Daily Stuff 11-11-20 Armistice Day

Hi, folks!

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

Severe weather coming. MARINE WEATHER STATEMENT, SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT, SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY. Wind, Rain, Waves, Snow…. Ought to be an interesting weekend! Right now, though it’s cloudy and 43F. It’s spitting occasionally and they’re saying we have a shower rolling in just past 2:15. Wind at 3-4mph and gusting, AQI 21-56, UV1. Chance of rain 10% today and tonight. Today ought to be nice as most of the clouds clear off. I’m looking forward to a nice sunset. After noon on Thursday, though, we’re looking at several days of heavy rain. There’s a huge messy thing in front of a swirl that’s centered just on the other side of the Aleutians and reaches 1/2-way to us!. It’s pushing the little swirl south that generated the rain over the last few days. 1 1/4 inches is predicted for Thursday and and inch on Friday. Wind, too! …and the days of “showers” or “light rain” are still predicted to be over 1/3 of an inch. Well, get your garden stuff out to be washed or watered over the weekend and then get it put away for the winter!

Yesterday we got up very late. I was writing like crazy. I talked to Paul for several hours, catching up and talking over what we’re up to. Tempus went out to the spring. We were getting low. While he was out I was in an Arts and Sciences zoom chat. It was good to see friends.

I made spanish rice with little smokies out of the tomato sauce. It was far too salty, so I added more rice, then afterwards cooked another batch of the ripe tomatoes to add. Ripe…. well, they’re green ones that turned orange, at least. Tempus made a batch of bread. I wolfed one down while they were still warm. Delicious!

Tempus headed out for the paper run at 2. I was trying to work out where our package had gone and got tricked into adding something into Chrome, thinking it was a UPS thing and then had to go back in and dig it out. …Then I couldn’t get into UPS with the number that I had! I gave up and I was writing again, and setting up some embroidery. I’m trying to finish the Mab’s Creations Yule Kit and I need to find all the patterns.

Today we’ve got some late anniversary fun that I’ll tell you about tomorrow. We’re going to be getting ready for it, and doing a few chores and that’s about it!

Honor to all those who serve!

A Ken Gagne morning photo from 11/10/15 of the spouting horn on the south side of the mouth of the Yachats River.

Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at CompiègneFrance at 5:45 am, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. But, according to Thomas R. Gowenlock, an intelligence officer with the U.S. First Division, shelling from both sides continued for the rest of the day, only ending at nightfall. The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days and had to be extended several times. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year. The date is a national holiday in France, and was declared a national holiday in many Allied nations. However, many Western countries and associated nations have since changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day, with member states of the Commonwealth of Nations adopting Remembrance Day, and the United States government opting for Veterans Day. In some countries Armistice Day coincides with other public holidays. On 11 November 2018, the centenary of the World War One Armistice, commemorations were held globally. In France, more than 60 heads of government and heads of state gathered at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_Day

pic plant tree Thuja_plicata

Today’s plant is Western Red CedarThuja plicata,which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata

Lunantshees – Among the sidhe Faerie races of Ireland, the guardians of the sacred blackthorn trees (Prunus spinosa) are the Lunantshees. On both Nov. 11 and May 11, these guardians will not allow any of their trees to be cut, and today is set aside to honor their protection. The sidhe are usually honored with bread, milk and honey, and there are stories of these things being taken to blackthorn groves on this day. There’s not a lot more to be found about this feast…. but here’s some about the plant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa

magick motif slav Kolovrat Rodnover

Day of Remembrance for Volhvs – Gruden (November) 11 – Tip the horn in remembrance of those (people) who died at the Christian’s “virtuous” hands. – “At the time of Gleb Svatsolavich, a Volhv appeared … who went unto the people and told his story. …A rebellion of great proportions occurred in the town, and the people were set on killing the bishop. The townspeople became divided: Knjaz Gleb and his consort sided went with the bishop, but all the people sided with the Volhv.” – Tale of Years Past  The great rebellion in all the High Volga Region occurred in Susdal in the year 1024. In 1071, two Wizards gave orders to the vast area from the Volga. ‘In the year 6735, (1227 C.E.), four Volhvs were immolated for their conjuring and working of magic. And God did this! They were all burned in Jaroslav’s Court’. – First Novgordian Epistle

  • (Knjaz: “King” of the Rus; the scandinavian anaolog – Konung)
  • (Volhv: a priest of Slavic Paganism; analogous to the scandinavian “Godhi” 

The shop opens at 1pm. 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. 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.

In early evening, Altair shines in the southwest about halfway up the sky: halfway from the horizon to the zenith. Spot it about three or four fists left of brighter Vega. Altair is the only bright star in that area. It’s the eye of Aquila, the Eagle. Down from Altair runs Aquila’s dim backbone, along the Milky Way if you have a dark enough sky. This arrangement reminds me of another Summer Triangle bird, Cygnus the Swan, whose long neck and backbone also runs along the Milky Way. Cygnus currently flies high to Aquila’s upper right.

