Daily Stuff 12-22-20 A Christmas Carol

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Holiday hours – We’re going to open on Wednesday 12/23 and 12/24 for regular hours and then close on Christmas Day. Holiday hours – We’re going to open on Wednesday 12/23 and 12/24 for regular hours and then close on Christmas Day. We’re intending to be open over the weekend, but closed on 12/28 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! Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Rain, 3pm – Photo from the shop door.

The rain and wind yesterday got pretty interesting, to put it mildly, but we have a break, at least. Right now, it’s partly cloudy and we should see some sun today. 48F, wind at 4-16mph and gusting, AQI 16-38, UV1. Chance of rain 14% today and 6% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 4pm. It should be dry through Thursday, but there’s a 75% chance of most of 3/4 of an inch of rain on Friday and an 1/2 inch on Saturday. Sunday and Monday ought to be dry, but then the showers are likely to roll back in.

Yesterday flew past. I had been up late, keeping the Watch Night for the Solstice and it was hard to wake in the morning.

There was a lot to do with cleaning up from the “potluck” and getting things ready for Yule. Marzipan happened and some fudge. Plants got watered and the bucket with the newly planted veg ends went out in the rain.

We had an interesting one at the peak of the storm. The sign board that sits on the back of the tripod stand by the door flew off and hit the door frame, blocking the door! Awhile after that it looked like a movie set outside, not normal rain. Lots of people upriver were having flooding problems, but the slide that evacuated the fish hatchery has subsided. Later in the day folks were having trouble with flickering power and internet and outages, both, and there are some spots where driveways have flooded and cut a few people off. With a few dry days coming no one is particularly worried, now that everyone is in contact.

Susanne came in during the afternoon and it was wonderful to see her again! IT’s been too long. We had a bunch of other shoppers in, too, actually busy for once!

We did make a decision on the Covid situation. We’re going to close as of the 28th, for at least two weeks, and maybe as much as a month. We’ll be here and busy, so you can get hold of us on Facebook (best bet) or call the shop (541-563-7154) if there’s something you need. We’ll do curbside delivery or let you come in to shop with the understanding that we’ll have things pulled out and be messy….

Today we plan to sleep in a little and then go back and see if that RV is going to work for us. If it does I’ll be contacting the park upriver to see if our spot is still open. We have the last shopping for Yule dinner. (Sash is planning to be here) If we get enough time, the boxes that are ready will go out. …and there’s the bulk route in the evening, during which I’ll probably be doing the last of the shopping.

A photo by Ken Gagne from 12/22/15. This is the eagle he calls, “Talon”.

motif Saint Nick Yule

A Google Maps Santa Tracker!!!! …and it’s fun to play with. I got totally distracted from drawing for awhile….  http://www.google.com/santatracker/ There are a bunch of games and silly things to dink with.


Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria ×ananassa, which is a hybrid. It is a favorite flavor of many people and easy to reproduce in the lab. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry


Scrooge, Marley, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas yet to come, Tiny Tim, “Bah, humbug!” and “God bless us, every one!” are all from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, first published on December 19, 1843. It was part of the revival of older Christmas customs in Britain and has never gone out of print. Incidentally, it finally got Dickens out of debt, when he was desperate and was written in the course of just a few days. It has been adapted to dramatic readings, stage versions and silent, “talkie” and more modern cinema releases, one of which I love because it has Patrick Stewart as Scrooge! It’s the only one that I know of that gets the wind-up of Scrooge’s rusty laughter right. He really *does* sound like he’s dying for a moment or 3!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Carol

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Holiday hours – We’re going to open on Wednesday 12/23 and 12/24 for regular hours and then close on Christmas Day. We’re intending to be open over the weekend, but closed on 12/28 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. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com 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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 12/28 at 7:28am.

Late each month now, the Moon has been passing under Mars. But each month, the Moon displays a younger (slimmer) phase when it does so. Can you figure out why? Answer at the bottom of this page!

This evening the Moon shines lower right of Mars. As evening advances, the line they form tilts more steeply downward. The Moon sets around 1 a.m., Mars nearly an hour later (for mid-northern latitudes).

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

Venus passes 6° north of Antares, the red heart of Scorpius the Scorpion, at 8 P.M. EST. However, the planet is currently only visible in the morning. This morning before sunrise, you’ll find it roughly 6° north-northwest of the star. Antares is a bright red giant glowing at magnitude 1. Venus — now only a little dimmer than magnitude –4 — far outshines it. Through a telescope, the planet appears 93 percent illuminated and 11″ across. The pair will continue rising as dawn brightens the sky; see how long you can follow them into the morning sky, but take care as sunrise approaches.

The Ursid meteor shower – A surge of up to 30 meteors per hour could light up the sky when this often-overlooked shower peaks the night of December 22/23. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The Ursid meteor shower, whose activity runs from December 17 to 26 this year, peaks early this morning. These meteors, which come from debris left by Comet 8P/Tuttle, are only visible in the Northern Hemisphere, appearing to originate just above the cup of the Little Dipper in Ursa Minor. This year, astronomers estimate the peak rate at roughly 10 meteors per hour — not particularly high, but if you’re already planning to get up early and observe Venus, why not spend a little time scanning the skies for the odd bright Ursid meteor as well?

Now Saturn is pulling away to Jupiter’s lower right. This evening they’re back to 0.5° apart.

Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.0 and +0.6, respectively) shine historically close together in the southwest during and after twilight this week. Jupiter is the bright one; Saturn is only about a tenth as bright. Their separation shrinks from 0.3° on December 18th to 0.1° at conjunction on the 21st, then widens to 0.5° by the 25th. This means they’ll fit together in many telescopes’ low-power view all week. Just don’t expect to see much of any telescopic detail on the two planets, due to the poor atmospheric seeing at their low altitude.For lots more info and graphics, see Jupiter and Saturn Embrace in Solstice Conjunction and The 400-Year Rhythm of Great Conjunctions. The two giants have conjunctions about every 20 years, but this will be their closest in 400 years, and the closest that’s been clearly visible (not too close to the Sun) in nearly 800.

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 Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, 

Moon in Aries 

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH)
Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Red
©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

Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)

Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for which there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does not extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).

Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark

Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.

Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  22      Low  12:01 AM     1.4   7:50 AM     Set 12:27 AM      48
~    22     High   6:47 AM     7.2   4:40 PM    Rise 12:59 PM
~    22      Low   1:18 PM     2.8
~    22     High   6:42 PM     5.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What was your closest brush with death?



~   If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it’s the best possible substitute for it. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~   Not every man is so great a coward as he thinks he is – nor yet so good a Christian.  – Robert Louis Stevenson; The Master of Ballantrae (1889), ‘Mr Mackellar’s Journey’
~   Life is the farce which everyone has to perform. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~   Empowerment is about being effective, not exhibitionist. – Kerr Cuhulain

Heap on more wood! the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We’ll keep our Christmas merry still. – ―Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)


Yule Magick – Crafts


Silliness – Who I Am


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