Daily Stuff 12-15-20 Consualia

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Minus Tide at 7:17 PM of -1.8 feet. Featured photo by Arthur Bartlett.

There are holiday lights on Waldport’s lampposts! It’s wet. There’s a big green blodge on top of Waldport on the map. 45F, wind at 2-10 mph and gusting, AQI24-33, UV0. Chance of rain 92% today and 24% tonight. There’s a GALE WARNING until noon today and a HIGH SURF ADVISORY from noon today to 9pm on Wednesday. The rain should slack off in the early afternoon and come back tomorrow morning. We might get a real break in a week, but the rain is likely to be heavy only today, tomorrow and Saturday.

Yesterday I spent all day writing, it seemed. I had a few more photos to take and then I finally got the House Capuchin newsletter out late in the evening. In the middle of the day I got ambushed by a poem that I’ve been trying to write for a couple of decades and got it finally finished. I read it to Tempus and he almost cried… yeah, it’s a sad one.

We had folks in shopping, mostly for gifts, but one poor lady, elderly and confused, who needed a lot of help picking out a calendar. She actually came back with the first one, because it didn’t have the info she needed, who kept making awful comments about the Witch’s Datebook, because it had “witch” on the cover… and then kept making rude comments about witches. Obviously, she hadn’t a clue what kind of shop she was in! Tempus has the patience for folks like that…. well, he puts up with me, too, so I’m not surprised.

Both of us were surprised by it getting dark close to 5. It didn’t feel like that long of a day. We had the stuffed squash in the oven, by that point, and that was supper with some cheese, cocktail sausages and dilly beans. I got the onions caramelizing for French Onion Soup in the afternoon. I’ll add the broth and seasonings in the morning. In the evening Tempus made a batch of bread with some cheese in it and using the bacon fat from the cheese fritters last night. Flavorful!

Today we’re planning on sleeping in, but then heading for Newport before dark. We have an RV that we want to look at, and a shopping trip (Senior Tuesday!) and then Tempus is hoping to show me a bunch of holiday lights. I have *no* clue what time I’m going to get home!

A photo by Arthur Bartlett of hole punch clouds near Seattle 12/12/17


Today’s plant is Oregon IrisIris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29 …and the pic on the right is my birthday boy taking a picture of some!

Vettii Lares 121513

Today is the Consualis Ludes or Consualia, the celebration of the god of underground storehouses, secret negotiations and horse racing… Horse racing? Chariot races, anyway! Today the underground temple of Consus was opened just for this single day in the year and the storing of grain commenced. The Lares, the household gods of the Romans, were also honored. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consualia

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 12/29 at 7:28pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 8:17am on 12/15. Diana’s BowOn the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends at 8:17am on 12/18.

As the stars come out, the Cassiopeia W pattern stands on end (its fainter end) very high in the northeast. Watch Cas turn around to become a flattened M, higher in the north, later in the evening.

Swing low, Big Dipper – The Big Dipper nearly scrapes the horizon from mid-northern latitudes on December evenings. Here, the bright asterism appears above Delinha Observatory, located on the eastern Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai province, China, the evening of October 4, 2013. – Jeff Dai

As Cassiopeia arches high after nightfall, the Big Dipper lies shyly down at its lowest position due north. It’s entirely below the north horizon if you’re as far south as Miami. But by midnight the Dipper stands straight up on its handle in fine view in the northeast — while Cassiopeia has wheeled down to the northwest to again stand on end (this time its brighter end).

Perseus Double Cluster Delights
NGC 869 and NGC 884 are two young star clusters in the constellation Perseus. These targets are easy to capture with binoculars or a small telescope; from dark sites, you may be able to spot them unaided.
Ewan Hobbs (Flickr)

The constellation Perseus the Hero is high in the sky several hours after sunset. He’s home to the famous Double Cluster, comprising NGC 869 and NGC 884 (also called H and Chi [χ] Persei). From a dark location — and with no Moon, like tonight — you may be able to spot them with the naked eye. In fact, early observers first cataloged this pair around 130 B.C. Start your search at Perseus’ alpha star, Mirfak, which glows at magnitude 1.8. Look north-northwest of Mirfak to find magnitude 2.9 Gamma (γ) Persei, then north-northwest again to find magnitude 3.8 Eta (η) Persei. The Double Cluster sits about 4° northwest of this star and will likely appear as one or two fuzzy patches to your unaided eye. Binoculars or a telescope will bring out these open clusters’ myriad stars. Each contains several hundred young suns some few million to 10 million years old — extremely young by stellar standards.

Jupiter and Saturn are inching closer together. Spot them near the crescent Moon Wednesday through Friday.

Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.0 and +0.6, respectively) shine strikingly close together in the southwest during and after twilight. Jupiter is the bright one; Saturn is only one eleventh as bright. Their separation shrinks from 1.1° to 0.3° this week (December 11th to 18th), meaning they’ll fit together in many telescopes’ low-power field of view. Don’t expect to see much of any telescopic detail on them, what with the poor atmospheric seeing at their low altitude. But how many of their moons can you count? Identify the ones you see, and find where to look for the faint ones — and not mistake stars for moons — using our Jupiter’s Moons and Saturn’s Moons tools for your time and date. Jupiter and Saturn will pass just 0.1° from each other at their conjunction on December 21st. That’s about the width of a toothpick at arm’s length. The two giants have conjunctions about every 20 years, but this will be their closest one that’s been clearly visible (not too close to the Sun) since the year 1226.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2020 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-2020-rotation-stars

Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13

Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 7:35pm. 

