Daily Stuff 11-9-22 Night of Nicnevin

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:16 PM of -0.8 feet. The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Jamie Marie. Don’t expect Thursday’s newsletter until the afternoon!

[posting at 10 pm] Rain gauge – trace. Partly cloudy, 44F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI 12/52/35, UV2. Chance of rain 5% today and 9% tonight.

Today(50°/36°F) Sunny, 0in.
Tomorrow(52°/39°F) Partly Cloudy, 0in.
Fri((49°/39°F) Showers, 0.09 in.
Sat(53°/37°F) Partly Cloudy, 0in.
Sun(54°/36°F) Mostly Sunny, 0in.
Mon(52°/36°F) Mostly Sunny, 0in.
Tue(51°/35°F) Sunny, 0in.
Wed(50°/38°F) Partly Cloudy, 0in.
Thu(49°/40°F) Partly Cloudy 0.04 in

Fires on the map
Cedar Creek Fire – 127,311  – same
Slick Ear Fire – 243 acres – same
35 firespots.

Monday evening we didn’t get much done other than bringing stuff in from the car. Tempus was tired enough that he forgot to put the roast into the fridge! Otoh, it was only 40F in the main room. (Not using the central heating….) …and it went into the fridge before he headed out on the paper route. We curled upon in the bed, warming enough to drop off in a couple of minutes and we both slept until 1am. I pulled out my tablet. Tempus got me a snack before he took off. I stayed in bed, only heating the bedroom.

Giant nasturtium – watch for the pix of this over the next few days. It’s grown amazingly in a month!

Yesterday he got in at a reasonable hour but didn’t sleep as late as usual. I was awake and reading, but went out to the main room and turned the heat on there, so he started making coffee at that point. I managed to get a little cooking done, bu only a little. Mostly we worked on voting and then a few chores. He dropped off our ballots and picked up a couple of TV dinners at Ray’s. We headed back into town just before 8pm, since I was hoping to get some stuff done on the computer and the cooking wasn’t going to happen.

Regrown veg and horseradish

Today I’ll go home with Tempus when the paper route is done. During the afternoon (I doubt we’ll wake before the usual time) I have some plants that need to be moved. Some need to come to the shop to get tucked back until the overhang. Some need to move from the outside ring to under the table.

I have my cooking to do, still, and there are some small chores. Tempus wants to try again to work on the bookcase back shelf and to maybe put up my towel bar and some other small stuff.

Featured photo by Jamie Marie, “Stand tall, little barnacle!”


I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea HollyEryngium maritimum isn’t one… a thistle, that is…. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.


Night of Nicnevin (Gyre-Carling), – Scots Pagan festival honours an aspect of the goddess Diana. She rides with her entourage in the night hours of November 9-10. Nicnevin, who rode through the night with her followers “at the hinder end of harvest, on old Hallowe’en”, as an old Scots poet describes it, made herself visible to mortals on this night. Nicnevin is possibly an anglicization of Nic an Neamhain or Nigh Nemhain, ‘Daughter of Frenzy,’ an aspect of the triple Morrigan (Mórrígan). More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicnevin

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 Taurus enters Gemini at 5:37am.

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 11/9 at 6:02pm. 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 11/23 at 2:57am. 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 11/16 at 5:27am.

The waning gibbous Moon shines with the Pleiades, Aldebaran, and Mars late these evenings. Mars has not yet quite crossed the line connecting Taurus’s horntip stars, Beta and Zeta Tauri. Give it four more days.

The Moon, just past full, rises in bright twilight and shines in the east after dark. Once it’s well up look for the Pleiades above it (binoculars help through the moonlight), Aldebaran is below it, and bright Capella two or three fists to its left, out of the frame below. As the Moon gets higher, bright orange Mars comes into view about two fists to its lower left.


