Daily Stuff 12-6-20 Old Nick and St. Nick

Hi, folks!

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

Everything is still wet but it’s only partly cloudy. 47F, wind at 2-3mph and gusting, AQI 38-52, UV1. Chance of rain 15% today and 7% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 6am on Tuesday. Today and tomorrow should be dry, but on Tuesday the rain and showers will be back and there doesn’t look like an end in sight.

Yesterday I was up at 10. It should have been enough sleep, but I’m still needing over 10 hours per night to function. I think I’m *finally* starting to get past the fatigue, but dang, I was sick back in July!

I was really klutzy, too, managed to dump my drink over the computer keyboard. Thankfully it was more “over” as in “beyond” and under than “into,” but I had a nasty few minutes there…. …and course, everything was sticky. I guess I’m glad of the opportunity to clean off my desk? …and I found dribbles all down my front… cold and sticky, ew….

I was finishing up filling in newsletter stuff, when I wasn’t drifting off just listening to music. AllClassicalFM was an opera, so I turned it off… I can’t deal with a couple of hours of yowling in a foreign language before coffee. I turned on my Czech Carols playlist and that’s why I kept drifting off. I was trying to translate as I went. Some of them are pretty easy, but others I haven’t a clue. “Heidum, heidum, diddly dum….” It has something with holiday games, but what I’m not sure…. and I can’t find the song or the lyrics online. Urf.

I had an online get-together that I wanted to attend right at opening time, so I starting putting myself together a little early. Tempus was up as soon as the lights were on, so I’m guessing he’s starting to catch up on sleep again. He got me coffee.

My online meeting was a little disappointing, mostly because folks were posting stuff where they obviously didn’t know what they were talking about and weren’t bothering to read the chat where there was some *good* information. They had a competition with some prizes. That part was fun to see. I got sleepy after a bit when they were talking about stuff that I knew very well. …and then the whole thing disconnected. Oh, well.

We didn’t have a lot of people in…. maybe a total of 8? For a Saturday that’s abysmal.

It kept getting darker and cloudier and breezier. Supposedly by 2pm we’d had rain…. nope…. By 3:30 it looked like twilight. …and I felt like it was midnight. Tempus put some rum in my 2nd cup of coffee because I was hurting so. That was delicious…. and sleep-inducing. <sigh>

During the evening, between dozing or sleeping, I worked on some embroidery, then I slept hard after Tempus came to bed. He headed to Newport at about 2:20.

Today we’ll be open normal hours. It’s our “different day”, so we’ll have some different projects out. Tempus picked up the bits that have come off the jade plant, so I’m probably going to set those up as starts.

By Arthur Bartlett on 12/4/17 Harbor Island, Seattle, WA.

food motif Rhubarb_Pie

Today’s Plant is RhubarbRheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.


If you ever wondered why Old Nick and St. Nick…. The bishop of Myra destroyed the temple of Artemis whose feast day was Dec. 6. He supposedly punched Arius in the face during the Council of Nicea**. Not the nicest guy… and quite a number of the Continental folklore of The Black Gentleman resembles the stories of this bishop. The Krampus, Cert or SwartPiet has taken on some of the punishment aspects of this guy. The orange in the toe of the stocking is the old Sun-symbol from the strenae, the green, gift-bearing branches of old Rome. Candy canes are the bishop’s crozier or shepherd’s crook.
**The “Arian Heresy” that Nicolas objected to is the contention that Jesus was created by God, not the same as God. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arian_heresy

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.

Hello, neighbor – The Andromeda Galaxy is the closest large spiral galaxy to the Milky Way. Here, it is imaged with two of its many satellite galaxies — one to the upper left of its nucleus, and one to the lower right. – Stephen Rahn (Flickr

This is the time of year when M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, passes your zenith after dinnertime (if you live in the mid-northern latitudes). The exact time depends on your longitude. Binoculars will show M31 just off the knee of the Andromeda constellation’s stick figure; see the big evening constellation chart in the center of the December Sky & Telescope.

The waning Moon in the dawn passes Venus on Saturday the 12th.

