Daily Stuff 9-12-22 Meng Jiangnu

Hi, folks!

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

This should be the day I’m traveling home from Eugene. Tempus will have the shop open at 1pm.

[ ….at about 6:30am on 9/12] For some reason this glitched and I lost everything that I typed. I’m too wiped for a do-over right now, so this is going to publish without most of the note. Look for a filled-in note by late afternoon!]

I didn’t get the newsletter out until 1am, Sunday morning. The writing is more difficult on the tablet. I had already had 5 hours of sleep by then and slept more than not until past 7. Everyone else was still asleep, so I did a bit of sorting and repacking, then curled up to write.

I kept dozing off until nearly 9 and then one of the youngsters was going to make breakfast, which took another hour… [re-typing at 4:40pm] We finally got to the site about about 12:30 and I had people in the booth in seconds! You can see in the pic at right the displays on Saturday, of my balls and blackwork embroidery.

This other picture is Sunday with some of the local wildlife. 🙂

I talked all afternoon. Surprisingly, even with the bad air quality from smoke I wasn’t all that hoarse or coughing. At various points I had up to 4 groups in the tent at once, which takes some interesting talking….

There were some folks who are really interested in the SCA and others who were into history, but I had a great time. I love getting young folks turned onto history!

Around 5pm the sky opened up and we had a sharp shower that produced a wonderful rainbow, and then later (short) showers created an amazing sunset. We were tearing down at 6pm and I was done in about 20 minutes. We had a memorial service for Alys (AmyCat, Book Universe, ran the SCA part of this event for years….) and Antonia (scribal/painting) around 6:30, telling each other lots of memories of these two amazing women.

They stuffed me into the car, to keep me from trying to help, at that point. There were distince overtones of ,”Sit! Stay!) to the comments, but I get it because I ended up hurting myself on the big stuff…. I fell asleep…. We headed out, just about a dark with about 10 minutes of tear-down to go, and grabbed a table at the 15th Street Taproom (I think that’s the name…) for a short afterparty with the folks who finished up. I had a lovely IPA, and an amazing (huge!) soft pretzel with a delicious mustard. I actually asked for a box just for the mustard and brought it home to Tempus.

When we got back to Helen’s we both just fell into bed. I was up around 2am, trying to do the newsletter, but the internet went down (supposedly due to the fires) and glitched the newsletter to the point where it was scrambled and wouldn’t save, so I lost everything that I had typed! That’s why this looked so weird this morning.

Featured photo by Jamie Marie girlinwaterphotography. Used with permission.

Feast 0912Temple_de_Meng_Jiangnü

Today is the feast of Meng Jiangnu (Pumpkin Girl), China. It is a tragic story of a loving couple whose lives were destroyed by war and the torture that war brings on the common people. There is more information here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meng_Jiangnu  More information can be found here about the Great Wall of China:  http://www.warriortours.com/cityguides/beijing/great_wall/  and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wall_of_China

This is also the anniversary of the greatest cavalry charge in western history. The winged polish hussars charged down the hill above Vienna, breaking the invading Ottoman forces. There’s some history here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Vienna

The metal band Sabaton did an amazing song about the charge. THis is their lyric video.

…and a reenactment video set to their music. This is rather bloody… well, it’s a battle.

pic plant tree Thuja_plicata

Today’s plant is Western Red CedarThuja plicata, which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata

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 Aries

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 9/25 at 2:55pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 9/17 at 2:52pm. .

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 Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Virgo

Mercury (10/2), 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 – Silver
Harvest 9/11&12
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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
M   12     High   2:13 AM     7.7   6:52 AM     Set  9:25 AM      97
~    12      Low   8:30 AM     0.0   7:32 PM    Rise  8:54 PM
~    12     High   2:40 PM     7.9
~    12      Low   9:00 PM     0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Once you need less, you will have more.


Journal Prompt – I wish… – I wish everyone loved……



~   Fame is only good for one thing – they will cash your check in a small town. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~   The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. – Elizabeth Stanton (1815-1902) US reformer
~   I had rather believe all the fables in the legends and the Talmud and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind. – Francis Bacon; Of Atheism

Besides the Autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the Haze. –Emily Dickinson (1830–86)


Mabon Magick – Recipes


1          16 oz can wax beans
1          16 oz can kidney beans
1          16 oz can chickpea
1          16 oz can green bean
1          Red bell pepper
1          Green bell pepper
1          red onion
2          Tbsp soy sauce
¾         Cup sugar
1          Ground ginger
½         cup apple cider vinegar
½         cup vegetable oil

1.         Drain and rinse canned ingredients.
2.         Chop peppers and onion.
3.         Put all the ingredients other than vinegar and oil into a mixing bowl and stir.
4.         Then add vinegar and oil and toss lightly.
5.         Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors mix together.
Tip:  Pour excessive juices off the salad before serving.

EASY BAKED SQUASH – This works for any kind of “keeper” squash, the kind with a hard rind: butternut, acorn, even mini-pumpkins!

            Squash – It takes an amount about the size of a fist per serving. 1 mini-pumpkin is one serving.
            Aluminum foil
            Sugar (optional) I use raw sugar because it’s pretty and adds a light molasses flavor

1.         Pre-heat oven to 350F.
2.         Wrap squash in aluminum foil.
3.         Put on a pie pan or cookie sheet in case of leaks.
4.         Bake for at least 1 hour, or until package feels soft, when pushed on. Some large butternuts will take up to 2 ½ hours!
5.         Let sit on counter or other heat-proof surface until you can touch it. (10-15 minutes)
6.         Peel back foil, and use fork to punch a circle around it about ¼ of the way down the sides.
7.         Pull off the skin at that point. Discard seeds and strings. Scoop out the flesh.
Put a pat of butter on each serving and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

Tip:  Mini-pumpkins can usually be served still in their skin with the top pulled off, the seeds and strings discarded, butter/sugar put inside and the top, with the stem, put back.


Serves 4 (double works, but you need a LARGE frying pan!)


  • 1              pound pasta Rotini
  • 3              Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3              tsp minced Jar garlic
  • 1              28-oz can chopped tomatoes, plain
  • 1/4           cup vodka
  • 2              tsp Italian seasoning
  • 16 oz       precooked meatballs
  • ¼            cup heavy cream
  • 1              pint cherry tomatoes
  • ½            cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2              Tbsp jar basil
  •                 Can black olives

Tip:  Leftovers can be re-heated in the nuker, but before you refrigerate, stir the pasta into the sauce.


1.             Following the directions on the package, cook your pasta while the sauce is cooking and drain.

2.             Start a large sauté pan on Medium High with the olive oil and garlic.

3.             Heat this until it starts to sizzle.

4.             As soon as it’s sizzling, add the tomatoes, vodka and Italian seasoning. Bring to a simmer.

5.             Add the meatballs.

6.             Turn the heat down to Medium until the meatballs are thawed and everything is hot, about 15 minutes.

7.             Turn heat to Low. Add the cream, the pint of cherry tomatoes and olives, and when this starts to steam, the Parmesan. Stir thoroughly, then cover with a loose lid or foil.

8.             Let simmer until the pasta is done and drained and dumped into a large serving bowl.

9.             Stir in the basil at the last second, then pour over pasta and serve.


Silliness –Vinyl Age

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