Daily Stuff 1-18-17 Hera

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

rain weather motifThe sky is a varicolored, smooth grey. It’s brighter toward the south and east, darker to the north and over the ocean. One lone little wisp was floating below the cloud layer over Yaquina John Point as we came over the bridge. The rain is steady and we’ve gotten an inch and 4 tenths since midnight! Yesterday was 1.1 inches. It’s 51F with very little wind, unlike last night.

motif food olives2Yesterday just went. I was writing and Tempus worked on a chainsaw for some friends. We both did some cleaning in the back, trying to get a little farther along. Late in the day we made chicken and dumplings. I did the cooking. He did the finding and peeling (since my good ergonomic peeler is still awol.) I had trouble later in the evening. The gasoline fumes (from the repair) always aggravate my asthma and then some guy who was smoking cornered Tempus right at the front door. That’s just uncivilized…

motif food rollsWe ate our chicken and dumplings and my craving is satisfied, especially since there is enough for 3 or 4 more meals! I got to work on embroidery patterns and Tempus took off for Newport to grab a couple of things at the grocery and then go bag papers.

motif food squash1By then the wind was kicking up and the wind chime was going steadily. The wind was clipping along in the 20’s by the water and nearly that in town and we were almost to an inch of rain and got up to 1.1 by midnight. There was an 86mph gust in Newport…. By 3:30 we were already well over 6 tenths of an inch of rain! …and that’s when I got picked up.

motif food veggiesThere was a lot of debris on the roads, mostly small, but one branch was a size that would make small bowls if it hadn’t already gotten smashed. Otherwise it was wet, windy and warm. It didn’t bother either of us to have the window open, where last week we’d have to crank up the heat, although when we turned into the wind I was getting rain-splattered on the *passenger* side! It was coming up on high tide when we did the run, but there was a lot of extra water in the tributaries. Lint Slough, that normally is about 1/2 marsh plants, was a solid sheet of water, and the church property across from Eckman Lake was underwater at the edges. Even in a couple of the campgrounds out rt. 34, the spots that were dry camping during the summer, were soggy down by the river, whether they were actually underwater or not! We got in at 5:30, but Tempus had to go out already to re-deliver papers that had blown away or were unfindable. He has one more yet to do, someone who just called a little bit ago.

motif food zuchiniI want to test my “apothecary chest” that got dropped off yesterday morning. If my suspicion is correct, my spice jars will exactly fit it, and that solves the problem of those bailing off the shelves, the way they’ve been. I have to work on newsletters. The Quote file needs to be refilled and I need to check the others. After that I have some beads to work on, sorting and getting them and supplies put away so that I have room to start making tarot earrings again.

Ken Gagne oystercatchers in Yachats from 01/16/16

011616 Ken Gagne oystercatchers

220px-Delphinium_pavonaceumThe local larkspursdelphinium 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.

Motif bird peacock featherToday is the feast day of Hera, queen of the gods of Olympus and wife of Zeus. Her worship probably derives from the earlier forms of the Great Goddess and her name quite possibly is the female form of the word “hero”. Her symbols were peacocks, pomegranates and poppy. More here:http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan18.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hera

 motif Imbolc 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

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 1/27 at 4:07pm. 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 1/19 at 2:13pm. 

011817-astro-webvic17_jan19moEarly risers: look out your south window for the Moon passing the Jupiter-Spica pair in early dawn. The Moon, nearly last-quarter, rises around midnight tonight in the company of Jupiter and Spica; they’re only a few degrees apart. By the beginning of dawn on Thursday morning the 19th, the bunch of three is standing in proud view high near the meridian, as shown at right.
Taurus aldebaranThe deep, flat-bottomed eclipsing binary star RW Tauri drops from 8th to 12th magnitude and back tonight, centered on 11:20 p.m. EST. See the observing project in the January Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Astro marsMars (magnitude +1.0) is the fainter “star” upper left of Venus. The separation between them shrinks from 8° to 7° this week. In a telescope Mars is just a tiny fuzzblob 5 arcseconds in diameter.

Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Rune Runic Month 02 Perth PeorthRunic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. 

Sun in CapricornSun in Capricorn
Moon in LibraMoon in Libra
Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
Color: White


©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


tree beech birch Celtic Tree Month bethCeltic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark

Plant Tree Birch bethBeth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences – Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.

