Daily Stuff 1-8-16 Rural Dionysia

Hi, folks!

Waves tide First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:49 PM of -0.5 feet.

35 in Portland at 10:20pm. Obviously this didn’t go out on time!

plant motif flower buttercupI think I may have screwed up a little. I have some blank spots in the files over the next few days. I’m going to be able to fix only the astronomical stuff. Sorry about that! I’m away from my regular computer and files.

We got to the shop around 9am to start packing. Tempus took the car up into Newport to get worked on. I ate my breakfast that Tempus had made before he actually realized I was planning to spend the day at the shop and then started packing.

motif plant flower LewisiaBy 11am 7 boxes were done and 3 partial. I had a customer in and for the hour that he was there I only packed two more, but I set up a couple and added things to the already packed boxes, then got the Mabs’ Creations stuff ready to add to the display board. By noon the car was done and Tempus was doing some shopping in Newport. By 1pm I had three more boxes finished and he was back and sorting mail.

motif plant flower season yule poinsettiaTempus rebelled against taking the display boards loaded (they’re heavy and drop things) so I pulled down the Mab’s display and packed that. At that point I was down to toys, games and sewing stuff. <phew> It was really taking it out of me!

motif plant flower abroniaJeanne stopped by to say hi, since she saw us there and we had a good chat. After that we got back to work. Tempus was packing stuff into the car and I was packing boxes. By 4:30 the main stuff was heading out the door, so I turned to sewing.

motif plant flower agapanthusHe headed for the house at around 6pm and I had finished a cap, a hem and then started on some applique. …and the discovered that my barbette has gone awol, so had to make one of those. Tempus had scrubbed up more of the myrtlewood, so I got that entered into the computer. I hope I get time today to work on the inventory list! He went up to the house to pack his stuff and brought supper back down with him. Eventually he took off to do his papers and I was still sewing! It was fairly straight-forward, but I had to stop frequently because of bending over the cutting table or the ironing board.

motif plant flower angelicaBy 9:30 all the applique on the Coptic tunic was done, and by midnight the tunic was finished and everything packed. I ended up sitting and making pouches while waiting for Loren.

We finally got out of the shop just before 3am, drove to the AMPM at I-5, took a nap and then drove the rest of the way into Portland, getting there at about 7:30.

I’m going to write more in the morning, I hope, but things are crazy. Fun crazy, but crazy…


plant pic fern Adiantum_pedatumMaidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the aidantums get mixed in, too. –Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern

0108 feast Dionysos_Louvre_Ma87_n2Lesser (Rural) Dionysia, festival of Dionysus, ancient Greece – This wasn’t a set date, either festivals were held in different areas on different dates. A festival with a lot of comedy and horseplay in honor of Dionysus, where a large wooden phallus was carried in a procession.  More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysia and a description of the procession and revels here:  http://web.eecs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/JO-RD.html plus another link on the Dionysian Mysteries:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysian_Mysteries

motif Imbolc PentacleThe shop will be closed for our annual vacation from 1/5-1/13. 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 1/9 at 5:31pm. 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 1/8 at 5:31am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 1/9 at 5:31pm. 

astro 010616 dawnOn Thursday morning the 7th, the waning crescent Moon stands left of Venus, Saturn, and Antares low in the southeast, as shown here.
Venus and Saturn – Saturday, January 9, dawn. – A rare chance to view two planets in the same telescopic field. In the early dawn Saturday morning, spot brilliant Venus, the “Morning Star,” in the southeast. Right next to it is Saturn, only 1/60 as bright. When seen from the Americas, they’ll be 1/2° or less apart. That’s about the width of a chopstick at arm’s length. Binoculars give a fine view, and both planets will fit into a telescope’s low- or medium-power eyepiece. They’ll be at their very closest, a mere 0.1° apart, around 4h Universal Time: excellent timing for Europe.
010916 Dawn astro

Astro jupiterJupiter shines brightly in eastern Leo, rising in the late evening.

Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch 
Rune Runic Month 01 Eoh EihwazRunic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.

