Daily Stuff 11-4-22 St Emeric

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

[posting at 5:30pm] Rain Gauge on Wed. 0.9. on Thurs. 0.1. It’s been mostly overcast today and chilly. The zephyr’s fingers are *cold*! :-), but tie things down. Wind on Friday! 48F, wind at 0-9mph and gusting, AQI 43/44/83, UV2. Chance of rain 93% today and 99% tonight. GALE WARNING until 5am Sat. (winds/seas).

Forecast – That doesn’t look like a fun forecast. Highs in the 40’s? Dang, 3 weeks ago we had highs in the 60’s! …and some messy weather coming….
Today(56°/47°F) Rain/Wind, 1.81 in. Winds into the 30’s….
Tomorrow(51°/43°F) Showers, 0.67 in.
Sun(46°/40°F) Thunderstorms, 0.76 in.
Mon(45°/36°F) Thunderstorms, 0.26 in.
Tue(47°/32°F) Partly Cloudy, 0 in.
Wed(46°/34°F) Partly Cloudy, 0.04 in.
Thu(48°/36°F) Showers, 0.43 in.
Fri(48°/38°F) Showers, 0.34 in.
Sat(49°/39°F) Showers, 0.3 in.

Fires on the map
Cedar Creek Fire – 127,311  – same
Weaver Pit Fire – 300 acres – same
Slick Ear Fire – 243 acres – same
31 firespots! Some of these are trailing plumes? From the thunderstorms?

Shallot harvest – some mine, some farmer’s market

Overnight I spent some time watching the waxing Moon through my window. Every so often I would turn off the light, because She was doing a spooky halloween-ish bit, flirting with the dark clouds and that was fun to watch!

Sprouted or damaged get planted!

Yesterday when we were on the way into town it was a real bird day. 2 herons and an egret in some of the inlets along the road, ducks in another, geese around the seasonal pond, which is just squishy mud again, but they seem to like it, ducks and more ducks and yet more ducks in the Eckman outflow, a flying heron farther on and a loon or two in the bay. Wow!

Separated – plantable to the left, edible to the right.

I started writing right away, since I wanted to get Thursday’s Stuff out, and then I needed to set up newsletter frames. I fell down a pinterest rabbit hole for about 20 minutes and then started writing here.

Elephant garlics – all but two are going in the pot.

During the day we had 1/2 a dozen lookers in was all. Tempus had some paperwork to do and then I think he got a nap, then worked in back.

Regular Garlics

I’m hoping to work on the butters overnight: shallot, garlic and roasted garlic. I’m planning to mold them in 2 oz cups. I hope I have enough energy. That’s what’s been foiling things over our weekend. I was exhausted.


Today is our usual Friday. I think Tempus has some errands early in the afternoon. I have more writing to do. I want to get the frames set up through Thursday, the way I did the week before, so I can post the Thursday newsletter w/o the note and then add just the note once the shop’s open, next Thurs. after our weekend, so you have your Stuff! I’m also hoping to do a garlic harvest page with the butters and such.

Photo by Ken Gagne on 11/3/16 at Eckman Lake. Mallards, an egret and a Great Blue Heron.


Today’s Plant is Cow parsnipHeracleum lanatum, or Indian CeleryGrowing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum


Feast day of St Emeric, Hungarian prince – Emeric, born in 1007, was the son of St Stephen of Hungary. His father had trained him to succeed him but the young man died before his father, killed in a hunting accident in 1031. His tomb at Szekesfehervar, Hungary, was a pilgrims’ site, and many miracles were reported there. He was canonized with his father in 1083. The name Amerigo (cf Amerigo Vespucci, after whom America is named) is a variant of Emeric. More here: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=3110 and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emeric_of_Hungary_%28saint%29

Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later.Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message 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,


Moon in Pisces

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 on 11/8 at 3:02am. 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 11/6 at 6:02pm.

