Daily Stuff 12-9-14 Belisarius

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Last Minus tide of the cycle at 8:34 PM of -0.3 feet.

weather Cloud Wind59F drippy and windy, but nothing like what they were talking about. The gusts are only getting into the 20’s. There’s still quite a lot going on with the surf, though. The beaches aren’t all that safe, at the moment.

motif plant flower red poppyYesterday we were a touch late getting to the shop, but I was surpised we got there even close to on time. The weather systems moving in were making me move like a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, but we got there, got open, picked up for the day and then started in on our various tasks. I had a lot of little things that I needed Tempus to do, like re-loading the pricing gun. I can *never* get that threaded right. It usually takes him a few tries, but he gets it. <sigh> I started with working on mail, figuring that sitting still and moving gently would eventually get me moving better. It did.

motif plant flower rose pinkHe worked with the jigsaw for a few minutes. Something is out of adjustment, but it seems to be useable once we figure that part out. I might just be that we have the wrong blade in there.

While he was playing with that I went down to the Chocolate Frog and had a good chat with Leslie. They want to get a penny-squisher for Waldport! I think that’s an awesome idea. I got Tempus a lump of peanut butter crunch and an almond turtle for me. 🙂 they have *great* candy!

plant motif bird duck flower daisyThe Duckmeister was in and we had a good chat, catching up on news from the last while. Travis went back up to the house with Tempus, doing errands on the way, and then Tempus needed to get a lawnmower repair finished. I found the basket of “bits” of stock and worked on getting those finally taken care of.

You could feel the weather closing in as the day went on. It got more and more gloomy and despite the temperature being 63F it felt chilly. By late afternoon there was not only a High Wind Warning, but a High Surf Advisory, even though not much had changed.

motif plant flower rose redLate in the day I got another set of things dyed, not just the peg dolls at this point, but needlecases and some yoyos. I was so sleepy, though, that I kept nodding off, and not wanting to have a purple face, I stopped after doing the red. 🙂 …and then went back just before class folks were supposed to show up and got some of the needlecases done in purple, but before I was done, Tempus got back with some supper and that needed to take precedence.

motif plant flower snowdropClass went well. We finished the history section and then I sat and waited for everyone to get back from Newport. I didn’t have to wait very long, just long enough to chat with Marius for a couple of minutes and then they were there and carting things out the door.

motif plant flower tulip orange bulbWhen we got it, I took a bath right away and then sat at the computer to catch up. We went to bed fairly late and Tempus managed to scare the liver and lights out of me at about 6:30 in the morning, by semi-falling on me in the dark. Have something large and shadowed looming over you is a bit much-ish coming out of a sound sleep! I was up for awhile after than and when everything quit thumping, I crawled back into bed. I’m not sure he even noticed. 🙂

coffeeHe just handed me coffee with eggnog in it. I hope I’m going to be able to do some cooking today, but the way I’m moving might preclude it. In any case, I have Spoonflower designs to work on, website updates and newsletter stuff.

…and I just replaced what I had planned in the Magick section today. It’s a good read. The recipes will go in tomorrow. Tempus is cooking eggs and sausage. It went from gloomy, sheeting rain whipping around in the wind to the sun trying to peek through the clouds at the moment…. yeah, for about 20 seconds there were actually shadows showing out there, but the gloom is coming back. Fun weather!

Mandalas on a beach at sunset. Collected on Facebook 11/14.10502151_549344171858432_3330186548382273983_n

220px-Rhamnus_purshiana,_Cascara_--_branch_with_leaves,_flowers_and_budsToday’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth– Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada

220px-Meister_von_San_Vitale_in_Ravenna_013In the time of the collapse of the Roman Empire, Rome itself was taken over by the Ostrogoths, one of the many sacks of the city that happened. On this day in 536, Belisarius, a brilliant general recaptured the city. He managed to depose the Pope during all this….. He also fought the Vandals earlier and helped keep the invasion of the Kutrigurs  from taking over the Eastern Empire later in his career. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belisarius

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,


Waning Gibbous 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. Phase ends on 12/20 at 5:36pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest 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 12/14 at 4:51am.

astro Procyon Canis MinorThe waning gibbous Moon, now in Cancer, is well up in the east by about 9 p.m. depending on your location. Look to its right for Procyon. Farther to the Moon’s upper left are Pollux, and above Pollux, Castor.
Astro marsMars (magnitude +1.0, in Capricornus) still glows in the southwest during and after twilight. And it still sets around 8 p.m. local time.

