Daily Stuff 12-20-21 Modresnacht

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:39 PM of -0.5 feet. The shop is opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Holiday hours 12/24 until 8pm. Closing on 12/31 at 4pm. Closed 12/25 and 1/1. Featured photo by Josh Orkin.

 [posting at 11pm] Rain gauge at noon on 12/19 – 2.6 inches!!!!!!! Wet, obviously. 48F, wind at 2-11 mph and gusting, AQI 11-23, UV1. Chance of rain 97% today and 68% tonight. We’re under a FLOOD WATCH through the morning and a GALE WARNING until 1pm. Rain today, starting to lighten up in the evening. We should get a break until early afternoon on Tuesday, but Wednesday we’re looking at possible thunderstorms. Light rain Thursday, Fri. and Sat rain. Sun. showery, but early Monday morning the temp is likely to be low enough for possible snow. Through Wed. the temps will stay pretty much what they’ve been but on Thurs, they’re going to drop to the mid-40’s day and by Sunday below 40. Lows will drop the same amounts. No fires, no firespots!

Saturday evening went sideways. We were late getting out of the shop, at nearly 9pm. After I got the newsletter out we had customers in! We went home, ate and slept….and I overslept, so I wasn’t able to ask Tempus to start the oven pilot light. He was *long* gone when I woke.

Yesterday Tempus went straight from the paper route to the grocery and it took him hours…. I’m not sure why, but he got home at about 12:45, so we scrambled out the door and headed for the shop. Distances were all blanked by the rain and while colors close in were intensified, anything farther that 100 yards or so was all greyed out. We were open by 1:15. I started in on messages. Tempus started with coffee. I got the House Capuchin stuff up and running, printed recipes and got caught up while I was getting coffeed. After that he was sitting on the sofa, pecking at doing the bookmark findings and mostly dozing, while I ran back and forth, finding ingredients and a couple more recipes.

We had a few shoppers in, “just browsing”. Tempus went to sleep on the sofa, sitting bolt upright with his “bah, humbug” santa hat on. One customer (I’m not sure he was joking.) asked whether he could buy the “lifelike dummy” on the sofa. 🙂 He looked startled when I giggled and told him that Tempus runs a paper route and didn’t get any sleep this morning after it. 🙂

…and there was chopping and chopping of vegetables, while I cooked some smaller bits in the nuker. …and chopping and chopping and more chopping. <gleeble> My hands were hurting before I was 1/3 done. …and it went on and on. I finally got the “ship filling” ready (it’s a meatloaf-ish thing) and the bagged peas started cooking. At about 6:30 I had to wake Tempus because I couldn’t get the oven to work for the shop filling. He got that sorted out and we closed and I chased him off to sleep in the nap bed, because it was going to be at least a couple of hours for the peas. …and darned if I could get him to go sleep.

He finally curled up around 7:15. I was writing and working on this and fighting off sleep, myself. I kept working on photos, too, which kept me going. Around 8pm I took out the “ship filling” and it was scorched. I pulled the peas at the same time and left them in the bag so they’d stay warm. At that point I made a berry sauce, chopped the rest of the veg and got them put by while I was cooking and started working on the “root sticks” and then the fish. By then it was 9:30. <gah> The fish was finally done at 11pm and it tasted awful. THe peas and the stick veg were tasty, though.

Today we’ll be open at 1pm, but we may close for awhile around 3-4, so I can go get my booster shot. I have cleanup to do and plants and a bit more inventory.

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 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, Holiday hours 12/24 until 8pm. Closing on 12/31 at 4pm. Closed 12/25 and 1/1. 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


Moon in Cancer

Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 12/20 at 8:36am. 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 1/17/22? 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 12/26 at 6:24pm.

3-30-21 – 8th-magnitude Nova in Cassiopeia. Nova Cassiopeiae 2021, now also known as V1405 Cassiopeiae, has faded a trace to about magnitude 8.1 as of March 26th, after it was discovered at 9.6 on March 18th and quickly peaked around 7.7. For finder charts and more info, see Bright Nova Erupts in Cassiopeia. Moonlight will give you trouble with binoculars, even large ones, but the moonlight will be gone from the early-evening sky starting on the 30th. To get a light curve with the most up-to-date brightness measurements, go to aavso.org and in “Pick a Star”, enter “V1405 Cas” and choose “Plot a light curve”. There, visual observers’ estimates are the open black circles, and photoelectric V magnitudes are the green squares. (You can see calendar dates instead of Julian Days using “Preferences”.) And where’s Cassiopeia itself? Catch it sinking in the north-northwest right after the end of twilight. Look early before it gets too low

Around the end of twilight, face north and look high. Cassiopeia is now a flattened M shape canted at about a 45° angle (depending on where you live). Just two hours later, the M is horizontal! Constellations passing near the zenith appear to rotate rapidly with respect to your direction “up.”

