Daily Stuff 11-10-22 Martini

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:54 PM of -0.6 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Weather and Fire in tomorrow’s post!


Tuesday evening I wrote like crazy after the newsletter went out. I was just about to go curl up for a nap in back when an e-mail came through that Tempus was on his way home, already! The Oregonian had a breakdown in their press machines, apparently, so he picked me up and we went home and he had a really good night’s sleep! As we were driving home, the Moon was bright and high and the fog that was settling looked like a frozen veil coming down over us.

I need to get the lovage harvested

We didn’t get moving quickly, either, we finally were eating coffee and some delicious chicken salad sandwiches that Tempus made around 3pm. I had been working on an embroidery pattern. I’m starting another flowerpot pincushion and managed by the end of the day to get it 1/2-way on the embroidery.

Lemongrass makes awesome tea! This is the plant that we lost last year. This year’s plant has been harvested and brought indoors.

Tempus took off to run errands and to work on the car at the shop where he had tools. While he was gone I worked on peeling more garlics and setting up a pork roast with an apple/shallot broth. It took awhile getting those tiny shallots peeled!

When he got back, we crawled into bed. He had determined that the tire problem was most likely a bubble, rather than that steering joint, but hadn’t been using his mat, so he was hurting from kneeling on the pavement. He had dropped the lemon grass inside the door. I have to get that tucked away today.

The Gigantor succulent as of last year. When it froze this past winter I cut it down and replanted what was left. It’s also coming indoors.

I got up around 10pm and finished up on the pork roast, had some with some vegetables and crawled back into bed. Tempus got up around midnight and had some. We both liked the flavor. I have most of a quart of broth and drippings from that, so I’m going to have to figure out what to do with it. He had brought the shelf pieces, finally, having re-cut them at the shop, but didn’t have enough oomph to do anything with them. After he took off I alternated reading and embroidery until I got dozy.

The red leaves are blueberry!…and the pea is creeping across with dandelion and leek below

Tempus didn’t get in until past 10. After the paper run he got two new tires onto the car to replace the worn/bubbled ones and stopped at the grocery as well. This despite having two sets of papers to deliver! We drove into town under a sky etched with cirrus. Lots of birds in the inlets, gulls on that riverfront lawn, and all the geese clustered around the seasonal not-quite-wet-yet land. 🙂

We’ve already been pretty busy. At least 6 people through in the first hour that we’re open. Tempus ran out to get mail and I’ve got a bunch of my soups again. I was just about to run out. I have this to get out and more writing to get caught up on the week so far and I really need to buckle down to my bookmark Mab’s Creations pamphlet. I have garlic to roast this evening and garlic butter to make, so I’m going to be busy while Tempus is out doing papers.

Tomorrow is a normal day. Open at 1pm

A wonderful Ken Gagne picture of the beautiful morning sky above Nancy Kroemer’s pond up the Yachats River Valley on 11/7/16.

Broadleaf PlantainPlantago major, greater plantain, (another 9 Herbs Charm ingredient) is a weed that is native to most of Europe and northern and central Asia, but is one of the most abundant and widely distributed medicinal herbs in the world. Mash up leaves and apply to scrapes, stings, and sores. This takes out the sting, keeps down infection and promotes healing. A tea made from the leaves sooths mouth sores and, swallowed, can help calm diarrhea. Young leaves are nutritious and tasty. Older leaves can be chopped and boiled and used like spinach. Plantain is high in vitamins A, C, and K and calcium. The dried seeds can be chewed as a snack, (which leads to one of the old names, “Old Man’s Waybread”), or ground for flour and/or added to bread. It survives being stomped on in pathways and lawns, which makes it a good garden plant. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago_major – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Make a red sachet and bind it to your head for headaches, sprinkle powder in your shoes to keep tired feet from hurting when you have to overdo it. Hang a sachet in the car to repel evil. Also for amulets in healing and removing fevers.


Festival of Martini, ancient Latvia – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia: In ancient Latvia, Martini (Mārtiņi) was the name of a festival, celebrated on November 10, marking the end of the Autumn and the beginning of Winter. The festival marks the transfer from Usins to Martins, two deities of horses. Usins is invoked during the summer, while Martins (see St Martin) is a Winter god. The festival marked the end of the preparations for Winter, such as salting meat and fish, storing the harvest and making preserves. Martini also marked the beginning of masquerading and sledding, among other wintry activities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81rti%C5%86i and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Martin%27s_Day … plus a Czech Lore page with a bunch of links and pictures. – St. Martin of Tours – History, Folklore and Festivities – https://www.medieval.eu/st-martin-of-tours-history-folklore-and-festivities/

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,

Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Gemini

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 waning gibbous Moon shines over showy Mars tonight. Notice that they form a triangle with Beta Tauri to the Moon’s left, as shown above. Watch this triangle change shape as the hours pass; the Moon creeps eastward (toward lower left) along its orbit by approximately its own diameter every hour. Note: In the illustrations here the Moon is always drawn about three times its actual apparent size.