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH)
Chiron Directs at 2:17pm.
Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – White
Harvest 12/13
©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  15     High   1:03 AM     7.4   7:46 AM    Rise  9:02 AM      0
~    15      Low   6:18 AM     3.0   4:38 PM     Set  5:44 PM
~    15     High  12:09 PM     9.6
~    15      Low   7:17 PM    -1.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fill your heart with courage and you will be able to face life with confidence.


Journal Prompt – When? – When might it be bad to be honest?



~   Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice. We are uncommonly and marvelously intricate in thought and action, our problems are most complex and, too often, silently borne. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~   Every sin is the result of collaboration. – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
~   As an adolescent I was convinced that France would have to go through gigantic trials, that the interest of life consisted in one day rendering her some signal service and that I would have the occasion to do so. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
~   When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. – Arthur Conan Doyle

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone.
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own. – Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833–70)


Yule Magick – Readings

The Feast of St Lucy: Luciadagen 
And I will stay awake throughout the longest winter night
And dress up in a red silk sash and flowing gown of white
And serve my parents with warm sweets and sing for their delight. 

And I will wear upon my head a crown of fragrant green
Ablaze with tall white candles, with golden candle-gleam,
And I will be a Lussibrud as in some wondrous dream. 
And as the night begins to fade I’ll greet December sun
And knock on all the neighbors’ doors and sing to everyone
And offer all the friends I greet a golden saffron bun. 

Lucia maidens will come too, with silver in their hair
And star boys with their studded wands and pointed caps to wear,
And elfin boys will follow us as we walk everywhere. 

And I will stay awake throughout the longest winter night
And dress up in my silken sash, my crown, my robe of white
And I will be, for one brief day, Lucia of the Light. – Myra Cohn Livingston, The Feast of St. Lucy: Luciadagen http://www.millan.net/funp/christmas/luciafact.html

While Lighting the Yule Log

Goodbye Old King–hello, New
With this log we honor You
The old reign’s gone–the new has begun
We welcome now the newborn Sun. – Dorothy Morrison

The Winter WomenThey come, the winter women, at harvest time
Turning the great Yule wheel, cross-quartered,
Down Persephone’s dark road
While the earth weeps a mother’s tears.

The Baba comes to the barn,
Corn Mother, Corn Maiden, Old Wife, Oatwife
Tossed high on the harvest, dancing, queening it she comes
The year’s last sheaf come home.

Creeping she comes, the Old Wife of the Celts,
Cailleach Bheur, hag goddess, crag goddess,
Leaping from the rocks to lock the Bride of spring away.

She whistles up her winter winds, that pack of dogs
That follow dark Frau Gaude on her icy rounds.
Keening she comes! You careless ones,
Who leave your doorways cracked ajar
Will hear her dogs’ keen whining at your hearth.

You lazy spinsters, mind your distaff’s full
And wind your spindles tidy by the fire
Lest Berchta send you plague or blind your eyes for spying.

Sweep your altar stone
And pile the green boughs high to call her forth
To tell your future in the flames where past and
present mingle at your hearth.
Bright candle flames now wreath her, crowned in lingonberry,
Saint Lucia bringing light out of the heart of Northern darkness.

She brings you gifts of plenty, La Befana sweeping on
her broom
Beware, and honor her! Lest your Epiphany be black as coal.

Black it was, in the beginning,
When the sun was on the far side of the world
And Spider Woman made the long journey with her pot of clay
To bring the sun back to the Cherokee.

Mary brought the Son, they say, the Prince of Peace —
For unto us a child is born! and the year begins anew.

Children carol for her, Kolyada, whiterobed in her snowy sleigh
In her deep Russian woods of frozen winter streams
where the winter nymphs, Rusalky, sing their secret solstice songs.

There in those winter woods was born the Snegurochka,Snow Maiden,
Ancient spirit, daughter of spring and winter come to earth.

At Candlemas, cross-quarter time, the Old Hag springs again,
But this time Brigit’s cross wheels high above the door
And the frail Snow Maiden melts into her summer lover’s arms.

See where they come, the winter women, in the bleak midwinter night
To summon up the sun and bring us light.

Used With Permission – Submitted By Dame Niamh

  1. c) Lynn Noel 1990 and 1991 for Tapestry Folkdance – Center production of Summon the Sun! Carols and Rituals for Winter Solstice


Silliness –

Santa Claus & the FAA

Santa Claus, like all pilots, gets regular visits from the Federal Aviation Administration, and the FAA examiner arrived last week for the pre-Christmas flight check. In preparation, Santa had the elves wash the sled and bathe all the reindeer. Santa got his logbook out and made sure all his paperwork was in order. He knew they would examine all his equipment and truly put Santa’s flying skills to the test.

The examiner walked slowly around the sled. He checked the reindeer harnesses, the landing gear, and even Rudolph’s nose. He painstakingly reviewed Santa’s weight and balance calculations for sled’s enormous payload. Finally, they were ready for the check ride. Santa got in and fastened his seat belt and shoulder harness and checked the compass.

Then the examiner hopped in carrying, to Santa’s surprise, a shotgun.  “What’s that for!?” asked Santa incredulously.

The examiner winked and said, “I’m not supposed to tell you this ahead of time,” as he leaned over to whisper in Santa’s ear, “but you’re gonna lose an engine on takeoff.”


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