Daily Stuff 3-9-20 Chotrul Duchen

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 7:35 PM of -1.0 feet. Back on schedule with classes! Wicca 101 tonight at 7pm!

35F, wind at 0-6mph, AQI30, UV4. 0% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. It should be dry through Friday at this point. Showers are predicted for a couple of days and then dry again.

Tempus had the shop open all day, but he said that he didn’t get much done, mostly sat and worked on small projects, alternating with snoozing and working with customers.

Three of us headed for Marion’s at about 10 am. The weather was lovely on the coast, sunny and cool, but not too chilly. The views of the ocean and forest were lovely and even after we turned the corner at Florence, the sunshine on moss and fern and tree kept us pointing at things and saying, “Oh, look!”.

We took a long side trip, thanks to Google, through the Fern Ridge Wildlife refuge, but got back on track, only having to round the block once to find a place to park at our destination.

Marian was baking and her house smelled wonderful, as usual. As soon as her cookies were done, we headed out to the garden. She gave us a tour and told the story of how the bamboo grove came to be. After we had done a round once, she invited us to harvest and dig what we wanted. I ended up with an armful of bay, a pocketful of bay nuts, a stick of *large* bamboo and a chamomile plant. I’m pretty sure that Linda and Susanne each had a bay seedling, some chamomile and other things. …and an extra bay seedling landed at the shop, so that’s going into a pot.

Plant by the highway

After that we done we went in and had some tea and then headed out for lunch. We went to the New Day Bakery which has some amazing food (and went around the block to find parking). They do breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ambrose had a rice and bean dish. Marian had coffee and a mondo bear claw. Linda had soup and coffee? Susanne had coffee and a patty melt. I had a turkey and carrot relish sandwich and hibiscus lemonade. Mine we delicious and everyone else said the same of theirs. I thought about getting some bread to take home, but decided not. …and looked up carrot relish when I got home, since I enjoyed it so much!


After that we went to Mountain Rose Herbs which was just a few blocks away. (…and went around the block to find it… 🙂 )I got some linden for the shop and cocoa nibs for me. Linda found a rose geranium hydrosol. I needed to sit, so went out to an outside bench. Linda and Susanne took off across the parking to Down to Earth and came back with plants some of which we’re going to trade around. (calendula, motherwort, feverfew) Marian came out and we sat and talked about what I do with herbs and what she does until she needed to head for the bus and we headed home.

Sage and Thyme

I fell asleep as we were heading onto 125 and woke just as we were rolling in to Florence. We gassed up and rolled on back to Waldport, still chatting about the day. We offloaded my stuff and they headed home. Fun day!

Tempus took some stuff to storage and when he got back I was so groggy/sleepy that he chased me in back to nap. He made blue cheese burgers for supper and they were really tasty.

I slept hard last night. I woke when he left for his paper route and then didn’t wake again until he got back around 5am, so this is a tad later than I’ve been getting it out.

ground covers

Today I have a bunch of bay to process. Leaves have to be popped from the stems, washed, the perfect ones strung on thread to dry and the damaged ones set aside in a basket to dry. I have some of the older batch to grind up, too. We’re also going to do the prep work for moving the big pieces while we’re closed tomorrow.

101 tonight at 7pm!

A photo by Ken Gagne from January 3, 2017 of sunset clouds over Yachats.

plant herb flower Solidago_canadensis_20050815_248Today’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

feast 0309 ButterLampsChotrul Duchen is one of four Tibetan Buddhist festivals that commemorate his life. It’s held around this time of year and features sculptured butter lamps, some of which are huge. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_Lamp_Festival and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_lamp and a bit about the offering and prayers here:  http://bodhiactivity.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/lamp-offering-prayer/

The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. 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 3/9 at 10:48am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/10 at 10:48pm. 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 3/24 at 2:38am. 

From 3/20/19 by Jesse Brackenbury Mt. Hood with a Full Moon in the last glow of twilight

Full Moon (exactly so at 12:48 p.m. EST). As the Moon climbs the eastern sky this evening, look about 8° or 9° to its upper left for Denebola, the tail star of Leo, magnitude 2.1. Is your sky clean and clear enough for you to see it through the moonlight without binoculars? This evening, our satellite rises in Virgo as the Sun is setting and will set in the morning around dawn. Full Moon is an excellent time to easily observe Luna with or without additional optical assistance; keep in mind that the Moon will appear especially bright through binoculars or a telescope. The Full Moon also washes out much of the sky, making this time best for observing planets and brighter stars, but poor for deep-sky objects such as galaxies and nebulae.
Venus passes 2° north of Uranus this morning at 11 A.M. EDT. The inferior planet will continue to move noticeably through Aries as March progresses, while the more distant ice giant moves only about 1° eastward during the month.

The Moon passes Mercury – A waxing crescent Moon passes near Mercury in bright twilight the evening of January 25. A similar scene occurred January 31, 2014, when this photographer captured the two solar system objects. (The planet appears as a bright dot at upper left.) – Gilbert Ahlstrand

Mercury is stationary at 4 A.M. EDT. From here, it will move toward its greatest western elongation, which it will reach on the 23rd.

As you look low in the southeast in early dawn, bright Jupiter grabs your eye first. Use it to identify fainter Mars and Saturn.

Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +1.0, – 2.0, and +0.7, respectively) are lined up diagonally low in the southeast as dawn begins. in that order from upper right to lower left. Mars is moving eastward closer and closer to the two giants. On the morning of March 7th it’s 7° from bright Jupiter. By the 14th they’re only 3° apart, as shown above.

Old Farmer’s Almanac March Sky Map!
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. 

Sun in Pisces
Full Storm Moon at 10:48am
Moon in Virgo
Mercury Directs at 8:49pm
Color: Lavenar

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M    9     High   1:14 AM     7.6   7:38 AM     Set  8:04 AM      98
~     9      Low   7:02 AM     1.3   7:15 PM    Rise  7:30 PM
~     9     High  12:56 PM     8.8
~     9      Low   7:35 PM    -1.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.


Journal Prompt – Wiki – If money wasn’t an issue, what kind of house would you have?



~   Since we decided a few weeks ago to adopt the leaf as legal tender, we have, of course, all become immensely rich. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~   You are more than you realize yourself to be. You can achieve your dreams. All you have to do is reach for them. This is what being a Warrior is all about. Face your fears and go forward. Be glorious! – Kerr Cuhulain
~   The worst thing about being lied to is simply knowing you weren’t worth the truth. – Unknown
~   If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. – Jim Rohn

May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full Moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door. – Irish blessing


Ostara Magick – Lore


Silliness – For The Kids…

Q – What happens when geese land in a volcano? A – They cook their own gooses!
Q – What do you call a pig with no clothes on? A – Streaky bacon!
Q – What is a horse’s favorite sport? A – Stable tennis!
Q – What did the farmer call the cow that would not give him any milk? A – An udder failure!
Q – What do you give a sick pig? A – Oinkment!

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