Daily Stuff 11-12-20 Epulum Jovis

Hi, folks!

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

It was beautifully sunny for awhile this morning, but the clouds are rolling in and they’re saying rain, not long after 3pm. 48F, wind at 3-8mph and gusting, AQI 45-55, UV1. Chance of rain 100% today and tonight. We’re under a MARINE WEATHER STATEMENT for heavy seas, a HIGH WIND WATCH through Friday afternoon for 65mph gusts and a GALE WARNING through 7pm on Friday, which adds up to heavy seas over the weekend. Tonight, Friday and Saturday are likely to be the “interesting” weather, but there’s still going to be a lot of wet afterwards, with the rest of the week, even with just showers showing 1/4 to 1/2 inches each day!

Yesterday I fought that darned app for an hour before I got it loose. I never did get back into the UPS website, but I figured out how to get them to leave the darned package. I got our stuff started packing and made a list of the last-minute stuff. I did a little cooking after that, but then curled up with some embroidery before I started to fade.

Yes, I’m going to put some Thanksgiving stuff in over the next week and some change. I did today, so folks can start thinking Turkey Day. I’ll probably intersperse a few early Yule things in, so we don’t get too far behind on that.

So, what we had decided to do was to spend a night at the Hallmark Resort in a spa room with a hot tub and a fireplace. Late for the anniversary that was back on 9/30! …but better late than never. We’ve had strange things happen when we announced stuff ahead, so that’s why this is in today’s newsletter.

Tempus got in at about 8 and slept. We got up at 2, had coffee, grabbed the rest of what we needed and headed for Newport. The room wasn’t quite ready, so we went to get gas and by the time we were back and checked in, we missed sunset. <sigh> ….but it’s a lovely room. I went out onto the balcony and looked at the evening for a bit while Tempus was dragging our stuff in and then we got the tub going. 🙂 I think I spent 3 hours total in it. 🙂 Wrinkly, but everything relaxed…. Ah…..

Tempus went back out because he needed to talk to the guy about a part for the car that we don’t need and then he decided to run over to Freddie’s (to get some decent keurigs for the room coffeemaker) and he picked up dinner at Arctic Circle for us. Yes, plebeian, but not $90 at Georgies! 🙂 He got into the tub after we ate and soaked for several hours. I’m not sure what time it was, but I curled up in the lovely soft bed and slept and then he crawled in after, and we were zonked until it was time for the paper run.

When he headed out (and that’s the reason we picked the Hallmark. Close!) I pulled out embroidery and a book and then ended up watching 3 hours of a Star Trek that I hadn’t seen. After that I tried to sleep. <sigh> There’s something in the laundry… I *know* to bring my own pillow, but I didn’t…. and I was sneezing and coughing, even having taken my allergy pill. Why I didn’t in the evening, I don’t know, maybe there’s a threshold? ….but I never did get any more sleep. When Tempus walked in at about 7:30, he sympathized, but dropped right off. I soaked in the tub awhile, dozed over my book on the sofa for awhile, but eventually went around and re-packed all my stuff, dressed in outdoor clothes and then went out on the balcony with my book and promptly dropped off sitting in the Adirondack chair out there. I’m glad I had my sweater on, but I wasn’t actually even chilled! Tempus startled me awake around 11 when he sat in the other chair and it scraped on the concrete!

We finished packing up after another cup of coffee. (Dang, I see why people like keurigs. That’s convenient! …and wasteful, but….) Checkout was simple, dropping the card keys in a box in the lobby. We headed right for the shop since we had a bunch of things to do (like this!) as soon as possible.

Today, we got open on time. We’ve been moving plants, because of the coming storm, and I think I’m going to harvest some things that would otherwise be done on Sunday. ….Ok, at least part of that is done. Uh-oh, I still need to finish unpacking! …but we’ll be open at least until 5, later if the storm waits a bit and we still look busy. …and we’ve been pretty busy for the last hour. 14 people through, already. ….wow…..

We have turkey thawing/cooking info below in “Magick”. Do your planning now! I know that our frozen turks end up in the fridge on Friday, before… …and there’s a fun snack for before or after (depending what time you eat) that my kids got a kick out of. Teens like making it, everyone loves eating it, and it’s not too heavy if you’re having it at lunch-time and dinner is at 2pm….

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/

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Today’s plant is the Pacific BlackberryRubus ursinus.There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry

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Armistice Day (Yesterday) – The Armistice of 11 November 1918 ended the First World War. This day was huge for those who lived through that. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_of_11_November_1918 Many of the celebrations are more associated with veterans and the Unknown Soldiers, now.


Today’s feast is the Epulum Jovis – in Capitoli, Festival of Jupiter, Roman Empire (Nov 12 – 14) – Epulum Jovis in Capitoli was a three-day festival honouring the one Roman deity given the title of God – Jupiter, or Jove to the Romans and Zeus to the Greeks. Jupiter was the god of the sky and thunder, a friendly, mostly happy god, not vengeful or destructive like the Bible’s Jehovah (God of the Jews), who is also sometimes called in English ‘Jove’ by association. The English word ‘jovial’, in fact, comes from this happy god. However, he could sometimes be a punishing deity. He was born of Cronus (Saturn) and Rhea (Ops). Worship of Zeus originated among the Minoans, where he was known as the Earthshaker. At Epirus in Greece, his voice was heard coming from a giant oak tree. (from Wilson’s Almanac) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jupiter_(mythology)#Epula_Iovis and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epulum_Jovis

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.

Algol should be at minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 6:11 p.m. EST.

On Thursday and Friday mornings, the waning Moon hangs with Gamma (γ) Virginis, Spica, Venus, and Mercury in early dawn. Look about 45 minutes to an hour before sunrise for the best views.

