Daily Stuff 12-4-16 St Barbara

Lighted House Count – 84
Hi, folks!

House Capuchin Project Day from Noon to 6pm.

weather rain steadyA lone heron was standing in an unbroken sheet of water right in the middle of the bay. The sand flats are covered at the moment, but it *looked* like he was walking on water. 🙂 There’s a steady rain coming down, flattening the waves and little wind even down by the water. It’s cold. 44F shouldn’t be, but with the rain, it feels like it. We’ve gotten well over 6/10’s of an inch since midnight and there’s no let-up in sight until this evening.

motif plant flower season yule poinsettiaYesterday started early and ended late. We didn’t head home until nearly 11pm. I’m still working my way through the web pages associated with my Pincushions pamphlet. We also got a big delivery of bay from a lady who had topped a tree and I spent quite some time cutting that up. Again, there’s more to do. I made a bean/lentil stew, too, which is going to be some dinners for a few days. Tempus made a loaf of bread and started working on some dishes.

Yule motif 1207 01 wreathToday I have a Wicca student in a few minutes and then the project day all afternoon. I’m going to have to work on the bay and the mistletoe and more on pincushions….

From 11/21/15 up the North Fork of the Yachats River, by Ken Gagne

112115 North Fork Yachats Ken Gagne

book orn 113A couple of years ago, as a Yule Gift to all of you, I wrote up a description of how I make ornaments out of small books. These are a fun craft. If you start with a small book that suits the person you’re making it for (try bookstores, but the pharmacy across the street from us has ’em in the gift section!) or one with special nostalgic significance, you can have an inexpensive gift (or 6!)  in an afternoon. Go to this page: http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-H8 Look for this picture and click on the link below the picture (clicking the title will do nothing, clicking the pic will take you only to the pic!) …and there are a lot more tutorials on the page! Or go straight to the PDF https://ancientlightshop.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/yule-gift-2012-book-ornaments2.pdf

220px-Delphinium_pavonaceumThe local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.

St-barbaraToday is the feast of St. Barbara. This Virgin, & Martyr was Born in the mid third century somewhere in the Roman Empire and died in early fourth century to late third century, executed by her father for becoming a Christian. Her feast, on December 4 is no longer on Roman Catholic calendar, because they can’t prove she existed. Her symbols are  a three-windowed tower, a palm branch,  a chalice, or lightning. She is the Patron Saint of prisoners, architects, artillerymen and mathematicians. At various points in history her stories have probably been confused with pagan deities. In many of the Central European countries today, each family member will cut a twig from a tree that blooms and/or fruits. (My grandparents did this every year.) These are put in water in a warm place and the number of blossoms foretell the winter’s weather. The person whose twig blooms the most is said to be the favorite of the Goddess (usually listed as Mary….) More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Barbara

Mine - Yule PentacleThe shop opens at 11am! Winter 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

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 12/13 at 4:06pm. 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 12/7 at 1:03am. 


astro Piscis_Austrinus fomalhaut.svgThe Moon shines about 5° or 6° to the right of little orange Mars in early evening, with Venus blazing far to their lower right. Farther to the Moon’s lower left, you’ll find twinkly Fomalhaut.
Astro venusVenus (magnitude –4.2, crossing from Sagittarius into Capricornus) is the bright white “Evening Star” blazing in the southwest during and after twilight.

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22
Rune Runic Month 23 Is IsaRunic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in CapricornSun in Capricorn
Moon in AquariusMoon in Aquarius
Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
Color: Yellow


©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


elderberry flower RuisRuis  Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.

plant red elderberry RuisElder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries. The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.

plant motif Elderberry RuisThe common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).

070116-stella-red-elderberryRuis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn Ruisto study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth

Mistletoe SilverBirch Unhewn StoneSecret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)

Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for 800px-Mistletoe_Abundance_Wye_Valleywhich there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month huath motif-plant-tree-xmasnot extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Su   4     High   3:51 AM     6.8   7:36 AM    Rise 11:19 AM      16
~     4      Low   9:14 AM     3.6   4:37 PM     Set  9:40 PM
~     4     High   2:45 PM     7.3
~     4      Low   9:49 PM     0.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Say yes to Freedom!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – December journal Prompt – Write about, “Fave photo of 2016”



~  I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought. – Helen Keller
~  You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West
~  Things are seldom what they seem, / Skim milk masquerades as cream. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
~  A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who cannot read. – Mark Twain

My Moon Song

I am an ocean in Your fullness
Full of life and Your creations.

I am a lake in Your waning
With gentle laps against the shore.

I am a stream in Your newness
Trickling over rocks and telling tales

I am a river in Your waxing
Charging back towards ocean’s roars. ~Written and Submitted by Wren~


divider yule Yule Magick – Recipes

Sun Up Egg Squares – Set this up the night before and just pop it into the oven!

1 pound pork sausage, cooked & drained
1 1/4 cups bisquick
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
12 eggs
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 cup milk
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon each; pepper, oregano

  1. Layer the sausage, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and cheese in a well greased 13″x9″x2″ baking dish.
  2. Beat together the remaining ingredients in a non-metal bowl and pour over sausage mixture.
  3. Bake, covered, in a 350 degree oven until golden brown and set (about 30 minutes).
  4. Cut into 12 3-inch squares. Serves 12, can be halved.

½ recipe

½  pound pork sausage, cooked & drained
½ cup and 1 tablespoon bisquick
2 ounces mushrooms, sliced or one small can
6 eggs
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup milk
1 medium tomatoes, chopped
¾  teaspoon salt
1 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon each; pepper, oregano  ( I would use Italian seasoning)
Morning Julegroed
4 cups milk
A couple of almonds, finely chopped
1 rounded teaspoon of butter/margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup washed white rice
A pinch of cinnamon powder
1/2 cup thick cream

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the milk until boiling.
  2. Add butter/margarine, then add the rice and turn down the heat.
  3. Cover with lid, and let rice simmer slowly for about one hour or until the milk is absorbed.
  4. Transfer to a non-metal bowl and fold in the cream and almonds.
  5. Serve in small bowls with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

The Bartlett Yule Bowl

For 4 people

  • 1 cup of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup of crunched hazelnuts (not looking for small pieces, just smaller….)
  • ½ cup of semi-sweet or dark chocolate morsels
  • ¼ of shredded coconut
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  1. Put oranges, hazelnuts, and chocolate morsels in a bowl and mix.
  2. Sprinkle with coconut.
  3. Grate nutmeg over the top

For breakfast serve over sweetened scalded milk cheese or cottage cheese.

For a dessert can be served by the bowl or over vanilla ice cream.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many Family traditionalists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Kerosene was was good enough for grandma, it’s good enough for us!

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