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

Although there’s a bright Moon in Gemini this morning, let’s focus across the sky on Boötes, still about 35° high three hours before sunrise. Boötes is home to several great telescopic targets, including the double star Izar (Epsilon [ϵ] Bootis). This pair of stars has also been called Pulcherrima, which is Latin for “the most beautiful.” That’s because this close pair — separated by just 3″ — is considered by many to be one of the best-looking double stars in the sky. Its two components are a brighter (magnitude 2.7) orange K-type star and a dimmer (magnitude 5.1) but hotter white A-type star. Their contrasting colors can look different to different viewers, with descriptions ranging from blue and gold to yellow and green. To find Izar, look 10.4° northeast of blazing magnitude –0.1 Arcturus, which itself is a gorgeous red-gold giant star that shows fine color through binoculars or a telescope. Note that Izar can be difficult to separate; you’ll want a night of good seeing — which, fortunately, is relatively easy to come by during the cold, clear winter months.

Disappearing Venus – This shot from Forsyth, Georgia, captures the moment just before the Moon occulted Venus in December 2015. On June 19, observers in the northwestern half of Europe and northern and eastern Canada, as well as parts of Maine and Massachusetts, will see a similar show. – Stephen Rahn (Flickr)

Venus, brilliant at magnitude –4.7, shines low in the southwest in twilight. It’s a dramatic crescent now in a telescope or even good binoculars, as it draws nearer to Earth and nearer to our line of sight to the Sun. This week we see its crescent enlarge from 50 to 55 arc-seconds tall, while thinning from 13% to only 8% sunlit.

A Naked-Eye Venus Challenge! Some people can resolve the crescent of Venus with their unaided eyes when it’s this large. Mere 20/20 vision probably isn’t good enough; success may await the eagle-eyed with 20/15, 20/12, 0r (rare) 20/10 vision. Try early in twilight before the sky becomes too dark and Venus too glary. Look long and carefully and please report your results to Sky & Telescope‘s Bob King, nightsky55@gmail.com, as told in the May 2020 issue, page 49. You may improve your chances by sighting through a clean, round hole in a stiff piece of paper about 1 mm, 2mm, or 3mm in diameter next to your eye (try them all). It will mask out optical aberrations that are common away from the center of your eye’s cornea and lens. Try each eye.

Poe’s narrator peering at a pre-dawn crescent Venus, “distinct with its duplicate horn,” as Psyche, his winged soul, begs him away. Studies by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, circa 1847–1848; the figures on the right are a preliminary sketch, followed by the more powerful version on the left.

One person who apparently succeeded was Edgar Allan Poe. An amateur astronomer since boyhood, he used a naked-eye sighting of Venus’s crescent as the central event in his poem “Ulalume” (1847) near the end of his life. Before dawn, a bereaved lover roams a misty October woodland accompanied by “Psyche, my soul.” Ahead of them low in the east, where the constellation Leo ascends before dawn in mid-autumn, they witness the new-risen Venus, star of romantic love in Roman mythology, coming “up through the lair of the Lion.” Poe refers to the planet as Astarte — the wilder, more wanton Greek version of the Romans’ Venus goddess:

And now, as the night was senescent,
And star-dials pointed to morn —
As the star-dials hinted of morn —

At the end of our path a liquescent
And nebulous lustre was born,
Out of which a miraculous crescent
Arose with a duplicate horn—
Astarte’s bediamonded crescent
Distinct with its duplicate horn.

Poe compares its passionate brilliance to cooler, more composed Dian, the horned crescent Moon, and urges Psyche forward:

Let us on by this tremulous light!
Let us bathe in this crystalline light!

But Psyche, who knows better, is terrified, and this being Poe, the adventure doesn’t end well.

