Daily Stuff 11-14-20 Surtsey

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 5:56 PM of -1.2 feet.

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

It’s quite cloudy at the moment with puddles all over. Rain is due to start up again by 9am. 44F, wind at 1-7 mph and gusting, AQI45-55, UV2. Chance of rain 100% today and tonight. The storm is likely to build until suppertime and then ease off, but plan on rain and wind all day. Sunday could be dry, but there’s another peak around 7am on Monday and then another storm rolling in on Tuesday leading to thunderstorms on Wednesday. AFter that things ought to ease off, but expect rain or showers.

Yesterday we overslept and opened the shop late. I’m pretty sure we were open by 2pm, but I don’t have a clear memory of when. It wasn’t busy… well, after the storm of the night before I think people were still hunkered down, even though there was quite a bit of sunshine for awhile, alternating with some very black, stormy skies. It was quiet for the early evening, but started raining again, later.

I started giggling at one point as I was going through facebook messages. Ceu Alves posted, “If you lost your boat, it is passing by mile 17. I can’t hold as it is across the Alsea river. 😑😑😑” Only in Waldport….. Later there were some pictures and the boat got snagged by someone who went out from the municipal docks and is back home tonight.

Neither Tempus nor I were doing very well. I dunno that we’re sick, but it was hard to get anything done. He went over to get mail and I got some more bottles, plus we got a card from Marcia Beth! Do you remember the purple peace lady? She’s doing fine and hoping to stop by next summer and misses everyone.

I got some more things from a reproduction pewter place. Most of those are going for Yule goodies, but there were a couple of toys for the display and a pouch frame that I hope to get worked up very quickly. We got more chips for the chip bottles, some impulse rings for that display, some budget earrings and I got the split rings and some pendants for necklaces. Oh! …and we got the dolphin mood pendants, finally! I got those done, some new gemstone donuts (all green), a couple of other new pendants and caught up on some bits and pieces that were waiting for earrings backs and such.

I went in the back and worked on some cookery, stuffing for baked squash, setting up a bone broth and picking the carcass, chopping things for other dishes, etc. I cleaned up and washed my hands.

…and crashed….

We closed around 7 and once I was home couldn’t keep my eyes open. I woke back up around 12:30. Tempus had been making bread and put some things into the freezer. I got to work on this and also found an ethnic dance performance that reminds me of some of the stuff I was doing as a teen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iizWLueLK8E&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2wVPy7XsSs5dCnfl7w86Die37XKh7eeQ2HVJpZA3b0h-QbDrVIm3uvf4Y

Today is likely to be stormy again. Be careful, all! We should be open on time.

A photo from 11/12/16 by Arthur Bartlett of Puget Sound

While BasilOcimum basilicum,  is usually thought of for culinary use, it has a lot of magickal properties, as well. Called great basil, Saint-Joseph’s-wort, king of herbs, and royal herb, it has leaves, buds and seeds that are all used in cooking, and it’s a good companion plant for tomatoes. Many varieties make good ornamental garden plants and some even are bug repellent! It is good as a tea for calming the nerves, settling the stomach, and easing cramps and good for the bladder. In tincture form, also makes a good hair rinse for brunettes. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil  –Masculine, Mars, Fire – Protection (especially from poisons), love, wealth (if carried in your wallet), healing relationships, ensuring faithfulness in a mate, courage, fertility, exorcism. An ingredient of the Purification bath sachet. Add to love sachets and incenses. In Crossing the Bridge rituals it has long been used to open the gates for the spirit to pass through.


On today’s date in 1963 the island of Surtsey first appeared off Iceland. This is a volcanic island arising from the Atlantic Ridge. Many small islands appeared and disappeared around it while the eruption continued. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surtsey

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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 9:07pm on 11/14.

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.

This morning, you can catch Mercury and Venus in Virgo; both planets are well above the horizon an hour before sunrise, with magnitude –4 Venus about 17° high and magnitude –0.7 Mercury a mere 6° high. By 50 minutes before sunrise, the Moon is starting to clear the horizon, now just over 9° east-southeast of Mercury. Our satellite is a mere 0.9 percent lit at this point — can you make it out? Take care if you’re searching with binoculars or a telescope, and set an alarm to go off several minutes before sunrise to avoid risking your eyesight by accidentally catching a glimpse of the Sun through the optics.

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit to Earth, at 6:43 A.M. EST. Our satellite will sit just 222,350 miles (357,838 kilometers) away.