The Moon shines with Jupiter Friday night the 4th, but looks are deceiving. Jupiter is actually 40 times larger in diameter than the Moon. It’s currently 1,650 times farther away.

The waxing gibbous Moon shines with Jupiter this evening, as shown above. They’re only about 2° to 4° apart at the times of evening in the Americas. They’re both prime targets for small telescopes! Most scopes will usually show at least the tan North and South Equatorial Belts on Jupiter’s dazzling whiteness, and of course its own four big moons on either side of it (except when one of them is hidden behind Jupiter, passing in front of it, or eclipsed in its shadow). Consider, as you look, that each of those four is roughly the size of our own Moon so much closer in the foreground.

An image of Neptune captured by the Webb telescopes Near-Infrared Camera NASA ESA CSA STScI

The Moon now passes 3° south of Neptune at 4 A.M. EDT. The two are low in the west at that time, so you’ll want to observe them a few hours earlier if possible, before they sink too close to the horizon. Like last night, both are in Aquarius, though Neptune is quite near the constellation’s northeastern border with Pisces. Around 2 A.M. EDT on the 4th (11 P.M. on the 3rd in the Pacific time zone), the planet and Moon are still 25° high. Magnitude 7.7 Neptune, which requires binoculars or a telescope, is just shy of 5° north-northeast of the Moon. It may be a bit challenging to pick out the distant planet’s dim, 2″-wide disk, but it’s worth a try. If you can’t quite seem to do it, just give the Moon a few days to pass out of the area and try again. Neptune sits between a pair of 7th-magnitude field stars that can serve as your guides all month.

Jupiter is more than a month past opposition. In early evening it blazes whitely high in the southeast at magnitude –2.8, in dim Pisces. It stands highest in the south around 10 p.m. daylight-saving time. In a telescope Jupiter is still a big 48 or 47 arcseconds wide.

Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.

Sun in Scorpio

Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Mars (1/12/23),  Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Color – ?
Planting Harvest
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'”   Source: Earth, Moon and Sky

Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises

to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
F    4      Low   3:58 AM     0.7   7:58 AM     Set  3:34 AM      76
~     4     High  10:27 AM     7.6   6:01 PM    Rise  4:40 PM
~     4      Low   4:47 PM     1.5
~     4     High  10:35 PM     6.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You are beautiful.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? -Things turn out the best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. — John Wooden



~   If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.” – Dave Barry
~   A well-spent day brings happy sleep. – Da Vinci
~   A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~   All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. – Edgar Allan Poe

After Apple-Picking BY ROBERT FROST

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired. 
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.


Magick – Recipes

Bottling Your Blends – When labeling your blends, be sure to adhere the label to the bottle, not the cap. Caps can accidentally be placed on the wrong bottle.

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Measuring Drops –       If your recipe calls for 12 drops of essential oil, you may use 1/8 teaspoon instead. Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com

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How To Make Rose Water (And Lavender Too)

Rose water (also spelled Rosewater) can be used in cooking as well as a rich beauty aid. Try some as a facial toner or astringent, in your bath or as a facial splash (refresher).

Notes on Preparation:

  • Petals must be freshly picked and have no pesticides or chemicals used on them.
  • Pick the flowers just after the morning dew has evaporated, about 2 to 3 hours after sunrise.
  • Use only the petals, not the stems or leaves.
  • Wash quickly to remove any bugs or specks of dirt and immediately process with one of the methods below.
  • If you don’t grow your own, ask at the local florist or Farmers Market for organic ones.


