Daily Stuff 5-12-20 International Council of Nurses

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 11:27 AM of -0.6 feet. The shop is closed for the duration.

It’s been raining, since everything is wet and shiny. Tempus was complaining this afternoon that it wasn’t raining, yet. 🙂 He got mixed up as to what day it was! We did get a little weak sunshine a couple of times.  54F, wind at 3-8mph and gusting, AQI37, UV8. 80% chance of rain today and tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY starting at 5am and lasting through 9pm on Wednesday. It’s likely to stay wet into the middle of Thursday, with a dry day on Friday and then rain from last Saturday into Monday again. After that things look like possible showers, but more like afternoon sunshine at least. That big swirl in the Pacific is closer, which explains a possible 3/4 of an inch of rain on Wednesday! There’s another off the Kamchatka penninsula. Still winter weather….

Yesterday I woke around noon and worked steadily until Tempus got up at 3. He had intended to be up earlier, but his alarm must not have gone off. I got pictures taken and processed, worked on some more seedlings sorted a stack of things from the office work table and pulled a bunch of things out for Tempus to put away.

At just about the time he got up the one class I was going to take started (on research techniques). There were 4 others and I hope the others were recorded, because they were all at the same time! After that was over I got the berry muffins baked and a set of crab rangoon (that we had gotten last winter, frozen).

Tempus got me some soup and I curled up in the nap bed. He left me there while he worked on various chores, mostly little stuff and dishes. He got most of my sewing stuff pulled down and another of the lamps plugged back in. I was still out (whoops) when he left for the newspaper route. I woke around 4 and got this going.

I’ve got some easy recipes in the Magick section. One is for the folks who found a bag of frozen cranberries from last Thanksgiving in the freezer. These are actually really tasty. There’s a fun dessert, the recipe for the berry muffins that I made, and a really easy “dump” crockpot potato soup. This is one that a novice cook can do, easily.

Today I have packages coming in. We’re starting the shop re-stock from where we stopped back in January. Mostly today is bottles and books. We’ve got tarot and some incense resins coming in next week. It depends on when we get the other stimulus check, how soon I can actually re-stock. I’m hoping for some salt lamps and book of shadows, and an order of rocks and crystals, still.

Ken Gagne’s photo of 5/11/16’s photo of the sunset in Yachats.

plant pic Adiantum_pedatumMaidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the adiantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern

feast 0512 Florence_Nightingale_CDV_by_H_Lenthallfeast 0512 Nursing_babyThe International Council of Nurses has been celebrating this day since 1965 in honor of nurses everywhere, but particularly since this is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, probably the most well-known of nurses and the founder of modern nursing practice. Each year the group picks a theme for the celebrations. Many of the celebrations also feature new nurses reciting the Nightingale pledge:
Before God and those assembled here, I solemnly pledge;
To adhere to the code of ethics of the nursing profession;
To co-operate faithfully with the other members of the nursing team and to carry out faithfully and to the best of my ability the instructions of the physician or the nurse who may be assigned to supervise my work;
I will not do anything evil or malicious and I will not knowingly give any harmful drug or assist in malpractice.
I will not reveal any confidential information that may come to my knowledge in the course of my work.
And I pledge myself to do all in my power to raise the standards and prestige of the practical nursing;
May my life be devoted to service and to the high ideals of the nursing profession. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Nurses_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Nightingale

The shop is closed for the duration. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.

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 5/22 at 10:39am. 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 5/14 at 7:03am. 

The waning Moon passes Jupiter, Saturn, and then Mars in early dawn this week. The Moon is shown three times its actual apparent size, and it’s positioned for an observer near the middle of North America.

The waning Moon passes 2° south of Jupiter at 6 A.M. EDT. If you step out an hour before sunrise, you can catch the trio in the southern sky. Our Moon is 71 percent lit, with Jupiter glowing brightly above it. To Jupiter’s left (east) is Saturn, less than 5° away. Scan farther east to spot Mars at roughly the same altitude. The Red Planet sits about 20° above magnitude 1.2 Fomalhaut, which is low on the southeastern horizon. Later today, the Moon passes 3° south of Saturn at 2 P.M. EDT.

Sagittarius above a Cape Cod beach house – The famous Teapot asterism in Sagittarius stands out to the upper right of this vacation home, while the central regions of the Milky Way arc through the top of the image. – John Chumack

To the right (west) of the Moon-Jupiter pair, you’ll find the familiar Teapot asterism of Sagittarius, with its spout tilted slightly toward the horizon. If you’ve got a clear view all the way to the horizon, follow the spout to find the long, curving tail of Scorpius. The Scorpion’s glowing red heart, magnitude 1 Antares, is at roughly the same altitude as the tip of the Teapot’s spout, magnitude 3 Alnasl (Gamma Sagittarii).

Comet C/2020 F8 SWAN captured by Australia’s Siding Spring telescope. – Esposito Raffaele / Telescope Siding Spring / – paceweather.com

Comet SWAN skirts the dawn and dusk horizons. This new comet (C/2020 F8) is already 5th magnitude and heading for 3rd, but it stays low and tricky to find at the very beginning of dawn this week, then at the very end of dusk later in the month. See Bob King’s Comet SWAN article and charts. You’ll want to bring binoculars or a wide-field scope.

