Daily Stuff 11-29-20 Gertrude Jekyll

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:15 PM of -0.2 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Yesterday was *not* supposed to be wet! …but it certain started that way and even in the early afternoon it felt damp. It’s partly cloudy and chilly. The damp is making it feel downright cold! 42F, wind at 5-6mph and gusting, AQI 11-33, UV1. Chance of rain 10% today and 100% tonight. We’re looking at a nice day for most of it, but scattered showers in the last evening will turn to a steady soaking rain by morning with a bit of wind. We’re under a GALE WARNING from 8pm tonight to 4am. After that all’s done it should stay dry through to Sunday morning with some small chance of showers Thursday night. We’re looking at some cold nights if they’re clear, though, down to 37.

Yesterday I woke around 7:30 and called Tempus. He was starting the last leg of the deliveries, but still another couple of hours to go. I worked on newsletter bits for awhile until I started to droop and then talked to him again around 9. He finally rolled in just before 10 and dropped. That was a crazy couple of days. I left him to sleep.

I started getting ready to open at about quarter to 1. Eventually I was back at my desk, cussing my knee. It’s been giving me hell for weeks, now, because I keep using it in ways that are hurting it. I finished some small projects and then got to chatting with a couple of people online.

I finally had several people come in after 2pm. One couple just wandered, the other lady bought a calendar and some incense. All of a sudden Tempus showed up, just a bit before 3. He made coffee. …and my asthma decided to act up. The funny thing was that he showed up and the sun came out. 🙂

We had a couple more people in after that, but that was a skimpy day. Tempus finally got the turkey stuff that scorched thrown out and that got me a space to work to set up some stuffed squash.

Tempus baked those after we closed and that was supper along with a bit of the corn pudding and some turkey. I slept until midnight and got up thinking that it was noon and I needed to get the shop open. …and had I gotten the newsletter out? I remembered working on it. It took me a couple of minutes to realize it was still nighttime.

I’m hoping we’ll get more done today. There’s still clean-up from Thursday and I have a couple of dishes I’d like to make from the leftovers. Plus today is our “different day”. I have some embroidery to work on.

Sunset from 11/28/16 by Ken Gagne

evergreen violet viola sempervirens

Today’s Plant is the Evergreen VioletViola sempervirensThis is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.


The eve of St Andrew’s Day – Some marriage-related superstitions have become part of Saint Andrew’s feast day, November 30, and some on the eve. In some parts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, young women would write down the names of potential husbands on little pieces of paper and stick these into little pieces of dough, called halušky. These are a dumpling. When cooked, the first one to float to the surface of the water would reveal the name of their future husband. More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Andrew%27s_day#St._Andrew.27s_Eve

Gertrude Jekyll (29 November 1843 – 8 December 1932) was a British horticulturist, garden designer, craftswoman, photographer, writer and artist. She created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and wrote over 1,000 articles for magazines such as Country Life and William Robinson’s The Garden. Jekyll has been described as “a premier influence in garden design” by British and American gardening enthusiasts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Jekyll

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. – Gertrude Jekyll, British horticulturist, 184301932

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. – Gertrude Jekyll, British horticulturist, 184301932

There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight. – Gertrude Jekyll, British horticulturist, 184301932

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

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 11/30 at 1:30am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 12/1 at 1:30pm

Subtle changes – This composite image of the January 10, 2020, penumbral lunar eclipse shows the Moon at maximum eclipse (center), when 90 percent of our satellite was covered by Earth’s penumbra. The images on either side were taken one hour before and after maximum eclipse. – H. Raab (Flickr)

Full Moon (exactly full at 1:30 a.m. Monday morning PST.) The Moon is between Aldebaran below it and the Pleiades above it. The Pleiades are harder to see through the moonlight. A penumbral eclipse of the Moon comes early Monday morning for North America. The Moon’s north side will skim through the penumbra, the pale outer fringe, of Earth shadow. The Moon will be deepest into the penumbra at mid-eclipse, at 1:43 a.m. PST; 9:43 UT. You may see a trace of shading on the Moon as much as 45 minutes before and after that time. When can you first and last detect a definite sign of this?

Stormy planet

Neptune has been moving southwest against the background stars of Aquarius for some time now, steadily approaching 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. At 1 A.M. PST today, however, Neptune reaches its stationary point, coming within 44′ of the star. After that, it will begin pulling away again, moving northeast against the celestial background. Neptune is currently an evening planet, glowing at magnitude 7.9 and spanning just 2″. You should be able to spot it with binoculars or a small telescope as a “flat” blue-gray star near slightly orange-hued Phi.

Dwarf planet Ceres – The largest object in the main asteroid belt is Ceres. This natural-color view of the dwarf planet comes courtesy of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which orbited the world from 2015 to 2018. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

While you have your observing tools out, Aquarius is currently also home to dwarf planet 1 Ceres, glowing at magnitude 9. Tonight, you’ll find the main belt’s largest object in the southwestern corner of the constellation, 7.5° west of 88 Aquarii. Like Neptune, under high magnification and with good seeing you might notice that Ceres appears slightly flat in appearance. It’s just 0.4″ across, which translates to a diameter of roughly 600 miles (965 km) at its distance.

