Daily Stuff 12-20-20 Modresnacht

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Josh Orkin. Holiday hours – We’re going to open on Wednesday 12/23 and 12/24 for regular hours and then close on Christmas Day. The next week we’re going to close on 1/1 and we’ll probably stay closed until 2/1. We usually take a “vacation” in January and with the COVID #’s so high it might be a smart idea. Watch here for notifications about that!

It’s really coming down out there, but the wind seems to have calmed a bit. All things are relative. 🙂 54F, wind at 11-20mph and gusting, AQI 12-39, UV1. Chance of rain 100% today and 84% tonight. We’re under a FLOOD WATCH through 4pm today, although the GALE WATCH ends at 4am, before most of you will see this. No wonder on the flood watch, We’re forecast to get 1 1/4 inches of rain today! Today should be the worst for awhile. Monday will be rainy, but 3/4 of an inch at most. We’ll have a break from Tuesday through Thursday, forecasting dry and a little sun, even! Christmas and Boxing Day there’s a good chance of rain and then we’re back to dry.

Tempus got a pic of a subscriber’s doggie sculpture, now wearing Christmas instead of masks!

Yesterday started early for me. I was awake by 8:30 and working at the computer when Tempus got in at 10am. He had stopped to get the oil change done…and it didn’t happen, but we got a lead on another RV that looks to be in better shape and should cost less if it checks out ok.

At just about the time when I normally get up I started getting really sleepy. Go figure! I wanted to start some of the cookery, but just didn’t have the oomph. So I made myself useful, at least, and started filling in newsletter files.

I checked wind velocities just after I opened the shop. 15mph sustained up on Alsea Heights! Tempus made a brief appearance just before two, but I chased him in back. He looked like death warmed over. He curled up and slept for another 2 1/2 hours. I started nodding off at my desk…

A couple of people called the shop looking for things that we don’t carry (nope on voodoo dolls, “You’re witches, don’t you do those?” <sigh>) and a couple called to wish us a Glad Yule.

I made myself some lunch out of the nibblements that I photographed, earlier and got caught up on mail. …and had our 2nd shopper of the day come in at 3:30…. After that, I asked Tempus if we could trade places and I snoozed until 6, at which point we closed and headed up to Newport.

We had a good drive up despite both rain and wind, chatting about various things. We found the place with no trouble and the guy was waiting for us. He wanted to take us through the house rather than outside with the way things were dark and messy, and that’s where it went wrong for me. I smelled something odd as he opened the door, but it didn’t register until I was inside and took a breath as he was introducing his wife. I turned and darned nearly clawed my way out the door, but I was already getting black spots and coughing hard. Yeah, I didn’t expect cigarette smoke. I’m *really* glad I had the mask on. Her husband says, “She’s a chimney!” Well, I found my inhaler and sat in the car.

Tempus explained what had happened and at least got to see the inside of the trailer and it sounds really good. It’s been partially reconditioned, so there’s room for furniture. We’re going to go back on Tuesday and *not* go through the house. I may have trouble getting in, because it’s a gangway ladder. We’ll have to build a steps and deck thing if we get it, but for once I should be able to climb.

I hurt, though. It’s the usual bad attack “afters”, sore muscles and burning tissues, but I survived it and I didn’t have to spend the night in the hospital. I’m going to back to bed after I get this out, though. I’m exhausted and the cookery didn’t happen. I do have to strain the lamb bones before I fade and should start the beef bones.

Today is supposed to be the “different day”. I’m going to have to do a fair amount of the cookery today if I’m going to manage any for the Virtual Potluck and I wanted to sew….

We’ve also figured out what we’re going to do for the holidays. We’re going to open on Wednesday 12/23 and 12/24 for regular hours and then close on Christmas Day. The next week we’re going to close on 1/1 and we may stay closed until the end of the month. We usually take a “vacation” in January and with the COVID #’s so high it might be a smart idea. Watch here for notifications about that! It ought to give us a good chance to deep clean, which is something that we’ve needed on a couple of the displays and to finish shifting stuff around.

Keller Creek, Friday afternoon, 112720, Yachats River Valley by Josh Orkin, used with permission


Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe.

Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus

Matres Modresnacht 122012

Mōdraniht, Modresnacht, Mother’s Night is a very old festival that apparently celebrated several goddesses, the Matres or Matrones. This is one of those did-they-didn’t-they feasts that you find in a lot of the modern pagan calendar books, but we aren’t really sure *what* was done, only that something was. What’s in the books is interpretation. It’s possible that this connects to Berchta/Frau Holde/La Befana who are all gifting goddesses. It’s equally possible that this was simply an event where women did the sacrifices or even some other kind of topsy-turvy bit. No one is really sure. WE have a Mother’s Day, they had a Mother’s Night? 🙂 Here’s some info:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C5%8Ddraniht  A similar event is talked about here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%ADsabl%C3%B3t

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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/21 at 3:41pm

Winter solstice – The winter solstice occurs this week on December 21 — the same night on which Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer together than they have in a dark sky for eight centuries. – Foundry Co (via Pixabay)

This is solstice night, the longest night of the year, and tomorrow is the shortest day. The exact time of the solstice is 5:02 a.m. EST Dec. 21. This is when the Sun reaches its farthest point south in the sky and begins its six-month return northward. That’s the moment when winter officially begins (in the Northern Hemisphere).

