Daily Stuff 11-19-14 Man in the Iron Mask

Hi, folks!

motif Witchy Hat PentacleEsbat tonight at 7pm at Ancient Light

Please be aware that the shop will be closed on Thursday, 11/27 for Thanksgiving, 12/25 for Christmas and 1/1 for New Years. We haven’t discussed it, yet, but we usually are open on 12/23 and 24 for last-minute shoppers. I’ll let you know when we decide.

weather cloudIt’s 52F and the low was only 49 last night. Big, big difference from just a couple of days ago! It’s supposed to start raining any minute now and it looks like it, with watery-looking, wimpy sunshine making a mostly vain attempt to show. Good heavens! My pink rose has not only buds, but full-blown flowers! …after all the cold… wow….

motif animal farm horseYesterday morning didn’t start well for me. I was headachy and weepy for no good reason. I finally went back to bed for awhile and when I got up, I was in better shape. I started putting newsletters together, but everyone was a bit slow to start. Kitchen stuff got going and living room pick-up.

Bird Crow motifEventually it was time for me to head out to meet up with Lezlie. Ray (China Restaurant) is on vacation through December 1 and I had forgotten that, so we went to Salty Dog instead. I had the chowder bread bowl (and the shell baked with cheese, for supper!) and a slice of blueberry cheesecake. Lezlie got a seafood basket and Hatch and Travis got the leftovers when I got home. We spent a while at the Port Docks looking out across Alsea Bay, but got far too cold as the sun was setting.

motif bird gull 2 smWe said goodbye and I drove home, seeing the heron that in the morning had been sneering loftily at the crabbers on the bay, so tucked into himself that he looked like a ball of feathers on sticks….. The was a lovely shaft of light from the already-set sun turning a patch of clouds to scarlet and by the time I got up to the house a whole large stripe of clouds seemed on fire.

motif bird heron lgI settled back into newsletters, finally finished around 11pm. Tempus baked some bread and was cleaning in the kitchen, which *still* isn’t usable.

Since he’s doing chores for some folks today, I guess Hatch and I will be trying to make some headway there. I’m also hoping to get some licks in on the Yule Kit for Mab’s Creations tomorrow, get some pictures of stock and projects at the shop and then we have esbat in the evening.

Links today….

They only got 60 hours of power from the comet lander…. …‘coz it bounced, instead of landing solidly the way they planned. Drat… Well, whacking lots of info!  http://www.iflscience.com/space/philae-lander-runs-out-juice

The “hop” http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/11/17/philae_spotted_lander_actually_seen_in_comet_photo.html?wpisrc=obnetwork

If you need an affirmation of the goodness of life:  http://davidkanigan.com/2014/11/16/gate-a-4/

If you’re a Pentatonix fan, into Christmas as a season, or just love beautiful harmonies:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFjdfjrtf1Q&feature=youtu.be

…and just… well… history…. http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/11/05/10-rare-english-surnames-about-to-go-extinct/

plant motif flower mydicentra bleeding heartToday’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods at this time of year. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis

Masque_de_fer_selon_Warin 11-19-13 Iron MaskThe Man in the Iron Mask is a figure mostly of fiction and legend, but there is an historical basis. This date in 1703 marks his death. Held for more than forty years in prison (the 19th-Century folklorist Robert Chambers says only the last five years of his imprisonment were actually in the Bastille) during the reign of King Louis XIV, the Man in the Iron Mask was an unknown prisoner. Most probably he was a general with whom the king was furious although he was originally admitted under the name of a valet privy to embarrassing events and was buried under the name, “Matthioli” . More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_in_the_Iron_Mask

wheel of the yearThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday! Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although the time that we’re there is drifting earlier with the shorter days. 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.

Love & Light,


Hecate's Brooch MoonWaning 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. 
Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the entry to the Dark at 7:32pm on 11/20. 

220px-Summer_triangle_mapIt’s still Summer Triangle season. The Triangle’s brightest star is Vega, still well up in the west-northwest after dinnertime. The brightest above Vega is Deneb. The Triangle’s third star, Altair, is farther to Vega’s left.
Astro jupiterJupiter (magnitude –2.1, in western Leo) rises in the east-northeast around 11 p.m. About 40 minutes later, Regulus (magnitude +1.4) rises below it. By dawn they shine high in the south, with Regulus now to Jupiter’s left.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
Rune Runic Month 22 Nyd NauthizRunic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter. 