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 Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13

Sun in SagittariusSun in Sagittarius
Moon in CancerMoon in Cancer enters Leo at 7:14pm
Uranus (12/21) and Jupiter (4/8/15) Retrograde
Color: White

Planting 12/8&9


©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
Tu   9     High   2:30 AM     7.1   7:41 AM     Set  9:53 AM      94
9      Low   7:57 AM     3.1   4:37 PM    Rise  8:06 PM
9     High   1:36 PM     8.0
9      Low   8:34 PM    -0.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I forgive my mistakes and live on.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Why is it…? – Why is it important to be genuine? …and how is this different than being honest?



~  Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame. – Thomas a Kempis
~  Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it is good only for wallowing in. – Katherine Mansfield
~  This day is golden. Live it. This time is potent. Use it. – Ralph Marston
~  A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer

A sailor cast up by the sea,
Lying naked on the shore, unable to speak,
Helpless, when it comes to the light of day. – Lucretius , Roman poet (99?-55? B.C.) writing of the new-born babe.


Yule Log 122413Yule Magick – I had recipes scheduled for today, but please forgive me. I woke to this post on Facebook and asked to re-post here.

Rose Panofsky – Collected on Facebook 12/9/14

I had a profound experience yesterday. I have been processing since yesterday. I received a bunch of hand-me-downs for Maisie and Lyric, some I could use now, some I put away for later when they are bigger, and as handmedowns go, there was a small bag leftover that I wasn’t interested in using. I also went through Maisie’s drawers and removed some of her clothes that we didn’t use much. I decided to post on one of my local trading groups. Bag of girls’ clothes, range of sizes, totally free, come pick them up.

A lady responded saying she could really use them, great! Come get them! I gave her my address and she said she would be at our house in an hour. And then she responded saying, “I really appreciate this. I have had some hard times and I will have to wrap these as presents for my kids because I cannot afford any.”

I consider myself to be a generous person. I do not consider myself to be selfish. I work very hard to teach my stepdaughters and daughters gratitude, to respect their belongings and take care of them, to be thankful for what they have, and to be compassionate toward others. I worry a lot about money. I admit it. I work very long hours. I stay up until 1AM sometimes after the kids go to sleep working. In addition to working, I sell things on ebay, I make crafts and sell them. I have started delving into affiliate marketing. I do tasks on mturk. I do Search Engine Optimization on the side. I work my behind off because I worry about making enough money. I live frugally and don’t spoil my kids on purpose. I buy them toys that will stimulate their creativity and imagination. I avoid toy companies that want to make my children their walking advertising, and I avoid toy companies that I believe give children a skewed idea of gender roles and self-image.

It is experiences like this though that truly show me perspective. We really do have a lot. My problems are first world problems. Gratitude is important, and also living with awareness of your abundance. I could not imagine having to wrap someone else’s rejected handmedowns as Christmas presents for my children. My heart really went out to this lady. I felt so much compassion for her that I started to tear up. And then I went into my kids’ closet and I pulled down a beautiful dress. A dress that was probably worn once and then forgotten about. A very fancy and appropriate dress, that I knew if a little child opened it under their Christmas tree that they would be thrilled.

I put it on top of the bag so it would be the first thing that this lady saw when she came to pick it up. She took one look at that dress and the look on her face was priceless. She was extremely grateful and thanked me multiple times for the clothes, and then went on her way.

I was left with a good reminder. For myself – to keep perspective and to have more awareness than I already do, and when I am up late and night slaving away over a hot keyboard that while we may not have oodles of moola, we do a lot better than we may think. There is always something I can do to give.

For my kids – I will share this experience with them. I hope to give them the perspective not just of gratitude, appreciation, and being humble, but also not to take what you have for granted.

Of course this is not just for the holidays either. We should maintain perspective all year, and remember that while we worry about what we may not have – there are others who truly do NOT have. Thanks for reading.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Yule Riddles – Q – What does a Snowman eat for Breakfast? A – Frosted Snow Flakes.

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