Daily Stuff 2-3-13 Setsubun

Hi, folks!

weather Cloud oceanIt’s rather grey and dim, even past sunrise, but it’s not wet and quite warm, comparatively. 49F! Maybe the cloud cover will burn off, later? I don’t think there’s a breath of wind.

Yesterday started pretty well. We got to the shop in plenty of time to finish re-setting from last night and then we worked on cleaning up the desk space from accumulated “stuff”. Tempus got silly when we were putting away some tissue and did this: Cafe PRess stickers

<grin>His comment was, “This is more fun than olive fingers!” He’s such a nut! I forgot to mention that yesterday the car magnet and the coffee mug with the shop logo finally got here! The mug is sitting on the shop counter, at the moment. He took the stickers and put them on the glass of the display case in front of the sample Cafe Press products. I don’t know whether you remember, but I was working on shop logo products a couple of weeks back.

Here’s a picture of the car with the magnet.

car sign 020213Lezlie stopped by and we chatted while I was sorting, then she went to have her afternoon on the beach with a friend and we settled into inventory, which is the backup plan for most of this time. We *will* get this thing done, eventually. What’s taking so long is all the little bits that we still have yet to find, and as we go, I’m making tags and signs.

We didn’t have anyone for any of the workshops, yesterday, but that was ok, we had a lot of customers instead. 🙂 …and a lot of friends..

candle 1 020213candle 2 020213…and maybe best of all, Linda brought candles!!!! Lots of candles! So we’re fully re-stocked. That looks a *lot* different from the skimpiness of the display for several weeks, now!

Today is class day. Wicca 101 will start as soon as the young folks get there, probably between 9:30 and 10. Brea’s Elements is at noon and Practical Craft is at 2pm. We’ll probably be working on potting up more of the starts.

350px-Amaterasu_cave_edit2Setsubun is one of the seasonal celebrations of Japan in honor of Amaterasu. There’s throwing and eating of beans! 🙂 “Demons out! Luck in!!” …and then slam the door. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/feb3.html (search for Setsubun) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Setsubun and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichun and more on Amaterasu here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaterasu

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 at 541-563-7154.

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Quarter moonThe Moon is at the Waning Quarter at 5:56am. 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. Phase ends at the tide change on 2/9 at 11:20pm. 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. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/3 at 5:56am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term. Phase ends on 2/5 at 11:20am.

Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis, Rowan, Jan 21 – Feb 17
ElhazRunic half-month of Elhaz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.

Sun in AquariusSun in Aquarius
Moon in Scorpio
Ceres Retrograde
Color: Orange

Planting 2/2-3


©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month Rowan berries, LuisLuis  Rowan  Jan 21Feb 17 – Luis  – (LWEESH), rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to serviceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Plant Tree Apple Quert Celtic Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made


WavesTides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Su   3     High   5:10 AM     8.1   7:32 AM    Rise  1:07 AM      58
     3      Low  12:14 PM     1.2   5:29 PM     Set 11:09 AM
     3     High   6:21 PM     5.6
     3      Low  11:39 PM     2.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.


Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – Multicultural Connections- Write freely about what you think the following Native American proverb means: “Never criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.”


~   Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.- M.Navratilova
~   Life is forever changing, methods are many, values are few, methods always change, Values never do. – Lolly Daskal
~   Madam your wife and I didn’t hit it off the only time I ever saw her. I won’t say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it wasn’t me. – Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
~   Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds. – Grenville Kleiser

A man’s women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them; they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phase makes it, feminine intuition. – HL Mencken


Pentacle of ElementsMagickal Crafts

Pendulum Rod & Stand – You will need a Y shaped stick, suede cord, heavy string, chain with pendulum (see pendulum project), flat piece of wood for the base of the stand, smaller Y shaped stick for the stand, hot glue, stones of your choice to decorate handle with. Start by creating a hole in the flat piece of wood that the Y shaped stick can fit into. Place it in the hole and then take the smaller Y shaped stick and position it on the base so it will hold up the large Y shaped stick. Once you have it in position, use hot glue to attach it. You may want to decorate the base with suede cord and stones, using hot glue to attach them. Once the base is complete and you’re sure it will hold the rod steady, begin working on the rod itself. Wrap the suede cord in a spiral pattern around the handle of the rod. Add more stones if you like. Wrap the heavy string around the Y part of the stick and glue it in place. Attach the pendulum and chain to the suede cord. Balance it in the middle of the Y so it will hang down evenly. When complete, the rod should rest on the stand and the pendulum should be balanced and still. You can also take the rod off the stand and use it for dowsing for healings or searching for things. http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html

