Daily Stuff 11-10-20 Martini

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed today.. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Everything is damp, 44F, wind at 1-6 mph and gusting, AQI 11-41, UV1. Chance of rain 80% today and 40% tonight. There’s a bit green blob between Waldport and Yachats at the moment, but we’re not supposed to see more rain until 9am or so. That ought to ease off so that Wednesday will be nice and then the rain with some wind with it will pick up on Thursday/Friday. We could get another dose of that on Sunday with heavy rain after that. Otherwise we’re still looking at showers. At least it’s not as cold as Sunday night!

Yesterday was pretty busy in the morning and then it got very quiet as the clouds thickened and eventually started to rain. Long before that Tempus had chased me in back to nap. Not sure if it was the weather or what, but I wasn’t in good shape. I felt a lot better after I slept for a few hours and then I spent the rest of the evening writing.

Tempus got a phone call late in the afternoon, “Hey, did anyone tell you that your bulk route is going out tonight, ‘coz of veterans’ day?” <sigh> At least they did finally tell him. He headed into Newport at 8:30 to do that, and then napped until time for the Oregonians to get delivered.

There won’t be a Daily Stuff for Thursday until during the day, instead of as early as we usually do them. I’ll tell you why, then. 🙂

Today we’re probably going to sleep in a bit and then work on chores. I’ve *got* to finish the tomatoes! There’s a batch of sauce going in a crockpot at the moment. …and I’m dreadfully sleepy already!

A wonderful Ken Gagne picture of the beautiful morning sky above Nancy Kroemer’s pond up the Yachats River Valley on 11/8/16. Used with permission

Broadleaf PlantainPlantago major, greater plantain, (another 9 Herbs Charm ingredient) is a weed that is native to most of Europe and northern and central Asia, but is one of the most abundant and widely distributed medicinal herbs in the world. Mash up leaves and apply to scrapes, stings, and sores. This takes out the sting, keeps down infection and promotes healing. A tea made from the leaves sooths mouth sores and, swallowed, can help calm diarrhea. Young leaves are nutritious and tasty. Older leaves can be chopped and boiled and used like spinach. Plantain is high in vitamins A, C, and K and calcium. The dried seeds can be chewed as a snack, (which leads to one of the old names, “Old Man’s Waybread”), or ground for flour and/or added to bread. It survives being stomped on in pathways and lawns, which makes it a good garden plant. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago_major – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Make a red sachet and bind it to your head for headaches, sprinkle powder in your shoes to keep tired feet from hurting when you have to overdo it. Hang a sachet in the car to repel evil. Also for amulets in healing and removing fevers.


Festival of Martini, ancient Latvia – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia: In ancient Latvia, Martini (Mārtiņi) was the name of a festival, celebrated on November 10, marking the end of the Autumn and the beginning of Winter. The festival marks the transfer from Usins to Martins, two deities of horses. Usins is invoked during the summer, while Martins (see St Martin) is a Winter god. The festival marked the end of the preparations for Winter, such as salting meat and fish, storing the harvest and making preserves. Martini also marked the beginning of masquerading and sledding, among other wintry activities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81rti%C5%86i and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Martin%27s_Day … plus a Czech Lore page with a bunch of links and pictures. – St. Martin of Tours – History, Folklore and Festivities – https://www.medieval.eu/st-martin-of-tours-history-folklore-and-festivities/

The shop is closed today. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). 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 11/14 at 9:07pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 11/10 at 9:07am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 11/13 at 9:07am.

Around 9 p.m. this week, the Great Square of Pegasus stands in its level, boxy position very high toward the south. (It’s straight overhead if you’re as far south as Miami.) Its right (western) edge points very far down toward Fomalhaut. Its eastern edge points less directly toward Beta Ceti, less far down. Now descending farther: If you have a very good view down to the south horizon — and if you’re not much farther north than latitude 40°, roughly Denver, New York, or Madrid — picture an equilateral triangle with Fomalhaut and Beta Ceti as its top two corners. Near where the third corner would be (a bit to the right of that point) is Alpha Phoenicis, or Ankaa, in the constellation Phoenix. It’s magnitude 2.4, not very bright but the brightest thing in its area. It has a yellow-orange tint; binoculars help check. Have you ever seen anything of the constellation Phoenix before?

