Daily Stuff 9-3-22 Day of Remembrance for the Pagan People of Novgorod

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Walter Duvall. Sewing Workshop 3pm.

 [posting at 6pm] It’s been mostly overcast today and now it’s getting foggy. Pretty, mysterious distances…. 57F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 25-30, UV6. Chance of rain 20% today and 12% tonight. Forecast – Today(66/53) There’s a tiny possibility of some showers around 4am, but they’ll be done by sunrise, from the look of it. AM clouds/PM sun. Tomorrow&Mon(67/53) partly cloudy. Tue(67/53) sunny. Wed(64/54) partly cloudy. Thu(64/52) mostly sunny. Fri&Sat(66/53) sunny. Sun(63/52) partly cloudy.

12 Fires
We’re under the 2nd level of smoke plume that stretches from south of us, then east all the way to Lake Superior! The lightest part goes from New Mexico to Lake Ontario and way up into Canada
Rum Creek Fire – 16,583 acres
Potter Fire – 629 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 110 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 8,817  acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres
821 Pv Fire – 200 acres
805 Rv Fire – 150 acres
Crockets Knob Fire – 2,840 acres.
Sturgill Fire – 4,815 acres
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 100 acres
Double Creek Fire – 2,900 acres
Mm365 Fire 600 acres (not on map)
5 firespots.

After the newsletter was out Thursday evening Tempus came in from doing laundry and after taking a break, started collecting stuff up. I was busily saving some recipes and trying to cut down on the number of tabs that were open.

A customer who remembered us from Seal Rock was in, with 3 daughters, one of whom wasn’t even born the last time he stopped by. 🙂 They’re going to be back, but didn’t have all their money with them. 🙂

The light turned very pinkish as we were heading out at 7pm. …gotta be smoke…

We had soup and rolls for supper, both of us were too tired for more. Tempus got a decent nap before he headed out for the bulk route. I just stayed splatted until nearly midnight. Once I was up I made some of the radish spread, then had that on a roll with another batch of soup, this one with sliced kielbasa in it. I didn’t realize until I woke up this morning that I made it with straight cream cheese not 1/2 and 1/2 butter and cream cheese. Oh, well. That’s why it needed salt. After my midnight “lunch” I worked on putting clean clothes away, then curled up with a book. I need to get an embroidery project started so I’m actually accomplishing something!

Tempus got in late but had gotten some naps overnight. He’s got a bad rash, though, that’s been building up for a few days, and is starting to blister, so he headed to the urgent care place to get it looked at. He rarely gets sick, so it’s worrying. ….ugh… it’s shingles… <sigh> No, of course he hasn’t gotten the shot. <sigh twice> So, he’s got a prescription, anti-virals, I guess, to be picked up once he’s back in town. He still needs to go to Loryea’s, as well. This is going to be a long day.

We’ve had 4 sets of customers in during the first hour. That’s always nice. I settled down to updating some of the older newsletters, since I fnally have the astro stuff from last week. That was frustrating. It didn’t show up until Wednesday! ..and then it was very quiet for the rest of the day, maybe one set of people in per hour. Tempus got in and then right away handed me some lunch around 5pm. It was soup and one of the rye rolls with the radish spread. He just went over to get his pills.

Tonight I want to do that eggplant casserole before the darned things go bad. We’ll have it with meatballs, I guess. I’m hoping that Tempus will water the plants out front while I’m working on that, and then I’ll be putzing around in my project stash trying to find something to work on. I just finished updating games and books, so I have that, too.

Today we open at 1pm. I’m hoping to be doing some cutting out during the Sewing Workshop time, unless someone comes in with a project.

It looks like no Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering this year, yet again. Business hasn’t been good enough to buy our own recording equipment/software and we only have the one venue… <sigh>

Blue Heron appreciating tonight’s sunset. (Photo 8/31/20 by Walter Duvall, used with permission)

magick motif slav Kolovrat Rodnover

Today is the Day of Remembrance for the Pagan People of Novgorod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novgorod  mentions this, not at all!). Many Slavs, particularly those who are trying to re-create the destroyed faith of our ancestors, count this as a day of blackest mourning and are very, very bitter about it, as bitter as about the horrid things done at Arkona.


“When the people of Novgorod were notified that Dobrinja wanted to Christianize them, they held a “Veche” (Thing) and decided to swear an oath: ‘Do not let Dobrinja into town. Do not let our idols be destroyed.’ Dobrinja sent word to them offering them silver, but the people refused him and would not let him enter the city.” The highest Volvh under the direction of a Slavic Pagan Priest, named Bogomil, (also known as Nightingale or “Solovey”), Voevoda Ugonay goes on to declare, went about the city on a horse, declaring with a loud voice: ‘Better for us to die than to let our Gods see disgrace.’ However, Dobrinja prevailed and each of the idols were cast into the river and the wooden sculptures were incinerated. This, truly, was a day of great mourning and sadness for the Pagan People. The events which happened on this day demonstrates all the “love” and essence of Christianity. ” – Iokimovskaja Letopis from http://www.irminsul.org/arc/010sz.html

mahonia aquifolium oregon grape plant

Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon GrapeMahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa

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 Sagittarius

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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 9/8 at 2:59pm.