Venus shines a bright magnitude –4 in the early morning sky. You can find it in the constellation Libra. The planet rises around 5 A.M. local time and is already 12° high an hour before sunrise this morning. 3.5° west of the planet is Zubenelgenubi, the constellation’s brightest star — and also a naked-eye double, much like more famous Mizar and Alcor in the Big Dipper. The brighter star’s 5th-magnitude companion is just 4′ away (closer than Mizar and Alcor, which are nearly 12′ apart). Venus is currently 90 percent lit and sits 1.46 AU from Earth, where 1 AU is the average Earth-Sun distance. Early December is the best time to view the planet, as its elongation from the Sun will shrink as the weeks go by. At the end of the month, Venus will rise around 6 A.M. local time — just 90 minutes before the Sun. We’ll check back in with the planet next week, when the Moon will close in for a picturesque scene.

Mars (about magnitude –0.9, in Pisces) shines bright yellow-orange very high on the southern side of the sky during evening. Mars is fading and shrinking into the distance, but it’s still 14 or 13 arcseconds wide in a telescope, big enough to show surface detail during steady seeing. It’s gibbous, only 91% sunlit now from Earth’s point of view. The recent dust storm activity may be dying down.

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 enters Virgo at 11:46am.

Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Orange
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
Su   6     High   5:07 AM     6.6   7:38 AM     Set 12:33 PM      73
~     6      Low  10:27 AM     3.8   4:37 PM    Rise 10:54 PM
~     6     High   3:51 PM     7.0
~     6      Low  11:02 PM     0.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be an Island.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.- Confucius



~   Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. – John W. Gardner
~   If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much. – Sophia Gibson
~   Anyone who thinks they are too small to make a difference, has never been in bed with a mosquito. – Georg Grey
~   Part of being a champ is acting like a champ.  You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose. – Nancy Kerrigan

The darkness breaks
And Dawn awakes,
Her cheeks suffused with youthful blushes.
The rocks and stones
In holy tones
Are singing sweeter than the thrushes. – Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)


Yule Magick – Crafts

Yule Tree – (For Yule) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/yuletree.html


  • Tree of the traditional seasonal type
  • Decorative materials: Popcorn strings, tinsel, wooden stars, ornaments of any sort, fake snowflakes . . . use your imagination!

Directions: Simply decorate the tree however you desire. One fun activity is using popcorn strings, which can be created by stringing them together with a needle and thread. (Make sure you get unsalted, unbuttered popcorn!) Little brooms, apples, or stars, and any other symbols of Yule you like, can be placed at strategic intervals all over the greenery.

Ritual use: Candles or lights can be added to the tree and solemnly lit at a family or solitary ceremony. Gifts can be stored under the tree and joyously given on Yule.

[Anja’s note – If you want to come closer to the Sol Invictus idea use: oranges, cookies, gilded nuts, and small doll figures. For Norse: tomten (elves), sun figures, cats. For Slavic: 8 point wheels or stars, rakes, eggs, spiders and tinsel.]

Swampwitch (VERLUGHMINA)   Dec-9 8:55 am  (1 of 6) 47.1 

Twelve Herb Yule Sachet
7 parts Juniper
2 parts Rosemary
4 parts Cinnamon
2 parts Lemon peel
4 parts Allspice
2 parts Orange peel
4 parts Ginger
1 part Clove
4 parts Caraway
1 part Bay
2 parts Nutmeg
2 pinches Orris root
Tie up in green or red cloth and give as gifts on Yule 

Yule Time/Christmas Scent simmering potpourri

3 sticks cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup whole cloves
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/2 orange, sliced
1 quart water

Combine ingredients and simmer in a teakettle or saucepan throughout the holidays! Just be careful to keep the heat turned low and the water topped up, else the house will smell like burned spices. Not a fun Yule scent!

You can also use this blend in a candle heated oil diffuser once it’s simmered for a bit.

Other spices can be used, such as allspice, star anise, nutmeg, ginger…. Use your imagination!

This is a good way to use up baking spices that are getting stale, or that have picked up codling moths during the summer.

Yule Oil – Put in soap or anoint candles

  • 4 drops pine
  • 3 drops cedarwood
  • 3 drops cinnamon
  • 2 drops frankincense
  • 2 drops juniper

Add a pinch of dried pine needles from your tree with garnet, green tourmaline, and clear quartz crystals. A great Yule tree smell with the hint of log fires and spicy pomanders!


Silliness – Yule Riddles – Q: What do you call a polar bear wearing ear muffs? A: Anything you want. He can’t hear you!


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