Daily Stuff 12-1-20 Feast of Poseidon

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed today. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Minus Tide at 7:24 PM of -0.5 feet.

The clouds went away and it’s *chilly*! 38F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI 5-36, UV1. Chance of rain 0% today and tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 1am on Wednesday. Today and tomorrow should be sunny, with cloudy/partly cloudy days after that, but still dry until next Monday-Thursday when there’s a chance of showers… a small chance…..

Yesterday was just long and quiet. The most excitement was having the Fed Ex guy drop off the Anis de Flavigny box! Yes, we now have 4 flavors of these wonderful little candies. Rose, Orange Blossom, Violet and Coffee! They’re great little tins for dropping into a pocket, 50 grams each for $4! Since the Chocolate Frog moved to Lincoln City we’re looking at getting some more goodies into stock.

…and UPS went to drop off a box. Did they knock or try to open the door? I don’t think so. We were there during regular hours. This is the other batch of stock coming in for the holiday.

By 5pm it was getting dark and chilly. I had the door open during the day, but I closed it at the point and Tempus and I switched who was working in back. I had a bunch of sewing to work on. He closed up at 7 and we had supper and then crashed.

Today we’re probably going to sleep in at least a bit and then we’re going to pull a bunch of things out of the workroom and do the floor. I hope we get that all done by tomorrow night….

For this month!


What an awesome idea! Multiply quantities by how many people in your household.


SageSalvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis


Today is the Feast of Poseidon, the god of the Ocean, Horses and Earthquakes. I often call the white spray that flies in sheets off the surf in the rain, “the Manes of Poseidon’s Horses”. More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poseidon

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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

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. 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 12/14 at 8:17am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/7 at 4:37pm.

Shortly after nightfall, the gigantic Winter Hexagon extends from Sirius in the south-southeast to Capella almost straight overhead.

The Moon tonight is in the middle of the gigantic Winter Hexagon. By 9 p.m. the Moon is high enough for you to easily see Orion to its lower right, with orange Betelgeuse and white Rigel; and to the Moon’s lower left, Gemini with Castor and Pollux. Upper left of the Moon is Auriga with bright Capella. Upper right of the Moon, spot orange Aldebaran.

Viewing geometry – The Sun-Earth-Venus geometry gives us many observing highlights, all illustrated in this diagram. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly, after Holley Y. Bakic

Venus rises soon after 5 A.M. local time this morning, reaching an altitude of about 10° in the southeastern sky an hour later. Last week, magnitude –4 Venus was in Virgo, but by now it’s crossed into Libra, sharing the constellation with magnitude –0.8 Mercury (which rises around 6:15 A.M. local time). Venus is closest to magnitude 2.8 Alpha (α) Librae, also known by the somewhat lengthy name Zubenelgenubi. This star, like Mizar and Alcor in the Big Dipper, is a naked-eye double, with a magnitude 5 companion just 4′ to its northwest. Can you make out its tiny neighbor without optical aid? It may be a bit difficult, particularly in the brightening dawn.

Mercury transits the Sun – NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured Mercury transiting the solar disk May 9, 2016. The innermost planet gives a repeat performance November 11. – NASA/GSFC/SDO/Genna Duberstein

Mercury, with the most eccentric orbit of the solar system’s planets, will reach both aphelion (the farthest point in its orbit from the Sun) and superior conjunction in the same week later this month. Catch the speedy planet now in the morning skies, as it will soon disappear to become an evening star early next year.

Mars on November 21st, imaged by Christopher Go. South is up. The striking dark diagonal streak at left is part of Sinus Sabaeus reframed by dust clouds. In the upper center “the region around Mare Erythaeum is covered with dust,” writes Go. “Even Sinus Meridiani [lower left of center] is shrouded in dust. The eastern part of Sinus Sabeaus is dust free, but the area attached to Meridiani has dust going through! This region of Mars is unrecognizable!”

