Daily Stuff 9-17-22 Hildegard von Bingen

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Anja. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.

 [posting at 6pm] Fair and 63F, wind at 0-10mph and gusting, AQI 4-37, UV5. Chance of rain 15% today and 24% tonight. Forecast – Today(60/50) Cloudy. Tomorrow(64/53) AM clouds. Mon(?66/53) mostly sunny. Tue(64/54) partly cloudy. Wed(65/54) possible showers, little accum. Thu/Fri(64/53) partly cloudy. Sat/Sun(68/55) mostly sunny.

11 Fires on the map
Again the whole state is under the lightest smoke layer, with 3rd layer comeing off of the Cedar Creek Fire and heading east and then the eastern 1/4 of the state from CA fires.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres
Potter Fire – 632 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 93,109  acres
Van Meter Fire – 2,639 acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres – Not on the map, but I doubt that it’s out…. There’s a firespot where it was, too.
821 Pv Fire – 200 acres
Cougar Gulch Fire – 131.91 acres – New
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 acres
Sturgill Fire – 20,036 acres
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 535acres
Double Creek Fire – 157,088 acres
Nebo – 12,563 acres
9 firespots.


Thursday evening Amor called while I was finishing the newsletter. He talked to Tempus for awhile, then Tempus went back to his bread-making while I talked to Amor. It was 9pm before we left the shop and Tempus did no more than drop me at home and drag in my tote basket before he headed out.


I spent the evening finishing putting away some things, but I have more to do again. I’m hoping I’ll have the tote basket to work with…. I tried to sleep, but only got a nap and then another after I had my midnight lunch. …and then I was awake until 5:15 with a nasty headach! When Tempus got in, before 8, I had him pull the mattress pad back up, since it had “walked” and we slept until noon.

I worked on the greens that had been soaking all night, but didn’t finish. Tempus nabbed the laundry basket and we headed for the shop, with me winding string again. Lots of boats on the river! We’ve been hearing them rolling in and out of the park in the early morning. Salmon are running, I guess?

What are you? I planted cilantro and you’re not it!

The shop was busy off and on, about typical for this time of year. It was just busy enough that Tempus didn’t get going on laundry until past 3pm. Linda dropped by for a chat. She’s looking well.

Harvested greens

I decided to set up a few newsletter frames, to fill in as I went. I made some progress, anyway…. I dug around in the freezer to see what we had in the way of meat for the potluck on Sunday. I found a chunk of venison that Arthur brought. That’ll do nicely! I’m doing a stew, so I’ll just potroast the meat in it. Hoping I can get that started overnight. …well, no… I could start it, but no onion, and meat is thawing. ….well, maybe…

Today is our usual Saturday, although things are cooking by now (I hope!) Sewing Workshop is ByoP again. (Bring your own project!)

Sunset on 8/16/18 looking out from the shop door…


Feast day of Hildegard von Bingen, virgin, abbess and Medieval Polymath. She was a mystic, who probably had migraines, at least the descriptions of her visions start with what sounds like migraines…. but where she took it and how she interpreted it is pretty darned amazing! She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, songs used in church ritual, and poems as well as a piece that is considered to be the oldest surviving morality play. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildegard_of_Bingen

motif plant Herb Wild Ginger

Today’s plant is Wild gingerAsarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum

Fallr hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later. 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 Gemini

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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 9/21 at 1:55am.

When the Moon is waning, the direction of sunlight gives its craters and mountains a different look than how we’re usually used to seeing them: in the more convenient evening hours when the Moon is waxing. Mars now adds to the telescopic attraction. The later in the wee hours of the morning you look, the higher and telescopically sharper they’ll be.

Last-quarter Moon (exact at 5:52 p.m. EDT). The Moon rises around 11 or midnight in the northeast, two fists lower right of Capella. Once the Moon is well up, you can see that it makes a nearly equilateral triangle, 7° on a side, with the two horn-tip stars of Taurus: Beta and Zeta Tauri. They’re to its upper right and right, respectively.