Draw a line from Altair to Vega, continue the line onward by half as far, and you hit the Lozenge: the pointy-nosed head of Draco, the Dragon. Its brightest star is orange Eltanin, the tip of the Dragon’s nose, always pointing toward Vega.

But the biggest astronomy event today is much closer to home: NASA’s planned Crew-1 launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, scheduled for 7:49 P.M. EST. The mission will carry four astronauts to the International Space Station and is only the second crewed launch from American soil in years, following the success of the Demo-2 mission earlier this year. …and it is being delayed because of weather. It should be available here on Sunday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rxz5VN9U00

Mercury continues its dawn apparition low in the east-southeast. Look for it below or lower left of Venus about 45 minutes before sunrise. They’re about 13° apart, a little more than a fist at arm’s length. Mercury moves slightly lower from morning to morning but remains bright at magnitude –0.7.

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

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
Sa  14      Low   5:03 AM     1.5   7:12 AM    Rise  6:22 AM      3
~    14     High  11:06 AM     9.4   4:49 PM     Set  4:49 PM
~    14      Low   5:56 PM    -1.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Change your attitude and your whole life will change.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? –
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly. — Langston Hughes



~   The will to do, the soul to dare. – Sir Walter Scott
One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man. – Marlo Thomas
~   I studied the lives of great men and famous women; and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy, enthusiasm, and hard work. – Harry S. Truman (1884 – 1972), 33rd U.S. President
~   A language is a dialect with an army and a navy. – Max Weinrich


THE Centaur, Sagittarius, am I,
Born of Ixion’s and the cloud’s embrace ;
With sounding hoofs across the earth I fly,
A steed Thessalian with a human face.

Sharp winds the arrows are with which I chase
The leaves, half dead already with affright ;
I shroud myself in gloom ; and to the race
Of mortals bring nor comfort nor delight.  –HENRY WADS WORTH LONGFELLOW.


Thanksgiving Magick – Crafts

Hand and Foot Turkey Craft

This cute turkey is made from your child’s handprints and footprints, cut out of construction paper. It makes a very nice Thanksgiving decoration.


  • Brown, red, orange and yellow construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes (optional)


  1. Trace around the child’s feet using brown construction paper and cut out. These two pieces will be the turkey’s body.
  2. Trace around the child’s hands using red, orange, and yellow construction paper and cut out, two each color. These 6 pieces will be the turkey’s feathers.
  3. Glue the two footprints together to make the turkey’s body. (The heels make the head area.)
  4. Cut out a round wattle and an orange beak. Glue the wattle, beak, and googly eyes (or paper eyes) to the turkey’s head.
  5. Make two legs from paper and glue then to the back of the body (or use pipe cleaners and tape them to the back).
  6. Glue the handprint “feathers” to the back of the turkey.

You can now decorate your house for Thanksgiving with these cute turkeys. Don’t forget to put the child’s name and age on the back of the turkey.

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft With Gloves – Directions to make a turkey centerpiece using two or three sets of knitted gloves.  You use small gloves. You stuff the fingers to form the tails of this turkey centerpiece.  Using three different colors of gloves made for a colorful turkey. Body can be a pine cone or a squash. Make a head of paper with googly eyes.

Turkey Napkin Rings
Materials: construction paper in fall colors: yellow, orange, brown, red, green, etc.
paper napkins
glue or rubber cement

Cut strips of construction paper about 5 inches long and 1 inch or so wide. Roll the napkin into a cylinder. Wrap a strip around the napkin center and tape it in place. Do this for as many napkins as you expect to need.
Next, cut a 3 inch wide half circle for each napkin — your choice of colors — for the tails. Clip the curved side if you wish to create a feather effect or use markers.
Cut a 2 inch circle for the body. Cut a pear-shape for the head and neck. Draw the eyes, beak and wattles with markers.
Glue the tail to the strip around the napkin — take care not to get glue on the napkin. Glue the body to the tail. Glue the head to the body.


Silliness – The Perfect Shot

A guy stood over his tee shot for what seemed an eternity, looking up, looking down, measuring the distance, figuring the wind direction and speed, driving his partner nuts.
Finally his exasperated partner says, “What the heck is taking so long? Hit the darned ball!”
The guy answers, “My wife is up there watching me from the clubhouse. I want to make this a perfect shot.”
“Give me a break! You don’t stand a snowball’s chance of hitting her from here.”

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