Sun in ScorpioSun in Scorpio
Moon in LibraMoon in Libra enters Scorpio at 9:31pm
Uranus (12/21) and Chiron (11/23) Retrograde
Color: Yellow



©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month Reed Phragmites_australis_Schilfrohr wikiCeltic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl) – 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).
arrow 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
motif plant herb Cattail celtic tree month reed ngedalNgetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
ocean 03 ngedal reed celtic tree monthMonth: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M


Waves tide Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
W   19      Low   3:41 AM     2.4   7:18 AM    Rise  4:12 AM      14
~    19     High   9:49 AM     7.9   4:45 PM     Set  3:22 PM
~    19      Low   4:40 PM     0.6
~    19     High  10:48 PM     6.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Those who are full of their own opinions will be deaf to words of wisdom from others.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – What three words would describe you right now?



~  Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. – Dave Barry
~  Whatever you do, don’t do it halfway. – Bob Beamon
~  Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. –Mark Twain
~  Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. – Les Brown

Druids recognize both the ancestors of the blood and the ancestors of the land, and they also recognize a third: the ancestors of the spirit. The ancestors of the spirit are those people who inspire you, who speak to something deep within you that recognizes the truth. They may be artists, musicians, writers, poets, priests, prophets, scientists, philosophers, kings, beggars, farmers, or hunters. They may have lived thousands of years ago, or they may be living now. You may know every detail of their lives, or perhaps all you know of them is a fragment of anonymous writings. – Heather “Say the Trees Have Ears” blog


Turkey platter Thanksgiving food motifThanksgiving Magick – Crafts

Turkey Pumpkin –  Turn a pumpkin into a turkey. This idea can be used with any size pumpkin, from mini to large. Young children will need help piercing the pumpkin skin to attach the decorations.


Crayons, markers, paint, or colored pencils
Thick craft glue, rubber cement or hot glue
Toothpicks, or skewers, or popsicle sticks
Card stock or thin cardboard or construction paper

You will need to cut out tail feathers and wing feathers that are the right size for your pumpkin — which will be the body. Use colored construction paper or color your own on card stock. Cut as many as you wish. Your turkey can have a huge feathery tail and wings OR you can use only 5 feathers to create the effect you want!

You also need to cut out a turkey head and neck — think of a circle head attached to a long narrow triangle neck. You can do it, I’m sure!

Attach your head/neck piece to a popsicle stick with glue. Be  sure to leave about an inch of stick to poke into the pumpkin. Draw on a beak, a neck wattle and a face. When it’s all dry and done press the stick into the pumpkin where you want it. IF it is too difficult, someone who is old enough can use a knife to make slits for the sticks.

Glue the feathers to sticks in the same manner to create wings and the tail.

If you want to try to glue feathers directly to the pumpkin, it will work with some kinds of glue — perhaps you can use thumbtacks to help. Rubber cement is good for this because if you paste some onto the pumpkin and some onto the feather then let them almost dry before you put them together, they stick VERY firmly!

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft With Gloves – At one time I had the directions to make a turkey centerpiece using two or three sets of knitted gloves.  You use small gloves and stuffed the fingers to form the tails of this turkey centerpiece.  Using three different colors of gloves made for a colorful turkey.   Thanks! – Mylene Holmes

Paper Vase BaseA Thanksgiving Paper Vase

You will need:

  • A printed copy of the picture (go to the link and print full-size)
  • A paper plate, in a holiday print, or print the 2nd picture, full size
  • Stuff to decorate the plate and put into the vase.
  • Glue
  • Paperclips, rubber bands and a small rock or other weight.

Paper VaseDirections

  • Fold along the red dotted lines.
  • Cut out.
  • Cut along the solid black lines.
  • Fold along the solid yellow line.
  • Put glue along the white x’d lines.
  • Fold it up. The white x’d lines go to the inside.
  • Use paper clips and/or rubber bands to hold your vase while it dries.
  • Glue it to the center of your paper plate. Use the rock to hold it down while it dries.
  • Decorate! Fill the vase with Pokies, swizzle sticks, flowers, dried leaves or whatever takes your fancy. Use the plate/base to hold holiday candies, acorns, pine cones and maybe even run a string of gold plastic beads through them to make things really fancy.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Punny Business Slogan – Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck: “Caution – This Truck is full of Political Promises”

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