Green Fireball – This bright fireball meteor burst over Punta Gorda, Florida, during the Eta Aquariid meteor shower. The Northern Taurids are on display later this week and, although the hourly rate may be low, you could still spot fireballs like this if you’re lucky. – Diana Robinson (Flickr)

Even as the Leonid meteor shower is ramping up for a treat later this month, the lesser-known Northern Taurid meteor shower peaks overnight tonight and into tomorrow morning. These meteors are debris left by Comet 2P/Encke; they zip through our atmosphere at about 18 miles (29 km) per second. Observers can expect to spot roughly five to 10 meteors per hour during the shower’s peak. Admittedly, that’s not much more than the average background rate of meteors (seven per hour) this time of year, but bright fireballs are more likely during showers. The best time to look for shower meteors is late tonight and early tomorrow morning, when Taurus is high in the sky. You’ll find the radiant about 2.5° southeast of the familiar Pleiades (M45). Even if the Northern Taurids put on a poor show, this beautiful open cluster is a rich region to explore with binoculars or any size scope. With the Moon a mere 15 percent lit, it’s also a great night to see if you can spot any nebulosity between the cluster’s brightest stars. This dim, wispy glow comes from gas and dust that reflects, rather than absorbs, the nearby starlight.

Mercury is having a nice dawn apparition low in the east-southeast. Look for it below or lower left of Venus about 60 to 40 minutes before sunrise, by a little more than a fist at arm’s length. Mercury nicely showy this week at about magnitude –0.5.

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 in Virgo enters Libra at 9:07am.

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 – Brown

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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
W   11      Low   2:37 AM     0.9   7:08 AM    Rise  2:23 AM      26
~    11     High   9:07 AM     7.7   4:53 PM     Set  3:24 PM
~    11      Low   3:29 PM     1.5
~    11     High   9:18 PM     6.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you have the choice of two exciting things, choose the one you have never done.


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – What eccentric belief or hobby do you have? Write a humorous story about it. Explain how you became interested in it.



~   A fool and his money are soon elected. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~   Great deeds and ill deeds often fall within each other’s shadow. – Gisli Sursson’s Saga, c.17
~   Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. – John Steinbeck
~   One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. – Booker T. Washington


THE hills are bright with maples yet,
But down the level land
The beech leaves rustle in the wind
As dry and brown as sand.

The clouds in bars of rusty red
Along the hilltops glow,
And in the still, sharp air, the frost
Is like a dream of snow.

The berries of the brier-rose
Have lost their rounded pride :
The bitter-sweet chrysanthemums
Are drooping heavy-eyed.

The cricket grows more friendly now,
The dormouse sly and wise,
Hiding away in the disgrace
Of Nature, from men’s eyes.

The pigeons in black wavering lines
Are swinging toward the sun ;
And all the wide and withered fields
Proclaim the summer done. – ALICE GARY.


Magick – Song of the Witches – from Wonders by SJ Tucker

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about – “A witch is nothing without her spoon.” Do you dare to help her get it back? 

Featuring all three members of Tricky Pixie, “Song of the Witches” is rallying cry, lament, and enticement all rolled up in one! S. J. wrote this piece about a scene in Catherynne M. Valente’s novel, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, in which the heroine, September, encounters two witches and a wairwulf who have a lot to say.


You think you know witches from stories and such
maybe the truth isn’t asking too much
we look at the future and help it along
to stir such a cauldron, you’ve got to be strong

it’s grander than fiction, the life that we lead.
Just think of your prospects, my darling take heed:
a sprinkle of glamour, a dollop of charm, trading
family secrets and recipes long as your arm!

Ask us to glance at your schedule next week.
We’ll churn you a forecast that wriggles and reeks
made of salt and umbrellas and typewriters too
and all of the things that you’re ever to do

There’s no need for vanity, no need for fuss.
We know that you’re bursting to be one of us.
We stir up the truth, but it’s never to harm, steeped in
family secrets and recipes long as your arm!

Tyranny’s child has not broken us yet
Try as she might, not a drop will she get
Tyranny’s tantrums have come into play
striking down witches for what we don’t say
Oh, no

On the outside we look proper and prim but we
battle nobility’s ill-advised whim.
Shameless and shining, we always ask why, for
what cooks in our cauldron could call down the sky.

Best believe we fought hard when temptation arrived
threatening with lions and offering bribes
We’d not do her bidding and draw down the moon, though she
murdered our brothers and mother for want of a spoon!

Tyranny’s child has not broken us yet
Try as she might, not a drop will she get!
Tyranny’s tantrums have come into play,
striking down witches for want of a day!
Oh, no.

It’s when we are human that you must take care
and learn how to dance when there’s blood on the air.
The world is a dangerous place, little one, but
you already know there are marvelous deeds to be done!

Wicked and strong in our shining we stand, straight
backed with a drop of the future to hand; it’s
when we are human that you must take care, but
wonders will come to you, darling if only you dare!

Tyranny’s child has not broken us yet!
Try as she might, not a drop will she get!
Tyranny’s towers can’t topple too soon
from striking down witches for want of a spoon,
Oh no!


from Wonders, released 01 October 2013
Guitars & vocals: S. J. Tucker
Fiddle & vocals: Alexander James Adams
Cello witchery: Betsy Tinney
Words, music, and mixing by S. J. Tucker
Song art by Chaz Kemp


Silliness – To Help You Smile –  Patient: I feel like a goat. Doctor: How long have you been feeling this way? Patient: Since I was a kid. 

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