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

First-quarter Moon (exact at 11:08 a.m. PDT). Nightfall in North America finds the Moon in the south-southwest a few degrees upper left of Antares, as shown above. The next-brightest star there is Delta Scorpii, 8° to the right of Antares. In early dawn, Mars in Taurus lords over Aldebaran and Orion.

First Quarter Moon – Early in the afternoon on Sept. 3, the Moon reaches First Quarter phase. – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

First Quarter Moon, when our satellite’s face reaches 50 percent illuminated and the terminator splits it down the middle, occurs at 11:08 A.M. PDT. For now, though, the Moon remains in the evening sky — so the time is right to try your hand at spotting the zodiacal light, which appears before dawn and spreads across the ecliptic, the plane of the solar system. Its soft glow results from sunlight scattering off fine dust particles left in the wake of comets as they shed debris on their repeated trips through the inner solar system.

The zodiacal light partners with the Milky Way – The arc of the Milky Way stretches from Sagittarius (at left) to Auriga (at right), where it merges with the cone-shaped glow of the zodiacal light. The celestial scene appears above Lake Namtso in Tibet, China. Considered one of Tibet’s three holy lakes, Namtso is famous for its high altitude: 15,486 feet (4,720 meters). – Jeff Dai

To up your chances of spotting zodiacal light, you’ll want clear eastern skies free of local light pollution. Step outside a few hours before dawn, while the sky is still dark with no traces of morning twilight. The zodiacal light will arc upward from the eastern horizon toward the upper right (west), through Cancer and Gemini and toward Taurus, which currently hosts Mars just 5° northwest of the bright red giant star Aldebaran.

Mars is just 4½° above Aldebaran in the dawn Sunday morning the 4th. This is essentially as close as they’ll get; Mars passes widely north of Aldebaran this coming week.

This mosaic of the minor planet 4 Vesta was created by combining the best images captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. – NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA

The asteroid 4 Vesta is just past opposition and showing itself at a relatively bright magnitude 6.2 this week. It’s in western Aquarius about 8° southeast of 3rd-magnitude Delta Capricorni, Saturn’s near neighbor. Use binoculars or a telescope with the finder chart in the August Sky & Telescope, page 49 (or the less detailed chart at Observe Vesta — and own a piece of it, too.)

Neptune, magnitude 7.8 at the Aquarius-Pisces border, rises in evening twilight west of Jupiter.

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
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Color – Blue
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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
Sa   3     Low  12:18 AM     0.5   6:42 AM    Rise  3:01 PM      39
~     3     High   6:38 AM     5.2   7:49 PM     Set 11:38 PM
~     3     Low  11:40 AM     2.9
~     3     High   6:00 PM     7.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dance for your life!


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think prejudice exists in the world?



~   I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks
~   Help yourself and God will help you. – Dutch Proverb
~   Beware of those who speak fairly but think falsely. – The Saga of Bjarn of the Hitdoela Champions, c.7
~   It is not well to see everything, to hear everything; let many causes of offense pass by us unnoticed. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Haply there the myrtle twines,
More luxuriant for his rest.
Year on year will come and go,
Doling out the laden hours ;
Summer’s harvest, Winter’s snow,
Land of frosts and land of flowers ; Yet, O brother lost to me !
Aye, I hear the low refrain
Of the river to the sea : “He will not come back again.”

A shadow rests upon the fields
As earlier suns are setting ;
The corn has reached the tasselled age,
Its silken tresses netting ;

And now the Autumn season waits.
In mellowing forms of fruitage.
To shed its ripened sheaves and spheres,
And lapse to Winter’s dotage.

The woodbine takes the westering tints —
The hectic flush — ere dying ;
The golden-rod, torch-like, flames up,
The waning sun defying ;

The Mother-Earth has worn her robe
Of green and floral beauty,
Until, by heat and rains caressed,
She’s filled her round of duty.

The squirrels dart from wall to wall,
Or balance on their haunches,
To nibble on the last year’s store,
And watch the chestnut branches

The katydids scold in the wood.
In rough, falsetto voices,
Where tuneful notes of summer song
Are hushed by harsher noises.

The night-owl, in the thicket, wails
In tones of melancholy,
As if bemoaning in its age
Its years of youthful folly ;

The parent-robin broods alone
Within the shadowy gloaming —
Thinking, perchance, of empty nests.
And children gone a-roaming.

