Daily Stuff 11-18-22 Ardvi Sura

Hi, folks!

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

[posting at 5:45pm] Rain gauge – dry. It’s been 46F, wind at 0-12mph and gusting, AQI 40/75/67, UV 1. Chance of rain 0% today and 1% tonight.

Forecast – It looks like the rain has shifted over a couple of days and spread out a bit. That’s good. The weekend should stay dry, but then next week will go back to normal weather. Thanksgiving should be damp, but ok.
Today(54°/36°F) Sunny, 0 in
Tomorrow(56°/38°F) Mostly Sunny, 0 in
Sun(55°/43°F) Mostly Cloudy, 0 in
Mon(55°/46°F) Cloudy, 0.18 in
Tue(53°/47°F) Showers, 0.39 in
Wed(57°/48°F) Few Showers, 0.11 in
Thu(59°/47°F) Few Showers, 0.29 in
Fri(57°/45°F) Showers, 0.2 in
Sat(53°/43°F) Showers, 0.63 in

Fires on the map – We’re outwearing them….
Cedar Creek Fire – 127,311  – same
29 firespots.

I had the Wed & Thu newsletters updated well before 3pm and started on this right afterward. Tempus was still doing coffee and some cheese toast, but he handed me my 2nd cup right after.

Sash and I talked for a bit online. I really didn’t have time to chat! We did end up discussing Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey is *whee* expensive this year. Thinking maybe roasting a chicken and sweet potatoes. …and Sash and I came up with a menu: chicken, sweet potato, brussel sprouts with bacon and cranberries, cranberry sauce and mixed veg. Might have some lentil soup and will have bread and flavored butters.

…and I wrote, and found links and found pinterest pictures and wrote some more.

…and two people bailed out of Wicca 101 during the afternoon…

….and I wrote some more…….and then remembered about the Full Moon Farms order that Tempus picked up at the PO! So I worked on that for a few. We have some resins, mini-smudges, a refill on palo santo sticks and a couple of abalone shells in the box, plus a few odds and ends. Working on it…..

…and went, “Yikes, class at 6pm!” so had to hurry on this. I may be here overnight depends on how late class runs. That means more writing. Ok, this is done and I have a little time before class…. good…..

Today is our usual Friday, although I think Tempus has errands to run.

Quoting Ken Gagne on 11/14/14, “The 3 Tenors were performing this afternoon at the Sea Lion Docks down at the Newport Bay Front and they gave quite a performance.”

plant pic flower Rhododendron_macrophyllum_biscuit_june_2005

Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllumRhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots!   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.


Feast of Ardvi Sura (Aredvi Sura Anahita), Mother of the Stars, ancient Persia – Approximately on this day was a festival in honour of the Persian and Armenian goddess Ardvi Sura (‘undefiled, immaculate, or mighty, blameless’), one of the names of Anahita, known as the Mother of the Stars, goddess of heavenly waters; Iranian version of Astarte/Ishtar. In the Christian tradition she is a cognate of Mary, Stella Maris. (Stella Maris means “Star of the Sea” i.e. the planet Venus.) I’ve often wondered if her name is the origin of the Wiccan Star Goddess. More and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aredvi_Sura_Anahita

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 and other things

Moon in Virgo

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 Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 11/19 at 2:57am.

All month Jupiter shines below the Great Square of Pegasus, the boxy emblem of the fall sky.

Orion clears the eastern horizon by about 8 or 9 p.m., depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone. Upper left of Orion, bright Mars glares. Look similarly far upper left of Mars, and there’s Capella. High straighter above Orion are Aldebaran and, higher still, the little Pleiades cluster, the size of your fingertip at arm’s length. Down below Orion, Sirius rises around 10 or 11 p.m. Sirius always follows two hours behind Orion, or equivalently one month behind Orion, as they wheel through the night and through the seasons.

Leonid meteor shower – The Leonids’ radiant lies in the sickle of Leo the Lion, which rises shortly after midnight. Wait a few more hours for the greatest meteor rates. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Although the Leonids technically peaked late last night, the radiant in Leo the Lion is highest in the hours before dawn this morning. Look southeast in the hour or two before sunrise to again find bright Regulus. The Leonids’ radiant sits 10° north of this star, or about 2° southwest of 3rd-magnitude Adhafera (Zeta [ζ] Leonis). Once you’ve found the rough location of the radiant, cast your gaze some ways away from it — this is how you’ll spot meteors with longer trains. The Leonids come from dust left behind by passes of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle through the inner solar system. The expected shower rate at maximum is about 10 meteors per hour, though the waning Moon is also in Leo and will certainly interfere a bit. However, some scientists estimate the Leonids may experience an outburst or two this year, potentially kicking up the rate as high as 50 to 250 meteors per hour — so it might still be worth stepping outside to check the skies this morning. And even if rates aren’t high, bright shower members are still stunning to see streaking across the sky.

Saturn, magnitude +0.7 in Capricornus, glows highest in the south as twilight fades. As night progresses, it moves lower toward the southwest and sets around 10 or 11 p.m.

Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche

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
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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   18      Low   1:37 AM     1.4   7:17 AM    Rise  1:06 AM      38
~    18     High   8:21 AM     6.8   4:46 PM     Set  2:31 PM
~    18      Low   2:40 PM     2.8
~    18     High   8:06 PM     5.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I rescind obsolete vows of struggle.


Journal Prompt – What? – What do you like most about yourself?



~   Though no-one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end. – Author Unknown
~   In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~   A warrior’s thoughts go to his community. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Create a new notion of who you’d like to be and work towards it. – Kerr Cuhulain

Man Hesitates but Life Urges by D’Arcy McNickle

There is this shifting, endless film
And I have followed it down the valleys
And over the hills,—
Pointing with wavering finger
When it disappeared in purple forest-patches
With its ruffle and wave to the slightest-breathing wind-God.

There is this film
Seen suddenly, far off,
When the sun, walking to his setting,
Turns back for a last look,
And out there on the far, far prairie
A lonely drowsing cabin catches and holds a glint,
For one how endless moment,
In a staring window the fire and song of the martyrs!

There is this film
That has passed to my fingers
And I have trembled,
Afraid to touch.
And in the eyes of one
Who had wanted to give what I had asked
But hesitated—tried—and then
Came with a weary, aged, “Not quite,”
I could but see that single realmless point of time,
All that is sad, and tired, and old—And endless, shifting film.

And I went again
Down the valleys and over the hills,
Pointing with wavering finger,
Ever reaching to touch, trembling,
Ever fearful to touch.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on November 13, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.


Fruit and cheese (or salami and cheese or any combo of cold snacks) on bamboo skewers stuck into a pumpkin. Turkey head is a half pear, plus cuts of other fruit and googly eyes.

Thanksgiving Magick – (Go back and check Wednesday’s note for some more!) Crafts



Silliness – Shorties – What do call a lawyer turned cook? A sue chef.

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