Daily Stuff 9-13-22 Feast of the Lectisternium

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Walter Duvall.

 [posting at 6:30pm] Partly cloudy and 58F, wind at 0-1mph, AQI 35-38, UV5. Chance of rain 13% today and 16% tonight. Forecast – Today-Thu(63/53) partly cloudy. Fri(61/50) mostly cloudy. Sat/Sun(60/48) partly cloudy. Small chance of rain overnight, accum 0.04 inch. Mon(61/50) AM showers (tiny chance) accum 0.03 inches. Tue(61/51) partly cloudy. Wed(67/52) sunny (possibly showers overnight, accum 0.03 in. )

12 Fires on the map
The wind shifted, so only the NE corner of Oregon and the immediate area of the Cedar Creek fire is under heavy smoke. The western edge of the light part of the plume is across the Valley, in line with the Cedar Creek Fire. We’re clearing out here.
Rum Creek Fire –21,347 acres
Potter Fire – 631 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 110 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 86,734 acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres – Not on the map, but I doubt that it’s out….
821 Pv Fire – 200 acres
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 acres
Sturgill Fire – 19,543 acres
Van Meter- 3500 acres (off the map, out?)
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 514 acres
Jordann Creek – 350 acres (off the map, out?)
Double Creek Fire – 154,380 acres
Mm365 Fire – 600 acres (not on map)
Nebo – 12,257 acres
7 firespots.

Yesterday, after the frustration with the publishing of the newsletter, I fell asleep, waking at 8 and then dropping off again in the middle of packing up. There was a tap on the door, “breakfast!” at 10 and I managed to scramble into clothes and head for the table. We were watching the Queen’s funeral while we were eating.

After that it only took me about 15 minutes to finish packing, but that doesn’t count getting everything into the car. I left them the rest of the tomatoes and cucumbers, but managed to get everything into the original containers. 🙂 After the car was full, we stopped for coffee and then rolled for the coast and home. The smoke cleared a bit as we were driving, although the Valley was still messy, but it’s been much nicer here at home, even if the light is a little pinkish.

I’ve been reading mail, saving and editing pictures and unpacking all day…and checking in orders… We got some more of the soups and tried the sweet corn chowder (tasty!) and along with Tempus’ b-day presents (2 weeks until….) we also have the carnelian version of the small stone heart. They’re on the counter with the others in a tiny basket, just $2 each!

Loryea just dropped in for a minute to drop off a box that she’s wants us to have on a trial run. It smells wonderful! I’ve gotten yesterday’s newsletter updated and want to finish this as quickly as possible, so we can go home and collapse. Gotta figure out supper, but otherwise….

I need to finish unpacking, and get things put away overnight, but it’s going to be good to be in my own bed!

Today we’ll probably sleep in, at least somewhat, and then I have a meeting in the evening, so the newsletter might be late, but it’ll be closer to the right time!

9/9/18 by Walter Duvall, “Morning has broken”, Yaquina Bridge


Today in the Roman Empire is the Feast of the Lectisternium. This is a sacrifice where images of the gods reclining and goddesses seated were served with feast foods as though they were the honored guests. The picture is of a carved stool of the sort used in dining. More info here:  http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Lectisternium.html


Today’s Plant is Cow parsnipHeracleum lanatum, or Indian CeleryGrowing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum

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 Aquarius enters Taurus at 4:39am.

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.

Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper with Polaris between.

The stars say 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 mild evenings of spring and summer. Almost midway between the two stands Polaris. It’s currently a little above the midpoint between them.

A fine summer double – The bright star Mizar marks the bend in the Big Dipper’s handle. Binoculars reveal a somewhat fainter star, Alcor, just to its east (left). People blessed with good vision can often split this pair with the naked eye. – Gregg Ruppel

While the Double Double we observed in Lyra earlier this week required a telescope to fully split, tonight we’re going to test your naked-eye skills. First, find the Big Dipper, that famous asterism in Ursa Major up north. Early in the evening, it’s right-side up and swinging down below Polaris, the North Star. Locate the last star at the tip of the Big Dipper’s handle — that’s Alkaid, also known as Eta (η) Ursae Majoris. Now, look one star in, at the “kink” in the handle. Do you see one star, or two? The bright, obvious star most people recognize in the handle is magnitude 2.3 Mizar. But just under 12′ to its northeast is magnitude 4 Alcor — much fainter, but still within naked-eye visibility. Some people like to use this widely separated pair as a test of visual acuity. How do you score? Mizar and Alcor may look close in the sky, but they’re not considered a binary pair. That’s because they are separated by a full light-year, so can’t be bound together and orbiting each other. Nonetheless, they do seem related, as both are traveling together through the galaxy in the same direction and with the same speed, along with several other stars in the Big Dipper that together form the Ursa Major Moving Group.

Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.

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 – White
Planting 9/13-15
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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  13     High   3:01 AM     7.2   6:53 AM     Set 10:37 AM      93
~    13      Low   9:07 AM     0.7   7:30 PM    Rise  9:15 PM
~    13     High   3:14 PM     7.9
~    13      Low   9:45 PM     0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – C’est la vie.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? –  The moral of Aesop’s fable “The Fox and the Goat” is “Look before you leap.” What do you think this moral means?



