Daily Stuff 2-15-15 Lupercalia

Hi, folks!

Header ancient-light button021415 BeeAncient Light is closed today for Anja’s birthday and an event we’re going to. We’ll reopen at the regular time on Monday!

45F and only enough breeze to stir the leaves and sunshine! We have a good day for our feast!

021415 Bee2There was a crow jumping around in the alder and that made me notice the catkins are in full flower, just like the plum tree.

Yesterday when we were leaving for the shop (and other things) I snapped a couple of pictures of bees and other flying things in the rosemary out front. There were even a couple of bumblebees, but they were too shy for me to get a pic.

021415 Flash driveTempus had a busy day at the shop, lots of people in shopping. Amor and I headed first into Newport to get printer ink and then to Marius and Rowan’s. We were cooking/baking all day.

>>>>>>>>> I have another birthday goodie. This is a 8 gig flash drive! 🙂 >>>>>>>>>

Today is our big event. We’re leaving here in a few minutes to get started. I know my feet are going to hurt! 🙂

Photo by Ken Gagne – up the Yachats River on 2/5/15

020515 Ken Gagne up  Yachats River

cloth of gold crocus flower plantToday’s plant is Crocus angustifolius (old name Crocus sulphureus) called cloth-of-gold crocus.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius From the RHS site, “Crocus are dwarf, deciduous perennials growing from a corm, with linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers in autumn or early spring. C. angustifolius is a perennial corm with narrow leaves and scented, bright deep yellow flowers, strongly feathered with dark mahogany on the outside.” http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=582 Sacred to Juno and Ostara, as any crocus, it is used to attract love (carry), turn away abusive love (burn), and give visions (place on altar or by bed).

Feast 0215 lupercalia Circle_of_Adam_Elsheimer_The_Lupercalian_Festival_in_RomeThe Lupercalia is a festival of ancient Rome, with customs that seem awfully strange to us, now, but from which our St. Valentine’s Day customs possibly emerge. It’s the “Wolf Feast” in honor of the she-wolf that was the foster-mother of the twins who founded Rome. It’s also a feast in honor of Pan. The oddest part was that men would run a course around the city nude, except for bits of fresh goatskin, and whip the women and girls who would line up to be swatted for fertility and ease of childbirth! Definitely not the standard fun for Valentine’s parties….  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupercalia

feast 0215 Lupa_Capitolina_(2)… A she-wolf, which had given birth to her whelps came, wondrous to tell, to the abandoned twins [Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome] … She halted and fawned on the tender babes with her tail, and licked into shape their two bodies with her tongue … fearless, they sucked her dugs and were fed on a supply of milk that was never meant for them. The she-wolf (lupa) gave her name to the place, and the place gave their name to the Luperci. Great is the reward the nurse has got for the milk she gave.
Ovid, Fasti II. 413

wheel of the yearThe shop is closed today! Just for the day, so we have a break for something fun! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although they’re drifting longer into the evening as sunset does. 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. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/18 at 3:47pm. 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 Dark on 2/17 at 3:47am. 

Astro Constellation Orion Sirius BetelgeuseMid-February is when Orion stands highest in the south after dinnertime. His eastern shoulder, orange-red Betelgeuse, forms the Winter Triangle with brilliant Sirius far below and Procyon to their left.
Astro mercuryMercury (about magnitude +0.2) is becoming visible before sunrise. Look for it just above the east-southeast horizon in early dawn. As the sky brightens, you’ll need binoculars.
comet lovejoy-pappa2_c4999de1192282a824c71bbd98ac67c1.nbcnews-ux-1520-900Comet Lovejoy is still 5th magnitude, high in the evening sky for binoculars and telescopes. See Comet Lovejoy Shines On.
Friday, Feb. 6–Friday, Feb. 20, after evening twilight. Look to the south of west, just above Venus and Mars, for the faint zodiacal light, reflected from interplanetary matter along the ecliptic (marked by green line). Don’t confuse it with the brighter Milky Way to the northwest. Credit: Starry Night software

zodiacal 020615

Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Rune Runic Month 04 Sowelo Sigel
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.

Sun in AquariusSun in Aquarius
Moon in CapricornMoon in Capricorn 
Juno and Jupiter (4/8/15) Retrograde
Color: Gold

Planting 2/15-16

©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


Celtic Tree Month Rowan berries, LuisCeltic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. 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.
Celtic Tree Month Rowan Luis Rowan Sitka Sorbus_sitchensisLuis – 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 LuisQuert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Su  15      Low   2:47 AM     3.3   7:16 AM    Rise  4:26 AM      22
~    15     High   8:50 AM     8.1   5:45 PM     Set  2:20 PM
~    15      Low   4:00 PM     0.0
~    15     High  10:28 PM     6.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Full Circle – Breaking free demands filling your own heart first, with absolute, unapologetic honesty. It is a matter of going back to where we all started.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about a neighbor you had a hard time living next to.



