Daily Stuff 9-6-22 Abbots Bromley Horn dance

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 3:55 AM of -0.4 feet. The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

 [posting at 6pm] It’s been nice and sunny today. 65F, wind at 0-17mph and gusting (High at the Newport Airport), AQI 7-41, UV6. Chance of rain 5% today and 8% tonight. Forecast – Today70/51) sunny. Tomorrow(67/47) partly cloudy. Thu(66/51) sunny. Fri(82/61) sunny. Sat(77/57) mostly sunny. Sun/Mon(66/54) partly cloudy. Tue/Wed(62/52) mostly cloudy.

12 Fires on the map
We’re clear but there’s a fairly dense smoke cloud from the CA fires heading ENE and a lighter one from the Cascades, ditto.
Rum Creek Fire – 18,966 acres
Potter Fire – 631 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 110 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 16,715  acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres – Not on the map, although there’s an information window with nothing in it….
821 Pv Fire – 200 acres
805 Rv Fire – 150 acres (off the map)
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,222 acres.
Sturgill Fire – 12,121 acres
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 118 acres
Double Creek Fire – 38,538 acres (This one is a mess, over 37 square miles Sunday night and ripping through…. )
Mm365 Fire – 600 acres (not on map)
Jones Creek Fire – 100 acres. (in Idaho, whoops….)
Nebo – 6,304 acres
8 firespots.

9/4/22 – Cardoons & Geranium

Sunday evening we headed home around 7pm. It’s funny, but when I put the newsletter out it was foggy and overcast, but the clouds were breaked up as we headed home. We ate and fell into bed. I didn’t sleep well, but I was too exhausted to do a lot, so I mostly worked on a to-do list for the weekend, figured out where things are that I wanted to pack and made sure that Tempus had a shopping list. He was able to get everything, so mostly I need to hard-boil eggs, pester him into making bread for me, fill and freeze drink bottles and find all the pickles that I want…. and olives, drat….

9/4/22 – fig

We rolled into town under a clear blue sky. There were a couple of egrets in various spots and a long-legged shorebird of some variety in the Eckman outflow, but the geese and ducks were absent. We got the shop open and I started writing. Dang, there’s a lot to do!

9/4/22 – The “wreaked” weeds, lots more to do!

Tempus made cheese toast along with the coffee and then worked in back. He was suppposed to do some bread, but forgot. I got the House newsletter out, then worked on filling in frames through next Wednesday before finally starting on this.

9/4/22 – Calendula and white sage

I’m hoping to go home early tonight, early enough to make a casserole that will do for supper for a couple of days, and get a good wash, since I have a doctor appointment tomorrow. …and another marzipan tonight, I hope. Oh, jeez, I still need to go through the fridge! Tempus is doing the eggs and filling water bottles.

9/4/22 – Harvest

Today we’re going to sleep in, but once we’re up we have a *lot* to do. I’m not nearly finished with setting up to do the newsletters from the site, for one thing and the doctor’s appointment and finishing packing. …and setting up the load to get into the car…. more than packing. After my appointment, a lot needs to get done at the shop.

The blowhole on Yachat Ocean Wayside on 9/4/16 by Ken Gagne. Used with permission.


The Abbots Bromley Horn dance is performed each year on the Monday following September 4th. It resembles a lot of the British folk dance, like the Morris dances, although this dance features 6 men with reindeer antlers on poles. The antlers used in the dance have been dated to 1165, and there’s a *lot* of controversy as to how old this custom actually is. The romanticists in Wicca who claim that all of the customs are pagan hold-overs cite this dance particularly, especially since there’s a “dance” with antlers drawn on the wall of the Lescaux caves…. which would make it *really* old! The Wikipedia article is here:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbots_Bromley_Horn_Dance   and the sheet music tune to which they dance is here along with a midi file  http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/England/misc/AbbotsBromleyHornDance1_Am/0000

motif, tree celtic duir oregon white oak

Today’s Plant is Oregon White OakQuercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. –Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining – Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water.  Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron

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 Capricorn enters Aquarius at 8:41pm.

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 9/10 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.

Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper with Polaris between.

You can see in the stars that the season is changing: We’ve reached the time of year when, right at nightfall, Cassiopeia has climbed as high in the northeast as the Big Dipper has sunk in the northwest. Cas highlights the northern sky in early evening during the chilly fall-and-winter half of the year. The Big Dipper takes over for the milder evenings of spring and summer. Almost midway between the two stands Polaris. It’s currently a little above the midpoint between them.

On dark nights, the Large Sagittarius Star Cloud seems to emerge like steam from the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot.

A gibbous Moon tonight sits smack dab in the middle of the handle of the Teapot, a famous asterism in Sagittarius the Archer. Still, we’ll try our luck at finding the Dumbbell Nebula (M27), some ways away in Vulpecula the Fox. The easiest way to locate this planetary nebula is to look about 3° north of magnitude 3.5 Gamma Sagittae, the brightest star in nearby Sagitta the Arrow.

Different views of the Dumbbell – Observed with your eye or a short exposure (left), the elongated, bi-lobed Dumbbell Nebula looks relatively like its namesake. With a longer exposure (right), the nebula’s encapsulating spherical structure becomes visible. – Davide Simonetti (Flickr)

Normally, you could see the Dumbbell well with binoculars, thanks to its apparent size and brightness: some 8′ by 6′ and magnitude 7. But with the Moon nearby, a telescope may be best to bring out this target tonight. So called because of its apparent hourglass or dumbbell shape within a larger, more diffuse spherical glow, M27 may look simply rectangular with hints of a tapered waist, depending on the size of your aperture and, temporarily, the glare from the Moon. If you want to bring out more detail, simply be patient and wait for the Moon to move farther away and begin waning again, then come back to revisit this region of the sky and compare the view then.

