Daily Stuff 11-22-16 Pentacle Day

Hi, folks!

Turkey platter Thanksgiving food motifWe will be closed on Thanksgiving, Sewing will happen on Saturday from 3-5pm.

weather rain showerIt’s chilly and damp. It poured for a couple of minutes while I was waiting for Tempus in the car and he was dealing with the weekly trash. 52F, barely any wind and solid clouds overhead.

111916-flower05Yesterday was a little odd. No coffee in the morning because the fellow who was coming to pick up Tempus’ old Subaru was rarin’ to go. They went up to get it and Tempus realized that he had no clue where the title was, so they went into the Newport DMV to do the transfer and then Tempus did the grocery shopping that got neglected during the week.

During the time he was gone we had a lot of people in, some customers, some friends. Leslie, from the Chocolate Frog, brought her 111916-flower06niece in to say hi. During the late afternoon I made honey-butter for Thursday and went to set up the garlic butter and I’m short some butter for that. So later, after Tempus had some time to work on dishes and getting the back table cleaned off again, I started to work on some marzipan and then discovered that I only had 1/2 the ingredients that I wanted to use. I need to get some more of that done today. We headed home around 11pm and crashed pretty quickly.

111916-flower08This morning I spent some time embroidering now that I have a good lightbulb in my lamp. (Thanks, Sweetie!) I woke a little too early, so I actually went back to sleep for awhile while Tempus was on his computer. When I woke we got ourselves together and I pulled out the embroidery while Tempus was getting the trash done. I’ve already gotten some pictures edited and I’m hoping to dive into WDW#4 and get it finished today. I’ve got to get #2 re-printed, which means some re-formatting and then I want to get into the kits that go with #4. I’ve got a lot to do!


eryngo1I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea HollyEryngium maritimum isn’t one. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.

2911Today in 2006 the first Pentacle was placed on a military grave in a state cemetery in Nevada, anticipating the approval.
Pentacle on United States soldiers’ tombstones (excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentacle )
“After a ten year legal battle, the circled pentagram (referred to as a pentacle by applicants and the court case) was added to the list of 38 approved religious symbols to be placed on the tombstones of fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery on 24 April 2007. The decision was made following ten applications from families of fallen soldiers who practiced Wicca. The government paid the families $225,000 to settle their pending lawsuits.” – Associated Press (23 April 2007). “Wiccan symbol OK for soldiers’ graves”CNN.com. Archived from the original on 26 April 2007.
“Burial and Memorials: Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers”United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007.

wheel of the yearThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday and on Thursday this week for Thanksgiving.  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 Crescent 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 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_nov25moAs the Moon wanes further, it passes Gamma (γ) Virginis, Jupiter, and Spica in early dawn.
astro consellation Auriga capella We’re two thirds of the way through fall, so Capella is shining in the northeast as soon as the stars come out. As night grows darker, look to its right by about three fists at arm’s length for the frosty little Pleiades cluster. It’s the size of your fingertip at arm’s length.
Astro venusVenus (magnitude –4.1) shines brightly as the “Evening Star” in the southwest during and after twilight.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22

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 CapricornSun in Capricorn
Moon in VirgoMoon in Virgo
Chiron (12/1), Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
Color: Red


©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
Tu  22      Low  12:35 AM     1.1   7:22 AM    Rise 12:35 AM      45
~    22     High   7:19 AM     7.3   4:43 PM     Set  1:48 PM
~    22      Low   1:40 PM     2.6
~    22     High   7:13 PM     6.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Failure is not an option.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The sleeping fox catches no poultry.” — Benjamin Franklin



~  Attitudes are more important than facts. – Karl Menninger
~  The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. – Rachel Carson
~  Dreams are essential to life. – Anais Nin
~  It isn’t my karma if some perpetrator starts a fight with me: It is his. I become his “karma accelerator” by intervening to control him. – Kerr Cuhulain


Through the swirling mist,
I see,
My Mother’s eyes looking back at me.
The rains,
The fires,
The wind,
The soil,
All of these wonders I see,
Through my Mother’s eyes looking back at me.

