Daily Stuff 11-6-17 St. Leonard

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Samuel John Klein, Wicca 102 at 7pm.

Cloudy and 52F outside, but it feels much colder. We’ve gotten a bit over 1/10th of an of rain since midnight and more than 1/4 inch yesterday. There was one blast at about 2am that woke me and I could have sworn it was ice coming down. I went out of the apartment and opened the sunroom door and while I couldn’t see enough to tell, it was rattling on the flagstones outside. Wind is at 3mph. Onshore is below 10mph. The offshore buoy is reading 11mph. It’s likely to get really chilly tonight, going into the upper 30’s. The rain is due back on Wednesday.

On the way to the spa

Yesterday was a long day. We were early at the shop and dove right into making the babovka dough, as the day went on we made the fillings and then formed the cakes, and finally baked them once we were home. There’s a lot of standing time with this kind of baking.

We didn’t have a lot of customers in, maybe 10 during the whole day, but we helped Leslie find some things she needed and Amy was in late, for Project Day, so things did happen.

Pine needles on a spruce

By 6:30 we were done eating supper, so we packed up the babovki and headed home to bake them.

The recipe was seriously wrong about how long they took to bake, but that’s why I do trial runs of these things. We all got pieces of the first one, which was a small bun, but the 2nd, one of the cheese ones, was anything but cooked when I turned it out onto a plate. I put it into a regular cakepan and put it back and then we got pieces of it after it finished cooking. The House Capuchin portfolio post of this will appear at the link, later today, if you’re interested in the recipe and photos. https://wp.me/p8ngGY-TT


Tempus and I both slept hard, but he left me home this morning when I dozed back off. I’m at the shop now. I’ll need to finish photos and all and then be there for class.

A photo by Samuel John Klein from 11/05/16 of a Mt. Hood sunrise with the shadow of the mountain being cast across a cloud layer. We used to watch for that at this time of the year, when we were still living in Portland, not just on clouds, but often you could see the same thing in the morning mist.


plant herb flower goldenrod Solidago_canadensis_20050815_248My mother used to recite, when the weather turned to fall, “The goldenrod is yellow, the leaves are turning brown, the trees in the apple orchard, with fruit, are bending down.” Today’s plant is GoldenrodSolidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis

250px-San_leonardo_abateToday we’ve got an odd feast. There are several celebrations of “St. Leonard” on this day, but the only saint of this name that I can find doesn’t see to have even the slightest connection to the celebrations! There are a Bavarians who celebrate him with a parade of painted wagons and a whip-cracking contest as a patron saint of drovers. There’s a candle procession in another spot and an historical veneration of St. Leonard by Crusaders. What’s that have to do with this guy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_of_Noblac

The shop is open 11-7pm 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 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 11/18 at 3:42am. 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 11/10 at 12:36pm.

All week, bright Venus and faint Mars shine in the east during early dawn. Venus is getting lower, Mars higher. (The blue 10° scale is about a fist-width at arm’s length.) Mars (magnitude +1.8, in Virgo) rises around 3 or 4 a.m. standard time and is moderately high in early dawn, well to the upper right of Venus. In a telescope Mars will be just a tiny, fuzzy dot for several months to come, but next summer it will have its closest opposition since 2003.
Around 8 p.m. this week, the Great Square of Pegasus stands in its level position very high toward the south. (It’s straight overhead if you’re as far south as Miami.) Its right (western) side points very far down toward Fomalhaut. Its eastern side points down less directly toward Beta Ceti, less far down.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Runic 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. 

Sun in Scorpio
Moon in Gemini
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Silver

Harvest 11/5-6


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Celtic 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). “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

Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises

to 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

M    6     High   1:50 AM     7.5   7:01 AM     Set  9:42 AM      96
~     6      Low   7:23 AM     2.1   4:59 PM    Rise  7:32 PM
~     6     High   1:17 PM     9.1
~     6      Low   8:14 PM    -1.3

Minus Tide at 8:14 PM of -1.3 feet.


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Place your faith in the Divine power within you; not in your outer abilities.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – A thousand friends are few; one enemy is too many. — Russian proverb



~  Take things as they are. – Bruce Lee
~  The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.- Hellen Keller
~  The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. – Richard Bach
~  The fool is busy in everyone’s business but his own. – Heitharvega Saga, c.14

When we hold on to our grudges, when we refuse to forgive, the only one we are really hurting is ourself. Why cause ourselves unnecessary pain? Where is the spiritual lesson in that? We can choose to release these grievances and choose to create a miracle. Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves. – Lissa Coffey


Magick – Spells

Warmth and Wellness Ritual – November 28th, 2005

Color of the day: Gray – Incense of the day: Frankincense

The chrysanthemum is the quintessential flower of fall, bringing particular luck to people born in November. Although its name means “golden flower” in Greek, it also comes in fiery autumn shades of red, orange, and bronze. It represents longevity and perfection. During the Chrysanthemum War in 1357, the Japanese wore this flower as an emblem of courage. Today, the Order of the Chrysanthemum ranks as the highest honor Japan can bestow. If you know someone about to embark on a tricky challenge give a potted chrysanthemum to embolden the heart. The Chinese say that if you drink from a stream bordered by chrysanthemum blooms, you will live for a hundred years. Chrysanthemum imagery appears frequently in temples. Consider decorating your altar with a chrysanthemum.

By: Elizabeth Barrette

Sure-Footing Spell

Toward the end of winter, there is ice everywhere, as snow falls and melts and refreezes. This spell helps you get a grip on things. Goats are famous for their sure footing; they jump around on mountains and never seem to fall. So begin by finding a goat symbol—a picture, small statuette, piece of goat horn or hair, whatever works for you. Place the symbol on your altar, and light a brown candle. Then invoke Pan:

Goat-footed god,
Lend me your balance
And your certainty.
Let me dance through my days
As gracefully as you dance
Down the mountain paths.
Keep my feet light
And my step sure.
So mote it be!

Let the candle burn itself out. Keep the goat symbol and any remaining candle wax on your altar until the last ice of winter is gone for good.  ~Elizabeth Barrette GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

Winter Is Coming Magic – November 1st, 2006

Color of the day: Yellow – Incense of the day: Coriander

The Callieach, Celtic hag of winter, begins her reign today. Legend says that on this day, she strikes the earth with a giant hammer, and cracks of frost spread out from wherever she strikes. Northern cultures offer numerous spells and charms to aid people’s in their efforts to survive and stay wall through this dark time of the year. Still, you should know the winter season offers gifts as well—the benefits of reflection and rest. Winter is an excellent time to plan, to study, and to dream. Offer the Callieach an apple on your altar and burn a white candle. Ask this goddess to send you visions of the coming year. Allow yourself an hour of meditation. Feel yourself sinking into the earth, your roots reaching ever deeper. Slow your breathing and quiet your mind. Look forward to the next year. What thoughts surface? At the end of the hour, write in your journal what thoughts came to you. Fold the paper and plant it in your garden or in a flower pot.

By: Lily Gardner-Butts


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Bad Date…

Girls you know you’re on a bad date when:

  • You order a Double Whopper and he says, “Hey, my name ain’t Rockefeller, honey.”
  • You’ve never heard someone speak with such passion about an ant farm.
  • He seems to know an awful lot about your shower routine.
  • Your dinner reservations are under “Loser, party of 2”
  • He’s especially proud of how long he can sustain a burp.
  • He calls to tell you he’ll pick you up, just as soon as the standoff with the police is over.
  • He’s been on Geraldo once and Jerry Springer, twice.
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