Mars, magnitude –0.2 in Taurus, clears the east-northeast horizon around 11 p.m. and gains altitude for the rest of the night. It’s three times as bright as Mars-colored Aldebaran, magnitude +0.9, sparkling a little below or lower right of it. Look for the Pleiades farther above Mars. And far down below, there’s Mars-colored Betelgeuse. By the beginning of dawn this array is very high in the southeast. This the best time to examine Mars in a telescope: when we see it highest through the thinnest, steadiest air. Mars is 10 arcseconds in diameter and growing. It’ll appear 17.2 arcseconds wide when closest to Earth on December 1st.

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 Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Color – Maroon
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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
Tu   6      Low   3:55 AM    -0.4   6:45 AM     Set  1:38 AM      72
~     6    High  10:43 AM     5.8   7:43 PM    Rise  6:10 PM
~     6      Low   3:43 PM     3.3
~     6     High   9:36 PM     7.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Quit finding fault with everything and everyone. Instead, love your loved ones, thank your family and friends for what they have done for you. I know every day you can think of someone to thank.


Journal Prompt – Expository – Write about someone you know who grew up in a culture that is different from your own. What do you like about that person? What is different or unique about that person? What about them is similar to you?



~   Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~   Be your own light. – Buddha
~   What good to us is a long life if it is difficult and barren of joys, and if it is so full of misery that we can only welcome death as a deliverer?- Sigmund Freud
~   Without duty, life is soft and boneless; it cannot hold itself together. – Joseph Joubert

A shadow rests upon the fields.
As earlier Suns are setting;
The corn has reached the tasseled age, 
Its silken tresses netting. –Stephen H. Thayer (1839–1919)


Mabon Magick – Crafts

Make a God’s Eye at Mabon – By Patti Wigington, About.com http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/maboncrafts/ss/GodsEye.htm
Getting Started

Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007

God’s eyes are one of the easiest crafts you can make, and they’re versatile because you can create them in any color. For a harvest celebration, make them in fall colors — yellows and browns and reds and oranges. At Yule, you can make them in reds and greens. If you’d like to make one for your household altar, you can make it in colors that correspond to your family’s deities and traditions. You’ll need two sticks of equal length — I like to use long cinnamon sticks, but you can use a dowel rod, popsicle stick, or just branches you’ve found on the ground. You’ll also need yarn or ribbon in different colors. If you like, you can include decorative items like shells, feathers, beads, crystals, etc.

Begin by holding two sticks together in a cross shape, and continually wrapping different-colored yarn or ribbon around the arms.

By using alternating colors of thread or yarn, the finished result looks like an eye. In some traditions, you might associate the four points of the cross with the four classical elements, or the directions on the compass. You could even see them as representative of the four major Sabbats — the solstices and the equinoxes. One great thing to do while making god’s eyes is use them as a spell working in themselves — visualize your intent while wrapping the yarn, whether it’s protection for your home and family, to bring love your way, or even a prosperity talisman.

Wrapping Your God’s Eye

 Image (c) Patti Wigington 2007

By using seasonal colors, you can create a god’s eye for just about any sabbat or celebration.

To begin, hold your two sticks together in a cross. If you’d doing this with children, it’s a good idea to put a small dab of glue on here to prevent slipping. Look at the diagram for an idea of how this will look.

Wrap a length of yarn one or two times around the top arm of the cross, right where the two sticks meet, going counterclockwise (be sure to hold the loose tail in place and wrap the yarn over it to keep it from unraveling later). As you come around on the left side of the upper arm, cross down and over to the bottom side of the right arm. Bring the yarn out behind the top of the right arm, and cross over to the left side of the bottom arm. Finally, bring the yarn from the right side of the bottom arm across to the top side of the left arm.

This is actually easier than it sounds — look at the diagram in Picture 1 and follow the arrows. Continue wrapping the sticks in the same order until you have a good amount of the color you’re working in. Then switch to a new color, and continue the process until you want to change again. Finish it off with a length of yarn tied in a loop, so you can hang your god’s eye. What you’ll end up with will look like the photo in Picture 2.

Finally, you can decorate the ends of the sticks with feathers, ribbons, beads, or crystals, whatever you prefer. Hang your god’s eye on a wall, or use it on your altar for Sabbat celebrations.

Pagan Studies – Altar Decorations

When it comes to autumn decorating, think “progressive”!  September’s leaf crafts complement Samhain and Thanksgiving decorations.  Choose solid colors in green and gold and orange when you decorate for fall.  Adding and removing a few holiday-specific items each month will keep decor fresh, without requiring a monthly overhaul.

Once you have a permanent working altar, keep it clean and fresh by designating a certain day each week to clean it up!

I try to do this every Sunday morning. Take off the melted wax and ash, smudge, dust and polish! This is a part of your sacred space, treat it well and it will do the same for you!

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Silliness – The River

A preacher, completing a temperance sermon, spoke with great fervor! “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d throw it all into the river.”

With greater emphasis, he said, “And if I had all the wine in the world, I’d throw it all into the river.”

And finally he said, “And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d throw it all into the river, too!”

As he took his chair, the song leader stood and announced with a smile, “For our closing hymn, let us sing number 365:””Shall We Gather at the River.”

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