In the early dawn of lucky Friday the 13th, look south-southeast for the Moon partway between Venus and Mercury, as shown below. Look before the sky gets too bright and you’ll spot fainter, 1st-magnitude Spica to their right, making it an uneven quadrilateral. The Moon passes 3° north of Venus at 4 P.M. EST. A little more than two hours before dawn, eager skywatchers will find them rising in the east, just over 6° apart. Venus is blazingly bright at magnitude –4 and sits very close to magnitude 4.4 Theta (θ) Virginis in Virgo the Maiden. The two are less than 0.5° apart.

Swing low, Big Dipper – The Big Dipper nearly scrapes the horizon from mid-northern latitudes on December evenings. Here, the bright asterism appears above Delinha Observatory, located on the eastern Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai province, China, the evening of October 4, 2013. – Jeff Dai

Former North Star – Thuban (circled) was once Earth’s North Star, and eventually it will be again. Astronomers have long known the system is a binary, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that researchers with NASA’s TESS mission revealed the satellite had discovered that the stars mutually eclipse each other. – NASA/MIT/TES

Before the sky grows too light, look North of Virgo for the Big and Little Dippers — both asterisms within the larger Ursa Major and Ursa Minor constellations, respectively. This morning, the Little Dipper appears upright, which means the Big Dipper appears nearly upside-down. As you look north, you’ll see the Big Dipper to the upper right of its littler counterpart. Directly beneath the Little Dipper is the twisting form of Draco the Dragon, whose alpha star Thuban (located about 10° south of the right-hand edge of the Little Dipper’s cup) once sat above Earth’s north pole as its pole star.

Venus (magnitude –3.9, in Virgo) shines brightly in the east before and during dawn, not very high. It rises in darkness about an hour before dawn’s first light. Can you keep Venus in view all the way to sunrise and maybe after? Binoculars help as the sky grows bright with day. Spica, only 1% as bright, glimmers below Venus or to its lower left. The Moon joins the scene on the morning of Friday the 13th, as shown above.

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  Libra 

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 – Crimson

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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
Th  12      Low   3:29 AM     1.0   7:09 AM    Rise  3:41 AM      16
~    12     High   9:47 AM     8.3   4:51 PM     Set  3:50 PM
~    12      Low   4:21 PM     0.5
~    12     High  10:21 PM     7.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Stop the glorification of busy.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – How would handle life in an arctic climate?



~   Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.-  Herodotus
~   Man is ignorant and blind, and he wants to remain ignorant and blind, because to come inwards looks like entering a chaos. And it is so; inside you have created a chaos. You have to encounter it and go through it. Courage is needed – courage to be oneself, and courage to move inwards. I have not come across a greater courage than that – the courage to be meditative. – Osho
~   God cannot help those who do not seize opportunities. – Chinese Proverb
~   Pray for what you want, but work for the things you need. – Sufist Proverb

Over the river and through the wood—   
Now grandmother’s cap I spy!        
Hurrah for the fun!        
Is the pudding done?   
Hurrah for the pumpkin-pie! – Lydia Maria Child (1802–80)


Magick – Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Turkey Fruit and Yogurt Dip – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/thanksgiving-turkey-fruit-and-yogurt-dip/b3d8673d-4d3f-49ab-8218-3f9693bba0ac

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Servings4

Keep the kids (large and small!) happy with this sweet and fruity Thanksgiving snack while you finish making the big holiday feast.


  • 1 container (5.3 oz) Greek yogurt (any flavor)
  • 1 medium pear
  • 1 medium red apple, cut into thin slices
  • 1 medium green apple, cut into thin slices
  • 2 chocolate chips
  • 2 tiny pretzel sticks plus a bowlful
  • a bowlful of cheese “sticks”, cheddar or something handle-able


  1. Remove cover from yogurt. On large serving platter, place yogurt cup. Cut pear in half lengthwise through stem. Cut 1 slice lengthwise about 1/2-inch thick for body of turkey. Thinly slice remaining pear for feathers.
  2. Cut shapes out of small apple slice to make turkey’s beak and wattle. Arrange pear and apple slices around yogurt cup for feathers. Place pear slice on top of yogurt cup. Garnish with apple pieces for beak and wattle, chocolate chips for eyes and pretzel sticks for legs.

Tips – For a more decorative display, spoon the yogurt from the container into a small bowl.

Keep your Thanksgiving Celebration SAFE! Keep HOT foods HOT; COLD foods COLD!

Turkey Thawing Methods

Refrigerator thawing is recommended. However, if you are short on time and need a quicker method for thawing, submerge the turkey in cold water. Thawing turkey at room temperature allows bacterial growth and is not recommended.

Refrigerator Thawing:

Thaw breast side up in its unopened wrapper on a tray in the refrigerator. Allow at least one day of thawing for every four pounds of turkey. (NO KIDDING. I have a 40 pound turkey so I started last week!)

Cold Water Thawing:

Thaw breast side down in its unopened wrapper in cold water   to cover.
Change the water every 30 minutes to keep surface cold. Estimate minimum thawing time to be 30 minutes per pound for   whole turkey.


Within two hours after roasting, remove stuffing from turkey and carve the meat off the bones, then store in refrigerator or freezer.

Wrap turkey slices and stuffing separately, refrigerate and use within three days.

Use refrigerated gravy within three days.

Freeze leftovers if you plan to store them for a longer period of time. Wrap in heavy foil, freezer wrap or place in freezer container; for optimum taste, use stuffing within one month and turkey within two months.

Check out the turkey place:  www.butterball.com They have “HOW TO” videos on how to handle that turkey.


Silliness –

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