Sun in CapricornSun in Capricorn
Moon in CapricornMoon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 7:07am
Jupiter (5/9), Mercury (1/25) Retrograde
Color: Pink

Planting 1/8


©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


Mistletoe SilverBirch Unhewn Stone

tree celtic month birch bethCeltic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark

Plant Tree Birch bethBeth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
tree beech birch Celtic Tree Month bethPhagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
F    8      Low   4:50 AM     3.2   7:52 AM    Rise  6:21 AM      5
~     8     High  10:43 AM     8.6   4:54 PM     Set  4:08 PM
~     8      Low   5:49 PM    -0.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some people have learned to earn well, but they haven’t learned to live well.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about a time you laughed until you cried.



~  Empowerment is all about taking responsibility for your actions. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Don’t reckon your eggs before they are laid. — Italian Proverb
~  A culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness. – Jim Collins
~  From a fallen tree, all make kindling. – Spanish Proverb

Your head’s like mine, like all our heads; big enough to contain every god and… devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there! But what do we choose to keep in this miraculous cabinet? Little broken things, sad trinkets that we play with over and over. The world turns our key and we play the same little tune again and again and we think that tune’s all we are. – Grant Morrison


triple Moon border divImbolc Magick – Recipes

Wisconsin Cheese Soup
5 tablespoons butter
2 medium carrots, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
5 mushrooms, chopped
½ cup cooked ham, finely chopped
½ cup flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 quart of chicken broth
1 quart of milk
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste

In a large heavy kettle, melt butter; add carrots, celery, onion, green pepper, mushrooms and ham. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are crisp tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not brown. Add flour and cornstarch, cook, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.

Add broth to pot and cooking, stirring until slightly thickened. Add milk, paprika, cayenne and mustard. Stir in cheese gradually, stirring until cheese is melted. To avoid curdling, do not allow soup to boil after cheese is added. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Three Flavours Soup
5 cups light, clear chicken broth
10 fresh medium shrimp or ¼ pound cooked baby shrimp
8 water chestnuts
2 green onions
1 teaspoon salt

Wash, shell and devein shrimp. Slice water chestnuts into thin circles. Mince entire green onions. Bring stock to boil with onions and water chestnuts. Add shrimp and salt. Return soup to a boil.

Hoppin John Soup – Inspired by The Seasonal Detox Diet, by Carrie L’Esperance (Inner Traditions, 2002).

Many of us eat the traditional Southern black-eyed pea dish Hoppin’ John for good luck on New Year‘s Day, but those great little peas are so rich in nutrients (including minerals, Vitamins A and B, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and niacin) that it makes sense to include them in our diets all through the month of January.

This soup has a hint of spiciness from cayenne and dried mustard, while garlic, rosemary, and thyme add healing and flavor to this perfect showcase for those fabulous little pea-beans. A lovely, lighter way to enjoy the health benefits of black-eyed peas: this soup is sure to bring us good luck!


6 cups vegetable stock
8 cups water
one 5-inch piece of fresh rosemary sprig
1 bay leaf
5 garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons yellow mustard powder
2 1/4 cups dried black-eyed peas
3/4 cup short-grain brown rice
2 cups diced celery
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion

  1. In a large soup pot, add stock, water, rosemary, bay leaf, garlic, cayenne, dry mustard, and black-eyed peas. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 1 1/2 hours, then remove bay leaf and rosemary sprig.
  2. In a separate saucepan, heat 2 cups water to a boil, then add brown rice and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until rice is tender, around 40 minutes. Add cooked rice, celery, thyme, and onion to the black-eyed pea mixture and cover tightly, simmering and allowing flavors to blend for 30 minutes.

Serves 8 to 10.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Squeezing Lemons

The local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they offered a standing $1000 bet.
The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass, and hand the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the money.
Many people had tried over time (weight-lifters, longshoremen, etc.) but nobody could do it.
One day this scrawny little man came into the bar, wearing thick glasses and a polyester suit, and said in a tiny squeaky voice “I’d like to try the bet.”
After the laughter had died down, the bartender said OK, grabbed a lemon, and squeezed away. Then he handed the wrinkled remains of the rind to the little man.
But the crowd’s laughter turned to total silence as the man clenched his fist around the lemon and six drops fell into the glass.
As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the $1000, and asked the little man “what do you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, a weight-lifter, or what?”
The man replied “I work for the IRS.”

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