Daily Stuff 1-11-19 Frost Fair

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Arthur Bartlett. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January.

Venus was visible off and on while we were doing the drops in Bayshore, so I know it’s only partly cloudy. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS through tomorrow. 49F, wind at 4mph, AQI27.

Yesterday started with coffee and arguing with a laptop keyboard. There’s a reason that I use a regular keyboard and screen! Tempus managed to make the tower boot up, after I told him not to, because he was hunting passwords for me. The guy came to work on it just after I got the newsletter out.

My tvarog was ready at that point. In fact, I’m not sure that it wasn’t partly cooked. Tempus set it on the dehydrator instead of next to it.

The pieces of trim that I needed for the outfit showed up, which was great. Phil stopped by and we talked about the NDE meeting next week. …and then the computer was running again….sortof…. I got two sets of things printed and it went wonky and then it was nearly 6pm before I could get it going again.

During that time I got two cheeses done and got some time in on the sewing, also doing some packing! At that point I managed to get an inventory list together, but it was too large, rather than too small. More things than what we were actually taking….

Tempus had gone to run some errands and get a skirt that I needed from storage. Amor called and they chatted for a bit, then I hit a snag in the sewing and when I came up front I got to chat a bit. Tempus headed for Newport, only to call and say that there was an accident in Seal Rock, so he had to go around the Bayview/Beaver Creek loop backwards from the usual to get around it.

I got as far as a sleeve and a side seam and then took a break. ,…and then both computers fought me….So I sewed some more, then got a nap. Tempus was rolling on the regular route at 12:45.

...and sewed and sewed and then the smock’s main construction was *finally* finished, so I hung it up to take a look…and discovered, to my horror, that I had offset the neckline by almost two inches. How did I miss that? That would take some thinking and several hours to take apart, recut and then put back together. What with the kirtle needing some adjustments that I didn’t have the bias tape for and the gown still needing a couple of pieces cut….well, that was it. I failed miserably at getting it done in time….

So I wept a weep for a bit, then pulled out another project that was a quick-to-do, so at least I’d have *something* to wear this weekend! Within 1/2 an hour that was well on the way to being cut out, and within 3 (counting the 45 minutes I spent on the paper route) it was done.

Tempus got in at 6:45 and curled up for a nap. He’s got a lot of driving today.

Today is the day we head for Portland. It’s going to be a very long day. I don’t know whether I’ll be able to post a newsletter tomorrow, Sunday or Monday morning. I’ll try, but it’s iffy. If you don’t see them over the weekend, look for me to post them on Monday, because I’ll be typing things up as I go.

Hecate’s brooch by Arthur Bartlett on 5/3/16

Because this one bears repeating….


plant pic flower false lily of the valleyToday’s Plant is False Lily of the ValleyMaianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here:  http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm

220px-Frost_Fair_of_1814_by_Luke_ClenellOn today’s date in 1783 London’s River Thames froze over and a ‘Frost Fair’ was held on the frozen river. It has been said that 3,000,000 people attended. A Frost Fair is a nearly spontaneous celebration held only when a major river freezes as it did in that year and in a number of others in that century. In one they walked an elephant across the ice! “From 1400 into the 19th century, there were 24 winters in which the Thames was recorded to have frozen over at London; if “more or less frozen over” years (in parentheses) are included, the number is 26: 1408, 1435, 1506, 1514, 1537, 1565, 1595, 1608, 1621, 1635, 1649, 1655, 1663, 1666, 1677, 1684, 1695, 1709, 1716, 1740, (1768), 1776, (1785), 1788, 1795, and 1814. ” More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_frost_fairs

The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. 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 1/20 at 9:16pm. 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 1/13 at 10:46pm. 

Watch the thick waxing crescent Moon step past Mars.

As twilight fades this evening, how soon can you detect Mars glimmering above the Moon? They’re about 18° apart (in early evening for North America). Mars is magnitude +0.6.

By January 12th Venus has closed in on Jupiter and Antares, shortening the triangle.

