Daily Stuff 4-12-16 Yuri’s Night

Hi, folks!

Waves tide

Last minus Minus Tide at 11:33 AM of -0.5 feet.

weather Cloud Wind56F, cloudy and windy. Gusts are getting up to 20 and they’re saying occasional rain, starting soon, although the sun was out for a few minutes. Musta been a sucker hole…

motif plant flower hyacinthYesterday,  I was unlocking the door right at 11am. I took the old home movies over to Casey’s right away. The one on top of the stack is my 1st Christmas, 1st Easter, 1st birthday…. I know there are some of Mom and Dad’s honeymoon and maybe even the strawberry shortcake incident….

motif plant flower jimsonweedAfter that Tempus and I were working on organizers and I wrote up a report, then started on bagging a batch of crystals that appeared on Saturday, now that I have bags. I had carnelians, some dyed turquoise and agates, hematite and bloodstone.

motif plant flower lakesidedaisyIn the middle of the afternoon I had a long reading and then Tempus had to take off to take a friend to a doctor appointment. At that point I was putting drawers back and filling them in the organizers and rearranging.

When he finally got back I was busily headering herbs, so he started putting some things up on the display boards. Eventually we wandered across the street for supper and then came back and worked some more. We didn’t get home until going on 10pm and then I didn’t sleep well. I’m getting anxious about finishing the move in time.

motif plant flower ladyslippersThis morning Tempus was up early since the electrician was here. I haven’t seen any of them for over an hour, but I put off starting the newsletter, figuring that the power was going to be off down here….not so far, anyway.

motif plant flower larkspurI spent an hour or so working around the pathway up to my bag garden and re-potting plants. We’re supposed to be moving some cabinets today, although there’s some kind of appointment or something this afternoon. …Well, here’s Tempus. They’re not done, but working upstairs….


plant herb kinnikinnick Arctostaphylos-uva-ursiToday’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi  More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry

Today’s Feast is Yuri’s Night, a modern festival created in honor of the Gagarin_in_Swedenfirst true space flight. It was on April 12th in 1961 at the height of the space race. It is supposed to raise awareness of space science. Yuri Gagarin was the man who flew the Vostok in a full orbit of our planet. Ironically, he was killed in a MIG accident in 1968, leading to all kinds of interesting conspiracy theories. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri%27s_Night . and more on Gagarin here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin

Beltane PentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Spring hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although the time that we’re there is drifting later with the longer days. 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,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 at the Tide Change on 4/21 at 10:24pm. 
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 4/13 at 8:54pm. 

GeminiThe almost-first-quarter Moon this evening shines in the feet of Gemini — with Pollux and Castor above it, Procyon to its left, and Betelgeuse, the top corner of departing Orion, below it.
Astro marsMars (about magnitude –0.8, in the legs of Ophiuchus above Scorpius), rises around 11 or midnight daylight-saving time. It blazes highest in the south before the first light of dawn, to the right of dimmer Saturn and above Antares. In a telescope Mars grows this week from 13 to 14 arcseconds in diameter. See our telescopic Mars guide in the April issue of Sky & Telescope, page 48. By the time of its opposition and closest approach in late May, Mars will triple in brightness and grow to 18.6 arcseconds wide.

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month
of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 

Rune Runic Month 07 EhwazRunic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in AriesSun in Aries
Moon in CancerMoon in Gemini enters Cancer at 1:07am
Jupiter (5/9), Saturn (8/13) and Juno (9/20)Retrograde
Color: Grey


©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


fearn alder Alnus-viridis-leavesCeltic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Plant Tree Celtic Month FearnAlderFearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

fearn silver fir ailim Abies_albaOgam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  12     High   4:35 AM     8.0   6:36 AM     Set  1:07 AM      25
~    12      Low  11:33 AM    -0.5   7:58 PM    Rise 11:00 AM
~    12     High   6:06 PM     6.5
~    12      Low  11:40 PM     2.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am grateful for the small things in my life!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Wiki – If I could run out to any restaurant right now with more than enough money where would I go?



~  The important thing is to not stop questioning. – Albert Einstein
~  Never feel like education is over. You’ll constantly evolve and grow as a photographer. You can always learn, always improve and develop your own style. – Andrew Scrivani, New York Times photographer
~  An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere. – Gustave Flaubert
~  The essential ingredient of politics is timing. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister

We who are clay blended by the Master Potter, come from the kiln of Creation in many hues. How can people say one skin is colored, when each has its own coloration? What should it matter that one bowl is dark and the other pale, if each is of good design and serves its purpose well. – Polingaysi Qoyawayma, Hopi


floral div beltaneBeltane Magick – Recipes

Chocolate Mint Tea Delight – 1 serving – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

  • 3/4 c Mint-flavored herb tea
  • 2 tb Chocolate syrup
  • 1/4 c Heavy cream, whipped
  • Sweetened chocolate powder
  1. Pour the tea into a cup.
  2. Stir the chocolate syrup into the tea.
  3. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate powder

Dandelion Delight – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html by Patricia Telesco

This lovely spring tonic makes good use of pesky weeds to rejuvenate the body with earth’s reawakening. Dandelions are high in vitamins, and legends claim that Hecate once entertained Theseus with dandelion water.


  •    3 cups dandelion petals
  •    1 gallon orange juice
  •    juice of 1 lemon
  •    1/4 cup of sugar
  •    Ginger Ale (optional)
  1. Clean off the dandelion petals with cool water.
  2. In the meantime, warm the orange juice and lemon together, then add dandelions.
  3. Make certain you only have petals (no green parts).
  4. Add the sugar, stirring constantly until dissolved.
  5. Strain juices
  6. Chill.
  7. Add ginger ale for a light, bubbly drink.

VARIATIONS: Prepare this recipe with lemonade instead of orange juice, and the juice of one orange instead of a lemon. This is a refreshing, purifying quality and, poured over crushed ice, is wonderful on a hot summer day.

MAGICKAL ATTRIBUTES: divination, wind magic, wishes and goals, communicating with the Spirit world.

Cottage Cheese and Wild Rice Casserole – Serves 6 http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Marilyn Helton, who writes our regular Diabetic Dining on Fabulous Foods column, adapted this recipe from the Wild Rice For All Seasons Cookbook

  • small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons 30% calorie-reduced margarine
  • 3 cups cooked wild rice, about 2/3 cup uncooked
  • 1 carton (12 oz.) lowfat cottage cheese
  • 1 carton (8oz.) light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • dash or two of Tabasco® sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Sauté the onion in margarine in a skillet and toss the cooked rice with this.
  2. In a mixing bowl, blend the cottage cheese with the sour cream, milk, Tabasco® sauce and seasoned salt.
  3. Stir this into the rice and turn into a lightly vegetable spray-coated 1-1/2 qt. casserole.
  4. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake at 350°F degrees about 25 minutes.

Faery Honeycakes – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

1/2 cup sweet white wine
1 egg
2/3 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup of honey
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
Oil for frying
Beat the wine and egg in a medium bowl.

  1. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a small bowl.
  2. Stir into the egg mixture.
  3. Let stand 30 minutes.
  4. Combine the honey and nutmeg in a small bowl.
  5. Heat 1/2 inch of the oil in a frying pan until hot but don’t let it get so hot it smokes!!
  6. Drop the batter into the oil 1 tablespoon at a time and fry until golden brown.
  7. Drain on paper towels.
  8. Dip into honey.

Makes 1 1/2 dozen


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Daffynitions – Castanet: What they did to fill the role of Frankie Avalon’s movie girlfriend.

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