Poe wrote “Ulalume” in the fall of 1847. Before dawn on November 4, 1847, a crescent Venus and crescent Moon (“Dian”) indeed hung near each other low in the east below Leo — in Poe’s “lair of the Lion,” the sky area from which the traditional Leo figure stalks upward.

Venus was there a couple weeks earlier as well, during the mid- and late “lonesome October” of that most immemorial year, as a larger, thinner, more easily resolvable crescent, though Dian at that time was absent.

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

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2021https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-rotation-stars

Sun in Sagittarius

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) (Nov 25 – Dec 22)
Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – White
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Celtic Tree Month of 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
M   20     High   1:43 AM     6.7   7:49 AM     Set  9:23 AM      99
~    20      Low   6:48 AM     3.7   4:39 PM    Rise  5:53 PM
~    20     High  12:26 PM     8.2
~    20      Low   7:39 PM    -0.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Bad habits are like a comfortable bed…easy to get into, but hard to get out of.


Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your opinion about the amount of violence on T.V.?



~   Every time we pray our horizon is altered, our attitude to things is altered, not sometimes, but every time, and the amazing thing is that we don’t pray more. – Oswald Chambers
~   Amateurs wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work. – Chuck Close
~   It is nonsense to say there is not enough time to be fully informed.  Time given to thought is the greatest time-saver of all. – Norman Cousins, author
~   With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing. – Catherine de Hueck Doherty

The year draws in the day
And soon will evening shut:
The laurels all are cut,
We’ll to the woods no more. – A. E. Housman (1859–1936)


Yule Magick – Recipes

Mincemeat Pie Season – December 16th, 2007 – Color of the day: Yellow – Incense of the day: Coriander

The origins of mincemeat pie go back to the Egyptians, who baked this pastry in the shape of a little coffin to honor Osiris on the winter solstice. The Crusaders brought mincemeat back with them to Europe in the eleventh century, and it became the traditional Yuletide treat. In the seventeenth century, the Puritans tried their best to outlaw the pies, calling them “idolatry in crust.” It is said that for every slice of mincemeat pie that you eat, you will have a lucky month in the coming year. The only condition is that each pie you partake of must be baked by a different cook. The magical properties of mincemeat are: apples for love and health, raisins and nuts for prosperity, fruit peel and sugar for love, ginger for money, cinnamon and nutmeg for psychic awareness, and rum for protection. By: Lily Gardner

Irish Triffle – Makes about 8 servings  (from Christmas Fare from Ireland)

Triffle Loaf:

  • 1 stale spongecake
  • 4 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup sherry
  • 1/3 cup Irish whiskey, optional (see note)
  • *custard (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • **few drops vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almonds, blanched and slivered, optional
  • **slices of kiwifruit and strawberries for garnish, optional
  • Custard
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk

To make trifle:

  1. Split the spongecake into three or four layers and spread each layer with raspberry jam.
  2. Put the pieces in a pretty glass bowl.
  3. Pour the sherry (mixed with the whiskey, if desired) over the spongecake and let it soak an hour.

To make the custard:

  1. Beat the egg and egg yolks together with the sugar.
  2. Heat the milk to just below boiling point and pour over the eggs, beating constantly.
  3. Cook the custard in the top of a double boiler over simmering  hot, not boiling, water until it’s thick and creamy.
  4. Pour the custard over the cake and cool.
  5. Meanwhile, whip the cream with the sugar, fold in the vanilla.
  6. Pile the whipped cream over the top of the  trifle.
  7. Decorate with the almonds, kiwi and strawberries if desired.

Note: The whiskey, when added to the sherry, gives the trifle a more pungent flavor. It’s not for all tastes. If in doubt, leave it out!

Chocolate Passion Bowl

Prep: 20 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour 20 minutes
Serves: 16

  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 2 pkg. (4-serving size each) Jell-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
  • 1 tub (8 oz.)  Cool Whip French Vanilla Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 baked 9-inch square brownie layer, cooled, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 5-1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups raspberries
  1. POUR milk into large bowl.
  2. Add dry pudding mixes.
  3. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended.
  4. Gently stir in 1 cup of the whipped topping.
  5. PLACE half of the brownie cubes in 2-qt. serving bowl
  6. Top with layers of half each of the pudding mixture, raspberries and the remaining whipped topping.
  7. Repeat all layers.
  8. REFRIGERATE at least 1 hour before serving.

Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.


Silliness – Bumper Snickers – Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.

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