Daily Stuff 11-30-14 Eclipse

Hi, folks!

Its’ 32F! The sunshine is incredibly bright, but there’s frost all over things.

Plant motif flower desert fivespotAlmost as soon as the newsletter went out, yesterday morning, it started to get brighter , and by 9:30 the sun was out… kinda wimpy light, but it was sunshine! It wasn’t just being handed an awesome breakfast by my sweetie, either, that brightened my day. He made waffles, scrambled eggs and bacon, along with coffee, so we’d all be well fortified for a busy time.

Plant motif flower echinacea herb112914 Perfume salveWe spent the first hour at the shop sorting and putting some things away and my last 15 minutes before Herbs setting up. We ended up potting 3 plants, starting a potpourri mix, setting up a rosewater bottle and making a set of tangerine/mint soap balls by the Hannah Wolley recipes. My Crystals workshop folks didn’t come in, so I worked on getting some tins of rose/sandalwood perfume salve set up with the help of another student who wandered in, and then made up some wood butter using coconut oil. By then I was wiped.

plant motif  flower foxgloveOf course this was with customers wandering in and out all day. Mostly it was folks who hadn’t been in before and were just browsing, so I kept myself busy, running around and making things.

112914 Wood ButterRobyne wandered down to Subway and treated us to lunch. Tempus went in back for a nap and when he got up headed home to work in his shop for a couple of hours, trying to sort tools and such and get a lawn mower job done.  After that Robyne and I talked books for awhile, although I was also working on inventory and a couple of other projects and then Steele dropped by to shop and chat a bit. I haven’t seen them in quite a long while.

motif plant flower dandelion herbI spent the last hour kinda sitting and staring, because I was so tired, and then fell into bed when I got home and slept past 10pm. It was 46F at 4pm and when the sun went behind the buildings, not even set yet, it dropped for 41 and then 37 and then it was 30F when I was up in the middle of the night. Brr….

motif plant flower heatherHatch had made a yummy soup and I had a nice bowlful with some good bread that Tempus made and played computer games and then Tempus and I turned in. …and then I couldn’t sleep, so I developed pictures and sorted things until about 3am, which is when Tempus was taking off for his paper route.

motif plant flower holiday cactusToday we have the Young Folks Wicca 101 at 9:30am (or so) and then the House Capuchin Project Day starts at noon. Projects in various stages of completion are all over the place, too. Hopefully some will change state during the day. 🙂


plant tree maple Acer_macrophyllum_1199Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner.Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum

Eclipse 11-30-13Today is the anniversary of the oldest record of an eclipse. From Wikipedia: “Records of solar eclipses have been kept since ancient times. Eclipse dates can be used for chronological dating of historical records. A Syrian clay tablet records a solar eclipse which occurred on March 5, 1223 B.C., while Paul Griffin argues that a stone in Ireland records an eclipse on November 30, 3340 B.C. Positing classical-era astronomers’ use of Babylonian eclipse records mostly from the 13th century BC provides a feasible and mathematically consistent explanation for the Greek finding all three lunar mean motions (synodic, anomalistic, draconitic) to a precision of about one part in a million or better. Chinese historical records of solar eclipses date back over 4,000 years and have been used to measure changes in the Earth’s rate of spin.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse#Historical_record

Mine - Yule PentacleThe shop opens at 11am! 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,


Waxing Gibbous MoonWaxing 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 on 12/6 at 4:27am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends on 12/4 at 7:27pm. 

No astro info on the standard feeds, probably because of the holiday.

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22
Rune Runic Month 23 Is IsaRunic 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 SagittariusSun in Sagittarius
Moon in PiscesMoon in Pisces  enters Aries at 5:14pm
Uranus (12/21) Retrograde
Color: Amber

Planting 11/29-30


©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


elderberry flower RuisRuis/Elder – Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
plant red elderberry RuisThe common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
plant motif Elderberry RuisRuis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn Ruisto study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth


Waves tide Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Su  30      Low  12:16 AM     1.0   7:31 AM     Set 12:54 AM      54
~    30     High   6:57 AM     7.8   4:39 PM    Rise  1:25 PM
~    30      Low   1:29 PM     1.9
~    30     High   7:12 PM     6.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Abundance is everywhere.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your most marked characteristic?


Quotes – 

~  Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. – William Shakespeare
~  As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words. – William Shakespeare
~  Every big accomplishment has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision. – Florence Scovel Shinn
~  I just put on what the lady says. I’ve been married three times, so I’ve had lots of supervision. – Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) US writer


When I was One,
I had just begun.

When I was Two,
I was nearly new.

When I was Three,
I was hardly Me.

When I was Four,
I was not much more.

When I was Five,
I was just alive.

But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever.
So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever. – A. A. Milne (1882-1956), English poet and writer and father of Christopher Robin


Yule Log 122413Yule Magick – However many your turkey leftovers, check this site out for good recipe ideas: http://www.butterball.com

Yule Correspondences

Symbolism – Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future.

Symbols  – Yule log, or small Yule log with 3 candles, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, ivy, fir trees, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, baskets of clove studded fruit, a simmering pot of wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus.

Deities – Goddesses-Brighid, Isis, Demeter, Gaea, Diana, The Great Mother. Gods-Apollo, Ra, Odin, Lugh, The Oak King, The Horned One, The Green Man, The Divine Child, Mabon, Hathor, Hecate, Neith, Athene, Minerva, Ixchel, Osiris, Norns, Fates
Foods – Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, Yule Cake (rich fruit cake), fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, mulled wine, spiced cider. Include many that have solar symbolism. Cookies are round like the sun, eggnog is golden and fertile, gingerbread is hot and spicy, and fruitcake bears red and orange highlights. As a side, try a little flaming brandy to warm you up

Incense – Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon

Scents – violet, patchouli, rose geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lilac
Colours – Red, green, white or gold, silver, yellow, orange or blood red, white and black

Herbs – Bayberry, thistle, evergreen, frankincense, holly, ivy, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar, holly, English ivy, fir

Flowers – holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus
Trees – pine, fir, holly
Nature Spirits – snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries
Animals – mouse, deer, horse, bear
Birds – rook, robin, snowy owl
Stones – Rubies, bloodstones, garnets, emeralds, diamonds, serpentine, jacinth, peridot

Activities – Caroling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honoring Kris Kringle (more commonly known nowadays as Santa Claus) the Germanic Pagan God of Yule.

Suggested Altar Decorations – Use a Green Altar cloth, with green and red God and Goddess candles. Decorate the Altar with evergreens, holly and ivy, fir tree boughs, and possibly your Yule Log. Use Ale or Mulled wine and rich fruit cake for your Cakes and Ale feast.

Power Flow – to endure, die, be reborn; Earth tides turning. Darkness. Personal alchemy. Spiritual paths – Reach out to friends and family, the lonely and needy.

Spellworkings of Yule – Peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Re: Another husband/wife jokeFunny-bone Archive

Re: Another husband/wife joke
To: funny-bone@lists.spunge.org
From: Bevlee@aol.com
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 01:48:20 EST
Thanks to Nadine for forwarding this to me.

Larry’s barn burned down, and Susan, his wife, called the insurance  company.  Susan said,”We had that barn insured for $50,000 and I want my  money.  The agent told her that it didn’t work that way, that they would  ascertain the value of the old barn, and provide her with a new one of  comparable worth.  Susan said, “I would like to cancel the policy on my  husband.”

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