(Rose Hydrosol)

Items Needed:

  • Fresh petals (3 to 4 quarts)
  • Ice cubes
  • Distilled Water
  • Enamel canning or stock pot with lid
  • Deep, heavy heat proof bowl


  1. Fill the bottom of the pot with the petals and pour water over them until they are just covered. Place the bowl in the middle of the pot. The rim should be at least a couple inches higher than the water. If you have a canning rack, you can set the bowl on top of that so the bowl doesn’t sit directly over the heat. A pyrex loaf dish underneath the bowl would do the trick too. Set these in place first before adding the petals and water.
  2. Cover the pot with its lid, but position the lid upside down so that you have a dipped “container” to hold the ice on top (to be added later). Now turn on the heat and bring the water to a boil.
  3. Once it starts boiling, fill the top of the inverted pot lid with ice cubes. Turn the heat down and keep at a bare simmer for about two hours.
  4. Top up the ice as needed and quickly peek occasionally to see that the petals don’t boil dry.
  5. This process will enable condensation to form on the top inside of the pot lid. The condensation will drip down into the bowl inside the pot, the liquid inside the bowl is your rose water.

Old Fashioned Recipe:

Items Needed:

  • Rose Petals
  • Distilled Water
  • Enamel Pot (any size)


  1. Fill the bottom of an enamel pot with the petals a few inches deep. Pour distilled water over them until they are just covered.
  2. Turn on heat for the water to be steaming hot, but do not boil. Let steam until the petals have lost their color, the water has taken on the color of the petals and you see oil skimming the surface. This will take approximately 60 minutes.
  3. Strain the water and squeeze out the liquid from the petals, this is your rosewater.

Quick & Easy Version – For every 1 firmly packed cup of petals, pour 2 cups boiling water over top. Cover and steep until the liquid is cool. Strain, squeeze out the liquid from the petals, and refrigerate the liquid in a sterilized jar.

Oven Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Line an enamelware roaster a few inches deep with petals. Fill with distilled water until the petals are just covered. Place the roaster uncovered into the oven and bring to a boil.
  2. As soon as it starts boiling, turn off the heat and cover the roaster. Leave in the oven until the water is cool (several hours). Once cool, strain and squeeze all the petals to remove the liquid. Store the liquid in the refrigerator.


After preparing your recipe of choice, refrigerate in a sealed, sterilized glass jar.

You can use for cooking and baking, but make sure to use fresh batches. Although it’s kept refrigerated, my notes have vast discrepancies in shelf life. Some state several days, some say a year.

Beauty Aid Additive Use – Add 1 part rubbing alcohol or vodka or witch hazel to 10 parts rose water to use as a facial astringent or toner.


Lavender water can be used in a variety of ways around the house. Some ideas:

  • When washing bedding and linens, add some to the rinse cycle. Your bedding will have a light lavender scent (it helps those with sleep problems).
  • Use when ironing, spritz a bit on the items being pressed. Will add a nice scent to the garment.
  • It can also be used as a beauty aid, try it as a skin freshener on hot summer days, a hair rinse, splash in the bath or dab around temples for headache relief.
  • Insect repellent, try it for mosquito repellent use as well as a mosquito bite itch helper. Lavender deters flies and other insects too.

First Recipe:

  • Mason Jar
  • Lavender Buds
  • Vodka


  1. Fill the glass jar with lavender and cover completely with vodka. Seal jar.
  2. Place the jar in a sunny location for about 18 days, rotate and shake the jar each day–morning and night.
  3. After 18 days, strain the buds from the vodka and seal the liquid in a clean glass jar.
  4. Use as needed.


  • 2 cups water (distilled)
  • 3 TBS vodka
  • 15 drops Lavender essential oil

Directions – Mix the essential oil and vodka together then add water. Seal in a jar or bottle, keep in a dark place for 2 weeks before using.

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Silliness – Car Privileges

The mother and father had just given their teenage daughter family-car privileges. On Saturday night she returned home very late from a party.

The next morning her father went out to the driveway to get the newspaper and came back into the house frowning. At 11:30 AM the girl sleepily walked into the kitchen, and her father asked her, “Sweetheart, what time did you get in last night?”

“Not too late, Dad.” she replied nervously.

Dead-panned, her father said, “Then, my precious one, I’ll have to talk with the paperboy about putting my paper under the front tire of the car.”

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