Daily Stuff 11-10-16 Mārtiņi

Hi, folks!

cloud darkThe sky is a sort of lumpy grey of very low clouds (500 feet) except to the east over the Coast Range where there are a few bright spots. That big swirl over the Gulf of Alaska seems to be thinning out, but the front that’s supposed to give us some more rain tomorrow evening and night has thickened up a bit. 53F with very little wind.

110716-flower3Yesterday was long, even if it was short….if you get me. We got to the shop before 2pm, but I was burying myself in work to keep from getting more upset. …and then it turns out I *don’t* have a ride to Collegium this weekend, so I got more upset. <sigh> …but eventually getting enough stuff done got me back on an even keel.

Tempus finished emptying the small storage unit and took some more things up to the 110716-tree6big unit and then we mostly rested….well, I was working on newsletters and he was napping. We went home earlier than we have been so I could get my hair done and then I snoozed while he visited with Jeanne and did some laundry.

I’m going to try to start on pricing those big crystals today. I’m guessing Tempus is going to go work up in storage and then we have Sewing at 6pm.

Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. 220px-Aquilegia_columbine_magpie_cultivar_2They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root.  Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia

250px-JumisFestival of Martini, ancient Latvia – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia: In ancient Latvia, Martini (Mārtiņi) was the name of a festival, celebrated on November 10, marking the end of the Autumn and the beginning of Winter. The festival marks the transfer from Usins to Martins, two deities of horses. Usins is invoked during the summer, while Martins (see St Martin) is a Winter god. The festival marked the end of the preparations for Winter, such as salting meat and fish, storing the harvest and making preserves. Martini also marked the beginning of masquerading and sledding, among other wintry activities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81rti%C5%86i and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Martin%27s_Day

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am! Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, but closing time will continue to follow sunset over the next couple of months. 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 Gibbous 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 11/14 at 5:52am. 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 11/12 at 5:52pm. 

webvic16_nov11ev-534x360Can you still see Saturn? And in the coming weeks and months, watch Venus and Mars draw closer together.
astro consellation Auriga capella Lyra astro constellation VegaAround 8 or 9 p.m., depending on where you live, zero-magnitude <<<< Capella rises exactly as high in the northeast as zero-magnitude Vega >>>> has sunk in the west-northwest.
Astro uranusAstro neptuneUranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, in early evening. Info and finder charts.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24 
Rune Runic Month 21 Hagal HagalazRunic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter. Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – “Need-fire” – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche 

Sun in ScorpioSun in Scorpio
Moon in PiscesMoon in Pisces enters Aries at 5:45pm.
Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1), Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Crimson

Planting 11/9-10


©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Plant motif reedCeltic 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).
arrow 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

ocean 03 ngedal reed celtic tree monthto study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Month: 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
Th  10      Low   2:12 AM     1.2   7:07 AM     Set  2:05 AM      70
10     High   8:41 AM     7.5   4:54 PM    Rise  3:01 PM
10      Low   3:08 PM     1.6
10     High   8:58 PM     6.6



Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Live life vibrantly and energetically.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt I wish… – I wish I could go to…..



~  What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? – Vincent van Gogh
~  …and blessed are the cracked, for they let in the light. – Liz Souster
~  Shifting from Knight to Master is shifting from “this is what I do with our stuff” to “this is my stuff” – Kerr Cuhulain
~  All very successful commanders are prima donnas and must be so treated. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general

Autumn Wind

When autumn wind goes running
It does some magic things.
It gives the shadows dancing shoes,
It gives the bright leaves wings –
When autumn wind goes running.

It curls the bonfire’s tail of smoke
And shares a little whispered joke
With cornstalks who delight to prattle,
It turns a seed pod into a rattle –
When autumn wind goes running. – Anon.


Turkey platter Thanksgiving food motifMagick – Thanksgiving Crafts

Turkey Pumpkin –                      

Turn a pumpkin into a turkey. This idea can be used with any size pumpkin, from mini to large. Young children will need help piercing the pumpkin skin to attach the decorations.


Crayons, markers, paint, or colored pencils
Thick craft glue, rubber cement or hot glue
Toothpicks, or skewers, or popsicle sticks
Card stock or thin cardboard or construction paper

You will need to cut out tail feathers and wing feathers that are the right size for your pumpkin — which will be the body. Use colored construction paper or color your own on card stock. Cut as many as you wish. Your turkey can have a huge feathery tail and wings OR you can use only 5 feathers to create the effect you want!

You also need to cut out a turkey head and neck — think of a circle head attached to a long narrow triangle neck. You can do it, I’m sure!

Attach your head/neck piece to a popsicle stick with glue. Be  sure to leave about an inch of stick to poke into the pumpkin. Draw on a beak, a neck wattle and a face. When it’s all dry and done press the stick into the pumpkin where you want it. IF it is too difficult, someone who is old enough can use a knife to make slits for the sticks.

Glue the feathers to sticks in the same manner to create wings and the tail.

If you want to try to glue feathers directly to the pumpkin, it will work with some kinds of glue — perhaps you can use thumbtacks to help. Rubber cement is good for this because if you paste some onto the pumpkin and some onto the feather then let them almost dry before you put them together, they stick VERY firmly!

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft With Gloves

Directions to make a turkey centerpiece using two or three sets of knitted gloves.  You use small gloves. You stuff the fingers to form the tails of this turkey centerpiece.  Using three different colors of gloves made for a colorful turkey. Body can be a pine cone or a squash. Make a head of paper with googly eyes.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Late Night FunnyEarlier today, former President Bill Clinton campaigned for Senator Joe Lieberman. Clinton got the crowd so worked up that they had trouble sleeping through the Lieberman speech.” –David Letterman

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