Daily Stuff 11-24-13 St John of the Cross

Hi, folks!

weather sun faceGlorious sunshine again! I’m trying to get out in it, to store up for winter. It’s almost like it’s another opportunity for harvest. It’s 52F, but it’s almost noon. Tempus is at the shop and I’m still here, typing. Moving very slowly this morning…

food motif squash basketI had a good day, yesterday. It was a lovely drive all the way to Longview and back. I watched the sunrise and the sunset. I saw herons and bluebirds and lots of others, marveled at the colors on the trees, and mist on the hills, and the shadows of the hills on the mists. I taught my class, sold some product and talked to lots of old friends. Good day!

food motif spice chili pepperTempus didn’t have a bunch of customers, so he got pretty much all of the lights up.

I’m kinda stiff and sore from the driving, so I’m taking my time getting moving this morning. The Elders’ Council is at 1pm, the supper at the China Restaurant at 5pm (all are welcome!) and the OCPPG staff meeting follows that. Call the shop at (541)563-7154 for more info.

Orns 01 013Today’s ornaments are the ribbon angels that I’ve made. These are small, the largest being about 4 inches, and very lightweight. As best I could tell there wtih 12 different ribbon patterns on these in the box and 1/2 a dozen different wings.

Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. plant tree pic Oregon AshThe bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” ,  or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia

220px-Zurbarán_St._John_of_the_CrossFeast day of St John of the Cross – (Starry stapelia, Stapelia radiata, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint.)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stapelia  this is one weird plant. The flowers small like rotting meat! This is also the guy that wrote the book, “The Dark Night of the Soul”. He was a poet and a reformer and ended up imprisoned and tortured by fellow monks!

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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.


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Gibbous moonThe Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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 11/2 at 4:22pm. 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 11/25 at 11:28am.

motif astro cometAstro mercuryDuring dawn Monday and Tuesday mornings, when you’re preparing to use binoculars or a telescope to make one last pre-perihelion try for Comet ISON barely above the horizon, you’ll find Mercury and fainter Astro SaturnSaturn shining to the naked eye just 3/4° apart (at the times of dawn in North America). They’re well above the spot to look for the comet: by 7° on Monday, 9° on Tuesday. In a telescope, Mercury will be a tiny, slightly gibbous disk 5.6 arcseconds in diameter (no bigger than Mars, high in the southeast), while Saturn is dimmer but much larger: 34″ across its rings. They’re a nice consolation prize!
Astro marsMars (magnitude 1.3, below the hind feet of Leo) rises around 1 a.m. By dawn it’s high in the southeast. In a telescope Mars is still tiny, 5.5 arcseconds wide.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic Tree month of Ruis  Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winterRunic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in ScorpioSun in Scorpio
Moon in LeoMoon in Leo
Jupiter, and Uranus Retrograde
Color: Orange

Harvest 11/23-24


©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month Reed Phragmites_australis_Schilfrohr wikiNgetal Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae).
motif plant herb Cattail celtic tree month reed ngedal“The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.’” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
arrow celtic tree month reed ngedalNgetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
ocean 03 ngedal reed celtic tree monthto study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High       Tide    Height   Sunrise     Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low       Time      Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Su  24     High   5:11 AM     6.5   7:25 AM     Set 12:08 PM      68
~    24      Low  10:57 AM     3.6   4:42 PM    Rise 11:21 PM
~    24     High   4:17 PM     6.2
~    24      Low  11:08 PM     1.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not spend $1000 worth of emotion on a 5-cent trivia.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What was the first way you earned money?



~  Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is. – Will Rogers
~  It’s okay to send flowers, but don’t let the flowers do all the talking. Flowers have a limited vocabulary. About the best flowers can say is that you remembered.  But your words tell the rest. – Jim Rohn
~  Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
~  Empowerment is not so much about seeking a new life as it is seeing and using the one you’ve got more clearly. – Kerr Cuhulain

In Upper Egypt on the first day of the solar year by Coptic reckoning, that is, on the tenth of September, when the Nile has generally reached its highest point, the regular government is suspended for three days and every town chooses its own ruler. This temporary lord wears a sort of tall fool’s cap and a long flaxen beard, and is enveloped in a strange mantle. With a wand of office in his hand and attended by men disguised as scribes, executioners, and so forth, he proceeds to the Governor’s house. The latter allows himself to be deposed; and the mock king, mounting the throne, holds a tribunal, to the decisions of which even the governor and his officials must bow. After three days the mock king is condemned to death; the envelope or shell in which he was encased is committed to the flames, and from its ashes the Fellah creeps forth. The custom perhaps points to an old practice of burning a real king in grim earnest. – Sir James George Frazer, (1854 – 1941), The Golden Bough, 1922, Ch. 25


border Sabbat Mabon Thanksgiving

Magick – Thanksgiving Ritual

Give Thanks

However much or however little you have for your Thanksgiving meal, give thanks that you have a meal.
However warm or however chill your home, give thanks that you have a home.
However sweet or however irritating your family, give thanks that you have a family.
However wise or however stupid our government may be from time to time, give thanks that it is OUR government — that we are free.

Extra Thanksgiving Ritual

Consider having an extra Thanks-giving dinner this year, a little earlier than usual. After all, turkey is available year round, and think of all those special foods that are too good to only eat once a year: sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and so on. You know you want to, so go ahead; and get started with my stuffing recipe

1 or 2 small onions
2 to 3 stalks of celery
2 tblsps canola oil
1 peeled, cored and finely
chopped apple
2 tblsps powdered sage
2 tsps thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups of cubed, stale bread

Chop the onions and stalks of celery, and saute them in the oil. When they are soft, add the apple. Add the sage, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste, and sauté a few minutes longer. Add the cubed stale bread, and stuff the whole into a twelve-pound turkey.

 )0( Magenta Griffith  )0(  GrannyMoons’s Morning Feast   

We Gather Together – Before eating this Thanksgiving, sing this Thanksgiving prayer:
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Q: How do you make a turkey float? A: Get two scoops of ice cream, add some rootbeer and a turkey.

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