The past,
The present,
The future, I see
Through my Mother’s eyes looking back at me.

Love, Peace and kindness.
I see,
Through my Mother’s eyes looking back at me.

Turmoil and war I see,
Through my Mother’s eyes looking back at me.

Who is this incredible, vast,
wondrous and wise,
Woman that I see?

Why it is my Mother Earth,
You see.

She who as made herself one with me.
She has Blessed me with a gift,
Of knowledge and sent me on a quest.
She who has shown me breath,
love, desire, and pain,
She will be the Mother that will one day show me death .
It is all in her cycle you see.

Through her I see hope.
Hope for me,
Hope for you,
Hope for our children.
And through her,
I see our world’s whole existence looking back at me. – Written and Submitted By Shannon


Turkey platter Thanksgiving food motif Magick – Thanksgiving Recipes

CranberryBlue Cheese Ball –


  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 16

Step aside, boring cheese balls! This pecan, cranberry, blue cheese beauty is coated in toasted bread crumbs and parsley for a fun twist on the traditional nut-covered cheese ball.


  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (5 oz) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • ½ cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Assorted crackers, if desired


  1. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, Gorgonzola cheese, honey, red pepper and salt with electric mixer on low speed 1 to 2 minutes or until mixed and fluffy. Stir in cranberries and pecans. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours until firm enough to shape into a ball.
  2. Just before shaping, melt butter in 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown; transfer to medium bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in parsley.
  3. Shape cheese mixture into 1 large ball. Roll in toasted bread crumb mixture; place on serving plate. Serve with crackers.

Mini Sweet Potato Bites  – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/mini-sweet-potato-bites/f8c088a5-e36b-451e-8f77-7871587f1584

  • Prep Time – 50 min
  • Total Time – 60 min
  • Servings – 16

For your next party, skip the potato chips, and opt for these delicious caramelized onion- and apple-topped sweet potatoes instead.


  • 2 large (8-inch) unpeeled orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (1 3/4 lb)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced (1 large)
  • 1 small unpeeled apple (Gala or Braeburn), cored and thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves


  1. Heat oven to 425ºF. Spray large rimmed baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Cut 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices from center of each sweet potato; reserve ends for another use, or discard. In large bowl, toss sweet potato slices, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Place slices in pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until tender when pierced with paring knife. Turn slices over. Brush sweet potato slices with mustard.
  3. Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until softened and golden brown. Add apple, and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until apple softens. Add vinegar; cook 30 to 60 seconds or until liquid evaporates.
  4. Divide caramelized onion mixture among slices. Top with blue cheese. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese softens. Top with parsley and thyme.

Creamy Slow-Cooker Marsala Mushroomshttps://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/creamy-slow-cooker-marsala-mushrooms/42181854-d5d5-4a25-9e9f-03ae1d45f70f

Prep Time – 5 min

Total Time – 8 hr 5 min

Servings – 8

This creamy slow-cooker side gets an elegant flavor upgrade thanks to Marsala wine and Progresso™ chicken stock.


  • 1 ½ lb cremini or button mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1 small shallot, diced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup sweet Marsala
  • ¼ cup Progresso™ chicken stock (from 32-oz container)
  • Dash salt and pepper
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Grated Parmesan cheese and additional parsley, if desired


  1. Lightly butter slow cooker. Arrange mushrooms across bottom–it’s okay if there is overlap; the mushrooms will shrink considerably as they cook. Sprinkle with shallot, garlic and parsley.
  2. In small bowl, mix Marsala and chicken stock; pour over mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 8 hours. About 30 to 60 minutes before end of cook time, in small bowl, stir heavy cream with cornstarch to dissolve. Gently stir mixture into liquid in slow cooker for remaining cook time. Taste for seasoning; add salt if needed.
  4. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan and additional parsley. Serve using toothpicks, with bread, or over pasta as desired.


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