Mars (about magnitude –1.1, in Pisces) shines bright yellow in the east-southeast at dusk. Mars is fading and shrinking into the distance, but it’s still 15 or 14 arcseconds wide in a telescope, big enough to show surface detail during steady seeing. Widespread yellow dust storm activity is under way, as seen in the recent image below. To get a (dustless) map of the side of Mars facing Earth at the date and time you observe, you can use our Mars Profiler. The map there is square; remember to mentally wrap it onto the side of a globe. (Features near the map’s edges become very foreshortened.)

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 Gemini enters Cancer at 7:33pm.

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

Color – Black

Harvest 11/30 – 12/1

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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
Tu   1     High   1:20 AM     6.7   7:33 AM     Set  8:49 AM      99
~     1      Low   6:33 AM     3.4   4:38 PM    Rise  5:42 PM
~     1     High  12:17 PM     8.3
~     1      Low   7:24 PM    -0.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – May the hinges of friendship never grow rusty.


Journal Prompt – Persuasive – Suppose you have a great idea for a new food product. Write a letter to a food company, describing the product and explaining why the company should manufacture it.



~   Example is not the main thing in life, – it is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer
~   For eternally and always there is only one now, one and the same now; the present is only thing that has no end. – Erwin Schrodinger
~   Whether one has natural talent or not, any learning period requires the willingness to suffer uncertainty and embarrassment. – Gail Sheehy
~   It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.  – John Steinbeck

A liquid moon
moves gently among 
the long branches. 
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold. –William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)


Yule Magick – Lore – Mikulas Day & Little Christmas (C)2001 M. Bartlett

            In Bohemia (the Czech Republic), where my family came from 2 generations ago, Mikulas (MEE-coo-lahsh) is the name for St. Nicolas or Santa Claus.

The Christmas season always began for me as a child on the night of Dec. 5, the eve of the Feast of St. Nicolas. I put my shoes in the front hall as my Dedi taught me, with my list of what I would like for Christmas, for the world, for my family, for my brother and for myself. Some of these creations got quite elaborate, with pictures and poems and I remember the one (when I was in 2nd grade, I think) where I said that my brother ought to just get dog poo for Christmas and he did, the fake rubber variety, that he then proceeded to hide in my bed, my coat pocket and finally in my school bag, where it fell out on my desk in front of the teacher! I could hear Mikulas laughing at my selfish request for years.

Now, Mikulas is a persnickety old gent, much pickier than Santa (or so I believed as a child!) so, on the morning of his feast day (Dec.6), if my room was clean and my toys all picked up and tidy and I’d been helping my Grandmother (Baba) with her preparations, and my Daddy and Dedi (Grandfather) with cleaning up the garage and the shop, my letter would be gone and my shoes would be filled with dukati (foil-covered chocolate coins, also called gelt) cookies and other goodies, like special Christmas pencils and little toys.

If I had not been good, sometimes is would take days or even a week, for Mikulas to come get my letter, during which time I was painfully well behaved and whatever I had missed was gently pointed out by my Baba who would then help me with whatever-it-was “so that Mikulas will come.”

I’ve done this with my children, too, and it’s amazing how clean the house gets in time for the holiday!

Preparations got even more elaborate after that, from our gingerbread houses and making ornaments and presents to decorating the house and putting up our tree and all the wonderful anticipation that goes along with that.

We always celebrated Christmas just as others do in the United States, but Little Christmas (Jan.6) is a holiday that most people haven’t heard of by that name. It is the end of the Christmas season as Mikulas begins it. Little Christmas, goes by the name of Epiphany, 12th Night, Befana, and the Feast of Three Kings in other countries. We used to celebrate with a special dinner, during which, for dessert, we ate up the last of the Christmas candy and cookies and took apart and ate the gingerbread house. Baba and Dedi would tell stories all evening until my brother and I dropped off to sleep and were carried off to bed. My children and I still do this, but I’ve also added in that we play any of the new games from Christmas that haven’t been opened yet, or we open and put together a special jigsaw puzzle.

These traditions create a special season, a month long, that seems set off from the rest of the year, by goodies, good will and lots of love.


Silliness –


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