Daily Stuff 12-5-20 Mikulas Eve

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.

It’s clear at the moment, but that’s going to change. 47F, wind at 1-4 mph and gusting, AQI 28-53, UV1. Chance of rain 85% today and 80% tonight. Clouds are going to be rolling in and it’s likely to be raining by 2pm and could get pretty heavy. They’re talking about 0.39 inches…. That should stop by sunrise on Sunday and be partly cloudy Sunday and Monday, but from Tuesday on there’s a pretty solid chance of rain or showers over the next 10 days.

Yesterday kinda flew past. We didn’t have a lot of people in, but they were all serious shoppers. I had a long conversation about my embroidery over the phone during the afternoon, too.

Tempus had errands to run and while he was out I made a batch of chicken and dumplings with two kinds of dumplings, one of which was too soft and the other was too chewy. 🙂 Same dough, just treated a little differently. Oh, well. It was *tasty*! …but I was wiped by the time we ate. I crashed on the nap bed until Tempus closed and then crashed once I was home. I’m still sleepy.

Today we’ll be open for our usual hours. I’m hoping to get a little farther on some of the office clean-up and there are plants to water. Oh, yeah…. and bread.

I’ve had tried and tried to get a pic of this pond that we used to see twice a day on our way to and from the shop, but never managed it. Ken did! He even caught the Magic Circles of the rain!
Photo by Ken Gagne from 11/23/16


Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen it re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuceMore on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia

Sinterklaas Mikulas Yule

Mikulas Eve (MEE-coo-lahsh) is held the night before the Feast of St. Nicholas. In the Czech Republic, this is the equivalent of Halloween in the US. The Christmas Markets are up in every square, huge trees in front of hotels and municipal buildings and the shopping areas light up at night as bright as day. There are cookies and candies and candles in every shop window and greenery everywhere that it can be placed. On the night of December 5th, though, you will see small groups of children, about the same age as our trick-or-treat-ers, dressed up and going from door to door. Often “professionally” costumed groups show up in the hotels and markets for the tourists, but everywhere else, it’s whichever children decide to. One child is in a bishop’s robe, with a crook and miter and long white beard, usually of cotton wool. Another child is dressed all in white (called Andelicka, “Little Angel), sometimes with wings, but usually with a red sash and a wreath on her head, sometimes with lighted candles, who has a basket of dukati. A third child is dressed all in black or brown (the Sasak (SAH- shahk, the imp), is liberally smudged with soot and carries a sack, chains and either a whip or a bundle of switches. There are some other characters that occasionally show up, such as Death, the Turk, the Lost Knight, the Old Soldier, a violinist, the Miser, the Dancer, the Smart Little Maid (all characters from Czech folklore) but usually just the first three. They give goodies to small children, if “they’ve been good” and if the parents report that they have not been good, the Sasak will growl at them and threaten to pop them in his sack loaded with chains to drag them off to the “cold places”. One thing that struck me was that they collect money and goodies, not for themselves, (although they are often invited in for hot chocolate or cider and kolachki (pastries) but to pass on to other children, UNICEF, or to the food bank instead of the personal greed that our celebration gets into. More on other celebrations of this day here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas#Belgium.2C_the_Netherlands_and_the_Lower_Rhineland_.28Germany.29 plus the articles that follow on “German speaking countries” and “Central Europe”.

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 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.

As dawn begins to break on Monday the 6th, the waning gibbous Moon forms a flattish, isosceles triangle with Regulus and orange Algieba (Gamma Leonis) for skywatchers in North America.

The waning gibbous Moon rises in the east-northeast around 9 or 10 p.m., close to the Sickle of Leo. By dawn on Sunday morning the 6th the Moon has moved far over to the high southwest, as shown above.

Vega still shines brightly well up in the west-northwest after dark. The brightest star above it is Deneb, the head of the big Northern Cross, which is made of the brightest stars of Cygnus. At nightfall the shaft of the cross extends lower left from Deneb. By about 10 p.m., it plants itself more or less upright on the northwest horizon.

The eclipsing variable star Algol should be at its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 10:43 p.m. EST.

Jupiter’s moons line up like ducks in a row tonight, offering a unique view after sunset. As soon as darkness begins to fall, find our solar system’s largest planet in the southwest, where it sits above the setting Teapot of Sagittarius. To its northeast is Saturn, which glows a much dimmer magnitude –0.4 to Jupiter’s magnitude –2.1. Zoom in on Jupiter to see its moons in a neat line to the planet’s northeast. In order from closest to farthest are Europa, Io, Callisto, and Ganymede. In reality, Io orbits closet to the planet and Callisto orbits farthest away; their order tonight appears swapped thanks to projection effects. The moons will maintain their lineup as Jupiter sinks below the horizon; they’ll slide into a similar pattern again on the 19th, when Jupiter and Saturn have nearly reached their upcoming Great Conjunction.

Mercury is lost in the glow of sunrise.

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 Leo 

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

Color – Grey

Harvest 12/4-6

©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
Sa   5     High   4:16 AM     6.6   7:37 AM     Set 12:01 PM      82
~     5      Low   9:22 AM     3.8   4:37 PM    Rise  9:42 PM
~     5     High   2:52 PM     7.4
~     5      Low  10:10 PM     0.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The day is bright and full of activity. Stop in the midst of it and take stock.


Journal Prompt – Personal taste – Do you believe in superstitions? Explain your answer.



~   Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears. – Rudyard Kipling
~   There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. – Louis L’Amour
~   You can’t expect to attract positive experiences if you engage in habitual negative thinking! – Lesetz
~   Every moment holds a miracle waiting for someone to believe in it. – Chad Lilly

Welcome, friend! St. Nicholas, welcome!
Welcome to this merry band!
Happy children greet thee, welcome!
Thou art gladdening all the land. – Mary Mapes Dodge (1831–1905)


Yule Magick – Lore – Mikulas Day & Little Christmas

            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 – Waldo’s Presents


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