Beech beth Celtic Tree MonthPhagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
W   18     High   4:50 AM     7.5   7:47 AM     Set 11:15 AM      69
18      Low  11:08 AM     2.4   5:07 PM
18     High   4:44 PM     6.2
18      Low  11:00 PM     1.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – Do you think a school is the only place you can get an education? Explain your answer.



~  Expect more than others think possible. – Howard Schultz
~  Failure is simply feedback. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  A taxpayer is someone who works for the federal government but who doesn’t have to take a  civil service exam. – Ronald Reagan
~  Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities. W. Churchill

I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.

At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise. ~ Jane Kenyon ~ (Otherwise)


divider Imbolc Border
Imbolc Magick – 
Brigids Cross

brigdhes cross 5A Brighid’s Cross can be made with wheat stalks, grasses, reeds or rushes. Gather a few dozen reeds of the same length. If they tend to break when you bend them, soak them in water to soften them, so that they will bend easily.

  1. Hold one reed vertically, and fold another in half around the middle of the first.
  2. Fold next reed over the reeds one and three. (It will be parallel to the 2nd reed)
  3. Fold next reed over the reeds one and three. (It will be parallel to the 2nd reed)
  4. Continue to work in a circular fashion, until you have used up your reeds, or created enough of a “woven” center to the cross. Hold the reeds together
  5. Can be decorated with early spring flowers, with thyme, basil, bay and any other medicinal cooking herbs that look pretty bright ribbon

Brighid’s Cross

These crosses were exchanged as symbols of protection in ancient times. Let the children hand these Brighid’s Crosses out to guests at any ritual you attend or host.

Brigdhe's Cross ImbolcMethod # 1 – Items needed:

  • a handfull of wheat stalks
  • warm water
  • clothespins
  • clear or red thread and needle


  1. Soak wheat stalks in warm water until pliable
  2. Fold one stalk of wheat in half, leaving the kernels sticking out
  3. Fold another one the same way, and thread through the first one. (It now looks like a long “L” )
  4. Fold the third the same way, and insert through the second wheat stalk. (It now looks like an L with a tail )
  5. Fold and insert the fourth stalk through the third
  6. Use the clothes pins to help keep the shape as you weave more wheat
  7. Continue folding and threading the wheat stalks until you have several wheat woven through each “arm”
  8. Allow to dry with the clothespins in place
  9. Using the thread and needle, sew the stalks together – this is cheating, but I find that it’s necessary!
  10. Hang over the fireplace or stove

Method #2 – Brighid’s Crosses

Brigdhes Cross 6.pngMaterials: Dried Wheat Stalks, Brown Thread.

  1. Take eight stalks with sheaves still attached.
  2. Place four stalks on flat surface with two sheaves at the top and two sheaves at the bottom.
  3. Measure approx. 6″ of stalk between the sets of sheaves and cut off excess.
  4. Tie all four stalks together with the brown thread, first under the top sheaves, then above the bottom sheaves.
  5. Cut off excess thread.
  6. Repeat this procedure with the other four stalks, shortening the length between the sheaves to 4″.
  7. Carefully separate the first set of stalks (two in front and two in back) and slip the second set through approx. 1″ from the bottom of the top sheaves.
  8. Tie some thread in a knot just under the arms of the cross.
  9. Take the excess ends and diagonally wrap the thread over the opposite corresponding arm and back to the knot.
  10. Tie off in back and cut off excess ends.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Poor Preacher

The preacher just finished his sermon for the day and proceeded toward the back of the church for his usual greetings and handshaking as the congregation left the church. After shaking a few adult hands he came upon the seven year old son of one of the Deacons of the church.

“Good morning, Jonathan,” the preacher said as he reached out to shake Jonathan’s hand.

As he was doing do he felt something in the palm of Jonathan’s hand. “What’s this?” the preacher asked.

“Money,” said Jonathan with a big smile on his face, “It’s for you!”

“I don’t want to take your money, Jonathan,” the preacher answered.

“I want you to have it,” said Jonathan. After a short pause Jonathan continued, “My daddy says you’re the poorest preacher we ever had and I want to help you.”

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