Two bright stars, same distance. Vega is the brightest star high in the west. Shining from 25 light-years away, Vega is a fast-rotating A star, larger and hotter than the Sun. We see it almost pole-on. Now turn to the south. From bright Jupiter, look about three fists lower right. There’s Fomalhaut. It too is a hot A star, but it looks only a third as bright as Vega. In this rare case, that’s because it really is a third as luminous! Vega and Fomalhaut happen to be at the same distance from us: 25 light-years. Lined up between them, counting left from Vega, are Altair and Saturn. Altair is 17 light-years away. Saturn, a totally different creature, is currently 81 light-minutes away.

Happy 88th birthday, Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996). If only.

Whether or not you saw the Moon occult Uranus last night, the ice giant is again in the spotlight as Uranus reaches opposition at 3 A.M. EST. The second-to-last planet in the solar system is visible all night, so you can opt to observe in the evening after dark or in the morning before sunrise. Uranus is currently located in Aries; early this morning, the ice giant is 10° directly below (northwest of) the bright Moon. After sunset, the Moon has moved twice as far away, now some 20° east-northeast of the planet. Although Uranus’ magnitude 5.7 glow might be visible to the sharp-eyed under dark skies, the nearby Moon means it’s definitely a target for binoculars or a telescope tonight. The planet’s disk appears just 4″ across and it forms the tip of a low, squat isosceles triangle with Rho (ρ) and Sigma (σ) Arietis forming the base between them.

For those craving a brighter target, look for magnitude –2.7 Jupiter at nightfall. As darkness grows on the East Coast, Europa is already transiting the planet’s broad disk. The large moon Ganymede follows, slipping onto Jupiter’s face at 7:15 P.M. EST. Forty-five minutes later, the two moons straddle the central meridian, with Europa to the west and Ganymede to the east. It’s quite a picturesque sight. At that time, Io lies in Jupiter’s long, dark shadow to the northeast; it will pop into view just after 8:50 P.M. EST. But there’s more: Europa’s shadow finally begins to transit at 8:06 P.M. EST, some 30 minutes before the moon itself slides off the disk to the west. From then on, Ganymede leads its fellow moon’s shadow across the cloud tops. Ganymede leaves the disk at 10:03 P.M. EST, and Europa’s shadow finally finishes its trek at 10:35 P.M. EST. This sequence of events will repeat twice more in November.

Mercury and Venus are hidden in conjunction with the Sun.

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 – White
Harvest 11/9-11
©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
W    9     High   1:01 AM     7.0   7:05 AM     Set  8:30 AM      99
~     9      Low   6:27 AM     2.7   4:55 PM    Rise  5:36 PM
~     9     High  12:17 PM     8.6
~     9      Low   7:16 PM    -0.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Education liberates the child from the fetters of ignorance, illiteracy and poverty.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else. — Benjamin Franklin



~   Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~   A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities. – William Shakespeare
~   The part requiring the most consistent repair or replacement will be housed in the most inaccessible location. – Kenny’s Law of Auto Repair
~   It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have one them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly. – Theodore Roosevelt


THE hills are bright with maples yet,
But down the level land
The beech leaves rustle in the wind
As dry and brown as sand.

The clouds in bars of rusty red
Along the hilltops glow,
And in the still, sharp air, the frost
Is like a dream of snow.

The berries of the brier-rose
Have lost their rounded pride :
The bitter-sweet chrysanthemums
Are drooping heavy-eyed.

The cricket grows more friendly now,
The dormouse sly and wise,
Hiding away in the disgrace
Of Nature, from men’s eyes.

The pigeons in black wavering lines
Are swinging toward the sun ;
And all the wide and withered fields
Proclaim the summer done. – ALICE GARY.


Magick – Lore

THE FIREBIRD – A MAGICAL CREATURE FROM SLAVIC FAIRY TALES – Oct 26, 2014by Vesna Adic – http://meettheslavs.com/firebird-magical-creature-slavic-fairy-tales/

The Firebird is a miraculous bird whose plumage shines with fiery colors. It travels secretly by night and few beholders had the chance to witness this bird’s mysterious whereabouts. It is mentioned in fairy tales and legends of all the Slavic people, being the most prominent among the Eastern Slavs. The Firebird is usually the reason for sending heroes to difficult journeys, but is sometimes heroic itself, throwing pearls from its beak to the poor peasants. Of all the stories about this creature, the following two are most widely known. Speakers of Slavic languages will most likely be familiar with a number of other interpretations from their native surroundings.

