Daily Stuff 12-13-15 Santa Lucia

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Minus Tide at 8:02 PM of -0.8 feet

motif yule holiday lightsLighted House Count 483+33.

snowflake 1We just woke up to snow here in Grant’s Pass! It’s beautiful. It’s also very wet and already slipping off the trees since it’s just over 32. The high today is supposed to be 45, so we might have some trouble in the passes, but not too much otherwise with travel home. The river flowing along by us (the Riverside Inn) is well-named, tearing along at a great rate, brown with silt and with lot of wood and debris.

Yesterday was really fun! After all my hair-pulling over getting ready for the competition, I’m wearing the baldric…. I actually won. I’m *far* more proud of Marius, for not only entering, showing up and doing a good job, but for coming in 2nd and it was a *close* 2nd, not a distant one. …and yes, there were far more than two entrants… 🙂 He also has some interest shown for him making lots more of the pins and teaching!

Tempus had a good, if slow, day at the shop. He said that he had folks in during Christmas in Waldport and gave out some cards.

We got up later than we planned, yesterday, ran a few errands on the way to the site, offloaded in the wrong place, found the right place and started setting up. We had to get the contents of the gifties tote to the right people, but both of our displays were set up in plenty of time and looked pretty good.

The judging was actually pretty easy for me. Well, I can always *talk*…. Marius did well, too, because he knows his subject. Eventually all that was done and we packed up and then went over to court. I sat and embroidered while that went on and then they announced the winners and I was totally shocked. I didn’t expect to actually win the competition. Marius and I went out for the celebratory dinner afterwards and I ate far too much. I’ll have a few pictures tomorrow.

Today we have the Moot in the morning, so that means we’ll be starting home once this has melted down a bit. Tempus will have the shop open for normal hours.

Ken Gagne got another pic of the wild ocean yesterday.

121215 Ken Gagne

foil orn sampThis is an ornament set that comes in a bag of ornaments all done in the same style and fabrics. There are several sets of these, in various styles, all handmade and they all

Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. 220px-Achillea_millefolium_vallee-de-grace-amiens_80_22062007_1The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica andcalifornica varieties out here. Leaf – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water– flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow

220px-LuciaCrowningToday’s feast is Santa Lucia, Saint Lucy, whose name means “Light”. One of the nicer customs around the world is that in Scandinavia the daughters of the family serve everyone coffee and sweet rolls this morning as a “thank you” for the year. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lucy%27s_Day

Mine - Yule PentacleThe shop opens at 11am . Winter hours are 11am-5pm, Thursday through Monday. Please note that the shop will be closed on 12/25 for Christmas and 1/1 for New Years. We will be open on Wednesday 12/23 and Thursday, 12/24 for last-minute shoppers. 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,


Dianas Bow 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 at the Tide Change on 12/25 at 3:12am. Diana’s Bow On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 12/15 at 2:29pm. 

Astro info tomorrow again!

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22

Rune Runic Month 24 Jara JeraRunic 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 CapricornMoon in Capricorn
Color: Yellow


©2015 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  13     High   1:56 AM     7.1   7:44 AM    Rise  9:20 AM      2
13      Low   7:16 AM     3.1   4:37 PM     Set  7:19 PM
13     High   1:00 PM     8.5
13      Low   8:02 PM    -0.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The ideal summer resort is where the fish bite, and the mosquitoes don’t!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Books – Who is your favorite Star Wars character (or other movie/book/t.v. show, etc.)?



~  Always do everything you ask of those you command. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~  Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God. – Lenny Bruce
~  Although… the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only, but of the whole people of the United States.  – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~  When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. – Les Brown


Just like a checkerboard
Pieces of my life are moved around
And it just gets more confusing.

In the past I always was just willing
To let life move me around
But now I am learning to fight back.

Magickal energy is there,
There when I am wiling to tap into it
The love of the Goddess is there
When I am willing to feel it.

Just like a checkerboard
I see people and events moving
From one place to another
Dark places and Light places

Sometimes at a dizzying speed
And sometimes like a snail
But I don’t want to be stepped on
And squished.

