Daily Stuff 11-20-17 Praetextatus and Paulina

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Imagine That! Minus Tide at 7:51 PM of -0.3 feet.

As we came over the bridge this morning the clouds were sitting right down into the trees, except out at sea where you could see some stripes of blue. The hind-dunes lakes were like mirrors, but the bay was more like wrinkled metal. 52F and no wind here onshore, although a couple of spots and the offshore buoy are registering in the teens. We’ve gotten most of 1 1/0 of an inch of rain since midnight, mostly in shower form. …Goodness, there’s sun out there! We’re supposed to get a break until this evening from the rain.

Yesterday was a great day! Things ran longer than they should, but that happens, and pretty much everyone was ok with the way it went, or at least they didn’t complain. We got to hang out with a good, longtime friend and meet a couple of new folks, eat some good food and have some great conversations! My kinda day….

We didn’t get up as early as I had hoped, but got to the shop in plenty of time and set right to work, finding things that have gotten scattered, mostly. I made a set of waxed fabric food covers early in the day, since none of the ones that I made a couple of years ago have re-surfaced. Those went onto the bowls of nibbles, mostly.

Brandon and his friends got there mid-afternoon and the others got there not too much later. The Newport contingent didn’t showed up between work and not feeling so hot. We sat and chatted and nibbled for quite awhile, then Brandon went over to the store for some ingredients for his stew and got it cooked. It took awhile, but we eventually ate that, too.

My cheese was a hit and the rabbit pie went over well, and I got some good feedback on the pickled things I’ve been making, so I was pretty happy.

I’m going to have to finish this at the shop. I’m still home, being a little lazy, even if I’m up too early. We’re trying to get up the oomph to head to the shop. 🙂

…ok, so we’re at the shop and open. Looks like someone in Brandon’s group left a coat, so they’re headed back here. 🙂 Tempus is making coffee and I’m going to have to get the salsa finished today. I ended up harvesting some tomatillos this morning, again. I don’t think the rest are going to ripen and many are falling off the plants, now.

I also slipped and slid my way over to the upper garden. Things are looking pretty good, there, but some of those radishes are never going to have a bulb….

Kristie’s sister Crossed last night. We’re thinking about her as she tries to do all the necessary things after a death in the family.

So today the youngsters are on the way back, since a coat got left…. We have some cleanup to do and we’re probably going to spend some time sorting out the kind of dishes and serving utensils that we use for things like this. I’m hoping to get some licks in on writing and maybe… maybe… finally…. start the inventory….

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_bean – Masculine, 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

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

Waxing 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 12/2 at 1:21pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 3:42pm on 11/19. Diana’s BowOn the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/22 at 3:42pm.  


Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22

Runic 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 Runic 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 Scorpio
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 11:14pm.
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Ivory


©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M   20     High   1:43 AM     6.9   7:20 AM    Rise  9:07 AM      1
~    20      Low   7:09 AM     3.0   4:44 PM     Set  6:44 PM
~    20     High  12:52 PM     8.1
~    20      Low   7:51 PM    -0.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sap from the maple tree flows faster before a rain shower.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – My opinion is that you never find happiness until you stop looking for it. — Chuang-tzu



~  The best way to predict the future is to create now. – Veronica H. Fitzhugh
~  The big thing is that you know what you want. – E. Nightingale
~  The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents.  – Classic Quotes by Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) US attorney
~  The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. – Walter Bagehot

Springing Into Fall

We welcome well the warm of Spring,
Complaining when it’s cool.
In Fall, we say chase frost away,
And turn our thoughts to school.
When Winter comes, we have no choice
So too with Summer’s heat.
At least with Fall and Spring it’s true
The weather’s not concrete.
Weather it is, no choice is there
Balmy, cold or hot-
Whatever the elements have to share
Is precisely what we’ve got! – By Tasha Halpert   www.heartwingsandfriends.com


Magick – 

Thanksgiving Turkey Fruit and Yogurt Dip – Keep the kids happy with this sweet and fruity Thanksgiving snack while you finish making the big holiday feast. – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/thanksgiving-turkey-fruit-and-yogurt-dip/b3d8673d-4d3f-49ab-8218-3f9693bba0ac

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Servings 4


  • 1 container (5.3 oz) Yoplait® Greek yogurt (any flavor)
  • 1 medium pear
  • 1 medium red apple, cut into thin slices
  • 1 medium green apple, cut into thin slices
  • 2 chocolate chips
  • 2 tiny pretzel sticks


  1. Remove cover from yogurt.
  2. On large serving platter, place yogurt cup.
  3. Cut pear in half lengthwise through stem.
  4. Cut 1 slice lengthwise about 1/2-inch thick for body of turkey.
  5. Thinly slice remaining pear for feathers.
  6. Cut shapes out of small apple slice to make turkey’s beak and wattle.
  7. Arrange pear and apple slices around yogurt cup for feathers.
  8. Place pear slice on top of yogurt cup.
  9. Garnish with apple pieces for beak and wattle, chocolate chips for eyes and pretzel sticks for legs.

Yoplait is a registered trademark of YOPLAIT MARQUES (France) used under license.

Tip – For a more decorative display, spoon the yogurt from the container into a small bowl.

Thanksgiving Blessing Snack Mix – * Each ingredient in this snack mix symbolizes something associated with Thanksgiving.

2 cups Bugles brand corn snacks – shaped as a cornucopia, a horn of plenty.
2 cups pretzels – represent arms folded in thanks and prayer.
1 cup candy corn – during the first winter, the Pilgrims were each alloted only 5 kernels of corn per day because food was so scarce.
1 cup dried or candy fruits – Thanksgiving is the celebration of the harvest.
1 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds – seeds represent the potential of a bounteous harvest for the next season if they are planted and well tended.

In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. Other ingredients such as dry cereals, candies, or marshmallows can also be added.
Make this mix as a family and eat while discussing each ingredient and how it relates to Thanksgiving. By Kathy


Mix the cake according to directions on the box.
Pour the cake mix into ONE cupcake liner.
Pour the rest of the cake mix into the bundt cake pan, coating the pan as directed on the box.
Bake according to the directions on the box, making sure you don’t over bake the cupcake.
Let cool.
Mix up a small amount of frosting in one mixing bowl using green food coloring.
Mix up the rest of the frosting in another mixing bowl using red and yellow food coloring to create orange.
Frost the cake with the orange frosting.
Frost the cupcake on the sides and bottom with the green frosting.
Place the cupcake, bottom side up, on the top of the cake.
Makes a nice table decoration.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Remote Island

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