Daily Stuff 2-14-16 Juno Februata

Hi, folks!

weather rain steadyWow! It’s *pouring* out there! There’s a chickadee on the seedball pecking away. The clematis is full of little birds this morning, getting out of the messy weather. It’s 53F with a good breeze and we’re right in the cloud layer. According to the computer we’ve gotten almost 1 1/2 inches of rain since midnight! ….and .7 last evening. No wonder there’s standing water in the yard…

cooking soup food motifYesterday was an odd one. I knew in the morning that I needed to get the witch hazel harvested, but after I didn’t much done on the cookery or anything else for that matter!

Some pictures from yesterday.

food motif veg shroom basketTempus had a busy day at the shop. There were a lot of people in shopping. He brought the big table home, so I can use it to pack boxes on. That’s going to make a big difference in how well the feast next week goes and also how well the packing will work.

Speaking of the feast…. Ancient Light will be closed on Sunday 2/21!

Today we’re going to be at the shop. House Capuchin’s project day runs from noon to 6pm.


plant red huckleberry Vaccinium_parvifolium_0325Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat),  to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium

feast 0214 Juno_sospita_pushkin  may be a mangled re-telling of the Lupercalia Feast that we’re going to talk about tomorrow. This goddess was of the home, hearth and married women and has a name that may be a borrowed word from another language.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_Februa  Some interesting stuff about Juno’s tree:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_Ruminalis and more about figs in general:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am!  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 Quarter 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 2/22 at 10:20am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords 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 2/14 at 11:46pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/20 at 10:20pm. 

MOon in Taurus021416 Moon astroFirst-quarter Moon for Valentine’s Evening (exactly first-quarter at 2:46 a.m. Monday morning EST). Right after dark you’ll find the canted Moon shining under the Pleiades, and lower right of Aldebaran and the Hyades. The February Moon is always in Taurus as it waxes away from first quarter.
Astro marsMars (magnitude +0.6, in the center of Libra), rises around midnight or 1 a.m. and glows yellow-orange in the south as dawn begins. In a telescope it’s still just 7.5 arcseconds in diameter. Notice its gibbous shape; Mars was at western quadrature (90° west of the Sun) just last week.

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, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)

Rune Runic Month 04 Sowelo SigelRunic 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 TaurusMoon in Taurus
Jupiter (5/9)Retrograde
Color: Orange

Planting 2/13-14


©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan Celtic Tree Month Rowan berries, Luis– 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  14     High   4:37 AM     8.3   7:18 AM     Set 12:11 AM      33
~    14      Low  11:21 AM     1.0   5:43 PM    Rise 10:56 AM
~    14     High   5:23 PM     6.2
~    14      Low  11:08 PM     2.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Giggle with Children.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” — Benjamin Franklin



~  How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will. – Albert Einstein
~  A sharp tongue sometimes cuts its own throat. – Jim Scancarelli
~  Many people do not reach their eighties because they spend too much time in their forties. – Salvador Dali
~  Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. – Estonian proverb

Everyone is attempting to make things that have not existed before. And though we could argue till dawn about the utility or significance of what they’re creating, I believe that to create or risk failing is the essence of feeling alive – that in the moment of creation they shake off their anonymity and feel relevant to the sweep of the world. – Po Bronson


Valentine 01Magick – Love Knot

Items needed:

  • two pieces of twisted rope approx. 3 feet long
  • 6 inches of twine
  • hot glue and hot glue gun
  • small piece of twist paper
  • small dried flower sprig


  1. Hold the two pieces of rope , ends equal.
  2. Fold in half and lay on table with the loop at the top.
  3. Loop the right ropes to the right, left ropes to the left, and bring the ropes together in the center, the ends of the rope falling to the bottom.
  4. Secure ropes in this position with hot glue.
  5. Thread the twine from the back of the love knot through the wide loops and tie in the center.
  6. Unravel a 8 inch section of twist paper. Fold the ends to meet in the center, and press flat. Gather the center.
  7. Tie the ends of the twine over the center of the bow. Hot glue in place.
  8. Insert flower sprig at the top and hot glue in place.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Eggplants

A grocer put up a sign that read “Eggplants, 25 cents each — three for a dollar.”
All day long, customers came in exclaiming: “Don’t be ridiculous! I should get four for a dollar!”
Meekly the grocer capitulated and packaged four eggplants. The tailor next door had been watching these antics and finally asked the grocer, “Aren’t you going to fix the mistake on your sign?”
“What mistake?” the grocer asked. “Before I put up that sign no one ever bought more than one eggplant.”

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