Hinds variable nebula in taurus

Early risers can catch the Moon and Mars hanging together in the predawn sky. An hour before sunrise, look southeast to find Mars 70° high and shining at magnitude –0.4 in Taurus. Don’t confuse it with slightly dimmer (magnitude 0.9) Aldebaran, a red giant star sitting amid the Hyades cluster sprinkled across the Bull’s nose. Mars sits about halfway between Aldebaran and the Moon, now 55 percent lit and fading quickly that last few percent toward Last Quarter.

Use Orion’s Belt to point you to Aldebaran and the Hyades. – Stellarium

Directly below Taurus in the sky right now is Orion the Hunter, recognizable thanks to his three-star belt. Another red giant star lurks in this constellation: magnitude 0.5 Betelgeuse, Orion’s right shoulder (left on the sky; the figure is generally drawn facing the observer). Below Orion is Canis Major the Big Dog, whose nose is marked by magnitude –1.4 Sirius, the brightest star in the sky.

Arcturus shines in the west these evenings after twilight fades out. About a half hour after nightfall is complete, brighter Jupiter shines at the same height in the east. How well can you time their exact balance? Barely rising in the north-northeast when that happens is Capella (depending on your latitude; the farther north you are the higher it will be.) Capella and Arcturus are both magnitude 0. Later in the evening, Arcturus and Capella shine at the same height. Again, the time of this will depend on both your latitude and longitude. Watch for when it happens. Then turn and look low in the south-southeast. There will be 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut at about the same height too — exactly so if you’re at latitude 43° north (Boston, Buffalo, Milwaukee, Boise, Eugene). Seen from south of that latitude, Fomalhaut will appear higher than Capella and Arcturus are. Seen from north of there, it will be lower.

Although Juno was one of the first four asteroids discovered, it ranks 10th in size. (These are the sizes the first four would be if they were perfectly spherical.)

Neptune is at opposition. It’s magnitude 7.8 in eastern Aquarius. Equally bright (or faint) this week is the asteroid 3 Juno about 10° to Neptune’s west. Using a telescope or large binoculars, find them both in late evening using the article and charts in the September Sky & Telescope, page 49.

And some 20° west-southwest of Juno, brighter 4 Vesta shines on at about magnitude 6.3. Use the finder chart in the August Sky & Telescope, page 49.

Uranus, magnitude 5.7 in Aries, is well west of Mars. It’s up in good binocular or telescopic view by late evening. See the Uranus finder charts in the November Sky & Telescope, page 49.

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 – Grey
Harvest 9/16&17
©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
Sa  17     Low  12:20 AM     0.8   6:58 AM     Set  3:04 PM      61
~    17     High   6:57 AM     5.3   7:23 PM    Rise 11:25 PM
~    17     Low  11:56 AM     3.6
~    17     High   5:55 PM     6.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You may see me struggle, but you will never see me quit.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – “Each life is like a letter of the alphabet. Alone it can be meaningless. Or it can be part of a great meaning.” – Unknown



17~   A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer
~   Conscious and unconscious experiences do not belong to different compartments of the mind; they form a continuous scale of gradations, of degrees of awareness. – Arthur Koestler
At twenty you have many desires which hide the truth, but beyond forty there are only real and fragile truths -your abilities and your failings. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success. – Henry Ford
Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers

September strews the woodlot o’er
With many a brilliant color; 
The world is brighter than before, 
Why should our hearts be duller? – Thomas W. Parsons (1819–92)


Mabon LoreThe Autumn Equinox

The Autumn Equinox begins the first day of Autumn approximately on this date. This is the day of the second festival of the harvest. The major festivals are: the Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, and Wine Harvest. During this time the energy on the planet changes, this energy is called life-force energy or Universal energy.

Mabon or Autumn Equinox is the second harvest festival.  Like Spring Equinox, Autumn Equinox is a balance of night and day and light and dark, but now we are moving from light into darkness, from warmth into cold.