Have you ever seen the constellation Leo Minor the Lion Cub? If you answered, “No,” tonight could be your night. You can look for it around midnight local time. Don’t try before that because the Moon will still be in the sky. Unfortunately, Leo Minor is so faint that you’ll have to find two other celestial signposts — the Big Dipper and Leo the Lion — and work from them. The Big Dipper will lie high in the northeast and Leo low in the east. Draw a 45°-long line from Merak (Beta [β] Ursae Majoris), which is the Dipper’s Pointer star at the bottom of the cup, to Regulus (Alpha [α] Leonis), Leo’s brightest star. Leo Minor lies at the exact midpoint of that line. When you do locate its position, you might question the imaginations of early stargazers who drew a lion cub out of these faint stars. The constellation’s brightest star is 46 Leonis Minoris, which shines at magnitude 3.8. (The constellation doesn’t have a star labeled Alpha.) Beta Leonis Minoris is a bit fainter at magnitude 4.2.

Comet 46P/Wirtanen – The brightest comet of 2018 puts on a nice show in mid-December. The comet’s greenish glow showed up nicely when the photographer captured this image December 4. – Gerald Rhemann

Although Comet 46P/Wirtanen appeared brightest in mid-December, it currently glows at 6th magnitude and shows up nicely through binoculars or a telescope. This periodic visitor lies among the background stars of western Ursa Major, a region that remains visible all night but climbs highest around midnight local time. This evening, you can find Wirtanen just over 1° southeast of 3rd-magnitude Omicron (o) Ursae Majoris, the star that marks the nose of the Great Bear.
The dwarf planet Pluto is in conjunction with the Sun at 7 a.m. EST. The distant world then lies on the far side of the Sun from our perspective and can’t be seen.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) is highest in the south just after dark. It’s visible in binoculars if you have a good finder chart and if you know the constellations well enough to see where to start with the chart.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of
Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic,Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. 

Sun in Capricorn
Moon in Pisces
Color: Pink

Planting 1/10-11

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic 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

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

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


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   11     High   4:07 AM     6.9   7:51 AM    Rise 11:02 AM      18
~    11      Low   9:51 AM     3.3   4:58 PM     Set 10:35 PM
~    11     High   3:18 PM     6.7
~    11      Low  10:03 PM     1.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sing out loud today.


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Have you ever been lost? Explain what happened and how you felt then, and afterwards.



~   The King was indeed so ill-natured and so little polished by education, that neither in great things nor in small had he the manners of a gentleman.  – N Hooke, 1742; on King William
~   Whosoever enjoys not this life, I count him but an apparition, though he wear about him the sensible affections of flesh. – Thomas Browne, English writer born on October 19, 1605; from Religio Medici (1642), Pt. I, Sec. 45
~   If you do not come to me some time today dear husband that I may have my belly full of discourse with you I shall take very ill. – Queen Mary II in a letter to her loner husband, King William
~   If you want to hurry up Federation, you ought to make a syndicate to hire a few German cruisers to bombard Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for 20 minutes. – Rudyard Kipling, who was in Sydney on November 14, 1891

If the grass grows in Janiveer,
It grows the worse for ‘t all the year. – –proverb


Imbolc Magick – Incense & Oil Recipes

Incense #1 by Dawn Thebarge Hill

  • 1 part each of Basil and Bay, Frankincense, Myrrh
  • 2 parts Rosemary
  • 3 parts Cinnamon

Grind herbs until fine if using whole herbs. Break resins into small pieces and grind. Visualize fertility and cleansing your home, environment and life of all negativity. Burn on charcoal tablets.

Incense #2 by Scott Cunningham

  • 3 parts Frankincense
  • 2 parts Dragon’s Blood
  • 1/2 part red Sandalwood
  • 1 part Cinnamon
  • a few drops of red wine
  • a pinch of the first flower of the season-dried

Imbolc Oil

To 2 Tablespoons of sweet almond, grape seed or other light weight carrier oil add:

  • 5 drops Sandalwood e.o.
  • 5 drops Vanilla extract
  • 6 drops Jasmine e.o.
  • 2 drops Balsam e.o.


Silliness – Last night as we were driving up the seawall I exclaimed over seeing a seal swimming up the bay. Tempus said, “Seals are important to marine ecology, you know….”

I fell for it and asked, “Why?”

He said, “Well, if they went extinct, the water would all leak out!”
<sigh> I’ve been falling for those for over a quarter century…. ( This is from 4/21/12)

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