A distant world’s close encounter – Neptune lies in eastern Aquarius at opposition the night of September 9/10, when it lies just 0.1° from 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The farthest planet from the Sun, ice giant Neptune, is slowly making its way through the constellation Aquarius. At 3 P.M. this afternoon, the Moon passes 5° south of Neptune; by an hour after sunset, they’re nearly 5° apart and our waxing satellite is distinctly southeast of the planet. Neptune, a dim magnitude 7.9, requires binoculars or a scope to make out. Its 2″-wide disk sits less than 1° northeast of 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. Just one constellation to the southwest is Capricornus, where things are really ramping up for tomorrow’s Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn. The two gas giants are now less than 1′ apart, with several of their moons on display. Shortly after sunset, Ganymede and Callisto stretch out to Jupiter’s east, while Io and Europa sit to the planet’s west. Over at the ringed planet, Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is nearly 2′ northwest of the disk, while a gaggle of smaller, dimmer moons cluster closer to the rings.

You are remembered, Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996).

Venus (magnitude –3.9, at the head of Scorpius) shines low in the southeast during early dawn as the “Morning Star.” As dawn advances, watch it climb higher as it fades into the growing daylight.

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  Pisces

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH)
Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Yellow
Planting 12/19-21
©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  20     High   5:10 AM     7.1   7:49 AM    Rise 12:17 PM      28
~    20      Low 10:56 AM     3.4   4:39 PM     Set 11:24 PM
~    20     High   4:20 PM     6.7
~    20      Low 11:11 PM     0.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Gratitude is the doorway to increased blessings.


Journal Prompt – Wiki – Name a public figure who has inspired you. Why?



~   Man is the product of his thoughts What he thinks, he becomes. – Mahatma Gandhi
~   Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much. – Anonymous
~   Do not hold as gold all that shines as gold. – Alain de Lille
~   Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of. – Benjamin Franklin

Fetched a cake fer little Jake,
And fetched a pie fer Nanny,
And fetched a pear fer all the pack
That runs to kiss their Granny! –James Whitcomb Riley


Yule Magick – Recipes

Sun Up Egg Squares – Set this up the night before and just pop it into the oven!

1 pound pork sausage, cooked & drained
1 1/4 cups bisquick
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
12 eggs
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 cup milk
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon each; pepper, oregano

  1. Layer the sausage, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and cheese in a well greased 13″x9″x2″ baking dish.
  2. Beat together the remaining ingredients in a non-metal bowl and pour over sausage mixture.
  3. Bake, covered, in a 350 degree oven until golden brown and set (about 30 minutes).
  4. Cut into 12 3-inch squares. Serves 12, can be halved.

½ recipe in an 8 inch deep dish pie pan

½  pound pork sausage, cooked & drained
½ cup and 1 tablespoon bisquick
2 ounces mushrooms, sliced or one small can
6 eggs
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup milk
1 medium tomatoes, chopped
¾  teaspoon salt
1 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon each; pepper, oregano  ( I would use Italian seasoning)

Morning Julegroed
4 cups milk
A couple of almonds, finely chopped
1 rounded teaspoon of butter/margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup washed white rice
A pinch of cinnamon powder
1/2 cup thick cream

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the milk until boiling.
  2. Add butter/margarine, then add the rice and turn down the heat.
  3. Cover with lid, and let rice simmer slowly for about one hour or until the milk is absorbed.
  4. Transfer to a non-metal bowl and fold in the cream and almonds.
  5. Serve in small bowls with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

The Bartlett Yule Bowl

For 4 people

  • 1 cup of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup of crunched hazelnuts (not looking for small pieces, just small-er….)
  • ½ cup of semi-sweet or dark chocolate morsels
  • ¼ of shredded coconut
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Put oranges, hazelnuts, and chocolate morsels in a bowl and mix.
  • Sprinkle with coconut.
  • Grate nutmeg over the top

For breakfast serve over sweetened scalded milk cheese or cottage cheese.

For a dessert can be served by the bowl or over vanilla ice cream.


Silliness – Chess Nuts

A group of chess enthusiasts had checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of his office and asked them to disperse. “But why?” they asked. “Because,” he said, “I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.”


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