u. s. poet
~   We will be rejecting the opportunist claptrap coming from the Opposition. – Paul Keating

Off to school
We go together
In September’s
Sunny weather. – Anon.


Mabon Magick – Crafts – DIY Harvest Moon Abundance Spell Sachetsmoodymoons August 30, 2020https://moodymoons.com/2020/08/30/diy-harvest-moon-abundance-spell-sachets/

Celebrate the Harvest Moon with these simple, DIY spell sachets to promote abundance and capture the magic of the harvest season. The Harvest Moon ushers in a season of prosperity, sharing and the gathering of families. Take advantage of this time to encourage bounty in your own life. These simple DIY spell sachets capture the spirit of autumn with spices and oils sacred to fall. So grab some scrap fabric, a few kitchen spices and your stash of essential oils.

Let’s make a little magic.

The Harvest Moon & Abundance – Aptly named for the fall crop gathering, the Harvest Moon symbolizes fullness, prosperity and the sharing of resources. Take the opportunity to harness this powerful energy with spells intended to cultivate splendor in your life. Made with intention, these autumn abundance spell sachets bind up all that energy in one pretty little spell bag.

All the ingredients in the project represent the joy of the harvest and the cultivation of a prosperous life.

  • All Spice Berries – We use allspice in this recipe for its association with money attraction and financial success. The berries make a great base when stuffed in a fall sachet, because they create a beanbag-like texture. They also smell amazing!
  • Orange Peel – Citrus fruit, and especially oranges, promote cleansing and wealth.
  • You can easily make dried orange peel yourself by simply saving the discarded peel from your next snack of oranges and leaving it on a paper towel to dry.  It takes several days, but I love incorporating kitchen scraps in magic!  Once they dry, pulverize them with a mortar and pestle, or simply tear them into smaller pieces to release the scent.
  • Nutmeg – The aroma of nutmeg wafting from the kitchen during a fall baking session makes any house smell like home. Use nutmeg essential oil in this sachet to draw both financial luck and prosperous familial relationships into your household.
  • Cinnamon – Associated with heightened spiritual awareness, psychic energy and prophetic dreaming, add cinnamon to this sachet to balance material interests with transcendent pursuits. Worldly abundance makes life comfortable, but comfort and material wealth not shared with those in need is empty. Let cinnamon remind you that generosity is the foundation of a truly prosperous life.

Things you will need


  • Step 1 – Using a bowl or other round object, trace a circle about 9 inches in diameter 3/4 of the way around.
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  • Step 2 – Then, off-set the bowl slightly to create a crescent moon shape and trace the inside of the moon.
  • Step 3 – Cut out the crescent moon shape, and use it to trace out 2 crescent moons on your fabric.  Be sure to flip the moon pattern over before you trace the second one so that it’s a mirror image of the first one.
  • Step 4 – Placing the right sides of the fabric together, sew around the edges of the moon, leaving a 1 inch opening.
  • Turn the moon out, using a butter knife or other dull, pointy object to punch the tips out so they look sharp.
  • Step 5 – In a small bowl, mix the allspice with the essential oils.  Don’t skip this step.  You want the essential oils to be well incorporated with the allspice so that they don’t stain the fabric.
  • Step 6 – Stuff the sachet.
  • Step 7 – Close the open end of the sachet using a basic whip stitch.
  • You’re done!

Cleansing and Charging – If you wish to charge your sachet, consider leaving it under the waxing or full harvest moon for one night. Before you do this, pass it through some incense smoke to clear the energy. Leave the sachet on the altar or somewhere near the entryway of your home to draw prosperity and luck throughout the harvest season.


Silliness – Not Welcome

Bert took his Saint Bernard to the vet.
“Doctor,” he said sadly, “I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to cut off my dog’s tail.”
The vet stepped back, “Bert, why should I do such a terrible thing?”
“Because my mother-in-law’s arriving tomorrow, and I don’t want anything to make her think she’s welcome.”

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