The red light from the harvest moon
Illumes the stilly places ;
The fleecy islands cast their shapes
Above the forest spaces ;

The hills are hung in misty veils
Beyond the glistening river ;
And fallow thoughts blend with the heart
Of memory, dreaming ever.

So Nature, in her fitful moods,
Conjures her fleeting splendor
To draw from out the harp of life
The sadder tones and tender ;

And I, who know these lingering days,
The days that crown September,
Summon the deeper thoughts, to wake
The loves that I remember. – Thayer, S. Henry. (1886). Songs of Sleepy Hollow and other poems. New York: G. P. Putnam’s sons. – https://hdl.handle.net/2027/loc.ark:/13960/t25b0s471


Mabon Magick – Spells

Giving Thanks Spell – September 22nd, 2006 – Color of the day: White  Incense of the day: Cedar

Known as the Witch’s Thanksgiving, Mabon occurs at the Autumnal Equinox. As the year shifts from light to dark, the focus shifts from the masculine to the feminine, from the God to the Goddess, and from external work to internal reflection. On this day, Lugh, honored at Lughnasadh, sacrifices himself in battle with his dark twin. In Wiccan mythology, the Goddess, full and radiant in her own abundance, waits to give birth to the new Sun god at Yule. Also known as Harvest Home, the Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, and the Festival of Dionysus, Mabon can also be seen as a celebration of the god of the vine. In either form, it marks the second harvest and is a time to relax, enjoy, and give thanks for the bounty of the earth. Create an altar with the colors, fruits, and flowers of fall. Decorations could include leaves, grain, acorns, apples, grapes, a cornucopia, the Empress card from your favorite tarot deck, and a picture or statute of Demeter, Persephone, Lugh, or Dionysus. Light an orange or rust candle, and reflect on all that you have harvested in the past year. Light another candle in thanks for each item or event, saying: “Thank you, Lady, for your great gift of abundance.” End by raising a chalice containing a small amount of juice, wine, or mead, saying: “Thank you, Lord, for your gift of sacrifice and bounty.” Take one sip, and then go outside and offer the rest in libation to the earth. Let the candles burn down and leave the altar, adding fresh items as needed, until Samhain. – By: Lady MoonDance

Autumn Blessing

Spell Date:  Tuesday, September 23, 2003

On this day of balance—between hot and cold, light and dark—we can find balance in an autumnal blessing. Use a white and a black candle, placed side by side, for this ritual. Breathe in the glow that comes from the equal balance of day and night. Decorate your sacred space with fruits and grain and harvest leaves, as you slowly speak this verse: 

Protection covers me and mine, 
Abundant gifts grow from Nature divine. 
Mabon comes with 
balance dear, 
The second such time of the year. 
Second harvest abundance flows, 
Through our labor the storehouse grows. 
We fill our stores through harvest Moon, 
For winter’s cold is coming soon. 
Harvest brings both hope and fear, 
Harder times are drawing near. 
Bless this house with abundance clear, 
And bless all who are dwelling here. 
Strength of the cycles 
For all to see, 
Bringing color to land and tree. 
Red, yellow, brown, and amber, 
Dress the forests, preparing for slumber. 
My spirit embrace the dwindling light, 
I am ready now for the longer night. 
Protection and safety there will be, 
As the wheel of the year turns, blessed be. 
The balance now is 
perfect and right, 
Preparations made for Demeter’s night. 
Searching she goes and searching she will be, 
Till Kore’s return to you and me. 
Mabon’s magic dances in me, 
Autumn blessings to all, 
So mote it be. https://www.llewellyn.com/spell.php?spell_id=1222

Pagan Studies – Hearth Warming Spell

The Fall Equinox gives us our second balancing point in the year. It also means the last of the harvest will soon be taken in. From this night onward the veil that separates our world from the spirit world grows ever thinner until, by Samhain, it will be open for all to pass through. In Welsh legends the land of the dead is in the western sea. To reach it you first had to pass several challengers along your path through Avalon, the vast orchard of apples that guarded and guided travelers. Apples are a gift from the dead and the deities. Their orchard guards the pathway to the schools of magic and the land of the dead beyond. To make your home a happy place to be, take a big red apple and slice it crossways so you can see the the five-pointed star within. Remove the seeds and keep them away from children and pets. They contain trace amounts of cyanide, a deadly poison. Cover the entire white part of the apple by sticking cloves into it. Cloves are for protection and health. Place these in a 200-degree oven until they start to curl at the edges. Remove them from the heat and place them in a small glass bowl so their scent fills your home. Say:

Bless’d be the apple tree. Protected with the cloves we be. Edain McCoy


Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – chingrip (CHIN grip) – n. The area where the chin meets the neck. Used for holding the pillow when slipping on a pillowcase.

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