Prince Ivan and the grey wolf

Firebird 2

The frequent motif of this fairy tale is the Tsar’s magical orchard which contains the tree with golden apples. The mysterious thief steals one apple each night. Depending on the story, the Tsar can have three sons, or sons and daughters, but the hero is always the youngest prince Ivan. He alone stays awake while guarding the tree, identifies the thief as the Firebird and grabs one of its feathers. The bird is described as beautiful, peacock-like, blazing with orange, red and gold. When she flies, her light illuminates the entire orchard. The feather from its tail, which Ivan caught, also glows in the dark, enough to lighten the whole room. The beauty of the feather makes Tsar covet the bird itself. He sends his children on a quest to faraway lands, in order to fetch the Firebird. Only Ivan is brave enough to proceed into the dark forest, and gets his horse eaten by the gray wolf. The wolf is wise and magical animal, capable of talking and shape shifting. Sorry for depraving Ivan of its horse, he promises to serve him and carries him to another tsar who owns the Firebird. Stories differ in details, but Ivan is always young and foolish, forgetting the wolf’s advices and failing to get the task right. The failure gets the hero into trouble and initiates another quest, thus making him obliged to several tsars apart from his father. At the end, he not only needs to fetch the Firebird, but also the horse with the golden mane, the beautiful maiden and her wedding dress from the depths of the sea. Shape shifting wolf helps him fulfill the tasks, tricks the other tsars and keeps all the treasures for Ivan, including the fair maiden with whom the prince fell in love. The last Ivan’s obstacle is to face the jealousy of his brothers, who meet him on the way home and kill him. But, the gray wolf resurrects him with the water from the Fountain of life, and Ivan gets home victorious. He marries, inherits the throne and lives happily ever after.

The Firebird and the horse of power

Another fairy tale about the Firebird represents the warning against greed and vanity. The protagonists are the young and ambitious archer and his horse of power, apparently wiser than his master. One day in the woods, they come across the splendid and glowing Firebird’s feather. The horse advices his master to leave it where it stands, but the archer wants to be rewarded by the Tsar and decides to present him with the magical feather. In spite of the horse’s warning, he appears in front of the Tsar, who becomes greedy to own the whole bird. He orders the archer to either fetch the Firebird or die. The archer fulfills the task with the help of his horse, but instead of reward gets another death threat. Namely, the Tsar realizes that his servant is very skillful and decides to send him for all the treasures he ever wanted. The most important among them is the young bride Vasilisa, from the far away land, whom the tsar desires in spite of his old age and worn-out looks. When she is kidnapped by the archer and brought to the tsar, the former is in danger again, because the girl wants to boil her captor out of vengeance. The Tsar agrees, but here the twist of the story happens. In some versions, Vasilisa herself enchants the boiling water not to harm the archer, and in the others, his horse does it. The effect of the boiling is that the archer comes out unharmed and even younger and more handsome than before. Seeing this, the Tsar himself enters the cauldron and gets boiled to death. The archer ultimately gets his reward, becoming the ruler and a groom to beautiful Vasilisa. In some versions of this story, other fairy tale characters appear, the most prominent being the evil wizard Kaschei the Deathless and the forest witch Baba Yaga.

The Firebird fairy tales are not only children’s bed time stories, since they point towards human weaknesses such as jealousy, greed, lust and vanity. However, they are colorful and didactic, and have inspired many artists through the ages. Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “The Firebird” is probably the most popular adaptation of this motif in the mainstream culture. Quite recently, American author Susanna Kearsley offered a modern interpretation in her 1996 novel, “The Firebird”.

VESNA ADIC – Vesna Adic holds an MA degree in Art History from the University of Belgrade and has graduated with the Mention of Excellence from the Paideia Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden. She is a certified curator, an experienced public speaker and a freelance writer. Her major interests are history, 19th century art & literature, music and traveling.


Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – spirtle (SPUR tul) – n. The fine stream from a grapefruit that always lands right in your eye.

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