~  The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare. – Bobby Knight
~  Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
~  Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. – Hans Margolius
~  None but ourselves can free our minds. – Bob Marley

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, psychiatrist and author who died on August 24, 2004


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – 2/17/15 – Mardi Gras and the end of Carnival

Lent is the name for the six weeks before Easter, a time of fasting and penitence in the Catholic church. This is also a time of initiation, when those wanting to join the church undergo an intense course of study and preparation for their baptism at Easter. In this, it resembles other purification and initiation rites of February.

Mardi Gras Magic 3Before Lent begins, however, there is an intense burst of revelry and indulgence known as Carnival. The name Carnival is usually derived from carne vale, “good-bye to meat,” since devout Catholics abstain from eating any during the six weeks of Lent. But Carol Field in her book on celebratory Italian food mentions the carrus navalis, the great wheeled ship featured in a Greek Dionysian ritual celebrated on the cusp of winter and spring. The ship was drawn through the streets with Dionysus lounging on it, grapes in hand, probably throwing loot and encouraging women to bare their breasts as in contemporary Mardi Gras celebrations.

Carnival peaks on Mardi Gras, the Tuesday immediately before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, named for the glorious fatty foods which are the typical fare for this day. People indulge in meat but also rich foods, usually deep-fried pastries, often filled with cream and sweets, like jam-filled doughnuts, fritters, blinis and pancakes.

Mardi Gras Magic 2Orloff’s description of Carnival customs still observed in Telfs in the Tyrolean Alps gives us a glimpse of some of the ancient aspects of this festival. At dawn, a baker, an innkeeper, a chimney sweep, and a peasant carry a golden sun on a pole through the village, begging the sun to shine down on the carnival. Later the Wilden appear, men and boys in grotesque masks and costumes of moss, representing winter. They roam the streets, drunk and riotous, attacking anyone who crosses them. There is a simulated bear hunt, then another procession headed by a lantern bearer whose role is to search for carnival in the darkness of winter. He makes room for the Schleicher, the spirits of spring. Each wears a fantastic hat, a mask showing the face of a young person and a giant bell. Each carries in his right hand a stick stacked with pretzels (symbols of the sun) and in his left a linen handkerchief. The Schleicher do a magic circle dance, with slow, deliberate steps, their bells awaken the slumbering earth. This is followed by a mock tribunal (making fun of local politics and gossip) and the squirting of the crowd with water from the mouth of the carnival baby.

Field describes a variety of Carnival celebrations in Italy. One of the wildest occurs in Ivrea which imports a trainload of blood oranges from Sicily for wild battles in the Piazza which leave the combatants bruised and dripping with the blood-red juice, probably a substitute for earlier times when the violence was more serious.  These battles, common to many Mardi Gras celebrations (in England Shrove Tuesday is a time for football matches) may represent the battle between winter and spring.

In previous centuries, during Italian Mardi Gras celebrations people threw confetti (sugared almonds), candles, beans, caramels and coriander seeds rolled in plaster or flour and left to dry. Some of these make sense—the beans, for instance, recall the Roman feast of Parentalia when black beans were thrown to propitiate the ancestors—while the candles evoke the candles of Candlemas.  Nowadays shaving cream is sprayed everywhere leaving everyone and everything covered in white foam.

Mardi Gras Magic 1Masked balls are part of Carnival celebrations in many places, particularly in Venice, Austria and Germany. According to Pam Mandel who spent a winter in Austria, the present day events are somewhat like debutante balls but in earlier times, the anonymity of masks and costumes allowed people to engage in licentious behavior that would normally be censured.

Goethe attending a carnival celebration in Rome in 1787 wrote a beautiful passage about the effects of the candlelight processions of Shrove Tuesday which Carol Field quotes:

“The darkness has descended into the narrow, high-walled street before lights are seen moving in the windows and on the stands; in next to no time the fire has circulated far and wide, and the whole street is lit up by burning candles. The balconies are decorated with transparent paper lanterns, everyone holds his candle, all the windows, all the stands are illuminated, and it is a pleasure to look into the interiors of the carriages, which often have small crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, while in others the ladies sit with coloured candles in their hands as if inviting one to admire their beauty.”

Sia ammazzato chi non porta moccolo. ‘Death to anyone who is not carrying a candle.’ This is what you say to others, while at the same time you try to blow out their candles….

The candles once again link this holiday with Candlemas (and if Easter actually coincided with spring equinox, the festival from which it’s derived) then Shrove Tuesday would be six weeks earlier around the same time as Candlemas). I also like the sinister game of blowing out the candle, again suggesting the darker, combative side of this festival.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – New Shower

In search of a new shower for our home, my wife and I went to a bathroom-supply store.
We discussed our needs with a young saleswoman. Since it was near closing time, we had to curtail our discussion and made plans to come back the next day to make our final decision.
Later that evening, my wife and I were at a restaurant, where the same young lady from the bathroom-supply store was now working a shift as a waitress.
As she passed our table, she suddenly recognized us and called to me in a loud voice, “HEY! You’re the man who needs a shower!”

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