Daily Stuff 11-20-16 Praetextatus and Paulina

Hi, folks!

Turkey platter Thanksgiving food motifWe’ll be closed on Thursday for the holiday!

House Capuchin Project Day runs from Noon to 6pm

weather RaindropsRaining steadily. It made a steady sound on the solarium roof and during the night a couple of times had increased to a steady roar. Walking up the path from the apartment the evergreens were dripping steadily although it was quite bright. Now, at the shop there are droplets falling regularly into silvery puddles in the parking lot. 52F and we’ve gotten 9/10’s of an inch of rain in the last 24 hours!

111816-flower2Yesterday was a steady slog. We did have people in, but mostly browsing. Tempus worked most of the day on raising the lathe back onto the bench. He used a jack, lifting it a certain distance, the putting blocks under, and adding more under the jack and lather, rinse, repeat….

111916-flower1I spent most of the day on small projects: finding some specific music that I had stashed, getting *leaves* on some strawberry pincushions, writing out a list of what I needed Tempus to go to the store for….only he didn’t…

This morning we were just about to pull out of the driveway when Jeanne appeared at the door motioning to Tempus. He went in to find out what she needed and when he came back out he was grinning. She has a cat that periodically locks himself in the 111916-flower3bathroom, by shutting the door and opening a drawer that blocks it from opening. This morning he outdid himself, opening not one, but two drawers and then knocking a plant pot into the upper one! Tempus managed to stab the pot with a ruler and got it out of the way. …but wow….

Today we have the House Capuchin project day and it’s the potluck, so you can expect funny clothes. 🙂 I’m going to be cooking for part of the day, too. We just had one of the other business owners, in need of change, run in and out and he’s coming back to help Tempus get the lathe the rest of the way onto the bench. Tempus is heading out to do some shopping.

One of the things you can’t plan…. This was a pro baby portrait shoot outdoors and the deer wandered up to see what was going on. Imagine That Photography

Baby Deer autumn wise

A Neo-Platonist Basilica?  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/12005864/Secret-pagan-basilica-in-Rome-emerges-from-the-shadows-after-2000-years.html

motif plant flower lupin lupineLupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly.220px-Kincaid'sLupine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus  We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_beanMasculine, Fire, Moon – As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.

220px-Porticus_Deorum_ConsentiumPraetextatus and Paulina, pagan activists, Roman Empire – Praetextatus and Paulina, husband and wife, were guardians of the Eleusinian Mysteries. In 364 CE, they resisted the order of the Christian emperor Valentinian I to suppress these already ancient Greek pagan sacred rites. Praetextatus and Paulina were virtuous people and involved with many paths, more than just the Mysteries. They were also proponents of the numen multiplex, which resembles more polytheism/pantheism. They were married for over 40 years and lived out their lives before the worst of the persecutions began, but saw the problems revving up. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praetextatus_%28aristocrat%29

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am! Switching to Winter Hours! Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. 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

Waning Gibbous 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 11/29 at 4:18am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/21 at12:33am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 11/24 at 4:18pm. 

webvic16_nov21mofixedThe last-quarter Moon hangs with Regulus at dawn on the 21st. The Moons in these diagrams are always positioned exactly for an observer in the middle of North America. For clarity, the Moon is drawn three times its actual apparent size.
The last-quarter Moon rises around 11 or midnight, with Regulus accompanying it just a couple degrees to its left (for North America). They stand together high in the south by early dawn Monday morning the 21st, as shown. The Moon is exactly last-quarter at 3:33 a.m. Monday morning EST.)
Astro mercuryMercury (magnitude –0.5) and Saturn (magnitude +0.5) are hiding very low in the glare of sunset. Try got them with binoculars or a low-power, wide-field scope about 15 minutes after sundown. Look about 35° to the lower right of Venus.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24 
Rune Runic Month 22 Nyd NauthizRunic 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 LeoMoon in Leo
Chiron (12/1), Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Amber


©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
Su  20     High   5:21 AM     7.2   7:20 AM     Set 12:44 PM      66
~    20      Low  11:08 AM     3.1   4:44 PM    Rise 11:32 PM
~    20     High   4:43 PM     7.0
~    20      Low  11:34 PM     0.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Before acting, ask yourself does this action increase life force and evolution, or decrease your life force and distract you from the path?