Celtic Knot Mousepad
Items needed:
acrylic paint
stencil brush or a stiff brush
acrylic sealer
stiff plastic to make a stencil (the plastic that bacon lays on works great)
exacto knife
celtic design to trace (try Celtic Art)

1. Paint the mousepad to a solid color if needed; allow to dry
2. Trace the celtic design onto the stiff plastic
3. Cut out the stencil with the exacto knife
4. Place the stencil in the desired location over the mousepad
5. Tape the stencil in place
6. Using up and down stabbing motions, stencil the design. Allow to dry
7. Spray or paint the acrylic sealer over the design. Allow to dry before use.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Sign under a mounted fish: If I had kept my mouth shut, I wouldn’t be here.

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2 Responses to Daily Stuff 2-3-13 Setsubun

  1. Alixandra Perkins says:

    Dear Ancient Lights,

    My name is Alix Perkins and I am 16, soon to be 17, and I have been greatly interested in Wicca since the 7th grade. I have books and a few other sources, such as your website/E-mails that give me great insight to this beautiful world! I am a solitary practitioner of the art and had a beautiful Imbolc just the other day. Unfortunately, I live in a very small town, far from the coast, and I must practice in secret. I dont want to, but my parents and pretty much the whole town (which only consists of 150 people) are pretty strictly Christian. This distresses me greatly, because only a select few of my close friends understand and except my choice. I am extremely interested in your classes and would love to participate, but seeing as I live in Dayville, Oregon and I only visit the coast in the summer months, its a bit difficult. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for me? I am up for almost anything!


    Alixandra Lee Perkins

    *)O( The Element’s Child )O(*

    • Hi, Alixandra!

      You’re not the first, nor will you be the last witch in the broom closet! I sympathize. We have people even in our own Circle who are, at least as far as family and friends are concerned, and there are whole families who come out to the coast for a “vacation” and spend a lot of money stocking up on supplies for the rest of the year.

      I’m hoping that you’ve discovered Witchvox.com, and all the Wiccan groups on Facebook?

      …and most people who practice Wicca end up as Solitaries at some point.

      One thing is that you don’t need any tools or materials. You have everything you need, so there’s nothing to hide. “The witch is the tool, and the tool is the witch!” is an old Craft proverb. Get out into Nature and listen to what the Goddess has to tell you.

      We witches started that way, where things had to be hidden, so your athame is a kitchen knife (or your finger), your cauldron is a soup pot, your wand is a branch that a tree gifts you with, pentacles can be drawn in the dirt and a Circle can be simply cast with water, so there’s nothing to hide, nothing to make someone else worry. Causing someone else worry can be “Harm”, you know, especially if it’s parents and family who *so* much want things to go right for us!

      We’re not the New-Agey stuff where $10K worth of crystals are a requirement. We’re Wicca, the Wise Ones of the Earth. We’re a bunch of tree-hugging, dirt-worshipers…and usually even in very Christian places, the ecologically-minded are tolerated, if not encouraged. Let that part show, the rest can come later, when family is assured the you’ve “grown up” and are ready to make your own choices. (Btw, i still refer to my 32-year-old as “my baby”, so it might take a bit, yet. )

      Don’t worry about outward signs, study the world around you, study in your books, learn who *you* are. There’s plenty of time to learn the rest.

      Are you familiar with the Witch’s Pyramid? “To Know, to Will, to Dare, and to Keep the Silence” is the standard wording. That’s the foundation of our magick, and of our understanding. Study that for a bit, how it relates to the World and to the Elements and you’ll have some good hard bread for your mind to chew.

      We do “Wicca 101 Intensives” a couple of times a year, for people who can’t get here more than occasionally. I don’t know if that’s something that you could find a way to do, or not.

      …and there are a *lot* of Wiccan/Pagan/Witchy people online and friended to the shop over on Facebook.

      So, don’t worry, you’ve got ways to grow and folks who sympathize, and it won’t be long before you can be out in the open if you wish. Go ahead and ask questions. If you can friend the shop on Facebook, there are couple of groups that I can add you to, as well.

      Anja (M. Bartlett, Ancient Light)

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