Constellation of Lyra

Vega is well up in the east-northeast as evening advances. Look for its faint little constellation Lyra, the Lyre, hanging down from Vega with its two-star bottom canted a bit to the right.

This image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a massive galaxy cluster, about 4.6 billion light years away. Along its borders four bright arcs are visible; these are copies of the same distant galaxy, nicknamed the Sunburst Arc. The Sunburst Arc galaxy is almost 11 billion light-years away and the light from it is being lensed into multiple images by gravitational lensing. The Sunburst Arc is among the brightest lensed galaxies known and its image is visible at least 12 times within the four arcs. Three arcs are visible in the top right of the image, the fourth arc in the lower left. The last one is partially obscured by a bright foreground star, which is located in the Milky Way. https://www.iflscience.com/space/hubble-captures-the-same-galaxy-gravitationally-lensed-12-times/

Take advantage of these moonless evenings to work through a fine clutch of galaxies in the northern reaches of the Virgo Cluster high overhead, using the Deep-Sky Wonders article and charts in the May Sky & Telescope, page 54. The five selections there range from magnitude 9.6 to 12.8.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.3, – 2.4, and +0.5, respectively) shine in the southeast to south before and during early dawn. Saturn glows pale yellow 4° to Jupiter’s left. To me they look like an unequal pair of eyes in the dawn.

Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Saille, Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius 8:39am
Venus Retrograde at 11:45pm (6/25)
Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde
Color: White

Harvest 5/12-4

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  12     High   4:15 AM     7.4   5:51 AM    Rise  1:28 AM      77
~    12      Low  11:27 AM    -0.6   8:34 PM     Set 10:30 AM
~    12     High   6:17 PM     6.2
~    12      Low  11:38 PM     3.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think some people encourage others to smoke/drink?



~   A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties. – Franklin Pierce (1804- 1869) 14th US president
~   The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life. – Plato,  Greek philosopher, in “The Republic”
~   Although… the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only, but of the whole people of the United States.  – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~   The reward that you get for digging holes is a bigger shovel. – Terry Prachett (I Shall Wear Midnight)

I think if you listen closely
In the sweet glad days of spring,
With the song of the brook, the breeze, and the birds,
You can hear the flowers sing. –Helen Isabel Moorhouse (b. 1876)


Magick – Recipes

Berry Cupcakes

Take any yellow cake mix. mix up according to directions and add 1 cup of frozen berries: blue, huckle and current work best, but you can use any. Follow package directions for baking cupcakes, but be sure to toothpick test for doneness. These can fool you because of the extra liquid the berries add.

EASY CRANBERRY DAIQUIRIS – TOTAL TIME – 1 hour – Author: Aberdeen’s Kitchen, Serves: 6


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1½ cups light rum
  • ¾ cup dark rum
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¾ cup 100% pure cranberry juice (use cranberry cocktail for a sweeter version)
  • Orange slices for garnish, crushed ice for serving


  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil.
  2. Add the cranberries, cinnamon stick and orange zest and return to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until cranberries are popping, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Discard cinnamon stick. Pour light rum, dark, rum, cranberry juice, and lemon juice into the cranberry mixture. Chill in the fridge until completely cooled, about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Strain the liquid from the mixture into a pourable container, saving the cranberries. Add crushed ice to glasses and pour juice over the top. Add a spoonful of saved cranberries to the glass. Garnish with a thin orange slice and serve.

Easy Chocolate Trifle

  • total time – 50 min
  • prep – 50 min
  • servings – 18 servings, 2/3 cup each

what you need

  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
  • 1 qt.  (4 cups) cold milk
  • 2 pkg. (4-serving size each) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 1 tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 4 pkg. (1.4 oz. each) chocolate-covered English toffee bars, crushed

Make It

  1. PREPARE cake batter and bake in 13×9-inch baking pan as directed on package. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
  2. ADD milk to dry pudding mix in medium bowl. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended.
  3. LAYER half each of the cake cubes, pudding, whipped topping and crushed chocolate bars in large glass trifle bowl. Repeat all layers. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • 1 (30 oz.) bag frozen hash-brown potatoes
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2c chopped onion
  • 1/3 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese (softened)
  • Garnish: minced green onion


  1. In a slow cooker, combine potatoes, broth, soup, onion, and pepper.
  2. Cover, and cook on low for 5 hours.
  3. Stir in cream cheese, cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until combined.
  4. Garnish with green onion.


Silliness – Barbeque Season

After four long months of cold and winter, we are finally coming up to summer and BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking, as it’s the only type of cooking a real man will do, probably because there is some of danger involved.
When a man volunteers to do the BBQ, the following chain of events are put into motion:
1) The woman buys the food.
2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.
3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill – beer in hand.
Here comes the important part:
5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.
6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.
Important again:
8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces and brings them to the table.
9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.
And most important of all:
10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed “her night off.” And, seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women.

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