Daily Stuff 9-4-22 Great London Fire

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Beth Kattleman. House Capuchin Project Day 1-4pm/

 [posting at 6pm] It’s been partly cloudy, but bright since the morning clouds went away, but the light is going pinkish from smoke as the sun lowers. Rain gauge = trace. 66F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 4-26, UV6. Chance of rain 12% today and 15% tonight. Forecast – Today(67/53) partly cloudy. Tomorrow/Tue(70/51) sunny. Wed(67/53) mostly sunny. Thu(68/53) partly cloudy. Fri(69/54) sunny. Sat(65/52) mostly sunny. Sun(63/51)partly cloudy. Mon(63/52) partly cloudy going to showers overnight. 1.6 accum.

12 Fires on the map
The whole state is under the 1st level of smoke plume, with the 2nd level over the Siskyous and Cascades, where it isn’t the 3rd from our local fires. Weed sounds like a real mess. That’s where a lot of the smoke is comng from.
Rum Creek Fire – 18,053 acres
Potter Fire – 629 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 110 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 9,295  acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres – Not on the map, although they’s an information window with nothing in it….
821 Pv Fire – 200 acres
805 Rv Fire – 150 acres
Crockets Knob Fire – 3,170 acres.
Sturgill Fire – 5,481 acres
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 100 acres
Double Creek Fire – 2,900 acres
Mm365 Fire 600 acres (not on map)
Nebo 5,481 acres
8 firespots.

Once the newsletter was out Friday evening, I had to wait for a bit, because Tempus wanted to eat something before taking the anti-virals. He has my experience to draw on. The dang things make you really nauseous if you don’t eat. So I worked on blog stuff, mostly finding links and pictures.

When we got home, Tempus watered some of the plants that hadn’t been done the other night, while I got an eggplant casserole going. We had that and some meatballs for supper. During the night I worked on some of the pincushion gnomes, but I need some pincushion filling before I’m done.

After the drippage overnight (just a trace in the rain gauge) it cleared up to a lovely summer sky, deep blue overheads with white puffs, shading to pale robin’s egg at the horizon. I spent a little while in the garden, this morning, harvesting garlic, mostly and doing a little weeding.

The first hour in the shop was kinda busy, with several phone calls and “just looking” people in, then it got quiet. I was still working on breakfast and coffee at 3pm. I had been saving a bunch of photos and doing some writing. 2 people stopped by with projects for sewing that they needed help with and Tempus was making bread.

The shoppers came in steadily, but sales were small and a lot were looky-lous, typical for a holiday weekend. Around 4pm Tempus handed me a poached egg sandwich that was really tasty. Around 5pm I had some soup.

We have leftovers for supper and then I hope to get another batch of marzipan done. I’m planning to take pincushion filling home, too, and get some garden photos, tonight if we’re early enough or in the morning.

Today is our “different day”. We’ll be open at 1pm. I’ll be online a lot. Tempus is going to be elsewhere, helping Loryea with some chores. Come in and shop, or if you’d rather sit and chat, be prepared to be handed a project. 🙂

Goodnight, Waldport! – Photo by Beth Kattleman looking across the lower Alsea Bay to Bayshore. Used with permission. 

Today’s Feast is in remembrance of the Great London Fire. The city of London, England suffered an horrible fire in 1666. Two-thirds of the city was destroyed and on the 3rd day of the fire St. Paul’s Cathedral burned to the ground. Six acres of lead roof poured down into the streets like water. One of the interesting things is that there are only 6 recorded deaths. Guesses are that the actual deaths, of the folks who couldn’t escape the fire and of those who died of disease and exposure in the temporary camps that were set up before people could be moved out of the city, are in the 100,000 range. There’s more in here:


Today’s plant is Blue ElderberrySambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede [poem]. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_cerulea

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 enters Capricorn at 7:03pm.

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 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.

How soon after sunset can you see the big Summer Triangle? Face southeast and look high. There’s Altair, currently the triangle’s bottom point. Vega, the Triangle’s brightest star, is nearly at the zenith (as seen from mid-northern latitudes). Deneb is a bit farther to Altair’s upper left.

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 star a couple fists to Vega’s east-northeast. Altair shines less high in the southeast, farther from Vega.

The Sickle – The Sickle asterism in Leo looks like a backwards question mark, starting with Regulus and ending with Algenubi. – Alison Klesman via TheSkyX

Venus passes 0.8° north of Regulus at 9 P.M. EDT. Neither is visible above the horizon at that time, but you can catch them before sunrise instead, when Venus appears northwest of the star, standing nearly directly above it in the morning sky. The blazingly bright planet is magnitude –3.9, far outshining 1st-magnitude Regulus, normally considered a fairly bright star. Depending on your location and your altitude, the two are visible starting about 50 minutes before sunrise in the east, slowly rising upward from the horizon in the brightening dawn. See if you can spot the fading Sickle of Leo, which starts at Regulus and forms a backwards question mark running through Eta (η) Gamma (γ), Zeta (ζ), Mu (μ), and Epsilon (ϵ) Leonis. This asterism also outlines Leo’s head, which faces west (upward) on the sky as the Lion appears to sit in profile. Through a telescope, Venus is nearly full (98 percent lit) and spans 10″, roughly the same apparent size as Mars, high above in Taurus.