The road to Canis Major – Canis Major is a prominent figure in the autumn early-morning sky. Near the dog’s hind end is a stunning double star system with contrasting colors. NASA/Bill Dunford

Rising in the east at sunset is the V-shaped constellation Taurus. As Earth turns and the sky appears to rotate above us, the Bull is followed by Orion the Hunter. And following him are his two trusty hunting dogs: Canis Minor and Canis Major. By shortly after midnight, the Big Dog has entirely cleared the horizon, giving you the entire morning before dawn to observe him. This constellation is notably home to the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. And although this famed star deserves all the attention it gets, there is more within the Big Dog to see. Once the celestial canine’s back end has cleared the horizon, look for magnitude 1.8 Wezen (Delta Canis Majoris). Then move 3.5° northeast of this star to land smack dab on 145 Canis Majoris, a binary system often called the Winter Albireo for the resemblance it bears to the two colorful stars that make up the head of Cygnus the Swan. Train binoculars or a telescope on 145 Cma and you’ll see a 5th-magnitude and 6th-magnitude star. Separated by just under 27″, they’re tight for binoculars, but a clear sky will let you pick up them both. A telescope will split them more easily. The brighter of the two appears golden, while the dimmer looks blue-white. Enjoy their rich, contrasting colors and keep Canis Major in mind; as he grows more prominent in the wintertime sky, we’ll make sure to return for the Big Dog’s other treasures.

Jupiter blazes white high in the southeast at magnitude –2.8, in dim Pisces south of the Great Square of Pegasus. It’s about three times brighter than Mars! Jupiter stands highest in the south around 8 or 9 p.m. standard time. In a telescope it’s still a big 46 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 – Purple
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
Th  10     High   1:45 AM     6.8   7:06 AM     Set  9:38 AM      98
~    10      Low   7:03 AM     3.1   4:54 PM    Rise  6:12 PM
~    10     High  12:48 PM     8.3
~    10      Low   7:54 PM    -0.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t be so quick to judge or discount something or someone, there just might be a diamond in all that coal.


Journal Prompt – Books – What book setting would you like to visit, if you could?



~   In things that a man would not be seen in himself, it is a point of cunning to borrow the name of the world; as to say, “The world says,” or “There is a speech abroad.” – Francis Bacon; Of Cunning
~   How many of you have read the George Kaufman book? Nobody, eh? He was a close friend of mine. He was a hell of a playwright, and he was also a show doctor, and I remember one of the Bloomingdales department store family was producing a show and opening it in Philadelphia, and they invited George Kaufman to come down there and see the show, because it needed a little help. And Kaufman went down and sat in the second or third row, and when the show was over, the fellow from Bloomingdales, he came down in the audience, and he said to George, he said “How about the show, how did you like it?” And Kaufman said “Tell you what you do: close the show and keep the store open at nights.” – Groucho Marx, on theatrical identity, George S Kaufman, who was born on November 16, 1889
~   I am only an entertainer who has understood his time. – Pablo Picasso
~   A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at. – Oscar Wilde

Beyond the Red River BY THOMAS MCGRATH

The birds have flown their summer skies to the south,
And the flower-money is drying in the banks of bent grass
Which the bumble bee has abandoned. We wait for a winter lion,
Body of ice-crystals and sombrero of dead leaves.

A month ago, from the salt engines of the sea,
A machinery of early storms rolled toward the holiday houses
Where summer still dozed in the pool-side chairs, sipping
An aging whiskey of distances and departures.

Now the long freight of autumn goes smoking out of the land.
My possibles are all packed up, but still I do not leave.
I am happy enough here, where Dakota drifts wild in the universe,
Where the prairie is starting to shake in the surf of the winter dark.

Thomas McGrath, “Beyond the Red River” from Selected Poems 1938-1988. Copyright � 1988 by Thomas McGrath. Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, www.coppercanyonpress.org . Source: Selected Poems 1938-1988 (1988)


Magick – Crafts

Scented Holiday Cards – Make your Christmas/Holiday cards extra special this year. Place 1 drop  of any holiday blend on the inside corner of each card. Seal and send as usual. What a nice surprise for the recipient! Some oils to use: we like our Celebration blend with Cinnamon Orange Clove but a Evergreen blend is also nice. – Brought to you by AromaThyme.com

Fall Leaf Stained Glass

Items needed:

  • ·    fall leaves
  • ·    wax paper
  • ·    iron
  • ·    towel
  • ·    picture frame


  • 1.   Collect as many different colored and size fall leaves as possible!
  • 2.   Cut two pieces of wax paper slightly larger than your picture frame.
  • 3.   Lay one piece of the wax paper on the towel, and arrainge the leaves in a pleasing design.
  • 4.   Lay the other  piece of wax paper over the leaves, and lay another press the two together using a hot iron and moving quickly but firmly
  • 5.   Tape the “stained glass” to the picture frame and cut off the excess
  • 6.   Hang in a window for best results.

How about some Citrus Candles??

Hollowed-out lemons become fragrant yellow cups for candles. Using a serrated knife and small ice-cream scoop, remove pulp from lemon halfs. Wash and dry lemon shells, then insert a votive candle into each one. (try and find a citrus scented yellow candle or use a vanilla colored candle). Pour rock salt around candles to add sparkle.

Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com


Silliness – Thor’s Well Bros

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