Planetary ducks in a row – Follow a line from the crescent Moon (upper right) toward the lower left-hand corner of this early morning photo, and you’ll spot first Venus, the Mercury. These three celestial bodies will share the sky, albeit in a different configuration, this Friday morning. – Ian Russell (Flickr)

Mercury reaches greatest western elongation (19°) from the Sun at noon EST today. The planet is an early morning object, rising about an hour and a half before the Sun. Today, it’s glowing at magnitude –0.5 and is roughly 13° high by 6:15 A.M. local time. Above it, the bright planet Venus is 25° high. With optical aid, you’ll see that Mercury is nearly 60 percent lit and spans 7″. Venus, which stretches 13″ across, is 84 percent lit. We’ll check back in with these planets later in the week, when the crescent Moon joins them. Our satellite isn’t hard to find, though — it’s northwest of the planets, higher in the sky as it floats near the hindquarters of Leo the Lion. The Moon is positioned this morning on a line drawn between Iota (ι) and Rho (ρ) Leonis, both magnitude 4, and sits south-southwest of the magnitude 3 star Chertan.

Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) is high in the south in the early evening. Neptune is 2.3 arcseconds wide, harder to resolve except in good seeing. Check in on them when you’re done with Mars: Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.

Old Farmer’s Almanac October Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october

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. 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

Moon Virgo 

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 to 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of  Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)

Sun in Scorpio

Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde

Color – Maroon

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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 t 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


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  10      Low   1:41 AM     0.8   7:07 AM    Rise  1:07 AM      37
~    10     High   8:25 AM     7.1   4:54 PM     Set  2:58 PM
~    10      Low   2:32 PM     2.5
~    10     High   8:08 PM     6.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You’ll notice that a turtle only makes progress when it sticks out its neck…


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The sleeping fox catches no poultry.” — Benjamin Franklin



 ~   No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else. – Charles Dickens
~   A bold, vigorous assault has won many a faltering cause. – Ira Eaker
~   Most people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty. – Tim Ferris
~   Having the world’s best idea will do you no good unless you act on it.  People who want milk shouldn’t sit on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them. – Curtis Grant, Writer

Now is the time for the burning of the leaves.
They go to the fire; the nostril pricks with smoke
Wandering slowly into a weeping mist.
Brittle and blotched, ragged and rotten sheaves!
A flame seizes the smouldering ruin and bites
On stubborn stalks that crackle as they resist. – Robert Laurence Binyon (1869–1943)


Magick – Crafts – We all need some “hygge” this time of year. What could do that better than a lamp using natural fuel? 

From Facebook 11/2/16

Michael Merrifield-Forsstrom A really easy way to make an oil lamp is with a rock that has a natural hole, a small dish, and cotton crochet yarn.

 MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett Oh, now that’s a cool idea! Thanks!

 Michael Merrifield-Forsstrom I like it because rocks with holes in them have so many other uses such as pendulums. I love tools that can multitask.

 MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett Can I swipe your pic and idea and add it to tomorrow’s newsletter?

 Michael Merrifield-Forsstrom Sure. I don’t think it was my idea. The early cave painters used rocks with shallow bowls in them as oil lamps and they made wicks from moss. A lot of their oil lamps have been found at the entrances to their caves.

 Michael Merrifield-Forsstromhttp://www.donsmaps.com/lascauxlamp.html

 Stone Lamps… DONSMAPS.COM

 MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett Well, yeah….. button lamps and stone lamps and betty lamps and all have been around a long while.


Silliness – Age is a Funny Thing

Have you ever been guilty of looking at others your own age and thinking, “Surely I can’t look that old?” Well . . …. You’ll love this one!
I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist. I noticed his, DDS, which bore his full name.
Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 40-odd years ago. Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on, way back then?
Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was way too old to have been my classmate. Hmmm … Or could he?
After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Morgan Park High School.
“Yes. Yes, I did. I’m a Mustang,” he gleamed with pride.
“When did you graduate?” I asked.
He answered, “In 1959. Why do you ask?”
“You were in my class!” I exclaimed. He looked at me closely. Then, that ugly, old, wrinkled SOB asked, “What did you teach?”

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