Daily Stuff 11-16-15 Night of Hecate

Hi, folks!

weather Rain42F, gloomy and dripping. There’s only a slight breeze at the moment, but that’s likely to change tomorrow. There’s a high wind watch.

111315 BayNo students again yesterday morning. Hmm…. When we got to the shop we went ahead an got open after we realized that they weren’t any and Tempus went into the back to snooze. I had to wake him after several hours because I had a reading.

>>>>>>> Bay Leaves, dried >>>>>>>>>

There had been a number of people in during the day, some just shopping. There were the readings and then the weather started being weird again, going from rain to sun to rain in the sun and then it got chilly! It went down to 43F after the sun went down.

111315 RosebudsIt was nearly dark by 5pm as we were starting to close up and only 43F and then it got even colder because the clouds cleared away. We got the see the Crescent Moon, finally. We had 15/100’s of an inch of rain during the day.

<<<< The summer’s rosebud harvest <<<<

Tempus and I stopped by the park to look at the ocean in the twilight and discovered that they’ve moved the parking blocks back as part of the bluff is sagging again.

111315 MintsWhile we were eating one of our boys called from San Diego and we talked for most of an hour. He’s been missing me, calling at the shop at times when I haven’t been there. I spent some time working on pictures and then we turned in.

>>> Bergamot and a wooly mystery mint >>>>

Today we’re both going to be at the shop at least for a bit. I’m hoping Tempus will come back home and get some housework done, maybe cut the cabinet back for my organizers (a project that’s been hanging fire for about 3 years!), but I have my pansies to get into the ground and sewing to do and I’d like to get a little done on earrings.

A picture from 10/25/15 by Ken Gagne of gulls in Yachats Bay.

102515 Ken Gagne Yachats Bay gulls

plant pic geumToday’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.- Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum

220px-Hécate_-_Mallarmé HecateNight of Hecateancient Greece – In Greece, this day was celebrated as the Night of Hecate, known to the Romans as Diana Lucifera. Diana had three forms, Luna in the Heavens, Diana on Earth, and Hecate in the Underworld. Diana was the goddess of the moon and was often called Diana Lucifera, Diana the Bringer of Light. More here:http://inanna.virtualave.net/hekate.html and more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecate

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.

Love & Light,


Waxing Crescent 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 11/25 at 2:4pm. Waxing Crescent phaseKeywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/19 at 4:21am. 

Astro Constellation Big Dipper PolarisThis is the time of year when the dim Little Dipper extends to the left from Polaris just as twilight ends. If you can’t see the Little Dipper’s 4th- and 5th-magnitude stars, at least you can see 2nd-magnitude Kochab and 3rd-magnitude Pherkad, “the Guardians of the Pole,” at the end of the Little Dipper’s bowl some 17° to Polaris’s left. That’s nearly two fists at arm’s length. Farther left lies the arched back of Draco.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6) is hidden deep in the afterglow of sunset.

111415 Dusk astro

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Rune Runic Month 22 Nyd NauthizRunic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /NauthizNovember 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter. Bank the walls, seal the windows, make sure the shutters will close properly. The storms are coming. 

Sun in ScorpioSun in Scorpio
Moon in CapricornMoon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 11:24pm
Chiron (11/27/15) Retrograde
Color: Lavender


©2015 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), 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).
Plant motif reedarrow 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
M   16     High   3:41 AM     6.7   7:14 AM    Rise 11:21 AM      16
~    16      Low   9:01 AM     3.4   4:48 PM     Set  9:27 PM
16     High   2:40 PM     7.5
~    16      Low   9:47 PM     0.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Plant impossible gardens.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Current Affairs – If you were going to write to one famous person, who would that person be? What would you say in your letter?



~  A humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning. – Thomas a Kempis
~  Happiness depends upon ourselves. – Aristotle
~  Insurance covers everything except what happens. – Miller’s Law of Insurance
~  When things go wrong–don’t go with them. – Unknown

Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle never know. – Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) English Novelist and Clergyman


Turkey platter Thanksgiving food motifThanksgiving Magick – Recipes

Pecan Pie Cookies

You’ll need:

  • 1 tube refrigerated Pillsbury sugar cookie dough
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (I substituted 1/3 cup milk)
    1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch each of ginger, cinnamon, and/or cloves – optional* (I used cinnamon)Directions:
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
    In a mixing bowl, stir pecans and brown sugar with spices, if using. Add in heavy cream and vanilla, mix until well combined.
    Roll cookie dough into balls that are about 1.25″ in diameter, and place them on cookie sheets – leave about 2″ between the cookies.
    Gently use thumb to press down in the middle of each cookie, making an indentation.
    Roll thumb slightly to stretch the indentation out a little. Fill each indentation with 1 tsp of pecan filling.
    Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned.

Inside Out Buckeye Oreo Cookie Balls

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Yield: About 36 Oreo Cookie Balls

Julie Espy {White Lights on Wednesday}


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package OREO cookies, finely crushed (36 cookies)
  • 2 bags Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips (regular peanut butter cannot be substituted)


  1. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
  2. Portion Oreo mixture into tablespoon sized cookie balls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Using your hands, roll each portion into a ball. Freeze for 10 minutes.
  3. Melt peanut butter chips in a double-boiler. Dip balls in melted peanut butter chips, being sure to leave some of the chocolate showing at the top for that Buckeye look.
  4. Place the cookie balls back onto the baking sheets. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.


The melted peanut butter likes to harden pretty quickly on the cold cookie balls. The easiest ways to coat the cookie balls is to stick a toothpick in the top center and roll the cookie ball in the peanut butter. OR place the cookie ball on a fork, hold the fork over the peanut butter bowl, and use a spoon to drizzle peanut butter around the sides. Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to knock off excess peanut butter. Use a knife to slide the cookie ball off the fork.

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie – Yield: Makes 1 (9-inch) pie

Recipe Time
Prep Time: 12 Minutes
Freeze: 3 Hours
Stand: 10 Minutes


  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (9-inch) prepared chocolate pie crust
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • Garnishes: whipped cream, chopped chocolate-peanut butter candy


  1. 1. Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  2. 2. Combine cream cheese and next 3 ingredients; beat until creamy, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon cream cheese mixture into piecrust. Freeze 1 hour.
  3. 3. Spread Chocolate Ganache over pie. Freeze 2 hours or until firm. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Julia Dowling Rutland, Coastal Living  OCTOBER 2012


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Deep Thoughts from the Shower – Waterboarding at Guantanamo Bay sounds super rad if you don’t know what either of those things are. – via Shower Thoughts

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