We gather in the harvest of summer, and prepare for winter. Everything in nature is constantly giving to and receiving from everything else.  When we receive gifts we give thanks, and try to give something back. It is a part of keeping the balance. As we are gathering in all the gifts of the Goddess, fruits, nuts, grains, and blessings, we also try to give something back, to make an offering, to express our thanks by doing a good deed, leaving fruit and honey out for the fae folk, or cleaning our yard.

This is also a time to look back at all the things and people we have to be thankful for. It is also a time to take stock of ourselves, and see how much we have grown and changed throughout the year.

At Mabon the Mother of the Harvest becomes the Old One, the wise grandmother who teaches us to rest after our labors. We also honor the Goddess Demeter, who is Goddess of all growing things, and Her daughter Persephone, who becomes Queen of the Under World at Mabon. As Persephone descends into the Under World, Demeter covers her face, and all living and growing things die until Persephone returns at Ostara.

At this time the God is Mabon, son of Modron, which means Son of the Mother. He is hidden from the world of light. He is the spirit of the grain being taken to the store house. Like Persephone, he is a bridge between this world and the Otherworld. He is a link between the living and dead. He is freedom. He protects all that is wild and free. 

Foods – cornbread, wheat products, bread, grains, berries, nuts, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, corn, beans, squash, roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc), apples, pomegranates, carrots, onions, potatoes, wine, ale and ciders.
Herbs – hazel, corn, acorns, vines, ivy, cedar, passion flowers, honeysuckle
Incenses and oils – benzoin, myrrh. pine, frankincense, jasmine, cinnamon, clove.
Colors/Candles – brown, green, orange, red, deep gold, scarlet, yellow, maroon, purple, violet and indigo.
Gemstones – yellow agate, carnelian, yellow topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli and amethyst.
Goddesses – all Fruit and Vegetable Deities, Harvest Deities, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres The Muses (Greek), Pamona (Roman).
Gods – All Wine Gods, Gods of Fruits, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek), Thoth (Egyptian).
Symbols and Altar decorations – autumn leaves and autumn flowers, marigolds, gourds, berries, pine and cypress cones, acorns, a small statue or figurine representing the Triple Goddess in her Mother aspect and other corresponding deities. All harvest symbols, corn, red poppies, nuts, grains, leaves, oak sprigs, wreaths, vine, grapes,

cornucopia, horns of plenty, apples, grapes, vines, garland.
Activities to celebrate Autumn Equinox

  • Have a thanksgiving feast.
  • Can and preserve fruits and vegetables.
  • Decorate Cornucopias
  • Hang dried ears of corn on the front door.
  • Serve wine in honour of the God and beans and squashes in honour of the Goddess.
  • Call upon the elementals and honor them for their help with (N-earth) home and finances,
  • (E-air) school and knowledge, (S-fire) careers and accomplishments, (W-water) emotional
  • balance and fruitful relationships.
  • Tend your garden, thanking the plants and flowers for their abundance, harvesting whatever is ready, collecting seeds and leave an offering.
  • Make a mandala of seeds and grains on the ground, as a gift for the animals and birds.
  • Bake a loaf of bread or cookies in the shape of a sun or with a sun design.
  • Gather donations of food and/or clothing for a favorite charity.
  • Decorate your altar with leaves, acorns, berries, and other things symbolic of nature’s bounty.
  • Some chose to sprinkle Autumn leaves around the house as decoration, the leaves can be dipped in paraffin and put on wax paper. After the leaves dry, they may be placed around the house or in large jars with sigils of protection and/or abundance carved lightly into them.
  • Spellwork for protection, wealth and prosperity, and security, include spells that will bring into balance and harmony the energies either in a room, home, or situation.
  • Make a beverage of: hot apple cider. Apple rules the heart, cider alone is a self-love potion. Spice it with a stick of cinnamon, ruled by Jupiter and the Sun. It also makes the house smell wonderful


Silliness – Laugh of the Day – I wish I knew where I stored my old turntable. Just for my records.

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