Mercury is lost in the sunset.

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 – Yellow
Planting Harvest
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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
Su   4      Low   1:29 AM     0.3   6:43 AM    Rise  4:14 PM      50
~     4     High   8:09 AM     5.0   7:47 PM
~     4      Low  12:50 PM     3.4
~     4     High   7:07 PM     7.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sing out loud today.


Journal Prompt – Who is? – Who is one of the most courageous people you have ever met? Why?



~   Whatever the teaching may be, the teaching confronts each in accordance with the circumstances.” – Shunryu Suzuki
~   Gossip often leads to trouble. – Gisli Sursson’s Saga, c.9We will always have the tools to overcome any situation. – Gayle Tuten
~   By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong. – Charles Wadsworth
~   This is an age in which one cannot find common sense without a search warrant. – George F. Will

Ah, in the thunder air,
how still the trees are!
And the lime-tree, lovely and tall, every leaf silent
hardly looses even a last breath of perfume. – D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) 5 ~   The poorest man has as true a title, as just a right, to land as a rich man. – Gerrard


Mabon Magick – Recipes

Simple Beef broth

  • 2 quarts water
  • ½ pound of beef – you can use beef cubes, pot roast, steak or even hamburger (lean), check the “going out of code” shelf at the grocery, or ask at the meat counter.
  • 1 small onion chopped, or 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded vegetables (carrots and celery are most common, but you can use anything, just shred, chop, or even puree it down fine)
  1. Put all ingredients into a large pot.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Turn on high until the pot starts to bubble. Watch the pot and stir often or it will scorch!
  4. As soon as it boils, turn it down to medium low and let simmer along until the amount is reduced to nearly 1 ½ quarts. You don’t have to watch this stage, just check it about every ½ hour or so and stir well.
  5. Strain the broth through a colander and let stand in the fridge until any grease cools on top. (you can chop up the meat and veg and use in other recipes)
  6. To use, “pop” the grease off the top and discard. You have achieved broth!

German Winter Mushroom Soup

  •  2 qts. water
  • 1 lb. fresh mushrooms (dried may be used)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 lg. onion
  • Sauerkraut juice or vinegar to taste
  • Roux — browned butter sauce
  • Chopped noodle dough (1 c. or more if desired)
  1. Soak mushrooms in salt water 20 minutes. 
  2. Clean, slice and cook, with large onion 20 minutes. 
  3. Drain and rinse. 
  4. Add mushrooms to 2 quarts water, season to taste. 
  5. Bring to a boil. 
  6. Pour about 1 cup boiling mushroom water to the roux.
  7. Stir to make a smooth paste, return to the boiling mushrooms. 
  8. Add chopped noodle dough to the boiling mushrooms, cook until the dough is tender.  Add sauerkraut juice to taste.


  • 1/2 stick margarine or butter (brown)
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  1. Brown all ingredients, remove from flame. 
  2. Add boiling mushroom water, stir for a smooth paste. 
  3. Return to mushrooms.


  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 egg
  1. Mix all ingredients to make a stiff dough. 
  2. Chop to make fine crumbs. 
  3. Add to the boiling mushroom soup.

French Cream of Mushroom Soup

  •  1/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped (about ¼ c.)
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. each salt & dried savory
  • Pinch white pepper
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 2 c. rich beef broth or 1 (14 ½ oz.) can regular strength beef  broth
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 c. half and half
  • 2 tbsp. dry vermouth
  1. In a 3 quart pan over moderately high heat, melt butter. 
  2. Add mushrooms and shallots and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms brown lightly and most of their liquid is gone. 
  3. Sprinkle with flour, salt, savory, and pepper. 
  4. Add tomato paste.
  5. Stir mushrooms to coat with added ingredients. 
  6. Remove from heat and gradually blend in beef broth. 
  7. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. Puree mushroom mixture in blender or food processor until smooth, mixing in    lemon juice at end. 
  9. Return to cooking pan, blend in half and half and stir often over medium heat until steaming.  Do not boil. 
  10. Taste and add salt if needed. 
  11. Add vermouth and serve at once. 

Makes about 5 cups, 4 servings.

Vegetable Herb Stew

2 diced carrots
2 chopped leeks
2 chopped onions
2 diced kohlrabi
1 diced celery stick
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 medium potatoes, cubed
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chervil
1 cup fresh mushrooms, any variety
olive oil
3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
salt and pepper

Drizzle olive oil in a large soup pan or Dutch oven. Add all the vegetables except the potatoes and sauté them over a low heat while stirring.  Do not brown the vegetables. Add the broth, salt and pepper. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes, just until they are tender but still firm. Add the potatoes to the vegetables. Wash or wipe dry the mushrooms, chop and add them to the pot. Cook the mixture for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste, and add the fresh herbs.  Serve with a   good bread or rolls. (Add other fresh herbs or substitute).


GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html


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