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. — Mark Twain



~  If someone profoundly influences your life’s trajectory, don’t return the favor. Pass it along to others in need of awakening. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
~  Without duty, life is soft and boneless; it cannot hold itself together. – Joseph Joubert
~  A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~  Forgiveness liberates the soul. That’s why it’s such a powerful weapon. – Nelson Mandela

Mother of the Universe…

Let us, when swimming with the stream,
become the stream…
Let us, when moving with the music,
become the music…
Let us, when rocking the wounded,
become the suffering…

Let us live for the grace beneath all we want,
let us see it in everything and everyone,
till we admit to the mystery
that when I look deep enough into you,
I find me, and when you dare to hear my fear
in the recess of your heart, you recognize it
as your secret which you thought
no one else knew…

O Let us have the courage
to hold each other when we break
and worship what unfolds…
Let us embrace
that unexpected moment of unity

O nameless spirit that is not done with us,
let us love without a net
beyond the fear of death
until the speck of peace
we guard so well
becomes the world…- Mark Neppo (The Book of Awakening)


Turkey platter Thanksgiving food motif Magick – Thanksgiving

Turkey Sweet to Eat – (Parental supervision is recommended for youngsters.)
Note: As in all recipes, results can vary depending on humidity, conditions, type of microwave, etc.)

What You Need:

Bag of candy corn (beak and eyes)
Bag of caramel candy squares (body)
Bag of Dove chocolate (base/feet)
Bag of striped chocolate cookies (tail and feathers)
Thanksgiving cup cake liners
Microwavable plate

(Note: I’m sure there are other thick chocolates out there aside from Dove, but it’s the only one I happen to know. Feel free to substitute, but don’t use something too thin.)

How To Make It

  1. Unwrap a piece of Dove chocolate to use as the base of the turkey.
  2. Place on a microwavable plate.
  3. Unwrap a piece of caramel and stick on top of the Dove chocolate bar for the turkey’s body.
  4. Take a piece of candy corn and push down on top of the caramel (pointed end out). This makes the turkey’s beak.
  5. Take another piece of caramel and push down on top of the first  caramel. This is the head of the turkey.
  6. Break off the little white ends of 2 candy corns and push in the top caramel for the eyes.
  7. Take one striped chocolate cookie and apply to the back of the body to form the feathers.
  8. Put the turkey in the microwave for a few seconds to about 8 seconds just so that the candy and cookie can fuse together.  (Watch this! Not too much time or it will melt.)
  9. Place in freezer for a few minutes to help the turkey “set up” quicker.
  10. Serve in a Thanksgiving cupcake paper.

GRAHAM CRACKER TURKEYS – A “good for you” treat for the kids to help make.

1/4 cup unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 sliced banana
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 cup graham flour *
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
Turkey shaped cookie cutter

* Graham Flour is a kind of flour, just like the more common wheat flour. If you can’t find it in your supermarket, try calling health food stores.

  1. Combine apple juice, oil, banana, vanilla, and cinnamon in a blender.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together graham flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add apple juice mixture to flour mixture and stir thoroughly.
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out with turkey shaped cookie cutter.
  5. Use a fork to poke holes for eyes and feathers.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes.

Yield: Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies

Cream Cheese Mints – Something you can take with you into work – From, “Traditions…A Taste of the Good Life,” published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 8 drops flavoring (spearmint, peppermint, lemon or butter rum)
  • 8 drops food color


Knead sugar and cream cheese to form ball.  Divide dough into fourths.  Work with 1/4 at a time.  Wrap remaining dough in foil to prevent drying.  Add 2 drops flavoring and 2 drops coloring to the portion you are working with.  Press into molds or use a super shooter.  Let mints set while mixing and molding remaining fourths.  Store in a tightly covered tin, separating the layers with waxed paper.  These will keep indefinitely.

Easy and wonderful.

200 mints

Copyright 1983 The Junior League of Little Rock, Inc.  All rights reserved.  To purchase copies of Traditions… A Taste of the Good Life, visit the the Junior League of Little Rock website (http://www.jllr.org/?nd=jllr_cookbooks) or call the office at (501) 666-0658.


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YOU JUST DON’T GET ALL THE HYPE ABOUT OREGON. Craft beer taps at gas stations? Bicycle valets? Vegan Free-Range Christmas Trees? You’ve seen Portlandia, you know what goes on here, and you don’t want to put a bird on it. Here’s a few more reasons we should all just avoid Oregon from now on.

  1. It’s a crater. And a lake. You just don’t get the appeal.
  2. You don’t trust people with tattoos.
  3. You’ve already seen a waterfall before. Jeesh.
  4. You really prefer Coors Light.
  5. You felt nothing at the end of The Goonies.
  6. You bought into all that hype about beards being dirty.
  7. You know what surfing looks like and this is not it.
  8. Green is your least favourite color.
  9. You’re just not a wine person.
  10. Doughnuts are not a canvas, people.
  11. You don’t “get” coffee culture.
  12. The stars are just kinda over the top when you think about it.
  13. The painted hills don’t look very “painted” to you.
  14. You’re certain that Farmers’ Markets are for hippies.
  15. Fog gives you the creeps.
  16. You really just prefer calmer, flatter landscapes.
  17. Nope, that’s too flat.
  18. You don’t “do” snow.
  19. You’re all for tulips but this is just overkill.
  20. The sun sets everyday, there’s nothing special about it.
  21. You really can’t imagine what you’d do if it rained.
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