I see the Raven flying
He says, “Wake up, girl
And put on your damn feathers!
Why are you staring at the silly

Instead of flying around with me?”
I will look around for all the hiding places
Where there might be feathers,
And if I don’t see them

Then I will journey with the drums
And find them in the Underworld
Or in the Overworld
And I will fly with Raven

And learn the magick and wisdom
Of Raven
And of the Goddess Morrigan.
Maybe She will teach me to fight,

Using a spear and magickal words
Brandishing a bright sword
Instead of watching the checkerboard
Go on day after day

Without changing anything,
Without hoping for anything much at all.
Flying and fighting against injustice
Laughing and feeling my feathers

Ruffled by the wind,
Is so much more fun!
Come with me, I dare you…
Bet I can fly faster! – © Copyright 4/29/07, Written and submitted by Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Raven)


Yule Log 122413Yule Magick – Recipes

Sophie Nussle

It’s the time of good cheer, parties and…hot spiced rum punch! Many years ago, when I read Dickens’ Pickwick Papers, I was captivated by the account of Mr Pickwick’s Christmas at Dingley Dell manor. Hot rum punch flowed and everyone was merry. There was no recipe, so I went looking for Victorian rum punch recipes. I found a few, and over the years, I have adapted my own, which is dead easy to make. It’s very alcoholic, very delicious, and will calm any tense family situation 😉

Here it is! Adapt quantities according to size. For 6 people:

2/3 75 cl bottle Amber rum – preferably from small craft rumeries if you can fin it.

2 75 cl German or Alsace white wine, very fruity – semi-sweet.
(You need one part of rum for 3 parts of wine.)
Raw sugar cane, or sugar cane syrup, to taste.
1 orange, 1 lemon.
zest of 1 orange, zest of 1/2 lemon – make sure the zest is in fairly long curls

1 star anise (whole)
cinnamon (2-3 sticks)
vanilla pod, whole but sliced down the middle
a few cloves
a few cardamon
3-4 allspice berries – whole berries, slightly crushed
mace (in blades, whole) – small amount

Add everything to a large pan and warm slowly until it is smoking and piping hot, but don’t allow to boil. Warm the glasses and be careful when filling them (I put a teaspoon in), and serve. Feel free to adapt according to taste, inspiration and preferred ingredients. Enjoy and toast Mr Pickwick and the Squire of Dingley Dell Manor!

Ancient Light There’s an adaptation of this that I use for making mulled wine or cider, as well, and makes a great gift if it can be refrigerated fairly soon (i.e. it can stand for hours, but I wouldn’t leave it under the tree for a week….) Take your sugar, zests and other spices and cook them slowly on the stove with an equal amount of water, tightly covered, stirring frequently. Let it cool a bit and mix in the juices of the citrus and add about a tablespoon of rosewater (if you have it) Store in the fridge. You can strain it, if you want, but it’s prettier if you don’t. Add to the alcohols after they begin to warm.\

A Celtic Flavor

The most common way to say Merry Christmas in Irish is “Nollaig Shona Duit.” (Nullug Shunna it). This would be used if addressing one other person. If you were addressing more than one person you would say “Nollaig Shona Daoibh.” (Nullug-nuh JEEV). This literally means “You have a Happy Christmas.” A common response to this would be “Nollaig Mbaith Chugat” (Nullug WyHU-gut), which literally means “A good Christmas to you.”

For a Happy New Year one would say “Athbhliainfaoi Mhaise Duit.”(AH-vlee-ihn fwee WAH-shuh it) for the singular; and the plural would be: “Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh.”(AH-vlee-ihn fweeWAH-shuh HEEV).  The literal translation would be “You have a Prosperous New Year.”

Just as in English the two expressions are often combined to say Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year, “Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Duit.” (Nullug shunna AH-guhs AH-vlee-ihn fweeWAH-shuh it). The plural would be: “Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliainfaoi Mhaise Daoibh.” (Nullug shunna AH-guhs AH-vlee-ihn fwee WAH-shuhHEEV).

For the all of the above greetings a common responseis; “Go mba hé duit” (guh may hay it) which means:  “The same to you.”
Note: To pronounce duit. “it” Hold the “t” longer than you do in English.

Oh Come All Ye Faithful in Irish  
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Téarnaigh in Eineacht

Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Téarnaigh in Eineacht
“Tear knee in Ain nocht”

Téarnaigh in éineacht, téarnaimis go haerach
“Tear knee in Ain nocht, tear nah mish go hair ock”

téarnaigh, ó téarnaigh go mBeithil Thoir
“Tear knee, o tear knee, go meh hill hoar”

Chífimid an Nai ann, Rí na naingeal, losa
“chee fee midge an neh ow-n, Re nah nangle, Ee-sah”

Umhlóimid sios Dó
“Oh loy midge shes dough”

Umhlóimid sios Dó
Umhlóimid sios Dó
Is glóire Dó
“iss glor-ah dough”

Seinnidh, a Shlóite, Aingeal, suas bhur gceolta
“Shay knee, a hloyta, angle. sues were key ol ta”

Freagraidh, a chomhachta, a gceoltasan
“Frag rah, a co och ta, a key ol ta san”

Glóire gan teora, do theacht am tSlanathóra
“Glora gone chore ah, dough yhack ah-m teh slaw nah hoar ah”

Umhlóimid sios Dó
Umhlóimid sios Dó
Umhlóimid sios Dó
Is glóire Dó


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