Daily Stuff 9-28-22  Thesmaphoria

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 9:15 PM of -0.2 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs in the Garden at 3pm, rain permitting. I’ll work between showers, but no one else has to. 🙂 Probably no newsletter on Thursday until we come in to the shop.

 [posting at 6pm] Overcast and 57F, wind at 1-11mph and gusting, AQI 2-36, UV4. Chance of rain 79% today and 74% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 8am today to 5am Thurs. Forecast – Today(64/57) Rain, total accum. 0.45 inches! Tomorrow(63/50) AM showers. Fri(68/54) partly cloudy. Sat(76/52) sunny. Sun-Thu partly cloudy. Highs 65-68, Lows 51-53, small chance of rain right at the end of the 10-day forecast.

Fires on the map, although only two are still growing.
We’re under the lightest level of the smoke plume. It’s covering from the Cascades west and from Medford north.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres – same
Potter Fire – 632 acres – off the map
Windigo Fire – 1,007 – off the map
Cedar Creek Fire – 114,422 – up
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 – same
Sturgill Fire – 20,192 acres – same
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 536 acres – same
Double Creek Fire – 157,717 acres – up
Nebo – 12,600 acres – same
12 firespots.

Bay tree with self-heal

Monday evening I was awfully tired before we headed home. We had customers in even after closing time. Tempus was working in back, so I had to stop writing for a bit. I set up some newsletter frames, so that it would be easier to do things tonight after class. …and then started working on galleries for the classes. Tempus ran over to the gas station to put air in the tires.

Dang snails have been at the thyme again.

We ate canned spaghetti for supper…. That’s tired… 🙂

I was up with the alarm today. Tempus had gotten in very late this morning, because he fell asleep at the shop. He sat down to answer a text and dropped off. 🙂

Walking onion and some new ones coming up.

I did some small chores when I got up, then worked on embroidery and thought for a bit. When Tempus got up we decided to have coffee at the shop, so rolled into town. It had been overcast at home, but most of the drive was under a bright sunny sky until we were almost to town. There’s a layer of cumulus, (looks like rain) clouds sitting on us here.

That tomato still hasn’t ripened!

Tempus went over to the place that used to be Chuck’s video. There was a paperback bookshelf with a tag on it. Turns out that’s not for sale, but there was another that was free. He’s currently trying to fit it into the car.

water droplets on a tiny nasturtium

…and he’s headed home with it. That will get some of the books out of the boxes. …and that’s done. We’ll have to set it up tomorrow. I’ve been working on the class galleries. I think I’m ready to go.

Time for class!

Today I really want Tempus to sleep in. Herbs in the Garden is at 3pm, rain permitting.

A photo from 9/27/16 by Ken Gagne of the Carson Ranch in the Yachats River Valley

plant pic flower Rhododendron_macrophyllum_biscuit_june_2005

Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize, having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Siberia, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.

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The Thesmaphoria is an ancient festival in honor of Demeter celebrated in Greece. This festival appears to predate the worship of the Olympian gods. In some places it was a harvest festival, in others in honor of the autumn seed-sowing. More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thesmophoria

Fall 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 Scorpio

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 10/9 at 1:55pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 9/30 at 2:55am.

The starry W of Cassiopeia stands high in the northeast after dark. The right-hand side of the W (the brightest side) is tilted way up. Look at the second segment of the W counting down from the top. Notice the dim naked-eye stars along that segment (not counting its two ends). The brightest of these, on the right, is Eta Cassiopeiae, magnitude 3.4. It’s a remarkably Sun-like star just 19 light-years away, but it has an orange-dwarf companion, magnitude 7.3, separation 13 arcseconds — a lovely binary in a telescope. Left of Eta, and fainter, is a naked-eye pair in a dark sky: Upsilon1 and Upsilon2 Cassiopeiae, 0.3° apart. They’re yellow-orange giants unrelated to each other, 200 and 400 light-years distant from us. Upsilon2 is slightly the brighter of the pair. It’s also the closer one.

Let’s return to Pisces tonight for a much fainter target than Jupiter. Today, we’re focusing on a galaxy group in the northeastern portion of the constellation, near Andromeda. Cataloged as Arp 331 or the NGC 383 group, this set of galaxies is sometimes called the Pisces Chain or the Pisces Cloud as well. Even with a dark sky, you’ll need a large scope to track down this gaggle of galaxies, so go for as much aperture as you can. The brightest member of the chain is 12th-magnitude NGC 383, for whom the group is named. This galaxy also appears the largest, spanning some 2′. You’ll find it about 3.2° south of Mirach (Beta [β] Andromedae). Just 30″ to its southwest is the starlike galaxy NGC 382 (magnitude 14). Stretching in a line southeast of NGC 383 are (from north to south) NGC 386 (magnitude 14), NGC 385 (magnitude 13), NGC 388 (magnitude 14), and NGC 384 (magnitude 13). To NGC 383’s north (from south to north) are NGC 380 (magnitude 13.6) and NGC 379 (magnitude 13).