~   A wet man does not fear the rain. – Russian Proverb
~   Fight your foes in the field, nor be burnt in your house. – Volsunga Saga, c.21
~   It is at the edge of a petal that love waits. – William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) US poet
~   All men have stood for freedom … For freedom is the man that will turn the world upside down. – Gerrard Winstanley, baptized on October 10, 1609, leader of the Diggers

Sonnet VIII by Luís de Camões, translated by Viscount Strangford

Mondego! thou, whose waters cold and clear
Gird those green banks, where fancy fain would stay,
Fondly to muse on that departed day
When Hope was kind and Friendship seem’d sincere;
—Ere I had purchas’d knowledge with a tear.
—Mondego! though I bend my pilgrim way
To other shores, where other fountains stray,
And other rivers roll their proud career,
Still—nor shall time, nor grief, nor stars severe,
Nor widening distance e’er prevail in aught
To make thee less to this sad bosom dear;
And Memory oft, by old Affection taught,
Shall lightly speed upon the plumes of thought,
To bathe amongst thy waters cold and clear!

Doces e claras aguas do Mondego,
Doce repouso de minha lembrança,
Onde a comprida e pérfida esperança
Longo tempo apoz si me trouxe cego.
De vós me aparto, si; porém não nego,
Que inda a longa memoria, que me alcança.
Me não deixa de vós fazer mudança.
Mas quanto mais me alongo, mais me achego.
Bem poderá a Fortuna este instrumento
Da alma levar por terra nova e extranha,
Oíferecido ao mar remoto, ao vento.
Mas a alma, que de cá vos acompanha.
Nas azas do ligeiro pensamento
Para vós, aguas, vôa, e em vós se banha.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on September 3, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.


Mabon Magick – Lore

By the ruler’s command,
I speak in the solemn presence of the Goddess,
whose praises are heard all the way
to the upper reaches of the Izusu River:
I speak humbly, concerning the offerings
of the harvest fruits, which will be brought here,
to this divine banquet, to be blessed and purified
and presented to the goddess. Humbly I speak. ~Noriko, Japanese Prayer

At this time of year, in many cultures, feasts celebrating the harvests were held. A typical part of such festivals was the offering of first fruits, which meant that some portion of the harvest was designated as belonging to the divine. Sometimes this portion was used to maintain the priestesses or priests who served the Goddess or God; sometimes it was distributed among those in need; often it became part of the feast, partaken by all in the community. What happened to the food after it was offered was not the point; what was important was the fact that it became, symbolically, sacred.

Our lives would be much enhanced if we would offer part of everything we earn, everything we are given, to the divine. A drop of wine, spilled on the ground, reminds us that we are not the owners of what we consume. The earth owns us all. We would do well to remember that. By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 

The Sabbat of MABON -Autumn Equinox, September 22 or 23

Also known as Harvest Home, this Sabbat is named for Mabon , the Divine Youth of antiquity who was hidden yet ever remains as the Sun. His name literally means ‘son’. Mabon (Harvest Home, Autumn Equinox) is a celebration of Thanksgiving for the blessings and abundance of the year, for the food, clothing and shelter which sustains us now and will continue to sustain us through the quiet, dark months of Winter. We celebrate the manifestation of the fruits of our labors and look forward to rest and repose after the harvesting. It is the time of the last preparations before the coming of darkness in Winter. As such, it is also the time to prepare the spirit for an interval of introspection and inner growth.

Mabon is the time of equilibrium, when light and dark, day and night are equal. On this day, we have 12 hours of sunlight, 12 hours of moonlight. The forces of light and dark meet this day, however, after this day, the night gains in strength and meditations and inner workings become more and more intense. For a moment, Time pauses and then begins his journey from the powers of light and activity into the powers of darkness and introspection. We bid farewell to the Sun who has fully matured, passed his prime and is turning old. We begin to welcome the coming of winter.

The celebrations of this Sabbat are serious yet joyous. They traditionally include hayrides, canning parties, winemaking, fairs which show off our harvests, meditations and preparation for study and inner work. One tradition is the making and burying of the corn dolly. Create your corn dolly from the husks of ears of corn, then charge it with the qualities and goals you are working on, finally bury it as a seed. When spring comes, if you have truly made your preparations, those qualities and goals will become a part of you and your life.

Mabon falls during the astrological sign of Libra, the sign of the Scales of Balance. Thus the energies of this time are those of balance, consideration and fruitful partnerships. Mabon is particularly sacred to Cerridwen, water oriented Goddess of Autumn, to whom was entrusted the guardianship of the Seeds of the future and the arts of Prophesy. She is able to look into the mysteries of the dark of winter and of the Otherworld. Her symbol is the Cauldron and her sacred fruit is the Apple. All nuts and seeds are sacred to her. Cernunnos in His role as Lord of Darkness and protector of all things wild and free was given to him the gifts of life by Cailleache, the crone aspect of Cerridwen, at this time of year.

This year, Mabon falls at a time of great turmoil, confusion and imbalance due to the horrific events on September 11th. Please focus your Mabon meditations and celebrations on helping to strengthen Balance and Clarity throughout the world. Send your thoughts and energy to facilitate the wisdom of Cerridwen so that the Seeds of the Future are positive for all of us, that we may come through this time of darkness wiser and clearer and that all of us, throughout the world, may live in balance. So mote it be.
Mix 1 cup dark brown sugar, 1cup raisins, 1 cup water and 1 cup lard. Bring to a simmering boil for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool. After cooling completely, beat in 1 egg. Add 3 cups flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and one teaspoon each of powdered cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Beat into mixture for 2 minutes and pour into greased cake pan. Top with 1 cup of chopped nuts of your choice and bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes, Serve with butter or cream. Happy Harvest!


Silliness – Laugh of the Day – Two silkworms had a race. They ended up in a tie!

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