Mercury, magnitude –0.8 but very low in the eastern dawn, is sinking down and away from sight day by day .

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

Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH),

Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 8:16am.


Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde

Color – Yellow

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Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries. The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.

The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).

Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  29     High  12:00 AM     6.5   7:31 AM     Set  6:45 AM      97
~    29      Low   5:23 AM     3.0   4:39 PM    Rise  4:28 PM
~    29     High  11:15 AM     8.3
~    29      Low   6:15 PM    -0.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Notice the seasons.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What is one unanswered question you would like to ask your parents? Why?



~   Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you. – Denis Waitley
~   Dwell on the sound of your breathing, when you can really hear it coming and going, peace will not be far behind. – Paul Wilson
~   I have, thanks to my travels, added to my stock all the superstitions of other countries. I know them all now, and in any critical moment of my life, they all rise up in armed legions for or against me. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~   Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Oh, good gigantic smile o’ the brown old earth,
This autumn morning! How he sets his bones
To bask i’ the sun, and thrusts out knees and feet
For the ripple to run over in its mirth;
Listening the while, where on the heap of stones
The white breast of the sea-lark twitters sweet. – Robert Browning (1812–1889)


Yule Magick – Prayers

May the Moon never Leave You in A place so dark that night is Silent…

May the Sun Always Visit Your Window in Birth of Day, and no Chords Bind You to that which Would Not Stay without Them…

May the Season Hold You, and Open You to All that Awaits, with grace, Dignity, Courage…and Kindness…

May You Walk , even when so Torn, so desolate that Road seems cruel…

But Always Give you the Fortitude to Weather the Pain, the Hurt…

May the Face you See when you Awaken in Snow s gentle Veil, Be the One You Love amd Recieve, with Joy and Hope Doves upon Your Shoulders…Happy Yule.. © Angela Mia Antonelli

Invoking the Holly King by Ginger Strivelli

Today we do bid Hail to our beloved Holly King
With these ancient carols, we do again sing
He who is called Father Christmas is returning yet again
As the Solstice’s longest night has finally begun

We await you, Santa Claus, Lord of Winter
To honor you on this day that you always were
Saint Nicholas, patron of children on Gaia’s sphere
This invocation, we pray you do hear

Come bless us, upon this season of the Yuletide
Great Holly King as you fly upon your sleigh ride
Whether your gifts to us be physical or spiritual
We know that they will always be most magical

Grateful, because we know your blessings’ great worth
We offer a blessing of our own — Peace on Earth!

Old Ones, Dear Ones (by Anthony)
Old Ones, Dear Ones, Standing Stones
Ancient time piece, ancient thrones.
From Solstice to Solstice and all in between
Beloved King joins beloved Queen.
Old Ones, Dear Ones, to the North
Hear us now, please do come forth
Old Ones, Dear Ones, to the East
Join us now, please share our feast.
Old Ones, Dear Ones, to the South
Share our kiss, mouth to mouth.
Old Ones, Dear Ones, to the West
Be one with us, oh sacred guest
Standing Stones from times of Old
Ancient witness to secrets untold.
Throughout time, we’ve come, we’ve passed
But your circle endures and lasts.



—– Original Message —–
From: Dorothy Ewer
To: sheila posterick ; melva.childers@att.net ; shirleyKolb ; gapinski, mary jane ; FrankArthur
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 4:31 PM

Dear Santa,

I rarely ask for much. This year is no exception. I don’t need diamond earrings, handy slicer-dicers or comfy slippers. I only want one little thing, and I want it deeply.

I want to slap Martha Stewart. I get all cozy inside just thinking about it. Don’t grant this wish just for me, do it for the thousands of women across the country. Through sheer vicarious satisfaction, you’ll be giving a gift to us all.

Those of us leading average, garden variety lives aren’t concerned with gracious living. We feel pretty good about ourselves if our paper plates match when we stack them on the counter, buffet-style for dinner.

We’re tired of Martha’s showing us how to make centerpieces from holly hock dipped in 18 carat gold. We’re plumb out of liquid gold. Unless it’s of the furniture polish variety. We can’t whip up Martha’s creamy holiday sauce, spiced with turmeric. Most of us can’t even say turmeric, let alone figure out what to do with it.

Martha avoids take-out pizza (she’s only ordered it once), she refuses to eat it cold (No cold pizza? Is Martha Stewart living?) When it was pointed out that she could microwave it, she replied, “I don’t have a microwave.”

Martha has 40 sets of dishes adorning an entire wall in her home. Forty sets! Can you spell “overkill”? And neatly put away, no less. If my dishes make it to the dishwasher, that qualifies as “put away” in my house!

Martha tells us she’s already making homemade holiday gifts for friends. “Last year, I made amazing silk-lined scarves for everyone,” she boasts. Not just scarves, mind you, “Amazing scarves”. Martha’s obviously not shy about giving herself a little pat on the back. She goes on to tell us that ….”homemaking is glamour for the 90s”, and says her most glamorous friends are “interested in stain removal, how to iron a monogram, and how to fold a towel.” I have on piece of advice, “Martha, get new friends.”

There you have it, Santa. If there was ever someone who deserved a good smack, it’s Martha Stewart.

ho ho ho


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