Uranus, magnitude 5.7 in Aries, is up in the east in good binocular or telescope view by late evening. See the Uranus finder charts in the November Sky & Telescope, page 49.

Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra

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
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Color – White
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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.

Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
W   28     High   2:39 AM     7.0   7:11 AM    Rise 10:18 AM      3
~    28      Low   8:32 AM     1.3   7:02 PM     Set  8:29 PM
~    28     High   2:34 PM     8.1
~    28      Low   9:15 PM    -0.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I allow clarity to flow through me, filling my cells and every fiber of my being.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – He that flings dirt at another dirties himself most. — Thomas Fuller



~   Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken. – Chester Allen Arthur (1830-1886) US President (21st), VP (20th)
~   I thought of my ancestors, both direct and collective, who had fought and died so that I might be treated as an American. I then thought of this fetid, smug, hate-filled, wealthy white man taking credit for the release and yet still not being satisfied. It does not matter how long we’ve been in these United States. We will never be American. – Baratunde
~   Superstition is the religion of feeble minds. – Edmund Burke, British statesman
~   They’re crazy. No, Meade. One such is crazy; a lot of them is a lemming death march.” – The Year of the Jackpot (p. 622) Robert Heinlein

Through sunny days and yellow weeks,
With clouds that melt in tears,
The glory of the harvest speaks
In all the silken ears. – J. Hazard Hartzell (1830–90)


Magick – Recipes

Watermelon Picnic Punch – Toast to summer with refreshing watermelon-strawberry lemonade, served up in a watermelon! By Cheeky Kitchen Updated March 8, 2017 – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/watermelon-picnic-punch/31bd9927-12a7-4200-a3a4-452add47b3ea

  • Prep10 MIN
  • Total10 MIN
  • Servings6


  • 1 mini seedless watermelon
  • 8 oz lemon juice
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries SAVE $
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 cups ice


  1. Slice the mini watermelon in half, using a spoon to scrape all of the fruit from the center of the melon. Place in a large blender.
  2. Add the lemon juice, strawberries, sugar, and ice to the blender. Blend until pureed.
  3. Pour lemonade straight from your blender, or pour into a pitcher. For an extra fun way to serve this drink, pour it into the two empty halves of the watermelon, add a skewered strawberry and lemon for garnish, then slurp your lemonade from a straw!

Yorkshire Pudding a la Anja – It’s getting to be time for this again.

1 cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
¼- ½ pound Bacon bits
¼  cup Cheese cubes (about 2 inches of a Tillamook block)
3 pats of Butter

1 13×9 pan or 2 pyrex 4 cup bowls and one Corning Grabbit ™

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix all ingredients but butter (I usually use a stand mixer.)
  3. Put the butter in your baking dishes and set them in the oven until the butter melts.
  4. Take the dishes out and swirl the butter around, or use a brush.
  5. Pour the batter into the hot dishes and distribute the lumps evenly.
  6. Bake for about 35 minutes.

Rainbow Cake Recipe

  • 3 cups cake flour*
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening (I used non hydrogenated)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons imitation butter flavoring
  • 1 1/3 cups water 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs about
  • 1-2 tsp each red, yellow, blue food coloring

* You can make cake flour with this recipe.

  1. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl (a stand mixer bowl if using a stand mixer) and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the shortening to the flour mixture, and mix until there are no chunks. Add the vanilla and butter flavoring, and briefly process until even distributed.*note: If sealed, this cake mix can be kept for several months before use
  3. Blend the cake mix with water, oil and eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer at a low speed until the ingredients are even distributed, and then increase the speed to medium and beat for two minutes.
  4. Divide the batter into six bowls. In each bowl, use food coloring to color the batter. The colors I chose where red, orange (red and yellow), yellow, green (yellow and blue), blue, and purple (red and blue).
  5. Layer the Batter in a greased and floured bundt pan. I began with the red batter, and finished with the purple batter. [EDIT: I should add that a tip to help create the swirls of colors is to make sure when you add one of the colors, to add it to the middle of the previous color, not just a layer on top of the previous color (if that makes sense). Also, gently coat the bottom and 1/2 of the sides of the pan with the first color, to create a sort of “shell” that will help with swirls! (: ]
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 35 minutes, or until a tooth inserted into the cake comes out clean (a little coloring on it is fine!). Once cool, remove from pan and dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!


Silliness – Laugh of the Day – Why did the pig stop sunbathing? He was bacon in the sun!

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